Nice..especially since my numbers have been lagging for weeks!
I wouldn't know, I don't think I have ever had a Hub take off like that!!!
I've had it happen before with some of my Off-Grid hubs..usually from people sharing on facebook..but never from google. This is the first time from google.
I think it depends on what you consider to be a spike.. I see like 30 people hit the hub then it tells me my numbers are falling. I think the problem is what I said, people's fascinations with their own articles drives the traffic on this site, unless somehow you can drive people to the site to read your article. And how would that ever occur.. It's like those ameritrade (??) commercials where this guys daughter buys some shoes and he asks her about them, she says they are the biggest fad and he goes investing in that stock of shoes. If you don't see it everyday in the course of what you do, and if people you know don't see it in the course of their day, who are these people that are attracted to the site. I'd think that as much as many people are asking, I'd ask for HP to reveal their marketing statistics.. It may reveal a phenomena that is exploited by "self help" books, identify a need, attempt to answer the need, collect on sales and run. Sort of like snake oils salesmen. If it weren't for the fascination with making money, I wonder if anyone wouldn't come to this site at all..
It was why I came in a sense.. I took a list of crowdsourcing sites, I got a bookmarklet that permitted me to check out the statistics on each corwdsourcing site, and this came up about a fifth the ad revenue of about.com so I figured, looks like a good place to try.. Anyhow, it Seems to drive all crowdsourcing sites.. I determined 99designs attraction is american designers out-sourcing work they'd do otherwise to foreigners.. And "Hitrecord" (the first crowd sourcing site I went to) makes money on selling Joseph Levitt's ego. I think if I visit enough of these sites I can sell a book on (failed) crowd-sourcing ventures. But everyone knows if you are not on the top ten book sellers the publisher takes everything you got, another thing that might be driving people to this site, people who would love to write for a living.
Well if the thought of making money works for you.. I wonder if people would pay to have their content on this site backed up? Because their account gets dropped, think of all that wasted time contributing to the site..
This will only make people more sour, and drive people to sites that don't moderate that much, like google and youtube. Community sites are a dime a dozen all you need is drupal and a godaddy account and a few obsessed people to contribute.
They used to call Amiga user's amoeba's because they talked non-stop about how great Amiga was, then Commodore bit the dust.. That's why you can't invest too much in any website, it will bite the dust eventually. The ones that thrive are the ones where people feel they are safe..
Guys if you wonder why I like to flame a lot, I like to test the site with fire, so that I can see if I really want to invest time on the site. 99designs lasted about a week and they banned me (BTW, while there I saw someone post a job to rebrand the Los Alamos National Laboratory, I was born in Los Alamos, I thought that was so funny because LANL is a joke when it comes to science its been known to be a bureaucratic nightmare, and it was only fitting to see someone outsourcing the logo there, that's what you get for giving the bureaucrats 6 figure incomes, oh I forgot they give themselves the raises, if you want to know what is wrong with this country? MBA's and lawyers).
I'm still on at hit-record, but I determined the problem with their site is that despite Joes attempt at being humble, the site has a horrid interface and desperately needs a ftp server cause uploading content is painful via the web protocol.. I also suggested changes for the site that I doubt they will read, like the ability to detect reused content so that it can be recognized where information was resourced and to reduce redundancies in their content library, rather than forcing the users to search for content they borrowed from (you can't make a business model work purely on policy, it's got to be in the mechanism that it is enforced because people are stupid when it comes to policy, it's like how you design doors you put a handle on one side and a flat plate on the other to let people know which direction the door swings).
Depends on the Hub, I'd say. Sometimes it's just weird. The only Hub I've written that took off in popularity is my review for the 2nd season of Hajime no Ippo, which has more than 5x the views my other Hubs have, and almost 10x what the 1st season of that show has.
I haven't been on here long, but on youtube I found what got the most hits are often videos that help people do something or show something that is shocking. Like I posted a ten minute clip from "faces of meth" (I framed it so it wouldn't be copyright infringement) and that clip got 66,000 unique visits over time. My "how to set a mouse trap without slapping your fingers" one is now at about 3000 views (I can't remember what it was on my previous account but it was something like 30,000). It's a little confusing for me though because I had one youtube account before they took my first account after 3 copyright-infringement claims [only 1 was valid, I didn't contest it because I felt if that was what it took to get booted, I wasn't interested in contributing anymore].. The first time I submitted 420 videos (my account was grand-fathered after 100 videos, as I had signed up for a director account, and I think they froze it or something and I was one of the few with the ability to create videos of any length), I was lucky I archived at 350 videos, but my more HD content was at 350 to 420..
My pain with all these highly moderated content sites is eventually going to drive me to putting content on my own blog, But I want to contribute somewhere where I know the content will stay regardless. Facebook is a good example of this.. Someone dies, their content stays..
I'd see a major attraction for this site, to the blind, because they must rely on text-based information, that's why I'm contributing here (aside from making money which judging from the hit counts is a moot point), I think it would help make information more accessible to them.
I think I recall from a documentary that it was said Jimi Hendrix would ask of the each venue director how many latino, whites, black, etc people there were in the audience to give him a better idea who his market was. People think of him as a acid freak, but actually I had heard that came toward the end of his career and is what ruined him.
Have not been on for so long, been so busy but a spike is a great thing so for anyone who receives it good for you!
Yes, I got a nice bump overnight.
Thankful to Super Bowl controversies!
It's my hub called Illuminati Hand Signals..and it was because of Beyonce flashing one of the signs last night on the Superbowl..over 1700 hits and still climbing..love it!
Congrats Brie. Its the kind of thing that happens when you write about a trending topic, so it will never happen to me.
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