What is your experience with gaining traffic on your page? Have you had a hard time doing this or do you have lots of visitors per day? Please share
When you write a new Hub, you'll get some traffic from other Hubbers - especially if you have a few followers, or you're active commenting on other people's Hubs.
However traffic from other Hubbers soon dies down. Then your Hub falls into a lull while Google decides whether it likes it enough to feature in their results when someone searches for that topic. That lull can be quite long - weeks if not months! So patience is one key requirement.
If you're unlucky and your Hub drops out of Featured during the "lull", then you'll need to edit it to get it Featured again, and go out and try to find some traffic for it so it will stay that way.
You can improve traffic to Hubs by sharing them with your friends on Facebook, Instagram etc (but do be careful you don't just end up annoying your friends!!!). If you have a particular interest in one subject, and have written a few Hubs on it, it can be worth finding a forum or two on that topic. Don't post links to your Hubs there - instead, get yourself known as a helpful and friendly person first, and then you'll be able to share without annoying people.
I quit a while ago. I keep hearing the same advice, all perky and gung ho. Things have not changed here, especially the false claims that "marketing" will fix things. The site, as with most content mills, is poison to Google and that is that.
I hear back-linking is a great way to rank in google searches, which will in turn bring up traffic. I suggest posting links to other websites, forums, etc... then google will be more inclined to include you in their search results. Search for related content online, and make relationships there. I'm in the process of trying this now, and it seems to be working!
I'm averaging about 20,000 visitors a month with 110 hubs (some of which are no longer featured, and I haven't had time to cull them since I want to move them elsewhere). Not bad. Not spectacular, either, but enough to make at least some income.
I simply concentrate on useful/interesting content. "Would I find this page useful, helpful, or interesting, even if I had no idea who wrote it?" is a stern question I often ask myself about articles I've written. Also, "Would I read it from start to finish? REALLY?" If either answer is no, then I try to improve the article. We can't expect anyone else to read something that we ourselves wouldn't, after all.
I also take care to use specific language, words and terms which are relevant to my topic, so that search engines can figure out what my page is about and send visitors looking for exactly that. It's really important to speak a common language with your readers. (For example, auto dealerships are forever talking about "pre owned cars," but that's THEIR jargon; actual customers search for the term "used cars.")
Nikko: some backlinking works, but before you get too gung-ho, read up on the Google Penguin algorithm, which downranks pages that have spammy backlinks pointing to them. Also see SEO industry expert Danny Sullivan's riff on Hard Links, Not Easy Links.
I don't find any hard to get traffic on my hubs, I usually write on any topic that is most search on internet through search engine like Google. It make it easy to get search engine traffic.
Yeah! I have to spend some time on keyword research and writing and arranging article, it took me average 04 hours to write and publish a 600-900 words article and it deliver me results and most of the time hub start getting traffic even after getting featured.
As I got reasonable traffic from search engine, I never shared my hubs on social website or built back links.
I think sharing on social website or back links is not a permanent solution to get consistent traffic, it deliver traffic but it is temporary and not worth your time spent on it.
So the key is to write original and quality hubs and spend some time on keyword research, that's the only way to get consistent traffic forever.
My experience is similar to greekgeek. I get fed up with people saying Hubpages doesn't work. I currently have over 3000 views a day from around 70 Hubs with no back linking and no recent promotion. Also I haven't written any new hubs for some time. My traffic fluctuates a lot but that is just how it is with content writing on the Internet these days!
Thanks for posting, Rik. That is encouraging to hear as a newbie (I've been here about 2 months). I am curious to know if you use SEO tactics when writing your hubs. Also, how long did it take you to start getting significant traffic?
I have been here for about 5 years so it is very much trial and error. I'm not convinced that SEO works as well as it used to. Now, I try to find topics that lots of people want answers to and the existing internet content doesn't really answer well. I also judge if I've got it right by not only looking at traffic but the average time on page (I suspect Google is looking for this as a metric that the answer is meeting the searcher's need). For me there is an element of intuition and commonsense. I'm not convinced that being too scientific about SEO or planting artificial back links works any more.
To summarize, the content:
1) needs to meet the searchers needs
2) needs to be findable in the search engines
3) needs to be original and engaging
4) needs to be sticky, ie hold the readers attention as long as possible, hence add quizzes, videos, surveys and plenty of content.
When did I get significant traffic? I think it was 9 or 10 months before I got my first Adsense payment that was £60/$100. At the time that was more the norm. I think a few people who were already experienced content writers made payout in as little as 3 months.
Hope this helps!
Rik Ravado- do you use Google Adwords, another service, or just your own intuition on deciding on a topic?
I was using the Google Keyword Tool but found it a lot like taking a shot in the dark.... Googling something and seeing what comes up is still my go-to method but lately I'm trying a service called Jaaxy. ( http://www.jaaxy.com/?a_aid=fb0b1959 ) This site seems to give a better prediction of whether my hubs are going to sink or swim on Google. It tells me the exact # of monthly searches and exact # of websites currently ranking with an exact keyword match. Do you think that this is a good strategy or program? I want the opinion of someone more experienced before my trial runs out XD
During this last weekend, it was looking darned grim... Today, however, looking good.
Is there a means on hubpages of posting your latest hub link or most recetnly updated link into a forum, so that people can read it.
They have this on squidoo, but I cant seem to find it here.
Thanks for yoru help everyone
I really envy those of you who can get more than 2000 views per day. I am getting near 2 years with hubpages and still struggling even though most of my published articles are featured.
It helps a lot to write about original subjects that few other people write about. It doesn't have to be completely original but just a new angle on some subject. It will help with getting natural backlinks but also will be found and shared and you will get more traffic then if you try and write something very good about something that has been covered to death.
We can't forget that you can join a online 'netizen' site such as Examiner dot com and there are others, next to offering a piece on iReport on CNN, and depends on interest. These sites allow you to 'capture' traffic and provide directions to your HP
Hi always samber I've been here for 2 weeks and i've published 16 hubs some are doing ok and some not. Some of my hubs are already ranked on Google one of them is Page ranked 2 "http://startupsold.hubpages.com/hub/Where-to-live-in-Manila", I do have a bit of background in technology and SEO and in my upcoming post I would share how Google is the king and how to please Google.
I've been here 6 months with 36 hubs. I'm doing "just ok" with views and earnings increasing steadily, a little at at time. I guess I should be happy but there is still so much I don't understand and have nothing to compare my progress to, so it's hard to guage. So I remain confused a lot of the time about what I should be doing or what I'm doing right, to see measurable progress. For example, I have one hub that exploded with views after about 4 months of being published. It was my second hub ( a recipe), written when I was green and totally clueless. It continues to gets as much as 200+ views a day. What I don't understand is that I have written way better and more interesting hubs since, utilizing hub tools and several capsules, using my own images, same writing style, excellent grammar, etc. I've even edited hubs using title-turner, corrected minor typos, made attempts at SEO, streamlined summaries, and continue to promote through friends on twitter and fb. But none of the other 35 hubs are exploding with traffic like the recipe hub.
I hope this is not more discouraging than helpful but as Marisa said, patience is the key. I am patiently waiting for the next hub view explosion.
Well this topic are really interesting. Content is a king today, so I believe: build your own community according to your business is the right key for you in order to receive more organic traffic.
Building traffic steadily requires you to be seen and ranked by Google, so internal traffic, or traffic from groups of other Hubbers on FB does not move you to that goal. I have almost completely stopped sharing on FB groups that are mostly made up of writers here (I rarely post even one hub). I do sometimes post a hub on non-writer groups. Because of this, the majority of my traffic is now search-engine driven, from one of the various Google dot.com sources, rather than from HP or from the FB groups.
Traffic eventually grows organically, and I honestly believe that the more Google sees people going to your articles from searches, the higher they rank you. I also wonder if the reverse is true - perhaps they penalize pages or even entire sub domains that get little traffic after that first surge when the hub was shared among friends.
Getting traffic from our buddies is a bit like everyone reading the yearbook & leaving comments. It's a flurry of activity, but few people ask to see and sign your yearbook after that. And certainly there's no drive-by traffic. Google doesn't want to reward us for having a lot of friends.
In my opinions, this platform (hubpages) is a helpful source to enhance traffic of your website.
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