I've only just started and got three articles up and running, one has a blue triangle which I noticed means traffic falling...pretty drastically actually! So a couple of questions...Why? and is there actually anything I can do about it? I have done the social sites share thing (but don't have a big audience in those circles anyway) and I don't really believe in doing the ping thing! Any tips that I should know about here in HP? I was pleased with the way that article started but now....hmmm
It's actually pretty normal. It will take several months before you start to see organic traffic - the best thing you can do is to keep writing, research your niche, work on SEO (search engine optimization) but most importantly ensure that every article you write will be top quality.
I didn't see any traffic for the first six months to a year - but then saw a steady increase over time...
Yeah...I guess the initial views are pretty much all HP based and once it drops off the new articles...it fades.
BTW A couple of hints that may help:
-Headings - this is probably the hardest thing to do but you have to make your headings searchable - use something like Google Adwords and look for phrases that get up to 25000 views - anything above that and you're not going to rank well.
Example: What's The Difference? - Use "What's the difference between Marvel and DC Superheroes"
the phrase 'Marvel and DC Superheroes' gets around 2500 searches a month.
Your main heading would probably be better something like: Which superhero is best? Marvel v DC.
What you need to do is think what you would type into Google and then research that phrase.
Pictures - you have great pictures but do you have rights to use them? Just adding a source is not normally enough - you have to list the rights given - is it public domain, is there a creative commons license, do you have permission from the owners?
Flow - you've broken the article up with sub-headings - which is good - but it's not obvious which is the DC or Marvel section.
What you could do is add 'lines' - (use a picture of a line) - to create sections. Maybe having a picture under each main heading.
Finally - content. What you have to ask yourself is whether you are adding value to the subject - if you're simply repeating what is already available on the web then you will not rank higher - if you can come up with a way to bring something new to the subject - perhaps comparing superheroes side by side - and then polling the reader - Who would win a fight between X and Y?
Thanks for the useful info. The pictures are all found on the google advanced images search for pictures to be used inc commercial use...yes they are all creative commons with the right to use and share even for commercial use. I am very particular about checking every picture I use. With my IB articles I get most photos through compfight which provides the link to paste... but obviously with sketches in google advanced search... no matter where I clicked or looked there are no such links nor any obvious info I can find other than the link that takes you to the page to say it is creative commons etc... So on HP I have to make a whole list of those things you mention? Where? in the extra comments?
Actually something I wonder if I am missing? is a place to put my references..I mean to say where I sourced specific information from? It feels strange not being able to prove that.
I hear what you're saying about breaking the page up but had no idea how to do that here? I'll try work out the line thing you mention.
I also hear what you're saying about content but the hero 1 VS hero 2 has been done everywhere you look on the net and I was really aiming more at people even knowing whether they there are these two major groups of heroes...until fairly recently...I didn't nor did most of my friends. We all like them, but didn't realize there was any difference. I'll try think of some other angle to add.
BTW that's not the article that has dropped views...It's my first article
Thanks again...helpful info
What I tend to do is write the source as "Name via Wiki Commons, PD-Self" or amended as appropriate.
References in general can be place in a text module at the bottom - you can even add links if needed.
BTW I just picked on that article - the same techniques apply to all articles. Look at some of the top hubbrs (or use the Hub Hopper) to see some other articles - what do you like about their articles? what do you dislike? Post your articles in the forum (there's a section) and ask for a critique - Wrylit even has a forum dediated to this type of thing. There are many helpful people on here who will give great ideas...
Thanks again...super helpful! Still no idea what I'm doing in HP yet.
I've been here over three years and I still have no idea what I am doing!!!
Hey SimeyC...sorry to bother you but I have just amended the credit of the first image...would you mind having a look and see if you think that would be more acceptable. I'll go ahead and do the rest if that's the kind of thing you mean?
From my own experience, just because you have a blue triangle doesn't mean your hub traffic is drastically falling. And just because your hub has a red triangle doesn't mean it's greatly increasing. Also, when your hub gets a triangle (be it red or blue) in the stats it can vanish the next time the stats are updated. I am not sure there is much you can do about it aside from sharing a link to that hub with others on FB, Twitter, Pinterest, Google + etc and anywhere else that's fitting.
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