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Traffic ~ The way it is...

  1. paradigmsearch profile image89
    paradigmsearchposted 3 years ago

    http://s4.hubimg.com/u/8056099_f520.jpg

    1. Healthy Pursuits profile image88
      Healthy Pursuitsposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Don't call me buttercup.  lol

    2. habee profile image90
      habeeposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      That's MRS. Buttercup to you!

      OR

      Goddess Buttercup
      All Powerful Buttercup
      Queen Buttercup
      Holle Buttercup, Celtic Warrior Princess

      1. paradigmsearch profile image89
        paradigmsearchposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Us buttercups must stick together. lol

  2. prettydarkhorse profile image61
    prettydarkhorseposted 3 years ago

    Could be differentiated with "The Way It Used to Be". smile "Buttercup, why do you build me up, don't break my heart".

    1. paradigmsearch profile image89
      paradigmsearchposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      big_smile

      I decided I have been bitching and moaning about my traffic long enough. This is my demarcation point. lol

      1. prettydarkhorse profile image61
        prettydarkhorseposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Har har har!!

        My fortune cookie today is : Today is the day, enjoy it. And your lucky number is -2777.

        And it also said - Don't look at your stat page today until tomorrow night, you might not swallow your Chinese food. lol

  3. brakel2 profile image86
    brakel2posted 3 years ago

    I love it, and I hate my loss of traffic. When I see HP is up at Quantcast. I think "Why can't it be all the hubbers.?  However, I will no longer let it create "Big Stress". I will think of Buttercup, the cutie.

    1. paradigmsearch profile image89
      paradigmsearchposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Your post reminded me to visit Quantcast.

      MY GOD! SQUIDOO GOT SLAUGHTERED!

      I knew Squidoo was in the Google doghouse, but I had no idea it was this bad.

      HubPages US rank: 80

      Squidoo US rank: 138

      (ref: this post made June 1, 2013)

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    Beth37posted 3 years ago

    Im really happy with my traffic. All 3 of them.

  5. John Jason Hosac profile image60
    John Jason Hosacposted 3 years ago

    Wow. Just for the record my traffic flucuates quite erraticlly

  6. WryLilt profile image86
    WryLiltposted 3 years ago

    I no longer stress about Google traffic so much. Pinterest usually fills in the traffic dips - some things get viral bursts of pins then stop for a month.

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      Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      I haven't really mastered the whole pinterest thing yet. Meaning I don't get it.

      1. WryLilt profile image86
        WryLiltposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Have you read my hubs on it? smile

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          Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

          I should say yes, cause it seems impolite to say that I haven't, but I haven't.

          1. WryLilt profile image86
            WryLiltposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            Well my technique is extremely simple and my top two hubs using my method have 60,000 and 40,000 pins respectively. If you're after more traffic... May be worth a look. smile

            1. lobobrandon profile image82
              lobobrandonposted 3 years ago in reply to this

              Wow! That's a lot. My highest is with 3k pins.

      2. Que Scout profile image79
        Que Scoutposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Hi Beth
        Pinterest is basically a photo site. When, say a person is doing a school project and they Google the photo they need it might take them to your photo in Pinterest. They click on the photo and it takes them to the hubpage where it came from.

  7. Mark Ewbie profile image81
    Mark Ewbieposted 3 years ago

    I wrote a hub on getting banned from Pinterest.

    To be honest I couldn't get on with them.  Pics of flowers and babies are great.

    Asses - less so.

    1. lobobrandon profile image82
      lobobrandonposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Haha, I don't have a pinterest account (I do but never use it). It's traffic from google that does the pinning and the pins get re-pinned etc.

      1. Mark Ewbie profile image81
        Mark Ewbieposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        My Pinterest source is less than 0.3% of total traffic - of which I have probably pinned the most, before I got banned.

        I have taken note of Wry's suggestions and tried to make my images more Pinnable but I suspect subject matter and audience comes into it.  I don't write about the major Pinterest interests or have visitors who want to Pin me.

        I just checked my search traffic compared to last year.  After a year of improvements - my own and HP - it is down about 30%.

        Direct traffic has improved and means my overall level is similar to where it was back then.  I am not entirely without hope.

        1. lobobrandon profile image82
          lobobrandonposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          Oh! good pictures don't usually get pinned from what I noticed big_smile hubs with simple pics are the ones that get pinned. At times I wonder who those people are who pin them. Probably subject matter then they could use other networks FB for instance smile My traffic has definitely gone up as my hubs a year ago were relatively new

    2. fpherj48 profile image81
      fpherj48posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Oh...Mark......Who needs "traffic," when we've got YOU, to brighten our spirits??

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    Beth37posted 3 years ago

    I actually have an account. I just don't get it. It's just pictures. I feel like I waste enough time on the internet, I can't imagine sitting around messing with pics all day. I don't think Ive gotten any hits from Pinterest at all... ever... it just seems like a huge waste of time. I think I'm definitely missing something. I probably need to read wrylit's hub... I just can't get into it.

    1. WryLilt profile image86
      WryLiltposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      http://s4.hubimg.com/u/6269911_f1024.jpg

      That image is at the top right of one of my hubs. It has 40,000 pins. And only about 5 of them from my personal account.

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        Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

        So you're saying... it's a pic on one of your hubs and ppl from Pinterest have repinned it 40,000 times which brings more traffic to your hubs? Cause once it's repinned, it's still tied to your hub for anyone who clicks on it in the future? I have a pic of Adam Levine on my pinterest that should be very popular, but it's not connected to my hubs... I just like to look at it. lol
        I don't know... Ill try it again maybe, I just didn't have much luck with it.

        1. Mark Ewbie profile image81
          Mark Ewbieposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          Beth, yep - you have to edit the pic so it links to your site!  But then you must mix and match with other peoples pics so you don't look like a spammer - that's how I got banned.  ALL my pics were my own.

          Wry has the perfect picture there for Pinterest.  Simple message that leads them into a possibility of useful information for the mass audience.

          Me.  I have stickmen, occasionally obscene.  My audience does not exist within the Pinterest site.  It is more Reddit - in my opinion, although not theirs because they banned me as well.

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            Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

            We should combine forces. If you could make a stickman of my Adam Levine pic. I think ppl would really enjoy that. smile

            1. Mark Ewbie profile image81
              Mark Ewbieposted 3 years ago in reply to this

              Adam Levine?  Google.  Good heavens - he's rather hunky.  There might be some mileage in that pic with a ladies hand.  I am busy at the mo' though.

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                Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

                Do stick figures have hands? Would she need them in this case... all things being a bit... linear and all? Yes, quite a bit of mileage I imagine.

                1. Mark Ewbie profile image81
                  Mark Ewbieposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                  I did have some near the knuckle pics at one point but HP said they were "crude and inappropriate for a family site".

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                    Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

                    "near the knuckle" lol
                    I so enjoy Brits.

                  2. Will Apse profile image89
                    Will Apseposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                    Both of the people in WryLit's pic appear to be pregnant which should have rung some knuckle bells.

          2. earner profile image86
            earnerposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            Writing for bridezillas and people up the duff and people with kids.... seems to get popularity on Pinterest.

            Unfortunately .... I know nothing of their lifestyle so couldn't get motivated to write for them.

        2. WryLilt profile image86
          WryLiltposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          Precisely Beth. Adding the title of the hub (or a teaser) means people who want to bookmark it, do so by using my image smile Pinterest is really just one gigantic image bookmarking site.

          If it was a pretty picture, it wouldn't be as memorable or interesting. And no one would want to click it to get more information smile

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            Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

            So far the only pic that has really captured my imagination was that one of Adam Levine.

            1. WryLilt profile image86
              WryLiltposted 3 years ago in reply to this

              Title it "20 men hotter than Adam Levine" then link it to a hub that starts with "Just kidding"?

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                Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

                lol

    2. Barbara Kay profile image84
      Barbara Kayposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      I'm not getting the traffic from Pinterest that Wrylit is. I am at around 50-60 visits a day though. The traffic is growing too, so it is well worth it. I'm interested in seeing where it eventually goes.

  9. cheaptrick profile image64
    cheaptrickposted 3 years ago

    What ever happened to 'write something original and people will find it'? Driving traffic and SEO and all those other tech things have beaten quality writing [not that I do] to a pulp. I've checked out hubbers who get huge traffic with crap hubs only because they know the tricks to lure readers to their page. I've also read hubs by low ranking low view hubbers that were great but then, all they did was write great hubs. I believe getting views has taken priority over good writing....a sad day indeed...

  10. paradigmsearch profile image89
    paradigmsearchposted 3 years ago

    One of my hubs actually got a pinterest spike yesterday. Bless some fuzzy, little pinner's heart...

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      Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      lol

  11. SidKemp profile image94
    SidKempposted 3 years ago

    I just read this whole thread and reflected on whether I want to get into Pinterest, and why I haven't.

    Putting it all together, here's what I see. Ginny Lee's hub on Pinterest has this caption: The Best Pinterest Tips and Tricks - Fabulous Secrets for using this addicting website!

    Let's say it's true: Pinterest is both graphical and addictive.

    My HubPages articles are for people who read and think. Addicts don't think a lot. Addicts want to be amused by words, images, stories, and avoid their own pain. That's why we do addictive things.

    This answers the question from CheapTrick: "What ever happened to 'write something original and people will find it'? " When people read and wanted interesting things, that worked. Now people gaze with eyes glazed, and want distractions. It's hard to write for a world where nobody reads.

    It also explains my own avoidance of pinterest. I'm a reader and experiencer. Still images don't work for me. That I knew. But, even more so, I don't hang out in bars. I'm not into addiction. (I'm not saying I don't struggle with addiction - sometimes I waste way too much time watching Netflix. But that's the point. I want to move away from addiction, and social networks (Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest) thrive on the addictive minds of their users.

    At the same time, I think I must dive in.

    Among all those pinners and tweeters and posters, there must be a few intelligent people looking for something interesting, uplifting, useful, and empowering to read.

    And I need to find them.

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      Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Oooh, I like your spin on it better than mine.
      Pinners are unintelligent addicts and that's why they aren't really interested in my high brow musings.   Im going with that.

    2. WryLilt profile image86
      WryLiltposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      There are idiots everywhere. And smart people everywhere. Hell, I'm on Pinterest, aren't I? wink

      1. SidKemp profile image94
        SidKempposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        My friend WryLilt, I ask: And which of the two propositions you made is supported by your evidence? :-)

        1. WryLilt profile image86
          WryLiltposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          Hehehehe.

    3. WriteAngled profile image92
      WriteAngledposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Well, that's a recipe for instant disaster

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        Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

        I appear to be drawing young men who are busy with their hands. Luckily R Creighton pointed that out to me when I didn't understand one of the comments one of the young men left for me. Im pretty sure if I want to draw a thinker, I'm going to have to plagiarize someone elses work.

      2. paradigmsearch profile image89
        paradigmsearchposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        lol

  12. SidKemp profile image94
    SidKempposted 3 years ago

    Yes. But in marketing, we are not seeking to create images and messages that capture ourselves. We want to capture our target market, our audience. On HubPages, that means readers, not writers, and they have different interests than we do. Movie-makers (Directors, scriptwriters, producers) make movies for movie-goers, not for other movie-makers. Car dealerships design ads for people who might want to buy a car, not for auto salesmen.

    One of the big problems with marketing is that we must use our creative talent not to please ourselves, but to attract others who are different than we are. This raises both emotional and mental challenges. Perhaps, also, it can be a path of growth.

    1. Will Apse profile image89
      Will Apseposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      You gotta eat.

      Give them what they want. Take the money.

    2. Susana S profile image91
      Susana Sposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      So true. Those that understand their audience and write for them will usually be the most successful.

      I remember in Stephen King's book On Writing, he talks about his "dear reader" and how he always keeps his reader in mind when writing.

      It's a good lesson to learn.

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        Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

        That makes him seem way more spooky. Id rather think he was just focusing on the demons as he wrote. lol

        1. Susana S profile image91
          Susana Sposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          I think it makes him sound generous! He wants to delight, excite, surprise, create anticipation etc in order to entertain.

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            Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

            He's scary.

      2. Mark Ewbie profile image81
        Mark Ewbieposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Trouble is I don't really like my readers. Most of the time they barge in, have a quick look and disappear.  I tried typing "LOOK HERE YOU MORON >>>>>" at an advert but they don't take any notice.

        Now I'm just rude from the get-go.  No time wasted you see, on pointless niceties.

        Bastards.

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          Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

          lol!

        2. Susana S profile image91
          Susana Sposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          You don't have to like them Mark!

          In fact there's probably a big market for abusive content lol smile

          1. WryLilt profile image86
            WryLiltposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            Agreed. Mark needs to start a comedy BDSM site!

            1. Susana S profile image91
              Susana Sposted 3 years ago in reply to this

              Lol - unique niche!

  13. paradigmsearch profile image89
    paradigmsearchposted 3 years ago

    Each hubber ponders and waits... Will this Monday's traffic beat last Monday's traffic? Three hours to go on Analytics stats. Tensions mount...

  14. paradigmsearch profile image89
    paradigmsearchposted 3 years ago

    HubPages this Monday's traffic beat last Monday's traffic. All is well in internet land...

    1. Will Apse profile image89
      Will Apseposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Well, I'm having a grim start to the week with a 2.3 per cent downfrown.

    2. Mark Ewbie profile image81
      Mark Ewbieposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      It is if you don't check back a few months.

      1. SmartAndFun profile image92
        SmartAndFunposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        I have not recovered from May 7. sad

        My weekly lows keep getting lower and my weekly highs keep getting lower. My stats look like a downward staircase.

        1. Mark Ewbie profile image81
          Mark Ewbieposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          Same here.

    3. lobobrandon profile image82
      lobobrandonposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Damn!! lucky you... I'm off by 3 views.

      1. paradigmsearch profile image89
        paradigmsearchposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        I was talking about HP's traffic, not my traffic.

        As to my traffic, I went and re-read the message to myself in the op and decided to take a nap. lol

        1. lobobrandon profile image82
          lobobrandonposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          Ooh!! haha big_smile

          If only I had gotten those 3 views you would have seen an improvement on the HP traffic. Darn it! I should have tried social sharing for once, would surely have gotten those 3 desperately needed views.

  15. brakel2 profile image86
    brakel2posted 3 years ago

    Same here. Let us hope for a better tomorrow.

  16. SmartAndFun profile image92
    SmartAndFunposted 3 years ago

    I'm sorry to hear others are in the same sinking boat with me. Hope y'all start doing better.

  17. paradigmsearch profile image89
    paradigmsearchposted 3 years ago

    Hot damn! Traffic above a certain, beloved round number!

  18. Mark Ewbie profile image81
    Mark Ewbieposted 3 years ago

    My traffic is back to pre April 2012 levels.

  19. Mark Ewbie profile image81
    Mark Ewbieposted 3 years ago

    This is my organic search traffic since May 2012.  In that time I have published and deleted many pages, I have tweaked and improved where I can, I have tried to offer my visitors something to delight and engage them.  I do not spam or cheat in any way - my content is original and unspun.

    http://s2.hubimg.com/u/8072037_f248.jpg

    That is essentially a years worth of work in my free time and my result is a worse position than a year ago.  I don't blame anyone for this, I am not moaning at HP or even Google, it is what it is.

    1. Will Apse profile image89
      Will Apseposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      I would be fed up with my traffic if I had done a lot of work here over the last 12 months, but really I have only done maintenance, so a steady state is OK.

      The little upblips make it all worthwhile.

      http://s1.hubimg.com/u/8073900_f520.jpg

      1. Mark Ewbie profile image81
        Mark Ewbieposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks Will.   It is interesting to see other people's experience.  Definitely a mixed bag of results hidden within the overall Quantcast picture.

  20. Mark Ewbie profile image81
    Mark Ewbieposted 3 years ago

    On the other hand - if I look at my site traffic where I have made limited effort and my content is frankly not as good as HP...
    http://s3.hubimg.com/u/8072074_f248.jpg

    1. SimeyC profile image88
      SimeyCposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Here's mine:

      http://s2.hubimg.com/u/8072081_f1024.jpg

      You'll note the big blip in December 2012. I had a topical hub get 'hidden' by Google in early December - they decided to unhide it on December 20! Imagine what the graph would have looked like if they didn't hide it!!!

      1. Mark Ewbie profile image81
        Mark Ewbieposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks Simey - the gradual decline really shows up on these.  As for that blip - that is just hurtful.  Like showing you what might have been.

  21. paradigmsearch profile image89
    paradigmsearchposted 3 years ago

    These posts caused me to look at my own ytd. Amazingly, my current traffic is higher than my February and March. But definitely lower than my April and first half of May. And I'm happy to say that my traffic is higher this year than last year.

    1. Mark Ewbie profile image81
      Mark Ewbieposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Organic search graph or it didn't happen.

      smile

      1. paradigmsearch profile image89
        paradigmsearchposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Went and looked. Numbers lower of course, but the relativeness held up.

        1. Mark Ewbie profile image81
          Mark Ewbieposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          Well that's encouraging!

  22. paradigmsearch profile image89
    paradigmsearchposted 3 years ago

    About HP-ads, just wanted to say bless HP's fuzzy little hearts...

  23. G Miah profile image82
    G Miahposted 3 years ago

    I'm disappointed with my daily earnings! It used to be quite good, especially last month. I don't understand what has happened.

    Anyway, i will be patient and see what happens this month, it may pick up again.

    1. wilderness profile image97
      wildernessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      You will probably see lower CPM's, affecting earnings, all summer.  Limited experience says that advertisers won't pay as much in the summer.  Come fall, and the Xmas season begins to show up on the radar, CPM's will probably begin to rise once more.

      Plus, of course, traffic generally falls during the summer.  Unless you're one of the "down unders" you're outside playing, not sitting indoors with a laptop.

      1. earner profile image86
        earnerposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        UK's had its coldest spring for 50 years .... and this morning, where I live, it started with a thunderstorm and downpour from 5am.  Not much playing outside for people today.

        I should write a hub about folding plastic bags into rain hats smile

        1. HollieT profile image88
          HollieTposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          It's been gorgeous in the usually wet and miserable Manchester. Honestly, today actually felt like summer. smile

  24. A K Turner profile image78
    A K Turnerposted 3 years ago

    I am only getting about a dollar a month at the moment, although I do only have a limited number of hubs... I refuse to go hub crazy. I would rather do a few things very well, that lots of things badly

  25. brakel2 profile image86
    brakel2posted 3 years ago via iphone

    By the way congrats on all those views Wilderness. Way to go. Yes, I do think traffic and pay is down for summer.

  26. SmartAndFun profile image92
    SmartAndFunposted 3 years ago

    Unfortunately, my traffic drop is much more than the usual summer doldrums. Whatever update Big G did around May 7 has had a very negative and so-far lasting effect. sad

  27. Jenn-Anne profile image90
    Jenn-Anneposted 3 years ago

    May was a great month for me - my best ever. But June has been abysmal so far. Views are way off. I know it is normal but the ups and downs can be so frustrating.

  28. paradigmsearch profile image89
    paradigmsearchposted 3 years ago

    Well, well. My traffic is better than expected for a Friday. So far, anyway..,.

  29. paradigmsearch profile image89
    paradigmsearchposted 3 years ago

    Seems like the forums just keep getting less and less active... If this keeps up, I just might have to start writing hubs again to keep busy.

    1. HollieT profile image88
      HollieTposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Have you stopped writing hubs, PDS?

      1. paradigmsearch profile image89
        paradigmsearchposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Until such time as I can think of something that won't just lay there for a year before getting traffic, I really see no reason to continue writing.

        1. HollieT profile image88
          HollieTposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          Yes, but in a years time you might be glad that you did. I know what you mean though- but every now and again we strike gold, even if only temporarily. Your next hub might be the gold!

  30. EuroNinila profile image86
    EuroNinilaposted 3 years ago

    LOL i love the angry cat!! That's right suck it up buttercups wink :p!!!

  31. moonlake profile image87
    moonlakeposted 3 years ago

    My traffic and earnings dropped pretty bad yesterday. Traffic was finally starting to go up.

  32. Mark Ewbie profile image81
    Mark Ewbieposted 3 years ago

    Here is a sad little page.  Never got much traffic but it was slowly climbing until - wham.

    It has gone off to see if it can do better elsewhere...
    http://s2.hubimg.com/u/8079053_f248.jpg

  33. Mark Ewbie profile image81
    Mark Ewbieposted 3 years ago

    Here is a comparison of organic search to my HubPages account - this year in blue, last year in orange.

    Twelve months of tweaking, same seasonal factors, all hubs pass the QAP thing.  I am not moaning.  This is evaluating effort put in v. results.
    http://s3.hubimg.com/u/8080902_f248.jpg

    1. aa lite profile image91
      aa liteposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      But you don't know how badly your traffic would have gone down if you hadn't tweaked.  Perhaps it would be much lower.

      Also, perhaps when the wonderful day arrives, and we are finally safe from panda your traffic will take off, and all your tweaking will have contributed to the panda immunity.

      Or that day will never arrive, and we will be condemned to earning a few pennies from the traffic dregs that Google throws us.  There is no way to know.

      Incidentally, if you are really serious about earning and traffic, then I think your content, excellent though it is, might not work for that.  When people want  to be amused on the internet they head straight to youtube, reddit, or whatever purveyor of mindless amusement they favour.  They don't google for it.

      You would probably see more traffic with straightforward how-to or buying guides or whatever it is that people actually google for.  Sad but true.

      1. Mark Ewbie profile image81
        Mark Ewbieposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks aalite.  I have now given up hope that my stuff will work on here.  It is a not a one-stop "here it is now buy it" offering.  Neither do art or humor convert into sales or lucrative advertising.

        I am now experimenting (again) with a site of my own to see what visits I can get and what I can do with them.  Now I am thrilled all over again with a single visit.

        Incidentally the site is NOT linked to from my profile.  The aim is not to attract a few visits from Hubbers.

        1. aa lite profile image91
          aa liteposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          That a pity that it is not linked from your profile I am sure lots of people from here would follow you.

          If you're having a blog sort of thing, then you need lots of followers.  Because whether here, or on your own site, I don't think you will get much google traffic, if people follow you, they might get other people to follow you and it builds upl.

          How are you monetizing it?  I think your Zazzle store might be the best bet.  Again I suspect your stuff won't convert particularly well to Adsense clicks.

          Anyway I hope you reconsider telling people here about your new site

          1. Mark Ewbie profile image81
            Mark Ewbieposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            Ha well truth is it is a very incomplete offering at present.  I really don't want to push it here when we are used to Stellar standards, etc.

            It is not a blog, but a site.  It means I can arrange my content - like a more sophisticated Groups essentially.  "You like this stickman? Well here's another".  That kind of thing.

            I am hoping that occasional visitors will convert into multiple page views.  That's the first step.

            IF I get meaningful visits then I can build on that how I choose.  Maybe shop links, maybe a book, maybe a plea to share it - I don't know yet.  My excitement is that I get to decide how to promote and manage my content.

            I did do a blog which was getting thousands of hits daily for a subject I fell on by accident.  I made a few pounds.  So no, I'm not interested in trying to build up a daily blog.  That requires time which I don't have / want to give.

            I'm still hoping to lay in a hammock one day, drawing the occasional stickman and asking my accountant how much we made yesterday.

        2. Will Apse profile image89
          Will Apseposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          You can write lucid prose. Why not use it to make some money? Then you will have all the time you need to write/draw a Great Opus.

          I can sell you some fine keywords.

          Also, all the Kingdoms you can see, you shall be king of...

          1. Mark Ewbie profile image81
            Mark Ewbieposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            Thanks Will. I do this in my spare time - it is a hobby.  So I am driven by money... yes... but fun also.  I need to enjoy it to do it.

            That may change when I have no other income but for now I have the luxury of doing what I want.  Experimenting / playing.

            I promise never to even think of writing a Great Opus.

    2. aa lite profile image91
      aa liteposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Or....I guess your fans can google you. No follow button?

      1. Mark Ewbie profile image81
        Mark Ewbieposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Follow button?  What does it mean?

        edit: Oh.  I see what you mean.  No, it is a very cheap (free) site - limited social things.  No comments, no Facebook.

        I thought "Oh no, I won't be socially enabled".  The thing is, my blogs are and all I get is grief in the comments with spammers posting links to their sites, or expecting me to enter a conversation about their toenails.

        That's why I chose free rather than getting into the Wordpress thing.  I did have a domain name a while back but I forgot to renew it and they want hundreds of dollars for it now. 

        I don't believe it matters much.  IF the content is appreciated it will find a way out there.

        1. aa lite profile image91
          aa liteposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          Blogs have follow buttons.  So when a new entry is posted your followers are emailed.  Or I guess they can follow the RSS feed.

          The point is that I don't think you can ever count on organic (google) traffic with your kind of stuff.  What you can count on is a royal following of people who like your stuff, and will come and read it every time you post something.

          Which does imply posting frequently, but not necessarily everyday.  Maybe once a week, maybe even rarer.  You could redo stories about what's been happening in the world with stickmen, or stories from your life or whatever.

          I mean have a look at this: http://themiddlestsister.com

          I reckon your stuff is better and funnier.  But this blog has 10k followers.

          I know we all want organic traffic on HP, but there are blogs like the above, and others more successful ones that don't get that much organic traffic.  The challenge is to start getting followers that are not from HP, that you don't know.

          Once you get enough followers, they will share your stuff, and you will get more traffic.  These types of blogs are best monetized with a store with cards etc.  Also if you are really successful, you can get advertisers to pay you for showing your stuff directly.  Like theblogess.com  I don't see any adsense ads on her pages.

          And once you are really successful you can also do a book.

          Different strategies for different types of content.  The blog strategy is probably very slow to see any earnings.  But, if it works, and it's not a given that it will ever work, you can make lots more money than you could waiting for organic impressions and Adsense clicks.

          Another thing, I think you could be pretty successful on reddit, if you put the work in.  But I wouldn't post links to your stuff on reddit.  I would post just pictures, like people do memes.  Comment with stickmen about something in a subreddit, just post pictures.  Hell comment on other people's posts with stickmen pictures.  Once you're liked there, you can submit a link to your stuff.

          Lots of hard work, and no guarantee of success.  In a way writing about "which Furby to get your kid for their birthday" seems easier.  But there are plenty of people writing about Furbies, and your stuff is unique, so it might take off in a pretty big way.  Or it might not.

          1. Mark Ewbie profile image81
            Mark Ewbieposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            Lol at middlestsisters.  Great fun.  aalite - I am really grateful for your input and I think you make a lot of sense.

          2. Mark Ewbie profile image81
            Mark Ewbieposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            Blog relaunched and linked to profile.  I will try aalite - really I will.

            1. aa lite profile image91
              aa liteposted 3 years ago in reply to this

              Blog seen and sampled at random.  I found your description of David Icke hilarious.

            2. HollieT profile image88
              HollieTposted 3 years ago in reply to this

              I did too, you put a smile on my face this morning. Might be a good place to advertise some of your Cafepress stick man products too.

  34. Will Apse profile image89
    Will Apseposted 3 years ago

    Someone should say that unless a page is designed from the outset to be monetized with Amazon or Ebay links, they probably shouldn't be included at all.

    Sprinkling affiliate links around how-to's or info pages will not get many sales and invites the Panda in for a snack.

    Affiliate links should only go on the kinds of page that people read when they are looking to buy something. Product comparisons do best.

    1. wilderness profile image97
      wildernessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Agreed.  I've got a couple of products I regularly sell from sprinkling both of them around how-to hubs, but the vast majority are from hubs designed to sell, not give info, and that's apparent in the title.

      I don't do as well with comparisons, though, as with plain advice on what to buy to accomplish a task.  And I've a few review hubs, written for sales, that do well, too.  Perhaps my comparison products are too expensive; they're all in the hundreds of dollars range.

  35. paradigmsearch profile image89
    paradigmsearchposted 3 years ago

    OK, Mr. Traffic. You can stop dropping now. The weekend is 75% over, and it's time for you to start rising again in acknowledgement of the new week. You hear?

    1. SoundNFury profile image85
      SoundNFuryposted 3 years ago in reply to this
      1. paradigmsearch profile image89
        paradigmsearchposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Me thinks I'll refrain from giving an update... big_smile

 
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