My traffic is up today, surprisingly. Don't forget, it is August when a lot of people take vacations. I have stuck to my schedule of publishing 2 hubs per week because traffic should pick up after Labor Day.
For what it's worth, last year I created a little test account with eight hubs and an unknown username, did no social media promotion and zero promotion of any kind beyond commonsense SEO (the kind many people do without even realizing it). Result: an average of 200-300 visitors a week within a month.
So it can be done. But I have some years of trial and error behind me. Try not to be discouraged; most of us had to start from scratch and learn through successes and flops.
I had a good writer who did well here, tell me several years ago that I needed at least 100 hubs, preferably 200, and it might take 2 years before I see income that amounts to anything. Being here 11 days, that has a lot to do with it.
I believe in the 100 benchmark for anyone who doesn't have viral magic. One of my very successful Etsy friends confirmed that once her shop had 100 pages of items (ie 1 item per page), it took off. 100 hubs is a benchmark for getting better traffic - as Google recognises 100 pages as a serious website as opposed to a fly-by-night website.
As more people write on the web, the benchmark will shift. One day in 10 years, it may go as high as 1,200 pages. Be glad it is only 100 today and get writing!
I don't know if it is the niche I write in (gardening) or my hubbing schedule (I write on weekends only), but my traffic varies considerably depending on the day. I always get good traffic after I publish hubs on Saturday and Sunday. Then Monday and Tuesday traffic goes up even further, but starts to slide on Wednesday and tanks on Thursday and Friday.
OldRoses, do you know where your traffic is coming from? That pattern sounds like the traffic is coming from within HubPages: you publish a Hub, your followers are notified, and over the first few days they come and visit your new Hub (and maybe browse a couple of your old ones). That traffic tails off by Thursday and Friday.
Marisa, I thought so too but I've been checking the stats on my older hubs which get their traffic from search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo Search and they demonstrate the same weekly pattern. I think it may be due to the fact that I link similar hubs (vegetables, flowers, bulbs, etc) so the older hubs are showing up as "edited" when I add links from my new hubs.
Hubs need to age before they do well. It should get better with time. The old say goes though that 80% of traffic comes from 20% of your hubs. This is true to some extent. If you get in the right niche you can get good traffic on most of your hubs.
PS You need more than 3 hubs to see good traffic. Many more.
Thanks for your information. In deed I would also like to know regarding the required parameters to attain successful approval for the Google Ad Sense program. Due to lack of awareness I did apply there with a single published article in hand. Therefore, I am keen to know how many articles need to be successfully featured to generate earnings from hub pages.
Different writers advise different numbers. 20 hubs would be good and some say to wait 3 months. Some countries have to wait 6 months. I can't give advice other than what I've heard myself. When I applied I already was approved for my website, so when I joined Hubpages I didn't need to apply. I hope someone jumps in here and answers you that has done this themselves.
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