I just shared the crap out of a Hub I wrote that I think is pretty good (the one on longevity called "The First Person to Live to Be 200 Years Old is Alive Today"), and it seems to be a home run. In just 2 days, I've gotten 1,623 (about a third of my total views EVER). I'm not sure why this one is the proverbial home run, but it is.
Anyway, do you guys have any particular standout Hubs? If so, any idea why that one particular Hub did so well?
I don't have any "stellar" hubs. I have one about how you can tell someone's personality by how they eat fries - which has over 500 views... but I wrote that back in January.
1,902 views on a poem, my most viewed Hub (how embarrassing to be admitting this). No idea why that poem got so many views. Was it the title (had the word 'free' in it as in free verse which is a style of poetry)? Had the word 'Spring' in the title as well (as in springtime season).
Since I changed the title to remove the 'free verse' designation views have bottomed out. So there you go. If you want views, use the word 'free' somewhere in the title lol.
I used to have a commode ode published here. It was a true classic. Alas, Google hated it, so I moved it elsewhere.
Commode (as in bathroom)? I don't know what Google likes, that is the million dollar question ain't it?
That's an excellent start. Not sure I've had any hubs that took off quite so fast!
My highest traffic hub has over 1,700,000 views. The next highest over 1,100,000.
Why they've done well? Well they're both evergreen, with high search volumes, and I guess the content appeals to the target audience.
first of all congratulations on that hub...secondly, if i post my views here it would probably be comedy hour. great job!
Last week, a local radio station shared one of my hubs on its Facebook page, and pushed it out to everyone who had their phone app. I got about 25,000 page views on that article in one day, and about 45,000 total so far.
I don't expect that will ever happen again.
That, my friend, is amazing. Congratulations!
Truly. It was stunning to watch Google Analytics in real time that day.
Silly question: do we have access to Google Analytics already on our Hubs?
If you set it up, you do.
Most views on a Hub, as of right this moment = 1,680,510
That's a Hub that's almost 7 years old.
That's awesome. What's the name of the Hub?
I doubt if anyone with numbers like this will reveal their high traffic hubs. Unfortunately there are always those who will steal high traffic content and they are among us. I think her stating that it's a 7 year old hub says quite a bit in regard to quality, evergreen content ranking well.
Actually I don't think the Hub is evergreen. I think it had a great run of about four years in there where it was a huge topic of worldwide interest, but now I think that's waned.
I have been writing online now since 2002, and I think the idea of truly evergreen content is more of a marketing holy grail than a firm reality.
I've been creating content online since 1998, and I would absolutely agree, although there is certainly tremendous value in being the first to write about something. I had an enormous competitive edge on a niche market in the early 2000s, showing up high in search engines (pre-Google's dominance), and there were maybe 1% as many content creators back then as there are now.
Funny thing is, the opportunities are actually better now if you're educated. In spite of all my experiences, SEO is one thing I've stubbornly avoided mastering. I don't like the idea of creating a niche around a demand, as is often suggested by "gurus" and the like. I'm much more interested in simply writing about those things about which I'm most passionate, THEN figuring out how to drive traffic to them. If no traffic ends up coming, so be it, because I was going to write all that stuff down anyway.
Even the evergreen fades, but it's always a topic of interest. I get what you're saying. Most content needs some kind of periodic refresh. Your hub with that many views obviously answered search queries! Those are amazing stats!
@ goatfury "I'm much more interested in simply writing about those things about which I'm most passionate, THEN figuring out how to drive traffic to them."
Your statement reminds me of something I read recently from some SEO blog. The author said, it's not so much about optimizing keywords for search engines, it's learning to optimize the search experience for the user. The Hummingbird algorithm is supposed to work along this concept.
That sounds pretty cool, actually. Can you elaborate a little about the Hummingbird algorithm?
Side note: I read a book recently about algorithms and how the run our world. Very enlightening. "Automate This" was the name.
I'm certainly not an seo person, but I try to keep informed about how users find our pages. Hummingbird is the name of Google's (semantic) search algorithm that they started using in the fall of 2013. It's also referred to as the new engine, focusing more on semantics and user intent rather than strictly using keywords to understand search queries. So a user could enter a query and Hummingbird is supposed to figure out what the user needs contextually and give relevant results quickly. What this means to a writer is that we need to understand how our targeted audience searches for our topics and optimize our content for the user who lands on our page. Once they land, does our page deliver with information they need/want. I remember years ago that writers would bring traffic with keywords and purposefully not give the reader what they wanted so that they would click on an ad. I never went that route because I didn't want to, and then along came Panda! We know the story. That is no longer an effective way to rank well and is considered spammy content, which it is. We need to write to inform, educate and understand user intent. There are plenty of great articles online about Hummingbird. Searchmetrics has an interesting one with graphics.
That's pretty darn amazing! It must feel like winning on a scratch off when something trends. Hopefully the article keeps bringing views.
The biggest I saw was 15k for one of my hubs. It was about declamation pieces. My other hubs are still struggling and putting up a fight, though.
My highest is about 45,550 views and next one down is about 26,000 but some have hardly any views. Funny how silly ideas do well !
The most I ever got on a single Hub Page was over 200,000 in 48 hours. I have several Chili Hub Pages that right now are getting several thousand views a day each. I have a pork chop Hub Page that has got over a million views in eight months.
My Hub on endangered species has over 20,000 views. I ranks 5th on a top 5 endangered species google search. I will actually be making some money this year because of it.
http://adamleeandersen.hubpages.com/hub … es-in-2014
612,392 views as I post this. Viral hubs can indeed happen. Unfortunately this particular hub's glory days have come and gone. Lucky to get a view a day now.
Actually, the critter did get another 125 views in the last 30 days. Kind of amazing, considering how outdated it is. If anyone is interested, it's the one with 900 comments and that's been stolen over 100 times.
Brownie83 had a Hub which went viral on Facebook and received over 2 million views within seven days. Howlermukey had one with over 800,000 views. My best Hub has 203,000 views.
Wow, 2 million? That is just nuts! Is that one of the highest viewed Hubs ever? Is there any way to find out definitively?
That's definitely one of the highest views ever, if not THE highest. Both of those Hubs went viral on Facebook and that's a difficult thing to predict, let alone target. It's always a pleasant surprise to the authors when it does happen.
Here are two HP blog posts about those two Hubs:
http://blog.hubpages.com/2014/01/heres- … on-jersey/
http://blog.hubpages.com/2013/12/viral- … u-to-know/
If you've got a Hub getting lots of views, DON'T TELL ANYBODY. There are people who look out of information like that, so they know which Hubs are worth stealing.
Unfortunately it has happened in the past several times.
As Marisa has already said it is not a good idea to keep publicizing your successful hubs and niches as pretty soon someone is going to come along and copy what you have..
But you can get a pretty good idea as to what sort of traffic people get by just looking at their profile - although there is a long way between the 1 million and the 10 million badges!!
My biggest peak was in the 1000's after something that I wrote got shared on the front page of a very popular blog.. But most of my hubs just plod along gaining a steady amount of traffic day after day.......
Social sharing can be a good way to get traffic but it is generally going to be short lived.. Search engine traffic is what I target as that I will get every day; until the next update by Google puts me into a different position on the search engine roller coaster.....
Can't social media traffic actually help boost SEO? I feel like there's more long term value in it than many people give it credit, but I'm certainly no expert.
Hi Goatfury, yes of course social media shares and likes can help boost your traffic through the search engines as they are of course a form of link to your work.
There are various studies out there that show that high ranking pages have large number of shares and likes but what that information does not tell you is if the large number of shares and likes are because the page is ranked highly in the search engines or if the page is ranked highly in the search engines because of the large number of shares and likes. Which is the cause and which is the effect is not clear so it would not be wise to make assumptions..
You also have to look at the sort of pages that tend to generate large numbers of shares and likes; typically these types of pages are not going to be based on keywords that people will be typing into google on a daily basis to get an answer to. You will find it hard to get a page about "removing carpet stains" to go viral on social media while the "Look at my cute cat chocking itself to death while playing with a ball of wool" will get shared a billion times...
I very much aim for google traffic but that does not stop me sharing pages on twitter, facebook etc to gain that initial boost of views.... However I would not waste my time spending half a day or more sharing it across a hundred different pages and networks for a short term peak in traffic.. I would rather have a page that got 20 views a day every day than one that got 2,500 views after a full day of sharing on social networks and then dwindled down to nothing.....
Posting on too many sites over a short period may also look like spam to google so it could actually hinder your traffic in the future...
When I said I "shared the crap out of it", I really just meant that I spent 10 minutes sharing it in Facebook niche groups. It's funny - here on Hubpages, I spend maybe twice as much time writing as I do interacting and sharing, whereas on Bubblews, for example, it's the exact opposite (in fact, I spend at least 5 times as long interacting there as writing, which takes pretty much no time, as you know). Hubpages Hubs are a long term investment of time, and I'd certainly like for them to be evergreen. I don't really care about short term traffic, although this particular time got me a bit excited, as it was the first one to really take off on its own (but not the first one I've shared).
I think social sharing works better for some types of articles than others. Pinterest is my #1 referrer, because I write craft how-to articles and recipes: the types of items that get pinned and repinned, over and over again.
That makes a lot of sense. I write mostly about physics and technological innovations, but from a social perspective. While I'll post the article on Pinterest from time to time, I don't receive much traffic from there as opposed to, say, Facebook or Google Plus. I think if the nature of the project is considerably less dependent on a visual component, that makes a lot of sense.
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