I have figured out that I cannot hop hubs, write new hubs, etc because there is something wrong with my computer, and I am working on it. So while I am working on it, since things only go wrong on HP, I am putting my new content elsewhere, and creating ideas for new sites. This way, I will be able to know what my stats are, that I won't have to constantly play with my computer because the problem is not my computer, since problems only involve HP. Traffic can't be any slower than it is, so it should be better elsewhere, especially with my current sites, and new ones once they are up and running.. So what are you doing while you are working on it!!
Social Media Promotion. Not just when traffic is low, I rarely write new content around holiday season. I just tend to update and promote my existing articles. During the hayday back in 2010-11 when backlinking worked, I used to write articles around the same topic on other sites like SheToldMe and Snipsly (haven't logged in there since 2012).
I have worked on creating Facebook pages around the topics I write and they have slowly started to get following. FB groups can be a major traffic booster (I had two of my articles go viral last month - not HP articles, though). And of couse, there's brainstorming ideas for new websites as you said. However, creating a website from scratch is actually far more boring than difficult. I like the sense of community, like we have in HP and other sites.
I guess I am mostly scratching my head wondering what to do. Traffic to my HP work has lite4rally died. I had a rush on my articles about six weeks ago that lasted a few days and nothing since. Things are so bad that I can't tell anymore when the stats are stuck or the traffic has died. It's very frustrating.
Social media may be the way to go but I feel like I'm pushing my work down the throats of others and I hate that feeling. I wish that HP would just give us some answers to what is happening.Then I think we could make informed decisions about what to do next. The silence is irritating enough to consider moving on.
Hey Linda, it may seem you are overdoing by promoting your articles, but if one does it correctly - it doesn't matter. Hell I'm mad at parents who constantly post pics of their infants captioning "cutest baby ever", and if one is doing this with their content, you are doing it wrong. On the reverse, if you do it like you are barely active once a week, you are again wrong.
The truth is, people want more information, they do want to have content pushed down their throat - the trick is where to find them. Groups are awesome, they help you meet similar people, talk about the topic you wrote about. It takes just one tweet and one like for things to go viral. I read this article yesterday and it might help all of us who are not being able to figure out the social media thing: http://writedge.com/blog/quit-standing- … izer-tray/
This is good info, but before you can do things like those mentioned, you have to have connections. Since I am much older, few of the people I know even go on FB, and those that do post about their personal lives, grandkids, etc...I doubt many even read articles online. I have tried twice to grow relationships on FB but cannot do so...so twice I have quite. One problem is that I refuse to use my real name or photo online anywhere due to privacy and security issues. This seems to be a big stumbling block. So, the most I can hope for is that someone here reads my work, likes it, posts a link to it, and others click, read, like and link also. This has happened only one time and that was a few weeks ago. It brought me 4,000 views on one article within 3 days, and then stopped.
This makes me think that one thing we can do for each other is to post links to each other's articles that we like with the hopes that they will be read, etc. I cannot do this because I no longer have a FB page, but sometimes someone does this for me, and I am always grateful!
Don't expect your friends to read your articles and make it go viral. The trick to make connections is to engage in other's work, not promote yours. You can promote your own articles from your personal Facebook profile without having to let others know that its written by you. For example, my name is not "neosurk" and yours is truly not Time Traveler. But you can post your articles from your own FB/Twitter without captioning as yours. Join FB groups, share interesting content (not written by you), comment on others' posts, "like" them, post funny memes and once in a blue moon - share your article. You never know someone in the group might have a huge FB page or a Twitter following and they decide to share it. If not, you won't be called a spammer because people know that you have been sharing posts like these for a while now and you are someone who shares good content.
If you've got other sites set up, why not just focus on those?
One tip - don't start too many new sites. Three is about the maximum number you can manage effectively, if you're going to be adding new material and promoting and monetizing properly. The idea of creating multiple mini-sites with a few articles and affiliate products is several years out of date - those sites won't rank well for long.
This is a good advice. I also think the same way. Having 2 or 3 sites and be active on all of them. But hubpages also I like very much because of the community and qualitative content here. It should not be overlooked while concentrating on your sites. This site enhances our qualities through mutual interactions and discussions.
yeah, the traffic is stagnant. So i use social media to promote my hubs as for now
I have been having problems with my computer too. I normally go on hubpages at work on my breaks and lunch. My hub score is dropping because I haven't been able to write any new hubs. However I still try to maintain an active level of reading and commenting.
I just checked my blogger blogs. I have removed most of the content, revamping one completely, and the traffic is better there than it is with HP. Of course, when they don't update states days on end, it does not help either. HP never gives us sensible answers anymore other than they are working on it, it is our computer, update and promote hubs.
Neosurk Overpromoting???? I use social media and google plus. I share my hubs when I have published them.
Umm. I don't understand. What do you mean?
LOL. I get it now. Actually, my other reply was for Linda aka lrc7815, not for Linda aka LindaSmith1. Too damn funny!
I share most of my activity on google plus like sharing my comments from timesofindia and economictimes and sharing of my sites' articles and some youtube videos, etc. Google plus is a good platform. I use facebook and twitter also but not have any following there.
How can anyone over promote depending on sites they use! Some sites can be strict, and consider a lot of links in one day, to be spam.
What I meant by over-promoting:
1. Only post your articles/websites/blogs
2. Even send those articles in messages to your friend
3. Ask your friends to "like" it
4. Even be more pathetic and "like" your own statuses.
Facebook/Twitter rarely does anything in the above cases.
TimeTraveler2: I promote in writers groups, mainly for HP writers. I have multiple groups I belong to that are within 2 different niches. When I do articles pertaining to what the groups are about which is adoptees, adoptees rights, CPS, etc and dog rescue groups I get traffic from them. One big group sent a message to me about sharing my dog hubs.
If I see a hub that I either enjoy or it is on topics that I know others enjoy, such as some good recipe ideas since I have some in family who cook and bake, and are always looking for new recipes, I share those.
I link to other hubs within my own hubs sometimes, depending on the topic.I have websites where I will post links to hubs as well. Unfortunately, I lost a lot of those links because they became broken with this Squidoo fiasco. I used links to various Squidoo writers when it came to my important niches and have not been able to find them again. I forgot who they were, and can't find them searching online
Today, instead of writing hubs, I have been posting on another site for affiliates, which has a 100 word minimum and the product or products you are promoting. Funny, 2 days of this and I am getting hits already on my products because Amazon, during the week updates every 24 hours. I am getting nothing from HP for Amazon right now and traffic, well who knows since stats are so far behind. So like HP says, I am working on it! Working on going elsewhere that is.
I haven't see a lot of those "mutual interactions and discussions." Yes, there are a few Hubbers, (you know who you are) that I have great conversations with on Hubs. We've visited back and forth, but that isn't enough to keep my Hubs from being "no engagement," so I am currently building two different blogs to put my unwanted Hubs on. I figure they'll make more money there, than sitting here in the "unfeatured" status. I write because I love to write, but I also have to live. Earnings are an important part of my life and my pride. If the remainder begin to earn, they'll stay. If not, they'll join the rest of my writing on my own site. It's a matter of being realistic.
If I may offer some advice before you get too far with your own blogs, Nancy - make sure each blog is focussed on one subject area. Once upon a time, a blog could be a personal miscellany, but if you want Google to like your blog these days, it MUST specialise.
Also make sure that the name of your blog reflects what you're writing about. I see one of your blogs is called "Nancy's Niche", and while that might be sweet, it tells me nothing about your subject.
You are correct Marisa, and I'm in the process of rectifying that situation. I also have another blog called Mystery In The History, which is full of quirky, odd and strange stories. It is pretty tightly focused. Nancy's Niche was done long before I realized these things...it will be dismantled, along with Nancy Writes Everything. I'd also like to point out, that I am 75 years old, I have a FB account, 2 FB pages, (Hub Caps and Other Things) (Mystery In The History) and I am admin on two FB groups. So age is not a reason not to be active on Facebook. Just sayin'.....................
I have been building a web-page on another site when I get time, but its coming along. I have my own photos to get on Zazzle products, and a year old draft that I am rewriting in article form.
Then, I have my material for another web-page almost ready.
So, before the end of the year I want to publish that on a hub, and graduate from Boot Camp on HubPages.
I'm sure I can meet my goals.
Colorfulone, what do you mean by a web-page and which sites are they on?
A web page is one page. I can't imagine any point in creating a single page anywhere, except at another article writing site (like Wizzley or Zujava or Seekyt) - in which case I guess you'd be calling it an article.
If you are creating your web page on Weebly or Blogger or similar, then you will be disappointed - because Google will pay no attention to a one-pager. You need to create a whole webSITE on those sites.
Marisa, I didn't mean to be confusing, sorry. Yes, I do write articles on article sites, and I have always called them "articles" on a single "web-page", which needs to be built, (like a hub-page).
I wasn't referring to a web-site with multiple pages. Google and Weebly are good choices for free platforms, however.
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