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Should I have a Blog for my Hubpages?

  1. MichalWrotter profile image59
    MichalWrotterposted 20 months ago

    I am sorry if I ask a silly thing. I never had a blog and I feel all blogs in a world, even blogger is difficult for me to keep with. I wanted to kindly ask if someone could explain me If blog can help with traffic to my hubpages. How it needs to be set so no rules would be crossed. I trully wish to do as much as I can for my hubpages articles. I know I am at the start but I would like to know What are my options. I am not native speaker so please simple answer would be amazing.

    I know many asking this but please if you can help, just do.

    I want to know What blog site I should use.
    How to set it up for backlinks for hubpages

    Thank you so much.

    Michal

    1. bizgrrl profile image80
      bizgrrlposted 20 months ago in reply to this

      I started three blogs on Blogger for three of my Hubs of different themes. I will just be posting a couple of articles on each. I made back links to my Hubs and also links to Amazon. I won't be investing too much time on my blogs, in case it doesn't do much help. The important thing with the blogs was to have a good keyword title for the blogs and the posts. I also didn't want to put too many links 'cause I know Google doesn't like it.

      1. MichalWrotter profile image59
        MichalWrotterposted 20 months ago in reply to this

        Thank you so much for your feedback. I would love to see your blog once it is done if I may :-)

        1. bizgrrl profile image80
          bizgrrlposted 20 months ago in reply to this

          No prob, you can find me on Blogger under Biz Grrl.

      2. Marisa Wright profile image93
        Marisa Wrightposted 20 months ago in reply to this

        If all your links are to HubPages, then even if you're sparing with those links, Google won't like it.

        1. bizgrrl profile image80
          bizgrrlposted 20 months ago in reply to this

          Not all links go to HubPages, I also have links to Street Articles and Amazon.

          1. Marisa Wright profile image93
            Marisa Wrightposted 20 months ago in reply to this

            What are you hoping these blogs will achieve?  Why did you start them? 

            The idea of starting a blog to promote your Hubs is an idea that was popular four or five years ago, although even then it was debatable how much good it did.

            Nowadays it is not worth it.   It does not work for creating backlinks - no matter how many times you link from your blog to HubPages, Google will count only one or two of those links because they are all from the same domain.   So it's useless as part of your backlinking strategy.

            If you're thinking you can attract real readers to your blog, who will then click on the links to your Hubs - how many readers do you expect to get to your blog?  And if you ARE able to attract readers to your blog, why do you want to send them to your Hubs - why not keep them on your blog and monetize there, where you get to keep 100% of the revenue?

            1. bizgrrl profile image80
              bizgrrlposted 20 months ago in reply to this

              I'm not using the ad option on HubPages. I'm just using my own Amazon Associate ID.

              What would you recommend then for a backlinking strategy? Or should I say, Hub exposure?

              1. Marisa Wright profile image93
                Marisa Wrightposted 20 months ago in reply to this

                If all you're using is your Amazon Associates ID, you will never make enough money on HubPages to make the effort worthwhile, no matter how much backlinking you do!     HubPages does not allow enough Amazon capsules for you to make enough sales. 

                The important thing with a backlinking strategy is to remember that Google counts only one or two links from a single website.  So there's no point having heaps of links from one website.  You could look at guest blogging and participating in forums on your chosen subject.

                However, it's really not efficient to create backlinks for HubPages.   When you create backlinks to a blog, you bring the reader to your site then, hopefully, they will stay and browse several posts.  So for one backlink, you get a big payoff.  However when you create backlinks to HubPages, it's likely the reader will come and visit ONE Hub, then go off and visit someone else's Hub rather than another of yours.  So you're not getting much return for your effort.   I find it's better to just let Hubs develop their own backlinks naturally.   Make the effort to create Made for Pinterest images to improve your chances.

                1. bizgrrl profile image80
                  bizgrrlposted 20 months ago in reply to this

                  Thanks for the info. I've been using Pinterest as well.

  2. Marisa Wright profile image93
    Marisa Wrightposted 20 months ago

    No, you do not need a blog for your HubPages.   It's a very outdated idea to run a blog and post links to all your Hubs on it - if it ever did any good, which is debatable, it certainly doesn't offer any benefits now.

    1. MichalWrotter profile image59
      MichalWrotterposted 20 months ago in reply to this

      Ahh you made my day! So it means I should just keep on writing here and just focus on quality articles, right?

  3. promisem profile image94
    promisemposted 20 months ago

    I agree for the most part with Marisa. But if you have expertise in a topic or want to write a lot more about that topic, then by all means start a blog. HubPages is good for a small number of big articles, but not good for dozens or hundreds of small ones.

    Put only a few links on the most important pages on that blog back to HubPages. Keep in mind that writing once a month for a blog will create very little value for those backlinks and your HubPage articles. They only start to matter when you write a lot and develop an audience for the blog.

    1. MichalWrotter profile image59
      MichalWrotterposted 20 months ago in reply to this

      Thank you so kindly for your reply.. I am at the really start and was just wondering about it. I love express myself in writing but most likely if I focuse on hubpages it would be the best.

    2. Marisa Wright profile image93
      Marisa Wrightposted 20 months ago in reply to this

      Promisem, you're referring to starting a blog for its own sake and that is a completely different matter.  By all means, if someone is passionate about a particular subject, then starting a blog about it is the obvious thing to do and may ultimately be more profitable than writing on sites like HP.

      1. promisem profile image94
        promisemposted 20 months ago in reply to this

        Marisa, I'm talking about starting a blog for its own sake and for the sake of HP pages. Each project can send audience and search engine value to the other. That's what I do now for the benefit of both.

        1. Marisa Wright profile image93
          Marisa Wrightposted 20 months ago in reply to this

          But you are aware that reciprocal links have limited value?  So if you're linking FROM your blog TO Hubs and FROM Hubs back to your blog, those links may cancel each other out in Google's eyes? 

          Also that even if you make all your links in one direction (e.g. either all from the blog to HP, or vice versa), then Google will count only one or two of those links because they are all between the same two domains.

          in both cases, the reason they're discounted is that it's obvious to Google they are created for the purpose of a backlink, not by a genuinely interested reader. 

          I do have links from some of my Hubs to my related blogs, because I have some Hubs which get high traffic so it means I can drive real readers to my blogs.

          1. promisem profile image94
            promisemposted 20 months ago in reply to this

            Yes, I'm aware of it. I suspect they cancel each other out if two pages link to each other. But I'm sure you know that there is an important difference between sites that cross link versus individual pages that do it.

            It's less clear what happens -- and no one outside of Google knows for sure -- how much or little value is lost if a Page A on Site 1 links to Page B on Site 2 while Page C on Site 2 links to Page D on Site 1.

            Regardless, if they send actual traffic to each other, at least the links provide that value.

            1. Marisa Wright profile image93
              Marisa Wrightposted 20 months ago in reply to this

              Are you sure there's that much difference between sites and individual pages, if it's a clear pattern across two sites that are repeatedly linking to each other from different posts/pages?  It is such a common practice that I'm sure Google would be looking out for it!

              The OP's question was whether it was worth creating a blog to improve his traffic to HubPages.  While a blog can be very worthwhile - in fact more worthwhile than Hubbing - my point was that it's not worth starting a blog purely to get those links.

              1. promisem profile image94
                promisemposted 20 months ago in reply to this

                It depends on what you mean by repeatedly. I try to do it carefully and watch for any changes in the rankings of targeted pages. I also weigh how much audience they deliver.

                I agree it's not worthwhile to start a blog just to get links. My original post focused on starting a blog for the sake of pursuing a topic and using "only a few links" to connect the blog and HP.

  4. globalfuture profile image68
    globalfutureposted 20 months ago

    It's a great idea if you create your own blog, so you can create link for your article in hubpages, as long as your article as a similar topics as your post in your blog.

    Have a great time.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image93
      Marisa Wrightposted 20 months ago in reply to this

      @globalfuture, why do you say that?   It was a recommended strategy in 2010.   It's a waste of time now, as far as I am aware.   If you have recent information that indicates otherwise, I'd like to see it.

  5. Dan W Miller profile image83
    Dan W Millerposted 20 months ago

    You know what, Michal? I don't have time for a blog and it would be redundant. I have a big following in the social media.
    I post, comment, debate, advertise my hubs on facebook and Twitter. 4,000+ fb friends, 2,500 members in my secret fb group, 3,000+ followers @DanWMiller and 2,500 @VanillaGZilla plus Google+, Pinterest.
    In my case, why in the world would I need a blog? But for you, it might be advantageous.

  6. MichalWrotter profile image59
    MichalWrotterposted 20 months ago

    Hello Dan, wooow! You killed me with you number of friends and followers. Congratzz to you. I have facebook, and pinterest but pinterest I am still learning to figure out.

    1. Dan W Miller profile image83
      Dan W Millerposted 20 months ago in reply to this

      Thanks, MW. It just kind of happened about two months after I checked on in August 2009. So there is my hub advertising link. Although asking facebook people to read more than a sentence is like asking a goldfish to pay attention and focus longer than six seconds.

  7. bizgrrl profile image80
    bizgrrlposted 20 months ago

    Creating a blog to obtain backlinks to HubPages is perhaps outdated, but having a blog with a strong title to rank well in Google is the better aim.

    1. ChristinS profile image93
      ChristinSposted 20 months ago in reply to this

      This.  I have several sites outside of HP, some coincide with my hub topics and I cross link, but mostly I do niche sites because I get better income from them and have complete freedom with the content etc.  I think doing both is ideal.

 
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