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I'm getting basically no traffic...

  1. sagolia profile image86
    sagoliaposted 9 months ago

    I've been on HP since October 2015. I've written a fair number of articles. I understand I haven't been as active lately, but I am getting what might as well be no traffic. The only time I seem to get any traffic to speak of is when I am actively promoting my hubs, and even then it only lasts for a day or two.

    Can someone please look over a couple hubs/check out my profile. What can I do to better my writing? I want to reach more than just the hubpages community. Is dog health/training not a very well searching topic? I really don't want to reach out to a different topic if it means pulling away from what I am passionate about and want to educate people about.

    Thanks in advance.

    1. sagolia profile image86
      sagoliaposted 9 months ago in reply to this

      Additionally - do you suggest sticking with one niche? Or is it any more/less profitable to write on more than one niche?

      1. Jodah profile image88
        Jodahposted 9 months ago in reply to this

        I left a comment on one of your hubs. Cheers.

    2. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image96
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 9 months ago in reply to this

      I did a quick check of your titles and see that a few can use some improvements.  For example "Your Dog Is Fat" is not specific and offers nothing of interest to most readers.

      Another problem is that you are writing in a highly saturated area for the most part, so you have a great deal of competition that may be hard on views.

      Even people who write well can lack views for reasons like these, but you are very new here.  It takes a great deal of time to become known by Google.

      Try some new angles with more detailed titles to see if that helps.  Also, make sure you are using good, searchable key words.

      Best of luck.

    3. erorantes profile image32
      erorantesposted 9 months ago in reply to this

      I randomly read your hubs miss sagolia. I love your hubs. The fact, your hubs are about pets and mostly about dogs. Most people do not read about what to do with their pets. They go to the pet's store to ask what to do, or they ask a friend about their pets situation. I have a few dogs and a cat in my memory. I know what it is going on. My advice to you with all my respect to your writing. You need to create a unique hub about things that most people will like to read. You need to start asking what people will like to know about their pets. Then , for the hub people like; you will attract people to read your hubs. Thank you for the excellent job ; you have done with all the advices on how to care for the pets. You have my vote up.

      1. sagolia profile image86
        sagoliaposted 9 months ago in reply to this

        Thank you a bunch. Maybe I am just one of those crazy pet-parents who likes to educate myself more by doing my own research, and as a vet tech, I have found that Google has a lot of crap information. The goal behind my hubs was to put higher quality info out there for other pet-parents who utilize Google. Thank you for the support!

        1. Marisa Wright profile image92
          Marisa Wrightposted 9 months ago in reply to this

          I think that's a very worthwhile goal and you should persevere with it - it's just that given the existing competition, HubPages may not be the best place to do it. 

          I could see you doing very well with your own blog on the subject, but actually making money from a blog is a big learning curve so you have to be prepared to put in the work.  PM me if you'd like some help with that.

  2. clivewilliams profile image81
    clivewilliamsposted 9 months ago

    Everything takes time

  3. Nell Rose profile image90
    Nell Roseposted 9 months ago

    It can take months to get up a good following. Most people start earning money after being on here for about a year.

  4. DrMark1961 profile image94
    DrMark1961posted 9 months ago

    You have not yet written "a fair number of articles". (I have probably deleted twice as many articles as you have written.) What happened to your December push? If you are going to write in a topic that gets little traffic (dog health, dog training, etc) you need to write a lot more. If the articles are consistently good, a few of those will be successful, people will link to them on their blogs, and your numbers will rise.

    Also, you need to participate in forums, Yahoo Answers, and anywhere else where people are asking questions about their dogs. Be helpful, and sometimes (but definitely not every time) leave a link to one of your hubs.
    Make sure all of your articles have good dog pictures and pin them on Pinterest. If they are good pictures, they are going to be pinned by others. If the article is important people are going to click on the photo and read. (I get a LOT more traffic from Pinterest than I do from HP, and that should be easy for you since most of your articles are about such a great subject--dogs!)

    When we had subdomains, I think a niche helped a lot. I am not so sure anymore since all of the hubs are under the HP title. Even if you do not have all of them under a niche, you should write about what you know and that will eventually earn you more traffic.

  5. LongTimeMother profile image97
    LongTimeMotherposted 9 months ago

    A gentle reminder ... October 2015 is only three months ago.  smile

  6. Marisa Wright profile image92
    Marisa Wrightposted 9 months ago

    As others have said, three months is no time at all, and you don't have many Hubs yet.

    One problem about joining a site like HubPages is that you have internal competition. We already have a very knowledgeable vet - DrMark - and a dog agility expert - AgilityMach - here, both with large numbers of dog-related Hubs.  When people are searching, their Hubs are going to come up ahead of yours all the time, because their Hubs are older, and have more Facebook likes, Pinterest pins, forum posts linking to them etc. 

    If you want to write about dogs, therefore, you might be better seeking out a different site where there isn't an established expert (or start your own blog) - or you could write about other animals instead.

    You also need to think more carefully about your titles.  When crafting a title, your first question should always be "what would someone type into Google if they wanted to find out about this topic?" - your title should be as close to that as possible.

  7. sagolia profile image86
    sagoliaposted 9 months ago

    Thank you everyone for your responses!

    1. Farawaytree profile image87
      Farawaytreeposted 9 months ago in reply to this

      Hi there! I joined shortly before you so I can relate to your feeling of impatience. Everyone will tell you it takes time. My first major goal here was to get to 15 hubs, then 25, now trying for 50. Then once I hit the 6 month mark, hopefully I may start seeing more numbers rise as I go from there.

      Your articles look good, I especially like the ones about the dog disaster kit and monogamous animals. Keep writing about what you love. Make sure your titles are Google search friendly - pretend you are someone typing in a question for Google and go from there.

      Double check all your spelling, commas, periods, etc. Use short paragraphs. I find that when people view HubPages articles on their cell phones, not enough paragraph spacing just looks way to crowded for the reader. Hopefully HubPages makes their site more mobile friendly since that's what everyone seems to use these days to read articles.

      Find a way to make your hubs about a popular, common subject unique - whether it be in the title or some other twist.

      Happy writing!

  8. psycheskinner profile image84
    psycheskinnerposted 9 months ago

    It pays to have a realistic expectation. Yes it is always possible to excel at anything with time... but.  A typical sort of earning rate on a content site these days is less than $5 per 1000 views.  Look at your hubs.  What sort of traffic are they getting?  If some are doing quite well write more in that area or similar sorts of areas.

    There is a lot of dog content out there and most of it is by people with some degree of qualification or special expertise.  I would suggest looking at more specific topics where there will be less competition.  For example breed-specific problems, geographically specific information (best local dog parks etc), etc.