I've been watching my numbers the past few days and tonight I finally made more than one million page views! I've been here just over 5 years and almost lost the whole site in the summer of 2014. It's been a long crawl back, but with the help and advice of other hubbers, the implementation of the niche sites and the increasing popularity of the RV lifestyle, I have been able to reach a point I never thought I'd see. Feels great! Thanks to all of you...fellow writers, the team, readers....you have made this possible. If I never see one more page view, this will be plenty for me.
Congrats! We arrived about the same time, but I'm only about halfway there. Then again, I have a little less than half as many hubs, maybe I'd better get to writing. I've weathered some ups and downs as well, but still hanging in there. I'm glad to hear you made it, you're my new hero.
Sherry Hewins: Thanks so much. I honestly don't believe the answer lies in the number of hubs you write. I have seen people here with very few hubs who do extremely well. Some years ago, one hubber wrote ONE hub that garnered a million views...so you never know.
I have developed a pattern I use for every hub and it seems to work well in most cases not only for bringing in views but also for getting hubs moved up to niche sites, where I believe hubs garner the most views.
I write at least 1000 words per hub I use 2 to 3 public domain photos that I edit for clarity I make one of those photos made for Pinterest I try to write relatively short capsules I usually use no more than 2 Amazon capsules. Many times I use zero. The ones I do use are highly relevant to my topic and always include a blurb about why people should use the products. I use a YouTube video that is pertinent to each hub. Sometimes I add two or more as appropriate. I am very careful to make sure that my titles match my content and are the correct length. This site http://coschedule.com/headline-analyzer has helped me tremendously with that task. I also am very careful about how I write my summaries and make it a point to avoid keyword stuffing in them. I make sure that my capsule titles "tell a story" so that people who skim articles get the gist of my hubs I search for the best key words for my titles I place my first photo beneath my first paragraph of writing. I always use a poll, chart, map or some combination of the three I properly credit every photo, even when it is my own
Finally, I write solely about one topic.
Although that topic has a somewhat limited audience, it is one that arouses interest. It is also one that I know a great deal about because I have a ton of experience that I am able to share.
Not every hub does well, but they do not all need to do well. For example, I have two hubs that between them have brought in 300,000 plus views! I have others that are really struggling. They all can't be winners, but if you have enough that are, that's all you need!
Finally, you have experience as a motorcycle enthusiast. If I were you, I'd use articles about that as my main core. That is a hugely popular topic.
I thank you for your kind words, but I'm no hero...just another old lady who has lots of time to write about something she loves who has been willing to learn what others teach...and the learning never stops.
Keep on trying..you and all of the others who have offered congratulations here will make it. I never thought I would, and I know there are many others who have done much, much better...but here I am and I am just thrilled.
7 months ago. Around the end of July, 2016 give or take.
I have found that once you reach certain plateaus, things seem to speed up. However, I hit the half million mark at the height of my "season" and the numbers never did drop back for some reason (which they usually do).
Last month I had 59,000 views more than the same month last year! I keep track of the monthly views on a chart that I started back at the end of year one so that I could view my progress. The first few years were horrible, but after that views began climbing. Whether that will continue, who knows.
Wilderness: I'm not so sure about that! I've read the work of the people who have gotten that many views and am always totally impressed by the amount of work they put into their writing and research. They deserve those views! I'll never make it that far, but that's OK. What I've done works for me, and that's enough. I'll just continue plodding along lol! Thanks for the kind words.
Oh, they absolutely deserve it - never intended to imply they didn't. But I do think the first million may be the hardest to reach - that first M includes all the work to understand what's going on and how to write. Plus, of course, the views come faster and faster as time passes.
Congratulations on your determination to keep writing at HubPages and earning the Million Views! It's hard work and I think it's been more difficult the last couple of years, but worth every minute of work.
Thanks for those words of encouragement to all of us I reached the 500k mark around the same time as you and I'm just over 600k right now.
Your checklist - It's perfect and it's exactly what I do since the last 2 years or so and have been doing when editing old hubs (Yes I do not have many to edit, but I still got many to edit lol). But I do not think about Pinterest until after the hub is doing well. Maybe I need to change that, we all do.
Glad to see this post, congratulations! You mentioned that even if you do not see another page veiw you will be happy, but you will see a lot of other page views now! Your numbers are just going to go up and up. (I want HP to put in a 5M accolade too. 10M is a long way to go.)
Wow, tt2, congratulations! I think I need to stop reading the forums and start writing MORE hubs! I really appreciate your list of "how-tos." Very concise and informative. Thank you for sharing. Hope you have a million more views!
Thanks, Janda. I put that list on because it took me a long time to come up with the writing formula I use and I thought it might save other writers some time.
I think the most important thing I've learned here is that every single piece of what you produce matters from the title and summary right down to the polls,maps, etc.
I didn't know much about online writing when I came here, so it took me a long time to figure that out. It's a BIG learning curve.
Many here think that getting views happens randomly, but I disagree. There are small things you can do to upgrade every hub that can really make a difference, but even with that, you have to consider your competition.
For example, I tried writing once about Breast Cancer. It was a good article but it got few views. Finally I realized that I was competing with the big medical sites as well as the American Cancer Society. No way an article on that topic is going to do well under those circumstances, even though I had personal experience.
Writers have to look at their topics from many angles. Competition is an important one!
TimeTraveler2, I totally agree with you. I think "everything" has to add up for us to get maximum views. Even what you're saying about competing with other sites about info on cancer and what you said earlier about writing on one topic (yours being RVs, travel, ownership, etc.) are both important. I wrote for several years for Examiner.com, had 29 articles posted on travel and outdoor recreation, but in the past year, that site went to all "entertainment"--concerts, entertainers, etc. So my articles (and photos) went offline. I have rights to them, but now I'm having to rewrite and reformat them, with the goal of posting them on HubPages, which I think will be a good fit. So far I've only posted two, but they've gotten good response. Of course, writing is a lot of work, and I keep getting involved in social-action projects and heading out to travel. So with your encouragement and advice, I'm going to get to work and write. Thank you!
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