After spending a good deal of time revising several of my hubs, double-checking tags, etc., I have looked again at my traffic source reports. I do not understand the breakdown. Here is what it looks like (1574 total page views ever to date --as of today, 8/13/10):
76%................Internal from Hub Pages
Now, here's my puzzle: When I promote a new hub, I post it on Face Book and Twitter (via Tweet DECK--easier for me than Tweet GRID), and, I have a standing, "check out my hub pages" in my e-mail (yahoo) signature.
(I posited the question in another forum post, but got no responses, as to WHY a distinction is made between "Twitter Main" and Tweet Grid...(and Tweet Deck not even being on the list)...when ANY of those third-party services make the post visible on your Twitter account in the end, ergo, ALL Twitter traffic should be sourced together.)
Since so little of my traffic comes from outside Hub Pages, in spite of my efforts, I am left to wonder if we Hubbers are little more than a mutual admiration society?
Obviously, it takes outsiders to build page views, reputation, and income, for those so motivated. But I am at a loss as to what else I can do.
(I also re-promote older hubs from time to time, especially if I have done some re-editing work or photo additions to said hubs.)
Thanks in advance for any tips or clarifications of this mystery!
I only use Twitter to tweet niche hubs to niche followers, and I don't use FB for promotion, so I can't really speak to those.
I do think you need to do a bit more research and refining on keywords. Your "How to Use and Read a Compass" probably would have been better served as "How to Read a Compass" or "How to Use a Compass"--or at least if you had those terms as tags.
But also, there are two ways to get traffic. One is to put a billboard out there to say "Come and read my hub!" That's really what you're doing with Twitter and Facebook. The only problem is, you're sending a focused topic out to masses of people that may or may not be interested in it.
Or, you can just put your hub on the map and wait for the people who are looking for things in your particular area/topic to come and find you. That's sort of what you get when you do the proper SEO--keyword research, proper backlinking, etc. so that when people search for your keywords, they find your hub.
If you haven't already, go back and read hubs on keywords and backlinking by Sunforged, Darkside, Relache, et.al. I think you'll be happy that you did.
Thank you. Inasmuch as I've been familiar with computers and using the internet for years, I'm still new at promoting and learning about things like tagging, keywords, SEO, and all of that sort of thing.
As for the tags, I'm also unaccustomed to multiple-word tags that get seen as such. Most of the other places I've been (Etsy, Artfire, my blogs, etc.) require only a single word, and if you put two, it is either rejected outright, or split into separate keywords/tags. The only way to keep the words joined is by means of a hyphen or underline.
I guess that is not the case on here.
Thanks again for your prompt reply.
Lrohner summed it up, really.
The thing with Facebook is that no one sees it except your friends. It depends on whether your Facebook friends are real friends or mere acquaintances - but the chances are, only a small proportion of them are likely to visit your Hub. So Facebook is never going to be a big source of traffic.
Likewise Twitter. I have a Twitter account and Tweet all my Hubs and blog posts,but I never ever read anyone else's tweets - and I suspect there are hundreds of people on Twitter who do the same.
To get more traffic, you need to reach a much wider audience. You do that by making sure your Hubs are attractive to search engines, but you can also do it by posting links in more public places.
For instance, look for forums about your topics and become an active member. You'll find situations crop up where you can say "this article gives some answers to that problem" and post a link (make sure you do it naturally and not too often, though, or people will resent it!). Even better, find forums where you're allowed to have a link to your blog as part of your signature.
Also look for blogs where you can post comments. You'll find the comments box usually asks you to enter your website URL, and your name on the comment then becomes a link to your site. You can enter a HubPages URL instead of a website if you prefer.
There are all kinds of other ways to get backlinks, but my feeling is that you'd feel more comfortable with the methods above, as I am.
I do zero social networking (Facebook, Twitter, etc).
Over 90% of my traffic comes from Google. It's all about your content, really. Poetry is nice, but it neither builds traffic nor earns money.
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