I was wondering about the most common methods that people use to find hubs that they might be interested in reading. If it's from browsing through the articles that pop up on the topic pages, then I have a related question:
As a new person, I get the impression that it is difficult to get anyone to notice what you are writing. (Keep in mind, however, that I might not know what the heck I am talking about.) Scores for individual hubs seem to have the potential to go higher for hubbers who have been around for a while. (They get more readers.) And hubs with the highest scores are displayed first on the topic pages. So how do new people avoid being drowned out by those who have been around longer?
You're already on the right track by posting here in the forums!!! Getting involved in the community is probably the number 1 way to get noticed: posting in the forums, leaving thoughtful comments on hubs you liked, participating in the 30 Day Challenge or the HubMob, etc.
When I began here, I signed up for topics of interest, then read new hubs as they came out (using the hubtivity). When I found a writer I liked, I fanned them. Doing this I met quite a few people, and others found me through the same method. Also, when reading hubs of interest, pay attention to the comments. You meet some interesting hubbers who's writing you will enjoy that way, who may not be writing on topics you *think* are of interest to you.
Eventually, I got involved in the forums, where I met more people, who were here to socialize. It takes time, but it is not impossible to meet people and gain a following.
Build a brand. What kind of hubber are you? Comment in forum on relevant topics, comment on hubs on related topics, ask and answer questions, get to know your peers. It takes time, however, and traffic is unlikely to amount to more than 50-100 pageviews per day. If you want much more than that, you've got to accrue it from the search engines, where the sky is the limit.
What's the best way to get traffic from the search engines?
Freeway Writer - do you want to be read for the sake of it or do you want to make money? If you just want a following then being active in the forums and commenting on hubs will do it.
If you want to make money then learn keyword research and learn how to rank in the search engines - few manage both - but Mark Knowles is a master at it if you check him out
Go hub hopping, apart from trying out all the other tips. Leave comments !!
@Lissie You are absolutely correct. Having a following doesnt mean you're making money. Being clear on what type of results you'll looking for is first, and foremost.
I rarely read hubs. If I do it's either 1. To help out a hubber who appears to need it or has requested it or 2. To find specific information (generally on SEO or keywords or the like.)
I'm usually too busy between work and a baby and writing my own hubs. As long as people are visiting me from google, I'm happy!
I try to scan the new hubs for topics which interest me. I'll admit it's hard to find any, but occasionally it happens. In the meantime, I find some which needs flagging or the author is new and needs a nudge in the right direction.
Sometimes the new hubs give me an idea about what I would like to write about next, or simply piques my interest. But at any rate, it is time well spent!
If there is something that I need information on, lately I've been searching on here rather than Wikipedia. Otherwise I search for my general interests.
I think the more typical problem is finding too much to read.
I agree. there are so many interesting writers and topics here.
I scan the daily email of hubs from people I follow and read the ones that interest me. I check out the feed and click on a hub that catches my attention. [I find quite a few that way, as I follow a lot of topics.] I leave comments, but not each time I read.
I also check out the different topics page and look at the featured hubs and browse through the hubs listed. If the hubs interest me, I'll follow the hubber.
posting in the forum can help, but when I think about my own methods, I can't say that I click on too many profiles in the forums.
I often do, especially if the person seems intelligent.
And sometimes when they definitely do not, just out of morbid curiosity :-)
true, but then again I generally don't read those hubs. one hubber who posts frequently, I had to read at least one hub, it explained everything! :
but yes, I have found a few that truly interest me here. although for me I usually find them in topics I follow.
I hub hope a little but normally I either get them from the daily email that is sent to me.
You probably want to get noticed via both search engines and via Hubbers here.
As Lissie wrote, learn keyword research and Maddie posted a good comment on participating.
#1 - create useful content
#2 - create useful content consistently (5 - 10 Hubs per month minimum)
#3 - participate in forums, follow select Hubbers, and leave useful comments on their Hubs
#4 - promote on Web. There are many great Hubs for ideas on promoting Hubs on the Web.
My highest viewed Hub and highest paying Hub has like only one comment, gets 90% of traffic from search engines, and took 8 months before generating traffic. So some Hubs may generate traffic in a few months.
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