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How to generate traffic outside of HubPages if you do NOT have a blog

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    EMartinposted 8 years ago


    I would like to generate more traffic to my Hubs from outside sources, as it is my understanding that these are the folks that are more likely to 'click.'  Don't get me wrong, I appreciate your reading my Hubs, too, but just want to add a bit more into the mix.

    Could someone please make a couple of suggestions for the beginner that do NOT involve my having a blog.  I have tried StumbleUpon and pinging my Hubs.  Still only one click!

    Thank you very much.


  2. thranax profile image58
    thranaxposted 8 years ago

    It depends on how much work you want to do.

    The most work is making people from online communities visit your hubs.
    This would be posting links on forums you become a member of, etc.

    Also make sure to build you hubs so that people can find them searching Google. This you will need to read up on in various locations.

    The easiest and most important thing you can do is make an account and sign up for all the social bookmarking sites, like StumbleUpon, Digg, De.li.ci.us all of those. For a list of I have to say over 100 is  located here:


    Made by a Hubber named Darkside.

    Hope this helps,


  3. Marisa Wright profile image93
    Marisa Wrightposted 8 years ago

    EMartin, StumbleUpon is pretty useless for getting traffic because Stumblers tend to drop in, glance and move on  to the next Stumble, rather than clicking on ads.

    What you want to do is get links to your Hubs in various places around the internet.  The more websites that link to your Hub, the better Google will like it.  You can do that by submitting your Hubs to directories and social bookmarking sites, but I must admit I've always felt it's too much work, and I'm still getting traffic!   

    What I have done is put links to my Hubs everywhere I am on the net.  For instance, I've added an RSS feed app which lists my Hubs on my Facebook page.  I've also added an RSS feed of my Hubs on iGoogle and Yahoo 360.  Anywhere I have a profile - even sites where I'm no longer active - I've included links to my Hubs and blogs. 

    If you're a member of a forum or Yahoo group, you may be able to include a link to a Hub in your signature on posts.   If you join forums on topics relevant to your subject matter, you can even mention your Hubs in posts (wait until you're a real member of the community first, and only mention them if it's relevant to the post - you don't want to look like you're spamming).

    1. Dorsi profile image89
      Dorsiposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Great advice Marisa and a couple additions: If you aren't already get yourself a MySpace and Yuwie account (if you want to join Yuwie my affiliate link is on my profile page) and like Marisa said, become active there, make some friends and you can post a blog there with links to your   hubs. I've also done this at Facebook.

  4. Lissie profile image87
    Lissieposted 8 years ago

    answer questions at yahoo and link to your relevant hub in the resources box
    provide useful answers on relevant forums and have your hubpages in a link on your sig line
    add your hubpages or profile to your email sig

    Plus everything Marisa and Dorsi said!

    1. Marisa Wright profile image93
      Marisa Wrightposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Tried that a couple of months ago and it wouldn't let me - is it working now?

      1. Lissie profile image87
        Lissieposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        Sometimes the block hubpages: or any othe site if you link repeatedly to it: 10x in an hour or so in my "experiment" LOL Solution : http://hubpages.com/hub/Setup-a-WordPre … r-Articles

        you could also use a free blogger blog to do it!

  5. jezzbb profile image60
    jezzbbposted 8 years ago

    All of the above plus article marketing. Write articles and submit it to directories. Include your hubpage url in the resource box, that way you'll have more links pointing to your hubpage. That's what search engines love ->links to your hubpage.

  6. Don Simkovich profile image59
    Don Simkovichposted 8 years ago

    I think you can see it takes a marketing mix to drive traffic. I have had good traffic from Stumbleupon and I agree most won't click the ads.

    Do you know anything about keyword optimization and titles people will search for? This helps. I've written 6 hubs in 2 weeks and they haven't generated much from Google. But of course they're on marketing. I'm going to write some on home improvement.

    From all the comments, a hub is like a blog in how it's linked. I guess you can leave comments on relevant blogs, too, with comments and leave your hub as your url.

    I did submit a Hub url to Google.


  7. Pete Michner profile image88
    Pete Michnerposted 8 years ago

    Hello! Good question. I also don't have a blog (yet) and am kind of new at Hub Pages. I found Hub Pages in the first place because I frequently answer questions for people on Yahoo answers, so naturally in my nascent attempts to steer traffic to my page I'm sticking links to my Hub Page on when I answer questions there. I hope this helps!

    1. Dorsi profile image89
      Dorsiposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      I signed up for yahoo answers but haven't used it yet- that's a good idea to link to relevant hubs when answering questions.

      1. SunSeven profile image62
        SunSevenposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        Not a good choice. smile

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          Ronald Daniarposted 8 years ago in reply to this

          Not a good choice? Perhaps it works

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            terrygposted 8 years ago in reply to this

            No its not a good choice. I have joined YA on twelve different occasions as everytime you put a link in your answer you will be suspended or banned. Best to have it in your profile on YA but no one really looks at your profile. Its good for a high PR link though to your sites.

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              Ronald Daniarposted 8 years ago in reply to this

              Whoa... thanks for the info, i am not an expert here.

            2. kerryg profile image87
              kerrygposted 8 years ago in reply to this

              That's interesting, because I put links in all the time in the source box and have never had a problem. However, as with StumbleUpon, del.icio.us, etc. I add a mix of links that's very diverse, with more links that aren't mine than are. I get a pretty steady stream of traffic to my Supernatural Music lens on Squidoo from YA now, and recently I've been pleased to see that more and more of the traffic is coming from links added by other people.

        2. Dorsi profile image89
          Dorsiposted 8 years ago in reply to this

          Why isn't it a good idea SunSeven? I'd appreciate your insight on this before I start doing this.

          1. Whitney05 profile image69
            Whitney05posted 8 years ago in reply to this

            Dorsi, Yahoo Answers frequently bans HP links for a few days when too many people post too many links to their hubs in answers. It's like when you digg or stumble only your hubs and no other pages, you get banned from adding more. But with Yahoo Answers, they ban everyone from posting links in the answer. I do it occasionally, and it works for a little traffic, but you shouldn't do it all the time, as you, and everyone else, will get an error and can't post the answer with the link to any hubpage related link. You'd have to send them to another url that would direct them to the hub, but even doing this, I'm sure they would catch on and ban that url for a period.

            Basically, if you do this, you'll want to post no more than 5 links in a one day period, and wait a few days before doing it again. 5, not being the definitive answer, but an averaged number, being just do a few a week, so we all don't get banned. I know one time the ban for HP urls was a few weeks before they let it up.  I'm sure this is just one more step to being banned permanently.