I'm new to Hubpages. I've been "active" for exactly seven days. Over the course of the week, my Google Analytics shows that I've only had a total of 62 page views between all three hubs. Is this normal for my first week at Hub Pages, or should I have more? I'm focusing on very small, niche keywords that seem to be under-served.
I have articles on other rev share websites that seem to be performing far better which have been written with an informative slant rather than (buy, buy, buy) as I'm testing with one or two hubs at the moment.
Now, I know I am completely new to hubpages, and am certainly not expecting instant results; I'll have to work hard at it for quite a while to develop both constant traffic and income. I've worked on other rev share sites and am only starting now to receive about $150 in residuals each month constantly.
I'm also encountering obstacles trying to write quality, informative hubs while writing product related hubs. The past few years most of the content I create has been informative (e.g. 7 Steps to Remove a Chalazion). Does anyone else find their writing to be unnatural when writing about a topic that seems so simple, such as coffee mugs?
I guess I'm just feeling a bit discouraged because others around the web have raved about their hubs instantly receiving tons of traffic, and my numbers aren't reflecting the same positivity.
Thanks for any and all of your help!
I'm sure you understand that 7 days isn't much.
Give it a full month before you worry too much about what you might be doing wrong (if anything!)
While waiting, read the Learning Center articles on Traffic (and other subjects): http://learningcenter.hubpages.com/
Personally, I can't write product hubs unless I have had some unusual experience with the product. I simply couldn't write about coffee mugs at all, so I understand your difficulties!
I've lightly perused the learning center. But, it may be time to give it a more detailed look. I know 7-days is considered no time at all. As they age, I'm sure they'll get more traffic. But, I'm certainly going to take the initiative to boost their stance by backlinking, implementing better SEO and other traffic boosting tactics.
Thanks for your advice, Pcunix!
You don't have to write product hubs here. Many folks on HubPages make quite a decent living from AdSense from more informational hubs like the ones you do on other sites.
But product hubs make some nice money,
About a third of my hubs are product hubs, so yes informational is fine too.
At the moment, I'm trying to figure out which platform has the best earning potential. So, I plan on splitting my content quite evenly between product related hubs and informative. Only if I can find a topic that won't bore me to pieces. haha.
How much of your traffic is from Google and how much from hubpages?
When you first publish a hub it will show up on the new hubs list and usually get lots of 'internal visits'. These will slow down after a few days and then there is a lull before you start getting search engine traffic.
Some hubs get search engine traffic straight away; others take weeks or months to get serious traffic.
Analytics says that 84% of my traffic is coming from search engines. Though yesterday, there was a big jump in page views from HP (mainly for my profile), which is due to this forum post, I'm sure.
I am trying to remain realistic of my expectations. And because I'm only writing Hubs in my spare time, maybe three or four hours per week, I expect earnings and PVs to develop rather slowly.
Thanks for your help and input WryLilt. I do plan on continue diversifying my hubs in the long term between product related and informative hubs.
I've been here that long as well but I have 17 hubs and I love interacting with people and still working. On the traffic sources but it all depends on what you make of it!
WryLilt is entirely correct - early traffic to a hub is mostly from hubbers and it takes some time to begin to see search engine traffic.
Having said that, I tend to find that product hubs get only a few hits from hubbers, then go nearly dead for a while before google kicks in. "How to" hubs get more traffic early on in my experience.
I also have to agree with your comments about writing product hubs. I have a hard time writing most of them and really hate to do it unless I am fairly knowledgeable about the product line with some experience as well. Nevertheless, I have written some and am writing more - it can be profitable.
Thanks for your input wildnerness! It's always great to receive advice from a seasoned hubber. On other sites, most of my top earning articles have been along the lines of "How to become (e.g. an LPN, CNA, CPA, high school teacher).
I'll definitely keep plugging away on some product related hubs. Tiffany Dow's experiences with her product related holiday hubs is what drove me to HP.
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