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What should Traffic Look like for a fresh-meat Hubber?

  1. ShoppingGuru profile image85
    ShoppingGuruposted 5 years ago

    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!

  2. Pcunix profile image88
    Pcunixposted 5 years ago

    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!

    1. ShoppingGuru profile image85
      ShoppingGuruposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks Pcunix.

      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!

  3. lrohner profile image84
    lrohnerposted 5 years ago

    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.

    1. WryLilt profile image86
      WryLiltposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      But product hubs make some nice money, big_smile

      About a third of my hubs are product hubs, so yes informational is fine too.

    2. ShoppingGuru profile image85
      ShoppingGuruposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks Irohner,

      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. wink

  4. WryLilt profile image86
    WryLiltposted 5 years ago


    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.

    1. ShoppingGuru profile image85
      ShoppingGuruposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      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.

  5. Ellarose92 profile image60
    Ellarose92posted 5 years ago

    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!

    1. ShoppingGuru profile image85
      ShoppingGuruposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      EllaRose, you are wasting no time on jump starting your HP success. 17 Hubs is a lot for 7-days, at least in my book! smile

  6. kmackey32 profile image81
    kmackey32posted 5 years ago

    Fresh-Meat??? Just sounds wrong...lol

    1. ShoppingGuru profile image85
      ShoppingGuruposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Haha. Yes! I thought it might give my title a little more zing than just posting "new hubber" lol. Though, I am part of the fresh-meat club since I'm just an 8-day old freshman to HP.

  7. wilderness profile image95
    wildernessposted 5 years ago

    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.

    1. ShoppingGuru profile image85
      ShoppingGuruposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks for your input wildnerness! It's always great to receive advice from a seasoned hubber. smile 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.