I'm always looking to expand the topics I write as a lot of my interests are fairly minority and so don't expect a lot of page impressions, but I also like to write 'news/political comment' articles and wondered how these tended to do from an earnings perspective. On the one hand, they mainly by nature become old news quick, yet at the same time are 'hot' topics for a short time.
I've never had much success with topical, news related hubs because it takes a while for a hub earnings to build. Seasonal hubs are better. I write about wood stoves, for example and these obviously do better in winter but in the summer I get traffic to these hubs from the Southern hemisphere.
According to Robin (the CEOs wife), they don't do very well at all. My personal opinion is that anything that is opinion, unless one is well established, doesn't do that well.
Thanks both .... That's a shame but perhaps not unsuprising. Having said that, I decided to do one anyway partly out of curiosity and partly because I wanted to write about it so I'll see what happens.
They do rather horrible, unless it's a VERY long-tailed topic, like immigration reform / Arizona SB1070. When the news gets an update there's an upsurge in traffic, but never enough.
I'd say leave the commentary to Huffington Post. Or your personal blog.
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