Some of the hubs that I have written have found their way onto forums and other sites on their own, but others have not yet. The ones that have been are doing much better though. How long in general does it take for search engines to find your hubs and for other people to post your hubs around?
Just curious, Thank You!
Two questions there:
1. Search engines often index hubs within hours but it can take days or weeks for them to start getting views. If you write in small niches (such as red leather ladies coats instead of just 'leather coats') then you'll be more likely to rank well and get traffic faster.
2. If your hub is unique and people not only find answers there but also think other people might benefit from it, they'll link it. Some hubs may just never get linked because people are looking for answers, not a good read.
You can create your own backlinks if you think it will help the article in question. Just remember - if it's a really competitive niche where the top sites have thousands of links, spending hours backlinking might not do much.
How long is a piece of string?
Wry lit gives good advice on all fronts. Some hubs may never develop organic links, others may be linked to virtually as soon as you put them up. Depends on the hub and other factors.
Google also values certain links more than others, so quality can be more important than quantity.
Thank You WryLilt, the advice is great. I am definitely trying to create unique content, but have been writing on popular topics. I think I am going to start moving to smaller and less documented topics.
PaulGoodman67, thank you for your advice. I have seen a difference between certain hubs. Some are not doing well at all and some are going great right off the bat.
You can try posting the links to your hubs on Shetoldme and on Redgage. They both are free to use and pay you for pay per clicks. Shetoldme is ranked well by Google also.
Another good site is paper.li, it looks like a e-newspaper and it can be put on Tweeter and Facebook.
All these sites can help bring backlinks to your HP articles.
Smanty, just to make sure, Hubpages is not a syndication site, your work is not posted to other websites.
For natural organic links there isn't really a time table, but the better the content the more natural links they get. I've personally found that at the beginning it was really hard to get natural links, but after publishing several hubs, I've seen a pattern of the type of Hub that gets them.
My Hub on getting a baby to take a bottle is one of my most linked to Hubs as an example.
Paul: The only way to make this response relevant at all is to define what you mean by "better content." Just because a hub is researched thoroughly and well written, for instance, is no indication of how many organic links it will see or if it will ever get any.
That is true, lhroner, but the higher the quality of your Hub, the more likely it will be linked to. There is no guarantee that organic links will come your way. However, if you have written a poor Hub, you are pretty much guaranteed to acquire no links - and if someone does link to your poor Hub, it probably isn't a high quality link. If your question is what is a good Hub, then a good Hub uses original, well-written text; original or properly attributed photos; a good use of relevant capsules; is an evergreen and long tail topic; and is useful to the community and people coming to HubPages through search. ;D
I know for a fact that when I write about politics - I'm damn lucky to get organic traffic. It's pretty damn hard to establish any authority when writing about politics.
But when I write about guitars - and especially specific and popular models of guitars, then I get traffic from Bing, Yahoo, and even old Google pretty soon, and pretty regularly. Less than before that stupid bear, but still.
I assume that this is true - and I follow my own advice here. I read that Google indexes Digg.com every single hour. So put a brand new hub on Digg.com as soon as you publish it, and it's going to be indexed and available for search results very soon.
I've not gotten to where I put my links in forums - I guess that will be "stage three" for me. I've had to learn this whole game from the back side of completely ignorant, and then I'm constantly trying to write another decent to good one.
I think establishing authority within the niche that you write about is a good strategy, and will certainly help you to get off site recognition should your Hubs be truly good, and informative for your niche topics. I'm going for increased authority in my best performing niche(s); and I can't help but think that that's good advice.
If you are just starting out;
If your title is poorly researched and you don't ever show up in the first two pages of the SERP, then you aren't likely to ever get backlinks no matter how awesome your hub is.
If you have followers;
If you are specialized enough in your niche that you're worth reading about, then someone may link to you even if they can't find your article in Google because they are looking for you...
Your Stage 3 is much more important than your Stage 2 IMO: Participating (not spamming) in online forums and sharing your expertise there is imo the very "BEST" way for you to gain followers and white hat backlinks.
I've come to realise that certain types of of web property get linked to more often than others
A primary feature is that other people value that property, they want to come back and feel like recommending it to others
They're also memorable
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