Well, you could pay them to put you right at the top, in the "Advertisers" section.
Other than that, now one seems really sure anymore. Certainly self-promotion through the use of backlinks helps. Some people spend more time backlinking and promoting than they do writing. Quality hubs should help. Good use of keywords and tags should help.
A lot of things should help, but after Panda no one seems certain.
Panda is the name given to the algorithms which were instituted by Google when doing a search. It penalized many sites like HubPages, and since its inception scores (views,traffic) has fallen dramatically not only at HubPages but on other sites as well. AS far as ranking higher on Google; a lot depends on the keywords that you use and the topics about which you write with niche topics doing much better; Example: if you write an article titled: Mushroom Recipes it will probably not do too good in searches, however if you change the tittle to Mushroom Recipes New York Style, it becomes a niche and will probably do very good in searches.
Hi! I think the key to getting Google traffic is writing the most specific content possible - let me give an example or two:
Me personally, what seems to be working for me - is writing about acoustic guitars and air conditioning. I'm an air conditioning service mechanic with lots of years of experience, and I've been around acoustic guitars and bluegrass/folk music my whole life.
So basically, when I write about those things - I know what I'm talking about, and I can go into great detail about various guitars, specific models of guitars, specific problems and issues with air conditioning, etc, etc, etc. You get the idea.
So someone seeking information on Google about a Martin D 18 guitar is likely to find my content about such things. Someone who wants to learn about the loophole in the Montreal Protocol that allows companies to still manufacture air conditioning equipment that runs on r 22 refrigerant - is likely to find my content about that.
When you upload or import pictures of videos - be certain that you title them correctly using what keywords apply to them, that's just a minor example of what is called "on page SEO" or search engine optimization.
So if I upload a picture of a Martin D 18 - it's titled and captioned "A Martin D 18"
As is a video "Check out this guy playing a nice Martin D 18"
Then I have to backlink my hubs. What is backlinking? Simply spreading my link to my hub all over the web. The best backlinks are "dofollow" back links, but all back links are good back links so long as they aren't on some scam sight that does unethical things.
Facebook, twitter, StumbleUpon, Digg, Reddit, various bookmarking sites, redgage - these are all sites that I put links to my hubs on.
I hope this helps, and you can always ask me questions. I'll answer. If you are interested, then I'll show you my two or three favourite "super Hubpages" persons who've showed me how to do the best that I can here.
Basically Sunforged, and Susana S - it's sometimes complicated at first, but if you read those two persons hubs about how to play this game, you'll learn a whole hell of a lot from them. Those two will also take the time to answer your questions.
WryLit - that's another person who can and will help you whenver she can.
Thank you so much for all of the info! I think my problem with getting Google traffic is my hubs are common and there is usually a lot of info on the topics, ie. child abuse. But I am going to play with it a little and see if I can find the best keywords for my hubs. I never thought about the titles of my videos or pictures being linked to keywords.
I did post my links on several Craigslist sites. I have over 500 total views since I started on the 20th of June. I know I need more to earn money too.
Thanks again for being a valuable resource!
You are VERY welcome!
Another HUGE thing of importance is to title your hubs right. I used to think (when I started doing this) that being clever was cool. I wanted clever hub titles that only people who were already "in the know" about the topics would get. Surely those people would appreciate my clever title?
Well, being clever with hub titles is an AWFUL thing to do! I had a hub about the time I did some (had some done to me) acupuncture, and I titled it "As A Lotus Floats On Irish Streams."
That's a TOTALLY STUPID thing to have done! Who in the world would see that title and know that it had anything to do with acupuncture, or acudetox? NOBODY WOULD!
I used that title because it's the title to an obscure, and very complicated Jazz Fusion song by Mahavishnu Orchestra . . .and somehow the acudetox acupuncture experience reminded ME of that.
I finally woke up to the problem, and correctly titled the thing "My experience with acupuncture."
The Hub Metrics/Hub Stats thing is down right now, but they'll get it fixed, and when it's working it is YOUR BEST FRIEND for titles, and this is because after a while, when Google searches DO lead people to your content, you eventually get the search terms that led those people to your content in your "keywords" portion of Hub Stats. From that, you can always tell what your title probably SHOULD be.
But your hubs have to be INDEXED by Google for anyone to ever find them with Google Search Engine - so how do you get Indexed by Google?
As soon as you publish a hub - do not pass go, go directly to Digg.com. You'll need to create a Digg.com account to submit links there, but that's simple to do. As soon as you publish here submit your hubs to Digg.com, and Google will index your hubs within one hours time - and your content will be available for Google Searchers to find.
I followed your advice and I did sign up with Digg. I submitted my links there, but it has been slow traffic to my hubs today.
The concept I am still confused on?...."dofollow". I understand backlinking as far as pasting my link on other sites, but what does "dofollow" mean and how does it relate to backlinking?
Wesman Todd Shaw, I can't tell you how much I appreciate the info you've passed along to jenwat0405 that I've been reading. This is one of the very few places - either on HP or elsewhere - that has explained the meaning of such terms as 'backlinks' (which I already figured out) and about indexing, etc. I particularly found useful the info about Digg.com. I knew there were sites to submit links to but didn't know what they were.
But I'm with Jenwat0405, what exactly does 'dofollow" mean? Thanks!!
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