Is it better to have quality hubs or a large quantity of hubs?which will generate more traffic?and what do you personally do
I think you need both - quality and quantity. A large number of poor hubs won't do anything for traffic. One good one will. Maybe. One hundred good ones gives more chances.
What do I do? I try to improve my standards with each page, and to revisit older pages to add in lessons I have learnt.
I guess it all depends on the measure of quality.
I have read some hubs here that I know have earned their authors hundreds of thousands of views, and I think they are crap hubs!
On the other hand, I have read some fantastic hubs here on HP that are worthy of a Booker prize, but which never get traffic.
But you know if you write quality hubs, or if the hubs you write are quality in your eyes, keep going, because you never know when you might hit the jackpot and write a popular hub.
In the words of an old Diana Ross song "I'm Still Waiting...."
As I never know what will work and what won't, I'm a fan of quantity. I don't mean that I don't think about quality, but I do mean that I'm going to write about lots of different subjects.
However, I'm going to do that anyway. For me, the writing comes first and any money is just a bonus.
Well, you can.
There are people who are primarily focused on money. There's nothing wrong with that, right? Those folks will be interested in where they should write, what they should write about and how they should write it to make the most money for their time investment.
For me and many of us, the time is enjoyable and the money is extra. Nothing wrong with that either.
Yeah me too,...I guess everyone measures a hubs quality differently but I have read some pretty bad article while trying to find info and that would count as a view ect.
I agree with the posters about producing quality content which will help drive traffic up and having a number of hubs ensures that you cover a wide range of areas in your interest, im still new to the hubpages world, but I find that small hubs have their use in getting the key information out there in an easy to read format.
You mentioned about generating traffic, the best way I have found is to expand your audience, join active forums within your interest and link your hub to relevant questions, this also lets your see what the most common newbie questions are and gives you topics which people WANT addressed, or put it in your signature if people allow it. Also I notice that your in the fitness world musclequest, make sure to add your hubpage to fitmarker, its a fitness site which people vote articles up or down, I would also suggest adding your hubs to stumbleupon. Theres lots of ways to help increase your audience and these are just a few!
Another thing is to socialise, comment on peoples hubs, lenses or blogs and provide a link back to your own hubpage or website, this helps to increase your presence on the internet and search engines will put your page closer to the top when people are searching for certain keywords/phrases.
I think quality is a matter of respect, both for yourself and for your reader. It's sort of the golden rule as it applies to writing online. When you need information, what would you like to find? Some two minute piece of crap that some greedy a-hole puked up and manipulated with keywords and backlinks to trick you into clicking on it, or something written clearly and carefully that provides genuine information you can use?
I also second this, I remember hub hopping a few times and arriving on some hubs which are just full of highlighted keywords and links which backlink to landing pages to purchase ebooks. Chose the topic you want to answer, and then provide the information, the important thing you should think when your about to click publish is "would the reader have learned something".
I believe that neither quantity nor quality is sufficient.
Unfortunately, not all quality writing is successful, either online or in the real world.
The market for a learned and well-written study of 4th century Latin literature has a very, very limited audience, for example. It's never going to be successful, but it's quality writing.
Quantity doesn't work either, if you write garbage, or even if you write a lot of quality articles of the "4th century Latin literature" sort. If one monograph on Ammianus Marcellinus isn't going to go gangbusters and become a bestseller, then an entire series on the topic won't either.
Alternative: Fulfill a demand, and do it well
Instead, if you are pursuing success instead of simply writing your passions, you've got to find the overlap between your passions and other people's passions, needs, interests and questions, the things that people use the web to find.
Identify those. Write lots on them. Write the most useful, interesting, and well-written articles you can.
Quantity and quality both move you towards your goal, but unless you pick effective topics and provide the sorts of things people want or need, you may be frustrated.
Note that I didn't say "popular topics" but rather "effective topics." If there's a lot of pages already covering a topic, there may be no demand or need for another. More obscure topics can still work, as long as you identify what the people interested in that topic might be looking for (photos of it, a how-to about it, trivia, a review, or insider information, e.g.)
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