Earn money online: Hub Pages lessons learned
I have been writing on Hubpages.com going on two weeks now. So far, I have reached a rating of 78 and have had 3,900 page views. This is not too bad considering I am a greenhorn who doesn’t know what he is doing. However, this greenhorn gains knowledge quickly by reading how the great hubbers write, communicate and contribute.
Here are some of my observations of a couple of them:
- Chuck is a prolific writer who has lately written rich works on historic churches in Arizona. His hubs are layered with visuals like pictures, maps and videos. His muliti-dimensional approach to his articles are appreciated and commented on by many.
- James A. Watkins has only written 184 hubs but captures over 1780 fans. Obviously, his written works are in-depth, creative and well defined.
The themes of these great hubbers are they appear to focus on quality of works first and let the backlinking and sharing result in Page views. Also, their topics are unique. I would suspect they research Hubpages and check Google Analytics to confirm the uniqueness of their topics and the demand for the topic based on key word numbers. Doing their research before writing definitely helps build readership and views. It just reconfirms what my father has said to me many times to “Look before leaping!”
One key item I have learned from these great hubbers is how their title is specific, action word driven (i.e.: Top 10, Best, How to, etc.) and simple. Their title grabs reader attention and probably gets them ranked higher in the search engines.
Another key item I have learned is to keep your hubs around two word processor (single spaced) pages. If you write any more than two pages on any one topic, you risk losing the reader’s attention.
Another thing I have learned is “pinging” your articles seems to increase traffic by 20 plus percent. I am not sure why this happens as I am not an internet or internet marketing specialist; I just know it does work through my tests.
How did I test to see if pinging works? I tested by having one group of hubs not pinged and another group pinged. I didn’t do anything else to these hubs and left them a few days to let them settle from their “hub newness.”
How do I ping? To ping your hub is quick and easy. All you need to do is input the Hub’s URL and your title. Within a day or two, you will probably see growth in your views if your topic is unique and deemed by the masses as interesting. Many of my hubs I pinged have had, on average, a 27 percent jump in views. I know these views are real people because I also got, on average, a 27 percent jump in comments coinciding with the page view numbers. Some ping sites ask for an RSS Feed URL. I usually haven’t put this URL in as I am lazy at heart. However, you can create a free RSS Feed at http://feedburner.google.com very easily. If you use feedburner, be sure to activate “ping shot.” Ping shot is an option on the main menu of feedburner that allows you to let feedburner automatically ping your feed. I would try pinging some of your hubs without a RSS Feed URL and some with it to see if it makes a difference. If it does, I would appreciate a comment on it.
Here are the free ping sites I have found that work the best:
http://www.pingler.com: This site pings your article to 79 places free. My tests show this ping site has done the best for me.
http://ping4free.com : This one requires you to register. However registering is absolutely free.
http://www.feedlisting.com : You will need to make an RSS feed at feedburner to use this free service. However, I have seen submitting my RSS feed here does give nice results on Google for your hub resulting in increased page views.
One thing I am going to try is to ping my hubs every two weeks. The verdict is still out on whether I will see growth.
Another test I did was submit my Hub URL to the major search engines. I know crawlers move around the Internet and will find your hub automatically. What I was interested in was whether sending your Hub URL in to the major search engines would speed up indexing. I was not able to really tell the difference but it sure doesn’t hurt to submit it to the major engines anyway. Here are the Main Search Engine locations where you can submit your hub URL for free:
So, the lessons learned thus far have been:
- Write Unique, interesting quality writing pieces. People will tell their friends naturally and give you credit through back links.
- Research your topic to see whether the topic has been flogged by others. Search Hubpages to see what others have written on the topic. Try to add a twist to the topic no one else has done yet to give it a uniqueness flavor. Using Google Analytics will help determine the popularity of the topic and its relative competition.
- Keep your titles specific, action oriented and clear. Having excellent titles will better target your audience and Search Engine Indexing.
- Use simple marketing techniques like pinging, feed burning and Major Search Engine submission. Spend a little time on this end to speed up your indexing in the Search Engines and build page views. I still say the bulk of your efforts should be in the quality and uniqueness of your hubs.
- Have fun with hubbing! If you are having fun, you will create good works and the rewards of readership will naturally follow!
- Don’t go over two pages in length!
- Learn from proven hubbers who have many followers. Reading their articles and looking at their layouts and choice of words will really help you to craft better hub works.
If you have any other easy, free ways Internet dummies like myself can learn to make better hubs and build views, I would appreciate hearing from you.
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