Lots of people search for information on the internet regarding weight loss however there are lots of sources that already provide lots of information to searchers
Have you had any success with any weight loss hubs? Or do you feel you cannot compete with sites like Livestrong on the net?
From my experience I feel the lack of quality and originality from a lot of the weight loss hubs already on hubpages means that the likelihood of them ranking high in google will be severly diminished. Does anyone else share this feeling?
I did write some Hubs on weight loss but they never did well. As you say, there is so much competition out there already.
Quality always matters. If you have something new/different or that really works to add then a hub might do well. If it's all the same information you see everywhere else then you have a bigger challenge in getting traffic and back links and stuff before it would get picked up by Google. If you were good at the marketing side of things though, then it might still work out for you.
Thanks WritingPrompts- that's the viewpoint I would expect a hubber who has a little bit of knowledge in general to be speaking from
I have a number of weight loss related hubs which have a small amount of regular traffic- however I have gone down the niche route in terms of weight loss. However following a lot of related subjects on hubpages- I see each day more general weight loss hubs which seem to be a real waste of time for those that wrote them
And then there's the work which is completely 'pants' which a hubbers' followers give a lot of love to- facebook likes, sharing on google etc!!!
That's because there are thousands of would-be internet entrepreneurs who are prepared to write about anything to make money. They don't look at their own expertise - instead, they look for subjects with high-paying advertisers. Weight loss is very close to the top of their list.
If these entrepreneurs are honest, they'll pay writers to write articles for them (usually students who don't know much about the subject but will write for $2 an article). If they're dishonest, they'll either paraphrase or outright steal articles already on the net. They will also head over to Fiverr and pay people to "like" them on Facebook, create backlinks, etc etc., which will fool Google into thinking they've written good content.
So that's what you're up against - thousands of people who are willing to game the system to beat you. Against that, just producing quality content isn't enough. In fact, if your weight loss articles do well, I suggest signing up for Copyscape quicksmart and getting used to checking for theft regularly, because you'll be a prime target for these guys to steal your Hubs and use them on their own sites.
yes there is a lot of competition in the weightloss niche, its easier to write on weightloss if you are in the process of losing weight, so you have done lots of rsesearch and you are actually doing all that you are telling people or if you have lost weight and are sharing that info. Since there is lots of competition and there are a lot of dishonest individuals out to make a quick buck, it is important that you have a genuine approach so as to connect with potential readers. Also it is easier to market something that you are interested in.
Targeting the main key words in the weightloss niche is an uphill battle, one has a better chance targeting more long tail key words and writing many articles.
I created a hub about proper nutrition and weight management which included how to properly lose and gain (muscle) weight. It has been one of my top hubs since I have written it, although it is information-packed and the general person looking for quick-fix weight loss probably wouldn't take the time to read it. Granted, I haven't been posting for long so I'm not sure how it will do in the long run. Just my 2 cents.
Wow, very informative Marisa, really did not look at it in that perspective. Health & fitness is my field of expertise and that's all I write about. But your right, there are alot of people that will do anything for a buck
I think if it is not attention grabbing and just rehashed content it won't get much traction.
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