Writing Online Articles And Publishing Them is Easy... Getting Traffic Is Harder

Eyeballs are traffic, and that is Harder To Get and Maintain Sometimes

It is easy to write and publish an 800 word online article, or a fine hub and it is easy to put it together on various online writing sites you are publishing your writing on, (as for publishing them often you simply need to do is hit publish). This is the easy part. If you have trouble writing quality online articles on a regular basis, and then publishing them-- you have a problem.

The other hard part is writing and publishing quality content all the time. In other words you need a few fine hubs, or a few fine websites. This is the ground work that any writer faces, defining what is quality for their readers. Then there is a need to get, or better still increase traffic.

General idea: You need traffic. If you need more you need to massively increase traffic-- with the online articles you publish. This traffic comes from as many sources as you can get. When we say "traffic" it means people who come and read your hubs or websites from search engines, or social networking sites, or any other place you might find traffic from online.

But back to the idea about writing online articles. These are probably the easiest part to your business. If you don't have hubs you don't have traffic. (Your profile however pretty it may be does not count as a hub!)There is an important fact to remember about writing, it is a business, so what you write is often more important than money. In fact what you write should be the reason you write.

Online Articles Are What You Know.

Advice: write an online article, by this I mean a hub, or a Squidoo lens or something that will get you motivated to write more on the same subject. The more you focus on one interesting subject the better your chances of increasing traffic. This is one simple way of keeping traffic. Most traffic comes to you for a reason and that reason is often your subject.

For example: Your blog is on the topic of current events, and you want more traffic, you have to keep writing about current events, not about last years' news. This does not mean you can't increase traffic. It does mean that you don't start going off topic for the big ticket money maker. The reason is simple you will not be writing what you know.

Not every "money maker" makes money for you or your business-- some will not even get traffic without a lot of effort. I have learned this, and I also accept that I write what I know, and make it useful in terms of content. This means I can feel that what I am writing about I believe in, and I know it works for me. If you do not know the subject, no matter how much money you think you will make, you won't make money.

Writing is Easy... Getting Traffic is Not.
Writing is Easy... Getting Traffic is Not.
but don't cry you'll get traffic soon
but don't cry you'll get traffic soon

Does Traffic Mean Money?

No. It does not. Not ever you can have the best money making site or hub of all time and not get traffic or anything else. You can also have something you simply put together in an hour and have this make you a lot of money.  the point is you never know, and it is up to your readers, your traffic to tell you if your content is good enough to click on an ad or not.

Traffic means a potential of money, but for this sake I'll break it down in a hub, say you have a hub with great content. It is well written and informative. You have about 800 or so words and you have at least tried to check it over.

Next you need traffic. There are a few ways to go about this: One you add your hub to various social networking sites, since a link is a link is a link. Then adding your links to your blog or other online articles. Time consuming, but it does increase traffic. It does not mean it will make you money, or give you profit on your business.

The money comes because people have found your content helpful, and then are willing to click on your Google AdSense ads. The idea is that you need traffic to do this. Focus on content, then traffic. Then the rest will fall into place.

and keep writing online
and keep writing online

So.. If Traffic Does Not Mean "X" why do I want Eyeballs?

No traffic, you do not get anything. Same idea as with hubpages, if you don't have hub you don't have followers or traffic or anything else. You can participate all you like, but no published hubs, what help can you give others?  You will not get traffic this way.

By the same token, if you are here for 3 days, and have written twenty hubs, you have a problem, so balance your work and your participation. You need to prove yourself. Keep writing hubs and keep participating. it is the same even on Squidoo. Write lenses and participate.

Why do you want eyeballs? the more eyeballs on your work, (aka traffic) the more of a chance you get exactly what you want. Again the start is to go to "share it" and click on a link there, and use the basics. This is the only way to make money though Google AdSense.

Is Traffic Everything?

Content and Traffic or Traffic and Money: Which is better

See results without voting

Writing Online Articles and Publishing a Book

I am not suggesting that you become a writer or publish a book if you plan on working (or to continue to work with) with marketing on the Internet. At the same time I am suggesting you look at writing content as important and that you try to improve your writing as it is a part of your online business. Once your writing improves, and you edit older hubs in the same fashion, you will find that you will improve your traffic since people will link to your work.

Yes, there are sites which have great content, but they also need to get traffic which means that they need to add links, and work harder at the traffic. The easiest thing for your business is to think content then traffic.

The more content you write the better you will become and the more traffic you will get, but you have to be willing to take the steps you need to get what you want. There is no easy way to go about it.

To your success.

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Rebecca E. 19 months ago from Canada Author

thanks for stopping by nic.

Nic 19 months ago

I found this on you google plus, has anything changed since published? I like the articles. Thanks rebecca a emrich.

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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada Author

it is something that you have to work with and something that you have to spend time on-- it is easy to write and publish, but the eyeballs-- traffic takes time.

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mzrq 5 years ago

hmmmm, at least it is the truth and not something that sounds easy or like something I want to hear. Its not some feel good thing where you write and make money. it is a business and a process that from what I gather needs to be started and practiced. Something I needed to read. Thanks.

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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

sweetmarie-- happy to help out around here

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SweetMarie83 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I've spent most of the morning reading your hubs and I'm finding them so helpful - thank you!

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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

madame duchess-- as always happy to be of serivce!

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Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

As always Rebecca, an article worth passing on.

Thanks for another one!

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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

androminda-- this is so true, to me quality is vital, you can have qualitity but quality must come first

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andromida 6 years ago

There is nothing you said that I can disagree with you.My personal experience is that people really love and respect informative and useful contents.Thanks a lot :)

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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

hello hello- learning is a good thing! hope it helps.

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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Treasures of heaven-- I try my best and it is somethign which I enjoy!

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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

The more you read, the more you learn and I am still learning from your hub.

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Treasuresofheaven 6 years ago from Michigan

Good stuff. You have created a hunger and thirst to perform at optimum level. Thank you ever so much.

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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

ftclick-- I think everyone hopes for an edit button when we go back to older hubs.

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ftclick 6 years ago

very true/the more you write the better you will become. I read a post the other day that was from me. I know I could not write that well a few years ago. So it was a welcome benefit.

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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

drbj-- yep that to but you also need the eyeballs... no eyeballs no fingers =)

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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Yes, becca, that's it in a nutshell. You need lots and lots of eyeballs. Also fingers! As in fingers tapping on computer keys to open Adsense ads or Amazon offerings, or whatever.

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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Dave-- I will keep writing, and hope you do as well.

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Dave Sibole 6 years ago from Leesburg, Oh

Keep writing. They are encouraging.

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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

leni-- you are most welcome, thank you.

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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

vydyulashashi-- happy to help out.

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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

samsons1-- it will happen, just takes time.

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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

rotl-- as of right now, 11 have voted and 9% say traffic and money, we'lll have to see, at least they are being honest =)

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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Pcunix-- I think you have something going there, but I always know I am a learner always learning and that keeps me off my high horse!

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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

diogenes-- I suppse my writing about what you know stems from what i write about, and one hub sticks out in my mind, a person who had been here less than 1 hours had written a hub "make money on hubpages" and of course three weeks later as moaning over the fact that they weren't making money on that hub, but their hub one what they knew was... with you I trust you have your facts right and hodgepodge is okay =) thought you might like my noun =)

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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

talfonso-- it is something you enjoy, then go for it, but I have found current news is hard to get steady traffic over a long time period.

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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

carman-- I iwsh you all the best and hope it helps.

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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

dev4life-- it is a simple thing, write the article and then improve, and learn and improve some more.

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leni sands 6 years ago from UK

Really useful hub, very informative.

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vydyulashashi 6 years ago from Hyderabad,India

Very informative!

You were always there to help me.

God Bless You!

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee

up & beautiful! Good article, good read. Still waiting...

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rotl 6 years ago from Florida

Useful article for people looking to write/make money online. I like your poll... I'll be curious to see how many people are all about traffic and money, regardless of the quality of the content... seems like there's too much of that these days.

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Pcunix 6 years ago from SE MA

Hodgepodge can work and Diogenes isn't wrong at all: writing about something you are learning about is often far more useful than the same thing produced by an "expert". The fresh look remembers to point out the confusions that the expert has long forgotten and also has the sense of wonder that expert lost long ago.

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diogenes 6 years ago from UK and Mexico

Hi Becky: I think you have invented a cute noun - "eyeballs - (from "eyeballed"). You are right in your synopsis of the situation. For example, I have a much admired series of articles, yet, as the are a "hodgepodge" they are not a niche and don't bring in the sheckels. But I am the opposite of the convention, "You need to write what you know about." I write what I don't know about, and have fun locating obscure books and sources to use to find the facts on which to hold locquacious, as it were. That's me, always running against the stream and paying the price! Happy Christmas, Bob

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talfonso 6 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

I rarely write Hubs on current news, and you said it well that they are not going to earn any traffic. I have written a lot of deciduous (as in seasonal, referring to a maple tree that loses leaves in the fall) and evergreen content because I want my work to be read well in the future.

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carman55 6 years ago from The Motor City

Thank you for the great pointers. I will apply what I have learned and make this work.

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dev4life 6 years ago from Anywhere, USA

To accomplish anything, a person must stick with it and get better at what he or she is doing in order to contribute in a significant manner. I feel you have provided some great guidance that will help anyone. Participation is important and I know I probably need to do more of it. Great Article

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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

bruzzbuzz-- that is something to think about, and keep writing is the key, since you never know just write, and write great content.

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bruzzbuzz 6 years ago from Texas , USA

I have a Blogger blog that derives the biggest part of my revenue. I never know which post will get the most traffic which results in the most money so I just keep writing. It all gets better with time.

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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

saddlerider1-- happy to have you read this, but it is true, yours are harder topics, but I am sure you will over time make money, just give time because talent rises to the top. Keep doing what you are doing, and you of all writer make my point so clear, you love what you do.

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saddlerider1 6 years ago

I think my content is reasonable, however my clicks are not great, mind you, all of my hubs are short stories and poetry that could be the main reasons.

However I ping, link to other sites, digg, stumblupon, bloggers,twitter, facebook, redgage, and a few others. My score floats between 95 and 99 but my google ad sense is tops $16

I suppose if I focused more on writing articles and product reviews, maybe I would see my earnings go up. However I am pleased to be here to write not so much make money:0)

Loved your tips, you are always so helpful.

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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Winterfate-- well cool =) yes content to me is easy, you have to have great content and then focus on your traffic. and like you I think that is what pulls me through in the end.

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Winterfate 6 years ago from Puerto Rico

First poll vote and comment! ^_^

Great hub! Admittedly, it's a bit frustrating seeing my Adsense account fluctuate as it does, but I'm sure that my content will pull through in the end. :)

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