Best Practices and Tips for Increasing Hub Followers and Page Views

Why is Nobody Reading My Fantastic Hub?

So you've created this wonderful hub that is just chock full of info that you've been dying to share with the world. You cross the last "t," dot the last "i," and hit "publish." Then you sit back and prepare to watch the page views shoot through the roof.

Shockingly, the world doesn't beat a path to your door (or your hub, rather). While hubs on how-to-watch-paint-dry and making-art-out-of-cow-patties get thousands of hits per day, your magnus opus gets a single page view. (Thanks, Mom!) Where's the love?

Many of us have experienced this particular scenario. We feel that we've created a great hub, but it's not as well-received as we had envisioned. However, there are several things that can be done to maximize it's popularity, both within and outside of the HubPages community.


Content, Content, Content!

First and foremost, no matter what you are writing about, you have to understand that content is king. People will be drawn to your hub by the content. In fact, you've probably heard the phrase "unique, quality content" quite often in this context, but have you ever thought about what it really means?

Unique Content

For me, "unique" content refers to information that can't be found anywhere else. That's a tall order in today's society, where an online search on almost any topic will find millions of hits. However, it's not the subject matter that has to be unique; rather, it's your writing. In short, you can't have copied the information from somewhere else. The words that go into your hub must have your brain as their point of origin. As long as that's the case, even if there are a billion pages on your topic of choice, your writing shouldn't lack for originality.

Quality Content

Next, in my mind, "quality" content means it has value. Not necessarily monetary value, but it should offer the reader something in exchange for his time. Maybe it does help them save money, but maybe if just offers a solution to a problem, or just provides them with simple reading pleasure and enjoyment. Just using my own work as an example, I have hubs on where to find cheap goods (pianos, cars, etc.), representing yourself in a lawsuit, drafting a will, investing and more.

That said, I don't think you have to overpower your reader with a bunch of bells and whistles, like a thousand pics, videos, etc. Those are good, but they're not your main selling points in terms of quality content. Think about the last great book you read. Assuming you're older than 10, it probably only had one picture (on the cover - maybe the back as well) and then a couple of hundred pages of text. The reason you bought it was for that text, not the cover art, so feel free to keep your hub somewhat simple, allowing the reader to find your content with ease.

Finally, watch your grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc. This might mean not just proofing your hub before publication, but going back afterwards - maybe a few days later - to see if there's anything you missed. Also, don't be afraid to update and add additional content. Again, you're trying to create something of value to the reader, so if you think of anything that can enhance the experience of a visitor to your hub, add it.

(12 1/2 Rules of Writing Poster available at AllPosters.com.)



Promote Your Hub

Don't be shy about promoting your hub. For instance, if it's the answer to a question here on HubPages, there's a forum for posting your link. Likewise if you've constructed a hub as part of a HubChallenge (30-hubs-in-30-days), put your link in the appropriate forum.

Outside the HubPages community, feel free to tell your friends about it. Send them emails. If allowed, post it on your high school or college alumni message boards. Inform all of your Facebook friends. And don't forget about LinkedIn, if relevant.

In short, tell all of your friends and family about it, and encourage them to give you their comments. They may ask a question or make a statement that you can incorporate into your hub and make it better.


Source

Create Relevant Backlinks to Your Hub

Backlinking, of course, is an important link in the chain (no pun intended) with respect to getting more traffic. Thus, you should develop a viable backlinking strategy that will work as intended without getting you branded as a spammer. One of the sites I recommend for this is Redgage.com, because not only do you get nice backlinks, but you also get paid for bookmarking your content there, whether it be hubs, blogs, pics, what have you. (FYI: I also have a hub on How to Get Lots of Free Backlinks for those who need them. And on a side note, I recently won $25 in the RedGage Daily Contest - twice! - for a total of $50, so it really is in your best interest to sign up there.)

In short, getting more traffic can be simple, but it doesn't necessarily mean that it's going to be fast. It takes time for hubs to find an audience; you aren't going to get a thousand followers overnight. Your writing first has to merit the loyalty of the HubPages community. Thus, you should should focus on creating unique, quality hubs. And if I can steal a line from Field of Dreams: "If you build it, they will come." (That's actually a misquote, but we'll save that discussion for another hub.)


More by this Author


Comments 8 comments

Talullah profile image

Talullah 4 years ago from SW France

A very useful hub, and I love the 'writing rules' poster, so thanks for sharing that!


Hypersapien profile image

Hypersapien 4 years ago Author

Talullah,

Thanks for reading and for the kind comments.


purplmama profile image

purplmama 4 years ago from The Midwest - Northern Illinois

Wow!! Thanks so much for this! I'm signing up for RedGage tonight and am going to check out your backlinking Hub.

Thank you! Your Hubs are so useful and informative!


KoffeeKlatch Gals profile image

KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

Very sound advice. Some all of us can use.


Hypersapien profile image

Hypersapien 4 years ago Author

purplmama,

Redgage doesn't pay a whole lot (although there are ways to get bonuses), but something is better than nothing - and it's a free backlink. Thanks for your generous comments.

KoffeeKlatch Gals,

Thank you for your kind comments as well.


purplmama profile image

purplmama 4 years ago from The Midwest - Northern Illinois

Hi Hypersapien,

I downloaded the PhotoPlus program. I also joined Redgage and uploaded 5 content items. However, since downloading from Serif, RG won't upload photos for me. Sorry to bug you about this, but you're clearly an expert on these issues. The "uploading" message just stays there, and there's no bar showing the download progress. It just sits there forever, doing nothing. Is this a coincidence, or did Serif change my photo properties somehow?? I've tried a variety of photos, with the same result. I even tried resizing, but no luck.

Thanks much for any advice.


Hypersapien profile image

Hypersapien 4 years ago Author

purplmama,

You're not bothering or bugging me, so never worry about that. And while you're generous in your comments, I'm nowhere near an expert. (Plus, I haven't attempted to upload any photos yet - although they're reputed to be the most profitable type of content on RG - so I haven't experienced your problem.) Still, I can tell you this: I had issues initially when I signed onto Redgage in that I couldn't do anything at all. However, my issues were resolved by clicking the "Compatability View" button on the address bar (when you're RG's site, it's next to the refresh button and looks like a piece of paper that's been ripped in half). As I understand it, some sites developed for earlier versions of Internet Explorer have various issues (presumably RG is one), but this solved them for me. On another note, I looked at the uploading tutorial for RG, and the inability to upload - especially photos - appears to be a common problem based on the comments. In short, it doesn't appear that this is an issue on your end but rather one with Redgage. (However, it does seem odd that you had no problem uploading photos before downloading PhotoPlus.) In terms of advice, I would naturally say that you should check to see if the Compatability View button pops up and click it if it does. (You only have to click it once, and Internet Explorer will remember every time you visit RGafter that.) I sometimes have to press buttons twice before RG takes action, so if there's no progress bar showing don't be afraid to press the button a second time. Also, try uploading with other browsers (e.g., Chrome, Firefox). Beyond that, I would advise that you simply keep trying to upload, just in case this was only a temporary problem with RG. I'm sorry if this wasn't as helpful as you would have liked, but if you are able to upload again please share.


purplmama profile image

purplmama 4 years ago from The Midwest - Northern Illinois

Hypersapien,

Yes, this was helpful! I use firefox, and yes, I've noticed that I've had to click 2 or 3 times to get RG to act. I'll keep trying, then. I have noticed a LOT of traffic just in the few days since I've joined RG! .. Of course, traffic's nothing if it doesn't convert, UGH. :[ However, I'm finding RG to be so much more effective than Linkreferral in regards to effort!

Thanks much!

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    Click to Rate This Article
    working