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6 Ways to Increase Your HubPages Traffic

Updated on April 13, 2013

Introduction

With the new Hubpages Ad Program, which is traffic based, the search for increased traffic to hubs is greatly in demand. One might ask, "How Do I Get More Traffic?". I wish the answer to this question was one sentence, and I wish that it was an overnight solution. However, the truth is that it takes just as much work to get traffic to your hubs as it is to write hubs themselves! Honestly, it takes nearly a 8 months to a year for an article from HubPages to get ranked properly in the search engines. With all of the updates to Google's 'spider', keeping up with SEO is harder nowadays as it has ever been. The same basic principles apply for SEO: keywords, backlinks, and views create search engine results. All of these factors will get you ahead of the competition in Google's eyes. So you might ask yourself, how can I get ahead of the competition? This is also isn't an easy answer. You must first identify the competition, then you must find what you can offer that they can't. Who knows, you might be able to use your competition to your advantage. You know where eyes for a particular topic are facing. Instead of trying to redirect their attention to you, you should redirect yourself to their attention. What I mean by that is put yourself where eyes can see you, instead of shouting from across the room, hoping that they will notice you.

Back on topic. I will now break down a few basic concepts related to HubPages that will greatly increase your traffic and your overall Hub reputation.

6 Ways to Get More Traffic

1. Comment, Forum, Question and Answer More Often

All of the suggestions above will help you get better exposure from the HubPages community. What this will do for you is potentially get you more followers, put your Hub Profile name all over the HubPages community, and build an overall "image" for your Profile. Comments, Forums, Questions and Answers will all bring users to your profile, and probably to your hubs. If people enjoy your hubs that they have just discovered, they will probably follow you. After all, most people follow their followers back. The more followers you have, the more people will see your recently published hubs, questions, comments etc. This might bring people back to your hubs for the second time on another day. When I said that commenting, posting in forums, questions and answers will build an overall "image" for your profile, I meant that all of your followers will know what to expect from you. If they are looking for anything on a particular topic, they might sift through your Hubs to try to find an answer because they know you are experienced in that topic.

Experiment a litte. Try to find out which works best for you. I try to write 3 comments, 3 questions and 3 answers a day. This is a pretty easy feat that builds up over a month. That's 90 questions a month! All of these things also earn you accolades over time that will impress new readers on your hubs and give you better 'curb appeal'.

2. Get the HubPages Mobile App

You aren't always at your computer are you? Didn't think so. The HubPages Mobile App allows you to do all the things in step one, anywhere in the world. The App allows you to ask questions, post to the forums or write a new status with a touch of a button. It also has a great 'hub hopper' option that is similar to Stumbleupon as it will take you to a random hub. You can check your stats and your earnings from this app too. It is a really easy way to keep up with all of your hubs on the go. Best of all, it makes it easier. You get a 'Facebook' feeling when using this app and somewhat forget that you are not on a 'social network' of popular sorts.

Push Notifications. You can know when things happen right when they happen! This way you can study the time of day most comments go your way. You can use these stats to measure when you should publish a hub, question or comment.

3. Write More Hubs

You might say, "this is a no brainer", and you would be right! However, statistically, the more hubs people write, the more their other hubs traffic increases. Hubbers with greater than 100 hubs have greater overall hub traffic than those with 1-99 hubs do. I guess this has to do with overall HubPages exposure. The more hubs that are out there in 'digital space', the more possible pathways to your profile, and to other hubs. I know I get a better feeling about a Hubber when I go to their profile and see they have tons of accolades and have written a bunch of hubs. I will more likely read their hubs than, lets say a Hubber with 1 accolade and 2 hubs.

Think about it. If you have 100 hubs that get ~7-10 views a day each, that will generate 210-300 views per article each month. If you have 100 hubs, that's 21,000-30,000 views a month overall. This is greater than having 20 hubs that get 15-20 views per article each day. You will have more exposure and your views will statistically grow more than that of the 20 hub profile. Think of each article as an asset, like an investment. You have more stocks and more potential to grow.

4. Link All Relevant Hubs Together

This is one of the biggest aspects of increasing traffic. If an individual is looking for information on a specific topic, and is presented with a link to another hub that is related to that topic, they will more likely go to that hub than going back to the search engine. If you have written 5 articles about 'cars' for instance, post 4 the links of the other 4 hubs to each hub. That way you have somewhat of a cyclic function working for your hubs. Viewers will end up going all around your hubs without ever going back to the search bar.

Remember, only link relevant articles together. Doing anything else is kind of counter productive. If I am looking for information about how to install a cold air intake, I don't care about a link talking about comic books or TV shows. You have to get the ball rolling with the viewer so that they don't even realize that they have traveled to 4 different hubs of yours.

5. Consistently Update All Hubs

Plain and simple, Google likes updated articles better than old articles. If you let the cobwebs collect on your hubs, don't expect people to come visit. I understand, sometimes you have nothing that you can possibly add to an article to update it. If you are in dire need to update ahub use it as inspiration to write a new hub. Write a hub that is relevant to the article that is in need of updating. Then, post a link on the old hub to the new one. Boom, the hub is updated and you have a new hub. Post a link on your new hub to the old one and boom, you have more traffic. See how this is starting to come together?

However, don't think that you have to CONSTANTLY update an article. Don't ruin an article by adding useless information or posting tons of links. You should spend one day a month updating old hubs. Don't think that you have to cover all hubs in that one day. I would suggest targeting hubs that are falling in traffic or maybe even your oldest hubs.


6. Social Bookmarking

Social bookmarking is a minor tool. Yes I said it, it is a minor tool. What I mean by that is that you shouldn't try to spend all of your time bookmarking all of your hubs on all of these social networks. If you have 100+ hubs and you want to submit them all to Stumbleupon, good luck. See you in a few hours, if not days. So, lets find out where it is most useful. I will first break down which social networks you should use.

Stumble Upon

Stumble Upon is great for a website like this. People get on Stumble to find random information that matches their interests. Since HubPages already categorizes your hubs for you, this makes it easy for Stumble to sort them out. While some traffic will be only click throughs, some will also be genuine users that, if familiar with HubPages, will follow you back to your profile and possibly read more. They might also follow some of those nice links you have posted on the bottom of your articles. This is truly a bookmark and leave concept. Post it on Stumble and watch it grow, or not grow. Do your homework and find out which topics work best for Stumble.

Digg

Digg is a little more difficult than Stumble, but can be way more effective if used properly. On Digg, you post a link that goes to your profile. If other people on Digg are following you, they will see what you are posting. The more people 'Digg' your post, the more exposure it will get. So what you want to do first is post a few links on Digg, then focus on getting a lot of followers. Once you have quite a bit, start Digging all of your hubs. As more and more people Digg your hub, you will get more traffic. If you make the front page of Digg, you could get thousands, maybe tens of thousands of views. I know some people that have had it happen to them. A friend of mine got ~100,000 views on his website from making front page on Digg. There is some inspiration.

Twitter

The same concept goes for Twitter as it does for Digg. Get a whole bunch of followers and begin to tweet your hubs. Now, don't forget to dish out normal tweets from time to time as well. Followers will see you as a spammer if you continue to only post links. You might even get banned from Twitter. The reason why Twitter is so effective is that it is so easy. Use a website like tinyurl to shrink your URL link and post a small message on why they should follow your link. If you have 10K followers and 1000 people click through this link, you are already on your way. If you have 100K followers, imagine the possibilities.

In conclusion, don't overuse social bookmarking/networking. It gets annoying to see someone only posting links on their profile. You will lose credibility and people will shun you.

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    • Mamerto profile image

      Mamerto I Relativo Jr 6 weeks ago from Cabuyao

      Now this will help me a lot as a newbie! Thanks for posting this hub.

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      Anita Hasch 5 months ago from Port Elizabeth

      Thanks for the interesting hub. Will try some of your suggestions. I find that increasing my traffic difficult but try all the time.

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      Gilbert Arevalo 5 months ago from Hacienda Heights, California

      Thanks for your useful tips, MountainManJake.

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      Anita Hasch 9 months ago from Port Elizabeth

      Super hubs. Can't stop reading.

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      Edwin B Lowry 11 months ago from PA

      Nice hub! This is all great information!

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      Doug West 12 months ago from Raymore, MO

      This looks like some good information. I have done some of the suggestions but I think I need to do more to increase my Hub traffic.

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      Paul Sam 21 months ago

      This a really great article!! Didn't even know that there is a Hubpages mobile app... Will surely follow these to increase my traffic...

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      Authenticz HubPage 21 months ago from North America

      It's really useful

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      Authenticz HubPage 21 months ago from North America

      Good job Mountain!

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      Mrs L A Gibb 22 months ago

      Enjoyed your Hub, has given me a more perspective outlook. I have just come to realise after all this time being a hubber, that hubpages will benefit in what I am doing to help people. My hubs certainly need updating now. I have written some good articles I think for me hubpages keep me on my toes to improve on my writing.

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      Kelsey Elise Farrell 22 months ago from Orange County, CA

      I especially agree with linking the hubs together--this has proven most effective for me. However, I have such a hard time with updating hubs constantly. Can they always be improved upon? Sure, but it takes out too much to do so. Thanks for the great hub!

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      Jen 22 months ago from Canada

      I think for me writing more articles and consistently updating old hubs will help with my traffic. I have a tendency to get distracted and focus on other things.

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      Kathryn Lane 23 months ago

      As someone who's just starting out on hubpages this was really helpful. Thanks!!

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      Tyler Philbrook 2 years ago

      Thanks for all the great advice. I'm hoping that this will help me since I'm just starting out.

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      Jomana H 2 years ago

      Thank you for information, voted up

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      Jacob Barnard 2 years ago from Gloucestershire

      Firstly, thank you for this guide it was very helpful!

      1. I will be participating in the forums a lot more like you suggested

      2. I didn't realise there is a Hubpages application, where can I find it? I'm an Android user and I couldn't find it on google play

      3. I understand that more hubs mean more views in most cases, but at least half of my hubs don't get views anymore really which is annoying, others get maybe 2-3 views so yes loads of hubs will

      help, but not as much as it could?

      4. I would link my articles, but I tend to forget to link ones I make in the future, future plans perhaps

      I liked this small message, I'm going to read the other hub after this one as it intrigued me

      5. I try to update my hubs now and then, but not too often

      6. Social bookmarking is always a great way to get more views, although it's only temporary, At least for me it is.

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      Valerie Hayward 2 years ago from Michigan

      These are great tips for beginners to hubpages like myself. I didn't even realize there was an app for hubpages. Consider it downloaded!

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      Nicu 2 years ago from Oradea, Romania

      It looks like I have to write some questions and some posts on forums, because I only made comments on other hubs.

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      Krzysztof Willman 2 years ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      Very informative and some good advice for a beginner like myself. My focus is to keep writing more but the forum, questions and answers is very relevant as well so thank you.

      Voted up.

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      Dwight Phoenix 2 years ago from Jamaica

      Very informative

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      growithme 2 years ago

      Thanks for sharing as a newbee it helped me.

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      BeaGabrielle1 2 years ago

      I appreciate the tips you shared in this hub since I am still looking for ways to improve traffic to my hubs. I just voted this hub up and bookmarked it for future reference. Thanks!

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      mslenai 2 years ago

      Thanks for this. Very informative!!

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      Jay Wyne 2 years ago from America

      Thank you for sharing this hub, i have been trying as many ways as possible to increase traffics on my hub. i will try some.

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      Emily Tack 3 years ago from USA

      I just stumbled upon this, a few moments ago. Thank you for all of the advice! I shall take it to heart...

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      Aswin Rajeev 3 years ago from Cochin, India

      I'm gonna try doing some things listed here. Great article.

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      jonaive 3 years ago

      the tips your wrote seem like automatic tasks but i constantly forget most of them. great and useful hub!

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      yourbodyweight 3 years ago

      Thanks for the tips, you really helped me out a little bit.

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      Satendra Saini 3 years ago from India

      A real and great description. You explane the real things. Voted useful

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      William 3 years ago from America

      I appreciate the insight about Digg and it's benefits. Thanks!

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      ibescience 4 years ago

      I found the results of the poll interesting. It motivated me to write another hub. Thanks!

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      Michael M Griffin 4 years ago

      Great ideas! I especially like the one about linking hubs together! Extremely useful! Thanks!

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      srsddn 4 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

      mountainmanjake, Very useful information. It gives me impetus to use the information more seriously and effectively. Thanks for sharing your views.

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      Anita Coleman 4 years ago from virginia beach

      This hub was very helpful... Thank you so much. I am still a newbie, so I can use all the advice I can get...

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      MountainManJake 4 years ago from Seattle

      Thanks MDavisatTIERS. I am just trying to make this an enjoyable experience for everyone.

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      Marilyn L Davis 4 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you for an easily understood article on increasing traffic. I am appreciative of someone who concisely explains the ins and outs of hubs to a beginner.

      You did that well...thumbs up.

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      MountainManJake 4 years ago from Seattle

      Hi Barbara Kay! Overall, Digg is more useful for high page rank backlinks. If you are lucky you will get noticed by Digg and land on the front page. That hardly happens though.

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      Barbara Badder 4 years ago from USA

      This was useful. I didn't see anything new, but it did give me reminders to use other bookmarking sites then I have been using.

      The big question is: How do you get followers on Digg? I started using it and it just didn't go anywhere for me, so I quit using it. I write women's articles. Maybe that isn't the place for them?

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Great article! Very useful, thank you.

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      MountainManJake 4 years ago from Seattle

      Thanks for all the feedback guys! I hope this helps people that are new as well as experienced writers!

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      Casimiro 4 years ago

      Unfortunately, it's difficult to measure which of those techniques work well and which don't, especially given that we are all somewhat at the mercy of the whims of HP and Google. Also, there is usually a long time lag between tweaking something and seeing results. It seems to me that updating my old hubs gradually over the past couple of months has increased traffic, but some traffic increases I can't explain.

      Twitter is easy, yes, but it's also easy to get lost in the noise. I doubt most of my followers ever see any one particular tweet from me unless they are filtering. I've found that re-tweets from others, however, are very effective. Some day I will write a brief hub on one way to increase those.

      Thanks for a great hub and some nutritious food for thought!

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      Linda0011 4 years ago

      HI guys, great hub and easily u described here about hubpage traffics.well done .

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      MountainManJake 4 years ago from Seattle

      Thanks janshares! I am just trying to give the best information I possibly can to help others along their path.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hi MountainManJake. This was pretty good info, so glad I stopped by. I will use your suggestions, thanks for this helpful hub. Voted up and useful.

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      MountainManJake 4 years ago from Seattle

      Thanks again!

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      MountainManJake 4 years ago from Seattle

      Thanks a lot gags3480! I will check out your hubs as well.

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      GAGANPREET SINGH BHATIA 4 years ago from Kanpur, India

      Nicely written hub. I presently use all of the points mentioned above.

      Voted up & shared.

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      MountainManJake 4 years ago from Seattle

      Thanks CyberFreak! If you sift through the comments you can find even more great information!

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      CyberFreak 4 years ago

      I liked this hub much. It has great information for anyone who is starting now, while still useful for people who have been here for long.

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      MountainManJake 4 years ago from Seattle

      Go to : http://www.stumbleupon.com/submit . That will take you to the page to submit all of your hubs. As I mentioned above, Reddit made a huge difference for me. They are a bit stingy though. Views went from ~200 one day to over 600 the next after backlinking on Reddit. Stay in the 400s consistently thereafter.

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      Beth37 4 years ago

      Thanks senor. Im doing most of this now, so that makes me feel like Im on the right track. I just opened a stumble upon acct, but I haven't figured it out yet.

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      MountainManJake 4 years ago from Seattle

      Thanks for the comment DaffodilSky! Just trying to make this simple for people.

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      MountainManJake 4 years ago from Seattle

      Thanks for the comment DaffodilSky! Just trying to make this simple for people.

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      Helen Lush 4 years ago from Cardiff, Wales, UK

      Really useful information for someone new to this - thanks! Voted up:)

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      Bajazid 4 years ago from Sarajevo, Bosnia

      I did it with one domestic forum, and results are fine (got one tracker ;))

      Reddit is on my to-do list! Thanks again!

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      MountainManJake 4 years ago from Seattle

      Thanks baja2013! Another thing I have discovered since writing this hub is that using the website Reddit to bookmark your hubs will significantly increase your traffic. Also try starting forums! This will attract others like you all into the same place.

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      Bajazid 4 years ago from Sarajevo, Bosnia

      You force me to make three things rihgt now: ask questions, install application on my mobile and this relevant hub linking. Thanks!

      I am always thankfull when learn some good stuff.

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      MountainManJake 4 years ago from Seattle

      Thanks sriramapriya. You just have to create a routine that works for you! Everyone is a bit different based on what they write about.

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      sriramapriya 4 years ago from India

      Very important and useful article i start recently Answering, commenting. My hub score is 79. still now i dint get one followers also.. why am not able to understating daily am updating my status. Thank you so much.

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      MountainManJake 4 years ago from Seattle

      Just remember to spend a day a month editing and updating! Every time you do google will crawl your whole page again!

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      caseymel 4 years ago from Indiana

      Great article! I am almost up to 100 Hubs. I hope it will make a difference!

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      MountainManJake 4 years ago from Seattle

      Thanks for all the feedback guys. Some people just make it too difficult!

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      abijith sasikumar 5 years ago from india

      Nice hub score. Really helpful

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      Missy Mac 5 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks for this information on promoting your Hub. I am a newbie learning the different ways to promote my articles. You are correct that using social media should be used cautiously. I like the advise of getting the followers first and then include a link.

      Thanks for the great advice.

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      Mom Kat 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks for writing this - it really made things clear and simple. Great Job!

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      The Reminder 5 years ago from Canada

      Great hub! Voted up!

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      Shampa Sadhya 5 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

      Voted up and useful!

      It is indeed a useful article. Few things I need to follow according to your suggestions. Hope to have some changes in my traffic. Thanks for writing this hub. Sharing and pinning.

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      Ethan Green 5 years ago from England

      Really useful article about gaining visitors. The social element is really important. Messing up in twitter is definitely a possibility I want to avoid. Thanks for this. Voted up!

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      peacockct 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Great ideas! Thanks for sharing mountainmanjake!

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      Ironman1992 5 years ago

      Great suggestions. Voted up and useful.

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      MountainManJake 5 years ago from Seattle

      Thanks! I would have added that, but I firmly believe its already I'm the job description.

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      C L Grant 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Yes, there are simple things you can do to optimize your hub, as you have outlined in your article. However, I firmly believe that the most important feature is simply to write a good quality hub.

      Rarely will hubs generate hundreds/thousands of visitors instantly overnight. Organic traffic takes time to build up but will ultimately provide a consistent income, if you keep building good quality hubs! ;)

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      MountainManJake 5 years ago from Seattle

      If you check out some of my other hubs, it will show you how I link them. I revolve content around linking.

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      Cameron Conner 5 years ago from Cornelius, North Carolina

      great hub! I just got the app today and I love it.

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      Dr Pooja 5 years ago

      Informative hub.Have to incorporate links in hubs to increase traffic.

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      MountainManJake 5 years ago from Seattle

      I just recently started using the Mobile App and it is great!

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      TomRy 5 years ago from USA

      Very informative. Never even thought of using the mobile features.