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A Funny Thing About Google

Updated on July 14, 2011

I have been checking out my hubpages these past few days to see if I can improve on any of them. Increase traffic perhaps and perhaps earn another penny or two from adsense. What I discovered I found to be extremely interesting. It has taught me a thing or two quite quickly.

Firstly I thought I would have a look at Hubpages that have had zero traffic in the past thirty days.

On my list was 'How To Write Attention Grabbing Headlines'. Well that one has not had any traffic for over a month and in total has had just 55 visitors. Obviously my 'Headline' is not attention grabbing enough.... except it is. Check it out on Google and it is on the first page for that search and it is in fourth place. That is pretty good. There are many who would give their right arm for such a placement. The revenue potential is good ($$$) too. Of the 55 visitors I have had since the eighth of January when I published 22 have come from Hubpages. Having done a check on the title in the Google search it gets 840,000 results and 33,500 with parentheses. It retains its Google fourth position in both. Using Google Adwords to search out the phrase there is zero competition, zero Global Monthly Searches and Zero Local Monthly searches. Going deeper into Google still there is not even enough data to produce a graph.

So, what to do? Well I could change the title. That seems worthwhile as getting no traffic at all seems pretty pointless. The simple title 'How To Write Headlines' gets 880 Global Monthly Searches. Seems the way to go (I have changed it already). It will be interesting to see where the Hub then drops or rises in the Google Search.


Using Royalty Free Photographs To Illustrate Hub Pages is another one. No visitors in over a month and only 111 in total since I published it in November 2009. As a Google Search it gets to number one page one in parentheses. There you will find only nine results of which eight refer directly to my Hub.

Remove the parentheses and there are 2,040,000 results (Wow what a difference). Here Google gives just 6 pages (unless you ask for omitted pages) and my article Using Royalty Free Photographs To Illustrate Hub Pages does not appear at all. Obviously another Title Tweak is needed. I will think about it this week.

What About Hub Score?

Your Hub Score is undoubtedly important but fret not if you think it is too low. It will increase in time. It will increase with traffic....but check this out.

Yesterday I wrote Continuing Professional Development in Zoos. Okay I will grant you it is something of a niche title but it only has a Hub Score of 57. Search for it on Google though and you will find it at number one on page one. It has only had 88 Views up to now but the revenue potential is good and I think in time it will be quite good for me. Published yesterday and number one today. Think on that.


Number One On Google Is Not The Most Important Thing

I have a lot of Hubs. It is going to take an age to go through them all. The most interesting thing from my point of view is the number of times I am at number one, page one on Google.

Number one is not the be all and end all. What really matters is traffic because traffic increases the possibility of clicks. To get the traffic you need the backlinks. It is all about working hard at your hubs. Sometimes a re-write, perhaps a title change or a tweak here and there.

I do not especially expect this hub to do especially well but you never know. It was written partly out of my own interest and just possibly it may be of interest to others too.


A Post Script

If you move on down to the first comment on this hub you will find certain suggestions were made to me.

To investigate I used a computer in a library. I did not sign into hubpages. The computer did not know who I was.

So, was there any difference to my Search Results?

'How To Write Attention Grabbing Headlines' was still page one, number one. So too was 'Continuing Professional Development in Zoos'.

There was a difference with 'Using Royalty Free Photographs To Illustrate HubPages'. Whereas yesterday I could not find it without using the parentheses today it too was at page one, number one.

Final Thoughts: The choice of Title for your Hub is vitally important. The Title can bring traffic on its own. It just has to be something that people are looking for. 


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  • Peter Dickinson profile image

    Peter Dickinson 6 years ago from South East Asia

    It is interesting Edwin. Perhaps the mystery of the whole thing makes it moreso. Makes it all more of an adventure.

  • Edwin Clark profile image

    Edwin Clark 6 years ago from Thailand by way of New York

    I was actually curious too whether or not SERPs would be the same on different computers. But I read somewhere a long while ago that search results on your personal computer will be the same on other computers. However, SERP's may appear differently on Google in other countries. Which is true when I've called my friends in different countries and saw different rankings for my hub titles.

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    Peter Dickinson 6 years ago from South East Asia

    Lee B - Glad to have helped. I seem to learn something new every day.

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    Lee Barton 6 years ago from New Mexico

    When I started writing on HP I never thought about Google rankings or Hub scores, but I find it interesting now. This answered some of my many questions.

  • Peter Dickinson profile image

    Peter Dickinson 6 years ago from South East Asia

    Hello, hello - Simply bracketing punctuation as " ". Perhaps it would have been better for me to say inverted commas. Sorry.

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    Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

    Here comes computer dummy - what is a parenthesis?

  • Peter Dickinson profile image

    Peter Dickinson 6 years ago from South East Asia

    TravelinAsia - It is not a stupid question because, to be honest, it was not something that I was aware of, or if I was I had long forgotten it. As the vast majority of my hubs do not appear in the first four or more pages of search and not all will appear in 24 hours I had not taken the possibility on board. I will have to visit an internet cafe tomorrow and see what a difference it will make to the hub searches mentioned above. I will post a postscript on my findings. Many thanks.

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    TravelinAsia 6 years ago from Thailand/Southeast Asia


    I apologize in advance if this is a stupid question, but are you taking into consideration that when you search for keywords in your hubs, your browser has your hubs cached and google recognizes your IP address? Often your search results will appear to be much better than they really are, unless you can change your IP and clear your cookies in your browser. You probably already know this, but I just thought I would mention it just in case.