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Do not write for HubPages, write for Google search engines

Updated on February 25, 2012

Why write for HubPages when you can write for Google?

I know most of you are waiting for me to say anything negative about HubPages, so I'll help you click on right away. The purpose of this hub is to emphasize the importance of having a wider audience in mind when it comes to writing for HubPages or any writing money making ezine.

As I review my hubs, I find that those that have done poorly get like 20 or so readers in any given day... Those are the readers that hop in from the HubPages feeder, 20 to 30 readers.

Some hubbers find it pretty practical to write Hubs for the Hub community since this is already an audience in place, hooked, like me, in the HubPages awesomeness.

HubPages receives more than 12 million monthly visits worldwide.

Google has 90 million users per day. In January 2012, Google claimed 350 million Gmail active users. According to Internet World Stats, as of March 2011 there are 2,095,006,005 internet users. Google, or Gmail, accounts for close to 17% of the universe of internet users. Who's my daddy?

Seasonal topics

Any good hubber knows it is sound business writing practice to have its own share of hubs pertaining to holidays, or cyclical topics. Thanksgiving, Halloween (the second biggest United States in terms of retail), of course Christmas (Hanukkah, Yule, etc.), Back to School, Saint Valentines', Mother's Day...

Google Insights consistently show these topics at great peak worldwide on a yearly basis.

Topics = SEO

In my case, my most popular hubs are those that have to do with Sex. Then those having to do with Religion, and finally those having to do with Relationships. Philosophy, Poetry, Finance and Politics or Beauty tips do not make my top three, although some of them tend to get high Hub scores.

For example, I published a hub entitled Setting the record straight on Puerto Rico published on January 24, 2012, today shows a score of 93, the highest I ever been on a score. The hub has been read 138 times since it was published.

Guess you cannot be a nerd and expect to be popular.

On the other hand, a hub with the title Sex all night, all day...? No way! with a hubscore of 83 and published on January 21, 2012 has been read 337 times already.

Where's the money? In the readership or the score? Who's my daddy?

The audience is. Of course I am not implying writing about sex alone. I am saying there are trends in Google that one needs to pay close attention to.

Google trends.

No cookie cutter formula

All of these are indicators, there are no guarantees as to how successfully anyone will be in gaining that web traffic into their hubs. In the end everyone has to manage or create their own formula, come up with their own method.

Numbers must be taken into consideration of course, but you can't ignore human factors, writing about what moves you, sharing what you are really passionate about in the hopes that on the other side of someone else's monitor there will be one willing to listen and share as well.

The business side of it, the areas that one does have control over are the following: 1) The selected topic 2) Content quality and relevance, and 3) Promotion (Backlinks, RSS, etc.).

His well written article has no FB likes, no Twitter... What it does have is almost 20 useful votes and many comments. I wonder about his readership and how does it earnings compare to published date.

Not first, but first page

Let's be realistic, our hubs are not only competing against each other for those web crawlers, but against the virtually infinite number of webpages that already have an audience or, like us, searching for one.

Looking for the number of internet pages I typed in Google "web foundation number internet pages", I wrote "foundation" because there is information in regards the World Wide Web Foundation been tasked with finding out the exact number of websites out there. I found a hub by a fellow hubber, in the second position nonetheless, I include his link here. Kuddos to Bendo13, you have a follower here!

How did he earn a position in the first page? Mind you, in my searches I find many hubbers also make it to many first pages, which speaks tons of the HubPages ranking as well.

He earned it because his article is relevant. If you find the time to read his article as well, you will notice that even when he had a quality and relevant article in place, he had to give it some time for the crawlers to get to it.

Again, we need, 1) Titles with good "trendy" keywords, 2) Quality, relevant content and 3) Time.

Time for Title Tuning?

Hub Title
Date Published
Total Views
Setting the record straight...
Sex all night, all day...?
Single Mom and Stock Market
Organ donors
Fear Not. Pagans are Not Evil

CrazyGata's Account Analysis (Revised and updated February 25, 2012)

Some other special ingredients

Like any other job or business, having objectives and goals in place are key factors for success. Within the HubPages community, for example, my objective is to write at least one Hub per day.

A Hub a day keeps my account well paid (thank you Maximizer!). The mission in any event is a hub per day, minimum.

In other sites, like which I owe to Brett.Tesol aka "Mr. Sharing", I set a goal of writing 50 answers a day, and so on. Some would set higher goals, and that's ok. What matters is that you attain your goals, that you do what you said you were going to do.

Profits aside, is a great exercise of character.

Remember: Is a huge world out there

So next time you sit down to write a hub, or anything on the internet, remember that you are not replying to one person, or creating original content for some particular audience, you are indeed writing for a much bigger universe of Google web crawlers. Make sure you are clear in the purpose of your article, and write, write, right away!

SEO suggestions? :-)

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      6 years ago

      Hi Lindsay and Amy I really hope you reply even thuogh it has been 2 years since you've posted on here I'm so glad to have found this site. My name is Nichole and I am almost 23 years old, I have suffered with NDPH since I was 16. I was a Sophomore in high school, it was near the end of 2006 when I got sick with bronchitis and the flu and coughed and coughed and noticed I had a really terrible headache with it. Once the sickness went away I noticed that the migraine, that pain in my head that had been so foreign to me prior to this, had not gone away, and still has not to this day I had to be home schooled and quit all of my sports I was a part of My friends went on with their lives and forgot about me while I had a constant 24/7 pain that I could not get rid of no matter how hard I tried or how much it killed me, physically and mentally. We began with Chiropractors, decompression machines, adjustments, etc. I traveled hours to probably 20 different Chiropractors that all said that they knew what I had and exactly how to treat it. I've tried natural supplements, over the counter medications, 6 Occipital nerve blocks in the back of my head, massage, diets of no wheat, no gluten, no sugar, vegan only, all with no progress. My family understands the pain and how I can be ok one minute but then pick up something slightly too heavy, walk a little too fast, sit down a little too hard and I will have to be in my room with blankets over my windows and absolutely no sound because the pain is so unbearable. It is so frustrating because I too feel like a burden, like ok you have a headache so what? Why can't you stay out late or get up early or work long shifts or run around and be active? But it is so much more than a headache It's become a way of life and althuogh I think I handle it well I know that deep down I am depressed and deeply saddened by it because anytime I stop to think about it or talk to anyone about it I cry instantly. Lindsay, I too have tried the things you have with no help and at Cleveland Clinic where they did my nerve blocks they told me about the program where you stay there for an amount of time. My option they told me about when staying there was a few weeks, they would put me on all these medications and steroid medications, have physical therapy and counseling as well. They also said the FDA would soon be approving the Botox injections, I'm sorry those did not help you either NDPH has altered my life drastically, I can't work as much, I can't run around and just be free, I can't take a full load of classes at a time Basically I just want to thank you for having this site Amy, it is really more helpful than you know, just knowing that I'm not the only one to suffer from this and that I'm not the only one that has this pain to think about every single second of every day Bless you and bless all your readers, may you all find relief from the pain -Nichole

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      6 years ago

      I have a metal Slumber King box spring frame nbmeurs on it are 4 FT 6 or G. The spring looks like cast metal with flat metal slats that are connected with a bunch of small springs. Do you have any information on the age of this product and whether or not there is a market for it? Thanks

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      6 years ago

      Bev,I am sorry to tell you that your 4'6 flat bed-spring has little or no moarenty value or a market place. They were an inexpensive widely sold type of spring popular between the two great wars and for a few years into the fifties. They are not more than a metal hammock with no support in the middle, but they do last forever, and maybe, just maybe, provide a less hospitable home to vermin than an upholstered box spring.Marshall Coyle

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      Mara Clemente 

      9 years ago from Borinken, Loíza

      For the comments, I don't think I accomplish my objective at all... hahaha!!! Thanks for reading and posting!

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      Dale Hyde 

      9 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

      Very informative! Thanks for the hub. Now I have to think of something to write about to do with sex. I wonder, beings I work with breeding of Sugar Gliders if a hub about their sex life would work, lol. :) Voted up, interesting and useful.

    • CrazyGata profile imageAUTHOR

      Mara Clemente 

      9 years ago from Borinken, Loíza

      Sex and technology! hey! you know what? that could be great! How about you research further on the statistics of users logging in sex related sites... or maybe checking on Google trends in regards to related keywords? Let's see... "Sex trends in Google" "Google and Sex"

      Google has a reported 90 million users daily, what percentage of those gazillion log into a sex related site?

      That could be something... Feel free to use all of this if you want. Thank you for posting and all the best!

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      9 years ago

      I'm going to put "Sex" in some of my and grits? Sex and technology? It's worth a try because Hub Pages is not drawing me any views worth spit.

    • CrazyGata profile imageAUTHOR

      Mara Clemente 

      9 years ago from Borinken, Loíza

      My experience here is that your first audience is definitely HP, the crawlers take a while...

      But when they get you they get you for good, especially if you have your keywords in place.

      Thank you very much for your vote!

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      9 years ago

      Topic of hub is very catchy.Usually we have tendency to write for hubpages,if one will write by considering the google search.It is sure that one will get good traffic.

      Very useful hub.Voting it up and sharing.

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      Mara Clemente 

      9 years ago from Borinken, Loíza

      ah! that IS the spirit Maximizer!!!

      Thank you!!! Guess I'll include your link to your Kindle article in here as a token of my appreciation!


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      9 years ago from San Jose, Costa Rica

      "A hub a day keeps my account well paid" :)

      You presented this really well. Besides the keywords you can also engage in your own promotion and sharing. I wrote a hub about publishing on Kindle a few weeks ago, and then followed it up with about 5 other articles on different sites (my blog, Triond, etc) that linked to it, and it jumped nearly 100 views in one day.

      Thanks for SHARING!

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      9 years ago from India

      It is true CrazyGata.

    • CrazyGata profile imageAUTHOR

      Mara Clemente 

      9 years ago from Borinken, Loíza

      You are so very welcome Cyndi10, you know how we ladies do! :D Thank you for reading and commenting!

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      Cynthia B Turner 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Hmmm. Taking your comments and going to look for some sexy, trendy, tattoo to write about :-). Seriously, this is good information to consider. I think its like having the best of many worlds - an audience on hubpages (which I would love to grow because I like the community) and an audience through SEO. I keep writing and reading. Thanks so much for this information.

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      Mara Clemente 

      9 years ago from Borinken, Loíza

      hahaha!!! By now, you have to know I certainly am! thank you very much Frank for stopping by! I am really enjoying reading your hubs!

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      Frank Atanacio 

      9 years ago from Shelton

      very useful and interesting Crazy..or are you?

    • CrazyGata profile imageAUTHOR

      Mara Clemente 

      9 years ago from Borinken, Loíza

      I'm telling you... this hub right now has been viewed 10 times... my lowest yet, I didn't even get the HubPages feed! :D

      The only reason I wrote it is because the subject has been bugging me for a while.

      Thank you for being one of the few, the proud, the Hubbers! hahaha!!! Thanks!

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      Adam Finan 

      9 years ago from Worldwide

      Good Hub CrazyGata!

      It's true what they say, sex sells!

      I haven't written anything on this yet, but after reading this i might just start..

      Trying a variety of Hubs on different topics is a good way to see what works. I did a hub on getting a Bamboo Tattoo in Thailand and it has had over 270 views, my highest yet and a google page two ranking. This was unexpected.

      Finding topics to write on vs finding profitable topics to write on can be tricky. I mean, unless you are a hobbyist, the idea is to eventually make some money from Adsense and mabey a few sales through eBay and Amazon.

      Interesting Hub Voted Up!


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