Do not write for HubPages, write for Google search engines
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?
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.
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?
Setting the record straight...
Sex all night, all day...?
Single Mom and Stock Market
Fear Not. Pagans are Not Evil
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.
In other sites, like Webanswers.com 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!