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Tips For New Users On Hubpages
When I first signed up for Hubpages I was quite a novice (and still am) and I was a bit skeptical. I really didn’t know how, why, who to ask, what to do, about anything to do with an online writing community.
After a lot of asking questions and searching through other hubs (and with a lot of help from other hubbers), I got the hang of what to do to get the most out of Hubpages and online writing / freelancing in general. Of course, I’m still learning and haven’t reached my preferred traffic or monetary goals, but I’m gaining traction (more followers and increased traffic).
So I compiled a list of tips that I have learned and which have helped me so far. I thought that I would share these tips with everyone, both new and old, on Hubpages.
1. Sign up for Google AdSense right away. The first day I signed up for Hubpages I didn’t really know the best way of going about the “money making” part of it. I signed up on a Friday, published my first hub on Monday, signed up for the Ad Program on Tuesday, Amazon and eBay a few days later and then Google AdSense. It took close to two weeks for Google AdSense to approve me application (you have to have multiple “content rich” hubs before approval). Looking back at it, I should have done all of that on that first Friday and not waited. It’s not that I missed out on any money, but I would have had all my stuff together and been able to feel that I was doing everything I could to ensure the most out of every published hub.
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2. Write hubs that have a broad audience/ longevity: I’m NOT telling anyone what to write about or what subjects are good or bad, but when I first started publishing, I was doing more topical subjects, politics, and the economy (a lot of op-ed pieces). They didn’t get much traffic (and don’t get read now), because the subjects I chose were short-lived and no longer of interest. It’s the “been there, done that” subjects and “that was last week’s news” type of thing that drop in traffic virtually in the same day. There’s nothing wrong with writing about topical stuff, but unless you are willing to constantly write about subjects that will only have a short shelf life, it’s a good idea to have hubs that are about stuff that people, a month, week, or year down the road, will still have an interest in. (For me, it is food recipes; no one seems to get tired of good food…)
3. Double check the spelling of your SEO: Don’t make the same mistake I did and misspell a key word. A tip one other hubber gave me was to use many key/topic words in the SEO (Search Engine Optimizer). The SEO allows your hub to get noticed by Google when the subject is typed into the browser; for example a recipe for fruitcake can be “Homemade + Christmas + holiday + fruitcake + recipe”. This will help get the hub noticed (using many topic words), but if you were to misspell “fruitcake” chances of it getting picked up is less. Also, once you publish a hub the SEO can’t be changed; you would have to delete it, and start over.
4. Add links to your other hubs: If you add links to your hubs, you interconnect you work. It increases the chances of readers looking into your other articles. They might find something that interests them more than the hub they just read and might share it with others. This can increase your traffic and your presence on Hubpages.
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5. Add links for eBay and Amazon products: Every little bit helps when it comes to income with online advertising. Adding a link to products similar to your subject matter on these two sites help add to a little extra income possibilities.
6. Re-edit you titles: There is a section in your account that allows you to edit the titles of your hubs. It’s called “Title Tuner”. This, much like the SEO, help get your hubs noticed on the web through search engines. However, unlike the SEO (luckily) it can be altered to improve traffic to your hub. It works through keys words and multiple word usage in the article. The more a certain word appears throughout the hub, the higher the chances of it being caught by Google in a search. So, the title tuner will suggest you add certain words to the title to assist your traffic.
7. Remember to write a summary: I’ve noticed a few hubs that don’t have a summary. On average it doesn’t detract from the article and the first sentence gives some insight into the hubs subject matter. However; there are some hubs that, without a summary, feel like a rambling rant. If you add a summary, then hubbers, who are just browsing the feed, will have a better sense of your subject. Otherwise they might simply pass on it because it seems vague or lacks an introduction. Plus, a summary helps add sign of dedication and polish to your hub.
8. Publish multiple days: Maintaining a presence online and on Hubpages is crucial to having a high hub score and helps increase traffic to you hubs. If you publish on a consistent basic and appear to be omnipresent, the chances of gaining followers and getting your hubs read are greater. I started out, I was publishing 2 to 3 hubs a week, with very little traffic or followers. When I began publishing 5 hubs a week, my traffic rose and I gained more followers. You can write great hubs but if no one knows you’re there, your stuff won’t get read. Bigger net = more fish.
9. Have links to your Hubs on other sites: This is along the same lines as multiple hubs; the larger the audience, the better chances your hubs have. I use stumbleupon.com, delicious.com, and digg.com. I’ve tried reddit.com and squidoo.com, but they didn’t work well for me. There is also redgage.com but I’ve had difficulty signing up for it. Either way, the best thing you can do is get you hubs out there into cyberspace. The more your articles and hubs are available to more readers, the better off you are with getting traffic to you hubs.
These are just a few tips that have helped me up to this point. Many of them, I wish I had known when I first started, but I didn’t know to ask; much less what to ask, or who to ask for help. Luckily, I had a few fellow hubbers willing to take the time a share their knowledge with me. So, I wanted to return the favor and share my experiences. I hope these tips help. Remember, if you start to get worried or frustrated about your hubs, one of the best things to do is to simply ask others hubber, we’re all here to share ideas and help each other.