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How to Write a High Traffic Hub or Blog: Start With the Library, Science or Iowa

Updated on October 21, 2020
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Author Ben Zoltak explain strategies for writing content that is appealing, engaging and noticed by people and search engines alike.

What does Iowa or Science have to do with more traffic you ask?

There is a concrete reason why we should look to science and Iowa for high traffic articles on Hubpages, and as far as I know, it doesn't have much to do with Corn, Hawkeyes, or the high numbers of citizens in that state with Graduate degrees, or does it? But before I delve into that, let me defend my creative cannon here first...

I don't recommend aiming for high traffic Hubs or Blog articles if you're just starting out. I recommend writing about what you know best, what you have the most experience with, or what you will research easiest. I believe if you aim to write only high traffic material you won't get much respect or a following of dedicated readers because your words will smell cheap. If you don't believe me, next time you write an article print it out and take a whiff, if it smells like aged cabbage then yes, you have written a stinky piece of verbiage. Write about what you love mostly. If you need to pepper your collection with some high traffic balderdash well so be it. Just don't try serving your readers all ground pepper or they won't come back to your syllabic diner again, know what I mean?

On HubPages there are two ways to find solid traffic articles. The first is the Ideabank, found as a link on the top of your HubPages home page. The second is Google, all sides of Google really, but especially Google Trends. With Ideabank, HubPages has done the work for you! Someone or some semi-intelligent Internet robot has compiled a list of questions oft asked and searched for on Google. Pick one of these, write an article that has a fresh angle or solid research, and you will have a Hub that gets some good traffic. Next is Google Trends, I'll put the link to that below. Google Trends is a heavily fortified Google encampment that you have to pack a weeks provision for, trek through a boreal forest for two weeks to get to, then you have to blast your way in with rocket launchers all the while dispatching guards silently with your bowie knife. Naw just kiddin', just search Google Trends and it's right there in front of you.

Here's where Iowa and Science come in, finally you say!

When is this Ben Zoltak guy going to make his point! Jimminy! I could've stoked my sauna and jumped in the snow five times by now, come on Ben Zoltak! So when you peruse Google Trends you will find commonly search Google words, that is words that are most often plugged into search engines. By writing about these subjects, or less nobly but often more hilariously, including the words in an article, you increase the chances of people bumping into or searching and finding your article.

So last I checked Iowa and Science were hot here in the States! Good news for Iowa! It's not often you here Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie say, "Well everybody, we've been globe trotting for several months now. Seen the Louvre, seen the aborigines of Papua New Guinea, and we saw a Japanese robot dance the fandango. It's been exciting, but we figure we can top it by listening to a Popular Science lecture about the manipulation of Wisconsin white corn DNA as configured with durable mutations from Iowa yellow corn. After that we thought we'd see the Great Wall Of China."

Books surpass the Internet for research every time...

You don't have to wear a snear or a flannel when at the library, but oftentimes, the author does.
You don't have to wear a snear or a flannel when at the library, but oftentimes, the author does.
As you can see, although the Internet can get you one detail on any subject in a heartbeat, the library can get you a plethora of details at your fingertips in a few dedicated minutes...
As you can see, although the Internet can get you one detail on any subject in a heartbeat, the library can get you a plethora of details at your fingertips in a few dedicated minutes...

Last secrets to a high traffic hubs

It would please me to no end to hear Brad Pitt say that, but I won't hold my breath. I hope though, that the last paragraph illustrates to you how these key words from Google Trends can work to your advantage, and how we can all have some fun and learn a few things at the same time.

I'd be remiss to repeat that you need to keep one toe in reality here. To always go back and write about what you love. To begin and end a good writing week at the library. That poor old library, every bully and jock that barely knows how to tie his own shoes still knows how to knock people who spend time amongst the dead trees on shelves. Here's one last secret: the library will monetize your hubs and articles. How? Will the library give you a dollar every time someone checks out a book you researched! NO! What are you living in some fantasy lala land! Come on! Get real. Seriously though, your articles will become renown for their academic and detailed potency, for their accurate point of view.

There is so much more that could be said about the library, Iowa and science. But I suggest you dig through HubPages and find more, that's what I do anyway. Check out this latest article on a related subject by fellow HubPages author Niteriter: Astragalus In A Sidehack. I'll post the link below along with the Google Trends link. Niteriter puts a tasty spin on this subject as well as points you to even more successful HubPage authors. Best of luck! See you in Iowa at the Popular Science convention!


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    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      9 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      It's true, my personality permeates every damn thing I do Dolores! Ah, but I admire your persistence and, what's more, I think my "personality" writing sometimes gets in the way of my proliferation. I need to learn to temper my color with some occasional no-nonsense hub articles... I live in a Willy Wonka bubble it would seem lol...LOL!

      Aren't books grand? What a wonderful world we live in to have such an abundance of real books, viva la libras!

      Word em' up D.M. !!!


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      Dolores Monet 

      9 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Hi, Ben - hope you are doing well. I so enjoy reading your hubs; you put so much personality into them. Lately, I've dropped the personality and resorted to informative articles. Yes, I use the library for research. Maybe a peak or two at other online articles, but it's books all the way for me. I have seen so many online sites, on Google's 1st or 2nd page, no less, with factual errors. In a big way. Seeing those goofs make me realize the value of my local library. Soon I will have access to a college library with old periodicals - I am so excited! Voted up!

      Oh, but I must add that my most popular hub - I did little research and just wrote my own silly opinion, just entertaining who really knows?

      Peace out, Dolores

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      Mike Pugh 

      9 years ago from New York City

      You make it very obvious and clear here that getting traffic to your hubs is a matter of readership over writership, lol and I made that word up.

      I love your take on the whole traffic thing here on hubpages and beyond, I'll try the library one day to see what jewels I can find, actually i like the book store a bit more, because that's how I located the info on Cloud Computing, which changed my entire perspective on things web related entirely.

      In any event awesome written hub here, and I'm providing links to it, and sharing it in every way imaginable. Pinned & voted up, Facebooked, and what have you. Nice job!

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      10 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Wow nicomp thank you I'm roundly flattered really. Iowans are particular folks you know, so that's saying something! Yer no word-slouch yourself there horse in a vase!


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      nicomp really 

      10 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Any library should be pleased to stock your word combinations. Iowa libraries must be lining up for the words you delete.

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      Ben Zoltak 

      10 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      zzron sounds good, there's video at the library too!


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      10 years ago from Houston, TX.

      Great advise thanks, I'll look into it.

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      11 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Thanks Tony, Love and Peace back at you and around again! Solid research is good news for any writer I think, take it easy Tony!!!


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      Tony McGregor 

      11 years ago from South Africa

      Great tips, Ben. Thanks so much for sharing.

      Love and peace


    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      11 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Thanks jstankevicz! Sounds like another great Polish American name to me. Thank you for taking the time to read my article, I appreciate it!

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      11 years ago from Cave Creek

      Like your style Zoltak! Those library aisles look familiar, but I swear I've never been to Iowa?

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      11 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Legume, I am indeed a rascal of the third degree. Your kung fu comment made me laugh, kudos is a warm thanks for an endeavor accomplished. Glad to hear your daughter is aiding you in your English studies, I think you are doing a good job so far my friend!

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      11 years ago

      Yes, you are rascal you are, huh. I sink so. What is the kudos? like the kung fu?

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      11 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Thanks for the kudos whcobb! I'll check out your site.


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      William Cobb 

      11 years ago from Columbia, SC

      Intriguing and interesting read. I had fun reading it and even though I had no interest in Iowa, primarily because of the overrated Iowa Hawkeyes football team, I still read. Thanks for the insights... Just for that, I am definitely clicking on the ads on here... Try get you a few bucks. Take care... Funny stuff, especially the Brad Pitt portion.

      Please visit my website at The site is about me and my family and various other things. There are Google Ads on the pages that I would like for people to click on allowing me to generate some income to give to my home church in Fair Play, SC and the Salvation Army... 90% of all proceeds will go to this cause with the other 10% being used by me to support my platoon. Thanks for your time and understanding.

      Just visit my site at Once there, click on the various GoogleAds. Once you click the ad, another page will pop up... Once there, click on any link on that page and that is it. Once you have done that, close the window. No need to buy anything unless you want to... I have been able to get some good deals on Christmas gifts through other folks' websites.

      Thanks again and God Bless.

      William Cobb

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      11 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Thanks, finally I'm recognized for the scoundrel that I am! Happy to oblige, and thanks for all the gratuitous compliments, I'll take 'em!

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      11 years ago from Canada

      Mr Zoltak, you are a rascal and a scoundrel and we are friends for life! From now on, I'll be sure to give all my Hubs the sniff test before I publish - every time! Your style is superb! And I give you my word, I'll never study science at a library in Iowa again.

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      11 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Thanks GL! I guess if I had to describe a diet of the writer's pyramid "high traffic" would be the junk food of articles! But we all need some Doritos or Little Debbies once in awhile! Thanks for the props!

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      11 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Nothing worse than the odor of cheap smelling words :O None smelt in this hub, Ben! I love your style and the way you mix great humor with valuable information. Thanks..I will check out those links now.


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