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How to Choose a Good Topic for a HubPages Article

Updated on February 4, 2013

When you are writing on HubPages, or other similar sites, you want to choose a topic that doesn’t already have multiple articles. There are millions of articles, for instance, about how to lose weight. If you add another, it may never be found by the search engines. There are currently 89 million search results about How to Lose Weight. Reduce the search by writing about How to Lose Weight with the South Beach Diet and your competition is only 892,000. But when you change your topic to How to Lose Weight with the South Beach Diet using Chinese herbs, (not a real topic)then there are only 171,000 search results. When you narrow the search you increase the likely hood that someone will find your article should they search for that specific combination. The more vague you are, the more chance your article has of being lost...

For the topic Collapsible Wheelbarrows there are 20,000 search results on collapsible wheelbarrows when I do a Google search. When I do a search on HubPages on the topic Collapsible Wheelbarrows, there are only 24 articles returned in the search, but only two of those are about collapsible wheelbarrows, the rest are about regular wheelbarrows.

Before I wrote my article about Collapsible Wheelbarrows I searched on HubPages and realized that when I did write my article, it would go to the first page of the HubPages search because it would be one of two articles about Collapsible Wheelbarrows (the other is called Folding Wheelbarrows).

I realized Collapsible Wheelbarrows was a good product to do a product review about because they are middle of the range Amazon products. You can do product reviews about books or movies and if someone buys one, you don’t get much commission. If you write a product review about something costing 100s of dollars then it is less likely that someone will buy it. So it’s good to do product reviews about items that cost about $50-$100.

I don’t know how popular a topic it’s going to be, it’s possible I’ve written a hub and it comes up first in the search and no one’s going to search for it, but if someone does search for it on HubPages, my article will come up on the first page. Since it’s been written, my article hovers around the 4th page of Google.

You can see all the details of the web pages I used in the following video

How to Choose a Good Topic for a HubPages Article

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    • J.S.Matthew profile image

      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Good information on SEO. Makes me want to go do a search on the topics I write on and see where I fit in the world wide web. Nice job!

      JSMatthew~

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      dablufox 6 years ago from Australia

      You've hit the nail on the head with this one!

      Sometimes you only have to use a slightly different keyword to sidestep the bulk of the competition or target a somewhat obscure product that there are very few articles about. I love the idea of micro niche marketing, it has worked pretty well for me.

      Great idea and that I think many new hubbers will find helpful.

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      grayghost 6 years ago

      Thanks for the good information. I'm new to HubPages and information like this is very helpful!

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      Mrs Cookie 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Writing an article which is too specific can be seen as reducing your potential audience but in fact it will mean much more targetted traffic and hopefully higher earnings.

      Great advice!

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      hifizah 4 years ago

      Ah... So this is how to get a good topic. Thank you for sharing it. Very useful hub.

    • whoisbid profile image

      whoisbid 4 years ago

      I am kind of paralyzed since Panda but still plodding on and still getting more traffic than most but it is nothing like it used to be

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      Cyber Scribe 4 years ago from Cyber Space

      whoisbid - me too! You might be interested in my blog where I talk about the different ways I earn money. http://cyber-scribe.blogspot.com/

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Another good article on helping the newbies like me. As I learn more about SEO, the more I realize how much work goes into it. Thanks for working hard to inform, voting up!

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      Cyber Scribe 4 years ago from Cyber Space

      Kasman, I really thought it was easy when I first started. But 3 years later I'm still learning a huge amount. You might like to follow my blog, which is http://cyber-scribe.blogspot.com/ I write on blogs a lot more than hubpages these days.

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