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How to Drastically Improve Traffic and Earnings On Hubpages Successfully!

Updated on July 22, 2014
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Yes, it's a photo of me! Hello everyone! | Source

An Introduction

Hello everyone! My name is Krystal, and I would like to let you all know that this is the method that is working for me. It's trial and error, you must be able to practice and try again should you fail. You must also have patience- sometimes, it can take 4-6 weeks for your efforts to show some promising rewards. I have been using this method for about 4 months, but have spent hardly any time on here- I try to get 3 hubs a month out, but it's not been happening. If I actually wrote one a day, I honestly couldn't tell you how amazing my earnings would be!!

I was at one point mocked and snidely remarked in the forums for trying to offer help to someone who was struggling- I tried to give them a bit of my knowledge. Little do they know, they were in the wrong for bashing me! Of course, I quit offering assistance in the forums, due to the fact that if my help was deemed unworthy, what was the sense, right??? Well, I decided to change that. There's so many AMAZING members here who deserve it!!! I may write more of these to come, I'm not sure. It just depends on the response that follows.

Anyway, here goes my hatchling journey- and some steps with it! You can join the Hubpages Writers United Group on Facebook which I just created in case anyone decides they need to contact me. Mind you, I've not gotten TOO far yet, but I know many would consider this a success that has not been achieved by many. I will have earned plenty enough for a withdrawal for the first time once the month clears; and I'm excited to see how my traffic & earnings grow in the future.

Account Started 3 Years Ago; Did Not Commit Until June 2013, Traffic/Hubs Minimal Before Then!

Month
Approx Earnings
Approx Traffic (Google Analytics)
June
N/A
444
July
$1.50
753
August
$5
2,434
September
$18
4,614
October
$37
8,220
Write about passions in order to maintain interest in the subject.
Write about passions in order to maintain interest in the subject. | Source

#1 Write About Your Passions

This is a "go figure" type of thing. The bottom line is, you should write about things that INTEREST you! For the truly versatile and talented writers, you can probably write about anything passionately- meaning my method will really do you some wonders. Since this is all about keywords and providing information, the more niches you can write about, the more you can succeed.

How Much Traffic Do You See Per Month?

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Check out the traffic light tree! Green means GO!
Check out the traffic light tree! Green means GO! | Source

#2 Keywords

Your keywords are everything. This entire article will be set at "beginner" level; so that you CAN see results, and scale up from there as you fine tune your skills. If you try to take on a big dog too early, you will probably not succeed, feel discouraged, then dismiss such a lesson as too hard or impossible. Just, DON'T DO IT. Trust me when I say go small!

For your first keyword, it should be something that is between 3-6 words. Go to the Google Keyword Planner and type in a phrase. Look at the different variations that it provides, as well as related keywords. The competition should be LOW (You are NOT an advertiser people! High competition is for THE BID for the ADVERTISER. The tool was NOT built for SEO, that's just what many use it for! Hence why it is located within AdWords! Now that I got that out of my system....), which means you will have fewer people to compete with to rank in the search engines.

You want at least 100 searches a month- but you may find them in the neighborhood of 500 easily. You need to get a keyword with enough searches to be profitable to write about, but you will notice the number of results in the search engine goes up with the amount of searches per month. You need to find a good balance! AND, AN EVERGREEN KEYWORD. No holidays people. No seasons. You want steady traffic, not seasonal blips. And yes, I know I have seasonals; I have some strange hubs. Some are experimental and proving to be good ones! Thinking outside of the box is GOOD! :)

Now? You need to check your keyword's number of results in google. The table belows you shows what you should be looking for. These numbers are actually really high, you want them as low as possible.

Checking the Numbers in Google Search

Your Keyword
"Your Keyword"
Inurl:"Your Keyword"
Under 1,000,000
Under 1,000,000
Under 500,000
 
 
 
 
 
 
Intitle:"Your Keyword"
InTitle:"your keyword" inurl:"your keyword"
 
Under 500,000
Under 250,000
 

How Many Hubs Do You Have?

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#3 The Hub

Is it under 800 words? Are you KIDDING me? Don't play around like that. If you're going to start off with doing a bad job, then this isn't the hub for ya to learn from! No offense everyone, but your hubs should be at least 900 words, preferably 1,000. Google wants LONG content. Don't try to tell me, "well, uhhh, I ran out of words. I can't keep it flowing. Blah Blah." That simply IS NOT true guys! Write about the topics history, it's problems, its solutions, its environment, uses and benefits, why it's a bad idea, why its a good idea, how it's made, where it's made, customs across the world, strange facts, energy use, your opinion on each of these, what others' opinions are, I mean... there's so much you CAN write about!!! Don't confine yourself to some box. Let those wheels turn! Get Creative!


"What now?" you ask? Interaction! Visual stimulation! Now, I know that not every one of my hubs follows this (I have my reasons c:) but this should be a standard for you to follow, stars optional:

  • 2 polls
  • **ATTEMPT 1 map
  • 5 or more photos
  • at least 2 closely related Youtube videos
  • **NO AMAZON/EBAY (If you want to follow my example here, this is up to you)

This Is What Happens When You Write for the People!

This is my traffic. Notice the orange boxes- these are the search engines. That is the majority of my traffic- SEARCH! :)
This is my traffic. Notice the orange boxes- these are the search engines. That is the majority of my traffic- SEARCH! :) | Source
Keywords are going to be what drives your traffic.
Keywords are going to be what drives your traffic. | Source

#4 Optimizing Keywords

You don't only need to have a keyword, but your article needs to show it. Your keyword should be in the title, in the first paragraph, and once or twice more throughout the article (Never the last paragraph!). Use several variations of the keyword and its related keywords. don't heavily use them, however. This will punish you. Leave the density (including related words) at 7% or less. Your exact keyword should be less than 0.05%. These are just my personal tips, and they work for me. What are related phrases? Check the table below.

Different Keyword Variations

Exact Keyword
Washing My Blue Car
Variations of Phrase
How to wash my blue car, getting my blue car washed, where to wash a blue car, how to bathe a blue suv, washing blue vans
Related Words
Bathe, wash, bath, car, van, truck, suv, light blue, dark blue, navy, soap, carwash, etc
 
 
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Social Media Sites, learn to communicate with the world! | Source

#5 LIGHT Promotion/SEO

Do not be a greedy person. Do not be a spammer. Do some light promoting of your hub. You could fetch Google penalties if you overdo it. So please- for your sake and the sake of others at Hubpages or social networks (and your Facebook friends!) don't become an annoying spammer. Hubpages already has a great reputation, now that the Penguins and Pandas already launched assaults and we've underwent a successful recovery. Here's a good way to promote:

  1. 1 Link on Facebook Update
  2. Pin Photos to Pinterest
  3. 1 Bookmark Each with Digg, StumbleUpon, etc.
  4. Post A Single Blog Post Summarizing It
  5. Share a Single Tweet
  6. Share with Your Facebook Fanpage
  7. Email Signature Link
  8. Forum Signature Link
  9. Ask 3-5 Friends to Share
  10. WAIT!

How to Gain Pinterest Followers

Patience is a Virtue!
Patience is a Virtue! | Source

#6 PATIENCE.

Be patient. Wait for the hub to slowly rank as it should. It WILL take time. Don't feel discouraged because many times it could take up to 6 weeks for a hub to hit big. My most popular one (currently 200-350 hits per day, weekends higher) took 4 weeks to get a steady 5-10 visits per day; it's been about 3+ months since posting it, and haven't really done any more seo for it. However, it is on page one for several low search volume keywords, hanging out in the middle of the page; for higher volume keywords, it's within 12 pages. With some SEO, I could see a huge surge in traffic. However, I want it to do it naturally :) Give it time guys! You'll see!

#5 Pay It Forward! Help Each Other!

View other hubs when you have time. Did you like it? Use the Facebook like button then hit "Share", hit the Tweet button and use keyword related hashtags for them, and pin 2 of their photos that you think are the most appealing to Pinterest. Do you not use one of them? DO IT! Get legitimate followers! It really helps your traffic and SEO when they see and repost your stuff guys! All of this takes maybe 1 minute's worth of time when you have a little visiting ritual. I promise! And, it makes a world of difference to that hubber!


Share your experiences in the comment section! Again, if you'd like to speak with me directly, my group can be found in the first text box, bottom paragraph.

Reach the top, and help those who are falling behind!
Reach the top, and help those who are falling behind! | Source

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      Diana 3 months ago from Kyiv

      Such an interesting hub! Thank you! Though I don't think too much of keywords, how often I mention them. It just comes naturally to me - when I have to mention the word than I use it and I don't even think about percentages...

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      Phan Khoa 9 months ago from Viet Nam

      Useful and interesting. Thank you

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      Maria Cecilia 13 months ago from Philippines

      I joined your facebook group... I definitely need your opinion...

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      Eword Media Unit 13 months ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Very good article, keep it up

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      Lareene 21 months ago

      Very helpful thanks.

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      Anna 21 months ago from chichester

      Thanks so much for sharing your success and writing a fab guide on increasing traffic. I'm grooming all of my hubs now because I transferred from squidoo and the rules there were very different. I'm proud of most of my articles but they are getting so few views - my best one is getting 8 views a day which I'm thinking is pretty pitiful really! Anyway, good luck and great hubs :) x

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      Ashraf Mir 2 years ago from Dhaka

      Very informative hub. Praiseworthy. Bookmarked. Will come again and again.

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      Jacob Barnard 2 years ago from Gloucestershire

      Thank you for these tips, I hope they help!

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      Malik humza 2 years ago from multan, Pakistan

      Thanks a lot for these tips. I'm just a newbie and stuck on my new hub getting approved my last hub to get me out of bootcamp :)

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      Charlie Warner 2 years ago

      Thank You. Very new to Hubs but I am so passionate about my subject of Scams and how we could easily wipe them out if people knew more.

      I am so confused about it all and I am just going to follow advice and keep going... thank you for the inspiration. Your enthusiasm shines through. Thank You

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      angryelf 2 years ago from Tennessee

      It will continue to bounce in the rankings all of the time. Updating it here or there, OR posting new hubs, has a positive effect. Google can now sense "stale" content. Also, social media can be very slow. One of my holiday hubs didn't perform all that well in november of 2013. During 2014, repins continued to grow. Then as the holiday season hit, BAM! Like 125-300 views daily, all pinterest. 350 repins later, I cannot WAIT to see what happens this November. This has a very high potential to go viral this holiday. And I sure am rooting for that! Could be several hundred dollars I'll make just in time for spring of 2016!

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      William P. Gerace 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I just checked and now I am on page 4. I must work harder I guess. Thanks for everything. :)

      Yours Truly,

      Bill

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      William P. Gerace 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Greetings Angryelf,

      I have actually posted my Hub link on all social media including Faecbook, my Facebook Fan page, Google Plus, Reddit, Twitter, and wherever else I could. Last night someone repinned my Hub link from PinInterest. Does this all count towards backlinks I hope. I was actually starting to get discouraged but hearing these encouraging words is great. I have been following your method as close as possible. Thanks again. Be blessed. :)

      Yours Truly,

      Bill

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      angryelf 2 years ago from Tennessee

      Thanks for your support guys, and I'm glad you have found it useful! Bill, that is actually a VERY good sign. Many hubbers struggle to even get to the third page. As the hub ages, it will organically gain traction in the results. It will also get a nice boost from social signals, and internal linking. In other words, linking to it from your other hubs. You only need to point from 2 other closely related hubs. Google doesn't count but one or two links from 1 url. That goes for any site. You really don't need any more than 1 or two; and otherwise, it could look spammy. However, you can create a funnel effect too.

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      Cynthia Hoover 2 years ago from Newton, West Virginia

      I just submitted my 5th hub to get out of "boot camp". I must admit I had no idea how to do many of the things you touched upon about keywords and SEO. As a newb thank you for sharing your success with us. I have not been discouraged but it is nice to know others have succeeded :)! I was have been pretty stoked that all mt "boot camp" hubs have been featured (although that maybe common). I look forward to using some of these tips in my future hubs! Thank you again!

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      William P. Gerace 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I have to say I followed your method though I"m not on page 1 with my first Hub I am on page 3. I think that is somewhat a good sign I hope. Any advice would be appreciated. I was actually shocked. Thanks so much. If this is good news that is. Hopefully it is. Have a blessed day. :)

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      Krzysztof Willman 2 years ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      Really great advice it made everything clear. I think patience is one of the most overlooked things when it comes to getting traffic. It won't happen overnight and it takes a lot of hard work to make it worthwhile. Excellent hub voted up.

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      mamamikks 2 years ago from Dubai, UAE

      Big help, Krystal! Thanks a ton!

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      Enijad 2 years ago from Kakanj, Bosnia and Herzegovina

      Great article Krystal, I am newbie here so I like to read some useful advice from experienced hubbers

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      William P. Gerace 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      This is a fantastic Hub. I read the entire Hub and all the wonderful inspiring comments. I am going to join your group too if it's still available. I am bookmarking this Hub and will probably print it out to follow for all my Hubs. I am new to Hubpages and haven't written my first Hub yet. Trust me I will be using your information and following it letter by letter. Thanks for writing this awesome piece!! Also voting up and Sharing. :)God bless. :)

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      sandybrownpop 2 years ago from peshawar

      facebook is best platform for interaction....

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      Eileen Gamboa 2 years ago from West Palm Beach

      Also…from a comment above: Just stopping by to tell you I tried the Pinterest thing …what IS the Pinterest thing. I know what Pinterest is, just wanted to see what the advice was regarding using Pinterest.

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      Eileen Gamboa 2 years ago from West Palm Beach

      I noticed mine started to drop in September. What happened last May?

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      angryelf 2 years ago from Tennessee

      Eileen that's definitely a good start! The more you write, the more chance you have of striking gold. It's really a hit or miss game; being prolific gives you a better shot of striking that gold :) I've not written here much, and my hub views have dropped down to 300 a day, but back up to 550-600. Nothing compared to the 1,500 that I was getting before HP got hit bad last May.

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      Eileen Gamboa 2 years ago from West Palm Beach

      Hey AE, just checking in as it's been a while. I haven't been writing since last march, but having published 15 Hubs back then, (trying to use your good advice), and letting them ride…my total Hub views are now over 13,000. Which, naturally inspires me to get back to it! Hope all is well dear friend. Oh, btw, what is your FB group mentioned above?

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      Shiela Gerona 2 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you for your useful tips. I'll follow those steps to increase traffic for my hubs.

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      angryelf 2 years ago from Tennessee

      Thanks peachpurple and Upal! Especially you Peach, especially since you were one of the first I really communicated with when I actually made use of HP last year :) I'm glad you guys enjoyed it! I moved on to bigger better things (own sites) but still have a nice income flow through here. I just kind of scaled up :)

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      Ashraf Mir 2 years ago from Dhaka

      So helpful hub. I read it repeatedly. Very useful content.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      great advice i must admit, you are young but a brain of thousand thoughts. voted up

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      angryelf 2 years ago from Tennessee

      You're very welcome! I'm yet again glad that another person has found this hub so useful! There are many members here that are quick to dismiss me; even though I know what I'm talking about. This is the exact method I'm using, and my income is almost $300 a month between here, personal websites, and other ad revenue generating sites. I MIGHT have 100 pages of articles all together that are up on the net, and I'm dragging in virtually $3 each a month; mind you, over half of those pages receive only a trickle of traffic. It's always hit or miss so don't be discouraged. Even the best of research could yield no traffic, and the worst of research could make someone wealthy by accident. Don't give up! :)

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      Sharon 2 years ago from Philippines

      I am really glad that I came along this hub. It helps me understand some of the things that are unclear to me. I'm still new here and I know there are still a lot of thing that I need to learn. You hub is is such a great help.

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      angryelf 2 years ago from Tennessee

      You are more than welcome Jill! My whole goal is to help the others out there who need the help! I've moved on to bigger & better things, I don't frequent hubpages anymore. As you can see, it's been a while since any new hubs. I have moved to my own websites, and have found much more success :) It will probably be easier to reach me in the group should you have any questions!!

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      Jill Freeman 2 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Just started on Hubpages ans found your Hub very helpful and encouraging. I joined your Facebook group as well. I will be making a more comprehensive plan today to get my Hubs out there! Thanks much for sharing your knowledge!

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      askformore lm 2 years ago

      The hub in itself is very good. Thanks!

      But it gets better, because of all the questions and answers. These Q&A makes this super! So therefore, thanks to all of you!

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      Guided Abundance 3 years ago from Mobile, AL

      A great explanation of how not to spam to much with Sharing on social networks. I admit I'm guilty of this. It's just so easy to hit the like or share button with facebook or pinterest or google+.

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      muhammad abdullah javed 3 years ago

      Nice hub angryelf. Thanks for sharing. Its interesring and guiding as well. Hope it will serve as a ready reference.

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      Aaron Burton 3 years ago from US

      Passion is key, I busted out a 1200 gaming hub with ease compared to my tutorial hubs which take me longer and feel like a drag. But I enjoy doing them.

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      angryelf 3 years ago from Tennessee

      @Hendrika, I don't really use any other tool than GKT, because of its reliability. See, Adwords is THE biggest ad platform, and they have got to have a really reliable analysis of traffic for particular keywords in order to help webmasters to decide on which keywords they would like to bid on and pay for. Thus, it offers publishers the opportunity to see what's going on behind the scenes to find those keywords that'll push traffic to their sites.

      @HTMMF, it truly is! Useful content is useless if there's no map to find it with. You could have the BEST content in a particular niche, but what does that mean if traffic can't find it...

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      Joshua Davis 3 years ago from Lakeland, FL

      The techniques for improving your traffic that you listed are extremely useful in any form of online business that you do. I cannot stress enough the value of the keywords that Krystal has mentioned. While writing quality content is always important, getting it to where people can find it is just as much so.

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      Hendrika 3 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      Thank you for all this info. I think I have a pretty good idea now of how to write a good Hub. One more thing, I am asking it everywhere but no answer yet, what do I use in the place of the Adwords Keyword Tool that is free? Your help will really be appreciated. I feel as if I am trying all this SEO in darkness and a complete void.

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      HK 3 years ago from London

      Very good Hub. Thank you for sharing the information.

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      Tom 3 years ago from Inverness, Florida

      Great Hub, thanks for the information. I will be using a lot of this information in my upcoming HUBS!!!

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      koerakoonlane 3 years ago from Paris

      Great hub, and I have to agree, I love your enthusiasm!

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      Ericajean 3 years ago

      All I can say isthis is an excellent hub. I have 9 hubs so far, but I am hopeful because of my future topics and this informative hub you have shared. Thanks!

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      mySuccess8 3 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. An excellent HUB!

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      angryelf 3 years ago from Tennessee

      You all are very welcome! It benefits EVERYONE for each and every hubber to gain their own successful traffic; when we see traffic funnel through the "suggested" hubs, it means that another hubber has found at least some success :) As we all grow and help each other, we not only increase our personal ranking & traffic, but we also siphon those visitors to other wonderful hubs that they might enjoy. This in turn means you get traffic siphoned to you as well. We can ALL grow from helping one another!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Thank you for this great advice. I am going now and editing my new Hubs to include more words and will be returning to this page often. Thank you.

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      Dave Smiles 3 years ago from Melbourne

      Some very useful tips. Thank you very much,

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      Melanie Zetterberg 3 years ago from Covington, Louisiana

      Thanks so much for the information. Very helpful!!

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Hi All (sorry AngryElf, this is for comments to followers on home page at HP), take a look at the Pinterest vid here, it worked well for me. I'm about to do my second round, having scored 2 hubs now up to 50 visitors a day from Pinterest just from this technique alone! Highly recommend!!!

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      angryelf 3 years ago from Tennessee

      @ heidi, keywords truly are; it's 50% of the battle! @melpor, affiliate marketing skills really do help to take advantage of Amazon and increase your earnings further if you have the capsules. @mel, definitely! Regular content is important for domain authority. @kathleen, while this is true, you'll always learn SOMETHING new from each :) each user with at least SOME success has part of the secret down. Putting these parts together as a noob can help one become more successful than those they learned from. It's all personal experience! @ lisa, I'm glad I made it easy to understand! Some of the technical parts have no choice but to be, well, technical. Sorry guys, my last comment closed during edit, as I forgot I couldn't make multiple comments at once!

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      angryelf 3 years ago from Tennessee

      @Bishop, it's just a matter of keyword research, thennnnn some luck. You have to balance the competition AND search traffic perfectly, with a little bit of SEO. Some hit without it, some will hit really hard with just a little. All depends on what you choose :)

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      LisaKeating 3 years ago

      Great information in an easy to understand language. A lot of hubs on SEO are so technical, that I don't get much out of them. Thanks for sharing.

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      Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      These kinds of hubs always get a lot of traffic and usually say about the same thing. I think the point comes down to patience and time. If you follow the basic advice here, you've got a shot. At some point, you really do have to write quality content. Good job on this one.

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      Very helpful advice. Patience is really the key. Some people give up on Hub Pages too quickly, and it really takes a year minimum to start getting payouts here, for the most part.

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      Melvin Porter 3 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      This is a very informative hub. I am currently using these techniques to increase traffic to my hubs. I am doing SEO, inserting low competition keywords and writing long hubs. Just about all my hubs are about 700 to 1000 words long. I am using some of my affiliate marketing skills to improve my hubs for more traffic. Thanks for the suggestions.

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      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      The keyword piece is sooooo critical! Voted up, useful, interesting and sharing!

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      Rebecca 3 years ago from USA

      Hi. I really like this hub. My first thought was this though...don't let anyone on hubpages or anywhere else discourage you or prevent you from sharing from your heart. If you share what you've learned and people give you bad opinions about it, keep sharing anyhow! Second thought, I'd really like to know who on hubpages clears 100k or more a month. Especially after seeing the poll with how many hubs people have. I'm not saying it isn't possible, but I'd sure like to get into that income bracket! I know some people are really fortunate to have hubs go viral. I worked hard the first 6-8 months when I joined, now I just do this at my leisure, which is not often (work FT and have a young child). Anyhow, the income is here to be made, that is a fact. The community is great, the people are talented. Keep doing what you love and the income follows. Thanks for this hub, I enjoyed it.

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      angryelf 3 years ago from Tennessee

      Awesome Suzanne!! It really is simple and well worth the effort :) @sherry, it seems google isn't too huge a fan. I remoced all of mine during may, but readded them to certain hubs in july without a big difference in traffic. I'm thinking it might have to do with the keywords...

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      Sherry Hewins 3 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      I'm wondering why you recommend no Amazon. I have been making a few Amazon sales lately, and they are helping me reach payout some months when I would not otherwise.

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Just stopping by to tell you I tried the Pinterest thing and it worked really well. Thank you so much for sharing this. Voted up (just in case I forgot last time)!

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Good tips. I hope it's working out for you. I'm a pinner and engage often, with fellow country music fans...I rarely follow back unless I'm truly interested. Quality over quantity...same applies for my Facebook and Twitter accounts. I've done well with avoiding spam. Ain't nobody got time for that. Happy Hubbing! :)

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Thanks, I just started and am getting some followers already! It irked me that I followed more than followed me. This is a way to appear a bit more popular. Though I only like and repin stuff that is excellent onto my boards, so as you said, would only engage if their stuff is really good. Do you find having more followers definitely means more sharing etc of your pins or not?

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      angryelf 3 years ago from Tennessee

      I just follow them. I don't really engage. I actually steer away from engaging!!! The reason is because I want to reduce my exposure to spam accounts. My only pins and likes are things I truly enjoyed and want to save. I will spend spare time on pinterest just pinning away. But I don't ever leave comments. The spam accounts still find you, but you'll notice small fluctuations in followers when those accounts get banned. I want 100% real follower s, but that's virtually impossible with the way pinterest works. You have no control over who's following you.

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Hi AngryElf, just a question regarding the Pinterest video, what do you do with the person when you find the right one with the right criteria? Do you just follow and engage with them?

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      Aunurrahman 3 years ago from Indonesia

      Thanks for the inspiring hub. it helps me a lot to write my first hub.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Everyone loves a success story with specific advice on how you got there. I have also found that it does take a bit of patience while the Google juice works its magic.

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      Alana Niall 3 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Yes, backlinking is a great strategy. I somehow haven't done much of it, except an article here and there. Besides, Google's emphasis on backlinking is reducing with every passing day, though Matt Cutts says that those links will still be important for years to come. I rather prefer to spend my time writing more content than worry about backlinking. But that's just me. My focus is on building traffic on my OWN platforms so that I am in better control. I also hate the drop/rise in traffic with Google's every sneeze. I have been publishing online since 2004. All other factors change over time, but content remains the king, as it was in 2004.

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      angryelf 3 years ago from Tennessee

      Yep! Most of my content? I haven't really done any offsite SEO; only onsite. I know my income could more than triple with a little SEO work, but I never did go after it. Never had the time. I did make progress today however :) I created two different web 2.0 articles to point at some of my hubs. I need to write a few more on that website to point to others, then move to another 2.0 site. And so on!

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      Alana Niall 3 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      I think website links pointing to your hubs should definitely work. I have mine, but can't say for sure whether it has helped or not. As you know, the older your website with Adsense on it, higher the CPC.

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      angryelf 3 years ago from Tennessee

      Oh yes, I utilize Amazon :) I just don't utilize it in hubs like these- since they won't convert. I figure having a hub or two without amazon capsules has got to be good for seo. I want to get some 2.0's pointed at these hubs, see if the rankings climb some more.

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      Alana Niall 3 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Having a website is a great idea. You may also want to consider using Amazon on HP, especially if your traffic is at a stage in the buying cycle that's close to the buying decision (e.g. the right camera to buy).

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      angryelf 3 years ago from Tennessee

      Oh yes, very hesitant during the weekends especially. A weekend alone usually earns me about $12 through the HP program! I'm planning on branching out of HP and starting my own website here soon, one that will relate to a few hubs I already have- since it's such a large traffic success, I figure I can hit it twice as hard with a separate website. I'm definitely after some serious income through ad revenue! :)

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      Alana Niall 3 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Hi Angry Elf, maybe you are right. High traffic hubs might benefit from Adsense Only option - though I don't have any data to say that. I believe 24-hours is a short time to experiment. I guess HP systems would need 24-hours to even respond to a changeover. I had run my test for 15 days. Of course, I know what you mean. If the HP program is making you much more than Adsense only, then you would be hesitant even to try the test.

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      angryelf 3 years ago from Tennessee

      I did- I ran it for a close to a full day, but it was horrible! It ran for over 15 hours as was- but I had to switch back. Today and tomorrow are the biggest days of the week hahaha so I can't afford to lose them. I barely made more than a quarter- whereas I could have had over $3.

      And while you get fewer slots, those are STILL impressions :) You're not too awful likely to get clicks anyway (many people are immune to all of the ads) unless you have a much higher flow of traffic. For those with more traffic, Adsense would probably win out.

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      Alana Niall 3 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Hi Angry Elf. I see what you mean. Sorry, I should have been clearer.

      If you run BOTH programs - Adsense and HP ad program, only one slot will show your Adsense ads, that too, right at the bottom of the page. The remaining slots will be used for HP ad program ads. Obviously, if you are running both programs, your HP ad revenue will be much higher than Adsense revenue.

      For a fair comparison, you will need to switch off HP ad program, and let Adsense take over all ad spots, and then you can compare the results of Adsense ONLY trial vs Adsense plus HP ad program trial, to see which one wins.

      In my case, Adsense only option performed slightly better.

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      angryelf 3 years ago from Tennessee

      Yes, you can most definitely use both at the same time. I could always try to turn off my Hubpages ads- and see how well it performs without them. I don't believe I'd earn much more but like I said- could always try!

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      Alana Niall 3 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Hi Angry Elf, thanks for the prompt response. A while ago, I tested both the programs separately, and found that Adsense performed better, though only marginally. You mentioned that you have both the programs currently. As far as I know, you can only run one of the two at a time, not both. How do you run both?

      Hackslap, great job with 54 hubs in less than a year. It's a numbers game, so an income of 3K-4K could be possible. One unsolicited advice: don't keep all eggs in one basket called Hubpages. Build multiple streams of income, if not doing already.

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      angryelf 3 years ago from Tennessee

      Wow you've definitely come far already! I'm NOWHERE near 3-4k/mo but NOOOO harm in wishing and hoping I say!!! I am glad you have enjoyed this hub though :) and thank you for the compliment- but unfortunately, I had to chop off my hair and regrow it as natural! All of that coloring took its toll- but you have to be young at some point LOL!

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      Harry 3 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Greetings Krystal from the land Down Under ..I've only been on HP since the past 8 months or so and have put out 54 hubs so far (a possible 55th one tonight or early tomorrow morning) .. Due to Google TOS I cant' reveal exact earnings but Im averaging $1-$1.50 a day .(earnings that is) .. My BHAG is $3000-$4000/month...yeah Im probably nuts for thinking its achievable but then no harm dreaming lol..

      You have some great insights here ..and I'm gonna follow your tips !

      PS..nice hair colour :)

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      angryelf 3 years ago from Tennessee

      Personally, I find the hubpages ad program performs better. Through adsense, I receive about $0.09-$0.20 per day (depending on traffic). Now, this is only for views. It can go up to almost $1 on some days, if I receive clicks. The thing about GA is that it pays VERY low for impressions; but can pay decently IF you receive a high CTR. Hubpages ad program pays on impressions only. There is no difference in your earnings whether or not someone clicks on the ads. I run both of them currently, and my earnings through HAP are over $3 most days, up to about $6. GA is usually NEVER above $0.20. I hope this answers your question :)

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      Alana Niall 3 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Hi Angry Elf, thanks for the response. I am curious to know if you, and anyone else reading this, has tried to run an experiment. Anyone tried to compare Adsense vs Hubpages Ad program to see which one earns the best. Just curious. If people could share their experiences, that will be helpful. I have read HB forums on this topic, and haven't found useful data.

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      angryelf 3 years ago from Tennessee

      101ways 2 life- I VERY strongly agree with what you have said! I both diversify AND group. I see success with them either way. I could probably welcome more success by separating different niches onto different subdomains, but I'm also building authority for a single subdomain with the way that I'm doing it now (if that makes sense). The higher the authority, the better each article ranks. The only problem is that I'm not here to write nearly as much as I need to :/

      Audrey- I would think that since you are a poet, maybe you could write how to's and informational passages WITH poetry??? That might be a stretch...

      but it is definitely unique if you ask me!

      Mary- It will help you by a long shot!!! You also don't have to share them like crazy- just drop them here and there. Share them once on your FB profile, group page, pinterest account, etc etc :) Don't push them too hard, or you might get slapped with a spam accusation.

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      I know I don't use keywords as I should, and I do not share my Hubs very much, either. I will try to take your advice.

      Voted UP, etc.etc.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Wow! Look at all these comments! Very useful--I write poetry mainly and HP is just not very poetry friendly--so my earnings here are meager to say the best--words of advice for a poet???

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      Alana Niall 3 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Great advice. Good to know that someone who has worked fulltime on SEO is providing some tips. Two tips I would share here are in fact contradictory to each other.

      1. Write related hubs, and group them together, so that you can cross-reference traffic.

      2. Diversify into different topics/keywords, so that you are not keeping all eggs in one basket.

      For example, find few topics and write one hub on each topic. Then let them settle for a few weeks. See which ones get good traffic, and then write more hubs on successful topics. You even might want to open additional Hubpages account if your topics are completed unrelated to each other - e.g., fashion, photography, gardening.

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      mgt28 3 years ago

      Good advice in this article I will want to write an experimental hub.

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      Eileen Gamboa 3 years ago from West Palm Beach

      Thank you for more info to refer to. I have to pull away for awhile since I'm working a temp job that's taking up all my time and energy. Later!

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      angryelf 3 years ago from Tennessee

      I'M BACKKKK!!!! WHOOO!!!!! Thank you everyone for stopping in and showing some support! :) I'm glad it has been helpful! Egamboa, sorry it's been so long, no internet for months! Anywho, my daily views are around 1,000 now. Sometimes it spikes to 1,300. I'm working on a new hub revolving around pregnancy, with several amazing keywords. Hopefully I'll see an improvement within a month! When you do a google search, "inurl" will show only results with the keyword in the url. same for in title (title of webpage). when you use both at the same time, it will show only results with the keyword in the title AND url. This will show you how many pages (your competition) ARE seo optimized for those words. Many long tail keywords will have results with well under 10,000 for this. Your keyword example is PERFECT- as long as you do the research to see how many searches it's getting per month (through the google keyword tool), and how much competition you have (through googling that keyword, and using the "inurl" and "intitle" method of research). You need to know the number of people looking for it AND the number of items they will find, as well as figure out how hard it would be to rank for those keywords.

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      Suzanne Sheffield 3 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      This was so helpful. Thank you for sharing!

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      bfilipek 3 years ago

      Great huhub!

      You are right than one cannot be greedy and it is important to be pacient. Interesting content is the key.

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      Eileen Gamboa 3 years ago from West Palm Beach

      Hi Crystal! I have a question about your chart. I had thought I was looking for keywords around 500; however you chart says 250k to 1000k. Did you change those. Also, what is the difference between: keyword, "keyword", and inure "keyword"?

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      Preston and Kate 3 years ago from the Midwest

      Thanks for this article. We are still trying to figure out what our goals are as we write for hubpages, but this was very helpful. We find it rewarding right now seeing some hits on our pages, but probably like most people, we want to learn how to increase our views. Until then, we will continue writing about what we are passionate about. Thanks for your insight! -Kate

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      Eileen Gamboa 3 years ago from West Palm Beach

      Oh…Hubpages says it like this, a good keyword is: "a complete answer to the question posed by the search query must be cobbled together by visiting several results…" that would ensure a bit of novelty.

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      Eileen Gamboa 3 years ago from West Palm Beach

      Krystal, in browsing all of these comments, which I like to do periodically, two things: it seems my weekly views, are about where your daily views are… does that sound about right… I've been on for about three months and have 14 hubs. Also, when I said the last Hub I published completely followed your method. That's true, except it's not quite there. My learning curve is, I feel you imply that the key phrase to be targeted should hopefully be something a bit more unique. I targeted one that is pretty basic, but I would have liked it to be more inventive… sort of like… instead of "how to make tortillas'… "how to make Blue Ridge Mountain tortillas" something more unique. That's better, right?

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      angryelf 3 years ago from Tennessee

      SEO is fascinating, exciting, and rewarding; but it is also tricky, frustrating, and annoying all at the same time. Just don't beat yourself up over something that you think SHOULD work without fault. SEO and Google have minds of their own; you never know which is going to be a hit and which is going to be a bust. I've been surprised with it sometimes too!

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      La Verne Amigo 3 years ago from Philippines

      Great advice! really appreciate it... Actually, I am now more intrigue with SEO.:)

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      angryelf 3 years ago from Tennessee

      Well, just because you're targeting a main phrase doesn't mean that is the only one that will bring you traffic :) My best performing piece? Its keyword has only 150 searches per month; it brings in traffic from HUNDREDS of keywords and keyword phrases. It all depends on how rich the content is. And yes, there's some luck involved too. It's why SEO isn't an exact art. It is refined through learning, trial and error, and AHA! moments. When you find something that shows a little success, you improve on it, then replicate it; see more success, repeat.

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      La Verne Amigo 3 years ago from Philippines

      Ah okay thank you very much... this is a big help...:) but usually, I do aim for a long tail keywords which have 4000 views... But I'll use your techniques too... But I guess my high performing article has a lot of keyword phrases though the main keyword phrase has only less than a thousand views...before I was wondering why; and now I know. Thanks a lot!

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      angryelf 3 years ago from Tennessee

      The keyword phrase itself is the keyword you should be targeting. You don't want to target a single word; or even two words. You want what is called a long tail keyword. It's a keyword that is 3+ words long. The reason for fewer searches is that the fewer searches it has, the more likely you'll be able to rank highly for it. For example: froggy towels could have 5,000 searches; but pink froggy towels for kids might have only 800. However, there is going to be more sites mentioning froggy towels than the second keyword. Any result in the search engine that is not yours IS competition; you are competing with them for their spot in the search results. Your goal is to find a keyword that has plenty of searches, yet doesn't have too much competition in the search results. You should use synonyms in addition to your keyword; again if your keyword was froggy towels, you could use synonymous phrases like: toad towels, dart frog printed towels, frog print washcloths, etc etc.