How to Drastically Improve Traffic and Earnings On Hubpages Successfully!
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!
Approx Traffic (Google Analytics)
#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?
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
InTitle:"your keyword" inurl:"your keyword"
How Many Hubs Do You Have?
#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!
#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
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
Bathe, wash, bath, car, van, truck, suv, light blue, dark blue, navy, soap, carwash, etc
#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 Link on Facebook Update
- Pin Photos to Pinterest
- 1 Bookmark Each with Digg, StumbleUpon, etc.
- Post A Single Blog Post Summarizing It
- Share a Single Tweet
- Share with Your Facebook Fanpage
- Email Signature Link
- Forum Signature Link
- Ask 3-5 Friends to Share
How to Gain Pinterest Followers
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.