How to Get More Traffic to Your Hubs and Make More Money
Play the Long Game
Throughout my time on Hubpages, I've witnessed many Hubbers who have found themselves stuck in a rut, unable to get any clicks or create revenue. The fact is, Hubpages is not a get-rich-quick scheme, but you can collect a decent amount of money each month.
How do you make more money on Hubpages? You have to create quality, readable, useful content that readers will be trying to find for years to come. This is referred to as evergreen content, and you actually receive recognition from the Hubpages team when your articles are listed as such.
There are literally thousands of topics out there, you just have to figure out which areas you're most knowledgable.
Answer the Right Questions
Think of writing as your business; sure, you can put out poetry, short stories, and opinion pieces, but those things aren't going to pull in a large enough audience for your hubs to be successful from a fiscal point of view. While I am constantly expanding on my knowledge in various categories, I started off writing in the canine and pet niches. This is the area in which I've obtained the most "real world" experience.
Soon after though, I realized that there was a much bigger audience out there. They're well-connected, heavily present on social media, and word travels fast among them. Teenagers, they're always on their phones, and a good portion of the time they also happen to be in school.
Whether they're in high school or middle school, these kids have a TON of questions on topics like...
- English and Writing
- College Preparation
These are just a few areas you can cover, but I'm sure you'll think of plenty more. Aside from their educational curriculum, kids want to know about the best colleges, scholarships, and of course the latest trends in social media and within the celebrity world. If you go to Google Trends, the phrase Kim Kardashian is searched for multiple times a day, whereas the phrase Endoplasmic Reticulum hardly comes up at all!
Quality Matters, but So Does Quantity
Some of the key components recommended for successful blogs are:
- Length, try to get your Hubpage articles to a minimum of 1,000 words
- Interactive material like photos, polls, votes, etc.
- Reputable links, if you make a claim, back it up with recent, relevant scholarly articles
- Keywords, you're more likely to increase traffic to your blog with relevant search words
Without these things, it's unlikely that your Hubs will get the views needed in order to earn more clicks. My recommendation would be to try and publish at least 2 to 3 Hubs per week at minimum. If you're still in the early stages of writing, that's fine. I created my profile in 2010 and didn't start earning until 4 years later.
I had just graduated high school and had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I was good at writing, but I tried pumping out short, poorly written articles that obviously weren't going to receive very much attention. Although I write on multiple platforms and work from home as a copywriter now, it took almost 10 years for me to commit to it.
Had I been consistent with it, who knows how much I'd be earning today!
How long did it take you to get your first payout?
We All Have 24 Hours, Use Your Time Wisely
I truly believe that even if you're a terrible writer, anyone can do this! It just takes practice, your first 10 to 15 articles might be awful. Like anything else in life though, the more you do it, the better you get! Stop making excuses for yourself, turn off the TV, close your social media apps, sit down with a cup of coffee and get to work.
I find that it's easiest to work during the quieter hours of the day when most people are asleep. For me, this is early in the morning, but if you're a night owl there's no reason you can't find time to type!
Save Your Ideas
Sometimes when I'm writing one hub, it gives me an idea for one, or maybe even a bunch of other topics I could cover. I wouldn't recommend interrupting your creative process, always finish what you're working on before moving onto the next thing. Otherwise, you'll end up like me, with 100 articles on the back burner because I continuously jump from item to item.
Instead of allowing those new ideas to fall to the wayside, open the WRITE button in a new tab, create the article draft, save it, and continue with your current project. That way, you're not sitting around trying to come up with subject lists. The best blogs happen organically; while you can certainly depend on Google Trends for some information, and you definitely should, it isn't the be-all-end-all to your blogging success.
If you find yourself asking other questions that are somewhat related to your current topic, it's quite likely that someone else had the same thought.
The day you plant the seed is not the day you eat the fruit.
Don't Expect Immediate Results
Remember, writing Hubs will not replace your job within the first 2 years. It likely won't even replace it within the next 10 years! However, time goes by pretty fast, and every moment that you spend asking yourself if it's worth it is precious time that you could be spending on creating passive income for your future.
Think of it as a long-term savings account or theoretical 401K. Sometimes it's frustrating because you're working so hard, and the reward is barely trickling in day after day.
Hang in there, I felt the same way and completely gave up for about 4 months. When I came back, I was pleasantly surprised to see that I'd finally reached the threshold! When looking at my statistics, I can tell you that each year my earnings get a little better every single day.
So keep trying, you can do this! If you stay committed, you'll be able to get there 3 times faster than I did.