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How To Generate Traffic On Your Hub Through Facebook

Updated on July 5, 2015

I am not a facebook guru. I only have about 600 friends on there, and I know almost all of them. I stumbled upon hubpages through an ad on craigslist. A couple of articles in, and I was hooked. As I watched my own library of hubs grew, I knew that if I wanted to make any money on this I'd have to take matters into my own hands.

The first couple of articles I wrote were super time consuming, and on topics I knew inside and out. I had only gotten about 10-30 hits on them, and I was kind of bummed. How do I up my traffic, so that my hubs were actually circulating? I'm about to share a secret on how I got my hubs averaging anywhere from 1,200-17,000 views, and counting!

Step 1: Pick your topic. Not about you.

This is probably one of the most difficult parts of this process. When I took a glance at the hub on "The military diet," (a hub that went viral), I tried to analyze it like a college professor. What made this hub so special? It was a great article, no doubt. Very well written. It was just an average hub, though. Through hub hopping I had discovered many hubs that probably weren't getting the traffic they rightfully deserved.

The answer? You need to pick a topic according to your audience. Unless you have had some monumental, earth shattering, life experience, people don't care about you. That's not me being mean, but it's true. People want to read about them. They want to hear about their memories, their dogs, tips they can use to improve their lifestyle. So pick a topic about something you know, that other people can relate to. My hub with the most hits were lists about Las Vegas nostalgia. A lot of comments were from other Las Vegas locals like myself, who were irritated that I didn't add things they remembered from their own childhood. See? People only care about reading stuff that relates to them.

Step 2: Find your outlet

Ok. So you picked a non-narcissistic topic. Great. Now go on facebook, and type that topic into the search bar. Hit enter, and a list of crap about that topic comes up. At the top of your search results, there should be a couple of options. click on more, then click on groups.

Voila! You now have a list of groups that are interested solely on your topic. Now, join them. The bigger the group, the better. The more groups, the better. The nice part is that if you've picked a topic that truly interests you, you might have found some cool stuff and people you'll enjoy anyway. I always unfollow the groups though, because that way you're not flooded on your new feed with 75k people's posts on puppies or hiking.

Also, don't write off groups that are not aimed at people in your city or country just because you're not from there. People in "Seattle diet tips," would be just as interested in your diet article as,"Australia diet tips."

Step 3: Post, Post, Post!

As the groups approves you, you should be posting your hub. Most groups have a "No soliciting," policy. That's fine, because as far as they know, you aren't trying to sell anything. You're simply sharing an article of interest. Make sure to have an eye-catching picture as your first photo on you hub. I often post the article, and ask a question with it. People like to feel knowledgeable. For example, post a diet article with the comment, "Have you guys tried this? Is it safe?" You'll get a flood of comments from people that think they know more than you.

This also helps because people like to share interesting stuff. So, if your hub has the potential to go viral, this is how it will get done. Don't forget the power of repetition. If you have a group with 35k members, Try posting every week or every other week. You'll be surprised at how many people didn't see it the first time. Shares will keep your article alive, and get you a continuous trickle of views.

Step 4: Keep writing!

Yes, it feels good to sit back and watch your numbers go up. When one of my first articles got 16k hits in three days, I felt like I had reached "blue dress" status. Remember, though. It's a lot cooler to watch 2 or 3 hubs climbing at the same time. You can definitely still write about your move to the beach, or your struggle with depression. Getting more traffic on some of these "fluff" articles will help drive your page traffic because people will start seeing the handy little "More hubs by this author" box on the right of your article. Good luck, and happy hubbing!

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 2 years ago from Fontana, WI

      Great hub and motivator - especially the survey! Thank you! I must make freinds with Facebook!

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      Laurel Johnson 2 years ago from Washington KS

      Good info here. I haven't done much hub-related Facebook posting. Very few people view or comment on my hubs at this point. Well done!!

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      Anne Harrison 2 years ago from Australia

      Serendipity in action - finding some writing/blogging specific groups on Facebook was on my to do list for this weekend! Thanks for the tips, I'm looking forward to giving them a try. Voted up

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      Dora Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      This suggestion is worthy trying, and I intend to do it. Thanks you very much for your thoughtfulness in sharing.

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      meilinchen 2 years ago

      This post is very interesting and useful. Thanks very much for your sharing.

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      Maree Michael Martin 2 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Got to at least try it. Great idea!

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      Jess Domkowski 2 years ago from Las Vegas

      Kalinin1158- Some topics/groups work better than others. Glad to hear you got a result, though! Your best bet is to just continue writing hubs on different topics, so that you can keep posting in different groups and reaching different audiences. You can repost the same hub 2-3 times in the same group, but be wary because you don't want to get kicked out of a group for spamming. Thanks for the feedback!

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      Lana Adler 2 years ago from California

      Hello again. So I tried your Facebook method and yeah, it works! I've shared several of my hubs on FB groups, and I've got a bunch of visitors. That never happens when I just share it with my FB "friends". I mean it wasn't anywhere near 16k, but 200 views/day is still a big spike for me. The only trouble is, the traffic dies down after a few days, right? So you have to keep sharing the same article to keep it going. Thanks again!

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      Lana Adler 2 years ago from California

      This hub was a joy to read, and I actually found it more helpful than most HP tutorials I've read (and I've read MANY). I'm so as they say "basic" when it comes to this stuff, I never got the magic "HP formula" but your humorous and straightforward hub makes me feel like not all is lost just yet! Thank you for sharing. Voted Awesome!!!

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      I have tried the groups approach, and it works for me to an extent, my problem is figuring out when the optimal time to post is. The results can be very fickle. Great hub!

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