Ideas for Promoting Your Hubs
Promoting On the HubPages Site
I will start this Hub by saying that Paul Edmondson and his team at HubPages have done, and continue to do, a fine job of promoting HubPages as a whole and have been very successful at drawing a large amount of traffic to the HubPages site.
In addition to promoting the site, he and his team have also done a great job of building a site that has attracted and continues to attract thousands of excellent writers.
People are attracted to web sites that offer them useful information and which entertain them. Ideally, web visitors should be provided with useful information that is presented in an entertaining manner.
Start by Writing & Posting a Number of Good Hubs
This site has an abundance articles that are both informative and entertaining, and, having just read a few of your hubs, I would certainly include them in this category.
All of the things discussed above serve to draw large numbers of visitors to HubPages each day. Of course the question is, how do you get a chunk of that traffic?
Since your profile as of this writing (June 2008) states that you joined a mere two months ago, you probably have not had time to produce a large number of hubs yet.
I joined in October of 2006 and it took me until the end of January 2007 to generate enough Google AdSense revenue (U.S. $100 is the minimum amount your account needs to reach in order to have the money sent) to receive a check in February 2007.
I put other things aside and did a considerable amount of writing in the first few months and by the summer of 2007 had published about 270+ Hubs.
I was then forced to cut back on the writing due to work and family responsibilities. However, since February of 2007 my hubs have consistently generated enough revenue to get paid monthly from Google (I am currently earning about twice as much per month now as I was in the summer of 2007).
In addition to good writing and a large and growing number of hubs, consistence is also important. I believe in one of the Hub Forums, Paul Edmondson commented that publishing three articles a week is a good number in order to generate readership volume on HubPages or any other site.
Comment on Hubs by Others and Enter HubPage Contests
In the Fall of 2006 HubPages ran a contest in which writers had to write Hubs on topics they chose from a list of topics requested by readers. I entered it and published one or more articles practically every day and saw my hits and AdSense volume jump during that period.
I did the same thing when they ran a similar contest this past February and March where you had 24 hours to publish up to five Hubs on the day's topic. My hits and revenue rose with my increased activity. In addition to forcing me to generate more volume quickly, these contests also forced me to broaden the range of topics that I wrote on (I should point out that some of my Hubs with the highest scores were written for these contests).
While having a good and growing base of high quality Hubs is important, direct promotion is necessary as well. The first thing you can do to promote your Hubs is to join other Hubber's fan clubs.
This lets them get to know you and most will at least check out some of your hubs. Once they have seen you, many will join your fan club and will usually start receiving automatic emails every time you publish a new Hub (they can, of course, turn this feature off, but many don't). This also drives traffic to your Hubs and causes Google to push your rankings up in their searches.
In addition, you can visit other people's Hubs and leave intelligent and relevant comments on those that you like. This automatically creates a link back to your profile that anyone, Hubber or outsider, can click on and go to your Hubs. You can also put a direct link to a specific Hub of yours if it is relevant. If done correctly, this can attract visitors from that Hub to your Hubs.
Promoting Outside of the HubPages Site
Next, move outside and begin promoting outside of HubPages. If you click on the Share It link that automatically appears at the bottom of each Hub you publish you can choose from a number of link sharing sites where you can post links with comments to that Hub.
I currently use Digg, Del.icio.us, Facebook, Reddit, Stumble Upon and Xomba all of which I have opened accounts with. With Digg and Del.icio.us not only can other members of these sites see your link, but the link and your comments will often be picked up by search engines as well, thereby bringing still more people to the link and giving them the opportunity to see and click to go to your Hub.
All of these sites and others have fan and friend features which you can use to help to further promote your Hub. Facebook is becoming popular with college students and professionals making it more that just a teenage vanity site. It also includes among its numerous communities at least two HubPage communities along with other professional communities.
Linkedin.com is another professional networking site which allows you to include links to a website and blog with your profile. I have a link to my HubPage profile on my Linkedin profile page. The Share It button also has a link where you can download addresses from your email account and notify your friends outside of HubPages when you publish a new Hub. I use this when I want to send a link to a new Hub to family and friends who I feel would be interested in that topic.
Start a Blog to Help Direct Traffic to HubPages
There are also sites that provide you with your own blog for free and allow you to run Google Ads on the blog (with you usually keeping 100% of the revenue rather than sharing it with them).
I have two blogs with Google's Blogger.com which I write for as time permits and try to include links in my articles to my Hubs.
While these two blogs rarely generate more than about 5% or less of my monthly AdSense revenue (with HubPages generating about 95% of my monthly AdSense revenue) they do provide me with opportunities to promote my HubPage articles.
Finally, when you are linking to HubPages from outside sources, be sure to include a referral tracker (click on the "My Account" tab at the top of you HubPages and, in the bottom half of the gray box that appears in the middle at the top of the page click on "URL Trackers").
The referral trackers allow you to insert a code into your HubPages link which will then give you credit whenever the person clicking on the link joins HubPages and begins producing Hubs themselves.
You will receive a percentage of the revenue that that person receives when people click on the Google, Amazon and eBay ads on their pages (the revenue you get comes from HubPages portion of the revenue generated and not from the writer's portion).
In addition to attracting new Hubbers and adding to your income you can also use the referral to monitor where your referral traffic is coming from. This involves the use of different trackers for different referral sources.
Due to time constraints, the majority of my efforts have been on writing and publishing Hubs so my promotions have not been as extensive as those of other Hubbers. Hopefully other Hubbers will add more suggestions and sites for promoting Hubs in the comments section below