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Knowing the Readers of your Hubs by using Google Analytics

Updated on May 30, 2011

I may be redundant in writing about how would I know the readers of my hubs and yours, too. This is necessary in order to track down your hub statistics and metrics by looking at your Google Analytics.

Google Analytics is a part of Google AdSense program that help hubbers around the world to:

  • know the number of reader in each country;
  • know the number of pages being visited by regular and unique readers;
  • know the hubs that readers read, commented and rated.

Once you enroll on Google AdSense, you will be alerted by its staff to activate your account on Google Analytics using an affiliate code, separate from the AdSense code.

From there, from time to time, you can monitor how you fare on different readers that visited your hubs.

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Different kinds of HubPages readers

I will not stereotype readers, because I'm one of them, too. I like reading blogs of other writers online, much more with hubs of other hubbers. The factors that hinder me from commenting to some hubs are the following:  I'm also writing my own hubs, adding actions (tell-tales) on my blog site, being active on social media's chatroom, to name a few. I'm sure others are doing it, too.

Okay. how do you know what type of readers are visiting and commenting your hubs? Let me see...

  1. hubbers - Yes, of course! They're the ones who will look at your profile, follow you, leave a fan mail, rate you and comment on your hubs. On a sad note, I flagged one hubber because he's a nuisance to all hubbers. He always leave incomprehensible syllables or words that irritated me. Good thing the staff on HubPages and HubPages elites are helping us correct our mistakes by sending alerts, so that we will know the 'originality' of our articles and the grade (this is new) on our comments.
  2. offline readers - These readers are not members of HubPages, yet. but some of them leave insights on my comment boxes and inspires me to do more productive hubs, in the sense that it will appreciated by many, at the same time, earning money.

These two kinds of readers have different categorization in each type.


  • can be always in a hurry. They will just add your account by following you, never leaving comments because they're also busy doing and completing their hubs. I also do it , sometimes.
  • can be your online friends. True friends are precious and few.  I can namedrop a handful but it is too self-serving. They're the ones encouraging me to do more worth-reading hubs and leave comments for emphasis. I even manage a smile, from time to time, as if I've known them for a very long time, once I see their comments. Most hubbers are friendly and want to improve this virtual writing community to the fullest. 
  • can be your hated critic. Opinions should meet halfway. some hubbers will push their intentions to criticize your hubs as incomplete or going to other directions. There are some who have sharp tongues but it's just natural. I look at them as challenge to improve my hubs better. Imagine them as 'sandpaper'. They will scratch you in all places because of some hurtful words but they'll leave you 'polished'. Now, who's the winner? And the hub is earning money, as well!

Offline readers

  • Some will link you at their blogs or business ventures. I was laughing so hard to the one who linked me at Ug boots site. Well, that's another information. And the swapping site with all the principles in it that the comment can be another hub. It's very long.
  • Other will leave a one-word comment, like: nice, good, disgusting...not to mention multiple question or just exclamation points.
  • Some will ask about something that should be just forwarded in my email account.
  • The most surprising will be from television networks asking or requesting for you to feature your hubs on their shows. This is a fulfilling stage; imagine selecting my hubs to be featured on television. Any payment for that? Nah, they're on a budget!

Well, if I missed something, you can also suggest or relate other kinds of readers that are just circling at the tip of my tongue .

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My readers want a hub about:

  1. Travel & Places - It is worth-knowing and commendable for hubbers to promote tourism at their places. I am also doing it. Although, there are already recorded facts about the places (say, city or heritage sites and natural parks), I really make it sure that I experience visiting the place.
  2. Photography - I started a series out of it. A single hub is not enough to write about this subject and the photos as well.
  3. Cooking - I remember joining the HubPages' Hubbalicious Food Contest but I didn't win, although some even commented that I should win. I realized later, that I didn't participated on the HubMob to start at the link, then put the RSS feed and the official contest icon. So, to avenge my shame (he, he!), I started a series about my Tropical Cooking; a safe way to redeem myself.
  4. Politics and Social Issues - More often than not, my hub is a combination of both. Political issues are top-rater when it comes to coffee talks, especially to those I mingle with.
  5. Fashion and Beauty - The combination of both easily gets more comments than serious issues. We all want to look good or we often appreciate beautiful things and ladies, of course.
  6. Health Tips - More and more people are getting conscious about their well-being and always acknowledge information that will benefit them.
  7. Sports - I started it with our local boxing hero, the pound-for-pound Manny Pacquiao, now a legislator. Many comments came from his admirers.
  8. Self-Education - It can mean something trivia for other readers but an interesting topic to develop as a hub. More hubs on How Tos often surfaced and magnetize more readers.
  9. Religion - is not a boring subject after all. But it can make or break you, once to touch this sensitive subject.
  10. Stories - Fictionalized or not, sympathies from the readers can be overwhelming that you'll get many comments on it. Some lucky hubbers even received commissions from publishers for their future books.

Readership will always depend on the way you write. The more followers you have, the more comments you'll received and read. Not to mention  rising Hub Score and Profile Score.


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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @cardelean: I must have hit some sensitive topics, that prompted local TV networks to browse or dissect my hubs.

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Quirinus: Thanks for the trust. I hope this hub will be of help to new hubbers for a long time!

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Peter Dickinson: Thanks, Sir Pete! This is a follow-up hub, in case new hubbers will not peruse my first feature on Google Analytics.

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Cogerson: I agree with you. I noticed that readers can be distinguished with the kind of hubs they're reading. Male readers intend to stay more on hubs that cling to masculinity (politics, social issues) while female readers focus more on health hubs, tips and fashion, to mention a few.

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @green art: That's what I do, too. I don't intend to write a hub exposing violence in my country (Philippines) especially Police Brutality. Yet, it's the most visited hub. Am I influencing the reader or they're just interested in chaos and negative factors in this world?

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      Queirdkus Ω Ibidem 6 years ago from Sitting on the Rug

      Thanks for a very useful hub, travel_man1971! Especially for a newbie like me.

      I'm sure I'll need to come back to this hub once I have published a sufficient number of hubs to make a reasonable analysis from stats, so have bookmarked your hub!

      Looking forward to more of your hubs,


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      Peter Dickinson 6 years ago from South East Asia

      Thank you. I only started using analytics seriously a month or so ago. It is as you say an interesting and useful tool.

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      cardelean 6 years ago from Michigan

      Great information in your hub. I have a google analytics account but I don't think I really know how to use it to my benefit. (I'm a little slow when it comes to this kind of stuff!) I've yet to have a tv network ask to feature my hub, what great publicity! I guess I'll add that to my "one day" list!

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      Cogerson 6 years ago from Virginia

      Great information in this hub.....the key to success like in public have to know who your audience is....voted up and useful

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      green art 6 years ago

      This is a great hub especially for a new hubber like me. I do look at Google Analytics off and on and the most exciting part to me is seeing readers from all over the world are reading my hubs. It's fun imagining someone thousands of miles away, sitting at a computer like me seeing what I wrote. Thanks for the help with this important part of hub pages.

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @myi4u: Thanks for acknowledging this hub as your wake-up call.Google Analytics is often ignored, but it opened my eyes and see my strong points and weaknesses, too. How I fare on HubPages is an important factor to know which way I am leading to; road to success or bumps of failures.

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      myi4u 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I have a Google Analytic account but I haven't got a chance to do anything about it. I guess I am just too lazy. But seeing your hub now made me realise how much I have missed out!