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Lessons Learned From 100,000 Views on HubPages

Updated on November 1, 2012
Snapshot of current Hubs written and 100,000 views accolade.
Snapshot of current Hubs written and 100,000 views accolade.

100,000 Views on HubPages

At the time of writing this hub, my account on HubPages is now 11 months old and I have just attained my 100,000 views accolade. I am very proud to have achieved this accolade and am even more surprised to have achieved it, as I only started putting effort into my HubPages account at the beginning of January 2012. I have to admit I initially lacked motivation after seeing how hard it was to garner views. This changed after I changed my approach and also dedicated myself to achieving certain goals at HubPages.

I had set the 100,000 views accolade as my goal for 2012 and hoped to achieve it by June or July, but have been able to achieve it quicker by learning from each Hub published.

Looking back on what I used to write, or how I used to write, the differences are amazing. By writing more Hubs and gaining more traffic I have managed to learn a number of lessons from HubPages in terms of driving traffic, selecting keywords and ranking for those keywords. However, I am not perfect and I am still learning. I do not have all the answers but I feel I am closer to achieving at least a small return on HubPages.

I realize more than ever that HubPages is not a get rich quick scheme, but neither is it a scam. It's really a place to hone your writing skills and learn the ropes of SEO. It's a good place to practice writing original content and also to build up a writing portfolio, that you can then show to prospective writing clients.


Traffic Equals Data

The biggest benefit to attaining 100,000 views on HubPages is having so much more data to scrutinize and figure out what you have done well, what you've failed at and also figuring out where there's potential room for improvement.

I have come to realize that writing about popular topics can give you a decent traffic stream in the shorter term, but it probably won't give you a passive income in the long term. Since I have mainly written about TV shows and movies, I expect this traffic to quickly decrease and then disappear.

Screenshot of my traffic from the HubPages stats section of my profile - 27th of March 2012
Screenshot of my traffic from the HubPages stats section of my profile - 27th of March 2012

Writing on Evergreen Topics

I really need to focus more on Evergreen topics that will probably earn less views on a monthly basis but will age well, like fine wine. However, knowing what to do is the first step. Actually doing it is another matter.

It is clear to me now why so many people write recipes. The majority of these recipes are evergreen topics and is why so many of them are chosen as Hub of the Day. It's easier to take your own pictures too and also add some personal flair to the Hub. Plus everyone has to eat!!


Importance of SEO

Finding topics to write about on HubPages can be easy, but some people struggle. I did too in the beginning but have since broadened my perspective. I still stick to my core area of Entertainment but like to share other things I find of interest, from around the web.

Over the last few months, I have come to understand the importance of getting ranked in the search engines. Without Google, I would never have achieved my 100,000 views in such a short time period. With over 90% of my Hub traffic coming from search engines it's easy to see why Hubbers complain after Google Panda is updated or when HubPages is penalized further in the search engine listings.

If you get your Hubs ranked on the first page of Google then more people will read your article than if you were on page 2, or further back. And, if you get your Hub within the first 3 listings on the front page then this can drastically increase the number of views of your Hub. This is all free organic traffic and is to be cherished.


Insight From Other Hubbers

One of the biggest benefits of writing on a platform like HubPages, is the number of other people who have similar goals. Working from home, on your computer, can become lonely. However, writing here isn't like that. I have made friends and even have a HubPages mentor who has helped me gain perspective and direction on HubPages. I have a lot to thank him for and I make sure he knows I appreciate all his help.

I have even been able to give back and helped a fellow Hubber. I really enjoyed this and hope he finds an increase in his viewership figures too.

HubPages is a giant community. Yes, there are lots of people on here who will ignore you, but the ones that respond are worth their weight in gold. It is easy for experienced Hubbers to forget what it was like in the beginning, floundering around with no clue of what you should be doing. Sometimes all it takes is a little help by lending a compass to a new Hubber. Give a little help and if they take your views on board, make the changes you suggest and continue to experiment, then you know you haven't wasted your time. And who knows, maybe in the future they will be able to help you in return.


Moving Forward

It's great to receive accolades from the work put in at HubPages. However, it is work and isn't as easy as people would have you believe. It's surprisingly easy to fall foul of the rules and then have to fight your way into the good graces of HubPages. You can easily do something that you think is innocent or acceptable only to find that you have mistakenly broken a rule. For this reason, coupled with the way traffic can drastically fall after Panda updates, it's important not to keep your eggs all in one basket.

I plan to continue to write for HubPages but I also plan to branch out and write for other sites too. In the longer term, I am looking to diversify my portfolio and have different writing assignments in different venues.

I also plan to write more Evergreen content in the form of 'how to guides' and perhaps even a few recipes. At that point my readers will be subjected to some of my shoddy photography.

With the knowledge gained from writing on HubPages getting blogs and websites ranked for tougher keywords is more feasible.

Currently, my Hubs are informative and mainly earn from the HubPages Adprogram. I will endeavour to continue on this path, but would like to try and write a few product reviews and see if that adds to the mix.

Either way, I love to write. I write at HubPages for the experience and the ability to share my insight, rather than solely for the money. I hope this continues in the future and that I will have a long membership at HubPages.


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      Lauryallan 4 years ago

      Thx for all the recent comments!

      As for an update - I am now at over 700,000 views (although I am sure some of them must be me viewing my own hubs for grammar errors, adding products and tweaking the content, but over 95% of the traffic came from search engines).

      Will I meet my 1 million views goal by the end of the year? Unfortunately not. Although that's disappointing I won't hit the million target it is so many times beyond what I originally thought I'd achieve here at the beginning of the year that I am happy.

      Could I have met the goal? Perhaps if I'd written more hubs it's debatable as there were also lots of changes made at HP and with Google that affected rankings and therefore visitor numbers...

      I tend to update my Hubpages Experiment more regulary at the end of the month. If you are looking for more information on what I have done since achieving 100,000 views please check that hub. A link is provided in the content above in the blue box.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Sigh..while i dream of being on page 1..or page 2...or page 5(lol) of the google god's listings - i can't seem to pique their interest for long..'niche' is not in my vocabulary, apparently..lol

      Congratulations on your success and here's to 100,000 more!

      You deserve it!

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Congratulation on reach your goal and more! This is a very inspiring hub. I am sure you are much closer to your 1 million views now. I would love to see an update. :)

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi Lauryallan,

      Great lessons learnt here on attaining your 100k views. I also learnt that writing on newsy topics can bring a lot of spike views but only for a short time. I had Hubs written about London Olympics that brought a lot of view over the Olympics period but never saw such traffic after the Olympics. Congrats on reaching your 100k views. Voted up and useful.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Congrats on your accomplishments. Very inspiring and motivating for me. Thumbs up and definitely shared! Lisa ♥

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      Lauryallan 5 years ago

      Thx molometer

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      molometer 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Very interesting hub. Seems like we are all on here for the same reasons. We learn how to write, get feedback and get paid.

      Congratulations on hitting these milestones.

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      Lauryallan 5 years ago

      Thx PP. I achieved this mile stone by March this year. now I am just over 500,000 views. I am striving to get 1 million views by the end of the year. It will be a challenge and I might not achieve it, but I really want to try and push myself.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Laury, that is a wonderful accomplishment, to achieve that many views in half a year. That is truly amazing. I wish you all the best in writing in the future. Take care!

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      Lauryallan 5 years ago

      thx Ruchi. I can't believe how long ago it feels now, yet I know it was only a few months ago...

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      Ruchi Urvashi 5 years ago from Singapore

      Congrats on reaching such an important milestone in writing. Keep it up.

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      Lauryallan 5 years ago

      Thank you poshcoffeeco. I am hoping to write one about lessons learned from 500k views... Hopefully I'll be able to write that within the month. Cross your fingers for me please!

      I'd really like to get to a million views by the end of the year but I think that might be a bridge too far.

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      Steve Mitchell 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      Congrats on your achievement and obvious hard work and dedication. I wish you more success and look forward to sampling more of your great content.

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      Lauryallan 5 years ago

      Thanks Angel I was hoping to help others. I know it can be frustrating when you do something new and there is no instruction guide to tell you every little detail. Everyone will try something a little different. What works for one, doesn't always work for another, but I hope my method can be used by others to have success.

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      Amber Lynn 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed this hub, as well as your others about your experience on hub pages. I think it is important to let new hubbers know that it does require work , and is not going to replace a 9-5 job overnight. I also like how you were willing to share your own tactics for generating traffic, and what methods you chose. This hub was interesting, useful, and very well written. Great job!

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      Lauryallan 5 years ago

      thx seanorjohn. I think it might take me a while to reach a million views. I am hoping to get there by the end of the year though. Fingers crossed and I hope it works out for you too.

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      seanorjohn 5 years ago

      I can see you reaching the million hit mark soon.Many of the successful hubbers write on other platforms as well. So wishing you every success.must get round to writing even one evergreen hub.Voted up and useful.

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      Lauryallan 5 years ago

      Thx for sharing this with your fans The Engineer.

      Yeah I have a long way to go. I like to set goals as they give me something to strive for.

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      Lauryallan 5 years ago

      Thank you RTalloni.

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      Lauryallan 5 years ago

      Thx kjrzeek1. 10,000 is a great goal to try and achieve. I prefer to go for traffic goals, rather than income goals too.

      I am glad I could provide others with some motivation and I look forward to seeing how you get on here. You can do really well part-time here. After all I aim to write 10 articles a month. By no means is that a full time job.

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      Lauryallan 5 years ago

      Thank you Paul. There are lots of helpful hubbers and resources on HP. If people actually take the advice and apply it then they can have success too. Some of the most simplest things have made the biggest differences.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Superb job of communicating what you've learned as you reached your 100,000 views on HubPages!

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      kjrzeek1 5 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Congrats on the 100k views, that is awesome. I am just starting and am setting a goal of 10k views first. I have a full time job and am doing this on the side, so I am trying to find time to write and it is not always easy! Thanks for the motivation.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 5 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Thanks for sharing your experiences of getting to 100k views so quickly. You certainly have learned a lot in the past year.

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      Lauryallan 5 years ago

      Hey thx Theresa for sharing this hub. I really appreciate your generosity.

      And they say everything organic is better for you lol. Yeah I wouldn't be anywhere on hubpages without free organic traffic.

      I really don't know how people survive on PPC and media buying etc. I tried that in the beginning. All the guru's preach about how much money they make from PPC, PPV, Media buys, Facebook advertising etc so I thought I'd try it. At best, I managed to break even, at worst not even close to covering the initial outlay. Most of them are high risk strategies and I really believe these people are making their money telling other people "how to do it", rather than actually doing it themselves. My dad always says, "if someone knew how to make gold, why would they share it with you. They'd be too busy making the gold."

      I sat back, assessed what I was doing and realized there must be another way to test my ideas out without out-laying so much up front. That was when I built my first site and went in search of organic traffic, rather than paid traffic. I haven't looked back since and is one of the reasons I initially joined Hubpages.

      I find HP is a great way to test out some of my ideas. It doesn't cost any money, and I am happy to give it my time. I get to write about what I want and am able to get lots of organic traffic, as 90% of my HP traffic comes from google.

      So yes, like you, I totally "get" the importance of free organic traffic and I hope it continues in the future.

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      Teresa Schultz 5 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      Shared with my HubPages followers, voted up, and awesome-ed! Congrats on those 100 000 views so quickly after joining HubPages. It was great reading about all you have learnt on HubPages - I've learnt a ton on HubPages too. And about your point that free organic traffic is to be cherished - I'm so with you on that one and am pleased to find somebody that "gets" the importance of this.

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      Lauryallan 5 years ago

      Thank you Turtlewoman.

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      Wow that is an amazing accomplishment over the short amount of time that you've been back. Congratulations! Cheers to many more milestones!

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      Lauryallan 5 years ago

      Hey thx for letting me know homesteadbound. I guess I should be flattered that they have copied my work but it seems really daft when you consider the content in the article. This has never happened to me before. Any ideas what I am supposed to do about it?

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      Lauryallan 5 years ago

      Hey thx! Some of it's luck tbh. I don't expect it to always be like this but am happy that something good has happened.

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      Brian Dooling 5 years ago from Connecticut

      Congrats on 100,000 views that is awesome! Based on your traffic stats you must be figuring something out because your traffic is impressive! Voted up!

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      Lauryallan 5 years ago

      Thank you digging. I am glad you were able to pick up on those. I really didn't want this Hub to be seen as bragging and glad it doesn't come over that way.

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      digging 5 years ago

      Your gratitude and sincerity make this a great hub.

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      Nizam Khan 5 years ago from Hyderabad, India.

      Very informative and useful. Yes, evergreen topics are very important and useful. Thanks for sharing this tips and voted up :)

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      Lauryallan 5 years ago

      Thank you mrshoki and Rosalinem.

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      Rosalinem 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Very well written interesting to the end. Voted it up

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      mrshoki 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Well done and thanks for sharing your tips.