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Quality Hubs Are Better Than Many Hubs

Updated on July 17, 2014

By no means am I an expert hubber, but I do have 28 featured hubs and around 5,000 views to draw some experience from. I started seriously writing for Hubpages about three months ago, although I've been here for about 6 months.

During the time I've been here, I've written hubs on mainly four different topics. The topics I've written on are: lawn care, writing on-line, golf, and Christianity/sociology. I also write on three blogs, so mostly I've just been experimenting with my hubs to find out what works. So, what did I find out?


What Hubs Worked For Me

What I found out is my lawn care and golf hubs have created the majority of my traffic. Some of the writing on-line hubs also have done well, but they're focused website reviews.

The hubs that have done the worst are the sociological or Christian ones. I actually have only written two of these because that's what I use for my blogs for mostly. These two though, have received the worst hub scores and traffic of my hubs in general. This isn't blaming Hubpages for suppressing them either, it's just that the subjects aren't as popular as others. The fundamental Christian perspective doesn't resonate well with a majority liberal Internet user base, let's say.

As for lawn care and golf, Hubpages is exclusively where I write on these subjects. The three top earners for me are these hubs:

- SRM -225 Gas Powered String Trimmer Review

- How to Golf Better and Break 90

- Making money on ChatAbout

What I'm seeing is that specific review-type topics get the most traffic on a consistent basis. Although I haven't hit one out of the park as of yet, the SRM-225 review shows up on the first page of Google and gets me at least 10 views per day.

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Quality Over Quantity

What this tells me is if I take the time to generate a quality hub that is focused on a product or topic, in a review format, then I will have the best chance to get the most traffic. If I only write one of these quality hubs a week, this would be better than writing 10 hubs that are more generalized and opinionated.

Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not compromising here to make more money, it's just that for me I have better suited places to write my Christian and social commentary articles. I'd rather write those articles there and stick to what works here on Hubpages to ensure more success here.

This idea of quality over quantity is new to me, although in a way I figured it would be true. The fact was that subconsciously I always equated the amount of hubs I created would be the determining factor in gaining more traffic. This isn't true though, as I've found, so I'm adjusting my strategy here on Hubpages.

I do want to say, I've found Hubpages to be a fair place to put views that are not popular in mainstream America. That is, they've allowed me to write some fairly hard hitting articles, which are still featured. I can't say the same for other places, namely Wizzley.

Main Tips in Creating a Quality Hub

  • Specific subject and topic
  • Take the time and effort needed to create a complete well written hub
  • Gain the right perspective about Quality over Quantity
  • Write about the subjects you already are interested in
  • Follow the tips and guidelines suggested by Hubpages tutorials
  • Write reviews and informative hubs about specific topics.

Let's Look at The Numbers

Let me illustrate this concept of quality over quantity by using the stats I've received over the last month on my hubs.

The top three hubs I stated above, accounted for 670 views out of a total 1,142 views on all 28 of my featured hubs. That means that the other 25 hubs I've written accounted for only 472 views over the last month. That means those top three hubs accounted for 59% of the views I received over the last month's time.

I could also break it down to calculate the hubs that were focused on lawn care, golf, and website reviews. This would show that about half of my hubs account for about 90% of my views. Interesting when we look at it like this huh?

Honestly, most of the time I write a hub, I feel rushed to get it done quickly. It's hard for me to patiently create my hub and enjoy the process because my perspective is that I need to be quick and fast to create more quantity. What I'm saying in this hub, is this is the wrong approach.

Maybe you don't like to hear this, because it takes work to create a quality hub. It always put me off a bit, when I read some more experienced hubber explaining how it's all about quality. Their hubs were always so amazing and full of rich content, it was hard for me to imagine putting in so much work for one hub. Even now, although I know they're right, it's hard for me to train myself to take my time and create a better hub, rather than just zip around and press publish. The numbers don't lie though.


Getting the Right Perspective

Recently, I wrote an article in my blog called: Earning a Bachelors at Hubpages. In this article I looked at what could happen if we wrote one quality hub per day for four years. The results were astounding, even if a bit on the optimistic side. You should check out my findings in the article, which is below in the links section.

Hubpages is a great opportunity for us to make some money, get quality back-links, and have a quality community and audience to write for and with. Overall, Hubpages is the best article writing website on-line today hands down. I want to become a success here and make $50-$200 every month without fail. Since I do have three blogs, I won't be prolific here, but with this new perspective I could be successful with writing only quality hubs.

We have to be smart about what we're going to write about. Everyone has their own unique interests that they like to write about. What I'm suggesting is you streamline these interests and focus on specific topics about these interest, then write a quality hub about it. Maybe every hub you take care to write doesn't become a great earner, but hopefully it does become a decent earner. If we can eliminate the hubs that get 5-30 views a month this will help beef up our earnings and give us the chance to write that great hub that gets 1,000 views a month.

The right perspective is for us to take our time writing our hubs, and do everything we can to try and get them to be the top earners that we all wish we had. Even if you have to save a hub as a draft and finish it later, it's better to make that one quality hub once a week than 10 hubs that are unfinished looking and poorly written.

I can just imagine if all 28 of my hubs were as good as my top earner! That would mean I would get over 10,000 views per month! That would mean I would be making my $50 payout every month plus whatever affiliate money I made.


I wanted to share this new perspective I've gained about my efforts here at Hubpages. This has given me new life to write hubs here and enjoy the process more as well.

Specifically for myself, I'm going to start writing more about lawn care, golf, and website reviews. Within those subjects I'm going to try and filter my article topics down to the most specific areas of discussion. I may still write the occasional generalized article to simply talk to my audience like this article, but mostly I'm going to avoid generalized sloppy writing that doesn't take much time and effort.

Basically, the point here is: we get what we give here at Hubpages. We all would like to get more traffic, but how determined are we to get it? Thanks for coming by, I hope this motivates you to try and create quality hubs rather than many hubs.

Use all the resources you can.

Some tips to create a quality hub.

What rating would you give this hub for quality?

4.5 out of 5 stars from 2 ratings of This Hub

What Do You Think?

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      Robbie Newport 2 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Your probably right Catherine, I think at this point I need to simply write something at all, because it's been months. This month I will get my first payment for $50, so this may motivate me more. Thanks for the insight though I think you're right.

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      My guess you are getting low views because you are writing specifically for hubbers and you don't have a lot of followers yet. Write for the general public and promote it on social media. When you have 1000 followers then you can write for hubbers.

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      Robbie Newport 2 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      I agree with this result Blackspaniel, it's hard to tell what's going to do well. In general I can tell what will do OK, but as for the ones that consistently bring in views everyday in the tune of ten or more, well almost seems sort of random. For me, it's a Weedeater Review that is the best one I've written...

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      Blackspaniel1 2 years ago

      You are right, a few hubs get the traffic out os a larger group. Unfortunately, before writing a hub it is difficult to determine if it will be one of the few that take off. And, some hubs are written just to get a point out, and if they reach a few they have done their job. I had one on Canadian coins that did well, so I followed with one on Australian coins, without the same success. I cannot predict success or failure of a hub, even with great effort taken to write it.

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      Robbie Newport 2 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Hey there Catherine, I usually can't write a hub or a blog post without it taking at least an hour, usually an hour and a half to two. It really does take some time to put together something your content with for most people. Maybe there are people who can put together a quality one within a half an hour, but they are very talented. So, your 6-8 hours sounds like an honest assessment and you are likely having some success with your hubs.

      Interestingly, this "quality hub" has been largely a dud when it comes to views, but I've had per capita the most comments for a poorly viewed hub, and the premises is still true even if I've taken a couple months off from Hubbing.

      Thanks for coming by.

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      I was so glad to read your hub. I see some that are the equivalent of scribbling on the back of a envelope. It takes me 6 to 8 hours on average (some longer--a lot longer) to put out a hub. Sometimes I'm tempted to do something "quick and dirty." I just can't do it. If I don't think it is the very best I can do, I won't publish it.

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      Robbie Newport 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Wow Tim, that is basically a small book. Sometimes, it takes that many words to really get across what we are saying. Not sure how it will do, from what I've seen the hubs that do the best are product and website reviews and niche type of hubs. I've seen people just write one capsule and have no pictures, but they have disappeared likely because they weren't getting many views. One thing I've heard is the visitor has to be on the page for a certain amount of time before it's counted as a view, so with an 8,000 word article you are assured of this.

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      Timothy Arends 3 years ago from Chicago Region

      I was glad to see your opinion on this. I have just finished a hub that is 8000 words long – the longest I have ever written! It is on my alma mater. It will be interesting to see what kind of traffic it gets!

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      Robbie Newport 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Creating a quality hub takes a little more effort, but really when taking your time it makes it seem like it doesn't take as long. This hub so far hasn't been a blockbuster hit, but I just feel better spending more time on it and at least trying to make it as quality as I could at the time. Like you said Suzanne, I can at least be a bit fonder of my work, I like that word fonder, so much better than proud of my work. Thanks for the quality comments.

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I always root for quality over quantity with about everything! So, I agree...a quality hub is far better than how many hubs you can produce :)

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Totally agree. Quality hubs with quality content add to the total "sum" of your subdomain in Google too, and this means that you need less of them to hit the magic 100 mark and get more traffic sent your way. Plus you get to be a bit fonder of your own work! Voted useful.