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How To Get More Hubpages Traffic! Keyword Researching Part 1

Updated on May 28, 2012

Alrighty, I swore I'd never do this kind of thing on hubpages, especially when it came to marketing websites, Hubpages, or whatever, but here I am and here it is! This hub is going to drop some knowledge about how to get more hubpages traffic.

I suppose you can say I'm doing this because I really like Hubpages. They have a really great platform and a really good earning program. Yeah, I'm impressed.

One thing that's really great is the community of writers on here. Sure, we all don't see eye to eye, but there are an amazing group of writers and hubs. If this info can help some to get more traffic and boost their earnings a bit, why not, right?

Besides, I often see hubs and questions related to how to get more Hubpages traffic. After all the more outside traffic you can get to Hubpages the more you can make money on Hubpages. So, I'm finally breaking down and deciding to drop some knowledge here.

This is the method I use to drive more organic traffic to my Hubpages. You want more traffic from the search engines, as opposed to the traffic you get from Hubpages.

I just want to say that I'm not promising that you'll make a ka-zillion dollars or a full time income with this method I use. It's surely quite plausible, but I'm surely not promising that.

I'm no marketing guru either, so you don't have to worry about me trying to get you to buy some lame product that will scam you with some "Get Rich On The Internet" product, or trying to get you on some mailing list.

The stuff you learn here isn't some get rich scheme. I'm going to warn you right now that it does take a bit of work, but the method does work.

If you don't have a Hub Pages account yet, click the link and sign up for a Hub Pages account. It only takes a few seconds and there's so much you can do to with your online marketing that Hub Pages can help with.

You may already know the knowledge in this hub, or you may not. There's a lot to learn, so you'll have to forgive me: I'll need to spread this out over a few series, okay? So this is part one!

All I'm promising that you'll get more search engine traffic to your Hubpages if you don't know these tactics already, and if you happen to make a ka-zillion dollars with my method....AWESOME!

So let's get to it, shall we?

Step 1: Write About What You Know And Love!

First, you gotta know what you're going to write about, and I always say write about what you know and what you love to do. Figuring this out is your logical first step, and it's called finding your niche.

For instance, I know about comic books and I love investing in them. If you take a look at a lot of my hubs they're comic book related. Much of them have to do with information about comic book investing.

Comic books is a huge and wide subject. You have everything from writing about comics, to comic characters, to comic book movies, to comic related news, etc.

This is an advantage and disadvantage. It helps to narrow down your hiche. For instance, many of my Hubpages are about comics, but I've also narrowed a lot of them down to Investing In Comic Books!

In the next step, I'm going to reveal why narrowing down a niche will help you get more traffic.

Step 2: Keyword Research!

Before you start typing out anything, the way to maximize the probability of getting more search engine traffic for your Hubpages all boils down to finding and using the right keywords or keyword phrases. Keywords are essential for the internet and for people to find whatever they're looking for.

Remember, good keyword research can greatly help you to rank higher in search engine listings and the more Hubpages traffic you get the more you can make money on Hubpages. You're about to learn how to do search engine keyword research and I'm going to guide you step by step,

So how do you go about doing keyword research? Do you need any fancy programs or whatnot?

Naw, you don't really need any of those fancy programs to do keyword research, and the method I use to find keywords is relatively simple and FREE.

Here's what I do! First, you're going to click the link and it will take you to the Google AdWords Keyword Tool. You can also do a search for Google Keyword Tool, and it should be the first result on Google.

The page you're brought to will look like the picture below..

Step 3: Finding Search Volume For A Keyword Phrase!

The next step is figuring out a keyword phrase and finding it's search volume. For example, I'm going to use "comic investing" to find out how many times it's been searched for on Google per month.

To do that, all you do is type that word or phrase in the box, type in the annoying CAPTCHA thing that makes sure you're a living, breathing human, and hit the search button, as you'll see at the bottom picture.

IT should bring up your specific keyword or phrase first in the results, and then list all the variations of that keyword based on your phrase below it.

Now, to the right of the screen there's a list of the keyword's search volume by month globally and locally, as you see in the picture below this capsule.

Now the phrase "comic investing" is only searched for 170 times on Google monthly. You may think this keyword phrase is bad or has too small of searches. You may think keywords with more searches are better.

However, just because a keyword doesn't have thousands of searches a month doesn't mean it wont be a great keyword you can rank high on Google's search engine. Most times, it is.

Now, it's time to find out if this is a keyword phrase we want to use.

Step 4: Finding Your Competition!

Usually, keyword phrases with higher search volumes have more competition. In other words, there are more sites trying to rank for that exact keyword phrase.

You do not want to try to compete with millions of sites all using the keyword "comic book." Good luck trying to rank high on Google with that one. That's why I told you earlier it's better to narrow your niche down.

So all you have to do to find out your competition for a certain keyword phrase is bring up the Google home page and type the keyword phrase into the Google search box with quotes around it like so:

"comic investing"

Hit enter!

Now what you'll see at the picture below this capsule is the number of sites targeting "comic investing" as their main keyword phrase. I have the number circled in red, and we can see that the competition is only 6,160 results.

This is AWESOME! The lower competition you have for a keyword phrase, the more likely you'll rank higher on Google.

Take the second picture below. The word I used was "comic books" and it's competition is humongous! 36,200,000 sites are trying to rank for that keyword!

Good luck trying to get people seeing your site with that one. Sure, it has about a million searches for the keyword "comic books" but it will take you a long time trying to get on Google's first page if you're targeting that keyword.

What's too many competing sites for a keyword or phrase? Some say that it's 300,000 results and above. I think 300,000 is a bit high. I think even 100,000 competing sites is too high.

Usually I'll consider a keyword if the competing results are around 45,000 and below. Anything below 10,000 competing results and I'm jumping all over that keyword!

Wash, Rinse And Repeat!

The next step is to wash, rinse, and repeat the steps here. You will want to have a list of at least 30 keyword variations, and you're going to get better results with long tail keywords. I'm going to give you some examples of long tail keywords:

  1. comic books to invest in
  2. Are modern comics good investments
  3. comic book investing
  4. Investing in comic books
  5. Silver age comic investments

Those are some of the related keywords I found using this Keyword research method, and if I'm going to write an article, I'm going to use my main keyword "comic investing" in the title, and summary.

I'm also going to sprinkle my main keyword "comic investing" throughout my hub, as well as some related keywords like "comics to invest in" as well as "comic book investing."

Be wary of keyword stuffing, and over-using your keyword in your hubs. Google will penalize you for it. I use only one particular keyword or phrase a total of four times at the most, depending how long the article or hub is. If it's a shorter article, I only use one particular keyword three times in the article body.

The problem with the keyword phrases I have found is that many have the word "comic" in them. You have to watch out for that as well. So a better keyword for me to use to sprinkle in an article would be "comics to invest in" along with my main keyword "comic investing" since Google does consider singular and plural separate keywords.

Don't use your entire keyword list that you find in one article either. Some of those keyword phrases you're going to use to promote your Hub.Yes, promoting your Hubpages is also another step to getting more organic, free, search engine traffic.

That topic will need an entire hub devoted to it, and you can click the link for part two of how to get more Hubpages Traffic!

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    • rabbit75 profile image
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      rabbit75 5 years ago

      Hiya Daisydayz, hope this hub helps you in choosing some great keywords to help rank higher on google and search engines. Thanks for the comment and vote up!

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      Great hub for properly explaining how to use google adwords. I have been having a go at using it but wasnt really getting anywhere. I can clearly see how it will help me now. I have done a few niche hubs on travel in wales and cardiff, so finding a few good keywords to help on them will be great.

      Thanks - voted up!

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      rabbit75 5 years ago

      Hiya SPK5367, Thanks for stopping by and I hope this hub truly helps you to find some great low competition keywords. Glad I could help.

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      SPK5367 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Thank you so much. I'm such a tech "dummy" and was thrilled that you gave such easy to follow, step by step instructions. I'll give it a good try!

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      rabbit75 5 years ago

      Heya Paul, I'm glad if these tips can help ya. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to promote your hubs outside of hubpages also, which I detail in part 2. Thanks for the vote up and sharing. Good luck and if you have any questions feel free to ask. I'll help anyway I can.

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      rabbit75 5 years ago

      Thanks dmop and I hope these tips really help you like they do for me. Keyword research is important, but promoting your hubs and getting back links to them is just as important.

      That's weird that the classes you took didn't teach you this...it's the first thing they should teach. Thanks for the vote up and stopping by. If you have anymore questions marketing just let me know. I'll be happy to help with what I can.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 5 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      This is really a great, interesting, and useful hub. Creating the correct keywords and keyword phrases are so important in driving traffic, and I really appreciate all of your tips. Now I will definitely start using the Google Adwords Keyword Tool before beginning to write any of my hubs. Voted up and sharing.

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      dmop 5 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      These are some of the best tips I have found on here about keywords and how to research them. I took classes for this stuff and they never really taught us what we really needed to know. Thanks for sharing what you know, I will be using your ideas from now on. I gave you a vote up, useful, and shared.

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      rabbit75 5 years ago

      Thanks Angelo52...I'm glad this hub was able to help you out. Thank you for stopping by, commenting and the vote up!

      Rajan Jolly, glad I was able to open your eyes to finding out your competition. Just remember to put quotes around the your keyword phrase to find out the competition for that keyword. Thank you for the comment and hitting all the good buttons. Glad this helped ya!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Though I have been using keyword tool to get hold of the keywords I never searched the competition by typing it in the search box. This is new info for me and one I think should help me in getting more traffic.

      Lot of other good tips here too. I'm bookmarking this for future reference and voting it up & hitting all the good buttons.

      Off to read part 2.

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      Angelo52 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Great tips. I've used the keyword tool numerous times but your explanation will help me focus on those that will give me a better chance at ranking. up +

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      rabbit75 5 years ago

      Thank you latishea84. I'm glad you found it easy to understand and hopefully this trick helps you. Welcome to the Hubpages community!

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      latishea84 5 years ago

      This was easy to understand glad I've found it my second day on Hubs!

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      rabbit75 5 years ago

      LOL Steve...great funny comment....there's actually no wrong way of writing hubs on Hubpages, but this hub is for those who are looking to drive more traffic to their Hubpages....and search engine traffic is pretty key.

      Not sure about you, but the traffic I actually get from Hubpages is extremely lower than the traffic I get from Google and Yahoo. You have a pretty big following on here, but many don't...having a lot of followers does help with traffic to your hubs.

      Thanks for the comment and votes...Always good to hear from you...btw...your hubs are always spectacular....I missed a step and that's writing good content...BUT that should be common sense lol

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      Steve Lensman 5 years ago from London, England

      So that's what I was doing wrong. [wink] Keywords are important but I want my movie hubs to be about movies, not about credit cards, ipads or how to get rich quick schemes. ;)

      One of my most viewed hubs is "Jesus - in the Movies" why is it popular? Because of the name "Jesus" in the title, thats the power of religion for you and I'm not even religious.

      Though I was tempted to retitle some of my hubs - Star Trek: The Search for Jesus - How the Jesus Was Won, Jesus Are Forever and Close Encounters of the Jesus Kind.

      Voted Up and Useful.

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      rabbit75 5 years ago

      Thanks loued, glad this helped you out!

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      loued51 5 years ago

      I tried many times before, but for the first time I understand the use of "quotes". Congrats!