The Most Popular Topics on HubPages: Here's What People Follow on This Site
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Do You Wonder What to Write About on HP?
Writers should, whenever possible, write about what they know, what they enjoy and topics that interest them. If you work as a professional writer, though, this may not be possible (I spent many years writing about highway construction, whether it interested me or not).
If your goal is to write hubs that get traffic and to have more followers and readers, you might consider exploring which of the 22 general topics on HubPages seem a bit underrepresented in terms of followers compared to published hubs.
How to Find What People Read on HubPages
It's easy to find the number of followers and hubs on each topic. Just click "Explore" at the top of the page, then click "Topics." Then, click on the main title of each topic; at the bottom right-hand side of the page, you'll see the number of followers (rounded off in thousands) and the number of hubs published under that topic (which is selected by the writer when creating the hub).
Now that you've found where those sneaky numbers are hidden, how do you use this information?
Compare the ratio of the number of people following the topic with the number of hubs published. If you see a higher number of followers than the number of hubs, this means the topic might be underrepresented on the site. When you're deciding what to write about, consider that there may be a chance to build your readership by writing hubs on these topics.
Important Tip: When checking out the number of hubs and followers for various topics, ask yourself whether your hubs are indexed properly. Take a look at the full list of topics and subtopics, and see if you should adjust where you've categorized your hubs. You can do this in the edit mode, at the top of the hub where it says 'category,' above the title.
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Hot Topics? These Topics Have More Followers than Hubs!
Here are some topics that appear to have a good ratio of more readers than there are currently published articles. The hub numbers shown here are rounded a bit due to the daily changes of published articles on the site:
Arts and Design: With 55,000 followers and just over 24,000 hubs, there's a clear opportunity to find readers in this topic! The number of hubs is less than half of the number who want to read about Arts and Design.
Entertainment and Media: There are new things happening daily in this area, and the huge number of followers (87,000) will probably enjoy additions to the slightly more than 72,000 hubs currently offered on the site.
You can write about movies, the latest music, popular entertainers, classic entertainers from years ago, and a variety of subjects related to media. Reviews are another great subject for this topic category.
Family and Parenting: About 41,000 readers want to see articles on this topic, but there are only about 28,500 hubs to choose from. Notice that this was the theme of a recent Weekly Inspiration on the forum!
Note: Check to see if some of your hubs indexed under the Home topic can be appropriately re-indexed for this topic. Unlike Family and Parenting, the Home topic has far more hubs than readers.
Holidays and Celebrations: The 29,000 followers here might enjoy some additional choices to the nearly 25,000 hubs currently published on the site.
HubPages Tutorials and Community: It may be a surprise to you that any writer here can publish under this topic! With 18,000 followers and slightly more than 11,000 hubs, this might be a good topic for your work. Also, it's fair to assume that more than just the 18,000 official followers may be interested in this topic.
Pets and Animals: It should be no surprise that the loving, helpful people you see on this site care about their animals and pets! The 56,000 followers of this topic have fewer than 28,000 hubs available to help them take care of Fluffy or to better understand their pet snake's personality. Maybe you can contribute some useful hubs to this topic!
Sports and Recreation: A popular topic with a healthy following (46,000 followers) and only 36,000 or so hubs to help them have a good time and plenty of exercise.
Sports can be written about as an activity for individuals or through informative topics about teams, leagues and other subjects fans might enjoy.
Travel and Places: This topic has around 103,000 followers, but fewer than 46,000 hubs. This means there are less than half the number of articles on this general topic as there are followers. This is definitely a topic with room for more hubs!
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These categories have more hubs than followers, but many are dynamic and rapidly changing topics with new information happening almost daily
What if your topics have more hubs than followers?
Don't worry! Even those topics where the number of hubs considerably exceeds the number of followers have plenty of room for more hubs! A large number of hubs simply means those topics are very popular with writers as well as readers. Notice that none of the topics below are saturated to even a 10/1 ratio. There are still plenty of opportunities for writers in these areas!
Books, Literature and Writing: The nearly 99,000 hubs in this topic have about 69,000 followers. This shows there's a strong interest in the topic, as well as strong representation among writers. It should be noted that this topic has a wide variety of potential subjects; it can include poems, book reviews and short stories, but also articles on skills related to writing.
Business and Employment: In today's economy, it's no surprise that at least 48,000 readers want to follow this topic. With slightly more than 88,000 hubs published, there's material on the site but probably room for more with this popular topic.
Hubs about jobs and interview skills are quite different from hubs that address the changing business world.
Education and Science: About 58,000 people follow this topic, and the number of hubs published is only slightly higher (just over 64,000). Not bad odds, if you're writing in this field!
This is another topic category with a wide range of potential subjects. You can write about educating children or teenagers, getting into college, completing your degree later in life, or any number of education-related subjects. Science can include information about the world we live in or new trends and discoveries.
Fashion and Beauty: Another popular topic (42,000 followers), and its ever-changing dynamics mean the nearly 54,000 hubs on the subject leave room for many more to come.
If you are a fashion writer, you can write about new styles, ways to adapt old styles to new trends, fabrics, clothing construction, the history of clothing and much more.
Beauty topics include hair, make-up, skin care, body care and other subjects to help us stay healthy looking and attractive.
Food and Cooking: There are 40,000 solid readers, with nearly 49,000 hubs. As anyone who's been on the site very long knows, hubs about food are popular!
Write about recipes, preparation techniques, shopping for groceries, meal planning and much more in this category.
Gender and Relationships: A healthy 40,000 people want hubs on this topic; with not quite 46,000 articles published, the range of subjects here is nowhere near exhausted.
This is a great category for your hubs on dating, conflict resolution, romance, gender differences and other subjects that interest all of us as we meet others and form friendships.
Health: This topic has a whopping 79,000 followers, and an equally whopping 128,824 hubs to address its various subjects. While the ratio might look high, bear in mind that there aren't even two hubs for each reader, so there's still room to grow.
Health can include how to take care of yourself or your family and how to stay healthy. Medical information is another subject that might be found here.
Home: As mentioned above, this topic has quite a few hubs compared to its readership. There are 15,000 followers, with more than 69,000 hubs on the topic. That's more than a four-to-one ratio, which probably isn't bad in terms of Google Search math. It's just something to be aware of when you write and categorize your hubs.
This category covers a broad range of potential subjects for hubs, from remodeling to appliances, construction, landscaping, how-to articles and many more.
Politics and Social Issues: There are 31,000 followers for this dynamic topic, with just more than 48,000 hubs to choose from. Since this is an ever-changing topic, there is likely plenty of room for more hubs in this category.
Social issues can include poverty, discrimination, funding for various social services and other issues facing our global population.
Hubs about politics can cover current hot topics, election issues, government reform, politicians, voters' rights, political parties and more.
Religion and Philosophy: The 26,000 followers have about 47,000 hubs available on this topic. As you can see by the Forum discussions the topic prompts, many who read this topic have strong feelings on the subject.
Hubbers have written about philosophical theories as well as religious beliefs under this category.
Technology: Another topic with frequent, dynamic change. It is popular with 40,000 readers, and there are nearly 82,000 hubs available to keep them abreast of current happenings.
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The numbers are about equal for these topics
The topics below have a number of followers nearly equal to the number of hubs on the site:
Autos: There are 17,000 followers and around 19,000 hubs. This somewhat specialized topic can probably always use hubs related to skills and knowledge, as well as reviews and information about new designs and technologies.
Games, Toys and Hobbies: Almost an exact match in this subject, with 33,000 followers and about 34,000 hubs published!
Personal Finance: The topic has 49,000 followers and not quite 51,000 hubs. The changing economy and universal interest in cutting costs suggests this topic will continue to have a good readership as well as generate new articles.