Tips to Be a Better Hubber
Writing for hubpages is a fantastic hobby and a great source of passive income. The idea of writing in our own free time about whatever you want and earning money from it is very appealing. Sometimes though, we get writer’s block or just lack the motivation meet our hubbing potential. There are a few things I have learned along the way that help me to be a better hubber and write better hubs.
One strategy that works best for me is not to get overly obsessed with keyword research. The Google adwords keyword tool is great but it shouldn’t be the inspiration for your writing. That was one of my biggest mistakes as a new hubber. When you know beforehand exactly what keywords you want to target, then your article becomes another meaningless, keyword stuffed article on the internet. You tend to lose that artistic flair when you are so concerned with which words to use and how often to use them. Try writing your article first, without doing any research. Once the article is finished, use the keyword tool to find similar words or phrases that pay well and simply replace them in the hub. Remember, good quality content trumps keyword research any day.
Another important tip for hubbers is to write about what you know. Again, this relates back to the keyword research dilemma. Sure the keyword, “mesothelioma” pays great, but what do you really know about it? There are so many hubs and blogs about mesothelioma on the internet today posted by new hubbers and bloggers who all fell into the same trap. I posted a hub on the subject myself as a beginner and it is one of my worst performing hubs. This is because most of the hubbers and bloggers no nothing about the subject and are just reposting the same generic information they found online. All of my best performing hubs were written about subjects that I could write freely about with little or no traditional research and no keyword research.
Leaving comments, participating in forums, and asking questions are excellent ways to build more traffic to your hubs. It establishes an online presence and builds a sense of community. Think about it. You comment on someone’s hub. They see your comment and look though your profile and hubs and maybe follow you. They may even comment back on your hubs or blogs. Comments help build traffic and fans. Participating in forums is also beneficial. By frequently posting useful information or intriguing questions in the forums, you establish yourself as a leader of the hubpages community and leaders get more followers and more traffic.
Links are probably the single most important part of hubbing after original, quality content. The more links there are to your hubs then the more traffic you will get. You can drive traffic to your hubs by linking hubs on a similar topic together. You can also add links and RSS feeds to your hubs on your blog or website. Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter are also good places to place links back to your hubs.
Another tip that works great for me is to do what I feel like doing. I can sit at a computer all day but don’t always feel like writing. When I want to write then I write. If I have writer’s block, then I read hubs and comment or participate in the forums. Sometimes I will go through and add pictures or new information to existing hubs. Other times I will spend just linking hubs together. By mixing up what I do, I don’t get burned out as fast. Write when you are inspired to write. If your mood is different, then do something else.