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How to Increase Traffic on HubPages

Updated on June 17, 2018
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Rev. Margaret Minnicks writes for HubPages and Blasting News. She loves sharing interesting information with people all over the world.

I joined HubPages seven years ago and have learned a great deal during that time. First of all, the Learning Center is now my best friend. I have read it so much that I can recite some of it by heart. Every time I read it I learn something new that I had missed before.

The things I have learned are listed below in no particular order of importance because they are all important.

Give New Life to Old Hubs

Once you write a hub, don't forget about it. From time to time, go back and update it even if it was very good when you first wrote it. Go back to older hubs and give them a fresh coat of paint and you will see the red arrows going up to indicate your hub is getting new traction.

How to Update Old Articles
Revise Title
Remove Small Photos
Add Appropriate Photos
Reformat
Proofread Carefully and Fix Typograhical Errors
Comment on Your Own Articles

Separate Paragraphs and Leave White Space

Your article might be a very good one. However, readers will never know if they click on it and see that it is just one huge block of text. An article is more appealing if it is broken up and separated into paragraphs. Readers like to see some white spaces.

While the title might have gotten readers there, the crowded text won't keep them there. Let your article breathe!

Other Ways to Break Up Text

Most readers want to find their information quickly, and there are several ways they can do so. Use bullets and numbers help break up your text into manageable, searchable parts.

A photo, video, table or a callout can serve the same purpose.

Use Spell Checker

Most people don't even know that there is a spell checker at the top of this text capsule. See if you can locate it now. Surprise! It is the icon after B I U with the check mark.

Use it often while writing because it is so easy and convenient.

Use Keywords

It is better to use keywords that are two words long or 3-5 word phrases whenever you can without changing the meaning of what you want to say. Use those keywords at the beginning or at the end of your title, in the first paragraph, and last paragraph. However, watch the density level, and don't overpower the article with the keywords.

To summarize when to use keywords:

  • at beginning of title
  • at end of title
  • in first paragraph
  • in last paragraph

Two Short Articles Are Better Than One Very Long One

If you have a very long article, split it up into two separate hubs. Some people don't have long attention spans and will get bored reading a long article. However, they might not mind reading two shorter articles.

After writing two short articles that are related, link them at the end of each article.

Use Photos, Videos and Amazon Items

Use beautiful photos and videos to enhance your article, but make sure they relate to the article. Spread them out inside the article instead of having all of them bunched together. That way, the photos will serve as a division within the article.

Readers like big photos, so make sure you don't use small ones.

Be Creative with Polls, Quizzes, and Tables

Use polls, quizzes, tables, and maps. They are really easy to do. Readers appreciate them because it is a way for them to become involved with the article other than just reading it.

Social Networking Sites

No matter how good an article is, it doesn't help people if they don't know about it. Use all available social media sites to promote your articles.

Don't rely solely only on other writers on the site for your traffic. It is up to you to promote your own articles without spamming.

Comment on Hubs: Yours and Others

There is nothing wrong with commenting on your own articles as well as on other people's articles. Establish rapport with other hubbers by commenting on their hubs. They will more than likely follow you, read your hubs and comment on yours also.

When people comment on your hubs, acknowledge the comment by calling the person's name so the person will know you are responding to what he or she wrote.

Commenting on other people's hubs can benefit both you and the other writer. When you leave a comment, make sure you include a few keywords from the article you just read to help Google AdSense find that person's article. It is so easy to say, "Great article" but there is absolutely no indication that you have read the article. However, it is much better when you comment on something from the article.

When you accept and respond to a comment on your own articles, make sure you use a keyword from the article to help Google find your article.

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    • paulmiller423 profile image

      paulmiller423 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for the article. Good beginner tips for hubpage articles

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks, lzlpio90, for commenting. I am glad this article helped you.

    • lzlpio90 profile image

      lzlpio90 

      6 years ago

      Hi revmjm! i am a new hubber and i am trying to read articles that might help me getting into place here..You gave me the idea. Thanks for this very informative hub. looking forward for your future hubs...

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      7 years ago from Richmond, VA

      James, you are doing a great job yourself with all those followers and hubs and a high hub score. Keep up the good work.

    • James A Watkins profile image

      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      With 246 Followers in two months, you are doing great! I too have to laugh when I get comments that make it painfully obvious the commenter hasn't read my piece. :-)

      I never thought about using Keywords in my comments. That is interesting. Well I enjoyed reading What I Have Learned About HubPages.

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      7 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Treasuresofheaven: I enjoy learning new things and then sharing with others. Thank you for the many things you have shared with me. We are growing together and learning as we hub.

    • Treasuresofheaven profile image

      Sima Ballinger 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      You have learned a lot in a short time, you are a quick learner. Thank you so much for including my article in this hub. You have taught me much too! Like adding the RSS Feed link - that is so cool!

      Looking forward to your continued success as we keep hubbing along!

      Sima

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      7 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Tamarajo: I am glad you will follow the tip about separating paragraphs in lengthy articles. Most people (including me) will not read a hugh block of text. However, they (including me) will read smaller portions.

    • Tamarajo profile image

      Tamarajo 

      7 years ago

      Great hubbing advice. I have been doing this for 6 months and still just learning some of the things you mentioned above such as separating a lengthy article into more than one part and spacing paragraphs making it easier to read.

      thanks for all the great tips.

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      7 years ago from Richmond, VA

      mannyrolando: I am glad you read and enjoyed the hub. More importantly, I hope you can use some of the tips I shared.

    • mannyrolando profile image

      mannyrolando 

      7 years ago

      Excellent information! Thanks for sharing!

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      7 years ago from Richmond, VA

      mistyhorizon2003: I just saw it and began to do cartwheels. Thanks!

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile image

      Cindy Lawson 

      7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I have also added your link to my article revmjm, I feel it will help many new hubbers, plus a few old ones! :)

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      7 years ago from Richmond, VA

      mistyhorizon2003: When I find a good thing I like to share. That's why I provided your link. I read every word of your article and bookmarked it for further reference. I am glad I hadn't read it before I wrote my own. While both articles provide good advice, they are both different. I love HubPages for that reason...diversity among the huggers

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile image

      Cindy Lawson 

      7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Thanks so much for the link revmjm, that was really kind of you. :)

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      7 years ago from Richmond, VA

      mistyhorizon2003: Thanks for reading and responding.

      Since you have been on HubPages much longer than I have I know you know all those things I wrote about. In fact, you yourself have this great article that is certainly worth a read: https://hubpages.com/community/The-Main-Mistakes-t...

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile image

      Cindy Lawson 

      7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Excellent advice, keep it up, very useful information for any new hubber :)

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      7 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Dr. Wendy: Do you know where the spell checker is?

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      Dr. Wendy 

      7 years ago from Kentucky

      Thank you for the great tips. I've been at this a little over two weeks and still have so much to learn. I had no idea there was a spell check! I also would not have known about the Group feature if it hadn't been for your email. You are a blessing!

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      7 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Betty, the Learning Center link is at the bottom of EVERY one of the HubPages, even this one. It is in the gray. Look below and click on the link. It is the second one in the line up. First is "About us," then "Learning Center."

      However, Betty, you don't have to memorize it. I said that as a joke because I am always looking up something in the Learning Center.

    • Betty Johansen profile image

      Betty Johansen 

      7 years ago

      Wow, thanks! I didn't know most of this information. Didn't even know there was a Learning Center to memorize. I'll have to check it out. Very useful, encouraging hub.

      Oh wait, key words from your text - Thanks for mentioning the group articles in your comments to another hubber. I saw it, then grouped my Bible studies together. You're blessing us all!

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      7 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Dian'swords4u: I am learning as I go along. There is still so much more that I need to know, but I get excited when I find a handy tip.

    • Dian'swords4u profile image

      Dian'swords4u 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for the article. I will try some of your suggestions. I appreciate your efforts. It has paid off for you and I am very glad for you. God Bless You

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      7 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Dave Mathews: Good question. I think it would raise your reader score as well. i know, I know, "Greater is your reward in heaven." Same with me, but sometimes I like to see a little earthly reward also.

      If that particular tip doesn't apply to you, hopefully there is one that does. Thanks for reading and responding.

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      Dave Mathews 

      7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      revmjm: Thank you. This is all good advice. I have a question though. Since my hubs seem to increase their scores through readers, what would be the purpose of doing a re-write or tidy up? I am not making money of my writing. My pay or reward will be added to my Heavenly account if i succeed in drawing others to God.

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      7 years ago from Richmond, VA

      FaithDream; I hope I shared something with you that you can use.

    • FaithDream profile image

      FaithDream 

      7 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Thanks revmjm. You have learned a lot. I'm inspired by all this. You've done a great job here. Keep those beautiful messages coming.

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      7 years ago from Richmond, VA

      I hope by sharing what I have learned will help you learn as well!

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