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Raise your Hub Score and Maximize AdSense Traffic and Revenue!

Updated on April 17, 2013

Targeting Niche HubPages

Before you even start to write a hub, do a search on HubPages on the subject you would like to write about and look to see how many hubs are already written. If there are 1000 hubs on that particular topic, and unless you or your hub has a really high score, your hub will not be easy to find and will likely end up towards the end of the list. People will need to search through page after page of similar topics just to find your hub. By then, most people will have already given up or have found what they were looking for in the first few pages of results. This is why search engine optimization (SEO) is so important and the holy grail of web design. If people can't find your hub or website, they are not going to read it. By finding a niche that does not have many hubs written on a particular subject, and the better your hub is, the faster it will get to the top of the list where more people will see it.

The use of good keywords, that help people find your hub when they search for it is also very important. The more relevant the key words are the better. Always try to use as many keywords as you can in your hubs. Google offers a great tool that shows how many times in a month people have searched for certain keywords or phrases. Use this tool to add these highest ranking key words to your hubs so more people will find them. In the example photo below, see where discus fish has 165,000 search results a month globally. If for example you did not enter discus fish as one of your keywords, rather you only entered discus fishes. The total monthly searches for that key word dropped down to only 1,600 a month. This would equate to a much smaller pool of people potentially finding your hub on discus fish.

Equally if not more important is target key words that have a high payout. So when someone does click on your ads, you will get paid more than a few cents. Keywords that pay high are listed all over google. Don't over saturate your hubs with keywords that have no relevance to your topics. Search Engines tend to view this as spam and it will lower you ranking there as well. Rule of thumb is use key words about 5% to the rest of your subject in your HubPages.

Two Hot Niches for 2012

  • Apple iPad 3

TOP KEYWORDS FOR THIS NICHE: ipad tablet, the ipad 3, ipad 3 price, ipad 3 review, ipad 3 release, ipad 3 video, ipad touch

  • Media Player

TOP KEYWORDS FOR THIS NICHE: best media player, top media player, streaming media player, all media player, mkv media player, video media player, streaming video media player,

Keep your HubsPages Interesting and Easy to Read

The internet these days is filled with a lot of garbage. Original well written content is out there but you have to wade through a lot of spam and trash to find it. Kind of reminds me of gold panning, for every piece of gold you find, you need to throw a lot of dirt out of your pan. Have you ever read a legal document, you know how frustrating and time consuming those can be. When writing your hubs make them easy to read and comprehend. Try to use simple words so the average reader understands what your are trying to convey. Most of all don't copy and paste from another site as this will really hurt your overall score.

Make sure your titles splash out and grab the readers attention. The title and the opening paragraph is the most important piece of your hub. If you don't grab the readers attention and pull him in within the first 10 seconds, they will be gone. Always double check or have someone else check your spelling, grammar and punctuation before you publish your hub. This will make your hub look great and make you look like a pro. While writing your hubs, focus on doing the best you can on each hub rather than your overall score. Even after your hub is published you can go back and rewrite parts of it or add more content to make it better. Search engines tend to rank sites with new content higher than static ones.

Most of all, don't worry about making any money in the beginning. Sometimes it can take quite a while for your hubs to even show up on the search engines. Focus on writing your hubs and doing a good job on each one. Don't publish too many at once as that can even count against your score as well. Don't get discouraged keep plugging away at it, and you will see your writing skills improve. Your score will eventually go up with time and effort following the simple tips in this guide.

Longer HubPages are Better than Short Ones

When writing a hub it is best if it fills the entire page. Hubs that tend to rank higher almost always contain a few pictures links and even a video or two. Assemble the content together so it flows, and when you are done you will have what looks like a single page mini website. Make good use of headings and titles to outline your hub and help your reader follow along. Try to incorporate keywords for your hub in your titles as this is something the search engines like to see and it will help improve your ranking with them as well.

Join the HubPages Community

Participating in the forums, asking and answering questions and leaving constructive feedback will all help. Be part of the community and take time to help new or struggling hubbers. Promote other peoples' hubs in your hubs by using hub karma. Doing all these things can contribute to your overall score and you will see your hub score go up even more. This all takes time and don't expect instant results, sometimes it may take a few hours to as long as a few day but it will all help.

Make Your HubPages Shine

Writing a hub or building a web page is very much like starting a new business. How may of us would go out rent a space in an industrial complex and put a sign on the door that said "Custom Widgets" and then sit back and wait for customers to show up? After writing your hub the real work begins. Time to do some advertising and marketing. Why do we need to do this with our hubs? When we have a lot of people visiting our hubs it can also can also help our overall hub scores.

A good way to promote your hubs is by backlinking your hub to various forums and blogs. Backlinks work best when the keyword contain the same subject as the blog you are on. For example if your hub is about Standard Poodles, back linking your hub on a site about coffee makers would have less of an effect on your SEO ranking, than if you posted it on a forum or blog about Standard Poodles.

Other good ways to promote your hub are places like digg, twitter, facebook and stumbleupon. Not only will backlinks help raise your SEO they will bring real people that see your link and will want to read what you have to say. Remember what I told you earlier about a catchy title and opening paragraph, this is equally important when it comes to promoting your hub with backlinks.

How to Manually Build Backlinks and Promote Your Hubs

More traffic to your Hubs will generate more Adsense clicks and higher earnings!
More traffic to your Hubs will generate more Adsense clicks and higher earnings!

Follow Me Follow You

One last tip is something I learned about twitter, if you follow people many will follow you back. It is a little harder on hub pages but I have seen the same principle applied here as well by various hubbers. The more followers you have, the more chances they will read your hub or tell their friends via twitter facebook or some other social networking site. With all those extra back links it could help land your hub on the first page of google search. Can you imagine what this would do for your hub score and Adsense earnings?


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    • My Mind Speaks profile image


      5 years ago from Long Island N.Y

      Really good hub, it helped me out. The only thing is that I find the "follow me, follow you" idea doesn't really work (granted I follow people who have interesting hubs, I didn't just do it for the sole purpose of trying to get something out of them, although that would have been an added bonus.) However, even when I comment on their hubs a few times they never seemed to "pay it forward". I've come to the conclusion that it's better when I just don't follow people, it kinda kills me because I am the type of person who is very grateful for praise & for people taking the time to read my hubs and I like to pay things like that forward.

    • wjack2010 profile image


      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Amazing Hub, answered the majority of my questons, except, that last paragraph is a way of gaming the Hub score and I think for the whole community, should be removed.

    • dgicre profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from USA

      I would like to invite you all to visit and please like my Facebook page and learn how to save money each month by cutting cable costs. Remember each dollar you save is like earning a dollar from Adsense, except you don't need to pay taxes on your savings. :)

    • Shri Mc profile image

      Shri Mc 

      6 years ago

      This is some great advice and it answers many questions I had about backlinking-thanks

    • creativehubs profile image


      6 years ago from INDIA

      help me a lot to understand hub page score thanks

    • Melis Ann profile image

      Melis Ann 

      6 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

      Now I think I'm truly understanding google ranking strategy...the lightbulb just went on. Many other hubs gloss over the idea without concrete information. I'm excited to apply to my few hubs since I'm new to hubbing. I've done fairly well with traffic and this is just going to improve upon it. Thanks!

    • dgicre profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the kind comments, you are all so awesome. Hope 2012 is the year our Hubpages earnings skyrocket. Many kind regards!!!

    • sgbrown profile image

      Sheila Brown 

      6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Thanks for the great information. Voted up and useful! I hope you have a great 2012! :)

    • TheNerdyGardener profile image


      6 years ago from Brisbane, Australia

      Thanks for the great tips. I am new here and found them very informative. This hub writing business sounds like fun, only have one made so far but have ideas for many more.

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      Great article with useful information. I will implement your suggestions on future hubs.


    • dgicre profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from USA

      Thanks for all the great comments, if anyone has any questions be sure to post them here and I will try to answer them as time allows. Please be patient, I will get back to you. All the very best ~~ Dgicre

    • RobertDCrandell profile image


      6 years ago

      Great hub. Lots of useful information here. Ooops! I mean totally informative.

    • chenas profile image


      6 years ago

      I am a hub newbie and your article was most helpful.

    • alphagirl profile image


      6 years ago from USA

      thanks for this hub. Very helpful. I have the hardest time understanding how the referral tracking works.I dump some hubs on facebook. Now i know when to use the html when i blog. After I comment. I don't do twitter.No time. This is very time consuming in my opinion to build a following.

    • IMkapten profile image


      6 years ago

      One of the best hubs I have read here!

      Trafic tips are so important. thank you!

    • asktheexperts profile image


      6 years ago from St George

      interesting reading, I think that following others and commenting on others hubs is a good way to increase your own hubscore and of course it gives you a chance to read some great hubs.

    • Megan Coxe profile image

      Megan Coxe 

      6 years ago from somewhere between here and there

      Thank you so much! Excellent info for someone who is still quite a novice at hubbing!

    • Jennifer Mullett profile image

      Jennifer Mullett 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Nice work!!! Lots of great info! Thank you!

    • Victoria Lynn profile image

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Great hub! I'm still learning and have to go back and read from time to time. Going to bookmark this hub.Awesome!

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      Many thanks for a great hub.I am a new hub and am quite keen to learn ways to improve my skills.Found the information a great help.

    • jonathanmcshane profile image


      6 years ago from San Diego, CA

      Great post. Thank you for sharing this helpful information.

    • Nelly A. profile image

      Nelly A. 

      6 years ago

      A great hub for a beginner like me. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      Wow--I actually understood that! Thanks, I can't wait to try it out:) I was at the mall when the 21st century arrived and didn't get home until the first decade was almost over...sigh...

    • ErinPittman profile image


      6 years ago

      Great info for a newbie. Thanks!

    • PegCole17 profile image

      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Words of wisdom that should be required reading by all hubbers. Great info. I'll be linking this hub to one of my own.

    • visionandfocus profile image


      7 years ago from North York, Canada

      Great advice! Voted up and useful. Thank you!

    • amjacques12 profile image


      7 years ago

      interesting, very interesting ;)

    • dgicre profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from USA

      Thanks for all the great comments, really appreciate them! If anyone has any questions, please feel free to post them here and I will do my best to answer.

    • swb64 profile image


      7 years ago from Addingham, UK.

      I have plenty to learn, thanks!!!

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      Thanks for all the tips :)

    • MortgageGuy profile image


      7 years ago from USA

      Thanks, very helpful!

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      wow great tips! I enjoyed reading your hub, I learned many things that I can do with my hubs. Great hub!

    • TheToddMan profile image


      7 years ago from Wichita, KS

      Very good suggestions. I haven't written anything new in awhile and I never really understood how a lot of scoring worked in the past. Thank you for putting this together.

    • dgicre profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from USA

      Happy to help. After you get your Hub score where you want it to be, try to set goals for your AdSense earnings. Every month I try to make just a little more than the month before. Have only been at this for a short while compared to some. When I first started out my goal was to make $3 dollars a month on AdSense. Now that I have doing this for about 5 months my last two months were close to $2. Still not where I want to be, but getting better over time. As you write more hubs and your Hub score increases, you will see your revenue increasing as well. Good luck to you!

    • Writerly Yours profile image

      Writerly Yours 

      7 years ago

      Thank you. Very useful and motivating. I just starting hubbing and I already see my score rising.

      I also have given myself a daily goal of at least a hub a day or every other day since my schedule is tight, but I am making the time to hub. I love it so far.

      Thanks again!

    • dgicre profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from USA

      Thanks so much for all the comments. When I started out it took me a while to get the hang of all this but the more you work at it, the easier it gets. If you are new to hub pages, be sure to also look at adding a tracking code to any of your outside links pointing to your hubs. In your settings there is a place to create a custom URL Tracker. Create one and be sure to included it in all your links to your hubs and any other people's hubs as well. This will really help increase your earning potential on hub pages.

      Once you have a tracker here is how you insert it into the url. In the link to your hub and after the .com/ and before the word hub in the link you would put this: _yourtrackercode/

      Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving ~dgicre

    • msaitken profile image


      7 years ago from australia

      Great tips thanks!

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      Wow! Thanks for putting this info into terms that even this newbie can understand!

    • HappySacrum profile image


      7 years ago from Montréal

      Thanks for the info! So far, I have just been writing what I feel like, which can tend towards satirical chaos. I'll keep your advice in mind for the future! Happy Saturday from the Happy Sacrum!

    • Gamer Girl profile image

      Gamer Girl 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for a great hub.

    • Entourage_007 profile image


      7 years ago from Santa Barbara, CA

      Its definitely a matter of SEO, keyword research and how involved you are in the hubpages community. I think this is a great topic to bring up. Generally I find that the better your content is, and the more involvement you have on hubpages - The better your hub score is.

      But I'm sure there are lots of other factors. Great hub!

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      Thank you! This really helped.

    • Rebecca E. profile image

      Rebecca E. 

      7 years ago from Canada

      so very true, the backlinks are a must, and teh participation is a must, thanks for this hub.

    • dgicre profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from USA

      Thanks for all the kind feedback. Hope this information helps you on your way to becoming top rated Hub writers. Good luck in your journey and many kind regards.

    • jesslsch profile image


      7 years ago from Westminster, MD

      Wow! Thank you so much for all of this wonderful info! I am brand new at this and want to be as successful as possible because I love it! This hub has been a great find, I will definately be following you!

    • cottontail profile image


      7 years ago from Los Angeles, California


    • emas_jr profile image


      7 years ago from Dhaka

      Thanks Dgicre for your writing. I have learn many things from this hub. keep writing

    • earny123 profile image


      7 years ago from Castleford

      Hi, this is great advice, i'm waiting for google adsense to get back to me but they are taking forever, could you look at my Hubpages and tell me what you think it would really be appreciated :)

    • Rimzim profile image


      7 years ago from Earth

      Hi Dgicre,

      Thanks for sharing these tips. I definitetly try some tips of this hub in my next hub.

    • dgicre profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from USA

      Thanks for all the kind words Jess. Many of these tips work great not only for hub pages but also on web pages as well. Search engines love dynamic and original content, over static pages. Thats why blogs work so well for seo rankings. Many blog themes can be made to look like websites and they are tons easier to manage. Adding new content is a breeze. Wordpress is the gold standard for blogs and offers a ton of free plugins to help mange and customize you site. See a sample of one I am currently working on at

    • Lifeallstar1 profile image


      7 years ago

      Thank you, this is excellent advice. When I first saw your title then your score, I was confused..LOL. Your score is great!! I read your article then it all made sense. Thank you for the tip. I will definitely try that. :-) Jess

    • fertilityhelper profile image


      7 years ago

      Very helpful information. Thank you!

    • LillyGrillzit profile image

      Lori J Latimer 

      8 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Bravo! Thank you for the good information, and quality advice!

    • Kaie Arwen profile image

      Kaie Arwen 

      8 years ago

      Great advice............ thank you~ Kaie

    • infomanic profile image


      8 years ago

      thank you

    • dgicre profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the comments I really appreciate it. Good luck and I hope your scores soar!

    • ladyjane1 profile image


      8 years ago from Texas

      You shared some great advice. Thanks and cheers.

    • suny51 profile image


      8 years ago

      there are few more ways to up your scores totally unwritable,if I do write them here,may be your's will go up and mine sliding down,I think hub staff also like to have some fun.Jokes apart, the tips are great and worth following.

    • infomanic profile image


      8 years ago

      great hub and tips thank you much


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