I just completed a one year study of the best times for me (my time zone) to publish a hub in order to gather the most initial one day views.
I have found that when I publish a hub at 2:30 pm (Florida time/Pacific time) I get the most views in a one day frame.
The reasoning is that at 2:30 pm it is about:
11:30 am in California,
12:30 pm in Colorado,
1:30 pm in Chicago
same time frame in New York
8:30 pm in the UK,
9:30 pm France,
10:30 pm Germany.
These general geographical areas comprise most of my traffic which includes large parts of Canada since they closely match the same North American time zones for the areas cited before.
I did not take into account India or any parts of Asia although I get a decent amount of traffic from them.
Research also shows that most computer use in Europe occurs after 6 to 8 pm (their time).
I have also compared publishing times with the number of initial one day views and found that when I publish during the morning hours the large majority of my views are from North America, mostly from the same time zone as mine. When I publish at 2:30 pm most of my traffic comes from Europe.
My conclusion is that for me the best opportunity of gathering initial one day visits is at 2:30 pm for my European audience and morning (10:00 am ) for my North American/Canada audience thus I have to be choosy about which market I want to approach or alternatively publish two hubs per day.
Based on this it looks like you should publish, depending on your time zone, at a time when in your desired market people are more likely to be using their computers.
I hope you find this information useful in some way.....................
I've got to get going and write some hubs -- only one so far -- but I will definitely take this into account and give it a try. Couldn't hurt! Thanks for sharing your year-long research!
Luis- this is very interesting..thank you for sharing.
Hi Luis, what I want to understand; are these views organic traffic form search engines and are they immediate, within a 24 hour period? My reason for asking is that, if these views are within Hubpages regardless of location then it wouldn't matter. Also, if you expect traffic to increase organically by a hub's aging process, then again publishing time is of no relevance. I can't see the importance of having a one day hit on a hub. The goal is to have organic traffic increasing as the hub ages.
The only way I can associate relevance in publishing times is unless Google or other search engines are involved. Please clarify.
This is a very interesting study. You have proven what I have thought some time ago by just observing the traffic of my hubs. Thanks. BTW, Happy New Year 2013.
very interesting indeed...I also did a 2 year study and found that publishing a hub 7 to 10 days before an event or holiday also produces good traffic results...cheers
Most people will notice a time or day in the week where they will receive optimum traffic I've tried myself straying outside of these times but the flow of traffic can never compete. However I think its also important to note that optimum time and days also vary by industry! =]
Very interesting and helpful, since this could apply to other sites as well. One question: how is "Pending" impacting this? For example, if I publish a hub at 2:30 PM, it won't go live until the next day (or two), and I have no idea what time of day the hub will become visible to outside traffic.
Of coure, it may get lots of views from Hubbers while it's pending, but at that point there are no ads, so that's zero revenue. For that reason it might be better to publish when hubbers are LEAST likely to be on and see it!
Pending status was taken into account so far as when it first was implemented. Initial views from internal (HP) sources tends to raise the hub score and maximizes the chances of the hub being featured. No income but it gives the hub a head-start.
Assuming that it does take 24 hours or so for the hub to become live to the rest of the world, the results should still be so during the mentioned time zones, except 24 hours after being published. However, if the 24 hour pending period is not adhered to then the results are somewhat eschewed.
Keep in mind that my focus was on organic views not so much on internal ones and based on factors which I could somewhat control.
I have tweaked and made further more in depth analysis of the results.
If you were to pick one specific time zone and publish one hub then for Hubbers in the American Continent the optimal time to publish is the CST zone (Central Standard Time, the yellow portion on the included image) with 1:30 pm appearing to be the best hour.
This appears to offer the best opportunity of gathering initial one day views from the American continent and most of Europe ,even if you take the 24 hour pending period, again assuming that the hub becomes live 24 hours after being published.
I am also about to complete the same study for India, Russia, China and the rest of Asia as well as Australia and will post results later today after I compile all the numbers or data for you scientists.
BTW: even if you don't agree with the suggestions, they don't work for you or whatever, at least I can honestly say that I had a bit of fun doing it...................................
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This is very interesting. I live in PA so perhaps publishing earlier is better. Maybe that is why some of my old hubs got so successful because I published them in early afternoon rather than at night. Obviously the time you publish a hub is not the only variable that dictates whether or not the hub will be a success, but nonetheless, interesting.
Some hubs I published at like 9:00 PM or later.
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