I've edited my hubs and inserted links in some of them. I've used Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest to promote them, I've gone and touched up on some of them, putting in new pictures, but I can't seem to get people outside of hubpages to look at my hubs. How can I do that? I've been to the learning center, but there is so much information there...anybody know any quick tricks?
How do people from outside HubPages find Hubs? The main method most people use to find anything online is Google. So no one is going to find your Hubs if they're not showing up in Google searches. When you search on Google, how often do you go to the second or third page of results? Not often. So not only does Google have to find it, they have to think it's good enough to feature on their front page.
Unfortunately Google can't judge quality. You can create a masterpiece, and Google may still ignore it. You need to make sure Google knows what your Hub is about (i.e. you need to learn about SEO and keyword research).
The other problem is competition. If you're writing on very popular subjects, there may be so many websites already written on that topic, you've got no chance of fighting your way up the list.
Finally, there are some subjects which people just aren't that interested in. For instance, I wrote a review of Billy Elliot when it was a popular musical, and it did well. These days it's not showing in many places, so no one is searching for it - so it's never going to get much traffic now, no matter how much I tweak it.
You have been on HubPages for three months and have at least 1,000 views. You are doing well. It takes time for hubs to get much traffic on search engines. I recommend looking at the "Choosing Topics" section in the Learning Center, There are several there. You can start with http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/choosing-right-title
I suggest to ask your friends on twitter and facebook, to at least check out your link. Or follow people and have them follow you. That way both you and the person you follow will look at links. That way you get views and they get views from you.
By doing so, you both can ask other to view hubpages, at least once a day. So benefiting you and those around you.
Killing two birds with one stone.
I've joined groups and forums that pertain to the subject that I write about.
I'd suggest looking into and learning about SEO, 'search engine optimization'. It's all about making your hubs more google-search friendly. Once I started to understand this and implement it into my hubs I started to see more and more views from google than from hubpages.
SEO is mostly about finding and utilising your keywords, placing them throughout your article to make google more likely to rank your article higher on its search results. The higher you rank the more likely you are to get visits from google!
Keywords ideally should be used in the title, opening line, image names, alt tags and descriptions, aswell as sporadically through your article. You have to make them sound and appear naturally though! There are many great hubs on this, check out;
http://rocknj.hubpages.com/_21124xy7es4 … -Beginners
http://greekgeek.hubpages.com/_21124xy7 … t-trickery
Write on topics that are always of interest, for instance, if you write a hub about the most popular trend it may do well until the trend is over, then it will bomb, and I would suggest using other social sights as well, learn about seo and keep on going, you will get there from here
I've been a HP member for two years now but only started writing hubs just over a month ago. I already have over 3600 views. I had the same trouble and then I started tweaking my hubs' titles and since have picked up since.
Try using the title tuner or google's keywords tool for ideas.
I'll give you an example with one of your hubs:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - there would be thousands of hubs with that title, yours won't stand out among them. Change it to something like 'What makes Buffy the Vampire Slayer the best show ever?' or 'Is Buffy the Vampire Slayer the best show ever?'. I'm using 'best show ever' because you used those words in your description, which incidentally is quite poor too. Your description should include keywords about what your hub is about and don't separate each word with a full stop. Write something like 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a successful TV series that developped a huge cult following and continues to remain one of the most popular television shows ever.' So you've got lots of keywords here for google to look at. Your article could now come up in search when people search for: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy, vampire slayer, best TV shows ever, most popular TV shows ever and more.
Google likes descriptive and specific titles and summaries.
You need to keep people on your page as long as possible. Google gives more credibility to sites that keep their readers reading. It means you've given them what they searched for.
So the first thing you should do is move the polls below or beside your text. The way you have them now, it looks like the article ends with the polls and some people won't bother to scroll down to see if there's more. Avoid linking to other sites at the top of your page because if people click on those links they'll be leaving your page early. If you really want to include certain links, do it at the bottom of you hub, just above the comments box and tell people the links are there. Most will happily then keep reading and wait to click the links once they get to the bottom of the page.
Google also likes pages that link to similar topics. Avoid linking to pages that aren't related. This includes source URLs for images you use. I don't provide attribution details to images unless required to by the image's licence. I always try to use images that don't require attribution for this very reason. So try to link only to relevant pages or sites, preferably your own, but if you don't have any of your own, link to someone else's. Google will see your site as one that keeps your readers 'moving forward' in their search by providing them with information relevant to their search. You might think it's a bad idea to link to someone else's page, but your readers are going to leave your page eventually and it's better that they leave your page in a way that keeps them 'moving forward' then them just returning to a search page or closing their browser window. This only serves to tell Google that your site probably doesn't give your readers what they wanted.
Amazon and ebay links are ok as long as they link to related products. So if you're hub is about Buffy the Vampire slayer, try to feature Buffy related products like DVDs and books perhaps. But limit yourself to about 5 of those.
Make sure none of your text is copied. Google's search engine crawlers will know if it is and this is probably the worst thing you can do. Google ranks fresh, original content more highly than copied content.
Spend time reading hubs of successful hubbers and see how their hubs are laid out.
I hope this has been helpful to you.
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