I'm thinking about writing several more hubs about travel - in Canada, mostly (city guides, things to do, attractions, etc). Do travel hubs tend to perform well on HubPages? I'm wondering if it's worth trying to build myself a niche.
As with all things, it depends! The more competitive research you do to see what's already out there, the better.
Also, avoid using storefront / restaurant names in titles; those tend to get crowded out by review site results.
That said, I've seen travel Hubs that really leverage local expertise and include a lot of original photos and cool tips to do exceedingly well. I'm glad you'll be creating these Canadian city guides!
I did a hub for visiting Guangzhou (China) six weeks back all with original pictures and plenty of tips based on my personal experience. It currently ranks between position 3 to10 based on search key words and how google treats me on that particular day. I have received about 200 views, 70 from hub pages and rest organic Google traffic.
I am new here and making money is not my primary focus so I did not bother to research keyword traffic stats. Hope this helps, Cheers!
It sounds interesting and I would love to read them. I have a mixture of hubs but my travel hubs seem to do better than my others. It's all about expressing your own travel experiences.
That's really why I want to write them! I love travel stories and would love to share stuff. It would just be nice to know that some people might read them.
"They" say, write what you know, and if travel fits into that category, do it. I try to make them fun by adding a bit of humor. I think I'm like most people; I research and read articles before I travel to those places. Great way to get reviews. I've never been to Canada, but here it's beautiful. I'd love to read about you real life experiences.
I agree. I think not only are they useful for wannabe travelers living vicariously through other peoples adventures, they should also provide material what a person can expect once they arrive. I've written about five travel hubs that seem to do pretty well.
I wrote two Hubs about traveling in Canada. One about Traveling across Canada and the other about Visiting Calgary. They have received sporadic traffic. There is a lot of competition for travel articles on the Internet. But give it your best shot and write about something you know and understand. Why not?
I would say best of luck to you. Canada does need lots of exposure.
To share my experience, I am into hiking and trekking (and that too with my dog(s)) and would love to do travel hubs on this interest for destinations in Canada and the USA. I have done only 1 this far though - hiking through Bruce Peninsula National Park. The traffic has been OK
I will continue writing, although like many others, my focus is not making money here. Thanks God, I am making good money in my current job lol.
I think they do well if you are actually writing about real travel experiences. A travel write should have a travel experience
Well, I've already started - with guides to the cross-Canada train trip and Ucluelet/Tofino in British Columbia - so I hope you're right!
I would absolutely love to read your train journey hub. We've been to those towns on a road trip, and I'm very keen to see the Rockies again, by train if possible. Love B.C.
Well, I only have 4 hubs, so the sample is limited, but among my hubs, the best performing is the travel one.
Well, I hope so. I hub lots of travel hubs and it´s quiet good for me.
Travel hubs can face some stiff competition. It's a potent topic on the 'net at large so you need a unique angle. Also, it needs to be a place that people are actively visiting. We had someone here who did a lot of good stuff on the Canary Islands, but then complained he never got traffic. But he couldn't ever seem to figure out why.
Yeah, I hear you on that. I'm not really looking to make money...just to share information. I just don't want to spend a lot of time on it if no one will ever read it. I think maybe I'll write a few, and see how they do.
...and I guess I won't publish the hub about the Canary Islands that I spent hours on last night. Ha!
i just laughed when I read this, because I am thinking of expanding into travel hubs as well, and my guide to Gran Canaria is almost finished.
i still plan to publish it - partially because od money, but more importantly because you can't really find anything useful about Gran Canaria online (at least not for my profile of people).
People I know who go to the Canaries are only interested in lying on a beach and getting drunk! You don't need to read anything to be able to do that. Sad but true.
Yay! I thought you meant it was work in progress....off to read.
So innerspin...be completely (and brutally) honest...is it worth making more travel guides? Did you find them useful (or at least interesting)? Thanks so much for all of your help!
theluckywriter, you asked what I thought about your hubs. I found the train journey very interesting, as it's something I'd love to do. You have useful tips regarding eating arrangements, and general pointers. Showing the layout of the cabins was a good idea. I did wonder what time of year you went - maybe I blinked and missed that. Do you know which season is more/less expensive to travel, or if it's most worth going at a particular time of year? I was slightly disappointed there weren't more pictures of the scenery, but I know photos don't do it justice. I think you did a good job.
I also found the Tofino/Ucluelet hub interesting, but not on the same level. I did wonder how much the ziplining cost - did you have a go? You could say how it felt. Similarly the kayaking. How much does it cost to hire a kayak, for how long? Can you get lifejackets or instructions? Just a rough idea. Is it best to book in advance?
I'd have liked to see a picture of the hot springs, and more detail of the journey to get there, eg how long it takes and a rough price guide. Do you have to pay to use the springs? Can you hire bikes anywhere in the area? So I did like the hub, and a few more details would be great. Keep up the good work!
Wow. You're pretty much...amazing. Seriously. Thank you so much for taking the time to give me all of that feedback. I appreciate it so very, very much. I'm going to update my hub with the information that you asked for.
You're a rockstar! THanks again!
Golly, I'm blushing now! You're very welcome. I know I sometimes write hubs to "get them out there," then go back and add to them as I think of more points. They do say Google likes new content. Make sure you wait till a new hub's cleared pending before editing, otherwise it re-sets the pending "clock" and you have a frustrating extra wait.
I have written one. But Then decided to write on recipes because I think I am best at it.
I think they can be really popular especially if it's a personal experience and you have pictures of your trip. My most popular hub is a travel one!
I returned home only a couple of weeks after spending 12 months travelling around the world. I found Hubpages as I wanted somewhere to share my experiences, and if I make a bit of money then that's a bonus. I don't go back to work for another week so I'm taking this opportunity to reflect on all my adventures and makes lots of notes and prep for future hubs. I hope to publish at least one new hub every week written from first hand experience. I look forward to reading your Canada Travel Hubs.
I certainly hope they do well, lol. I'm about to write some hubs soon about my travels around the world....anywhere from Brazil to New Zealand!
if you will write good informative hubs they will work well on hub pages.
I've written some and haven't had much traffic, although I receive positive comments on them. Most of the places I have written about are very obscure and not well known though, so I am wondering if the secret might be to write about somewhere reasonably well known, but not a major tourist world renowned tourist site, or to think of a particular angle you can offer advice about.
I'm interested to see what works for other people.
It is quite a quandary. Obscure travel spots aren't going to get many searches in search engines, whereas popular travel spots have been written about extensively both by professional travel sites and by a lot of bloggers and online writers. I would suggest focus on somewhat popular travel spots (the really popular ones may have too much competition to rank highly) that get a decent amount of searches, and use the keyword tools to find some search terms associated with these spots that don't have a lot of competition.
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