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!
"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.
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!
Well, maybe yours will do really well! I - for one - have never even thought of going to Gran Canaria before this thread, so I'll keep an eye out for your hub...maybe you'll be the one to convince me to go!
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.
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 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. Matt
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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