Writers are offered many choices in how to place their artice into a topic here at hubpages. I am curious what the community thinks are the best paying topics to write about. For example, does a recipe topic have more earning potential than the gardening topic?
Obviously, some of this comes down to article quality, etc, but lets try to focus on just the topic as a topic.
I think that's going to be a really hard question to answer. Off the top of my head, between those two specific topics, I think gardening is going to get more traffic than recipes.
I've discovered that different topics are going to be more popular at different times of the year, and even during different periods in the country's life and Hubbers' particular lives. For example, around Thanksgiving and Christmas, recipes, decorating and family are going to be extremely popular, whereas gardening, not so much.
You might consider writing articles that would interest those searching at this time. Being Springtime, gardening is a go!
Yeah, but that means you have to keep up with technology, and this old brain is just too worn and tired to do that. Heck, we just got our first smart phone and haven't a clue how to actually use it beyond a simple telephone!
(Still proud of that phone, though - at least we look intelligent even if we struggle to turn it on)
Don't feel bad, my father only learned how to turn a computer on a couple of years ago and my mother still doesn't know. They both just got new phones too and the only way my mother actually makes any calls is when she "ass dials". :-)
My mom, 90, can't turn a computer on, either. I try to keep up reasonably well with the tech I want and use, but the the rest of it - absolutely not. For me, no interest = no knowledge. I haven't a clue, for instance, how to use an ipod - they are of no interest to me.
Cat, 30, can't do much more than "Google" info and send/receive emails. What's an Ipod? If it was just small advancements at a time I would attempt to keep up, but people are doing things that I don't even know exist and there's something new every day. Too overwhelming for me, I'll just stick to the simple life :-)
Maybe I'm going too philosophical here, but you need to strike a balance between what sells and what you actually enjoy writing. You could write a bunch of hubs about HDTVs to try and get affiliate sales, but if you absolutely hated it, you wouldn't write the same quality as a topic you genuinely care about.
Not to mention, it's really a game of numbers. More hubs = more money, so write about something you at least have a mild interest in so it isn't torture. You won't burn out and will earn more in the long haul.
Absolutely! I even wrote about a topic I am extremely familiar with, which was weddings on a budget, and I quickly burned out and had to switch over to recipes, which I love. I'll then move on to gardening and home-making because I can't wait to get started. lol I plan on going back and writing another wedding article here and there because I have a specific request for them from certain followers, but in the meantime, I will write what I love.
Parallels: you bring up interesting concpets for writers, but there are so many different types of writers that your answer gets a bit vague if I apply it to all writers. Copy Writers for example write articles that sell "something", though sometimes what they sell might just be an idea; whereas poets do something totally different....
If you join other websites like http://www.webanswers.com/_Andlag/ You can use your adsense account on there and not only monetize a bit but also track which topics earn you the most money. However little or much it may be depends on your activity on the site but you will quickly develop patterns to learn which topics either have the most click throughs or which topics have the higher cost per click. If nothing else it a good means of researching what you are asking about. People would be hard pressed to tell you the best categories to post in because that only provides more competition for them. Your best bet is to write hubs on what you like and know well.
That is probably a good analysis of it MountainManJake. Especially when we consider what the motivation is behind search engines... that is to help people find what they are looking for... and that would be swayed by popular culture.
I have noticed a surprisingly high yield for history and English lit essays I wrote in college and then made into hubs. I plan on writing more essays on commonly read high school and college literature in order to become self employed based purely on my university education.
I think these literature essay hubs do so well because students today are all over the internet researching for their school papers and essays. I have found the formula for the most effective title is Theme + Author Name + Work Title
For example: Honor in Shakespeare's Hamlet, or Existentialism in Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot
These are both hubs that I have written and they receive regular traffic. They don't do incredibly well, but the traffic is still regular, which is all that matters to me.
I agree with simone because I searched and found that most of the people's specially in today's everyone is searching personal finance topics like how to make money, tips to save money etc. And the second topic which is hot in hubpages is getting traffic to your hubbs. Hope this help.
I believe that a lot of topics are seasonal but I've also noticed that controversial topics can get very popular - although I'm not sure how controversial you are allowed to be on hubpages - I have seen that many hubs about social injustices or hot discussion topics like eg euthenasia or similar get a high response (but maybe that response is mainly from the HP community...). Anyway good question.
I've written a lot of gardening articles and the money just isn't there. I've even completed keyword research. There are just too many big sites out there. You might get some good Hubpage traffic, but that is about it.
There are just too many recipes out there too, unless you specialize in a certain type of cooking. Being an expert in a niche helps.
I agree with Randy. He said one time that writing is like the lottery. Sometimes I feel that way too.
Doing keyword research helps though and writing good content etc helps. I've noticed though that sometimes yours can be the best article and it still doesn't rank well on Google.
One of the things I learned this past summer about article writing is that writing quality is just not enough anymore... there is just too much great stuff out there, especially in topics with lots of competition.
Watch for breaking news or search on google adwords for keywords to see what people are looking for. See what's trending on Twitter. Choose a topic and then write your post in the form of a list. For example; "5 ways to make money blogging" or "10 ideas for summer fun". See how that works for you.
I will just based it on my top 15 trending hubs, my Top 1,2,3,6,12,13 and 15 are hubs about dining-in, so out of 15 trending hubs, 7 are about dining-in at different places and restaurant, so I think readers always look for best places to dine in and they usually found my page. My korean related hub also trends, travel hubs, and pets related hubs too
I would think that recipes and gardening would have fairly equal popularity.... if you use TV as a rule of thumb they have channels dedicated to both of those subjects. But I think what would help bring you more success is to write on topics that you know a lot about and enjoy, but that may also be quite popular. For example, write in recipes AND gardening if you like to do both.... don't limit yourself to one topic, as most normal people would write in several topic areas. I've only written a few hubs so far, some are in areas that I lack expertise in, but I went and did my research on those articles first to write some pretty decent hubs, and in the process I learned a lot more about those topics. I enjoy writing but I am limited by time and inspiration, Hubpages helps with the inspiration part if you read their forums and questions. But overall I would say that you shouldn't limit yourself to certain topics based on popularity... if you're a good writer and you know about a topic, writing good hubs in that topic might even get you more attention if it's a less popular topic... so don't focus on the numbers and popularity, focus on the quality of your hubs and you will surely get some attention!
yeah I agree, write on things that interest you.... on things that you love the most.... obviously I love to eat and experience different food, tastes in a fine-dining restaurant and I want to record the memories but taking photos and shared them to hubpages, and I love to see how many restaurants I have visited and I just wished I did not gain weight each time i posted a hub about dining in LOL.... I also write about dogs, my favorite actress, the places that I have visited or any place in the my country that I think I should share...or at least promote. and you'll be happier to see those hubs trends....
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