What am I doing wrong?

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  1. freefogging profile image61
    freefoggingposted 9 years ago

    I have lately been much more active on HP. Fixing articles that needed updating and adding pics and modules to the ones that were lacking. I have Hubhopped and even commented on other writers articles. I have asked and answered questions.

    I have only earned about 0.80 cents this month. Really, what am I doing wrong?

    I write about a little bit of everything including: Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, home remedies, beauty and even budgeting.

    I will take any help I can get. I'm even O.K. with criticism, as long as it's constructive.

    1. Beth Eaglescliffe profile image95
      Beth Eaglescliffeposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I've seen one thing already - you're not making the most of your "spotlight" facility. You have only three hubs included at the moment but you can have more than that. You need to go into your edit profile page and add them.

      1. Marisa Wright profile image90
        Marisa Wrightposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Very few readers ever visit your profile, so using that feature will do practically nothing to increase readership.

        1. agilitymach profile image93
          agilitymachposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          Actually, that depends on the topic or niche audience.  I get quite a few readers hit my profile page to ascertain my expertise.  The audience I write for is quite sophisticated, and they want to know if I have expertise and credentials in my field. 

          If I were reading an article on beauty tips or a recipe, I wouldn't be checking out the author's profile, however if I were reading an article on diabetes, I most certainly would.  I'd want to know if the author had expertise, training and education to back up their medical advice.  A savvy reader will check out the author's profile for certain topics.

          I get a lot of readers hit my profile and then click onto another hub.

          1. Marisa Wright profile image90
            Marisa Wrightposted 9 years agoin reply to this

            When you say "quite a few", what percentage of your audience?

            I think you may be a special case because you do have a specialist subject, although I know you sometimes write about other topics on HP.

    2. Barbara Kay profile image76
      Barbara Kayposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I didn't start earning really good money until I had 70 hubs. No kidding  Part of my problem was not researching the keywords first. You've got some tough competition topics. You need to find a niche or niches that aren't so tough to beat.

      1. IzzyM profile image87
        IzzyMposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        This is it exactly. You may be able to write a better article than anything that is out there on the web already, but if you haven't targeted your keywords towards a certain group of searchers, you are doomed to failure.

        Keyword research is vital.

        Second most important thing is not to challenge the likes of wikipedia or other high ranking sites. They will have cornered the market for 'diabetes', for example, but there may be an inlet for someone writing about 'Type 1 Diabetes in a 21 year old man' for example. You have to find the long-tail keywords that aren't widely covered.

        Thirdly, you will find that many 'light' topics are not widely covered by the net's heavy-weights. You might want to think about writing topics aimed primarily at 15 year olds.

      2. freefogging profile image61
        freefoggingposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        I definitely have to learn how to use SEO in my articles without to much redundancy.

    3. vishnum969 profile image82
      vishnum969posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      A lot depends on your hub titles and how you arrange or contents in it. U shud have images of high quality relevant to ur article. The images itself shed give an understanding to the readers. I mean, or images shed tell a story. Rest write good and authentic content which defines the theme of or article.

    4. Hikapo profile image81
      Hikapoposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Hi freefogging, I believe you should check out some of crazyhorsesghost's work on Hubpages. He has some really excellent hubs and if you check out some of his articles, you will see what he does with his hubs and you get some insight on how to alter yours.

      He has acquired 10 million views over the past 6 years he has written.

      1. freefogging profile image61
        freefoggingposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks, I will definitely do that...I learn better with visual examples anyways! Thanks!

  2. Michael M Griffin profile image60
    Michael M Griffinposted 9 years ago

    If you want to send more traffic to your articles, or any website in general, then you have to learn how to do SEO. Search engine optimization is how webpages get ranked in Google. You need to target a certain keyword (get ideas from Google Keyword Planner) to increase traffic to your hub.

    In other words, let's say you're targeting the keyword "diabetes," which is an incredibly competitive keyword. You could increase your traffic by targeting a keyword like "famous people with diabetes," which has much lower competition. Using this method, I've made $4 this month off of only one hub. It isn't much, but I'm planning on ranking the hub for more keywords.

    Hope this helps!

    1. profile image0
      Beth37posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Oh my gosh, I just learned something... thanks!

  3. relache profile image72
    relacheposted 9 years ago

    What information or personal experience do you offer and share in your Hubs that can't be found anywhere else on the Internet?

    If the answer is "nothing," that's your key problem. 

    Just writing about a little of everything doesn't cut it anymore, especially if you aren't extremely experienced personally with all those little things.

    1. freefogging profile image61
      freefoggingposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I'm a nurse, so I know about a lot of medical subjects...diseases, treatments, geriatric nursing, diabetes, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, elder care, death and dying...so much that it's really hard for me to figure out a Niche subject.

  4. agilitymach profile image93
    agilitymachposted 9 years ago

    I found your hub on skin needling fascinating.  I had not heard of this before.  I would agree with everyone that doing some SEO work on the topic would be a great idea.  You might be able to corner the market on an unused but popular search term for skin needling.

    I thought the article was well written and informative.  Everyone has their own layout tastes, and I, personally, wouldn't put two spaces between each paragraph, but this is really a personal style.  You might consider creating a second account to become more niche in the areas in which you write.  For instance, create a beauty account and a diabetes account, etc.  I've found Google really seems to love my niche agility training account and my articles have risen heavily in page rank.

    I also don't think that the income you're making with the number of hubs you have is all that low.  I suspect it's even well above average.  I'd consider writing more hubs.  You also might consider trying to develop a fan base through Facebook.  You might also look at putting some of your links up on forums that are specific to your topics.  Doing this has brought me a small but steady flow of traffic and spread organic back links as people spread my articles around.

    I thought the needling hub was really good, and I would have scored it quite high on hub hopper. smile

    1. freefogging profile image61
      freefoggingposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks..I wrote that after rereading Hubpages information about writing a stellar hub. The information helped a lot. I have also been going back to my old articles and fixing them up. Some, I may even delete!

  5. janshares profile image95
    jansharesposted 9 years ago

    Does the statue of the old man sitting in the chair with the bird have special meaning for you? Looks like it's time to update the images you have and get some new ones. Images in your hub are very important to create visual appeal and interest. Too much text without any visual images lacks impact. Your reader will not be as engaged and leave the article early. My suggestion is to start adding interesting images to your hubs, at least three per hub.
    Edit: The man in the chair is an ad. Just saw it on another hub.

  6. freefogging profile image61
    freefoggingposted 9 years ago

    Thanks for all the input!! I can definitely go back over my hubs and integrate your ideas into them.

    Yes, I do have experience with everything I write. I try to input that experience into my hubs, but maybe I need to give more personal input.

    I love all of your ideas and thank you so much for the info. I will definitely use all of your ideas. I also like the idea of starting a new account. I was going to do that already, but thought HP frowned on one person having more than one account.

    I know alot about exercise, diet, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, and needling etc. I like the idea of maybe a couple of niche markets.

    OK...Thank you all again. I really do appreciate this help.

    Oh, and I know all about SEO, but I still have a hard time integrating it into my articles...so I will also work on that. I will check crazyhorsesghost articles also...I learn well from vision.

    I did notice that when I was hubhopping the other day that there were a lot of substandard hubs...so I at least know how to spot low quality.

    I will definitely take your advise, everyone and put it to good use! Thank you again!

    1. freefogging profile image61
      freefoggingposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I have continued to fix my old articles...I am still struggling with SEO, but I am getting the hang of putting together different modules to make a more interesting article. I really love the way HP writing area is set up. They really are a lot of help when it comes to writing articles...with loads of advice right there as you are putting your hubs together..very helpful...I am also studying the great writers of HP's articles...wow, we have some very talented writers for me to learn from! Maybe someday, I will be a great writer at HP...I hope so, since this is my favorite writing site and I find it hard to write elsewhere anymore with all the crazy changes some of the other sites are going through.
      HP's seems to want to do everything they can for us to succeed compared to other sites that are just confusing and not at all helpful.
      Thanks again for all the great advice!! I am using it all and I will succeed!


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