Different Types Of Hubs - For Different Types Of Success & Traffic

Jump to Last Post 1-7 of 7 discussions (19 posts)
  1. Suzanne Day profile image94
    Suzanne Dayposted 9 years ago

    OK, I want to talk about different types of hubs and how they work regarding traffic and success. Here are some types I've identified below:

    1. It's interesting or funny. It's eyecatching and has brilliant photos. It is something at least half the world wants to know about. This hub does well on social media (Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, Reddit etc).

    2. It has keyword rich words and sells useful stuff. People want to go there because there's no information on what to buy and what does the best job. This hub does well in organic search results because it answers questions not currently answered correctly. No social media needed.

    3. This is a brand, like the famous Billybuc. People love the writing and follow the author, who is well known. They want to read it because it emotes something in them. They just want more and more. No keyword research or social media needed (though it helps).

    I'd love to hear about any other types of hubs and how they traffic best. The three examples above are what I have observed.

    1. rohanfelix profile image84
      rohanfelixposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for the enlightening information Suzanne! People like me, who are trying desperately to make a mark on HubPages will find this very handy.

      1. Suzanne Day profile image94
        Suzanne Dayposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks Rohan. It's not exactly rocket science, but hopefully can save you many hours of frustration where not needed. If you have a very social style of hub, why torture yourself for hours with keywords when it will perform better on social media? And if you have an answer to an important question....why put it on social media and bore people to death when it is better off being ranked for Google?

        1. rohanfelix profile image84
          rohanfelixposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          Very true!

    2. Ilona1 profile image60
      Ilona1posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for the checklist of what makes hubs popular. The comments helped too.

  2. grand old lady profile image85
    grand old ladyposted 9 years ago

    Oftentimes EricDieker writes about interesting topics and he writes them well. The topics aren't the type you would think will gain popularity, but somehow you realize they are things you can identify with and they work. Dunno where this category fits in, though.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image89
      Marisa Wrightposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Ericdieker himself admits that his Hubs don't get much traffic, so I don't think they qualify in this category.

      1. Suzanne Day profile image94
        Suzanne Dayposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        You're probably right Marissa, I wouldn't put him in these categories. But I would maybe put him in a different category of "Unusual Individuals" who can attract people by being out there, quirky, interesting, sometimes controversial and definitely colourful. The world would be a boring place without them!

        I guess though that today I am thinking about the putting all the eggs in one basket thing. I notice that Pinterest has blocked Hubpages overnight, which means that social media hubs would need to have other elements in them as well as just the social media to survive social blocking.

        Having said that, it can be fairly easy for good Google ranked hubs with quality backlinking to still be slapped down by Panda-like algorithm changes, any changes to the importance of backlinks or they could just be beaten by bigger competition at any time.

        So it all boils down to writing interesting stuff - to make the most of it all. I'm not really keen to start my own blog or anything at this point, so making the most of Hubpages is where I'm at.

  3. Suzanne Day profile image94
    Suzanne Dayposted 9 years ago

    And I guess there's people who have mastered all 3 items - FlourishAnyway and GlimmerTwinFan come to mind - they do all of the items.

    It just makes sense that different types of hubs will perform best in different areas of promotion or marketing or function. I have been testing it out a bit, and the three I've come up with certainly seem to work well most of the time when marketed in the way they need.

    1. FlourishAnyway profile image96
      FlourishAnywayposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      That's a nice compliment, Suzanne.  Thank you.

      1. Suzanne Day profile image94
        Suzanne Dayposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Your hubs certainly seem to tick all the boxes - they're interesting to read, travel well socially, seem to be relevant to organic search in many ways, are of human interest, and people want to read more of you because you're an interesting and creative writer! (Plus you do the marketing of both yourself and others quite well and are a positive influence for your followers).

  4. susi10 profile image95
    susi10posted 9 years ago

    Great list Suzanne! I guess as a member here my hubs would rely mainly on organic traffic, a little from Pinterest and from my followers. I have thought of two more:

    A stellar hub with over 1500 words and beautiful pictures which covers a topic not covered online yet and will get a constant stream of traffic each day.

    A hub which has a Made For Pinterest graphic as the cover image and gets a lot of traffic from Pinterest.

    1. Suzanne Day profile image94
      Suzanne Dayposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for your suggestions. Yes, I forgot about Stellar hubs!

  5. janshares profile image95
    jansharesposted 9 years ago

    Great observations, Suzanne Day. I defintely see those categories with several hubbers and understand why they work so well. I would add this  category from my experience:
    Hubs about universally irritating issues that people encounter everyday will do well with Google and garner a lot of organic traffic. You don't have to promote them on social media because people all over the world are constantly looking for ways to deal with human experience.

    1. Suzanne Day profile image94
      Suzanne Dayposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I agree, hubs like fixing household appliances and relationships etc do seem to do well in organic search once properly researched.

  6. bn9900 profile image71
    bn9900posted 9 years ago

    Well being successful also means really enjoying the topic you are writing about, because then you know the topic inside and out.

    1. Suzanne Day profile image94
      Suzanne Dayposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      +1, plus you also feel like writing over 1000 words with a few synonyms thrown in. And I think it just shows in the writing when you feel passionate about something.

  7. Suzanne Day profile image94
    Suzanne Dayposted 9 years ago

    Here's another category - you come up with something AMZINGLY BRILLIANT and out there, like "top 10 weird noses on space creatures" and while no one may search Google for it, if you have a big enough social circle, you can get it happening. These kind of things MIGHT turn viral (if they're share worthy). Usually there's not much competition in Google, but you run the risk of no one seeing it if it isn't shared extensively...

    1. Suzanne Day profile image94
      Suzanne Dayposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Have a better example for this one. Remember the viral pics going round with cats in them with captions? (I think they're called LOL cats). Imagine coming up with something unique like that in a hub!


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://corp.maven.io/privacy-policy

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)