So far my topics include Dogs, Wrestling, Media/commercials, Green Living, and poor friends.
I wonder if I should focus my topics to one realm of ideas-- or if a jack-of-all-trades is a smart way to go as well.
How do you theme your articles, if at all?
Since you only have five Hubs now, I think it's more important to just write more on the account you have no matter what the topics are. Accounts seem to do better on Google when they have at least 25 Hubs. After you have that many, then see if you want to open another account, too.
It's a very good question.
Ask any internet guru and they'll tell you, if you're going to create a blog or a website these days, it MUST focus on one subject area and stick to it. It can be a very broad topic (so you don't run out of things to write about - after all you may be writing it for years), but it needs to be one topic.
However, all the evidence suggests that's not necessary on HubPages. That's probably because of HubPages' navigation: although we each have our own sub-domain, it's also heavily interconnected with other sub-domains so whatever the subject, there's always a LOT of information available.
So I'd say it's not important. In general, I advise writing on a variety of subjects, and then see what's getting traffic and what isn't. That will help you decide which subjects are worth writing more on.
Most hubbers would likely say that yes, it is wise to keep to a general theme when you are writing for income. When a reader visits your profile and sees several hubs about the same types of topics, it gives them the impression that you do, in fact, know what you are talking about.
Not many readers from outside sources will reach your profile, however but a link or two within or at the end of your hubs to other hubs you have written on the subject can keep a reader hopping around on your work for a while.
You can have more than one theme going but I wouldn't go too crazy. It will give readers an impression that you researched enough to write the hub and then moved on to other topics. Most readers would probably want to think that the author of what they are reading is an expert on the subject or close to.
I have somewhat of a theme myself and settled into that niche because it is the subject that interests me and that I know about. Your writing will be the best when writing about things you truly enjoy/understand.
There are claims it improves SEO if you write on a theme.
Personally, I write on several themes then use the hub groups to link them together - not to mention interlinking in the text itself.
Most people who visit your hub will never care who you are, as long as long as you answer their question,
I agree, WryLilt--I am a generalist. (Jill of all trades; master of none.) I know a little about a lot of things; other things that interest me enough to write about, I research.
But I don't know enough about any one thing to consider myself a through-and-through "expert." I merely know enough to get people past a starting point, or to answer a basic question, most of which is based upon personal experience with the given topic.
It has taken me a while to have my daily income creep up to an acceptable (to me) level, but I did not join primarily to make money here; my initial purpose was just to find a writing site. The possibility for income evolved later on.
Were I to split my "topics" into separate niche accounts, there would be fewer than 5 hubs per account, and that is far worse. I don't see the point in trying to do that. Furthermore, it's too much mental effort to keep track of multiple things online. I have enough, what with 4 e-mail addresses; Face Book; Twitter; Pinterest; Google+, assorted games, and my (now much neglected) 5 blogs.
Yes, having one theme or "niche" per account helps. But only if you can sustain it for more than 50 articles. I agree with Wrylilt that grouping topics together is better for people who don't want to sustain just one topic (like me). To be honest, it depends on what works for you. Google likes niche sites, but it also likes sites where the passion and writing shine through and people adore it on social media. So take your pick!
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