"If you build it, they will come."
How many of us take the Field of Dreams approach with our writing? If we write it, surely Google will index it, and people will find what we've written, our page views will rise steadily, and life will be good.
Except it's not really like that. If you write it, edit it, pour your heart into it, people may still never find it. Google may ignore what you've written, or relegate it to page 6 of search results. Your followers may glance at it. It sits there in the corner, like a lump, alone and unloved, without traffic.
It's easy to blame your poor page views on Google, or on HubPages, or on the server being down. It's not so each to accept responsibility for promoting your own work, or for going out to beat the bushes for readers who might actually be interested in what you've written today. And also, what you may write tomorrow, and the day after.
So, what are you doing about finding new readers? What have you actually done today to promote your content? What's the plan?
I'm going to be the psycho who answers her own question, to get the ball rolling.
I make it a habit to always share my new or newly updated articles on Facebook (on my business page), Twitter, and Pinterest. Those sites account for my highest number of referrers. Facebook and Twitter are good for page views today, but Pinterest is the gift that keeps on giving. I happily watch my articles get repinned over and over again.
I tweet my new hubs (my followers are gardeners) and pin them. My FB is for my friends, most of whom don't garden and don't care about gardening (my niche). I'm very grateful to my fellow hubbers who have read my hubs and pinned them to their own Pinterest pages. I'm starting to get significant traffic from Pinterest thanks to all of the pins and re-pins.
I use Yahoo Answers to develop good titles and get more readers from search engines.
Not as in asking random yahoos what I should write about, but as in checking out YA posts that appear in the top SERP positions for certain queries. If the top spot is from YA and the content is thin (or the answers are wrong), I make a hub about it. I've been able outrank many of the old answers by writing hubs more thorough than the YA entry.
by John Coviello 8 months ago
Just wondering what sites Hubbers use to promote their articles? I have seen a lot of changes over the years with some sites no longer allowing links in forums or comments, and some article sharing sites just going away. I primarily use Facebook and Twitter these days to share my...
by Janis Leslie Evans 16 months ago
I see a lot of queries about getting traffic, lack of traffic, how to increase traffic, etc. The long answer is it takes time, hard work, good writing skills, mastery of the formula, surviving Google algorithms, and persistence. The short answer is figuring out the secrets of online writing and how...
by Susan Britton 6 years ago
I have a high bounce rate in the eighties and I have read it should be at 50 . Is this true? Can anyone share how they get their bounce rate to the fifties?
by Cameron Conner 7 years ago
As an online writer I understand the importance of bookmarking. Most of us have them neatly placed in a folder or on our tabs but many readers don't. Although Pinterest is a good bookmarking site it is by far not the only bookmarking site. Simply giving readers the option of Facebook, Twitter, and...
by Bill Yovino 8 years ago
Is there a way to include a hyperlink to another website without transfering the user away from Hubpages? In other words, is there a way to force a new window so that the original page is still present?
by Samantha Cubbison 7 months ago
It's time to share your knowledge and expertise with Article Q&A! Some of you may have already noticed this feature appearing on select articles over the past few months. Our most recent update enables it to be utilized on all articles that have been moved to our Network Sites! Article Q&A...
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