An idea for increasing traffic to our hubs

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  1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image84
    TIMETRAVELER2posted 9 years ago

    In the upper right hand corner, where our author name is listed (and is linked to our profile page if clicked on), why not

    1)  Make the name larger and bolded and
    2)  Write something beneath it such as "For more from ______________ click on ____________________

    Readers cannot possibly know that the name links to our profile pages, and thus having the link there, especially when it is so small, is useless.  If they like what they have read and want to read more, this shows them how to find more articles.

    Thoughts?  (and I hope the team reads this!)

    1. Barbara Kay profile image74
      Barbara Kayposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Great idea!

    2. Uzochukwu Mike profile image77
      Uzochukwu Mikeposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Thats a nice suggestion. One visitor after reading my hub suggested I should include search box so that readers will read more of my piece without knowing that clicking on my name takes him to the profile page.

    3. lorddraven2000 profile image90
      lorddraven2000posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I have written a few hubs on the matter of traffic but the best bet is write great content.

      1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image84
        TIMETRAVELER2posted 9 years agoin reply to this

        There are many people on this site who produce great content, but all of them would still like to have any boost possible to help their traffic.  Wouldn't you?

    4. PegCole17 profile image93
      PegCole17posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Posting this under the topic "Tips for improving traffic" would likely get the attention of staff.

      1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image84
        TIMETRAVELER2posted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Wish I had thought of that. If I post it now, they will dump it because I already posted it here.

    5. lbrummer profile image94
      lbrummerposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Two weeks ago I suggested an idea similar to this in the forum to get HQ attention.   
      As you can see the idea got shot down pretty quickly.  I hope you get more attention with this idea.  I'll copy this forum address and attach it to mine in the other forum.

      1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image84
        TIMETRAVELER2posted 9 years agoin reply to this

        I received an email from the team today that basically said research shows doing this is not necessary.  If the team is research driven, there is little chance they will make any changes along these lines.  Oh well...

    6. Cynthia Hoover profile image90
      Cynthia Hooverposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Reading through this thread I can see that there is not much interest in doing as far as hub pages is concerned. It is a great idea though. I can say when I first started here I wasn't aware I could Click the name to find more articles by the author. Maybe linking the profile in the hub is an option in lieu of a "click here"?

      1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image84
        TIMETRAVELER2posted 9 years agoin reply to this

        You cannot link to your profile within a hub...I know because I just went through having a problem with this.  There are numerous reasons, but all of them cause the same result...if you do it, you will have problems.

    7. peachpurple profile image81
      peachpurpleposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      clever idea, I would love to see that happen!

    8. Marisa Wright profile image87
      Marisa Wrightposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      It would be nice, but it will be interesting to see if HP reacts.  After all, when I joined HubPages we had a very prominent "About the Author" section in that right hand corner, with an invitation to sign up to be notified of our new Hubs, etc.  That was all taken away in one of the redesigns, when it was reduced to a tiny photo and name link and nothing else.    In fact, the photo would've been even tinier if we hadn't all made such a fuss!

      So I have to say I was surprised when they made our photo a bit bigger again, and added the "More by" section, because I'd been forced to the only possible conclusion - that HubPages wanted to take the emphasis away from the individual author and on to the site as a whole.   Otherwise why remove the original "About the Author" section?

  2. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image81
    Marcy Goodfleischposted 9 years ago

    I agree - if we are to have robust subdomains, HP needs to help make that happen. Unless you're familiar with this site, you would never know to click on the teeny little name of the author to find their profile and more content.

    1. relache profile image72
      relacheposted 9 years ago

      Having wording that specifically encourages users to click on specific links is prohibited in both the Amazon and Google affiliate terms of use.  I feel it is very remote that HubPages will consider this suggestion.

      1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image84
        TIMETRAVELER2posted 9 years agoin reply to this

        relache:   I was not aware of this, but do feel that there surely is some way to let readers know that other articles of similar ilk from the same author are available.  This would be a service to readers as well as to authors.  You would think that Amazon and Google would want to encourage readership because the more people read, the more money they make.  It seems like every rule they have discourages people from further reading.  HP already has a "more from" section, so why not just expand it somehow by including the author's name as a link?

      2. psycheskinner profile image83
        psycheskinnerposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        The only clicks you are not allowed to encourage are clicks on advertisements because it sends the advertisers poor quality traffic.

        You can encourage people to click on non-paid links as much as you like.

    2. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image81
      Marcy Goodfleischposted 9 years ago

      Relache - the suggestion TT2 put forth would not require a 'click here' message; it would just make it more evident where to find more articles by the same writer. This site encourages 'followers,' so it only makes sense to incorporate something that can do that.

      The "Editor's Choice" wording certainly creates the 'click here' sort of message.  And I see many sites with 'click here' messages asking people to post things on FB, click to follow someone, read such & such by 'clicking here.'  This suggestion doesn't even require that sort of wording - it's just a way to clarify how to get to the profile and more of that person's writing.

      Are you thinking primarily of situations where someone is encouraged to click on an ad?

    3. tillsontitan profile image83
      tillsontitanposted 9 years ago

      Obviously we are all in agreement.  How can anyone not familiar with HP know the nuances?  It would certainly be better for all of us if it was easier to get to our profile page.  I think it's a great suggestion.

    4. Thelma Alberts profile image90
      Thelma Albertsposted 9 years ago

      I think it´s a good suggestion. I hope the staff  will read this.


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