Well, without giving all of my tricks away, I do a combination of things.
First, I make sure that the title of the hub is something catchy, especially when answering requests. I put a lot of my own personality into my hubs, and try to write original content even when I'm talking about something popular (my guitar hero 3 hub, for example: http://hubpages.com/hub/guitar-hero-3).
Second, I pay close attention to the tags I use for each hub, using key phrases from my hub to tag them.
Third, I write about things I have an interest in, not just things that make money. While I have a few hubs that are centered on hot topics (like celebrities, new games, etc.) I also have hubs that are deeply personal (my poetry.)
The biggest suggestion I can make to anyone out there who would like to be read requests about once a week, if you find one a week that draws your attention and write a good quality hub (spellcheck, can't forget spellcheck!) then before you know it you're helping your fellow hubber AND writing about things you may not have thought to write about before.
Gamergirl- great tips! You do what I do to a tee. I used to do the social bookmarking, but eh, the traffic doesn't really pay off. I only bookmark the favorite of my hubs, but even still, traffic is slim.
Thanks, Whitney! I am a bit leery of giving advice on how to make money on Hubpages, since that's not totally my goal. I have enough fun writing and getting page views. The money's just a side-benefit. lol
Oh I agree gamergirl. It's hard. I enjoy the lunch money I do get, but I just love writing. I found this site right after I quit my job at a petstore; I was beginning to regret my decision as I would not be able to share and help people with questions about their pets. As I hold tons of info in my head, I hated to be selfish and hold it for myself. Then I found this site, and it's helped me and others.
But, anyway... You just have to do what works for you, as the same techniques may not work for someone else.
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