I've only been writing articles since August 2015, and initially I went crazy promoting my hub on forums, web-sites and anything you can think of. Since things have settled down the traffic has started to decline.
Has anyone any advice on how to get the traffic moving again, I'm still writing, sharing and participating on Hubpages.
You want to write your hubs, especially the titles, in such a way that a searcher can find it through search engines. Some of your titles are good, but your Gibson hubs won't work. Nobody is going to think of vs. and final verdict when looking for guitar information. I would recommend that you use words like Comparison, Review, and most importantly Guitar in your titles.
Thanks for the Advice. I would have thought "Gibson Les Paul vs Fender Stratocaster" would have been a pretty common search term, would it not?
Think about what you would type in a search engine if you wanted to know about which one of these two guitars are better. Would you use "vs."? I wouldn't. That sounds like a legal term, and then I wouldn't know whether to abbreviate or not. The vs. one was iffy, and the final verdict title was the one that was way off.
I would try something like "comparison" or "which one is better" or "should I buy the Gibson Les Paul or the Fender Stratocaster", or "expert advice on guitar buying", or "choosing between" etc.
Gibson Les Paul vs Fender Stratocaster does indeed come up as a suggestion when I start typing into the Google search box - which means yes, it is a common search term.
However there is another question to ask - how many people are interested in the answer?
I can write about hair or beauty products and if I hit on the right keywords, I can get a lot of traffic because every woman in the world is interested in those subjects - so I only need a small fraction of that audience and I can still do well. When I write about my specialist area, dance, I get less traffic no matter how great my article is, because my potential audience is restricted to dancers (and not just that, dancers in that particular genre).
You've got a similar challenge - your audience is automatically restricted to musicians, and not just that, guitarists, and electric guitarists at that.
I wrote a few Hubs to help new Hubbers, you'll find them in the spotlight on my profile.
It would be great if someone could do an 'Idiots guide' hub for this sort of thing, or for Hubpages itself to provide help.
The Learning Center has a lot of good advice. Here's the one about titles: http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/How- … ndly-Title
That's great info, exactly what I need. Thank you very much.
I must admit, I and a lot of people would do a search between two comparable guitar related items using the 'vs' statement, Indeed, Youtube is rife with 'vs' vids. But yes, it is niche towards the guitar community, and yes I do need to work on my titles a bit more.
What other methods do people use to increase traffic ?
I think you might have to just give it a little more time. It takes time for an article to move up in the search results pages; anywhere from a few months to a year. I don't know if you've tried Pinterest, but it can be a good source of traffic. If you've got decent pictures of guitars you can pin them and also write a description for the pins that attract searches. Pinterest pins get indexed in the search engine and can attract traffic. Plus often people pin those pins all over Pinterest, which can increase traffic.
Absolutely, I always post to pinterest on any new article.
Adam, also keep in mind that you have very few articles. Even if everyone interested in guitars read your hubs on the Gibson Les Paul, you are not going to be getting thousands of readers a day. You really need to write a lot more if you are expecting good traffic.
I do get lots of hits from my friends on Facebook, they also seem to be good about reposting my articles. If I remember,I post in Facebook groups about my article. And it amazes me how I will still get Facebook referrals in my stats months in the future. Posting to Google+ does not necessarily get you many hits from your google+ friends but it will often publish your post on the first page of Google for your title.
Many thanks for all your suggestions, I've since tweaked my titles a bit, seems to be working
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