I've only been a hubber for just under 6 months now, but looking at my traffic stats, gaining 500 hits extra per month (0, 500, 1000, 1500, 2000 etc) I've worked out that by 2010 (only 4 years away) I'll have around 1,000,000 hits!
Is this realistic target? seems to be progressing fine so far
Adam, it should not take you that long. (2020, right?)
Most of the people I see on HP write for a while and then give up. If you continue to write your new hubs will get traffic, your older hubs will continue to get traffic the same or even better traffic, and you can reach that goal in 2 years.
Here's hoping, according to my calculations I'm well ahead of schedule at the moment anyway.
Yeah, 2020 Had calculated... oops.
I'm definitely not giving up, got loads more ideas
You are an encouragement. I'm a newbie here and very much inspired to write. I made a list of topics I'd be writing about. Thanks!
If you've got a lot to write about and you enjoy it I don't think you need to concern yourself with anything else for now, just follow the little guidelines at the top right of the page as you construct your hubs, then take it from there. I've found forums to be a good place to advertise too.
Copy that! Thanks again. Hoping to read more of your hubs!
I find promoting an article very hard.I too have been here for less than six months but i'm not seeing the type increase that you do.my page views aren't increasing by 500 every month so i may not hit the 1000,000 target even in 2020.lol
I'm a newbie, and if I ever get to where you are I'll be thrilled. I'm getting about 2 visits per hub per day and have earned a fraction of a cent. Nowhere to go but up!
Having followed you in the forums of lately I think you are on a great start. As TT2 pointed out you have vast experience with an evergreen topic with music. Music is universal as art. Even articles on former tech stuff would be evergreen as people playing guitars buy them and amps at garage sales to start their new journey.
There is a continued interest in older models while they become collectibles too. There is opportunity compare/contrast new with old enhancing one with another offering perspectives to those seeking a next purchase. I need something like, but my background is automotive and my tech knowledge is out dated with newer computer age technology. That leads to restoration and perhaps those kind of tips and how-to's. hmmmm . . .
I'm in the same boat and hoping for the same! Good luck Adam
Good luck to you too. It's a really great goal to have, doing something you really enjoy and watching it progress.
but it hurts more if you fail to reach it.I love to write but sometimes i find the amount of traffic i'm getting ,depressing and wonder if it will ever improve.
A great deal depends on your topic. The OP writes on a very popular subject about which he has extensive knowledge and a ton of experience. You can't just write about anything and expect to get great views, unless you get lucky and hit on that one thing that goes viral overnight. Look at his profile to see what I mean. Many here who have been here much longer do not get his level of views , that that's why.
Another reason is that you only have posted 12 hubs. To earn much at all, you will need between 50 to 100 and more.
I think consistency in posting and participation is important to build a following. I have not been very consistent and not very disciplined in posting new hubs. Keep learning and you'll definitely reach your goals.
People here don't succeed by creating followers. They succeed by writing searchable articles that Google will rank well that many thousands of people want to read. Writing continually does help, but your work has to be good.
If I were to worry about my traffic on the daily then I would drive myself crazy mostly because of things I hear from other hubbers.
I've read posts about how some hubbers get thousands of views daily and have hit the million target in a year or so, and it does feel discouraging when you're not even close to their standard. That's why it's best to keep writing without obsessing over stats.
That's sound advice. I'll take it!
haha.you are right chris.
Chris, you have plenty of hubs, but many are similar in nature...the top 100 this or that, etc. You need to develop more interesting titles and vary them, otherwise Google won't rank you well. Also, you write in some pretty saturated areas. Remember that what Google wants is original, new content, not a rehash of what can be found elsewhere on the web. It's not easy to do, but some people find their ways, and you can, too. I think all you need is a little tweaking.
Thank you for the advice and I completely agree with all of it. It's a constant learning process with a lot of trial and error, and I'm fortunate Hubpages exists to help writers grow and develop their writing skills. Eventually I want to expand beyond this place but there's more to learn and more useful advice that I need to take in from fantastic people like yourself.
How can I get more traffic to my hubs? because it has been going down, but on this site for a year and is new for me.
You only have 2 hubs. How in the world do you expect to get a lot of traffic?
In a nutshell, write quality, interesting articles and promote them on other sites.
...and make sure they are on topics that people search for.
I am just in the beginning stages, in fact I still have to write 2 more hubs before I become official. I realized when I wrote an article regarding the holidays, it would be taking a chance. Is it reasonable to think that a "seasonal" topic could be considered "evergreen"? What would be a way to increase traffic during off season? I have deterred the "falling traffic" symbol once already but it came back a day or two later.
You need to find topics that people will read at any time of the year, not just during holidays, etc. Topics such as makeup, pet care, sports, etc. are always things about which people search.
All I know is that on my blog half a million pageviews came faster and faster over time
Thus traffic trends are EXPONENTIAL but only IF:
1) you write on one main topic area
2) you add new content on a regular basis
3) you make it easy for people to know you've updated
That's because every person you add has friends - so if they tell their friends about you and they then tell their friends.......
Just coming to the end of the first month since I've started down this road of analyzing my traffic stats and setting a goal to reach 1 million views by 2020.
The good news is i'm 2 months ahead of schedule already
I've heard a lot of negativity on here of late about traffic / earnings, but all I've done is write, get involved in the HP community and post my links on 3 or 4 forum sites.
I'm not a professional writer, I'm no expert in SEO, adsense or blogging.
All I can say is, don't loose faith !
Thank you for the encouraging insight, Adam. It is like anything else in life that is worth attaining. We have to work for it, lol. We are lucky to have a community that allows us to learn, share, and grow as writers.
Yes, but your topic is one that interests many people, and you have the expertise to back up what you say. Not many people here can make that claim. This is a perfect example about the fact that no matter how well you write, what you say must be something that has information many people thirst for. You are doing extremely well, but you must understand that your colleagues here may not be in the same boat.. You don't have to be a professional writer to make money here, just a person who can clearly and correctly state his views in a way that is interesting.
Sounds like you've managed to connect all of the right dots!
It 'was' looking positive
Looks like @TIMETRAVELER2 covered all of the angles.
@adamharkus, your hubs are interesting. I would make them more appealing by adding more media. In your travels, did you take any pictures? Did you make videos? You know the SEO saying: "A picture is worth a thousand words." Both people and search engines love rich media content.
Also, not sure if you do it, but keyword research could get you a lot of traffic. By minimally changing your hubs to answer real people ask, you can attract a lot of traffic from search engines. That's your main goal. Internal traffic is good but on the long run it dries out.
again @adamharkus, why don't you try to better monetize your hubs with related Amazon products, like books, maps, etc. One or two products enrich the content.
My 2 cents.
Unfortunately, all my pic were on Bebo, and I can't get them back anymore
It's tough for me to write 'off the cuff' as it were. but still incorporate answers to questions people may ask, and how to ties in with keyword research? Well I've looked into google trends, but putting the findings into the article is again, very tough. Perhaps I'll ask a separate question on that.
Again, with product links, I've found anything other than a tour guide to be irrelevant to the topic.
Anyway, some great advice there, I'll dig a little deeper
Why do you feel you need to write "off the cuff"?
Very few professional writers would write off the cuff and publish immediately. They would always take the time to edit the article before publishing it - checking for spelling errors, grammatical mistakes, sections which are unclear or in the wrong order etc. An online writer also takes that opportunity to look at SEO (search engine optimisation).
That's how I approach it - write the article first based on what I want to say, THEN do my keyword research, not the other way around.
That's great advice, I'll have my work cut out but it'll be fun. Thanks
I never stop trying new things. This is how it gets financially rewarding. Your articles are in a niche, the writing is good, it just needs tweaking.
If you don't have the pics anymore, add related, free to use images. You can find them with Google advanced image search.
If I had your articles, I'd start to think of monetizing improvements. When you add an Amazon product on your page, book, or whatever, you also add media. It's good for your articles.
Furthermore: contextual interlink the related articles with pertinent keywords. This helps search engines to figure out your content, and visitors browse faster. Since the articles are related, you can certainly find many ways to interlink them.
Google is not a good place to find photos as many do not permit "free use". Better sources would be Morguefile.com, Pixabay. com or Wikimedia.org. These are free and mostly public domain and can be edited before use. Using Google pix can open you to lawsuits.
This is how you can filter with Google search. Searching this way allows you to look everywhere at once. Not sure if it's the best way, but you can certainly filter if you use the advanced search. Click on the gear at the top-right of the search page, and you'll see the option.
I'm off to my day job now.
Yes, but "labeled for noncommercial use" does not meet HPs requirements because we make money as the result of using their images.
People do it, but I don't think it's the best idea or the safest, legally.
I would just add, don't assume that the Google search is correct.
Quite often, I'll find an image on Google search which is supposedly free to use - but when I visit the original website, I find it's not free to use at all! So always, always go to the original website and check before using.
Keyword research is a large area I have no knowledge in, so I've created a new question here...
http://hubpages.com/community/answer/26 … d-research
Just a quick update on this.
I'm still managing to stay just ahead of target, mainly thanks to stumbledupon though
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