Dear fellow Hubbers, I am in desperate need of some guidance.
I am relatively new to HB (8 months now). However, I have not been that active. Lately, though, I have done tons of research and have concluded in numerous keywords I can work on. That said, I am currently flirting with the idea of starting my personal themed blog. What do you (as more experienced and HB savvy) suggest? Should I go for it or should I just publish my pieces here on HB?
What is more profitable?
Look forward to your answers!
I use Hubpages as a place to put:
1. Content that is alone. So for instance if I want to write ONE article about carrots, but all my websites are about babies and fruit and mental health, then I'll put the carrot topic here, so I don't dilute my websites.
2. Experimentation. Say I want to start a site but I'm not sure how easy it will be to rank, or I'm not sure about the topic's reception. I'll post 1-2 articles on that topic and see what happens. If and when I choose to create a site on that topic, I can then also link from Hubpages to the website, giving instant referral traffic.
3. Low CPM content. Some topics just don't make much money from PPC or affiliate adverts. Hubpages offers PPV adverts, so if I want to write an article which I know will go viral but people will be too busy reading to click ads, I'll put it on Hubpages.
Exactly what Wrylilt said. Good luck with your blog. You will not get traffic initially, don't give up. That's where most bloggers fail. Just write well, do your research - both keywords and topic related and in time you should gain traction. Give it a few months and at least 25+ posts before you even think of seeing any traffic. Don't give up if your first few posts don't rank or get views.
Wrylilt summed it up perfectly.
The biggest challenge with your blog will be to monetize it effectively. Start a newsletter early so you can build an email list. Mailchimp is easy to use and free.
Monetizing my blog will be a great challenge, that's for sure. Since it's my first attempt ever, I have tons of things to learn. Thanks for the mailchip tip, by the way. I really appreciate it!
I feel you. I just published a new website which includes a blog or "stories" as I call the personal posts. I've been spending more time working on the website than actually writing for the last two weeks and there are still things that should be cleaned up by the web developer, who hasn't returned calls since he got his money. But it is getting better. I feel less in the dark now when I make a change or correction to the website and I have more time to write now.
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