Hello, I am new to HubPages. I have been here 2 weeks now, and in that time I have published 2 article's. However, I am not getting much traffic to either article? Is there something I am doing wrong? Is it because I am new? I am not sure what is going on, but wanted to reach out to some other's and see if you have any tip's to increase the traffic to my article's. Thank you!
If you want to make money, take a look at my hubs.
Do the opposite.
Your pages are desperately short. How often does a search engine take you to a 400 word page these days?
I'm not writing to make money. I'm writing for therapy.
That's fine, but if you want people to read what you have written, your articles need to be search friendly. Otherwise you'd do just as well to keep a private journal and forget writing online.
Your articles are well written but there are thousands of similar articles online already. 'Signs your husband is cheating' articles are very, very common. You will find it hard to compete with the established pages.
Having said that, in time, the articles might find an audience as Google gradually works out who wants to read them.
I would check out the competition before you write an article. If there are a few, poorly written pages covering a topic (that people are interested in), then that is a nice, soft target.
Writing an absolutely killer page on a popular topic can do the trick too, but it might take a year or two to get real traffic.
You just need to keep writing and learning. The key to attracting traffic is to write informative articles with titles that people are searching for. It's a numbers game until you hit on a rich seam of a topic
Marisa's also got some useful articles for new hubbers. Just click on her profile pic to the left of her comment.
I have one: 'Writing a Good Article for HubPages'. We're not allowed to post links to our own content unless we need help with something.
I am very sorry that you got burglarized.I live in the ghetto myself so I expect to get robbed haha. Already had our apartment laundry room 15 feet away from us broken into I think 3 times this year. Promoting your articles around will help get traffic. Find some home security groups on Facebook is one place to start. It Is important for everyone to be aware of danger, so parenting groups, post traumatic stress groups are others too :-)
Glad to 'meet you' here and find out a little more about you and your family. You'll find the people here to be pretty friendly in many ways' but you have to 'get out' and meet them, that means visiting their articles and saying hello.
Most people here don't mind that you write a comment on their articles (we actually enjoy it).
One rule that many of us have is that when we visit and leave a comment, we kind of expect the same.
Anyway, the chief thing is to enjoy what you write here, if you enjoy itm then others will enjoy reading it!
Hope things go well for you.
Lawrence, you said, "One rule that many of us have is that when we visit and leave a comment, we kind of expect the same."
That is true of many Hubbers, but by no means all of them - so I'm a little sensitive about suggesting it to new Hubbers. Whether a new Hubber adopts that rule, depends on why they're here. If they're here to socialise, then it's a good rule to follow. If they're here to make money, it's a bad rule to follow!
Many people think that reading and commenting on each other's Hubs is helping each other to earn income. It's not. We make money from outside visitors, not other Hubbers. So spending hours networking with each other is like abandoning your desk and spending your day at the water cooler - more fun, but it's not helping pay the rent.
Also, HubPages now asks us to deny comments that don't add value to the Hub (i.e., you should only allow comments asking a question or expressing an opinion about the topic, and likewise your replies). If you have comments which are just compliments, or replies that are just "thank you", they dilute the Hub and can damage its search-engine-friendliness. Again, if you're here to socialise, that won't matter - but if you are here to earn money, it's disastrous, because over 90% of income comes via the search engines.
Thank you for the advice. I have only been here 2 weeks so it's great to get advice from other "veteran" hubber's! Yes, my "goal" is too make some type of "passive income stream" on here writing, I am finding out though that it may take awhile to start seeing some "real money" from writing hubs??? I do enjoy writing though too, so If I dont make any real money it's not a total loss!
May I ask, how is the income once you get well established on here? Do you, or any other hubber's you know make any kind of income on here? I am curious to find out if my goal is attainable, or not. Thank you again for the advice!
It's very, very hard to answer the question "how is the income", because (a) it varies so much from person to person and (b) HubPages has just gone through a major transformation - to the point where past earnings are absolutely no indicator of what we might earn in the future.
HubPages used to be one site. Now it's a suite of several sites, each one specialising in one broad subject area. Strictly speaking they're called vertical sites, but we tend to call them "the niche sites".
The main site, HubPages.com, is just a clearing house now - when you first publish a Hub, it appears on HubPages, but then a member of staff assesses it, to see if it's good enough to be moved to one of the niche sites. If it is, it'll be moved within the first few weeks. If it isn't, it stays on HubPages.com.
Your goal should be to write Hubs that are good enough to get moved to the niche sites, because that's where you stand a chance of earning a decent income (Hubs that are left behind on HubPages.com don't do nearly as well, as a rule). But even then, don't expect miracles. Writing here (or anywhere else online) is a long-term investment.
The idea of passive income is that you write an article, which you could sell on a freelance site for, say, $30. But you publish it here instead. If you're lucky, that same article will earn you $2 per month, so in a year you've still been paid less than if you sold it - but in two years, you're better off, and in five years, you're laughing. I have Hubs I wrote eight years ago that are still earning.
If you check out my profile, you'll find several Hubs on the slider which you might find helpful in getting started.
Firstly, there's no such rule. Secondly, it's against ToS to ask for reciprocal visits/comments. Thirdly, anyone who expects that from me will be sadly disappointed
HubPages is primarily a writing site, not a social media platform. However, the forums are pretty cool.
Edit: Hi Tara, welcome to HP.
Hi Lawrence, Nice to meet you! Thank you, for the kind words, and the advice! I will definently take that into consideration. I do enjoy reading other's "Hubs" on here as well, this seems like a great community of people. Thanks again,
How many views are you getting on your articles? Could be because you are new. But they will keep growing with time. Keep on posting, don't give up.
I am also struggling with traffic issues but wondering, if a hub does really well, how many views does it get in 24 hours? How do we measure?
Good question...I can tell by looking at my "account" you can see your page views for each article you have wrote. There are columns next to your articles it tells you page views for 1 day, 7 days..etc... and if any of your articles have a little blue arrow pointing down next to them it means "traffic falling" on that particular article. I'm new here so I'm going to keep writing and see what happens...good luck to you! just keep writing, I think it's all about what subjects people are most interested in... Take care,
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