I am a new Hubber and have been going at it for just a few weeks. I've got 9 articles up but don't seem to be drawing any traffic. What advice can you more seasoned HubPage pros offer a newbie?
Aim for articles that fit the niche sites. You want them shunted off hubpages.com and onto the others as fast as you can. I think someone has a list of the sites somewhere. So for example, your angel hub needs to be moved to Exemplore. You can submit it yourself. There's a link at the top of the hub that says, 'Submit to a HubPage Network Site'. You can submit one every 14 days, but remember that articles are reviewed for their suitability for the niche sites when they are first published (and that can take a week or two), so start with the oldest.
Once they are moved, you should see traffic improve. Don't forget you can promote on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter, etc.
1) I say start off reading Wrylilt's article on using Google Suggest to find keyword phrases (titles for articles). This will give you at at least a chance at using phrases people are actually using in the search engine to look things up.
2) Make your articles relatively lengthy, not necessarily padded, but give detailed information. It will likely give readers what they want and somewhere in there there will likely be other keyphrases or synonyms for keywords that will give you positions in the search results on Google to bring in more traffic.
3) Use somewhat of a diversity of media in your articles and also break up articles into titled sections (using text capsules in Hubtool), mainly to make it more readable so that the reader isn't just trudging through a long block of text.
4) Expect it to take time to get traffic. Depending on demand for what you wrote about, times vary on how long it takes to get significant or at least relatively significant traffic; anywhere from 3 months to a couple years. Sometimes 6 months or 8 months. I'd say keep writing in the meantime. You can even sometimes accidentally hit on things people are looking for on the Web.
When you decide on titles that use keyphrases (what people actually type into search engines), also consider competition. Google the phrase and see who also wrote on the subject and whether you'd even be able to compete with them. You might want to use Google's Keyword Planner to see how much the phrase is even searched for on the Web. If hardly anyone is searching for it, might not be worth writing about.
The info provided here is good, but I took a look at a few of your articles and see some problems you may want to address.
First, you need to credit the authors of your photos, and you also need permission to use those that are not public domain. You have beautiful photos, but where are you getting them? You can be sued if you use professionally done photos without permission.
You also need to put more info about yourself on your profile page. People do read those, and they are important.
Second, some of your articles are far too short.
I noticed on one article that you didn't have a clear introduction. Each hub should have a beginning a middle and an end. Otherwise, the content just sort of "hangs" there.
You also need to add bios to your hubs.
You write beautifully, but you need to focus on topics that answer people's questions or meet some need they have. Also, any info you provide needs to be complete. I'm not seeing this in some of your hubs. For example, someone is much more likely to read a hub that tells them how to clear a toilet clog than they are to read one about Solar Eclipses.
Anyhow, hope this helps. Welcome to HP. Have patience. I think once you get the hang of how things work, I think you'll do well.
I don't see any Wrylit, but I've listened to Wrylilt in the past and am impressed.
Have patience first. Traffic and earnings will come in due course. Then, please remember hard work pays. So work hard and you will have success.All the best.
1. ) Read the advice above - all great stuff!
2.) Patience.. It took me almost a year before I started seeing any traffic. Now, I receive a decent check every month, so it's worth the wait.
3.) Write quality.. I try to find things that interest people that nobody else write about. That's a tricky thing to do, but once you find a niche, you become known for that. Then write with authority - know your topic, learn writing styles, and make the article interesting.
4.) Take advantage of social media. I have accounts on all of the major social media sites and use them often to drive traffic to new hubs. As people get to know you, you'll start to see an increase in traffic. On Facebook, for example, I'll post several pictures and then an article. It keeps them interested between writings. I can't stress how important this is. While most of my steady traffic is from Google, a lot of new traffic comes from social sites.
5. ) Finally, get a Patreon account. It's like a cross between social media and a gofundme account. People can choose what they see; so on a basic (free) level, I'll post HP articles and a few low-quality photos. From there, I have subscriptions that run $5, 10, 20, and 50 a month, each with different benefits. For HP articles, this is great; it provides another source to drive traffic to the site.. then for me, it's gives me another steady stream of income. Use whatever tools you can.
The biggest thing, have patience. It takes awhile to draw in organic links and to get your hubs tweaked right.
How does this mesh with the concept of duplicate content? Sounds like it might create some problems.
There's no duplicate content.
With Social Media, you post the links to your articles, so that's pretty straight forward.
Patreon is a little different. It works the same way; on a basic level, you post the links to your articles and a preview shows up. Under that, like Facebook, it provides an area to add in a description. I use that as an elongated summary.
With Patreon, that site gives you different levels. So to run through an example.. I post an article on Oklahoma and mark it as "free" (I want people to come here to check out the article). It then goes up on my wall and anyone who knows how to find my account can then visit HP for the article.
But, say I captured a photograph of a Sasquatch descending from a UFO with a tornado in the background. (Hey, it could happen!) All there is is the photo but I don't want to do an article about it. (Of course I would, but it's an example.. ) I can post that picture on Patreon and then set it so that only patrons paying $1 a month can set it. So I got some fuzzy video, I set that at the $5 level. HD video can go at the $10 level. That's where that site helps with income.
Back to HP, since all I'm doing is posting the links and not the articles themselves, there's no duplicate content.
The concept I use is pretty straightforward: Facebook is the teaser; HubPages is the meat, and Patreon acts as the core for all of the media. Then add in the websites, blogs, etc. and that helps drive decent traffic.
Thanks for the info. I took a look and while I can see the potential here, I decided I really didn't want to get involved with starting a business...which is really what they're doing over there. Maybe if I were younger? Glad it works for you, but it's not for me.
All the advice here is spot on. I would say the most important is patience. Even when you do everything right and produce a stellar article that readers really want, it still takes time to build steady traffic. Google has to like you first. I read your article on ways to deal with anxiety. Good job, but remember some topics like dealing with anxiety, are saturated. You're competing with an awful lot of articles on the same. You're on the right track, wishing you success at HP.
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