Hi I know what you mean. I have a few dozen on niche sites. I find that I can expect a third of them to get very few hits, a third to get a few a day, and a third, the "rock stars," get ten or more a day. But this is only after they've been published on a niche site for at least six months.
PeachPurple, I looked at your 'Tips to Eat Well and Age Well' hub, and there are a lot of grammatical errors in it. I particularly noticed that you stated that the majority of elderly people are stubborn, illiterate and stuck-in-the-mud. Making blanket (and erroneous) statements like that will win you no favors with the editors, or your readers. How would you think an older person would feel reading that about themselves?
Menopausal women aren't elderly And the food pyramid is not considered to be a healthy model of eating any more.
If your other hubs are written in the same manner, they probably won't get moved to the niche sites. You might think about working on them and changing the tone of your writing.
I'm off to bicker with myself now, as I have no-one else to talk to other than my dogs.
Peachpurple, if none of your Hubs have been moved yet, then it's very unlikely they will be. You have to submit them (using the "Submit to a network site" link at the top of each Hub). You can submit only one Hub every two weeks.
However, the fact that not one of your Hubs was picked in the first selection makes me worried. As I mentioned on another thread, it would be worth reading my Hub on How to Optimize your Hub - I think it would help you revise your Hub so they are in a style HubPages is looking for, for the niche sites.
I suggest starting at the top - submit your best-performing Hubs first. Make sure they meet the new rules - you'll find a summary of them in my Hub on The Basic Rules.
She's right, peachpurple. You have to improve your articles and submit it to a niche site. I made a couple of mistakes publishing articles that are not worthy of being on niche sites. Now, I'm waiting until October 21 to publish another article that I worked very hard on. It's an Evergreen article on climate change and hurricanes.
I need help with that as well. Things have changed within the last year. I signed up for Hubpages in mid July of last year. Only now have I decided to follow Wrylit's advice on how to Title Hubs. They always need to start with a question. After that, my autism article went from 3 views per day to 14 views today. I also changed the title of one of my hubs, and that hub kept getting traffic.
At any rate, in answer to your original question, to get significant traffic to an article takes two things; (1) it has to be about something people look for and isn't already covered by a strong competitor and (2) it takes time.
Looks like most of your articles are not very old yet; it can take anywhere from 3 months to a year for an article to start getting traffic, depending on the subject. In terms of being search friendly, I've found it's mostly helpful to work on titles to make sure they are search friendly, that titles are phrases people use to search in the search engine. You should go to Wrylilt's profile and look at her articles about crafting good titles.
Marcuscaine, I think you are confused. It doesn't matter if you write in spurts.
You may have read that advice elsewhere (not on HubPages), because it's good advice if you have your own blog. Blogs do best if you post regularly (say, once a week or once a fortnight). If you posted five articles then did nothing for five weeks, your blog would suffer.
However, on HubPages, new articles are being posted every single day by other Hubbers, so it doesn't matter how often YOU post, there's always lots of fresh material.
I think the niche sites vary in traffic attractiveness, even if overall they are still better than HubPages. My hubs on Letterpile barely get anything too. (I depend on Owlcation, followed by Wanderwisdom)
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