Help! I have no traffic at all!
Ok, I would really appreciate some feedback. I have written a few hubs yet I do not have any traffic at all. I do not think my hubs are badly written and they are not duplicated in any way. Is it because I have not promoted them at all? My hub author score is quite high at 86. Any advice at all would be really helpful.
You're still pretty new, so that's probably a big part of it. I noticed you have some titles that use words that are likely to be searched for, so that's good. Some of your Hubs have titles that aren't as likely to be something someone would be searching for. (A ton of mine are, because when I first signed up I just answered requests/questions and didn't know enough to change the wording of the title.) Chances are, though, it's more about your being pretty new and having a relative few Hubs (so the odds of getting traffic aren't as good as with a "ton" of Hubs).
You may want to try promoting them, especially since you're new. Some titles (in general, not specifically talking about yours now) get traffic without a lot of promoting because they're really "searchable" or in demand. In general, though, promoting is better than not promoting. I've got some that I never bothered promoting, and now they get some traffic (not much) - but I've been on here for more than two years. Originally, I didn't have search engines in mind when I wrote (like the first hundred or so Hubs LOL). I came "just to write". Now I have a "zillion" that have bad titles and should have been promoted, and the task of fixing all that is overwhelming. That's why I'd suggest you keep search engines very much in mind when you create titles now, while you're new. I'm earning quite well (so don't get discouraged), but I could be earning so much more if I'd fix the titles and promote some of those that I haven't bothered with.
Based on so much that's been said here (and the most recent HubPages mailing mentions it too), I think titles may be the most important thing. If you haven't participated in the forums or commented on some people's Hubs you may want to try that. Comments show that the Hub is getting new stuff on it, and it can help with Google.
Go and chat in the forums, introduce yourself to people and read other people's hubs and leave comments. People @ HP will start knowing you and slowly your internal traffic will increase.
With search engine traffic it does take minimum upto a month to see improvements in traffic, but if you start backlinking now, you will give yourself a head start.
Don't feel bad. I haven't published any hubs at all. But I'm relatively new to HubPages. Still, I have a horrid approval rating so far. I'm a journalist by trade. Let me point out a few observations I've seen on this site.
Most of the hubs getting lots of activity are on subjects that are controversial. These include topics like religion, politics, homosexuality versus Christianity, using sex toys and generally anything that gets the blood boiling. Considering you live in the U.K, maybe you could get the latest dirt on the movie scene. And royalty is always a hot topic. But controversy is what gets "hits" on your hubs.
Another hot item on HubPages are "how-to" articles. Drawing from one's own experiences is the best, as that provides a ground level School of Hard Knocks perspective that people appreciate. Brie Hoffman just published an interesting how-to on being a single parent, for example.
The bottom line is that you've got to hit the hot buttons. What's current, what's new, or what's going to be the latest always stirs activity. Use good keywords.
And don't be concerned about getting down and dirty (within HubPages guidelines). You can capitalize on that.
Here's another idea: Have a regular "beat" like a reporter. Cover things that interest you like theater, movies, or music. Imagine that you are a reporter writing a society column for a local newspaper and you have to fill the page. But don't make it bland. Remember that people want to be entertained and amused -- like nobody has a life and you have to provide one for them (which is almost true).
Anyway, if it makes you feel any better include me among your list of followers. And I'll check your stuff daily.
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