SO, I've just started this thing today and I'm still kind of lost on how so many people can come up with ideas the way you do... Can you give me some tips and ideas?
Oh and these things are so not easy to navigate... I'm a natural blonde and unfortunately I tend to fit the ditsy sterotype so I have a hard time... What in the world can I do to get more hits?
Targeted keywords and more tags would be the first thing I would say. Oh, and some patience!
Let's put it this way. You have to sit down and think backwards. What would someone type into Google to find your hub? Let's take your 'body art' hub. Your keywords are probably 'body art' and 'tattoos'. If someone typed into Google "information on tattoos", you would want to see your hub come up, right?
Two things you did right was scatter the word 'tattoo' through the post and use it as a "tag". One thing you did wrong was not having the word 'tattoo' in your URL. Go to that hub and look at the URL - it's the same as the title. When you create a hub, it gives you the option to have a different URL than your title. You should always try to have your main keyword in your URL.
So your tattoo hub may do very well in Google, eventually. I say "may" because it all depends on whether there are 1,000,000 big tattoo websites out there that have spent gazillions of dollars on SEO. You may never get near page 1 of Google if that's the case. Or there may be a lot less competition. Who knows? Only time will tell!
They will come in time, I see you wrote about tattoos in yer 1st hub. Great choice as tattoos does get a lot of reads and is one of my most popular. Just a case of patience, anyways welcome and good luck !
Having joined quite recently myself, the best advice I can give you is not to worry tpo much about getting hits until you've got a good few hubs written. Then search for hubs that others have written about how to make money and getting hits etc and there are also several hubs about how to pick what to write about.
Don't worry if you don't understand what people are suggesting. You pick up tips here n there n then you can build on them. Also, I've found that on days when I post a lot in the forums I get more hits too!
The upcoming hubpage challenge is a perfect way of learning whilst you write your hubpages.
It's all about writing articles and stuff you know about already really and just getting into it, the hits will come in time once you get more interactive either in the forums or on other hubpages by adding comments, the more hubpages you read that provide some great tips, then the better learned you'll be to be a hubpage winner, just takes small steps at first with a little trial and error thrown in for good measure...Welcome To Hubpages...Bubblesofdeath!!!
I'm no expert on getting hits for our Hubs, but as for how to think of topics, you don't HAVE TO pick a great keyword to enjoy writing unless you're flat out in it for the money. Many are, but not all.
If you're NOT, then writing about what you know is not a bad way to go. For example, my Hub on How To Build A Survival Cabin On A Shoestring Budget does NOT make a lot of money because the most vital keyword (survival cabin) is not Searched by a ton of people. If you're living in urban Detroit or L.A., you don't much care what us fringe dwellers might be doing to survive.
On the other hand, that Hub gets lots of traffic and lots of Comments and may have helped a few people. You'll note that the keyword IS included in the title/URL (as lrohner pointed out should be done).
I've also noticed that "roaming" a few other Hubs daily helps to keep me sharp. And then again, you've done exactly the right thing by hitting the Forum to ask for help. Took me nearly 18 months to get around to doing that. (Slow student.)
Welcome to HubPages!
Before you worry about finding topics, I suggest you read Darkside's Hubs all about Hubbing - you'll find lots of good tips on how to do a good layout and how everything works. If you're looking to make money online, Lissie has lots of good Hubs about that.
You can write about anything you like - to start with, I suggest you just write about whatever interests you, because you'll write best on those topics.
I also recommend reading Girly_girl she has a good Hub on optimising your Hubs.
THanks for all the suggestions and help... I'm still trying to come up with things but te advice that I've been given here has gotten me started and that's what I need!
Well, the advice you've gotten so far is right on the money--so I'll just say Welcome!!
Yep, excellent advice here from wiser folks than I. Welcome from me, too, and I'll go have a look-see at your hubs now.
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