If you are here to make money with HubPages what is more important to you?
1. My hubs should have long term merit, so they keep attracting visitors.
2. I play the latest trends.
3. Something else.
I tend to go 50/50 Haunty.
I write some which should hopefully keep on attracting audience but some I write just cos its a trend and I know the topic normally gets a lot of views anyway...
I play all of the above. Keep it diverse. Other like to play the niche card. I like to play sub niche and expand my horizons.
One goes up one goes down sometimes they are all up. Then again... sometimes they are all down.
I haven't written many, but now when I write a hub the only thing on my mind is long term.
I don't want hubs that last a few weeks than die, I need hubs that practically never go bad.
Sure I try to write as often as possible and update all my hubs to keep them current, however, I don't have much time on my hands to sit around and write.
if there ever comes a week or month where I have no time, I would hate to earn nothing because I focused on hot trends.
Do both. You need to have short- and long-term cashflow. It's folly to lose out on fast money. Quite frankly, what you think is for the long-term online, might not be.
I think it depends. I tend to aim for long-term stuff, but once made $25 in one weekend (really rare occurrence - never happened again) over a short lived topic. It had to do with finance, so I knew that by writing the hub I'd earn short term (it had been featured on a major news network) and possibly earn in the future. I barely earn from it anymore, but it was certainly worth the $35 or so I made from it for 30 minutes spent writing it.
It was so cool, people were somehow finding my hub by searching for dateline nbc! lol (Has since moved down in ranks)
But, you definitely can clean up nicely on some topics. Cash for clunkers probably would've been lucrative.
I think the best way to go is a 80% long term and a 20% short term. In the long run of things a short term hub will affect your overall hubscore. They might give a nice boost if the subject is important but will fade out and visits will be less then 10 a week in most cases after the trend/fad is over. Using this method of 80/20 if 20% of your hubs are short term it will make less of a harsh impact on your overall score. However take advantage of the popularity of a short term hub to build long term readership. At the bottom of your hub post a link to other hubs you wrote that might prove interesting to the reader. However I wouldn't delete a hub that is short term for instance, take for example the Beanie Baby fab that took place in the 90's and early 2000's. It died down to the point you didn't think of it but McDonalds released a new series of collectible Beanie Babies and sparked new interest. A key is to make sure even in short term it has merit to be a lasting short term for better sucess.
I have a hub about the Olympic Torch Relay that I plan to change before every Olympics. That way, the basics stay the same and earn traffic and the new stuff is topical.
Standard blogging advice is to aim for evergreen.
Chasing trends is usually not worth the effort and heavily competitive
I'm trying for a mix, but it's hard to predict how a hub will be perceived. Most of mine have been attempts to attract long term traffic. Not all seem to be working.
I don't know what the exact ratio is but I write mostly for the long term. I have a couple hubs that were written for either a trend or seasonal event. The trendy hub earned me the most money so far but who knows when that will end and it will end. But it doesn't really matter as long as I keep writing and adding to my portfolio here.
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