Where is the take-off point on HubPages? i.e. Where does sustainable growth happen?
I'd been told, "Oh, once you hit about 30 Hubs, you keep getting more and more followers and hits," or some such. Well, I passed that within a couple of weeks. I should be writing number 60 today.
Right now my Hubs have an average score of 76 and my Hubber score is 94.
Is the process more time-centric than hub-centric? I mean, does it just take more time.
Or is it that I just don't write things with enough general interest? I fear that's the case, but really don't care to change my style of writing about whatever I want to whenever I feel like writing.
I have no idea......Read and follow others and maybe they'll do the same!!!!!!!!!!!!
Doug, though I'm new here as well, but I know more than a bit about SEO. Your articles would be a hit on the NYT, but HubPages requires more straitjacketed, SEO optimized content. You don't have to change your style if you like it (and I like it too!) but I'm just pointing out one of the reasons why you might not have seen that explosive growth.
I seem to get more action if I promote. Share on Facebook, Stumbleupon, and Digg. Digg seems to improve your google ranking especially if you get other people to digg your stuff. All those things also take some time. You have to find other people there with similar interests so they will follow you and read and repost your stuff. I assume you are already paying attention to keywords and all that SEO stuff. Your stuff is so good, I feel like there must be other people out there that would want to read it, you just have to get it in front of them somehow. As many hubs as you have you must put a new one up pretty often, but FYI I find that if I wait more than 4 or 5 days between posting a new hub, traffic to all of my hubs falls. But I'm new too, only 6 weeks in, these are my observations so far.
I'm wondering the same thing. I like to write goofy stuff, but I'm wondering if the way to make money is to write about how to iron your clothes or carve a pumpkin.
I'm wondering the same thing about myself. I'm starting to feel frustrated and not sure what to do. But let me say that your style is wonderfully unique and I don't think you should change it. Just my opinion.
There's no solid answer to this question. What has seemed to be happening, in my opinion as a 5 year member, is that over the last five years the "take-off point" has slowly been increasing so that it takes more time and more Hubs as the site grows larger.
In year one or two, things really did shift around the 50 Hub point. Then in year three, it seemed like it took closer to 100 Hubs and a year of those Hubs maturing for traffic and earnings to start to sustain themselves. Now we're in year five, and I'd bet it takes more than 100 Hubs and probably more than a year to get an account established and earning.
Also, remember that HubScores don't mean squat outside this site, they don't impact your earning ability once you are above 75 as an author and that money earning traffic is external, not internal. In short, HubScores are a terrible metric to use when judging success.
I've only been actively writing here on HP for 6 months and I've made over $50 since month #3. For this month, I'm almost at $80.
I think that if you want writing for HP to be sustainable, you have to find the people who would be interested in your hubs and make sure they know your great hubs exist. It's great for me since I am writing crochet patterns and I know exactly where crocheters are hanging out on the net.
Good luck in finding your audience!
For your type of writing, Doug, I would recommend either Squidoo or your own blog. Not that you can't be free spirited on Hubpages, but Squidoo seems to lend itself to that more readily.
And Squidoo editors like that sort of thing. If they notice your Lens and think it's insightful, they may put you on the front page of their HQ blog.
Speaking of free-spirited type of writing, maybe you might be interested in checking out a blog called http://www.psychotactics.com by Sean D'Souza.
He teaches internet marketing, but his style of writing almost close to yours. Somtimes, it's just better learning from people who think the same as you do.
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