Why is it they say it takes about 6 months before hubs see substantial traffic?
I keep on reading from other hubbers that it takes several months before hubs actually realize some traffic inflows. What's the basis or logic behind this?
I'm not sure. It could be that it takes some time before your name gets known and therefore trusted, although this is not always true. Some say that hubs 'mature' but again why should that be if they go straight out onto the world pages. Google is said to prefer content that is refreshed, so if you update hubs every so often they'll gather momentum like a snowball?
I think the time frame for substantial numbers to your hub depends on:
1. the nature of the hub - has it got useful content, evergreen, likely to attract a general audience or a select few? Or is it a flavour of the month type hub likely to be popular for a few weeks then fade away?
2. how you promote the hub - to social sites to gain backlinks, blogs and other sites and so on.
3. the timing - if you write hubs say for sporting occasions or festivals you could get loads of traffic.
Whatever the truth I hope you get decent traffic sooner rather than later!
It's hard to answer this question because you don't define substantial traffic. But I think a lot of it has to do with the experience of the Hubber. New Hubbers, who have never written online content before, have a lot to learn. New Hubbers, who are experienced with online writing, will know more right away and probably get more traffic. However, every platform is different and it takes different skills to monetize them effectively.
Paul Edmondson once said that it took a few years for Hubs to reach their full potential. However he recently amended that statement saying hubs might mature more quickly in this post- Panda and Penguin world.
It also depends on the stability of the HubPages platform. Recently there have been so many changes, it's hard for a new Hubber to see what works well for them.
For me, I had tried several topics and formats and thought I knew what might be working well. But then the patterns changed. I don't know if it was Google, HP or the time of year.
I've only got 27 hubs so that's not very much to make a judgement from.
I'd imagine that as word spreads, hubs would be bumped into online more often.
My traffic has gone down in the last couple of weeks by over 70%. It is very depressing.
The logic is the longer the hub is online, the more links Google can find that point to it. These links are a ranking factor, so they can help a hub (or any page) float up the search engine results over the first few months.
Google's index is also being constantly updated, and it's spread across many data servers. It takes time for these servers to synchronize, and so it could take a month or two before your hub and its associated links percolate through the entire Google ecosystem. This is part of the reason why search results don't always appear constant - sometimes they're pulled from different servers, and webpages will jump around a few spots depending on what server you're talking to.
Longevity also helps enhance the strength of your HubPages profile as it receives more backlinks (from around the web and from within the HubPages community), and this again helps strengthen all of your hubs.
How much this matters depends on how competitive a certain keyword phrase is. If there's little competition, a hub can jump into the top page within a couple days or weeks. For more competitive keywords, it might climb more slowly before it settles into a specific position.
by Kenneth C Agudo 6 years ago
Would you think I must apply now for adsense? I have almost 35 hubs, is it okay now? I have read some forum that they got approved without the 6 month thingy. Some got approved in 3 weeks.
by Sam Dolloff 8 years ago
I have a google adsense account but it wont let me link it to my HubPage. It keeps saying that my account is not old enough. Is this true should I just wait or is there something else I should be doing? I asked this in the questions section and was told my best bet was to try the forum to get some...
by Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 8 years ago
Must we be with Hub pages for 6 months before we can revenue share?Thanks in advance for answering my question. I read that it isn't always the case but I'm curious. I also want your opinion on growing a following as well as writing on multiple sites. I understand quality content and my goal is to...
by Shorebirdie 5 years ago
I have a hub that was moved here from Squidoo in September that I haven't touched at all. But, now it's unfeatured due to lack of engagement. I thought I had four months before stuff like that happened.
by AgarwalAbha 11 years ago
I signed up for adsense, and I get an email that because my site isn't 6 months old, I cannot qualify for an adsense account. And there are ads in my hubs. And how can I earn in the meantime!!!
by Randy Godwin 8 years ago
Well Izzy, today's the day we've been waiting for! Our six months is up at midnight west coast time and suddenly my traffic is dropping even worse! What about yours?oooooxxx0000OOOO(:c-<
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