Do you write for Google or the internal Hubpage community?
As I read through the Hubpage tutorials they pointed out it is best to write articles that are "Evergreen."However MANY of the articles I read on Hubpages are simple commentary seemingly directed toward their Hubpage followers.
I am beginning to think this is a strategy toward making money on Hubpages. That creating a list of followers is more important than creating a list of "Evergreen" articles.
So far I am traveling the "Evergreen path." Creating virtual writing Real estate that will pop up on Google forever.
Which path are you following and why?
Since joining last year I've concentrated solely on evergreen topics, until, that is, I got back from vacation this summer and wrote three hubpage hubs. I have to say I saw my traffic jump, but it may be short-lived, or just coincidence, since some of my evergreen topics have earned some seniority in the meantime. What you want is organic traffic from Google, but boosting hub author traffic appears to boost visibility in general, and hubs about hubs certainly draws that traffic. Let us know how it goes for you.
Yea, some Hubpages having no discernible evergreen content have dozens, sometimes hundreds of comments. Maybe I'll weave in a few Hubpages "for sharing."
The whole writing for Google thing kinda irks me but it is what it is.
FatFreddyCat is right. You still have to write what you want (and know, I would add). I look at it this way. If I'm writing here, rather than a journal or blog, it's so interested parties will read it. SEO for google helps us get it to them.
LetitiaFT, If you wouldn't mind could you point me to an example of one of your Hubpages that was NOT written with Google in mind. Thanks
Hi again Mark. We're not supposed to post links to our own hubs here, but basically, 3 of my last four: hubber to hubber summer; one or two hub accounts; & hub challenge. Anything with hub in the title will be of interest to no one but fellow hub
Thanks appreciate it. And thanks for letting me know about the links rule in this answers area!
I write for whoever finds and digs my stuff. If they happen to be random Google searchers or fellow Hubbers doesn't really matter to me.
Google changes their search algorithms so often anyway that it's too much of a headache to keep up with it.
I'll have to say it's much more enjoyable writing what you're interested in.
I figured out pretty quick that I wasn't going to get rich writing for this site so I just do it for fun. There are fewer headaches that way.
O that's an easy one! Google gives me almost nothing for my efforts, but Hubpages always does! The more I write the more I get from Hubpages....but I never see more than a penny or two a month from Google.
It's a mystery to me...especially when I see I have a piece or two on the first page of Google. Now how I can be that good and still get no money from them?
I know of another person on Hubpages who has the same experience.
All his money comes from Hubpages even though HE has a very definite one or two pieces on the first page of Google for his keywords!
A mystery to me.
I am happy with just making my money from Hubpages, but I wish Google would ante up and give me something as well.
After all, I do have my goldfish 'Herbert' to feed and he likes to eat !
While its nice to get noticed on Google, its also nice to have your HubPage friends read and follow your hubs. Its a thin line for all of us. Sure, we try to use the correct SEO and popular topics but the best thing to do is write what you know and like and let the chips fall where they may. If your hubs are good....they will find them (and so will Google)!
I confess... I just write about stuff that I'm interested in that I also think some other people might want to know, too, regardless of where they're from around the world. I get a lot of traffic from Google.com (USA), and HubPages followers, but I also get plenty of traffic from other Google sites around the globe--and not just the English-speaking British and Canadian sites. I write articles because it's fun to do, not to make money or cater to one group or another. Since I know I have a large ROW (Rest of the World) following, however, I am careful to use my best grammar, not use references to US-specific things, and to avoid acronyms and contractions. So far my articles have not been of a topic that will become stale over time, though new information might modify it.
Google, Google, Google all the way!
My writing will never be of interest to all but a few hubbers and that's not going to make me money. That said I write about mainly my own interests and passions which has a linking to what people may be searching on.
While it's nice to have a following on hubpages many are simply following you to increase their own worth on the site so be aware- a follower isn't always a 'follower' from my experience
If you have 100 followers- ask yourself what percentage of those people actually read on of your hubs? From my estimates it's maybe 10% from what i've seen with a lot of my hubs.
Hello Mark. I say you have decided on a well thought out strategy with a glance. Real Estate does have a market, even though its teeters with fluctuation today, yet I am not an expert by any means.
For me, a 'self,' I am not really sure what I will be writing on in the third year here. I know it will be less than last year. I think discovering through exploring either reading, writing, or test marketing is sound.
All the advice here I read is sound. Fat Freddy and I agree on the damn the torpedoes and full steam ahead approach. Tillsontitian (Mary) and I agree regarding followers. I am going to look into what LetitiaFT says regarding hubs about hubs. And, honestly I still do not understand an organic hub concept yet. Her score adds to her credibility as does the others too.
I agree with Laura bunches. For awhile my main flow of traffic was New Zealand and Australia. Then it started flowing to my local market being highest here in Escondido in the San Diego area. Different marketing thoughts with that. Cycling Fitness has some great advice regarding followers. How to determine whom to follow and who follows is an endeavor requiring thought of value and worth
I like Buzzbee's approach and last years adventure in writing as very much the approach of just go for it like Fat Freddy hinted. I do not know if this is worth anything or not. I had over 140 hubs at year end. Now I have 30. My score since is consistently higher and views are greater daily. It may be in flux still, I dun'no.
I did create a plan at the year beginning, approached the market as being that of Hubpages and not necessarily Google, and then learned. However, there was a twist along the way. A most delightful twist too. What was that Cat's name 'Oliver' or was that Wendell . . . now there is a thought that is odd.
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