I am currently writing and plan to write on somewhat polarizing topics, so I don't want to tell my Facebook friends when i write an article (I keep my politics closely guarded in this day and age). With that said, I'd really like to drive lots of traffic to my articles.
How do I go about doing this.
Thank you and don't forget to read my articles...I'm new at this but I believe they are kind of interesting if you like music/pop culture.
first off, get over the embarrassment of your political belief(s). most of us have at least one.
second, if you don't want to use fb as a network site, get over that too.
third, promote your work if you want to "drive lots of traffic to" your articles.
if your political beliefs are polarizing your friends, they're not really your friends.
Use the search facility. There are already loads of great hubs and forum threads on driving traffic to your hubs.
you listen to music to annoy your parents?
you watch the same tv ad over 200 times?
and you're worried about your facebook friends because of your ability to polarize???
how about a profile and a pic if you want traffic?
at the very least, get a life.
why so annoyed with a stranger who doesn't want to share his political beliefs with people close to him/her? i tend to avoid political conversations myself, more because other people aren't tolerant, not because i'm intolerant. i'll talk all day if it's civil. i don't understand the animosity in your replies to this person just looking for a way to reach out to people with similar beliefs/views. try some tenderness, brother. we're all in this together, right?
if you still want to use facebook, create a second account for advertising. create your own groups and pages, also if you willing to invest a little more time, join mafia wars (they have the most players of any facebook game). MW players are extreme, there are countless joining groups, commonly knowns as 'mafia wars pimps'. People are more than willing to add you as a friend for the sole purpose of gaming on MW. You can find some of these gamers with 5000+ facebook friends.
Runner, do you want readers or do you want paying traffic?
If you want to earn money here, forget networking with friends. It doesn't hurt, but it's not where the bulk of your earnings will come from. You need to learn about SEO and getting the attention of search engines. There's plenty of information if you browse around the forums and Hubs.
bit off topic but re mafia wars, it is listed in the top 3 keywords directing traffic to hubpages. (alexa.com)
keywords directing traffic
3) mafia wars cheats
This is the way to go (backlinks)They make a world of diffence when it comes to ranking high in the search engines
Runner, I understand what you mean about bothering your friends. Are they strongly opinionated politically, too?
It can be a bit like opening your coat to reveal yourself naked, at first. They might stop in shock for a second, but you end up finding more support than you originally thought. It can also open up conversations between you that couldn't have happened, otherwise. Then you don't have to hide anything from your friends.
If you respect your friends, give them the opportunity to know how you really think.
But, if you just can't do it, then Bovine has very good advice.
Thanks...I've learnED a lot about obtaining traffic. My good friends range from ultra conservative to ultra liberal. I am liberal on most issues but I don't really judge people on their ideology too much if their good people otherwise.
The problem is people act normal and functional until you mention politics and then things get changed and people start becoming irrational quick. I've post Onion articles that have spawned inflammatory comments (not as me so much as people vs other people). So I am staying apolitical, however, I got some awesome tips on starting another Facebook account, and I found out about other ways to get the word out that I never heard of before.
I recently linked a hub I wrote without thinking to my family. Turns out they went and read quite a few of my articles, there are a few that I am not sure I wanted them to read, personal stuff. Of course they found those articles and read and had the nicest things to say! I guess I didn't need to worry but writing about my past and family stuff is delicate and I did try to remain as neutral as possible when writing for fairness sake so it all worked out for the best. If you try to write in a fair and balanced way chances are you should be fine with your friends.
Nobody cares what you write about until it strikes a personal chord with what they want to read about.
You succeed with traffic when you deliver what people want.
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