Do you write Hubs based on SEO potential or personal interest?
A while back I got bored of Hubpages because after doing keyword research, a lot of research for a topic I didn´t really cared about and putting it all together (it took almost half a day) the articles turned out to be flukes
Then I wrote just for passion, local topics I knew about without having to do any research, personal opinions mostly. My number one hub is a Colombiafilm review I made easily, My second one is keyword research hub about Canada Goose jackets. So both methods tend to work, but working on a topic you master is probably 5 times easier to write about.
On one hand, I can only write about what I know. On the other hand, I try to utilize key words to make it more searchable.
The most ugly part of SEO is doing Keyword research. It takes time and even if the title is exactly the keyword phrase people are looking for, Google will still show on the top spots webpages with better rank but not with optimized title.
I write strictly about my personal interests. I tried to play the SEO game when I first joined here but eventually I had to admit that I totally sucked at it, so I stopped trying to chase trends/etc..
Now I write stuff, throw it out there and if it takes off, hey, great. If not, oh well, I write more stuff and try again.
It's obviously not the most profitable way of doing things around here but it's way less stressful.
I agree. I write about industrial sites and company theories! lol Not many people are shopping 4 that, but I still enjoy writing them. If I relied on this site for my main income, I might make some compromises, but 4 now I don't have 2 do that.
Trying to follow the keyword research thing I came along the Atltanta City Pass. It had great traffic and few competitors, I made a long article with 3 days to make.. and it has been a great fluke. Since then I no longer take extra efforts to hub
SEO is a set of techniques used to make webpages as easy to find as possible. Any topic can be SEO optimized. If people search for that topic, SEO optimized pages on the topic have the advantage of being easily found.
Unless your particular genius lies in writing things that don't really interest you, you probably ought to stick to things that do. It's not like that really narrows the topics you can write about much if you're an average person.
It's difficult to achieve the level of depth and enthusiasm readers who are interested in the subject will best respond to if you don't give a rat's patootie about the subject. If you are incredibly skilled, you can do it. But if you are incredibly skilled, you probably ought to try to write professionally, rather than on content farms.
Personal interest. It is easy to write and it is usually pretty easy to tell when someone is just writing for the potential money. (I am sure you have read some of these, and it makes me unlikely to browse HP since some articles have been written just for numbers, without passion.)
I disagree with FatFreddysCat in it not being the most profitable way to go; I have had millions of page views. His articles are written with passion and interest but there does not seem to be enough searches in most of his subjects.
So is it necessary to stick to one subject? I think so. You just have to find an area where there are plenty of searches.
(Btw, I had written several hubs on Brazilian recipes and some of our religious festivals. I have deleted all of them since there was no interest in those subjects. If you want to succeed here you just have to keep trying different alternatives.)
"His articles are written with passion and interest but there does not seem to be enough searches in most of his subjects."
Sad but true..., but I'm OK with that. I figure if I posted them on a blog of my own, they'd just be ignored there too.
Good point. That´s another problem with me though, I don´t stick to a single topic, I write about many different stuff
I write hubs based on personal interest because until now I don't really understand and follow the SEO method. I just write about things that I am interested in like gardening, travel, food recipes, and languages. I read about writing what you know when I started here and that is what I am doing. I have not written much hubs but I intend to add more. The one thing that I noticed that get the most views are my language hubs about the Spoken Arabic language.
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