I have been writing articles and flash fiction stories on HubPages but am unsure what topics are the most popular ones. Also, is it better to write in a specific niche or to try to write in a wide array of topics? Thank you
Don't go for popular articles unless what you are after is a lot of commentary and social interaction. That's all fine, of course, but you shouldn't expect it to equate to income. For income from writing you definitely need to focus on a niche and exploit the heck out of that niche.
The Acai plant/berry, the best investment strategies (ways to lose your money) and the benefits of various MLM marketing schemes (ways to waste your time) have all been written about extensively on HP.
Not sure if any are making it to the niche sites (I surely hope not), but whether they are or not such topics and thoroughly saturated and writing there isn't worth your time. Which can pretty much also be said of any other popular topic - it is already saturated. Find a topic without thousands of competing articles on HP alone, let alone the rest of the world.
Just to be clear, even if there were "popular topics" on HubPages, it wouldn't do you much good. The active community on HubPages is quite small - and we are all writers, not readers. We read each other's work occasionally, but that's not why we're here.
No one else comes to HubPages to browse around and read. Over 90% of our readers come direct to a single Hub from Google, after they've found it while searching for the answer to a question or solution to a problem. They may stay and browse around a few more articles, but that's all.
So you see, it doesn't matter what's popular on the site. It matters what people are looking for on Google.
That being said there definitely are certain hubbers who not only get Google search traffic but have numerous readers regularly on HP, as evidenced by the numerous comments on each of their hubs.
Well, it depends on your definition of "numerous". I have almost 3,000 followers. If every single one of them read one of my Hubs, I'd earn about $3. That's the way HubPages works - for every thousand visits, you earn between $2 and $5.
I know some Hubbers who write for a Hubber audience, but they do it because they enjoy it, not for income.
You have to regulate your comments now though. If someone comments something that isn't directly related to the content of your article, then you need to delete it.
I used to love to socialize in comments, and I used to write things that were inviting of that. Well, the internet has changed. I started socializing in the Q&A, and now that is gone. So for socializing, I'll stick to Facebook, and then some in these forums.
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