I started out my journey on Hubpages with the intention of creating educational articles. What initially attracted me to HP was a free and open platform for generating public writing. I spent years attempting to communicate tricky ideas on other platforms. These other platforms did not provide an atmosphere for other intellectuals or the space to communicate ideas in such great depth.
Over the past 5 months I've published 14 articles - most of which have been featured on niche sites. Needless to say, I've adapted quite well. Now I'm starting to think about how I might monetize some of these publishings.
I am currently signed up and active with my advertisement plug-ins like Ad sense and so on. How do I start getting the pennies to roll in?
It's all about views. Get your number of article views up and you will make more money. That could start with more search engine friendly titles and promoting all your articles on your social networking pages and other sites. Use Twitter, Facebook, Google +, LinkedIn and so on. Try to increase the number of followers you have on those sites too.
Are you talking about SEO stuff? I need a good dose of education there.
I don't use facebook or twitter but I do have G+ and LinkedIn. I'll try that next time.
I have had some do very well on Google +. Twitter posts work best when you have a photo included with the post. It also helps to develop a social network marketing routine. I wrote an article on that you might want to read. https://hubpages.com/technology/My-Dail … ng-Routine
You might want to consider writing E-books too.
Nice. I just followed you. I really love reading on the topic you're writing about.
You should sign up for the HP Ad program, and maybe when possible use the Amazon program to promote books you've read on the topic or something on those lines. Good luck, and great work.
Just one point I'd like to make, I would suggest you don't write in parts. Don't say part 1 and part 2. Find a different title or merge them together. I do not think the niche sites would accept articles which are not complete on their own, which having parts implies.
I have all the ad programs, bells, and whistles activated. I haven't actually made much effort to advertise products except for a documentary series on Amazon prime in one of my most recent articles. That was my attempt to see how the new capsules worked. Today I went back to check on it and it was deleted for some reason so I tried again with a better description of the "product". I don't expect much from it though because it's not a high traffic article but I get the concept behind doing that in the future.
Funny you mention the Part 1 and Part 2 stuff. A while back I received an email from someone at HP telling me to remove it or else they couldn't publish it on Ownlcation. Back then that didn't matter to me. I was simply building a portfolio if you will. They never took it down from the niche site, though haha. It was a bluff apparently.
I think the only products I would be privy to marketing are books anyway. So, I'll try to incorporate more of those. Book readers are a minority among consumers so I might need to research what other types of relevant products there are to promote within my genre.
You probably have 60 days to remove the part 1 before they take it off Owlcation, just a hunch. If they didn't mention a time limit, then no worries. But if you want to get readers via search, it is important that you do not have a part 1 and part 2 as the titles are too similar.
One thing I've tried to do is hyperlink my articles together. They are all designed on an elementary foundation of topics and much of the subjects I write about can be stitched together in a logical fashion with the others. This is one way I've attempted to increase overall traffic; giving one reader the opportunity to bounce around my entire cache of contents.
It's also a tough nut to crack because the general threshold of peoples attention on any other platform is quite low. People don't like to read long drawn out statements of any kind. I've even noticed this in academia. People who should otherwise be driven to read don't like to haha
Yet the criterion for quality articles is somewhere in the realm of at least 1000 words.
Is there a "sweet spot" - so to speak - in terms of length (word count) of the article and traffic?
A lot depends on your target demographic. My two most popular articles are product reviews for musical instruments. The target demo is obviously musicians. The instruments I chose were ones that are classic instruments so the demand for them will always be there and people considering purchasing them will often read the online reviews. The eviews get into the technical specs musicians care about. So their limited attention spans can sometimes make it through a lengthy article. I also have mostly musicians following me on my social networking accounts. So many of my followers are my target demographic.
It sounds like you've adopted a lot of business tactics. I don't blame you. I'm just not sure I'll have the time or resources to devote to that. At this point, I'd like to figure out how to make 1 dollar and go from there.
I'm still interested to hear about writing an ebook! Have you made them? What do you use them for?
You can publish ebook in Kindle format through kdp.com kindle Direct Publishing and for ebooks in PDF format lulu.com. I have products I have created on my merchandise page on my website. <link snipped>
It is a lot of work marketing your stuff unless you have money for an advertising budget, which I don't. Even if you do have an ad budget, you need to know your target demo and where to reach them. It stinks because life would be much simpler if all I needed to concentrate on was creating and not have to worry about marketing. But, if you have the good fortune of one thing taking off, it will help promote the rest.
Excellent. Thank you very much for the information.
And yes, monetizing creativity is a fools game unless we pick up a scent. I suppose it would be a rough journey if it was my only form of income. Fortunately, it's not so I can build upon it over a long period of time.
I just started with HP on Friday. I have a few articles up now and activated all of the advertising options. Amazon is activated but I haven't used it yet. I actually generated some $$ on Monday and yesterday - not a lot, but it's a start and more than I expected. If you have over a dozen articles published and all of the ads are activated, I'm surprised you haven't seen any revenue yet. How long ago did you activate the ads? Did you double check to make sure everything is setup correctly?
That looks good - it says active. If you click on the reports in the last column, it will show the number of impressions, CTM, and earnings...
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