how do I increase traffic? Such as tips and tricks. I Love writing and I want to improve but I am also a stay at home mom so making a little side money would be nice.
You can make money on HP but it will probably take you some time. The daily cents become half a dollar, becomes a dollar, becomes 2 dollars. It'll take weeks, months, years of working hard and maintaining useful information in your articles.
Perhaps you could exploit the Korea move to begin with - write about city attractions, the beaches, the mountains, scenery, lifestyle, food, habits, traditions etc etc etc. before branching out into other topics. Put all the info into quality articles - follow the guidelines, learn from writers who are successful - check out the Learning Center - and keep the articles coming steadily, don't stop, build up your stock and don't let setbacks stop you. Write write write some more.
It took me a long time and a lot of articles to figure out what I could do, and do well enough to get the respect of almighty Google. After more than 8 years I know of a few things I can do well enough to make a bit of money from this, but the only way to make money is by traffic, and traffic comes from one thing - ranking high in Google search.
Really, you just need to write about what you know the very most about because that is what you'll wind up having the enthusiasm you need to write good articles.
Write about a specialized how-to topic that you know about and love to write about.
Like Wesman said it takes writing a good number of articles. HP offers tons of articles and tips on how to be successful. You can peruse the HP high-ranking writers and see what topics they write. All in all, it takes hard work. Good luck!
Thank you both! I've definitely been searching the feeds to see what gets the most attention.
I think you're off to a good start with your "How to move to Korea" article. This is something the average person probably doesn't know much about, but that people probably search the internet for regularly. However, I think you could improve it and get it featured by adding an intro paragraph, and then more details and specific, helpful information. For example, you could name some of the Facebook groups or give suggestions of neighborhoods or apartment complexes near the base. Think back on your move and include everything you can remember that was helpful to you. Another suggestion is to add some photos that are more relevant, such as of your new place or of the neighborhood, or maybe "how to" photos illustrating some specific tip, for example if there are specific instructions for packing or addressing the boxes you had shipped. You could also break the article into sections, giving each section a subheading, such as "Things to do before you go" or "packing and shipping tips" or "How to find the perfect new home from afar" or "Get clued in on the culture before you arrive" etc.
Once you've gotten this article featured, think of topics in that same vein -- things you know something about that the average person doesn't, which the average person will use Google to find info about. Your bio mentions you love lists; lists can also be made into good articles. People are always searching for lists they can use to give them ideas or help them make a decision: lists of attractive paint color combinations, lists of alternatives to sugar, foods high in (whatever) vitamin or mineral, wedding first-dance songs, high-paying jobs that don't require a college degree, etc.
thank you so much! I love your ideas and I am jotting down notes on how to improve this article right now! I feel like my headers need be more attention-grabbing. So that is where I will start but I love the feedback you gave!
Use Google to find topics/titles people are searching for. Type a likely topic into the search bar... off the top of my head and because there's one sitting next to me, type in 'black dog'. Don't press enter. Can you see a list? I'm quite fascinated by 'black dog depression'. That's an old expression you don't hear much of these days. I could probably write an article about that if I thought about it.
First thing you'll see is "People are also searching for..." Another list. And there's a title "What Is the Black Dog of Depression?"
Now scroll down to the bottom of the results. And there's another list. I can see some good sub-heading suggestions there. So that's a whole article just from a random search. And you know that people are looking for it.
That's one way to get guaranteed traffic
Also, if you want to go deeper, you can look up the competitiveness of the article/keywords you're looking to write about. I use the kwfinder.com tool (you get free 5 daily searches if you create an account, 3 without one) - I tend to write about stuff that is under 35. Don't take it as a general rule, but the lower that number - the easier it is to appear higher in search engines. Plus, by using that tool, you get an approximate number of how many people search monthly for that specific phrase. After I settle on a topic, I go to neilpatel.com/ubersuggest/ to generate more keyword ideas to include in my articles.
These specific keywords are phrases people type in google or any other search engine to find the info they need, therefore including as many in your article (obviously, they need to be related to your subject), will attract a larger number of visitors to your article.
Plus, try to use at least 1 000 words for each article, usually the longer - the better. The 'ideal' word count is classed as being around 1 800 words but that heavily depends on the competition.
Write about stuff you have a passion for and, in time, you'll learn new tricks and traffic will keep improving. Best of luck!
Also - if you are good at research I can see you writing a "How to move to . . . " other countries as well. Maybe start with some relatively near Korea that share things? It would mean going through a lot of info and figuring out what was reliable and what wasn't with resources but it could be done and if you established yourself in that niche you might have quite a bit of success - with associated earnings.
Hi Raven B you have a good start! Don't forget to add photos. I get mine from Pixabay.com. Also consider using polls, quotes, and lists -- just anything to brighten up your articles and make them compete with the good-looking sites that are trying to get traffic too.
Okay, so I first want to say THANK YOU ALL! I have tried using other sites to start blogging before and people were not nearly as helpful as all of you have been. I have a notebook that I make lists of ideas in and I am writing all of your tips down.
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