On what platforms do you promote your hubs? Where have you had the best results?
I don't promote them anywhere apart from Pinterest... and that's because it's easy. I just try to satisfy the Great God Google.
I posted an article on Reddit once and it got 10,000 clicks in 24 hours. Man, that was a good day.
Everywhere but personally I found it's a pretty much futile exercise. Most traffic will result from organic search, i.e. people searching on Google or other search engines for information as they need it and coming across your hubs. Pinterest can generate some traffic if you're lucky, but use appealing images that people will collect on their boards and hopefully readers will follow the link back to your hubs.
Thank for the response eugbug. Have you had any luck with twitter or facebook?
No, maybe half a dozen or less views per day from Facebook, and if I'm lucky, a couple per month from Twitter and that's after thousands of tweets over 6 years. I write articles that provide people with information so I should have learned by now that people look for information on demand, rather than following links to articles when they're shoved in their faces. They may bookmark useful sites/articles after following a link, but I know that most of the pages I bookmark in my browser, I forget about and just re-Google when I wan't info.
I think that Pinterest is helpful for a newbie but not worth the time for someone that has been here a while.
Since I read your "Why you will never make money on Hubpages" essay, it looks like you already know the downfalls here and realize that this is not the path to success. I guess I have one question. Why do you have so few hubs here after so many years? You are a talented writer and could be putting together articles that will get search engine traffic.
My advice is not to waste time looking to social media to save you.
G3 can do it for you.
Hi Dr.Mark1961. Thank you for reading my "Why you will never make money on Hubpages" essay. I started out writing hubs almost five/six years ago but was off the site for a while as I focused on my full time job. I has luck initially but then the earnings dropped drastically. This was back when Hubpages as a site was having a lot of trouble.
I usually like to write fiction and humour driven content, which I figured was not the kind of content that gets a lot of traffic. I have never been great at figuring out what kind of writing would rate well on G3!
Thank you for your kind words!
Don't know that I would agree with that. Pinterest is not a huge source of views for me, but it does add up. I'm seeing 100+ per day, and the all time total from Pinterest is 88,000 views: at $5 per thousand, that's several hundred dollars of income for very little effort. Others have reported that they do much better.
Just checked, mine is at 36,000 from Pinterest. I agree with not spending time on Pinterest too. But like you say, some people have seen a lot of success there. But I do take the time to make made for Pinterest images and you have really good original pics that would naturally do well too.
Zara, give this a read when time permits https://toughnickel.com/self-employment … -Pinterest
You are assuming that those 100 visitors a day are impressions. They might just be page views, in which case they are not earning. The person visiting might come over to see a photo and not even stay around to read the article.
I just checked my "ever" traffic sources for Pinterest and I have a huge number. The traffic was really important to me the first few years I was writing on here.
Unfortunately I have no idea how many impressions I have from that site.
Now I have to check mine: 57,636 all time from Pinterest. The other 2,879,880 come mainly from search engines and the network sites.
I'm hot on TT2's tail
Awesome With all this complaining of traffic drops and stuff, I just realized that I am at 1.5 million. Took 7 years to hit 1 mil and just 7 months for the next half. The niche sites rule!
Back to topic, Zara, it woudl be wise to focus on search traffic for your How to articles and other evergreen topics if you want the numbers, but while doing that make your content shareable (made for Pinterest pics), this way you get social shares but don't have to share it yourself. For your Zombie articles, it's probably better to try and get them shared on social media.
If you were looking for social media traffic and referral traffic of those sorts, medium is a great place to write. Glenn writes there, maybe he can chip in.
About to reach 10 million here, thanks to Google. I never share my articles anywhere, though. Almost no traffic from social media websites.
Cool. I'm surprised your hubs are not shared on FB, I would think this is the kind of stuff people would be willing to share on their FB profile as a lot of their friends would also be interested in it.
I don't know if my hubs have been shared on social media websites. I for one haven't shared them. Let me check on the traffic sources.
Yeah, I've never personally shared any of my hubs either, it's the viewers who share them. I do sometimes try to make a Made for Pinterest image, which I realized does well on the snippet. It helps my readers share.
Thanks Lobobrandon. Currently for some reason pintrest is blocked for Indian users? Don't know why!
Will surely look into medium. Do you write on any other sites besides Hubpages?
Nope, I don't. Just HP and an own website. Yup, I remember this. It was blocked along with a few other domains that "promote illegal downloads, torrents and the spread of copyright protected stuff"
I've had some lick with Reddit but it takes a great deal of time since you can only promote one of your own articles for every 20 other links that you have no connection to that you promote (that includes HP and niche sites meaning they have those domains limited so you can only promote links from any of those sites once for every ten other site links you promote. This is the case even if you are promoting articles written by another hubber.) I usually try to log in every so often and promote certain articles I think are interesting and comment on a few sites I'm following even when I don't have an article that I want to promote right away. Later when I do I then already have enough other links that I don't need to wait to promote mine. I usually use Reddit when I have published a new article to try to build up traffic or when my earnings seem particularly low so I risk not making payout.
Reddit tend to be a pretty snarky community though that differs a little by subreddits. The interesting thing with this is when you have someone write something negative in the Reddit comments this usually has the effect of greatly increasing views as others want to see what the person is talking about.
I also use Saidit which is a newer platform that is trying to be a positive version of Reddit. Saidit doesn't have a large number of members so I maybe only see 10 to 12 views from them a day but it's building slowly. Good luck!
Thanks Natalie. I have had a very similar experience with Reddit.... got a few negative comments but that only ended up creating traffic to those hubs. Never tried Saidit... will give it a go!
You're welcome. I get burned out on Reddit regularly and swear off it for a while as i get tired of people attacking my articles, posts and sometimes me or in one case even my mother! More often than not the attacks are based on a complete lack of understanding and tbey will use something I writers an excuse to get into fights with each other. It's a bit of an odd community. Saidit is better.
Natalie, I have had “Reditors” attack me for some of the so-called stringent financial advice that I give to them. For example, one person had circa $50,000 in credit card debt and didn’t know what to do. I suggested that they start writing down every cent they spend and to start eliminating “frivolous” expenses, and to use that money toward debt payments. The person attacked me by saying that they “didn’t have time to do that.” Some people don’t like being told what to do.
From time to time, I post links to articles on Reddit, but v-e-r-y sparingly. Yes, I do receive traffic from both old and new Reddit from these links. However, Reddit has very strict rules about posting links to websites, articles, etc. In addition, I help other “redditors” with their questions and concerns about financial issues.
I haven't quite mastered how to do this yet (a black laser is technically difficult) but I was thinking of painting a QR code on the roof of my house since I'm on an approach path to the airport.
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