Just wondering what sites Hubbers use to promote their articles? I have seen a lot of changes over the years with some sites no longer allowing links in forums or comments, and some article sharing sites just going away. I primarily use Facebook and Twitter these days to share my articles. How about everyone else? What is working for you?
Pinterest mainly. But in my experience, your time is better spent going over your articles to improve their keyword optimization (I use ninja check). I pay attention to my stats for each article and try to revise them every few months, even if it's just a few grammar improvements. Article sharing sites come and go -- for me a combination of editing, optimization, and above all TIME (years, not days) is what puts cash in bank.
I agree! I can have a hub not doing so well (but I thought was awesome when I wrote it!) and go back to find errors with spelling or sentence structure, etc. When I fix those items, many times my hub will become featured. When your hub is featured, they will come!
I've read this thread and am surprised that nobody has mentioned Quora. I get a LOT of traffic from there. I simply just answer questions and leave a link to my HP profile page. I'm listed on Quora as a "swimming pool service professional", and so questions are thrown at me all the time. Short, simple answers, with a link to my HP profile equals plenty of traffic. I get traffic from pinterest, FB, and other sites, but Quora works pretty good.
Thanks for the info about Quora Rob. I've come across Quora a few times when searching for answers online. It sounds very effective for getting traffic to articles. It certainly helps to expand on an answer with a reference to a more detailed source of information. Do you have to pay to use the site?
Ya Quora is completely free. Interesting site too. Read a lot of strange things on there lol.
I read QUORA every day and as you mentioned it is a very interesting site, in fact I have posted two replies this afternoon, one was the history of the Mormon cult and I am expecting to get some death threats from that one, but hopefully they will overlook my words and try to live with some simple truths.
I made an Quora account. I need to start using it more often though. Thanks for the advice.
I have been using Reddit,Mix, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter for promoting my articles. I think social bookmarking has reduced significantly in its importance. Millions of people have left the sites. The sites have in turn adapted by flooding news feeds with irrelevant ad, news and other fluff. Users are turned off by these and many do not even bother with genuine content anymore.
LinkedIn, Twitter and Pinterest are working for me.
I don't, for the most part. Very occasionally I will post a link on FB, but it's more a matter of giving information than to promote the hub, and I don't expect any traffic gains when I do.
I do use Pinterest for new hubs, though, and it has been effective in providing long lasting traffic.
I do social media groups. Facebook has hundreds of groups which are perfect for the subjects I'm currently focused on. I published a thing yesterday, and so, today I shall write an intro or header for the post, and then add the link, and share it in probably more than 50 Facebook groups. That's almost all the promotion I do.
I use Twitter, Blogger, Pinterest, and Youtube to promote my Hubs. I can't figure out which one provides the most readers.
The regular ones are general social media sites: Pinterest, Mix (kind of like Pinterest), Flipboard, Twitter (occasionally), Facebook groups, and LinkedIn. I recently started sharing on Saidit, a new social media forum that reminded me of Reddit, but more a lot more civil and inspiring. And then I also share on more niche content marketing sites too, like Growth Hackers, Indie Hackers, etc. I sometimes visit Maven to read stories, but I haven't shared anything there yet.
Thanks for your replies, everyone. I also pin all the images in my articles on Pinterest, and it appears to be a good way to drive traffic to my articles. I never thought of using Facebook groups. Will check that out. I have posted on Reddit, but have found it to be kind of cumbersome to use. I will check out some of the other sites mentioned.
I use Saidit, Reddit (occasionally), Pinterest, Mix, FB and Twitter both sometimes but haven't seen any real traffic from the last two.
You can't share anything on Maven. It's independent websites listed as channels not an open platform like this one. You can only publish there if invited to move your website there.
Pinterest. I've spent the last 6 months learning Pinterest marketing and you can get many thousands of visitors a day from there IF you're writing on topics that Pinterest users love.
The main ones that do well there are:
Making money blogging
I'm happy to help anyone who'd like to increase their traffic.
Thanks Susana for sharing your insight into what works on Pinterest.
I'm planning a hub to explain step by step exactly what to do.
It can be a little overwhelming to begin with but the more time you spend there the more it makes sense.
Susanna - and gardening! I get a lot of traffic from Pinterest for my gardening hubs.
In the past ---and on other writing sites -- I used a combination of programs to promote my articles. These days, I use Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter. Every so often, I will retweet my articles and that helps a bit.
In the past, I used Twitter-feeding programs such as Tweetadder, SocialOomph, and Hootsuite. They worked for a short time, but Twitter and its users soured on them because these programs acted in the same fashions as bots do by posting tweets containing my articles on a daily basis (in fact, some Twitter users complained to management that I was posting bots).
Other programs I've used are Stumbleupon ,Delicious and Flipboard.T hey were webpage sharing sites that only worked well for a short time. With the exception of Flipboard, many of these programs worked well with articles on other writing sites, but not so much Hubs.
Thanks Dean. As part of my publishing process, I shared all of my Hubs on Stumbleupon. It was good for picking up about10 views the day I shared them but didn't seem to generate much traffic after the initial day. It's gone now. Taken over by another site.
StumbleUpon was taken over by Mix. I see that Mix also has a way of sharing articles. Flipboard is an interesting one. I had one article link go viral on that site when someone put one of my article links in their magazine. Is there any way to encourage that on Flipboard? It happened only once and drove a lot of traffic my way.
Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Occasionally Reddit and a Quilting board. I just make sure what I’m sharing fits the site/board/group that I’m sharing too. For what I write, Pinterest has given me the most success.
I do not promote my articles much. Most of my traffic comes from Google Search anyway. I sometimes post about my articles to my Twitter followers, but that is about it.
Thanks Eric. Most of my traffic also comes from Google. I like to spend some of my free time trying to get articles noticed. Occasionally, I hit a jackpot and get some serious traffic. This time last year I posted a link about a Cryptocurrency topic to Twitter with hashtags associated with cryptocurrencies. It wound up getting retweeted several times by people with a lot of followers, and I wound up having my two biggest days on HubPages. Thousands of views per day. It was a good feeling. But for every success like that, there are a lot of futile efforts, so I try to limit spending time promoting and focus my free time on writing new articles or reviewing existing ones.
by Jennifer B 6 years ago
A few years back when I did Examiner.com, the writers were always talking about where is the best places to promote our work. I feel like once you use all your social media accounts, hit up any forums related to your topic, reddit, and network with people you know, you're really out of places...
by Srikanth R 6 years ago
Please share your experience.
by Kate Daily 6 years ago
Hi guys, I'm hoping for some advice. Basically here's my issue: I enjoy writing informative articles that I believe will be useful to people. However, I can't stand promoting my hubs.The thought of spending my time scouring the Web looking for places to post it, opening tons of social media...
by Don Bobbitt 7 years ago
I don't get into these fights and disagreements with what HP does on a regular basis. But I looked at my Hubs and I only saw the four sites; Flipboard, Pinterest, Facebook and email in my share icons over the past week or so. What happened to G+ ?????This one doesn't make sense to me considering...
by TheRaptorClaw 13 years ago
Ok, so i really want to know how i can get more traffic to my hubs. I know i have to write a hub people want to read and yes i take part in the hub community but i am pretty new to this. What websites do you people use to attract traffic? Please help!
by Janis Leslie Evans 9 years ago
If we pump up our use of social media, i.e., marketing our articles more, will it help increase our traffic much? Or won't it make much difference because we are more dependent upon organic traffic? Something tells me we might have to wait out this drought. What say you?
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