Average views per article?

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  1. Abby Slutsky profile image97
    Abby Slutskyposted 12 months ago

    This is only loosely related to the earnings discussion, but I was wondering the number of average views some of you get per article. I recognize that you can have an article that is very popular, but I am trying to get an average for a not so popular article. I am just trying to see where my range falls compared to some of you that have had success here. Hopefully, this question is far enough removed from actual earnings that you can supply your answers. Thanks for your help. (I am not sure exactly what I will do with this info, but I thought it could be helpful.)

    1. wilderness profile image98
      wildernessposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      LOL  That figure ranges from one or two per day to several hundred.

      Personally, I figure an article is doing quite well when it reaches around a hundred per day, but I'm pleased with only 50.  Most of mine don't make either figure.

      1. Abby Slutsky profile image97
        Abby Slutskyposted 12 months agoin reply to this

        Thank you. It is going to be a very long road.

    2. NateB11 profile image92
      NateB11posted 12 months agoin reply to this

      I think the main thing is, subject matter has a lot to do with how much traffic you get. Some subjects just get less traffic, others get more. It doesn't even matter if you are pretty good with crafting titles and SEO and all that.

      At any rate, I have a few articles that get around a thousand views a day, some get hundreds, more get dozens and quite an assortment that get between 10 and 1 view a day. But like I said it's very noticeable that subject matter heavily influences traffic. This is why you hear from writers here that make lots of money and others, though talented, make much less.

      1. NateB11 profile image92
        NateB11posted 12 months agoin reply to this

        A semi-helpful rule to remember is that 20% of your articles will be making most of the money. Fortunately or unfortunately, that seems to be a fact. Most of your output are not garnering results.

      2. lobobrandon profile image90
        lobobrandonposted 12 months agoin reply to this

        In addition to what Nate has said in this and his other post, other than the subject matter, the niche site and the health of the niche site matters too. Many people had articles doing really well on Caloriebee and some on Remedygrove too, but over time, the same articles get almost no views because the niche site is not seen positively by Google for some reason or another. In this case, most likely because they are health based topics.

    3. chef-de-jour profile image97
      chef-de-jourposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      Keep writing Abby, find your niche, write good quality articles that help people and that you enjoy writing and researching, write more specialist stuff if you can, deepen the niche, write more and watch for steady growth. 

      I wrote on all sorts of topics when I first started here on HP but gradually got to find my feet and became specialist. It takes time. I found that by writing evergreen articles I grew as a writer - evergreens tend to stay the course and bring in, for me, regular, decent earnings - which grounds the confidence for both writer and reader.

      Stats are sometimes useful but often swampy...I can tell you that several of my top articles get thousands per day in a good month, loads get hundreds and many dozens. Like others writing here on HP I've got a few duds too!!
      Best of luck and bon voyage.

      1. Abby Slutsky profile image97
        Abby Slutskyposted 12 months agoin reply to this

        Thanks. I have been on many writing sites, but none like this except yahoo, and just as I started doing decently they shut down.

    4. OldRoses profile image95
      OldRosesposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      Another point to consider is the age of the articles.  The articles that I wrote this year are garnering very little traffic but I know that next year they will do better.  The articles that I wrote last year are starting to come into their own this year finally.  And the articles that I wrote in 2018 and older are my best performing articles.  I also edit and update all of my articles every year so that they have a 2020 edited date on them.  Google seems to prefer articles that have been updated during the current year.

      1. Abby Slutsky profile image97
        Abby Slutskyposted 12 months agoin reply to this

        That is good to know. I have made a few edits already ut not every article. I've only been here two months or less though.

        1. profile image0
          Marisa Writesposted 12 months agoin reply to this

          I wanted to add, two months is too soon to "choose a niche" as chef-de-jour suggests.  You don't even have to stick to a niche on HubPages, but that's a discussion for another day.

          I would advise you to write widely across many subjects for the next six months.  Then pause and see which ones are doing well, and if you want to choose a niche, focus on that subject.

          1. EricFarmer8x profile image96
            EricFarmer8xposted 12 months agoin reply to this

            I thought about trying that, but I am afraid to get out of my comfort zone. The few articles I wrote that were not focused on tech did not very well.

            But I suppose I still could test out a few new things. It just seems so much harder to write about other subjects. It seems I have become a bit one note.

    5. DrMark1961 profile image96
      DrMark1961posted 12 months agoin reply to this

      Even if everyone replied with numbers I do not think it would help much. The best comment is from Nate, about the 20%. My top 20% get between 800 and 3000 views a day, but my bottom 20% get one or fewer views per day. (As Eugene points out, there is not much difference in the writing in the top and bottom. I think it is just a matter of how many searches per day, and the click through rate.)

      1. Abby Slutsky profile image97
        Abby Slutskyposted 12 months agoin reply to this

        Thank you. You are a wealth of info. I am taking a break on the Maj articles. I love the game, but I think the topic is too narrow for here.

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          Marisa Writesposted 12 months agoin reply to this

          There is no such thing as "too narrow for here". 

          On HubPages, virtually none of your readers come from the HubPages community.   No one joins HubPages to browse around the sites - they come here to write.  Some members network with other members and read each other's Hubs, but by no means all. 

          In the long term, if you're doing it right, the vast bulk of your readers will come from people searching for answers on Google.  It can actually be quite good to focus on an obscure topic, because there may not be many other people writing about it. 

          For instance, I used to write about flamenco.  It's a minority interest - where you'll find twenty ballet schools in a big city, you'll be lucky to find one flamenco school, for instance. So my potential  audience is small, and you might think that makes it not worth writing about.    However when I started, there was very little written about flamenco in English, so I did very well.

          That has changed now and I'm suffering from too much competition these days.

      2. lobobrandon profile image90
        lobobrandonposted 12 months agoin reply to this

        I find this pretty interesting because I see the same numbers, around gardening time and Eugene also mentioned a similar upper cap. I wonder if there are many who hit say 5 - 10k a day on average. I know of a few based on some SEMrush stats and ranking positions, but I wonder if it is a common trend or not.

        1. DrMark1961 profile image96
          DrMark1961posted 12 months agoin reply to this

          Do you mean 5-10k/article or total for the top 20%?

          1. lobobrandon profile image90
            lobobrandonposted 12 months agoin reply to this

            Per article.

            1. DrMark1961 profile image96
              DrMark1961posted 12 months agoin reply to this

              The max I have seen per article is about 3000, but I have never had one go "viral" like that Kim Kardashian game article a few years ago. (There was a military diet that performed like that too.) I have no idea what kind of numbers they had at that time but it must have been a lot more than 10k/article.

              1. lobobrandon profile image90
                lobobrandonposted 12 months agoin reply to this

                Yup, I'm sure the viral ones have had huge peaks, that's why I mentioned about being an average. If you're interested, there's some chuckles to be had here:

                https://hubpages.com/community/forum/12 … -viral-hub

                The blog post:
                https://blog.hubpages.com/2015/04/15/th … -huge-hit/

                In my case, I get to 3k on a few hubs but just in the summer, not on average for sure, but for more than a viral period of time. I do know on Dengarden at least that the top articles are in this range because mine and Eugenes are often on the popular list. Maybe alexadry has a few that hit the 5k mark. It would be nice to see if there's something other than just the topic that makes the articles in this range (if any) stand out.

                1. DrMark1961 profile image96
                  DrMark1961posted 12 months agoin reply to this

                  Great thread, I guess I missed that one.
                  I would have liked those extra views but I am sure glad I did not write that one!

                  1. lobobrandon profile image90
                    lobobrandonposted 12 months agoin reply to this

                    Not my kind of thing either.

    6. lobobrandon profile image90
      lobobrandonposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      Not so popular article, under 10 views a day. A popular article, a few thousand, at least. Not very helpful info at all, I'm sure.

    7. EricFarmer8x profile image96
      EricFarmer8xposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      Most of my views come from my top three to five articles. It is all downhill from there until I get to hubs that get almost no views a day.

      I write about video games and technology, but I am now focusing more on writing video game guides.

      1. Abby Slutsky profile image97
        Abby Slutskyposted 12 months agoin reply to this

        My son would probably enjoy reading your articles, I will mention it to him if he has time. Thanks for sharing your input.

  2. theraggededge profile image98
    theraggededgeposted 12 months ago

    I've had three attempts at answering your question, Abby, but I admit defeat big_smile

    The best person to compare yourself with is you. You have to just try to make each new month better than the previous one.

    1. Abby Slutsky profile image97
      Abby Slutskyposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      Thank you. Yes, my second month is better than my last, but, of course, there are many more articles.

  3. Abby Slutsky profile image97
    Abby Slutskyposted 12 months ago

    Thank you for the helpful rule of thumb.

  4. profile image0
    Marisa Writesposted 12 months ago

    I agree with Nate.   This is my second account - I held another account here for 10 years (until I sold it) and I found it to be consistently true.  You can write a lot of articles, but the top 20% will earn the bulk of your income.  There's no point predicting which ones those will be, either. 

    I may have mentioned before that your articles on HubPages.com won't earn much, ever.  To stand a chance, they need to be moved to the niche sites.

  5. Danny Fernandes profile image81
    Danny Fernandesposted 12 months ago

    I think garnering at least 5 views per day/ article is the key. Then its a matter of multiplication and compounding.

    I have seen the top hubbers have minimum of 5 views per day on an article.

    1. OldRoses profile image95
      OldRosesposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      How do you know this?  I wasn't aware that we could access other people's stats.

      1. lobobrandon profile image90
        lobobrandonposted 12 months agoin reply to this

        lol

    2. Abby Slutsky profile image97
      Abby Slutskyposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      Thanks,

    3. Abby Slutsky profile image97
      Abby Slutskyposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      Wow, you have really been looking at everyone carefully.

      1. Beth Eaglescliffe profile image97
        Beth Eaglescliffeposted 12 months agoin reply to this

        Abby, not every comment you read on this forum is of equal value. Danny is a newbie and seems to think that commenting on multiple threads without any real knowledge of how this site works will gain him kudos. It won't.

        OldRoses, Eugbug, and chef-de-jour (and others) post and give advice based on their genuine experience.

        1. DrMark1961 profile image96
          DrMark1961posted 12 months agoin reply to this

          Good comment. I could not believe that he posted something so wrong, but was pretty sure that Abby would realize that.

        2. chef-de-jour profile image97
          chef-de-jourposted 12 months agoin reply to this

          Yep, weird, wrong and woeful comment. Thank you Beth.

  6. eugbug profile image97
    eugbugposted 12 months ago

    I don't think a figure can be put on it. I've had views of three thousand per day on some, whereas other articles may get just a few views per day or only a couple per month even though the content is comprehensive on the subject. Views depend on the how popular the content of an article is, how widespread an audience it appeals to, the keywords and phrases used and how well it can rank against the competition. I've tried several times to work out the reason why some articles could get thousands of views and come up with a formula I could apply to not so well performing ones. So far mimicking the layout hasn't really worked.
    Sometimes writing on a variation of a theme works. For instance I wrote a math guide about number conversion between bases. The traffic shot up on that within a month to 1500 per day within seven weeks. That was lucky. So I decided to write a similar one on converting between other bases and that did the same. However thinking that math articles were lucrative I went on a mission writing lots more, but that wasn't really successful.

    1. Abby Slutsky profile image97
      Abby Slutskyposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      I am playing around with topics. I decided Mah Jongg is too narrow. I wrote an education article recently, and I will see how that does.

  7. Abby Slutsky profile image97
    Abby Slutskyposted 12 months ago

    Thank you. Yes, I have a variety at the moment and am expanding. Thanks so much for your wonderful suggestions.

  8. Danny Fernandes profile image81
    Danny Fernandesposted 12 months ago

    I reckon 1-5 per day is normal. But have observed top hubbers cross 50-100 views per day / per article.

    1. DrMark1961 profile image96
      DrMark1961posted 12 months agoin reply to this

      Danny, your numbers are way, way, way off. If you are not able to answer this (or something else) it is better for all concerned if you just step back and not bother.

    2. theraggededge profile image98
      theraggededgeposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      This is nuts. You can't generalise in this way.

      Where are you getting this information?

  9. Danny Fernandes profile image81
    Danny Fernandesposted 12 months ago

    Hi All, apologies for this answer. It's actually 5-10 per day and not 50-100.

    Extremely sorry for this. It is not from any source. It was just a guess.

    Sorry all for this.

    1. theraggededge profile image98
      theraggededgeposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      You're still doing it. My top hub gets x,xxx per day.

      But I have a whole bunch that get 0.

      Edited big_smile

      1. Danny Fernandes profile image81
        Danny Fernandesposted 12 months agoin reply to this

        No , it was in reply to comments above. I just corrected my answer.

        No more wild guess.

        Thanks All.

  10. Danny Fernandes profile image81
    Danny Fernandesposted 12 months ago

    My apologies here. And no more wild guesses from my side again.

    It was just a random guess based on number of articles a Hubber has.

    I felt as a newbie hubber, can make myself feel like a part of the community by answering what I observed.

    1. lobobrandon profile image90
      lobobrandonposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      Many people are a part of the community as newbies, they do not give false advice or guesses though.

    2. Abby Slutsky profile image97
      Abby Slutskyposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      I appreciate your apologies. We all make mistakes. I knew you joined around when I did. Hopefully, we all forgive and move on. As it is, I think the main use for this is that my articles are probably not doing that much worse than anyone else's (Well, except for some of you experienced hubbers that have a few articles that attract many viewers).

 
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