I’d like to start by explaining that my articles are all published to niche sites except one which is still pending consideration. I’ve edited and revamped these articles to death. I’ve waited for these changes to kick in despite that, less than 30 views per day on some that seem to perform on a regular basis, and then quite a few articles with spotty traffic, a few views here and there, every so often. I’m frustrated. I’ve read about some writers who've had the same problems and then suddenly, for no reason, their traffic on low-performing articles of less than 30 views per day skyrocket, and continues with hundreds of views per day. I realize that most of my articles are search specific, relating to history, however there are a few which have a broader base like my pet articles, which I thought would have picked up pace by now. Those articles have ranked top in Google, I know this because I’ve had other people check on their Google search engine to see how my articles are performing and they get the same search results, yet still these top ranking articles on popular dog breeds are only pulling anywhere from 30 to 50 (occasionally) views per day, and it always seems to not cap off more than that. Never more. What in the heck can I do to my articles to pull in more traffic on those that are top ranking? After a few years, shouldn't these articles gain more by now? Any advice or similar experiences would be nice. What have you done to gain traffic? How did you manage to keep the consistency?? Thank You.
Those of us who have been here for a while know that your views are all about audience. If your audience varies, then so will your views, even on the best written articles.
Remember that there are numerous things that will affect your audience participation, things such as; Google participation on a specific day for that subject as they allocate their preferred articles placement,. Then there are the other articles and their use of the same keywords you use that day. Then there the other small things like your articles age as opposed to other newer sources of the same information, and on, and on, and on.
We writers have to ride these roller-coasters of varying views all the time, so welcome aboard!
I've definitely experienced the Google participation of a specific day for a subject, a few times ... it's a great little booster but after that blew over they went right back to the same numbers as usual. I hear you, the roller-coaster! no kiddin ... Thanks Don
In my years here sustained high traffic comes from having competitive articles that are robust and contain quality information, both factual and experiential. The majority of my work is aimed at school, college and university students, so I know my potential viewership thoroughly. It took me some months of experiment and research to discover that my articles had to challenge rival sites. What also helped was my enjoyment (and knowledge of) the subject matter. Once I had the formula so to speak I stuck to it and didn't look back. Sounds simple but the work I've put in during this time is quite considerable - I have hundreds of articles which are mostly all highly competitive. So far, so good.
Some writers here do very well with much lower numbers of articles but I suspect they all have three things in common:
they know what they're writing about and produce good quality articles.
they write for a niche site or sites and adjust/update when necessary.
they learn from others along the way.
I know it can be disheartening when traffic is low and you expect so much more, but my advice is to stick at it, go the extra mile, research and update and if needs be, improve. Try to make your articles the best they can be, then do some research and find a way of giving them that extra bit of oooomph, but retain the quality information always.
all the best
I have three suggestions:
1. Write more articles. 28 articles is a very slim portfolio. Aim for at least 50. Most successful authors here have between 50 - 100 articles.
2. Work on your titles. Your titles are nice, but not how people are searching for those topics. Write titles that mimic what people type into search engines.
3. Your topics are pretty saturated. There are already thousands of articles on the internet on these topics. Find an aspect of these people that has not already been explored in depth by other writers and write about that.
In my opinion, you need more articles. The more you write the more you give yourself the chance of hitting those home runs where you get hundreds or even thousands of views per day from a single article.
It's kind of a numbers game. Some topics do better than others, even in pets and animals. Sometimes it's a matter of competition. Some of those Owlcation topics might never do better than they are already doing for you. Ranking highly in search means little if the search volume isn't there. I have a feeling you already know this.
And getting on a niche site isn't a guarantee of anything. This is the bare minimum writers should aim for.
I suggest exploring topics that are interesting to you. Write the best article you can and move on to the next one. Come back in 6 months and make changes. While there is value in editing older articles, constantly editing the same articles over and over won't get you where you are trying to go.
If you continue to average 30 views per article, and you can build a portfolio of 200 articles, you'll be doing okay around these parts.
I don't think there's an easy answer to this. As Don says there are so many things that affect the number of views an article gets, like topicality, competition, and just plain luck. Some of the niche sites are more successful than others, and of course, Google keeps moving the goal-posts to make things more difficult.
For me, WeHaveKids was a total disaster and so I deleted all the articles I had there. I used to do OK on Owlcation, but since about a year ago, when so many schools closed due to the pandemic, my views there dwindled to virtually nothing. I've hardly written anything new for a while now, it hardly seems worth it.
I have one article with WeHaveKids ... Geneaology. It seems to get a bit of attraction with Ancestry.com where my article has been cited and shared a few times. Hopefully, those researchers continue to do so in hopes that my traffic increases, I'll hang in there with it. Thanks for sharing your experience with me.
Each article is individual and depends upon numerous factors. One big one is which keyword or key phrase it is focused on. If only 900 hundred people per month search for that certain key phrase on Google, then the maximum views you can possibly get is 30 per day.
30 views/day is neither good nor bad, in my experience. "Mediocre" is perhaps the term I would use. I have lots of niche hubs with that amount of traffic, or much less.
Skyrocketing for no good reason is generally rare and not to be relied on. For sure, there can be big fluctuations, but most sustained traffic comes from a steady rise over many months in my experience, if indeed it ever happens.
I wondered how much you 'market's your articles? I am not great with social media, but I have heard of other writers with a big social media following, who flag up their articles there and gain readers as a result.
Taking the advice of others on HubPages, I have dabbled recently in Pinterest and have seen a slight increase as a result.
Thanks for your input. I dont like to use FaceBook ... for the most part I find people arent interested in opening links & reading the articles anymore ... photos, memes, and quotes tend to be the thing ... I do use Pinterest and it has brought me consistent traffic but nothing major. I dont know of any other outlets except Reddit and I cant stand that platform!
I had two guides that did this, with organic traffic skyrocketing within months of publication, but then falling after a couple of months. One was a guide for converting from hexadecimal to binary, the other from decimal to binary. I think they had the snippets also. I tried adding editing and improving, but I never got the traffic back. I've lost practically all of of my snippets now for Owlcation and Dengarden guides.
This is all great advice! First, I want to say that after having done this for over a decade, I still have tons of content that only reaches 30 views a day at best. Some stuff is just hit or miss!
I agree with the advice to work on your titles. I see that you have an article called "How to Deal With a Difficult Boss in the Workplace" which is great wording. Even just reading up a little on SEO can be so helpful.
I also agree that you need to keep building and adding. It can be daunting, but the more content you have, usually the more traffic and money you'll find yourself getting
Yes ... I use this tool for trying to figure out the best headline possible for SEO: https://coschedule.com/headline-analyzer
It definitely helps. Thanks for your take
Thanks for the link, ziyena, I too am struggling to get my views up and this will help, like some of the other commenters I use Facebook and Pinterest, which helps with the initial boosting of new articles.
I don't know much about this, but I do post on other platforms.
I use Twitter & Facebook (groups).
On Facebook there are alot of writing groups which is much better than the regular Facebook platform.
They say 80% of your traffic/earnings will come from 20% of your articles. So a few will be homeruns, receiving hundreds of views a day, but the majority will be in that 30-100 views a day.
Some of my better performers have come from questions I had myself, but could not find an easy answer to. Then you research it offline and can post the info to good results. If you have an article that is more popular (genealogy), can you write something on a similar topic? You can link to your other articles in a links capsule called "You May Also Like" That often brings automatic visitors to your others.
I can post a new article and automatically get 20 views a day by suggesting further reading at the bottom of a popular article on the same subject.
I`ve found most of my articles end up being duds. with only a few standing out and earning more than pennies a day. If you keep them in a niche though they will prop up your good ones and share views.
For some terrible math imagine you have an article at it`s performing at 2/10 of what you want.
If you have a dozen like it they all bump each other to a 3/10.
It's disheartening to see your babies fail but if you write them with the mindset that they will support each other than at least you can see progress. Also if one blows up they all get a boost. My bottom 5 articles all together get about 50 views combined on an average day. They other one of my best got a huge boost and those bottom 5 shared the benefit and got about 120 between them.
I like the way you call them 'your babies' ... yes, I've written a series of articles relating on the same topic and they are linked. It does ... unfortunately, these articles are search specific and so I'll never see a huge traffic bump but at least they'll always be steady for art lovers.
Hi, ziyena I also face the same problems. Despite my best effort, I have not yet found a solution.
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