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Apparently I suck

  1. Falsor Wing profile image82
    Falsor Wingposted 7 years ago

    I've heard on average people get 1 click for every hundred page views. I have 1 after nearly a thousand. Also once other hubbers stop looking over my hubs I get at most 1 view a day. I'm new so I expected I would be doing poorly but I've been trying to tag them well and set up backlinks and the other things suggested by all the helpful people and hubs out there so I didn't think I'd be doing THIS bad. Does anyone have any advice, I'm probably either just botching something basic everyone has told me a thousand time, or I'm a terrible writer?

    1. Stevennix2001 profile image90
      Stevennix2001posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      yeah, i have to agree with kcc here.  you just barely started so it's going to take a lot of time before you start drawing in a lot of traffic.  my advice is just keep writing hubs and participating in forums more.  i'm  sure you'll make it.   smile

    2. livelonger profile image94
      livelongerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Your CTR has absolutely nothing to do with the quality of your writing.

      The biggest two factors are topic and traffic.

      Hubs with informational value that have complementary ads from AdSense alongside your content will drive CTR up. Magazine-like articles on topics of incidental interest will not get nearly as many clicks.

      And, even more importantly, visitors from search engines are far more likely to click ads than "regular" visitors. Hubbers almost never click on ads because they only have a passing interest in the topic, and we're trained not to click on ads because of click-fraud fears.

      And I'll echo what others have written: it's only been a week! It takes time to get search visitors. Patience and persistence will pay off, though.

    3. Marisa Wright profile image99
      Marisa Wrightposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      It's too soon.  It takes time for you to rank on the search engines. 8 days isn't enough time.  Patience!

    4. Fiction Teller profile image61
      Fiction Tellerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Falsor Wing,

      Your writing isn't terrible at all.  It's just that revenue share earnings are usually low on entertainment-based writing.  Nobody's quite figured out how to monetize fiction, comedy, opinion pieces and news on the Web.  It's just a matter of time, hopefully.  In the meantime, product-based articles are more likely to earn.

      In other words, people sit down to their computers thinking, "Hmmm, I need a new awning,"  not, "Man, I've had a rough day, I could sure use some funny."  Okay, well, they do read funny things, but not when they're in a buying mood. 

      The advertisers target visitors in a buying mood.   Awning makers know that they can sell awnings on pages that mention them to visitors who got there via organic searches rather than social networking.  Places like Facebook and Twitter will drive traffic to your page...but idly bored traffic, not search traffic.  Besides, look at the adverts on your page.  If they're not tasty to your reader, he's not going to click or buy.

      Humor is one of the hardest things to monetize online.  That doesn't mean you shouldn't write it.  It's just that you'll have to be very creative in your slant if you want to earn on humor articles via revenue share.

      1. Falsor Wing profile image82
        Falsor Wingposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Damnit how come none of my skills and interests are economically viable. *grumbles*

  2. KCC Big Country profile image88
    KCC Big Countryposted 7 years ago

    Too early to suck.

    You've only been here just over a week.  Time, it takes time.  Consider writing about a variety of topics. Some of my best hubs are on topics that really aren't my "norm", but I decided to try different things. Don't worry too much about the clicks just yet.  It'll come in due time.

  3. darkside profile image81
    darksideposted 7 years ago

    So the majority of your views up until now have been fellow hubbers.

    Hence the lack of clicking.

    There's plenty of advice in the forum and hubs about how to target outside traffic. Quality traffic. Search Engine traffic.

  4. Cagsil profile image60
    Cagsilposted 7 years ago

    I posted this thread earlier today. smile


  5. Falsor Wing profile image82
    Falsor Wingposted 7 years ago

    Thanks all I just saw that I had 4 views in 24 hours and shat myself a little. I'm calm again.

  6. Urbane Chaos profile image95
    Urbane Chaosposted 7 years ago

    Let me, if I may, say a couple things here.

    Being a writer doesn't make one money.  If it was that simple, everyone who has ever penned a few well thought out verses would be raking in the cash.  It just doesn't happen like that.  In order for a writer to make money, they must be able to market what they write.  Hubpages is great, but you can't rely only on Hubpages to bring you in money - you have to do the work to promote your article as well.

    So, you've set up backlinks.  Great.  Now what are those backlinks bringing you?  You'll get a short jump in visits, but then it'll drop off.  Backlinks are good to get you out there, but they aren't a sure-fire way to get noticed.

    So, some advice:

    1.) Learn all about SEO.  Don't know what that is? Look it up - there's a thousand pages all about it.

    2.) Research your keywords - especially paying keywords.  Target those keywords towards a specific niche.  If you write an article on dating, well, there's a million of those already out there.  But, if you write an article on different types of framing joists, and then gear it towards the novice builder, you'll have much better luck. 

    3.) Research your keywords again.  I can't stress this enough.  You want to find the highest paying keywords for your article - but you want to avoid the ones that are plastered all over the web. Hint: Start using firefox, and download SEOQuake.  Play around with the program - it takes a little tweaking to get it to work right - and that'll give you 90% of what you need to know about keywords.

    4.) AFTER you've wrote your article, and after you've researched your keywords, THEN slap in some backlinks.  Another Hint: Download the google toolbar, and use the "share" feature. 

    and finally, 5.) Edit, edit, edit.  You're a writer, you know that this is 90% of the writers job.  I'll go back once a week and tweak my articles in order to provide the best hits on Google, as well as retain high paying keywords.

    My friend, just give it time.. Keep plugging away and learning all you can about SEO - you'll get it.

    Bro, I wish ya the best..

  7. bojanglesk8 profile image61
    bojanglesk8posted 7 years ago

    Don't worry. Just keep writing a lot and the clicks will come.