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Traffic to poetry hubs?

  1. LarasMama profile image60
    LarasMamaposted 7 years ago

    Just wondering if anyone is getting much traffic to their poetry/creative writing hubs? If so why? Is it because of added research content, lots of poems on one page, etc?

    Just wondering if I should add to mine or just leave them.

    1. darkside profile image81
      darksideposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      When people are using a search engine, they are usually seeking answers to questions. They're looking for information. how's, what's, why's, where's, when's and who's.

      If poetry did come up as a result for most search queries, a poem is the last thing a person would need to answer their question.

      While people do search for poetry and poems, you need to consider what they want it for.

      There will be those that will be searching for "how to write a poem", "how to write poetry". Or about a famous poet. They could be researching information for an assignment, or trying to find comfort or a love poem for a wedding vow or to send to a lover or something to write in a card.

      There are 14,800 searches a month for [im sorry poems]. 14,800 searches a month for [missing you poems]. 12,100 for [break up poems]. 9,900 for [i love you poem].

      You need to boil down what you have to its most basic theme, and make that the main keyword phrase. You don't necessarily have to have a whole bunch of them on the one page, but you will need to specifically select the right keywords for your tags.

      It would be very difficult, and even silly, to do keyword research for a poem in the mind of using those words to use within the poem. Imagine a Search Engine Optimized Poem? Stuff it full of keywords, and I'm sure it would fail.

      I'm no poet but I'm pretty sure if I were writing a poem about love I'd be trying to use words and imagery to insinuate love without being so obvious and repeating the word over and over again.

      In the past there have been other forum threads where people have asked about low traffic. It's a common occurrence. HubPages staff have said that poems don't perform well. So if you're doing it, it'll have to be for some other reward besides revenue.

      1. Misha profile image74
        Mishaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        As far as I am concerned, writing a few SE optimized leading and concluding sentences will take care of all the problems you mentioned, Glen. smile

        1. darkside profile image81
          darksideposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Well then LarasMama better do that and get back to us on how it goes! smile

    2. pauldeeds profile image
      pauldeedsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I get 7 or 8 searches a week to my only hub, mostly for things like "walmart poems" or similar.  But poems are unlikely to ever be very lucrative I'm afraid.

  2. theirishobserver. profile image60
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    I posted one poem and it got many hits - I think its just down to the tags - I honestly dont know - Misha is the expert in these matters smile

  3. WordNLipsAffair profile image71
    WordNLipsAffairposted 7 years ago

    When you all find out please let me know!

  4. Polly C profile image89
    Polly Cposted 7 years ago

    I have one poem that gets regular views, it is about travelling and actually gets found quite a bit on google. I wasn't expecting it to get many views at all. I also have quite a long introduction to it, so maybe that helps - and I think the subject matter, travelling, is quite popular.

  5. Rafini profile image90
    Rafiniposted 7 years ago

    I've been getting more views on my poetry lately, but most of the views are coming from HubPages.

  6. Misha profile image74
    Mishaposted 7 years ago

    There is no difference between a regular hub and a poem. Do your keyword research, and use its results while you write and promote. smile

    1. darkside profile image81
      darksideposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      There is a huge difference between a poem and an informational article.

  7. rebekahELLE profile image87
    rebekahELLEposted 7 years ago

    my highest viewed hub is romantic love quotes.
    one of my poetry hubs gets decent views. With both of my poetry hubs, I also included content about the inspiration for the poems.
    use your keywords. I plan to include a few more and I'll probably do the same, including content besides the actual poem.

  8. Misha profile image74
    Mishaposted 7 years ago

    In terms of getting traffic to it? I don't see any. Not that I am going to publish a poem, but just out of curiosity, would you enlighten me to what exactly difference do you see? smile

    1. darkside profile image81
      darksideposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      The two biggest things is that any typical informational article can be rejigged or tweaked to include specific terms, as titles or within the body of the content, without destroying the flow of the writing.

      And unlike the content that you and I are familiar with, I don't think the keyword research is going to have a direct influence on the content that is a poem.

      It would be different if I were writing a hub about How To Write a Poem, a biographical hub on a poet such as Edgar Allan Poe, Alfred Tennyson or Omar Khayyam or explaining the different types of poetry and how they work, but a poem by itself is a different beast altogether.

      1. Misha profile image74
        Mishaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        See my reply above smile

  9. Kudlit profile image73
    Kudlitposted 7 years ago

    Why don't we all write a keyword optimized poem and see what happens?

  10. Marisa Wright profile image99
    Marisa Wrightposted 7 years ago

    I think the point is, if someone is searching for a poem, they're very unlikely to be looking to buy something. 

    So if you're going to try playing with keywords, you need to work on the basis of attracting someone who doesn't want the poem, they're looking for something else, and therefore they'll probably click on the first ad they see and not read the poem.

    Which could be good for earning but not good if you want your poems read.

  11. Me, Steve Walters profile image72
    Me, Steve Waltersposted 7 years ago

    Poetry...Oh Poetry...Where are your brave masses that are ready to flock to all the Poetry Readings and Hubs? big_smile

  12. Pcunix profile image90
    Pcunixposted 7 years ago

    Though sometimes NOT finding what they want can give you more income.

    Example:  I have a very popular page at my main site that tells you how to fix a specific computer problem.

    When someone who has that problem finds my page because it is the top Google result, they are happy, and many, many comments have been left saying that,

    But do they click on ads?  Of course not - they found an exact answer to their problem and they immediately leave to go implement the fix!

    I have another page that does well in Google but it shouldn't because it really doesn't answer the problem that Google thinks it is a great match for.  It does very well with ads because the ads are more relevant to the problem than the actual page is!

    So, under unusual circumstances, I could see a poem doing well.  Not likely, but it could happen :-)

  13. darkside profile image81
    darksideposted 7 years ago

    The major problem isn't people landing on a poem and not finding what they want, but not finding the poem in the first place.

  14. Lisa HW profile image73
    Lisa HWposted 7 years ago

    I've occasionally included a poem I already have written with the rest of a (non-creative-writing-type) Hub related to it.  It gives the poem a place to "live".  It wouldn't occur to me to make a whole Hub that was one poem (a Hub that was a bunch of poems, I guess I can see).  All I know is if I do a search, I'm not going to too thrilled to end up getting a poem.  smile  I dump any poems I have into my "verse blog", where I don't expect anything of them.  smile  I think a lot of poets on HubPages do a similar thing (post the poems without looking for any particular earnings from them), which seems reasonable enough.