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Anyone "Cheat" to get lots of views?

  1. WryLilt profile image80
    WryLiltposted 7 years ago

    I know the story - quality content, aged hubs, backlinks get you views.

    However I learnt awhile back that if you "jump on a bandwagon" you can get views too. Feel free to steal these ideas if you want - good for starting out at least.

    -Julia Gillard's earlobes after the election (700 views in first 24 hours) (news event)
    -Guides to newly released facebook applications (two I jumped on early and did in depth guides to started getting 200 views a day fairly fast)

    Yes, everyone says do evergreen hubs - but in my opinion there's nothing wrong with going for a few subjects that are either short term or may only have a year or two of serious views. Yes I have hubs that are slowly "maturing" and getting traffic over time, but the type listed above are great for an extra addon amount of traffic.

    Anyone else "jump on the bandwagon" often?

    1. thisisoli profile image73
      thisisoliposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I usually try and beat the bandwagon on at least two or three news stories a month.  Usually one of the articles I publish in that month will get to the top for that keyword, and while the traffic is rarely evergreen, it does provide me with a few free backlinks from some domains I previously did not have a link from.

  2. Misha profile image77
    Mishaposted 7 years ago

    I tried - and found it not worth the effort, even on hubs - let alone your own site with less authority. YMMV of course. smile

  3. sunforged profile image75
    sunforgedposted 7 years ago

    "trending" works best with social networks and CPA programs

    often by the time an actual website or hubpage is indexed and done dancing the trend is over

    advertisers dont have time to react to the trend ..so once agin, best if you have access to brainless ad programs - surveys and other lead generation crap.

    I see you mention views ...views are not so hard to come by - conversions is the goal - most trends dont have searchers with the right mindset

    ..You could hit one though that turns into a long time event and find yourself on top of the wave

    im with Misha..its too much of a crap shoot - I wouldn't write either of the topics mentioned -

    1. WryLilt profile image80
      WryLiltposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I've found facebook games are a great trend in particular - the traffic does convert to clicks and games usually increase in users over time...

      1. sunforged profile image75
        sunforgedposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        I cant knock, i havent tried it.

        I know if I got into Farmville or Mafia Wars early on I would have been happy.

        i should amend my statement anyway - I do "trend" but - i gamble 6 months ahead of time - to get an early hold on flash in the pan terms that i think are worth the time investiture.

        I sold a lot of avatar dvds when they came out - i published the pages that converted those sales 3 months before the film hit the big screen

        i was first page for less than a week - But, as you might imagine - that was more than enough to make up for my time investment -

        you got to gamble sometimes!

        But the practice of following todays google trends or anything quite so well known is saturated and short lived ..as you dint mention that specifically, i shouldnt have assumed taht as a source

        1. WryLilt profile image80
          WryLiltposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          No I don't use google trends or anything that obvious. But I do try and get in early on games - frontierville I wrote a guide for about 4 days after it came out and it's taken off well, lol.

          1. Pcunix profile image93
            Pcunixposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            I just couldn't do it.  I have zero interest in games (well, I like Scrabble, but that is about it).

            If you told me I could earn $10,000 a day writing about games, I would just shrug my shoulders.  You might as well tell me that there is great money in leading excursions to Jupiter. 

            Let's say that I forced myself to write about gaming.  It is unlikely I could do it well, because I have no passion.  But let us pretend I could do it well enough to earn a living.

            Why would I want to spend my life toiling away at something I dislike?  I say you should find what you love and do that. 

            Some people can write about anything and be happy doing it.  They are lucky because they can set out to write about games or whatever else might make money and enjoy it.   

            I can't.  I wish I could.

            1. WryLilt profile image80
              WryLiltposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              I write game guides because well... It makes me feel less guilty about playing them. big_smile I'm doing "research." lol!

              1. thisisoli profile image73
                thisisoliposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                nothing wrong with that, I had a WoW guide site that earned me a steady £5 a day for a long time.  It is still earning a little and gets me around 200 visitors a day, even though I haven't really updated it in nearly 2 years. Its a shame I stopped playing to be honest, that was a nice fun lil earner!

                1. WryLilt profile image80
                  WryLiltposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                  Yes I admit... I've done a couple of WoW hubs.

                  Hubby and I are planning to take holidays for the Cataclysm release when we get exact dates.

                  Now THAT'S nerdy! big_smile

                  1. thisisoli profile image73
                    thisisoliposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                    very tongue

                2. alternate poet profile image67
                  alternate poetposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                  Hi Oli  -  don't these kind of short term things get you views across to your other stuff though ?  ie generally help increase traffic in other of your places that is harder to 'count" ?

                  1. thisisoli profile image73
                    thisisoliposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                    My WoW Site was not a short term thing, a lot of effort and research went in to that site, but it definitely paid off.  I am thinking about reviving that site, but it would be a lot of work, I know the potential is therefore it to be a big earner gain, I just don't have the free time!

            2. Paula Andrea, MA profile image77
              Paula Andrea, MAposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              Again, I have to agree with you. I only write about subjects because I am passionate for the words voiced. IF I was ever to make any money from the writngs, that would be an added benefit.  But, as for the interim, I will continue to write what I love and love what I write.  It's sort of like doing what makes you happy since that's the best{most pleasurable} thing going.

              Best to all...

      2. Marisa Wright profile image98
        Marisa Wrightposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Isn't that the point, though?  With those games, it's not like you're trying to grab the current headlines and the Hub will be old news in six months' time. You want to ride a wave now, but people will still be looking for information on it down the track, so you get a double whammy.

        1. WryLilt profile image80
          WryLiltposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          True. I just wish I'd been on HP to jump on the farmville bandwagon!

          However I think some games are quickly forgotten, and even some of the most popular are starting to wind down so they aren't really evergreen hubs, per se.

  4. Pcunix profile image93
    Pcunixposted 7 years ago

    If I have something I feel I have to say, yes.

    I don't write anything for any reason other than communicating with my readers.

    Let's stop there because that's the kind of statement that sometimes causes people to get pissy.   


    That's just never been my first goal.   Now, once I have the urge or itch to write about xyz, I absolutely am going to give some thought to how I might use xyz to drive traffic to somewhere that I might make some money.  The commercial intent is definitely there, but if there is nothing in xyz that can possibly be related to anything with $$$$ in it, I am still going to write about xyz.

    The funny thing is that sometimes the xyz ends up making some money anyway in ways I just didn't foresee happening.   And sometimes it doesn't:  I wrote a lot about Google Wave and they just killed it dead :-)

    I hope that makes sense and it doesn't get somebody all twisted up for the wrong reasons.

  5. Spacey Gracey profile image37
    Spacey Graceyposted 7 years ago

    I'm sure I've mentioned it before but I wrote a hub on Vuvuzela during half-time of the first World Cup match. It got 400 views in the first 24 hours. It converted well. It took me 15 mins to write and publish and promote.

    I'm not going to make a living off of writing those sorts of hubs, but nor am I going to stare a blatant opportunity in the face and walk away - I am an opportunist. I'm sure there will be more.

  6. thisisoli profile image73
    thisisoliposted 7 years ago

    I was taking things like this to be for example, a write up of the world cup final, a new web browser release, etc.

    1. WryLilt profile image80
      WryLiltposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Yes they were examples. There's a few other "bandwagons" I've jumped on. smile

  7. Len Cannon profile image89
    Len Cannonposted 7 years ago

    I've done things LIKE this, but they've usually had at least some lasting value after the fact.  It is amazing what the write keywords will bring in if you time it right.