Wondering if my writing is that horrible or uninteresting to the community here. If not, maybe I have to take the SEO classes. Any candid opinion please?
It does occasionally happen MG, maybe write more hubs on different topics, go onto forums and comment lots. This seems to work for me.
Also, look at hubbers who are doing really well and take some tips from them.
Good Luck from MPG
Gunner: I've written 45 hubs. I wrote 4 of them last week. haven't had 1 reader...don't feel bad.
I'm just not writing anymore until someone reads a couple of those 4...lol I dont think that'll hurt many feelings...:-)
Thanks a lot. I've been trying that, maybe am just getting impatient
I'll read one tomorrow. Promise! I have to leave now. Good luck!
Don't stress about a SINGLE Hub.
I have one lens over at Squidoo that was published on the 11th June this year and has NEVER been read since publication. Not once.
I have never stressed about it.
I wrote one Hub here about 4-5 weeks back and its getting traffic like I have never seen on any other Hub of mine.
Its nothing special I wrote, not exactly an evergreen Hub nor exactly a trendy or hot topic.
Its the internet, most things are possible
In most cases, it takes a little while for outside traffic to be generated from newer hubs, even if you are an established writer. When I was new to hubpages, most of my traffic was from other hubbers. It takes time for the traffic to start coming in from say Google or Yahoo, or what have you. It takes time! Be patient, and keep writing!!! Don't stress about it too much! Remember the movie Field of Dreams? "If you write it, they will come..." LOL!
MeGunner, I just read your hub on the ER. Amazing hub, and well written, although I'm not sure how many people would read clear through something that detailed. Personally, I was riveted.
If you're serious about writing though, I would suggest studying some SEO techniques. While you will get Hp readers when first published, and a few here and there later on, the real reader population is "out there", and if they can't find you they can't read you.
I've written a hub just for HP readers, and a few more just for fun. None get hardly any views - they have the wrong topics, bad SEO or something else that prevents organic readers from finding and reading them. Think about why people would search for what you are offering and if they can find it if they do. It seems to me that these two things are what brings traffic.
Thank you so much. 'm serious about writing but there you go again SEO. Wish I can just perfect that!
Good job in your hubs that you have written, keep them coming and the traffic will find you.
I am not an expert, I will tell you something that I do. Not that I can brag about an exorbitant amount of traffic, my traffic primarily comes from google.
I open the google search engine and type in some of the words that I will be using. Google automatically drops a list of terms related to your word as you are typing it that people search for, I then place these in the hub. I learned this from Misha if you would like to read his hubs on the subject.
There are other methods of keyword research but this is what I do when putting together a hub.
I hope this can be of some use to you, other then that there are plenty of hubbers with much more experience that have entire hubs dedicated to the subject. HP search is a useful tool as well.
Thank you. I actually read this from Misha, i just didn't believe it would work with all the technicalities offered by other hubbers in getting traffic. Now I will try it. Thank You
I do this for hub titles as well, your hub title should be something that people are actually searching for. When I started I thought witty magazine titles would be best. I have since discovered that keyword research on my titles has had a huge difference.
Misha is a hubber that walks the walk. Darkside, Sunforged, Mark Knowles, are all hubbers that I have read and learned from. Just a few among many.
Your hub called 'A pleasant Experience with an Autistic Child' can be optimised for search engine traffic just by putting the words 'autistic child' in the very first sentence. I don't think anyone would type the rest of the title into search but they would type those words if that was what they were looking for. By the way, nearly 2,000 people a day search for 'autistic child'.
I love your hubs (those that I have read just now). I love your writing style. But lack of SEO is stopping people from finding your hubs,as has been pointed out already on this thread.
To optimise your hubs, find the keywords that mostly describe what you article is about. Include them in the title, the URL and the first sentence, as well as randomly in the body of the text.
Use the same keywords in the title and URL - don't have one saying 'car' and the other 'cars' (for example). They are two different words.
Arthur already said, use keywords that people are actually searching for, and if you are writing in the main about medical things, you will find most of the ones about disease and illness are searched for (and some pay extremely well too through google adsense).
You're a medic - send some of your links to medical sites and .edu sites. These backlinks are very powerful, much more so than the ones we get from backlinking to redgage etc. You being a medical doctor already means they may be accepted.
You cannot change the urls of existing hubs, but remember to optimise all your future hubs this way.
I've been writing "hubs" and participating in the forum for over a year....will someone pls tell me what an SEO is...lolol..I honestly have no idea...t'y'all...:-)
I once had a view? how do ya get SEO outa that?
SEO is easy..
In order to benefit from Search Engine Optimization (SEO), one must do the following..
1) Find some who has succeeded with SEO.
2) Find out where they live
3) Tie them up and torture them until they provided you with their Adsense account log in information
4) Log on as this person, and change their account info so that you are the recipient of their revenue
5) drink all the alcohol in their house (this is an optional step, but I highly recommend it
6) Dispose of their body so that the local police can not find it, regardless of how their own search engine effort work
There are evidently other ways of benefiting from search engine optimization efforts, but who the hell wants to learn all about all that backlining, pinging, Adwords, keyword, yadda yadda yadda crap??
I just read a number of your hubs and they are extremely well written and pleasant to read. I think you are getting good advice here. Getting found by those outside of HP is what you really need.
I would suggest adding more tags. The breast cancer hub only has two tags. One of the major ways that things get found by search engines is through the tags associated with it.
You can also look for medical blogs with posts related to your subjects and post a (legitimate) comment, with your hub URL as your webpage. You'll get some reads from people clicking on the link, but more importantly, you will get backlinks, which help your hubs' ranking with the Google.
I am just a beginner, so take what I say with a grain of salt. I have been lucky with some of the things I have done, and it is pure luck. SEO is a mystery to me, and there are quite a few opinions and methods, but I follow a simple approach that works pretty well for me.
Just try this one thing: Google your title before your publish.
For Breasts' Sake: About 1,980,000 results.
For Breast's Sake: About 31,300,000 results
Breast Cancer: About 56,100,000 results
How to beat Breast Cancer: About 1,680,000 results
Looking at the results, the last one, although lower results, has the most closely related topics, screening, self-exam, etc. This tells you that you need more work on keywords and tags. The method that readers use to find you.
Notice the subtle difference in the first and second searches. Don't ask me why it is so different, but it is good to know that there is a difference.
Now look at keywords. My understanding of keywords is primitive at best. But I have noticed that the right keywords improve your views dramatically. I have been able to double and triple my views on a hub by improving the keywords and tags. And using a mix of words and long tail keywords sometimes take no view hubs to 10 or more a day. Just that change, and nothing else.
The most popular key words are in high competition, use them, because who knows. Make sure you look for some low competition words with a reasonable number search. 450,000 searches for for a low competition keyword is good.
For your Hub, low competition words are: oncology 450,000, mammogram 110,000, breast exam 27,100 That means that you might get some traffic from these tags if you used them. I would add them as tags right away and make sure they are in your text. You do not have any of them in your tags.
Practice thinking about the condition as a patient, not as a doctor. What are patients likely to ask? This may be a hint for keywords.
The only anchor keyword you have takes the reader to another hub. It might be better to have links to your own hubs, or refer readers at the end of your hub, with low views you may want readers to stay with you until they have read the entire hub.
I'm so far out in left field, to the majority of readers, that my attitude has become: if ya have problems with English and ya don't understand the "title," and the possibilities, reading my "hubs" will only cause grief and misunderstanding. I'd just as soon have those folks skip my stuff. I do appreciate every hubber who reads with understanding and, whether negative or positive, replies and offers their personal thoughts about the subject matter, my writing style...whatever.
If I write a "hub" titled: "Tobacco Smokers" and no one reads it, going to check the subject matter on "google" and basing my title on how many hits Google got, doesn't seem to help me...lol
But thanks for the suggestion. Much appreciated.
Whenever I see one of my hubs has 0 for the last 7 days I take the opportunity to go in and try to improve or add to it.
Thanks Psyche: I rework many of my hubs. This one is perfect the way it is.
Thanks for the suggestion tho.
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