The techniques of SEO are not that hard to master, but for me, it really became a waste of time, so I stopped and just started writing articles for humans with catchy titles.
For me, finding low competition, high volume keywords becomes harder and harder. Even when I found a good topic, getting it into the right position was tough requiring extensive backlinking that sometimes doesn't even work. Also, Hubpages didn't like some of my aggressive backlinking techniques either, so I had some articles deleted because of it. Lastly, google is changing its search parameters hundreds of times a year so you never stay put in the searches anyway.
Hope they don't change there parameters too much, one of my best articles slipped a rank down this week, the result on my earnings has been devastating the last 2 days
I always think it's best to write for people first...
It all goes back to what I was told when I first started here - content is king.
You're right UW - if I write articles that are interesting to people, as opposed to search engine ranking which changes so often, I will have a better result (and a more interesting writing experience).
Good for you. I hope more people join the ranks of those of us who are interested in real readers.
Yes, this is actually the key to success. Backlinking is a waste of time, frankly. I've given it up a while now.
Writing for humans; I think you will find most SEO's have been doing this and promoting it for years.
Yes, write for people... but it is cool when people using search engines can find the articles they want to read.
In other words: write the hub for people, but write the title for search engines.
I've learned the hard way that catchy, "journalistic" titles are usually crap for attracting organic traffic. For example, early on in my hubbing career I wrote a hub entitled "Confessions of an Eco-Sceptic", about how I came to question my former beliefs about global warming. It excited a fair amount of interest within Hub Pages itself, but after a few months the traffic dropped to zero. I re-engineered the title to include what I hoped was a search-engine friendly phrase, and it's only now starting to get a tiny trickle of organic traffic.
Oh what a relief... to hear this...am I not glad, I am a people person and only write for people, you just made my day!!
Firstly, if you have NOT been writing for Humans, then you have been wasting your time and effort.
Secondly, backlinking doesn't take up too much time if people know how to go about it smartly
Finally, if you don't want to do SEO then there's good news as Google has modified its algo to unearth the good readable articles from keyword spammed ones
"as Google has modified its algo to unearth the good readable articles from keyword spammed ones."
Do you have a link for that? Would like to read it. Thanks.
Google has not done much about it. Articles and websites with the most backlinks still rank the highest, regardless if the articles are crap or not.
I'm making sure all my articles are hitting the right key words while at the same time making them worthwhile to read. You can do both.
So you posted this to pretty much tell everyone your pissed your bad at SEO and you no longer wish to make money off of hubpages. Fair enough.
Writing for a search engine never occurred to me, nor does it sound interesting at all. I guess as much as I complain about humans, I'm still writing for them. (Lucky bastards...)
Well excuse me if I missed something here, but I thought the whole idea was to write for humans, but in such a way that non-human search engines could pick up your article so that HUMANS could read it.
Yeah the top of the charts - so to speak - is loaded with sites that have 1) been around for years or 2) have loads of backlinks or 3)have the exact search title. (they tend to be newer).
But none of these things really address the content. One particular keyword phrase I aimed for (before I really knew what I was doing) has the competition having the #1 in google with an article full of spelling errors. Another keyword phrase struggles with a .edu site that gives no information, just a list of links.
So they haven't got it right yet.
In fact, some brilliant articles trail well behind the rest and sit 20 page searches in, just because they are new and badly formatted for SEO.
It's simple. Write good quality topical Hub articles, and write about things that are relevant. Write articles that people want to read, and write the hubs entertainingly. There are even poets on Hub Pages with very high ratings. Poetry would be pretty immune from the whole Keyword and adsense thing, yet they can be hugely popular.
Involve your readers in your subject. Make them want to come back and read more. Writing quality and wanting high ratings (and earnings) is a balance, but there are hubbers who succeed at this.
by Filip Stojkovski 3 years ago
Hi, everyone! I'm making $0.01 per day or even less on some days, and I have already been actively writing Hubs for about two months. I have 14 featured articles so far, I think that I'm doing all I can, or am I? Am I missing out on something? Or is this the normal learning curve and should I be...
by Christin Sander 6 years ago
I know, we should write for both and I do, but the majority of my traffic comes from social media and lately I've stopped honestly caring about trying to figure out what Google wants. My highest ranking hubs for example do exceptionally well on Pinterest, FB etc. and get little to no Google...
by Marie Flint 3 years ago
I came across this piece of advice in the first part of the Learning Center:"Write to educate your readers on your topic: create content on subjects that you are an expert; don't create content for search engines, a link, or to sell a product. Hubs that are written for readers have a higher...
by Cayden Ryan 10 years ago
Hey, just wanted to let you know that a company called ProspectMX is sending a doll of Matt Cutts into space (actually like 2000 feet, but still.)For all you SEO/Internet Marketing Gurus, I'm sure you know he's a big deal, so here is the problem they are having. They need a name for the rocket. I'm...
by chronage 11 years ago
There is no secret to getting traffick but there are plenty of things you can do in order to increase your site/hub's visibility. First off whenever you publish a new hub you should submit the url to google, bing and yahoo, This will alert them and know your site/hub/blog is there. The next...
by Peter V 8 years ago
Do you usually write hubs for Search Engines or HubPage Followers?When you write a hub, do you write it for the entertainment of your Hubpage followers or to get traffic from search engines like Google? In other words, do you write hubs focusing on keywords, SEO, etc. or do you write really...
Copyright © 2021 HubPages Inc. and respective owners. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc. HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
HubPages Inc, a part of Maven Inc.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|