So I just completed my newest hub (even though its my 9th one, I still feel proud about it and now I was wondering how to promote the hub. My hubs seem to be dying, with some only getting several views daily, and I only have two strong hubs that bring in traffic. I really want to learn how to promote hubs and I am very eager to start pumping some more hubs out over Thanksgiving Break!
I've been doing research on social bookmarking and article writing sites where I can link back to my hubs. I also do a lot of blogging, and mention my hubs whenever possible, with a link.
You will have to do your own research for places to promote your hubs from. When you do, look for do-follow links.
In the learning center here there's a video from the first HubCamp in which they suggest just a few links to begin: Delicious and Digg.
It seems like a lot of people won't do any backlinking. . . but I recently got a page from #139 in Google search results to #2 with a combination of backlinking and on-page changes. It took about a month, but a lot of effort went into writing on-topic articles on other sites to back it up.
What exactly is backlinking? Is it just related to forming groups like having hubs in the same topic, linking all together?
They are talking about links at other sites that point to yours.
The best links are organic - those created by other people because they admired your page.
Links YOU create are what most of this yak-yak is about. Most are of little value, though there are people who do it professionally to scam Google into thinking the links are organic and thus of value.
What you don't know is that it might have ended up there anyway.
I have dozens of pages that take top three spots on page one for relevant search terms - I never backlinked a single one of them.
Most social sites have very little value to Google anyway.
If you don't go to extremes, there is no harm in it, but it isn't necessarily going to help you much without the content to back it up and high quality content WILL rise by itself.
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Hmm...this topic seems closest to my question--
I write here at HP because it allows me to indulge my creatve side and write what I want to write, unlike my pieces at Demand Studios, which is essentially, "McWriting" as another DS'er put it.
I did not begin with the thought or hope of making money--only to write, and get my writing "out there" in the hopes of being discovered. (Yeah, right! I've as good a chance of being struck by lightning, I'm sure.)
At any rate, now that I have decided to set up AdSense, (been up & running for about 3 months now), and do want to encourage traffic, I wonder, what is the best strategy?
Write a sh**load of hubs, promote each when it is new, and move on to the next, or write a few quality hubs from time to time and keep re-promoting older ones as the traffic drops off?
I have a lot of other irons in the fire, so I don't really have time to write more or less duplicate content on my blogs to point back here....I mainly promote on Face Book and Twitter.. (yes, I know, I've read that Google doesn't care for them...but they do drive SOME traffic....)
I don't believe anyone else has ever backlinked any of my hubs...or if they have, they've not so informed me.
Dzy, I do very little promotion and am happy with what I see happening. All of my hubs are interlinked, mostly several times. I will try to put 3 to 4 textual links in each hub, plus 2 rss feeds (one latest hubs, one subject based using tags). I back link each one on Xomba, though I don't really know why as they are no follow.
I have also posted a set of rss feeds around the net as advised by sunforged, but now that they are done I forget about them.
If a hub doesn't perform (and I have my share) I will check back once or twice and tweak it. At that point it's on its own.
Ok, thank you... I don't understand RSS feeds. Every time I click one of those things, is seems to ask me if I want to follow the hub/blog/whatever.
So, no, of course I don't want to follow myself. LOL ..but I don't understand how to use them to promote.
In my usage, they are merely a method to provide an automatically updated list of 4 or 5 links to my latest hubs. A very simple promotion, but one that I can set to either my latest hubs, hot hubs or best hubs. I don't know that the "latest" setting does anything at all but maybe provide the google spiders a link to follow to my newest hubs. At the same time some of my latest hubs have over 800 links going to them, all from HP. Maybe 100 of them are ones I provide, mostly through the RSS feeds.
The feeds I make by using tags are topic specific, however, and my hope is that I can convince a reader to check out something else similar or pertinent to what they've already read. In that sense I am promoting my other hubs to that particular reader as well as providing more links for google.
You can make your feeds by using the rss capsule and editing it. Simply provide the rss feed URL you want to use, such as:
http://hubpa ges.com/author/dzym slizzy/latest/?rss
without the spaces in it. (Don't want to post a link here!). You can replace the word "latest" with "hot" or "best".
I post my hub on Facebook and Twitter, that is it. I use hash tags in Twitter on the topic of the hub.
I think this answer by staff member Jason sums it up nicely:
(You might want to read the post above it by Pcunix, too)
Thank You so much WryLilt and Pcunix for your information. You guys are just great.
Congrats on your 9th! I'll try to offer a bit of insight here, but you ask a loaded question. There's so many answers to this that one could write a thousand hubs just about this subject.
So, onward ho!
First, before you even think about promoting your hubs, take another look at them. Ask yourself these questions: 1.) Is it readable? 2.) Does it keep the reader interested? and 3.) is it marketable?
I think of hubs as magazine articles. The writing is really about the same: you begin with a hook, you keep the reader interested by moving them forward, and you end on a high note.
That's where the difference ends. After that, and before you promote your article, you must revise the article to be search engine friendly (research S.E.O.).
Download a keyword checker tool, like seoquake for Firefox, and make a list of your top keywords. Check with Google ad words to make sure that that list is going to get you noticed - and make you revenue. (Again, research S.E.O.) --keywords play a huge part in marketing your article, so try to understand them the best you can. Once you're satisfied there, then it's time to market the article.
Backlinks do occasionally help (digg, reddit), but they are only a small part of things. Writing an article that isn't over-done, but one that is still interesting will help a lot. -Remember keywords? If you write an article about and titled "finance" then you probably won't get any hits. If you have an idea for an article, search Google first to see how many times similar articles appear. That will give you a good idea of where you'll rank.
Beyond that, remember to slap a copy on your facebook account, your twitter account, your myspace account, and your "I like to stare at goats all day" account.. You get the point.
The biggest thing you can do is simply to watch for your article on Google, then keep tweaking it until it shows up on the first page.
I hope that gives ya a little bit o' help. Like I said, it's a loaded question.
WC - read Misha's hubs on backlinking, he appears to be the guy that makes the most money with the fewest hubs, he also gives tips on how to get backlinks on his hubs so do a search on his name and check out what he says - getting backlinks from forums seems to be one popular way of doing it
Simple backlinking strategy.. Find 6-7 sites to post your link on. Not spam. But actually sites where others would want to read on what you post.
It's all I do! It wont have much "backlink" value but enough to sore above the hundreds of articles with no value at all.
I love when spammers randomly bump two year old threads.
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