I joined hub pages six months ago, but didn't publish my first hub until about 6 weeks ago. I worked hard on them, am sure they are better written than many, but the traffic isn't there. Suggestions?
Do you do keyword research, do you promote your hubs?
I have also read and I have also experienced that for example if you have ten hubs probably one or two will bring you the traffic given of course keyword research has been done and SEO as well, so basically the more you write the more chances to get taffic.
I agree with Ruben. Until you learn more about how to get traffic and what works - basically throw mud at a wall and see what sticks.
I originally joined in January & it took me about five months to earn $5. I didn't get much traffic but I wrote sporadically too. However now I write about 5 hubs a week on average and it's rare that my hubs don't get a google view (or 5) in the first 24 hours of publication.
However hubs (and anything online) don't get traffic overnight. Usually it takes between 6-9 months to start seeing serious traffic to a hub. My advice would be what Ruben said - WRITE WRITE WRITE. What you are writing today WILL bring you traffic (and usually money with it) if you keep at it.
The only suggestion I have is work more on your titles - they are good, but you need to try and address what people are typing into search engines. For instance I doubt anyone is typing "the dorm gourmet" into a search engine; on the other hand I'm sure there are a reasonable amount of searches for Mongolian beef or even terms like 'Beef recipes' or 'dinner for two.'
If you still aren't getting good traffic writing on a range of general (but not TOO general) topics with good quality content after 100 hubs, I'd definitely be surprised.
I would add at least one picture to my second text capsule. This way your avatar does not show up on each hub.
Split up your text, you will get adds in the middle of your article.
Other then that, it just takes time for that sweet search engine traffic.
You can place links in this category for your hubs. I will put one up for you.
http://hubpages.com/hub/Choosing-an-Inv … of-the-Day
So basically it is six weeks.
Too short a period of time. Also, what does low traffic mean to you? Ten visitors a day? A hundred? A thousand? Not knowing what you expect, I don't know if you are being realistic.
Stems from keyword problems. The right keywords will get you more views.
I'm certainly no expert but for what it's worth ...
I've read your 'Ingredients' hub which I really enjoyed - but - I don't think I'd have ever found it just from searching on the internet. As others have said keyword reseach is key as is age of your hubs - when pcunix says 6 weeks is too short he's 100% right - it is too short a time for anything beyond an initial 'beginners luck' surge.
A couple of things struck me - it looks like you're using a couple of capsules at most. With your first capsule I would consider splitting the para at 'Throwing out' and making that section just long enough to create the advertising block to the right.
Then start the points in a new capsule - and i'd even consider splitting this into various capsules with at least one photo or amazon capsule ~ for example you mention rice cookers - use a picture to highlight what you mean.
Anyway, as I said, I'm no expert but I did enjoy your article so I'm going to stop now and wish you well for the future ~ and please ingore the spelling mistakes that probably pepper this ~ can't seem to type tonight without having to redo it 100 times.
Six weeks isn't long as far as picking up traffic goes. I don't necessarily think you ought to be concerned. Just keep writing, maybe do a little posting here in the forums and/or read and comment on some people's Hubs (so more people start to know you're here). Promoting your Hubs may help your outside traffic pick up a little faster.
Wow, thanks everyone for so much feedback and so quickly! To answer the question about traffic, I had been getting about four visits a day total when I had seven hubs, some of which had been out there for several weeks.
I started breaking up my hubs more recently, apparently that is the thing to do. Thanks again.
It's too bad that you didn't make Hubs when you first started. The HubNuggets contest really has given my traffic a boost, but you are only eligible for that if you have been on HubPages for less than 60 days.
Once I had some Hubs that got scores above 80, I started to see a lot more traffic from the search engines. Of course, for me "more" is only about 40 visits a day but my traffic IS way up from a month ago, LOL!
Hub Nuggets didn't do poop for the Hub I won one with,it still comes down to whether or not it's a subject people want to find information on. Hubbers rarely click on ads either. I actually deleted the Hub i won with even though it was on page 1 of google for my main keyword too.
What I realized was the targeted keyword didn't do much for me because of the lack of being able to set up snazzy affiliate ads on Hub Pages. It would have been better suited to be a portal to a website selling related products,but since I didn't want to pursue that niche I just trashed it.
I joined nearly 3 years ago. I published a hub yesterday, but other than that, my last hub (I have about 50 in total) was published in July 2009.
And yet mine, after gaining traction, do continue to pull in the readers. I've had, for example, about 17,000 views in the last 30 days.
It does take time. It also takes a certian amount of SEO - are people searching for what you are writing? Can you alter the titles, to make them search engine friendly?
On Hubpages, traffic typically comes from two sources: Hubpages itself and search engines. I'll go over ways to increase both types of traffic.
In order to get traffic from Hubpages, you need two primary things. The first is followers. These are most useful for when you first publish a Hub, as people get email notifications when you put one up. In addition to followers, you'll want to increase your Hubscore in order to rank higher on the 'best' section for the category in which your hub is indexed.
Having relevant tags and a high hubscore will also let your hub show up on the related hubs box, which is located on the right side of most hubs. This is a fantastic way of getting traffic if you write quality articles. One suggestion I have is to break your text up into multiple capsules. This seems to increase hubscore and will also aid in SEO, which I'll explain below.
When looking at your hubs, I see that you haven't made much of an effort to optimize them for SEO. One of the first things I noticed is that you didn't use a custom summary. It is recommended that you do this in order to make your hub rank for the keywords you selected. In addition to this, breaking your hubs up into capsules or utilizing H1 and H2 tags will help your hubs rank for keywords contained in the tags.
Once you've done the on-page SEO, you should do some social bookmarking in order to build links to your hub. You'll only need to build a few links to rank for less competitive keywords. You can get them by forum posting, submitting to social networking sites, or blog commenting. The type of links you generally want are the dofollow sort. Google it.
Having a high hubscore will make Hubpages favor your hub in their internal linking structure, leading to more internal links pointing to your particular article. This will also help it increase its rank in Google.
Overall, I'd say just keep putting out good content and break up your text into more capsules. It can take a few months until you really start noticing the effects of SEO, depending on the competition of the keyword and rate of backlink development.
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