After over a year of effort and more than 300 hubs I am thinking is it really worth it working at hubpages. Don't get me wrong I still love hubpages as a site and even more so the community here. You all are lovely and I have loved every minute of being part of this lovely community. People who are regular at forums will think that I always keep complaining about low earnings, low traffic etc. But with 305 hubs written over a period of 12 months or so(I was not active for the first 4-5 months) its disappointing to get impressions of 150 or less. I mean I know I was bad at keywords and SEO when I started but have tried to improve over time doing a bit of research and reading hubs of fellow hubbers.
I have also taken advice of fellow hubbers in forums to help improve my traffic and earning. Though things improve when I start tweaking my hubs, but again if I cannot work for 2-3 days because I am busy otherwise and traffic and earning hit the rock bottom. Don't know what am I doing wrong. I am ready to publish 2-3 hubs daily from now on but need to reach at least $300/month from hubpages by May 2011, right now I am at about $40/month. Don't know If will be able to achieve my goal, because if I fail it can be a life changing experience and If I succeed my life will change for the better.
Hi Sid this is my 2 cents.
I see you already do some keywords research, I know this from your title selections. One of the best hubs (child tax credit) has 12,000/mo traffic, very lucrative, but to get this traffic ppl need to perform well (within the first page). However there is a hub in first page for this keyword and it's not yours and probably the majority of the traffic (to hubpages) goes to this hub.
There is another side of keyword research research you should understand which is competition. To understand this, the best way is to watch Market Samurai video (this is the link: noblesamurai.com/dojo/marketsamurai/). This could be one of the problems. In this case my suggestion:
- Focus on your hubs with highest CTR, if you focus to get some earning from adsense, check the history of your best hub with highest CTR.
- Do some continuous backlinking activities for these hubs, I highly suggest to submit some articles to several article directories. Use the anchor text with 2 or 3 variants.
- Check the level of competition before you write a hub. Use yahoo site explorer to check backlinks of the top 10 positions. If there are some sites with less than 100 backlinks then go for it.
These 3 points are basically what I do, and I hope this will improve your traffic.
Ign Andy-does Noble Samurai offer up advice useful to a student of SEO and Keywords? Obviously it must to some degree, but as this thread suggests, will we folks who are frustrated by some 'block' wherein SEO and Keywords are still-after hours and hours of study-virtually meaningless?
I suppose my question is regarding the quality of Noble Samurai. Do they approach the topics-at the start-with the assumption that the reader/student is new to the world of computers? I am in dire straights myself(as is the OP)and need someone to dumb it down for me.
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Hi Lorlie, I'm not recommending to use or buy Market Samurai. This is a great keyword research tool, but if you don't want to buy it you still can do it manually using some free tools and Google adwords keyword tool.
The reason I suggest people to go to Noble Samurai because they have many great video resources about keywords and competition that we can use even if we are not a member. You don't need to sign up to get access to this video. I think people will get better understanding about the concept of keyword and SEO through video/picture than explanation. I used to learn about keywords from this site and I download all their video before finally I purchase the tools (after 3 months trial).
I sugges you post two or three of your Hubs on the Extreme Hub Makeover thread to get some specific feedback.
I had a look at a couple of your Hubs and although you say you've learned something, I think you're still misunderstanding SEO and keywords.
Yes, you need to mention your keywords but if you overdo it, that's "keyword stuffing" and Google will penalise you for it. Not to mention that your readers will get annoyed at the constant repetition and go somewhere else.
Second, Darkside is right - by all means, use an RSS feed - but only to show Hubs that are directly related to the subject. Search engine visitors don't care about you, the writer - they're looking for information on the subject they searched for. Put too much other garbage in there, and they'll resort to the Related Hubs section instead!
Finally, longer is better - aim for at least 400 words and preferably much more, not including your RSS feed.
"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up"
So, don't give up! You'll need to learn more about keyword research and promotion to achieve your goals. I wouldn't know how because I'm learning myself. I do know that others have been here for years so you still have time to start earning more. I don't see you you can go from $40 to $300 in just a few months though. Goals need to be realistic and they need to stimulate you to do better.. now it might be depressing because you've set the bar really high for May 2011.
Read - three feet from gold by Napoleon Hill
http://www.selfhelpdaily.com/napoleon-h … from-gold/
You are close, but keep at it and never give up.....
Think of every hub as a lottery ticket, Sidd! You just never know when one might win!
It's a bit like throwing mud at a wall and seeing what sticks. I have only got a few moderately successful hubs out of my pile.
What I have started doing, and you should too, is looking at the hubs that gets the most hits, or the most consistent hits, or the most sales, and write more around them. I have some hubs gets hundreds of views a day, and some that get less than 10. But it's not the numbers that make a successful hub, it's the clicks and sales, trust me.
If none of yours are doing much, get back to the drawing board and look for new keywords and topics.
You will get there! I bet in a few months time when all your new hubs have 'aged' a little, you'll do well
Here's a tip...
I don't see why you should have My Best Hubs, My Latest Hubs, My Hot Hubs and an RSS news feed at the end of every hub.
Give people the article, and hope they click on something that is going to create revenue.
You have a lot of distractions. And far too many links which would be creating confusion.
You need a simpler approach.
I agree with this completely - take the emphasis OFF the writer (Sidd) and keep it focussed on the topic of the material - it is the info that people follow. If they come in for "Child Tax Credit" they are more likely to jump to "How to Claim Child Tax credit" than to 'Sidd's . . . '.
You could also do both. Using RSS feeds with tags you can show all articles of yourself with the tag 'money'. If the article is about money, it can be useful to show your recent articles about money in the hope that people continue to read. See my recent hubs for example.
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