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Frustrated and Confused

  1. sara856 profile image56
    sara856posted 6 years ago

    I joined hubpages quite a while ago, and posted a few hubs, maybe six or seven. But I never got any traffic at all. I had like three hits the first two days and then they sat there for a weeks and not a single hit. SO I gave up and left. Now I keep hearing about how great hubpages is and what a great place to earn money, and I am wondering what I did wrong. How do people get traffic to their hubs? I took all of my hubs down because I got discouraged. There didn't seem to be any point in keeping them up. I moved over to Squiddo, but I hate their payment system. There its hard to earn. Everything goes into a big pool and then you are paid a portion based on rank. So most of the time you get no money at all. For all that work, and it doesn't pay by hits and you can't put adsense on it. Just a rip off. It's a fun site but no chance to earn.

    Is it normal to have very little traffic in the beginning? Was I just writing about the wrong things? I did join triond and I am having much more luck there, just joined three days ago and already have 30 cents (I know, not big money,but they pay when you get to 50) and I really want to do hubpages I love the way the hubs are so easy to write and set up. But I feel so confused that I am doing so poorly here. I know I should post some more hubs, but it feels like a waste of time.

    Does anyone have any advice for me?

    1. kmackey32 profile image66
      kmackey32posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      It is very normal not to have any traffic in the beginning. It took me 9 months to reach payout. You have to write a lot of good quality hubs to start earning a good amount of money.

    2. Cogerson profile image82
      Cogersonposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I just sent you some URL submission sites to your hub page email...that should help Bing, Yahoo and Google help find your article.....you should start writing some new stuff....good luck.

      1. sara856 profile image56
        sara856posted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Thank you. :-) I will check out your hubs when i get a chance.

    3. AEvans profile image78
      AEvansposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      In the beginning traffic is slow. A tip I learned from other hubbers over 3 years ago, was not to over stuff your key words. Planting them randomly in your hubs. Also adding the summary to each hub, assist in drawing traffic. I have also back linked my work on other writing sites. Look at the length of your hubs and revise them. Place them back up and let all of us take a look at them, it is the best way to get a critique on what can be done to improve the hub. smile

    4. paradigmsearch profile image92
      paradigmsearchposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Good to know. Thanks. smile

  2. sofs profile image80
    sofsposted 6 years ago

    It does take some time to get Google traffic and start earning money..Effective keyword research and back linking is what ultimately brings in the traffic. I did not earn anything for six months, I did not have adsense. With a combination of Adsense and HP it is much easier to earn.. keep writing, I believe it take time for your hubs to surface to the top of the searches, but good hubs eventually do.. don't give up yet.

  3. pinkytoky profile image72
    pinkytokyposted 6 years ago

    Hi sara856, have you done any SEO such as URL submissions? During my first month with HubPages, the only traffic I got was from other hubbers. It was only after I started URL submissions that I began to see outside traffic.  There are quite a number of free submission sites available.

  4. blessingsforlife profile image59
    blessingsforlifeposted 6 years ago

    Learn some basic SEO and apply it to your hubs. You can outsource the SEO job if you have extra money. It will not guarantee clicks but it will increase your pageview in a short span of time.

    1. sara856 profile image56
      sara856posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I know that SEO stands for serach engine opitmization, does that mean including certain key words, or something else? I'm not sure.

  5. sara856 profile image56
    sara856posted 6 years ago

    What is an URL submission?

  6. pinkytoky profile image72
    pinkytokyposted 6 years ago

    URL submission means submitting your site to the search engines.  There are both free and paid submission services available.  The free service does not guarantee inclusion by the search engines.

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      Multimanposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Also, pinging whenever you make changes to a site is good, and pinging any rss feeds you have or other blogs that have links back to your hubpages helps as well.

      1. sara856 profile image56
        sara856posted 6 years agoin reply to this

        What is pinging? Sorry I'm so dumb.

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    Web Addictposted 6 years ago

    Learned a lot from this thread. Thank you all very much for your insights.

  8. Kangaroo_Jase profile image83
    Kangaroo_Jaseposted 6 years ago


    That is your number one item to achieve, if you don't have any, you will not get anywhere on Squidoo, Hubpages, Triond, Webanswers, Infobarrel, Shetoldme, Wizzley, Articles base, Ezine Articles or any other open platform publishing site.

    It had taken me 13 weeks to get a TOTAL of 1,000 views across all my hubs. Now 13 months on, and 77 Hubs later for a total of 90 hubs, I get 1,000 views a week minimum. Next stop, will be 1,000 a day.

    Have a look around the site, click on the Help button and read all the information in The Learning Centre, there is lots there so dont try and read it, and watch all the videos in one hit.

    Search in the forums as most likely any current question you have, has been asked a few times and will be in here.

    Patience, your looking at 1-3 years before your Hubs will fully mature and get the love, readership and financial returns you seek.

    Welcome to HubPages Sara smile

    1. sara856 profile image56
      sara856posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you so much for all your advice. I will definitely try and post a few more hubs. I work up with a bad cold today, so I'll probably take it easy, but I think I'll  try another hub later today or tomorrow.

  9. iskra1916 profile image61
    iskra1916posted 6 years ago

    Just keep writing and everything will work out traffic-wise.
    Hubpages can be frustrating at first, it takes mistakes to learn but it is worthwhile. I started on hubpages after my husband's death and it really pulled me out of a hole when I needed it.

    It takes time to learn.
    good luck!