For anyone else looking for ways to get more exposure for hubs -- I was happy to notice on my Twitter @mentions one of my hub update tweets was retweeted by "Earth News," and even better,"The Horror Daily" featured one, with my bio pic, the first graph of the article and a link to my tweet / HP url -- fun free publicity.
I've only recently tweeted them all regularly, so this was a revelation.
I always get a good rise in views and pennies when I tweet from my other site.
Getting lots of followers and Re tweeting also helps. I don't have a lot of followers but they have good lists and we are re tweeting each other's content.
I have had lots more people following me on Twitter after I TWEET MY hubs.
Interesting. I don't have a twitter account and have wondered if it's something that I should look into. Maybe it's time to open one. I don't have a personal need for one, it would just be for my hubs so that's why I've been a little hesitant.
Cardelean -- You might give it a try. I always see a boost in traffic when I ping and tweet updated hubs. And now that I'm getting some additional free publicity from it, I'm sold. It only takes a couple minutes to sign up, and posting the hub links is easy. I copy the short hub url from the stats tabs on my hubs and keep them in a file with hatch tags. Makes it easy to copy and paste tweets. I added a video to one today, so I posted the title and "now with such and such video." Pretty small time investment. The hatch tag identifies the topic #nature #health, etc.
I use Twitter, but the second highest numbers I have had have come from Reddit.
I tend to tweet my hubs as I publish them, but I have no idea how much traffic they really bring in
I know what you mean. This is the first time I've been sure people read the tweets. I am getting more followers on Twitter -- like everything, it seems to take time.
I find Twitter a great source of traffic. I opened a new account just for my writing a while back. Then I joined people and organisations that would include the interests I write about and many writing organisations on Twitter too.
Always use the hash button,# to put your tweet in the correct category as it brings in many readers. I have only been using Twitter a few months for my writing but many of my articles have been re tweeted.
On your home page of Twitter there are buttons where you can click to see how many people have re tweeted your tweets and who they are..
On the top of our hubs we have the very easy and quick option of tweeting our hubs. It is there beside the like button for Facebook. Open a hub, click this button and a Twitter box opens with your title and url, just press send.
The first time you do this you will be asked to sign in but after that it is automatic. I usually tweet 5 hubs at a time in the same category once a day
Congratulations! Very cool! I have never been retweeted and I must learn more about Twitter. Great information for us Hubbers too!
never used twitter...will look into it now..thanks great info
Heh. I started to write one of my long, in-depth posts on the topic, then realized, "Wait, that's something I could write a hub on!"
In short, yes, I use Twitter to share my Hubs and get traffic thereby, but just like anything else, you'll get more out of it if you participate meaningfully instead of only self-promoting.
*runs off to work on a hub*
Er... am I allowed to post a link here? I am so skittish about being overly promotional. For what it's worth, my usual lengthy tutorial:
How to Get Traffic to Your Hubs with Twitter
Disclaimer: Twitter traffic comes in a burst right when you Tweet, and then dies away. It's not a GREAT way to get traffic, because (unlike SEO) it's manual: you Tweet, and followers click on the link you just Tweeted, and after a day or so your Tweet is buried in people's Twitter stream by more recent Tweets. Also, people only follow your Tweets if they trust you to Tweet good content (interesting, useful, funny, fascinating, etc). But once you've got Twitter set up, it's a very quick and low-maintenance way to keep in touch with online acquaintances, build up your online brand, and track trending and related topics that might be useful to write about. I pick up all kinds of tidbits on Twitter by following bloggers and experts who talk about my interests.
I like Twitter better than Facebook because it tends to be a little less... intimate? People share content and interests on Twitter, but most Twitter users don't Tweet about their personal lives (much). That's a little more in keeping with the kinds of content most article writers are posting. I don't like the way Facebook forces us to mix our personal life with "hey, here's this article I wrote on the top ten digital cameras of 2011".
Thanks for sharing your insights, happy tweeting?
I try to post some of my hubs on Twitter, but I rarely go there. I get some traffic from there but not a lot, but ya never know. Twitter seems boring. Facebook, to me, is useful in keeping in touch with friends and family, especially those I don't see often. I just don't see the point of being active on Twitter--to see what a bunch of strangers (and some friends) are doing? A lot of it is personal just like facebook--and it's people I don't even often know. I don't get it.
I have followers and people I follow, but it's boring as heck to follow them!
well, looks like I'm off to read it, and update or get a new twitter account
"Something is technically wrong. Thanks for noticing — we're going to fix it up and have things back to normal soon."
Don't get me wrong. I'm definitely pro Twitter.
Good to see all the responses. I'm a Twitter novice. I've tried it before and just wasn't interested. I still won't touch Facebook, and I don't follow anyone who tweets about their breakfast.
Linda -- at "Home" on Twitter, click the Retweet tab -- it's two tabs over from "Timeline." There's a retweeted by others option, but the Earth News retweet showed up under the "@Mentions" tab. That's where I found the online publications that featured two of my hubs.
Everyone -- I recommend using WebofTrust, a browser app that gives website ratings. One of the @mentions had a link to a red site -- meaning a bad reputation or possible malware. I have no relationship with web of trust.
Tedltonmr -- hashtags work to identify the topic. Post [Title] [url]and for example: #Hubpages #Writing #Freelancing -- whatever topics. I learned about hashtags from a hubber -- wish I could give him credit. Using them has increased my followers.
Paradigmsearch -- Yeah, I run into those messages, but so far I've always been able to get on in minutes.
Viking -- I do the same thing -- 5 hubs a day, and only updated ones. I also state "updated" or "video added" to make it clear that it's updated, not tweeting the same content over and over.
Greekgeek -- I know the feeling. I really wanted to post a link to the online papers that picked up my HP stories -- there have been two of them, and it was fun to see my work featured somewhere -- but I figured that would be misconstrued, and the point of my post was that Twitter is giving me some unexpected exposure.
If I understand the rules, we are allowed to post links to relevant articles, and yours is.
Good points about creating a reputation. I like to post two other tweets a day to things that fascinate me -- so the tweets aren't all promotions.
2besure -- Thanks! Part of my motive for sharing progress is to keep my spirits up. This is my third shot at HP. It's difficult for me to stick with it, because everything else I do for money pays out fast. I keep hoping I can turn this into an income stream, but this is glacially slow progress in my universe. I'm going to try doing more with my website and compare progress with HP because my traffic here ... ouch. I'm trying to maintain enthusiasm to stick with it and get more hubs up before the holidays... I pay my bills with my writing, so my HP income so far doesn't excite me.
Mike: I saw buttons for timeline, twitter name, activitiy, searches and lists
When I clicked on activity there was a list of a few members with a hit follow button. I don't even see a mentiuons button.
Sorry, dumb question. How very odd.
The only other dumb question I can think to ask is "Are you sure you're on the Home tab?" (click "home" at the top of the page).
When I go to my Home Tab, I see:
@Mentions is just to the right of the Timeline button.
HMMMMM. Here's a thought. Maybe there's no @Mentions button if no one has @mentioned you yet!
Wow, this is all great information. I guess I'm going to have to open an account. Thanks to everyone for all of your information, it was very helpful.
Twitter can be a great source for the right people finding your hubs, if you use hash tags and follow relevant accounts. Retweets and mentions can be very helpful.
@LindaSmith1- when you're signed in to your profile page, look across the top and click on Home, it will bring you to the feed which shows, mentions, retweets, etc.
Click on retweets and click Your tweets, retweeted.
@Victoria: Its actually kind of interesting for writers with all the different writing organizations on Twitter that put out writer-oriented info. Another way of meeting other writers and even publishers. I follow interesting people on there, famous and otherwise.
Which option is better ?
Tweet each hub manually
Couple your RSS feed to twitter so that every hub you publish gets tweeted automatically ?
If you Tweet automatically, few people will follow you unless your content consistently blows them away. Why should they? What's in it for them? (And anyway I'm not sure an RSS feed would work in 140 characters or less).
If you Tweet to people as a person, to people, saying interesting things and using interesting titles customized to pack maximum message into 140 characters, you are far more likely to get a response.
Twitter is amazingly useful. I don't want to know about every last detail of people's personal lives. But I've found myself following astronauts, geologists, writers in Japan, and various other people with unique insights who share things I've learned from and been glad to know about.
By following the right people -- people who share the best resources and sites related to the kind of work I do -- I've been able to learn a great deal and improve my own work.
The more I explore Twitter, the more I'm finding in it. I'm beginning to think of it as a tool for building an audience and an efficient way to keep up on my extreme number of interests. By thinking of it as a kind of community building tool and being selective, I'm seeing the potential to find things that enrich my work. One of the publications that featured me in an @mention tweet had a video that was free to use that fit one of my projects. So linking by commonality has many benefits. Another plus is that the traffic on both hubs have picked up a bit since those @mention tweets -- I have no way of knowing if there's a direct relationship, but they were lagging prior to that free exposure, so I'm inclined to think it helped.
Greekgeek -- I enjoyed your hub on Twitter. It was good to learn more about hashtags. I found some hubbers on Twitter after reading your tips.
My main tactic is to preview recent tweets by someone before following. I'm still in culture shock over all the low-content yammering. I'm beginning to understand why there's such a small number of characters allowed per post!
Ofcourse I would intersperse autotweets with other non-personal and hopefully useful tweets.
I guess using feedburner it is possible to tweet RSS feed, but one cannot use hashtags .
Use the #hubpages hash tag when tweeting a hub and in a day or so you'll probably get a backlink or two from one of those twitter aggregate newspapers.
Thanks for this!! Maybe I'll actually sign up for a Twitter acct. I've held off...I've done everything else: FB, blogs, StumbleUpon, but haven't done Twitter. I guess I just didn't want to become a Tweeting Bird.
I still don't understand how twitter works. It just looks like a massive instant messenger to me. But I'll definitely keep an eye out for potential views from there. Congrats on your find and unexpected success! And thanks for sharing it too.
Yeah, it kind of is that, except that your messages can be seen by anyone if they want to search.
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