I'm new here 5 weeks. I have earned $11 and I have 21 hubs. I've researched SEO, used google adwords keyword finders, changed tags, changed titles to medium level competition. I've signed up for amazon and adsense. I've used social networking sites to get traffic and have had some success. Some days I have 300 viewers on a few articles and then after 5 days or so I'm down to 20-30 viewers. Recently I've been visiting blogs and websites to add links to my articles and have had a little success.
To those of you who make pretty good money here. What advice do you have for me?
It sounds like you are doing the right things, although I question the value of social networks.
Your experience could almost be a textbook of HP experience. Good traffic for a while (mostly from fellow hubbers) that then falls off in a few days. You see a little success from backlinks, but not a whole lot. You've made a little income (actually 'way more than a "little" give your short time here.
The only thing your missing in the experience is time. It can take 3 years to fully mature a hub - 5 weeks isn't even getting started. Most hubs won't see decent organic traffic short of 6 months or so, although there are exceptions.
Keep writing and give it time. It will come. Many hubbers have written of their first few months on HP (including myself) - you might read a few of these to see what you can expect.
Can I suggest that you devote more time to choosing the keywords for your titles and carefully craft them to optimize traffic.
For example "how to improve concentration" [6,000 global searches] and "how to increase concentration" [2,900 global searches] may be better than "how to increase focus and concentration" [91 global searches] for one of your hubs. Also think about putting 'Kids' much earlier in the title because you may be able to compete much better for this narrower niche.
http://janderson99.hubpages.com/hub/How … e-Keywords and http://janderson99.hubpages.com/hub/Key … o-Get-Hits
and the many other hubs on optimizing keywords in titles.
Also I would suggest moving the first image down the page a little to allow the ad to appear beneath the title to the right of the text.
I suggest not using RSS capsules as this could be labeled duplication
Just my ideas and suggestions.
Thanks so much!!! I'll study this. I chose the moderate level competition keywords in my title bc I thought I couldn't compete with the higher level. I'll try this and see what happens. Also I had no idea I could move the pics that way I'll check this out. Just one more question when do u remove old hubs? Do u go by low numbers or do u just leave them?
To move the image down start with a text capsule with about 100 words. Then put the image below it, next to the next text tag in the right column if you like. I don't remove old hubs - they have a habit of getting traffic eventually. Competition (not that listed in Google keywords which is advertises competing for the words, not web pages competing for the traffic) is very difficult to estimate without a tool such as Market Samari, Stealth Keywords or Nice Finder (which I use). A good free one is Niche Market Finder.
Be patient and keep working. It takes a few YEARS to build up income on HubPages.
I think $11 is quite good for your first five weeks,I don't think I made anything! Like wilderness says, time is the answer
Your numbers are good. Basically you just need to do more of the same.
Social Networks don't tend to bring much traffic unless you get lucky like Dorsi did the other day and have 1,000 likes on Facebook. Social networks like Twitter and Stumbleupon are good for getting your pages indexed but you want to start backlinking at bookmarking sites and other article sites.
I have 3 words for you, Google, Google, Google!
Best-Reviewer, Snipsly, Redgage, Tagza and Jumptags are a few that I use on a regular basis. There are links to them on my profile if you want a direct link to them
Thanks for posting this question - really good advice here!
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