I had a question about the traffic to my hubs dropping and someone suggested that I post one of my hubs here for dissection and tips.
What I know: how to stick words in a row.
What I don't know: SEO and all the things that involve formatting and getting folks to a page.
What I've been doing: Putting stuff on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Occasionally, I'll put something on Reddit.
If a CEO is a Chief Executive Officer, I'm assuming that SEO is Super Executive Officer, right? Ok, I'm not that bad. Well, maybe.
http://dougberry.hubpages.com/hub/5-Rea … -Car-Names has had the most traffic, due to being a HubNugget nominee and winner.
So, I figure, let's start with what has been semi-successful and go from there.
So the first step is finding a topic people want to learn about. How many people do you think search for really stupid car names?
I reviewed and enjoyed the hub! I believe the topic was fine and original. They may not search right away, but believe me people are always seeking. Just interract with other hubbers, do some hub hopping and follow your favorites. They will come! I tweeted you, I loved it. Thanks for making me laugh.
I appreciate the tweet.
Cultivating the other hubbers seems an odd thing. I mean, in the end, they're not exactly the target audience. Then again, I am my target audience and I am insane.
Expanding on that, my target audience is insane people who are capable of semi-rational typing and reading skills. They have to be able to string a couple of words together in a search box and hit enter.
Topics for the clinically insane reader. I must do more research.
AEvans, I am a fan of yours and it seems to me that you are very successful at this so if you could share 1 secret or advice on SEO and how to drive traffic to your hubs, what would that be? Your wisdom would be greatly appreciated.
Since you have had a hub nominated for the HubNugget program, you have a good handle on formatting. What you might need to research is SEO - start with keywords, add a good summary, write good, quality, original content, rinse and repeat! Find something that you enjoy writing about, or a topic that people are searching for, how-to hubs, virtually anything goes - but keep writing and posting. Follow other writers, join the forums, comment on other hubs - all of these things will get your name out there...If you write it, they will come...
Yes. I was chatting back and forth with Pcunix about this. I'm torn between the, "I write what I want to write because I wanted to write it" syndrome and the desire to actually get the pieces read.
Marketing the stuff is so much harder than writing it for me. Terry Pratchet has an inventor character who is incapable of giving his inventions catchy names. I suffer from that problem. By the time I finish a hub, I look at my title and go, "That's horrible." I then change it 32 times and end up with something that bears no resemblence to my URL.
Don't even get me started on keywords. I have no clue. I randomly put things that are words in my article. I've been tempted to put "A, AN, THE, OF, OR, AND" and such for keywords. I bet that 99% of the non-single-word searches would contain one of more of those.
However, it would be the joke that only I would understand.
geez, seo I still haven't got a handle on that activity yet then add all this Panda stuff n I am left totally befuddled from whence I must start yet again to understand tis not easy to Hub we will get it right one day
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