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How to Gain Traffic to Your Hubs

Updated on March 25, 2012

Hubpages really is an excellent publishing platform, particularly for those who have never done any kind of online publishing before. Writers are paid via Google Adsense, Amazon Associates and Ebay Affiliates as well as Kontera Text Links for 60% of the ad impressions. Members are easily able to track their earnings, see the number of impressions they have received, and to plan their future hubbing accordingly.

New members are often frustrated, however, when traffic and income doesn't come as quickly as they would like.

The truth of the matter is that gaining traffic and income on any site takes time and effort. Hubpages isn't an instant solution, and it isn't an easy solution. My opinion is that Hubpages should be used as a supplemental income rather than in a financial crisis. Some people make significant income on this site, but most of them have their own blogs and also work on Squidoo and are experienced in keyword research.

Just Starting out with Hubpages? Want to Gain Traffic? Make Money?

New hubbers often appear to believe that traffic and Adsense income come quickly. This isn't a trap that Hubpages has set, and you are able to watch your ad impressions in all your affiliate programs. Hubpages isn't "ripping you off" or "taking your money." In the past six weeks that I have been at Hubpages I have seen people come and go -- just since my arrival. I have seen new members become frustrated when they don't gain traffic immediately or begin to see an income more often than every few days.

In the first few weeks, or even months, it can be frustrating trying to increase the traffic to your hubpages. Your income is dependent on your traffic and your traffic is dependent on dedication and a lot of hard work.

You will always get out of Hubpages what you put into it and nothing more, but patience is absolutely key!

If you want to gain massive traffic to your hubs, you're going to have to work!
If you want to gain massive traffic to your hubs, you're going to have to work!

Types of Traffic

When you are writing for Hubpages, there are three different types of traffic that you are looking to obtain. Understanding these different types of traffic will help you to get more people heading to view your hub, and a full understanding of gaining traffic will ultimately help you to develop an income through the affiliate programs allowed at Hubpages.

  • Early on, you will get mostly Hubpages traffic that is coming from other members of the site viewing your profile and therefore your hubs.
  • As time goes on, you will begin to see traffic from search engines coming to your hub.
  • If you are willing to put in some time and work, you will see that people have been sharing your hub with their friends. Most hubbers do viral marketing to obtain this kind of traffic.

Initially, most of your traffic will come from within Hubpages as other members and visitors surf through the site.
Initially, most of your traffic will come from within Hubpages as other members and visitors surf through the site.

Gaining Hubpages Traffic

When I say Hubpages traffic I mean traffic from within Hubpages. Usually this is other hubbers, but sometimes a visitor will either check the main page and see your hub and surf in, or will follow an internal link (a link from another page on Hubpages). This is the easiest kind of traffic to obtain, but still does require some work to be done on your part.

So how do you get attention for your hubs? Look at the following suggestions, but please read below the bullet points, too!

  • Get involved in the forums. Whether you are still waiting to publish your first hub of have published 1000 hubs, getting involved in the forum can be helpful to you and gives you the opportunity to talk to other hubbers about how you can improve. In particular, posting in the Extreme Hub Makeover forum will help you to get an opinion on your hubs and how you can improve them.
  • Answer some requests. Usually the requester at least views your hub. If it's good, they are very likely to become a fan. Like traffic and income, fans seem to "snowball."
  • Comment on other hubs. This is very, very important and the best way to get traffic to your profile (and therefore to your hubs) from within Hubpages. People like to know that you've visited them and what you thought of their hub. Very often they will return the favor by visiting you.
  • Write a controversial hub or two. This is almost guaranteed to get some traffic coming your way. I have one hub that reached over 4000 visits from within Hubpages within my first six weeks publishing here! Why Sex is Important to Men
  • Keep your hub scores high. Right now my average hub score is 75, though I have one unpublished hub that is only 59. The higher the hub score, the more likely it is to be displayed on the Hubpages main page, which visitors may view and follow through to your article. Hubpages members are virtually guaranteed to check these hubs!
  • Keep your hubber score high. If you are doing all of the above, and publishing with some degree of regularity, you shouldn't find this difficult at all. I hit 100 for the first time after four weeks at Hubpages.
  • Create internal links to your own hubs. I have used relevant linking in this particular hub, but in some of my other hubs (see the one linked above), you will notice that I have a list of links to other hubs of mine that are related. This doubled my traffic when I started doing it.
  • Cultivate your hubs.
  • Write high-quality content... Every single time!

The most important thing is to make yourself part of the community and to follow basic Hubpages Netiquette. This includes not becoming someone's fan and sending them fan mail in the hopes that they will fan you back! I almost always deny fan mail asking me to "check out my hubs!" and I only become a fan of people who's hubs I really, really like. I don't have the time to read sixty or seventy hubs a day, and I do read the hubs written by the people I am a fan of!

Over time, you will begin to see more traffic from search engines, such as Google. Getting good traffic takes some knowledge, experience and definitely hard work!
Over time, you will begin to see more traffic from search engines, such as Google. Getting good traffic takes some knowledge, experience and definitely hard work!

If you want to make money on Hubpages, search engine traffic is what you want most! Visitors who have come in on a search engine are looking for information that is targeted specifically to their needs and are far more likely to surf back out on an ad than someone who has come from Hubpages (who is likely to go back out on Hubpages. Getting search engine traffic takes a bit more work than getting Hubpages traffic, but it is worth the effort if you are willing to move forward and get noticed by Google (and other search engines).

  • Keep your work absolutely original. Don't copy and paste anything if you can help it. Don't post the same article on Hubpages, Squidoo and on your blog. Search engines like original content.
  • You have capsules for a reason: use them! Each time you use a new capsule and you give it a specific title, the title is a header. The search engines use your headers quite heavily in determining what your page is about.
  • Give your images captions and your videos titles. The image captions are used not only as an "alt" for your images, but they are also viewed by search engines and allow your hub to appear in image searches as well.
  • Keep your hub more than 300 words. I always shoot for 1500 words or more but this can be a lot to read for some people. 500-1000 words is fine and long enough to be picked up by search engines.
  • Do some keyword research. Using the Google Adwords tool, check to see whether or not your keywords have heavy competition or are frequently searched terms.
  • Use your tags wisely. It is better to have a few very relevant tags than a ton of barely-revelavant tags!
  • Build your backlinks. This is very important and will be covered in the next section of this article.

Even if you don't know anything about keywords and search engines, your pages will get indexed. Those who have a better background in SEO (search engine optimization) and keyword research are more likely to rank high in the SERPs (search engine results pages) than those who are brand-new to internet publishing, but if you are patient, your hubs will climb over time!

High-quality backlinks is one of the most important factors in good search engine optimization and therefore in getting good, paying traffic to your hubs!
High-quality backlinks is one of the most important factors in good search engine optimization and therefore in getting good, paying traffic to your hubs!

Creating Backlinks

When individual visitors decide to share your page with others, they have several options: The first and simplest is to e-mail your link to friends and/or family. This gets you a visit or two but isn't helpful in an ongoing way. Another way that visitors can share your page is by submitting it to social bookmarking sites (Digg or Stumbleupon for example) or social networking sites (Myspace or Facebook, for example). These links direct visitors to the social bookmarking and networking sites to your page, and most are dofollow (which means they will help you in your SERP rankings). These are helpful, but not the end of the story.

How can you build backlinks? Try some of the following:

  • If you have a blog, post a link to your hub profile in your blog. You may also want to link to individual hubs that you have written. My advice here is to keep it relevant. I wouldn't, for example, post a link to one of my reptile hubs on my marriage blog. It just doesn't make sense and visitors to my marriage blog probably aren't interested in reptiles.
  • Visit other blogs and read them. While there is plenty of advice all over the Internet about how you should comment on blogs, the main thing is first and foremost to read the blog entries before you post your comment. You should always leave a link to a relevant hub and please do so in the appropriate field rather than at the end of your comment!
  • Browse Yahoo! Answers for questions related to your topic. Answer the question in text, and when asked to leave a relevant link, leave the link to your hub. Other people will also do this for you. I receive visits from Yahoo! Answers without answering questions myself!
  • Write high quality hubs. Are you seeing a pattern here? If you write high-quality hubs you increase the chances that visitors will link to you from their own sites and pages. Whether these links are dofollow or not they are beneficial to you as often surfing visitors will click ads!

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The Most Important Factor in Hubpages Traffic and Revenue

It's time. Some of us are lucky when we get here: we either know more than others about search engine optimization or we're simply better writers than others and therefore convince readers to stay on our pages longer (and therefore make them more likely to click ads). Some have a talent for controversy or simply write hubs that people want to read. I seem to fit into those categories. Or I'm lucky (or blessed).

Regardless of how "well" I might be doing right now, I know that six months down the road I'll be doing even better, and three months after that, better still. I will continue to write about what interests me (while finding the best possible keywords at the same time!) and I predict that I will do fairly well here at Hubpages.

I know that I need to give it time. I'm not going to make my first payout in a month. In fact, I suspect it will be July (four months at Hubpages) before I get my first payout. I assume that it will be August or September before I reach 10000 page views, though today was a good day for red triangles (increasing traffic)!

Yes, you can make money with Hubpages. You can get massive traffic as some have done here. If you are willing to work (perhaps even to the point of making Hubpages a full-time job!), you can do very well here, as many have done.

Good luck to you!

How well are you doing with Hubpages?

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      Natalie Flores-Henley 

      4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Thank you very much, these tips will be incredibly helpful in my coming months on Hubpages. :-)

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      Helen Jane Austin 

      5 years ago from Puerto de la Cruz Tenerife

      I am new to Hubpages and am trying to find my way around. Your hub is great, really helpful and interesting. Thank you!

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      6 years ago from phnom penh

      Really good advice. I will follow your advice and keep in my mind forever. Thank you for sharing good idea.

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      Renee S 

      7 years ago from Virginia

      Great advice. I agree patience is the key. It takes time to write good hubs and build your readership. I've been here about a year and a half and finally am reaching my first Google payout. I'm not committed full time to my writing either since I work full time and am really busy but I'm sure If I really got serious I would do much better.

    • bloggingguide profile image


      7 years ago

      Great hub. It is not the quantity of hubs, but quality. New to hub and loving this hub.

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      7 years ago

      Read your hub again.Got more this time .Still don't get the backlink thing.

      Thanks for all that.

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      7 years ago from Murfreesboro, TN

      Two years old and still relevant. I'm very new to this, and have bookmarked this page for reference! :) Kudos

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      Brett Caulton 

      7 years ago from Asia

      Great hub! Some really useful information for us newbies.

      Thanks for sharing...

    • Rosebreeden profile image


      7 years ago from Missoula, Mt

      Awesome hub!, lot's of great and helpful info.

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      7 years ago from Hamilton On.

      Read your whole hub ,got lots of info,need to read it again as it is 1:00 am.

      thanks for the tips!

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      7 years ago from Hawaii

      just what i was looking for! thx for this post and the tips.

    • howcurecancer profile image


      7 years ago

      I believe traffic and keywords are important for making money on the net.

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      7 years ago from Australia

      I have read many a topic on this subject. I think that you have covered to topic very well. as I am new to hub pages I am trying to generate traffic and yes I know that you said it will take time, however I read about a few people boasting that they are not getting traffic and they are stating that there hits are in the 1000's I am lucky to get 20 hits so to me 1000's is great. Perhaps it is just the quality of content that is my down fall. Back to the drawing board!!

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      Tracy Lynn Conway 

      7 years ago from Virginia, USA

      This is so helpful and well written, Thank you!

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      7 years ago from Rochester Hills

      Simply fantastic. Clear and concise, I've bookmarked this Hub for when I feel like I'm not doing the right thing!

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      Sharilee Swaity 

      8 years ago from Canada

      This is some of the best advice I've read so far on getting traffic to hubs. I used to Y/A but stopped lately. I think I will revisit it, and try to tie it in with the hubs.

      I also appreciate your advice about interlinking your hubs and commenting on blogs. Nice work, and thanks!

    • Greenbambinis profile image


      8 years ago from Chicago IL

      Thank you for your info and time put into this page

      I'm new but I won't be leaving in 4 weeks

    • Crewman6 profile image


      8 years ago

      I may have joined the party a little late, but still wanted to let you know how useful your hub has been. Great information. Thanks!

    • talfonso profile image


      8 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

      I recently am doing fine - my Hubscore sails in the 90's, and I blame both deciduous and evergreen content for that. Also, I comment on articles and ask questions!

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      Grant Handford 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Good stuff thanks.


    • RonBarber profile image


      8 years ago from Billerica, Ma, USA

      I am new to the Hub and you confirm to me that traffic will take some time... And Quality is King... Thanks...

    • shazwellyn profile image


      8 years ago from Great Britain

      this has been very helpful, thanks x

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      Martin V 

      9 years ago

      super great hub! very useful!


    • lilmnstr profile image


      9 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      I didnt realize that their was an appropriate place to put your link, I was a link at the end of your commet kinda person before now! Thanks

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      Barbara C 

      9 years ago from Andalucia, Spain

      Thank you for the advice here - you've written it in a way that I can - mostly - understand. I still don't understand about diggit and stumbleupon, I'll have to do some research on those. And what is meant by 'viral marketing'? Sorry if these are obvious - but they're not to me. Anyway, this is definitely one to bookmark :)

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      9 years ago

      Hey that was great info there. Got some great tips BUT I LOVED THE PATIENCE PART

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      9 years ago

      Hey that was great info there. Got some great tips BUT I LOVED THE PATIENCE PART

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      9 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Thanks, I suppose it's just write good content, write content people want to read, participate and the rest will come!

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      Ken R. Abell 

      9 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      EM - Thank you for this Hub. I have been at it for four weeks & am having a ball. This page provided me with lots of good information. BTW, I love your username because it resonates with my worldview & perspective. Be blessed & encouraged as you write on.

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      9 years ago from Some Sunny Beach, USA

      Great hub & wonderful ideas! I am new to Hubpages and this information will help start me on my way. Thanks! & Great Job!

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 

      9 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      This Hub is a Blessing!!!! Thank you for the tips!!!!

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      9 years ago from mumbai( india )

      Nice and very useful information you share with us.


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      9 years ago from Chandler, AZ

      Thank you for the insight! It will be useful as a new user in the community. I will be back to read this a couple more times so that I can follow your advice. I am new to the whole Internet blogging community, but I am definitely interested in becoming more knowledgeable.

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      9 years ago

      This was very helpful! Thank you.

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      Becki Rizzuti 

      9 years ago from Indiana, USA

      I'd say that's pretty good, R Burow! I'm headed towards 20000 (my goal for the end of June), but I had a few *very* controversial hubs that got a lot of internal traffic ;)

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      R Burow 

      9 years ago from Florida, United States

      I have been on hub pages for six weeks and have written six hubs. According to my stats, the hubs have had a little more than 1000 hits. I don't know if this is really good or not. I appreciate your answering some of my questions. I am determined to keep at it. Thanks for sharing the good information.

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      Rebecca Graf 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      The problem is that most of my friends don't have sites. Maybe I just don't have friends.

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      Becki Rizzuti 

      9 years ago from Indiana, USA

      I tend to keep them unpublished until they are finished and then I publish them when they are finished :) Most of those aren't going to be high earners anyway though.

      Thanks for the info!

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      9 years ago from India

      Nice hub EM. Good info. One thing i noticed if you keep your hub unpublished it will increase score but it will decrease the link juice you get from hubpages also. So be aware if you keep it unpublished for the sake of score only.

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      9 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      Thank you for all the information. Im still new here and got alot to learn

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      Becki Rizzuti 

      9 years ago from Indiana, USA

      LOL Deb, if only I had your sense of humor! :P

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      Amanda Severn 

      9 years ago from UK

      Great job EM. You've summed it all up perfectly, and reminded me of a few things I should be doing better. Cheers!

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      9 years ago from australia

      Oh EM this was fantastic, It actually has cleared up a few grey areas I was unsure about. It was only this morning I made a decision to write some hubs like BC has, specifically to see if following all the guidelines will earn some more revenue. Will be challenging to me as comedy is my thing lol. From listening to all your comments over time in forums, I have to say I love the way you think. Gee if I only had you and Cindy as neighbours I would know everything I ever needed to know. I could just knock on your doors every-time I needed help lol. x0

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      9 years ago from Alberta

      People who think they will make money on anything on the internet will always be let down. I dont care if its here or selling the latest snake oil. Hubpages should be just one part of the recipe for online earnings. If people would be patient and follow your hub I bet they would be mighty pleased after a certain amount of time. Very good job, thanks for the great info.

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      Sioux Ramos 

      9 years ago from South Carolina

      Thank you, well written, clear information. I recently joined hubpages and appreciate this information prior to submitting my 2nd hub. I realized it took time and love to write and share, but thanks to you, the time to realize readership and financial success may be shortened. May you continue to be blessed.

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      9 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thanks for sharing, this is good basic information. I believe the two keys expectations and patience. If you think you're going to jump right in and make lots of money this may not be for you. However, if you're in it for the long term the benefits can be numerous!

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      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Wish I had these tips before joining hubpages for this long?!

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      9 years ago from quebec

      I really enjoyed reading that, and now some things are a little clearer to me. I wasn't sure how the backlink thing worked and now I see it. Thanks for taking the time to show me the ropes:)


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      9 years ago from NE Florida

      Enjoyed reading your hub. Good advice and thorough. It definitely helps a newbie like me.

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      9 years ago from London

      I have just joined and I am very glad to have stumbled across this hub! Great advice , thanks a lot!

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      9 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

      "If you are willing to put in some time and work, you will see that people have been sharing your hub with their friends. Most hubbers do viral marketing to obtain this kind of traffic."

      Yep, half my day right now at this stage is networking. =)

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      9 years ago

      Dear Everyday Miracles, First of all I just want to say I like your HubPages nickname. It's very inspiring and uplifting. This hub is WONDERUL introduction to hubpages. You take the newbie through how to make money on the site and strongly suggest that they be patient and things will fall into place. I have a few friends who have considered becoming hubbers. I will share your hub with them. Many thanks, Dawei888 :-)

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      9 years ago

      Deff great advice there for a newbie and even members like myself, nice one my friend !

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      Becki Rizzuti 

      9 years ago from Indiana, USA

      Christa, I'd call that "spam" too!

      madhubber: I'm not sure yet! I've used a couple of mine on a few occasions. I don't use Yahoo! Answers just for that purpose but I do know that there is somebody *else* who is citing my hubs, too, which is awesomeness!

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      Dominic Joseph 

      9 years ago from New York

      Lots of thoughtful, creative, and original advice. Great job!

      Do you think the Yahoo Answers community would flag users that repeatedly used their own Hubs as the source link?

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      Christa Dovel 

      9 years ago from The Rocky Mountains, North America

      Thank you for all of the relevant information. Back links are starting to make sense to me, tho I do hate it when people leave comments on my blog, with their key word as their name. I always mark those as spam! A relevant link is useful, but spam is not. :D

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      Dolores Monet 

      9 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Great info. I've been here several months but it still feesl new to me and I enjoy checking out helpful hubs like this one.

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      9 years ago

      Prety cool, I had a purpose when signed up for hubpages, but I'm starting to become a fan of the concept, and now I really want to learn more about it. And this hub, explained a lot. Bookmarked

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      9 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for the well-written and helpful hub. I'm relatively new here too, so I appreciate all the tips and advice. Keep up the good work.

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      9 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks- this is a great hub. I had read hubpages instructions on how to get more traffic to your page. Your explanation really covered it better and I understood it much better. I'm new here and though I'm really just here to enjoy writing I do enjoy knowing others are reading my work as well.

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      Melody Lagrimas 

      9 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks for this informative hub. I am fairly new here too and tring to find my way around.

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      9 years ago from Viginia

      Thanks am fearily new to hubpages and you have given me lots of help with this hub.

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      9 years ago

      I never leave your hubs feeling dissapointed. Great information and very well presented. Thanks for the effort.

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      9 years ago from NSW. Australia

      very informative - thank you for sharing your information with us -- cheers

      have bookmarked for future reference

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      9 years ago

      Thank you. I learned a lot from your hub beeing a newbie.

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      Zeta Sfico 

      9 years ago from Underground Kingdom

      This is absolutely the must read article especially for newbie and hubbers that already give up or thinking to give up. well done there.

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      Om Prakash Singh 

      9 years ago from India, Calcutta

      A very good Hub EM. It will prove to be a very informative for all and for newbies in particular. You have mentioned almost all the points that one should keep in mind while being on Hubpages. Great work

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      9 years ago from san diego calif

      I must confess that when It comes to this linking up to other sites and using capsules I have made attempts and failed . I need a coach or something as I am not very adept at using a computer . But that does not stop me from saying what I have to say . If I ever do make money that would be great . But at least I can share my thoughts with people and If they enjoy It all the better.

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      Nelle Hoxie 

      9 years ago

      Very good job. Excellent summary of difficult and confusing concepts. A lot of people will benefit from this hub.

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      Tracker Frost 

      9 years ago from Wyoming

      Great hub! I wish I could have more traffic, money, etc. like everyone else, but I'm just happy to get done what I do. With a family, a full time job, and the occassional attempt at a life... lol. Some great tips and advice! :)

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      Becki Rizzuti 

      9 years ago from Indiana, USA

      LG, means a lot to hear that from somebody who has been around a while! Thanks!

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      9 years ago from London

      this is a really good hub, clear and accurate.

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      9 years ago

      Thank you so much for this excellent information. Being new here, you've finally answered all of my questions in one place. Very thorough!

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      Becki Rizzuti 

      9 years ago from Indiana, USA

      Leocbrito, the honest truth is that I don't know! LOL

      My average is currently 76. I tweak my hubs on a regular basis, add things to them, promote them, etc. The algorithm seems to be based on traffic, comments, word count and other factors.

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      9 years ago from Brazil

      Fabulous hub! It's so informative, thank you a lot!

      I have just one doubt: "Keep your hub scores high". How these scores are counted?

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      Dayton OH Realtor 

      9 years ago from Dayton Ohio

      Thanks so much for ALL this information. Being new to Hubpages, I'm sure I'll read it again....just to capture another idea. Thanks for your willingness to help others!

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      Becki Rizzuti 

      9 years ago from Indiana, USA

      Thanks, Kari! I hope this answered your question!

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      Princess Kari 

      9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      i like the way you made things stand out in bold. that was cool :)

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      Marie Dwivkidz 

      9 years ago from UK

      Thanks EM - right on point as ever. The tip about photo captions and capsule headings had passed me by up to now, so just off back into all my hubs to give them a little tweak. You are right about the returns on self promotion reflecting what you put into it too. If only I weren't so blooming British and repressed. Need to get OUT THERE and shout about my hubs! Off for assertiveness training...

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      Ellie Perry 

      9 years ago

      Thanks so much for the information from a newbie girl. Ellie

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      9 years ago from India

      Great hub....I do use the capsules, but rarely gave them headers...thanks for the tip. Have still to start using links.

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      Richard Bivins 

      9 years ago from Charleston, SC

      Thanks EM, I never even thought of using Yahoo Answers. I found out recently too that if you have an Ebay "about me" page that you should post a link to your hubpages profile there for a backlink.

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      Kate Swanson 

      9 years ago from Sydney

      Everday, you have the right attitude. You've probably heard me say that for my first three months on HubPages, I earned nothing - in spite of writing 55 Hubs in the first 2 weeks.  These days, I earn $30 to $50 a month from Adsense plus a little pocket money from eBay and Amazon, and it improves every month. I'm about to hit 100,000 page views!  I do very little promotion and I've written only 17 more Hubs in two years - so the growth in income has happened virtually all by itself.  It just takes patience!

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      Becki Rizzuti 

      9 years ago from Indiana, USA

      Better now that I gave up on 100 in 30 days, Cindy! LOL

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      Cindy Vine 

      9 years ago from Cape Town

      Great job EM, howya doing?

    • Everyday Miracles profile imageAUTHOR

      Becki Rizzuti 

      9 years ago from Indiana, USA

      You're welcome, jill of alltrades. Just keep writing -- the traffic will ultimately come. And of course, commenting helps, too :)

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      jill of alltrades 

      9 years ago from Philippines

      This is very comprehensive and informative especially for a newbie like me. Thank you!

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      Becki Rizzuti 

      9 years ago from Indiana, USA

      It is neither quick nor easy, Triplet Mom. I hate to see people who have been here four weeks say they want to leave because they aren't earning anything. The potential is there, but it takes time. I don't think Hubpages has seen the height of its potential yet!

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      Triplet Mom 

      9 years ago from West Coast

      Great job in breaking this down in easy little pieces. I think alot of people are looking for quick and easy cash plus lots of it. It just does not work that way.

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      Nolimits Nana 

      9 years ago

      Really comprehensive and informative. Thanks!! I'll bookmark this one.

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      Becki Rizzuti 

      9 years ago from Indiana, USA

      Thank you ladies! Yes, the question does get asked a lot, and the truth is that the answer is both simple and complex. I couldn't believe how long this one got!

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      9 years ago from Louisiana

      Wow! Lots of great info in this one! I'm still new to this, but this is helpful in understanding how it works. thanks!

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      9 years ago

      Excellent job answering a question I see all the time!! You covered it all! Saying that you get out of HubPages exactly what you put in, is perfect. I like it. Great jib! thumbs up :)


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