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HubPages Traffic Bonus

Updated on May 12, 2018

I have 30 days in which to get as much traffic from as many different sources as I can to qualify for the HubPages "Traffic Bonus".

I'll be outlining here what steps I'm taking to achieve that goal.

The criteria is just 10 visitors from 10 referring sites. Surely it can't be that hard?

What is the Traffic Bonus?

Flagship Hubs:

"Earn an additional $10 by getting at least 10 page views from each of 10 non-HubPages sources (as shown in the Flagship Hub’s View Stats) within the first 30 days after publication. Do a little promotion of your Flagship Hub and earn an extra kicker!"

Capstone Hubs:

"Raise your total cash earnings to $40 (an additional $15) by getting at least 10 page views from each of 10 non-HubPages sources (as shown in the Capstone Hub’s View Stats) within the first 30 days after publication of your Capstone Hub."

I'll be outlining my 'promotional plan of attack' for the recently completed Capstone Hub series The Roman Empire.

Maybe you'll get a few ideas from my tips and techniques for getting traffic to any of your hubs, not just Flagship or Capstone hubs.

Please Note:

You need to be aware that the page views must be to the Capstone Hub, not the adjoining series Hubs.

Once you've fulfilled the traffic requirements you'll need to submit the link to your published hub to with either Capstone Hubs traffic bonus (for your Capstone) or Ten from Ten for Ten approval (for your Flagship). Upon confirmation your payment will happen at the beginning of the next month after approval.

The $10 and $15 traffic bonuses are applicable ONLY to approved Flagship/Capstone hubs.

This is an Outline, not a Blueprint

This is not a blueprint where you can follow it as a step by step tutorial.

It's an outline that you'll need to customize.

Getting only 10 visitors from just 10 sources in a month doesn't seem all that hard. And it's not, if you've thought it through.

You're not going to get the visitor traffic you need by going in unprepared. If you have a network of existing sites with a good track record and reputation, you'll be ahead of the game. If you don't... then you'll need to make yourself a list.

Spamming won't cut it either. Don't do hit and runs on forums dropping your URL in the hope it'll get you the traffic. You need to be mindful to think long term, not short term. Your username is a brand. And you need to build a reputation of trust.

In addition to submitting links to social bookmarking sites you can also publish more articles, at other sites. Increase your chances, or perhaps even dominate the search engine results pages. And also have a shot at dipping into the fresh pool of members at these other sites.

Bottom line is, you may need to promote the pages you've submitted or published elsewhere again. That sounds like a lot of extra work, and it is. And more work than what's worth the $10 or $15 that HubPages Inc is offering. But it's worth doing as it'll count towards your chances of being indexed and ranked highly at search engines. And earn passive income from your hub.

Publishing Articles to Promote an Article

Yes, it sounds like a lot of hard work. But depending on how you approach writing it may not be as time consuming a you think.

When gathering information and writing content for my 15 serials hubs, and also the Capstone hub I had a LOT material that needed to be cut to end up with articles that were tight, and easy to read.

I don't just highlight the words and hit the delete button when I edit. I cut it, and copy it onto another document. I call this my 'offcuts'.

I'll just toss it into the other text doc. Once I've finished my hub article, and I'm happy with it, I'll then see what I can cook up with the offcuts.

Sometimes there's a lot. Enough to feed a family. Other times it's a little. Perhaps it can be for an entrée.

If it's a lot, I'll publish it at a few sites similar to HubPages. Within the body of the text (if it's allowed) I'll link keywords to corresponding articles that I've published at HubPages.

If it's just a few sentences or paragraphs, I'll use it to submit for an immediate backlink to the article. I'll rejig the content so I've got a good title, and also an original description. Some sites have character limits, some don't. I'm vicious either way with editing the material so it's concise, straight to the point and will grab the attention of my potential link clicker.

Occasionally, in the instance of having enough material to produce another full blown article I may go through the process again of cutting and copying the excess from the offcuts. I call these 'leftovers' I then use the leftovers for the submission to social bookmarking sites as described above.

I'll now go through each site I've used to get this elusive traffic. I'll be using my Roman Empire Capstone Hub as the example in this illustration, of what, how, why and what I did.


As you can imagine with Julius Caesar being such a well known historical figure, if not the best known personality of the Roman era, I knew him since a young age from reading Asterix books, there is a LOT of information about him. So with the information I gleaned from various references, I had enough for about three articles.

The one I published at Knol I titled Julius Caesar: Almost an Emperor.

Knol do allow you to link within the article. And you can "insert a refererence". Looking much like an annotated Wikipedia article. You can delete those annotations within the article (they look like this [1]) and it'll still keep your References at the bottom of the page intact.

I of course used it to list my bibliography, and also three websites. You'll notice that Reference number 8 is the link to my Roman Empire Capstone hub. As well as linking the two last words in the article.

The downside to Google Knol is all links are nofollow. But the upside is that you get 100% ad views for your Publisher ID if you link your Adsense account.


Squidoo was a natural choice for me. I have a few Lensmaster accounts and about 900 articles published there. (UPDATE: Squidoo no longer exists)

I actually published Who Is Julius Caesar ( before I thought to start a Capstone series on Roman Emperors. When I published my first hub on the subject, and it being Julius Caesar, I then edited my lens to link to my hub under my References module.

When I got stuck into the emperor hubs and I had offcuts flying every where, I put aside material for a lens on the Emperor Trajan ( and another on Hadrian's Wall.

I kept them on the backburner until after my Capstone hub was approved and then published these lenses. You'll see at the bottom of those articles two big fat arrows pointing at a link to my capstone hub. That's the "My Favorite Link" capsule.

I didn't go back to add that module to the Caesar lens. I like to mix things up a little and not be too predictable.


Lensroll is a Digg like type just for Squidoo Lenses. So this isn't going to directly help your hub, but it does stand a chance for backlinks counting towards Search Engine ranking, click thru traffic and submitted lenses which are voted up onto the frontpage also get tweeted.

I had some leftovers from the offcuts so I used it for Roman Empire: Trajan (one sentence) and The Great Wall of Hadrianus (Hadrian's Wall) (ten paragraphs!).

Just so you know, I co-own with a guy named Greg.

Articles Base

I had never knew about the site until I went looking for other places to publish articles. is a professionally presented site. They have to approve articles before they're published.

They don't however have any reveneue sharing. But that's okay, I'm after some quality backlinks and a chance to dip into some fresh traffic streams. What it means is I won't publish there often, but when I do it'll still maintain the same sort of quality I strive for when publishing content at HubPages.

When it came to choosing what content to publish at Articles Base I thought that Marcus Junius Brutus was an interesting character who was a friend who turned out to be a foe to Julius Caesar. I was running into a lot of information about him while I was researching the subject of the Rome's imperial era. So I thought it only fitting I write an article about him.

Before I did that though, and because I had no idea how the site worked, I published an article on Calligraphy first to get a feel for it. But that was after I had checked out other articles. You need to do this to see if what you've got is a good fit with what's already there.

I published the Calligraphy article about a week or so before I finished the Capstone Hub so I could test out the site. I then waited until after I published the Capstone hub to publish Et Tu Brutus.


I've long been a fan of Gather. There's a very friendly and vibrant feel to the community there. And they do offer a revenue share type payment system.

Unfortunately being in Australia I can't cash out for gift certificates or paypal payments. But I do have an aunty in the US who gets a regular surprise that can be used at Borders or Home Depot.

Now I had already published a few articles on various Roman's, and linked them to corresponding serial hubs. But I kept aside the Roman Historian Tacitus and The Colosseum for my post Roman Empire launch promotional push.

Associated Content

I've made a few bucks here and there with Associated Content. Nothing notable. But then again I haven't pushed it hard at AC. I do have the feeling that if I did it would prove to be worth it. But then that would take away from my time spent on HubPages. So for now I'm just publishing there occasionally.

I saved Mark Antony: Caesar's Staunchest Ally for the promotional push for the Roman Empire Capstone.

I could have cross linked to the Brutus ArticlesBase article. But I didn't. I kept myself restrained to just one hyperlink.

The most links I've put in an Associated Content article is 3. I wouldn't try for more than that. And they were to other articles with good solid information. I think if a person ever tried to put in an affiliate link it would get cut. Because they too review an article before it is published.


In the spirit of 'biting off more than one can chew' I committed myself to publishing 30 articles about 30 Roman Generals for the month of May. This was less than a week before the announcement for the Hub Challenge. I registered a Blogspot blog at Blogger just for the purpose.

I started with crosslinking articles I had published and then when the Roman Empire Capstone Hub was launched I hyperlinked specific words to that hub. I also threw in a banner ad to promote the hub. You can see it here: Roman General: Gnaeus Domitius Corbulo

I am also linked through to the capstone hub on my Blogger profile. You'll see the link as "My Web Page".

I will continue to run the blog after the initial 30 days and the Hub Challenge with a follow up self inflicted 30 day challenge publishing mini-articles on 30 more less known Roman Emperors.


I've been a member of EzineArticles since late 2007 but it wasn't until 2008 that I published an article. Which was to provide a backlink for my very first Flagship Hub about Anti Virus Programs. EzineArticles review every single submission.

It's been almost a whole year since that article and I was quite surprised when I got an email telling me that I had earned Expert Author status. And not only that, but they deemed my submission worthy enough to appear on their home page and sent out on their EzineArticles RSS Feed. So it really is worth putting in the effort to strive for quality!

In addition to the supporting cast of Brutus and Mark Antony to the Roman Empire melodrama I set my sights on the supporting character of Pompey, the man who clashed with Caesar in being the top dog of Rome at the time, and lost. It was a fantastic time in history... intrigue, violence, backstabbing, personal attacks. It's much like a typical HubPages forum thread.

EzineArticles don't allow links in the article body, but you can add a 300 character "Author SIG - Resource Box" which looks like a continuation of the article.


Twitter is a very powerful tool once you get past the obligatory posts of what people are having for breakfast or dinner or how bored they are. As well as having a subscriber base of friends, you can also use Hash Tags to make it easier for others with similar interests to find the information.

You're limited to only 140 characters, which means you really need to think hard and creatively to make the most impact with your message.

You can find me on Twitter here.


Facebook can be a lot of fun, if not downright addictive. I have two accounts, one is for family and friends (who I know in real life). I update my Facebook Status Update about once a day. I like to keep it witty. And nobody is ever informed on what I'm having for breakfast or that it's time for me to go to bed. And occasionally I link to an interesting news item, and every now and then I throw in an article I've published. I get click thru's without getting in peoples faces.

I also have a Facebook account for my online pursuits (you're welcome to befriend me). Again I try and avoid getting in peoples faces. I never post links in peoples profile pages. I find doing so as being rude (and very spammish).

The same applies to Myspace, though I haven't been there for quite some time because I think there's far too much spam.

Forum Sigs

You could post links to your hub within threads, though I would only do so IF I've been an active or longstanding member of the forum. If you do it within hours of joining you'll soon find yourself on the receiving end of a flamewar from loyal members or being smacked by a moderator or being banned by the admin.

I'd only post a link to a hub IF it has information in it that directly pertains to the problem that the Original Poster is having.

Alternatively you can always put a link in your sig. Which will work depending how well you word it and how often you post. Though avoid pointing out your sig when making posts, this is seen a similar light as posting the link directly in the post itself.


InfoBarrel is a fairly new site which requires a submission process for articles before being approved and published. The site owners have their sights (and site) set on quality.

They've divided their site into 11 categories: Culture, Geography, Health, History, Mathematics, People, Philosophy, Religion, Science, Society and Technology. I guess if you can find a fit in one of those topic areas then you've found yourself a home. At a glance it seems that Business and Travel are absent.

You can sign up to InfoBarrel here.


I fast forwarded to the end of the Roman Empire and its fall from grace by publishing an article dealing with "the Fall of The Western Roman Empire" at Helium.

I'm not familiar enough with Helium to explain exactly how their revenue sharing program works (the publication of this article was primarily for the purpose of traffic) but I have heard through reliable sources that you can really make money on Helium.

They have a very active rating system. By active I mean that there is some level of expectation that the community get involved and rate articles. Comparing one to another.

They do have a strict set of guidelines, but I applaud them for that. It's quite clear that they're after magazine quality articles, and not blog posts resembling anecdotes or a personal journal.

Submitted articles should be at least 400 words, and preferably under 1500 words.

You can sign up directly at the site, but I give a big thumbs up to people who want to get referred. Referrals to Helium are by email only so I had one of my readers send me a referral to sign up to the site, so if you're thinking of signing up to the site, contact for an emailed Helium referral.

Recent Sites

Here's two recent sites I've signed up to: Factoidz and YouSayToo (I've actually been a member there for over two years, it's just now that I've started utilizing it).

Be Creative

These are some of the sites I'm using. As you can see there are more than 10 listed here. It's a game of numbers, and you can't give an iron clad guarantee that you will definitely get click thrus.

Be adventurous, seek out suitable sites for social networking, social bookmarking and article publishing platforms. If you've got a good one, share it in the Comments capsule. But please, no spammy affiliate links or traffic exchange sites.

Best of luck in getting your 10 from 10!

Tracking URL's

If you have checked out each of the pages I have linked as working examples of my backlink building you may have noticed that many of the links to have included an extra word in the URL. These are 'trackers'.

Not all sites accept trackers. In fact some specifically ban the use of it.

You can find out more about how they work and how to set them up in my How HubPages Tracking Works hub.


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    • Reginald Thomas profile image

      Reginald Thomas 

      23 months ago from Connecticut

      Thank you for a great article. I am now looking ways to improve my traffic (More than 50 views a day). I will use the information from your hub to help me.

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      Power Ball Pythons 

      8 years ago from Mobile, AL

      I just discovered lensroll and signed up! I did a search a on here to see if anyone else used it. How funny to come across the co-owner. Let me tell you, I think it's a brilliant idea. Thanks for all the other website listings as well.

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      Rui Carreira 

      9 years ago from Torres Novas

      Good Marketing effort.

      I must learn with this hehe

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      9 years ago

      Very interesting :D I think i will post few articles on other sites to get more traffic. Thx for sharing darkside.

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      9 years ago from Little Island, Heart.

      Great the more I read about traffic the more burden I feel to promote, Thanks for accumulating all the resources and sharing them.

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      9 years ago from Primbee

      Thank You.

      You have certainly researched your stuff. It looks like I have another lot of sites to join to get the most value out of my articles.

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      10 years ago

      Really interesting information. Really great and informative information.

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      10 years ago

      great hub and loads of great tips, thanks!

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      10 years ago

      nice text!!

    • darkside profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Australia

      I would recommend Squidoo, but the payment system is a bit difficult if you don't play the 'game' properly. And by that I don't mean there's any shenanigans, just that they have a three tier system when it comes to the Adsense funds. I find it far easier to be earning money at HubPages with the content I produce than at Squidoo.

      Gather has really taken a turn down in the earnings for me. Not that I earned much there anyway, but it had been a constant trickle. Now I can't remember the last time I accrued enough points to get a $10 voucher.

      Associated Content has changed things. And I earned very little there before. Now nothing.

      Bukisa I haven't seen make me a cent.

      Helium I'd avoid.

      Factoidz I'd not only avoid but if the owner of that site was on fire I wouldn't piss on him.

      InfoBarrel might be worth looking into more. I've had a few articles published, not much in the way of earnings, but I have a gut feeling that it would be worth giving it a go.

      If you can hack into a template your Adsense Publisher ID then Tumblr is worth doing. I really like the way it makes it easy to be a community type site, with people being able to reblog other peoples posts while still retaining a link to the source.

      Alternatively you could always start another account at HubPages. I have quite a few in fact. You don't have to worry about the hassle (or cost) of domain name registration, web hosting, or your site being hacked or attacked. I do have my own blogs, and if you can get a good domain name it's worth doing, but I know I can leave my various hub accounts without worrying that they'll go down or be vandalised. The 40% cut of the pageviews that HP HQ get is a fair share given the piece of mind I get from using the site.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      10 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin


      The encyclopedia of traffic for online writers - I have allot of work left to do. You provided the road map - thank you!

      I know I shouldn't ask for favorites but I must - outside of Hub Pages, what would be the first site you would start with?

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      And Drewson 

      10 years ago from United States

      So many informative Hubs Glen!

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      10 years ago

      Great info!

    • PierrePierre profile image


      10 years ago

      Precious information!

    • SwiftlyClean profile image


      10 years ago from Texas

      This is another winner Hub thanks for all the time you took in explaining it all.


      Sharon Smith

    • happyexplorer profile image


      10 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere

      Excellent info! I have a few of these sites on my list already, but you've given me a bunch more avenues to pursue. Thanks!

    • darkside profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Australia

      Paulo, it's been a while since I published this hub, but if memory serves me correctly I got about 8 out of 10 to send me 10+ visitors.

      I guess I could put in more effort, though even with the amount of time and talent spent it will still be the hardest $10 you've ever tried to earn.

      So if anything, it's a challenge, and while the $10 is very small financial incentive the long term effects is immeasurable. Look at the $10 as a quick reward for a job well done so you can buy yourself a beer (or a coffee) to celebrate not just what you've done, but for what the future holds in store.

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      Paulo Santos 

      10 years ago from London

      just one more thing, what were the results?

      How many pageviews did you manage to get on the HP you promoted?

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      Paulo Santos 

      10 years ago from London

      Whoaaaa, gold nugget here!!

      I thought I would have to pay for this! :)

      Very good Hub although this technique requires a lot of work.

      Bookmarked and printed.

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      11 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for sharing all the quality information on this hub.

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      Charles Fox 

      11 years ago from United Kingdom

      Got to bookmark this and come back regularly. It will take a few days to implement each of the strategies and get to know the site properly in each case but it sounds as though it should be worth it. I hope I can spare the time between creating Hubs, especially as I intend that my Hubs be of quality.

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      11 years ago from PA

      Oh dear Lord is this a lot to take in! lol! Well, I'll definitely be back to read and re-read this one. Thanks again, darkside... always a pleasure.

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      11 years ago

      Thanks for the wealth of information!

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      Jyoti Kothari 

      11 years ago from Jaipur


      I have bookmarked this one.

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      11 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Tagfoot has cracked down on Hubpages and Squidoo. Careful on how much you post (hubs, lenses) to this site.

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      11 years ago from Italy

      Wow, this is an awesome list. Plenty of backlink opportunities. Thank you very much what a hub that obviously took a great deal research and time. It was thorough, relevant and extremely useful information, I am giving it a well deserved "rate up"

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      11 years ago

      I find that Associated Content is not as good, since the links are definitely nofollow.

      it is better to use Stumbleupon, Reddit and other socialbooking sites to avoid so much writing.

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      Dolores Monet 

      11 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Darkside, it's been too long since I've read one of your so informative hubs. You've provided so much information here. I've written a few things for Ezines and they sent me a nice mug! I did get some traffic, but, as usual, am not writing enough articles for them to really make a difference.

    • darkside profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Australia

      Did you post this comment before or after you removed the unsubtle gay jibe from your other profile bio?

      Here's the go... you're banned from the forum, which is great. That way there's no stupid/hypocrital comments for me to respond to, which you then accuse me of stalking you. It's a forum, a place for discussion. And you get your panties in a twist because I have the audacity to respond?

      On the other hand you followed me around the forum sniping and talking trash as I replied to other people giving them advice to questions they had which had nothing to do with you. Stalking much?

      Turning over a new leaf is all fine and dandy, but you've got a track record of hating on me, since your first unprovoked attack. But you are what you are I guess. I'm not sure what that is. And by the string of deleted profiles you've had I don't think you know either.

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      11 years ago

      Good advice my friend, I have now decided to actually wise up and make some money on here. As Xmas and a New Year approaches I would like to extend my hand out in friendship and say sorry for the past and wish you and yer family a Merry Xmas !

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      a2z Support 

      11 years ago from Canada


      What surprised my with this hub is that its not ranked after being published for at least 7 months and having great content! I've gotten into a habit of checking the pagerank of hubs I like (toolbar) and it says "unranked".

      Is it because you've (darkside) made it private? Can you even do that?

    • RachelGB profile image


      11 years ago from New England

      Darkside, you are an inspiration! Thanks for this hub and so many others.

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      11 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks for sharing this with us in Forums. Can't believe I've been here 7 months and never bumped into it. Definitely one to Bookmark. Cheers.

    • darkside profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Australia

      Yes, HubPages is currently performing the best for me out of all of them.

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      Ultimate Hubber 

      11 years ago

      One can't ask for more details and info on the subject. Thanks DS. In terms of making money online, do you rank hubpages above the other revenue sharing sites you have mentioned?

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      The Rope 

      11 years ago from SE US

      Thank you - I don't even remember how I ran across this article but I'm certainly glad I did. I've bookmarked it and will refer to it again and again, I'm sure.

    • matiano_9 profile image


      11 years ago

      Great hub, I had no idea there were so many sites around for publishing your own articles. I have a lot to learn.

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      11 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great hub, have bookmarked it. Will visit again!!!

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      11 years ago

      This will come in really handy once I get going on promoting my hubs (but I have to write them first!). I know only a handful of sites you mentioned, it's good to know there are others I can check out. Thank you for this list!

    • JulietduPreez profile image


      11 years ago


      This is a wonderful hub! Thank you so much for sharing all of this information.

      It is just what I am looking at at the moment, so great timing.

      Here are some other potentials. I haven't investigated these sites, but I will (at some point):; zimbio; American Chronicle

      Thank you again,


    • FRANCES4ES profile image


      11 years ago from DC

      Darkside, I recently became one of your fans. I have to tell you how much I enjoy your writings. I am beginning to be more motivated and less frustrated since I have been reading your hub articles. Please continue the good work you're doing. Thank you so much!


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      Susan Keeping 

      11 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      Great sites and ideas. Joined you fanclub on Squidoo :)

      Have you tried Triond? I plan to use that as a place for backlinks. I will be writing say an article on HubPages, then a related but shorter article on Trion which will give a line such as "for more information on such and such, visit this article". I did it for one of my Bellaonline articles.

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      11 years ago from USA

      Thank you, Darkside. I'd heard of some of these other sites, but there were quite a few new ones to me as well. (And I completely agree with you about Helium. I have made $ from them in the past, but there are a lot of problems there. I would warn folks to just steer clear.)

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      11 years ago from USA

      thank you so much for posting this link in my thread. great info for a newbie

    • darkside profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Australia

      @oderog, if I were you I'd register at one of the other sites, and publish an article related to one that you've already got here. Then link from there to here.

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      Aqeel Saeed 

      11 years ago

      Very detailed. I bookmarked it and will read it taking time and understand.

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      11 years ago from Nairobi

      Awesome darkside, but where do I start

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      11 years ago from USA

      *Random Comment* You look like Topher Grace :) I like him.

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      11 years ago from earth

      thanks bro for hub

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      Paula Atwell 

      11 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      This article is even better than the last time I read it. I haven't tried Gather yet, but I may have an account there. I will check it out.

    • darkside profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Australia

      @weblog, I think the problem with trackers and these sites is multiple submissions. Often sites will automatically reject a duplicate URL. Being able to change the URL but go to the same page means plenty of opportunities for the wrong people to do the wrong thing.

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      11 years ago from Australia

      @weblog, I think the problem with trackers and these sites is multiple submissions. Often sites will automatically reject a duplicate URL. Being able to change the URL but go to the same page means plenty of opportunities for the wrong people to do the wrong thing.

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      11 years ago from India

      very detailed page.. i will take time to read this page.. bokmarked..

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      11 years ago from 1India

      It's great info. I have a doubt...

      May I know why they don't allow trackers? Does it mean trackers are like URL redirection?

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      11 years ago from Fabulous USA

      Darkside, I have learned soooo much from you. I love this hub (and others, of course) but I wanted to tell you thank you! I do appreciate you teaching me so very much.

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      Julie Lussier 

      12 years ago from Canada

      Very good hub...

      You now have a new fan.

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      Kelsey Tallis 

      12 years ago from USA-Ohio

      Thanks again for a great hub that gives me more insight to freelance writing online. You have a multi-level way of thinking and presenting information that helps me better understand the interlinking potential of various sites--even if I don't comprehend the specifics of what you're talking about (like, at all)...

      Cheers! :-D

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      Al Hawkes 

      12 years ago from Cornwall

      Thumbs up, got it bookmarked.

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      Coach Tim 

      12 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      As usual, your hubs are very informative! Thanks for the heads up!

    • BristolBoy profile image


      12 years ago from Bristol

      This is a very useful hub which I have actually Tagfooted! I use a few of the sites mentioned, and intend on using more as and when I have time. I am also planning on doing like you have and linking articles from one site to others to achieve backlinks.

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      Gin G 

      12 years ago from Canada

      Fantastic Hub, DS :) thank you for sharing.

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      amy jane 

      12 years ago from Connecticut

      Excellent hub! I use many of the sites mentioned, and although I use article marketing to promote my blogs,I've never thought of using article marketing to promote my hubs. (bit of a duh! moment there).

      I haven't been to squoogle in a while either - didn't realize it was yours! :) Best of luck with all of your writing - you do sound busy!

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      Paula Atwell 

      12 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Well, it's not like you don't have a few other things in the works. Without knowing your personal dislike, I can tell you that I have not involved myself much in the community on Helium other than the rating requirement, which is pretty easy to do, and I have earned income from that site steadily and find it easy to write to. But you are way more experienced than I am. I have found that my own one Ezine article has brought me some traffic more readily. I will have to take a look at some of your other sites listed here.

    • darkside profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from Australia

      @Iphigenia, thank you for your enormous amount of feedback! :)

      For BiteSized.Info I installed

      If you have webhosting with cPanel and Fantastico it's very easy to install. It's already to go, all you have to do is follow the prompts after you click on New Installation.

      I installed a free theme after that. It's the only time I had to actually upload anything. But I did have to 'hack' a bit of code to change a couple of things. If you know HTML then playing around with a little bit of PHP isn't that hard. I can't remember which bit it was, maybe the titles for each post. It wasn't working properly as a clickable link. I'd remember it more clearly except it was about a year ago when I fixed it. I've only just recently thrown myself into utilising the site as originally intended.

      Tagfoot is quite heavy to get into, but equally as powerful. I posted a graph of a learning curve at which pretty much sums up its difficuly in comparison to HubPages and Squidoo :D I was one of the first to sign up for the site, and I don't use it nearly as much as some of those who have signed up through my referral links. But it's a handy weapon to have in ones online promotional arsenal.

      As for my online pursuits... I am in a position to invest a lot of time into it, with the aim of making it a full time venture, in terms of financial return. The thing that has helped me the most is having a second monitor. An LCD plugged into my notebook, which allows me much more room on my desktop to lay out all my folders that are named for each site. I occasionally rearrange them according to what I need to do next. It's always in constant state of flux. It's like a juggling act, but I'm managing to build up steam and have a few other sites to work on in between what you can see that I've been up to on this hub.

    • LondonGirl profile image


      12 years ago from London

      fantastic hub, and I'm sure you'll get your bonus and a lot of nice backlinks, too

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      12 years ago

      This is so thought-provoking as I want to make a serious business out of my online writing. It has taken me 3 months on HP to have a lot of fun but also to realise the potential - I have been planning a series of high quality hubs based on a specialist subject and for which I have an excess of material.

      But then the hub challenge came along and I decided to 'go for it' in order to impose some discipline on my working days. These hubs will not be up to standard for Flagship or Capstone status but I am confident that my planned series will be so.

      Your articles about Flagship and Capstone hubs have inspired me.

      I would love to know how your organise your working day around all these promotional activities on top of your academic research and writing. I use Twitter with tracking urls and get a lot of traffic that way. I joined TagFoot - but I didn't take to it - the page is too busy for me, I didn't find it intuitive to use at all. I do have a couple of blogger blogs which are slowly building - but need to mature, I expect more from them in terms of traffic in a few more months.

      I like 'CopyTaste' and will probably use that - as for you BiteSized site - I shall come back to you in 3 months or so when I have started my series of quality hubs.

      Can you tell us what the app is that you used to build that site?

      Finally - a personal thankyou - as you know I have enjoyed many of your hubs about the Roman Emperors. On top of that you have inspired me to improve the intellectual quality of my work (although I shall still write fun hubs and recipe hubs, just for relaxation) and I am very excited about getting a proposal together for the hubPage team re: my first Flagship hub.

    • darkside profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from Australia

      @Liss, LOL. I know, I should really stop procrastinating and make an effort with this whole online publishing thing :D

      My biggest... conundrum, is coming up with a new username. I'm all for online branding but I've strangely made an accidental habit of registering different names at different sites. So I've been sticking with that trend and using a different name and different avatar for each site.

      But I've got an idea, and a batch of interesting articles of the same theme to go with it. Be on the look out next month for a new member who's making some waves ;)

    • darkside profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from Australia

      @lakeerieartists, sure, no problem at all linking to it. If you look below this Comment capsule you'll see links to the articles I wrote about the Flagship and Capstone programs. Within those articles are links to the official pages.

      As for Helium... I've read up plenty about them, and by the sounds of it it involves a lot of community participation. Something I willing do here, and at a few other select places, but if it's a requirement of sorts it kind ruins the atmosphere for me. But aside from that there's something that I came across a while back that never sat right with me, but it's not something I will discuss publicly.

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 

      12 years ago from New Zealand

      Well if you post enough over at Infobarrel in May then you get a higher Adsense payout in June - I mean its not like you are busy at hubpages at the moment surely LOL

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      Paula Atwell 

      12 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Oh, I also like Helium, which you haven't mentioned. Revenue sharing and articles only need to be 400 words. You can have some links which would work for anyone wanting more information on your topic.

    • lakeerieartists profile image

      Paula Atwell 

      12 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      This is a great article. With your permission I am going to put a link to it from my lens about article writing. My personal experience with Bukisa so far is the site still has lots of bugs. Where can I go to learn more about Capstone and Flagship hubs?

    • darkside profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from Australia

      @Be Successful, the application powering BiteSized is as easy to install as a WordPress blog. Once it's up it's just a matter of adding something now and then. I have a new system in place where I feel overwhelmingly compelled to write articles (no matter how large or small) otherwise they sit on my desktop annoying the hell out of me.

    • darkside profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from Australia

      InfoBarrel is on my To Do list. I've still got your page bookmarked, I'll be signing up under you as soon as I sort out a few more (dozen?) hubs!

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 

      12 years ago from New Zealand

      Wow thats the longest list of these types of sites that I've ever seen - and some I didn't know about! You missed one though: Infobarrel

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      Shalini Kagal 

      12 years ago from India

      Thank you, darkside, for one of the most comprehensive, informative hubs I've read! I think anyone wanting to promote their hubs will find this extremely useful.


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