ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel


Updated on May 21, 2013

I've been on Hubpages for a few years now, and one thing I initially struggled with was getting traffic to my hubs. In my first year, it seemed the only people who read my hubs were close friends who read about my posts on Facebook. But a person can't make any money on a dozen hits a day; we need traffic in the hundreds, if not thousands per day. I knew social media was the key to traffic, but what social media outlet to use?

What I found was I needed to use several social media outlets to drive significant traffic to my hubs. Facebook alone won't cut it. Nor will Google plus. I use them all. While this may seem very time consuming, it is not as bad as one might think, perhaps only an hour or so a day. Some may say that that is one hour that could be spent writing, but at the same time, more writing doesn't do any good if nobody is reading your hubs.


One of the tools I use to manage all of my social media is Hootsuite. If you are not familiar with this service, it is a social media management tool with tons of features. You can post to multiple accounts, schedule future posts, monitor the number of hits your posts receive, and more. A basic account is free, but you can upgrade for $10 per month.

I post to most of my social media accounts from Hootsuite. There are a few that don't integrate with Hootsuite, but for those that do, this is a huge time saver. I have the upgraded account, which allows me to use their bulk uploader tool. This tool allows you to upload an excel spreadsheet containing a list of tweets with the days and times you want them posted.

The Social Media I use

What follows is a list of the social media outlets that I use, as well as how I use them. Certainly there are other forms of social media available, but these are the ones that I have found to work well.

Facebook Don't limit yourself to a single Facebook page. In addition to my personal page, I have two fanpages to promote my writing (each appeal to a different audience). On your fanpages, try to get as many like as possible... the more likes, the greater your audience. I also try to post on other fanpages that allow fans to post. Just be careful when posting on other people's pages, as some may consider it spam and file a complaint.

Join Facebook groups that are specific to the topics you like to write about. For example, one of my favorite topics to write about is Linux/Open Source computing. To promote these hubs, I am a member of the following Facebook groups: Linux, Linux Mint, Lubuntu Official, Ubuntu, and KDE. I simply post at each of these groups each time I have a new hub available on computing, and stop by occasionally to check for (and respond to) any comments.

LinkedIn and Google+ Posting to your personal page on both of these networks does get some traffic, but the real goldmine is in the discussion groups on both of these networks. Called Communities on Google+ and Groups on LinkedIn, the discussion groups are a potential goldmine of traffic. As an added plus, the LinkedIn groups integrate with Hootsuite, so I can post to every one of my groups at once. Just be sure that if you go this route, you try to generate some real conversation, and aren't just blasting the groups with endless links.

If you're interested in more information on using LinkedIn and Google+, I recently wrote a hub titled Promote your Hubs with Linked and Google+.

Pinterest Pinterest membership is growing, so you should take advantage. Promoting your hubs on Pinterest is very easy since Hubpages includes the “Pin it” button on every hub. Just make sure that you have a good quality picture to pin.

Twitter You can get lots if traffic from twitter, but only if you do it right. First off, it is important to use hashtags so that people who are doing a search on your subject can find your tweets. Going back to my computer example, I commonly use the hashtags #Linux, #Ubuntu, #KDE, and #Kubuntu.

I send most of my promotional tweets through Hootsuite, using the bulk uploader to schedule fifty tweets at a time. I space my tweets 45 minutes to an hour apart. I also try to get on twitter daily to join in the discussions, which will give you more credibility.

I hop you've enjoyed this hub. Please feel free to leave comments below.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • AJReissig profile imageAUTHOR

      Alex J. Reissig 

      6 years ago from New Richmond, Ohio

      A hashtag is the pound sign (#) put in front of a word that can be searched. For example, if I included #thrifty in one of my tweets, the anyone who searches for the word thrifty will find my tweet, even if they do not follow me. Using hashtags allows you to reach a greater audience.

    • moonlake profile image


      6 years ago from America

      Interesting and great information. Thanks for this, now if I knew what a hashtag was I would be in good shape. Voted up.

    • BWD316 profile image

      Brian Dooling 

      6 years ago from Connecticut

      Great summary of the social media avenues! i've heard of hootsuit but haven't tried it yet. As far as my traffic from social media, the goldmine for me has been pinterest, but it only works for certain type of hubs like DIY projects or in my case a gardening hub. With that said as you use social media you want to remember what content is appropriate for what site, especially when using professional sites like Linkedin! voted up and useful!

    • livingsta profile image


      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Useful information. Thank you for sharing this with us. Voted up and sharing!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)