Is writing hubs on weight loss worthwhile?

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  1. CyclingFitness profile image91
    CyclingFitnessposted 10 years ago

    Lots of people search for information on the internet regarding weight loss however there are lots of sources that already provide lots of information to searchers

    Have you had any success with any weight loss hubs? Or do you feel you cannot compete with sites like Livestrong on the net?

    From my experience I feel the lack of quality and originality from a lot of the weight loss hubs already on hubpages means that the likelihood of them ranking high in google will be severly diminished. Does anyone else share this feeling?

    1. Marisa Wright profile image90
      Marisa Wrightposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I did write some Hubs on weight loss but they never did well.  As you say, there is so much competition out there already.

    2. WritingPrompts profile image64
      WritingPromptsposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Quality always matters.  If you have something new/different or that really works to add then a hub might do well.  If it's all the same information you see everywhere else then you have a bigger challenge in getting traffic and back links and stuff before it would get picked up by Google.  If you were good at the marketing side of things though, then it might still work out for you.

      1. CyclingFitness profile image91
        CyclingFitnessposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks WritingPrompts- that's the viewpoint I would expect a hubber who has a little bit of knowledge in general to be speaking from

        I have a number of weight loss related hubs which have a small amount of regular traffic- however I have gone down the niche route in terms of weight loss. However following a lot of related subjects on hubpages- I see each day more general weight loss hubs which seem to be a real waste of time for those that wrote them

        And then there's the work which is completely 'pants' which a hubbers' followers give a lot of love to- facebook likes, sharing on google etc!!!

        1. Marisa Wright profile image90
          Marisa Wrightposted 10 years agoin reply to this

          That's because there are thousands of would-be internet entrepreneurs who are prepared to write about anything to make money.   They don't look at their own expertise - instead, they look for subjects with high-paying advertisers.   Weight loss is very close to the top of their list.

          If these entrepreneurs are honest, they'll pay writers to write articles for them (usually students who don't know much about the subject but will write for $2 an article).  If they're dishonest, they'll either paraphrase or outright steal articles already on the net.  They will also head over to Fiverr and pay people to "like" them on Facebook, create backlinks, etc etc., which will fool Google into thinking they've written good content.

          So that's what you're up against - thousands of people who are willing to game the system to beat you.  Against that, just producing quality content isn't enough.  In fact, if your weight loss articles do well, I suggest signing up for Copyscape quicksmart and getting used to checking for theft regularly, because you'll be a prime target for these guys to steal your Hubs and use them on their own sites.

          1. zulumuscle profile image59
            zulumuscleposted 10 years agoin reply to this

            yes there is a lot of competition in the weightloss niche, its easier to write on weightloss if you are in the process of losing weight, so you have done lots of rsesearch and you are actually doing all that you are telling people or if you have lost weight and are sharing that info. Since there is lots of competition and there are a lot of dishonest individuals out to make a quick buck, it is important that you have a genuine approach so as to connect with potential readers. Also it is easier to market something that you are interested in.

            Targeting the main key words in the weightloss niche is an uphill battle, one has a better chance targeting more long tail key words and writing many articles.

  2. WryLilt profile image90
    WryLiltposted 10 years ago

    Try writing on weight gain. big_smile

    1. CyclingFitness profile image91
      CyclingFitnessposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Theres loads alrighty on the net on that subject too smart-ass!

      1. WryLilt profile image90
        WryLiltposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        Less than you'd think. I'm trying to gain weight at the moment.

  3. Brownie83 profile image94
    Brownie83posted 10 years ago

    I created a hub about proper nutrition and weight management which included how to properly lose and gain (muscle) weight. It has been one of my top hubs since I have written it, although it is information-packed and the general person looking for quick-fix weight loss probably wouldn't take the time to read it. Granted, I haven't been posting for long so I'm not sure how it will do in the long run. Just my 2 cents. smile

  4. Alphadogg16 profile image87
    Alphadogg16posted 10 years ago

    Wow, very informative Marisa, really did not look at it in that perspective. Health & fitness is my field of expertise and that's all I write about. But your right, there are alot of people that will do anything for a buck

  5. jcales profile image57
    jcalesposted 10 years ago

    I think if it is not attention grabbing and just rehashed content it won't get much traction.

 
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