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How To Analyse The Progress Of Your Online Writing Efforts.

Updated on October 2, 2012

© poshcoffeeco ( Steve Mitchell )

How are you doing online?

That is a good question and one that we should ask ourselves on a regular basis.And is the main reason for me writing this article:- How To Analyse The Progress of Your Online Writing Efforts. It's all very well just getting your head down and writing for all you are worth when you should be analysing your progress regularly.

That is the goal here. To give you guidance on what signs to look out for as you plough your furrow in the world of article writing for the internet.

We are all guilty of just going for it without a care in the world. Hoping that the more we put out there, the better our earnings from Google will be. Not always the case I might add.

Yes, publishing lots of content rich articles is all well and good, but are you reaching the intended audience for your articles.

Then It Hit Me.( square in the eyes )

Today I found myself having a pity party with myself. I had spent the last few days banging away at my lap top churning out article after article in the niche I seem to write the most in only to have 3 out of 5 articles rejected for one reason or another.

At first I was ticked off, angry even. Then the fight in me kicked in.' I will show you'. 'I am not going to waste my time anymore putting out articles to have them rejected'.This is what I thought.

To date I have written over 100 articles and had reasonable success with them over the last 12 months. But what I have noticed is that after the initial publishing of some articles the page views dry up unless I actively seek to promote that particular article.

I also noticed that there are a number of articles which have steadily grown over time since publishing and get hits everyday without actively promoting them.

Start To Analyse The Stats

The statistics don't lie. If you are unsure as to whether you are making progress check your stats for each article you have written. Compare the page views. If you think you should be getting more hits for a particular article then try to analyse to find out why. Make changes to the title if needs be. Perhaps the title isn't attracting enough hits and that Google searches are not reflecting words within your title. Use the title tuner if you are writing on Hub pages.

Maybe when you first wrote the article you weren't quite as SEO savvy as you are today. Make changes and watch to see if this improves your page views. It could be that the article just hasn't matured enough yet. If this is the case make changes as you see fit then give it time to mature before deciding what else to do with it.


Focus On What You Can Do.

Focus on what you can do instead of what you can't do.

A few subtle changes maybe the only thing that you need to do in order to make the world of difference to the ranking and ultimately the number of views your articles receive.

Top Tips For Targets You Can Set.

  1. Page views.
  2. Adsense earnings.
  3. Number of articles.
  4. Activity on Social Media sites.

The list is endless.

Set Yourself Targets

If you aren't happy where you are in your writing career then it is probably time to set some targets. You can set targets for many of your writing activities.By setting some targets it will at least give you something to aim for. By not having any targets it means that you will just continue aimlessly unaware of what is going on in your business.

What I Have Found........

is that once you begin to analyse your stats you get more focused on the other articles which are not performing. I have also found that I no longer just want to churn out articles for the sake of it. Research becomes a part of your system and plan for achieving better results for your online writing.

As article writers we spend a lot of time researching and preparing for publication of our work. It makes sense that we should want the best results for them once they are published.

For those of us who are writing with a view to earning an income from article writing, it makes sense to give each article the best chance to do well.

I found that by analysing the results of underperforming articles gives you the chance to make necessary changes to improve your skills and to practice what works and what doesn't work.

SEO is a mine field but the more you study other writers articles who use SEO you will soon realise where you are making mistakes.

As usual I recommend that you find someone within your groups who is doing well and copy the successful things that they do. Now I don't mean copy their articles but I do mean copy their success activities.


Don't Get Bitter....Get Better.

I could have done this recently, but I decided to do the opposite and get better. This is always the best way to go. Some things you can't control, so get over it and move on.

Don't Get Bitter....Get Better. are now my watch words. There is no point stressing over trivial matters. You need to adapt your current strategy if it isn't getting you where you want to be.

Before you get there, what you are currently doing will be so different you won't believe it. Re-invention will become part of your daily routine until you find the things that work for you. Always remember that where you are at this moment is only temporary.

The success you crave is just around the corner.

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    Steve Mitchell 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire


    Glad you like.

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    Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

    Great advice, Steve, and something that I need to start doing! Thank you for this!

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    Steve Mitchell 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    GRL thanks for dropping by. It's always nice to hear from you.

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    Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

    Voted up and useful. Thanks for the informative hub and the tips. Passing this on.

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    Steve Mitchell 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire


    it is always a good idea to keep updating your articles as well as tracking the results after changes have been made. Remember, though, you make more money if you just keep writing quality content. So make your writing new articles the priority, then tweak older ones as and when you have time to do it.

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    Teresa Davis 5 years ago from Moscow, Texas

    Great hub Steve..I'm going to take a look at my hubs and see where I can make them better. Thanks!!!!

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    Steve Mitchell 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire


    hi, and thank you for following, commenting and voting.

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    Shelley Watson 5 years ago

    Hi Steve, I am glad I read this it was well thought out, I would follow your mantra "Don't get bitter, get better". I am trying, and enjoying the trip! Up, interesting and shared.

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    Steve Mitchell 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire


    Glad you found the article of use, thanks for commenting.


    Give it a go and let me know if it works for you. Thank you.

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    Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    Thank you for the advice and the encouragement, Steve. Trying to be better instead of bitter is a great suggestion!

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    Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

    I agree with everything you said. I just never seem to have enough time to do the things I should do.

    Thanks for all the good info.

    Voted this Up, etc.etc.

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    Steve Mitchell 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire


    thanks for visiting and commenting. Glad you found it useful.

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    Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

    Useful and informative hub with great advice.

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    Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

    I'm still getting to grips with all of the analytics stuff on Google and I am pretty clueless when it comes to RSS feeds and the other stuff on HubPages but I regularly read other hubber's advice - it's straight from the horse's mouth really and as good or better than any of the technical jargon found elsewhere.

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    Steve Mitchell 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire


    thanks for the support. Glad you like the advice. Yeah the stats tell us a great deal. And I think I am now using the information to my advantage. We shall see!

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    Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

    Steve, I think it's great that you didn't let your frustrations get the better of you - you're all the better for it! Your 'better not bitter' advice is very good too. The stats we get have got to be something we can use to our advantage, good advice.

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    Steve Mitchell 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire


    thanks for the comment. So glad you agree with my sentiments on these points.

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    Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    "Don't get bitter, get better." Great advice! I agree with your points about focusing on what you can do and analyzing your stats.

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    Steve Mitchell 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire


    you are too kind. Thank you. It's what we all need to do, just keep going.


    You are right, the ones doing well tell us everything don't they? The ones not doing so well need to be brought up to date. Strange how there can be such a big gap in views between the top 3 and the 4th I find.

    Oh well, if you can't beat em ....join 'em

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    Ann-Christin 5 years ago from UK

    Very interesting hub and it's just what I have been doing this past week. I've studied my hubs long and hard and some are doing okay with no effort on my part and others are failing miserably. So I am busy editing some earlier ones in the hope they do better. Plus the ones that are doing well show me what people are interested in reading.

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    Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

    this is an excellent hub... thank you for keeping on keeping on.. not giving up

    Blessings to you


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    Steve Mitchell 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    cabmgmnt ,

    I think you are right about the keywords and title changes. Thanks for commenting.

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    Corey 5 years ago from Northfield, MA

    Nice hub and great pointers. I have just started to look at the hubs where traffic is low and am trying to figure out if it is my promotional efforts. Often fixing the title and looking for niche keywords help to spruce things up.

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    Steve Mitchell 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    HP have been knocking back my video articles for un-original content. The problem is I have done 5 with videos and 3 have been flagged substandard while they let 2 remain published. There is no consistency here.

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    Lauryallan 5 years ago

    Hey Steve, great article and I agree about the don't get bitter get better mentallity.

    I was a bit confused about what you meant by ypour articles were rejected? Is that from HP or Google?


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