Does anyone on Hubpages write short stories and pull in a high volume of outside traffic.
Does anyone on Hubpages write short stories and pull in a high volume of daily traffic, and if so would you be willing to share what you know?
I'd certainly like to be able to say "yes" to this question, especially since I've got at least 200 short story Hubs. Unfortunately, not one of them pulls steady organic traffic, so I'm highly unqualified to point the way. I'd much rather be writing fiction than anything else but find the lack of outside traffic rather demotivating. Those who do read the stories tend to respond favorably, but not many find them.
Some of my published short stories appear in my hubs but they are part of a correspondence course in short story writing. I'm pretty new, but already all tjese hubs are featured. I did get a couple of positive comments on the stories though, but I don't think these hubs get high traffic. No harm trying!
Thank you Anita for answering. So tell me does writing articles on writing help pull in the traffic? I've thought of writing related articles to direct traffic my way.
I suppose it does to some extent, but it's a niche topic.
I had written my hub named as "Two little short stories - The duty and The Fate". It has been viewed by 289 viewers as on date, and still is being viewed. I think that if a short story which is simple in nature narrates values and ideals of life, it certainly attracts the viewers irrespective of the fact that it gradually attracts.
I don't know. I've got a couple of stories posted here on HubPages, and sadly the traffic to both pages is negligible. The Toy Wizard has gotten 16 total page views, and The Maker of Destiny has gotten 37. The Maker of Destiny has been up since mid April. So, I would say they don't generate a lot of organic traffic.
As for what you were talking about with Anita, I'd honestly say, from what I've seen, you're not going to get a lot of traffic writing articles about how to write either. Most of my Hubs to date are in that particular section, and the views for those articles, some of them, are worse than the views for my short stories.
What I have noticed is traffic to broad topics bring in views. Like a review of a movie or video game. My Hub A Review of Star Trek Online: Legacy of Romulus accounts for more than two thirds of my total views thus far.
My suggestion is to find a broad topic you enjoy writing about, like the reviews, then use those topics to promote your other Hubs, directing traffic towards your short stories and Hubs on writing. I'm going to guess that's a good way to make it happen, though I've not put it into practice yet, so I'm not sure.
I also use Facebook, Twitter, and my blog to promote my Hubs. Organic traffic is a pain in the ass, so most of the time, you're going to have to advertise to get it. It's a little bit harder. But, the effort pays off, I'm sure.
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