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Why Do Boring Articles Get So Many Hits?

Updated on January 13, 2009

Before continuing on, I just want to say that this has absolutely nothing to do with anyone on Hubpages. It's just what I have seen on another site, and it baffles me.

-Alrighty. I'm part of a pretty big content community, and I have always been baffled by one thing, and one thing only.

Why do all the boring articles rake in all of the page views?

I have seriously come across an article titled 'How To Grow Juicy Tomatoes'

Seriously? Seriously?

How to grow a frigging juicy tomato!?

Well I'm no rocket scientist, but I would assume that this would be a topic that everyone; even children would be able to comprehend! Yet this article alone managed to grab in over 2,000 hits in less than a week?

What am I missing here? Is growing juicy tomatoes really something that masses of people have always longed for?

Not only that, after skimping through the 'tomoatoe growing guide' I'm baffled because the simple pre-school words used, and format of the entire article are straight up boring.

Then we have the ol' know it all articles. 'How To Stop Your Child From Picking His Nose'

Yes, seriously. An article on booger picking even manages to rake in the views. I know that booger picking kids are gross, but I didn't know that parents viewed it as such a HUGE problem that they had to track down the answers to stopping it online...written by another stupid mom who thinks she's the worlds greatest mom... especially seeing that she cured her kids booger picking problem. Blah.... but I'm jealous, because in come the hits, and I'm left confused.

Another one is the articles titled 'My Top 10 List Of....

These have always baffled me. Because for one, who wants to read someone else's top 10 list of movies, or books, or perfumes? Seriously who!?!?!

Now I could see an interest in possibly reading an article written by Britney Spears or Lindsay Lohan, on their top 10 movies. I mean they are famous, so naturally people are curious. But it genuinely baffles me when an everyday Joe, writes a top 10 list of his or her favorite whatever, and it manages to scoop up thousands of hits!?

I think there is a ton of useless content on the web (I'm even guilty of adding some myself). Tons of things that are basically write ups on common sense. Amongst some of the worst though are articles on 'How to Tie a Shoe', to 'How to Blow up a Balloon', 'How To Stalk Your Ex', or 'Why You Should Not Smoke'.

Basically it's common sense. I can, without a doubt, say that I can figure out ALL OF THE ABOVE, without consulting with a 7 page online article.

And with the whole tomato thing... a. buy seed at walmart b. plant seed in soil c. water d. wait!

Yet somehow all of that useful information I have just provided can get panned out into a 4 page fluffy article! Ahhh!

I don't know the answer though. I have no idea why an article on How To Grow Tomatoes would get so many hits?


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      8 years ago

      Got half way through either thought you were joking or an idiot, still not sure.

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      8 years ago

      Cheesy Potato!

    • EmpressFelicity profile image


      9 years ago from Kent, England, UK

      I had a look at the HubPages Ideabank today. According to the blurb, this is based on what people search for on the Internet, and is therefore probably a good reflection of what people want in a hub. Much of it was "How To's", ranging from "How to change drum brakes" to "How to clean an Xbox". Most of the other search phrases were concrete things like "partition wall" or "white plates". I'm afraid what this tells me is that most people out there just aren't into abstract stuff. They WANT what you consider "boring".

    • Lgali profile image


      9 years ago

      Boring Articles Get So Many Hits-they are funny for some peoples

    • foodstorage profile image


      9 years ago from Utah

      I have to admit i would search for and read an article about how to grow great tomatoes. If you want to use them for canning or just to get them to be bigger and taste better sometimes it's not as easy as just planting it. Believe me I've tried. In fact, one of my favorite gardening authors even has a whole EBOOK on growing great tomatoes. Hahahaha. So I guess I'm one of the lame-o's who would read something like that. Don't hate me :)

    • NDBEES profile image


      9 years ago from DEVON

      I take it you wont be reading my article on, 'How to create a balloon model of your ex and tie laces whilst growing juicy tomatoes, picking your nose and chewing nicotine gum in ten different ways'. BTW you may want to inform Adsense, Ebay and Amazon of your thoughts. LOL.

    • MellasViews profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Earth

      lol. thanks ; )

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      Susan Reid 

      9 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      No kidding! My mind doesn't work that way at all, either. But I think I could retrain it in the name of e-commerce.

      I'll be watching for advice I never knew I needed from you, MellasViews!

    • MellasViews profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Earth

      lol. It was doomed with the first word... lol. I accept it though. But at least you offered insight. I never really thought that someone would look up information on how to get a kid to stop diggin for gold... lol.. but I guess there are many

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      Susan Reid 

      9 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      I think there are two kinds of writers. Those who want to write interesting, engaging and probably humorous hubs that will attract fellow interesting, humorous hubbers and generate lots of comment threads. That's the people I tend to read here on HP.

      But I guess if you're serious about using HP to actually make $$$, then the more boring the better. You gotta think like your audience. And it appears that the world really does want to know how to grow juicy tomatoes and keep Junior from picking his nose. And apparently, the world values opinions of average Joes and Josephines, too. Otherwise, the blogosphere would shrivel up and die.

      BTW, I found your hub very well written and not at all boring. No doubt it is doomed to languish unread by the masses. But you've made a fan here on HP! MM

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      Pam Roberson 

      9 years ago from Virginia

      Ah! You've just given me some great ideas for hubs! ;) lol! I loved your rant, it's funny because it's so true. :)

    • Cris A profile image

      Cris A 

      9 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      LOL you let it out didn't you! I get your point totally as sometimes the same questions cross my mind! But but BUT I'm coming clean in admitting that I have a hub, yes, on top perfumes! LOL and, well, it's pretty popular specially during the last holiday season! And i also have other list hubs that are mostly picture-oriented, and they are doing nicely, too. I guess people consider the lists as references in making their own list for whatever reason. As for the growing of juicy tomatoes and nose picking - i've still to find out! :D

    • Cris A profile image

      Cris A 

      9 years ago from Manila, Philippines

    • MellasViews profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Earth

      True 2 that.

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      christine almaraz 

      9 years ago from colorado springs

      The ones that get me are all the "look at this pretty girl, hot guy, big boobed" hubs. I just don't find that interesting. But that doesn't mean they can't post it anyways. I understand that but it's just too much sometimes. Some of them are on the edge of "light porn". But I guess that's the definition of freedom of speech.

    • MellasViews profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Earth

      lol. tell me about it.

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      Susan Keeping 

      9 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      Well, those articles are a lot more interesting than the hundreds of get rich quick schemes....


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