So when my hubpages views and revenue starting dropping like a rock, I decided to see if things were any better starting my own blog on blogger.
What I did was write 25 thousand word articles in a popular category and then social bookmarked each post to 400 social sites in the proper categories. After 2 weeks, I am averaging only 8 views per day, no clicks yet.
Maybe the links need time to gel more?? or is this a failed experiment?
I agree with CMHypno. 400 social sites is way too many.
You may just need to have a little patience. 2 weeks isn't very long.
The answer to this question is potentially extremely long.
First - Google isn't dumb, they know most social bookmarking sites aren't used for their original purpose any more (i.e. genuinely sharing and recommending good blogs) - they're mainly a place for bloggers to shamelessly self-promote. So backlinks from social bookmarking sites don't count for that much any more. I suspect you may not be too familiar with self-promotion, considering you haven't even linked to your blog from your profile? Have you linked to it from your related Hubs and other articles on rev-sharing sites?
Second - did you write 25 articles, bung them all on the blog and then forget it? Or have you continued to add posts every few days, to demonstrate to Google it's a genuine blog?
Third - what do you mean by popular? If you mean a subject that is already well covered by a multitude of established sites or blogs, that's not going to work. You need to look for something that's under-served at the moment - it doesn't have to be some rare and obscure subject, you just have to think up a different angle.
Finally - two weeks isn't really long enough to tell.
Right. In Googleworld, it's better, to add one article a day or a few a week to keep the blog 'live'. Just like any marketing plan, consistency is key. One big blitz lasts a few days in the mind of the consumer but consistent exposure, or in this case content, keeps the blog alive.
Well I don't get a lot of traffic on my blogger blogs, but I get more than that. Maybe you are overdoing the social site linking and Google doesn't like it?
I'm surprised you didn't get your blogger blog sandboxed by Google or your social bookmarking accounts banned after an effort like that!
The way to build traffic in the blogging world is by being active in the blogging community. You also have to continue to post daily. Remember, for every article you post, there are probably 1 million other articles covering the same topic. You won't get ranked high in Google search in 2 weeks, therefore, unless you get active in the blogging community to promote your articles, you will not get a lot of views.
I'm not sure I'd know where to find the "blogging community". It is interesting to talk to other bloggers and other writers, because we can learn so much from each other - but in general, they're not the people I earn money from, and they're only a tiny fraction of the visitors to my blogs.
Getting other bloggers to visit your blogs (or other Hubbers to visit your Hubs) is a reasonable strategy in the short term because it gets you some early visitors and feedback, while you're waiting for the real traffic to start. But if that's your main target, you're missing the real game. It's traffic from Google that will make you money.
If you post daily, you're going to run out of material very quickly - unless you know a heck of a lot about your subject, or have verbal diarrhea. Posting daily is a good idea when you first start a blog, but it's not necessary. Every few days or once a week is fine. Google just wants to see regular updating.
Actually most of the top bloggers post just once a week and that gives them the time to research a bit on the topic and get out the best post. But, it depends on the topic your writing about as well. If its something that changes everyday you'll need to update it often.
I seriously wonder what you've written! I created a blog just to promote my hubs long ago and it has just one post and the traffic there is more than yours! It's just 100 words - I'm surprised as well because I've never linked to it nor promoted it. But it does manage to get 15 - 20 views per day (unlike the same hub!!)
I haven't updated one of my blogs in months and its still on Google's front page for a popular (but under-served) keyword.
You need to set your blog up properly from the start (or you can go back and do it) if you want to have some success.
I wrote a hub on how to optimise a blogger blog, and it doesn't include social backlinking to 400 sites!
That used to work for me, too. When I first set up my blog, I wrote a whole pile of posts at once, then scheduled them to publish gradually, one every other day, for a couple of months. I removed all reference to the year on the post date.
Since then, I've added only about a dozen posts in nearly three years, but it hasn't mattered - they've all kept their position in the SERPS pretty consistently. I only saw traffic start to fall recently, when Google introduced its "freshness" algo change - so I guess that means I'm going to have to start adding posts more regularly.
Here's a link to the Hub on optimizing blogger:
http://izzym.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Op … ogger-Blog
Add your blog to technorati, then start adding new content at least once a week.
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