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How to Drive Traffic to Your Articles

Ms. Inglish has 30 years experience in medicine, psychology, STEM instruction, history, and aerospace education for USAF Civil Air Patrol.

Build your HubPages traffic with these tips and ideas.

Build your HubPages traffic with these tips and ideas.

Variety In Writing: New Contests and Challenges

By participating in HubPages contests and challenges, I have increased Hub views, made new friends, stimulated an ongoing interest in writing, and increased earnings.

Each of the two times I participated in sunforged's 60 Day Challenges (60DC, 60DC2) for writing and promoting with the group, my earnings increased 30%. Participation in other group projects on HubPages and using promotion techniques learned in the 60DC and 60DC2, along with affiliates and ads, I was able to maintain steady earnings.

With the advent of every new feature, I participate as fully as I am able to do.

Answer someone's questions.

Answer someone's questions.

Hub Questions

Hubber darrinintheden asked me the question concering how to draw traffic to a Hub. I thought immediately of a few methods that have brought success.


One method of attracting traffic is to participate in HubPages activities such as asking questions as arrintheden has done and providing productive answers as many Hubbers do.

Answers can take the form of either short answers or full Hubs and either can bring curiosity from readers that may want to know the writer's stances on other topics or to be entertained or informed by their other Hubs.


Paul Edmondson provides an example of a highly effective traffic-building strategy with his answer to them same question at this link. This is a strategy that has been successful in a number of portfoilios of related Hubs that I have written and connected. Jason Menayan first alerted me to this technique when I was a new Hubber and it has worked well. As Paul reminds us, content in these portfolios must be high quality, especially in originality. A portfolio of poor content will not draw traffic, but it might produce complaints.

A few of the portfolios that have succeeded for me include:

Traffic comes form different places!

Traffic comes form different places!


A third example of traffic building is to link to other Hubbers' articles and to encourage them to link to yours. As an example for this article, you can see links in the paragraph above. Don't forget to place URL Trackers within your links to others' pages -- the link here is to an excellent Hub on the subject by HubPages' first Hubber, jimmythejock.

When you link back and forth between others' Hubs, youc an benefit from social networking sites that others use as well as well as your own contacts in this realm. Others to whom you link may encourage others to read your work, or once outside readers access these writers' articles, they will find some of you own links as well. And it's fun! Social networking can be an effective method of gaining traffic for your Hubs.

HubPages Challenges are not quite this tough.

HubPages Challenges are not quite this tough.

Join a Hub Challenge

Several ways of increasing Hub traffic present themselves right here in the HubPages Community. Here are a few of them -

Hot Topics

A HubPages staffer posts blog articles about Hot Topics that should draw good amounts of traffic each month.

For example, for April, May, and June of 2014 the topics are:

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  • Health - Allergies
  • Home - Gardening, home improvement, and others.
  • Fashion and Beauty
  • Gender and Relationships
  • Sports - Baseball is the National Pastime, but other sports are just as popular.
  • Travel - Summer vacations and more.
  • Holidays
  • Entertainment

See the full HP Blog post for all the opportunities. The blog is a useful source of timely information.

Are you allergic to owls? That might make an interesting topic for a Hub.

Are you allergic to owls? That might make an interesting topic for a Hub.

Topic: Travel

Have you ever been to the coastline of Cinqueterre in Italy? That trip would make an engaging Hub!

Have you ever been to the coastline of Cinqueterre in Italy? That trip would make an engaging Hub!

30 Hubs in 30 Days - Increase Number of High Quality Hubs and IncreaseTrraffic

The 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge can significantly increase traffic to your Hubs. For those that have not previously produces 30 high-quality Hubs per month, the increase in number places the Hubber's Internet presence into wider and more frequent view.

It's a little like the difference between seeing only 1 billboard for a product along a stretch of highway, and seeing 30 billboards from the same company along the that route. The better quality your Hubs are for this challenge, the better will be the traffic results and income earned by your Hubs.

Anyone that is a member of HubPages can join this particular challenge and it has its own HubPages Forum at 30 Hubs in 30 Days HubChallengers.


HubPages Contests

HubPages sponsors writing contests in which HP writers can earn awards and cash prizes.

For example, during the first week of March one year, the usual Hot Topics inspirations added a feature and connected with the Helpful Health Hubs Contest. This was double impetus to join the mass of people writing about the topics.

That event was not only another opportunity to write about a particular topic, but to do so on a changing daily basis for the month for daily end weekly cash prizesa

During March 2014, a HubPages Contest of the same sort was called The Grow the HubPot Challenge. The prize pot to win grew with each featured Hub on the HP site by week.

Some of the contests are not valid in all countries globally, but remember jimmythejock? He is the HubPages site's very first Hubber (writer) back in 2006. When he, in Scotland, is not eligible for a particular contest, he produces Hubs for it anyway.

Jimmy benefits from his consistent participation and enjoys the increased traffic to his Hubs. He also enjoys the writing experience and interaction with Hubbers and other readers.

Poetry, Prose, Photos


Paul Edmondson's advice for writing high-quality content is correct and, from personal witness, I know that the portfolio technique he suggests works effectively to increase Hub traffic.

In my experience, community participation in HubPages activities has also been effective in increasing Hub traffic, gaining friends, and providing opportunities for giving and receiving support in tough times. Many of us could use more of those things.

This all has included Questions and Answers, Hot Topics, contests such as the Helpful Health Hubs Contest, the 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge, and the Rising Stars program. I also volunteered for the HubNuggets Team (Rising Stars, now).

Currently, I enjoy posting in interesting threads on the HP Forums, reading others' Hubs and, and leaving encouraging and constructive comments.

Social networking can increase Hub traffic as well, if done properly and not overused to the point of SPAM.

My most successful methods for driving traffic and increasing earnings are:

  1. High Quality and useful, timely content and
  2. Participation in the HubPages Community.

Best wishes for your writing success!

© 2010 Patty Inglish MS

Comments, Successes, and Lessons Learned

Muhammad Rafique Munir from Tehsil Gojra District Toba Tek Singh on June 10, 2020:

Hi patty,

Great article, it helped me a lot.

thank you so much for this information hub.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on October 12, 2017:

Hi Reginald,

I hope some of these items help you a lot!

Reginald Thomas from Connecticut on October 12, 2017:

Hi Patty

Great article! I appreciate the information and direction.

Thanks again

Jacobb9205 on April 23, 2015:

Thank you for this hub, much appreciated!

Shadaan Alam from India on August 13, 2013:

hi Patty, what a wonderful and useful hub, even after knowing so much of hubpages, there still remains so much to be known. voted up

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on April 09, 2013:

Thay've always worked well for me! I hope the same success comes your way.

Educateurself on April 09, 2013:

What a great hub some great tips to drive traffic.

Brinafr3sh from West Coast, United States on March 05, 2013:

Hi Patty Inglish, Congrats on 6 years of being on Hubpages. I have been on a couple of 30 day Hub challenges but I took a break. Now soon I'll get back to doing a 30 day or a 60 day Hub challenge. Thanks for this useful article and tips for getting more Hub traffic. Peace.

William H Taylor from Binghamton NY on December 03, 2012:

Hi Patty Inglish,

Thanks for your input. I'll ask there.


Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on December 03, 2012:

Hi wtaylorjr2001 - I see short stories on HP, but the writers often say fiction does not receive much traffic nor substantial income through the affiliate programs like AdSense, HP Ads, Amazon, or eBay. If the stories are already published elsewhere online they would be marked"Dupicaten Content" by HP, so hopefully that is not the case. You might visit the 30 Hubs In 30 Days Challenge threads in the Forums and ask what those writers think of the idea of the short stories and go from there. Best of luck!

William H Taylor from Binghamton NY on December 03, 2012:

Thank you for this. Do you think it would be acceptable to do a 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge with the topic being a series of short stories in a common world. A portfolio of short stories. I've created one and after reading your post I think I'd like to try it. But it seems these are for non fiction topics. I don't know if I should try it with Circles Seven.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on October 31, 2012:

It works for me and I just added my first Hub to the newest contest - Rigorous Reviews. Cheers!

petertebin from Maryland on October 31, 2012:

Amazing and helpful hub!

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on September 20, 2012:

Thanks for reading and I hope these suggestions help you to increase your Hub Traffic as they worked for me! Some of the Forum threads lead to very interesting discussions and I add them into my Hubs whenever I can.

Sheila from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State on September 20, 2012:

How right you are - you commented on an answer I left in a Forum - we seemed to think alike so I decided to check out your Hubs which led me to this terrific read! I will continue to participate in forums, answers and now incorporate the idea's from youe hub. Voted Up and all - shared with my friends too ;-)

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on September 11, 2012:

Pinterest is fun to use and I like it a lot; it lets you discover a multitude of things. HubMob is the Topic of the Week now; I'd better change that!

Karen A Szklany from New England on September 11, 2012:

Enjoyed reading this article. It has inspired me to join "Pinterest" and to visit the HubMob's weekly writer's inspiration.

Voted Up, Up, Up, and Up

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on September 10, 2012:

Hi there! I hope these techniques work for you on HubPages; they always have for me. You write on a variety of topics that draw interest in the first place, and should do well in challenges and contests each time.


Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on September 09, 2012:

Dear Patty - While "hangin' out" around the forums a few minutes ago I found your hub. I'm bursting with inspiration! After reading and studying this very helpful article, I'm happier than Christopher Columbus with a Speed Boat:)

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on August 30, 2012:

Welcome back to writing! It will be good to see more of your work.

His princesz on August 30, 2012:

I'll try them. I've been away here 2 years. I'll try to write again...

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on August 30, 2012:

They've always worked for me and will for you too.

His princesz on August 30, 2012:

Thank you for all these tips Patty

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on August 18, 2012:

I hope you do well and win every challenge!

Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on August 18, 2012:


What an informative hub, and now I will benefit from putting the information into practice. Thanks so much.

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi Purvis

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on August 17, 2012:

Hi Stephan Govoni! - glad this was motivational. I actually make a living writing Hubs, so it's possible!

Stephen Govoni from Coastal Massachusetts on August 17, 2012:

Patty, as a new hubber here you can imagine this article was very helpful! Will be prepping for a 30 day challenge and working on the next HubNugget. Thanks for this!

RTalloni on August 06, 2012:

I was curious to see how old this hub might be and right off the bat it told me it had been updated this year. Thanks for that! I'll be back to take time to look it over more closely.

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on August 06, 2012:

Lots of great information and tips here. I enjoyed reading this article. You give some great suggestions and they are all well presented, well done and well written. Thanks for sharing your information and knowledge!

Mahaveer Sanglikar from Pune, India on August 06, 2012:

Great Hub, useful for every Hubber. Voted up and shared with followers.

KDuBarry03 on August 06, 2012:

Very informative, Patty! You are absolutely spot on with being active with questions, answers, commenting on other people's hubs, and just being active in general on hubpages.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on July 09, 2012:

Yes, some of us stay around a while! Thanks for commenting.

chrisinhawaii on July 09, 2012:

Hi Patty, what a useful hub!

I was curious to see what the "portfolio" strategy was all about, and I was surprised when I discovered that I'm already doing it haha!

On my CarNoobZ niche account I just did a series of car insurance hubs and titled them as a series, but with different subtitles...e.g. "Car Insurance For Noobz: What Is [blank]?" that, and linked them together. What can I say? It works!

And I love how you put an HP signup link right in your hub. Doing that just seems so that I've seen you do it =)

When I first saw how many followers and hubs you have, I was like, "Oh well, no need to follow...she probably retired from hubbing and everything is old", but then I saw your hub activity. You're still here?! Thanks for sticking around and continuing to contribute to the HP community.

So, I'm looking forward to browsing through your other hubs and seeing what else I can learn from you.


Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on May 24, 2012:

The Jejune contest is for recipes, so that will be fun!

Maree Michael Martin from Northwest Washington on an Island on May 23, 2012:

Yes, I really loved the march contest! Asking and answering questions taught me so much. Thank you for the reminder about the contests. It is easy to get lost out there. When I first joined I didn't know about the hubnuggets and stuff, it is so great to be reminded of all the learning tools by reading other hubs! I love it!

Sherri92 on May 22, 2012:

Thank you for all the info! It was very helpful & interesting! I still have a lot to learn!

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on May 02, 2012:

Hey, Jlbowen; I'm preparing a HubNuggets roundup Hub as we speak. Much fun!

Some of the Forums have very good conversational topics and are full of interesting people. The 30/30 is a great exercise; I attempt it whenever possible - my content is often to long to get all 30 in. LOL

Thanks for reading and participating!

James Bowden from Long Island, New York on May 01, 2012:

Hi Patty:

Thanks for not only some very useful and resourceful information, but also an awesome reminder of how we all within this community continue to drive traffic to our hub articles. Just realized myself after reading your article, that I will have to participate a bit more in not only the forums, but get involved in a 30 hubs in 30 days challenge. Thanks for the additional ispiration that your article gave me. Voted up as well as awesome.


lejonkung on April 19, 2012:

Thank you for an eyeopening hub!!

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on April 11, 2012:

This all really works for me and I hope others try it with equal success. Answering HubPages Questions is a good way to participate, as the last contest showed.

Sinea Pies from Northeastern United States on April 11, 2012:

Hi Patty. This is a very rich hub filled with important information for hubbers new and not so new. It will be my lunchtime reading at work today as I explore the various links. Voted up and useful! :)

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on March 04, 2012:

Thanks for reading this Hub, the girls, and best success to you as you write with the community!

Theresa Ventu from Los Angeles, California on March 04, 2012:

Thank you Patty for this good advise to a new hubber like me (hope I described myself correctly). I have been reading some of your hubs and I have seen the highest scores in hubpage possible. I am in awe of your talent and generosity to help others.

I'll take your instructions one step at a time to increase traffic to my hubs and possibly enjoy financial rewards in the future as well.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on March 03, 2012:

Good luck with the contests you choose!

William Gerace from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 03, 2012:

Great hub. I will definitely check those contests out. Very informative as well as straightforward. Tons of information. Thanks again.

Marion Elodie from London on March 02, 2012:

Thanks for the suggestion, I'll give it a try!

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on March 02, 2012:

Try the Know It All contest by answering HubPages Questions. It's pretty fun!

Marion Elodie from London on March 02, 2012:

I read everything here and clicked on a few links, but I bookmarked it because there is indeed a lot of information. Thank you very much for this very useful Hub!

Sandra Busby from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA on February 24, 2012:

I think I'll bookmark it, too. There is so much to absorb. Thanks. Sandra Busby

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on February 23, 2012:

Thanks! I wish you success in participating in as many things as you can at HP.

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on February 23, 2012:

I like all your suggestions here - and you gave an insight to why you choose the subjects you do. Great hub!

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on February 21, 2012:

Thank you, crystaljerke -- This really does work well and has led me to meet some very good people in the process. Hope you are enjoying your time at HP.

crystaljerke on February 21, 2012:

Hi Petty,

Its really wonderful experience to read your informative hub!!!

Thanks a lot for a great help for beginner like us.

Warm regards!

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on February 12, 2012:

Try the new contest in that begins March 1; we should see lots of interesting Hubs for it. Thanks!

jamila sahar on February 12, 2012:

great informative hub !

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on January 23, 2012:

Good for you - best of success and ask questions if you need help. Thanks.

Sondra Rochelle from USA on January 23, 2012:

There's so much information here that it's overwhelming. I have bookmarked this hub and will use it as a resource. Thanks for the tips!

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on January 20, 2012:

Tryin' to chug along :)

learnlovelive from U.S. on January 20, 2012:

You go girl!

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on January 20, 2012:

I hope it helps, because it all works for me!

Penelope Hart from Rome, Italy on January 20, 2012:

Absorbing all the very useful information you have provided and thank you so much.

I'm bookmarking your Hub for constant reference and shall begin writing more Hubs for contests!

Such helpful advice.

You're just great!

Voting up and every which way!

learnlovelive from U.S. on January 12, 2012:

Excellent job! Thanks for your inspiration.

athena2011 from Beachfront - In My Dreams:) on December 15, 2011:

Great tips you shared here. I recently discovered the Answers section and have started participating here. Really enjoying them as there is such a wide variety of topics.

Going to check out the forum and hopefully will learn of any new contests in the new year. Thanks. Voted up and useful.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on December 03, 2011:

Keep entering the contests and writing interesting material as often as you can, and you will all do pretty well.

Brett Foster from Tallahassee, Florida on December 03, 2011:

I thought this hub was very useful and informative. Thank you for writing it as it will personally help me a great deal when working on my hubs. Awesome article!

MikeNV from Henderson, NV on October 19, 2011:

These are all excellent suggestions to drive traffic. All seem to play on a variation of community participation. One thing I like is the new emails that display your articles to your existing followers. I actually think this makes it a lot easier to keep up with the community interests. Generally I don't like being bombarded with email, but in this instance it seems to be working. So Hubbers would be well advised to follow the people who write content they are most interested in... and not be afraid to join in. I tend to read more hubs of the people I am following because I can trust their content.

Bruce Peterson from Lompoc on October 17, 2011:

You can tell a lot of love and work went into this hub. It is excellent. I wonder though, why you did not mention making money with Google. Still, very good article. Thanks for the great info. -Brewster

Udhayakumar G K on October 03, 2011:


Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on October 03, 2011:

Get on board for the November 2011 contest and give us your poetry as well as prose and your own photos.

Best to everyone!

elucidator from SoCal on October 01, 2011:

While I have been connected to hubpages for three years, it is only in the last couple of weeks I have found it again. I had forgotten about signing up years ago. I am energized by the ease of use and being a part of a supportive community of writers, with such varied interests and passions. I am addicted!!! Congrats on your award and I look forward to continue to learn from writers like yourself and hopefully share with the community my journey. Blessings.

Stephanie Das from Miami, US on September 27, 2011:

Great hub!

ajayshah2005 from Mid Asia on September 09, 2011:

Thanks Patty for such an excellent hub!

Jools Hogg from North-East UK on August 30, 2011:

Excellent hub for a newbie like me!

powerofknowledge1 on August 15, 2011:

Very helpful. Thanks for sharing

Escobana from Valencia on August 11, 2011:

Hi Patty!

I've become a big fan of Hubpages and I love the way you explain everything here. Being a fresh one, I have to read a lot in order to understand more about this interesting community.

Thanks for this great Hub!

Webmasterfzn on July 31, 2011:

HI Patty.. This hub, for me was very useful.

I am just very new here, I need to learn a lot.

And I must say you are extremely proficient.

Thank you-

Rhonda Cisney on July 29, 2011:

Thank you for all this information, granted to this newbie it is really overwhelming!!

Steven Miller from Ohio Great City of Dayton on July 20, 2011:

Great hub here, as per your usual from what I have read thus far. You sure know your stuff. Driving traffic is the most important thing we can do here on Hubpages. Thanks for the information here.

Alaster Packer on July 15, 2011:

Appreciate the info here. These tips look a sure route to success in the seeing of more traffic. Thanks Patty.

Jagodka on July 15, 2011:

Thank you for this well-written and informative hub. I'm still new to this site so this helps a lot trying to improve my traffic!

Naomi's Banner from United States on July 04, 2011:

This Hub is awesome and so positive! Thanks so much for writing this HUB!

tilinaoita on June 29, 2011:

I never use HubPages for more than search engine rankings. But this could also be a good option for making money online.

Maree Michael Martin from Northwest Washington on an Island on June 18, 2011:

Oh yes, now I am swimming in knowledge goodness, now to put it into practice. I am so looking forward to being a hubmobster. Thanks for such an informative hub! I learn so much here every time I look around.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on June 12, 2011:

The more I read and write, the easier it is to increase the quality of writing; I write at HP about 20 hrs/week.

femanalyst on June 12, 2011:

Thanks for sharing such an informative hub! I voted you up. What is the average time you spend writing per week on Hub pages? I was just curious because the quality of your work is very apparent!

Brinafr3sh from West Coast, United States on May 30, 2011:

I'm glad that I joined Hubpages, and I'm here to stay. Writing is a strength I recently discovered and I'm so joyed.

Mark E Smith from Blairsville, GA on May 29, 2011:

Thanks, Patty, for all the great tips and advice. I am very new and still struggling with the technical stuff. Thanks for being there!

Leone Vidoni from Portland, Oregon on May 10, 2011:

Thank you for the tips, I took notes :).. UP and stuff.

Mrs. Menagerie from The Zoo on May 01, 2011:

Can you believe I just found this hub? I try to find all the fantastically helpful hubs such as this one and it took me until now to find this. This is amazing and you are amazing...your profile, I mean. How do you find the time? You have another fan in me.

Marissa from United States on April 25, 2011:

Thank you for the advice! I didn't know about the HubMob or HubNuggets until now. I'll have to look into them!

BabyCheetah from Melbourne on April 23, 2011:

Wow lots of interesting things in this hub, thank you for the info :)

James Bowden from Long Island, New York on April 16, 2011:

Hi Patty;

I am still fairly new to Hubpages myself. There were a lot things on my mind about contests, increasing traffic, etc...etc... And I appreciate a wonderful article explaining everything about Hubpages that was not clear to me. You explained it all in a nutshell. Will definitely make sure I get in with the mob at Hubmob,from here in out.


drakdestroier on April 15, 2011:

This is a great hub, very easy to understand and simple to follow. I will try to follow some of your tips, thanks

daffodil2010 on April 07, 2011:

this hub is useful for the beginners. thanks for sharing.

ZOOSMC on March 27, 2011:

hey patty inglish

thanks for another great hub. I am fairly new to hubpages and I have been following you. Its a hub like this one that picks me right back up when I get discouraged because I see my traffic going down. I am never that sure about what I am doing regarding traffic, etc...bUT i KEEP WORKING AT IT. I am always amazed at how quickly you produce your quality hubs. I guess we get better and better as time goes on...

Thanks again for another great one..I continue to learn

SummerSurf on March 18, 2011:

Very useful article!

Ashraf Mir from Dhaka on March 16, 2011:

Thanks for the sharing of great ideas.

Patrick Kamau from Nairobi, Kenya on March 16, 2011:

Important tips that i will try to utilize to increase my hub traffic.

Rangiiria from New Zealand / Aotearoa on March 16, 2011:

Thats good

Rangiiria from New Zealand / Aotearoa on March 15, 2011:

Thanks so much.

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