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Four Ways for Fiction and Poetry Writers to Increase Page Views on HubPages

Out of personal experience, Chris writes practical and helpful articles about how to make items and accomplish tasks.

Page Views on HubPages


Fiction and Poetry vs how-to Hubs

Fiction and poetry writers on HubPages are at a disadvantage when it comes to getting page views on Google and other search engines. Fiction is simply much less searchable than how-to articles, current events, history and even opinion pieces.

I just passed 725,000 page views with my 398 articles. I average about 12,000 per month. My top three articles are getting, roughly, 3,600, 2,600, and 1,200 per month. Obviously, those three are bringing in the bulk of my page views.

Increasing Your Page Views

Those top three articles are not fiction. Two are how-to articles and one is a general information hub. I would like to recommend to my fellow fiction writers and to poetry writers that they bolster their collection of articles with several well-written how-to and general information articles. My top three are easily on the first page of a Google search, and depending on the wording of the search, are often in first position. Having these kinds of articles added to fiction and poetry will increase your page views if they are well written, helpful, and informative.

From One of My How-To Hubs


How-To Articles

What do we write about in a how-to article? I have found that when I write about my own successful plan for accomplishing a task around home, it resonates with readers. If the title grabs their attention by letting them know that what I have written speaks to their concern, they will click through to my article. I have written about turning a shed into a sauna and about how to get a bed upstairs that is too large for the stairway. Those articles alternate as my first and second most viewed.

From One of My General Information Articles


General Information Articles

I also write general information articles on topics that interest me. If the subject is interesting enough to me that I do some research, then it's worth sharing with others. My third most viewed article is about the legal left turn at a red light. I thoroughly researched the subject and gave people a comprehensive article on the subject.

From One of My Articles on My Occupation


Articles About Our Occupations

We can also find writing material in our occupations. I work in the medical field and have written a few articles that explain the overall process of work in the histology lab. What happens to that biopsy the doctor ordered for you? That article has brought in nearly 8,000 page views in five years. That isn’t setting any records, but it is much better than what most of my fiction articles produce.

From One of My Articles about A Personal Interest


Personal Interest Articles

Sometimes when I take out the trash and look around at my neighbors’ trashcans, I think about where it is all going? So I wrote an article about the fifteen largest landfills in the world. If something grabs your attention and makes you stop and wonder, it will grab the attention of your readers as well. That article has pulled in nearly 6,100 page views in four years. Not a lot, but, again, it’s much better than most of my fiction.

Summary of Nonfiction and Non-poetry Articles

  • How-to
  • General information
  • Our occupations
  • Personal interest

A Couple of My Fiction Page view Successes

There have been a couple of my fiction stories that have somehow done well. One has garnered over 3,700 pageviews in a year and a half. My second most popular fiction story has gotten about 1,000 page views in the last eight months. I think you can see why I try to write some articles other than fiction.

Poll About Writing Outside Our Comfort Zones

One Positive Result of Writing Some Nonfiction and Non-poetry Articles

What’s the result of my efforts to harvest more page views by writing nonfiction articles in addition to my stories? I am drawing the $50 payout by HubPages in one month on a fairly regular basis.

Start a List of Ideas

Why not start a list of ideas for nonfiction/non-poetry articles? Add to it as ideas come to mind. Pick one and begin writing. Title it well and create a good synopsis to appear on the search page, and see what happens. For sure, not all of my ideas have paid off. Some have really flopped like most of my personal musings and political pieces.

Maybe It's Time for a How-To-Article Challenge

You know how we occasionally have fiction challenges here on HubPages? Maybe we should try a How-To challenge. As predominantly fiction writers, we could write articles that help people accomplish a task that we have already taken on. Let me know in the comments if you think this is an idea that would fly.

HubPages for Fiction and Poetry

Let me finish by saying that HubPages is a fine place to feature our works of fiction and poetry. Over time, we can find a number of people who will appreciate our efforts at entertaining and inspiring thoughtfulness with stories and poems.

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But if you want to increase your page views here, and if you want to earn more money via the earnings programs, you may find it beneficial to write a few nonfiction, non-poetry articles. The results will be more page views, more money, and more versatility as a writer.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2017 Chris Mills


Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on September 14, 2018:

Evelyn, There is some hope, haha. If our fiction has specific topics, they do get picked up by google. I am having more and more organic pageviews of my fiction. You might have to consciously insert some keywords into the story and title, but it's worth a try. Also, try to be involved outside HP with your fiction. That way your name as a fiction writer will get around more and people might google you on HP or on LetterPile. Make sure all your work is being moved to LetterPile. Your work in pet sitting might be a format that is of interest to you and others. Do you have true stories you could tell in which you utilize your creative writing skills and at the same time help and entertain readers? Good luck in your fiction writing. I'm involved in the NYC Midnight competitions in flash fiction and short stories. They also have screenwriting and short screenplay competitions. If you participate in the forum during the competitions, it is a great way to get valuable feedback on your writing.

Evelyn from Wisconsin on September 13, 2018:

I am searching for ways to draw people to my fiction because that is what I really care about. I don't have much personal experience so I don't know what kind of how-to I could write about. Plus, I hate mundane topics about daily life. Regular everyday things don't interest me. I probably won't get much as a nonfiction writer then.

I want to write things I am interested in, that I'd like to write about in fiction. Adventure, global events....

Money isn't the only thing that's valuable, in fact some things are more so, that you can't quantify-- I don't want to mainly write for money, but because it's my passion and I want to share it with others. BUT I do need money. I want to earn money from something that I like. That I want to write about. Be an entrepreneur. I am, with pet sitting, but I still can't make a living on that. I also do want something more-- something more creative, intellectual.

Nikki Khan from London on November 25, 2017:

Thanks for tips Chris,I much appreciate it.You’ll see me writing on practical topics which bring more google traffic,,hopefully that will work for all to stay featured.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on November 25, 2017:

Nikki, That is so true. Here on HP, writing these kinds of articles that bring traffic to your account actually helps keep all your hubs featured. At least that is how it seems to me. Since I have been focusing on attracting more traffic from Google and Pinterest, I don't have unfeatured hubs. So try to get a few practical ones up and see if you get more traffic.

Nikki Khan from London on November 24, 2017:

Excellent tips Chris,I'll try to write on helpful topics.Its true , I like to write fiction but you should try to write out of comfort zone too.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on October 09, 2017:

Peg, thanks for reading the article and thanks for the follow as well.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on October 09, 2017:

It's great that you shared you successful efforts in diversifying your topics. The How-to hub is a wonderful way to draw in the interested reader. Like you said, if it made you curious, it would probably be of interest to other people.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on September 26, 2017:

Ann, knowledge via personal experience seems to be the trump card for excellent hubs. Thanks for stopping by and reading.

Ann Carr from SW England on September 21, 2017:

Great ideas here, Chris. My top three hubs are either 'how-to's or information hubs, all based on personal experience. The top one is a recipe. The irony there is that I'm not keen on cooking nor am I particularly good at it! Many of my hubs on dyslexia do quite well too.

However, I still prefer to write fiction or poetry. It's always a good idea to try something outside the comfort zone though.

Thanks for the great advice, Chris.


Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on September 03, 2017:

Bill, you raise the other benefit of this site. Up to now they have allowed us to focus our attention on writing fiction even though it doesn't benefit them as much as some other types of hubs. Your fiction is widely read and appreciated.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 03, 2017:

Everything you say is true, Chris. By far my most-viewed articles are ones dealing with a useful topic....something people do or use in their daily lives. My fiction dies on the vine year after year....dollar wise, it would be smart for me to play the game and write how-to articles, but my heart isn't in it.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on September 02, 2017:

Thanks, Larry. :)

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on September 01, 2017:

Great tips!

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on August 31, 2017:

Eric, nice to see you. Someone might google the LOCATION of my adventure articles for things to do, but I probably would have to do a little work on the wording to make it truly searchable. But in reality, people don't search for adventures but for places to eat, sleep and relax, more commonly known as all inclusive resorts. You and I are a rare breed, Eric.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 31, 2017:

This is very helpful. I just looked and for sure my few how to and informational hubs are like ten times more visit successful.

I decided my sermons are in the fiction category;-)

I read your sauna and your second floor articles when you published them.

I would have thought your adventure articles would do well.

Thanks much.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on August 31, 2017:

Shannon, I searched for that just last week? :p I have written several hubs on the subjects of alcoholism and Restless Legs Syndrome. These are not widely read, but each page view represents a person with an important story to tell. You have important hubs to write. Who knows what will resonate? Write about what interests you.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on August 31, 2017:

Hello Mike-No problem, there are a lot of names to keep straight here on HP. :) If you do some How-to hubs about writing, I'll be right there, especially if you do one on character development. I'm tired of my paper doll characters.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on August 31, 2017:

Dora, thank you. We are surrounded by success here at HubPages. It happens every time someone presses the publish button for a well planned and written hub.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on August 30, 2017:

Hello Chris - I see I have had yet another senior moment. Sorry about that.

Shannon Henry from Texas on August 30, 2017:

Good advice and nice challenge idea, but I will pass, I think. The last how-to I attempted was more of a flop. I think mostly because it was a the first time I tried it. And now that I know more about growing my own pineapple plant from the crown of one purchased in the store....maybe I will try it again. But, really, who searches for that? LOL.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on August 30, 2017:

Hi Bill - Maybe I should try writing how-to's - that explain how to write fiction. ha

Your page view numbers are far higher than anything I have submitted.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on August 30, 2017:

Thanks, Chris. It helps to know by what path other writers arrive at their success. Congratulations on your 250,000 views!

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on August 30, 2017:

Tim, Thanks for your comment. Additional informational articles might do a lot for your HP collection. I believe that when someone comes to read a how-to or informational article, they might stick around and read a story or poem as well. Thanks for the input.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on August 30, 2017:

John, thanks. I'll think about the challenge idea. I don't have much of a reach into the depth of HP Writers, so I may not be the best person to propose a challenge like this. I'll wait and see if there is interest.

Tim Mitchell from Escondido, CA on August 30, 2017:

Sound advice. I have one how-to article that gets steady views everyday while my poems now flounder. I just need to write more informational articles to reach your height in views. BTW . . . well done!!! Congratulations!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on August 30, 2017:

Fantastic hub here, Chris, and very very helpful. I too intersperse my poetry and fiction hubs with how to, non-fiction and informational....but still only have around 110,000 views all up. Still your tips are spot on..and I think a How To challenge is a good one.

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