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How to Optimize your HubPages to Make Money

Kate Swanson wrote her first novel at 15, created her first blog in 2006 and has been writing for profit, and creating websites ever since.

This Hub is all about how to maximize income on what I call "writerly" Hubs. I've been a member of HubPages for nine years and in that time, I've met many excellent writers, some even published authors or seasoned journalists, who are frustrated and mystified by their lack of success on HubPages. They write great copy, they've had success elsewhere, why not here?

Online writing is not the same as traditional writing

Online writing is not the same as traditional writing

It may surprise you to know that writing online is not the same as writing in the print world. You have to "unlearn" some of the rules you learned in school or on writing courses, and pick up some new skills. So choose one of your Hubs to edit, and let's work through it:

Tip #1 - Ditch the Clever Titles

Most writers are taught to use a humorous or catchy title for an article, and witty headings within it. On the internet, that does not work!

You must use titles that describe what the Hub is about, in phrases people actually search for. That often means your titles are somewhat boring, but don't worry - because titles are to attract Google first and foremost. You can "grab" your reader with your summary and first paragraph!

It's surprising what a difference a Google-friendly title can make to your traffic - I saw one Hub triple in traffic when I changed its title to include my keyword phrase.

The clip below is an official HubPages video, explaining how to use the Google Keyword Planner to optimize your title. Personally, I don't recommend it. That tool is designed to provide a service to advertisers, not writers, and because of that it's far too easily misunderstood. Get it wrong, and you can do more harm than good!

It's possible to achieve a lot with simple common sense. Just ask yourself what people are likely to be looking for, start typing them into Google and see what auto-completes - those are the phrases people are actually searching for, so those are what you should use.

For a more detailed explanation of how to use that feature, read this Hub on Google Suggest by Wrylilt.

Underneath the title, you'll notice there's a space for a Summary. It's invisible on the published Hub, but Google uses it to create the blurb you see under the Hub title on search results. Make sure it entices your reader to click on the link and read more!

Tip #2 - Grab Your Reader Immediately

People are impatient online. If they're not instantly convinced your Hub gives them what they're looking for, they will click back to Google and try the next search result. So the opening of your Hub must say to the reader "I'm going to help you with your question".

Many writers have been taught to start an article with an introduction, perhaps a bit of humour or a general overview. Not online! If you must explain the background to how you came to make the quilt or learn all those facts about cataracts, tell us at the end of the Hub. NOT at the start. You have to jump straight into your main topic and convince the reader they're in the right place.

Tip #3 - Consider a Hero Shot (or Maybe Not)

Some people recommend a full-width image at the top of your Hub to achieve Tip #2 (grabbing the reader). However, that tactic must be used with great caution.

The concept of the "hero shot" comes from retail websites which are selling products. If a reader arrives at a site looking for a pair of shoes and see a picture of some gorgeous shoes, it gives them confidence in the site. It's not always so easy to find the right photo for a Hub, and that's where the "hero shot" concept can backfire.

Say a reader comes to your Hub for help on how to fish for saltwater trout, and the first thing they see is a picture of a fisherman holding a fat trout he's just caught. That will give the reader confidence - "this writer knows how to catch fish". But what if the image is of your family having a great time on a fishing trip? No matter how appealing the photo, they'll think, "oh this is just some amateur writing about fishing with his kids" and click back to find a more authoritative source.

So, ask yourself what your readers want, and make sure your opening image relates directly to that need. If it doesn't, don't use it as an opener.

If you do use a "hero shot", it's vital to jump straight into the "meat" of your content in the very first paragraph. You've already asked your reader to scroll down once to find the answer they're seeking - they won't scroll down any further unless they're convinced you're going to help them!

An example: I recently saw an excellent Hub on how to make a particular type of quilt. It started with a "hero shot" of the finished quilt - which is great, except that the next several paragraphs told the story of why the author decided to make it! Anyone looking for instructions would've decided this was a personal story with no practical advice to offer - which is a pity, because the rest of the Hub gave some excellent, detailed advice.

Tip #4 - Keep Your Readers on the Page

Google looks at a range of parameters when judging your Hub, and one of them is the length of time visitors stay. The longer they stay, the more value your Hub has in Google's eyes, the higher you'll rank on searches and the more visitors you'll get.

Obviously, a longer Hub takes more time to read, so writing more words is one solution. Research (both by HubPages itself and by individual Hubbers), has shown that longer Hubs - between 1,000 and 2,500 words - do much better than short Hubs. That doesn't mean you should pad the Hub with useless information just for the sake of length, of course - but you could consider combining two related Hubs, or covering another aspect of the subject.

Depending on the topic, readers themselves may not care to read a very long Hub - but a longer Hub will also rank higher in Google's search results due to the greater variety of keywords and phrases, and will therefore be more likely to get readers in the first place.

Another excellent way to hold readers on your Hub is to add Youtube videos relevant to your subject.

Tip #5: Split Your Text

Although more words are good, online readers like bite-sized chunks of text, so don't write long indigestible paragraphs. Also, split your text over several text capsules (if you don't know what that means, read the explanation here). If you have several clearly defined sections in your Hub, then one text capsule per section is fine. Otherwise, start a new text capsule every 150-200 words. There are two benefits to this method:

One, HubPages uses software called Yieldbuild to work out the best positions for advertising on your Hub - but they can't put an ad in the middle of a text capsule. Splitting your text into several capsules allows HubPages to insert ads in the optimum position.

Two, if you need to revise your Hub in future, it will be much easier to add or rearrange photos, tables etc around the text if it's in smaller chunks.

Tip #6 - Good Layout is Important

Online, people don't like to read large solid chunks of text. You need to break it up into smaller paragraphs, and make it look attractive with images. But be careful - a huge photo cutting across the page, or a big chunk of white space, can stop a reader scrolling down. This Hub has some good ideas on how to avoid white space, and how to create color and interest without letting photographs become roadblocks.

(On a side note, do make sure you use photographs legally, too! Copyright for photos is the reverse of what most people think - ALL photos are copyright unless stated otherwise. To learn more, read this Hub.)

I don't mean you mustn't link to other websites: Google will reward you for including helpful links to good quality sites. I mean keep them low down in the Hub. The reason is simple - if a reader sees a link to another site before they get to an ad, they may follow that link and never come back to click on the ad!

So keep your links to other Hubs or other websites to the last couple of paragraphs. And don't go link-crazy: only link if the other Hub or site adds real value to your Hub. A sea of blue links only annoys your readers - and they'll be even more annoyed if they follow the links and don't find it helpful. Besides, the more links you create, the more work you're creating for yourself, because you're more likely to have broken links in the future - and Google doesn't like broken links.

The exception to Tip #6 is if you're writing for HealDove. When writing about medical or health subjects, HubPages requires you to justify every statement and every claim with a link to supporting research. That means your Hub SHOULD be "a sea of blue links"!

If you've written several Hubs on the same subject, interlink them. I don't just mean put them in groups - I mean mention your other Hubs in the text, (e.g. "...as I explained in my Hub on The Basic Rules"). These are called contextual links and Google loves them.

Unrealistic Expectations?

HubPages is ls like a money tree - it can take a long time to mature and bear fruit!

HubPages is ls like a money tree - it can take a long time to mature and bear fruit!

Having done all that work, you should see improved traffic to your Hubs. But here, I need to add a small reality check.

Occasionally, I come across a Hubber who's unhappy with their income--but when I enquire more closely, I discover that they're earning around $2 per Hub per month.

Their problem isn't that their Hubs are doing badly - their problem is that they're expecting too much. $2 per Hub may not sound like much--but most seasoned Hubbers would regard that as a successful Hub. Certainly, you will get the occasional Hub that is hugely successful and earns far more than that--but the reality is that most Hubs will earn just one or two dollars a month.

Writing Hubs is as a long-term investment. Some of my Hubs have been published for nine years and are still earning around $2 steadily every month. So each of those Hubs has paid me at least $250--not bad when you consider each Hub took me an afternoon to write, and has needed only the occasional minor tweak over the years.

Hubs are not instant money-makers. Think of them as simmering profitably on the back-burner while you're doing other things.

Happy Hubbing!


Comments

Francine Glasser from Kingston, NY on February 14, 2019:

Thank you for your recommendations!

Fin from Barstow on August 19, 2018:

Definitely some points to keep in mind, particularly about the layout and making sure to keep your blocks of texts small. That's something that is easy to forget. It seems like you've managed to keep yours aesthetically pleasing above.

also the summary - sometimes we forget about that too.

Christina Garvis from United States on July 31, 2018:

I found this very helpful. Thank you!

J Zod from Nairobi on July 24, 2018:

I absolutely love the sage advice you have given on this hub.I look forward to reading more of your hubs.What an excellent article.Kudos

Dale J Ovenstone from South Wales UK on June 06, 2018:

I just watched the video showing the keyword search and it was very enlightening. Is the keyword search tool available for all to use and where can it be found. Thank you again for the great information you are sharing. Have a great day

Gilbert Arevalo from Hacienda Heights, California on May 26, 2018:

I was glad you had positive information about the benefits of longer articles. Many hubs I read from my inbox are short ones. I enjoyed your article.

Lady Lemaire from Grants Pass, Oregon on April 02, 2018:

Very informative! Thanks!

Shaloo Walia from India on March 03, 2018:

helpful tips!

Jacqueline Stamp from UK on January 15, 2018:

Very interesting; thank you for sharing your expertise.

Kathy Henderson from Pa on January 08, 2018:

Thanks great tips

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on October 27, 2017:

Great tips. I have read this before but each time I come back I learn something new. Thanks.

Bill Yovino on October 24, 2017:

This is great! Going back to one of your other Hubs, I have a few Hubs that aren't featured. It never really occurred to me to move them to my own blog. It makes perfect sense.

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on September 27, 2017:

I respect the way you love what you are writing! Thanks a lot!

Dale J Ovenstone from South Wales UK on September 18, 2017:

Great article and essential information, stuff I wasn't aware of.

Thanks for sharing your knowledge

Regards, Dale

Kenneth Claude from Ohio on August 28, 2017:

Thanks for the tips, Marisa :)

Susan Sears on August 10, 2017:

Thank you for the information Marisa, It is very helpful!

Movie Whisperer from Moreton Bay, Queensland on July 31, 2017:

Now I see what you mean. Great advice. Ill get on that this afternoon

Jane from Uk on July 17, 2017:

Really helpful hub. Thankyou!

Rachelle Williams from Tempe, AZ on July 02, 2017:

This was an excellent article, and it reminds me to be much more mindful when writing my hubs. Thank you so much for the tips.

Shaloo Walia from India on June 30, 2017:

Helpful tips!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on June 26, 2017:

Spot on recommendations. I now understand a few things I have not been doing properly.

Hannah Guinao-wa from General Trias Cavite Philippines on May 26, 2017:

Very well said. This article answered most of my questions on how hubpages operates. Hoping to see more of your writings. God speed!

ericjperry from Cullman, AL on May 24, 2017:

That was a lot of information to swallow at one sitting. Thank you. I know what I need to work on now, and ways to tweak my page. God Bless.

Alison Graham from UK on May 18, 2017:

Thank you for the very helpful advice Marisa, points #3 and #6 are the ones I feel I really need to take action on right away. I found this article after a comment you left in a forum thread and I am so grateful that I did! Following your guidelines, I have worked on two of my more popular hubs over the past couple of days and, by including a link to another, related hub, have already seen a small increase in traffic to that one. Much appreciated

H Lax on April 24, 2017:

Thanks Marisa, Great advice! I learned a few more things here that I will be incorporating into my articles.

Athlyn Green from West Kootenays on April 15, 2017:

Very good insights, Marisa, and readers are sure to come away with something usable to improve their articles.

It is a good idea to have a formula when writing articles at HubPages. This helps to ensure higher-quality articles.

I like your tip about YouTube and how this creates a link back to one's articles.

Kishor Mohanty from Hyderabad on March 20, 2017:

Nicely written. Informative and helpful.

Thanks for sharing.

simplehappylife on December 29, 2016:

Thank You Very Much! This is very helpful to newbies :)

Ced Yong from Asia on May 31, 2016:

Brilliant hub with lots of useful information. Thanks so much.

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on January 22, 2016:

@hinazille - I agree that writing on your own blog should ultimately be more successful BUT only if you specialise, and it looks as though your articles cover a wide spectrum of topics. Once you discover a particular subject area that you're passionate about, then it's time to start a blog about that. If you want to write about anything and everything, HubPages is probably still the best place to do that.

CONSCIOUSNINJA from Planet Earth on January 22, 2016:

This is a brilliant hub Marisa. Very useful, concise and convinced me to read it to the very end...i particularly like the way you put it in a step by step fashion, it makes it so much easier to implement. Kudos for that!!!

I joined hubpages a while ago but stopped writing or even updating my content.. I have surpassed the 100,000 reads mark, and cant help but think that had i written these articles on a blog of my own that may translate through into better earnings...

You have been successful on hubpages for a while writing excellent and gripping hubs...what would be your golden rule for inspiring someone like me to get back into writing on here with the intention of learning (about blogging and writing stellar hubs), and of course earning atleast some hundred dollars a month?

Hannah Guinao-wa from General Trias Cavite Philippines on January 11, 2016:

Thank you, very informative hub for a newbie like me, still learning a lot about hubpages and need to learn more. Thanks for the advice!

The Write Life from The United States on December 29, 2015:

Great info. Thanks!

McKenna Meyers on November 12, 2015:

Thanks for all the useful information. I started off on Hubpages like so many others, thinking I do the writing and they take care of the rest. I gradually realized that's not true. There's a lot to learn!

Missy from The Midwest on August 28, 2015:

Great tips.

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on August 24, 2015:

Powerful stuff Marisa! All these points are well-worth remembering. I do much of it myself.

One point in particular that you said near the end of Step #3, about grabbing your reader immediately, stood out for me. I have read many articles where the author went off-topic at the start and finished with a bang-up job. But I realize that most readers will have given up long before they get to the meat of the hub.

For that reason I review my own hubs from time to time. And sometimes I notice that a sub-title I originally used lower down in the hub actually serves better as the main title. So I move things around. We see things in a different light when we review our old work.

I recently made changes to all my hubs for mobile friendliness when Google announced the necessity to do that. One of the things I paid attention to was what you said in Step #4 about image capsules in the right column expanding above the capsule they are next to.

One thing I noticed is that the capsule titles can end up in meaningless positions on mobile phones if we don't set it up right, which is why I reviewed all my hubs in mobile preview.

In reference to your last point, I didn't know that a backlink to our Hub will appear on YouTube when we include a YouTube capsule. I'll have to check that out. Cool!

Thanks for all these great points.

Duane Townsend from Detroit on August 03, 2015:

Excellent sharing...I'm still trying to figure this platform out, this was very helpful.

Audrey Selig from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on June 28, 2015:

I read this hub a while back, and it still has good ideas. By mistake, I think, I have made many of my pics wide view, not leaving adequate room for ads. Your suggestion to have smaller pics is right on. I already gave up on a full view at the beginning, as you suggested. Instead, I have a good introduction, I hope. Thanks, Marisa, for sharing your time-tested good ideas. Sharing. Blessings, Audrey.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on June 28, 2015:

i couldn't find this hub in your profile page but am glad to read it now

Amber Bakthair on May 29, 2015:

Amazing tips by a senior hubber.It defines how curious are newcomers for making popular hubs :)

kbdressman from Harlem, New York on May 03, 2015:

Thanks for the great tips! Hopefully applying some of these will actually make hubpages profitable for me!

Amy Potter from Texas on April 08, 2015:

Wow! Thanks for the great tips Marisa! As newbie, hubs like this one are more valuable than I can explain.

JOC from Syracuse, NY on April 05, 2015:

This hub rocks.

Sharp Points from Big Bear Lake, California on February 20, 2015:

Very useful. Bookmarked for later reference, thank you! Voted up.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on January 26, 2015:

I am off to a more focused review of my hubs after reading your tips here. Thanks again for a really valuable contribution.

Pinky de Garcia on October 14, 2014:

Thanks for this article Marisa. I got a clear mind about using amazon and ebay capsules. Thumbs up!

Jennifer Arnett from California on October 08, 2014:

I followed your recommendation from the forum post. I didn't know that Google favored contextual links over link capsules. I'll start being sneakier. Great information!

Chocolatealchemy from London, United Kingdom on September 01, 2014:

Brilliant, thank you Marisa; you explain things so clearly. I've soo0 much to learn (ex Squidoo). And I see you have loads of other Hubs that I will need to read too!

Treasures By Brenda from Canada on August 23, 2014:

Thanks for another helpful hub from one writer who is about to have many hubs to edit shortly when my lenses are imported from Squidoo,

John Coviello from New Jersey on July 23, 2014:

Useful information about how to get the most mileage out of your time spent building a blog at HubPages. I agree with all of the recommendations made in this Hub.

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on July 23, 2014:

Excellent hub, Marisa, and very useful. Thanks for sharing all this great advice.

Audrey Howitt from California on July 23, 2014:

Such a useful hub! Thank you!

Audrey Selig from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on July 23, 2014:

Hi Marisa - This hub has lots of good ideas, such as links in text to other hubs. I always worry about readers leaving the page, but it sounds good to me. I do put links at the end for my resources, as you mentioned. In my hubs, I have a few of my own pictures, so I hope they don't get stolen. Soon I plan to read up on Flick'r, and then I will start using them. Thanks for sharing your ideas. Blessings, Audrey

Tori Canonge from North Carolina on June 12, 2014:

Lots of great useful tips here! When I first began writing, I wanted to use catchy titles but I quickly learned that search engines would not find my articles as easily that way. I've found that people search the web for answers and having a very direct title can gain readership. I do think it's fun to write some clever articles every now and then for the regular readers, but if your focus is building traffic, then being direct is probably the way to go. Great tips!

Rachael O'Halloran from United States on April 14, 2014:

Very good advice, Marisa. I follow most of your tips already, but I never did put links to my other hubs at the end. I shall start doing that now.

Thank you.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on February 22, 2014:

Excellent article! Thanks for those advices. Very useful and informative. Happy weekend!

catgypsy from the South on December 28, 2013:

Some great tips Marisa! There are so many things to consider when doing a hub or article that sometimes we forget all of the angles...this is a great reminder list of what to do.

JRs from United States on December 08, 2013:

Excellent advice. I really need to get the hang of all of this. I am used to writing for entertainment and not so much under the guidelines of making room for ads and such. SEO is also rather daunting. Being taught to choose words for effect rather than a search engine friendly objective seems to be something of a challenge to me. Thanks for the article.

M K Paul from India on November 20, 2013:

A veryuseful hub i must say

Isaac Asante from Accra, Ghana on November 20, 2013:

One of the best hubs I've read... Marisa, you've just nailed that topic. Step 2 is what impressed me the most.

Beth Eaglescliffe on November 01, 2013:

This is a really useful hub. I'm bookmarking it so that I can keep returning and implement your tips into my hubs. Thanks.

Jacob Long from Memphis, TN on May 26, 2013:

I know you have a ton of comments already, but thank you.

Appsthatpayyou from London on April 13, 2013:

Very helpful and practical hub. Thanks.

Aileen Billones from Naga City, Philippines on April 13, 2013:

Thanks for your suggestions. This is really very helpful. I'm new in hubpages so there are really a lot of things to learn. Thanks!

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on April 13, 2013:

Writing on the internet is an ongoing learning experience. I have found that you always have good sound advice and I use your suggestions to tweak my hubs. These days it seems that I am tweaking more than I am writing! Voting this up, useful and interesting! :)

sweetie1 from India on April 13, 2013:

This hub is full of wonderful advise for the hubpages writers. I just put up my hubs without thinking about google search or how much would the hub would earn. Yes I write a little longer first capsule for the adsense but rest I do what i felt like without thinking about Google. Yes in January my page views went down from 300 or so daily to less than 10 but now they have picked up to about 250

livingsta from United Kingdom on April 13, 2013:

Wow, a very useful and interesting hub. To be honest, I still haven't used keyword research tool, and I understand that this is very important when it comes to writing. Thank you so much for this hub. Great tips and advice here.

Votes up, sharing and tweeting!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 13, 2013:

Very useful tips Marisa! I do most of these things and do not use fancy titles at all. I prefer to have the title speak for the content of the hub and possibly have 1 or 2 keywords in it. Plus I like to have these keywords in my summary too.

Voted UUI. Thanks.

Steve Mitchell from Cambridgeshire on April 13, 2013:

Marisa, very good article and easily understood, thanks.

Voting up and sharing this.

Ceres Schwarz on April 13, 2013:

Great hub. Very useful tips and advice. I didn't know about not seeing all the ads on your hub when you're logged in. I'll be sure to check out how my hubs look like when I'm signed out.

Deonne Anderson from Florence, SC on March 13, 2013:

Thanks for your great advice Marisa! I thoroughly enjoyed and learned much from this article. I am now a follower!

Paul Maplesden from Asheville, NC on January 17, 2013:

This is a superb article, nicely summarised and very succinct. I will be re-editing my hubs over the next few days with this advice in mind, Thanks for putting this together.

Agnes on December 31, 2012:

Useful, but also interesting. I learned a few helpful things here.

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on December 29, 2012:

Yes Joseph, that's what I meant about whether to update your Hubs. As a general rule, it's not necessary to go back and tweak old Hubs constantly. If it's an "evergreen" subject, freshness isn't very important. However when you're a new Hubber, it takes a while to discover all the features available to you - so you'll find yourself going back and tweaking regularly as you discover new things. At least, that's what I did!

Joseph Renne from Milton on December 29, 2012:

Great Advice, I have not really looked to far into SEO. I will soon as I get the chance. Adding a video would keep my viewers on a hub longer (Great Info). I see that I really have a lot of work to do to my hubs. Thanks for letting me know about this hub Marisa Wright.

ologsinquito from USA on December 29, 2012:

Excellent advice! Thanks.

Faith A Mullen on December 17, 2012:

Thank you for these great tips. Voted useful and will be using your advice!

Arielqiao on November 15, 2012:

Voted it up.How useful it is to me. I am new to the SEO methods. This article includes so many good ways to get traffic. Thanks for sharing.

beingwell from Bangkok on November 15, 2012:

Voted this one useful! Whew! It seems to be a long list. I have a LOT to do! Sharing this to my hub friends. Thanks!

Kitty K. Free on November 11, 2012:

Great info! Thanks for sharing.

Esther Strong from UK on November 09, 2012:

Thanks for sharing these useful strategies. Voted up etc.

Will Apse on November 09, 2012:

The reader is your prey. If you can harpoon them with dull plodding info, do it. If a bravura performance in the first paragraph can persuade them to stay, hit those high notes. If you can flatter them (without actually condoning evil) lay the honied tongue on them.

As an alternative, you could write something interesting. But this is a risky strategy for obvious reasons.

Kalpana Iyer from India on November 08, 2012:

It's always good to get some expert tips on how to improve revenue from HubPages. This really helped. Thank you so much.

AnnaCia on November 08, 2012:

Thank you so much for the information, I am working on that. voted up

Ruth R. Martin from Everywhere Online ~ Fingerlakes ~ Upstate New York on November 08, 2012:

Awesome tips here, with quite a few ideas I hadn't thought of. Thanks for sharing, this has been quite helpful!

Linda Crist from Central Virginia on November 08, 2012:

Finally ! A Hub that gives it to me in terms I can understand and that is organized in such a good way that it kept my attention all the way to the end. This is a great resource for those of us who are new to all this technology. Thank you!

TycoonSam from Washington, MI on November 08, 2012:

Excellent Advice! Thank you Marissa.

Voted up and useful

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on November 08, 2012:

Thanks for all the comments. @PeggyW - you're right, HubPages has suggested using a full-width photo at the top of the Hub. I strongly disagree. What's the point of writing a killer opening if the reader can't see it when they arrive at the Hub?

If you have a big photo at the top of the Hub, that's all you can see when you first land on the page, and some people will assume that's all there is. So it's dangerous, in my view.

@MillionaireTips, it doesn't really matter where your photos are provided you don't use any full-width ones above where your ads appear. You want to be sure your readers continue scrolling down to where your ads are!

Shasta Matova from USA on November 08, 2012:

This is helpful. I recently started adding larger photos to my hubs, but I guess I should stop that. I had moved my photos down due to some advice, but now I am moving them up again. It is an ever changing thing, this online writing game. Voted up.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 08, 2012:

Hi Marisa,

I have learned SO MUCH from reading this hub. Your very first tip now shows me which of my hubs are getting the most traffic. As to #3...wasn't some of the latest advice from HP to put a photo at the top? That is what I have been doing on many of my hubs. I could go on and one. Will check out Dreamstime. Thank you so much! Up votes and sharing.

Jennifer Stone from the Riverbank, England on November 08, 2012:

Thank you for this wonderfully informative hub! I just learnt loads and suddenly it all makes sense! Right, I'm off to tweak and fiddle with my hubs, but not before I've voted this up and all sorts... all the best, Jen

Catherine Taylor from Canada on November 08, 2012:

So Useful. I think I may have learned more from this hub alone about how to improve my traffic than in any other hub. Now I just need to go and apply it all.

2patricias from Sussex by the Sea on November 08, 2012:

You have included a wealth of suggestions here. We will be taking a look at our higher traffic hubs. I think we might begin by looking at contextual links.

Thanks for this. Voted up - and sharing.

Angelique Newman from Canada on October 29, 2012:

Oh my word, this is such a great hub! I'm so happy I found it. I voted it up as well as useful and tweeted it. Thanks for sharing :)

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on October 28, 2012:

Thanks DrMark, I'm glad I've been helpful.

Dr Mark from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on October 28, 2012:

I want to take a minute to thank you for all of your help here and on the forums. I have learned a lot from your comments, and certainly did not mind the math error! The important point, and one I think you make most eloquently, is that we are writing on this site for a small but consistent payment. When I had my first payout last month I said "is that it?" but I also realized that I would be receiving payments for many months for the same articles I have written these last few months. Anyway, you obviously know this and have explained it over and over to those who do not. Thank you again for all of your help; you are consistently professional and an excellent resource for all of us who have yet to learn.

Marie Ryan from Andalusia, Spain on October 28, 2012:

Hi Marisa, This hub has been so useful to me as I had abandoned many of my first hubs, thinking they must have been of very low quality. I love the idea of going back now to old hubs and "not letting them go to waste" as you put it. With all your tips I hope I can begin to generate a little more interest in them. Thanks for the advice!

Gamerelated from California on October 04, 2012:

These are great tips. Specifically the tip about interlinking all of our related hubs with contextual links. I really need to work on that.

I also didn't know that placing a YouTube video in your Hub gives you a free backlink. That is pretty awesome.

mjkearn on July 08, 2012:

Hi Marisa,

great advice for a newbie like myself. Have been reading all I can find on SEO and Keyword and realise what a huge topic it is. Had stopped writing hubs as I found myself editing and re-editing but have decided to just start writing again and try to learn the tricks as I go.

Thanks for writing this hub and your others on writing advice,

MJ.

Milli from USA on June 24, 2012:

Wonderful Hub. I needed these tips. Very useful and voted up!

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