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How My Hubpages Traffic Doubled In One Week
I deliberated for a long time about whether or not to write this article. After all, I’ve only been on Hubpages a relatively short time, and the traffic to my pages, though it indeed doubled last week, is still relatively puny compared to that of the seasoned Hubpages veterans. Plus, I wanted to make sure that my spike in traffic wasn’t just some chance fluctuation which would vanish at short notice. It hasn’t. My traffic this week has not only stayed at that higher level, but continues to increase.
So I decided to write this article. Although my aim is primarily to give relative new-comers to Hubpages a perspective on how how to succeed, I think that some of the things I’ll say can be appreciated by new-comers and veterans alike. I will also point newcomers in the direction of some of the best advice I’ve seen from the veterans about success on Hubpages.
Venerable veteran Hubpages user Chuck, in his excellent article found here (opens in a new window), names three strategies for success on Hubpages: 1. The quantity approach, 2. The niche approach, and 3. The keyword approach. I would say that I use a blend of all three approaches.
Massive Quantities of Non-garbage
First things first. If you don’t have anything to write about, or can’t find anything to write about, you probably won’t get much traffic on Hubpages. I am quite convinced that for most writers on the internet, success will be a matter of producing a sufficient quantity of real content, which is interesting and relevant. Hubpager Chuck, who I mentioned already, says that his own success has resulted from his focus on quantity. What is a sufficient quantity? As much as possible. Since many of us, myself included, still have jobs or school or family or other things that require time and attention, this limits the quantity we can put out. I have set for myself a required minimum of 2-3 hubs per week, although when I have the time, I prefer to do at least 4-6 hubs per week.
But sheer quantity, of course, is only half the equation. The other half is quality. A massive quantity of boring garbage is not likely to prove effective in the long run. Content must be interesting and relevant to readers. Otherwise, they will not stay on your page long enough to click on an ad, will not be likely to read other things you have written, and will not post links to your articles on social websites such as Facebook. That’s right: Hubpages is not a get-rich-quick platform. To succeed, one must write quality content, and a lot of it. And this takes time. And effort.
The Results of Good Keyword Research
Some of my readers, I predict, have mostly skipped the preceding section about quantity and quality. Why wade through all that, rather than skip right to the “good stuff”?
Hubpages user Misha has fewer than thirty hubs, yet has thousands of followers and makes "about $1500 [a month] give or take" from Hubpages. This would seem to contradict everything I just said about the need for writing a lot of content. And it does. But I think that Misha is the exception, not the rule, for success on Hubpages. It takes a considerable amount of genius and good fortune to discover key-phrases like “Google homepage”, overflowing with monthly searches, but with a tiny amount of competition. And one cannot always rely on finding such perfect key-phrases. Kudos to Misha! His secret, which he discusses is keyword research.
I’m all about keyword research. That being said, be sure to read the section of this hub titled: "Optimization Isn't Everything”.
I begin almost every article I write with keyword research, followed by “on-page” relevancy optimization. I’ll explain. First, I go to the Google Keyword Tool and type in some possible key phrases.
The Google Keyword Tool
I look through the list that Google generates (not pictured above) for additional key phrase
ideas. I look at the competition and the global monthly searches. If a
key phrase has low competition, and at the very least, five hundred
monthly searches, I consider it as a possibility. Really, I rarely pick
something with so few monthly searches, unless I really care about the
topic, and feel the need to write about it regardless of potential
traffic. I usually look for a phrase with low competition and between
1,500 and 50,000 monthly searches. Anything over 50,000 usually has too
much competition. I always
look at the “exact phrase” statistics for the phrase as well. That is,
how many monthly searches are there for that exact phrase in quotation
But here’s my real secret: After I identify a potential key phrase as I described above, I go to Google and search for my key phrase in two ways: 1. As a general phrase (not in quotations) and 2. As an exact phrase (in quotations). The reason I do this is to get a real idea about the competition I’m facing. The competition stats in the Google keyword tool have limited usefulness, as they are based on the estimated number of paying advertisers who are bidding for a placement with those keywords. So in reality, it more accurately measures competition for paying advertisers, not for those of us seeking “organic” advertising (that is, to appear on the natural search results).
When I do the two types of searches for my key phrases (general and exact), I look for several things:
- The number of results.
- The number of results on the first page which have my exact key-phrase in their title.
- The Google page-rank of the first 5-6 results.
The lower each of those numbers, the better. A magnificent tool called SEO for Firefox is available for free (you'll first need Firefox, which is also free), and will allow you to see stats such as the page-rank, and much more, for each result in the search page without having to actually go to any of those pages.
- For “number of results”, I prefer under five million for general phrase (though under a million is excellent), and under 50,000 for exact phrase. It is not extremely hard to find under 10,000, and I have sometimes had success with results as high as 80,000.
- For number of results with my exact phrase in the title, on the first page of either general or exact, I like to see under seven. Under 5 is excellent.
- For page-rank, I like to see at least two of the top six results with a page-rank of three or less. Again, the lower the better, especially if these top results contain your exact key-phrase in the title.
In my “exact phrase” search, I do one more thing: I scroll to the bottom of the search results page, and click on page ten of the search results. I then scroll to the bottom of that page and click the twentieth page of results. I continue this process until Google gives me a message like the one seen in the following picture.
There is a simple reason why the number 48, emphasized above, is important: this represents the amount of unique competition for your key phrase. It cuts out the redundant competition. When you do an exact-phrase search, you might come up with thousands of results. But as you skip through the search-results pages, Google will stop you long before you reach the end of those thousands of results, letting you know that all those other results are basically so redundant as to be unimportant. For this number, anything under 400 seems to be pretty good. Anything under 100 is extremely good.
So from this perspective, let’s see why my article about the movie Crash might rank so high in Google search.
- Search results for general phrase “crash movie analysis”: 8,030,000 (not too bad).
- For the exact phrase: 2840 (extremely good).
- Unique results for exact phrase: 48 (amazing).
- Number of results with exact phrase in the title for general search: 1 (perfect).
- Results with exact phrase in the title for exact search: 6 (not bad).
Hopefully this illustrates a good point: my techniques and guidelines are far from perfect formulas, and there are plenty of exceptions. For example, although the number "8,030,000" above may be a little bit higher than my ideal, it obviously didn't prevent my page from ranking high. In fact I have pages that rank high with far more search results than that in the general phrase search. One statistic alone can never give a complete picture, and one can never perfectly predict results. So don't refrain from using a key-phrase just because one of the numbers looks a bit high.
Other things I often search for when analyzing competition are “allintitle” and “allinurl”. These can be helpful, but they are beyond the scope of this article. For an excellent and exhaustive tome on keywords, check out this hub by Peter Hoggan, who has actually published a virtual hub-cyclopedia on all things SEO.
After I decide what my “killer key-phrases” will be, I try to include that exact phrase in my page's title, the URL, the first header on the page, and the first paragraph on the page. Also, I make sure that phrase is in my page summary. The page summary is important for several reasons, and Hubpages, if you don’t override it, will calculate your summary automatically. Always replace the Hubpages-generated summary with one of your own.
Other than that, I make sure my phrase occurs at least several times throughout the article, but I don't overdo it. Key-word “stuffing” is counterproductive. And that is the full extent of my on-page optimization process. There is no reason to over-optimize a page. If your content is relevant to the key words, then beyond the few on-page optimizations I’ve just mentioned, it will optimize itself. If the content is not relevant to the key-words, then choose different key-words or write different content or just don’t write the hub at all.
Optimization Isn't Everything
Keyword research and on-page optimization are only a small part of the traffic equation. The more important part, I think, is quantity and quality. Quality is especially important, both for the sake of your readers and for the search-engines. Google weighs “off-page” factors at least as heavily as it does “on-page” factors. These off-page factors are simply measures of how searchers respond to your page, and play a very important part of where your page is ranked in the search results. Just a few examples:
- How many searchers choose to go to your page, rather than to a different page listed on the same page of search results? Here, your title and description (summary) are crucial for drawing the reader in by letting her know that your page has the information she is looking for. Yet another reason not to let Hubpages write your summary for you.
- Once at your page, how long does the reader stay there? If you have interesting, relevant content, they will stay longer, and Google will notice.
- Do they like your page enough to come back later? Google knows. Do they like your page enough to post a link to it on their own blog? Once more, Google knows.
There are tons of such off-page indicators of people’s responses to your page. Many people focus on just one, such as incoming links. They then try to get as many incoming links as possible, regardless of the quality and relevancy of the sites linking to them.
Don’t do this.
Search Engines are designed to provide their users with quality, relevant information. When I found myself linking to my article about a bible verse on a forum about chicken breeding, I suddenly realized that this was just absurd. What does chicken breeding have to do with the bible? So don’t pay for services that sell you lists of places you can put your “do follow” links. Search engines want reality, not simulation. It may seem that the only way to get ahead is to outsmart the algorithms, or “cheat” by purchasing lists of non-relevant places to spread your links, but this is simply not true. Search engines are getting smarter all the time, and can certainly detect when your incoming links have nothing to do with your page’s topic. In the long run, quality, relevant content is what the search-engines want, because that is what their users want. Simply give them what they want, and the rest will fall into place. In the short-term, you may lag behind people who are simply trying to “beat” the search engines, but in the long-run, as the search engines continue to get smarter, you will leave the competition who uses such tactics miles behind you.
One should write about what they know, and about what they are most interested in. Since I know more about religion and philosophy than anything else, I write more or less in the religion/philosophy niche. When you create a new hub, Hubpages asks you what category to put it in. When I first started, I thought a broader category was better, as it seemed this would mean more potential readers. But in fact, you should choose the narrowest category possible. When people look for pages by topic on Hubpages, what they see first are the “hot” hubs on each topic page. If your page is categorized in a broad topic, it faces more competition for a spot in this hot-list. If you put it in a narrow category, you will be more likely to appear on the hot-list for that narrow category, as there is less competition. This is free advertising that you wouldn’t get otherwise. And don’t worry, if your hub is hot enough on a narrow category, it will also appear on the hot-list for the broader category of which the narrow category is a sub-category. That is a win-win situation.
In a nutshell, my approach to getting traffic on Hubpages has been: First and foremost, I write as many hubs as possible, and make them as relevant and interesting as possible. Second, when I get an idea for a hub, I begin by researching the best key-phrases for the hub (the phrases with the most global monthly searches and the least competition). Third, I quickly optimize my hub for those key-phrases. Fourth, I write in a niche; that is, I write about what I know, and I choose as narrow a category as possible when creating a new hub. And apparently, my approach is working. My Hubpages traffic has doubled in a week, and continues to rise!
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Curiad on February 05, 2012:
This is an excellent article japtaker!
It is filled with very useful information and I appreciated reading it.
Ian D Hetri from Papua New Guinea on January 25, 2012:
This is by far the best article I have read on keyword research. You see jap, what i actually did was to list down all the tips you mentioned in the hub and then tried it out on one of my hub I did on personal budget. At first I gave the hub the title "How to improve you personal budget with Vertex 42". Then when I search for the term exact key phrase "Personal budgeting" the search result was so high. So I went back to the keyword tool and punched in Vertex 42 (exact key phrase) and ended up 1800 monthly searches. When I Google that as exact phrase for page rank, I got less than five titles showing my exact key phrase. Number of results was under 50 000. fair enough.
Then I went on clicking the next button under the page until I reached 48 and found the notification from Google that you mentioned in your hub. To cut the story short, I just typed in Vertex 42 and added sub title and that its. I have to wait and see. My point is that for a long time I have been trying to learn this skill and most hubs I have read only confused me. I don't claim to have increased my traffic doing this. Not yet. Its going to happen or not but the fact is I have gone through the whole process following your hub and done all that you mentioned and now I am confident to do more keyword research, write high quality hubs and earn few bucks and if not many.
This is a very useful hub and I thank you so much for sharing this valuable information in a manner that is easily comprehended.
Useful and voted up
Huntgoddess from Midwest U.S.A. on January 22, 2012:
Great information, and I love the idea of TOC at the top. Do you mind if I "steal" that? It's great!
On the other hand --- please excuse an old lady who grew up in an analog universe --- I really have no clue on this SEO and keyword and backlinks stuff. I was trying to study it, but just decided that my time would be better spent doing other things --- like, perhaps, writing.
But, thanks. This is still good information, and a very nicely-written Hub.
teutophile on December 16, 2011:
This was a very useful and informative article. I'll have to keep some of your techniques in mind.
AllieRambles from Bay Area, California on November 25, 2011:
Great information and great tactics! I hate doing all that keyword searching stuff but it pays off in the end.
I may need to read it again to get the tips down.
wiseoldaccountant from Buffalo and Orchard Park NY on November 03, 2011:
My Traffic more the doubled today when I started editing to include keywords.
JanuaryFry from Illinois on August 25, 2011:
Nice work, great advice! My problem is getting out of the "Make Money NOW" mode and taking the time to submit more often... I have so many upfront paying gigs that it's hard to take time away and write for myself--even though I know that it's best in the long run.
kennysl on May 21, 2011:
This article was interesting and very useful. I am new to the hub world and it was nice to read a very simple yet detailed description of how I can be successful. I will use some of your tips. Thanks again!
dablufox from Australia on May 18, 2011:
I read your hub with great interest. It's clear to me your on the right track with most of it and your'e certainly asking the right questions.
I don't however agree 100% with the quantity theory, I have read Chuck's hub and the reason why writing 'quantitively' over time will results in success is that you will break through a number of micro niches by chance and also the hubs that do break through you can place at the top of a hubpage linking pyramid by linking all your mediocre hubs to the few successful ones.
What I think you may be missing is how to more accurately perform longtail keyword research and competition research.
Using the Google Keyword tool is somewhat old school and hit and miss at the best of times. Also competition for a given longtail keyword phrases quickly steepens and become so much more competitive once you get to the first page of Google search results. So number of webpages with your chosen keyword doesn't give you a crystal clear picture of competition right at the top of search.
Basically getting a page 2 position counts for almost nothing whereas traffic is concerned.
Page 1 is where it all happens!
To more accurately gauge competition for a longtail keyword and therefore your chosen micro niche you have to take into account all on page SEO elements, URL, Title, Sub Titles, image tags/descriptor, SEO HTML, heading and meta tag (description)and even outgoing hyperlinks.
Off page SEO you have to look at the number of links to the page, the keywords used in the links and the page rank of the linking site as well as internal links of the site itself and linking keywords once again as well as total links to the domain of the site.
My view is that very few people really master keyword and competition research.
Mishka on the other hand knows keyword and competition research back to front and inside out!
When you have mastered keyword/competition research to the point that you 'know' you can get to the first page for a given longtail keyword within a micro niche and you can do it pretty well consistently, this know how is immensely valuable.
But to actually teach someone to do it is one thing, mastering it takes a lot of practice, patience and still a lot of work as I'm sure Mishka will agree.
P.S. Hope you don't take my comment the wrong way, keyword and competition research are my bread and butter.
Good luck and keep asking questions!
missymoo from Kent, UK on March 03, 2011:
Excellent hub with lots of useful info. Too much in fact to pick up on it all in one read (that's a compliment!) so I will be back.
wizetech from Indonesia on February 25, 2011:
Wow, you shared a good keyword analysis technique for Free...
If I were you I would charge for this kind of tutorial... Just kidding... :)
saintodd from Suffolk, VA on February 24, 2011:
Voted up, bookmarked and following. Great stuff, well written and thanks.
Emma from Houston TX on February 24, 2011:
I will try your trick and see whether it works for me.
Justin Aptaker (author) from United States on February 22, 2011:
Thank you Safiq, montecristo, and Garlic Angel :-)
Christine from Dublin on February 22, 2011:
Some great tips there. Have it Bookmarked for future reference:
Well done and thank you for sharing..
Garlic Angel :-)
Angel Caleb Santos from Hampton Roads, Virginia on February 18, 2011:
Great info. Thanks.
safiq ali patel from United States Of America on February 14, 2011:
I like your hub. It is to quote a buzz word "content rich" and makes a good point of reference for hubbers wanting success for their hubs in the future. Thank you for posting. I will certainly wish and need to refer to your work again. From Safiq.
Justin Aptaker (author) from United States on February 09, 2011:
Thanks, BMG :)
BMG from timor laste on February 09, 2011:
actually..i really like this hub even i couldn't really understand...tq
Justin Aptaker (author) from United States on February 08, 2011:
Thank you, earnings33, kashmie56, kevrock529, and ingenira! Your feedback is greatly appreciated.
Ingenira on February 06, 2011:
You are very systematic and precise in your writing, and I like that. Voted up, awesome and useful !
Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on February 05, 2011:
Hi japtaker thank you for all this awesome and valuable information, it will help many hubbers . I know i learned a few thing reading your hub !
Awesome hub, thumbs up !!!
Yasir from PK on February 05, 2011:
very well observed, attempted, detailed and described. I will love to follow all the instructions that are mentioned. Thanx dude.
Justin Aptaker (author) from United States on February 04, 2011:
You're most welcome, Doc, and thank you for making me feel so useful!
Doc Wordinger from Manchester, UK on February 04, 2011:
Thanks for replying to my questions in so much detail Japtaker. Your advise is much appreciated and invaluable to a novice like myself.
kevrock529 on February 04, 2011:
Definite great hub. I can see the time and effort you have put into sharing and it is much appreciated! I am a fairly new hubber and these techniques will hopefully help and increasing my traffic.
Justin Aptaker (author) from United States on February 04, 2011:
And to everyone else who left comments on this hub so far, THANK YOU! I have gotten a large amount of feedback and encouragement on this hub in a very short time. I am very grateful for all the feedback, and glad that so many people have found this information to be helpful.
Justin Aptaker (author) from United States on February 04, 2011:
Hey Doc Wordinger,
Thank you for your kind remarks! Now to try to answer your questions.
My article about the movie "Crash" is not actually a particularly good example of my key-phrase methods. I published that article before I really started to get into the keyword research. It has done quite well on Google despite the lack of forethought. I have a number of other articles that also rank within the first five Google results, but I didn't want to give them as examples because I didn't want to encourage would-be-competitors to move in on those key-phrases before MY articles are better established in the search results.
So to clarify, in order to get the best ranking for the key-phrase "crash movie analysis", the best thing to do is make sure that those words appear in the title in that exact sequence, not in a different order. I've left my title as it is because, clearly, it worked anyways. I think it worked so well despite the relative lack of planning on my part was because there was very little real competition on that topic. But whenever I write a new article these days, I always include my keyphrase in the title in the exact word order, not with the words spread out through the title. It seems to work much better that way.
Of course, it CAN be difficult to work a keyphrase into the opening paragraph. I often have to be quite creative. Sometimes, I just can't do it without it sounding awkward. In those cases, I work in keywords from my keyphrase into the first paragraph, trying to maintain the word order and proximity as much as POSSIBLE without it sounding bad.
So in short, you are right: that article is not nearly as well-optimized as I like to do now, but it still managed to do well. This goes to show that my rules, clearly, are not the ONLY way for an article to do well. From my experience, however, these methods have been the best, most reliable way to rank well. They are the only methods I use now. And so the better title for your article about scarecrows WOULD be: "A beginner's guide to twitching neurotic scarecrows." The exact phrase "twitching neurotic scarecrows", with that word-order, would also preferably be in your URL, first heading, summary, and first paragraph.
Hope this helped!
Leah Lefler from Western New York on February 04, 2011:
Searching for the exact keyword phrase is an excellent idea. I agree with "writing for quality," as the hubs with poor grammar and spelling errors drive me crazy! I'm still figuring out the SEO aspect of hubpages, but I am making some money with Adsense (enough to feed the family at McDonald's right now, lol).
Kaur rajwinder on February 04, 2011:
Iam new to hubpages and find your hub very informative for me.thanx
Lissa101 from New Zealand on February 03, 2011:
Being quite new to hubpages I found that very interesting and helpfull. Thanks very much.
Sarita Harbour from Yellowknife, Canada on February 03, 2011:
Excellent hub - well thought out and well laid out with some really useful information on SEO and keywords. You will do well on HP, I'm sure. I look forward to reading more of your hubs.
multimastery on February 03, 2011:
Glad you point this out because a lot of folks fail to realize this about the Google Keyword Tool: "So in reality, it more accurately measures competition for paying advertisers, not for those of us seeking “organic” advertising (that is, to appear on the natural search results)."
Also, although SEO is powerful and can attract hundreds, thousands - even tens of thousands of visitors - I do believe that viral marketing is more powerful than SEO which is why I wrote a hub about it today. https://hubpages.com/hub/viral-marketing-vs-seo Don't get me wrong, I do practice SEO too, but I have seen great results with viral marketing as well - and minus all the search engine politics.
Esmeowl12 on February 03, 2011:
What a helpful hub! I have been writing more to the "niche" variety but am going to try using the Google Keyword Tool. It would be fabulous to write about what I like, that others like, too, AND make money!
Doc Wordinger from Manchester, UK on February 03, 2011:
Excellent hub and great introductory guide to SEO. I've filled an entire side of A4 paper taking notes. Just by reading this article I've probably enriched my entire knowledge of assessing the competition by 50%. I also found that your style of writing was very effective in maintaining my concentration on the content.
I'd like to ask you a few questions relating to your Crash Analysis hub that you gave as an example when discussing 'exact' and 'general' keyword phrases, and also assessing the competition.
Your keyphrase was 'crash movie analysis'. In the article you advise that the keyphrase should appear in the URL, title, first header and first paragraph. Can I clarify here if you are referring to the exact phrase "crash movie analysis" or just the three words "crash, "movie" and "analysis". If it will be just as effective, from an SEO perspective, to only include the words within your phrase, rather than the exact phrase itself, then you have room to be far more creative with your title and opening paragraph.
'Exact' and 'general' keyphrases are something I still need to research in more depth. The reason I raise the question here is that the URL to your Crash Analysis hub only contains two words from the keyphrase; the title contains all three words but not in the exact order; there is no opening header; the first paragraph contains two of the words in the keyphrase. This doesn't seem to be as highly optimised as you advocate. Yet you have still achieved an excellent google ranking.
If I discovered that the google search term 'twitching neurotic scarecrows' (broad rather than "exact") was generating a lot of searches with low competition, and then decided to write a hub, which title would be more effective in boosting the SERP ranking of the article:
A beginner's guide to twitching neurotic scarecrows.
How to spot a scarecrow of the twitching and neurotic variety.
I feel the distinction between 'exact' and 'general/broad' search terms is something I still haven't managed to grasp.
Thanks again for the very informative hub.
Justin Aptaker (author) from United States on February 03, 2011:
Thank you, phanisoft and rimzim.
To answer your question, Rimzim, you should choose your title (at least, this is how I do it) by first using the Google Keyword tool to find the best keyword phrases related to your topic. The best phrases will be the ones that get the most monthly searches and have the least competition (although, as this article suggests, you should go outside the Keyword tool to analyze the real competition). Then just figure out a title incorporating those phrases.
It's best to keep your title at sixty characters or less, as this is where Google cuts it off on the search results page. At the very least, your best keyword phrases should be within the first sixty characters. The earlier they appear in the title, and the shorter your title is overall, the better.
Just be sure your title is also comprehensible and attractive to humans as well as search engines. You want people to click on your title when they see it in the search results, so it can't just be a long string of meaningless keywords. It has to make sense and seem relevant to what the user is searching for.
Thank you for a very good question.
P.S. For this hub, I did not do much keyword research. General keywords related to SEO and getting traffic are very competitive. For this hub, I expected most of my traffic would have to come from Hubpages, not from Google. So I created my title entirely to attract the attention of humans, not search engines. And so far, that seems to have worked.
Rimzim from Earth on February 03, 2011:
Nice & informative hub
many times I have no content for write but I will try my best.
Mostly I face problem for choosing good title for my hubs. Please give your valuable advice & suggestion for me.
phanisoft18 from Hyderabad, India on February 03, 2011:
I'm new to hubpages. Just going through the hubs and I felt this hub is excellently phrased.
Great Writing my friend.
Justin Aptaker (author) from United States on February 02, 2011:
Thank you dsmythe, lilibees, mazzastick, and LyndaD!
LyndaD on February 02, 2011:
Bookmarked for later reference. Excellent hub!
mazzastick on February 02, 2011:
Thanks for the information, we are all trying to find ways to get more traffic to our websites,
lilibees on February 02, 2011:
Good Job Congrats, I have seen an increase in my hits as well, guess that means we have very interesting hubs!
dsmythe on February 02, 2011:
Great post! Very informative. I'm a new on hubpages and am still figuring out how it works.
Justin Aptaker (author) from United States on February 02, 2011:
Thank you, superyoss. That is quite a compliment. I feel honored!
superyoss from Sidoarjo, East Java, Indonesia on February 01, 2011:
Hi Japtaker, thank you for your post, this will be my guidance!
Justin Aptaker (author) from United States on February 01, 2011:
Thank you, Seeker. I was really hoping that at least some people would find enough useful content in this hub to justify the shamelessly self-promotional title. I'm glad to hear that you found it helpful!
Helen Murphy Howell from Fife, Scotland on February 01, 2011:
I'm fairly new to Hub Pages as well and although I'm focusing on technique rather than traffic, this was a great and inspirational hub and one I can refer back to. Many thanks.
Justin Aptaker (author) from United States on January 31, 2011:
Thank you very much, bugslady8949.
bugslady8949 from The Bahamas on January 31, 2011:
you did a great job on this hub, I am really happy that you did this hub after all.
Justin Aptaker (author) from United States on January 29, 2011:
Thank you for your comment! You're right, quality is extremely important if one hopes to be a writer. To me, a person must decide what they want to do with Hubpages: 1. Be a writer, 2. Make money, or 3. Make money being a writer. Now, it is possible to be a writer on Hubpages and not really make money. If you completely ignore all the marketing aspects of web-publishing, it will be difficult to get an audience even for high-quality writing, because no one will know that your writing is out there.
Likewise, it is possible, I think (although very difficult) to make money on Hubpages without ever really writing much.
Finally, there is the approach which I am taking, which I expect is generally the most rewarding for a person such as myself: someone who feels compelled both to share my thoughts with the world and to earn money. The only way to walk this "middle path" is to focus on the actual content, quality, and quantity of your writing, while giving the effort that is due to marketing.
Kitty Fields from Summerland on January 29, 2011:
very good point about quality vs. quantity. i've noticed that a lot of hubpage writers produce a massive amount of hubs, but their hubs aren't necessarily written well...some of them being quite boring with many mispellings and grammar errors...which is my pet peeve! if you are going to write, please check your spelling and make sure your sentences make sense! (this is by no means ranting at you, i am supporting what you are saying). thanks for being upfront and proving that quality beats quantity. :)