Ari Lamstein, a HubPages engineer that programmed the great milestone notification emails we get, queried our database a couple of weeks ago to demonstrate that the more you publish on HubPages, the more traffic you get per Hub.
Ari’s dug through the data again to see if there’s a relationship between the number of followers a Hubber has, and how much traffic per Hub that Hubber enjoys. We suspected a fairly positive correlation, and the data bears that out.
Ari looked at Hubbers in different groups, based on the number of followers they have:
- 0-9 followers
- 10-19 followers
- 20-29 followers
- 30-39 followers
- 40-49 followers
- 50 and more followers
The data showed that the more followers you have, the more traffic you get monthly to each of your Hubs. Here is the data:
- 0-9 followers: 22 Hub views per month per Hub
- 10-19 followers: 33 Hub views per month per Hub
- 20-29 followers: 45 Hub views per month per Hub
- 30-39 followers: 56 Hub views per month per Hub
- 40-49 followers: 64 Hub views per month per Hub
- 50 and more followers: 102 Hub views per month per Hub
Here’s the same data represented in graphical form:
So why such a strong relationship?
- The more followers you have, the more immediate readers you enjoy. This is obvious. When you publish a new Hub, your followers get notified almost immediately. Many of them will come to visit your Hubs and read. They might not be clicking on your ads, but they add value in some other ways…
- Your followers do more than just read your Hubs. They leave comments, they rate up your Hubs, and they can promote your Hub in social media. I would also venture to guess that people clicking on links to your Hubs from Gmail is probably noticed by Google, too.
- A large readership points to quality Hubs. Some of your followers like you as a person and want to support you, but most follow you on HubPages simply because they love your Hubs. They really want to read what you’ve written. So, lots of followers suggests high quality, something that guarantees long-term readership.
Did you know that a large majority of Hubbers are in the 0-9 followers category? If you’re a Hubber that’s publishing great Hubs that people should love reading, then make sure you grow your regular readership and enjoy the benefits of a rapt audience. Here’s how we suggest you do that:
- Find Hubbers whose Hubs you like. HubPages is an enormous community of talented writers whose interests run the gamut. Browse through your favorite topic areas, and find some Hubbers whose Hubs are a pleasure to read. Look especially for those who engage with their readers in their Hub comments.
- Leave comments. I’m not talking about the “great Hub!” or “follow me!” kind. Leaving sincere, insightful comments allows you to make a genuine connection with the Hubber. Often, the Hubber will want to check out your Hubs as well; they’ll want to know a bit more about the person who left an intelligent, heartfelt comment on their Hub.
- Follow those Hubbers you really like. You’ll be counted among those readers who wants to be apprised of their Hub publishing activity. Leaving some fan mail on their profile on why you’ve chosen to follow this Hubber marks you as someone who’s worth getting to know better on HubPages.
- Answer Questions. In our Answers section, there are thousands of Hubbers posting questions every week. You can answer questions that are up your alley in the form of a short answer, or in the form of a Hub. Those asking will often appreciate high-quality answers, and follow those providing them.
- Help other Hubbers out in the Forums. All sorts of Hubbers, especially newbies, ask questions about how to do things in the Forums (particularly in the Need Help? forum). If you know what you’re talking about, help another Hubber out. Often gratitude for help will take the form of following you.
Knowing that your Hubs will be read by an audience is one of the most gratifying aspects of publishing on HubPages. And, importantly, there’s no reason anyone who writes great Hubs shouldn’t enjoy an audience here. Sometimes taking the first step of being a great follower will be just the thing to grow a group of dedicated followers of your own.