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How I Reached 1,000,000 Views on HubPages

Mary has an eclectic mix of articles. Her topics include farming, the motor industry, and issues concerning the middle-aged woman.

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Reaching 1,000,000 Views on HubPages

On July 17, 2017, I passed 1,000,000 views on HubPages. Champagne corks didn't pop and there were no fireworks yet there was a smile on my face and a pat on my back as this was a major milestone for this self-confessed procrastinator. I know that some people who write on HubPages have passed this mark many times over. I also know that there are others who are looking at their stats and thinking, they will never make it to the 1,000,000 mark. To those people, I would say hang in there and just keep writing. Today, I would like to interview myself as a way of sharing my experiences that led to this achievement that I thought I would never reach.

How Long Does it Take to Get a Million Views?

Interviewer: So Mary, congratulations on hitting the 1,000,000 views mark on HubPages.

Can you tell our readers how long this has taken you and how many hubs you have?

Mary: Thank you, and yes I have been writing on HubPages for 6 years, and at the moment have a total of 171 articles although not all of them are featured or get any views.

Do You Need to Have a Niche?

Interviewer: Everyone thinks you have to write on a niche topic, is that what you do? And if so, what is your niche?

Mary: I hate being pigeonholed, but broadly speaking I would say I write about business, farming, and aging. I have tried other topics with mixed results and I keep coming back to these three niches. When you're writing about a topic you're familiar with, the articles are easier to write. I also think that it's easier to connect with people if you are genuine. That, of course, comes across in the articles.

Getting Followers on HubPages

Interviewer: I see you don't have many followers on HubPages, doesn't this worry you? Don't you think you would have more views if you had more followers?

Mary: Everyone loves to be popular, just think back to high school. Having a lot of followers is comforting but not crucial. Often you'll see someone, who has more than 1,000 followers but not all of these people will read their articles when they are published. To get people to follow you, you need to follow others and leave meaningful comments when they post something. Although I have a few regular supporters, including Billybuc, BraveWarrior, and Carb Diva, most of the supporters stop by occasionally. It is always nice to get comments and I can honestly say, without their support, I would have thrown in the towel ages ago. For me, one of the advantages of having followers is not so much for the views they provide, it's the gentle hand on my back that is pushing me forward.

I realize that some people feel potential readers will look to see how many followers or comments an article has for validation of the author's ability and knowledge. I have a few issues with this idea though. I used to write on the now-defunct Squidoo, where I saw a lot of this type of misuse of comments and promotion going on. In fact, I believe that is one of the reasons the site failed. There were poor-quality articles full of ads that were hyped up by others on the site. In my opinion, the site was trying to scam the search engines.

Interviewer: Hang on a minute Mary, are you saying you don't want followers?

Mary: No, not at all, but the number of followers isn't an indication of the quality and it doesn't ensure those who follow you will read or comment on your articles.

Share Across Social Media Channels

Share Across Social Media Channels

Getting Organic Traffic and Going Viral

Interviewer: Okay, so where should the views come from?

Mary: Organic traffic, is really what authors should be aiming for. This is simply getting views by being found via a search engine. Organic traffic can take time to build up, but if you are updating your pages regularly, it likely will happen if you're writing about a topic people want to read. It took me a year of slogging away here on HubPages before I made my first payout.

Interviewer: So you just write content and wait for it to get found by the search engines? What about SEO, social media, and backlinks?

Mary: (groan) SEO, I do think about it and try and make my titles, and subtitles search-friendly. It is an area I read a lot about to try and improve my articles. I also think about the potential profitability of a topic before writing.

My best sites for social media have been Pinterest, and Flipboard. Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit, I haven't had success with, although I know others have. Maybe I just don't have the topics that attract social media shares.

Interviewer: Have you ever had an article go viral?

Mary: (smiling) Yes, I had one article take off for a few hours on Flipboard. It was short-lived and then the views returned to the double-digit numbers they were before, but it was exciting. It has only happened once though in six years.

What Are Listicles?

Interviewer: I see from your articles that you like to use lists. For example, 27 Ways to Make Money From a Small Farm to 11 Ways to Make Money Fishing. Many people say this is a lazy way to write—any thoughts about that?

Mary: I have heard those remarks as well, often people call them listicles. I love making lists because I find it provides a good structure or even a template for an article. Plus, people like these types of articles. Everyone is in a hurry and they want to scan an article, which is easy to do with a list. If the list is long, then I break it up into subsections, highlighting what is in each section. This gives the reader a quick overview and if they like what they see, they will continue reading. I did this in my article about small farms, because it's long, over 4,000 words. The danger is if you use this idea of lists, you don't want to produce what they call 'cookie cutter pages'. These are articles that are almost the same but with different headings. If the information you are providing is worthy of your readers' time and is well-formatted, it is more likely to rise to the top.

Write daily

Write daily

Topics That Get Views

Interviewer: Do you have any advice for the readers about topics that get views and how much you get paid for them?

Mary: Because HubPages is a revenue-sharing company, we get paid for views to our pages, even if ads don't get clicked on. The price we get paid is dependent on what advertisers are paying HubPages to have their ads running on the site. This varies throughout the year as there are times when there is less competition among advertisers such as during school vacations, so the advertisers would pay less during these low times. We aren't allowed to discuss what we make on HubPages, this is part of the terms and conditions here on the site.

Interviewer: Mary, you're not dealing with the advertisers, you're just writing on the HubPages site.

Mary: (Mary shakes her head at the naivety of the interviewer) We are all writing for the advertisers. If there was no advertising revenue, for the site, there would be no site. HubPages is a business, and a business needs to generate income.

Interviewer: Okay, so how can people get views day-in-and-day-out, here on HubPages?

Mary: If you want to get a continual flow of traffic, write about topics that are searched for year-round and aren't time-dependent, these are called evergreen topics. The other option is to have some topics which will get viewed at specific times of the year. Let me give you some examples.

If you write about Halloween decorations, from November-September you may get no views, however, in October you'll rock that topic. You could balance this off with topics specific to certain holidays or seasons. Gardening topics do well during spring and summer but fall off when people go indoors.

They say you need to think outside the box but you also need to think outside your country and your hemisphere. Remember HubPages is a global site, so when you're shoveling snow, someone is picking strawberries. If you wonder why your barbecued rib recipe is getting views in January, it's because someone in Australia has fired up their barbie.

I have several articles which receive views across the globe. I love looking at my real-time analytic information, especially in the evenings as I can see views from India, the Middle East, straight across the Atlantic to the states. Many of my articles are about farming and I take a sense of pride in knowing that someone on the other side of the world is reading my articles. Recently I had one gentleman from Nigeria contact me about an article I had written about duckweed. He was raising catfish and wanted to know if it would be suitable to feed his catfish. After some quick research about his species of catfish, I was able to tell him that his fish could consume 20% of plant-based foods and suggested he begin to grow duckweed to feed his fish.

You may be thinking, “Well you didn't make any money from that.” You're right, I didn't make any money other than the small amount resulting from him clicking on my page and reading it. I have just checked my stats and that article has been read by the people in the following countries: United States, UK, Australia, Canada, Philippines, India, Singapore, South Africa, Malaysia, Nigeria, Brazil, Thailand, Indonesia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Ghana, Germany, Ireland, United Arab Emirates, and Uganda. I love the fact that this free plant, which many people consider a weed, is possibly helping small farmers like myself to make a living from their farms.

Selecting Topics That Earn Money

Interviewer: The internet seems saturated with information, so how does a writer know which topics will make money that hasn't been written about before?

Mary: If you're looking for topics that are going to be profitable, you're in good company as that is what most people are doing either directly or indirectly. I would suggest solving a problem for people. It really is that simple. People have, or think they have, problems and look to the internet to find the solution. They either have too much of something such as pimples, weight, or aphids in the garden. Or they have too little of something such as money, love, or knowledge about how to do something. If you can give them advice on how to reduce their problems or increase what they want in their lives, there is a good chance your article will get some hits. But . . .

And this is a big but, but you need to target your audience. My audience probably won't be the same as yours I write about small businesses and entrepreneurs, farming, and things that affect me as a mature woman. I wish I had more knowledge of gaming; alas a desire for this ended when I couldn't get Lara Croft out of a cave. I wish I had stuck with it because gaming knowledge is huge. There are so many people out there who want to know a better way to do things related to gaming.

If you're clued up on cell phones, apps, and gadgets, again a huge, but competitive market. This group, however, isn't as evergreen as other topics as models of products change.

In your article, you want to supply the information or a product to fulfill their needs. The money you make from your article will be determined by its search engine ranking. The higher it is up the list, the more likely you'll be to get hits. If a person reads the snippet under the link in the Google search, likes it, and clicks, you've just earned. That is why a good summary is a key to getting clicks, this is your snippet text. Plus if you offer a product for sale, through Amazon or an affiliate link, you will profit from that as well. Remember, your readers are looking for solutions; give them that with advice, or a product with your recommendation, and you will both be satisfied.

Write About What You Know

Interviewer: Everyone can't write about gaming or the latest electronic device, they just don't have the experience or knowledge to do that.

Mary: I have a piece of advice that I want you to really think about. You don't have to be an expert, you just have to know more about it than the person reading your article. Don't be afraid to research your topic, but the key point is just to start now, don't wait. Do the best you can now and make adjustments to your article in your future updates. Also, you don't need to reinvent the wheel, you just need it to be a lot better. If you've read an article and think you could do it better, then do it, write that article.

If you think you aren't knowledgeable about anything, think again. What do people come to you asking about? Can you fix cars, hang shelves, and repair a cracked cell phone screen in under two minutes? You have talents that others don't have. Maybe you have a knack for diffusing a situation at work, drying seeds, or organizing your children. Ask yourself if what you know is useful to other people. As an exercise, write down for a week, questions that people ask you. Some of the most popular articles on the internet are about simple everyday things like folding a fitted sheet.

Each time someone clicks on your article as I've said, you get a small amount. If you get a lot of clicks, they add up. Let me tell you about a relative who owned a gas station with a small shop. Can you guess what the most profitable item they sold was? It was the penny sweets, which are small candies that they sold for a penny. The point is, if you get enough articles, even if they aren't ones that get thousands of views, they add up over time. As they say, 'drops fill a bucket.' I don't have any articles that I would call stellar, they are just consistently getting viewed by people all over the world.

Visit the HubPages Learning Center to find more tips about what a great hub consists of. Although some people say articles about 1300 words long are best, I believe the search engines like them longer, around 1800 to 1900 words.

Where to Find Ideas for Articles

Interviewer: Ok, I think I understand, but can you give us some tangible ways to find topics for our articles?

Mary: Finding topics to write about that haven't been covered before can seem daunting. Start with yourself. What questions have you recently searched for online? Often if you didn't find a suitable answer, there could be a gap that needs filling.

Start with asking questions. What, how, why, where, and to some extent who. Here are some examples for you.


  • What can I substitute for baking soda?
  • What can I do to get better gas mileage?
  • What are examples of healthy packed lunches?


  • How do I know if my dentist is charging too much?
  • How do I replace a refrigerator door seal?
  • How do I get my kids to go to bed earlier?


  • Why are my tomato plants wilting?
  • Why is my car pulling to the left?
  • Why does my hip hurt when I stand up?

This is just the start though because you can use a search engine to help you.

Use Google Suggest for Article Ideas

To find what people are asking for, use Google suggest or predictive text. This is the function of Google guessing what you might be searching for based on what other people have searched for. If this is not enabled already on your device go into the settings and then into the privacy section. There you can toggle on the predictive text.

With this enabled, you'll be able to use this to get ideas that people are searching for currently.

When you begin typing just keep adding letters as in the examples. I began by typing the question 'how do I?' and added the letters 'mi'.You can see the following results came back.

  • How do I mine Bitcoin?
  • How do I mince garlic?
  • How do I mine Ethereum?
  • How do I microwave corn on the cob?

You can see there is a wide variety of topics using the 'how do I' start, with just two letters. You can choose any two letters and it will throw out suggestions. Some ideas are interesting, some amusing, and some worrying.

Take a look at the other screenshots to get a sense of asking the right question first followed by a letter or letters of your choice.

Television and Online Ads

When you are watching television, or are online, take notice of the ads being shown. People pay a lot of money to promote themselves and their products both on and offline.

Why? Because there is probably a market there. Target that market!

Whether it is heartburn, healthy dog snacks, or a luxury cruise, you can tap into that market with your articles.

Where to Get Ideas for ArticlesHow to Get More FollowersHow to Get Views

Listen to what your friends & coworkers are discussing

Click on those who frequently comment on other hubs.

Share on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Reddit, Flipboard and Stumbleupon

What are televisions ads promoting?

In an author's profile, find those who are actively on the site.

Research which topics aren't already saturated.

What are online ads promoting?

When someone leaves a comment on your hub, respond to them.

Find a new twist on a profitable market.

Use Google suggest

Read hubs and respond with a thoughtful comment which indicates you've read it.

Stick with it!

Final Thoughts

Interviewer: So now that you've hit a million views, what's next? Are you going to sit back on your laurels and take a break from writing?

Mary: No, now my next target is 10 million views, although that could take some time. I hope this article has given everyone a few ideas to increase their views. The most important thing is to keep writing and get your quality articles out there. On this site, there are writers who have published a lot of articles, and some with just a few successful articles, so it isn't a one-formula-fits-all scenario.

As with anything, the more you put into writing here on HubPages, the more successful you'll be—just keep going forward.

Good luck with your writing.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2017 Mary Wickison


Mary Wickison (author) from USA on July 09, 2020:

Hi Eric,

That is really a question for the company. However, I can see the ads. Perhaps you are running a program that blocks them. Check in the forum, or contact Hubpages.

Errah Caunca on July 09, 2020:

Why I can't see ads on hubpages? What will I do to make it appear again? Only the word "advertisement" shown not the ads itself. I can't see even the ads of the articles which is not written by me but by another author here in hubpages.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on July 08, 2020:

Hi Eric,

What a great question, thank you.

I've just watched a couple of Ted Talks about making science interesting. One was by a man name Tyler DeWitt. He makes videos that students can relate to and understand the concept.

Danny Doucette also has a Ted Talk that is worth watching. He makes some interesting points about how the testing system needs to change to encourage a better understanding of the principles.

Beyond those talks I would also delve into ways to better explain common things. I've always wondered why chemistry and cooking are never taught together.

Try to use real life examples and then look for the solutions. As I mentioned in my article, start with a problem people have. I've just looked on and they have an article about removing chlorine from water. That is a question people want to know about.

The problem is the person doesn't like the taste of their tap water.

You can explain why it is used to treat water, how to get rid of the taste, and other ways it's used. A video showing growth in an untreated water source would be interesting.

Although you may think your articles or videos would only be targeted at students, that's not necessarily the case. Adults too want to now understand what they have learned in school but have since forgotten .

Keep the language user friendly, and definitely consider making videos too.

Errah Caunca on July 08, 2020:

Can you give an idea to write about science? I'm a science teacher, but it is hard for me to choose topics, because science is all about facts not for tutorials.

Robert Sacchi on July 02, 2020:

Abby Slutsky, and anyone else who has written for other writing sites, an article that compares and contrasts HubPages with other writing sites seems a good subject for an article.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on July 02, 2020:

Hi Abby,

It's all about sticking with it and writing for the reader. Once the momentum builds up, you'll be surprised how quickly you move forward.

Abby Slutsky from America on July 02, 2020:

This is one if the best articles I have read here. I am new to Hub, although I have written for many other writing sites. Thank you for sharing.

Diana Carol Abrahamson from Somerset West on June 10, 2020:

So the moral of the story is to keep on keeping on and do not give up. Anyway thanks for inspiring me.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on June 09, 2020:

Hi Diana,

Thank you. It did seem to take a lot of hard work. However, now things are moving faster. It was just keep getting up and putting in the time.

Thanks for your comment.

Diana Carol Abrahamson from Somerset West on June 09, 2020:

Congratulations on your milestone. Amazing achievement with many hours of hard work!

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on May 17, 2020:

Hi Sonia and Indro,

I'm pleased you both found it useful. Although search engine algorithms may change, if you answer what people want to know and your articles will rise to the top.

Indro Neel from India on May 17, 2020:

Hi Mary, congratulations for reaching the milestone and thank you for sharing the insoghts!

SDB from Australia on May 16, 2020:

Very informative artice and well done on 1,000,000 views.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on May 06, 2020:

Hi Michaela,

There are many people on this site who write for the enjoyment of it, and that's okay. For me, this is my main source of income so I need articles that will attract an audience and earn money.

The good thing is, this platform accepts both. However, if it weren't for people writing articles that have commercial value, this site wouldn't exist.

I hope you are able to implement some of the ideas for this article because when your pages begin to earn you money, you'll enjoy writing even more.

Micha ELa from Philippines on May 06, 2020:

When you mentioned that you have written articles that got zero views, it resonated LOL. For me, it is important that I enjoy what I write because that is how I will keep writing because I make this as a creative outlet.

Every nudge is well appreciated. Thank you.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on March 27, 2020:

Hi Shirley,

You're welcome, I hope it comes in useful for you. The key is to keep at it.

Shirley Hirst on March 27, 2020:

WOW! Congratulations, well deserved too, thank you for sharing such helpful information.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on February 01, 2020:

Hello Bushra,

Thank you. I hope you can use the information to help you here on Hubpages and on other sites that you may use.

Although targeted to Hubpages, I also use the techniques for my websites, and even when I am designing to find what people want. That's the key, finding out what people are looking for and giving it to them.

Thanks again, and good luck.

Anya Ali from Rabwah, Pakistan on February 01, 2020:

Congratulations! Thank you for all the good advice.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on January 24, 2020:

Thanks Shannon, I appreciate it. Have a great day.

Shannon Henry from Texas on January 24, 2020:

Touche, Mary. I mostly meant it as a compliment, but you make total sense. :)

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on January 24, 2020:

Hi Shannon,

There are many people here who have articles that are poetry and creative writing pieces and unfortunately they don't get much organic traffic. Some people use it as a creative outlet and others compile them into a book of poetry.

Your last sentence, 'I'm sure this is another one of your successful post', I'd like to touch on. It isn't although it has a lot of comments. The reason for this is the people who will read it will be limited to those on Hubpages (and its sister sites) and people thinking about writing here. The organic traffic from Google, and Joe Public, would be minimal.

Thanks for your comment.

Shannon Henry from Texas on January 24, 2020:

Wow. I have been writing here for six or seven years (even though I have been a member for longer than that) and just recently got my first payout. I always chalked it up to doing mostly creative writing here. Less views from organic traffic and such. I only had a few poetry hubs receive quite a few Google traffic hits. Your tips are useful and seem very on par with the hubs of mine that get the most traffic. I'm sure this is another one of your successful posts!

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on January 24, 2020:

Congratulations on your first article.

Regarding the reason why I interviewed myself, I thought it was a different way to get my point across. More reader friendly than just saying, 'here is the method I use', which can come across as dry.

I would encourage you to use a similar method for a topic you're passionate about. It's amazing how much information you can wheedle out of yourself.

Glad you enjoyed the article.

Michael on January 24, 2020:

Thanks, this was helpful (I told my girlfriend that you were interviewing yourself and we laughed :-) ). I wrote my first article today, and Hubspot guys said it will take 48 hours before they decide whether it should be published. So hoping my first drop in the bucket...

Michael Duncan from Germany on December 12, 2019:

Whereas opinions and guides on how to break through on Hubpages are available out there, a lot tend to be somewhat generic and regurgitated, typically falling short at the detail level.

Your presentation, on the other hand, breaks down the process intelligently in this resourceful dialogue which writers of any genre can refer back to as both a reference and touchstone. Thanks for sharing and season's greetings from Europe!

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on November 10, 2019:

Hi Elnavann,

It's hard to stay active on this site if you don't get the views. Trust me I know!

There are many people here who write for the enjoyment, and that's great.

Others are here to earn and that too is a good reason for writing. I prefer writing here over hustling for freelance writing jobs.

Once you get a few articles that begin bringing in revenue, it will give you the push to create more.

I'm glad you enjoyed the article, thanks for your comment.

elnavann from South Africa on November 10, 2019:

Thank you for this hub. i left hubpages for two years but coming back now I have set my goal on reaching - for now - 100 000 views. I am amazed how "evergreen" a few articles have remained. I also agree with your advice of revisiting old hubs, which keeps them relevant. I think my best writing, the essays, go unnoticed, but those give me some personal satisfaction. I think part of being on Hubpages is to enjoy the writing,

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on September 26, 2019:

Hi Darius,

I can feel your excitement and I hope you can continue to do well. Over the years, Hubpages has made many changes, all with the long game in mind.

There are a few things I'd like to suggest.

Write what you know, even if it seems too common place for you. Others may benefit from it.

Research what people are searching for, as I have suggested in my article.

For the most part, stay out of the forums on Hubpages. There is a lot of negativity there.

Update your articles.

Be adventurous in your writing, you never know what will 'take off'.

Read about the Pareto Principle, as it applies to your articles.

You can earn a decent amount of money here, contrary to what some say.

Thanks for your kind words and good luck with your writing here on Hubpages.

Darius Razzle Paciente from Metro Manila, The Philippines on September 25, 2019:

Hi there! I'm astonished to how Hubpages has worked really well for me. I'm a starting writing in Hubpages, over 4 weeks ago, and the fact that my hubs gets viewed frequently (with over 1500 now, minus the ones where I'm the viewer) and got accepted in their earnings program made me really happy. I thought that I'd have to write at least five more hubs and wait until February 2020 to get accepted by Adsense by when I tried it last night, my jaw just suddenly dropped and I could feel myself jumping with joy. Though, people are saying that this is a place where you won't get rich, but a place for writers to share, I'm still glad that my hubs are successful because I doubt that they would be and doubt that it'll be longer for me to start earning from them, as well. This pursued me to further challenge myself to create more hubs and to share more of what I know. I'm not putting my expectations on a high bar; I wanted to be surprised. And I was really surprised. And I am really thankful. Truly, this is a place for such aspiring writers, even for someone who's a wannabe like me.

Also, congratulations for reaching such a milestone! I hope I'll get there one day and also share my insights to help others to reach their own milestones.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on September 19, 2019:

Hi Shaloo,

Thank you. I hope it is useful to you and that you can implement many of the ideas. The key is, keep moving forward.

Shaloo Walia from India on September 19, 2019:

Congratulations...and many thanks for sharing your insights with us!

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on August 01, 2019:

Hi Billie,

Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I hope you'll be able to use some of these ideas in your articles.

Billie Raucci from Illinois on August 01, 2019:

Congrats! And thank you for your informative and educational article.

Krishna on May 04, 2019:

Thank you for this, I will start writing now, wish me good luck!

Robert Sacchi on April 27, 2019:

Yes, and people have to view the site in the first place.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on April 27, 2019:

Hi Robert,

That's a good question and it shows that you are thinking along the right lines of helping people. You can show someone how to do something and show them a product you recommend.

However, don't think you always have to show a product to sell, remember you are getting paid for people coming to your page. An example I used in the article was about showing people how to fold a fitted sheet. I've just checked a video on YouTube and one showing how to fold a fitted sheet, has more than 20 million views. Don't think it has to be a something unusual or difficult.

Whether you are getting paid for views or from someone buying a product, it doesn't matter as long as you hear the Ka-Ching.

Robert Sacchi on April 26, 2019:

Do you get the most sales for DIY articles?

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on April 26, 2019:

Hi Hacicu,

The key is stick with it. Too many people give up too soon. To make money put an Amazon capsule (if appropriate), in your article.

I had been writing for quite some time and only had sporadic sales on Amazon. You know a few pennies here and there. Then someone bought a camera lens and I was paid about $20. That was the day I thought, this can work.

You have to think of niche topics so that you can get on the first or second page of Google. Then when you have traffic and your viewers see an ad about what you're referring to, they are more likely to buy.

Remember everyone has a problem, just solve it for them.

Good luck and keep at it until it works.

Hacicu Bogdan from Cluj-Napoca, Romania on April 25, 2019:

So many practical tips and thoughts. Perfect for everyone but especially for people like me that just started on HubPages. Thank you!

J Zod from Nairobi on December 31, 2018:

You are most welcome Mary.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on December 31, 2018:

Hi Jeff,

Yes, you're absolutely right. People want answers, and it's up to us to supply those.

There are many people who write about their lives and struggles they face. If however, they changed some of the wording to "how to cope with", I think they'd get more views. We all have similar problems, and worries and if we can offer advice that is helpful, we may get viewers.

Great to hear from you.

J Zod from Nairobi on December 31, 2018:

Hi Mary,

Thanks for the invaluable insights. I am yet to reach the 1 million views milestone. Google Suggest is a nifty technique for finding article ideas. I certainly like it and I will use it for my future articles. I have noticed that the following articles types get more readers' attention : Why, How, What and When.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on December 18, 2018:

Hi Jason,

Yes, start with what you know but don't be afraid to research more about topics you are interested in. Remember if you are curious and find an answer, it is likely others are also seeking the same thing.

Thanks for reading, glad you enjoyed it.

Jason Behm from Cebu, Philippines on December 18, 2018:

Wow! I know this must be late but congratulations!

This article is really helpful to me which is also aiming to reach this far and farther.

This article really has a lot of good tips and good points. But what struck me most is to solve people's problem. But of course, I should start from what I know.

Anyway, thanks for this one. Keep writing!

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on November 05, 2018:

Thank you, I'm glad you found it useful. Good luck with your writing here on Hubpages.

sbalsamo on November 05, 2018:

I'm a little late to your party, but congratulations! Your's was the first article I read when signing up for HubPages. It gave me food for thought for my own future writing. Thank you for the suggestions!

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on June 12, 2018:

Hi RooBee,

There have been many changes that I'm sure you've already noticed. The key is to be flexible and research what people are looking for. Answer their questions and solve their problems and you have a popular article.

Thanks for your comment and welcome back.

Arby Bourne from USA on June 12, 2018:

Excellent suggestions! Very informative and encouraging for someone returning to HP after a several year hiatus. Cheers!

Margie's Southern Kitchen from the USA on March 07, 2018:

Awesome interview! I learned some things, I have very few views but not giving up. Thanks so much for sharing this great information!

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on March 01, 2018:

Hi Victoria,

I knew I wanted to write about ways I use to write some of my articles but was struggling to make it readable. Then I had a light bulb moment. I thought the interview format made it more readable, and after all, we are writing for readers, not ourselves.

I would suggest everyone give an interview style article a go, it makes it easier to write and organize, in my opinion.

Regarding inserting humor, I think that is what keeps most articles from sounding like a textbook. If you can get your reader to relate to you by injecting a bit of humor, then they are entertained and informed. Writing is all about making that connection.

I'm glad you enjoyed it, thanks for reading and your comment.

Victoria Van Ness from Fountain, CO on February 28, 2018:

Loved the cute idea of interviewing yourself and the humor you instilled into a pretty serious topic. You made it easy to read, easy to understand, and easy to follow. Thank you!

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on February 22, 2018:

Hi Courtlney,

You sound like you're on the right track. Advertising companies pay big bucks to target their market. Listen to their keywords and solve the problem they say exists.

Also, often we think it is only writing for other people. When we solve our own problems, there are others who want to know the same thing. Our learning process to discover a new skill or life hack, can be our next article. Begin to catalog your learning process and make a step by step guide for beginners.

Although I refer to online articles, these can be extended into ebooks.

Thanks for reading and your comment.

Courtlney Davis on February 22, 2018:

Hi Mary,

Congratulations on reaching 1,000,000 views! I took quite a few notes as I read your hub. My call to action is to start checking tv commercials for Hubpages writing ideas. Previously, if I was watching TV, I would either mute the TV when the commercials were on or walk away and do other things. Another useful takeaway for me was to use topics I googled to use for writing ideas. Your article was very informative. Thanks! -- Courtlney

Linda Bryen from United Kingdom on February 08, 2018:

You are right Mary, I just have to keep updating my hubs regularly. I left it at some point because I got frustrated not moving forwards. But I came back to it again. Thanks Mary for your advice and tips. Greatly appreciated.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on February 08, 2018:

Hi Linda,

I think the key point is just to keep at it. What looks impossible when you're struggling for views turns and you reach a tipping point.

Keep updating your strongest articles and check your 'stats'. That will tell you what people were searching for when they landed on your page. You can then modify your subtitles and text if needed.

Thanks for reading and your comment.

Linda Bryen from United Kingdom on February 07, 2018:

Wow! congratulations on your million views Mary. I don't know if I will ever achieve that but I will give it a try. Thank you for your tips and this great hub again.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on February 02, 2018:

Hi Anita,

Altering titles and writing new articles are great ideas.

When I 'Google' a question, I automatically look at the number of searches before the descriptions. If there are several million, it is a topic I would not likely write about. If there are less than a million, I look at the list and see when the first few were updated last.

If those haven't been updated, it is likely I could get placed in there.

My theory is, I can't be the only one looking for whatever I searched for.

Anita Hasch from Port Elizabeth on January 10, 2018:

Hi Mary, So glad somebody is being so successful at hubpages. I think I need to alter my titles.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on January 08, 2018:

Thanks for the insights. I guess I could go back and see if some headline tweaking would help some of the articles. Sweet of you to give me some personal attention like that.



Mary Wickison (author) from USA on January 08, 2018:

Hi Denise,

Everyone writes for their own reasons. Sharing your passion with others is a wonderful thing to do.

Sometimes a little tweaking is all it takes to make an article more commercially appealing or SEO friendly. Although your URL won't change, your headings and subtitles can.

If the article contains keywords that people are searching for on the internet, it's likely your page will get clicked on more frequently.

Although you are showcasing and sharing your drawings, I would encourage you to put an Amazon capsule with an appropriate product on your articles.

For example, I've just looked at your article, Drawing Feet for an Exercise. To me, it is more than just a compilation of drawings of feet. Your love of drawing shines through and you are encouraging to others. You've got a way of explaining your frustrations towards the end that everyone could understand yet the chutzpah to continue.

Writing more about your most popular themes is a great idea.

Good luck with writing and drawings.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on January 06, 2018:

I have over 200 hubs, writing since 2014 and I have only about 140K views so far. I write about what I know and love, not necessarily what will generate lots of views. That's the problem but then, why write if it isn't about what you know and love? I do have a couple that still get lots of views every day. Perhaps I need to write more on the same subject. I appreciate your sharing your advice and insights.



Anita Hasch from Port Elizabeth on December 24, 2017:

Thank you. Your amazing achievement is inspiring.

Robert Sacchi on December 23, 2017:

Thank you, that's more good information.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on December 23, 2017:

Hi Robert,

I sold very little on Ebay so wasn't sad to see it go. I do well on Amazon and now that Hubpages have pulled it all into one, the rates are much better.

It boils down to, address an issue the reader has and give them the solution.

I have used the interview technique a couple times and it works well. Thanks for your question and comment.

Robert Sacchi on December 23, 2017:

Congratulations on your 1 million views. I like this article's self-interview format. You have a lot of good information on writing articles that get a good amount of hits. Has Amazon, and in earlier times Ebay, been good revenue generators for you?

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on December 20, 2017:

Hi Natalie,

Thank you. I remember how confusing and overwhelming it was when I first began. I hope my explanations help people stick with it or change their writing slightly to make it more commercial.

I believe by making our articles more 'seo friendly', we gain a larger more receptive audience. The additional views help to build our confidence because we feel our writing is connecting with people. This lifts our confidence and pushes us to write more and the views follow.

Natalie Frank from Chicago, IL on December 18, 2017:

Mary - Your response to comments continue to provide useful info on how to increase views no matter what the reason a writer uses HPs. Thanks for the additional info.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on December 18, 2017:

Hi Anita,

That was what I thought as well when I saw others who had a lot of views. You only need to have a few articles which get consistent views day in and day out.

Also, remember that to make money, you can have sales (Amazon or another affiliate link) as well as the revenue from views.

People use Hubpages for various reasons, some to make money, some to get their name known, and some just want to be in a community of other writers.

If you have struggled with a problem and then found a solution, write about it. You won't be the only one with that problem.

Just keep at it, and keep writing. Thanks for reading and your comment.

Merry Christmas

Anita Hasch from Port Elizabeth on December 18, 2017:

Hi Mary, Congratulations. Can't see that I will ever get there, but it is inspiring to read about those that do.

Merry Christmas!

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on December 14, 2017:

Thanks, Mary.

Yes, to get organic traffic, it has to be topics that people are looking for.

Also when you offer a reader something which will solve a problem for them, you make a sale and gain revenue from that as well.

I see many hubbers who say they are not here to make money. That may be the case, but by helping people there is money to be made from that.

Thanks for reading and your comment.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on December 14, 2017:

Thanks for sharing this. It is very encouraging to know other hubbers journeys and yours is special as you have reached your target and will continue to reach higher ones. I have to write on topics people search for.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on November 28, 2017:

Hi Amy,

I'm glad you found it useful.

Of course, different people write for different reasons but if you want people to find your information, you have to use titles, subtitles and words within the text to make sure your writing gets found.

Let me give you an example. My husband and I were talking about names for boats. He said, he'd like a Latin word as a name for a boat and typed it into a search. An article I had written about boat names was on the first page only because within the text I had mentioned the word 'Latin'. It wasn't even in a subtitle.

When writing an article use synonyms and keep it interesting, no one likes to read an article that is stuffed with keywords. (plus it wouldn't pass the checks on HP).

Thanks for reading and good luck with your writing.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Amy from East Coast on November 28, 2017:

This is probably the most useful Hub I have read on writing for Hubpages. I tend to get lost on keyword research advice but know it's important. Your hub was very helpful and easy to read. Nice common sense approach. I thank you for the advice and inspiration and wish you a happy holiday season!

Nikki Khan from London on November 24, 2017:

Thanks for advice dear,,I’ll try my best to write useful hubs for readers.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on November 24, 2017:

Hi Nikki,

Welcome to Hubpages. Just remember we were all where you are at the moment, just starting out. It takes a lot of work to get 1,000,000 views but you'll get there if you write articles that generate organic traffic. That is a key point to remember, you don't want to write to have an audience within the Hubpage community. To get a lot of views you have to offer solutions to problems that the general population is having.

I'm glad you enjoyed the article, thanks for your support.

Nikki Khan from London on November 24, 2017:

Great job,,enjoyed all questions and answers.I am new to hubpages, still long road to go.I think devotion, interesting writing and admiring other's work can get you through.Thanks for sharing,much appreciated.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on October 23, 2017:

Just keep showing up and putting in the time. If you don't quit, you don't fail.

CC from Untited States on October 22, 2017:

That's a great accomplishment. I can't wait to get there.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on October 02, 2017:

Hi Anita,

Thank you for your kind words. I will tell you, for a long time, I never thought I could have achieved that.

I think the key is just don't give up and keep pushing forward.

Thanks for reading and your comment.

Anita Hasch from Port Elizabeth on October 02, 2017:

You can be proud of your achievement. Good luck on your continual success.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on September 26, 2017:

Hi Natalie,

We're on the right track when we write about things people are searching for. There is no need to reinvent the wheel.

You're right, Google suggest and even spellcheck throw out some comical answers.

I'm glad you like the article and hope you can use some of the ideas. Thanks for reading.

Natalie Frank from Chicago, IL on September 25, 2017:

Fabulous article with great suggestions! Using Google suggest is something I never thought of though I constantly see funny or interesting suggestions when doing normal searches.

Thanks for writing this!

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on September 05, 2017:

Hi Imran,

Thank you, I'm glad you like it. I hope the information was useful to you.

Thanks for reading and your comment.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on September 05, 2017:

Hi Sudipa,

What you need to remember, all of us were exactly where you are now. There is no secret formula, it's just hard work and you have to keep showing up. Then when you find an article which gets viewed, write more of that type or on a similar topic.

Just hang in there until you hit the tipping point and it all becomes easier as a snowball effect takes over. I can't tell you how many times I felt like giving up but then I would have a positive comment or something would happen.

One time, I was really low concerning my writing, and took a break and went to the beach. We are close, only about 10 minutes. There was a man there in the middle of the day, kitesurfing. I asked him what he did for a living and he said, "affiliate marketing". That was the sign I needed to know I was on the right track.

So many people are on the right track, they just stop too soon.

Thanks for reading and your kind words. Just keep going forward and it will fall into place for you.

Good luck.

pen promulgates on September 05, 2017:

Superb. I like the way you have written the article and also the advice.

Hiya from India on September 05, 2017:

Loved your article Mary. Written so well and in a different format with loads of information. Don't know when I will reach the 1,00,000 views mark. I am far far far away, but will be patient and keep trying.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on August 22, 2017:

Hi Krzysztof,

I'm happy you liked it and I hope you can make good use of the information. The best thing about a self-interview is it's unlikely to result in questions I can't answer. LOL

I write articles for a content creation site as well as here on Hubpages. The interview approach I was asked to do for an adult content site. It was a mock interview with one of their phone workers.

This layout can give an article a reader-friendly structure and helps keep the reader engaged and on the page longer. Give it a whirl.

My target of 10 million seems to be almost too far to reach but I know it is doable for anyone who applies themselves.

I appreciate you reading and taking the time to comment, thank you.

Krzysztof Willman from Parlin, New Jersey on August 21, 2017:

Really like what you did here with the self-interview approach and there's was a lot of great advice too.

Good luck on hitting 10 million.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on August 15, 2017:

Hi Ann,

I think Hubpages is many things to many people. For some, it is a way to get exposure for their writing in a supportive environment and others it is an avenue for extra income. With the changes Hubpages have made recently putting up niche sites, I feel positive about the future of the site. It encourages authors to publish yet keeps the bar high enough to keep us on our toes and create better content.

Thanks for reading and your kind words.

Ann Carr from SW England on August 14, 2017:

Great hub, Mary, with loads of brilliant advice. I've been here 7 years and I haven't had anywhere near that number of views but then I don't look to see the number of views! I'm one of those just here for the fun but what you've said here is really interesting. Good common sense advice for those who want to make a little money from it all.

Oh, and congratulations on your remarkable achievement!


Mary Wickison (author) from USA on August 01, 2017:

Hello Ivan,

You're very welcome, I'm pleased you found them useful.

Thanks for the good wishes.

Ivan from Zagreb on August 01, 2017:

Hi Mary, thanks for useful suggestions... And good luck for 10.000.000 views!

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on July 23, 2017:

Hi Amelia,

You're right it is a great community and a wonderful platform for writers.

I believe it has given people the confidence to write without having to go down the blog/website route. That is especially great if they are just starting out, blogging can be so insular.

I do know that many writers here have successful blogs, and like yourself have published books.

The fact we can make a passive income from this is also helpful.

Thanks for reading and your kind words.

Mamerto Adan from Cabuyao on July 23, 2017:


Mary Wickison (author) from USA on July 23, 2017:

Hi Mamerto,

I know at first it can seem like an insurmountable mountain to climb when views just trickle in. Know this, we were all in the same position as you are now, just starting out.

Just keep showing up and writing and soon you'll get views hitting double digits and some in the hundreds. When this happens on a few articles every day, you will see the possibilities.

Your targets may include, hitting 100 views a day or making your first payout.

Keep writing and ask yourself what do people want to know about.

Thanks for reading and good luck with your writing.

Amelia Griggs from U.S. on July 23, 2017:

Congrats Mary!

You are very inspiring! What a wonderful article! I have been writing on HubPages for 7 years and have learned so much during that time. I am planning to share some recent milestones (including how I self-published my first book) and I thank you for writing this hub. This is a great and wonderful writing community!

May success be yours, all the best to you,


Mamerto Adan from Cabuyao on July 22, 2017:

As a newbie I found this hub to be very helpful (I'm just starting with just 7 hubs)

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on July 22, 2017:

I too wish there were other accolades before the 10 million. However, I know it is doable because others have done it.

I think it is necessary for those who are doing well on this site to encourage others because, as you say, we have been there struggling. So many times I wanted to give up and just put my writing on hold for awhile.

I think one of the key things is, write about something you like and it is easier to write the piece.

I remember when I first started at Squidoo, I had no experience writing online. They set a task saying write about something you love.

Did I write about a member of my family? No

Was I patriotic and write about the USA? No

I wrote about Reese's Peanut butter cups.

That was a good lesson to do because it made me stop and think, why is it special and how does it make me feel.

That is when writing is easy when you know your subject, and I knew those peanut butter cups. LOL

Thanks for the virtual high five.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on July 22, 2017:

Hi Anita,

I thought the same thing. Just keep at it and it will happen for you.

Thanks for reading.