Four Ways for Fiction and Poetry Writers to Increase Page Views on HubPages
Page Views on HubPages
Fiction and Poetry vs how-to Hubs
Fiction and poetry writers on HubPages are at a disadvantage when it comes to getting page views on Google and other search engines. Fiction is simply much less searchable than how-to articles, current events, history and even opinion pieces.
I just passed 725,000 page views with my 398 articles. I average about 12,000 per month. My top three articles are getting, roughly, 3,600, 2,600, and 1,200 per month. Obviously, those three are bringing in the bulk of my page views.
Increasing Your Page Views
Those top three articles are not fiction. Two are how-to articles and one is a general information hub. I would like to recommend to my fellow fiction writers and to poetry writers that they bolster their collection of articles with several well-written how-to and general information articles. My top three are easily on the first page of a Google search, and depending on the wording of the search, are often in first position. Having these kinds of articles added to fiction and poetry will increase your page views if they are well written, helpful, and informative.
From One of My How-To Hubs
What do we write about in a how-to article? I have found that when I write about my own successful plan for accomplishing a task around home, it resonates with readers. If the title grabs their attention by letting them know that what I have written speaks to their concern, they will click through to my article. I have written about turning a shed into a sauna and about how to get a bed upstairs that is too large for the stairway. Those articles alternate as my first and second most viewed.
From One of My General Information Articles
General Information Articles
I also write general information articles on topics that interest me. If the subject is interesting enough to me that I do some research, then it's worth sharing with others. My third most viewed article is about the legal left turn at a red light. I thoroughly researched the subject and gave people a comprehensive article on the subject.
From One of My Articles on My Occupation
Articles About Our Occupations
We can also find writing material in our occupations. I work in the medical field and have written a few articles that explain the overall process of work in the histology lab. What happens to that biopsy the doctor ordered for you? That article has brought in nearly 8,000 page views in five years. That isn’t setting any records, but it is much better than what most of my fiction articles produce.
From One of My Articles about A Personal Interest
Personal Interest Articles
Sometimes when I take out the trash and look around at my neighbors’ trashcans, I think about where it is all going? So I wrote an article about the fifteen largest landfills in the world. If something grabs your attention and makes you stop and wonder, it will grab the attention of your readers as well. That article has pulled in nearly 6,100 page views in four years. Not a lot, but, again, it’s much better than most of my fiction.
Summary of Nonfiction and Non-poetry Articles
A Couple of My Fiction Page view Successes
There have been a couple of my fiction stories that have somehow done well. One has garnered over 3,700 pageviews in a year and a half. My second most popular fiction story has gotten about 1,000 page views in the last eight months. I think you can see why I try to write some articles other than fiction.
Poll About Writing Outside Our Comfort Zones
As a fiction/poetry writer on HubPages, have you ever written another kind of article such as a how-to or general interest hub?
One Positive Result of Writing Some Nonfiction and Non-poetry Articles
What’s the result of my efforts to harvest more page views by writing nonfiction articles in addition to my stories? I am drawing the $50 payout by HubPages in one month on a fairly regular basis.
Start a List of Ideas
Why not start a list of ideas for nonfiction/non-poetry articles? Add to it as ideas come to mind. Pick one and begin writing. Title it well and create a good synopsis to appear on the search page, and see what happens. For sure, not all of my ideas have paid off. Some have really flopped like most of my personal musings and political pieces.
Maybe It's Time for a How-To-Article Challenge
You know how we occasionally have fiction challenges here on HubPages? Maybe we should try a How-To challenge. As predominantly fiction writers, we could write articles that help people accomplish a task that we have already taken on. Let me know in the comments if you think this is an idea that would fly.
HubPages for Fiction and Poetry
Let me finish by saying that HubPages is a fine place to feature our works of fiction and poetry. Over time, we can find a number of people who will appreciate our efforts at entertaining and inspiring thoughtfulness with stories and poems.
But if you want to increase your page views here, and if you want to earn more money via the earnings programs, you may find it beneficial to write a few nonfiction, non-poetry articles. The results will be more page views, more money, and more versatility as a writer.
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© 2017 Chris Mills