I’ve written for Associated Content for almost three years. I’ve enjoyed good working relationship, made many new friends and learned many things along the way. One issue that new writers tend to get hung up on is the concept of page views. There are some misconceptions about page views and how they affect a writer’s status at AC.
Please note that I have titled this article: No-Fail Ways to Increase Page Views. This guide is not going to magically get your page views up to 1 million plus overnight. There is no magic bean that is going to grow an enchanted page view beanstalk. Those of use who have been writing for Associated Content and other online venues know that it takes time, patience, hard work and cooperation with your AC editors and fellow writers to increase page views.
I’ve been asked and I’m sure some of my fellow writers have also been asked, ‘How did you get to almost 2 million page views?’ Short answer: not overnight. Here are the steps that I and other sources at AC and other writing venues have taken to get ‘where we are’. But I warn you; if you’re looking for a ‘get page view rich quick scheme, forget it.)
-Get over your egoism. I’ve said this before and I’ll repeat it. It’s not all about you. Just because you deign to write something doesn’t mean that the world is going to line up to read it. Remember that for every piece you write, there are probably at least one hundred other pieces of content on the same topic.
-Write about what others want to read. You can lead a reader to your source page, but you can’t make him read. He has to be interested in the subject. There are articles I’ve written that I have been less interested in than others. All writers have their ‘salad days’; sometimes we do write for the money rather than the sheer joy of writing. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t ethics in journalism.
-Write well-worded searchable titles. There are dozens of excellent articles on Associated Content to help you do this. Read them. Improving my wording of titles has boosted my page views enormously. Ask yourself: if I were searching for content what would I type in the Google box? Make that your article title.
-Choose keywords thoughtfully. Again there are dozens of well-written guides on Associated Content to help you choose keywords. I review these periodically because I need refresher courses in writing, too. Keyword and SEO isn’t always very precise. Learn from others.
-Write well-conceived articles with a point. Some of the articles that I’ve read are more like rambling blog entries. Again, there are multiple articles written on how to formulate a good article. Read them, and don’t flood the Internet with pointless ramblings.
-Start a blog and add your articles.
-Link your articles to your Twitter, Facebook and WordPress accounts. If you don’t have accounts, make one. Create an RSS feed for your blog.
-Read, favorite, subscribe to and comment on other writers articles. You aren’t the only pebble on the beach.
-Invite your friends and family to subscribe to your source page. Encourage them to join and write for Associated Content. Share the fun.
-Enter AC contests.
-Claim articles from the Assignment Desk.
-Submit timely articles for Performance Page Views Only. I once got 17,000+page views in two days on a PPV only piece. That’s over $34 dollars.
-Write seasonal articles. My friends who write holiday pieces are gearing up for Halloween right now. Be proactive; get the jump on the season.
-Write about current events. I’ve been writing obituaries for well-known people when they pass away. Keep tabs on new developments in politics, health, medicine, science, fashion, technology, celebrities or whatever folks are reading about. I love to write about science, history and education. My article on the Perseid Meteor Shower got over 1500 PVs in one day. I didn’t realize that so many people would be interested; i just wrote the article because I love astronomy.
Most of all, swallow your pride and do your best. I had a fair amount to swallow, too. Like they say on the Writer’s Almanac, ‘Be well. Do good work.’