I have done some things that have been successful. I have done some things that have not been so successful. Today I discovered some accidental success.
I have written a significant number of articles for Hubpages.com. I have found this to be quite successful because most of the articles are targeted specifically to my writing niche and include multiple links. I am able to:
- See how many folks click on those links and come to my sites; and
- How much I make through Google Adsense because they share the clicks with writers.
Interestingly, my #1 article is not about online high schools. It is about the Kindle. To date, I have had over 5,000 readers. That is significantly more than my next most popular article. You might be wondering why that is (because I was).
Here's the deal: Hubpages has serious Page Rank. Having articles on a site with such high page rank is a very good thing for you (no matter your topic). As it happens, a while back I wrote an article about Amazon's Kindle. And here's my accidental success:
- Go to Google.
- Type in: What is a Kindle?
- What do you see?
What you see is that Amazon's article is #1 on the topic. Look below that. Yes. Tom's article is #2 on the entire Internet for that search question. And what you should know is that many people type questions into Google.
Accident. Completely. It's even, I suspect, making me a few dollars (because I know I get Adsense money from Hubpages because I track it as a channel).
Imagine if I had done that, but used a question that relates to my primary writing area. As it happens, I have imagined it and within the next few days I will have few articles up using that same question format.
Learning from my success. What do you learn from your success (and from your failures)?