I have been wracking my brain trying to figure out how to get more views to my articles. I have even subscribed to high volume Gather groups. Well... The reason I am writing this article is because of this...
I was checking up on how Bret Michaels was doing and did a Google search. I noticed that out of the top 10 articles, half of them came from a Gather group. When I looked at the views of these articles...they were in the thousands. My article's views of Bret Michaels' post has just barely gone over 200. With a Bret Michaels' post...I would have expected more views that what I have gotten so far.
There are tons of Bret Michaels articles in this group and all have high views, yet when I check the date when my article was posted and compare it to all the articles in this group, mine was never posted. This group is moderated, so the owner can refuse to accept a post.
I am now thinking that this can very well be a part of my problem. Because even though we do join a group, if it is moderated, the owner of the group doesn't have to accept our articles for any reason. When you think about it; who among us goes back to see if our articles have been accepted to a moderated group? Not many, if any. I just happened to do this by accident, because I came across the Gather articles on Google. And the only Gather articles that were listed at the top, came from this group. No wonder these articles get high volume views.
I wouldn't know why my articles would not be accepted to this group...but clearly in this case, this owner hasn't accepted any of mine. Not only could I not find my Bret Michaels' article, but I haven't been able to find any article that I submitted to this group. How strange is that??? There have been many articles dated after mine of Bret Michaels that have been accepted to this group, yet mine isn't listed anywhere.
I just feel like crying. I have been promised help by several members, but then they will turn around and keep me waiting until dooms day to give me the help needed. Now I find out my articles aren't even being accepted to some of the groups that I joined. What's the point of joining moderated groups if they aren't going to be fair to all members?
This just solidifies every fear that I have... I've managed to figure out how to get my points up with the photos, because I've realized that we don't need the groups to raise our views. Most of the views that I have gotten so far have come from outside of Gather, because I have not received one new comment. And everyone knows that many Gather members will comment on our photos if they see them. Not all, but many will.
Maybe the groups on Gather aren't as important as I thought? I mean... My friend Mark wrote his first article and received over 400 views his first day and was only plugged into one group. There isn't even 400 members in that group. So that tells me that groups are fine for socialization, but not imperative to getting views.
I know many of you like the groups. And many will say this might be a glitch. But I tend to always be caught up in the glitches. I mean... What are the odds that every post I send to this one particular group never gets accepted? If it's a glitch...it sure is a strange one.
I guess what I need to do is figure out how to connect myself to Google's search engine another way. Maybe I will try to find a site that will give free advice on how to do this? There are a lot of talented people out there in this field.
I have many of my Gather links posted to several of my personal blogs. I know with some of them, the owners will allow widgets and stuff like that...
It may be that I have to go via my blog to get readers to my Gather posts, because it looks like hookin' up to Gather groups isn't the answer here.
I guess the best thing to do is forget about writing that many articles on Gather and stick to posting my photos, because it seems that nothing can affect me there...at least for now anyways.
I am just so damn determine to find a way around this, so I can be a success on Gather.
I wish you could feel the way I feel right now. Again... I just feel like crying.
BTW ~ If some of you feel like bustin' my chops over this, just be prepared to know that I WILL BUST YOURS BACK!!! Because right now I am not a happy camper.