HubPages is a social content community for writers. Members (known as "Hubbers") are given their own free sub-domain, where they can post magazine-style articles (referred to as Hubs). Hubbers are encouraged to enrich their text by embedding videos, external links, reader surveys, photos and maps, and providing a comments box for reader feedback.
According to Quantcast, HubPages gets over 8 million unique visitors each month. That’s a ratio of 8 million/200,000 = a ratio of 40 viewers per hub. That’s an incredible ratio for a newbie author who is trying to attract a following or even for an established writer who is seeking to showcase his or her work.
Let’s compare this ratio to other popular sites. If we take a look at Blogger.Com, Quantcast estimates that Blogspot.com gets 43.4 million unique visitors each month. Well, in 2005, according to the Blog Herald, Blogger had over 14 million blogs. So, assuming that Blogger has more blogs now, the Blogger ratio is is less than 43.4/14 = 3.1. WordPress gets 117.7 million unique visitors each month and its has more than 4.7 million blogs so that’s a ratio of 117.7/4.7 = about 25. Squidoo.com has 8.5 million unique visitors each month and has over 700,000 lenses so that’s 8.5/.7 = about 12.2 visitors per lens.
If you search through the HubPages forums for "100,000" or "100k", you'll find plenty of people announcing their attainment of that particular accolade. You will notice that some did it very quickly - after just a few months, perhaps. Others took much longer. Some did it with a small handful of Hubs (pages at this site) and some had many more.
How did you get the first 500 authors onto the site?
They started it with friends and family. They got a little big of press and got in some of the blogs. They had 1500 visitors their first month. Their family and friends helped to create the initial content on the site.
Let’s look at some popular web sites to see how their ratio compares with HubPages. WordPress has a total of 115M blog posts published and gets 189.7M unique visitors each month so it’s ratio of about 2 Squidoo has nearly 900,00 lenses and gets 10.4M unique visitors. Rounding up, that’s almost a ratio of 12. Associated Content says that they have more than 1.4M published articles and gets 21.6 monthly unique visitors. That’s a ratio of 15.4. So, based on these sites, I think that a ratio of 32 is pretty good.