People write articles on sites like Infobarrel and Hubpages for a variety of reasons. Some people want to get backlinks to their own websites, other people just want to make money from advertising and a small number of people just want a place to publish their thoughts on the internet.

Whatever reason people have for writing articles, most people want to have their articles read by as many people as possible. What's the point of going to the trouble of writing on the internet if no one bothers to read your articles? Generally speaking more page views means more money, so I thought I would share some of my secrets for writing articles that get lots of page views.

The most views I have gotten for an article is 587 for this article I did on the World Internet Summit, which of course is not earth shattering, but some articles I wrote which I thought were good, only got a handful of page views. To promote the article, I sent an email to an online friend who linked to and wrote a blog post about my article. That link brought in quite a bit of traffic and it ranks for a variety of keywords.

The things which you can learn from this article is: controversy sells, write something interesting and people will naturally link to it and it's good to have online friends who will help you out if they can!

Some people just do keyword research for their articles, but sometimes I get a bit bored doing this and the topics that come up are usually dry and boring. Of course these topics can make you money, it is good to keep mixing things up.

I participate in a number of forums and whatever niche they are in, you can easily find topics that are popular and get a lot of interest. It is fairly easy to use popular forum posts as the basis for an article This has also worked for me and I can write articles on topics that I am interested in.

Making money online articles seem to be very popular also. Many topics have been covered before, like Adsense placement, but if you can add your own experience and research, people will be interested. As much as I like writing about countries and travel, unfortunately these topics haven't done so well.

Another way to find articles that will be popular is by looking at the list of most popular articles on blogs and other websites. I am not saying to copy the article, but you can at least use the topic which the article is on as the basis for your own article. The article may have been written some time ago, so you can add value to it by doing some additional research on the topic, adding your own views and providing any new information.

Finally, if you want your article to do well in the search engines, you need to get links to the article. Except for the World Internet Summit article, this is not something I have bothered with, but if you want your article to rank well in Google you need to try and get additional links to it, like writing another article on the topic, posting it on another article site like ezinearticles and linking back to the original. It's a bit of a vicious circle, but this method works well for many people.