Blogging 101~HP

This was written some time back when the HubPages ad program was relatively new.

Today I was browsing through hubpages looking for information and to find out a little more about their new Hubpages Earnings program. I signed up for it a couple of weeks ago and was curious as to how much you need in the account to withdraw it to your paypal account. I read where someone said $50.

So much for that. I continued to read and saw where people were complaining about their adsense programs paying considerably less than it had been paying. I found an article dating back to November 2010. I didn’t pay much attention to what I earned back then because I earned very little.

I started uploading photographs of old, abandoned and/or haunted dwellings back in April 2009. I don’t keep it up as I should although I have hundreds of photos, not all of abandoned buildings, some are just of nature.

When I started I wasn’t putting my pictures up to make money and in fact I can go for months without checking my adsense account. My lack of spirit into the blog is probably the reason I earn less than I should.

At some point however I started to realize I could possibly earn a little with it and maybe if I put a little more effort into it I could earn more.

That’s when I started some new blogs most of which I’ve abandoned now except for one. I’ve stuck with it only because I started posting articles on a couple of different writing sites and I also like to post them to my blog plus writing regularly improves writing skills(I've stopped putting written articles on my blog).Update: I have several blogs now, three of which I contribute to regularly but they are new so it is hard to see in what direction they will go and if they will be profitable.

At some point I decided I could do a little better at implementing new ideas and ways to make more money. I still haven’t gotten too far but I’m trying.

I went online and researched and started doing a few things to get more traffic to my blog. Because more traffic means more money.

I started tagging most of my posts except for the ones that I consider personal which I rarely put on my blog and I don’t recommend it either. A personal thing here and there is okay but keeping a daily journal online like a written diary in my opinion is putting too much information out there. Besides the whole idea is to get people to come to your blog and want to keep them coming back. If all they see is personal stuff it isn’t likely they will come back and most likely they stumbled onto your blog by accident. Update: I've changed my view on personal blogs. They actually can be profitable especially Mom blogs.

People want information they can use. And information that's interesting and compelling. That’s why it’s important to write about topics that people want to read and people are looking for that information.

Most people recommend a niche site. Let’s say photography is your passion or maybe it’s religion then that’s what you should write about daily. Personally, I don’t necessarily think the site has to be niche to get traffic. I have a new one that I’m now getting a fair amount of traffic on and it’s in no way a niche site. However, my other one is so you might want to have two if you want one that is not niche. Another one gets traffic for no good reason that I can see.

I have to say I do write quite a bit on the same topics but writing about religion, spirituality or stalking every day is not something I want to do. I like to throw other things in there. It really depends on what mood I’m in on a particular day.

Okay you know tagging is important. You know a niche site is important. One of the things I think is important when picking a topic to stick to is picking something you can add your own opinions to. Otherwise you may get flagged on a writing site as simply duplicating information that’s already out there. No one wants to read information they just found on someone else’s site and it will cause your site to drop in search engine rankings too.

Let’s say health is the topic you choose, that’s fine, there’s nothing wrong with that, however if you have no medical knowledge you will not be able to add your own intelligent opinion/input to the article and the site will not allow the article to be published. On your own personal blog it won’t matter so much but again no one wants to read what they just read fifteen minutes earlier. You want people to return to your blog and keep coming back. If you utilize writing sites you must conform to their terms of service and offer something new, fresh for the readers if you want to be published so forget thinking you will just swipe someone else’s well written article and use it as your own even if it isn’t copyrighted, even if it’s out there free for the taking off one of those free content sites. You still can’t use it on a writing site like hubpages, squidoo, associated content or any other writing site without being flagged as a plagiarist plus you would lose any monies you had accumulated. Bottom line, don't regurgitate other people's work.

You can use some free articles on your blog when you are starting out and don’t have a lot of time but you must make sure you credit the actual author with their name at the top and bottom of the article so there’s no confusion. If you want to refute something an author has said it’s possible to do by simply quoting them and giving them credit for their words and continuing with your opinion.

Honestly, it’s best to use your own words unless there’s something someone has said that you think is very important and you want to include it. Just make sure it’s quoted and the author is given credit.

It’s also important to get a good search engine ranking and backlinks which can improve your ranking in the search engines.

One of the things I’ve found with writing sites is they demand fresh content understandably and sometimes that means putting a new theory to something even when you have no idea what you are talking about. This is not optimal. This happened to me a short time ago. What I submitted was a good article but there was too much information that was already out there. It doesn’t have to be exact wording. It just has to be information already out there to push you down in the search engines and keep the article from being published on a writing site. So I went back and I did use some of the original information but added my own opinion. I mostly did it because I was determined to get the article published and to see if I could do it without sounding like a complete idiot. But that’s one of the great things about writing online, you can choose to write an article about science with proven and unproven theories and simply add your own theory. It may not be correct, some people may be offended and many more may totally disagree but as long as you present in an intelligent fashion you can get it published. Honestly, it could sound outlandish and still be published. That’s one of the downsides to submitting articles on writing sites. They demand a constant stream of fresh, new ideas and sometimes those ideas, opinions and theories are totally off base. But look at it this way, you could submit an article about the solar system and how quantum mechanics explains all the planets and maybe a few no one knows about yet and you're unlikely to be told your article can’t be published because your theory is crazy. Because it’s exactly that, a theory.

The demand for newness concerning every aspect of our lives and definitely the internet has brought some wild ideas and opinions.But this is important. Ideas, opinions and theories that are new, that no one else has submitted yet. One thing you don't want to do is post your article on your blog before submitting to writing sites. It can sometimes cause it to be not published. You can still publish to your blog but just wait until you've published the article on the writing site(s) of your choice. Update: I don't recommend putting an article on your blog that you've already published on a writing site. Google and other search engines hate duplicate content. You can provide a link instead with a little information not posted in the article.

You also want to keep readers coming back so you don’t want to get to far out in left field.

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