10 Ways To Up Your Game Writing On Hub Pages.

Up your game today.

It recently occurred to me that to get where I wanted to be needed that something extra. I had been declined entry to the Apprentice Programme twice and the feedback I got on the second refusal somewhat surprised me. " Have I become complacent ?" I said to myself. It was the only conclusion I could think of. I am not a lazy person by nature but this is what must have crept in to my writing.

Time for a change then could be the only recipe if I was to get in to the AP. The result is this article. I decided to put my thoughts in writing for me to look back on if complacency creeps in again. Determined to reach my goal by Summer 2013 this article will be the catalyst to make it happen. With you in mind whilst writing this, the idea is to help as many fellow article writers avoid some of the pitfalls that I have over recent months.

If things are not going your way, the advice has to be to Up Your Game.


Do a complacency check.

If you think you may have a problem with complacency check out the table below and decide for yourself. It will be quite straightforward to rectify the situation but you have to recognise first that you are not doing enough to do yourself justice. In my view the only way to keep moving on is to learn what things work and to avoid the ones that don't. Complacency in it's worst form is continuing to do the same things everyday only to expect a different result. The result will always remain the same if you don't change the ways you do things.

The table contents below are by no means a comprehensive list, but are some of the more important tasks which really need to be carried out consistently for improvement to be detected.

Consistency is vital for you to be able to develop your Hub Pages quality because it allows you to measure your progress if you are regularly doing the most important tasks.


Avoid complacency.

Do you do this ?
Complacency check.
You have upped your game.
Write 1 article per month.
Complacent
X
Write 10 articles per month.
X
Yes
More than 10 articles.
X
Yes
Publish without spell checking.
Complacent
X
Spell check prior to publishing.
X
Yes
Never comment on hubs.
Complacent
X
Comment everyday.
X
Yes
Never set goals.
Complacent
X
Always set goals.
X
Yes
Never update hubs.
Complacent
X
Regularly update hubs.
X
Yes
Never share hubs.
Complacent
X
Share hubs everyday.
X
Yes
Check to see if you have become complacent.

10 things to do to up your game.

I did promise you that I would furnish you with 10 ways to up your game so here they are :

  • #1 Write more articles ( lifeblood of your Hub Page adventure ). My target is 4 per week.
  • #2 Check and check again for spelling mistakes before and again after publishing.
  • #3 As a minimum aim to comment on 2 hubs per day.
  • #4 Choose killer titles. You could even try a Hub Pages exclusive title for your next hub.
  • #5 Go back and make changes to underperforming articles and add more content, keywords, pictures to try to bring them to life.
  • #6 Set goals for followers, hubs, earnings, page views, hub score and comments.
  • #7 Do something out of the box such as sharing everyday.
  • #8 Copy the leaders and study what makes them successful and do what they do.
  • #9 Link to articles similar to yours and get others to link to your articles.
  • #10 Write articles in series' where you can making sure to add in your links in the main body of text.

Again the above recommendations are not the only ones you should perform, but are among the main tasks you should be doing daily. Consistently performing these tasks will bring good results on your Hub Page adventure.


Hub Page Tutorials.

As you might be aware this is not my first attempt at writing in this category. If you like the information I present in this category then please feel free to SHARE with your followers.

You may remember an earlier article about sharing hubs. If you missed it then simply click on the highlighted link to be taken to the article Best way to share your hubs for maximum effect.

For anybody who is reading this and has not been writing on Hub Pages very long a great place to start getting good information is from the Learning Centre http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/contents

Make sure you take a look and use this brilliant resource.

To view my other articles in the Hub Pages Tutorials and Community category click here.

Remember to comment at the end of this article and let me know what you think. I am always glad to receive comments good or not so good as it is a great thermometer for gauging how well received or not my writing is.

Thanks so much for reading this far.


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DanaTeresa 3 years ago from Ohio

Perfect timing on this one for me. I have been trying to "up my game" on HP and my own website... I have started the steps that you mentioned, but I need to do them much more. Now that I know they are the right things to do and that I am not wasting my time, I will keep it up... Thank you for the kick in the pants!

Nicely writen too. Easy to follow. I have ADD and a lot of distractions here. I tend to skim or stop reading a lot of hubs. I made it through thisine with no problem at all. voted up of course :)


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poshcoffeeco 3 years ago from Cambridgeshire Author

Thanks DT, I am glad it reinforces your own thinking. This tells me that we are reading from the same hymn sheet so to speak.

Enjoy your weekend.


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Cyndi10 3 years ago from Georgia

Hi Steve, A great checklist you developed in order to up the game. Always looking for ways to improve, I've skirted around what to do to improve my writing here, but never got past thinking there was something more I needed to do. Since I'm a list person, this is great that you have one within the article. Thanks for sharing your ideas and solutions. Shared.


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poshcoffeeco 3 years ago from Cambridgeshire Author

Cyndi10 thanks for reading and commenting. This is the first time I have added a table as a list. I was told to start using these in hubs to help me get accepted into AP.

Have a great weekend.


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wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

Hope you do get into AP next time. I need to re-apply. First I need to fix things on my hubpage.

Thanks for this great article.


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for this.Very useful. Don;t forget to advertise yourself.


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for this.Very useful. Don;t forget to advertise yourself.


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poshcoffeeco 3 years ago from Cambridgeshire Author

Wetnosedogs, I've been told to re apply in Summer. Would be great if we could get in at same time. I'm also doing a lot of fixing, good luck.

Mhatter99, I try to promote myself on a daily basis. How do you accomplish this and what mediums do you use?


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Good tips. I think that making goals--and writing them down--is important in keeping focus. Voted up and more! Thanks for the hub!


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Ddraigcoch 3 years ago from UK

After taking a decent sized break from most writing on all platforms, I am in need of a refresher on at least 2 of them.

This was fabulous for me, thanks Steve.


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

You're shared so much useful advice for both new and veteran hubbers in this article. No matter how long you have been writing here, it is easy to slip into a complacent routine with one or more of these aspects of the HubPages routine. It's good to take time to evaluate on a regular basis and make changes as needed. Best of luck getting into the AP program!


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

Interesting and useful, Thank's for the tips...


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molometer 3 years ago

Good advice Steve, we all need a reality check every now and again. You laid out all the essentials here for long term success. Good luck buddy.

#Michael


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poshcoffeeco 3 years ago from Cambridgeshire Author

Thanks so much for your great comments. Will answer individually soon.


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DIYmommy 3 years ago

Very informative and useful hub, thank you! I am continually looking to "up my game." I am looking forward to trying out some of your suggestions.


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Natashalh 3 years ago from Hawaii

I guess I'm like 6% complacent because I really never share hubs on HubPages. I do share them a lot on Pintrest, though, so maybe I'm not that complacent, after all...

Great advice. Voting up and useful. =)


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ryanjhoe 3 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

Thanks for sharing this, I need something to compare to enhanced my hubs.


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poshcoffeeco 3 years ago from Cambridgeshire Author

Diy mommy

Thanks and I hope it works for you.

Natashalh

Many thanks for your votes. It is great that you share them. You will get the benefit for doing it.

Ryanjhoe,

Thanks for following, reading and commenting. You rock.


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Sharkye11 3 years ago from Oklahoma

Great advice! I consider myself semi-complacent. I definitely need to publish more hubs and revise older hubs more frequently. I keep getting distracted by new ideas. Thanks for the encouragement! Good luck getting into the AP program. I think you will do great!


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franksg384 3 years ago from Anderson, SC

Is it a good idea to put as many copyright and "written by" ,your name, pic in your hub as you do? Have you had problems with people stealing your work?


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poshcoffeeco 3 years ago from Cambridgeshire Author

Sharkye11, I know exactly what you mean.

Franksg384, hi again. I like to put a capsule in to let potential content robbers not to use my work without consent. I have had work stolen in the past and believe that you should be asked permission if someone wants to use anything which belongs to you and not just to take it.

My advice is always to put a warning on your work.

Thanks again for your comment.


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patchofearth 3 years ago from somewhere in the appalachian foothills

I will admit to complacency. I have been re-evaluating my writing lately. This is a great hub for helping to take stock. Thanks for writing.


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poshcoffeeco 3 years ago from Cambridgeshire Author

Patchofearth, thanks for the comment. I hope you get where you want to go.


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liesl5858 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Thank you poshcoffeeco for your useful hub which I could do with as I am still a newbie on hubpages. Very informative and interesting, too. Goodluck next time.


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poshcoffeeco 3 years ago from Cambridgeshire Author

Liesl5858, thanks, I am glad you found it useful. Good luck to you too.


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Sue Bailey 3 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

Sharing this one Steve. I think even very experienced writers can become complacent. Thanks for the advice. Up and useful


Lesleysherwood 3 years ago

I love this hub. Its something we all know, but boy, we need reminders otherwise we do find ourselves becoming complacent. The chart says it all. Thank you Steve for such useful information.


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poshcoffeeco 3 years ago from Cambridgeshire Author

Sue Bailey hi. Thanks again for sharing, it really does make a difference and your votes are appreciated always.

Lesleysherwood, nice to hear from you. Glad you found it useful and is a reminder for you. Have a great week.


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Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

Very useful hub, great ideas and tips. Thank you for sharing. Voted up.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

I think complacency is the enemy of all writers, but especially here on HP. Always looking, always searching. You have made some great suggestions for upping your game. Participate, read others' hubs and leave comments....be a part of HP and write!

Voted up, useful, and interesting.


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poshcoffeeco 3 years ago from Cambridgeshire Author

Vellur and tillsontitan, your comments and votes are greatly appreciated. Hope you have a great week.

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