100 HUBS & And What I Have Learned

I Finally Hit 100!

I certainly haven't broken any speeding records on my way to 100 Hubs.

I began my writing adventure with Hubpages nearly 4 years ago now, in October of 2008.

I started writing with Hubpages for 2 reasons:

  • I like to write, and Hubpages looked like a relatively easy platform to use
  • I was eager to find a venue in which to communicate some health care related information, particularly related to pharmacy and pharmaceuticals
  • It was less expensive that saltwater fish tanks and less dangerous than skydiving. Okay, that is 3 reasons. But this last one doesn't really count.

2008: I joined in late 2008 (hey, that rhymes!). Throughout the closing months of that year I kept up a slow but steady output of little articles. I did the "Google Adsense" thing and got my account. I explored some of the forums and interacted with a few other authors.

2009: But early in 2009 I became somewhat discouraged about the potential to really gather any significant amount of search engine traffic. So I slowed way down and hardly wrote anything during the last 3/4 of 2009.

2010: Then one day in early 2010 I wandered back to HubPages. To my great surprise the traffic on my articles had started to rise. Google was beginning to send people my way! I could hardly believe it! With that bit of encouragement I picked back up the writing and have continued (albeit still at a rather slow pace) to generate articles on health, medicine, the pharmacy profession and other topics of interest.

2011: Due to some changes in the way Google operates, I saw a drastic decline for a while in the number of hits on my articles. This discouragement led again to a declining interest in writing regularly, and there was about 6 months in which I did no writing on HubPages at all.

2012: Traffic picked back up, and I began writing somewhat regularly again, maybe 4-5 articles per month. Would love to be able to write more, but I am content with the time I have to invest in this hobby for now.

But this article is really not about my journey as a HubPage author. It is about what I have personally learned so far from my writing experience. The following are just my own gleanings and personal insights, and I am the first to admit I still have a lot to learn.


LESSONS LEARNED

LESSON 1: IT IS OKAY TO BE A PART-TIME WRITER

Sure, volume is great. And if you have the time and energy to pump out several high quality articles per day that is wonderful. But I don't, and probably won't in the near future at least. But I have enjoyed the experience even though my pace has not been as impressive as some. Writing can be great fun, but don't be ashamed to put other important priorities where they belong. A family, a job, a church, etc. are all worthy of your time and attention. You can write part time and enjoy it.


LESSON 2: TRAFFIC TAKES TIME

I'm sure there are some for whom this isn't true. But my own experience has been that search-engine traffic takes a while to develop. I currently receive between 1,000 and 1,700 hits per day across my articles. This is still far below what others have accomplished. But even this took a long time to accumulate. If you are just starting out, be prepared to stick with it. Focus on good content and having fun.


LESSON 3: IT IS NOT ALWAYS EASY TO PREDICT WHICH ARTICLES WILL DO WELL

I never expected my little article on How To Become a Pharmacist to generate much interest, let alone the nearly 1,000 questions and comments it currently has. There is NO way I would have predicted my personal recipe for Spicy Pickled Eggs to elicit fan mail like "you are my new rock star." LOL. So I guess what I have learned from this fact is that, although some key word research may be a good thing, it is more important to write on what interests you and then sit back and see what happens.


LESSON 4: EVERGREEN CONTENT

I never really understood this concept before coming to Hubpages. If the phrase is new to you, it basically means to write articles that will have a relevance and importance beyond today or tomorrow. Evergreen = always important, always being searched for, always needed. While it is perfectly fine to write about personal interests and current events, the articles that seem to generate traffic are those which will still have significance 1 year, 5 years or even 10 years from now.


LESSON 5: INTERACTING WITH OTHERS ABOUT YOURS HUBS IS FUN!

I did not join Hubpages to get involved in questions/answers from readers. However, as it turns out, this is what happened - and it has quickly become the most enjoyable aspect of writing on this site. Recent improvements allowing responses directly from the general "comments" screen has made this more efficient. I am a big fan of this function. Interacting has sometimes caused to me alter my original article to include things I had not previously considered. Thus, the whole process becomes a continual learning experience. I check for comments and questions on my articles every day, and try to respond promptly to those asking for help.


LESSON 6: CARRY A CAMERA

Although there are plenty of places to obtain free and legally shareable images online, nothing (in my opinion) beats taking your own photos and sharing them. I try to shoot my own images of many of the medicines I write about. When I wrote about the Massachusetts Title V Tax credit, I took my own pictures of our yard being dug up to replace our septic. If you like to write, I suggest you get used to taking and using pictures as well. Pictures help to introduce your writing. They are the "cyber glue" that bonds the brain of the reader to the words on the screen. Don't underestimate their value.


LESSON 7: USE QUESTIONS TO DRIVE IDEAS FOR NEW ARTICLES:

Many times a question asked on one article has prompted me to write a new Hub that addresses the issue more pointedly. The great advantage of this is that the questions are REAL and often RECUR. Therefore, the time invested is well worth the efforts, because I can refer all such future questions directly to that Hub. For example, I was receiving a lot of questions from students about the NEGATIVE sides to becoming a pharmacist. As a result, I wrote "Reasons NOT to become a pharmacist" and have been able to helpfully refer all such questions in that direction.


LESSON 8: DON'T FORGET ABOUT THE FORUMS!

I have been extremely grateful for the solid help and useful information I have received posting questions on the forum. For those of us who currently write "part-time" and thus may not have the most cutting-edge understanding of the tools and functions of our site, the forums are FANTASTIC. As always, I try to research my questions in the FAQ and Learning Center section first. But when these avenues do not provide me the answers I need, I have been very appreciative of the far more experienced and generous authors here on Hubpages who share their knowledge with others.


LESSON 9: COVER THE BASICS WITH EVERY ARTICLE

When I first began I didn't always pay attention to maximizing the effectiveness of every article I wrote. As such, I have had to go back and re-work some of these articles to improve their usefulness (both in terms of earning potential AND in terms of their usefulness to readers). So now, whenever I write a Hub, I make sure that I at least do the following BASICS every time:

  • Spell Check Every Capsule! Nothing reflects more negatively on an article (in my opinion) than spelling errors.
  • Write a Summary: I personally think the summary function has helped boost my visits. It is hard to say for sure, but I think it is worth the little bit of time needed to briefly summarize your Hub.
  • Check Tags: Before finishing, I look once again over the "tags" I have chosen for the article to be sure I have covered the relevant themes.
  • Include Amazon and/or Ebay Capsules: I always try to include at least 1 of these, if not both. But it depends on the content I am writing. If they do not have obvious products that would interest a potential reader, I tend to not use it.

Those are the basics I try to cover every time I publish a new article.

LESSON 10: NEVER GIVE UP

I guess the final lesson I've learned in my journey to 100 Hubs is the value of sticking with something and not giving up. Granted, there were times when I thought about stopping. But I have learned a lot from this writing experience. I have had some great conversations and met some interesting people. I am grateful for the advice and suggestions I have received along the way. I have appreciated the opportunities to share both the field I work in and the faith I possess.

So I will end this 100th Hub with a few inspirational quotes to help motivate you to keep going, keep writing and to not give up:

"By perseverance the snail reached the ark" - Charles Spurgeon

"What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step." - C.S. Lewis

"If you’re running a 26-mile marathon, remember that every mile is run one step at a time. If you are writing a book, do it one page at a time. If you’re trying to master a new language, try it one word at a time. There are 365 days in the average year. Divide any project by 365 and you’ll find that no job is all that intimidating.- Charles Swindoll

And last but not least: "Everything stinks till it's finished" - Dr. Seuss

Best wishes to all!






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DzyMsLizzy profile image

DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

Congratulations on this milestone!

You've made some very valid and important points in sharing your journey.

In the process, you've produced many informative and useful articles, most of which are in that 'evergreen' hue.

Kudos!

Voted up, interesting and useful and shared.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Voted up, useful, interesting, and awesome. You make some great points. I still need to remember to use that camera more often, like taking before pics on my yard projects! It's encouraging to know that traffic goes up even after you've been away for a while. Very cool. I may have to read your spicky pickled eggs hub to see if you really do rock! Loved the hub!


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

Very interesting and useful information. It is always motivational to read the success stories of other hubbers... congratulations on getting to 100 hubs.


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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois

I really liked reading your honest account of the ups and downs of writing part time on HubPages. You have some great tips and I love how you wrote that photos are "cyber glue..." - so true. I carry my camera everywhere. Today a guy at Home Depot gave me a strange look as I was taking a picture of a some rental equipment. It doesn't stop me though. Thanks for writing this and congratulations for reaching this milestone.


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daisynicolas 4 years ago from Alaska

This makes me feel normal somewhat about life with HP.


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CMHypno 4 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

Good solid advice, especially for newbies who think that they write a few hubs and make a million bucks and for longer term hubbers who may be getting discouraged about their traffic.

Also thanks for the reminder that it is OK to take time out, as it can get all-consuming if you don't watch it


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DeanCash 4 years ago

The reason I read your hub because I though you going to talk about saltwater fish tanks and skydiving. Ha ha ha, you did a good job, you really inspired me.

Thank you.


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Mekenzie 4 years ago from Michigan

Excellent tips for all of us who write on hubpages. The hint that stood out to me was writing a summary for your hub. I'm going to check my hubs and add a summary as needed.

I've had somewhat the same experience with on and off writing on the hubs. I'm back to writing now and these tips will help. Thank you for sharing!

Blessings!

Mekenzie


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kjrzeek1 4 years ago from New Jersey, USA

Congrats on your 100th Hub! As a new Hubber it is nice to here from those with experience.


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

Congratulations on 100 Hubs. It is good to know that writing consistently is not a requirement to get traffic. Thanks for the tips as well - I have a hard time predicting which hubs will do well also, but I guess that is why we have to keep on trying.


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DanaTeresa 4 years ago from Ohio

Ots of good advice. And encouraging. I am a relative newbie (closing in on trhee months)and I am glad to know thay over time my traffic should pic up. And that you don't have to write a hub a day to do well.... I suppose one of the most importatnt things is to enjoy the experience, right?

I wish you continued success and enjoyment in your writing. :)


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shalycriston 4 years ago from USA

Congrats @pharmacist


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wisdom25 4 years ago from San Tan Valley

Congratulations on reaching 100 hubs! You should be proud of your accomplishment. Much Love and Respect


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

When someone reaches a milestone here they post a hub... but this is the best hub recognizing a mile stone to date.. clever.. a little bit of history.. what you've learned and you started off with humor.. yeah.. I dont think it could be topped short of a copy-right violation so congrats! slow-poke and keep up the good work my friend...:)


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Thundermama 4 years ago from Canada

Inspiring hub! As someone who has just started her hub journey it's great to get advice from a seasoned hubber like yourself. I have yet to take advantage of the forums, and now I see that I should. Thanks for sharing!


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talfonso 4 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

Congrats on your 100th Hub! I'm perfectly fine with the 70+ ones, but as long as my collection has a mix of evergreen and seasonal content and I interact more on HubPages, I'd get sufficient traffic. Good job!


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Entourage_007 4 years ago from Santa Barbara, CA

Great lessons to be learned, patience is important. Congrats on your 100th hub


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pharmacist 4 years ago from Whitinsville, MA Author

@DzyMsLizzy - Thank you so much!

@Victoria Lynn - Thanks kindly. You'll have to let me know if I "rock" or not LOL

@Brett - Thank you sir.

@ktrapp - Yes - the cyber-glue thought just sort of popped in my head. Probably because their isn't much else up there most of the time! Appreciate your kind words.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Congratulations on reaching 100 great work.

Voted useful and interesting.


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pharmacist 4 years ago from Whitinsville, MA Author

@daisynicolas - Glad to help pass along the "normal" feeling. :)

@CMHypno - Yes, haven't made my first million on HubPages yet, but I'm enjoying the ride none the less.

@DeanCash - Sorry for letting you down! LOL. Thanks for the kind words and encouragement!

@Mekenzie - Yep, my trip has had its ups and downs. The summary is a good thing, particularly for SEO I think. Thanks for reading!


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pharmacist 4 years ago from Whitinsville, MA Author

@kjrzeek1 - Thanks! What little I know, I'm happy to pass on.

@Millonaire Tips - Thank you kindly!

@DanaTeresa - Thanks. Yes, keep writing and enjoy it! Don't spend too much time worrying about the numbers.

@shalycriston - Thanks for reading!


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pharmacist 4 years ago from Whitinsville, MA Author

@wisdom25 - Thank you very much. Hopefully the next 100 won't take quite so long.

@Thundermama - Love the name! And thanks for the compliment. Yes, do check out the forums. Good stuff!

@talfonso - Thank you very much!

@Entourage007 - Thanks a bunch!!


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pharmacist 4 years ago from Whitinsville, MA Author

Frank - You are too kind sir. Truly appreciate the encouragement, particularly from someone with your skills and ability as an author. If you find yourself wandering in Central MA sometime you will have to let me buy you a beer. Would love to hear how you got started with Nick PT Barnum. Best wishes my friend.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

RX same holds true if you evercross into the Nutmeg State.. :) Beers are on me..Frank


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WebsiteConfetti 4 years ago from Australia

congratulations on the 100 hubs! It's an encouraging read. I myself am a far way off. I only have 19 hubs. Have been here almost 2 years, but completely left Hub Pages for a good 18 months till coming back a few months ago. That's the great thing about Hub Pages, we can have time off from the site, but our hubs will keep on working for us!


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Rochelle Frank 4 years ago from California Gold Country

Good solid advice. I always learn from your hubs. You are fount of useful information on a variety of things from pills to pickled eggs.


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pharmacist 4 years ago from Whitinsville, MA Author

@writer20 - Thanks for the encouragement!

@websiteConfetti - Yes, I have found writing can fit into our variuos lifestyle needs and demands, and even survives if we have to leave it alone for a bit. Thanks for reading!

@Rochelle - You are too kind. Once again you put a smile on my face. Gratefully yours,

Jason


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Congratulations on 100. I also joined four years ago. I just let my hubs lay around and do nothing. I had not looked at them for a long time. Than one day I did and found all the comments. I think that was just last year. I started to fix hubs, they were a mess, I added hubs, here I am. I have enjoyed reading your hubs. I have to check your pickled eggs. I don't think I saw that one.


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ipen 4 years ago from Bangalore

Thanks for sharing such valuable information. I am a beginner in Hubpages and wanted to give up writing as few article which I wrote did not got much attention. Going by your article I am somewhat relieved now. Thanks. Also Congratulations on your 100th Hub.


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pharmacist 4 years ago from Whitinsville, MA Author

@moonlake - Thank you. Yes, it is nice to know you can step away if necessary. Best wishes!

@ipen - Yes, hang in there. Keep writing. Thank you!


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JRinFL 4 years ago from Naples, Florida

Nice checklist of the fundamentals for posting on HubPages. As a new poster, it's helpful to know the importance of adding amazon and ebay capsules. Thanks!


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John E Base 4 years ago

Good for a newbie like me to read . thanks


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lrc7815 4 years ago from Central Virginia

This is a really good hub. I too hae limited time to invest in writing and have realized I will not get rich here on hubpages. But, I really enjoy the interaction with other hubbers and have learned a lot about things I had never had interest in. It is a great community. This hub voted up and I will follow your progress.


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Vvitta 2 years ago from Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Very informative and helpful article. Will keep all your pointers in my head as I work on my next article. I just have 9. 100 seems so far away

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