3 Years of Hubpages Work in 6 months

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Three Years Hubpages Work in 6 Months

As I write this article I am 35 hubs away from completing three years worth of work on hubpages in 6 months. When I make this statement I am solely basing it on the 3 article per week which is 156 articles a year and then I times that time 3 which is 368 articles. I should also allow that I have not SEO at all or back linked once. I will have to probably have to take time off from writing for the next 6 months and figure all of that out. And I don’t recommend anyone follow my path. It is much easier to know what you are doing when you start then to have to learn on the fly.

What I Have Learned

I don’t recall exactly when it was, whether it was my first fifty hubs or my first hundred hubs but I wrote them all without adsense codes. Once I figured out adsense, I had to go back and reinsert all the codes which was a terrible pain. I probably lost a week of work just doing that.

I also have learned that what is popular today on search engines quickly fades and it is better to own your own subject matter and create a trend then to actually depend on following one.

I learned that if you write on so many different subjects you become your label and not your content. Diversity is great but it is harder to build a following until your audience gets to know you.

But the writers and readers are so generous on the Hubpages. For every person who criticizes, and they have been maybe entirely correct, there are ten other people who will encourage you. Just being involved with this community has honed my artistic abilities and has made me completely grateful.

And as much as I have learned I have much more to learn like SEO and back links.

How To Work

I believe throwing myself into Hubpages in many ways has helped me become a better writer. I didn’t do it initially for the money although it will be nice when I do get paid. And I am making money for those of you who have doubts. It is not as much as I would like but it takes time building an audience. I have about 188 followers as I write this to you and I have about 21, 000 page views which means that on average if only my followers read me they would have read about 112 articles of mine. What a wonderful bunch of people? And I know certain followers don’t read certain articles. Such as my political articles have a certain group who like to read them. While my articles on recipes followers is a very different set of folks. In essence I have become my own brand and not the material which I write. This was not my intention. It just happened. And again I don’t necessarily think anyone should follow this path. The writer who writes on one topic probably builds a following much quicker and is read more frequently. But sometimes mistakes can be providence.

What else? I write everyday and try to limit it to a maximum of seven hubs a day. And since I write seven and wish to have them read I try to read seven. I try to never write a hub under 500 words anymore. Occasionally, I will but only rarely. I get up everyday and I research, download the images I need, and then I write. And I write as long as I can and then I home school my son. Then I start making the list of tomorrow’s articles’ topics.

I took the challenges all of them. The 30 hubs in 30 day challenge was kind of silly for me to ever take but I did. Since I have been writing on hub pages I have never published less than 30 hubs in a month. The 100 hubs in 30 day challenge was very demanding but it forced me out of my comfort zone and into a very strict regime of writing. And while I didn’t publish a 100 hubs last month I definitely was well over 30. On average I am publishing about 78 hubs per month. But that also was not my intention. But the Patron of the Arts Contest was in November so for the first time I started writing poetry. Again I was writing outside of my expertise and comfort zone and yet I continued and showed all of the Hubpages community my fledgling attempts at poetry. My entries into this contest increased my publications and I got to know some great writers.

My natural pace is somewhere around 60 hubs a month. I could take the 100 hubs in 30 day challenge but why? And it is important for all writers to find their natural pace and then push themselves outside of their comfort zones. Only when we are more than we believe ourselves to be do we know who we are.

I do write some articles which some people find to be negative. Others love the articles. I make certain that the positive articles I write out weight the negative. My audience is diverse so are my articles. And I try to at least write a few useful and informative hubs each week. I try not to give too much advice but offer creative suggestions.

I work in the exact same place everyday. And you would be shocked to know how humble my circumstances are where I work. But the world is constantly moving so we don’t need to be stationary anymore when we write.

I have learned to turn off everything when I work in order to minimize my mistakes. And even though I type in word first, word doesn’t always catch all my mistakes.

Burn Out

I have never really counted but I believe the most hubs I have written in a day was 12. But that is only a guess. I think it was when I was terribly ill and couldn’t sleep so I would publish around the clock. When I am not ill I burn out after seven hubs. After seven hubs the quality of my work goes down. This is important for you to be able to identify as well. Know when you burn out so your work doesn’t suffer. I will rewrite this hub several times before I publish it as I have thirty five more to write before I can publish it. But as I write this hub I have broken my seven hub burn out rule. So know when you burn out and then know how to push through your burn out and still produce quality work.

Why Am I Sharing All Of This With You?

It is a good question but I am sharing this for very practical reasons. First I have done all of this work in this very short period of time and not maximized my profit through SEO or back links but through just writing. Second if you are inspired at all to follow my path I want you to have the tools to be able to do it successfully. I had no one to template to follow. Third, I want you to understand how much I have learned on this journey about writing, myself and most of all my wonderful hubpages community. And fourth I wanted you to see the transformation I have made over the last six months. The person who started writing on Hubpages six months ago is a very different person then the person who is writing this article today. It has been a great ride and education. And I keep talking about taking a break and I have every intention of doing so. I just never seem to be able to fit it into my schedule. But I have every intention of taking a break before I hit a 1,000 hubs. Besides I couldn’t possibly write that many hubs in a year nor would I want to.

What I Do Look Forward To.

I look forward to broadening my audience and having more followers. I have come across fellow hubbers who have a million people following them. I also look forward to reading all of your work. I can not impress upon everyone enough that in order to be read you have to read others work and rate it. I don’t always leave comments when I rate people’s work especially when I know the author. I look forward to sending fan mail and getting it. I also look forward to being in 100% of the world. I am only in 80% of the world currently. I know not everyone has computers or internet access but I look forward to the day where I can communicate with everyone in the world.

But most of all I look forward to hearing from all of you. All of you have taken a person who had no social interaction for two years because she was caring for her dying Mother to metamorphosing her into a published author who is in 80% of the world. And while I write the articles, I am nothing without my readers and every last one of you are an inspiration to me. Thank you for your generosity, kindness and talent. I am honored to just be among all of you.

The Forums

Recently I have been cyberly embraced by the pros on the forums. For all of you interested in really being successful I refer you to the the forums where you get to interact with a lot of successful hubbers. They have infinite patience and are true professionals. I am so grateful to all of them for all of their help.

A Comparison

In order to see the improvement in my writing I had to look back at my very first hubs. I published 3 on 5/21/2011. I will provide a link and you can judge for yourself. But I think it is important to look back before you move forward.

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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

It's amazing that you've done so much in such a short time. It might be amazing what will happen when you take time out for promoting some. I would be interested in how well you've done financially with so many hubs and without trying to promote. But maybe you've already written about that. Your drive is amazing. It's been incredible watching how many hubs you continually crank out about so many different topics! Kudos to you, JT!


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Wowzer child. If nothing else this is inspiring, but thanks for sharing about what's working for you and some of what you are learning through it all. As well, for mentioning the forums.

Voted up!


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Lord De Cross 5 years ago

Keep them coming! and was nice to read the whole article. Your style can get attention from the right reader, but diversifying is the Key. You are on a great Path and that's all it matters. Lord has been learning on the go and we share stories in our own style. Have a great day/night!

LORD


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Steve Orion 5 years ago from Tampa, Florida

Wow, there are some helpful hints here for new, and old, writers. Thank you for your contribution to Hubpages, JT.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

468 hubs in 6 months is amazing. How do you find time for anything else? I cannot imagine doing that many hubs in such a short period.


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Victoria Lynn,

I am making money whihc is something others have question on Hubpages. I am just not making a lot of money from google adsense. I think I have to backlink everything and SEO everything to be successful at that. And that is going to take sometime.

You are always generous Victoria Lynn and I am so appreciative. You know my drive is rooted in my grief although I am a pretty driven person in life as well.

And you have done amazingly yourself here on Hubpages in a very short amount of time while working a full time job

With this break I am letting go of some of that grief now.

Thanks for walking the journey with me.

BTW, if I do say so myself the Apply Cider was wonderful but I put extra ginger in mine.

I am going to spend sometime now promoting but most of all reading my friends work who have been so generous to me.

Thank you!!

JT


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hi RTalloni,

I haven't been posting my articles to the forums. My readership is all organic. I haven't self promoted at all.

Writing on hubpages and creating a living memorial to my Mother seemed to be a very practical answer to grief and was a lot cheaper then therapy.

The Forums are great and everyone should be involved with them.

Thanks for the vote.

JT


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida Author

Thanks D:,

We will see if more offers come my way on this path I am on. I wsn't really approachable during al of this but you managed to find a way in. I have ot be more open now. And i don't think I could be any more diverse. I write on everything.

Thanks for walking the road with me D.

You are appreciated.

JT


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Steve,

I am glad you liked the article and found it useful. It is always good to share knowledge so our community can be successful. And thank you for following. I admit my followers must get pretty overwhelmed with the rate of my publications.

I follow you as well now too. I look forward to continuing to read your work in my next life as a writer.

JT


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Just Ask Susan,

You are a writer and you know we work very hard. I had to be very organized and follow a regime. I had to meet specific deadlines and if I had to stay up half the night to get there I did. I also researched a great deal. Outlines helped me stay on track in my writing and many articles I wrote in advance and then published all at once. I doubt that is a good way to get a lot of readership but it is how i did it.

I also skipped a lot of meals and a lot of sleep.

But I made certain I followed a strick regimine in my home with my son and the words, "Mommy has to work.". I am a very driven person but I also had a great deal of grief factoring into my work ethic.

And I am starting my next life three years ahead of where I was six months ago and that makes me feel really good. I had to put distance between my Mother's death and my new career.

Thank you for following and asking.

JT


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

Hi JT! Congratulations on your success! You are one to be admired for your perseverance! I love your hubs. I might not get to comment on them all, But I do read!


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida Author

Dex,

You are wonderful and have been a real pal supporting me. I love your work also. And I know you read I seem my rating on facebook. So thank you. You are one of the people who got me through this very rough patch and helped me keep working.

I really appreciate you Dex.

Thank You!!

JT


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debbie roberts 5 years ago from Greece

Why this hub made me smile I really don't know, but it did. Maybe it is the attitude in which it is written, I like it. Well done on your achievement and I have every faith that you will continue to do so.

I love the sentence from your hub - Only when we are more than we believe ourselves to be do we know who we are - I'm going to remember that one.


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hello Debbue,

Your friendship has more to me then you will know over the last couple of months.

I don't know if you know about this. I was not how you would feel about this but I couldn't let you go unhearld. I hope to be able to feature a lot more people but you have made a very short list.

Happy Christmas.

JT

http://hubpages.com/community/In-Commemoration-of-...


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Wow.. I thought 3 hubs a day was an accomplishment. You have a wide base of knowledge. Very impressive.


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JT Walters 4 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning Tammy,

Yes, I write on everything under the sun from recipes to politics. But in politics I write every side of the argument as to be completely fair.

3 hubs a day is an accomplishment. That is almost the 100 hub in 30 day challenge which is a hard challenge to take. I struggled to get through that challenge myself. I average about 70 hubs a month but I am taking this month off. Apwnsing time with my son, reading other's work and just answering my comments without being under a deadline.

3 hubs a day is a fantastic amount of work!!

Thanks for reading and commenting my friend.

All My Best,

JT


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MyFavoriteBedding 4 years ago from United States

Wow, with all of your hard work, you need to take time off from writing and start bookmarking all of your work. A great bookmarking source is Immautomator. You can bookmark 10 articles a day for free, and it takes no time at all!! Just be sure to use good keywords.


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JT Walters 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi MyFavoriteBedding,

I don't even know what bookmarking is. I will have to loook into it. Thanks for sharing the tip.

All My Best,

JT


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nicomp 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

Amazing output. Keep writing, and good luck to you!


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JT Walters 4 years ago from Florida Author

Thanks Nicomp,

Thnak you for reading and for the support. It came on a day which your words were needed. If only it were only about the writing.


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tlpoague 4 years ago from USA

I think it is amazing the dedication you have put into to writing. I once did a 30/30 challenge and had many issues from my computer crashing to extra live-ins that I had to work around. By the end of the 30 days I was coming up really short, and pushed out 21 hubs in thirty hours. I missed my goal by three hours, but felt proud of myself for trying. At the moment, my time spent here has been limited, but I am hopeful that it will pick up till this summer, in which it will be non-existant until winter again. Reading your hub, has inspired me to look into trying this so I won't feel so behind. Writing is theraputic, I am sorry to hear about your loss, but am glad to see you as a HP family member. Congrats on a job well done!


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JT Walters 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hello tploague,

If you are well organized you can get through it. Just do all your research in advance and have all your images prepared. I hope you go for it. But I appreciate your schedule my son is medically fragile, has autism and I home school him.

This holiday is particularly difficult for him as he misses his Nana terribly. Thank you for your kind words.

I am following you so when you start I will be cheering for you the whole way.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas.

JT

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