300 Hubs and What I've Learned So Far

I have to wear these sunglasses so I don't get mobbed while walking down the street since I am a celebrity on HubPages. ;-)
I have to wear these sunglasses so I don't get mobbed while walking down the street since I am a celebrity on HubPages. ;-) | Source

Reasons Why I Joined HubPages

About two years ago, I was sitting alone in my apartment feeling sorry for myself. I was 34 years old and my life wasn't going anywhere. I had always dreamed of being a writer and I even had some poetry published in my younger days. However, after graduating from college, I decided to devote myself to full-time work.

Guess what I discovered? I hate working full-time at an office. I can't stand "climbing the corporate ladder" or kissing up to people just to get promoted to another meaningless position. This economy has helped me learn one thing - there is no such thing as job security.

Even though this economy has ruined many lives, it has also helped some people realize what is important in life. Plenty of people devote years or even decades of their lives to companies that simply pushed them out the door the second the economy went down the tubes. This helped me realize you have to look for your own opportunities in life. I decided to create a list of things I wanted to really achieve by the age of 40. I decided I wanted to be a writer again.

Sometimes it is funny how things come into your life. I sat around for months pondering over how I would achieve this dream. One day, at work, we were having a debate about an HR matter. I googled it and found a website called WebAnswers. I asked my HR question and poked around on the site for a while. I found out anyone could join WebAnswers, and start answering questions and giving opinions. You simply needed a Google Adsense account to make money, which I already had due to a failed attempt at making websites years earlier. I joined WebAnswers and earned money almost immediately.

One of the most popular questions on WebAnswers was, "How do I earn money online?" There was a lot of buzz about HubPages, Squidoo, and InfoBarrel at the time. I decided to join those sites, too. The first site I joined was HubPages because it had such positive reviews. I remember the first hub I wrote was "Online Dating: Your Profile Pic is Creeping Me Out!" I thought, "Is anyone really going to read this?" Much to my surprise, the answer was yes. That was the day my HubPages obsession began.

Mimi thanks you for checking out some hamster hubs.
Mimi thanks you for checking out some hamster hubs. | Source

Trial and Error

Over the months, I searched the whole site, I hub hopped A LOT, I made new friends, I compared success stories, and I tried different topics. If I found there was a need to cover a particular topic and I happened to know about it, I wrote about it. I remember writing a hub about canaries because, at the time, the hubs about canaries just were not that well written. I had a canary when I was younger and, therefore, I decided I was a canary expert. Am I canary expert? Hell, no. Do people still read that hub because there aren't enough hubs about canaries? Hell, yes.

I remember thinking I would be an expert about all things paranormal and that would be my niche. Guess what I learned? I don't know nearly enough to compete with some of the other great writers on this site that are geniune ghost hunters or paranormal experts. Quite humbled by my attempts at writing supernatural hubs, I gave up and left that to the people that actually know what they are talking about.

I did learn people like to read about certain topics, but they like variety, too. The first hamster hubs I wrote were very well liked. After writing about 5 of them, I realized no one was interested anymore. I learned to give the people what they want - variety! As it turns out, people also really enjoy a sarcastic sense of humor writing about social etiquette. I milked that genre for all it was worth, but don't write as many etiquette hubs anymore. I basically determined that: A) I ran out of good ideas; B) No one wants to read that stuff all the time. Once again, variety is key!

SEO and Google

So here I sit writing my 300th hub. I have nearly 800 followers at the present moment and I get plenty of traffic on a daily basis. So you may ask, what real wisdom do I have to share with my devoted fans? My answer is - I still don't know what I am doing. I know, you've sat patiently reading this hub thinking I would shed some light on some secrets of internet writing, but if you want the truth, I still haven't figured out SEO.

In my opinion, SEO kills my creativity. Furthermore, Google changes it standards as quickly as I change my mind about what I am having for dinner. And that, my friend, is a lot! So you may as well write what you want and write it well. If you write it well, someone will read it and like it. Eventually, that person will share it and more people will read it, and so on and so on. Nothing can replace great writing.

Always remember, one day Google will frown upon you and snatch that traffic away, and another day, Google will change its mind and generously shower you with traffic again. Try not to get too upset when you lose traffic, but try not to get too smug when you gain it either. The Google Gods can determine your success online, but don't let them make or break your whole day. Of course, that is all easier said than done if you happen to lose 80% of your traffic in one day for no apparent reason... which does happen! Give it a little time and the Google Gods will usually smile upon you again.

I was able to buy this Kindle Fire with some of my Amazon earnings!
I was able to buy this Kindle Fire with some of my Amazon earnings! | Source

Write It and They Shall Come

Some people wonder how to be as successful as fast as possible on HubPages. I am here to say it isn't going to happen. Rome wasn't built in a day and your hubs aren't going to be an instant success either. It helps to read other hubs, see where there is a need with certain topics, answer questions, enter in contests, and basically participate in the HubPages community. If you really enjoy someone's writing, let them know. Post some comments or become a follower. Eventually other people will really like your writing and start following you, too. Be patient with the process!

Some people will tell you to write about one topic or pick one particular writing style while on HubPages. I tend to disagree with that. I think you can have different hubs that suit different purposes. I believe that all of my hubs fall into 3 different categories: hubs for search engines, hubs for followers, and hubs for me. Let me explain...

I do write some hubs hoping they will pull in traffic from search engines. As I said before, I stink at SEO. I write some hubs thinking people will surely search for these topics and the traffic will just come flowing in. Wrong! I've found certain topics do really well and certain topics do not. Also, what works for one hub won't work for the other. I have hubs about Facebook that bring in the bulk of my traffic each day. Yet some of my hubs about Facebook bring in no traffic... EVER! It simply defies logic, but what do I know?

If you are reading this and you enjoy writing product reviews, I highly recommend adding Amazon capsules and eBay capsules to your hubs. Some folks will tell you it is not worth it and I am going to tell you - they are wrong! I am shocked at how many people will search for a product, click on an Amazon ad, and then buy that product and other similar products based on my review. People want a person's unbiased opinion, not some review on the product's own website. That is where you come in! Since I tend to write a lot of hubs about Halloween, I am not trying to brag or anything, but I am expecting to cash in this month. Never ever underestimate Amazon capsules!

My hubs that I write for followers are easy to spot. They are usually the hubs with the most comments. If I find my followers enjoy certain topics more than others, I simply write more hubs on those topics. Yes, I do take requests. I have a Facebook page, and my friends and followers often request certain hubs. If I think I am up to the challenge, I take it. Always remember, your followers like you for a reason. Most of your followers are wonderful, supportive people. I say give them exactly what they want.

The last type of hub I write are hubs written basically for my own reasons. Often, it is way cheaper to just write a hub rather than seek therapy. I am always pleasantly surprised when a hub I've written for my own amusement or to get something off my chest is actually a success. Like I said, I still don't know what I am doing, so when a hub about being single and considering getting a cat does well, I am surprised. In case you are wondering, this extremely self-indulgent hub would fall into this category. I look at it like this... this is my 300th hub and I can write it all about me if I want.

Is Jeannieinabottle Rich Yet?

If you've made it this far, bless your heart. You are truly a fan! I've managed to actually bore myself with this hub. Basically, I want to thank all my followers that have made me what I am today. I would list everyone, but there are too many wonderful people that support me on HubPages. I would hate to leave someone off the list by accident and make anyone feel unloved. Trust me, you are all loved!

I am not sure where I am going, but I know I am in a better place than I was 2 years ago. I've written hubs about everything from toilet paper to walking down the street. I've been serious at times, but mostly, I've been a snarky little brat. I won the Funniest Hubber of the Year Award in 2012. I was contacted by Kristin M. Burke, the costume designer from the movie Insidious, when my hub about creating an Insidious costume was really popular online. Believe it or not, she did not want to sue me, but thanked me for writing the hub. I consider all these things major milestones on HubPages.

Aside from what I've managed to create on HubPages, I feel better about myself as a writer. I now have 3 blogs. I am on the Lifetime Leaderboard on WebAnswers. I've tried to write for other sites, such as Squidoo, InfoBarrel, and Wizzley. I gave up on InfoBarrel and Squidoo long ago, but I still think Wizzley has potential. I now have a Zazzle store. I've also recently published 2 eBooks on Amazon. I've worked a little as a freelance writer. Would I have had the nerve to do any of these things before writing for HubPages? I don't think so.

Of course, the question all newbies usually have is, "Am I rich yet?" The answer is no. I still have my day job, although I continue to work hard because I still dream of quitting my full-time job by the time I am 40. I come closer to achieving that dream each day. Is there real money to be made on HubPages? Of course! Am I driving around in a Mercedes? No. Am I eating better than I was last year at this time? Yes! It just takes a lot of hard work, but it is possible to make money online. Just remember, as they said in the Rocky Horror Picture Show, "Don't dream it... be it!"

Copyright ©2012 Jeannieinabottle

I just really like this photo and ran out of good ideas.
I just really like this photo and ran out of good ideas. | Source

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

First, let me say congratulations! You are a writer I admire, both for your writing and for following your dream....don't dream it, be it, has been my motto for a number of years now. I quit a full time job two years ago to write and I have never regretted it for a second.

Bravo to you, Jeannie!


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Congrats on Hub #300 Jeannie and can't tell you how much I did enjoy reading about your journey to writing online and making it to Hubpages. Thank you for writing this and giving me a bit of hope in writing online. Have of course shared and voted too :)


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

billybuc - Thanks so much! I always admire your writing, too. You are one of those writers that can cover a wide variety of subjects and do it well. I hope to one day quit my full-time job, too, I am just not quite there yet. I come closer each day though. Thanks so much for your encouraging words! Oh, and good luck with your presidential campaign. I can't wait to see what you have to say!

Janine Huldie - Thank you so much. Sometimes it seems like such a long journey, and other times, it feels like I started writing on this site just days ago. Never give up hope - I've had my moments when I felt like quitting, but I always come back. I am kind of obsessed honestly, but I will just call it perseverance. ;-)


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I loved this Hub! Wow! 300 Hubs, that's a lot. You have such a great sense of humor: I think that why I like your Hubs. When you can write a Hub on "how to flush a toilet", that's pretty darn good.

I voted this Hub UP, and will share.


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Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

Congratulations on 300 hubs - what a milestone! I'm glad to hear there's someone else besides me that struggles with SEO. I agree, it can put a damper creativity.

I'm looking forward to checking out "How to Flush the Toilet" :)


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stillwaters707 4 years ago from Texas

You are right about how people will read some hubs more often than others. It is unpredictable. Congratulations on 300 hubs and almost 800 followers.


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Some excellent advice, Jeannie. A great hub and I loved your words of wisdom. :) Voted up and more.


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lrc7815 4 years ago from Central Virginia

Congrats! 300 hubs is awesome. This one is amazing. You have so accurately captured your experience and laid it all there for us newcomers to hubpages. Like those who came before me, my expectatios were too high coming in. I am only now starting to understand the work required if you are to make any money here. I'm here for the long haul though, because of folks like you, who are leading the way and keeping it real. Great job!


chrisinhawaii 4 years ago

Congratulations, Jeannie! 300 hubs wow! That's awesome! Voted up and shared...


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DDE 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

An encouraging Hub well done on your achievements and braveness voted up!! Thanks for this insightful read. I totally agree with your points.


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howlermunkey 4 years ago from Tampa, FL

Congrats on #300! and thanks for your perspective, It's cool to hear from an experienced hubber who has already gone through what I am going through now lol. Up and Shared.


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bizwin 4 years ago from England, UK

I love the way you put your writing across. Congrats on your 300th hubs. Wow, you are on the positive road to success. Well done!


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Jeannie, 300 hubs, that's fantastic.I also see your hubber score reach 100. Congrats for you accomplishments. There is so much to learn from you experience.


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Maximizer 4 years ago from San Jose, Costa Rica

Congratulations on making it so far!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Congratulations for 300 hubs! That is quite an accomplishment. I enjoyed reading this hub, it all came from the heart. I will be here one year this month and am making a little money, but always enjoying myself. I also write about what "strikes" me and don't worry too much about SEO. I don't totally understand it anyway. You never know what type of hub will do well. I really enjoyed this hub. Keep up the great work! Voting this up and more! :)


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

I love reading hubs that celebrate a hubber's landmarks. Not only is this one entertaining, it is motivating. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts about why you're here and what you are doing. You're an inspiration! Up, funny as heck, and very, very interesting. :)


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Mary615 - I am considering printing out my "How to Flush the Toilet" hub and posting it in the bathroom at work. Apparently, some folks need some assistance with that. Thanks so much for sharing and thanks for the comment!

Kris Heeter - SEO is completely confusing. I get the basic concepts, but even when it is applied correctly I still don't think it always works. There are just so many aspects to it. Also, I forgot to even mention in the hub, if you do manage to create a hub that gets great traffic, some other site will steal it and take away traffic anyway. Sometimes I think I am better just coming in under the radar. Thanks for your comment!

stillwaters707 - Thanks so much! Yes, it surprises me sometimes what works and what doesn't as far as topics go.

TToombs08 - Thank you so much! You are always so supportive. :-)

lrc7815 - Ah, I remember thinking how much fun online writing would be when I started this process. I had expected to be making at least $1000 a month by now. Hahahahaha... If I could only make that much, life would be so grand. But yeah, there is a lot of hard work, but it does start to pay off after a while. I will just put off buying my new Mercedes anytime soon though. ;-) Thanks for the comment!


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

chrisinhawaii - Thank you so much! I appreciate you sharing my hub and voting it up!

DDE - Thank you! I felt sentimental last night. :-)

howlermunkey - I am happy you liked it. I was in a weird mood last night and wanted to share. Thanks for your comment!

bizwin - Thank you so much! Sometimes I thought this day would never come. :-)


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Jeannie - firstly, congratulations on #300, I hope to get to that number some day :o) (hope you don't mind this smiley face, I won't use any more).

You write great hubs, I love your funny hubs and your reviews etc also make interesting reading and I agree with you re: ebay and Amazon, I have had money (small amounts) from both. I write about whatever interests me now after worrying far too long about whether others would read my stuff; I now know some do and some don't and that is fine.

I call Hub Pages my 'get rich slow' scheme. I no longer work so I am enjoying getting the opportunity to write more stuff that some read and some don't :o) (Oops!) Keep up the good work Jeannie. I look forward to reading more.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Your story is very encouraging to me. I too think that you just have to write from your personal passion and keep at it. The SEO is a fickle pony and prances all over the place. Thanks for sharing.


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Vinaya Ghimire - Thanks so much! You have been one of my biggest supporters for a while. :-) I appreciate it.

Maximizer - Thank you so much!

sgbrown - Yes, I gave up on SEO on most of my hubs long ago. I still try to shoot for more traffic on some of my product oriented hubs, but still, I don't quite know what I am doing. Oh well. At least I like writing. :-) Thanks so much for the vote up and thanks for the comment!

Sally's Trove - Why thank you for so many compliments. That is so sweet. I really appreciate your comment!

Jools99 - Thank you so much! It is OK to use the Smiley Face this time. :-) I am pleasantly surprised sometimes at the amount of money I make with Amazon. Sometimes it is better than Adsense! I like your "get rich slow" phrase. I might start using it myself. Thanks for much for the comment!


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

teaches12345 - You are so right! SEO is a very fickle pony. What works one day, stops working the next day. I gave up overthinking it. Thanks so much for checking out my hub!


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weestro 4 years ago from Virginia

Congrats on 300 Jeannie, I think we've all enjoyed your being a snarky little brat! Here's to 300 more!


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MKayo 4 years ago from Texas

Great Hub - I really needed to hear some of these things at this particular point in my online writer life. Thanks for the encouragement! Voted up, useful and you've gained a new follower. Congrats on reaching 300. Best, M


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

Congrats on 300...You seem to have it pretty much together...and I enjoyed reading the hub..Because after three months I do get antsy..not about making big bucks but what is going to happen. I have revised my hubs many times tweeking, changing titles and adding...as I learn. Thanks for writing this perfect piece. I am going to read more than once. Up and share.


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Funny and useful - both! I'm like you - I am still scratching my head about why some hubs on some topics do well and others get no traffic. I guess that's why we keep on writing.... Congratulations on 300 hubs. Keep up the great work! Best, Steph


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

weestro - Thank you so much! Yes, people do seem to enjoy that snarky brat side of me... well, maybe not my mother when I was a kid, but it's all good now. :-)

MKayo - Thank you for being a new follower and for the comment. I really appreciate the feedback. I am happy to help. I was so confused when I first started using this site. You are not alone!

carol7777 - Wow! Thanks so much! I am happy you liked my hub so much. I never imagined other people would like it this much... I was pretty much rambling at some points. Thanks for sharing it and for the vote up!

stephhicks68 - I know! I can't figure out sometimes why one hub about Facebook with do so much better than a different hub about Facebook. Also, people search for the weirdest things on Google! Thanks so much for checking out my hub and thanks for your comment!


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Tess45 4 years ago from South Carolina

Way to go Jeannie and thanks for being one of the first people to follow me.


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Thanks so much! And you are very welcome. :-)


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

LOVE the caption under you photo at the top.....you are too funny! I always enjoy reading your hubs and so agree with everything you've said here. I'm like you.. I try not to worry too much about SEO. I just write and it seems to work itself out. Let's keep on writing... we may get that Mercedes yet ;0)


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

It is good that your confidence has grown and you have expanded your horizons. It is nice to try writing on different sites as they are all different. Congrats on writing 2 books. That is a achievement. I wish you much more success.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

Congratulations, Jeannie, on your impressive milestone. You are one funny lady and I have enjoyed so many of your hubs. Here's to the next 300!


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Jamie Brock - Hahaha... thanks! Yeah, you can just image the crowds of people that follow me down the street otherwise. ;-) Thank you so much... I hope we have those new Mercedes soon!

Pamela99 - Thank you so much. The eBooks were not very long, but I felt a sense of accomplishment. This is especially the case after figuring out the formatting in order to upload the books to Amazon. Shesh!

DeborahNeyens - Thank you so much! I really appreciate your comment and thanks for being a loyal follower.


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kimberlie33 4 years ago from Brooklyn, NY

Wow, congratulations! And as a newbie, thank you! I love reading hubs like this, they inspire me to keep writing and keep pushing through.


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Thanks so much. I am happy I could inspire you. It isn't always easy and every now and then I have writer's block, but I always get through it. Good luck to you!


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spartucusjones 4 years ago from Parts Unknown

Congrats on your 300 hubs and your continued success. Thanks for sharing your personal insights. We can always learn from each others experience. Especially the experiences of a true hubpage celebrity like yourself. Can I have your autograph?


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aethelthryth 4 years ago from American Southwest

Now you know, you can ramble and probably say just about anything and everyone will read it and take notes, if you have a Hub with a title that basically says, I'm A Success on HubPages and You Could Be Too.

Obviously, you are more humble than to think you are saying that, but to those of us who manage maybe one or two Hubs a month, 300 sounds up in the clouds!

Good job.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

jeannie...first of all.....Congratulations on all your achievements....you have earned the awards and kudos. I love your attitude, mostly because it's a whole lot like mine. Seriously...I just kept shaking my head in agreement as I read this hub ....I like it, very much.

It does come slowly, but that's fine with me, because I am never in a hurry anymore. In fact, jeannie, at this point in my life, I simply refuse to hurry......Enjoyed every word here!! ....UP++++


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Michael Tully 4 years ago

Congratulations, Jeannie, and thanks so much for sharing. Stories like yours are tremendously encouraging for a newbie like me. I've had some folks advise me to stick to my niche, and only write about what I know about, but after reading your story I think I'll try to break out of my cage and see how far I can run before the hounds catch up to me. Thanks again for the inspiration. God bless ya.


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

spartucusjones - Hahaha... Yes, I am such a big celebrity... at least, in my head, I am. Thanks so much for your comment! :-)

aethelthryth - Thanks so much! I am not sure I am a great success, but I feel good about my progress. At one point, my goal was to create 1 hub a day. I had to lower my expectations. Now the goal is 2 hubs a week. Thanks so much for the comment!

fpherj48 - The way you are busting out hubs, you are going to be hitting 300 in no time. You will be writing the same type of hub soon. Thanks for the votes and the comment!

Michael Tully - No problem at all. I write on so many different topics. If I find out one doesn't work for me, I just try a different one. After all, if you are not having fun, what is the point? I am happy you enjoyed my hub and good luck to you!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Congratulations Jeannie on 300 hubs - a fantastic achivement!

I am a big fan of your writing and look forward to the next 300, long may you continue to entertain us!

A great hub, thank you and voted up


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Thank you so much! We have been following each other for such a long time. Thanks for the vote up, too!


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lambservant 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

300 hubs and 800 followers? You must be doing something right. I think your best hubs are the tongue in cheek sarcastic ones with the simple boring titles, like "how to Open a Door" and the one on toilet paper. I can't tell you how many times you've doubled me over in laughter. But keep spreading your wings. The more we write, and the more variety our topics or genres, the more we perfect our craft. You bless my socks off. Congrats on 300.


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Thanks so much. I am happy you enjoy my hubs so much. I find those hubs are usually the easiest to write, but I just have to be inspired at the time. Thank you for being a loyal follower and thanks for the comment!


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ivanmarginal 4 years ago from Jakarta

Lovely story, I love it.


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Thanks so much! I am happy you liked it.


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WebsiteConfetti 4 years ago from Australia

You have achieved so much in the short few years that you have been on Hub Pages! Congrats! I myself have been here for 2 years but I have such a long way to go. If I could get 50 hubs by the new year id be stocked!


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

I am just simply obsessed and probably need to seek help. Hehe. I am on other sites though and not nearly as ambitious. I should focus more on some of those, but never seem to do it. Thanks for checking out my hub.


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john000 4 years ago from Superior, Arizona

It is great to read a humorously frank discussion of hub creativity. And, boy oh boy, do I get the mystery of SEO. Though I have given it an effort, the inconsistencies I have noted do become frustrating. Releasing that frustration and simply focusing on what interests you while letting the chips fall seems the best use of time. You are obviously the outlier, and I congratulate you on your conclusions and success. This was a good read!


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Thanks so much! I am happy you enjoyed my hub. It has been a strange journey, but a good one. I gave up on focusing on SEO long ago. It is just too inconsistent! Thank you for your comment!


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John-Rose 4 years ago from USA

Loved the Hub. I'm a noob here, but I'm starting to feel the same way about SEO. I have read more articles and blogs regarding SEO and they have gone and messed me up. Hopefully I make it to the big 300 like yourself and hopefully it's with a smile.....without SEO. Chao, John


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

I think there was a time when SEO really worked. Since I've been writing on HubPages, I have not found SEO to be that helpful. I think Google rewards those with quality writing. I basically just focus on writing what makes me happy and trying to make it good. Thanks for the comment and good luck to you!


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StellaSee 4 years ago from California

Well, I'm glad that you joined Hubpages Jeannie, because sometimes at my old boring office job ( the kind that you don't like your coworkers and you hate your job) I would be reading your hubs and they would cheer me up (especially the one about when you should leave your job, That one was so funny~and it was so relevant to my situation back then) Thanks for entertaining us with your sense of humor and congratulations!


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Thanks so much! I am happy my hubs have brightened your work day. And I know what you mean... my job has its ups and downs. Whenever it is really bad, I write hubs like that. Thanks for your comment!


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ologsinquito 4 years ago from USA

Jeannie, why did you give up on InfoBarrel and Squidoo? Is it more difficult to make money on these sites. I've never visited InfoBarrel, but I will now out of curiosity.


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Yes, I found it difficult to make money or get any type of following on both sites. I did not find them to be as user friendly as HubPages either. I've still made more with InfoBarrel than Squidoo though.


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ologsinquito 4 years ago from USA

Hi Jeannie,

I did to Infobarrel and had difficulty even visiting the site, with a message popping up that my computer doesn't have the right configuration to visit the site. That's puzzling, because I have a fairly new computer.

Squidoo seems to have some interesting content, as does HP. I do like the design of HP though.


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

That is probably why I barely get traffic on InfoBarrel. I never have problems viewing it, but I don't think the formatting is nearly as attractive as HubPages or Wizzley. The font kind of bothers me for no good reason. Hehe. Squidoo does have some interesting content, but in general, the writing is not as good in my opinion. Their focus is more on creating interesting pages rather than writing great content. That is good in its own way; it is just not my thing.


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ologsinquito 4 years ago from USA

I still might try Squidoo down the road. But HP is more than enough right now because I'm still learning the ropes. Other writing sites will probably start up too.


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Good luck to you! You might want to try Wizzley as well. I like it better than InfoBarrel.


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ologsinquito 4 years ago from USA

Thank you again. Best of luck to you too.


Vickiw 3 years ago

Hi Jeannie, as you can see, I do not expect to have your success any time soon! Congratulations, even though this was long ago! I enjoyed this, and it is encouraging. I am very much enjoying my time at Hub Pages, even though I am not being financially rewarded as yet.


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Jeannieinabottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Thanks so much for your comment. If you work hard, eventually you will be rewarded, even if I am never going to be rich writing for HubPages. It is still an excellent website and it is fun to write hubs. Best of luck to you!

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