Accepting a Challenge to Write 30 Hubs in 30 Days

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Making money on HubPages involves writing Hubs that will not only attract people but, more specifically, attract those who will click on the ads.

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Hub 5 for 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge

My chihuahua assistant, Chika, and I trying to write and publish 30 Hubs in 30 Days
My chihuahua assistant, Chika, and I trying to write and publish 30 Hubs in 30 Days | Source
HubPages Graphic for those accepting challenge to write 30 Hubs in 30 Days
HubPages Graphic for those accepting challenge to write 30 Hubs in 30 Days | Source

As for tracking clicks, which is were the money comes from, your Google AdSense reports and Google Analytics (both free tools from Google) will give you this information.

Google also provides a Key Words Tool (see Links section below for link to this) which helps you find key words to include in the body of your Hub article and in the Tags box that accompanies each article.

These suggested words are words that are frequently used by people when searching and, if your Hub contains them, you chances of the Hub appearing higher in search results increase.

However, given that one only receives a fraction of a cent or so per click on Google Ads, for most of us, quantity is as important as quality. The more good Hubs you have the more opportunities visitors have to click on the ads.

Ryan Hubfer's 2009 "100 Hubs in 30 Days" Challenge

About a year ago Ryan Hubfer, who was the marketing manager for the HubPage organization, put out a challenge for people to write 100 Hubs in 30 days. Many found this to be too much of a challenge so a companion challenge of 30 Hubs in 30 days was launched.

A number of people, including Ryan, actually made the 100 Hub goal and many others made the 30 Hub goal.

I started out trying to make the 100 Hub goal but time constraints forced me to drop back to the 30 Hub goal and even that eluded me. I did, however, get ten or fifteen Hubs written and published before being forced to give up the writing pace due to other demands on my time.

I Receive a Challenge to Publish 30 Hubs in 30 Days

Last week fellow Hubber, Darlene Sabella, ended a comment on one of my Hubs by noting that she had just undertaken the 30 Hubs in 30 Days challenge and suggested that I to join her.

Even though the 30 Hubs in 30 Days was a thing started last spring, it seems to have taken on a life of its own and can now be found in the Forums section of HubPages under the name of 30 Hubs in 30 Days HubChallengers .

Anyone can undertake this and in doing so can either go solo or post and discuss your progress in the Forum as you proceed

Our dog,Chika, sleeping in on a cold morning
Our dog,Chika, sleeping in on a cold morning | Source

I Consider Accepting the Challenge

While my schedule is still tight as, in addition to my full time job and writing for HubPages, I also teach a class online on the side as well as am in the process of getting a network marketing business off the ground, I felt that the challenge could be beneficial for a couple of reasons.

First, in order to write and post one Hub a day in the limited time I have, I have to find ways to use my writing time and resources more efficiently.  I also have to discipline myself to come up with a way to write shorter Hubs in less time and on popular topics without sacrificing quality.

Second, despite my best efforts, I was unable to achieve my goal last year of bringing my total Hubs published past the 500 Hubs mark.  At the end of 2008 I was close to 400 Hubs published  but missed publishing enough new ones to take me past 500 in 2009.

Listening to Her Master's Voice

Chika responding to her Master's call.
Chika responding to her Master's call. | Source

I Look for Help

I accepted Darlene's challenge and started immediately. This was good, but didn't give me time to find ways to become more efficient.

Since I was already very busy, I realized that both writing and seeking efficiency would be difficult and decided to take a short cut by hiring someone to help me write. Since I couldn't afford to pay any one that limited my hiring pool to my family.

My wife turned my offer down immediately. I didn't even get to ask my two collage age sons (known on HubPages as SithPenguin and VadimAkhanov) as they are so busy and away so much that I often have to email them to get in touch with them even though they live in the same house. Besides, they rarely have had time to publish their own Hubs.

That left Chika, our little chihuahua. In addition to being the dog, Chika is also the only one in the house who believes me when I say that I am the master of the house. She was easily conscripted for the job.

I Draft Chika as My Assistant

We had our first writing session on Saturday morning, the day after I had decided to go ahead with the challenge.  You can view the pictures of our session below to see how our working  relationship started out.

Chika Shows Up For Work

The Family Dog, Chika, at the Computer
The Family Dog, Chika, at the Computer | Source

We Get Started

The Family chihuahua as a writing assistant
The Family chihuahua as a writing assistant | Source

Time for a Coffee Break

My chihuahua assistant, Chika, and I taking a coffee break while writing
My chihuahua assistant, Chika, and I taking a coffee break while writing | Source

What do you mean you can't think of anything to write?

What do you mean you can't think of anything to write about?
What do you mean you can't think of anything to write about? | Source

Informing Chika that Words won't appear on the screen until she first puts her paws on the keyboard and type them

Chika wondering why her thoughts aren't appearing on her computer screen
Chika wondering why her thoughts aren't appearing on her computer screen | Source

Falling Asleep on the keyboard is NOT an option

My dog falls asleep on the keyboard
My dog falls asleep on the keyboard | Source
Working like a dog!
Working like a dog! | Source

© 2010 Chuck Nugent

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Comments 26 comments

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onceuponatime66 5 years ago from USA IL

Great hub, as I am new to hub challenge the writing challenge In April, could you stop by and vote for me? I am doing Energy Vampires to start with. Thanks for your support. I need it. Jackie


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida

Dear Chuck,

I took the 30 in 30. Started a few days ago. You are beyond that, 500 in one year and 400 in another. If I start reading all those I will never get anything done. I am so looking forward to what Chika has to say. I will save your massive archive for inspiration. I am going to check that keyword thing.


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dahoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I don't think my dog is very literate.


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adrienne2 6 years ago from Atlanta

Love this hub Chuck! Your assistant is so cute, I wish there was a way we could share your pictures of you and your assistant. Very creative of you showing us your adorable assistant at the computer!!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Chuck - Your assistant is very photogenic and appears to be computer literate (?). If she knows how to use the phone, I'll hire her in a minute. Can she travel?


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Chuck 6 years ago from Tucson, Arizona Author

attenyi - Thanks for the comment.

You are absolutely correct in stating that 100 Hubs in 30 days "requires great concentration and focused temperament". It also requires a lot of time which lacked both then and now which is why I had to drop down to the more reasonable 30 in 30 days and then drop out entirely.

As to the "concentration and focused temperament" - I could use more of that as well which is why I am attempting the 30 Hubs in 30 days again to try to improve on that.

Thanks again for your comments.


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

Lovely pics, and wonderful sense of humour! Thanks!


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gramarye 6 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

Go Chicka Go!


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ateenyi 6 years ago from Chicago

Amazing Hub!!!!!

The figure of hundred hubs in thirty days is awesome. It requires great concentration and focused temperament. When these attributes gets culminated then this kind of achievement is made. You demonstrated your total zeal by performing close to perfection.

Keep on Hubbing


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Chuck 6 years ago from Tucson, Arizona Author

samboiam - glad you enjoyed this hub. I just took a look at your first Hub and enjoyed it. You have a nice writing style.


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samboiam 6 years ago from Texas

Chuck, I enjoyed this post. What an amazing assistant you have. I just posted my first hub. Would appreciate it if you would check it out and tell me what you think,


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JYOTI KOTHARI 6 years ago from Jaipur

Hi Chuck,

Not only the info but humor that comes as surprise at the middle of the hub are great!

Thanks and thumbs up!

Jyoti Kothari


Nan 6 years ago

Chuck, you have good advice. I wrote 30 hubs in 30 days, and I had a lot of fund writing the hubs. Our life experiences are unique and we an easily write about a lot of things.I have a new Foster Child, and I am getting him adjusted to my home and family. I have been a foster parent for 10 years. Since I retired as a teacher 1 1/2 year ago, I need to write about my experience, and I have. I am excited for you about starting a new career, pets are always nice to have around the house. They don't talk back!


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sheila b. 6 years ago

This was really good and I liked your photos.


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mpurcell10 6 years ago from Arkansas

Can we borrow your assistant if we need help? Chicka is to cute, loved the pictures. You are so right I need to commit to this and give it a try.


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

What a bright and perky assistant. You are a very lucky guy. Good help is hard to find!


Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

What a wonderful little helper you have! I think the poll would have been a really great idea.

All the best on reaching your 30 day challenge. I never made it past 15 either my first attempt.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

We all need a little helper as cute as yours! Good hub. I have written over 30 hubs in 30 days but never officially joined the challenge. I just usually write every day to because I like to write and improve my skills, also hopefully to improve my income eventually. Thanks for a lighthearted hub.


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Chuck 6 years ago from Tucson, Arizona Author

Darlene - glad you enjoyed this Hub. I have already started work on Hub 6 for tomorrow. I am determined to make it to 30 this year.

Actually, I was thinking about adding a poll at the end to ask people if I should keep Chika as my assistant or fire her for falling asleep on the job. LOL


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

Chika is soooooooo cute!!! The Hub is good too! :)


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Chuck 6 years ago from Tucson, Arizona Author

Evan G Rogers - Welcome to HubPages and congratulations on 15 Hubs in 5 days!


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Chuck 6 years ago from Tucson, Arizona Author

Edweirdo - Congratulations on completing the challenge. As to my assistant, I think that she is more of a 3 Hubs in 3 years writer.


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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

OMG I haven't laughed that hard in a long time. What a wonderful and awesome hub. I was almost sure you were going to say I just don't have the time. I love this hub so much that I wish I had a camara. Thanks Chuck, boy are we both committed or what, I haven't even eatin today. HA! I walk around in a daze think what can I write about today, and I am only on hub 8, so not the pressure is on my friend. Tell your wife hello from me as I am glad she said no, this just forces you to move faster....LOL all the way to the bank, thing $$$$$


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Evan G Rogers 6 years ago from Dublin, Ohio

What if I write more than 30 hubs in 30 days. I have 15 hubs in 5 days ... at this rate it'll be 90 hubs in 30 days!


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shiketa 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

That was some great advice.


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Edweirdo 6 years ago from United States

I just finished my 30 in 30 challenge today - I just wish I'd had such a useful assistant as Chika over the last few weeks!

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