August in Review: First payment from Hubpages, and a few tips for newcomers.

The month of my one year anniversary on Hubpages brought some nice achievements.

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The month of August on Hubpages.

I've been trying my hand at this online content writing thing for almost two years now. I originally got my start writing on Triond. I then upgraded moved onto Hubpages and then Yahoo Contributor. I'll admit that I haven't earned a ton of money during that time span. However, the knowledge that I've gained has been invaluable. The month of August marked a milestone month for me here on Hubpages. First, it marked my one year anniversary being a member on Hubpages. Secondly, I was asked by fellow Hubber and friend, Redberry Sky in July to to be interviewed for in the "Hubber-to-Hubber" section of the August 1st edition of the Hubpages Newsletter. Afterwards, I was asked to keep the tradition alive by choosing another Hubber to be interviewed; this time by me. I personally thought the entire interview thing was pretty cool. Finally, I received my first payment ever from Hubpages. I don't know what anyone else thinks, but I would say that I had a pretty interesting month overall. Now that we're in a brand new month, I've been reflecting a bit upon what August brought. This hub is going to point out a few tips for any new members here on Hubpages hoping to reach that first payment. I've had several people, along with this entire community motivating me to stay active. I hope I can do my part in helping to maybe motivate someone else.

First payment from Hubpages.

A few tips for newcomers.

So how was I able to reach that first payout here on Hubpages? I have absolutely no idea. No but seriously; I personally believe that a little bit of luck aligned with much effort on my part helped me to reach that point. Of course this goal couldn't have been achieved without the help and support of fellow Hubbers. Therefore, I owe much of the credit to the community here on Hubpages. Here are a few tips that I'm going to give newcomers here on Hubpages for reaching that very first payout. Don't worry, I'm not going to get all technical and talk about SEO tricks or anything of that nature. I'm just going to point out the things that worked for me.

  • Write, write, write: This tip is very basic, but it can't be stated enough. Some people write articles and throw in the towel after seeing little results. You have to view this content writing as a marathon and not a sprint. If you give up so early in the battle, you've already lost the war. You have to be consistent, persistent, and patient here on Hubpages. I'm not saying write everyday, but writing a few times a week is necessary towards helping to build your brand. I personally don't write as often as others here, but I try to write at least one hub per week. Quality definitely beats quantity, however, you are only going to earn so much from one good article. Focus on writing and building your brand on here.
  • Socialize: You have be socially active here on Hubpages. Although this is primarily a content writing site, it's a social networking site as well. The relationships built on this site are important in helping to have success, but they can also go beyond here on Hubpages. I'll give you a prime example; There is a hubber on here named Kevin, who goes by the username Arren123. Kevin and I correspond often outside of Hubpages, and he really motivated me to work at reaching the payment threshold on here. He earned his first payment on here back in July. When I told him that I was close to reaching the payout mark, he helped me out greatly by sharing and promoting my articles. Not only was I promoting my own articles, I had a friend doing it for me as well. If you build friendships and relationships on here, it will go a long way towards helping you have success.
  • Focus on building a writing style: You know how singers, producers, authors, and other people involved in professions or hobbies that involve creativity right? Each of them has a certain style that keeps people interested in following them. Find a writing style that suits you and focus on building it. For example, there's many different ways to construct and put together an article. Maybe there are certain topics and words you use a lot in your everyday life to get your points across. You can apply that to your writing as well. Keep it fresh, but stick with what works also. Once you start to gain a following, you will become known for how you write and construct your hubs. Our individual styles are what separate us from everyone else, and it's what you will be known for.
  • Don't just write, promote, promote, promote: This is another basic tip, however, it can't be stressed enough. Share your hubs daily on the various social networking and bookmarking sites. Getting views from other Hubbers is great, but if you want to maximize your chances of being viewed, you have to drive outside traffic to your hubs. Promoting your articles outside of Hubpages is the best way to get your view count up.
  • Work, work, work at it: Success doesn't happen overnight. You have to work towards goals in everyday life, and it's no different here on Hubpages. If you seriously want to earn money on here, you have to work at it. Don't be afraid or intimidated to put in the work. The work you put in on here will pay off for you later on. Those cents definitely add up.

Moving in the right direction.

Although I've earned that first payout here on Hubpages, I view it as the tip of the iceberg. Many of us accomplish a goal and stop after hitting that achievement. That's not me; I desire much more. If anything, reaching payout here motivates me to think and create even more. Again, I want to thank everyone on Hubpages who has helped me in some form or another during my year on here. Whether it was giving me tips, reading my hubs, or just becoming someone I consider a friend, I appreciate it all very much. I hope that this article motivated anyone who maybe isn't earning much to keep on pushing. I've yet to reach the viewership that I'm looking for on Hubpages. However, I can say with certainty that I'm moving in the right direction.

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eHealer 4 years ago from Las Vegas

ProspectBoy, where you been? So glad you're still here! Missed you, great hub with lots of inspiration and hope. You are a great motivator, and a great writer. I have to admit, sometimes it gets tough when you are doing what you love, but you're right, don't give up and throw in that towel! Welcome back. Voted up and awesome!


twinly 4 years ago

I enjoyed your Hub and read through the entire article. Thank you for the great tips. You are a great writer!


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RhondaHumphreys1 4 years ago from Michigan

Great Hub Brad. thanks for the inspiration!! Voted up and useful and interesting


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kellyteam 4 years ago from Michigan

Fantastic hub! prospectboy you are encouraging. Of course at first thought 2 years for payout what? But after reading entire article it was more motivating. Not only am I looking forward to first payout (got a ways to go) but will be following your advice to get there, thanks for this hub!


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

Hi there eHealer. I've been around still. Feels good to hear that you missed me :) Thanks a lot for taking out the time to read this hub. It really touches me that you find me to be a great motivator. I agree with you that it does get tough, but we'll never reach our goals if we choose to give up. Thanks again, I appreciate it so much :)


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

Hey there twinly. Wow! It really touches my spirit that you think I'm a great writer. You and eHealer have made my day with your great comments. Thank you so much :)


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you so much Rhonda! I appreciate it so much :)


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

Hi kellyteam. Thank you so much for finding me to be encouraging. That put a smile on my face. I've only been on Hubpages a year, and I probably would have reached payout sooner if I had been more active. I didn't really get active on here still around March of this year. I hope that you're able to reach that first payout sooner rather than later. Thanks so much for reading, I appreciate it so much :)


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Liz-reviews 4 years ago from Vancouver, BC

Great Hub written with enthusiasm !! I am brand new to HubPages and love hearing from writers who share their awesome pointers as you have.

What a wonderful community you are part of. Keep up the great tips.


chrisinhawaii 4 years ago

"Although this is primarily a content writing site, it's a social networking site as well."

Well said, prospectboy. I'm not so sure anymore that our followers' views amount to a whole lot in the way of earnings (everything helps, though), but I think having friends and supporters helps us to keep going when we feel discouraged. Can't put a price tag on friendship! =)

Congratulations on making one year...and first payout! Payout #2 is just around the corner! Good luck!


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BeautySavvy22 4 years ago from York, Pennsylvania

That's awesome! Great job and thanks for the advice. Also, writing commercial hubs or hubs that will be something common for people to look at will definitely help!


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

Hey there Liz-reviews. Thank you so much for reading. Since you are brand new, I would like to welcome you to Hubpages. I agree with you totally about the community. This community is full of great people who are willing to help out with anything. I hope you enjoy your time here, and I thank you again for your amazing words. Best wishes :)


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

Hi BeautySavvy22. Thank you so much for reading and commenting. Your comment is very important, as it provided a key tip for anyone new. Thanks for posting that. Thanks again for stopping by, and best wishes :)


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

Hey there chrisinhawaii. Thank a lot for taking out the time to check out this hub. You made a very true point about how friendship doesn't come with a price tag. That is so true and inspiring. I hope that anyone who visits this hub reads that. We definitely have to keep one another motivated. This community is basically like a family in my eyes. Thanks again, and I hope that you're able to reach that payout real soon also. Best wishes :)


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Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

Congratulations on your first payout! It's a great feeling isn't it? I really enjoyed this hub. I guess I don't share as often as I should so thank you for the reminder. My favorite tip of your in here is about building a writing style. That's really a great tip and I agree with it wholeheartedly. Once you do that, people that follow you will look forwards to your new hubs, and your style attracts new followers who enjoy your style as well. Great hub. Voted up and useful.


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you so much Karen. Glad you enjoyed it. I actually owe a lot of this to you. You were the one who really motivated me to do the "30 hub in 30 day" challenge, and that really helped me a lot when it came to earnings. I also agree with you about how our writing styles can attract new viewers, but also keep the current followers interested. Very true point. Thanks again, and I hope we both continue to have success on here :)


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Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

I hope so too prospectboy!Glad I gave you some motivation. I do believe you motivated me first with the 10 hubs in 10 days challenge?!!! I am going on vacation in mid-October and feel another 10 hubs in 10 days challenge coming on before I leave. I will let you know when I am ready in case youw ant to try it with me. 10 hubs sounds a bit more manageable to me now that fall has come and I am busier than ever!


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

Oh yea you definitely motivated me. I never would have done the 30 day challenge if you hadn't brought it up. I guess you can say we motivated each other lol. Another challenge sounds good to me. The way I'm feeling now, we can push it up to 15 hubs in 15 days. It's up to you though. We can do 10 if you like. Let me know when you're thinking about doing it. Maybe we can get some of the other gang to join us like last time :)


vishnu01 4 years ago

Great tips prospectboy! I've so far tried applying for Google Adsense a couple of times but I got rejected..:( In their latest email they told me that my site (hubpages) did not comply with Google policies. I can only assume that it's because I might not have written enough hubs. (10 so far...) My account is now 8 months old. When did u first get approved for Google Adsense? Any tips?


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

Awesome month and good for you ! Hubpages is a great place to write, learn, and meet amazing people! Hoping September is even better for you!


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you so much Leslie. I agree with you totally regarding this site. Hope you have a great September on here as well :)


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

Good overview of life here at HubPage city. I have been here for close to three months..and socialize,write and working at promoting though I need help with that angle. Thanks for sharing your sage advice and helpfulness. I am voting up for a great hub.


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

Hi there vishnu01. Thanks for stopping by and giving my article a look. I'm sorry to hear that you've been declined by Google Adsense. It very well could be that you haven't published enough hubs to qualify. Google Adsense is kinda strange when it comes to accounts. I got approved for Adsense over a year ago through Triond. Whenever I started writing for Hubpages, I just started using my Adsense account here. The only suggestion I could give you is to work on building more traffic to your content. Maybe then you'll get approved. I really hope it works out for you. Good luck, and thanks for reading :)


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

Hi carol7777. It's a pleasure to hear from you. I never viewed Hubpages as a city, but I guess you got a point lol. I've read an article from you about your time here on Hubpages so far, and you seem to be doing very well. I'm sure you'll be receiving your first payment in no time with the effort you are putting into the site. Thanks for stopping by and rating. I appreciate it greatly :)


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Arren123 4 years ago from UK

Wow super Hub, sorry I've only just got around to reading it all. Many thanks for the mention, I really do appropriate it Brad. You doing well Brad and I'm sure with more time you will do well. Keep up the work, well done for a super Aug, more to come I'm sure. Voted up and awesome :)


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

Hey there Kev! No worries on just now getting to it. You don't have to thank me for the mention either. You really helped me out a lot, and I appreciate it a lot. Like I mentioned in the hub, I hope to use my first payment as a stepping stone towards bigger goals. I'm sure you're viewing your success on here in the same light. Thanks again for everything, and thanks for checking it out :)


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movielardatadare 4 years ago from Texas

I'm certainly glad you reached the $50 mark! Allright! You have a really great writing style that is conversational. To me, it doesn't seem like you stress out all on the SEO. If you incorporate it, could've fooled me. Way to go, prospectboy! I hope you make $100 very soon here on hubpages! It'll prolly take me 2 years to get $50 but it's all good! One question: what do you mean by promote? Any ideas on how I can promote my hubs? Just wondering, man.


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

Hey there movielardatadare. Thanks a lot for the kind words. I appreciate it a lot. The fact that you noticed things about how I write really touched me a lot. Thank you sir. What I meant by promote, was sharing your articles everywhere you can. I'm sure you already know about Facebook and Twitter, but also submit your articles to link sharing sites like Digg, Stumbleupon, and Reddit. Also, share them on the search engine sites like Google, Yahoo, and Bing. Look into joining groups on Facebook where people share each other's links. Those are examples on what I meant by promoting. I hope this helped you out some. Thanks again for the amazing words.


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Missy Mac 4 years ago from Illinois

Thanks for the motivation. I will continue my writing goals.


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

Hi Missy Mac. Thanks for stopping by. Glad you found some motivation from this hub. Keep on writing. Remember that persistence pays off. Best wishes to you :)


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dwachira 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

Hi prospectboy,

Congrats on reaching your first payout and probably you have already received many more. Hubpages is a true amazing platform for writers and you can get paid to write what you like. Beside, i has wonderful community that is really helpful. Vote up and useful.


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

@dwachira, Thanks a lot sir. I've only received one so far, but I'm definitely working towards the next. I agree with you about Hubpages. Great community and great platform to write on. Thanks for the vote. Much success to you.

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