How to choose a strategy that works on HubPages

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Have a strategy it helps

I write on a number of revenue-sharing type-sites such as HubPages and Bubblews, and like most writers, I accomplish more when I have some sort of plan or strategy in place, than if I don’t.

When it comes to choosing a strategy, it is important that we make the right choice, because if we choose the wrong strategy instead of helping us, it can be extremely counter productive.

This Hub started out as a bubble on Bubblews, but it grew so long that it is much more suitable for a Hub than a Bubble. Because we on-line writers are such a diverse group, there will be many types of strategies being employed to make the time we spending writing both enjoyable and profitable.

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Strategy A and B

Rather than being bogged down in what kind of strategies there are to choose from, I will use for the sake of example, the two strategies that that the Bubblews writer Candlelight used in his excellent post, called “The Value of good connections”

I have taken the link to this post off this page as I had a violation notice from Hubpages, the site is not a phishing site, but I had better take it off so that I can get the violation off my hub.

Strategy A was concentrating on getting ten posts a day out, which is the limit that you can post on Bubblews per day

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Strategy B which was doing one post per day and interacting with other Writers through comments and likes, making connections and socialising.

Choosing a Strategy

When choosing a strategy it is important that we pick one that suits our personality, because whatever strategy we choose we are still going to have to put in the work.

If we choose a strategy that goes against our personality type then it is going to make that work harder to do.

I think that one of the most exciting things about writing for a site like Bubblews, is that we are our own boss, and we get to choose the when, where, what and how of writing.

Don't Squander

It is important then that we do not squander this precious privilege by choosing a strategy that makes what can be a very enjoyable task, into hard work.

I have found that if we love what we do, we normally do it better than if we dislike what we do. It is always harder to motivate yourself to set about doing something that you do not look forward to doing because you dislike it.

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Type B

I am more a B type writer, I always read the posts that I comment on, and if I have bothered to comment, then nearly always I will click I like too. I also usually read the comments on any post that I read.

The comments section of a post is in my opinion a good place to get an insight into how other Writers think and feel.

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Reciprocity

As a B, type writer. I know that some people that I comment and like on their posts do not always do the same on my posts. From my point of view, it is OK for them not to come back to one of my Hubs and reciprocate, because I did not do any of those things so that they would repay tit for tat.

I chose this type of strategy because it suits my personality, I get a lot of enjoyment out of reading other peoples posts and comments, I am interested in what is going on in people’s lives, and in other parts of the world.

Some Writers will only flick onto my page and hit the like button, from the speed that they do this after the post is posted, it is clear that they haven’t had time to read the post and they are just hitting the like button to get into my notifications.

Others hardly ever leave a comment or a like on a post and that is fine too, whatever someone else’s strategy is, I feel that is entirely up to them, and it does not change my strategy.

If I find someone that I like reading, even if that person never responds to the comments I leave, or visits my posts, that will not stop me commenting and liking theirs. I do this because this is what I enjoy doing and normally this does not happen a lot, but it does happen.

Building Relationships

Leaving comments and taking time to build relationships, are both time consuming, but it has its own rewards, and those rewards are not just about how much money you are making.

Of course, we want to be able to make as much money from our writing as we can, for a lot of us the money is not just a nice bit of pin money, but it is also a necessity. Therefore, it does help if you do have a strategy in place to optimise the amount that you can make from your writing.

Choosing the wrong strategy

If you choose the wrong strategy, you can make life and making money a later hard for yourself. If I tried to do for example the type A Strategy, which I know works extremely well for some writers, and I am happy for them, but I know that is not how it would work for me.

When I first came to both HubPages and Bubblews, I did try to write as many as I could in a day, which made me neglect the side of these sites that I enjoyed most, the socialising. Because of choosing this strategy my writing became stressful instead of enjoyable, solely because of the self imposed targets that I had set myself to accomplish each day.

The cost of choosing wrong

In my case choosing the wrong strategy, was counter productive. I lost some of the joy of writing and nearly all the joy of reading and interacting with other Writers.

To make matters worse I didn’t earn any more this way than I did when I was content with my B type strategy. On top of all that, I was totally stressed out from the self-imposed targets.

I think that it would be the same for a person who enjoys the A strategy adopting the B strategy just because they thought that they could make more money that way.

For an A type doing a B type strategy, I think that anytime they did not get back a response in kind, I think that they may feel that they being cheated. After all, they put in the work commenting and liking your stuff, the least you should do is the same on theirs.

So when it comes to choosing whether to be an A or a B or one of the many other strategies that are out there, it is extremely important that you choose the one that suits you and your personality type best. At least then, even if it does not work out the way you want it to, you still have the satisfaction of doing it in a way that you enjoy.

Margo Arrowsmith 23 hours ago

I use strategy 2 with Bubblews, I only have one here. However, I do 5 posts a day and then a lot of reading. I rarely like something without commenting on it 'over there'

I set a challenge for myself over there that every time I did my thing with a new bubble I would have to go into the archives and do another one. That became stressful and by the 15th of the month I asked my fans if I could stop and they all said said. I think I would have stopped anyway.

A word of wisdom from commenter Margo Arrowsmith

I think Margo Margo Arrowsmith makes a good point in her comment, which you can see below or in the box to the side.

Margo was wise to recognize the fact that something in her strategy was not working as she intended it to do.

Margo quickly identified her self-imposed extra task of reading an additional post from the archives as one that had actually become counter productive.

I am so glad that she was not only wise enough to see what was happening, but also kind enough to share that insight with us through the comment she left on this post.

Being a savvy lass, she stopped doing it before it turned something that she enjoys doing, into a task that was quickly becoming too stressful.

It is a warning to us all to keep an eye on what we are doing, especially when our motives are good, but the execution of them takes us in a direction that is not.

It is important to remember that as with any plan or strategy we have, we need to keep in mind that our plan or strategy makes a good Servant, but it makes a very poor master.


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drbj 2 years ago from south Florida

There is no question, maggs, but that having a strategy can be helpful ... in anything. One of my strategies is to answer every comment I receive and comment on any hub I read of other writers. I think many new Hubbers may not be aware of the positive potential therein.


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WiccanSage 2 years ago

I found this useful. Mostly I ghostwrite for others so social networking & marketing is not my problem. I don't know if I'm A or B, lol. I don't get to socialize every day; when I do have time (like I've been in bed for 2 days with nothing much else to do, not feeling well enough to really write much in depth) I tend to read and comment and interact a lot. If I like an article, I'm going to give it all kinds of thumbs up and accolades and comments. If I don't, I'm just going to quietly move on without saying a word or marking a thing. I should probably get a strategy, maybe then I'd make more than $3 a month on hubs. You've given me some great food for thought here.


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

This really is so very interesting maggs and I vote up plus share for future references. Will become in handy I am certain. Voting up and wishing you a great weekend.

Eddy.


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elemenopy 2 years ago from Oneonta, NY

As a new hubber, my strategy is to enter quietly, but with full intent. It's always hard to jump right into a new group. But - look - here I go, doing it! Great advice! -Mary


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KoraleeP 2 years ago from Vernon British Columbia Canada

I too read Candlelight's post on Bubblews.com, and commented. I'm also using the Type B strategy, because it's works more naturally for me.

As far as p0sting 10 bubbles a day, I've been on for a week and just posted my 8th Bubble lol. I need to write more though and that's partially why I'm on there. Like WiccanSage I do a lot of ghostwriting... because I'm more comfortable behind the scenes.

Stepping out of my comfort zone: I'm on Bubbles to get my writing, in my own name, out there. The same goes for Hubpages. But it will take some time.


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota

Maggs-What a insightful and informative hub. I am more of a Type B hubber but I don't post a hub every day. I have recently started tweeting from my account page on HubPages and can tell it's helping me make money faster and getting new people to see my work. I too try to comment to anyone that leaves me a comment. I like to read at least five hubs a day or more if I have time. Hit many buttons and voted up.


lovedoctor926 2 years ago

A very useful and well presented hub.


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Kathleen Cochran 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

I was more of an A type when I first started because I felt like I needed to be persistent to be noticed. As my collection of hubs and followers grew, I felt more comfortable to become a B type. I learned so much and developed so many friendships, I was sorry I hadn't jumped into the social part of HP earlier. And thinking back, the hubbers who reached out to me in the beginning were such a big part of my positive experience here. I made a promise to myself to read a few new hubbers every week and leave comments to pass on the tradition of support on this site.


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Margo Arrowsmith 2 years ago

I use strategy 2 with Bubblews, I only have one here. However, I do 5 posts a day and then a lot of reading. I rarely like something without commenting on it 'over there'

I set a challenge for myself over there that every time I did my thing with a new bubble I would have to go into the archives and do another one. That became stressful and by the 15th of the month I asked my fans if I could stop and they all said said. I think I would have stopped anyway.


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Ericajean 2 years ago

I voted this hub Up and Useful because as a freelance web writer, we are bogged down with choosing topics, images, and angles to produce a good article and then we forget to socialize. I sometimes forget, but it is a very important thing to when you are writing for the web- we are sharing our knowledge together.

And your hub reminded me of that.


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maggs224 2 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you drbj for your comment, like you I always answer every comment that I receive, but because I am on quite a few other sites, this can mean that I don’t always get back right away, and sometimes I miss the odd notification, and I hate it when that happens .

Because I am on other sites it is sometimes difficult to stay on top of all the notifications, and some sites take more time that others, at times it feels like I’m trying to keep all my plates spinning at the same time.

Keeping up with your comments on all the different sites is quite time consuming but like you point out in your comment, there is a lot of positive potential in your Hub’s comments, and in the end any hard work that you put in, is so worth it.

The best and most positive part for me is actually getting feedback from some one who bothered to read my Hub, and I learn such a lot through the comments, not just on my own hubs, but on other peoples Hubs too.

I passed on a link to your Hub Homophones and Oronyms to my daughter, I was talking to her on Skype and telling her about it, we were laughing about some of the things in the Hub, but I told her that I couldn't do it justice, and sew (lol..) gave her the link so that she could pop over and read it herself.


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maggs224 2 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you WiccanSage I am so glad that you have found this Hub useful, even if you were the only one that did, it was well worth doing.

I do the same as you, if like a Hub, then I will vote it up, share, and hit as many relevant buttons as I can. Like you, if I don’t like the Hub, then I don’t leave negative comments, nor do I give it the thumbs down, I just move on.


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maggs224 2 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you for commenting KoraleeP I agree with you, it is important to find a strategy that works naturally for you.

I am sure that you will not only benefit from stepping out of your comfort zone, you will also have a lot of fun doing it.

One of the good things about writing on-line is that you get to set your own timetable, and so it really doesn’t matter if something will take time to do, because you are free to take all the time you need to take.

Bubblews is an excellent place to start out writing because they have the 400-character minimum, which is only the length of an extended tweet. This comment is big enough for a post of its own on Bubblews lol…

Bubblews is also a good site for getting feedback almost right away. I will keep my eyes open for you on Bubblews :D


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Rochelle Frank 2 years ago from California Gold Country

I think you have made an important point. You have to do what suits you best. As the old saying goes, "If you love your job you will never work a day in your life."

Not sure I got that exactly right, but the truth is that you should work at something you enjoy. You will enjoy it more and do better work. I also like your philosophy about promoting hubs you like and and ignoring those you don't... with you all the way on that point.


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maggs224 2 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi Eddy, thank you for commenting, I am sure you could write the book on this subject, I think your position as a level 8 commenter acknowledges that you know what you are talking about :D

It was so nice to hear from you, and I hope that your weekend was enjoyable.


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maggs224 2 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

elemenopy Hi Mary, I am glad that you liked the advice, and as you say, it is hard to jump into a new group and Kudos to you for doing it with such flair :D

One thing you will find here on HubPages, when you interact on any of the comments, forums and Q&As is a warm welcome waiting for you.

You will also find that most hubbers are more than willing to help new hubbers in any way they can, all you have to do is ask. Thank you for jumping in on this one I appreciate it.


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maggs224 2 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you Linda for such a kind and encouraging comment, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that you are an excellent B type, your level 6 tells everyone that.

That is an interesting tip about tweeting from the account page, and thank you so much for the up vote and the button pushing much appreciated :D


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maggs224 2 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Why thank you lovedoctor926 for your kind words they are very much appreciated :D


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Fatiha 2 years ago from CALGARY

This is very useful. I am not very social but I cannot go with A as I can't do 10 posts a day. But I like reading comments. Seldom comment myself. So B seems to be workable for me.


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maggs224 2 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

@Kathleen Cochran I love the promise that you made to yourself Kathleen, to read a few new hubbers every week and leave comments to pass on the tradition of support on this site, it is a marvellous idea and a great addition to a B type strategy.

As you so rightly say, the hubbers who reach out to us when we are new on the site are a big part of our positive experience here on HubPages.

What is great about these initial connections and interactions is that so many of them turn into friendships that stand the test of time, and enrich not just our experiences on HubPages but actually enrich our lives off line too.


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maggs224 2 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

@Margo Arrowsmith I think Margo that as with any plan or strategy we need to keep in mind that our plan or strategy makes a good Servant, but it makes a very poor master.

I am glad that you quickly identified your self-imposed extra task of reading an additional post from the archives had actually become counter productive.

I am so glad that you were wise enough to see that, and stop doing it before it turned something that you enjoy doing, into a task that was quickly becoming too stressful.

It is a warning to us all to keep an eye on what we are doing, especially when our motives are good, but the execution of them takes us in a direction that is not.

Thanks for sharing this insight with us; I may include some of this in the body of the hub as I feel it is an important contribution.


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maggs224 2 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

@Ericajean Thank you for the vote up and hitting the useful button, it is very good to get feed back from the actual people who are reading our hubs, it is so useful to know if we are getting our points over as we intended them.

It is so easy to be bogged down as you say, with the process of writing the Hubs that we forget that there is a whole other side, that we are not taking advantage of.

The socializing side to most revenue sharing sites like HubPages and Bubblews is not only enjoyable, but it is also very productive.

It is in this area of socializing through our comments, that we learn so much from other writers.

In the comments section of Hub, we can read about the mistakes and triumphs of other writers when they share their knowledge with us in their comment.


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maggs224 2 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

@Rochelle Frank Thank you so much for your comment Rochelle, I love that quote that you used "If you love your job you will never work a day in your life." I think that it encapsulates the point of this Hub very well.

I am glad that you are with me when it comes to Hubs that you don’t like. I really am not in the game of squashing a writer because they are writing about something I disagree with or am not interested in.

A line that I remember from a Black Adder episode, when the captain of the ship was asked a question by Black Adder, the captain’s response was “Opinions differ, some say they do, and some say they don’t” Often that is all it is a difference of opinion.

There is only one reason I would leave some form of negative comment and that is if I recognized that a Hub had been stolen, and I knew for certain that it belonged to another writer, and was fraudulently being passed off as their own work.

Then I would not have a problem pointing this out in the comments, or letting the original writer and HubPages know about it.


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maggs224 2 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

@ Fatiha I am so pleased that you decided to be social on this Hub, because when you join in and leave a comment, then you add to other people’s enjoyment.

So now I think that you can safely say that not only do you have enjoyment from reading other peoples comments but other people, like me for instance, have enjoyment from reading yours.


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mythbuster 2 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

I've found this article very helpful. I've written a lot of articles but with no real strategy. I will use some of the tips you've written about and check my progress in a couple of weeks. Thanks for writing and sharing this useful information, along with your own experiences with strategy/no strategy, multiple site writing, etc.


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maggs224 2 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

@mythbuster I am so pleased that you have found this article to be helpful, I would be interested with the outcome of your experiment, I hope that you will come back and share what you find after your couple of weeks trial :D


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svenster 2 years ago

Good hub! I like your approach to choosing a strategy that best fits with your personality so your work is more enjoyable. Seems so simple and yet I never stopped to think about it!


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maggs224 2 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

@svenster I always find that it is much easier to motivate myself to do a task if that task is something that I enjoy doing, as you so rightly say, it is as simple as that.

Thank you for reading this hub and leaving a comment, I very much appreciate you doing both :D


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elemenopy 2 years ago from Oneonta, NY

Mags...thank you for the welcome. I see how this is a true community for writers!


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old albion 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

Hi Maggs. A great hub. I will adopt the first option I think. However I do like to 'talk' so I will split my time as evenly as possible. Really helpful.

voted up and all.

Graham.


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maggs224 2 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

@elemenopy I am glad that you are enjoying being part of this wonderful on-line community, I am so sorry not to have got back to you sooner, I have been away visiting my daughter in the USA and I am so behind catching up on all my notifications :D


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maggs224 2 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

@old albion All you have to do is plot the course that suits you, and like you say sometimes that course is a mixture, just like we are :D


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sgbrown 2 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

I am definitely a Type B writer on Bubblews. I try to write 3 posts per day and spend any additional time reading and commenting on others posts. I do enjoy Bubblews as it is a more relaxed style of writing and it doesn't take me nearly as long to write a good post there as it does for me to write a good hub here. :)


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sunilkunnoth2012 2 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

Some wonderful tips, ideas and you have so beautifully narrated your points. I loved this and enjoyed reading. Keep on posting such informative and helpful hubs as it will benefit all writers who are serious about the business. Thank you for sharing your wonderful knowledge. God bless you.


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maggs224 2 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Like you Sheila the relaxed style of Bubblews and the fact you can write something off the top of your head and have it posted in a few minutes means I spend most of my time there these days. Thanks for commenting on the hub and I am sorry it has taken so long to thank you.


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maggs224 2 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

sunilkunnoth2012 thank you so much for your kind comment and the lovely things that you have said about my hub, also thank you for the blessing too, I appreciate both your comment and your blessing :D


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

I would be the "" type as well although I post so infrequently that I am amazed that people know who I am. Hope you are well Maggs!


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snerfu 24 months ago from Madurai, India

Undoubtedly maggs223, people who have a strategy have a "healthier" life as an on-line writer. I love tips and tricks and this article has joined my list of favourites. Voted up of course and tweeted!


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maggs224 23 months ago from Sunny Spain Author

I am very well thank you Audrey, and you make quite an impression on people, so I am not at all surprised that people know who you are :D


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maggs224 23 months ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you snerfu I think that you are spot on when you say that people who have a strategy have a "healthier" life as an on-line writer. Thank you for voting the hub up and for tweeting the hub I appreciate you doing that :D

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