1 year anniverary overview of the hubpages community and hub writing

Marching to the beat of a different drummer as a web editor

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Discovering hubpages

Staring out exactly 1 year ago from now, as a normal person, web surfer, and as well as average web designer (Not a Pro coder). I just went around creating website after website, swearing I was doing all the right things. To one day realize when it was all said and done, that I really hadn't the slightest clue, as to what it took to attract a single person to it all, especially after getting a Google Analytics account, to witness very low web views and statistics to them all year after year.

I think I wasted a great deal of time, but I did learn many good lessons in such a period of close to 2 years prior to discovering hubpages. However, after acquiring the knowledge of the awesome Hubpages online writers network actually being in existence, things quickly began to shape shift for me, and I came to learn even more about the online world as a whole and mainly dealing with how SEO (Search Engine Optimization) truly works.


How Destiny Aligns

It all came to me by accident actually, and I had knew of Hubpages, while I was learning to become a content curator, but I chose not to pay it any mind at first, since I wasn't into online writing yet. The network I joined that lead me to hubpages just 2 months before is well known for content curation, which is how us humans can store web content, share it and organize it socially with others worldwide, and it is known as Pearltrees.

I bring that story up because without learning of such a powerful network as Pearltrees, I may never have discovered Hubpages. Thanks to me becoming a person who enjoys collecting digital web content and organizing it, Hubpages was one of the many online locations I found, collected, but I did very little research on it back then.

Until one day I decided to do much more research into how hubpages works, which was pretty intense for me, because what I tend to do when I focus on something in particular, I will dig deeply into it all, and won't stop until I learn every aspect that makes it tick, and function, as well as all the things such as the hubpages terms of use, and what ever user laws or regulations that govern its networking parameters.


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Learning the ropes took some pretty intense research

I learned that hubpages is a powerful writing community, and not only a place to write then hit publish, and turn your head towards other places. Hubpages is something of an anomaly today, because most places on the web when it comes to writing, is a lonely place, where there is no such thing as an active community of writers that care to communicate effectively with one another.

I been on wordpress for about a year now, and its such a dry and morbid place, and the demand on earning there is terrible, because their monetization rules are very stringent. As for hubpages and its monetization program, its truly awesome indeed allowing us to synchronize our Google Adsense, Ebay Affiliate network, Amazon Affiliate networks, and we even get paid by the hubpages network itself. (All links are relevant to such networks, the google adsense one is to a more detailed hub on how to earn by using your Adsense Account here on hubpages, by a fellow hubber)

All these forms of receiving online revenue streams make the earning here on hubpages unmatched pretty much, and if your into commercial writing to earn an income well you will find hubpages to be one of the best by far, in terms of helping you to attract viewers, since it out ranks all of the other writers networks by far on the search engines.



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Becoming A Writing Machine takes massive motivation

I always have loved the art of writing, of communicating effectively with people, and being motivated to help others in any way in life. Prior to joining hubpages I worked as a Railroad worker for the MTA's Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), this was a challenging job nonetheless, but I quit it with hopes of becoming a online business owner, who could attract viewers in the millions. The funny thing is, even though my dream does indeed seem a tad bit far fetched, it isn't impossible, and so being over motivated today to succeed online as a hubpages writer isn't just a choice for me today, it's become a mandatory thing & full time job as well.

Motivation also came to me to become a writer as a young child, and in high school when I was pushed by a English teacher of mine, she taught me a great deal about creative writing, and how to find my writers voice. She taught me the importance of writing a first draft, and second, and so on and so fourth. I wrote an article about such a powerful writing experience, and what gravitated my teacher to me, was the fact that I loved poetry writing, and ever since I were in elementary school.

Till today I think I've written over 1,000 poems, but many of them were lost, and so its a shame I couldn't of had such a tool as hubpages to place them into action so many years ago, but its quite OK though, because I'm here to make such an awesome effort once again. So far on hubpages I have learned to balance myself out with my writing efforts, but it hasn't been easy not by far, because I truly enjoy writing much more then anything else, and this does indeed pose a problem for me, but I will soon be able to reset and adjust that aspect of things.


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High Powered Online Communicators

Communicating with people on a writers network, and on the web in general takes a great deal of dedication, devotion, and I've done this thing as best I could ever since becoming a highly active hubber, meeting over 500 hubbers, and truly attempting to make contact with them all, in some form or another each day throughout my entire first year here on hubpages.

Using social networks to do such a thing didn't happen for me right away though, I located a FB group one day back in February, when I chose to follow a fellow hubber by the name of Just Ask Susan, and from off of her profile I located her FB profile, I added her as a friend and then she added me back. From that point onwards I was then added to one of her facebook groups, and I truly am appreciative of her for accepting me into that cool group known as the Professional BS Writers Group, where all the hublove began for me, and paying it forward for others I met there as well.


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Meeting and sharing with fellow hubbers outside of hubpages

There on them cool Facebook groups, I met some pretty major game players in the online communications efforts of hubpages community members, and also from elsewhere such as in usage of Twitter, Pinterest, Google Plus, Linkedin,and many other social networking locations. Some of these folks aren't able to communicate all the time on hubpages, or on Facebook, often but they truly deserve to get recognition for helping people so selflessly, and without regard to receiving anything in return. I will list just a handful of them as follows:


Super Hubber's- Who Love The art of Power Networking

Cindy Murdock (homesteadbound), Rahul Rakesk (Rahul0324), Julianna Evans (Aevans), Suzan Zutautus (JustAskSusan), Mark Weller (Curiad), Sharon Smith (ShrynSlant), Kelly Umphenour (Realhousewife), Joseph De Cross (lorddecross), Holly Chafflin (HCPorter), Susan Holland (Sholland10), Bill Holland (Billybuc), Kelley Hamlin Ward , Cyndi Calhoun (Cclitgirl), Yvonne Spence (Melovy), Joshua Zerbini (Josh3418), Scott Duby (DsDuby), and this list goes on and on.


These folks are some of the 100's of people I've met since joining the networking group thing on them awesome facebook groups, which are so many its impossible to keep up with them all. Once you join a single FB group you may be invited to several, sometimes even find out you've been jumped into a bunch. This may come as a surprise to folks, but facebook allows such a grouping of individuals, and from your own choosing as well, and anyone can decide to form up a group of their own.



The Grand Finale!

So, being a hubpages author isn't just about writing, its all about community, about sharing, about showing folks you care, and most of all its fun to be able to earn while writing what you love. Using proven techniques of SEO, Keywords, Content placement, original content, and all will push any online writer further here on hubpages, plus your articles need to be of high quality, and relevant, packed with usefulness mostly to keep people coming back for more, and sharing them like crazy.

Cheers to being a hubber today, and a powerful writer, and all my fellow writers here know how it feels, to finally get the chance to get heard by that of the entire globe of online viewers. Its Fantastic!!!

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ImKarn23 4 years ago

You deserve everything and more, Ray! You are a great writer, and your thoughtful, thought provoking, and well written hubs only add to the warm glow of Hubpages! While we may not always see eyeball to gun barrel, i hope you know i respect you and very much enjoy your work! Here's to your next year! Congratulations..


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

@ImKarn23, Yay! your the first person to locate and respond to my 1 year anniversary of super intense hubbing.

Its been a tough year, but I managed to survive it all thanks to the loving support of my wife, and my family, who took the brunt end of the stick, in terms of me not having regular employment to survive any more.

Hubpages has begun to start paying off, and so I will not return to the normal way of working a 9-5, unless i own the darn thing.

Thanks for your comment, and we all don't have to agree on the same things, this is why I love hubpages we all entitled to our own view points and perspective on things in general in life, you know.


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Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

Hi Cloud... well deserved and you have certainly spoken much into the lives of many who follow you. Congratulations for being such a great writer. Keep up the great work...

Rolly in Canada


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

Thank you @Rolly A Chabot, its tough to be an intense hubbers, and the fact that I quit my job to find hubpages as a sort of digital savior was indeed a destiny changer, and I won't give this up for anything.

I simply love being a hubber, and I love the hubpages community of awesome members, writers, experts, and cool people. You know.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Mike this is wonderful and congrats. I love this community as much as you do but I will say that it certainly takes perseverance to keep up with everyone. I try I really do. Here's to more hubbing ahead and sure enjoy reading your hubs. The info one's have helped me a lot and that's thanks to you. I even updated my profile page and I was scared to even try until Mike saved the day. Yeah!


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

@Gypsy Rose, Thank you man oh man, so many hubs of mine you just visited, wow this is too much Rasma, holy crap.

This 1st year of mine I did so much here, and met so many cool folks like yourself, its been an amazing experience for sure.

Thank you again for dropping by to celebrate this awesome experience with me, its been a, marvelous one at that thus far on hubpages for me.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

How in the world did I miss this one? Happy One Year even though I am dreadfully late, and thank you for the mention buddy. I'm slightly embarrassed that I didn't see this hub.

I can tell you without hesitation that you have had a huge influence on my writing, and your support is unmatched by any other Hubber. We have become friends, Mike, and I consider that pretty cool considering we have never met.

Here's to another great year my friend; keep doing that quality thing you do, and I'm proud to walk alongside of you.

bill


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

Congrats on your anniversary. Hubpages truly is a great place to be. And sorry for the short comment, but the doorbell just rang and it looks like the guys are here to install my new Internet Service... so congratulations! :)


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healthylife2 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

I really enjoy reading about other people's experience here so really enjoyed this. I've been here three months and didn't really expect to still be here but am still enjoying it. I haven't linked to my facebook but will consider that because it sounds like a good way to increase the connection with the community. Congratulations on your one year anniversary here! I really enjoy your hubs and responses to people's comments so hope you stay!


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

@billybuc, Hey good friend you made it, and I'm so glad to see that you did.

Bro everyone must have been super busy on that particular day I published this hub and so its quite ok, and also not every single hub will be visited you know.

Thanks a million man for being such a great supportive friend to me, and yes indeed we are friends for the long haul Bill, you also keep me motivated and going as a writer here on hubpages. I think this writers network is pretty amazing to say the least, the way its actually a living breathing network, makes it even better and how we all interact makes it truly worth it, and forget about the money I really care not for it all for now at least.

LOL I only earned like $110 dollars for the very first year here, and so go figure right, but I earned much more in terms of communicating with some truly awesome writers who really care for each other.

This is what makes me tick Bill, just as I told you in that cool hubpages newsletter interview, interaction with like minded people is priceless indeed.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Love your sharing of such a positive experience in writing for HP. I think it is a rewarding community and enjoy the freedom to write your ideas. Thanks for the encouragement.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

@barbergirl28, thanks so much for the cool comment you left me, for reading and sharing in my hub here for my 1 Year celebration.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

@healthylife2, thank you for being so kind to comment, to visit my hub and for sharing with me here, I definitely appreciate everyone who chose to show up and celebrate such an awesome experience with me.

You bet I'll be on hubpages till my last day on this planet, or its last day on the world wide web, because this is a digital home I've been praying to find, and it turned out to be far better then I dreamed a socially based writers network would ever be.

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