My First Year Writing for HubPages: What I’ve Learned and Goals for the Next Year
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A year ago, I knew nothing of HubPages. I had never heard of it. There I was: a new stay-at-home mom who had just given birth to her second child and needed a way to make a little extra income.
Little did I know what was going to happen.
I tried to think of things I could do from my home that would earn some money. Sure, there was Avon and other types of little businesses, but I’m shy and not much of a seller. There were survey sites to try, but they were so time-consuming and I didn’t trust them. I thought of freelancing as a writer. Why not try that? I have a BA in English, I was an English teacher, and I love to write. Plus, I know of a friend who makes her living as a freelancer and does very well with it.
Turning to the internet, I conducted a search of the qualifications of a freelance writer. Writes well? Check. Can conduct research? Check. Has a writing portfolio with XYZ in it? Huh? Um, no, but I have some great papers I wrote for grad school. Does that count?
Any jobs I found for a freelance writer asked for the portfolio. Dang. I thought I was on to something.
Somehow, in the midst of the searching, I came across either a review of HubPages or a HubPages article. To this day, I can’t remember. Either way, I found HubPages which seemed like a great place to start. Why? It was free, didn’t require a portfolio, and promised there was a way to get paid. Sign me up!
I got excited, but I was nervous. How the heck do I do this? Before I officially signed up, I started in the place where all newbies should go first: the HubPages’ Learning Center. There was a stockpile of information for me to read, and boy, did I read it. I absorbed as much as I could in that first day.
I was hooked, and I knew what I could write about: parenting! So, what was going to be my name? Somehow, I came up with ThePracticalMommy. It worked for me. I was practical (anyone who has read my hubs can vouch for me on that point!), and I was a mommy. Done.
After signing up, I got to work. I was filled with great ideas. I believe my first hub was about the Fisher Price Cheer for Me! Potty chair. It was short and sweet, and it worked for me. In a few days, I had written three or four parenting hubs. Life was good.
That was in my birthday week, one year ago at the end of March. Here I am again, thinking about where it all started. Life is still good.
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What I Have Learned in My Year Writing for HubPages
The Author Score is annoying, but a great motivator. How many questions and forum posts are out there about the author score? “Why is my score so low?” “How do you get 100 score?” “What can I do to improve my score?” Listen. Fuggedaboutit. The Author Score is there to help you determine your status as a hubber, but it shouldn’t be your only life-consuming concern. Yes, it’s important, but don’t focus on it, especially in the beginning. It’s going to start out low, but if you continue to write quality hubs and stay active on the site, the score will go up. A big mistake for newbies? Following a ton of people in hopes to gain followers. You’ll see this repeated over and over in many other hubs and answers and forums posts: don’t do it. Why? You’ll see your score plummet faster than a bullet train falling off of a cliff. Boom. Crash and burn. Only follow those whose work you truly admire. Your followers will come in due time when you write those quality hubs.
Use the author score as a motivator. Sure, we all have hopes and dreams of seeing that 100 next to our avatar every day, but don’t make that your only goal. If your score drops a bit, it’s time to write your next great hub, leave some awesome comments, answer a few questions and contribute to a forum post . Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
There are some great people out there, called HubGreeters, who will encourage you to do your best and do well on the site. One of my very first followers was the very kind and considerate hubber, Mighty Mom. She didn’t know who I was, and I didn’t know who she was, but she took a chance on a newbie and read my hubs. After I read the fan mail she left for me, I was thrilled. I was doing something right! Just seeing that gave me the motivation to keep going, and here I am celebrating one year on the site. Thanks, Mighty Mom!
You are not automatically handed $1,000,000 upon signing up on HubPages. What???? Yep, that’s right. HubPages does promise you money, but you are not going to get it in your first week. You might not get it in your first month. Heck, some people haven’t received anything in their first year! In my experience, the money will start coming after your first few months on the site after you have quite a few quality hubs. In all honesty, I didn’t see my first check until I was in my 9th month on the site, and it was just enough to make it over the payment threshold. At that point, I had written nearly 40 hubs.
You know? I was okay with that. I knew, even after nine short months, that I wasn’t going to get a big pot of gold any time soon. I only had 40 hubs, which was a good amount, but not nearly enough to start earning big time. In the nine months, I also learned that my hubs had to ‘mature’, I had to be buddy-buddy with Google, and I had to be keyword/SEO friendly, something I wasn’t when I began on the site.
Just now I am starting to see more money coming in. (Please don’t ask me how much; that’s just getting too personal.) If you bide your time and learn all you can about being successful here, someday you will see your money coming in too.
HubPages can be like any other workplace: your boss may love you at times or make you feel like you don’t do anything right, and your co-workers will be pleasant one day but then hard to work with the next. Don’t take this personally. HubPages is a business, after all, and it’s one that is striving to be at its best in the market. Kudos to the team and moderators who do all of the work in the background, ensuring that the site remains successful!
Yes, I have been moderated (a hub of mine, at least), and it stung. It stung really bad. I was told a hub of mine wasn’t meeting a particular standard after being on the site for about 8 months. I took it to heart for a while, but then I realized: they’re not after me. They’re after my mistake, just like my principal would have pointed out a mistake in a lesson plan I worked hours on and submitted, feeling that it was perfect. So what did I do? Did I go on a rant about the moderators? Nope. Did I quit the site? Nope. I fixed it. The hub was fixed, and it was republished. Done.
Your co-workers on HubPages, your fellow hubbers, are regular people, just like me. They have highs and lows too, just like regular people. Hopefully you will only ever see their highs, as for the most part I have. You will make friends, hubbers who will follow your work, leave you insightful comments, and connect with you in the social networking arena as they would go out for a drink with you after work. Sometimes, though, you’re going to butt heads with other hubbers. It’s inevitable. ‘Familiarity breeds contempt’ the saying goes. Most of the time this starts over a disagreement or a matter of opinion, but it gets worse when one or the other maliciously refuses to agree to disagree. As I have learned in an actual workplace, it’s best to just let it be and move on in a positive manner. Don’t get too involved, and cherish the fellow hubbers with which you do have a great connection.
Hubbing is a lot of work. This goes hand in hand with the money issue. If you want to be successful here on the site, you will need to do a lot of work. Don’t for a moment think you can get away with the minimal and then become a millionaire. It just ain’t gonna happen.
It takes me roughly two days to a week to produce a hub. Why? Well, HubPages isn’t my first job; being a mommy and a wife is. When I do get the chance to write, I work my butt off trying to make sure my work is great. I jot down ideas, do some research, write the hub, edit the hub, read the hub, edit the hub, make sure I have keywords, photos, videos, polls, quizzes, etc. in place, edit the hub, and finally publish the hub. Unfortunately that doesn’t happen for me that quickly. It looks more like this: I jot down ideas, change a diaper , do some research, chase a toddler , write [a paragraph ] of the hub, make dinner , finish the hub , edit the hub, do laundry , read the hub while feeding the baby , edit the hub….you get the picture.
I write many words. Sorry, this is just an observation as I type….I’ll be done soon. I promise.
I want to keep writing at HubPages for a long time. It’s working for me, and I enjoy it immensely. Why wouldn’t I? I love to write, I have made some great friends, I’m earning a little money, I’m able to teach in a different capacity, and it gives me something fun to do in my free time (I’m sorry…ha ha…free time).
My Goals for HubPages
My Goals for Writing on HubPages for the Next Year
Write at least 100 hubs in the next year. As of now, this is my 55th hub. By this time next year, I want to be at 155 or (hopefully) more.
Stay at the top of the scores. Okay, I am interested in that hubber score. It motivates me. I reached 100 approximately four times that I know of, and it lasted no longer than a day at a time. I’d like to stay up there in that range. When I drop, I now know what to do to make it go back up.
Make more money. Why shouldn’t that be a goal of mine? I’d like to receive money at least at every payout. It doesn’t have to be an astronomical amount, but at least $50 a month would be nice.
Expand my outreach. Google has been kind enough to me. I’d like it to be my best friend. I’d also like to find more ways to backlink and market my hubs.
Have a few more Hubs of the Day. This to me is another great motivator, kind of like the boss giving you an unexpected bonus. I had the hub of the day about three times now. It’d be nice, although not necessary, to see a few more. (Wow. The boss in my head just said, “Get to work, McKenna!”)
Final Words about My First Year on HubPages
Thank you to all of you who have supported me in the past year. Without your kind and thoughtful words, I might not have been motivated to keep going.
Thanks to HubPages for giving me this opportunity to do one of my favorite things: write what I believe in.
Here’s to another year on HubPages.
2012-2013 HubPages Update
- I joined the Apprenticeship program in May 2012 and love it!
- As of September 2012, I have 104 hubs written on HubPages. By the end of October, I will have 112 or more!
- I have been earning money consistently since joining the Apprenticeship Program. In fact, since May 2012, I have made the payout and more each month!
- I graduated from the Apprenticeship Program in October 2012.
- As of the end of November, I will have 117 published hubs.
- As of February 2013, I have 132 published hubs, over 900 followers, and over 300,000 views.
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