My Most Important First Year Tip- Read the Forums Section of Hubpages

If you are new to Hubpages, you are anxiously trying to learn the ropes. If you have settled in at Hubpages, you are no doubt still looking for tips and advice about how to best maximize your Hubpage experience.

Please allow me to share the most important tip I have learned during my nearly one year experience here at Hubpages.

-READ THE FORUMS SECTION ON A REGULAR BASIS-

Of all the tips that I could chose, why has reading the forums regularly taken the number one spot?

  • I can think of no better place where all areas of hubbing is thoroughly discussed.
  • Forums just might be the most under-utilized section of Hubpages.

 

Want to learn how to set up your hub correctly and seek constructive criticism for what you have already created? Open a thread at the Extreme Hub Make-over Forum.

Want to start earning money right away? Don’t forget to stop by the Hub Pages Knowledge Exchange forum. Tips, advice, and answers to questions are readily available.

The Need Help Ask Here Forum is a quick reference for help of all types.

Want to see how you are doing in comparison to others? Want to read of accomplishments and goals being reached? Check out the Hubber’s Hangout, a great forum for learning and ideas.

Having trouble with Adsense, Ebay or Amazon? Turn to any forum for help, with the exception of the Make-over forum. Also, the help tab, located at the top of the page, far right hand side, contains a section, Making Money on Hubpages, as part of its FAQ section.

Is the site down? Are your pages loading slowly or not at all? Does it seem like your traffic is too low or too high, or not moving at all? Stop in at the Report A Problem Or Suggest a New Feature, forum. Also the Official Hubpages Announcements Forum, where important announcements are posted.

Do you wonder how your writing style is developing and if your hubs are grammatically correct and their spelling and sentence structure is acceptable? Join the Books and Writing Forum, and read the hubs that are written about those very subjects to improve your writing. Also you can ask a hubber you respect to comment on your hubs privately, so that you know areas that need improvement

Have you ever wondered how your hub score and author score are holding up when compared to others? Again, don’t forget to check out the help Section, Getting Started, located at the very top of the page, far right hand side. You will find FAQ about your scoring and how it is determined.

Countless Miscellaneous Benefits

Though I have outlined the major benefits of regularly reading the forum boards, there are countless miscellaneous benefits to doing so.

 In my personal experience, I have learned many small tips that have helped me to understand search engines, key words, and why the right title of my hub is so important if I hope to make passive income writing on hubpages.  For that matter, I learned what passive income means!   

I now have a better understanding of how Google works, and how Hubpages compares with other writing sites.

I was glad to save a hub containing the major writing sites to post my work and whether the income would be passive or not.

Obtaining New Followers

Everyone starting out looks forward to knowing their hubs are being read and that they are acquiring fans. Unfortunately for some new to Hubpages, they think the way to do this is by becoming a fan of everyone. 

They don’t understand that they should participate in the community. Actually read and post relevant comments, visit and post on the forum boards, acknowledge the comments others have left on their hubs and patiently wait for their fan base to grow.

If such ones took the time to read the various threads on the forums they would learn why it is important to leave fan mail or a comment on a hub so that you are not considered a spammer or a mass fanner. 

Personally, when someone becomes my fan yet leaves no comments on any of my hubs nor do they leave any fan mail, I conclude they are only following me to get me to follow them. 

When I check their profile and see they have fanned many people with hardly any participation in the hub community. I don’t worry about fanning them. I lose fans, because of this, but I don’t worry about it, as I’d rather have readers who genuinely like my writing or my personality over people looking to grow their own numbers.

The different ways fans are viewed by other hubbers is lost  to you if you haven't read the forum threads.

The meaning of exactly what a good quality hub is, how it is  noticed by others and how your writing improved is also an added advantage gained when the forum threads are read regularly.

 

 

Not All Forums are the Same

Personally I steer clear of the contentious forums which contain political and religious topics, nor do I participate in the wide variety of extra activities openly available for those looking for diversions. The choice is yours.

 You can totally skip those posts and read just the posts that will educate and enlighten you, as I have done for almost a year now.

You miss out on interesting choices if you forget to click on the forums tab every now and then. Milestones are reached, goals set and accomplished, relationships formed and it is all being documented on the Forums

 

Understanding Adsense

If it were not for the forums, I would never have learned to understand the whole google-adsense-search engine dynamic.

While many have posted info that aided me, I must especially thank darkside and sunforged for their ability to talk to me like I am five years old, without being condescending.

I know I am not the only one who appreciates your help even when I haven’t specifically asked the questions you both answer so effectively.

A recent case in point is the understanding I have gained about how to determine the potential monetary value of keywords by making sure to click the epc (estimated price per click) tab from the drop down menu.

Just last week I added to my knowledge by following the suggestion to click on the “exact” tab versus the “broad” tab in the Adsense tool.

Lessons such as these stay with me because I learn them gradually and keep checking the forums section to make sure I am doing everything those with more experience suggest.

It is because of hubbers like the two of you that a well-rounded hubber education is possible.

 

 

Signing In and Out

It took me some time to realize why I have to sign in and out. I think my friend Connie alerted me to it when she informed me I was a featured hubber on the homepage of the site.

You can only see this page when you are NOT signed in automatically. So if you want to see how your writing is going, don’t forget to sign out every now and then and see if you are featured in any way on Hubpages’ home page.

  This information was placed in my long term memory after reading helpful posts about checking on the successful placements of trackers and the like, by signing out of Hubpages.

A Year and One Goal Still Not Achieved

Sadly, as of this writing I have one heartbreak here at hubpages, one goal I have worked earnestly to achieve which has escaped my grasp.

I desperately want to experience what it’s like to achieve a 100 hubscore.

That’s right, just once before I die (exaggerated dramatics intended) I want to know a hub I wrote received a 100! The closest I have got, is 99 a couple of times. So close, yet so far.

So this second year I want to see more passive income than my first year and ONE hub that reaches 100. Hopefully I have not set my goals so high that they can’t be reached, after all I am only striving for two main achievements, and surely it can be done.

 

 

In Conclusion

I hope you come away from this hub rethinking the importance of regularly reading the forums section of Hubpages.

I hope you realize you are missing out on a mountain of knowledge and vast experiences from those who know what they are doing whenever you neglect this section of the community.

 I hope you will find yourself more successful as a result of taking the time to read and learn as you go.

I would like to offer a personal and heartfelt thank you to all you hubbers who take the time to teach us newbies what we need to know in order to succeed here at Hubpages.

You are an invaluable source of information and I just want you to know there are many of us here who would be lost without your patient guidance.

 Thank you most sincerely.

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kittyjj 4 years ago from San Jose, California

Thank you Jen for sharing such a informative hub. This is the first hub I ever read twice. I have been with hubpages for four months now and I have only checked out the forum twice. Like LizzyBoo, I am afraid of the forum too. Maybe I just don't know how to find the more friendly and helpful threads to go to. But I will go check out "darkside" and "sunforged". :)


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Jen's Solitude 4 years ago from Delaware Author

SMD2012, Welcome to Hubpages! Since I first published this hub there have been some changes, but there are still plenty of folks who are glad to offer advice and who provide good examples to follow. I hope you find your special two as well, it makes learning about Hubpages more enjoyable. Thanks so much for your comment!


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SMD2012 4 years ago

I've been on HubPages for four weeks now and I've just started to "listen in" on the Forums, adding an occasional answer to a question. I'm still learning the HubPages lexicon and sometimes the threads are a little scary in the sense that everyone knows so much about all this stuff and then there's little still trying to figure out how to get the most out of my Analytics. After reading this Hub, I'm feeling much more encouraged to get involved. You kind shout-out to the two folks who helped you so much made me smile at the thought of such generous knowledge sharers being here. Have a great day.


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Jen's Solitude 4 years ago from Delaware Author

You are very welcome, glad you found the tip useful. :)


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EyesStraightAhead 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

Thank you for sharing this. I learned so much by reading it. Especially about how the forums can help with technical things. I look forward to spending some time checking them out this week.


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Jen's Solitude 5 years ago from Delaware Author

Thank you!


bumpers3@aol.com 5 years ago

I liked your article.


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Jen's Solitude 5 years ago from Delaware Author

Well I am so pleased it proved useful Patricia. :)


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PatriciaTL 5 years ago from Lehigh Valley

Thanks for the excellent tips, Jen. I joined hub pages just two weeks, so I really appreciate your help getting acclimated. Finding all this advice in one well-written article is fantastic!


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

Thanks for your very kind and encouraging words, Lita! :)


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Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

"99" Hubscore a couple of times, Jen, you're that close! When the 100 finally comes it would be in showers. Trust yourself as I trust you. Good luck!


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

Hi there LizzyBoo so good to see you! I too am very picky about what I read. I only look for helpful information or people to congratulate. I don't even click on controversial postings as I don't have the time or inclination to participate. Trust your instincts, be discerning and you will do just fine! Thanks for dropping by always great to "see" you. (smile)


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LizzyBoo 6 years ago from Czech Republic

Dear Jen, I have bookmarked this hub. I need to read it few more times to get all the info into my head. Be honest with you I am affraid of forum. Well, mostly not everyone understand the reason of forum and some of the treads are personal attacks. Sometimes the forum is a chicken farm and not a quality help for new peeps.

The other reason is-if I get on forum I would stuck there for agaes :-)

As I said, I will take the notes from your hub and will try it! I wish to learn from the best and you are one of them.

LizzyBoo


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

Hi Emilyfv, sorry for the delay, but I was away a couple of days and and only now catching up. I'm so happy this hub helped you, thanks for letting me know. The number in the hub is the hubscore, you want to get a hubscore of 50 or better. The number by your picture is your author score, that increases with the quantity and quality of your hubs along with participation with the hub community.

Looking forward to getting to know you, take care for now.


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Emilyfv 6 years ago

Hi Jen,

Great HUB. I just joined yesterday so I am newbie and I went thru a headache just to get my first post up LOL! So I thank you so much for your words of wisdom to us newbies and I wish I would have seen this before so I would have known what to do and where to get help. Great stuff. I still don't know what the numbers under the hub title and the ones on your profile mean but I guess I'll figure it out some day. Thanks again for a great post!

Wish you much success with your MS and much success in life. Hope you get to that 100 too! I think you will.

:)


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

Hi DonnaWallace! I'm glad you found the tips useful and welcome to Hubpages!


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DonnaWallace 6 years ago from North Carolina

Thank you for the very helpful article. You have offered some great tips that a newbie (like me!) can use.


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

Thanks ns1209 I am sure you will benefit greatly from the forums.


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ns1209 6 years ago from UK - England

Good advice - will check the forums out


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

Thanks habee, I appreciate that!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Good advice, Jen! You'll get your 100 soon!


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

Your Welcome Sara. If you are selective, you can quickly check out the forums for anything new or useful.


Sara 6 years ago

Thanks for a very informative hub. Look forward to seeing your hubscore of 100. I will definitely check out the forums. Trouble is there is only so much time


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

My pleasure Grant, thanks for leaving the comment for me to read.


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Grant's World 6 years ago from Canada

hi Jen thanks for the tip on reading the forums. i am fairly new here and appreciate all the help I can get.

Grant


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

That's a deal Ben, I'll do the same for you!


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

Thanks Jen, I'll keep looking for your 100!!!


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

Hi Ben, I enjoyed reading your comment, thanks for taking the time to reply. 95 is great, maybe we will both get to 100 around the same time! I have had one payout since I have been here, so I know I shouldn't whine. ;-) Hopefully more payouts will follow as long as I keep following the help given here.


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

Warm and inviting like I remember Jen. You are right on the money with fanning. I started out like bam bam bam! hitting becoming everyone's fan, now it's tough to find time to write, read others and get on the Forum. But just because it's tough doesn't mean you shouldn't do it! I also like your goal, good for you for not whining about money (like I have, haha) I have had one hub hit 95. You are right, funny how three little numbers can make your day!

Ben


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

Your welcome Cydni :)


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Cydni Montgomery 6 years ago

Great advice--- thank you!!!


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

Thanks for reading and leaving a comment Misterlak. Glad you liked the hub.


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Misterlak 6 years ago

Good hub and good advice! x


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

Good Morning fishtiger58, thanks so much for the positive vibes. I'll look forward to celebrating with you, if and when that 100 hubscore is reached.


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fishtiger58 6 years ago from Momence, Illinois

Excellent article Jen and I know you will get that 100 soon. You are an awesome writer and never fail to hold my interest.


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

Thanks Tammy. I agree you must be selective in what you post and read if you don't want to be on the bad end of a forum experience. ;-)


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago

great advice Jen...you can learn a lot by going to the forums. You can meet a lot of great knowledgeable people. Got to have a thick skin though there are people there that love to try to hurt your feelings.


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

Thank you so much prasadjain, I will follow your advice and just keep writing in the same way, waiting to reach the hubscore. Congrats on getting there more than once!


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prasadjain 6 years ago from Tumkur

These points are quite correct Jen,I have personally experimented on some of these and found right. Your concern for other fellow hubbers is appreciable.

Don't bother about hubscore.I never do that. Just go on writing on good topics, in your own way. You will definetely reach your dream 100 mark. i have reached that peak couple of times, without knowing how I did it!


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

You are welcome thoufeeq and thank you for the comment!


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thoufeeq 6 years ago from India

Thanks for the hub. I am glad that I saw your pic two times in the featured hubbers list with in one week. Nice work. Keep it up and help us too.


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

Hi horsecrazyheidi, I'm glad you found this hub helpful. Don't worry you will be surprised how quickly you will learn.


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horsecrazyheidi 6 years ago from good old Arkansas

Thank you I am new to hubbing. I thank you for making it plain to understand alittle better still don't know much but trying to learn


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

Thanks Hugh, glad you agree with this hub. :)


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Hugh Chism 6 years ago

Very good advice, I recently started reading them myself and picked up a lot of good tips.

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