Professional Development for Hubbers

Investing Time and Effort Into Improving Your HubPage Publishing Skills

While writing and publishing on HubPages is free and easy to do, earning money from such publishing, on HubPages or other websites, is neither free nor easy.

By using the term neither free I am trying to get across the point that there is a cost to success and this cost can take the form of having to invest time, effort and even cash to learn both the necessary writing skills as well as other aspects of publishing and marketing on the web.

There is zero financial cost to using HubPages to publish one’s work and no cost to sign up for the HubPage ad program, Google Adsense program and the Amazon ad program.

Various Skills are Needed to be a Successful Online Publisher

However, to make money publishing on HubPages and other sites one not only has to know how to write but also know what topics people want to read.

No matter how good one’s writing is technically, if readers don’t want to come and read it there will be no one to click on the ads and the writer will not make any money.

A final thing to consider is that there is no guarantee that even good writers who write what people want will be able to attract readers as there are literally millions of other good writers also publishing on the web.

In addition to producing quality writing on topics people want, a writer also has to know how to market and let the world know that their articles are available for reading.

Everyone Can Benefit from More Training

Everyone can benefit from some Professional Development
Everyone can benefit from some Professional Development | Source

Consider Taking Some Time to Improve Your Hubbing Skills

Now, before aspiring Hubbers give up in despair following my, admittedly depressing, opening paragraphs, let me say that the good news that follows in this bad news / good newsHub far outweighs the bad news above.

In fact, rather than a barrier to achieving one’s dreams of success on HubPages, the paragraphs above should be viewed as a small speed bump intended to get one to slow down and consider the wealth of resources available to help writers become successful on HubPages and other sites.

Even non-Hubbers Can Take Advantage of Free Learning Resources on HubPages

Training and education can enable one to overcome the barriers to the writing success that I described above. Even lack of talent can be overcome to some extent by training and education.

However, training doesn’t mean that one has to spend a small fortune and devote the next few years of his or her life getting a college degree in writing.

There is an easier way and it is free.

In the remainder of this Hub I will describe the large and continually growing body of free training available to anyone who visits HubPages regardless of whether they join.

And, while it is the hope of both the HubPage management and individual Hubbers that visitors will see the advantages of applying what they learn from the free writing and web publishing training offered on HubPages by joining the community and publishing themselves, being a member of the HubPage Community (membership is also free) is not required.

Anyone can freely partake of this training and use it anywhere even as a means of obtaining writing skills that will help one produce better written work in their present off line career.

Where do I find the HubPages Learning Center?

Chika working on training and development
Chika working on training and development | Source

The HubPage Learning Center

The best place for anyone to start their learning and improvement process is the HubPages Learning Center.

To get to the Learning Center simply go to the bottom of any page on the HubPages site and, in the grey bar at the very bottom of the page, point to the words Learning Center and click it with your mouse.

In here you will find a well organized list of topics which is continually growing and with which anyone, from a newbie who has never written an article to an experienced and successful online writer, will find useful information.

While the focus and intent is to help Hubbers improve their online writing, much of the information is applicable to other online writing or even writing for traditional media.

HubPages Blog

The HubPages Blog is another place to gleen useful information. In addition to clicking the link at the left, you can currently find links to new blog posts on the HubPages homepage in the middle of the right column under the heading RECENT BLOG POSTS.

The blog is written by the HubPages staff and contains a mix of useful information including announcements of new features and other changes in the site.

I have found the blog especially helpful in trying to keep up with the changes and challenges that have occurred since the massive upheavals that have occurred following Google’s Panda Algorithm update this past February.

While I don’t make a point of reading all of the blog posts, every time I log on to HubPages I do glance at the Recent Blog Posts section of the homepage to see what, if any, new items have been posted.

HubPages Online Writing Insider Podcasts

Among other things that can be found on the HubPages blog is a growing series of short podcasts on different aspects of writing.

While these appear on the blog along with other posts in the order in which they were posted, you can also get a chronological list of just the podcasts by clicking on this link http://blog.hubpages.com/index.php?s=online+writing+insider&t=blog.

I have started listening to these podcasts regularly and have found them to be helpful in my writing.

HubPages Weekly Email Newsletter

For those who are members of the HubPages Community, HubPages provides the option to receive a weekly email newsletter appropriately titled HubPages Weekly.

This newsletter is sent to members of HubPages who have checked the first box (which reads Allow HubPages to contact you) in the Edit Email Settings section of their profile.
In addition to other correspondence from HubPages, checking this box will also result in your receiving the HubPages Weekly.

HubPages Weekly provides a quick update on the traffic to your Hub during the past week.
This is followed by a very short article that usually either announces a new feature or policy from HubPages or a new suggestion for getting more traffic to your Hubs.
The rest of the issue is an interview with a Hubber and then some other updates or news.

I can generally get the gist of the important (to me) points with a 30 second glance at the newsletter but sometimes take 3 to 4 minutes and read the entire issue.

While short, as well as quick and easy, to read and digest, the HubPages Weekly is a good example of one form of an ongoing personal professional development process and that is simply finding ways to keep up with what is going on in your chosen profession.

I don’t mean to minimize the importance of longer and more formal training which is also very important. But, like a diet or exercise program, small things also count and should be included as part of one’s professional development.

Learning from Other Hubbers

While HubPages is a great platform for writers and aspiring writers to publish their work, it is more than that.

HubPages is also a great community of writers.

Unlike traditional media where writers often find themselves competing with others for limited publishing space, this is not a problem on HubPages.

This is not the case with HubPages as I have found it to be a very supportive community with many members, including me, frequently publishing Hubs explaining how to emulate techniques and tactics that have helped them to be successful on the site.

A good place to begin looking for these Hubs is on the HubPages Tutorials and Community At the top of the HubPages homepage click on the All Topics link which is found a the end of the list of Popular Topics. Simply click on words HubPages Tutorials and Community and you will be taken directly to a page listing links for Hubs providing writing advice and instructions for a range of topics.

Learning is an Ongoing Process Needed by All Professionals

Professional development is an ongoing process of continually keeping up to date with one’s profession as well as learning new ways to do your chosen job better and more efficiently.

Anyone who has ever advanced and moved ahead in a job or career has done this in part by increasing and improving their skills.

In addition to getting ahead in our careers, professional development is also necessary to both prepare us for change, which is always occurring, as well as helping us to survive professionally when we are hit with sudden and unexpected change.

Google’s massive Panda Algorithm change a while back forced all of us on HubPages to choose between giving up or working to learn how to survive in the new search environment. Those of us who survived the Panda Algorithm did so by studying and learning the new environment and then adapting.

Your Thoughts on Improving Your Hubbing Skills

Do you plan to improve your Hubbing Skills by utilizing some of the tools HubPages Provides?

  • Yes
  • No it's not worth the effort
  • No - I am already satisfied with my success on HubPages
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© 2011 Chuck Nugent

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NuAra 4 years ago from Virginia

Thank you for the article, to say what everyone else is saying, its very useful


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greenshellmussel 5 years ago

Thank You Chuck for the great info. I really appreciate your selflessness in helping us newbies find our way.


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Kate H 5 years ago from Upstate New York

Thanks for sharing this info. As a new Hubber I really appreciate how supportive this community is and how much advice is out there. This was well written and informative! Thanks again.


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Ramzeed 5 years ago from Maryland

Im new at hubpages and I really needed this info. great article and thanks alot!


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Abundant old soul 5 years ago from united states

I found this to be very interesting as well as very informative. I am new to all of this and I can see where hubbing will be a new set of skills. I see where reading other pages will be like taking daily inservice training.


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invitationwrite 5 years ago

You give lots of insightful and practical tips for all of us. Thanks Chuck.


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Danny B-O-B 5 years ago

Greetings!

Thank you for writing this Hub, it was quite useful. See I am a REAL newbie, its only my third day. And I have to admit, I love writing but it is never an easy thing, especially writing about topics that people want to read. I see your an Arizonan, so am I! Anyways enough of my babbling, just wanted to show my appreciation for a veteran hubber!


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Ash Hicks 5 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

I appreciate that there are so many writers helping new users to HubPages. This is a great warning to new Hubbers, and it is also good motivation to evaluate what you are writing. Thank you to you and all the other Hubbers who publish the much needed advice!


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UniqueVanities 5 years ago from Ohio

Great points all across the board!! Life is a learning process all the way until death, I think. It keeps the brain from getting stagnant and makes for better conversation! Great hub! Voted up and interesting!

P.S. The dog at the computer is PRICELESS, by the way! :)


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

Indeed, professional development and constant learning should be part of any writer's ongoing To-Do list.


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jjexon 5 years ago

very nice work dear


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twilightnera 5 years ago

Very helpful hub, for someone who left hub pages a few months ago because I didn't think it was worth it but this article proved otherwise!


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nikkiraeink 5 years ago from So. Cal.

Extremely useful. Voted up!


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BethanRose 5 years ago from South Wales

You know, this is really great. I've been here for a while and haven't even used the HubPages blog yet! Thanks for an informative and helpful hub. Voted up.


iron doors 5 years ago

great information, thank you.


TajSingh 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Chuck! Thanks for imparting your wisdom to us.


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Jennie Demario 5 years ago from Floating in the clouds

To be honest I only opened this hub because of that super cute picture but I ended up reading the article. There is some fantastic information in here. Thank you for sharing your knowledge Chuck and congrats on 4,000++ followers!!


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htodd 5 years ago from United States

Thanks for the great post..


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carol3san 5 years ago from Hollywood Florida

Hi Chuck, Thanks a bunch for this article. It is very informative and has given me a greater awareness of exactly what I need to do as a writet on hubpages.


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wendi_w 5 years ago from Midwest

Thank you for all the incredible information, There is so much to learn


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AllieRambles 5 years ago from Bay Area, California

Chuck,

I am going to continue reading your hubs just to see the most cute photos of Chika. LOL.

I am really enjoying the small boost in income from the new Hubpages Ad program. And the little bit from Google. Amazon recently dropped me because I live in CA. But sales were nill anyway.

Thank you so much for putting this post together. I will surely check out the HP blog and learning center.

But right now I am going to check out the podcast.

~Allie


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Ken Barton 5 years ago

It's a shame HP's doesn't give more input back into where someone is going wrong or not. When my Adsense account was deactivated they gave no other input than to say their system detected that my efforts posed a risk of invalid clicking. Posing a risk and actually committing the act are two distinctly different actions and one does not deserve the same penalty as the other. Yet, they did what they did, and gave me no option, education, or say in the matter. So, I offer this warning to all who write for HP's, to be careful not to put too much of your hopes in HP because at any given moment all your work can be brought to naught for posing a problem according to their algorithm or such. Never put all your eggs (Hopes) in one basket.


raymond1489 5 years ago

Chuck, I'm relatively new to Hubspace and I really appreciate the insight and your advice in this hub.I think it's going to help me a lot.


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Dee aka Nonna 5 years ago

As I read I kept thinking that I wished I read this or something simular sooner. I especially appreciate the reminder to refer to the information in the Learning Center. I do, but not nearly as often as I should. I really want to continue to grow and I want to look back one day and smile at my success here. Thank you for sharing.


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setoelkahfi 5 years ago

Very informative, I'm still new in this Hub-style. Thanks for sharing


mike_online08 5 years ago

What a great hub. Very informative indeed. A lot of tips as well all in one topic. I hope you do more hubs just like this one. I for myself is starting to make a career with hub pages and learning is indeed what we need to grow more.


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Dianemae 5 years ago

Interesting hub. I am still looking for more information to advance my use of the hub pages.


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Ken Barton 5 years ago

Good info but now after six months with HP, my adsense account was deactivated; so, I guess that's it for earning with HP. My efforts now have to turn elsewhere to sources outside of HP and google. Still, I'll take what I've learned with me as I venture out to other venues. Have a great 4th of July weekend!


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biblicaliving 5 years ago from U.S.A.

Great Hub, I guess I will have to start checking out the Blog to see what I can learn, Thanks!


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htodd 5 years ago from United States

The pictures are really Nice..What's the name of this little guy..


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wendi_w 5 years ago from Midwest

Thank you so much for this information, I recently came back to hub pages and am trying to use it to become a better writer. Your hub just put all the things I was looking for in one place


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Carolyn Moe 5 years ago

I am learning so much and quite pooped out -- it's very late; I will need to come back tomorrow and finish reading this hub!... thanks... love the little dog photos... perhaps I'll use mine.


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golulugo 5 years ago from Chicago

Thanks for the very thorough breakdown of the ways to get into HubPages. It's nice to have a list of all the resources for new Hub writers and the benefits to be gained from each of those places.


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clintonb 5 years ago from Adelaide, Australia

Thank You! It was informative! :)


vponsales 5 years ago from http://www.vponsale.com/invitations/

very interesting??


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Avory Shell 5 years ago

Really helpful! I've just recently started hubpages, so this has helped me alot!


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Green Art 5 years ago

I've been writing on hub pages for two months now and can always see room for improvement in my hubs. It's great that a wealth of information is right here in hub pages just a click or two away. Thanks for all the ideas to improve the work I do on future hubs.


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coreyrab 5 years ago from Florida

I appreciate the great tips. Always look for hub tips :)


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smithroyal78 5 years ago

Useful hub for beginners.Giving enough directions and links to follow to get into the right path.

Thank you.


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Gerg 5 years ago from California

I appreciate your candid and helpful comments, Chuck - thanks.

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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia

A timely reminder to go back to the Learning Centre. Professional development is essential no matter what the field of work and given the high volume of writers seeking a fortune on the Internet, online writers are on the top of the list to be continually evolving.


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Chuck 5 years ago from Tucson, Arizona Author

Earth Angel, thanks for commenting again. Chika loves attention and appreciates you asking about her.

Unfortunately, most of the HubPage provided professional development is in text format and she never learned to read...LOL!!!


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Earth Angel 5 years ago

Good Morning!

How's Chika doing on her HubPages Tutorials?

Blessings, Earth Angel!


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Chuck 5 years ago from Tucson, Arizona Author

Thanks everyone for your comments.

Albert Street, as to your comment I have never heard of this.

In a previous Hub discussing my success on HubPages ( http://hubpages.com/community/Reflecting-on-My-Suc... )I mentioned that I originally signed up for Google AdSense when I started a blog which was two years before I joined HubPages. I had no problem enrolling in the AdSense program even though the blog was new and had very little traffic (in fact it managed to generate a grand total of $4 in two years - I accrued more than that my first month writing for HubPages).

Maybe some other reader can offer advice here. Also, you might want to check out the HubPages Forums as questions like this are often asked and answered there.

You may find that someone else has asked the question and an answer has already been posted. Or you may have to ask the question. As I stated in my Hub above, this is a very large and supportive community and you will probably get an answer quickly.


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viking305 5 years ago from Ireland

Yes I use the HubPages Learning Center to improve my income here at HubPages. Very useful hub


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jpcmc 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

This is why a lot of hubbers follow you. You give lots of insightful and practical tips for all of us. Thanks Chuck.


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

This is a great hub. Being from Canada, I have to wait until I've been on this site for 6 months to be allowed to sign up for Google AdSense. (Just joined two weeks ago.) Not sure if this is new, or Canadians always had to wait. I'll definitely chec kout the resources you mention.


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Albert Street 5 years ago from Northern USA

Thanks for the great guidance for us newbie Hubbers. I have been trying to get accepted to Google Adsense for the last several weeks and I keep getting turned down due to domain issues. When I refer my Hub Page links. Have you ever heard of anyone having this problem before?


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ocbill 5 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

Another great hub. I agree that learning is ongoing for everyone.


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almasi 5 years ago

Thanks for shedding some light and revealing the resources to help the less experienced hubbers.


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manthy 5 years ago from Alabama,USA

Thanks for the advice - I know this hub will help alot of people if they take the time to use the tools above.

God-Bless


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Alexander Mark 5 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

Thanks for the links and the educational hub, I had no idea I could bookmark within Hubpages. I'll check that out.

It's funny how Google denies that the Panda update was the cause of all the upheaval earlier this year, but if it wasn't, we'll always call it Panda because SOMETHING happened! I agree that we can either quit or continue adapting.


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Treasuresofheaven 5 years ago from Michigan

Hi Chuck,

Thanks for taking the time to share this information. This is a good reminder to use what we already have to advance in our profession.

Thank you!


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Earth Angel 5 years ago

Dearest Chuck and Chika,

GREAT Hub on Hubbing! What a grand way to spend Father's Day! Looks like you had a good one!

Blessings always, Earth Angel!


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mrali2010 5 years ago

Hello,

It is very uesful hub, Thanks


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

Hi Chuck, when a veteran Hubber like yourself publish a hub on Professional development for Hubbers, we newbies have to take notice. I have come a long way and it's great Hubbers like you that I have learned from. Thank you for being here and writing quality content that we can all learn from.

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