Self-Publishing: How to Publish On The Internet

Lessons I've Learned in 4 Months

I am a relatively new writer and publisher on the Internet, but what I'm not new at is writing, marketing and networking. Being in a visual communications business for over 14 years has helped me to break out of the gate with a better understanding of what it takes to be successful in business. The same rules that apply to business in the "outside" world apply to writing and publishing here on the Internet.

I joined the Hubpages community 4 months ago, and after trying several other writing sites, I decided that HubPages was the platform for me to write. I love being able to assemble my articles (hubs) with text to match my words, products to match my articles, and the necessary tools to get traffic. I have also found the HubPage community to be extremely gifted and kind people whom I love being in community with!

My beloved dog Karma and I.
My beloved dog Karma and I. | Source

What I've Learned at HubPages

So since I decided that Hubpages was the place for me to write, the next step in learning how to publish on the Internet was understanding what things I needed to learn in order to be a successful writer and publisher.

No easy task.

With much to learn and a "regular" life to conduct outside of Hubpages. these are some of the key things I have learned so far about publishing on the Internet:

1. Writing good articles is key. I have written 35 hubs in 4 months, and they have been on a wide variety of topics, mostly things that I already have a great deal of knowledge on. Writing on things that I already knew about was - and is - much easier than trying to struggle through writing about things that I don't know a lick about (although writing about unfamiliar topics does help us writers to "think outside that box" we sometimes put ourselves in) Giving readers truly helpful information or uplifting words will gain you readers and friends. Kind words can go a long way!

2. Traffic- how do I get it? With over 11,000 page views in 4 months you might be wondering how to get that traffic: My traffic is coming from various places- social bookmarking sites, forums where I post relevant links for my hubs without spamming, e-mails to my friends and family about the latest articles I've written, blogs on wordpress and blogger with links to my hub articles, and linking with sites like Digg, Mixx, MySpace and Yuwie.

3. I am constantly reviewing and updating my hubs. I go through and make sure I link my hubs in groups, so that when I do get a reader they also have another hub to read that's right there for them to click on if they so desire. Putting your hubs in groups takes time but is well worth the effort. It also helps you see what type of writing you are leaning towards, and what type of topics you write most about. I also add better key words, and relevant information to my hubs as needed (isn't that great that we can "virtually" change and make our articles better?)

4. Using keywords and tags correctly. One thing that has helped my hubs do better with their Google ranking is to make sure that the title and the first and last paragraph includes the key words I am writing about. My hub titled on "how to get skunk smell out of your dog" has become one of my better hubs, and I believe it's because of the intentional use of the key words in the title and throughout the hub, especially at the beginning and at the end. Also having very relevant tags has made my hubs rank much higher (It's tempting sometimes to put in too many tags that really aren't the "meat" of your hub)

5. Posting in the forums and reading others hubs and making comments. I have made over 230 fans in 4 months, which I believe is a direct result of participating in the forums, getting to know the other hubbers here, reading other hubbers hubs as much as possible and being part of the hubpage community through sharing and listening to advice.

6. Taking advantage of the publishers affiliate programs. I have signed up with Ebay, Google, Kontera and Amazon. My earnings are somewhat meager so far but because I want to make a living publishing on the Internet, I realized early on it was imperative to make those connections and start learning about how to earn through affiliate programs.

7. Being consistent. Although there are days that I get caught up with having to do that hands-on stuff in the outside world, I always make it a point to contribute something to my writing and publishing career on the Internet. If I don't have alot of time to write that day, I at least check my social bookmarking sites and link some hubs, make some comments or read a little bit about more ways to bring in more traffic (the forums here at Hubpages are a great way to learn just about everything you need to know on how to publish, write and bring in traffic)

These are just a few of the key things that I have done so far in my writing and publishing career here at the Internet, but there is alot more that I have learned in these last few months. There is a big learning curve if you want to seriously write for the masses, but the tools are here if you want to seriously write and make a living writing on the Internet.

Treat Your Writing Career Like a Business

So still being a relative newbie as a writer on the Internet, I feel rather good about the fact that I have managed to drive over 11,000 views to my hubs (with the help of Hubpages of course!), earned enough money to now pay for a couple new web-start-ups ( that is my goal: to have a couple domains that I can build up) - made over 230 new friends and fans here at Hubpages - and - definitely learned alot about publishing and writing on the Internet.

My advice to those that are just starting out writing and publishing on the internet could be summed up in these 2 sentences: Understand that if you want to make writing your career here at the Internet, you need to treat it like a business, which means time, time and more time. And allow yourself to always be in a learning mode- there is always something new to learn - everyday!

(Dorsi Diaz is a freelance writer and blogger on the Internet)

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Hope Wilbanks 8 years ago from Louisiana

Well-said!


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Lissie 8 years ago from New Zealand

Its a time game too. So long as your content is timeless than the older it is the better you tend to do as it gets better ranking with google!. I find now after 10 (!) months that my readers keep going up even if I don't publish as often as I once did!


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DiamondRN 8 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

Good stuff. You can use this advice for all Internet publishing sites, etc.


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glycodoc 8 years ago

WOW - Great Stuff ---THANKS for such a informative hub.


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robie2 8 years ago from Central New Jersey

Good advice, Dorsi. I'm find that whenever I tinker with an already published hub--add something, rewrite, or re work keywords, I get more traffic. Think this is an important and often overlooked option. Nice work


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Marian Swift 8 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

Thank you, Dorsi! I'm still very new to the social-bookmarking stuff (and frankly, self-promotion is weird to me as well), but am trying to get up to crawling speed.

Great advice! I've bookmarked it.


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Louie Jerome 8 years ago from UK

I too would like to make a full time living out of internet publishing. It's hard work. Thanks for the tips.


jim1307 8 years ago

a good article, and helpful :))


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Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

Great useful hub, full of lots of information to help the new and remind the old writers on how to give the old articles a renewed kick start. Thanks heaps dorsi


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Rob Jundt 8 years ago from Midwest USA

Excellent and very practical hub. We could all learn a lot from your experiences. I, too, have begun a very limited internet publishing foray. My hope is to build on what I've learned and continue to learn. My wife sort of thinks I'm crazy about wanting to write about this and that... but it really is a mission of sorts. I've enjoyed a great deal of your hubs. And even though my overall traffic is about half of what you've achieved, I feel confident enough to build on it. Once again thanks for sharing your insight with the rest of us. Blessings!


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JYOTI KOTHARI 8 years ago from Jaipur

Dorsi,

This is such a hub that I can not resist myself to mail i to many writters.


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CJStone 8 years ago from Whitstable, UK

Hello Dorsi, a very useful and informative hub. I will certainly think about the keywords and tags after reading this. However, one question. You say that you should treat it as a business. I'm a published writer outside of HubPages. I've just written a story about my addiction to HubPages. To me it's to do with community and mutual encouragement. It's having a readership. It's not about making money. If you want to earn money writing then the best way is still the old way: the print media.


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Dorsi 8 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

Thank you everybody for stopping by and the great comments.

CJ- when I say treat "it like a business"- I am referring to taking your writing seriously if you are wanting to actually make a career of it- and that means to me being "business minded"- putting lots of time and energy into your writing, keeping good financial records, being consistent and working at it like any other business.

I didn't start here just for the money, but have realized in the last few months that this is how I want to make my income- so I have to treat it like a business and put in alot of time and effort. Being in a brick and mortar business for 14 years, I now have a new respect for being able to actually have a business from home, but I know I have to still treat it like work if I want to exist on it.

Thanks so much for coming by.


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Marina Rosa 8 years ago from Southern California

Thank you - I am an even newer newbie. I will read and re-read this hub since I have so much to learn.


pgrundy 8 years ago

Dorsi, thank you for this hub. I learned a number of good things I haven't been doing, so now maybe I will actually do them--specifically, using keywords for tags and in the title and first paragraph, and social networking and updating my hubs. To be honest, I neglect all the promotional stuff, but I guess I should quit that.

I was doing pretty well over at Elance money-wise, but I'm getting weary of it (a few clinker clients helped) and finding I enjoy the community and freedom to write what I like here at Hubpages more. I'm considering doing an in-print sort of book or two and just keeping a couple of my regular (easy) freelance clients while I write for paper publication and work on my hubs here.

The internet writing venues have been great for me. I hadn't been writing at all for several years and then these sites started popping up for writers. I started out at Helium but when I found HubPages it just 'clicked' and now I write all the time and mostly enjoy it. It keeps me from going insane at my day job! Thanks for some really good advice, and all the best to you on your domains and plans.


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CJStone 8 years ago from Whitstable, UK

Dorsi, here's the problem with the "on-line business" model for HubPages. Do you ever click on the adverts? I know I don't. I read the hub, and, if I'm interested, I make a comment. The question then is, why do we visit each other's hubs? Is it only to promote our own, or is it because we are interested in what other people have to say? Is this communication - community - or money? I think it's the first. I like it when other people visit my hubs and leave comments because it makes me feel valued in the community. I like visiting other people's hubs to show that I value them. The on-line marketers talk about value too, but I'm not sure they mean quite the same thing. That's not to say that a little money wouldn't help. I made $4.65 last month! Ha!


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Dorsi 8 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

CJ: You know, I think hub pages can be all of these things- a community and a place to do business (our writing) I don't think I'll make enough money here at Hub pages to live on (but I might, who knows?) I think of this more as a creative breeding ground, amongst other creative people, where I can learn to be a better writer and a better person- as far as making more money- I think that will come with the web domains- and a very specific business plan for those sites-

I don't see myself ever leaving Hub pages now, I'm too hooked, the community is great- and just like in business, I think you can have friends and also have customers at the same time. The more we network here , the more chance we have with connecting with those that actually might pay us for writing or publishing or even get hooked up with other opportunities. That's the beauty of networking!


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flutterbug77 8 years ago from USA

Great Hub! You have another fan, here. Thanks.


partheepan 8 years ago

hai, i am parthee


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marisuewrites 8 years ago from USA

Dorsi, I'm so behind in reading you and will enjoy catching up...I agree, Hubs is a little bit of everything, money mm not so much but huge joy and fun and education.

I enjoy your informative hubs and excellent writing skills!! always a fan....I am Marisue!!


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drpastorcarlotta 7 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

Very informational Hub, thank you!!! Praying over my material and markenting contents help me alot as well!!!


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create a page 7 years ago from Maryland, USA

Good topic, and good job!


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Madison22 6 years ago from NYC

Thank you Dorsi, very informative and helpful article. Bookmarked!


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jbgnet 5 years ago

Very informative and helpful Thank you!


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Dorsi 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

jbgnet) Thanks for coming by and reading. Glad it was helpful!


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Dorsi 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@Buyers Guide -Yes, if we want to make money at our writing /publishing efforts then we to spend alot of attention and learning just like any "job". Thanks for coming by Buyers Guide (and for fanning me)


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Dorsi 4 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@estella) Images for my hubs or profile pics estella?


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Dorsi 4 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

estellaeffects) Thanks and no I don't purchase them. Many are my own (I'm a photographer too), some I use and give credit to the photographer or site for, and others I find on free photo sites on the web. I think there are also some hubs about using free photos too. The search bar should bring them up here at HubPages.


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Dorsi 4 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

estella) YW!

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