Do monkeys write better than do Rednecks? - Redneck Tale # 29

Money first - is there something other than money?

This old Redneck has been hanging around these parts for close to nine months. Whenever the mood dictates, he whips out an article (or a reasonable facsimile of one) about something that interests him. To tell the truth, the idea is to "write it out" before the thought gets away, maybe to be lost forever. That's the way things are when a person gets to the age of having caused the Social Security Administration to have long ago gone broke.

Looking at the page views reported on by Hubpages, it turns out that the total is getting right next to 10,000. This morning it sits at 9,621 page views and 166 hubs, and for each one of those, readers and writer friends are individually and collectively thanked. Whenever a comment has been left behind on the page, it makes for big smiles and good feelings over here.

There are many articles posted here on Hubpages by authors who speak to earning money from writing hubs. As everyone who participates in the Hubpages adventure knows, there is the hope of earning money from every hub posted. Early on, that idea was encouraged here, however it was not too long before reality set in about earnings. Those who want to earn lots of money from their hubs must spend lots of time and plenty of effort on the job of making Hubpages be one of their jobs. In nine months and over those 9,621 page views for the 166 hubs, the Google Adsense income has been $25.54.

Many people, including we hubbers, might ask, "What's the point of writing stuff when each carefully crafted article turns out to be worth an average of only 15 cents?" (Approximately one small bite out of a candy bar these days...)

If it is only the money, then most of us are playing in the wrong sandbox.

Which hubs were the biggies?

They tell us that poems are the pits when it comes to popularity among readers. One would be fooled by that tale if one surveyed the "account" listing of hubs here. Forget the 166 hub total. Look at the top ten hubs' page views:

  1. How to tell if someone is bugging you (a how to article)
  2. Dumb Poem # 37 - Skiing (poem)
  3. SampsonVets Tale # 16 - Sampson Veterans Alive and Kicking (humor)
  4. How to use PagePlus for word processing, page and book production... (how to)
  5. Health and Disease - tobacco smoking - keep it up... (health article)
  6. Dumb Poem # 17 - The Librarian (poem)
  7. Redneck Recipe # 1 - "War Dog vs. Pit Bull" and Has Beans Recipe (humor + recipe)
  8. Dumb Poem # 62 - The Nazi Party (poem)
  9. SampsonVets Tale # 2 - What's with all these crazies (humor)
  10. Dumb Poem #2 - The problem with rabbits (poem)

Go ahead and count 'em! Four out of the first ten are p o e m s. As they sometimes declare - you could knock me over with a feather. Number 1 on the list had 641 pageviews which may indicate that there are many readers in fear of their telephones being tapped. Number 2 on the list is a little poem the title of which is "Skiing." It had a startling 519 pageviews. Number 3 on the list was a funny telling of tales from the old military days at and about Sampson Air Force Base. Its page views were less than half those of the skiing poem - 243. And so it went, with number 10 on the list garnering 167 page views.

The "stats" for the high rollers on the list were interesting. Those having the big numbers, comparitively speaking, were those with readership overwhelmingly from readers who linked in from the Internet, mostly by way of various search engines both in the United States and throughout the world. Lesson - Hubpages has great "reach."

And so it went. There were a large number of poems on the listing, and most of them had abysmal readership. There has been friendly advice from some hubbers - remove those with crummy scores. Worrying about crummy scores is generally not something that Rednecks do. The poems all remain until it is figured out what to do with the collection. Being of an age, so to speak, figuring that out is likely to take a while.

Why should a writer be a "hub-writer?"

It is probable that most hubbers have goals that include writing books, magazine and ezine articles, income from syndicated columns, and other writing endeavors that will all bring fame and fortune. Writing, in a sense, is a lot like performing on stage. The writer is IT once the pen hits the paper or the fingers whack away on the keyboard.

As all writers will find out soon enough, that next writing assignment - the one that pays lots of money to a writer - is won only when the paying client can see what the writer wrote in the past. How easy it is to send them to a favorite hub - the one with great readership that was sculpted with great care and craftsmanship.

These days a lot of writing assignments arrive via eMail. Writers' applications for those assignments go to potential clients the same way. It is a piece of cake to attach a copy of an existing hub to that eMail or simply include an article's Internet address ("URL") when referring a client to the article.

It is very important that you verify the worth of your intended clients before sending sample articles to them. Some are not as ethical as you might want them to be. No use supplying free articles to folks who want their articles at no cost - like your sample articles. By supplying prospective clients with already-published materials, you further reduce the chances of your hard-worked articles going astray. In addition, your prospective client is encouraged to become your for-real client by the fact that your "sample" has already been approved for publication elsewhere.

One word or two of caution - If your prospective client is a Redneck, turn around and run as fast as you can. Rednecks have no money and their blue jean pockets have big holes, which is why they have no money.

No money can bring good money

 So far Hubpages has meant virtually no income directly for those 166 hubs. On the other hand those articles have brought along two new clients from whom the dollars are visible and will soon amount to about one thousand dollars a month in real money. There is a third potential client, a healthcare foundation, that is now taking a look at some of those already published articles. Each has their own payment scale. One is low-paying, but the articles placed there are many and their crafting is both easy-going and on subjects of the writers' choosing. The second client is high-paying (like $30 for a 500-word article), but they specify subjects and demand perfection as to composition and format. The healthcare outfit pays well and suggests what it must be that the writer puts together.

If this Redneck were to make a suggestion to his many hubber friends, it would be to put your hubs together with purpose and energy. Think to yourselves, "What would the editor of "____" think of this hub if he or she were to read it?" Then go from there. You should want that editor to see your hubs, and you absolutely do want your potential clients to see them.

 

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sheila b. 6 years ago

I enjoyed reading every word you wrote. What you said is so sensible.


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GusTheRedneck 6 years ago from USA Author

My mother would be delighted with what you wrote in your comment, above. My father (wiser of the two) would laugh until his belly hurt. Thanks Sheila. I wish I had 100 friends just as kind as you !

Gus ;-O


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Well, Gus, I concur so now you have two. This is an easy-to-understand and enjoyable read. Thanks for sharing your experence.


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GusTheRedneck 6 years ago from USA Author

Hi Doctor bj - I forget how to spell "tooo kind," or "tukind," or other words to the same effect, but you get the point, right? If I knew why I wrote this article, I'd confess it. Methinks I probably was slated to be a bean counter, but you know what beans do. Hah!

That reminds me of the preamble to a serious medical journal article that was written by a very famous surgeon whose specialty was the excision of hemorrhoids. He extolled his fellow docs to be most careful when doing that job for, as he put it, "You will be working around the anal sphincter with your scalpels." Then he went on to describe the importance of that circular muscle. Paraphrasing his words, he explained how the sphincter was a remarkable muscle, located there at the base of a 30-foot long tube that was filled with solids, liquids, and gas. The muscle was magical in that it could let the gas out while holding back the solids and liquids. Then he went on from there to describe other marvels, perhaps the best of which was that the sphincter could obviously observe and think, and was unlike any others of the body's many muscles in that it was the only one of them that knew when you were alone or in a crowd.

Funny article, that one. After his preamble, he got serious and the fun was gone.

I am happy that I now have "two." (Maybe that was the word for which I was straining to remember...)

Gus ;-)


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eovery 6 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

I think a monkey can write better than me.

My first 9 months were like yours but these last few months have picked up, and I actually got an adsense check now. And about ready to get another one soon. It does appear to pick up. I finally have a couple of hubs that, after about 9 months are getting several hits a day on. I would like to work them a little more and see if I could double the generic hits.

The three bigger hubs for me are, You're so ugly jokes, Buddy Holly, and a new one, How to fix power sliding doors on Caravans. The last one I have been able to place a link on forums which rank high on this topic. I think it should stay green for a while.

Keep on hubbing!

Keep on hubbing!


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GusTheRedneck 6 years ago from USA Author

eovery - Good for you! Gus :-)))


the fix 6 years ago

I love your honesty and humor Gus! Keep it up! This is a great Hub because it reminds us all that the real reason to do this is to have fun and share with people all over the world. What we get from it is joy and maybe a bite off a candy bar now and then!


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Austinstar 6 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Poetry huh? I write poetry, but my biggest hub draws are about Aztec tattoos! Well, go figure.

I do have a good hub about writing poetry form and function. It's popular.

And my favorite subject that I am a specialist in, blood transfusions, gets no traffic at all.

Yep, a monkey could figure this out better than me. I say, if it feels good, do it and don't harm others on the way.

Enjoy the day, Gus, you deserve it!


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GusTheRedneck 6 years ago from USA Author

Howdy Fix - You said it much better than I did - and you did so a whole lot more economically.

Gus :-)))


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GusTheRedneck 6 years ago from USA Author

Austinstar - What I believe about those poems is that their titles tend to attract folks. If those people read the things - well, that's something else again.

Gus ;-)


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago

Thanks for sharing your wisdom. Nice to see a new tale. My adsense account was disabled a while ago and I have never heard from them about my appeal. My best hub and money makers have always been the hubs that have anything to do with Nurses. Redneck poems are popular LOL. I think everything you do is really good anyway. It's always fun to read your hubs.


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GusTheRedneck 6 years ago from USA Author

Hi Tammy - I really wish I knew enough to advise you as to Adsense. It is a mystery to me. But your nursing ( & book chapter) tales are always of interest to me and to many others. I have lots of fun writing stuff. Once in a while I get serious... (?) Check some of those at http://tinyurl.com/yjdouqq and at http://tinyurl.com/23h4ngv . Let me tell you, the best "pay" I have ever had is the friendship of fellow hubbers. That's worth millions, I will guarantee it.

Gus :-)))


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Hey Gus - that was too funny and too true all at once! I've been taking a class on-line about writing on line and have learned a lot of stuff. We shall see if it ever helps me along the way. I have these other things in my life that keep getting in the way at the moment - work, the hounds, life, etc. but I keep chugging along with the hubs. You are right though - if you put your heart into it and right creatively, I have to believe it is going to pan out somewhere! I haven't had as much success asking folks to actually look at my hubs (sounds almost dirty there for a moment) but we'll see how it all shakes out the more I go along. I've started submitting POEMS (gasp) myself to other venues and have to somehow figure out some kind of schedule if that is even possible....write this for that, try it, see how it goes, write this for that, see how it goes. Eventually I think if we find our niche market or a couple of them, it'll all make sense why we wrote/write on hubpages. Congrats on the scores! Great job but you are a very polished writer so don't let the monkey try and get your job!


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GusTheRedneck 6 years ago from USA Author

Well Howdy Audrey - It's always good to hear from the "cold and wet country." I sincerely hope that I did not mislead you or anyone else about the poem stuff. I was really surprised that 4 out of the top 10 hubs were "Dumb Poem" deals, but it did make me smile. Funny poems are good to read and good to write (if you can stand them...) The only person I ever heard of who actually made a living from such things was Ogden Nash. His stuff was enough to cure your gas pains or to give you more of them. ("Rhinocerous - Prepocerous" and many others even better) It helps to remember that Johannes Gutenberg (supposed inventor of movable type for mass printing) did not actually invent movable type. His wife did. (so to speak). Talk about monkeys getting both the credit and the job...

Gus :-)))


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

It's a modified, stolen phrase, but I've used it many times; write it and they will come. That is, readers AND others interested in people who can write things. Writing, in every article or book I've ever read about it, is said to be a lone art and it's a tough one to make money in unless you've hit the right channels. But the writing can never stop. Even if it's for free, like you said, it's an advertisement someone may see or that someone may be directed to. And best of all, it's practice. If you want to write well, and if you want to write better, the best way to do that is to just keep writing. If the writing is good, the money part seems to me is inevitable down the road somewhere.


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GusTheRedneck 6 years ago from USA Author

Hi Springboard - Well said. You said, "It's a lone art..." That brought a smile, for it caused me to envision that old saying - "If you gave an infinite number of monkeys an infinite amount of time and an infinite number of typewriters with paper, eventually they would type out the entire Encyclopedia Brittanica, word for word."

Gus :-)))


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago

Hey Gus...I checked out your links they are great...I really should try the examiner again...They didn't accept me the first time I applied to them but I was just starting out...You are so right about the friendships here at HP, those are worth more than a couple of pennies for sure.


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GusTheRedneck 6 years ago from USA Author

Tammy - I do not know how to advise you about Examiner... They seem to be very fussy as to many things about which ALL writers need be fussy, but they are also very helpful about things to which ALL writers need to be attentive. (They offer us what they named "Examiner University.")

As I recall, Examiner wanted to take a look at an article produced by the writer, and I think it was to be 300 words in length. I sent them a copy of a word processing version of an article and gave them the URL of the same one I had here on Hubpages. That seemed to please them.

I credit Examiner.com for helping to get me a very good new client.

So, because you (1) like to write, (2) are like everyone else who can use an extra dollar or more, and (3) write very well, it may be beneficial to you if you apply again. If you want me to sponsor you, I think enough of your writing to be willing. (And the bonus offered to me causes me to be even more willing to do that, but I'd do it anyway, bonus or no bonus.)

No matter what, keep smiling.

Gus :-)))


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago

Gus I applied again today...I hadn't seen this reply but I put you as a referral. Maybe they will accept me this time. I didn't know you could sponsor another so if they accept I will definitely take you up on that. Thanks again!


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epigramman 5 years ago

... you really know how to put a world class hub together and do it so well - and I really appreciate the time and effort that you take to entertain and enlighten us!!!!


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GusTheRedneck 5 years ago from USA Author

Howdy "epi" - All that it takes is to study what the monkeys all do so very professionally.

Gus :-)))

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