Reflections on the First 50: My Top Five Tips, Hubs, and Hubbers Who Have Inspired Me

My last birthday – though not one ending in a zero – was a milestone day. It was the day I published my 50th hub, reached the threshold for my first HubPages payment, and had a hub attain a perfect 100 hubscore and the number one spot on the hot hub list. Because I wanted to get one more "Know It All" contest entry in before the deadline, my 50th hub wasn't one of those milestone hubs that have been so popular here. But I've enjoyed reading others' milestone hubs and want to share some thoughts and tips of my own about writing for HubPages. I decided a good time to do that would be with this, the first hub of my next 50.

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My Story

I came across HubPages quite by accident in August 2011. I had just left my job in a corporate legal department after 17 years, a decision that was a long time in the making and fueled by my desire to write on full-time basis for at least a little while. I saved up enough money to live on during my "sabbatical" and made the agonizing decision to leave a well-paying job that I enjoyed for the most part, even though it was slowly sucking the life out of me. I knew I wanted to work on my novel, which I had been trying to do for years while putting in long hours at my stressful job, and maybe write some articles on topics that interested me, but had no firm plans other than to write all day, every day.

I was two weeks into my new career and doing some research for my novel one afternoon when I came across HubPages. I signed up that day. A few days later, I published my first two hubs – technical legal pieces like the only other things I had published during my 21 year legal career.

Later that week, I woke early one morning to the idea of writing a hub about a dinner party cooking competition my friends and I had done. With the hub now writing itself inside my head, I could no longer sleep so I got up and cranked it out. I was surprised a couple of weeks later when the hub was nominated for, and then won, a Hubnugget, and even more surprised a couple of days after that when it was featured as Hub of the Day.

Over the next seven months, I kept writing hubs, one or two a week and sometimes a couple in a day. I won two more Hubnuggets, had seven more Hubs of the Day, gained a good number of followers, and made a lot of friends. I learned a little about SEO and back links, terms I never even heard before joining HubPages, and figured out how to do keyword research. I haven't made much money – it took seven months to reach the threshold for my first payment – but I've had a lot of fun.

I've done several "five things" hubs – The Five Best Bad Eighties Rock Ballads, Five Reasons to Love Gardening, and Five Reasons to Shop Local on Small Business Saturday are examples – so it seems fitting to reflect upon my time on HubPages in terms of some of my top fives.


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My Top Five Tips for New Hubbers

There are a lot of things I didn't know when I joined HubPages that I've figured out along the way, thanks to the good advice of some helpful hubbers. Here are my top five things that are important for all new hubbers to know:

1. Learn some SEO basics

I had no idea what SEO (search engine optimization) even stood for when I joined HubPages. I published articles without doing any keyword research – heck, I didn't know what that was either – and chose any old word or phrase for a hub's tags. At least I did know, because I read the HubPages FAQ (another must for new hubbers), that I was supposed to have at least two tags for each hub and ideally between six to ten. Eventually I came across a few hubs that put SEO into terms that made sense to me:

I started applying these techniques to my own hubs. Now, when I'm in the very early stages of drafting a hub, I spend time doing keyword research using the free Google keyword tool. I've also gone back to revise some of those early hubs to include better keywords and tags. It does make a difference in terms of traffic to my hubs. Here's a helpful guide on how to use the Google keyword tool:

2. Follow and be followed

Success on HubPages is in large part about gaining readership, and to gain readership you need to participate in the community. Read others' hubs, make comments, respond to comments on your hubs, participate in the forums (although I tend to avoid the political and religious forums, which can get downright nasty sometimes), ask and answer questions, and follow other hubbers whose work you admire.

Some new hubbers make the mistake of following a whole bunch of people right away, or automatically following everyone who follows them. Robert Erich has written a hilarious hub on why that sort of blind following isn't a good idea:

The lesson to be learned from Robert is don't follow simply to be followed and don't mindlessly follow everyone who follows you. I follow those whose work interests me. When someone new follows me, I go to their profile page (it's important to maintain an engaging profile), read a few of their hubs, and leave a comment or two. If I like what I see, I will follow them back. If someone writes on topics that have no appeal to me, I don't follow that person, even if they write well. My time is too limited to spend reading things that don't interest me.

For those I do follow, I make it a point to read their work – maybe not every new hub, but as many as I can, leave thoughtful comments, and share the things I particularly like with my followers and on my social networks. Hopefully, my followers are doing the same for me. It's all about karma.

3. Don't lose your readers

Once you get readers to your hub, it's important to keep them there, with engaging content they will want to keep reading, photographs, maps, videos, etc. A common mistake many hubbers make is to send their readers away via a link in the hub that takes them off somewhere else in cyberspace, never to return again. This can be avoided by using a simple bit of HTML code to open your links in a new window. For people like me who still don't know what HTML means, this may sound complicated. It's not, and can be accomplished easily by using the HTML button that appears at the top left corner of the text box when you are editing a hub. Sinea Pies tells you everything you need to know in her helpful hub:

4. Image is everything (or at least is pretty darned important)

The first few hubs I published were nothing but text, no images. I quickly realized that it's important to use relevant images and photos in hubs both to attract readers to the page and to keep them there. I since have gone back and added at least one image to all of my hubs, and many have five or more images so that they can be viewed as a slide show.

It's best to use original photos you have taken yourself. I keep my camera handy and take pictures of everything now, never knowing what image may spark a great idea for a hub. For example, a photo I took of a heart-shaped potato I dug out of the garden last fall was the inspiration for my most recent Hub of the Day, Celebrate Potato Lovers Month with Fun Facts, Tips and Recipes. I snap a few shots of almost every meal I cook in case I decide to write a recipe hub. (I've learned to ignore my husband's grumbling about dinner getting cold while I style the food.)

I'm considering taking a photography class so I can learn how to make my photos look more professional. In the mean time, I seek out tips from the many talented photographers here on HubPages. For example, Melovy recently shared some tips on food photography in this helpful hub:

If you don't have your own original photos to use, you can use other people's, but only if you have the rights to use them and attribute them properly. Miss Olive has compiled a great list of resources for free photos:

Make sure to check out the HubPages Learning Center for guides on how to attribute others' photos properly.

5. Protect your work from being stolen

There are some bad people out there, I've learned, people who will copy your work word for word and use it as their own. It's happened to me twice that I know of and each time the discovery that my work had been stolen was like a punch in the gut. Fortunately, I used the resources available to me on HubPages to get the issues resolved and the offending sites taken down. So what if this happens to you? Hubber lmmartin has written a useful guide:

How do you find out your work has been stolen? In my two cases, I made the discovery when searching on keywords in my hubs to see where the hubs ranked in Google. I've since learned from Homesteadbound that a better way is to set up Google Alerts for each of your hubs. Read how in her useful hub:


Five Ways to Get Selected as Hub of the Day

I've had eight hubs selected as Hub of the Day. I know that doesn't make me a better writer than others here; I think it means only that I got the right person's attention at the right time. But I guess that does make me somewhat of an expert on what it takes to be selected, at least by virtue of being able to go back and analyze my own hubs to see what they had in common. From that analysis, I've compiled my top five ways to be selected as Hub of the Day:

1. Choose a topic on which you uniquely are qualified to write

This is probably the most important tip I can give you. I don't think it’s a coincidence that many of my Hubs of the Day were on topics about which only I could have written – a dinner party cooking competition my friends and I created, another dinner party idea I came up with and had been using for years for my neighborhood holiday party, a funny look at some of the cases I handled during my career as an employment attorney, a process for making and canning tomato sauce I have been using and refining for at least the last decade, my own butternut squash soup recipe I developed and have been tweaking for years. Even my two more general Hubs of the Day, about bacon and potatoes, were homages of sorts to two of my favorite cooking ingredients and included my own original recipes. If you want to be selected for Hub of the Day, find a topic you know a lot about and are passionate about and write your own original take on that topic.

2. Participate in the Weekly Topic Inspiration program and in contests

Each week, the HubPages staff suggests a new, search-friendly topic for hubbers to write about. Additionally, every few months there are special contests on HubPages, like the recently completed Know It All contest. Many hubs of the day are selected from contest entries and from the Weekly Topic Inspiration program. This was true for one of my Hubs of the Day, which was written in response to that week's call for Thanksgiving recipes.

3. Use original images

At least one image is required for a hub to be selected as Hub of the Day, but it seems those with original photos are selected more often than not. All of my selected hubs included at least one original photograph, and in most cases more than one. Increase your chances of being selected by including original photos in your hubs. Make sure they are relevant to the subject of your hub.

4. Make liberal use of relevant capsules

All of my Hubs of the Day included at least four different kinds of capsules. In addition to text, photo, and comments capsules, which appeared in all seven, they all included various combinations of polls, tables, link capsules, and Amazon capsules. Also consider using maps, videos, quizzes, and some of the new special layout options for recipe hubs.

5. Take the time to proofread and format your hub

All the fancy capsules and beautiful original photographs won't help you if your hub is full of spelling and grammar errors. Take the time to proofread before you publish. Also, use the preview feature found at the top of the screen when you are editing your hub to make sure it is laid out in a visually appealing way.


Five Hubbers Who Have Supported and Inspired Me

I appreciate each and every one of my followers and all the hubbers I follow. I've learned so much from each of you and have had many laughs (and even shed a few tears) reading your work and your comments. In keeping with my "five things" theme, I do want to mention five people who have provided support and inspiration over the last seven-plus months for which I am particularly grateful.

Arlene V. Poma: Arlene and I have been following each other almost from the beginning of my time on HubPages and she's the first person here I considered to be a friend. I realized that one night after my husband (who faithfully reads all my work) mentioned a comment to one of my hubs. I said, "Oh, that's Arlene. She's a friend of mine." That's when I knew you can be friends with someone you've never met and with whom you've interacted primarily by reading and commenting on each other's work. Arlene and I have a lot in common, from a love of cooking and craft beer to a fondness for travel and photography. If you are looking for a dose of good common sense and astute observations on life, Arlene is someone to read and get to know.

Jenubouka: Jenubouka uses her background as a professional chef to create some really fabulous food-related hubs. I learn something new about food and the culinary arts every time I read one. In fact, one of her excellent hubs inspired a hub of my own as a tribute. Jenubouka doesn't just write about food; you'll also find poetry, fiction, and even some science-related topics among her work. She's a thoughtful commenter, too, and has shown me a lot of support over the last several months.

J.S. Matthew: J.S. Matthew was one of the first people to welcome me to HubPages, one of my first followers, and the very first person ever to comment on one of my hubs (and kudos to him for finding something nice to say about that early, boring legal hub). A number of others also have mentioned how helpful he was when they were new hubbers, so he's clearly providing a great on-boarding service to the community. His support doesn't stop there; he's published numerous hubs on writing for HubPages and freelancing in general that continue to be great resources for me and many.

Randomcreative: Another of my early followers; I felt an instant bond with fellow-Midwesterner Rose, who as it turns out lived just down the road from me in Iowa City until not too long ago. She's awesomely creative and successful, too, with hubs regularly featured on the "hot" and "best" lists. I've bookmarked so many of her craft hubs that I won't be lacking for projects for quite some time.

Sunshine625: Linda has been a big supporter of mine both on and off HubPages. She's introduced me to a lot of other wonderful people on HubPages, too. Her cheerful disposition, as reflected in her up-beat hubs, truly can be a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day.


My Own Top Five Hubs

I tend to fall in love with every hub I write, which may explain why three of my personal favorites are among my more recent hubs. Or maybe my hubs are getting better the more I write. In any event, here are my own five favorites from among my first 50:

Throw a "Chopped Challenge" Dinner Party: This was my first non-legal hub, first Hub of the Day, and first in my series of dinner party theme hubs. It's also my top hub in terms of all time page views.

Five Ways to Get Fired: One of my "five things" series, this is a humorous look at my former career as a corporate employment attorney. It also was a Hub of the Day and is my third best-performing hub of all time.

Grammy's Christmas Pie: This started out as a throw-away recipe hub for the Know It All contest, but became so much more as I retold a funny story from my childhood involving my grandmother, my mother, and me.

Women: Top Ten Signs You Are Old: This top 10 list is a departure from my "five things" series simply because I couldn't narrow my list down any further. It still makes me laugh, and some of the comments really crack me up, too.

Impressions and Images of a Costa Rica Vacation: I love to write about the places I visit, and HubPages provides a great outlet for that. I've written several travel-related hubs now, and this is my most recent. I also think it's my best. Someone seems to agree; it was the first of my hubs to attain a perfect 100 hubscore.


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And, finally, a song

This song from Death Cab for Cutie took on special meaning for me as I was making the decision to quit my job. I could no longer ignore the "burning in my heart" to write full time. When I got in the car to go to the office on my last day of work, this song came on the radio as if it had been queued up especially for the occasion. I took that as a sign I had made the right decision.

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Way to go Deb! Your birthday was actually the gift that kept on giving. It was just as exciting for your hubber friends to hear about all the wonderful surprises you shared with us that day. It's been my pleasure supporting your amazing hub creations and getting to know you. Wishing you many, many more hubs and birthdays!:)


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Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

Great of you to share your day with us Deb... wonderful read. Voted up and across the board.

Hugs from Canada


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Congrats on your neat milestones, HP and otherwise. :) It's very cool that they coincided with each other.

You have a stupendous start to hubbing 7 months with 339 followers and 51 hubs. I expect you will see that this well-done hub does very well all round!

Part of the HP experience is the opportunity to learn so much from others. I learned the neatest trick from sinea pies hub that you highlight here and I've been going through my old hubs to practice doing it. Wish I had understood it at the 7 month mark! :)


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vwriter 4 years ago from US

Keep on writing Deb! And happy birthday.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Thanks for sharing your experience with us, Deb. Sounds like you're having a great time so far. And I hope the writing career is taking off. I'm working on that, too!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Very informative hub and so nice that you are crediting some of the other great hubbers here that give freely of their experiences and advice. I actually need to read some of those hubs! Thanks! Voted up and useful and congratulations on your milestone hub.


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bankscottage 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Congratulations on your accomplishments and Happy Birthday.

As a fairly new hubber, these are great suggestions. I have finally been here long enough to at least understand the recommendations and why I need to listen to them.

Looking forward to many, many more great hubs from you.


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Hello DeborahNeyens! Congrats on reaching 50 Hubs! Did you know that it took me almost 2 years to publish my 50th Hub? It's true! This is an awesome milestone and I appreciate you mentioning me in your Hub! I think you picked a great bunch of Hubbers here and it's the community that makes HubPages what it is! Keep up the great work!

JSMatthew~


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

Happy birthday, congratulations on your 50th hub, and all those HubNuggets and Hub of the Day wins. Goodness you ahve done really well. We can all learn a great deal from you. Thanks for providing those 5 tips. I will work on using them.


Arlene V. Poma 4 years ago

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww, Deborah! Congratulations on your 50th Hub, and more writing milestones to you. I appreciate you as a gifted writer and a wonderful person. I am proud to say that when I read your first Hub, I knew that I immediately spotted a winner. Thank you for mentioning me in your Hub. You put tears in my eyes, so I am off to fix dinner. And maybe have a swig of apple juice?


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Deb, interesting hub which offers lots of useful advice for the rest of us here on HP. Good Luck with all of your future hubs, I look forward to reading more :)


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and useful. Thanks for this informative hub and congrats on your 50th and Happy Birthday.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks so much, Sunshine. It was a fun birthday! I truly appreciate your support and friendship.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, Rolly! Appreciate the votes and hugs. : )


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks so much, RTalloni. Sinea has taught us quite the useful little tip, hasn't she? target="_blank" I could type it in my sleep! Thanks for stopping by; I appreciate the wonderful comment.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks for the comment and the b-day wishes, vwriter!


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, Vicki! I sure hope it takes off, because I want to keep doing it for as long as I can! I wish you much success, also.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Hi Peggy. There is so much great advice out there on HubPages. I had bookmarked all those articles and refer back to them often so I thought why not share them with everyone else. I hope you find them useful. Thanks for the comment and votes.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks so much, bankscottage. It's nice to meet you. I still feel like there's a lot I need to know, which is why it's great to have so many people here willing to share what they have learned. Best wishes to you in your own HubPages journey.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

J.S.Matthew, I meant everything I said about the great service you provide to the community. I still remember how I felt getting that very first comment from you. It made my day to know someone read my work and thought enough of it to leave a comment. Thanks again!


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, Millionaire Tips. You are doing great here, too, but I hope you find the tips useful in your own writing. Thanks for the b-day wishes.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thank you, Arlene! Your friendship and support have meant a whole lot to me. How was that apple juice?


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, jools! Good luck to you, too. I hope you find the tips helpful.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, Gypsy Rose Lee! I appreciate the comment, votes and b-day wishes.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Congrats on reaching 50 hubs, Deb! All of your tips for new hubbers and for those trying get a HOTD are great. Thanks for the shout out! I'm still cheering you on from Milwaukee. :) Here's to your next 40 hubs.


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WD Curry 111 4 years ago from Space Coast

This is a cool hub. It took me forever to go through all of those links. They were all good, and many I had seen before. I found about HubPages when I was trying to sell articles to everyone in the world when the housing bubble broke. There is a lot to learn to realize the full potential of the Multi-Media Interactive Magazine Format (mimf). This is a good place to start.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, Rose. You know I'm a big fan of your craft hubs! And it was so nice to find another Hawkeye here on HubPages. I hope you haven't switched allegiance now to the Badgers! : )


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, WD. I appreciate you taking the time to check out all the links. There is a lot of good information that people have compiled. And now you've taught me yet another new thing - MIMF. Never heard that term before. Thanks!


jenubouka 4 years ago

Such an inspiring story of finding your true purpose in life Deb! Happy birthday and I am so fortunate to have met you and to be listed as one of the hubbers who inspire you, such an honor.

To learn of your courageous journey and the valiant strides you have made here encourages me to become a better writer. To be recognized not one but seven times for Hub of the Day must be some kind of record! And what gratitude you show in explaining how others can achieve this, someday, someday I hope to see that little accolade, and will diligently follow your criteria.

Again, thank you for thinking of me as there are many great authors here, it makes my year to know I have influenced another of your stature here. Here is to your next 50 hubs Deb.

Ps. Your video has inspired a new hub for myself! So thank you!


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Gemini Fox 4 years ago

Congratulations on reaching your 50th! And thank you, thank you for the tips and links! I'm still learning about SEO and backlinking, etc. . . . and wanting to learn more about photography, too, so understand where you are coming from!


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

This is great! Congratulations on your milestone! Your story sounds similar to mine. I found HubPages while casting about for new leads after my associate position at a law firm was being eliminated. It took a little while to find a voice that was not technical (and boring!) but 4 years later and more than 300 hubs, and its still great fun. Keep up the super work - I am a new follower, too!


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Pannonica 4 years ago

Deb, Well done and reading about what you had to say about following hubbers, this is exactly why I follow you. I love reading your hubs, you write in such a friendly manner they are a joy to read.

Keep up the great work you do, I'll follow the next 49!

Superb hub, voted up.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I really enjoyed this hub. I have 46 hubs, almost there! You seem to know the ins and outs of HubPages well. I am going to check out the links you provided about keyword research as I am not familiar with that aspect. Thanks for the great tips and a well put-together hub!


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, jenubouka! I'm sure you will earn the Hub of the Day accolade someday soon. I know if it was up to me, I would have picked several of your hubs already. You've taught me so much about food and cooking, and this is coming from someone who thought she already knew a lot. Did I ever tell you I was once a professional cook? After working my way through college in the prestigious dorm food service industry, I became the head line cook at Fries' BBQ & Grill for the semester between college and law school. Ha! (I think I was much better suited to law, but I did get one good meal a day.) I do appreciate all of your support and encouragement here.

I can't wait to read your DCFC-inspired hub!


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, Gemini Fox! There's always something new to learn and the best way is from those who are already getting it figured out. Cheers.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

I've been following you for a while, stephhicks. You're a great writer! How many of us recovering attorneys do you suppose there are on HubPages? Quite a few, I'm guessing. Thanks for the comment and follow!


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks for the great compliment, Pannonica! I'm looking forward to getting to know you better as we both work towards our next milestones.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, Christy! I hope you find the links as helpful as I did. I'll be cheering you on to 50!!


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

I hope HubPages will never end...amen. We all family here. HubPages is the best site for us to communicate and exchange useful information each other. Thanks for share with us. Hubbers you mentioned above are great author. Good job and rated up!

Prasetio


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anglnwu 4 years ago

What a milestone and it seems like you've achieve much in such a short span of time here. Congratulations on your many successes and many more, I'm sure.


jenubouka 4 years ago

Ah thanks Deb! I can always tell a foodie/passionate cook just by how they write about food and to learn you cooked professionally wows me too, it is a tough job, constant chaos, 200+ people barking to be fed all at once, I love it.

Will post the hub very soon, just trying to figure out "how" after learning about that site, ugh.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

It is a great family, isn't it, prasetio? Thanks for the comment and vote up.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks so much for the comment, anginwu.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Jen, it wasn't all that impressive. I mostly flipped burgers (called Big Moes) and grilled hotdogs (called Fat Freddies). Every once in a while I got to cook a steak, but the college kids who ate there couldn't really afford the priciest thing on the menu. The line cook gig was a promotion from being the "fry girl." : )


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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

Wow! You had achieved so much in a short span of time! Many hubnuggets and hubs of the day! You are an inspiration for all of us! Congrats on completing your 5Oth hub! Good luck for another 50 hubs! Keep on surprising us with more from you! All the best!

Thanks for SHARING. Interesting. Voted up.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks so much for the nice comment, ishwaryaa. All the best to you, too!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Happy birthday Deborah and congratulations on writing 50 hubs and accomplishing so much! how I would love to have hub of the day...

Thank you for all your advice here and useful tips - here's to the next 50!

All the best, Lesley


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Cloverleaf 4 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Hi Deborah, I am so proud of you! You have achieved (and surpassed!) an impressive milestone by writing 50 hubs and your hubs are a delight to read. Thank you for mentioning my articles about SEO, I am happy that the information made sense to you and you were able to apply some of the techniques. You've certainly made quite an impression on HubPages so far - HOW many hubs of the day?!

Congratulations, Deborah! And I hope your birthday was a great one :)

Best wishes,

Louise.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, Lesley. You are one of the most talented photographers here on HubPages. Your beautiful photos provide such inspiration to me. I'm sure one of your beautifully written and photographed hubs will be selected as hub of the day someday very soon. Thanks so much for all your support, and for the birthday wishes.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas

Wow! What an inspirational piece you have here. I am always excited to read that someone is enjoying what they are doing and they are doing it so well. Congratulations on all those hubs of the day, and congratulations on your first 50. We must have started around the same time, because I started in August as well. Congratulations on all your great work. I too have a goal to become a writer. Hope your birthday was a good one. And thanks for mentioning my hub. I just wish I had follwed my own advice while creating my hubs for the 30/30 but I ran out of time.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thank you, Louise! Your hubs were such a revelation to me back when I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. I hope others find them as useful as I did. Thanks for your help, your support, and your kind words. And, yes, my birthday ROCKED. : )


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, Cindy. I started following you early on and you've provided much inspiration to me over these last several months. You amaze me with the quantity of QUALITY hubs you are able to produce. I'd love to achieve your level of success some day. Thanks, too, for all the helpful information you've provided to me and others along the way.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Congratulations and Happy Birthday! AND, what a great hub! You are really a great writer and have provided good information and lots of great links and names of hubbers. This hub is chock full! Voted up, interesting and useful.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks so much, tillsontitan! What a great compliment coming from a great writer! I know you also have been one of my long-time followers and I really appreciate the support you have given me and your many thoughtful comments to my hubs.


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

Congratulations on 51 hubs! I've considered each point you mentioned very carefully...still need to work on SEO...and hope to reach that number someday, as well!


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks for the comment, vespawoolf, and for considering my points. I bet you'll discover some things of your own on your journey to 50. Come back and share them with us. Best wishes!


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada

Deborah, this is so completely inspirational! You have achieved so much during your short time here, and I thought you had been here for a lot longer.

What a decision you made and what a payoff there has been! I am going to save this one to read again, so I can look at all of the links, too. Very nice job!!


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thank so much for the wonderful comment, prairieprincess. I hope you find the links helpful.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

Hello Deborah, You had some great birthday. All those milestones are impressive! Congratulations on following your passion and Happy Birthday!


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, Cyndi! I had a wonderful birthday and am so happy with my decision. I think it will be a great year.


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida

Deborah, I found you thru the suggestion of billybuc. I must say, I'm glad I did! I, too, am pretty non-techy as far as how to use all the bells and whistles and how to bring them to my hubs. I will bookmark this hub as a reference resource and look forward to reading more. The fact that you bring humor to what could be a dull topic captivates those who may or may not realize they are gaining an eductation!

Voted up!


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Hi bravewarrior. Glad you found me (and thanks to billybuc for the shout out). I look forward to checking out your work, too. Thanks for stopping by to introduce yourself.


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida

Please do. I've just posted two more today. Unfortunately, I don't have the time I'd like for posting, or getting my book of poems published, or working on my novel; debt is such an intrusion, isn't it??


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DanaTeresa 4 years ago from Ohio

Congrats on 50 hubs. More importantly on 50 great hubs! Anyone can plop out 50 pieces of crap, what you did takes real talent and hard work... THANK YOU for this hub. It has a lot of much needed advice. I stumbled upon hib pages after losing my job of 6 years. I am enjoying the experiance and want to try writng as a career, or at least a side job. You have helped me futher that goal temendously... wishing you continued success!


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks so much, DanaTeresa. I'm glad you found the information I shared useful and hope you find much success here at Hubpages!


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden

Congratulations on your great journey here and thanks for this article that is full with useful tips and good advices to everyone! I will save this hub to my useful folder and come back to read it again as well as the many useful links! I wish you continued success and look forward to read more of your hubs!

Tina


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thank you, Tina. I'm glad you found my tips useful and hope they help with your continued success as well. I appreciate the comment.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Love the passion of your decision. Oh, but how I wish I could do the same-take that long desired 'sabbatical'. One day soon...

Great tips here, Deborah...btw-congrats on all of your accomplishments here! :) (Love the song choice. I've never heard it before but how appropiate!)


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, Denise. It was unbelievably difficult to make the decision and leave my comfort zone, but I'm so glad I did. I've never looked back. I appreciate you reading, commenting, and listening to my song. : )


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traslochimilano 4 years ago from USA

Great hub. I am looking forward to more informative hubs in future.........Thanks For sharing it


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks for stopping by, traslochimilano.


ExoticHippieQueen 4 years ago

Hi Deb, congratulations on your 50th hub. This hub was very useful to me, as I will go back and click on your various Hubs of the Day to see what readers were drawn to.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks for checking it out, EHQ. By the way, I love your pen name. People always call me Hippie Chick. : )


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

While you should be the one receiving gifts for your 50th - you have showered us all with these wonderful gifts. Every paragraph I read taught me so much and gave me so many useful tips, links and info that I don't know how much to thank you. This is a perfect way to celebrate your 50th hub achievement- a gift that keeps on giving to other hubbers. You are a saint! Voted up/and across all the way!

Oh btw - absolutely loved the song too- I've not heard of this band- thanks!


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Wow. Thanks so much, Docmo. I've been called a lot of things, but never a saint. : ) In all seriousness, I'm glad you found this to be helpful. We are all figuring this HubPages thing out at our own speed, so it's nice to be able to share what we've learned along the way.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Deb,

This Hub is wonderful! Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us. I mean that very sincerely.

You are truly a gifted writer.


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Rusticliving 4 years ago from California

Deb,

This is an amazing hub! So thorough, so thoughtful, and very informative. It is by far one of the best hubs I have read thus far. Definately saving this hub for future reference. So very happy I am one of your many followers! Lisa


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks so much for the kind words, Daisy. I hope you find my tips useful for your own wonderful writing.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, Lisa. That means a lot to me. And right back at you! : )


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

This is great I will share this. I had never know even how to begin with contests. Great advice! All this great information from a girl in Iowa! LOL


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, Angela. And, I know! We Iowa girls have nothing on you Cornhuskers. : )


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

Just a little! LOL


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Deb,

Excellent hub and very informative! You have learned a lot from your first 50 hubs and thanks for sharing everything with us!


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, Josh! Glad you found it to be informative. I think we all have a lot to learn from one another here.


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healthylife2 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

Congratulations on your 50th hub. Quite a milestone as many hubs take a lot of time to research and write I've now discovered. I found this information very helpful since I joined six weeks ago and am learning many aspects of HP. Voted up!


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, HealthyLife. Welcome to Hubpages! Glad you found my hub to be useful. Best wishesin your writing endeavors here.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Deborah, you are an inspiration to all of us! I am delighted to be a follower of yours!

I voted this Hub UP, etc.


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daisydayz 4 years ago from Cardiff

Congratulations on reaching 50 hubs and all the successful hubs you have written so far! Keep it up, I look forward to reading more of them


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thank you, Mary! Your comment made my day. I'm glad to be your follower, too. Cheers.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, daisydayz. I slowed down a bit after I hit 50, but am planning another big push to get to 100!


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creativespirit63 4 years ago from Omaha, Nebraska

Thank you! Thank you! Your words were just what I needed to move along in this process!


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

I'm so glad to hear that, creativespirit! Best wishes to you on your own writing journey. Thanks for the comment.


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Some very good advice, Deborah. Voted up and more.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks for checking it out, Terrye!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Stopping by to say hello and picking up some more of your awesome tips!:)


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, Linda!


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

This is such a great hub! Practical and well written!


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jenbeach21 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Thank you for the informative hub.


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC

Hi Deborah!

Fabulously written and presented! Every piece of this hub had either heartwarming sentiment or valuable information. Though jealous I did not make the grade as inspiration, (gently chuckling) I am deeply grateful for the hints, references and links that will help me progress as a hubber and a writer.

Indebted for your work,

Bruce

Voted up across the board!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

A wonderful hub, Deb. Your suggestions are right on and I can see why you are so well-respected and successful on this site.


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Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

I appreciate the fact that you gave a lot of good helpful advice on this hub. Sometimes it seems that milestone hubs are more about review and celebration, but this one has plenty of useful tips. Congratulations on all of your milestones.


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Oscarlites 4 years ago from Alabama

I have over 50 hubs but i have been greatly unsiucessful in gettin adsense to work on my page with multiple attempts.. writing them, writing hubpages staff etc.. seems sad huh? any way .. you look quite sucessful!


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

This a wonderful hub filled with very useful ideas and links, some that I've read and some that I'll be reading. Wonderful tribute to these great hubbers and thanks for sharing some wonderful tips as well.

Congrats on all your achievements.

Voting this hub up and useful. Sharing it too for the wonderful message and links, in here.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Deb,

I came back to read your wonderful Hub a second time. Thanks for the very valuable tips.


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Suzie HQ 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Hi Deborah,

I know I am late to the party but congrats on your incredible achievements here and wow, what a hub!!

A really interesting break down of your journey and full of wonderful tips, advice and humour. You have super suggestions for newbies here, like myself and I will be taking on board your helpful info to the max!! Voted up, more and sharing! Congrats again:-)


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dghbrh 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

Hi deborah,

I learnt so many things from your this hub that it will better not to write , but well enough... I have book marked it to read many more time for sure. Thanks for sharing this one.

Many congratulations for so many achievements here. Long way to go for sure !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

deergha


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Came back to reread and share this hub with my HP followers. This is such excellent advice for all of us to follow and you have included some good links for learning about many aspects of writing successfully.


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Kristine Manley 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Congratulations on your achievement. It takes time to research, write, and publish 50 Hubs. May your next 50 Hubs be as exciting to develop.

Kristine


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

Excellent hub! I just reached my 50th too, and your hub is a great way of reflecting on all that has happened. You have also mentioned some wonderful Hubbers here, and some great hubs to learn from. Enjoyed it,

Voting up.....


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

I feel inspired after reading about your journey on HP. I also found HP by accident and am thrilled to be a part of this supportive community. Congratulations on well over 50 hubs now! That's a goal I aspire to as well. I look forward to reading some of the hubs you've mentioned above. Thanks so much!


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Wow. I am overwhelmed by all the comments received overnight on this hub. Thank you all: Audrey, Jen, Bruce, Bill, Sherry, Oscar, Rajan, Daisy, Suzie, Deergha, Peggy, Kristine, LaThing, vespawoolf. We are all on this journey together and one of the things that keeps me coming back to HubPages is the great community here and how we all learn from each other, share each other's successes (and frustrations), and provide support. I truly appreciate your support, comments, votes, shares, etc.!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

What a great way to celebrate your birthday and 50 hubs....not only is it right on but you are able to celebrate your success as well!

I've read this hub and enjoyed it but I know I'm going to have to come back again, at least one more time maybe two, to absorb all the good stuff you have here.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks so much for the comment, tillsontitan. I'm glad you found the info useful. I appreciate the votes.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I always appreciate your "Tricks of the Trade!" :)


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

These are great tips and lessons. I think there are alot of things to be said for HubPages and one of them is meeting and interacting with other writers. It's amazing how you can befriend someone you've never met but feel like you know through their writing. To me, it illustrates the power of writing.

Great job :)!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Congrats on every level! lol! I always forget to get involved in the Weekly Topic Inspiration so I will have to give it a go, I did have a hub of the day back about a year and a half ago, but that was before the accolades etc, so fingers crossed I may just get there again, great hub, and congrats! nell


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India

Hi Deborah,

First off, let me tell you that this is the first hub of yours that I am reading. I am greatly impressed. It's not surprising at all that seven of your hubs were awarded HOTD. Simply awesome!

Thanks for all the links you have given here some of which I'll have to read to know more about the many things that we ought to know to be successful on Hub Pages.

This is a great hub that has been presented very well with useful information that made me read from start to finish. Thanks very much Deborah. I am very happy for you and wish you many more successful hubs and a fantastic future on HP. Sharing , pinning and tweeting. Cheers, Rema.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, everybody. I'm a bit behind on my comments as I've had out-of-town guests all weekend, but I do appreciate you all stopping by to read and comment. I need to pay more attention to WTI myself, Nell. I haven't done one in a while. Rema, nice to meet you, too. Thanks you for the compliments. Sunshine and Alecia, I always appreciate your support!


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Louisa Rogers 4 years ago from Eureka, California and Guanajuato, Mexico

Deborah, hello. And congrats on your awards. I'm a newbie at HP (less than a month old) and found you from one of Billybuc's recommendations. This hub is EXACTLY what I needed! I've written 9 hubs but have not figured out the SEO angle. Step by step! I'm going off to check out some of the links you offered. Thank you so much!


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Welcome to Hubpages, Louisa! It's nice to meet you. Sounds like you are off to a good start. Billybuc is one of the best here. I'm glad you found my tips helpful and I'm looking forward to reading your work.


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writerscentro 4 years ago from India

Thanks for sharing your experience with us mate. I think you are having a great time till now. Good luck for future . Voted upp !!!!!


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thank you, writerscentro. I am thankful to have found Hubpages. I wish you the best here, too.


Robert Grzesinski 3 years ago

Welcome to Hubpages, I wish you the best.


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DeborahNeyens 3 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, Robert. Welcome to you! I hope you find some of my tips ueful as you start your journey here.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Well, I sure missed the boat when this hub first came out. I am beyond elated that our sunshine (Linda) posted this today as I have really enjoyed every word here.

I must congratulate you Deb for all of your achievements. How inspiring to read about them as well as your tribute to the "high five." They are terrific people and amazing writers.

I would also like to thank you for your support through the years that I've been on Hubpages.

Your hubs are a 'must read' and I'm saving this one on my desk top for easy referral. And speaking of referrals, I am passing this on to others and sharing on my social sites. This hub is just too good to be passed up. You're a jewel!

Audrey


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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

This is very interesting hub with loads of information , not only for beginners but everyone.

Voted up and I will keep on referring to this one in future too.

Thanks!


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Deb.....Thanks to Sunshine (as Audrey said) I was able to read this special hub.

It's been determined. You are simply a fabulous writer.....and not just another pretty face! Nice picture, Deborah...you with your gorgeous RED hair! (that's envy). BTW....this may be an unremarkable fact to most people.....but truth is, the simplest things interest and amuse me...my sweet daughter-in-law is a redhead and also a native Iowan. In fact, you remind me very much of her. Are you related to Sheri Frazier? LOL

To your hub: I have to admit that I don't recall how long it took me to reach the 50-hub point. I will guess that it was well over a year. I also can't quite remember in what order I wrote them. I can tell you that they've all been "edited" several times, throughout my writing the following 29. (30...counting the one I deleted)

Well, aren't I special? Must have missed my calling as a Professional Organizer.......Wishing you continued SUCCESS! UP++++


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moonlake 2 years ago from America

I like all your good information. My favorite was Sinea Pies information on target="_blank". Now when I get the time I need to go through my hubs.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida

I remember you and I both love Costa Rica!! I have received one HOTD; what a thrill that was.

Congrats on all your accomplishments!


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DeborahNeyens 2 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks so much for the wonderful comment, Audrey. Thanks also to Linda for sharing this hub again so you were able to find it this time around. : )


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DeborahNeyens 2 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, Chitrangada. I hope you found a few tips you can use going forward.


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DeborahNeyens 2 years ago from Iowa Author

Paula, what a wonderful comment! I am blushing (an unfortunate redheaded trait). No relation to Shari as far as I know but tell her I say hello. : )


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DeborahNeyens 2 years ago from Iowa Author

Moonlake, that is my absolute favorite tip, also. Thanks for the comment.


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DeborahNeyens 2 years ago from Iowa Author

I would love to go back to Costa Rica some day, Mary. Are you in? Thanks for the comment.


Rozalyn Winters 2 years ago

Thanks for sharing! I'm new here and just learning how to do things. :-)

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