The 3 P's to Successful Writing Online

Are you wondering the same thing many other wirter's are wondering? How do you become a successful online writer?
Are you wondering the same thing many other wirter's are wondering? How do you become a successful online writer? | Source

Are you successful?

Each day another person comes across Hubpages with a dream. They want to write online and they want to make money while doing it. Yet, as they open their very first capsule and start entering text, they often times wonder the same question every other online writer wonders at some point, "How do you become successful?"

While this question seems very straightforward - in reality it is not. The definition of success may very from person to person. Is the goal just to have your writing read by others? Is the goal to make money, and enough of it to support your family and quit your day job? Or is writing a passion, and writing online, whether it is Hubpages or some other blog, is just a way to satisfy that passion?

Yet, as a writer strolls through Hubville, they will notice other writers with similiar goals. For those who have just started out, they may see these writers as someone who has achieved daunting tasks - whether it is the number of hubs they have written, the number of comments on their hubs, or just the number of followers they have.

So, for all those new neighbors out there who want to ask that question, I have come up with a simple answer. If you want to be successful at writing online, all you have to do is follow the 3 P's.... Patience, Persistence, and Participation!

Patience

As any online writer knows, success will never happen over night. It just isn't possible. This rule of thumb applies to any writer - whether you are writing a book, writing a blog, or writing reviews. (And there might be the possibility as a writer you are doing all of the above and some!)

Do you think those famous authors woke up one morning, wrote a book and were famous by night. Doubtfull! Probably not even possible!

Each and every article written will take time. And, with the amount of time you spend writing that one article you can expect it to take 100 times longer for it to reach noticeable success. Sure, you might recieve a comment or two right away. If you wrote something appealing, some might even share your article with their friends. The best part is, you may have even gained a follower!

Yet, the waiting game isn't over yet and you still need to continue to practice patience! Writing just one article, having it read just one time, and having just one follower won't be enough. But the taste of success was sweet and you want more. So you continue to write.

When I first started on Hubpages, I was so excited the first time I got a comment - the first time I got a follower. I wanted to crack open a bottle of champaigne and celebrate. What I realized is - it wasn't until I have spent some time in Hubpages (and I am talking several months) before my name as a writer started becoming a little more known.

Personally, I have enough followers to say I am somewhat successful at writing online. I know having a following is important, and I am greatful for all those who continue to be loyal. Yet, I am not done. I want to share my ideas with more and more people. So yes, I am getting greedy. I want more people to follow me. But I understand it will still take time. With each new article, a few more followers might trickle in. Occasionally, I might even lose a follower. But, as long as I still have the urge to write, I will still have the patience to become more and more successful every day!

If you want to be successful, keep writing!
If you want to be successful, keep writing!

Persistence

According to thefreedictionary.com, the definition of persistence is:

  1. Refusing to give up or let go; persevering obstinately.
  2. Insistently repetitive or continuous.

So, if you are going to be successful as an online writer, you have to be persistent. No matter how daunting of a task it may seem at times to put words down on paper, you will continue. If you want to be a successful writer, you will fight through those occasional spells of writer's block. You will find a way to snap back into your creative zone.

The key is to never stop. If writing is something you truly want to do, you will continue to write. Now, I am not suggesting you won't have the occasional spell of just not wanting to do anything. Everybody does. But that is when you can do your research. Go out - live life - and then write about it!

So, if you want to be successful, keep pushing those buttons on your keyboard. Somethig beautiful will come out of it. And someone on Hubpages will notice you for it!

Note: Not only do you need to be persistent in your writing, but if you want to be successful, you also need to be persistent in adverstising what you write. Good use of backlinks will help others find your work. Social networking, such as Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and Myspace, are great ways to get your work out there. But don't overlook the other sites where you can add backlinks. My favorites are Xomba (another writing site which offers a place to write a review and bookmark your work), ShetoldMe, and Stumbleupon.

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Participation

It may be hard to believe, but writing online isn't all about the writing. It is also about your fellow writer's writing as well. While you may obtain a few loyal followers who will read everything you write regardless of whether you return the favor, I have noticed active participation in the community will help increase your numbers. I am not sure why this is. I attribute it to the "I scratch your back, you scratch mine!" theory.

Writers are busy people, and often times they are busy finding their next topic or writing about it. The time they spend away from their writing is very vital. Therefore they will be picky about what they read and whose stuff they read. They may be drawn into your article because they are currently doing research or maybe they were strolling through Hubpages and noticed your catchy title. But, they might have been drawn into it because you took time out to visit their page as well, and they are returning the favor.

Not only is being a good follower key in becoming successful, but being a writer who responds is also vital. It took me a long time to realize you could respond in your own comment section of your hubs. When I took the time out to say "Thank You" to those who read my article, it made all the difference. Suddenly I was getting more page views and more comments. Both of which will make for a very happy writer!

Not only will you learn a lot from reading other writer's work, but you will also get a surplus of inspiration and ideas for your very own topics. You will also be making your name known! If you don't take the time to comment, people won't see your name. It is almost like product placement. You want your name in the front of people's minds. Being active in the community, will make you well known!

That's not all folks....

While practicing the 3 P's... patience, persistence, and participation will definately guide you onto the path of success, there are other tips that will come in very handy as well.

  1. Write quality content. It doesn't matter what you write about, just make sure it is somethign worth reading. If you can't make it through your own writing without taking a nap, chances are good no one else will be able to either.
  2. Practice using punctuation. This is one of my worst faults. I like to use a lot of dashes and exclamation points - and I don't always use them correctly. However, while that is my style, make sure your style includes some kind of punctuation. Too many times have I come across something written that doesn't include any. It makes it difficult to read. And while you are at it... don't forget to check your spelling. Excessive misspelled words will often have people backspacing out of your page.
  3. Be passionate with your topics. If you like writing exciting reviews or recipes, show you are excited. If not, people will become easily bored and gravitate away from what you are writing!
  4. Make your title catchy. Sure, a boring title with loads of keywords may help Google find your article, but it might not entice the reader. The title is the first impression, and you only have one shot at making a first impression.
  5. Have fun!

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As always, I appreciate your comments and look forward to hearing from you! :)

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Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Good Moring Barbergirl,

What a wonderful hub and so very useful. You brought up such good points..I am still learning everyday. The one thing I know is that we are a community and supporting one another is one of the best things we can do for eachother..I may not can read all but I do try to stay connected, as we can learn so much from one another.. Thank you for writing such a great hub.

Sunnie


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Soldieringon 5 years ago from Hemet, CA

Good hub as usual. i'm not trying to make money, simply have a voice, but well written for those that are looking to make money off of it.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

This really is more than good advice. It is a tutorial in how to do this and do it well. Many believe "if you write from the heart" it will payoff. That is so wring and misleading. You have presented a professional approach while encouraging creativity. A great job here barbergirl.


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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

You are smokin! In my opinion, you are growing with every hub. Also in my opinion, success is the by product of a nobel cause. If your cause is nobel, the money will follow. You just can't stop the flow. It's always worked that in my life, and it's just an opinion, but I believe it.

If you don't hear from me for a bit, it's because I'm flying out tomorrow to spend a week in Omaha with kids, grandkids, and old peeps before doing the Des Moines gig. Keep it roling my friend!

jim


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Jo Frank 5 years ago

Another inspsirational hub... you were talking to me...gotta get back to writing.....thanks


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I voted : I only comment when I have anything to add. Well everyone has already said exactly what I wanted to say except....Fantabulous HUB!!!


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Matt Miner 5 years ago from Los Angeles

Great advice! I just jumped in to the game and it's an encouragement to hear from the experienced in a simple fashion. Thanks!!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Sunnie - I actually wrote this hub because another hubber asked me how my hubs are so successful. I guess it is all in the way you look at it really. However, when I sat down and thought about it, I thought I came up with some pretty good information. But overall, the most important thing, especially when in a writing community, is to participate. Without that participation you will find you lose followers. And sometimes I am a bad follower as well. I go through phases, but I definately try to read what I can! :) Have a wonderful rest of the day!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Soldieringon - I am pretty sure you have an opinion about everything, but that is why writing is so good for you. If you didn't have a strong opinion, they wouldn't be nearly as interesting! :) I just like writing - always have. If I get paid for it - bonus - but I am still working on that aspect. Until then, I am a pennyless writer amongst the masses! LOL


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Hyphenbird - Thank you for your kind comments. I think writing from the heart will only get you so far. Yes, our writing needs passion, but it also needs punctuation. I think alot of people who just "write from the heart" have a tendency to forget that and end up losing people's interest. I just hope this helps people understand that writing online isn't an instant source of money. It seems that is what so many people are out there to get!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Thanks Jim for stopping by. Your comments are always so encouraging... although I am not sure if I have to much of a noble cause (booty pop and drive-by puking hubs... hmmmm!) LOL I do believe that we all grow and get better with each and every hub. I look back at some of my earlier ones and I am almost embarrassed. I wonder if that is the reason some people actually delete there stuff sometimes.

Have a fun time on your trip and we will talk to you when you get back! By then I am sure you will be exploding with things to say ;)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Jo Frank - glad I could inspire you to get back to work!!! Hope it is as effective for others as well!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Just Ask Susan - I always wonder what people do with comments. Every hub I read, good - bad - or ugly, I usually comment on it to let people know I stopped by. But as I was looking at my numbers some of my hubs have an outrageous amount of views a very little comments. It makes me wonder what makes a person say something! :) Glad you commented even if everybody took your words before you!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Matt - You are very welcome. YOu here that question from a lot of people that just started off. I still haven't gone pro yet, but I have learned a lot in the short amount of time that I have been around. Hope it helps and just remember to stay on it!


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

bg - You are positively perspicacious to have produced such a professionally perspicuous and pragmatic presentation for potential producers of printed pontification.

Brava and up!


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Patience is not my strong point but I'm really starting to learn how important it is!!!!!

Thanks for this one, voted it up.

Cloverleaf.


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TexasBobby 5 years ago from Deep in the heart.

Great article. I am one of those people you speak of that want nothing more than an audience, but if I ever do decide to try and turn my writing into money, I am sure your tips will help.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@drbj - Holy heck that is postitively the most Ps I have ever seen in a comment! I can't come up with anything loaded with Ps or any other letter of alliteration to respond so I am just going to make a smiley face :P


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Cloverleaf - I think patience is the hardest one to follow but also the most important. I have seen too many writers who have come on here and don't understand that it does take time. Maybe I am looking into it wrong but it seems they write one article and don't understand why they dont' have as many followers as people who have spent days, months, and years on here writing. That is when they give up. But it takes time and as long as you keep at it, everything else will follow! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Texasbobby - when I first started writing online, I was actually looking for away to make some extra money. It didn't take long to figure out that it wasn't going to be quick and it wasn't going to be easy. However, the money ultimately meant very little compared to finally having an interactive audience. That was something I would have never dreamed of when I first started.


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Lord De Cross 5 years ago

Wow!! We learn every day. I'm really speechless. I will try to humble myself down. Where is my coffee? and my imagination? Looking to write about something..huh..!

LORD


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@lord de cross - life is an adventure of learning everyday. When we stop learning, we stop living. So be greatful for the days when you learn because when you stop then life is over as well!


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Lord De Cross 5 years ago

thanks bbgirl28


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Your welcome :)


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

The hub and its comments contain some really good stuff for all writers to keep in mind.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

BBG - First - this is one of your best hubs ever, maybe. It's too hard for me to choose this fast! Beyond Excellent. You were a huge part of helping me in the very beginning and I had no experience writing online so some of it was hard for me to understand. I admired you so much that the first time I sent you an email asking about Bootypop - when you answered me it was like I had gotten an email from a celebrity!!!!! I was so excited! I have always been so proud to be your fan - this is a great example of why.

To answer the question about leaving comments: I only leave comments if I like the hub - if I don't especially care for it - or I think it was sloppy - I follow what grandma says, "If you don't have anything nice to say - don't say anything at all."


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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

"I have noticed active participation in the community will help increase your numbers. I am not sure why this is. I attribute it to the "I scratch your back, you scratch mine!" theory"

Barbergirl, This is important, are we all actively doing this for each other? Thanks for the reminder, we can all benifit from it. Cred2


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@RTalloni - Thank you very much for the compliment to not only me, but the others who have aided in this conversation. It just goes to show how much we can learn from each other :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - you make me blush. I am humbled by your words. I think one of the advantages that I had was the fact that I worked for a newspaper in the Army for several years. I will admit it took some getting used to with the whole internet publishing, but for the most part I picked up really quick. Well, maybe once I realized that you could respond in your own comments. Don't even know how I could overlook that one! I am glad that I have helped you out along the way. Honestly, while I love each and every one of my followers, you push me to lengths that I might never have achieved without your help. I mean seriously - who comes up with booty pop? LOL :) And then makes it into a trademark name to the point were Booty Pop could actually come into any conversation... even if we were just talking about white bread! LOL

As for the comments, I have to confess... I don't comment on everything. If I can't make it through the entire hub, I back out. But technically, every hub I read I do comment on it. If it is poorly written or has massive errors - I back out before I have a chance to form an opinion!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Cred2 - Participation is a must. I once had someone contact me about how to get a following and interaction. It was basically stated that "If no one reads my stuff and comments, why am I spending the time doing it" My reply was to read other people's stuff as well. With that I was told they did not have time to read other people's stuff. Sure, good writing will get you an audience for awhile, but eventually, that writer will move on to someone that interacts with them on a regular basis and returns the favor. It is sad that is the way it is, but it benefits everybody the whole way around! :)


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Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

Every day is a learning day for me on Hub Pages. I do try to leave a meaningful comment on every hub I read but if it's 2 a.m. and I'm falling asleep at the computer, I will at least vote it up if I enjoyed it.

Enjoyed your hub and your writing style.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Danette - Hubpages is a continually learning experience, as well as any other form of publishing online. It seems they want to keep us on our toes as Google changes their requirements and if we want to keep up, we got to keep learning.

I do have to agree though... sometimes it is really difficult to find something interesting to say in the comments when it is 2 a.m. You can always tell when I am commenting late at night because they either get really weird... or I have a lot of typos! Thanks for stopping by! :)


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Great advice BBG! HP is definitely a learning experience and you must hang in there to see results. Your 3 P's are right on! And I must admit, "Drive-by Puking" is one of my favorites :)

Sharyn


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Sharyn - It definately is a long reward and sometimes the numbers don't seem to make it worth it for all the time and energy that goes in here. Especially when you see some people claiming to get paychecks on a regular business. Is it true? I know it isn't for me. As for Drive by Puking - you can't get more classy then that! LOL :)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

BBG - I think we just start getting silly and we both must have some kind of obsessive addis ness when it comes to writing crazy stuff - always keeps me cracking up! Like how in the world did you come up with It's A Carwash - For your feet?! Lol. Every time I see those when I'm with the girls I point at them and say look, "it's a car wash! For your feet!" as if it was the first time....we all still laugh:)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Ha ha - I am thinking about writing one about the bra for your butt, but I am not sure. I think it might be too closely related to the booty pop! LOL That and I don't want it to get flagged so maybe I will have to avoid it. Haven't had much time to get writing done... so maybe I need to get settled and let the craziness flow. Otherwise who knows what will happen! Besides, we will be moving soon and not sure when I will have access to the internet once we move. I have heard horror stories that it takes weeks sometimes to get connected. What will I ever do! :)


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zatalat 5 years ago from Global

Comment on hubs that I like


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@zatalat - glad to hear that! :)


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Rusticliving 4 years ago from California

I love motivational and tutorial hubs! I love your "Three P's"!!! You have such a way of explaining and motivating the newbie writer as well as those who have been at it for many moons! I think I will print this one out and hang it on my bulletin board in my office! Great Job Stacy! Thumbs up and definately shared again! Lisa


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

Stacy, I think this is a very detailed and thought out hub. We all could use this to fall back on. I like how you spelled it out for us too. Patience is the hardest thing to be at times. This was written very well. I voted this up and shared!


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Natashalh 4 years ago from Hawaii

I think participation is enormously important, but also very difficult. You're right - we are busy! But we can't just sit around not rewarding others for their hard work and expect people to magically notice is.


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Anamika S 4 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

Those P's make sense! Patience and Persistence rank high on my list too. Participation just happens when I am interested. Awesome hub! Voted up...


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

What a good hub this is! I just came across it and funny yesterday I wrote a hub with the title including the word 'success' as well. We do want that don't we :) You have great advice to share and I do wish you the best here on HP. I vote up.


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BeingPuneet 4 years ago

thanks for this advice .... i joined hubpages recently so was in the need of right advice...

There are many more hubbers who really helped me ...

It was a warm welcome from hubpages community... Thank you all


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Rusticliving - Oh my dear neighbor thank you for bringing this up again. You see, even though I have written it, sometimes I need the same reminder. I have been slacking with my hubbing because it has just been so darn busy around hear. However, coming back I have seen the first thing I listed was patience. Ironically, I see how my patience is finally paying off now! It is a wonderful feeling knowing that I am now making a passive income from hubpages! :)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@iamaudraleigh - Glad you enjoyed this. I have to admit, patience is not my strong suit.. so I need to come back and refresh my memory on this one regularly! :)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Natashalh - Well said - I am a firm believer in the "You scratch my back and I scratch yours" theory. It seems to work better for the entire community that way. Of course, I do have those that I just love to read their work, but I have a tendency to flock to those who keep coming back for more! :) thanks for stopping by. I appreciate it!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Anamika S - My participation varies as well... it depends a lot how much time I have and how many interuptions I have. now that it is summer, it seems my particpation is down because my kids are home and keeping me distracted. Not that it is a bad thing. I have spent a good portion of today just catching up with some of my comments and commenting. Hopefully later I will get some writing in! :)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@ChristyWrites - Yes - we all want success. I guess the hardest thing about it is how we measure it. Most of us measure it by money, some will measure it by the amount of interaction we get from others around us. I guess for me, it is a bit of both. The money justifies the writing to my husband and the interaction is purely joy for me. I wish you the best here as well! Cheers to our success! :)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@BeingPuneet - First off, Welcome to Hubpages. You will find that you never stop learning here. I hope you enjoy it and keep with it. It does come rather addictive and the benefits are great! Glad you enjoyed this and hope it is useful for you! :)


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Stacy,

I like your 3 "P's" approach because it is valid. As to the comments, I always try and leave a comment on a fellow hubber's hub if they have been so kind to do the same on mine. I also like sharing hubs if they have something of value. You are right in that this is a job that does not bring overnight success, so for the people who only write a handful of hubs and wonder why they are not yet making good money...this should answer that question. :)


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stillwaters707 4 years ago from Texas

Many new hubbers, like myself, needed these tips. I'm practicing all 3, but, it really helps to read it from another hubber. About followings, I would encourage all hubbers to remember the starfish story. You're interesting each follower, a valuable reader. Thanks for the hub.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Peggy W - I found that after a couple years being on Hubpages, participation has become difficult. I have found so many great writers here and it really is hard to keep up with it all. So, when someone comes to my hub and leaves an insightful comment, I try to return the favor and then share one of theirs as well. Sadly, this means that some of my favorite writers get lost in the hubbers I follow section. I just don't have enough time to get to them all. But for the time being this works for me. Those that are interactive with me, have my attention and it is a "scratch my back and I scratch yours kind of deal" It doesn't allow me to spend alot of time looking for new hubbers, but it does keep me up on my comments. And when I see people thinking they can make lots of money here just starting, it is sad. We need patience to build our fortunes online.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@stillwaters707 - I am glad you found these tips insightful and useful. It really is the truth and reality about writing online. None of us are going to leave this a millionaire... we have to wait it out. And as writers, it is imperitive we throw each other a line! :) Because to that one writer - it did make a difference!

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