The A-Z of hubpages (A-C)

Making money online, the journey begins.

When I first joined hubpages, just over a year ago (at time of writing), I have to admit when I did so, I had very little expectation. I had been an enthusiastic writer for some time, but was completely new to the concept of sharing my work and I was eager for some exposure. I just wanted to get my work published for people to read, whether it happened to be online or in print, I was hoping for some feedback (to see if, in fact I was actually as good at it as I thought) and I wanted to use this platform to practice the craft that I had desired to pursue for many years, only now rather more seriously.

I was also a fairly new Internet user at the time, I had not long had an email address and was still a little baffled as to what I was to do with it, I had recently invested in a new computer of which had more functions then you could shake a stick at, and I was now a surfer at the mercy of the super information highway. It was as confusing as it was exciting, I had this whole new universe at my fingertips, millions of wonderful sites just waiting to be explored, all from a single click, I was amazed.

After I spent copious amounts of time online figuring things out, I finally got round to buying and selling some stuff on eBay, (even though it was a bit of a challenge as I didn't have a land line,) I roamed amazon, played some games and took a look at some social networking sites, I eventually found hubpages and decided it was a place I wanted to be part of, I signed up, published a hub and then for four whole months, I did absolutely nothing else here.

Getting paid, getting read and beyond.

After the four long months of inactivity I received an email from the nice people of hubpages informing me of the 30 day challenge and in my infinite wisdom, decided to give it a shot. I failed spectacularly, not even managing 10! But that did not matter in the slightest as I had not as first assumed failed, but had begun to succeed.

After I took the time to look around the site and discover how this writing and money making medium worked, things soon started to pick up for me. With in a year I had hit a number of milestones, without even realising.

  • 10,000 views,
  • 300 followers,
  • 1000 comments,
  • a 100 hubber score,
  • Payout!

I have achieved far more from hubpages then I could have imagined. (Yes I know I'm gushing.) However as I am now the proud recipient of a check for all my hard work, I have realized I had underestimated hubpages and all it's potential. I am not unique in this respect either, if you put the work in and have a little patience, readership and earnings will follow. Here is my alphabetical rundown of hubpages and a few of the things I have learnt since I have been here, I hope you find it useful and wishing you all the best of luck with your hubpages journey.

A is for......

AdSense; Is googles' magic system that is one of the ways that allows us to earn through our hubs, when someone clicks on an add that has been featured on your hub, and it is on your 60% of display time, you get the value of that ad click. However do not click on your own ads or anyone else's in the misguided attempted of trying to make them or yourself money. This may well land you and them in trouble and could result in both of you losing your accounts. Similarly make sure that you have signed up for an AdSense account, because if you don't have an AdSense account you can't earn any money from the ads shown on anything you write.

Amazon; No not the river, the website. By placing related amazon products on your hubs, you can earn a percentage of commission, from any products that are bought from amazon via one of your links on one of your pages. I have yet to master this and as of this moment have exactly $0.43 in amazon earnings, however do not let this deter you, many other hubbers make good money from amazon. I would also like to reiterate what I said about making sure you have signed up for an amazon account, because again if you do not have an account you can not make money.

Avatars; Even online your appearance can be important, your avatar can help or hinder you. I have fiddled around with mine a few times, depending on when you're reading this it could be a cartoon character, one of my random photos or if your lucky actually the real me! Be aware that if your avatar is seen as rude or offencive, your profile will probably get flagged pretty quickly, because this is after all,a family friendly site.

B is for......

Back-linking; There is some mixed feelings amongst hubbers on this issue, some have not felt the need to back link any of their hubs and for them it has not been a problem, they still achieve good page rank and get lots of traffic. However there are then those that back link religiously and feel it pays of hugely. Personally I'm an inbetweener, if I have a hub with lots of high paying keywords in it, I will back link it fairly generously as I find the extra traffic pays off. The rest I leave to the fate of time and the search engines and actually in time I find that they get pretty good, regular traffic all by themselves. Well that's all very well but what exactly is back linking anyway? Well a back link is a link that leads back to one of your hubs. Like this. (14 tips to help your child eat more healthily)

You do this by highlighting a word or sentence relating to your hub and adding the hubs URL, on hubpages you can add a quick link or a link capsule, which also shows your hub summery or a selection of your text.

C is for......

Comments; Mostly these come in the form of nice, positive supportive words of kindness and encouragement, however there will also be unfortunate, maybe even uneasy times when people leave something less welcoming. In times such as these there are the wonderful buttons you can use to deny and delete, a simple no nonsense solution. It is also good for you and the hubpages community for you to write the odd comment on someones hub, if you like what you've read, let them know, it will make their day.

Community; Hubpages has a great, very active and loyal community. Full of diverse, talented and mostly like minded people. Intelligent, friendly writers who for the most part will do their up most to help a fellow hubber out. I am very comfortable here and have received some very useful advice and much appreciated assistance, I also very much enjoy reading the interesting and varied work of fellow hubbers.

 

Challenges; The 30 day challenge is probably the most participated in by hubbers, the challenge is to write thirty hubs in thirty days. It is not a competition and there is no closing date or prize, however there are many benefits in undertaking this challenge. One is that you get used to writing on a regular basis and as with anything the more you practice the better you get, this is especially helpful for new writers. The other major payoff for the challenge is a build up of hubs, usually resulting in more traffic and the potential to earn more money, which is always nice. There is also a thread dedicated to this challenge in the forum, for a bit of extra support and advice. The other challenge is to write one hundred hubs in thirty days, which is honestly beyond me, however many dedicated and talented hubbers have achieved it, it can be done. I have yet to finish a challenge, however I am not beat yet and will attempt another one again soon.

Competitions; These are run every so often on the site and do harbour prizes for winners. I have participated in a few, but as yet have not created anything prize winning. However again I am undeterred and will certainly keep giving them a go. It is free to enter, there are many opportunities to win and even if you don't win, the hubs you publish for the competition may still earn you money!

End of part one.

Well I hope this first instalment of the A-Z of hubpages has been useful, I am off to work on part two and hopefully I will see you then.

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Trish_M 5 years ago from The English Midlands

Hi Wren frost :)

I only just found this ~ but I really enjoyed it!

A score of 100 in your first year ~ that's very good! Congrats!

I enjoy writing, too, which is why I joined Hub Pages.

(My earnings are still relatively low, though.)


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nicomp 5 years ago from Ohio, USA

This is very cool. I enjoyed reading it. You have a while to think about 'Z': nothing comes to mind just yet. I do know what 'N' should be... ;)


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warrioRR 6 years ago from Rawalpindi Pakistan

Nice hub and about earnings I applied for the Adsense and they refused me, may be their were some reasons


TattoGuy 6 years ago

Ok still waiting on the next part, time to get that next part done, doncha think?


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TINA V 6 years ago

This is a great concept about Hubpages. It gives your readers insights on what to expect and possible things to do when they join the group.

I can attest that you are one of those many good writers in this website. I regret that I don't have the leeway to read all your hubs due to time constraint. But I wish you the best. Just enjoy and continue to write for Hubpages.


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eclecticeducation 6 years ago

Just what I needed! I'm still trying to figure this all out. Thanks!


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andromida 6 years ago

What I love about hubpages is that its community is so cool and caring that one will get all he needs to success online. And if anyone consider to make serious money online,I can say that it is very much possible to make serious money with hubpages.Yet, the most fascinating part of hubpages is that it allows me to meet and learn people from diverse cultures and ethnicities.Though I plan to continue writing in hubpages for a couple of years, but I wish to be part of this community as long as I can.Though I never meet any hubber physically,but I feel affinity to many hubbers almost the same way I feel for my friends and family.Thanks wren :)


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

Thanks mtsi1098, glad you enjoyed my hub. :)


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

Thanks katiem2 thanks for popping in. :)


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Good idea Wrenfrost, I like your A-Z concept and enjoyed reading helpful reminders and your insights. Good to hear from you and look forward to the upcoming tips. Peace :)


mtsi1098 6 years ago

Hi wrenfrost56 - nice job on the ABCs of hubbing and congrats on your success...For some reason amazon in the past month has been amazing...backlinking works or does not work but it has been ok for me in blogger, shetoldme, webanswers and xomba...best of luck and cheers


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CMHypno 6 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

Interesting Hub, wrenfrost56. Hope you continue to enjoy HubPages and that your success just grows and grows!


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

Your so spot on. I enjoyed this hub and the methods you have listed alphabetically, looking forward to more tips. And all the best, keep hubbing.


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Laura du Toit 6 years ago from South Africa

Looking forward to your next hub. There is an amazing amount of knowledge to be shared with both newbies and more experienced hubbers. Thanks for sharing!


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

It really is and my confidence in my work has really grown over the last year. Thanks very much for commenting ethel smith. :)


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Interesting. It is fun learning as you go, isn't it?

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