Updating my Writing Portfolio on Hubpages

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In my ever growing quest to become an on-line writer and marketer, I have decided I have been a member of Hubpages long enough to start making some dramatic additions to my online writing portfolio. The advice I have received from helpful Hubpages community members who successful make a part time living from the Internet, has convinced me it is time to move forward. 

Thus far my  writing portfolio consists mainly of articles written here on Hubpages. I do have a couple of articles on ezine.com, but my adsense revenue could use a boost.

My interest lays in passive income with Google Adsense as my primary source. I have learned about the many different ways to add to my Adsense revenue, and beginning with year 2 of my Hub life, I plan to set in motion more clicking opportunities by taking advantage of the online writing marketplace.

You can track my progress with me by means of this article and those that follow. I will state where I am currently, how I made it this far, and my short term and long term goals.

As I reach and expand my goals I will share the details about my progress and my failures - which I hope will be few in number.

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Starting With the Title

My original title of this article was, Diversifying My Portfolio. Having learned the importance of key words, I now must check to see if I can come up with a more profitable title, which I have done.

Using the words, “writing portfolios” will fetch me the greatest yield, so the title of this piece is now Updating Writing Portfolios.

After using the Google key word tool, I next followed the advice to google my actual title in the Google search engine itself. This yielded way too many searches, so I narrowed down the searches by typing in “updating my writing portfolio on hubpages”. From the screen shot (something I just taught myself to do, which I will write about in the future) you can see the search results are now in the 3,000 to 10,000 range instead of the hundreds of thousands.

That’s how this article came to be titled, Updating my Writing Portfolio on Hubpages.

3 Articles Per Subject Topic

To increase my earnings I am ready to begin publishing more articles related to one central theme. I have been successful in a small way, but feel it is now time to practice this on a regular basis here on out. This requires pre-thought about my main piece and their offshoots.

For example, I have noticed my Google Analytics account shows a strong number of key word searches for “electrolytes”. My original hub that lead to this search is about Coconut Water as a natural sports drink. To capitalize on this interest, I plan to write at least two more articles with electrolytes as the theme. I will link them as I write one article for Hubpages, another for Ezines, and a last article for Redgage.

Having searched the keywords, I have determined what my articles will be about and expect to find more readership as I link the articles as instructed here at HP. Since I already have open accounts with these 3 sites, I won’t need to go through the sign-up process. Later on down the line, I expect I will branch out to different sites as a basis for comparison.

Expanding My Niches

My regular readers are aware that I try to thoroughly present helpful and encouraging information about Multiple Sclerosis. This has proven to be a successful niche for me; however I have decided to expand into a related field which is Complementary and Alternative Medicines (CAM for short)

I now have the mental stamina necessary to investigate and explain CAM as they deal with MS and MS medications; the possible reactions that can occur when there is not proper understanding of how synthetic drugs and CAM can work with or against each other.

Since this is information I personally am seeking, I know others in the MS community are doing the same. I look forward to finding out and sharing with my regular readers all that I can about this underutilized form of medicine. So along with traditional MS therapies, I am excited to expand my niche to include CAM, in the near future.

I have written a CAM-based posting on my Wordpress Blog, which has been dormant for quite some time. Might as well put it to get use by blogging about my experience with CAM beginning with my understanding of how and why Prozac works for me and what natural drugs might bring me the same results.

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  • Neither, see my comment for another suggestion.
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Time to Choose My Domain

I am about to register with my own domain name, although I am still trying to decide between godaddy.com and hostgator.com, if anyone would like to help me decide between the two, please answer my poll question, I would really appreciate it.

Setting up a quality website has me a bit nervous, but I do have a relative who works in the graphics art field, so I plan to use his expertise when I am ready to make that leap.

My dream site would host my MS and CAM info as well as my recommendations for products useful for those with chronic ailments. It is a combination I will have to keep investigating and studying, so I don’t expect my first attempt to be my last, as the more I learn the better I expect my site to become.

 

Which Directory Should I Use?

Since I need to use one or both article submission, what is your suggestion?

  • Trafficbug.com
  • Onlywire.com
  • Use them both
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How Many Websites At Once?

I am thinking that I need to begin with 3 different sites that I can link to one another. That way I can concentrate on clearly presenting each niche one at a time. I want a MS site and a CAM site and a retail site. I need to research whether this is the best way to begin. (Any advice is appreciated during this decision process.)

Naturally, if I discover it is better to combine the sites, then that is what I will do.

The Use of Article Directories

I am stuck between a rock and a hard place as I finalize my decision about two submission sites. One uses software I would have to download, the other is available through an online membership.

Will it be:

  • Trafficbug.com or
  • Onlywire.com

Maybe I should just use both.  They both are roughly the same, and between the two it appears I will be able to easily submit my articles to all the social network sites and untold article directories. The increased exposure will hopefully lend itself to more viewers who click on more ads which will increase my adsense revenue.

Again, please feel free to help me decide. Your opinion is valued by me.

The Future is Looking Good

As my confidence in my ability to learn and successfully apply information to my writing endeavors grows, I look to the future with anticipation.

Setting reasonable and easily attainable financial goals helps me to enjoy a slow but steady upward increase in my Adsense account.

Passive income is the right choice for me given my health concerns. I am glad I have finally found a way to earn money when I feel well enough to do so.

My small contribution to our family income is already being appreciated by my husband. He sees the potential and encourages me to continue to learn at my own pace while we patiently await the small financial reward we seek.

Keeping a written record and journal will enable me to track my progress, so I look forward to the adventure.

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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

Lynda I hope I can supply you with valuable information and lessons learned. If nothing else you will no doubt learn what NOT to do. lol Thanks for your encouraging comment my friend.


Linda Myshrall 6 years ago

Hey Jen, You trailblazer, you! Now I will not only have the enjoyment of reading your beautifully written articles, I will also be able to see what comes next for us hubpage-toddlers without having to bloody my knees too bad. Thanks to you for bravely wading in! Thanks! Oh and thumbs up.


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

I like it Mickey! I don't know if I should include my main niche inside the MS niche however. Then it would have to have something to do with steroids as well. You gotta any ideas?


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

I like this a lot. How about MSGator?

Gr8Health4Us!? Thanks Jen!


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

LOL MFB, that or either part time income whichever comes first. :-)


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MFB III 6 years ago from United States

I hope To read about you int the social columns hobnobbing with Bill Gates and the like after your efforts to make a fortune on hubbing all come true. ~~~MFB III


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

Yes, slowly but surely. Still plenty to learn though. Thanks for leaving your comment.


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Looks like everything is coming along nicely for you Jen - enjoyed catching up with you.


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

ethel, fishtiger, Duchess and Tony, thank you all so much for your encouragement and for recognizing my small accomplishments now and for those that will come in the future.

Duchess, I have been to your site in the past and I do like the setup. There's a reason I narrowed it down to two, but can't recall it now. It was based on something I read in the forums. lol Still, I will check out your site again before I come to any firm conclusions.


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Good luck in your endeavours. Thanks for sharing all this interesting information. Will keep looking out for updates on your progress.

Love and peace

Tony


Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

Hey Jen, I'll be following this closely - Good for you!

Have you considered using a free website build? Weebly looks pretty good and simple too. That's what I would be using if I had a concrete idea and plan such as you have outlined.

Great plan you have here. I have never thought of using article directories. Intersting concept.

Good luck, keep us posted


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fishtiger58 6 years ago from Momence, Illinois

Awesome Jen you are a fantastic writer so I see good things in your future. All my best in you endeavor.


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Good luck Jen. You are moving on in leaps and bounds.


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

Thank you Paradise7, I will do as you suggest! :-)

Sunforged, I appreciate your comments and will take your suggestions to heart, as you are one of the ones I learned so much from. "Writing portfolios" is just a one time thing, I just used the process I have learned for the final title pick.


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sunforged 6 years ago from Sunforged.com

HG over Godaddy for Hosting - GoDaddy for domain purchase

I covered the reasons why in a hub long ago.

I use onlywire on my wordpress sites, i like it because its easy, but its prone to errors.

If you feel "writing portfolios" is a term you want to pursue than it is best practice to use it in some of your h2's (headers). It doesnt look like that term is currently being picked up on by the adbots. Intelligent method for selecting your title though!


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

Good luck and Godspeed! Keep those virtual presses rollin'!


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

Well, I'm about to get a website going, not quite there yet wandererh, but I will certainly heed the warning I read on your hub. Thanks! ;-)

BK, Your hubs have been so educational. In fact having all those hubs to read during the challenge inspired me to begin learning as much as I can about CAMs. I am glad you will be finding other subjects from your main themes and look forward to reading them all.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

All of this makes good sense. And as writers we need to stop periodically and assess what we are doing. I like the idea of a central theme - and that seems to happen naturally. I wrote a list about uncommon alternative medical practices and got such a good response (thank you so much) - that I made a second list and then wrote about individual practices twice. It worked out so well!

I'll be sure to keep up with you! Thanks for sharing this!


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wandererh 6 years ago from Singapore

Wow, you are setting up a website now. Don't forget to mask your email address so that the bots don't get it. ;)

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