What I Learned at HubPages in 2010

The year 2010 is almost over and I think it's time to review what I've learned in my first six months at HubPages. I'm currently in Australia so my year 2010 will be over slightly sooner than your 2010. I'll have to be quick in writing this! :)

I joined HubPages on November 15, 2010 with the idea to write a first hub about Dutch food in Melbourne. I joined HubPages while traveling and that's not ideal if you want to focus on writing articles. I didn't even have internet on certain days. I now have a nice number of hubs and they're getting a little bit of traffic each day. They should earn me money someday really. If you're thinking about earning money online as well by writing articles, I suggest you do so today by taking this tour. It is really easy to get started and you'll learn a lot by doing.

Happy New Year!
Happy New Year! | Source

I think writing for the internet and earning money along the way is an important skill. I have the technical knowledge to build a website from scratch but writing good content is a whole different skill. The term SEO is not new when you're familiar with computer technology and the internet but there's a lot to learn. We had to implement a basic version of Google's PageRank algorithm at university but Google has improved the way it ranks the web of course.

By participating at HubPages I hope to learn more about how the internet works. It makes me a good all-rounder with the skills to take an idea from nothing to a hosted website with good content. I can always use these skills to earn some side income. The concepts of passive income and multiple streams of income are quite appealing and they are worth exploring.

It is not very difficult to get hubs that rank into the 70 - 80 range for HubScore and most of my hubs rank there. I guess I'll need to draw more traffic or do something else to take them from good to great (90 - 100). That's what I'll focus on in 2011! I don't want to focus on these scores too much because everyone agrees that they are quite random but they are a nice bonus.

My 2010 statistics

Purely for my own administration I would like to write some statistics so that I can see later what I started out with. At December 30, 2010 I have been here for six weeks, I have 57 followers, 25 hubs (including this one) and a HubberScore of 89. My average HubScore is 74.

The graph below shows my traffic growth:

My traffic graph of 2010.
My traffic graph of 2010. | Source

What did I learn so far?

I think I learned the most about keyword research, search engine optimization and Google's keyword tool. I learned all kinds of approaches to keep your content easily readable, fresh for search engines and pleasant to look at. I need to improve my keyword research skills to find better keywords that pay well but that have relatively low or insignificant competition.

I'm not saying I'm applying what I have learned well enough but the other parts were pretty easy. I signed up for affiliate programs and I familiarized myself with the HubPages platform. The HubPages content management system is pretty easy to get the hang of. There's enough documentation available and then there's always the forums to ask for help.

I also learned that I need to learn a lot more :)

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For my followers

To all those who have decided to follow me: I wish you all a happy and healthy 2011 with many quality hubs and a lot of money to be earned from your affiliate programs!

And truth be told, I wish the same for all the others :) See you next year!

Simeon Visser

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Sarah Masson 5 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

Happy 2011 straight back to you :)


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simeonvisser 5 years ago Author

Thanks Sarah :)


ssaul 5 years ago

hey simeonvisser happy 2011, hope you get all you wish for and more and a better year at hubpages in 2011.


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simeonvisser 5 years ago Author

@ssaul: Happy 2011 simone saul :)


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manjubose5 5 years ago

Enjoyed your experiences. I wish to share my experiences with Hubpages but with time. 2010 is very special for me.

HAPPY 2011


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simeonvisser 5 years ago Author

@manjubose5: Happy 2011 to you too! :)


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amy jane 5 years ago from Connecticut

Thanks for sharing your experiences - I think it is a great idea to expand your skills this way, especially since you already have the tech side covered! Setting up a website and all that goes with it is still filled with mysterious puzzles for me.:)

Congrats on a great start and good luck in the coming year!


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simeonvisser 5 years ago Author

@amy jane: Thanks :) I'll continue to improve my skills in this new year!


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psychicdog.net 5 years ago

Look forward to more of your writing in the new year simeonvisser


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simeonvisser 5 years ago Author

@psychicdog.net: Thanks, I have already published my first hub in this new year and I intend to write many more. I'm also looking forward to more hubs from you!


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Right On Time 5 years ago from Australia

Concise and honest. Cheers for 2011.


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simeonvisser 5 years ago Author

@Right On Time: Thanks, cheers to you too for 2011!


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Neverletitgo 5 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

Thanks for sharing with us your story of hub pages of last year. Today is another year so I would like to say to you also happy new year.

Abdi


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Kindacrazy 5 years ago from Tennessee

Thanks for sharing you knowledge and story. I am new to Hubpages (since December), so I am still trying to learn everything I can. It's hard to digest all of the info, so much reading that sometimes my eyes bleed!!!! Will read over your suggestions and hopefully be more knowlegeable. Thanks


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simeonvisser 5 years ago Author

@Neverletitgo: Thanks and Happy New Year Abdi :)

@Kindacrazy: We all have to start somewhere, I'm not that experienced yet either. But we'll get a lot futher in 2011 that's for sure.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Great idea for a hub. Wish I had thought of it before the end of the year, LOL. Well written. thanks for visiting my hub. Welcome to hubpages and Happy New Year to you.


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simeonvisser 5 years ago Author

@Denise Handlon: Well, you can always write one next December haha :) A happy 2011 to you too and all the best with your activities here on HubPages.


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danieliuhasz 5 years ago from Romania

Happy new year! :) Sorry for the late wish, but I have been away from the internet for some time and couldn't send this.

About the experiment with 24 Hubs in 12 Hours, it is still pending. Due to packing for vacation and doing stuff around the house, I couldn't make that 24 even if I wanted. I guess that I will start off easy this time: 4 Hubs in 4 Hours this week, and I will try to grow them as much as possible. Will update;)


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simeonvisser 5 years ago Author

@danieliuhasz: No worries, any hub is better than no hub. Happy new year as well, we were all busy to celebrate the new year I figure. Four hubs should be fine but don't rush - make sure they're high quality :)


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

The score for individual hubs.. . .confounds me. As far as I know, I've never had one pass 93, and that one doesn't have nearly so good a score now. What's been my highest ranking hub. . . .might not be in the top fifty percent anymore. I'd have to check, but I don't think that it is. Thing is, I seriously doubt that anyone on this site knows more about heat pumps, and has written a better one, so who knows what makes em' rise and fall like an empire. . . .


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simeonvisser 5 years ago Author

@Wesman Todd Shaw : Yeah, it's just a number after all. I want to focus more on learning the keyword research skills and copy writing skills that draw the traffic really. The HubScore is not important but it would be nice if it could serve as a guiding number. As long as I get more traffic steadily and more clicks in 2011 I'll be happy!


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jacques.gim 5 years ago from Lancashire

Hi great info I want also to learn about keyword what is the best way to select your keywords?


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simeonvisser 5 years ago Author

There are many hubs on keyword research as well as articles on other websites. I'm reading those at the moment and I'm using Google's Keyword Tool. I'm not very experienced in it yet but most people gather their knowledge on keyword research from the internet itself.

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