Hello fellow Hubbers,
I'm a new Hubber seeking some words of wisdom from the veteran Hubbers here. If you could travel back to the day you first created your HubPages account, what are the three most important tips you would give to your past self and new Hubbers on this site?
1. What exactly is it you want from your work on HubPages? Is it money? Or something else? Establish what it is you want, precisely, first.
2, If you just want a place to write whatever you want, consider starting your own self-hosted blog; but put some thought into what that blog is going to be about and what subject matter it will have.
3. If it's money you want, seriously study Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Scour the Internet for information on the subject and apply the knowledge you've gathered seriously. Write on HubPages applying the principles you've learned, but also start your own sites. Learn what it takes to start, build and monetize effectively your own sites.
4. If you are doing this for the money, consider how much time and work you want to put into it. It will take considerable time and work but the payoff might be worth it, especially if you end up making significant residual income.
5. Consider subject matter: What will never be seen on the Web because people aren't looking for it (so it might be a waste of your time to write about it)? What is it people are looking for on the Web? What subject matter would you be okay with writing about extensively? In other words, is the subject matter something that will be burdensome for you to write about because it bores you and you're not interested in it? Or does that matter at all? Are you mostly interested in what generates traffic and therefore money and subject matter is secondary?
To studying the Learning Center I add:
1) Make proof reading your work a priority, then do it again.
2) Strive to write with fairness and practicality mixed with passion.
3) Make your critics useful by hearing what they say from an objective perspective.
1. Whatever you do in Hubpages.. be patient to get what expect to get. This is not a place for people who are in rush or need to get benefits within few days.
2. Write 100% spelling mistakes free, grammar mistakes free and double or triple check your hub before you submit for the publication.
3. Write only what you know and what your interest is. DO NOT copy or rewrite the contents for traffic and SEO.
3 Tips for New Hubbers:
1. Read the Learning Center.
2. Read the Learning Center again.
3. Think about what you read in the Learning Center.
These will not be my original ideas, so I will just link you to the creatrix herself, Wrylilt. These suggestions continue to prove helpful to all hubbers.
On finding topics with high traffic and helping you find inspiration for your next hub: http://hubpages.com/community/How-to-Fi … le-Suggest
On driving traffic via Pinterest
http://hubpages.com/technology/How-To-M … ns-Traffic
http://hubpages.com/business/How-to-Gen … -Pinterest
On successfully monetizing via Amazon
http://hubpages.com/community/making-mo … pages/2952
General good advice
http://hubpages.com/community/Ways-to-G … out-Google
Best wishes - keep in mind, it takes time. My 3rd and 4th hub are my best viewed hubs, and they are still gaining views weekly 3 years later. It takes experimentation to find what will catch on, and then, in time, traffic will slowly build. Go back to your best hubs and tweak them once every 6 months. You may find little typos or a thought you would like to add or rewrite to better express yourself. This will keep your content fresh and will help maintain google's interest.
1. You're never gonna get rich writing for this site. So don't ask, "How long will it take/how many hubs do I need..." to earn some pie-in-the-sky amount.
2. If you can't write in halfway decent English, please do everyone a favor and pack it in now. Don't torture yourself or us.
3. Your traffic sucks because Google hates us. Hate it back. It works for me. .
Compared to when HubPages first started, there is now no benefit to being here versus on your own site. This site is under a permanent penalty and that's why admin is breaking it apart.
You'll get more traffic and earnings going it alone. Plus, you won't have to be subjected to random editorial oversight and constant content changes.
HubPages has been scrambling for at least four years now, and has never changed their essential business model despite proof that it is now obsolete. Making smaller spin-off sites just means that it will seem to work for a while, and then all the issues about relevancy and quality will return because HubPages are making lumpy category sites, and not actual targeted niches.
Well there are still some benefits:
- You can write on a wide variety of topics and you're still going to get your article on a niche site with plenty of articles on related topics - people are going to be reading different stuff and you would get indirect readers which is always good.
- No worries about hosting and domain name stuff
- Professional editing and images if your hub does get hub pro'd
- And more.
Welcome! You've received excellent wisdom from everyone. I would add:
1. Be flexible and accepting of change. Keep writing and adapt.
2. Stay focused on your goals, pace yourself, reset goals when necessary and remain hopeful about reaching them.
3. Achieving online success consists of a basic formula. Study the work of the best hubbers. Be a sponge, learn the formula.
In addition to all of the above, have fun! If it isn't fun, then it's not worth it.
Thank you everyone for your advice and tips. I will definitely check out the Learning Center. The reason why I joined HubPages is because it's free, relatively easy to use (so far), and I can write about almost anything I want. If I do make some money on the site, I'll spend it on coffee. If not, then meh. I'll buy coffee with my own money.
Choose subjects that you either know a great deal about, enjoy or have interest in researching so that your Hubs are informative and helpful. Plus, it's much easier to write about what you know and love.
If you don't know SEO, learn the basics if you want your Hubs to get traffic. Choosing the right title is huge. No matter how amazing your Hub is, if the title isn't worded in the way someone would type the topic into a search engine, it probably won't be on Google's first page. Having a good title graphic is helpful for getting Pinterest traffic.
Take some time to plan out your Hubs. List the topics you want to cover and gather some photos or additional information. Try to have a friend scan it for typos or other errors before you publish. As you get more experience on the site, you can always go back to edit and improve your Hubs.
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