I encourage all newbie Hubbers to sign out of HubPages, and go and look at the HubPages.com home page as a signed-out user.
You'll see testimonials from several high-earning Hubbers. If you are interested in earning money, then logically it makes sense to follow their example.
You'll notice that not one of the names is familiar from the forums, and I suspect most people won't have seen them following, or reading and commenting on their Hubs. Which just goes to prove what I've always said - that side of HubPages is great for socialising, but it doesn't help you earn money.
Basically, if you are putting a lot of time into "supporting" your fellow Hubbers, then you are misdirecting your efforts. Following, reading and commenting on other Hubs is not helping their authors make money - you're just being sociable. If everyone redirected all that effort into writing more Hubs, we'd all be better off.
Not saying that we shouldn't socialise - it's important to keep our motivation going. Also it's a great way to avoid doing any real work But don't fool yourself you're working!
Adding meaningful comments is pretty important to the overall ecosystem. They help engage people and in the long run, we need to attract more experts and enthusiasts. The more topical experts, the stronger the sites and community and that will generate more success for Hubbers over the long run.
I agree, but I find that most of my meaningful comments come from people who find my Hubs because they're genuinely engaged with the subject. That is not usually other Hubbers, who are visiting only to support their mates.
Marisa, I have a different perspective on hubbers supporting one another. I think it's important for all of us, and for the health of the site. But it's especially important for newcomers. When I first started writing here, my first readers and commenters were other hubbers who were very generous with their encouragement. Without them, my first few hubs would have been met with the deafening sound of silence. With almost no views and no encouragement, I'm not sure I would have stuck with it long enough for Google to start sending outside traffic my way.
I also write for a content site where you only get paid when your article sells to a customer. If you don't write new articles, you don't get paid; there's no residual income. And since you give up all rights to your article and it will not carry your byline, the only reason to write there is getting paid. Yet that site has a vibrant writer forum and the members are positive, supportive, and quite willing to help when colleagues have problems. To my mind, there is no contradiction at all to being productive and being supportive of your fellows.
I would encourage newcomers (and old heads as well) to not shy away from participating in the community.
In other words, you agree with me. Perhaps you did not read my whole post. At the end, I say:
"Not saying that we shouldn't socialise - it's important to keep our motivation going."
By socialising I mean following, reading, commenting. And as you know, I am often on the forum to help new writers, so I do recognise its value. But it's important for people to keep it in perspective.
Only today, I see yet another post from someone asking for more followers, from someone who obviously believes they're important to earn something.
Absolutely agree. I have a website which gets 600,000 views per month now with 400 articles - and often I don't write for 2-3 months. So and how do I get views?
Building followers? Social media? Posting every day? Begging for comments? Visiting other blogs in the hopes they visit back? Guest posting? Paying for ads? Joining Facebook groups to post links? Spamming social bookmarking sites like Stumbleupon or Reddit? Have a big email list?
No, I do none of those things. I imagine that if I did just those things alone, I might get maybe 10,000 views per month if I was lucky.
What I do is create stand alone content that matches what people are Googling, has little or no competition and is written in a way that makes people want to share. I literally write, then do nothing else. This is called getting organic traffic - and organic traffic drives itself. I leave the content to sink or swim on its own. If it does get some good traffic I may give it a little boost now and then but usually - I don't bother. Google Suggest gets me 80% of my traffic and I don't need to worry about hours of promotional work for minimal gain.
Great advice. You told the underlying truth. Writing stand alone content and that too interesting to the audience and somewhat beneficial to their everyday life is the secret behind all this. I appreciate you Wry Lilt.
As a pretty good earner myself I'd like to fully support your comments for those who may be reading this. I've found great advice here when needed and offered some as well but I know without a shadow of a doubt my earnings have had very little to do with the amount of time I've spent in forums and such.
You guys are all senior hubbers and I don't know much about how things work here. But, I encourage every hubber to spend some time reading and leaving meaningful feedback. I observed many revenue sharing websites that look like a graveyard because everybody there just publishes content and do very little interaction with other writers. In other words, they just want to write and nothing else.
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