I am looking for people who are writing hubs/blogging about content they feel passionate aout, or at least connected to who are making money by way of using Hub pagers and are willing to share tips.
well.. is there a particular hub you wish us to comment on?x
I read a couple of your hubs and was impressed by their sincerity and truthfulness. You didn't lose me, as a reader, for a moment. The sad truth is that they won't get much of an audience from search engines because your Hubs are very personal and are not optimized for any keywords that search engines use.
I don't know what to suggest. If you want to use your talents to make some money, you would probably have to do what most people do- focus on popular topics and dig out some keywords to write around. The number of subjects is endless.
I wrote a hub on 'Tips for Coping with a Parent's Dementia' recently because that was a term people were searching for. The next day I wrote a hub on the 'The 5 Best 12v Air Compressors'.
Do I feel passionately about either subject? Well, I have someone in my family looking after a parent with dementia so there is a connection. But I wouldn't have tackled the subject if I hadn't thought it would get a readership and bring in a few dollars.
If you want to write about things you are passionate about and make some money it isn't easy but it is doable. One avenue is writing to raise money for charities. You can become an affiliate of many charities and take a portion of any donations that you bring in. Try a search for 'charity affiliate programs'. Best of luck.
Personally, I only write about things I enjoy writing. I'm not interested, right now anyway, in just writing for money. I have the long term goal of using HubPages as a way to improve my writing skills and then to write books. I believe my writing has improved tremendously since being here. I don't edit any of my hubs after publishing because it demonstrates, to me, how my skills are developing. No, I'm not making much from HubPages in a material sense but the other benefits are terrific. To know what I mean read "Jonathan Livingstone Seagull" by Richard Bach.
All that said is little comfort to you if you need money now so;
Everything Will said plus do you advertise your Hubs? Do you write a little on forums with links to relevant Hubs? Do you contribute to "Yahoo Answers" with something like "For further information read this article"
Two people whose advice I take very seriously on the topic of online writing and who have excellent advice on the subject are SunForged and Mark Knowles. Search for them and read their Hubs on writing for HubPages it's very enlightening.
I agree with Will Apse,
First step is to define your goal; money or pleasure - the choise is yours.
There are people on HP who are interested in making money and they concentrate on topics that are popular, whether or not they are really passionate about them.
There are also people that are writing for pleasure or because they think they have something to say or maybe because they want to test their own writing abilities and see the reaction of the community through comments.
I also am wrestling with this question.
Will Apse's reply is rather discouraging - because it is probably true!
My starting point is always what concerns me now, which is rarely news driven and therefore is likely to be out of date. Right now for instance, I would like to write something about a book 10 years old that relates to the climate change fiasco. Both the book and the topic are passe in our frenzied 24 hour news cycle. Sad to say. Even, Haiti, by the time I have an intelligent opinion - probably based on Jared Diamond's great analysis, will be both counterintuitive (therefore obnoxious?) and past its best before date.
What to do?
Well, maybe there is a world of folks interested in "old" but still unresolved issues. Nothing is too arcane. Google finds everything -- if you spend time making relevant tags and keep them updated even if you don't change the article. Will I ever get paid? Will says no. He's probably right. Sigh.
Haiti should not be mentioned in the same breath as climate change, unless the words 'not related to' are involved.
The tectonic plates shifting has nothing to do with the political fiasco which has shredded our economy with stealth taxes, caused rebellion in 17 countries due to starvation, while just causing starvation in dozens of other countries, the closure of any government scientific body which refuted the Global Warming facts with actual evidence, and removed funds which could have been spelt elsewhere combating actual pollution.
Check http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYLmLW4k4aI for the rice comparrison test, to show you the actual carbon dioxide ratios as demonstrated with one milion granules of rice, for both Methane and Carbon Dioxide.
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