Hey y'all! I want to give you a heads up about January's Money Grows on Hubs contest - it's a contest in the Personal Finance category and is an EXCELLENT way to beef up on your Hubbing skills.
The prizes: Staff Pick (28 winners): $50 & New York Times best seller I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi Daily Drawing (28 winners): $50 Best Hub (4 winners): $100 People's Choice (4 winners): $100 Grand Prize (1 winner): $500
And here's the cool thing- you can get started now! Just be sure to save your entries unpublished, and then publish them throughout the contest in January.
Take the month of December to have a look at your own personal finances - do some research and plan out your financial goals for 2011 - and write Hubs as you go along! We'll share additional tips and guides on writing Personal Finance Hubs throughout the month.
Hi Simone, Very excited here about the contest! I had a couple questions about the weekly and daily topics, as I look ahead here.
It shows on week 1, Getting out of debt, then the seven days of that week have seven different topics. Day 3 of week 1 is Student loans. So for day 3 of week one, can we write in general about student loans? Or do all five possible hubs for that day also have to tie in getting out of debt, and student loans both? Day 7 is tax and taxes... can we write just about tax and taxes for a qualifying hubs, or does it have to tie in the weekly topic of getting out of debt and taxes to qualify as a hub for the contest?
You can submit ANYTHING within the Personal Finance category on any day for it to count. The special topics are only for bonus points.
If you write a Hub about Student Loans on the Student Loans day, then you'll get three bonus points in the Daily Drawing. You can only get three bonus points a day, so there's no point in writing five Hubs on student loans if you don't want to
Weekly themes are just general themes to which daily topics are related. You don't have to write about that theme in your submissions.
Great. Thanks for that detailed answer Simone. I too had been wondering about the same thing as I have some finance related topics I want to write about and couldn't really find a category (day) into which they fit.
Great Contest! The Hub Forum topics are excellent ideas and challenges for people desiring to write interesting hubs. The Forum topics also help people improve their writing skills. I will participate in the January money grows on hubs contest. Thanks for the challenge.
Yep! Though you can easily publish it at noon (PT) today and it will still count perfectly for the contest, and be entered in the daily drawing The extra entries are just... extra! And the REAL prizes are for the Hubs that win for quality!
We're going to roll out a lot of helpful guides to make it easier to get started - our contest judges are going to share a lot of personal finance writing tips in the HubPages Blog throughout the month. A lot of it really involves doing your own research and sharing your notes in a Hub. The approach I take is to address a financial issue that I feel I need to learn about, and then I just publish my findings. It kills two birds with one stone!
Your exams don't last for two months, do they? If they're now, you can just wait to start writing until January, when the contest already starts. If your exams are in January, you can write your entries now and save them unpublished until the contest startes
I would love to be a part of this finance is a massive passion of mine. I hate poverty, I hate living week to week (so I don't) I have heaps of strategies and have had to enact different financial strategies in my short 5 years with adult bills!!
Hello Simone, I am also in. January 2011 personal finance contest will be a memorable one. I have already uploaded three hubs on personal finance in unpublish state. I will publish them to hit the jackpots as I did in September with the Marks the Spot contest. The innovative ideas from Hubpages staff will help many people earn more and more on their hubs for their lifetime. Thanks for letting us know in advance. We don't have any excuse to miss the contest.
Thank you so much Simone. I have unpublished two more, now total 5 are ready. I will keep writing more and more as the competition will be really tough and definitely it is going to be tough for the judges too.
I'm really excited about this contest. Part of the reason I joined HubPages is because I read so many personal finance blogs and feel I have a lot I could contribute. Now I have some inspiration and deadlines!
Quick question, though: in the rules it says something about posting between 12pm PT to 11:59am PT to count for that days categories? Which day exactly are those times valid for? Do I have until noon to get today's up? Or do I have until noon tomorrow to get today's up?
Hubpages said "And during the contest, there will also be a convenient countdown clock so that you'll be able to check and see what the day's topic is and how long you have until the deadline passes" Meaning they will provide an official countdown clock.
Thanks a lot adrienne, I have total 11 now. Will write more and provide updates. I need to earn maximum in this contest for my daughter's nursery schools admission this year which is the biggest challenge for me and lakhs of parents in Delhi this year 2011.
It's great to know about this contest a month in advance because hubbers get enough time to create multiple hubs, save them, and work on them before the contest begins. I guess there's no excuse for hubbers to not earn some money in 2011. I can publish hubs anytime. I even write hubs from my cell phone in class when my professor starts repeating himself lol.
I have been on Hubpages for about a year now but have never entered a contest. I'm easily intimidated and believe me with all the talented writers on this site it isn't hard for me to get cold feet. Well, I decided that it's time for me to take the plunge, hold my nose, and get those cold tootsies wet. I think I have a good idea for my first personal finance hub and will start working on it tonight!! I also think I'm going to write another one based on the subject of my Hubnugget from last year, who knows maybe lightning will strike twice.
YEAH! That's the spirit! I'm so excited that you're already going to get started on Hubs and save them unpublished too- that'll give you a huge leg up, since you'll be all set with entries when the contest starts, and can publish them on days when they get bonus entries. Good luck in the contest, mikicagle
Hi friends, I am all set with 14 UNPUBLISHED hubs in the PERSONAL FINANCE already. Believe me friends, the Money grows on hubs competition is going to be really really tough in 2011 as there will be many many hubbers involved with this.
Thanks to Simone and HP staff for letting us know about this contest beforehand. I appreciate..
The consolation prize is that all those entering stand to continue to profit from the AdSense revenue on entries they published long after the contest has passed That can dwarf most of the prizes in the long run!
Hi Donna, you don't need to sign up anywhere. You have already signed up for hubpages. Yes you need to publish your hubs in the Personal Finance category. Visit the Personal Finance page as linked in the top most post by SimoneSmith and read all the information.
By the way, I was able to create 17 unpublished hubs for contest till today. Post yours and reap the benefits.
That's incredible stuff Soni. I have selected 32 topics as of now but have only started writing 2 and have finished none ;(. Anyways I will speed up my writing in the next few days once the christmas rush is over.
I plan on writing atleast a 100 hubs for the contest, lets see how I fare.
My best wishes to you Soni and I am so sure you would do well!!
My best wishes to you too dear. I have not published a single hub in the December month and I have not moderated 496 comments on my hubs till now. I have not slept several nighs. You need to sacrifice something to achieve your goals. I need to stick to the contest for now.
Also, the reason I have started so early for the contest is due to my daughter's admission in a nursery school in January 2011. I will not be able to contribute too much in January month that's why I am preparing in advance for my busy month of January. Nursery admissions here in New Delhi are very very tough. There are over 2 lakh candidates for 15000 seats in best 50 schools of Delhi, so it is again a contest for me to get my daughter's admission in the best school in central Delhi where I live.
This will be an awesome competition. So many people struggle with their finances - it will be a great way for them to stop and take a good hard look at the things they spend their money on, while providing good advice to others.
Hey, for those of you who are writing ahead of this contest... I'd like to do the same.
Here's the difference, I know nothing about finance. I am a satirist and general goofball, so, as usual, I intend to make fun of responsible financial behaviors.
Unfortunately, I don't know enough about finance to really make fun of it. SO, if you would like a link to your hub (when it comes out) in MY hub, you can get that, and some fun-based notoriety by sending me some of what you are going to put up so I can ruin it. Here's an example of what I mean:
You will end up writing something like this in your hub because you know what you are talking about: "It's important to save money because you never never know what is going to happen in the future."
I will write: "Another popular misnomer about saving money is to SAVE. Some financial experts like YOUR NAME will tell you to 'save for the future because you never know what's going to happen' (LINK).' Well, I think that's silly. If you buy a crystal ball, you CAN know what is going to happen in the future. Or you can get Tarot cards and read your future that way. Ten bucks and you are back in control. How's that for an investment? Now you can use the rest of your money for fun stuff like buying booze and hookers. Don't listen to YOUR NAME, he's no fun."
See what I mean?
Anyway, email me if you are interested in giving me some stuff to spoof.
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