How I Became a Better Writer on Hubpages
I ventured in
I wrote my first hub on Hubpages on August 30, 2008. I had discovered it after doing a search for photography and came across SunSeven's hubs. I was so impressed, that I investigated all her other hubs and then expanded into the profiles and hubs of other writers there. At the time I had written a few articles on Helium with mediocre success and began my first blog. This seemed to be more of a writers site. I read many other writers work and tried to get a sense of how to write for the readers that visited.
I was impressed with the quality of information I found each time. Everything and anything was available. Hubpages does have restrictions on subjects such as sexual themes, drugs or alcohol, inciting hatred, and name-calling.
I have several reasons to write on this site. The non pressure atmosphere is good for me, because I hate being rushed or have a time limit.
The helpful members on the forums whenever I have a question, and the ability to edit whenever I need to add or subtract some information is most appealing.
My first writing ventures
Since it was 2008, I decided to venture into a topic I rarely write about-politics. I tried to look at the humorous side of it. I found quotes by the two main Presidential candidates at the time, and made a hub around that. Since that time I periodically revise and added to the hub. It received some comments so I felt encouraged.
I next wrote about wireless mice(mouse) which I had recently tried for the first time. I received more encouraging comments so I continued. Since writing that one, it has been refocused.
Not all hubs are received as well as I had hoped. Some were downright flops and others took off. I am always researching about search engine optimized (SEO) practices and keywords so tried to incorporate those as well. I have to admit I'm awful at SEO! I felt the research and trying to fit the keywords were slowing me down. Honestly many keywords that showed the most searches were not in my interest level.
There are many days or weeks that I just haven’t got an idea or motivation to write. I try not to fight that and let it flow when I'm ready.
I have to state for the record that I didn't write exclusively for Hubpages. Ghost writing, submitting articles for other content sites and blogging occupied my time, as well as, developing my photography business. I also develop affiliate websites and write articles for product lines.
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Points I keep in mind when writing
- The more useful information you provide, the more readers will find you.
- Review what people are asking and try to answer as many questions as possible.
- Review and comment on new hubs (hub hopping) as well as established ones
- Read and comment in the forums; try not to get drawn into the petty arguments
- Linking to other hubs is good for the community
- Sign up for the Ebay and Amazon affiliate programs to earn extra money.
- Now you may create and upload your own youtube videos into a Hub.Some Hubs are solely videos with a transcript.
Affiliate earnings on Hubpages
An important part of writing on a shared revenue site-the affiliate earnings you can make. After you've written a few hubs with a decent about of traffic, you can apply to Google Adsense for an affiliate ID. It's not automatic so be patient.
You also may apply for Amazon, Ebay and now HubPages ad program, which is automatic. You may choose to not have HP ads show. Actually you don't need to have any but the extra money is a nice bonus. I reached my first Google Adsense payout of $100.00 after 11 months, then it was 9, then 7 and now after the Panda shake up, it's taking longer.
HubPage ads payout is $50.00 and that came after 4 months. Ebay sales and earnings have picked up since my last edit. Ebay ads are combined with HP ads.
*Ebay recently changed the way they pay out. Now someone has to buy the product that they click on within 24 hours in order for the writer affiliate to earn anything. Many have deleted their Ebay accounts due to this new change. I kept it and it does pay some months.
I receive the best payouts as an Amazon affiliate. They have a payout of $10.00 and you can choose direct deposit or a gift certificate. You do have to wait for the previous months earnings, after two months for payment. Most affiliate programs have a 30 day wait.
*Hubpages stopped individual Amazon affiliate programs a few years a go and combine Google,Amazon and Ebay payments. Amazon is still the best money maker. Google wants a text capsule to have a minimum of 300 words to correspond to the product. It's also advisable to have one product on your Hub.
There are other affiliate programs that you are allowed to have an outside link to. No more than two links per one outside affiliate program and some are simple not allowed. Be sure to read the list on the learning guide.
Watch the video and read the help and learning hubs for more help.
The longest writing hubbers
I reviewed the list of the writers that I follow and came up with a list of some of the hubbers that also have high author scores and here over 7 years.
Paul Edmondson -over 8 years (founder)
glassvisage -over 8 years
Hal Licino -over 7 years
Jimmy the Jock -over 8 years
Patty Engligh -over 7 years
Chuck -over 7 years
relache -over 8 years
Kathryn Vercillo -over 8 years
SweetiePie -over 7 years
SunSeven- over 8 years
carpesomediem- over 8 years
Stacie Naczelnik-over 8years
If you read some of these authors articles you may get a good sense why they have lasted so long. I should point out that many stopped writing or not been active for some time.
What I've learned in over 7 years writing on Hubpages
As I stated in the beginning of this Hub, there are seasons to write for HubPages. I like the low pressure attitude and ease of the writing platform. The capsules are easy to use. Other writers or members are there to help whenever you ask. HubPages has a great open forum that doesn't ban those with opposing opinions. It does have some restrictions on subject matter, but I feel they are minor.
Recently the forums have been divided into two main categories; one is official whereby advice and news is given. The other is topical for other subject matter.
As I enter my 7th year here, I feel better about my writing and a little more confident. I still read and participate in the forums. They are full of helpful tips and advice. But as with any forum, you have to sift through a lot of nonsense.
Being a writer here the longest doesn't guarantee a higher score or reader following. There are a number of factors to their success. The above list of writers that I follow write very well, with good keywords, on subjects people want to read. Not all of them are active in the forums I might add. I've hardly seen any of these hubbers in the forums so participation does not equate to higher scores.
I look for interesting items in the news and find a different angle to write about. Look at you tube videos for ideas, read other articles for ideas. Many people write on the same subject but may have a different outlook. Never spin an article. Respond to comments as soon as they post. You do not have to deal with spam, rude or negative remarks or keep those comments with outbound links.
Set up your comments to approve comments before posting, or only have signed in users make a comment. This cuts down on spammers.
I have learned from other HubPage writers over the past 7 years and every time I read the forums. There are people's tips that can provide some insight and good information to help new writers. Reading the forums, answering questions, leaving useful comments, rating new hubs and trying to help new writers is the best policy here.
© 2011 Stacie L
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