Online writing tips for newbies - Part I

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Things to know for new online writers starting out

  • Make sure to find out all that you can, about the writers network you're going to be joining.
  • Everything a new online writer will need to learn about in terms of such a networking website, should either be in the FAQ's, learning areas/centers, forum's, terms of use, or terms of service.
  • Also make sure to check the online privacy information before choosing to join.
  • When first joining any writers network online, be prepared for a steep learning curve there.
  • If you're familiar with using a web browser, then this new transition from writing on paper and onto web portals for typing will be smooth. (Just look for tutorial guides if anything)
  • If not, then you might need to take the time to get use to using a mouse, or your smart phones apps, and touch screen capabilities of tablets or other gadgets etc...
  • Learning such things before hand will indeed save plenty of time.
  • There's loads of things to learn, but by taking things one step at a time, you will begin to build a long lasting knowledge of what needs to be known, as well as done.
  • Ignoring such wise and smart practices of good well balanced online writing skills, will actually hinder your progress for sure if anything.


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Earning income & Positioning

  • There are differing means to make earnings happen online.
  • Google has a location known as Adsense, where you need to generate a certain amount of web traffic to be accepted into their program.
  • You can try using blogger (Google's blog writing platform) to start out with blog writing, it will help you draw in enough web traffic to your blogging locations, and as long as you keep writing and posting consistently with your best effort.
  • Once approved your Adsense account will be ready for monetization (Activates online locations using Adsense for receiving monetary values and for earning income based on pay per click values of Google Ad's).
  • You can sign up to affiliate networks such as Amazon, Ebay, and many others that are affiliated to that specific writers networking and publishing platform.
  • Be sure to add all pertinent and accurate contact info about you for all verification purposes. (However, never place your social security number into any online writers network portals.)
  • To remain anonymous is to also shut down your ability to earn anything there (So think wisely before submitting all pertinent info).
  • You will also be required to create a unique user name, as well as password there.
  • Networking online surprisingly also deals with creating a cool online profile, as well as personality behind it.
  • In order for anyone to maximize their exposure potentials, the usage of such a unique user name shall be like creating a brand name, or trade name in business.
  • So try to think of a truly unique name, to title your new user name before completing the sign up process of any network.
  • This will solidify your initiation, and long term standing on the world wide web, both via mobile gadgets and viewed on all computing devices that are Internet ready.
  • Adding a matching profile image to the unique user name, or your coolest self portrait to place into your new author profile has its long term benefits and powers of attraction. (Can be updated, modified, or changed anytime to reflect a new look)
  • After doing all this, you will finally be somewhat prepared to begin your online writers voyage and quest to get your word powers known worldwide.


Using relevant images scores huge on the web, but make sure their original, or you can provide the link attribution back to such a web location you located it from, and also have permission to use it.
Using relevant images scores huge on the web, but make sure their original, or you can provide the link attribution back to such a web location you located it from, and also have permission to use it. | Source

Mastering the technicalities

  • Learning how to access your desktop files is a primary importance as well.
  • You will continuously need instant access to the Internet, and for a successful online writer and content curator, at all times of the night and day.
  • Make sure you have a good Internet service provider, such as Verizon Fios.
  • Cable Internet is also good, but keep in mind the faster your Internet speed the more reliable your networking capabilities shall be.
  • Once you decide to open an account with any official online writers network such as Authora, Squidoo, Triond, Wordpress, Poetink, Hubpages etc...
  • You shall be required to submit certain verifiable information.
  • This info can either be of a personal nature or totally anonymous, and will require an email account to verify your info submitted, and for future communications with you.
  • You need to think before providing your personal info there, and decide if your writings will either be for leisure/hobby or for potential earnings as a professional author of written and visual content.
  • As an new author of the web you will also need to submit image files to help enhance the message and the overall quality of each web page that you're responsible for etching into existence.
  • Learning to supply original content is a plus, and if not you will need to learn about the usage of Creative Commons web locations for legal image usage or public domain image usage, which both require link attribution back to the original owners website. (From places online like Wikimedia, and Flickr etc...)
  • You will also need to learn how to position your images supplied to appeal to the online viewers, which takes some time to master placement around text areas.


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Storage goes a long way

  • Learn to use text editor programs such as; Microsoft word or Microsoft Office and any others that are suitable for editing, formatting and storing text files.(Get familiar with all the differing text file types: PDF, DOC, DOCX, TXT etc...)
  • Save your writings frequently is a safe way to ensure you won't lose your work.
  • This will be a wise decision made by you, due to the fact that online writing portals can have network issues, and so never depend on their locations for storage.
  • Your text content needs to be backed up as well just in case something goes wrong, also your data needs to be stored and protected if your computing device malfunctions.
  • Make sure to even have a double back up, such as an external hard drive. (External hard drives are computer hardware you can purchase at your local Bestbuy, RadioShack, Amazon, Newegg, or even E-bay.)



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Proud Foot 3 years ago

You've really thought of everything in this hub, some tips here that I'll certainly be taking on board. Thanks for the useful information and happy hubbing!


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bdegiulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

Very complete list Mike. Wish I knew all of this when I first started here. Great job, very helpful info.


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cavallo 3 years ago from Newmarket,UK

Very good and clear information.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

This is a great resource for newbies Mike. Voting up Pinning and sharing.


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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada

I remember being a newbie and having a belly full of excitement about what I was doing! A list like this is a great thing to read before beginning an online writing venture.

I think that your tip about learning all you can about the platform (especially terms of use) is important. I remember spending a lot of time listening to people and hearsay and not actually finding out for myself, and that caused some problems in the beginning.


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City Author

@Proud Foot, thanks for the cool insightful comment, yeah I was wrestling around with a new smart phone app I located to writing while in bed and on my Android phone. Then all this began spilling out onto the writing tools portal there.

So yup it all came with experience here on hubpages and elsewhere and I did my very best to point out what can help others, I do have loads more tip to come soon.


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City Author

@bdegiulio, thank you so much for your comment and for sharing I been taking a long break from it all, and I guess it was time to give back once again to this awesome hubpages community that helped me to get my thoughts organized and onto the web today. I truly love hubpages.


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City Author

@cavallo, thanks I enjoyed writing it for those who have yet to arrive here and join our cool online writers guild.


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City Author

@Just Ask Susan, Thank you for being so kind to share with me, and for commenting I learned a great deal from you, and many other veteran hubbers in our awesome community, and I truly appreciate all you've guys and gals have done for little ole me.


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Natashalh 3 years ago from Hawaii

Reading that tos is so important! A lot of folks don't realize if you publish or link up some places you give up your rights to your own creation!


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City Author

@Relationshipc, yeah getting started online as a writer wasn't the easiest adjustment for me neither, and required a great deal of research for me to put it all together, but I'm glad I did take the time to learn everything I could. Thanks for the comment and for sharing.


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torrilynn 3 years ago

CloudExplorer, thanks for the tips, im still somewhat a newbie here on hubpages and willing to learn as much as i can. thanks. voted up and sharing.


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City Author

@Natashalh, yes indeed I learned a great deal from reading the terms of service, and most folks care not to do so, but I find it to be very helpful for sure. Thanks for the comment and for being so kind to share with me.


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Gail Meyers 3 years ago from United States

This is a helpful and informative list. I wish I had seen it when I first started writing online. Voted up and useful.


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Thanks for always being so willing to share your knowledge with others to help them out in this world of on-line writing. Voted up +++ and sharing

God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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davidlivermore 3 years ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

Very nice hub. Voted up.


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City Author

@torrilynn, your very much welcome I hope this hub helps you a bit. Thanks for giving my hub the time of day, and for sharing with me.


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City Author

@Gail Meyers, Yeah I wish I had a guide just before starting out too, well actually I sort of did. When I had first joined I located the hubpages learning center like after the first week and dove head first into reading and researching it thoroughly before publishing aimlessly.

Thanks for sharing, and dropping a cool insightful comment.


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

This stuff is good to know any time..And I missed a lot of this. Great hub so pinning, sharing and voting up..


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

Very informative hub and I hope many people will read this hub. I got new motivation after reading this hub. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!

Prasetio


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

I love the way you support new hubbors and we old hubbers can learn a thing or two..Voted up and interesting...


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City Author

@Faith Reaper, thank you so much faith, I did my very best to point out much of the things that I wish I had known before joining hubpages, and writing in other places online & I hope it helps folks looking to learn about online writing today.


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City Author

@davidlivermore, Thank you for choosing to comment and share.


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City Author

@carol7777, Thank you for showing some much needed love, I took a long break as you very well know, and figured why not give back to the community from which I learned much of my online writing skills from.

I do hope many more folks can find it helpful to them as the venture off into this online wilderness of sorts for writers.


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City Author

@prasetio30, thanks bro, I did my best to help make visible things that aren't so easily understood for new comers to our craft of online writing.


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City Author

@always exploring, Thank you Ruby for the awesome comment and for sharing with me, its been a truly wholesome experience writing online for sure, and having good friends like you makes it all so better as well.


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dmvjane 3 years ago from Philippines

A very informative list. Some writers couldn't just figure out how to start, especially in the field of blogging. I think the most difficult part is on how to get enough traffic.


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City Author

@dmvjane, Thank you so much for choosing to comment and for sharing with me. I'm doing my best to try and help folks out online, I hope this info does get to those seeking such assistance and all with their online writing.

Your right DMVJane, gaining web traffic is tough indeed and maintaining it is even tougher, but it takes time, as well as intense research to work out, and many differing techniques of attracting viewers with a vast assortment of visual and SEO methods.


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Sue Bailey 3 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

Nice hub I've marked as useful and voted up. Some good info here. Thanks


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City Author

@Sue Bailey, thank you so much Sue for the feedback, and I am so happy that you feel this hub was helpful to you in some way or another.


Vickiw 3 years ago

Very useful Hub. I am someone who is still battling to understand SEO, and other related needs.


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khmohsin 3 years ago from London,UK

Thanks for sharing this hub. I have written many hubs and articles but i never saw the tips like that. Your hub is really helpful for everyone. :)


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City Author

Thanks @Vickiw, I do appreciate the fact that you chose to comment and to share with me, yeah I had such issues starting out as well.

I actually wrote a continuation to this hub that deal with SEO, and 100's of others for the hubpages community to help out folks a while back, so yup I know what you mean.


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City Author

@khmohsin, thank you for sharing your kind words with me and I'm very happy you felt that this hub was helpful.


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MrsBrownsParlour 3 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

This is super helpful, thank you for writing it! :-) Nice to meet you.

~Lurana @MrsBrownsParlour


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City Author

@MrsBrownsParlour, than you so much for taking the time to check out my hub here, and its is nice to have met you here and there on FB.


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sunilkunnoth2012 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

Excellent work and very helpful for freshers like me. Shall try to learn and master the things you mentioned. I hope you will write more such stuff in future too. Voted up with pleasure.


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City Author

@sunilkunnoth2012, thanks man for the insightful comment, I'm happy you decided to give my hub here a try and found it to be useful for you, and no doubt I shall continue to try to help folks online as I do quite often with these tutorial style articles every now and then.


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penlady 3 years ago from Sacramento, CA

This is excellent advice for newbie writers. Although I've been writing online for four years now, it's always good to see great advice for those who are just breaking in.

Voted up, useful and shared.


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City Author

Thanks @penlady, I'm happy you felt my article here was useful for new authors here online. I dug deep into writing here on Hubpages going on 2 years here, and so I was compelled to try and help folks out, who aren't that familiar with online writing and content management/implementation.


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

I have been writing online since couple of years. You share some valuable tips.

Cheers


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City Author

Thanks bro for choosing to give my hub a try, yeah I'm so glad I decided to do so myself, because the online world has unlimited opportunities for us writers and content publishers.

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