Free Tips :: Making Money Online :: Part 4
If you've Made it This Far...
You should pat yourself on the back. It's not easy to stick with a series that isn't broken up by videos and photos, or at least some prospect of earning 10,000 dollars per month. Many people will have come and looked at the lay-out, skimmed through the contents looking for a golden nugget of information and then moved on. Believe me I know, it's called bounce rate, but we'll get to talking about that in a later hub.
This is where we address item three on our list of bullet points in Part 1: Treat this like a job.
Treat Hub Pages Like a Job
You are now hopefully getting used to putting together one hub per day. That will take longer in the beginning than it will later on. If you truly want to make money on line then you must dedicate a specific number of hours per day to your writing. I can now knock out an article of 500 words in under an hour. I did just that last night.
I was on Facebook and feeling elated by the response that I have gotten from the three partsof this series when someone mentioned that my favorite television show may not get renewed for a sixth season. To make a long story short I went looking for a source to promote the show and having found one I was informed they didn't have time to write a review! I looked for a suitable one for them to use, but in the end knew that if you want something done you have to do it yourself. I opened up the review I wrote two years ago and while I wrote new content I had the hub in an adjacent window for inspiration. I finished the article in about 40 minutes, submitted it and they published it within half an hour. I am now published on a page I didn't have to build.
That may not sound like a big deal but they posted a link back to here, Hub Pages. Today I have a lot more views than yesterday, and I opened a door. They would like more. More means back links. On the Internet, if content is King then back links are Queen; liking and sharing are the Prince and Princess, in the kingdom of Free Web Traffic.
The reason the opportunity presented itself to me is that just a few days ago I decided to come back to Hub Pages and treat it like a job.
That's What I was Supposed to Do In The First Place
Now, when I started at Hub Pages two and a half years ago I had fully intended to treat this like a job, but then I found the forums. Then I was told that networking involved joining social sites and I found Facebook.
The next thing you know someone sent me a gift from a game and I joined to return the favor. The rest is Internet marketing disaster history. I spent more time gaming and socializing than I did writing. I couldn't remain focused. This was relatively boring compared to the exciting world of Facebook. My family was there and friends I hadn't heard from in years... The worst part was that it used to take me half the day to research and compose a hub! Who wants to do that?
So, What If I'd Treated it Like A Job All Along?
Now I can turn out three hubs in a day if I try to, so taking our model of 110 commercial hubs written two years ago producing $57.00 in 8 months. Suppose that I hadn't stopped writing two years ago, that I had treated it like a job and produced three hubs per day. Each hub, when you divide 57.00 by 8 months and then by 110, was worth a little over 6 cents month, which isn't a lot of money. But if you take 3 hubs per day times two and a half years that's 2737 hubs. Even if you just multiply that by the same 6 cents times the same 8 months, it comes out to around $1413. and change. Now this is just an illustration, it all depends on traffic, but if someone had told me that I could have a $57.00 check in two years or a $1413.00 check in two years I would certainly have shot for the larger sum. There are no guarantees how much the Hub Pages ad program or Google Adsense will pay you over time, but the greater the effort, the larger the reward.
Now take that same model and imagine you had three revenue sharing sites, there are many. If you really worked hard and linked them to each other, shared your writing on Facebook and Twitter and Pinterest, how large do you think the returns would be.
Treat Hub Pages like a job until you have become able to assemble three hubs of valuable content per day; you don't have to publish them all at once, write three and publish one at a time if you like. Group the hubs together that are in the same niche and when they are published they will be linked to each other at the bottom of the page. Then join Blogger and write a blog post each day, making sure you link back to Hub Pages with each one. Your adsense ID can be used there as well. You can even write some blogs in advance and publish them later if you like.
Write a hub about your new blog and comment on other people's blogs that are in your niche. Make new friends by following and commenting. Be sure to respond to every comment you get here and on Blogger.
Do you treat Hub Pages Like a Job, A Social Site, or a Hobby?
Okay, Started getting Ahead of the Game
No pun intended on the game. Yes, eventually you want to have a blog at one or two other revenue sharing sites. While none of them will pay you what Hub Pages does, they will bring you more traffic. They're free, they're a great source of inbound links (those are the ones that come from outside of Hub Pages) and they help to raise your organic traffic that comes from Google and other search engines.
Work on building a following here, inside of Hub Pages and out there on Facebook and Twitter. When you use Twitter be sure to put # and your niche, whatever it may be, when you share your articles. So it would look like "Hey Check out my new #Golfing Article here (link)" so that people who are following certain types of articles can find yours.
The whole Twitter thing is how I got the gig writing for another site. I tweeted an article and someone on Twitter liked it and decided to follow me. When I checked him out it turned out that he was a writer. I went to the site that he writes for to check it out and the rest, as they say, is history.
Write a Hub in your niche. After publishing go to your My Accounts page and click on groups. If you haven't done so before, all of your hubs will be "Orphan Hubs" which means they don't have homes. Create a group for each niche market. You might have "Arts and Entertainment", "Poetry", "Short Stories" and so on, or, if you are working on the Golfing Niche "Best Golf Clubs", "Best Golf Tips" etc. Gardening might include a group for tools, one for seeds, planting seasons, vegetable gardening, flower gardens, etc.
Once you have set up your groups drag and drop the individual hubs into the group it belongs in. Be sure that you always put your article into the proper group. This, as well as commenting on other hubs, creates internal links within Hub Pages. Remember that all links are good, including internal ones, so make sure you have all your links in a row.
See you tomorrow!