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How to Make Money with a Blog WITHOUT Trying to Make Money

Updated on February 26, 2014

If you want to know how to make money with a blog then you need to STOP trying to make money!

Don't write blogs just for the money; write blogs to benefit others and they'll want to give back to you.

By the end of this article you will know exactly how to make money with a blog.

Don't Do It for The Money!

If you're truly serious about having a successful blog online, that brings you a steady income, then you can't focus on the money! If that's all you care about then it's going to start to show and your traffic will dwindle, you won't get as many comments and people aren't going to pass your blogs around. You don't want any of that to happen!

When you write with the specific purpose of making money it'll often come off as an ad or something your readers will see right through. They will realize why you're writing about a topic and ignore all your affiliate links or ads. They will see you as a beggar, trying to squeeze change out of all of your readers. Why? Because so many people write for that reason! They're use to seeing it and people are hard to fool these days.

A job is where you make money but a job is also something that people seem to hate. Do you want to hate posting on your blog? Then why focus on making money, which will only make blogging seem like a job and a chore to you? And when you don't see the money coming in, you'll get frustrated, you'll think about quitting and you'll wonder why you even write blogs. These are all good reasons NOT to write for the specific purpose of making money.

Do It to Benefit Others!

Instead you should focus on helping others in any way that you can. It could be something as simple as brightening someone's day but you have to focus on your readers. Most successful writers, bloggers or not, all seem to help people with what they write about. Think about your favorite authors or bloggers... what do they do for you? Why do you follow them and read everything they put out?

Is it because they help you? Is it because it's enjoyable to read everything they write about? It probably is! And when someone helps you out through a simple blog post what do you usually do? You let them know through a comment or you pass it onto someone else you think it would help. You don't look at it as an ad. You read every inch of their page, clicking the links they give you because you trust them. And when you write, you want your readers to feel the same way about you.

Because when you read their comments it's going to make YOU feel good! The praise will make you want to write more often and will show you what people really want to read. It makes blogging seem like less of a job when you can see the difference you are making. And, by paying attention to how people comment, you can easily pick new topics for future blog posts. This is truly how to make money with a blog.

Your Readers Will Want to Pay You!

How can I say that? Well, there's a subconscious need for us to give back when someone gives us something. Like when someone gives you a Christmas present and you kind of feel like you should give them one too. But with blogging it's not quite as forced as feeling like you have to give back. You honestly want to give back because you appreciate what the writer has done for you.

Sure, some of your readers will "give back" by linking to your blog posts and passing them around to others. That will get you a lot more traffic and some new readers. But other people will keep an eye out for what you recommend to them. They will start to trust you and may even want to be in your shoes. So if you recommend a book to them, they're going to want to read it too because maybe it helped you get to where you are. And they won't care if it's an affiliate offer; they will be happy that you showed them the book and feel like you deserve the commission.

And some people might even want to give you money as a donation or for some one on one help. They realize that you need money to survive and that your blog might cost money to keep it online. So some people might want to donate to you so that you keep feeding them your awesome blog posts that help them get through their day. Other people might want you to personally help them through consulting or just answering their questions and will actually pay you to do that. They know you're busy and it might even make them feel a bit special that you'd take time out of your day just for them.

As odd as it sounds, this has been proven to be the best way to make money with a blog. So don't write for money, write for your readers and they'll give back to you because you deserve it. Now you knowhow to make money with a blog!

Do YOU Know How to Make Money with a Blog?

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      Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

      Very good and sound advice. Thank you Bendo.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      I'm glad to help, Hello, hello,!

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      Powerpoe1 5 years ago

      Bookmarked for future use. Informative hub~ Vote Up & Rated Useful~

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      JMAW 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Follow your bliss and you can't go wrong...

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Thanks Powerpoe1... I hope my tips can bring you success!

      Very true, JMAW!

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      Phillip Drayer Duncan 5 years ago from The Ozarks

      Very helpful and informative!

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Thanks Phillbert, glad I could help!

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      Nick82 5 years ago from Northern Minnesota

      Very good - money is nice , but helping others more rewarding - keep writing - awesome.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Thanks Nick82... I agree! Helping people is what keeps me going, the money is just an afterthought.

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      Gaizy 5 years ago from Denbigh, North Wales, UK

      Excellent hub - This reminds me of when Victor Spinetti asked John Lennon how to write a successful song (because he had never managed to do so). Lennon asked him why he was writing songs in the first place, "to make money" answered Spinetti. "that's where you are going wrong" said Lennon.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Yeah I think it's a universal truth, Gaizy! With songs and any other kind of writing you have to put some feeling into it, know what you're talking about and have a different motive than money or people are going to be able to tell.

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      myi4u 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Being successful at blog, means you have to spend considerable amount of time on it just to make it successful. I guess, it is the same concept for any kind of businesses or tasks. I have a daytime job and managing a blog is already proved to be a daunting task for me considering that I write on both my blog and hubpages. That's why I always say that 24 hours a day is just not enough.

      Anyway, great hub with great advise! Maybe when I am retired, I will be more successful in hubpages and my blog! After all, retire doesn't mean stop once and for all!

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Thanks myi4u! I know how hard it can be to manage your time sometimes but maybe you can designate certain days to HubPages and certain days to your blog?

      Or you could write on one topic and create two articles that focus on the same topic but each one focuses on a different main point. Like say if I broke this post into two blogs where one talked about doing it for others... and the other talked about how your readers will want to pay things back. Then one post goes on your blog and one post goes on HubPages.

      Plus you could link from your blog to the hub and tell them to read for more information on the topic. Or your blog post could just be a introduction to the hub topic.

      There are tons of ways to make that 24 hours seem like 30!

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      Mark Ewbie 5 years ago from Euroland

      Hmm, well OK, I'll try. Truth is I'm not really very keen on my two readers and only throw the words out there to get the merchandising going. I s'pose I could do some of that heartfelt fake genuine stuff if you're really sure there's money in it - but I don't want to waste my time.

      Actually I agree with you Bendo. Put the reader, or your writing first, however you see it and try to offer something genuine. Whether riches will follow - it's too early for me to tell.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Haha nice comment Mark! But yeah, sometimes you can't tell if an area is going to help you strike gold or not... but if you enjoy writing about certain topics then it won't really matter either way in the end!

      *I'll put that on my carboard sign when I'm homeless haha

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      GJ56 5 years ago

      Great hub, thanks for the advice!

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      You're welcome GJ56, thanks for reading!

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      Meskens Geert 5 years ago from Belgium

      Very good

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      TroyM 5 years ago

      Thanks for great advice on Blog writing...Great!

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Glad you liked it, gamelover!

      My pleasure, TroyM!

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      spanishtoday 5 years ago

      Nice post.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Glad you enjoyed it, spanishtoday!

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      Emmanuel Kariuki 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Thanks for that advice. I will continue writing because I enjoy giving useful information for free. I update my blogs regularly and will make it more regular.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Sounds good Emmanuel; keep pumping out that good content!

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      carylcress 5 years ago from Virginia

      Good hub...you are going to be more passionate about what you are writing if money isn't your first priority. I am new to Hubpages and am really enjoying reading other hubs.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      I agree carylcress... welcome to HubPages!

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      carylcress  5 years ago

      Any advice on where and how to set up a blog ? I am new to that as well.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Well, you can use HubPages if you don't want a personal blog but want to provide content...

      Or you can use WordPress which is a great blogging system that is easy to set up.

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      rorshak sobchak 5 years ago

      I loved this hub it is definitely is going to inspire my writing. Thank you!

      rorshak sobchak

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Glad I could inspire you rorshak... I hope your content improves even more!

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      Greg Sage 5 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      Ain't that the truth.

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      Kaleolani 5 years ago

      Finally! Every other hub I read about making money on writing blogs -- seemed legit but didn't really hit the spot for me. This was perfect!

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      True indeed, Greg!

      Glad I could hit the spot for you Kaleolani! I try to write in an easy to absorb manner.

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      Web World Watcher 5 years ago

      Excellent advice. I often notice that one of the first mistakes people make when writing blogs for money is they forget to write anything interesting or relevant...they just stuff keywords and hope for accidental web traffic

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Yeah Web World Watcher, content is king as they say and people want a king that actually does something for them!

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      spirit929 5 years ago from Upstate NY somewhere over the rainbow

      Hi Bendo!

      Great article. You reminded me what true writing is all about. After reading all the "How to" stuff before you actually start your Hub your Brain is like focused on writing for money, tag words for traffic...stuff like that. Thanks for bringing me back to basics and the important stuff!

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      My pleasure spirit929! It's hard to keep focused on what really matters sometimes... I hope keeping back on track helps your writing!

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      CondoLux Rentals 5 years ago from North Myrtle Beach,South Carolina

      Nice one Bendo. If you buy cheap articles from cheap writing services just to fill up your blog, the traffic isn't going to get there. People like following PEOPLE these days, not information or knowledge.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Yeah I agree, you can tell when someone is actually writing their content because it's the same feel all throughout the site. You need to build that bond with your readers.

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      fullboz 5 years ago

      Yeah I agree,I loved this hub it is definitely is going to inspire my writing.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Glad I could help and inspire you fullboz!

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      MultiAffMarketing 5 years ago

      Thanks for the post. I agree with most of what you are saying. Never the less your post was very informative and I realy enjoyed reading it.

      JACOB

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Glad you got something out of it Jacob.. thanks for reading!

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      KyleBear 5 years ago

      Thanks for the hub ;) This is really inspiring. Gonna try to monetize my blog again

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      james_white7533 5 years ago from New York

      Great work. Vote up...

      Keep It Up.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      My pleasure KyleBear and I hope my monetize you mean writing for the benefit of your readers ;)

      Thanks james_white 7533... thanks for reading!

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      ctbrown7 5 years ago

      Sounds like a pretty good philosophy to me.

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      nikashi_designs 5 years ago

      So many blogs these days are exactly that, advertising. You hit it perfectly. Give the people something useful to read. The rest will fall into place. Content is always going to be king. On many occasions when I land on a blog and bombarded with ads, flashing banners, bells and whistles. I get the hell out. In a few cases, the script on the blog keeps you there, you can get out, runs like a loop. Excellent Hub by the way. Thanks

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      ameliejan 5 years ago from Alicante, Spain

      Very helpful hub! Makes sense to me.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Glad you agree ctbrown7!

      Yeah I know what you mean about those types of sites... all the pop ups, pop unders and you're just not interested in the site at all. Glad you enjoyed the article, nikashi_designs!

      Thanks ameliejan... glad you got something out of it!

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      tmheffernan 5 years ago from Middle East

      You are very right. Write about what you are passionate about and not about what you think will make money.......good hub and good advice.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Glad you agree tmheffernan! It's kind of like conversation... no one really wants to talk to a salesman, but if talking to you helps them out then they'll keep coming back for more conversations.

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      nompilo 5 years ago from South Africa

      I liked it when you said,if you write for money you will get tired and frustrated.Thumbs up, i think all of us should always keep that in mind. thank you its good advice

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Definitely nompilo! Thanks for reading!

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      CaravanHolidays 5 years ago from Wales UK

      A nice way of saying 'what comes around goes around'

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      That's a good way of summing it all up!

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      jameygc 5 years ago

      Very good post! Everything is true, sometimes we focus on make money so much that we forget the fun we can find on it.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      I agree jameygc! Sometimes I have to remind myself to have fun with it... my daily celebrations help keep me in line!

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      FirstBorn 5 years ago

      Bendo13, I was browsing the internet ran across hubpages and decided to stop in and check it out - I've always wanted to blog, have a lot to share but a little unsure how to start. After reading your advise I'm excited about helping - You keep doing what you do to help others because you're a good example of how it all comes back

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      coreyrab 5 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for the article. I have always believe in the 'build it and they will come approach'. great content always wins in the long run!

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      Runway 5 years ago from New York

      Great tips, thanks!

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      Eternal_Flame 5 years ago

      This is a great hub and I agree. A lot of times people get carried away with things. Some do it without even realizing it.

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      Maria Daines 5 years ago from UK

      Sound advice and I agree, thank you for taking time to write about this!

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      Mr_Clark 5 years ago

      In short: Write because you love to write. Good article.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Glad I could inspire your future writing, FirstBorn! I hope you do well with your blog.

      I agree coreyrab, thanks for reading!

      Glad you like them, Runway!

      True, you can lose track of what you should be focusing on pretty easy, Eternal_Flame.. thanks for reading!

      My pleasure Maria!

      Thanks Mr_Clark... good way to sum it up!

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      greenza 5 years ago from South Africa

      Thats good advice you got there. I'v always wanted to write on my OWN blog. It's pretty cool here on hub, you have the ability to write about what you enjoy, plus you can put some adverts in to help. So its a win win all round. But I agree with you, dont write to earn....it wont work!

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Glad you agree! The money is nice but if you focus on it it comes even slower... like watching grass grow. Just go about your business and it'll grow!

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      Steve Andrews 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Awesome advice and it has shown me why my blog doesn't make money or get many followers. Voted up!

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      HannaQ 5 years ago

      Well-said, Bendo ... couldn't agree more. I learned it the hard way myself and only started seeing money come in when I stopped trying to blog for money, and do it for the purpose of sharing what I know for others to benefit from instead.

      Hub on!

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      I hope you can change that with these tips, Bard of Ely!

      Yeah sometimes we have to learn a lesson before we make changes that make a difference HannaQ! I know that writing like this has brought me some amazing amounts of traffic on here... I'm now pretty much back to where I was (traffic wise) before the Google fiasco. Heck, today's my first day I ever noticed having two hubs with a 100 score!

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      Steve Andrews 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      I have never had a hub with 100 as the score so that speaks very loudly in itself that you have two and what you are doing is working incredibly well!

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      SevKnows 5 years ago

      Great Article Bendo.. It has given me clarity in my own vision. thanks

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      biblicaliving 5 years ago from U.S.A.

      Refreshing! This is what I have believed through out my life, and believe that it holds true to blogging as well as ministry. If you plant the seed, God will provide the increase.. 1 Cor. 3:6

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      I hadn't had a 100 until very recently Bard of Ely... the ones that are rocketing up there within a month are the ones on internet marketing. Share all you know and people love you for it!

      Glad to help SevKnows!

      Very true biblicaliving!

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      Time4Travel 5 years ago from Canada

      Writing to help others-- I like it! Yes, writing for money isn't worth it in the end. Writing is so much more enjoyable when you are writing about what you really care about.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Definitely Time4Travel! When it's a "job" you'll always start to hate it.

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      biblicaliving 5 years ago from U.S.A.

      If you do something you enjoy, and are passionate about, it will always have it's rewards. Even if it means you still have to "sew tents" to make ends meet.

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      Dianemae 5 years ago

      I have been writing for pleasure and giving advice or infomation on traveling locally..now I would like to make a little money so your article is a start. thank you

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Glad to help push you in the right direction, Dianemae!

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      AllieRambles 5 years ago from Bay Area, California

      Very true! From a reader's point of view, the blogger I trust the most and seems the most sincere about blogging, I buy products from. I will remember who sells what and return when I am ready to buy. BUT the blogger needs to not be in it only for the money. I am picky who my dollars go to.

      ~Allie

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      sankari.nayagam 5 years ago

      Well-written. I liked the statement "Don't write for money". Writing your thoughts gives a lot of satisfaction and you really feel happy when you receive true comments. That satisfaction and happiness is much more than the money you get out of writing. Will surely remember when blogging.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Exactly Allie! It's hard to trust a salesman, but when a friend recommends something it's not even looked at as a sales pitch.

      I agree sankari.nayagam money is worthless compared to the satisfaction of helping others!

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      Venture Boyz 5 years ago from Floating in the clouds

      I feel like there are so many people that make blog pages just to monetize.. I almost feel like it cheapens/steals credibility from the blogger community.. p.s. good job on the 100!!

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      businessforsaleau 5 years ago from Sydney

      ACE! you got it in one hub :) really good and very true

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      I agree Jennie! And they stick out so bad too. Thanks though, you guys have helped me see lots of "100's" lately!

      Thanks businessforsaleau! Glad you agree!

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      Angelique Loux 5 years ago from Ohio

      That's what I'm going to focus on from now on. great hub useful.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Thanks Angelique! Good to see you'll be writing for the right reasons.

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      Debra Bee 5 years ago from Arizona, United States

      I am new to content writing and find your information very helpful. One of my traits is a care giver I enjoy helping people and I can see from reading your hub you are too. There are not enough people in this world that really care about others and I am glad I happened upon your writing. Thanks for the great content and help!

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Glad you liked it mazambg!

      Good to have other like-minded writers on here, Debra Bee! Glad to be of help!

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      vetriselvi 5 years ago from chennai

      Its really true. Worth saying !

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      vetriselvi 5 years ago from chennai

      title itself is catchy !!

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Glad you agree vetriselvi! I thought the title was pretty catchy too ;)

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      thoughtfulgirl2 5 years ago from East Coast

      I agree with this; after all, if you're focused on money, you're probably not as focused as you could be on the writing. Writing is a joy for me, but when you write just to see your stats increase it never works out, even if you think you've done everything "right". Do quality writing and the money will follow and continue to flow. Good article that underscores what I believe.

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      tebo 5 years ago from New Zealand

      This article really helps create the right mindset. I have been thinking about blogging and after reading your hub I feel more confident about it. Thanks.

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      danielleantosz 5 years ago from Florida

      Thanks! This is great information.

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      Firdousi0 5 years ago

      Your advice is very useful. It has changed my views and certainly others about blogging.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      That's true thoughtfulgirl2! The people with the best stats write without caring about their stats.

      Glad I could help build confidence in you, tebo! Hope you'll start pumping out the blogs soon.

      My pleasure danielleantosz.. thanks for reading!

      I'm glad you think so Firdousi0... I hope it improves your writing style!

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      wedmed 5 years ago from US

      Just write to your blog interesting things. If people like it you will soon earn money. However, you will need high PR and at least 100 visitors daily.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Yeah wedmed, you'll need some kind of visitors, but I don't think it has to be that set number and you don't need a high PR to make money.

      But with good content that people love and a tiny bit of promotion on your end you'll see a ton of traffic. Then people will start passing it around for you. As your traffic builds so does your profit.

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      vforge 5 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      AND ALWAYS REMEMBER AS WE SAY IN EADIO" you are only as good as your Last Production

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      roshall 5 years ago from Ohio

      Wow once said it sounds much easier.Thanks for the advice and great writing.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Exactly vforge... you have to end with a bang again and again and again!

      Glad to help roshall.. thanks for reading!

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      thoughtfulgirl2 5 years ago

      I agree, I agree, I agree:)

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Glad you do, thoughtfulgirl2!

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      Melanie 5 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan

      I hear a lot of cr@p about mixed-bag blogs from the SEO community, but I have found that when I write whatever I want to write WHEN I want to write it, I not only tend to write more, but I tend to have more passion in my writing.

      Several years ago I wrote an article on my personal, mixed-bag blog about how I thought something was unfair. My blog post became popular and I was contacted and interviewed about it by the Wall Street Journal. Weeks later it became a front-page article in the WSJ and my blog became even more popular.

      Since then, I turned that article into a hub which receives a nice amount of traffic (not a high paying nor high CTR niche, sadly) and it's one of my more popular hubs. Had I not felt the freedom that a mixed-bag blog gives me, I probably would have never written the article.

      I do want to say that seriously my MOST popular hubs are the ones that come from the heart and not from keyword research in Google AdWords. Great hub!

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      Christopher J Wood 5 years ago from Florida, USA

      Your advice is very good, too often we let our focus drift to money and that seldom works.

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Voted up and useful!

      Great hub. I have to admit, when I first joined Hubpages, I joined for the money. However, after I joined, I found that I loved writing and the feedback from other readers. The more I wrote about things that interested me, the more positive my feedback became ... specifically about the level of energy in articles.

      Great advice ... you have a new regular reader.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      That's awesome melbel! It always is best to write what you know and from the heart. Glad to see you got some good exposure like that!

      Glad you agree CJWood71! I've tried to write for money in the past and those posts just sit there... but now I write what I like and to help others and they rocket to the top.

      Glad to have you on board Brett.Tesol! I joined for the same reasons and it hurt my writing because I didn't really see the money at first. I wasn't making much so it made it hard for me to keep chugging along and pumping out articles so often. So I'd quit for sooo long. Now I write to write and my style has changed a lot and so has my exposure.

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      stone21.com 5 years ago from China

      good advice, thanks .

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      My pleasure stone21.com, thanks for reading!

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      rodriguezk96 5 years ago from NJ

      I love this Blog but i am wondering how do you bring traffic in to your blog?

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      roc6 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Great advice, thanks, some of my blogs are not my favorite topics. Need to work on helping the readers.

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      realtorcards 5 years ago

      Very nice, well said!

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Thanks rodriguezk96! I'll send you a link so you can see some of the things I do for traffic.

      Yeah it can really show when you don't like the topic, roc6... always keep the readers in mind!

      Glad you got something out of it realtorcards!

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      dminformer 5 years ago

      Very informative.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Glad you got something out of it, dminformer!

      Always nice when you can inform an informer ;)

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      Good advice and makes perfect sense. Still its not for everyone. Most of us want to see some results, and that means money, fast!

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      True, a lot of people do focus on quick money, cashmere... but the money comes a lot quicker than you realize when you go about it as I mentioned above, and it keeps coming!

      A lot of people that make quick cash have to quickly change their ways because that income stream dried up.

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      HennieN 5 years ago from South Africa

      Excellent hub - voted up. The key is to focus on what is great and let the money sort itself out. I like this!

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      I agree, HennieN! If the content's good then the money will come.

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      NMLady 5 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      Do what you love and the money will follow, kind of advice.

      I love writing about New Mexico, my adopted home. I also NEED to give myself discipline and I do so with my blogging.

      Voted up!

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      You definitely should, NMLady! Start writing about what you love about New Mexico... the stores, nature, restaurants.. anything really!

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      Ravi Singh 5 years ago from India

      Nice info .. thanks..

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      My pleasure maxravi, thanks for reading!

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      Glen619 5 years ago from Camden, New Jersey

      When i started off with blog writing i was like now i am going to earn some bucks but what you say is quite right that its the contribution and help that actually counts and eventually you start getting some income for your hard work. Good hub

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      It definitely can take some time, Glen619! But if people stick with that mindset, they'll give up before they see the big bucks... the people who are successful today did it because they liked it and wrote for their readers and now they have success because they stuck with it.

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      MediumLenore 5 years ago

      Hi I have just started so good infomation like this helps so much to understand how it all work. Many thanks.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Glad I could help, MediumLenore!

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      cephla 5 years ago from India

      This hub proves one thing to me - simple and straightforward writing and ideas still have hope!!!

      Cheers and beer to you Bendo!

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      Lisa Taylor 5 years ago

      Ordered a couple of the books. Giving back!!!

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      gprakash 5 years ago from Ranchi

      very true. i agree with u.

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      Steve 5 years ago

      Thanks for the info. It makes real sense and I will act on the new found knowledge.

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      Carline 5 years ago

      Thanks for the advice. I agree with you. I enjoy writing and have been doing it for years. I love reading. It inspires me to share and my writing helps me share with others. My faith also inspires me to share with others.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      I agree cephla and I'm glad there's still hope for it... thanks for reading!

      Awesome, Lisa! Thanks for reading and giving back... now you can read even more quality content!

      Glad we have a similar mindset, gprakash!

      I'm happy to help in any way, Steve... thanks for reading!

      I agree Carline, writing and reading inspires a cycle of sharing knowledge... in fact, even reading comments can do that ;)

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      catchadream 5 years ago from Lakeland, Florida

      Great information, thanks for sharing.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      My pleasure, catchadream! Glad you like it and thanks for reading!

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      Jaymye Allen 5 years ago from Sherman, Texas

      Voted up and interesting, as well as useful. I am new to HP and reading Hubs like this helps tremendously. I wanted to do this for the money, but am realizing that I just enjoy writing. So maybe, if I make some money, good enough, if not, at least I can still write. Thanks, Bendo13!

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      Keith A Hopps 5 years ago

      In just minutes I learned so much. Thank you.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      That's a good way to see things, Jaymye! I hope you see success on HubPages either way!

      I'm glad I could help, Keith! Thanks for reading!

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      Anna Taylor 5 years ago from San Diego, CA

      Hello there Bendo13,

      For some reason there are a number of new hubbers who are anticipating getting a mass number of followers and to make money rapidly upon joining hubpages. I noticed that this pass week and replied with my own tips as a hubber.

      Respectfully,

      Sapphireid

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Yeah Sapphireid, a lot of people want fast results, especially after they see how much some long time hubbers are making... but they'll soon see the truth behind things.

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      Eaglekiwi 5 years ago from -Oceania

      Great advice in your hub,and although I know patience and effort almost always pays off ,its good to read of the benefits and get a fresh dose of inspiration for free.

      To Your Best Life Bendo13!

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Glad I could help inspire you, Eaglekiwi! Good to have you as a reader and thanks for the wishes... I hope you achieve all you desire too!

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      GlstngRosePetals 5 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

      Great hub and it gives some sound advice on what not to do when bloggong. I look forward to reading more. I voted you up for useful. Thanks look forward to reading more.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      I'm glad you got something out of it, GlstngRosePetals! Good to have you as a reader.. thanks for the vote!

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      blairtracy 5 years ago from Canada

      Great advice. Very informative. Thanks.

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      mishdog 5 years ago

      top advice, im trying to get into blogging so this has been helpful :)

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      MrHunter 5 years ago from Highway 24

      U definitely touched a positive nerve. And a universal truth!

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Glad I could help you out blairtracy and mishdog! I hope my tips help bring you success... thanks for reading!

      I'm glad you liked it MrHunter! I think we all should stick to the positive things and pump out more truth... thanks for reading!

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      cowtowngirl77 5 years ago

      Good advice, very informative. thanks

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      deebdiver 5 years ago

      great way to make money

      how to do a website free

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      Naomi's Banner 5 years ago from United States

      Obviously by the round of comments on your Hub you are on to something. Good job!

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      SleeplessnLaJolla 5 years ago from La Jolla, Ca

      Thank you from San Diego :)

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Glad you got something out of it, cowtowngirl77!

      I'm glad you agree, deebdiver... or are those supposed to be backlinks? They seem like decent titles for articles haha... but yes, this is a decent way to bring in the cash flow without trying.

      Oh yes, this one keeps having the comments roll in, Naomi's Banner! I think it's good content and someone else must too haha.. thanks for reading!

      You're welcome from Lock Haven, SleeplessnLaJolla!

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      Paul Cronin 5 years ago from Winnipeg

      What you are saying is just good sense, I don't know how I would survive in this if I didn't like what I was doing. It would be great to earn some income, but this is really more of a hobby interest. It's so much fun to write about stuff we know and actually have others read it. But its also just as much fun reading what everyone else has to say.

      I can't wait to get home from my day job to have fun with Hub Pages. Thanks for sharing your expertise!

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      And the fun's what keeps us all reading and writing, carcro! Thanks for reading!

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      plikwatulimo 5 years ago from trenggalek

      Wow,,, what away to make money easy? I like tis site.

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      Emma 5 years ago from Houston TX

      Excellent hub. Good hubs attracts good reading.I enjoyed reading Bendo13 hubs and never to miss any.

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      courtlneygdtm 5 years ago from United States

      Great read! Reading your hub was time very well spent! I learned a lot and will put what I learned to use on my hubs! Thanks again!

      -courtlneygdtm

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      I'm glad you liked it, plikwatulimo... thanks for reading!

      Great to have you as a reader, crystolite!

      My pleasure, courtlneygdtm! I'm glad I could help out and that you enjoy my writing style!

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      dreams12 5 years ago

      Love that you have pointed this out to people!

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      The simplest things really can help many, dreams12! Thanks for reading!

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      JKenyatta 5 years ago

      amazing post. Don't do it for the money. The money will come after, first do it because you're passionate about it! Great advice.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Thanks JKenyatta! I hope we can all get in that mindset.

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      vace marsky 5 years ago

      Hi. I caught an idea reading hub. Thanky

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Glad I could give you a few ideas vace marsky! Thanks for reading!

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      Remy Francis 5 years ago from Dubai Media City

      Thank you Bendo13 for this hub. Lot of nice tips. I haven't given enough thought to my blog as I should. This hub is of great help

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      Vijay Anand Baree Sunnyasi 5 years ago from Perth

      u r right..good article..

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      William Benner 5 years ago from Savannah GA.

      Good stuff! And it goes along with the my own approach to writing!

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      Forrest Decker 5 years ago from Ocala, Florida

      Great advise. I like your article. May God bless you.

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      Laura H McBride 5 years ago from Cornwall, England

      Excellent Hub. Thanks for reminding me what it's all about1

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      sanathara 5 years ago

      Very nice Hub..voted "Useful"..

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      selfdefenselesson 5 years ago

      If you have something valuable to offer to people, and there's a demand for it. Then you have the recipe for success in the blog world.

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      alphagirl 5 years ago from USA

      Yes, I agree...sounds like 'Do what you love and the money will follow." Thanks for grounding everyone!

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      PoliticsNOW 5 years ago from New York

      Great Hub, thanks for posting. You are right if you hate to keep making Hubs its time to quit.

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      qlcoach 5 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon

      Interesting Hub. Have you found you can make money from your Hubs? Just curious. I write about helping people experience more miracles in their life. Peace and Light: Gary.

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      Blakesr 5 years ago from Orland, Florida

      Thank you, your hub is very helpful, honest and thoughtful.

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      Lexi de LionCourt 5 years ago

      Great hub. Set your priorities correctly. Having fun with blogging and doing what you do best (writing articles that are helpful for other people) should come first. The need to make money should not be on top. Thanks for posting.

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      jseven 5 years ago from Michigan

      I have always written things for the reader and myself to enjoy. The motive is to share your niche and let the readers let you know what they want in products. Great hob and voted up.

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      andrewwilliams63 5 years ago

      interesting thoughts....thanks!

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      ShaneMorris 5 years ago from Springfield, MO

      This is a great article Bendo, it's simple yet informative. I completely agree though. As I had read on a few hubs when I first started, they had explained how not only submitting hubs but help other honestly answer their questions and struggles or to inform about a subject. Mostly thus far on hubpages I've submitted mostly poetry and a couple essays I wrote regarding specific subjects, as well as a short story. I only really started applying myself three days ago and I've already reached 45. I think the reason it escalated quickly is because I have been doing what you are explaining. It might be by coincidence, but I came across hubpages when trying to find a way to get paid on the side while I'm finishing college. I'm a writing student and I've just been looking for a way to practice what I love to do. This really is a great network for people who love to do the same. Voting up!

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      uearnmoney 5 years ago from USA

      sounds like good.Do what you love and the money will follow.Thanks for grounding everyone!

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      Teny 5 years ago

      I loved this hub it is definitely is going to inspire my writing. Thank you!

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      I'm sorry it took so long to respond but it appears that there's a bug in the system because it randomly stops giving me notifications of my comments. But I'm glad all of you are getting something out of this post! My aim is to help others and hopefully we all rise to the top.

      But yes Gary (qlcoach) I do make money from my hubs and this really is a great place to write. Things are looking up after all the changes post-Panda.

      Thanks for the votes and thanks for reading!

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      Carlon Michelle 5 years ago from USA

      Bendo13, you're quite correct in what you are saying, and the proof is in the pudding as you have gotten major response to this hub. It's cool how you also put just the right title book ads on this hub to make me want to click into the Amazon store and purchase one or two. Very smart! You're a great example to follow.

      Smile - Carlon Michelle

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      fountainsplash 5 years ago from Nigeria

      Great write up i love it, infact it has really broading my knowledge on doing what you love best.Better t give than to take

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      NMLady 5 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      Generally, how long or how many blogs do people have before they begin earning money? i needto know if I am spinning my wheels and need to go a different way.

      I am still having fun doing this though!

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      alphagirl 5 years ago from USA

      I think it takes more than just blogging. I don't get all the marketing stats at all behind the scenes you have to do. I have all the necessary things like adsense, amazone, etc...but I too am baffled. I use google keywords... uh, we need a how to tutorial.

      I think Bendo13 you are the man to show us.

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      NMLady 5 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      Hi alpha---I do the amazon/adsense etc etc and I work on key-words and selecting product.

      still learning.....huh!

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Yeah people love commenting on this one, Carlon Michelle! When I pick out a keyword I want to target for the title and body text I usually use that same keyword when I search for Amazon products... it really helps you get targeted products popping up. Thanks for reading and grabbing up a couple books so you can keep on reading!

      Definitely, fountainsplash! I'm quite a giver... thanks for reading!

      In reality NMLady, you can make money with just one blog BUT most people don't make much that way... If you write often you'll build a following which will get you traffic without trying... But to start out you'll want to promote your stuff through backlinking and it's good that you're doing your keyword research. You also want to write on topics that EVERYONE wants to read but yet not many people have written about it the way you are... that helps you rise to the top faster. So think about who you are writing to and what they would want to read. It won't be instant riches over night but it does keep building up and before long, if you stick to it, you'll make money without doing anything.

      What kind of how to are you looking for alphagirl? I'm open to writing more on specific topics if it'll help you all out. I have written a lot of other things when it comes to traffic and keyword research if you want to check them out too.

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      alphagirl 5 years ago from USA

      a tutorial on how to understand seo, how to go about using keywords,...A visual is better for us kinesthetic learners. I have made .06cents with 15 hubs. I need more traffic. Can't even buy a gumball.

      I will analyze this in 6 months.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Look through some of my other hubs, alphagirl there is a lot on SEO and keywords but I am thinking about putting together 1 on 1 consulting on my internet marketing site if that's something that interests you.

      I think it would be a lot better to work with people one on one and solve their personal issues than to write general articles. If that interests you then drop me an email and I'll let you know when I have it set up (could be set up by tonight).

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      Zakir Hossain 5 years ago

      U r write.. i respect ur point of view..

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      jzorro 5 years ago from Portugal

      Awesome advice! When someone is only for the money it's obvious that he or she will forget important step of the process, like creating real value for the visitors!

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      2ndblogger 5 years ago from Beverly Hills

      very good advice!

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      A.K. Love 5 years ago

      So I guess I've been on the right path. I started out almost a year ago writing. I like to choose the subjects that I can help people in, it makes me feel good that I am trying to help others in the way that I am able to.

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      Christin Sander 5 years ago from Midwest

      very true and useful advice - I know that as a reader I am turned off by bloggers who seem to be all about "what's in it for me"

      I take your approach giving useful information that benefits others. I have a "coffee cup" donation feature that I find quite useful - it's very non-invasive and says "if you enjoy your time here etc consider buying Christin a coffee to show your support" - it works. I get a few coffee's a month and it's a nice incentive to keep on producing good content and doesn't come off as pushy or only wanting money etc. Great hub.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      I'm glad you agree, Zakir Hossain!

      Exactly, jzorro! People don't want to read ads all day they want good content.

      Thanks, 2ndblogger!

      I know what you mean, dragnhaze... it's awesome to hear back from your readers and have them tell you that you helped them out!

      That's a pretty cool idea, ChristinS! Offline tactics can definitely work online.

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      Catherine Simmons 5 years ago from Mission BC Canada

      I think the number of comments on this hub say it all!

      I've already clicked on one of the Amazon links because it looked useful and interesting..

      Thanks :-)

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      This one surprised me, catsimmons! I'm happy with the response though... thanks for reading!

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      tarrka1089 5 years ago from Ohio

      This is exactly why I write Teddy's Tidbits. I have done online writing for payment through a couple of sites - and it is definitely work. HubPages is the exact opposite! [voted up and useful]

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Yeah HubPages, has a great community tarrka1089! Thanks for the votes and thanks for reading!

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      dragonbear 5 years ago from Essex UK

      Thanks. it reminded me why I enjoy writing - to please others.

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      juncolt 5 years ago from saudi arabia

      Well, it should really be basic for true bloggers to prioritize value to the contents on their blogs and think of monetary value as a consequence.

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      click4deals 5 years ago from USA

      Good points Bendo,thank you. I am just getting started and like a lot of people I have a niche that I am passionate about and I feel the information I share has value.

      How do you find the line between over promotion and quality content with a subtle soft sale?

      Just traffic numbers? User feedback? I imagine a combination, but, as a content publisher just starting out, I have no metrics with which to gauge my impact.

      Any advice would be welcome and greatly appreciated!

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      mandypoole 5 years ago from UK

      Great hub, I agree that if you just think about the potential of earning money, then you can lose sight of the pure enjoyment of writing. Just writing for personal self-fulfilment and to share it with others.

      Writing passionately about something that genuinely interests you is more likely to bear fruits.

      Thank you-great hub .

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      I'd track conversions click4deals. Traffic is one part, feedback is another part but if you aren't making sales then none of it matters. So look at how much of your traffic converts into a sale and where the traffic that converts the best is coming from. You can set up goals in Google Analytics to help you figure that out. But in terms of your content just write an article as if you're not selling anything and at the end say something like if you want more information on this topic then go here (your page that directly relates to the topic).

      Very true, mandypoole! Thanks for reading!

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      My pleasure, dragonbear... keep pumping out that good content!

      Yep juncolt... those who write good content are doomed to make money from it! haha

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      sweetcelebrations 5 years ago from Shenandoah Valley

      Thanks for sharing this. It's great advice especially for those that are just starting to blog like myself. I couldn't agree more that what you write should be about how it can benefit others, not just what can I do to make money.

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      stacirenae89 5 years ago

      Thank you! Very informative!!

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      I'm glad to see you're starting off on the right foot, sweetcelebrations! Thanks for reading!

      My pleasure, stacirenae89... glad to help!

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      Hezekiah 5 years ago from Japan

      Thanks, never though of that. People giving donations just to keep you there.

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      Roberta Kyle 5 years ago from Central New Jersey

      this one gets a big thumbs up. I am soooooo on the same page with you on this one:-) Life is simple if you let it be that way. Thanks for this one

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      It is a pretty cool idea, huh Hezekiah?

      Definitely and the simple life is best, robie2! Thanks for reading!

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      Harmander S. Maan 5 years ago

      Just enjoy writing and people will enjoy your writing. Very inspiring and informative. Thank you.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      My pleasure, Harmander S. Maan... thanks for reading!

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      sanathara 5 years ago

      The title itself speaks a lot..once again very true information and very much informative..feel like reading again and again to get more information.....

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      KwelX 5 years ago

      Thanks for the great Hub, but "Don't Do It for The Money!" is easier said then done as most of us aren't great writers. I use the goal of making money as an incentive to get better at writing.

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      SerLeon 5 years ago from Pakistan

      . . . . . . . . . . . .i need an iphone *sigh*(hangs head in shame). . . . But hey . .u r rite. . . V cn try 2 b helpful

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      Veronica Almeida 5 years ago from TORONTO

      insightful hub. I think I was starting to forget about writing for passion and fun.

      At some point I thought that writing more heartfelt things would injure my readership, just because it would probably be too personal. Eventually, the idea of and need to get some extra bucks here and there, got me going after profit writing and forget about what I like about writing - the learning process, the research, the connection to a piece.

      I have to thank you for reminding me of this!

      I also like the advice you gave myi4u (in the comments), to create two version of the same content, or an introduction to the actual article on the blog and link it up. Thought about it a while ago, but wasn't sure it would do much, plus was afraid that I would just end up not being able to juggle hubpages and a blog in terms or time and content. I guess is does make sense and probably I should go for my idea of starting a personal blog of my own.

      I guess I should thank you for that one too!

      Cheers

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Glad I can help spark new ideas in your mind, sanathara! Feel free to keep reading; something new might pop out.

      Sure money can keep you writing, KwelX... but if it is your only goal then you'll quit after a while if it's not coming in as fast as you want. That does two things... it stops your progress toward becoming a better writer and it cuts off the flow of information you were giving out.

      It's ok, SerLeon... you'll get what you truly desire if you stick to it and keep trying to find ways to reach your goal. Keep writing as best as you possibly can and the money will come in without you even trying.

      I'm glad I could help get you back on the right track, varonny! It is a good idea to have a couple blogs, each that focus on different things, to really help give those who like certain things a place to get information on that topic without distractions.

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      WoodsmensPost 5 years ago from Arizona

      Now that was an interesting hub. So many try to blog and get readers but fail to understand once you get the readers now you have to keep them interested or they move on. Anyway thanks for keeping it real. This hub has given me some great thoughts about how I may I've been trying to blog for all the wrong reasons Thanks

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Glad to help WoodsmensPost, thanks for reading!

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      amaranthmercy 5 years ago

      Thanks so much for the advice!

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      You're welcome, amaranthmercy... thanks for reading!

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      ratnaveera 5 years ago from Cumbum

      Great Hub for the bloggers! You have given useful tips and advice to attract readers online. Thank you so much Bendo13. Voted Up!

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      FacebookPokerChip 5 years ago from London

      nice read for the beginning blogger about profiting from blogging..

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      angemac23 5 years ago from Canada

      Very useful information for bloggers!

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      xXSweetiXx 5 years ago from The Pacific Northwest

      Great piece, informative, and truthful!

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      You're welcome, ratnaveera... thanks for reading and the vote!

      Glad you agree, FacebookPokerChip and angemac23!

      Thanks xXSweetiXx... thanks for reading!

      Thanks a lot, kyols1225! It's good to get feedback like that from my readers.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Writing to benefit others--great perspective, even for those of us who write for the love of writing. We all need to eat (healthy, I might add). :) I want to learn more about web writing so thanks.

      Voted up.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Yes, write for those that love to read RTalloni! Glad I could help give you some ideas. Thanks for the vote!

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      eronde82 5 years ago from Brooklyn, ny

      Awesome, great advice :)

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      Ruth R. Martin 5 years ago from Everywhere Online ~ Fingerlakes ~ Upstate New York

      So true! I voted you up! It is not easy to find good, high quality websites and people these days. One thing that is tough though, it seems that somehow the poor quality sites can still get good rankings in the SERPS! And here I am working my tail off with good, non-salesy content, and it takes forever to get ranked well if I use only ethical methods! I am hoping that it will pay off eventually!

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      My pleasure, eronde82... thanks for reading!

      Thanks for the vote, healthwealthmusic! It will pay off in the end because Google is getting smarter every day... some of the bad sites always seem to end up on top for a while then Google changes things and they crash down again. You just have to target keywords and niches that aren't as popular; that way even the people making crappy sites aren't posting content in that market.

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      Money Making Moms 5 years ago from MISSISSIPPI

      Great hub. Straight forward and to the point. I have been a talented writer since early childhood. I am considering writing freelance and blogging to supplement my family's income I NEED HELP

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      Prashant angiras 5 years ago from shimla(india)

      Bendo13 your hub was very useful and i am sure that it will help me.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Pick an area of interest to write about that you know will help others and that you enjoy writing about, Money Making Moms... then just go into great detail on tips and tricks you've learned or anything that relates to your niche in a way that comes off like you're talking to someone. I'm sure you already have a style of your own and it will come out in your writing and keep bringing people back to read more.

      Thanks prashant angiras... I'm glad you like it and I'm happy to help!

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      VonShanks 5 years ago

      Great information.I will remember this when I am writing on my blog. Thanks.

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      skyfire 5 years ago

      "Do it to benefit others" that's the point. I see bloggers like trent hamm of "simple dollar" doing it for solving problems of readers and is making sufficient money with blogging. Nice hub Bendo13.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Thanks VonShanks... I hope it helps improve your writing!

      Definitely skyfire, there are great examples of this principle being used all over by successful bloggers. Thanks for reading!

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      Mind Unsettled 5 years ago from In My Head

      Great advice and interesting topic! It seems like a lot of what I've ran across is what you described - people writing hubs and blogs without any soul - just for the chance to make some money. I think most of us are smart enough, as you allude, to see through that BS. Cheers, MU

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Yeah I'm glad you see through it too, Mind Unsettled! Hopefully us writers on HubPages can help dilute the crap out there!

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      phanisoft18 5 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      But majority of the people start blogging with money as their first preference and get dejected soon.

      Good article. The first preference should always be about giving valuable information :)

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Yep phanisoft18, the people in it for the wrong reasons fall off first! Even when I started making videos I was like ohhh I want to be a YouTube Partner... then I started to realize that the videos were the fun part of my day and everyone loved them. So it's like meh, focus on what's good and more good will come when the time is right!

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      AshleyFAuthor 5 years ago from Hobe Sound, Fl

      but um you were having ads all over the place on ur hub so it really makes no sense???

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      alphagirl 5 years ago from USA

      I agree there has to be a deeper satisfaction than just money! Money alone won't bring success

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      You have money making options available, AshleyFAuthor... but it shouldn't be your sole purpose for writing. Sure, you might need some sort of compensation if you are spending a lot of time on your writing otherwise you won't be able to continue to help people out at the QUANTITY you want to. But it's your purpose and the QUALITY of your writing that matters most. You could tell if I wrote this just to get people to check out ads, which I didn't... I'm trying to pass on a mindset that all should practice when writing. Hopefully that makes sense.

      Exactly, alphagirl... there's much more to succcess than just money!

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      Milli Mill 5 years ago from Canada

      Love this post!

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Thanks Milli Mill, glad you like it! Thanks for reading!

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      Mr. Smith 5 years ago from California

      That's a very healthy outlook. Strong advice!

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      jean2011 5 years ago from Canada

      I like your point of view. Thank you for sharing!

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Glad you agree Mr. Smith and jean2011, I hope you see success from writing with this methodology in mind. Thanks for reading!

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      trimar7 5 years ago from New York

      Good advice - by the way - I grew up in a small town right near where you are - Renovo.

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      cblack 5 years ago from a beach somewhere

      Great advice. Love your work and you will never work a day in your life. Thanks for the wonderful hub!

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      That's awesome, trimar7! I've been there quite a few times... always a nice drive on the Renovo road.

      Thanks cblack! May your work never seem like work to you either!

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      Gloria 5 years ago from France

      Great advise, will bookmark this so I can go back to it.

      I find the hardest thing is making a hub interesting.

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      joseph merlin 5 years ago from Jupiter

      I like your Each and Every line of Hub as no doubt your every word is full of meaning and knowledge like newbies for us.

      But I also have simple and straight forward rule in my life " Help others to be Happy in Life " I have a strong belief that if you will run for money you will always. So Money is not everything in life.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      That's when you have to let your personality shine through your writing, Gloshei... have fun with it (any topic) and when you're done just read it back to yourself outloud and make sure it flows smoothly and actually IS interesting. Pack as much true information into it as you can, sprinkle your personality all over it and keep the fluff to a minimum.

      That's a good rule to live by, joseph merlin!

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      Gloria 5 years ago from France

      Thank you Bendo13 for your words of encouragement.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      My pleasure, Gloshei!

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      sakesare 5 years ago

      Great hub on this topic. Making money with blogging without trying to....I love the title...Thanks Bendo for such great info. Voting up

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Glad you got something out of it, sakesare... thanks for the vote!

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      SpiritLeo 5 years ago from Europe

      Very well done! Thank you for sharing!

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      My pleasure SpiritLeo, I hope it helps you with your writing!

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      paul badger 5 years ago from Worcester, England

      Hi! Great advice

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      grinnin1 5 years ago from st louis,mo

      Thanks for your advice- really helps to navigate hubpages when you're trying to figure it all out. Much appreciated.

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      NerdyWerds 5 years ago

      Excellent posting. I'm hoping the money comes from passionate writing. My traffic numbers aren't high but I do have a highly loyal reader base because, in my mind, I write with passion and I don't focus on revenue. keep up the great work, I know I will.

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      nimeshgraphic 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Mr.Bendo really i liked ur hub and i voted up too its was informative for me and i gained few tips in it Thanks for the hub........

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      bjornborgboxers 5 years ago from The Netherlands

      Can't agree with you more! It's the same for companies. Those who actually care about what they do seem to flourish!

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      bell du jour 5 years ago from Ireland

      Excellent advice! voted up :-)

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Thanks badgeroo, glad you got something out of it!

      Glad I could be of help, grinnin1!

      It will come with time, NerdyWerds! Just stick with it and you'll see.

      Thanks nimeshgraphic, glad I could help you out!

      That is true, bjornborgboxers... you have to aim to give people value!

      Thanks for the vote, bell du jour... glad you got something out of it!

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      nevskyfrant 5 years ago from Saint-Petersburg

      Thanks!

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      My pleasure, nevskyfrant!

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      PeanutButterWine 5 years ago

      Thank you I love this !

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      Cynthia_Jones 5 years ago from New Brunswick, Canada

      This is quite the article. I never really thought about writing for others. Just myself. Guess maybe I should try thinking differently? Well done. :) Keep up with the great work. Keep on penning. Thank you so very much for sharing you wonderful and creative talents with us. We all truly appreciate it.

      *S* Cynthia

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Glad you enjoyed it PeanutButterWine... thanks for reading!

      My pleasure, Cynthia_Jones... glad I could help you look at things a little differently. Writing for yourself can work at times but you have to be sure that your audience is on the same track as you if that's the case.

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      Carole Anzolletti 5 years ago from The Phantom Queen's Labyrinth

      Way to go with this one, just what I needed to see, it's great to note that people can and do see through to the good stuff! Many blessings and thank you for writing this!

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Glad I could be of inspiration, Carole Anzolletti.. thanks for the blessings!

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      jponline 5 years ago

      Excellent post. Deems bookmarking.

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      honey2honey 5 years ago from Kuala Lumpur

      thank you , glad your give better clues for nb like me

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Thanks jponline! Glad you like it.

      My pleasure, honey2honey... happy to help!

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      petelau75 5 years ago

      love this article! thumb up...

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Although I am new to this blog site hubpages. I have been blogging since the earliest days of the internet. We used to call them bulletin boards. These were used to exchange ideas etc. I have never made money from blogging and never expected to. I suppose the type of person that wants to make money from writing should really write a book; or for magazines and newspapers but don't bother with this method it will never happen.

      Good advice from this blog non the less. Thanks.

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      roc6 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Thanks, I do try to remember that, how can I serve people when I am writing new posts.

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      Matt Stark 5 years ago from Albany, CA

      Great advice. Thanks so much!

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Thanks petelau75!

      Oh molometer, there are many people who making a living from blogging but your head just has to be in the right place! Thanks for reading!

      That's good, roc6! I'm sure your readers appreciate it!

      My pleasure, Matt Stark... thanks for reading!

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      EasyReading 5 years ago from Florida

      Great advice for a first timer take all the help I can get. ;) Thank you again!

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      My pleasure, EasyReading... glad I can help out!

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      alfred choong 5 years ago

      Great article!

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      anstip 5 years ago

      I think CJ affilaite is suitable

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      Crystal Marie Antoinette 5 years ago from Missouri

      Awesome. Thanks for the passionate hub it was very motivating and informative. I'm new here and I love to help others with my hubs it makes me feel needed and important in the lives of others as God put us all here to be a blessing and service to others.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Thanks alfred choong!

      Yeah anstip, you can definitely make CJ work! I've been an affiliate of theirs for quite some time.

      You're welcome wellspoken... it's good to see you're at the service of others too!

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      Gloria 5 years ago from France

      What's this CJ Affiliates? everyone is on about. never heard of them.

      I thought I did a hub but I had to cut out so much as of the same wording or similar, now it's too short.

      Any advice Bendo13.

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      dagny roth 5 years ago from Neverland

      I liked this article. When I first joined hubpages I wrote things I thought I could write quickly in order to make money. After coming back around I am determined to write well and write things which are useful and interesting to me. Those always turn out to be the better articles anyhow.

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      bestvacation 5 years ago from Indonesia

      I will try this at home Bendo...

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      Reginald Chan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Thank you for your blog. Very interesting and certainly rated up. Something fresh and a new perspective for me.

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      BobD 5 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      I agree, this is fantastic advice ! We tend to get things backwards, give FIRST, then you RECEIVE... great post !

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      lyns 5 years ago from USA

      This is so true, I started writing a book 2 years ago just for the fun of it and once I got close to the ending of the book I started researching through writers market where to best market my book, to make a long story short once I found where, I went back to my book with how much money it would possibly make and when I tried to do the ending of my book, blank, I got what most people call writers block, my creativeness just disappeared, so now I am picking back up my book with an open mind just to enjoy the writing as I started out writing it, for the fun and for people to read and get a good laugh, well the juices are now flowing and I will keep my focus on the fun and whatever publisher picks it up I will be grateful.

      Thank you so very much for this article, it helped me to understand why my creative juices just stopped.

      Thank you Bendo

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      We're talking about Commission Junction, Gloshei... I wrote about them on here before; you should check them out! I'm not sure why you had to cut out so much but all you can really do is research a little to add some extra value and lace it with some personality and you should be good to go! I like to write 500 word articles myself and it's not as many words as you think when you look at it.

      Exactly dagny roth! Stick with what the people want and what they keep coming back for more of and you'll have some really successful articles!

      I hope you find success, bestvacation!

      Thanks for the vote, nicregi... I'm glad you got something new out of it!

      Oh yes BobDProperties, it's always best to be a giver!

      I hope you can keep those juices flowing, lyns! If you write on any topic with a great style and about something that will give some kind of value to people (even if it is just a smile) then the profits may be higher than anyone would expect for such a book! I hope it does well!

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      abuhana 5 years ago

      thank you for your blog, i'm interseting about how to make money with blog

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      anjperez 5 years ago

      i am just starting my hub and i was thankful for coming across this article.i mean, i need to have some kind of principle to guide me if i need to proceed with this. and this one you wrote is a gem. kudos!

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      I hope my ideas can help you reach that goal, abuhana... thanks for reading!

      I'm happy to guide you through the process, anjperez!

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      Gloria 5 years ago from France

      Thanks,will do that.

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      parameswara2 5 years ago

      Just started my blog three weeks ago and have already posted 5 articles,really am cool about it all because I have had the benefit of reading this article just before launching it.I will just give my heart and soul to my blog and if I really deserve it whenever it takes God will reward me with what is due eventually.Is this the right mindset?

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      loanyi 5 years ago

      Definitely a good Hub, this hub is something you can benefit from... Excellent Bendo 13

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      slaffery 5 years ago from Kansas, USA

      Thank you for posting this. I am going through a stage of what to write about. This helps to keep my focus. Votes up

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      mariazeyn 5 years ago from Ontario

      Bendo13, you are right, you are right, you are right, you are sooooo right! Amazing hub!

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Definitely parameswara2! Just watch what people respond to most and keep duplicating that and spinning it off into new ideas!

      Thanks loanyi... glad you got something out of it!

      My pleasure slaffery... happy I can help keep you on track!

      Thanks mariazeyn, I'm glad you like it so much! Thanks for reading!

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      Ladybird33 5 years ago from Georgia USA

      Thanks for sharing, very interesting and most helpful.

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      Anish Patel 5 years ago from San Francisco + Mumbai

      Interesting read. The flip side to this is that a lot of writers like me don't write with money in mind and often ignore such things and back links and seo optimization etc. They end up making very little or no money. I guess it's about finding a balance.

      Thanks for sharing the hub.

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      tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa

      wonderfully written and so very true. my own writing is done both for the joy of writing and to share with others something i feel will benefit them or something i myself find beautiful and hope they will as well. thank you for sharing this. voted up and across. have a wonderful night.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      My pleasure Ladybird33, I'm glad you got something out of it... thanks for reading!

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Well Anishpat, you can write for your readers without money in mind... but if you know what it takes to make money then you need to put that into play too. This is more so about the mindset you're in when you write because it's going to show through to those that read it. Write for the people but don't be afraid to promote yourself a little... and after a while others will promote you!

      Glad to hear that you write like that tlmcgaa70... thanks for the votes!

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      BayouDumbbells 5 years ago

      Most people don't accept this in practice. There will once come an instance where everyone faces the so-called dilemma. Money is seductive. But absolutely very few stand by the genuine purpose and get over the dilemma.

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      Pam Walker 5 years ago from Chicago, IL

      True, true, true! I am glad I am not the only one who sees it that way. Excellent commentary and advice. I look forward to reading more from you.

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      BeautyAroundYou 5 years ago

      Thank you! Very good advices.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Yeah BayouDumbbells, I think we'll all slip along the way but you just have to renew the thoughts of what you're really writing for and keep plugging away!

      Glad to hear we think alike, Pam Walker! I pump out at least one hub a day.

      My pleasure BeautyAroundYou, glad you got something out of it... thanks for reading!

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      nikashi_designs 5 years ago

      Congratulations on being number one. Well it is three months later and your advice from this Hub has greatly improved my traffic and ranking. I have helped a half dozen website owners get started and countless short articles/reviews. It has been a great but very hard three months of working 12-16 hours behind the computer for zero pay. But, three months later my own websites are generating enough money to sustain my love of graphics and design. My point is, don't think about the money part, that will come eventually. Greatly because of your article I have focused on my objective, do what I love first, the rest will follow. Hope that made sense. Thanks

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      Rose Frankie 5 years ago

      nice info hub

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      That's awesome, nikashi_designs! I'm glad to hear that you're seeing success! That's a great example and it shows that you shouldn't give up; you will reach your goals as long as you stick to it.

      Thanks Rose Frankie... thanks for reading!

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      Kiz 5 years ago from Antioch, TN

      Thank you for this!

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      stardust *** 5 years ago

      hi bendo13 where can i start a blog ? I'm not very good at blogging but i would like one where i don't have to say everything i do but where i can share stuff with people with similar questions as me ? Can you help ? ( You seem very knowledgeable ;P everybody is asking you stuff :D )

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      Susan Ng Yu 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Everything you wrote here makes perfect sense. Thank you for the inspiration. :)

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      You're welcome, gamergirl... thanks for reading!

      stardust ***, if you plan on sharing pure information on topics then HubPages would be a great place to start! There's a great community on this site and it won't be long before you start seeing success. But if you want to also sometimes have strictly personal blogs filled with opinions on everyday things then WordPress is a good option too.

      My pleasure, Susan Ng... glad I could inspire you!

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      Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

      Hello, Bendo, since you always answer my question promptly and clearly I come to you again. There is a new system on Google Adsense; would that concern HUbPages? If so maybe you could write a hub about it and explain it all better. Also how to change the account?

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Do you mean the new interface that they're moving over to, Hello, hello,? I just got a message about that myself and you don't have to do anything new if that's what you mean.

      It just means that when you go into AdSense it's going to look different and your reports and information will be displayed in a different way. I don't think you'll have to do anything at all; it's just a change in looks of your account.

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      sirsarac 5 years ago from Italy

      Great article!

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      Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you, Bendo, for your kindness to bother with me, computer dummie.

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      Stephanie Das 5 years ago from Miami, US

      Very true. Too often, marketers have told me not to spend more than "10 minutes apiece" on my hubs. Yet, I've found that they have the lowest scores and least amount of followers. Thanks for the refreshing advice!

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Thanks sirsarac... glad you liked it!

      That's OK Hello, hello,... things on the internet change really fast and sometimes we do end up having to revamp everything. Luckily this time you don't!

      Yeah if you focus on marketing then your content lacks all over the place, stephaniedas! I get a little disappointed when I see internet marketing "gurus" tell people to write junk articles on here for backlinks... that's probably why we got Google slapped. I hope you get some high scores and tons of followers!

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      GinaCPocan 5 years ago from Chicago

      Do what you love, love what you do, and don't let money come between you and your love. Nice piece, Thanks

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      bschnabel 5 years ago from Vermont

      Sweet advice for a noob. Thanks a bunch!

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      chrisanto 5 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you so much for that very informative and friendly advise. Yes money is not always the reason what is important is we can share and help out in our own very best.

      Thanks again and God bless you always.

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      alharo 5 years ago from Jakarta

      Agree with your useful article. Don't make blog for money, but to benefit others with your knowledge. What an insight!

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Great way to put it, GinaCPocan! Thanks for reading!

      My pleasure, bschnabel... you won't be a noob for long!

      You're welcome chrisanto... thanks for reading!

      Happy to see we think alike, alharo!

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      LucidDreams 5 years ago from St Petersburg, Florida

      I certainly agree that making your blog useful reading for others is the main objective. The money will follo if you keep a readership and provide quality information to those who need it.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Exactly LucidDreams!

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      Shahzeb Farooq 5 years ago

      do gud for others and u will obviously get the reward....

      thanx beno

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      Nada Samara 5 years ago from Gaza

      very nice hub

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Yep, Shahzeb Farooq... more people need to think like that! Thanks for reading!

      Thanks, Nada Samara... I'm glad you like it!

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      Lyrickkw 5 years ago from PHILADELPHIA

      great hub! I will post to facebook for others to share!

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      Peg Cole 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      I like this philosophy. Zig Ziglar says by helping others to get what they want you'll get what you want. Also what you said "paying attention to how people comment, you can easily pick new topics for future blog posts" is so true. It starts the thought processes churning.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Thanks for the share, Lyrickkw... I'm glad you like it!

      Zig sounds pretty smart, PegCole17! Thanks for reading; I hope you got something out of it!

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      Jess Diaz 5 years ago from Lawrenceville, Georgia

      great hub! lots of great n true advice!

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Glad you like it, Jess Diaz... thanks for reading!

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      tangoshoes 5 years ago

      After the google panda updates it is evident that good quality content is king but honestly I still think a little bit of keyword research can go a long way.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Oh definitely, tangoshoes... I also aim to target a highly trafficked, low competition keyword when I can. It helps you with that rise to the top!

      Don't ignore what you know works; but just make sure that the focus of your writing isn't purely for making money.

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      gunsock 5 years ago from South Coast of England

      Very sensible hub. Many thanks!

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Thanks gunsock... thanks for reading!

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I like to write inspirational stuff and I've been told it doesn't earn as much as other topics. But I didn't know what else to write so I went on anyway. And yes, I've been earning through google adsense and HP ads program. It does pay to focus on your passion and the money will follow. Thumbs up Bendo! Great hub!

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Glad to hear you're earning well, ripplemaker! You can make money from any topic as long as you focus on it, make it your own and make it interesting... never let someone tell you that you can't!

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      realestatebytodd 5 years ago from Northeast Pennsylvania

      New to this site and appreciate your article! Great advice!

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      loveonline 5 years ago

      Very inspirational - gonna try to put some of this to use :)

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Welcome to HubPages, realestatebytodd! Glad you got something out of my article!

      I hope you see success from it, loveonline!

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      WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

      I'm not a blogger, but your attitude and approach is good for any endeavor. As far as blogging and hubbing are concerned, let me give a sloppy quote from the book of Ecclesiastes.

      It is good for a man to grasp a thing in one hand and not let goof something else withthe other, The one who loves God will come forth wit both.

      I aqm a freelanc artist and writer. I have found you are right. When I set out simply to make money, something always seems to ruin the day before it is all over.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Yeah WD Curry 111, you can tell when people do things for money that the outcome really is lacking any personality or drive... they're just doing it to get by.

      I mean look at professional sports; they only really try hard when it comes time to make the cut for the playoffs. When it becomes more of a job than a passion then you run into problems.

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      My Digest 5 years ago

      You are an angel Bendo! I love this hub! You inspired me. Thanks!

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Thanks, My Digest... I'm glad I could be an inspiration! Thanks for reading!

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      felixkugz 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Bendo 13 hey!

      Very nice post! The way i view posts has changed after your post. I vote up!

      Cheers and keep those good posts coming!

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      Jeremiah Walton 5 years ago from New England

      Great advice! I appreciate the article and I'll keep that in mind when it comes to my book I'm publishing "Nostrovia!". Check it out on my hub and tell me what you all think of my writing!

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      Bryce 5 years ago from Northern California Coast

      Refreshing -- much better fit with how I want to work. Articles on keyword analysis give me a headache. I do commercial writing for a living -- when I write here, it has to be something I'm enthusiastic about. Thanks for providing a focus on giving value to the reader.

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      ANIL KUMAR UPADHYAY 5 years ago from INDIA, UTTAR PRADESH STATE, KANPUR CITY

      VERY HELPING HUB. FULL OF AFFECTION TO NEWLY BORN WRITERS. I STILL SEARCHING IN YOUR HUB AS TO HOW AN INTELLIGENT AND MOST ATTRACTIVE HUB MAY BE CREATED. IF YOU HAVE IDEA ABOUT THE INGREDIENTS OF SUCH HUBS, PLEASE EXPLORE AND OBLIGE THE NEW WRITERS.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Thanks, felixkugz... I'm glad I could help inspire a different mindset for you! Thanks for the vote!

      You've got quite an interesting writing style, jeremiahjpwalton! With this kind of mindset I'm sure your book will be a success... can't wait to see you get it published!

      Glad I could help, HikeGuy! HubPages will be a nice side income for you before you know and without you even trying!

      Happy I could help you out, AUPADHYAY! Feel free to keep digging through my writing; I've written a lot on how to structure your hubs. I don't really give much information on a specific layout but I give a lot of tips.

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      NewOrleansFlair 5 years ago from Louisiana

      New to the hub and really enjoyed this article. Will have to come back and read again. Very interesting!

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Welcome to HubPages, NewOrleansFlair! I'm glad you got something out of this article... thanks for reading!

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      Sparklea 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Wow! Thank you! Loved it! I am very new to Hub Pages and I've made alot of mistakes, but I hope the more I do it the more I will see improvement. I totally agree that it is so important to keep the reader in mind. I was a member of Toastmasters International for 16 years (international public speaking organization) and I was taught to always have the audience in mind, NOT myself. I've been a writer most of my life. So glad to have discovered Hub Pages and I am trying to make composing inspirational hubs a priority! YOURS WAS A MASTERPIECE. Sincerely, Sparklea - Hub newbie :)

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      xmobile 5 years ago from Hubpages, GoogleNet

      Great article. It really is hard to not do it for the money when there are bills to be paid though.

      Btw my Kid bro looked at your picture and said you look like voldemort

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      DrDuchess 5 years ago from Nowheresville

      Thanks for the Hub. Tremendous help.

      Lol at the above comment

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Thanks, Sparklea... you'll get the hang of it in no time! Welcome to HubPages and keep in mind that you want your writing to come off as a conversation with your reader, so your past experience is really going to pay off!

      Haha nice, xmobile... I guess it did a little! And true; there are always bills to be paid... but which would you rather a tiny bit of money now because you did it all for the money or a ton of money that is sprinkled into your account now and starts to snowball as you get more readers and never drops off?

      Glad I could help, DrDuchess... thanks for reading!

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      Ikeji Chinweuba 5 years ago from Nigeria

      making money is really fun..especially when the money keeps coming and coming..

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      This is true, mojefballa... but it only keeps coming if you have the right mindset!

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      kripkrip420 5 years ago from In relation to what?

      Great

      pEople are

      Never

      Ignorant and

      illUstrate

      Selflessness

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Why thank you, kripkrip420! ;) And I agree with your statement too!

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      Troppus1 5 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

      Great article - love the insight as so many other sites are focusing on how to make money with your blog while TRYING to make money.

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      b2b-sales-europe 5 years ago from Berlin, Germany

      Great insight! You are simply pointing in the right direction: making money means to serve a customer. If no one is buying (reading), there is no market.

      Sell (Write) for the benefits or to fulfill the needs of someone, they will pay and there is a market.

      We are living in a time with informational over flow. To be seen every writer has to find his community.

      As in every business a little additional marketing will help to increase making money, but marketing can't compensate for the lack of quality!

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      Facebook Apps Developer 5 years ago

      nice advice. I'll try to put it up in my blog and suggest my friends.

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      Elsie Nelson 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      Excellent advice! I will add that it takes a lot of time too. Many people expect overnight success, but it takes a while to build readership.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Yeah Troppus1, it's been said that what is popular (doing things just for money) is not always the best way to make money. Thanks for reading!

      Definitely, b2b-sales-europe... if you want to find success you have to start with quality content! All the traffic in the world can't save crummy content.

      Glad I could help, pinkish... thanks for reading!

      I hope you don't mean that you're going to try to add my content to your blog, Facebook Apps Developer? Perhaps it's just broken English, but I don't want my writing copied and posted on another site... but definitely suggest these ideas to your friends!

      Yeah a lot of people want that, wordscribe43... but with all good things, it takes a little work. The longer you stick with it, the more success you'll see!

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      LetLoveBe 5 years ago from Any Where

      Your article/essay helped me to write what was on my heart at the moment (reintegration after deployment). I usually blog about romantic love. Thank you for the inspiration to continue (even though I have yet to make money!).

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Glad I could be an inspiration, LetLoveBe! That topic seems like something a lot of people could benefit from these days... keep pumping out info like that and the money will come!

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      Eddie Carrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hey Bendo, I usually write about problems I have found solutions to. I once wrote a small 4 page blog on an indestructible mailbox because my regular mailbox became batting practice every other weekend. I know a lot of people have the same problem, that's why I wrote the blog, not intending on anyone even reading it, but I figured if someone did find my blog, I could point them in it right direction. Now I make money with adsense and Amazon, go figure:) it's funny, if you search indestructible mailbox, my blog comes up, and I just wanted to help people, I wrote from the heart and it pays off :) great hub, good advice, voted up.

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      plikwatulimo 5 years ago from trenggalek

      wow....this is good opinion. So, iwantto try it.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      That's a great example, eddiecarrara! And it kind of gives others an idea on how they could come up with topics... just think of things you recently learned how to do or something you used to solve a problem yourself and write about it. Chances are you're not the only one with the same problem! Thanks for the vote!

      Thanks, plikwatulimo... I hope you find success with it!

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      Dale Mazurek 5 years ago from Canada

      This hub and theory makes a lot of sense. Just keep on blogging and dont even pay attention and before you know it the money will start coming. Very well written hub

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      My thoughts exactly, Dale! Thanks for reading!

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      FaithDream 5 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Great article. Written with such common sense and purpose. Enjoyed reading your topic. Thanks for sharing.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      I'm glad you liked it, FaithDream... thanks for reading!

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      lender3212000 5 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

      That is true, great content will attract readers and income as well!

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Glad you agree, lender3212000... thanks for reading!

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      revortay1 5 years ago from PA

      This is a very good hub! I must say I have visited this quite a few times and I can't quite know why. All very good information and a great way of thinking about blogging

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      Chad Young 5 years ago from Corona, CA

      Great hub! I was once told if you want to make money online to take your most valuable knowledge and then give it away for free. This is so true and your hub is right on the mark.

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      Firstiwe 5 years ago

      It is really worth trying to think about readers first, and if they like your blog, then monetizing it is not a huge problem.

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      Hubertsvoice 5 years ago

      Bendo, thank you for your article it's great. I am retired with a good income. I started writing because I have a lot to say. Even though I have a lot so say I have been researching how and when to say things and when and where to post them. I have the time to do this, some do not. I would encourage those who do not have the time to do both research and preparation while blogging to research and prepare first.

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      lazko 5 years ago from the Earth

      Interesting point of view Bendo13! One of my blogs gained PR2 a couple of months after i stopped my monetizing attempts, i.e. i stopped writing, promoting and linking. After i wrote so much content i told my self "stop mate, give it some time". And it worked. Sometimes doing nothing is better than doing everything :).

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      I hope you get something new from it each time, revortay1... thanks for reading!

      The more you give the more you get, cyoung35... that was some good advice you were given!

      Exactly, Firstiwe... it's the best way to approach it!

      True, Hubertsvoice... a little research can go a long way. But everyone finds the perfect groove for themselves eventually. I didn't research the "when" to post this or "how" to (that came with practice) but I knew the "where"... HubPages needed a post like this (the "what") and that took care of the "who" too... I didn't think it'd be such a huge success but you all proved to me that it's the kind of content you want!

      That's very true, lazko... with how fast things move online we sometimes think it'll happen for us just as quick. But building a following and a steady flow of traffic can take some time... you just have to stick with it, take breaks when you feel a little burnt out and just let search engines like Google have a little time to see all the activity going on.

      No problem, Earn4free... sometimes we need reminded of the common things!

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      Kawaljit kaur 5 years ago from JALANDHAR, Punjab (India)

      Good advice. I am sure it works. Thanks

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      Eight8Consulting 5 years ago from United States

      nice one.....really loved it :)

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Glad you two liked it, Kawaljit kaur and Eight8Consulting... thanks for reading!

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      Hashirraja 5 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

      Great!!

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Thanks, Hashirraja... glad you liked it!

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      Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Love the advise. I just started a new blog and am trying to do what you have suggested. I love to check out people's blogs, about home projects, crafts, and the like. I am trying to create something that I myself would like to see. But am a bit lazy.

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      Moira Durano-Abesmo 5 years ago from Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines

      A very beautiful hub! Kudos!

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      Bandar F 5 years ago from Dammam

      Good post, thanks for sharing, i learned alot :)

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      francismalz 5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Thanks for the advice. Very inspiring. Keep it up

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      Gloria 5 years ago from France

      Hi Bendo, Keep coming back to this hub and find a different answer each time. I only hope one day I can make it flow like you do and help others too.

      Thanks.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      That's a great way to go about it, Dolores Monet... if you would come to your blog and read it yourself then others probably would too! Just watch the results and see what gets the most attention... and then set a schedule for yourself... maybe post once a week so it's not overwhelming.

      Thanks, MoiraCrochets... I'm glad you like it!

      I'm glad to hear that, eslob... thanks for reading!

      No problem, francismalz... I'm happy to help people along the way!

      Glad to see you're back, Gloshei! There's a lot of content in there and even more in the comments, but hopefully you can piece it all together! Your readers will be different than mine, depending on where you write and what you write on, so your best bet is to get to know them as much as possible.

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      vperry 5 years ago

      Great share! Thanks. Worth trying, for sure!

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      breakingnews 5 years ago from Pakistan

      oh my God, whats this

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      pedrn44 5 years ago from New Berlin Wisconsin

      Great advice, Bendo. Thanks for sharing. Hopefully I can make it work for me.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Thanks, vperry... let me know how it works out for you!

      It's a long article, breakingnews... gasp! haha

      I'm sure you can, pedrn44... just stick with it!

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      Jason Poquette 5 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      I have personally found this to be true Bendo. Great points. Voted up.

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      trich36 5 years ago

      Thanks for the great advice man.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Thanks for the vot, pharmacist... I'm glad you've seen success from a similar philosophy!

      No problem, trich36... thanks for reading!

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      MaxFueled 5 years ago from , Fort Worth, Texas

      It's amazing how something so simple can be right in front of us, yet be so easly overlooked! Thanks for the valuable tip Bendo13....I will put it to use.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      My pleasure, MaxFueled... I hope it brings you success!

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      Jennifer Vasconcelos 5 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

      Excellent Advice!

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      socialninjastx 5 years ago from Conroe, Tx

      So true. Do it because you want to and you will achieve greater success than doing it for money.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Glad you got something out of it, Jlava73!

      Exactly, socialninjastx... thanks for reading!

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      samer1 5 years ago from egypt

      good content

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Thanks, samer1.. thanks for reading!

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Hi Bendo13 you are right and thankfully my head is now in the right place. Thanks I owe you one. I have embraced to 21st century.

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      No problem, molometer... I hope you start seeing great success from your posts!

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      Ben Guinter 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Yes MsKejci, I make money through my HubPages hubs and from a handful of different blogs in different niches, outside of HubPages.

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      Gloria 5 years ago from France

      Hi Bendo13, what a brilliant hub. I can see what you mean about writing a hub not just for the money. I will hold my hands up for that one, especially when I first started but I don't now. I love doing it and making new friends. If I earn it will be a bonus.

      It is a lot of reading so it is bookmarked for me to refer to. Thank you.

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      transcriptionven 5 years ago from 821 N. Mantel Ln. Santa Ana, CA 92701

      Fabulous post Bendo13. Quite useful and helpful details. Keep it up.

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      Karen Creftor 5 years ago from Kent, UK

      Very useful hub thanks! *voted up*

      ~Kaz x

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Reading this hub is the best thing I could have done for myself today; I have been feeling down of late because I don't feel like my hubs are "commercial enough" and I'm not reaching enough people. This gave me the shot of confidence I needed to keep on keeping on with what I am doing, which is writing hubs that I feel might help others. Thank you for this!

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      ShaamCA 4 years ago from India

      Great information ..this hub is really very useful ...Thanks for the useful tips and advice

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      Barbara Kay Badder 4 years ago from USA

      Inspiring! I've always done the website thing. Maybe I'll try a blog.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I really have to work on my blog I have totally neglected it thanks for your valuable points

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 4 years ago from Pune, India

      Great tips for new bloggers, thank you for sharing them.

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      Tricia1000 4 years ago from South Africa

      I enjoyed reading thank you. This is an interesting perspective to adopt when you have a blog.

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      Brett Caulton 4 years ago from Thailand

      Good advice!! Providing value to your readers is one of the most important things with online writing. Helping others is also a great feeling, and if you make money from doing it ... well, life is just darn good!

      Sharing with followers, pinned to 'Awesome Hubpages' shared board (if you are on Pinterest, let me know on my hub and I'll add you to the group), up, useful and awesome.

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      Lauryallan 4 years ago

      So true, so many people start a blog or writing on HP for the money. When it doesn't work straightaway, it gets dull or boring and they disappear.

      I was like that in the beginning and then I decided to write about what I like to watch and share some of the things I have learnt on HP. It's turned my account around and it makes it easier to write.

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      I fully agree with this. When I read blogs that have turned commercial, I stop following them, because they are no longer fun to read.

      My daughter had a play once in school. Since they did not have a big auditorium, they managed to get some space in a church, but the church insisted that we could not sell tickets or sell the bake sale food we had. We could only ask for donations. The drama teacher was incredibly surprised at how much more she received when it was voluntary. Voted up.

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      Dee aka Nonna 4 years ago

      Excellent! Excellent! Excellent! Thank you for sharing.

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      Free2writ3 4 years ago from Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania

      Great hub....Thanks for sharing.

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      Claude Clements 4 years ago from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

      I couldn't agree more. I could see a turn in my comments once i started being more concerned with my content instead of traffic.

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      giopski 4 years ago from Oakland, California

      It is indeed so hard to write a blog at hubpages not thinking about money since right from the beginning we sign up in order to earn even for a very small amount (at least when starting). I like the idea of blogging in order to benefit other people. At times, we are too caught up at how much we could earn and so write blogs motivated by it. But when we write to benefit OTHER people? That's truly priceless!

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      Natural World 4 years ago from Oklahoma 2012

      Voted up, useful and interesting! Thanks. Informative.

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      roc6 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Thanks for reminding me to focus on serving others, how you can help people on your blog.

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 4 years ago from Fontana

      It seems like commong sense; however, most of us don't really think of it that way. We have to think about what expertise we have to offer that other people want.

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      khmohsin 4 years ago from London,UK

      Bendo13,

      The ways to make money online always inspired me more and more. I am happy to see your post. you had said that write for the benefit of others not for making money. Exactly it will turn over a lot rather than to work for making money. thanks for sharing your idea.

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      Lolita 4 years ago from The tiniest state in the union.

      Indeed, Thanks for sharing.

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      alyne 4 years ago

      very basic advise but true, but sometimes its hard to focus on what you want or what other needs.

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      Steve West 4 years ago from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

      As a new hubber I am finding there are so many things I didn't know about this whole online writing for money thing. Do you write to people or search engines? Should I write horror stories or how-to's? Should I be concerned about grammar, spelling, and punctuation? I guess if it were easy everyone would be doing it, however it is not easy. You actually do need to be a good writer. I truly would like to make a career out of writing; it fits my idea of a perfect job. How do I make it work?

      I have been looking at ways to help other people who come to my page and after reading this hub I feel it is the right way to go. Helping others is what I will focus my future hub efforts on. Thank for the good advice. I enjoyed reading your article. If you get a chance look at my page, I would love some constructive criticism from someone who obviously has it figured out pretty well.

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      Ben Guinter 4 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Hey Steve,

      I would say that you should write for the people first and then, after you finish writing your post, come back and make really tiny edits so that it's SEO friendly. Your writing will come out a lot better that way.

      And if your horror stories are getting a ton of traffic, then stick with it! If your how-to style posts are getting more of the traffic, then stick to that. The people want what the people want, and some people are just better at certain styles of writing. So, let your stats tell you what you should stick to writing about, but ALWAYS check your grammar, spelling and punctuation.

      So, keep an eye out for which posts people seem to like the most, stick to that style of writing and just keep at it. You can only fail if you quit!

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      Dr Franklin Rafa 4 years ago from London uk / Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia

      there are so many ways to make money , if you have any problems with money you can email me , note: i only help people to cast different kinds of indian spells , if you want to know more about me you can visit my profile thank you , email ;franklin.rafa@yahoo.com

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      Dori Ball 4 years ago from Safety Harbor, Florida

      Thank you for reminding me why I started writing in the first place...

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      jhorar 4 years ago

      I want to make money through blogs. I want the information: ramesh_jhorar@yahoo.com

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      Dr Franklin Rafa 4 years ago from London uk / Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia

      i wonder why people ask every day how can i make money ? here comes the answer to your question ,money can be made in so many different ways ,so it's only left for you to make your choice and know which way to follow , if there is anybody here who is interested in any kinds of magic and wicca spells including the money spell which i just upgraded last month should email me , i will be able to direct and guide you on how to cast and make use of your my special spells ..thank you franklin.rafa@yahoo.com..

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      vijaya kumar 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      wow! awesome hub which i haven't read before. i agree with your point don't start a blog just for making money online instead write an article which helps the readers and what readers excepts the money comes at the back of your blog..

      "so if you want to make money write an article which helps reader and they return you as money"

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