100 Hubs = Happiness
I have finally reached my goal of writing 100 hubs on the Hubpages website. Whoo hoo, yippee and all that good stuff. I am grinning from ear to ear...can you tell? I had wanted to reach the goal of 100 hubs ten days ago, but I missed the date. I had started the 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge with some other hubbers, and some of us made it to 30, and some of us did not. Had I made it back on July 14th, I would have had 100 hubs then. But alas, I only made it to 25, which meant 95 hubs. It took me another eight days to write five more hubs, which brought me to that magical number of 100 hubs!!!
Even though I didn't quite make my goal on time, I have made it, and I can't tell you how happy I am to have reached 100 hubs. Maybe I am even happier now that I have had to struggle through the last 5! That is a huge milestone for me. I have been a member of HubPages for six months and ten days now. When I first started, 100 hubs seemed so very far away. I thought maybe I could hit 100 hubs at the end of a year.I am having so much fun on Hub Pages that I just wanted to share some tips with newer hubbers that may help your journey to 100 hubs go a bit smoother.
Here are a few tidbits of information that have helped me reach my goal in half that time:
1) Do Your Homework
I hadn't even been a member of HubPages for very long when I came across the 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge.I am a real goal setter and love a good challenge. I decided to join the challenge because I didn't have many hubs, and that would motivate me to write a lot of hubs quickly. But I didn't understand the rules or how to go about it. So I did my homework. I searched the HubPages search bar for "30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge". There certainly are a lot of HubPages writers who have participated in this because I found a lot of hubs about it. I also went to the Learning Center and was overwhelmed with all the information there. Getting overwhelmed was not helping me to write more hubs, so I wrote when I could, and when I only had a few minutes to be on the HubPages site, or the words to the next hub weren't quite in my brain yet, I read as much as I could in the Learning Center. And I learned a lot. I learned about SEO optimization, the importance of writing a summary from my hubs, of linking them, and of promoting them. I am still working on the SEO optimization, but the other tips have helped me immensely.
2) Challenge Yourself
Have a goal and try to reach it. Whether you try a challenge such as 30 Hubs in 30 Days, or 10 Hubs in 10 Days (thanks for inviting me to join that one prospectboy!), keep setting goals for yourself, and try your hardest to reach them. If you don't quite make the number of hubs you were trying for, take heart in knowing that you have written more than if you hadn't challenged yourself to complete that goal.
3) Connect With Other Hubbers
If you find a hubber who writes about topics you truly enjoy, follow them, and leave some fan mail about what you like about their writing. I have met two great writing friends on here who have been very encouraging to me. And their encouragement has helped me continue to write.Thanks so much SusieQ42 and NYBride! I have also learned about other writing sites from both of them and have recently joined Textbroker.com and am earning a small amount of money from them as well as Hubpages, so connecting with other hubbers will add helpful experiences to your life.
4) Leave Comments
Leaving comments encourages other hubbers and helps them feel that someone else appreciated their hard work, or that they bared their soul and that was met with appreciation. It also may send the hub author to your profile because then two of you have some things in common, and you may find that you receive more followers that way. And when you meet people like billybuc, a hubber who really pays attention and gives great feedback, connecting with other hubbers will be a bright spot in your day. And also writes great hubs of his own, and many of them I might add!
5) Read Comments
I have found some very interesting and talented hubbers to follow by reading the comments left on someone else's hub. It's as though a friend has introduced me to their friend, and we find out we have a lot in common and go on connected as followers of each other from there. It's a great way to find new hubs that interest you that you may not have ever read if you hadn't liked their comments or writing style within their comment.
6) Start Hubs When the Moment is Right
Unless you are in a real time crunch because you are in a 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge, or for the really brave, the 100 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge, don't feel stressed that you have to write a hub every time you sit down at your computer. Some days I started a hub, then decided the words weren't flowing right, so saved it for another day. I would often look up other subjects I wanted to read about on HubPages and found new hubs and new hubbers to inspire my life. I also sometimes used that time to learn more about SEO optimizations, or fine-tuning my hubs, etc. so it was time well spent. The next time I logged onto the computer, I was often ready to go and would finish the hub I had previously started.
7) Keep Lists of New Hub Ideas
Whether you keep lists in a notebook by your computer, or by your bed for those late at night ideas that pop into your head before you drift off to sleep, definitely write them down. You'll have an ongoing list of ideas to write about. I often think of a title and start a hub with that title, and let it gel for a few days before I continue. This gives the hub a chance to get a higher score so when you actually publish it; it may start with a score of 70 rather than 52. This gains your hub more respects and more interest with readers.
8) Write About What You Love
Writing about what you love will help the words to flow easier. Pick subjects that excite you, and that you can talk about forever. Then start writing. Using the same subject, you can write hubs about How to..., or 10 Tips that will help you... Let's take fly fishing for instance. If you love to fly fish, you can write a hub about 'How to Fly Fish" and another one about "10 top Tips to Help you Fly Fish". The you can follow that up with "Best Places to Fly Fish", etc. So, using one topic, you already have the beginnings of 3 hubs which should be fun to write because you love to do it already so sharing the information with others makes it enjoyable for you..
9) Write About What You Know
Maybe you have some information that you know because you do it at work every day. Maybe it's not something you love to do, but since you have so much knowledge about it, the hub will often write itself. At my last job, I taught high school students how to apply for jobs, and how to have a good job interview. I also helped them find scholarships to apply to for college. All these subjects were easy tow rite hubs about because it was second nature to me. There's a hubber on here named Robhampton who has been in the pool business for 15 years and is apparently doing very well on HubPages writing a lot of articles about pools. So, think about all the subjects you know about, and you will have a whole new set of hubs.
10) Don't Stop Writing
I would say the most important thing to remember on Hub ages is don't stop writing. When I first joined the HubPages Ad Program, in mid-March, I wasn't making much money. I had been on HubPages for two months and finally figured out how to set up the HubPages Ad Program. In my first month using that program, I made $13.75. I quit my job in June because I need more flexibility in my life, and I am hoping that someday I can make a living online like my fellow hubber NYBride. She is a huge encouragement to me because she writes from home and makes her income that way. Someday I hope to follow in her footsteps. Now that I have been on the Hub Pages Ad Program for four months, I have more than doubled my monthly income here at HubPages. Okay, now if you can multiply $13.75 times 2, and add a few dollars, you are probably wondering how I am going to survive on approximately $30 per month. I am not, but I can see the figures increasing each month, as I write and promote more hubs and that is exciting to me. The reason they are increasing though is because I continue to write hubs. And each hub I write brings in more views, and more cents are racking up with each new hub I write. So never stop writing those hubs because the more you write, and the more you promote your work and do the steps above, the better writer you will become, the more friends you will have made on HubPages. And if you want to make money, more hubs will equal more money.
I have completed the 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge twice now in 6 months. I have completed the 10 Hubs in 10 Days Challenge once. I enjoyed every challenge, but for now, have a goal of writing four hubs per week. If I continue to do that, I will have completed another 104 hubs by the time I hit my one year anniversary, and be beyond 200 Hubs. Now that will be a reason to celebrate! And of course, to write another hub! When I click on the "publish now" button, I will be at 101 hubs, and on my way to 200! Good luck to all of you out there. I hope you all reach your own goals with Hubpages.
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