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6 Best Reasons to Join HubPages - Why Should I Join HubPages?

Updated on December 23, 2014

Why join HubPages?

There are many reasons for writers to join HubPages. Although many writers—including me—initially look to HubPages as a way to make money with our writing, it is really much, much more. Building residual income may be the first reason aspiring writers join, but it is not the only, and, arguably, not the best reason to join HubPages.

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1. You Can Build Residual Income on HubPages

Yes, everybody signs up to earn income on HubPages. Even though it starts as pennies, there are promises—and actual success stories on HubPages—that residual income will really happen. HubPages does showcase success stories, and I have heard personally from writers who do make at least several hundreds of dollars of passive income per month. Others profess to make much more than that. Sure, it takes a lot of work, but success is attainable.

2. You Can Learn from Other Writers' Work

To stay involved in HubPages, it is important to read other writers’ hubs. To some, this may seem like a chore, and that may be the case when a hubber is really busy with other things, but your involvement with other writers in HubPages is essential to your success. Knowing other hubbers gets readership to your own work. And it's important to look at all these different writers and their unique work.

Reading others' work is a great way to know what to write about and how to write it. We can learn a lot from what other writers are interested in and how they attract readers. I also enjoy learning different writing styles from other hubbers--especially those that use lots of humor in their hubs. That's something I personally want to work on. Reading other writers' work can definitely inspire your own writing.

3. You Will Learn about Online Writing

Learning about online writing is important, as the wave of the future seems to be moving online. Writers have more opportunities online than they used to, and perhaps even more than what they would have in print. HubPages offers a great opportunity to be able to publish articles (or hubs) online.

Since I've been writing online, I've learned about SEO (still learning!) and how to try to bring more traffic to my hubs. I've learned about backlinking and how to link to other sites. I'm learning that using referral trackers can bring even additional traffic to my articles. I'm learning about all kinds of writing and sharing websites, such as Digg, StumbleUpon, Delicious, Reddit, Pinterest, and more! There is so much to learn about writing online, and, as it appears to be the wave of the future for writers, it's good for writers to embrace it and learn as much as we can. There is so much to learn here on HubPages. And it's a free service!

4. You Will Get Feedback and Support from Other Writers

It is a wonderful feeling to get your first comment on your first hub on HubPages. After joining, writers follow other writers they find interesting, and writers continue to publish hubs. Writers give each other support and feedback, which is enough to make one giddy. A lasting effect is definitely the self-esteem imparted to the new writer. Getting involved in a supportive community of writers is one of the greatest perks at HubPages.

5. You Will Be Able to Build Your Writing Platform

When you think that your hubs aren’t earning enough, think about residual income, about learning from other writers, about the wonderful community you’re in, but also think about this: you are building a portfolio of articles for yourself that you may otherwise not have done. Just being a part of HubPages is enough to put some needed pressure on writers to write. You feel like you need to contribute, so you write more than you normally would. And what you write will probably gain some online popularity over time, bringing you more traffic, money, and notoriety.

You are building a name for yourself. And if you ever want to unpublish your hubs to publish elsewhere, you can. Who knows when all your poems, your recipes, your stories, your tips on raising pets, or other niches will evolve into a published book?

6. A Major HubPages Bonus: Meet New Friends!

On HubPages, you meet a lot of friends in your community of writers. These friends will not only read your hubs and give you feedback, but they are also wonderful to offer advice and support. And who knows? Perhaps a future bonus will be meeting them one day face-to-face. Or maybe getting a complimentary copy of their books in the future, along with the proof that you knew them when….

HubPages is an enjoyable endeavor, if nothing else. If you've been here any length of time at all, you know that. Keep the benefits in mind, and, in the meantime, write and read. Keep on hubbing!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Exactly, Sherman! HubPages is a great place to showcase your work!

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      Blake Sherman 5 years ago from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

      "you are building a portfolio of articles for yourself that you may otherwise not have done" - I agree with that. I may never make a dime here, but it allows a place for me to put some work and to see others as well.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, mandarmk9! I appreciate that. Hope you're doing well here at HP!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      jasmith--There are so many things to enjoy about HubPages. Thanks for the input!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      CZCZCZ--You're right! I plan on staying here and writing for a long time, too!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      iefox5--You're exactly right! It's awesome!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Lot Rillera--I'm glad your friend introduced you to HubPages. It IS a wonderful, supportive place to write. It's a great place. Thanks for the votes!

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      Mandar Karandikar 5 years ago from Ratlam, India

      Yep. Hubpages is the ultimate site. It has a great community, and all of us enjoy being a part of it. Keep up the good work. Well done.

      :) Mandar

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      Adrian Smith 5 years ago from UK

      Well put! I write here to build residual income but definitely agree with the other points and enjoy the sense of community and support.

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      CZCZCZ 5 years ago from Oregon

      I agree, hubpages is a great place to write and become a better online writer. I have enjoyed my time her at hubpages and plan on writing many more hubs in the future.

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      iefox5 5 years ago

      Hubpages is sure a good platform for writers. They can post their original creations here and make money at the same time.

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      Lot Rillera 5 years ago from Philippines

      Great hubs Vics, I like #'s 1 and 6. Meeting New Friends !

      It is overwhelming for friends who are always supportive in reading our work and leaving with a nice comment. Hubpages was introduced to me by my friend, and I'm glad that I joined this community, because I found and met new people here, and they are so kind. Great hubs and voted up ! Lot

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Lucky Cats Kathy! You were one of the first people I met--and so encouraging. I'm glad you are back and hope to see more of you--and your wonderful, rescued cats. (That's actually something I want to do more of when I have the opportunity!) Thanks for your compliments on my writing. I do feel, too, that I have grown over the near year that I've been here. I'm glad you see that--that is so cool! Thanks so much, and welcome back!

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      Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      hey Victoria! Well done and great reasons for being a member/writer on HP's. It's been a joy, a learning experience, an eye opener, a source of new and wonderful friends, and so much more. When time allows; I know I'll find the time to participate more as I used to months and months ago....I really don't like missing so much. Your writing is so great and you have grown so much since I first read your writing...and , as evidenced by your many, loyal followers, your talent and compelling hubs draw readers to you. Yea! UP Useful, Interesting, Awesome and Cool!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thank you, LaurenEC! AFter all this time and comments, you're the first who has pointed out the 3 p's! I'm a grammar perfectionist, so I'm very glad you pointed it out. I fixed it!

      Glad to meet another English major. You're right in that HubPages gives good experience and practice besides being lots of fun. Thanks for all the input!

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      LaurenEC 5 years ago

      (First off, I thought I would mention that *4. Getting Feedback and Suppport from Other Writers* has 3p's in Support. I wasn't sure whether this was intentional or not, but I thought I would mention it just in case.)

      This was really interesting for me. I've recently joined for several of these reasons. The money sounds like an excellent perk. I'm an English major, so it's another way for me to gain experience for future employment and to practice my writing. Plus, I just think it's fun!

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      glorgeousmom--Hello to the Philippines! I'm so glad my hubs are useful. That makes me happy. Welcome to HubPages. It's a great place to be. I hope you do really well!

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      Glo L Bernadas 5 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Victoria, greetings from the Philippines. I'm a writer and hubber in progress, and I find your hubs very useful in my journey as a newbie writer and hubber. Thank you. Voted up.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Living Well now--Glad you're inspired! Hope it goes well for you here at HubPages!

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      Living Well Now 5 years ago from Near Indianapolis

      Hi Victoria -- Hubs like this are both entertaining and informative for hubber newbies like myself. I've been here less than 2 weeks, and I'm inspired by what you've accomplished in 10 months. Best of luck to you!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      weestro--I'm still learning the SEO thing, too. There is always so much to learn. Glad you liked this one!

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      Pete Fanning 5 years ago from Virginia

      Great job with this one Victoria...I learn something new almost everyday here....although I'm still clueless on the SEO thing. voted up and awesome!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Hi again, Sunshine. I do see your first comment on my end. It's the second comment ever made. Can you see it?? Thanks for stopping by a second time! :-)

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      That's so weird...I knew I commented on this hub. I see your response to me, yet I can't see my comment to you. This is a first. Hmmm? Anyway...I'm here again!:)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Hi, Steve! Welcome to HubPages. Sharing ideas and networking with other writers IS one of the best things about HubPages, I think! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Steve Wright 5 years ago from Norwich, England

      Hey Victoria, this is a great hub and these are all wonderful reasons to join and become an active member of hubpages. I have only really been active for the past few months but have really enjoyed the experience and it is great to be able to share ideas with likeminded people. Keep up the good work. Steve

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Peggy--Glad you came here. Yea for Vinaya! Didn't he do some great interviews??? Thanks for the "all of the above" vote. That is definitely something HubPages needs to add. Thanks for dropping by!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Victoria,

      Vinaya's interview of you is what led me here. As to your hub...you have given excellent reasons for writers to join HubPages. In the poll, I would have clicked "all of the above" had it been available. Voted up and useful.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Yes, billjordan--HubPages is a VERY interesting place! :-)

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      Billjordan 5 years ago from Houston

      This was a good read Hub=pages is an interesting place.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Great to hear, mkbee, that my hubs are helpful. I hope you have a great time on HubPages. Learn as you go!

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      mkbee 5 years ago

      Great information. As a new hubber I have a lot to learn, and your hubs have been a great place to start. Thanks!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Maddie. Glad you liked that. I love HubPages!

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      Maddie Ruud 5 years ago from Oakland, CA

      I love how you highlight the community, and the benefits of writing within one like HubPages.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Jessi! I'm honored that you're bookmarking this one. You have so many great hubs yourself on how to be successful with online writing. I need to read more of them!!!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      JKenny! Yes, it's a delightful surprise to find it's so much more. I wonder if other sites are as friendly? Thanks for reading--and the votes! Glad you're enjoying HubPages.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      The Stages Of ME--I love what you said. HubPages has been a blessing to me, as well.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, this is great and oh so true! the funny thing is that I never realised how much I learned from reading other peoples hubs until a quiz comes on TV, then I am on a roll! haha! its amazing what your brain takes in! and of course all the great people on here too! voted up! cheers nell

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      grinnin1--Hubbers are the best; you are right about that! And so right on with your comments. Thanks!

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      Jessica Rangel 5 years ago from Lancaster, CA

      Amazing Hub! I never quite thought about why I wanted to write for Hubpages until now. I love writing period, but with Hubpages, I have found freedom unlike no other. I've been writing for websites such as Helium, Writersbay, Yahoo content. The money is good (when I work) but hubpages is different..

      Great Hub! I'm bookmarking it!

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      James Kenny 5 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Hi Victoria. I must admit that when I first stumbled on this website, the thought that I could make money from writing about what I'm passionate was too much to resist. However, after two months, I've found that hubpages is so much more, this is probably the friendliest place you could possibly go on the Internet. Best decision I've ever made. Thank you and voted up etc.

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      The Stages Of ME 5 years ago

      I am so blessed to have found Hub pages at the encouragement of another author. Yes I have written a small inspirational book and that has been a wonderful ministry for me. Hub is different for me in so many ways, here I have found a healing and enjoyable outlet in my writing. I am not pressured to do it in a timely manner. It flows as life and experiences and moments occur. It is so nice to read others work and be able to share and learn together. The diversity is so amazing. I have shared with others the excitement of allowing your thoughts to flow and also communicate with others of similar interest. It is also very interesting and educational to learn others opinions and gain knowledge in areas I did not even realize may interest me. I have found myself encouraging others to use this tool for their own writing. I enjoy the people and their strong passion for writing and sharing. Hubs has been a blessing to my life ~

      Just sayin! Have a fabulous day Blessing

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      grinnin1 5 years ago from st louis,mo

      Great hub and very insightful. Hubpages does start as an income idea, then grows on you, and becomes a part of your life. I love the inspiration, the different perspectives, the motivation and the challenge of hubpages. Hubbers are the best! Thanks for a great hub-

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Great, wwolfs! Glad the tips are useful for you! :-)

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      wwolfs 5 years ago

      Great hub! Very informative and useful tips. Especially, for everyone new or those who haven't been here that long.

      Voted useful!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      You're a blessing, too, lord. Too all of us at HubPages. You keep 'em coming, too! :-)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, donnaisabella. I hope you reach your dreams soon!

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Yes friend...glad to have friends like you and all at HP. You really are a blessing for us...your friends. Keep those hubs coming.

      LORD

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I hear you, Alladream! so much to learn from other writers. Thanks!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      teaches--Lots of bonuses to joining HubPages, huh? Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Donaisabella 5 years ago from Fort Myers

      Thanks Vicki for writing this, it will definitely come in useful to new hubbers and even some older ones. A friend invited me to read her work here on hubpages, she did not know how deep I was into writing. When I realized what hubpages was all about I could not believe the blessing it was because I have been writing since I was 9 years old. I hope to publish a novel sooner than later, but I am moving into full gear in writing because that is my main calling and money comes second. If I work well and give the world what I should, I am certain beyond reasonable doubt that I will be repaid in full!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Me, too, randomcreative! I concur. Exactly!!!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Lord, I know you're around, too, and I'm glad you are. I hope to see you around for a long time, and I'm looking forward to the day that you get a puppy as cute as mine. No better buddy. He's my number one pal. Can't imagine having 4, like AEvans, but perhaps the more the merrier, huh? I'm glad you're around, Lord. Don't go far! Thanks for the heart-warming comments!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Audrey--Thanks!

      KarenHellier--Glad you think the info is good. And thanks for the vote! You're welcome, too!

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      Victor Mavedzenge 5 years ago from Oakland, California

      Hey Vicki. Great hub,just made me reflect on why I joined hubpages in the first place. I was looking for another source of income but that has now become second rate as I enjoy meeting other writers and learning from them.Great hub

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Awesome, Fullerman! I hope more new hubbers do read this...or those who are thinking about joining. I do think it would be helpful. Thanks for the votes.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I joined hubpages to polish my writing skill and enjoy the challenge. The bonus is that I have met some really wonderful people and read some really great hubs. I have to admit the possibility of earning an income over time is another good reason to join. Voted up!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, rebeccamealey, for the comment, vote and share. I do hope this hub to be helpful!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Wesman, thanks for reading my hub! And thanks for the great advice. I am thinking about looking into more baskets!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Exactly right, rob_ allen! I findit interesting that your boss wanted you to join! :-)

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Great reasons, Victoria! I agree with all of your points here. I joined initially for the money, but like many here, I have also stayed because of the community. I love being part of such a friendly, talented group of writers.

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Victoria, glad to see you becoming so successful! Sorry if I didn't come around that much. But I know you were around us. This hub is...as I see it, written from your heart and well deserves consideration and I applaud your words. So many of us started with just a mind, these fingers and our ownself. This journey has been therapeutical for me and for so many. We hope to see Vicky Hodge for a long time. Will be your fault if I get a Puppy like yours... no seriously! Animals are better companion than any one of us. AEvans has 4, so 1 won't hurt. Thanks for being a wonderful woman and a fellow writer, whom I'm learning a lot.

      LORD

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      alocsin--Well, when I see more money, I may see that as the best part, too. haha. For now, I'm hanging on to the other reasons. haha. Thanks for the votes!

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      This was a wonderful Hub filled with good information. Thank you! Voted up!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Vinaya--glad you could relate! Glad you're here. Thanks for the comments!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      So true, Curiad! Thanks for reading and voting!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Great hub!

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      Ryan Fuller 5 years ago from Louisiana, USA

      this is very good advice. I think it should be read by more people who are thinking about joining. Great work. voted useful and up.

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This was an inspirational Hub for any Hubber, and a good review for potential new ones! Great job, thanks!Voted up and shared!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      missolive--I didn't have any idea, either, that I would make friends. I was just looking for a place to write and try to earn money. It's been a great experience. I look forward to seeing all the comments, too. Thanks so much, girl! :-)

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      I definitely think this is the BEST site for self publishing, but I also think that anyone who's spending a lot of time here should also be branching out some.

      For instance - you can join the other similar sites, and link to them from hubpages, strengthening the whole of your work.

      I've been on blogger and info barrel for a long long time, and those are both great sites -and each has it's pluses and minuses - but having eggs in more baskets is best.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Glad you agree with the tips, Ruchira! And thanks for the votes!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I agree, Sunshine, with several things! The online home, a platform for advocacy for causes, stress therapy. It IS cool meeting people from all over the world. And, yeah, you found the grammar geek. :-) Great comments. Thanks!

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      rob_allen 5 years ago from MNL, PH

      I joined Hubpages because my boss tasked me to do so. He thought that it will increase our dwindling leads that moment. It's been almost a year, I am no longer working for my boss but I am still here.

      BTW, all your points are true. But me, I stayed here because I want to learn more about online writing and SEO.I agree, you shouldn't join HP if you just want residual income. HP is a great community where people of the same interest mingle with each other. Thus, it involves participation by following others, asking and answering questions, joining forums and more.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Well, I like the money part the best. But the other reasons are just as valid. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      All the points are very true. I came to hubpages because of point number 2. I'm on hubpages because of point number 3. I'll be hanging around here because of point number 5.

      Thanks for sharing this useful and informative article.

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      Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Awesome Hub Victoria, Thank you for the tips! It is true that the learning from other writers and the friendships are great!

      Voted up.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      Victoria Lynn - great hub Vicki! I have to agree with cclitgirl. I joined for the opportunity to write and earn additional income. I love everything on your numbered list - #6 certainly took me by surprise - a pleasant surprise. I never expected to gain a circle of awesome friends and fun writing companions. I do not regret signing up. Your hub is interesting and helpful to those that are considering HP. I look forward to seeing the various responses on this comment thread.

      great job - voted up

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Love it Vicki!

      They are awesome tips to join hubpages and I agree 100% on them :)

      voted up with awesome, useful, interesting!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I agree, cclitgirl, with your comment about meeting people making you want to delve in more! And it is like an online home. Great comment. And thanks for the comment about the writing! Makes me feel good. :-)

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I joined for a writing platform to voice my advocacy for causes I strongly believe in. I also joined for stress therapy. I never imagined I would meet so many awesome people from around the world...I did and I am extremely thankful. If I didn't join I probably never would have met my favorite grammar geek:)

      I really like Cyndi's comment about HP being an online home!!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      I love this, Vicki! Sure, I joined for the income potential, but when I started meeting so many neat, interesting people, I wanted to delve in even more. Great hub and beautifully written. HP is like an online home. :)