8 Short Tips For People New To Content Sites Like Hubpages - How To Succeed Online
First of all if you are new to HubPages welcome!
There are more and more sites that are paying people for the content that they post online. It is only fair that the people who make the content should see the rewards. If you are new you might be wondering where to start or what you can do to get people to see your work. Do not fret, there are some simple tweaks you can do to all your posts to help them look more professional and help you to get an audience for your work.
1.) Make Sure You Leave lots of comments
If you are looking to get attention, and this is true on almost all social/content sites, comment, comment, comment. It is the easiest and best way to get your name out there. People might click on you to see what you post and if they know that you have engaged with them on one of there posts they might engage with you back. When you are starting your content is going to be one of many and you will need to work hard to get people to see you. Do not be shy, think of it like the first day of school. Go out there and make some friends, there are a lot of nice people out there :).
2.) Quality Matters
This is a very subjective topic but if you want to do well on here put the work in. You are paid by how many views you get. A trending post that goes viral can really do well financially. You will need to have good SEO and a strong title to make your work stand out but if you want people to share and recommend your post you will want it to be written well. You do not need to be Shakespeare to find an audience but being articulate, using proper grammar and making the post look professional will help the post when it comes to longevity.
3.) Do Not Plagerise
This should be a no-brainer but just in case you do not know, do NOT plagiarise others work. It can get you banned from the site. It is very easy now-a-days to do a quick search online and see if the work that you are using is posted elsewhere and if you do not own that content you will get in big trouble.
4.) Work On Your SEO
SEO is a very important skill to learn if you are going to make content online. It is valuable if you are working on a blog or a business and can even be a full-time job if you are searching for a job on indeed. If you are going to post work for HubPages you do not need to be a pro (but it does help) but there are lots of small things you can utilise that will help your work stand out. For example you can word your title in a way that people would find it easily in a search.
If you need more tips check out this post on SEO tips check my other Hubpage post here:
5.) Make Sure You Write A Great Title
I have written about this before but you cannot underestimate how important the title is. Remember, when people are looking for an article to read they only have the title to go by and the photo. The key is to be honest. You can make your article sound like the most exciting thing in the world but do not lie or mislead the reader in the title. It will only lessen your credibility and people will be unhappy when they read your post. Remember it is not only about clicks here but you need people to share your work and to come back to your page in order to be successful, so tabloid-like titles are not the way to go. Make a title that is accurate but word it in a way to make it fun and grab attention.
6.) Pick Relative Photos That Stand Out
The photo you choose to represent your work is as important as the title. You can literally pick any photo as the one that people will see when they are deciding if they want to click on your article. Do not post a photo that has nothing to do with the work and make sure it is relevant to the piece at hand. There are a lot of commercial-free photos on pixabay and pexels that are high in quality and you can also pick a photo that is a little more of a metaphor for your piece. This will give you more options. And if you are not happy with the free photos go take your own. If you have a smart phone the sky is the limit.
7.) Work, Work, Work, Work And Work!
You only have to write once to know that writing is hard work. From coming up with the idea to reaching your word count it can be very time consuming to get a quality piece finished. Not only that but the truth is you will need to learn to write fast and often if you want to do well online. Online writing is about being prolific and if you can't write so many words an hour it will be hard to make decent money. It will take a few days to get into the swing of things, and I am not going to lie to you and say it is easy, but it is doable. It will be a lot of early mornings and late nights but at least you don't have to travel to work so enjoy the little perks you get from working from home.
8.) Write What You Know
There is a reason you will hear this advice from writers and it applies if you are writing articles or a work of fiction. It is both easier to write about topics you are well versed in and you will sound like you actually know what you are talking about if you write about something that you actually know what you are talking about. Remember the internet is a very big place with people of different interests so don't worry if you are interested in a topic that isn't what the cool kids are writing about.