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Make Money Writing for Hubpages
Whether you are writing for money or writing because your enjoy it, everyone's big question is, how do I get more people to read my articles? This is the only way to earn more money with Hubpages. The more traffic, the more clicks you'll get the more money you'll earn. Included here are a few useful tips I've learned while writing online for various sites including Hubpages.
Choosing a Topic
Most writers enjoy writing fiction and poetry, but sadly this type of writing won't earn you money at any of the writing sites. You need to think about what people are going to search for at Google and the other search engines. There are things you do everyday that someone else may need to know how to do. These are the topics you need to write about.
Any topic that someone may need answers to are also fine. If you like to research historical facts, those work fine. Do you help your children with their homework? Write about the topics they need to research. Think about helping someone else or entertaining them and you'll find a good topic to write about.
Once you start thinking of ideas, the list can go on and on. Write about anything that interests you and especially about those things you are passionate about. Your enthusiasm will make your article shine.
Use the search bar here at Hubpages to check how many writers here have written about the topic already. I wanted to write an article about the book of Esther in the Bible. I gave up, because there were already about 40 hubs about it. If someone else has a good hub about something, they will outrank you almost every time, since their article already has more aging.
If you find only hubs that aren't that good, that is a different story. If you know you can do better, go ahead and write it.
Check Keywords First
Use the Google Adwords Keyword tool before you even begin writing. You aren't really searching for a keyword, but a keyword phrase. My keyword phrase for this article is "earn money writing". This isn't the best keyword phrase because there is a lot of competition when I go to Google Search. There is big competition for any phrase about making money writing online.
Now that you have chosen your keyword phrase, look down the column that says "Competition" on the Adwords tool. This is the competition between advertisers for this keyword phrase. The more competition the higher paying the keyword will be. You want to choose a phrase that has high competition.The best keyword to choose isn't always the one with the most competition, but choose one that is at least high. Again, this column means competition between advertisers. High competition between advertisers is good, because the highest bidders for the word will pay more per click.
Next look at how many Global searches have been made. You want at least a decent amount of traffic, but you don't necessarily want the phrase with the most searches. The reason is that possibly too many other writers have used the same keyword.
Now go to the Google Search engine, because this is where you will get the most traffic. Check how many other writers have written about the same subject. If it's in the millions, maybe you should write about something else. The competition between writers may be just too high.
Look at the other keyword phrases. There might be one that you can still use.
You may be tempted to use a catchy title, but it isn't a good idea. It works for magazines and other printed work, but online you want the search engines to know what your article is about. Be specific and think about what words readers would type into a search. Using your keyword phrase in the title is the best idea.
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Be sure to include your keyword phrase in one of your first two sentences. It is important to use your keyword phrase a few times in the body of your work, but don't overdo it. The search engines will catch what you are trying to do and it will hurt your page rank. It makes reading your page tiresome for readers too.
Use some of the other phrases you've seen on the Adsense Keyword tool. You may be picked up for these phrases. A good example is my hub with a recipe for German Sand Tart Cookies. Recipes have stiff competition, but I wrote about my German Grandmother's cooking before I shared the recipe and I get picked up for German cooking, German tarts and more.This hub is one of my higher traffic hubs.
Provide a decent amount of good content. 350 to 500 words is good and more is even better. If your article gets lengthy, divide it up and be sure to put a subheading above it. Otherwise your reader is going to get bored and leave the page. If it gets really lengthy, consider dividing it into more than one article. For me around 1000 or more word articles are doing best. Other writers will argue with this and say that short ones do fine for them.
Try to please your readers and help them with useful information. When you are finished writing your article, let it rest for awhile before publishing. If you edit it right away, it is too close to you and you'll miss mistakes. We've all seen great articles with lots of grammar and spelling mistakes. This is how it happens. We're in a hurry to share our work with the world and miss errors.
It's a good idea to use a spell checker, but many English words can be spelled the same way. The spell checker won't pick these up. You'll need to find them yourself. If you have a friend to read your work, it will be even better. Read the article out loud to yourself and see if it has good flow. Many times you'll want to make changes and the work will be more interesting to your readers.
Never copy the work of anyone else. Google will pick it up right away and they are the search engine that will bring you the most traffic. Copying is plagiarism and it is against the law. If you want to use information from another site, write it in your own words and then list the site under references, at the bottom of your article.
Work at perfecting your own writing, so people want to read it and they will. Try to always include an introduction and a conclusion with your content. Work at making the perfect article, not just writing lots of them.
Add photos, graphs and anything else that will keep your visitors interest. You can even use photos to guide your readers through the page.
After Publishing Your Article
Now you've published your article. That always gives me a big sense of accomplishment. You aren't finished yet though. Now you need to get people to read it.
Add some links to the social websites where you belong. These include Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and any others. Don't overwhelm your friends, but when you publish a hub they'd like, you can share it. Another site I use is Redgage.
Don't expect to make money immediately. It will take a few months. Keep writing more articles and eventually the money will start coming in. Be active and read and comment on the work of others. The more followers you have the more often your articles will be shared and read. Best of luck.