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How to Help Others on Hubpages

Updated on February 19, 2012
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why writers should help each other

You may see them as your competitors as you compare scores, writing styles, etc, but the fact is HubPages is more of a community of writers and taking the collaborative approach is beneficial not only for those you help but for your own success as well.

What do you do when you see that another author on HubPages has written a hub on a similar topic to one of your own? Do you feel threatened, see it as competition, worry if it is better than yours? Or do you read it, leave positive comments on it, share it, or ask if you can include a link to it in your own hub?

One of the things I like about HubPages is that it seems to be designed with a focus on a collaboration among writers and they have many tools available for you to "give a leg up" if you will to another writer. If you see someone that is new to hubpages, do you know how to help them get started?

Here are some things you can do to help another "hubber":

1. Comment--Leaving positive and encouraging comments on other's hubs motivates them to keep writing and helps a new writer to feel welcome. Even those of us that have been around awhile, who doesn't like a good and thoughtful comment on their work?

2. Answer Questions--There are many new hubbers with questions on everything from SEO to "how do I make money on HubPages?". If you jump in and answer a question or two, it doesn't have to take long, but both the one that posted the question and yourself will benefit in the process.

3. Share a hub you find interesting--There is a share button down at the bottom of every hub. You can share with your followers, Share on Reddit, Facebook, Digg, or Stumbleupon. Sharing a hub that is not your own benefits the writer, in obvious ways, but did you know you can benefit from some of the earnings if you direct traffic to any hub? Check out this from the Hubpages FAQ:

"Traffic Referral Program: If you send traffic to any Hub, you’re entitled to either 9% or 12% of total impressions. You’ll receive 9% if the Hub you’ve referred people to already has impressions allocated to an Affiliate. If there is no Affiliate, you’ll receive 12% of the total impressions."

How about that? Your fellow writer is getting more traffic to their site and you are also getting rewarded monetarily for just being a good neighbor! It's a win\win and takes no time at all.

4. Become a follower--Before you think this sounds like some weird cult-like thing, I must explain that following an author on hubpages simply means that you will be notified each time they publish a new hub. You must be careful who you follow, however, as hubpages warns that following indiscriminantly can lower your hub score. So don't just follow anyone and everyone just for the sake of following, rather find a particular author who writes engaging articles that interest you, maybe they write on similar subjects to your own areas of interest or you just plain like their style of writing. Either way, following can be a good way to help give a boost.

5. Leave Fan Mail---This, like nice comments on hubs, is really nice to receive on occasion and can help encourage someone to keep following their passion.

6. Answer some questions--Leaving informative, helpful answers to the questions that are posted is another way you can help out another hubpages writer and also it has the added benefit of boosting your hub Karma or possibly, though we can't know for sure as the ingrediants that make up Hub Karma and Hub Score remain top secret.

7. Including a link to another hubber's hub in your own hub of similar interest will benefit the readability of your own hub as well as the one you included the link to.

There are many ways to be a team player and help each other out here on HubPages, I have mentioned only some of them. My whole point of writing this is merely to showcase the advantages of collaboration over competition, precisely when it comes to your fellow authors on HubPages.


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    • asherruth profile image
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      asherruth 5 years ago

      Hi Civil War Bob, Love your parking lot analogy.

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Civil War Bob 5 years ago from Glenside, Pennsylvania

      Helping on Hubs is like letting cars out of a parking lot into traffic...it comes around to your benefit sooner or later. Enjoyed your writing,asherruth.

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      asherruth 5 years ago

      Vespawoolf, I'm glad you ate going to start sharing. You will notice it is great fun and it works.

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      asherruth 5 years ago

      Thanks Debbie, I'm so glad you agree with me on this and you certainly do a lot of sharing of other's hubs.

      Thanks so much for commenting and reading my hub.

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      asherruth 5 years ago

      Thanks Dee

      It seems to really be catching on and people are very helpful.

      Glad you liked it. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Thank you for these good reminders. The paragraph about "sharing" a hub was new to me and a tool I plan to put into use from now on!

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      Debbie Roberts 5 years ago from Greece

      Hi asherruth, your hub outlines some good tips that if we all follow will continue to see HubPages grow as a friendly and supportive site to write on. Being a part of HubPages is not just about writing and publishing our work, it is also about supporting and encouraging other people in their work.

      A useful hub and thank you for sharing.

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      Dee aka Nonna 5 years ago

      asherruth, I hear you and what a great idea.

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      asherruth 5 years ago

      Hi Dee, thank you for the kind words. This is all about making friends and being there for each other. Thank you for reading and commenting!

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      Dee aka Nonna 5 years ago

      This is great. I did not know some of what you are saying....I've just read in other hubs about some...all in all this is wonderful advice. I love encouraging and supporting and I love it when others encourage and support me. I will be doing what you and others are suggesting. Thank you!

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      asherruth 5 years ago

      Thanks Brett, you started a mighty tidal wave with this idea. I hope many will benefit and see the value of teamwork.

      Thank you so much for commenting and sharing!

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      asherruth 5 years ago

      Thanks Duchess,

      You are right about sharing with social media sites. I have just started doing some of that.Thanks for the advice and thanks for reading and

      commenting.

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Awesome advice, it really is about supporting each other. As you suggest, sharing others work, interacting and using the referral link is a win win for all.

      Thanks for SHARING, up and awesome.

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      Duchess OBlunt 5 years ago

      Very good hub asherruth. One more suggestion is to use the share button, find the "link to this hub", copy the link and share it on your other social media sites. LinkedIn, Twitter, FB, Google+ (I could go on). These referrals are also tracked and you and the author get the credit as you mentioned.

      Very nicely done.

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      asherruth 5 years ago

      Hi Pamela, I'm glad you enjoyed reading my article. The Traffic Referral Program just takes a little getting used to, but once you do it it's not hard. I am new to at as well, but I want to try out everything that I can on here. Glad you liked the photos. I tried to include a good visual of the ideas I'm trying to convey.

      Thanks for the welcome. It really feels like I have moved into a nice neighborhood and I am making new friends! Thank you my new found friend for taking the time to read, comment, and share my hub!

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      asherruth 5 years ago

      Viking305, That is a good point about the Google traffic going up as well. I hadn't thought of that advantageous side-effect, but that is a welcome plus side. Brett was really on to something with the sharing idea here. All that besides the fact that it just feels good to help others to begin with.

      Thank you so very much for taking the time to read, comment, vote and share this article.

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 5 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      I enjoyed reading the suggestions you have made here. Some of them I read and understood almost two years ago, but have forgotten. I like to share hubbers' hubs when they strike a chord in me. I've only tried the Traffic Referral Program once and that was a year ago. It probably isn't complicated, but I couldn't figure it out.

      I like the photos you put into this hub.

      Welcome to Hubpages.

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      L M Reid 5 years ago from Ireland

      This ides of sharing other writer's hubs is a good one. I have found since I started doing this after reading Brett's hub on it that my outside traffic from Google has shot up too.

      So like you say in the article above We can all help each other here at HubPages and it also benefits us too.

      Thanks for SHARING. Up and Awesome

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      asherruth 5 years ago

      Hi rebeccamealey, Thank you, that is very good idea. I was adding a link through the link capsule, but your way sounds easier. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

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      asherruth 5 years ago

      mackyi, Thanks for thoughtful comments. I will check out Yahoo Answers, great idea! Backlinking really helps. I have done very little of it, but I have started to see a difference. Thanks again for your kind words and for voting and sharing!

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      asherruth 5 years ago

      Hi Sunasia22! Thank you for seeing that we are all in this together. Hubpages is a great neighborhood for writers. Thank you so much for commenting, sharing, and voting.

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      asherruth 5 years ago

      L.L.Woodard, Thanks I am going to check that out. And thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my article, and for voting and sharing it.

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks assureth.I try to use the suggest links button right after publishing to link any relevant Hubs from other Hubbers!

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      I.W. McFarlane 5 years ago from Philadelphia

      You have started out on a very positive note. I see you believe in team work! Some people may be fortunate enough to have all the right approaches or tools that allow them to receive thousands of visitors daily. Honestly, I do applaud them for their hard work, luck or for just being fortunate! But for others who are new,we the older successful ones should at least try to help them. We all have to understand that united we stand, but if divided, we going to struggle on our own to see any meaningful reward.

      One suggestion I would like to add here: If you can spend just an hour or so each day,go to "Yahoo Answers", sign up to answer one to two questions in your category of interest each day. You will get the opportunity to link back to your hub as the source where your information for your answer is coming from. Your answer may be even voted up as the best answer!

      Great hub. Voted up Useful! Socially Shared.

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      sunasia22 5 years ago from Philippines

      This is another worth sharing hub! Helping another hubber must be a responsibility of all hubbers! Interesting, voted up and shared!

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      L.L. Woodard 5 years ago from Oklahoma City

      You've made valid points here. The truth is, the stronger HubPages is as a whole, the better it is for each of us writers individually.

      Brett Tesol initiated a "Thanks for SHARING" campaign of sorts, where writers share each others work and reciprocate on comments to one anothers hubs. You might want to check it out.

      Voted up and SHARED.