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How to Select Subjects on HubPages

Updated on October 19, 2012
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How to Select Subjects to Write About on HubPages

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This hub was initially written on October 31, 2011 updated on May 24,2012 and again on August 24, 2012.

After one full year I have only written 257 Hubs toward my initial goal of writing 300. This was intentional because several months previously, I shifted my emphasis from writing 25 Hubs per month to writing only 5-10 per month. Simultaneously, I began an extensive program of updating and improving my existing Hubs.

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How to Select Subjects to Write About on HubPages

It should be obvious that which strategy you should use will depend on how many Hubs you plan to write.

I planed to write 300 Hubs a year, which averages out to about 6 Hubs each week. Therefore, I needed to have two different strategies; one for the next seven days and another covering the next year. I will address each strategy separately.

A. Short Term Strategy (next seven days)

1. Decide which Hub to write today.

Usually, I have already decided that the day before. At any one time, I normally have 1-2 hubs already started each with a title, some keywords and a brief summary. Based on the mood I am in and the time that I have available, I generally select the subject that looks like it will be the easiest to complete.

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2. Select two additional subjects as possibilities for tomorrow.

If I already have enough Hubs started, I pick two of them. If not, I review my existing Hubs by Group and determine where I can add additional related Hubs.

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3. I often have a short list of potential Hub topics, which I wrote down the previous day while visiting other Hubs or while reviewing the most recent questions that have been asked.

Current Questions are a good source of topics for future Hubs because they tell you what other people want to read about. Hopping other Hubs and reviewing other sites will also often show you where there are gaps which you could easily fill with your own Hubs.

From the above three sources, I can easily find at least six topics to write about each week.

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A. Long Term Strategy (next 365 days)

1. Review the Hubs that you have already written by Group to see where there is potential to write additional Hubs.

If you haven’t divided your Hubs into Groups by topics, that should be your first step. I have 16 groups for 69 Hubs and I expect to add new groups as they arise. The largest group has 13 Hubs and the smallest group has only one Hub. I like to keep 20 or less Hubs in a single group so I need at least 15 groups of 20 Hubs to equal a total of 300 Hubs. .

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2. List the individual Groups that you already have and the number of Hubs that you think that you can write for each group and total them.

More than likely you will be short by quite a few hubs. In that case go to step 3.

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3. Go through the list of topics one by one and make a list of those topics that interest you and that you think that you could write one or more Hubs about.

Total the number of Hubs you plan to write for each of these topics and add them to your first list.

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4. If you are still short of Hubs, keep a pad by your computer and each day when you hop Hubs and review Question that are asked, try to add one or two ideas for Hubs to the list each day..

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5. From the above lists, select 25 Hub topics that you plan to write about in the next 30 days and try to write a good title for each one.

This will be your working list for the next month, but feel free to modify this list at any time or to substitute different topics.

Finally, I have provided an updated progress report on the long-term list of my potential Hubs by Group for my first year.

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Updated after One Year

TOPIC
GROUP
NUMBER OF HUBS
NO. OF HUBS (9 MOS.)
NO. OF HUBS (1 YR.)
Arts and Design
Photos and Photography
10
2
2
Books, Literature and Writing
Love Poems
20
13
13
Books, Literature and Writing
Sad Stories
20
14
15
Food and Cooking
Chinese Cooking
10
56
61
Food and Cooking
French Cooking
25
1
2
Food and Cooking
German Cooking
25
9
6
Food and Cooking
Hungarian Food
50
29
32
Food and Cooking
My Mother's Cooking
50
55
57
Food and Cooking
Wine
30
8
15
Health
The Elinination Diet
20
14
14
Health
Type II Diabetes
20
3
3
Hub Page Tutorials
How to
10
4
4
Personal Finance
Savings
10
1
1
Food and Cooking
Italian Cooking
 
4
6
Music
Jazz
 
5
5
Music
Opera
 
10
14
Food and Cooking
Austrian Cooking
 
 
4
Food and Cooking
Fusion Cooking
 
 
3
Total Hubs
 
300
228
257

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    • peachpurple profile image

      peachy 

      6 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      very interesting and well-planned strategy. I hope that these tips works for me. Voted Up!

    • rjsadowski profile imageAUTHOR

      rjsadowski 

      6 years ago

      Whatever works for you. I appreciate your reply. I simply explained my personal strategy for writing but I don't expect everyone else to use it. good luck to you.

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      Dennis Thorgesen 

      6 years ago from Central United States

      I see you are treating hub pages as a business. For those who plan on earning from hub pages this is the best idea.

      In my case where and why I found hub pages came into play. The business idea (not my own) was to put together a website to sell wheelchair parts. Hub pages popped up on page 50 on one of the searches I was doing for the website. I didn't join hub pages until a week before the first business was closed. At the time I already had an article published elsewhere which required approval by the site before they published. That week of waiting didn't set well on my nerves.

      I live in a wheelchair and know a lot about them from personal experience and helping others locate parts for theirs. It is and was not my choice to require one. They are a necessity not something I like. Without passion it would have gone no where.

      What hub pages taught me is I have a passion for writing. I know I will never be the best. The backwards (to me) thinking required makes it hard. More of my time is better spent on the business.

      My plan for hub pages according to your set up will never work. I will always write more business related hubs than any other. I don't have time to do otherwise. Even though hubs not business related have been shared on my fan page they don't get many readers. The hope there is the backlink will make the hubs worth more to the search engines.

      I am earning from hub pages and that money is added to the corporate income. It is then shared with the employees and shareholders.

      The overall plan for the corporation long term goal, medium term goals and short term goals all include hub pages. This is because the most important lesson since starting this business is if anything is earning (even pennies) keep doing it. Pennies add up over time.

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      leann2800 

      6 years ago

      You are so organized. I need a plan like yours. Great hub.

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      CurrenteCalamo 

      6 years ago

      Great hub! Some wonderful advice for a newbie such as myself. Much appreciated!

    • rjsadowski profile imageAUTHOR

      rjsadowski 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for your comment. I am retired and a newcomer to HubPages. I am 72 years old and I don't know how many good years I have left. There are a lot of stories and ideas in my head that are trying to escape. Currently, writing is both a hobby and a passion for me. That may change in a year or so.

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      Impressive organised thoughts. My motto: Plan your work then work your plan. But don't you think you are expecting too much of yourself? Target of 6 Hubs each week, each with a different topic, could easily become a slave-driver making you a slave with no time to enjoy your life in HubPages. Well, this is only how I feel about it. I wish you all the energy you need to reach all your targets. Take care.

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      Carolyn Sands 

      6 years ago from Hollywood Florida

      Hi rjsadowski, thanks a bunch for the info. It makes great sense and I voted you up.

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      DrJez 

      6 years ago from Narara NSW Australia

      A good strategy!

    • rjsadowski profile imageAUTHOR

      rjsadowski 

      6 years ago

      Thank you all for your comments. My motto is

      "It's better to plan ahead than to plan a behind."

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      jenniferrpovey 

      6 years ago

      Good resource for people who like to plan things out.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      I commend you for your hard work. I'm the sort of writer who never knows what the outcome will be until I start writing. Could be on any subject, from cooking to poetry. Just depends on my mood. I could never ahead like you do. That's wonderful if you can do it!

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      eye-see 

      6 years ago from canada

      Wow, thanks, I was just trying to come up with a list of potential hubs when I saw this! Great advice!

    • rjsadowski profile imageAUTHOR

      rjsadowski 

      6 years ago

      I appreciate your comments. I hope my plan works too, since this is my first year.

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      Cindy Murdoch 

      6 years ago from Texas

      This looks like a very well thought out plan. Also welcome to hubpages!

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