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How to choose a strategy that works on HubPages
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I write on a number of revenue-sharing type-sites such as HubPages and Bubblews, and like most writers, I accomplish more when I have some sort of plan or strategy in place, than if I don’t.
When it comes to choosing a strategy, it is important that we make the right choice, because if we choose the wrong strategy instead of helping us, it can be extremely counter productive.
This Hub started out as a bubble on Bubblews, but it grew so long that it is much more suitable for a Hub than a Bubble. Because we on-line writers are such a diverse group, there will be many types of strategies being employed to make the time we spending writing both enjoyable and profitable.
Strategy A and B
Rather than being bogged down in what kind of strategies there are to choose from, I will use for the sake of example, the two strategies that that the Bubblews writer Candlelight used in his excellent post, called “The Value of good connections”
I have taken the link to this post off this page as I had a violation notice from Hubpages, the site is not a phishing site, but I had better take it off so that I can get the violation off my hub.
Strategy A was concentrating on getting ten posts a day out, which is the limit that you can post on Bubblews per day
Strategy B which was doing one post per day and interacting with other Writers through comments and likes, making connections and socialising.
Choosing a Strategy
When choosing a strategy it is important that we pick one that suits our personality, because whatever strategy we choose we are still going to have to put in the work.
If we choose a strategy that goes against our personality type then it is going to make that work harder to do.
I think that one of the most exciting things about writing for a site like Bubblews, is that we are our own boss, and we get to choose the when, where, what and how of writing.
It is important then that we do not squander this precious privilege by choosing a strategy that makes what can be a very enjoyable task, into hard work.
I have found that if we love what we do, we normally do it better than if we dislike what we do. It is always harder to motivate yourself to set about doing something that you do not look forward to doing because you dislike it.
I am more a B type writer, I always read the posts that I comment on, and if I have bothered to comment, then nearly always I will click I like too. I also usually read the comments on any post that I read.
The comments section of a post is in my opinion a good place to get an insight into how other Writers think and feel.
As a B, type writer. I know that some people that I comment and like on their posts do not always do the same on my posts. From my point of view, it is OK for them not to come back to one of my Hubs and reciprocate, because I did not do any of those things so that they would repay tit for tat.
I chose this type of strategy because it suits my personality, I get a lot of enjoyment out of reading other peoples posts and comments, I am interested in what is going on in people’s lives, and in other parts of the world.
Some Writers will only flick onto my page and hit the like button, from the speed that they do this after the post is posted, it is clear that they haven’t had time to read the post and they are just hitting the like button to get into my notifications.
Others hardly ever leave a comment or a like on a post and that is fine too, whatever someone else’s strategy is, I feel that is entirely up to them, and it does not change my strategy.
If I find someone that I like reading, even if that person never responds to the comments I leave, or visits my posts, that will not stop me commenting and liking theirs. I do this because this is what I enjoy doing and normally this does not happen a lot, but it does happen.
Leaving comments and taking time to build relationships, are both time consuming, but it has its own rewards, and those rewards are not just about how much money you are making.
Of course, we want to be able to make as much money from our writing as we can, for a lot of us the money is not just a nice bit of pin money, but it is also a necessity. Therefore, it does help if you do have a strategy in place to optimise the amount that you can make from your writing.
Choosing the wrong strategy
If you choose the wrong strategy, you can make life and making money a later hard for yourself. If I tried to do for example the type A Strategy, which I know works extremely well for some writers, and I am happy for them, but I know that is not how it would work for me.
When I first came to both HubPages and Bubblews, I did try to write as many as I could in a day, which made me neglect the side of these sites that I enjoyed most, the socialising. Because of choosing this strategy my writing became stressful instead of enjoyable, solely because of the self imposed targets that I had set myself to accomplish each day.
The cost of choosing wrong
In my case choosing the wrong strategy, was counter productive. I lost some of the joy of writing and nearly all the joy of reading and interacting with other Writers.
To make matters worse I didn’t earn any more this way than I did when I was content with my B type strategy. On top of all that, I was totally stressed out from the self-imposed targets.
I think that it would be the same for a person who enjoys the A strategy adopting the B strategy just because they thought that they could make more money that way.
For an A type doing a B type strategy, I think that anytime they did not get back a response in kind, I think that they may feel that they being cheated. After all, they put in the work commenting and liking your stuff, the least you should do is the same on theirs.
So when it comes to choosing whether to be an A or a B or one of the many other strategies that are out there, it is extremely important that you choose the one that suits you and your personality type best. At least then, even if it does not work out the way you want it to, you still have the satisfaction of doing it in a way that you enjoy.
Margo Arrowsmith 23 hours ago
I use strategy 2 with Bubblews, I only have one here. However, I do 5 posts a day and then a lot of reading. I rarely like something without commenting on it 'over there'
I set a challenge for myself over there that every time I did my thing with a new bubble I would have to go into the archives and do another one. That became stressful and by the 15th of the month I asked my fans if I could stop and they all said said. I think I would have stopped anyway.
A word of wisdom from commenter Margo Arrowsmith
I think Margo Margo Arrowsmith makes a good point in her comment, which you can see below or in the box to the side.
Margo was wise to recognize the fact that something in her strategy was not working as she intended it to do.
Margo quickly identified her self-imposed extra task of reading an additional post from the archives as one that had actually become counter productive.
I am so glad that she was not only wise enough to see what was happening, but also kind enough to share that insight with us through the comment she left on this post.
Being a savvy lass, she stopped doing it before it turned something that she enjoys doing, into a task that was quickly becoming too stressful.
It is a warning to us all to keep an eye on what we are doing, especially when our motives are good, but the execution of them takes us in a direction that is not.
It is important to remember that as with any plan or strategy we have, we need to keep in mind that our plan or strategy makes a good Servant, but it makes a very poor master.