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Hub Pages: An Opportunity, Not a Cash Cow
Can You Make Money on Hub Pages
I started participating and contributing to the HubPages community in 2007. At the time I was looking for work and stumbled on HubPages as a byproduct of attempting to create a blog. Research led me to the Blogger's Tool Kit website then to Hub Pages. The Blogger's Toolkit was a farce as an opportunity but I hold no grudges because I did learn. I may write about that experience another time.
I also fell for a scam known as the Rebate Processor Jobs opportunity. What I discovered after being swindled by that particular scam enraged me enough that I published one if my first hubs, which people occasionally read to this day.
Some of those earlier hubs generated enough interest from readers that they occasionally leave comments and ask questions. One recurring theme from those questions is "Are there any legitimate opportunities to make money online or from home?" This hub is somewhat in response to those questions.
Developing hubs on HubPages can lead to a lucrative career for those who work hard at the endeavor and develop their skills. An example of one such writer is illistrated in the section below Learn from the Masters.
Nobody Gets Rich Quick
When I started, I had the very naive idea that after writing my first hub, people would magically be drawn to my well writtenarticle and page hits would accumulate like flies near a garbage truck. I was gravely mistaken although some of my earlier hubs may have resembled the last phrase of the previous statement. Nobody read my hubs for at least six months and then I only received a few hits here and there. Suddenly, however, there was an explosion in interest in one of the scams I wrote about. Implementing some SEO techniques, that I learned from experienced hubers, finally led traffic to my site.
That occurrence may have been a very lucky fluke for me because to this day I have not matched the traffic that I received over a few months. Of course, I also took actions that led to a decrease in traffic. I started tweaking key words. I had added keywords that led to the increase in traffic but I read that too many keywords is a bad thing so I started removing them in the hope of increasing traffic. This then led to a drastic drop in traffic and I have not yet been able to recover the interest that hub once experienced.
The point of this reflection is to emphasize that nobody writes a single hub, sits back, and watches the money roll in. Writing is work, although very enjoyable work for many people, Effort is required to succeed.
Don't Get Greedy
What do I mean by greedy? The feeling that if you write about the topic, you own the topic. This is a form of information greed. The idea that readers should only read what you write. To truly gain success at writing you must be informative and lead the reader to discover the information the reader is looking for. This involves leading the reader to other informative articles. By giving the reader alternatives you will eventually increase your own readership, assuming your articles are informative and interesting.
Bring Traffic to Your Hub
- How to Write a Hub on HubPages: Learn the Basics
This hub covers the most basic elements of putting up your first hub. It is intended for very new hubbers who might find a step-by-step (with pictures) guide useful for beginning their HubPages writing adventure.
- How to Drive Traffic to Your Hub Web Site With HubPages Participation
By participating in HubPages contests and challenges, I have increased the views to my Hubs by over 30%, made new friends, stimulated an ongoing interest in writing, and increased earnings. You can accomplish...
If you want people to read your hubs then you should promote HubPages to lead visitors to the HubPages website. How do you promote HubPages? Some successful methods include adding a link to your HubPages profile page in your e-mil signature and posting comments on blogs, also including a link to your HubPages profile. These links will increase the Google rating of HubPages as a whole and in the process help increase traffic to your own site.
Your hubs will not be read if nobody can find them and promoting the HubPages community leads more visitors to the site and hopefully increases your traffic as well.
Learn from the Masters
I would not have had any success what so ever were it not for the writing of some of the master hubbers, such as my personal favorite, Patty Inglish, MS. Patty regularly participates in the HubPages community and develops fresh interresting content. She has been active since 2006 and has over 1300 hubs to her credit. She has authored numerous hubs to provide help to the novice and increase participation in the community.
Searching HubPages for topics on promoting your hubs will certainly lead to promising results. I would not be able to promote my own hubs, were it not for reading the advice articles written by the HubPages masters. One thing that I have noticed about the masters is that they are active nearly every day. They write hubs, reply to comments, read other hubber's hubs, and answer questions. These activities increase their HubPages ranking (for those who care, I call master hubbers those who achieve and maintain a ranking of 100).