HubPages - Where it all starts or where it all ends?
“All of them had a restlessness in common.” ― John Steinbeck, East of Eden
What About You?
Have you ever visited HubPages?
What is HubPages?
I know, John Steinbeck was not talking about HubPages, but I am. Picture this, a lonely writer sitting in front of the computer churning out articles and poems, but wait, they go no where and no one reads them. Now, picture this, a lonely writer joins a place called HubPages and churns out articles and poems and posts them to HubPages. Not only do people read them but they comment on them and share them. See the difference?
Many may not know that HubPages was started way back in 2006. I know, that's not a long time for some, but for a web site it is. Especially for a web site that gains popularity as time goes on. According to Wikipedia, "HubPages has become one of the 50 most visited US sites on the Internet."
A "social content community for writers". What more could a writer ask for? I know, money but we'll get to that.
If you look up "the history of HubPages" on Google you'll find many articles written on HubPages! Both ABOUT HubPages and ON HubPages.
So what do you find on HubPages? Well, hubs of course. Scratching your head are you? A "hub" is an article, poem, piece, any creative writing, written by any HubPages member and posted to their, free account, on HubPages. Did that clear things up for you? D.S. Ploshay wrote on Yahoo Voices, "Hubs are essentially articles on virtually anything." (http://voices.yahoo.com/what-hubpages-guide-user-generated-content-316144.html) Now I know I've cleared it up. Let's take a closer look at hubs.
Snowed by other writing sites?
What are hubs? Well, I kind of alluded to that in the previous capsule. Not the kind of capsule you take when you're sick, but a capsule of paragraphs. You decide on a subheading and then write your capsule. The first capsule in this hub was called "HubPages". This capsule is called "Hubs".
Once you've chosen your title you start writing your capsules. Each capsule gets a title that should entice your readers to read more. Okay, Hubs may not be an exciting title but if you want to learn about HubPages and Hubs, it just might fit the bill. Each capsule you write rounds out your hub and makes it the 'article' you want it to be.
What can you write about? Ahh, the universal question with an easy answer; anything you want. The best suggestion of what to write about is to write about something you know and love. There are hubs on HubPages about just about everything imaginable. For example, CraftytotheCore writes hubs to help others learn to make things, billybuc writes excellent hubs that teach us how to write as well as hubs on H.O.W. to make humanity what it should be, and klidstone1970 has a chapter by chapter chilling story, Suzie HQ tells you how to take every day items and make the best make-up and cleansers you can imagine!
GrandmaPearl and aviannovice write about birds, GlimmerTwinFan writes about the things she loves and vocalcoach teaches us about voice and music. Hawaiianodysseus writes wonderful personal hubs as well as hubs about how to sell on ebay, midget 38 writes a great variety of hubs but also introduces us to her culture and Singapore. Kathleen Cochran in addition to all of her wonderful hubs shares her experiences while living in Saudia Arabia and Bill DeGiulio guides us through the beauty of Italy, and our own Fifty Shades of Grey writer imkarn23 keeps us on our toes. Getting the picture?
So hubs are about anything by anybody.
Money can buy that hot tub!
Ah, the universal language, money! Can you make money on HubPages? Most certainly you can. How much? It depends on you. Most important of all is patience. Money doesn't grow on trees and flowers don't grow overnight, and just like nature it takes time. Earning money on HubPages takes time.
Evergreen hubs are definitely a plus. Evergreen hubs? That's a hub that has a universal appeal any time of the year. A hub about Christmas trees for example really wouldn't be an evergreen hub while a hub about caring for trees might. Universal appeal year round, that's the key.
Then there is writing quality hubs. VERY important. If you write hubs no one wants to read or if they're full of spelling and grammar errors you're not going to get very far so quality is not to be overlooked. Next? Join the HubPages Ad Program. This program places ads in your hub and there's a sixty-forty split for the results which take a lot of hub reading to add up. What else? Join the Amazon Ad Program. With Amazon you only get paid when someone buys something from an ad on your hub. It is the same with eBay.
Can we take a step backwards for a moment? When writing your quality hub, unfortunately, you have to keep Google in mind. Google, being the most powerful and used search engine, can help drive traffic to your hub which in turn can help you earn money. So, it is a good idea to learn about Search Engine Optimization and keywords. There are tons of hubs that will explain both of these to you. WriterFox has written a tutorial on SEO that can help get you started, so has Cardisa. Of course that's only two of many you will find on HubPages. Searching HubPages will get you many articles on SEO and keywords and I'd rather you read their wonderful explanations than try and explain it myself.
Remember that patience I told you about? You need it. Anything we do involves a learning curve and so does HubPages. No matter how you start or what you write it takes time to start making money on HubPages but it can be done.
Tips for Writing Hubs
Read other's hubs
Develop a writig style
Always leave comments
Write about what you know
Search Engine Optimization
Make friends as well as followers
Practice, practice, practice
Use of Keywords
Write hubs often
“The only way to have a friend is to be one.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Friends and Followers
Comments, Followers and Friends
If I haven't totally confused you, you've gotten to my favorite parts of HubPages, comments, followers and friends. Let's start with Comments.
There is a Comments section at the bottom of each hub on HubPages. When reading someone's hub you have the opportunity to leave a comment. Comments are friendly, helpful, and most hubbers look forward to them. I know I do. If you leave a comment the hubber can get a feel for his writing and maybe learn something. He also knows who is reading his hub. Comments can help followers too. A follower on HubPages is someone who follows what you write and will read your hubs whenever they are published. Many people follow each other. Some follow hubbers that write about things that interest them. Some follow hubbers whose personalities they like. The more followers you have the better it can be because your hubs will get read more.
The very best part is followers can lead to friends! I have been so very lucky. Most of the hubbers I have already mentioned here are friends, but additionally I have made some very close friends from all around the globe. Marcujour, a nurse from Pennsylvania has become a good friend and a tremendous support to me. MartieCoester from South Africa has not only shared knowledge of her country but our personalities seem to have melded. Then there's fpherj, who always makes you laugh, the friend from upstate that I could certainly get in trouble with! Is that all? Certainly not. There's Nell Rose from England, Bravewarrior from Florida, and the list goes on and on and on.
To sum it up then, make comments and followers and you'll not only find more success you'll find friends!
Where it all starts or where it all ends?
That my friends is up to you. It all started here for me and I'm not looking for it to end any time soon. I may not make a fortune but I'm a millionaire in friends. Will it start here for you or end?
I hope you've enjoyed my little foray into my HubPages experience.
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