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How to Be a Success At HubPages in 100 Hubs or Less

Updated on December 14, 2011
I'm surrounded by smart, positive people here on HP!
I'm surrounded by smart, positive people here on HP!

Almost two years ago I stumbled across HubPages quite by accident. I was searching for some information, and a HubPages article appeared right before my eyes. I was intrigued. Write online and get paid for it while someone else deals with the headaches of web hosting, online advertising, formatting, indexing and presentation? I’m in!

I was 6 months’ pregnant with my third child, and extremely cranky. HubPages was a great place for me to vent. And fortunately for me, there appear to be a lot of cranky pregnant women out there who responded to my venting, too, because those passionately written articles are some of my most consistently-read hubs. Best earning? No. But they did well. And that’s because they were written from the heart. And I was lucky, too, because they resonated with a group of internet readers that is always replenishing itself. (Be fruitful and multiply, everyone!)

I made no pretense that these hubs were anything but rants, yet they were, and continue to be read on a very regular basis. On HubPages I look like I’ve been pregnant for a very, very, very long time! The second reason I decided to become an HP member, is that for a few years I had been nursing the dream (sorry for the pun, sometimes I can’t help myself), of helping people in small communities start their own library story time programs. I had often dreamed of doing this when I was a story time presenter in Wickenburg, Arizona, but didn’t have the confidence to start my own blog. Now, after all I have learned on HubPages, I see that I always had the ability, but being a relatively cautious person, it was my experience here on HP that helped me realize I could pursue this dream and succeed. There is no irony in this realization. It has been a path of growth. I’ve grown a lot as a person and a writer through my venture here.

But what does this have to do with you? In this hub what I really want to do is share a few words of encouragement and some thoughts about what has worked and what hasn't:

Learning #1: HP is a great resource for honing your writing skills. On HP you have everything you need to become a writer and get paid for it. You have the tools, the information, and the support of other writers who want the same things you do. HubPages is a great place to develop your writing skills and to build toward your internet successes. After all the Google Adwords optimization in the world, your content has to be worth reading. I'll focus on how developing a niche can get you there.

Learning #2 Success builds on success. Success here is incremental. Very few people start out here making $100 a month. I remember the first time I started tracking my affiliate earnings. I was so excited to make 19 cents a day, but by raising the bar in small increments, that amount has grown...a lot. But your success isn’t measured in affiliate revenue alone. I’m not knocking these great affiliate programs or the pay per click system. But success is a many-faceted thing, and I feel my experience here has been one of incremental successes. Growing in small steps, bit by bit, with fits and starts.

And now, without further ado, here are a few nuggets of advice that I think YOU shouldn‘t have to learn the hard way, so you can have fun, make some extra money online, grow as a writer, AND make a few friends along the way.

Write What You Know—In Other Words, Find a Niche

It has been said before, but I will say it again.Write what you know and find a niche or two. Some of the more successful Hubbers write on HubPages from their experiences and passions. Look at these writers and check out how they have developed their niches over time:

  • Wannabwestern (A little shameless self-promotion never hurt anyone!) Writes about books, art, and of course, the American West. I'm just a wannabe, but some people think I'm exotic!
  • Chuck writes about travel and finance; his hubs are polished and urbane. A fellow Arizona writer, he puts an amusing and clever twist on just about everything he writes.
  • Hal Licino writes about his passion for motorcycles and cars. His hubs are detailed and information-packed.
  • Gamergirl writes about online games and other techie topics, with an emphasis on reviews. Her niche is well chosen and popular, and she has something to say about it!
  • ZSuzsy Bee is an uber homemaker and gardener extaordinaire, she is a polished how-to hubber.
  • MarisueWrites a former foster mom with a lot of experience and love for parenting, she focuses on writing from the heart on family and parenting issues.
  • In The DogHouse is a sporty family mom who loves to share hubs about topics related to her faith.

All of these hubbers have developed niches here on HP because they are writing what they know, and they are successful because their passionate interest in their topics shows through in what they write. Beyond optimization, these writers share a passion for the truth. Each of these writers have something to offer and that "something" shines in their writing. And they are not alone. There are many many fine writers on HP.

Writers with original topics and in-depth articles get higher scores. But you already know that. That is why it is so important to choose topics that you have a passion for. If you don’t care at all about the topics you choose to write about, those articles are probably going to suffer in quality. There are a few reasons why this is so. First, if you are writing about things you don’t care about, then you probably don’t know that much about them either. Your presentation of the topic will likely be based on internet research, and your article will simply rehash the information that is already out there. So decide what you care about, and write about that! Not because I think you should choose content over revenue, but because I think writing about things you don't really understand causes you to lose credibility with your audience.

When you choose topics that you have a high degree of personal interest and experience in, your your experience shows. It's easier to write and find additional information on your topic, and to write multiple hubs on similar related topics. After all, you're in your home territory, so to speak. You'll bring greater insight to your favorite niche topics and people will come back for more.

I have learned this obvious and easy truth the hard way. I’ve written my share of dull, uninformative, dreary hubs because the topics were poorly chosen. In the hands of other writers they might have been top-notch. But for me, they just weren’t all that great. Fortunately, in this wide wide world of writers, everyone is exotic to someone else, so don't worry that you are too boring to write from your experience. You're fabulous baby, fabulous!

Study the Successes of Other Hubbers

Write 100 hubs, and you will understand the ins and outs of Hubpages. But before you write 100 hubs on your own, study some of the informative how-to articles of those who have gone before. The go-to-guy for learning how to sign up for HP’s affiliate programs is Darkside. His articles served as a primer for me when I was getting started here.

I have learned so much from other Hubbers on HubPages. If you are new to the HP writing platform, spend some time reading the basic how-to-get started articles by various writers. Spend some time every day reading what others have written. Pay particular attention to high-scoring hubs. What kind of title did they choose? Approximately how long was their article? How many links did they use? What was the tone of their article?

Authors on Hubpages publish many many forms of writing online, from fiction, technical how-to articles, to entertaining rants about Hollywood or Bollywood stars. The best way to understand the system is to read what other writers are writing. Read a little bit of everything, and emulate what you like.

Use Links, Tags, Groups, and RSS Feeds to Improve Your Results

After you have written 5 or more articles, start to use the more advanced features of HubPages. Create article groups. Writing more than one article about your chosen topics adds weight to the topic you chose. So come at it from different angles, and write a handful of well-chosen articles about your topic instead of just one. Link your related topics together, and link to them from your facebook, myspace, and twitter accounts. Ask your mom, your sister, and your husband to link in from their accounts too. Spread the word!

Find logical ways to group your body of work, and use one common tag in related hubs to facilitate making rss feeds from your hub groups. I would direct you to InspirePub's article about creating RSS feeds for some exceptional in-depth information about how RSS feeds can improve your readership.

Once you’ve written 5 or so articles, optomize them for Google keyword searching. SEO articles are a dime a dozen on the internet. Even so, some important information has been shared with us by our excellent Hubber friends. And the information on SEO techniques can help improve your writing. There is nothing wrong with trying to bring the readers who need your information to your well-written topics. I wrote several articles that sat almost completely unread because my tags were so poorly matched to my chosen topics. After a bit of research I actually started making money on these articles.

I had an epiphany when Ryan Hupfer shared information about the Google Adsense Keyword Tool during the 30 Hubs in 30 days challenge. I would have to say my experience with the 30 day challenge was a glorious failure...because I'm on day 32 and still trying to make it to 30 hubs, but I have no regrets. Everything I learned about the Google Adwords Keyword Tool made that experience golden. If you don’t want to do the 30 Hubs Challenge, check out the above link to Ryan's keyword search optimization video on Youtube. This information could double your earnings without writing any new content.

Participate in HubMob. You wont regret it for a moment. I refer you again to Inspirepub's article on RSS feeds to understand intimately why HubMob is a great way to improve traffic to your hubs. HubMob also offers a friendly competitive environment for hubbers to get creative, show their stuff, and step out of their shells. Although I do recommend you develop a niche, participating in HubMob is a fun and interesting way to build your niche, and sometimes to go completely off topic and stretch yourself as a writer in ways you hadn’t before. I wrote an article on Pet Safety in the Desert inspired by a HubMob challenge topic of pets that started out a bit snarky, but ended up being a useful diversion from my usual topic selection. I honestly would never have written that article or had the idea to write it if it were not for Hubmob. One of my Hubmob topics was about my husband's hobby: Making Chainmail from Coat Hangers. It made page one on the Google Search Engine. Yayyyy!

Being a joiner has its rewards!
Being a joiner has its rewards!

View Ryan Hupfer's Video About Keyword Research

Earn Money Now! What Are You Waiting For? Join HubPages Today

Click here to sign up for your HubPages account.

It doesn't cost a thing, and you can start earning revenue by simply publishing articles in your area of expertise and signing up for affiliate programs.

Surround Yourself With Smart, Positive People

I love that most of my fellow writers on HP are smarter and more experienced than me. I started out on HP with a rather large, fully-inflated ego, but over time I have come to realize that I have a lot to learn. And that’s ok. In real life, as in the virtual world, I often joke with my friends that I love to be surrounded by people who are smarter than I am. On HP, reading successful authors means faster success for you.

Some authors are naturals, but most of us, including me, have to really work at getting a high-quality article written. Everyone likes to be encouraged. I like to read and encourage new writers too. They are some of the most loyal fans and have fresh and interesting experiences to share.

One area where I am admittedly weak is in moderating comments. I love the way Dohn121, a rising star on HubPages, moderates comments. He always has something positive, personable, and encouraging to say. His comments keep people coming back to read more. I am still learning the finer points of this art.

Make Friends Instead of Enemies

Most Hubbers who are writing non-entertainment based articles will probably get the bulk of their readers from internet search traffic. But having a large loyal fan base is a very, very good thing. A fan base offers readership and by leaving comments gives immediate weight to your Hub, and increases your hub score. Sure Search Engine Optimization doesn’t hurt either, but you can’t go wrong with a few good fans. And remember mom’s advice—the only way to have a friend is to be one.

I don’t think making enemies on HubPages is the way to go at all. Sweetie Pie wrote an exceptional hub a while back on the virtues of being nice. I think she is dead on. We need to show professional respect towards the other writers on HP. Many of us, after all, see our hub writing as a business venture. I think it degrades the information we share to get into flame wars with other Hubbers in the comment sections of our revenue-generating articles.

There are some passionate Hubbers out there that I suspect have found a way to monetize snarkiness, but my personal feeling is that personal attacks never produce positive results. And even if they increase comments, the bad feelings they create in the end aren’t worth the short term increase in traffic. Lines are drawn. People take sides. And for every one person that took your side, two people will probably be turned off by the conflict. OK, well enough of that. I’ll step off my soap box now.

Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Open yourself to new experiences. Become the fan of people from different parts of the globe. Read what they have to say. Don’t limit yourself to becoming the fan of people who are just like you or who are publishing in your topic areas. Don’t limit yourself! By joining other people’s fan clubs who don’t share your content niche, you can learn a lot and access other talented writers who are interested in different things. Become the fan of people who are older than you and younger than you. I have discovered a few fabulously talented writers who I share nothing in common with. I’m glad I’ve met them. They are fascinating people and I've learned some things along the way.

Become the fan of people who write about the same topics as you. You may see them as your competitors, but the internet is an awfully big place. It won‘t hurt you to share your niche area with a few other people. You will be an inspiration to each other, and if you are smart, you can build each other up by sharing and cross-linking your content.

Be a Joiner

Every once in a while participate in a challenge event or a HubMob. Try something different. It might be a rousing success or a big failure. No one will beat you with a stick if you don’t make it on a challenge, or if your kid develops a 107 degree temperature and you can’t finish. I’m really happy I explored some different content areas through HubMob. I have been surprised by a few of my off-niche hubs that have been relatively successful. Seems like I was able to tap into some areas that other people could relate to more than library story time. Sorry to you librarians. I think you‘re special…we just need more of you to increase my ad revenue. Now that I know, I can develop those new areas over time into some new niches.

And if you haven't already, join Twitter, Myspace, Facebook, or some other social networking sites where you can promote your activities here. It really does make a difference.

Be Patient and Keep Writing

There are some exceptionally successful people on HP, but some of them have been at it for two or three years or more. You will have to keep at it for a while if you are like me. Be encouraged by your successes, but don’t become despondent if you don’t hit the first page of Google overnight or even the first page of the HubPages profile section. Keep at it and develop your niche, provide useful information, and have fun. Your success will grow with each hub you write.


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  • sunilkunnoth2012 profile image

    Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 

    5 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

    Fantastic! Really useful and informative. Great tips. Congrats and thank you for sharing some secrets here. It will give some confidence to the readers. Expect more from you. See you.

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    Steve Anselmo 

    6 years ago from Thunder Bay

    Great advice! I will definitely go through the links you gave and use this going forward!

  • wannabwestern profile imageAUTHOR

    Carolyn Augustine 

    6 years ago from Iowa

    I'm glad you could take something useful away from here. HubPages is constantly changing, but at its core, it remains a great place to write and publish. I wish you well.

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    Amber Lynn 

    7 years ago

    Thank you for this hub, I suppose I am not technically still "new", but am still learning and found this hub to be very useful. Great job!

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    Carolyn Augustine 

    7 years ago from Iowa

    Kaitlyn, I hope your experience here is a success. You are in good company. Good luck!

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    Kaitlyn Shapiro 

    7 years ago from Pennsylvania

    Thank you for writing this amazing hub. I'm brand-new, and this information helped me so much. I've bookmarked it so I can return to it if I ever need a refresher.

    I especially liked the section about studying the success of other hubbers. I'm going to make a point of reading articles by people who publish in the areas I'm interested in. Thanks for the link to Gamergirl! :)

  • wannabwestern profile imageAUTHOR

    Carolyn Augustine 

    7 years ago from Iowa

    Kris, I'm glad you gleaned something useful from this. I wish you many successes on HubPages with your online writing endeavors.

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    Kris Heeter 

    7 years ago from Indiana

    I just recently joined hubpages and found this very useful - thanks!

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    Bruce Chamoff 

    8 years ago from New York

    wannabwestern, thanks. Yes, my SEO and RSS feed hubs are getting a decent number of comments and a large number of views and I hope you find them informative. We should link to each other's hubs since they have similar content. I am not doing too badly on Hubpages being here for only 5 weeks. ;)

  • wannabwestern profile imageAUTHOR

    Carolyn Augustine 

    8 years ago from Iowa

    Hotwebideas, I'm glad you found something of use in this article. My experience here on HubPages continues to evolve with the site. I think in some areas the HubPages staff have attempted to address what they feel works best and I have been trying out some of those strategies and assessing how things can improve. I think SEO is an important piece of that puzzle, especially if you hope to consistently earn from your writing here. Good luck!

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    Bruce Chamoff 

    8 years ago from New York

    Hey wannabwestern, this is a great hub and since you mentioned RSS Feeds and SEO, I just linked to you from my hub "How To Get More People To Read Your Hubs Through The Power of RSS Feeds in 2011" as well as my hubs on SEO.

    I am fairly new at Hub Pages and have a lot to learn, so I found this hub really informative.

    I am also following you ;)

  • wannabwestern profile imageAUTHOR

    Carolyn Augustine 

    8 years ago from Iowa

    Thank you both! I love HubMob, it has been a great resource for me in selecting worthwhile topics. Many of the HubMob topics are selected because they are seasonally appropriate, so they have a good earnings potential. Thank you for the kind words. I love being able to come back to HP after a short break and find encouraging words from new fans. Life in the non-virtual world is so crazy, HP is one of my constants. Thanks!

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    Audrey Hunt 

    8 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

    ...well, where have you been all of my hublife? :)

    I am so very excited about all of the information posted here. Bookmarking this and getting to work reviewing my 53 hubs to see what changes need to be made. Also, looking in to "hubmobster". You have written the most motivating article, and I am a dedicated fan!

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    Mishael Austin Witty 

    8 years ago from Kentucky, USA

    This is a great hub. I especially liked your advice about not getting into arguments in the comments section. I saw a hub yesterday where two people (neither one the owner of the hub) were arguing with each other, and I thought that was really tacky. If I feel like I must argue about something (and I rarely do), I take it to the forums.

  • wannabwestern profile imageAUTHOR

    Carolyn Augustine 

    8 years ago from Iowa

    Thanks so much, dawnM. I haven't revisited this hub for quite some time and have been thinking I'd like to update or perhaps write a sequel. I'm glad some of the information is still fresh and I hope your endeavors here are rewarded. Regards!

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    Dawn Michael 

    8 years ago from THOUSAND OAKS

    Great article wannabwestern, and I love how you started it about being a cranky pregnant, how can you not be cranky when your swollen, nauseous, emotional and sleep deprived. Great advice in this article and so true about creating a niche about what you know and are passionate about. Wonderful job

  • wannabwestern profile imageAUTHOR

    Carolyn Augustine 

    8 years ago from Iowa

    SusanSisk and LivingFood, thank you for your comments! I think I'm well on my way to three years here. With several breaks (due to childbirth, moving, and technical difficulties among other things) I am always finding that there is much more to learn. I haven't read this hub for over a year and it was heartening to see that so many people starting on HP found something encouraging in it. When I look at the now successful hubbers who left comments here, it just makes me smile.

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    8 years ago

    "Your success will grow with each hub you write." I love this line, and it is very true!

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    Susan Sisk 

    9 years ago from Georgia, USA

    Good stuff. First time I have read it. I have learned a lot since joining Hubpages. We are all teachers to each other.

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    Carolyn Augustine 

    9 years ago from Iowa

    Thanks Janiek13, I'm glad you found something useful here! Best of luck hubbing.

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    Mary Krenz 

    9 years ago from Florida's Space Coast

    Great content! I am going to add this to my resources and use it as a referral tool. I have said it many times, I learn something from each hub I read, sometimes, like now, more than one thing. Thank you for sharing.

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    9 years ago from Dallas Texas

    Thanks wannabe western,

    This gave me some good advice. I love to write and it is a kind of therapy for me. I am doing pretty good but would like to learn how to get more comments so I know what people think.



  • wannabwestern profile imageAUTHOR

    Carolyn Augustine 

    9 years ago from Iowa

    Ranting is fun but only a step on the path to riches, I'm afraid.

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    9 years ago

    haha, it must be fun to rant your way to riches.

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    Carolyn Augustine 

    9 years ago from Iowa

    @ht33rad: Wow, that is spectacular. I'm honored! Thank you.

    @Chris Eddy111: Thank you for the wonderful compliment!

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    Chris Eddy111 

    9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Great hub chock full of wonderful, useful advice that I will use. Thank you.

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    9 years ago from Southern Hemisphere, a little to the left.

    this is the second time I have read this hub, staert to finish, I had to scroll thru the comments to make sure I havent already done so! great, heart felt hub, I get where you are coming from, thanks

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    Carolyn Augustine 

    9 years ago from Iowa

    KellyEngaldo, thank you for your comment. The HP formula for success is pretty simple and gives people a wide berth to pursue their interests while earning some money. I hope you have a wonderful journey here and accomplish the goals you set for yourself. I can't wait to read your writing.

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    9 years ago

    I am brand new and needed this post. Thank you! I have tried two other blog sites and so far, have been exceptionally pleased with HubPages. The quality of the posts, the instant feedback, the visual scoring system and the CLEAR guidelines of HubPages have made this a great experience so far. I am looking forward to reading more of your pearls of wisdom. Thank you for encouraging me and others.

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    Carolyn Augustine 

    9 years ago from Iowa

    @B.A. Price: You are the first person to comment so directly and in such a complimentary way about my writing style. Thanks for the ego boost! Hope you're still reading when you're done :)

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    B.A. Price 

    9 years ago

    Thank you so much for this informative Hub. I love your writing style and every sentence made me feel as if I am finally at home and essentially made the right decision joining this network. I will be sure to read your other works simply because I love your writing voice ;)

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    Carolyn Augustine 

    9 years ago from Iowa

    @mailxpress: Thank you for your invitation to read your hubs. I'll be glad to. I had to laugh at your compliment about my adorable kid. If you're referring to my profile pic. Just to clarify, that's ME, circa 1974! I'm still adorable, IMHO!

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    Michelle Cesare 

    9 years ago from New York


    I'm not pregnant but I was intimidated to write online. I came across Hubpages doing a search at Google. I've been hooked ever since and I've been told my Hubs are informative and helpful.

    I agree with the statement study the successes of other Hubbers. That is so true.

    I hope you have the time to take a look at my work. I feel I have many helpful tips to skyrocket revenue earnings with Adsense.

    I don't earn with Ebay or the other affiliates. My focus is truly on Adsense.

    Thanks for the great Hub. You kid is adorable.


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    Carolyn Augustine 

    9 years ago from Iowa

    Upal19, Thank you. That is high praise indeed. I hope your discoveries help you along on your path to success. Cheers!

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    Ashraf Mir 

    9 years ago from Dhaka

    Last few days, I'm only reading advices on HP. after reading this one I'm so inspired. Thank you,

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    Carolyn Augustine 

    9 years ago from Iowa

    @Helen Cater: Thanks, I hope Ryan's video helps you. It was a huge help to me..

    @knell63:LOL! Making a suit of chain mail might get in the way of you writing 100 hubs. It took me 15 months to cross the century mark. Good luck. I agree there are a few too many haters here at HP. Cheers.

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    9 years ago from Umbria, Italy

    Good advice, I want now want to write a 100 hubs and make a suit of chainmail. You're right about feeling the love and having a friendly atmosphere, there's too much hate out there so a little HP lovin is good for all. Off now need to find coat hangers. Thanks

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    Helen Cater 

    9 years ago from UK

    Thankyou for this fantastic hub I am now going to watch Ryan's clip and hopefully learn something from it. You have a brilliant page full of fab hubers whom I have read lots.

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    Carolyn Augustine 

    9 years ago from Iowa

    @like_2-write: Thanks for reading this. I'm looking forward to seeing what you have to say, and appreciate your kind thoughts. I think HP will be a great place for you to share your writing with others. Cheers.

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    Carolyn Augustine 

    9 years ago from Iowa

    @viryabo: Thank you for sharing your experience here in the comments section. It sounds like you have gotten a fantastic start here! I am impressed that you took the 30 hubs in thirty days challenge and succeeded in writing 35. Did you ever sleep? I'm sorry to say I learned to keep it positive the hard way. I was grouchy and pregnant when i started hubbing, and I left a few snarky remarks along the way. Dale Carnegie would have rolled over in his grave. Thanks so much for your comment! Cheers!

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    9 years ago

    Very informative article. Promoting positive thoughts and interaction among people is fantastic. I am new to the Hub. I really appreciate your direct response to those who comment. I look forward to releasing my inner thoughts here and hopefully others find it interesting enough to read.

    Thank you


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    9 years ago

    I've been on HP for roughly 7 months now, and just like you, i stumbled upon it. Still trying to remember how. When i realised i had to write many many hubs to even get a leeway, i was alarmed. Didn't think i could do it. I wrote about 25 hubs and was already gasping. Stuck. Couldn't seem to go any further. Then i joined the 30 hubs in 30 days challenge, just to try to see if i could do it. Luckily i did. 35 hubs in 30 days. I was like WOW!. I havent looked back since. The community help here is awesome, and that's part of the secret of my patience, perseverance and my success. The HP community. I could go on and on.....

    Im still learning. I Find this hub great and even though i've been around for months now, i still cherish every tip, advice or suggestions i find in the hubs. I have found many here. Thanks for this hub.

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    9 years ago


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    Carolyn Augustine 

    9 years ago from Iowa

    Wow, what a lot of comments! Thank you all!

    @Riley: Darkside really knows his stuff, and he has a knack for explaining things in a clear concise way. I hope his articles help you get started. They helped me.

    @facebookchat: I hope my next one lives up to your expectations: ;)

    @slaco: Thanks for the stumble. I love stumbles!

    @charmbaker: You lived up to your name! Thank you for the wonderfully uplifting remarks. You'll go far here.

    @mroricle1973: Mandatory reading at HP? That is high praise indeed. I'm glad I could point you to some other writers who know their stuff and wish you success!

    @Sexy jonty: Good luck here on HP! Thank you!

    @myownworld: I agree it isn't easy to get people to read your stuff. Do check out some of the articles that describe how to use the Google Adwords Keyword Tool because if you use the metrics on there, you will succeed. I have been successful linking to my hubs from Facebook. My friends read from there too. I don't get millions (or even thousands) of hits but I've noticed my readership increasing over time. Don't get discouraged.

    Hmrjmr1: Thanks for the bookmark! Hope you are having fun here on HP! Cheers!

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    9 years ago from Georgia, USA

    I add my thanks for another hub I can bookmark and use to make mine better thanks so much

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    9 years ago from uk

    Great hub! Am a beginner too, and your words are really encouraging! Yes, writing about stuff one feels strongly about is easy, but making sure it reaches people is actually much harder. But you've shared some really helpful tips! thank you..

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    Sexy jonty 

    9 years ago from India

    Very well written hub .....

    very much informative ......

    Thank you very much for your great hub, for good advice, good wishes and support. Thanks for sharing your experience with all of us.

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    9 years ago from Virginia Beach

    This hub could easily be one that it is mandtory for all beginners to read. I am just starting out and this has helped a lot. Many great resources to help me attain success.

    Keep Hubbin'

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    Charm Baker 

    9 years ago from Los Angeles, California

    Well all I can say is BRAVO! I'm a fairly new hubber (relatively speaking) but I have learned a whole lot in a short time, most of it by following the steps you outline about reading the work of your peers, networking, and continuing to learn so you can grow. I really love the way you share and spread the love around. When I grow up to be a BIG HUBBER I want to be just like you:)

  • slaco profile image


    9 years ago

    I, too, stumbled upon this ... thank you for the information. I'm new to this "hubbing" thing so I hope it works out ... again, thanks :)

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    9 years ago

    Great article! I particularly took the advice that referred to reading articles by Darkside. As referred to as, "The go-to-guy for learning how to sign up for HP’s affiliate programs."

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    9 years ago from Shanghai, China

    Inspirational! I'll be coming back for more when you publish next!

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    Hector Herrera 

    9 years ago from Dominican Republic

    Thanks for your advice. I see that I have a lot to learn.I enjoyed it.



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    9 years ago from India

    Wonderful hub WW. The advice you have given here is really wonderful ans should be of immense help to all of us. Thanks for sharing.

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    syuryadi helpi 

    9 years ago

    Thank you for this useful information.I agree with you that the content has to be worth reading.

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    9 years ago

    Thank you so much for this interesting and extremely helpful article.

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    Carolyn Augustine 

    9 years ago from Iowa

    @MikeNV: You are spot on. Thanks for reading this and for sharing your thoughts. If luxury yachts are in your realm of experience, then bravo. If not, then I suppose that makes you a wannabe writer just like me!

    @Prabhurcbe: Thank you. I sincerely appreciate you being a fan! Cheers!

    @Lonely Writer: Nice seeing you again. I always appreciate your comments.

    @bengriston: I looked at your hubs. Lots of hubs about fire prevention. You are serious about your topic and it shows. You have an interesting and well-defined niche. I hope you have some fun and I think your fans will wildfire. Don't get discouraged. It doesn't matter how long you take. You don't really need to write 100 hubs to be a success. It looks like you're doing great.

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    9 years ago

    Excellent tips! I would love to be a success at hubpages but I just do not have the time to create as many hubs as other writers do. I know that I need to focus on quality over quantity.

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    Lonely Writer 

    9 years ago from Lubbock, Texas

    Really good hub...lots of good tidbits here.

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    Ireno Alcala 

    9 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

    I've already saved your hub page. It's very informative and thank you for providing great insights/positive comments about other hubbers.

  • prabhurcbe profile image


    9 years ago from India

    Thanks for sharing wannabwestern. Intresting topic. Encouring proof for new hubbers like me. Im fan of u.

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    9 years ago from Henderson, NV

    I agree with a lot of your point. Participation is important. Positive is important. Too many people don't do well because they try to tackle projects they don't know much about just because they saw somewhere that something was a "high paying keyword". So they try to write about Credit Cards or something they just don't know so much about... and it is reflected in the quality of their writing. But everyone knows about something and probably a lot of things, and there will be interested people in knowing what they know. So many things like hobbies, remote control helicopters interest me... Luxury Yachts, tiny electronics. If people would just focus on what they love their writing would be so much better! Hubpages makes it so easy because you don't have to get involved in all the technical aspects... all you have to do is plan and write.

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    Carolyn Augustine 

    9 years ago from Iowa

    @ Earnmate: I am honored!

    @ Roffi: Good luck hubbing!

    @ Lisa: You've been here a little longer than me, I think? I'm honored you read my hub.

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    Lisa HW 

    9 years ago from Massachusetts

    Nicely done Hub. I agree that HubPages has lots of excellent writers and really well put-together Hubs.

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    Roffi Grandiosa 

    9 years ago from Bandung, Indonesia

    Thanks for the advice. I'm new with hubpages, good luck for all!

  • EarnMate profile image


    9 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

    Such a warm and inspire advice that's truly encourages me. I agree with lorlie6 that this hub is wisdom and informative rich. I'll definitely follow you.

    So much thanks for sharing.

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    Carolyn Augustine 

    9 years ago from Iowa

    @Shayvon, Frieda, Marcofratelli, Biz Kitty: Thank you all for reading, I'm still surprised and a little thrilled when I get positive feedback like that. You all made my day.

    Frieda, those pregnancy hormones put some creative juice into my writing. I always go back and laugh when I read those hubs. Must have been the spirit of my little imp helping me along. She has quite a personality!

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    Biz Kitty 

    9 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration! Read every single word!

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    9 years ago from Australia

    I'll re-tweet what Frieda just said. Except the part about being pregnant! Where have I been? You're a wealth of knowledge, thanks so much.

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    Frieda Babbley 

    9 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

    As always, such a perfect hub. Wonderful advice. Your Learning #2 is right on, I love that advice so very much. Terrific examples. Still glad to be a fan of the still pregnant lady =D. Speaking of, even though I've long since been pregnant, I do still go to those for a read; you know, just to remind myself. Great hub, girl.

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    9 years ago

    Stopping by to get advice...Great advice.

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    Carolyn Augustine 

    9 years ago from Iowa

    Aww, shucks! When I wrote this hub I had no idea people would find it encouraging, but I'm glad they did. lorlie6, I'm looking forward to reading your writing.

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    Laurel Rogers 

    9 years ago from Grizzly Flats, Ca


    I have found that much wisdom and information can be found in the comments about certain Hubs, this one in particular. I am a very new writer who has found the Hubbers here to be consistently encouraging and helpful-what more can a site offer?

    Your Hub has me feeling much more comfortable about developing the writer's voice within, and giving it a bit of a test-ride here.

    Thanks for your words, they soothe my furrowed brow! Really!

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    Carolyn Augustine 

    9 years ago from Iowa

    wrenfrost56-love your profile pic! It's better to try and fail than to never try at all... But seriously, I'd be interested to hear what people who "failed" on the challenge learned from it. Did you write 10 or even 5 new hubs in 30 days? If you came away from it knowing something more about yourself, your writing style, your ambitions, what bogs you down...then it really wasn't a failure. No one should feel pushed at HubPages. This is entirely voluntary. I am still learning and glad to be surrounded by others who are on the same journey. I'll see you in HubMob!

  • wrenfrost56 profile image


    9 years ago from U.K.

    I am still pretty new to hubpages and need all the help I can get, thank-you for this it has helped me realise it will take time to learn and that that's o.k. I did attempt the 30 hub challenge however failed miserably, still I guess that's o.k. too. Thank-you for shareing and I will try participating in the hub mob, sounds like it could be fun.

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    Carolyn Augustine 

    9 years ago from Iowa

    Thank you Lonely Writer, Azizi527, and Vinu. I wish all of you well!

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    Lourdes Cartagena 

    9 years ago from New York

    Thanks, alot of great information that I have found useful as I am on nive on HP. Thanks again.

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    9 years ago

    good post ..really informative

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    Lonely Writer 

    9 years ago from Lubbock, Texas

    Good hub, I really enjoyed it.

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    9 years ago from Nabon

    Good tip ,I hope will read your hub number 200 sooon.

    Thank you very much.

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    Carolyn Augustine 

    9 years ago from Iowa

    Thanks, SP: I've learned a great deal about how to behave myself here on HP by watching you and have learned some valuable lessons. Glad to do it.

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    9 years ago from Southern California, USA

    This is a great and encouraging hub for beginners on the site. I appreciate you mentioning me too :).

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    Carolyn Augustine 

    9 years ago from Iowa

    Thanks Eaglekiwi--you have a built in niche! My husband's sister married a Kiwi, too. They have a beautiful life over there and I'm hoping we can go visit with our family some day. New Zealand is so beautiful! Thanks for the HubLove!

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    Carolyn Augustine 

    9 years ago from Iowa

    Emievil, thanks for becoming my fan! I always appreciate that! I know you'll find your niche. I really didn't begin to start exploring my Western niche until I had written about 20 or thirty hubs. Also, you don't have to stick with just one area. I think it just helps to build groups of related content. I'm off to read your hubs, then it's baby bath time!

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    9 years ago from -Oceania

    Definately helpful and full of delectable morsels to keep coming back too . Thankyou ,into bookmarks and thumbs up!

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    9 years ago from Philippines

    great hub, wannabewestern. I'm a new writer trying to make my way in the online writing world. I too discovered hubpages by accident more than two months ago. I became addicted in no time. I wish I can be like your featured hubbers in this hub and write about a niche. Unfortunately, I haven't found mine yet.

    And let me just say, you're not a wannabe. You're definitely exotic =). And I'm your 296th fan!

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    Carolyn Augustine 

    9 years ago from Iowa

    @dohn121: You are too kind! I agree about the 30 day challenge. I'm amazed you made it. Way to go! I read a hub the other day by Lissie that called her experience a "glorious failure." Like her I got kind of sidetracked by discovering the Adwords tool. I am a busy mom who volunteers a lot and deals with babies most of the day, so my writing window is very small.

    You write very well, you have something to say, and you aren't afraid to celebrate who you are. So I think you've gotten off to a great start. I didn't think any of your hubs were sub-par, but I can relate to the feeling of wanting things to be perfect. My brilliance comes and goes. Sometimes I'm in the zone, sometimes I fight it. Nobody can be brilliant all the time, except maybe Pam Grundy. Just keep getting back on the horse. If you need to take a break, that's ok too. :) Cheers!!

    @Dahoglund: Take it one day at a time and you'll be surprised at what you know in a month or two. Even if you think your questions are very basic. I just recently discovered all that stuff about keywords, rss feeds, and the like. If you have questions about how to do something, it's very likely someone has asked the question in the forums. I'd click on that link and ask your question in the search box. When I went to work for Intel over 10 years ago, they had a lot of company-specific lingo. It was over a month before I really understood what anyone was talking about. Good luck!

    @Lupo: It has indeed been a journey. My goals and aspirations have changed. Nothing is static. Thanks for commenting!

    @ RNMSN: You are very kind to say "you and other amazing Hubbers" that just lifted my spirits and gave me a boost to my ego! I still have quite a few deservedly low-scoring hubs, but I'm trying to press on and continue to write. I'm honored for the bookmark.

    @ E.A. Wright: I agree with you. I'm not very good at selling stuff and all of my "buy this" hubs haven't turned out very well, but I'm reluctant to pull them down because I had to work to create them. Most of us can't be consistently clever all the time. Thank you very much for reading this!

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    E. A. Wright 

    9 years ago from New York City

    Thanks for sharing your insights. I particularly liked your advice about stepping outside comfort zones.

    Starting out here, I was confused whether to become a fan of writers with very different interests and styles. Still sometimes hesitate when I see a writer with an overwhelming rash of "buy this" hubs, but then I'll stumble across a moving or hilarious essay in which the writer's personality really comes through. I'm learning no to make assumptions.

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    Barbara Bethard 

    9 years ago from Tucson, Az

    I have stored this on my favorites and intend to refer to it daily for a while...I fear I have been so caught up with the "gotta write one a day" thing that I am out of my niche :) I think I will research what you and other amarzing hubbers have written and I will learn!!

  • Lupo profile image


    9 years ago from Boston Area

    I am sure it has been interesting to write this and reflect on how things have changed from your first hub to today. I know it is interesting for me to hear about how you began and developed into a 100 + hubs writer.

    I haven't written quite that many hubs yet but I have enjoyed doing the little bit that I have.

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    Don A. Hoglund 

    9 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

    wannabewestern this is very useful information that I intend to try to make use of. Right now I am still bogged down with the mechanics of some things. I am not quite as comfortable with the internet as some of the younger folks.

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    9 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

    I can barely write right now, wannabwestern. I'm honored to even be mentioned by you on this hub! It's so encouraging to hear it, coming from you. Thank you so much for your kind words. I appreciate it very much.

    One of the big obstacles that I found when doing the hubchallenge was being satisfied with the hubs that I was writing. One of my fears is having a fellow hubber or an outside reader come visit and be unsatisfied or displeased with what I have to share with them. I just couldn't sleep at night knowing that I didn't put my best effort in my hubs (I admit, I do have OCD).

    This hub is very encouraging to me and all those who are fairly new here to the HP community. We certainly have a lot to learn from you, wannabwestern! Thank you so much!


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