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Hubpages So Far: My 50th Hub

Updated on May 29, 2012

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A Mile Marker

So I have been a member of Hubpages for over 2 years now. But the reality is that I have only been an active member for about 6 months total. I started 2 years back (as of the publishing of this hub), but due to work and school I kind of dropped off the map when it came to article writing. It was only as of June 2011 that I got back on the horse and started working again. Long story short, life got a little less hectic because I put my foot down and I have since been able to publish a lot of articles. This reflection, I hope, will help my fellow hubbers with their work.

What Has Worked:

My approach has been very... ah... schizophrenic?... in my approach to writing. It is really been what interests me. It as also been converting some old papers for classes into articles. It seems to have done well for me. But some people seem to do better at picking one area of focus and running with it. To each their own I suppose. These are some tips I have for all of my fellow hubbers:

1) Make sure your content is worth reading: No body likes crap. Make sure your content is worth reading. If you are just pumping out stuff so you can generate revenue, maybe this isn't the right thing for you. Quality beats quantity every time in my opinion.

2) Be ready to revise, edit and re-publish: I have had several hubs/articles I have published thinking they were awesome when I went to bed, only to realize they were awful the next morning. I re-read, edit and scrutinize my stuff regularly. I may not be a literary genius, but I try to make sure I am not smearing crap all over the web and hubpages.

3) Write what you know about: Nothing is more annoying that a person who just spouts random facts without understanding them. This leads to...

4) Plan your articles: I have been thinking, planning and outlining 5 articles over the last 2 weeks. Part of the reason I haven't written them is because of other obligations, but a lot of the really good articles have some sort of planning going into them.

5) Be flexible, let inspiration do it's thing: If you get an itch to write, let it happen. The previous point about planning articles is a rule of thumb. If you can write something with passion and value without a planning session awesome!

6) Dedicate a time to writing at least twice a week: This is sort of like a job. I think it is the funnest job I have ever had, but still. If you want to make money at this, make the time to write at least one quality article a week.

7) Be active in the Hubpages community: This is really been a great help to me. Answering questions. Asking questions. Hopping hubs. All of these things have inspired me and helped me in writing better hubs. Even if it is just once a week, the effort has paid off for me.

8) Is it useful?: While this is my last point, this is the first question you should ask yourself. If you want traffic then you want something people will read. If it is not informative, entertaining, education or useful then you should consider re-writing it so it is, or not write it at all. This is hard for a writer because sometimes we get attached to our ideas, but if it has no value, drop it like a hot rock my friend. Wasted effort is not something you can get a refund on.

What hasn't worked:

1) Rants: I am guilty of this. I have at least one that I have published. I will not take it down, but that is because I think it has value. Of course I could be wrong, but I will not worry so much about it. Rants should really be the exception of your hubs and articles, no the rule.

2) Breaking News: News gets old really fast. If you are going to write about an event, write it so it is longer lasting. No body cares about the "breaking news" you wrote about 6 months ago. BUT, if you write about it in such a way that it is more like a reflection backwards then it MAY have value 6 months to a few years down the road.

3) Whim Writing: If you don't have organization or order to your writing habit then you will generate nothing. The sad truth is the more QUALITY content you have, the more traffic you will generate. Sure your mom and your friends may visit your articles once you publish them on facebook, but what about after that? Whim writing is the trap a lot of people get trapped in (and I was trapped in for a while). If you really want to be taken seriously then you must take yourself seriously. Whether you write for fun or for income generation, if you want to be anything more than a 3 post blog that dies within a month of creation, you NEED to have some schedule, organization or order.

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Rolling in Pennies!

As of the publishing of the hub I have made about $10. Part of that is because I didn't sign up for the ad program until June 2011, but part of it is because I am essentially a new user. The interesting thing is that the income has been growing exponentially. Sure, it was 50 cents the first month, then $3 and then $7 (this is all approximations mind you), but part of the reason it has been growing it because I am now adding at least one quality article a week. Will I be a millionaire by the end of the year? No. But I will be generating some income from something I love to do while also benefiting others with quality articles.

Consider this. If you publish one good article a week for a year you will have 52 articles by the end of a year. Double that and you have 104. Slow and steady can win the race.

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Conclusion

I hope this hub was helpful and useful to you. I have learned some good stuff over the last few months. I am by no means an all knowing authority on the subject, but I can hope that you, my fellow hubbers, can see the value in my experiences. Best of luck to you!

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      Bubi 

      3 years ago

      Thanks for the great info dog I owe you bigiytg.

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      Brian Middleton 

      4 years ago from Southern Utah

      I need to follow my advice. But things have changed since I wrote this. I am teaching full time, so it makes sense that I a!m not writing as much. But I still need to produce more. Also, I have gone through & deleted or updated out of date content. Basically if I can't make it timeless, I ditch it. That has actually increased hits since there is less crap to destract from my good stuff. There is a temptation to play a numbers game with articles, but in the end quality wins out over quantity.

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      Missy Mac 

      4 years ago from Illinois

      I need to follow your advice and keep writing 1 quality hub each week. Thanks again.

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      Brian Middleton 

      6 years ago from Southern Utah

      Well, part of the reason it was $10 a month was because there was a year and a half break between my initial try (when HubPages was still getting its act together) and when I finally started pumping stuff out. Also, I can't help but see that right now you only have hubs. If you are pulling more than $10 a month from that, awesome. My focus is a combination of writing for the joy of it and making money so I am rather chill about the money side.

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      jm72writes 

      7 years ago from Missouri

      Congrats on the 50th hub. That is my next goal so it's inspiring to see someone get there.

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      Brian Middleton 

      7 years ago from Southern Utah

      Thanks all. Any suggestions for you all? I am always open to learning and improving.

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      Ravi Singh 

      7 years ago from India

      Great you completed 50th hub. nice idea. i too agree more than commercial purpose, a hub should be useful to readers.

      Thanks

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      Reena J 

      7 years ago

      Congrats on your 50th hub. Great work and continue your success with sharing more useful hubs as usual...

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      Kristin Trapp 

      7 years ago from Illinois

      You made a lot of good points. I am always interested to see how others are doing as I am a newcomer to HubPages.

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      Cloverleaf 

      7 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Ibbarkingmad, congrats on your achievement! And thanks for sharing your honest progress so far. In life, hard work and commitment pays off. I look forward to following you and your journey of success.

      Cloverleaf.

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      FloraBreenRobison 

      7 years ago

      Congratulations on writing your 50th hub. I can always tell when the author is writing about something for which he or she has a passion and when it is a matter of just publishing something. eg. oh! this contest is on this topic. I want to win the contest, but I don't know anything about this topic. I'll just make something up!

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