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Hubpages Success Story: What I Did Right, What I Did Wrong

Updated on November 25, 2016
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As a ghostwriter, Sage mostly writes for other people. Her spiritual articles, blogs & ebooks are a labor of love-- and it started with HP!

A Hubpages Milestone

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My 200th Hub

Hubpages was at first just a place to express myself. Then, it became an experiment. As it turns out, it may be leading to an entire shift in my career-- something I never expected when I started.

As I reached my 200th hub, I started looking back at my experience writing for Hubpages: what I did right, what I did wrong, and how I feel about the experience overall. Breaking with my usual niche, I thought I'd share some of my experience, talk a little about my journey here, where it's brought me, and to share a little advice.

woohoo! 1,000,000 views: 9/28/16

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How I Started Writing for Hubpages

By the time I came to Hubpages, I had already been making a living as a writer for years. I started in around 2002 or 2003 submitting articles to magazines. By 2004 I was getting published enough to give me confidence to pursue a career as a writer. By 2007 I was able to quite my day job and write full time.

Mainly I earned a living from ghostwriting. I liked ghostwriting because I hate marketing; I never wanted attention, I never wanted to do book signings or interviews or speak at conventions. I just like to write, get paid, and move on to the next project.

I'm also not very computer or business literate. Things like ad programs, making your own website, etc., were just beyond me. I didn't make enough to hire people for that kind of stuff, and tackling it myself was a bit intimidating. I just preferred to keep writing and let other people worry about it.

But I was getting burnt out. When you write for other people, you don't always get to write about things that inspire you. You don't always get to use the voice you prefer, or take the angle that interests you. I was just getting bored with it. I still loved writing, and I was making a good living ghostwriting, but I felt like I was in a rut. I toyed with a few content mills and children's picture books, but nothing that got my juices flowing.

That's when I signed up with Hubpages.

I found out about Hubpages a couple of years earlier when I ghostwrote some hubs for someone, and I was intrigued. I liked the idea that I didn't have to worry about HTML, that editors wouldn't chop my work to shreds, and that I could just say what I felt like saying.

I started getting success on Hubpages I didn't expect. No, I'm not pulling down thousands of dollars per month here-- far from it..But earnings, though they've exceeded my expectations, are not the only measure of success for me.

How Things Progressed for Me on Hubpages

December 23, 2012
Published my first hub
January 2013
Recieved a 'Rising Star' accolade. Became motivated, raided Learning Center to learn how to produce high-quality hubs.
February - August
Chugged along, publishing about 70 hubs, having a grand old time. Reached about 50 followers & 10,000 views
September 2013
Decided to (finally) monatize
December 2013
Celebrated 1 year on HP, had about 100 followers and 100 hubs. I was very excited because it had already gone much further than I expected.
January 2014
Reached my first payout threshhold- treated family to Chinese food dinner.
April 2014
Reached my second payout-- splurged at the craft store.
May 1, 2014
Got a Hub of the Day-- very exciting. I decided to start taking Hubpages more seriously.
May, June & July
Reached 100,000 views and getting a lot more organic traffic. Kept reaching payout every month. Started blogging and promoting my hubs on social media.
August 2014
Did not reach payout (missed it by a couple of bucks), but I've reached payout every month since.
December 2014
Two year anniversary! A little over 200 followers!
March 2015
Reached 200,000 views and 300 followers! Blog is getting successful, too (around 200 page views per day).
July 2015
Have 200 hubs, all featured! Just about to hit 300,000 views and have almost 350 followers, getting triple digit payouts every month, and have 2 blogs doing well.
update since article was originally published -- October 2015
It took 3 months to reach 400,000 views and over 400 followers! The lesson here: keep at it, and you pick up momentum!
August 2016
I have not had much time for HP this year due to work increase. However, I've got 500 followers, I'm closing in on 1 million views and still have the equivalent of a part time job income from the hubs I've published.
September 2016
1,000,000 views!

Thanks to Hubpages, Things Have Taken Off:

13 Moons to Becoming Wiccan: How to Make the Transition from Theory to Practice
13 Moons to Becoming Wiccan: How to Make the Transition from Theory to Practice

I published my First Ebook! My Hubpages success motivated me to write a full-length non-fiction book. Another is in the works!

 

I'm Blogging and Teaching, Too

My Hubpages success also motivated me to start my own website, blog and start teaching online. I probably would have never thought of doing this if it weren't for how many people were contacting me to tell me how much my hubs have helped them, or asking me for more information.

You can find my website here: Wicclit.com

I Feel Good!

(I knew that I would...)
(I knew that I would...) | Source

I Consider it A Success

So I'm not making a living off Hubpages at this point (yet!), but it led to bigger things. It got me to start my Blogger blog Tips for Living Wicca, my Tumblr page Sage's Book of Shadows, my eBook 13 Moons to Becoming Wiccan and personal website www.wicclit.com (used for the home base of all my niche writing and where I'll soon be offering classes and workshops on my choice niche), writing for fun on Hubpages became a lucrative addition to my income, inspired me, and opened up a whole new career path with a lot of potential.

And the way things are looking, I feel like it's only going to keep growing-- it feels like this is just the beginning!

Another major success is that I've have had a lot of people come to me to tell me how much my hubs and blogs have helped them on their spiritual journey, or that my writing has spoken to them in some way. This has been the best reward of all.

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What I Did Right (My Best Hubber Advice)

  1. Make it a labor of love. I think one of the reasons my hubs got attention is because I poured my heart into them-- I wasn't think of money or fame, I was thinking that I wanted to do justice to the topic near and dear to my heart. I wrote about a topic that inspired me (my spirituality), and directed it to others inspired by the topic.
  2. Really put effort into creating great hubs. I advise you to go to to the Hubpages Learning Center and follow the advice given there. It's great advice! Visit some Hub of the Day winners and check out some of Hubpages top earners -- learn from them! Go to the forums or questions-- read advice from the successful veterans and ask for help. Don't get insulted if they tell you something needs work, or you could have done something better. These people are great resources-- if you want to get successful on Hubpages, heed their advice.
  3. Advertise products selectively. The more I've reduced the amount of Amazon ads on my hubs (sometimes to just one or two), the more stuff I've sold. It also helps to actually put ads for things you have used and give a little review about it. That personal touch makes all the difference.
  4. Keep working on your hubs. If there's updated information, go back and add it. If a link is broken, or if your hub's individual score drops, go back and fix things.
  5. Be prolific. I find if I go on a Hubpages writing spree and publish a lot of hubs within a month, my traffic starts to spike. If I take a break from Hubpages, my traffic begins to drop. I'm sure I could do better on Hubpages if I keep publishing steadily. One of my current writing goals is to produce more steadily on Hubpages.
  6. Get into a niche. People interested in your niche start associating you with it. They start recommending you on their social media and websites and blogs. Searchers interested in your niche stumble on your hub and go to the next and the next. You start getting well represented in the Hubpages topic area (just look at the Wicca topic section and Witchcraft topic section of Hubpages; I'm all over them; I'm also pretty well represented in the Pagan Holidays section of Holidays & Celebrations-- now if someone searches those topics on Hubpages, they're bound to find my articles. I owe that to having a niche).
  7. Create hub directories. Once you have a significant amount of hubs on a topic, create a single hub to present it all in a logical fashion. I have three directories, and these each get thousands of page views per month because people keep going back to them. I update them regularly to add new hub links.

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What I Did Wrong (And What You Can Learn From My Mistakes)

  1. Don't wait so long. I wish I didn't wait as long to monetize my Hubs, and for about a year my hubs were more of a hobby and an afterthought. From the time you get out of the gate, set some goals and get focused.
  2. Learn about how to make money writing on the Internet. Marketing, SEO, social networking, etc.-- these have not been my strong point and I've been flying mostly by the seat of my pants with very little knowledge. I'm sure if I put more effort into these things, I could probably do a lot better writing for myself online. I actually think having a niche and a presence in a specific online community (Wiccans/Witches) helped override what I don't know about internet marketing, networking and search engines-- but just imagine if I had both from the beginning! Ah, well- hindsight is 20/20.
  3. Get more involved in the Hubpages community. I unfortunately go up and down with this... Hubpages actually has a great community with some very talented writers, knowledgeable people and successful business people. I love reading other hubs, participating in the forums and questions, etc.-- but when life gets busy I don't make as much of an effort as I would like. That's another goal I'm working on.
  4. Pick a good name. I chose a name being rather facetious. Had I known it would have started getting attention, I would have just went with Sage (which is my middle name) or come up with something else. I didn't want to use my real name in case my clients came across my writings-- I didn't want to risk they might have some prejudice against Wicca or Witchcraft. I never expected it to take off or turn into a serious venture. Since I can't change my account name, and don't want to go back and start over with a new account, so I'm stuck with it. So think carefully about your hubber name, because it's going to stick with you!

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I'm Happy I Joined Hubpages

So I might not be up there with the Hubpages superstars (far from it), but success is measured by your own individual goals and expectations. On Hubpages, I've far exceeded any goals or expectations I had for writing here, or about my niche topics.

Things are picking up for me thanks to Hubpages, and I expect them to keep getting better.

I know a lot of people come here with high hopes, only to leave after a couple of months discouraged. I just want to say for those wondering if it's worth it that you can do well here, or it can lead to bigger and better things, if you're willing to put in the effort and be patient. I can't tell you that you'll be making thousands of dollars here someday; but I can tell you I think you can get out of this place some great opportunities, if you're willing to put a lot into it.

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A Shout Out to Awesome Fellow Hubbers

This hub didn't feel complete without adding that some incredible hubbers here have helped me tremendously. The following people stand out in my mind; they either welcomed and encouraged me, I found valuable info in their hubs, their excellent hubs served as great examples to learn from, they answered my questions or helped me understand the ropes around here a lot better in the forums or Q&A section, or they simply inspired me:

Billybuc, Bishop55, CarolynEmerick, Catgypsy, CraftytotheCore, CM Hypno, DzyMsLizzy, d.william, Karthikkash, KittytheDreamer, Marisa Wright, Nell Rose, Phyllis Doyle, Radcliff, relache,SM Obrien, Susana S, Victoria Lynn, Wilderness, & Writer Fox.

I know some of these people are not active anymore but I want to say you all had an influence on me over the last 2 1/2 years; thanks to all of you!


Current Hubpage Goals

  • To review, refresh & update all my hubs
  • To publish at least 1 high quality hub per week
  • To keep up better with HP and social media
  • To give a big thanks to all the words of encouragement people have given me in the comments! THANK YOU!

What are your Hubpage goals?

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      rathinam 20 months ago

      really inspiring details on how one can persist and embrace success!

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      kbdressman 20 months ago from Harlem, New York

      Great hub and great advice! I probably would do well to set goals of consistently publishing hubs every week and spending time learning about how to be a better hubber, writer and online marketer on a regular basis. I too have found that consistently publishing new hubs, tweaking older hubs, and interacting with the community is important to success on hubpages. Thanks for the great hub!

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      kbdressman 20 months ago from Harlem, New York

      Question...when do you publish your directory hubs? For example, I'm working on a 12 hub series on the minor prophet section of the bible. Would you recommend waiting until I've finished all 12 hubs? Or, should I do it sooner? (I have 6 of them finished.)

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      Pollyanna Jones 20 months ago from United Kingdom

      I've just passed the 1 year mark, and your article was really helpful. So many useful points, and I've had similar experiences of the mistakes. I wouldn't worry about using "Wiccan" in your author identity, it helps people see that you're Pagan friendly. Whether you write about Wicca related topics or not, it's part of who you. I understand how you feel though, I do hold back a bit with my writing as people can be very hostile towards Pagan themes and personal gnosis, and I've seen a lot of very extreme religious discussions and articles on here that makes me wary!

      However, the best part of HubPages for me is that I can write about whatever I like. There aren't the subject constraints or time limits and deadlines. It's refreshing and enjoyable to write at my own pace.

      Looking forward with hope to the day that I manage to get a payout every month, but it's no disaster if that doesn't happen. I enjoy writing and love reading what people put together on HubPages. Here's to many more Hubs from you, WiccanSage! :-) BB

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      Missy Smith 20 months ago from Florida

      This was so helpful. Thank you, there are a few tips you mentioned that I have yet to try. I'm having a problem getting on every single day and publishing. It's probably because it's summer vacation for my kiddos, so I'm pretty tired these days. This was great information indeed. Thanks again!!!

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      Heidi Thorne 20 months ago from Chicago Area

      And we're so glad you've joined us! Very informative hubs. And, unlike some who are looking for quick or unrealistic results, you've made the most of your experience here on HP. Congrats on your 200th hub milestone!

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Congratulations on a job well done. Even though I know next to nothing about Wicca I have found your articles interesting, and it has been a pure pleasure getting to know you. I'm glad you're here, and thank you for mentioning me....here's to the next 200!

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      Silva Hayes 20 months ago from Spicewood, Texas

      Great article! Thanks so much.

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      Brian Langston 20 months ago from Languedoc Roussillon

      Brilliant Hub Wiccan Sage and congratulations on your success which I am sure is only the start of a thrilling Hub Pages journey for you. As a new Hubber (thanks to Pollyanna above!), I found your article very helpful with tons of excellent advice. Reaching my 5th Hub and having the Hub-bilical cord cut was a landmark for me so I will continue to chug along and work towards becoming a Hub Centurian. (Note to self...must get my head round this monetising malarky!). Thanks for the inspiration WS.

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      Kathleen Cochran 20 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Congrats and keep the good work coming!

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      Vicki L Hodges 20 months ago from Arkansas, USA

      Congrats! I always enjoy reading about others' success on HubPages! And thanks for the shoutout! I read and comment on here now and then, but I need to get back into writing on here again. It's been quite a few months! Life got in the way! Hope to see you again soon!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 20 months ago

      Thanks Rathinam; I really do think with effort and a little sweat equity invested here, people can end up happy with the results. Thanks for commenting!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 20 months ago

      Thankks KDB; I'm glad you enjoy it. Setting goals and following advice by others here really started making the difference for me.

      As for directories, when I first made one it was because my list of articles was growing and I realized it would benefit my readers to find the info categorized & in an order. For a fiction story, I would probably do it as soon as the fiction hubs started slipping down and blending in with the others on the list and didn't stand out-- make a nice directory with links and pop that in your "in the spotlight" and it makes your readers interested in that have a much easier time finding it.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 20 months ago

      Hi Pollyanna; Thanks so much! I was more worried about my religion + my middle name being "WiccanSage" sounding a little to pretentious, like I'm appointing myself Grand Pooh-Bah of Wicca. I thought it was a funny twist in words, more along the lines of, "I'm Sage, and I'm Wiccan." Instead, I think it comes off as "I am THE Wiccan Sage." lol. Didn't mean for that to happen. But what's done is done... could have been worse. I could have just used the name 'Booger' or something.

      But I'm with you, what's great about HP is the freedom. A lot of professional writers have to deal with clients, editors, publishers, rejections, strict guidelines, deadlines, etc., it's just so nice to feel you can let yourself run free somewhere, lol.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 20 months ago

      You're welcome Missy Smith, and thank you! I know that hearing what worked & didn't work for others really was helpful to me getting started.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 20 months ago

      Thanks so much heidithorne! I'm so glad I joined you all as well. Just being part of this great community has been an awesome experience, writing or no writing.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 20 months ago

      Thaks BillyBuc, you have been an inspiration for me, truly-- great advice on hubbing, writing, a lot of smiles, and you've been so encouraging from the start. So thank you again, my friend.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 20 months ago

      Thanks Silva, I appreciate your comments and I'm glad you liked it.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 20 months ago

      Thank YOU Brian, I appreciate that. And I looked over your profile and can't wait to dive into some of your hubs, they look great!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 20 months ago

      Thank you very much Kathleen, and thanks for the comment! I will try!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 20 months ago

      Hi, it's great to see you Victoria Lynn! And yes, you have been such a great hubber to learn from as well as so supportive, I want you to know I appreciate it. Thanks!

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      Jessica Marello 20 months ago from United States

      Congrats on 200 hubs! HubPages has really helped push me as a writer, and (as you mentioned) given me somewhere I can post about the topics I love most. I definitely need to increase my activity, and work on goal setting, but your hub was inspirational! I'd love to be able to post at least one hub a week, I just have to kick myself into high gear to do it.

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      William Leverne Smith 20 months ago from Hollister, MO

      Thanks for sharing!! ;-)

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      Janis Leslie Evans 20 months ago from Washington, DC

      WiccanSage, love your story of success on HP. So good to hear at a time when some hubbers are trying hard to stay motivated. I admire your ability to remain focused. Congratulations on your 200th hub. Voted up, useful, and awesome.

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      Carolyn Fields 20 months ago from the USA

      Thank you for sharing your success. Very inspirational!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 20 months ago

      Thanks so much, Dreamhowl! I feel the same way, I need to kick myself up a notch, because it really pays off.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 20 months ago

      Thanks Homeplace!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 20 months ago

      Thanks Janshares. I think it's hard on people who are looking because they need to make a living right now. it's definitely a long-term investment, and I was lucky to have already had work to do. This was just a side interest. But people should know it can work out.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 20 months ago

      You're welcome, and thanks for commenting Carolyn.

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      catgypsy 20 months ago from the South

      Congrats on your success! You deserve it as you are an excellent writer and I have enjoyed your hubs so much. Good luck with your ebook!

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      Dr Pran Rangan 20 months ago from Kanpur (UP), India

      Congratulations for achieving the target of 200 hubs. Your success story is really incredible. One can learn a lot from it. I like your sound advice about writing successfully on Hubpages.

      Thanks a lot.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 20 months ago

      Thanks so much Catgypsy, I appreciate it.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 20 months ago

      Thanks Dr. Pran; I appreciate the comment.

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      Lana Zakinov 20 months ago from California

      I've recently also been reflecting on my time here on HP. My experience wasn't quite as salutes and fireworks. Admittedly, I also could have done some things better. The one thing I never did do was find a writing niche. Damn my eclectic nature! Lol. Anyway, it's good to know that some writers can turn HP into a worthwhile endeavor. So congrats on your success and thanks for sharing!

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      Jill Spencer 20 months ago from United States

      Congratulations! You've had an interesting journey. Much success with your new book! --Jill

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      Donna Herron 20 months ago from USA

      Congratulations on writing 200 hubs! Your experience and success has inspired me to really put my nose to the grindstone and focus more on writing and posting new hubs. Thanks for sharing your valuable lessons with all of us!

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      Mary Hyatt 20 months ago from Florida

      Thanks for the inspiration. I really don't think I could ever write two Hubs a week. I just don't have that much to say, I guess!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 20 months ago

      Thanks Kalinin; But there are a lot of eclectic writers here who find success as well... I just think the niche worked for me in compensating for what I'm not particularly good at (marketing & seo). I'm pretty eclectic too, but since I've been writing for other people for so long on topics of my other interests (home & garden, arts & crafts, parenting, education, travel & leisure, etc.) I can pretty much focus on a niche here. I think if I were going to break from my niche entirely I'd just start a new account with a new niche. Thanks so much for commenting.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 20 months ago

      Thanks so much Dirt Farmer, fingers crossed on the book! But it seems to be coming along well and thankfully I have a pretty harsh editor with an eagle eye (my daughter, lol, she wants to go into publishing).

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 20 months ago

      Thanks purl3agony; I appreciate your comments. I've read some of your hubs and have no doubt you can find success here if you wanted to.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 20 months ago

      Hi Mary; that would just be my goal. For me, 2 is a realistic goal (even with my other writing jobs). Everyone and what they produce is different. I think it's better to write quality hubs than quantity, but it's good to have a goal of some sort for me. Without some kind of self-imposed deadline I find my hub writing just keeps getting pushed to the back burner.

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      Stephanie Bradberry 20 months ago from New Jersey

      Thanks for sharing your ups and downs and successes and learning ventures.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 20 months ago

      You're welcome Stephanie, thanks so much for commenting.

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      Brian Dooling 20 months ago from Connecticut

      Awesome job Sage! Congrats on your 200th hub and all your accomplishments! This hub is not only inspiring but informative as well! Keep up the good work and good luck with the eBook! That's so exciting!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 20 months ago

      Thanks so much BWD; I'm glad you find it inspiring, and thanks, I will take all the good luck and well wishes I can for my book.

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      Vagabond Laborer 20 months ago

      Congratulations on your success, WiccanSage--you're an inspiration!

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      RJ Palano 20 months ago from Atlanta Georgia

      Congratulations on this great success! Your milestone inspired me to do plan my activities towards hubpages.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 20 months ago

      Thanks Vagabond and Palanorj, I appreciate your comments and your kind words. I wish you well!

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      Liz Elias 20 months ago from Oakley, CA

      A lot of good ideas; several of which I could stand to implement, myself. I've always had trouble with a niche--I'm all over the place--but that's who I am; Jill of all trades, mistress of none. LOL

      And my goodness, thank you for the mention! I'm honored!

      Voted up +++

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 20 months ago

      Thanks so much Lizzie, and it is my honor, I am grateful. Have a wonderful day.

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      Nell Rose 20 months ago from England

      Aw thanks for the mention, and congrats! you always write great hubs and I enjoy reading them, here's to the next 100, 200, 300,.....lol!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 20 months ago

      Thanks Nell Rose!

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      Krzysztof Willman 20 months ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      This hub inspires and motivates me so much, and I love the honesty you shared. If I only had a quarter of the success you've had, then I'd consider it a win. Excellent job and awesome hub.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 20 months ago

      Chris, I have looked over some of your hubs. I bet you'll get there, and more. My dad had a gambling addiction and kudos to you for writing hubs on that difficult topic. I haven't commented on them yet because I want to sit down & give a more thorough read when I get the chance, but thanks so much!

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      Linda Bryen 20 months ago from United Kingdom

      Hi! WiccanSage, Congratulations on your success at Hubpages and I want to thank you for your advice about how to write on your niche. I really admire writers like you because I can learn a lot of things. I post hubs now and again as I work full time for a living but with your advices in mind, I might up my game and try to write more hubs. Thanks.

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      Ronald E. Franklin 20 months ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

      I've been seeing so many tales of woe in the forums lately, this comes as a breath of fresh air. Thanks for the inspiration and encouragement.

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      Nancy Mitchell 20 months ago from Bend, OR

      Thanks for your encouraging hub. I love how you set goals for yourself beyond making money. Finding a niche seems to be key. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

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      Certified Noob 20 months ago

      Congratulations on 200 featured hubs !!

      Thank you for an inspiring, informative, useful hub. Hope you achieve all your goals and much more .

      Upvoted .

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      Jasmine P 20 months ago from New Jersey

      Congrats on the 200 hubs!

      Your story is inspiring for sure. I'd love to be a kick-ass writer myself someday. ;)

      I wish you the best of luck, but with all of the hard work you put into your writing, I doubt you'll need it!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 20 months ago

      Thanks lies; I know what it's like, I also work full time (as a ghost writer), and hub pages is something I try to do in my free time, so there are times when I'm very productive and times when I'm not. But it's good to just set a reasonable goal (one a week, one a month, etc.) and stick to it. Regular publishing has its benefits.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 20 months ago

      Hi Ron; I guess it's because I missed the hey-dey of Hubpages earning, so it was never an issue for me. I didn't do it for earnings, I did it to write what I love. But yes, I think that it can still bring success for others who are looking to do the same. Thanks for commenting!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 20 months ago

      Thank you letstalkabouteduc, a niche has been beneficial to me because because it helped me build a regular audience. I definitely think there are easier and faster ways of making money than HP, but if you love to write about certain topics, money is definitely an achievable goal. Thanks!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 20 months ago

      Thank you intergrater! I'm working on them, thanks for the vote!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 20 months ago

      Thanks TheLightFairy! I'm going for it, but any bit of good wishes are appreciated.

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      Çoenraad Viljoen 20 months ago from Johannesburg

      I am in the process of creating my first Hub page and needed some inspiration to follow it through. Sharing your experience and computer literacy and still managed to succeed - gave me hope. You are a very talented and compassionate writer.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 20 months ago

      Thank you Coenie, that's very kind of you to say. I wish you the best of luck with your first hub, I'll be sure to check it out.

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      hubsy 20 months ago

      Wow, this is so inspiring. I find myself fluctuating up and down with my involvement in the community as well and in my hub publications. Thanks, and I'll try to stay strong!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 20 months ago

      You and me both, Hubsy! We can do it, lol. Thanks so much for your kind comments, I'm glad my experience could inspire you.

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      greeneyedblondie 20 months ago

      I always think of my hubs as more of a hobby and less of an actual writing career. Right now I doubt I could make such a career on hubpages since I'm so versital. I mean, some days I can have 2-3 or more ideas for hubs (that I space out posting). Other times, it can be days between ideas. The longest I've gone is 11 days. I hope I don't break that record. Any advice on keeping inspiration flowing?

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      Payal N Naik 20 months ago from Mumbai

      Thank you for sharing your success story. Very impressive!

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      Colin Garrow 20 months ago from Kinneff, Scotland

      Always good to hear positive feedback from Hubbers who are enjoying what they're doing. Well done on staying the course and good luck for the future.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 20 months ago

      Hi Greeneyedblondie; I think it would be hard to make HP a career for me, too. For hubpages, with my niche, I don't so much struggle for inspiration, but with finding the time to write-- especially now that I juggle my regular ghostwriting clients (for my income) and my blogs and book (what I hope will turn into my source of income). I already do so much writing and unfortunately HP isn't be that high on the priority list.

      s a ghostwriter, I can struggle with inspiration because I'm not always particularly inspired by the subject matter. I just freewrite; letting my mind wander with the idea to see where it takes me always seems to put me on a track to being productive.

      Thanks for commenting!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 20 months ago

      Thanks so much Payal N Naik and Fatboy Thin, I appreciate the comments. Thanks for reading.

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      Chantelle Porter 20 months ago from Chicago

      Great article and thank you for sharing. I'm new here and have been pressuring myself to learn more and do more. I think I need to just concentrate on the joy of the experience first and foremost.

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      Tyler Philbrook 20 months ago

      Thank you so much for this article. I'm trying to learn how to write and get better using HP and this article is a great help to start that journey.

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      Dolores Monet 20 months ago from East Coast, United States

      Hi Sage - though I've been here for quite sometime, I always love to read advise. One of your interesting points was, for me, to keep plugging away. Sometimes, when traffic fall, when a Panda or whatever strikes, it's so easy to throw in the towel or produce less. It should not be a surprise that when you produce more, you get more traffic! But the idea of passive income is past.

      I never hit the 200th hub because I wind up deleting old ones that I do not like anymore, or proven duds.

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      John Coviello 20 months ago from New Jersey

      Congratulation on reaching the 200 Hub Milestone and your success here at HubPages! You provide solid advice regarding the dos and don'ts of successful publishing at HubPages.

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Congratulations Wiccan Sage. Great milestone. I am in awe of your success. It took me 12 months after monetising to make my first payout, and 10 months for my second. I can only dream of making payout every month let alone three figures. Thanks for the great advice.

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      Cassandra 20 months ago from Geelong VIC Australia

      This article was good reading and has lots of helpful hints for me. I have just had my first blog published on hub pages. I hope to publish many more. I will eventually read some of your articles.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 20 months ago

      Thanks Chantelle, I do think that it would be hard for anyone to do well at HP if they don't enjoy writing, or at least have a passion for what they're writing about. Welcome and enjoy!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 20 months ago

      Thanks Tjphilz, I appreciate the comment. Best of luck to you on your journey here at HP!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 20 months ago

      Thanks Delores! I agree, I think passive income from websites like Hubpages has had its day and is over. The search engines ended up so flooded, and with lots of junk, the bubble had to burst. Although it would be nice if the cream always rose to the top, the system is not quite there yet we have to work for it and be productive. Thanks for commenting!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 20 months ago

      Thanks Rock_nj, I appreciate it.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 20 months ago

      Hi Jodah, thanks for commenting, and I appreciate the compliments. Best of luck hubbing!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 20 months ago

      Thanks AussieAdventure, I appreciate it. Congrats on your first blog, and much success to you here!

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      Glenis Rix 20 months ago from UK

      Very useful insights into developing traffic. Thanks :)

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 20 months ago

      Thank you Glenis, glad you find it useful & thanks for commenting.

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      DavidCombs 19 months ago

      love the hub! congrats on your success so far, hope you reach your hubpages goals.

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      JR Krishna 19 months ago from India

      Congratulations

      I rarely come across success stories on hubpages

      I felt motivated to stay and write more

      Thanks for sharing

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 19 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Sage, I am amazed with and highly motivated / inspired by your success story - not that you have achieved success here at HP (I knew you would when you first came here) - it is the very well-written and beautifully formatted hub and the fantastic tips and advice you give that will spur me on to greater success here at HubPages.

      I have been pondering for several months now on narrowing down my subjects / topics to a strong niche, one I am very knowledgeable on and love more than all the others. After reading this hub and feeling your exuberance and satisfaction with your journey here, I am now putting more serious thought into my own journey and goals.

      Thank you so much for writing this hub - thank you so very much for the mention of my name in the group of those who have helped or inspired you.

      You are fantastic and I truly enjoy reading your hubs. I think I know right now where my niche is and am off to do some seeking and charting. Thanks again, dear one.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 19 months ago

      Thank You David, I'm going for it!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 19 months ago

      Thanks so much thumbi, I appreciate it. I'm glad it's motivated you, and good luck with your writing as well!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 19 months ago

      Hi Phyllis, thanks so much. You're too kind, and thank you so much for the encouragement and inspiration you gave me. I know whatever you choose, you will find success.

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      Randa Awn Handler 13 months ago from USA

      Good luck with your book. Thanks for sharing your experience as a Hubber!

      I'm new here and I appreciate the tips.

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      Nightcat 13 months ago

      Thanks for the inspiration! I really resisted being pinned down in my own niche for the longest time, but if that is what my readers truly enjoy I should give it to them. Thanks for the great advice!

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      Kristen Howe 10 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Sage, congrats on all those accolades and milestones. I'll be hitting my 2 year anniversary in September. I might want to do a hub directory this summer, when I figure it out. Great tips and congrats!

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      Cedric Yong 10 months ago from Singapore

      First of all, congrats! This hub is not only informative, it's very encouraging and inspirational. I'm really motivated now to work hard and pump out new hubs.

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      Audrey Howitt 7 months ago from California

      Congratulations!! You deserve it!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 7 months ago

      Thank you!

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