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HubPages helps pay the bills

Updated on September 6, 2015

Money is what I came here for

In the beginning, which is now over two years back, I came to hubpages in the hope of making money here. I had been searching on the Internet for ways of making money online and came upon a recommendation for this site.

I thought I would check it out and give it a go to see if I could make money by writing articles. I liked the ease of posting hubs here and also many features the site offers.

I enjoyed the community spirit here at hubpages too, and soon was making friends and also reading some excellent articles by other hubbers. I decided that I really liked hubpages and would become a regular user of the website.

Making money at Hubpages

Time went on and months flew by, and although I had added Amazon and eBay as affiliates that could potentially generate money from ads I was running, and although I had signed up with Google Adsense, I still found that I wasn't earning very much at all.

I read in the forums tips for making money at hubpages from more experienced hubbers. I read that you need to give it time here and also that you need to promote your hubs elsewhere, in fact in as many places as you can.

I began posting links to my hubs on my Facebook site, on Twitter, on blogger and on other social-networking websites, as well as on forums and saw the traffic increase immediately. Earnings were still not really happening though, but hubbers told me that it all takes time here. Patience is a virtue I am blessed with.

Fortunately, I had become addicted to hubpages and had praised the site so much that several friends, including CJ Stone and Mistyhorizon2003, had also joined and I was sticking around and posting hubs anyway whether I was earning money or not.

I saw hubpages as an excellent place to showcase my writings and to write about whatever I wanted. As a journalist I already had many articles that had been previously published in newspapers and magazines but had not been published on the Internet, so I decided to publish them as hubs too, as well as new original writings.

After a year, I finally got my first payment from Google. It wasn't a lot by many people's standards but it was exciting and proved that all the hubbers, who had said you need to persevere and that it can take as long as a year before you get results were right.

It gave me an incentive to look at this place again as a site to make money on, and not just a place to enjoy and to post my writings on. It had given me evidence of the reason I had originally come here as being valid. You really can earn money at hubpages and I had done so.

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Tips to improve your money-making potential

Marisa Wright was the most helpful hubber to me in pointing out what I need to do to help improve the potential money-making power of my hubs. She even wrote an entire hub about it which I have included a link to below.

I have always prided myself on being a knowledgeable and talented writer, and the feedback I get supports this idea, but what Marisa pointed out to me was that it wasn't my writing or even my subject matter that was at fault but my layout.

Marisa explained that putting photos and videos at the beginning of a hub is a very bad move because that is a prime site for advertising. I had been wrongly thinking that a video or a photo looked good there, and so it does, but it does not help you make money.

Unfortunately I realised that nearly all of my hubs had videos to start and photos alongside what was often only one text box. Marisa explained that you should have more that one text box to increase the adverts being placed at the top of the page.

She also explained that having links to outside sites all through the text was not a good idea because people can click on them and leave your hub and maybe not come back. I hadn't thought of it that way but again could see the sense in what she was telling me.

Bearing all these tips in mind I began going through my hubs making changes for the better. I always remember Marisa's advice now when I put a hub together.

Misha told me my hubs needed Search Engine Optimization or SEO as it is commonly known. He also suggested that I would possibly stand to earn more from more popular subjects about stuff people want to buy than writing about some conspiracy theory or rare plant. I now try to do a far greater mixture of subjects for my hubs because it seems a logical move if I want to make money with my writings.

Sufidreamer encouraged me by telling me that he makes a living as an online freelancer and thought I could do so too. He knew that I needed to find a way to make more money and was doing what he could to raise my hopes about doing so.

Various other very successful hubbers here have inspired me in various ways by seeing what they have achieved in making money and in their popularity. In the list of links below I have included a few of the people who have directly or indirectly motivated me to keep on trying at improving my earning potential here.

Every time I read of fellow hubbers' achievements or I see hubbers who are able to maintain a score of 100 it inspires me to carry on with my efforts at making money at hubpages.

I found that entering hub challenges is well worth doing too to see both your score and traffic go up. I have completed the 30 hubs in 30 days hub challenge twice now.

I have just joined the Seekyt site too, as recommended by howtoguru, where I have been writing and submitting trailer feeds for links to my hubs.

I have a long way to go to become a high earner here but am on the way and I now often get around €100 payment from Google and have had over €50 from eBay. Obviously I can't live on these sums but they really do help to pay my bills and the only way is up.

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      Steve Andrews 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thanks, Adrienne! I don't bother with Seekyt now as it changed...not sure what it's like now. This hub is old and reflected what I was doing then.

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      Adrienne F Manson 5 years ago from Atlanta

      Hi Bard, It has been a long time since reading one of your articles. Your hub on how HP helps pay the bills is an excellent article. I for one, is thankful for HP, and so glad I have stuck around here, and learned how to earn on HP, and still learning how to build my earning.

      I have not heard of Seekyt, and on my way to checking out this site to see how I can build more traffic to my hubs from using this social networking site. Thanks for the info! Voted up!!

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      Steve Andrews 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thanks for your comments, dmdiaz and dodsy! Good luck hubbing!

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      dodsy 5 years ago

      Thankyou Bard, I too am starting out. Living the dream...is little steps, and it's great experienced writers share their knowledge! Love and Light to you!

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      dmdiaz 5 years ago

      great advice. i'm just starting out and this helps so much.

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      Steve Andrews 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      You are welcome! Good luck!

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      Greg Johnson 5 years ago from Indianapolis

      Just started but can see how I can make my hubs better just from your article. Will also check out some of those that helped you. Thanks

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      Steve Andrews 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Good luck!

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      kikalina 5 years ago from Europe

      yeah im hoping hubpages will pay my bills!

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      Steve Andrews 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thanks for commenting!

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      kikalina 5 years ago from Europe

      these were some very good ideas. ty

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you and good luck back!

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      Puroney 6 years ago

      Nice hub, I haven't made much either, but I'm still working on it, good luck to you.

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you, Maria! Good luck here!

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      Maria Daines 6 years ago from UK

      A good read Bard and thank you for all the great information and tips, an excellent support.

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thanks again! Yes, a lot of people enjoy that song and performance!

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      You are very welcome, Sir. I must compliment you one your ability to be very interesting. I still really like the video with the "space ship" that you published a month or so ago.

      That was pretty creative - I get tired really quickly. . . .of being able to predict what someone will say or do.

      Cheers for your day!

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Hello Wesman! I often think it really does come down to how much work you put in and a lot of people expect too much for nothing! Thank you for your comments!

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      This is a very good hub. I see "lots" of shitty comments form persons who've joined and produced something or another, and then quickly got disappointed.

      I suppose such persons have no real idea what the word "work" means.

      The thing about the layout - it's mind blowing, isn't it? I'd have never known about it without someone telling me either. I could have lived a thousand years before realizing that pictures or videos do NOT go at the top right of the text that should be the first capsule.

      My newest idea for increasing earnings here is that I should increase my "authority" in the niche topics that I write about. I've really already got too many niche topics or subjects going, but I'm going to concentrate on the topics that I seem to best score with so far as Google traffic.

      I've never seen my author score be as high as yours always is. I got to 97 for about half a day once. I just can't seem to commit myself to . . . well, anything really.

      Best of luck to us all.

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      I am glad you liked my hub and good luck with yours!

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      James Bowden 6 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Hello Bard:

      Really enjoyed your hub in reference to earnings on hubpages. A lot of great information. I know that I myself, being here just five months now, have not made a ton of money either. But know that patience is real important when writing for this site. And eventually the money will flow. But more importantly is, that if you really enjoy writing like I do and know that you certainly do. Than this is the place for us and fellow hubbers alike, regardless of what we are currently earning. The sky is the limit as you also mentioned. Again thanks for sharing this great article with all of us that I voted very useful and found interesting tips within as well.

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      I am glad my hub is of some help to you!

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      ParemsWorld 6 years ago

      Very helpful. I guess I have to modify my hubs ;)

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you for your comments!

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      CZCZCZ 6 years ago from Oregon

      Thanks for the article .. hadn't heard of hub trails before cool deal.

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you for your comments, Romano!

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      Romano Arnesto 6 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks, Bard of Ely!!!My father has the name Ely. Glad you pointed out about 'links'. I might as well refrain from using such tool in order to focus more on my writing.

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Yes, I agree! Thank you!

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      stuff4you 6 years ago

      Some people have called hub pages a 'write for free' website since they were frustrated that they didn't really make any money with it.

      its not true, such people are just judging by their own experience.

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      I hope it does so I wish you good luck with your hubbing!

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      acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

      Wow terrific information, thank you it will help me so much.

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Good luck hubbing, Emmyboy!

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      Emmyboy 6 years ago from Nigeria

      Nice tale. Just so u know, Am comin' after thee...& it must work here on hubpages!

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you for your comment!

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      anusru63 6 years ago from india

      its great to see you all guru's here. hope I will be supported

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thanks for posting, Angie! Good luck hubbing!

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      Angie Jardine 6 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

      Hiya Bard

      Now following you because, as a newbie, I can actually understand what you are talking about. I particularly enjoyed 'Hubpages pays the bills' as it stated in simple terms what to do to make money on Hubpages - eventually. And much as I love writing I need to make money too, so I'm in it for the long haul.

      Lechid da!

      Angie

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      It must have been over 100 hubs but no idea about number of clicks!

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      Erin Buttermore 6 years ago from Laconia

      I have been looking for any information on the amount of traffic. I am curious to know how many hubs you had when you got your first check? I am wondering how much I will have to write to make money. I also want to know if you remember how many clicks you received during the beginning.

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you, Gracenotes! I have recently found out it is not a good idea to accept most hubkarma links suggestions either and am in the process of removing them.

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      gracenotes 6 years ago from North Texas

      Good hub, Bard.

      I am glad to hear that things are improving for you in the area of earnings.

      I agree about the advice not to include links in the body of your article. I usually follow this recommendation, but sometimes I deviate from it. I have a recent article that I feel is necessary to include outside links. However, I didn't insert them in the first third of the article. This gives a view "above the fold" of only text, plus Adsense ads. I think it could be a good strategy to use once in a while on an experimental hub -- meaning one which is destined to have short-term interest. The exposure is good, if nothing else.

      I wish there were a magic formula to increase traffic and clicks, but I know better.

      Good luck and continuing success here.

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      OK, thank you!

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      my-success-guru 6 years ago from Upstate NY

      Somehow my message was left twice so I deleted it to leave you this message.

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      my-success-guru 6 years ago from Upstate NY

      Hey Bard,

      Great tips on Hubpages!

      Take Care,

      Jim

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      I am glad you found it useful, Silent Writer!

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      Silent Writer 6 years ago from Udaipur

      Thats a great hub.

      It inspired me a lot.

      Thanks Bard!

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you for your comments, Surfergirl, Bloggify, Triosol and eculligan!

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      eculligan 6 years ago

      Great hub. Thanks for posting.

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      triosol 6 years ago

      Great Hub. Very Informative for newbie. Voted up :)

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      Bloggify 6 years ago

      Yes good hub - thumbs up - thanks for the useful info

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      SurferGirl1 6 years ago from California

      I have worked at making money with various writing and website ideas, but making money via advertising is definitely hard. Good hub Bard!

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      You are right there, Jason! Thank you!

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      JasonPrairieWeb 6 years ago

      You've got the right attitude about it to make make money and have fun and did a great job explaining this for people. It takes awhile to find the balance. To much emphasis on money and you might not have any fun and just get burnt out. Too much emphasis just on having fun and you won't end up making any money. Once you find that balance though, it feels really good. Especially when you get those checks that pay your electricity, gas and phone bills :-)

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you, molson5070! I hope it helps!

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      molson5070 6 years ago from State College, Pa

      hey thanks for the tips. this is the best hubpage ive seen on the topic!

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thanks for your comment, Adrienne!

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      Adrienne F Manson 6 years ago from Atlanta

      Great hub Bard! I know exactly what you mean. I am so thankful for hubpages.

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thanks for posting! Good luck!

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      Singular Investor 6 years ago from Oxford

      Thanks for the hub BoE and the reminder about seekyt - I signe dup a while back but forgot all about them !

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you, map65

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      map65 6 years ago

      nice article, thanks for sharing!

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you!

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      jasenpages 6 years ago from Alberta

      These are fantastic tips, thanks for writing this hub! :)

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Good luck here, Esanubi!

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      Esanubi 6 years ago from Nigeria

      I am yet to experience this as am new and would want to be like as you said it. thanks

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thanks for your comments, Anna, motorola, archbishop, Grace and xboxliveforxbox!

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      xboxliveforxbox 6 years ago

      It's good to know that Hubpages can help pay the bill. Not only that you enjoy expressing yourselves but it also helps you to have money from it.

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      grace siodora 6 years ago

      It used to be that a writer wrote out of passion and not by the dictates of his gastric juices, and society took care of them well.I can imagine how "market trends" impinges on your creativity as an artist/writer. Thanks for sharing. I too, have had to contend with this reality.Good luck to all of us!

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      archbishop1 6 years ago

      Just when you think, "I don't want to write today," an article such as this fills the motivation tank back up.

      Good stuff.

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      motorola 6 years ago from U.S.A.

      This is a very interesting post. Thank you for sharing it.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 6 years ago from Florida

      Excellent motivation!!! You have provided some great information, along with your own personal story It really ties it all together, and shows that it really can work, you just have to work at it!

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you, Alison!

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      Alison Graham 6 years ago from UK

      Thanks for the great info and the encouragement. I joined seekyt through your link, thanks for the tip.

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      I hope I have! Thank you for saying so!

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      burning bush 6 years ago

      Thank you for the information. You have certainly helped many of us shorten the learning curve.

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you for posting, BobbiRant, DeerWhisperer, manmade76 and Dotty1! Good luck here!

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      dotty1 6 years ago from In my world

      thankyou for your great hub as I am struggling on making anything really ...am goin to go over your points thank you :-)

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      manmade76 6 years ago from Kolkata

      Great Inspiration I got from your hub,me also thought the same that by photos and videos I can increase my earning but from now i will concentrate on writings.

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      Brenda Krupnow 6 years ago from Bradenton, Florida

      I've been here for about seven months and haven't made any money yet. I was just about to give up until I read your hub. I didn't realize that part of my problem might be my pictures. Thanks for the advice, it was well appreciated!

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      BobbiRant 6 years ago from New York

      In my case I don't rely on hubpages very much.

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      I hope so too!

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      desitemplates 6 years ago from India

      Good Luck Karanda. I am new here. Hope this article helps me earn some money :)

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Good luck with Hub Challenge!

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      shabarigirish 6 years ago

      Very Informative hub Bard of Ely, Thanks for sharing all these informations and your experience with us. Hubpages is really a very good place to stay for long. Still I havn't took Hub challenge, planning to take it soon.

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      I am glad to hear it, Tom!

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      TomHood99 6 years ago from UK

      I found your hub very helpful thank you for the info!

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Vaalion, I do like writing but I am patient anyway - in my life I have had to be! lol

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      vaalion 6 years ago

      Wow, you have a huge number of followers and hubs written. You must really like writing, only way I can see how you've been patient so long!

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you, Louisxfourie and Tom!

      Tom, it is really important to pay attention to this other stuff because good writing is not enough. As my good friend CJ Stone who is a professional writer and author recently posted on a hub of his own it took him 2 years to get his first cheque from Google and yet he gets loads of great comments here and off line he has books out and has written for well known newspapers and magazines. In other words his writing is top quality but he hasn't spent time on all the other stuff the top earners here use. Until Marisa Wright told me the tip about not putting videos and pictures to start a hub I had all of mine laid out badly. The reason some people make money here and others don't is because some know how to do these things and spend time on layout, SEO, back linking etc and the others don't.

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      Tom_Radford 6 years ago from London

      Hey Bard... that was a really nice encouraging hub for all us newbies. I've been on for about a month writing like a lunatic, but I haven't really been too careful about format or SEO or even topics. Just lovely to write so much. However I think it's time I started to heed some of this good advice. Great links on here too. Good stuff!

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      Louis Fourie 6 years ago from Johannesburg, South Africa

      I am a newbie as well and this article gave me some good tips. I hope that in time I will have at least 100 hubs.Keep on hubbing and good luck. Thank you for sharing this.

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you, Rolichius! Keep on hubbing and good luck!

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      rolichius 6 years ago from Vilnius

      I am a newbie and this article gave me some good tips. Thank you Bard of Ely for informative writing. I hope that in one year time I will have at least 100 hubs.

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you for your comments, Lita! Good luck hubbing!

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      Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

      I was motivated to write at HubPages by my daughters after I retired from government service. It was to fill up my inaction and its perceived concomitant boredom. So I started, very patiently.

      Although I'm not posting quantity hubs, I'm glad that I have loved the site along with friends who leave comments. I enjoy checking my account, although it will take a lot more effort, I believe I'm closer now to earning, too. What you do is what you get, I know I need to learn how to make more money from this hub. Thank you for sharing this.

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you for posting, Dee! Good luck here!

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      Dee aka Nonna 6 years ago

      Can't thank you enough. I am very new at this but I am really enjoying the spirit of hubpages. I am a patient person but it helps to know that my patience will pay off one day. Great information!

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you, MyJesus49, A Dane in Spain and Bob!

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      diogenes 6 years ago

      As the bordello sweeper said, "All this and they pay me, too!" A great, honest and giving article, bro...Bob

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      Dorte Holm Jensen 6 years ago from Torrox, Malaga. Spain

      Thank you for being so honest.