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Google AdSense and Keywords: How Did I Get PAID This Much Money?

Updated on June 22, 2016
So you kept at it and you made some money, but now what?
So you kept at it and you made some money, but now what?

Getting Paid Money

Google AdSense and how to make money with it, is a popular subject and for many writers who publish online articles and it is because it is the main source of income for their hubs. This is a time where quality counts for a lot of things when dealing with AdSense or other affiliate programs. There are other sources, such as amazon and eBay but this is the one that makes most people some earnings over time. Or at least in terms of comments about how much or how little one is making money on it.

One thing: You need to sit down and publish a hub or two before this will help you-- and you will have to make them of as high a quality as you can. Saying that you don't make any money and don't have a single hub published will not help you make money. If you have a great profile and nothing published you will be unable to make a profit on your hubpages profile. This really means that you will not a earn a cent, it won't; you can only make money if you have a hub already published, and one which is considered quality content. You need something published to make money and to get money from Google AdSense. So no hubs or blogs or website, you won't get a penny.

Okay? End of that rant.

If you want to make a lot of money in this business you will also need to think about such things as linking and SEO and how to build that online empire. That comes in the future but right now you need to make money.

Google Uses Keywords, and This makes you Money: This is important google uses keywords to rank a hub or a website or a blog or anything. Which is why you'll often find people saying you need many hubs to get something going. A domino effect of interrelated hubs with useful information on each one that people can find within your links.  The more traffic the more likely you'll get clicks which makes the money.

I'd also add one more thing learn about keywords.

Keywords are the foundation that google uses to find your hub but it not the only way that search engines can find your hub.  It will just take longer. A good beginning to learn about keywords is to go to google AdWords and look around. The basic idea for keywords are there. There is some value in this as it does give an idea how much keywords are "worth."

So what does this mean to you?

Simple if you have a good hub with good keywords, people will be able to find you hub and click on your ads and you will at some point get a payout. Here is the important thing, the money you get from clicks can range from nothing (zero) to as high as $100 (so I've heard) dependant on the type of keywords used.

Google AdWords and AdSense do work well together, but only if you take some time to learn about both of them. Yes You can scream "I got paid!", but what does this mean to you if it's only a few cents every other day or week? Learn about Google AdWords and AdSense so that you can make the most of a monthly pay out. What this means is by learning about keywords, you are learning how people think.

Keyword Research and Knowing What Works

Some Keywords Might Seem Good But: Have you noticed that you can have say 8 or 9 blogs and hubs and that if you look at the content and the traffic, and all things being equal, what you get paid out still doesn't make much sense? for example a hub might make $10 a day but your blog might make $10 a month, yet it is one the same topic!

AdSense is a bit of a strange beast, you can make all sorts of plans about making money from it, but the fact remains that if you don't have a great title, great content and basic knowledge of both Google AdWords and AdSense and hubpages, you are lost.

There is a thing called hub stats, this is a beginning (find it and look at it). Learn about all the sections, it can tell you where your traffic to each hub is coming from, but also give you a good idea of links and how well traffic is coming and going on a hub. Still keywords (or tags on hubpages) are vital.

But wait, if you go on AdWords, as most people at some point will, you can find out roughly how much each keywords are "worth" some will say they can make $20.00 a click, which seems like a good thing. Reality time here: Most hubs will not make that much money, the competition is way too high for some of these words. So while you might make .50 cents on a click based on that keyword, odds are you won't get $20.00 for a long, long long time.

So plan to do a bit more keyword research and hub optimizing before getting too excited.

KeyWords: I know something... Still

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Google AdSense, Google Ad Sense, Google AdSence, Keywords and More: See the things I've done here? Notice something? Well maybe or maybe not.

These are all keywords, and some one somewhere will probably use each of these keywords to find what they are looking for. Most people will write google AdSense, but if you type it phonetically then it might be Spelled as "google AdSence" or "google Ad Sense." I am referring to keywords here, not money.

You might get more traffic by having a good quality hub with a few variations to the usual spelling of certain "common" keywords, but this might not lead you to clicks or more money. Then again done in an usual way it just might. It is a business and people are learning fast.

So why do people put as a keyword something like "make money" instead of "how to make money" or "make money online"? In one regard a "vague" keyword will help them, but in the long run it might hurt their chances of making money since it is so wide, maybe in terms of less traffic and less clicks. It might not get them a first page ranking.

The other thing is that while some will use a variation of misspelled keywords, they do not think that most people spell things properly, and often Google will redirect to the correct spelling, so you must use a keyword tool to find out if it is a "dream payout keyword" or a keyword which can over time make you money with AdSense.

Rules Change

Google Has, Can and Will Change the Rules:This is a big fact, Google, the company, is well known to change the rules of the game, which is why one month you can make money, but the next month you wonder where half of your traffic went off to. It didn't it simply can't find you at the moment. This happened with previous updates and will happen again

Some used to suggest things like putting a few keywords time and again into your writing, but this isn't great advice anymore, or write short and sweet for everything. Or write something of great length. All this to get a first page ranking on the Google search engines.

All well and good, but remember that six months from now Google might change the "rules" of the game. AdSense is a great thing and so is AdWords but if you want to get paid and paid well, basics come into play.

There is nothing more basic than keywords. Or a bit of ESP. Think like a business person, and this might help. Still quality content will win over simple keyword and poor content.

So, keep writing, remember to use your head and learn about keywords, and surprise you might one day scream out (positively) I got PAID this much Money??? Hold On a minute! This is Great!


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      Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada

      thanks johnny

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      Johnny 5 years ago

      Good advice on how to get paid

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      Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

      rexerta-- this is true, it does take a lot to learn about adsense.

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      Rajiv Sighamony 6 years ago

      Once again a great hub. I think I will have to do some homework before I understand the working of adsense.

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      Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

      Amelia-- you are welcome.

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      Amelia Blick 6 years ago from UK

      Thanks - I found the advice in this hub extremely helpful.

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      Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

      Jonas-- i try my best

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      Jonas 6 years ago

      Interesting view thanks for the hub

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      Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

      joe-- I will don't you worry!

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      Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

      anon-- always happy to help, and that is why I tell epople these are mini-websites.

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      joe 6 years ago

      keep these coming. very interesting

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       6 years ago

      I know this hub has been out for awhile. I just had to comment as Ii am reading everything I can on this subject. Good advice, thanks.

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      Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

      nightbear-- it is totally, but i'd add no content you are in big big big trouble.

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      Susan Kaul 6 years ago from Michiagn, USA

      Keyword Research, absolutely key

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      Neil-- I wish I had more time to re-read most of them they are in need of touch ups. I'll certainly look it up, it isn't a direct link so that's cool. As long as it has a bit of a point links are okay, but you have left a great comment so that is important, and that is what makes me go and look your comment.

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      Neil MacLennan 7 years ago

      I like your hubs a lot I wish I had more time to read them all. I intend to one day. I have just put up my own site and need all the help I can get as I am poor as hell. My site is at Http://thewrittenword.ca I'm not sure if this is allowed if it ain't I'm sure I will hear about it. What I would like to see and maybe I will create my own hub on this topic,"What is considered OK and what is tacky and spammy? When it comes to adding your URL to the comments you leave on peoples hubs and other places"

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      Edyy2106-- really that's cool how many do you have now?

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      Eddy2106 7 years ago from Chicago Suburb, IL

      Give it about a week or 2 and i'll reach to 1000 followers.

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      shazwellyn-- thanks so much!

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Brill! xx

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      Frank Menchise--- I am glad it gvae some hope, yes it does take time, but with time and hubs and content and some followers you'll see results.

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      Francesco Menchise 7 years ago from Brisbane Australia

      Thanks for your informative hub it is just great, and just what I wanted to know; you see, I was really looking for information about making money on line, as I am new to writing anything for money, so your hub has given me some hope. Thanks again.

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      drbj-- thanks for that lovely hub of yours, it's awesome. I certainly will do something for you. it's awesome do you read minds?

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      Meaningful research, Rebecca, on keywords which is always valuable. Thanks for the reminders. Wanted to give you a heads-up that I just wrote a new hub about choosing avatars and linked to you using your avatar as an example. 'Twas my pleasure and you can feel free to reciprocate any time.

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      Papa Sez-- coming soon don't you worry. Thanks for the comment!

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      Tony-- yes that one you can't say enough of, twhen you get into this, understand it more. thanks for the comment.

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      Papa Sez 7 years ago from The Philippines to Canada

      It's good to be one of your 900+ followers, Rebecca. I already learned a lot in this hub. Looking forward to the next one as well.

      Best regards, Papa Sez

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      Tony 7 years ago

      Good thought out advice, one key is to be patient also, no one is going to get rich quick with Adsense or Adwords.

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      clare-- well then welcome glad you did come, and hope this hub helps in someway!

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      winsome-- I think the most important to me ar: good solid advice, gratitude and success.

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      hypnodude-- go right on ahead with that, much blessings in that endevor!

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      Prasetio30-- you have talent, this I know because I read your hubs, but yes the key to all this is to never give up.

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      clare 7 years ago

      I arrived here by mistake , but your article made a great read!

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      Winsome 7 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Hi Becca, hugs and warm clickwords. =:) Here are some good examples from the fellow hubbers' comments above: keyword search, click on ads, Google rewards, adwords and adsense, adwords/keywords, making more money, incentives, improve writing skills, useful information, spike in traffic, Google first page, informative hub, attitude and gratitude, success, and good solid advice. Great job everyone! =:)

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      Andrea 7 years ago from Italy

      :):):) I'm just trying to mirror your successful way of hubbing. :)

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      this is special hub. I know this is become dilemma. In other side we had to try to doing the best we can. But the result is not follow us. What's wrong? Now I learn much from day by day. the key is never give up. I believe the good times will comes. thanks Rebecca.

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      sheila-- you've certainly made my day with this comment thanks.

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      ntweisen-- i am certain that you will. Takes time, just remember that part!

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      KoffeKlatch Gals-- you are welcome, hoep this advice will help you.

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      sheila b. 7 years ago

      The best I've read about adsense. Good writing. Thanks.

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      ntweisen 7 years ago

      Great advice and blog. I am trying to make money off of my blogs so I hope this helps.

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I love it when someone can give good solid advice. The info is great and timely for me. Thanks

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      JannyC-- well put it this way, you don't click on your own ads (that is bad-- will get you out of Adsense.) but others will click on an ad if they think it might help them find a site they are looking for. As for amazon same thing applies, if people like the book then they can click and buy it, and yes you do get a copy so no scam there. email for anymore questions.

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      frogyfish-- thanks for the comments, I am glad you enjoy hubpages, just remember this is a time based thing not right away.

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      cameciob-- as I've said beofre AdWords works wonders for certain keywords and certain sites, however I really only use the keyword search myself now. To get a basic understanding of what is what.

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      Karen-- sounds about what I find as well, the title seems to be the only thing for some of my hubs that make it stay in a good position (when I type in the exact title of course)

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      JannyC 7 years ago

      My question is who clicks on those ad's anyway? You make money if someone clicks on an advertisement on your page right? I never click on ad's for fear It might be evil scam or something. I though I am tempted to click on Adsense for dummies book. Hmmm

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      Peter-- we all have them, excuses, but somethimes, they do end, thanks for the congratulations!

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      hynodude-- don't copy my hubs is all I ask! but sure enjoy having all the fans you can handle!

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      Mystique--make me blush-- but thanks for the wonderful comment!

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      cupid51-- good luck on hubpages, and thanks for the comment.

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      Angela-- as always it takes time, but enjoy the process.

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      frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America

      Good hub with great tips. I'm not that into it...may try a little harder...but enjoying HubPages anyway! Thanks for sharing your info!

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      cameciob 7 years ago

      Hi Rebecca. I tried to do the adwords keywords game but then I get too much competition for a low search word or phrase and I get discouraged. Then I read another hub of yours and I get encouraged again. This back and forth had brought me 15 hubs so far so thank you for your advices.

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      Karen Banes 7 years ago from Canada

      Google certainly works in mysterious ways! Sometimes I'll see a big spike in my traffic and when I check it out, Yay - my hub is on google's first page for a particularly key word, or more likely, phrase. A few days later my hub disappears from google's first page, taking my traffic with it, yet nothing about my hub has actually changed! I'm still mystified by google, but I learn a bit each day. Hubs like this help. Thanks Rebecca:)

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      Boo McCourt 7 years ago from Washington MI

      This is really good information. I haven't yet dedicated myself to using adwords/keywords in my articles. I think if I committed myself to this I would be making a tad more than I am now. Making more money is also an incentive to create better content, and improve writing skills as well. Thank you for the useful information.

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      Peter Dickinson 7 years ago from South East Asia

      Thanks again Rebecca. I just need to be reminded now and again. Then the day will come that I will do all you suggest. I just never seem to find the time with blog and answering letters and emails and and. Excuses excuses. Congratulations from me too

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      Andrea 7 years ago from Italy

      Well, your 900 followers are well deserved, you wouldn't have them if you didn't write such good hubs. :) But be careful that I'm copying from you. :)

      Another great hub. I'm happy to read from you again.

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      Mystique1957 7 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

      Well, my dearest Becca...

      I am always expecting something great from you and you know what? You never disappoint me! This is technical stuff, getting into Ad Words and Keywords and so on. Nevertheless, I insist in my theory: Attitude is everything and Gratitude is its twin sister. Without them there are few chances to succeed!

      Loved it! 900, huh? Well deserved! You are one of a kind, Becca!

      May God Bless you!

      Warmest regards and blessings galore,

      Al

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      cupid51 7 years ago from INDIA

      Many many Thanks Rebecca for such a helpful hub!

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      Angela Blair 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks for the great info - don't think I've got it down yet but am definitely working on it. I'm taking your suggestions on adwords and adsense -- doin' it tonight as a matter of fact. Best, Sis

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      Pamela-- I really only use adwords for the keyword search but in the past I've used it for some promotion, but honestly that didn't work out for me either.

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      ann-- best one for me is google adsense for dummies. Great book.

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      hello hello-- you are most welcome not a problem

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      ten Blogger- sounds about right really, I do like the fact that hubpages gives suggestions for keywords.

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      Rose West-- it can be a bit duaghting but you are a great writer and the keywords will come easy for you.

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      hmrjmr1-- yes that ist is. thanks for stopping by!

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      juneaukid-- slight imporvement is improvement to me. Happy to help.

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      dohn-- 900 is a milestone, even though it's 1,00o that is, but still I am happy with my success. what do I say again and again: time time and more time!

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Rebecca, This has been a big learning curve for me. I use google keywords but don't understand google ad words as well. I tried it a while back and lost money, which isn't good. I appreciate this informative hub. Thanks.

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      Ann Nonymous 7 years ago from Virginia

      You are making me feel as if I can do it, Rebecca! haha... Trouble is I am enjoying Ann Nonymous Non Sense words...But this is a great hub, yet again!!!! I need to get my hands on some of those books posted above!!!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you, Rebecca, for your kindness of sharing and great help.

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      Ten Blogger 7 years ago

      I really don't worry about Keywords.. I just go with a gut feeling and my own judgement how people would be searching for my hub. I try to write a good story even if it is just a picture hub. I am getting good results due to that.

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      Rose West 7 years ago from Michigan

      Great advice, Rebecca! I feel like I'm still getting the hang of good keywords. I'm realizing how writing online is different than just writing. There are so many more factors!

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      Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Thanks Rebecca knowledge is power!

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      Richard Francis Fleck 7 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Thanks very much, Rebecca. I hope to make use of your suggestions if even only for a slight improvement.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      I used to struggle with this, but I think I hit my groove. One of the things that I look for are search words (per Google) that get around 20,000 to 80,000 local hits/searches a day. I'll admit, I've been lucky sometimes and have rarely been disappointed with the results because I did my homework beforehand.

      Congrats on your (gulp) 900 fans!!!

      It certainly does take time, but it will pay-off in the long run! Thanks again for the information and reality check, Rebecca. Google will reward those that work hard!