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Increasing Income Writing Articles

Updated on December 11, 2013

So you’ve written that article or blog added a nice picture or two, maybe even a video but no one is coming to read and comment. What do you do?

Key Words

The most important thing is using the best keywords or keyword terms. You can get help from Google adwords keyword tool website which will help you find the most searched for and most profitable words.

It’s free, you don’t have to pay for software or a subscription. It’s Google’s way of helping out those that are in their adsense program. Adword tools will help you choose the best words and terms for your articles.

The trouble is… this changes… sometimes daily. Those articles that aren’t getting very much traffic or no traffic need to be looked over again. If you edited the hell out of it, (sorry, hell is worth more than heck) made sure it’s well written and easy to read but still nobody is stopping by, you need to redo your keywords.

You have to not only put them in your title and summary but embed them into your story.

If you use Blogger you need to put them in the label box at the bottom of your stories.

In the land of Google we often use words that aren’t words like obsessiveness because it’s worth $5.64 with low competition. To the educated reader some online articles may look like incoherent messes but in reality they are not only written for content and information but also for revenue which is why we are all here, well at least the career writer.

I know this picture doesn't have anything to do with the title but cute sells.
I know this picture doesn't have anything to do with the title but cute sells.

The best writers are able to work in those made up words without dear reader noticing too much. They might assume the occasional typo when in fact it may be on purpose.

Google uses words most of the general public are searching for and apparently many of us can’t spell or just make up words off the top of our heads. If a million people are all searching for obsessiveness then it gets a high page rank and sometimes an increase in price whether it's a real word or not. People love to make up words, so much in fact there is a made up words generator just for that.

Don’t forget plural forms of words because sometimes words are worth more if you add an “S” and the reverse is also true. If you write a sentence with a plural word that isn’t worth very much try taking off that “S” and see how the value changes. It might surprise you.

Change your keywords and change them again

The keywords that had low competition with high values last month may not be worth a plug nickle this month due to holidays, seasons and trends changing so we have to constantly recheck and research our work to keep it fresh.

Increase Traffic

Okay, so we repaired any keyword damage and feel better about our work but still no readers. Now what?

You need to advertise. One of the best ways is through social media websites. You try to build as many friends or followers as you can, interacting with them and hopefully they will come read your work. Just don’t overdo the posting of your own work.

I've added in some keyword hints in parentheses to help show you the different values of words.


While you are at it make sure you read your entire article and edit as needed. Sometimes what I thought was a pretty good story, a few months later looks like crap and I’m wondering, “What was I thinking?” No big deal, just rework your keywords, edit, add text if needed, redo the video and any pictures.

Add more boxes or cells. The more you have the more revenue potential. You should have at least six boxes at least that is what works best for me. You can split up paragraphs, it doesn’t matter just add boxes.

You should have at least 600 words, don't go overboard because too long and people won't read. If you break it up into shorter paragraphs and boxes it's easy to digest.

The beauty of online writing is that we can redo our boo boo anytime we want to. (boo boo is worth more than boo boos ) It’s not set in stone. You can even change your title, which by the way is the best place to load down with those keywords.

Help out your fellow writer

Advertise their work and they may help advertise yours. When I enjoy an article or blog I post it on my wall on Facebook, Google+ or Twitter.

Don’t ask people to share your work. We don’t want to appear to be beggars just write well, share people’s work and someone will eventually share yours IF your work is good.

We are all in this sharktank together so we need to throw out a line. (sharktank is worth more than shark tank)

That’s how social networking works.

Post on Redgage

Redgage is a website that lets you advertise your work and they pay you to do it. How cool is that? I haven’t been on there very long but from what I’ve noticed the people making the most money are the most serious about upload content and acquired the most friends. (upload is worth more than uploading) Some have thousands of stories or pictures on their page and are friends with almost everybody.

You don't make a lot of money but when you can make cash from articles and blogs you've already written elsewhere that works for me. You don't have to create anything new. PLUS you get more readers which adds to your revenue here or where ever you post your writing.

So, write as much as possible, post it on Redgage and keep adding friends. Don’t pay any attention to their work, political views or what they look like add everybody and anybody even that squirrelly eyed guy because most will add you back and they might read your articles.

Advertise for a friend. If you see a story you like or pictures, add the link from Redgage to your Facebook page or where ever you hang out. If you post the Redgage link they have more earnings potential while if you only add their HubPages link they only get revenue from HubPages. See how it works?

Add friends, comment and share

Whatever site you write for whether it’s HubPages, Squidoo, Wizzley or Fred's Article Barn make as many friends as you can on those sites because most writers will help each other out. (I just made up Fred's Article Barn so don't try to Google it.)

Being friendly pays off. The more people like you the more they will read your work and if it’s good they’ll help you with advertising.


When you write a new story post a link to other articles that are related, especially those that aren’t getting much traffic. This will help those old pieces get renewed interest.

Analyze and research

Pay attention to how the popular authors are doing it. What are they writing? Which of their stories are getting the most traffic and why? Which of your own stories are getting the most traffic and why? What topics are hot right now that may stay in the spotlight several months from now?

Some writers write only what pays well. I’ve done a little of this but after a while it’s just not fun anymore and even though this is a job I do this because I enjoy it. Writing about things I have no interest in makes it a drudge. So I write a bit of what I like as well as a bit of what makes money and sometimes the two come together.


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    • p10kabhijita profile image

      Abhijit Aswath 

      6 years ago from India

      Very comprehensive and practical tips. Great advice for newbies :) Thanks a ton

    • Pamela N Red profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela N Red 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma

      lol Okay. I'm a little slow sometimes. That would be a legitimate question since sites do tend to name their posts like that.

    • Academicviews profile image


      6 years ago from Scotland

      I was joking about the "Reds" Miss Red. Really loving your work ;)

    • Pamela N Red profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela N Red 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Academicviews, It is time consuming and finding time for all this is a challenge. I would have more time for writing if not for all this extra stuff.

      No, they don't call them "Reds" on Redgage at least I haven't seen that term. Since people post all sorts of things there they don't really give them all one name.

    • Academicviews profile image


      6 years ago from Scotland

      Hi Pam, another massivly helpful article. One thing perhaps you never mentioned was how to fit all this into our days lol. Joking aside, thanks again for your hubs. Are they called "reds" on Redgage?

    • bmcoll3278 profile image


      6 years ago from Longmont, Colorado

      very good hub.

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      Putu Ariadi 

      6 years ago

      wow nice article

      i will try this tip

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      Renz Kristofer Cheng 

      6 years ago from Manila

      This is truly an insightful guide! Cheers!

    • Pamela N Red profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela N Red 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Great news, Tenkay. I have been very pleased with the results there and glad to share it with others.

    • TENKAY profile image


      6 years ago from Philippines

      I just have to comeback and comment again. After reading this hub, i registered in I placed all my hubs or link all my hubs in this site and noticed after a few days that my hubscore/hubberscore did increase without me doing anything in hubpages. It's fun too, I get to upload all my amateur photos and get excited when I see my earnings going up.

    • Pamela N Red profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela N Red 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Doyouknow, sounds like you need to write an article on search engine optimization. I hit the highlights and kept it simple for the layman and wasn't trying to write a book on SEO. Thanks for reading.

    • doyouknow! profile image


      6 years ago

      There are other ways to increase traffic and increase your Adsense earnings. However, this article written perfectly but didn't mention about the SEO, that's what the major thing to do. Writing articles is not so easy with SEO (Search Engine Optimization) but try to do it again and again. First of all choose the perfect "Domain" and then create a pack of keywords that relates your domain. With or without competition you write articles on those keywords and create backlinks to your post from different social networking sites or bookmarks.

      Wait! The better way to get backlinks is to write articles SEO friendly and unique, instead of copying them. The genuine one gets "Via" Links pointing to your written article. That's what called SEO Optimized and there are several other reasons why you loose traffic. Google crawlers does the rest of it.

      I have lot more to say, but this is a comment section so i can only describe it! I am trying my best with Keywords, SEO, Articles and Search terms shorter and longer.

      Apart this, i am happy to read the above article and got the opportunity to comment on this Hub.

    • Pamela N Red profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela N Red 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks, Glenn. Making sure work we've already created is at it's best makes a big difference.

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      Glenn Stok 

      6 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I had the same experience many times that you mentioned about reading my own Hubs months later and discovering that I really could have done better. It's like proof reading all over again.

      Your point about checking keywords when going over old articles again is a very worthwhile thing to do. I use the adwords tool to review old Hubs that aren't working to see if I can find better keyword phrases.

      I sometimes put more attention to reworking old Hubs than I do with writing new ones. It pays off.

      Your discussion of this topic is very worthwhile for everyone. Voted up and useful.

    • Pamela N Red profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela N Red 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma

      lol I hope not but some people do turn on each other since the competition is great.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      You put a lot of good information in an easy to read format. I'm wondering if this shark tank we're in will lead to a feeding frenzy of friends! Thanks for the article. Voted up and interesting. Thanks for SHARING.

    • Pamela N Red profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela N Red 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Wetnosedog, I finally gave it a try and have been pleased with it so far. I've only been there a month and almost made a dollar. I know that doesn't sound like much but when you consider you get free advertising for your work and all you have to do is post links I think it's great.

      Glad to help, Hum1, Wirewoman and breakfastpop.

      Ruchira, look for me there and I'll add you. I use the same name as here just without spaces.

    • Ruchira profile image


      6 years ago from United States

      Well said pam. Make hubbers follow you depending on your work...boils down to ethics :)

      I liked the site you mentioned to post...might give it a try.

      Thanks Pam for such useful information. voted up as useful

    • breakfastpop profile image


      6 years ago

      I really appreciate the advice and I took some notes. Up interesting and useful!

    • wirewoman profile image


      6 years ago

      This was great and advice well taken re: the social media aspect of traffic generation, thanks.

    • Hum1l1ation profile image


      6 years ago

      Awesome Guide! Sure taught me a few things

    • wetnosedogs profile image


      6 years ago from Alabama

      Very helpful hub and thanks for sharing. I really need to check out Redgage. It keeps popping up, so that must be telling me something.

    • Pamela N Red profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela N Red 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma

      That's great, Margie.

      This should help, Tenkay.

      AEvans, when I have time or can't think of anything new to write I go rework my old stories and it does make a difference.

      Thanks for reading, Liz.

      RealHousewife, they list at the bottom of each person's profile the amount they've made there. Some have done quite well.

      Sergs_pogi, it's also why poetry doesn't pay well. Some can make a living writing it but not very many.

      rLcasaLme, it looks a bit old school but has thousands of users. it's growing in popularity.

      Thanks for reading, Johnny.

    • Johnnyd44 profile image


      6 years ago from Florida


      Thank you for the great information! I am knew to Hubpages and I needed to hear this. You made it clear and easy and actually had me wanting more.

      Thanks again!


    • rLcasaLme profile image


      6 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      I haven't tried RedGage myself. I visited the site. It still is a bit not user-friendly, though attractive. I guess I better start making up my mind and just go for it.

    • sergs_pogi profile image


      6 years ago

      Very insightful. Thanks. Voted up. One nugget of wisdom I learned is the use of at least six capsules and at least 600 words for an article for better revenue potential. This may be the reason why one of my recent posts started at 48 when I expect to start at 54.

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Thank you for sharing these ideas - very useful and interesting! I had actually forgotten about my Redgage because its so new for me - better go check that out:)

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      Liz Palumbo 

      6 years ago

      Thank you...for your foresight and tutorials...they are helpful...

    • AEvans profile image


      6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Adwords is the way to go. I have been using that for the last 6 months and agree it is a useful tool. So is back linking and sharing. I have noticed a traffic increase since I have also re-worked some old hubs! Perfect advice, thumbs up and shared! :)

    • TENKAY profile image


      6 years ago from Philippines

      I will try this out. My traffic is almost nil. Thanks for the help.

      voted up and useful.

    • Mmargie1966 profile image


      6 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thank you, again! My traffic has already increased!

    • Pamela N Red profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela N Red 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Sandra, it's not in my Word dictionary. Maybe they've allowed it since so many are using it these days.

      Glad to help, Tams.

      WannaB Writer, I've had good luck with it and many are making money there as well as getting new readers. I like it.

      Onegreen parachute, look me up over there and I'll add you as a friend.

    • onegreenparachute profile image


      6 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

      Thanks Pamela - going to check out Redgage AND do some more editing! Great tips. Up and useful.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      6 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I guess it's time to go back to Redgage and give it some love. I'm way behind there. There's only, alas, so much time. I'm also beginning to pay more attention to keywords. Voted up and more.

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      Tams R 

      6 years ago from Missouri

      Thank you for clarification on Redgage Pam. It is appreciated.

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      Sandra Busby 

      6 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      Pamela, Thanks so much for all the tips. I'm intrigued by the words in parentheses. Also, I thought obsessiveness was a word?!? Anyway, I get the drift. I think. Sandra Busby

    • Pamela N Red profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela N Red 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma

      I'm glad to hear it, Mmargie. Sometimes we all need a little helping hand.

    • Mmargie1966 profile image


      6 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Voted up and useful, Pamela. Did someone tell you I was wondering what happened with my hubs? I ask, because you answered my question before I asked it.

      Thank you, my friend. You have been quite helpful.

    • Pamela N Red profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela N Red 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Millionare, if nothing else you should at least use it for keywords to put in the box to your right. It does help.

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      Shasta Matova 

      6 years ago from USA

      This is great information. I haven't been using the adwords tool even for main ideas of my hubs.

    • Pamela N Red profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela N Red 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Jools99, it takes time. Those of us who took years of grammar have a hard time writing something with made up words or typos on purpose. Also look for variation of words. If one doesn't pay well use it's alternative.

      Glad I could help, Onlooker.

      Marcy, if I didn't have to mess with keywords I could create much more than I do. Thanks for reading.

      Azahorik, it's a lot to learn, I'm still learning myself because just when we learn the rules they change them.

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      Amanda Zahorik 

      6 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      My head is spinning, but in a good way. I see that I have a lot to learn. (And that it's a boo boo not to cultivate a certain level of obsessiveness about keywords.)

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 

      6 years ago from Planet Earth

      Very well-written advice, and super valuable information. I will try to avoid making a boo-boo, and I will always upload.

      Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      6 years ago

      Useful and informative, thanks. I am bookmarking this page, we do need more hubs like these. Thanks again Pamela N Red.

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      Jools Hogg 

      6 years ago from North-East UK

      Great hub - lots of really great advice shared with us all! Many thanks. I am still not very good at using keywords, I get enthusiastic about my subject but I don't think the keywords through enough, I will now! Voted up.

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      Pamela N Red 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks for reading, Curiad.

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      Mark G Weller 

      6 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Thank you for the interesting article Pamela!

    • Pamela N Red profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela N Red 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks for reading Dim and Digitsykes.

      Ray, I don't know if I could do 60 days, this 30 day challenge has been a job.

      Tams, you don't upload the story, only the link so it won't show up as duplicate content.

      Billybuc, I think you will be pleased with Redgage. I've been impressed so far. New readers and a few cents on the side.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great advice Pamela; I'll have to check out Redgage as I haven't heard of it. Thank you for some great suggestions.

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      Tams R 

      6 years ago from Missouri

      I too have never heard of Redgage. I am curious if it would create duplicate content uploading your material to their site.

      I enjoyed this hub very much and have a few things to work on now. Thanks for the added knowledge to increase traffic.

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      6 years ago from USA or America

      Hey Pamela, I saw your post on Facebook and that you also sent it out on Twitter which is how I came across your article. It's always helpful to go back and review, and possibly(if need be) edit them. Sunforged wrote an awesome hub on this particular topic while I was doing the 60 Day Challenge with a group of people. Good hub! Voted up! :)

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      6 years ago from Highlands, Scotland

      Never heard of Regage...i'll have to give it a look :)

      Thanks for a great hub!

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      Dim Flaxenwick 

      6 years ago from Great Britain

      Thank you.... Voted up , useful ad interesting.

      It sure was packed with useful information. Much appreciated.


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