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How to Get Organized and Create Outstanding Content: Guide for New Freelance Writers

Updated on August 5, 2015

Are You Thinking of Starting A Freelance Writing Career?

Are you new to Writing Online? If so, one of the best things you can do to break into the market is to take advice from Seasoned Published Authors.

Now I am not claiming to be an expert, but I have many hours of experience and have made my share of mistakes along the way.

In fact, I learn something new every single day and I rely on other writers for guidance and advice.

Many times I am inspired by a New Hubber and I frequently try to assess what makes certain articles successful.

The purpose of this article is to share what I have learned along my Journey as a Published Online Writer.

Taking Your Time and Being Patient Will Yield Beautiful Results!

Taking Your Time and Having Patience will offer you an Appealing Final Product!
Taking Your Time and Having Patience will offer you an Appealing Final Product! | Source

If You Want To Be a Great Writer, First You Have To Learn To Read!

Reading is the basic principle of learning and performing research!
Reading is the basic principle of learning and performing research! | Source

Do You Have The Desire To Learn...

One of the biggest factors that determine an Online Writers success is how eager they are to learn. If you come to a blank page thinking you know it all, you will not succeed. I find that the best writers online have certain traits that make them stand out from the crowd. Writers whose articles are well researched and put together well are easily recognized.

A desire to learn is the first step in writing online. Even if you are an expert on a topic, you will always learn something new while you are doing your research. Becoming a good writer is like any other skill; it doesn't happen over night!

The constant desire to learn and share what you have learned with others, is a foundation to becoming a great writer and your efforts will show through your writing.

Do You Have Patience?

Patience is a virtue, indeed! The patient writer does not miss an opportunity because haste makes waste!

Patience is very important to be a successful Online Writer if you want to succeed. You have to be patient to learn and understand that things don't happen overnight; rarely is there instant success!

Many times as a writer we get caught up in the idea that having many articles will increase our earnings. Although this is true, merely having a lot of articles does not mean ultimate success or earnings for an online writer.

The successful online writer understands that one of the keys to their success is having patience. The patience to complete thorough research and taking the time to edit and format their articles until they are at their best.

If you put in half an effort you will receive similar results. Having patience as a writer increases with experience. New writers should grasp this knowledge and be prepared for some articles to take a bit of time to perfect, even up to a week of researching and editing depending on the content and article length.

Learn How To Get Organized!

Being organized is one of the hardest and most important things a Writer can do. If you are a single parent or a parent with a full time job and little kids, staying organized and focused can be quite the task!

The key to staying organized is being consistent. Follow these guidelines for some ideas on how to get organized and stay organized so that you can make the best of your time and energy while maintaining a sane home life and hectic schedule!

Don't Be a Hoarder!

Avoid Clutter by Staying Organized!
Avoid Clutter by Staying Organized! | Source

Here are some tips on how to Get Organized and Stay Organized!

  • Separate "Work" from Life. Dedicate a special area in your house exclusive to writing.
  • Choose a Quiet Space (when possible!) even if it means working in the basement! (That's where this author does his work!)
  • Create a Professional Environment: Having an "Office" will show others that you are serious and it will help you to define yourself as a professional.
  • Keep a Schedule and Stick to It! Sometimes we can't always work when we plan to, but having a plan and a schedule makes you be more focused and allows you to set and follow through with your goals.
  • Write Things Down! It has been said that a good writer can always be found with a pen, notebook and camera by their side at all times! You never know when the next idea or inspiration will come! Merely writing down an idea or concept is the beginning of the writing and creative process. You can get back to something later but if you don't write it down, you may forget it!
  • Schedule a Regular Office Cleaning at least once a week. Start with your desk! Keeping a clean work area decreases stress and you know where things are and can find them quicker when you need them. Another reason to keep your office space clean is because you never know if your next client may be someone who regularly stops by. Your office will be their first impression of you so make it count!
  • Get a Filing Cabinet and Bookcase. This will keep your documents organized and you can keep your research materials (books) close at hand and easily located.
  • Have a Family Meeting and explain to the members of your family that when you are in your office, you are working and don't want unimportant interruptions.
  • Maintain Transparency with your family in regard to your writing. Show them your goals and your progress and share with them the things you are learning while you are working.
  • Schedule Time for Family and show them your progress. If you simply "disappear" into your office and ignore your family, they will doubt your work efforts and this can cause stress on family life. Family always comes first!
  • Take Time Off and Get Away Once and a While! Everybody needs a break once in a while. Make sure to schedule time for yourself, your family and your responsibilities. Don't let the house turn into a disaster! Getting away from your work from time to time allows you to relieve stress and when you get back to work, you will feel refreshed and inspired.

Successful Authors Do a lot of Research!

Do Your Research Before You Publish!
Do Your Research Before You Publish! | Source

Do Your Research!

Research is one of the most important tools for any writer in any field. Ask a best selling book author how much research goes into their novels and you might be surprised at how much research goes into their work.

There are many ways to do research before writing and publishing an article or presentation. These days, most research is done online. Libraries still have something that the Internet doesn't: Hard-bound books with tons of useful information!

There is a lot to learn in a library and there are many reasons for visiting one over searching exclusively on the web to do your research.

  • Doing Research in a Library offers a Different Environment that is quiet and well suited for learning.
  • No Ad Promotions or "Bad Links" to worry about: Books Are Real!
  • Multiple books in an area instead of reviewing one web page at a time allows for easy comparison of information on a topic.
  • You can ask questions! Librarians are people in the "know" and can often times refer you to someone who specializes in the field you are researching.

There are many benefits for visiting a library and there are more than have been listed here. Try it out for yourself.

The next time you need to research something, visit the library and see what you come up with. Stay away from the computers in the library or you will be cheating!

You Can Research Right on Amazon! Learn How!

Put In the Effort!

If you are satisfied with mediocre work, your results will be the same! Lazy authors leave out important functions such as research, editing, and re-editing! A good author constantly reads and re-edits their articles and work.

Sometimes after a certain amount of time passes after publishing an article, the author needs to research the topic again and make adjustments to their work. This is true in many fields such as Science, Current Events and Politics, as information changes very often.

Don't expect to get excellent results with mediocre effort. Search Engines and readers alike will see if you didn't put in any effort and your traffic will not increase, and you may loose your reputation as a valuable source of information.

Don't worry about Quantity, focus more on Quality! Quantity comes in time and an experienced writer will only publish their work when it is up to their standards.

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Choose What To Write About Wisely!

The "Golden Rule" that all Content Writers should follow is this:

  • Do a Google Search on something you wish to write about.
  • Look at the Top 3 Results of your search.
  • Ask Yourself: Can I Do a Better Job Than This? Be Honest with your answer!
  • If the Answer is "No", then Don't Waste Your Time! Pick something else to write about!
  • If you think that you can write a better article than the ones at the top of a search query, then Get Writing and Master that Topic and Niche!

Many writers waste precious time by not properly researching what they want to write about and putting hours of effort into a topic that is already heavily covered. Don't fall into this trap!

You should also avoid writing about topics that you aren't interested in and have no prior knowledge of. Just because something is a "hot" topic of search, your experience, or lack of, will show through your work! Stick to what you know and don't be afraid to learn new things and extensively researching new topics.

Quality of Your Content

When I say Quality Content, I am not just referring to a 2,000 word article. There are many things that contribute to the quality of and article. Here are some of the most important elements that make an article stand out from the rest and increases the likelihood of showing up at the top of Searches:

Think Evergreen!


Write About Evergreen Content!

What is Evergreen Content?

  • The information is something that will be searched for Year-Round, for many years to come. (ex. recipes, how-to-do-something, specific techniques, etc.)
  • The information is not limited to a specific time period. Writing about your 21st Birthday Party and how much fun you had will fade away very quickly. If you write about "How To Throw the Best 21st Birthday Party", that would make it Evergreen!
  • Although writing about Holidays will tend to generate traffic for a short period of time (around the holiday), Holidays are "Evergreen" if they occur on an annual basis and you don't include specific dates (ex. "Christmas Party 2012).
  • Evergreen Content is often not something that is recent (in the news, hot trends, fashion, etc.)
  • Over time, Search Engines will rank Evergreen Content higher as it gets more traffic because it is recognized as a Reputable Source.
  • Choosing an Evergreen Title for your article is the first step in making the article Evergreen!

Article Appearance and Presentation

Does Your Article Draw in Readers and Get Them To Stay for the Entire Article?

The Basic Elements of a Good Article Presentation are:

  1. Format: Article Length, Aesthetics and Design

  2. Images and Multi-Media

  3. Reader Interaction

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1. Proper Format for A Standout Article

Does your article look attractive to the reader?

Is your article one long paragraph of information with mismatched photos and random Ads? If so, you really aught to think about creating an easy-flowing format to your article.

Breaking Up your Text into Multiple Text Capsules allows readers to breathe in between the points you are trying to make. This is also good for several other reasons including proper Ad Placement in your Articles and more places to effectively add additional media. Breaking up individual paragraphs is also a great practice if you want your articles to look "Clean".

A typical article should be no less than 500 words. Longer articles (1500+ words) tend to do better in search results as they are rated as "authoritative" content over shorter articles on the same subject. An individual article will rank higher over time based on the amount of traffic it receives as well as where that traffic comes from.

The more information an article provides, the better the search ranking. Avoid "Stuffing" keywords and repetitive text and fill your article with in-depth information on the subject you are writing about.

Adding a Chart or Table is a great way to make a list of information or to compare things side by side. Adding charts you your articles adds to the content and value of your article.

Adding Maps to show where an event takes place is great! Often times when people are searching for information about an event, they want times, prices and directions! Providing a Map along with all the other types of media on your article will make your article the "One Stop Shop" and readers will have all the information they need to make the decision they are trying to reach. Why send them to Google Maps or YouTube? Embed the content in your Hub Article and they may even share your article as a trusted source!

Using Bullets and Numbers within your text has the following effects:

  • Brings Special Attention to Important Points you want to make
  • Allows the reader to easily remember your points
  • Using Numbers can Show Information in a Step-by-Step Format. Using numbers is effective when you need to make a list or offer instructions:
  1. Use Numbers
  2. For Making a List
  3. Or to Show Step by Step Instructions!
  • If you write How-To or Recipe Articles, using Numbers and Bullets could make the difference on whether or not your article will be ranked higher than similar articles of the same subject.

Using Original Photos Effectively will make your article stand out. No one wants to sit in front of a 1,000 word article that is written in a single paragraph with no photos. Just as you would break up your text into several text boxes, adding photos below, above, or aligned with your text in multiple patterns will make your article look fresh and clean!

Adding Videos to your articles is similar to adding great photos but they take it a step further. Adding an educational video to a how-to article is priceless. Now that HubPages has added the New Video Hub Feature, adding video content to your articles has never been easier!

Interaction With Your Reader is great because it draws in the reader similar to photos and videos and will ensure that your reader stays on your page longer. Adding Quizzes and Polls as well as Comments is a great way for your reader to interact with you as the author.

Let's look a little deeper into each of these Appearance and Presentation Guidelines:

Beautiful Orchards: Pleasing to the Eye, Like a Great Article!


Use Images and Photos From Your Real Life Experiences!


2. The Proper Use of Images and Video

Using images in your articles is a must! The images you use must be Original and Legally Used!

Even if you don't consider yourself a photographer, you should have a decent Digital Camera and you should carry it wherever you go. You may see "Breaking News" when you go out to the store or the most beautiful flower you have ever seen. It's only in your head unless you can capture it in a photo!

You don't have to be a professional to take decent photos. Most new digital cameras work with an automatic feature and can capture stunning photos and video. You don't have to spend a fortune either! Many decent camera models are available from about $60-$200 USD. It is definitely worth the investment!

Remember that we are creative writers! Not every single photo we use in our articles has to be directly related to the content. Now I don't suggest that you use photos to mislead potential readers because they won't stay on your page very long. Adding unique photos with interesting or humorous captions will make the reader want to read more and continue through your article.

Adding "random" photos can be a great asset to the aesthetics and look of your article. It makes your article stand out as original and unique. As long as you can somehow tie the photo into your text and content, the sky for image use is infinite! Use photos to create outstanding articles with pictures that engage the reader.

If you take your camera with you everywhere, the world is your canvas. Take pictures of the most simplest things, animate or inanimate and store them on your computer. Build up a library of photos in neatly organized folders and you will have the perfect photo for any situation. Holiday Celebrations, Parties, Cooking and Vacations make perfect Photo Opportunities for you to add to your library!

Use Original Videos in Your Hub Articles!

Be a Hero! Interact With Your Audience!


3. Reader Interaction: Engage Your Reader!

How do you engage your reader? There are several things you can add to your articles to make them interactive and to allow the reader to actively take part of your work. Adding these forms of interaction adds to the quality and look of your article.

Here are some Suggestions for Engaging Your Reader:

  • Add Polls to your Hub Articles. Adding a Poll allows the reader to voice their opinion anonymously. Although some people may not want to comment on an article, they can express their opinion by voting in one of your original polls.
  • Add an Interactive Quiz: Adding Custom Quizzes to your articles allows the reader to test their knowledge on a topic or on what they read in your article. Quizzes can be serious or humorous depending on how you design them, and readers will spend more time on your site if they can interact.
  • Allow Comments and Respond to Them. Allowing Comments on your articles is the best way to interact with your readers. They get to ask the author questions directly, make suggestions and corrections, and offer praise for your efforts and hard work! You can set up your comments in the settings area (click the highlighted link above) so that comments don't appear on your Hubs until you approve them. You can deny and delete comments or flag them as Spam when necessary.
  • Strategically Place Ads Within Your Content. Often times a reader will find your article through a search engine. If so, this is a good indication that the searcher is looking to buy something related to their search query. If you write and article on "How To Wash Your Car", you may want to add Ads from Amazon and eBay related to car washing products (sponges, soaps, towels, etc.) Strategically placing Ads with your content allows the reader to buy directly from your site without having to go to a store. If you use eBay, there is an additional benefit of "Real Time Bidding" (RTB) and the reader can bid on eBay products right from your Hubs. Remember: We Get Paid when readers click on our Ads! Make the best of this earning opportunity!

Making Money Online Takes Time and Patience!

Don't expect to become successful overnight! Being a successful online writer takes time, patience and a lot of research!
Don't expect to become successful overnight! Being a successful online writer takes time, patience and a lot of research! | Source
Quick List for Article Success:
Write at least 500+ Words per article
Break up text into Multiple Text Capsules
Add Original Photos and Video to your Articles
Properly Cite the Rightful Owners of Legally Used Images!
Do Plenty of Research on the Topic you wish to Write About
Edit Articles for Spelling and Grammar Before Publishing
Come back to Older Articles periodically and Re-Edit them and Add More Content
Get and Stay Organized!
Engage Your Reader to Interact by Adding Polls, Quizzes and Comments
Answer Your Comments Regularly to Build Relationships with your Readers
Be Patient! Success is a Journey and Takes Time!
Following a few concepts on a regular basis will ensure that your content is of high quality. Be Patient and Be Consistent! Your Results are a Reflection of your Effort!

These are some of the things that this author has found to be valuable during his experiences publishing articles online. Remember that writing online is a journey filled with pot holes and lots of trials and errors! There will be ups and downs and a Seasoned Author knows how to deal with these trials and how to turn Problems into Opportunities.

Having Patience, Getting Organized and Creating Top Quality Content is the best way to lead the path to success as an online writer. Learn from other writers and use their criticism constructively. Do your research and produce high quality original content and you will begin to see the fruits of your writing. Last and most important, remember that the writing process should be fun! If you don't enjoy what you are doing and are always frustrated with writing, you may be in the wrong field of work! Go have some fun!



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      JS Matthew 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello again cinderella14! It takes time to become "successful" but it all depends on how you define Success. I wish the best to you and I thank you for your comments. I am now following you. Regards.


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      Sharon 2 years ago from Philippines

      Glad that I came across this hub. I still have a lot of things to do before I can consider myself as a successful writer.

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you napetv. I am happy you liked this!


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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello again Anamika S! To be honest, I am still trying to master my niche. I tend to write about whatever comes to mind. I am still trying to figure out my strength so that I can focus on it. I really do enjoy writing about a variety of topics though. So much to say! I am glad you liked this and voted it up! Thanks for another insightful comment from a great veteran Hubber!


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      Anamika S 5 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      I write only about topics I know or am interested in which makes my writing easier. I have mastered many niches because I have converted my interests to learning. I read a lot about things I am interested in and research to learn more information. I am quite patient and organized as a Writer. Awesome Hub for Hubbers! Voted up...

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Jennifer Silagy: I am glad that you find this useful! Thank you for stopping by!


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      Jennifer Silagy 5 years ago from California

      Great information. This is a great resource for those of us just getting started. Thanks!

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello creativelycc! I am happy that this has helped you! I find that a lot of times when I want to write about something (use a popular museum or amusement park that already have a really good website that will be found in the top of Google searches for example) and when I look at the top results in Google I realize it would take me hundreds of hours to be able to compete. The key sometimes is to write about something specific (niche) instead of making a general article. For instance, you might decide to write about a "wooden roller coaster" at the park instead of just writing about the park. Or maybe the safety of the park, etc. We really do need to research first otherwise we waste our time! I appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment! Thanks!


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      Carrie L. Cronkite 5 years ago from Maine

      Excellent hub! Learned some very helpful points that will certainly help me with my writing. I like the point about googling a subject before writing about it, I've only done that a few times. Thank you very much!

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello Dubuquedogtrainer! I am happy this is useful and can help you! Thanks for the comment and the vote up!


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      Dubuquedogtrainer 5 years ago from Dubuque, Iowa

      Lots of really useful information - thanks for this helpful hub! Voted up!

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Jlbowden: Thanks for your kind words! I find re-editing the most important long-term tool to keep a steady flow of traffic. Remember, when we rank high in search engines we are constantly up against new competition. We have to watch out for that! Thanks for such an insightful comment! I appreciate you stopping by!


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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @RealHousewife: Hello! I find that a ratio of 7-1 (7= other's work, 1= my own work) for sharing works great. It shows other's that you value not just your own Hubs and articles. Take your time! I am a slow learner too (especially with the tech stuff!). I spent my whole first year on HubPages learning the ropes. Now 2+ years in, I am finally comfortable enough to share what I learned! Go at your own pace and never get overwhelmed-keep it real and keep it fun! Thanks for your comment and for voting up! I always appreciate when you stop by!


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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Millionaire Tips: Hello! Cleaning my office regularly is one of the hardest things I have to discipline myself to do! It really does make a difference. When we have clutter we subconsciously add stress to ourselves and the longer we put off cleaning, the worse it gets! Thank you for stopping by! I always appreciate your comments!


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      James Bowden 5 years ago from Long Island, New York


      Excellent written article which I found overwhelmingly awesome and voted up as well. You pieced together all of the most important steps to becoming the best possible online writer and did it in an organized fashion to add. And as you mentioned over and over again-there cannot be enough emphasis when it comes to having some patience and re-editing your work several times before publishing it. Something that I still find myself doing from time to time. Thanks for a great read, as well as a very useful writing reference tool that all who pen the written word can refer to when in doubt about their work. Look forward to reading more of your topics about writing.


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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Up and awesome!

      I do share a lot of work from others - and often forget to share my own work! Haha! I'm not sure how successful that's gonna make me! Lol lol. I have signed up for a few of the other sites but I am a slow learner;)

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      This hub is chockful of great information on how to write great hubs. I hadn't thought about cleaning the office regularly part, and it shows. I'll get right on that!

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Jobanski: Hello. You are absolutely correct that I could have broken this up into several different Hubs! I didn't and the reason why is in the Hub itself! I am going for search engine queries and the best way for that to happen is to have content that is in-depth.

      If someone has to stop reading and come back later, that's great! That means that I have written enough content that they will have to come back. I am offering long-tail information here. Besides, if someone has to come back then I get more traffic!

      To be honest, I don't particularly enjoy reading long articles myself. As a writer however, I am inclined to write longer articles as the reader can skim though the article and read what they want under individual sub-headings. Remember, Content is King! Thanks for your input!


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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Loi-Renee: Hi there! It can be very difficult when space is limited. When I used to write while living with my parents years back I had to find a corner of the house to sit and do my work. Sometimes I would walk to the beach down the street from my house and get inspiration there. Sounds like you have a lot of photos! I know it can be hard for families to understand what we are doing and why we are doing it. I had that problem before I started earning but now they see that my time and effort are fruitful. It's always good to have family support! Thanks for sharing your experiences! I appreciate you stopping by!


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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @GoodLady: Hello! I love going to the library! I always did as a kid too. I felt like it was a mysterious and magical place. My articles take anywhere from 3-5 hours or 3-5 days depending on length and research. I really try to hold out until I am truly satisfied before I publish. It is worth putting in the time! Good luck with your book! Thanks for stopping by!


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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @thumbi7: Hello thumbi7! It can be difficult particularly if you work full time, raise kids and go to school! Obviously whatever you are doing is working well for you so keep up the great work! I love having my home office. It's pretty well organized and I have a huge book case so I know where to find books when I need to reference them. I always appreciate your comments and SHARING! Thanks again!


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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Cardisa: Hello again! I didn't know you had more than 1 HubPage account. I always wanted to try it but I would go crazy trying to balance both accounts! I'll stick with one for now! I followed the question back to the person who asked and yes, I saw in the profile that it was you (your alter ego!) I had no idea! Thanks for dropping back by!


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      Jobanski 5 years ago

      I thought this was a very informative article. However, I think you could have split this into at least three hubs. Perhaps my mind's a bit sluggish today, but about when I got to the "Evergreen" section my eyes started to glaze over a bit. I'll have to reread this a couple of times to digest it all. I really do appreciate the hub though. Thanks!

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      Loi-Renee 5 years ago from Jamaica

      You have great information for both new and old hubbers.

      Some spaces like mine are too small for any organizational furniture. So I put my books on the shoes stand in my closet and put my shoes under the bed.

      It can be hard to stick to a schedule especially when I am on the computer, time seems to fly by. So I keep my schedule on my cell phone and it alarms when I need to move on to something else.

      I don't go anywhere without my phone. I've already filled my memory card with photos and had to put in another until I can get them organized. My sisters' phones and cameras usually come in handy too. Just yesterday I had to grab my sisters phone and start taking pictures of a cat that was sleeping on a chair in someone's yard. :D

      You mentioned something about getting your family involved in your work. My family doesn't fully understand what it is that I do but I try to keep them in the loop. They come home sometimes with pictures and ideas for my hubs and they throw a mini party when get a new accolade.

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      Penelope Hart 5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Thanks, an authoritative and very helpful Hub. I agree, using the library is extremely helpful.

      I write a few hours every morning (a book that will take some time). When I write for Hub Pages though it usually takes a whole day between researching, writing, pictures ad words and layout..but I have done the survey here!

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      I find it difficult to organise my work as I am a full time working mother; passionate about writing.

      I will use one of your tips of keeping an office space at home separately for writing.

      Thanks for SHARING

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Matthew, I know you don't know this, but the question you answered was asked by my Alter-ego. I thought the first comment was made under her

      That's how confusing it gets when you have more than one accounts.

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @flashmakeit: Hello! Research is the core of what we do here, otherwise we would just be a blogging site! I haven't been to the library lately but after all this discussion I want to go! I always appreciate your insightful comments! Thank you for another one!


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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Sandiaview: You're welcome! I am happy to encourage and pleased to entertain! Thank you for referring and commenting!


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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Cardisa: Hi Cardisa! Great job on the quiz! I understand your man's feelings. Many times my wife comes down to my office and watches TV on the side of me while I am Hubbing. We really do have to balance our personal lives with HubPages (and other social sites!) or our relationships will suffer. My wife is now seeing the financial benefits of writing so she is pretty cool overall. We always make time to do things and I often Hub while she is at work. I appreciate you stopping by! Thanks for your wonderful comment!


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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @sgbrown: Hi there! I had some hubs in the low 60's that sat for over a year. I took a handful and added more text, video and photos and they rose in score quite a bit. I plan on continuing these improvements periodically so that all of my Hubs get traffic regularly. Thanks for stopping by and voting! I appreciate your comment. Have a great weekend!


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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @DonnaCosmato: Hello Donna! That would be a great title! I suppose it's too late now lol. Libraries are often overlooked in this fast paced world. If you visit any University however, you find many students researching the "old fashioned" way. There is just things you can do at a library that you can't do anywhere else. Thanks for such an insightful comment!


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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @hoteltravel: You're welcome! Thank you for reading and commenting! I also appreciate you voting up and sharing!


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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @phdast7: Hello! Thanks for noticing that I added each theme to this Hub! That was my intention-to lead by example! I appreciate you stopping by!


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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @molometer: Hi! Thank you for your kind words! I always appreciate your comments, votes and for SHARING! Thanks for inviting me to Zurker, by the way. I wonder how it will turn out? Thanks again!


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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @lord de cross: Hi lord! Although my wife gets a little jealous of the time I spend on HubPages sometimes (especially lately with the 30/30 going on!) she is very supportive and I couldn't do this without her support! I am very proud of Her! I appreciate your comment very much!


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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @sholland10: Hi! I appreciate you linking this article to yours. I will have to go and check it out! Everyone's experiences are valuable and unique and shed light on different aspects of HubPages. It is All of HubPages that makes it great! I very much appreciate you comment, votes and shares! Thank you!


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      flashmakeit 5 years ago from usa

      You offered a lot of inspiring information that I can use. Research is important and the library is a wonderful place to go to get detail information that you may not find online which would make a hub more worth reading.

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      Sandiaview 5 years ago from New Mexico

      Thank you for all the really useful information! It's encouraging and entertaining. I will refer to it often!

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      YAY, I scored 100% on the quiz!

      What a detailed, informative and awesome hub! This hub is not only for newbies but some of us oldies that cannot get our bearings. I am partially though the organizational part of it with my own little nook but it's hard to get the man to stay out of my area. We live alone so I think he feels neglected sometimes.

      Matthew, this is great and awesome!

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Great hub! Excellent information for all of us who write. I like to go back to my hubs whos traffice has dropped and re-vamp them. There is usually some place for improvement. Patience is a problem for I get older, the less patience I have. I need to work on that some. Voted this up and useful! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Donna Cosmato 5 years ago from USA

      Great hub, but you should have titled it The Essential Guide for Success in Online Writing, lol! I don't think you missed a step in the entire process and I applaud your efforts.

      I particularly like your tip about the library as this is an area many writers miss. However, using information from the library, which you have to dig a little to find, instead of information that you can get with a few mouse clicks, almost guarantees you of original content every time.

      It's worth the effort if you are in this for the long haul, and if your library is like mine, they will gladly order you all the relevant books you need on any topic.

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      hoteltravel 5 years ago from Thailand

      Thank you for putting all writing tips concisely in a single hub. Am bookmarking this for future reference. Voted up, useful and shared.

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      JS - Fantastically helpful, thorough. A terrific primer for any and every Hubber. It did not escape my notice that you applied all your suggestions and advice to tour own Hub. :) Simply Terrific!

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      molometer 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi JS, another triumph of a hub.

      This is so detailed and useful it should be in the tutorial section of hubpages.

      Thank you for sharing these great concepts and ideas.

      Bookmarked, voted up, interesting and useful. SHARING.

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      JS Matthew,

      Amazingly done. You took your time in refreshing our knowledge. My journey was through learning everyday. I thank you for being here for us all! Your wife should be proud of you!


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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      JS, darn it! I have a hub about my first year, and this just completely blows it outta the water. LOL EXCELLENT information. I am still going to publish my hub, but I will do my readers a favor by linking yours to it. Maybe in the next year I will have enough under my belt to write a hub this well.

      Your points about organization, family, and research are my favorites. My weakness is not writing things down. The ideas usually come at night, and I know I should keep a pad and pen next to the bed or speak into the Dragon feature on my phone.

      VOTES and SHARES!!

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      You're welcome twinstimes2! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! Welcome to the HubPages Community!


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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Awesome tips for a new Hubber! Thanks!

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @jainismus: You're welcome! HubPages is only as good as it's writers and sharing what we have learned with each other is a great way to grow our community! I appreciate your comment and Share!


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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Lady Guinevere: Hello! I appreciate you reading, commenting and for sharing! I also thank you for the votes and Pinning! Thank you!


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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 5 years ago from Pune, India

      Great tips. great research. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. Voted up and shared.

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Kristine Manley: Hello! Frequently adding content to older Hubs is a great way to increase traffic if the Hub doesn't get much. It is good to take your time with writing to make sure you publish exactly what you want as the final product. As we all learn over time, it is time itself that becomes and asset, if we use it wisely! I appreciate your comment! Thanks for stopping by!


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      Debra Allen 5 years ago from West By God

      Great Information and am going to be passing this along to a few people that I know. Voted up and useful. I pinned it too!

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      Donna Kristine 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Love this. I am going back to add more content to my Hubs and making sure I properly tag my photos where I got them. I've slowed up writing a bit because I want to get what I have already written in order. Great Hub!

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Ardie! I can relate! Sometimes I am so OCD that I can't hit the Publish button! Doing the contest and the 30/30 Challenge with deadlines has helped me address how I spend my time and how to stay organized. I hate when I have an article sitting for a while and I watch the score drop. Thanks for stopping by!


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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      Awesome article JS with lots of advice for newbies! (And for some of us oldies who are set in our ways.) The thing I need to work most on is not being a hoarder - I can get quite sloppy and hoardy with my work...3 Hubs started and left half finished, a poem not edited or imaged, and notes for a few other Hubs. Yikes. No wonder it takes me days to finish writing :)