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My 200th Hub, What Now?
It seems to be a hubpages custom to mark milestones such as 100 followers or 200th hub. I have not done so thus far, but it might be time for a summing up. Where have I been and where am I going? I read other peoples comments about how much money they are making and wonder what I am doing wrong. My hub scores are usually high, some commenters think I write well and have interesting subjects, yet I am not making money. Last Winter I had to have a partial hip replacement and my output of writing and generally keeping up on the changes has probably suffered. The exercise and general catching up with other things probability zaps my energy level.Still I am not getting the traffic.
A while ago I was thinking my traffic is getting a bit better and maybe I can improve it. Than goggle changed their logarithms and my traffic took a nosedive. I know I am not very swift when it comes to the technical aspects and don’t really understand SEO.I especially find it hard to apply to fiction. Anyhow in the two years I have been on hubpages I have made about $100.
I don’t recall how I found Hubpages. I wanted to write and I was looking for ways to do it with some hopes of also making money. I had tried selling books on theInternet but was forced to give it up when health problems interfered. It was fun but I never made much money at it, although it was still more than I am making now. I had heard of blogging and that sounded like something that might fit me. So I started to explore that as a possibility. I tried writing about the History of towns on a blog that I had to pay to use and decided I was wasting money. When I found hubpages I followed the same subject matter but I had to learn to use illustrations and cut my hub length. Truthfully, I still do not have a good handle on the concepts of blogging or social networking.
The next thing I did was to start writing about folklore and folksingers, which was fairly well received. I followed that with articles about American historical figures. Fiction writing was a long time interest of mine but I found that stories I had in my files were too long for most people to want to read, including myself. I concluded it was best to try keeping a hub somewhere under 1500 words. I tried a couple of fiction short short stories and some readers liked them. Hubber WillStarr sort of challenged me, possibly unintentionally, to try a Western story. I did and that led to more.I have put one of my older stories into an ebook and I am preparing about a dozen stories that have become known as “The carbons creek” series into another one.
It has been fun on hubpages, and I will continue to write here because it isalmost the only contact I have with the writing world. It also helps to get comments and feedback on what I do write. However, if you are looking to make money I don’t recommend following in my footsteps.