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My First Year Writing for HubPages: What I’ve Learned and Goals for the Next Year

Updated on October 1, 2015
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Marissa is the writer of ThePracticalMommy and the blog Mommy Knows What's Best. She is a stay-at-home mom to four and was a teacher.

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A year ago, I knew nothing of HubPages. I had never heard of it. There I was: a new stay-at-home mom who had just given birth to her second child and needed a way to make a little extra income.

Little did I know what was going to happen.

I tried to think of things I could do from my home that would earn some money. Sure, there was Avon and other types of little businesses, but I’m shy and not much of a seller. There were survey sites to try, but they were so time-consuming and I didn’t trust them. I thought of freelancing as a writer. Why not try that? I have a BA in English, I was an English teacher, and I love to write. Plus, I know of a friend who makes her living as a freelancer and does very well with it.

Turning to the internet, I conducted a search of the qualifications of a freelance writer. Writes well? Check. Can conduct research? Check. Has a writing portfolio with XYZ in it? Huh? Um, no, but I have some great papers I wrote for grad school. Does that count?

Any jobs I found for a freelance writer asked for the portfolio. Dang. I thought I was on to something.

Somehow, in the midst of the searching, I came across either a review of HubPages or a HubPages article. To this day, I can’t remember. Either way, I found HubPages which seemed like a great place to start. Why? It was free, didn’t require a portfolio, and promised there was a way to get paid. Sign me up!

I got excited, but I was nervous. How the heck do I do this? Before I officially signed up, I started in the place where all newbies should go first: the HubPages’ Learning Center. There was a stockpile of information for me to read, and boy, did I read it. I absorbed as much as I could in that first day.

I was hooked, and I knew what I could write about: parenting! So, what was going to be my name? Somehow, I came up with ThePracticalMommy. It worked for me. I was practical (anyone who has read my hubs can vouch for me on that point!), and I was a mommy. Done.

After signing up, I got to work. I was filled with great ideas. I believe my first hub was about the Fisher Price Cheer for Me! Potty chair. It was short and sweet, and it worked for me. In a few days, I had written three or four parenting hubs. Life was good.

That was in my birthday week, one year ago at the end of March. Here I am again, thinking about where it all started. Life is still good.


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Thanks for the Fan Mail and Encouragement, HubGreeters!!

MightyMom was the first person to give me fan mail and encouraged me to keep going. Thanks so much to her and all other HubGreeters!
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HubPages Money : It Takes Time!

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What I Have Learned in My Year Writing for HubPages

The Author Score is annoying, but a great motivator. How many questions and forum posts are out there about the author score? “Why is my score so low?” “How do you get 100 score?” “What can I do to improve my score?” Listen. Fuggedaboutit. The Author Score is there to help you determine your status as a hubber, but it shouldn’t be your only life-consuming concern. Yes, it’s important, but don’t focus on it, especially in the beginning. It’s going to start out low, but if you continue to write quality hubs and stay active on the site, the score will go up. A big mistake for newbies? Following a ton of people in hopes to gain followers. You’ll see this repeated over and over in many other hubs and answers and forums posts: don’t do it. Why? You’ll see your score plummet faster than a bullet train falling off of a cliff. Boom. Crash and burn. Only follow those whose work you truly admire. Your followers will come in due time when you write those quality hubs.

Use the author score as a motivator. Sure, we all have hopes and dreams of seeing that 100 next to our avatar every day, but don’t make that your only goal. If your score drops a bit, it’s time to write your next great hub, leave some awesome comments, answer a few questions and contribute to a forum post . Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

There are some great people out there, called HubGreeters, who will encourage you to do your best and do well on the site. One of my very first followers was the very kind and considerate hubber, Mighty Mom. She didn’t know who I was, and I didn’t know who she was, but she took a chance on a newbie and read my hubs. After I read the fan mail she left for me, I was thrilled. I was doing something right! Just seeing that gave me the motivation to keep going, and here I am celebrating one year on the site. Thanks, Mighty Mom!

You are not automatically handed $1,000,000 upon signing up on HubPages. What???? Yep, that’s right. HubPages does promise you money, but you are not going to get it in your first week. You might not get it in your first month. Heck, some people haven’t received anything in their first year! In my experience, the money will start coming after your first few months on the site after you have quite a few quality hubs. In all honesty, I didn’t see my first check until I was in my 9th month on the site, and it was just enough to make it over the payment threshold. At that point, I had written nearly 40 hubs.

You know? I was okay with that. I knew, even after nine short months, that I wasn’t going to get a big pot of gold any time soon. I only had 40 hubs, which was a good amount, but not nearly enough to start earning big time. In the nine months, I also learned that my hubs had to ‘mature’, I had to be buddy-buddy with Google, and I had to be keyword/SEO friendly, something I wasn’t when I began on the site.

Just now I am starting to see more money coming in. (Please don’t ask me how much; that’s just getting too personal.) If you bide your time and learn all you can about being successful here, someday you will see your money coming in too.

HubPages can be like any other workplace: your boss may love you at times or make you feel like you don’t do anything right, and your co-workers will be pleasant one day but then hard to work with the next. Don’t take this personally. HubPages is a business, after all, and it’s one that is striving to be at its best in the market. Kudos to the team and moderators who do all of the work in the background, ensuring that the site remains successful!

Yes, I have been moderated (a hub of mine, at least), and it stung. It stung really bad. I was told a hub of mine wasn’t meeting a particular standard after being on the site for about 8 months. I took it to heart for a while, but then I realized: they’re not after me. They’re after my mistake, just like my principal would have pointed out a mistake in a lesson plan I worked hours on and submitted, feeling that it was perfect. So what did I do? Did I go on a rant about the moderators? Nope. Did I quit the site? Nope. I fixed it. The hub was fixed, and it was republished. Done.

Your co-workers on HubPages, your fellow hubbers, are regular people, just like me. They have highs and lows too, just like regular people. Hopefully you will only ever see their highs, as for the most part I have. You will make friends, hubbers who will follow your work, leave you insightful comments, and connect with you in the social networking arena as they would go out for a drink with you after work. Sometimes, though, you’re going to butt heads with other hubbers. It’s inevitable. ‘Familiarity breeds contempt’ the saying goes. Most of the time this starts over a disagreement or a matter of opinion, but it gets worse when one or the other maliciously refuses to agree to disagree. As I have learned in an actual workplace, it’s best to just let it be and move on in a positive manner. Don’t get too involved, and cherish the fellow hubbers with which you do have a great connection.

Hubbing is a lot of work. This goes hand in hand with the money issue. If you want to be successful here on the site, you will need to do a lot of work. Don’t for a moment think you can get away with the minimal and then become a millionaire. It just ain’t gonna happen.

It takes me roughly two days to a week to produce a hub. Why? Well, HubPages isn’t my first job; being a mommy and a wife is. When I do get the chance to write, I work my butt off trying to make sure my work is great. I jot down ideas, do some research, write the hub, edit the hub, read the hub, edit the hub, make sure I have keywords, photos, videos, polls, quizzes, etc. in place, edit the hub, and finally publish the hub. Unfortunately that doesn’t happen for me that quickly. It looks more like this: I jot down ideas, change a diaper , do some research, chase a toddler , write [a paragraph ] of the hub, make dinner , finish the hub , edit the hub, do laundry , read the hub while feeding the baby , edit the hub….you get the picture.

I write many words. Sorry, this is just an observation as I type….I’ll be done soon. I promise.

I want to keep writing at HubPages for a long time. It’s working for me, and I enjoy it immensely. Why wouldn’t I? I love to write, I have made some great friends, I’m earning a little money, I’m able to teach in a different capacity, and it gives me something fun to do in my free time (I’m sorry…ha ha…free time).

My Goals for HubPages

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One of my 100s! It was a happy day!
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My Goals for Writing on HubPages for the Next Year

Write at least 100 hubs in the next year. As of now, this is my 55th hub. By this time next year, I want to be at 155 or (hopefully) more.

Stay at the top of the scores. Okay, I am interested in that hubber score. It motivates me. I reached 100 approximately four times that I know of, and it lasted no longer than a day at a time. I’d like to stay up there in that range. When I drop, I now know what to do to make it go back up.

Make more money. Why shouldn’t that be a goal of mine? I’d like to receive money at least at every payout. It doesn’t have to be an astronomical amount, but at least $50 a month would be nice.

Expand my outreach. Google has been kind enough to me. I’d like it to be my best friend. I’d also like to find more ways to backlink and market my hubs.

Have a few more Hubs of the Day. This to me is another great motivator, kind of like the boss giving you an unexpected bonus. I had the hub of the day about three times now. It’d be nice, although not necessary, to see a few more. (Wow. The boss in my head just said, “Get to work, McKenna!”)


Final Words about My First Year on HubPages

Thank you to all of you who have supported me in the past year. Without your kind and thoughtful words, I might not have been motivated to keep going.

Thanks to HubPages for giving me this opportunity to do one of my favorite things: write what I believe in.

Here’s to another year on HubPages.

~Marissa

©ThePracticalMommy

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As of November 20th, I have over 100,000 views on HubPages!
As of November 20th, I have over 100,000 views on HubPages! | Source

2012-2013 HubPages Update

  • I joined the Apprenticeship program in May 2012 and love it!
  • As of September 2012, I have 104 hubs written on HubPages. By the end of October, I will have 112 or more!
  • I have been earning money consistently since joining the Apprenticeship Program. In fact, since May 2012, I have made the payout and more each month!
  • I graduated from the Apprenticeship Program in October 2012.
  • As of the end of November, I will have 117 published hubs.
  • As of February 2013, I have 132 published hubs, over 900 followers, and over 300,000 views.

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      Amelia Griggs 5 months ago

      Nice hub! I have been on Hubpages since 2011. I tried to look into the apprenticeship but it was no longer offered in past. A lot of things have changed on Hubpages, but we keep on writing!

      Happy Writing to you, you have some great hubs.

      Easylearningweb/Amelia

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      Ramy Saber 2 years ago from Egypt

      Thanks for sharing your experience. I also want to learn and write good, creative and informative articles in the hubpages.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      As a new Hubber (Squidoo transplant), I am constantly looking for articles to help me succeed here. Thank you for your tips.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      Glad I came across this article on your first year's journey here. It is a lot of work and hopefully will be rewarding in many ways.

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      DIYmommy, I'm glad I'm not the only mommy who writes hubs while taking care of other more important priorities! :) I know there are several others out there who also do the same thing, but it's nice to hear from someone like me. And to think that soon I'll be adding another newborn to the mix!

      When I applied for the Apprenticeship Program, I got a response within two weeks or so, but that was prior to the program gaining some popularity. I was in the second or third group to go through the program, and I think at this point they have had four to six groups go through or currently going through the program. Don't lose hope if it takes a while to hear back from the team; they have many applications to go through, plus much more on their plates with all of the recent changes here at HP. Keep on writing quality hubs in the meantime! Best of luck getting into the program! :D

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      Julie 4 years ago

      I know you wrote this awhile ago, but this was one awesome hub! Very motivating and inspiring! While I'm fairly new to the world of HubPages, my husband has been writing online content for years, between blogs and other Web 2.0 sites like HubPages. He is just short of publishing his 900th article now, and just crossed the 1,000,000 unique visitor mark on a much lower authority site than HubPages. During that time, I've tried to learn as much about SEO as I possibly can....I went from casually observing, to helping him craft content, but, now, having just applied for the Apprenticeship program last night, I really want to venture out and HubPages is my way to do that. While I'm not quite as 'established' as you, my "story" seems eerily similar. I couldn't help but laugh when I read THIS part: "I jot down ideas, change a diaper , do some research, chase a toddler , write [a paragraph ] of the hub, make dinner , finish the hub , edit the hub, do laundry , read the hub while feeding the baby , edit the hub….you get the picture." With a three month old now in the house, this sounds a lot like what I have been doing lately....attempting to build my repertoire of HubPages articles while constantly caring for a ravenous baby boy.

      If you don't mind me asking, did it take you awhile to hear back about being accepted into the Apprenticeship program, after you had applied? I really would love to give that a shot....it sounds like it worked out great for you--challenging, but, it sounds like it was rewarding at the same time.

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      daisydaz, I highly recommend the Apprenticeship Program. If you're able to do it next year, you should! It is quite a commitment, but it is definitely worth all of the benefits. Many people in my group had jobs and families to take care of while taking the course but they were able to finish just fine.

      My second year is going great! Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      Well you seem to be on the right path, slow and steady is the way froward. I am thinking of applying for the apprentice programme in the new year, too busy at the moment adn know it will take some time dedication to do it properly! Hope your second year is going well and your hear for many more.

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      creativegenius, good luck with your goals! I hope you are able to accomplish them. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Brian Scott 5 years ago from United States

      Thanks for listing your goals. They inspired me to create stronger goals for myself at Hubpages.

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      Gail Meyers, I appreciate your comment. Thanks for reading!

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      Gail Meyers 5 years ago from United States

      I enjoyed this hub, as well as your writing style. Thanks for the insights!

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      georgiebird, thank you very much!

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      spartucusjones, thank you very much for your kind words!

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      Taylor 5 years ago

      This was really so helpful, thank you! (And good luck with your next year of hubbing) (:

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      CJ Baker 5 years ago from Parts Unknown

      Thanks for sharing your personal insights! We can all learn form each others learning experiences. You have set many practical goals for yourself. All the best in reaching them and having an even more successful second year!

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      chrisinhawaii, dwachira, Suzie HQ, suzzycue, thank you all so very much for your kind comments and words of encouragement! I am working hard on my goals for this year. Being an Apprentice certainly does help with writing more hubs; I hope to reach my goal of 155 really soon! I wish you all successful journeys here on HubPages!

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      Susan Britton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Happy hubbing in your second year. It is encouraging to know you get a regular paycheck even in your first year. I like Hubpages and think that there is a lot to learn and ways to grow here in writing. Thank you for sharing your first year journey with your fellow Hubbers.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      What a great honest look at your 1st year here! You have done so well and I congratulate you on all your achievements. Thanks so much for all the tips, advice and words of encouragement which as a newbie of 4 months, are invaluable! Voted up and more plus sharing!

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Great article ThePracticalMommy, even though i have never hit a Hubber score of more than 90, i have learnt to be comfortable with my Hubber score and i do agree with you that it is not the only thing on Hubpages, it should not be a worry. Voted up and useful.

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      chrisinhawaii 5 years ago

      This was a fun and well-written hub, Marissa. I'm always interested in how other hubbers are doing and excited to see em reaching some goals and having a great experience...it's motivating.

      And congratulations on your progress to add 110 hubs on year 2; looks like your right on track to reach hub 155 right on time!

      Voted up and gonna share it too. Aloha!

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      Whalefeather2, thanks for reading!

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      whalefeather2 5 years ago

      Great advice...thank you!

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      GoodLady, thank you very much for reading and commenting! I too hope to get to know you better soon. :D

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      Penelope Hart 5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Really enjoyed reading your experience with the whole process and thanks for sharing.

      Voting up.

      Really looking forward to reading more of your Hubs and knowing you better soon.

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      kjrzeek1, I'm glad you found this useful. Thanks for reading and commenting! Good luck to you!

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      kjrzeek1 5 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Thank you for the information. I am just starting out and want to make the best of my experience. This Hub has started me on the right track.

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      premsingh, thank you very much for reading and for your comment! I appreciate that you agree with some of my points. :)

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      premsingh 5 years ago

      Some of the observations are very correct. I also feel in same way whenever a hub is asked for resubmission due to unmatched or irrelevant products. Its also true that staff and moderators here have totally professional approach. It may be understood by a person only who runs a site. I may understand how difficult is it to write a hub by a part timer. Many times,hubbers start a new hub but unpublish it after sometime due to self-dissatisfaction. Anyway I love and appreciate this hub.

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      christollesseb, thank you very much for your kind words! :D

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      christollesseb 5 years ago from UK ME ASIA

      Marvelous hub. Congrats too. It is great to hear the voice of experience sharing so many useful pointers. Will enjoy reading your other stuff. Voted up of course!

      Ciao for now, Christo.

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Kelley! Thank you for your kind comment. Please do stick with HP; in just three months you're doing an awesome job! I could only imagine how busy you must be with three young boys. Thanks so much for your vote! :D

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      congrats! ThePracticalMommy you have inspired me to write and continue on. I am also a stay at home mom of 3 young boys and find it difficult to find the time some weeks. So glad to hear of your story. I'm sticking with it! Voted up and useful!

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      old albion, thank you very much for the best wishes and for the vote up! I'm glad this hub is so helpful. :)

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      jp, thank you for stopping by and reading!

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      wordsmith2418, I'm glad this was encouraging to you! Thank you very much for your comment! :)

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      rls8994, thank you very much for the congratulations! :)

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      CJWood71, thank you! Good luck with your own writing. :)

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      jenniferg78, thank you for your kind comment! :)

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      Graham Lee 5 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hello. Thank you for such an inspiring hub. You have said it all. It is for me and others to take what we can from your efforts. Thank you for help so freely given.

      Best Wishes.

      voted up - awesome - following.

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      jp 5 years ago

      Hai, its good one....

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      Veronica Lewis 5 years ago from Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania

      Congratulations on your first year at hubpages. Great hub! I needed the encouragement to keep working. thanks!

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      rls8994 5 years ago from Mississippi

      You have really done great! Happy anniversary! This was a very inspiring hub. It has given me motivation to start putting more into this. Congratulations :)

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      Christopher J Wood 5 years ago from Florida, USA

      Congratulations on your first year! I enjoyed reading this hub and it has motivated me to get busy writing. I hope your success continues in year two.

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      jenniferg78 5 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Congrads on your anniversary and good luck in the coming year. Looking forward to reading some great hubs!

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      kmkellum, I'm sorry to hear that you got discouraged! It does take a while to find your footing on the site, and I'm sure you will if you keep working hard and publish quality hubs. Thanks so much for your comment, and lots of luck to you!

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      amelianotbedelia, I'm glad you found this to be helpful. Welcome to HubPages, and I hope you are successful with your hubs! :)

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      kmkellum 5 years ago

      This was so helpful, because I have only written 3 hubs and get very discouraged. Thnaks!

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      amelianotbedelia 5 years ago

      I'm just starting out on Hub Pages and this is definitely helpful. I really want to write well-written hubs that I'm interested in, which other people can relate to as well. Thanks! :)

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      missbalch, thank you very much for your kind comment! :D

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      missbalch 5 years ago from Denmatk

      congratulations on your anniversary! I think you are a big source of inspiration! I am a newbie, but I am so hooked, just like you when you started.

      I really like your hub :-)

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      honeygrahams, aw thanks! I'm glad I can be an inspiration to others. :)

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      honeygrahams 5 years ago

      You have inspired me!

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      VirginiaLynne, thank you for your comment! I am very grateful to have found HubPages when I did. It gives my mind a chance to stay active while I'm home here with the kids. That's great that you have time to write with your kids in school, even though you have other responsibilities (I'm a 'lil jealous)! I'm hoping when my son is in preschool in the fall I'll have a bit more time to write, but we'll see. I'll still have my little girl at home, who is busy enough all by herself! :)

      Thanks for sharing about getting past 100 hubs and earning more! That's great news.

      Good luck with the rest of your first year! Thanks so much for reading! :D

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      Virginia Kearney 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Practical Mommy! I'm a couple of months away from my first birthday and I wish I'd had something like Hubpages when I was at your stage in life. In fact, I did just suggest it to a former student of mine who has her first baby and loves to write. However, even now I'm loving Hubpages at this stage in life (5 kids in school). And reading your Hub reminds me that I'm lucky because I do have more time to write in spite of the fact that I also teach and do copywriting on the side too. One encouragement which I learned from one of my copywriting jobs as well as my own experience--once you get past 100 hubs, I think there is an earning threshold break. Since then, I've been making over $100 a month, which makes the whole enterprise more enjoyable! Happy Birthday!

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      djmiller83, Happy First Day! Welcome to HubPages. I'm glad you find it exciting!

      Thank you for reading and for leaving a comment! :)

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      poowool5, welcome to HubPages! You'll find a rhythm with everything there is to do on the site. I know of some people who actually set timers to tell them when to move on to the next task when they are on the site. As you can see above, I use my kids as my timers... :)

      Thank you for your comment!

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      djmiller83 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Happy 1 year. Today is my first day. It has been pretty exciting so far.

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      The Stages Of ME 5 years ago

      Thanks PracticalMommy ~Oh and I love love love your name here on HUB ~ Blessings

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      poowool5 5 years ago

      Inspiring story ThePracticalMommy, and I admire your juggling writing all these hubs and a couple little kids too...wow!

      I am new to hubbing and find it hard to find the time to comment, respond to comments, follow threads, follow followers, AND write hubs (the really fun part!). And my kids are in their teens so I have no excuse! Anyway, thanks for the great read. Voted up and useful!

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      Oscar Jones 5 years ago from Alabama

      thanks P/M ... will keep my eyes and ears open..

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      The Stages of ME, thank you for your kind comment! You'll have to look up some of the great hubs on SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and being friendly with Google; if I tried to even explain a little bit here, it'd turn into a hub itself, plus I don't think I could do the topic justice. I learned it all from my fellow hubbers who are very knowledgeable on the site. :) Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      htodd, thank you! I too hope I can finish my goals. :)

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      Oscarlites, I'm not 100% sure, but there was mention of HubCamps somewhere on the site (JSMatthew, a fellow hubber, has mentioned one before in Boston). Check out the Learning Center or the blog; there might be more info there. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      ronny2005, thanks for stopping by again and for your kind words! :)

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      ChooseHealthyFood, welcome to HubPages! Thank you for the congratulations. :)

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      ronny2005, thanks so much! :) Glad my hub is helpful.

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      BPBREEDLOVE, thanks for cheering me on and for following! :D

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      The Stages Of ME 5 years ago

      First and foremost congrats on your year what a great accomplishment. I will need to check out some of your many other hub and look forward to that. I do have a question, what is SEO friendly with Google mean?

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      htodd 5 years ago from United States

      That is really nice ..hope you will finish the Goals

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      Oscar Jones 5 years ago from Alabama

      I was wondering, are there any meetings set up to meet other hubbers in the different states?

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      ronny2005 5 years ago from HubPages

      Sorry, I was from the phone while posting that comment. Congratulations to you! I hope this year will be more successful!

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      ChooseHealthyFood 5 years ago from Canada

      Happy One year Anniversary! I joined yesterday and created my first hub. I was wondering how it all works and you explained it beautifully.

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      ronny2005 5 years ago from HubPages

      A great hub for newbies and beginners. Useful. Bookmarkee the page! besf of luck ThePracticalMommy :)

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      BPBREEDLOVE 5 years ago

      Well you just GO GIRL!!! from your new follower

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      MarleneB, congrats to you on your first year! I'm glad to see you too enjoy writing on HubPages. Thank you very much for reading and for your kind comment! :D

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Congratulations on your one year celebration. March marks my one year aniversary, as well. It is a good time for reflecting. I enjoyed reading about your journey and find your experience and attitude to be similar to mine. I enjoy writing for HubPages. I discovered that some of the most charming people in my life are fellow hubbers.

      You are an inspiration to us all. Thanks again for sharing.

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      babithababa, thank you for reading and commenting! I appreciate the vote up as well. :)

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      greatstuff, thank you for your kind comment, and good luck to you! :)

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      babithababa 5 years ago

      Good . I am going to read this again . Thanks . Voted up!

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi ThePracticalMommy, Happy Anniversary and may you have success in the coming years. Hope mine will be as successful as yours!

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      kittyjj, I love hearing from other SAHMs on HubPages! I'll keep trying to leave as many hints as I can, but do be sure to check out all of the other great hubbers here, especially the more seasoned ones. I learned from them, after all. :D Thanks so much for reading and commenting, and good luck here on HubPages!

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      Rusti Mccollum, I'm glad this hub was useful to you. Good luck on HubPages, and thanks for commenting! :)

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      MissTravel, I'm glad you found some good ideas in the hub. Thanks for reading and commenting! :)

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      It is not easy to be a stay-at-home mom with young kids and squeeze a career in that crazy schedule. I am a stay-at-home mom with three kids. I am on the same path as yours, just a bit late. Please do leave me some hints as you soar toward the finish line so that I can pick them up along the way and make my catching up with you a bit easier. Happy Anniversary!!! :)

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      Ruth McCollum 5 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

      I'm new here and absorbing as much as I can. I found this hub useful on so many levels! Great hub,thanks for more info on hubpages.

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      MissTravel 5 years ago from Vancouver

      Great hub! Good ideas! Thanks

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      vimier, I'd like to think I did well! ;) Thanks for reading and for the congrats!

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      vimier 5 years ago from Chicago, IL, United States

      Well, I think we can all say that you did well your first year! Congrats on the success.

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      wiserworld, yep, I'm hoping to hit 150, but it'd be great if I could write more! I'd rather not discuss my specific earnings; it's enough for me right now, plus it would be different for every hubber who had 50 or more hubs. I can say this though: write quality hubs with evergreen topics, and you'll do great! Thank you for taking the time to read and comment! Good luck to you in your ventures!

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      wiserworld 5 years ago

      150+ hubs sounds like an attainable goal to me! I'm curious about what kind of money you rake in with having 50 hubs. I'm aiming reach 100 by the end of this year. Fingers crossed!

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      cdemp11, thanks for the congratulations! :)

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      cdemp11 5 years ago from GA, USA

      Congratulations and thanks for the motivation to keep writing!

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      juicerexperts, consistency is key if you want to be successful on the site; that is true. Thank you for reading and commenting!

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      Chris Achilleos, I'm glad you found it useful. Thank you for reading and commenting!

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      CookwareBliss, thank you for your kind comment! Good luck to you here on HubPages. :)

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      juicerexperts 5 years ago from Mysore, India

      That helped me learn one thing: in order to make money with hubpages, you have to be consistent. Thanks for the same.

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      Chris Achilleos 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this very useful hub :) Voted up and useful!

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      CookwareBliss 5 years ago from Winneconne, WI

      Thanks for your inspirational hub, its hubs like this one that motivate me to write more. Congrats on your first year and I wish you continued success!

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      jamesmuia, thanks for your comment! Write when you can, even if it is a little at a time. As of this moment, I am writing and doing work, but that only lasts as long as the kids nap. Every little moment counts, right? :)