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How To Benefit From Hubpages "Mentors"

Updated on March 9, 2014
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Sharilee has been writing online for four years, starting with Hubpages. She now has several blogs and websites.

Mentoring On Hubpages

For this hub, I am going to tell you about how you can benefit from Hubpages mentors, even if these mentors don't know you. You see, there are many smart and wise people that you can benefit from on Hubpages, even if you don't know them personally.

Unlike a business set in one city, Hubpages exists in the virtual world, where people rarely speak in person and they know each other through an interface. Hubpages Mentors will often mentored you indirectly, through the hubs they write, and often when they respond back to your comments.

Mentoring is the act of taking someone in under your wing and showing them how things work. A mentor is someone that nurtures the other's persons abilities until they are ready to stand on their own. And yes, through the writing of Hubpages, you can develop mentors that you may never meet in real life.

How can you benefit from Hubpages Mentors? Here are some ways:

  1. Read their hubs on a regular basis
  2. Make comments that tell how much you appreciate their knowledge and experience.
  3. Read the comments they write back to you.
  4. Share their hubs with others, so they can benefit, too.

My Hubpages Mentors

I have included in this hub my list of "mentors," individuals who have helped show me some wisdom, through their writing and sharing here on Hubpages. I have classified them according to the area of life in which they have blessed and taught me.


They Taught Me About Writing

Hubpages truly has been like a mentorship, and the thing I have learned the most about is, writing itself. And I have learned from every writer I have read here. There were a few, though, that stood out with their writing ability and their prolific input: true professionals from whom I have learned that it is possible to make a living as a writer, something that I am now pursuing for my life.

  • RedElf, my fellow Canadian, won third prize in last summer's poetry contest at Hubpages. She is a true professional and I feel privileged to have "met" her at Hubpages. She is one of Hubpages Elite and you will often see her name by the weekly HubNuggets features. I have learned so much from her dedication to writing and her enormous output!
  • Shirley Anderson is also a Canadian writer. Shirley encouraged me to look beyond Hubpages for writing opportunities. She has several articles about freelance writing and all of the opportunities available out there.
  • NYBride is a freelance writer who revealed to the Hubpages community how much she was making as a freelance writer and how she did it. She talks about where she writes, the good and the bad. I have learned so much from her, and have since branched off on my own at several different places.
  • Patty Inglish is amazing. If you have been on Hubpages for any period of time, you are sure to have run across her name. At the time I am writing this hub, Patty's profile has 1752 hubs listed to her name. She is one of the top Hubbers of Hubpages, and I have learned so much from reading her hubs. And those are not fluff hubs, either! She is like a walking encyclopedia of career information, writing knowledge and health-related data.
  • Sufidreamer is another writer at Hubpages who works as a writer full-time. I learned so much from him about making it as a writer, other markets and sticking with it. He also has a very interesting blog that is listed on his profile.
  • Marcy Goodfleish is the last writing mentor I will list. Most of the other writers I have highlighted have been at Hubpages for a substantial period of time. Not Marcy! Marcy has only been three months at the time of this writing but she brings with her years of experience. I have felt privileged to read her knowledgeable hubs on the writing profession.


Mentoring in Housekeeping

When I first came to Hubpages, I was in the middle of reorganizing my house and trying to become a more efficient homemaker. Well, this is an ongoing education, and the next group have so much to offer when it comes to things of the home. In other times, women lived close by, in the village and they learned the skills of homemaking. Well, these women were the "village" I never knew!

  • TinasTreasures has great articles on decluttering and organizing. She has even written a book about it!
  • Dolores Monet has a wealth of information about decorating, fashion and almost all things feminine. Her hubs are like thumbing through a fascinating, glossy magazine. I have learned so much from her!
  • KoffeeKlatch Girls is another lady whose hubs are a treasure house of domestic and creative information. She writes about home stuff, Victorian history and quotes, to name a a few. She is a grandmother and you can just feel her nurturing persona through the pages.
  • Just Ask Susan is someone that I have learned so much from. Her wide database of knowledge about cooking, homemaking and general common sense is invaluable.


They Taught Me About Teaching

As a former teacher, now tutor, I have a very strong interest in education. I feel that I can always learn, and Hubpages has some amazing teachers. Here the ones that I learned from in the field of education:

  • ChrisLincoln is a former principal whose hubs about teenagers are second to none. He brings a wealth of experience to dealing with kids and his hubs are interesting and informative.
  • NJ'sPonderings has taught for 15 years and took some time to focus on creating educational tools. The articles on these pages are easy-to-understand and a great resource for any teacher.
  • Cardelean was voted "teacher of the year" at Hubpages and it's easy to understand why. Her teaching hubs are detailed and her love of teaching comes out on every page. Every teacher needs to have her profile bookmarked in their file.
  • Miss Olive is a fairly recent addition to the Hubpages community but she sure has made a splash! Her teaching hubs are extremely thorough. I would have loved to have been a student in one of her classes!


They Taught Me About Traffic

I learned about traffic: what it meant and how to get it from these knowledgeable writers:

  • SunSeven, the prolific writer with over 3000 followers and five years experience knows a lot about traffic. Her experience and numbers speak for themselves, giving her credibility when she talks about how to get traffic.
  • Alocsin is a hubber that I discovered fairly recently. He has a number of hubs about gaining traffic and sharing. His subdomain is a wealth of knowledge and he has all of his hubs organized by topic. He is considered the "king of statistics" at Hubpages; he has a number of hubs that analyze the traffic patterns and success habits of the best hubbers on Hubpages. He has been a huge resource for me.

They Taught Me About Formatting

When I first started, I just wrote. And then some very creative hubbers showed me to make things more "fancy." I have learned from many hubbers but here were a couple stood out when It came to formatting a hub:

  • Darkside is a very talented Internet guru who has knowledge in all things net. The thing he taught me that I still think is the coolest thing is how to make a Table of Contents in your hub. I did this on one hub, but my slowness in doing HTML slows me down to do it for the rest, but I appreciate him so much for this very important hub.

They Taught Me About SEO

I started on Hubpages because I thought there was income potential but I had absolutely no idea of how it worked. At first, I thought you just wrote and the money came. Ha ha! Well, these were the people who taught me about SEO, long tail keywords, optimization. And it took me a long time to understand this, and course, I am still learning.

  • Rebecca E. has many, many hubs on making money through Hubpages, through SEO, sharing and other methods. I read her hubs many, many times and absorbed so much of what she had to say.
  • Bendo13 has 624 hubs at the time of this writing, and many of them are about SEO and Internet-related topics. I learned so much from him and he was always very kind to answer all of my questions.
  • Wheelinallover has been doing Internet work for a long time and he was one of my first mentors and supporters on Hubpages. He has a way of explaining SEO and Internet marketing in a way that I was able to understand when I first started at Hubpages.
  • Cloverleaf brought her SEO experience with her to Hubpages and started sharing it generously with the group. I have learned so much from her knowledge of SEO. She's also from my former hometown, Calgary, so I like her even better!
  • chinemeremz has been on Hubpages for three years, but I only recently discovered his hubs. He is very knowledgeable about marketing online, making websites and SEO. I have not yet read all of his offering but I know that they will be valuable to me.
  • Humagaia is another prolific hubber who really knows his stuff when it comes to the Internet. He has a unique voice and his knowledge and analysis in invaluable. I learned so much from him, and he was very patient in answering my questions.

Thank You!!!

To all of my Hubpages Mentors, I say "thank you very much!!!!" I have now created 100 hubs here at Hubpages and have learned a lot since my first blog-like post. Thanks to each one for sharing what you know to help me. and so many others.

So remember that if you are interested in developing Hubpages Mentors, read their hubs often and learn away!


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    • prairieprincess profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharilee Swaity 

      6 years ago from Canada

      @Raine, thank you so much for sweet and kind comment! I have been away from HP for quite some time, and just noticed your comment here. I will definitely take a look at a couple of your articles. Thanks again for stopping by and reading. Take care.

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      Raine Law Yuen 

      6 years ago from Cape Town

      Gosh I think I can get so lost just reading up on all your interesting articles. I have written a number of hubs and would love to get some honest feedback. I found you whilst going through the answers section and was curious to know more about the writing of a hubber with a 100 percent score! Well done! I found your writing to be informative, clear and concise.

    • prairieprincess profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharilee Swaity 

      6 years ago from Canada

      @younghopes, thank you so much! I apologize ... I missed your comment from over a year ago, because it was marked as spam, but I will say thank you much now! Take care, and btw, I love your name.

      @Millionaire Tips, you are so right! It is pretty amazing, isn't it? Thanks so much for the comment and I am SO sorry for taking this long to get back to you. Take care.

      @Audrey, awww, thank you so much! You are so sweet -- this made my day. Have a wonderful evening, and I apologize for the long delay in responding. I had an tower of comments left when I was working 60 hours a week. Take care!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Pahrump NV

      I am back to read your marvelous, inspiring hub.

      You have so much beauty in you prairieprincess!

    • Millionaire Tips profile image

      Shasta Matova 

      7 years ago from USA

      You have listed some amazing writers. The amount of resources and knowledge we have at HubPages is incredible.

    • younghopes profile image

      Shadaan Alam 

      8 years ago from India

      What a lovely and sweet way of saying thank you to other fellow hubbers, it made an interesting read,

    • prairieprincess profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharilee Swaity 

      9 years ago from Canada

      HHB, yes, I can relate to that "sponge thing." And I can see from observing you that you have learned so, so much, too! Thanks for such kind words -- that means so much. And yes, I would be thrilled if you found some new "mentors," from this hub. I wanted to write this to spread the word about people that others may not be familiar with.

      And have a wonderful week! Take care.

    • prairieprincess profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharilee Swaity 

      9 years ago from Canada

      cclitgirl, it's nice to hear that my list rings a bell with other people, too. I am sure there are many that have been helped by this group. Thank you so much for such kind words and for such a nice comment.

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      Sharilee Swaity 

      9 years ago from Canada

      @Rusticliving, you are so kind and I am touched by your comment. And I am glad to hear that you have also learned and been touched by the same mentors as I have. It is has honestly been like attending an online university in writing for the Internet. We are indeed very privileged!

      Thank you so much for your kind words and for the votes and shares. Take care and have a great week!

    • prairieprincess profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharilee Swaity 

      9 years ago from Canada

      @Alocsin, thank you so much for the votes and sharing! I know I will continue to learn from your knowledge and I appreciate it very much. Take care!

      @Sholland, you are so right. The community is so helpful and that is the amazing thing about Hubpages. Thanks so much for the comment. Take care!

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      Cindy Murdoch 

      9 years ago from Texas

      This is a great hub! You have listed some people here that I am going to definitely have to check out, especially since I too am now testing the waters outside of the HP community. Congratulations on your 100th hub although now I see that you have moved well beyond that!

      Like you, when I came to HP I was a new writer. I know I have learned so much, but it seems the more I learn, the more I realize I do not know! But that is kind of fun too. I have been like a sponge soaking it all in as quickly as I can. Another great hub by a great writer.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      9 years ago from Western NC

      Congratulations on your 100th hub, and you indeed have found some great mentors! Your hubs are absolutely amazing and you are a great student! Many of the people you mentioned I also sought out when I got here because I didn't know the ropes, either. :)

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      Liz Rayen 

      9 years ago from California

      prairieprincess, you have done a wonderful job with your tribute and honor to your mentors. You have captured their true talents. I would have to honestly say that most of whom you have mentioned have been my mentors as well, with yourself included. I have enjoyed your writing very much and have learned a great deal from your talent. Isn't it wonderful to have such a diversity of talent right at our fingertips!? Job well done, once again. Voted up and shared. Lisa

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      Susan Holland 

      9 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      This is a great list of HubPage mentors, many of which are my own. I love how most people on HP's are so ready and willing to help the community. It is a wonderful place to write. Thanks for sharing this great information. :-)

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      9 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thank you prairieprincess. I'm glad you're finding my hubs useful. This is a great way to express thanks to those who've influenced you. Voting this Up and Awesome.

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      Sharilee Swaity 

      9 years ago from Canada

      @Vocal Coach, I am glad you approve and also wish to honour each one. Thank you for the comment and have a wonderful day!

      @Grace Writes, thanks for reading and for your kind words. Have an excellent day!

    • prairieprincess profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharilee Swaity 

      9 years ago from Canada

      @J.S., we surely do have great taste in hubbers! The ones I mentioned truly are amazing and I'm glad you know these folks, too. Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!

      @HBN, very well said. Yes, they are good examples with their hubs and with their comments that help even further. I have learned so much from them. Thank you so much for coming by and for your comment!

    • prairieprincess profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharilee Swaity 

      9 years ago from Canada

      @Sunshine, thank you so much for your comment. Yes, mentors are excellent and we can find them anywhere. Take care!

      @Cloverleaf, yes, your hubs were so very helpful in helping to learn about what goes on "behind the page," and I have been grateful for the free education you have offered. Thank you! Have a wonderful day.

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      Grace Whites 

      9 years ago from Manalapan, New Jersey, USA

      Posting this kind of hub is interesting one. I have appreciate your hubs and your topic. Keep up your good work.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      9 years ago from Pahrump NV

      Such a lovely hub. I celebrate each of your mentors listed! Each one is an example of knowledge and integrity. It was a no-brainer voting up and more on this one!

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      9 years ago from South Carolina

      Congratulations on your 100th hub.

      I liked the term HubPages mentors and agree that hubbers like the ones you mentioned here, mentor us through their positive examples of quality hubs as well as through their comments.

      Voted up across the board except for funny.

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      JS Matthew 

      9 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Wow, I am following more than half of the Hubbers you mentioned. What an awesome bunch! I guess we have good taste in writers...Nice tribute to your mentors! Voted up and shared.


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      9 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi Prairieprincess - oh my gosh, how did I miss this awesome hub? What a great tribute to Hubbers that have helped you so far in your HubPages journey. I am both excited and humbled to be mentioned for my hub on SEO, and just thrilled that you found my tips useful. I am looking forward to checking out other HubPages mentors in your list.

      Congratulations on surpassing your 100 hub milestone (I see that you are already up to 112 now - way to go!). I wish you continued success on HubPages and in all your endeavours.

      Best wishes,


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      Linda Bilyeu 

      9 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Excellent tribute hub! Mentors are awesome people! I liked your edit:)

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      Sharilee Swaity 

      9 years ago from Canada

      Susan, thank you! I am glad I could do a "shout-out" because I have been really helped by your hubs. Have a wonderful night!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Sharilee, I am so honored that you've mentioned me here. I too have learned so much in the 18 months that I've been on HubPages. This is an amazing list you've created with many of the same writers that I've myself learned from.

      Thank you again, and congrats on passing that 100 hub mark.

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      Sharilee Swaity 

      9 years ago from Canada

      Wheelinallover, your welcome. I have appreciated your knowledge and experience so much. Have a wonderful day!

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      Dennis Thorgesen 

      9 years ago from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S.

      Thanks for the honor prarieprincess. If all my articles were published here there would be over 200 hubs now. Because of the nature of my business this is not possible. I use three letters often which Hub pages say are a NO NO.

      The most important part of Search engine optimization today is sharing by readers.

      This is a great example of we can and do learn from others. This we are sharing on our search engine optimization and social media business page on facebook.

    • prairieprincess profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharilee Swaity 

      9 years ago from Canada

      One2, thank you so much. Yes, I did start knowing absolutely nothing and had to learn so much to catch up, and it's been a wonderful journey. Take care!

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      Philip Cooper 

      9 years ago from Olney

      This is an excellent hub and shows that you have come a long way from humble beginnings. Congratulations and keep it up.

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      Sharilee Swaity 

      9 years ago from Canada

      Dahlia, thank you so much. You are very kind. I have learned a lot here; it's amazing how many resources you can come across at this site. Take care!

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      Dahlia Flower 

      9 years ago from Canada

      I am very impressed with this hub, but I'm even more impressed with the amount of knowledge you have gained and aspired to organize into your learning process.

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      Sharilee Swaity 

      9 years ago from Canada

      @Billy, they are a great group. Thanks so much and it's nice to see you. I am behind on comments but I want to read some of your latest.

      @Jpc, I'm glad that you have learned a lot from them, as well. Have a great night!

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      JP Carlos 

      9 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      it's nice of you to write about some of the experienced hubbers. I've learned a lot from them as well.

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      Bill Holland 

      9 years ago from Olympia, WA

      What a great collection of mentors you have. Well done and a great tribute to some very skilled writers.

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      Sharilee Swaity 

      9 years ago from Canada

      Cardelean, thank you so much! I am very honoured that you were the first to comment. And I have learned so much from you. Thank you!

      And yes, it is so neat that we have grown so much, isn't it? It's hard to believe sometimes, that there was a "pre-Hubpages." Have a wonderful day, and take care!

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      9 years ago from Michigan

      Prairieprincess, I am honored both to be the first to comment and that I have been included in your list of mentors. You have listed some amazing writers that I know and others that I will be checking out based on your list. Thanks so much for all that you contribute to this wonderful community of writers, as I have also learned from you. Isn't is funny how our writing has grown since our beginning days here on Hubpages. I know that I have come a long way as well! Congratulations on your 100 hubs! The best is yet to come. :)


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