New Hubber Checklist - 7 Easy Steps for LAUNCHING your Hub or Blog
I am sure that others have done this before me, but I, for the life of me, could not find a concise checklist of things to do when first joining hubpages.... So, when I started, I wandered around making mistakes and being a general PAIN for anyone unlucky enough to seem like they knew what they were doing and foolish enough to actually answer my messages!
So here I am, to provide a basic checklist for all you NEWBIE hubbers so you can avoid making the same mistakes...and maybe avoid bugging all of those busy HUB-Ninjas out there who are rocking it....I am still just a grasshopper..
1. Sign up for hubpages and write a hub on a topic that you ACTUALLY LIKE and want to write about!!!
Dont worry about Adsense, eBay, Amazon, affiliates, linking, forums, hub score, hubber score, SEO or any other fancy term that sound really exciting to you RIGHT NOW. Just write a hub on a topic that interests you. Take your time, proofread, brainstorm, find relevant facts, pictures, videos etc. I have found that I tend to write better, faster and enjoy myself more when I am writing about a topic I actually enjoy. Now, publish your hub. As you can see from my half-intelligible drivel, you don't need to be Hemingway to write a hub.
2. Sign up for Google Adsense.
Go to http://hubpages.com/help/googleadsense for directions on how to sign up and enter your Adsense ID into Hubpages...this is direct from Hubpages and will tell you everything that you need to know. By the way, until you do this you wont get paid even if everyone is wildly clicking ads on your hub...so do it, do it NOW I SAY!!!
You might hear different opinions on this. Some people say to work on writing your hubs, blog etc. and when you have a few of them, go sign up for Adsense....horsepuckey, once you have one good hub, there is no reason to wait!!! I am a firm believer that the first $1 you earn on Adsense will provide more motivation than anything any of us could possibly say. If you can make $1, you can make $1000, you just have to work harder, longer and smarter to do so. The caveat is not to get caught up in checking your traffic or earnings every two minutes but to focus on creating more content.
I did not make ANY money until I had around 5 hubs up and running, and I still have not make very much from my hubs (enough to keep me in coffee and wifi, but not much more from hubpages...most of my money comes from my normal blog, but I believe that hubpages is a GREAT way to get started as it is really easy and free!!!)
3. Tell EVERYONE about your first article/Hub/Blog!
Tweet it, Facebook it, Digg it etc. The people that are most likely to read something that you have written are the people who already know you...well that is assuming that they actually like you ;) Social networks are great for getting your article out there AND they provide links back to your article (any time the URL of your hub/blog/article is our there in cyberspace, it acts as a path back to the article.) The more paths there are out there to your article the "better" the search engines will consider the page to be..links are sort of like votes of confidence, so not only does telling others about your hub bring in traffic, it also improves the "quality" of the page in the eyes of the search engines, and this in turn will bring in more traffic...both are good things.
4. Start participating in the Forums.
Go and post that you just wrote your first hub in the Forums here at Hubpages. You will be blown away by the support that you will get! Hubpages really is a community and many hubbers will go and check out your first hub just to support you...so make sure you actually do your best and produce something that you will be proud of. The reasons for participation in the forums are both to be a member of the community but also to drive traffic to your hubs (this helps with page-rank for your hub with Google) and also increases your hubber score which will improve your page-rank here at Hubpages. HOWEVER!!! Don't be a spammer, if your comment is not contributing to the conversation it is better left unsaid....or ummm..unwritten rather.
5. Learn how to use Key Words
I can not stress how important this is! Perhaps the biggest mistake that I made when originally setting out was not understanding how to use keywords. I just threw in a few words and went on my way. After I learned about how important this was, I had to go back and change my hub/blog tags...this GREATLY increased my traffic!!!
Keywords are the tag words that you enter when you are making your hub and, along with the title of your hub, they are what search engines use to find your hub and list it for searches related to your topic . This means that if you are not using keywords correctly you will not be getting as much traffic from search engines, or you will be getting the wrong kind of traffic. Search engine traffic is going to be your bread and butter as those are the people that are most likely to click on any banners or buy something off Amazon or any other affiliate that you use. The link below brings you right to the Google keyword tool.. to quote someone here at hubpages...BE THE KEYWORD TOOL!!! LEARN IT, LIVE IT, LOVE IT!!!!.
There are many articles and hubs on how to use this. Basically, plug in RELEVANT keywords to your topic...for example, if I was using the tool for this hub I might try "hubpages getting started." What you get back is a bunch of POSSIBLY related keywords as well as information on the number of searches for those words with Google. Choose those key words/phrases that are both relevant to your topic AND which have a high search volume . Remember that the more detailed the search term, the less competition you have and more likely you are to get someone who actually wants to read about what you have written....someone who was searching for "hubpages getting started" is a much better visitor than someone searching for "getting started." So you may be better off choosing more specific keywords with lower search volume than a generic keyword with lots of searches but TONS of competition...being on the 3,000,000 page of Google doesnt help much.. You get the idea.
6. Write More Articles!!
You need to have more articles to make any real money...how many? If you are asking that question, then the answer is MORE....some say around 100 is when you really start seeing things take off, some people will do it with less if they hit a home run with a hub, but you will notice that your traffic will feed off other hubs that you have written. This is why it is a good idea to write hubs on related topics AND why it is so important to make sure that you use the link capsule to link your hubs to each other.
When I am brainstorming or writing or just messing around and I think of a idea that would make a good hub, I will start a new hub with the idea as my title and let it simmer until I have time to finish it. This does two things, it increases the hubs score (don't ask me why, perhaps they think that since you are "working" on it that it will be better or something.) Second, it will keep you from forgetting your good idea! Keep writing and try to stick to things you actually want to write about or that you are interested in. Unless you are a great writer, people can usually tell if you are just going through the motions on a topic you don't care about.
7. Search out and Join sites such as Xomba, Digg and She Told me.
There are several sites out there which are basically article bookmarking/review sites. Digg is very well known and is a good one to use, HOWEVER, you need to make sure that you do not just Digg your own articles. I would recommend having a friend or 20 Digg them for you at first. Then make sure that you Digg your own as well as going through and recommending other good articles by Digging them too.... ya dig?
Xomba is probably my favorite site of the three and you should FOR SURE use them. Other than Hubpages and Google, I have gotten more traffic from them than anywhere else. Basically all you do is post a link and a short description of your Hub and it indexes with their system. Very fast and easy and a great way to get some extra traffic. Xomba Homepage
There is no magic to online success. You will have to put in the work and LEARN how to be successful. I would HIGHLY recommend that you do not spend one single red cent on ANYTHING for the first year..... other than coffee and internet access. Avoid all of the SEO secrets, marketing tips, e-books blah, blah, blah. When you start earning money, then maybe it will be the time to get your own website or take a class on SEO. For now, working on writing and learning how to create product that is valuable. I learned this the hard way and spent a decent amount of money on stuff I would have learned on my own had I just focused on writing and creating more product!!
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