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One Month on HubPages--What You Can Accomplish and Achieve

Updated on April 21, 2013

You Can Do It, Too!

One month ago I was looking for a summer job and saw an ad for writers on HubPages. I had never heard of HubPages and knew absolutely nothing about the world of writing on the internet. But I was intrigued. I checked into it, I signed up for it. And I published my first hub the very next day. Needless to say, I was intimidated and overwhelmed, but I did it anyway. There was something driving me to take a chance. I guess it was my desire to get my writing "out there."

I didn't know what I was doing, but I did it anyway. I kept a mantra in my head: "I can do this. I can learn how." I applied that to everything. Not only did I know nothing about HubPages, I didn't even know how to upload a photo! Something made me forge ahead anyway.

I noticed other hubbers who had over 200 hubs, 1,000 followers, and hub and hubber scores of 100. Some were making hundreds or even thousands of dollars each month. I was starting at zero, for everything. Actually, my first hub score started at something like a 46--though I didn't even know what that meant! Now, a month later, I can hardly believe what I have achieved.

-I won a HubNugget (new writer) accolade for my very first hub, The Hidden Power of Coincidence and How You Can Make it Work For You.

-I now have 7 other accolades for: publishing at least ten hubs (this hub makes 24!), Having at least 1000 views of my writing (actually, I'm over 3,500), answering at least 10 questions, being a Level III Commenter, writing engaging hubs which start great discussions and for being popular among readers (they like me, they really like me!)

-I have 96 followers!

-My hub and hubber scores are in the 90's!

-I have earned some money

-I got a twitter account and had a celebrity re-tweet one of my hubs! Donny Osmond himself re-tweeted my hub Donny and Marie Live: A Perfect Show! (My teenage son assures me this was a very big deal.)

Although I may not be where other hubbers are, I am leaps and bounds ahead of where I was one month ago. If you are brand new to HubPages, I am here to tell you, you can achieve all of this, too!

Advice If You're Brand New

I'm still pretty new myself, but here are some things that have worked for me onHubPages.

Don't let fear get in the way! When I started on here a month ago, I knew nothing about HubPages. The only thing I knew was that I wanted to be a part of it. I did not let intimidation stop me from trying. I referred to the Learning Center, learned from other hubbers and from the process, and I wasn't afraid to ask questions. I got right to it right away by publishing my first hub. I never let fear hold me back. The only way to move forward, I knew, was to push past any fear, so that is what I did.

You CAN learn the technical stuff. If you are like me with computers (and if you're not, you're lucky) than you don't know how to do much. But you can learn! I still don't know how to do everything, but I have come far in one month. I was intimidated by the whole process of signing up for Google adsense and as an Amazon affiliate, but I did it! It took some time and was a process, but I kept telling myself, "You can do it!" and I did. Just because it is out of your comfort zone or realm of expertise does not mean it is out of reach. Now I can proudly see numbers in my earnings report! I also know how to upload photos and properly cite them, do in-text links, add text capsules, add books from Amazon and re-order and group my hubs. I also have a twitter account and know how to tweet. I didn't know ANY of this a month ago. I learned it all through practice, questions, reading others' hubs, and some tutoring from my teenage son. I'm so confident now that I got the new profile as soon as it became available. I may not know how to do something right away, but I always tell myself that I can learn, and you can learn all of this, too.

When you know better, do better. Once you learn how to do something, start applying that skill. Go back to older hubs and improve them with what you've learned. Share what you now know with others. Be on a continual journey of improvement as you learn and grow on HubPages. That is the way that you will progress.

Write from you heart. I write about what I know and care about-- what I'd like to read about myself. I don't worry about what others think about it, I just write what feels right to me. I don't second-guess my writing ideas either. When they come to me, I follow through on them. This approach has allowed me to write two dozen hubs in almost as many days. Be confident that if you care about your topic, the readers will respond. There will always be someone on HubPages to connect with the same things you do.

Write because you love it. Although you may dream of thousands in extra earnings from HubPages, that may not be the case for awhile, or ever. The possibility for supplemental income is there, but it does take some time and effort. Therefore, writing on HubPages should be for more than just money. For me, it is validation of my writing, something that had been missing for me. It is for the community of writers who support me and each other. It is for the challenge of writing quality hubs that others may enjoy. It is for creative expression. It is for the potential of where it may lead--to more money, a great contact, or a chance I never knew existed. First and foremost, though, it is for the writing itself, a chance to do it, a place to do it, and a community to do it with.

Be Part of the Community HubPages is full of great people who are so supportive. It is important to write good hubs, but it is also important to read what others have written as well. Leave comments, vote on them, and share what they have written. Helping others will help you in the long run as it brings more readers to your stuff, plus you can learn from other hubbers. Don't forget to reciprocate by reading the hubs of hubbers who have supported you. A few of the hubbers who have been most supportive of me from the beginning are Victoria Lynn, tamron, and mperrottet. A few others are debbiepinkston, billybuc, perspycacious, patty kenyon, dghbrh, sradie and sidkemp. I thank them, and all of my followers. You don't need to follow everyone on Hubpages, but you can be supportive by sharing what you know, answering questions, reading other hubs and giving feedback. Eventually, you will build your own group of followers and of those you want to follow.

Be Patient This is the best piece of advice I have ---be patient on HubPages. It is important to have a good work ethic, but be patient with the results. My lowest-scored hub is now my highest. My least-viewed hub became my most viewed hub. Blue arrows caused me to panic one day, but then another day, red arrows appeared; rest assured, traffic on your hubs will rise and fall. And so will your hubber score. Just keep writing from your heart, learning from others and striving to improve, and things will eventually swing upward. As will your earnings. Slowly, but surely.


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Why I Plan To Stay On HubPages for Many More Months to Come

Although I haven't earned much money for the time I've spent on HubPages, I know the potential is there for some extra income. Above all, I want to stay on HubPages because I love it. I love that it has me writing nearly every day. I love that it allows me to work with a community of kind, supportive people who love to write, too. I love that it makes me think because of all of the thought-provoking questions I can answer and the myriad of hub topics I can read. I love that my writing has an audience that is validating me, rather than rejecting me, like I'd been so used to in the writing world. I love that I now have a body of writing that I am proud of and have been recognized for. I love that I learned how to do so many new things that intimidated me at first. I love that Donny Osmond loved one of my hubs---cause I love Donny Osmond! I love that I have a place to write and that I feel like a writer.

And I love that I already know what I am going to write about next.

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      stillwaters707 4 years ago from Texas

      Uh oh....:)

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      g-girl11 4 years ago

      Oh! Now I get it! (and I remember!) Thanks for clearing that up, stillwaters 707. You may even be able to explain exactly how to go about documenting a picture (step by step) and include recommendations for sites--I bet there is enough for a hub. Good luck, and I will definitely check it out if you write it! :)

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      stillwaters707 4 years ago from Texas

      It was a response to your recommendation to doing a hub about documenting pictures. I thought you might have forgotten after reading so many comments. I'm not sure I can say enough in my own hub about documenting pictures and avoiding licenses that do not allow for commercial use. :)

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      g-girl11 4 years ago

      stillwaters707 Thank you..not sure I get your comment, but thank you for reading ! :)

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      stillwaters707 4 years ago from Texas

      Ok, g-girl. That's a good idea for a hub...if I can say enough about it. :)

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      g-girl11 4 years ago

      Hi Eva Civo! So glad to know I've inspired you! Don't ever lose sight of what is real and true for you as a writer. I doubted a few of my hubs, wondering if anyone would read them, but forged ahead anyway because I knew I was following my heart. Those hubs ended up being my most successful ones. Keep at it! I can't wait to read your work.

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      Eva Civo 4 years ago

      This was a beautiful read. I'm so, so glad I clicked on your name as it was suggested to me on my profile page. I started hupages with excitement only one month ago, did 5 hubs in about a week, only to get discouraged and stop writing more soon after.

      You've inspired me to keep at it and you've shown me that I can write about stuff that truly matters to me, such as happiness, which I saw as unpopular and still do well! I was very discouraged to keep writing about them because they got bad traffic. But now I know that if I stick with it and remain authentic and honest about what I truly know and love to write about, and not try to pretend, that things may just work out.

      Thanks for the massive dose of inspiration! Voted up!

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      g-girl11 4 years ago

      Thanks Patkay.

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      Patrick Kamau 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      g-girl11, you are doing great. You have achieved a lot within a very short period of time. Hubpages is the place to be. Just wait till the dollars start rolling.

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      g-girl11 4 years ago

      I'm so glad, jenbeach21! Welcome to HubPages. I wish you much success and hope this hub is a help to you!

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      jenbeach21 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      This hub was very useful. I plan on taking your tips and applying them as I learn the ins and outs of hubpages.

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      g-girl11 5 years ago

      stillwaters707, I would really like to hear more about this. Maybe you could write a hub on it?? I would DEFINITELY read it and I know others would, too--it sounds like it would benefit everyone on HubPages to have this info.

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      stillwaters707 5 years ago from Texas

      Here's something for you, g-girl and all of your followers. Be sure to use NON commercial pictures. I just learned that valuable lesson. I also learned how to document PROPERLY, not just document....name of author, CC BY-SA, etc. Keep hubbing, everyone!

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      stillwaters707 5 years ago from Texas

      Here's something for you, g-girl and all of your followers. Be sure to use NON commercial pictures. I just learned that valuable lesson. I also learned how to document PROPERLY, not just document....name of author, CC BY-SA, etc. Keep hubbing, everyone!

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      g-girl11 5 years ago

      Sounds like you're well on your way, mismazda. I wish you much success!

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      mismazda 5 years ago from a southern georgia peach

      I agree..well said..I have been on HUB for about a month...and I have learned just about the same stuff you mentioned in this HUB...posting pics..tweeting, and other things. Voted up and useful....thanks for sharing.

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      g-girl11 5 years ago

      So glad Ericdierker! Hope you do great things!

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you, that was actually inspiring.

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      g-girl11 5 years ago

      Thanks Gamerelated! I just wrote from the heart and the viewers followed. I'm sure they will for you, too. Welcome to HubPages -- all the best to you!

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      Gamerelated 5 years ago from California

      Good work g-girl11, I am new also and I like reading stories about others who have come before and are doing well. These stories inspire me. How do you get so many viewers? I am not even close.

      I too have just gotten a Twitter account this month. Hopefully I will be able to do as well as you. Thank you for sharing your experience and for providing tips to new people. I am going to read more of your Hubs and try to learn and incorporate what I can into my Hubs.

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      g-girl11 5 years ago

      Thank! you dghbrh for being so supportive! I have to add you to this hub as one of my HubPages supporters!

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      deergha 5 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Wish you all the very best and you are doing awesome here.

      Its an wonderful hub and you are a talented writer.

      Keep up the good work......waiting to read many more this kind of experience hub in coming days dear:-)

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      g-girl11 5 years ago

      Thanks zsobig! That was a really nice thing to say. My dream is to publish a successful book. Maybe that will be on the horizon. Hey, if I can learn how to upload a photo, I can do anything! Haha

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      Sophie 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Congratulations for reaching these goals, hopefully you can achieve even more if you continue to write hubs like this or the ones before! :)

      Keep up the good work, best wishes!

      Voted up!

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      g-girl11 5 years ago

      Thanks stillwaters707. It is so nice! That is probably my favorite part of HubPages, seeing the number of views, and knowing that all those people have read my writing. I love it!

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      stillwaters707 5 years ago from Texas

      Congrats on making it to the 90s! Isn't it nice to write and see how many people have read your writing?

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      g-girl11 5 years ago

      Thanks pringoooals! Hopefully, we can enjoy it...and make a little money, too!:) That will just be a bonus!

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      g-girl11 5 years ago

      Thanks lovelovemeloveme.

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      g-girl11 5 years ago

      Glad I can be an inspiration, RanXero. Believe me, if I can do it, you can too! :)

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      g-girl11 5 years ago

      Thanks nochance. I'm glad you enjoy HubPages, too, and didn't realize how many people give up on it. Glad you are also giving it "a chance". :)

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      Karina 5 years ago from Edinburgh

      I totally agree with you. There is something inspiring about hubpages and you just want to be a part of it. For me it's a source of really unteresting information, great community and great experience no matter if you can earn money on it or not. Really good hub!

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      Lovelovemeloveme 5 years ago from Cindee's Land

      good hub!

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      RanXer0 5 years ago from Florida

      Thank you so much for this hub. Very inspirational and motivating. I am a bit vexed to, especially by the google adsense account. But I will stick with it and be patient. Thank you G-Girl

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      Chloe Davis Smith 5 years ago from Minnesota

      This is such a great hub. And the best part is that it works at any stage of the game. You see these benefits every single month and it makes it worth continuing. I wish more beginning hubbers would have the dedication to stick it out for a month, I think they would realize this is a great place to be writing on the internet. It's so user friendly.

      Definitely sharing this and voting up. Others need to read this.