Six Years on HubPages and over 92% of my Hubs are FEATURED, But it's Hard to be Green!
Who Dat, say Who Dat, when I say Who Dat!
As a writer on HubPages, change is not something we normally look forward to.
And, OK, we writers do tend to take ourselves far too seriously, I will even give you that.
We can even, in our hours of solitude, while struggling with our creations, build an impression of ourselves that we are actually someone to be reckoned with.
We are WRITERS, after all.
We know that non-writers don't understand us. We can take our magic wand, whether it is a pencil waved over pieces of paper, or our fingers flying over the keyboard of a computer, and create.
We can create our stories, or poems, or other forms of creative writings into what we feel are works of art.
We sculpt and trim and rewrite and trim again, constantly building towards an end that only we see. We mold such powerful things as; plots and action and scenery and story lines along with complex characters; all pulled laboriously from our minds into a thing called a story.
We blend all of these things into a complex construction of words that quickly becomes a precious piece of our selves.
Each of these works contains a piece of our psyche, our heart and even, may I be so bold as to say, our Soul!
The Writer Himself - Don Bobbitt
What is this thing called HubPages?
When, over five years ago, I took on the task of reeducating myself from the decades of business and technical writing that I had been so good at, I had to pause and think deeper thoughts about this new goal of mine.
I soon realized that it was going to be a long haul from being a lover of fine writing to hopefully being a writer of fine works myself.
Reflecting back on my several years of College Literature Survey courses, I remembered one truth; every writer needs an audience.
So, I searched the web for a platform for my creativity. And, after several horrible errors in judgement, I finally came upon Hubpages. Imagine my joy!
A site where you could exhibit your works for your fellow writers. You could thrust your creations out there and get relevant responses and comments, from your peers.
At the same time, you could select from a wide range of your fellow writers works to read and enjoy, at your leisure. And, one other thing I knew form my past; A Man whp Reads, Learns!
What a site. Right?
And, top this off with the fact that Hubpages would attach advertisements to your works and occasionally toss a few pennies to you for your works being so popular.
Wow! What a grand site, I thought.
We HubPage writers must serve two masters.
But I soon learned that there are two masters we HubPage writers must kowtow to in order to have our writings shared with the largest possible audience.
The great and all powerful Wizard of search engines and thus internet popularity, called Google, is the master of your popularity.
Secondly, the wizard's harsh Wench, called HubPages, is the one in control of your writing's access to the great Wizard.
We writers tend to forget a very basic fact about writer's sites. And that is, HubPages like all of the other writers sites, is a business. And, as a business, it exists to make money. They are not a philanthropic organization, dispensing funds to support the arts.
If you write something; something that HP believes they can use to make a buck essentially by exploiting it with advertisements, then they will do so.
At the same time, if they believe your writings are sub-standard, they will not only isolate it from the great Google's view, but they will also mark it down in a number of specific categories that HP deeps necessary to assure they are providing Google and thus the world with a good informative Hub.
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Change drives Change if you want to stay current.
In the business world, especially the world of information distribution the only thing you can really count on is Change.
The technology used for information sharing is evolving at an astounding rate, and this means that the tools that handle the available information must also change.
So, just as this means that Google must change what information they make available to its customers, then invariably HP must change how it presents its Hubs to Google.
Evolving with Google and HubPages
AS I mentioned, I have been here, evolving my works on HubPages for over four years.
That means I have been required to rewrite, re-structure, and improve my Hubs numerous times to keep them viable as products that HP can serve to Google on a regular basis.
Oh, I didn't like it! I can even admit that I have written a number of personal rants about HP and their almighty demands on me. Me, the great writer that I am. Well, great in my mind anyway!
I use WORD/PAGES as my writing tools, so, I can look back at each major revision of my works, and honestly, the majority of them needed a rewrite or two.
So, yes, I have rewritten my text. I have added picture dividers and eliminated picture dividers. I have added multiple ads and i have trimmed back on the number of ads. I have added multiple links, and I have eliminated multiple links.
And, probably the most devastating to me was the realization that HP is no longer a site that is friendly to creative works such as Poetry or short stories, etc. They know what side their brad is buttered on, and they want "informative" works, not "creative fluff", as I heard one critic call it.
On the other hand, they love Recipes, instructional documents, informational writings and other such "searchable" articles.
So, I eventually moved my creative works to another site of my own and now only keep around 150-200 Hubs on HP. Hubs that are search-centric and chock full of information for Google to provide to the curious of the world.
In other words, I have done all of the things, even the painful ones, that HubPages has demanded of us, and I am still here.
92% of my Hubs are Featured
Why am I still here, on HubPages?
Well, at the moment, over 92% of my Hubs on HP are Featured.
They maintain decent scores on HP, whatever that means, this week.
They are written well and have little if any grammar or spelling errors.
They have several supporting photos and videos and only a few Amazon Ads. I am slowly eliminating eBay ads after the recent rules changes by them. (for now?)
And I regularly go back and re-evaluate my works, always with an eye towards improvement.
This means that my stuff is pretty good, up to date, stuff, that draws a steady albeit small flow of readers.
The workload to keep up, is it cost effective for a writer?
Is the payback worth the effort, you might ask?
Well, I write better and more informative articles that are very readable and filled with valuable information for the reader than I used to.
What does it cost me? 1-2 hours a day, 3-5 days a week of concentrated effort on HP alone.
So, if you are an experienced Hubber, you can probably guess that what I make financially is not worth the effort.
But, you see, the regular, though small, daily payments are really another gauge of my writing skills, just like; number of followers, number of impressions, average time on site, and all of those other measurements that are supposed to be so important to me, the great writer, Don Bobbitt.
The real payback is to my Ego
You see, I carry a few of my personal cards with me everywhere I go.
In addition to my email and phone numbers and address, it has the address of several of my Blogs, including HubPages.
When I am in a conversation and the subject turns to something that I have written about, such as; new tire data for RVs and cars, or Trip Planning, or whatever, I will just pull out one of my cards.
I hand it to the questioning friend and tell them; "I write an article on that, so, why don't you check it out sometime."
Sometimes I get a strange look but most of the time I get a "Thanks". Do they actually go home and read my stuff? I can't say, but I like to think so.
What a great rub for an already inflated Ego!
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