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Philanthropy's Time on the HubPages Apprenticeship Scheme
Celebrate Good Times with the HubPages Apprenticeship Scheme!
I'm not really the type to write about my "100th hub" or "1000th follower" (mainly because I don't have anywhere near that amount) but it seems fitting to me to write a hub about my time on the 'HubPages Apprenticeship Scheme' in the last hour that I am truly on it!
My Overall Thoughts About the Program
The program was fantastic for me because I was already madly in love with HubPages and its community.
Having already established some interesting friends here, being taken in on the scheme was a real treat. I felt like I was truly accepted not only by the community but the 'big cheese' HubStaff up at HQ.
Of course, the 1on1 feedback from them also really helped my writing style and understanding of how things like Google SEO, keywords and the like work. It all turned out to be much more important than I had thought!
Hardships on the Scheme
The scheme was of course no picnic, it did make you work!
- Set Titles
For the first 3 months, HubPages gave each of the apprentices a list of 8 hub titles which we were told to choose and make hubs with. I must admit, I found it odd that I was writing about "Kanji Tattoo Ideas" because I had put down 'Japanese' as one of the topics I liked to write about, but it was, as it turned out, a really good way of forcing writers out of their comfort zones.
It was odd being told that we had to write at least 8 hubs a month or else we'd been kicked off - I hadn't felt that level of pressure even from my final school years! Now though, even though I understand that I have no obligation to write any hubs at all, I still have that 12-month accumulated 'duty' to write at least 8 hubs! A great motivation!
That's something I always try to encourage - criticism. It's so important to be brutally honest with people in private about their work, because that's exactly the honesty the public will be utilising whilst "voting down" your hubs! Of course it's unpleasant to be told that you didn't read 'this month's lessons' correctly, but how else are you going to learn!
I Would Recommend the HubPages Apprenticeship Scheme to Anyone!
At least apply.
- Being paid an extra $6.00 per hub makes you feel like your work is more valuable.
- Having a community of other hubbers read and critique your work is a great resource of information. Not to mention source of traffic and friends!
- Having someone take a supportive role is invaluable to your learning process as a writer!
- You get a nifty 'Apprenticeship Alum' after your name.
- What's the harm in trying, you can always try again later!
For more information about the scheme see the official HubPages hub:
Have you applied for the 'HubPages Apprenticeship Scheme' yet?
Important Points for Those Applying
Although you are expected to write a lot and this may seem daunting to many, there are no rules at all about when you have to write it all in the month. This means that you can do half of it at the start and the other on the 31st of that month!
This made it particularly easy for me because my life made it so I was unable to work for the first two weeks of every month. After that though I had an abundance of time and was able to write all of my hubs with ease!
Considering just how enjoyable writing a hub is - and the level of enjoyment you gain depends on your initiative alone - I think that getting paid so much for hubbing is a dream come true!
Quite importantly, I didn't even know that you can get a per-hub bonus for every hub you write if you fulfill certain traffic requirements via the "Bonus Program". If you haven't already, make sure to go onto your Account -> Earnings -> Bonus Program to see everything explained.
Long story short, you can get as much as $8.01 per hub you write (which is even better than the default $6.01 you get on the Apprenticeship Scheme!) by gaining an average of $4.51 per hub across over 50 hubs and writing at least 4 hubs a month - easy!
To conclude, HubPages is an excellent site for developing as a writer and offers many incentives and support structures for success.
If you haven't already, be sure to check out the Bonus Program and Apprenticeship Scheme, it certainly worked for me!
Thank you all for your time and have a great day,
© 2013 DK