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Reflections of a Seven-Year Alumnus at HubPages

Updated on April 22, 2020
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Marie studied at Michigan State University four years in English (creative writing). She writes content, poetry, and stories.

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How I Started

My oldest published article is Alliteration: A Literary Technique, which was originally titled An Afternoon on the Riverbank. I had been taking online classes at American Public University (APU) online in an effort to finish my bachelor's degree in English (creative writing) from Michigan State University (MSU) that I had aborted in 1974 due to cuts in the Educational Opportunity Grant (EOG) program initiated under President Kennedy. Richard M. Nixon had become president on the Republican Party and the cuts were made.The exercise I had written for the APU English class serves as the basis of the article. Publication of this original HubPages article was on June 11, 2012.

I had come across HubPages via a search engine while seeking potential writing sites for pay. At the time, HubPages was offering a program for writers to write articles. The program offered guided tutorials and pay to write about one's passions. This sounded exciting to me, so I applied.

Unfortunately, I missed getting into the last organized tutorial and was informed by the HubPages Team that HubPages had no plans to reinstate the program. So, I was on my own.

I spent hours reading through the Learning Center, which changes from time to time. I believed I was actually going to make a modest monthly payout if I wrote about things that interested me. After seven years, this goal still has not become a reality.

Why I Haven't Quit HubPages

At least one other writer in the HubPages Community said he would quit given the circumstances I was experiencing (low traffic, little to no earnings). In spite of disappointments, though, I still haven't quit because 1) I like to write, and 2) some of my articles are really nice and, in my humble opinion, helpful. When I think of the time and care put into most of them, it would be a shame for those articles to no longer be available to my readership.

Tips I Learned for Revising Content

Here are my summary notes of what a good article should have or be:

  • Excellent grammar and spelling.
  • Pay special attention to cases in your title and subtitles; this is one area where mistakes are common.
  • Current and correct information. Check the latest news, peer-reviewed journals, and other credible sources for new information on your subject.
  • Free of spammy elements (Hubs should contain no unrelated or tangentially related links, excessive products, etc).
  • High-quality, clear, attractive images (avoid pixelated images, blurry images, and images with watermarks).
  • Search-friendly and descriptive subtitles.
  • A relevant summary.
  • A mobile-optimized layout. Making all capsules full-width can make a big difference for mobile. (Capsules no longer allow for text or photograph text-right flushing.)

Notes on the Process of Writing Hub Pages Articles for Abundance

A CHECKLIST

  • Getting the Idea
  1. What do I feel passionate about?
  2. Who else may be interested in this subject and why?
  3. Check Google SEO
  • Write a first draft
  1. What would my reader type into Google (Title)?
  2. Maximize the Summary
  3. Effective First Paragraph (Give reader what information they seek.)
  4. How will the article flow? (Outline)
  • Specific to General
  • Chronological
  • Creative: Rising, Climax, Falling Action, Ending

  • Add Depth (3 or more of following and place where suited)
  • Photos, original or legally credited
  • Videos
  • Special formatting, such as Callout or Headings
  • Tables
  • Bulleted information
  • Maps
  • Quiz
  • Conclude by Summarizing Hint: Repeat what you have written using different words, usually based on the first sentence of each paragraph. Let your final sentence be a statement reassuring the reader he has what he wanted (or needed) to know.
  • Proofread (allow one day to pass before starting this process)
  1. Spelling, especially typos – look at each word by reading the article backwards. Then read the article OUT LOUD for the following:
  2. Subject-Verb Agreement (both singular or plural)
  3. Noun – Pronoun Agreement and Placement (Does the pronoun refer to the last noun in the sentence and is it appropriate in context and number?)
  4. Commas (Are they appropriately placed? Is my style consistent?)
  5. General Punctuation (If not sure about a rule, check it out or ask for help. Purdue OWL is a great resource.)
  6. Word Choices (Have I used the right words, i.e. two, too, to; there, their, etc. and check meaning of complex words, if necessary.)
  7. Appearance and Flow – Am I happy with it? Will it look good on a mobile device? (Little to no italicized words, i.e. use only if necessary, like foreign words or phrases.)

For an exercise on proofreading, my article Proofreading Basics and Tips may be helpful.

Confessions and Endings

I confess that I don't follow my own advice and setbacks caused by bugs and automatic editing pushed me close to going elsewhere (see my article Handling Hubpages Snips, Edit-Bot, Capsule and Other Changes), perhaps having my own website, which some other writers in the HubPages Community do.

I'm just not ready for that step--maybe I'll never will be. HubPages satisfies my basic writing urges, so it appears I'm here to stay. Besides, I've developed a certain rapport with some of the other writers here, and I like that.

© 2019 Marie Flint

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    • PAINTDRIPS profile image

      Denise McGill 

      3 months ago from Fresno CA

      Seven years is a great milestone! I've only been here for 5 years. I'm always a little late to a party. But then again I never felt like a writer. I'm an artist who wants to share art and so I have some things to say about it. I would never claim to be in the same caliber as you or billybuc or some of the other greats. Still, I love that I have a place to talk about my passion.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      5 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Excellent sketch. Nice reading. Thanks.

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      Marie Flint 

      8 months ago from Tawas City, Michigan USA

      I wish to thank everyone here who has commented thus far. My comment reading "Edits" was for Pamela, but not intended personally. It's just that my experience that Editbot corrects comments, but I can't do that unless I cut and paste the comment, credit the commenter, and correct the words myself. (Okay, I'm a little lazy, but wordy when it comes to my own comments!)

      Also, I corrected a small punctuation error in this article and added a tip recommending Purdue Owl as a writing aid in correcting mechanics. It's a great site and up-to-date.

      Blessings!

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      Marie Flint 

      8 months ago from Tawas City, Michigan USA

      Edits: otherwise -and- for now

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      Heidi Thorne 

      8 months ago from Chicago Area

      Congrats on 7 years here! I'm getting close to that. I haven't left either, largely due to some of the amazing writers I've met here. As well, I use it as a "test kitchen" for material I might want to develop into other things such as books or online courses. Glad you're in our community!

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      Liz Westwood 

      8 months ago from UK

      This is a very helpful article. I have been writing articles on HP for around 16 months now and reading your hub, I can see myself in a similar position in just over 5 years in terms of income. It appears that to be successful and earn money on this site, you need to write for a particular niche and also have a large following from elsewhere to build up traffic for your articles.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 months ago from Sunny Florida

      You clearly summarized all the ways you can write a top article. I never do an outline, but I write everything out in Goggle Docs. The spelling is checked that way, but I always read the article outloud. I find problems that way that I might not otherwis.

      I stay here because I like to write and I feel like I have some nice frieneds. I certainly don't stay for the money as I don't make what I did a year or two ago despite the fact I have more views. I have done quite a bit of writing for Textbroker, but got tired of writing there. I have been told there are better places to write but I don't know. I am here fow now. This is certainly a well-written article.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      8 months ago from India

      Helpful information!

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      RTalloni 

      8 months ago

      Thanks to Kenna McHugh I just learned a Latin proverb: If there is no wind, row. This post reminded me of the quote she posted. You are a good rower. :)

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      John Hansen 

      8 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Marie, this is a helpful article, especially for those new to HubPages. Thank you for sharing. There have been quite a lot of changes here over the years but I still find it the best writing platform. I am glad you decided to persist here despite your earnings perhaps not being what you’d like.

      Mine were always rather low but I expected that as the majority of what I write is poetry and that doesn’t generally get the volume of views as other types of writing. However, after much experimentation I think I have introduced enough diversity into my writing to make it work here. My views have increased remarkably and monthly earnings have tripled from what they were 18 months ago.

      The more you write the more chance you have of earning decent money. I always find your articles helpful and you are always ready to lend advice to those who need help which is good.

      Keep writing and good luck.

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wonderfully done. It reminds me to set my money making deals back up. Why not? Hey if it will let Gabe and I see a movie -- good enough.

      But I have some trepidation about Sermons for cash. Probably silly.

      I like this platform but mostly my friends.

      Thanks for a great article about us.

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