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Top 5 Biggest Distractions on Hubpages Which Can Lead to Failure

Updated on November 1, 2012

I have to admit that I have a lot of love for Hubpages. You can write about almost anything and have the opportunity to earn a living from it. Hubpages is a great place to learn to find your own writing voice. It's also a great place to hone your writing skills and earn some money from your writing, which is always a benefit.

Perhaps, if you are good enough or become good enough, you can even make a living from writing on Hubpages. However, if your goal is to make a full time earning on Hubpages then it is really important you don't get distracted from your Hub goals, otherwise you are likely to never achieve those goals.

It's really easy to get distracted and not even realize. Sometimes I am on Hubpages for hours and then I suddenly "wake up" and realize I haven't actually written a Hub. I have been on the actual site for hours, reading other people's Hubs, answering questions, approving and responding to comments and the list of activities go on.

It's really important that you recognize the biggest distractions on Hubpages and take steps to minimize them so you can actually achieve your Hubpages writing goals.

Here is a list of the 5 biggest distractions I have on Hubpages and how I overcome or deal with them.


Hubpages Forum

The Hubpages Forum is a great resource for information and also for people to share opinions and what's going on round the world. I have seen people spend a lot of time in the Forum, constantly commenting or asking questions.

Luckily for me this is not my biggest distraction but I do find it distracting at times. I manage my time in the forum in a number of ways. I set myself a time limit of how long I can spend in the forum. This may sound harsh but it has helped me to stay focused on writing rather than chatting.


Questions and Answers

I find it so easy to get distracted answering people's question. I like to get help when I need it so I feel it's only fair to help others when they ask for it. Sometimes the answers I give are very long and hopefully helpful to others.

The question and answers section of Hubpages is a resource I use, instead of asking the same question again or asking in the forum. A lot of times I will type my question into the question box and then check for similar questions to the question I asked. I work off the basis that if I am looking for the answer then someone must have already asked the question before. I find it hard to believe that I am so amazing that I would have thought of something that someone else hasn't already pondered or requested help with. This is actually another way to limit my time in the Forum. Of course, it can mean that I spend more time in the questions section but I get the answers I am looking for faster, so I think that works out well.

If you spend a lot of time giving lengthy answers to Questions then you could increase your income by writing a Hub in response to their question, or limit how many questions you answer a day.


Comments

The articles I write are generally based on new TV shows and are fairly popular topics. This can lead to a number of people leaving comments on these Hubs and I like to engage with my audience by responding to my comments. This takes time but I find it rewarding.

It's not necessarily the responding to others comments that takes the most time. A lot of time is spent then following up on the Hubber who left the comment. I end up reading some of their articles; learning what they do well, be it style of writing, how they laid out their Hub or any other nuggets of information they shared.

I also leave comments on other Hubbers Hubs. Sometimes those Hubbers respond and before you now it it's a conversation. It just shows how great the Hubpages community is and how open and talkative we all are. In truth, the comments section almost becomes a Forum type conversation where there is back and forth and great discussion. It's enjoyable and sometimes informative but it can quickly become time consuming.


If you're like me and love stats to back-up your case then you just have to read Hubpages Income - The Real Story to understand what you have to do to really succeed on hubpages.

Hubpages Stats

Hubpages prvovides a number of helpful tools to analyse and assess your Hubs individual performance and also your Hub account performance overall. If you're a maths geek like me then it can be really easy to get almost obsessed with the numbers and constantly check them to see what you are doing well, what you are failing at and where you can make improvements.

You can check the keywords you are ranking for on individual Hubs, how long someone read it, how many backlinks you have and also if you need to tweak the title to help you get more views. There are even suggestions where you can link to other people's Hubs.

Account wide you can see your traffic stats too. You can see where your traffic has come from whether it was from search engines, social media or from Hubpages itself. You can see your graph of visitor numbers and how many Hubs you've written and the list goes on.

Yes, now you truly know how much of a maths geek I am. This stuff would probably put most people to sleep but I learn from seeing and these stats and graphs give me a picture of what's happpening under the hood, which allows me to actually understand what I need to do to improve my performance. However, it can be time consuming and highly distracting.

I have to limit myself to looking at the stats once a day and only perform a full analysis of all my Hubs once a week. That still may seem a lot to you but I am still new and trying to learn what works and what isn't working on my Hub account. In order to do that, I need the feedback that the stats give me in order to move forward and improve.


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Although I love looking at numbers, stats and graphs, I have to say my biggest non writing commitment on Hubpages is reading other people's Hubs.

I can read Hubs for hours and I learn so much. I start on a single Hub and end up 2 hours later still reading Hubs and learning even more stuff, and it could be on anything. Hubpages is so addictive in that there are links to more Hubs, within the Hubs or links to related Hubs, at the bottom of the article. I am guilty of clicking these types of links for articles that I want to know more about or I find interesting.

This then leads me to follow more authors on Hubpages and the whole cycle continues.

The only consolation I have with this distraction is that if I am guilty of doing this with other people's Hubs, hopefully people are experiencing the same with my Hubs. This addiction also gives me a clear picture of how to keep people on my Hubs or how to try and keep a reader moving from Hub to Hub. Add to that I learn so much information that I can use that I don't see this as a disadvantage, I see it as an advantage as it keeps my experience on Hubpages fresh and interesting.

If you are looking to make an earning from Hubpages then you have to learn to limit your distractions or find a way for them to aid you in achiveing your Hub goals.


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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Lauryallan, very good information. It's hard to balance it all, but reading other hubs definitely is my biggest distraction. Thank you for sharing.

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      Willette 4 years ago from Michigan

      Detailed, informative and very true. This hub is so true, I think I end up reading way more than writing and then commenting is probably a close second for me. You have really got this hubpages thing down cause you hit the nail right on the head with this one. thumbs up awesome and sharing!

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      Brian Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Up, Useful, Interesting, and shared with followers.

      To me surfing HubPages is even more addictively interesting than Facebook. HubPages is too often a distraction for me, taking a much larger share of my time budget than I intended, leaving less time for writing and improving my own hubs and for sleep.

      I have been increasing the number of hubbers I follow little by little. I follow hubbers whose hubs I find interesting and admire. To determine that, I read two or three or more hubs. If the hubs are very interesting but very long, that can take a lot of time. I try to follow at least one more hubber per day.

      Reading interesting hubs leads to the urge to comment, and this takes time, especially if a hub is quite thought provoking and I can't resist sharing my thoughts.

      I also try to do some hub hopping every day, as I am grateful for the encouraging comments that my first hubs got thanks to hub hoppers.

      And I try to randomly keep up to some extent with the hubbers I follow.

      Add that once in a while I ask or answer a question, or contribute or respond to a forum post, or look at statistics, or read a shared or featured hub just because it looks interesting, and too often I have spent more hours in a day on hubtivity then on hub creating.

      I hereby resolve to do no hubtivity during a day until I have put at least three hours and preferably four or more hours into hub creating and improving my hubs, while still getting to bed on time and doing my daily to-dos. (Almost 4 PM, and I have yet to shave, make the bed, get any exercise, look at my e-mails, ….)

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      Kerry43 4 years ago

      Great Hub, my biggest distraction is reading other hubs too. I love to learn new things so I can soak up several articles, or more, and quite easily lose a couple of hours lol. Ironically, I am half way through writing a hub on this very topic.

      Thanks for sharing,

      Kerry:)

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      Mark 4 years ago from Alabama,USA

      Cool Hub - I've been distracted too long, better get to writing

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      Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada

      this hub makes me realize one thing-- I'd better get back and start writing a hub, haven't done that in oh so long, but I admit that my distraction is in fact reading excellent hubs like yours!

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      As a new writer I have enjoyed reading your hubs about successs on hubpages. I see where it takes huge amounts of work and commitment. But mostly writing good hubs about in demand topics. Thanks for sharing all this wonderful information...It is the best I have read so far.

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      Lauryallan 5 years ago

      Yeah keep the questions coming Milli, and also thx for the fanmail.

      Yeah stats can be boring but when you start getting traffic and those stats start to mean something personally to you, then they become interesting and you'll find it easy to become a stats geek too lol.

      And I am glad my HP experiment was useful to you and another hubber.

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      Milli Thornton 5 years ago

      Thank you! Your reply was so helpful. If you do write a Hub going into more detail about how to find and study stats, I would love to read that. I could perhaps come up with more newbie questions for you to answer in that Hub. ;~)

      I did already read your 2012 experiment Hub and that's what made me seek out more of your related writing. In fact, just moments ago I recommended your 2012 experiment Hub to a Hubber over in Q&A who was wondering how many approx. page views it takes to achieve payout every month.

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      Lauryallan 5 years ago

      I haven't written a hub about that but now you make me think maybe I should lol!

      Sorry sometimes when things are easy for me to do it's easy to assume everyone else knows how to do them. I never thought to write a hub about HP stats and how to use them to increase traffic etc. Although it took me a while to find the traffic graph you found instantly...

      "Search Term Sources - No search terms found" - this means that either your hub hasn't had enough traffic so far to assess the keywords that people have typed to find your hub or your hubs are mostly found from within HP - therefore no keywords used.

      I normally find this with new hubs. Hubs that have over 200+ views from search engines I tend to find start to show the keywords.

      If you want this info more quickly then it is best to add your HP subdomain to google analytics. It's really easy to do and you'd have some data to look at within 24 hours.

      If you want to see how I assess my own traffic stats, then you could read my hub about my Hubpages experiment 2012 (it's linked to in this article above the poll)

      If you have any more questions you can ask me. I don't mind and everyone was new to HP at some point.

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      Milli Thornton 5 years ago

      Lauryallan - Thanks for taking the time to tell me where to look. I can't believe I didn't see "Stats" next to Edit when I've been working on my Hubs. I'd been clicking on Stats above my profile and that doesn't give much more than a simple graph re: number of Hubs published with a graph line for traffic.

      Now that I've browsed my stats for one Hub, the next step will be to understand how to interpret them. For instance, "Search Term Sources - No search terms found." Even though I have tags on my Hub, evidently they're no good in the search engines as key words? Or what else could this mean?

      Since you love playing with (and writing about) HP stats, if you have a Hub you've written about how to interpret Hub stats, please let me know. I'd love to read it.

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      Lauryallan 5 years ago

      Hi Milli - If you go to the top of your hub and click stats, you'll see a whole bunch of new stuff in there with all the info you just asked about. New headings will also appear where you can check out where your traffic is mostly coming from and also what keywords they types to find you.

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      Milli Thornton 5 years ago

      By far my biggest time sink is reading other people's Hubs and then checking out their profiles, leaving fan mail, etc. I was sick for a few days and couldn't do any Hubtivity. I noticed my stats plummeted. I guess being a newbie most of my views are coming from other Hubbers right now.

      I wish I was smart enough about stats to be distracted by them. I wouldn't even know where to find "the keywords you are ranking for on individual Hubs, how long someone read it, how many backlinks you have" etc. I guess that must all be in Google Analytics, which I haven't finished setting up.

      Thanks for a great Hub. I agree it's a challenge to balance all of it, as well as lead a normal life outside of the world of HubPages. Seems you either have to decide to commit to it wholeheartedly or be content with dabbling.

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      Lauryallan 5 years ago

      Thx somethgblue. I'm glad you were able to check out those hubs and could take something from them.

      Yes I too don't have a TV, but I watch stuff online. This is a popular topic, but there are popular parts to almost every niche - you just have to find it.

      Lots of people are interested in astronomy. You could talk about certain star patterns and how they were named etc. This would mix your ancient civilizations and astronomy topics together. You can talk about how to spot these constellations, talk about shooting stars, other planets. The best telescopes on a budget, for an enthusiast and for kids etc. There's also the calendar and astrology.

      You could break astronomy and astro-physics down for the layman and make it fun or unique and funny.

      Lol I rub people up the wrong way unintentioanlly all the time. I have a whole bunch of Christians that hate me on HP alone. Don't let that stop you from writing how you want to write about whatever you want to write.

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      somethgblue 5 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      OK obviously you and I have some similar interest however since I don't even own a TV and rarely watch any shows the subject matter of our hubs aren't similar.

      My interests lie more in ancient civilizations, Polar Shift's, metaphysical topics and astronomy somewhat specialized which has created a niche for me on Hub Pages but doesn't lend itself to a general audience.

      I also have a somewhat abrasive writing style which can offend the lower thinkers on the planet . . . watching TV requires no thinking, which I believe is the whole point.

      I'm really happy for you and your accomplishments and will use this and the experiment hub to hopefully tweak my Hubs and get more readers.

      Thanx for taking the time to write this hub and the experiment Hub and I like that you don't skimp on length.

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      Edgar Arkham 5 years ago from Modesto, CA

      This is a great help. It's important to keep ones goals in mind. Thank you for sharing!