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Two Months: Lessons Learned, Advice For New Hubbers And Milestones Reached

Updated on August 10, 2012
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These Last Two Months Have Been Crazy!

I started writing for HubPages on June 6, 2012. I came across this site while searching for an online writing site. I noticed so many rave reviews that I simply just had to give it a try! I am glad I did and now I am looking back at everything I have learned and doing some reminscing. In this hub, I will be sharing lessons I have learned, offering advice for new hubbers and sharing some milestones I have been able to reach.

This hub will hopefully show you how I got to where I am today. I need to start off by saying that I am no where near those HubPages success stories you hear as far earnings and stats are concerned. But, I am also new to HubPages. Those days will come later, as long as I continue to work hard, remain diligent and keep my feet pointed forward!

I hope you(new and experienced hubbers both)enjoy this overview of what I learned throughout my first two months here on HubPages!

HubPages: Lessons Learned

My goal in this hub is to give advice to new hubbers but also seasoned hubbers as well. We could all use a refresher course every once in a while. In this section, I will be discussing some lessons I havce learned including: fanmail, bookmarking hubs(comments and loyalty) and helping out new hubbers.



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Lessons Learned: Fanmail

The first lesson I would like to discuss is Fanmail. You must be very careful when selecting a fanmail to leave for someone you are going to be following. For those of you who know me, I usually can't resist being funny. So, this is my funny way to start out this hub! Check out TToombs08's hub on funny pickup lines people unintentionally use when they are posting fanmails. Or are they being serious? Now, that is a little creepy!

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Lessons Learned: Bookmarking and Commenting

Several weeks ago hubber Rahul0324 gave me an awesome tip to organize how I go about commenting on hubs. I am sure most of you already use this technique, but for some of you who are not aware, this is for you. When you sign into HubPages after having been gone for quite some time, go to your HubPages email account. Simply scroll through your emails and bookmark every hub that has been published while you have been away. This way, if you are not able to comment on all of the hubs, you will at least have them bookmarked for later. This advice has greatly helped me to organize all of the hubs I will read throughout the day.

As far as commenting is concerned, I make it my goal to comment on every hub that my followers publish. Now, I know for most of you, this is a hard task. You have families and priorities that are more important than HubPages. So, perhaps you could make it a goal to comment on every other hub. Set a goal that fits your busy schedule. Just make sure to drop by your follower's hubs every once in a while. This act will show your followers that you care about their work. If you leave high quality comments, then it will not matter if you can not make it to everyone of your follower's hubs. As long as you are as loyal as can be, your followers will understand. Loyalty is a huge part to anyone's success here on HubPages! Loyalty to hubbers brings steady views to your hubs. And if you are unskilled in Search Engine Optimization like I am, you will want these steady views!

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Lessons Learned: Helping Out New Hubbers

This is definitely one of the most important lessons I have learned! I owe this technique to Billybuc. It actually started out with him helping me out. I still remember now when he first starting following me. He sent me a "Welcome to HubPages" fanmail. This might not mean anything to you seasoned hubbers, but this encouraged me. Those three words mean everything in the world to people who are just starting out on HubPages. It means that an expereinced hubber, with many other things he/she needs to do, took the time out of their busy day to encourage someone new. Thanks Bill!

So, after I had a month of hubbing under my belt, I began doing the exact same thing. When I come across a new hubber, I will stop by and send them a welcome fanmail and leave a comment on of their hubs if they have any. Then either in that comment or through email, I will let them know that if they have any questions regarding the website(whether it be hubtools, maneuvering around the site, etc.) to just let me know at any time! .

Doing this is important because it shows others that you really do care and are not just here for yourself. HubPages is a community, and new hubbers need to see us in action! They should feel encouraged and a part of our community!

HubPages: Advice For New Hubbers

I will now be offering some advice for new hubbers out there. For those of you experienced hubbers, do read! While writing this hub, I was able to refresh my mind with some tips that I know but sometimes forget.

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Advice For New Hubbers: Stay Motivated And Encouraged!

The first days will be rough, but stay motivated! If you stay focused, work hard and remain diligent, success will come. Don't Give Up! Don't be scared to write that first hub! Don't freak out about earnings and SEO, that is if you even know about that yet. (If not, that is all right, you can learn that at another time). Writing your first hub will show others that you are stepping out out of your comfort zone and that you are ready to put your writing out there for everyone to see and critique.

Scary huh? It doesn't have to be. Postive criticism is a good thing. It will help you learn what to work on and also what not to do. Believe me, I have had my fair shair of criticism and critiques. But, I wouldn't have it any other way, because it has helped and shaped me into the writer I am now. If you are willing to put both feet forward and invest some time and hard work into your writing, you will be able to see your writing eventually take off. And you then can sit back and enjoy the site that it will be!

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Advice For New Hubbers: Spicing Up Your Hubs!

The best advice I can give you for making your hubs more attractive would be to add extra capsules. If you have not written any hubs yet, or have written a few already, I will offer the same advice. Do not just write your article in one text capsule and call it a day. Most HubPages readers will not be able to follow along. Pictures work as an excellent tool to engage the reader. Add some pictures, videos, and amazon/ebay capsules. Just make sure that the capsules act as complimentary visuals to your hub. What I mean by this is: Do not add an Amazon Inception Movie capsule for your new hub on how to read music. Use capsules that fit in with the context of the hub. Also, split up the body of your article into several text capsules with subtitles.

Another capsule you can add is a text capsule that is designated for adding a referral link. If you do not what this is, I have provided an example at the end of this hub entitled, "Why You Should Write For HubPages". In this capsule, you provide a signup link for people who are visiting your hub from outside of HubPages. If someone signs up under your link, you will receive a small percentage of their earnings. I have not had much success with this as of late, but you just never know! Also, it provides you with an extra capsule to engage your reader with.

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Advice For New Hubbers: Sharing And Following

Sharing Hubs With Followers: When you read a hub that makes an impact on you(can be serious or funny), take the time to share it. You can do this by looking over to the right of the hub. If you do this now, you will see a Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest Button underneath the title, "Like This Hub?". Just click on either button you want to use to share the hub. Underneath these buttons, is a HubPages Followers button. This button will post the hub to your followers' hub feed, so they can stop by and read the hub you have just read and commented on. You can also let the person know in the comment that you have shared their hub. This will let the hubber know that you went out of your way to share their hub that they invested a lot of hard work, time and effort into!

Following: If you only remember one thing from this hub, have it be this. For those of you that are new to HubPages, be very careful in how you choose to follow people. Do not randomly follow people just for the sake of following them. Follow people whose hubs you are interested in. Have a purpose in your following method. I would also encourage you to leave a comment on one of the hubber's hubs that you plan on following. This will show the hubber that you are interested in their work.

New Hubbers: Don't Give Up!

I know I have already mentioned this and may possibly be beating a dead horse, but this is the best advice I can give to someone starting out here on HubPages. Listen to this awesome Music Cover of "I Won't Give Up" by Tyler Ward!

"Don't Give Up!"

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HubPages: Milestones Reached

I would like to share with you three milestones I have been able to reach during my first two months here on HubPages. I do not share these milestones with you to brag, but to encourage those of you hubbers who are new to this site. When I first started out here, I was nervous and my confidence was low. I was very intimated by all of the seasoned hubbers with their insane earnings and traffic views. I thought I would be stuck on the bottom forever.

But, I kept on trekking along. And my diligence and hard work starting paying off. Here are three milestones I have been able to reach. Before, I mention these milestones, it is imperative that I thank all of my loyal followers and supporters. Without you, I would not of been able to make it this far!

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Milestone 1: 300 Friends!

A few days ago, I reached my first milestone. I have now gained over three hundred followers. I can remember in the beginning feeling so overwhelmed. I could count on one hand my amount of followers. I knew I needed followers to enhance my traffic views. So, I did the only thing I knew I could do. I wrote, wrote, wrote, and had that be my source for followers. And then I wrote some more. I am so blessed to have so many followers who are loyal and encouraging to me! I am truly thankful for each and every one of you! I repsect you all!

Milestone 2: 10,000 Views!

I am so shocked and thankful to share that I have reached 10,000 views within my first two months of HubPages. This was a goal I had set for myself, and actually succeeded the last night before my two month mark! I am so thankful to all of my supporters, because without them, I would not have even come close!

Milestone 3: Hubbie Award!

On my two month anniversary of being here, August 6, 2012, I was crowned "Funniest Hub Of The Year". Now talk about a total shock! I was so surprised! Again, I thank all of you who have encouraged me and loyally supported me. You all rock, and words can not come close to what you mean to me!

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Why Should You Write For HubPages?

HubPages is an excellent site to write for because of the compassionate and loyal community that exists here! People will encourage you and help you develop your writing skills and be right there with you as you start to soar off! Just click here if you want to start writing here! It is fast, easy and free!

Thank You Everyone!

Well, this concludes the overview of my first two months on HubPages! It has been a roller coaster ride for sure! I have had my ups and my downs, but the friendships I have made have kept me going! I love the support, encouragement and loyalty so many of you supply me with on a daily basis. This ride has been adventurous to say the least, and I am glad you have joined with me to share in my growth!

For all those of you who have been my support team, I thank you from the bottom of my heart! You know who you are! I will be sharing a tribute of thanks to you at some point and time! You deserve so much appreciation! But for now, just know that you have made a deep impression in my heart, and I will always remember that and never take advantage of it!

Until next time fellow hub friends! I hope you have enjoyed this glimpse into my journey so far, and I hope to spend many more months together with all of you!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Fairy Godson, you have launched into this journey with a hop, skip and a jump! You have far surpassed many of us (me included) in such a very short time. Let that be your inspiration and motivation; you have what it takes!

      Thank you for your unselfish advice to newcomers and tips of which maybe some not-so-newcomers can take heed.

      Bravo!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      In two months you've certainly learned so much! You tips and techniques are right on target and will be a valuable help for new hubbers. Great hub, voted up, useful and interesting!

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      Melis Ann 4 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

      Welcome to HubPages and congratulations on finding so many successes in your first two months. It definitely sounds like you have a great strategy for quality hubs and being part of the HubPages community. Keep it up!

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      CJ Baker 4 years ago from Parts Unknown

      Congrats on all your milestones! I am sure there will be more! Great advice for both newbies and more experienced hubbers alike. Thanks for sharing!

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      Jane Boucheirre 4 years ago from CA

      just what i need...

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      You surely do write josh3418, there are not shortcuts on hubpages other than writing and writing quality...one more thing, i had a feeling those humorous hubs you write will bring out something and they surely did. congrats. Voted up.

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      Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      This is all great advice. I am so glad you did find HubPages and decided to join us. I now can't imagine HubPages without you! :-)

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Shubey,

      Well, thank you bud for the compliment here! I am just doing my job which is encouraging the newcomers as I was encouraged! :)

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      ShubeyThePoet 5 years ago from Williamsville,NY

      Josh,

      You my man are a fine hubber for this hub.

      Thanks so much for being helpful bro and I'll remember you

      for your support on here always.

      Keep it up bro please!!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Jeani,

      Hey, so good to see you! :) Thanks for your awesome comment here, and I am glad you have felt welcomed and encouraged! Keep on trekking Jeani! :)

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      Jeani Nugent 5 years ago from Cumberland, Wisconsin

      I am also new to HubPages and have been AMAZED at how helpful other hubbers have been. I was also nervous how my hubs would be received, but have had nothing but support and encouragement.

      Loved your suggestion on bookmarking hubs you want to read, great hub!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Rebecca,

      Thanks so much for that awesome fedback, much appreciated! :)

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      Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada

      this is some great advice, and even a "seasoned" hubber like myself can learn to improve from this hub. Best of luck, this is one awesome hub!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Daisy,

      Thanks so much Daisy for your encouraging compliment here!

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      Great hub, and you are doing so well, I wish you the best of luck. Im sure you will be one of the big success stories on here in no time!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Pamela,

      Thanks for your visit and wonderful comment on my hub! That is sad that you were not helped when you first became a member. It is awesome that you are doing so though! Yes, hanging in there is key!

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      Josh, This is excellent advice for the newbies and the seasoned writers. I especially like supporting the new comers. That did not happen for me at all and I really floundered for quite a while to learn all the important techniques to increase traffic and to write quality hubs. The point is for new people like you said is to hang in there. Things will get better. Up, useful and awesome.

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      joanie,

      Thanks for your visit! Honestly, becuase of all my support! My friends here, I owe everything to them! Keep on keeping on and you are welcome for the advice joanie!

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      joaniebaby 5 years ago

      How did you ever do it all in two months? I started in March and am nowhere near what you have accomplished. But I will keep on keeping on! Thanks for all the good advice.

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Suzette,

      Thanks so much for visiting Suzette! Thanks for your feedback and encouragement as of late! Thanks for the compliment on my writing, you are too kind!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      TT,

      You are welcome for the shout out! No problem! Thanks for your positive feedback on this hub!, greatly appreciated!

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      Suzette Walker 5 years ago from Taos, NM

      Spot on advice, josh! I agree with everything you suggest. You have been successful for all the suggestions and reasons you give in this article. But, the most important reason you have been successful is quality writing. Everything you write is credible and well researched. You humor is amazing. Hilarious but never cruel! Your satire is also excellent, but never cruel. Your self-deprecating humor comes off so well. The peanut-butter and jelly sandwich recipe is a classic. I wish you the best - you have a positive attitude and you have accomplished so much in two short months. I look forward to reading more great writing from you!

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Firstly, thank you very much, Josh, for the shout out, I really appreciate that! :)

      Secondly, this was a great overview of all the great lessons you've learned and a helpful guide for both new hubbers and old hubbers a like. I think, through sharing our own experiences and lessons learned, we help our fellow writers, so excellent job on that as well! :)

      keep up the good work and keep writing. :)

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      cat,

      Thanks so much cat! I am glad you thought it was easy to understand!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      MHatter99,

      How did you guess? LOL :) Thanks for your awesome support buddy!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Carly,

      I am glad you were able to learn a lot Carly! You are very welcome for the support!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Tammy,

      Hey Tammy! So good to see you here! Thanks for that awesome comment, I am smiling big as I type my response! You are awesome Tammy!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Mandar,

      Heyya buddy! Good to see you! Thanks for your feedback here!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Vicki,

      Thanks so much for your feedback here Vicki! Yes, I understand it is hard to comment on everything that is why I mentioned to set goals. You are an awesome supporter and I thank you so much!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Christy,

      Thanks so much Christy! You are awesome!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Jcevans2009,

      You are so very welcome jcevans! Glad to be of help!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Nell,

      LOL, thanks for visiting Nell! And for the laugh as well! :)

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Mary,

      Thanks so much for your awesome comment! I value your friendship and support!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Austin,

      Yes, it is in your email account. If you do not have one, you can create one! Thanks for the congrats! Aww, thanks for the compliment!

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      catgypsy 5 years ago from the South

      Josh, congrats on your Hubbie Award! This hub great, straight forward, simple advice for newbies...good job.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Okay! This guy is definitely paying you. Don't deny it... fess up.

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      CarlySullens 5 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Josh, this is great. I have been around for several weeks now and I learned so much from this hub. I am glad it is concise and step by step. Your example Hubbers are excellent. Thank you for being one of those supportive hubbers to me. Shared, voted up.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Josh,

      This is a great hub. You have exploded on to the scene from the get go. The only other person I have met here who has done that is Billybuc. Congratulations on your statistics and you Hubbie Award for funniest hub. Keep up the excellent work and keep that wonderful personality. :)

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      Mandar Karandikar 5 years ago from Ratlam, India

      Hi Josh,

      Glad to be back reading you on HP after a lag of so many days. You have created another wonderful article. HP has so much to teach us and we have to grasp all we could. Thanks for your support!

      :) Mandar

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Awesome, Josh! You've learned so much in just a couple of months. You're right in that's it is hard to read everybody's hubs when we have jobs, families, and are trying to make a living. It is good, though, to try to visit everyone from time to time. I don't get the notifications from EVERY hub as I get 100 emails or so a day anyway, but the handy dandy summary page every few days of hubs published is helpful, so I can go through those from time to time and pick out who to visit.

      Anyway, I digress. I'm so glad you are here at HubPages. You have added a lot of joy, depth, and of course, humor, to this site!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Yay Josh! So pleased for you, with your Funniest Hub award and your growing success here. You have learned so much in very little time :) I vote up, awesome, and sharing too.

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      Judith C Evans 5 years ago from Boise, ID

      Thanks for this advice and encouragement! I joined HubPages about a month ago, and am still learning the ropes. Your hub has inspired me to keep going!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Great advice for newbies and use oldies too! lol! I mean old on hubs not old on...well you know! lol!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      You are a great guy and a loyal friend and supporter, Josh. I wish you continued success on HubPages. You can't miss!

      Seems like you have been among us forever.

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      Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      I didn't even know we had a Hub email account. Now I have to look for that one. Or is it just the comments under our profile?

      Anyway, congratulations on the hubie! You will go far with your good looks, winning personality and awesome hubs. We're glad you're here.

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Trinity,

      Awww, thanks so much for your awesome compliment here Trinity! You just really encouraged me! I am honored to have you as a supporter!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Julie,

      Thanks Julie, glad you enjoyed this hub! Have a great day!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Marlene,

      Thanks so much Marlene! I am glad you found this useful and thanks for the congrats!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Frank,

      Thanks, glad you liked it! You are an awesome supporter Frank! :)

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Joseph,

      Thanks so much Joseph! Yes they have! :)

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      flash,

      Aww, thanks so much for your kind words here Flash! Thanks for all of your support!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Linda,

      Thanks, glad you found it useful and valuable! Yes, teamwork is the key to HubPages!

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      Trinity M 5 years ago

      Hey Josh well done! Not only is this a wonderful hub for new hubbers it’s a pretty good one for the oldies too! I got a few tips out of it myself. As for your 3 milestones, all I can say is I’m not surprised at all; being a big fan of yours myself I can fully understand why you have 300 fans, 10 000 views and a Hubbie Award already in the bag and in only two months… way to go!!! Voted up and awesome!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      jainismus,

      Thanks for the compliment, have a great day! You are welcome for the share!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Julie,

      Yes, I can definitely relate to what you are saying here Julie! I am truly grateful for the help I have received and your support has meant a lot to me Julie!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Kelly,

      Thanks Kelly for all of your support!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      kellyteam,

      Thanks Kelly! Glad you found it detailed! Thanks for the congrats as well!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Heyya Missy!

      Good to see you again! You will do just fine Missy! I thought the same thing at first! You have a very optimistic point of view Missy! So refreshing to hear! Have a great day!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Bill,

      Thanks for your kind words on my latest hub! I really appreciate you! You are welcome for the mention, you deserved it!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Faith,

      Thanks for the feedback and encouragement and support you have provided me as of late! Thanks for the congrats Faith!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      amanthkr01,

      Thanks for your positive feedback, glad you thought it was written clearly! I am glad to have inspired!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      ISH,

      I am glad you found this hub useful! Thanks so much for your support of my writing! i value your friendship! Thanks for voting and sharing, you are too kind!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Janine,

      Thanks so much for your loyalty and encouragement! I appreciate you so very much! Thanks for the encouraging compliments on this hub! I am glad I can be of inspiration, as you are to me as well! You are very welcome and I thank you for being my friend as well! Thanks for voting and sharing and have a great rest of your day!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Glimmer,

      Glad you were able to get something out of the tips! Thanks for the congrats Glimmer! have a good one!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Paula,

      Thanks so much for your encouragement and compliment! You rock Paula! :)

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Keith,

      Thanks Keith for your encouragement and compliments! Have a great day and thanks for sharing!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Mama Kim,

      Thanks so much! I am smiling from ear to ear! That was such a kind and compassionate comment you just gave me here! I am blushing! I would glad to help out in any way possible. I am honored to have you as a friend here; you are a great supporter, so thank you Mama Kim! Have a great day!

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      When I was new, I constantly read these hubs! So helpful! Great job Josh, on the hub and with your milestones!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      greeneryday,

      You are very welcome for sharing my advice. I am just trying to do the best I can to help out everyone because I have received so much help myself! Thanks for your positive feedback and compliment! Hope to be seeing you around!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Rich,

      Hilarious comment buddy! I always look forward to reading your comments! Yes, honesty is key and I am glad I have been able to give you some support! I am just giving back to the community!

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from Northern California, USA

      This is great acknowledgement of your success and a wonderful tribute to your followers. I agree with you about the HubPages community. The people here are supportive and the most helpful group of writers I have ever had the pleasure to meet. Congratulations and thank you for providing excellent advice for hubbers, both new and seasoned.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      what a fun share Josh.. and congrats on reaching the milestones you've listed.. hats off to you bro :) Frank

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Great celebration Josh! Happy for you buddy! Your sleeples mightss at that hotel paid off! Congrats! and keep it up!

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      flashmakeit 5 years ago from usa

      Awesome achievements!! I am lucky to be following one of the funniest hubbers and I am going to share this useful article with other hubbers. Keep up the good work!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Very valuable information Josh. Keep on Hubbin'! I'm looking forward to hearing what stats are in August 2013.

      I really liked Jool's comment also. It's all about team work and helping out a fellow hubber and friend :)

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 5 years ago from Pune, India

      Really very useful b for new hubbers. Thank you for sharing.

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Josh - great hub. New hubbers do feel a sense of being overwhelmed. I remember I thought I might only last a week or two, I just didn't know how to go on but then Cogerson sent me a lovely email and explained to me about following and he really encouraged me to keep going, saying nice things about my hubs and really encouraging me to stick with it. He introduced me to other hubbers who could help (Sunshine 625) - I will be eternally grateful for that help as I now approach my one year anniversary :o)

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Congrats Josh and great job!

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      Willette 5 years ago from Michigan

      Hi Josh! This is an excellent hub. It is very detailed and well written. Congratulations on all your accomplishments in the short while you have been here! Keep on hubbing! Awesome, thumbs up and a share!

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      MissyGear 5 years ago

      This article was great for someone like me who has only been here for 2 weeks. I'm discovering very quickly that a lot of what you've mentioned is very true and it's definitely helping to keep me motivated and involved here. I don't know if I'll be doing as well in 2 months as you, but I'm certainly going to enjoy the ride along the way!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are off to a great start, Josh! You have been welcomed into the community with open arms and you have been a wonderful ambassador of HP. Congrats on your milestones and thank you for the kind words. Remember your ultimate goal along the way....to become the best writer you can be.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Morning Josh, what great advice shared here in this hub for new hubbers. And for a new hubber yourself, you are knocking it out of the park. Awesome. CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR AWARDS and all of the milestones. That is amazing and encouraging for new hubbers and all. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Aman Thakur 5 years ago from India

      Hello Josh.

      Really a great hub written in a very lucid manner. You are really going on the right track on the hubpages. You have given some really nice and worthy tips for newbies. Your hub reminded me to make comments on the hubs which I was neglecting from quite some time. This hub really inspired me. Voted up and Shared.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Look like you gained so much wisdom in a short span of time! (apart from success). Your list of suggestions are very helpful for newcomers and also seasoned hubbers - your suggestion of providing HubPages link-up capsule is new to me! Thank you for stating this new feature! Keep on writing and entertain us with more of your upcoming hubs! All the best! Way to go!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up & Socially Shared

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Here I am as promised and read first thing when I woke up. This definitely didn't disappoint and must tell you that you nailed it on the new advice for new members of Hubpages. As for the milestones, you very well deserve each and everyone and was so very proud of you for especially winning the Hubbie Award for Funniest Hub of the Year, because that Hub article was truly the funniest and definitely did deserve the award. You truly are an inspiration to me and a true friend. Thank you again time and time again for just being you!!! Have voted and shared of course :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      Learned a lot from this hub. Had never heard of bookmarking hubs in my hub email account. I'll be looking out for this one. Loved the other newbie tips too. Congratulations on your hubbie and thanks for a great read.

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Josh...Just look at you! Two months and you already have 356 followers, great popularity and high hubber score!! Looks like you are a success. Keep up the wonderful work! UP++

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      KDuBarry03 5 years ago

      Great Job, Josh! I'm very happy for ya! :D Thank you for sharing this information. Definitely useful for anyone new on here :)

      Voted up and SHARED (as you advised...LOL)

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      This is perfect! Thank you! I may have been here longer than you but I'm much farther behind. I was actually thinking about messaging a few of my favorites on here (you, billy, TT, vespa, rajan off the top of my head)... for some advise. I then thought about what all of you have in common and realized it was your personalities ^_^ You all are so nice and encouraging and make a huge effort to care for all your followers.

      I can't help but read everything you guys write just because you all are just so gosh darn lovable ^_^ (it does help that you're all great writers as well)

      Voted up useful and sharing!

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      greeneryday 5 years ago from Some tropical country

      Great tips and thank you for sharing those experience and lessons learned during your first couple of months in HubPages. I am a new hubber myself, but I could learn a lot from you. Thank you for writing this hub, look forward to read your other hubs too. Best wishes... Voted Up for Awesome...

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      Josh -

      Almost afraid to post now that you think I'm a stalker! lol

      Your support has been tremendous. One rule I always try to follow is to be entirely honest. You found that out on your cover band stories. I expressed by feelings on covers, which had nothing to do with your writing, and stayed away from them. It wasn't that I didn't support you, but if I couldn't get into a topic, I wasn't going to pretend I could.

      You've been one of my strongest supporters, and I do my best to return the favor whenever I can. To me, that's what friends do. By the way, "Great Hub!" (I couldn't resist!)

      -Rich

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Patty,

      Thanks for your visit! I love when you visit my hubs! Thanks for your psotive feedback Patty! Always appreciative! Have a good one!

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      Patty Kenyon 5 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Voted UP, Awesome, Useful, and Interesting...you brought up very valid points that I am still learning....lol !!! I will be adding the link to my Hub for new Hubbers!!! THANKS for sharing your experience Josh!!! Many will appreciate it!!!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Michelle,

      Yes, I am strict when it comes to following but it has helped me to weed out those who do not really care about my writing. You are welcome for sharing, thanks for commenting!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Josh, great advice, and a very frank sharing. Am inclined to think this way too! And love the tips on organization!! That will help us all. Thanks for sharing!