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Why Blogging Improves Hubbing | A Connection

Updated on September 28, 2012

Some backstory

I've been an avid blogger since 2007. I opened a Wordpress account as a young mom desperate to channel some creative energy into something that connected me to the outside world. It took me years to build any sort of traffic, as I didn't really focus on keywords, tags, or writing interesting articles. I simply vented on the Web about how difficult it was to be a stay at home mom to three children under four.

Fast forward five years and I am about to enter the world of school aged kids. All three of my children will be in school full time starting this September and I'm left with this question: What am I going to do for part-time work? Back in April, I noticed that my blog traffic had increased and people were engaged with my writing. Why couldn't I put these skills to use and make some money? Enter Hubpages.

I got the bug

As soon as I immersed myself into the Hub community, I became addicted. I could write for money, meet all sorts of neat people, and build a writer's portfolio. I quickly learned that earning a decent amount of cash would take some serious time, so I went about researching all I could find on online writing and Hub success stories.

About two weeks into my journey, I wondered, "What good is my personal blog if I can't make money? Why not just transfer all my posts to Hubs?" Thankfully I didn't throw in the towel and stop with my personal site. What I started to realize- blogging improves hubbing.

The art of building an audience

Personal blogs typically attract friends and family who know and love you. Some of my first and most loyal viewers were my aunts, uncles, and other relatives scattered around the country. Once I started writing articles for Hubpages, I had a free advertising opportunity on my blog. Whereas my aunt Terry might normally not stumble upon my article about smartphones, she may see it if I've posted a link at the bottom of my daily blogging journal- something she is sure to read.

The same worked in reverse. The more people I met on Hubpages, the more traffic I gained on my personal blog as well. Both mediums feed each other, giving a boost to all my writings overall. Not bad!

Linking your blog and hub with a theme helps with creativity and traffic!
Linking your blog and hub with a theme helps with creativity and traffic!

Sparking ideas

My blog is a personal endeavor- my hubs are more informational. However, I find that I can use my venting to spark ideas and vise versa. For example, the other day I went on a long diatribe about my frustration with men, boobs, and nursing. I wrote all about it on my blog, talking about my personal experience, using sarcasm, the occasional curse word (oops), and other random musings.

Once I was done, I thought, "Why not write a hub about the ins and outs of nursing in public?" I wrote it up in less than an hour because my mind was already on that track. I linked both of them up and watched my traffic grow!

I did the same thing with my recent staycation. My personal blog contained funny stories, pictures, and other personal thoughts about our particular vacation- the hub in turn became the "how to staycate" that was birthed from my blog.

Personal blogging fuels the creativity needed to produce a good hub. It also gives you an outlet for the personal "stuff" so when you get to the hub writing, you are working hard to produce evergreen content for a wide audience.

You can blog too!

I may be a Hub newbie, but I am an ancient blogger. Five years in the blogging world is a long time! For many of you, blogging is already on your to-do list. Try using your blog and Hubpages as a team; fueling thematic ideas. But don't despair if you are someone who hasn't entered the world of blogging yet- you can start today! Here are some of the basics of blogging:

Figure out what platform to use:

  • Wordpress: Sign up is free of course, but if you want to monetize, you'll need to develop your blog a bit first, and then apply for their ad program (WordAds). If your blog has regular traffic, you may be accepted. The money is slow as you can expect a $1.00 for every 1000 clicks.
  • Blogger: This platform allows you to run Google AdSense on your blog right away, and most anyone can get this type of account. It is not as competitive as Wordpress, but it may take awhile to reach the $100.00 payout mark Google requires before you receive a check.

Build an audience with personal information, pictures, stories, anecdotes, and links to all your hubwork! I find that people enjoy the peek into personal life- even the mundane postings draw a crowd because at the end of the day, people want to know they aren't alone in the drudgery.

Implement many of the hub principles on your blog. Share, share, share on social media. Work on tags and keywords as best you can, but don't sacrifice that juicy tale just because Google won't find it. Remember, your personal blog is your place to brand yourself, a place to showcase your best hub work, and to tell your story.

My personal blog
My personal blog | Source

My stats

So here is the deal: I think it is my personal blog that has helped with my solid start to Hubpages. Of course, I realize that writing good content is the staple reason for decent traffic, but here are my basic earnings from Hubpages after approximately six weeks. From the research I've done, it seems that these numbers are decent- and I've implemented all the other tools Hubpages recommends; social media, back-links, SEO, good content, and being an active community member.

How's the newbie doing?

Month
Earnings
May 28th - 31st
$2.33
June 2012
$15.42
July 1st - 17th
$7.72
Estimated Payout at this Rate
October 2012
I estimate if I continue to make $15.00 a month, I will reach the payout by the end of September, approximately four months into Hubpages (this doesn't account for any increases in income).

The bottom line

I know that isn't remarkable in terms of dollar amounts, but I consider myself encouraged by those figures, given that many hubbers had to struggle for at least a year before reaching payout! I do recognize that the Ad program at Hubpages helped out a lot of hubbers that previously had to use Google AdSense only (which is pennies) and us newcomers get the benefit of the program right off the bat.

So if you are doing all you can to keep your Hubpage momentum going, consider using your existing blog to fuel your work, or go ahead and create a personal blog page. If you join Wordpress, you'll begin to reach out to the blogging community there and may find your audiences overlap. It is worth a shot!

-Julie DeNeen

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    • kemilahypnosis profile image

      Kemila Zsange 3 years ago from Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I just joined HP today and this hub just answered the question i had in mind. Thank you!

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Wow - I feel like that light bulb in your hub has just gone off in my head. I never thought that the two could be interlinked! Always keeping them separate. Now you've given me a brainwave. Ding, ding! Thank you! Excellent information :)

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      I agree with you Julie. I too have been a long time blogger and have recently hopped on to HubPages. I find there is great synergy between the two.

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      Dee aka Nonna 5 years ago

      Isn't it great to be a writer. The information you have provided is great and I am sure you have inspired someone to take an extra step in creatively using HP and their blogs. Really happy I found this hub.

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      Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

      I started out with Blogger a few years ago...I have 3 blogs there; one about my crafts; one a silly bit about my cats--written from their viewpoint, and the target audience is other cat lovers and fellow members of "The Cat Blogosphere" and the third is a random compilation of essays on this, that and the other--often societal commentary.

      When I was blogging, I was a know-nothing about SEO, tags, kewords, etc...and so was very erratic about using them at all. Then, I discovered Hub Pages, and I did put an RSS from HP on one of the blogs , and a reciprocal link to the blog in my profile, here. It did not help my traffic to the blog, or here--the majority of my readers here seem to be other HP authors.

      However, I put in so much energy and time building up HP that the blogs are collecting dust--I don't have time and energy to do both, or the writing here will suffer. Now that I'm finally seeing actual payouts here, I've kind of let the blogs die off.

      You made some interesting points, though, and if I can find some spare time, I might try to update the blogs.

      Voted up, interesting and useful.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      I agree with this...having a channel to write in proper format such as HP and then start blogging makes one feel cautious of what, how, where. Usually blogs don't care for grammar etc but, being cautious on that front makes one a good blogger.

      Good tips, Julie.

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Great hub. I have to say that since I have opened my blog I find the freedom again to write. I was feeling a little bogged down. It was as if I felt I could no longer experss myself on Hubpages because those would just turn into sleepers. I am going to work on the sleepers and once I fine tune the keywords, if they are still sleepers, well I will move them over to my blog. I still need to work on the Blog yet as I am not sure how to interlink them both.

      Great tips and I am absolutely excited about being a blogger now. I know I won't get much traffic, but I am sure that it will build after time. That also means while I am still working on the beginning steps people won't see me fall so much!

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      David 5 years ago from Northern California

      I am a blog rookie but I recognize the value of having one, I just need to get on board.

      Voted up and useful/interesting

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

      Some great information, Julie. I have a blog, but I'm not consistent as yet, that's something I really need to work on. Love all your advice tho! :)

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 5 years ago from Pune, India

      Useful Hub for new Hubbers

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      What an interesting way to highlight the differences between blogging and hubbing--showing how one can feed the other.

      I think it's difficult for some to make the distinction between a personal blog post and a more formal article. Some use HP as a personal platform, and some (as in yours truly) tend to be a bit too formal in the blogosphere. I need to loosen up! Thank you for a thought-provoking read.

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      @nell- yes I have a blogger and Wordpress. I prefer Wordpress, but maybe its just cause I've been there longer. But Hubpages is certainly unique!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      I joined blogger a while back, but deleted all my posts as they were just links to here, now I have gone back and added two proper ones, just waiting to see how they do. its confusing sometimes on there, and I am not sure if I have done it right! lol! but its not as good as hubpages, but it does help with the links, nell

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      Renz Kristofer Cheng 5 years ago from Manila

      Great hub! As of now, I'm in the stage of developing my blogs. I have two blogs, both of which are receiving minimal traffic. But, I guess that's because I still don't have a lot of posts.

      Anyway, I agree with you that blogging helps improve traffic in Hubpages.

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      Ann-Christin 5 years ago from UK

      Good hub I'm doing exactly the same as you I use Blogger for writing general day to day stuff which I can link to my hubs. I've only recently joined Wordpress I wanted somewhere I could post photo's and more poems.

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      Pavlo Badovskyi 5 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      This is a very useful and interesting hub. I do not feel much inspiration to blog. Somehow hub pages is closer :) But you defintely right. Blogs do attract extra readers to your hubs. I read it several times in the hubs of other authors. Thank you for sharing your experience.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      This is some very useful information here about using your own blog to help boost your hubpages experience, and traffic views. Nice!

      I also like how you explained in great detail about your blogging experiences, as well as transition to hubbing, as well as payout info.

      Voted up and getting shared, and thanks Julie, for visiting me earlier once again. Oh and I've tied many of my blogs into hubpages, oh yes indeed it does work wonders I must agree.

      Try 'Pearltrees' if you never heard of it, its a cool network hailing from France and helps in sharing and locating your great content socially, but in some incredible advanced ways, and you can team up with folks there to help them as well.

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      Glenn Stok 5 years ago from Long Island, NY

      First of all let me start by welcoming you to HubPages. I really enjoyed reading this interesting and useful hub. You definitely gave me an idea I should start implementing. And that is to blog certain things I have to say that don't work as being hubs. But they definitely would work as blogs. And I understand your concept that the blogs help bring traffic to the hubs and vice a versa.

      Where to blog? I know you gave a couple of answers, but I have another idea. I never converted my Google profile to a full Google+, which is Google's social network similar to Facebook. I see a lot of people blog in their Google+ page. Now I'm thinking this is what I should do, thanks to reading your hub.

      Since you also talked about the money side of this I thought I'd mention that it took a year for me to get my first payment. But then it starts happening a lot quicker. But for you and should be sooner since you're writing a heck of a lot more than I did at the beginning. Keep up the great work!

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      wetnosedogs 5 years ago from Alabama

      This is an awesome hub. Thanks for much for the time you put in it.

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      Sid Kemp 5 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Thanks, Julie. I've been a writer for 3 decades, but never a blogger. I'm into HubPages now, and plan to link to blogging, much as you described. I thought it would work: Now, I know it can. Thanks for leading the way. Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Pete Fanning 5 years ago from Virginia

      Great tips Julie, as I just started with the whole blog thing, I'll be coming back to this one for advice from time to time! Thanks!

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Wow Julie..you have a vast experience with blogging. I never entered any such sites, only hubpages.. thanks for sharing your stats with us.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      You are SO right! If I could I would.

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      This is a lot of very good information. I built a webpage and kept it up for a while but it took too much time. I was blogging on Blogger for a period of time also and I may return there. Time is always the problem as I freelance write and write on Hubpages. In between all that I do genealogy research. Thanks for opening my mind to making some changes. Awesome hub.

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      Christabel Evans 5 years ago from England, UK

      I have recently dusted my once abandoned blog, i have posted few more articles and i plan to create new blogs when time permits. Thanks for the reminder. Great hub.

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      @billy, kelleyward, josh- Glad to have given you all a kick in the pants. Just don't spend too long away from Hubpages or we will all miss the love! LOL

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Julie,

      Informative article, thanks! I have a blog nut haven't been on in a while. I know, shame on my part! :(

      Thanks for sharing, and have a great day!

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Hi Julie, I started my personal blog and didn't get much feedback, followers, etc. so I switched to HubPages. I still have it but don't do much with it because I spend most of my free time here. Thanks for writing this. It reminds me how important it is to have a blog. Voted up and shared! Kelley

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Seems to me you are off to a great start my friend. I am ahead in earnings but then I have a ton of hubs, so quantity has upped my earnings. I had a blog and then dropped it; I think it's time to take your advice and start it up again. Very good information, Julie!