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Why I Love Writing on HubPages
I've always wanted to write. I knew it from an early age. After college my dream was fulfilled, and I got to work as a technical writer for a computer corporation. I found many aspects of that job fascinating and enjoyed it most of the time, but my life turned down a different path, and eventually I decided to stay at home to rear my children.
Like many people who stay at home on one income, I was looking for an outlet AND a way to make some extra money on the side. I had considered blogging from home, but despite working at Intel in a high tech job, I didn't have experience writing in the blogosphere, and didn't have the slightest idea how to get started. One day I happened upon a HubPages article that happened to be linked to a Google Search. I had never heard of HubPages but was curious about hubs, hubbers, and the claim that I could write online and earn money. I'll admit I was a bit suspicious when I first read about it. I wondered what was the catch? People always talk about getting scammed by work at home schemes, and I wondered if HubPages was one of THOSE? I decided to give it a try, though, and with nothing to lose I signed up and started writing articles.
Here I am 2 1/2 years later and a few weeks ago I got an early start with my Christmas shopping by purchasing a Wii gaming console that I bought solely with my October HubPages payout. I am excited that this year my HubPages work is going to help with the costs of Christmas, since we have added three people to my family in the last 5 years! Why do I love writing on HubPages? Oh, there are so many reasons! Let me share some of them with you!
HubPages is The Perfect Hobby Business
By hobby business, I mean a little business venture that people do "on the side" to earn a "little extra." For a short time about 10 years ago, I decided to become a Tupperware representative. I enjoy cooking and know Tupperware to be an almost universally recognized brand name. I gave that a try after attending a demonstration, but after about 6 months I decided it wasn't for me. The party-sales model of hobby business is not for me. I didn't like the fact that every month I had to buy the products that were on special in order to demonstrate them at the parties. I didn't enjoy asking my friends to host one more product party where they felt guilted into buying stuff they didn't need. And I was genuinely frustrated by keeping track of receipts and orders and all those personal contacts. I am actually an extremely outgoing person, but direct sales was not the answer for me. I ended my direct sales experiment with a sinking feeling that all of my profits were sitting in my kitchen cupboards. Now don't get me wrong, lots of people have great success with direct sales. I was not one of them.
In contrast, HubPages offered me an opportunity to earn some extra income without inventory, overhead, parties, or even having to keep a schedule. I can write whenever I want. Some weeks I have more free time and the creative juices are flowing and I manage to publish three or four articles in that time frame. But other times my children are sick, I'm moving cross country, or having a baby. Sometimes I'm just busy. But the point is, NO DEADLINES. I can begin an article and let it age for weeks in my account if I can't quite get it finished. Sometimes my articles languish because I just can't quite get them up to snuff. But when I do get it finished, I can usually count on that article adding a few pennies to the pot. And the pennies add up. It took quite a while to get where I am now, but my time investment hasn't been that great.
For some people, writing on HubPages is purely a business venture. For me, it is both a business venture and also a creative outlet. On HubPages I can express viewpoints that are strictly my own, vent when I need to, and connect with tons of like-minded writers who are mostly intelligent and genuinely nice adults.
HubPages is Extraordinarily Easy to Use
An Easy Article Building Interface
The HubPages staff make online publishing easy, even for people who don't have much computer experience. HubPages has an easy-to-learn article-building interface that allows you to write, add pictures, videos, blurbs, and affiliate capsules into your writing. You don't have to know any HTML or computer code to publish on the Internet with HubPages. All you need is your article idea, a few pictures, and related product links that would enhance your article.
And if that wasn't easy enough, after you write several articles using the various capsules, you can begin to reuse the formatting of your earlier articles. This has enabled me to write several groups of articles using similar page layouts. Many of my articles are 2000 words and up. That is a bit lengthy for some people's taste, so I try to break up the text of my articles into several text capsules. Using more than one text capsule helps me with photo, video, and product placements.
My Hubs Make Money While I Sleep
My articles, or hubs, make money while I sleep. Seriously! As a writer publishing on HubPages, I can earn from people viewing my articles and clicking on ads, and from products they order from my Amazon capsules. Neither of these forms of making money require any further action on my part. Once a hub is published using the correct settings, I can sit back, relax, play a game of golf, go to a movie, and basically get back to my daily life. The hubs are published 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. I share some of my revenues with HubPages. This is how they can manage to offer publishing tools and web hosting for the articles I write.
Interest never sleeps is an old adage that applies to the HubPages money model. I love how all the articles I have already published have the potential to continue earning for me, long after I have published them. This creates a snowball effect for my earnings. Though I didn't start to see significant earnings until my second year on HubPages, this year in October my HubPages bought a new Nintendo Wii for Christmas (about $200) , and the combined earnings from Amazon and Google Adsense will buy more Christmas purchases next month.
On HubPages, I Call the Shots
HubPages gives me tremendous personal freedom to publish anything that is of interest to me. That is really remarkable, when you think about the fact that HubPages parent company is doing all of the internet hosting for my articles. As long as my articles aren't pornographic, incendiary, seditious, or illegal in some form, I have complete freedom to write about anything I like. My topics of interest are all over the map, but you will probably notice that most of my writing is about children and family topics. As it happens, my passion is for children's books. I enjoy reading children's picture books with my own children and I can use my experience as a volunteer at a small-town community library to share my views and interests with others.
Still, I can write about anything I wish. I could write about making fabulous chutney out of eggplant if I wished, or I could write about how to take a Road Trip on a Harley with My Pet Chicken.
Although I can write about any subject I wish, HubPages can help give you article ideas, too.
- Many people choose to answer questions in the form of a Hub.
- Others participate in HubMob, which is a weekly challenge to write hubs on a specific topic. Your articles are linked together with the other HubMob articles, which tends to get them noticed by search engines, drawing more revenue to your account.
- Skimming through the Topics area of the HubPages website can give you lots and lots ideas for articles you may want to write.
HubPages Gives You Feedback on Your Writing
Another thing I love about HubPages is the almost instant feedback you can receive on your writing. HubPages has several different types of feedback built in to its system.
Accolades help you keep track of your participation in the HubPages community and identify when you have reached certain milestones. When people comment on your hubs they can vote them up or down and click additional feedback buttons that identify them as awesome, funny, useful, or beautiful. This feedback is also tracked in your accolades, which you can choose to display to the world or keep to yourself.
HubPages also links directly to Googles metrics to give you statistical feedback on each of your articles. You can view which search terms were used most frequently to find your articles, and view incoming links and your hub's earnings potential. That is powerful information that helps me to fine-tune my writing to maximize earnings. My article "How to Play Canasta" showed the following statistics for the 30 days previous.
HubPages feedback isn't limited to statistics, though. HubPages encourages its writers and anyone viewing hubs to comment on your writing. Most feedback is friendly and helpful, and often will come from your followers, basically people who want to know when you have published new hubs. The comments capsule in hubs gives your fans and followers a place to leave their remarks. You can follow writers you like, too. I have learned much from other writers who publish here.
You HubScore also gives you feedback in the form of a number assigned to your profile. Your hubscore combines several different factors, such as how often you publish, how much you participate in the hubpages community, and the scores of individual hubs. Your hub article scores are based on their originality and the amount of feedback you receive on them.
HubPages Helps Me Keep My Online Articles Organized
My HubPages account also keeps track of all my articles with all sorts of online tools to keep me organized.
Each time you begin writing a new hub, you select a HubPages category that the hub will be assigned to. The HubPages staff creates these categories, and your hubs will often be displayed with others in that category. If you aren't sure if you have selected an appropriate category, you can search through the categories and view hubs that are already in that category.
In addition to categories, you can create your own groups of hubs. For example, I have a group of hubs called Christmas. This includes hubs from different categories, but if I choose, I can connect all of the hubs in one group.
After you have written 30 or more hubs, you will most likely want to use this organizational tool. You can rename, delete, or create new groups at any time, and move hubs around within their groups.
HubPages Protects My Intellectual Property
Every article I write on HubPages belongs to me. I have the write to keep them published on HP indefinitely, or to take them down and unpublish them if I wish.
From time to time, my articles are copied for various reasons by other people on the internet. It is a frustrating experience to see that your work has been taken by someone else and then posted on their webpages. This usually diminishes that article's ability to earn, since it is no longer unique. Fortunately, HubPages monitors this kind of activity and I have been notified of copyright infringements on my articles several times. HubPages even gives suggestions on how to follow through with notifying individuals that they have infringed on your copyright. I appreciate that HubPages helps me to protect the rights on my intellectual property.
A Fun Way to Earn Extra Money
I love writing on HubPages. It is an extremely welcoming and friendly place to do what I love: write! You can join me and others here who are making money doing what they love. If you have been considering joining an online writing site, or even if you are just curious about giving it a try, I recommend you join HubPages now and create your profile, then start writing your first hub!