Why You Should Start Writing With HubPages
Why I Started
I started writing with HubPages with the intent of making money from my writing. Though this may not be the best reason to start writing a blog, it was definitely a driving factor. I love writing, and I always have, but I did not want to be writing content that no one would ever see. Even though I could probably make my own blog work, and make a fairly good living off of it, I wanted instant satisfaction. Making your own blog online can be a daunting task. It doesn't only involve writing. You have to plan for, manage, and build your website along with writing your own content. Don't even get me started about trying to get AdSense to accept your new website. They may make you write well over 16,000 words before excepting you. Not the case with HubPages. The site is already built, traffic is already being driven, and Google AdSense will usually accept you after writing about 10 quality articles of 1200 words. If you are interested in signing up for HubPages, you can go here.
What Is Google AdSense?
Google is wanting to be able to charge companies to advertise on Google approved sites. AdSense is the program set up by Google so you can get paid so Google can put those ads on your site. Once you've been accepted, Google will pay you small amounts of money for how many visitors and ad clicks you get to your pages. DO NOT CLICK ON YOUR OWN ADS. Google can tell if you try to beat the system, and they WILL take your money back and cancel your account. This would not be fun and would probably be close to impossible to reverse.
How Do I Get Paid By HubPages?
HubPages acts as the mediator between you and Google. You give them your AdSense account number and your PayPal username, and they will make sure ads get placed and you get paid. Some people think that HubPages is unfair for taking a small amount of your ads profit as payment for helping you. In all honesty, it is a minuscule amount. Also, the amount of traffic that is driven by HubPages to your well written hubs is way more than you will be able to drive to your own site in probably the first two years. They are actually making you more money than if you placed the ads yourself.
What Should I Write About?
This question depends solely on your intentions to write. If you want to make a bunch of money from writing, you should do a few searches on the internet for the most searched terms of the year. Otherwise, write about what YOU care about. Everyone has a story to tell, an agenda to pass, or an experience to remember. If you just purely love to write and don't care about traffic, I wouldn't worry too much about the HubPages writing guidelines. Otherwise, follow them to the T. They will guarantee the best traffic you can earn by making your hubs appeal to Google and other search engines.
What Are The HubPages Guidelines And Why Should I Follow Them?
The HubPages guidelines can be found in the upper right corner of the hub editing page. The goals set by HubPages help you with Search Engine Optimization(SEO). They include 1250 words of good content, 3 quality high definition pictures, and at least 2 other supplementary boxes like polls or quizzes. The point that I'm trying to get across is that HubPages wants you to succeed because when you succeed, they make more money. So they will help you help yourself to make a profit.
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What Is Search Engine Optimization?
Google and other search engines have algorithms that scour the internet to find the best results for your search. SEO is important to your site to drive traffic. Being on the first page for search results is a huge advantage over sites that don't make the list. Think about it, how often do you go past the first search page to find what you're looking for? I would be willing to guess not that often, if ever. Get yourself ranked on the first page of a search engine and people will most likely return to your page for other topics as well. I like to call this compounding hits.
This happens when someone goes to your site and not only reads the first article they go to, but they read another one too. Think of it this way, if you have 10 quality articles, you may only have one person read the 3 that pertain to him/her. But if that person has 150 quality hubs to choose from, you may get 70 to 90 hits. But why is the site with 150 posts not proportionate to the 30% from the 10 articles? The answer is pretty simple. You not only have a higher chance of people coming back to read more of your articles, but they will probably return to pages they have already read. It's funny how it works, but you seem like more of a Wal Mart reliable giant than a little mom and pop shop that looks kind of sketchy. I hope that makes sense, but if not, the bottom line is the more quality hubs you write, the better your traffic will get overall.
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Why Should I Trust You?
I have over 23,000 views on my HubPages account and over 15,000 views on my other blog that I started a few months ago. I'm not saying this to boast, I'm just trying to prove that my tips can work for you. I made my first $100 from HubPages with less than 20 hubs written. I did this to prove a point, and now that I've broken the $100 goal, I'm going to write 50 hubs in the next 2 months to show everyone how well traffic increases with more hubs written. Want to take the challenge? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for help setting up your HubPages account and help writing whatever topics you want. Also, I will do freelance work for you for a small fee.
Make Friends While Blogging
I learned this from one of my blogging friends Bob Lotich. He has been kind of a mentor to me as I try to make my success explode. The thing that he pointed out is that bloggers like to help each other, as the help will most likely come back. Don't expect people to do this for you every time, but I am going to link to Bob's Site to show you how it's done. Go over to Christian Personal Finance for help with your finances, how to make money blogging, and even tips on how to make your life better in other ways. He's a very good writer, and he has a lot of great hints and tips to help you better your writing and your life. He also MAKES A LIVING FROM HIS WRITING! Now, in return, he may link to one of my pages in one of his blogs to help drive traffic to me. That is the benefit of having blogging friends along with the benefit of learning from them.
If You Need More Help
I have written a few other hubs that can help you out if you do decide to start your writing career here. Search through them and see if you can find more tips to be successful. If you don't like my writing styles, there are plenty of other hubbers on this site that can help you out. Here are a few of my hubs:
Thanks in advance for reading this hub. I look forward to the comments and hopefully thumbs up ;) I hope you all have a good time writing and wish you all the best of luck with your HubPages experience!