I'm not a newbie, but I certainly don't feel like I'm much past it. For the first few months I floundered here, but started taking it more seriously in Sept. and monetized and tried to improve my work. I'm having some success, hopefully more will come. I can share what I've learned.
1- read all HP guidelines and suggestions and follow them, check out great hubbers and study their hubs, read the advice by successful veterans in the forums, etc.-- there is plenty of great advice out there that will help you.
2- keep publishing as high quality hubs as you can make. Get on a regular schedule. Keep building on it steadily. For me, having a niche really helped because people looking up information on that topic go from one page to another to another and come back later. I get a good deal of return traffic, which is good.
3- have realistic expectations. Vast majority of people will never make a living from HP. For many, just hitting that $50 payout every month is considered success. You may be the rare exception who's hubs go viral and get millions of views-- I wish you luck in that but it's not something that should be counted on. Still following 1 & 2 might help you achieve that.
I make my full-time living as a writer, but HP makes up about 1% of my income. I'd love it to increase, I'd write way more Hubs and make more accounts for different niches. But I don't have high hopes of that happening anytime soon.