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  1. Jeani Nugent profile image83
    Jeani Nugentposted 6 years ago

    Hello! My name is Jeani and I am brand new to Hubpages. I got started at the suggestion of my uncle and father, both of whom post on here. I have always enjoyed writing and after working with online schools the last 5 years am looking for ways to continue working online. I have had a few leads with online writing jobs, all have commended me on my writing ability and then asked for examples of my "online work". In an attempt to gain experience I have started a blog and posting on hubpages.

    As a teacher I truly understand the benefits and value constructive feedback and hope to gain some from the forum. Any suggestions or feedback on my hubs, writing or ways to increase followers/traffic is welcomed and very appreciated.

    Here are links to the two hubs I have posted so far. I have set a personal goal of 3-4 hubs a week. I have also applied for the apprenticeship program and am waiting to hear back from that.

    Positive Things to do While Unemployed
    http://jeaninugent.hubpages.com/hub/Jea … Unemployed

    Inexpensive Ways to get Healthy
    http://jeaninugent.hubpages.com/hub/Jea … et-Healthy

    1. Quilligrapher profile image84
      Quilligrapherposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Self-promotion in the forums is a violation of HubPages rules (Terms of Service). It is a common newbie error.  I advise you edit or delete references in your opening statement to your own works here or elsewhere if you can.

      1. Jeani Nugent profile image83
        Jeani Nugentposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Oh no! From reading other posts in this forum I thought this as a place you could post some of your initial hubs for critique...I didn't realize it was considered self-promotion, although now that you point it out it makes sense. I have tried looking for a way to edit my post to remove them but can't find an "edit" button like you have for hubs. Any suggestions on how to do this will be greatly appreciated!

        Thank you so much for taking the time to point this out to me!

        1. Jeani Nugent profile image83
          Jeani Nugentposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Ok, feeling a little better. Checked under HubPages FAQ under forums and found this as #5:

          Promoting Hubs or other sites: This includes linking to your Hubs or any site that you have a vested interest in promoting. To be on safe side, we recommend that you establish a presence in the HubPages community before you post any links in the Forums. The only Forum you’re allowed to post links to a Hub in are the Weekly Topic Inspiration thread, and the Extreme Hub Makeover Forum, and only a few times for the latter if you’re a new user in order to solicit feedback.

          Sounds like I am ok for this one time, but will definitely head your advice from here on forward smile

          1. Quilligrapher profile image84
            Quilligrapherposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            Hi Jeani,
            Me bad sad for failing to notice the forum in which you posted.  Please disregard my comments as immaterial.

            1. Jeani Nugent profile image83
              Jeani Nugentposted 6 years agoin reply to this

              No apology needed...I appreciate your willingness to watch out for a newbie smile

  2. KevinTimothy profile image81
    KevinTimothyposted 6 years ago


    Hello and welcome. My advice to recieve more traffic to your hubs is to perform some keyword research prior to publishing...not just on Hubpages but on ANY article directory. Hubpages is very respected by Google and other major search engines. Once your articles are optimized here its not long before you'll find one of your works on the first page of Google. Its quite an exhilarating feeling.

    After you've published your articles on Hubpages, make sure that you link back to your hubs in some form from OTHER article directories. Focus on writing about what people are looking for (especially if you're writing for compensation).

    For example, if you publish topic "A" on Hubpages, re-purpose topic "A" and publish it on another respected directory. Link the two to each other and continue this trend until your "web" expands. Keep them all relevant, though.

    I hope that this helps and I wish you success on this AWESOME community. Take care.

    1. Jeani Nugent profile image83
      Jeani Nugentposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Kevin,
      Thank you so much for taking the time to share some advice with me. I love the idea of creating a web and appreciate your thoughts on how to do this.


      1. KevinTimothy profile image81
        KevinTimothyposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        You're welcome, Jeani.

  3. Helena Ricketts profile image96
    Helena Rickettsposted 6 years ago

    Hi Jeani!

    Welcome to HubPages!

    An online portfolio on this site is extremely useful for prospective clients to see you work in addition to any other blogs, etc. that you may already have out there.  I've used a few of my articles on here as examples for prospective clients.  Building an online portfolio takes time but once you do it, it's worth it's cyber weight in gold, so to speak.

    This site has a slew of information available in the Learning Center.  It takes a while to read through everything but the information there is extremely valuable for not only HubPages, but any other online writing that you do.  I know sometimes it's hard to find on the site so I keep it bookmarked in my browser to easily find it later when I need it.  The url is: http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/contents

    You mentioned the Apprenticeship Program and I can tell you, it's excellent!  I'm actually in it right now and I love it.

    1. Jeani Nugent profile image83
      Jeani Nugentposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks Helena, I am going to bookmark the link for the learning center and take some time to look thru it. I am trying to post 30 hubs in 30 days to get started, read and comment on at least 2 hubs a day, and answer/write a few questions. Figure the more "writing" I do the easier things will seem.

      Thanks for the info on the apprenticeship program, hoping to hear back from them soon smile


  4. webrevolve profile image69
    webrevolveposted 6 years ago

    Hi Jeanie,

    I'm in the same boat as you, so to speak. Apart from that I do not seem to have the same writing experience as you.
    Your farther and uncle were right to recommend you to HP's though, you have an excellent writing style. I really enjoyed reading your 'tips to getting healthy' post, as well as others. Which made a couple of comments on here and there.

    Keep up the good work smile

    1. Jeani Nugent profile image83
      Jeani Nugentposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you for the comment. I have really liked this community, so far very encouraging and supportive. I am currently doing the 30 hubs in 30 days challenge and have been so pleased with some of the private emails I have gotten from people offering support and more importantly advice. Can't wait to check out your site smile

      1. webrevolve profile image69
        webrevolveposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Your very welcome Jeani smile

        Absolutely! everyone seems so nice and very easy to communicate no matter how experienced they are on here, which is great!
        Best of luck with that, I'll be checking up on you! haha

        Cool! I'm working on writing up some new content at the moment actually, bare with me! smile


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