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Hello! New to HubPages and blogging in general.

  1. Pumpkin Girl profile image60
    Pumpkin Girlposted 3 years ago

    Hi All,

    Sorry if this is in the wrong forum. I didn't see a "newbie" board.

    I'm totally new to all of this, but I thought it would be fun to make some hubs about a variety of topics. I've been reading up on a few guides on how to make these, but I still feel a bit overwhelmed. Is it a faux pas here to write about a topic others have already done? All of my ideas already have hubs, even the really niche topics. I was thinking maybe it would be OK, since having things explained by multiple people helps others to learn and sometimes they "get it" when worded another way.

    I am also totally unsure about monetizing hubs. It seems like I need to sign up for google, amazon and ebay, then maybe use one or the other depending on the type of hub? So very confusing! Do people find this is actually a reliable way to make extra income?

    Anyhow, I'm hoping to draft my first hub today and would love to learn how to be a success from experienced hubbers. smile

    1. Writer Fox profile image57
      Writer Foxposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Welcome to HubPages!

      You'll need 20 - 30 published Hubs before you will be accepted by Google's AdSense.  Also, there is a waiting period for people from certain countries.  Where do you live?

      If you find too many Hubs already on the site which target similar keyword phrases, you may have great difficulty getting traffic from search engines.  But, there is nothing to prevent you from doing so anyway.  The best advice is to read the other Hubs about your specific subject and make sure that you have something totally different to say and with a unique approach. If not, don't waste your time and go find something else to write about.

      1. Pumpkin Girl profile image60
        Pumpkin Girlposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        Wow 20-30, good to know. So I should start out writing that many before attempting to put ads in there? I'm from the US.

        Also, good tip about checking out other hubs on similar topics so I don't duplicate too much. Thanks!

        1. Writer Fox profile image57
          Writer Foxposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          In the US there's no waiting period after you have at least 20 Hubs – the more the better.

          You can use Amazon product ads right now if you sign up for your own affiliate account:

          http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/crea … te-account

    2. Jayne Lancer profile image97
      Jayne Lancerposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Pumpkin Girl and welcome!

      Here's all you need to know about signing up for Adsense: http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/signup-AdSense

      The Learning Center is an invaluable resource, especially if you're just starting out on HubPages: http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/contents

    3. jjheathcoat profile image83
      jjheathcoatposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Pumpkin! I am also a new hubber! I just got out of "Boot Camp" with my 5th featured hub. It's good to know I'm not the only newbie around!

    4. ladyguitarpicker profile image74
      ladyguitarpickerposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Hi, I have been moving on here for the last 3 months . I am still trying to figure this out. I am new to Hub pages and writing I also do not understand the pay system. Can you just get paid from Hub Pages? Thanks

  2. Sylvia Leong profile image85
    Sylvia Leongposted 3 years ago

    Actually, I only had about 15 hubs published when I was accepted by AdSense.  So there must be other variables, but I don't know what they are.  Maybe word count?

    1. Marisa Wright profile image98
      Marisa Wrightposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      People do get approved with 15 Hubs but it's a bit of a lottery so 20 is safer.

    2. jjheathcoat profile image83
      jjheathcoatposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      My adsense has been working since my first article, but that may be because I already had an adsense account for my other business sites like YouTube.

  3. The Examiner-1 profile image75
    The Examiner-1posted 3 years ago

    Welcome to HubPages!

  4. Barbara Kay profile image90
    Barbara Kayposted 3 years ago

    Welcome. Once you learn the ropes, you'll love it here.

  5. profile image0
    LisaKeatingposted 3 years ago

    Go ahead and publish a few Hubs to get your feet wet. It is hard to write totally unique content. Like Writer Fox said, you can put your own twist on it. If you want to make money here, read the forums and Learning Center information. That really comes later if you decide to stick with it. Welcome! By the way, blogging is a different type of writing. Most articles you find here that are successful are informational. Read other people's hubs, the Hub of the Day, etc. to get a feel if HP is the place for you.

  6. firstday profile image59
    firstdayposted 3 years ago

    My adsense worked right away too.  I did have it on a website and that could be why.

  7. LindaSmith1 profile image60
    LindaSmith1posted 3 years ago

    If you already have Adsense, you simply add your current ID to HP

  8. Katya Drake profile image61
    Katya Drakeposted 3 years ago

    It sounds like you are on the right track. You have done some research and you have signed up for some ads.
    It is ok to write on the same topic someone else did as long as your hub is original. I have done this without even realizing it.
    I have not made a lot of money on hub pages yet but I started three years ago and then had to stop for a couple years bc of family and health issues so I am not a good judge. I am back now so we will see! Good luck

  9. My Bell profile image97
    My Bellposted 3 years ago

    I'm still on the new side having signed up about 3 months ago. I got accepted to adsense after my first 11 hubs. I had tried 2 times before that but didn't have enough content. It just depends I think too on how many words you have in each hub. You'll get there for sure!

  10. Pumpkin Girl profile image60
    Pumpkin Girlposted 3 years ago

    Thanks for all the kinds words of encouragement and info everyone. I can't wait to get working next week!

  11. Arachnea profile image77
    Arachneaposted 3 years ago

    Welcome. You've found a wonderful spot in the 'verse. Everyone is so helpful.

  12. esmonaco profile image77
    esmonacoposted 3 years ago

    Welcome, and I'll surley be looking forward to reading your work. You're in the right place smile

  13. LindaSmith1 profile image60
    LindaSmith1posted 3 years ago
  14. sholland10 profile image93
    sholland10posted 3 years ago

    HI New Hubbers from Squidoo!  It can be confusing at first, but once you get Google, Amazon, and Ebay set up, it is easier.  Those things still stress me out - especially Google Adsense and Analytics.  I am always worried I have done something wrong.  I love HubPage Amazon Ad Program.  I have made more money since it has opened up to us. 

    You have definitely come to the right place for answers.  You will find that Hubbers are helpful and friendly!!  I am familiar with some of you since I have had accounts in both Squidoo and HP.  Welcome Aboard, and Happy Hubbing!! :-)