This is my question to l the newbies and veterans here. Everyone has to start from somewhere to succeed. If you are making some dent money here, it's a result of your determination to not give up when things were not going the way you wanted the to. What kept you going? What would you suggest to a newbie like me?
I'd suggest to a newbie to study some SEO. Or study how to get traffic. I didn't think too much about money and traffic the first year; and I didn't make much of either. But it did start coming in a little. Then I dabbled in SEO and found out you can get at least double (even triple or more) the traffic and money if you just apply some keyword research. I guess I would tell a newbie to start learning about keywords early on.
I'd also suggest they look into how to start their own site. Ultimately, I think someone should have their own site. I think eventually, for the sake of freedom and control and possibly even more of an income, a person should have at least one of their own sites. It also gives you a good alternative for articles that might not work out here, etc.
I would suggest hang in there, and always be moving forward, even if slowly at times. I have worked on a part of a hub in a day, then a little more when I could, and before long a hub is done!
Knowledge, some cool people, some earnings on our writings, etc are all things that keep me here. I am encouraged to think outside the box on all kinds of things.
Write what you know about, or enjoy studying, or think is very important. Those things are timeless, and likely things that others will find of value and interest as well. They will search these things out some random day in the future, and why not have your hub be part of the search results?! You never know! Hang in there, and keep on moving forward, and never give up. I wish you the best on HP and in life.
I'm still new too, I appreciate the venue, a place to showcase something in the writing craft one is proud of, that's so satisfying when there is a response from a reader that is encouraging. It's a thrill. I'm loving it.
I love to write. I have not made money on this site. When the urge strikes me I write. I have not written much lately because I am very busy at work since I am in the Recreation field and the holiday is our busiest season. I also have been busy with shopping and decorating in my personal life. Personally I write better when feeling down. My words are deep and emotional. Those are the hubs that get the most responses. My advice to newbies is to enjoy your writing and let it flow.
I like creating something that would benefit others, even if it is in the smallest way. If I get some satisfaction too that is what keeps me going. I like human interaction that comes from a rather internal source. Writing is revealing thoughts that are not released with everyday conversations. I love when people find some time to leave a comment too.
If I get visitors enjoying a topic I wrote about or get some info they need. I'm happy. I am also happy when I see a monetary return. Believe me, I think the $ return is all luck too. If lucky stars are coming my way I figured I am obeying all the rules and good feelings come my way.
It takes a few years to get a little money. You can not expect a huge return.
Dates and bran mostly.
If I have one of my episodes watching a scary movie can help.
I haven't written many hubs in the last year, but I still earn decent income on my old ones. By no means am I one of the top earners, but it is enough to help the budget. I like that, but I also like the fellowship of other writers here.
Hubpages is still the best writing site of its kind left. Sometimes the new rules drive me crazy, but I stay because I know the staff works hard at keeping Google loving us.
You may think about widening your scope of topics.
Only writing about one topic can be limiting. In two weeks time you have 8 hubs,so continue writing about what you like and know about,as others has suggested.
Should I widen my scope? Never thought about that. I thought sticking to a niche would be more lucrative in the long run.
Some people say they've had more success sticking to one subject. The tendency is for people to stay on your subdomain longer if they can look at more articles on the same subject. Tends to work for sites generally. I'm only now experimenting with this on another account, so I can't tell you for sure. But logically it does seem like it would be more lucrative to stick to one subject. Of course, if your subject matter isn't getting searched on Google then that would be reason to change subjects, which I've done. Though I think your subject matter is popular enough and looked for on the Internet.
The drama. The intrigue. The secret meetings in remote corners. The Armadillo Incidents. Sex (but not with the armadillos, gotta draw the line somewhere). Wars. The drum roll when checking my stats page for the first time each morning. And last but not least, M O N E Y.
when I first started here I read much detail on quality but, at that time, no one really defined what that meant. Since then there are measurements, in our hubs, to guide us on things to help the longevity of our work. Having said that, what keeps me here is not the editor opinion of my work nor the score of my writing but the relaxation I get from writing...cheers
I like to write about fun things like travel and food and other things in my field of work like collaboration and facilitation. I appreciate the ease with which I can post an article or recipe with photos etc., on Hubpages and since I am in the job market, my potential clients or places of employment can see examples of my methodology, and the quality and breadth of work - so, I write on Hubpages for fun, relaxation and to use as a calling card to share my work. I also write scientific, research and grant papers and Hubpages gives me a difference frame of reference in which I can be more creative and tell a different story. And probably most importantly, when I have a lull between jobs or job searches, I feel like I am doing something - writing something and engaging my brain to keep me sharp and relevant.
by Nicola Thompson 9 years ago
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by akuigla 12 years ago
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by Susannah Birch 5 years ago
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by Sullen91 12 years ago
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by Chitrangada Sharan 9 years ago
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by Lela Cargill 9 years ago
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