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Help please. I don't know what to do!

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    Desiree Tillmanposted 17 months ago

    I am new to all of this. I have ideas and i love to write but i want to get paid for what I'm wanting to do. Any help will be appreciated. Thank you in advance. smile

    1. theraggededge profile image99
      theraggededgeposted 17 months agoin reply to this

      Welcome. You need to spend some time here: http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/contents

      There you go smile

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        Desiree Tillmanposted 17 months agoin reply to this

        Thank you. Do you have any advice of your own? Not meaning that to sound rude at all. Just looking for something a little more personal and not technical. It's a little overwhelming.

        1. psycheskinner profile image83
          psycheskinnerposted 17 months agoin reply to this

          Not to be ruse but it is hard to give a specific answer to such a broad question.  If you want to make a lot of money the answer is, this is not the place to do it.  If you just want to make a token amount while developing your content writing skills, it may be.  If they type of writing you ultimately want to learn is journalism or novel-writing, then again--perhaps not--except at a remedial level.

    2. Kylyssa profile image95
      Kylyssaposted 17 months agoin reply to this

      HubPages seems like a good place to start your journey to paid writing. I know it's a good place to try out new things for people further along that path, too. It continues to be useful to me as a place for articles, editorials, and other writing that I can't find a paying home for.

      I'd recommend writing on as wide a variety of subjects as your life experience allows at first and using HubPages as a platform for experimentation. You may have intensive expertise in one area and think that's what your readers would respond best to, but you may be wrong about that. I have the most expertise in professional floral design, saltwater aquaria, and DIY device design, so you'd think my readers would respond best to my pieces on those topics as print magazine editors have in the past. But, no, my readers respond best to my editorials on social issues and my craft tutorials written under this pen name. My readers like different topics when I use a different pen name but that's a different topic entirely.

      You are unlikely to earn more than pocket money from HubPages, but it's an excellent place to practice your craft and find your writing groove. HubPages also provides a platform to host samples of your writing which can lead to paying gigs or print publication if the right person reads them.

    3. tlcs profile image46
      tlcsposted 17 months agoin reply to this

      Go to the learning centre and read, read, read. Then put into practice in your hubs what you have been taught. Good luck!

  2. Kathleen Cochran profile image81
    Kathleen Cochranposted 17 months ago

    After five years, many hubs, and a respectable number of followers, the best advice I can give you is: Don't quit your day job.  Seriously.  Very few - if  any - are making a living here.  It is a slow, painstaking process, and not a dependable revenue stream.  It reminds me of the old joke about what form of writing pays the best? And the answer is: ransom notes.  But good luck.  You will have a lot of fun.  That I can guarantee.

    1. tlcs profile image46
      tlcsposted 17 months agoin reply to this

      So true..great expectations are better left at the drawing board!

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    Desiree Tillmanposted 17 months ago

    Thank you everyone for your replies. I do not expect to make much money at this. I am a stay at home mother of 3 and just want something to do besides taking care of my babies all day. I've always loved writing but soon after my 1st was born, 7 years ago, i lost my groove and i want it back. I wrote a few children's stories about a year after he was born and my computer crashed and i lost everything. So i kind of got depressed and quit writing. I want to make the most out of this experience (hubpages). I am so glad there are people to talk to on here. I may not feel so scatter brained when i don't know what to do. Thank you all, again. I will take each reply and capitalize on them. Much love fellow writers!

    1. Rochelle Frank profile image95
      Rochelle Frankposted 17 months agoin reply to this

      Kylissa's advice is spot on.
      One of the great things about HubPages is that you can always edit, revise, add to or even delete something you have written. So there is no hurry and nothing is set in stone. Think of your hubs as works in progress. It will be awhile before you earn anything worth telling someone about, but don't let that stop you. People who stay eventually start building up earnings even thogh it may take longer than you would like.
      It is always nice to be able to work on things at odd moments and it can be a respite from "mommy-brain" (when the ONLY thing ever that occupies your mind is the kids).  The babies are the priority, of course, but little writing breaks can be very helpful , mentally.
      I know that being a mother of young children is very demanding and time consuming. As you learn and build up a collection of hubs you will learn and eventually earn. One of the best things is that you will meet a bunch of nice people.
      Good luck.

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        Desiree Tillmanposted 17 months agoin reply to this

        Thank you. Mommy-brain is the correct term for me! 7 years, 2 years and 5 weeks. I think small writing breaks will do me some good. Thank you again.

    2. fcmosher profile image93
      fcmosherposted 17 months agoin reply to this

      Hey Desiree -- I was in the same boat. All I can tell you is this: Write about what you know. Whether it's babies or baseball, write long, information-packed, funny, smart, and spell-checked articles about things you experience and know about. It takes times -- months at least -- before you really get the hang of HubPages. But if you do it right, you can make enough to save for a little vacation down the line!

      Good luck!

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        Desiree Tillmanposted 17 months agoin reply to this

        A vacation might be a good idea. I was wanting to next summer anyway. Thanks for the idea!

    3. psycheskinner profile image83
      psycheskinnerposted 17 months agoin reply to this

      In your case Hubpages may be a good place to play around and develop your basic skills and confdence.  However realize that the earnings rates are exceedingly low for most people, and there may be better options out there for you in the long term.

  4. ddsurfsca profile image76
    ddsurfscaposted 17 months ago

    I have been writing here for about 6 yrs.  I have just under 200 articles and short stories, and at first I was excited about finally finding a place to make money with my writing. 
    After a while I decided that I just wanted to see if others were interested in the things I was writing about.  I have to say, that it doesn't take just writing skill to make money here.  It also takes computer skills, and some internet knowledge.  I am self taught in the technical areas, though I did go to school to learn to write.
    After everything is said and done, I am averaging about fifty cents to a dollar a month for all I have written here.  Not going to get rich, I have decided to make it not about the money just about the content and writing skills.
    Good luck to you....

  5. herrypaul profile image57
    herrypaulposted 17 months ago

    Oh my God! is that True, ddsurfsca? you only get about fifty cents to a dollar per month!
    It's very...very...very little!
    I just want to share my experience: I have been a Hubber for 14 month; I have written 12 Hubs that I think good enough so far, but I don't know the other opinion. But that I do not understand ..till now I haven't got nothing! because I have no an account for ads - it's always rejected by google; the reason: insufficient contents.
    Sometimes I think, get tired to write Hubs; but I have decided to write hubs not about money, but it just about develop my skills to write; it's the same with you.

    1. psycheskinner profile image83
      psycheskinnerposted 17 months agoin reply to this

      Which is why people need to understand the typical earning rates around here, and they are not as high as indicated by reports from a few years ago. If you goal is to make a useful amount of money, there are better options. Ebooks, paid forum posting, topical blogging with adsense etc.

  6. NateB11 profile image95
    NateB11posted 17 months ago

    Two main ways to make any kind of money at all: Create a large volume of work or learn all about SEO and apply it. The other option is learning how to market your work on social media, but I don't find it to be an effective route and it is labor intensive as far as I'm concerned.

    If you rely on a large volume of work it still has to be about concrete subjects covered in detail with useful info and not diary entries.