If you could, what advice would you have given yourself when you first joined hubpages?
Read all the help section, write good hubs with lots of photos and double and triple check your hub before publishing.
If possible, I would advise my past self to join two or three years ago. That way I would have already been established before all of the issues with Google and the new Hubpages tweaking. I would have been much more prepared, not trying to begin in the middle of all the changes.
And I would tell myself to take tons of original photos of everything under the sun so I don't have to waste so much time looking for appropriate images!
My advice to myself is,
"Don't give up!"
It is ever so easy to give up when your hub scores start going down or it might be that they are going nowhere. If such is the case. Go back and edit your hubs or ask some of your peers (fellow hubbers) to give you some tips on how to improve the hub(s).
Visit the forum and submit your hub for review by fellow forum users. You will be surprised at how valuable the tips and advice are.
Once again, don't give up!
Funny hubs get a lot of views, and even more clicks. Informative hubs are great and you can get a couple hundred views a day, but genuinely funny ones are the truly amazing ones.
Secondly, focus on niches. Find something you know a lot about and get multiples hubs about them. Make sure they each have backlinks, and make sure you can navigate to ANY of your hubs in that particular niche you have (through links in the hubs: sry if that is confusing).
In other words, if you wrote 7 articles about cats, make sure you can have a link to EACH one in ALL seven of your hubs. That way if you get 100 views a day on the first one, you will average around 50-75 on all the others. If someone is searching your niche on Google, you want to be the FIRST one that pops up.
Keywords are your bread and butter. If you don't know how to use them you will not do well in hubpages. There's no formula to it. Just include phrases and words multiple times in your hubs. A way to check how many times you include certain key phrases is to do control F when on your hub. Type in your phrase and it will tell you how many times it's on your hub.
Things take time too. I started out getting super excited when I got 1 or 2 clicks a month. Over the years my hubs have gotten much much more than that. Even if you have an amazing hubs and go right away to work making backlinks, it will take a good month or two before it is highly rated on Google.
And don't worry about the hub score. It serves very little purpose to me now. My scores fluctuate btwn 6-10 points every day but I am still getting a ton of views so what does it mater?
My last super crucial advise that helped one of my hubs go from 1500 views/day to 28,000 views/day is to include pictures. Social media is taking a whole new route with pictures and if you jump on the bandwagon now, you can have the same skyrocketing success that I am having right now. Good luck to all hubbers and to all a good night!
I would remind myself to write about what I know, enjoy the process of creating a new hub, and don't worry about the # of views or the # of followers I may have.
I found out after joining HubPages that I love to write but I lost track of that a few months ago. I'm back again and I'm going to write articles when I have something to write about and I'm going to let the numbers take care of themselves.
Great question. It's easy to look back now and say, "If I only knew." It's hard to say what advice I would give myself on things I didn't have a clue about. I wish I'd known not to worry about applying to adsense too early; that caused unnecessary stress. I wish I'd known more basics about online writing; that would have saved time and more unnecessary stress. Lastly, I wish I'd known that this was not just a writing job and that the online writing culture usually involves being involved in a community. I would have planned my time and involvement much better and not at the same time I was launching a business. But all things happen at the time they're suppose to; all that I've learned here at hp has help my business and what I bring has helped me create hubs. So it's all good.
I would have spent a lot more time on the Learning Center. Everything you need to know about publishing on the HP platform is there. The forums are quite helpful as well.
Don't publish everything that I write. It may all be well written, but it may not meet the qualifications of a high quality hub. I'm thinking of things that really belonged in a diary. Don't write about everything under the sun including the sun. I have lately discovered the value in isolating topics about which I can write high quality hubs. They are at least high quality according to my abilities. As much as possible, write things that encourage people, rather than putting people down. Link related hubs together with hyperlinks or by listing all them at the end of the hub. This leads readers to read more and from what I hear, Google likes it that way. According to the question, all of this was aimed at me. I'm not preaching. Good question, and well worded.
I think I would have taken better care that my pictures were professional looking.
Firstly, I would have to familiarize the HubPages rules and policy. I would have first visit at least five hubbers pages to get more ideas. I would make friends with other hubbers by following them and by commenting on their hubs. I would have to spend time on HubPages forum group. If I am already established with the site I would now start creating my hubs about topics for my would-be readers and for SEO.
I would have told myself to avoid the 'blog' posts about what I was doing and concentrate more on what would help others. It has been a learning curve, but one which has helped me with my writing career. Plus it has helped me teach others the finer points of writing. People want to learn or be entertained; they generally don't give a hoot about what you did yesterday (unless of course it was entertaining or you/they learned something from it).
To read more. More help/faqs and more of others' hubs before writing for HP, and then take the time to read more of my own work before publishing.
I would have told myself. Self, don't waste time creating backlinks. Focus on creating as many good quality hubs that you can for as long as you can until you burn out. Then after you burn out keep writing and writing and writing for the first couple of years.
The advice I wish I would have had when I first came to Hubpages would be this: Write Hubs that are Evergreen, meaning they will forever be pertinent/applicable and read by many.
My joining would have been a slower process. I found that after I had a few hubs up that it was easy to get into the forum and see all these "wonderful" ideas and things that would make your hubs better, and started implementing them...only to learn further down the line that most of these guesses or suggestions ended up hurting my traffic.
Start slow and go slow and don't believe but about 1/10th of what is suggested to you in the forums.
If you could travel back in time to the days when you were still a new hubber, what advice would you give yourself about how to be successful here on hubpages? read more
Be patient...and get ready for one of the most challenging and exhilarating adventures you've ever been on. Oh, and by the way, you'll meet some really cool people along the way. Be sure to take time to get to know them by reading what they so willingly share. Each of them, like you, has a story to tell. Listen with your heart, and the sum of what you learn will transcend what mere words could ever say.
It took me a while to discover the exclusive articles. If I could advise myself in retrospect, I'd look for more of those.
I would tell myself to relax and not be so hard on myself and think more in your heart and less in your head when writing.
I would tell myself to invest some time in reading the tutorial Hubs for beginners and other resources that would help me write better Hubs. Successful writing is not by chance, it's done by building a strong foundation and following what works. Of course, many of us who work 40+ hours per week doing something else besides writing don't necessarily have the time to read all the tutorials and are anxious to start writing and publishing on HubPages. But it is worth the time to do so, if you have the time.
Write in a niche and link all the hubs in a niche, keep the reader engaged so they stay on your page longer, looks good with google.
I would tell newcomers to any writing site, including Hubpages, that you should not give up, you should write a minimum of 50 articles, and you should participate in the site by reading and commenting on the articles that have been written by other writers.
Patience is rewarded.
Well, I actually already asked this question on myself because I know A LOT more now. In the beginning, I was all over the place with my hubs and they are short and not so sweet because I was very new to everything as far as blogging.
I would look at myself and firstly tell ME to slow my thinking. I thought of so many things at once that I wanted to write about and accomplish. This is why I was all over the place. Then I would let myself know to make sure that I pick something that I will not get tired of writing about. One broad subject, for example; big foot, not just big foot sightings. It opens up more potential articles, BUT stays in the niche.
I would also make myself read up on SEO. This is valuable information. I am actually back to writing for my own blog and since have learned a lot. I am already in the process of revamping my blog and tightening up the writing.
When I first started, I wrote 2 hubs and then forgot about it for 10 months. I would have written more hubs much sooner. Since I already knew about SEO, that wasn't a problem for me.
I would say "Don't get hung up on the earning aspect and just do it for fun," which is what I ended up doing anyway.
Initially I aimed at publishing at least 5 hubs everyday. But after spending some time I have realized that. Its the quality which matters. So now I do research for each of my hub & then publish it & its going well.
I would have hit the ground running instead of waiting awhile before I wrote something!
Ha Ha good question. Invest more time in reading the tutorial Hubs for beginners and other resources, plus look at other hub articles that would help me write better Hubs. Not to jump in and get several rejections that challenged my self worth as a writer.
i read other writers hubs and learn from them. I am a slow learning so it took me months to learn the ropes
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