What Brought You to HubPages?

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  1. Kierstin Gunsberg profile image97
    Kierstin Gunsbergposted 7 weeks ago

    I just realized I've been writing on here for eleven years now! I started off thinking it would be a great way to start compiling a portfolio but never expected to earn money. I can't even remember now, how I heard of it, but I loved that I got to be in control of what I was creating (just a little bit of a control freak over here)… So I'm wondering what brought the rest of you here?

    1. BrandiSports profile image79
      BrandiSportsposted 7 weeks agoin reply to this

      I had a fairly popular online column (Alexa Global & US Top-1200 and growing) and then had a significant death in January. I'm just now getting back in the swing of things and thought I'd sharpen a few rusty skills here.

    2. Jean Bakula profile image93
      Jean Bakulaposted 7 weeks agoin reply to this

      I always wanted to write, but never took the time. Once I didn't work F/T anymore, I was so happy to get my first article published. It was a learning curve, but I was thrilled to be getting paid to do what I loved! I've been occupied with other things lately, but got a notice it's my 9 yr. anniversary. A tarot card reader I knew also wrote, and she told me of HP, although she never wrote here.

    3. chef-de-jour profile image97
      chef-de-jourposted 7 weeks agoin reply to this

      Came to HP after researching online for writing sites that paid for content - years ago now - to supplement my income. I've been writing and creating for decades, had my first article published when I was 28,  in a print magazine, but always had to rely on a 'normal' job for a regular income. So, after discovering HP later on in life and building up a stock of evergreen articles I can now say I earn a decent income from them. It took about three years to make regular monthly payouts so I urge those writers who may be thinking 'give it up you're getting nowhere with HP' to persist and learn and keep on writing.

    4. Thelma Alberts profile image93
      Thelma Albertsposted 7 weeks agoin reply to this

      I just came back to Germany after living ang working a few years in Ireland. I was glad that I have internet at home as I didn´t have it in Ireland. I was reading online when I read about a writing site. It was Hubpages. At first I was only reading the hubs of the writers. Then I said to myself, what the others can, I could do as well.

      I was writing offline since I arrived in Germany in 1981. My experiences and my new life being married to a German. After reading a few hubs, I joined. I am happy to be here.

    5. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image96
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 7 weeks agoin reply to this

      I am old now and felt that writing here would be kind of a legacy I could leave behind because I have been an RV enthusiast for more than 50 years and know a great deal about this topic.  The first two years I made practically nothing, but people stared reading.  Today more than 5 million people have read my work and I'm making a 4 figure income most months...even when I write nothing!  HP has taught me a great deal, and I've made many friends here, so this was a great decision for me.  It also has been very satisfying.  I was very sick several months ago and couldn't write or do much of anything, but the money kept coming in and was very helpful with medical bills.  I am ever grateful to HP and would encourage others to keep learning, keep trying and keep writing.  It's well worth the effort.

      1. Rochelle Frank profile image93
        Rochelle Frankposted 5 days agoin reply to this

        Your experiences provided a wealth of information to write about. A lot of people have dreamed about following a similar lifestyle or have even started following that path. I'm sure your writings have helped a lot of people pursue  a traveling life. I'm glad to hear that your passion and helpfulness had brought some monetary reward.
        I have been here awhile and will attest that persistence pays. Passive income-- whatever the amount-- is a beautiful thing.

    6. snnetteC profile image61
      snnetteCposted 3 days agoin reply to this

      I came here to ask you to teach me your skills. I hope you will reciprocate and accept me

      1. theraggededge profile image97
        theraggededgeposted 3 days agoin reply to this

        Welcome,

        You need to know we can't teach you. We are writers, not providers of a free education.

        You can spend some time here: https://hubpageshelp.com/

        YouTube has some great writing tutorials for ESL students.

  2. Jodah profile image91
    Jodahposted 7 weeks ago

    Much the same reasons as you Karen, somewhere to put my work that could act as a portfolio. I just received notification that I have been here 10 years, thoughI can’t remember how I heard about it and only wrote the articles in the first year, now over 400.

  3. Rochelle Frank profile image93
    Rochelle Frankposted 7 weeks ago

    I have also been here been here for a little more than eleven years. At that time I was participating on an online writers forum where another writer mentioned that she was posting articles on HubPages and that people could earn a little money there. That writer is Donna Campbell Smith. She still has a presence here, but has gone on to write several YA books with historical themes. Some of them have been accepted by the North Carolina educational system as part of their school curriculum. She is also a talented artist. 
    At that time  I had been writing feature articles in print for a regional newspaper. I had already  been paid for them and still held the rights to about 30 or 40 articles when the paper stopped publishing. I decided to start submitting them to HP thinking it might be fun and earn a few cents. 
    It is fun and earnings have far exceeded my expectations.

  4. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image97
    Wesman Todd Shawposted 7 weeks ago

    I was having a blast being a Myspace blogger. Then Myspace just up and died, being replaced by some crappy website called Facebook.

    A guy on Myspace told me I could get paid for writing things like I wrote for free on Myspace. I'd never heard of anything like that. I had no clue It was even possible. That guy didn't tell me about Hubpages, but he planted the idea.

    A person who had followed my Myspace blog joined Hubpages, and he told me about this place, said it had a great big huge helpful community, and that this was the place to write.

  5. Randy Godwin profile image93
    Randy Godwinposted 7 weeks ago

    Working on my 11th year as well. I came here from a few,  now extinct, content sites and never looked back. Like Rochelle, my earnings have far surpassed my expectations. smile

  6. poppyr profile image93
    poppyrposted 7 weeks ago

    I had written for other sites like WikiNut (scam) and Helium (got shut down). I always liked writing and wanted to earn some extra money. It was exciting to see something I had written published on the internet. I didn’t earn more than pennies for the first year but now take it quite seriously. I just wish I’d found it three years earlier when I was 18 so I might not have had to work part time while at university... but you can’t have everything in life!

    1. lobobrandon profile image90
      lobobrandonposted 7 weeks agoin reply to this

      I joined when I was 18 and together with some gigs on Elance, I worked online and never worked part-time anywhere. I meant to use it as a portfolio for Elance but ended up writing an article about the Elance application process which ranked #1 and got lots of traffic (20 a day lol). Had a problem with yellow leaves on some tomato plants, did some research and realized there was no single source of info and wrote about that. I don't really remember how I first found out about it.

  7. profile image0
    Philisophy Geekposted 7 weeks ago

    Google.

  8. FatFreddysCat profile image97
    FatFreddysCatposted 7 weeks ago

    I had been writing album reviews for a rock/metal e-zine that unexpectedly shut down in 2011. When they closed up shop, I had four finished pieces that I'd never gotten to submit to them. I didn't want them to go to waste, so after a bit of Googling I found HP, said "this place looks like fun," and those four reviews became my first four Hubs.

    ...all four of those articles, by the way, have been long since deleted, because as I got the hang of the HubPages style and format I eventually realized that they were crap. Haha. None of them would've passed the initial QAP if I submitted them as a new Hubber today.

  9. Patkay profile image92
    Patkayposted 7 weeks ago

    I was looking for a site where I would make money. So I did a lot of Gooooogling and I can't tell how I landed and stuck on HP. Well, my prayers were answered as I am able to make a payout here every month. I have tried other sites with no luck. It is only the other month that I started my blog. It is starting to do well.

    1. profile image0
      Philisophy Geekposted 7 weeks agoin reply to this

      I tried WordPress. It was a lonely place. The learning curve is tiresome.

      I like HubPages. I just don't understand what Maven Inc is, or what it does.

  10. viryabo profile image94
    viryaboposted 7 weeks ago

    I found out about HP through a guy on Warrior Forum. He sold a $9.99 eBook on “How to make money online”. He was kind enough to give me the ebook for free.

    Squidoo and HP were two of the sites he recommended, so I joined them both. I started with Squidoo then HP came next. I never tried the others on the list.

    10 years down the line, I’m still active on HP. I’m glad I’m still here, earning payouts monthly.

  11. Titia profile image94
    Titiaposted 7 weeks ago

    I'd never heard of HP until Squidoo send me off to this place on a one way ticket 5 years ago. It took some time to adjust to the new rules and I still have to update or delete many old articles, but real life (sheep inspections) keeps getting in my way, so I haven't found the time yet to do it properly. I love to write but quite often the language barrier gets in my way. It's rather difficult to write articles in proper English because it's not my native language.
    I'm always glad when the editors show me how they edited my text. I learn a lot from them.

  12. AliciaC profile image99
    AliciaCposted 7 weeks ago

    I’ve enjoyed writing since childhood. Nine years ago, I started writing at a couple of websites because I hoped to earn some money from doing what I enjoyed. I wanted to add another site to the group. I discovered people mentioning HubPages, but I somehow got the impression that it was a site designed for someone writing multiple articles about a particular subject. When I found out that I was wrong, I started an account. The other sites have disappeared, but HubPages has continued.

  13. Nicoartz profile image86
    Nicoartzposted 7 weeks ago

    I'm an artist and writer. I love to create things. When I found HubPages I could tell it would be a good outlet to plug into. I love not only to be able to show off my writing, but I also get to show people my artwork. It's exciting for me to share my work. Also, not to brag but I have a very high IQ. I also have a lot of skills besides painting, sculpting, and writing. I'm a bit of a jack of all trades. I have knowledge about plumbing, welding, construction, landscaping, electrical, mechanics and a lot more. So, I have a lot I can write about. I look forward to sharing my knowledge and creativity.

  14. Sherry H profile image94
    Sherry Hposted 7 weeks ago

    I searched for websites that would accept guest posts and somehow landed up on HubPages - one of the only exciting bit about my life. I didn't start here expecting a pay. But, now I like to wait for the payout.
    I have started to love what I am doing here. I want to write a lot more than I do currently but don't have much time. I just hope HubPage will be still around and at its best two years from now when I will complete my graduation and get to spend my most time here.

  15. Sherry Hewins profile image96
    Sherry Hewinsposted 7 weeks ago

    I had a broken foot and had been laid off from my job of 14 years. I had been searching around for some way to make money on the Internet. Tried a lot of survey sites, which I never made a penny from. Started doing hits at Mechanical Turk.

    I found that I was drawn to the writing tasks, and it seemed to open up something in me that had been blocked for way too long. I searched for writing websites, luckily, HubPages was the first one I found. I have tried a few others, but HP is the best.

    1. profile image0
      Philisophy Geekposted 7 weeks agoin reply to this

      +1. Well said.

  16. Susana S profile image97
    Susana Sposted 7 weeks ago

    I came across the site in a couple of ways before I decided to sign up - that was back in 2008 I believe. I was looking to promote a site I had started that was all about dream interpretation. Back then Hubpages was always mentioned as a place to get backlinks and traffic so it was on my radar.

    And the other, I did a Google search about ways to earn money from home and ended up on a Hubpage that included writing at HP.

    I was really keen to ditch my 9-5 and start a writing career. Plus I very much liked the idea of developing a passive income. So I joined up and committed to writing one Hubpage a week to see how things went. Very quickly I started earning money and saw others were doing really well here as well, so in 2009 I quit my job and started hubbing full-time.

    I've not written much here for years but I still earn a decent amount which has been so helpful. Writing more hubs is always on my to-do list but I need to spend time thinking about what topics are least likely to get trashed by google's algorithms. Health and pregnancy have been my favorite topics, but I might go more into spiritual development type stuff. Not sure....

    1. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image97
      Wesman Todd Shawposted 7 weeks agoin reply to this

      And you were one of the first people who took the time to tell me a few things which were extremely valuable to know.

      As I recall it, you looked over what I had published, and told me exactly what ideas were worth pursuing.

      ....and when I took your advice, I magically started making money.

      Those things seem obvious to me now, but at one time, I simply had no clue what sort of topics I might could write about that would bring me some income, were they done well, and what wouldn't. So thanks again!

      1. Susana S profile image97
        Susana Sposted 7 weeks agoin reply to this

        Very glad to have helped you Wesman smile

  17. erorantes profile image60
    erorantesposted 7 weeks ago

    Hello miss kierstin gunsberg. I was already writing children’s book. One day my friend need it some help to find a job on the internet jobs site. While, I was looking for my friend’s job. I found hub pages. My friend got a super job at the airport, and I am writing for hub pages.I was so fortunate to have the opportunity to write hubs. Thanks hub pages.

  18. Joanna14 profile image73
    Joanna14posted 6 weeks ago

    I came here 5 years ago from Squidoo. I originally wanted a platform for my lesson plans that I had accumulated over the years I had been doing children's work. I quickly added other topics, due often at the time to the contests that Squidoo used to run. I have loved writing, although my photos are not the best and alas, I still haven't made more than a few cents here. I have however learned a lot and hope to continue learning, writing and enjoying this community.

  19. Lou Tenant profile image83
    Lou Tenantposted 6 weeks ago

    I came here today. Found it off a google search. I thought, why not try to write articles and see the response? Also I heard that you could make money off of ads here.

  20. EricFarmer8x profile image97
    EricFarmer8xposted 6 weeks ago

    I found about HubPages online somewhere. I don't remember where. I think I read multiple blog posts about HubPages.

    I am somewhat more focused on my own personal projects right now though. But I appreciate the chance to write for HubPages. I like having portfolio of work on here. I still get some comments about my work here sometimes!

  21. paradigmsearch profile image89
    paradigmsearchposted 6 weeks ago

    "What Brought You to HubPages?"

    An 82 Camaro.

  22. RenataCbarton profile image60
    RenataCbartonposted 4 weeks ago

    I found HubPages through Google during a search of platforms to write articles on.

    But I think what brought me here are the various topics and categories because they're specific. Like a depot of many to choose from. The layout plays a part as well.

 
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