I’ve been seeing a lot of complaints about newbies on the forums and honestly they have been pretty valid. I can’t really remember how I found hubpages, but I will admit that I was drawn in by the opportunity to start some gaining some passive income. But honestly, how can you blame a broke twenty-something arts graduate struggling in pandemic?
After spending some time on the site, I have come to understand that hubpages really is more about creating a space for writers to form a community. I personally plan to find my niche while writing on here, accepting that consistency is key on this platform and passion comes before payment.
I hope that many of you hubpages veterans will continue share your words of wisdom with us newbies. You never know who you may inspire!
-signed a newbie finding love for writing again
Cherish, we welcome newbies who are here for the reasons of which you speak. What irritates us is the spammers who come in to promote their business by way of posting articles in the forums (do they think they're flying under the radar?) and those who have absolutely no command of the English language and expect to make an income here.
That said, I encourage you to post a profile. Tell us who you are, what you've achieved, and what you have to offer.
Passion is not the only criteria on this platform; many have it but don't offer what organic searchers are looking for. You don't have to stick to one niche. I certainly don't, but those who do are experts in the subject and earn far more than I. However, offer the reading public information they seek, or entertainment they enjoy, and you'll do well.
Spend time in the Learning Center, perfect your English, and practice your craft. That is the formula for success.
I took a glance at the list of articles you've posted. Remove the word "novice" from your reviews; the word does not lend credibility at the outset. I would not read a review with the word "novice" in the title. Either omit it all together, or substitute "consumer, honest" or something of the like.
Good luck and welcome!
Thank you for the advice!
I have been considering adding more info to my profile lately. I am just a little hesitant about the information I put online. When I first started my account here I was not sure what to make of the platform. If I am being honest, it seemed pretty sketchy
Welcome to HP, Cherish. As bravewarrior said, The spammers who come in to promote their businesses by posting articles in the forums irritate us.
Our community is very beautiful and lovely. We motivate and help each other.
Yes, I can tell that it is a wonderful community. I am happy to be apart of it. I am looking forward to joining in challenges and contests if that is still a thing. When I finally found the blog section on the site today, I saw it hasn’t been updated since 2020.
Welcome to Hubpages! Hope you have fun. It's a great site, I've enjoyed writing here for years.
Welcome to Hubpages! Wish you great times ahead!
Welcome to HubPages Cherish! I hope you will enjoy it here. Have fun.
Cherish, welcome. I agree that HubPages is a nice community. Yes, the blog will be update any time Hubpages decides to.
Make sure you spend time in the Learning Center (Help, top right).
Also, leaving fan mail with just 'Hey' is not going to garner many followers No one wants that on their profile.
Hello, thanks for that tip.
I think since joining the site, I may have left fanmail twice? So I don't think I will have to worry about pestering other hubbers.
It's not about pestering. If you are going to leave fan mail, then say something meaningful. The hubber is more likely to approve it and follow you back
You can follow someone without leaving any comment at all, which is also fine.
Cherish, I agree with the raggedged. In the learning center, learn well the tricks of presenting an article in good format like spelling, paragraph, grammar, and appropriate punctuation. Thanks.
I agree with bravewarrior. His points are so valid. A true Writer does not have to resort to tricks and ploys that "might", just might give them a few extra reads. Write your best, and listen to constructive criticism, when it is given; then both you and your audience will grow, over time.
Stay for long. Enjoy the community of hubbers. In the process some earnings might also be there.
Beautifully written, Sky. Welcome aboard. You have the right mindset. Above all, have fun while you learn, pace yourself, follow the formula and you'll succeed.
Welcome to HubPages Cherish. You're joining us at a perfect time. Since its inception, HubPages has come a long way. Three years ago, Maven took over as the publishing platform for all our niche sites. All well-written articles that offer quality for the reader get moved to the network niche sites where they fit in and gain an extra boost.
When you take the time to study the help section, as was suggested, you'll find out about all that. A good place to start is with the "HubPages Writing Style Guide" at https://hubpageshelp.com/standards/HubP … tyle-Guide
Good luck. I think you'll do fine.
Hi Cherish, welcome to HubPages and the community. You have the right attitude and are the type of newbie who is welcome here. Follow the advice given and you will do well. Good luck and enjoy your stay.
Another newbie here and I'm trying to learn as much as I can as I go!
Mark, HP recommends you use a real photo of yourself for your profile pic. The zombie thing is kind of off-putting and type-casts you from the outset.
Thanks for letting me know. I was unaware of that! I will try to put up a real photo soon, even though my face is scarier than the zombie!
As a huge fan of the movies you wrote about, I can understand your original intention. (I guess). But other than what bravewarrior highlighted, Google and advertisers will sometimes restrict ads because of "shocking images." For Hubs, your profile image seldom shows but it's an area to be careful about when using screengrabs.
I just take note of this Gongle and advertisers thing just now. I had not realized that a scarry zombie picture can negatively affect the monitization of an article or a website. Our newbie friend photo looks more like an invading pirate from the Caribbean!
Thank you! I temporarily changed it to a less shocking image!
This one feels in line with content dealing with horror movies.
Mark, you promise 'to put up a real photo'. But is what we're seeing is not a likenes of the real you. It's more like a ghost! Try putting up the real stuff. Once again, welcome to hubpages.
The photo should be unique or any that you have taken yourself. It's not compulsory to have to be of you.
Misbah786, right? Yes, that I agree. Seriously, had you read through his previous post before changing the zombie and pirate like image to the horror portrait, Mark, promised to 'put up a real photo of' himself soon. But what we're seeing is a ghost effigy. Misbah786, can you recalled how Bev advice you to change your imposed figure to a real one? Tell us what happen. Much thanks.
Miebakagh, I can't see anywhere that he promised to put his own photo he said he will try to. After changing he said he changed it temporarily. You cannot force anyone to put their own photo. I recommended him what BevG recommended me that The photo should be unique or any that you have taken yourself. It's not important to have to be of you. She said it should not be generic. Shauna (Bravewarrior) asked him once as recommended and I completely understand what she advised to Mark was nice but I believe, you can't keep on questioning someone the same thing again and again.
Misbah, HP does advise writers to use a photo of themselves, rather than of an animal or something symbolic. I've done a cursory search and can't find where that was posted. Perhaps someone else will have better luck or HP will come in and confirm my point.
Dear Shauna, I know and trust what you are telling is absolutely true and I appreciate your efforts. Bev also recommended me the same and I have also uploaded my own photo for a short period of time upon asking.
Love and Blessings to you
HP does have something about putting up a real photo, using real names, etc. But these are not do it or get banned rules.
I've been here for five years and have always used the same logo for my profile. I have not gotten any complaints. Nor had difficulties publishing. Nor had problems getting transferred to niche sites etc.
Nor getting paid every month.
I can't help but notice too some creep insists on harassing newbies. Within days, he has already been told off twice, but of course that doesn't stop him. It never does. Is he aiming for a third time? He gets a kick out of using HP this way instead of actually writing? Or is he trying to drive newbies away?
I feel really sorry for the newbies bullied by him. And this is the reason why the OP felt how he felt.
Exactly, what I was trying to say. We can't force someone. Ofcourse, it's their own choice. How many of us are using our real names here? I believe, there are some staff members as well who are not using their own photo as a profile image so it's just a recommendation not compulsory.
Mark, welcome to hubpages. Good luck here.
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