Do You Write For Yourself or For Pay Outs?

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  1. nlthomas profile image59
    nlthomasposted 9 years ago

    Simple as the title says, why do you write? Currently the hubs I have up are things I like talking about as well as things I wanted to know when I first started out as a writer. I'm very passionate about the writing process as well as various forms of publication.

    This isn't to say I'm not hoping for a pay out off of these hubs, but right now I'm trying to brand myself, build up an audience and write to my strengths. I feel as though I should be adding some product reviews but I'm so OCD. I don't like unrelated hubs touching my writing and publication hubs.

    I know I can make a second account just for this reason, but I like being true to myself and my readers. What about you?

    Edit: What do you think of book reviews? It's kind of related to writing and publishing. Do book reviews do well on Hubpages?

    1. LSKing profile image74
      LSKingposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I do both. However, I use keyword searches, and promote each blog so some how they end up having the potential to earn.

      I write on a variety of topics and don't mind doing so under one account. Most of my readers will click on what they want to read so it's totally up to you how you go about it.

      I love book and movie reviews. I would like to do some in the future. Honestly, anything well written and promoted has the potential to do well on Hubpages. Best Wishes!

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      Jake Gene Barnesposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I write for me, and me alone.
      I hope that other people enjoy what I write, but I'm not really "out for profit."
      Hell, if you take a look at my hubs it should become apparent. I only write about things I WANT to write about.

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        Website Examinerposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        It would seem you are not seeking profit. You do not even use a URL tracker in your sign-up link.

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          Jake Gene Barnesposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          True, I don't.

          I genuinely want more people to join Hubpages. I think it's a great site and worthy of promotion.

          But how were you able to ascertain that I don't use a URL tracker?

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            Website Examinerposted 9 years agoin reply to this

            Nice attitude. A link with a tracker would have an underscore followed by a code after


    3. N.E. Wright profile image49
      N.E. Wrightposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I write for me. 

      Even when I write interviewed topics they are for me.

      Ideas for any type of story need to come from within me.  Or there is an idea that comes from a conversation I may have had with someone and that sparks a story idea. 

      Still, in all I write for me.

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      cookingdivaposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I would like to say for both. Best part would be to getting paid for doing what you love. I love cooking and I love writing to I am combining both, let's see how it pans out.

  2. Cagsil profile image77
    Cagsilposted 9 years ago

    I realize you are new and only want to let you know that HubPages frowns on starting forum threads that are already going.

    Just a thought. smile

    1. nlthomas profile image59
      nlthomasposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Sorry about that Cagsil. Thanks for the links.

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    Website Examinerposted 9 years ago

    Book reviews can be profitable, as they can be combined with Amazon ads, and some of the best marketers here have openly said that. I see that our interests are overlapping; writing about agencies and the publishing industry is not a bad choice for AdSense since many people are searching for that. If you are serious about your own creative writing, I wouldn't want to extend beyond those areas.

    1. nlthomas profile image59
      nlthomasposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you WB. Aside for internet marketing and branding, publishing and just the publication process in general is a huge passion of mine. I've been exploring various forms of publication for well over 10 years and have soaked up as much as I can.

      I'm a sponge  wink

  4. Flightkeeper profile image66
    Flightkeeperposted 9 years ago

    Whatever you do, don't do what I do.  I write on things that I want to write about, whether it's a product hub or an informational hub and I sometimes look at SEO.  It takes longer to get to payout but then again I don't write about too many things I'm bored about.

  5. wearing well profile image75
    wearing wellposted 9 years ago

    Hi nlthomas,
    I've found that I am writing about anything that inspires me as and when I find time to do so; but also with a view of adsense revenue potential to earn:)
    I also thought that when I joined HubPages that I would be writing more about my expertise field but I discovered that there was already plenty of advice to be found on that topic.
    I think also too that it's probable a good thing to try to write on various topics;potentially increasing your audience too and not limiting yourself to just one category:)
    The good thing here too,is that you can re-edit hubs to improve them at a later date if you so wish or place or try them in another category which increases your audience too.Your spoilt for choice really!

  6. Mikeydoes profile image70
    Mikeydoesposted 9 years ago

    Me, the money, and the power!

  7. simeonvisser profile image78
    simeonvisserposted 9 years ago

    I'm writing for myself but hopefully also for some money. I've written a lot in the past but not with the purpose of attracting people. My main writing style was informing and educating people but now I need to learn a writing style that includes keywords and that might motivate people to buy something (if I ever venture into product hubs that is). So in the process I'm learning myself as well - the web is here to stay and learning how to write for it is a valuable skill. That includes learning how to promote your content.

  8. nlthomas profile image59
    nlthomasposted 9 years ago

    Thank you all for your replies. There's so much to learn on this site and I still have a lot of questions which I am trying to discover for myself. I guess one reason I asked this is because we're tight on money, so I begin to panic.

    I have other paying freelance jobs, but the assignments right now are slim. I would love to make payout within 6 months, but also don't think it will be possible unless I get aggressive.

    Least I'm getting my name out there.

    1. wearing well profile image75
      wearing wellposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Don't panic!
      If your consistant here you will be successful.
      There is always someone prepared to answer your questions as a newbie here at HubPages.
      Best Wishes and Good Luck smile

  9. Lily Rose profile image88
    Lily Roseposted 9 years ago

    You're right, there is a lot to learn, but you will learn it as you go.  It's definitely possible to make payout within 6 months, but, yes, you may have to be a little aggressive.  Write quality hubs and do some keyword research (well, the other way around actually!) - that's a good start.  I made payout (AdSense) after month 3, then every other month until month 12 and now well over threshold each month. 

    To answer your original question, I write to keep my stay-at-home-mom brain working/sane and mostly for the money.  I do really enjoy providing readers with information that will help them in some way and that is easily done here through hubs, whether it's on topics that I'm passionate about or products that I far so good and it's only getting better!


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