Advice for a newbie, please

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  1. Steve_1066 profile image58
    Steve_1066posted 8 years ago

    Hello all,

    Having recently joined HubPages, and a ken and active writer, I have yet to actually write and publish a hubpage. I intend to write about a diverse range of topics, and hope to make enough money to buy a couple of music cds every month (not a fortune!)

    What's the best piece of advice you can give someone who intends to begin publishing?

    1. Marisa Wright profile image95
      Marisa Wrightposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Personally, I would advise you to write good articles about subjects you enjoy.  Aim for at least 400 words, up to about 1,500 words.  Learn how to add photos and videos to break up the text, because people online don't like to read lumps of indigestible words.

      Some people jump right into keyword research and SEO, and find it works for them - it really depends on how your mind works. If you're a natural at that stuff, it's certainly the way to make money.  If you're not, you'll get bored and demotivated so it will have the opposite result!

  2. WryLilt profile image89
    WryLiltposted 8 years ago

    Write write write.

    Learn something about keyword research and SEO.

    Write write write.

    Learn some more.

    Write write write.

    By that time the first lot of writing will have started to age enough to earn you money.

  3. Peter Owen profile image60
    Peter Owenposted 8 years ago

    Just don't make my stupid mistake.
    <snipped link - please do not promote your Hubs in the forums>

    1. WryLilt profile image89
      WryLiltposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      "Following excessively or indiscriminately may result in a low Hubber score."

    2. sofs profile image87
      sofsposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      @ Peter Owen
      It may be good to take note of the forum rules and stop posting links in the forums.. This is a poor example for newbies.

  4. profile image0
    cookingdivaposted 8 years ago

    Welcome to Hub Pages!

    Just write what you know and like to write. There are free keyword tools to see what keywords people are searching for; it is called google keyword tools, put related tags, be active in forum, tweet your hubs. Wishing you good luck.

  5. Beth100 profile image72
    Beth100posted 8 years ago

    Write original content.  Be creative.  Be persistent.  Write.  Write.  Edit.  Edit.  Edit.  Write.  Write and write some more.  Step back, let it simmer for a day or two, go back and critique it with fresh eyes.  Never rush.  Use proper grammar, correct your spelling and provide information your reader can use and/or enjoy.  Participate in the forums. Read the articles written by other writers on this site and other sites.  Learn from them.  Ask questions.  Provide visuals whenever you can.  Learn and apply SEO techniques.  Most importantly, enjoy the time you are writing.  smile 

    Welcome to the hubbing community!!

  6. Steve_1066 profile image58
    Steve_1066posted 8 years ago

    Well thanks everyone.

    Just one more query:  How easy it is to edit a published hubpage? I imagine myself getting a page published, then attempting to change/improve it.

    1. Peter Owen profile image60
      Peter Owenposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Quite easy. just click on the hub and you will see an edit button up top.

    2. WryLilt profile image89
      WryLiltposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      You can edit a hub as many times and in as many ways as you wish. The only part you cannot edit is the URL.

  7. Steve_1066 profile image58
    Steve_1066posted 8 years ago


    I have a couple or articles ready to go. I'll have to polish them this weekend and get 'em published.

  8. Peggy W profile image96
    Peggy Wposted 8 years ago

    It is fine to learn as you go.  You've already gotten some good advice as to writing original content and "write, write, write."  It takes a while to have your hubs be patient.  Also study what HubPages gives you as guidelines.  I am still learning and the nice thing is that as you learn, you can edit and change your hubs at any time.  Good luck and best wishes!

  9. mdlawyer profile image37
    mdlawyerposted 8 years ago

    Be consistent, committed and ethical.  Learn about the nuances of effective web writing with SEO.  Above all, follow the 'netiquettes'.

  10. WhitneyNZ profile image60
    WhitneyNZposted 8 years ago

    Best advice for newbies: have fun!!  If you enjoy hubbing, it'll shine through in interesting and engaging hubs.

  11. Don Ship profile image77
    Don Shipposted 8 years ago

    Write a lot of quality content, and participate in the forums, answer as many questions as you can, which may help others in need, and HAVE FUN! big_smile

  12. Rosie2010 profile image69
    Rosie2010posted 8 years ago

    Hi Steve, Welcome to Hubpages!  You already got a lot of advice here, so I just want to welcome you and wish you the best of luck here in Hubpages.

  13. psf profile image69
    psfposted 8 years ago

    From my short experience with HubPages,

    1.Write about what you are really interested in.
    2.Write honestly, thinking that you are going to help someone
    3.Research on the internet about the topic, scribble main points, elaborate it.
    4.Arrange capsules nicely, with good pictures.
    5.Before writing, do a search on HubPages on the topic and see what is already available there. This will help to be unique. (I had situation where I canceled my plan to write on something as there were many hubs readily available.)
    6. Find a nice title, that should ask people to 'click-me' smile

    wish you all the best


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