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The Business of Writing

  1. FloraBreenRobison profile image60
    FloraBreenRobisonposted 6 years ago

    Hello. This is a comment for new writers to hubpages. This is a great site to write  on a variety of topics. Some will make you money because of their subject matter-eg. acne cream or hair loss etc.-because they have the types of ads you click on. Others like much of the topuics I write on will not get you clicks. This is true even pre-Panda. No doubt Panda has hurt  many writers and som eexcellent writers have left the site since Panda started for their own reasons. It is their choice. For me, I know if I want to make money online it will have to be on topics I find borin gto write on other websites.  But I wanted to get used to writing online before I start writing about topics that bore me.  so hubpages works for me.

    One thing you must understand. Writing, like anything else, for anyone other than yourself is a business. To make any money at it you have to have discipline, write constantly on topics that may not interest you, and you must realize that EVERY website  is abusiness too. Even this one. I have written a hub on this entitled Since When is Art Not a Business. The primary focus was to find a way to write about mom's artwork without getting a duplicate warning' as her artwork is all over the web. however, I do write brieffly at the end about writing-another form of art.

    To expect Hubpages to not a business just like any other is, I fear, wishful thinking. To then turn around and write a hub about  how hubpages is a Scam, and use a song at the end  about the F Word to seal the ending of your time with the site, is both abusive and niave. Yet this is exactly waht someone has done.

    Everyone is inthe business of making money. Everyone. asome people are successful. Some people fail . But to assume that any website at all is not a business whether it promotes art for art's sake or not,  isn'r ewalistic. It took a long time for me to realize this. It wasn't until I got to the age 30 that I finally accepted this, even though there have been professional artists in my family for decades.
    It is sad. But once you accept this and move on, you are much  happier.
    So newbies,  enjoy your time on hubpages. Don't get discouraged abou tthe lack of money- I've made just over $2.00 on hubpage ad program. and enjoy the process of writingf.

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      jamessteadmanposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I agree absolutely, and is why I only write about topics that actually interest me.  Some people seem to think if they just get a bunch of low quality, short articles done, that they can sit back and watch the passive income pour in.  In reality, that's not how it works, and those naive enough to think so are the ones that expect everything to be handed to them.

      If you happen to monetize your work, that's great, but sharing information or your creativity should be what really motivates you.  Sounds corny, I know, but at least you'll be enjoying what you're doing!

  2. tlpoague profile image87
    tlpoagueposted 6 years ago

    My main purpose here is to enjoy writing. I am learning something new every day with the way people write. I try to take what I have learned and incorporate it into my writing. If I just happen to make money while doing it...great! Otherwise, I try not to worry about it.

  3. jacqui2011 profile image82
    jacqui2011posted 6 years ago

    I totally agree with you FloraBreenRobison. I absolutely love writing about all sorts of things that interest me. I still get excited when I press the "publish" button after writing a hub. I have a lot to learn but I am enjoying every step of the way. I wish that I could spend more time on here, but family and work seem to take over and I dont have much time to write these days. Like you, I've not made much money as I don't fully understand SEO and how to drive traffic to my hubs. I love writing, and if I make a few dollars on the way then that would be great.

  4. tillsontitan profile image90
    tillsontitanposted 6 years ago

    I don't understand SEO either but making money isn't the be all and  end all to a true writer, writing is.  Sure it would be nice to earn money from what you write, who wouldn't like to be a successful and rich writer.  However, to me, as to many others its about the writing.  I've always loved to write but there was no where to publish it so others could read it.  Getting comments about my writing is my reward.  They tell me people are reading my hubs and that's the bottom line, writing to be read!

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    techhubmasterposted 4 years ago

    I love hubpages. It gives you the opportunity to publish articles online and help others. At the same time you can also earn some money. It's not a lot but even without reward this site would be great! Thanks to all the developers! I recommend people who don't have an account yet to join and start writing!

  6. Writer Fox profile image60
    Writer Foxposted 4 years ago

    How in the world did you find this old forum thread started by a user who was banned 2 years ago?

    1. moonlake profile image91
      moonlakeposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Really she was banned I didn't know that.