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Beginning in HubPages

Updated on February 29, 2020
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Darius is a 5th year college student studying BS Information and Communications Tech. and a former high school feature and literary writer.

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Ready, Set, Begin

It's been at least six months ever since I started writing in HubPages and to be honest, I have had a different "approach" to why I even started here in the first place. One of the reasons is earning a passive income because, well, I'm a broke university student. And since the year's almost over, why not create an article to at least help other people out there who may come across the said site.

I dedicate this article to those who are just starting their accounts on the site and, maybe even, to those who have been staying and writing for a long time. Below are just common "FAQs" I've made up and answered myself to get you started, with personal tips and anecdotes.

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UFAQs: Understanding Frequently Asked Questions

These are just some examples of FAQs any beginner could encounter.

What is HubPages?

HubPages is user-generated content and revenue-sharing website founded in 2006. The company acquired its main competitor, Squidoo, in 2014 and moved from a single-site to a multi-site business model in 2016. Squidoo was a revenue-sharing article-writing site where articles were called "lenses."
Users can create his or her account and write articles, or "Hubs," in the site and share it with the world. These users would then need to publish "in-depth, high-quality, search-friendly articles on subjects about which they are particularly knowledgeable and passionate." And I believe this means that these articles are either well-researched or are experts on a specific topic that the users are writing about. These published articles are then featured in front of possible tens to thousands of audiences in the future.

What are Network sites?

Imagine your desktop computer or phone filled with different files, media, music, shortcuts, etc. But then you decided to create folders to sort and manage each of these files, depending on how they are segregated. Network Sites are like this, but it's more complex than you think.

Network Sites are like partner sites with HubPages where articles are moved if they are deemed "high-quality." In my own perspective, it's more about having your article promoted to a better site where more people could reach depending on the traffic. If you've received an email regarding one or more of your articles being moved to a network site, it just means that it meets that site's standards, or "Editorial Policies." It's still an article on HubPages, but on a different network. I read some articles that Google likes this, especially if you're aiming to be the "searchable content" on their engine. What's good about this is that HubPage's would sometimes offer their free editing and proofreading tool, called "HubPro," that would give improvement to your already high-quality and traffic-funneling article.

How do users earn money in HubPages?

There are three ways to earn in HubPages:

  1. HubPages' Ad Program
  2. Amazon Program

All the programs need specific information for their activation, such as one published, high-quality article. There's a more thorough explanation of how these programs work in their FAQ. There are multiple articles by fellow "Hubbers" in the Web on how the whole process goes, as well, that you can search and read about.

As of January 2020, an update regarding earnings and traffic is published. You need to read this to understand it fully.

How do users create their articles?

That depends on how they plan to create one. Users can go by choosing topics and ideas, usually with less competition and would, somehow, stay relevant for a very long time. Users could create articles using their own words and expressions, paraphrase a portion of a book or another searchable content from the internet, or copy/paste them provided that they are given with proper credits/bibliographies.

Where can I read more and know more about HubPages?

There's a bunch of information needed to be processed first before properly creating an account and before creating articles, but they are rather very simple and easy to follow. In my opinion, these are all essential before finally writing multiple articles, editing an account, finding traffic, earnings, building a brand of your own, etc.

Visit the site's FAQ or Frequently Asked Questions page to read more and know more about HubPages. There's a possibility that your question would fall under one of their categories or sub-categories, and there would a step-by-step instruction that will guide you with the process.

Start here. Photo by Gia Oris by Unsplash.
Start here. Photo by Gia Oris by Unsplash. | Source

The Start of a New Journey

The Search

I could remember how everything started vividly. It was a sunny, hot day in the afternoon while I was laying on my bed, holding a phone, a typical of anyone who's "looking" for/at something. I could say that my "journey" started in the last week of July while looking for new ways to earn money. You read that right! My initial intention is to put investments and let them grow over a very long time. So, I went searching the web with the keywords "How to earn money online?" because I tried "stocks," but it didn't work out that much because I know almost nothing about stocks. *laughs nervously*

From searching, I found out that there are a lot of ways to earn money online. The words "passive income" was introduced to me. My naive curiosity was answered, and it was about how successful "YouTubers" usually monetize their videos on YouTube.

I came across the idea of monetizing written content through advertisements. I do know that companies pay people's contents, especially in written form, to have certain ads plastered across phone screens and be seen by multiple possible audiences.

Building the Account

And so I came across HubPages by another blog site featuring different methods of earning online. Since I have an "amateurish" background in writing multiple contents from High School to present, why not give it a shot? I created an account and tried to publish my very first article, which got "rejected" via a notification email. Turns out that it's not just something you could write and publish anything if the content, partial or as a whole, is either out of context or lacking quality. Most importantly, there has to be enough and in-depth thought into it if it's a very first to-be-published article. I took a week off to plan any topic properly. There was something off with the first account and I have forgotten what it was. I deleted it and created a new one, as well as properly (this time) creating a literary content (to which I believe still needs some tweaking and fixing). I woke up the next morning to check my emails and the article was accepted and, finally, published.

Research is the Key

After my first successful attempt to publish an article, I knew that I needed to research more about what I'm doing. Not because I wasn't sure of what it was, but because of improving something that may have been lacking. I looked and read through various other articles made by fellow Hubbers in HubPages about building an article and followed some of their instructions. I also asked the forum for help, even though I've been advised to not delve into it because of the negatively, and properly by users. I visit their accounts and look at the length they have been members of HubPages. It took me less than a week to review and plan to create the following articles using suggested tools, researches, and methodologies.

Earnings Programs Activation

I successfully made at least ten articles in just a month, if I could remember things correctly. The published articles are all featured and the traffic to them is pretty stable. I tried applying for Google AdSense by the final week of September. I felt a sense of intense motivation to create more articles when all the earnings programs were finally activated. And not because I'm finally earning some money but because my hard works are being paid off.

An awkward photo of me :v
An awkward photo of me :v

Getting to Know Me, With Boring Anecdotes and Tips You May Need

First of all, I'm very sorry for my *hides* awkward photo.

I've lain down some possible questions and answers below, as well as some supplemental information.

Ws and H with Lightbulbs!

Who: My name is Darius.

Where: I live in the Philippines.

When: I'm 21 years old.

What: I'm currently a 5th year graduating student taking an engineering course, one that has to do with computers, at a State University. State universities and colleges (SUCs) refers to any public institution of higher learning that was created by an Act passed by the Congress of the Philippines. These institutions are fully subsidized by the national government and may be considered as a corporate body.

Why: Just because...

How: All of the information about me starting an account in HubPages.

If you are wondering, and I'm sure no one is asking, there's a total of growing 11,000 views on all of my articles when added. I wouldn't quite say that I'm a successful Hubber, though, because I've been a member for, like, at least five months. I would still recommend you to listen to those who have been here for a longer period because I believe, they know better. But I will give you some pieces of advice, mines and theirs, on reaching a maximum potential for any future published articles.

If I were to ask the things I do first before creating an account or an article, here are eight things of what I think you should do:

  1. Plan Ahead of Time for a Topic.

    Any topic would do, whether it's about the new unveiling of a statue at your place or a dog playing with a ball. Be straight to the point. Construct them vertically in your mind, from top to bottom, because readers are usually searching for something is not going to read any boring anecdotes (like mine) and would skip to the juicy parts, just like watching a movie you don't like where there's a lot of narratives.

  2. Don't be Afraid to Write.

    Write the articles as vaguely as possible. Leave questions for you to answer because it helps to update the article and it helps on growing any traffic. You could also give lots of information, especially if it's essential. People may comment on your pieces that they're lack content or quality, or they may never notice your pieces at all. But remember to stick with your passion, and stick with yourself as an amateur or professional writer.
  3. Breathe, Write, and then Breathe again.

    Creating an account in HubPages doesn't mean that you have to let go of other things that might be more important to you (unless you've devoted your life to it, of course). Remember to breathe, relax, and feel no pressure. Write when you feel the need to write, and only finish what you can. No pressure or no person is holding you back from producing multiple other articles, and there's always time to create one.

  4. Use Tools, Applications, and Softwares.

    Like UberSuggest, to look for topics if you're out. If English is your second language, just like mine *high five*, then you can use tools, like Grammarly, to fix pesky technical problems that may arise while you write your article or after you have written it. I'm on a free plan since I afford their hefty monthly plans, but if you're already rich then just you can choose to go with it because it helps a lot. Remember to sign up for a Google Analytics account to check your performance periodically.
  5. Take Care of your Media.

    Use high-definition photos to supplement your ideas. It's advisable to use those that are free to download, like in Shutterstock, or use your photos. You may use other people's photos, as well, given that they are properly credited or you have asked permission. Use Callouts to emphasize a sentence or to quote someone. Use the recipe capsules if you're content is about food. Use video capsules only if necessary.

  6. Social Media will Significantly Help You.

    If you drive people to your works, make sure you share them through your social media accounts like Facebook., Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest. What's astonishing is that some of these social media sites offer their own way of analytics to keep you up to date on how your pieces are performing.

  7. Read, Learn, Ask for Help, and Ask Questions.

    It's a big world out there, filled with different people having different bits of knowledge and smarts. If you ever find yourself on a "writer's block," readout on magazines, on newspapers, or even on a post made by a friend you didn't know you had on Facebook. Topics are out there, and they seldom begin with questions. Interact with other people, as well as try to answer their questions if you think you're answer is right, necessary, and kind. Even from a simple, insignificant word from a reading medium could spark a blowing idea.
  8. Analyse Your Research.

    Some of your articles may need backup constructive criticisms and fact-check from actual experts, and though the internet is a huge source for information there are are those that not reliable. Books, on the other hand, are filled with revised and corrected information but are always updated in order to deliver the right enough information to its readers — that's why it's a must that whenever you take something out of the internet or a book, cite their sources through adding links or adding another part at the of your articles in order for your readers to view and examine the references themselves.

  9. Always have fun.

    Embrace your weirdness, your seriousness, whatever-it-is-you-are-ness. Remember to have fun when creating new articles. Write what you think is best for you, but also what's best for your readers. HubPages is like an encyclopedic, Facebook-like blog site where people write what they know more and what they are willing to more of, and a place where sharing information and ideas are the core.

People may be wondering why an engineering and computer student like me took on to be a wanna-be writer.

The answer for those who may be curious is that writing was never my first passion for me to choose and love in the first place. It was much like an accidental discovery that is being continuously developed and nurtured for yeats. Although I believe that it still needs improving, that I need more improving, I am happy enough to reach a certain point where I can, at least, properly write and feature topics. Heck, I would sometimes even use my subjects and learnings at school to be a topic. What you know may, somewhat, not the audience knows.

Since it's a new year, it's 365 days worth of planning and creating new contents. I do have some topics ready, most about my course, math and engineering, my culture, and language. I also have some other literary writing that still needs a little bit of polishing and checking before publishing. Other topics would pop out in an impromptu, while others may take days or weeks to finish. I call them "projects."

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Darius Razzle Paciente


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