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Should You Write Hubs for Hubbers?

Updated on November 6, 2012

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Hubs For Hubbers

I have written a few hubs that are aimed specifically at other hubbers, either new or of the more experienced variety. I try to make my hubs different and not the same information that is already out there. Or sometimes it's very similar, but from my own perspective which can add another dimension to the subject matter.

Most of the hubs I write about Hubpages are things I have noticed in terms of changes that have happened or things that have affected my account. However, after writing a few hubs that are very popular with solely hubbers I have noticed very specific patterns.

The aim of this hub is to help you determine when you should write a hub aimed at other hubbers, as well as the benefits or cons of doing so.

Reasons I Write Hubs That Other Hubbers Find Interesting

There are a number of reasons I write hubs for other Hubbers.

1. The first hubbing hub I wrote was actually when I set my new years resolution to write ten articles on Hubpages and see if this writing thing works. I wanted a journal type hub that other people would know what my goals and achievements were, so I couldn't just throw the towel in. It's so much easier to give up when no one else knows you're even trying.

I wanted to be held accountable for my actions and to ensure I met my targets. So my 2012 Hubpages Experiment was both for myself and other hubbers. Since I was relatively new, I didn't feel it would be right to try and teach others to suck eggs. I didn't know if my experiment would work or if it would fail before it even got started. My aim was for others to know I was here and was giving it a go.

2. I then found myself having different experiences on Hubpages that I wanted to write about and to share with others. I wanted to find out if there were other people who were also experiencing the same things and if they had solutions. I tended to check the forum first to make sure there weren't any easy fixes that I was just too silly to figure out!

I found myself staring into the sun at times and getting distracted on Hubpages. There's so much information here and it's easy for a new person to get lost. I did on quite a few occassion in the beginning.

3. When I felt I understood something and others would want to know the truth too I shared the knowledge and information I had. I tried to use numbers and stats to back up my claims as often as I could. I have found that although most people hate doing maths they find them super helpful in explaining things that perhaps words couldn't as clearly or as succinctly. many hubbers seemed to find this helpful on my latest hub - Hubpages Income - The Real Story.

I like that maths and equations are emotionless and outline the actual situation rather than what someone "thinks" or "feels". Those are great things too, but they can cause controversy or a lot of arguements. Also they tend to be one persons opinion rather than what the actual data is telling us. However, sometimes it's hard to show the stats since there are restrictions on what you can show to others from your Google Analytics or Google Adsense Dashboard. For this reason, trying to explain how the new Hubpages layout killed hubber's adsense income was difficult to get across clearly. Perhaps I'll re-write it with more graphs and figure out what details I can use to show the negative impact the new layout has had on my account.

From writing these types of hubs, I have noticed certain patterns which differ from my other types of hubs.

Benefits of Writing Hubs for Other Hubbers

There are a number of benefits in writing hubs that other hubbers will find useful.

1. You are more likely to get comments. When I write hubs that help other hubbers then these same hubbers tend to leave comments. They can give positive feedback on what you've explained well and where further clarification is needed.

The hubs with the most comments on my account are always the ones written with hubbers in mind. One of these hubs has over 200 comments. Granted, some of those are my response to the comments, but in my eyes that's a lot more than my other hubs have.

2. These same types of hubs also result in an increase in followers. When you help someone they tend to follow you and are probably looking for more helpful information like you have provided in the past.

I think most of my hub followers have come from these types of hubs.

3. You meet some of the most interesting and helpful hubbers too! Some of the closest friends I have on hubpages have come about from these types of hubs. Hubbers who feel they've finally met a fellow hubber that "get's it" or has explained something they've never been able to understand before.

Or you get a hubber that needs some help and before you know it you are working on a joint project and testing things out together. Some of these have been successful, some unsuccessful and others are still in motion.

Sometimes it's great to have someone that writes online just like you do and who understands the trials and tribulations. I seriously don't think I would have gotten through some of the harder times on Hubpages without them. Friends and family don't get it and many of them don;t have a clue about working online. Sometimes you just need a sounding board and someone to bounce ideas off.

4. You can share your successes with other hubbers. Is anyone else really going to understand why you are so happy that you got a 10,000 views accolade or perhaps a 100,000 views accolade? People who don't write for a living aren't going to be impressed that you wrote 100 articles and are still getting paid peanuts. They won't understand the excitement you get when you get your first 1,000 visitors to a hub or you get your first positive comment.

There are some things which are better kept within the hubbing community.

5. You can feel good about helping someone else and giving back. The first person who ever helped me on Hubpages was Shadesbreath. I asked him something and he gave me a great response which set me in a certain direction on Hubpages and I was off.

Since then, I have helped other hubbers and it feels good. Sometimes sharing your experiences or insights can help other people more than you could imagine. I did this when I aswered a question asked by prairieprincess about how entertainment hubs can make money. Don't discount the knowledge you have that you take for granted. It probably took time and experimentation to get there. Others may not know about it or how to do it successfully. You could give some guidance.

Or you could be selfish and sit alone in your little corner of Hubpages and laugh at all us plebs giving everything away for free. Each to their own I guess.

Cons of Writing for Hubbers

Some of the cons for writing for other hubbers who are regularly on Hubpages are pretty self-explanitory, but others I found a little shocking.

1. Many hubbers who comment on your article haven't actually read your article! I found it shocking to think that even experienced hubbers who leave comments make comments which make it obvious they haven't read the whole hub, or haven't been paying attention while reading the hub.

There have been times when they disagree with a point and then state the same arguement I provided elsewhere in the hub. Or they ask a question that is answered in great detail towards the end of the hub. Or they agree with something you never actually said! I know this because I had to go through a hub three times to figure out what they were alluding to, until I realised they had made an ssumption based on what was written near the beginning of the hub.

I used to find it shocking that people who write hubs, and basically get paid from people reading their hubs, don't actually bother to read hubs properly themselves.

Congratulations, if you got this far on this hub and are actually still reading this hub. Just to confirm the point please include the word clap in your comment below, to show how many people have actually read this hub completely. I think the results will speak for themselves and prove my point completely.

2. Hubbers can't click ads. If you are looking to earn money from your hubs, then hubs written to help other hubbers isn't going to cut it. Hubbers are not supposed to click ads as it can result in them being banned from the site.

3. Far more likely to have your article flagged. Hubbers know how to flag your hub and report you for things that are wrong with your hub. Most people who come from search engines are simply looking for the solution to their problem and then move on. Hubbers are good at keeping the site clean of what they feel isn't the best material. So make sure you do the best you can by hubbers.

4. Hubs written for other hubbers are most likely to go into Idle status. I only have a handful of Idle hubs and most of them are hubs I have written for other hubbers. This is ok I guess as it's only hubbers that are really going to benefit from these types of articles.

5. Hubs are unlikely to have a lot of views. Although it may gets lots of comments from other hubbers, your article is unlikely to get thousands of views, unless you are a success story and have thousands of followers reading your every word. Or not, as hubbers don't actually read hubs remember!

The most successful hub that hubbers seem to enjoy the most on my account has approximately 2,000 views for the year so far. I have over 25 other hubs that have more views than this hub. On top of that, most of these hubs have many times this number of views, with one of them having one hundred times the number of views.

Are you more or less likely to write hubs for hubbers after reading this hub?

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So is it Worth Writing for Other Hubbers?

I have to say that for me it is worth it. I enjoy giving back and I think people appreciate some of the information or facts I share.

I hope that sometimes it opens their eyes as to what's actually going on that they were previously oblivious too, or clarified something that they were struggling with.

I may not make as much money from hubs that are written to help other hubbers but I make new friends, read some great comments which help me become a better writer and remember why I wanted to start writing in the first place; to help others.


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    • Lauryallan profile image

      Lauryallan 3 years ago

      Thx for reading Lionrod!

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      Lionrhod 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I've been reading through your series of hubs. As I new hubber, I very much appreciate all the help. Here's a clap for you. :)

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      Lauryallan 3 years ago

      Thx JamaGenee, it's been so long since I wrote this that was a little bewildered by the clap clap lol, until I reread the hub....

      Yeah I understand your point about the help forum etc and agree to a certain point, but sometimes there are changes made to the site where most people don't understand the full impact of what is happening... in cases like those the forums etc isn't always the best way to get a straight answer

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      Joanna McKenna 3 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Clap, clap! Thank you for a hub about a topic I wasn't even aware of. Yes, I've written a few hubs directed specifically at hubbers, but I find the "Help!" forums a much better venue for assisting newbies. Just my own personal opinion.

      Upped and shared! ;D

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      Megan Sisko 5 years ago from SW Florida

      I love hubs for hubbers! That's actually the category of hubs I read most often and I read them completely. I have learned pretty much everything I know about hubpages from hubs about hubbing.

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      Lauryallan 5 years ago

      Thx WannaB Writer, glad to see you really read it all the way through too!! You are encouraged not to click ads on HP if you are an author. It's suggested because you could end up clicking one of your own ads if that person is one of your referrals. And it's almost impossible to know if that person is a referral, unless you only have referrals that you specifically told to open an account and know them I guess.

      The risks are pretty small, but you can lose your Adsense account if it happens too often. It's probably even less likely to be an issue now that the HP Adprogram has moved the direct paying ad to the bottom of the page....

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 5 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I clap because you told it like it is. Even those hubs I wrote on the advantages of hubbing are now asleep. I did not know you weren't supposed to click on ads on other hubs. I thought you just weren't supposed to click those on your own hubs. Glad you told me that. Sometimes I find those ads interesting.

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      Tealparadise 5 years ago

      You can tell when someone hasn't read.... but I won't name names. The big hint is that the comment just references the hub title and maybe 1 subheading from the middle.

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      Barbara Badder 5 years ago from USA

      I have one on tricks to get traffic that is written for fellow hubbers and it has continued to do well. It will sit idle for a few weeks and as soon as someone comments on it, it will get 40-70 views a day for several weeks. Your hub about how much money we really can expect from Hubpages will probably do the same thing.

      I have a couple of others written for fellow hubbers that gets very little traffic though. I think more people read the hub and then comment than you think. I just read all the way through this one and the last one I read that you wrote, I read all the way through too.

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      Lauryallan 5 years ago

      Thank you mpropp for reading my hub. I applaude you back and I think you know why! I am always happy to help other hubbers. My success seems to have dwindled drastically recently.... I am hoping it will pick up in 2013 and hope that the things I learnt in 2012 can be tweeked and apply to 2013 to make it even more successful. However, I'll have to wait and see...

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      Melissa Propp 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Clap, Clap, Clap. I found this to be a very interesting hub. As a new hubber, I do read a lot of these type hubs--looking for guidance. If I got 2,000 views on any hub, that would be 10 times more than I have now! Congrats on your success and please continue to share your personal experiences with the rest of us hubbers.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I have read many hubs on hubbers over the year, and have found them very interesting. If it weren't for these posts, I would not meet some very talented people to learn new ideas. I think it helps build the community more than anything else.

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      drspaniel 5 years ago from Somewhere, where the sun shines once a year...

      No. The articles that I used to write for Hubbers or article writers in general, never did well in terms of search engine rankings.

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      Lauryallan 5 years ago

      Great response Tealparadise.

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      Tealparadise 5 years ago

      Interesting hub, but don't you think it's a little useless to write for hubbers when they can't earn you adsense revenue?

      Haha, kidding! I totally read the whole thing :)

      I agree - writing for Hubpages isn't lucrative enough to be worth doing if you don't enjoy yourself. Giving back to the community and connecting is what makes this worthwhile. Some people may say it's wasted time, but just because it's on the same platform as your "work" doesn't mean it's comparable. I mean, I used to work at a breakfast place, but I haven't stopped eating breakfast just because I don't get paid to make my own!

      I won't stop writing things I enjoy just because I'm not being paid much for it either!