Six Basic Things You Need Before Writing For Hubpages
I have been in Hubpages for quite a year now and this is the only time that I have unveiled the jewel of their Earning Program. As of this writing, I just earn my first dollar after a week and I am overjoyed about it. Honestly, I joined HP last year in the name of backlinking our website (as required by my previous boss). But I never knew that this site is more than just that. I found a lot of great people in here who are very passionate in writing and sharing their stories to the world while earning.
I would really be selfish if I just keep the gem all for myself and I would like to spread the word to other especially to my friends. Thus, allow me to give you some tips in what are the most basic things that you need aside from your writing skills and passion to share what’s inside your heart and mind.
Hubpages cannot be accessed through the telephone and snail mail. Obviously, you need a desktop computer or a laptop to be able to reach the site, write and edit your article and enhance your images. If you are so broke right now, you can always resort to some internet café and rent. Your passion alone will definitely lead you to success. Trust me, I have been there and done that.
Your laptop will not make money if you don’t shell out a little investment in paying for internet connection. Invest with the best provider in town or else you’ll end up cursing your poor laptop because the site is not loading as fast as you expect it.
On the other hand, not everything is free nowadays but if you insist, you can make drinking expensive coffee an everyday habit and take advantage of their free wi-fi. Most restaurants and coffee shops offer free wi-fi connection to bust their competitors. This way, you are able to savor every cent of your pricey brew.
In creating you hub, you don’t just rely on Google for everything that you need just like Siri on your iPhone (she needs time off sometimes or else she’ll say “eff you”). Sometimes your most reliable friend will be unavailable or might jeopardize you. Using images from Google is not a highly recommended move. Most of these images come with copyright and you don’t just put this up on your hub. I suggest and (I bet others would agree) that you take your own photos. If you are not a photographer, that would be fine. You don’t have to be tagged as a photographer just to take great photos. If you don’t know how to enhance photos, that would be fine. There are several tutorials that you can watch on Youtube and there are tons of magazines that offer great tips in enhancing not so stunning pictures.
If you don’t have a DSLR to back you up, you can use a digicam instead. If you don’t have a digicam, settle for a camera phone. If you don’t have everything, then let your passionate heart pave your way.
Grammar is also an important aspect of writing. Bad grammar will always lead to reader’s confusion and it might pave way for a more serious implications. I am not a native English speaker and I know that somewhere along the way I have some grammar issues to be addressed. That is why I edit my works before I hit the “start a new hub” button. Or if you want, you can always ask people to edit your job. However, as what I have mentioned, not everything is free nowadays. I suggest that you read grammar books and familiarize yourself to the English language.
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When you are about to face a battle, you should always make sure that you are armed with the right weapon. Of course, you don’t get to the battlefield unarmed and not battle-ready. Thus, I recommend that you read more about SEO. Knowledge about Search Engine Optimization is also a very essential part if you want to increase traffic to your site and eventually earn big on Hubpages. Again, there are so many hubs that will teach you the basic of SEO. People here at Hubpages are wonderful people. You can always ask them what you don’t know and they will answer your queries like you are their little brother or sister.
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What will you do with your superb SEO skills if you don’t have great content? The times are changing as well as Google’s algorithm. In the game of online writing and SEO, Google is God and content is king. As much as possible, write hubs or articles with awe-inspiring and must-read content. As what Wesman Todd Shaw said, “truly great content doesn't need backlinks...at least not many”. SEO is not a job for the machines. I think it still relies on the hands of humans. Great content is moving. It pushes a user to share, reblog, repin or retweet. Such idea lessens your effort to make backlinking a chore in everyday basis.