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10 habits of highly successful writers.

Updated on January 21, 2014

8th hub of the 30/30 challenge. Do you have what it takes to be a full-time writer? If so, Are you making the most of it?

Being a freelance writer has many benefits. One of the many is knowing that you can make your own schedule. This can be remarkably easy if writers know how to set up a schedule and most importantly FOLLOW IT. Not one freelance writer will ever get rich or make a descent living only investing an hour of their time writing a day, while playing around in the computer.

10 Habits of successful writers, and how to achieve them.

  1. They set a schedule and follow it: Do you know what you do all day? If you say you write "all day long" check your work, and check how much you are earning a DAY. Do the numbers match? If the answer is NO, then your best bet is to make a schedule so you can treat this job like a regular job, so you can start seeing progress along the way. It may be a bit hard to set up a schedule, and be able to follow it from home, but this is the best way to start taking this work seriously.
  2. They make writing goals, and achieve them. How much do you write? Do you make it a point to write at least one article a day on your Blog, website, or even here on Hubpages? If so, do you achieve your goal? If you cannot answer these questions promptly, then you need to set at least one writing goal a day. This is a great way to make sure that you start building up your freelance career, if that's what you want. Or like many other freelance writers, make sure that you earn money like the pros.
  3. They write about what they know. You can write about any topic you please. Just make sure that you know your topic inside and out. One thing that successful writers do know how to do is RESEARCH THEIR TOPICS left, and right. They make sure that they gather any all and information about the article topic that they have in mind. WHY? They want to get loyal readers. When you know a topic, your readers will notice, and they will keep coming back. This is how you attract the attention that you want online. If the article is good enough online, you won't need to market it as much!
  4. They make time for themselves. It can be pretty easy to get lost in the world of writing. There have been many instances when I have been so caught up with my work or deadlines that I forget about the simplest things such as eating, or sleeping. This can happen, but it does not mean that you have to let it happen. The best writes will take the time to sleep, eat, take a shower, and so on.. If you get sick, you will not be able to get work done, and then you will really be losing out on money. Make sure that the most important client (that being YOU) is happy!
  5. They know what their time is worth. We all need money. This is a fact. There is no denying it or getting around it. So, do you know what your time is worth? If you are anything like me, you are constantly wondering if you are getting paid enough, or if you need to hike the prices on your work. In any case, you may need to. The best, and most successful freelancers will know exactly what their time is worth. Meaning, they will know how much, and How to charge their clients. This in turn, will leave freelancers making a profit in a week.
  6. They don't put all their eggs in one basket. This is a good thing to remember when you either start your freelance career, or you are thinking about taking your career to the next level. When you start to write, you have to remember that there are MANY things that you can focus on. Many freelancers start their blogs, research the best ways to get freelance jobs, and stay there. This can be a problem. What happens when they can no longer get a job online, or when their blogs aren't making enough money? Writers have to learn all of the venues of making money online besides blogging, and content mills. This way, when one source of income is down, they can always count on the other one to help them out with their bills.
  7. They are constantly marking their brand (their name). When you say: "I'm working online" What are you doing? Are you writing? Are you going on social bookmarking sites, and talking to other writers hoping to get more traffic to your websites or blogs? The one thing that all successful writer have in common, is that when they are not writing, they are actively talking to other writers trying to find the right connection for themselves. Too many writers think that by simply posting a link on Twitter, or any other social bookmarking site, they can easily get the traffic that they need. In reality, it takes a bit of socializing from writers, and a lot of patience after that.
  8. They have constant leads. The most successful writers, didn't make money because they had one great writing gig when they started to write. They are successful because they were constantly applying for jobs. They researched, asked, and even sign up to any and all job board where they could check out the jobs that were available. To date, there are well over 20 job boards for freelancers. Many of which are constantly being updated. From problogger, freelancejobs.com to Ifreelance.com. All of these are useful for freelancers who are looking to get a job TODAY. If writers constantly apply online to more than one job ad, their chances of making money are greater.
  9. They make sure they lead by example. One more than one occasion, one or more writers have come to me asking for advice on freelancing. Most of the time, I write about the topics that I find useful or helpful. However, there are many other topics out there that can also help writers, and these are the topics that writers should also focus on. Basically, write about the things that Newbies want to know about TODAY. Yes, there are topics that are years old, but still make money. However, remember that we do not just write about the things that people wanted to know a while back, but about the things that are as of right now! Lead by example. Keep you content up to date, and ready to be searched for!
  10. They create chains to help people find them. If you are findable, then the chances of people searching for you online, and finding your work is greater. When you create chains online, it means that regardless of what page, website or social bookmarking site you are on, readers will be able to find more than one link to your work. If this is done, then traffic to your work will increase by nearly 90 percent. So, if you are used to getting 100 views a day on your blog, Website or Hubpages account, then that number will double or even triple almost overnight. Think about that! Sometimes leaving more than one link can make all the difference in your freelance business.

These are just some of the habits that come to mind when it comes to being successful in the freelance business. I'm sure that there are many more. If you think of more, or have other habits of your own that you would like to share, please do!


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      Chakravarthy D S 3 years ago from India

      Thank you Jessi, for writing such a useful and informative article.

      Novice writers doubt, whether writing is a god's gift or it can be acquired by practice?

      And you have answered with 10 solid points.

      I like your point, every writer needs to keep some time, to keep themselves healthy.

      With this you can eliminate stress from your life too.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A well approached Hub on setting writing goals and time for working online the questions and answers are thought provoking, I do most of what you mentioned here and is so true about how one should go about their daily writing.

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      SpaceShanty 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Excellent Hub, I could stay up all night reading your hubs but as you said we all need sleep!

      Thank You

      Chris

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      Charlyn June 4 years ago from Philippines

      Very useful hub up there.. I am not much of a good writer but I am trying to be one.. Have read your hubs, numbers of them and find them all too useful.. I hope to become one of those successful writers in the future.. Not for the money only, but for the joy it brings me every time I receive comments on my articles.. I am beginning to fall in love with hubpages..

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      joaniebaby 5 years ago

      Voted up and useful. Since I am always looking for new ideas, this Hub caught my eye. Thanks.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Jessi, this is an awesome list of advice. It should be a must do on the list if writers if we have to succeed in terms of getting traffic and making money.

      I entirely agree with point7 that we have to not just post links on the social websites but get networking with our followers, readers and writers alike to benefit from posting here.

      I love point 10 too as I feel making presence felt on the net is extremely vital to success as online writer and we should be linking between sites and our writing and commenting and networking etc.

      Voted this hub up, useful, awesome and interesting.

      Shared with followers.

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      Melissa Flagg COA OSC 5 years ago from Rural Central Florida

      Great hub. A must read for newbie and seasoned hubbers! Voted up, awesome and shared!

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      AmandaLynn319 5 years ago from Southern Idaho, US

      Very nice, informative hub. Thanks for the great tips and ideas on how to be more successful.

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      Talullah 5 years ago from SW France

      Some really brilliant tips here. Voted up!

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      Jeff Gamble 5 years ago from Denton, Texas

      Good hub Jessi, you can never have too many of these tips. The two biggies you pointed out are stick to a schedule and write what you know.

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      buyweddingdress 5 years ago from china

      very good,

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      Amy L. Tarr 5 years ago from Home

      So, basically I need to get off my butt and write more. LOL

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      Bonitaanna 5 years ago from Oil City, PA

      Thank you so much for all this information. There is so much to learn and it is good to know there is a lot of help out there to help one be able to apply it. Thank you again.

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      Christina Walker 5 years ago from Utah

      Awesome stuff. I'd like to point out that the really successful writers out there don't have to apply to job boards. Firstly because they do an excellent job of marketing themselves so they always have leads, and secondly, because they know the best writing gigs aren't advertised on job boards. The only way to get the best gigs is to network and socialize with other freelancers, business people, and others in their chosen niche. I think most writers are naturally more introverted, so the networking part can be hard for us.

      Any tips on how to determine how much your time is worth as a freelance writer?

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Insightful, Jess. Thanks!

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      I've learnt a lot from this hub Jess, thanks so much for sharing it with us...will read more from you...cheers

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      In short they act very professionally, they are committed to success and are business minded? They have the end result in mind? GREAT ARTICLE!

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      Alex Jose 5 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      Great piece of article

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      Melissa K A 5 years ago from Dayton, Ohio

      Great hub and interesting thoughts. I think my biggest issue is motivation and your ideas on setting a schedule and creating goals should help with that.

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      fertilityhelper 5 years ago

      I really enjoy writing! But, I find that I procrastinate! I want it to be perfect and I drive myself crazy with this. Thanks for all the fine tips!

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      Nancy McClintock 5 years ago from Southeast USA

      Wel written and so helpful. Thank you so much for your advice to growing writers.

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      Talullah 5 years ago from SW France

      Some really great advice here. Voted up!

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      Max Zvyagintsev 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi Jessi!

      Very nice hub, I especially love number 3.

      GOod luck in your 30hubs in 30 days challenge

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      caseydillon2 5 years ago

      I've always loved writing, and this hub has helped me figure out how I can actually turn it into a (part-time) job. Thanks!

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      Alex McClain 5 years ago from Jacksonville, fla.

      This post has really helped give me a little more insight into the freelance world. I'll be graduating this fall with my Bachelor's in Communications and I knew years ago that making a true living off of writing would be a challenge. However these tips helped to keep me encouraged. Thanks for the post.

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      Loved this article. I am a new writer trying to break into the world of paid writing gigs. It's a hard profession, but these tips really helped!

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      reagu 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      These tips are actually adaptable to success in any profession. Great job.

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      Rice Girl 2011 5 years ago from Southeastern United States

      Some excellent points I had not considered. Making a schedule and sticking to it - showing up for work like a regular job.

      I have also heard several published writers say they often start their day with some type of word exercise, i.e., crossword puzzles, etc. I have found that Scrabble is helpful in getting my brain to "wake up."

      Thank you for your words and I plan to incorporate your suggestions into my daily plan.

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      Vegas Elias 5 years ago from Mumbai

      Great hub with very useful advise. I have made a note of all points. I had to vote you up on this.

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      ladyfountain1 5 years ago

      Great hub Jessi10. I can really use this information. Thank you.

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      chrisinhawaii 5 years ago

      Once again, Jessi, thank you for another great hub. Plenty of useful info in here. It's just like you say...if we want to make money at this, we have to take it seriously and treat it like a business.

      Keep 'em coming! Aloha

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      J Sanchez 01 5 years ago from United Kingdom, Leicester

      I am new to hubpages but i am happy that i joined :) I am truly fascinated about the things that people write about. Thank you for this information.

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      angelabradford 5 years ago from USA

      Hello Jesse Thanks for the informative valuable article on

      the 10 habits of successful writers. You really laid it on the line.

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      Patricia Scott 5 years ago from sunny Florida

      Thank you for sharing all of this information in a succinct and clear fashion. Being direct and to the point enables me to pull out information and be able to use it with ease. I will be rereading this for sure.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Excellent tips and points to remember for writing hubs. Really enjoy all your articles on writing.Keep them coming!!

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      Jasmine 5 years ago

      Great hub and great tips :) Taking 30 day challenges is also a good habit attributed to successful writers. I have to work more on my writing and success in the article writing world. Voted up!

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      Keeley Shea 5 years ago from Norwich, CT

      Another excellent hub. You are a very clear writer. I have enjoyed every hub I have read of yours! This will help me continue to establish some goals and see why or why not I am achieving them as far as writing hubs! Thanks!

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      drsohel 5 years ago from Dhaka, BD

      Thanks Jessy... for sharing such a useful info with us. This will help me a lot.

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Hi Jessi, How did I miss this. You always have such good information to share with us. Thanks for the helpful tips.

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      Milli 5 years ago from USA

      Useful advise and tips. I will keep these in mind. Thanks for sharing it. Voted up!

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      This hub is full of so many great ideas of what someone needs to do to be successful in this business. Great hub!

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      Joe Njenga 5 years ago from Nairobi Kenya

      It can't be said any better than how you have clearly written. For the past 3 years my writing income has gradually raised to surpass my salary. I know this is the ultimate truth that many of us writers fail to notice. Though my experience, having a plan and sticking to it has proven to be the most important tip for becoming a successful writer people what to hire. Nothing makes a writer great, than his ability to stick to deadlines and projects timelines. Thank you for your advice

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      momaoak 5 years ago from Greenwood, AR

      Thank you for this hub! I am new to online hubbing/writing. I find I enjoy it-but I really have so much to learn. I never knew what I didn't know-seo, backlinks, blog sites. Your hub really helps pull all this information together.

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      joaniebaby 5 years ago

      Great useful Hub. Any Hub like this helps me daily to improve my Hubs, and is greatly appreciated. Keep up the good work.

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      Dancing Water 5 years ago

      Thank you! Your hub is very insightful and practical. I so appreciate your generosity!

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      Rhonda D Johnson 5 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

      I'm already on pins and needles, thorns and burs with ways to implement your ideas. My goal here at Hubpages is an article a week and I've already got topics for the next nine weeks. Yaaaaaaay!

      Thanks

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      Bonitaanna 5 years ago from Oil City, PA

      Thank you Jessi10, You have touched on a great subject and it has helped me to understand it better.

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      thom w conroy 5 years ago

      Great advice! It took me years to learn these points.

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      Prakash Dighe 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas, USA

      Great hub! I'm a newbie, and I could use all the tips that you've given. Thanks!

      Prakash

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      Diane Minton 5 years ago from Evansville, Indiana

      I am learning new things every day about writing even though I have done a lot of it in the last 10 years. I love writing and am so glad to be on HubPages and am celebrating the 2nd week!! Yippee

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      TrainingMan 5 years ago from Rochester, NY

      Great advice! It takes a great deal of self-control to work from a home office as many freelance writers do and you offer some best practices in this hub. Thank you.

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      Sajib 5 years ago from Bangladesh

      It is really informative and descriptive. Also helpful for the writer who are very new like me. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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      Gracia Baliw-an 5 years ago from Tabangaoen,La Trinidad Benguet, Philippines

      This is a helpful hub to me as a new freelance writer. I really love writing and am spending every bit of my free from house works hours in here. Thank you very much and God Bless You.

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      Poetic Fool 5 years ago

      Freelance writing is a lot like a regular job. You're expected to show up and work regular hours, set goals and achieve them, network with other and more. Sounds exactly like what you've described here. Why writers think they can be success otherwise I don't understand. Your hub does an excellent job of spelling this out. Voted up, useful and interesting!

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      Pete Conrad 5 years ago

      Nice description of professional writing!

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      help101 5 years ago

      Writing for a living is not the same as writing to please an audience. Successful freelancers work when their fingers and eyes are begging to rest, why? They work as per their schedules and timeline because they know, the flipping point is never certain. If you know what it takes to make a dollar, you can keep on doing the same thing over. When you make a dollar, you use it to feed the goose so that it lays more dollars. Great freelancers understand the power of focus and persistence. They do not indulge in feel good breaks. Lastly, as a great freelancer, you have to operate on the edge, at the place where work feels both incredible and fearful. When you make it, you make it big.

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      iwriteforyou 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great hub. I like the balanced approach you have illustrated i.e. the inclusion of point 4. Health is very important to success. Really enjoyable hub to read with good tips. Well done.

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      pandula77 5 years ago from Norway

      Great hub! Can read over and over again as it gives so much info in relation to becoming a great online writer. Thanks and voted up!

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      S.P. Kelly 5 years ago from Just outside of international extradition agreements

      Thanks a lot! Great hub and tons of savvy advice. Will apply some immediately.

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      johnakc 5 years ago from New Delhi

      Very Nice Hub..

      I really found the information very good and useful. I will try to put this approach in my work.

      Thanks a lot.

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      mj2991 5 years ago from Pehawar

      But managing many websites and blogs is tough to me

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      sampe 5 years ago from Boston, Massachusetts

      An article full of habits I can learn. So great!

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      William Eric Mancode 5 years ago from Denver

      I was encouraged by this page. When I find the mark, I'll cover it because a good writer is, as you say . . . Good.

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      mj2991 5 years ago from Pehawar

      I want to be a best writer but first i have to improve my vocabulary , You hub is very helpful to me

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      girltalksshop 5 years ago

      I found your hub to be useful and interesting. Voted it up!

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      Barry Rutherford 5 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Voted up and posted on my Twitter. Facebook and Pinterest pages. Well done, keep up the good work..

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      Ladybird33 5 years ago from Fabulous USA

      Very helpful! Thank you for sharing.

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      re33ie 5 years ago

      Thank you for the hub, I am in the process of establishing myself as a writer. I need all the help I can get.

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      Diane Minton 5 years ago from Evansville, Indiana

      It gives me a new way of looking at things to write about when reading this....Thanks its great!

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      Emmanuel Kariuki 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      I do agree with you TheMMAZone. I usually come up with ideas and jot them down. Do some research and start writing the most inspiring one. It is not easy to conceptualise and bring the idea to fruition in the same session. The advice here is good as a guide, but ultimately one has to establish a routine that works for them. At least writing something everyday (alternating with revisions) is a must.

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      TheMMAZone 5 years ago from Kansas

      I think one of the toughest habits to get in is writing on a schedule and not a whim. However, I have learned that coming up with a great idea to write about and the actual writing are two different process. Don't sit down and try to come up with the idea and write in the same session.

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Thanks for giving this great information. I think backlinking has really helped improve my viewership. I will check out freelancing job sites. Voted up! Take care, Kelley

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      Maree Michael Martin 5 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      It is crazy making fun. I have tried following some of this steps too. They are starting to work some interesting stuff in the process. You have made this SEO process something we can truly understand. And implement. I write stuff on a couple of other sites now too, cause they help me learn things in an easy way, like this. STILL a super hub!

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      Larry Okeke 5 years ago from Enugu, Nigeria

      Wonderful hub! voted up and useful! and... it seems like am the only dummy around here but can someone please tell me how i can chain or share links?

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      Ethan Green 5 years ago from England

      Thanks for this. Another useful article for those of us that are new to this. I especially need to do some thinking about putting all my eggs in one basket!

      Ethan

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

      This is a great addition to your 30/30 challenge, and I respect the fact that you were truly honest in this Hub. I've noticed this a lot recently, that people will write articles only giving half the story so that they can sell you some bogus product that will then give you the full story.

      Voted up and useful!

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      Diane Minton 5 years ago from Evansville, Indiana

      Really, I am trying to find a new topic or revise some of my work I have done here on HUB and all these comments are helping me get a new perspective....Thanks and I like this more than FB,

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      Just Ask Jess 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Great hub. Writing about what you know is definitely a great quality of a good writer.

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      certaintaste 5 years ago from Erie

      Very interesting article. I will use this information carefully.

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      rossiscurious 5 years ago from Scotland

      Great post, and as someone who would like to do more writing it makes a lot of sense. I tend to have an unstructured approach and I've often felt my writing is not as productive as it could be. I'll definitely be implementing these tips from now on. Thanks

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      gypsumgirl 5 years ago from Vail Valley, Colorado

      Great hub! Thank you for the reminders and hints. I will definitely be revisiting this hub.

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      Dbro 5 years ago from Texas, USA

      Very interesting article. I'm new to freelance writing and can use all the advice I can get. One thing I'd add is to make sure you proofread your writing before you publish:) Thanks so much for your advice and inspiration.

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      Carrie Terry 5 years ago from golden, colorado

      Thank you for the tips. I am new and just starting out and all the research i do on here is helpful.

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      Diane Minton 5 years ago from Evansville, Indiana

      Thank you for this group of tips...I am working this as if I were going to the office everyday and enjoy it a lot. I can use these tips...thanks!!!

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      Jyoti Kothari 5 years ago from Jaipur

      Hi,

      A good article for newbies and even for experienced. Though I am not a full time freelance writer, I use some of these techniques. I am getting good traffic to my hubs and blogs. I am able to make my brand and fan base.

      Thanks, rated up and useful.

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      kjrzeek1 5 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Thank you for showing me how unorganized I am. Good Hub. Can't wait to put it to use.

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      Yolantha 5 years ago from America and beyond

      Voted up and awesome, also printing in order to study and scrutinize more closely, this is my first Hub read and first comment. I am a newbie.

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      susiempn 5 years ago from Michigan

      Great advice! I'm new to all of this and I appreciate your insight and experience.

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      Jessica Rangel 5 years ago from Lancaster, CA

      Thank you so much to everyone that has taken the time to comment on this Hub! These are just some of the habits that many writers obtain when they start working as freelancers full-time.

      When you are your own boss, you have to make sure you are on top of everything so that you make the money that you want every month!

      Thank you all for your comments again!

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      Crazzykylex 5 years ago from Incredible India!

      What kind of "frequent updates"? Will you please elaborate, rmcleve?

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      Rachael Cleveland 5 years ago from Woodbridge, VA

      Crazzykylex, I don't think the consistency with which you write really influences your hubber score very more. Frequent updates and new content freshen up your account and probably improve your score, but writing regularly is a habit of a highly successful writer. It is a way to fine-tune and best use your own resources while working as a writer.

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      Crazzykylex 5 years ago from Incredible India!

      So you mean to earn hubber scores, one needs to write a lot consistently following a particular schedule? Well, I really don't think that is going to work as I can see my hubber score going down severely despite writing original content.

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      Ruth McCollum 5 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

      Thankyou for giving us such great tips.I am new here and this helped me so much!:)

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      Rachael Cleveland 5 years ago from Woodbridge, VA

      This is something I REALLY need to do. My life is a little too loose at the moment. I write everyday, but I often take days off just for fun. (You know, they're "thinking" days!) Maybe I should try to work in a coffee shop or library for a while just to see if that would incite me to work...

      You've given me a lot to think about! Thanks! :)

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      CookwareBliss 5 years ago from Winneconne, WI

      All great habits to live by, thanks for sharing your expertise. Great hub voted up and useful :)

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      Adrian Smith 5 years ago from UK

      Some great reminders and calls to action for me! Thanks. :)

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      jeffker 5 years ago from Nairobi

      I like this post. It has opened my eyes. I will now take action.

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      Chiang Property 5 years ago from Chiang Mai

      Nice post with plenty of good advice

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      mikeydcarroll67 5 years ago

      You should write a full length book about this. I think it would be a good thing for you since this was very well organized!

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      Eric Calderwood 5 years ago from USA

      Great idea to have a schedule for daily writing. Just waiting for inspiration doesn't cut it. I need to implement this in my writing life. Also, great point about whether or not you are actually writing when online. At one time I had a Facebook account with the maximum number of friends, 5000. I did it by playing one of the online games they offered and networking to the other game players. The problem was, I was spending all my time playing the game and almost no time writing. Plus, very little of my writing was about gaming and the only interest that network had was that one specific game. Links to my other writing on that account were ineffective. In the end, I had to quit the online game and delete the account so that I could focus on my real goal of writing. Thanks for a great hub!