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Gardening in the Land of HubPages

Updated on June 28, 2017
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Tips on Updating Your Writing on Already Published Hubs

Writing for HubPages is like keeping a garden. In order to have a healthy and productive garden, there are other tasks at hand that must be done to help your garden grow after planting the seeds. These tasks include watering, weeding, fertilizing and maybe some more planting. In the Land of HubPages, there are also other things that must be done to keep one's hubs ( garden) active and productive. There are times when I just don't have the time, or the energy to sit down and write a hub. But I do have the energy to do some caretaking of my HubPages garden. As I was adding referral links to some of my most recently written hubs this morning, I pondered these thoughts and here's a list of what I have come up with to help a HubPages account be more productive economically.

Write

Yes, it's true, the more hubs one writes, the more productive the garden is, both personally and financially if one wants to write to earn money here. Writing clear, grammatically correct hubs is a very important first step to having a productive HubPages garden, but the continuation of writing is just as important. As your list of well-written hubs grows, so will your earnings. Just as in a garden, one wouldn't plant a row of cucumbers and sit back and think their garden is complete. So, it's not a good idea to just write a hub or two, or ten and sit back and do nothing more. The more hubs, the better articles written, the more productive your HubPages account will be.

Add The Extras

Extras for your hubs would be things like adding pictures, polls, quizzes, and videos. Sometimes one may have time to just write a hub, and add a beginning picture. If in your mind, you have done this, and plan to add more after publication, the important thing is to actually remember to go back and add other items to make your hubs even better. As you continue writing hubs, you will have more and more individual hubs to work with. You may surprise yourself with what some of your beginning hubs looked like after you become a seasoned pro at writing hubs. Make sure to take the time to go back and update or add pictures. When I write a hub, I always add a few pictures and then click on the photo link a few extra times so I can add more pictures in the future. Keeping the pictures all together in one area makes your hub look more organized. This works well with hubs about subjects that are reoccurring, such as hubs about festivals or holidays, etc. If you go back to the same fair a year after originally writing a hub about it a year earlier, you may have better pictures to add from a second trip to the fair. Also, maybe you wrote a hub a few months back, but forgot to add a referral link? On your "gardening days" head back and look at your hubs and see what other things you can add. When you click on your account with HubPages, you can then click on the heading 'published, " and it will organize all your hubs in a list of first hubs published to the most recent. That often helps me to go back and see my most recent hubs and check for whether or not I added referral links, polls, etc.

Add Links

Sometimes I forget to add things, like referral links and links to other hubs. When I write a hub, I always click on the link button a few times, even if I don't have a lot of other hubs to link to at the time of the writing. I know at some point in the future, there will be more, so I can add links later if I remember to go back and do my gardening!

Amazon and Ebay Affiliates

Being an affiliate with Amazon helps your hubs earn money. Do you have an Amazon link to each hub you have written? If not, when you are going back to review your hubs, that's a good time to add them. To keep up to date with my affiliates, I sometimes go back and change the wording to find a phrase that will have more auction items to offer that go along with my hub. When I first write a hub, I play around with the wording until I find some available items. I don't usually have a lot of time to find the perfect phrase that brings up the most item. But on my "gardening" days, I do have time to do that.

Promote Your Work

Do you promote your work? You post your hub information on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Redgage, Reddit, etc. When you don't have time to write a full hub, or aren't feeling the urge to actually start one, you can always promote your work on some of these sites. This will bring more readers to your hub, and you may pick up some extra followers from it as well.

HubPages Hopper

It's always a good idea to connect with other HubPages writers and taking a leap into the HubPages hopper will help you do that. You may find some very interesting articles that are on subjects you have a strong interest in but never knew anyone on HubPages was writing about that subject. It's a good way to possibly find someone new to follow and helps improve your hubber score. In turn, when you hubber score goes up, it gives you more credibility with your readers, both old and new.

Ask and Answer Questions

Asking and answering questions are both good ways to connect with the HubPages community. When you don't have time to write a whole new hub, doing either one of these will help you stay connected and also help build up your hubber score, and may even give you some ideas for new hubs.

SEO ( Search Engine Optimization)

I am not a pro at this, but I do know that hub titles have a better chance at attracting new readers depending on the words used. Read up on SEO in the many hubs already published on this subject, or head to the HubPages Learning Center to learn more. Having the best SEO title for your hubs will help deliver more traffic to each of your hubs and earn you more money by increasing your views.

The HubPages Learning Center

Don't have time to write a hub but have a few minutes to learn something new? Head to the HubPages Learning Center which is chock-full of information on everything you ever wanted to know about writing for HubPages. There are many topics in the Table of Contents so once you get to The Learning Center, look for a topic and take the time to read up on it. Then use the knowledge you gain to improve your individual hubs. Here's the link to the Learning Center:

http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/contents

Add Beautiful Pictures

Pictures can really add a lot to a hub. If you have a picture next to the title of your hub, the first picture that you add will be the most significant regarding attracting readers to your hub. This picture will show up next to your hub's title on your profile page and can attract interest. The pictures you had available to you when you first started writing hubs may have been quite limited, so it's helpful to go back and recheck them to see if you can either change the first picture or add more. Or find pictures online that you can add through such sites as Flickr, Dreamstime, or Google Images.

Weed Your Hubs

Go back to your hubs periodically and review them for grammar mistakes. Add to the content where needed or maybe take out some of the wording if the hub is too long. In doing this, you will ensure that you have well-written hubs that may attract new followers. It's hard to want to follow a person even if they have good ideas but poor grammar and sentence structure.

After reading this, you hopefully have some new tools to keep in your HubPages tool shed. Using them will help your hubs be more productive for you, and will create a beautiful and financially rewarding HubPages garden!


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    • Karen Hellier profile image
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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      KoffeKlatchGals5,

      Thanks for the kind comment. I had a good time with the comparison, as you can probably tell!

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Absolutely awesome. It looks like you've figured out how to tend your hub garden. I enjoyed the comparison. This is a good hub for all hubbers to read. Up and awesome.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Sugahware,

      Welcome to Hub Pages and so glad you found this hub helpful. Good that you know about the referral trackers early in your Hub Pages career!

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      Robyn D Bera 4 years ago from California

      I love this hub! Very helpful for a newbie! I am just learning about the referral trackers and intend to begin using them very soon.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Millionaire Tips,

      Hi! I haven't seen you on in awhile. Good to hear from you. I bring my camera every where I go now and yes, often find better photos to use. Thanks for the vote.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Kathryn,

      Good luck to you to. Glad to help with that reminder! I o9ften see that I have more traffic to linked hubs from new ones I just wrote and used links on. Best of luck to you in your own gardening on Hub Pages.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      ARUN KANTI,

      Thanks so much for leaving your comment. May you have a beautiful Hub Page garden!

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 4 years ago from KOLKATA

      Joining Hubpages six months back I find the advice very useful. Thank you very much for putting together your ideas for tweaking hubs so that the garden looks beautiful.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I like your comparison of HubPage articles and a garden. You have provided some handy tips. You have also reminded me that I need to learn more about referral links, because that is one thing I don't quite understand yet. Off to the Learning Center I go! Thanks for sharing this with us, and good luck with your "garden"!

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      This is great advice, Karen. I often find better photographs and new ways of saying things more clearly when I go back to edit my hubs. Voted up.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      shiningirisheyes,

      Thanks so much for your comment. It is like a garden and as I was editing an earlier written hub, the metaphor just popped into my head!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I commend you for a wonderful use of symbolism to get your point across. Hub Pages truly is reflective of a personal garden!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      tillsontitan,

      Thanks so much for the votes and the share. To keep with the gardening metaphor, you are sowing seeds for my garden of followers to grow larger. I appreciate it!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Gypsy Rose Lee,

      Thanks for the comment and passing it on. Hope to do the same for you some day soon!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Indian Chief,

      You are most welcome. I am glad it gave you an idea for use with your hubs. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      John'Rose,

      I hope so. Always glad to help other hubbers. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      rambansal,

      Are you talking about the referral link, or the links to your other hubs that you can add to each hub? The link button appears when you click on the editing button on your hub. It's in the same box as the photo link button. You can copy and paste links to your other hubs and people can find your other related hubs this way.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      shampa,

      Thanks so much for sharing and for the votes. I do so appreciate it and am very glad you enjoyed it.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      prospectboy,

      Where've you been? I have missed hearing from you. So glad you stopped by to read and comment on this. Thanks. I am doing my next 30 Hubs in 30 Days in June...are you up for it?

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      billybuc,

      I am not so sure it's totally the nature of your hubs. Last year at this time I was making more each day as well, but then in the Fall, there was some sort of a shake up, and everyone's daily earnings dropped and people complained about it. I am just now getting back up in terms of earnings, but if I look now at what I was earning in December, I see an improvement in earnings with the more hubs I write. Hey, at least we are earning money and not losing money!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      livingsta,

      You are welcome. Glad to do my part for the reminding. It's easy to forget to go back and recheck things but I often find areas I could have improved on when my hub was first published so weeding and fertilizing a bit here and there helps. Thanks for reading.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      sgbrown,

      Thanks so much for your kind comment. I hope you have a wonderful day as well!

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Your metaphor with gardening fits perfectly! I have done my gardening chores a little while back, but am still doing a little weeding and planting. You have given some great advice here! Voting up and useful. Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Very creative way to write this hub Karen and surely one we can all follow! Weeding and care are what makes the hub score grow. Great job.

      Voted up, useful, interesting and shared with my readers.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. Thanks for the helpful information in setting up, weeding and making my Hub garden look good. Passing this on.

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      Indian Chef 4 years ago from New Delhi India

      I really like the idea of putting up a link on all the hubpages. Thanks for sharing such insite. Voting it up and awesome

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      John-Rose 4 years ago from USA

      This is a very great and informative hub. Thank you for taking the time to put it together. I'm sure more than a few people will benefit from reading it. Voted up.

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      Ram Bansal 4 years ago from India

      A good education hub indeed, I learned a few things. But I failed to understand about the link button you mentioned in the hub.

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      Shampa Sadhya 4 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

      Voted up and useful!

      It is an excellent hub. Loved the way you wrote and very good reminder to all the writers here at HubPages. Shjaring and pinning!

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      Bradrick H. 4 years ago from Texas

      Hello Karen. Love the comparison of Hubpages to a garden. I think that's a great and creative way to view it. I agree with all of what you wrote about in this one. Glad I came across it at the time I did, because I know of some hubs that I've written in the past that need some re-tweaking. Really enjoyed reading this, and great detailed information. Voted up, rated useful, shared.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It's the nature of my hubs, Karen. I have all the ad accounts, and I make the same today as I did a year ago...one dollar a day. Thankfully I don't write for income on HP, but it would be very discouraging for someone who did. :)

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      A very useful and informative hub. Great for anyone writing here on hubpages. I need to go back and look at my older hubs and tweak them. A good reminder to people like me who keep that idea aside for another time.

      Thank you for sharing this with us.

      Voted up and sharing!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      wetnosedogs,

      Good for you doing well with Amazon. I'm doing okay with Ebay, but have only been on for 6 weeks. Hey, any extra money is good in my book. I am glad this hub has helped you. I do the gardening when I have had a busy day at work, or when I don't have enough time to do a whole hub but want to be on Hub Pages.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Pennypines,

      I'm glad you have gotten some good ideas from this hub. Cute about the gardening association. I am not a gardener of plants...only hubs! Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Lucille Apcar 4 years ago from Mariposa, California, U.S.A.

      You have given me some great ideas. Especially as I have been almost a lifelong gardener, and a more recent writer. Thank you Karen

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      wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

      Great garden hub on hubs! I need to do some gardening on my hubs and this has helped a lot. I need to note it for when I have more time.

      That's too bad you can't do amazon. I have more luck with amazon than ebay. But then I've read where some hubbers have more luck with ebay than amazon. Well, at least you can do ebay.

      Sharing this.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Faith Reaper,

      No, once you have the Hub Pages ad program in place it doesn't take any more time at all. Unless you want to check on your earnings which is fun, and takes about 2 seconds a day!!! LOL...really, that's all. The ad program is just automatic and you will earn from the views you get plus if anyone clicks on your ads. If you ad Ebay, before you publish your hub, it may take an extra minute or 2 to find the phrase that matches your hub, so that it pulls up some Ebay items to display. I don't know how much time adding Amazon takes. I am not allowed to become an Amazon.com affiliate because I live in CT and there's some law against CT residents doing that...I don't know why. If you are interested in checking the time factor out in terms of Amazon, maybe you could ask that question about how much time does it take? Good luck. Hope you make some money!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Thanks Karen,

      I am just testing the waters to see if anyone would read what I write, and apparently they do. LOL I have been thinking about it, but wouldn't it take up more time and I already work away from my home over ten hours each day during the week, due to an hour commute each way.

      I guess I was under the impression that the empty capsules and links would alter the spacing of a hub once published.

      Thanks for answering my questions.

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Hi Faith!

      It has to do with a referral tracker link that you can put on each of your hubs. If people sign up with Hub Pages and become hubbers within 30 days, you earn 10% of their earnings on Hub Pages. Here's the link:

      https://hubpageshelp.com/money/Learning-Center-ref... . The extra link capsules for links and for photos don't show up to readers unless you put something in them. They are hidden in your hub and just saved for the future. No problem on the questions. And why aren't you signed up to earn money? You are already on here writing, might as well make a bit of money from your work.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Great hub! Very useful information for all hubbers. What is a referral link? Is that for those who are signed up to earn money? I am not signed up at this time to earn money. If you add the link capsules with nothing yet to put in them, will that take up extra space and visually make the hub unbalanced? Sorry for the extra questions. Sometimes I realize I have added a capsule in a hub that is not utilized, and so I immediately delete it, but maybe I should just leave it for future additions as you have stated here, but I thought it would affect the look of the hub.

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      web923,

      Ohhh, I love to motivate people. Thanks for letting me know. You made my day. I hope your hard work shows up for you in the future. Good luck and thanks for the votes.

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      Bill Blackburn 4 years ago from Twentynine Palms, California

      Karen I voted awesome, useful and up! This Hub was very interesting, well thought out, and delivered with the finesse of an accomplished writer. I'm motivated to go back and edit some of my earlier Hubs! Thanks for a great read!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      billybuc,

      Well, thanks for commenting but that's the most depressing thing I have heard today. Really??? You're at almost 500 hubs and aren't making any more money than when you had say 100, or 200 hubs? Why is that? We have always been told, through many other hub authors, that more hubs means more money. Do you have Ebay and Amazon on your hubs? I'm quite curious as to why more hubs isn't working for you?

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      carol7777,

      Why thank you so much for promoting me...but don't forget to promote yourself as well. I am happy to hear you are already doing what I mentioned. "Great minds think alike" as they say!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I also enjoyed the comparison to a garden....As I am now going through all of my hubs to make these improvements.. I am changing titles, adding photos, links and of course checking grammar and spelling..So waiting to see results. Great hub and voting up and adding to my writing section in pinterest...speaking for promoting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very clever metaphor, Karen. I agree with it all except for the first one, and only from my perspective....for me, as I approach 500 hubs, it has not meant an increase in income....but my case is a bit special as I don't write hubs that would, by nature, generate income.

      Great suggestions for any Hubber.