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How To Make Money Blogging: Starting With Hubpages
Get Rich Quick?
This is my one and only disclaimer for this hub. I AM NOT PROMISING YOU WILL GET RICH QUICK BY BLOGGING. That being said, I was able to make a profitable amount in my first 8 months. So if you have the love of writing, patience, and discipline to make money writing and blogging, this is the hub for you. If you're looking to get rich quick, I am sorry to tell you that you will not find that here.
Writing for HubPages
This site is the number one site to write for in my personal opinion. They basically hand you everything you need to be successful on a golden platter, and then they hold your hand and walk you through how to use everything. I attribute the money I have made so far to this website's help. In the next paragraph, I'm going to run you through the steps toward making a successful account on HubPages. But first, I'd like to tell you what you'll need to do to prepare:
- Sign up for an HP account.
- Find a topic/genre you like to write about.
- Apply for as many social media accounts as possible, and build friendships.
- Sign up for stumbleupon.com, reddit.com, and pinterest.com.
Write at Least 10 "Featured" Hubs
This is one of the most important things you have to do before Google Adsense will be willing to pay you. What is Google Adsense? It along with the HubPages' earning program is the way you will make money from writing here. Google won't let you create and activate an Adsense account until you have material for their "crawlers" to read. The minimum I would write before applying for Google Adsense is:
- Ten "featured" hubs.
- Each hub must be at least 1,000 words long.
- Your hubs should include at least 3 high resolution pictures.
- HubPages recommends adding two supplementary sections in your hubs. I would suggest just adding two polls. They are simple to write and easy to place.
If you do not follow these guidelines, I would be willing to bet that Google turns you down until you do. The great thing about HubPages is that in the top right corner of the new hub you're writing, HP gives you goals and even tools to help you place Text, Images, Polls, Videos, and much more.
They literally give you everything you need to succeed, you just have to bring the writing and layout you want and insert them into your new hub!
Apply for Google Adsense
This may be the single hardest part of monetizing your writing. For some reason Google Adsense feels the need to be nit picky about who they pay to put advertisements on their websites. Yes, they will pay you to put their advertisements in your blog, but getting that initial acceptance from them is sometimes a daunting task. Lucky for you, if you wrote your first ten hubs with the four items I listed above, you should get a "yes" back from them on your first try. If you didn't, or they said no, start revising your existing hubs and keep writing quality hubs in the meantime. It only took me ten hubs to get them to accept my account, but I've heard of people having to write 12 or 13 before. I can see why they would be wary of some blogs, because some people just fill their pages with a bunch of keywords and farm for people to click on a page with no content. Make this step your goal to work toward in your first month. If you can get it by then, you have beaten the time it took me to get accepted. Pat yourself on the back.
Pick a Subject or Genre
Even though you may think this step should come before you write your first ten hubs, I don't want you to limit yourself until you've already gotten a feel for HubPages. I think that people who pick a certain genre to write about usually get a higher number of return readers, but to get Adsense, I wouldn't worry about that. The fact of it is if you came to my blog to read about How To Double Your Site Traffic, you probably don't care about How To Prestige in Black Ops 2. If you do happen to be interested in the second topic then I got lucky. If not, you may come and read one of my hubs and Google only pays me for one site visit. My highest paying subject is video games. Once I saw that I got good search engine returns, I wrote three more and ended up getting quite a few return readers. Like I said, it will benefit you to get people to come back to your site, so pick a subject and try to stick with it.
Who do you use for your search engine?
Choose Goals and Achieve Them
I will be the first to admit, I had goals when I first started blogging and I fell short of most of them. The Army takes a lot of my time, and even though excuses aren't worth much, it definitely made me miss some deadlines. The important thing is that I had something to work toward, and that kept my mind on writing. Whether you want to write a blog post a week, or write 500 words a night, you need to keep working toward a goal. If you want to see a goal I failed at, try my hub challenge 15 Hubs in 15 Days. Maybe you can rise above me and actually finish it. Just make sure you have a goal.
SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
I used to have a hub that went over SEO, but I found a better place for you to learn about it. This source can also show you how to use it to your advantage while trying to get readers to your site. If you need help with Search Engine Optimization, head over to amazon.com and buy my friend Bob Lotich's book "How To Make Money Blogging: How I Replaced My Day Job With My Blog". It's a great source of information on his successes and it's priced right. Check out the link below. Also, you can get the book for free on Kindle! here
I will throw in my two cents about the use of social media and then we'll be almost done. I have personally seen a lot of readers come from StumbleUpon and Facebook.com. Many people say they get lucky sometimes with posting on Reddit.com and Twitter. In my own personal opinion, any views are worth the time to post your articles. Even if only 1/10 of the people who visit your site return to read more, I think it's worth it to put yourself out there. Be grateful for every view you get. It will start to add up.
If you are looking to be successful at writing and blogging, this hub should help you to get you on your way. You need to remember that building relationships with other writers is also a huge help in having a successful site. That being said, I would like to give a special shout out to Bob at ChristianPF.com. He has a book out that helped me immensely to become a better writer and get more hits on my HubPages account than ever before. The book is called How To Make Money Blogging by Bob Lotich. You can find the ebook on Amazon.com for $0.99. It is well worth the dollar you will spend, and I would be willing to guarantee you'll make that dollar back from the tips he gives you. I would also like to personally thank all my faithful readers and other hubbers who have helped me get where I am today. If you have any questions, or need help getting your blog started, my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. I am available for mentoring anyone who wishes to make a successful blog. Thanks again,
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