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Writing Without Keywords and SEO

Updated on January 10, 2014

A Few Words from an Old-timer

When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right.

Victor Hugo

This is for all of you who are frustrated with keywords and SEO strategies. This is for all of you who want to believe that quality writing will always have a place in the literary world, and talent will always overshadow glitz and glamour.

This is for my good friend Joe, or hawaiianodysseus on HubPages.

Aloha, Joe!

I don’t think Joe will mind if I share with you a comment he recently left on one of my articles. He said:

“Bill, you had me at paragraphs one through four...hitting a strong nerve because I'm at an impasse with HubPages . You know, the thing we eventually smack into head-on--talent vs. SEO adeptness. That's why I need to make some significant changes in how I approach my writing, especially in how to give my product the best possible chance of earning an income for me. How to do that without compromising the old school way of writing and marketing that writing...I'm paying attention to what you're saying, Bill, more so than ever. Thanks, my friend. Aloha, and have a terrific new week! Hope your recreational time yesterday put a tiger in the tank!”

Joe

I hear you, Joe, and I’m on it!

Faster than a speeding bullet; more powerful than a locomotive; able to leap tall buildings at a single bound….look, up in the sky, is it a bird, is it a plane….no, it’s Superman!

Not really; just your old friend billybuc, who has finally had enough with this SEO nonsense and has decided to speak out on this rather controversial subject. Kick back, grab yourself a cold one, and allow me to discuss the current state of writing, and then offer a few suggestions that you might find interesting.

Where quality happens for a writer
Where quality happens for a writer

The Quandry As I See It

Times have changed. Now, I’m not one who rallies against change. In fact, I usually embrace it and find a way to work with it, as I have found in the past that trying to hold back a tidal wave with a dike made of paper is a rather foolish waste of my time.

I am only one man. There is no doubt that, as a lover of old-style writing where quality is valued over content, I do not like keywords. I think the insistence on being “SEO friendly” has watered down writing in general and made many good writers mediocre writers. I think the desire to bow down to the Google gods has brought far too many literary artists to their knees in supplication, and we all know how hard it is to do our best work while kneeling.

Still, I get it. The world has changed, and being SEO successful is certainly one way to make money. Sites like HubPages will reward those who master the keyword game, as keywords bring views and views bring revenue from advertising and clicks mean money, baby, and money rules!

So I understand where Joe is coming from. I wrestled with this gorilla for a few months, trying valiantly to insert keywords throughout my essays in hopes to attract the nebulous masses who would then, passively, make money for me with their mouse clicks.

But it just wasn’t in me. When the smoke cleared and the landscape lay clearly before me, I realized that I am a writer, and I am in love with the written word. I love the flow and rhythm of words. I love sending the message and having that message ratified and stamped with approval through tears, laughter and genuine appreciation for whatever “gifts” I might have. I found that I could not sacrifice quality for techniques, and quality suffered when I was inserting words just for the sake of views.

So I needed a new game plan….and I suspect that Joe, and many like him, need one as well.

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Following Your Passion

I have two passions when it comes to writing. I love to write personal essays about life and the human experience, and I love to write articles that help other writers to spread their wings and fly.

Since I refuse to play the SEO game (much to the chagrin of HubPages) that leaves me with a decision to make: how do I follow my passion and still make a living in writing? You see, I believe that there is still a place in this world for quality writing that tugs at people and engages their minds, hearts and senses. It then becomes my job to find some way to follow that passion and still make enough money to pay the bills, because bill-paying is a reality that cannot be ignored, right?

This then becomes the task of all writers, like me, who refuse to play the game.

So I will ask two questions of Joe and others like him:

  1. What is your passion?
  2. How can your passion make money for you?

A Qualifier

I am not one who believes that all writers must write about their passion. Many writers make a good living writing about an array of topics. For them, writing is a passion in and of itself, and there is no reason to divide it into sub-groups.

I am really talking to those of you, like Joe and myself, who are hampered by the SEO rules and need to break free and join the writer’s of old, at least in spirit. How do you do that without keywords and the Google blessing?

I do think it is important to find your niche and to establish yourself as an expert in that niche. I have declared two niches, namely personal essays and writing tutorials, and I am determined to make it in those niches without using a single keyword.

Which brings us to the all-important question: how do you do that, billybuc?

I’m Glad You Asked

I’m going to start this off with some rather distressing news. Other than your family and friends, nobody cares about you on the Internet. I know, I know, you are shocked, but seriously think about it. Most people are on the internet and on social networks because they either want to be entertained, informed, or find the answer to the all-important question “what’s in it for me?”

Let me put it another way. If you are passionate about something that nobody else cares about, then writing about that passion is going to be a very tough sell. So what do you do? How do you make money writing about something not even your mother cares about?

Find a way to bring your passion together with what other people care about….or….give people a reason to be interested in what you are writing about…..or…..sell your passion in a way that many people will want to buy it.

Folks, this is Marketing 101. If I am in love with my product (my niche), and I want to make money with it, then I have to market it to the readers of the world, and I have to give them a reason to want my product. I have to broker a marriage between my passion and their needs or desires. Get it?

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From a Central Hub Comes the Spokes of Your Wheel

Once you have established your niche, one that holds interest for you and a good number of readers, you then need to establish the hub of your wheel. Simply stated this should either be a website or a blog. The goal then is to attract as many people to that site, and you do this by building your spokes.

Social networking. Guest blogging. Magazine articles and newspaper syndication. Any other source that can refer back to your hub, or blog/website.

This is where niche-pounding takes center stage. Join writer’s groups like HubPages, and become active in online forums. Do readings at the library or bookstores and hand out business cards that refer to your website.

Naturally, if making money is one of your goals, there must be a way to earn income from your website/blog. This can be done either through advertising, selling related products, or asking for donations.

If you were to visit my novel website you would find other products for sale that are related to the novel. This is just one example of how to earn income following your passion. Others have monetized their blogs so that when ads are clicked they make money. Whatever floats your boat is my motto.

Looking at the bigger picture, just getting people to my website or blog is a winning situation because it builds my name recognition and again, my name is my product.

Contact me if I can be of any help to you
Contact me if I can be of any help to you

Expand Your Platform and Constantly Adjust

I recently signed on to do a guest blog, once a week, for GRIT, a magazine about rural living. I am doing it for free. Why would I do that if one of my goals is to make money? The answer should be obvious: I get a byline for each blog posting, and I also get links back to my blogs and websites. My main goal is always to drive people back to my own site.

For those of you wondering what rural living has to do with my passion for personal essays about life, I negotiated with the editor of GRIT to allow me to write about the joys of simple living in a rural setting, so it is a win-win situation for me and the readers.

The point I want to drive home is that this is a changing literary world we live in, and as writers we must be willing to change. If our goal is to follow our passion and make it profitable, then it is up to us to constantly look at new avenues and methods.

Let me put it another way. I started out writing on HubPages to make passive income. That did not happen, so now I write articles on HubPages but really they are just magazine articles waiting for the day when I submit them and some editor buys them. Do you see the significance of that shift in thinking? HubPages wasn’t earning me money so I adjusted and use the same articles to earn income somewhere else. I honestly don't care if HubPages makes money, and I'm quite certain they don't lose sleep at night wondering how to make me money, so I use them as a holding tank for my articles until I need those articles for another purpose.

You are your product. Your name is what you are selling. Once you have done the selling job and gathered up some followers, then your ability as a writer will determine whether you make money in this writing world.

I have no idea when my big break will come, but I am confident it will come. I can hasten that arrival by doing everything in my power to make my name known to as many people as possible. Who knows when the next contact I make will be the contact I've been waiting for?

Writing + Marketing = Success!

And you can take that to the bank!

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Marsha! I appreciate you taking the time to check out my blog and being here.

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      Marsha Musselman 4 years ago from Michigan, USA

      Great suggestions. I checked out your wordpress blog also and hope to read more of those and your other hubs eventually.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, you have been in the background of late. Life tends to get in the way of writing, doesn't it? :) So let's get going again! There are readers waiting for you to write.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I've definitely hit a summer slump with my writing Bill. This was a good wake up call and kick in the britches. Thanks. Now I just need to think of something to write about...hmmm.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Au fait, I believe there is still a place in this world for quality writing. If I need keyword tricks to be successful as a writer then I'm not much of a writer. :) Now marketing is something I believe strongly in....if we don't sell our work then who will?

      Thank you; it's nice to see you again.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, one of these days for sure. Best wishes to you and thank you for always being here.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, you are getting closer and closer to your goal. I love how you are building towards it, and I love your focus. Keep it up my friend.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      You always write articles that get people to thinking and that's a good thing. As you know, I think people don't do enough thinking. ;)

      Well, I have tried to make sense of this SEO stuff, but in truth I don't really use it at all. I think beyond writing a quality piece that marketing is the key. Good to see someone like yourself doing well without the SEO.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Always good to catch your posts when I need writing advice. Writing coupled with marketing is the key. One of these days I am going to be able to take advantage of this truth.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I figured out a long time ago that I wasn't going to make money on here and am doing the same thing. Collecting everything in one place. The blog is coming and you know what that means, right?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael, hold on tight and get ready for the ride of your life. :) It's time to take the leap my friend. I'll be here to pick you up and dust you off after the jump. :)

      As always, thank you.

      Blessings to you and have a great weekend!

      bill

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      Michael-Milec 4 years ago

      Hi Bill, it's already early morning and excitement is so high after reading this phenomenal , highly complicated quite scary article. How can get to sleep a parashutist prior to his first ever jump- that how I see one who is enjoying flying with the experienced while the craft is reaching higher speed and elevation spinning with new terms , expressins while hope is being replaced with frustration and I don't know what to do with myself...

      Seriously, this is awesome , beautiful and useful.

      Have wonderful weekend , please.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, I do believe your comments are the ones I look forward to the most. You never disappoint.

      I'm waving that wand right now. Look west and you'll see it. :)

      Thanks my friend and I hope you are having a nice 4th!

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      bill....Hoping you will lend your magic wand to "family?".....No doubt there are times I need it.

      You just waved that baby....and made a whole lot of sense.....an incredible number of hubbers, happy & relaxed, a boat-load of fabulous writers feel LIBERATED.....and created your own spectacular FIREWORKS for the 4th!!.............BANG!!! OOOOOHHH-AHHHHHHH! Up++

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you vkwok; I'm glad you liked it.

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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      This is a really great hub!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL....you are never late to my party, Joe! I'm glad you made it and I hope it helps in some small way. If you ever need some other help answering questions and wading through the muck that is this business, I'm always here for you.

      There are so many ways to make money in this writing field....I think people get so enamored with the passive income idea that they forget that old-fashioned old-timers have been making money for decades in this writing gig without ever using keywords. I still think it is possible. Does it take work? Of course, but what is hard work to guys like you and me?

      As for Lizzy....I am trying to behave myself and curb my comments about her escort business. :)

      Aloha my friend and have great day!

      bill

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Hi, Bill!

      Three days ago, my activity on HP slowed to a crawl, and thus it was only this morning, this glorious beautiful morning (that will mature into triple-digit temps by early afternoon!), this Fourth of July, that I read this hub.

      WOW! A couple of jabs, a left hook, and a right uppercut to the chin, and you've just K-O'ed the Google bully in the first round. Amazing!

      LOL! Thank you, my friend, for addressing this issue. I am bookmarking this hub because what works for me is to dissect each paragraph several times. That will generate a list of questions I can do more research on later as well as present to you. Knowing how very busy you are, I can be very patient, especially now that I know there is a way to be an old school writer in today's techie world.

      The other obvious answer to this dilemma I find myself in is to do the other thing you've already done (the first of several, I'm sure), and that is to write a book. To this end, I am really thankful that while my experience on HP has not been lucrative, or at least a hint of potential future lucrativeness (as its banner page of success stories alluded to), I have at least had the opportunity here to personally experience what it is to crank out a thousand-plus words each time I've written a hub. It's a baby step experience that has given me the vision and confidence that writing a novel or non-fiction book or collection of personal essays isn't out of the question.

      I love your blog idea, and I love your byproduct of that idea. Liz wrote a great article about WordPress which seems to interface better with the modern day technology than the other major free blog network. The ideas from both of you favorite writers as well as several other brilliant folks here on HP are so very helpful. I'm a slow burner, but you are definitely lighting a fire under my butt.

      Thank you for writing this piece, Bill. While I was tardy in getting to it, I'm willingly staying after school to learn more. Plus, Liz chickened out when I asked her to sign my parental excuse slip. Something about she had an escort service to run.

      Aloha and chuckles, my friend!

      Joe

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, when the time comes I have no doubt that you will be successful with your travel articles. Thank you and Happy 4th of July.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pamela and Happy 4th of July to you and yours.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DemiT, thank you very much. If we do not have our name then what have we? I appreciate your kind words.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      jabelufiroz, thank you so much!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to hear that, Alicia. Thank you!

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. To be honest I have never really tried to use SEO keywords. I write my Hubs and select an appropriate title and let it fly. Perhaps I should give more attention this topic but for now my method is pretty simple. I do agree with you that I need a "central hub" such as a blog or website and that will happen in the future.

      Thanks again for all your help and advice. A happy 4th of July to you and Bev.

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      Very useful and interesting hub that I agree with fully. I don't like SEO keywords either. I may look up keywords and just pick one or two if they can be smoothly inserted into my article, but they are not a priority. This is another helpful article as usual and thank you one more time/

      I hope you and Bev have a Hapyy 4th of July!

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      DemiT 4 years ago from Greece

      Bill,

      you are so honest and true not only to yourself but to your readers. I am glad that there are people like you out there. You are capitalizing on your name and already making a brand of your name! I am sure success is round the corner and I wish you all the best!!

      Thanks for giving us more strength through your words to pursue what we believe is right for us!!

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      Firoz 4 years ago from India

      Great hub on How To Succeed In Writing Without Keywords.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I will be reading this hub multiple times, Bill. Thanks for creating it - it's very useful.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, for me writing is fun; being on HubPages is enjoyable because of people like you. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jaye, that would indeed be icing on the cake now wouldn't it? I hope you follow your heart and soul for many years to come, and as an added bonus I hope you see some money from your efforts.

      Thank you as always.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, you are so right and I'm back now with a vengeance. :) I feel so much better about my writing when it comes from the marrow of my bones. :) Thank you for sticking with me.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, you are very sweet and a dear friend and I thank you. That is interesting about most of the traffic being from other Hubbers....that speaks volumes and very little of it good for SEO.

      I'm a writer...that's what I do....and from now on I have no time to waste on keywords and traffic....from now on I will simply write. :)

      blessings to you always,

      bill

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      For me, Bill, writing on Hubpages is still fun. When it stops being fun, I'll write elsewhere. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Bill...I simply don't have the right mindset to worry unduly about SEO keywords, and I refuse to "do" Facebook! I make a little money every month on HP, but would probably do much better if I stopped writing and posting fiction in favor of more informative non-fiction articles. But I wouldn't have nearly as much fun that way. I spent my multi-decade "real" career writing much that was required of me. Now I get to choose what to write.

      I've been thinking for some time that I should have my own website and blog, but so far "website with blog" is relegated to my "to do...when I get time" list. Let's hope I get time at some point!

      Thanks for validating my right to write for the pure enjoyment of stringing words together in what I hope is a pleasing fashion. If I can find a way to make this activity lucrative, that will be icing on the cake.

      Voted Up++ and shared

      Jaye

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      SEO is a foreign three letter something. I write stories/poetry that i like, hoping others will like them too. I am glad you are writing more from your heart. I have noticed more compassion from your latest hubs. When You tell a story about the homeless man, the suffering, etc. i can feel your words. Thank's for all you do.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      My hero Bill!!! God bless you dear one!!! I have just been exasperated at times with the SEO and keyword issues. A fellow hubber attempted to help me, bless that hubber's heart. I just like to write what is in my heart that is passionate to me and that is how it comes out of me.

      I read something interesting the other day that most of the Hub traffic is from other hubbers on HubPages, so that makes me wonder about this issue of SEO and keywords.

      My prayer for you in this life is that you shall receive the desires of your heart.

      Thank you for your friendship and encouragement always. But what I am truly thankful for is that you are you!

      I do love the community of HubPages because I get to meet and read great writers like you!

      Hugs, peace, blessings and love to you and your lovely Bev,

      Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, it may well be. LOL Thanks a bunch, buddy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Thompson, I hope you are enjoying the western WA heat. Thanks for the kind words and power to the pure writers in this world. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nell, I am officially done with keywords.....and it feels wonderful. :) Thank you!

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Strange I have commented twice here and it has me following this hub. Is it something I said?

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      Nicola Thompson 4 years ago from Bellingham, WA

      Words cannot express how much I loved this Hub! I am going to be reading it again if for no other reason than for pure amusement 9but mostly since it's quite useful. Thumbs up and voted useful, funny, and interesting :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Barbara! I'm working on doing exactly that. I'm a patient man and my plan is going to take some time but it will work.

      Google and I have parted ways permanently and I love the freedom.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      I love your take on this billy, yes I to love just writing 'with the flow' so to speak, and tend to do that on blogger. I haven't done it on here for a while, so maybe I will start doing that again, great advice, nell

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      Barbara Badder 4 years ago from USA

      Bill, You need to check into writing articles for the Grit magazine itself. A friend of mine wrote an article and got paid $500 and was offered another to write. She doesn't even write for a profession.

      I have worried that I won't even remember the old fashioned way to write after I am finished with SEO writing. I've thought about quitting it entirely and just writing some books for the Kindle. Trying to keep up with Google has gotten to be a real pain.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey PS, how are you my friend? SEO....just three letters that I use to make other words when I'm really writing. :)

      Blessings and a hug to you my friend

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love the input, Ann! I'm only at HP because of the friends I have made....I love to support writers and keep them enthused...I do not count on them for any money so they never disappoint me. LOL

      I, like you, have no trouble finding work and I actually turn down jobs so I can spend more time writing the stuff I love to write.

      As for Twitter, I don't have a clue. :)

      bill

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Billy

      I was glad to read this

      I write about what moves me...and truthfully if no one reads it I cry for hours and then move on....NOT.

      If it is something I realllllllly care about I will leave it on even if it does not get a lot of hits. I write because writing is my passion...putting words together to share an experience or a heartfelt belief or a recipe...that is a kind of magic to me.

      I never got the SEO keyword stuff to work for me so I guess I failed SEO class 101...

      Thanks for sharing this with us...Angels are on the way to you my dear Friend ...ps

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      anndango 4 years ago

      Love this! Basically, Google rules the Internet world and they force you to write their way (SEO, keywords). I don't want to write their way. I want to write my way. But, even if you write the way they want, you still aren't going to make a lot of money, relatively speaking. I have yet to find an online writing site that actually pays what I expect. I make a really decent amount writing, say, 200 words for a major newspaper - basically $1.25/word and no SEO stuff to worry about. Corporate writing pays well, too. Also, I don't limit myself just to writing - I also edit, proofread, etc. Plus, those two skills help keep editors happy because I hand in really clean copy. Online writing isn't the end all and be all. There are alternatives to online writing that actually pay well if you look, have built a great portfolio, and can write well. As it is now, I hardly go out looking for work because it comes to me.

      Another thing. Why is the pay for online writing is so insultingly piddley compared to traditional print when it takes the same amount of time and effort? I haven't a clue and can't find an answer.

      Networking stuff is interesting too - can anyone tell me what the point of Twitter is? Even though I have a Twitter account, I don't get it. I really don't.

      And please excuse any typos you may find here. I tried to proof it, but my eyes are going cross-eyed, lol.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for saying that, Vinaya! That's exactly my point but you said it better than I did. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nate, I'm glad to hear it. Think of it this way: the more exposure you get the more you will show up on search engines anyway. You don't need keywords because you will become the keyword you are selling. :) Good luck and thanks!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Liz! Writing is not easy and most writers hate the marketing side of it, but if we don't do it, who will? Good luck and thank you!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Bill

      I believe, even though the writer may have mastery over keyword and SEO, he/she will never succeed if his content does not satisfy the readers. Because of SEO searchers may find the article, but they will leave the page soon, if they don't find what they are looking for. Spending less time on the page means low earning. This brings to the fact that it is equally important to create quality content.

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      Nathan Bernardo 4 years ago from California, United States of America

      I've struggled for quite some time with this thing about keywords; it seemed so unnatural and contrived to me, two things I don't like. I'll admit, lately I've been giving it a try.

      But what you are saying here makes absolute sense; sound reasoning and inspirational. There are always alternative avenues that can be used and potential is limitless. I think anyone, everyone, ought to consider following this map you've laid out on the honest route to writing success.

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      Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I love reading your hubs. They are like my daily words of inspiration, clearing the cobwebs of confusion in order to better market my books. I love the writing portion. It's the marketing that I need to equally concentrate on. Thanks for posting!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Swetankraj, I'm so happy to hear that. Thank you and have a wonderful evening.

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      Swetank Raj 4 years ago from India

      You spoke up the words that i wanted! Excellent work.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, I am totally fed up with keywords and Google and HP recommendations...it's time to do it my way. This hub is for us old-timers who need to realize there is still a place in this world for quality writing. :) Thanks for the share my friend and stay cool.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      As always you have a way of making all of this nonsense make sense...Looking at things in a different way with a different view point really makes sense. Most of us have been working the keywords to death. It is a really pain in the gazoo..(new word). this be in my pinterest Holland section and face book also.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, I have no time for google and their changes. I was born to write and write I shall. :) I hope you continue as well.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary.....I would love to be your marketing agent....we would make you money my friend. You have your niche...you are a good writer....you are just missing one small piece. Get in touch with me if you want to chat. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      W1total, good for you. I love hearing things like that. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Availiasvision, what a lovely thing for you to write. Thank you so much! I have found my voice and my path and I don't plan on leaving it. I writer for the pure pleasure of writing, and to reach out and form a bond with people....the real William Holland is quite happy now. :)

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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for sharing that approach. The other thing is that HP keeps changes their rules. Where would that leave us as writers if we keep shifting with them? Google changes too. Everybody's figuring out stuff. Let's just write!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, you write for the love of writing. How can you be a loser? This is for you and others like you. I want you to enjoy writing and quit worrying about capsules and keywords. HP is deceiving that way. They make it sound like if you do things their way then you will be a better writer, when in fact all you will be is a better showman. :) Keep writing for the love of it.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      SEO....something everyone ought; ought to what? I've tried the keyword searches, I've run the gamut to earn the big bucks and make my HubPages stuff successful but I keep coming back to the same thing, I like to write. I write, because I like to write. Am I marketing? Not really. I have a Twitter account I occasionally get to so I'm thinking its not doing me a lot of good. But I write because I like to write.

      I like HP because I like to read and I love the people on it. I keep reading your hubs hoping someday all this brilliant information will sink in and maybe, just maybe I'll earn some money!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and shared.

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      W1totalk 4 years ago

      Great analysis. I plan on taking more steps in this direction.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Two beautiful losers in my opinion. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, I hope you do stop by the blog...you just might find it useful. :) Thank you as always my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, I so look forward to your comments each morning.

      You have an escort service????? How do I get in touch with you? (pun intended) LOL

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Poolman, we are in complete agreement. HP is a business and I understand completely....and I'm sure they understand there will be an occasional Hubber who just doesn't want to water down his writing with keywords. May we all succeed following whatever path we choose. I love HP because I have met some incredible people, and that is all the reward I need from this site.

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      Jennifer Arnett 4 years ago from California

      Bill,

      Thanks you for sharing your opinion on SEO vs The Love of Writing. You have found a lovely middle ground, balancing making a living and writing about what you love. The purest in me wants to believe that good writing, that moves people, will always prevail. Stick to your guns! We all love you here and like to see the real William Holland, not the billybuc Google wants you to be.

      If you write it, they will come.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael, I hear you. It originally saddened me as more and more of my Hub friends left, but then I thought good for them, they are out doing their thing and not buckling to the HP way...so good for you my friend. I hope you are very successful and I'm with you all the way.

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Vicki--I forget to put the ad capsules in, too! If you're a loser, so am I. At the very least, misery loves company. LOL

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, a very passionate write!...I'm with you on the issues of keywords and SEOs, they are such a pain in the rear. I really should put some more effort into my blogs. As always, you've given us a lot to think about.

      I've been meaning to check out your blog, be seeing you later. Take care and my very best to you.

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Hi Bill, this Hub made me feel quite tearful. As you know by now, I have absolutely no connection with SEO, social networking, or anything allied to them. I often feel like a real failure, because of this. There is something so deeply lacking in my makeup that I just can't seem to get with it! I know I must, if I am ever to have hope if being successful in my writing. I envy all of you who are so adept, and so good with social networking. I just write, and hope for the best, but I know that I am not working at my full potential. For Heaven's sake, quite often I even forget to put ad capsules on my Hubs. Am I a loser?

      And SEO - of course that has never even entered my realm of thinking!

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Doesn't your butt get sore sitting on that chair with no cushion?

      I love that second poll answer: "I have nothing". LOL I'm riding on rims here, people!

      I would love to make a living writing about subjects that interest me, but I don't think it's possible anymore. Not for me, anyway. I don't have the drive to put up with the BS and I don't have the skills necessary to make my work stand out. That's not a "woe is me" statement; that's just reality. This is why I'm switching gears and looking to make money in other ways. But enough about my escort service . . .

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      Old Poolman 4 years ago

      Bill, I have very mixed feelings about Hub Pages and the changes they have made. As you may know, I gave up in disgust and completely quit writing on Hub Pages. I also deleted all but one of my previous Hubs.

      However, it is their company, and they are entitled to run it as they see fit. My view is Hub Pages was bitten by the money bug, hired some pros to help them increase their share of the available money, and the writers suffered.

      I still have my favorites I follow and read, and even make an occasional comment. Everything changes with time, and I really enjoyed my time with Hub Pages when it was structured the way I liked it. Had it not been for Hub Pages, I never would have published my first essay.

      It costs a great deal of money to run an operation as large as theirs. They have payroll to meet, expensive equipment to buy and maintain, and are required to bring in some bucks to keep it running.

      With that said, I believe that the changes made by Hub Pages is a classic example of how Money Rules. They may someday regret their decisions to forsake the writers and go for the gold.

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      Michael Tully 4 years ago

      Once again, Bill, you've hit the nail squarely on the head. You've explained, far better than I could have done, why I haven't been on HP for any length of time in two months. I became weary of the hard-sell SEO push, so I'm doing my own thing now. If it pays, great; if not, that's OK too. Have a blessed day, brother, and thanks for all you do.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I had nothing but a book when I made that site...the book doesn't make the site....attitude does. You have enough to start with...strap on the attitude.

      Write me an email and let's chat....I'll get back to you this afternoon once I take care of customers.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, the first comment of course, and I'll tell you true that you are the perfect example of this hub.....marketing, marketing and more marketing....I love what you are doing. It's not my style but it is perfect for you and I congratulate you for having the vision to succeed.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You go, Kathleen! It took me a few months to realize what HP was up to, but once I did I quit playing the game. Writing is not bean counting...writing is free form and a piece of your soul, and how do you regulate that with keyword counts? Nonsense!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      This comes just as I'm getting ready to sign into CrowdSource and try to find some SEO articles to write, which I hate. But until I can spread my wings, I need to pay the bills. I guess my biggest problem is not having a hub, but I have absolutely no idea where to begin. I've been to your website and I don't have the accolades to boast that you do. I don't have formal education and I only have a few clients that I did third party writing for. I suppose I could ask them to write me up 'testimonials'. I just don't think I have enough information to put on a website, which is why I haven't tackled it. I need help, big time!

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      Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Preach it, brother! I love the way HP lured us to their site by encouraging us to write what we loved. As soon as we started doing that they did all they could to turn our writing into the thing they wanted it to be: Google-friendly. I like money as much as the next person, but my writing is me. I'm not for sale. If you like what I write, I'm honored. If you don't, thanks for giving it a try.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Wonderful suggestions here Bill and couldn't agree with you more. Seriously, great marketing and implementing these strategies does make a world of difference. Hoping you are having a great day now and of course voted and shared, too!!