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Three Months on Hubpages
I’ve always envied newspaper columnists. Especially the semi retired types who get to write what they want in the Sunday supplements. But they have earned their place by covering City Council meetings and cat shows for 40 years. So when I saw HubPages, I figured this was the chance to achieve my dream without going through any of that stuff.
Besides, I thought I could make a little money while I’m at it. How could I lose? So I grabbed my laptop and began to write. I published my first Hub on March 17. I checked it the next day and discovered 18 people had read it (or at least clicked to the page). A couple of days later I checked and not only had more people read it but I had made 3 cents! I was a published, professional writer! Pretty soon I would be hobnobbing with Stephen King and Harlen Coben! After the first month, I had made fifty cents in ad revenue. By the end of the next month I had doubled it to a little over a dollar! If this doubling trend continued, I could expect my first million dollar payout in the fall of 2013! But alas, it doesn’t work that way. As every Hubber knows, it is very tough to make any serious money, especially in the beginning. I have put going to lunch with Stephen King on hold for the time being. This is my 16th Hub and as of today, I have made a grand total of $3.99. And I am having the time of my life doing it.
In the three months I’ve been a member, I’ve read lots of Hubs. It’s seems that at about three months people begin to write Hubs about HubPages and offer insightful tips to newcomers. They offer advice on what to write about, how to present it so it’s highly searchable, what social networking sites they have linked to and other tips. If that’s what you came here for, read the rest of this column, comment on it, click “up”, click funny (or interesting, useful or awesome) and then click to follow me. Do the same thing with my other 15 Hubs, then find a Hub that will give you some real advice. (maybe in my 2 year anniversary Hub, I will have learned enough to offer tips, but not now) The truth is that I’m still just guessing and if I make ten cents a day, I’m happy.
Here are some thoughts about my first 3 months on HubPages:
What to Write About
When I first decided to write hubs, I took a notebook and wrote out possible topics. Over the course of a week or so, when I would get ideas, I would write them down. I reviewed that notebook a few days ago. Most of my ideas back then were of essays about things that I had done. I wrote a couple of them in the beginning and they haven’t done well. I learned fast. Instead of writing for me I now have an audience in my head and I attempt to tailor it to them. For example, this article is aimed at fellow Hubbers. I have also published Hubs on Society, Politics, History and Sports. These Hubs have done better.
When I first decided to join HubPages, I checked the Learning Center for tips about topics. The ones that get the most attention, are the Hubs that instruct, the “how to” pieces. I wracked my brain about the things I was an expert on and could come up with nothing I wanted to write about. I decided to take a different tack. I used humor to compose “How to Complain and Criticize.” , my first Hub. While it is not bad, after rereading it I saw that I tried to be funny on every paragraph. It came out looking like a cheap Dave Barry imitation. I learned that I wasn’t a humorist. Since then I have steered clear of humor and I believe most of my subsequent articles are better. I have ideas for the next 3-4 Hubs and I seem to learn more with every one I publish.
After careful consideration, I decided to keep the above things in mind and still write about subjects I am familiar with. Popularity be damned! I try and get at least one of these Hubs published a week. I usually publish it on Friday or Saturday night.
Making money off my Hubs is not my primary goal, but if I make some, even better. My goal when I started was to develop my writing and the internet offered an avenue. After I joined HubPages, I realized quickly that I enjoyed monitoring my scores, stats, page views and accolades. I was encouraged to continue writing every time I acquired a follower. I also discovered that I enjoyed tweaking my Hubs so that my page views increased. I’ve made good use of the “Title Tuner” Seven of my sixteen Hubs now have slightly different titles than they had when I originally published them to make them more searchable. While none of my pieces are doing great, the ones that I have changed are doing slightly better than the rest. I also have published links for some of my Hubs on Facebook, StumbleUpon, Twitter and Reddit. While Twitter and Reddit have not produced a single page view for me, I’ve been a little more successful on the other two. I’m still learning how to market my Hubs and I’m sure I’ll get better the more I publish.
I have seen my income rise by an average of a penny a day with each Hub I’ve published. In my first couple of weeks I was happy to earn 2-3 cents a day. Now I average 12-15 cents a day. I realized that the more Hubs you have the greater the attention you get. I realize it may take 200-300 Hubs to make any real income. As of right now, I have about 1250 page views. It’s going to take much more than that. It’s ok, I’m in it for the long haul.
Comments, Questions, Answers and Comments
While I’m learning how to market my Hubs, I realized that marketing to fellow Hubbers was easy. I like to spend two or three hours a week just reading other peoples Hubs, commenting on them, and asking and answering questions. That gets me noticed and in contact with other Hubbers who in turn follow me and I follow them. This has likely led to the majority of my increase in page views. It has also put me in contact with many nice and supporting people. I try to return the favor, by following new writers and commenting on his or her pieces.
While I still have a long way to go, I am enjoying writing for HubPages. If anyone has comments or see anything that I can do to improve, I don’t turn down free advice! I’ll never stop trying to improve my writing and my marketing. I’m having a great time .And to all you Hubbers who helped and encouraged me, Thanks!
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