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Writers Need To Breathe Without The SEO Oxygen Tank

Updated on July 24, 2013

DISCLAIMER

Listen, I get it! I really do. I understand the desire to make some passive income and thus play the keyword game. We come from all walks of life. We are housewives and we are displaced workers and we are full-time workers just trying to make a few extra bucks. We are ex-teachers and current teachers, and we are the little boy and girl who once wrote diary entries and now want to make some cash doing what we love to do. We saw an ad online talking about making money on HubPages and we signed up. Sounded good, right? Follow the instructions, fill in the keywords, use their templates and get monetized and pretty soon the dollars or quid or yen would start flowing in our direction.

And HubPages, and other sites like them, deliver on the promise if you deliver the goods to them. This is a business undertaking, and if you follow the rules and get real good at plugging in keywords and writing “how to” articles and “the ten best steps” articles, then after awhile you can make a few hundred dollars each month, and who the hell doesn’t need an extra couple hundred each month?

But…..

Is freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish? Nothing else.
Epictetus

Do you suppose Will used keywords?
Do you suppose Will used keywords? | Source

IMAGINE IF YOU WILL

“Why did they make birds so delicate and fine as those sea swallows when the ocean can be so cruel? She is kind and very beautiful. But she can be so cruel and it comes so suddenly and such birds that fly, dipping and hunting, with their small sad voices are made too delicately for the sea.”

The Old Man and the Sea

Hemingway was known as an irascible old fart, a gutter-mouth who was opinionated and hard-drinking and a follower of his own lighted path. I’m wondering how he would have done with the restrictions of HubPages? I’m sitting in my writing studio right now trying to imagine him inserting keywords into “The Old Man and the Sea.”

"Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town when I first knew it... There was no hurry, for there was nowhere to go, nothing to buy and no money to buy it with, nothing to see outside the boundaries of Maycomb County. But it was a time of vague optimism for some of the people: Maycomb County had recently been told that it had nothing to fear but fear itself."
- Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

I wonder what that passage from “To Kill A Mockingbird” would read like if keywords were needed for an audience to read it? How did Harper Lee ever manage to write such a classic without SEO techniques? LOL

There is, I promise, a point to this all, and here it is.

THE POINT

The point, my friends, is that there is a place in this world of writing for SEO, but there is also, I believe, a vital need for writing that has absolutely nothing to do with SEO, keywords or other such nonsense. I will take that statement a step farther and say that anyone who fancies themselves as a writer needs to practice writing that does not resemble SEO in any way, shape or form.

Why?

Because writers create beauty! Writing is a craft, a form of art, and there is nothing artful about SEO. Writing is a tradition of entertainment and writing creates worlds where few have traveled. Writing produces emotions and writing produces intense thoughts, and none of that can be accomplished by doing a Google keyword search and then filling in the blanks.

If you consider yourself a writer, or a writer in waiting, then you owe it to yourselves to have an outlet where you write for the pure joy of writing. Toss aside the chains of HubPages once a day or once a week and write because it makes your heart smile. Whether it be on your own blog/website or in a diary that only you will see, sit down and join the greats of literature in creating a piece of work that has your blood and guts invested in it.

You owe it to yourselves to do so.

Find the joy in your writing
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REMEMBER WHEN?

Do you remember when you first decided you wanted to be a writer? Maybe those weren’t the exact words you said to yourself, but most certainly at some quiet, stolen moment, the thought occurred to you that you loved putting pen to paper and creating. Do you remember when that was?

I remember it clearly. I was a sophomore in high school and I had just finished writing a short story about gladiators. The story was without a doubt hogwash and the story would have been better used as a bird cage lining, but I managed to write a final paragraph that actually stunned my teacher. It was so much better than anything I had ever written to that date that he actually had me come in after school so he could tell me how good it was….and that was the seed planted that led to this moment, fifty years later, when I can finally say that yes, I am a writer and damn proud of it.

THE LONG AND THE SHORT OF IT

The world needs more writers. We need fewer accountants and CEOs and car salesmen and lawyers and one hell of a lot more writers. When I think of the year 2013 I am reminded of the old Roman Empire where lust and greed and a lack of civilized treatment were the norms that defined the culture, and if ever we needed the unbridled beauty of writing it is today. When I think of the year 2013 I sadly shake my head at Honey Boo Boo and reality shows and the butchering of proper language and love ya, babe, and don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out and oh my God if we ever needed the majesty of a well-crafted sentence it is today.

So yes, by all means, if you need a few extra bucks, then write for HubPages, do your keyword searches and master the art of modern day commercialism….but….during those quiet times when the spirit of a true writer will not let you sleep….during those restless moments when you have something incredibly important to say to the world, or just to unload from yourself…..then please, please, do what you were born to do, and climb on the shoulders of the greats who came before you, and write from your heart. Make that connection that spans generations, sip from the stream of inspiration and have a figurative cup of tea with Hawthorne, Bronte and Shakespeare….and be the writer you were meant to be.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I have three bones to pick with you on this: 1. Reality TV shows are an art form. 2. Writing SEO/Keyword stuff is an art form. 3. Hookers have a right to make a living.

      And there are 3 truths to what I invest in, or not: a. I have never paid for a woman to have sex with me. b. I have never invested my time reading a full SEO article, not even my own;-). c. I have never watched a reality TV show for more than 45 seconds.

      And last about my finances. I am poor!!! But not to me.

      I get about 500 visits a week to what I write. In fact I have never been richer.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL....Eric, I would say that you are as rich as a man can be....amazing, isn't it.....to me, SEO articles are the equivalent of Honey Boo Boo. LOL Thanks buddy!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I have to laugh, Bill. A few hundred dollars per month? On HP? I still haven't seen my first paycheck after 21 months on this site!

      I agree with you, tho. We didn't become writers to follow the rote of SEO. It's a good learning tool and familiarizes we old folk with the new technology of writing, but it's not what dreams are made of. SEO knowledge is necessary in building an online presence, which is important to any writer in today's market. Editors and publishers need to be able to find you when they google you. They need to see how many times and in which positions you appear in search results. Unfortunately, that means using SEO tactics. BUT, once you have that online presence it leaves you free to write from the heart and hopefully gain a following of loyal readers.

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      W1totalk 3 years ago

      Great article much respect to writing for the sake of writing.

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      Georgianna Lowery 3 years ago from Slaton, Texas USA

      Hey you!

      I think a lot of people need to read this. I also think that, in a way, SEO is destroying creativity. Yes, as Eric above said, SEO is an art form, but it's not creative art. It's technical art - if that makes sense. I also think it's ruining online writing.

      The problem is that online writers are completely convinced that they have to have their articles, e-zines and blog posts stuffed to the gills with specific words or phrases to get traffic. People talk about organic traffic coming from Google yet their pages and posts are, in a way, completely non-organic. Titles, content and even subjects are researched to death before these articles are even written.

      Yes, if we want to make money, we have to play the game but, what I think is happening, is that SEO is on it's way out. Otherwise we wouldn't have Panda and Penguin to root out pages with suffed keywords, dirty tricks (like Black Hat SEO) and crappy quality.

      Once it's gone, though, some folks are so dependent on SEO that they're going to have to re-learn how to write.

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      Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      I don't think I would make a good writer on hubpages. I write what I want, not what they want.

      But, this is a good hub for those who want to make money on hubpages.

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Wonderful bill and truly couldn't agree more. Writing is truly an art form and remember all too well the first time I got that rush and it was also back in high school. I love to write and yes I do my fair share of SEO, but I also need that down time to write just because I love it, too. Thanks as always for that reminder. Wishing you a wonderful Wednesday now!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I think that is certainly true....once you have established a presence and a name for yourself, then SEO really isn't needed....but until that happens, I think, for the sake of creativity, that it is crucial for a writer to spend time just writing and not worrying about this crap. :) Thanks, Sha, and have a great day.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      W1, indeed...for the sake of writing. I love those words. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Georgie, you just wrote the words I should have....SEO can destroy creativity....yes indeed, and that was the purpose of this article, to remind writers that there is a reason why writing is such a beautiful expression....because it is creative. I don't want writers to lose that.

      Thank you for clarifying my own hub. LOL

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michele, my point is that I think writers should do more of what you suggested...write what they want to write...and worry less about SEO and making money.

      Thank you for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, exactly...I want writers to experience that rush that they once knew...and SEO does not give a rush. :)

      Thank you my friend!

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      Renee Abbott 3 years ago from Arizona

      I cannot thank you enough for writing this hub. To be honest, the constant whining about seo, google etc and not making money from other writers has turned me off from coming back to hub. I can only handle one day a week on here.

      It seems to me, many have become puppets, who are holding the belief that google, seo and hubpages should make their life joyous. Writing seems secondary. It is what is, but then I read this. Thank you for expressing what has been in my heart lately.

      I do not want to be a puppet, nor surround by them. Maybe it is my need for independence and freedom ..I just can't follow puppets.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Hi Billy Hmmm SEO s ; I have been here on HPs for a while now and while there has been many a time when I could have done with some more money (and probably always will do) these three letters SEO were dangling in front of my nose like carrots to a donkey but this donkey was blind and on a mission !!!

      I have written and written ;grown and grown but will never be rich and rich. It is only today I am learning about SEO's and their uses and benefits !!!

      Today I am hoping to make a little money doing something I enjoy hence 'Erin's Box Of Secrets'. I also feel the need to change direction slightly as there are so many issues I feel the need to voice so you never know this donkey may take a little nibble at those carrots yet.

      However one thing for sure I know that I will never give up my inspirational poems these are as much a part of me as breathing and eating are.

      As I read this hub I smiled at the thought of some of our great writers of the past coming to terms with SEO's.

      Another great hub Billy which yet again fills me with inspiration.

      Thanking you for your wise words and have a wonderful day .

      Eddy.

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      cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      great hub ..Bill .... love your conclusion about writers .. awesome.!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Renee, I think there are a lot of writers who feel the way we do. One cannot be creative and follow rules...that will never do. :) There is still a place in this world for free spirits and I'm glad to hear that you are one. Thank you for expressing your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, I love the different directions you are taking and your willingness to try new things. Bravo my friend, and I look forward to seeing what you have for us all next. I'm quite certain it will be the epitome of creativity. Well done my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Michael....I was speaking for you poets out there who have no chance in the SEO world but still create so much beauty in the world of literature. Well done my friend.

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      miss_jkim 3 years ago

      Excellent and inspiring hub. I have been on Hubpages for 3 years now; my goal of joining was not necessarily to earn money, although I have done so, but to get feedback and honest critiques from fellow writers. I must say, that I haven't received much in the area of honest critiquing; but I have been able to grow as a writer, and for that I am grateful.

      I am one of those full time workers who dreams of seeing her name on the NY Times best seller's list and a life of writing in exotic locations. Yes, I'm looking through rose colored glasses, but it's fun and I love to dream and write what I dream. It sure beats the hell out of the reality we all have to trudge through each day.

      Voted up, among many other things.

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      Tom Koecke 3 years ago from Tacoma, Washington

      Thou doth sayeth so eloquently so much!

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      Bill, I just love it when you tell it like it is!

      DJ.

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Bill- it's funny because I've read your articles about SEO and I've seen others talk about it and I would love to make more money here, but yet, I have still to insert SEO keywords into my writing. I think I'm going to follow the path that hey, if a keyword happens to slip into my writing so be it, but I can't write and worry about SEOs. I don't think it would flow naturally and I'm not sure the points I try to make would come across as I'd like them too. So,thank you for this article. It confirms the fact that I don't necessarily need to add these keywords if I don't want to. Feel like a rebel. LOL!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Miss jkim, you are a writer after my own heart. I wear the same glasses and always will. I'm either going to make it in this business because of my talent or I won't, but I refuse to allow keywords to ruin my creativity even a little bit. Good to know you my new friend and I look forward to reading your work soon.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Tom, if I had to write in Old English my career as a writer would be a short one.

      Good to see you buddy. I hope all is well in T-town.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, I can only hold it in for so long and then I burst out all over. LOL...thanks for always being here.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz, in today's world of writing you are a rebel, and for that I respect you. Keep working your craft and developing your unique voice. In the end talent will win and I really believe that.

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      I have done the seo thing with little results..However I have not written here for about 2 months..and I am having my best month ever...Which is not huge but a lot more than the past...Go figure...No big jumps in specific hubs or any big jumps..just increase...The seo oxygen ...not needed this month.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Carol, what a ringing endorsement for my point. I'm glad you are having a good month...perhaps good writing explains what is happening??? I want to believe so, and in your case I'm pretty sure of it. :) Thanks my Arizona friend.

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      I think if plugging in a few keywords and following some basic SEO practices were all it took to make a few hundred dollars a month on HP, we would be some very happy writers. I mean, in that case, you could write a hub or two each week (or month) and still be paying some bills while you spend the rest of the time writing from the heart. In reality, it's not that easy. An article that inspires a whole lotta people to share it via social networks is the number-one way to SEO. Although most of us recognize it when we see it, it's hard to replicate. But you're right--spending time trying to find the money tree while neglecting your true gift as a writer is a terrible way to go: unrewarding and fodder for burn-out. Most will never find it anyway. You might as well save time and just buy a lottery ticket!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Lizzy, since I don't buy lottery tickets, I guess I'd better improve as a writer. I have a long way to go before I'm the writer I want to be. :) Thanks for the visit, Dunedin!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I am just glad to have a few friends who like to read me. Hp has never given me a penny in four years or more. I did manage to work my name into hubs though to get it out there with my work (with a bit of resistance) and that could lead to something someday but no check from here I am sure. lol

      Keep on educating us friend. We are listening! ^

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, I have been lucky as far as HP payouts. I do nothing right according to them but keep getting a monthly check, which I find deliciously funny. :) I have a special place in my heart for writers like you, and poets in general, who write for the pure love of writing. Keep on doing what you are doing...the world needs more beauty.

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      I'm going to admit I know what SEO is and what it's supposed to accomplish and I just don't care. Just as I write what I want and how I want when I'm working on my novels, I do the same here. If I get the right keywords in fine; if not, fine. Working hard enough to produce a quality hub that will last is one thing I'll try to do every time. After that, I hit publish and if the SEO gods are dissatisfied, so be it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Just one more reason for me to respect you, Sheila. I would imagine just by pure luck I'll have some keywords in a few of my hubs, but it certainly isn't by design. I write for rhythm and flow and meaning and emotions....hard to regulate those things. :)

      Thanks for the visit; you are always appreciated here.

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      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      Unlike many writers here on HP, I've never been able to write fiction, poetry (except for a collection of haikus in high school) or other non-biz stuff. Journaling is a complete chore for me. So I admire those of you who have the gift.

      For me, the writing "juice" comes from responses from people such as "Now I get it!" or "I think I'll try that." So writing, for me, is just a means to an end. But I will tell you that even in that, I can't wait to do some writing every single day.

      BTW, I'm waiting for a behind the scenes documentary on Honey Boo Boo like 20 years from now, littered with how this ruined her life and her family, that she's now in therapy, etc.

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      livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great hub Bill, your point is right. Sometimes reading about SEO techniques has put me down, and I have at some point believed that writing needed to incorporate SEO, etc. Thank you for clarifying this Bill. I have not tried much of creative writing, but would love to do it sometime later.

      Thank you for this valuable hub. I am sharing this :-)

      Sending you smiles and blessings!

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      Russ Moran 3 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Bill, thank you for your unfettered words of wisdom. I one writes articles based on SEO, one will write articles that may get a few views, but will be totally unfulfilling as a writer. I write some `10 best and How To articles, but they are not the reason I write. Russ

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      billy bonka...(don't ask)....you know I'm weird. and speaking of....although it started out as a joke, that you may be my brother, as time goes by and I read more and more of what spills from your overactive brain cells......it's not funny anymore.

      I may not be able to write it, as eloquently as you....but we share a whole lot of identical thinking! Don't panic bill.....it's not as scary as you think! I mean, you can always seek therapy!....UP++++

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dahlia, thank you my friend. You are a good writer, and my wish for you is that you always love writing....never let a new technique detour you from the passion for the written word.

      blessings and a hug are yours

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heck, Russ, I've written those articles too...and I actually write them for companies and make money from them...but for me, it is about as exciting as watching paint dry. My passion comes from freestyle writing and that's where it will always remain.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, therapy is highly over-hyped. I rather like the craziness in my mind. LOL

      I have no doubt, having read many things by you, that we have very similar thoughts on many subjects....one more reason for me to like you. :)

      Thanks for dropping by Sis!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, that's what I love to hear...if there is passion for it then I don't care what kind of writing it is....as for Honey Boo Boo....I am disgusted just thinking about the commercialization of a human life, and the effects later on could be devastating....and I hope I'm wrong.

      Thank you for stopping by and I hope your Wednesday has been rewarding.

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Bill

      If I had to make a living on here I may feel differently about SEO and all. But since I do not (thank goodness) I pretend it doesn't exist. O, my, did I say that??

      Anyway thanks for this. I hope that it does allow many to breathe easier.

      Angels and hugs are on the way to you and yours. ps :)

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      Abby Campbell 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      This is an EXCELLENT hub, Bill. Thank you! I plan on writing just for the love of writing once or twice per month starting in August.

      I've always hated SEO, and I have learned a lot with the HP Apprenticeship program. They are actually not so concerned with SEO as one would think. "Stuffing" is actually a thing that Google does not like now, while natural writing is better. Though I'm sure there has to be some "keywords" to be able to search topics.

      As far as making a few hundred dollars on HP, I have not reached that point yet. I came to HP to write on my professional topic as it is one of my passions to stump the myths with simple truth. But, I have yet to reach 50 hubs and will hopefully crack $40 by the end of this month for ad earnings. Not bad! It helps out with the groceries. LOL.

      But, I have to say that I love this hub because I do see so many complaints in the Answers and Forums sections about "not making dollars." These writers are so very focused on making so little cents and dollars that won't even buy a cup of coffee, when I feel their focus should be on using their gifted creativity for writing.

      Again, thank you for such a wonderful hub!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Abby, that was perfectly stated. Instead of worrying about a pay day on HP, worry about improving as a writer. My goodness, this is not an easy career. It takes work and determination and passion, and if all anyone wants from it is a $50 payout on HP then they need to re-think their strategy.

      Thanks for a great comment.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, I just worry that people are too concerned with making a small payout on HP and not worried enough about becoming better writers. It's the teacher in me my friend; I think improvement and writing with passion should be the goals....not a $50 pay out. :)

      hugs and blessings coming back atcha

      bill

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. I've been writing here for almost a year and a half and to be honest I have yet to try and figure out this whole SEO thing. I suppose at some point I should pay more attention to this but at the moment I just write about what interests me and try to come up with appropriate titles and leave it at that. As always, you are a wealth of useful info and tips.

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      Vincent Moore 3 years ago

      This is a Hub that had to be written, and by no finer a writer to pen it than you sir. You challenged every writer to be a writer and not a SEO chaser, your absolutely correct about those who want to make $50 bucks or more, then they should continue to write articles and tweek all the seo words they can find to achieve their revenue desires.

      I never joined HP with any intentions of earning dollars, I've been here since 2010 and my total payout amounted to $56 and its still sitting there resting:-) I know my work is mostly poetry and will never make a penny here and that's fine with this writer. However what I gained were friendships that are worth more than dollars. My friends and followers help me improve as a writer, their critiques and reviews inspire me to work harder on it.

      I am simply a poet who shares his life, his past, his present and some of his future. I admire all types of writers, there is room for us all. And for those who want to get rich here at the Hubs, they are dreaming on a grande scale, they won't find their wealth here. Bravo I applaud you sir for this brilliant informative and fact stating article. You are a fine writer my fellow writer.

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      Brian Leekley 3 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      “Call me, Ishmael. I'm on my iPad. Some years ago - never mind how long precisely - before Sears sold Sears Tower, if you believe it -- having little or no money in my QuickieCash Online Account, and nothing particular to interest me on shore in LA or Monterey, I thought I would sail about a little, like Rupert Murdoch ...."

      Just kidding, Melville!

      Serious question, billybuc: I am 71 years old and aging and am beginning to suspect that I am past the halfway point of my life. There does not seem much employment around for retired mail order out of print scholarly books dealers who lack the strength of their youth. I've been trying to make a frugal living from my tiny social security pension plus my hubbing, but have made nothing yet from the latter. Maybe if I keep working hard, in just another year, or another, or another, I will, like you and others, be able to make a little money. Maybe not but maybe. Meanwhile, I have a second novel in progress, a screenplay in progress, a short story series in progress, and other works in progress that have been sitting for nearly two years in hanging files, characters waiting for me, their author, to finish telling their stories. Maybe not but maybe, if I work hard, I will write novels that someday will bring in a bit of income. I'm not prolific enough to write both hubs and novels. Would I be foolish to turn from hubbing back to fiction writing, or foolish not to, as the main focus of my work days?

      The master writers who were not rich or have a sideline occupation had to learn to be both poets and hack writers. Shakespeare had to attract a paying audience to the Globe Theater. Dickens published his novels in parts and had to sell enough of each installment to pay the rent and buy his wife and children groceries. Mark Twain made money writing and then for a fee giving humorous lectures.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I love that you just write about things that interest you....my only fear about SEO is that writing gets watered down, and writing should never be watered down. Just my opinion and there are many who would argue against it. :)

      Thanks buddy and I hope you have a great remainder of the week.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Great article, Bill. This is what you do so well on Hubpages; encourage! I don't know how much you make from it, but I think the influence you have on me and my fellow writers is beyond anything that you'll see on your adsense.

      Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vincent, I truly appreciate the kind words. I'm afraid I sometimes come off as a snob and that is not my intention. It is just that I admire great writing so much, and I think great writing is declining in this age where anyone can make a quick buck or publish an ebook. I think there should be more concentration on improving skills rather than dazzling people with how many books one can post on Kindle.

      I greatly admire those, like you, who simply write for the joy of writing. Poets will always be ignored on HP and I actually understand it, but I hope to the heavens that poets are always with us....we need as many great writers as we can find.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, a tough question my friend. I am about to turn 65 and I could easily be asking the same question you asked. I feel time running out....that is why I am so "prolific" in my writing. I have a long-range plan and HP was a part of that plan....not to make money on HP, but to establish myself as a serious writer. I am just about to turn the page and move on to the next step in my plan because there really is very little else HP can do for me. I will always be here on HP but nowhere near the amount I have been for the past eighteen months.

      As for you....I think those books and screenplays need to be written. The body of work you have done on HP is your foundation. Now it is time to build on that foundation.

      I hope that helps....thank you for your honesty and continued support.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wayne, I really appreciate that....I knew early on that I would make very little on HP, but that's really not why I joined in the first place. My work on HP is my foundation, my body of work, and now I need to build upon that in other venues. The greatest gift I have received from HP has been the friendships I have made and the connections I have made with some incredibly talented people such as yourself.

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      go-barbara-go 3 years ago

      Hi Bill,

      I have created another blog at blogspot for SEO, and I have decided HP would be my hiding place, a perfect avenue for expressing my thoughts and feelings. I don't care if I'd be getting less than a dollar a month here. This is the only avenue where fellow hubbers listen and appreciate writing in its true sense. Thank you for this hub....I might migrate some of my "how-tos" starting today.

      Voted up!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Bill,

      Thank you!!! A writing site should be just that, a writing site, where one can write what is inside and must come out one way or the other. I read somewhere that in the apprentice program, one could not write anything too personal? What? I mean, writing should be passionate and an outpouring of one's most innermost thoughts and creativity, whether in non-fiction, fiction or poetry, especially! Now the "How to do hubs" well, I just have not gotten it in me to even attempt to write such.

      On the other hand, I love the HP community of writers and friends I have had the pleasure of meeting, who I would have never met otherwise in this lifetime! That is the main reason I love to write here, and so far, I have written what is on my heart ... and I am not one to be concerned of the issue of money, as it is my passion to write what my heart wants to write.

      Awesome article by an awesome writer.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      Hugs and love from southern USA,

      Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love it Barbara, and I wish you luck in the future. I hope people don't get me wrong...I love HP because of the people I have met here, but to expect anything else from it, for me, is foolishness.

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, you are the perfect example of all that is good about HP....you and others like you have kept me here for eighteen wonderful months. I love your passion and your truths....never change please. :)

      hugs and love from Olympia, and of course a bushel full of blessings

      bill

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I love to read hubs that are written from the heart, of course my favorites are poetry. Thank's again for telling it like it is.......

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I love the poet's heart and I hope one day to write like one with my prose. Thank you as always my friend.

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      This is probably one of the best hubs I have read on hub pages so far. You hit the nail on the head. I am of the opinion that if your writing is interesting enough people will read it key words or not. Great hub!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mel, thank you very much and obviously I am of the same opinion. :)

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for this beautiful hub, Bill. My favorite part of all is the last paragraph.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      SEO? Keywords? What are keywords Bill?

      Thanks my friend for writing your thoughts about this topic. I take to heart your words of wisdom.

      Starting tomorrow, I'll begin setting the ground work for my book...I'm eager to get your feedback.

      Always and forever so grateful for all the expertise you share.

      Love you ~ Audrey

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      Martin Kloess 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. Your key words, "be the writer you were meant to be."

      think about this.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      This is something I try to do daily. In the mornings, I write for money. But in the afternoon or early evening, I write for fun. It keeps me in practice and reminds me why I write. I've created a world for myself where my characters have taken on a life of their own. I don't so much write their lives as chronicle it. Maybe there's a book or, at least, a collection of short stories hidden here. I don't know. All I know is these people are my passion and I adore them all.

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      Renee 3 years ago

      I do believe that we should write what we want to write in the style that we are used to. I can easily differentiate my writing when its for myself and for fun and when its writing with SEO in mind, sometimes it becomes really stilted because you want to fit in the keywords no matter what. Also, the topics are not really those you want to write about. Great job on this hub Billybuc! Voted up and across and shared.

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      gsurvivor 3 years ago

      You prove some valid points here, certain forms of writing were simply never supposed to be based around SEO. But, if we are talking about simple entertainment articles, which also have their own charm, if not for reading in full then at least for skimming and getting a few laughs, SEO can actually prove as a good guide to sticking to point and not boring the reader.

      So if you use it wisely, SEO might prove as not such a bad thing after all. Anyhow, very thought-provoking hub, a definite vote-up from here :)

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      A great inspirational write. Yes I totally agree, this world needs more writers who write for the love of writing. Great hub, voted up.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      You mean you can make money on HP? (smiling snidely) SEO...after two years I'm still trying to get that one right!

      From the heart, that my friend as you so well stated, is what writing is all about. This is one of your most touching and appropriate hubs for any writer. We can't write for keywords. We can't write for certain formats or dictates....we can write from the heart! Way to go (not a structured sentence, but from the heart.)

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, pinned and shared.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia; that was my favorite part too.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, I look forward to the beginnings of your book and I'm so happy you are taking this next step. Blessings and love to you always.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Martin; I think about it daily. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, you had me smiling with the last line...you adore your characters. I love that.

      Thank you my friend and good luck with that future book.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marie, I agree. I write for companies in the morning and it does not even look like my normal writing.....and then I am set free in the afternoon to write from my heart.

      Thank you for that comment.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      gsurvivor, I will concede that certain types of writing lend themselves to SEO...I just want to make sure writers write for themselves at times and continue to write from the heart. :) Thanks for your words.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Vellur! I always appreciate you stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, way to go is a fine sentence and one I'm appreciative of. :) Now I'll let you go so you can feed your soul and speak from the heart.

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      SilverGenes 3 years ago

      Wow, Bill! Once again, you are right on the money! There is a huge difference between writing and searchable content creation. Writing is an art and producing content with SEO is a technical craft. Nothing artistic there at all (though it IS rather crafty). We are simply producing a message that is easy for search engine algorithms to find. Hubpages is a business and relies on SEO and as long as we don't confuse the two, we are in good shape. The people here are pretty darn cool though :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alex, exactly. HP is a business and I understand that and applaud them for their business model and all they do to give writers a platform....just don't confuse them with a site that encourages freestyle writing because they are not.....and without a doubt the people are very cool. :) Thanks my friend; I hope you are well.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Hi, Bill!

      Some of the most talented writers on HubPages can be found at the water hole at the end of each hub you write, and today, I took the time to read every single comment. I'm actually glad to see that there are many who share the same point of view about the need for REAL writing. Thanks for lighting the torch once again, my friend! Aloha, and have a wonderful Friday and weekend, my friend!

      Joe

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joe, I'm done for the day. I went jogging and now I'm just catching up on a couple comments and it will be lights out.

      You are absolutely correct about the writers who comment on my hubs; I am blessed my friend...I am blessed.

      Have a great evening.

      Aloha

      bill

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Really amazing hub.

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      Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

      It took a few months before I ever got any income, and I didn't even know about SEO at that time. I have used keywords at times but I haven't found them to bring in more readers. They seem to come to read about the topic and to get information. I get a check every month, yet I don't write that often anymore. My past work couple with a few new articles seems to work out just fine. Neverdid plan to get rich here. Very good article Bill.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Wonderful write as always. At times, writing SEO optimized articles becomes a necessity for earning online true satisfaction for a writer stems from pouring his heart out irrespective of any specifics.

      All the way up and have a wonderful weekend, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you vkwok!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Pamela...like you, I get paid a little but it makes no difference to me and certainly doesn't affect my approach to writing.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, no doubt it is helpful in earning an online income; I just want to encourage writers to also do writing without keywords and let their spirit flow. Thank you for visiting my friend.

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      Cynthia Lyerly 3 years ago from Georgia

      While I agree with you in principle, writing is no good unless others read and enjoy it. There has to be a way to get people to your work (SEO or name recongition or some kind of following). The whole concept saddens my heart because good writing is a dying profession. When poorly written books like the 50 Shades trilogy are best sellers, we all lose. Vote up.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Sara, I completely agree...we need to find a way to get others to read our works....my article points out that I understand that fully...my only concern is that there are writers who sacrifice quality for the sake of keyword stuffing, and I think quality will always be the most important factor for a writer.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      It is true, Billy, really it is. I have had material still working for me, steadily climbing with several items that have broken through the thousand mark. No key words.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      There you go, Deb....I wonder if it has anything to do with good writing skills and a solid niche. :) Hmmm!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      There's a 50 Shades trilogy?! Why?

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Apologies my friend been snowed under this past week so some catching up to do on HP. This article is spot on yet again, there is a place for SEO and sometimes as you say, it is necessary to help pay those bills whether we enjoy it or not. True creative writing with quality will always win as will passionate writing and writing from the heart. There are many superb examples of these writers here which I am grateful for. Those who just write for the sheer love of it and write with their own unique style are to be commended. Your writing my friend is always compelling and I thank you for sharing your gift. Cheers for now and have a great weekend!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Phoenix, I'm quite certain I have no idea why. I don't know what 50 Shades is but after your comment I'm in no hurry to find out. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ah, Suzie, we do get busy don't we? I'm heading out soon and have promised myself I won't hang around HP today...time for some fun and no writing.

      Have a great weekend and thank you for visiting.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      I'm not certain I can explain what it's about on a family site.

      My daughter gave me a copy as a gift. (My first thought was, 'She doesn't know me at all.') She urged me to read it, said it was really good. I tried, God knows I tried (sob). After two pages, I was already annoyed with the predictability of female protagonist so I put the book away. That was about a year ago and I still have no interest in picking it up again. I suppose I should finish so I don't hurt my daughter's feelings (she meant well) but exactly how much is a mother supposed to sacrifice for her child. I've paid my dues.

      My 16-year-old son glanced through it once. I think I need to find him a therapist now. (sigh)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL....Phoenix, I think a less-expensive route would be for all of you to counsel each other. Why pay a professional when you can come to the same results. :)

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Well...I made a conscious decision not to read 50 shades... and who in the world is Honey Boo boo :)?

      Bill, sorry I'm late for this party, but I'm glad I came. Damn...but you're good!!...brilliant article, loved the poetic ending, you still rock my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, believe me, you are better off not knowing who Honey Boo Boo is. LOL

      As for your compliments...thank you so much.

      Have a great week ahead, and blessings to you and yours

      bill

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      Theresa Ast 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Bill - I think I will just copy Jo. "Damn, but you're good." And of course, I couldn't agree with you more. We may have to "write in the morning" or "teach in the morning" to pay the bills, but then there is afternoon and evening spent writing for ourselves! And that makes life good! :) Blessings to you and yours. Theresa

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Theresa, that for sure makes life good. I love being a writer, and I'm even willing to write SEO for three hours so I can have freedom the rest of the day. Thank you for the kind words my friend.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      I bet Faulkner didn't worry about keywords! ;-) In a little way it is like knowing your audience. I find when I am on the internet I am not looking for beautifully written prose and poetry, I'd rather read a good book.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Glimmer, that is a great observation. Thanks for that. The internet is what it is; no doubt about that. Still, I keep hoping some writers will take some pride in what they post. :)

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