Hey You, Yea You, Sign Up For Hubpages NOW!!
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Hey, sorry, I didn't mean it to sound like an order, but it's really tough to get people's attention these days. But seriously, you should. Why, you ask? Well, it's pretty simple stuff: HubPages is perhaps the ultimate article publishing site on the Internet. What's that, you say? You're not a great writer? You don't undertstand the point of writing articles on the Internet? You've never done it before? Well, then this article is for you. I have here a no-nonsense guide to why you should even bother writing articles here, what you should write on HubPages, how to write good articles, and best of all, the great benefits you can obtain from writing these articles.
The simplest explanation of why you should write, besides the pleasure of knowing that you have articles that dominate google, is one word: money. WAIT!! I know, I know, everyone is trying to sell you something; I swear, I'm not some sort of stupid money-making scam with another useless scheme ready to rip you off. I dont want your money, and I don't want your contact information. If at any time you feel that I am trying to rip you off, feel free to leave. I know, you have no reason to believe that I'm any different from the millions of stupid scam artists out there, but hear me out, and decide for yourself if what I have to say is worth your time or not.
Alright, so lets put a few things in order: this is making money the good old fashioned way: work. But it's not physical labor, just writing. What's that? How do you make money writing? No, it's nothing complicated, not in the slightest. In fact, it's embarassingly simple: the magic word is Google AdSense. Well, actually that's two words, but you get what I'm saying.
What Makes Google So Damn Special???
That's a superb question: why is Google the undisputed search king? Yahoo and MSN Live have just as many results, and much of the same pages in them, so why is Google so much better? To start with, we must think about the fact that 99% of the Internet is absolute garbage: money making schemes, blank pages, broken links, utter crap like that. So why don't you ever see that when you do a Google search (usually)?
RELEVENACE. That's Google's claim to fame. It has a fantastic "relevance" algorithm, such that the most relevant page to your search inquiry is first on the search engine. In othe words, it makes the best stuff appear first. Thus, by writing high-quality articles, you can get to the top of google surprisingly quickly. Which brings us right back to what I was talking about before: Google AdSense.
What Is Google AdSense anyway?
Google AdSense is truly a spectacular system for aspiring writers online. Basically, based on the content of your article, it will create some google ads specifically for that audience, and through HubPages, automatically place them on your article. Anytime someone clicks on an ad, poof! You get money from Google for getting them there. Google certainly isn't getting the raw end of the deal either; they get money from advertisers for putting their ads up every time there's a click, and simply act as a middleman.
Now, when you write on Hubpages, you split the profit from Google AdSense with Hubpages 70-30 (70% goes to you, 30% to HubPages)...WHAT?!?! Why should you give this site 30% of your AdSense profits??? Why not just start your own webpage and forget about HubPages? Well, there are loads of good reasons.
Firstly, this site provides you with more useful tools than you could ever want. This page you're viewing right here, I used absolutely zero HTML or programming to make it. Importing pictures, video, youtube, links, polls, anything is as simple as a few clicks with the HubPages Capsule system. Changing the placement is also as easy as a few clicks, which makes the experience far less cumbersome than so many other "make-it-yourself" webpage design help programs.
Secondly, visibility. Have you ever heard of Google PageRank? Well, Google assigns a "pagerank" to every page it indexes. Low quality pages have no page rank, or a page rank of one. The quality of a page is decided on a variety of attributes: uniqueness of the content, hits per day, and also who links to your site just to name a few. The scoring index goes from 0 to 10, with 10 being the best. Few webpages can realisitically obtain a 10/10. CNN.com, for example, one of the most popular webpages, has a PR9 [PageRank 9/10]. If you make a webpage, it will begin with no PageRank at all, and then obtain a PR1. Pages with a higher page rank can far more easily get to the top of a google search, as they're deemed to be higher quality. HubPages has PR5, which is extremely good.
Normally, you'd have to write for months, or even years, of high-quality content, day after day, to reach that kind of PR quality. So HubPages instantly takes off useless months of setup and configuration not only of your webpage itself (formatting is important), but of getting a respectable PR. In terms of the speed of making money off of AdSense, even after taking off 30% profit you'll still make money faster with HubPages simply because you get seen so much more easily.
Finally, it costs nothing to join. Most potential writers are quickly scared away by the fact that you'll need to drop $50+/year to have your own domain and hosting for a website. HubPages is completely free to join, and to write on as much as you like. The community of writers here is truly nice, and you can always ask some of the more veteren writers for advice if you're in need of ideas or have a question concerning HubPages.
How Much Should I Expect To Make?
That depends on the effort you put in. The top users (top 0.01% I'm talking about) on HubPages make a thousands of dollars a month, but that takes quite a bit of work; they've written hundreds of high-quality articles on various subjects. It's also passive income which means that once that content is up on the net, besides updating it every few months as needed, you dont need to do a thing but watch the pennies trickle in. Slowly but surely, as you continue to write, the pennies turn into nickels, which turn into quarters, which turn into dollars, and suddenly you're doing quite well for youself.
Realistically speaking, if you write a single high-quality article a day, and market it correctly, even if you know little about HubPages or article marketing, it's possible to start making a few dollars a day within a month. After 2-3 weeks of writing seriously on Hubpages (an average of 2-3 high quality aricles/day), this is what I achieved:
Yea, $2.76/day doesnt seem like much, but that's with only 2-3 weeks of work. Within a month that had grown significantly. So if you obtain $10/day or $20/day or even $50/day, with 30 days in a month, you do the math. So no, you won't become the next internet millionaire, but yes, you can make some good on-the-side money writing about what you love. So without further ado, how to join HubPages and write your first Hub successfully.
Sign Up For HubPages Here - Click here to sign up for your own HubPages account. Don't worry, it'll open in a new window so you won't lose where you currently are here!
Don't be shy about asking more experienced users for help if you need it! The HubPages community is incredibly kind and most people are more than willing to help out newer hubbers!!
What's a Successful Article?
This is a question I get a fair bit: what exactly is a successful article? How do you define it? Well, everyone has their own definition, but I have a basic scale here so you know whether your article is a complete flop or not:
0-9 hits/day: Not Successful. Your article is not achieving the penetration you want. Try improving the formatting, submitting it to more digg-like entities, add some videos, some links, spice up the tags, and see what you can do.
10-20 hits/day: Basic Success. This is what an average article will hit, at least when you're starting out. If you can get this at the minimum consistently you're a successful writer here at HubPages.
20-50 hits/day: Good Success. This is a very good article. It has fine market penetration and will bring you a fair bit of traffic. If you can continually pump out articles that achieve this you're quite the Hubber.
50-100 hits/day: Great Sucess. Quite the engaging article. You're probably near the top of a google search for quite a few popular terms if you're hitting this. Any Hubber that gets a few of these articles will certainly start to see the cash flow in.
100-300 hits/day Fantatsic Success. If you've managed these numbers, your page is phonomenal in many respects. I would guesstimate that less than 1% of Hubbers can achieve these kinds of results more than once.
300+ hits/day Grand Slam!!! You've surpassed me as a Hubber and I have nothing left to teach you. Please, tell me your secrets to success!!
Writing Your First Hub - The Amazing Power of SEO Book
Once you have your account, it's time to begin writing your fist hub. Sign in to your account and open a new Hub to write (its pretty easy to navigate around HubPages). There are a few ways to decide what to write about. The first, simplest, and easiest way you should begin is: write about what you're passionate about.
Let's say your passion is cars. Think of a flashy title, and add in some tags for your topic. Basically, write in the most common search terms you can think of for your subject, as many as you can think of (around 20 is usually good). To find out what some common search terms are, go to SEO-Book and do some searches. It's a really useful tool for finding exact search terms and their popularity. The minimum you want is about 400 searches/day. After doing this, do a google search for the exact same term you were looking for on SEO Book. If the top few articles aren't too great, fantastic!! Now's your chance to strike and take the top spot for yourself.
So now that you have some tags and an article idea, write you article. Make it well-organized and informed. Don't just pick a blanket topic like Cars. Millions upon millions of people have written on cars and competition is insane. Instead, try something like "Fuel Efficient Cars for the 21st Century - A Comparison" If you want some ideas on formatting, check out this hub here for some good ideas. So long as your market your article [described below] and make it aesthetically pleasing, not to mention a strong tag line, it should do quite well.
Google AdSense will automatically detect the content of your article, and place innocious advertisements here and there on your page. While most people won't click on them, some of the people who view your article will, being interested in what Google has to offer. Every time someone clicks, you get some money. No, it's not a lot of money per click; it can range anywhere from a $0.02 to $10.00 (and sometimes even higher!). What amount depends on loads of factors, about which many other articles have been written, but that's not the primary concern of this article. To put it simply, articles that talk about products generally get more for a click then those that don't.
I Wrote My Article, Now What???
Well, now that you've finished it, you've got to market it! You could have the greatest article in the world, but if noone knows it exists, you're not gonna get a lot of hits. First, submit your article to Google
Once that's done, look down at the bottom of your article, and click "Share It". Put it on Digg, StumbleUpon, and Mixx (you may need to make an account with them if you havent yet, but it's totally free to do so). Submit your article to each of them in turn. And that's it!! Rinse and repeat for your next article, albeit on a different subject.
In conclusion, I hope that you found my article to be informative on the subject. Please feel free to leave comments!!