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10 Important Reminders for New Hubpages Writers

Chitrangada loves to read and write.The many possibilities of Online writing excites, and enthuses her, to rediscover herself as a writer.

Are you a beginner at HubPages?

Are you a beginner at HubPages?

Are you a Beginner at HubPages?

So, you have recently joined HubPages.

You must be enthusiastic and excited to publish on this platform. To see your name as a published writer, must have been your dream.
But, before doing that, did you understand how things work at HubPages, or any other online content writing website, for that matter?
I am sorry to note, that most of the new writers start right away, without understanding, the basics of online content writing.

Here, it’s important to understand that I am referring to the term, ‘content writing’, and not ‘blogging.’

We all were beginners once. It takes time, observation, and lot of practice to understand, how the online writing platforms work.

For the new and aspiring writers, it may be difficult to understand, exactly how to begin, and from where to start.

The beginners, usually do not have a clue, about the kind of writing, they want to do, or the path they want to follow.

Perhaps, the most difficult thing for them, is to understand, how to give shape to their brilliant ideas, into wonderful writing.
Life is for learning, and writing also involves continuous learning.

Having spent almost 10 years, in the field of online writing, and 9+ years on HubPages, I think, I can share some important reminders with the new writers, about this craft, which may be useful to them.
Though, I strongly believe that, we keep on learning throughout our life. I am still learning as a writer.

Please go through the Learning centre thoroughly, before publishing your articles.

Please go through the Learning centre thoroughly, before publishing your articles.

Some Important Points To Keep in Mind For The New Writers on HubPages

1. Choose your topics wisely:

Most of the writers make the mistake of choosing those topics, which are quite popular. You may be knowledgeable in that particular area or topic. But, before starting your article, did you check, as to how many articles have already been written on your favourite topic?

The point is, that you should avoid writing on topics, which are overwritten, and you have nothing to add to that information.
Unless, you want to provide something different, or make it unique, avoid writing on such topics, on which countless numbers of materials are already available on the internet.

2. Proofreading:

When a good writer writes with a flow, he or she wants to convey whatever comes to their mind. In the process, there may be some spelling mistakes, here and there, some punctuation errors, some typos, and so on.
Let the thoughts flow in your writings first, but don’t forget to proofread your work, after you have finished writing your post.
Better still, get it checked by someone else, proficient in the language, in which you are writing.

Poor grammar and incorrect sentence structure, will put off the readers, even if you intended to write valuable content.

If you have chosen to write and publish your articles on HubPages, you must be aware that the language in which you have to publish, is English. If English is not your primary language, but second language, it’s advisable to get proficient in it, before attempting to write.
There are many tools, and websites to help you for this.
For example: Grammarly, Pro Writing Aid and many more.

3. Publishing too many articles, together :

I have observed, that some new writers start publishing too many articles in a single day. I don’t know, how does it help.
The aim should be to write a good article, according to the rules, revise, edit, re-edit, and press the publish button, when it is upto the required standards of HubPages.
Publishing too many articles together will not help you to earn more money.

In the online writing platforms, an article takes some time, to mature, and to find it’s readers.

Beginners, please pay attention.

Beginners, please pay attention.

Some Points To Keep In Mind For New Writers on HubPages

4. Learning Centre:

HubPages has a very well explained learning centre, and anyone who joins the website is advised to read it thoroughly.
There are many frequently asked questions, and if followed properly, there is no reason, why a new writer would not be able to write well.

Sadly, very few writers think, that it’s important. They are in a hurry to publish their content, and ultimately poorly written content is rejected or in other words, it doesn’t qualify in the QAP. The article gets rejected or it’s not featured.

I have also observed, that within hours of joining the website, the writers start publishing, not one, but many articles. It’s obvious that they did not make an attempt to understand the rules of writing, or the rules of publishing online.

5. Long Paragraphs:

HubPages provides a wonderful layout for the writers. You can choose to break your content into small paragraphs, bullet points, adding images in between, adding quotes, videos etc.

Long paragraphs can be boring to read, and as such it’s a good idea to convey your message in one small paragraph, rather than writing a long-long paragraph.

Sadly, many of the new writers do this mistake.

6. Repetitive:

There is a certain word limit for publishing articles on HubPages. That doesn’t mean that you can go on repeating the same point, over and over again, to reach that word limit. The readers are not fools, and this can be very easily found out, and no one will be interested to read the article.

7. Content writing is not blogging:

Some new writers make the mistake of writing a very small paragraph, about their personal affairs, and that too in imperfect English. Such content is not suitable for this platform.
First of all, it’s important to understand what is content writing, with special reference to HubPages.
While writing an article, you must provide a well written, well researched information, in grammatically correct English.

The information you provide must be supported by relevant and reliable sources.

Tips and suggestions for online writing

Tips and suggestions for online writing

8. Followers and following:

Some new writers start following each and every writer. They also write a fan mail, as ‘Hi! I have followed you, please follow me.’Remember, this is not a social media site. Respect the fellow writers for their work, and also read their work. You may learn something new in the process.

9. Promotions and Advertising:

I have noticed that many persons join the website, just for the sake of promoting their organisations, their other websites, related to travel, education, shops, clinics, clothing and many more. HubPages is not meant for sharing such content, and I don’t think, such articles can escape the eyes of the HubPages editors or the QAP.

10. Profile and Bio:

It’s important to write an Author’s Bio, along with your profile picture. This should be brief, but give an idea of you, as a writer, your interests and so on.
This Author Bio should be able to give a general idea of who you are. But, for each article, you can add a separate and brief Author Bio, specific to that particular article. This will give a clear indication to the readers, about your knowledge and authority on the subject matter, of that article.
HubPages gives you the option of writing different Author Bios, for different niche articles.

All these details can be clearly understood by reading the Learning Centre, thoroughly.

Interesting Quotes:

* “You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.”

—Jodi Picoult.

* “The most difficult and complicated part of writing process is the beginning.”

—A B Yehoshua.

* “Almost all good writing begins, with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.”

—Anne Lamott.

Final Thoughts:

If you are a good observer, with a creative mind, and an enthusiasm for writing, you can definitely succeed in the field of online writing.

Writing and reading should be a regular activity. You should be clear about, what you want to write, and command over the language is one of the main prerequisite, for being successful in the field of writing.

Reading more, and writing more, and everyday, will make it easier.
Like any other field, online writing also needs discipline, will power, and patience, to achieve success, as a writer.

References, for further reading:

https://www.wikihow.com/Write-Online

https://perell.com/essay/the-ultimate-guide-to-writing-online/

https://elnacain.com/blog/20-ways-find-freelance-writing-jobs/


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Chitrangada Sharan

Comments

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 19, 2021:

Hello Vanita!

I am pleased to read your comments. I am a big fan of your writing and you are right in saying that writing is an art, which requires practice and patience.

I am glad that you found this article helpful. Hope it helps the new writers too.

Thank you for reading and commenting.

Vanita Thakkar on July 19, 2021:

Thanks, Chitrangadaji for sharing your valuable experience with new writers.

Writing is indeed an art that requires practice and patience. Your tips can be very helpful to those who sincerely want to excel and succeed.

Have a great day !!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 18, 2021:

Hello Linda!

Good to read your comments. I hope you are doing well. Take care.

Thank you for reading and appreciating the article.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on July 18, 2021:

You've shared some good advice in your article. I hope you're having an enjoyable weekend, Chitrangada.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 17, 2021:

Hello Peggy!

Appreciate your presence here. I am glad you found the information useful.

Hope the new writers also find it useful.

Thank you so much. Have a great weekend.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 17, 2021:

Thank you Sankhajit Ji, for your positive comments. Much appreciated.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 17, 2021:

Thank you Maryam, for reading and commenting. Glad that you found it informative. Much appreciated.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 17, 2021:

Hello Denise!

Many thanks for endorsing the article. Yes, we should keep on referring to the learning centre from time to time. HubPages has changed a lot, since I joined. Therefore, it’s necessary to update our knowledge, and follow the rules.

Appreciate your presence here. Have a wonderful day. Thank you so much.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 17, 2021:

Hello Brenda!

Thank you so much for your encouraging words of appreciation. I hope the new writers pay attention to these reminders.

As you say, and I agree, we all make mistakes, and learn from them. There is nothing wrong in that. No one can claim to be perfect.

Thank you and happy weekend to you.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 17, 2021:

Hello Bobbi!

It has been a pleasure to know you through your beautiful writings. I think, we are following each other, since the very beginning of our joining days. I cherish this friendship. We all learn from each other, and I have learnt a lot here.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts, and happy to know that you found this article useful. I hope the new writers too, find it useful.

Have a wonderful weekend. Thank you so much.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 17, 2021:

Hello femi!

Good to read your comments.

My experiences about HubPages are almost the same, as yours. Since I joined, I have learnt and evolved as a writer. I find it more suitable, compared to many other online writing platforms. HubPages has maintained a standard and that’s why it has survived. So many content websites had to close, because of lack of quality.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Appreciate your kind comments. Thank you so much.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 17, 2021:

Hello Ravi Ji!

So good to read your comments. You were missed here. I hope you have recovered now. Take care.

You are right that the new writers are somehow misguided to believe, that HubPages is a platform for quick money, which it is not. It takes time to learn the craft of writing.

You make some valuable points in your comments. Thank you for adding more value to the article.

Have a good day and take care.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 17, 2021:

Hello Manatita!

Recently, I have come across many poorly written posts. This prompted me to write this article. I hope, the new writers read it and find it useful.

Always a pleasure to read your comments.

Thank you so much and a happy weekend to you.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 17, 2021:

Hello Devika!

I believe, both of us joined HubPages, around the same time. You are right that since we joined, we have improved and learnt a lot. It does take time, to understand, how things work at HubPages, and other online writing platforms.

Always a pleasure to read your comments. Thank you for your encouraging words and support, always.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 17, 2021:

Thank you Sankhajit Ji, for reading and commenting. I am glad that you found the information useful.

Thank you so much.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 17, 2021:

Hello Miebakagh!

Thank you for reading and appreciating the article. I am glad that you found the information useful.

Appreciate your kind comments. Thank you so much.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 17, 2021:

Hello Sp Greaney!

You are absolutely right, when you say that it takes time and experience to learn the craft of writing. We are still learning, and reading and writing regularly is very important.

Sadly, the new writers are misguided to believe, that one can earn quick money through online writing.

Thank you for reading and supporting my work.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 17, 2021:

You made some excellent points in your article about what it takes to be a successful online writer here on HubPages.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 17, 2021:

Hello Louise!

Thank you for reading and appreciating the article. Glad to read your positive feedback.

Appreciate your comments and support. Thank you so much.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 17, 2021:

Hello Liza!

I am glad that you liked the article. I hope that the new writers too, find it useful.

Appreciate your presence on my post. Thank you so much.

Have a wonderful day.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 17, 2021:

Hello Rosina!

Thank you for reading and commenting on this article.

I am glad that you liked the reminders for the aspiring writers.

I agree with you that we all are still learning, as writers. In order to be better and better, we should keep on learning.

Appreciate your support always. Have a wonderful weekend.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 17, 2021:

Thank you Liz, for reading and appreciating the article.

I appreciate your travel articles, with original pictures, well formatted, and useful content.

You take all the care to follow the rules, while publishing. You are doing very well at HubPages. Wish you all the best.

Thank you for commenting.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on July 17, 2021:

Excellent advice Chitrangada. The new writers on this platform need to understand that writing here ( like most platforms) is not a "get-rich-fast" scheme. It takes time, patience, and a lot of "damp squibs" to hit the sweet spot of success. Thanks for sharing this valuable experience.

manatita44 from london on July 17, 2021:

Very well crafted and excellent article. Necessary and someone had to write it sooner or later. An immaculate and very useful reference point for many writers

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on July 17, 2021:

A helpful hub to all Newbies and they can learn everything from your hub. I like the title. You have mentioned important pointers to learn from and I so agree with you. Writing for Hubpages has been challenging when I first began here and have improved and increased readership. Thank you for an informative hub.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 17, 2021:

Hello Bill!

Your comments made me smile. It’s totally relatable.

I remember my initial days. Although, my mind was full of ideas, It took me sometime, to understand how to publish my first article. There are so many do’s and don’ts, which we understand, over a period of time.

Appreciate your kind comments. Thank you so much.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 17, 2021:

Thank you MsDora, for reading and appreciating the article.

You are right, I also keep on referring to the rules of HP.

Thank you and happy weekend to you.

Sankhajit Bhattacharjee from MILWAUKEE on July 16, 2021:

I do agree.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on July 16, 2021:

That I agree.

Maryam Fatima from Pakistan on July 16, 2021:

Informative.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on July 16, 2021:

These are very good points and even those of us who have been here a while would benefit from reviewing the Learning Center guidelines.

Blessings,

Denise

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on July 16, 2021:

Chitrangada

Thanks for sharing this one.

I do wish the newbies would read my work before posting a simple Hi under my fan mail.

Paying attention to grammar is a biggie.

We all make mistakes and that's nothing. .but some don't take the time to read what they have written.

Good article gal.

Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on July 16, 2021:

Hi Chitrangada,

Very well written guidelines for new writers to HubPages. I remember when I was new years ago-- meeting others writers was a treat for me. I miss some of the great ones who were here.

You were always a delight to read and I appreciate our HubPages friendship.

New writers are sharing new and interesting topic with us.

Thanks for being you,

Bobbi Purvis

femi from Nigeria on July 16, 2021:

Very useful advice for new hubpages content writers. When l joined hubpages about 8 years ago, l had no idea how to write articles. I only new l had a passion for it. Amongst all the content mills of those days hubpages gave me a chance. Today on different platforms l have written over 1000 articles. New writers eager to learn and develop the skill will find hubpages a good place to start.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on July 16, 2021:

Chitrangada, I found your article educating. Thanks.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on July 16, 2021:

This is really useful advice and all of the points that you mention are so valid. I think it takes time to craft your writing style on here. You are constantly learning too.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on July 16, 2021:

There's some very good advice there Chitraganda. Excellent, thankyou.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 16, 2021:

Thank you John, for appreciating the article.

Recently, I have observed some very poorly written posts, by the new writers. This prompted me to write this article, in order to help them.

I am glad that you found it useful. Appreciate your kind words.

Thank you and have a great weekend.

Liza from USA on July 16, 2021:

Chitraganda, this is an excellent reminder for the newbies. You have addressed primary aspects when posting an article on HP. Thanks for sharing!

Rosina S Khan on July 16, 2021:

This is a very useful article for new Hp writers. As Dora said, the points you make are good reminders for older writers as well. Thank you for this wonderful article, Chitrangada.

Liz Westwood from UK on July 16, 2021:

This is an excellent article. I wish I had read it when I joined HubPages. You have put your experience to good use in helping others.

Sankhajit Bhattacharjee from MILWAUKEE on July 16, 2021:

thank you for your kind proposal.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 16, 2021:

I remember just starting out. I was afraid to publish that first article. I was sure no one would read it. I was sure people would tell me the article was horrible (which it was). Now I can't imagine not spending part of my day with my HP friends. Great information here, my friend.

Happy Weekend to you!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on July 16, 2021:

Very helpful for new beginners. Very thoughtful too. Also good reminders for the older writers. Thank you.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on July 16, 2021:

A wonderful article that is a must read for people new to HubPages. You touch on all the important aspects in regard to writing here. Thank you for publishing this article, Chitrangada. It is much needed.

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