Karen Hellier is a freelance writer and eBay entrepreneur. She lives happily in the mountains of North Georgia with her husband and her dog.
I have finally reached my goal of writing 100 hubs on the Hubpages website. Whoo hoo, yippee and all that good stuff. I am grinning from ear to ear...can you tell? I had wanted to reach the goal of 100 hubs ten days ago, but I missed the date. I had started the 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge with some other hubbers, and some of us made it to 30, and some of us did not. Had I made it back on July 14th, I would have had 100 hubs then. But alas, I only made it to 25, which meant 95 hubs. It took me another eight days to write five more hubs, which brought me to that magical number of 100 hubs!!!
Even though I didn't quite make my goal on time, I have made it, and I can't tell you how happy I am to have reached 100 hubs. Maybe I am even happier now that I have had to struggle through the last 5! That is a huge milestone for me. I have been a member of HubPages for six months and ten days now. When I first started, 100 hubs seemed so very far away. I thought maybe I could hit 100 hubs at the end of a year.I am having so much fun on Hub Pages that I just wanted to share some tips with newer hubbers that may help your journey to 100 hubs go a bit smoother.
Here are a few tidbits of information that have helped me reach my goal in half that time:
1) Do Your Homework
I hadn't even been a member of HubPages for very long when I came across the 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge.I am a real goal setter and love a good challenge. I decided to join the challenge because I didn't have many hubs, and that would motivate me to write a lot of hubs quickly. But I didn't understand the rules or how to go about it. So I did my homework. I searched the HubPages search bar for "30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge". There certainly are a lot of HubPages writers who have participated in this because I found a lot of hubs about it. I also went to the Learning Center and was overwhelmed with all the information there. Getting overwhelmed was not helping me to write more hubs, so I wrote when I could, and when I only had a few minutes to be on the HubPages site, or the words to the next hub weren't quite in my brain yet, I read as much as I could in the Learning Center. And I learned a lot. I learned about SEO optimization, the importance of writing a summary from my hubs, of linking them, and of promoting them. I am still working on the SEO optimization, but the other tips have helped me immensely.
2) Challenge Yourself
Have a goal and try to reach it. Whether you try a challenge such as 30 Hubs in 30 Days, or 10 Hubs in 10 Days (thanks for inviting me to join that one prospectboy!), keep setting goals for yourself, and try your hardest to reach them. If you don't quite make the number of hubs you were trying for, take heart in knowing that you have written more than if you hadn't challenged yourself to complete that goal.
3) Connect With Other Hubbers
If you find a hubber who writes about topics you truly enjoy, follow them, and leave some fan mail about what you like about their writing. I have met two great writing friends on here who have been very encouraging to me. And their encouragement has helped me continue to write.Thanks so much SusieQ42 and NYBride! I have also learned about other writing sites from both of them and have recently joined Textbroker.com and am earning a small amount of money from them as well as Hubpages, so connecting with other hubbers will add helpful experiences to your life.
4) Leave Comments
Leaving comments encourages other hubbers and helps them feel that someone else appreciated their hard work, or that they bared their soul and that was met with appreciation. It also may send the hub author to your profile because then two of you have some things in common, and you may find that you receive more followers that way. And when you meet people like billybuc, a hubber who really pays attention and gives great feedback, connecting with other hubbers will be a bright spot in your day. And also writes great hubs of his own, and many of them I might add!
5) Read Comments
I have found some very interesting and talented hubbers to follow by reading the comments left on someone else's hub. It's as though a friend has introduced me to their friend, and we find out we have a lot in common and go on connected as followers of each other from there. It's a great way to find new hubs that interest you that you may not have ever read if you hadn't liked their comments or writing style within their comment.
6) Start Hubs When the Moment is Right
Unless you are in a real time crunch because you are in a 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge, or for the really brave, the 100 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge, don't feel stressed that you have to write a hub every time you sit down at your computer. Some days I started a hub, then decided the words weren't flowing right, so saved it for another day. I would often look up other subjects I wanted to read about on HubPages and found new hubs and new hubbers to inspire my life. I also sometimes used that time to learn more about SEO optimizations, or fine-tuning my hubs, etc. so it was time well spent. The next time I logged onto the computer, I was often ready to go and would finish the hub I had previously started.
7) Keep Lists of New Hub Ideas
Whether you keep lists in a notebook by your computer, or by your bed for those late at night ideas that pop into your head before you drift off to sleep, definitely write them down. You'll have an ongoing list of ideas to write about. I often think of a title and start a hub with that title, and let it gel for a few days before I continue. This gives the hub a chance to get a higher score so when you actually publish it; it may start with a score of 70 rather than 52. This gains your hub more respects and more interest with readers.
8) Write About What You Love
Writing about what you love will help the words to flow easier. Pick subjects that excite you, and that you can talk about forever. Then start writing. Using the same subject, you can write hubs about How to..., or 10 Tips that will help you... Let's take fly fishing for instance. If you love to fly fish, you can write a hub about 'How to Fly Fish" and another one about "10 top Tips to Help you Fly Fish". The you can follow that up with "Best Places to Fly Fish", etc. So, using one topic, you already have the beginnings of 3 hubs which should be fun to write because you love to do it already so sharing the information with others makes it enjoyable for you..
9) Write About What You Know
Maybe you have some information that you know because you do it at work every day. Maybe it's not something you love to do, but since you have so much knowledge about it, the hub will often write itself. At my last job, I taught high school students how to apply for jobs, and how to have a good job interview. I also helped them find scholarships to apply to for college. All these subjects were easy tow rite hubs about because it was second nature to me. There's a hubber on here named Robhampton who has been in the pool business for 15 years and is apparently doing very well on HubPages writing a lot of articles about pools. So, think about all the subjects you know about, and you will have a whole new set of hubs.
10) Don't Stop Writing
I would say the most important thing to remember on Hub ages is don't stop writing. When I first joined the HubPages Ad Program, in mid-March, I wasn't making much money. I had been on HubPages for two months and finally figured out how to set up the HubPages Ad Program. In my first month using that program, I made $13.75. I quit my job in June because I need more flexibility in my life, and I am hoping that someday I can make a living online like my fellow hubber NYBride. She is a huge encouragement to me because she writes from home and makes her income that way. Someday I hope to follow in her footsteps. Now that I have been on the Hub Pages Ad Program for four months, I have more than doubled my monthly income here at HubPages. Okay, now if you can multiply $13.75 times 2, and add a few dollars, you are probably wondering how I am going to survive on approximately $30 per month. I am not, but I can see the figures increasing each month, as I write and promote more hubs and that is exciting to me. The reason they are increasing though is because I continue to write hubs. And each hub I write brings in more views, and more cents are racking up with each new hub I write. So never stop writing those hubs because the more you write, and the more you promote your work and do the steps above, the better writer you will become, the more friends you will have made on HubPages. And if you want to make money, more hubs will equal more money.
I have completed the 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge twice now in 6 months. I have completed the 10 Hubs in 10 Days Challenge once. I enjoyed every challenge, but for now, have a goal of writing four hubs per week. If I continue to do that, I will have completed another 104 hubs by the time I hit my one year anniversary, and be beyond 200 Hubs. Now that will be a reason to celebrate! And of course, to write another hub! When I click on the "publish now" button, I will be at 101 hubs, and on my way to 200! Good luck to all of you out there. I hope you all reach your own goals with Hubpages.
- Need New Hub Ideas? Let Your Photos Lead the Way!
Reviewing photos that you already have on your computer will give new ideas on articles you can write for Hub Page publication. Examples are shown.
© 2012 Karen Hellier
Tammy Winters from Oregon on October 14, 2020:
Thanks for sharing. I actually found your hub while searching for SuzieQ42 and can't find her. I guess she is no longer the top hubber.... You must be doing well now? Great Job staying motivated. I enjoy reading your progress.
Eric Caunca from Ph on July 09, 2020:
Why I can't see ads on the HubPages? I only see the word "advertisement" but not the ads itself. I can't see the ads even the articles which did not write by me but by another author here in HubPages. On other websites, I can see ads, but not in any articles on HubPages. How to bring it back? Thank you
Gupi on June 09, 2019:
Thanks for sharing those wonderful tips
Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on September 22, 2012:
Glad to have inspired you. It felt great to reach that milestone. Now I am working on m second 100 hubs, and when I get to the 200 mark, it will feel even better! I would highly advise challenging yourself to some 30 hubs in 30 days, etc. Without that, or a certain goal in mind and you are highly motivated, the hubs come more slowly. Good luck!
Stephanie Marie Severson from Atlanta, GA on September 21, 2012:
Congratulations on a huge accomplishment! I am inspired. Thanks!
Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on August 31, 2012:
Congratulations on making 100 hubs. I just did a 30 day challenge and finished it 1 month ago. I might be ready soon to take a 10 hubs in 10 days challenge, but I'm not ready to do 30 in 30 just yet! My anniversary with Hub Pages in January 12th, so I might be ready to do a 30 in 30 later in the Fall. I think one more will do for me before my anniversary date.
carol stanley from Arizona on August 31, 2012:
I also just reached 100 hubs. Now Iam busy going over and making changes constantly. Don't feel bad about slowing down..so have I. I think it is because I am now more careful and thoughtful in my writing. Maybe we should take the 30 day challenge. Thanks for sharing all of this.
Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on August 22, 2012:
I have been here 7 months and still learn new things all the time! I think it's important to set goals if you want to make money with your hubs. If not, it's easy to get lazy and say, 'Oh I will write another hub tomorrow." And then put it off. Since I hit 100 hubs 5 weeks ago, I have only written 9 more. I am surprised at my slow progress. I feel another 10 hubs in 10 days challenge coming on...LOL...I really want to write as much as I can before the school year starts here next week and things get crazy.I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.
U M Hiram from Midwest on August 22, 2012:
Karen, this is an awesome accomplishment and encouraging especially to a new Hubber like myself. Thanks for following me and I definitely look forward to continue reading your great Hubs. Unique
Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on August 21, 2012:
Thanks for the wonderful comment. I do love writing and can't believe I am actually getting paid to do it. I wish it hadn't taken me so long to find hub Pages and all the great people on here. From here, I found textbroker so am currently writing and getting paid by them as well!
grumpiornot on August 21, 2012:
Fantastic, Karen. I don't quite have the motivation you have, but am certainly feeling motivated after reading yours. I wish you every success and hope that your dream of earning well from your passion for writing comes to glorious fruition!
The theory goes that if you do what you love, you'll never have to work a day in your life. It seems you will prove that theory, because you're doing what you love.
Thanks for the hub :)
Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on August 21, 2012:
That's great that you have a system that works for you. It's great that you have the patience to wait a few days to publish your hub. Unfortunately, I can't wait...once I finish a hub, I am so excited that it's completed that I publish right away. I do sometimes go back and fix things I don't like, or updater, or add extra pictures too.
JoanCA on August 21, 2012:
This is really good advice. I actually start a lot of hubs when I get ideas. Sometimes they sit around empty for a while. That way I have a handy list to turn to when I'm ready to write. Other times, I'll have inspiration and write something from beginning to end in one sitting. I usually don't publish for a couple of days until I'm sure I'm happy with the hub though.
Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on July 30, 2012:
Thanks for the congratulations. It has been hard work but I am loving it. I love to write, but I also love to keep track of my progress when I have set a goal, and Hub Pages helps writers do that easily.
Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on July 30, 2012:
Thank you so much for your extremely detailed comment. I am humbled just reading it. I am happy to know that you could hear my voice. Friends have commented that I write as though I were talking to them as well. I am hoping to be up there on the HP home page someday, and if I am, I will be grateful to you for your encouragement.
Mellonyy on July 30, 2012:
Very motivating hub! Congratulations for your hard work and success! Thanks for sharing your experience!
Hawaiian Odysseus from Southeast Washington state on July 25, 2012:
Multiple votes for you, Karen Hellier! I'm in awe as well as inspired by your accomplishments in a relatively short amount of time. I didn't just read your Hub; I actually heard your voice inside my head. That's my way of complimenting you on having a very welcoming and easy to follow style. Your focus may have been on quantity, but the quality of your writing is superb.
I like how you did a lot of research about how to succeed on HP. Something I learned from reading your article, too, is the idea in point 7 about starting a Hub and then letting it incubate for a few days.
In just a few seconds, I'm going to do a very wise thing for myself today...I'm going to press the FOLLOW button on your profile page.
Here's wishing you continued success on HP! We need new faces on the HP home page--ten to one, yours will be up there someday soon.
Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on July 25, 2012:
Yes, Mhatter99, the money is always good as well as the goal! Thanks.
Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on July 25, 2012:
Thanks teaches12345. It is a worthwhile goal to reach for. I am now on my second set of 100 hubs. I have been thinking about trying another set of 10 hubs in 10 days to kick start things, and make sure I get a jump start before I go back to work in the Fall.
Dianna Mendez on July 24, 2012:
Congratulations! You have done a great job in getting there. Thanks for the advice and I look forward to reaching the goal.
Martin Kloess from San Francisco on July 24, 2012:
congratulations. Here's to the next 100 (and of course the $$$).
Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on July 24, 2012:
Wow, so many comments from all of you. Thanks so much for your support and in sharing my excitement. It felt a bit odd when I went to publish this because it meant I no longer was at that beautiful 100 mark, and was now at 101. I truly enjoyed seeing the 100 hubs next to my name, but onward and upward as they say...next stop: 150, and on to 200!
SusieQ42 on July 24, 2012:
Thanks for sharing, Karen, and congratulations on reaching 100 hubs. I'm glad you're continuing to set goals and work towards them. Me- what's my goal? To cash out every month...
Catherine Taylor from Canada on July 24, 2012:
What an inspirational hub, so glad it was shared so I could be introduced to you as a writer. Great tips that I will take to heart. Voted UP!
moonlake from America on July 24, 2012:
Congratulations on your 100 hubs. It's work but it is worth it. I'm aiming for 200 "someday." Voted up on your hub.
Liz Walmoth on July 24, 2012:
This was so inspirational. I'm pretty new and 100 hubs seems far away, but this hub is very helpful in showing me it can be done. Thanks!
Sinea Pies from Northeastern United States on July 24, 2012:
Congratulations, Karen! That is so awesome. Haven't arrived at 100 but I'm getting there. Thanks for your exciting and encouraging hub. Voted up!
Angela Blair from Central Texas on July 24, 2012:
All great advice/suggestions -- and congratulations to you. I've never attempted the 30 Hubs/30 Days challenge -- haven't got my confidence up that much (or tried to make enough time to participate). Great Hub! Best/Sis
Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on July 24, 2012:
Congrats on 100! I remember thinking that I would never get to 100, and now I'm almost to 200. My goal was to make 200 by the end of the month, but I'm behind! All your advice and tips are great. Thanks for reminding me about Textbroker. I need to check them out.
I'm glad you've met billybuc. He's one of my favorite people around. So encouraging!
Again, way to go. Many votes and sharing, too!
Redberry Sky on July 24, 2012:
Congratulations Karen! That's a *lot* of writing, I'm not surprised you look so happy in that photo :) I'm not sure that the Challenges are for me, but your advice in this Hub on how to keep up with writing and motivation is spot on. Well done and good luck with your future Challenges! :)
Shasta Matova from USA on July 24, 2012:
Congratulations on 101 hubs! You have provided great advice for any Hubber. I especially like #6, some days are just not conducive to writing, and you are better off doing some research or reading other hubs. When the time is right, the hubs will roll right off your fingers. I wish you the best on your next 100!
Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on July 24, 2012:
Congratulation. That's a big milestone. Keep it going all the way to 200 and beyond.
Gamerelated from California on July 23, 2012:
I started writing last night, so I have been on HubPages for about 24 hours. I just wanted to say congratulations on writing 100 hubs. That is a spectacular achievement.
Sherry Hewins from Sierra Foothills, CA on July 23, 2012:
Congratulations on meeting your goal. You certainly have been dedicated. I've been here 7 months and my goal I set on July 1 was to reach 50 hubs by the end of July. Since I only have two to go, I shouldn't have any trouble surpassing that goal. Thanks for the inspiration, maybe I need to step it up.
Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 23, 2012:
This is a big milestone to reach in 6 months, Karen. Congrats. You do have a penchant for taking up challenges, given that you completed two 30 in 30 and one 10 in 10 challenges.
Well I wish you all the luck and happy hubbing. BTW, this is a real motivating hub for the newcomers here. So sharing and voting it up and awesome.
tthudium on July 23, 2012:
This is a great success! Good job.
I hope one day I will be celebrating this too. Also, I love the fact that you turned this hub into a resource hub with some information and tips! Keep up the great work, and you'll be making alot more money in no time!