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After 12 Years of Hubbing I Have Good Advice for Hubbers

Kelley didn't start making money with his writing until he began writing articles for HubPages in 2008.

"Inside the Head of a Hubber," a photo used by the permission of Henry Garciga

"Inside the Head of a Hubber," a photo used by the permission of Henry Garciga

Writing hubs has changed my life—for the better

I’ve had a great time writing Internet articles for HubPages. I can write whatever I want (for the most part), whenever I want, and I’ve met many fascinating people from all over the world. It’s been a priceless experience and certainly one of the best of my long life.

In this story, I won’t bore people with the mechanics of putting together hubs; there are numerous hubs dealing with such issues. I’ll simply try to convey the finer points of “hubbing” and perhaps help other “hubbers” improve their ability and output along the way.

Please keep reading!

Don’t Always Write Essays

I see many hubbers, especially novices, writing hubs that always express the point of view of the author. These are little more than opinion pieces, and these writers often add a fair amount of extraneous crap along the way as well, boring or irritating the reader. Next time, try writing in the third person, as most magazine articles are written. Pick up a copy of Smithsonian and see how it’s done. Such general interest slicks can also provide great ideas for new hubs.

Nevertheless, if your hub really needs your personal point of view to provide fire and elucidation, stick with it.

Relate to HubPages as You Would an Employer

HubPages is a business and, if you actually earn money writing for them, they will pay you via PayPal. You gotta love it! Writing for HubPages is the first time in my life I’ve actually earned money from writing, so now I’m a pro. Hey!

But whether I actually have friends at HubPages, I couldn’t say. When I’ve sent emails asking for help or clarification their responses have been generally informative, though rather generic. They never offer a name, either, not even a Jack or Jill, so I could in the future relate to them in a more “personal” fashion. Perhaps this is the way of the Internet, eh?

Therefore, I advise you to keep your business face when dealing with them. They seem to want it that way, and perhaps it’s the best way to go. Since I don’t know everything, what can I say?

My First Hub Has Been My Most Popular

Late in February 2008, I published my first story with HubPages. This is it: The Infamous 25 Rock Stars that Died at 27. This hub certainly exemplifies the adage that writers should write what they know and love, because I definitely have deep passion for writing about rockers and rock and roll. Understandably, I guess, this hub has gotten more hits than any other I’ve written. In fact, the day Amy Winehouse died in July 2011, it got 80,000 hits. It seems I profited from the demise of another. Well, such things happen with writers.

How to Make Money Writing Hubs

Well, here you are, making money writing hubs, right? It isn’t easy to make very much, I’ll say that. My advice is to create as many quality hubs as you can— hundreds would be cool—because that’s what you’ll probably need to make hundreds of dollars per month. It’s been stated that some people make “thousands” from hubbing each month, but I would have to see the accounting data before I’d believe such a claim.

You’ll need to promote yourself as well. This is something that’s been very difficult for me. Joining Facebook and Twitter definitely seems to be a must, and blogging couldn’t hurt either, though I haven’t tried that.

At the very least, your hubs will give you an Internet oeuvre you can show to others, a tactic which could certainly help you obtain more writing projects. Having a HubPages presence will also make it easy for people around the world to find you and your stories. What a mind-bobbling realization!

What Can You Do about Copied Hubs?

At present, 30 of my hubs have been copied in some form—that's about one-seventh of my total content. During my investigations, I’ve noticed that some people actually show the story was written by Kelley Marks or Kosmo, while others don’t bother. Any copying of my content irks me, of course, though there doesn’t seem to be much I can do about it. I’ve sent an email or two to the owners of these thieving websites but, in general, they play dumb or express lack of concern.

HubPages suggests one can contact the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and register a complaint. But if DMCA doesn’t have an email address for whomever runs the thieving website, forum, blog or whatever, they can’t help you—and this is often the case. At any rate, I’m doubtful the people at DMCA will help you get the copied material removed.

Perhaps the best thing to do is realize that nobody would be stealing from you if they thought your content was bad. Take this backhanded compliment and be as happy as you can, even though you may be losing money when people copy your hubs.

Fortunately, as of January 2020, I don’t have as many copied hubs. I used to have 45 and now I have 30. Maybe word is getting around that copying other people’s stories or articles will no longer be tolerated. Hey!

Early in 2019 I tried getting some of my copied hubs deleted and had limited success. Dealing with this issue is something similar to collecting bad debts from individuals. Have you ever tried such work? I think it’s one of the worst jobs ever! So, if you don’t have the patience and tolerance for doing this crappy work, do yourself a big favor and concentrate on writing hubs instead.

How to Enhance SEO

SEO or Search Engine Optimization is certainly a highfalutin term, isn’t it? Well, it relates to an important issue, because SEO determines your placement for online searches. While writing your hubs, place as many keywords into your articles as you possibly can.

I’ve done some online experimentation and found that the best place to insert keywords is in the title of your hubs, the subtitle and summary. Many people claim you need to fill your stories with keywords—they go to great lengths to do this, in fact. However, I think doing so will make your writing stilted and full of redundancies. (Also keep in mind that HubPages and Google don’t recommend that writers cram their online articles with keywords, and you could be penalized in some fashion for doing so.)

Of course, you can do whatever you want. If you experience an epiphany regarding SEO, thereby improving your game, please drop me a line.

Are Evergreen Hubs Really the Best?

Creating hubs that stay relevant for a long time, perhaps years, definitely seems to be a good option, for obvious reasons. With that in mind, the best type of evergreen hub to write is the biography of a dead person. My favorite hub of this type is: Andy Warhol Wanted to be Made of Plastic. Just about any story about the past would quality as evergreen, I suppose, so write many of those, but you may be disappointed at the earnings generated from such piney woods-like hubs.

Be that as it may, you may want to capitalize on a current event by creating a news story or feature. These stories can net you tens of dollars in earnings in one day, before they inevitably sink to the bottom of your hub list as the subject matter becomes passé. Perhaps my best story of this kind is: What Should I Know about Mexico’s Drug Cartels? Because many people seem interested in the subject, this hub has become a forum of sorts. I always feel proud when that happens. Just keep in mind, when you write a news-driven story or feature, you may want to update it from time to time, and that comment brings us to the next stage of my article.

Keep Your Hubs Updated

The best way to update your hubs is to make them easy to update! Write short paragraphs separated by subtitles and always place the events in chronological order, so that when you want to add some up-to-date information, you can easily find a place for it. Sometimes, rather than have a definite ending, I’ll simply tack another paragraph to the end of the story. If anybody actually notices what you’ve done, they’re bound to be impressed, even if your transition from paragraph to paragraph isn’t the best.

One hub I keep updating is the aforementioned one about the dead at 27 club. The bad thing about updating hubs is that once you start, you’ll never be finished.

How to Manage URLs or Links to Your Hubs

URLs or links to your articles are shown by the various search engines (Yahoo, Google or Bing, et al.) whenever somebody looks for content on the internet. Included with the title to your article is a short example, summary or synopsis of your article. This information may come from the summary you write for each article, the first sentence or two of the article itself, the caption for your first photo, or a sentence or two seemingly taken at random from somewhere in your article. This is unfortunate for the writer because he or she won’t know for certain what text the search engine will show to viewers unless he or she investigates.

Therefore, you’ll need to be very careful that every word in your article is edited to perfection, a daunting task indeed, yet this seems to be the current state of being for search engine mechanics. My advice is that once your article is published, use a search engine to see what text is being selected and then, if needed, edit that part of your article to change what viewers see. Of course, every search engine may show something different!

Should You Write Epic Hubs?

If you’re like me you write many hubs that are lists of some kind—the Top 10 Hard Rock Bands of All Time, for instance. (I may have written more lists than any other hubber. Do I deserve an award? Sure, I’ll take it!) Anyway, now that it’s 2020 you may want to update that list to a top 12, 15, 20, 25 or more, because such an increase could make it easier for you to transfer such an article to a network site, which could generate more income for you. So my advice is that you create more— what I would call—epic hubs.

Should You Have Hyperlinks in Your Hubs?

These days, I put very few hyperlinks in my hubs. If I do, I only use links to articles in Wikipedia, because I don’t want to be flagged for using what have been labeled “spammy links.” Recently I got an email from one of the network sites saying they had deleted all the links in one of my hubs. (If these links were acceptable before, why take them out now?) So, I advise you to use few, if any, hyperlinks in your articles. After all, if somebody clicks on one of the links in your hubs, they may not come back to your story, which would lessen the chance getting PPC income.

HubPages New Wide Image Policy

During the summer of 2017, HubPages decided that all photos and illustrations, etc. will need to be the widest width available. Using wide photos is just fine of course, as long as the resolution is adequate; otherwise, narrower images will have to be replaced or simply deleted. It takes lots of time to scan all the images in one’s hubs, looking for the fuzzy or pixelated images, especially if you have hundreds of hubs! If you don’t have a conventional job, you may have plenty of time for all updates, but if you do, you may not want to spend your valuable time to implement this latest update. (The upside of this order is that these “better” photos will almost certainly improve the look of your hubs. Perhaps you’ll even make more money.)

As I wrote before, once you start updating your hubs, you’ll never be done, particularly if HubPages decides to require more advanced formats, photos, illustrations and/or videos. Will 3-D be required next?

HubPages Suggestions or Directives That Were (or Are) a Waste of Time

1. Years ago, HubPages decided that hubbers should connect or link their hubs with the articles of other hubbers. This was considered “good karma” or however they labeled it, and a "karmic score" was given to all hubbers. Wanting to do my part to be a better hubber, I spent lots of time linking my hubs to other hubs. Then, months later, HubPages decided that creating karmic connections wasn’t worth the bother, so they stopped encouraging people to do it. Thanks a lot! Can I invoice you for all the time I spent being karmic?

2. They also urged people to set up specific groups for their hubs, say one for the Beatles and another for Peruvian archaeology, and I spent lots of time doing this, seeing the importance of it. Then they decided to use their own categorization for hubs. Hey, I had spent lots of time making sure that every hub was in the right group! Can I bill you for my time?

3. For a year or so, HubPages decided to allow readers to ask questions of the author for any particular article. This option may have helped the readers, but it was certainly a mixed experience for this author. Most “questions” seemed to be little more than comments with a question mark at the end. I had the option of editing the question, which I often did, but this took time. In retrospect, some of these questions—and my responses—added meaningful content to some articles, though at other times the questions could have made better comments, if anything. Of course, when I concluded that answering questions on any particular article was a pain in the butt, I would turn off this option—and heave a sigh of relief!

Utilizing Network Sites

For awhile now, HubPages has been offering hubbers the opportunity to transfer their hubs to what they call Network Sites. Sometimes the editors at HubPages seem willing to edit one’s hubs without the hubber doing any of the work, and I suggest you do this because they seem to do a good job of making hubs better, and this also gives you tips on how you can improve your future hubs.

Of course, you can make changes to your old hubs without them asking you to do so—and you should—because sending your hubs to sites such as Soapboxie will probably help you earn more money. My earnings have gone up because of this cyber movement, though not to a great extent. (At least now I get paid just about every month.) Perhaps your experience will be different!

Deleting Hubs with Low Traffic

At times, you may discover that one of your hubs has been listed as no longer featured because of low traffic. If less than a thousand people have clicked on it over a period of months or years, it may be beyond help, as unpopular hubs tend to stay that way. So, if you think you won’t be able to improve it by updating and/or editing it, then you probably should delete it. These days, after I publish a new hub I delete one of the losers. Doing this may help keep my hub score above 90, which is excellent, and something to be proud of.

As of November 2020, I’ve deleted 80 hubs. Good for me!

The Importance of Leaving Comments

If somebody takes the time to write a comment at the end of your hub, and if this comment seems to show the person actually read your hub and, if he or she has something insightful to add as well, you should respond in a like fashion. It takes time to write these comments and the person doing so should be acknowledged— or rewarded. I really think swapping comments is one of the most interactive activities in which a hubber can engage. The only exception to this rule is that I don’t always respond to comments written by “outsiders.” If they want more from me, they should give more by becoming hubbers.

Also, when I realize a hubber has commented on one of my hubs for the first time, I try to read one of their hubs and leave a comment. I may also become a follower as well, what the heck. Supporting and acknowledging others helps enrich the hubbing experience. Hey!

What Makes a Hub Popular

I wish I knew exactly what makes a hub popular. The only attribute that seems to apply more times than not is when a hub provides helpful hints or tips. For instance, it appears my dental hubs have helped many people with their dental issues. Having much “expensive” experience in this regard gives me much to write about! My most popular dental hub is: What Can I Do about My Bad Teeth? So, if you can help folks in some way, write the heck about it, and link all of those stories together. And if one or more of these stories is weak, the good ones can help buoy it up.

Don’t Keep Adding Capsules

Many people think it’s important to use as many capsules of one sort or another in one’s hubs. My advice is that you should only use what is necessary. For instance, many hubbers use too many video capsules. Adding video capsules willy-nilly doesn’t help make a hub popular. I know—I’ve tried. Now if you can add your “own” videos to enhance the possibilities of a story, give it a try. But always remember that text is the primary aspect of any hub. Without it, your hub will be little more than stuff.

Use Plenty of Photos

If text is of primary importance when creating a hub, then photos are second. Always use lots of photos for your stories, though some may require just a few. I advise you to have at least one lead photo which seems to introduce the subject matter in an engaging fashion, even if this pic is little more than metaphorical in content. And, if you can, only use the best photos; avoid those fuzzy or pixilated ones. (HubPages doesn’t want you using those, either.) Moreover, if you don’t already have a digital camera, get one ASAP. All hubbers must have one!

Should You Use Amazon Capsules?

I have used Amazon capsules for many years and have made very little money with them. (How about you?) Perhaps we should delete all of them from our hubs, because if you want to transfer a hub to a network site, you must delete the Amazon capsule before doing so. Also, if you want to keep your hub as a featured article, you must dump the Amazon capsule. This policy makes you wonder why HubPages doesn’t simply discontinue their usage entirely, which is what they did with eBay capsules years ago.

Should You Show Photo Attribution?

Attribution should be shown for some photos—you know which ones, don’t you? As for me, when I use my photographer friend’s photos I always indicate that I have permission to do so. For Wikipedia public domain photos, I don’t bother to indicate attribution, because all of that clutters up my hubs. Other photos I use are those found on websites labeled as "images of," which pertain to photos of celebrities such as Miley Cyrus or Eric Clapton, some of which are low resolution photos, preventing, I think, copyright infringement.

Do the owners of such photos care if we use them in our hubs? You tell me. At any rate, getting permission to use all of these photos, and then keeping notes on them, would probably be a nightmarish task!

Fortunately, HubPages isn’t real strict about photo attribution, so I don’t worry too much about it. I hope HubPages stays cool that way. Don't you?

Maybe You Can Rock and Roll

I’ve written hubs about many different subjects—archaeology, technology, art, ancient aliens, employment, but I’ve written more about good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll—at last count about 30. Two of my highest achievers, in terms of hits, are the hubs Ten Greatest Rock Bands of All Time and the 47 Greatest Classic Rock Guitarists.

The subject of rock and roll has been heavily saturated with hubs, though many people can’t seem to get enough of it. What you need to do to attract attention to such hubs is make a bold declaration about somebody such as David Bowie being the greatest rocker of all time. Simply listing Bowie as your "favorite" will probably not get as much attention. I know—I’ve tried. So, be bold, make yourself sound like an authority. Hey!

Afterword

I’m not sure anybody is actually paying the rent by writing hubs or stories for other so-called content mills. But writers write because they simply love doing so, and HubPages certainly provides a marvelous internet platform from which to spew forth one’s literary wonders. Perhaps of equal importance is gaining the acquaintance or even friendship of English-speaking people all over the world.

Reflecting on all of this, I’ve tried to imagine life without HubPages and the very thought was devastating. Thus, my advice is to keep learning and hubbing and, above all, enjoy your hubs. You won't regret it!

And don’t forget to leave comments.


© 2012 Kelley Marks

Comments

Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on July 28, 2020:

Thanks for the comment, Abby Slutsky. I've certainly enjoyed my writing career (or job) with HubPages, and I hope you do the same!

Abby Slutsky from America on July 28, 2020:

This was an interesting background about your experience with Hubpages. I am glad you have had good success here and enjoy it.

Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on June 15, 2020:

Thanks for the comment, Michelle Thelen. Writing for HubPages is definitely a good way to produce material that can be shown to people who may want to hire you as a writer, proofreader or editor. I wish you good fortune in that regard!...

Michelle Thelen from Chapel Hill, NC on June 15, 2020:

Thanks for the tips on writing good hubs. I'm writing about herbal medicine, with some dashes of recipes, humor (pickle ball), etc. This whole process does mystify me. I keep at it though because I believe it builds my skills as a writer, and I can send links to my published hubs to potential freelance employers. Yay.

Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on June 09, 2020:

Thanks for the comment, Liliane Najm. I'm glad you found this article informative, and good luck on your new "job" with HubPages!...

Liliane Najm from Toronto, Canada on June 07, 2020:

Hi there, I am a new hubber (1 month old) and am learning about hubbing as much as I can. I found your article useful and refreshingly forthright.

Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on February 04, 2020:

Thanks for the comment, Tawny. Yes, indeed, I'm glad you find this article informative and helpful. Bye!...

Tawny from Kennesaw, GA on February 04, 2020:

Great article! Interesting, helpful, and hopefully useful information!

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on December 30, 2019:

Yes it’s very beneficial

Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on December 29, 2019:

Thanks for the comment, Cheryl E Preston! I've spent lots of time on this article, updating it periodically, and I hope it's of great value to all hubbers. Later!...

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on December 28, 2019:

Thank you for this information

Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on December 22, 2019:

Shaloo Walia, as far as I can tell, having a good hub score—one over 90 perhaps—doesn't help a hubber make more earnings. Producing many popular articles, many of which tend to be picked by network sites, will help you earn the most money from HubPages. So get to work, okay?...

Luis G Asuncion from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines on December 22, 2019:

Of course, I am ready for the challenge.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on December 22, 2019:

I don't think the hub score is relevant to views. I respect the opinion of Kosmo in the article but getting views is a hit and run affair. Some of my not featured articles have much greater hits than featured articles. Some articles which I consider to be poor, get more views. I don't there is any hard and fast rule and viewership depends on what you write and how you present it. Thank you.

Shaloo Walia from India on December 22, 2019:

This is a very detailed hub with some really good advice. You have mentioned that deleting non-performing hubs helps you in maintaining your hub score over 90. Does a good hub score helps in getting more views or earnings?

Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on December 19, 2019:

Thanks for the comment, Luis G. Asuncion! I didn't reach that $50 minimum until I had written for two to three years on HubPages. So, you will definitely need patience to be a great hubber! Are you ready for the challenge?

Luis G Asuncion from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines on December 19, 2019:

I started became active here last November 28, 2019. However, I still not reach the $50 cap.

Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on December 18, 2019:

Thanks for the comment, Michelle Thelen. My advice is that you add as many capsules as needed to enhance the readability and interest of your articles, which generally doesn't include lists, surveys or maps. Don't clutter up your story! They way they stick ads among the capsules creates enough obstacles to mar people's reading experience.

Michelle Thelen from Chapel Hill, NC on December 18, 2019:

Thanks for this list of pointers. I was on the fence about using capsules, thinking that perhaps it was important to include them. After reading several hubs I noticed that some writers use everything -- surveys, lists, etc. I agree that it's a bit obvious that these are just added to bulk up the post, and sometimes very repetitive.

Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on December 15, 2019:

Thanks for the comment, Marie Flint! I think we're in agreement that HubPages is a mixed bag of fun and tedium but we love it anyway. Regarding deleting hubs, some of them have done so bad for so long that I simply have to put them to sleep, like old puppy dogs. I did it recently to an astronomy story I liked a great deal but when they only get two or three hundreds clicks over a period of years it's time to say goodbye.

Marie Flint from Jacksonville, FL USA on December 14, 2019:

I'm not new, but have decided maybe it's time to review HubPages' criteria, and I happened to start with this article.

Some things work; others don't, then, for some reason, the phenomena switch places.

The bottom line for me is to have fun! I'm not so sure deleting articles if they're well written and are featured is a good recommendation. Sometimes I get a traffic jump (as small as mine are) on an article I had forgotten about and was at the bottom of the score ranking. So, you never know.

I congratulate you on your success here. May your success continue throughout 2020!

Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on November 23, 2019:

Thanks for the comment, Luis G. Asuncion. I'm glad you've returned to HubPages. This could work out well for you but you'll have to stick with it. Later!...

Luis G Asuncion from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines on November 23, 2019:

Thanks a lot Kelly. I've learned a lot with this hub. Although, I joined Hubpages 2015, however, I was not active that time. Until a friend last October 2019, mentioned about Hubpages, so, I decided to revived my account here. I am only using it for less than a month yet, so definitely, my account is only $0.04.

Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on October 06, 2019:

Thanks for the comment Cheryl Preston. I think it is important to delete hubs that aren't generating traffic. If you think you can revive them somehow, it might be worth the trouble; otherwise, hit the delete button so you can concentrate on the hubs that help you make money. Later!...

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on October 03, 2019:

Thank you. I did not know it was important to delete old hubs that are not getting views.

Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on August 23, 2019:

Thanks for the comment, Johan Smulders. I'm glad you've enjoyed the HubPages experience. Now get back to your writing!...

Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on August 23, 2019:

Thanks for the comment, Johan Smulders. I'm glad you've enjoyed the HubPages experience. Now get back to your writing!...

Johan Smulders from East London, South Africa on August 23, 2019:

Enjoyed your advice and can only agree. At the same time you have done a lot more investigations that are obviously helpful. Like you I love the experience offered by Hub Pages, it is really a fun thing to do.

Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on July 15, 2019:

Thanks for leaving a comment, Em Heard! I'm glad my article was helpful. Catch ya later!...

Em Heard on July 15, 2019:

Really useful article for a new hubber like me! Thank you.

Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on June 21, 2019:

Thanks for the comment, Gupi. I hope my tips will help you thrive as a person and a hubber. Later!..

Gupi on June 20, 2019:

Thank you for sharing these great tips. I found them useful.

gyanendra mocktan on June 12, 2019:

Thank you for sharing your experience Kelley Marks

A Blue Green Galaxy on June 07, 2019:

Thanks, I'm also signe up with the ads and adsense program. I may look into trying the referal trackers. Feel free to follow my hub and/or Twitter. At least you can promote your hubs via email etc for traffic sources. It would be nice if they planned to partner with other affiliate programs. I asked them and they said no.

Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on June 07, 2019:

I've made little or no money using Amazon capsules, so good luck with that. Also keep in mind that if you want to transfer one of your hubs to a network site, you'll have to delete the Amazon capsules in it first. Later!...

A Blue Green Galaxy on June 06, 2019:

I certainly want to make money from as many as I can, but they won't all have Amazon capsules. I like how many of the features are blind-friendly.

Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on June 06, 2019:

Thanks for the comment, Mellissa Green. If you want to make money with your hubs, only write the ones you think will be popular; and if that is good advice, no time limit between posts is needed.

A Blue Green Galaxy on June 06, 2019:

Hi, awesome hub! Listicle hubs is something I've been thinking about. What o you think is a good timeframe between posting hubs?

Georgina Crawford from Dartmoor on February 25, 2019:

Thanks for the useful and sane article. I'm toying with coming back to Hubpages (again) after a break and your article has probably saved me a heap of time.....

Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on September 23, 2018:

Thanks for the comment, Janine Taylor. Good luck with your HubPages aspirations. Later!...

Janine Taylor 00 on September 23, 2018:

Just found this site whilst researching about Rottweilers and wanting to add a comment. Have to say I think this is a fantastic idea and cannot wait to get started.

Many thanks for your interesting how to - good read and lovely feedback - think I may be hooked!

Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on April 28, 2018:

Thanks for the comment, Leonie Manguilin. I wish you luck on your journey through HubPages.

Leonie M from Belgium. on April 27, 2018:

Constructive advice! Thanks for sharing!

Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on March 03, 2018:

Thanks for the comment, Shaloo Walia! I hope you found this article valuable. Later!

Shaloo Walia from India on March 03, 2018:

Helpful tips... Thanks for sharing!

Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on August 09, 2015:

Thanks for your comment, Johan Smulders. I think there's lots of good advice in my story and every year I update it as much as I can. Later!

Johan Smulders from East London, South Africa on August 09, 2015:

Must agree with everything you have said as it makes sense-thanks for the info.

Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on July 06, 2015:

Thanks for the comment, mikeydcarroll67. You're right, writing useful hubs is generally the way to create a winner, and I've written some of those, but I can only think of so many. Of course, there's great competition, because everyone at Hubpages is trying to write popular hubs. Originality is important too, but it's hard to continually write those. Later!

mikeydcarroll67 on July 05, 2015:

The big thing is to figure out what people want. This perhaps can best be solved by writing a hub about a solution to an everyday problem that they might have, such as ways to save money or ways to earn more on the side.

Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on August 02, 2013:

Thanks very much for the great compliment, sunilunnoth2012. My best advice to giver any hubber is to write as well as you possibly can and don't follow the fads - stick with the weighty stuff people need to know more about. Later!

Sunil Kumar Kunnoth from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on August 02, 2013:

Too informative and helpful to new hubbers like me. Keep on writing such nice stuff in future also as your tips give some knowledge and confidence. Please share the secret of your largest traffic and followers. Love to hear all these in the near future. Please give us some tips for a successful hubbing as you are veteran in the field with rich experience and knowledge.

Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on November 03, 2012:

Thanks for the comment, daisydayz. You're right - making even a pittance from writing is a heady experience indeed. In fact, for decades I didn't make any money from writing until Hubpages and the Internet made it possible. Also, please do check out my hub about Andy Warhol. Later!

Chantele Cross-Jones from Cardiff on November 03, 2012:

I would love to pay the rent with my hubbing, lol! Sadly its more likely to pay my morning coffee once a week. I have no dreams of making 100's dollars, I would love to get to a point where I can just make the payout every month. Paying 1 bill a month with my writing would be great, I believe in 'every little helps'. And if i can take away the stress of say paying the car insurance every month, with my passive writing income, I would consider my writing a success. great hub mate, and im going looking for your andy warhol one now!

Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on February 27, 2012:

Thanks for the good words, vespawoolf. If my hub helps you become more successful, I'll be proud indeed. Later!

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on February 27, 2012:

This is a very well-written hub. As a newbie, I plan to take your suggestions to heart, as well as check out more of your hubs to learn the secrets of your success. : )

Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on February 26, 2012:

Thanks for the great compliment, kingmaxler. I certainly poured my experience into this hub. One of these days, I'll read about your time with Hubpages. Later!

kingmaxler from Olympia, Washington USA on February 26, 2012:

I totally enjoyed this article. You have enlightened me with words structured in such a way that I read this hub in its entirety. I am heading out to check out more of your writings.

TheHeavyReview on February 23, 2012:

We definitely do share a fondness for rockers, and I do remember your comment on that hub. I have heard of Tesla, but I've never given them a good listen. I'll definitely look out for that hub!

Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on February 23, 2012:

Thanks for the comment, TheHeavyReview. I recall reading your hub about Iron Maiden. We certainly share a fondness for rockers, don't we? My next hub will be about Tesla. Heard of them? Later!

TheHeavyReview on February 23, 2012:

Very helpful hub! I've only been here for a short time, but I'm already thinking about broadening the subject matter of my hubs. My most viewed hub is a music list (my 5 favorite Iron Maiden albums)... I wrote it on a whim and I was never intending to do something like that. But I really enjoyed it, and it's my most popular hub. When I joined I only intended to do reviews, but I guess adding more variety will help gain a larger audience. Again, great hub as always Kosmo!

Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on February 23, 2012:

Thanks for the comment, summerberrie. I liked writing this hub, and I think the reader could feel my positive vibes.

As for you, GmaGoldie, writing what you love may not be a strategy for making money but it certainly creates lots of fun. Later!

Kelly Kline Burnett from Madison, Wisconsin on February 23, 2012:

kosmo,

Delightful and great advice. Love your humor. Yes, I enjoy keeping busy by updating constantly. The key is to find a subject you love and stick with it. You are an engaging writer.

Off to read more.

Voted up!

summerberrie on February 22, 2012:

Thanks for the information. I appreciate the 12 Tips in your Bio, too. Your writing style is kind to the reader- finding out about improving my hubs was actually fun to read. Instead of reading about impersonal facts, I was enjoying your personal experience, but learning along the way. The art is amazing, too

Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on February 22, 2012:

Thanks for the comment, Peggy W. Leaving comments is an excellent way to reciprocate each other's efforts writing hubs, etc. When I discover hubbers who don't respond to comments, I get a little ticked off, ya know? Later!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 22, 2012:

Nice to hear your insights on hubbing. I think that the most important thing for people to consider IF income is a prime focus, is to keep writing interesting and useful hubs (as you indicated) and be patient. It takes time and consistent effort to make this pay. I also like your tip of rewarding those who comment, by going to one of their hubs, reading it, and leaving a reciprocal comment. That helps all of us! Sharing with others is also a good way to make our hubs noticed (and possibly better monetized). Useful hub and will tweet and share with my followers.

Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on February 22, 2012:

Thanks for the comment, tebo. Hey, after four years of hubbing this seemed like the perfect topic. Later!

tebo from New Zealand on February 21, 2012:

I enjoyed reading this hub. Lots of good information for someone like me who seems to be stuck temporarily for a topic. Thanks for the inspiration.

Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on February 21, 2012:

Thanks for the comment, onthegrind. I certainly enjoy passing on the tips of the trade. And yes, when Amy Winehouse died, that one hub got hit like a mofo. Later!

onthegrind from Florida, United States on February 21, 2012:

Very encouraging and straight-foward tips for a new person like myself. Makes me rethink my approach to writing on hubpages. That's amazing about Amy Winehouse! Ha, wish I could figure out what makes a hub popular as well. Great tips. Voted up, interesting, and SHARED.

Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on February 20, 2012:

Thanks for the comment, The Magician. I'm glad you liked the Andy Warhol hub, which is definitely one of my favorite hubs.

As for you, samadaslam, the hub is a little long, about 2,000 words, but shows how much I've learned in four years of hubbing. I could have added much more. Later!

Samad Aslam Khan on February 20, 2012:

Must admit that your Four years Hubbing Experience was clearly reflecting from your Hub. I loved it though it was quite long. Hats Off to you Kosmo!

Kay B from Tampa, FL on February 20, 2012:

Wow, this was awesome! Really opened my eyes on some things... also, I definitely enjoyed the Andy Warhol article. Tons of fun information in that! Thanks!

Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on February 20, 2012:

I'm always glad to help any hubber, MANNNOJ. Thanks for the comment. Later!

MANNNOJ from Mumbai,India. on February 20, 2012:

great hub, still i am in my learning stage and your article helps me a lot.