Want to become the genuinely unique writer that you really are? Want to practise writing easily and without stress? Learn how to write sustainably to build a huge empire of hubs, have fun at the same time and earn some extra money without an overload of other tasks that overshadow your writing ability.
I’m a prolific writer. I’ve been published over 500 times in print and on the web. In my day job, I write company blogs and Facebook posts (my hubs helped me dramatically further my career in writing).
When I first started at Hubpages a few years ago, I went through a very long journey with it, involving writing all sorts of hubs and staying up to midnight worrying myself sick about keywords and traffic sources. I had spreadsheets of complex random linking patterns I would follow, and mathematically calculated keyword formulae that worked with the Google Keyword Tool. I never did crack the magic golden words, though I knew what I was doing.
I followed forum posts on making money and read extensively about what experienced hubbers did and I even followed some bad advice and took all of my hubs off Hubpages, put them on my own blogs, made money (not much) and then let the blogs die and came back to Hubpages again. Writer’s block was a constant shadow whenever I had to write something new….because I just didn’t feel like writing anymore, due to the stress of it all. I gave up after awhile.
Fast forward 2 years...
When I came back to Hubpages and viewed the few remaining hubs I had left on it, I was pleasantly surprised to see that a few of them had done rather well and were pulling in regular money for me. These were the hubs that I’d written with passion and interest and that I’m sure other people enjoyed reading very much. The hubs which died a slow death and made no money at all were those sales-pitch hubs, where the writing was basically ad copy, keyword-rich, linked extensively and were totally boring for my audience.
All of this has taught me some very important things about writing - to build an empire on it, it needs to be sustainable, exciting, enjoyable and a form of soul therapy. You need to be having fun to make it a hobby or a lifetime commitment. You also need to understand that it takes time...sometimes a very long time.
General writing tips
- When you think about writing, ask yourself whether you are informing or entertaining an audience and use the appropriate writing style.
- Study what you are reading on the internet. What appeals most? Try to write like those you read - you'll enjoy it more and will develop as a writer.
- Writing is therapeutic - but only if you are genuinely proud of what you write.
The Truth About Making Money On Hubpages
You can certainly make money on Hubpages. Not huge amounts in the beginning, but it can be built up into a fantastic empire. I see experienced hubbers every day on here who have managed to write 400+ hubs and I’m sure they are getting the equivalent pay of a second job!
How did they do this? Well, they wrote a lot of quality hubs. Or, they wrote twice as many sales-pitch hubs and were robot writers or hated every minute of it because they had to follow formulas and templates to make cents and dollars. Just thinking about writing 400+ hubs would have been enough to scare me in the beginning and cause writer’s block. Not anymore. Today I write for enjoyment about topics I feel passionate about and I don’t even care if I make it to 1000 hubs. Because I love what I am writing about and it makes me feel good to achieve quality writing and share it.
This hub is about all the tips and tricks I learned about how to make writing for Hubpages sustainable and enjoyable, so that you can have the confidence and energy to build it into an empire of hubs – one that you are proud of!
What To Write About
Find topics you are interested in writing about. It's easier said than done, but here are some common suggestions:
- Things you really like
- Things you'd like to learn about
- Travel and holidays
- "How To" articles
- Your culture
- Your country
- Food or recipes
- What you do for a day job
Every time you think of a specific idea, add it to a list which you can pull out and use when you're inspired enough to write.
Remember – the best sales hubs are the ones where you aren’t selling anything except you, as a writer.
Why do we write?
Firstly, ask yourself why you want to write. Is it because you want to make money? Well, if so you need to close this page now and go hunt on your nearest job site. It’s a very, very, VERY long journey on Hubpages if you are completely money focused, and I firmly believe only 1 in 10,000 would make it if this is your only inspiration for writing.
If you were a writer before coming to Hubpages, you probably write because you enjoy the writing process and enjoy achieving a finished piece. You love it when someone else appreciates your work and you believe you are contributing something useful to the world. This can be a very satisfying feeling.
Whether you are a new writer or an experienced one, writing WILL provide you with a sense of achievement and fulfillment, making you strive to do the best you can and to be proud of who you are. It is definitely soul food. But you need to do it the right way to feel these things and to be able to do it for years on end with inspiration and passion every time you write.
What To Write
You can tell I really enjoyed writing this article, because it's personal to me and entertaining to my audience.
- How To Make Words And Influence People: Wordplay With Made Up Words
Exercises that you can use for wordplay to invent made up words. Create a business name, write an unusual poem or come up with your own slang words!
What Not To Write
I've left it up as an example, but I absolutely hated writing this one as it's one long sales pitch designed only to make money (and it didn't even do that).
Writing For Enjoyment vs Writing For Profit
If you are to feel good about writing an empire’s worth, you need to feel like your writing is being appreciated. This comes in the form of other people commenting or voting on your work, on being picked to be the Editor’s Choice or by otherwise engaging your audience and attracting their attention. You cannot do this if you are writing a sales pitch.
To be engaged, an audience wants “meat” in their sandwich. What is said needs to be easy to read, have something important worth saying and should leave a reader feeling like they’ve gained something from reading. Everyone’s tired of pushy ad copy these days – but everyone wants to read interesting things online.
Forget the art of selling and write with passion!
Amazon does a much better job of selling items than I do. Not only do they have an audience of millions of people who go directly there to shop, but Amazon pages are keyword-rich, offer all the commenting/rating benefits of Hubpages and allow price comparison as well. Plus, I’ve never really enjoyed writing product reviews in Amazon-style copyspeak. No one seems to want to read them when they come to Hubpages either. It’s a lose-lose equation.
All it takes is for Google to get smarter and use Pandas and Penguins to prevent spammy writing and any sales hubs will be made worthless!
Why learn this lesson later? Build your empire with Google in mind, right now.
What gets me out of bed to write with energy in the mornings is a desire to creatively express myself. Whether it’s a hub about my latest travel adventure, or a hub on my latest craft idea, I’m having great fun putting it all together. This excitement shows in the presentation of the piece – from the attractive images I choose to the style of writing I use. I must admit I can become a bit of a perfectionist when I’ve got something of value to write about and this drives me to produce my best effort.
But What About The Money?
Well, if you want to be highly paid for your writing then you could do better than creating hubs here. Why not go out and get a copywriting job at a newspaper or a technical writing job? You’ll be paid more there per hour for less effort than here. Though you might not get to write exactly what you want, that’s the price you pay for a salary.
You will make some money here if you do quite a bit of writing. How much depends on whether people are engaging with your writing and whether the topic is searched for on Google. I could write about the mathematical angles in the pavilion cut of a malachite stone, but I doubt many people are looking for it in Google. However, if I wrote about where to find malachite, I think I’d get a bigger audience.
Best practices for interacting with the Hubpages community
- If someone comments on your hub, it is polite manners to read one of their hubs and leave a comment in return.
- If someone follows you, it is nice to look at their profile and see if you want to follow them back too. Leave a fan mail to make it obvious you are following them.
- Talking in the forums is a great way to get to know people outside of reading their hubs.
- Participating in the forums is as easy as posting on Facebook.
Joining The Hubpages Community
Why join the Hubpages community? Well, it’s a bit like Facebook. If you have only 5 friends, you’re only getting a very small taste of the whole experience of fun and social networking. Of course, it can go the other way too, where it becomes work because there is too much going on, but that’s up to you to control!
There are some unspoken rules of etiquette and useful procedures for best practice if you decide to participate in the Hubpages community. You don’t have to if you don’t want to, but remember that if you want to build a writing empire on Hubpages, the community is one of the best ways to get the most of your Hubpages experience and to help boost your hubs and improve your writing.
If you’ve used Facebook before, then you know what I am talking about. We all know someone on Facebook who posts a lot, who doesn’t communicate with anyone else, who ultimately drives people away because they don’t want to like, comment or otherwise interact outside of their own page. Hubpages can be a little like that. In order to have people make friends with you or your hubs, you need to reach out and interact with other hubbers too!
Reasons For Taking A Long Term View Of Hubpages
- You’ll become a better writer
- You’ll make new friends
- You’ll make more money the longer you stay
- It’s a fun hobby
- You’ll feel good achieving things
- You’ll learn about yourself
- You’ll get appreciation for your writing
- You’ll be prouder of who you are
- Your hubs can be used as a showcase to get writing jobs and gigs
The Benefits Of Committing To Hubpages
Decide whether or not you will be committing to Hubpages. No, it’s not like a marriage. You aren’t forced to do anything. You can write 20 hubs and forget about it for a few weeks or years if you want to, until you are ready to write again.
One of the benefits of this is, that as your hubs get older, Google places more value on them and they automatically become higher ranked in search results. All you have to do is make sure it is high quality writing, sit back and reap the benefits of Google sending more traffic your way due to the age of your hubs.
Like Facebook, over time you’ll grow a network of friendships on Hubpages. It’s fun, interesting and addictive, with the ability to earn money the icing on the cake. Being active in the Hubpages community is a good way to interact online (much better than reading the news or filling out surveys in your spare time – it’s a much more emotionally positive and rewarding experience).
If you commit to Hubpages, forget about moving all of your articles to your own blog. I did it twice. I actually made a bit more money than Hubpages gave me. But to be successful like that, you’d need to be a prolific writer and only focus on one main topic per website so that it ranks well as an “expert” in Google’s eyes. If you’re like me, you’re going to get really bored writing 500 articles about the same thing with different words. In the end, you’ll hate the topic in question and will never want to look at it again.
Take my advice and don’t go there! Plus, each website you make needs to be paid for with a domain name and hosting space…and these cost more than most of the money you’ll be making anyway, unless you are a writer who can pump out huge volumes of articles with keyword proficiency consistently and still remain interested.
When Things Go Wrong
Here are some common reasons why things go wrong and some solutions that might help.
The best solution for writers block is to turn off your computer and go do something else until you are bursting at the seams to write again. If you don’t ever feel the urge to write, then you are not a writer and your time would be better spent elsewhere.
If you really want to write and can’t, it usually means that you either don’t have enough practice at writing or the thing you are trying to write about is not something you are passionate about. Find something else which spills from your mind onto the page effortlessly. If you aren’t practiced at writing, get an audio recorder and speak into it when you are relaxed, then transcribe it.
No Traffic And No Audience Interaction
This means one of two things. Either people are not searching for, or not interested in the topic you are writing about (you are writing about the wrong topic) or they don’t want to read your writing because there is something wrong with it (ie, it’s boring, has spelling errors or is presented in a way that is hard to read).
Find some articles that you really like. Why are they interesting to you? How are they formatted on the page? Try to make your hubs more like those admired articles.
Don’t forget to interact with likeminded individuals in the Hubpages community. A quick way to do this is to click at top right on Explore/Hubs, select the topics to look at and read a few hubs and leave positive comments while introducing yourself.
Feeling Like You Are Unimportant Or You Don’t Matter
There’s millions of writers out there. Sometimes it seems like there are more writers than readers. But, regardless of you being a writer on Hubpages, everyone is constantly a reader on the internet and everyone craves new things to read. The internet’s main form of communication is reading. And that’s not going to end anytime soon!
If you constantly feel bad about not being unique or the best in your field, realise that these feelings stem from feeling like you’re in competition with the rest of the world and that you fear globalisation. I’m here to tell you globalisation has already happened with the internet, whether you like it or not. And you’re still here and you still have many things to contribute. You just have to figure out what they are!
The Golden Rules Of Writing Hubs
Here are the rules which I am working by in order to make the most of my time at Hubpages. You might find them useful as a best practice guide for writing hubs.
Are you passionate about what you are writing about?
If not, forget it.
Only write when inspired.
When you have to force it, it’s time to turn off the computer.
Write a minimum of 1000 words as a benchmark.
This means you’ll only write about things you care about (because you’ll have to put in some effort) and it also means you’ll get more relaxed about writing. Get creative. Explore different angles.
Edit formatting to make sure it is acceptable for an audience.
No long blocks of text if you can avoid it. Break up the page. Put in some pictures, etc.
Don’t let any hub take too long to write.
Declare a finishing point. Otherwise it begins to feel like work. You can always edit it more later when you’ve rested away from it and come back refreshed.
Don’t watch traffic or money stats too closely.
If you’re logging in every 5 mins to check on your status, you’re going to be disappointed and get writer’s block from worry. Check traffic and money once a week. Focus on writing instead.
Feel free to have a break.
Whether it’s days, weeks, months or years (in my case!) I know I’ve mentioned this before, but wait until you are inspired to write before writing.
Follow common best practices for interacting with the Hubpages community, as listed in this hub.
There’s only really three things you need to do to be successful in the long term on Hubpages:
- Aim to write lots of engaging, quality hubs with good English.
- Interact with the Hubpages community and build a network of friends who you support and who support you.
- Grow your skills as a writer and as a hubber.
Take a long term view, rather than a short term one. If it’s all about the money, there’s plenty more well-paying jobs out there!
Write what you feel creative and passionate about and make it your best work. Be proud of yourself. Make friends. That’s why you want to do this as a hobby, isn't it?
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© 2013 Suzanne Day
Tracy Lynn Conway from Virginia, USA on August 08, 2020:
I enjoy your writing style, it is very clear and easy to read. I can relate to a lot of what you said about why you write and how to set goals. I was able to spend a lot more time writing up until a few years ago when I began working more hours at my ‘day job’ as my children grew older. I miss writing so much! It feels like loosing a friend and trying to keep in touch against the odds. I squeeze in an article here and there. I write because I love it and if I can make some money too that is great. Keep up the great articles!
Suzanne Day (author) from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on August 06, 2020:
That sounds great - I hope to do the same one day, have been kept busy doing studies and work and parenting, it's all been nuts. Can't wait to have some fun on Hubpages when I have more time. Best of luck!
Art West from Indiana on August 06, 2020:
Thanks for the article. I have been away from HubPages for a few years. I am now preparing to retire and should have time to write again...and hopefully make a little bit of money.
Liliane Najm from Toronto, Canada on June 13, 2020:
useful information, well written.
Ana Yong from Singapore on May 31, 2020:
I like your article. Cheers.
Liliane Najm from Toronto, Canada on May 28, 2020:
Kelly Ann Christensen from Overland Park, Johnson County, Kansas on December 23, 2019:
This is a great refresher article. I did the same thing, moved my content to a blog and back again.
Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 06, 2019:
Interesting it makes me think of myself as when I had started writing for Hubpages. I wrote an article per day. Recently I stopped and the key is to make writing a focus which is often neglected by most Hub writers. I need to focus on writing again.
Suzanne Day (author) from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on November 04, 2019:
Hi Sharon, I will probably end up doing the same myself!
Sharon Lopez from Philippines on October 19, 2019:
I must admit, I am one of those people who came here, write a few hubs, left, then came back again. I was inspired by your post and will try to follow your suggestion to become a better writer. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful article.
Shaloo Walia from India on June 17, 2019:
A very informative and helpful hub about writing... thanks!
Gupi on June 10, 2019:
Ok thank you Suzanne, thanks for letting me know.
Suzanne Day (author) from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on June 10, 2019:
Hi Gupi, I just did that image for my own hubs, it is not something many people do. The declaration should be good enough to use. As long as somewhere on the hub it has a copyright notice, it will be fine!
Gupi on June 09, 2019:
Hi there, thank you for sharing such a wonderful article. I am fairly new to HubPages and have already started to find using it very enjoyable. I have a genuine question about the do not copy this article image at the bottom of the hub. Is this something that we need to genuinely include on our hubs to ensure nobody uses our work or this something you have specifically got an extra licence to use?
Is the copyright declaration with the year and authors name sufficient?
Suzanne Day (author) from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on May 21, 2019:
Hi David, I'm so glad you've come back to practise being passionate with writing again! That's why I love Hubpages, you can write about any topic you like and it can be personal! There are lots of great personal writers on here and they make me get up each day to read what amazing things they've written. Hubpages is definitely a great place to write ;)
David Warren from Nevada and Puerto Vallarta on May 18, 2019:
Thank you for sharing your experience and history of writing here on Hub Pages. I have been away from HP for quite some time, off writing for money, which involved spinning my original content over and over. Some of the topics I did not have any interest in and literally had to create thousands of spun pages for a year-long project that I wrote 2,400 sections of crap for. I actually began to hate writing. Hopefully returning here and writing only what I desire will refuel my passion.
Stephanie Billon from Kenosha, Wisconsin on May 16, 2019:
This article is very inspiring and really tells us what writing is all about: the enjoyment of it.
Edward G Gordon from Northern Ireland on March 09, 2019:
I don't often read long articles from start to finish, but I found this one to be informative and interesting. I like your writing style, your passion for writing is contagious. It engaged and kept me reading. Well done and thanks for 411.
Gilbert Arevalo from Hacienda Heights, California on March 07, 2019:
You wrote an inspiring article, Suzanne. I think it's amazing you took off your hubpage articles and put them into your own blogs, and then returned back to hubpages. You put in the work and gained valuable experience.
cjnileski on March 03, 2019:
Great article! Much of what you mentioned I think people know but some times it's helpful to see it in writing. Also helps to know that someone else has the same ideas. Thanks for the heads up!
Readmikenow on March 02, 2019:
Excellent article. It is something all people on Hubpages would want to read.
Louise Barraco from Ontario on February 25, 2019:
Very useful I will be coming back to read when I try to edit more of my hubs which I am trying to do I need to figure out a better way of making money on here you gave some great tips
cjnileski on December 25, 2018:
Very useful article. Many valid points for everyone that wants to write, newbies as well as existing writers. Can't wait for another article with helpful anything from you. Thanks!
Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on June 26, 2018:
This is a great review of what’s important for success on HubPages Suzanne. You discussed a lot of useful points. Even though this article is useful for newbies, I think it serves a purpose for anyone who has been writing on HubPages for some time already. It’s a great refresher and you emphasize what some people don’t realize.
I especially like your section about the long term view. It’s so true. I’ve noticed how my traffic and income has been increasing over the years. It took time to get started, but now is quite steadily growing. So a long term view is important to understand. Along the way we learn what works and what doesn’t, and we continue to improve with it.
Gilbert Arevalo from Hacienda Heights, California on May 26, 2018:
You provided many wonderful suggestions, Suzanne.
Oscar Jones from Monroeville, Alabama on August 15, 2017:
- Well put. One example I have stuck in my memory, of American Settlers, It was a long, exhausting journey from the East coast to the land of their dreams, free land and a new start. by the time most of them reached the West coast of Oregon, Washington, etc, they were fully invested, no longer was it "free" land, they had given everything they had, and the ones that made it through, were probably the most thankful land writers ; ie.. they had written their stories upon the trail.. sometimes in blood. We read of their sacrifice and it humbles us. without someone writing, we may not ever have known. So, there is always a reason to write, whether for self-therapy, for a little extra finances, for history, or for life hanging, life changing thriller, or even documentary.. its always write, write, write! right? thanks for the constructive hub presentation. Its right on!.
Linda Courtney from Bloomsburg, PA on August 08, 2017:
I'm new here Suzanne and this hub is definitely inspiring. I started mostly to write about things I love and care about. If it's not enjoyable, who would stick with it?
MICKEY MOUSE from our World on June 25, 2017:
I am here not for any money. Just wish to share my short stories with many audiences as possible. I put lots of pictures to make my story visually appealing to everyone. Till date, I wrote every story only when I am in a good mood I never forced myself to do it I just enjoy doing it. I am still new to HubPages only 3months passed since I joined.
John Hansen from Queensland Australia on June 24, 2017:
Suzanne, you offer excellent advice here. I am on my way to that empire with over 300 hubs :) and an army of followers. I have transferred a few hubs to other sites but they never do as well, so this is my preferred place to write. (To keep this evergreen you may have to remove references to 'editors' choice' and 'voting up.' Good work.
gyanendra mocktan from Kathmandu,Nepal on April 14, 2017:
Hi! Suzanne, Thank you very much for your advice. I'm your follower from now on.
Duane Townsend from Detroit on August 06, 2015:
Kappygirl on August 03, 2015:
Hi Suzanne! Thanks for sharing this! It's a very reassuring hub. I think it captures my sentiments about and approach to writing on Hubpages. I've never written before, except for a couple of articles for a very small publication, but after researching blogs, etc., it seemed like Hubpages would be a good fit. I started writing here about 8 months ago, although I didn't realize I had actually signed up 5 years ago to comment on a forum topic! Anyway, I'm enjoying it here and look forward to writing more. I like all the tips and insights you gave. I can't see myself writing ad copy or just cranking out a bunch of stuff just to increase money, but I do want to be able to compose a little faster though.
Paula on July 15, 2015:
You make some valid point worth to take into consideration. I liked reading your hub and it gave me a good guidance and ideas. Good hub.
Have a nice day :)
mikeydcarroll67 on June 19, 2015:
My focus is to sit down and write at least 900 words per hub. I feel that this is a reasonable goal for me, and try to also make a lot of what I write scannable for the people that merely just want to scan through my main points. I also found that writing in a way that is similar to how I speak tends to help as well.
Oscar Jones from Monroeville, Alabama on June 14, 2015:
hey, everyone should take time to read and exhaust this hub.. it ranks up there with the performance built into my Harley Road King Bike! Even though I have a hub on successful writing tips, mine just don't get read. My truck driver hubs seem to do the best. My pays are less than a Jefferson Bill. Poetry drove me in my youth, but actual events and places and things drive me now. -that being said, this HUb of yours pins down the essentials and puts the tail on the fax and paints it red. thanks and keep writing!
Suzanne Day (author) from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on May 05, 2015:
Hi Iggy, write a lot and make each hub a great hub, with good writing and some photos/videos/additional stuff. Try to make it engaging for others. That's the biggest tip I can give you - boring hubs will not get as much interest online as interesting ones. When you've done 50 great hubs, you'll start to see some income building up (most of the time).
Vince from New Jersey on May 05, 2015:
Good information, thank you. Any tips to help me get started?
Suzanne Day (author) from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on April 23, 2015:
Hi Kalinin, as long as you have no naughty or nudity hubs and you've put in a good effort to make the hubs look OK, I don't see why you couldn't include a link to your profile page on your resume. I have done so and it's helped me a lot, not as a professional writer per se, but as a graphic designer with copywriting experience and also when I'm submitting work for publication. Originally I was using the profile page as a professional writer, but since I changed careers and times have changed, it may be possible this could look unimpressive to professional writers. However, with a lot of hubs, badges and a good audience, you could use your profile as an example of web content or article writing for online...
Lana Adler from California on April 23, 2015:
I've come back to this hub to re-read it, that's how good it is! Question: you mention somewhere that writing hubs was very helpful to your career as a writer. Other than perfecting your writing skills, are there other ways to use your hubs? Whenever I apply for a writing job, I hesitate to include links to my HP articles. Some people say it makes you look ...unprofessional. Like a hobbyist. Any thoughts?
Suzanne Day (author) from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on April 21, 2015:
Hi Tracy, a lot of people seem to have the phenomenan of their first few hubs performing the best! We can only assume that it is something to do with writing natural synonyms and having uniqueness, rather than keyword stuffing.
Tracy Lynn Conway from Virginia, USA on April 21, 2015:
Thank you for this great article! Your honesty is refreshing. I have read so many gimmicky articles and I am thrilled that the keyword stuffing days are over, I never followed that advice because it took a level of skill that was beyond me. What I find amazing is that some of the best hubs are surprises, they aren't even the ones that I put that much effort into. Voting up!!!
Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on March 16, 2015:
Great tips and important advice to new and experienced writers here. I really liked the part where you said, "write because you enjoy the writing process and enjoy achieving a finished piece. You love it when someone else appreciates your work and you believe you are contributing something useful to the world." Reading a comment from someone who has taken the time to respond to one of my articles makes me take a new look at my work.
Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on March 15, 2015:
Good points, Suzanne! We can all use a refresher course now and again!
Voted up ++ and shared.
Suzanne Day (author) from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on March 15, 2015:
Thanks Glenn, yes I think Google has a magic thumb when it comes to figuring out if you are trying to game it or not!
peachy from Home Sweet Home on March 14, 2015:
thanks for the tips
James Bowden from Long Island, New York on March 14, 2015:
Excellent article and very interesting content in addition. Your article was not only like reading a great short story which kept me captivated from beginning to end. But I'm sure it also gave many readers here in the community, a refresher of what hubpages is really all about.
And most importantly help writers regain a previously lost writing voice. Again thank you for sharing a great read! Awesome and voted up too.
Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on March 14, 2015:
You're right about all of this Suzanne. I've discovered that I do much better with hubs I write with a passion to teach. Those hubs I wrote with the intention of making money never did well, just as you had discovered.
I can also attest that when I write without thinking about keywords, Google seems to like it much better. I get more organic traffic to those hubs. It's almost as if Google already has algorithms to detect that one is doing keyword research rather than focusing on their writing.
One other thing you said that I feel is so true is that people can write with the best quality and it may not get traffic simply because no one is searching for that topic. If nothing else, that's the most important thing writers should understand.
I feel your hub is very important for other Hubbers to read and understand, so I'm sharing and voted up.
Nicholas Daly from NSW Australia on March 02, 2015:
Like another commenter I noticed you're from Australia and writing well- just starting out and finding my feet now.. I've been abiding by many or most of your suggestions already the last few weeks that I have been on here but it is good that you write honestly and well about these things - as per your advice I'll go read another one haha.. Cheers
Anya Brodech from 130 Linden St, Oakland, California, 94607 on October 11, 2014:
Really liked this, you're right, that writing about things you're passionate about makes the process much easier and it'll show through in the quality of your writing!
Suzanne Day (author) from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on September 26, 2014:
Hello again to all! It's been awhile since I checked in on the comments with this hub and I want to thank everyone who followed me and most of all, hope that I inspired you to greater heights with what I learned.
What I have learned since writing this hub, is that it is still a numbers game (unless you are an SEO genius) and it's essential to plan for the long term by writing quality content which Google's algorithms do not affect. That means not chasing the latest keywords or trend topics, but to focus on popular, evergreen content. Avoid a rollercoaster ride by avoiding massive hard sell copy.
I've also noticed that writing from personal experience in a deep and meaningful matter resonates very well with an audience, and that some hubs are meant to be social hubs and some are meant to be organic traffic hubs. More on this in a future hub!
I hope everyone is enjoying the journey. I must say that Hubpages is becoming more and more addictive for me and that the more hubs I write, the more I enjoy it and connect with my curious inner child. It gets easier and easier to write stuff with practice!
Snakesmum on September 12, 2014:
As another newcomer from Squidoo, I found this article to be very helpful, with many insightful suggestions. I'm certainly going to come back and read this again. Thanks Suzanne!
Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on September 11, 2014:
Absolutely wonderful. A pleasure to read. Good information and inspiration. Every new hubber should read this.
Rebecca Be from Lincoln, Nebraska on September 11, 2014:
I enjoyed your hub article and learning more about your journey.
Kathryn Grace from San Francisco on September 11, 2014:
Thanks for sharing your Hubber experience and expertise. As a recent Squidoo transplant, I'm reading and absorbing as much as I can. Your reminder to step away from the computer now and then is just what I need today. Thank you.
Linda Jo Martin from Post Falls, Idaho, USA on September 11, 2014:
Your advice is clear and helpful. I agree so much that we need to be inspired and enthusiastic about what we're writing. If that's not happening, it is better not to write at all.
Dreammore from British Empire on August 13, 2014:
Some really good tips, and the advice is golden for new hubbers. This has to be the best article I have read in a while offering great tips, which was a pleasure to read.
Lana Adler from California on April 14, 2014:
This is now my favorite HP tutorial, and I've read tons of them! You reminded me why I'm writing in the first place, thank you. Voted up.
Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 02, 2014:
Writing at HP has allowed me to know more and build a friendly community.
Susan from India on March 18, 2014:
Thanks Suzanne for sharing this useful hub. Voted up.
Ilsa Lamboy from US on February 21, 2014:
Suzanne, your article is helpful, thanks. I am new to Hubpages, exploring the site and learning but I haven’t explored the community end of it at all. Your advice makes sense, I am glad to have found it.
Sarah Forester from Australia on February 12, 2014:
It's great to see another Australian on HubPages and I'm going to re-read this Hub over the next few days to get maximum value of it. Really appreciate you sharing your Hub story and tips.
Rosangela Frita from Lisbon on February 03, 2014:
Hi Suzanne, thank you for such an engaging hub! For someone like me who’s just starting and still not out of boot camp, it´s very helpful to read all your advice. You have inspired me and I will definitely follow your advice about writing only about what one truly loves.
(Following you from today)
BigBlue54 from Hull, East Yorkshire on February 02, 2014:
I have wondered about kindred souls meeting Martie. Do you think it's because we are attracted to people who write things we not only want to read but probably would have written ourselves if we were in a position to do so.
Martie Coetser from South Africa on February 02, 2014:
Hi Suzanne Day, thanks for assuring me that I am on the right track. I fully agree - "Today I write for enjoyment about topics I feel passionate about and I don’t even care if I make it to 1000 hubs. Because I love what I am writing about and it makes me feel good to achieve quality writing and share it."
Following you as from today.... (Funny how we keep on meeting new kindred souls in Hubpages!)
BigBlue54 from Hull, East Yorkshire on January 30, 2014:
Thanks again Suzanne. I am starting to think you are a mind reader because I was thinking about writing hubs in different subjects and seeing which worked. So again it's nice to have it confirmed.
Goof point about the interlinking. I am still finding my way around so I had not caught on to that yet.
One thing I have caught on about is that writing should be like your granny. Short and sweet. Short words, short sentences and short paragraphs with one idea per paragraph. I am thinking of taking a look at Hemingway as that was his writing style.
I am also looking at how to craft a good title. Something to draw them in.
Anyway, thanks again. :)
Suzanne Day (author) from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on January 30, 2014:
PS - One other tip is to have a goal amount of hubs, eg., write 20 hubs, then see after 3-6 months which ones are performing well and write more on those topics and interlink them.
From what I can tell, Hubpages is a numbers game and the more you write, the more you will be able to see what works and what doesn't. You get more money by writing more hubs and learning the topics which work, not by seeking viral hubs necessarily or copying other people's topics (after all, they beat you to it in Google placement anyway).
The more you write about whatever you want, the more success you will have, because each hub's traffic adds up. Also, the bigger presence you have with more writing, the more the "whole" profile adds up in Google - especially if you have a few hubs on each topic - follow your alexa ranking of your profile page to watch progress on this.
I can see I will need to write a new hub on this at some point....maybe after I get a few more tips to share!
I hope this helps anyone reading this, and will add more things here as I find them out.
BigBlue54 from Hull, East Yorkshire on January 30, 2014:
Thanks Suzanne, I had been think along those lines of trying out a few things to see what works so it is nice to have in confirmed by you.
Thanks also for the advice on monthly stats. Something to keep in mind.
Suzanne Day (author) from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on January 29, 2014:
Thanks BigBlue54, I will be looking out for hubs to read by you! There's many different thoughts on how to go about building your empire, or indeed, a portfolio of writing. Some like keywords, some like backlinks, some write socially and some just go for it. It's always good to try different things and see what works for you.
An interesting thing I read the other day was that if you added up all your monthly traffic stats and divide by the number of hubs you write to get an average per hub per month stat, and check this from time to time, you can see your progress happening better than the confusion with CPMs etc.
BigBlue54 from Hull, East Yorkshire on January 29, 2014:
Hi Suzanne, Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed this hub. I joined HubPages a while back but life, as it has a habit of doing, got in the way. Anyway I have decided to come back so I wanted to take a look at the ins and outs of hubbing, is that a real word?, so your hub has been very useful to me.
So thanks for the hub. :)
Cathy Nerujen from Edge of Reality and Known Space on November 28, 2013:
What a great hub. You really researched this so well, so many things in this hub that are useful, and worth noting. I am a great believer in writing what you like to write about. Thank you for sharing, Suzanne. :)
moonlake from America on November 26, 2013:
Great advice I have always said you need to comment back when someone comments on your hub. I run behind at times in doing that but I get it done. Interesting hub full of good information. Voted up and pinned to my Hub board.
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 21, 2013:
There is so much truth in this hub. Take the long-term view....that is something I committed to when I joined HP and I am just now seeing the rewards after 22 months. I love it here as you know, and I hope everyone who joins follows your words of wisdom.
Nathan Bernardo from California, United States of America on November 20, 2013:
You are very correct; if you're not passionate about what you're doing, if you don't like doing it, then you're going to burn out quick. I've never been a businessman or a salesman and the business end of this Internet writing thing tends to turn me off and wear me down. I think it's a very good point, too, that you make about engaging the reader.
Mostly, I really like your point that you should enjoy writing and enjoy what you write about. Then you'll have all the energy you need to do it and won't abuse yourself trying to get it done.
Thanks for sharing, very illuminating.
JPSO138 from Cebu, Philippines, International on November 09, 2013:
Reading your hub makes me an instant follower. I have been with hubpage for 5 years already but was never that active. Your hub is an inspiration...
cjarosz on November 09, 2013:
Well done!! Great advice. I can say I'm the one logging in to check my earning a lot. Will definitely be heading your advice!
Joe Poniatowskis from Mid-Michigan on November 08, 2013:
Very nice, and inspiring. I have a problem with the "logging in every 5 minutes" to check stats, especially when there's a new hub. It isn't that I'm worried about the earnings, it's just fun to watch those new pennies roll in.
Suzanne Day (author) from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on November 07, 2013:
Thank you to everyone commenting on my hub about empire building. I hope it inspires everyone who is chasing keywords to stop for a moment and ponder inspirations for writing ;)
Writerly Yours on November 07, 2013:
I already commented but have to comment again--Suzanne you have re-inspired me! Thank you.
I actually have been referring to this hub a lot in the last few weeks!
You Rock! :)
John Hansen from Queensland Australia on November 07, 2013:
Wonderful hub Suzanne, full of useful information and advice.
I am here firstly because I simply enjoy to write, Since I discovered the HP community it has added extra inspiration via all the encouraging comments. To me making money isn't a priority. I have only just applied for adSense so that will take time, and from what I hear that can take 6 months and may not even be approved first time. Anyway, voted up, keep writing great hubs.
Rohan Rinaldo Felix from Chennai, India on November 07, 2013:
An excellent hub. I latched onto every word in it. Your motivation is seen in your writing.
FlourishAnyway from USA on November 07, 2013:
This is a superb hub with in-depth, quality advice for any Hubber who is serious about his or her craft. I agree with all of your advice. Sometimes folks overthink even the important things, and it comes down to a passion to succeed and doing what you love.
JG11Bravo on November 04, 2013:
I wouldn't think that many Futurama pictures would serve to enhance an article of this nature, but I enjoyed them immensely. Good read, very helpful!
Shasta Matova from USA on November 04, 2013:
Welcome back Suzanne - I agree with all of your advice!
Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on November 03, 2013:
An excellent read with some terrific advice. I completely agree. Voted up. Thanks for sharing.
Suzanne Day (author) from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on November 03, 2013:
Thank you to everyone who is reading my hub. I wanted to present a different point of view on how to write hubs, and hopefully save people some of the sleepless nights I had!
Writerly Yours on November 03, 2013:
Excellent advice and so true! Writing is a work of art. Thank you. I truly enjoyed your piece and it's a great refresher as well.
Writing is truly amazing when you put your heart and soul into it.
Following you! :)
Barbara Badder from USA on November 03, 2013:
This was an interesting read for me even though I've been here for almost 4 years. Good job!
Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on November 03, 2013:
Excellent and realistic advice for writing here on HP and elsewhere on the web! Vote up and shared!
Graham Lee from Lancashire. England. on November 03, 2013:
Hi Suzanne. Well you have gained one new follower today. I found this hub totally engaging and helpful. It is so good to find people with knowledge who freely impart it to others.
Voted up and all and following.