Joshua is a graduate student at the USF. He has interests in business technology, analytics, finance, and lean six sigma.
How I Got Here
I want voice my goals and understanding of HubPages in the hopes that I can get some insight from my fellow hub writers. I'm not all that great of a writer, but I am a hard worker and have some creativity. I heard once that you shouldn't have to work hard to make money as a writer. Hearing this drove me to signing back up to HubPages.
I signed up to HubPages sometime around 2014 just to find another source of income. I didn't really get into it and only ended up writing one hub. This one article stood alone as my only completed hub for years. I had a few other drafts that I published, and all of those articles were rejected during my first month. As a result, my confidence in writing was at an all-time low.
After reading an article about users' concerns about making less money (hubbers were complaining about getting paid less than they were in the past), I lost some interest. I still came back to find some good reads and that was it for a while.
For anyone reading this that has the same feeling there is hope! In March of 2017 I had yet another vision of making some money through writing and went back to HubPages to investigate. That's when I wrote my first high quality article. Simple, but at least it didn't get rejected. I took a break again and when I came back 7 months later, I found out how many hits my article got and that's what really gave me the boost to start writing once again.
Just Some Goals of Mine
My main goal is to double my monthly earnings each month. I know eventually I won't be able get passed a certain milestone, but I'm not going to let that stop me from trying to meet that goal. I've always believed that it's easier to bypass your expectations when you set aggressive e goals that you will more than likely underscore on. Even when I get to an idle point where it seems like I max out I will push to find another strategy.
I was really surprised on my first week of earnings. It wasn't too high, but enough to get me fired up! It's not just the earnings that brought me here. I just started a MBA program and I'd like to polish my writing skills. Plus, why not write about some stuff that I'm already learning about. I'm sure it could help someone.
Even though I'm here to help enrich my writing and research skills, my original "make some easy money agenda," still stands. I am without a doubt a total amateur writer and I thought I could create some strategies to help me with my success.
I see so many people on Hubpages that talk about writer's block or having dry work because they feel as though all they want to do is finish. I have a different problem. I have over a hundred articles that I want to write about. I just don't have the time to get any of them done. To keep the writer's block on a low level I tend to work on more than ten hubs at once. This is probably a flaw considering I feel like I'm not getting anywhere.
Using My Stats
History is one of the biggest things I'm going to look at to help me see what people want to read. When I find out which article becomes successful that could be a good indicator of what I should write about or not. I guess there will be flukes.
A lot of people (mostly from google) are searching for my "how to" articles. I'm most successful with getting articles view from those that discuss finance and the use of Microsoft Excel. I'm guessing most my audience consists of professionals or students looking guidance.
Using a Trello Board to Organize Hubs
Tracking Hub Progress
I recently started using a cool program to start tracking all the hubs that I am working on. I have over 70 incomplete hubs which makes it a little tough to keep track of what to write or how close to completion that I am on certain hubs. I used Trello shown above in the picture in past to track process while I was designing a CRM system. It comes in handy as you cue the items that you track. You can also attach 10mb files and at no cost.
Well that's about all I have. Hopefully in about 6 months or a year I'll have a better idea about how I'm going to write on here. I'm just so pleased that there are a lot of people willing to share their personal insight in this community.
Updates: Post My First 30 Days
Since my first 30 days I've made a few changes to my approaches to writing and how I choose to promote my works. This section provides a log of the changes that I have made to my approaches.
I've decided to start making google sites to display my works. Since I write about a lot of topics google sites can help me develop niche sites. These are easy to create. Also, I started posting all my articles on Google +. Now that I have about 25 hubs, I think I'm going to take a break from writing new content and try to make my existing hubs my work! I'll continue editing my existing hub until they all have a rating of 72 or higher.
Get Started with HubPages Today
If you feel you might want to try HubPages I'd say give it a shot. You can make some decent money, but it's not going to happen quickly. If you write interesting content and know how to distribute it strategically, you'll be successful in the long-run. Try it today by clicking here.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2018 Joshua Crowder
Abby Slutsky from America on August 14, 2020:
You are probably more savvy at promoting your work than I am. However, it is interesting that you wanted to double your goal each month. That is also something I have been doing. I will see how many months I can do it in a row. I am still pretty new here.
Joshua Crowder (author) from Tampa, FL on June 16, 2019:
Thanks! I need to make some revisions to show my progress.
Gupi on June 10, 2019:
Very motivating article, thanks for sharing.
Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on February 15, 2019:
Motivating article. thanks.
Jeff Zod from Nairobi on December 01, 2018:
I have found myself re-reading some hubs again to refresh my knowledge and also to get my creative juices flowing again.
I have been absent for a while but am back now.
Yeah,Kenya is a English-speaking and Swahili nation.Very few people speak French though( I do).
Update : Am still on my way to reaching my 200 hubs goal.Am almost at 50 now.
Joshua Crowder (author) from Tampa, FL on October 17, 2018:
Kenya would cool to visit. Do many people speak English or French?
Jeff Zod from Nairobi on October 17, 2018:
Thats great.My goal is to write around 200articles.If you plan to travel come to Africa, especially Kenya.
Joshua Crowder (author) from Tampa, FL on October 16, 2018:
That's great to hear! My goal is to write 100 articles. After I get to that point I would like to start traveling throughout the United States and also internationally. I think writing about other cities and cultures could lead to a rather interesting life.
Jeff Zod from Nairobi on October 16, 2018:
My journey is amazing.I have managed to write about 30 Featured hubs,get almost 7k views.I am yet to earn any payout though.The community has been great in offering insights and advice on improving my articles.I did not know that I could ever become an accomplished and published writer/blogger.I want to appreciate everyone who has been with me on this amazing journey especially @eurofile and @miebakagh57.
Joshua Crowder (author) from Tampa, FL on October 16, 2018:
Thanks Jeff! I'm still improving. How is your journey?
Jeff Zod from Nairobi on October 13, 2018:
Thank you for sharing your hubpages journey Joshua.