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Writing on Hubpages

I guess like a lot of people, I went through a lot of experiences before coming to the conclusion writing was what I wanted to do. I changed my mind a few times in my life when it came to settling on a job, and even now I might think of other ways I can use my writing skills to create some sort of business.

But again like most, I am not quite there yet. I'm not a fully fledged freelancer with a massive portfolio and glorious testimonials to show for it. I know it can be done and I know people who are in that boat, but I'm still learning.

It was having a demanding job which made me think really hard about what path to take. I made the decision to change direction but when it came to training, I was more or less on my own. I needed to learn about the search engines, but it was the search engines which helped me to do that. Googling articles and forums about SEO and freelance writing taught me a brand new skill almost overnight. A few emails to some professionals and I had tips coming out of my ears. But somewhere along the line I had read about Hubpages and I signed up straight away.

Writing my first Hub

I had written articles on a couple of websites of mine, mainly for fun and a bit of practice. I didn't try too hard to drive traffic to them at that stage, but after a while I knew I should submit a hub. I think my first hub was one I was originally going to put on my website but I posted it here instead. It was How do I Write a CV. I then followed it up with a hub about stress. I had a few followers by this point, so I knew people would immediately see what I'd published. Being new I wasn't sure what to expect. I was practicing without knowing if it was useful or not.

As soon as I wrote some hubs I began to get new followers and fan mail. It was such a lovely feeling to get support before I'd really done much. Then when I started to get great comments on my hubs I felt amazing! Okay, it wasn't the biggest thing in the world and my hubs weren't the best, but to actually get some feedback meant so much. Some of the comments were from hubbers with a string of accolades, years of online experience and loads of great hubs, and I was a newbie with no accolades and only two pieces of work.

The comments were not just something which made me feel good, but they meant a lot. It was a mixture of advice and encouragement from virtual strangers who made me feel welcome in their world.

But in the space of a couple of months I only posted three or four hubs. I was working hard in my day job and was getting unsure of where to go next with my writing. I gave Hubpages a break and looked at how a freelance writer becomes successful.

Making Money

Although I was using some websites and a blogging site my initial aim was to build up a portfolio of my own to show examples of my work. Scoring contracts to write for business websites or get paid to help with SEO was where I thought the money was. Using affiliates like Google Adsense, Amazon or ebay didn't seem like a reliable answer to me. I was happy to go along with it and have since learned that bloggers have made great success from affiliates alone. But I looked into other places as well.

Having Your Own Website

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Any freelancer knows that the first step is to have your own website and domain name. Mine is theonlinearticles although I am just blogging on there at the moment, and I haven't finished it. If you are to provide a service and you have the expertise then you can advertise through there. If you are an expert in Search Engine Optimization and Ethical Link Building, and can do article writing, marketing or letter writing then you can add it all on your site. Putting links to your examples will give you a head start when you apply for writing jobs, especially with the bigger companies.

If you get work, asking the company for a testimonial to add to your site helps you to build up a good reputation.

Selling Articles Directly

Before I signed up for Hubpages I asked a friend for some expert advice in the writing field. He told me to get some experience from a site called Constant-Content.

When you sign up to join you have to do a quick multiple choice test to check your grammar and spelling. You have to get four questions out of five to pass, otherwise you'll have to sign up all over again.

The site is rather strict on how you write your articles. There must not be any grammatical errors or spelling mistakes and the article must be relevant and structured correctly.

When you submit your article it will be proofread which can take up to a week. You have the choice whether to sell it for full rights to the buyer, usage rights or unique rights.

Full Rights: This means the buyer has all the rights to the article. They can change the byline, alter the wording or re-sell it. It belongs to them.

Usage Rights: This is where the buyer has paid to use your article for a website or magazine, but you still own the rights to it. You keep your byline and you can re sell it on Constant-Content.

Unique Rights: If your article has been bought for unique rights, you can keep your byline but it cannot be re-sold. It will also be removed from the Constant-Content database.

You can price your work accordingly, charging more for full rights and less for usage. If the piece is 300-500 words then it is recommended to sell it for $10-$25 for usage, $30-$60 for unique and $40-$80 for full.

When you hear back after submitting, it will either be accepted or need alterations. If it is not accepted then do not attempt to re-submit it. The more articles you get rejected, the greater the risk you have from being kicked off the site altogether.

I submitted three articles: one was sent back to me as it needed altering, one was sold for usage rights only and the other was rejected completely. I am yet to go back and submit more work.

Back Linking

I learned some ways to backlink to websites. I was helping someone out with their business site and needed to do this ethically. I wrote a couple of articles for Ezine Articles, which is a perfect place to write quality pieces of work (and build up a profile) on the subjects you want to write about, and add links in the source box at the bottom of the page.

Where to go Next?

It wasn't long before I was writing my hubs again for Hubpages. There is just something about this place that makes me feel comfortable with my writing. The pressure of writing for Constant- Content and even Ezines (who also review your stuff before publishing it) is good for practice and to make sure you're writing quality pages. But sometimes when I'm halfway through writing something intended for another site, I will change my mind and put it on Hubpages instead.

The reason? Well I guess it's the community. I have probably learned most of what I know about online writing from other hubbers. I can ask a question knowing I will get genuine and helpful answers and I can write a hub and people will be honest about it.

I know that it is honest and helpful because when I comment on someone's hub, it is because I thought it was great. I won't submit comments in the vain hope they'll repay the favor. I just enjoy reading interesting topics and try to offer knowledge and advice where I can.

I don't feel the pressure to impress a potential employer or feel I have to exaggerate my skills. I can be honest and write about it. Or I can write on my niche subject (which is health) and I can research other subjects and write about them.

My not-so-guilty Pleasure!

I know that I can make money from writing in plenty of different areas. There are sites you can sign up for work, like Elance or there are sites similar to Hubpages where you get a percentage of the affiliates. Helium, Squidoo and InfoBarrel are just a few. I have even signed up to one or two of these, but I'll have to build up a new community.

I didn't really know anyone personally who was familiar with Hubpages - it was something I found out by myself. But I like it here and I shall keep on writing...

Even if I've written a bad hub!


We all love Hubpages!


Emma Kisby (author) from Berkshire, UK on January 10, 2012:

I think that is the wonderful thing about HP. Everyone is here for different reasons and Hubpages allow that. So, if you want to write poetry here or do some blogging, etc you can. You can write using different styles or practice doing some serious SEO.

I for sure have received some therapy here too. It's all good.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on January 07, 2012:

Hi Emma, HubPages serve many different purposes for each hubber. I'm here for free therapy and to spread the sunshine! Thank you for creating this hub, I picked up a few tricks of the trade. Thumbs and Votes UP!

Cindy Murdoch from Texas on December 30, 2011:

Thank you Emma! It is because of hubpages that I feel like I can write. I have never written before, and hubpages is so encouraging. I just love the people who are here and make up this community.

Emma Kisby (author) from Berkshire, UK on December 30, 2011:

Thank you homesteadbound - I didn't realize you had only been here for 5 months. You have written so many great hubs and are a fantastic writer. I too have attempted other sites but couldn't get along with them. I feel I can only commit to one place. I have a site for blogging and have sold stuff, but this is a little portfolio for me ;)

Cindy Murdoch from Texas on December 30, 2011:

Emma - you are a good writer. I enjoy reading your work and I love your style and your attitude. I have been here almost 5 months and have not done any writing before, and I too think hubpages is a wonderful place to be. I have tried one other site but was not happy with it and moved all my articles back to hubpages. I'm sure we will be seeing a lot of each other.

Wishing you many wonderful surprises in the year to come.

Emma Kisby (author) from Berkshire, UK on December 30, 2011:

It just goes to show that so many people learn and benefit from the community here. I have had some great advice from other hubbers who write great work or simply answer queries personally to me. I am grateful for that and feel I have grown as a writer over the past few months. Thank you again for a wonderful and positive comment.

epigramman on December 29, 2011:

..well your fine variety of hubs give me pleasure too - and you have a world class attitude and enthusiasm to go with it - so yes your writing style is contagious and so very nice to meet you here - as you can see I've written up a storm and met a lot of interesting people but I have not made one penny here - poor money management on my part but I have certainly enjoyed my creative freedom and I have promoted many people here in which I am proud of - it's certainly a two way street and the communication process here makes the world a much smaller place indeed.

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Emma Kisby (author) from Berkshire, UK on December 26, 2011:

Hubpages is great for writing for fun, as a hobby or to try and earn a bit of money. You get so much from here in the way of support from others, advice and learning new things about SEO. It's helped me so much!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on December 25, 2011:

I am now a fan of Hubpages. It encourages creative writing on any topic of our choice, gain accolades and appreciation from fellow-hubbers, good earnings and above all a great time-pass!

Season Greetings.

Emma Kisby (author) from Berkshire, UK on December 11, 2011:

Hi Nell, I've heard so many people who have tried other sites but give them up, but stick with Hubpages. Thanks for your comment and have a great Christmas too :)

Nell Rose from England on December 11, 2011:

Hi, I can't remember how I came to write on Hubpages either! lol! it just seemed to draw me in compared to other sites, I tried Snipsly, Xomba, Redgage, but gave them all up! this is a great hub, and I totally agree with everything you said! Have a great Christmas! cheers nell

Emma Kisby (author) from Berkshire, UK on December 08, 2011:

Thinking back, I really can't remember how I came across hubpages, but I'm glad I did! There are so many people who support each other with their writing and branching out professionally.

cavallo from Newmarket,UK on December 08, 2011:

Great Hub Emma. Will come back to read again and again. Know how you feel about Hubpages and writing.

aemillervb from Virginia on December 07, 2011:

I feel the same way that you do about HubPages. I am trying to become a full fledges freelancer as well and have been on a few websites to help build my portfolio.. I found this site by accident really, and I love it! It is a comfortable place to be. Everyone is so welcoming.. Not to mention, it can be a great place for some inspiration.. Great hub!

Emma Kisby (author) from Berkshire, UK on December 07, 2011:

Wow, thank you all of you - again great comments from great hubbers. I felt a bit conscious of writing this, but I'm glad to get positive feedback. Thank you again :)

itsmonkeyboy from London, UK on December 07, 2011:

Hi Emma. Great hub once again! I think you may be slightly hard on yourself about your first few hubs. I thought they were very good. I've been a follower of yours since you started and although I have to admit I've not understood all the subjects you've covered, you've definitely covered them with a mixture of understanding, wisdom and creativity. I look forward to your future hubs. Thank you.

mljdgulley354 on December 07, 2011:

Hubpages is a great place for writers and a great community willing to help and encourage. Thank you for sharing this hub

dinkan53 from India on December 07, 2011:

Feel happy to read your story. You are right about followers and fan mail, it is a great feeling watch new followers, comments and fan mail. Now more pleasure getting by watching some money added everyday on my account page through 'HubPages Earnings Program'. Rated up!

Emma Kisby (author) from Berkshire, UK on December 07, 2011:

Thank you GmaGoldie - coming from a level 5 commenter with loads more hubs than me that is one great compliment :) I think 'Hubbers' stay faithful and offer their wisdom to others, while willing to accept advice themselves. All freelancers need a network and for those who are not freelancing, it is just a wonderful place to come to!

Kelly Kline Burnett from Madison, Wisconsin on December 07, 2011:

Emma Harvey,

HubPages is a special place on the web. I greatly enjoyed reading this. You are a great writer and I enjoyed your website. Looking forward to reading more. Yes, Hub Pages is also my "non-guilty" pleasure - a true enjoyment in my life. Hub Pages allows me to travel literally in my pajamas and meet different people from across the globe. Voted up and I appreciate you sharing your story.

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