How I Made My First $50 on HubPages
How I Made My First $50
So, it's not what you think—I did not make my first $50 overnight. I didn't even make my first $50 in the first month, first 50 articles, or even first year. It was a long and arduous process, but, hey, I made it!
Beginning your HubPages journey is hard. Establishing your niche is not easy. Creating your unique identity—what separates you from everyone else—seems like a daunting task. After all, what can we offer the world if it seems like everything anyone could ever want to know is already there on the Internet? This brings me to my very first piece of advice for new writers looking to make money on HubPages.
1. Establish Your Identity—Write on Your Expertise!
This is critical. I don't care if you wash windows, bus tables, or take out the trash—if you are the best at it, share it with the world! I am an English Professor. I know a thing or two about writing, literature, and philosophy. These areas of information are not widely searched on the Internet. Even worse, there are even fewer people interested in the very specific details regarding these fields unless they are students.
For this reason, I gear nearly all of my material towards college-age students and popular topics or books that I know they will have to read or write essays on. It's not a 'get rich quick' formula, but it has helped me establish my unique identity as a writer, and it helps me create a clearer vision for future articles.
Now, for you, your niche could be anything! What are you great at doing? What is widely searchable content? Don't be bashful. Surely, there is something you can offer.
2. Find Small Spaces and Think Big!
So, my most popular article is "The Day They Burned the Books: Values, Identity, and Otherness." Again, this is a very specific article discussing one particular short story by Jean Rhys. However, this is a relatively popular short story with little commentary offered online. I noticed this void, so I decided to write this article for students reading the story for the first time or students who had an assignment to write an essay on it.
Essentially, I found a small space on the Internet needing information, I wrote an article to fill the void, and the impact was big! Replicating this approach is 'easier said than done.' However, it will help you avoid wasting precious time and energy writing on a topic already exhausted on Google search pages. This actually brings me to my next point.
3. If Possible, Create Widely Searchable Content!
This is where my own expertise fails me. Not many people care about learning APA format or if Shakespeare actually wrote his own plays. Nobody cares! However, perhaps your expertise is something a lot people desire. Look at some of the best HubPage writers out there: They are car mechanics, cooks, arts and crafts experts, DIY geniuses. Notice: These are all highly searchable areas of content. After all, each of these fields of information offer some practical advice that can help people save money in the long run. Who doesn't want to save money?
4. Persistence Is Key
Persistence is effort over time divided by blood, sweat, and tears. It took me 3 years before I made my first $50 on HubPages. It took more than 50 articles to publish before I made my first $50. In the beginning, I was making pennies per day. Hey, at least it's something, right? Don't become discouraged! Some days, I still make a few cents. No big deal, though. Down days make the good days taste much sweeter.
The key here is simple: Keep moving up, keep publishing content, keep yourself engaged in active pursuit of your goal. You never know when you will publish that one article that just takes off.
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