How to Stay the Course on HubPages
Facts about HubPages
One of the issues that some hubbers have expressed as troublesome is not being able to earn a lot of money on HubPages. It can be discouraging to pour your all into an article, add photo's and video's spending an hour or more in getting it just right only to make a few pennies. Rather than be discouraged, accept the situation for what it is and decide you will stay the course. Expect the best but prepare for the worst and trust that your time and effort will eventually pay off and not be in vain.
The Facebook factor
If you have a Facebook account you probably have already found out that your "friends" are not very friendly when you share your articles. I have shared so many of my Hubs that I believed would be helpful and beneficial only to have them ignored. On HubPages, however, the community of writers is very supportive. They read and comment on each other's work and respond to those who have commented on their own. It is very gratifying to know that people sincerely care. To help you stay the course, consider HubPages as getting paid to post on social media. Even if you don't make that much, it's better than no response on Facebook. The time and attention given to other social media platforms can be utilized to keep writing and giving support to other hubbers. Now if you do get feedback and lots of readers from Facebook then this advice obviously is not for you.
Write in season and out
I have been writing for HubPages for less than a year but there is something that I have noticed. Some articles received a lot of views right away then they tapered off while others picked up steam later on, depending on the season. There are also hubs that have gained views slow and steady over a period of time. This is why it is important to stay the course and just keep writing. Don't be discouraged just keep going because Rome was not built in a day. Consider each hub as a seed you are sowing that in time will yield a reward.
Glean from long-time hubbers
Ask questions of those who have been writing for HubPages for a while because they know a thing or two. Be open and not offended by objective criticism. I was really encouraged when one writer told me that she is still getting paid for articles that were written eight years ago. Keeping this in mind, I am less likely to be distressed at an article that has only 20 views because if it continues to gain traction, then in 10 years it may have 2000 reads. Multiply that by numerous articles and the possibilities are very exciting. Those who have been writing a while can be a great help to new writers.
Find your niche
It is very important to find your niche on HubPages. Initially, I have been writing poetry since age 12 but was not aware that poetry was allowed as a hub. Once I found out, I began flowing back and forth between stories and poems. Before, I often had writer's block and was unable to write for days. Now that I know that I can submit poems, it helps on days when I'm unable to come up with a story. You may not be into poetry, but I suggest you make sure you are aware of all the categories available and don't get stuck in just one or two.
A picture can be worth a thousand words
If you find that you are having trouble coming up with ideas for hubs, try snapping a lot of pictures. There have been times when, instead of finding a photo that complements my story or poem, I write a HubPages article or develop poetry around a photograph. For me, this has been a wonderful way to stay the course and continue writing. Because you are a writer, you already have the creativity gene within you so allow pictures to give you ideas and help you stay the course. If you don't have a camera, your cell phone and be used to capture amazing images.
Set personal goals
Setting personal goals on HubPages that are not related to views may also help you stay the course. It really makes no difference to anyone else but I like increasing my hub score. I'm not sure exactly what affects it, so I just keep writing and paying attention to it. I was hovering around 65 and now I am at 85. It has no bearing on my income but it's fun for me. I am at level 2 for communicating with other writers and I eagerly await level IV where I get a badge. I appreciate that HubPages has this in place because another site I write for offers no rewards. I have been the number one writer in the United States for some time on this site, but I did not receive congratulations, a badge or any type of notification that anyone noticed or cared. This is why I am all in for whatever incentives HubPages has in place. It is also rewarding to have my hubs placed on network sites.
You may want to continue sharing your hubs on your various social media platforms because people may be reading but just not commenting. Set up a separate page on Facebook just for your work, and share on groups related to the subject of your hub. Remember that all the little streams will flow into the same ocean. Interact with others who write for HubPages, by reading and commenting on their articles and sharing on in the help forum.
The bottom line
As writers, we all want to succeed and the evidence of that success is making money. More than that, however, I believe most of us also desire the satisfaction of knowing that our work is appreciated and worth reading. I know a lot of people who self publish just to say they are a published author. My response to that is, that I don't want my tree to fall in the forest and not make a sound. My final thought on the subject of writing for HubPages is to keep at it. As mentioned earlier, people write long posts on Facebook and get nothing from it. Even if only a few people read your hubs, that is better than nothing at all. Write because you were born to do so and in time your hubs should pay off. One hubber who has been writing for close to a decade told me that she actually is actually making a living from writing on this site. If she can do it then so can others, so stay the course.
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.
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