Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She writes about interesting things.
Writers who succeed in writing for HubPages are those who take the time to follow the rules and use every tip available to them. Some people write without being mindful of the tips that could help them make much more money.
I have been writing articles on HubPages for over eleven years. Needless to say, I have learned a lot over the years, and I am making much more money than when I first started. Now I can rely on getting a monthly check to pay my bills and even have a fair amount of money left over.
Here are simple tips that you could put to use right away, Other writers have also given tips to succeed. However, I am partial to my own tips because they work for me.
The tips I am including are not the general ones that you already know such as writing quality articles. I am providing simple tips that writers might not know or tend to overlook.
If you are serious about making money on HubPages, I guarantee you that if you use the follow simple tips, your next paycheck will be much bigger than your last one.
Consistency Is Key
The more you write, the more you will establish a relationship with readers. After reading one of your well-written articles, they might look forward to reading some of your other articles. However, if your articles are few and far apart, readers will be disappointed and not look forward to reading your articles again when they do show up.
Be consistent and keep writing. Good writers tend to write related articles because they can't say everything they are passionate about in one article. Then they can provide links to articles they have already written.
Write Headlines That Grab Readers
Your headline is the first thing people will see. Make sure it is a good one that captures their attention. People won't know if your articles are quality ones if they are not provoked to open them based on their titles. Here are some tips for your headlines.
Use a free headline analyzer to rate your headline and give you suggestions for making it better. The analyzer suggests the following to help your articles get the attention they deserve.
- Make sure there are no misspelled words in your headlines.
- Use your keywords in the first three words of your headline or the last three words in the headline. This helps readers to know exactly what your article is about just by glancing at the headline.
- Optimize the number of words to engage readers.
- Use the appropriate number of characters to improve SEO readability.
- Use emotional words to draw readers into your articles.
- Let CoSchedule help you with the best headlines on any subject.
Break Up Your Paragraphs
There should be some white space in your article. This is done by breaking up your paragraphs. I have seen articles with only one or two paragraphs in the entire article. Most people are not motivated to read large blocks of text.
There is a lot of debate about the length of paragraphs. However, most people agree that paragraphs should be a minimum of 3-5 sentences and a maximum of 8-10 sentences. Start a new paragraph when you begin discussing a new or related topic.
You can break up paragraphs by using subtitles, images, callouts, and polls.
Every writer should use Grammarly. It is a free writing assistant that is a great help with spelling and suggesting a better way to write sentences.
It happens to the best of us. Even after proofreading several times, we still might overlook some misspelled words. Download Grammarly today, and do not write another article without using it.
Update Old Articles
It is beneficial to update your articles on a regular basis. If you have a lot of articles, it will be time-consuming, but it is worth it. When you update them, you might find mistakes that were overlooked when you first published them.
Also, you might have discovered something new that you can add because you did not know it before.
Search engines prefer updated articles instead of out-of-date ones. Besides, you will get a nice boost with updated articles.
Write Evergreen Content
Over my many years of writing, I have found that my evergreen content brings in more money. For instance, I wrote an evergreen article, "How Much Do Big Brother Contestants Get Paid?" Every season when Big Brother comes on, people see that article and read it when they were looking for something else about the reality show. I get thousands of impressions without having to write a new article about the series.
At Christmas time and other holidays, I write about traditions, songs, and biblical stories that won't change over the years. When people search using my keywords, I get paid for those articles written eleven years ago.
Ninety percent of my articles on HubPages are evergreen. That means the information remains the same forever. Whenever I write about a current event, the life span is only a day or two. Besides, more writers are writing about the same event. I was quite disappointed when I wrote about the deaths of Michael Jackson, Prince, Aretha Franklin, Billy Graham, Congressman John Lewis, Alex Trebek, and other well-known celebrities. The pageviews were pitiful.
Write a Caption Under Images
Here is a tip that not many people know about. In fact, I recently found out about this tip. We should be putting a caption under images because search engines recognize the text but not the image.
I am going back and put a description under my images in older articles. Not only will that count as an update, but it will give the search engines more information to work with.
Notice that I have a description for each image along with the source in each image in that article. Make sure your images are identified in a similar way.
Don't Approve Every Comment
You might be tempted to approve every comment that is posted at the bottom of your articles. You might feel bad to delete it. However, sometimes people take the advantage of your comment section to advertise their products or to post something unrelated to your article. Delete those comments because they give your article a bad image that search engines don't like.
A little-known secret is that you can comment on your own articles to get them a boost. When you thank people for reading your article, mention your keywords or something that is in the article that the search engines will see.
Exposure Through Related Articles
You have probably noticed that at the bottom and on the side of your articles, there is a screenshot of related articles from others and from you. If you have written more than one article about the same topic, it will be listed.
That is great exposure especially for people who didn't read the article the first time around. I have been getting a lot of pageviews these days, and I know that is one of the reasons.
HubPages makes it convenient for writers to post their articles on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. All you have to do is click on the icon on the left-hand side of every article. Remember, any exposure is better than no exposure.
You can also join Facebook groups with people who are interested in a specific topic. For instance, food groups, movie groups, and hundreds of other groups are available.
Follow Examples of HubPages Reviewers
According to the forums, some people complain when reviewers make changes to their articles. I welcome those changes if they make my articles better. Then I use their recommendations for upcoming articles.
For example, I saw that a reviewer changed my bland images into beautiful images that were made on canva.com. I didn't know about the site until then. Now I am making my own photos from that site as well as from other free photo editing sites.
Hopefully, you have noticed that we get an e-mail from HubPages every Wednesday with tips. Those tips are very helpful. Take the time to read those suggestions.
If you ever want to check your balance and see how your articles are doing on HubPages, check it each day around 11:30 a.m. I keep a record of how much I make each day. Some people write and never check their balance and are quite disappointed at the end of the month when they don't get much money. Pay attention to what you are making during the month so you will be motivated to do better.
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.
Amarachi Nkwoada from Nigerian on January 08, 2021:
Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on January 08, 2021:
Sp Greaney, all the tips I cited work for me. I am extremely pleased with the pay I receive on the 28th day of each month. Hopefully, the tips will help you as well.
Sp Greaney from Ireland on January 08, 2021:
This is very good advice. It's always good to hear what works for other people because it can all help to improve your own performances
Amarachi Nkwoada from Nigerian on January 04, 2021:
Well-done. Great idea
Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on January 04, 2021:
Andrea, I promise you if you use the tips I offered you will see an increase. My favorite tips are to use the Headline Analyzer and to give a description to every image.
Andrea Lawrence on January 04, 2021:
This is great! I'm always looking for ways to optimize my HubPages and make them better. I learned a thing or two here that I could try to get those page views up.