The First Ever Hubber-Hosted HubCamp

Craan on HubPages

Craan on HubPages

Earlier this month, we unveiled a HubCamp platform that allows Hubbers to host their own HubCamps.  Less than a month later, the first Hubber-hosted HubCamp shall be held! This December 9th, Hubber Craan will host a HubCamp at Fort Pierce Branch Library in Fort Pierce, Florida.

We’re very excited for the event, and if you live in the area, we hope you can make it!  To RSVP and get more details about the event, visit its Meetup Everywhere page, click the “I’m Interested” button, and fill out the RSVP form.

If you are interested in hosting a HubCamp in your own local area, check out the Start Your Own section of the HubCamp pages on HubPages.com.

HubPages Success Story: lakeerieartists funds a Cleveland Artists Gallery with HubPages Earnings

lakeerieartists on HubPages

lakeerieartists on HubPages

Every now and then we come across a Hubber who puts HubPages earnings toward something truly inspiring. lakeerieartists is certainly one of those awesome individuals – she is currently using her HubPages revenue to support local artists through her Lake Erie Artists Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio. How cool is that?! Learn more about this wonderful Hubber in the interview below:

HubPages is not the only online article site for which you write. What keeps you with us?

Part of what keeps me on Hubpages is the supportive community that I found here. I came to this site completely unfamiliar with Hubpages, and had to learn the nuances and the culture. I found several people who were very helpful, and that list keeps growing as I get to know more people.

But I do have to admit that the main reason I stay is that I have found the platform at Hubpages and the simplicity of the layout very easy to use to earn affiliate income. Because Hubpages is a simpler site and more direct because of that, I had to learn the lessons of how to work with the platform more specifically to earn. And the lessons that I have learned on Hubpages translate well to any other site I write on including Squidoo and my own blogs and sites. I didn’t really understand keyword research or search engine optimization clearly until I started to really work with Hubpages. I have found that certain types of articles work better on Hubpages, while others work better on other sites, and have adapted my writing as such.

Has HubPages changed the way you write or generally utilize the internet?

Absolutely. I am so much better and honing in on a topic and focusing on a very small niche to write about, and I have found that doing so works so much better for me in finding the right targeted traffic. My articles on Hubpages are nowhere near the top traffic articles that I hear about from other Hubbers, yet I am steadily earning more and more income from all three of the main Hubpages affiliates–Ebay, Adsense, and Amazon. I tend to trade off which vendor I am focusing my writing on so that one of them doesn’t become my sole income stream. I am always trying to build solid, steady income streams to support my online business.

I do have a very small blog that follows my success on Hubpages. It is aimed at Squidoo lensmasters but I do post my monthly earnings to encourage others to try Hubpages as a platform, because I believe very strongly at diversifying your income sources.

How do you use your AdSense earnings?

Adsense, and all of the earnings I make from all of my sites online go to support my brick and mortar gallery Lake Erie Artists Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio. I have not yet quite made my goal of completely being able to pay my monthly rent and expenses for the gallery each month, although I am very close. Once I get there, I am planning to work to make enough to replace my husband’s salary, just in case.

Galleries, like most retail businesses, were hit hard by the economic changes in the last couple of years. My gallery supports primarily local Cleveland artists, and I am working hard to steady the income flow into the gallery in order to keep it going through uncertain economic times. While I have seen some positive changes in the economy here locally, we are far from recovered, and I want to do my part to keep the economy here in Cleveland going.

What advice would you give to new hubbers?

For new hubbers, my best advice is that you need to commit steady time to Hubpages in order to earn an income. And you most likely will have to work countless unpaid hours at the beginning while you are learning how to make it work. Most successful online affiliate marketers/writers that I know take 1 to 3 years to make the kind of money that they really want to earn. While earning money through a platform like Hubpages is not a scam, it is also not something that you can do overnight. There is a time factor that has to be taken into consideration even for the most experienced online writer for your Hubs to mature and be found. However, if you are willing to put in the time at the beginning, you will reap exponential rewards. The efforts that I have put in since I started online as a complete online newbie in June 2008, are paying off now quite nicely. And every month I earn more.

I think that Hubpages as a platform is a great place for new online marketers to get started. The community will support any honest effort to learn, and the staff at Hubpages is extremely responsive to any questions, problems, or issues. I also love getting to know Hubbers from all over the world, and seeing things from more than a local point of view. I am always interested at how much I am like people from across the globe, and also how much I am different from them. And frankly, I think that Hubpages is a lot of fun. So to anyone who is just starting out, I say that you should just go for it! And welcome to the community.

[thanks, lakeerieartists!!]

HubPages Success Story: Earl S. Wynn & TV Producers

Earl S. Wynn on HubPages

Earl S. Wynn on HubPages

We saw an exciting announcement from Hubber Earl S. Wynn this week – in case you did’t see the forum thread, here’s what he had to say:

This is pretty mind blowing.

I got a call the other day from a TV production executive about one of my old articles called 101 reasons to stay single (which is funny, because I’m now happily engaged, haha) Apparently, it caught someone’s eye and they were impressed enough to option it for $500 for six months so they could have exclusive rights to buy the article and make it into a TV show for another $2500. Holy cow!

I’m pretty stoked! Thank you, Hubpages! I’m definitely going to be writing more Hubs now! Just goes to show, persistence pays off! Keep hubbing, Hubbers!

Pretty cool, huh? We decided to catch up with Earl S. Wynn to get some more fun details on his experience.  Check out our interviewbelow:

What inspired the Hub?

When I wrote 101 Reasons to Stay Single, I had just emerged from a crazy relationship with a woman who stalked me for close to a year afterward. It was nuts! You know, the 3am phone calls where the person just breathes and presses numbers, the endless blocking of new email accounts sending endless insane love letters. It started to get in the way of my work, both online and offline, which really made me angry. That’s where this Hub originally came from– I wrote it out of sheer bitterness and anger. It really honestly and truly epitomizes everything that was wrong with that relationship (and everything that I swore I would never put myself through again.) In retrospect, I think its hilarious that it has become so popular. I honestly never expected it to get more than a handful of pageviews, and here I am, two years later, getting engaged to the most wonderful woman on Earth and talking with a production executive about adapting that list into a TV show. It’s really crazy in a really awesome way.

How long did it take for you to come up with all those reasons to stay single?

I pride myself on my ability to design, build and launch articles and lists like 101 Reasons to Stay Single in a matter of hours. This particular one only took three or four hours to complete (and that includes stopping to get coffee, snacks, etc.) I think my fastest ever 101 list was done in less than an hour.

You mention in your forum post that you are now happily engaged! Are you planning to create a 101 Reasons to Get Married Hub?

Funny you’d ask! I’m actually in the process of building one right now and expect to have it done very soon (its progress is being slowed by the pyrography tutorials I’ve been building and putting out on HubPages lately.) Also, I worked with a similar concept a few months into my relationship with my fiancé in a Hub I called “101 Ways to Show Your Love.” It’s even dedicated to her!

[UPDATE: Earl’s Hub on 101 Reasons to Get (and Stay!) Married is published! You can view it here]

What were your original goals with HubPages? Did you ever expect something like this to happen?

Honestly, when I discovered HubPages two and a half years ago, I figured it was just a cute idea for a place to stick some of the random science articles I’d written over the years (without having to give over exclusive rights, etc.) I’ve always believed that artists should be in control of their work and Hubpages is one of the few sites I’ve worked with that allows its writers to do that. That’s really what kept me coming back all these years, (that and the fact that the traffic to HubPages can be pretty darn amazing) and I refer people to the site just for that reason. Being a self-managing writer is one of the causes I’ve always championed in any way I could. It’s the future, it’s where art is going thanks to the awesomeness of the internet, and I plan to be right there at the forefront when the old models of publishing (where authors are stripped of all rights) fall by the wayside like so much dead wood. One of the things I do as a writer outside of HubPages is maintain a series of online magazines which provide powerful platforms for new and emerging fiction writers to be published and get the publicity their skills deserve. Ultimately, its up to a given writer to have the persistence to keep hitting walls until they break through to the point of being able to make a living by writing, but it helps to have people along the way who are willing to read your manuscripts instead of just rejecting them without even giving them a once-through.

But did I ever expect to get contacted about making anything I’d written into a TV series? Not really. I mean, I always hoped that something like this would happen– you know, you wish, you pray, you give it your all, but when it actually happens, its pretty mindblowing. My fiancé has had complete faith in me the entire time, by the way. She’s honestly the best thing that’s ever happened to me, and one of the reasons why I didn’t just give up on writing altogether at some point in the past. She’s given me at least a hundred and two reasons not to be single.

[Congrats, Earl! You can read 101 Reasons to Stay Single here]

HubPages Gets a Sign

We have a fun new addition to HubPages HQ this week – a HubPages sign! HubPages Secret Headquarters is now… not so secret.

It’s funny- the whole business of applying a sign to a building.  We were’nt quite sure when the professionals would come to install the sign, so we had no idea what to think when we heard hammering outside early in the morning.  Lo and behold, we opened a window and found a man holding “ages” in his hand, floating toward our third story floor in a cherry picker.

It’s always exciting to have things become more official – whether it means having articles or stories published in print, getting a first AdSense check, or having a sign installed on a building.

Hopefully HubPages can help you get to those official landmarks you’re looking for in life.  It is, after all, a great place to develop skills, get the word out, be found, and find an additional source of passive income.

Good luck with your metaphorical ‘signs’!  Perhaps just like with our physical sign, your own objectives will come hammering at your window any day now!

Five Reasons You’ll Enjoy the HubPages Students Page

In case you haven’t noticed, we recently launched a special page for college students on HubPages.  It’s designed to pool student resources in one place and highlight excellent college-related or academic Hubs.

Here are five fun aspects of the page – for students and non-students alike!

  1. It features a new contest: The weekly HubPages Top of the Class contest highlights college-related or academic Hubs every week, so if you write anything of the sort, you are all the more likely to get recognized for your great work!
  2. It offers easy access to fun resources: To the right of the page are quick links to college and student-related topics and forum threads on HubPages for your convenience.
  3. It offers new Hubbing inspiration: If you don’t know what to write about, consider delving back into scholarly topics! Doing keyword research before you start can help you write on something that is more likely to garner readership.
  4. It gives you something to do with old papers and study guides: It’s rather sad when old college papers and study guides – which take so much time and effort to compile – go to waste.  Why not publish them on HubPages where they can be appreciated?
  5. It highlights excellent educational Hubs: HubPages is a great place for browsing and reading about interesting things.  The topics and Hubs featured on this page are sure to offer hours of fascinating reading!



We hope you enjoy the Students page and have fun delving into the academic side of Hubbing!

HubPages Success Story: VioletSun and the Ripple Effect

VioletSun on HubPages

VioletSun on HubPages

It’s always fun to hear about the ripple effect our writing has on others’ lives.  Hubber VioletSun recently found that her poetry has touched someone’s life in a most unexpected way.  She explains her pleasant surprise below:

When I published a poem [To My First Love] a year and a half ago with Cris A’s photoshop creations, a High School English teacher who is not a member of Hubpages, emailed me and asked for my permission to allow one of her students to use my poem for a class presentation.  I was honored in thinking a young person found value in the poem, and it was going to be read out loud in class, so I said sure!  How cool is that?

When you’re writing on HubPages, it’s easy enough to get feedback from fellow Hubbers and to see the general stats and traffic patterns on your Hubs, but it’s impossible to know what kind of effect your writing has on the vast majority of your anonymous readers.  Nevertheless, the elusive ripple effect sometimes shines through, and VioletSun got a lovely peek.  Not only did her poem inspire a high school student (who then shared VioletSun’s work with fellow calssmates), but she herself was inspired by fellow Hubber’s Photoshop images.

Next time you find yourself in a writing slump, consider the positive impact you may have on fellow Hubbers as well as strangers in the world at large.  You can change others’ lives without even knowing it!  If that’s not inspiring, I don’t know what is 🙂

Sharing Hubs on Facebook

So, Simone and I were chatting today about how people share their Hubs on Facebook.  After perusing a couple of examples and pouring over some statistics, we came up with a few tips to consider when thinking about how to apply social media (ie facebook) to Hubs.

1. When you see Hubs written by others that you think are cool and interesting enough to share with your Facebook friends, you may want to choose “Share” instead of “Like.”  Sharing a Hub creates a post  in your wall with a preview blurb and image from the Hub like this:

Liking a Hub  simply posts a brief mention like this:

See, sharing a Hub creates a more visible post on Facebook.  You may also want to write something pertinent in the description.

2. For your own Hubs, you want to make sure that you do not over-share things.

Keep in mind that you want to share Hubs that your friends may actually be interested in reading.  As Simone mentioned, “the goal is to get people to ‘like’ and comment on the things you share –  if they do, your shares are more likely to end up in peoples’ home feeds…and more people will see it.”

On that note, if you do NOT get a lot of feedback on the things you share, reconsider your strategy – continuing to share and like things that nobody seems to be interested in (ie no comments nor “likes”) will make it more likely that your shares only show up on your own wall – and not your friends’ home feeds.

Start Your Own HubCamp

A mere two days before our second HubPages-hosted HubCamp in Hollywood, we are officially launching the Hubber-hosted HubCamp program, which means that you can host your own HubCamp!

We’ve created a HubCamp section of our site where you can learn more about the HubCamp program, view the schedule, and learn more about the different types of HubCamps available, which include:

  • HubPages-hosted HubCamps: these include the events we have scheduled thus far
  • Hubber-hosted HubCamps: HubCamp seminars organized, led, and hosted by approved Hubbers (which we’ll designate as HubCamp Counselors)
  • HubClubs: Private, somewhat regular and informal gathering of friends which anyone can organize and which involve small lessons and talking points to help Hubbers improve their skills
  • HubCamp Classes: HubCamps and general lessons customized for colleges and universities

If you are interested in learning more about these different HubCamps, check out the HubCamp section of HubPages.com.  If you are interested in hosting your own HubCamp, visit the Start Your Own page.  To become an official HubCamp counselor, you will need to meet our established criteria and fill out the short online form we provide.  Once you are approved, we will provide you with speaker notes, a PowerPoint presentation, other helpful printouts, and the ability to organize an official HubCamp on Meetup.

We look forward to helping you attend, organize, and learn from HubCamps in the future!

Success Stories: Perseverance and Patience Pay Off

People come to write on HubPages for all sorts of reasons, and those who make an effort are rewarded in just as many ways. Hubbers have enjoyed a large and constructive audience to help improve their writing, and several Hubbers have even gone on to get books published. Other Hubbers have had their work noticed by the national media, and have been asked to speak on the air, and others have participated in fun, Hubber-led initiatives like the Dark & Stormy Night contest and HubTrails.

Many, if not most, Hubbers come to HubPages because they can earn money off what they publish here. And while we certainly don’t bill HubPages as a get-rich scheme, those Hubbers who have made an honest effort at publishing many high-quality Hubs have been rewarded financially, as well. Traffic to their Hubs has continued to grow years after they’ve published them, so that their passive earnings have also grown, too, even when they’ve taken some time off.

Here’s stephhicks68‘s traffic graph, which illustrates this beautifully:

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Most of Steph’s Hubs were published early on after she signed up. However, her traffic has continued to grow, from about 500 Hub views per day during her initial publishing period, to about 6 times that today.

Let’s take a look at another.

Jstankevicz, a true HubPages veteran (I think he’s been around longer than me!), took a 2 1/2 year hiatus from HubPages, but his traffic didn’t drop. In fact, during his time away, it slowly grew.

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As he describes in his Hub on the matter, he likens Hubbing to gardening: you do the bulk of your labor at the beginning, but then patiently wait for the returns to start rolling in. For years, like a solid apple tree.

Thirteen Hubbers have generously shared their stories—including their traffic graphs and their earnings history—as well as other rewards they’ve enjoyed beyond the traffic and earnings. Check out the HubPages Success Stories page for some inspiration, and a reminder why you shouldn’t give up too early!

HubPages Success Story: Harvey Stelman

Harvey Stelman

Harvey Stelman

Harvey Stelman came to HubPages with quite the portfolio of written work already under his belt, but has used his experience on the site to improve his editing skills.  Not only is Stelman excited about writing more; he has published a book and is donating 15% of the book’s proceeds to the MS Society as well.

To learn more about this hubber’s inspiring story, read our interview below:

What inspired you to join HubPages?

I was writing on a couple of sites that didn’t allow readers to send comments, give opinions or allow interaction between members. I stumbled upon HubPages and felt I was in heaven. Wanting to know if others agreed, disagreed, liked or disliked my opinions or writing was what I desired. On HubPages, I found out very quickly. Whether good or bad, I appreciated the feedback.

You have work published in the physical world in addition to HubPages – could you tell us a bit more about it?

It began at my 50th birthday party. I had fifteen friends I grew up with in the Bronx, N.Y. come to Chicago, IL. Almost all had moved to other states. We talked about a magazine named “Back to the Bronx.” Many people had written in saying, “I lived near Yankee Stadium,” and described where they lived and how they could see into the Stadium from their roof. We all knew that was not possible.

We lived across the street from the Stadium, and it was impossible to see inside when the Yankees built a new scoreboard. A friend and I decided to expose these story tellers. With my friend in San Francisco and me in Chicago, we authored an article together. We titled it, “Living in the Shadows of Yankee Stadium.” It was one of the longer articles published in the magazine. I now had the writing bug.

I then partnerened with my best friend’s son to write a book. I told him a story my father had told me and he stated, “I would love to help you write that!” I had always told my father, “this should be book or a movie.” Never did I believe I would be the one to write it. Well, we wrote it! A copyright was obtained, and it sat in a drawer for many years.

The book, “EYES OF EMERALD” has now been out for three weeks. It has been sold in at least nine countries.

I have a newspaper and radio station interviews waiting. I am confident there will be many more.

How has HubPages factored into your career as a published author?

Even though the above writings were written before I started on Hub, there is still a HubPages factor involved in my book. My partner and I edited EYES OF EMERALD five times. The knowledge I have received from HubPages has helped immensely in my editing. I had always been told by my teachers that I could not write well. HubPages has improved my writing, and has given me the ability to edit. Some on the comments I’ve received on HubPages have helped my grammar. I understand I am not yet good at editing, but I am much improved.

I have also written ten movies. I am now confident I can edit them. You can imagine how full of scripts my drawer still is. After the book calms down, I will edit my (shh, sequal), and begin to market my movies.

You share in your bio on HubPages 15% of the selling price of Eyes of Emerald will be donated to the MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Society. What caused you to become involved with the MS cause?

That is simple for me to answer. In 1981 I was diagnossed with Multiple Sclerosis. Five years later, I was told it was CHRONIC-PROGRESSIVE MS. Doctors said I would be quadroplygic in a few years. It is 2010, and my upper body still works. Though I am in a wheelchair, I still have some movement in my legs. I exercise about three hours a day; so don’t mess with me! I can trace symptoms back to 1957 when I was eight years old, but children stay quiet on these symptoms.

My book was written to honor my father, and 15% of the sales price will be donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. All this money will go to research. The above is my obvious reason for the donation. Anything I publish, or get produced will make the same donation. Doing all this by myself (no publisher or agent) takes its toll on a person with CHRONIC-PROGRESSIVE MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS. Still, I shall prevail.

What advice do you have for authors on HubPages who would like to have their work published?

Don’t say to yourself, “I should write this!” Just do it; what have you got to lose? Everyone says at some time, “I should……”
I say, you shouldn’t punish yourself by letting that hang over your head. If it is not successful, what have you lost? If you succeed, you leave a legacy. Americans have a long history of doing something, I consider myself an American. If you are in another country, think the same way.