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Hubpages Help – A Reading List For New Hubbers

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There are always two ways to do things in life. The right way. And the wrong way. Of course you have to factor in free will. And idiots. But that’s another hub, another day. This isn’t about choices – let’s say it’s more about a hearty shove in the right direction. I’m going to give you some recommended reading. A Hublist of what to read and why.

NB: If you just want to get on with it – just scroll down to the bit that says ‘Lissie’. I don’t mind my waffle being leapfrogged over. Ha! Leapfrog.

I’ve picked several Hubbers – because they’re the guys and gals that I found when searching for the light. I’m not saying (after I’d read their articles) that I suddenly felt lit up like a million watt bulb. But at least there was a nice warm glow. They helped me create a base from which I could begin to hub and make the effort of hubbing worthwhile.

And if you have the wit and the will to make a success of your time on HubPages, then read through the hublist. It’s nothing I didn’t do and – no one pointed me in the right direction. At least you’ve got a heads up.

And don’t expect no pretty pictures or videos. You’re not getting any. Be thankful I did this. And be even more thankful to the hubbers that wrote all the articles I’ve pulled together.

Because without their effort, this hub wouldn’t exist.

And … I’m a benevolent frog, if nothing else. So I’ve put one picture in. Of me. You may drool on your keyboards. You can even lick your screens. But no slushy mail in my inbox please.

Living it up on HubPages. I'm a good frog me.
Living it up on HubPages. I’m a good frog me.

Lissie’s been on the Hub for some two years now. And she’s also published a fair amount of information regarding how to hub in order to maximize your potential for earning money online. Through Lissie, I’ve learned to pay more attention to the layout of my hubs. How to place headers, pictures, how to arrange and order capsules.

Even how to place (as much as you can) advertisements so that they blend better with your article. All good stuff if you’re in it to win it. The information that she provides is valid, it works and as far as I’m concerned, you’ll be a lot better off for the knowing of it.

Darkside

Darkside has been kicking around the hubpages cold and draughty halls for about the same length of time as Lissie. He is a mine of information about:

  • How To Hub
  • Capsules
  • How HubPages Works
  • HubPage Referrals
  • How Hubscore Works
  • And more

When I disovered his hubs (by searching guys. You know – I used the search facility!) I found his homepage. I had a little potter around and lo! I found the light. Or at least a torch. And one thing about Darkside is this: he’s very very thorough.

So go and check him out. And say thankyou. As with Lissie, his hubs are painstakingly thought out, written and presented. If he doesn’t reply – well he’s probably busy thinking up new ways to help light your way a little bit easier.

Mark Knowles

Mark Knowles is another long-serving and successful Hubber. He isn’t just a pretty fella either, he knows what he’s talking about. Mark is a pro-blogger – and one of the relatively few folks on the ‘net that really does earn a living from it.

He shares his insight regarding what’s worked for him and I guess, what hasn’t. Whilst Mark doesn’t write in a ‘needle to thread’ format (he tells it as it is IMO and no bad thing either), you will still come away from his articles having learned quite a few things that you wouldn’t have known – had you not vistited some of his hubs.

Definitely on my recommended reading list. Learn from another online professional – Mark. in fact all four, Darkside, Lissie and Maddie included, know what they’re talking about. They all walk the walk. What they’ve written, they know about. That’s why they’re sharing.

Maddie Ruud

Maddie Ruud is a moderator and member of the HubPages team. She’s also a writer. And a very good example of what happens when a hubber delivers good quality, original articles – they make money.

You may occasionally spot her in the forums, moderating and going about HP business but – she continues to write and publish quality articles. Her ‘how to’ articles are worth reading and, as with the other hubs/hubbers that I’ve highlighted, Maddie is someone that I’ve read.

As with all the hubs included in this article, I’ve read them more than once. I’ve made both mental and physical notes and tried to adopt a path whereby I’m walking between each and every one. That may sound restrictive – its not.

It’s easy to do simply because what I read as time went by made perfectly good sense. And I hope they do the same for you. If you pay attention to just one thing that I have to say, pay attention to this: these hubbers know what they’re talking about – so listen well.

Final Word

There are many other individual (very helpful) hubbers on the site but for now, you’ve enough to read. In the event that you romp through those that I’ve listed, to the left there are more links – that will take you directly to where you need to be.

It’s Noob central for new hubbers. And also the place for those of us that have made a start and yet still need a bit of help.

You’ll find literally hundreds of different hubs, relating to:

  • How to …
  • Adsense …
  • Analytics …
  • Guides …
  • Hints & Tips …
  • Researching Topics …
  • Making Monery Online …
  • And lots more

So do yourself a favour and make a start. The sooner you’re educated in the Land of Hub, the better you’ll be. The better HubPages will be.

And the less occupied I will be at frogging around in the ‘help’ section in the forums. And mind your manners. Wherever you go, say thankyou and rate articles. Remember the hours and hours of effort everyone’s put in. Or out.

Now bugger off. I’ve hubs to write.

PS – I should have added this when I actually wrote it.

Having read the hubs I’ve listed, if anyone wants to know if the proof is in the pudding, yes it is. Taking what I’ve read and putting it into practice has been productive. Taking various *bits from Maddie, Lissie, Darkside and Mark (and others) has meant that google acknowledges my existence.

It works guys. Quality content, attention to detail and presentation, titles, topics, capsule use and so on – all make the whole.

*Of advice – not actual bits. Can you imagine Mark minus his sense of humour? Or what Darkside would look like if he lacked his eye?

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>Making Money Blogging Isn’t A Perfect World, But It’s Possible

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You”re probably reading this article because you enjoy writing and are looking to make money from it! This article will give you an in-depth look at the blogging world and at how you can earn your living by writing.

Blogging, as you know, is a way of providing news, information, or commentary on websites. These sites are usually owned by individuals (and are often hosted for free), but occasionally they”re owned by companies, celebrities, or businesses. In this case, specialty website writers called bloggers are asked to write content for them. It”s a bit like writing an online journal that”s very informative.

Though it”s not difficult to earn some money writing for blogs, there are ways to make a real profit, and that comes from advertising. Anyone with access to the internet can create a blog, write for it, and then post pictures, videos, art, music, or other objects of interest. By selling internet ad space and advertising your blog, you can make hundreds to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

There are over 110 million blogs all over the world, but that doesn”t mean there”s competition. If you can figure out what interests you and will keep readers coming back day after day, or if you can make your blog the most interesting, funny, or informative, then that will help draw both readers and advertisers to your site.

Before you learn how to make money through blogging, it”s important to make sure that “commercializing” your blogging is a good fit for you. Ask yourself this: Do you think that making money via your blog is immoral, unethical, or obnoxious? Will your readers look at you in a different light? Will “monetizing” your blog actually cause you to lose readers? If you tend to agree with any of these sentiments, then perhaps making money through blogging isn”t for you. If you are still set on earning through blogging, however, then read on!

Once you”ve decided to make money through blogging, then you need to go at it full force! As in many fields, it takes extreme dedication and motivation to make it work. Many will fail, but if you really want it, then put your all into it. Once you decide just how you”re going to make ads-donations? Ads?-then you need to have a game plan. This is no time to go half-heartedly into trying to make money; rather, you need to ram this thing in its head! If you”re going to ask for donations, then you need to make it known. Tiny sidebars asking for money won”t do; you need to ask full-out, possibly writing an article on how donations will keep the site going. If you”re going to put up ads, then putting up a tiny ad isn”t going to do it. You”ll have to possibly make a media kit, aggressively sell ad space on multiple parts of your site, and install various programs that will help keep your ads current, related, and hopefully unobtrusive to the actual site content. Remember that no matter how you do it, having ads or asking for donations will anger a few visitors, but also remember that they”ll get over it!

Keep expectations low if you”re just starting out. You”ll probably earn less than $100 for the first entire month you have ads up, but once you catch up to ad basics, such as AdSense, and once you increase visitors to your site, you can actually make a comfortable 5- or 6-figure income working at it full time!

Your knowledge of various blog-related programs, such as RSS, pinging, trackbacks, page rankings, and search engine optimization are just a few elements you should familiarize yourself with. They”re not only useful in driving traffic to your site; they”ll eventually help you earn more money. Unfortunately, being successful isn”t about having the best product, news, or information. In the blogging industry, it”s your knowledge of how to really market your site that helps you earn.

After you”ve spent a few months tweaking, set a target goal for making money in a week- or month-long period. Perhaps it”s a few hundred dollars at first, but make sure it”s a few thousand within a year or two. This goal will help you determine how you want to make money, and exactly what will come from where. Will you make money from advertising, donations, or affiliate commissions? Will you be selling merchandise or other products on your site? Devise your strategy.

Driving traffic to your site is obviously an article in itself, but once you”ve done that, you need to focus on turning those page views into income. As stated before, there are multiple ways to earn your income, and focusing on several could yield good results. Here are just four of the top way s to earn:

Google AdSense is usually the number one source of income for bloggers. This Google money making device uses a content crawler to automatically post related text and image ads relevant to your site”s content and visitors. You can make money per click or per impression. BlogAds is an even more specific program geared specifically towards people like you. Various Text Ads or other Pay Per Click ads can also help you earn your income, and tie in directly with advertisers.

Campaign Advertising can be used for more local advertising or for companies who want a bigger ad on your site. If you don”t mind large skyscraper ads or banners on your site, then this is a great way to make money too. You”ll have to do more self-marketing and possible designing, but your creative skills should come in handy if you decide to make a media kit, which you can then use to sell space.

Affiliate Programs help you make other companies money by acting as a sort of middle man. They”ll use a marketing system which compensates you for letting them advertise on your site, and you in turn attract customers and advertise the company”s product. It essentially uses your website to drive traffic to their own.

Donations can be made to your site by caring and giving individuals or companies. While not the most profitable way to earn money, you may be surprised at how generous people can really be. Make sure you have an address for people who want to actually mail you a check as well as a PayPal site sent up for ease and convenience. The easier it is to donate, the more likely people will be! Quick setup and little effort (other than the push to ask for donations) make this a highly approachable method for earning money.

These are just a few of the great opportunities you have for making money through blogging. Remember, it”s not going to be easy, but with the right mindset, the right dedication, and enough talent and time, you can make a successful career out of blogging! Best of all, once you”ve set up various accounts and ads, you can simply sit back and concentrate on your writing. After all, isn”t that what it”s all about?

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>Are Most Freelance Sites Scams?

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More on Laray Carr

September 6, 2007 by Deb
Filed under Freelance Writing

For those of you who have been coming here to find more information regarding Laray Carr, please visit Victoria Strauss’ blog at Writer’s Beware. You should be especially interested in the comments here. Still not sure if it’s a scam, but it’s certainly not something I’d like my name attached to.
Just a head’s up for those of you looking for more info.

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27 Comments on “More on Laray Carr”

  1. Erik Hare on Thu, 6th Sep 2007 4:52 pm

    The amount of effort put into this makes it sound like a legitimate biz would actually be *easier* That’s the galling part of this all.
    I can see why people think of running a scam if they think they can get rich quick, but I can’t see anyone getting rich off of this junk. It’s a mystery.

  2. Erik Hare on Thu, 6th Sep 2007 5:07 pm

    Just after I posted that last one, I was able to answer my own question by running into this guy:
    http://manningtondeal.110mb.com/index.php?m=08&y=07&entry=entry070814-040322
    The internet is full of 3-Card Monte guys hustling the streets just like any other big city. Some sell useful things like food, some are just running scams. Some are inbetween.
    The bottom line is that they are working very hard for the privilege of being on the street, which I don’t totally understand. But it happens everywhere. It takes a certain amount of smarts to know which one you can buy a hot dog from and which one you don’t even make eye contact with.
    Some of you would rather just avoid them all. That makes sense to me, too. It’s all about what you think you can handle.
    All I ask is that if you’re out there hustling, could you please at least get a decent score once in a while or admit to yourself that you’re a lousy hustler?

  3. Allison on Thu, 6th Sep 2007 7:02 pm

    I’d just like to point out to everyone that while this may very well be a scam (the jury’s still out on that one), please be careful about making accusations. Earlier today, I was accused of being a scammer when all I was trying to do was tell you guys about a neat blogger opportunity. It’s no fun. So yes, warn other about scammers, but make sure you get your facts straight before you do!

  4. Mariella on Thu, 6th Sep 2007 7:10 pm

    When there are no facts to be found, how should you think of it? You can’t get your facts straight unless there are facts available. Sadly, in this case, there’s almost none.
    But let’s not get into that. Let’s just hope that the writers get paid.

  5. Eun Jung on Fri, 7th Sep 2007 10:37 am

    I’ll let you know. I feel a little silly, as I did write a few quick things for them. They didn’t raise any red flags initially, but after seeing all the comments, I am concerned. Stay tuned…

  6. Mariella on Fri, 7th Sep 2007 10:45 am

    Good luck, Eun Jung, and let us know. :)

  7. Eun Jung on Fri, 7th Sep 2007 10:48 am

    Thanks, Mariella.
    Hey, Deb, that might be something we could talk about in the future. I thought I knew what to look for to protect myself from scams, but maybe not. Do you have any tips or discussion threads about that?
    Thanks,
    Eun Jung

  8. MIcah on Fri, 7th Sep 2007 2:29 pm

    What interesting information on that blog Deb. It certainly is curious what’ going on. I have been working on google adsense today…what a time consuming thing. I’m certainly learning tons since I havn’t used source code in years.

  9. Bucking the System on Fri, 7th Sep 2007 2:43 pm

    I guess it’s a gut feeling sort of thing, but there are things you can do to protect yourself upfront from scammers.
    Always ask to see their contract, what rights they are purchasing and what rates they are paying. Companies on the level respect your business sense and will get right back to you with answers to your questions.
    Usually a scammer doesn’t even reply to this request because they certainly don’t want to deal with any writers who are too smart to be scammed. And, of course, their “no response” is all the answer you need to know to run the other way.
    Also, never and I mean NEVER write pieces up front about their requested subject matter. This is a typical scam to get free work. If it is just a “test” to see your writing skills, then ANY topic can do that. It doesn’t have to be a piece on a topic specific to their site.
    Actually, I never, ever send free work. I refer them to other work I have online and to my clips but that’s it.
    In all my years writing, I have never had a reputable company ask for samples. They have looked at what I already have and made their decision to hire me on those pieces.
    If the newer writers would just realize that if you are a good writer, you will get the work. It may not happen overnight, heck it definitely WON’T happen overnight, but it will happen. Be patient, stick to your guns, and don’t give you talent away for free or for pennines a word….aren’t you worth more than that?

  10. MIcah on Fri, 7th Sep 2007 3:00 pm

    Buck,
    Thank you so much for your positive viewpoint. I think you are right. Being new comes with all the adequacies that go along with the dream.

  11. Erik Hare on Fri, 7th Sep 2007 4:20 pm

    Micah:
    We had a thread a while back about confidence, and you’re right that this is the best weapon against scams. I hadn’t thought of that before, but you make an excellent point. Perhaps that’s what we need to do here more than anything else!

  12. Katharine Swan on Fri, 7th Sep 2007 6:40 pm

    I’ve been MIA for the last day and a half because my horse just arrived yesterday afternoon — he’s been staying with the inlaws since we rescued him a little over a year ago.
    Anyway, thanks to Deb for directing our attention to this thread of comments. I read the post and comments on Writer Beware shortly after it was posted, but hadn’t been back since. I find it very interesting that Hope posted and then deleted her comments. Even more interesting to me is the claim that the website is not live yet because they are not paying the designers. Will the same thing happen when it comes time to pay the writers? Who knows……..

  13. MIcah on Sun, 9th Sep 2007 5:02 pm

    I did want to say that I heard from Hope. She did recieve my invoice, and even though the launch is for October, the checks will be sent out before that. That’s what she said in the e-mail. I just want to make sure I put in I heard from her, because I posted I had not earlier.

  14. Katharine Swan on Sun, 9th Sep 2007 9:42 pm

    That’s encouraging, Micah. Keep us updated, as I for one would really like to know how the whole thing pans out.
    By the way, I posted on my own blog about the LCP situation, and I thought you guys might be interested. You can see it here.

  15. Kathy Neilsen on Mon, 10th Sep 2007 11:02 am

    Laray Carrs website is up if anyone is interested. http://www.laraycarr.net

  16. Mariella on Mon, 10th Sep 2007 11:08 am

    Yeah, I saw that too earlier.
    @Micah> I hope that’s really true. I reall do wish on everyone’s behalf that everything turns out well.

  17. MIcah on Mon, 10th Sep 2007 11:10 am

    I like the website. Snazzy! Thanks Mariella.

  18. Anon for this on Mon, 10th Sep 2007 3:14 pm

    Quincy Carr is a known scammer:
    http://www.glowhost.com/hall-of-shame/

  19. Cindy on Tue, 11th Sep 2007 2:58 am

    Take a good look at what are supposed to be the magazines on their site. Those are not magazines, but what are supposed to look like them. Look at the lettering, the wording, etc. Very poorly done, the lettering runs off the edges, the letters are run horribly rogether, etc. These are not real magazine covers, they are obviously something quickly thrown together, probably from Photoshop

    . Look at them closely, and you will see.

  20. Ann G. on Tue, 11th Sep 2007 7:41 am

    What I noticed is that one picture – the cover with Carrie Underwood – I thought she looked younger it in, so I did a search. That picture dates back to 2005 and is copyrighted by Arista Records.
    http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.popentertainment.com/carrie_image18_lo.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.popentertainment.com/underwood.htm&h=394&w=288&sz=466&hl=en&start=14&um=1&tbnid=lPl9c4lYrInPWM:&tbnh=143&tbnw=105&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dcarrie%2Bunderwood%26svnum%3D10%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26rls%3DTSHA,TSHA:2005-45,TSHA:en%26sa%3DN
    Now maybe they got permission, but in my thinking if they’d really interviewed her, they would have had a photographer on hand to take a current picture.

  21. Cindy M on Tue, 11th Sep 2007 10:21 am

    Is it me or did they get Amy Winehouse’s name wrong on the cover of their “Centerstage” magazine? They have her name as Amy Winehurst. It is Amy “Winehouse” isn’t it? And the picture they used is listed in Google images as coming from a daddys.com blog. Hmmmm…..

  22. MIcah on Tue, 11th Sep 2007 10:29 am

    Connie posted that she did the magazine covers for the website on the Aug. 24th blog. They are just mock ups not the actual magazines.

  23. William Campbell on Sun, 16th Sep 2007 11:06 am

    Hmm, this is an interesting controversy that I’ll certainly be following. I’m definitely learning from all your advice, guys!

  24. Mary on Mon, 1st Oct 2007 12:34 pm

    Hi Gang:
    Yes it’s offical I wrote several articles for Laray Carr and have yet to see a penny for my August work and probably will not. I sent an e-mail only to have come back and to be sent to someone else handling the account. The thing is they will probably sell my articles and they will be used somewhere.
    Live and Learn.

  25. Sheri on Wed, 3rd Oct 2007 6:09 pm

    I did about 10 very long articles for them and just today got a letter saying that ‘Hope” is no longer in charge of freelance writing. So I wrote to the guy who supposedly took over and basically I said “I was supposed to get paid Sept 20 and here is is Oct 2 and no money.” He wrote back and said the articles are now mine and I can publish them anywhere…I was not going to get paid because they didn’t apparently use any of them. The weird thing is the typos in his emails. I think it’s a huge sham so don’t get too involved time-wise with them. Personally, I would not send my personal info again. Grrr
    Good luck with Laray Carr.

  26. Anonymous on Mon, 12th Nov 2007 9:43 pm

    Laray Carr/LC Publications/LCP Media signed a contract with myself for TWENTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS to develop all of there websites… when asked for deposits they said “our CEO has been ripped off in the past by freelancers so doesnt like to pay deposits, so we did a deal that we would send over initial concepts then we would recieve the deposit that we asked for…. we sent over the concepts which in there own words “LOVED” did we ever recieve the deposit?! NO! Did we ever have any more contact from them? NO! When we hired a private investigator and they couldnt find any information on the company (at the time) nor the owners (there names didnt bring up ANY information) alarm bells started ringing… we sent an email stating that we’d had a private investigator look into them and was puzzled that they just seemed to be non existant they replied “we decided to have our in house team to do the design work instead, your more than willing to come and meet us at our offices, meet our investors to prove we are real” when we replied to say we would love to fly over from EUROPE to meet them and would gladly pay for the flights ourselves and not bill them, we didnt recieve anymore responces….. are they a real company?! Do they have any money?! Do they have a rich investor?! in my opinon…. HELL NO!

  27. Jessalynn Coolbaugh on Wed, 14th Nov 2007 10:31 pm

    I think the whole LCP thing has been beaten as far as it can be. A lot of good people got burned (myself included); but hopefully we’ve moved on – lesson learned.
    The lesson here, my gentle colleagues, is that as freelancers, we owe it to ourselves to get *everything* in writing. And if we don’t like the original terms of a contract…negotiate. Contracts are made to be changed. If you make what you believe are vital changes to a contract, and the client doesn’t approve – move on. There are other, bigger, fish in that sea who will be more than happy to apply your talent, and pay you accordingly.
    Thanks to Deb for providing so many *honest* outlets where we can ply our talents; and Greetings and Salutations to all my fellow writers.
    To our success and continued education…