Monday, November 26, 2012

Tips on how to deal with writers block

This article is to help anyone who is suffering from writers block get started writing again.
It really does not matter whether you are a blogger or a songwriter,these simple tips will help.

Coming up with original content
I like to write about personal experiences and things that interest me.
For example I like to draw,so can you imagine how many different ideas I can come up with to write about just on drawing.

  • The basic's of drawing
  • Shading
  • Selecting the proper tools
  • The best places to buy the tools
  • Etc
I call it brainstorming
The trick to brain storming is to just get words that apply to any subject you are writing about,for example I will brainstorm on drawing.
  • Drawing landscapes
  • people
  • portraits
  • animals
  • dragons
  • tattoos
  • comic style
  • paper
  • pencils
  • erasers
  • easels
  • anatomy
  • drawing hands
  • etc
Use Google trends
If you are writing online I suggest that you use google trends to help you find out what is "hot" or trending and that will give you something you can write about.
Don't copy other articles,write your own unique content.
Also look what is trending on Yahoo & twitter,they will also let you know what people are searching for or talking about.

I'm still stuck
If all else fails just get a pen and a pad and start writing,it may seem strange but it works.
Write down whatever comes to mind and then brainstorm on a topic and you are off to writing another great article or song.

Get paid to write for free
There is a website I use called hubpages,it is free to join and use and they pay you to write articles.
Click here to read about hubpages and how you can get paid to write,for free.

Be sure and check out the amazing Cyber Monday sale from Amazon,it lasts all this week and they have a new deal every thirty minutes,click the banner at the top of this blog and get started shopping,you will see that they have big savings on just about anything you might want this holiday season.
Thanks for stopping by and happy writing.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Is Hubpages a scam?

Hi - This post is to let everyone know that Hubpages is not a scam.

I  believe that anyone who has the ability to write original articles can benefit from using Hubpages.

I have recently saw some people on blogs etc claiming that Hubpages is a scam.

That is not true Hubpages is fair and a good place for a new writer to learn.

They do pay fairly.

What I think is great is the fact that it is free to join.

Hubpages pays you to write on the website,you also can earn money from Google and Amazon.

I think Hubpages is more than fair, free is hard to beat.

I have been a member of Hubpages for over a year and have has little if any problems.

I also think Hubpages can be very beneficial to webmasters,bloggers,writers or any business that is online.

You can write content that matches your other sites and build links.

Plus get paid to do it.

Also you can promote most anything using Hubpages.

Add friends to the social media sites you use.

Hubpages also has a moderated forum that is fun, you can learn a lot about SEO and other helpful things there for free,so if someone  is telling you Hubpages is a scam, I think they are wrong,

If you want to try it for yourself for free click here and read the instructions on the page.

I don't think you will be disappointed.

Hubpages rocks.

You can be a professional writer.

The purpose of this article is to let the reader know that there are many websites online that pay you to write original content.
Today I want to talk about a online site I have been writing on for around a year and have had good success with it is called Hubpages.

Click here to join Hubpages for free and get started making extra cash writing articles.

Hubpages is really easy to use, and it can be used to make yourself some decent cash if you work at it everyday and write good quality content.
They are constantly running contests that you can enter to win cash prizes for your writing and you will meet some very nice people there as well.

How do I write a Hub?
After you have created your free account login and click on the Start a New Hub tab on the top right hand side.
Then you will choose a title or Name you hub.
This also gives your hub a unique web address
Then you will select which category your hub belongs in, for example if you are writing a hub about NFL football , you would click on sports & recreation,then team sports then NFL football.
Next you will select a layout for 4 different templates.
Finally you will give your hub some tags or keywords.
Again if you are writing about NFL Football here would be some keywords

  • NFL
  • National Football League
  • Pro Football
  • Football
  • Green Bay Packers
  • Brett Favre
  • 2011 Schedule
  • Predictions for The Saints
Then you click the continue button and you are on a screen where you have all the tools you need right in front of you to build your hub.
I always write a summary.
If you will look on the right hand side and click where it says summary,this is where you write a brief description of what this hub is about.
Again I will use the 2011 NFK football for my example of a effective summary.
The purpose of this hub is to provide the reader my opinion of what is going to happen in the 2011 NFL football season etc.
If you use any pictures in your hubs make sure that you own them and if not to give the proper photo credits.
It really is just that simple to start making money off your writing.
Some of the best earners are people who only write about one "niche" such as recipes for example.
Just think you can write an article about a family recipe and take a picture of it and make money off that article for years to come.
Don't get me wrong writing is not a get rich quick thing it is something that if you work hard at it everyday and put out quality hubs you will make money in the long run.
It is just like most things in life you get out of it what you put in.

How do you get paid?

Once you have joined the site and published a hub you can go to the my account tab (on the top right hand side of the screen) then click on earning tabs, you can configure your Google Adsense,HubPages Ad Program and your Amazon affiliate accounts.They are all listed under Affiliate Settings.
You will have to read over Google's and decide how you want to get paid from them,many people use the PPC (pay per click) method and just have it direct deposited into your checking account,but you can have them mail you a paper check if you'd prefer.

HubPages splits the impressions with you in the following way:
  1. Your own Hubs: Hubbers receive 60% of total impressions.
  2. The HubPages Affiliate (or Referral) Program: You can refer new writers to HubPages and if they become Hubbers within 30 days, you receive an additional 10% of their Hubs’ lifetime impressions.
  3. Traffic Referral Program: If you send traffic to any Hub, you’re entitled to either 9% or 12% of total impressions. You’ll receive 9% if the Hub you’ve referred people to already has impressions allocated to an Affiliate. If there are no Affiliates, you’ll receive 12% of the total impressions.
Whatever is left from the splits above goes to HubPages. Note that these splits apply only to Hubs and User Profile pages. On all other pages, such as a referral to a Tag page or the HubPages home page, you’ll receive 30% on a traffic referral, with HubPages getting the rest.

Please note that is you live in CA, Amazon is not accepting new affiliates right now so you will have to wait until a later date until you can make any money from amazon unless you already have an affiliate account with them.

The amazon tool is a great way to add income to your hubs, just click the box on the right that say Amazon and add in whatever is relavant to the hub you are writing and if they buy it from your link you get 20% commission.
There are people making 6 figure incomes doing just that alone right now.

I want you to make good money writing and I will do anything I can to help you.
Just drop me a email and I will get back to you.

Until next time - I will leave you with the best book ever for anyone writing a blog who wants to maximize profits from it!

Make money writing online

I have found a site that pays good money for writing hubs.
You won't get rich overnight, but if you work hard at writing you can make some extra income writing.
What is a hub?
It is a blog or a article.
You can write about anything you like or whatever you interest are, as long as it isn't anything illegal or immoral and follows the rules of Hubpages.
Websites need original content and they pay good money for writers to provide it.
Your work must be original, don't even think of copying someone else's stuff, that won't work.
They pay for original content, so give it to them.

Bookmark this page or add it to your favorites.

Click here to sign up and start making money writing hubs online

When you get to the other page click the join button in the top right hand side.
Remember to write down your username and password.
Also use a strong password,make sure it has letters & numbers.
You can use a pen-name or your real name whichever you prefer.

Setting up your profile page

I think it is important to remember to keep it short and simple when you set up your profile page,readers don't want to know what award you won in 8th grade on your profile.
I do think it is very important that you put your link to all the social media sites you use on your profile and I will tell you why,when your page gets indexed into the search engines that info will show up and you will get more followers or readers.
Also have a good email address on your profile so people can reach you.

How do I get paid? 

When you write your first hub,you will go to my accounts and set up your Google  account.
I recommend that you set your account up on a ppc or pay per click and have them do a direct deposit into your checking account, but you can set it up however you like.
Then sign up for hubpages,they also will pay you, they have a ad plan very similar to Google.
Finally you can set up a Amazon account and you will get 20% of any sales you refer to Amazon from your hubs,this is not available to people living in California as of now, they may start accepting affiliates again in the future, I'm not sure.
Using Amazon on hubpages is simple,lets say for example that you are writing a hub about books,you can click on the Amazon widget and then click on search by keyword and type in books and Amazon will recommend a book for the content of the hub you are writing you simply add it to your hub and click the publish button and it will make you money from now on.

The more you write,the more you will make.
Set yourself a goal to write 2 or 3 quality blogs a week.
When I say quality, I mean original content
Over 400 words in length.
Keep in mind that once you publish it,you will earn money on it from then on.
One good article can make you hundreds or thousands of dollars

Learn to Navigate Hubpages Website
Since this is where you are going to be working,you want to learn everything you can about hubpages website.
Click on the help button on the top right hand side and read the entire page, if you do that it will answer most any question you may have about hubpages.

Follow other Hubbers or Writers
While on hubpages you can click a hubbers name and it will take you to their profile page.
You can read their hubs from their,if you like the hub click the like button and it also has a menu where you can select if the hub was beautiful,interesting etc.
Use those buttons on any site you are on, that is what they are there for.
If you see something inappropriate click the flag button, a menu will pop up and you can select the reason why you are flagging it, for example it has a adult picture on it.
Remember your kid may be viewing that page and you wouldn't want them to see something like that.

Use the forum
The forum is a valuable tool.
Use it.
You can play games.keep up with contest,answer a question,ask a question etc in the forum
please remember that the forum is moderated and not for you to spam your links in,they will not allow that,although there are places in the forum where you can post your links,try not to abuse the forum.

Create a Niche market for your readers

I think Niche's make the most money, for example recipes.
Just keep on writing original hubs on different recipes that you know and before long you will have many people reading your hubs because of your Niche (recipes)
But you can truly write about whatever you want and make good money.

I'm not a writer
Guess what you can teach yourself to be a great writer with a little practice.
There are many awesome websites that will give you tips and help you to become a great writer.
You don't have to be a excellent writer to make money writing online.
Search - Free Writing Tips in google and read what the top sites have to say.
Writing isn't that hard,it does take time and effort
Like everything else in life, you will get out of it what you put into it.

Click here to sign up for your free account

Use social media to drive traffic to your website.

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Myspace
  • Linked in
These are all good sites that you can use to drive traffic to your blog or hubs.
Remember to be a good online friend, re share other peoples posts on all social media sites,accept people for who they are and you will go far.
Use comment forms on websites and always leave your link.
Create a email signature, that has all your info on all the social media sites you use and add your phone number so people can get in touch with you.
Always respond to any comment on your blog.
Even if it is something you don't agree with you can always be nice and agree to disagree.
Don't argue with your readers, I see people make this mistake too often.
Also remember to build your email contact list.

Learn to make your blog search friendly
Google has all the tools you will ever need to make your blog search engine friendly.
Google Webmaster Tool
You will learn to use the correct keywords,meta tags to get traffic to your site from all the major search engines.
Once you have signed up with Google just go to the webmaster tools and go through the wizard and it will help you take make your site search engine friendly in 12 steps.

Submit your site to the search engines for Free

I recommend using Submit Express to submit your site to all the search engines.
It is free and takes about a minute,be sure and use a valid email address because you have to confirm some of your submissions.
CLICK HERE to submit your site with Submit Express.

They also have a link exchange forum where you can exchange links with other sites similar in content to yours
click here to visit the forum.
Try to remember to only exchange links with sites that have similar content to yours for example if you plan to write about cars then only swap links with sites that have content pertaining to cars.

Now you know why I said to add this page to your favorites earlier

Create a Google group

Find people you like and can work with and invite them to join your group.
With a group all the members can be your support system.
You can brainstorm and help each other.

Keep your Google Profile up to date

Many people search google profiles
Make sure all your links and contact info is up to date.
Make sure you have your right address etc.

I wish you only the best, in your writing.
Let me know if I can be of any assistance,I will do my best to help
as always

Why I Blog!

I was asked in a email today why I blog.
examples of why I blog.
  • I have a opinion.
  • It counts.
  • I am stylish.
  • I like to write
  • I love a conversation
  • I must say I like the extra money a blog provide.
I was also asked what my credentials are.
examples of my credentials.
  • I'm over 40
  • I have 2 children,one grown and the other is getting there.
  • I'm an American so I feel I have the right to blog
  • I have a G.E.D.
  • Seriously, you don't have to meet a criteria to have a blog.
The reasons why I blog
  • I like making money writing online
  • I want to help people
  • I want to make a difference in the world
  • I love writing
But I do take any and all emails serious so as always