Perfecting Your Articles

As a writer you must two, three, maybe even four times, go through your work perfecting your articles.  After I had been writing on Hubpages.com it became apparent that I was continually using contractions inappropriately.  When I am typing away at an article, in my mind, I think the correct usage of a contraction, but I type the incorrect use!  This is a major no-no if you want to rank high with the search engines!

If you really want to see your revenue grow you’re going to have to put in that extra effort and make corrections to your work, and often.

If you’re not writing at your best, if your articles are not rating above at the least a 75 by hubpages, then you need to go back and correct it until it does.  The web crawlers are programs on the internet, created by programmers, for search engines, that scour the internet, and your articles, looking at the content, correct spelling and grammar in order to rank the item.  If your hub scores are in the 60’s and low 70’s this is a good sign that you need to work on your writing skills to rank in the search engines.  There are probably 1000,000 or more articles similar to what your writing, unless you have a completely unknown niche, that you need to outrank!  You outrank them by writing a better article than they did.

One of my first hub articles I wrote, five years ago, ranks #1 with Google to this day!  As of this writing, it is still at #1!  Check it out: “How to Repair a Spark Plug Wire“!  Do you know how exciting that is?! Over the years I have found that other writers have written similar articles in an attempt to outrank mine, but as of yet, they have not. Periodically I go back to that hub article and check for errors, and add, or subtract content that is relevant. I want to make it better than it already is! I do this with all of my hub articles. If you write a stellar hub, you might see it at #1! It can happen!

Go back and peruse the hubs you have written.  Hubpages has employed an auto-bot that may have gone through and corrected any one of your hub articles.  What did it suggest?  Were there spelling errors? Usually spelling errors are one or two words that are continually spelled wrong.  Go through and find those words (ctrl + will present a search box you can use to search for words in a hub article) memorize their correct spelling, and rewrite the hub with the correct spelling, do this with all of your hubs.  Some words that can be misspelled but not caught by the auto bot include many contractions (two words put together):

  • Your (Instead of You’re = You are).
  • You’re (Instead of Your).
  • Its (Instead of it’s = it is).
  • It’s (Instead of its).
  • Won’t and wont (Won’t as in will not, but if you leave out the apostrophe as in wont you will have a custom, or practice).

And some words are used in the incorrect context such as:

  • Their, There and They’re (Their as in belonging to them. There as in over there.  They’re as in They are).
  • To, too and two (To is towards, or in motion towards a direction.  Too as in as well.  Two, the number two).
  • Affect and effect (Affect is to do something to something else to make it different.  Effect is the result, or consequence of something).

Those are just some of the more common mistakes.  What is important is to discover what your common mistakes are.

Next, let’s go over monitoring your work for progress!

You don’t want to waste your time on writing articles that nobody is interested in reading.

If you’re writing hub articles about how to make a perfect piece of toast, and you are not getting very many readers, and you KNOW that it is in perfect condition to be read, then maybe it’s time to change tactics and write about something else you may be passionate about, or develop a passion about.

I keep a pretty close tab on how my articles are doing and what they are earning.  I will make changes to improve articles that are ranking low to try to bring them up in rank.  Keeping track and editing low scoring hub articles is a good idea.

To keep track of what is working and what is not, I use a Growth Chart.  Pictured below is a graph very similar to my own from January to June of 2017 :

Keep track of your earnings.

This is a realistic graph of what you can earn on hubpages.  What I do is take this information from my earnings page on hubpages and plug it into an equation to see how well I am doing.  If I’m earning more, or less.

Calculate Your Growth Rate

A 104% Growth Rate is what I have been seeing with the hub articles I write. That’s not out of the ordinary if you write well.  If your Growth Rate is low, or negative, then look into your articles to see what isn’t working.  What articles are not being read and dump them to write something people will read.  Keyword searches are a good way to find what people are interested in reading.  You can also run searches on any idea you have and compare the search results.  Which term(s) came up with the most articles?  That is probably a subject you should avoid because the market is saturated with articles (unless the top ranking article you see can be written better by you!).  Terms that produce a good amount of articles, but not in the millions, might be something for you to pursue if it is of interest to you.

Write a few articles on your new subject, put them into the Growth Rate equation and see if it changes things for you.

I’ll go over putting your stuff out there so people will see it in the next post!

 

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