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5 Things I Learnt From Writing on These Social Sharing Sites

Whether you have a good or bad experience from writing online, you can still come away knowing that you've learnt something, so I'd like to share with you the five things I learnt from writing on these social sharing sites.

Unlike sites like Hubpages, Bubblews, Persona Paper and other social sharing sites require a different set of rules to the old norm of SEO writing and simply being good at driving search engine traffic to your writing. These social sharing sites require you to be a lot more, well, social. I guess the clue's in the title!

Well - the last site I joined, and stuck with, was Bubblews, so these are things that I learnt mostly within that environment, so I guess I have to start with the Elephant in the Room.

  1. Do not think you will get rich, do not think you will get rich quick. Consistent effort and work can pay off, with a lot of up front work, but they then require a lot of ongoing work to maintain that level of effort.
  2. Always keep a copy of your writing - you will want/need to be able to know what else you wrote there, to be able to find it again, amend it, delete it, or link to it. You can't do that unless you've kept a copy. Also, if you do want to delete your past posts, or if you have them deleted, you might wish to copy it to another site, or amend it to republish it.
  3. Don't get too hung up on keeping stats. You just waste valuable time keeping stats on social sharing sites. You'll rarely be able to use that information to make any significant difference to what you're doing.
  4. You really MUST join some outside social networking sites, such as Pinterest, G+, Facebook, Twitter etc in order to have platforms to share your posts. But, each one that you join is also another overhead in time, so think carefully which ones you're prepared to put the effort into.
  5. Don't take it personally when you end up finding you were writing on a dud - remember that you've learnt something, even from a dud.

Everything you do, every site you try, you will learn a lesson from it. It might be a lesson about interacting with others, or crediting images, or how to use the various social networking sites as you've had to do more of that. It might be a lesson learnt in really understanding how each site works - so you can better evaluate the longevity of any future sites you use. Maybe you learnt more about tagging, or categories, or even simple things like using a photo as often as possible as that gets you a better result than leaving one off.

There are always lessons that can be learnt, so time spent on any dud sites isn't entirely wasted..... it just makes you spit for a few weeks :)

All the best, I hope you found the above useful!


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Liamleather wrote on January 19, 2015, 12:41 PM

You are absolutely ght, you should always save a copy of your writing to your hard drive or to the cloud.

UK_Writer wrote on January 19, 2015, 12:45 PM

Yes, you never know when you'll want to find them all, re-use or re-write them :)

WordChazer wrote on January 19, 2015, 12:53 PM

I still have no idea why I started writing on that other site without using Word first. I've kept copies of all my work on other sites, or know how to extract it in a hurry if needed. Having fun going through the posts though.

macourt wrote on January 19, 2015, 2:13 PM

What a good article! Very informative and accurate, it is important to join as many social sites which in turn will help you promote your articles. Thanks for sharing I am sure newbies will benefit from your article.

UK_Writer wrote on January 19, 2015, 2:43 PM

If you're going to, ultimately, be removing the lot, then you could start with your Top 100 posts - strip off the "best" ones and reword/rewrite/post elsewhere while simultaneously deleting it there. That way you'll at least be recovering your "best" ones from there soonest in case it all disappears overnight.

UK_Writer wrote on January 19, 2015, 2:44 PM

Newbies won't. It all sounds like hard work emoticon :smile: But old hands will read, just to check they really do know it all already, which they will do ... but one does like to check.
All the best.

msiduri wrote on January 19, 2015, 3:12 PM

Yes, indeed. Always, always, always keep a copy of any post you make. I'm in the process of slowly deleting everything I have at the other site. Hey, they're not going to make use of my older stuff. I may as well do so.

WorDazza wrote on January 19, 2015, 4:40 PM

I must confess to rarely saving stuff in Word that I write on these sites. Most of the stuff I do I regard as pretty much throwaway as a lot of it relates to topical news items.

Gina145 wrote on January 19, 2015, 6:50 PM

Some of those are important lessons and I certainly feel I learnt a lot writing at Bubblews. On the other hand I can't let go of the fact that I've been cheated of so much money, especially because some of it was 'earned' for writing some really personal posts.

WordChazer wrote on January 19, 2015, 8:00 PM

I've already started taking my reviews down from there, which is turning up some more posts I'd forgotten about. I've around 380 posts to locate (one quarter of them are reviews, and I do have copies of those), of which I think still 60 are AWOL. Not for long, thanks to the power of the Google. Then I can start deleting from earliest to latest.

MelissaE wrote on January 19, 2015, 8:12 PM

Thank you so much for sharing your tips. I've learned quite a bit about writing in general since I began writing online.

bestwriter wrote on January 19, 2015, 11:02 PM

Every experience leaves behind foot prints on the sands of time. It is left to us to take advantage of those experiences.

peachpurple wrote on January 20, 2015, 12:56 AM

i haven't been posting at share medias sites lately, too hook up to PP

mustchoice wrote on January 20, 2015, 3:49 AM

Surely this is a social media keep on sharing your information here.

UK_Writer wrote on January 20, 2015, 9:36 AM

If you go through the Top 100, each time you delete one, the slot is filled at the end with another, so there's always 100 in there - meaning it'd eventually take you through the lot.
It is a pain though.

WordChazer wrote on January 20, 2015, 2:58 PM

That's what I'm trying to do - extract the reviews first, the watch the others pop up, taking out any other posts which are no longer relevant at the same time. They in turn trigger memories of 'I'm sure I wrote a post about that...' and after a quick trip to the search engine, I usually end up finding the post.

maxeen wrote on January 20, 2015, 4:07 PM

Time goes so swiftly and there are so many things that we should do.

UK_Writer wrote on January 20, 2015, 5:51 PM

I can't face deleting my posts on Bubblews yet. I also don't want to go down the route of making an offensive/rule-breaking post so they delete my account immediately (which is easier than going through the posts myself).

UK_Writer wrote on January 20, 2015, 5:52 PM

Before Bubblews 95% of what I wrote was evergreen ... it got me into bad habits over there.

UK_Writer wrote on January 20, 2015, 5:53 PM

Yes, many of us were robbed, cheated - and we feel bitter and hateful about it. I like feeling bitter, gives me something to think about between posts :)

UK_Writer wrote on January 20, 2015, 5:54 PM

There's always a lesson to learn. Even if we do nothing with the information, it's good to know the theories about what we could/should do, rather than just blindly wobbling on.

UK_Writer wrote on January 20, 2015, 5:55 PM

Yep - and so many distractions around us that give us excuses to do unimportant stuff, rather than applying our knowledge to the best effect.

Gina145 wrote on January 20, 2015, 7:19 PM

I think in a way I like feeling bitter too. It distracts me from some of my worse problems.

celticeagle wrote on January 21, 2015, 6:19 AM

So true. All of them.

arthurchappell wrote on January 21, 2015, 7:09 AM

great tips - yes keeping copies is vital as can be seen by many now at Bubblews

msiduri wrote on January 21, 2015, 9:55 AM

I have no intention of breaking any rules there. I'm within a dollar of my next payout, but I'll wait till $55 to actually redeem. Once the money is actually in my Paypal account (sometime this summer, I imagine, assuming the site is still there) I'll simply abandon the account. Earning pennies a day with a $50 payout, it will take a long time before I can redeem again.

UK_Writer wrote on January 21, 2015, 10:02 AM

Yes, it takes a long time, so then you have to question whether any one site is a good investment of your time versus the rewards, monetary and social, you gain from it - and whether it meets your core objectives when you signed up.
For me, "B" no longer cuts the mustard.

Paulie wrote on January 23, 2015, 2:42 AM

This is an excellent post and I agree with the 5 points you learned from writing on social sharing sites. I have been on Hubpages for almost 4 years and most recently was writing on Bubblews until they cheated me out of almost $300.

msiduri wrote on January 23, 2015, 10:48 AM

Regardless of monetary payout, I do enjoy the social interaction. At the same time, I'm convinced that the site is becoming less and less stable. First and foremost, they don't seem to be willing or able to prevent scammers from invading the site. They've taken measures, but all half-measures. It will do them in eventually. But whether that's next year or next Saturday I can't tell.

I quite understand your not wanting to have anything to do with it.