15 Months in the Hub: Over 1700% Increase in Earnings
I've been contributing to HubPages for over 15 months. My original intent for joining was to publicize my blog and hopefully increase traffic there. But then I learned about google adsense and the HubPages ads earnings program. So I signed up. Why not earn a little while I promote my blog? I want to share with you how I increased my earnings from $.20 per month to over $3.00 per month. This is a 1700% increase over 15 months. Even though it's not a lot of money, the percentage rate increase is encouraging and I want to share with you how I did it.
I've read many articles about how various hubbers have dramatically increased their earnings on HubPages. Based on the reading that I did, it seemed to me that earning a decent amount of income every month was impossible. Especially since most of my articles deal with my area of expertise which is music education, jazz, and music theory. These topics don't seem to get the kind of traffic that would warrant high ads earnings. So I kind of let go of the idea of making money on HP.
I continued to write for about five months until I was burned out. It usually takes me about a week to write a hub because I do a lot of research to make sure the quality of the content is high. I personally don't like the idea of pumping out 5 crappy hubs per day. It's bad for HP and it's bad for one's own reputation. Obviously a talented writer can produce 5 high quality hubs but they are few and far in between.
During my first 6 months I produced about 15 hubs. The traffic was averaging about 10 per day and actually fell to less than 10. I was averaging about $0.20 a month in ads income. I was discouraged and burned out from all the work I had produced so I took a 4 month break. I didn't feel like writing until the unfortunate passing of Steve Jobs. I decided to write a hub about him because music had greatly influenced his way of thinking and he is the kind of example that I use to inspire my philolosphy on music education in my blog called The Musiconomy. After the Steve Jobs hub, I would not write another hub for over 6 months. That was October 2011.
During that period after the Steve Jobs hub, my earnings and traffic started to increase. I don't believe the increase was caused by the Jobs hub because it's not my most popular hub. I hadn't done anything during those 6 months. I didn't read any hubs or contribute with comments on other people's hubs or in the forums. But surprisingly, my overall traffic started to increase.
When I viewed my stats, I saw that during those 6 months, my hub views went from 1 per day to 12 without me doing a single thing. I even noticed an increase in earnings. In March of 2012 I made over $1 in ads earnings for the first time. I know it's not a lot or even a reason to get excited. But I went from $.20 to $1 in 6 months. I hadn't contributed to HP during that period. My earnings went up over 500%! The money is small but if you look at it from a percentage basis, it's quite an accomplishment. Especially for a hubber who writes about a very niche topic.
So increasing my earning by 500% was very motivating and I began writing more hubs. I've written about 4 since the Jobs one. I even decided to branch out slightly in terms of the topics that I normally write about. Well, in May 2012 I earned $3.46. So in 15 total months on HP, my earnings went from $.20 to $3.46. This is a 1700% increase! And currently, my traffic is between 20 and 40 views per day.
My hope is that my earnings will increase over time at this same rate. I will continue to write more hubs about music as well as my other interests, but I will also write more hubs on my earnings progress to share with you all. I'd like to discuss more with all of you on this topic, so please share your experiences and thoughts in the comments section below. Cheers!
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