152 Hubs Later and What I have learned on HubPages

I have been a member of HubPages for approximately 17 months as of writing this Hub and I know most writers here pick their 100th Hub to reflect on their journey up until that point and to be honest I just didn’t want to do the same old same old.

Plus I probably just didn’t have that much to say. I just finished reading a couple of other hubber’s reflective hubs on being here for 2 years and one was a 100th hub.

Both articles were great reads and I thought what the heck here is my chance to ramble a bit and hopefully teach someone something about writing on HubPages and quite possibly if anything just entertain you with my incredibly interesting and witty ramblings I am about to lay down on you.



I will be honest with you. I haven’t been as enthusiastic over the last 5 or so months as I was the 1st year writing here.

I was all gung ho the first year creating Hubs and then spending quite a bit of time creating back links for those hubs on different websites by writing smaller somewhat informative hubs that would hopefully urge the reader to click the link which would take them to my hub.

I spent a lot of late nights and a lot of time on the weekends doing this. I was a bit discouraged when it took me about a year to collect my first Adsense payout. I know the topics I chose to write about are heavily saturated on the internet but it is what I know.

Some I did research on but all of my hubs on fitness and nutrition I picked from dusty filing cabinets in my mind. I tried to make a few friends on HubPages but never really got much reciprocation so gave up on that quickly.

I did and still do answer the odd question just because I do like to help others and that is one of the reasons I joined this website.


After the first year when I realized I wasn’t the most gifted writer I thought I would try another way to make money on the internet. A way that I have wanted to try for many years but just never made the effort until a few months ago.

I tried my hand at selling products on eBay. It took me about 3 weeks to figure out a pattern on eBay that I saw successful sellers following and experimented with it. It worked; I was making a few dollars right away.

I did write a few hubs recently on my learning’s on how to make money on eBay. If you are interested in selling products online you should read them. I really think they would help you in your decision.

The only thing I didn’t like which is a necessity to be successful there is you have to keep purchasing product to sell product. Of course you could go the drop ship way but that isn’t for me.

I like to see what I am selling so I can feel good about my pricing and the product. I have let my ads run out on eBay currently as there is a postal strike in Canada and it’s hard to mail anything when no one is picking up the mail.


The one thing I learned on eBay is the one thing I learned about writing on HubPages. Before I tell you though let me just throw this out there.

When it comes to back linking I recommend stopping your back linking efforts for 60 days and just focus on writing hub after hub after hub. Since Google changed their algorithm or whatever they did in the winter it appears my back linking was all for not.

I get hardly any click throughs from those pages on other websites that I spent hours and hours creating for over a year. I did notice over the last 5 months though that when I created a new hub my clicks jumped a bit.

When I stopped creating my clicks dropped a bit. It’s a numbers game plain and simple unless you are a very talented writer, which there are many of you on this site but I don’t think I am. It is as plain and simple as create a lot of hubs just keep writing.

The more hubs you have the more clicks you will get on your ads. Of course some will argue and say you still have to be a good writer to have people come to your page.

Well if you are a good writer your visitor might be too interested in actually reading your Hub than clicking on an ad to get the heck out of there.

Am I Right?

So I am torn on that one because I want to help people or share information but I am also interested in the making money part as well.


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So 152 Hubs later and yes I believe I have learned a bit on how to create a decent Hub and have recently realized what it takes to make money on HubPages.

If I could go back to when I just started here I would just create hubs and would leave the back linking and socializing until I had well over a thousand Hubs. Yes I am going to keep creating hubs because I really enjoy it. I enjoy HubPages and I do follow a few people and read most of their Hubs. I don’t have much else to say.

If you actually spend the time to read my ramblings I would like to thank you for doing so. I wish everyone great success in health and wealth.


I wonder when I will write another Hub like this one, maybe my 273rd just because. Stay tuned.


Update June 13, 2012.

I have recently caught the lazy bug and stopped creating hubs for the past couple of months. During my laziness I still checked my HubPages account to see how much money I was making. I would also check my Google Adsense account once and even twice a day to see if I was getting any clicks there. Unfortunately when you are using the HubPages ad program your Adsense clicks are minimal. Well mine are anyway. I noticed a pattern with the traffic to my hubs while I was not active on the site. My traffic dropped about 20% I would guess and fluctuated up and down always coming back to that 20% loss range. Sometimes I would get spikes but they were short lived.

I also noticed that a small group of my hubs received the majority of traffic while the rest had the odd hit here and there.

I thought to myself that there must be a way to get more traffic with minimal effort and I think I might have come up with a good idea. I know it has been written about probably many times on HubPages but I have never tried it.

I have decided to edit and add more material to every single Hub I have already created. I would add videos if applicable and I will try to insert more widely searched keywords for the topic of the Hub I am editing. I won’t be doing any back linking, just improving the material I already have.

I am expecting my traffic will rise just like as if I was creating new hubs. This is the first Hub that I am updating by telling you what I have noticed recently on HubPages while I caught a bit of the lazy bug.

I will definitely come back and update this Hub once I have gone through every one of my other Hubs to let you know if and how much my traffic spiked. That way you will know if updating and editing your own Hubs is really worth your while.

Update June 29 2014

Since writing this Hub I have been deleting my underperforming Hubs as they appear.

I am now down to just over 100 Hubs.


So I am not sure what it takes for a fairly good writer is is no so internet savy to succeed on here. If you know the secret please share with the rest of us.

Another Update. February 14, 2015.

I am now down to seventy some hubs left. I have been updating some and others just don't seem to do well. So instead of trying to update and refresh them I just get rid of them. I am hoping to eventually get down to a smaller number of hubs that perform very well and earn me a payout every month. Ciao for now.

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Grant's World 2 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks janiek13 greatly appreciated. Do you write on Bubblews? You can find me there under the same username as well as HubPages.

Cheers.


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janiek13 2 years ago from Florida's Space Coast

Thoroughly enjoyed your hub and I have read others of yours. I don't think you give yourself enough credit. For the record, I would love to be "hubby" friends with you. I, too do not get much traffic and am always looking for ways to improve.


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vox vocis 4 years ago

I can relate to a great deal of things you've mentioned in this hub. Recently, I've written more than 100 articles at Seekyt (although I joined HP first), and currently, I'm working on a strategy to reach 100 articles here on HP. However, I'm a bit discouraged with long hours of keyword research and earnings so I thought I should work on backlinking after I've accomplished this goal, and then publish new articles less frequently. Also, I'm very interested in trying my luck with ebooks.

We'll see what the future holds!

P.S. I'm glad you have success with ebay. Congratulations :)


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Grant's World 4 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks Lauryallan. I think 273 sounds like a great hub to give an update on :)

Thanks for commenting.

G.


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Lauryallan 4 years ago

Great hub Grant's World. I have wondering for a while now about the balance between writing Hubs and backlinking them.

Voted up and useful. Looking forward to your 273rd Hub!


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Grant's World 5 years ago from Canada Author

Excellent Prisana. I will see you around then :)


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Prisana 5 years ago from Thailand and Colorado

I just saw your reply. I will definitely be sticking around for a much longer journey in Hubville! It's been fascinating and has really inspired me to write more. I'm learning about every subject under the sun and loving the warmth of the Hub community.


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Grant's World 5 years ago from Canada Author

Prisana that is very kind of you, thank you.

I hope you will stick around for a while. If you enjoy writing this is a good place to do so.

Thanks for commenting.

Cheers,

G.


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Prisana 5 years ago from Thailand and Colorado

It was so refreshing to read a truly honest opinion regarding hubbing. You're a great writer and drew me in from start to finish. I'm a newbie and doubt I will be around for long, but what amazes me is the amount of talented writers Hubpages has attracted and how prolific they are! Looking forward to reading more of your past and future hubs!


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Grant's World 5 years ago from Canada Author

Nickalooch thanks very much. Cheers, G.


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Nickalooch 5 years ago from Columbia, MD

your a good writer, don't cut yourself short. good information to. good hub


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Grant's World 5 years ago from Canada Author

Philipo hello and thank you for commenting. I agree that you have to search for what people really want to read about which is not easy to do.

Hi Mary Stuart I appreciate that very much thank you. I meant it as tips in a rambling style ha-ha.

Thanks for reading my hub.

CHeers,

G.


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Mary Stuart 5 years ago from Washington

Thank you. I appreciated reading your ramblings. They seemed more like friendly tips to me. I wrote my first Hubs 3 years ago but then got sidetracked by more pressing family matters. I am back and having fun. I hope I have something of value to say to others. :)If not, I have certainly learned a lot through my life experiences!


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Philipo 5 years ago from Nigeria

This hub was written from the bottom of your heart. Most of us came to hubpages to make money; though the rate of return is not what we expected. I have been making money though at a slow pace.

I think the secret remains in identifying what people need and write quality hubs to meet those needs. Money will certainly come. Keep writing.


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Grant's World 5 years ago from Canada Author

sankari you are welcome. Keep up the great work.

Nancy I have no doubt a lot of people here don't make much money. We only here about the one's who make a payout every month. I might step back just a little bit and focus more on my handyman business. Anyone need some fixin??? :)


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Nancy's Niche 5 years ago from USA

I have experienced some of the same frustrations and emotions you mention here. I would be willing to bet that most of us have. Step back, take a break and you will be surprised how much that can help. I have never made money from hub pages however, I have fun writing the articles and learning valuable information from the research, I do for those articles.


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sankari.nayagam 5 years ago

I started writing in hubpages and the first few cents which I earned made me to think that I should learn all the tricks to earn more. But it so happened that writing hub itself takes my time and couldn't spend much time on learning the tricks. But it also made me feel that writing great hubs gives you more satisfaction. Now I have started to focus on writing quality hubs and improving my style. Your hub suggests that I'm right. Thanks for the wonderful hub.


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Grant's World 5 years ago from Canada Author

Manic!@thedisco thank you. I think that is a great plan to just create hubs for now.

Nice to meet a fello ebayer.

Cheers,

Grant.


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Manic!@thedisco 5 years ago from Beautiful Arkansas Ozarks

Great advice as I am just starting out! My plan is to just write for now. I am enjoying reading articles by seasoned hubbers, and finding an outlet for my own ramblings. I also sell on ebay on the side, so maybe between the two ventures, I'll see some extra cash! :)


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Grant's World 5 years ago from Canada Author

Kashmir56 thanks for letting me know that. I will probably go back to the hubpages program to try it again after i reach my next google adsense payout. I like the fact that hubpages pays you after $50 instead of the $100 adsense pays out after.

Thanks you have a great week as well.

G.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi Grant's World, thanks for sharing all this great information and advice, i have not backed linked much and find i have done better with Hubpages ad program than Google's . Glad to hear you will stay on Hubpages and will keep writing hubs .

Have a great rest of the week !

Awesome and vote up !!!


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Grant's World 5 years ago from Canada Author

Magdelene good stuff and good luck. Cheers.

thoughtforce thank you very much. Much appreciated. I still think it was a bit of rambling ;) Thank you for commenting.

barbergirl thanks for the compliment. I agree bad writers get clicks, it completely makes sense.

Bukarella I used the HubPages ad program for 2 months and during that time I had only a few adsense clicks and the rest were the hubPages program. I am now just trying google adsense to see if i get more money and clicks that way and so far this month it looks like i will make more in google adsense than i did with the hubpages program. But that is just me, it could be different for others. Try it your self and see what happens.

Cheers,

G.


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Bukarella 5 years ago

I'm so happy to hear that backlinking might be not necessary, you are my favorite Hubber for the day! hehe I enjoy writing hubs (maybe that's why I have over 20 in my first 12 days?), but I'm absolutely no good at promoting. I am still not seeing any clicks from google AdSense, although, as of today I have 55 cents from HubPages Ad Program. I hope Google AdSense magically picks up on its own. Think that will work? :))


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

You are a very talented writer... and I am glad that someone stayed away from the beaten path and did something a little differently. I didn't want to follow the whole 100th hub thing either so I did one on my 98th hub. It was fun to do and definitely a little different.

Since I have been around here for awhile, I do have to say, the main thing I learned is to make money, you should be a bad writer... therefore, people will be more tempted to click away then stay where they are! :) So, I guess the ones who don't make anything, yep - those are the ones that are good!


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Grant's World 5 years ago from Canada Author

Karanda I agree, it is always good to hear what others are experiencing. I wish more would share. Maybe some of us wouldn't get discouraged if we knew others were having the same experiences.

Cathy thanks and believe it or not getting to 152 just kind of happened. It seems like a lot when you only have a few but all of a sudden. WHAM! 152 hubs later :).

Thanks for commenting.

G.


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

You did well in this hub and I don't think it is rambling at all! To me it was useful and a relief to read that the back-linking that I haven't done wouldn't have helped me anyway. Good advice to write hubs instead!

Thanks for the information and advices.

Tina


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Grant's World 5 years ago from Canada Author

CWanamaker i really think you would benefit more if you spent more time creating hubs than backlinking.

Glad I can help. Thanks for commenting.


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Grant's World 5 years ago from Canada Author

Francesca you are welcome.


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Magdelene 5 years ago from Okotoks

Great Hub and does tend to motivate me to get busy and write up some useful Hubs. Nice to know that it all is worthwhile in the long run.


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Cathy I 5 years ago from New York

Congratulations on sticking it out to your 152nd hub. I hope I can make it that far. I have tried backlinking but not to a great extent. i too think that the key is just to keep writing what you know, what you like, and what you would like to know.

Thanks for the information.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia

Thank you for sharing this advice with the rest of the Hubbers. It is always good to know how others are doing especially those who have been around for awhile and produced as many Hubs as you have. I get frustrated with the backlinking process, a lot of the sites are slow to download or don't accept the link so I feel I am wasting valuable time so I was particularly pleased to see you advocating writing Hubs instead.


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CWanamaker 5 years ago from Arizona

Great Story and advice. I tend to spend to much time backlinking and not enough time creating hubs. Its always nice to hear tips from a seasoned hubber.


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Francesca27 5 years ago from Hub Page

Thanks for sharing. Enjoyed your info.


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Grant's World 5 years ago from Canada Author

AEvans WOW and thanks very much. It is really great to hear from someone who is so well respected on this site as you.

It means a lot.

Sincerely, Thank you.

Grant.


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AEvans 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

Thank you for writing from the heart. I honestly never took the time to back link many hubs and just kept writing. I have pulled down a few and placed them elsewhere. You on the other hand have placed your thoughts, opinions and heart out to everyone on HP. You are real and an inspiration to those who will read this hub. Congrats and thank you for sharing, I am looking forward to reading what you have to say once you get to number 500. It is great having you here and keep on writing. :)

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