Hubpages Success Stories - An In-Depth Study.

The writers.

Hub pages success stories - an in-depth study is considered to be the follow up to an earlier article called Don't follow me if............To find out the conclusions read on and you just might be surprised at it's findings.

Hubpages has so many successful writers, more than you can shake a stick at in fact. The ones I have studied for the benefit of this exercise are the ones you see on the splash page of Hubpages. Those cheeky chaps and chapesses we have all come to recognise whenever we log in.

Have you ever just taken a few minutes just to study one or two of these everyday people who are adding value to their lives by being here. If you haven't and want to be successful here I suggest you start to study some of these talented people.

It makes sense to do what successful people do. Do it quietly with thoroughness and you will see some things that will change the way you do things here.

I guarantee it !

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Where do you start ?

Start by reading their profile bio. Go to the success stories page and find the person. Read what they say about their time here, estimated earnings.

Look and make comparisons with their earnings and yours.

How long have they been writing here ?

How many followers do they have ?

How many do they follow ?

Check their activity stats to see where they spend most of their time.

You see if you are to make them your silent mentors you will need to do what they do....because it works.

Do they spend time following others ?

Do they spend time reading and commenting?

OR

Is their time spent writing good quality articles they know people want to read ?

What do you think ?

If you are here to make money, the only thing in my book which will make money for you is your God given talent to write. Articles are the life blood of your Freelance business strategy.

Whilst you are checking out these people take a look at how many articles they have written during their time here. How do they compare with you ?

Work out how many articles on average they write per month by dividing the article numbers with number of months they have been here. Again how do you stack up?

If you are to improve your earnings you need to go through this exercise. Take a few days to make comparisons then work out what it is you need to do to be like them.

It is worth it because I have seen my page views increase by 30 percent since Christmas 2012.

I am writing articles with a completely different view of things and it is working. Obviously if my page views are increasing then my earnings too will be on the up. Not only that but on checking my stats on articles it would appear that much of my traffic is now coming from search engines, far more than I would have expected.

You may have recently seen an article I published called don't follow me where I talk about not wasting time too much with social networking and chasing followers. You don't have time to go round back scratching and doing favours for others. This is your financial future we are talking about so if you haven't read it yet then please, please take a look and help yourself today.



What I found was this.

Common characteristics

There were some common characteristics which applied to all of the success stories I researched. Simple stare you in the face, easy to implement yourself, everyday routines, all of which will kick start your income if you apply them.

I started to apply some of the techniques and almost immediately saw increased page views for a start. An increase in over 1000 page views per month. This was all achieved by doing things which I was mostly doing, but doing it in a slightly different fashion.

You maybe wondering by now what the techniques are and who the success stories were that I investigated. All I will say is that you need to look at them for yourself and draw your own conclusions. Take away from them the things you can see will work for you like I did.

The answers are there staring you in the face....just find them.

Not wanting them to get big headed by massaging there ego's anymore I will just say it is the 5 faces you see every time you visit and log into your hub pages account.

Between them they can make you a better article writer and improve your earnings so let them in and just look at their work.

What subjects do they write on ?

Do they promote their own hubs within hubs ?

The key to success is this -

The longer you write here consistently, the better you will get.

( delayed gratification is what is required. As articles mature the money will come )

For information on delayed gratification click the blue link to find out more.

Write on popular subjects and concentrate on a subject you can become an expert on.

It has been said if you spend 1 hour per day for 5 years studying a subject you will be amongst the top 1 percent of the world authorities on this particular subject.

Our success stories have done just that. Apart from 1 all have been writing on hub pages for 5 years or more.

At this point I believe it is worth talking about ratio of followers to following because it does, I feel make a difference to you as a writer to know that you have more followers than you follow. Most of our success stories have very low ratios to followers.

What does this mean ?

It means that they do not spend their time following others, leaving them more time for writing. They are selective in who they follow and follow because they have a genuine interest. No favours needed or back scratching here.

Who's doing who the favour ?

Attitude plays a big part and having confidence in what you do, knowing how good you are means you know you can do it without the help of others. Not relying on the page views of the internal hub pages community, but expecting traffic from search engines is a powerful attitude to have.

I always feel that some writers are almost apologetic for writing here as though they don't deserve to have a good following. We should all expect and deserve to be the best we can and we should appreciate and strive for this every time we write. Look at the success stories and think about this.



What to do now.

Now you have a few pointers start your research of the success stories for yourself. Copy some of the traits they have. Build up the number of articles you write. Pay attention to your titles, look at the titles of the success stories, adapt some of the things they do with titles. Look for common characteristics which you have in common and develop your strengths.

Don't try to improve in areas you know nothing about. Build on your successes and get good at what you major in.

Stop following for the sake of following, improve your following to followers ratio.

Plan to be here for more than 5 years, setting targets as you go for earnings / hubs / followers.

Make a blueprint to follow based on your research findings of the success stories.

How many page views will you have had after 5 years ?

1 million / 10 million ? You decide.

If you can go away with just one piece of information to help you, take this -

Write your articles and link back to your own articles trying to write in a series of articles rather than individual ones. Give clues as to what your subsequent articles in the series are likely to be.

Publish an article and don't wait for it to start getting traffic, promote it everywhere then get on with the next article in the series.



Please help me.

If you have read this far then please go a step further by giving me your feedback. If you use some of the information and it works for you then spread the word by sharing with your followers.

I want to be a success story and I want to see your story too.

Thanks for reading and make sure you look for my next article in this series of tutorials where I will talk about residual income.

Thank you.

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wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

Great hub, but I am so curious who your 5 hubbers are. We all have our favorites, hubbers that influence us. You are not going to tell, are you?


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poshcoffeeco 3 years ago from Cambridgeshire Author

Check out the first 5 on the success stories page. Marye Audet, Habee, Kathryn Vercillo, Jimmy The Jock and Steph Hicks68. They're not necessarily my favourites, but just happened to stare at me everyday when I log on so I thought I would look at what they all have in common.

As a result wetnosedogs, I thought I would share my findings.

Thanks for reading and commenting on this one.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Sounds interesting. I guess it's a little bit of this and a little of that and when you put it all into a cocktail shaker and mix it up real well perhaps you can become successful. Passing this on.


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poshcoffeeco 3 years ago from Cambridgeshire Author

Hi GRL, thanks for taking a look. Interesting analogy.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Steve, I'm not even sure how to measure success on HP. I make less now than I did six months ago and yet I write daily. However, the friendships I have made are fantastic, and I improve my writing craft with each hub. I know that if you want to make money on this site you better be damn patient. LOL


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poshcoffeeco 3 years ago from Cambridgeshire Author

Hi billybuc, strangely enough, I am learning what works and what doesn't work so well and my earnings are SLOWLY increasing along with page views. Will bare in mind what you say about patience, thanks for reading and commenting. I appreciate it.


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nancynurse 3 years ago from Southeast USA

Thanks for sharing. Great research and insight.


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poshcoffeeco 3 years ago from Cambridgeshire Author

It is great to meet you nancynurse, thanks so much for reading. Have a great weekend and I hope to see you around.


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SidKemp 3 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

Thanks, Steve. I'm going to follow your research suggestion here and fine-tune my next steps. I'll get back to you with feedback when I see how it works.


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poshcoffeeco 3 years ago from Cambridgeshire Author

SidKemp, good for you and I look forward to your findings. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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Spongy0llama 3 years ago from Canada

Some interesting ideas. I have given the success stories a gander. I just write when I have the time, follow who I think I'll want to read again, and let the magic of the internet take care of the rest.

You are very right about not involving yourself in the community just for the sake of getting noticed. Despite my earlier efforts on that front, the overwhelming majority of my pageviews come from Google searches.


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poshcoffeeco 3 years ago from Cambridgeshire Author

Hello again Spongyollama, quite right not to rely on HP community. Sharing hubs you like gets great results from the community so share often. I too get 2/3 of my traffic from Google. This is a much more sustainable way to make money over the longer term so I am pleased for you in that respect. Thanks again for the comments.


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psychicsphone 3 years ago from Los Angeles

I'm curious about how many traffic from google daily? Be patient more than one year and can get above 500 visitors daily at least?


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poshcoffeeco 3 years ago from Cambridgeshire Author

Hello psychicsphone, since I began writing onnHubPages my traffic has steadily increased each month. The turning point for me in both traffic and earnings was the 30/30 hub challenge. I wrote 30 hubs in 30 days and have steadily made progress ever since. Traffic stats on a daily basis can be as low as 100 but can get up to the figure you suggest. I write articles with search engine traffic in mind. 80 % of my traffic comes from Google so I don't have to rely on getting traffic from our Hub Pages community. When I get traffic here I look on it as a bonus. Traffic is great from colleagues but they don't click on the ads. Your target is the whole of the general public so write your articles with them in mind. You are an expert in your niche. All you have to do is let Google know you are and he will send you the traffic you crave. Write good quality readable content and watch your traffic graph fly.


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Jodah 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

Interesting and informative hub Steve. You really seem to know what you are talking about....though I've never seen the name of any of those successful hubbers you mentioned. I am very happy with how I am progressing on hub pages, having only really become an active member of the community in recent months, but I will take heed of your good advice to keep improving.

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