My Adventures in HubPages - The Second Month

My Adventures in Hub Pages - Month 2

This is an update to my previous hub My Adventures in HubPages - The First 30 Days. I've continued to learn a lot here, and I've spent most of the previous month tweaking my published hubs and improving their keyword targeting and Search Engine Optimization.

I've written and published just 7 more hubs and unpublished a few that just weren't doing well. My Author Score continues to go strong - 93 as of this writing - and all but a few of my hubs have HubScores over 70, with most over 75. The AdSense earnings are chugging along, and once again I've earned more money over at RedGage than here on HubPages, and for a lot less work!

I'm not giving up on HubPages, though - I see it as a stronger long-term earner than RedGage...


My Statistics

So far, after 2 months, here are my stats:

  • Author Score: 93 (the past few weeks it's ranged from 89 to 93)
  • Average HubScore: 75
  • Total Page Views: 4300+
  • Followers: 71
  • AdSense Earnings: over $13
  • RedGage Earnings: over $37.00
  • Amazon Affiliate Earnings: 57 clicks, but no sales yet


Page views have nearly tripled in the past month, as have AdSense earnings and Amazon clicks. Unfortunately, I still haven't actually made any sales from Amazon. The real winner for the month was RedGage, where I got a $25 bonus in the Daily Contest for sending another hubber over there who signed up using my referral ID.

One of the things that inspired me to revisit this topic was a hub written by sunforged about his experiences publishing 100 hubs. One of his key points was that we should look at our statistics in terms of percentages rather than just the raw numbers.

So now, instead of lamenting that I've only made $13 in AdSense earnings, I look at it as a 400% increase! The same goes for most of my other stats - views are up by more than 280%, number of followers is up over 150% and Amazon clicks have risen more than 500%. Now those are statistics I can feel proud of, especially since I've only added 7 more hubs!


Search Engine Traffic Still Dominates

As during my first month on HubPages, most of my traffic comes in from search pages, with Google leading the pack by 10 to 1 over second-place Yahoo. Again I find myself amazed at the weird search engine phrases that eventually lead people to my content. here a few of my favorite examples from the last month:

  • bottom mount vs top mount fridges
  • build your own mining equipment
  • can i give my cat turmeric
  • giveaway unwanted clothes in delhi
  • glasses that see through clothes
  • reupholster a stool with springs


I have nothing on HubPages that even remotely addresses any of these queries, and yet still they find me - just goes to show that you never know what you're going to get on the Internets...

My hub on Choosing the Best Non-Stick Cookware was apparently featured on slickdeals.net - I received several hundred visits to that hub in one day! You can see the spike in visitors in the image below.

My hub on Endangered Species also received a mysterious jump in hits from the Philippines one week, and I never managed to figure out why...


Graph of traffic from January thru March 2010
Graph of traffic from January thru March 2010

New Backlinking Strategy

I also implemented a new backlinking strategy. It's one that I had previously dismissed, but which has shown a little bit of promise so I'll share it here. I had read quite a few articles that suggested leaving comments with links to my hubs on forums and comment sections of other peoples' web sites. This always struck me as a little bit spammy - I know I don't like it when people leave links to their un-related web sites in my hub comments, so the idea of doing that just didn't sit right with me. But then I realized that this might be a missed opportunity, so I gave it a (non-spammy) shot!

I try to use relevant images on all of my hubs, and most of the images I use that aren't my own original work come from Flickr. I only use images that are licensed for commercial use under Creative Commons, and I noticed that there is a comment section on each user's Flickr page. I started leaving comments with links back to my hubs, letting each photographer know that I had used his image. This generated a little bit of traffic. Like most comment forums, the links inserted are "noFollow", but traffic is traffic!

One of my favorite web sites is IMDB.com, and one of my favorite elements of their site is the list of links at the bottom of the homepage that lead to funny or interesting pages from all over the Internet. These links are often suggested by users, so I figured I'd recommend my own hub! I had written a hub about the most controversial films of the last ten years, so I added a link to that hub in the IMDB suggestion forum and got a trickle of traffic from them. And if the hub had actually been chosen by the editors to be featured, I could have gotten a massive bump in traffic from that one site. So, in the future I'll be looking more closely at the web sites I enjoy visiting, and if I can post a relevant link there I will not hesitate!


My Google Analytics Boo Boo

Before I joined HubPages, I had signed up for Google AdSense and Analytics for another (failed) web venture. Since I already had the accounts, I was able to use those services right away, which I thought was great. I have a gmail account that I used for my Analytics, but when it comes to AdSense, Google does not allow you use to use a gmail account to access it. The email address I had used to sign up for AdSense several years ago was a free one that I no longer use - in fact it had expired, and I had to sign up for the same name all over again in order to receive activation data from Google. Lucky for me it was still available!

All of that was a major drag, but I finally got it working. After a month of gathering Google website Analytics statistics, I read an article online about linking my AdSense and Analytics accounts so that I could view AdSense earnings from within the Analytics interface. This sounded much easier than using the URL channels I had been working with on AdSense!

I followed the directions to link the accounts, but could not get it to work. Perplexed, I let it go for a few weeks before digging a little deeper. Just last week I finally found the problem - turns out that the AdSense account has to be tied to the Primary Analytics Profile. When I started on HubPages, I created a new Profile for tracking stats from HubPages. That means that all those stats were reported to a profile that wouldn't work with AdSense and HubPages! I had to reconfigure Analytics and start all over with gathering statistics from HubPages - not a tragedy, but certainly not the ideal situation!


Conclusion

So that's it for this month - if things improve enough to warrant it, I'll try and create hubs to track my progress over the coming months.

Happy Hubbing!


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Comments 21 comments

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mailxpress 6 years ago from New York

Hi,

Excellent Hub. Wow, I wanted more. Your sharing with us Hubbers your experience to generating more traffic is great. I love it.

In the past three weeks I have gone over so many of my Hubs. I tweaked keywords and used the google keyword tool external to do so. I also edited some of my content because my earlier hubs were pretty bad and then I took advantage of the new link feature Hubpages offers. I connected my website to many of my Hubs. I can't wait until I see more people visiting my Hubs.

I also like that you describe leaving comments on other peoples articles whether it be here or on another website. I started doing it but I would read articles which I have a true interest in and it has brought me a handful of followers and subscribes. It works.

Good Hub.

mailxpress


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daisyjae 6 years ago from Canada

Thamk you for sharing this, it was helpful.


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Edweirdo 6 years ago from United States Author

@Mailxpress - I spend so much time tweaking and researching that I find it hard to make time for writing!

Hopefully over the next few weeks I'll be able to publish more new hubs.

If I'm doing this well with 30+ hubs, I can only guess that 100+ would be 3 times better!


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kea 6 years ago

Thanks for the update! I look forward to next months update. It's nice to know I'm not alone out there with my hub income...I've read way too many reports of people claiming to make over $1000 / month on 30 hubs....this stresses me out and makes me wonder how badly my content must suck! Keep up the reporting!


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Edweirdo 6 years ago from United States Author

Thanks, kea! I know how you feel - I'll be thrilled if I can get to $10 a day, and now that seems completely doable!


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Michael Shane 6 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

Awesome hub! Your doing great!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Very helpful hub. Thanks for sharing your experience.


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casey kaldal 6 years ago

Thanks for the update.I find this very interesting as too your success. You are rocking the hubs!


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain

I love the way you make this seem like a breeze! I look forward to reading your next progress report!

Thanks for posting!


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

Great hub! Well written! Phenomenal information. Good job!!


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

I still don't know how the numbers all work. I have been working hard here and it doesn't look like I will be getting out of the 80s for Author score. I do enjoy your hubs. And we are friends on Redgage as well. Looks like you are doing good here.


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Edweirdo 6 years ago from United States Author

@Sandyspider - don't be discouraged! I didn't get into the 90s consistently until after I started maximizing my hubs for HubScore.

One of the things that seems to work well is adding at least one relevant video to every hub where I can. That seems to increase individual HubScore, which in turn raises Author Score...


TattoGuy 6 years ago

Enjoyed this and had never heard of RedGage, but will deff give it a look, you have another fan ; )


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Obscurely Diverse 6 years ago from Tennessee, U.S., Earth, Milky Way via Cosmos

I've never heard of "RedGage." But, overall, HubPages looks like one of the best revenue-sharing sites - especially after you factor in the community interaction and the easy-to-use publishing tools that is available.

Nice hub. It sounds like you are focused and well on your way to monetary gains. Just think, all of those hubs will rank even higher in (Search Engines) the future, since most SE Algorithms favor the older, aged pages that have been around for quite a while.


simplestuff 6 years ago

Nice work Edwierdo, great hub.


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satyenhacks 6 years ago from Lucknow

I have learn more about search engine traffic..its a nice hub..joining your fans..


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viking305 6 years ago from Ireland

Delighted to find your hub and will definately be studying all the information. So have bookmarked it. I was searching the hubs for a problem i have. I want to put a link on my profile page. 1. to my other site. and 2. to my affiliate url for Hubpages.

I have done the link for my Facebook site but NOT properly. I have read some ANSWERS bout this. It says in the text box to click the LINK button. I can see it but it is not hightled and therefore does not work. Any help will be apprecieated.

By searching for that answer came accross this excellent hub of yours so all is good

Thanks


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Edweirdo 6 years ago from United States Author

Viking, thanks for the comments!

As for your question, if I understand you correctly you're trying to create a link to your Facebook profile on your HubPages profile. While editing your profile, highlight the text for the link, then the link button will activate and you can turn the text into a link...


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ltfawkes 6 years ago from NE Ohio

I'm kinda new around here so I found your hub interesting even though a lot of the content is way over my head. I'm glad you mentioned some of your confusion and mistakes. If I can figure out what it all means, it may help. Thanks.

L.T.


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JD Barlow 5 years ago from Southeast US

Great hub! Thanks for sharing.


Suramya.K 5 years ago

Wow, this is a really helpful hub. Thanks for sharing your experiences!

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