My First Month at Hubpages

I'm a couple of days short of my first month, but I'll be going away and will not have access to the internet where I'm going so I thought I'd post it early. I'm counting my first month as the first 30 days, since I started with my first hub on June 9th, 2011. In future anniversary hubs I will count June as a full month and use the calendar to mark anniversaries. So a month number two update would come at the end of July.

I read an article once that gave an idea as to how one could earn a bit of extra money:

  1. Go to Craigslist for your local area
  2. Look in the jobs section
  3. Pick one or two categories that match any skill sets, abilities or interests you have
  4. Check the listings for any job that you can do that would be part time or on evenings, or weekends

So I looked at the jobs section and found a writing/editing section. I went in there and someone had posted a link to hubpages. I don't know who it is and unknowingly I have likely given them some extra traffic due to the referral program. This reminds me that I should put my own ad in craigslist for 'writers wanted!'.

I have been very fortunate in my first thirty days to be nominated not once, but twice as a hubnugget writer. Amazingly enough, my How to Write a Brick hub won the first one. Peak Oil Further Reading was my second nomination and again, thanks to friends I have online, I was able to win it.

I found that my score rose fairly quickly, I'm curious now to see what it will take to get up higher than the low nineties. I believe that my How I Raise my Hubscore hub is what really got me this high in so short a time.

Within these first thirty days I managed to accumulate some accolades:

  • Published 10 hubs
  • Answered 50 questions
  • Level 5 commenter, leaving insightful and engaging comments
  • Popular among readers, as measured by feedback to their hubs.
  • Starts great discussions in the comments
  • Contributes to the community by helping our new users in the Forums, voting and/or flagging inappropriate content for our moderators.

I had read about a past challenge about writing 30 hubs in 30 days, well, I've done that. As I got closer to the end of the month I was hoping to hit 100 followers, but I didn't quite make it with only 78.

In terms of traffic and revenue, I've had 1265 pageviews, 212 HubAd Impressions, $0.78 of HubAd revenue, 272 Adsense views and 2 clicks giving me $4.09 for a total of $4.87.

I'd say on average I spend between 10 and 25 minutes writing a hub. Then another 10 minutes rereading my hub three times before I publish it. In addition to that I spend between an hour and two hours daily reading all of the hubs from all of the hubbers that I follow. If I have time after that, I then look at the latest hubs, and the latest questions and respond to those. I think this method of casting out a net to build hubber relationships is working out.

My work of copy/editing hubs does add a bit of time to my hub visits, and I don't always do it, but I have received feedback from a few hubbers that they really appreciate it. The one thing I wish more people would do, that I keep doing, is to visit more than one hub of a hubber once you've read one of their hubs. I describe how and why I do this in my Helping Hubbers Earn hub.

Overall I'm pleased with the hubpages experience thus far.

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Barbara Kay profile image

Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA

It sounds like you are off to a great start!


RTalloni profile image

RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

So appreciate this insightful report on your first month with HP. Voted up, helpful, and have bookmarked so I can easily refer to it again.


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lisabeaman 5 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

Welcome to HubPages! It seems like you have done very well so far - keep up the good work!


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

BK, thanks, I hope things only go up from here.

RT, thanks - I plan on doing a monthly update so that I can share each month, not just the first.

Lisa, Thanks very much!


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psf 5 years ago from Canada

Hi Phil, keep up the good work when you are back. Even I was not doing much on HP since last couple of weeks due to my busy schedule.


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applecsmith 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Awesome job Phil! Congrats on your first month at hubpages. I too saw an add on Craiglist for a writing, with a hubpages link. I enjoy your reading your hubs, and appreciate the comments and suggestions you offer to my hubs. Keep up the good work!


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

psf, thanks, and welcome to Canada.

Apple, thanks, I love your profile picture, and I'll keep reading yours.


Ms Dee profile image

Ms Dee 5 years ago from Texas, USA

Welcome to HubPages! I appreciate getting a fresh perspective from you in your initial HP experience :).


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Thanks Ms Dee, it is rare that I see Hubpages abbreviated to HP - this gives me a hub idea. Thanks!


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danfresnourban 5 years ago from Fresno, CA

Great information as a new hubber myself, I really enjoy reading about other people's progress. You have done well, you should proud of your progress. Keep up the great work.


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia

Congrats! You have accomplished alot here in such a short time. I know as your time here grows longer, you will continue to succeed. I don't know how you write a hub in only 10 to 25 minutes. It usually takes me 1 to 2 hours. How do you come up with new ideas for writing hubs?


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Dan - thanks for the encouragement. I also agree it is helpful to read about the progress of others.

Eb, once I have the idea it doesn't usually take me very long to write it out. As for coming up with new ideas, that sounds like a hub idea itself, but I'll only be able to get to it after I get back in ten days or so.


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manthy 5 years ago from Alabama,USA

Thanks is awesome that you are doing that well, The craigs list will generate many referrals for you, and your writing will take care of the rest.

Have a good 1


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Thanks manthy, can I also have a good 2, 3, 5 and seven?


Giselle Maine 5 years ago

Congratulations, what an awesome first month!! I am especially impressed with the 2 Hubnugget nominations. You have accomplished a lot. I'm glad that you plan on writing other updates later, it will be great to follow your progress.


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JSParker 5 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

Well, this is awesome in a number of ways. I can't help but compare what I've done with what you've done. I've been on HubPages 8 weeks, twice as long as you, I have 9 hubs and 40 followers. I've earned, oh, somewhere under $2.00, I think. I have been nominated for and won two HubNuggets awards, came in first on one, second on the other.

But here's the shocking thing. I spend HOURS AND HOURS on my hubs. I research like crazy, dig everywhere for visuals, go out and stage or capture photos, and then proofread, proofread, proofread. And I keep thinking, I've got to figure out a way to speed this up, I'm just taking way too much time. I may have to rethink my approach, at least for some hubs that I do.

Thanks for sharing so much information. Best regards.


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

I'm curious to see what the progress is of others, so naturally, I want to provide that myself. Thanks for being a follower.


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Hi JS, I don't have the time to spend that much time on a per-hub basis, but I do proofread. Thanks for stopping by!


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miccimom 5 years ago from U.S.A

Not bad! I am also new to this Hub world! It's alot of fun! I don't have alot of time to spend on it as I would like too. But I really like to write, so I will give it a go. Thanks for all of your input, very helpful.


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Micci, thanks for stopping by, I agree it is a lot of fun. I wish I could do it full time I enjoy it so much as I also love to write. I'm glad I am able to help.


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angie ashbourne 5 years ago

Hi! Phil Good Hub. Angie


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Thanks, Angie, I couldn't have done it with you! Well, you and all of the other people who read my hubs.


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JRChase 5 years ago

This is the first one of yours I read and I thought it was well put together, easy to read and very informative. I can see I'm going to enjoy reading through your collection.


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Thanks, JR, you picked a good first one to read.


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LadyFae 5 years ago from Under the Stars

I'm impressed. All that in 5 weeks. Bravo!!!


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Thanks LadyFae!


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stephensaldana 5 years ago from Chicago

Looks like you are doing well on HubPages. I've been on here about a year and have enjoyed it very much. Wish I had more time to write but glad there is an outlet like this to share the ideas in my head. Looking forward to your next anniversary and the ideas you will be sharing as well!


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Thanks Stephen, I too wish I had more time.


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Brett.Tesol 5 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

Hey Phil,

Voted up and awesome. You have done incredibly well in just 6 weeks. To get 100 followers, a low-nineties hub-score and 36 hubs published is impressive in itself, let alone all the awards for active participation. Nice work!


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greatlove 5 years ago from Beaufort, NC

Congrats on a job well done with your hubs during your first month. Continued success!


Phil Plasma profile image

Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Brett, thanks. I don't know if I will be able to keep up the pace of hub writing, but I will certainly try.

GL, thanks, I certainly hope that my success continues.


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camsolivia 5 years ago from Planet Earth

You said "10 to 25 minutes" to write a hub? WOW! I'm not even going to whisper in your ear how long it takes me. But then, I don't much care about the time spent as much as I do the fun had. Thanks for this article.


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Cam, I never mentioned how much time I think about a hub before I write it. Normally I spend considerable amounts of time getting the idea narrowed down and filled out, but then it writes quickly after that. Thanks for stopping by!


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danfresnourban 5 years ago from Fresno, CA

I have found that lately I have been spending more time tweaking hubs than writing new hubs. The traffic to my hubs has gone down and I want to tweak them until they get more traffic. I also hope to get a better idea of which hubs do best.

One thing that I am pretty sure of is that a hub should be 1,000 words or more. I have been tracking my own hubs and looking at hubs that are highly rated. Very few highly rated hubs have less than 1,000 words.

Have you noticed this as well Phil?


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Hi Dan,

I haven't gone back to tweak much, usually I just reread a hub whenever I get a new comment on one and if I notice something that could be improved, I improve it then.

I try to make my hubs between 500 and 800 words and so far have been happy with that. I haven't paid attention to the link between other people's hubs score and their word count, but maybe I'll start doing that to see if it really does have an impact on score.


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MyMastiffPuppies 5 years ago

Congrats on your first month Phil! (as you are now on your way to a second)It is always interesting to see HubPages from other Hubbers viewpoint. You are doing an excellent job by the way and to show my support you get voted up, useful, awesome and interesting...


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

MMP, thanks so much for the votes. I'd be curious to see other hubbers do the same monthly update just so we can all compare how we are doing. This way we can learn from each other by example.


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos

A great piece. Wonderful! By now, you must ve evolved into a great writer, acclaimed here on HP. Keep up the good work. Lots of love


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Thanks uban, I'd like to think I'm reasonably proficient at writing.

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