My First Month in Hubpages

Reflections on My First Month in Hubpages

So here I am celebrating my first month in Hubpages (hurray!). I don't even remember how I found out about Hubpages or how I got into it in the first place. But I remember when I saw the site and its contents, my fingers immediately itched to get on the keyboard and start typing the night (I signed up night time here) away. That was how drawn I was in Hubpages. The next thing I knew, I was signing up, filling up my profile, putting in my avatar, looking for my first topic and writing my first hub.

So to celebrate my monthsary (monthly-anniversary), I am writing my first hub for the 30 Hubs in 30 Days Hubchallenge. And this hub is all about my experience / milestones / reflections in Hubpages for my first month.

Milestones

Okay, these milestones may not have anything to do with Hubpages' "Milestone". But they are for me achievements that I have never really gained before. So what are they?

Fans

As of the hour of this writing, I have 58 Fans who welcomed me in Hubpages and who take the time to read (I hope!) my hubs. It's not quite enough for the 100-Fan milestone but I'm not in a hurry to acquire so many fans either. So thank you very much to my 58 fans.

Equally important, I am a fan of almost 100 hubbers. These are the writers of those hubs that I liked reading because (1) they give useful information and (2) they're very good examples of talented writers, something that I hope to be in the future.

More importantly, I became a fan (and was fanned back) by fellow Filipino hubbers. It gives me a chance to connect with other people from my own country.

Hubs

I've written 17 hubs for the past 4 weeks. Some of these are practical tips, others are travel hubs (which describe places in my country) and some are just reflections of things I have seen and read. These 17 hubs are the most I have written in one month. I'm sure not all are quality hubs but they show my effort to improve my new craft. With this Hubchallenge, I hope I will write better quality hubs in the next month or so.

Comments

Right now I have 93 comments in all of my hubs combined. They are not just proof that people are reading my hubs, they also give me a lot of insights. Some are 'ranting' comments, others praise the contents, others show the opinions of their writers and others simply ask questions or more information but, all in all, they enrich my experience in this site.

Milestones ala Hubpages

These one are also milestones but they are more connected with the milestones set by Hubpages. I've included them here because, hey, these are my milestones too.

Hub Traffic

I already have more than 1,000 views on all my hubs combined. My highest scored hub (which I wrote more than 2 weeks ago) has over 600 views (500 views for the last 7 days). These are statistics that I thought I would not see during my first month here in Hubpages. I have seen several of my hubs with traffic rising, and some with traffic falling. At first, it was a rollercoaster ride (read - time to edit the hubs with falling traffic) but I soon realized I'm better off concentrating on writing more hubs (with hopefully better quality) than editing the old ones.

Hub Score / Over-all Score

This one I've really been obsessed with during my first month here. I've watched my hub scores go up and down, up and down. Same goes with my profile score. My highest score is 98 for one of my hubs while my lowest score is 62. I had a hub scored 33 once. I nearly deleted it, glad I didn't because its score is now in the 70s. My highest profile score was 99 (whoopee!) although it has already dropped to 96. Oh well, that's life.

Google Adsense

Prior to joining Hubpages, I once tried to get a Google Adsense account, unfortunately I was turned down. When I joined I applied once again and wonders of all wonders, I was accepted. And then another surprise came along the way. Thought it was going to take months (even years!) before I see any $$$$ in there. But wonders of all wonders. I just saw it hit $5.00. Not exactly $500 (long way to go yet) but hey, every dollar counts and the $5.00 will eventually hit $50 then $500. I'm an optimistic girl.

Hubpages, An International Community

People, People, People

What I love about Hubpages are the people that I have found in this site, most especially those that I have become friends with. When you join Hubpages, you meet people from a lot of countries, from all ages, and from all walks in life. Truly, Hubpages is an international community.


My 100 hub score!
My 100 hub score!

UPDATES

Update number 1: My earnings have gone up to more than $16! Too far yet for my first $100 pay-out but it's definitely something!

Update number 2: It's now my second month here in hubpages. I have published 32 hubs, have over 100 fans and best of all, I reached 100 hub score. The score may be fleeting, yes, but it shows that, along with the fans and the earnings, my effort is paying off.

Update number 3: My third month, I published 50 hubs and reached 10,000 views.

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Comments 33 comments

\Brenda Scully 7 years ago

Well you certainly made a very good start keep goin g


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks Brenda


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CelinaMac 7 years ago from Philippines

hey emievil...i like your post and your dog pic! i think dogs are a writer's bestfriend...i can't imagine writing all alone without my dog...


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks CelinaMac. My dog gave birth to five cute, lovable puppies. Want one? =)


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

I'm right on your tailcoats, emievil! I've experienced everything you've experienced thus far! By the way, I want to thank you for all of your support as you've been a key contributor to my success. YOU WILL attain that elusive 100 hubscore in a matter of time, you'll see. One hubber asked me why it's important to reach such a milestone and I told him that I just wanted to hit it once. That would be enough as it's just a hurdle to reflect upon. Keep up the great work. Talk to you soon!


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zylla3philippines 7 years ago from Anaheim, CA

Congrats with your google adsense. Maybe after a year of not even checking it, I should check out mine if I can still remember how. Hopefully, my survival mode would end soon, and I would have time to even figure out how to do ebay and Amazon capsules...and most of all to really continue writing.


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Lady_E 7 years ago from London, UK

Congrats and well done Emie. I stumbled across HP too. I wasn't looking for any writing websites. Glad you are enjoying it and keep up with the interesting Hubs. If I could email you a box of Chocolates to celebrate, I would. :)


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Dohn, LOL. You will never be in any other people's tailcoats because you lead the way. Maybe I should be the one in your tailcoat =).

Zylla, thanks. I still don't know if I'll learn the ebay and Amazon capsules. Still trying to figure them out.

Thanks Lady_E. Never mind the chocolates, it's the thought that counts.


akycrawler 7 years ago

You have made a great impression in a short time....Please keep up the great work..


doodsdpogi 7 years ago

Great Ems! keep on writing more and more and more he he he...


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

Here's wishing you a great 30-in-30 emievil! I did it the last time around and it was great - wish I didn't have so much work - would have loved to have joined this time too.

And welcome to HubPages - you've had a great first month I can see :)


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Akycrawler and doodspogi, thanks for the comments.

Shalini thanks. Too bad about not being able to join the 30-in-30. Was looking forward to reading your 30 hubs =).


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rb11 7 years ago from Las Vegas

Congrats, the main thing is to have fun and make a few bucks. Have you checked your traffic stats, are you getting any hits from google or yahoo yet? Good luck....


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks rb11. I am having fun here. I think I'm getting some traffic from google and yahoo but only a few. Most of my views come from Hubpages.


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prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

Thanks for share. great hub


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DoodleLyn 7 years ago from Upstate New York, USA

Happy first monthsary! And welcome to HP. I, too, am fairly new here. I couldn't have expressed it better than you did, how much I love it here. I think, for me, the encouragement is awesome here. Great hub! I look forward to reading more of your hubs!


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

thanks prasetio30.

Thanks for the greeting DoodleLyn!


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CelinaMac 7 years ago from Philippines

hmm.. is the puppy for free? i want a girl puppy..btw are you staying in Manila? hope u r..so i dun have to fly to get a puppy!!!


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

LOL, no it's for sale. The dog in my avatar is the mother. Sorry, I'm in Mindanao hehehe. You'll have to fly over =).


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moneysessions 7 years ago from Aurora, CO

Keep up the good work. I look forward to reading more of your hubs and seeing how I stand after 1 month!


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks moneysessions. Good luck!


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juhi basoya 7 years ago

Neat hub emievil. I have to admit I am really impressed with your scorecard. I have also been on hubpages the same time as you, but my scorecard reads 5 hubs to your 42 hubs!!! WOW!!! (and I don't even want to go into fan club and comments LOL). Great going and all the best for your upcoming hubs too.


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks juhi. Don't worry about the scorecard and the fans and the comments. You'll do great, I can feel it. Good luck to your hubs and your hubbing =).


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yvonne16 6 years ago from Phillipines

great hubs emie.. i am trying to take the 30 days hub challenge..unfortunately I was not able to do it..but i am learning from your hubs and getting some ideas for my next hubs as well.continue your hub making..


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vaccine 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Out here in this international community, it always feels good to find a "kababayan" (countryman).

you have another fan!

but certainly, a lot of fans would want to see the face behind the name.

:-)


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TheMonk 5 years ago from Brazil

I love to see people doing what they like. I wish you the best!


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Lita C. Malicdem 5 years ago from Philippines

This is indeed a historic first hub page, Emie! You did a great job the first time and look at where it took you now! Congratulations! More power, kabayan!


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City

This is a cool overview for all new comers to Hubpages, I like your writing style and how you space out your content levels. As for your first months experience mine too has been an amazing journey.

I'm at the 3 month mark, & have attained almost every single Accolade Hubpages has to offer, but my traffic levels remain pretty low. I believe my subject matter is the reason for such lower levels, but it is my motivation here to come up with much more interesting subjects to write about that most people can relate to.

It's tough in a place where most users focus on particular hot topics mostly, but overall Hubpages tops all other networks period in terms of the interaction based on each persons levels of activity or hubtivity which wrote on recently based on my own intense experiences & research here.

I will never waste my time on another social network ever again, since I found my rightful place here as an Author & Publisher for hubpages.

I just can't wait till I make it to my first year here, the numbers don't excite me, its the love from all the viewers & those known as dedicated fans.

Awesome hub & Voted up on all levels accept for funny, because hub writing is a job once you start taking it seriously as you've done.


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emievil 4 years ago from Philippines Author

CloudExplorer, you're off to a great start! You got more accolades than I do :). About the traffic levels, I'm sorry to say that I can't help you there as I'm not really sure what's the reason for my traffic level. I guess it's the subdomain or something but, specifically, I can't tell you why my traffic is like this.

Thanks for the comment and good luck!


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StephanieBCrosby 4 years ago from New Jersey

Keep up all the good work. You certainly out-paced me in my first month, but I did not/do not have much time to write on the side. But I am happy for every accolade I get. Congratulations on all your milestones.


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htodd 4 years ago from United States

Great ,welcome to hub pages


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lobobrandon 4 years ago

Great hub :) I received my first 1k views in my first month but not 500 views on a single hub in a week :) The most in a week is 150 that was this week on a older hub :)


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Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

Great hub for new hubbers. I haven't worked my way up to a 30 hubs in 30 day challenge yet, but someday!

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