First Year At Hub Pages: earnings from zero to infinity

Professional Hubpages Companion, Winston

One Hub to Fifteen Hubs

The author's first hub was written in September 2011 and earned exactly $0.08 from September of 2011 through May of 2012.

The writer was so bored looking at the results they forgot about Hubpages until May of 2012. In May they found they had made a few cents and decided to write another hub, this time a political hub that was posted using a link on a forum that the author visits often.

Low and behold....the second hub received about 95 visits on the first day, which was almost what the first hub had garnered in it's first nine months. As this second hub earned around $ 0.75 on day one of it's existence, the obvious thought was "whoa.... maybe there is some hope here!".

Being encouraged, the author wrote a few more hubs.

In June, the month when the second hub was published this hub site earned over a dollar, which was over ten times what this site had earned with the first hub in a nine month period, all on the first day of Hub number two. Whoopee... the author thought....and all that was needed was to write about a favorite politician.

Not much was done in July, but the site still earned almost $2 from the measly number of hubs that had been published so far.

In August of 2012, the author started reading about successful Hubbers and started understanding that those who had persevered for three, four, five, or six years seemed to have something to show for their efforts. Importantly it was noticed that no one ever said one could not succeed on Hubpages. Everyone seemed to acknowledge that with perseverance and commitment a monthly income was possible with Hubpages.

Before Hubpages

The writer noticed that with Hubpages one did not have to spend money to acquire traffic since traffic was available on Hubpages just for showing up. This was of great interest as this is a valuable resource. . It takes money and time to become ranked on Google.


When one realizes that with Hubpages one has a "head start" in not having to pay hosting fees, not having to spend a monthly fee while still learning, and not having to advertise for traffic one grasps that this scenario is pretty enticing. Not only that, but one could gain traffic simply by answering questions or by "hanging out" on forums. Worst case one could make a few dollars per month, and meet some interesting people who are motivated and entrepreneurial. This concept "works" for the author.

Learning Curve

The amazing thing about Hubpages is that since one may not have taken things that seriously at first, one can have a good time. The author of this site had not written a sentence for over 20 years and in this case they had to learn a bit about AP rules and editing.

It appears that other Hub writers also have a good social time on Hubpages.It's a fun place to hang out.

During August 2012 the author earned just under $3.00 on maybe 12 hubs. In the meantime she realized she was not utilizing the full spectrum of tools available to acquire traffic. She was not using the referral tool and hardly spent any time with Amazon, although she figured out that for her Three Rivers vacation hub a camera seemed like a good idea and so she advertised cameras on that hub through Amazon.

Somewhere along the line the writer was whining because she could get up to a hubscore of 89 or 85 quite often, but could never seem to jump over the 90 mark. She put the question out to fellow Hubbers who recommended answering questions, asking questions, and responding in the forums. Wow. Suddenly the Hubscore was consistently over 90....perhaps 93 is the highest score attained, but probably by answering a few more questions it could jump to over 95 and maybe even up to 100.

The Googleness of it All

Through September 30 during the month of September, the 14 hubs have earned $4.75. (This is the fifteenth hub). The hub author feels confident this site could have earned more as the author just figured out they need to respond in forums and questions more often. Also, wonder of wonders, Adsense is also starting to kick in at about one twentieth the rate of Hubpages. There are regular earnings finally on Adsense, however small they may be. So far, I have not earned anything from Amazon, but with a total of just over 2000 views, my understanding is that is about normal. I will be putting up the featured items widget in some hubs to see what that does.

But truly....by answering more questions and hanging out on a few more forums the author feels certain they could get the income level on this site to 30 cents a day or $9 a month without difficulty. With more links and referrals with these 15 hubs the author thinks $20 is a strong possibility. With a year more of linking I think $2 a hub should not be a problem at all.

The author has many ideas ready to go for new hubs, but for the moment there are some things worth mentioning:.

Under-utilized Tools

This site has not taken full advantage of lots of tools. This includes not having made use of the referral tool to sign up new hub members in order to receive over-rides on the writings of new users. The author does not understand how Redgage works so cannot invite friends from Hubpages to visit Redgage and vice versa.

Goals for the next few months:

l. put the referral widget in all hubs and the profile page so that anyone who signs up for Hubpages who writes initiates an override for this site

2. stay active on forums and questions because it is fun interacting and one is paid for interacting in this manner

3. keep tweaking hubs for better keywords

4. keep putting links in other forums for hubpages

5. Implement a ranking site linking that is supposed to help hubs rank well.

6. Keep communicating with hub members. It was surprising how well this works. Someone a-political as far as "work politics" can still get paid on Hubpages for honest communication among Hub fellow members. One does not have to play politics, suck up, or bs to make money on Hubpages. It is not a trick. It really works. All one must do is "hang out" and have a good time.

7. Learn more about Amazon conversions. This site has not had an Amazon conversion yet although it has received upwards of 2000 or so views through September 25. According to others, this may not be enough views based on statistics for someone to have purchased a product through Amazon.

8. As far as Adsense...well....it has yielded a wee bit..not much. Of mention here in September, is the fact that Adsense is yielding some small amount of income every day.

9. There is a lot to learn..although it is is doable. A goal is to have maybe 50-75 hubs through 2013. Certainly many people have more lofty goals than this and the author may do better than this, but it is nice to be able to keep one's commitments.

10. Link Link Link...... one good link per week will result in 50 links in one year.

11. Goal of $2 per hub as income. Certain people do this already on Hubpages and it appears that this it is possible by using the many tools available.

12. By the end of 2013 have at least 75 hubs each earning $2 each.

By the end of 2012 have at least 25 hubs. Okay people...many Hubbers may be laughing at such a modest goal, but consistency is the deal. A meeting at the goalpost in December of 2013 will be interesting. $2 per month of income by December 31, 2012, with $50 a month of income seems realistic. Speed demons can race to the goalpost the author here is..a happy turtle.

Summary

For those of you who want a summary, here it is for Hubpages ad only. Adsense is not included below and I don't have earnings from Amazon or Ebay. ( I have not signed up for Ebay)

September 2011 through April 30 2012: $.08 had one hub

May 2012 $0.00 had one hub

June 2012 $1.32 3 hubs written 4 hubs total

July 2012 $1.98 3 hubs written 7 hubs total

August 2012 $2.62 5 hubs written 12 hubs total

Sept 1-30 $4.75 3 hubs wrItten 15 hubs total

Adsense is not included in the above. It wasn't much.

There was nothing earned from Amazon

Ebay is not set up.

I plan to have my own Hubpages site one day! You can too!

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Doodlehead profile image

Doodlehead 3 years ago from Northern California Author

Hi Jeffrey-

Well, since I wrote this Google has messed with its revisions so my rate of income declined. However I think I understand that promoting your hubs is important and not quitting is really a big deal, especially when you feel the worst is at hand! So do not quit!


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jeffreymaskel 3 years ago from Boulder, CO

Very interesting article. I always enjoy reading people's journeys with Hubpages. This is very motivational. I don't plan on making a killing on Hubpages, but a little extra cash and some fun networking on here is great!


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Doodlehead 3 years ago from Northern California Author

THIS...............

IS NEWS I CAN USE!

You just made my entire YEAR!


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Abby Campbell 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

Hi Doodlehead. It's difficult to gauge how much we should be making here at HP because not very many will post their earnings. Though I had posted a "general" figure for my earnings in certain Answers posts, I just found that it goes against HP Rules (found in Forums section). I never realized this, but I noticed you only have 16 hubs currently. I don't know if you had more when you wrote this hub, but I was earning about the same with that amount of hubs. I've only been writing since January, and I now have 52 hubs. Last month was when my earnings took off when it doubled May's earnings. This month, I will nearly double June's earnings. With 52 hubs, I am earning more than 10 times what you earned in September. So, please continue to write evergreen hubs because you will see them do well in time. :-)


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Doodlehead 3 years ago from Northern California Author

Thanks Rajan-

I think over time we all find little niches we can work on.

Reading your hubs brings good health!


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Useful read and one that holds out a lot of hope for the newbies. Well put and voted up.


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Doodlehead 3 years ago from Northern California Author

Hello Dahoglund--do you see an upward trend of more traffic over time? The only "trick" I really subscribe to is getting more traffic. As someone who has had a couple of websites, it takes work, and a LOT of patience.


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dahoglund 3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I've been on hubpages for about three years and have not made much. However, I guess I prefer to write what I want to write to making money here. I did not understand the concept of a niche, which used to be called a specialty. For example, I often write about dog history. If I were to specialize in just dogs and joined the dog forums etc. I would probably do better.

voted up, interesting, useful. sharing.


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MediaUnmasked 3 years ago

This is really interesting. I've just joined and was wondering what people can actually expect to make from this site. Thanks for sharing!


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Doodlehead 3 years ago from Northern California Author

80000 views is great. I have learned a bit about traffic from a few people here and hope to capitalize on that new knowledge in the next year..we'll see.! Thanks for reading!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

Interesting hub. Always enjoy reading about how other hubbers are progressing on here and what their experience has been. I just passed my 2nd anniversary, over 80,000 views, and more than 100 hubs, but I've never written a hub to commemorate any of those milestones. Maybe I should . . .


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TIMETRAVELER2 3 years ago

This was an interesting article. You definitely are on the right track, but you need to write more. However, it is not just the number of hubs that matter. Someone on this site is making 15,000 views per month on just one hub...and he only has 7 hubs total! Keep at it...maybe one day you and I both will have some hubs that go viral as his has!


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Life of an Artist 3 years ago from Huntsville, AL

I just joined hubpaged a little over a week ago, not really sure what to expect. I'm glad I read this, as it gave me a better sense of the earning potential. Thanks!


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Doodlehead 3 years ago from Northern California Author

Paul-thanks for your input. I have to say I'm in agreement as far as being disheartened with Google's moves on the rest of us. It really has impacted my outlook ...thing is, being self-employed I am always wary of a "platform" over which I have no control.

One needs to "own the platform". I had a website back in 2000 and I made scads of money from it using Adwords. I am positive that same website today would not make it to first base. The sophistication and competitiveness today is overwhelming.

On a more positive note, there are usually niches out there to be exploited. Thing is, these tiny niches come and go very quickly and if one doesn't hop on and go for it right then and there, it is usually gone quickly.

I am going to go for "time" and hope that with time Google will have no choice but to elevate my few hubs. ("hublets"?) I have a friend who is extremely successful in business. When I asked him what his secret is he said quite simply, "I've had the same phone number for years and years and my customers know what it is!"


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Spongy0llama 3 years ago from Canada

I make about $5.00 a month and growing!! The cumulative aspect is my favorite part about writing for hubpages. The more I write, the more I earn. If I stop writing, I still earn about the same amount every day. It's soooooo motivational!! BTW, I was very surprised to see one of my very own hubs recommended in this hub's "Discover More Hubs" section!


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BizGenGirl 3 years ago from Seattle

It takes some time, but HP is definitely a fantastic way to earn income and get a great outlet for creative juices! =)


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chinared 3 years ago from Asia, and all over

Great hub, thanks for sharing your experiences. I'm rooting for you! Keep up the great work. Voted up and awesome.


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LaThing 3 years ago from From a World Within, USA

Excellent hub, and very encouraging. I have seen an increase on my income these last few months..... It's a good flow! Thanks for sharing.....


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CZCZCZ 3 years ago from Oregon

I enjoyed reading your progress with hubpages to date. I too struggled with amazon results and have had limited success with Amazon, but for what it is worth have done much better with the eBay module for those kinds of transactions.


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

Doodlehead,

Thanks for sharing your experiences on hubpages. I admire you for being so optimistic about earning potential here on HP. I have been on Hubpages now for two years and am still struggling to earn $20.00 a month and that's with over 120 hubs I've written. In July of last year I was approaching $25.00 a month with maybe 80 hubs and the Panda updates really hurt me. I haven't really been able to recover to over $20 a month. Lately, my number of views has increased, but we are still at the mercy of what CPM we are getting. Adsense has paid me very, very little and I have made most of my money with with Hubpages Adprogram. I have both Amazon and Ebay advertising. Amazon has paid me $0.08 in the year I have used it. Ebay is better because it pays for number of page views. Lately my Ebay earnings have been anywhere between $1.50 and $3.00 per month. This is a lot better than Amazon and I recommend adding it to your advertising. Voted up and sharing.


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Careermommy 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Doodlehead, this is a nice recap of your time here so far. It's always nice to hear Hub stories from fellow Hubbers. Thank you for sharing your story.


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cabmgmnt 3 years ago from Northfield, MA

keep up the good work!


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faythef 3 years ago from USA

encouraging words..great hub voting up.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

Enjoyed your hub looks to me like your doing very well. Lots of good information on here. Voted up and shared.


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Doodlehead 3 years ago from Northern California Author

OMG -thanks for stopping by, healthylife2. Probably those who write a lot learn more things more quickly.....I sort of said what I had to say in the few hubs that I have but I feel renewed vigor and more ideas hatching every day. (no, REALLY, I DO!)

You are so right about the trial and error. I can say one thing: hubs with more/better photos get better traffic over time. I believe that!


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healthylife2 3 years ago from Connecticut, USA

Thanks for sharing your earnings on hubpages. It helps me keep perspective. I know some people here get views in the millions and if that is not the case it often doesn't seem worth it from a financial perspective. I think it really does take a lot of trial and error to learn which hubs succeed and I haven't put the energy into writing hubs lately but hopefully will feel renewed motivation. Loved the picture of Winston! Voted up!


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

First, congratulations on making it through the first year. And thanks for the honest description of your earnings. It should be helpful for everyone wondering how they compare to others. Voting this Up and Useful.


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Doodlehead 4 years ago from Northern California Author

Meiloyy--it is indeed a pity. I thought back iin July that I had figured out how to make it all work...

now it seems one really needs to discover a unique "niche" where no one else has gone before. That seems to be the key.


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Mellonyy 4 years ago

Last month I got $ 6.84 from 15 hubs. But after recent Google updates I made just about $1 from 18 hubs (October). It so pity. Voted up!


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Doodlehead 4 years ago from Northern California Author

Rajan Jolly---I'll just have to see what happens. My own thought is "ownership" of whatever business platform I am working on is important for my motivation. I don't have that "ownership" on Hubpages, and that's one it would be nice to have control over....but for someone like me who works at something else full-time, this is very rewarding and fun. I especially am glad to meet people from India who write about all your wonderful food and places that to me are quite exotic.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Good to see you are so motivated. I'm sure you can earn more once you put out more hubs regularly and take care of the points you mention.

Voted up.


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Doodlehead 4 years ago from Northern California Author

Thank you glassvisage for reading to the end of my humble hub. I had hoped that in October my earnings would exceed those of September, but unless I write some more Hubs, which I don't think I will have time for this month, earnings will be down for the first time...although I have plenty of views and just found out where the graph is for number of hubs made versus views. Thanks for your comment!


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glassvisage 4 years ago from Northern California

Great Hub. Glad to see you're not discouraged! You definitely get what you put into it, so it's great that many of your goals involve more participation in the different aspects of HubPages. Sometimes you won't earn as much due to circumstances out of your control, and all you can do it keep working at it :)


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Doodlehead 4 years ago from Northern California Author

petertebin--I think there is a guy here who writes on tile cleaning. He makes a good income as it is a topic that people can save money doing themselves. I think we all have to identify such a niche somehow. Good luck to you!


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petertebin 4 years ago from Maryland

Doodlehead I totally agree but I never signed up to get rich as I like to put my feelings on certain topics out for people to read. I love to debate sports and other items so why not get the worlds point of view. I know I ll keep working at it and it seems like you will both fight to be better!


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Doodlehead 4 years ago from Northern California Author

Thank you Peter for the encouragement. Probably the first few months are the hardest since one really does not know what to expect at all!


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petertebin 4 years ago from Maryland

Great hub and good work! Keep up with it and good things will come from it!


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Doodlehead 4 years ago from Northern California Author

NateB11---were that I know JAVA and maybe I'd have 100,000 hits per day. But I represent all tortoises here in Hub-land.


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NateB11 4 years ago from California, United States of America

Steady progress and learning sounds good to me, and it's also what I've observed happens on Hubpages. Definitely this work seems to take time to show some results.


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa

South Africa is about 9 hours ahead of you - during your Winter. During your Summer we are about 10 hours ahead of you.


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Doodlehead 4 years ago from Northern California Author

Thanks Teresa-

Very nice of you to stop by. I am going to look and see how many hours difference it is between our time zone and you's. You must be up and about while we are napping!

It seems everyone has a curiosity to find out how another early hubbing starts out. Even though I am not making 50000 views a month I think that is now possible!


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa

I admire your determination to keep trying. Good for you! It's also great to read details of how other hubbers are doing with their earnings and with their efforts. Please keep us all updated. I hope this comment posts - I tried to leave a reply to a comment you left on one of my hubs, but it wouldn't post - hoping it's just the bad Internet connection I have today. Whether my comment posts or not, I'm sharing this hub with my HubPages followers - more people need to see that a little dedication, learning, time and effort, can certainly pay off in the long run.


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Doodlehead 4 years ago from Northern California Author

cfn---I sure do like that you are doing well. So you attribute your Netflix increase in traffic to the new Google Panda things?


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Doodlehead 4 years ago from Northern California Author

cfn---The irony for me seems to be that the hubs I spent little time and and rip out do better than the ones I labor over. Maybe the reader picks that up; I do wonder about that.


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cfin 4 years ago from The World we live in

@doodlehead. I like to think of it as a snow ball rolling down a hill. It could start at anytime. My netflix hub has suddenly risen to getting 100-200 views daily. My others make only a fraction of that.

I don't put much time into my hubs and that's my downfall. For me its not about the money as a commodity. It just makes it a little fun. possibilities.... you know?


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Doodlehead 4 years ago from Northern California Author

Ethan---I have learned a great deal with Hubpages, and however it ultimately goes at Hubpages, one can take this knowledge elsewhere...


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Ethan Green 4 years ago from England

It's always nice when someone shares their honest experiences at Hubpages. We can all learn from stories like this, and take heart that we are not alone in struggling to make the Hubpages 'bigtime'. Thanks for sharing, and good luck with your future here:-)


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Doodlehead 4 years ago from Northern California Author

Thanks Carol7777---

There are so many tools I still either do not understand, or just have not time to insert and take advantage of. I think the most important thing is just to not quit and keep moving forward!


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

Excellent and well put. All of us Hubbers, especially new ones like me are looking for ways of improvement. Great up and voted UP.


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Doodlehead 4 years ago from Northern California Author

Hello cfin---I have a hub on one of my professional forums. It gets about 10 hits a month. I have another on another forum where it gets maybe 5 hits. A third forum I visit is the one that gave me the 95 hits on day one for the one political forum.

There is a guy on this site who only writes politics and he never answers comments and never acknowledges visitors. This guy has tens of thousands of hits with under 5 total hubs. He posts elsewhere and then directs the traffic to his site here.

Also, you may have noticed that politics is very popular in the forums.

Finally, I met a man locally who told me about his son who has a website that tells games strategies. This guy does not even advertise and he gets MILLIONS of hits per month and makes $2 per thousand. I myself make close to $5 per thousand so that made me feel a little better since I sure don't get any MILLIONS of hits.

The point is, each person has to find their own forte here and it is your own uniqueness that will give you the money. Pretty cool concept when you think about it.....


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cfin 4 years ago from The World we live in

Currently getting $9 per month and finding it difficult to get anymore. Good hub. Voted up

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