My First Year with HubPages and Earning Money
First I want to disclose that this is a rambling article about my year with Hubpages. I'm not going to tell you how to earn money, key word search, driving traffic, back-linking, anything that will help you earn money, this is just about my experiences, so anybody looking for those things that help you to make money with Hubpages, GET OUT FAST!
Why I Started with Hubpages
I've always liked to write. I just didn't know what. Whether I was good at it is another story. I first heard about Hubpages when I was looking for blogging sites. I looked at blogging as a way to exercise writing and being published without having an editor look at my work and criticize. I didn't care if only a few people saw it. I saw an ad about Hubpages and how blogging in it can help earn you money. I of course fell for it. Making money by blogging?! Of course I'm intrigued. So I clicked and got to the Hubpages website and learned some more.
It's not like the usual blogging that I do which is to just write about things briefly. It's actually closer to writing articles. I thought it was great because it gave me some structure to work around. It also told me how I can use these articles or Hubs as it's called here to earn money by plastering Google ads. Weird. I've never done that before. So I applied for Google AdSense, got my member ID and put it on Hubpages. I started on August 12th by the end of the month I earned 52 cents. I was ecstatic.
The money of course was not the point. I was just dumbfounded that someone actually read my hub and even clicked on an ad. That's never happened to me before. It brought great satisfaction because someone found my title compelling enough to go to my page. I like it when people read my work and a view or a click means that somehow they visited my page long enough to look it over.
But once I had the basics which was to have a title and the hub, I realized I needed something more to make it look more compelling. How was I to differentiate myself from other hubbers? There are so many and the top ones write very well. But this is a learning experience and even after a year at Hubpages, I still have a lot to learn. At this point, however, I know how to put a basic hub together and make it more attractive by using photos, text boxes, polls, and videos to make the hub more inviting to read. And I know what I needed to do next, improve my current hubs using key words, increase the hubs to 800 words, and do back-links. I have heard that it's best to find a profitable niche but at this point I still just have ideas about what makes for a profitable niche. Also, I'm not sure that I want to restrict my writing to that niche so there are some decisions that I need to make, keep writing things that I like to write about and not earn as much because I don't stick to a niche or stick to a niche and write only those niche-related hubs and then find another profitable niche to write hubs about and may not enjoy writing as much.
If there's one thing I've learned that I would recommend to new hubbers, it's that they become part of the 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge. It allows you to build up a portfolio of work quickly. You may not achieve it by the end of the 30 days but you have written hubs that will get you off to a fast start when it comes to earning money form Google AdSense and Amazon. You have to have hubs in order to display ads. If you don't have hubs, you don't have a vehicle for ads to appear that readers can click so that you get the financial benefit. If you can't do the 30-day Challenge, then join the Hubmob. It's a wonderful challenge where a proposed subject is declared each week and you get to write about that topic. Being part of the Hubmob helped me to write better by using research or exploring new angles on a topic that I'm not familiar.
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Earning Money from Hubpages
After applying for AdSense earlier, I wanted to be affiliated with Amazon to see if I can earn even more money by plastering Amazon products on my hubs. How much have I earned in the first year? A lot more than I thought. Between Google AdSense and Amazon I have earned enough to pay my gas bill each month. Weird. Now having said that, I want to let you know that my gas bill really isn't all that high since I live in an apartment and I don't cook much. However, it is mind-boggling to me that I've earned enough from Hubpages that it pays a utility bill. Also, there were three full months during the year that I was so busy that I didn't engage with Hubpages at all and my hubs still got clicks to make AdSense and Amazon money. This financial encouragement has compelled me to write more hubs, both commercial and non-commercial. I want to have a total of 100 hubs before I stop and make quick fixes and adjustments on my hubs. I'm not that far off from my goal.
Once I make improvements on my hubs so that it is full of key words and phrases and the hub is long enough, I'll be able to track whether my earnings have gone up because of the improvements.
The Hubpages Community
My interaction with the Hubpages community mostly dealt with the forums. It's been a wild ride at the forums, and it will continue to be so. Most people in the community are very nice and helpful. If I had questions regarding hubs, there are many experienced people who will answer. When it comes to topics for discussions, there are more than a few that are confrontative when your views don't coincide with theirs and I'm not sure why this is so. Most seem to take a differing view point as some sort of personal attack. It's most contentious when it comes to religion and politics. I have more conservative leanings when it comes to politics, and I am a Christian. This is a red flag in the forums which seem to be overpopulated by liberals. However I do hold my own and there have been times when I have really relished a fight. Nowadays I just think it's stupid; nevertheless I do amuse myself from time to time by tickling the nose of a few bulls.
I've also spent time asking questions and answering questions on the site. Some of my questions were about Nancy Pelosi and her face lifts which the Hubpages staff rightfully removed for its low value content, but I still got a kick out of it.
Overall I've been very satisfied with my first year at Hubpages and I hope to be on a few more years. It's a great way to learn about Internet writing and marketing and earning money through it.
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