My Statistics on HubPages - Results of 30 Hubs in 30 Days and 100 Hubs in 30 Days Challenges

Are the 30/30 and 100/30 Challenges Worth the Effort?

Some people have asked me how the HubChallenges, particularly the 100 Hubs in 30 Days, have affected my statistics. They were considering participating in a challenge, and were wondering if they would lose some readers if they wrote new hubs too frequently. They also wanted to know if their efforts would be rewarded by increased revenue.

This hub was written shortly after my second month on HubPages, while I was working on the 100 Hubs in 30 Day Challenge. Below the original hub is an update to show how these hubs did over a longer time span.

30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge

Being fairly new to HubPages, I am not sure what the normal is, so I will present my information and ask you to tell me if this is what you expected. My traffic and my revenue are pretty similar. As you can tell from the photo below, during the 30 Hubs in 30 Days challenge, my views ranged from 0 and 100 per day. When I took a week off, my views plummeted back to 0. It appeared that my followers were reading the hubs as I wrote them, and the hubs then went dormant.

My Statistics on HubPages Views

As I went into the 100 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge, my views were now on the high end of 100 - 200 range. It has even managed to get into the 200-300 range a few times. I had a hub that was Hub of the Day yesterday that spiked my views, and I hope that with the additional followers, I will maintain my views in the 200-300 range. The Hub of the Day and many of my other hubs are about quilting, which is a pretty specialized niche. There are lots of quilters out there, but I don't think most of them have heard of HubPages. My views fluctuate greatly, going down on the weekends and some other days, and spiking up on other days.

During the 100/30 challenge, I had to write three to four hubs a day. Sometimes I missed the mark, and had to catch up the following day. I personally think that writing this many hubs that fast may be detrimental in getting initial readers. My followers probably do not have time to read more than one of my hubs in a day, if that, so they likely chose which one to read. Some of my hubs did not stay on the homepage under "latest hubs" long enough to get many views. I am hoping that this will be made up over time as they show up under different categories throughout the year.

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Revenue Statistics

Most of my readers continue to come from HubPages and the few links I have placed on other sites. I do have some search engine traffic. Until I get more search engines, I think my revenue will continue to be low.

I'm not sure how much I am actually allowed to talk about revenue, so I will keep it vague. In general, I was earning pennies, and later dimes during the first thirty days. Eventually I got to quarters, and now my average over the entire HubPages career is almost 40 cents a day. I didn't start earning any money until October 19 when I finally had all the setup correct. This keeps the really low numbers out of the calculation.

This isn't a lot of money, considering that writing hubs take a lot of time, and 40 cents a day is not very much money for the amount of time I have put into it. However, I have read that I should be thinking about how much each of my hubs make in a year, and right now, I don't think I have a way of telling. I have to wait for my hubs to age and Google to find them worth their while to rank them higher.

Each additional hub is not bringing me a great deal of earnings, but I think that over time, that will change. I haven't had a chance to do a lot of marketing, or researching SEO and keywords and such. Once I do that, I think I will get more of the search engine traffic that I need.

My profile page shows the number of hubs, my accolades and my followers.
My profile page shows the number of hubs, my accolades and my followers. | Source

My Profile

As a basis of comparison, I am noting my current status. My profile shows that this morning, I have 115 hubs written. Only a few more to get to 130 and accomplish 100 Hubs in 30 Days. I don't think the stats will change today, since I think they update once a day and I wanted to make this hub a part of my 100 hubs. My hubber score has been hovering in the mid to high 80s, although I think it got to 90 once. I think this has to do with the fact that I don't post my hubs right away. I have some unpublished hubs and when there are a few of those, they will drive down the average of my hubs score, which I am sure impacts the hubber score.

My accolades show that I have written more than 100 hubs (actual number 114), at least 100 followers (actual number 171), have been read over 1,000 times, have answered at least 100 questions, am a level IV commentator, am popular amongst my readers, start great discussions in the comments, write engaging hubs that visitors read from start to finish, and one of my hubs was Hub of the Day. Yesterday, I had the one about flagging content, but it has disappeared today. I think it will be back today since I hopped some hubs this morning. I need to think of questions to ask to get the Questions accolade.

I have 171 followers, which is really exciting. I received a big surge yesterday with the Hub of the Day.

Hub #85 0f 100 hubs in 30 days.
Hub #85 0f 100 hubs in 30 days.

Patience

It takes patience to wait for hubs to properly age and to show their value. It also takes some marketing. After the challenge is over, I will be able to do some marketing, and revise my hubs to make them stronger and easier to find.

While I suppose I could write a few hubs and spend all my time marketing them, I think it is good to have a good number of hubs out there. Now when I go to market them, there will be plenty for me to choose from. This might be more efficient, in an assembly line sort of way. I'm not sure, but we will see how it goes.

Update as of September 6

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Update as of September 6, 2012

As you can see from the updated graph, I wrote many hubs on the last day of the challenge. Traffic initially went down after the Hub of the Day spike, but then it started to increase. It felt like I was finally getting rewarded for all of the articles that I wrote.

Traffic was great in April, and then the Penguin / Panda slap happened, and the traffic nosedived. Even though I wrote fewer hubs after the challenge, the traffic continued to be about 200 visits a day. This is disappointing, since I know many other Hubbers who have more views with fewer hubs. I think that the reason my numbers are lower than others is because I haven't found popular topics that interest me yet.

I am happy to see that even when I am not writing articles, my existing hubs continue to be read.

My Hubber Score was 100 on the date of the graph shown above.
My Hubber Score was 100 on the date of the graph shown above. | Source

6 Lessons Learned from the Challenges

Quality is more important than quantity.

Many of the hubs I wrote during the last week of the 100/30 hubs were of incredibly low quality. I knew I hadn't spent nearly as much time as I needed to, and although I did go back and edit them, it really wasn't enough to revive them. It is important to keep the quality goals higher on the list instead of rushing to meet the quantity goals. Quality hubs will fare better than a large volume of low quality hubs.

Choose Popular Topics

During the challenges, I basically wrote about whatever I wanted. Even though I did dabble in keyword research and found that quilting and genealogy aren't topics that are highly sought after, I continued to write hubs on those topics. While this is enjoyable, it really isn't a good way to get readership and revenue. If you want those, you have to choose popular topics.

Learn SEO

Many of my hubs didn't do well because I didn't know how to properly optimize my pages for the search engines. Although I did try to use different spellings and different words that people would search, I did not make sure that my ideas about what people did matched up with what they actually did do. I now use the Adwords Keyword tool more often, and it seems to have made a small difference in increasing viewership.

It's an Ever-changing World

Things continue to change. People search for different things as time goes on. Your competitors continue to write articles, some of which may surpass yours. Google changes its algorithm regularly. HubPages continues to change the way the site runs. When you feel like you are finally getting the hang of how to write for online readers, the traffic nosedives. You feel like giving up and suddenly the traffic rises again.

The HubPages Community

The HubPages Community is great in the support, advice and knowledge it provides. Other Hubbers will comment on your hubs, which provides great motivation and encouragement to keep writing. While it is wonderful to get that kind of support, sometimes it can encourage the wrong kind of writing. Other Hubbers may not notice that the title does not have proper keywords, and they may like topics that the search engine traffic does not. Many of my hubs about HubPages did very well here, but they were idled because they did not receive any search engine traffic.

Marketing

It is not enough to simply write articles. To increase viewership, you must market your hubs on other sites such as message boards, Facebook, StumbleUpon, Google + and Pinterest. These sites provide a bump in your traffic while you are waiting for the search engines to find your hubs.

Would I Do a Challenge Again?

Absolutely. Both of the challenges provided motivation to keep writing articles and kept me focused on my goals. I think they were worth doing. Before I pursued another challenge though, I would make sure I did the following first:

  • Learn keyword research and SEO strategies
  • Read lots of other hubs and list what I like about them
  • Read the HubPages learning center guidelines about finding images and attributing them properly
  • Make sure I know my way around all the different capsules
  • Do keyword research and choose my hubs more carefully
  • Check my schedule and think about the number of quality hubs I can write in that timeframe. A random number like 30 or 100 is too arbitrary. I would choose to take weekends off, and possibly write one hub a day during the business days.

Once I have done all these basic things, only then I can actually start the challenge and write the hubs. I would make sure that I have time to re-read and edit the hubs so that they are high quality hubs before they are published.

What do you think of my traffic?

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HubPages Challenges

The 30 Hubs in 30 Day Challenge was fairly easy for me, and the 100 Hubs in 30 Days was downright grueling. Both of them gave me a chance to build up a substantial portfolio of hubs. I have taken down many of the hubs that I felt were low quality, and am working on fixing the mediocre hubs.

Since September, I have been participating in the Apprentice Program on HubPages, and hope it will teach me even more things about how to write quality hubs, and increase my readership and revenue. I can't participate in these types of challenges during this program, since there is a maximum of 15 hubs I can write a month, but I will likely participate in some kind of challenges when it is over.

In the meantime, I will continue to try writing about different topics and hope I find some that work well for me, and continue to learn as much as I can about online writing.

What is your advice on increasing HubPages traffic and revenue?

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Comments: "My Statistics on HubPages - Results of 30 Hubs in 30 Days and 100 Hubs in 30 Days Challenges" 32 comments

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Millionaire Tips 3 years ago from USA Author

Joan, I am sorry your traffic went crashing down, and am glad that you are recovering. My traffic also is recovering. I hope our traffic continues to go up. Thank you for the comment.

Ken and Cristianneacsu, thank you. It was difficult, but showed me that I was capable of doing it, so now I can use those lessons to write even more hubs, even if I am not writing more than one a day.


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Millionaire Tips 3 years ago from USA Author

Thanks susi. Writing more hubs definitely helps! All the traffic can be leveraged by linking the hubs to each other. Writing 2 to 3 hubs a week is smart - you will be able to write quality articles that way.

Thanks Paula for the share!


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cristianneacsu 3 years ago from Bucharest, Romania

Nice, wish you even more.


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KenDeanAgudo 3 years ago from Tiwi, Philippines

wow that is totally difficult! But I salute you for doing that challenge!! rofl


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JoanCA 3 years ago

"Traffic was great in April, and then the Penguin / Panda slap happened, and the traffic nosedived."

I wrote about 40 hubs in April hoping to see the impact of a writing binge only to have that update bring my traffic temporarily crashing down. My earnings fell by half. My traffic and earnings are up but I'm still recovering.


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

This is all very good to know. Thanks for your insightful update. Great job responding to the questions presented to you. Sharing is one of the most helpful things about our site!...UP+++


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susi10 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

Hey Millionaire Tips!

This is a great hub, it made me realize that writing more hubs can really increase your traffic (maybe double it!) I will be writing more hubs and participating in a HubChallenge, thanks to this hub. I will try writing 2 to 3 hubs a week, does that seem enough to increase my traffic?

Shared, voted up, useful and interesting.


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Millionaire Tips 3 years ago from USA Author

Thanks for your comment Marsha. I keep debating about developing a niche. Paul E. says it doesn't matter, and it doesn't seem to make a difference in my experience. Since I prefer to write about a variety of topics, I think I'll keep doing the same, and just add more articles around the more popular / interesting to me ones.

The poll was referring to the two charts I presented that show my traffic.

You're right. At the time I wrote this hub, I assumed that unpublished hubs did affect your score. Now, I don't think that they do, and frankly, I don't worry about the score as much. It tends to not fluctuate as much anymore, and I don't use it as a judge of my quality.

Thanks. I hope you enjoy my other hubs.


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Marsha Musselman1 3 years ago from Michigan, USA

I read a great hub recently about developing a 'brand' or 'niche' of writing.It showed that when we do that we become known for that topic. I actually plan on checking out some of your quilting hubs, they may not be sought after topics but maybe they would be something folks will check out eventually.

I wasn't sure about your poll, whether you expected us to guess or to know what your traffic is like. If the latter, I wouldn't know how to answer that as yet.

I don't know how things were here a year ago, but I believe your profile score doesn't have anything to do with how many hubs aren't published as yet. I read that it tends to go down when a new hub is published and then rises again within a few days.

This is a great hub, voted up and useful. I plan on checking out more of your hubs in the near future.


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Millionaire Tips 3 years ago from USA Author

Thanks for your input daisydayz. 100 hubs was a crazy amount to do in 30 days, but like you, I did see an increase in earnings over time. I agree - seasonal hubs can get traffic and help serve our readers. I hope you have a great holiday season.


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daisydayz 3 years ago from Cardiff

Wow 100 hubs in 30 days is mad, I did the 30 in 30 in November and managed to complete it with 1 extra. I didn't notice a huge jumpe in veiws or earnings whilst doing it but am starting to see some now, I think it depends on when you start to get ranked on google and for natural traffic to start coming in. I dont think I would go for 100 in 30 but I would probably try the 30 in 30 again as it really did push me to be more productive. i'm now taking an xmas break and just leaving my hubs to their own devises to see how they do for a little while. xmas has given me a big bump thanks to 4 seasonal hubs I have, so have earnt more in 2 weeks than I did all of last month, i know this will drop off after xmas though, but am still happy it has happened, as it shows seasonal really can be good!


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thanks Mary, it takes me a couple to a few days to write a hub too. But when I am not working, I can work on several at a time, and manage to get the right number published. Staying focused is the key. The laundry keeps calling but you have to ignore it while you are "at work." I am still trying to find what subjects people are searching for.

Thanks Missy Mac, having a list of subjects and keywords is a great first step. It would make participating in a challenge much easier. Getting some images together would also be a time saver if you want to do that before you start writing.

Thanks timmison, It does help to get a realistic picture of what to expect so you aren't expecting too much too soon.


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thank you Tim for your comment and insight. You have provided much food for thought. At least my 100 hubs did get me a 100 HubberScore. Of course it took more than 100 hubs to get that.

Thanks Mary, that is true, the writing is more important, and I hope that I continue to get better as I spend more time here.

Thanks Casimiro, that's true that it is useful to revise all of the hubs. I have deleted the ones that won't stand a chance and am working on revising all of the others from time to time. I probably should do it on some consistent method, but sometimes I edit based on new things I want to add, other times I start at the bottom of the list, and other times at the top. Eventually, they will all get some attention.


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timmison 4 years ago

A very useful resource for a new Hubber - thanks for your time and reflection.


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thank you Michael. It is indeed a marathon, a very long one. Yes, I have an idea of which ones are popular, but I think there are other popular topics that I an completely missing.

Thanks Kristin. I may update this when the Apprentice Program is over, but those stats will likely not be good stats to judge the results of the 30/30 and 100/30 since they will be influenced by new hubs and things I have learned in the AP program.

Thanks Paula, it was a lot of effort and achievement. I am trying to learn to work smarter instead of working harder. Happy Thanksgiving to you as well.


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Missy Mac 4 years ago from Illinois

Thanks for showing your results. Like others, I spend several days to research a subject. I am tempted to try the challenge. Thanks again!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

There is just NO way I could do either challenge! My little brain just doesn't work that way. Sometimes it takes me two days to write a Hub, depending on the amount of research I have to do. I admire you for all the hard work you have done.

I do believe it doesn't matter how many Hubs you write, if Google can't find them, they will just go idle. I try and write on subjects people are searching for.


Casimiro 4 years ago

It's an excellent idea to go back and revise those hubs that need some help, but also the ones that are doing well. You didn't mention if during the second update (after HotD) if your SE traffic is growing or not. That's key to long-term success.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Congratulations MT....I've done the 30/30 but not 100/30....lots of work involved in both and yes, quality wins out for sure. However, we always strive to do better in what we write and how we write it. Yes, the earnings part of it is somewhat important but to me most important is the writing. I enjoyed your experience as you related it and think your hub might spur others on.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.


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tsmog 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

I appreciate the sharing of 'real' information and offering both a critical and honest appraisal. Sometimes there is much more worth than value and that realization of profitability comes alive with review process while measuring.

I feel from the explanation style of composition this avenue of opportunity will provide for a means of capitalization on the investment of both effort and time. Backed up with facts rather than soliloquy of prose as that important land surveyor goes with compass in hand into those regions of discovery and exploration a map will ensue. Like Kit Carson, Davey Crockett, and even Amelia Earhart, perspective shall show more.

Connections are important as those circuits of complexity between hubs simplify becoming user friendly. I have oft pondered with the new feature opportunity at our profile if a hub on how to use the authored hubs is justified. Showing the map with its trails within the park at the door of opportunity just may provide windows too.

Knotts Berry Farm comes to mind, yet Disney capitalized on map making for decades. Grouping like hubs leading the reader like that childhood game hop-skip-jump from one hub to another just may spurn more than one read at a sitting. I believe SEO is paramount for success, however there is talk it is on the sly and fading too. I dun'no for sure.

Answering a question here in the answer section of which to repair first the floor or the roof, its timing impeccable with 'Sandy's' demise, pondering an answer just may be both with a friend or two. A suggestion is to get it on a spreadsheet. Make a master, then copy it, and play, play, play allowing for those creative energies you have stored up awaiting for the time to become more kinetic and less potential with motion and all that stuff along a vector of success.

Ponder the marketplace for the wares, maybe create a trend or two in the larger marketplace too. Power 'words' for the consumer and not the crowd if an earning is desired. When one reads history it is discovered that many authors wrote poetry to earn a dime or two while writing their novel. Kinda' like that actress or actor who is a waiter or waitress. They practice their trade day in and day out by portraying that part day in and day out as if an Oscar were to be the eventual reward.

I have wandered, I apologize, yet I see great hope with this article going in leaps and bounds with the awesome sharing of your discoveries Millionaire Tips.I for one am encouraged to attempt the 30-Day challenge. I did a mock one to see if I could and failed that attempt. My hat is off to all those who take that dare. Yet, you did the 100! Seems to me that may prophetic. I can see it now Millionaire Tips - 100, hmmmmm, seems it 'is' prophetic. (ahhh, time did tell a tale of this and that) - smile

Tim


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

I Congratulate you, M.T, for what I see as an enormous effort and achievement. More power to you, in your intentions and goals. This can only improve your overall numbers. You have my admiration.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois

Millionaire tips - I enjoyed reading your perspective on the Hub challenges you have participated in along with the updates. It will be interesting to see your traffic pattern after completing the apprenticeship program. You definitely have stamina!


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molometer 4 years ago

An interesting read. You are right about the long haul though. This is not a sprint but a marathon. Considering the number of hubs you have produced. I would imagine they will give you an overview of what is popular amongst your readers.


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Timdestroyer8 4 years ago from California

True. But you also see a multiplier effect when you publish more hubs (because I hear google gives you more authority if you publish more or in the same niche? Need help with that.) You've published 200 or so hubs within ten months which should be enough to see more substantial results.

Honestly, you're off to an interesting start (you should definitely do a keyword hub where you explain the results of learning seo).


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thank you Timdestroyer8, for your support and encouragement. 100-300$ sounds awesome! I think some of it has to do with timing, since I wrote all these hubs as soon as I started on HubPages, but now they are seasoned and are trying to inch their way up.


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Timdestroyer8 4 years ago from California

If you fix it, you should earn. You're at the amount of hubs where at least 100 to 150$ should be expected each month easily from what I've seen of others who do well on hubpages. Depending on the fixing, could go 300$. You have so many hubs!

Anyway, good luck on your hub tuneups and future hubs.


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thanks for your advice Timdestroyer8. When I did these challenges, I did not do any keyword research. I've dabbled with it since then, and will be a part of the Apprentice program, where I will learn how to do it properly.


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Timdestroyer8 4 years ago from California

do you do much research? like keywords? It seems like traffic should be much stronger for you than it is.


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thanks Emeraldgreen21. A steady stream is very nice, especially if it it gets bigger! Hopefully it will get big enough to be a river, or better yet, a waterfall!


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Emeraldgreen21 4 years ago from South Africa

Great hub. I found your figures really insightful, and it just goes to show that money can be made on Hubpages. Most of it trickles in over longer periods of time, but it's still well worth it, especially if the trickle becomes a steady stream. :-D


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Good for you jamiew12310. I found that reading hubs about writing hubs helped me figure out how to write a good hub. I also read other hubs to analyze what I liked about them. Other than that, writing lots of quality hubs with good SEO was the way to go.


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jamiew12310 4 years ago

really useful information, this motivated me to get writing more to start earning, even a little bit. I've written a few hubs now.

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