One Year on HubPages: Making Money and Reaching 100,000 Views

My relationship with HubPages

My relationship with HubPages recently surpassed it's one year anniversary. While the flame of our relationship no longer burns quite as bright, I am happy nonetheless. In our first year together, our relationship had it's ups and downs, but today, I can honestly say I am a better man because of it. I have learned a great deal about various topics, my writing and some internet-jargon like SEO (search engine optimization), tags, backlinks, affiliates and Adsense. While the strength of our relationship is not as strong as it is between some favorite hubbers like

it is growing. I believe honesty and sharing are crucial to strengthening a healthy relationship. After all, sharing is caring. And so, the purpose of this hub will be to share the details of my relationship with HubPages thus far.

Why I write for HubPages?

I write because it makes me happy. I write on HubPages to organize and share my ideas, stories, revelations and odd interests. After one year, I realized there are people who actually enjoy what I write. And that makes me even happier. I also realized that I could make some money. But how did I make money and get over 100,000 people to read my hubs in one year? Well, it wasn't easy.

Write good hubs and increase traffic

Write well and often. The most important thing for any hopeful hubber to remember is that quality hubs thrive. Write useful, original, thoughtful, informative and well-illustrated hubs, and the readers will come. Before you publish, it's important to write, rewrite, and rewrite what you just rewrote. This is often tedious, and is not easy. However, if you sincerely enjoy writing, and enjoy the topic you are writing about, it gets easier. Hubs between 700 to 1100 words are optimal. Keep hubs clear and concise. If you must write more to get your point across, consider turning your one hub into two or more, as in my hubs about the Solomon Islands.

Capsules. Add all types: images, videos, polls, charts, Amazon, graphs, news and RSS feeds. When adding image capsules, do not add them at the very top of your hub as this is prime real estate for Google advertisements. Make sure you aren't violating any copyright laws with the images or videos you add.

Link. Include any external links that you deem useful, but not too many. While you want to inform your readers, you also want to keep them reading your hub.

Share. I share my hubs on the social bookmarking sites She Told Me and StumbleUpon. They are both great ways to increase traffic. I also share my hubs on RedGage, a site that pays you for things you're already doing online. Email, Twitter and Facebook are also both good ways to share with your friends.

Again, if you write clear, concise, and well thought-out hubs, readers will notice, and the money will come. Which brings me to my next topic.

Traffic history after one year on HubPages

Traffic history from October 2009 to October 2010
Traffic history from October 2009 to October 2010

What was your traffic after one year on HubPages?

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Take advice from veterans

Veteran hubbers are always willing to offer advice. Respect and listen to these hubbers in the same way Frodo does to Gandolf. Lord Of The Rings? Anyone? Anyways, the point is that you can learn a lot from the experienced hubber. The following are some hubs that I have bookmarked and used as a reference during my first year on HubPages.

How to find the best topic for your hubs

make money with Amazon
make money with Amazon

Making money on HubPages

HubPages can be a full-time and moneymaking business. Any veteran hubber will tell you: there is a direct correlation between the amount of quality work you put in, to the amount of money you take out.

Google Adsense. This is one of the advertisement programs used by HubPages to help you earn money. Every time someone clicks on an advertisement displayed on your hub, you make money. Choosing good tags means good advertisements. Use the Google Traffic Estimator tool to choose ones with a high CPC (cost-per-click) and relatively low search volume (between 1,000 and 10,000). Stay away from adding lots of generic tags like books, music or art. Instead, choose 10 to 15 more specific tags. Try to include these tags in your title, summary, image captions, headings and text body as much as possible.

Amazon Affiliates. Earlier, I recommended adding Amazon capsules to your hubs. This is important. For me, the majority of my Amazon earnings are referred from my hub on Power Balance wristbands. When you refer someone from your hub to the Amazon website, you receive a percentage of whatever it is they purchase. In this case, if a $10.00 wristband sells, I receive around $.60 to $.70, or 6% to 7%. Even if the customer buys a completely different item hours later, you receive a percentage of that sale too. When choosing items to add, keep it simple. No one needs 20 options of blue yarn balls. Pick the best 3 to 5 balls of yarn, and be done with it.

The other advertising programs used by HubPages are with eBay, Kontera and Analytics. I don't use any of these, so I can't offer any advice.

HubPages is a continuous investment. If you are here to simply make money, you are in for a hard time. Hubbers love to tell you this...because it's true. The money is slow-coming and will not come easy. But if you enjoy writing, then write. The more hubs you write, the more you stand to earn. Eventually, the money will come, and keep coming.

What were your Adsense earnings after one year?

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HubPages stats and earnings

Number of Hubs Written
Adsense Earnings
Amazon Earnings
Total: 40
Total: $216.96
Total: $219.53
This table shows my Adsense and Amazon earnings on HubPages after my first year. It's broken down month to month for more clarity.

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simeonvisser 6 years ago

How much promotion have you done for your hubs? At some point traffic starts booming for your hubs. This is after period of posting a lot of hubs so more traffic from HubPages is expected but you need external traffic to keep this traffic going.

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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

simeonvisser - Promotion? like i said, I post my hubs on facebook, stumbleupon, shetold me and redgage. I also email to friends that would be interested. I haven't taken the time to learn about backlinking or ways to do it. Majority of my google traffic comes from the powerbalance hub which is about number 4 webpage listed. For now, that's all. Thanks for commenting though

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Lymond 6 years ago from UK

thats quite funny, your graphs and figures look very much like mine!

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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

lymond - So, i'm not alone! Thanks for the comment...

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simeonvisser 6 years ago

@jdaviswrites: Thanks for your answer. I am simply in the process of figuring it out myself and I'm wondering how and to what extent I should do promotion. But I'm happy with your answer.. I don't really like automated spamming to many websites...

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rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

Congratulations on over 100,000 viewers, and thanks for sharing such useful tips on how to make money here on hubpages.

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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

simeonvisser - The more you promote the better. Personally, I get burnt out real quick promoting/backlinking/doing seo research, much like I get burnt out real quick when trying to shop for clothes or listening to close-minded people preach. I concentrate more on's more enjoyable

rpalulis - My pleasure. Hopefully I can update this hub in another 12 months with exponentially greater results...only time will tell. Thanks for reading.

Baileybear 6 years ago

I write because I enjoy it. I am nearly at the 20,000 view mark, and I've made around $30 (I've made less than 30 hubs in 6 months) which is a bonus, because I really didn't expect to earn anything.

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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

baileybear - thanks for sharing. you have some nice hubs. becoming a follower...

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Becky Puetz 6 years ago from Oklahoma

Thank you for the tips and advice, I can use all the help that I can get since I'm just starting. Congrats on reaching 100,000 views. WOW! That really excites and encourages me.

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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

Becky Puetz - Happy to will get there. No worries. Thanks for showing up on my hubs...hopefully I can keep you interested with more. Going to check out yours now...

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Max_Power 5 years ago from Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.

Congratulations, you seem to be doing well, and thankyou for the great advice. As a newbie to HubPages it is helpful to know what to expect and to learn from someone who has already been there. Cheers!

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jdaviswrites 5 years ago from California Author

Max_Power - That's why I wrote it. I have been in your situation before. Glad you could find some of this information useful. Keep it up. Thanks

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melbel 5 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan

How has it been since Oct 2010? I'm curious to hear about the changes since the subdomain fix!

SusieQ42 5 years ago

Thanks for the useful info. I need to work more on my Amazon ads, that's for sure.

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gethanna 4 years ago from Ethiopia

Thanks for your honesty!

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