Trying to EARN MONEY WITH HUBPAGES.COM ONLINE Makes Me Hungry (1/12 Update)
I LOVE WRITING ON HUBPAGES.COM
The feedback I receive is awesome and addicting. Over the past almost three months (Note: an 11-month update is below), I’ve spent a lot of time learning about keywords and search engine optimization (SEO). I’ve learned how to incorporate most of the easy to use tools. I’ve signed up with Google Adsense, Amazon Affiliates, eBay, and the new HubPages Ad Program. And I’ve made some really great friends that have truly become my special HubPages family!
I have a passion for writing, always have. See my article MY PASSION FOR CREATIVE WRITING: My Friends and Family Don’t Get It. If I am going to continue to spend so much time on my passion, I need to earn an income. I still do not understand and possibly never will . . . how others on HubPages.com claim to “earn a living.”
ADDING UP MY EARNINGS (after 3 months)
Adding up my earnings from the HubPages Ad, Google AdSense, eBay and Amazon Affiliate programs, I have earned enough to buy two gallons of gasoline or better yet, 9 and 1/2 $1.00 McDouble’s at McDonald’s. Yet because a much higher balance is required to cash out, I am not even close to obtaining a burger off the dollar menu. Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled I am making something. But I’m hungry. I need to learn more about maximizing the earnings on my HubPages.
MY STATS: 3 Months on HubPages
In an effort to put my little earnings into perspective in hopes of gaining some assistance, here is a brief overview of my HubPage statistics:
Number of hubs = 30
Number of page views = 3,658
Number of comments = 764
Current overall earnings = $9.47
Note: There is an **UPDATE** below with stats at 11 months on HubPages
The intent of my openness about my earnings is twofold. First, no doubt there are others who will understand because they are hungry too. The caregiver in me doesn’t want them to feel alone. Second, I want, need and would appreciate feedback. HELP PLEASE!
I BEGAN HUBPAGES ON FEBRUARY 22, 2011
As a new hubber back in late February, one thing I clearly remember reading over and over is that you must be diligent, do not give up, and eventually you will see a residual income worth waiting for. I believe I’ve done that. I have not given up. I don’t want to give up.
In addition to all the time I put into my writing, I have spent even more time reading others work. I have read more in the past few months than I have in the past 10 years. Plus I have read many of the not-so-easy-to-follow forums. My reading glasses are really getting a work out.
IT'S DIFFICULT WITHOUT A STEADY INCOME
Things would be great if I had a steady income with an eight hour a day job and then worked on my writing passion when time permitted. That is not currently the case. I lost two really good jobs in the past few years only to leave me frustrated and bewildered.
I would love to be one of the lucky ones who earns a living doing their passion. Is this realistic? Maybe not. Probably not. But I can be stubborn and am not equipped to easily give up.
HELP FROM MY HUBPAGES FAMILY
I am ready and willing to absorb whatever else I need to learn here on HubPages so I feel as though I really gave it my best shot. I am thirsty for advice, opinions, suggestions, information, guidance, recommendations, feedback, warnings, etc. ~ PLEASE TOSS THEM MY WAY either through the comment section below or through the contact Sharyn’s Slant link on one of my article pages.
I appreciate any assistance that comes my way. Besides, we are family right?
With Sincere Thanks In Advance,
This is Sharyn's Slant
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**UPDATE TO MY STATS: 11 Months on HubPages
Number of hubs = 54
Number of page views = 14,100
Number of comments = 1,921
Current overall earnings = $50.35 (HP Ad, eBay, Amazon & Google AdSense)
WHAT I'VE LEARNED AFTER 11 MONTHS ON HUBPAGES
I wasn't sure if I should update my stats and TELL ALL making me feel somewhat vulnerable, but I did, because I think it's important for new HubPage members to see that this is not a "get rich quick" endeavor. I do believe that I will continue to earn more as I publish more hubs on a regular basis and continue to learn more about marketing my work.
Although I do lose my momentum at times, inevitably when I take a close look at my stats, I am not giving up.
SO, HERE IS WHAT I'VE LEARNED OVER THE PAST 11 MONTHS ~
~ I learned that I love HubPages and am thrilled to have finally taken the risk of sharing my passion for writing.
~ I've learned that HubPages is like a second family to me. The feedback and support I receive is more than I could have ever expected. I have finally found friends that understand my passion.
~ I've learned the true meaning of "residual" or "passive" income. It does not mean "get rich."
~ I continue to learn the ins and outs of important things like SEO, titles, keywords, tags, marketing, HTML, back links, and so, so much more!
~ I've learned that even with something like writing on line, you should "never put all your eggs in one basket."
~ I've learned after 11 months on HubPages that I, honestly, am "still hungry." And yet I have been fulfilled in so many other ways!
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