I'm posting this here because my hope is that new comers reading it will perhaps be inspired...not that I personally am all that inspirational but perhaps my HP story will be.
By Friday, July 11th, I should be seeing my counter finally (after 2 1/2 yrs.) tick past the 500,000 view mark while also achieving personal best monthly earnings for the last few months. (both from views and Amazon) I don't talk specific about the money but I assure you, it's nothing you'd turn down and has made a significant difference for me over the past couple of years.
I'm telling you this because it's real. I do not work for HP. I'm not a plant. I joined up just like most of you. Looking for work, found HP, wrote about what I knew that I thought others may want to know and voila, it worked.
I don't hold any secrets to the internet nor can I tell you how to decipher your Hubber score however I can say that if you find a niche, consider what those who sit down to their computer are searching for, create a complete and well thought out Hub...you can succeed here. It's not overnight. It's not in a week but I'm telling you, it was worth every minute I've spent working on it and it's not like I've had to spend hours daily for 2 1/2 years. (Tip: Searchers search for things that help them and/or make their jobs/lives easier. If you show them, they will come.)
At any rate, I won't run on anymore but I wanted to share this. Share it in a way that I thought could help and not just get me a bunch of kudos. That said, all kudos are welcome too.
Happy Hubbing All And Best Of Luck On Your Journey Here!
Thanks. Good point. I'm a new hubber here and I still can't think of the best topic to write. For now, I'm trying to observe other users and the suitable topics to write in this community.
A suitable topic is what you know about, not what others are writing and have been successful with. Do you know how to repair cars? Write about that. Be specific, including the make and model. What do people want and need to know?
How about repairs around the house? Gardening skills? Livestock? How to get around in the north of England? Think about what you do every day, and write about it.
Thank you for the tips Mark! I am a web developer and a web designer. So, my interest would eventually focus there.
I think you will find a lot of competition in that area, but all I can say is "dont be discouraged". My niche also has a lot of competition, and many of the hubs I published have few page views. Some, however, do very well, even though they do not seem any different than the others.
It seems impossible to predict success, so publish something every few days until your numbers start rising.
Thanks Mark. Anyway, I'm not a competitive person. hehe I only serve one purpose and that is to share my knowledge and expertise in my work. Hope it'll help.
WilliamsDaniel, Begin at the beginning. Write a hub so others will read it and follow you. People who sign up and never write an article are regarded as potential spammers, I'm sorry to say.
Write about what you know, spell check your work, add some quality legal pictures (try Photobucket if you don't own a camera - images are free to use from there) and let us decide if we want to follow you.
Yes and remember, followers are great but there is a whole wide web out there who can find you even if they don't know about HP.
Thanks PegCole17. My account is still empty because I cannot find a good topic to write. I don't want to write just for the purpose of publishing it. I want to write so I can help others through it. But thanks to Mark and you. I think I have something in mind to write about
I completely agree with you and my story is somewhat similar to you.
I also do not spend more than 2 to 3 hours in a day here. But I enjoy writing at my own convenient pace and reading other's hubs. And slowly the income goes on increasing every month and the payment is sure, even if slow.
Of course the 'content is king' and for those who spend more time here, promote it well, will have quicker payouts.
"Tip: Searchers search for things that help them and/or make their jobs/lives easier. If you show them, they will come.)"
"I don't talk specific about the money but I assure you, it's nothing you'd turn down and has made a significant difference for me over the past couple of years."
Can you give a range of monthly income you have earned with your hubs? Do you use Hubs to supplement your income from a 'day job' or are you earning a living entirely from Hubpages? If so, I find that pretty inspiring.
Good article. Glad I found it and I will check out your hubs as well.
Honestly, I would tell you to the penny but it does seem to be sort of a taboo thing. I work full time plus in HVAC so no, I don't live off of it however it's significant enough that my wife and I discuss it when looking at our monthly finances.
Congratulations, Cre8tor, on reaching this impressive milestone. Wow.
Thanks for this bit of inspiration. This is my second month on HP. Trying to learn the more finer and technical points so coming across your hub has given me some encouragement. What I would like to know is how long do you spend on your hubs daily? To get the traffic that you have - Is it a full time job for you? Which keyword search tools can you recommend. I am learning about SEO at the moment so it would be great to get feedback from someone as experienced as you on this subject.
My time on HP has been anything but consistent...much with the waves of my life. Currently, I haven't much more time than to be here on this forum or to check on my views, updates, etc... I've used a couple of tools but honestly, I think some of my best "keywording" has come from simply thinking about what people type when they are looking for what I'm about to Hub on. I work in HVAC...people have HVAC and it breaks...what breaks?...the A/C capacitor...voila, "How to change a capacitor"
People want to know how to dry their IPhone...voila, "Using rice to dry your IPhone"....people want to know what keeps hair shiny...."Keeping your Hair Shiny with ______"
You're not writing a tabloid where the most shocking headline catches someones eye.
Yes, I have gotten some good ideas from AdWords but often I think, "well duh, I knew that". AdWords is my tool of choice though because there is a lot of good CPM and competition information that I feel has helped me.
Excellent points, cre8tor. I just commented on a forum last night from someone who wanted to quit--she had few page views but her hubs did not help anyone/make their lives easier. There are still lots of things that can be written that will help people, and those that do so will earn a good living from this site.
Inspiring comments. Thanks.
Agreed. I've seen where some are disgruntled as to why their Hubs aren't earning them money and though I see it's well written, photoed, etc...it's about their day at the beach and as inspiring as it may have been to them, it will only be read by those who stumble there. Now, tell me about "10 Awesome Beach Fun Ideas" and you're on to something...at least with the couple hundred million people going to the beach this year.
Thanks you for posting this! This is a valuable read for newcomers as well as long-time hubbers.
Oh, Crea8tor, it's so nice to hear some good news for a change. Thank you for sharing. Blessings!
I'm new to this and I don't really know where to start. I guess I don't completely understand how it works.
I tend to think as if I'm writing an article for a magazine. Now, your topic is ??? (whatever you know the most about) Find one thing about that subject that's interesting or informative or useful and start writing your article about it. I take my own pictures for originality, format it so I feel it's easy to read and reference...like a magazine (related ads and all)...and never forget to speak to my reader.
Just remember something that took me a minute to learn...magazines are sold on stands where people walk by and accidentally see them or are in a position to start reading whatever random headline grabs their attention. Your "magazine" is on the net which means a attention headline doesn't really help.
I repeat, I'm not a professional but in my experience a simple, to the point title with good content behind it has helped me immensely on the web as a whole. Not just HP.
Thank you for sharing your experience with others. It will give more confidence to the new writers. I am also a new writer here, but I am not in this career. You have waited two and half years to get 50000 views!! But in my opinion, two and a half year is not long period to achieve something. It will gives the message that, creating hubs is not a 'quick money making process'. If you want to achieve good result, you should write consistently with quality hubs.
I am also a new hubber and observing all the post to become a better hubber.
Congratulations on your awesome achievement. It just goes to show how successful one can be when you create a niche subject on HubPages.
I agree with you Cre8tor. It is really worth the time working here. I have understood this after two years. Now I am improving my work and planning to write more.
With lots of kope joined very recenly and your achievements I find really inspiring
Love it, well said and so refreshing. Early congrats and approaching half-a-mil in views.
A refreshing experience..im a new hubber i hope to turn my passion for writing into a steady income..!!well..u have increased my optimism..thats for sure..
This is wonderful news. I wish you all the best. Thank you for the inspiration.
You've done a great job . My story is similar to yours. I just had my 3rd anniversary here and hit my 500,000+ views a few months ago.
I would also add, that for those who are just getting started, if you are looking to freelance write for others as a business, Hubs can be a very aesthetically pleasing way to demonstrate your skills to potential clients. I often use hubs as writing samples and it has worked well for me.
Hubs can enhance work you do elsewhere, so when I think of earning potential here, I don't limit it to simply the monthly income from ads/Amazon etc. I consider the other indirect ways HP helps me earn as well.
Can you explain the other ways HP helps you indirectly?
A couple of ways - as I explained; using hubs as writing samples has helped me to get clients. I am self-employed as a freelance writer. In addition, a few of my hubs have helped send traffic to my website and, in return, my websites often send traffic here to my hubs as well. The cross promotion benefit is great; so long as one does NOT spam, overly self-promote or link irrelevant material to their hubs etc.
Congrats! So glad to see your success here! You deserve it!
Cre8tor, I suspect you are in a really great niche. Home maintenance/repair/improvement seems to get a lot of views.
Thanks Cre8tor for your encouragement. I do have something to write about and am doing good. Someday I will really gain your confidence. If it only takes 2 1/2 years than hopefully 2 1/2 years it is.
Thanks everyone for the comments and I'm glad my post seems to be offering encouragement. I want to touch on something that has crossed my mind reading some of the feedback...I've been here 2-1/2 years and it's taken that long for me to hit 500,000 views but that is not how long it took to for me to start seeing the "fruits of my labor".
Anyway, the point is, don't take the post as..."you might see some success after 2-1/2 years..." because that wasn't the case in my experience.
Well done, indeed! After 4 years here, I've yet to reach 300,000 views!
And my "earnings?" Pocket change at best, and certainly not more than quarterly, ekeing out the bare payment threshold minimum.
I write because I enjoy writing, and because I like to think that on some level I can offer a mix of useful information and humor.
I have, however, allowed my payouts to languish in my PayPal account, so they have accrued, and once or twice, I've been able to call on those funds to get me out of a tight spot.
Otherwise, if I were trying to write for the money, I'd have quit the site long ago.
Cheers, and best wishes for your continued success!
That's what's great about HP though...many are here simply because they love to write and this gives them a place to do that and keep there work. It can also be a great social experience that is often much more intellectually intriguing than another FB post of someone's bad day.
Congrats on your success here.
I have been writing here about the same amount of time as you, but only recently started earning real money. I'm at 160,000 views plus right now, which is nothing compared to your numbers, but most of them started pouring in within the last few months, and I am hoping the trend continues.
I've done a lot of experimenting to see what works and am still learning, so I appreciate your advice.
Thanks TT2. If your seeing better stuff then perhaps your tinkering is helping. I started writing poems and tried a couple of more controversial things...have dabbled in music and games but my best Hubs are those that have offered the reader something they needed. (HVAC) I'd be lying if I said I set out to write about what I do for a living...always saw myself as more of a creative writer but when I saw what was happening, I didn't fight it.
I'm new to Hubpages and this tips are helping me a lot! Thank you so much!
@Cre8tor I think what you have done is HubPages at its best - helpful and genuine. I'm particularly impressed with the comments and responses. http://cre8tor.hubpages.com/hub/How-to- … -Capacitor
Thank you Paul very much! It feels good that someone notices this. I always said if I had a rock band, I would use it to offer something to the world....HP is almost as good as a rock band, right? LOL. Sincerely though. Thank you for the kind words.
I sm very new here and I worry that the things that interest me may not influence many people on this site so I decided to just keep writing what I love and see what happens. I am giving it a trial of six months to see if people like my articles and etc but so far even just starting off I am pretty pleased with the hubs I have read and that I have followers already. I just hope that the more time I spend on the time I make some new friends and find really useful and interesting hubs and find out the more popular topics.
So far the hubs I see do the best is recipes.
I technically joined this site over a year ago, but after deciding that I want to do something that implements the things I'm passionate about (read: writing and web design), I saw this site pop up again, and I'm gonna give it a try.
My thing is though, I don't have a niche per se. I have an outside blog and I post whatever there, but it's still a small presence so I can't post certain things on it because it'd just get lost. I needed some encouragement, so this helped a bit. Thanks.
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