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How was your year 2014 on HubPages?

  1. Writer Fox profile image80
    Writer Foxposted 23 months ago

    Overall, was your 2014 better, worse or about the same as 2013?
    What did you accomplish on HP?
    What were your highlights?
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    1. PinoyMom profile image78
      PinoyMomposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Google AdSense application was approved.
      Passed HP Boot camp.
      Published 5hubs and 1 video hub.
      Learned more.
      Advanced Happy New Year to all :-)

      1. Writer Fox profile image80
        Writer Foxposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        That's really a lot to accomplish in just two months, Shiela. Congratulations on getting your AdSense approval so quickly!  May you have a profitable year on HP in 2015.

        1. PinoyMom profile image78
          PinoyMomposted 23 months ago in reply to this

          I'm hoping to publish more featured hubs in 2015.  Good luck to all of us here on HP.

      2. aesta1 profile image88
        aesta1posted 23 months ago in reply to this

        Good for you. Celebrate what you have accomplished.

        1. PinoyMom profile image78
          PinoyMomposted 23 months ago in reply to this

          Thank you @aesta1 It's a blessing in disguise.

    2. rebekahELLE profile image91
      rebekahELLEposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      2013 was by far much better for me!  I think I made goals for that year. smile  This past year I was too busy with work to accomplish much on HP. 
      My highest traffic day for 2014 was Mon. March 3.
      My lowest traffic day was Fri. May 16.
      My highest traffic day for Dec. was Tues. Dec. 16.
      Earnings were way down for me.
      I'm making goals for 2015.  I think it helps to have goals and objectives.  I'm looking forward to a better year.  I have a few ideas for some unique hub topics.  I don't think there's any reason to write about stuff that's been duplicated millions of times. 

      Let's hope HP overall has a better year.  2015 sounds nice. 
      Happy New Year!

    3. ChristinS profile image93
      ChristinSposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Overall better, but the past month or so has declined a lot and I hope that trend will reverse.
      I didn't accomplish a whole lot this year, published a few new hubs but not many.
      Highlights were reaching 800,000+ views, although I was hoping to hit the big 1M mark but that will be next year I suppose smile.  I also am up to nearly 1,000 followers which is also kind of cool.  I had several hubs go somewhat viral on Pinterest and they continue to get social media engagement so that is also cool - it helps keep numbers up a bit when Google unleashes its Pandas.

    4. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image94
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 23 months ago in reply to this

      2014 started slow, reached a big crescendo and then fell flat! 
      It was overall better than 2013.  I reached 200,000 views, got eaten alive by Google and all the changes here, revamped my entire site, which to date, has shown me no real improvement as a niche site.
      Learned a lot, met some really great people but am kind of at a standstill right now so just published my first ebook to see if that won't work better for me.
      Hoping that 2015 will see things pick up around here.  Just can't seem to get my footing since my big "fall" last August.
      So, there you have it. 

      Hope all of you get zillions of views and make millions of dollars next year...if not, just be healthy and happy,

      Welcome back, Writer Fox.  I have missed you!

      1. ChristinS profile image93
        ChristinSposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        I'll be really curious to see how the first ebook goes for you.  I've ghost written them for others, but have yet to publish one on my own, but I've been kicking around that idea forever.  Maybe this will be the year I finally get off my behind and do it smile.  Hope yours does well.  That Google was a bugaboo to hubs again this year... sigh.

        1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image94
          TIMETRAVELER2posted 23 months ago in reply to this

          I agree.  Things really took a down turn as summer ended and so far, I'm not seeing much of an improvement.  This is one reason I decided to dust my book off and turn it into an ebook.

          I am a total novice  with this stuff, so I chose to go with Amazon.  Despite the fact that I did many things wrong, the only visible errors seem to be too much white space between paragraphs!  Although that is not considered "professional looking", I am wondering whether people might not find it easier to read that way!

          The print version did well because the story is one many women would like, but I kind of dropped the project after I earned my first $1200 because marketing was a bear!  I'm not sure this will be any easier, but I'll give it a go.

          I don't think I would ever want to tackle smashwords...far too technical for me...but I think now that I could do another fairly reasonable looking one with Amazon.  I doubt I'll make much money, but then, it didn't cost me anything to write the book!

          Go for it!  You'll probably do much better than I will.

          1. susi10 profile image93
            susi10posted 23 months ago in reply to this

            What's the name of your book? I'm sure it will be very successful! :-)

    5. NateB11 profile image91
      NateB11posted 23 months ago in reply to this

      2014 definitely my best year. I started in 2012. In that year, I was clueless. Late in 2013 (more or less), I actually started getting traffic. By 2014, I was learning more about how to get traffic, therefore I got much more traffic. Even with the setback due to Panda I was doing better than 2012 and 2013. Some of that was volume and age, but most of it was due to smarts.

    6. The Examiner-1 profile image83
      The Examiner-1posted 23 months ago in reply to this

      2014 was better. I had joined HP the previous year and I learned more in 2014 so it was better for me. The weather in 2014 was much better than 2013. There were also various other reasons why 2014 was a better year for me.

    7. Marie Flint profile image91
      Marie Flintposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      My year 2014 was good to the extent I finally received the minimum payout on October 28th. I also received an award for being selected as "Best Answer" ten times.

      My goal for 2015 is simply to reach 72 well categorized hubs to manage.

      I too am hoping  to write an ebook; however, I got no reviews, so I may just post it here on Hub Pages. I have also thought about creating a second Hub Pages account, time permitting (I have potential contract work as an editor for a book. Also, I have agreed to do some charity quilts for a cat rescue mission in San Diego.) A new account would give me a fresh start and the opportunity to try a science niche.

      Blessings!

      1. Jodah profile image86
        Jodahposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        Sounds like your year was quite good Marie. Sorry to hear that your story for the potential eBook got no reviews. Mine got a couple but I got discouraged and now think a lot of my other work is better. I did have another story selected for publication in a journal of anthologies and was paid for non-exclusive rights and get a free copy of the journal so I was happy with that. Good luck with the quilts for cats and if you open another HP account let me know your other name.

      2. sallybea profile image96
        sallybeaposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        Hi Marie,
        Don't forget to let me know your other name.  It strikes me that you have a ready made niche in the form of quilting, even if it is for cats.  Happy New Year to you.

  2. Mark Ewbie profile image83
    Mark Ewbieposted 23 months ago

    1. Slightly worse.
    2. Nothing.
    3. Won a mug.

    1. Writer Fox profile image80
      Writer Foxposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Here's to your mug:

      http://s2.hubimg.com/u/12082997.png

    2. paradigmsearch profile image90
      paradigmsearchposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Ya know what? #3 is an excellent idea for a new thread. big_smile

      1. Writer Fox profile image80
        Writer Foxposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        This Bud's for you:

        http://s2.hubimg.com/u/12083017.png

        1. paradigmsearch profile image90
          paradigmsearchposted 23 months ago in reply to this

          Thanks! Year 2014 certainly was an adventure. My plans for Year 2015 are 10x.

          1. Writer Fox profile image80
            Writer Foxposted 23 months ago in reply to this

            OK, you can have 10. (But, be careful with the Camaro.)

            http://s1.hubimg.com/u/12083072.png

            1. paradigmsearch profile image90
              paradigmsearchposted 23 months ago in reply to this

              I think I am becoming fond of you. big_smile

              May 2015 be an outstanding year for us all.

              1. Writer Fox profile image80
                Writer Foxposted 23 months ago in reply to this

                I'll drink to that!

                Looking back on your goals for 2014, I just want to know if you accomplished the last one on your list and who is she?
                http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/119232#post2522044

                1. paradigmsearch profile image90
                  paradigmsearchposted 23 months ago in reply to this

                  Jeez! An epic fail on every single one.

  3. snakeslane profile image81
    snakeslaneposted 23 months ago

    It was interesting. I earned zip, but I learned a lot. I am appreciating the collective knowledge and experience so openly available and shared here. Thank you HubPages!

    1. sallybea profile image96
      sallybeaposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      I hit the 100,000 mark and I think 2015 looks to be a promising year.

      1. Writer Fox profile image80
        Writer Foxposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        Hooray for you!  Do you have a traffic goal for 2015?

        http://s2.hubimg.com/u/12083077.png

        1. sallybea profile image96
          sallybeaposted 23 months ago in reply to this

          Guess I could try for another 100,000 which I think is a realistic goal especially if  I can add another 24 hubs.
          I plan to make payment every month by the end of 2015 too.

          1. aesta1 profile image88
            aesta1posted 23 months ago in reply to this

            Wow, how do you do that? That's just a dream for me. Keep going. It is very inspiring.

    2. Writer Fox profile image80
      Writer Foxposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Learning is an accomplishment, too, and can help chart your future path.

      I earned more than zip, but thought I would earn more. These are my stats:

      1.  In 2014 I published 25 Hubs, down 30% from the 36 Hubs I published in 2013 because I really lost the momentum and incentive with the massive influx of Hubs from Squidoo in September.
      2.  My traffic increased by 105% in 2014 as compared to 2013.
      3.  My income only increased 38% over 2013 income. sad
      4.  I hit 100,000 views in 2013 and 1,000,000 views in 2014.

      1. sallybea profile image96
        sallybeaposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        What do you attribute the remarkable increase in views from 100,000 to 1,000,000 in just one year!  I find that pretty incredible for so few hubs.

        1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image94
          TIMETRAVELER2posted 23 months ago in reply to this

          Writer Fox is an SEO expert who writes unbelievably good articles and knows how to market them.

          1. Writer Fox profile image80
            Writer Foxposted 23 months ago in reply to this

            Todah rabah! smile

        2. Writer Fox profile image80
          Writer Foxposted 23 months ago in reply to this

          I only had two Hubs in May, 2013, and reached 100,000 views in October, 2013, with 35 Hubs.  I hit one million views in October, 2014, with 54 Hubs, and have more than 200,000 views since October.

          I start with keyword and competition research. Where most people fail is in doing the competition research.  (For websites I develop for myself or for third parties, I spend a month sometimes on research before writing the content strategy.)  For Hubs, I just use basic SEO techniques (see my SEO Tutorial Hub).

          The wildcard in writing on HP is that you never know what the staff will do which might be contrary to your best efforts.  For example, when the EC concept was introduced, I ranted and raved to no avail that the site navigation should not be changed because it's part of Google's Panda algorithm to target sites which do not have consistent navigation and architecture. Site navigation was changed on September 18, 2013, and not reversed until just a few weeks ago and several Panda hits later.

          And who could have imagined that HP would suddenly upload more than 100,000 pages of unvetted content, many of which targeted topics and keywords already well-saturated on the site? HP began addressing some of the spam content just two weeks ago and only after a webspam penalty notice from Google. I'm fortunate that my traffic has not been affected, but traffic to HP overall is still far below the figures on August 15th (the tail end of summer) when the Squidoo acquisition was announced.

          So, if your traffic has fallen, it may not be a result of anything you have done and there may be nothing right now that you can do to improve it, except for reporting every piece of spam content you can find on HP.

      2. aesta1 profile image88
        aesta1posted 23 months ago in reply to this

        I have then to make sure my next topic be not over saturated here. Thanks for the tip.

  4. colorfulone profile image88
    colorfuloneposted 23 months ago

    Not having done much on HubPages until the past few months, I have to say 2014 has been better for me. I got out of bootcamp, which was an easy enough goal to achieve before the end of this year.

    Going along at the speed of a turtle here, I hope that I will have at least 5 more featured hubs before the end of 2015. The sky is the limit?  I will be a famous hubber? (my head is spinning)

    1. Writer Fox profile image80
      Writer Foxposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      I saw your class picture from Boot Camp.  You're already famous, Susie!

      http://s1.hubimg.com/u/12083096.jpg

      1. colorfulone profile image88
        colorfuloneposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        I'm an mean green Ninja Turtle writing machine. tongue

        1. aesta1 profile image88
          aesta1posted 23 months ago in reply to this

          Drink to that 2015 wish. I am sure you will.

          1. colorfulone profile image88
            colorfuloneposted 23 months ago in reply to this

            Mary, I'll make a toast to you.
            "May the Google Gods love your hubs even more!  ~ Cheers!

  5. janderson99 profile image83
    janderson99posted 23 months ago

    2014 confirmed the traffic Quota for HP, glaringly showcased by the lack of a traffic boost despite the addition of 100,000 + serves of calamari. This has made it much harder to compete for traffic on HP except for narrow low traffic niches. Hopefully G will lift the HP quota after the calamari clean-up and tightening of the quality rules to eliminate more dross.
    Pinterest is the saving grace.
    The new layout and ads have improved things.
    Hurrah and three cheers for the removal of the cursed "Related Search" ads after a long and determined campaign by myself, and many others. The remaining ones are labelled "Sponsored Links" (much better).
    Improvements to the layout have been slow to implement (including better font), but hopefully will be completed soon. The good CPM is encouraging. Looking forward to a boost in Quota, removal of poor quality hubs and sustained CPM in 2015.
    Hanging in There!

    1. rebekahELLE profile image91
      rebekahELLEposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        Yes, the CPM looks encouraging and I agree that removal of the dross will hopefully help HP gain momentum and give hubbers renewed inspiration to publish great content.

      1. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image92
        Marcy Goodfleischposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        I agree - and, to HP's credit, there's a lot less of the dross now than in the past.

    2. Writer Fox profile image80
      Writer Foxposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      The total import of content from Squidoo was 117,127 articles.  Of those, 75,172 have now been removed or unfeatured to search engines. Of the 41,955 that remain, I'm still noticing a lot of spam, in spite of the new HP algorithm introduced two weeks ago as a result of manual webspam penalties from Google against the site: http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/127101? … ost2681312

      I reported more than 20 Hubs today that are nothing but lists of products and spam links.  Others have low resolution, grainy, or pixilated photos (on Hubs about art, no less). Even if all the newly imported spam could be identified and removed tomorrow, it can take a year for a site to fully recover traffic numbers from a penalty.

      The best thing you can do right now to improve traffic is to bypass the Hub Hopper and go directly to Hubber profiles that you know contain spam Hubs and report them.  It's been four months for all of those writers to bring their content up to HP standards and, if they haven't by now, just report them and a staff member can unfeature/unpublish them. I'll be happy to send you a list of particularly egregious offenders, or just look at this thread because the people complaining the most probably have more Hubs the spam filter missed: http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/127101?page=2

      I'm so incredibly busy right now with my personal sites, but I'm going to report at least 20 a day and do my part to improve the site.  If everybody did this, we could turn traffic numbers around much sooner than waiting for HP to find all the spam, calamari and otherwise.

      http://s1.hubimg.com/u/12083700.jpg

      1. janderson99 profile image83
        janderson99posted 23 months ago in reply to this

        It makes you wonder about the merits of importing the Squidoo content without better filtering and testing.

        1. Writer Fox profile image80
          Writer Foxposted 23 months ago in reply to this

          I don't wonder about it.  It was a bad idea!

      2. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image92
        Marcy Goodfleischposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        Writer Fox - this is excellent and helpful information!  I really hope HP pays attention to flagged profiles.  I just reflagged a 'writer' here yesterday whom I'd reported a year ago - his content is copied from textbooks.  But the guy is still here.  This can only hurt the site.  I'm going to read the forum threads you posted to get more of the history - I've been pretty inactive for months and months. 

        Maybe we should start a thread on New Year's Resolutions (or requests) for the site, so it gets more attention from the staff?  I have some other questions or suggestions, too.

        So good to see you here - and thanks for the generous way you share information with everyone!

        1. Writer Fox profile image80
          Writer Foxposted 23 months ago in reply to this

          Hi Marcy!  I posted a personal message to you on this thread:
          http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/127613#post2691269

          I'm not reporting profiles; I go to the profile and then start looking at the Hubs and reporting individual Hubs with spam or low quality content. I'm going to report at least 20 Hubs everyday for at least 30 days. It's the new 30-day challenge!  Seriously, I'm sick of the spam content and what it has done to traffic on HP overall. 

          I think you should start those two new threads you mentioned!

          1. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image92
            Marcy Goodfleischposted 23 months ago in reply to this

            Thanks, WF - I will check out your message.  I started reporting a few more today - but I need a fast way to find them (I have no qualms about flagging and reporting).

      3. Lorelei Cohen profile image85
        Lorelei Cohenposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        I am just trying to figure out where you are getting your figures from. How do you know how many Squidoo articles have been removed versus possible other articles removed from Hubpages that were pre-existing here. Personally I took a look at one profile that was trashing the squidoo import only to see a very large number of products sitting on her Hubs. Yes there was a lot of crap hauled in with Squidoo but there is also a lot of pre-exisiting crap and purchased content by people who haven't a clue how to write already sitting on Hubpages. When I see someone in the forums say "How I get traffic. No one visit." and they have 5 perfectly written articles all on the same topic I have a pretty good idea that they have purchased content for the site. These same profiles from my experience are more apt to also purchase traffic and to plagiarize other content that is already here. I hate that and (whoops swooped off topic in my rant.)

        Back to original question: Where did you get the stats as to how many Squidoo articles have been removed.

        1. Writer Fox profile image80
          Writer Foxposted 23 months ago in reply to this

          What we know from just tracking the figures is that, before the Squidoo acquisition, there were on average 139.2 new articles posted on HP every day (4,219 per month) and almost an equal number of unfeatured or unpublished Hubs.  So, for months on end the number of featured articles on the site remained virtually unchanged until the Squidoo articles were added. There has been no discernable change in the number of new Hubs published every day.  For example, yesterday there were 129 new Hubs published on the site. (The addition of approximately 26,000 new writers on HP has not resulted in the increased publications of new Hubs daily!)

          You can find the number of Hubs featured to search engines here:
          http://hubpages.com/topics/tree

          You can find the number of Hubs published every day here:
          http://hubpages.com/hubs/latest/

          I kept a detailed account of the numbers from August 15th, the day the Squidoo/HP deal was announced and you can read some of the statistics on the Hub I published on September 20 and in the comments: 'Seth Godin's Failed Squidoo Site Sells Out to HubPages.'

          To just briefly address your other comment:  There is some content on HP which was published before 2012 and which has never gone through QAP.  Also, QAP doesn't catch everything because the workers are only paid about 5¢ to evaluate a Hub, even if that Hub has 9,000 words. If you find a spammy Hub or one which is of sufficiently low quality that it shouldn't be featured, report it.

          1. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image92
            Marcy Goodfleischposted 23 months ago in reply to this

            WF - I think you just answered one question I've had - whether there's a 'topic tree' somewhere.

            Some of the topics are highlighted in blue & some are not - any idea why?

            1. Writer Fox profile image80
              Writer Foxposted 23 months ago in reply to this

              The Topic categories in blue are actual links which take you to the Topic category pages where the Hubs are listed.  The ones in black don't have enough Hubs yet to warrant their own category pages.  So, if you write a Hub under the category 'Duct Tape Creations', your Hub will show navigation like this:
              Arts and Design (14,692)»Crafts & Handiwork (7,036)»Duct Tape Creations (13)

              But, there will be no clickable link for 'Duck Tape Creations' until it gets more Hubs in that category.

              1. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image92
                Marcy Goodfleischposted 23 months ago in reply to this

                Ah - that helps to know.  Are these the categories that pop up when we pick the topics for our hubs? The automated 'picker' might benefit from being updated, but if it's generated based on what's already on the site, I guess that doesn't matter.  That's one of those areas I've been curious to research further.

                1. Writer Fox profile image80
                  Writer Foxposted 23 months ago in reply to this

                  You asked a bigger question than you perhaps realize.  I just picked the 'Duct Tape' category because it was the first on the Topic tree which didn't have a clickable link.  If I actually wrote a Hub about using duct tape for an artsy/crafty something-or-other, I wouldn't in a million years post it in the 'Duct Tape' category.

                  Those categories are an important part of the SEO for your Hub.  Part of the damage done to the site when the navigation was changed a year ago (changed back a few weeks ago) was that every category page lost PageRank because the Topic pages lost hundreds of thousands of in-site links because most Hubs no longer linked back to them.; only EC Hubs did.  Although visible PageRank hasn't been updated in more than a year (and it looks like it will never be updated again), behind the scenes Google updates the PageRank of a webpage every time it crawls the Web. Your Hub needs the PageRank from internal links on HP.  So, what that means is that you must choose your Topic and categories very carefully and never allow the automatic picker to choose for you.

                  Using this example: Arts and Design (14,692)»Crafts & Handiwork (7,036)»Duct Tape Creations (13) – You want as many sub categories as you can find, so long as they are relevant.  If I put a new Hub in the 'Duct Tape Creations' category, it would be totally lost among the 14,692 Hubs in the Arts and Design Topic (so far down in the line that it would probably be on a Page with no PageRank) and the same thing would probably happen to it in the 'Crafts & Handiwork' category. Since there is no 'Duct Tape Creations' page, you just shoot your Hub in the foot if you put it there.  So, the thing to do is to find another relevant category like 'Mixed Media.'  That category only has 138 Hubs, so my new Hub stands a great chance of being on the first page in that category which has a PageRank of 3 (PR from a year ago).

                  It may sound like a small thing, but it isn't.  Nobody in his right mind is going to spend time building external inbound links to a single HubPage, so you need all of the good internal links you can get.  Using the 'Mixed Media' category instead of 'Duct Tape Creations' in this example tells Google that HP recommends your Hub/webpage highly and Google picks up on that (Bing, too). You can often improve the search engine ranking of a Hub by changing the Topic and/or Topic category.

                  1. Jodah profile image86
                    Jodahposted 23 months ago in reply to this

                    This is great to know writer fox. I will take that into account when categorising my hubs in future.

                  2. NateB11 profile image91
                    NateB11posted 23 months ago in reply to this

                    Wow, I didn't know all that. I'm going to have to consider that for my own sites too. I still need to learn how to make subcategories for the categories on my sites, but I've also been using tags and a tag cloud. But I just got rid of a bunch of tags because I had so many to the extent that many were not even showing up in the tag cloud; so I made the tags more general . At any rate, thinking I might have hurt my site a little because I got rid of those tags, not sure.

                    Of course, I realize you are talking about HP which is different than one of my sites, but I'm wondering if much of what you say applies to the internal linking on my sites.

                  3. sallybea profile image96
                    sallybeaposted 23 months ago in reply to this

                    I find the duct tape analogy fascinating because I have two duct tape hubs in the arts and design category but they also come under wet felting and they are two of my top most visited hubs.  I did consider putting them under duct tape but because they are also fall under wet felting, I placed them there.

                  4. Elsie Hagley profile image79
                    Elsie Hagleyposted 23 months ago in reply to this

                    Thanks Writer Fox for clarifying this. I always get confused about picking the topics, I will try and get my hub topic sorted, now I understand it better.
                    Happy New Year to you.

                  5. colorfulone profile image88
                    colorfuloneposted 23 months ago in reply to this

                    That is really good for everyone to know and be aware of.
                    Thank you  Fox.

          2. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image94
            TIMETRAVELER2posted 23 months ago in reply to this

            I have been saying this forever, and I'm glad you have come up with those figures.  The site is a mess and the only way to clean it up is to get rid of the junk!  I agree...some of the loudest complainers awhile back have some of the worst spammy articles.  It's sickening that they did that when THEY were the ones messing everything up.

            It would be great if the team would provide a list of authors who produced prior to the QAP so the rest of us could help them sort through them and report the problems.  I'm game and have already reported quite a few people myself...however it seems like the team rarely takes action when I do this, which is discouraging.

  6. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image92
    Marcy Goodfleischposted 23 months ago

    I wasn't very active on HP this past year - my bad!  I just checked views and I'm very close to hitting 300,000 (I had no idea - had not paid attention).

    It would be great to hit 1 million this year.  Not sure how much time I can devote to that, but I truly hope everyone here has an amazing and stellar year!

    1. paradigmsearch profile image90
      paradigmsearchposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      I can do that. Feeling rascal. Honest links only.

  7. paradigmsearch profile image90
    paradigmsearchposted 23 months ago

    Check profile. Helping fellow Hubbers. Too bad it ends 01/05/2015.

  8. tirelesstraveler profile image85
    tirelesstravelerposted 23 months ago

    Was doing really well the first 1/2 of the year.
    Annoyance from copyright infringements,
    Pay outs nearly every month.
    Heath declined with  cancer treatments.
    Lost momentum.
    Spent the summer and fall without treatments.
    Spent the summer with intermittent internet. (Totally off grid 3 weeks)
    Returned to Squiddo merger and was discouraged more than copyright troubles.
    Traveled into Fall. Started new clinical trial.
    Last month began to see traffic improve.
    Have several hubs nearly set to launch.
    Hub score and author score both up this month.
    Hopeful for the new year and that payouts will begin monthly again.

    1. Solaras profile image92
      Solarasposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Best wishes for an excellent and healthy 2015 to you!

    2. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image92
      Marcy Goodfleischposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      You'll be in my thoughts and prayers, Traveler!  Your post is a reminder of all that is truly important. My brother was in a clinical trial this past year as well (with good results, it appears). 

      Best wishes for a 2015 full of strength, improved health, and all good blessings.

    3. colorfulone profile image88
      colorfuloneposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Sounds like you will pull yourself up by the boot straps just fine.
      Here's to your heath. - Cheers!

    4. ChristinS profile image93
      ChristinSposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      My best wishes to you and I hope your health will continue to improve.  My mother in law did a clinical for a new drug for leukemia this past year and she has shown vast improvements with far fewer side effects than the drugs she had taken previously. I'm hoping your experience will be the same.

  9. Solaras profile image92
    Solarasposted 23 months ago

    I started writing on HP in early 2013.  In 2014, I made payout for the first time in the spring, and have continued to do so since the first payment.

    Published 27 hubs in 2013 and just 11 in 2014 - I would have thought it was reversed. lol I need to get busy!

    Was hoping to hit 300K views this year, but looks like I will miss that goal by 10K or so.

    2015 goals - Hoping to get up to at least a total of 70 hubs, and 1 million views. Oh and earn 1 million dollars writing on HP!

  10. Jodah profile image86
    Jodahposted 23 months ago

    2014 was the best for me so far, passed my 100th hub mark, earned my first payout, won a mug for "best poet" and made some great friends.  It's also the year I have been most active here so it's understandable it has been my best so far. Only downside "Panda" and earnings have slowed towards the end of the year.

    1. Writer Fox profile image80
      Writer Foxposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Congrats on a great year!  It has been requested that you post a picture of your mug on this thread:
      http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/127610

      1. Jodah profile image86
        Jodahposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        Thanks Writer Fox, just went to that forum and posted a pic of my mug.....the one you drink out of not my ugly face.

    2. aesta1 profile image88
      aesta1posted 23 months ago in reply to this

      May 2015 be even better.

      1. Jodah profile image86
        Jodahposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        Thanks aesta1, hope it is for you too.

  11. LongTimeMother profile image97
    LongTimeMotherposted 23 months ago

    Hey Fox. Happy New Year.

    During 2014 I opted out out of EC ... which resulted in the return of traffic to ex-EC hubs.  (I'd rather have traffic and income than awards.)

    Hope everyone has a happy and successful 2015.

    1. Writer Fox profile image80
      Writer Foxposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Hey LTM, long time no see.  Have a great 2015, may your daughter be well, and may your Internet connection speed increase!

      1. LongTimeMother profile image97
        LongTimeMotherposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        Thanks, Fox. smile

        In the first week of 2014 it seemed impossible that she'd see the year out - or even the week. Doom and gloom when we had to get a full-time carer. But how things can change. In this, the last week of 2014, she is extraordinarily well. She can see and walk and has lots of energy. All due to natural therapies. We have great hopes for 2015.

        The prognosis for my internet speed, however, is far less hopeful. But that's okay. It fits comfortably with my priorities. I wouldn't have it any other way!

    2. Jodah profile image86
      Jodahposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      I have thought about that LTM, my EC hubs don't get much traffic either.

      1. LongTimeMother profile image97
        LongTimeMotherposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        Give it a shot, Jodah, and see what happens. If your hubs had more traffic before EC, I suspect you'll have the same result as me. Can't explain why it made a difference ... I just know it did.

      2. DrMark1961 profile image90
        DrMark1961posted 23 months ago in reply to this

        Earlier this year I had about 20 EC hubs but since 2 of them were amongst my best performers I hesitated to opt out of the program. When I reached my goal for this year, WriterFox suggested I go ahead and "bite the bullet" now since I did not want any more of my dog health hubs selected as EC--I prefer that they be under my subdomain. I went ahead and opted out and have not seen any decrease in the best performing hubs. The others are still doing okay too.
        If you are going to opt out, I think the sooner you do so, the better, as you may see some of the poorer performers start doing well, as LTM describes.

        1. Solaras profile image92
          Solarasposted 23 months ago in reply to this

          On a whim; I just took this advice!  Thinking about it, I have so few hubs, that I can't afford to have the best performing one on another subdomain.  I am curious to see what happens now that I bit the bullet.

  12. Sed-me profile image83
    Sed-meposted 23 months ago

    Tumultuous.

    1. colorfulone profile image88
      colorfuloneposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      I wonder what the hold up is on the EC hubs.
      ???

  13. Monfernape profile image66
    Monfernapeposted 23 months ago

    Well I just started two days ago and I think I found a correct place to practice my skills. Hubpages is a good platform for writers.

    1. LongTimeMother profile image97
      LongTimeMotherposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Welcome to hp, Monfernape.

      1. Monfernape profile image66
        Monfernapeposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        That's so nice of you. Thank you.

  14. aesta1 profile image88
    aesta1posted 23 months ago

    This is my first year and I am surprised to have sales during the Christmas season. Have a great 2015 to all of you.

    1. LongTimeMother profile image97
      LongTimeMotherposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Congratulations, aesta1.

      I just took a look at your impressive list of hubs on your profile page. So many interesting topics. If I didn't live with the limitations of satellite internet I'd be taking a look at many of them. smile

      Best wishes to you for 2015 as well.

  15. daisydayz profile image88
    daisydayzposted 23 months ago

    Well I did a lot on here at the start of 2013, but then me and hubby launched our photography business and I have barely written a new hub since due to being so busy with company and 2 PT jobs and moving house! So I haven't really been here much in 2014, but my hubs are still doing decently well, about the same as 2013 I think so I am pretty happy with that. Cant see 2015 being much quieter to start with so probably will still be quite MIA but hopefully work life balance will get better and Ill be back to writing by the end of the year when I can leave one of the day jobs.

    Many of mine are seasonal so this time of year is big for me and it looks set to be equal to my 2013 views and earnings so I am happy with that too!

    1. LongTimeMother profile image97
      LongTimeMotherposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Ah, the beauty of evergreen hubs ... and passive income. smile

      See you around when you have more time, daisydayz!

  16. PurvisBobbi44 profile image92
    PurvisBobbi44posted 23 months ago

    HubPages is like home to me and all the nice people I’ve met here are professional and polite. So, even with all the ups and downs of the site; I enjoy every day that I am on it.  I am trying to improve my traffic by constantly working on the hubs I have already. I have deleted some, move some to my blogs and now I am thinking of starting my own website.

    I have one hub on its way to 100,000 views; so I am happy about that fact, not happy it was knocked from 100 to 69 hub position. Since it is a weekly review of a TV show---maybe that is the reason.
    And, I’ve learned by reading the forums and taking note of answers from certain people; Marsha Wright, Writer Fox, TimeTraveler2 and others.

    Search Traffic on Alexa showed today that HubPages has gone up 15% in the last month, and I am staying here with great hope that we will be on the road to recovery from Google’s last hit.

    Good Wishes to All in 2015,
    Bobbi Purvis

  17. FatFreddysCat profile image93
    FatFreddysCatposted 23 months ago

    (shrugs) Meh. My 2014 Hub Year was OK I guess.

    I had computer issues at my home for the first half of the year so I didn't get to write as much as I'd wanted to. The only way I could post hubs was to use my work PC when nobody was looking. big_smile

    Even with my limited participation in the first six months or so of 2014, I still won a Hub Challenge or Hub Nugget or whatever they're called. I also got a Hub of the Day and I managed to squeak out two payouts that bought me a bunch of new CDs, so I was a happy camper.

    After a great summer where I was getting some of my best view counts ever (and I finally cracked the magic 100,000 views ceiling), the whole site went thru the now infamous Panda slap and my views/earnings went straight down the poop shoot along with everybody else's. Things have begun to show some slow improvement over the past few weeks but wow.... the last quarter of this year pretty much sucked, haha. 

    Hoping that things will head onward and upward in 2015.

  18. janshares profile image87
    jansharesposted 23 months ago

    I haven't looked at stats and earnings but I think 2013 was slightly better due to the Panda slow down in traffic for 2014. August to November was dismal, December is picking up a bit.

    Outside of stats and earnings, I'm proud to say in 2014 I hit 75 hubs, crossed over a couple of traffic milestones, and had my 2-year anniversary. I also participated in a Hub Challenge and placed once (top 10 hubs), and received a Hubbie Award (Community Activist).

    I hope to reach 100 hubs in 2015.

    Thanks for asking, Writer Fox.

  19. rebekahELLE profile image91
    rebekahELLEposted 23 months ago

    WF, thanks for returning to the forums and bringing your helpful advice.  It's nice to see your very helpful posts.  smile

  20. Dale Hyde profile image86
    Dale Hydeposted 23 months ago

    2014 overall showed a reduction in views and pay on HP.  That is the bottom line.  It also had me moving various unfeatured hubs to other locations.  Annual hubs that did well in the past got trivial views this year.  Seasonal hubs were unfeatured, and one of my most popular hubs was unfeatured.  Never understood all the reasoning and do not want to, lol.

  21. Anne Harrison profile image90
    Anne Harrisonposted 23 months ago

    I've just been reorganising my life to devote more time to my writing, with a view to increasing my writing income (which borders on the non-existent) and working a little more from home. So, 2014 was the year I had this insight; 2015 will hopefully be the year i see some results (though probably not give up my day job!)
    A great question - it made me think - I hope your year was a well-deserved good one.

  22. johndwilliams profile image86
    johndwilliamsposted 23 months ago

    2014 was slow for me - I kinda neglected hubpages to be honest. I returned and had loads of un-featured, so I revised those and added another 50 or so hubs at the end of December. So now I am waiting to see hoe Google reacts. Hoping to have many more hubs soon, but I am turning most of my attention towards 3 of my personal blogs...

    Anyway onwards and upwards as they say!

    Good luck all for 2015!

  23. sriramapriya profile image76
    sriramapriyaposted 23 months ago

    I received my first check in 2014

  24. Writer Fox profile image80
    Writer Foxposted 23 months ago

    Here's what people searched for on Google in 2014:
    http://www.google.com/trends/2014/

    1. Writer Fox profile image80
      Writer Foxposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Isn't anyone going to check out that video?  It's full of great ideas for Hubs!

      1. sallybea profile image96
        sallybeaposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        I already did, there are some great ideas, thanks.

    2. rebekahELLE profile image91
      rebekahELLEposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Thanks for posting this link.  The video and corresponding stories are so inspiring.  Happy New Year!

  25. colorfulone profile image88
    colorfuloneposted 23 months ago

    WF, thank you for the article and video links you posted here: http://hubpages.com/forum/post/2692319

    The reply option was not an option there, so I'll post my thanks to you for the help, here.

  26. sunilkunnoth2012 profile image74
    sunilkunnoth2012posted 23 months ago

    I had a successful stint here.  But towards the end of the year it was a bad time with falling traffic and earnings.  I wish to do well and earn well during 2015.

  27. humzayunas profile image61
    humzayunasposted 23 months ago

    Posted my first hub smile ..... And today tried to become hubber and wanted to develop more hubs in 2015 but after losing points on new publication just discouraged sad

    1. colorfulone profile image88
      colorfuloneposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Profile says you joined 3 years ago, but welcome. smile

      1. humzayunas profile image61
        humzayunasposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        Yeah i joined 3 years ago but started using effectively now smile

  28. Bluelotusrajeev profile image56
    Bluelotusrajeevposted 23 months ago

    Just started but still need to drive more traffic

 
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