CPM is rising, Amazon and e-Bay Sales are flourishing, is this the upturn? Is anyone else experiencing the same?
My CPM is higher than it has been, but nowhere near it has been during my best seasons. I've had an uptick in Amazon sales recently, but they are sporadic. Views are about normal right now, but the real test will be to see how I do during the early summer months. Generally, things really get "hot" then (pardon the pun), and I'm hoping the same holds true this year.
For this account, I'm not doing so good, was doing better a month or so ago. Have to check my other account which usually performs better than this one. however, ups and downs are normal. In this biz.
Yes, CPM is rising which is a good sign and traffic is on the up. This could be the beginning of the beginning!
How much of an increase ballpark percentage-wise? Straight AdSense is currently being nice to me and I'm hesitant to switch back to HP Ads unless the CPM increase is really significant.
Still the same little figures! Heading no where, far too long already. More important is the page views, still stagnant.
Yes, things are looking up and rosy. Traffic climb has been steady. Still no Amazon or Ebay sales but I never expect any. Earnings going up nicely. Let's hope the the turn around remains stable.
still down. down since the hubs were "optimized" in the fall by that outside company.
Of course, still down. There isn't going to be a turnaround at all. Time to abandon ship I say. Earnings have been down for FOUR months. This is disheartening and discouraging to writers. Why write for crumbs, really!
I made a total of 12 sales last month, 9 from e-Bay and 3 from Amazon. These made up nearly half of my income but CPM is definitely rising, not by much that is true but it is consistent. I am hopeful that this trend will continue. I also have one large purchase this month from Amazon and that has already made a difference.
I fail to understand why ads get snipped, especially if they are making money for the site and writers.
I do think what you write about has a lot to do with your numbers and sales, Sally. Craft how-to's are very popular and sell well on Pinterest....and you have a ton of talent in that area. They also allow for multiple sales, which many other topics do not. Therefore, I think it's difficult to compare your level of success with those of the average writer here. I applaud you, but I also think we need to step back and look at the reasons why your numbers are coming up. I also think that once a "crafts" niche is built, you're really going to do very, very well.
I agree with you. It was more than luck which made me concentrate on a niche right from the beginning of my writing here. I can now clearly see that some of my best writing, that which I love and call 'real writing did not work or even pay. I say that with some sadness because I love fiction. I don't believe the subject has only to be craft related as I have one hub which has receives far more views and from which I sold a lot of products. Sometimes it is more a case of solving a problem which the reader has.
I started this thread because I want to give some encouragement to others here. We don't want to lose more writers here whilst staff dithers, does not issue us with titles for writing which heaven know they will need when they get their niche sites going. I will in all likely hood not write another hub here until I know that my niche is going to be included in their niche sites, it not, I will simply hae to add them to my own website but it will be with a sad heart. I love writing here but I also need to make a residual income. The past three months have been difficult with such low CPM. Views have been twice what they were but payment has stayed the same. If it was not for Amazon and e-Bay I think I would have given up ages ago. I appreciate your input.
I think many writers, including myself, have gone through that impasse when you realize that what you like to write won't get traffic or money, so you make the logical and practical decision to figure out what will get traffic and money and start putting your valuable time and energy into that. I went through that and many more will too.
I also agree with you that it's not wise to write articles here at the moment that you are not sure will be moved to one of the niche sites. I've been thinking I'll hold off on that too. Like you, I have homes for many Hubs if they don't make the cut here.
I think this points out to writers here that making money is about more than writing well. You have to be smart in your choices. Many think things happen "by accident', but that is far from the truth. It takes a long time to figure out how things work, and even then, it's tough to come up with topics you know enough about to be able to earn from them.
In your case, I wouldn't worry about the niches. If they leave crafts off the docket, they'd be idiots to do so because they are so very popular with readers!
Me? I have no other place for my work, so I spend my time upgrading and adding where I can in the hopes that my topic will eventually find a home on a niche site. If not, I'm done...and that will be a very sad day for me, not because of the money, but because I just love writing here and I greatly enjoy the people I've met.
Whatever will be, will be!
I think you are right, if it does turnaround i'll be blown away at this point...over the past few years traffic has been decreasing..and now its decreasing very fast.
Hahaha Sally. To an extent I agree CPM seems to be on the rise but not close to reaching pay-out though. Good to know you have been making sales especially on ebay.
Straight AdSense being really mean to me today. Much more of that and HP Ads will be back in my future sooner than I thought.
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