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24 articles, more than 2 months on HP and still earning just pennies

  1. Filip Stojkovski profile image90
    Filip Stojkovskiposted 2 weeks ago

    Hi everyone. I've been putting some work in writing quality articles the last few months, all my articles are approved as featured but earnings are still pretty low. I have earned a total of $1+ in two months, and with that speed it will take years to reach checkout. I have both Hubpages and AdSense programs active. Today I noticed I had no "ad units" on my AdSense so far, can that be the reason? Than you.

    1. CYong74 profile image88
      CYong74posted 2 weeks ago in reply to this

      From what I've read, the whole online writing biz is not as lucrative as it is a few years ago. If you've only been here for 2 months with 25 ++ hubs, and you haven't hit 10K views, I would personally think your current total is average.

      As poppyr wrote, you need more hubs. You also need to give it time to grow. Over time as your views increase consistently, your CPM would also increase. Lastly, and again this is my personal assessment, I think you need at least a hundred views per day to see 10 cents. Note too that not all hub views = ad impressions. Impressions are usually lesser.

      Oh, one more thing. It helps A LOT to get as many hubs on the niche sites.

    2. Jan Saints profile image85
      Jan Saintsposted 2 weeks ago in reply to this

      It's the work of HP to place the adsense ads, but I think they usually forget to do so for some HP accounts, causing the adsense accounts not to earn and prompting Google to close them!

    3. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image91
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 2 weeks ago in reply to this

      I've been here for 5 1/2 years. the first two years I earned very little.  The third year I took a big hit from Google and had to start all over again. I rebuilt my site and for the past several years finally started doing well, but it has taken a lot of time and hard work to get where I am right now.

      If you keep producing quality, search friendly hubs you'll do well in time, but with just 24 of them, you're just at the beginning.  You need to upgrade what you've done so that your work can be moved up to the niche sites because that is where the money is.

      I looked at your hub about learning to swim as an adult, and here are some problem areas I found:

      Your title is not interesting.  You need to write titles that draw attention to your hubs.  "Learning to Swim As an Adult" might be better worded as "The Best Methods Adults Can Use to Learn How to Swim".

      Your first photo is not accredited at all.  It would also help to put wordage on it that reinforces your topic so that the photo can be used on Pinterest to garner views.  You should also edit all photos to make sure that the minimum pixels are 1000.

      Always place introductory content first and make sure the wordage or synonyms for it appear in the first 100 words.  These should also appear right at the end of your hub.

      Never use the words "Introduction" of "closing thoughts" to title a capsule.  Readers should be able to tell that what you have written is introducing or summing up your topic.

      Break the text within capsules into small paragraphs rather than into one large block of words.  This makes them easier for people to read.

      Capsule titles should tell a story that represents the beginning, middle and end of what you are writing about.  Your capsule titles don't do this and the organization of your capsules seems random.

      Focus on your topic.  If you are writing about adults, then don't discuss kids, etc.  Also, if you are discussing how to learn to swim, save a discussion about safety and equipment for other hubs and stick to your topic.

      It is very important that what you write about be something that fills a need for the reader or answers a question he has. 

      Always add a poll, map or callout to a hub to make it more interesting.

      You have a good basis for an article here, but to be moved up to the niche sites it needs a lot of revamping.  The critique I gave you here can be used for any article you write.

      I have received more than a million views using this technique, so it has worked for me.  Hopefully  it will work for you, also.  Check out a few of my articles to see how I have used these ideas so that you can get a better understanding about what I discussed here.

      Good Luck.

      1. Kain 360 profile image89
        Kain 360posted 2 weeks ago in reply to this

        You have over 1 million views which is good, though.

    4. Sherry Hewins profile image97
      Sherry Hewinsposted 2 weeks ago in reply to this

      It looks like six of your articles have already been move to niche sites. Most of your article seem to be informative, that's good. I am optimistic about your chances of doing well at HubPages. When you are writing an article, give practical instruction and advice, not just theory.

      If I were in your position, I would focus on writing for the niches that already like you (feltmagnet.)  Also, think about which niche would be appropriate for your other featured articles, improve them, and submit one every 14 days to be moved.

  2. poppyr profile image92
    poppyrposted 2 weeks ago

    You've only been here for two months, right? You won't usually start earning any decent amount until at least a year and 50+ hubs. How many views do you roughly get per day?

    1. Jeremy Gill profile image88
      Jeremy Gillposted 2 weeks ago in reply to this

      Poppy is right; it takes time. Hey, at least you were accepted pretty quickly into AdSense, so that shows something!

      Like she said, earnings are based on views. Experiment and discover which kind of articles get the most. When I write an article, I take into account both how much I'll enjoy creating the Hub and how likely it is to receive views.

      1. Filip Stojkovski profile image90
        Filip Stojkovskiposted 2 weeks ago in reply to this

        Good strategy, I guess it's a good way to stay motivated on the long-run, thank you, Jeremy!

    2. Filip Stojkovski profile image90
      Filip Stojkovskiposted 2 weeks ago in reply to this

      I get very few view daily, it varies from 5 to 45views at most, but that's why I'm asking this question. Can it be that an issue in the ads setup is not registering views? In the dashboard, it says that both adSense and HB Earnings Program are active. I don't know, the more I read people's comments, I kind of realize that it just takes much more time and work.

      1. Jeremy Gill profile image88
        Jeremy Gillposted 2 weeks ago in reply to this

        That sounds about right. $1 is earned for about 1000 views, so 5 to 45 won't generate too much. Keep at it, and you'll get there!

        1. Kain 360 profile image89
          Kain 360posted 2 weeks ago in reply to this

          $1 for every 1000 views is an extremely low CPM. It's usually at least 2 or a bit higher.

          1. Jeremy Gill profile image88
            Jeremy Gillposted 2 weeks ago in reply to this

            Agreed, it's a very conservative estimate, but the point still stands. If you're not in the hundreds yet, you'll be making far less than a dollar a day. Still, you'll get there with hard work and quality writing.

  3. chef-de-jour profile image88
    chef-de-jourposted 2 weeks ago

    If you persevere and continue to produce quality articles that qualify for the niche sites you will start to earn more.
    I can tell you from direct personal experience that consistency is the key - maintain a steady output of good articles that are competitive in their field, that reflect your knowledge and passions and are original - and you will come good eventually. You won't make dollars instantly on HP, you have to create evergreen articles that stay the course. Be patient, give it your best shot and try not to get too downhearted. Bon chances and bon voyage.

    1. Filip Stojkovski profile image90
      Filip Stojkovskiposted 2 weeks ago in reply to this

      Thank you!

  4. sunilkunnoth2012 profile image61
    sunilkunnoth2012posted 2 weeks ago

    Things are so bad here in HP now. Earnings and traffic are the worst now. I don't know how to get rid of this crisis.

    1. theraggededge profile image96
      theraggededgeposted 2 weeks ago in reply to this

      The last few months have been the best for years!

      1. paperfacets profile image89
        paperfacetsposted 2 weeks ago in reply to this

        dido raggededge,
        But honestly, I have waited for two Years. To have Hubs in the niche titles is the key.
        That is when I started to see a few dollars a day.

    2. Melissa A Smith profile image93
      Melissa A Smithposted 2 weeks ago in reply to this

      I had the best month I ever had last month.

  5. Chriswillman90 profile image93
    Chriswillman90posted 2 weeks ago

    In my first three months here I earned just over 2.50 and I had about 25-30 articles so don't be discouraged. It took me exactly a year and half to reach my first payout and this was before the niche sites were introduced.

    Once you hit that first payout things usually start to snowball from there as long as you keep producing quality content that's marketable.

    So definitely continue to write and it'll pay off eventually.

    1. Filip Stojkovski profile image90
      Filip Stojkovskiposted 2 weeks ago in reply to this

      Great advice, thank you!

    2. Marisa Wright profile image94
      Marisa Wrightposted 2 weeks ago in reply to this

      We're not supposed to discuss specific earnings these days so I can't say for sure - but in the days when we could discuss earnings, most people took a year to make their first $50.   Once they'd hit their first payout, things would start to snowball, and they'd make their next payout in three months, then they'd start making payout every month. 

      There will always be people who join HubPages and start making money straight away, either because they're already experienced online writers or because they have knowledge in a very lucrative area.  But they are the exceptions, not the rule.

  6. UnnamedHarald profile image92
    UnnamedHaraldposted 2 weeks ago

    I started writing hubs in August 2011 and didn't get my first payout until August 2012. I just kept writing about things that interested me and kept at it. I think I wrote nearly 100 hubs that first year. Some of those early hubs went on to become my best earners (I tend to write evergreen articles). Good luck.

  7. Will Apse profile image91
    Will Apseposted 2 weeks ago

    I just earned 1.81 dollars selling a Happygo Super Small Male Chastity Device. Isn't HP wonderful?

    1. greenmind profile image91
      greenmindposted 2 weeks ago in reply to this

      Will, you KNOW you're not supposed to buy products off your own Hub...

      1. Will Apse profile image91
        Will Apseposted 2 weeks ago in reply to this

        If only I had known such things existed, lol.

  8. janshares profile image87
    jansharesposted 2 weeks ago

    It's different for everybody, hard to gauge in comparison to other hubbers. But as others have stated, 6 to 9 months is the average for most. It may be slightly better now thanks to the genius of the niche sites. It took me 2 months (around 12 to 15 articles) to earn a few coins to jiggle in my pocket. It took me 7 more months (maybe around 20 to 25 articles) to reach my first payout. Currently at 88 articles, I still don't reach monthly payout. But I'm hopeful that will change soon with increased traffic and earnings, thanks again to the niche sites. I also need to write more. hmm

  9. brittpinkie profile image92
    brittpinkieposted 2 weeks ago

    Last month was my best ever, as well.  To OP, it just takes time.  Quality is more important that quantity.  I don't have even 50 hubs, but I make well over the payment threshold every month. It took me close to a year to start making payout, but I've been getting payments every month since mid-2015. Just keep writing about things you're passionate about, make sure your hubs are getting moved to vertical sites and you'll be fine!