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At long last payout!

  1. Aya Katz profile image89
    Aya Katzposted 6 years ago

    I got my first Google check in the mail today. It was green and for the handsome sum of $107.18. I'm trying not to spend it all in one place. ;->

    1. Wayne Orvisburg profile image79
      Wayne Orvisburgposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Congrats!! I'm still working towards my first one! How long you been doing this?

      1. Aya Katz profile image89
        Aya Katzposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks, Wayne.

        Supposedly, I've been doing this for two years, but I had some detours along the way and made some silly mistakes. I could probably have gotten it much earlier, if I had done everything "right" to begin with.

    2. Mr Nice profile image70
      Mr Niceposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Aya,
      How are you & cutie Bow?
      Your first Google check is good news. It is difficult to get the first $100 from Google but I think it gets easier later. I got my first check in Oct/2009 & the second one will arrive in April/2010.
      My income improved because I reorganized & fixed all my hubs.
      Out of hundreds only 177 keywords are making money for me now. I have only 63 hubs but you have 117.
      I think you should fix all your hubs that are not making money. If you fix all I believe you can bring more money faster. I wish you good luck.

      1. Aya Katz profile image89
        Aya Katzposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks, Mr. Nice. Any tips on which ones need the most fixing?

        In some cases, I think, it's just probably the wrong forum to publish in. I mean, the fiction. Even the keyword tool doesn't help there.

        1. Mr Nice profile image70
          Mr Niceposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Hi Aya,
          Your hubs look perfect no problem. I guess you need some Google organic traffic to make more money. I wish you good luck.

          1. Aya Katz profile image89
            Aya Katzposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Thanks, Mr. Nice. I do get some organic Google traffic -- but it comes and goes!

      2. PackSecure profile image60
        PackSecureposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I am new to Hub, how does one fix their hubs and keywords?

        1. Aya Katz profile image89
          Aya Katzposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Packsecure, sorry, I only just now saw your question. Even after two years on Hubpages, I'm not exactly sure. One thing I've learned is to find the appropriate keywords for that particular hub. The Google keyword tool is a good place to start.

    3. profile image0
      Justine76posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      big_smile  congrats. spend it on shoes!!!

      1. Aya Katz profile image89
        Aya Katzposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Justine, thanks! I don't know about shoes, though. Bow is the one with the shoe fixation in this household, and doesn't even need shoes!

    4. Rochelle Frank profile image88
      Rochelle Frankposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Great job, Aya! Keep following your unique path-- things keep getting better.

    5. Springboard profile image83
      Springboardposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Hmmm. Sounds tantalizing. smile Congratulations!

    6. calicoaster profile image48
      calicoasterposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Coooooool...Congratulations!! smile smile smile

    7. Dorsi profile image92
      Dorsiposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Yeah Aya!! Congratulations. I'm sure this will be the first of many to come!

  2. Ivorwen profile image83
    Ivorwenposted 6 years ago

    Congrats!  I know you have been working for this for some time now.  May the next one come sooner.  smile

    1. Aya Katz profile image89
      Aya Katzposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks, Ivorwen. I think the next one will be less of a wait!

  3. girly_girl09 profile image75
    girly_girl09posted 6 years ago

    Congrats!!!!

  4. Daniel Carter profile image90
    Daniel Carterposted 6 years ago

    Fabulous news! Make sure you celebrate this! Makes life a little sweeter.

  5. kirstenblog profile image77
    kirstenblogposted 6 years ago

    Su-weeeeet!
    Time to open some bubbly eh big_smile

  6. sunforged profile image62
    sunforgedposted 6 years ago

    Awesome, congratulations!

    They will continue to come at a quicker frequency now.

  7. livelonger profile image89
    livelongerposted 6 years ago

    Congratulations!

  8. charanjeet kaur profile image59
    charanjeet kaurposted 6 years ago

    Congrats Aya, Sweet are the fruits of patience. Cheers for many more faster adsense cheques.

  9. sunforged profile image62
    sunforgedposted 6 years ago

    so now, the first paragraph of http://hubpages.com/hub/The-Secret-to-M … -Hubpages, will need a small revision!


    Any plans for a book on Bow? I would buy it.

  10. lakeerieartists profile image79
    lakeerieartistsposted 6 years ago

    Congrats Aya.  It does feel good.

    1. Aya Katz profile image89
      Aya Katzposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks, Lakeeerie!

  11. Aya Katz profile image89
    Aya Katzposted 6 years ago

    Thanks, girly-girl, Dan, Kristenblog, Livelonger, Charanjeet Kaur and Sunforged.

    We will definitely celebrate today. I'm taking my daughter out to buy Easter chicks.

    Sunforged, do I really need to change the hub, or just report the news in the comments?

    I'm planning to write a book about Bow, but I'm hoping the musical with Daniel Carter will be done first!

    1. sunforged profile image62
      sunforgedposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      You dont have to change a thing!

      but, Ill have to keep an eye out for the Book and musical launch  information.

      A product creator is more likely to be successful than an affiliate.

      But, Ill gladly promote the book once it exists!


      Do you have a a massive collection of photographs of Bow? I imagine such a unique collection could be monetized, online and off


      anyways, congrats...just thinking out loud that writing for adclicks is the least of your abilities

      1. Aya Katz profile image89
        Aya Katzposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I do have a lot of photos of Bow from over the years, but how would I go about monetizing them? I think people on Hubpages don't really approve of hubs that are almost entirely composed of photos...

  12. starme77 profile image86
    starme77posted 6 years ago

    Congrats smile And Many wishes for the next one to be even bigger smile

    1. Aya Katz profile image89
      Aya Katzposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks, Starme! For now, I'll just be happy if the next one comes much sooner.

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    Crazdwriterposted 6 years ago

    YAY!! Aya you made me smile when I read this. Great job!

    1. Aya Katz profile image89
      Aya Katzposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks, Crazdwriter. Glad to make you smile!

  14. The10DollarMark profile image60
    The10DollarMarkposted 6 years ago

    Congrats.

    I only got an amazon payout so far, but that's easy since I chose the gift card option (min $10, instead of 100).

    But I actually don't have that many hubs, and most are really geared more toward amazon than adsense, so it's expected.

    1. Aya Katz profile image89
      Aya Katzposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      TenDollarMark, that's really good, the Amazon income, I mean! I haven't had any luck with Amazon yet. Any tips?

      1. The10DollarMark profile image60
        The10DollarMarkposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Lol I've only made about 15$ from amazon. I wouldn't call that "very good", so I don't think I would have any good advice.

        But I have chatted with some squidooers who actually make a decent amount per month (30-100$) and they were kind enough to give me some tips. Like when you pick keywords, pick something that is specific. Because a person googling (for example) "popular toys" may not necessarily be interested in buying, they might just be curious, whereas a person googling "hasbro furreal elephant" obviously knows what they want so they're more likely to have a sale. So even though there'd be less people googling the second term, it's a better keyword product wise, so it's more likely a visitor will actually click to find out more.

        There were other tips they gave me, but it'd take way too long to write.

        1. Aya Katz profile image89
          Aya Katzposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Thanks, TenDollarMark. So basically it's product centered hubs with specific keywords for Amazon income. I think I only have two like that -- one of them about shoes. The other, fanny packs. These are not big ticket items, so it would take a long time to generate income that way.

    2. Rochelle Frank profile image88
      Rochelle Frankposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      The first time I got one of those I thought it was a scam, and messed it up, losing the whole value. Good lesson, though. sad

  15. Money Glitch profile image88
    Money Glitchposted 6 years ago

    Congrats to ya! http://www.planetsmilies.com/smilies/happy/happy0065.gif Way to go!

    1. Aya Katz profile image89
      Aya Katzposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks, Money Glitch! Now I know the secret to those emoticons, thanks to importing your comment!

  16. gamergirl profile image60
    gamergirlposted 6 years ago

    Congrats on your first payout! It only gets easier from there, keep up the good work.

    For note, it took me 9 months to get my first payout check, then about 3 for the next one, and I get them every other month now.  I'm $10 away from payout for the month of March, so I'm right on track to reach payout on a monthly basis from here on out, provided I publish at least one hub of my standard quality a week.

    Yee-haw!

    1. Aya Katz profile image89
      Aya Katzposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks, Gamergirl! I think it's looking more like another seven months till the next payout for me, based on March income.

  17. Greek One profile image79
    Greek Oneposted 6 years ago

    I've heard a lot about this "It take about 9 months to get your first payout"

    As I have been hear for 9 months, and seem to be about $99 away from my my first payment", should I be calling Adsense?

    Thankfully, I am only about $10 away from my first Amazon payout

    1. Aya Katz profile image89
      Aya Katzposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Despair not, Greek One! Your day will come.

    2. livelonger profile image89
      livelongerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      It took me 8 months to get my first payout.
      Then 4 months to get my second.
      Then 2 months each for the subsequent 3 payouts.
      For the last year or so I've been making $200-300/month. Looks like it's going to be $315 this month, a banner month despite not having published anything!

      Persistence does pay off.

      1. alexandriaruthk profile image55
        alexandriaruthkposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        this is an inspiration for US

        Congrats Aya!

      2. Aya Katz profile image89
        Aya Katzposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Livelonger, wow! You are an inspiration to us all. I'll have to take another long look at your hubs to see what you are doing that is so right!

  18. Annie May profile image60
    Annie Mayposted 6 years ago

    Congratulations - we all know what hard work and sheer determination it takes to get to where you are now. I'm looking forward to the day when I can put the same post up.

    1. Aya Katz profile image89
      Aya Katzposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Annie May, thanks! May your day come sooner rather than later.

  19. Mieka profile image80
    Miekaposted 6 years ago

    Congratulations!!! And have fun going out with your daughter for the easter chicks! big_smile

    1. Aya Katz profile image89
      Aya Katzposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks, Mieka! We already went. My daughter picked out two black chicks and two "red" (actually yellow) ones. They are adorable, and she is thrilled.

  20. Sufidreamer profile image82
    Sufidreamerposted 6 years ago

    Great work, Aya - well deserved after your hard work and tribulations.

    I am looking forward to the book about Bow, too big_smile

    1. Aya Katz profile image89
      Aya Katzposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Hi, Sufi! Good to see you! Thanks for the encouragement.

      The question is what sort of book about Bow should I write? Scientific or general? I want the world to know what he can do, but I have a feeling that most people would be more interested in the human interest side of things. I'm torn...

      1. Sufidreamer profile image82
        Sufidreamerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Tough one, but I would go for the general - a bigger market and much easier to sell. You could always follow up with a more scientific one afterwards.

        You could probably find a good middle way - think David Attenborough, Carl Sagan, and Stephen Hawking - very informative yet also very readable. With your flowing style of writing, you should be able to write a book that appeals to both levels smile

        1. Aya Katz profile image89
          Aya Katzposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Appealing to both levels is a good idea -- although somewhat challenging to accomplish! Thanks, Sufi. I think you're right.

  21. Aya Katz profile image89
    Aya Katzposted 6 years ago

    Thanks, Alexandriaruthk and Rochelle Frank!

  22. Mutiny92 profile image85
    Mutiny92posted 6 years ago

    That is awesome!  Congratulations!

    1. Aya Katz profile image89
      Aya Katzposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks, Mutiny!

  23. ThePartyAnimal profile image80
    ThePartyAnimalposted 6 years ago

    Congrats - it seems like the first payout takes forever and for me it was just that and then I have been making it every month and far exceeding the minimum now. Almost like once it gets going it just builds and builds. Good luck and may it keep coming for you.

    1. Rochelle Frank profile image88
      Rochelle Frankposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      That's very encouraging Party Animal-- I'm seeing the beginnings, and I know there is mor I could do if I got really serious. (Hard for me to do.)
      Enjoy your party... and thanks, again.

    2. Aya Katz profile image89
      Aya Katzposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Wow! I need to follow your example, Party Animal!

  24. Lamme profile image87
    Lammeposted 6 years ago

    Congratulations!

    1. Aya Katz profile image89
      Aya Katzposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks, Lamme!

  25. Shalini Kagal profile image80
    Shalini Kagalposted 6 years ago

    Congrats, Aya - there's nothing quite like the first time! smile

  26. Aya Katz profile image89
    Aya Katzposted 6 years ago

    Thanks, Springboard and Shalini! Now I guess I need to go back to writing hubs, as my traffic has plummeted today. We can never rest on our laurels!

  27. habee profile image91
    habeeposted 6 years ago

    WTG, Aya! Here's to many, many more!

    1. Aya Katz profile image89
      Aya Katzposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks, Habee! I hope to keep it up.

  28. rmcrayne profile image94
    rmcrayneposted 6 years ago

    Aya congratulations on AdSense payout!  And thanks for starting this thread.  By sharing their own stories and stats, Hubbers have really provided some great perspective! 

    From the info in this thread, plus other threads over time, I think I’ve done maybe a little better than average on my AdSense progress.  So here’s my info and stats for anyone who’s interested: 

    -I wrote my 1st hub 26 Aug 09, about 7 months ago. 
    -My AdSense acct was approved and set up 11 Nov 09, less than 5 months ago. 
    -I made my first payout 22 Mar 10, (about 2 weeks ago) with about 115 hubs, and around 37,000 total page views. 
    -My Mar AdSense was over $50.  Who knows if that will hold, but if it does, it would put me at payout every other month. 

    My hubs are on average 1000+ words, and (I think) well thought out and well written. 

    I try to write at least 1 hub on the HubMob topic most weeks.  In this way I write on topics I would not otherwise have thought of or chosen. 

    Of my top 10 most viewed hubs right now, 7 are HubMob hubs, with 4 of those also Health Hubs contest hubs.  Two of my current top 10 have been in my top 10, usually my top 5, for months.  They are HubMob topics that I definitely would not have otherwise picked. 

    My HubMob hubs also help spike and balance my traffic.  I had great traffic in Feb from 2 hubs on Olympic Women’s Figure Skaters.  Now it’s at about 0, but I’m getting good traffic from a couple of my Health HubMob/contest hubs and a business HubMob hub. 

    I’m definitely not super savvy with all of this.  I can’t really tell you which hubs or keywords are getting the clicks.  I have tried to look at AdWords for selecting titles and keywords for the last couple months, trying to be a little more targeted.  I try to pick terms that get on average 1K to 10K searches a month.  Sometimes more, up to 50K, but never huge numbers like 100K or more searches a month.  Sometimes I cross reference with how many returns on terms with Google search, and go with a term with the lowest returns. 

    After getting nearly burned out from 28 contest hubs and 4 HubMob roundup hubs in 28 days, I’m going to try to step back from hub addiction, and spend more time doing some of the things sunforged has advised, to improve existing hubs and traffic.

    1. Aya Katz profile image89
      Aya Katzposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      McCrayne, wow, that's a lot of information! You seem to have been doing things all more or less right from the start! I think that the traffic spike I got from reddit early on really threw me off, because it was non-paying readers, so to speak. It's better to have a smaller, steady stream of much more useful readers.

      It may be that it's a good idea to spread out to topics that are not what we would normally write about. That seems to work for you. I'll have to consider it...

      1. rmcrayne profile image94
        rmcrayneposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Sorry Aya.  Guess it's my nature to be long winded.

        1. Aya Katz profile image89
          Aya Katzposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Not at all. It helps to know these things, and I'm glad you shared your experiences.

          1. rmcrayne profile image94
            rmcrayneposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Many of the hubbers participating in sunforged's 60 day challenge have shared their stats, mostly average and total views.  Overall, I was pleased with where I stand, and super motivated to do some backlinking and promoting.  Here's sunforged's hub with links to the participants.

            http://hubpages.com/hub/Goals-Planning- … n-HubPages

    2. barryrutherford profile image30
      barryrutherfordposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Great stuff !

  29. Rafini profile image86
    Rafiniposted 6 years ago

    Congrats Aya!

    1. Aya Katz profile image89
      Aya Katzposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks, Rafini!

  30. theherbivorehippi profile image82
    theherbivorehippiposted 6 years ago

    Congratulations!!  Isn't it such a great feeling of accomplishment?!! smile

    1. Aya Katz profile image89
      Aya Katzposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      The herbivorehippi, thanks! It's halfway between a feeling of accomplishment and one of bemusement!

  31. emievil profile image84
    emievilposted 6 years ago

    Congrats Aya!

    1. Aya Katz profile image89
      Aya Katzposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks, emievil.

  32. profile image0
    mtsi1098posted 6 years ago

    congrats indeed

  33. wrenfrost56 profile image82
    wrenfrost56posted 6 years ago

    Way to go, many congrats and heres to the next one. big_smile

 
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