I've written for Hub pages for several years - it took me a year to get my first payout - after that I earned about $30 a month and the payouts came about every fourth months.
Then, last January 2011 all my income just stopped - I've only earned about $22 since then. I searched for a forum topic about this and discovered one but it's been deactivated.
I sent several emails to adsense/hub - no response. I'm wondering if I can take my articles down and sell them elsewhere?
I assume you've checked that you can still login to your Adsense account?
Have you checked to make sure your Adsense ID is correctly entered on your affiliate settings?
If you've checked all that and they're OK, it sounds as though you were affected by the changes Google made to its search algorithm. Most of us were, though not as badly as you seem to be (which is why I'm suggesting you do those checks, to make sure nothing else is wrong).
Before you give up, have you considered signing up for the new HubPages Ad program? It's simple to sign up and it can go a long way to compensate for the loss of Adsense.
I get so confused by all this - I'll check again - but not exactly sure what I'm supposed to be checking. I did have a LOT of articles that required re-doing because of the Amazon ads being at the top of my arcitle - not sure why they couldn't have just programmed that in (to just move them without freaking me out 100 times by sending me emails that my articles were messed up in some way). Thank you for answering my post - I'm still very confused by all of this.
Click on "my account" at the top of the page, then click on "Earnings".
That should bring up the "Affiliate Settings" screen.
Click on "Google Adsense Reports" and make sure that takes you to Google Adsense, and that you can log in. If all that works, then you're OK.
But I would still recommend signing up for the HubPages ad program.
It is your content, you can take it down any time and then do what you want with it.
Pat, just offering a "seconding" of what psychskinner said: She's right. You can remove them and do whatever you want to with them, as long as you don't want to put them on a site that wants something that's never been published anywhere else on the Internet before.
A tip - read the conditions carefully!
Most sites want unique content, which means it mustn't appear anywhere on the internet NOW. They don't care if it was published some time in the past.
There aren't many places which will insist on totally unique, never-ever-published-before-anywhere work. BrightHub is the only example I can think of right now.
So the tip would be - if you do decide to move your work elsewhere, unpublish it from HubPages and wait a few weeks before trying to publish it elsewhere, and you should be fine.
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