I am looking for (probably in the wrong places), some kind of explanation of how to determine actual earnings from this new program.
Not being an accountant or any good at math, and new to the world of SEO and such, I find the "your earnings" page totally confusing.
I cannot tell how much I've actually earned, because there are about 2 or 3 columns of dollar amounts, and for me, it would be much easier to understand if there was but a single column, labeled, "Your actual earnings" or similar.
I may be out of line, totally mis-understanding what I'm looking at, but the first click-through from the 'my account' page shows a total at the bottom, but choosing the 'all time' option shows a total for different ranges of time, AND a total that does not appear to agree with the other numbers. ...
Maybe it does...like I said, I don't do numbers, and I find it very confusing. Maybe I should write a hub about how I became so horrible at what for many is simple arithmetic, but I'm afraid that would come under "purely personal."
This link should be on your account page near the top of the page. http://hubpages.com/my/earnings/hpads
If you click that link it will take you to another page where your earnings are listed. Reading from left to right they will be as follows. Column 1 will be what you earned yesterday. Column 2 will be what you earned in the last week. Column 3 will be what you earned so far this month. Column 4 will be what you earned last month.
Below these columns you are able to set a specific time to view your earnings. Set a beginning date first then set an ending date. Click submit and follow the column to the bottom which will show what you earned during the time you set.
For instance, if you set a start date at July 1, 2011 and an end date of August 1, 2011, you will be able to see the total of your earning for that time period.
I hope this helps.
I find the earnings summaries pretty easy to make sense of.
The first column, "yesterday," shows how much all your Hubs earned yesterday. The only time you don't get this total is when a new month starts, and for some reason, they just zero out that stat on the first day of a new month.
The second column, "last 7 days," is a rolling total of what all your Hubs have earned in the last seven days.
The third column, "this month," is probably the one thing you want to really pay attention to, as it tells you the total for the present month.
The fourth column, "last month," gives you the overall total for your last month's earnings.
As I said above, I think if you just stick to checking the number in the third column, you'll be fine.
Thank you both--I will give it another look-see. I think I got confused somewhere along the line where it seemd that my "earnings" total was higher than the "CPM" total..and if I understood correctly (probably not), that should not have been the case...
...still studying... thank you for your patience..
If you have more than 1000 impressions your earnings should be higher than the CPM figure, otherwise it will be lower.
This is because CPM is how much you have earned per 1000 views. It is a calculated figure found by dividing the earnings by the number of views and multiplying by 1000.
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