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Updated on August 20, 2017
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Graph of my articles as of 8/18/17.My article about the Smithsonian's Tank Ta-152 generated the most hits.The sinking of the HMS BARHAM.  Its legacy included a trial for witchcraft.I titles my article about the A-4 Skyhawk; "The A-4 That Other Top Gun Airplane".My short story, "Return to the Castle Ruins" generated the most comments but only a few hits.
Graph of my articles as of 8/18/17.
Graph of my articles as of 8/18/17. | Source
My article about the Smithsonian's Tank Ta-152 generated the most hits.
My article about the Smithsonian's Tank Ta-152 generated the most hits. | Source
The sinking of the HMS BARHAM.  Its legacy included a trial for witchcraft.
The sinking of the HMS BARHAM. Its legacy included a trial for witchcraft. | Source
I titles my article about the A-4 Skyhawk; "The A-4 That Other Top Gun Airplane".
I titles my article about the A-4 Skyhawk; "The A-4 That Other Top Gun Airplane". | Source
My short story, "Return to the Castle Ruins" generated the most comments but only a few hits.
My short story, "Return to the Castle Ruins" generated the most comments but only a few hits. | Source

My HubPages Background

I have posted 100 articles on HubPages. At the suggestion of one of my HubPages followers I decided to write an article about my HubPages experience. I joined HubPages over 3 years ago. I joined after Yahoo! Voices closed down and wanted another place to post articles. I revised some of my Yahoo! Voices articles and short stories and posted them to HubPages. Yahoo! Voices preferred articles of 400 words or less while HubPages prefers longer articles. The purpose of this article is to share what I think I know not to praise myself or complain about HubPages’ perceived shortcomings.

Stats and Observations

I have under 11,000 hits. This is understandable since I have unusual tastes. I usually put 2 Amazon links in my articles. I use to put 1 Amazon and 1 Ebay link until HubPages discontinued its relationship with Ebay[i]. My Amazon links have generated only 1 sale. This sale earned my account $1.51. My account balance is less than $22.

I have had some difficulty with the HubPages editors concerning my Amazon links. It seems the HubPages editors sometimes have difficulty understanding the connection between the article and the Amazon links. I get the impression it has to do with an article’s title. If the title is “The Beatles and The Rolling Stones” an Amazon link to a book titled “Rock Groups of the ‘60s” might appear unrelated. The difficulty I’ve had could be because of my unusual tastes.

Almost all of my traffic sources are from either hubpages.com or the Google domain. The Google hits are from at least 17 different countries. I have linked all of my articles to Pinterest and Facebook. In the past 30 days Pinterest and Facebook generated less than 10 hits each for me.

My most successful article has over 1,200 hits. This article has received 1 or 2 hits on most days for the 3 years it has been posted. Two other articles have over 500 hits. The rest of my posts have under 400 hits. Almost ½ of my posts are vintage military airplane articles. Most of my other posts are about vintage movies and television shows. I have posted 12 short stories and the 2 with the most hits are, as of this writing[ii], tied at 55. The article scores range from 55-84 with no correlation between the score and the number of hits. The high scoring article is number 6 on my list of hits.

I don’t have any “Do it yourself” articles. None of my posts are overtly religious or political. None have started a religious or political discussion. One of the articles I follow isn’t political but the article’s comments took a political discussion turn. Judging from the number of notifications I have received on this article it must be getting a good number of hits. That is just on the basis of 1 comment means 1 hit. There is no direct correlation between the number of comments and the number of hits. One of my short stories received the most comments. My most popular article has only received 1 comment[iii].

The vast majority of the most popular posts are Questions and Answers (Q&A) and Discussion. On August 19, 2017 46 of the most 50 most popular posts were either “Questions and Answers” or “Discussions”. Three of the other top 50 posts were political articles. On August 20, 2017 HubPages’ list of best posts had Q&A and Discussion posts the top 32 Hubs. This is typical of what I have seen when looking at the most popular and best posts.

Two of my articles have had interesting hit behavior. One article had no hits for a long time then there was a hit spike for a couple of days. I don’t know why. I speculate it may have been because the words “Top Gun” are in the title and the spike was about the time word was getting out of a Top Gun sequel.[iv] Another article received few hits for about 2 years then it got a bump in hits. It was about the HMS BARHAM. Someone who has a great interest in the supernatural read this article right before the bump in hits. My speculation is since the sinking of the HMS BARHAM had a supernatural nexus the reader may have let others with similar interests know about the article. Whatever the reason the moral of these stories is there is no telling when there will be a greater interest in an article.

I hope you find this information and observations useful. If you feel my speculations are wrongheaded by all means comment and set the readership right.


[i] HubPages discontinued the relationship due to lack of sales.

[ii] The writing date is 8/19/17.

[iii] I’m not counting my response comment.

[iv] The Top Gun sequel, Top Gun: Maverick, is scheduled to be released in 2019.

Thank you

Thank you Au fait for convincing me to write about this.

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    • Robert Sacchi profile image
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      Robert Sacchi 2 weeks ago

      That is true I have received a lot of encouragement and good suggestions from others in the HP community.

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      RTalloni 2 weeks ago from the short journey

      Nice that you've shared your 3 year experience. It's difficult to have expectations for the future because HP's change ups have been rather regular, so, to me it's important to have more than one goal in mind as a member of the site. There are lots of things to appreciate, one of which is the learning opportunities that come from participating, and another is the opportunity to hone one's writing skills.

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      Robert Sacchi 6 weeks ago

      Thank you for reading and commenting. Is there anything different about your article, or its title, that got almost 7,000 views? Did you notice a sharp drop in hits at any point?

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      Nadine May 6 weeks ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Nice article. I have experienced very similar points that you mentioned. I joined Hubpages in order to promote my visionary fiction novels and what this VF topic is all about. I'm also a graphic designer but it has been difficult to write about that world without adding any links to make my articles more informative. My creative story writing gets fewer hits than my articles, and some get a lot more views without knowing why. In total, I have 43.944 hits of which one article has over 6.953 views in the 4 years with 125 published posts. I've only reached my first $50.- payout two years ago. Not one since. I will still keep writing articles because it is a good practice and one never knows that one day it might pay off in a different way. Not everything can be about money.

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      Robert Sacchi 3 months ago

      Yes, it is interesting, and there are other such books on Amazon as well. It would be great to share stats. I figured I should be specific about stats since it doesn't appear one can look at other people's stats. It's not a criticism. I can understand why such stats wouldn't be public information.

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      Peggy Woods 3 months ago from Houston, Texas

      This one probably will be a hit for all those people comparing stats and/or thinking about writing on this site. I did not know that a book had been published by Patti Markow until I saw the ad at the bottom of your page. Interesting!

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      Robert Sacchi 3 months ago

      Thank you very much. This article is doing relatively well, 43 hits so far. It was also my top article hit wise. I wonder if this one will be a steady hit generator. It seems in the military aviation topics on HubPages almost all of the articles are mine. That tells me the aviation buffs are reading somewhere else.

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      Peggy Woods 3 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      Your articles for the most part fit a very narrow niche which should do well in that niche topic. They are also well documented and photographed well. Wishing you success in the days ahead!

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      Robert Sacchi 3 months ago

      The $22 is on paper the minimum payout is $50. It's about 500 hits to a dollar. The trick is to write articles many people want to read and/or link to a product many people want to buy. I haven't produced an article that has that right combination. Hopefully you will have better luck.

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      Sudipa 3 months ago from India

      Just wondering with more than 11,000 hits and 100 + articles, you made just $22? How long do we need to wait to make some money?

      and thanx for writing this, it is really helpful.

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      Robert Sacchi 3 months ago

      You're welcome. Hopefully it will be of some assistance and you put up some Hubs that have a big appeal.

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      BrandyMD 3 months ago

      Congrats on 100 articles, though I do hope revenue picks up for you. Hubpages takes patience as I've noticed. Thanks for the insight.

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      Robert Sacchi 3 months ago

      Yahoo Voices had some nice features. I liked that they paid out at much smaller increments. I also had a couple of my articles spike with them. A disadvantage was the lack of staying power for articles. Most seem to have dropped into oblivion after a couple of days. Did Yahoo Voices' demise take you by surprise?

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      lori811 3 months ago

      Me again. Just wanted to share that Yahoo Voice was formerly Associated Content. I wrote for them. Good times and good "green". Yahoo Voice was upscale and not everyone was accepted. Keep up the great work and God bless!

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      Robert Sacchi 3 months ago

      Thank you very much Au Fait. That is a very good suggestion about a military airplanes news group. When Yahoo! Voices announced they were closing down they did mention some writers who had beats would be kept on.

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      C E Clark 3 months ago from North Texas

      So interesting that you used to write for Yahoo! Voices. I have noticed that they still include articles in their 'news' stories written by lesser known people like those of us on HubPages. They're just mixed in with the stories from the big news agencies.

      Most of us get our views from Google and that is a major reason HubPages goes out of their way to please Google above all other search engines. Those are the views that add up to earnings.

      I wonder if there are newsgroups that focus on vintage military airplanes where you might get involved and comment now and then? Sometimes they will allow you to include a URL in your comment so that people can find out more about you if they wish. The URL to leave would of course be the one to your profile page so that they could learn more about you and peruse your articles. That would give all of your articles a boost. Just something to think about . . .

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      Dora Weithers 3 months ago from The Caribbean

      Congratulations on your 100 articles! Hoping that increases happen for you all around.

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      lori811 3 months ago

      Hey Robert - Congrats and kudos on your 100. You never cease to amaze me or your fellow-hubbers:) Yes, you certainly have had and continue to have quite a journey in writing and each time the article is better than the one previous. You are very thorough, yet concise. Continued $ucce$$ and God bless!!