152 Hubs Later and What I have learned on HubPages
I have been a member of HubPages for approximately 17 months as of writing this Hub and I know most writers here pick their 100th Hub to reflect on their journey up until that point and to be honest I just didn’t want to do the same old same old.
Plus I probably just didn’t have that much to say. I just finished reading a couple of other hubber’s reflective hubs on being here for 2 years and one was a 100th hub.
Both articles were great reads and I thought what the heck here is my chance to ramble a bit and hopefully teach someone something about writing on HubPages and quite possibly if anything just entertain you with my incredibly interesting and witty ramblings I am about to lay down on you.
I will be honest with you. I haven’t been as enthusiastic over the last 5 or so months as I was the 1st year writing here.
I was all gung ho the first year creating Hubs and then spending quite a bit of time creating back links for those hubs on different websites by writing smaller somewhat informative hubs that would hopefully urge the reader to click the link which would take them to my hub.
I spent a lot of late nights and a lot of time on the weekends doing this. I was a bit discouraged when it took me about a year to collect my first Adsense payout. I know the topics I chose to write about are heavily saturated on the internet but it is what I know.
Some I did research on but all of my hubs on fitness and nutrition I picked from dusty filing cabinets in my mind. I tried to make a few friends on HubPages but never really got much reciprocation so gave up on that quickly.
I did and still do answer the odd question just because I do like to help others and that is one of the reasons I joined this website.
After the first year when I realized I wasn’t the most gifted writer I thought I would try another way to make money on the internet. A way that I have wanted to try for many years but just never made the effort until a few months ago.
I tried my hand at selling products on eBay. It took me about 3 weeks to figure out a pattern on eBay that I saw successful sellers following and experimented with it. It worked; I was making a few dollars right away.
I did write a few hubs recently on my learning’s on how to make money on eBay. If you are interested in selling products online you should read them. I really think they would help you in your decision.
The only thing I didn’t like which is a necessity to be successful there is you have to keep purchasing product to sell product. Of course you could go the drop ship way but that isn’t for me.
I like to see what I am selling so I can feel good about my pricing and the product. I have let my ads run out on eBay currently as there is a postal strike in Canada and it’s hard to mail anything when no one is picking up the mail.
The one thing I learned on eBay is the one thing I learned about writing on HubPages. Before I tell you though let me just throw this out there.
When it comes to back linking I recommend stopping your back linking efforts for 60 days and just focus on writing hub after hub after hub. Since Google changed their algorithm or whatever they did in the winter it appears my back linking was all for not.
I get hardly any click throughs from those pages on other websites that I spent hours and hours creating for over a year. I did notice over the last 5 months though that when I created a new hub my clicks jumped a bit.
When I stopped creating my clicks dropped a bit. It’s a numbers game plain and simple unless you are a very talented writer, which there are many of you on this site but I don’t think I am. It is as plain and simple as create a lot of hubs just keep writing.
The more hubs you have the more clicks you will get on your ads. Of course some will argue and say you still have to be a good writer to have people come to your page.
Well if you are a good writer your visitor might be too interested in actually reading your Hub than clicking on an ad to get the heck out of there.
Am I Right?
So I am torn on that one because I want to help people or share information but I am also interested in the making money part as well.
So 152 Hubs later and yes I believe I have learned a bit on how to create a decent Hub and have recently realized what it takes to make money on HubPages.
If I could go back to when I just started here I would just create hubs and would leave the back linking and socializing until I had well over a thousand Hubs. Yes I am going to keep creating hubs because I really enjoy it. I enjoy HubPages and I do follow a few people and read most of their Hubs. I don’t have much else to say.
If you actually spend the time to read my ramblings I would like to thank you for doing so. I wish everyone great success in health and wealth.
I wonder when I will write another Hub like this one, maybe my 273rd just because. Stay tuned.
Update June 13, 2012.
I have recently caught the lazy bug and stopped creating hubs for the past couple of months. During my laziness I still checked my HubPages account to see how much money I was making. I would also check my Google Adsense account once and even twice a day to see if I was getting any clicks there. Unfortunately when you are using the HubPages ad program your Adsense clicks are minimal. Well mine are anyway. I noticed a pattern with the traffic to my hubs while I was not active on the site. My traffic dropped about 20% I would guess and fluctuated up and down always coming back to that 20% loss range. Sometimes I would get spikes but they were short lived.
I also noticed that a small group of my hubs received the majority of traffic while the rest had the odd hit here and there.
I thought to myself that there must be a way to get more traffic with minimal effort and I think I might have come up with a good idea. I know it has been written about probably many times on HubPages but I have never tried it.
I have decided to edit and add more material to every single Hub I have already created. I would add videos if applicable and I will try to insert more widely searched keywords for the topic of the Hub I am editing. I won’t be doing any back linking, just improving the material I already have.
I am expecting my traffic will rise just like as if I was creating new hubs. This is the first Hub that I am updating by telling you what I have noticed recently on HubPages while I caught a bit of the lazy bug.
I will definitely come back and update this Hub once I have gone through every one of my other Hubs to let you know if and how much my traffic spiked. That way you will know if updating and editing your own Hubs is really worth your while.
Update June 29 2014
Since writing this Hub I have been deleting my underperforming Hubs as they appear.
I am now down to just over 100 Hubs.
So I am not sure what it takes for a fairly good writer is is no so internet savy to succeed on here. If you know the secret please share with the rest of us.
Another Update. February 14, 2015.
I am now down to seventy some hubs left. I have been updating some and others just don't seem to do well. So instead of trying to update and refresh them I just get rid of them. I am hoping to eventually get down to a smaller number of hubs that perform very well and earn me a payout every month. Ciao for now.