ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

200 Hubs Posted

Updated on January 19, 2020
Click thumbnail to view full-size

My HubPages Background

I posted 200 articles on HubPages. I joined HubPages over 5 years ago. I reached 100 articles 2 years ago. The purpose of this article is to share what I think I know not to praise myself or complain about HubPages’ perceived shortcomings. There are many who have posted more articles to HubPages in a shorter time. There are many writers who are far more successful by any metric.

Method of Operations

I like to work on 3 articles at a time. I am normally working on an article related to vintage aircraft, a movie or vintage TV show article, and an article about something else. I often have some articles in my head. Getting my thoughts in a word file gives my thoughts a better chance of becoming a completed project. If I get “writer’s block” on one article I can continue with the other writing projects. If my writing projects become more involved than I initially thought I might be able complete a simpler project or two. This way in almost the same timeframe I have completed two or three projects instead of just one.

I write an article about any movie I see in the theater. I give these articles a higher priority. I sometimes look through my photo collection for ideas for an article. I have written articles readers have suggested.

I try to spend some time working on an article every day. I’ve found if I wait until I can find the time or be in the mood to do something, I’ll rarely have the time or mood to do something. Life has a habit of getting in the way of things. A few minutes, and one sentence, puts me a sentence closer to a completed article.

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Hits by countryHits by Platform - last 90 days
Hits by country
Hits by country | Source
Hits by Platform - last 90 days
Hits by Platform - last 90 days | Source

Stats and Observations

I have about 30,000 hits. My Hubber Score is 85, give or take a point of two. My score for the articles has been stuck at 72. It took me 5 years to reach a payout, $50 which HubPages promptly paid. These stats put me in the category of an unremarkable hubber.

My only Amazon sale was on November 21, 1996. I normally include 1 or 2 Amazon capsules in my articles. HubPages removes most of them in the automatic edit. I’ve had limited success in keeping Amazon capsules in my articles by naming capsules so they would closely match the article’s title.

My most successful article has over 1,700 hits. I posted it on September 1, 2014. It averages less than 1 hit a day. It’s a case of the tortoise beating the hare. It never had a spike in hits.[i] The first article I posted, on July 5, 2014, has over 500 hits. It’s 11th for the number of hits. Except for an article on the original Twilight Zone series, over 850 hits, the top 11 hit getters are aircraft articles.

Typically, my new articles are the top hit getter for 2-3 days. Occasionally my older articles have a spike in hits. These spikes seem to have some relation to outside influences. Two of my aircraft articles, about two of the aircraft in the movie Top Gun, spiked when there was publicity concerning the Top Gun sequel.[ii] This is one reason I don’t take down articles. The spikes are unpredictable. Another reason is stray hits add up. None of my articles have sustained a daily two digit hit count for more than a few days at a time.

I have posted 18 short stories. My short stories average 60 hits. The hits range from 21 to 130. The advantage I found with posting short stories to HubPages is some readers suggested I continue a short story. Two of my stories turned into trilogies this way. I didn’t name the short stories Parts I, II, & III. This might explain the disparity between the hit counts. One trilogy has an expected sharp drop from the 1st to 2nd story then a slight drop from the 2nd to 3rd story. The other trilogy has a sharp drop from the 1st to 2nd story the 3rd story has almost as many hits as the 1st story.[iii]

An article I posted in the Naval Combat subtitle is 7th in popularity. It received 9 hits in the last 30 days and has 400 hits total. Judging from the rankings of articles in Aerial Combat & Dogfights the popularity isn’t judged by the number of hits. My two highest ranked articles in this subtitle have far fewer hits than other articles.

The most comments I received, 43[iv], was the article I wrote about me posting 100 HubPages articles. That article received 132 hits. My highest scoring article received 2 reader comments. I always respond to comments. I’ve experienced one or two cases where HubPages mistakenly thought a comment to my article was spam. In one case it may have been the country of origin. I’ve only experienced one case of spam.

I have seen other users where comments have generated more hits. In one case the user writes articles that lead to great readership involvement. In another case the comments took a political turn and that generated many hits.

I post every HubPages article to Pinterest and Facebook. Of the 847 hits I received in the past 30 days, 27 came from Pinterest and 30 came from Facebook.

HubPages recommends reader polls in the articles. I’ve seen some users who had great responses to their poll questions. My questions only generate a handful of responses.

[i] For the purpose of this article a “spike in hits” means a two digit increase in hits that lasts less than a week.

[ii] Top Gun: Maverick, scheduled for U.S. release on June 26, 2020.

[iii] The “Castle” trilogy numbers as 130-51-45. The “Cesium Flash” trilogy numbers are 45-21-40.

[iv] This includes my responses. Sometimes multiple readers comment at about the same time so I make one comment to answer these users.

Thoughts and Practices

When a Hubber comments I give their page a Hub page a look. If it’s a Hubber that hasn’t posted any articles I give them a welcome message. If the user has articles that I haven’t read I read one of their articles. I’m not a poetry reader but have read and appreciated some poetry thanks to this practice.[i] I usually leave a comment in articles I read. Often when reading an article, I go to the HubPages of other users that have commented on the article. Making contact with other Hubbers is a way of letting users know I exist.

America, my native country, accounts for 57.5% of the hits since November 1, 2015. The United Kingdom accounts for 5.9% and Australia accounts for 3.4% of the hits. Next is France with 2.9% and Russia with 2.6%. I have received at least 1 hit from most of the other countries. I still haven’t cracked the Greenland market. Since over 40% my hits are outside America, I usually show English and Metric measurements in my articles. I also try to avoid or footnote American colloquial expressions.

I wish HubPages would be more flexible with the Amazon capsules. Selling a single $18 item on Amazon will generate as much revenue as 750 hits. For me such a sale is equal to 25 days’ worth of hits.

Occasionally HubPages will stop featuring a capsule because of low traffic. I haven’t figured out how HubPages decides which article to stop featuring. I typically make some minor changed and save it. HubPages typically doesn’t feature the article because of quality. I normally remove an Amazon capsule and HubPages features the article again.

I enabled the Article Q&A on January 19, 2020. Time will tell if it does anything to the hit count. I hope you find this information and useful. If you feel my speculations are wrongheaded by all means comment and set the readership right.

[i] Trying to solicit or accepting a mutual read agreement is unethical at best.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Robert Sacchi


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)