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Updated on January 19, 2020
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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.

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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

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    • Robert Sacchi profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert Sacchi 

      8 months ago

      Thank you for reading and commenting. I found it a good way to keep moving forward. If one article stalls there are others to move forward on. Different writers have different strategies. If the strategy works great, if not then it seems a good idea to try a different strategy.

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      Kalpana Iyer 

      8 months ago from India

      233 as of now. Congratulations. 3 articles at a time - that's impressive.

    • Robert Sacchi profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert Sacchi 

      11 months ago

      Thank you. You're very kind. I hope you found my experience helpful.

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      EK Jadoon 

      11 months ago from Abbottabad Pakistan

      Whatever it is but you are a great writer.

      And 200 articles, that's a huge achievement.

    • Robert Sacchi profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert Sacchi 

      12 months ago

      Thank you very much.

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      Liza 

      12 months ago from USA

      Congrats, Roberts!

    • Robert Sacchi profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert Sacchi 

      12 months ago

      Thank you for reading and commenting. I wrote this article, and previously one after my 100th Hub, so readers could determine what I did right and what I did wrong. That way writers could match or exceed my performance. Welcome to HubPages and good fortune.

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      Liliane Najm 

      12 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      Hi, you provide useful information in your article even though it’s about your experience..

      I started writing articles for HubPages about 5-6 weeks ago and enjoy writing. The only thing that makes it acceptable to me to get few hits is the pleasure of writing.

    • Robert Sacchi profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert Sacchi 

      12 months ago

      Thank you for reading and commenting. Five years is a long time. In my first year with HubPages I read a HubPages article which explained if you write 1 Hub a month not to expect many hits. So I figured if I wanted a decent number of people to read my articles I'd better write more articles.

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      Farrah Young 

      12 months ago from Lagos, Nigeria

      200 hubs is such an impressive number. You must be a dedicated writer.

      I hope to hit this figure sometime soon too.

    • Robert Sacchi profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert Sacchi 

      12 months ago

      The problem I have with that is sometimes they don't recognize the connection between the article and the capsule. An article about New Orleans with a capsule for a book titled "The Big Easy" might get removed.

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      Peggy Woods 

      12 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Supposedly, the only Amazon capsules that are allowed, whether on HP or the niche sites, are ones specifically addressed in the article. Except for a couple of book reviews that I did, and have the Amazon links to those books, most of the others have slowly been eliminated by editors at HP. For the most part, I avoid putting Amazon capsules in my articles these days.

    • Robert Sacchi profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert Sacchi 

      13 months ago

      I've seen people claim to get into a niche site articles shouldn't have Amazon capsules. Do you find that to be an urban legend?

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      13 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      When I first started, I just started writing without a clue about how best to do it. Fortunately, Hubpages offers all kinds of free tutorials of how best to write and use the various capsules to best effect. They keep evolving, and now, with Maven being a part of the team, things continue to change. Getting on those niche sites seems to now be the goal. In addition to occasionally writing new articles, reworking the older ones to fit the niche sites is now my primary goal. It is a learning process!

      Best wishes to you on your next articles moving forward. Reading articles from people all around the world can be so much fun as well as informative.

    • Robert Sacchi profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert Sacchi 

      13 months ago

      Thank you for reading and commenting. I'm glad you found it interesting.

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      SDB 

      13 months ago from Australia

      Interesting article Robert.

    • Robert Sacchi profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert Sacchi 

      14 months ago

      Thank you for the kind words.

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      Rochelle Ann De Zoysa 

      14 months ago from Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

      Yes I hope so too :) I hope that every person would be healed and kept safe. People would co-operate to the methods that being used for safety without endangering more lives including theirs.

    • Robert Sacchi profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert Sacchi 

      14 months ago

      Thank you. I am glad you found this useful. You too stay healthy. I see Sri Lanka is notching up. Hopefully your country can get a handle on it. The situation is out of control here.

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      Rochelle Ann De Zoysa 

      14 months ago from Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

      Congratulations on your achievements :) I found this useful :) Hope you are safe and healthy :) Keep writing!

    • Robert Sacchi profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert Sacchi 

      16 months ago

      You're welcome. I hope you find it useful.

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      Anya Ali 

      16 months ago from Rabwah, Pakistan

      Thank you for a well-written and informative post!

    • Robert Sacchi profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert Sacchi 

      16 months ago

      Thank you. Very kind.

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      Peggy Woods 

      16 months ago from Houston, Texas

      As FlourishAnyway wrote: Here is to your next 100 articles!

    • Robert Sacchi profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert Sacchi 

      17 months ago

      Thank you for reading and commenting. World wide reach impresses me also. It seems writing farms had their heyday before 2012.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      17 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Congratulations on reaching 200 articles. You have kept better track of your numbers based on the category of your hub than I have. I think you can learn what works best for you that way.

      I don't bother using Amazon at all anymore. Since Hubpages doesn't seem to want to see them you can't make an money that way.

      Hubpages used to pay a lot better a few years back, but I don't really write to earn a lot of money. I could do that on other websites if I wanted to but I love eing able to communicate with great people from all over the worls. That is the attraction for me.

    • Robert Sacchi profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert Sacchi 

      17 months ago

      Thank you all for reading and commenting:

      FlourishAnyway - I was talking about your articles when I mentioned readership involvement.

      Peggy Woods - Fewer Amazon capsules apparently means doing better on Google searches. The flip side is there is a slimmer chance of making money on the articles.

      Liz Westwood - I would have to agree with your husband about it being a hobby. HubPages itself says it's not a way to get rich. You may want to give Pinterest a try. A boost here an a boost here and things add up.

      MG Singh - Thanks for the encouragement.

      RoadMonkey - Yes, I should put more effort into working with ways to boost my articles' profiles. I chose a second article rather than updating my 100 Hubs article so those interested could see the progression or regression,

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      RoadMonkey 

      17 months ago

      That's a great work ethic you have set out. And your consideration of your stats is very useful because it may lead you to find a good way of sharing your articles in places where they will be appreciated and read more often.

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      MG Singh emge 

      17 months ago from Singapore

      Excellent Robert, keep it up

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      Liz Westwood 

      17 months ago from UK

      Thanks for sharing this, Robert. It is interesting to find out how Hub Pages works for you. I have been signed up for 2 years and have yet to reach a payout. I try to spend at least an hour a day on a 'working day' writing on my next hub project.

      I put 2 Amazon capsules in my first hub only to find that they had to be deleted before it could be featured, so I have run shy of them ever since.

      I thought my downfall was not being on social media. So my long term plan is to try Pinterest.

      I am fast giving up on the thought of making much from Hub Pages and am in awe of those that do so. My husband views it as more of a hobby than an earning opportunity for me.

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      Peggy Woods 

      17 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Congratulations on your 200th post on this site. Like you, I wish that we could use Amazon as we did in the past. With their new rules, I now have very few Amazon links in my posts. Also, like you, I try to extend the courtesy of reading other people's posts and leave a comment if they have taken the time to do so on mine. Why some posts do better than others is somewhat of a mystery.

      It is fun reading what other people write. I see places around the world that I'll never get to visit in person. There is so much to learn, and writers on this site have such varied interests and experiences that they freely share with us. Making friends is also possible.

      May you continue to enjoy your experiences here, and hopefully, you will be rewarded in many ways. Onward and upward!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      17 months ago from USA

      Congratulations on this significant milestone. I appreciate reading about others’ experience as writers here. Mine has different challenges but I definitely agree with you on that Amazon capsule issue. Keep writing! On to the next hundred!

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