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Breaking $1 a Month on Hubpages

Updated on August 27, 2012

Even Earned a Bit Over $1.00

Proof is in the Pudding.
Proof is in the Pudding. | Source

The Long, Slow Road to One Dollar a Month Online

Making $1 a month online is something that took me 9 months and 17 Hubs to do. I've just made $1.30 for this month as of today.

During the time it took to make $1 a month, I mostly ignored the social aspect of the Hubpages community, mostly because I'm busy in my life and busy with other things when I go online. I would occasionally read Hubs I found interesting, sometimes comment, but most of the time I just go about my life. When I had an idea for a Hub I'd write it down or file it away in my mind for later. And then sometimes I'd find myself in the mood to write, or thinking about a certain topic, and along with this I'd have a desire to earn some moola, and off I'd go, writing a Hub.

Because I was so used to seeing such little pocket change when I logged into Hubpages, it was easy to think writing Hubs was never going to make me any money. I kept my spirits up by equating my earnings into the real world. ("Oh look!" I'd tell myself - "I can afford a stamp!" and so forth.) However, after reading some more Hubs by more active members I decided the problem of my little earnings was my own fault. So recently I just made a mental note to myself to try to write more and to become a more active Hubber.

No sooner did I publish just one or two more Hubs then I noticed my little pocket change had increased a bit! Since I'm no Big Potatoes I happen to get excited by little penny increases in my earnings amount. I guess I see it as people enjoying my writing, which makes me happy.

Since I was soon spending more time on Hubpages writing, I spent more time browsing what's out there. And there are so many interesting articles out there written by other Hubbers. So with the new mindset that it was possible to increase my earnings with more work and effort on my part, I started learning from other Hubbers, following others, leaving comments when I like articles, adding fan mail, and reading up on what I could do to improve my writing and my Hubpages earnings.

I decided to try to be less critical with my own ideas about what I should be writing. So what if I wasn't a total expert yet or had only a story to tell? As long as I was doing my best and trying to be accurate, enjoying myself and enjoying reading my own writing, I decided I'd take a stab at it. I consider it a win-win proposition.

That's when I realized I really enjoy writing Hubs and what's even more funny ~ I didn't mind that I was doing it for practically free! I'll take a long-term view of my online writing work and build up for myself a nice little asset of quality Hubs. ...I'll just try to take less time to do that than I have in the past!

Goal Achieved!

Here's the second installment of my earnings tracking. I brought my Hubpages earnings up to $10 a month just a few short months after writing this hub. Check out:

The Exponential Pull to $10 a Month on Hubpages

Time To Set Some Goals

With becoming more prolific in mind, I began reading more Hubs about other Hubbers who wrote prolifically or were adept at making money online. One of my favorites is kksonakiya's hub "How to earn $100 from first month on Hubpages".

I work full time and have other interests and activities I regularly take part in, so writing 10 hubs in one day is not likely to happen too soon around here, but I'm going to take the gist of the article to heart. I can become a more prolific writer and still enjoy writing. I believe that it's true that it can be easy to write a lot of articles quickly. I just haven't done it yet. ;)

Last night I wrote a hub about the time I took care of some little baby mice, and what that experience was like (it's called "How to Care for Baby Mice"). While I had cared for the mice a couple of years ago, I never even considered writing a hub about it until out of the blue last night. All I did was think about what things I've blogged about on my personal blog that others might find interesting too, and the mice idea came up right away. The hub was written fairly quickly and I enjoyed writing it immensely. I don't know how many more pennies it's going to bring me, but I'm glad I wrote it and shared that experience with the world.

I would like to do more writing like that, that I enjoy doing, and I would like to have a great deal of hubs to my name. Since I've been slow to start, I'll have to get on it. From now on when I have an idea for a hub, I'm going to try to get it done at the earliest opportunity, rather than putting it off and letting it sit. (Usually what happens then is I forget about it, or become too critical of the idea, or feel it's too much work to get to at the moment, or etc. etc. etc...)

I am not sure how quickly I'll be able to write a lot of hubs, but I'm going to try to get a lot more done. Rather than having a set number of hubs to write in a set period of time, my goal is simply to stay active and keep writing regularly. I have to balance my life with this goal, but at the same time, I want to make sure I am effective at writing. So my goal is a very rough estimate of writing a couple of hubs per week, and the more the better.

I will keep you posted.

I am happy I have earned my very first dollar per month online. It was not as much work as I thought it would be. And since it doesn't feel like "work" anyways, I look forward to earning my next increase in earnings soon.

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    • carozy profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you and good luck for your own earnings!

    • ivanmarginal profile image


      6 years ago from Jakarta

      Impressive. Keep going!

    • carozy profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for your kind comment and the vote up :)

    • peachpurple profile image


      6 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      I love your hub. I am having the same problem as yours too... $1 per month. It's like dragging a cow up to a tree! Very inspiring and motivated up. Very true to yourself. I like your style. Voted up!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      In all honesty I didn't give much thought to the money aspect when I signed up; my girlfriend is the one who said I could make money doing it. Now that you have shown me the riches that await me I can hardly wait to write again. :) Thank you for the hub; it was actually quite useful and answered several questions I had.

    • nityanandagaurang profile image


      6 years ago

      you have very beautifully described your journey is like you.thanks for such nice hub carozy

    • carozy profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks for the advice! I'll have to do more of that.

    • carozy profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you! Looking forward to that and to reading your articles also. :)

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      Mike Russo 

      6 years ago from Placentia California

      I've been with hub pages for two months and I have made 3 dollars with 10 hubs. From what I've been reading I think a lot of has to do with back linking. Thanks for SHARING.

    • mooboomoo profile image


      6 years ago from London

      I just broke the $1 mark too! Reading your hub is like reading my mind (except your mice are my chickens). I really enjoy your writing and here's to breaking the first $100!

    • carozy profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you, I'm working on more hubs. Enjoyed your RV ones. Happy travels!

    • carozy profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you, I'm glad you liked it. I've been hanging around Hubpages a lot more and doing more writing. I think every article helps and love getting comments, so thanks! :)

    • Stephanie Henkel profile image

      Stephanie Henkel 

      6 years ago from USA

      I think your positive attitude is wonderful and that by setting realistic goals you'll eventually build your earnings, too. Keep on hubbing!

    • pmccray profile image


      6 years ago from Utah

      You've gotta start somewhere. I've got so much going on (like working, sleeping and eating)no way can I write ten hubs a day. Voted up, marked useful and interesting.

    • carozy profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for stopping by. Others' success keeps me motivated so thank you for sharing!

    • dappledesigns profile image


      6 years ago from In Limbo between New England and the Midwest

      I see it as this: when I first started I was making 10¢ a month. Then it progressed into 10¢ a day. So.... in theory if I just keep at it, it will continue to rise :) Thank you for sharing! It keeps me motivated.

    • carozy profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks for your advice! I appreciate it coming from you who wrote 100 hubs in a month!

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      Shasta Matova 

      6 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on your first dollar carozy. You've got the right attitude - keep posting hubs and networking and you will watch your income go up. I think I am seeing about one or two cents per day for every hub I had written, and that includes the initial surge when the hub first gets written. Writing when my idea is fresh helps me a lot, since my enthusiasm tends to die down the longer it stays on the list.

      I think writing about what you know is the best idea. I haven't taken care of baby mice and don't know the first thing about it. Things that are normal to you are based on your experiences. My normal isn't your normal, and I figure that I can tell you what I have learned because that will save you a bit of time to do the research.

    • carozy profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks Jobanski, I'm glad you liked it!

    • carozy profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks for commenting and voting it up! I'm glad you enjoyed my hub. Nice to inspire others like others have inspired me. :)

    • carozy profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for stopping by! I appreciate the comment and the support :) Good luck with your hubbing also.

    • Jobanski profile image


      6 years ago

      Great article. Thank you for sharing your experience!

    • Arren123 profile image


      6 years ago from UK

      Thank you for sharing this, very interesting indeed. Voted up :)

    • Dewette profile image


      6 years ago from NV

      Great article! Voted up. I was very happy when I made a dollar and I`m hoping mine will go up too :)

    • carozy profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for your support pinappu!

    • pinappu profile image


      6 years ago from India

      Hey carozy, good luck to you for the future. I hope your monthly income will go to 100x than that of now. Happy hubbing.

    • carozy profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you all for stopping by. I appreciate the support and encouragement I get from so many Hubbers! It inspires me to do more writing :)

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      Karen Hellier 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      I'm trying the 30 Hubs in 30 days challenge, as I just started on here last week. I am up to 9 hubs in 6 days. Right now I am very motivated to do this. I am a bit nervous though about what happens after I hit 30...will I lose my motivation and slow way down??? I guess time will tell but I too am enjoying writing. Good luck to you.

    • Naima Manal profile image

      Naima Manal 

      6 years ago from NY

      Thank you for your hub. I think many of us who've started here fall into a slow start, but with consistency and a "just-do-it" frame of mind, I think we will successfully reach our goals. Thanks for sharing.

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      Christabel Evans 

      6 years ago from England, UK

      Voted up. I think the more hubs you write, the more your cents will turn to dollars. Create hubs that people search for from search engines and you will see more of the cents.

      Hope you have more ideas to write about.

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      Joana e Bruno 

      6 years ago from Algarve, Portugal

      Congratulations, I wish it's the first of many more $$$

    • carozy profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you Azure11! Appreciate your support!

    • Azure11 profile image

      Marian L 

      6 years ago from UK

      Well done carozy, $1 is a start! It can only increase from here on and before you know it you will be getting your first Hubpages paycheck :)


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