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Celebration On HubPages - 1 Month, 10 Hubs And 22 Cents

Updated on January 25, 2013

Happy One Month

Fellow Hubbers, join me in my celebration of one month on HubPages. It was an eventful time, packed with learning and getting to know all the rules here. It was also a pleasure of meeting you all and deciding that I want to stay here for longer. The community is absolutely fantastic, so helpful and encouraging. HubPages is a great system but without its people would be just another article directory.

Why did I choose HubPages over Constant Content, Triond or similar sites?

I was actually looking for article directory or a system where I could earn money writing. I have done my homework, looked around, and checked other systems. I've registered with Constant Content and Triond.

Constant Content is a kind of an auction where people bid for your articles and buy them. The plus side of it is the money upfront – once the article is sold.

The minuses: there are no other incentives, if customer buys full rights the article doesn’t belong to you anymore and my English is not good enough yet to pass revision process which itself takes a week. I may start writing there again at one point just to differentiate my potential sources of income, once my writing improves.

Triond is very similar to HubPages in this aspect that it pays from adverts so there is no upfront quick money. The interface is very poor though and there is not much one can do to make the article look pretty and well formatted.

The rights to the article are also lost once it's published. They publish it on various known sites so potentially the income could be bigger but I cannot say anything about it with only one article published.

I have also read a lot about Suite101 but as the process of signing up required proving that I'm a good writer already, I gave up on this for now. There was also a rumour they were hit by the Panda update and have done nothing to recover yet so I guess it wouldn't be the best choice anyway.

So I ended up here on HubPages

  • with easy registration process,
  • wonderful tools for hub creation and
  • huge learning centre supported by
  • countless hubs about HubPages written by you.

So thank you very much for all this help, it's invaluable! Also the fact that:

  • I have so much control over the articles and
  • the rights stay with me for whatever it's worth, makes a big difference.

No quick money and hard work

I have read many hubs discussing the earnings process on HubPages and the two things stand out. It's a hard work and it's not a quick money scheme.

Hard work involves:

  • writing a lot, and then even more, high quality hubs,
  • searching for keywords that people look for in google search and
  • working on backlinks to your hubs.

The last two activities are all about getting traffic.

Creating a hub takes a lot of time

I may have only 10 hubs but they weight like 100. I have spent a lot of time working on them. I've got a feeling, that I actually spent all my spare time in last month on HubPages. So I'm very proud of those first 10 hubs like parents are proud of first steps of their baby.

I read somewhere that it should take no more than an hour to write a 1000 words long hub with editing. Well I have a way to go then.

Maybe the typing bit takes only an hour but then comes the editing and dictionary checks. After that – a couple of hours on keyword tool before I settle on a proper title and have a list of keywords to use. Finally there is formatting and making hub pretty. All together takes a few hours of work for sure.

I know it's too many but I'm still learning. Not only how to find and work with keywords, but also how to write. English is my second language as you may easy tell from grammar and style errors I make. I can only hope that the more I write the quicker and better it will be. And I should be able to reuse my keywords once I create a descent set for all the topics I cover.

Let's celebrate!
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My first money earned on HubPages

I've read more than once that it's not a quick money project and that it takes about a year and 100 hubs before one can see any profit. So I was actually in shock when I started to see some cents being added to my account. I know that for most of you it's not even worth mentioning but for me it's simply awesome.

It was a pure luck that I have joined HubPages after they introduced the HP Ad program where we are paid for impressions not clicks. Thanks to that my earnings simply exceeded my expectations and they keep doing it.

For me it's a great motivator as it means that I can see instant results for my effort. So I want to raise a toast to the HP team for giving me an opportunity to earn my first 22 cents.

I would never imagined that I will not only publish my writings at all, but also do it English and earn money out of it – unbelievable!

Another 11 months till 1 year badge

It's the beginning of the journey for me. I hope my motivation won't decrease and I will keep writing. I believe the bigger money will come along with improvements to my writing skills.

But even if they stay on 22 cents level, when I will be celebrating my first year here I will become richer in other ways. I can say for certain that

  • I will know much more about SEO,
  • My writing skills including grammar and style will improve,
  • I will have a good record of content writing,
  • I will know a great bunch of people and be part of amazing community,
  • And of course I will get my 1 year badge.

Wish me luck in getting there!


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    • jfay2011 profile image

      jfay2011 6 years ago


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      marimccants 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your experience.

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      leann2800 6 years ago

      Yeah, I am going for both quantity and quality. Its a good place to blog. I am learning what works and what doesn't and what part of my voice others are actually interested in. I look forward to growing as an author and learning with each other. Wishing you all the best

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      Ania L 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks @leann2800 and I'm sure you will get paid a good amount here one day.

      I like the quote about luck: "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity". So I think preparation or a lot of hubs here is the key :)

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      leann2800 6 years ago

      lol, been there, done that, bought the t-shirt. But, I hope to improve my writing and free my voice in the process. Maybe I will get paid a good amount one day on here, maybe not. But, I like the environment. Good luck.

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      Ania L 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you epigramman for your kind words - my enthusiasm and attitude comes mainly from the wonderful atmosphere here in HubPages community - from people to people in this small world :)

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ..well that's 22 cents more than what the mighty epigramman has made here and take a look at my numbers if you want to have your head spin - lol lol - love your enthusiasm and your open mind and great attitude - and yes you also know how to write - and very well.

      lake erie time ontario canada 5:28am the charm and attraction of the Hub is it truly makes the world a smaller place .......

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      Kristin Trapp 6 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks for the clarification - one hour on fiction does seem possible :)

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      Ania L 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you @ktrapp for your kind words. I can see you managed to build a big fanclub here in three months only :)

      As for the one hour article - I think that a person who talked about it, meant writing only so maybe they thought about fiction stories. As you rightly pointed out, with research, keywords, links and photos it always takes much more but it's worth it to put the effort and offer as much information as possible on chosen topic.

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      Kristin Trapp 6 years ago from Illinois

      Ania - I have been here about 3 months and am enjoying both the ability to publish easily and the community. Everyone seems so willing to help each other out, as you pointed out. I'm not sure who says that you should be able to produce a hub within an hour but I don't think a good quality article is possible to produce in one hour if you take into consideration keyword research, maybe content research, perhaps your own images, etc. Best wishes. You are off to a great start!

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      Ania L 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you for stopping by @food4you - I'm glad you enjoyed reading my hub.

      Also good luck to you too then, in overcoming these challenges:)

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      food4you 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Good luck to you, Ania. I have some of the same challenges, as English is my second language as well. This is a great hub; I've enjoyed reading it.

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      Ania L 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you @prasetio30, based on your profile I can see you are long enough here to tell it's worth it :)

      Yeah hundreds of hubs sounds tempting although I believe more in quality than quantity, still joining both together woudl craete a win-win situation for sure and many sleepless nights as a side effect ;)

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks for share your experience as a member of HubPages. Keep on writing, never give up and do the best. I have the same idea with "anglnwu". Can you imagine if you have hundreds of hubs. Wish you all the best!


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      Ania L 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you @anglnwu, I deifnitely came to the right place. I have realised that I have learned much more in that one month about SEO and writing, than for a whole previous year when I was developing a website.

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      anglnwu 6 years ago

      Congratulations, you made 22 cents--for 10 hubs. Imagine 100 hubs--that will be $22--haha--it never works out that way. I enjoy writing on hp because, as you pointed out, you can arrange the hub any way you like it--it's easy to include videos and pictures. And I never could write that fast either--I research for most of my hubs and I generally do a lot of reading before I start on a topic. That said,you've come to the right place and good luck!

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      Ania L 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      And that's the main point @anjperez, the more motivated we are, the easier it comes and is more fun :) Good luck with your hubs, you are doing well based on what I could read.

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      anjperez 6 years ago

      great to know experiences of hubbers here. i am just starting out with my hub that's why i am really interested in reading what others has to say. to say the least, i am motivated to write here in hub pages. more so after reading your article.. (,")

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      Ania L 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks @Dolores, I'll try although I have similar problem as you - I should write more hubs! 10 a month will not get me too far.

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      Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Pretty good for only a month! Stick with it, Ania. This new subdomain thing here has really helped my hubs. My only problem here is myself. If I wrote more hubs, I'd be doing so much better. Follow the rules and suggestions and you'll do very well.

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      Ania L 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks a lot @ronhi. Yes, I had the same feeling - the quality of HubPages hub creator is top notch for me comparing with other similar sites. However, I quite like the idea of most searched topics or phrases, still I don't know where they take them from

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      ronhi 6 years ago from Kenya

      Congratulations...and you sound like you learnt alot already..By the way, i tried triond and constant content too before i came here and i was so impressed by HP. All the best

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      Ania L 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks guys! Oh Yeah for the dreams @lord de cress :)

      And I also hope for double income this month @JEDIJESSSICUH especially with help from your reddit hubs.

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      Jessica 6 years ago from Kansas

      Congratulations on making it to one month and ten hubs. :) Also on your first $0.22. Hopefully that will at least double in your next month here on the site. Voted up and awesome.

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      Joseph De Cross 6 years ago

      Aww, this hub was from the bottom of your heart, Ania. Hope you fulfill your dreams!Voted up!