Commemorate Publishing 1000 Hubs - My HubPages Experience
This is my 1,000th hub, which I am proud to present as a commemoration of my time spent at HubPages. (You can see my countdown hubs below.)
Writing 1,000 hubs was a challenge at times. There were times where I couldn't stop writing, publishing multiple hubs a day, but there were times where I couldn't come up with anything to write about or just couldn't get inspired to write about topics I had already thought of. One-thousand hubs is a huge ordeal and accomplishment for me, especially for the reward that I receive (both monetarily and mentally).
Writing on HubPages is a great outlet where I can help others with their pets, share popular gadgets and accessories, and earn at the same time.
My HubPages revenue doubles my regular job's monthly salary. Now, that's with years of a lot of work, stress, and strain, but I have done it. I'm not quitting my day job any time soon, as it does offer benefits that freelance writing doesn't, but I'm quite pleased with the extra income that HubPages has provided to me.
So anyway with that said, this is my 1,000th published hub. This is a summary of my experiences at hubpages, with a few statistics, and a few tips and suggestions that may help others.
The HubPages Community
Forums: When dealing with the community, especially in the forums, learn how to build a tough skin. Without it, you just may get upset, pissed off, stepped on, etc. There are plenty of strong personalities in the forums, that frequently butt heads. If you plan to be on the forums and participate, tread lightly until you get the hang of all the different personalities.
The forums is a great place to get to know your fellow Hubbes and learn tips about succeeding here, but please keep in mind that there is a 'search' feature for a reason. It may take some time to find the answer, but there are tons of repeat questions and suggestions asked. The 'search' feature will help, as will the 'Help' section tabbed at the top of the site.
Answers Section: The Answers section is not for opinions, yes/no questions, questions regarding HubPages (publishing hubs, getting followers, how to questions, etc.), spam, or anything that violates the terms of the site. This area is meant to be a idea getter of sorts. The HubPages Answer section is an area where you can post questions and ideas that will get you an answer but it will give someone else the idea to write a hub on the topic. Flag anything less.
Hub Hop: Is a feature to help get hubs noticed that may not normally be noticed. It's also a great place to find spam, adult hubs, and low quality hubs. Flag the bad, and read the rest.
All the rest: Read hubs, comment where needed, flag the junk, and have fun. It's really simple. Participate when you can, but don't focus on making your participation a huge aspect of your experience here. The most important part of being here on this site is to write. Whether you're writing to make money, to inform, as a stress reliever, or for any other reason or purpose, that's the idea behind HubPages.
* Don't fuse and fight over your hubber score or your hub score. It changes all the time, so don't grow gray hairs over it. Just mind your business and write. When you don't feel like writing, or you have the extra time, then participate.
* If you have any major problems or concerns, email the HubPage team. That means that there's no reason to post a million threads on the forums about a spammer or a mass copier. If you have any beef or problems with the HubPages team unpublishing a hub, email them directly, don't post the personal business on the forums. I don't want to be rude, but these issues should be taken up by the team, not clogging the forums.
Here's the HubPages email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
My Topics - Choosing Hub Topics
I have a variety of hub topics and niches that I've wrote about, and I will continue to increase my numbers as long as I'm allowed to stay with the HubPages community. My basic and more common topics that I write about include those that I'm interested in and knowledgeable with, as well as those where I just want to learn more information.
- Writing about topics you're familiar, with gives you a good base of information to start with. You'll create a nice source of hubs that will benefit others who may not be as knowledgeable about the particular topic.
- Writing about topics that you're not so familiar with, gives you the opportunity to learn something new.
When writing, I tend to write about things that I'm interested in, as my interest and enthusiasm tends to come through in my writing, whether in the voice or the design.
Common topics that I write about in my hubs may include, but are not limited to the following:
Current Stats (date)
- American Pit Bull Terriers
- Dog breeds
- Dog health
- Dog training
- Reptiles and amphibians (geckos, snakes, tortoises, etc.)
- Small animals (pet rats, hamsters, chinchillas, etc.)
- Body piercings
Games and Toys
- Cell phones
- Computers and laptops
I also cover various miscellaneous topics, that include various sales related hubs, health hubs, and others.
Make Money with HubPages
I write as a reliever, but I also write to help supplement my income. I do pretty well.
It took some years before I reached where I am today, but I'm in a pretty good place. Having 1,000 hubs doesn't hurt by any mean, and having the patience is a real plus. My current standings are mostly recent, and I've been maintaining the numbers for about six months (doubling my regular monthly income).
I use Google Adsense, Ebay Partner Network, and Amazon Affiliates.
I tried Kontera, but had a terrible go at it; they took money every month, and the monthly payout was minimal compared to the other affiliates that HubPages currently uses. Once I got rid of Kontera, I noticed a substantial change in my Adsense earnings. Do I suggest using Kontera as an affiliate? Nope
But, anyway... My earnings on HubPages don't come from keyword strategizing, nor do they come from major bookmarking and linking. My earnings come from the natural sit-and-wait strategy.
Pre-Panda, my average monthly earnings include:
- Adsense: $1400-$1800
- Ebay: $300-$450
- Amazon: $250-$500
Post-Panda, my average monthly earnings include:
- HubPages Ads: $900-$1400
- Adsense: $200-$450
- Ebay: $100-$200
- Amazon: $150-$300
My holiday earnings in regards to products sold via Ebay and/or Amazon are much greater, but on a regular month, the above numbers are about average earned from HubPages.
I write what sounds interested to me, and what I want to learn about. I will occasionally pick items that I think may be big hits and see hose those hubs go, and sometimes they're hits and sometimes they're misses.
Commercials are a great place to find products to promote, as well as the new big gadget and their accessories (iPad, iPod, digital camera, etc.). Just try to be the first, and try to make a series if you can. Once there's already hundreds and thousands of web pages on the topic, promoting the product, your one hub just adds to the numbers. Yes, hubs tend to get indexed fast and high, but once there are thousands of pages on the same thing, it's hard to make money among the masses.
Note: Never put all of your eggs in one basket! Have other blogs and websites of your own.
Note: Most visited, does not necessarily mean most revenue earned. Also, keep in mind that traffic isn't the sole contributor to hub score, as you can see some of my most trafficked hubs have scores in the 80s.
Some of My Most Visited Hubs
- Halo 3 Armor
- How Much Does a Tattoo Cost?
- Halo 3 Skulls
- Guitar Hero 3 Wii Cheats
- Surface Piercings
- MRSA Staph Infection Symptoms and Treatment
- Halo 3 Cheats
- How to Stretch Your Ear Piercing to a Larger Gauge
- How To Take Apart and Clean An XBOX 360
- Decide When to Put Your Dog to Sleep - Putting a Dog Down
- World War 2 Weapons
- What is the best dog food for my puppy?
- Best Senior Pranks- Highschool Pranks
- Facial Piercings
- What To Feed a Bearded Dragon
- Belly Button Piercings
- Teething Puppies