Four Months on HubPages Pays Off!
Surfing the internet late one night, about four months ago, I stumbled upon the World of HubPages. Only at that time, I didn’t realize it was a world, but just another site, among thousands of others in cyberspace. Hmm, write about whatever I want to and potentially get paid for it, is this too good to be true? There have been many occasions that I have started something that seemed like a good idea but quickly grew tired and/or found no instant gratification, which unfortunately, is much of what motivates me. I apprehensively signed up, though I was excited I wondered if it would be something I’d stick with or just another site saved to my ‘Favorites’ folder, along with several others.
HubPages is different or at least it made the right kind of impression on me. Sure, it’s easy to be a little overwhelmed starting; creating a profile, signing up for Adsense and other affiliate programs and then, there’s actually creating a hub. A hub? One quickly wonders what she should write about. For me, I joined after a recent run of tragic events and my frustration with people, society and the world we currently live in, gave me reason to speak out, or scream rather; hence the nom de plume ‘Cantuhearmescream’.
SEO, a previously foreign word and concept to me, I soon learned is an acronym for Search Engine Optimization. I began to realize that there are many methods to success, but perhaps the most suggested is knowing the audience, what’s popular but not too popular, creating too much competition and of course, appropriate keywords that will be attractive to search engines. I spent one day investigating this theory and then, as quickly as I could, I attempted to erase all that new knowledge from my brain to allow room for information I’d actually like to store in my memory! All the aforementioned might just be the key to many successes but it’s not for me. I decided, I’m just going to write, write about whatever happens to be on the top of my head asking to come out. In having this approach, I have been able to write about what I’d like to consider serious and potentially important issues, I’ve written useless comedic hubs, I’ve been given the opportunity to play in the field of poetry and then just simply, other miscellanious topics that tickle my fancy. What’s my niche? Nothing and everything, all at the same time. Making money is awesome, who would disagree, but by the end of the first week on HubPages, I decided, it was not my priority. If I should make money along the way, excellent, if not, no real loss.
Where's the payoff?
So here I am, four months into HubPages and I think I’m starting to get the hang of it. I’ve got some awesomely beautiful followers for which, each one I am grateful and I am lucky to be following a wonderful group of people as well. I’ve got a good handful of hubs under my belt and I’ve even earned a few accolades. By now, I’m sure you’re wishing I’d get to my point; the payoff. Here it is:
Funding my trip?
Yesterday provided me with the perfect opportunity to utilize my HubPage earnings. Now, as you may or may not know, both HubPages Ad Program and Google Adsense will pay hubbers based on some version of traffic to their site. I had to run out for a bit and knew I was in need of gas. What better way to fund my trip than with my earnings from HP? First I must tell you, I was well beyond needing gas and irresponsibly left myself on Empty. Please refer to the photograph below. The gas guage reads empty and the handy dandy fuel light is on (Disclaimer – this picture belongs solely to me, as evident by the dust build up, due to all my time invested on HubPages, rather than giving my car the much needed cleaning it deserves.)
Prior to the Gas Station
In the below capsule you will find a photograph of the same gauges, after my gas purchase, funded by my HubPage earnings. Please refer to the picture below.
After the Gas Station
Please be aware, my gauges all work appropriately and my vehicle was recently inspected and is in accordance with New York State DOT requirements. (That's Department of Transportation, for those of you who didn't know).
Please also note the increase in speed traveled as my journey home was more than 40 miles and I had already utilized all of my HubPage earnings on gas. My theory, while proven incorrect by the stern advice of NYS Police, the faster one drives a car, the better chance they will have of getting to their destination before running out of gas. For those of you who are those particularly intelligent types, you will be apt to tell me that excessive speed actually works on the contrary and requires more gas. Thank you in advance; duly noted.
Also please note the difference in mileage on the tripometer. This is the actual reading after the gas station :-(
Okay, the Cat’s out of the bag, you got me! I made a funny! The truth of the matter is that I haven’t yet earned enough on HubPages to cash out, but with any luck… it will afford me the opportunity to get that shiny new ball for Christmas that my kids have been patiently waiting for.
Tomorrow, I try to save the world. Today… I just want to be funny!
If you would like to try saving the world with me, I invite you along.
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On a serious note.... almost
All joking aside, I love HubPages and the people here. I might not be getting rich in the way so many desire, but I have met and befriended some seriously awesome people that I couldn't imagine not knowing... to those people and you know who you are (if you question that I'm talking to you... err on the side of YES!)