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Hal's 40 Best Google-Topping Keywords & Adsense Earnings

Updated on April 13, 2012

With over 1,025 Hubs you would think that my Adsense earnings report would look like the one above, huh? Well, just to show you how easy it is for any snake oil salesman equipped with Photoshop and a few minutes on their hands into scamming you into buying their "exclusive course on how to make huge money online", I took my real Adsense earnings report below and added a couple of figures to each result.

The earnings report below is my real one!

Let's face it: If you saw the Adsense earnings report at the top, showing well over a hundred bucks of income a day, you'd salivate and be willing to write ol' Uncle Hal a check for whatever I asked in order to "share my top earning secrets"!

Unfortunately it's all just a figment of my imagination brought to life by Adobe Photoshop CS4. Actually, if you want to see a real great Google Adsense check, "check" this out!

It's a sad fact that there are more scammers on the internet than stars in the night sky, and although I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that there are some individuals who are actually making this type of income online, I can most certainly assure you of two things:

  1. They are very few and far between.
  2. If they did find the key to such riches, they are going to direct all their efforts to increasing that Adsense income on their own sites to the point where they are raking in untold moolah: They are not going to sell you the secret for twenty bucks! They're not stupid!

Since my many Hub readers have always known that they can rely on me for the truth, no matter how blunt, uncomfortable, or unpopular, here is the absolute truth about my Adsense earnings.

There may be many reasons why all my 1,025+ Hubs don't earn more than a few bucks a day. Subject matter may be first and foremost. I write what I want to write in the way that I want to write it, and more than a millon page views prove that there are people out there interested in reading it. I will not write SEO copy, as I write for my reader.

Having said that, many of my top Google ranking Hubs are on very strongly "ad-sellable" topics and if the "weasels" were right, I should be rolling in Adsense dough right now.

Well, I'm not.

HubPages is a spectacular platform. I have gone on the record many times in stating that there is no way other than divine intervention or being related to Larry Page or Sergey Brin, that anyone anywhere is going to get an incredibly high Google result literally in a few hours of publication faster or better than on HubPages. It's absolutely ridiculously amazingly fantastic!

In many of my Hubs, I have been exceptionally lucky in securing the very top of Google results in a wide variety of very "juicy keywords." That position assures me a steady constant flow of readership, as I have several Hubs that have been pulling in hundreds of page views every single day, day in and day out, for two years!

So now let's look at 40 keywords that are ranking me at the very top of Google results. In all of these examples, I'm counting the text results (not image results or video results)... and note that since I'm accessing from Canada, my Google is automatically giving Canadian results higher rankings and HubPages suffers as it is a USA site... Googling from the USA will likely give my Hubs even higher rankings:

world's best pizza - Google #1

braciole - Google #4

vista junk - Google #1

ddr1 ddr2 ddr3 - Google #1

ddr2 ddr3 ram - Google #4

ddr2 ddr3 - Google #7

754 am2 - Google #1

am2 am3 - Google #1

am2 am2+ - Google #3

939 am2 - Google #6

single dual quad core - Google #3

amd dualcore - Google #6

amd dual core - Google #8

mac amd - Google #1

mac plus - Google #7

cpu lapping - Google #7

yamaha raider - Google #4

honda fury - Google #5

yamaha vmx 17 - Google #4 & #5

harley trike - Google #6

ugliest motorcycle - Google #1 & #2

scooter mpg - Google #1

scooter fuel economy - Google #2 & #3

mpg scooter - Google #3

motorcycle mpg - Google #5 & #6

motorcycle fuel economy - Google #6 & #7

mpg motorcycles - Google #6 & #7

easy rider panhead - Google #1

captain america motorcycle - Google #1

captain america panhead - Google #1

sportster iron - Google #2

jeep panda phoenix - Google #1 & #2

h1n1 toilet - Google #1

swine flu homeopathy - Google #1

h1n1 homeopathy - Google #6 & #7

h1n1 chinese medicine - Google #8

swine flu toilet - Google #8

aol gold - Google #6 & #7

obama marxist communist - Google #9

sarah palin joke - Google #6

I'm number one on Google on world's best pizza. You would figure (especially if you've been entranced by the "make-millions-online-by-next-Tuesday" weasels) that this ranking would get me thousands of page views per day and would generate countless clicks on the various ads, but although it's a good, steady, reader grabber, my earnings have never shown anything but pennies to come from it. I'm making five, six, seven bucks a day across all of my Hubs, all 1,025+ of them.

Then we go to braciole where I'm number four: This Hub regularly gets spikes of up to a thousand page views in a day. Still... although braciole are made of beef, where's the beef... in earnings?

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What has to be my single biggest constant traffic draw is the vista junk where I'm number one. Given the fact that there are millions of people who not only believe that Microsoft Windows Vista is junk, but they are also trying to find ways to shut off all the junk running in the background of Microsoft Windows Vista, it's understandable that it's so popular. Again, earnings... sigh...

ddr1 ddr2 ddr3 are the three kinds of popular RAM memory for computers that are currently available. Since anyone contemplating a new PC build should be well aware of what RAM best fits their computers (the wrong RAM can slow down or shut down a PC outright), it also follows that this is one of my most popular keywords and the Hub attracts almost as many page views as vista junk.

There are a few variants of RAM keywords such as ddr2 ddr3 ram where my Google ranking is #4, and ddr2 ddr3 where my Google position is #7, which also help to drive traffic to my Hub.

Now you would figure that anyone who is looking to buy RAM for their system, whether it's to configure a brand new system or to upgrade their current one, would be interested in clicking on Adsense ads which lead to RAM memory retailers, right? Wrong! This Hub doesn't draw flies in income just like my others.

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Now we go onto AMD processors, which although number two to market leader Intel, still have many millions of current users. Countless thousands of AMD CPUs are sold each and every day, so let's look first at the searches for the various motherboard socket nomenclatures. The latest AMD popular sockets are 754, 939, am2, and am2+. As you can see I'm between number one and number six on these various combinations.

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One of the most important decisions any new PC buyer has to take is to whether to buy a processor with one, two, or four cores. The determination has a significant effect on the type of performance that the PC will provide, as well as impacts the cost considerably. In single dual quad core, I'm in number three position on google, and going back to AMD, I'm number six in amd dualcore and number eight on amd dual core.

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mac amd is more of a draw than you might think, given that Apple Macs run on Intel CPUs and it is of interest to the Hackintosh community how to make them run on the competitor's microprocessors. My Hub has nothing to do with that, but it still comes up as number one.

The Mac Plus was the most beloved and most popular of all the vintage Macs, and I'm number seven in mac plus.

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CPU lapping is an inordinately popular, albeit warranty-shredding, process whereby enthusiasts sand down their microprocessors with soapy water and sandpaper. My vehement attack on this ridiculous process is number seven in cpu lapping, well ahead of many authoritative guides on how to actually do this nonsensical destruction.

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Now we get into motorcycling. I laugh at the individuals who claim that I write too many motorcycle Hubs to make money off Adsense. First of all I write motorcycle Hubs because I want to, and that is the main reason I'm on HubPages. However, motorcyclists are renowned for spending untold cash not only on their metal steeds but on aftermarket accessories, clothing, etc. So... do they click on my ads on my very popular Hubs? They certainly don't seem to do so.

Check out yamaha raider. I'm number four, just two below the official Yamaha Motor site. Similarly with Honda Fury, where I'm number five. Keep in mind that both the Raider and Fury are among the Yamaha and Honda models which have received the most attention from riders around the world, so these links are extremely popular.

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On yamaha vmx-17 I am also way up there, at number four and five. Similarly, I'm number six on the extremely popular harley trike keywords.

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Now we get to some motorcycling popular keywords that are absolutely PWND by yours truly: ugliest motorcycle and scooter mpg are both number one. The latter especially is an incredibly popular keyword as fuel prices begin to spike again towards the $4 per gallon and up level. Scooter fuel economy is also great for me at number two and three, and mpg scooter is a strong number three.

When it comes to the fuel consumption of motorcycles, not scooters, I'm also outrageously high ranking, with motorcycle mpg at number five and six, and both motorcycle fuel economy, and mpg motorcycles at number six and seven.

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Easy Rider is a motorcycling icon that lives to the current day. There is always strong interest in the iconic Peter Fonda (Captain America), Dennis Hopper, and Jack Nicholson chopper movie (the motorcycles were known as panheads as that was the configuration of their cylinder heads), as is shown by my number one position for easy rider panhead, captain america panhead, and captain america motorcycle.

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The Sportster Iron is a brand new Harley Davidson model that has attracted a great deal of attention due to its blacked out hard edged urban rider look. I'm number two in Sportster Iron, interestingly ahead of the actual Harley Davidson official website of this model!

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Now we come to Jeep Panda Phoenix, a car I invented in my Photoshop and which now has well over half a million Google references as it was picked up all over the internet as an actual new 2001 Jeep!

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H1N1, or swine flu, has drawn an overwhelming amount of media interest in the last couple of months, and I have exceptional number one positions on h1n1 toilet, which is of interest to individuals who want to learn the aspects of hygiene in staying safe from the pandemic, and swine flu homeopathy, of interest to alternative medicine users.

I'm also very strong in h1n1 homeopathy at number seven, h1n1 chinese medicine at number eight, and swine flu toilet, also at number eight.

Again, you'd have to figure that people who are trying to stay safe from this killer pandemic would click on ads for various therapies and remedies. Well, that's not the case, unfortunately!

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aol gold is an interesting keyword as it pertains to an AOL feature although my article is about AOL searches that were publicly released and the keywords that can be derived from them.

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At Google position number nine of obama marxist communist is yours truly and that is also a strong traffic grabber due to the right wing's position that the new President is a bit more leftist than he'd like to admit.

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sarah palin jokes' traffic died down considerably after the election. My strong position in number six in the Google results is very heartening, considering the competition!

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So there you have it. Forty top ranking keywords all going to my Hubs and providing what I want the most, eyeballs on my words! In that respect I am not just elated, but ecstatic. I have no words to thank HubPages and its readers for the massive exposure my writing has derived on this platform.

However, when we look at solid Adsense earnings, they just are not there. It seems to me that there is an essential pattern break when we consider my real, established, actual Adsense earnings that I am sharing with my Hub readers and the extravagant claims of some who state categorically that they are turning 50% of their page views into ad clicks! If I had received half that many, just 25% CTR over my two years here at HubPages, I'd have enough Adsense money in my bank account to buy a house!

So what can we conclude?

Definitely "writing for the sale" can be much more effective than writing what an author just feels like writing about. It would seem to follow that a Hub which clearly demonstrates the various applications for the precise type of RAM memory to thousands of computer owners is going to draw many more CTR clicks on ads than one joking about Sarah Palin, or claiming Obama is a Socialist. After all there is a direct product tie in on the former Hub...

... right?

Er... unfortunately not in my experience. My RAM memory top Google ranking Hub, like my Microsoft Vista junk, and other direct product related Hubs don't draw more than pennies a day, just about in line with everything else I write.

What possible conclulsion can be drawn? Are all the claimants of huge Adsense income insane or scoundrels? I don't believe so as some are well known on this platform and have an excellent reputation. I also cannot believe that because I have a half column sized photo on this Hub rather than a full sized photo on that Hub, I'm losing out on hundreds of thousands of dollars of Adsense income! That may be a factor, but it has to be a very tiny, statistically insignificant one.

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    • LeslieAdrienne profile image

      Leslie A. Shields 7 years ago from Georgia

      This is great and it helps put things in perspective. I love your "wish this was real" check

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      Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto

      Yeah, all those first page rankings I have (not on all Hubs but a lot) are that makes me even more suspicious of the cases of people claiming stratospheric earnings. However, there are some people who I believe and respect who are making big money (Misha, etc.).

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      viatusinfotech 7 years ago

      Hubpages are seems to have a better relationship with Google with direct connections to Google Adsense. I also have seen that all your hubs are on google first page that is an achievement in itself. Very informative and well written. It's true there are a lot of scams out there.

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      Teresa Schultz 7 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      A possible reason for low Adsense earnings on really good, interesting, and in particular informative hubs, could be that somebody finds what they were searching for in the content of your hub, and there is no need to click away for further information.

      Regards aballantyne's comment two comments up, I didn't know hubbers could select which Adsense ads one would like to see where? How does one do that?

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      Ryan Miller 7 years ago from Michigan, USA

      I really love this article. But let me add my two sense if I may.

      The real people making "that" kind of money are "HubPages" themselves. They have done a magnificent job I would say.

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      aballantyne 8 years ago from U.S.

      Hal,

      I've noticed on a lot of your hubs you only have just the banner size ads at the top which are well known to have terrible ctr's. If you also put the square ads at the top of your pages your ctr's would skyrocket. An educated guess would be at least 3 to 4 times what the banner ads only are pulling in. Just thought I'd share that tip you could try if you want to make more moolah easily :) Great hub

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      Gener Geminiano 8 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      Great Job Hal...

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Thank you so much for your exceptionally kind words. I really appreciate it! :)

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      sladetanner 8 years ago

      Awesome post Hal. Thanks for the information. I am amazed that you are not making more with that many hubs. I am also amazed that you have time, energy and brain power to write that much. Great job.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      iqbal88: Thanks!

      whcobb: I'd love it if all Hubbers created a mutual clicking society but then Google would likely yank ALL of our pub numbers en masse. :(

      Rubel: Thanks!

      nearbuystore: Yes, this Hub was written a while back, but essentially my numbers per Hub have barely budged as I approach 2,000. Someone out there must be making all these millions as it sure as heck aint yers truly! :)

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      nearbuystore.com 8 years ago from Somewhere on the highway....

      I know this article is a bit old but i am writing hubs daily for a only a week now..This week i have had 1031 views ... 33 pageviews(this week) from search engines and average adsense is 0.23$ a day.Only around 2 or 3 hubs of mine are in the first 20 of google for their search keyword ,I have some hubs i wrote only because i like writing....If i was to make 1000 hubs on high volume keywords i doubt i would make less than 70-100 dollars a day it seems insane to make 1000 hubs and earn only 2-5 dollars... Pageview's don't matter that much i guess if you don't have search engine traffic...internal traffic from hubpages will not make you any money at least that you will notice..and if you fiddle around with adsense to get 1 dollar instead of 0.02$ thats 50 more times than you make so i guess

      those clicks will be worth it making you go over the 100$ a day mark ...I wish i had your 1000 hubs to modify adsense keywords a little it would make my life that much easier and i would be closer to becoming a millionaire by next year:)Hub on Hai Licino

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      William Cobb 8 years ago from Clarksville, TN

      Great hub... Looking forward to further reading of your other hubs. I have read this one and a few of the ones you mention on here. Great they are. Keep it up. I am working toward earning at least $4 to $5 per day... I'm not looking for some crazy big payday because 90% of my earnings go to charity/church and the rest to my childrens' college funds/trust funds. Thanks for the insights man.

      Quick question for you and your readers... Do you click on other hubbers' ads just to click? I know I do and hope others do for me as well... You'd be surprised at how many deals you can get through google ads as I explain in my Click Click Dot Com hubs.

      William Cobb

      https://hubpages.com/@whcobb

      http://whcobb.weebly.com

      http://williamcobb.blogspot.com

      "What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?"

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      iqbal88 8 years ago

      awesome

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      RockPhotoStar, you're welcome! :)

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      RockPhotoStar 8 years ago

      Thank you for such honesty.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Yes, of course there are types of readers who don't click on any ads. They are primarily the "enthusiast/experts" who drop in following a link about their specialty, but couldn't care less about the ads as they know it all.

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      Guidemyspirit 8 years ago

      I think it is mostly because of the buying keywords, if you have so many hubs and they don't earn its only because your keywords are not buying ones. A person might have found your hub but expecting them to buy or click an Ad is not likely if it isn't targeting towards that audience. There are sites with 5000 visitors a day, yet they make nothing because their content and site isn't about anything that people will want to buy. Social marketing is another down point when it comes to this...

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      jacky: Thanks

      hoe: I had Ebay and Amazon on my first few hundred Hubs. Dropped them after that.

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      hoe 8 years ago

      Maybe you should consider other monetizing methods, such as Amazon or Ebay. I think the commission will be much more than Google Adsense earnings

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      jacky 8 years ago

      hey very good information about google ad

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Believe me, I wanted that first chart to be true as well! :)

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      Carolyn Blacknall 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I wanted your first chart to be true! I was already adding up how long to create 1000 sites and get that from AdSense on hubpages. Oh well. Thanks for writing this. – Carol

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      nicomp, super quick note as I've been on a massive project for a couple of days and am likely to be there for a couple of more. First of all please don't let your horse drool on my helmet. :) Second, thank you for all the nice words and as soon as I finish up and have a chance to catch my breath, I'll contact you with a more "direct" mode of communication. And third, I tend to lump online scammers who raise the hopes of the more naïve among us in order to take their lunch money away at the bottom of carbon-based life... somewhere below amoebas. Thanks and see ya in a couple of days! :)

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      nicomp really 8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      People want to believe. They crave hope and they're willing to risk 20 bucks to get a shot at it. The economy of scale favors the SEO huckster. A single $20 isn't much to risk, but hundreds of $20s rolling in are a nice payoff. They only need to bamboozle a fraction of a scintilla of all the would-be Internet millionaires.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Thanks, I appreciate it! Stay kitten! :)

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      Compu-Smart 8 years ago from London UK

      I don't know how I missed this hub!! Very entertaining and educating! Loved it!

      :)

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Yeah, I can be encouraged all day long, but the bottom line is that my bank account isn't being encouraged much by Photoshopped earnings reports! It prefers cash! :)

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      scheng1 8 years ago

      haha, the first earning report is more encouraging than actual earnings, even though it's fake!

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      I am still compiling all the data on the 100+ "Merchandise Test" Hubs I posted, and when all the stats are in, I'm sure that it will be extremely useful information for all Hubbers. Thanks for your comment and support.

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      Jyoti Kothari 8 years ago from Jaipur

      Hal Licino,

      Most of the hubbers have similar stories. They are not earning much. There are 40K hubbers with more than half a million hubs and only few (Finger counts) have some descent income. I am in a regular full time business of Gemstones and Jewelry and do not care for adsense income.

      It is even lesser than you but it is rising constantly. However, My hubs send customers regularly to me and brings reputation.

      Thanks and thumbs up for a detailed and honest hub.

      Jyoti Kothari

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Good. I hope he sends some of his bazillions both my way and yours as well! :)

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      nicomp really 8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Wow, daniel came down on hard on you. He must be a bazillionare.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Dude, I didn't write any of those by keywords. I wrote them because I'm a writer. I have run a test of over 100 super SEO'd Hubs and it's still a bit early to determine the actual results. I'll be writing an indepth Hub with my full findings when all the data is in.

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      daniel 8 years ago

      It seems to me that the biggest mistake you made was not choosing better keywords. A lot of your keywords that you have written topics on suck! Most of the get between 0 and 100 exact searches a month, and that's why your pay is so low. You need to choose better keywords, that people are actually searching for. Use google's keyword tool to help you find good niche keywords: https://adwords.google.com/select/KeywordToolExter... and change it to Match Type: Exact which is the most accurate. Also choosing keywords that have a high PPC would help you earn more from google adsense.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      I've already crossed the line severely with the "mercantile" Hubs, so I'm certainly willing to experiment with other forms. The problem is that I placed Ebay and Amazon capsules on well over 500 Hubs and to date I think I've made a couple of bucks total. I stopped placing them as they weren't even worth the effort of clicking on the capsule and filling in the details! :)

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      sunforged 8 years ago from Sunforged.com

      I dont mean changing your style, i mean you have a motorcycle crowd, throw them some impulse buys at the end of your informational hubs..just to get that cookie in their browser

      Aff programs when selected right blow away amy adsense earnings.. I have a hub that gets 20 views a day (very targetted...and converts $50 a week, on a great free offer that I use myself, and suggest...nothing sleezy, or unethical

      I did have an opportunity to look over a few of the motorcycle hubs, An ebay and amazon section with low priced motorcycle accessories with the kind of traffic you are getting - should certainly get you some impulse buys.

      Just a small unobtrusive capsule with 1 or 2 items for each at the end of each hub of low priced impulse accessories should really get you some earnings

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Thanks for the link, and I do appreciate it. My page view durations are usually pretty damn high on my "conventional" Hubs and although it is still very early to make any firm determinations as my "merchandising" Hubs have not had time to "age" yet, they are considerably shorter on the 100+ Hubs I've written in the past couple of months that are pure and utter mercantilism verging on the mercenary. What I'm not clear on is how HubPages would sync with an affiliate program like that.

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      sunforged 8 years ago from Sunforged.com

      Hal,

      I personally believe the better the content, the less likely to see adsense clicks.

      Why click out to an advertisement or any link at all, when all the content and info you need is right in front of you.

      People click away because they are bored or dissatisfied with the content.

      I know personally the higher the page view duration the lower my ctr is.

      Suggestions to stay within your ethics, write the occasional teaser article that leaves your reader wanting more, start joining up with publisher networks besides the hub defaults ...Harley davidson perhaps? ..i know from experience that the motorcycle crowd loves to buy HD branded gear ..from eyeglass cases to steel toes! ..buying parts or bikes on impulse, probably not..sunglasses . hats etc..pretty likely.

      here's a big list of motorcycle affiliate programs

      http://www.affiliateranker.com/directory/Motorcycl...

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      R.J., thank you for the comments. First of all I've been there done that and have the magazine T-shirt. I spent almost two full decades in the magazine publishing business and when I went to work at 8 am one morning and went home at 6:30 pm THE NEXT DAY I figured that it might be a good idea to get out of the biz before the biz took me out. As for researching keywords and phrases, just check the well over 100 Hubs that I've published in the last two months which are "exquisitely" keyword researched and formatted to maximize Adsense return. It's still way too early to declare them a success or failure, but when I accumulate sufficient and conclusive data on them, I will publish a Hub with my full results.

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      R.J. Landsdown 8 years ago

      With so many readers and you really only caring about writing rather than the money. (quite noble by the way) Why don't you start up or join some type of magazine, online or off? I'm sure you could earn damn decent money from doing exactly what you love.

      I'm sure you know already but also simple things like researching keywords and phrases and putting them in your title and content maximize adsense earnings. I'm not positive if the thousand dollar days are real or not but I do know 6 or 7 people making $100-$300 a week from it. Not retirement I know but definitely something.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Hub Llama: Just a quick note to tell you that I will be reading and digesting your Hub and I will be answering in detail on your own Hub's comments capsule. I really appreciate the great work on that Hub and thank you for taking the time and effort. It is profoundly appreciated! :)

      Trow: Thank you very much for the kind words, and I'd like to see that check for real too! :) I do realize that greater results can be had by having one, ten, or a thousand standalone websites, all optimized for SEO, etc, but I'm really not interested in pursuing that avenue. I'm perfectly happy on HubPages. Thanks again!

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      Trow 8 years ago

      Hope u get good results Hal,

      Other nice idea will be publish some sites or make your own blog, i get much more money just with domain parking or sites with keyword names... to me... is easyer that right a hub in a different lenguage and get good results :/

      But good luck! I hope you get yours photoshop profits soon as possible hehehe

      Cya

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      Hub Llama 8 years ago from Denver, CO

      Hal,

      I hereby accept your challenge.

      Here are the details: https://hubpages.com/technology/Help-HubPage-Hal-M...

      (As a new Hubber, I'm not sure how the whole comments linking thing works, so see below for how to find it if this link gets messed up.)

      Like you, I am also a writer, not an SEO slickster. Frankly I too have a hard time with the concept of writing "for" things like search engines. I wrote up a rant about it on my ArcticLlama(dot com) blog called Google Made Me a Worse Writer. It's basically about how being creative gets penalized because it won't show up in searches if it doesn't say the same thing as everyone else.

      Anyway, I don't make huge money of AdSense, but I do fairly well and hope to build it up enough over the course of the next year or two to cut back on my freelance writing business.

      I like reading your hubs, and you seem like a nice guy. I think a couple of fundamental misunderstandings about online advertising are causing you to reach the wrong conclusions.

      I need screenshots (and a bunch of text) to explain. Since I don't know how to do that here, I wrote a Hub (what else?) containing both the explanation for what is happening with your hubs, as well as the step by step instructions to actually make money with them.

      I'm not sure how the comment rules on linking work (I'm a new Hubber) so if the one above gets hammered somehow, you can find the Hub via my profile (Hub Llama) or you can search HubPages for "Help HubPage Hal Make Money With Google Adsense" Hopefully, that doesn't rub you the wrong way :) If so, let me know and I can re-title it or remove you from it altogether.

      Hub Llama

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Thanks, Trow! I haven't hit the magical nickel a Hub per day yet, but I live in hope. I am continuing to accumulate data on my recent experiments in writing Hubs specifically for earnings, and I'll report my findings in a Hub as soon as I have a proper statistical study completed.

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      Trow 8 years ago

      NICE POST HAL!

      I live on Brazil, so i dont get so much fun in writing in another lenguage to be honest...

      I do receive a good profit from Google Adsense, not from the HubPages though...

      Actually, i dind't get a single cent from my hubpages... i think i maybe get a wrong configuration, or i dont know... i was hoping to get unless a few bucks in a mounth with 15 Hubs hehe...

      But the truth is that just writing to people almost ever, dont get any good results...

      The ideal, is write to People and for the Google, use the Keyword Tools and alot of backlinks hehe

      Anyway... amazing post! Hope you incrise ur profits :)

      PS:

      I was making some calculations, with 1200 hubs, if you get 1 click in each Hub, with the lowest profit per click that i ever get ($0.05), you still be getting 60 dollars a day! :(

      Incredible see your real profits :o

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      MikeNV, I have no interest in creating websites outside of Hub, so that doesn't apply to me. As for "not knowing what I'm doing" feel free to check out the well over 100 "merchandise & product" related Hubs I've posted in the past couple of months and tell me if there is any way to optimize the formula I'm following to format those more than I have. I'll save you the trouble of checking: THERE ISN'T.

      uniman: Thanks for the compliments. All I can respond to your comment is the lyric from the old Ricky Nelson song: "If you gotta play at Garden parties I wish you a lot a' luck. But if memories were all I sang I'd rather drive a truck." If I have to write crap to make money, then there's an 18 wheeler in my future! :)

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      uniman 8 years ago from Santa Fe

      Your hubs are probably too good and people stay on your hub too long and don't click on any ads. I have several websites and the worst ones make the most money because people click on ads to leave my page, my good blogs get very little clicks but I can see that users stay on the page for awhile. Just saying...

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      MikeNV 8 years ago from Henderson, NV

      Adsense is art and science. You have to know what you are doing, and it is a lot of work to make it really click. But I assure you that if you "do it right" Adsense can make a lot of money. And I am not talking about just HubPages, I'm talking about content sites you create and work hard to promote. https://hubpages.com/business/Adsense-Discover-EXA...

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Thank you but I am not a Hub Master at all, just a Humble Hubber! :) It is unusual for there not to be any earnings at all on 47 Hubs. Have you checked all your adsense settings to make sure that they are being properly credited? If everything is fine and you're still not seeing any earnings at all, you might want to copy the format of capsules I'm using on the last 90 or so Hubs I've published. Just go to my Profile and click on the Latest tab to see them. Those are part of my test of 100 and they are all set up in a very specific manner which should optimize your earnings. Please keep me apprised of your progress. Thanks!

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      GBIM1 8 years ago from Ninjzee

      hello hub master i have created 47 hubs but i have not seen a penny on my adsense account pls help me out

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Hi Fiction Teller. Thanks for your indepth comment. I have no intention of continuing my current earnings test once I'm finished the 100 Hubs I'm working on... (only about 20 to go, long suffering Hal fans...) I have noted all of them with the tag Haltest100, and I'm tracking each one via URL channels. Sure, I'm doing EVERYTHING and I mean EVERYTHING to make sure that they are high earning, and as soon as I start accumulating some hard data on them, I'll write a Hub to inform my readers exactly how they have performed and come up with several solid recommendations on helping them write profitable Hubs from my own real world experience.

      As you have shrewdly deducted, there are times when I'm singing the praises of the 1 cup coffee maker in my third Hub on the subject that I want to put my head through the wall, and believe me I've edited out waaaaaaaay more sarcasm than I have left in. If I took out even the handful of winks I have in those 80-odd Hubs then it would be a violation of Halism and I would have my Halcertification taken away by the Hallacious Halthority. :)

      I've published more than twenty How To on various subjects, including bikes, and all but one of them have not drawn flies. How-ever, I do believe you're correct in your statement that a series of mechanical-technical how tos could be successful, but I'm not even going to start thinking about those until I have given my Haltest100 Hubs a good chance to prove what they can (or can't) do! :)

      I appreciate your comments! I'll keep you and all my other readers posted on what happens!

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      Fiction Teller 8 years ago

      Hi Hal,

      Meso and other "high-paying" keywords are not actually high paying for the content network (and thus for content publishers). Just the search network (and thus for Google). High-bidding advertisers can opt out of having their ads appear on the content network, and generally do, because the conversions are traditionally low.

      Your best bet is targeting middle-of-the-road paying keywords. In fact, your best bet is staying away from seeking out high-paying keywords altogether and doing what you do best--write what you love. (No, you don't have to write about coffee makers).

      With one or two modifications.

      Figure out what problems people are having for which the solutions lie on the Internet. Tell them what the problem is and how to solve it. You know--the oldest advertising trick in the book.

      Your newest product-related hubs are getting there, but your tongue-in-cheek humor about keywording comes through and probably has one of two effects: it amuses some people and it turns off others (i.e., the ones who might bite if they weren't flying off the page.)

      Your motorcycle hubs, as far as I can see, don't solve a problem for your readers. They're interesting and entertaining and probably soaked up by bike lovers. But they're not hitting your page to solve a problem. They're hitting your page because "Hey--that looks neato!"

      If I were you, I'd try a series of motorcycle articles based on the "how-to" format and on topics you know people are searching for and that have low competition. Try "How to Repair a Motorcycle Tire," "How to Fix a Motorcycle Clutch," "How to Repair Metal Fuel Tanks for Motorcycles," "How to Tie Down Motorcycles," and especially "How to Find Suzuki Scooter Parts." These should all earn decently.

      If you've personally conquered a motorcycle problem (and I'm betting you've conquered several thousand) then write about those. But first get your title by using Google Suggest and finding a search string that sounds natural enough to become a title, or half of one, and that doesn't have a lot of competition and that accurately reflects what your title is.

      For example, say you want to write "How to Get Widgets Repaired." Say you find that people search for this exact term, but there are 6 million results. So brainstorm another way to say it. You find that

      "Widget Repair Ontario"

      has 325,000 results. But that's not so pretty for titles. So you try:

      "Ontario Widget Repairs"

      And that has 400,000 results, and that's good. So turn it into a title.

      "Ontario Widget Repairs--Better than Quebec?" And there's your title that no widget-lover with a broken widget can resist.

      Hope this helps. Good luck...

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      I'm SOOOOOOOOOOO confused. Do you mean that Google wants you to prove you're the owner of HubPages?

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      GBIM1 8 years ago from Ninjzee

      u must be a very rich man for receiving a check of 536,553.32 dollars did u really receive it from google .well i have a ploblem with adsense sign up but they have given me my adsense pub id but the activation is still pending. here is their reply Hello Osagie,

      Thank you for your interest in Google AdSense. Unfortunately, after

      reviewing your application, we're unable to accept you into Google AdSense

      at this time.

      We did not approve your application for the reasons listed below.

      Issues:

      - Domain ownership not evident

      ---------------------

      Further detail:

      Domain ownership: To complete our review, we need to confirm your

      ownership of the site you've submitted. Please follow the steps below:

      1. Access the source code of www.hubpages.com.

      2. Create a separate page on the site and paste "This post confirms my

      ownership of the site and that this site adheres to Google AdSense program

      policies and Terms and Conditions."

      3. Resubmit the application as described below after replacing

      www.hubpages.com in the 'Website URL' with the URL of the page where you

      have pasted the snippet.i dont know what to do pls help me contact me at g4lords@yahoo.com

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Hi Dave. Excellent blog! I'm currently writing up and publishing a test of 100 Hubs (tagged haltest100) to derive hard data on the efficacy of these optimizations. I will report back with a conclusion Hub once I have accumulated enough data!

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      I Love U Man 8 years ago from Tucson, AZ

      I have read an awful lot from other people including on infobarrel and squidoo and I feel there are a lot of people who would be making 10x as much from the same number of hubpages. I just do not buy it that they are all photoshopped. I do not doubt some are, and some are scammers, but others I know have never scammed in other of their pursuits and web sites, and find it hard to believe they are scamming in this instance. So I researched extensively possible reasons for Hal's poor results and I think I explain them well here:

      http://workathomebasedbusinessideas.blogspot.com/2...

      --Dave

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Glad you liked it! :)

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      Michelle Cesare 8 years ago from New York

      Hi,

      I enjoy very much reading true stories about people learning how to earn with Google Adsense. I also enjoy sharing my experience with Google Adsense so other Hubbers can benefit from it. Take the time to visit my most recent Hub. I'm sure you will find it to be beneficial. The topic is about "finding the most popular target keywords to increase traffic to your Hub. Enjoy everyone and thanks for the tips.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Thank you very much for your extremely kind words and your informative comment. I truly appreciate it.

      I have had a couple of days where I've hit $15 a day in AdSense revenue and although they have been few and far between, I certainly cannot argue that with enough hard work $20 or $30 a day is a reasonable expectation.

      The problem is the work to earnings equation. In my local supermarket the cheapest loaf of bread costs $2.79. The cost of living that North Americans (and even worse, Europeans) face is extremely high. I've lived in countries where $2 will buy you a truly great meal at a lovely restaurant and a wonderful two bedroom house can be rented for $80 a month. If I had the option of living in one of those nations again, I would be more than happy to work towards a steady income of $30 a day, as I could live like a king. The reality is that many of the writers on this platform live in nations with stratospheric costs and $30 a day income is very welcome, but it only qualifies as a mere sideline to the main income generation which has to be done in other ways.

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      muratos 8 years ago from Moscow

      Oh my God !!! At last, I have met someone who is not bragging and lying about his online income earnings to charm newbies. Since I make thousands of dollars a day, I write this message on my newly bought small village at Hawaii :)))

      Setting aside my disgusting joke; CTR is not the key factor. According to me, eCPM rate (Earnings for 1000 pageviews) of $2 is normal and safe with a mixed US and other world traffic. It is needed to get 100,000 page views to make $200 daily. So, it is really hard to earn living with just Google Adsense. Almost impossible for us unless we don't publish 10,000 effective hubs with 10 daily constant search engine organic traffic. Mostly, US community driven dating websites or social network niches can reach this level because of high pageviews for a single visitor.

      But, earning a daily rate of $20, $30 can be a reasonable target by building SEO traffic in a few years. You should also multiply this with 0.6 since there is pageview share with hubpages. It is a hard world really.

      Unless there is no significant US traffic, an eCPM rate of $0.20 can be even a dream on international traffic. I had to close many Turkish and Russian blogs since there are no good advertisers in Adwords who pay more than 0.01 ppc.

      On the other hand, according to my experience I think the best way to monetize with Google Adsense is to write about technology driven products and accessories. So, for example mobile phones and cases are good choices. Eventhough these visitors are more tech-savy, they do click well on product pages. They also do buy from Amazon with a conversion rate of 4 product orders / 100 clicks

      I closely look at the new technological devices and combine them with my KEI formula. Here is how I calculate the Keyword Effectiveness Index.

      https://hubpages.com/business/My-Developed-Version...

      I am not an expert but think and analyze to find the best ways surely.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Ok, what would you like to see? :)

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      BidderGrl 8 years ago

      I hung on to the bitter end but nothing except complaining.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Ultimate Hubber: Your compliments were so kind that I'm speechless. Thank you very much. I really appreciate it! :)

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      Ultimate Hubber 8 years ago

      There is a saying in our SEO that good sites have a very low CTR which is less than 1%. So what I have gathered from the info you provided is you write too good and yours(hubs) ar a good website.

      What I have noticed from your topics is that people would come to your hubs seeking information and when they get it there, they don't really need to click on ads to further gain information. So praise yourself from my side for writing such good content.

      If you need money, do one thing, delete half the content you have written from each hubs and people will click ads to get more info as they wont get all of it from your hub.

      CHEERS!

      I love you for writing good informative hubs

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Thanks, Staci-Barbo7! I appreciate your kind words as well as the shout-outs to all the commenters who have provided such valid input!

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      Staci-Barbo7 8 years ago from North Carolina

      Hal, you're a riot! I love your honest, straightforward approach. As always, this hub is informative, as well as the comments of your readers. Thanks, Lissie, Rob, Deabener, profiler, and BadCompany for giving us insight as to what's working for you.

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      02SmithA 8 years ago from Ohio

      Hal,

      Nice job on this post. Very informative for a newer person to SEO such as myself. There are certainly tons of claims of huge Google adsense earnings out there, you have to wonder who you can believe!

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      profiler: I appreciate your information, but using bold and underline for keywords rather than exceptional emphasis would be such a dire violation of journalistic standards, AP style and everything else I've ever learned that I just couldn't bring myself to it. It is also extremely distracting and disorienting to the reader, and that is where my primary responsibility lies.

      kjebud: Thanks! Well, HubPages certainly doesn't place limitations on anything any of us want to write, so you're definitely in the right place! :)

      dabeaner: The mesothelioma Hub went nowhere but my recent string of six Hubs on Tramadol was set up in phrase format and it's still too early to see what happens there. However, I currently have countless Google topping key phrases and they're not drawing flies either in the way of income, although some regularly spike up to receive 1,000 page views a day. My basic point is not that I'm unhappy about writing all these Hubs and seeing no monetization income to speak of, but to warn readers that when they see some total scam artist advertising that they will teach you how to massage keywords and make thousands of dollars a day while you suntan on your yacht, that they should run away and not pull out their credit cards. Money can be made, some people make more, some others make less. But the gargantuan income claimed by the snake oil weasels is sooooooooooooo rare as to be virtually non-existent.

      vrajput: Thanks!

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      dabeaner 8 years ago from Nibiru

      Hey Hal:

      While Mesothelioma is a potentially outstanding paying keyword, you are not in the first 100 results of google for that (in the U.S.) much less on the 1st page (top 10).

      That term has a lot of searches, according to AdWords, but also a lot of competition from other sites/blogs for that term. BTW, don't confuse the number of page results Google shows at the top of a search page along with "found in .23 seconds" or whatever, with how many people are looking for that term. For that you have to go to AdSense (and check "exact" match).

      Mesothelioma in combination with a variety of other words would give you a bunch of entirely different keywords. Whether or not the combinations you have on your pages generate any traffic, I didn't check. But each combination is searched for by different searchers, and Google ranks you compared to other sites for that exact combination. So you may get on the top page for some esoteric combination of Mesothelioma plus yadayada, but there may be no traffic for that combination. Or, if you do get page views, the subject may be one that a searcher is just looking for information, not to click and BUY something.

      BTW, writing HubPages and webpages and blog pages takes time. You have to make up your mind if you are writing for ego-boo or for money. You probably don't have time to do both. If you write for ego-boo, don't complain about lack of clicks.

      BTW2, don't look to my HubPages as a good example. All except one, so far, are ego-boo. No particular commercial value. Minimal views and clicks. Most of my future ones will be commercially oriented.

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      kjebud 8 years ago

      Good one, Hal! You are really honest! Sometimes, I wonder...why cant we just write whatever we want without being suckered into SEO, author ranking, etc.?

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      profiler 8 years ago from Currently in this universe

      ok, I'll give you another little tip ro improve earnings. It will be a little time consuming but...

      ... Just use BOLD and UNDERLINE the keywords that you want your hubs to be reference of along the text of the hubs, particulary in the first paragraph of the hub.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      It's a very good Hub, but I have Google top positions coming out my ears, and that's not making any difference. I'm more than happy to live up to the terms of my challenge to anyone who can take on the financial skyrocketing of my 1,086 Hubs, but so far I haven't seen anything significantly different than what I'm doing... maybe except spending days researching to find a single "high paying" keyword! :)

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      profiler 8 years ago from Currently in this universe

      I just published this hub that might point you in the right direction concerning adsense value clicks:

      https://hubpages.com/business/how-to-reach-google-...

      Hope it works for you! If it does remember your promisse ;)

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Man from Modesto: Thanks! What can I say? I'm an actuality kinda guy! :)

      barryrutherford: You're very welcome!

      milynch43: You're welcome! I can assure you that I will never write a Hub about how "anyone can make a million dollars every hour 24/7 even while you sleep"! I actually read something not too dissimilar from that a while ago... I honestly don't know how anyone could be sucked in by pure scam nonsense like that... :)

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      milynch43 8 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks for the honest look at adsense earnings. When I clicked on your Hub I was expecting more hype about how to make a fortune. I was pleasantly surprised. You tell it like it is.

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      Barry Rutherford 8 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Very informative ! thanks for this !

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      Man from Modesto 8 years ago from Kiev, Ukraine (formerly Modesto, California)

      Good article. I think I learned more from observing the actuality of your article rather than what you said.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Keep on trying my friend. I know I'm going to keep on pluggin' until I get my numbers up and so can any Hubber. Just takes patience and perseverance! :)

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      marcofratelli 8 years ago from Australia

      Really interesting Hub mate, if I crack those kind of earnings like those shown in the first image I will let you know! :) I am now driven to find out how! LOL But first I have to match your earnings, you earn in one day what I might make in a whole month (sometimes)! :-)

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Compzone08: You're very welcome.

      xujordan: Thanks!

      swathin2: What tables? I've been very clear in the Hub as to the ones that are real and the ones that were Photoshopped. I don't need to impress anyone. I'm already extraordinarily and outrageously impressive all by my little old self. :)

      MontyApollo: The Newegg program is interesting but in the categories that I usually deal with their % is quite low: 1% of Sale Amount - Computer Case, CPU, Motherboard, Optical Drive, Video Card, Hard Drive, & Displays. Still it sure wouldn't hurt. Thanks!

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      MontyApollo 8 years ago

      Hi Hal, have you looked into the affiliate program at Newegg? Whenever I buy computer parts I either buy from there or go to Pricewatch.com.

      I don't know much about the affiliate program, but if the cookie is fairly persistant a lot of the people reading the computer articles may end up eventually making a purchase from Newegg since it is one of the most popular places to buy computer parts from.

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      swathin2 8 years ago

      Are these tables and everything correct or you are just trying to impress people with some fake work

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      xujordan 8 years ago

      Great

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      Compzone08 8 years ago

      Thanks for sharing great information

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Yes... a very LOW earning perspective! :)

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      Bon Kute 8 years ago

      very different adsense earning perspective

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      Rob 8 years ago

      Hal, after just ready your first hub that is number one of google, the reason why your earnings are low is because you do not do keyword research for the keywords you target. I know you said you don't write for SEO but the reason you do not make any money off of your hubs is because you do not write for SEO.

      After looking up your keyword in googles keyword tool, it shows that your keyword only gets 220 searches per month and the ads average CPC is $0.08.

      This would have taken 2 minutes to find before you wrote the article. This is mainly just for people who are attempting to make money with hubpages. It's all doable but you need to know how to do keyword research and make a potiential keyword rank number one of google.

      if you want to know how to make money online and all legit with no bullshit. do a google search for "the keyword academy" it will show you what you need to know.

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      Google Biz Kit 8 years ago

      Do you use any kind of keyword research tool, many of your number one placements get no searches which can explain lack of earnings, much of your traffic could be internal hub visitors who are not clicking ads.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Garrett McLee: Thanks! I'm trying to get to the bottom of this sticky wicket called Adsense earnings so that all Hubbers can benefit. But I'll have to admit, it's not easy! :)

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      Garrett McLee 8 years ago from Florida

      This is a lot of information to take it but it definitely helps a lot!

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      ramkumar45 and ryankett: Thanks! I appreciate it!

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      ryankett 8 years ago

      Great article Hal, a really enjoyable read.

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      ramkumar45 8 years ago from INDIA

      Good hub . Bookmarked it.

      Joined your fan club to-day.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Mood Institute: Pas besoin de vous excuser, mon ami. I've just run six Hubs as tests on one of the top paying keywords. The first one is:

      https://hubpages.com/health/Top-20-Things-To-Know-...

      and linked them all via a captcha to an image only Hub for maximum Google security. Let's see what happens with those. Actually I do wish that they will make some money as I'm donating all the proceeds from those 6 Hubs to the National Cancer Institute. If we want to test a motorcycle Hub for ad $$$, by all means just let me know in the comments here and we'll do it!

      RNMSN: Thanks and welcome! BTW, I'm even uglier than you! :) I've long since abandoned any hope of winning the lottery so I haven't purchased a ticket for a loooooooooooooong time!

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      Barbara Bethard 8 years ago from Tucson, Az

      well Hal Maggs224 told me from the start to read your stuff and I have...but although I am like you, I will continue to write what I want to write when and where I want to write it...I was also hoping that it would add a bit to my social security in a few years when I'm really going to need it...see my self portrati? my looks will NOT be earning my living haha but thank you for the honest words...I will not pay a buck the first month and 33 every one thereafter to learn how to make a million :( guess I would be as well off getting a lottery ticket, eh?

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      Mood Institute 8 years ago from moodinstitute.com

      Hi Hal... thanks a lot for this interesting hub !I understand well : as you say, you are first a journalist and not a marketer... And you are right !! The interest of your readers must stay your priority. (I am one of your reader ...)

      You are like many artists who don't want to adapt their art just for fitting more to a special market and for selling their art better ;-) I understand this but I also think there is a way to adapt a little your talent without selling your soul...

      For years I was working like a mad developping my websites : one about mind mapping tools (an online shop) and one about health to give informations.When I put them online, I was disappojnted and discovered how it is hard to have visitors and above all, "true" and "interesting" visitors... I am still reading a lot to learn about internet marketing, SEO, keywords,... I am improving day by day.

      For you and me, it is the same... We have interesting contents for our readers... So the secret should be how to apply few marketing rules, still respecting our style and natural way of writing.

      as you said : "If there are ways that do NOT affect my writing in any way shape or form whereby the income can be maximized I'm all for that"

      I am curious and I would like to make a try !!... If you are Ok, we could make a test on one of your hub (on motorcycle for example), just to see if we can improve things with some little adaptations respecting your journalist passion...

      Wish you the best,

      Thanks againPS : sorry for my "frenchy" english... :-)

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      lindagoffigan: Thanks for your comment and the kind words. Much appreciated. Actually, HubPages is in no way immune from the new FTC regulations, and I've recently written a Hub on it:

      The Disclosure You Need On Your Hubs Today To Avoid FTC Prosecution

      https://hubpages.com/community/The-Disclosure-You-...

      Each and every individual who places any form of product or service mention on a web page where they derive even a penny's ad income has to place a formal disclosure. You're also absolutely right about the ongoing monetization. I'm attacking the individuals who claim thousands and thousands of dollars which just cascade in as there is just simply too much competition on the "big money keywords" to consistently score at the top of those searches.

      There is no doubt that Google and HubPages are buddies. The way many of my Hubs rocket to the top of Google is nothing short of astounding. That's why HubPages is the best! :)

      tommywong: You're very welcome.

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      JPSO138. Thanks!

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      JPSO138 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      Hello there, your hub is really great. I really learned a lot.

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      carpesomediem 8 years ago

      You always bring an insightful look at these types of issues we examine here on HubPages, Hal! I love seeing your view on things.

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      tommywong 8 years ago from Malaysia

      Thanks Hal, your info really helpful

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