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How Many Page Views Did it Take to Reach My First Hubpages $50 Payout?

Updated on January 22, 2014

How Many Views Does it Take to Start Earning?

I joined Hubpages in November, 2011 after leaving the wonderful world of full time employment. As a new stay at home mom to my daughter, it seemed like a great way to make some extra cash and make new friends while keeping my writing skills current. I have had some failures and successes in my four months of writing for Hubpages. While nothing worthwhile happens overnight, I have finally reached my $50.00 pay out point. So how many hubs, months, and views did it take to reach this milestone?

In my first four months, I originally published 65 hubs. My first novice articles were personal poems and short articles which did not succeed on Hubpages or google. I deleted 24 Hubs that were not performing well and had a score lower than 55. (Hubpages also removed one of my hubs that had 300 views due to "duplicate material"). This helped my overall hub score improve slightly. I currently have 41 published hubs. I reached the $50.03 payout mark March 1st after receiving 25,611 views. Results may vary by user, but this equates to $.002 per view on Hubpages. (These amounts do not include Google Ad Sense Earnings, Amazon Associate Earnings, or EBay Sales).


Break Down of Views

Site
Number of Views
Hubpages.com (including my own views)
9999
Google.com (all sources)
10,672
Facebook.com
3,203
Reddit.com
331
Pinterest.com
525
Search Yahoo.com
304
Twitter.com
217
Ask.com
92
Bing.com
80
Searchaol.com
75
Digg.com
55
Other sites/ Email/ Individuals
58
Total:
25,611

Great Sites for Getting Extra Views:

Increase Views to Increase Earnings

When I first joined Hubpages, I had much to learn about back links, SEO, and RSS Feeds. I read hub after hub about these items to learn how to better market my hubs. I learned to get more views, I needed to use popular sites like Reddit to draw in viewers outside of Hubpages. Sites providing back links and extra views have specific audiences. For instance, Reddit is a site popular with 20 somethings. Hubs that appeal to this age group will always get more views and more shares.


How I Increased My Views on Hubpages

As a new hubber who did not understand the benefits of back links, keywords, and RSS feeds I struggled to get more than 100 views per day on my Hubs. I soon realized that making $.20 per week was not going to support my shoe habit.

Instead of writing poetry and personal articles, I began using the Google AdWords Keyword Tool to see what sorts of articles people were actually searching for. Not only does this technique help a writer estimate traffic on a given subject, it also provides many hub ideas that may not have been considered otherwise. This tool is available under the google sign in under tools.

In addition to using the sites above for back links, I read hubs on how to use RSS Feeds to increase views. Nothing has provided me with more traffic in my four months on Hubpages. The attached hubs explain in expert detail how to add your RSS Feeds to directories. Not only does this trick increase traffic to hubs, it is user friendly. By inserting the RSS Feed URL to popular directories, each directory is automatically updated each time you publish a new hub.

By doing these techniques, I gave myself a Hubpages raise. My earnings went from $.50 per month to $12.50 a month. Progress is progress!

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      jo miller 17 months ago from Tennessee

      I bookmarked this hub some time back and just getting around to reading it. Great advice here and I'm off to read more about RSS feeds, though I don't see the link you refer to.

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      DREAM ON 2 years ago

      Thanks so much. May your day go wonderful.

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      Tammy 2 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks DreamOn. Most of my views come from Pinterest where craft hubs are popular. I am currently at 977,500 views overall. The best thing I can suggest is use GoogleAdWords. You can see how many searches are done on any topic on Google in a month. This gives you an idea of what is popular. Hope that helps!

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      DREAM ON 2 years ago

      What a great hub ! It has been along time since you started. I see you have accomplished many awards and success. How well have you done ? I would love to see a break down if possible ?Have HubPages changed their rules for payouts ? I haven't learned the rules to attract followers and therefore to make money. Maybe I can follow your guidelines.I thought I would figure it out by myself. I learned the hard way it doesn't work to well with a wish and a prayer. I would appreciate any insight and tips. Keep up the wonderful work. Have a fantastic night.

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      Souradip Sinha 2 years ago from Calcutta

      Hello @tammyswallow- This is a great article. Learnt some things..:)

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      sabbir 3 years ago from kolkata

      Thanks again Tammy :-)

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      Tammy 3 years ago from North Carolina

      That is great sabbirkhan! You will want to make sure you have your paypal account set up. The payment should be automatic. If you earn $50 on October 30th, you will get paid for this on November 28th. Hubpages pays out once per month on the 28th. Hope this helps!

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      sabbir 3 years ago from kolkata

      Hi Tammy,

      I am here again, my hub page views has reached to about 25733 views on 30 th october, that is this month..now i am confused about what should i do now..should i mail to hubpage or they will mail me or i should wait for sometime..when can i expect hubpages to let me know about my payout..

      as i am new to hubpages so i am not sure about what to do..

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      sabbir 3 years ago from kolkata

      Thanks Tammy.. :-)

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      Tammy 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Sabbirkhan175,

      There is a section under traffic sources that shows you the views from your own clicks for the month. These are counted in the total of views for the month so you do get paid for those. When I reached right about 25000 views, I reached my own payout. Depending on how you set up your account, this should work for you to.

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      sabbir 3 years ago from kolkata

      Tammy its really a nice hub...But i am still confuse about it that will the hubpage pay me for my own clicks..My page views count is 9054 now..So according to you i have to reach about 25000 views.. am i right??

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      Fiona 4 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks Tammy - another great hub. I must say that I am encouraged by my progress so far on Hub Pages. I earned 11c this week with 1 hub by just doing nothing - I know it isn't much but it does bode well if I put some effort into it and follow your example.

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      Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Very interesting hub. Thanks for sharing!

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      frozenink 4 years ago

      Very useful and interesting. Glad you shared. Voted up.

      =)

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your ideas.

      It is really encouraging. :-)

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      victor 4 years ago from India

      informative!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading risalat. I hope these suggestions work and I wish you the best at Hubpages.

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      Risalatul Hoque 4 years ago from Moorhead, MN

      Thanks a lot for this hub. So far I made 42 cents in last 7 days. I have been with HP for nearly a year and finally decided to use the revenue program. Huh ... homework time for me ... SEO, reddit, RSS ... off to more reading. Keep up the good work :) (y)

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      Willette 4 years ago from Michigan

      This is encouraging. Trying to read and learn more to get my views up and to write more. thanks for sharing and keep on hubbing. Sharing.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Welcome to Hubpages agapsikap! I wish you the best of luck here. There are so many wonderful hubbers here. If you ever need help or advice, you will get it. :)

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      agapsikap 4 years ago from Philippines

      Hi! tammyswallow,I'm also a newbie. Haven't published any hubs yet.but i'm looking forward to do so. I'm taking it one step at a time. I hope i can go as far as you did guys, i was really inspired by working moms online just like you. I have five kids and want them to have the best in life.

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from Canada

      Thank you tammyswallow. I have been more active lately and in the past two days reached 925 page views and authorscore of 40. So that looks way better than 0 authorscore, haha. Thanks for the insight!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      If you interact in the commuity and get followers, they will read your hubs and you will get a higher authorscore. I have some great people listed on my profile. They are they best on Hubpages and they are all very supportive!

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from Canada

      I'm glad those are great statistics. I ended up getting up to 572 since 4am this morning. I want to do the Hub Ad payment but unfortunately it says I have to have a Google Adsense attached. So for now I will be getting my Authorscore up (I wasn't active in the community at the very start so it went from 70 something to 0 fast), and writing more hubs :) Being a stay at home lady helps with the time to write. Thanks for your insight!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Wow Educateurself! I don't know about the availability of Paypal in Pakistan. I don't know of any other alternatives. I would ask someone at Hubpages. Best of luck!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Wow Neinahpets! If you have been here for one week, wrote 17 hubs, and have 500 page views.. those are excellent statististics. I had trouble getting approved for Google Adsense. You have to have about 20 hubs to get approved. You will still earn wages until you are approved if you have opted to join the Hubpages ad payments. Google adsense pays very slowly. After a year and 3 months, I am nowhere near the $100 payout for Adsense, but I do get a payout from Hubpages every month. If you have Hubpages set up as your main program of pay, you will still make wages regardless of the google approval. Way to go! You are off to a strong start!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Yes cynusnite! I have Hubpages earnings set as my main source of income. I also accumulate with Google Adsense, but that is so much slower to to accumulate. After a year, I think I earned $33.00. Hope that helps!

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      Educateurself 4 years ago

      Thankx tammy again for reply.Ok now paypal isn't available in my country so what should i do?I mean is there any other way?Because i have writing really tightly and my hubs going well.

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from Canada

      Great insight that I could use. I've been here a week and my hubs (total of 17) range from score 58-71 and I have around 500 page views. I haven't been able to make earnings yet in anyway because I have not yet been approved for Adsense... and it's probably due to my AuthorScore - which doesn't make sense since every single hub I have written has been featured and has decent scoring. Oh well, still learning! Thanks! Voted up!

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      cyqnusnite 4 years ago

      So those earnings are from the hubpages ad program?

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Educateurself. When you reach the $50 payout, Hubpages will pay you through Paypal. Google Adsense is a different program and they pay you when you reach $100.00. I am pretty sure they mail a check to your address. Hope this helps!

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      Educateurself 4 years ago

      Nice article tammy really helpful it help me so much and increased my knowledge about earnings at hubpages but i have one question can you please tell me how hubpages pay you when your hubs views i mean how through paypal or anything else because i only know about google adsense to earn something.Please tell me the procedure how i can earn through hubs views.

      Thanx for listening.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for reading Nakia. I wish you the best here at Hubpages!

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      Nakia Deon 4 years ago

      What a milestone! Good job! I am a newbie and when I reached a penny I was excited. Can't wait to reach $50. Your article definitely helped me with new ideas on how to get there.

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      Alicia Foley 4 years ago from Connecticut

      Fantastic information! Thank you for sharing your experience.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very useful information..Thanks!

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 4 years ago from Pune, India

      Nice information, useful for new Hubbers. Voted up and shared.

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      greatnutrition 4 years ago

      Thanks! I'm still rusty, but it's nice to hear some experienced advice!!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting JanMaklak and WELCOME to Hubpages! Surprisingly, you don't need to have a ton of hubs to make money on this site. You are better off to make interesting, well crafted hubs. Best of luck to you here!

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      JanMaklak 4 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for the straight goods on earnings. I have just completes my second month of writing here and I have income of about 12.50 like you. Now If you could write a hub about pulling in over $50 a month I'd be in your debt!

      Jan

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading and hang in there Lizam1. Keep trying all sorts of topics!

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      Lizam1 4 years ago from Victoria BC

      I'm impressed with your viewing figures. Timely to find you as I have also realized that .20c a day is not going to help me buy the house I have my eye on:-)

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I post them to the most appropriate, depending on the hub. I put craft hubs under crafts, and so on. Any hub that is about trends I try to place in the WTF category as that one has the most readers. :)

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks carozy and best of luck!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I figured my stats and I hope this helps: 4% comes from Pinterest, .02% StumbledUpon, 1% Reddit (I think they are banning Hubpages for spam), Hubpages 7%, Google 58%, Facebook 2%, Other (including Digg, other hubbers, Bing, Search.com and more 27.98%.

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      Andrea Serie 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York

      As a new Hubber, I found your Hub very helpful. What community do you post your Hubs on Reddit? I just took a look at the site and the communities are a bit confusing. Thanks!

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      carozy 4 years ago from San Francisco

      These are great tips and a very thorough article. I'll try to implement them to bring up my earnings.

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      Jack Baumann 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      How much traffic does Reddit, Stumbleupon, and Pinterest bring you?

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading faeriemusejo. Welcome to Hubpages!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      On Reddit you select submit link and paste your URL. If you post more than one a day, Reddit will ban you. They have been making it harder to submit Hubpages as they see us as spam. Best of luck to you!

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      faeriemusejo 4 years ago from The Frozen North: Alaska

      This is a great article! I have a long way to go and a lot to learn. I'm glad to know a few of these tricks up front ^_^

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Anytime TravelinJack!

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      Jack Baumann 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Thanks for the helpful advice and the follow!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Welcome to Hubpages and thanks so much for reading and commenting.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi TravelinJack! I I don't really have any travel hubs that I can compare with my other hubs to, but there are many here who can tell you how their travel hubs do. I have just read your hub on castles- beautiful!! I think your high quality work will really do well. I can tell you that hubs about crafts have done really well for me, especially on Pinterest. There are many helpful Hubbers here on Hubpages willing to help if you ever need anything. :)

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Welcome to Hubpages RelayMom. This is a very helpful community if you need any assistance along the way. Thanks so much for reading and commenting and best of luck to you as a new Hubber!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for your visit!

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      Rovelyn Berdos 4 years ago from Milan, Italy

      Very informative! I am new in HubPages. Thank you for the info!

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      monahamed 4 years ago

      Congratulations . Your hub inspired me to go forward .I just made my first .02 $ and I am happy with them . I will try rss feed.

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      Jack Baumann 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Exactly what I needed to read. Thank you.

      I'm curious to know if an experience hubber like yourself considers my direction a viable to make money. Could you please check out my travel hubs and see if they are to standard! Thanks!!

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      RelayMom 4 years ago

      Wow I am new to hubpages, and honestly I have no idea what half this stuff is yet. I have a lot to learn, but I'm having fun writing so far (I've only written two hubs but hey you gotta start somewhere) and I hope to continue. Maybe after I get a handful of hubs up I will try to figure out all the extra stuff going.

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      Interesting! Thanks for sharing how you are doing. I was especially interested in which of your hubs have seen 1,000 plus views.

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      dobo700 4 years ago from Australia

      Thanks for this very interesting and informative hub.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      You are right simplyhub. That is a great way to look at it. :)

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      simplyhub 4 years ago from California

      Such a great story of success in such a short period of time. No matter how your earnings are small or big, it's truly an American Dream.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thank you Tammy, I'm looking for ways to increase viewership as I go and I have been researching this voraciously. I definitely appreciate the time taken out to write it as I still don't know much about what I'm doing but I'm taking it all in. Thanks a lot.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Learning in Life. I know when I was new I wish I could have an idea of what to expect. Thanks so much for reading!

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      Megan Sisko 4 years ago from SW Florida

      Great hub! Voted up and useful. I love having other hubbers share stats. I am a numbers person so it gives me motivation to quantify things.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I am glad it was helpful grandmapearl. You will get there! I look forward to reading your hubs. :)

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      I was just bemoaning the fact that I haven't made the progress I had hoped, when I came across this excellent article. Thank you for sharing all this great info! I have bookmarked this, Voted Up, Useful, Awesome and Interesting. This is just exactly what I needed to find today!

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      redwhiskeypete 4 years ago from Indiana

      good information. Can you tell us how your earnings from the hubpage earnings program compare with adsense?

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 4 years ago from Mason City

      Great hub and information. I haven't reached the payout yet. I will have to check out some sites to help me, like Reddit and others. I voted up. Good advice.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Missy Mac! I hope it helps.

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      Missy Mac 4 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks for the Hub article. Actually, I started writing for Hub Pages for 2 weeks ( I think). Although, I signed up 4 months ago. I am trying to learn as much as possible. This article has some informative information that I will reference. Thanks again.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Tycoon Sam! Hope it helps!

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      TycoonSam 4 years ago from Washington, MI

      Awesome Hub Tammy! I wish I would have read this the day you published it!

      Voted Up Useful and Awesome!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Jodi! I hope these suggestions will be helpful!

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      Jodi Ralston 4 years ago from Missouri

      Very helpful article. I'll look into the sites you mentioned to see if I can't earn more links to my hubs.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading and commenting teresamg. Welcome to Hubpages! If you need anything, let me know. There are many awesome hubbers here that will be glad to help you. :)

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      teresamg 4 years ago from Portugal

      Thanks for the article. I just joined and published my first hub, a cake recipe. I found this article very helpful, especially since I'm a newbie and still trying to figure out how this works. :)

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      nightnight 4 years ago from UK

      No worries I found the article :)

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      nightnight 4 years ago from UK

      Thanks for this article :) I'm new and it answered a lot of questions I wanted to ask.... Where can I learn about the RSS feed?

      Subscribed.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for visiting SoaresJCSL!

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      SoaresJCSL 4 years ago

      What a useful Hub! Thanks for sharing. Voted up

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks ChristinS. I was thinking about the newbies. When I first started Hubpages, I was afraid of putting in so much hard work without a clue of what or when we could expect payoff. I appreciate your visit!

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      Christin Sander 4 years ago from Midwest

      Great hub with good details on how you increased your earnings. Looking at your numbers here, they seem to be pretty in line with where mine were when I hit first payout. Informative :)

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much sharewhatuknow. The keyword tools can give you some great ideas for content that is really popular.

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      sharewhatuknow 4 years ago from Western Washington

      Wow, very informative hub and very glad to have found and read this one. I do believe the more hubs that each one of us writes, the more income we can earn, so this week I have really racked my brain trying to think of hubs to write that people will really enjoy or benefit from. I voted this one useful and awesome.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks unknown spy. It makes a big difference to do these things. Thanks for reading!

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Impressive! Learned a lot from your hub. My page views did not increase when I have 100 hubs already. it's still the same when I only have less than 50. Great info. Would love to try social networking sites too.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks AudreyHowitt. I am still looking forward to a poetry book from you. :)

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      It was heartening to read this so thank you for sharing it. I have a ways to go before I reach payout and so I try not to focus on it--just keep plugging away---

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Whoa! That sounds like a great site. I will definatley check that out. Thanks for the tip. The last three months have been really good for google hits. I should hit 100,000 views in about 15 more days. Thanks so much for sharing that!

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      Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

      I enjoyed reading about your successes on HubPages...I think you might want to check out ChimeIn....they have given me many views....granted they are hot and cold...but so far almost 7,000 of my views have come from that site....I hope the last three months(since you wrote this hub) have been even more successful for you and your hubs....voted up and very interesting.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I really appreciate that CyberShelley! Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading and commenting Farmer Rachel.

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      Shelley Watson 5 years ago

      Hi, This is a very good evergreen article. Thank you for taking the time to show us the ropes. Up, interesting and pinned.

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      Rachel Koski 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Voted up, useful, interesting, awesome! Thanks for sharing your experience, it's nice to read about a Hugpages success. I'm 24 and I didn't even know about Reddit! Makes me feel like I'm out of touch here on the farm ;). I'll definitely be checking it out. Thanks again!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      It really pays to learn about RSS feeds lovedoctor926. If I can do it, anyone can. :)

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      Wow! Congratulations! Your articles have gotten a lot of views. Thanks for the tips. I need to learn how the RSS feeds work.