How To Stay Motivated With HubPages
Hey, we've all had one of those days, right? You wake up in the morning, or come in after work, and you are excited to see just how well your hubs have done. Your excitement quickly fades to disappoint when you see you've made only a few cents today, or possibly nothing at all. I've sure had those days. In fact, today was one such day for me. My hubs earned 20 times less today than they did the day before. That's a pretty big drop!
So, what can we do to keep motivated and, most importantly, keep those hubs coming? This hub reveals some of the techniques I use to keep myself positive and keep producing. I'd also like to hear from you, so be sure to share your comments below and share your own strategies and techniques for maintaining your morale on the tough days.
Put Things into Perspective
Last night I made an interesting calculation. I worked out that with an average of only 50 cents a day coming from hubs, they were providing a better investment for me per month than $40,000 would if it were in my current bank account and accruing interest. That was a pretty amazing discovery for me.
If you're starting to feel demotivated about your earning potential here on HubPages, I'd invite you to do the same. Find the current interest rate offered by your bank or credit union for your savings account, if you use one, and work out how much money you would need to have in there to generate the same profit as your hubs are. No matter how little they may be making now, you're likely to experience that same realization for yourself. Even a small return here, is better than the returns you're going to see on all but the biggest fortunes from an average financial institution.
The Passive Income Potential
When I get demotivated about the performance of my hubs on HubPages, I remind myself of why I'm doing this in the first place. Sure, I really enjoy connecting with the community, and sharing my thoughts or discoveries, but that's not why I put in all the time and effort I put in here. I do it because HubPages represents freedom to me. It represents an opportunity. Legitimate passive income is available here.
I know that this is a platform where I can be rewarded for my efforts not just one time, like a typical pay-per-hour job, for a task I complete. I can be receive rewards on my work for the rest of my life here. And with the HubPages referral program, I can help guide others to a great secondary income source and also benefit from that, as well, after they Sign up for HubPages.
When you're looking at your monthly earnings and wondering why you're still putting in the effort, just remember that this type of work requires a consciousness shift. It isn't about what your hubs made last month, or what they've made so far this month. It's about what they're going to make over the next ten years and beyond. That's the power of passive income. Once you build that hub, it will be here to make you money for the life of the site!
It can be sometimes tempting to bring a typical "pay-per-hour" mentality to HubPages or other similar platforms. If you spend a few hours on making what you believe is a really excellent hub, it sure can be a bit depressing if it doesn't take off right away and start paying you back for your time, but remember, be in it for the long haul.
I'm going to make a confession here: Years ago I signed up for a similar site, and I put a very very minimal effort into the content I created on it. I thought it was pretty good at the time, but looking back on it, it was some pretty sub-par stuff. Now I made the equivalent of 4 hubs there (of course they weren't called hubs), and when I didn't see money coming in right away, I wrote the place off as a waste of my time, and forgot about all about it. 2 years later, I was somehow reminded and went to check my account. In all honesty, I expected a couple of dollars to be there. Instead, I found I had a balance over $10, and had in fact lost more more money due to inactivity (it was automatically donated to charity!). I was shocked. I also realized that if I had just kept up that original minimal effort, by now I would have assembled a collection that would reliably generate several hundred a year. That's when I became a "true believer" in this sort of thing.
When I'm starting to feel like those dollar and cents just aren't worth the trouble, I remember that. A lot can change over a short period of time. Don't be surprised if those hubs that seem like a total waste of time to you now end up still producing for you over the long-term.
Reach Out To The Community
HubPages strength comes from it's community. In times where you feel demotivated, reach out to others. Hop some hubs, and leave positive feedback for those who are, like yourself, share their writing with the world. There's a principle that states "inflow is proportional to outflow". In other words, when you're in need of some motivation yourself, provide it to others, and you will see a return on that.
There are so many great tools built into this platform, from the forums, to the comments, to fan mail, and questions. Take full advantage of them. Not only will it extrovert your attention, and get you focused back on the community, but it will reward you with increased recognition, attention, and yes, traffic.
Take an Inventory
If your hubs just aren't producing, take a closer look. Check out your stats, and arrange the columns to show traffic from highest to lowest for a specific period of time. Look at what worked well, and look at what didn't. Find the commonalities among your top producing hubs. Did they share a theme? Did they share a certain quality? Were they written in a similar fashion?
It's always easier to keep your spirits up when you see that you're getting good results on your work. While traffic isn't necessarily a direct indicator of income, you will likely find that the hubs that produce the higher amounts of returns, do receive the higher amounts of traffic. This is an easy way to help you focus in a direction you can feel is more constructive. You don't need to be limited by this, but it can help keep you writing and producing hubs, if you see that even the one's that didn't do well have something to teach you. There really is no such thing as wasted time when in comes to hubs, as long as you're learning and evolving.
Join A Challenge
There are a number of community-driven challenges you can join, where you'll receive support and motivation from others who are also undertaking them. One very popular initiative is the "30 Hubs in 30 Days HubChallenge". It even has it's own section on the forum. Take advantage of that, because it's a guarantee that the more hubs you produce, and the more practice you get in, the better your results will become, and once you reach your own level of certainty on that, you will have what you need to become a truly prolific and very profitable author on HubPages.
Know Your Goals
Know what your "magic number" is, as far as income from HubPages. Everybody's is different. $1 a day is a very common goal to start with. Some people, instead, look at their expenses. Maybe you want to produce enough hubs to have your cell phone bill paid for each month. Maybe you want to have your rent covered. Whatever it is, be honest with yourself, and be specific. What goal will you set that you can be totally satisfied with? You don't need to stop there, but find something that you personally feel is obtainable to works towards.
For many people a small goal can be a great way to start off. Instead of focusing on the money, it might help to make your goal more real by basing it around a product. Can you make enough money with HubPages to earn yourself a free pizza each month? Absolutely. Who wouldn't want a free pizza? How about a free movie each month? What about starting off with a free movie rental every month? Use whatever works for you.
I find that setting goals for myself really helps keep me on target, and gives me something to celebrate about. I love the idea that with HubPages I can set higher and higher goals and if I do put in the effort, I can see those returns building and building overtime. When I make each week a better week than the one that came before it, I know for sure that I'm going down the right path, and that hope fueled by accomplishment can be a very powerful motivator.
Try the Guide!
I put many hours of HubPages success strategy research into action with a guide I wrote to save others the time and effort that I spent filtering through all the noise. In the HubPages GIANT Guide to Getting Traffic and Making Money, I lay out the strategies I personally use to increase my traffic and income potential. It's a very lengthy hub, which I update as needed, so if you're looking for some new things to try, check it out. We both know that there's nothing more motivational than success, and I've done my best to provide basic, workable strategies for new and veteran members alike.
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How About You?
What do you do to stay motivated when it comes to your hubs?
What are the goals that you are working towards with your hubs?
What are some of the accomplishments you've had so far?