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HubPages: 2 Month Update

Updated on March 12, 2017
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HubPages – My first 60 days.

Well, another month has come and gone. It’s now been two months since I first joined HubPages back on February 10, 2012. Time sure does fly when you’re addicted to something.

Three months ago I had no idea that I would be here writings articles for a website that I honestly had never heard of. And while I'm being honest, never in my wildest dreams did I consider that I would be publishing articles that someone might be reading on-line. I just have never considered myself to be a "writer". Really goes to show you that you never know what life has in store for you. This has literally changed my outlook for the next few years as I can see myself doing this pretty consistently. I'm starting to look at this as a part time profession, one that I really love doing.

What's your situation?

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Month Two

So what did my second month bring? I thought long and hard about realistic goals for month two and decided that getting to 30 Hubs and 3000 views would be attainable. As this is my 34th Hub I managed to make this target. The number of views came in at 3014, which was just a smidgin above my target so I hit this one barely. Maybe I need tougher goals?

I envision the next month or so as being difficult ones for getting work published but I hope to keep the momentum going. Spring came early to New England this year which means more time dedicated to the yard and somewhat less time available for writing. I also work a full time job so it’s not like I have a lot of free time for this but I’m doing the best I can. This also means that my cheat sheet backlog is growing and is now up to over fifty ideas for articles that have yet to be written.

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Time

I am finding that as I get a little better at this that I am spending more time scrutinizing my work and thus it is taking me longer to get Hubs written, reviewed and published. I’m not overly concerned about this as I really think quality matters much more than quantity for someone who is new at this. I have gone back and reviewed my earliest Hubs and made some updates and improvements and I can see that my Hubs are getting better and I thank everyone out there for the very helpful advice and comments. It’s great to know that pretty much any question I have can be answered here in short order.

How long on average does it take you to compose, edit and publish your hubs?

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HubScore

I guess I am still somewhat confused as to how our Hubscore is determined and how the money is earned. Obviously traffic is important and the more the better but I have days with a moderate amount of traffic for me, and earn very little, only to be followed by a lighter traffic day and earnings that are higher. Can this be due to the source of the traffic? If not then I must be missing something here? The profile Hubscore is also still a mystery. It's been in a tight range lately between 88 - 90 but it seems to drop whenever I publish a new Hub. I'm wondering if this is due to the fact that new Hubs have a low score initially and maybe this drags down our profile Hubscore? Anyone have any thoughts on this? Does our profile Hubscore affect where our Hubs appear on the search engine sites? Or is it the individual Hub score that determines this?

One other thing concerning traffic views. How is it that I have 3014 total views yet have 5464 traffic views under referral trackers. Can anyone explain how this is possible?

How long did it take you to reach the $50 threshold?

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Earnings

Now down to the money. I haven’t set any goals in this regard as this is something that I think will come if I stay the course and publish quality work. My first month (partial month) netted me $1.84 and I managed to improve on that with earnings of $6.05 in my second month. The first 10 days of April has already netted me $3.70. The trends are all up and I would expect this to continue to increase in the months ahead. I suppose the next really exciting “big” moment will come when I hit the $50 threshold although I don’t see that happening for a few months yet. One highlight that I did just hit a few days ago was achieving over $1 in earnings in a single day. Yippee! I can't explain why the traffic jumped on this one day but I'm not complaining, just curious.

Earnings to date

Month
Monthly Earnings
Total Earnings
 
February
$1.84
$1.84
(partial month)
March
$6.05
$7.89
 
April
$3.70
$11.59
(through April 9th)

Social Networking Questions

At some point during my second month here I noticed some of the other social networking sites listed on the bottom of our Hubs; Stumbleupon, Diggit, Google Plus and Reddit. To be honest I had never heard of any of these but I decided to checkout three of them and did register and start posting my Hubs on their sites. It seems to have generated a fair amount of traffic so I have continued with this despite not really knowing what some of these sites do. Does anyone know what these sites offer that may be different from any of the other more popular social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter? Does everyone else out there place their Hubs on all of these sites also? What about direct e-mailing your Hubs to family and friends? Does anyone do this or do you just assume that they will see your work through Facebook or Twitter? Would it help to send out a link to my Hubpages Library periodically? And what about re-posting a Hub to one of the social networking sites after a few months have passed in order to reinvigorate the traffic flow? Is this considered proper etiquette? Does anyone do this?

Lots of Questions?
Lots of Questions?

I guess I still have a lot of questions. But this is a learning experience and the learning curve I’m sure goes on for quite awhile. I think the most important thing I've picked up in my second month is that if you have a passion for something then the writing comes easy. I seem to struggle when I am attempting to write about something that I feel ho-hum about. So, for now I am trying to stick to the things I love: travel, running, health, photography, sports, eating and most any outdoor activity. I’m not sure if these are moneymaking topics but it’s what I know best.

6 Month Goals

So where do we go from here? I’m thinking that with spring and summer coming that my writing activity will slow down a little although I desperately want to keep the momentum going. If I can get one Hub per week published over the next few months I think I will be happy. I certainly have a growing list of topics to write about and will hopefully get to them all eventually. If I can publish just one Hub per week for the next four months that would be approximately 18 additional hubs, which would take me to 50ish, so I’m going to set a goal of getting to 50 Hubs by my 6 month anniversary. I’ll go out on a limb and say that 12,000 views will be another goal although that sounds a little lofty right now. Although I don’t like setting monetary goals I’ll throw one more goal out there and that’s to reach the $50 threshold by the end of my 6th month.

So here they are, my 6 month goals.

50 Hubs, 12,000 views, $50.

Are these 6 month goals realistic?

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So that’s it for now. I’ll report back in four months with an update. I can’t express enough how grateful I am for finding HubPages. It’s been a wonderful experience so far and I hope to continue doing this for the foreseeable future. Please, please feel free to comment be it good, bad, or indifferent. I am looking for honest, constructive feedback so that I can get better at this. If you honestly don't feel I'm on track to succeed at this please let me know so I can right the ship. If there is something I'm not doing or I can do better please let me know.

Thank You

© 2012 Bill De Giulio

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi movielardatadare. Glad to here that you are doing well and reaching your goals. It takes time but is certainly worth the effort. Have a great day. Thanks for the vote.

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      movielardatadare 4 years ago from Texas

      Bdegiulio, excellent hub! I really enjoy seeing fellow hubbers reaching their goals and finding success on here. I've been able to reach my goals so far as well. I'm definitely going to have to write a reflection on this awesome article! Voted up for sure. Great stuff!

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi carol. Thank you for reading and commenting and welcome to HubPages. I am going to publish a 6 month update shortly but in a nutshell it's been steadily improving. I reached the payout threshold in July and my views have steadily increased. My next Hub will be number 70 although I have slowed down lately, mostly due to being busy with work and home. Patience and persistence are the keys.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Very interesting especially since I am closing in on my second month. How are you doing now????

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      SusieQ42 4 years ago

      I think it took me more than 6 months to reach the $50.00 payout here so I would say you're doing good. (I've had 2 payouts) I can tell by the number of comments on this hub that you definitely are! Yes, Web Answers does give our Google Adsense earnings a nice boost. I've not worked for them lately. I spent the last year working for Textbroker writing more than 500 articles. I finally stopped and am now looking for another venue.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      I'm a ways from the payout on Google Adsense but making progress. I did sign up with webanswers also a few months ago so that is helping, about $10-$12 per month right now. I t took me 6 months to get to the $50 threshold here on HubPages but it's been great fun so far.

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      SusieQ42 4 years ago

      I reached payout on Google Adsense too a couple of months ago...finally! I was very excited about that but it included money from my blogs and Webanswers.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks Susie. Sounds like you are doing great here. I am making progress. My views have steadily increased and I have reached the payout threshold earlier in July. I have also had some success with Pinterest and Stumbelupon, Not sure about reddit yet? Thanks for the tips and feedback. Have a great day.

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      SusieQ42 4 years ago

      You earn, not just on views but also on people clicking on your ads.

      I also joined Stumble Upon but not reddit. I find people repinning my hubs on their pin boards nearly daily, so am sure this makes a difference.

      I've written over 470 hubs and have nearly 70,000 views since joining in April, 2011. This really isn't all that great though. My goal is to cash out each month and am up to around $30.00 this month so far.

      I do email links to my friends and family but very seldom. I post them on FB so I think that's enough.

      God bless and hope all goes well with your experience as a publisher/author here on HP. Susieq42

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      aa lite 5 years ago from London

      Since I am about a month younger at HubPages than you are, I read this with great interest. I think you are doing somewhat better than me, in terms of publishing numerous hubs and staying focused. You are doing better with the earning as well.

      Google doesn't pay any attention to hubberscore or hubscore, it ranks sites according to its own very complex algorithms which change all the time. I imagine the hubscore is quite dependent on the traffic though, so if Google likes your hubs, they will have a high score, not the other way around.

      My score also falls whenever I publish a new hub. It's nice to have a high score, but not really that important, I think traffic is way more significant and also the behaviour of visitors to the site, how long they stay on, whether they hit the back button or go to another site.

      I've had good success with bookmarking in reddit, not so much with stumbleupon. The reason they work so well in driving traffic is because your link is seen by thousands of people. I don't know how many followers you have on facebook or twitter but I'm guessing not that many. Unfortunately I find the reddit traffic dies down after a couple of days. You should be careful and not reddit too much or they might ban you for being a spammer. There are some hubs on the topic.

      It was interesting reading your experiences!

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      Bill De Giulio 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thank you Suzie. From the start it has been my feeling that patience and persistence will pay off in the long run. Your doing great so far, keep at it.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Another great hub and very interesting as a "first month stage" newbie to this! Still waiting for adsense to kick in.Your goals are def doable, you have done great so far.

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      Bill De Giulio 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks Millionaire Tips. I very much appreciate the help and the answers to my questions. There is a lot to learn and I'm slowly getting there.

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      You're off to a great start, and doing all the right things. I'll try to answer some of your questions.

      HubScore does fluctuate when you write new hubs, participate in the community, etc., but I wouldn't focus on it, unless it dramatically goes up or down. It doesn't effect your traffic in any way, unless it goes dramatically down.

      Revenue: yes, it does seem sometimes that the more views you get, the lower your earnings. I think that is because when you are new, a click makes a big difference, so if you only get a few views, but a click, it makes a bigger impact. The earnings also fluctuate based on how much advertisers are paying that day on the topic. Click on Account, Earnings, Ad Program Reports to see the revenue for the day. Also know that just because someone looks at your page doesn't mean that they looked at the ads. Some people use ad blocking programs.

      Links: yes you can use all of these other places to share your hubs (and others), but you do want to be careful that you are not spamming. You may want to share other things, like other hubs and other interesting things you have read at these sites. You also want to make sure you participate in those communities by reading links others have posted and making comments, building followers, etc. Yes, you can send emails but only for things particular people are interested in.

      Your goals are reachable based on your accomplishments thus far. I wish you the best!

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      Bill De Giulio 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thank you molemeter. Appreciate the advice and comments.

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      molometer 5 years ago

      You have made a great start and as far as I can see you are doing all the necessary.

      Producing good hubpages, commenting on other hubs and using the social networks.

      Share judiciously and only things that you really like. Otherwise it looks a little spammy.

      You will hit your target I am sure. Good luck

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      Bill De Giulio 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks sandrabusby. Yeah, I am a very goal oriented person. Maybe it will help here with HubPages, we'll see. What has helped is carrying around my little pad and pen to jot things down when they come to me. Best of luck to you. Ciao

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      Sandra Busby 5 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      I'm not as big a goal setter as you are, but I appreciate the concept. I'm just flowing along. I, too, though find that ideas come to me in the strangest places, so I've started keeping pen and paper by the bed. Enjoy.

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      Bill De Giulio 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thank you RTalloni. HP certainly is an interesting experience, an addicting one also. But, so far I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here reading Hubs, publishing, and learning the ins and outs of HP. I knew absolutely nothing of this whole on-line publishing concept a few months go and only came across HP while reading an article on retirement income. I appreciate the comments and look forward to reading your work.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      If this is an example of your other work then, by all means, stay the course! You'll do well teaching others what you learn. Looking forward to checking out more of your work. HP is an interesting learning experience!

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      Bill De Giulio 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thank You Marie. It's been somewhat addicting since I signed on back in February. I hope to keep the momentum going. I certainly see that as a challenge but we'll see what the next few months holds. Thank You again for the nice comments.

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      Renee 5 years ago

      I am amazed, impressed as well as envious on the number of hubs you have already written in the short span of time you have been a hubber. And its all so good, too. I have promised myself I will do better and that means having a regular hub submitted but have not had much luck on it. So kudos to you for being able to do that. Good luck on your next goal and will be following you from here on. Shared and voted up.

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      Bill De Giulio 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks kjrzeek1. Appreciate the comments. Good luck to you also and keep publishing.

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      kjrzeek1 5 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      I am new to Hubpages too, and seeing what you are experiencing is a relief to me. Thanks for sharing and good luck with your next goal.

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      Bill De Giulio 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thank You Brainy Bunny, I appreciate the support and comments. I guess patience and perseverance are keys to making this work. I'm trying not to be in a hurry with this, haste makes waste!

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      Brainy Bunny 5 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

      I'm impressed with the number of good hubs you've written and the amount you've made in such a short time. Keep up the good work.

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