HubPages: 2 Month Update
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.
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.
What's your situation?
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?
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?
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.
How long did it take you to reach the $50 threshold?
Earnings to date
(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?
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?
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.
- My First Month on HubPages by bdegiulio
My first month has come and gone and I have to say that this Hubpages thing is very addicting. It is also a lot of fun and even though I've only been here one month I can see the potential of HubPages.
© 2012 Bill De Giulio