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Hubpages - My First 6 Months - Making Money Online
It has been about 6 months since I have taken my first step into writing online. My profile may say I joined before hand, however, I did not do anything on here(much). It was not until June 2010, when I really got serious on here. I did a considerable amount of writing through the summer. When I started college, I still wrote on here a lot. For a while, I was writing 2 hubs a day. I have made some mistakes, which I am sure many will when they first start out. I focused on multiple niches. Having variety was what I thought would help bring in traffic to my hubs and so on. The first few months were not that great in income. In fact, they were quite horrible. However, I knew that the majority of people who start on here, will not make much in the first few months. The key to making money on here is consistency. Well, at least, that is one of the keys anyway.
My first few months were nothing to get excited about. I was publishing quite a bit, but it was the beginning for me. I actually had a day where I published over 5 hubs. That was a mistake. When you write on hubpages, you need to write on information that people are searching for. If you just pick some random unknown topic, you will not recieve much traffic or none at all. I made some "dead in the water" hubs, which I regret. I may delete them, but for now, I am just going to leave them be.
I knew from the very beginning, that I would not make much money the first few months. Did I have any expectations on income? No, I did not have a clue on how much I could potentially earn. All I knew was that I needed to build a foundation. Building a foundation is the key to starting an online business or whatever you wish to call it. Even if you were an expert at SEO, your earnings would not be anything amazing in the beginning. Creating passive income is difficult, because you do not earn actively, you earn when you eat,sleep, etc.
This month was my first step into serious writing. I had published a few hubs in 2009, but most were deleted for policy reasons. During this month, I had no perceived notion of what my income would be at the end of the month. I published a handful of hubs, and made about $1.10. This was not much at all of course, however, this was the first month. Nothing previously was established.
The next month, was basically a carbon copy of the previous month. I continued writing a lot. I focused on multiple niches, and a few miscellaneous niches. The misc. niches did not do well at all. A word of advice, do not write on very random topics that nobody is searching for. (if you expect to make money). During this time, I tried to learn as much about backlinking as possible. I would read other hubbers hubs, and ask for advice in the forums. Everyone had a different perspective, many said backlinks were important, while others did not abide by it. At the end of the month, I made about $3.97 cents to my dismay.
For the majority of the month, I wrote quite a bit, and did research on making money using hubpages. At this point, I believe I was using SocialMarker.com religiously. Basically, this site allows you to send backlinks much faster. You no longer need to type in the URL of each site. Most of these sites, I found, were not all that great. However, I did find a few which I sent my backlinks to. Most of the hubs I published, had a few backlinks.
This month brought in about $7.43. An increase, but not by much.
To my dismay, I was not able to publish many hubs this month, if any. I was suffering from insomnia, and was going through college classes.This was not the best month for me in terms of stress-free. I made a little bit more compared to the previous month, $10.81.
For some reason, at the end of this month, I seen potential coming for November. I made about double of what I did in the previous month, $19.43. I was in the forums a lot during this time, sending backlinks, reading, and writing. I had a record day on Halloween, contributed to nearly doubling last month. I just knew, the following month would be good for some reason.
November - Turning Point
This month was great for me. I focused on a specific niche this month, and my traffic sky rocketed. During most of the month, I received about 300-600 views from adsense a day. However, some of my hubs sky rocketed in traffic, and I hit over 1000 views on November 22nd! After this time, I was hitting at least 1000 hits!
I noticed my CTR (click through ratio) was going bad though.... My CTR went below average, and I was concerned. Many told me, not to worry about this, and just to continue writing. Some niches simply bring in a bad CTR, and its random too.
This was the month I was hoping to reach payment. I was pretty sure I could, and eventually did. I made a few dollars over the minimum $100.00 Google Adsense payout. Over 50% of my income was made during this month. I made $54.56 through the course of November. My check will be a little over $100.
(It should be noted that I made cents during the months of October 2009-May 2010. This was what actually sparked me to come back to hubpages, cause I only wrote a few hubs, but I saw the true potential of this site) I was basically hiatus during January 2010 - May 2010
Update - Traffic January 7th 2011
How long did it take you to reach payout ?
How long did your second payment take?
I see the true potential of this site, and in Google Adsense in general. Most people give up when they start. The thing is, you need to understand what type of income your attempting to establish.
This is money that is very difficult to establish, however, wouldn't it be nice to make a few hundred dollars per month with little effort on your part? Or perhaps full-time income 1000+ a month. This is money that you make while your doing "whatever".
What many fail to understand is that it takes a lot of hard work to make money because its that type of income. However, working hard in the beginning can help pay off later.
At this point, it looks like December will be a pretty decent month. I am hoping I can reach payout again, but even if I do not, I should be quite close. There are some plans I have in 2011 which I can not capitalize on yet, but I will continue to find out as much as I can about keyword research. I am no expert on keyword research, but I noticed some things have worked for me, while others have not. Then of course, there's the medium in both.
I believe sending backlinks are important if the niche is higher competition, but if it is not, I do not think its quite as important. Content is king ultimately.Keywords are also VERY important. (relevant keywords)
Farewell, perhaps I will have another update in the future.
I was able to make minimum payout for google adsense in December!