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I Got Paid From The HubPages Ad Program!: My Story Plus How To Increase Your Earnings

Updated on January 12, 2014
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Susan has written four internet marketing books, and also does SEO for both global and small companies.

Sure, it mightn't be much but it's still something!
Sure, it mightn't be much but it's still something! | Source

Introduction

Yippee! I finally got paid from the HP Ad Program and what a journey it has been to get to this point. In this hub, I will detail my journey to getting paid and how you can increase your earnings too. I am still not an expert (I was only here for 7 months) but I have still gathered enough information to increase the traffic and earnings I get each day. How do I do it? Read on.

How Much?

First of all, I am sure that you are wondering how much I actually received. According to the HubPages TOS, I cannot say how much I have earned but it was well over the payout threshold of $50.

Bonus: I also received a payment of $16 from the Amazon Affliates Program. I'm thrilled to bits!

Some Statistics About Me

  • I have written 47 hubs, so far.
  • I have been here on HubPages writing for approximately seven months.
  • So, I have written about two hubs per week. Each hub has about 800 to 1200 words.
  • I have about 127 followers.
  • During my first few months, my earnings ranged from pennies to a few dollars. Nonetheless, I kept writing because I knew I would begin to earn a lot more the longer I was here and the more hubs I had.
  • I have three Editor's Choice hubs but I opted out because the EC status was causing my traffic to drop on one of my best performing hubs.


How Did I Get Paid?

So, how did I do it? Well if you want to be paid over $50, you will have to work hard let me tell you. Basically I wrote 2 articles a week (each with an average of 1000 words; most are stellar hubs) and made sure I was ranking for the correct keywords. I have spent at least four hours each week on HubPages whether its writing hubs, adding/editing older hubs, reading and commenting on other hubs or just taking a break in the forums. Ever since I began, I thought it would take me at least a year to get paid and that one year would take forever. I cannot believe that I have spent a full seven months here on HP. The time has flown and the community have been very supportive. Thanks everyone!

Earning money from your hubs requires a very intricate formula that only mathematicians can discover... no, not really. Just keep hubbing!
Earning money from your hubs requires a very intricate formula that only mathematicians can discover... no, not really. Just keep hubbing! | Source
Once you write a hub, it will keep earning you money every day, whether you like it or not.
Once you write a hub, it will keep earning you money every day, whether you like it or not. | Source

My Formula To Getting Paid

Getting paid isn't really rocket science but it takes a lot of work and writing to get to that point. Here is just a four step guide to what you should do, on your pathway to reaching that payout threshold. This will in no way a guarantee to get you lots of traffic but it is a plan that should help you if you are stuck.

  1. Write at least two hubs a week. You should start getting search traffic about two weeks after you write your hub. These hubs should be high-quality. The higher quality they are, the higher you will rank in Google.
  2. Do keyword research and optimise your hubs in the best way that you can.
  3. Share your hubs on social media, Pinterest and other websites. If you have a blog, link to it that way or do some guest blogging.

I will now cover these steps in more detail.


Free, Handy Tools Every Hubber Needs

There are countless SEO tools on the web that will help you in all your SEO investigations.

  1. If you want to know your PageRank, try this tool.
  2. If you want to see if you are going overboard with a certain keyword, you can check your keyword density with this tool and to see what keywords the search engines rank your content on. Your keyword density should go no more than 3 to 4%.
  3. For 100 other tools such as if your site had been affected by Google Panda etc, check out Moz's 100 SEO tools list. Most of the tools are free but some aren't.

1. Write Two Hubs A Week

You don't have to write two hubs, you can write one or three plus. As long as you write great quality hubs, the number doesn't matter. Remember, quality overpowers quantity.

2. Do Some Keyword Research

I am not on any social media sites so I get a lot less traffic as a result. I depend on search traffic entirely so I need to have SEO friendly hubs. I don't do much backlinking because I prefer to write a hub in that time. The only SEO I implement in my hubs is keyword research. The best way to do it is through using the Google Adwords Keyword Tool. In short:

  • Pick a niche that you know a lot of information about. It could be cooking, health or DIY. Whatever your niche is, type that into the Google Adwords Keyword Tool and you should generate a huge number of subcategories of keywords.
  • Pick a keyword that has a fairly good CPC, not a keyword with a CPC of $0.01. Also look for keywords with a lot of traffic. This could be anything from the hundreds to the thousands. If that keyword has less than 10 searches per month and no CPC at all; it is pretty much a useless keyword.
  • Once you have some keywords that you might want to write about, type them into Google and search them. If there are a lot of strong websites ranking for that keyword then it will take you a bit longer to rank for them, you may never get to the first page. This is known as high competition and you generally need to avoid this, unless you are great at link-building and you have a high PageRank in your subdomain. The hubpages.com domain has a PageRank of 7 (out of a possible 10) so it will be easier for you to rank with a HP article rather than a post from your new blog or website.
  • If you don't know how strong a website is, check its PageRank using this free tool. You simply paste the URL into the box, do the reCaptcha code and you are presented with its PR. For example if there was a website with a PR of 5 or above, it is going to be really hard to rank higher than that website; unless you have an amazingly written hub with a lot of links pointing to it!
  • Use the keywords that you think are profitable in the title, summary and first paragraph of your hub but don't overdo it! Overusing keywords can get you in trouble with Google and isn't a quick solution to getting more traffic.

What about you?

How much do you earn on average a month?

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3. Share On Social Media

To gain some quick traffic, share your hubs on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus. Don't spam your followers just a nice useful hub now and again can attract you hundreds if not thousands of views.

Pinterest is another great place to share some of your hubs. If you have a popular fanbase there and you pin some of your hubs to your board, you can generate thousands of views.

Wrylilt, a very successful Hubber here has fantastic success with Pinterest and she has said that at least three ofher hubs go viral on Pinterest each week. I'm no expert on Pinterest so for a great article on crafting Pinterest-freidly hubs and how to attract traffic from there check out this hub.

Thanks To All My Followers and To The HP Community

I would like to say a huge thank you to all the HP community including my followers. Without your support it would not have been possible. It really is a delight and it makes my day when I get a nice comment on one of my hubs or a new follower.

To Those Of You Still Writing...

If you have yet to get paid and you are lacking motivation, keep writing!! You will get there eventually. I thought that I should give up a few months ago but today I am super glad that I didn't. It isn't impossible to get paid so keep writing! I hope that this hub has inspired you to keep writing and keep going, you are all doing a fantastic job!

Please let me know on your thoughts, comments and suggestions below; I'd love to hear from you!

© 2013 Susan W

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      Susan W 2 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Couldn't have said it better myself, Mikey!

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      mikeydcarroll67 2 years ago

      It is really important to give yourself breaks too. I tend to write in spurts and increase my earnings even I am not writing.

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Larry - Generating money can be quite difficult online if you don't know what to write about and what topics to write in. Remember to keep your titles search friendly, are your titles in your hubs regularly searched for by people? Can you imagine typing in one of your titles? If the answer is no, you are probably not making much money here. To make money, you need to focus on search friendly titles and have high-quality content. I hope that these tips will help you, good luck! Thanks for the great comments!

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      Larry Rankin 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      I'm having a hard time generating money, but I intend to keep at it. Your tips have been very helpful.

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      indraprasad - Thanks for the feedback and great comments. I know, writing hubs definitely takes time but is very rewarding in the end! Good luck on writing those hubs.

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      Indra prasad v 3 years ago from India, Kerala, Thiruvanantha puram

      I thrilled by your hub. I write only 6 hubs within 2 years. I am not lazy. But I can't find time after my work. But I like writing hub than any other. I didn't get any reward till now. For that, I need to travel more!

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Travmaj - I am so happy that you have learned many tips from this hub, that was my primary intention, to help others achieve their traffic and revenue goals. Thank you for the kind comments, I always appreciate such positive feedback! Good luck on your journey here - I have followed you. Keep those SEO-friendly hubs coming and the traffic will come! Don't let your tech skills limit you, with any skills at all, you can shine. :)

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      travmaj 3 years ago from australia

      Congratulations (belated) I'm most inspired by your hub and I'll be re reading and working on your points and advice. Sadly, my technological skills are not brilliant, I'm understanding more after reading this. Thank you.

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Sunil - Thank you for such wonderful comments, I always enjoy reading such positive comments! I'm so glad that you liked reading this, I will continue to write some more hubs on helping others with increasing their traffic and revenue. I have another in the works, on various tools that can be used to help Hubbers and bloggers. It should be published soon.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Informative and useful tips. Thank you for sharing. You have beautifully presented things. You are a brilliant writer with lot of ideas. Keep on writing to motive other hubbers, especially to boost their traffic, revenue and followers, etc. Thanks for this wonderful hub.

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Torilyn - Thank you so much for the positive comments and for sharing your experience with the Ad Program, Congrats on your first payout, and with only 2 hubs! That is good work, well done.

      The more you write, the more you will receive each month. Keep writing and you will be rewarded. Good luck. :)

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      Victoria Kirkpatrick 3 years ago from Waco, Tx

      Thanks so much for this information. I'm hoping to receive my first payout in a few days. I only have written 2 or 3 hubs and it has taken me close to a year to get a payout. I'm going to work on your suggestions and start writing again and see if I can start making some more money in less than a year. Lol!

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Bex - Thank you for the great comments, I am so glad that this article helped you. My primary intention of writing this hub was to help others to reach the goals they wanted to achieve here on HP and most importantly, how to get paid. You can check out my hubs at any time, I am doing quite well at the moment (should get 100,000 views soon). I am sure you will learn something from them.

      I have written another hub on how I have reached 10,000 views, it is in the link below. I think that, that hub will help you even more and breaks down keyword research even more (with images). Hopefully, that hub will help you achieve the traffic you want. My tips would be:

      1) Write about minimum 2-3 articles a week starting off.

      2) Make sure each hub is high-quality (your first one already is)

      3) Do some keyword research and make sure to write on topics that are searched on Google. Make use of the Keyword Planner.

      4) Keep writing! Analyse hubs which do well (after 6 weeks) and write more hubs in that niche.

      5) Be active here on HP, and the followers will come.

      6) To boost your Amazon sales, you can write some product reviews, they will increase your Amazon sales dramatically.

      You are doing very well here already, Bex and with time, the traffic will come. Don't give up, stay persistent and you will be rewarded. One thing I hate to see here is people starting with great intentions and then after a couple of hubs, they leave and never come back. Keep writing and you will become very successful here (I know you will!). If you have any questions or need help with keyword research, etc, don't hesitate to contact me. I am always here to help. :)

      https://hubpages.com/community/Ten-Thousand-Views-...

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      Bex Walton 3 years ago from Kent, UK

      Hi Susi,

      Firstly, thanks for all the advice you have given me on the forum so far - I thought I would come and check out your hubs to see what else I could learn from you (I hope you don't mind).

      Secondly, I have read 10-15 of these 'how to increase your earnings on HP' hubs now and this is by far the best I've read. It's in plain English and breaks things down for a simpleton like me. I would never have thought of researching keywords, nevermind know how to do it! So, thank you again for providing me with yet more information to start my HubPost journey with.

      Take care and good luck for the next 6 months, year and beyond.

      Bex

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Thanks for dropping by, passionate. I am so glad to read your great comments and your blessings, they always make me happy. :)

      I am so glad that you read this the second time and that you found it motivational. I always intended it to be a motivation tool for Hubbers so that they could achieve the goal of reaching payout. I began here like everyone else and thought how difficult it would be to get payout. Well, I am happy to say that I was paid three times and I will be paid again this March. Your hubs are great, passionate and with some more hubs, you will be even more successful and get lots more accolades.

      Thank you, again!

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      passionate77 3 years ago

      i'm reading this second time and enjoying reading and learning from your fruitful experience at hubpages. thanks for sharing it all. really it's so motivating reading and knowing about other hubbers' success stories. it really keep us active to step forward. wish you million blessings ahead too susi dear!

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi Oana Writer,

      It is nice to see you drop by, thank you for your great comments. I'm glad you learned about keyword research, it is one of the fundamentals you need for success. It can also help you to plan the titles of your hubs and even generate new ideas.

      I love writing too, it is one of my favourite hobbies. Since I was first paid, I was paid again and I will be paid next month too. It took me a lot of work and patience but I finally got there in the end! To get payout soon, I recommend that you keep writing hubs, the more you have the more you will earn each month.

      To get into the 500 + pool, will take a huge amount of work and you will need almost a thousand hubs to get 500 a month. It is doable though so keep writing.

      Good luck with your goals, I am sure you will achieve them provided you work hard. I am looking forward to more of your hubs and don't give up because the money is around the corner!

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi Jasperessentials!

      Thank you so much for your positive comments, Delia. I sure will work hard this coming year, I am hoping to hit payout every month by the end of this year and write up to 200 hubs to achieve that. Should be hard work but at least I enjoy it.

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      Georgiana Dacosta 3 years ago from London

      Great hub thanks so much for sharing this tips. The keyword research part - I've learnt so much, thanks for sharing all those tips.

      I am also working hard towards the first payment and hoping to be in that 500+ part of your pool by the end of this year. I know the goals are high, but I love writing and I would love to be able to do that for a living :)

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      Delia Almestica Griffin 3 years ago from United States Virgin Islands

      Congratulations! Keep up the good work.

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Thank you so much Cris Sp! I will definitely be writing more soon, I want to paid five more times this year. I was already paid again this January.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Congrats! Keep on writing!

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi Bill,

      Thank you for dropping by, I really appreciate your visit and comment. I agree, it does take a huge amount of work and a lot of patience. Nonetheless, I am enjoying it and being part of this fantastic community. I'll definitely be commenting on more of your hubs, Bill!

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi Space Shanty,

      Thanks for your question. Yes, I use groups occasionally but not all my hubs are put into groups. Thanks for reminding me, I will start putting them into groups now. Yes, some hubs that I have put into groups have got a little increase in traffic probably because those hubs are related to that particular niche and the reader wants to learn more. Whilst I don't have statistics for you, I suggest pitching this question in the Forums to get other experiences.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad you are getting paid. I receive a nice supplementary income from HP, but it does require a lot of work and patience. Thanks for visiting my site; leave a comment occasionally so I can get to know you better.

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      SpaceShanty 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello again,

      Do you use 'groups' here? ie putting simliar Hubs into groups that you create so that they are shown at the bottom of each of your Hubs? I have read it only increases views.

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      SpaceShanty 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Susi10,

      I would never call myself an expert because even if you know everything today there will be alot you don't know tomorrow! I did do well with Squidoo, just one page I had there was getting 2000 hit a day and making me over $100 a month but not anymore. I guess the thing to take away from this is to keep reading, keep learning, keep evolving, keep writing and never think you know everything, actually assume you know nothing!

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi Space Shanty! (sorry the last two comments doubled)

      Thanks so much for dropping by and for the encouragement, it's great to see you! You must be an expert at online writing if you have been writing for five years, I'm sure you have lots of expertise. From your bio, I've seen that you have lenses in the 250, that's a fantastic feat, well done!

      It sure did take me a lot of work to get paid here, but I'm enjoying it so much that it doesn't feel like work at all.

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi Jodah,

      Sorry for replying this late! Yes, it is very encouraging to see you earnings mount every month. I've heard that it takes about six months to reach payout and then it halves (three months) and then it halves again until you reach payout every month. I'm sure you'll be paid soon, keep those hubs coming!

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi Jodah,

      Sorry for replying this late! Yes, it is very encouraging to see you earnings mount every month. I've heard that it takes about six months to reach payout and then it halves (three months) and then it halves again until you reach payout every month. I'm sure you'll be paid soon, keep those hubs coming!

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      SpaceShanty 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      I have been following you for a while (I hope that doesn't sound creepy!) and wish I had more time to put as much effort in to HP as you do. I have been writing online for 5 years but have learned ALOT from the writers here on HP, especially ones like you! Keep up the good work!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      H susi10, congratulations on getting a good payout. I have only been earning for a month and seeing the dollar amount rise slowly is encouraging, maybe I'll reach the $50 by the end of next year...lol. My trouble is I haven't bothered about key words at all. I should take your advice and send more time researching that. Thanks for this informative hub.

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi maggs!

      Thank you so much for commenting and voting up on this hub. I am glad that yo found it interesting and learned something new from this hub.

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      maggs224 3 years ago from Sunny Spain

      A very interesting and informative Hub, I will be voting up as I leave, plus hitting the relevant buttons too.

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Congratulations for achieving your first pay, I am very pleased for you.

      Time I settled down and started writing more hubs as I have been a member for five years now, just sitting in the back ground, with not much confidence in writing now.

      I have bookmarked this hub, will return to it and maybe start writing again.

      Happy days.

      Elsie

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      JC Heppler 4 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the information. It's always nice to see how you can make some extra cheddar on the side.

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      sarah 4 years ago

      Can i join from Philippines

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      svenster 4 years ago

      This article rocks! It's probably the best hub I've read thus far about how to start off new at hubpages and start generating income from a practical and hands on standpoint. You really offer some great insight and I'm glad your hard work paid off. Thanks for hub.

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      Mel Carriere 4 years ago from San Diego California

      Thanks for the encouraging words. If only there were more hours in a day...If a writer only has time for one essential SEO task, what would you say that would be?

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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Susi10,

      I found this hub very interesting and helpful. I have just been approved for AdSense a couple of days ago, and so I too am looking forward to my first payday, though it's probably some time away yet. I will try some of your suggestions and tips, for instance sharing some hubs on Pinterest, Google+, and Facebook. Voted up

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      tmheffernan 4 years ago from Middle East

      Hello Susu10

      Firstly congrats on getting paid I hope to be there soon. This is a great and very helpful hub I will be trying to implement some of your tips. Thanks

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      Susan W 4 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi mgt28, the last comment just doubled, must be a glitch.

      Anyway... nice to see you! Thank you for your compliments, I'm happy to know that you found my hub on apps interesting, I'll be writing more in a few days, hopefully this weekend!

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      Susan W 4 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi Writer Fox,

      Thanks for commenting, sorry about the delay; I've never had this amount of comments before! Yes, I hope that this will be the first of many, many more.

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      Susan W 4 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi Writer Fox,

      Thanks for commenting, sorry about the delay; I've never had this amount of comments before! Yes, I hope that this will be the first of many, many more.

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      Hezekiah 4 years ago from Japan

      Good Hub, I have past the threshold numerous times but I am aiming for it to be every month. Very close now - keep it up

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      mslenai 4 years ago

      Hi Susi,

      I am glad I came across this hub. I learned a lot about how to generate some income. I opened an account in 2010 but only did one hub, which was in 2010. I left and finally came back to Hubpages. I have a young son and I'm pretty much became a stay-at-home mom. I have more free time to write hubs and I want to generate some extra income while doing it. I did't know how and your hub really helped, especially the part about the Google adwords and using the keywords properly. Thanks for the tips!

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      Fenton Ayres 4 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      Hello there! I'm new here on Hubpages (just joined yesterday!), so I have not had an opportunity to start writing yet. You have provided some very useful tips here and I plan on utilizing them as I move forward here. Thanks!

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      Anne Harrison 4 years ago from Australia

      Thanks for the tips. I'm sure I'll keep re-visiting just to work through all the points you raise. Voted up

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      Dean Walsh 4 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Nice tips, thanks, and congratulations for reaching payout!

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      Shelita 4 years ago from New Orleans

      Thanks for writing this! I'm just on my second hub and this is great motivation for me to keep going!

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      maheshpatwal 4 years ago from MUMBAI

      Susi First of all congrats for your first payout from hubpages. Your hub is really interesting you motivating hub for dormant hubbers like me........

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      Jan Brianne 4 years ago

      Thank you for this amazing info... :)

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      Susan W 4 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi twig22bend,

      Thanks for reading this and commenting, I'm delighted that this hub has motivated you to stay on track, we all need a little motivation now and again! Hope to see you again, and I really appreciate your comment.

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      Susan W 4 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi Flourish Anyway!

      Thanks so much for dropping by, I am so happy that you commented. We both got paid this month, so well done to you and may you have many, many more! Looking forward to seeing you again,

      ~ Susan

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      Emmanuel Kariuki 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Thanks for sharing your experience and how one can get there faster, sooner. I even checked my own page rank on hubpages - 3/10. I must work at pushing it two notches higher with this advice - shared!

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Very helpful tips here. I've already put some of the information that you shared to use. Wonderful to find the Page Rank checker. Thank you!

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      Fotinoula Gypsyy 4 years ago from NYC BABY

      Very nice! Congrats on your payment and thank you for all the info!!

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      Susan W 4 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi sprickita,

      Thank you for your nice comments, I hope that this hub will motivate you to write more hubs in the future.

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      Susan W 4 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hey passionate77,

      It's nice to see you, I'm thrilled at your wonderful comments and blessings, thank you!! You are an amazing and such a friendly Hubber, I always look forward to your nice comments. :)

      Thank you for bookmarking this and I am glad that you found this hub motivational.

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      Susan W 4 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi suk91,

      Thanks so much for your congratulations. :)

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      Susan W 4 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi srsddn,

      Thank you for visiting, I'm glad that you found this hub useful especially with the keyword research. Keyword research is the one thing that every online writer should do before writing a hub. A lot of Hubbers just write articles on what they feel like writing on. The topics that they write about can earn them nothing and have too high competition on Google.

      Keep writing more hubs and I'm looking forward to your 1 year anniversary hub!

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      Susan W 4 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi Millionaire Tips,

      Thank you for dropping by and leaving your great comments, I really appreciate it. It does take work but its on the 28th of every month when you feel it's all worth it, plus the friendly community that I'm in!

      The Keyword Planner is a little annoying and I'd love to know why Google replaced that instead of their previous Keyword Tool.

      Thanks again for everything and I hope to see you again!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Susi,

      Congrats to you for your accomplishments on HubPages, and thanks for all of your useful tips. Even though I have been on here a few short months longer than you, you have written more consistently. Also, you pay more attention to key words. I need to start paying more attention, and you have reminded me of this.

      Thanks for linking my hub to this. I linked this one to mine, since anyone who enjoys reading about my experience would be likely to read about your payout!

      Thanks for sharing this with us, and good luck reaching the next payout at a faster rate.

      Have a great weekend!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Jake Brannen 4 years ago from Canada

      Very inspirational. I've had to take a break due to complications in my personal life, but I plan on writing again in the future, with a vengeance! Haha. I crossed the $50 threshold last month and am awaiting anxiously the 28th to see that money come to me for the first time. It really is quite exciting. Still not very much, but it's fun to consider myself a paid writer, more or less. Keep up the good work!

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      JPSO138 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      Congratulations to you and thank you very much for sharing those steps. I am sure many will benefit from them. More earnings to come!

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      mgt28 4 years ago

      Susi, you encouraged all of us with this hub. Also your hubs are very useful . I like your hub on apps.

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      Susan W 4 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi NateB,

      It's great to see you, thanks for commenting, I really appreciate your visit. Yes, keyword research takes a while to get right, I am still not a huge expert at it myself but the keyword research I do on my hubs works for me. Every time I use the Keyword Planner, I learm something new. You are so right, the Keyword Planner is a bit of a disappointment in comparison to its previous version, it's taking me a while to get used with that too.

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      Susan W 4 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi annart,

      It's nice to meet you and thanks for dropping by and for voting this hub up. You have some cool hubs, I am very happy that your earnings are increasing steadily, you should hit payout in a couple more months too! You should definitely try keyword research if you want to fully optimise your hubs for more traffic. Keep writing hubs and you will be paid!

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      Susan W 4 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi drpennypincher!

      Thank you so much for visiting and leaving your comments, I am really glad that you have learned something from this hub, with relation to the Page Rank checker. It is a handy tool, I must say. I usually use it to check competing websites' PR ranking for certain keywords, to see on whether or not I should consider using those keywords. Well done, a Page Rank of 4 is excellent, that means you have a very strong subdomain! My PR is N/A, I think my subdomain is too young yet.

      Thanks again!

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      Writer Fox 4 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Congratulations on your payout and I am sure it is just the first of many, many more!

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      twig22bend 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this inspiring info. Just what I needed to stay on tract.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      Your detail here is both helpful and motivational. Thanks for sharing your journey. Congratulations!

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      sprickita 4 years ago from Reno

      lol thrilled2bits, thats super cool! good job n happy hubbing

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      passionate77 4 years ago

      Great story really so motivating to read all this susi dear, million blessings for sharing your experience and heartily congratulations on your first pay out. i wish you million blessings, success and fortune ahead all through your hubbing journey . and i also bookmarked this hub to keep me motivating. again big thanks for sharing all this. blessings!

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      suk91 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Congrats! :)

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      srsddn 4 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

      susi10, Thanks for sharing your story. I believe I have also crossed the threshold after about eight months and there seems to be much in common with your story. I have gone through all your steps and I am glad you have added to my knowledge about key word research which I have not been doing. Well, I am encouraged by your story and it will keep me motivated to do better during the remaining four months. I hope to share my performance on completing one year. Best of luck to you and do lot of Hubbing! Interesting and useful.

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on your first payout. I hope that there are many more in your future, and they happen more frequently. These are good tips on making the payout. It does take work. I still need to figure out how to work the keyword planner.

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      Nathan Bernardo 4 years ago from California, United States of America

      Good stuff and congrats again. I have to work on my keywords, but I'm getting better at them. It stumped me a bit when they got rid of the keyword tool and turned it into the Keyword Planner. Still can't figure out how to use that thing.

      Great advice here and very encouraging.

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      Ann Carr 4 years ago from SW England

      A useful and interesting hub; I'm not great on the technicalities, don't belong to FB and am not even sure how to use twitter! However, my earnings are mounting, slowly, and that's fine. I will, however, have a go at all the things you suggest, with a couple of hubs, and see what happens. Great hub and user-friendly. Up, useful & interesting.

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      Dr Penny Pincher 4 years ago from Iowa, USA

      susi10, Thanks for the HubPages tips and thanks for sharing the PageRank checker as well. This is a useful tool for checking out the competition while doing keyword research. I find it interesting that my HubPages subdomain has a PageRank of 4 and my blog on blogger has a PageRank of 0...