My First Month on HubPages
Well, it’s been one month now and a lot has happened. I discovered HubPages while reading an article on Yahoo Finance about a school teacher who could no longer teach, and was earning an income by writing articles for HubPages. It sounded interesting so I checked it out. A few days later, and I was an official member of the HubPages community.
After writing my first Hub I eagerly followed the process of registering for all of the earning channels, and after another day or so I was off and running. I’m still not totally certain that I understand all of the nuances of how we earn money doing this, but I think I know just enough to be dangerous. After publishing my first few articles I was addicted; hook, line and sinker. I can’t explain my excitement when I saw my first earnings, a whole two cents. I’m not kidding when I say I was excited. I even took a picture so that years from now I can recall my humble beginnings. Since then I have written 19 Hubs (my goal was 20 for my first month) and my earnings are up to over $3. I know, it doesn't sound like much, but I have read enough Hubs to realize that this is not something that will come early or easy.
I must say that it has been an enormous help having an abundance of Hubs available to guide us newbie’s in addition to the HubPages help section. I also want to give a shout out to my fellow Hubbers who have offered words of encouragement. I think I can say with some certainty that I am now in this for the long haul.
So what else have I learned in my first thirty days? Well, one very helpful tip that I picked up here on HubPages is to not rush my Hubs. In fact someone suggested that when you think you are done with a Hub and really, really want to hit that publish button, to resist and to let it sit for another day just to see if it sounds as good a day later. I have learned very quickly here that quality certainly counts when it comes to publishing good articles.
Another very important thing that I have picked up is the whole back linking and linking of articles. I have embedded links to some of my other Hubs and included a links section in many of my Hubs, but again, I’m not sure that I am fully getting this. I am also trying to include as much visual content in my Hubs; pictures, maps, polls, etc.
And then there is the whole traffic issue. Clearly, traffic has a direct impact on earnings. To increase my traffic I have expanded my social network to include Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Linkedin. I’m not sure yet if this is having a positive impact but I’m also assuming that it’s not hurting. I have to admit that I check my traffic daily, sometimes many times during a day. I have just surpassed 1000 views which was one of my goals for my first month when I signed on. I do understand that the views from within Hubpages, while important, are not as important as views from search engines such as Google and Yahoo, so the traffic number needs to be taken with a grain of salt.
I have tried to gain an understanding of the Hubscore, and to date have not seen any articles that can explain the formula behind this. Again, I’m not sure it matters a whole lot, but as with anything that is measured numerically it is my instinct to try to achieve the highest score possible. I don’t recall what my Hub score was when I first signed on, probably 50ish, but it is now up to 89 give or take a point or two, so I’m heading in the right direction.
The one area of concern I am having now is whether I should continue writing Hubs that come from the same Group, such as Italy or Running, or should I start to branch out to other topics. Is it better to build a library of Hubs about a similar topic or to diversify? I guess for now I’ll just keeping writing about whatever happens to be first and foremost in my mind.
One last thing that I am doing that has proven helpful is to carry a cheat sheet around with me. I find that I am thinking of ideas for articles to write in the darnedest places and it is helping me to pull out my list and jot down the idea. As it may be weeks or months before I get to all of these topics this will keep me from forgetting a good idea.
So that’s it, thirty days in and moving in the right direction. Hopefully, this will be a long and fruitful relationship. If it does work out I will be forever grateful for having stumbled onto that article that led me here. Just goes to show you that you never know what life has in store for you and where it will take you.
Other HubPages articles.
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© 2012 Bill De Giulio