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Month 4 on HubPages - Making Enough to Pay a Bill (or two!)

Updated on February 17, 2013
I'm pretty happy to earn enough money writing for HubPages to pay a bill or two.
I'm pretty happy to earn enough money writing for HubPages to pay a bill or two. | Source

Overview of my Experience

I recently finished my fourth month on HubPages. I officially joined HubPages on July 26, 2012, so November 2012 is my 4th month. I have pretty much loved every minute of it. Hubpages has helped me feel successful from the beginning. The daily revenue update is one way that it helps the new Hubber feel successful. Logging in and seeing even a few pennies earned a day gives you a feeling like you can actually accomplish something here. Also, I was nominated for a few HubNugget awards, and even won one of them with my Hub about annoying Facebook friends. Nothing like a little public recognition to spur you forward on your Hubpages journey.

I joined HubPages for a number of reasons. For one thing, I've started and given up on several different web pages/blogs over the last 20 years. (Yes, 20 years, I was an early Internet adaptor.) The reason I would always wind up quiting, was that I would pour my heart and soul into these sites and blogs and nobody would ever read a word of it. Ever. After awhile, you just lose your motivation to write when you realize that nobody else will ever read it.

Other reasons I joined are that I naturally just like to write. I like information and learning. I like the Internet. So when I discovered HubPages on a blog while searching for something else, I was all over it.

At the beginning, I was simply delighted by the fact that there were people reading what I wrote. That was encouraging. After a couple of weeks, the google traffic started trickling in. Then I was hooked! I watched my daily earnings of a few cents a day trickle in and was so excited! My daughters would tease me, asking if I made enough to buy a candy bar yet, but it didn't bother me one bit. It was free money as far as I was concerned.

Fast forward to this month. I have made over $200.00 this month if you add in all my revenue sources. That's a pretty nice chunk of change! And the month isn't over yet. If I keep writing searchable content, I really feel the potential to make some good money down the road with HubPages! As you can see from the table below, the majority of my income this month has been from Amazon Sales. I know it won't be like that every month, but with Christmas coming the sales keep coming. I have been VERY successful with my Amazon Hubs!

Like I said, I am loving HubPages. I love the writing. I love reading what others write and having others read what I write. I am so happy that I can use the reputation of HubPages to springboard my writing to the first page of Google Search results. In fact, one of my hubs is #1 on page 1 of google. It would have likely taken me years to reach that kind of ranking if I had attempted to put the same information out there on my own. HubPages offers us writers a chance to be heard. I am amazed daily of my success here and I am very grateful to HubPages. I hope if you are reading this, that you find the same success with HubPages.

Monthly Earnings

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Amazon and AdSense Earnings  
HubPage Ad Earnings  
Total Earnings this month  
Running Total Earned  
# of Hubs  
# of views this month  
Running # of Page Views  
August 2012
September 2012
October 2012
November 2012

My Goals

The following are the goals I have set for myself. Some I have achieved and some I have not. I enjoy marking each one of these off as accomplished. It gives me a sense of purpose and achievement and keeps me motivated when my motivation is lacking. I would suggest setting similar goals to any new hubber and you will be amazed at how much it helps your focus.

  • Earn $.25 (Achieved 8/10/2012)
  • Earn $.25 three days in a row (Achieved 8/19/2012)
  • Have 1000 views (Achieved 8/25/2012)
  • Earn $.50 three days in a row (Achieved 9/25/12)
  • Have 2000 views (9/7/12)
  • Earn $.75 three days in a row (Achieved 9/26/12)
  • Earn $1.00 three days in a row (Achieved 9/30/12)
  • Have 5000 views. (Achieved 9/29/12)
  • Earn $1.50 three days in a row (Achieved 10/24/12)
  • Have 10,000 views (Achieved 10/15/12)
  • Make my first HubPages Ad Program Payout (Achieved 10/31/2012)
  • Have 25k views (Achieved 11/20/2012)
  • Have 500 views in one day (Achieved 10/16/2012)
  • Have 600 views in one day (Achieved 11/25/2012)
  • Have 750 views in one day (Achieved 11/26/2012)
  • Have 10k views in a month (Achieved 10/23/2012)
  • Have 50 Hubs
  • Earn $1.75 for three days in a row (Achieved 11/16/2012)
  • Earn $2.00 three days in a row (Achieved 11/25/2012)
  • Earn $3.00 three days in a row (Achieved 12/4/2012)
  • Earn $3.50 three days in a row
  • Earn $4.00 three days in a row
  • Have 15k views in one month (Achieved 11/30/2012)
  • Have 20k views in one month
  • Have 50k views total
  • Have 100k Views total
  • Earn $50.00 in one month with the HubPages Ad Program (Achieved 11/29/2012)
  • Earn $75.00 in one month with the HubPages Ad Program
  • Have 1000 views in one day (Achieved 12/09/12)


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    • fzfaizal profile image

      Mohamad Faizal bin Zainodin 5 years ago

      Congratulations. I hope to reap some rewards in my fourth month as well. At this point, I'm still struggling to get adsense approve my account. lolz

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      lex123 5 years ago

      Awesome hub. Very encouraging and inspirational. Congrats!

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      Scribenet 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Congratulations! You are indeed a rising star! Keep doing whatever you are already doing because it is a winning combination! :) :)

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      Louisa Rogers 5 years ago from Eureka, California and Guanajuato, Mexico

      Wow, I'm impressed. I suspect I'm writing too many hubs on topics that while I think are interesting, are not traffic-friendly enough.

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      Mandy M S 5 years ago

      Sorry, I'm so busy right now, I don't get a ton of time to check my comments, so I won't reply individually. I don't know how I am so successful in such a short time. I've had some requests to write a hub on integrating amazon into hubs to actually get sales, and I plan on doing that soon, so keep an eye out. I did get hit by the google update on December 11, so my traffic dropped from 1000 views in a day to around 300 in 24 hours, but I seriously can't complain because I know 300 vpd is still pretty darn good for only being here 4 months. Thanks so much for everyone's positive comments and for reading. Stay tuned for next months update. At 14 days into December, I've already beat November's earnings. Not sure if it will get too much higher with my google hit, but we will see! :)

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      rahul 5 years ago from Bangalore

      hello mandyms,your journey is quite imressive and worth following.Very inspiring hub.Marking as interesting

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      Megan Sisko 5 years ago from SW Florida

      Wow, November was a great month!

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      Trish89 5 years ago

      That is awesome, congratulations!!

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      ignugent17 5 years ago

      Congratulations for your achievements. Very inspiring. :-)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very impressive stats, Mandy, congrats! Your earnings with Amazon especially are fantastic. I wish you could share some tips on how to go about tackling the Amazon thing.

      Voted up, awesome.

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      maheshpatwal 5 years ago from MUMBAI

      Many congratulation for achieving this feat. It took me almost more than 5 months to earn my first paycheck from Hubpages. Even though the amount is very small, it gives all of us the pleasure of accomplishing something. Its great feeling. Your hub is a great source of motivation and inspiration for all the new hubbers...... and passive hubber like me....... Thanks for writing such an awesome hub.... Voted up........Appreciate if you could also share some tips with fellow hubbers on amazon programming and how to use if to add some few more pennies to paychecks.....

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      Megan Sisko 5 years ago from SW Florida

      Great Hub! I love that your a few months ahead of me. I can see where I could be in the near future. I will be following you as well to see the updates.

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      ProfessorDeG 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Congrats! You have resparked my intrest. After 6 month and not earning much at all despite having several featured hubs, I had almost given up. I will try, try again.

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      Steve Mitchell 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      Hey, well done you. Your earnings are impressive as are the rest of your stats. You must be doing many things right. Your article gives me the strength to keep going to achieve my goals. It is evident that you set goals which propel you forwards. I wish you continued success. Thanks for sharing your work here.

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      Wow your doing really well with earnings and views. I am nowhere near that successful and I have been here 4 months longer than you. Congrats on your success so far. I hope it continues!

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      Deepali 5 years ago from India

      Hei Mandy! A big success in a very short time. Great...

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      nanderson500 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Wow, that is very impressive! Keep up the good work!

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      Amber Murphy 5 years ago from PA

      I think that it is not only great that you set goals for yourself, but have also shown to me, and all other hubbers, that it is feasible. I would love to be in your position. It is great that you have had such a good experience with this blog due to the past experiences you have had. Hopefully you are able to achieve all of your goals and create new ones.

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      Mandy M S 5 years ago

      Thanks mpropp! There is one that does the best. That's my google page 1, #1, and one of the very first hubs I wrote. I've had as many as 600 visits in one day on that hub alone, although that is halved right now as it's not really "in season" so to speak. :) I wrote it because I did a search on it and got awful search results. I tried to provide a higher quality page than googles #1 and that has paid off. I also have several somewhat seasonal hubs that are just doing very well right now. I expect some of my success to drop off in January.

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      Melissa Propp 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Wow, I'm impressed. Congrats on your success so far and I'm sure it will only continue to get better. Of all your hubs, is there one or two that seem to get a larger proportion of views? I also think it is fabulous that your are pulling in the revenue through Amazon.

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      Mandy M S 5 years ago

      Billy - Thanks! I have come to the realization that I'm doing quite well compared to many at this stage. I'm going to chalk that up to 50% luck, 25% research and 25% writing hubs on things that I have searched for on google (with a few personal ones that get very few views sprinkled in for the fun of it!)

      Chris - Aloha! :) Thank you! I have heard quite a few downing the earning potential of Amazon, but I think you have to use it more strategically than just sticking an ad for laundry soap in a hub for cleaning your house. I only have a few hubs that I have any amazon capsules at all, but they are all targeted. Thanks for reading!

      Tina - Thank you! I've been very lucky.

      nmdonders - Thank you! Hope you have good luck going forward as well!

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      Nira Perkins 5 years ago

      Congratulations it looks like you're doing very well! You have inspired me for sure :) Good luck with your future work.

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      Tina Truelove 5 years ago

      Very nice success story! I have been here 2 years and I am just now getting to the point where I can expect a monthly pay-out. Good job! Keep up the good work!

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      chrisinhawaii 5 years ago

      I hate you.

      No no! Haha just kidding =)

      Congratulations, Mandy! You're making exceptional progress, and it's just going to get better and better as your hubs continue to mature and draw more search traffic.

      Congrats on the Amazon success. That really is the secret to making significant money on hubpages, isn't it? Turn page views into real dollars!

      Excellent. Keep it up. Aloha, Chris

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It strikes me that you are doing quite well in earnings. You are far beyond where most are after four months. Well done and congratulations.


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