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My 100th Hub - Just a little look at how far I've come

Updated on February 1, 2013
The Big 100!
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My 100th Hub

So this is my 100th Hub! I think I have even surprised myself that I have managed to keep going to number 100. I officially published my first hub on the 30th of March so have now been here almost 9 months, and I feel like I have come a long way in those 9 months!

I originally came here so I could have a new creative outlet as I was getting a little bored of my blog. But I have come to really love the community that I have found, such a beautiful, great group of talented people that have inspired me to keep writing and encouraged me all the way. I would say they are at least half the reason I have made it this far, and why I will continue to write, hopefully for years to come.

I have also begun to realise that I can turn my writing into a little passive side income, I didn't know this when I first started - it will never be the main reason I write but it is definitely a perk. It takes work to make money and become a successful online writer, but when you love writing enough, it tends not to feel like work at all! It's the slow and steady race here, but I am happy to put in the work and slowly build my hub numbers until the earn me a nice little passive income.

Anyway onto this little hub! I'm not going to go into major statistics and metrics or anything I just want to highlight what I have achieved so far, thank a few people who have helped me along the way, tell you what I have learnt and set a few lose goals for the next year. So on with the hub...

Some of my stats so far

So here are a few of my statistics to date, just so you get a general overview of my account.

  • I have been here 8 Months
  • 100 Hubs
  • Over 22,000 views
  • Over 240 followers
  • Level VI commenter
  • As of today I have made around $65 - via Hubpages Ad Programme and eBay
  • I have made around $20 via Amazon
  • My average hub score is 71
  • At the moment my hubber score is fluctuating between 93 and 99, I have it the big 100 once!

My Top 5 Hubs

Below is a list and links to my top 5 most popular hubs! These are my 5 hubs that have had the most views overall. Although 2 are more seasonal hubs and have had a major hit for the Christmas Season, the other 3 are definitely evergreen and are having a constant steady stream of traffic.

Thank you to everyone who has encouraged me along my journey!
Thank you to everyone who has encouraged me along my journey! | Source

A few hubbers I would like to thank

Ok I can't possibly thank everyone that has encouraged and helped me in the last 8 months, if I did this hub would be running on for pages. But I would like to make a special mention for just a few people. So thank you to everyone who has been there to support me so far and special thanks to the below hubbers:

  • Teaches12345 - I swear you have probably left comments on 90% of my hubs. I hope you try out a few of my recipes and really love them!
  • Billybuc - You were the first person to properly greet me when I arrived, and I genuinely think you are one of the friendliest people I have ever known. Thank you for all the encouragement you have given me.
  • Lipnancy - You always comment on my recipe hubs, so I hope you try some and enjoy them. Thank you for all the lovely nice comments you leave me.
  • Jools99, btrbell and Carol7777 - All you lovely ladies have been very supportive of me and I have enjoyed some of your hubs so much.

What I have leanrt and tips for new hubbers

Well to be honest the main thing I have learnt is that you have to persevere! You need to keep writing even if you don't feel like you are making much progress. I earned less than $5 total in my first 3 months, which felt like nothing considering how much work I had put in. But you are just starting out and you need to build up your base of hubs, which will continue to earn for you long after they are written. To see my earnings report from the beginning check out my hub - My hub story from the beginning.

Networking and commenting on other hubs is a hugely important part to becoming successful on Hubpages. Not only will they help you with any questions but they will encourage and support you along the way. 50% of the fun on hubpages is the community you become a part of, if you allow yourself to become a part of it.

Have fun! Don't forget to enjoy yourself! Writing on hubpages should be enjoyable, if it becomes a chore and you stop enjoying it, you won't do your best work and you will resent spending the time here, especially if you don't get the monetary gain you want. But if you enjoy your writing, and have a little fun while you are at it, it will keep you here longer and make any money your earn just seem secondary to your writing itself.

Try to Challenge Yourself. Setting yourself small achievable goals will encourage you to keep going. Whether you just want to get up your first 10 hubs, or have your first 1000 views or reach your first payout. Giving yourself something to aim for will help you greatly. I wanted to reach 100 hubs by christmas (I've done it) so I challenged myself to 30 hubs in 30 days in November to guarantee I would reach my 100 by Christmas.

Don't expect things to happen over night. It takes time to build a following, to get ranked on google and other search engines, and to start making any sort of money. Just relax, write quality content, network and share your work and it will start to happen for you too.

Yay for 2013!
Yay for 2013! | Source

What I hope to achieve in 2013

I don't like to set myself specific challenges or anything, but I think setting my self some loose goals to aim towards will help encourage me along the way next year. Plus it might help me keep going when I start flagging or having any writers block. So I have come up with a few things I would like to achieve in 2013

  • As I managed to write 100 hubs in 8 months I figure I should be able to write another 150 in the next year. Which would bring me to the grand total of 250 hubs by this time next year.
  • I hope to increase my views to a point where I will be able to make the minimum payout each month - I am still a long way off this, but I hope getting up 250 hubs will mean I am getting enough traffic to do this. I don't expect to make $100's or be able to live off my earnings, I simple want to be able to take the stress of one of our household bills away.
  • I hope to continue increasing my followers - I'm not putting any specific figure on this, as I really can't judge how many more I will gain nor can I actually encourage more hubbers to follow me. I just hope I can naturally grow my network or fellow hubbers.
  • Sign up and complete the Hubpages Apprentice programme. I hope to be able to do this next year now that I have become more confident in writing hubs. Fingers crossed I actually get accepted!

That's it really. I think these are all achievable goals to aim for in the next year. I just have to hope I can make it onto the Apprentice Programme, that one is kind of out of my hands, the others I can personally work on.

A Short Update

01.02.13 - Now you may notice if you look on my profile at present that I no longer actually have 100. I took stock of all my hubs and decided to unpublish a few until I have time to work on them and improve them, and even to delete a few that just wern't working for me on here. So I think maybe the moral of the story is - It's not important how many hubs you have but the quality of those hubs. As the new hubpages guidlines say you should be aiming to create Stellar hubs not 100's of not so great ones. I haven't noticed any drop in views since deleting and unpublishing my idle hubs so it hasn't really affected me (other than my number of hubs lowering) but I am happy with what I still have featured. And will be working on a few of the ones I think are worth saving soon, to republish them, and hopefully give them a new lease of life.

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      somethgblue 4 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      Awesome accomplishment in such a short time, congratulations!

      Thanks for sharing your amount of page views however you should have at least two or three times as many if not more.

      I create back links on numerous sites to generate readers and have posted an RSS feed on at least ten free sites to create even more readers.

      Now I write on very controversial subjects so we don't write about the same kinds of things but to give you a comparison I have published 132 hubs and have over 108,000 page views.

      I create back links on Imparte, RedGage, Facebook, Connotea, LinkedIn, Digg, StumbleUpon, BoltIt, PinIt and Twitter.

      I know of another Hub writer (Rehanna Storme) that writes about similar articles and has about a third Hubs published that you do that is over 250,000.

      Perhaps some goals should be to learn how to drive more traffic to your hubs, because you are very good writer and deserve more attention.

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      BODYLEVIVE 4 years ago from Alabama, USA

      Congrats on your 100!!!!!!!!!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Lets stay in touch to see how we do. So far no payoff but I am working hard on writing good hubs. thanks for the acknowledgement...I am going to catch up on reading more of your hubs. Thanks for sharing all this information that keeps us all enthused. Voting UP..and Congrats to you...I have just 6 months under the belt...

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      Thank you, I'm quite pleased

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      Hey Carol you will get there, you are doing so well. Keep it up. Hopefully you'll get your payout soon.

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      Hi Somethgblue, I'm not worried about my views, I'm happy with how they are progressing naturally but thank you for your tips. I do back link most hubs on RedGage, Facebook, Digg, Stumbled, Twitter and Pintrest so I'm not sure how much more I can do really. I will look into more info for back linking next year, maybe I can bump up my views a little.

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      somethgblue 4 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      I get the most from RSS feeds because then anything I publish goes to ten different sources instantly but if your not worried about making any money no big deal.

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      Obviously I want to make money, but I mainly write for myself. I will look into RSS feeds, thank you for the info

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      Sarah Carlsley 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Congrats on hitting 100! What an accomplishment!

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      Nancy Yager 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      I think that you are doing just fine. Congratulations on your 100th hub.

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      Thank you!

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      Thank you! I'm pretty happy too!

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      idigwebsites 4 years ago from United States

      Wow! An amazing milestone indeed! Congratulations and we're looking forward for your next 100 hubs, we do hope for that! :D

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      This was a very well written article on your awesome milestone achievement, and I congratulate you on making it there to such a tough goal first starting out. I fully understand now after close to a year and a half here of super intense writing 359 hubs later, that its not about quantity at all.

      I have a single hub that has about the same amount of total views that you have managed to squeeze out here. The key to hubpages and hub writing is definitely content, as they say content is King!

      The more higher quality your articles become, meaning the much more visual and resourceful they are the more web traffic to them (keeping visitors and readers on a webpage counts huge with Google rankings SEO and all, so add some video footage whenever possible and more imagery, relevance is key too ). SEO is a huge factor as well, and also how you learn to share your hub referral links onto social networks and bookmarking sites like Pinterest or Stumbleupon etc...

      It does indeed take loads of time to establish yourself in those networks if you haven't yet already, one thing most folks don't understand is, you must share other people's works as well and fairly as well as sparingly, and never over do anything. ( In terms of link postings, which create backlinks)

      This is definitely a way to do it, and also as much of your hub here explains, the evergreen subject, titling aspects, keywords and all spells success here as well. There's owning a niche that can do it, and so many other ways its quite amazing how much we can learn to master and in such a short period of time too.

      Anyhow this hub of yours shows you did a great job at getting to understand what it means to become a online publisher, of course there's loads more to go, but I know you shall succeed as long as you keep on trucking, and smartly.

      Don't forget to look up on the Learning Center here, if you haven't already, for the Stellar Hub article, that one opened up my eyes, and the other was the elements to self optimization.

      Happy Holidays! & thanks again for that cool comment on my hub as well.

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Almost forgot, thumbs up! and this one is getting shared on my Cloud Sharing system as well as other network I am part of. You do indeed deserve to gain much more notice, and keep up the awesome work.

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      Lorne Hemmerling 4 years ago from Oshawa

      Nice Hub, good for you. I have done a lot of work on here, but have not participated in the community that much (although, I think it is a great group). My hubs require a lot of work (as I am sure everyone else's does), I just can't seem to find the time! Wish I could.

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi daisydayz,

      Congrats friend on reaching 100 hubs. I can really relate to this hub, i started on HP after you (May) and although the first months were a little bumpy and discouraging just as you said, it is the will to go on that keeps us going.

      I agree, perseverance is the key here and i have never seen the HP community disappointing, not even once. Even when i feel tired and worn out, i know landing on HP will make my moments only better. Keep going and i wish you the best in the days to come. Voted up and useful.

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      Thank you!

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      Thank you! I love it here too, can't images not writing here now!

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      I think the community is very important, maybe you could start by just posting on a few hubs everyday. Were all very nice I promise.

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      @CloudExplorer Thank you so much for this great response hopefully with my post and your comment we will help other hubbers and new hubbers succeed too. Weirdly my most popular hubs are recipes which i personally thought would be a pretty saturated market, but i seem to be doing ok there. Content is definitely king by so is check keywords to see if the content is even searched for. I have seen some amazingly written and detailed hubs on very small niche topics but they dont do well as so few people are searching for them, but i guess its just trial and error to find what really works for you!

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      @CloudExplorer Thanks for sharing this too!

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Daisy, Congrats :o) and Well Done you on writing #100. I feel exactly the same as you - nice to get a few coppers for doing something I enjoy but it is my get rich slow scheme, ha ha, wish I could get my SEO sorted out, haven't got a clue!. The community is the best thing about the site - it's one of the things that keeps me here.

      Enjoy your moment in the sun....then get writin' again!

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      Lol yep I'll be back to it soon enough. Have a nice pile of new slow cooker recipes waiting here. But might turn my hand to squidoo for a little while, just to spread my eggs, so to say!

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      Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

      Congratulations, that's a great accomplishment! Looking forward to reading your next 150 :)

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Wow, 100 hubs in less than 9 months is awesome! Congratulations! This was a really well-written hub and I appreciate how you shared some of your stats. It gives the "newbies" here, myself included, some realistic guidelines. I look forward to reading some more of your hubs. Thanks!

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      Thank you!

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      Thank you! I hope it helps you a little too, I think I am about average on here, but you never know until other people post their stats too.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Congratulations daisydays! You really have come a long way in those 9 months! I started hubbing in April and I've just posted my 50th hub yesterday. I didn't even realize that until I received a congratulatory message from HP --So, you're awesome, very inspirational!

      Round of applause to you! Write on!

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      Bradrick H. 4 years ago from Texas

      Congratulations on your 100th hub, and all of the accomplishments you've achieved thus far. I think you've done very well for it to not even be a year yet. Definitely enjoyed reading this one. Voted up, and shared. I hope you continue to have success here on Hubpages. Best wishes :)

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      Thank you so much for your nice comment I hope you have plenty of success too!

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      Aww thank you so much for this nice comment, I wish you all the best of luck too!

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      GDRshop 4 years ago

      wow congratulations on your journey

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      Thank you!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi daisydayz,

      Sincere congratulations on your reaching 100 hubs at time of writing this one! I have enjoyed reading much of your work and love your recipes and craft/ gift ideas. You are a talented writer without question that has much to teach us newbie writers! I only joined 7 mths ago and have been gob-smacked by some of my achievements here.

      Here's to the next year Daisy and you hitting your new goals.

      Votes, shared!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Congratulations on all your accomplishment! 100 hubs is quite a milestone. I wish you much success in 2013!

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      @vespawoolf thank you! Hope you lots of success in 2013 too!

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      @SuzieHQ Thank you so much for you nice comments. You are a great writer too. I am also very surprised at how much has happened in just a few months. I love being on HP and can't imagine not being here.

      Happy New Year

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on 100 hubs daisydayz. That is quite an achievement in a small amount of time. I wish you the best on your goals.

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      Thank you Millionaire Tips!

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      Lizam1 4 years ago from Victoria BC

      You have impressive viewing figures and reading this hub and a few of your others I can see why. Inspirational - keep writing. Glad to have found you in the hub community.

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      Aww thank you Lizam1! I'm glad you like my hubs.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 4 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Excellent illustration, attainable goals, approachable attitude. These are my thoughts after reading your 100th hubs. Keep on writing. You have a great future ahead. Don't forget to pass on us story of your achievements, it will improve our confidence level too, I mean the freshers on HP.

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      Hi Sunilkunnoth2012 thank you so much for the kind words, I hope to encourage other newbies too, will keep the hub updated as a progress.

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      TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

      I really liked this hub because it made me realize that there are other writers on HP who feel as I do. I have been here now for 15 months and have come to the same conclusions as you...the number of hubs is not important, the quality and desirability are everything. Thanks for writing this one and keep up the good work. Voted up and interesting.

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      Hi TimeTraveler2 Glad you liked this hub. I think if you want to make some realy proper money on here it takes time and a certain amount of luck at finding the perfect topic to write about. I have 1 hub that gets 75% of my daily views really and it was just luck that I wrote it. I can see how people may get disheartened when they write loads and most just get the odd few views. But I will keep going and trying as I am making a payout every other month now so am slowely getting nearer to where I want to be as payout every month, even if its just $50 - that will pay my mobile phone bill at least!

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      TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

      You indeed are fortunate to have written a winner hub! Congrats! I have several hubs that do well, but they only represent about 11% of my articles! I think this must be fairly common. Anyhow, glad to see you are progressing. Keep up the good work.

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      Shandria yanay Ball 4 years ago from Anniston

      Wow, awesome job and great hub! congrats!

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      @msshandriaball thank you! I have hit a bit of a wall at the moment but am hoping to get back into hubbing over the summer

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