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My Fifth Month at Hubpages

Updated on November 4, 2011

As you may have noticed, I did not publish a 4th month review - I started my new job and I have had my hub time significantly reduced. I still managed to publish 8 hubs in my 4th month but generated only 1.53$ in revenue. Adsense only gave me five cents so most of that revenue was from hubAds.

Anyhow, in this fifth month I have only written two hubs, Peripheral Man Episode 3 and Inane Episode 29. These are the easiest hubs for me to write because they require very little research. The Inane hubs especially I can whip out in about twenty minutes so I could write lots of those. I'm not convinced that the market for them is all that great, especially considering my most busy inane hub in terms of total lifetime visits has only had 76 visits since it was published in June.

I now take the train to and from work every day, about a 30 minute ride each way. I will try to do a better job in my sixth month of hub pages to take advantage of that time to write. My limiting factor is that I do not have a mobile internet plan that would allow me to do research while commuting, so I'll have to do the research when I can but reserve the actual writing for that time. Do you make use of commuting time to write? Let me know in the comments.

In terms of traffic and revenue, this month I've had 512 pageviews, 293 HubAd Impressions, $1.75 of HubAd revenue, 257 Adsense views and 0 clicks giving me $0.02 for a total of $1.77.

So I won't be able to read as much, the hubs of others, or write as much, but I will try to get back to coming to Hubpages on a regular basis, even if it is only for ten or twenty minutes at a time. If I can do that, hopefully I'll see an increase in my traffic and revenue.

How are you doing in whatever month you are at?

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    • Phil Plasma profile image
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      Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      FBR, sorry to hear about you not yet finding work. My job is working out quite well so far, I'm pleased with how it is going. That I am only getting back to reply to you 10 days later is an indication of how much this job is taking of my time...

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      FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

      Phil: I had no idea Amazon was unavailable in Quebec. It is here in BC. Not that I've sold anything yet. Haha. Congratulations on finding a steady job. Steady work is the most important, so do not worry about the amount of time you spend here if you are getting more elsewhere. The most important thin gis quality anyway, not quantity. There is no point in writing a bunch of so-so articles. I myself have still not gotten a new job.

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      Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Maybe in 2012 I'll do it. Thanks for stopping by!

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      whoisbid 5 years ago

      Yeh. You should give it a go dude. Hubpages brings less traffic than having your own website.

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      Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Princess, when I have some time I'll check it out again to see if anything has changed since the last time I tried.

      Definitely writing a hub that might help other hubbers is a good idea, I'll check it out once you've posted it.

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      princesswithapen 5 years ago

      Phil

      I am definitely considering writing an update. Whether that is going to be a monthly one, I don't know. In the last 5 months I have learnt a lot from a publisher's point of view. There are things you would not have thought of while writing in ghostwriting capacity. I want to get around to penning down all the lessons learnt and put them in a hub that will be helpful to new hubbers and fellow hubbers.

      Are you sure that the amazon affiliate program is not available to you? Have you tried signing up as a non US resident at Amazon.com rather than Amazon.ca?

      Princesswithapen

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      Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      HSB, thanks, I certainly do enjoy writing.

      Princess, indeed, I need to devote more time to writing if I am to make any money at it, no doubt about that. As for Amazon, I live in Canada and the Amazon program is not available to me. Would you consider writing a monthly update hub also?

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      princesswithapen 5 years ago

      Phil

      Congratulations on your new job!

      Generating significant revenue from writing online requires devoting significant time to it, like any other full time job.

      I went through some of your best hubs and noticed that you have not been using Amazon. Any reason? Amazon can be a nice little side kick to boost your earnings untill you have more hubs under your belt. Considering the level of your current earnings, only the commission from a sale or two could match your entire month's earnings from HP Earnings Programs and Adsense combined. Once you find time and publish more hubs, HP Earnings program will be a consistent source of revenue. All you need is some time, writing effort and commitment.

      It was great to read about the genuine progress of a fellow hubber. Keep us all updated and I look forward to reading your next monthly update. All the best for your new job!

      Princesswithapen

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Keep writing when you have time. You obviously enjoy it! Good luck with the new job and with your continued journey on hubpages.

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      Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      I've been debating about a philplasma.?? website that I could link to from multiple places as you suggest. But what's the point? What have I to offer at Philplasma.?? other than inanity? What kind of ad revenue would I get from adsense for that? Adsense says there is low competition for this category, but still about half a million searches for this per month. Maybe I'll give it a go...

      Thanks for the vote.

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      whoisbid 5 years ago

      There are too many people on Hubpages in proportion to it's page rank. Hubpages has too little authority right now at PR 6. You can get more traffic if you build a website with links to it from several blogs. You will also pocket 100% of the adsense earnings too. Voted up for honesty.

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      Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Thanks CE, that's also the way I figure it, we can all help each other.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Nice hub and its very sincere. I myself just joined hubpages 3 months ago, and I'm sure everyone else has been there, the difference is I am on Hubpages and many other web locations full time, I made hub a major part of my business at home which is a virtual office.

      So Hubpages has become sort of like a digital note pad or diary of sorts for me, but I do take writing on hub very seriously, especially since real people are here to view what others have to put out on hub worldwide.

      I found it one day at random just searching around the web while researching for tools & next thing you know my every day writing on other blogging platform simply ended, and I began writing on hub instead. I figured if things work out here at least it was worth the time invested, you know. Let's hope the crowd can help us all succeed here, in due time. Voted Up!

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      Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      I don't really have a clue as to how to improve it, and as to what the average CTR is currently, I haven't the mental acuity to answer. Perhaps I'll see about including that in my next monthly update.

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      ImChemist 5 years ago

      Can you tell what is your average ctr with hubpages and how to improve it?

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      alphagirl 5 years ago from USA

      Can you hub your experience about Dragon? I would like to know more.

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      Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Dragon Naturally speaking, I'll have to check it out. Of course, I'm not a dragon, so I don't know how I could speak naturally like one.

      Thanks, Brett and Alpha, for stopping by.

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      alphagirl 5 years ago from USA

      It sounds interesting as we are all looking for more free time so we can write.

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Hi Phil,

      I've also kind been out of the game a bit, as work got manic. However, I have just invested in a solution to speeding up the online world, have you heard of Dragon Naturally Speaking? You can dictate your hubs/writing and it will convert it to text (either live or recorded). It is very fast too! Glad to hear things are going well for you, you are still keeping the hubscore high, mine has CRASHED! lol ... guess I need to comment/write more.

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      Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      I agree, those perks of freelance can be really good. It can take a long time, however, for a freelancer to build up a repertoire of clientele before becoming lucrative. With my living expenses as they are I couldn't afford to go freelance.

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      I think part of the advantages of a free lance job is that you can work strongly when you can and take breaks when you want. Congrats on your new job - hope it enjoyable and lucrative.

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      Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      MM, thanks, I've had the profile image for almost eight years now.

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      miccimom 5 years ago from U.S.A

      Phil, Congratulations on your job! I know its tough out there. I haven't written in a while. Everytime I try, life gets in the way. But also am going to try to set time aside, as I do enjoy it. By the way I also do like your fish picture. It is your icon now!

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      Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      RF - Thanks for the advice.

      Arun - I hope so too.

      Alpha - Indeed, I'm more about the love of writing than the earning, but I'd love it if the earning got better.

      Go - I'm pleased to hear I help you out, I hope I have helped others also. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks for the update...glad you found a new job....I have to give you credit for helping me come up with my 100th hub....I thought about some of your hubs...so I used that approach on my 100th using your review hubs as the blueprint. Look forward to future hubs and future reviews in the future.

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      alphagirl 5 years ago from USA

      Hmm, It would be nice to make more than a few dollars a month. But I with Phil, I too like to write about things that I find to be interesting to share.

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      arunii 5 years ago from Delhi

      With 69 hubs so far i think you deserve more money. I hope in future it will pay you more !

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      Rochelle Frank 5 years ago from California Gold Country

      Hang in there-- I really thought you had been her much longer. I appreciate the comments you have sent my way.

      All that you have done so far, will add to your experience and success. Keep in touch, keep writing and don't worry too much about the technical things just yet. Your little green-tailed fish is very distinctive and recognizable, I wouldn't throw it back.

      Best....

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      Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      I would like to write for money, but most of the things I am interesting in writing about do not have such marketability as to have strong keywords. Who uses bing?

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      Nexusx2 5 years ago

      Hey Phil, if your writing to make money then you might want to consider doing keyword research before you write your article. Make sure that your title's keyword is rather easy to get to the top of bing and yahoo. I wrote a hub and its in 2nd position of bing and getting some okay traffic. So far within 24 hours I have around 60 hits. Its all about search engine keyword research and onsite and off site seo.