My First Month at Hubpages
I'm a couple of days short of my first month, but I'll be going away and will not have access to the internet where I'm going so I thought I'd post it early. I'm counting my first month as the first 30 days, since I started with my first hub on June 9th, 2011. In future anniversary hubs I will count June as a full month and use the calendar to mark anniversaries. So a month number two update would come at the end of July.
I read an article once that gave an idea as to how one could earn a bit of extra money:
- Go to Craigslist for your local area
- Look in the jobs section
- Pick one or two categories that match any skill sets, abilities or interests you have
- Check the listings for any job that you can do that would be part time or on evenings, or weekends
So I looked at the jobs section and found a writing/editing section. I went in there and someone had posted a link to hubpages. I don't know who it is and unknowingly I have likely given them some extra traffic due to the referral program. This reminds me that I should put my own ad in craigslist for 'writers wanted!'.
I have been very fortunate in my first thirty days to be nominated not once, but twice as a hubnugget writer. Amazingly enough, my How to Write a Brick hub won the first one. Peak Oil Further Reading was my second nomination and again, thanks to friends I have online, I was able to win it.
I found that my score rose fairly quickly, I'm curious now to see what it will take to get up higher than the low nineties. I believe that my How I Raise my Hubscore hub is what really got me this high in so short a time.
Within these first thirty days I managed to accumulate some accolades:
- Published 10 hubs
- Answered 50 questions
- Level 5 commenter, leaving insightful and engaging comments
- Popular among readers, as measured by feedback to their hubs.
- Starts great discussions in the comments
- Contributes to the community by helping our new users in the Forums, voting and/or flagging inappropriate content for our moderators.
I had read about a past challenge about writing 30 hubs in 30 days, well, I've done that. As I got closer to the end of the month I was hoping to hit 100 followers, but I didn't quite make it with only 78.
In terms of traffic and revenue, I've had 1265 pageviews, 212 HubAd Impressions, $0.78 of HubAd revenue, 272 Adsense views and 2 clicks giving me $4.09 for a total of $4.87.
I'd say on average I spend between 10 and 25 minutes writing a hub. Then another 10 minutes rereading my hub three times before I publish it. In addition to that I spend between an hour and two hours daily reading all of the hubs from all of the hubbers that I follow. If I have time after that, I then look at the latest hubs, and the latest questions and respond to those. I think this method of casting out a net to build hubber relationships is working out.
My work of copy/editing hubs does add a bit of time to my hub visits, and I don't always do it, but I have received feedback from a few hubbers that they really appreciate it. The one thing I wish more people would do, that I keep doing, is to visit more than one hub of a hubber once you've read one of their hubs. I describe how and why I do this in my Helping Hubbers Earn hub.
Overall I'm pleased with the hubpages experience thus far.