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My First Year at Hubpages: What I've Learned

Updated on September 12, 2013

Earning Money on HubPages

There are tons of people who are online claiming to earn $27,448.21 each month just by their online activities. Some of these people have an account at a revenue sharing site like HubPages or Squidoo and claim to make a couple thousand of dollars on a monthly basis. I am much more likely to believe those who are claiming $2,000 per month than those who claim to make $27,448.21 per month, although I know that there have to be a few people making that much with their online activity.

Me in Prague. I love travel, but my travel-related hubs have not done much in the way of traffic.
Me in Prague. I love travel, but my travel-related hubs have not done much in the way of traffic. | Source

My Online Earnings Begin

When I was getting ready to start grad school full-time, I began looking for ways to make money online. I came across an article on Darren Rowse's Problogger site that claimed he was a six-figure blogger and earned over $100,000 in a 12-month period. I don't know if this was in US dollars or Aussie dollars, but it still seemed like a pretty good deal.

I promptly signed up for a blogger account and started to blog about my random musings on just about any random thoughts that I happened to have. Just about a week into my new blog, which is no longer live, I got an ad click and found that I now had $0.59 in my AdSense account. I thought, hey, this online earning thing isn't so hard after all.

Over the first few months, a few friends would look up the blog when I posted a link on Facebook, but traffic was about 2 visitors per day, and, according to Google Analytics, 1.5 of those were from me. I got a little more wise and my second blog was on more of a limited niche subject. I now get about 10-15 visitors a day from Google on that one. I've also joined the ranks of the two-figure bloggers. That was in May. Now, I'm safely in the ranks of the three-figure bloggers. It's taken about 2.5 years to get there, but the earnings growth to this point has been exponential.

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My HubPages Journey Begins

I began my journey much like most other people. I was looking for online earning options. I like to write, and I have quite a reviews and essays from my academic work. When I googled "make money online" I came upon HubPages. I must confess that at first I was a bit skeptical, so the next google search was for "HubPages scam." The pages I looked at did not seem terribly relevant, so I took the plunge.

I signed up for HubPages on December 6, 2011. My first Hub was titled "Perry Miller's View of Puritans in the Errand into the Wilderness". To date, this first hub has a total of 280 page views. That's less than one view per day. It would take over two months and 10 more hubs to publish one that exceeded this first hub in terms of page views. Nearly four months into my journey, I published what has been to this point my most viewed hub, "Who Was the Worst President in American History". This hub is approaching the modest number of 3,000 page views in just over eight months.

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What Have I Learned on HubPages

In the year that I've been on HubPages, I've found that most of the people on here are pretty nice folk. In my early days, I surfed around various discussions and occasionally posted. I don't do that much anymore, but I do still read a few that interest me.

I've also learned that it takes time to build up an audience. I don't have 5,322 followers, but I am up to nearly 100. I've published a total of 81 active hubs in a year, and am just approaching 18,000 views. This is nowhere near the number of many of the most successful hubbers, but it is a number that is growing over time.

Another thing that I've learned on HubPages is that making money takes time. I did not sign up for the ad program at first and tried to rely on AdSense earnings. To date, my hubs have earned just over $4. Yup, $4 with no zeros to the left of the decimal. I stumbled upon the idea of the HubPages ad program sometime around February (don't ask how I missed it), and signed up.

My first day on the HubPages ad program (February 28) earned a whopping $0.01. That's a whopping one cent. My first month, I earned about $0.05 per day on the program. I'm now regularly a two-figure earner on a monthly basis and have earned enough for an actual payout. I know for sure from experience that this is a paying gig now. While this is not a huge sum, it is largely a residual income that I can earn without much additional work. Of course, the 100 or so page views I get on a daily basis could drop precipitously, but theoretically, these views could still be showing up in 10 years if the topic is sufficiently evergreen.


Goals for the Future

Even though I've seen many people on here set high goals, I'm probably not going to get into big goals. I would like to see my online earnings grow on a month-by-month and year-by-year basis. In my first year of online work, I earned a total of just under $2. My second year saw this income nearly quadruple to just under $8. I won't divulge my current income, but it is safely in the three figure category.

I would like to see my HubPages income at least double over the course of the next year. This is possible as some of my more popular hubs age and start to get more traffic. Regularly publishing a few new hubs is also beneficial, because these will start to age and gain traffic. I am also looking to expand my online earning opportunities. It would be pretty cool to reach the levels of Darren Rowse and others who can support themselves without leaving home.

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      cprice75 4 years ago from USA

      There are few shortcuts to success. Of course, the definition of success varies by individual. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I am also experiencing your journey. It will take me some time to make the high profile of an experienced hubber. It is fun and enjoyable -- guess that is what is important. Great work CPrice and I am glad to be a follower of yours. Thanks for the encouragement.

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      cprice75 4 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the kind words. Good luck on achieving your goal.

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      Chewy Mommy 4 years ago

      I am hoping to eventually make an full-time income from online revenue, preferably through writing. This is an inspiring Hub and I thank you for sharing. Congrats on your high page views!

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      cprice75 4 years ago from USA

      $100/month would be a nice passive income. Having that much from a few different streams would be even better. I think it's possible to earn full-time money from the internet. It just takes quite a bit of time. Thanks for the kind words, everyone.

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      SkeetyD 4 years ago from Barbados

      Great hub. Your journey sounds very similar to my own except I've been here for 4 years and I have nowhere near the views you do. You have done well for the time you have been here. Congrats!

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      Well I have been a blogger for 3 years but never ever did it for the money, it was a personal thing. I actually dont run adsense on it but occassionally make an sidebar ad sale or a sponsored post sale, but it is very rare, I usually get compensated with items to review. So when I decided I wanted to try make some money aswell I found hubpages. My next hub will be number 100! I have been here 8 months and I hit the $50 this month so am very happy to get a pay out. It may not be get rich quick but like you said it is almost passive once the initial work is done, my views are steadily increasing as is my daily earnings. I dont have ideas of getting rich or even living off my hub earnings what I really want is just to get to a point where it will be able to pay 1 bill each month, just that little bit will help take some pressure off our general finances. I dont think its much to ask and I dont think it will be that hard a task really. Another few months of work and I hope to be making $50 a month or close to it, which woudl just about cover the car insurance. Not bad for just a bit of writing work real. Good luck to you on your continued online work

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      Enda McLarnon 4 years ago from Belfast

      An interesting journey and thanks for sharing. I have been trying to make money online for two years myself so share some of your thoughts and frustrations. I don't make a great deal her at around $5-6 a month with almost 100 hubs. The problem was though that none of those were that well targeted or keyword researched. Now that I have sorted that things are getting better. 100 Hubs with 100 exact searches is around 5,000 searches a month and with a 3% adsense rate worth around $70-100. That's my next target and good luck with yours.