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My HubPages Earnings - A story from the beginning

Updated on April 2, 2014

'How do I earn money?' and 'how much can I earn?' is probably one of the biggest questions new comers ask - and I was one of them! I didn't come here to earn money but obviously earning money from something you are already doing is great and it has encouraged me to actually work a little harder than I would of if I was just hubbing for myself, without the littlest possibility of monetary gain. I have read many hubs but hubbers of all success some who are here purely to make money, some who have no real interest in money and others who have been lucky enough to make a little even though they didn't really intend to. I am trying to be in the latter category. I shan't be writing hubs purely with making money in mind, but I will optimise the stuff I do like to write about to at least give me a little chance of making some money.

So I am writing this little hub to keep people up to date with a new hubber and how the earnings progress from the very beginning! Its all good seeing an earnings report from someone who has been hubbing 3 years and is make a few $100 a month, but for a new hubber seeing the reality of another new hubbers efforts and earnings is a little more helpful! Yes I dream that I will be a hubber who in 3 years time is making $100's a month, that would be amazing, but for now I'm going to grow the number of hubs I have and aim to make $10's instead!

I'm not someone who can spend hours writing, or who will turn out a 100 hubs a month (I wish I could) but I have a job and other work that sadly has to come first - so I am a hubber with a normal life that has to keep running around my writing. I am an example of a part time - write when I have the time hubber! So hopefully my earnings will reflect how much you can make just writing the occasional hub around your normal, everyday life.

The Hub Statistics

Month
New Hubs
Total Number of Hubs
Earnings
Total Earnings
Adsense
April
7
7
$0.70
$0.70
 
May
2
9
$1.39
$2.09
 
June
20
29
$2.89
$4.98
 
July
7
36
$3.14
$8.12
 
August
18
54
$7.43
$15.55
 
September
8
59 (removed 3)
$10.78
$26.33
 
October
6
67 (republished 2)
$10.31
$36.64
 
November
32
99
$13.02
$49.66
 
December
5
104
$39.39
$89.05
 
Total for 2012
 
 
 
$89.05 Paid on Jan 28th!
 
2013
 
 
 
 
 
January
4
84 (removed 20 idle hubs)
$26.75 approx
$26.75
£1.90

These are the combined earnings from ebay and the hub pages ad programme, not from AdSense. I have no added a colume for adsense earnings in 2013 to see how they are starting to grow slowely. This doesn't include Amazon at the moment, as I am not always sure wheer my adsense sales come from, as I advertise on a few different sites

Update

I have read from a lot of other long term Hubbers that it took them on average 9 months to hit their first payment threshold. I think that is probably going to be pretty true of me too! And that is with only being to write in my spare time. I'm sure if you approached Hubpages as a full or even part0time job and published daily or pretty near to that you would be able to make the threshold alot quicker. But I am happy with my progress so far.

19th September: I was hoping to be able to hit the $10 mark for this month, but I think it is a little unlikely. I have had hardly any time to write this month sadly, so when I have had a little spare time I have been working on editing and proofing old hubs in the hope that will help a little. I may still make it, if I can get a few decent hubs in before the end of the month so fingures crossed! - Oh and I also got my first Amazon sales this month! Sadly the payout threshold for that is $100 if your outside the US, but I am 5% of the way there, hehe!

3rd October: Yay! As you can see I made the $10 mark in September, just! I am very happy about that as I actually removed a few hubs and didn't have a huge amount of time to write many new hubs. So the aim this month is just to hit the $10 again as I don't think I am going to have much time again to write new hubs, but I am working on editing some of my earliest ones to improve them.

2nd November: Well I hit the $10 mark again, a little less than last month, but as I thought I didn't really have much time to write this month. I added 6 new hubs and updated 2 of the ones I had unpublished. I hope to make $15 this month which will take me over the $50 pay limit. I shall have to work pretty hard though as the last few days of October my views rocketed due to a few Halloween based hubs, which will obviously drop off now as they are seasonal. But the new Review competition is just up my street so hopefully that will inspire me to write a few more hubs this month! I had hoped to reach 100 hubs by Christmas but now it's looking like that may be a bit of a stretch, we shall just have to see.

19th November: Ok so I decided to do the 30 hubs in 30 days challenge again this month, and actually complete it this time. Mainly so I can reach my 100 hubs by Christmas target. I was hoping it would also boost my earnings to make it to the $15 mark this month, and the $50 payout threshold, but sadly my views just arent climbing like I hoped so my earnings are also not climbing that well. Disappointing! But fingers crossed, things can always change on the internet with one well placed backlink!

16th December: If you did check out my 30 hubs in 30 days challenge link above you will know I did indeed complete my 30 hubs, actually exceeded it to take me up to 99 hubs in total! Whoop! My earnings didn't rise as much as I was hoping, but I figure it may take a few weeks for them to rank and start getting some organic traffic so I may not see my efforts paying off for a month or so. Which is cool! We are half way into December now, and I havent actually published a single hub since the end of my challenge, so nothing in 16 days. This is partly coz I'm so busy and partly because I want to see what my hubs can do without me publishing new things as much. Amazingly Christmas has given a massive boost thanks to a few seasonal hubs, and I have made as much in 2 weeks as I did all last month. Sadly after xmas this will drop off, but I will be up to 100 hubs and that is a good place to start from for a New Year I think. I missed the pay threshold by mere cents last month but made it on my first day in December so will now get a nice little payout in January, yay! I'll keep you updated. Thanks for all the support!

28th January 2013: Yay I got my first payout. So happy! $89 which converts to around £53 got paid into my paypal today - and no fees were taken which is even better. So this went straight into my savings account for our first home deposit. I am so pleased to have made payout after 9 months. January is obvioulsy a little lower than my December earnings as my seasonal hubs are no longer getting as many views, but it is still going pretty well. I have pretty much doubled on my November earnings already, so I am feeling pretty good about that. It shows I am still growing my earnings and earning more even without the christmas seasonal boost. I have though realised how important and impressive the seasonal views can be, so I am now trying to target a few of the other seasons through the year. They may not be ever green but they definitely gave me a massive boost in views over Christmas. I actually had one hub hit 10,000 views in a week! Mad!

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      @availiasvision thanks for reading this hub. Sadly the summer seems to have the opposite effect and has caused my views to drop and earnings to slow down, not made payout for 3 months, but this is also a trend as far as I can tell, hoping winter coming again will cause a pick up again.

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      Jennifer Arnett 4 years ago from California

      Excellent job making payout. The important thing is that your earnings and views are going up. Fantastic start! It's crazy how your earning went really high in December. It seems to be a common trend, given the Holiday season. I have heard of very successful writers who niche write all year for a particular season and do quite well, regardless of the volatility. Best of luck!

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      Hi Peachpurple, thank you very much. You will get there on the earnings you just have to keep building your hubs up.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      congrats, my friend. You did a well done job on your earnings. Wish that i could earn $20 per month... Now, i just earn around $10 per month... Love reading your hub. Very honest. Voted interesting

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      Well Hello Katy, and welcome to hubpages, glad I could help you a little. I hope you like it here as much as I do. I shall look forward to reading your hubs too.

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      Kay Comer 4 years ago from Metropolis, Illinois

      I love your style of writing daisydayz! You have a very upbeat feel to your writings as I read. And as a VERY newcomer, that helps me a LOT. Thanks SO SO much for this hub and I'll be reading a lot more of your hubs in the next few days...thanks again! thekatydid

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      @kellyteam glad this helps inspire you, helps put in perspective how normal people can do on here. It's all good seeing the success stories but they are exceptions on here really

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      That's what I would hope it would do for newbies, it's a bit disheartening when you hear stories of people earning 100's and your barely scraping dollars! Helps to see how normal people do

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      Very informative hub, glad I stumbled across it. It has given me perspective on my on HubPages journey.

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      Willette 4 years ago from Michigan

      Great hub! Very inspirational and informative. I have been away for a while basically because I am busy. I am coming back trying to put out a hub when I can, so this hub really helps and inspires me to do what I can when I can. Thanks so much for the hub. Thumbs up, awesome, beautiful and a share!

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      @forthrfuture no problem, glad I could be of some help

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      Forthefuture 4 years ago from India

      thanks for the reply. You really helped me out. And again you are great.

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      @forthefuture I get the odd like on stumbled but usually it's just for back linking!

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      Forthefuture 4 years ago from India

      thanks for the information providing me i want. And there is also one question. Do you get up likes on stumbleupon and digg and reddit?? Or this is for only backling purpose?

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      Hi I'm glad I can help you. For backlinking I use a few different places, firstly twitter, FB, stumbled, digg, pintrest and my own blog. But I also use google ping, red gage, flipora (when it is working!) and pearl trees. Good luck

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      Forthefuture 4 years ago from India

      this is great inspiration for me. Thank you so much. Please can you say actually where you generate backlinks and promote hubs. I owe you one. Thank you.

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      Thank you! Yes it is below part time, I do it coz I enjoy it, the extra income would just be a nice bonus really!

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      Rfordin 4 years ago from Florida

      As a newbie I looked around (still do) for hours to find a "story" by a newer hubber rather than a "seasoned" hubber. Your stats are pretty on the money considering we both view this as part-time or LESS than part-time work.

      Good luck with your 100 hubs goal!!!!!

      ~Becky

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      Thank you so much. It's nice to meet you to, and I wish you the best of luck on here too!

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      daisy....Like you, I had no idea there was money to be made, when I first joined HP.. I simply write as I breathe.....because I need to, to continue to live. I've been here 15 months.......Nice to meet you, by the way.

      I did not even open my revenue producing accounts until I had been writing here for 5 or 6 months.

      Thus, my Hub income has been accruing for about 10 months. From what I've been told by some veteran hubbers, I'm doing quite well, money-wise.

      I enjoyed your hub. I hope to read more of your work, daisy. Good luck to you..........UP++

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      You should sign up to them once you have a few good articles up, that way they can start earning as you work on others

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      Missy Mac 4 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks for the encouraging article. I have not part of adsense or google yet. I am trying to focus on writing articles. Thanks again.

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      Well done you $0.65 in one day is pretty impressive if your still starting out. Keep it up and you'll make payout in no time!

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      Doodlehead 4 years ago from Northern California

      I made $0.65 today and I am so ecstatic.

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      Thanks for the tips, Im kinda hoping thats all true. I'm writing new ones when I can and taking the 30 hubs in 30 days challenge now, so hopefully that should give me a boost!

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      monicamelendez 5 years ago from Salt Lake City

      Awesome you're off to a great start! I've found that my earnings just grow and grow. The hubs you already have will just keep getting more and more traffic over time. If you keep creating new ones, it will of course get even better!

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      Thank you!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      You're actually doing quite a bit better than I did when first starting out. Let's hope your income continues its logarithmic rise. Quite inspirational to the new hubber. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      Thanks! I think people have no idea what is normal. I understand many people can get really lucky and make a lot more but I think normal people who can't dedicate loads of time to writing will build far slower. I hope this hub helps people understand that it doesn't happen instantaneously and takes time

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Daisydayz, I agree that when I was new here I wanted to hear how much new hubbers made so I'd know if I was on target to reach my own goals. Thanks for sharing this. I'm sure it will help answer others questions. Plus it's great to see your earnings increase! Take care, Kelley

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      I know there is so many different social networking sites and places to backlink it can get a little too much on times

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      Vin Chauhun 5 years ago from Durban

      whoa!...I am way behind in all this Hubbing business.....ping this, stumble that.....i have quite alot of things to do

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      Thank you! I really do hope it encourages others too! I am happy to put in the work now, with a hope it will pay off sometime in the future

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      You are off to a great start. I know it is hard to write, especially with life and a full time job. It can be done though. Hubpages is the best online site I have found. It has a great structure and group of writers that are very supportive. Your collection of these hubs will be so helpful for those who join and also encouraging. I have been fortunate enough to do good on hubpages within a year. If I can, anyone can. It is a lot of hard work, but it will pay off in the end. $10 will turn into $100 and more. Best wishes.

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      Yeah I think newbies like us need to see its not just us who had low figures, it takes time to grow and I thought if I shared then others would see how gradually it happens!

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      Logos831 5 years ago from somewhere, ca

      Thanks for the useful hub and comments on my hubs! Being new, it's a little pathetic seeing my own meager numbers too but I'm sure things will improve over time :)

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      Facebook isn't required it would just be another source for traffic and back links if you wanted to. Good luck

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      Dr-SameraSuleman 5 years ago from Sheffield

      Thank you daisydayz for your reply and for your hub. I managed to figure out what needs doing. I was just wondering if I would have to go on that dreaded facebook to bring traffic. But, I guess I shall just write and hope for the best.

      :)

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      Hi @Dr-SameraSuleman you need to sign up for Hubpages Ad Programme and/or Google Adsense. Then you write your Hubs (articles) you make money from people viewing through the Hubpages Ad programme, clicks and sales through amazon and eBay (through the capsules you add to your hubs) and clicks through Adsense. There are lots of hubs on all this information and loads of info in the learning centre. Best of luck!

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      Dr-SameraSuleman 5 years ago from Sheffield

      I have no idea how this work, please someone kindly explain. This is what I understand, I write a hub, then people read it. How do I get paid for that? Is it how many people read my hub? or do they click on the ads? I don't have twitter, or facebook, so would that mean I can't make any money?

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      Thank you @millionair tips! I just do the general publicizing with twitter and FB but i dont usually go out of my way to get backlinks everywhere. I find the few places i do promote are good enough!

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      You're doing well. Keep up the good work. I wouldn't spend too much time trying to drive traffic - it might seem as spamming anyway. Just keep writing quality hubs.

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      Well to be honest I dont try that hard to drive traffic at the moment! I tweet, FB and pin - I also google ping new hubs, then stumble, reddit and red gage if i remember. Thats it! There are lots of hubs out there with traffic driving ideas! Good luck

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      Crazzy Kylex © 2012 5 years ago from Incredible India!

      So, at the moment, growing your Hub O' Sphere is what the Doctor's order. Rather, 30 Hubs on 30 Days challenge is just the pick for you. I would be more happy if you cover another hub on your traffic driving strategies, before I come to any conclusion.