My Hubpages Journal: The Second Month
Hubpages Report for November, 2011
I decided to shift this journal over to easier chunks- i.e. moving everything to the first of this month. So, although I will not have actually hit my second month for another week, this is a review of Nov 1st - Nov. 30th. Seven weeks on Hubpages, and what a seven weeks it's been!
I saw a major boost in November thanks to Skyrim. At this point, the game has actually payed for itself. Basically, I was one of those nerds who had a copy in hand at 12:01 AM the day it was released. So as I played through the next few days, I wrote articles about any questions i had. There wasn't much competition, so for a while there I was getting insane traffic powered by those hubs alone. Of course, it's not evergreen traffic and has already petered off to about 1,000 views per day. But I certainly won't say no to such easy money, should I find another opportunity.
I slowed down a bit publishing this month with only 19 hubs. Once the Skyrim articles took off I permitted myself to coast for a bit, I'll admit. Now I'm back to publishing, hoping to minimize the loss of traffic as much as possible. I received a little less than 36,000 page views in the last 30 days.
One of the biggest surprises, and disappointments, for me has been the Amazon program. One week I notched up 8 shipped orders, with 6 more ostensibly in the wings, and decided Amazon is the best thing ever. But since then I haven't had a single order, and those 6 are still sitting in my 'ordered items' list without budging. This despite some decent traffic to my Christmas hubs. I am going to re-evaluate my strategy there, at some point.
Anyways, chart time! Below are my total earnings, by day. This covers the Ad Program, Amazon, and Adsense. The red line is Nov. 1st, and it's pretty clear where my Amazon spike hit, as well as when Skyrim came out.
All in all, I made $68 this month, as compared to about $5 during my first. Not bad for my second month, especially considering Hubpages is not really my first priority. This month I began working on niche websites also, which I am hoping will eventually make enough to let me quit my part time job. (I don't dare dream of making it full-time, yet...) I am very impressed with the potential of Hubpages, and now that I'm doing my own SEO I can appreciate the convenience a Google-friendly website provides. If I had my doubts last month, I can safely say I'm in it for the long haul, now!
So, this month I have learned the value of evergreen content, but that flash-in-the-pan trends can also be a great boost. I learned how to submit my url to the index via Webmaster Tools, and I learned that affiliate marketing is tricky, but definitely worth the time. I doubt December will see these results as my Skyrim bump continues to go down, but it's been a heady introduction to the site, and I'm looking forward to getting back to that kind of traffic consistently.
You can see a compilation of my Hubpages Journals here.