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My Hubpages Story; How I've Earned Money Writing Using Hubpages
I merely remember when my eyes first met Hubpages; it was filled with astonishment seeing a very clear, neat and unified platform for writers online. It was also the day when I joined Hubpages. I really feel excited joining the community, seeing professional and passionate writers make me grin in my laptop monitor. It was probably a love-at-first-sight situation where I feel blown out by the awesomeness of the site.
"However, out of that flattery feeling is the consciousness and the timidity of not succeeding in the platform since English is just my second/third language and I am just a youngster dreaming to be a successful blogger someday."
I freshly remember those days when I had tried to write few hubs and most of them are not featured. It was the feeling that the world bumps you hardly that you can’t even stand; it was one of my first challenges here on Hubpages.
One thing that I am really attracted to Hubpages is that it requires high definition (HD) photos which are really cool to me. It beautifies an article and it attracts more readers with just a single glimpse just like what happened to me. To be honest, one of the main reasons why I joined Hubpages is that I wanted to earn an extra income to sustain some of my financial and educational needs. You know the feeling of wanting to be independent of not asking money to your parents? That’s what I feel!
Getting Along with Professional Writers
Before I discovered Hubpages, I was writing already for bubblews which I have earned my first hard cash online. I feel really blessed and fulfilled knowing that I have been proficiently earning some money online. Although, it never stops me on searching for more opportunities online, and that made me stumble on Hubpages.
When I first saw Hubpages, I know that writer here just don’t write like bubblews writers do. The site is far behind or let say far different from my first writing site. It is not just because bubblews have low quality post but because it is more on social blogging site while Hubpages seems to be a pure writing site where you need high quality articles for you to drive passive traffic.
Deep within I feel nervous since I might get mock and bash by writers who will look at my hubs as a waste and a trash. But that feeling doesn’t stop me from freeing myself in writing for Hubpages. I started to write a few hubs and begun to follow some good writers that I feel comfortable and at the same time, the writers who make me “Wow” when I read their hubs.
A few months after my hubs were published, I have realized that only a few of them get traffic each and often times they remain dormant. I was not shocked since I know for myself that I lack interaction with my co-Hubbers since I was pretty busy with other sites which yield income for me.
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My First “Ouch” on Hubpages
I barely remember those words of defamation from one of the Hubbers here. It makes my knees weak and my arms to be petrified. I feel so dumb after reading her comment on one of my forums. She clearly stated:
“It was obnoxious seeing a 19 year old writer here on hubpages”
Those words rupture my throat, making me faltered.
I guess I have been a chicken for a quiet time reading her comment, but after few weeks of realization and self-encouragement; I told myself that – let those words be a challenge for you, let those words make you a better writer. That encounter may have grabbed me to grave of not continuing on Hubpages but my will and passion of becoming a successful blogger never fails. It lit within my heart and I know for myself that I have something to show off.
I ignore those comments that belittled me and continue my trek here on Hubpages. After some time, I feel better seeing more rubber started to follow me. It’s like simple accomplishment and a reward for me knowing that few Hubbers are interested in what I write.
My Writing for Schedule
Possible No. of Hubs
Monday - Tuesday
Research for interesting topic and collect reliable sources
Wednesday - Thursday
2 hubs to be written (remaining 2 will be next week)
Editing and proofreading mode
2 hubs to be edited
2 hubs to be posted (the start to write the left 2 hubs)
Solving My Problem:
It was not clearly stated what qualification that I did not qualify in so I started a forum asking for help. Luckily, some of the concern Hubbers helped and guided me to fix my problem:
- Remove copyrighted images and look for free images in public domain
- Insert caption and citation of every photo and reference to my articles
- Check my usage of grammar, punctuation mark and sentence structure
After that, I have applied again for Adsense then I was repeatedly declined. I painfully remember I got 25+ disapprovals. It feels really bad!
My Struggle of Getting Approved in Adsense
To be honest, learning the site and knowing how to earn money on Hubpages is not easy as what I have expected on my very first few weeks here on Hubpages. Before writing, I have searched for reviews online if the how the site works and some testimonials that will tell and show me that Hubpages is a legit writing site.
One of the sources tells that:
“In order for you to earn on Hubpages, you need to have Adsense account for you to monetize and activate Hubpages program. They have also few internal and external programs like eBay and Amazon which pays based on the sales you have generated”.
It was pretty vague to me since I never use those programs on my earlier sites that I have been writing online. Definitely, I start to read more on Hubpages site, reading some few hubs about it for me to be guided. When I feel much more knowledgeable on how to configure each program, I have attempted to apply for Google Adsense and after few hours Adsense emailed me:
“Unfortunately, I was disapproved due to some requirements I don’t comply”
Editing and Writing More Hubs
After multiple disapprovals; I stop for awhile applying for a Google Adsense account. I read more articles about it and ask more relevant advices on some concern few hubbers. I also commenced to write few more hubs to qualify and follow what they have advised to me. Some of the things I have done on my hubs:
- Revision and edit all my hubs (citation, credits, grammar etc)
- I started to write longs hubs for I have observed it works better
- I began to delete some of my creative writing, which seems to be futile
- I wanted for 6 months as what adsense policy have stated on its qualification
I have concentrated on writing knowledge-based content after observing and realizing that Hubpages drives more traffic on evergreen articles. I also continued my forums and questions to learn more experience and knowledge about the site.
Now, I feel more in-love with Hubpages seeing my earnings rise each month and eventually I might have payments every 2-3 months. But I am doing my very first to have payouts every month, though it seems far and a little bit near in my situation now I’ll keep on striving to be better. I also find my hubs started to increase its traffic each day, which is very amusing to track.
As a dreamer, I also started to build my own personal website and commenced to use my Hubpages Adsense account. Hope it would be safe using it outside Hubpages – I’ve been very careful and conscious about it. It’s my hope and treasure as a blogger. So I guess it’s time to finish these things up, it’s been a very long chitchatting and story. I hope I have inspired you, who ever read this hub of mine. Thanks for having interest in reading this hub!
The Sweet Surprise
You’re probably thinking of what surprise I was flattered for; and guess what, you’re right about what you are thinking. After 8 months of waiting and struggle, my Adsense application got approved! It feels like I was floating in the air and my inner self shout its ass off. It was a surprise and a blessing for me!
I know if that was the start of my wheel to steer and reap some rewards that I have been planting for over half year on Hubpages. Although, I know that it was just the beginning of a brighter writing career on Hubpages.
After 4 months of writing I have accumulated my first sweet $50+ here on Hubpages and I will be expecting it to arrive this May 28, 2014 since Hubpages ad program send payments on every 28th day of the month which I have read on Hubpages Help section.