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My New Online Writing Journey: Two Months and Counting on HubPages and InfoBarrel

Updated on October 13, 2011

My Earnings

Twenty eight cents and counting...
Twenty eight cents and counting...

The Magic of Writing Online

I'm at HubPages for two months today (yay!)... but shame, shame I only have ten (10) hubs here (or articles) - including this one. I didn't even know about the '30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge' until today, and I was glad to see that I can start that at any time. But I'm writing this HUB to reflect on 60 days that have changed my online life.


HubPages is great [<--- you really should join if you haven't], but I have focused a lot of my writing at InfoBarrel (I have 39 articles there!) because they seemed like the underdog when I first heard about them. They have a lower google ranking than HubPages, fewer writers (about 68K to 70K now I would guess), and tougher editorial standards until you're pre-approved. Here's how I found them: I subscribed to a podcast on iTunes called "Smart Passive Income" by Pat Flynn and he put article writing as the top of his list to make money online (without any investment but time!) and mentioned InfoBarrel by name. From the IB forums, I found HubPages and signed up here the same day! (Thanks Pat!) He also mentioned that article sites are a great way to learn about internet marketing, basic SEO, and how the net really works -- which has been so true!


So why write online? For me it was easy because like many others I had been blogging for a few years... I even found that I had a $7+ balance in my Google adsense account when I signed up for HubPages and InfoBarrel. (Pretty crappy actually for a few years of blogging that was maybe READ by a couple buddies, and my girlfriend at the time!) I even maintain a couple content blog sites for my full-time day job, but those have no revenue streams. I still maintain my own blog sites, which now I try to use for relevant backlinks.


Choosing my own content has been really fascinating - I've already learned a lot from article research. And the more I learn about search engines, traffic, SEO, online marketing, niche sites, and other things -- the more I write things that interest me AND subjects that fulfill a need. (I've written about pop music, higher education, and personal finance!) And what I like is that every Hubber I've looked at and read has written such an amazing, eclectic collection of articles! I'm inspired by the great writing here (and at IB), and I find the ideas compelling, some of the honesty and personal reflections very moving, and the occasional humor really refreshing!


I am still learning about the many ways to promote articles (SEO) and have been using both the HubPages and InfoBarrel sites to interlink my writing. I am using (or starting to use!): Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon, Facebook, Twitter, and relevant blog commenting to get people to see my material. I'm patient. I'm glad to see the results show up in Google when I check. Here at HubPages my article about pop singer Demi Lovato at the Alma Awards has gotten the most traffic for me (about 200 views since 9/9/11), including search engines from around the world (including Google Brazil and others). (My highest traffic on IB?: On InfoBarrel a jazz article I wrote has gotten 519 "impressions" to date.) What did I learn?: nice to see that traffic (but not viral like I hoped!), but since the Lovato article is not an "evergreen" article, it may just fade away. Maybe, I should spend more time writing content that will still be relevant in a year or two.

Online Earnings Bonanza! -- $29.30 - My Humble Income Reports

HubPages Ad Program
InfoBarrel Adsense
HubPages Adsense
Other Adsense
Amazon Affiliate
Chitika Ads (IB) Gigs
Starting from July 26, 2011
SEPTEMBER 2011 (through 9/26)
Here's the documentation of my first two months of article writing! (Applause, applause...)


So other than Google Adsense and Amazon Affiliate income on both HubPages and InfoBarrel, there is also eBay and Chitika potential respectively. (I am still having problems with the eBay set-up, so you can guess how much I earned there!) I also tried to make a couple bucks on doing little writing-related gigs (I was temporarily impatient to see a small return on my writing time... After their cut, which they deserve, and Paypal transfer, each gig looks like $3.92). So I am documenting this here (for my own progress) to share what's it's like online for two months in. I don't know if this is average or below average, but these are my results. I'm encouraged by pennies at this point... I am looking forward to the time when my adsense earnings picks up, and maybe also some serious Amazon affiliate sales are happening! At some point I'd also like to convince my wonderful, fabulous wife that I'm not STARK RAVING MAD for spending so much time to make such a small trickle.


I figured out that I like writing alot! I like the wide range of subjects that I can write about... I like learning (and earning) about the ways that people make a stream of income online. This Hub is a signpost for me to look back and see what's working. And I want to continue to diversify my writing by keeping fresh new content at both Infobarrel and Hubpages, and at two new niche sites including my Wealth Trickle Plan! (I know there are MANY other article revenue-sharing sites as well, but I spend time in the forums and reading at each site so I don't know that another site would help my productivity.) Good luck -- and I wish you well in all YOUR online journeys!


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    • passionate77 profile image


      5 years ago

      nice information, thanks for sharing, blessings ahead too!

    • CapstoneTrends profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Outside Boston, Massachusetts, USA

      Hi The-BestMouseTrap... yeah you should definitely join over there as well -- another great community -- please feel free to use my referral link in the 2nd paragraph :)

    • The-BestMouseTrap profile image

      Pam Valentine 

      7 years ago from The Heartland, USA

      I was wondering about inforbarrel, thanks for the tips. Well laid out article.

    • CapstoneTrends profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Outside Boston, Massachusetts, USA

      Thanks Escobana-- Yeah sometimes I realize that I have written quite a bit, but it's not just all at this site. But you're right HubPages is great - super writers, great community... I like that my InfoBarrel and HubPages articles can backlink each other... All best!

    • Escobana profile image


      7 years ago from Valencia

      Liked your Hub Capstone!

      I wouldn't worry too much about not having written more than 13 Hubs. We're here the same amount of time and I only wrote 8.

      I'm sure Hubpages isn't at all about quantity but much more about quality. The evergreen content also is an important factor too keep receiving traffic.

      I think you don't have to be ashamed at all! Just enjoy the fact that you can meet so many talented writers here and take your time in writing quality content.

      Voted up and interesting:-)

    • CapstoneTrends profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Outside Boston, Massachusetts, USA

      Thanks zanaworld! Please feel free to join InfoBarrel too... If you want the link in the second paragraph is my referral - or feel free to just go over there and register. Like here... it is a great community. All best...

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      SA Shameel 

      7 years ago from Bangalore

      nice to see your table "Online Earnings Bonanza! -- $29.30 - My Humble Income Reports"

      It gave idea as to which one is paying you more!

      I am rather interested in joining infobarrel.

      I just turned 3 years in HubPages... and I have written... shame, shame... less than 30-hubs.

      now I must get into "30 hubs in 30 days" challenge.

    • CapstoneTrends profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Outside Boston, Massachusetts, USA

      Thanks Dim!

    • Dim Flaxenwick profile image

      Dim Flaxenwick 

      7 years ago from Great Britain

      l really enjoyed this. Welcome to hubpages.

    • fancifulashley profile image


      7 years ago

      Thank you!

    • CapstoneTrends profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Outside Boston, Massachusetts, USA

      Thanks Ashley and good luck!

    • fancifulashley profile image


      7 years ago

      This hub is great. You have clearly defined what you are doing and it makes it easier for others to learn from you as well.

    • CapstoneTrends profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Outside Boston, Massachusetts, USA

      Thanks Debby... I appreciate the welcome, and the community vibe is very apparent. All best!

    • Debby Bruck profile image

      Debby Bruck 

      7 years ago

      Hello CapstoneTrends ~ I really enjoyed reading about your first two months on Hubpages. You've taken the first few steps in this community. The abundance of opportunities here to be a member, not just to earn money, makes it worthwhile. Blessings, Debby

    • CapstoneTrends profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Outside Boston, Massachusetts, USA

      Thanks BreakfastPop! - if you don't need it - that's totally fine! Just write for the fun of it!

      and BWD316... Thanks... I know, I agree... I'm constantly learning a lot of NEW things about stuff I thought I understood!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      Brian Dooling 

      7 years ago from Connecticut

      nice layout of what your doing good luck! I just started a few months ago and already finding myself knowing more about internet marketing i guess its an added bonus to writing for these sites! voted up

    • breakfastpop profile image


      7 years ago

      I still haven't signed up to earn income because I was reluctant to give out my personal info. In any case, I love it here and so will you.

    • CapstoneTrends profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Outside Boston, Massachusetts, USA

      Thanks Susie, I will check it out!

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      7 years ago

      I've enjoyed reading about your trek with writing for hp and ib. You should check out textbroker for immediate income. I've written a hub called, "I Love Hub Pages, but I also Write for Textbroker." Check it out for details. I make around $200 to $300 a month writing for them, but could make much more if I put forth the effort.


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