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My Tenth Month at Hubpages

Updated on May 1, 2012

So here we are, ten months after having started at hub pages. It seems I am best at writing Inane hubs, because those are my most common, but sadly, they do not garner very much attention. I'm okay with that, however, as I really enjoy writing them, and then going back and reading them periodically.

I spent this past month of April doing a lot of reading and commenting, and not a lot of writing. I managed to churn out only two hubs: Inane Episode 47 and Peripheral Man Episode 5. This brought my hub count up to 76 hubs (the one you are presently reading is number 77). Here in my eleventh month I plan on doing more writing than reading to see how the two efforts compare. I did increase my followers and my traffic by being a busy-body visiting other people's hubs. I would just look at what are the most recently submitted hubs and see if any were interesting. Quite a few of them I ended up doing the Copy-Edit thing because there were some errors that I felt the hubber could easily correct with just a few tips.

I earned an extra accolade during this month, the Great HubPages Citizen Accolade. This is the gist of what I received in an email from HubPages: "This means that you contribute to the community by doing things like helping people out in the Forums, voting Hubs up and down, and flagging inappropriate content for our moderators." Yep - I found a few hubs when I was looking at the most recent that were either too personal, too commercial, or too poorly written.

So this is what my accolades look like now:

In order, from left to right, top to bottom:

  • I've published at least 50 hubs
  • I have at least 100 followers
  • My hubs have been read over 10,000 times
  • My questions have inspired at least 100 answers
  • I have answered at least 100 questions
  • I'm a level 6 commenter
  • I'm popular among readers as measured by feedback to their hubs
  • My hubs start great discussions in the comments
  • The pinkish one in the bottom left is the new one, the Citizen Accolade
  • I write engaging hubs that readers read from start to finish, &
  • I've won one or more hubnuggets

So in terms of traffic, I've had 954 visits in my tenth month with the highest number going to How to build a small indoor greenhouse, The importance of donating blood regularly and I don't like small talk with 209, 131 and 71 visits respectively. In terms of revenue I earned 0.02$ from Adsense with zero hits, and 3.90$ from Hubad impressions. The chart below shows that since January I've been averaging about 3$ per month, then in April (my tenth month) I jumped to almost 4$ because of all of the reading I did.

With my half hour train ride to and from work, I will be taking the time to write during those rides. I just need to finish the book I'm reading presently, and then I'll start taking my netbook on the train. I have a few ideas for hubs, my only limitation is that I can't Google anything while on the train to do research as I haven't a data plan. I'll have to write blindly and then do the research afterwards. I don't know if I'll be able to do the 30 hubs in 30 days type of challenge, but I'll give it a shot.

I have at least two or three inane hubs I can write, one or two more episodes of Peripheral Man, and then following that I'm thinking of giving you a tour of the Montreal Metro, station by station.

Of these three ideas, which would you like to see most for my hubs in month eleven?

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    • Phil Plasma profile imageAUTHOR

      Phil Plasma 

      5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      I do not think understanding hubpages is important. Write, which you seem to do with relative ease; that is all that is necessary.

      MTL 15:35

    • epigramman profile image


      5 years ago

      ...I really don't understand this hub thing at all Phil (and I couldn't give a hoot in heck about those silly hub scores - I guess I am a bit of a maverick that way)- but it's given me a creative outlet for the best writing of my life with relative artistic freedom and minimal censorship issues - I've met some great people and esteemed colleagues like yourself and it's an experience/website that I would highly recommend to anyone who is either starting out as a novice writer or just wants to expose their written work to a receptive world community ....... lake erie time ontario canada 3:39pm sending you warm wishes and good energy and always so nice to connect with you my friend

    • Phil Plasma profile imageAUTHOR

      Phil Plasma 

      5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Hi Amber, thanks. Yes, it would be good for me to write another update, however, I haven't been terribly active lately so would have little to report. Perhaps I'll do one anyway.

    • Amber522 profile image


      5 years ago

      Congrats on the milestones in this hub. It seems like you are doing great. It would be nice to read a more recent Hubpages update, to see how you were able to improve in the past few months.

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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Awe, those are neat ideas Phil! I hadn't really thought about that. Thanks for the ideas and for connecting.

    • Phil Plasma profile imageAUTHOR

      Phil Plasma 

      6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Hi Christy, really, whatever you want to write about your experience of hubbing in the Xth month you are in. You can write about what hubs you wrote that month, which of your hubs had the most traffic, what hubs you read that you really enjoyed, share your revenue for that month (if you are so inclined) and maybe offer a poll about what your followers think you should do in a subsequent month. I would certainly read it!

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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Phil, Do you mean outlining my traffic etc? Would you find that helpful? Take care.

    • Phil Plasma profile imageAUTHOR

      Phil Plasma 

      6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Christy, thanks for stopping by; would you consider outlining your experience at HP?

      phd, I appreciate the attention you are giving my hubs; indeed, I can't think of anything else to write.

      Angela, you're welcome.

      MfromM, why bother attributing it if it is a HP original? Thanks for stopping by. As for reading - it is impressions that count for HubAds, each time you read, there is an impression.

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      Man from Modesto 

      6 years ago from Kiev, Ukraine (formerly Modesto, California)

      How does reading hp articles create revenue? I have not heard this before.

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      Man from Modesto 

      6 years ago from Kiev, Ukraine (formerly Modesto, California)

      I love how you pirated the "truly original" hubpages tree and didn't attribute it.


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      Angela Brummer 

      6 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Thank you so much for sharing your experiences!

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      Theresa Ast 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Hi Phil - I liked your ten month summation. Informative, quite clever, and funny -- all at the same time. I look forward to reading more. BTW, I am so glad you are not caught up in the income thing and simply write what you want. Such a breath of fresh air. :)

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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for outlining your experiences here at HubPages. I can't vote on the poll as I am a new follower! I do hope you continue to write though, I will support.

    • Phil Plasma profile imageAUTHOR

      Phil Plasma 

      6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Thanks Debbie!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Great job... keep up the great work...

      Voted up


    • Phil Plasma profile imageAUTHOR

      Phil Plasma 

      6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Brett, thanks for the votes!

      CloudExplorer, I didn't end up getting the chance to post anything this month, further evidence of the challenge of making time. Thanks for stopping by!

      Paul, it certainly isn't easy making time for hubbing.

      moonlake, kelly, laadhy - thanks for stopping by!

      melchi, kris - thanks for stopping by!

      rajan, a gush would be nice.

      cc, yes, I should keep writing, if only my time insertion machine was operational.

      Millionaire, thanks for the tip, maybe I'll do just that.

      Cassy, thanks for the encouragement.

    • CassyLu1981 profile image


      6 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      YAY :) You are doing awesome! Keep it up!!!!

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      Shasta Matova 

      6 years ago from USA

      Congrats on your milestone. The info under your name says you have been here 12 months now. It looks like you are off to a great start. I would recommend you do your research first, and then write the hubs on the train, and think about topics that people would search to read, like the train station ones.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      10 month milestone - that's an achievement! You also have some impressive numbers, actually! Keep up the good work! Just write regularly and the people will come. :)

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      Kris Heeter 

      6 years ago from Indiana

      Congrats on your 10 month milestones! You are doing great!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Nice job and good that you are seeing some money trickling in now but it will become a gush not long from now.

      Nice to read your journey and what you plan to do now.

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      Melanie Chisnall 

      6 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Well done! :)

    • laadhy profile image


      6 years ago from Maldives- The Paradise on Earth

      you're doing a very good job here. i hope newbies will get some assistant from you writing of hubs.

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      6 years ago

      Congratulations on being here for 10 months! Thanks for sharing! Take care, Kelley

    • moonlake profile image


      6 years ago from America

      Congrats on the your hubs and staying with it for 10 months. Voted up. Enjoyed reading your hub.

    • Paul Kuehn profile image

      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      6 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand


      Thanks for sharing your experiences on hubpages. I have been here over 13 months and have published 86 hubs. I have a full time teaching job so I only can really write on weekends and during school holidays. I'm up to 150 followers now and since a surge in writing many hubs in April and picking up more followers I have seen my income from Adpages slowly increasing. My hubs doing the best are on moral values in education and my niche which is teaching and learning TEFL and TESL. hang in there. Voted up and sharing.

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      I think your 10 month experience was pretty awesome on hubpages considering the fact that your time has been pressed in such a way as you've explained towards the end here.

      For some folks it is truly tough to schedule hub writing into their daily lives, and so it definitely makes for a tough thing to task and to get accomplished. I commend you on your performance thus far here on hubpages, and hope things can improve for you over the years.

      Good Luck! and this one is getting voted up indeed, nice hub.

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      Brett Caulton 

      6 years ago from Thailand

      Glad you have stuck around, as you are a great part of the Hubpages community. As a bit of inspiration, now your traffic is increasing, all the new content you plan to produce should cause a surge in traffic and earnings! :-)

      Up, interesting and SHARING.

    • Phil Plasma profile imageAUTHOR

      Phil Plasma 

      6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Heh, yeah, an extra Mars Bar... woo hoo! Thanks for stopping by, Whois, though it isn't Google that is giving me the income, it is the Hubads.

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      6 years ago

      I am really that Google adsense is finally paying out and that you are receiving some meaningful residual income from your work. Well done! Now you can afford to buy an extra Mars Bar every month!

    • Phil Plasma profile imageAUTHOR

      Phil Plasma 

      6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Bed, thanks for stopping by. I haven't managed to publish any hub since this one in May and already we are half way through the month. Oh well...

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      Melody Trent 

      6 years ago from United States

      Thanks for sharing your experience. I am trying to find a balance between reading other peoples hubs and writing my own. I think I might be getting addicted to HubPages, but that's OK because I am learning a lot here!

    • Phil Plasma profile imageAUTHOR

      Phil Plasma 

      6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      CC, thanks very much for the comment - I'm not totally certain that I am an inspiration, however, I do like to share how I'm progressing so that others can see if they are doing better than I am.

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      Carrie L Cronkite 

      6 years ago from Maine

      Very encouraging hub! Nice to see how you've progressed during your first ten months here at hubpages. Congratulations on your accolades, you have been working very hard and you are an inspiration to all who reads this!

    • Phil Plasma profile imageAUTHOR

      Phil Plasma 

      6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Thanks jas!

    • jaswinder64 profile image


      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada.

      Useful article. Voted up!


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