My first month on HubPages~ stats, earnings & first impressions
Well as the title states I've been writing on HubPages for a month now (it's exactly one month since my first hub tomorrow on Christmas eve in fact) and I just wanted to give an outline of what's been happening, my personal first impressions of the site etc which will hopefully help other hubbers whether new or not.
From Internet Marketing to Content Creation
I have been writing online articles for a while now through my own blogs on various subjects, such as running a business with a chronic illness and crafts. The problem was though I just couldn't get the traffic, wasn't making any money and couldn't even get any comments...I suck at SEO and online marketing!!!
I was looking at it as an aspiring Internet marketer as that's what everyone goes on about now...claiming: 'that's how the big bucks are made','that's the quickest, easiest and cheapest way to make a living and live the dream!'...I'm sure you've seen all the sites offering this golden opportunity where these experts give away free valuable advice, you sign up, get a small amount of useful advice and then get plagued with emails asking you to buy stuff. My heart wasn't in it and I got tired of the same old cycle...trying to piece together the free info as I'm too skeptical and broke to pay for all these courses and books and systems that 'unlock your earning potential'
As stated in 'Are you being held back by fear' I've been trying my hand at self-employment for a long while now but recently came to conclusion that although I have many talents, they don't include selling online, marketing or affiliate marketing.
So I stopped fighting and went with my gut instinct and what I enjoy rather than chasing money and started looking into the other side of Internet marketing...content creation. All these people selling other people's work...who are these other people? Can you make a decent living being creative and supplying these moguls with the wares they can't be bothered to create themselves? This idea appeals to me much more. I LOVE writing articles and as my fella will tell you I have an opinion on everything and like to share it ;) BUT running my own blogs just wasn't working so I started researching supplying content for other people and happened across HubPages. I couldn't believe it, could I really just concentrate on writing and creativity and not spend 90% of my time trying to network, market and sell AND make money? Many say that content creation takes up far too much time but to be honest I was spending a massive amount of time trying to sell, network and market (it's not as easy as they make out) so figured if I'm going to spend a lot of time working it may as well be on something I enjoy. Kelly Clarkson recently said in an interview that she was surprised at how little singing she gets to do as a professional singer. I don't want this unbalanced way of working, it destroys the pleasure of something and I don't believe it needs to be this way for any profession.
First month stats
Right well these stats are taken from the day I started publishing on HubPages not from the day I joined. I don't know how typical they are, but from what I've heard (and read on the success stories page) it can take a few months to start snowballing into a passive income. I for one am over the moon with what's happened in the last month. I've met some amazing people such as Debby, Gus and MP50, got fantastic feedback and had SO much fun. So on with the stats...
- # Hubs (before this one): 11
- Total views: 450
- Hub with highest views: Why it's the best time to be alive with 101 views
- Total comments (inc my replies): 58
- Most comments on one Hub: Dirty Money, Filthy Rich & The Root of All Evil: Our Relationships With Money with 11 comments
- Followers: 37
- Feedback: 10 Useful, 17 Interesting, 5 Awesome, 2 Beautiful
- Fan Mail: 2 thanks, 2 good writer, 1 you're cool, 2 great hubs
- Awards: Published 10 Hubs, Answered 10 Questions, Level 1 Commentator, Popular Among Readers
- Earnings: $1.42 on the Hubpages Earnings Program
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So, I thought I'd have a go. I set up an account and one on Squidoo (virtually no movement there btw) and thought if nothing else it will be fun, even if no one sees my work and I don't make a penny. I was astounded to find that just after my first article was published I had views, no wait I got comments as well...OMG I got earnings too!!! I was welcomed instantly, have had such beautiful and encouraging comments and even started getting followers. People were liking what I had to offer and that in itself spurred me on to write more.
I haven't written as often as I'd like but I've had a lot of heavy dental procedures done and had Christmas to prepare for so I haven't been too hard on myself as I know I'll have more time in the new year and can't wait! I've even asked my family for money for Christmas to go towards paying for an article writing course to polish up my English and help with structure etc. My plan for 2012 is to continue Hubbing and hopefully sell articles to magazines and eventually start my own magazine along side developing my artwork more. I'll let you know how I get on :P
As you can see from the stats that despites only posting my articles occasionally to my 70 (yup that's all!) friends on Facebook I haven't done ANY marketing. This is all based on me writing on HP and I personally think it's pretty impressive. SEO is damned hard, especially as people like Google keep moving the goal posts. My advice would be to use keywords and article words that your potential audience would search for and just get on and enjoy the writing itself.
I know everyone says it but I really can't state enough at how wonderful the HubPages community are. They've welcomed me with open arms, given priceless advice and are a fun crowd too! I look forward to being able to do the same for future Newbie Hubbers. By the way if you haven't joined yet, what are you waiting for?? We're all experts on something, don't be shy, share your knowledge and join now!!
I hope this has helped. I'd love to know about your experiences with HP too.