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My first month on HubPages~ stats, earnings & first impressions

Updated on October 23, 2013

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.

I pondered whether Internet Marketing was right for me or if Content Creation would suit me better
I pondered whether Internet Marketing was right for me or if Content Creation would suit me better

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

First Impressions

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.

~Kaz x

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      Trsmd 5 years ago from India

      Congrats for spending a month here..and hope that you will like and enjoy here ..publishing and also earnings..

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      Rob Winters 5 years ago

      Well done on your first month,from what i've seen other people state i'd say your ahead of the curve and what's more is you sound like you're enjoying yourself which i'd bet will bode well for your future success.I think it's a great idea to share this type of info with your fellow hubbers. Helps everybody to put some realistic perspective on their assessment of their own efforts.Good luck to you :-) Up & Useful.

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      ringlawncare 5 years ago from Stillwater MN

      Well, your fella has a point! KEEP WRITING! I have not personally experienced any real pay day thus far, but I love to write, just need to get better at it. Some pennies here and there, but cmon man I own a landscape company, not that interesting! LOL Keep up the great article writing, you're doing great!

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      Karen Creftor 5 years ago from Kent, UK

      Thanks so much for the encouragement and compliments :D Just one of the things I love about this site~ the amazing community :D

      I am enjoying it!! dfuntanar glad it inspires you :D It can be quite intimidating being a newbie do you find? How's your month going?

      Thanks Rob :) It is very easy to look for a quick earner and give up quickly when it doesn't happen (I know I've been there many times!!!). It's hard to keep realistic but it's worth investing the time and effort into something you love I think.

      Thanks ringlawncare I will :D Oh part of the course I'm signing up for covers brushing up on my English thank goodness hehe. It's good you love writing, that's the most important thing tbh. I'm sure you can find many interesting things to write about landscaping~ from the bizarre to the useful :D One thing that drew me to HP was not being tied to one subject~ branch out (pardon the pun :P) and let your audience know about other subjects that interest you!!

      Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas

      ~Kaz xx

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Looks like you are having a good intro to HP. Enjoy your writing and learning and see where it takes you! Have a safe and happy New Year's weekend!

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      mathira 5 years ago from chennai

      Good sharing karenCreftor.

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      BabyCheetah 5 years ago from Melbourne

      Great to hear you are off to a good start. If you keep writing like this you will start earing more in no time :)

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      Jester98 5 years ago

      Yeah you have to keep it up! If it were easy everyone would do it right ;-) How are you doing with keyword research? I know you write about what you love, but if you really want to get the traffic you will have to start seeing what keywords/niches bring in traffic and start writing about that to. OR not just my 3 cents ;-)

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      maglette 5 years ago from London

      I liked this lots of useful information!

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      Karen Creftor 5 years ago from Kent, UK

      Thanks everyone!

      Jester98 Good points, thanks~ I've been trying to learn about keywords and SEO but it doesn't seem to come naturally to me hehe. Will keep trying though!

      ~Kaz x

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      Jester98 5 years ago

      Hit me up if you need help ;-) love to talk about this stuff

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      bockshiner 5 years ago from Dallas, TX

      I just started 2 days ago so this article helped me know what I might expect for at least a few months.

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      preshj 4 years ago from Chicago

      Thanks for sharing your experiences. I'm a newbie, and this was definitely insightful.

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