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One Million Reads on my Hubs! Thoughts and Reflections

Updated on June 20, 2012

Last week I hit the magic number. It's hard to believe my articles have been read more than one million times.

It's been my goal for close to 18 months.

What began as a lark four years ago -- to write articles about food and cooking -- soon became something that was fun to do.

And I was making money at it.

So here's my story.

The Magic Formula

Umm, yeah. Okay.

There's no magic formula. I wish there was.

It's taken four years, and nearly 100 hubs. As you can see (as of June 15, 2012) I have 85 hubs published. Some of my hubs are in various stages of editing and I haven't published them yet.

Many hubbers have published a lot more hubs than I have. I work full-time, and have many interests I pursue. Writing is something I enjoy -- I always have -- and so I write a hub when one comes to mind, or I'm going to cook something that I think people might be interested in reading about. And I take a lot of my own photos of the process.

The Three Things You Gotta Have To Make It On Hubpages

I'm hardly an expert on these matters. I hope the following information will be of help to someone.

Have Patience

When I first started, I was getting 5 reads/day. It didn't matter because I had only a few hubs published. I started making a couple of cents/day. Again, it didn't matter to me because I knew I needed to write the articles, publish them, and then see what would happen.

I write about the money below. So, yeah, I'll explain that in more detail.

Don't Try Fancy Stuff With Your Hubs

Some writers -- and I'm talking about those across the spectrum who are writing content for the Web -- devote too much time trying to figure out Google's algorhythms.

Focus on writing an article that is full of helpful information. Don't keyword stuff, don't load it down with phrases that you think will cause your article to rise in Google rankings. Many of those writers are now scrambling to fix their articles because Google is always changing their criteria.

Writing a quality hub from the very beginning makes all the difference in the world.

Focus on the Writing and the Money Will Come

I know this is easier said than done. But if your primary goal is to make money then you're going to feel a lot of frustration. Yeah, the money will come... but it takes a while.

What does "focus" mean? Write a rough draft then let it sit for a day (or three.) Revise carefully. Make your article as streamlined as possible. Check your sentences for grammar. Check your spelling. Create an article that will continue to draw readers for years.

I ask myself: will there be people who will want to know this information (the subject of my hub) in a year? In 5 years? 10 years? If I can answer yes, then it's a hub worth writing.

Show Me The Money

So here's the skinny on the moolah: if you keep writing, your daily income will grow. And grow. And grow some more.

My reads started at a handfull each day, then they grew to 50/day and then -- day in and day out -- I would have no fewer than 100 reads each day.

And then, slowly and steadily, they reached 500/day. Then they reached 800 and then 1,000/day. Now I get close to 1,200 reads/day.

The best part? I'm moving into my strongest period: June through November. I write a lot of articles about canning and freezing vegetables, and so my reads climb during the summer months. Last year I was getting 5,000 reads/day during the summer.

That translated into about $250/month. However, my income has been doubling year over year. In March, 2012 I made double what I made in March 2011. It doubled in April from April a year ago. Same thing in May. I'm on track to double for June.

Check back, okay? I'm hoping to see $500/month income this summer. I'll write a hub about it when it happens.

Notice I write "when" and not "if" ...

:-)

I've always been an optimist.

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    • k2jade31 profile image

      Kimberly Shelden 

      6 years ago from Idaho

      Interesting Hub, great writing, and I read it to the end- where I come from that is a compliment. Thank you for the advice.

    • Buster Bucks profile imageAUTHOR

      Buster Bucks 

      6 years ago from Sonoma County, California

      Hi Arlene,

      Glad to know the article encourages you -- continue writing! It's really worth it.

      Buster

    • Buster Bucks profile imageAUTHOR

      Buster Bucks 

      6 years ago from Sonoma County, California

      Hi Laurinzo and Grace,

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. It was a fun article to write.

      Best regards,

      Buster

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      sadieanne 

      6 years ago from China

      This is such an inspiring hub so thank you for sharing!!! Not only is it inspiring in itself but also all of the comments left too.

      && by the way- congrats on your million reads!!!

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      Jenn-Anne 

      6 years ago

      Wow - thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and your insight. I've been over-thinking the whole process recently and I need to relax and get back to focusing on writing quality hubs on topics I enjoy. Congrats on reaching such an amazing milestone!

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      Jennifer Vasconcelos 

      6 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

      Congratulations on this awesome milestone! Persistance does pay-off doesn't it?

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      Paula 

      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      One MILLION reads??!! Congratulations....you've earned it. Perservearance and quality and consistency......you can be really proud....and I'm sure the money's not a bad PERK!! Continued success to you.

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      Arlene V. Poma 

      6 years ago

      Your Hub is so uplifting. At a time when writers here are suffering from Google moves and other online downers, I do appreciate your writing. This month marks my first year on HubPages. As long as I am as positive as you about writing here, nothing else matters. I will continue to write.

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      markbennis 

      6 years ago

      I just love these success stories, so congratulations on hitting the million mile stone :)

    • Buster Bucks profile imageAUTHOR

      Buster Bucks 

      6 years ago from Sonoma County, California

      Hi LetitiaFT,

      Yeah, Pinterest really helps. My cornbread recipe always gets at least 150 reads/day because of pinning. And one other thing : it's a fantastic recipe.

      ;)

      Good luck with your Hubbing, and thanks for commenting!

      Buster

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      6 years ago from South Carolina

      Congratulations! That's quite an accomplishment and it's also very inspirational to the rest of us. Thanks so much for sharing your tips as well as your stats.

      My views have been steadily rising but I'm still only in the 100 to 200 views per day category. Also, I've noticed that the longer I'm here, the more non-Hub Pages views I get through Google and other search engines, whereas in the beginning it was mostly other hubbers reading my articles so that my stats would drop unless I'd written a new hub. Nice to know that with patience and use of the strategies you've mentioned, it's possible for those views to increase exponentially.

      Voted up across the board except for funny.

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      graceomalley 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for giving specific numbers of reads versus dollars. That info is hard to come by.

    • Buster Bucks profile imageAUTHOR

      Buster Bucks 

      6 years ago from Sonoma County, California

      Hi Mary615,

      Yes, the longer I'm on Hubpages, the more I learn. Writing is such a solitary pursuit -- it's nice to have the company (and support) from other writers.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment!

      Buster

    • Buster Bucks profile imageAUTHOR

      Buster Bucks 

      6 years ago from Sonoma County, California

      Thanks TTombso8!

      Buster

    • Laurinzo Scott profile image

      Live To Write 

      6 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Great, and inspirational hub. For a newcomer like me , that is very encouraging. Congratulations too, on the million mark. After reading this hub I can see why. Wonderful.

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      Keeley Shea 

      6 years ago from Norwich, CT

      This hub is by far the most inspiring to me! It validates writing articles to write good articles and over time the money will come. I felt like I was wasting too much time overthinking everything in my article and now I have been given the go ahead to just write. About something that years from now will still be valued...another great point in your article! Thanks!

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      LetitiaFT 

      6 years ago from Paris via California

      This is so en-couraging. Sometimes when I work so hard on hubs and only get a few hits, it can be so dis-couraging, I wonder if I'll ever get up to speed. You give me hope!

      Just wondering, do all those "pins" backlink to you? Have you really see traffic from them?

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Congrats! I love Pinterest, too. I get a lot of traffic from there. I also liked Stumble, but now it's a problem to post on there since we don't have that button. Can still be done, just harder. I think we longer we stay on HP, the more we learn, thanks to Hubbers like yourself who share their personal info. I voted this UP, and will share!

    • Buster Bucks profile imageAUTHOR

      Buster Bucks 

      6 years ago from Sonoma County, California

      Hi VocalCoach,

      I remember my thrill when I hit 100,000 reads -- it's an excellent milestone.

      Thanks so much for commenting -- it means a lot. I look forward to reading *your* article when you hit a million, too.

      :)

      Best regards,

      Buster

    • TToombs08 profile image

      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Congratulations on a HUGE milestone! This truly gives me hope and inspiration. Here's to your next million views! :)

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      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Just imagine one million reads! What an accomplishment.

      After reading your hub I'm more motivated than ever. I recently hit 100,000 viewers and thought that was something. But compared to yours....

      Thanks for writing this - well done!

    • Buster Bucks profile imageAUTHOR

      Buster Bucks 

      6 years ago from Sonoma County, California

      Hi CloudExplorer,

      I use Pinterest a lot -- more than all the others combined. My Worlds Best Cornbread Recipe became a Page One Google because of Pinterest... though I didn't do anything. One day (5 months ago?) I noticed the cornbread hub was getting a ton of traffic and I didn't know why. I checked Pinterest and somebody (I don't know who) had pinned it, and suddenly it was being repinned like crazy.

      It's been pinned more than 2,000 times. (I love Pinterest.)

      ;)

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, and for the encouragement. Hang in there, okay? Enjoy your writing -- you're going to do great here on Hubpages.

      Best regards,

      Buster

    • Buster Bucks profile imageAUTHOR

      Buster Bucks 

      6 years ago from Sonoma County, California

      Hi Vrijdag,

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. It really means a lot to me.

      Buster

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      This hub is great information for a newbie such as myself, and I always wondered if all the patience I truly have will pay off somehow, my question for you is.

      How much do you actually share your hubs via share buttons, and social networking, do you do any of that to help your standings? because I do know most of it all is quite new to many folks and especially newbies like me, but I think its an untapped form of reaching out, and many people are beginning to catch on for sure with the social sharing factors today on the web today.

      Either way congratulations on such a great job you've done and the success you've definitely earned here in the hubpages community as a powerful writer, 1,000,000+ views shows that you deserve it.

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      Vrijdag Pages 

      6 years ago

      Fantastic read, I truly loved it and gave me a bit of a boost to keep writing. Your story is magic. Thank you.

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