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One Million Reads on my Hubs! Thoughts and Reflections
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.
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.