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4 Months at HubPages and 10,000 Views Without Building Back Links ~ Earnings and Progress

Updated on April 1, 2015
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The progress reports that hubbers publish have been quite useful, so here is another that I hope others will find equally useful. As I'm new to publishing content online, I hope other new hubbers find my experiences useful. This month I reached my 10,000 views milestone. Thanks to all the hubbers that have commented and shared my hubs along the way. I've met some inspiring fellow hubbers and am excited to continue learning from you all! After reading my progress report, I welcome any advice in the comments section.

Everyone publishes a different mix of content and has their own checklist when it comes to promoting their hubs. After lots of reading in the HubPages Tutorials and soaking in other hubber's advice, I've tried a few strategies in my first four months. At first it seemed overwhelming, but I've settled into a strategy that works for now. I'm continuing to read and learn and will likely try many more new methods for increasing traffic and earnings.

Copyright © 2015 Melis Ann

After 4 Months with HubPages

  • 19 hubs
  • 10,000 views
  • total earnings $45.77
  • 110 followers
  • 1 HubNugget Award
  • top 10 traffic sources: Google, HubPages, Facebook, melisann.hubpages, m.facebook, and then Google from 5 other countries
  • best day: 444 total page views
  • averaging 100-150 total page views per day: many hubs getting 5-10 views per day, a few with 1-3 per day and a couple that are consistently 30+ views per day.

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In The Beginning

I'm still a new hubber and have much to learn, but it's interesting to look back at just the last few months to see how far I've come. When I started, I didn't know what SEO stood for! I knew that with a passion for writing and a message to write, learning the rest would come. What I felt was important before getting too heavily into writing, was to read as much as possible. I read through many tutorials, but even more helpful than that was to read hubs published by as many hubbers as possible. By reading all sorts of styles, it was easier to determine what I felt my hubs should look like and how they should be organized. After getting some content published, I then had something to work with and went back through the tutorials and HubPages advice hubs to make improvements.

Google AdWords Keyword Tool

Before starting a hub, I make a list of keywords based on my topic by using the Google AdWords Keyword Tool. I then have a starting point with phrases and keywords that are related to my topic that I can use in the title, subtitles and text. Sometimes this also helps me understand what other subtopics I might want to research. Where possible, I focus on keywords that have low competition so that my hub is more likely to appear at the top of a Google search for that keyword.

No Backlink Building Strategy

In the beginning, I was concerned about trying to get back links to my hubs. I gave Reddit a shot, but felt the effort wasn't worth the result. I also wasn't impressed by the format. After a bit more searching I found Ezine and Articles Vine, but felt Triond was the best option. For the first five hubs I published on HubPages, I created a separate summary for Triond and posted my HubPages link. Then there were a couple of Google algorithm updates, that from what I could understand, were written to favor websites that didn't put their back links to specific back linking sites. Of course, back links still exist from postings to social media and groups, but from that point forward I decided to drop the link building effort and just rely on quality writing and social sharing. Whatever back links develop naturally will have to do for now.

Earnings Progress Report First 4 Months

Month
Ad Program Earnings (US$)
eBay Earnings (US$)
Amazon Earnings (US$)
Hubs Published
January 25-31, 2012
1.03
0
0
3
February 2012
4.85
0
0
6
March 2012
6.37
0
0
4
April 2012
11.48
0
0.59
2
May 2012
17.38
0.70
3.37
4
Total
41.11
0.70
3.96
19
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Sharing Hubs and Getting Traffic

Social Media

  • First I created a brand for my hubs called Mom On A Health Hunt. This helps me link together my social media platforms.
  • I share hubs on Facebook on both my personal page in addition to my Facebook page Mom On A Health Hunt. Although somewhat of an overlap, I've accumulated some fans on my page that are not in my personal account. I'd like to convert over to just using the brand page.
  • I joined Twitter and share each hub as well as other related content I come across.
  • I also joined Pinterest to share my hubs. I have one board that is dedicated to posting my hubs in addition to other articles from those I follow on Pinterest. Using Pinterest has been interesting. There are certainly those who will find the article and read it, but interest is really focused on the image. Some have shared my hub based on the image but obviously not realized there was an article to read.
  • I started putting my social media links as an email signature and even my "latest hub" link. I've gotten quite a few people that I know signed on as followers that way.

Using Groups

  • I joined yahoo groups related to my topics and shared my hubs. I found it to be totally useless after a good try. Google groups was better, but Facebook groups has had the best response. It's important to become a true member of the group by reading and commenting on other posts and I found this easier to do on Facebook.

Sharing Other Hubbers Hubs

Emailing Organizations

  • When my hub promotes a product, I email the organization or company. For example, I sent my hub about avoiding toxins in coffee to a company that makes Bird-Friendly certified coffee that meets the environmental and health standards that I promote in the article. They shared the article on their website and on Facebook.
  • In another hub I discuss the causes of cardiac arrest in youth sports and the use of chest protectors. The company that makes the chest protectors that I approve of posted my article to their homepage.
  • My next project will be to email several companies that I found sell 'chemical-free' swim shirts.

Revising Hubs

  • If a hub is not performing well over time, I like to go in and revise a few things and re-look at keywords. Google is reported to like fresh content so I hope this helps traffic in the long run.

Focusing on Quality Content

My focus from the beginning has been to provide a well-rounded resource for those searching on the topic. As such, my hubs tend to get very lengthy. I have experimented with splitting up some of the hubs, but didn't really see that it transferred into more reads. For example, I have four hubs about genetically modified foods that are are grouped and links posted to each hub. When one of them is getting a lot of hits, the others don't see the same bump in traffic. I tried labeling them Part 1, Part 2, etc, but then revised them to be stand alone hubs when that didn't work to increase traffic.

At first I was very concerned about keywords, but after getting more comfortable, I started focusing on writing more natural content. I work keywords into the title, subtitles, image descriptions, introduction and the last paragraph of text.

Using Google Analytics

I didn't set up or figure out Google Analytics until recently so not all of my 10,000 views are represented in the analysis. It will prove to be more useful over time as I can view new/return visitors, bounce rate, view duration, and pages per visit for example.

Disclaimer: Note that this website portrays my opinion. I want to help others consider a new or different view. Any action taken based on these opinions is the responsibility of the reader.

Copyright © 2015 Melis Ann
Original content written by Melis Ann published only on HubPages at the following web address:

http://melisann.hubpages.com/_zu1daahhx0kk/hub/Progress-at-HubPages-Without-Using-Backlinks

Amazon and eBay

At first I only used Amazon, since I'm a fan myself. I then realized that you only receive credit if something is bought on Amazon whereas eBay pays you if a reader just clicks on the product. Dependent on the hub topic of course, some hubs have more product links.

After reading more about what Google likes, there is some question about whether it downgrades hubs that include links to Amazon or eBay. I'm taking a middle ground for now with placing limited links that are very relevant.

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How Long It Takes To Write Hubs

Since my hubs are long, it takes quite a while for me to finally publish. As a busy mother, this is part-time only so I don't have a lot of hubs. Focusing on quality and spending some extra time in promoting each hub hopefully make up for this in total traffic and earnings. My goal is to publish one hub per week. I'm more efficient at it after four months, but it still takes many, many hours to make my hubs complete.

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      Chantelle Porter 2 years ago from Chicago

      I am just starting out adding content so this hub was really useful for me. Thanks! I also try to live as chemical free as possible so I look forwarding to reading more of your hubs.

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      Joanne Lombardo 2 years ago from Prescott AZ

      It is so encouraging to read about your success. Thank you for sharing this valuable information and best wishes for a bright future.

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      Andro Mathewson 4 years ago from Germany

      Thanks for the detailed report. Gave me a great track to compare myself with. Keep it up.

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      Melis Ann 4 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

      Welcome to all the new hubbers that have found my hub on my experiences with HubPages the first 4 months. Best of luck to you and I hope my hub helps you in your endeavors!

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      naturalife 4 years ago from Far Far Away

      Very inspiring hub for a newcomer like me. Thank you.

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      dearmommy 4 years ago

      Great information!!! Going to share and voted up!! Congrats on your success!!

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      theweaksend 4 years ago

      Wow thanks for all of this advice! I already use some of the practices you mentioned so maybe I'm on my way to being successful here too! =)

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      vandynegl 4 years ago from Ohio Valley

      Super information! I plan to use your advice! I'm still doing a lot of researching and reading, since I've only been on HubPages for about a month. Thank you for the information!

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      Heather May 4 years ago from Ohio

      GREAT TIPS!!! Thank you so much for posting your personal information. I am only 3-4 months in myself so these tips are so much appreciated!

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Wow! Thanks for this very inspiring hub, melisa! Keep it up! Voted up and shared.

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from Canada

      Very interesting! Thanks for sharing! I'm fresh and new at this...have only published 5 hubs, and haven't even applied for ads yet. Maybe eventually!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Melis, this is excellent...information! I had the same line of thought regarding Amazon and have not used e-bay, even though I signed up for it. I am a big Amazon user so thought along the same lines as you explained. The number of views and money you earned is also very impressive. This is definitely voted up and shared!

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      Louisa Rogers 4 years ago from Eureka, California and Guanajuato, Mexico

      This is so helpful, as a real newbie (less than a month). I appreciate your candor. My earnings are less than $1.00 so far! (and my score, which I don't even know exactly what is) is dropping... I don't know if that's a serious concern or not. So far I'm just linking to Facebook. I'm going to bookmark this and keep referring back, the info is invaluable. Thanks so much, from another writer in the health/ wellness area.

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      Melis Ann 5 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

      Just as an update the 20,000 views came yesterday. Came much faster with more content published. Thanks again to all my supporters!

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      Melis Ann 5 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

      Thanks g-girl11. HubPages is a great outlet for sharing information and for the supportive community. Who knows what will happen with more time spent and with being proactive. I have high hopes while at the same time enjoying myself. Good luck and welcome to HubPages.

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      g-girl11 5 years ago

      Thank you for all that you shared in this hub. I love being on hubpages and I'm getting so much enjoyment and validation for my writing. I guess that has to be enough, because it doesn't seem like it yields much money for all the time! (Like you, I spend a lot of time on my hubs. ) You are encouraging me to share my hubs, and others' hubs, I will look into that! Voted useful.

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      Melis Ann 5 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

      Appreciate the share and the comment dwachira.

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      Melis Ann 5 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

      Best of luck to you diplorging! It takes a lot of diligence but since your true passion is writing then I think you will really enjoy HubPages. Welcome!

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      diplorging 5 years ago from Serbia

      Thanks for sharing your expirience, I think you are doing it great. I wish I'll be like you in few months!

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      Melis Ann 5 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

      That's very impressive timetraveler2 to have so many views without promotion. That really says something about the way search engines like your hubs. For me, I think many of the topics I want people to read about, most people don't even know to search for them and are surprised with the information when they read it. Hence the need to promote! Thanks for the comment and the support!

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      TIMETRAVELER2 5 years ago

      First, let me congratulate you on having so many page views on so few hubs. I am totally green with envy! I didn't hit 10,000 until the 6 month point and hit payout at about the same time. However, I do no PR...no facebook, twitter...nothing. I don't like those sites and have never felt that they work well. However, I really like your idea about emailing companies that sell products my hubs promote. I wrote a similar hub to yours when I hit my 10,000, but I have many more hubs. However, I am retired and can write often. Bottom line, I am happy for you and hope you continue to do well. I have no doubt that you will.

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Great tips, i think quality and keywords play a major role in hub traffic and even Google prefer quality than lots of backlinks. Thanks a lot for these tips, voted up and shared.

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      Melis Ann 5 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

      Thanks very much JKenny. Hoping things continue to progress. It will be interesting to see how the next several months go!

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      James Kenny 5 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Wow, you're doing really well, and it looks as if you're going to reach payout soon as well, remarkable. May the good times continue for you.

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      Melis Ann 5 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

      Thanks for the follow, the comment, the fan mail and the share peoplepower73! I appreciate the support and glad you found the hub useful.

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      Mike Russo 5 years ago from Placentia California

      Great article, very informative and very well written. I can see you are a quality writer. I like the idea that you have a strategy that is balanced with writing quality hub pages. Thank you for sharing this information. Voting up, useful, and sharing.

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      Melis Ann 5 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

      A compliment coming from you Marisa! I'm interested in learning from your successes.

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      Marisa Wright 5 years ago from Sydney

      You're doing amazingly well for such a new Hubber - well done!

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      Melis Ann 5 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

      Appreciate it 50. I have to agree with the commenting. If the hub deserves it, I like to leave a comment to show my support. Thanks for your feedback!

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      50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

      Your an inspiration to those who need a boost in moral! I'm glad to see this hub and it's totally positive leaning.

      I came to read and do, I'm either kind in comment or don't comment, but I always at the very least vote up regardless, why? because there are many who come here like me and have written grocery lists and that's about it. I'm a firm believer in awarding effort that surpasses mine, (smile).

      I have managed to try to write a few and have been surprised to see the 10,000 mark but at 2.75 years that have been for free and reading my main thing.

      So thanks for this great piece,

      peace,

      50

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      Melis Ann 5 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

      True it is a lot of work, but the reason I'm doing this is not for the money. That is just a bonus and I find it an interesting challenge to learn how to maximize that. The Internet and social networking are the tools I use to share information that I want people to know. HubPages is a great way for me to organize the information I was already spending the time to share with people I care about. The message is the goal as many people are not aware of some of the topics I'm writing about. If I can help one family understand why genetically modified foods, artificial dyes or chemical sunscreens are not healthy then it's worth all the work. It's all about change and the more we all know then change will come. I'm not too sure how that relates to interactions online being petty as it only matters to me that people who want to learn are finding my articles.

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      WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

      I am so glad I read this piece. You have confirmed that social networking is the key to success around here. Too bad for me. If I had the time for it I wouldn't do much. It is weird for an old dog who is used to friends and antagonists in the real world. It is also strange the way people relate to each other on the internet. I have been amazed with how petty and trifling the interactions can be. We must be needy in our modern culture. Something is surely missing.

      You have also helped confirm that I am wasting my time here. That's a lot of work for fifty bucks.

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      Melis Ann 5 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

      It's nice to see feedback from more experienced hubbers jpcmc. I notice you have quite a hub collection and I hope to be there soon!

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Awesome achievement in just a short time.

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      Melis Ann 5 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

      Thanks for the lovely feedback pagesvoice. I hope I can continue providing interesting content about health topics on HubPages for as long as you have been here!

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      Dennis L. Page 5 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      Voted up, awesome, useful and interesting. Bravo and congratulations on a job well done. You have certainly made great strides in a short period of time and you should be commended for your effort. I am impressed with people like you who know where they are going, set their goals and then take the appropriate steps to achieve those goals.

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      Melis Ann 5 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

      Thanks hoov45! Cheers!

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      hoov45 5 years ago from Denham Springs, Louisiana

      I can tell that you will be successful with this approach and continued enthusiasm.

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      Melis Ann 5 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

      p10kabhijita ~ thank you! The HubPages community is a very supportive group.

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      Abhijit Aswath 5 years ago from India

      Sincere and dedicated hub... I loved the way you thanked your followers

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      Melis Ann 5 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

      Thank you dhannyya and hhelen for the visit and encouragement!

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      Melis Ann 5 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

      I agree Kelley. Us moms have to use our time very wisely!

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      hhelen 5 years ago

      Nice hub. I like the fact that you contact companies you write about. I would ask them to link back to my hub with a keyword as well.

      Keep it up.

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      dhannyya 5 years ago

      GREAT HUB..SO SINCERE..VOTED UP, USEFUL..

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Way to go! I'm a busy mom of three boys and also spend lots of time writing hubs. I think it is better for me to produce quality than quantity. Thanks for sharing your experience thus far! Take care, Kelley

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      Melis Ann 5 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

      Cheers NateB11 ~ Thanks for the visit!

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      Melis Ann 5 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

      iamaudraleigh ~ Thank you for the share! As long as we are always striving forward and trying new things then we will succeed!

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      Melis Ann 5 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

      Thank you thoughtabout. I hope these ideas prove useful to you. Best of luck!

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      Nathan Bernardo 5 years ago from California, United States of America

      Great to read about your experience, observations, insights!

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      I am so glad I found your hub! I have been on the hub for 4 months and am doing ok money wise, but could do much better. Your advice is helpful indeed! Voted up and shared!

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      thoughtabout 5 years ago from Somerset, NJ

      This is a great hub. I am new to HP too. I am following your footprint. I have published 10 hubs within a month, and going back to revise and beef them up. I probably will come back several times to this hub in order to try out some of the strategies you laid out. I love that you set very admirable goal to promote health and environment. I wish you much success. I will voted and and mark useful.

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      Melis Ann 5 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

      I hope so Kris ~ thanks!

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      Kris Heeter 5 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks for sharing your statistics and experience with us! I think many hubbers will find it useful!