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Reasons Not to Give Up on HubPages - My Two Year Anniversary

Updated on May 28, 2014
Does HubPages equal money?
Does HubPages equal money? | Source

Can You Still Make Money on HubPages?

Okay, so the title is misleading, as I am writing this hub about ten months after my two year anniversary. My three-year anniversary hub, should I write it, is only a few months away. Still, I feel compelled to mark another year on HubPages with a commemorative hub, no matter how late it is.

In my defense, I've been busy--but aren't we all? I'll admit, too, that it was rather disconcerting when traffic fell drastically last summer--for many months. For the first time since I started getting a monthly payout, I didn't make it one month--and my monthly totals actually went down after going up every month the previous year. I had been really excited to write about my one year progress. Perhaps my tardiness in writing my two-year anniversary hub was affected by the disappointment in dropping traffic at the time that second year rolled around..

I've learned some things since that first year. I learned that summer views dropping seems to be the norm around HubPages, so, as I face another summer coming up, I"m not as freaked out about it. I figure traffic will come up again at some point.

So the bottom line? Yes, money can be made at HubPages. The totals each month may fluctuate, and the amount wil surely be more for some writers than for others. But money can be made. And it is being made.

There are many reasons to give HubPages a chance--and to stick with it.


You've Got to Start Somewhere!

HubPages Can Start a Freelance Career

HubPages is a great place to start a freelance career. When I unexpectedly lost my daily grind of a nine to five job (Who am I kidding? I was set free!) I decided to do something I have always wanted to do. Write, So I decided I was going to be a freelance writer. Through a freelance writing class I went to, I discovered HubPages.

Of course, just HubPages wasn't enough to make a living, but it was a place to start writing and publishing my work. With some part-time teaching and tutoring, plus other random freelancing gigs, I was able to get by. Along the way, I discovered, too, that my freelancing didn't have to evolve around writing, but I could add in other things, such as tutoring, which still allowed me to work primarily from home and write as I wished.

I continued to write on HubPages, regularly, to build my repertoire. The articles I published even helped me get other freelancing gigs. I was contacted by a few different coupon sites over the years to write regular articles. The first one didn't pay a lot--but quite a bit more than a lot of content mills do. The second gig was through Elance and paid well. I was actually contacted by both of these sources as a result of my hubs on HubPages.

At some point, I was also contacted by a law website to write an article advertising their services. This was just a short article for a quick fifteen bucks. It was something different, and I enjoyed writing it. It's neat to see what writing at HubPages can lead to.

HubPages is definitely a place to start writing, learning, networking, and building. . . .

Builds a Portfolio of Writing

Aw, yes, building . . . .

Over time, writing on HubPages builds a portfolio of writing. I've used some of my articles as samples for other jobs on Elance and other places.

A benefit of writing articles on HubPages is that these articles always belong to the writer. Writers are free to take down their articles and move them somewhere else. This is a great advantage, as writers have created ebooks from their hubs or have even published their work in print. I'm planning to eventually move some of my own hubs into ebooks in different areas. I have lots of hubs on my favorite topics: saving money, cooking, pets, English and education, grammar, and poetry. Different topics can be grouped and used for other projects. HubPages is a great place to keep writing articles until you're ready to do something else with them.


Making New and Real Friends

I mentioned networking with other writers, but have I mentioned how many of them have become my friends? Some of them better friends than those I know in person? There are some incredible connections out there to be made. I have made many.

I've found men and women that I have a lot in common with--aspirations and goals, fears, and a myriad of other issues. I have friends all over the world, in the U.S. and beyond, and can usually find a friend (often in a Facebook group) about any time of night if I want to.

I have friends from HubPages all over the country that I hope one day to meet in person. Some hubbers have met in person over the years. I hope that happens to me.


Networking with Other Writers

Anybody who has written at HubPages for just about any length of time knows that networking with other writers is a huge part of HubPages. The community is a big part of HubPages--one of the most important aspects, really.

When I first came to HubPages, I was greeted warmly. Over time, with sharing hubs back and forth, my following grew, as well as those who I followed. I felt like a newbie for a long time, but I still felt very welcomed by the HubPages community. There are many important reasons for the old-timers on HubPages to pay attention to the newbies who come along.

Besides building relationships, networking with other hubbers has led me to other jobs. Sometimes other hubbers will post about different websites, different opportunities a fellow writer might be interested in, or someone might even contact a hubber personally that he or she knows would be interested. Personally, I have also contacted and referred other hubbers to gigs that they ended up taking.

Hubbers can learn from other writers as far as their writing styles and knowledge of resources. Writers can exchange information. They can find illustrators for their books, proofreaders and editors (a function I'm currently serving as on a project with other writers), or other services through their connections on HubPages.


HubPages Traffic

HubPages traffic can rise and fall.
HubPages traffic can rise and fall. | Source

Always Hope of Traffic Resurging

With many things, there is always hope. The same is true for that darn HubPages traffic. I started writing at HubPages in late July of 2011. I heard horror stories of Google's Panda updates when I started. It didn't affect me as much as the old-timers, as it appeared views were going up again. A year or so later, when Panda hit again, it did hit me, but I hung on until traffic came back up.

Maybe those Panda updates help us out over time? I don't know, but I do know that a lot of hubbers who have been on the site longer than I have do keep hanging around. Or they leave only to come back.

There's always hope. At least, I think so. I keep writing now and then, and, when I'm not writing, I revise and tweak my old hubs. It can't hurt.

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Making Money with HubPages

Can You Make Residual Income?

Yes! While income may be up and down, based on updates, the aligning of the stars,and other unknown factors, income is still income. Many hubbbers certainly make more than I, I'm sure. Perhaps they've found the great secret of SEO or keywords. I guess I haven't, but I am still getting a monthly payout almost every month since March of 2012. I'm still building, still learning,, still writing what I want to write.

And, yes, after two years, it's nice to make money on work I've already done. A payout nearly every month, whether I try too hard or not.


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Would I Recommend HubPages to a Friend?

I would definitely recommend HubPages to a friend. For all the reasons above. It's a great place to network and build a portfolio. It's a place to start, a jumping pad, if nothing else. Being a part of HubPages is totally worth the effort.

I will say this: no matter where my freelance career goes, I will always consider HubPages my home base. It's my start, the place I come back to, my writing home. I'm sure that many other hubbers would agree.

Whether you are a long-time hubber or fairly new on the site, I would love to hear your comments on your own feelings about HubPages. Thanks for reading!

© 2014 Victoria Lynn

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      Victoria Lynn 11 months ago from Arkansas, USA

      Margie, that's a bummer! Can you not get Hubpages ads without Google Adsense? Yes, the HP format is nice. I haven't written much in the past year or two. I need to get back into it!

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      Victoria Lynn 12 months ago from Arkansas, USA

      Paul--it took a while, but congratulations for making payout! The best thing, I agree, about HP is the platform and people, but it IS nice to get a payout. Something that helped me was doing 30 hubs in 30 days about 8 or 9 months after I started. That really upped my traffic. Thanks for sharing!

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 12 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Hi Vicki, I have been on Hubpages a few months longer than you and really have not had that many views and earned a respectable amount of money until a few months ago. Just earlier this year, it took me five months to cash out. This month I will cash out after only two months! With a little luck and the stars aligning, I hope to cash out monthly. I agree that HP is a good platform for writing and I really have met a lot of interesting people here. I am sharing this with HP followers.

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      Margie Lynn 12 months ago from Beautiful Texas Hill Country

      Great article! I am not really doing well money wise, mainly because I do not have Google Adsense. My account was disabled, so it get kinda discouraging. I love the format for writing on Hubpages!

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      Victoria Lynn 15 months ago from Arkansas, USA

      Effer! It's been too long! Yes, we've been here 5 years now. Sorry your enthusiasm has waned. Mine has somewhat. I haven't written a hub in a long, long time. Maybe I'll do a 5 year update! I'm sorry your ego has been harmed. I'm intrigued about your 5 year hub. I'm heading over there to read it!

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      Victoria Lynn 15 months ago from Arkansas, USA

      Happymommy--The monthly payouts are nice! Gosh--I just reached 5 years! I need to write a new hub!

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      Paula 15 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Vee! This is my third comment to this thread. I last posted 9 months ago.....now we are here 5 years! Does time fly or what GF?

      So much changes as life goes on, doesn't it? My hugely positive attitude toward our mutual site has unfortunately waned. (I won't get into a long spiel ~~my Hub "Five Years a Swave," pretty much explains the condition of my attitude these days.)

      Oh but I still hang in here for my peeps. It's been so long since you & I have bumped into one another. I'm simply not here anywhere near as much as I once was. My enthusiasm is in the toilet, along with my profile score. My muse & I have had our ego harmed. We're pouting.

      I'm heavily into home projects at this time of year, so I'm keeping as busy as always. Hope that you are well, Vee....and enjoying your summer. I'll try to keep in touch more often! Love, Effer

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      Amy 15 months ago from East Coast

      I really enjoyed this Hub. I love how you shared your experience of how Hubpages has helped your career through networking. I am now making a monthly payout and it helps my family a great deal. Most of us are on a budget and money made by Hubpages for not doing much can bless our families a great deal. Beautifully written!

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Yes! Congrats to us both! Here's to year 5!

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Hey, peachpurple. 5 years! Wow! I've been here 4 now. I should write another anniversary hub!

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I agree! HubPages is an excellent way to begin freelancing or just plain express yourself and have fun. I just celebrated my 4th year. Congratulations to us both.

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Effer! So great to hear from you! Sorry I haven't responded sooner. I, too, miss the hubbers who were here who encouraged me in the beginning. Some are still here, like Sunshine, but not all. And yes, we have had good, and not so good, changes. But I still love HubPages and consider it home. I get a regular monthly payout, and that is very cool. Plus I have built a portfolio of articles--and have made cool friends like you!

      I hope you are always here, as I plan to be in some way! I need to write more. But at least I'm still here, as are you! Good to see you, girlfriend!

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      stricktlydating--5 years! Congratulations!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      I had been here for 5 years, a long way , low income but I don't mind as long as my account is still active

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Audrey, I feel the same away. I always come back to HubPages. I haven't written anything much in the past year, but I need to. I need to write a 4 year anniversary hub. I missed year 3! But I have some more insights, I think, to share! And I'm always glad to see you, dear Audrey!

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Hey Vee......A return visit, because when I spotted your Title, it grabbed the attention of my new frame of mind.

      The mood is a tad melancholy lately. I've thought so much about the numerous hubbers we have lost from so many originals I recall as a newbie. They were all so fabulously talented, FUN and helpful. I miss them

      There have been so many changes. Some have been good changes that were promised to make our entire site "better." Surely, by the enormous flow of writer thoughts & feedback, there have also been changes we've been unhappy with, yet have no recourse.

      The main thread (literally!) remains the one major treat around here that keeps us hanging on: EACH OTHER.

      I can't help but begin to realize that even that may just not be enough anymore. It's that thought that leaves me a little sad, but simply can't be ignored.

      It's good to see your face girlfriend. Hoping all is well with you, I'm sending hugs. Peace, Paula/Effer

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      StricktlyDating 2 years ago from Australia

      I'm still still hanging in here too 5 years now! This Hub was a great read and I could really relate to the feelings you expressed.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      What an insightful and wonderful hub Vicki. There are many advantages to sticking it out with hub pages. I like and agree with your comments. On a personal level, this site has been a blessing for me. Hub Pages will always be my home.

      Audrey

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      sujaya--Thanks for the feedback!

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      sujaya venkatesh 2 years ago

      a wide range of interests hubbed together

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      I will look forward to it.

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      You're welcome, Rachel. I understand that HP is a nice escape, too. I need to get back into writing hubs. I read a few hubs now and then, and respond to comments, but I haven't written a hub in months!

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Thanks for the encouragement, Victoria. I do enjoy HubPages. It takes me away from life's problems sometimes.

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Hi, Rachel! Glad you're at HubPages! It's a great way to create a portfolio of your writing and network with other writers. I started out making just pennies per day. I think my first payout was after 9 months. Then I would get them every other month or more. Since I started making payouts, it's most months,except for a few low times in the summer months. It's nice to have something coming in now even when I don't write. Keep writing! I recommend this place. :-)

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Victoria, I was happy to see and read your hub. I am only on it for 5 or 6 months. I don't have a great following yet and I was concerned to see my views drop this past couple of weeks. do you remember how long it took for you to get monthly payments? I only made about $2 so far. I try to make my hubs as good as I can, but not much success so far. I do love it though. At my age, there isn't much else I can do with my arthritis but I still can use my mind and I love creating something of my own, which I consider my hubs to be. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and views. Voted up.

      Blessings to you.

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      pstraubie48--The money is nice, but there are lots of reasons to stay with HubPages! And thanks for the angels!

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      You said it well Victoria...there are multiple reasons to write here. Money is not the big draw for me; I actually make very little but the network of lovely writers, interesting, and helpful articles keeps me coming back.

      It is a site I do recommend to friends and acquaintances.

      Angels are on the way to you today ps

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Yes, CL Mitchell, I'm actually doing better on HP than I ever have, even though I haven't written much lately. Thanks for reading! Keep the hope!

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      C L Mitchell 2 years ago

      Thanks for your honest and insightful hub. As a newbie and in a similar situation as you were when you started, its good to see that things worked out for you. It brings me hope.

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I'm glad you're back, peachpurple! It's worth staying. There are lots of perks!

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      marieryan--I'm glad you enjoy writing here. But why haven't you made a single penny? Are you signed up for Google AdSense and the HubPages Ad Program?

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i never give up on hubpages. For 5 years, i am in and out. I was out of HP for 2 years and then came back again

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      Marie Ryan 2 years ago from Andalusia, Spain

      Thanks for giving a bit of motivation, Victoria. I also am a bit of a veteran...I come and go on Hubpages, depending mainly on my personal circumstance at the time. After years on Hubpages, (but only 30 hubs!) I have not made a single penny! But I enjoy writing these hubs so much when I actually DO write them and get one or two comments as a result, it feels it is really all worth it in the end!

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Martie--I've never found any job to be easy, Martie! Thanks for commenting. :-)

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      Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

      Earning an income via writing is not the easiest occupation in the world, but now I wonder what is the easiest? Dropping of views is quite distressing. Great, encouraging hub! Thanks, victorialynn :)

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      brakel2/Audrey--I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. Yes, I've been here a bit over 3 years. Nice to see a new "old timer"!

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      Audrey Selig 2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Vicky - This article tells it like it is, and will help newbies on the site. Old timers like me enjoy it too. It does get frustrating at times, but hubbers become addicted to it. It is so great that you have obtained other work because of your writing ability. You must be here around three years, and congrats on your success. Blessings, Audrey

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      aseta1--Keep on trudging! And welcome to HubPages!

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      kaiyan--You give some good tips. Thanks for reading and sharing your comments!

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      Mary Norton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Just moved here I am really feeling like a newbie. So far, I like what I'm reading. I'll keep your advice in mind as I trudge on.

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      kaiyan717 3 years ago from West Virginia

      I have to agree with your benefits of Hubpages. Now we all love a month of viral activity, however the fact a little money comes in each month is nice. I do some freelancing on Odesk, kind of like Elance and all I use is a link to my profile. These are tried and true articles on a public forum that they can browse through depending on their own needs. Makes the proposal process super easy and I think it has helped me get many jobs. I have noticed that on here, most of my hits come from social networking. It is very volatile, but depends on Google less. Great write, pinned.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      You're welcome, firstday! Welcome to HubPages. It's a great place to be!

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      You're welcome, cpaldridge. And welcome to HubPages!

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      R Beggs 3 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Thanks for writing something possible and refreshing. Something a newbie like me can seek their teeth into.

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      Nancy Owens 3 years ago from USA

      Wow! This comments section is super long. So many people have shared their thoughts here. Yes. You are right. Being here is definitely worth it.

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      Christy Aldridge 3 years ago from MS

      Great and helpful hub! I am fairly new, and it really helps to benefit from the wisdom of experienced hubbers like yourself! Thanks!

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Karen--I totally agree! Nuff said!

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      CatherineG--All those are great reasons for staying on at HP. I didn't get my first payout until after 8 months or so. :-) And that was after a LOT of hubs!

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Audrey--I'm glad you are still here, too! There are plenty of reasons to be here, I'm sure we'll agree. And I certainly enjoy your poetry!

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      rajan--I agree that HP will always be special to me, too. You've really found a niche with your health hubs. I think that's wonderful! Great to see you still here, too!

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      This is great. Thanks for reminding me about why I love HubPages. This was where I started my freelance writing career as well and I keep earning a residual income from it. I will always love HubPages for the opportunities I have gained from it, the friends I have made here, and the continual monthly payments. What's not to love? Good job!

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      Catherine Giordano 3 years ago from Orlando Florida

      Thank you for your inspirational hub. I'm coming up on my 3-month anniversary. no payout yet--not even close. But I'm staying because I enjoy the writing, I'm building my writing skills, and I'm starting to feel like I am making friends.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      I am so glad to see you still here! I think your question is one we oldsters think about from time to time--how can we make money here and what are the reasons we are here? I am so happy with the community here although poetry will probably never make money for me anywhere--but writing friends are the best

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Victoria, I agree wholly with you about hubpages and I have been on this site for just over 3 years. This has been my first writing experience and I believe I have improved as a writer though I write mostly health related hubs.

      I'm happy that I have had a payout every month since the first one with increasing payouts as time goes by.

      Hubpages will always remain special to me.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      MG Singh--That's odd that you went down to zero in earnings. I'm sure things will turn around. I've been down in earnings and views at times, and then it comes back. HubPages is still a great place to showcase your work. No reason to leave! Stay around!

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Favored--I'm glad you feel welcome here. You should! We were all newbies at one time. :-)

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      MG Singh 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for writing this post Lynn. However the fact is I have given up already on hubpages.com. Last month I earned0.46 dollars and in August my earnings is ZERO despite 1800 page views. There is no explanation for it. Earlier earned$ 4/5 per month. I think hubpages is sinking and I have left.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      I'm glad to read that newbies count :) You have made us feel so welcome and I am grateful for that. It's also good to know that it is possible to have income on a regular basis despite some of the slow traffic months.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      CherylsArt--Thanks so much! I'm glad you're here. Welcome! I hope you like HubPages and trust you will. :-)

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      It's nice to read your article. I'm a newbie transplant from Squidoo, and like what I've seen so far. : )

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      carter06 Good to hear from you! It does seem to make a difference in traffic to revise and freshen up hubs. Funny, I wrote this two year anniversary hub about half a year or more late, and it's still circulating when it's time for my three year anniversary hub!!!

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      Mary 3 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks for writing this Victoria..you have expressed my sentiments exactly.. although I'm not writing here as much now preferring to concentrate on writing novels instead but really appreciate a place to write articles when I want..thanks too for the reminder to tweak and revise, must get onto that..Awesome hub, votes and shared..Cheers

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Yes, movielardatadare! Get to writing--and do tweak and revise every now and then! Good luck!

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      movielardatadare 3 years ago from Texas

      Totally awesome hub! I personally don't get a payout. But then again, I should spend more time writing hubs and tweaking them. I'm sure if I get more dedicated, over time I'll start getting a constant payout. Guess I better get to writing more, huh, Vicki?! Awesome hub, voted up. Peace!

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      CyberShelley--I'm sure if you keep at it you will eventually make payout! :-)

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      Shelley Watson 3 years ago

      Hi Victoria, So enjoyed reading this article of yours. Glad to know there are ways of making money if you keep at it. Enjoy the social side of HubPages very much, so I'll keep writing and hope to reach a monthly payout at some stage!

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Raimer--Welcome to HubPages! Keep on writing, and I'm sure you will achieve some level of success!

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      Raimer Gel 3 years ago

      I am a newbie in Hubpages. Indeed, never give up! Thanks for inspiring.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Awesome, JL! Looking forward to reading it!

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      James Bowden 3 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Victoria:

      Actually thanks for that next article idea. I'll put it together over the long weekend. So it's set then - an article about using Scrivener as the Writers companion! (; Thanks again for the idea.

      James

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Hey, Jim, my eyes have been bad since I was 12, but I have glasses and am now about in need of bifocals. LOL. I've never heard of the program you mentioned. How does it help to write articles? Perhaps you should write your next new hub about that to explain it to all of us! :-)

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      James Bowden 3 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Yes, you will see some good articles from me soon - I promise! (: Just picked up a new 21 inch Android Tablet/Combo monitor, which will help me concentrate more on my work. I am using a program called Scrivener, to write some of my articles on.

      If you have ever heard of that program? it's not a bad program, but particularly great if you want to write a memoir, or full length novel on. Great writing tool to have, and it's affordable enough to download to your own PC.

      It especially helps to have a larger screen, than the standard laptop size screen to work on. Particularly when you have eyes like mine. That are not as good as they used to be. If you know what I mean Victoria?

      Jim

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Jl. I hope you're right. I really appreciate your encouragement. And yeah, writing is great therapy. See you soon. I hope to see some new stuff from you, too! :-)

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      James Bowden 3 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Thanks Victoria - things will work out, they always do. So hang in and do what you really love, which is the writing. I find it to be great psychotherapy as well! (; See you around the community.

      Jl

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Jlbowden--Good to see you again! I'm glad the hub helped rekindle something in you! I need to contribute more often, as well. I appreciate what you said about my being on my way to a freelance career (lucrative, even!) So far I've been struggling with teaching to pay the bills, so the writing part is just a small part of my existence these days. I'm looking for ways to share it and publish some things when the time is right. Welcome back!!!

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      James Bowden 3 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Ditto! (;

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Lady G. :-)

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      James Bowden 3 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Victoria:

      I've been out of the writing loop for a bit, so I figured the best way to get back into the loop is to begin by commenting on a few of my fellow writers articles - like this one you wrote here to share with other hubbers.

      And I do have to admit, you put together one great article, as well as an interesting one at that! Thanks for rekindling my inner writing soul if you will, with some great tips and ideas that I digested in this article.

      I'll try to be a bit more interactive by trying to read a few more of your articles and other writer's here that contribute on a regular basis. And most importantly write a few more of my own articles, if I can sometime organize my time better.

      But you said it in a nutshell, when you mentioned that you always come back to home base. I feel the same way about Hubpages as you do and it's a great place to start a freelance career. Whether your an experienced writer, or a beginner.

      And you're certainly on your way to a lucrative freelance career - can see it in all your wonderful articles that you published write here. Welcome to home base! - Me Too!! (;

      Jim

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Randy, I wouldn't think there would be an unforgivable sin, but oh well. You've probably got better things to do than hang out in the forums. :-)

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      mdscoggins--Glad you're back! You're right; HP can lead to other things, so that's great, huh?

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      Debra Allen 3 years ago from West By God

      Victoria Lynn Me too, me too.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Lady G--I hate to hear about cliques--at any place where I'm involved. I hate stuff like that. Glad you're here, though. Maybe your hubs will take off one of these days!

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Apparently it was the unknown unforgivable sin that did me in, Victoria. Asking hard questions about certain HP actions. That and they didn't understand what a joke consisted of. I assume my ban from the forums is permanent. No big deal though, the forums are almost dead compared to a few years ago. Some fascinating--and hub inspiring--conversations back then. Oh well...

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Randy--Aw, not like your sense of humor? That stinks! Do they mean that you have no hope of EVER reinstated? Did you commit an unforgiveable sin? LOL. So sorry. Tis a pity. At least you make some bucks, huh? Thanks for the input, Randy!

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      Michelle Scoggins 3 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Thank you Vicki. I took a break from HP for awhile since I was not noticing huge traffic. Now I am back and hope to make a second go of it. It is refreshing to see that HP can lead to other gigs and options beyond earning on this site. Voted Up.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Anamika--I agree with your three reasons. I'm sticking with it, too. Watching and waiting (and writing a bit in-between) is always good!

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      Debra Allen 3 years ago from West By God

      HP plays favorite and they like their little cliques that is for sure. Google on the other hand don't like anyone who wants to make money. I have been here 6 years now and still do not make money here as well as others. I even had one hubber help me by doing a adsense word search and it did nothing to help my score or my income here. I am still here though. I like the friends here and the ease of writing platform and the ease of finding those who have commented on a hub or I theirs. This month so far I have made a whopping $6.03. Whoopy doodoo!

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Apparently HP was not amused with my sense of humor, Victoria. According to HP my "posting privileges are not scheduled to be reinstated." They do like the money I earn them but don't care much for my input apparently. LOL! And besides, the forums are dead compared to the "old days." More's the pity!

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      Anamika S 3 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      I do not want to give up on HubPages for 3 reasons. 1) I am yet to find a good writing site like HubPages 2) Despite of the numerous Google mood swings, I still make money here 3) If I delete my hubs and publish it elsewhere, it will become duplicate content as majority of my hubs are stolen or duplicated by online thieves.

      HubPages is not my primary source of income. But still... Why kill a goose that gives golden eggs? I am sure HubPages would recover and I would be motivated to publish more hubs here. Till then, I will watch and wait.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Randy--I love to hear the old-timers' chime in! I would love to make a few hundred per month, so I'm hanging in there. Plus, it's a good place tow write and share articles. Sorry you're banned from the forums. Don't they ever let you back in? ;-)

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      As a 5 year veteran of HP, I've experienced the ups and downs of this site and I'm still here. When I first started writing here there some who made thousands of dollars a month and I soon learned the ropes a bit myself. However, HP management allowed too much junk--hubs with bad medical advice, Indian Auntie Hubs, illegible spelling, etc--google finally slapped HP silly and many writers left because of the way HP handled things.

      The first Panda attack affected even those of us who wrote informative how-to articles along with those of spammy hard-sell writers. Our views dropped literally overnight and stayed that way for almost two years before regaining their previous ranking in the SERPS.

      It does pay to be patient as I now earn hundreds each month on a few Hubs written years ago. I'd write more if I wasn't banned from the forums. Just my own form of protest against HP. lol!

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      teaches--And I'm late in responding! I'm glad you're here, too, and have learned from you, as well. You are one of the most encouraging people I know. Glad we can share the journey!

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      VirginiaLynne--I wish I could hit some more lucrative hubs like you have! $8000! That's incredible. How do you do it? You should write a hub about that. I'm happy to make payout! I would love to find a way to make more here, as I enjoy it, but I need to make a living, too. Thanks for your input. It's very helpful!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I'm late in reading about this wonderful milestone in your life. Congrats! I'm so glad you are here. I've learned so much from your writing. Thanks for the inspiration and encouragement shared.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      turuthfornow--Yeah, it's great to come back here even when we don't have much time. We still know it's all here--and our friends, too--for us!

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      mary, I do the same thing. I always come back. Thanks for reading!

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      rasta1--That statement is so true! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      prairieprincess--yes, it DOES seem like such a short time ago. I'm so glad we met! There are many excellent reasons to stay around at HubPages. -)

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      Virginia Kearney 3 years ago from United States

      Glad my friend prairie princess shared your Hub. You give a lot of good encouragement and practical advice. I've been here just over 3 years and like you went through the apprenticeship program. I'm now coaching my husband who wants to start writing here too. I lucked out at finding a few topics which get a lot of good traffic and I've been able to build on those. In year 2, I made $8,000. That isn't enough to quit my day job, but it seems enough that I now tell people I "write online" as a part-time job. I have about 300 Hubs (having taken off about 20 that never saw much traffic) and I write 4-6 new ones a month. Like you, I also have done other writing for money. I've written copy for websites through Interact Media, which makes me about $10 an hour. So I would echo your encouragement that people who are dedicated can make a part-time income online.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Good luck, mbuggieh! I hope that they will give you some useful information. :-)