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Taking a Vacation and Still Earning Money With HubPages

Updated on September 26, 2017
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Karen Hellier is a freelance writer and eBay entrepreneur. She happily lives in the mountains of North Georgia with her husband and her dog.

Taken while on a Panama Canal cruise...earning residual income on Hub Pages while relaxing on the Panama Canal!
Taken while on a Panama Canal cruise...earning residual income on Hub Pages while relaxing on the Panama Canal! | Source


I just returned from a 28-day cruise to Hawaii and the South Pacific. I have been a member of HubPages for ten months. My schedule had been very stressful before this vacation, so I made a promise to myself that while I was away, I would not go on HubPages at all. I wanted to see how successful I could be at making money while I was on vacation. Of course, if you have ever been on a cruise and bought a time package of minutes to use the internet while on a cruise, you know it costs a lot of money and that was another deciding factor in my staying away from HubPages while I was gone. I always have enjoyed the idea of earning money through a residual income while sleeping, and now wanted to try it while I was on vacation. I was gone for 31 days...one month. I recorded my statistics before leaving. Now I have returned and was quite excited about checking my statistics. But now that I have seen them, I am disappointed. On 10/16/2012, I recorded my statistics as:

Hub Pages, 10/16/12 Hub Pages, 11/17/12

Number of Published Hubs: 128 ------ Number of Published Hubs: 128

Past 30 days of Hub Views: 8,514 ------ Past 30 Days of Hub Views: 4,930

Past 7 Days of Hub Views: 1,432 ------ Past 7 Days of Hub Views: 1,079

Number of Followers: 310 ------ Number of Followers: 348

I can't actually write my earning here, due to the Hubpages rules, but my earnings for the 30 days I was away ended up only being a little more than one-half of what I had earned during the month I was active on Hubpages.

My traffic dropped a huge amount over the month-long period, in fact, it was less by almost 50%. And I earned almost 50% less as well. I was surprised to see that I still gained 38 followers even though I was away. That was great news.

What this experiment proves to me then is that HubPages is a great way to earn extra money, but needs promotion and activity on the site by the hub authors to have the potential of earning the optimum amount of money available to them. Without my being active on the site, the number of views I received went down significantly. HubPages needs writers who continue to be active members of this community, as well as promote their work as I usually promote my work on Facebook and Pinterest. All in all, I am very happy to know that I can make money at HubPages even when I do need a break and go on vacation. There are not many other types of opportunities out there for that. And while I did not venture onto the HubPages website while I was gone, I did bring my computer and wrote hubs to publish when I returned, so although financially my HubPages account took a hit, I will hopefully make up for it by publishing the hubs I wrote on the cruise. Only time will tell, but I must say I have missed the HubPages community. Although the cruise was a once in a lifetime experience, now that I am back, I am happy to be back here with my HubPages friends.


* Since I wrote this hub, I have gone on four more extended cruises, and earned residual money on HubPages because the internet on the ships I went on cost between 65 and 75 cents a minute and takes 5 to 10 minutes just to even get a connection! My husband and I went to the Panama Canal for 15 days, Copenhagen, Denmark for 12 days, and to Northern Europe for 15 days, which included London, Paris, and Amsterdam. I still earned money even though I did not write any new hubs during those cruises due to the expense of accessing the internet while on a cruise ship. I am just so happy that HubPages allows us to earn residual income.


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Seeing the sites in Copenhagen, Denmark while earning money at Hub Pages!
Seeing the sites in Copenhagen, Denmark while earning money at Hub Pages! | Source
The author, taking a break from cruising fun to work on a hub in my stateroom! This was on the cruise to Hawaii... notice the shirt!
The author, taking a break from cruising fun to work on a hub in my stateroom! This was on the cruise to Hawaii... notice the shirt! | Source
On a cruise stop in Ponta DelGada on San Miguel Island in the Azores.
On a cruise stop in Ponta DelGada on San Miguel Island in the Azores. | Source
On a boat on the Seine River in Paris on a cruise stop...yep, earning money on Hub Pages!
On a boat on the Seine River in Paris on a cruise stop...yep, earning money on Hub Pages! | Source
Enjoying a water show on The Royal Princess Cruise ship while earning money on Hub Pages!
Enjoying a water show on The Royal Princess Cruise ship while earning money on Hub Pages! | Source

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      PegCole17,

      Thanks. I love to inspire people so that's quite the compliment. And yes, we did have a great time. Thanks for the comment on the shirt too!

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This is what readers want to hear about the Hub Pages experience! It stimulates others to think about residual income and the reward of vacationing while earning money. That is truly inspirational. And it stimulates more writing and more interaction with the community.

      Sounds like you had a great time on vacation. And the shirt is quite lovely.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      I just went on another 2 week vacation and this time earned $11.21 from Hub Pages, without actually ever even checking in on the site. I also made $10.04 from my personal blog, but I did publish 6 blog entries during the time I was away. It's nice to make money while on vacation, and through hub Pages, I didn't have to do anything to earn it. I LOVE Hub Pages for that reason and many others!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Careermommy,

      You are welcome. My earnings have gone up since then writing this. When I returned from my trip, I was only making about 50 cents per day. Two months later, I am back up to making somewhere between 75 - 80 cents each day. I think it's a combination of adding more hubs, and being on Hub Pages more frequently. My goal is to get back up to $1 per day asap...and then to infinity and beyond, as Buzz Lightyear would say!!! Thanks for commenting!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Karen, as a relatively new Huber this was very helpful information. Thanks for posting this!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      tota love,

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I hope you are able to do it, and then can write a hub about your experience as well!

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      reham 4 years ago

      Well done Karen

      I'm also thinking of doing the same thing and take a vacation to enjoy

      And I am very happy to read this article

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      bodylevive,

      Thanks for your kind comment. I am all over the place in terms of what I write about. Maybe I have too many interests??? LOL, but I seem to never be at a loss for the next hub idea. Not yet anyway. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      charlynjune,

      Thanks for reading and leaving a comment. I have high hopes for the future that the more hubs I write, the more money I will make. Time will tell. I think we need to get up to at least 400 hubs before we will see real money from Hub Pages. Well, I have always loved a good challenge! I am working on hitting 150 by my one year anniversary date of 1/12/2013, and getting another 150 published by the end of my second year. The best way for me to do that is to participate in a few 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenges throughout the year. Really boosts the hub numbers and keeps me motivated throughout the year. Good luck!

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      Charlyn June 4 years ago from Philippines

      Your story is an encouragement for me to continue hubbing and creating regular posts.. Thanks for sharing.. Congratulations on having a one-month vacation and still earned.. I can't wait to see my earning stats too.. got to write more posts this time..

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      BODYLEVIVE 4 years ago from Alabama, USA

      After prancing around on your hubs, I decided to tell you that I enjoyed them. Everyone needs a vacation and I'm ready for one. Just out of my state would be fine.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Word Pools,

      Thanks so much for your comment. I am realizing that part of the problem is probably due to lowered page views for everyone lately. Oh well, any money I make is better than no money. Thanks for dropping by.

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      Word Pools 4 years ago from United States of America

      Welcome back! I hope you enjoyed your vacation. It is good to know that you made residual income while you were away, but it is disappointing that it was lower than your normal revenue. Hopefully over time the numbers will increase.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Hm, good point Learning in Life. I will have to check them again once I publish more hubs. Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      tillsontitan,

      Thanks for the welcome back. I did really miss the Hub Pages community while I was gone. Glad to be back, although the trip was wonderful!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      teaches12345,

      Thanks for reading and commenting. Yes, it was fun to figure out that I earned on Hub Pages without doing a thing. And I did see the stats dropping before I left. I think if I had gone away a few months earlier, I would have made more money, but I am here for the long haul so to me, any money is better than no money!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Great to know that it is possible to earn money even on vacation. I am not a big earner on HP, but I do enjoy the community and the chance to write. Good advice and tips.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Welcome back or should I say Aloha? How lucky you were to take a 30 day cruise!! My views and earnings have been down since September and I've been here writing away! Could just be a 'slumpy' time...on the other hand, think about it...you didn't write anything or go on hubpages for 30 days and still had viewers and earnings. I'd say that's pretty good!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Megan Sisko 5 years ago from SW Florida

      Even though you made less than normal, it was nice to know you made something. I would be interested to see your stats after you cruise hubs are published.

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      pstraubie48,

      Well, I hope you have a wonderful cruise. They are such fantastic vacations. I don't think your page on Hub Pages will just melt away. Especially if you pop in while you're away. Please write a hub about your cruise when you get back. I love to read about other people's cruises, the ship went on, etc. It's always good info. to pack away for a future cruise when I read about port excursions, different ships, etc. Have fun!

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      bdegiulio,

      Thanks for the shout out about my stats. They aren't as good as I would like of course, but certainly better than they were when I started 10 months ago. And not as good as they will be a year from now!

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      somethgblue,

      I had to laugh at your description of your articles. I guess that you and your friend prove that there is an audience for all different types of writing. Well, except for bad writing I guess! Were there changes made while I was soaking up the sun? I wasn't sure but I did think I saw a drop in the views in early October before I left. Still, it was nice to see I was making something while I was away. Thanks for your noteworthy comments!

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      dwachira,

      Yes, I did think I noticed a bit of a slump in traffic before I left . Had my vacation taken place in an earlier month, the results might have been different, but still it was fun to track it anyway. Thanks for dropping by.

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      Nora411,

      Yes, and when we are making more earnings, we will see more money even when we are away. I am anxiously awaiting that day!!!

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      wetnosedogs,

      I missed hub pages while I was away, but it was nice to have that time away. I feel like I have been in the Twilight Zone though. We left before Halloween and at the airport were greeted with Christmas tress...wow, talk about a time warp! Thanks for your comment.

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      Jools99,

      Well, when both you and I do become, "big earners" we will make MORE money while we are on vacation. Just not as much as when we are working at it daily! Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      shinginirisheyes,

      Thanks for your comment. And yes, I certainly did enjoy my vacation fully! I had planned to do this hub on the stats way before I left and was really looking forward to doing the comparison. Easily entertained I guess! :0)

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      It also proves how creative and interesting you are as a writer. I am glad to know you enjoyed your vacation fully. What a unique way to reflect how well someone can do on Hub even when they are lounging in the South Pacific! Great read and extremely effective.

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      Patricia Scott 5 years ago from sunny Florida

      Thanks for sharing. I am going on a short cruise by comparison...seven days and will be leaving Saturday. I am going to use the internet...it is expensive but ...well, it will keep me out of the casinos. This was interesting information you shared. I am not making nearly as much as you are each month so if I do not write while I am gone my page on HP may just melt away and slosh around in cyberspace. Sending Angels your way :)ps

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      Bill De Giulio 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Karen. Very interesting hub. I also went on vacation back in Sept for 2 weeks and wondered how I would do while I was away. I had the same sentiment upon returning when I discovered that my traffic had dropped sharply. Some of it may be due to the Google changes but I think inactivity also plays a role as you discovered. Great to see some actual stats.

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      somethgblue 5 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      Now to be fair we all have experienced a significant drop in page views whether active or not due to some changes that were made while you soaking in the Sun while the rest of us down trodden workers suffered through our miserable lives.

      However I have talked to other hubbers that have see an increase so who knows . . . my PV's dropped sharply for about a week than jumped back to the average.

      It is always fun to see how other writers are fairing so that we can compare notes and it would be interesting to see an all time list, although after 14 months I expected to be well over 100,000 PV's, instead I'm just now clearing 80,000.

      However I don't write flu-flu articles either and challenge my readers to actually think, I know another writer who started at the same time I did and she is well over 250,000 but she writes flu-flu fluff pieces that housewives love to read.

      My stuff is more doom and gloom conspiracy, end of the world, were all gonna die horrible grisly deaths type stuff so you really got to be in the no hope for humanity mood to read them!

      Great article I'm sorry you didn't come back and find Island buying money in your Pay Pal account.

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi Karen,

      Welcome back to HP from Hawaii, i hope you enjoyed the cruise. And what a nice way to be away and still be earning, am sure you could have earned more weren't it for the slump in traffic lately on HP...while you were away :)

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      Nora411 5 years ago from Chicago, IL

      I also just took a 2 week vay-kay and noticed a huge drop in views and earnings. Interesting that it happens to a lot of us. I guess you are right, we have to stay active and keep promoting to keep our earnings up :)

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      wetnosedogs 5 years ago from Alabama

      nice to have you back from vacation. Hope it was a fun, safe cruise. Thanks for sharing your earnings, etc.

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Karen, Interesting hub! I recently had 2 weeks vacation in Mexico and noticed the same thing. I am fairly active most days on HP, reading others hubs and sharing ones I enjoy and I certainly noticed a drop in money when I returned from vacation. Like you, I am not a 'big earner' so that was not the end of the world but I think it made me realise the importance of staying active on the site as much as possible.