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Taking a Vacation and Still Earning Money With Hub Pages
I just returned from a 28-day cruise to Hawaii and the South Pacific. I have been a member of Hub Pages 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 Hub Pages 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 Hub Pages 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 actually 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 quite 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
Earnings for the previous 30 Days: $35.53--- Earnings For the Previous 30 Days: $18.96
This means I earned $16.57 less than I had the previous month. My earnings for the previous month, from August through September, were $38.75, similar to what I made the 30 days before I left. 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 Hub Pages 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. I know this is not a lot but fits where I am at in my life at the moment. All in all, I am very happy to know that I can make money at Hub Pages 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 Hub Page website while I was gone, I did bring my computer and wrote hubs to publish when I returned, so although financially my Hub Page 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 Hub Page 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 Hub Page friends.
* Since I wrote this hub, I have gone on four more extended cruises, and earned residual money on Hub Pages 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 Hub Pages allows us to earn residual income.