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Updated on January 30, 2016
My First Year at HubPages
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My First Year At HubPages

On December 10th 2012 I reached an important milestone – my first year at HubPages. I've enjoyed reading the first year accounts of other hubbers, so I thought that this was a good time to add my own. The one year mark is a great time to reflect upon my HubPages experience, and to analyze what I've learned, and what I hope to accomplish during the next few years. That's right, I said the next few years because I've decided that HubPages is something that I would like to be into for the long haul. I enjoy this site for the following reasons:

  1. HubPages offers a wonderful variety of capsules that help authors make their hubs more structured and visually appealing.

  2. HubPages offers plenty of useful tutorials.

  3. HubPages has a great community of writers, with active forums.

  4. The HubPages staff is very helpful and responsive.

Off to a Slow Start

It took me quite some time before I started to write regularly for HubPages. The only other writing site that I have ever been involved in is Yahoo, and I wanted to branch out and explore different opportunities. I joined Hubpages in December of 2011, and moved one of my travel articles from Yahoo to HubPages because the article wasn't getting much traffic on Yahoo. Although I had deleted the article on Yahoo, I got a duplicate warning on HubPages. I sought out the help of the HubPages staff, and told them that the article was deleted on Yahoo. They responded immediately, and informed me that even though I had deleted it, it could possibly still be showing up on Yahoo. After informing Yahoo about the problem, all was well, and the HubPages staff took off the duplicate flag. I was impressed with how helpful and friendly the HubPages staff were during the incident.

Since my husband and I travel in the winter, I didn't really bother much with my writing until July of 2012. During the winter months, I took my time learning the mechanics of the HubPages interface, and how each capsule worked. I also read many articles on SEO. By the time June rolled around, I had only written 2 hubs, but I was really enjoying the writings of other Hubbers. You can find so many excellent writers on HubPages, and I found it helpful to look at the articles that I enjoyed and think about what made them good Hubs. Many writers talk about writer's block, but I think I was actually suffering from reader's block. By the time July rolled around, I figured that I should get in gear and start to write more Hubs.

Finally - I got a 100 hubber score!
Finally - I got a 100 hubber score! | Source

My First Year Goals

I realized early on that I wouldn't make much money immediately, so my goals weren't monetary. I decided to focus on three things:

  1. Strengthen my writing skills
  2. Learn more about on-line writing, including SEO.
  3. Find out what my niche was.

I tried to pick subjects that were of genuine interest to me, and that I enjoyed researching and writing about. I found that I was drawn to writing articles about traveling (since my husband and I travel for about 6 months out of the year), medical and health issues, technology (since I'm a former software designer/developer), the impact of science on society, and politics (especially activism). So far I've only managed to write 24 Hubs (not including this one), not very impressive compared to the huge number that I see others writing. I know that I could write more, and I may decide to up my game in the future. However, I'm retired, and this is not a full-time job for me. Right now I'm happy with writing for the love of it and to make a little extra money. I was thrilled that I finally received a hubber score of 100 in November. I feel that I've accomplished my goals for this year, and that I've written enough to analyze what I've learned, and where I should go from here.

Five Things I Would Advise Beginning Hubbers To Do

Based on what I've learned during this year, these are the five most important things that I would suggest to any HubPages newbie:

  1. Make your goals realistic.
  2. Have patience.
  3. Choose quality over quantity.
  4. Learn about SEO.
  5. Stay active in the HubPages community.

Make Your Goals Realistic

I've seen quite a few writers on this site put in a remarkable amount of time and energy only to become frustrated and disappointed with the money that they are making. I figured that it would take quite awhile before I would see any payday, and this has been true. I've only earned $25.00 so far, but of course I've only really written steadily for 6 months. Based on my average CPM (about $6.00) I'm getting on ads in the HubPages Ad Program, I've been able to put together the following table of expected annual earnings with various average views per hub per day.

Yearly Earnings at an average CPM of $6.00

Number of Hubs/Week
Daily Views/Hub
Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
Year 5
1
1
57.86
171.84
285.12
398.58
512.14
1
2
115.75
342.89
570.03
797.16
1024.29
1
3
173.62
514.33
855.03
1195.74
1536.44
1
4
231.50
685.77
1140.05
1594.32
2048.59

This is only a very rough approximation, based on averages. In reality, views on one hub may immediately get 200 views, and then fall off. Another hub may steadily increase in views, then gradually taper off. Some hubs may only get one view every week, others may drop off to 0. However, over time, if I consistently write new hubs, rewrite and update older ones, and replace old hubs that I've deleted with new hubs, I think that these numbers are realistic for me to expect.

As you can see, the name of the game is to try to keep your average views per Hub high, and to keep on expanding the number of hubs. The whole effect is cumulative, and so if you write quality hubs that can be found on Google, your views will continue to rise and so will your paycheck.

Have Patience

It takes time for articles to mature. I've watched my Google hits increase as time goes on, and when I look at the statistics on my hubs (shown below) I see that the percentage of Google hits is rising. I'm pleased to see that some of my hubs are on the first page of Google, and that my Google page rank is rising on many hubs. At first, Google didn't find my articles at all, but after about 4-6 weeks, I started seeing the numbers rising. I've noticed that as time goes by, the majority of views are from Google rather than from HubPages or other sources.

Percentage of Google Hits

Total Views
30 days
7 days
33% of views
83% of views
94% of views

Choose Quality Over Quantity

This is the best advice that I can give anyone trying to write on-line. Make sure that your hub doesn't get published with spelling or grammatical errors. Read it over many times before you publish. I've gotten into the habit of writing a hub, then letting it go for a day before I publish it. Often times, when you get a fresh look at something, you find mistakes, or you see sections that should be edited. I just started doing work for Mechanical Turk, the company that HubPages uses to rate Hubs. I figured since I often used the Hub-Hopper, I might as well make a little bit of money by doing the same thing for Mechanical Turk. There is nothing that can cause me to give a hub a low rating faster than spelling or grammatical errors. I try to keep that in mind when I write my own hubs.

Know Something About SEO

I don't write around key words or try to pick topics simply because I think that they will get views. As I stated previously, I write about what I'm interested in and enthusiastic about. However, once I pick a topic, I've gotten into the habit of checking out Google Keyword Tool to try to choose the best keywords to use for my chosen topic, and to help me select a title. I've made some mistakes with titles, and I've gone back and changed the title later. However, it's better to choose the right title in the beginning, since a matching URL and title will probably give the article a higher Google rating. I choose my titles carefully and try to keep my first paragraph strong, with well placed keywords.

Stay Active in the HubPages Community

There are so many talented writers in HubPages. I've had no problem finding interesting, well-written articles concerning the subjects I'm interested in. I try to take time to study writers that I feel are especially gifted, and analyze what they're doing right. I'm careful with choosing whom to follow, and try to follow only writers that I genuinely enjoy. I like to comment on articles written by Hubbers I'm following, but you can only allow so much time for reading and commenting, or you'll never get any of your own writing done. Therefore, I try limit the number of writers that I follow so that I will be able to comment on their work. Of course I keep running across writers I really like, and so my list keeps expanding. The forums are fun, and I love peeking in on them and occasionally adding comments. I've noticed that many other hubbers agree with me that the social community on HubPages is one of the best.

My Goals For Next Year

I only have two goals for next year. They're not overly ambitious, but I like to keep my goals realistic and achievable. Here they are:

  1. Write 50 new hubs to get my total up to 75. This will mean writing an average of 4 hubs a month. If possible, I'd like to get up to 100, but since I'll be traveling, that may not be possible.

  2. Increase my views to an average of 4 views/hub.

So there you have it. I've certainly enjoyed my first year at HubPages, and am looking forward to many happy years ahead – as I said, I'm in this for the long term. To my followers – thanks so very much for your support. I'm always extremely grateful and happy to see you show up, and hope you continue to do so. For those of you who have just met me, I hope that you'll read more of my writing as I continue on my HubPages journey.

© 2012 Margaret Perrottet

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Good for you! Congratulations on your first year! Thank you for all the helpful tips. it is comforting to see it in writing! Voted up+

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      Thanks for reading and voting, btrbell. It's been a great first year at HubPages.

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

      This was great! Encouraging and educational. I had to look up "CPM," and I still don't know how to calculate it. Probably in the Learning Center, huh? I have been a member about 8 weeks and I was hoping to have earned a bit more by now, but maybe that was unrealistic. I like your calm, measured approach. Voted up and useful.

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

      P.S. Just figured out my CPM!

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      Louisa, I'm glad you found your CPM. For those that don't know where to find it, if you click on Earnings, then AdProgram Reports, your CPM will show up. You can see the average by selecting All Time on the report generator. Your average will be at the bottom of the report. Anyhow, thanks so much for reading, commenting and voting, Louisa - greatly appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Congratulations on your first year. You have made some excellent points and suggestions here, ones that any newbie would do well to learn.

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      billybuc - I think that the hardest thing for me to learn was to wait before pushing the publish button. Thanks for reading and commenting - always good to hear from you!

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      My Esoteric 4 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      Congrats as well, MPerrottet! I found this very interesting as well as useful. One metric that escaped my attempts to find it is "visits/hub". It wasn't in Google Analytics that I could find, nor on Hubpages directly. Are you calculating off to the side?

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      My Esoteric - I used a spreadsheet, and based my calculations on an average of 1,2,3 and 4 hits per hub per day. When I looked at my hubs, I can calculate my average by the number of hits I've been getting a day divided by the number of hubs I have, and see that I'm getting an average of 2 hits per hub per day. I think it would be useful if HubPages would show you how much each of your articles actually earned per month in their AdProgram. Thanks so much for reading and commenting - glad you found it useful.

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      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      I absolutely agree with your five suggestions for new Hubbers. I especially like quality over quantity. In my time here, I have seen many new Hubbers take on the 30 Hubs in 30 Days challenge at the expense of qualtiy. Not to mention, the quantity of Hubs that one has written doesn't matter at all if no one is searching for the subject of the Hub.

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      That's exactly how I feel, ktrapp - it's all about quality. Some people can actually write plenty of quality hubs in a very short time, however - I wish that I could, but I know my limitations. Glad you agreed with me on my suggestions, and thanks so much for stopping by.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Great hub with the very best advice. I am going to look into mechanical turk...Mostly, congratulations on your first anniversary with Hubpages. Thanks for spending the time writing this as a very helpful guide even for those of us who have been here for a while. Voting UP++ and sharing.

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      Amber Dahnke 4 years ago from New Glarus, WI

      Congratulations on your first year, I just hit mine this week too and am reflecting on it. Very well written hub, voted up and sharing!

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      carol7777 - Thanks for the warm wishes, and votes. Glad you found this helpful. As far as Mechanical Turk, it pays very little, but I enjoy reading hubs anyhow, so I don't mind doing it.

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      amberld - thanks so much, and congratulations on your first year. Hope to read about your experiences. I see that you are an apprentice - I've been thinking about applying for that, but want to do it when I am sure to have time. I've noticed that many of my favorite writers have been through that program. Thanks for the vote and for sharing - I really appreciate it.

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      Sherri Tuck 4 years ago from Virginia

      This is a helpful article. I think you really hit the proverbial nail on the head when you said "have patience."

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 4 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      This was a very good read for me, I am getting near that first year anniversary also! I liked your "quality over quantity" and the "have patience", how very true! Voted up, awesome and interesting!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      How lucky we are to have you here! You are nice addition to the community that we have all become a part of. Congratulations and thanks for this hub that many new writers here will find helpful.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Unique Hiram 4 years ago from Midwest

      Happy 1st HP Birthday mperrottet! Very useful and informative Hub, I have voted up and wish you well in your future endeavors.

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      UMHiram - So glad you found found this useful. Thanks so much for the supportive comments and the vote up - much appreciated!

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      joanveronica - I see that you've published just slightly more hubs than I have, so perhaps our first year experience is similar. Yes, I think patience is the key here. Best wishes on your upcoming HP birthday, and thanks for reading and voting!

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      tillsontitan - I'm so glad that one of my favorite hubbers read this. You're one of the authors that I try to learn from. Thanks as always for stopping by and voting - I really appreciate it!

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      sherrituck - Yeah, patience is the key. At first I was so impatient, and kept looking to see the number of hits grow, but I quickly learned that it takes time. So glad you found this helpful, and hope that your patience pays off for you and that your views soar!

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Big congrats to you on your first year at HubPages, all your tips and advice will help any newbies here on HP. Well done !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      kashmir56 - thanks so much for the great feedback and votes. I sure do appreciate it!

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      Sarah 4 years ago from USA

      Great advice. I do think people have to be realistic about the money they can earn here and the types of readers they can get. I've only been here for two weeks and I see the importance of staying active within the community, as well as set goals that aren't unrealistic. I definitely voted this up!

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      I just looked at your profile, Sarah, and you have some very interesting looking hubs that I'll have to check out. Looks like we have some similar interests with travel and health. Thanks so much for stopping by and voting - hope to see you again.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Congratulations on an important anniversary and many wonderful returns on reaching those goals.

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      Thanks so much, shiningirisheyes - always so glad to hear from you!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Congratulations on your first year anniversary with HubPages. I think that you are approaching this with the right ideas in mind. Writing about things that really interest you is smart. Looking forward to reading more of your travel articles as that also interests me. Best of luck on reaching your goals for 2013. Is that a New Year's resolution? :))

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      Peggy, to tell you the truth, I'm having trouble writing anything right now because we're traveling for the winter. We just got down to Salt Springs Florida, and once we get settled in perhaps I'll be able to write more. Thanks so much for stopping by - it's always appreciated!

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This is nicely written and very encouraging. Happy Hub B'Day!

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      Thanks so much for reading and the encouraging feedback, Rebecca - I really appreciate it.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Congratulations Margaret, for having completed a year on Hubpages. I really like this positive hub and surely this should be a must read for newbies as many of them have no idea that it takes time and patience to start earning consistently from here.

      Most of them are quick to get dejected by not seeing earnings or traffic and your fine hub explains all that well and more.

      Voting this up, useful, interesting and sharing for benefit of new hubbers especially.

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      Rumana 4 years ago from Sharjah, UAE

      Your hub was very motivating... I really enjoyed reading it. Voted up Useful

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      Stephanie Payne Denne 4 years ago from Greater Toronto Area, Canada

      Congrats for getting through your first year on Hubpages! I hope to have progress in the year to come, and thank you for sharing your wonderful insight.

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      Braydon Moore 4 years ago from Canada

      A very big congrats to you on your first year birthday with hub pages. Best of luck for your future on here.

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      @rajan jolly - Yes, I agree that it's easy for a newbee to get discouraged, so hopefully this will help. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      rumanasaiyed - I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. Thanks so much for reading and voting - much appreciated!

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      Neinahpets - Thanks so much for stopping by, and for the kind feedback. I hope you see great progress this year!

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      braydonmoore - Thank you so much for reading and for the warm wishes. Good luck to you on HubPages as well.

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      TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

      The problem with these ideas is that there is no way to accurately predict what Google will do or how many people will read hubs daily. I don't even try to figure it out because it's too frustrating. I take the attitude that my hubs are like a garden, I must cultivate them regularly in order for them to grow. It works OK unless Google throws a wrench into the mix, which they presently are doing by providing advertisers that are not paying like they used to. Twice the hubs, half the pay...regardless of quality or popularity. My answer? Just enjoy the writing and be happy someone , somewhere is reading!

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      TIMETRAVELER2 - You're right about it being hard to predict, for sure. My average CPM has fallen from 6.00 to 5.36 because lately the CPM has been so low - only about $3.00. There's no way to figure out what advertisers are willing to pay. I just wanted to get an approximate feel for what could be made potentially. Thanks so much for reading - always good to hear from you!

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      Zaki 4 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you for writing such an inspiring hub! :D I would really like to write more hubs and enhance my writing skills. Voted up and useful!

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      Sakaki - so glad you found this hub useful - and thanks for the votes. I really appreciate it.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Excellent advice not only for newbies, but lots of writers here. Sometimes it takes people a little longer to figure things out, especially if this is second to another job.

      Voted up, and IU!

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      NicoleAnn 4 years ago from Illinois

      Congrads to you on your first year and many more to come. This hub was very useful and love the layout. Nice Job.

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      Au fait - It does take time, and I'm still learning the ropes. Thanks so much for stopping by and for the votes.

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      NicoleMessenger - I really appreciate your kind words - thanks for stopping by!

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      vinayak1000 4 years ago from Minneapolis

      Thanks for sharing your HubPages story here. I am going to follow your tip on being involved in the HubPages community a lot more.

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      vinayak1000 - I think you'll really enjoy the community here - it's very friendly and supportive. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Michael-Milec 4 years ago

      Hello mperrottet.

      Thank you so much for writing a special Hub just for me. After six months trying to figure out why I'm doing and what I'm doing where perhaps no business for me to be here, searching for suitable " help " that small inner voice lead me to your address . Some of your suggestion instinctively I was already implementing , reading, commenting, getting even very positive encouraging responses to my comments ,quite few asking when they'll see my first hub (!? )Your FIRST year recollection came as the best medicine to calm down my frustration ... You've mention " learning the mechanics, - my position is far behind that. Not only I don't know what the SEO stand for, not only my need is to " start from the scratch, but - " if this have any meaning , ' I need to collect that basic "scratch " ' to have something to start with. ( sounds sad, more ridiculous .) [ [ Please feel free to " scratch" out this my attempt to make comment.]

      However, leave my vote Up& useful, as well as my congratulations on your successful and very wonderful writing.

      God bless you.

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      Michael-Milec - I'm so glad that you found this hub useful, and I hope to see your first hub very soon. Don't worry about not knowing anything about SEO (search engine optimization), I am still wrestling with what keywords work best and where to put them. Thanks so much for taking the time to write your lovely comment, and for the votes - I really appreciate it.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Congrats on your first year. Looks like your doing great. Enjoyed your hub. Voted up.

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      I am a newbie and this really helped! Thank you!

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      Sheri Faye - so glad that this helped you. Thanks so much for reading and commenting, and good luck at HubPages!

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      Good advice and best of luck reaching your year 2 goals!

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      DeborahNeyens - thanks so much for reading and commenting. So far I'm falling short on producing new hubs since I'm traveling, but I hope to make that up once I get home. However, I'm getting an increase in my views, and I'm averaging 4 views/day on each hub, which pleases me.

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 4 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Hi there! This was an interesting read, well thought out and well written! I've also just completed my first year, but... I haven't yet got Adsense approval, been rejected more than once and that is very frustrating. Congrats and have a good day.

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for sharing...very interesting. I'm new to HubPages, but I see it the way that you do...a place to share and write. I'd love to make a few dollars for my travel fund, but it isn't my main goal.

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      theluckywriter - Welcome to HubPages, and I wish you success here. Thanks so much for reading and commenting - I really appreciate it.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      This was a great hub to begin my "followship" of you and your wonderful work, Margaret. As busy as you are with your traveling, I like how you've set reasonable and yet challenging expectations for yourself. I especially like how you're an avid reader of others' creative endeavors...in my opinion, that's about as good as a writer's research gets. Thank you so very much for following me and my work, and in just a few seconds, I'm reciprocating. Aloha!

      Joe

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      Margaret Perrottet 3 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      hawaiianodysseus - So glad you read this hub and enjoyed it - hope you enjoy some of my other hubs as much as I enjoy yours!

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      livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      This was interesting. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experience here at hubpages. All the best. Voting up and sharing!

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      Margaret Perrottet 3 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      livingta - So glad that you found this interesting, and I greatly appreciate the votes and share.

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      Carla J Behr 3 years ago from NW PA

      Very useful and I agree with your goals - I have only made slightly over $30, but I am working on quality hubs. Voted up!! Thanks for sharing.

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      Margaret Perrottet 3 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      carlajbehr - I think you're doing very well in earning $30.00 in five months. I've written 28 hubs, and have only earned $68.00, but I haven't had much time to write hubs since I've been traveling for four months. Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment and vote!

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      This is a wonderful encouragement article to those like myself who are relatively newer to all of this. I'm really hammering away to try to understand SEO, keywords, and the like. It's been frustrating at times but also very enlightening. I'm not in it mainly for the monetary but that is a secondary goal for me. I'm more into writing about what I enjoy mainly, then helping people, then also bringing some laughter into the mix.

      I was very inspired by this hub and I'm voting it up and sharing! Great job.

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      Margaret Perrottet 3 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      I mainly write about what I'm interested in as well, and the money is secondary. I'm glad that you found this useful, and thanks so much for voting and sharing.

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      You're welcome, and I think you've got a knack for explanation.

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      JR Krishna 3 years ago from India

      This is a very realistic calculation. Will be an excellent guide for newbies. Thanks for sharing this.

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      Margaret Perrottet 3 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      thubmi7 - thanks so much for taking the time to comment - much appreciated!

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      C_MarieWeber 3 years ago from Wichita

      Very informative article. I've become discouraged here on HP, but then I've never been very active. I think this following year I will make it a point to create realistic goals and just press forward.

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      Margaret Perrottet 3 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      C MarieWeber - to tell you the truth, I haven't kept up with my writing either, but I plan on making more of an effort in 2014. One good thing that I've noticed is that since HubPages has improved the quality of the site, my CPM has gone up by quite a bit which is very helpful. Thanks for stopping by, and glad that you're continuing here at HubPages.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Nice article and great goals. Good of you to offer advice. Thank you.

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      Margaret Perrottet 2 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      manatita44 - thanks for taking the time to comment - I really appreciate it!

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      John 2 years ago from New Brunswick, Canada

      Nice hub. I enjoy reading about the experience of writers who have been writing here for some time. What I read here does confirm to me that I'm on the right path. I want to be successful on this site but am aware that it will take a long term consistent approach.

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      Margaret Perrottet 2 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      Pico Triano - You're right - it's certainly a long term thing, but sounds like you're on your way. Good luck here at HubPages.

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the information for those of us who are new here. I've been writing online for some time and the SEO thing still gets me. Adding this to my Internet Board.

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      Sam Deal 2 years ago from Earth

      So wonderful to read this as I'm still a baby here on Hubpages. Very helpful!

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      Margaret Perrottet 2 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      favored and DealForALiving - so glad you stopped by, and that you found this helpful. I never did follow through with my goals, and am trying to get back to writing again. Good luck on HubPages.

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      Ahdilarum 2 years ago

      Really helpful tips for newbies and nice sharing of valuable information. Highly appreciated.

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      Margaret Perrottet 2 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      ahdilarum - glad that you found this helpful, and good luck on Hubpages!

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