ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Two Years on HubPages and Going

Updated on December 31, 2013

Earlier this month, I received an email from HubPages noting that I had reached my second anniversary with the site. I signed up for HubPages after having searched for ways to earn money online back in late 2011. I clicked the publish button for the first time on December 2011 with a Hub that was a review on Perry Miller's collection of essays known as Errand into the Wilderness. Little did I know that I was starting on a journey that would earn me a few hundred bucks.

The Early Days

I started out by posting a few of my papers and reviews from school. Some of these are among my biggest traffic draws. I also have an affinity for politics (which not everyone shares), and I posted several posts on the Election of 2012. These Hubs would draw some traffic for a week or so and then tail off. One example was a post on why I was confused as a Christian why Newt Gingrich was suddenly the poster child for the values voters. I've since removed some of these early Hubs because they were too narrowly focused.

I posted a review of my first few months that cheered my entrance into the world of the two-figure blogger. I've since been able to move into the realm of the three-figure blogger, and hope to move into the four and five-figure category. In those early days, especially before I signed up for the HubPages earning program, I earned a few cents here and there. I decided to move forward, though.


HubPages Apprenticeship

In September 2012, I started in the now-on-hiatus HubPages Apprenticeship program. I applied because I hoped that it would help me with learning the ins and outs of online earning. I also hoped that it would help supplement my income as a grad student. The $6.09 bonus that they offered at the time per hub was pretty enticing. In my first month of the Apprenticeship Program, I would have made my first payoff if I had not gotten a single bonus. That felt like an achievement, because I was able to see a bit of fruit from my labor.

I made payoff every month during my apprenticeship but one. I've continued to accumulate monthly earnings in the months since without writing a single hub for about four months. My goal is to earn a few bucks of passive income from the site every year. Getting a few passive income streams built up should help with the bills, and it should also help my build savings that will continue to grow more passive income, which is the best kind of income that there is. I'm now in year three on HubPages, and some of my stats follow below.

My Statistics

I started out with that one Hub on Perry Miller back on 12/06/11. When I hit publish on this masterpiece, I will have 148 Hubs published on HubPages in just over two years on the site.

My 147 previous Hubs have earned 47,111 page views to this point. Many of them are educational like my Hub on Charles I and his conflicts with Parliament and my Hub titled What is Government and Why Is it Necessary? These topics tend to send my traffic spiking in August to November and January to May--the months that tend to follow the school schedule.

My best Hub in terms of traffic is one on the worst president in American history (hint: it's not Obama or Bush) with nearly 9,000 views at this point. Some of the worst Hubs that I have in terms of traffic were the first batch that I wrote during the Apprenticeship Program. I have a handful of articles that have fewer than 20 views. I leave them up because they might get a view or two at some point and earn a penny or two a year.

What I've Learned

I've learned that writing online is not a get-rich-quick scheme, but more of a get-less-poor-slowly scheme. The income on sites like HubPages can be passive, but it takes time to build up. I've also learned some great lessons from the Apprenticeship regarding keywords and other methods of drawing traffic that have allowed me to get my best success on my own blog on making money online while wearing pajamas. It allowed me to get very close to the level of the four-figure blogger (that's $1,000 from blogging income alone). I'm sure I won't be as active as I was as a HubPages Apprentice, but I'm sure I'll continue to leave my content up with hopes that I can earn passive income. It's been a fun learning experience to this point.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)