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What Determines HubPages Success?

Updated on November 17, 2017
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Karen Hellier is a freelance writer and eBay entrepreneur. She lives happily in the mountains of North Georgia with her husband and her dog.

600 Followers and Over 100,000 Views Works for Me!

First I want to say a great big thank you to all my HubPage followers. Without you, I would be very lonely here. And also without you, I would not be able to write this hub!

Today is a banner day for me in the land of HubPages. I just noticed that I have gained my 600th follower. I also have recently been notified that my hubs have been viewed over 100,000 times. And right now, as I write this my Hubber Score is at 100. Whoo hoo...time to celebrate. Bring out the cake and fireworks! In case you think I am sarcastic writing that, I am not. I am genuinely excited about all of these new happenings on my HubPages account. And I am taking a moment to celebrate because as we all know, things can change quickly here. Before I am done writing this, my Hubber Score could drop. Or one of my followers could decide not to follow me anymore, and my number of followers could drop below 600. But that's how it works here at HubPages, and after being a HubPages member for 17 months, I'm okay with that! I'm here for the long haul.

Writing my heart out for HubPages!
Writing my heart out for HubPages! | Source

Now some of you may be thinking that the real success for a HubPage writer should come in the form of money. Well, yes, the greenbacks are pretty nice as well. And while I am making some money here at HubPages, it is not the main measure of success for me. I have always wanted to write, and HubPages gave me my first chance to get my writing out there to the world. When I first started to get followers, I was quite amazed. And since I am a goal setter, I love the challenges HubPages gives me even more. I have participated in numerous 10 Hubs in 10 Days Challenges, as well as numerous 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenges (and for those of you paying attention, I'm in the middle of one of those right now). Do I always meet my goals? No, but each challenge makes me more determined to reach my goals. Sometimes I only publish 25 out of the 30 hubs in a challenge. But that's okay. It is twice as many as I would have written if I had not challenged myself. And I have friends who have told me that my writing is improving. I'm not sure what that means for the hubs I originally wrote, but I will take the compliment while I can get one. But I know that my writing experience here on HubPages has helped me improve my writing skills, and that's another measure of success for me.

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There are many different measures of success here at HubPages and each writer who publishes a hub needs to decide for himself or herself what their measure of success will be. For some people, it is the sheer fun of writing. For others, it is the statistics such as the number of followers, Hubber Score, etc.And for some, it's the money being a HubPage writer can bring them, either through Google Adsense, HubPage Ads, eBay,, or all of the above. If you are a HubPages writer, please take the poll at right to share with readers what the measure of HubPages success is to you.

If you are not a HubPages writer yet but would like to be, click the link below to sign up for HubPages for free, and write your heart out. HubPages is a great community of writers that offer support and camaraderie for writers and those who want to be at their best in the writing world.

My HubPages Statistics

Hub Pages Table
Length of Time on HubPages
Number of Followers
Number of Views
Hubber Score
Number of Hubs Written
17 months
This table will be updated every 6 months from June, 2013

To really be a successful HubPages member, I find it best to challenge myself often, aim high and set goals. If I reach my goals, it is cause for personal celebration. And then set the bar higher. If I don't reach my goals for a certain challenge, I pick myself up, dust myself off, and try again. When I first joined HubPages, I read a lot of hubs of encouragement, and often I read the same takes time to become successful on HubPages. It's a marathon for those that are in it for the long haul, not a sprint to see who can finish first. I am in it for the long haul and am so thankful for all I have learned along the way. I consider myself successful on HubPages and am grateful to have stumbled upon this site 17 months ago.

What is your definition of HubPages success?

Hard at work on a 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge ( can you tell my shoulders are sore???)
Hard at work on a 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge ( can you tell my shoulders are sore???) | Source

Update on 6/29/2013


I am so surprised and happy about this turn of the 4 days since I wrote this, I have gained another 16 followers! I remembered when Millionaire Tips wrote a hub about how she had written 200 hubs, I started to follow her because I thought she must know what she's doing if she had written that many. Maybe that's a tip for other hubbers...don't be afraid to share your success because the rest of us want to know what you are doing right!!!

Like the long distance runner, I have learned that becoming successful with HubPages is like running a marathon, not a sprint.
Like the long distance runner, I have learned that becoming successful with HubPages is like running a marathon, not a sprint. | Source

© 2013 Karen Hellier


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    • HeatherBlesh profile image

      Heather Ann Gomez 

      5 years ago from Monterey, CA

      Congratulations Karen. I am happy to have found your hub. I joined years ago, became busy with work outside of my true love (writing), and have been lacking in terms of writing...well...anything. I am picking up again and happy to see some success stories here on Hubpages. I would like to model my behavior after people like you. So I would like to add myself to your 640 plus followers. :-)

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      6 years ago from Georgia


      Welcome to HubPages, and welcome to WebAnswers as well. You will like it on both I am sure. HubPages is a great community.

    • msginger profile image


      6 years ago from AMSTERDAM

      Congratulations on your succes Karen! I just started here on Hubpages and this gives me some motivation to continue. I like how you compare writing for Hubpages with the marathon (as opposed to the sprint). Hopefully I can keep up and join the community.

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Just in case people who have already read this don't see my update...I have gained 16 followers in the 4 days after I wrote this!!! Amazing and quite exciting! (See update above)

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      7 years ago from Georgia


      Thanks for the vote and your kind words. Yes, I love it here too for some of the very same reasons!

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      Mary Craig 

      7 years ago from New York

      Doing a great job Karen. Your hubs are engaging and we all love you...that's success ;) Seriously to me success on HP is having my hubs read and making friends. Yes, the scores and money are nice but darn I love the writing whether anyone reads it or not. Then there is the community such outgoing and supportive people....what would I do without friends like Hawaii O and Billybuc and Effer and you...the list goes on.

      Voted up and interesting.

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      7 years ago from Georgia


      Well, thank you so much. What a kind thing for you to say.

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      7 years ago from Georgia


      Don't worry about missing it. I miss some really good hubs sometimes too and can't figure out how I did. You found it, read it and commented and I greatly appreciate your time for all 3!

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Okay Kathryn Stratford...see you in 6 months which I just figured out is Christmas day!!!

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      7 years ago from Georgia


      Ha checked? That's cute. It took 2 days but it did drop to 97...don't ask me what I did for the drop, but whatever...! I have learned to just go with the flow here at HubPages and the end results work for me! Thanks for dropping by at this very busy time for you!

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      7 years ago from Georgia


      My goodness Joe, that's the shortest comment I have ever seen you leave. Might I guess that kit's because you are busy with the last few days in our 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge? LOL! Well, I am very proud of're doing great.

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      7 years ago from Georgia


      Well, I am so glad I was a source of inspiration to you. Welcome to HubPages and my advice to you would be not to get discouraged and just keep writing!

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      I have just realized that since I wrote this hub on 6/25/13, and have pledged to update it every 6 months, I will need to do an update on 12/25/13 which is Christmas Day of this year! LOL! Silly me...but I guess that will help me remember the day I need to update it! See you all at Christmas!

    • europewalker profile image


      7 years ago

      Congrats Karen on your fantastic achievement! I always enjoy reading your hubs.

    • rose-the planner profile image

      rose-the planner 

      7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      I missed this, sorry. Congratulations on your success on HubPages! You certainly deserve it. -Rose

    • Kathryn Stratford profile image


      7 years ago from Windsor, Connecticut

      Congrats! That is cause for celebration.

      This is a great hub, and I look forward to seeing what your progress is every 6 months. Good luck!

      Have a wonderful night!

      ~ Kathryn

    • wetnosedogs profile image


      7 years ago from Alabama

      Congratulations and your score is still at 100 as I type this. Great going. You deserve the followers, views and that awesome score.

    • hawaiianodysseus profile image

      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      7 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Congratulations, Karen! Best wishes for continued success!

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      7 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

      karenhellie, congratulations on your achievements at HP. You would be a source of inspiration for those who are relatively new to HP like me. Thanks for sharing your performance.

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      7 years ago from Georgia


      Aw, thanks for sharing. That is sweet of you. I have picked up 4 new followers overnight...perhaps they are your peeps?? LOL! I am excited about my HubPages experience, thanks for sharing in my excitement!

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      7 years ago from Georgia


      Well now, that's a good question about the earnings. To be honest, last summer I was earning more per day on HubPages than I am now. I noticed a huge shake up last Fall in my earnings, and they dropped to a real low point. But I just kept plugging away and writing more and more hubs and I have watched them climb up again. Not to where they were then, but I have seen an increase and I am happy with that. I think the real test will be this Fall when I look back to compare because I know I will see an increase. I think the earnings definitely correlate to the number of quality hubs I have written. I have a few recipe hubs and a few poems that I wrote that I really liked so wanted to share them with the world. But in terms of earnings, they are not doing me any good at all. For the most part, I try to publish good quality hubs that I think would be of interest to the world at large, and those seem to bring in the most views and earnings. So, I don't think it's the number of hubs that I have that are correlating to the earnings but the number of quality hubs. And yes, of course it does have something to do with promoting. My daughter told me she thinks I promote my work a lot. I hadn't realized that but I do a lot with Facebook and Pinterest, and I also send links out in emails to people that I know personally that I think would gain something from a particular hub. For each hub I write, I probably send an email with a link to it to 5 - 10 people in my email address book. I know they have forwarded them on to friends sometimes. And thanks for your encouraging words.

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      7 years ago from Georgia


      Thanks for chiming in with your thoughts on this.

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      7 years ago from Georgia


      Thanks for stopping by. I have been getting a bit frustrated with people complaining about HubPages and some saying that everyone is leaving in droves. I enjoy it here so much I just wanted to post some positive HubPage thoughts. And the HubPage experience has been a very positive one for me.

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      7 years ago

      Congratulations karen!! A fantastic message to all the people that want to be successful in something or somewhere! I admire your hard work..but I am sure you are very proud of yourself!

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      Martin Kloess 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Congratulations and thank you for this. For me it's the community.

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      7 years ago

      Congrats, congrats, congrats!! Wonderful stats, Karen, and you should feel really proud of your hard work, because without that you would not be where you are today. So, are you saying oodles of Hubs is the answer, or your social media work linked to them? And I guess my other question would be, are your earnings correlating to the number of Hubs you have written? Great job, and very interesting Hub.

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      Faith Reaper 

      7 years ago from southern USA

      Congrats!!! Awesome job . . . woo hoo!

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper


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