What kind of Goals should new Hubbers set, and the difference between realistic and unrealistic goals
On this hub, i will talk about the basic goals that a New Hubber, or any Hubber should set when writing articles. Also i will talk about realistic and unrealistic goals, and how you should match yourself against other Hubbers.
My story as a hubber.
So first let me explain where i come from, and my original goals, and how I am doing so far.
Initially when I joined Hubpages over a year ago i thought i would use it to make a lot of money. Then I put it off for about 11 months and wrote my first hub back in September. I don't know what made me start, but i had the ambition and hopes of making that $50.00 a day that i saw some people talking about on the forums. So initially i set that as my goal, and started writing. I wrote about 11 hubs throughout the month on various topics, and then sat and watched. I got about an average of about 40 views a day for about a month, which to me didn't seem to bad until i realized i was making 4-10 cents a day. So i started to give up.
Come late November, early December I found a new Niche, and that was writing about A video game Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 3. I wrote a view guides, and watched my views start to increase. By the end of December of this past year i noticed i was at about 200 views a day, which for me i thought was incredible.
Starting in January i really took the initiative to start writing a lot about Modern Warfare 3 and see if i could increase my views to 500 a day. I hit that mark with flying colors after only a few guides.. So then i kept increasing my goal by 100, and kept hitting it dead on. As i write more hubs i continue to get increasing more views, on other Hubs and the new ones that I am writing.
So my Goal initially was $50.00 a day when is started. After only making about $.40cents my first month i almost gave up. I was fairly annoyed, and figured that i would never be able to earn any income off of this website. But once i started increasing my views i decided iwould set a realistic goal. First it was $.50 cents a day. I figured at $.50 cents a day that would make me $15.00 a month, and would allow me to be happy and get good results. Once i hit my $.50 cents a day mark i doubles it. I decided now i would shoot for $1.00 a day, and at $30.00 a month, or $360.00 a year, that would be worth my time sharing my knowledge.
Now that i have hit my $1.00 a day mark, it is safe for me to move on to my next goal. I am now looking at $2.00 a day. Now I feel that as long as i keep producing fairly decent articles, gaining popularity, and continuing to work on my old Hubs that should not be to hard of a problem either.
So now below is where i will talk about the goals a new hubber, or a hubber should make in order to be happy.
Goals of a New Hubber
As a new hubber your natural thought, and mine was, that I was going to be making $50.00 a day. Well... That is not going to happen right away. Keep in mind that I have put a LOT of effort into my hubs and have spent a lot of time writing hubs, that i have finally made it to my $1.00 a day mark.
A new hubber should go into this with the thought process of maybe shooting for NO MORE than $.50 cents a day to start. This will allow you to have a realistic goal. If your goal is any higher than a dollar a day and you have less than 20 hubs, you are setting an unrealistic goal.
Your only goal as a hubber should be to increase traffic in the beginning. The more traffic the more money. So you should get familiar with Ping sites. You should learn how to use backlinks to increase traffic on your hubs. You should focus on using other sites to promote your hubs like, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr. As for me i don't use any of those third party sites, and i do not do much more than Backlinks, and PIng my hubs once in a while. I know i could increase a lot more traffic by using other sites, but for now, i am solely trying to see what i can do with just HUbpages.
Now to be a happy new hubber you want to see income. But a lot of work is involved with making good income from here. Notice that big hubbers have 1,500+ articles written. If you have that many articles written, then yes chances are you will be making very good income from here. But with 50 articles, and less than 50 followers, you are not going to make good incomes. So please also keep that in mind when approaching how to judge your goals.
Overall the more realistic your goals, the happier you will be when you reach them. If you set a $50.00 a day goal, and only make $5.00 a day, then you will not be happy and will not be satisfied. But if you are setting a $.50 cents a day, and keep increasing it over time, when you are making your $5.00 a day, you will be extremely satisfied, and very happy.
So moral of the story. You should not be worried about trying to make as much money as possible. You should focus more on trying to help new hubbers, and increase the general populations knowledge on your special expertise, and over time you will gain a fan base, and people will read your articles. And hopefully you will be able to earn sufficient income to make yourself happy. But keep in mind this is a long battle and will take you a lot of time to reach your goals, so be patient, and do this to have fun.
Amount of Hubs
Something i would also like to mention is the amount of hubs one should attempt to set goals for. If you looked at the forums back in December you would have noticed there were a few categories that listed how many Hubs will you write in 2012. And i saw numbers from 1 a day, to 1 a week, to goals of 100 hubs in the year.
From my point of view, in the past few days i have done a hub a day, just because i had stuff to write about. But my overall goal is 2 per week, so that i can hit 100 in the year. That is a safe realistic goal. If you are trying to write 1000 hubs in a year you will easily run out of things to write, and the quality of your hubs can suffer. Your main goal should be quality over quantity. People are going to want to read hubs that are interesting and make good points of view, over hubs that are fast written, sloppy, and make no sense. So keep in mind that if you write 100 A+ hubs in a year that is better than 1000 D+ hubs in a year, and i think anyone could agree that will help you a lot better in the long run.