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Why I Love HubPages-One Year of Successful Hubbing

Updated on March 18, 2017
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My Feelings on 1st Anniversary


First thing first. What is HubPages? Simple, it is the online platform for Global Writers in English. HubPages is also the best place online to express your interests and passions and earn money from your writing.


How I reached the HubPages Platform


It was accidental. I had no idea about it till I read that Magazine. It was an evening in March 2012. The Mag "Sampadyam" in Malayalam (my mother tongue) had carried an article 'How to make money writing online article'. The author gave a detailed account of HP (HubPages) and its features.


The article ignited a passion in me. It fired my writing mood. I was confident that I could write something. In fact, I was searching for doing some online writing. I had a flair for writing. Though I had done some Blogs by then, I was not serious and regular. Ideas were there so do time too. But my usual nature of laziness kept me idle for long. I felt a kind of missing when remained inactive. 'You should write' my mind always reminded me. I thought it is the right time. I must give a try to sharpen my writing skill. The night I planned some strategies lying on the bed.


March 18, 2012, Sunday


Though holiday, I had official work. Being a Tax Official, I was working in a Check Post, which functioned 24X7. The flow of goods vehicles never ends here. They enter the Check Post and account their transportation before me. Arresting tax evasion and accounting all trade transactions before the Government is our prime jobs in Commercial Taxes Department. And myself being an Inspector, had to look after all these things with round the clock vigilance. Still, it being a Sunday, I had free time. Moreover, the flow of vehicle was thin.


I started typing my first web article for HP, which we call Hub. It was about Radio, my another passion. 'My Romance with Radio'- that was my first hub. The doing (read hubbing) and learning went on simultaneously. On finishing, I clicked the 'Publish' button. Anxiety was there. Hope was there. And enough of confidence too.


Wow! I got the confirmation- Your hub has been published! How to share this feeling? How to describe this joy? My write up has been published. It is ready for the whole world to see and read. What would be the feeling of a mother when she delivered a baby? It was exactly like that, my mood. I was jumping with joy. I carried a mood of thrill and excitement.


The very day I ventured another one titled "The Food Bowl"(now the title changed to "The Benefits of Vegetarian Foods"). When luck is with you or your time is fine, whatever you do, it gives you only positive result. Thus, on the first day itself I published 2 articles. Needless to say, I had a sound sleep that night.


The Unexpected Development


It was with a cheerful mood I logged into HP account the next morning. But what was in store for me for the day was something unexpected. My first hub has been rejected. The reason quoted was "text is too short". Along with the warning message, they also advised me to write more stuff and try to publish again. I did exactly what I was told and got it published.


By then there were some comments in praise of my write up. I felt happy. I replied soon to all comments.


On the fourth day of my hubbing, I published yet another titled "How to reach Kollur Mookambika Temple". It was a great attempt incorporating some capsules like Photo, Video, Map, etc. I was slowly learning and experimenting with the concept of 'capsules'. The video capsule stole my energy and time much as I found some difficulty in cracking its nuts.


Kollur Mookambika temple is a favorite choice of writers, artists and people fond of any kind of arts. It is believed that if you pay a visit and pray well before the Goddess (the Goddess of Knowledge), you would be blessed. Your talent would be sharpened. For your information, at the time of preparing this hub, my score on the hub on Kollur Mookambika touched 99. Yes, 99 out of 100. Truly amazing!. I haven't achieved that much even during my primary class of schooling.


I felt the power of the Goddess. I experienced it. After writing that hub, everything went on smoothly. The flow started. The flair worked. The fire in my writer ignited. I was sure the Goddess blessed me immensely.


Had it been not so, how could I achieve 45 hubs in one year and get IV Level Commenter badge?. How could I achieve a total viewership of 25,978 on the closing day of the 1st year hubbing? What are the reason for 223 precious comments and the support of 50 Followers to observe and compliment me? Prayer is great. God is greater. The blessing of the Almighty is the greatest.


My Advice


Patience pays well. It is true with HP too. The growth is sure though slowly. Consider the traffic history of my hubs. On completion of six months hubbing, I got a viewership of 5511. But the going was on a high pace during the next six months. It recorded 20,647. We need to work out some promotional drills to boost traffic to our hubs. If you know the tricks of SEO or Search Engine Optimization, you are lucky and can expect more visitors. I am yet to learn all these. Yet, it is of no use, if the quality of your writing is not up to the mark. Bear in mind what matters finally is not quantity but quality.


On completion of my six months hubbing activities, I checked my statistics. It showed the result as given below in the Table.

Statistics of My Hubs On Completion of 6 Months (September 18, 2012)

 
Statistics Collected on Completion of Six Months (Sept 18, 2012)
Projection for Next 6 Months(By March 18, 2013) (Prediction)
What Achieved (On March 18, 2013)
Total Hubs
24
50
45
Comments
103
200
223
Page Views
5511
12000
25978
Author Score
87
90
89
Followers
27
50
50
Accolades
6
8
7
Commentor Level
II
IV
IV

On analysis, it is clear I have almost achieved or came near my fixed goals. The most remarkable gain being the viewership (read by people) of 25,978 as against 12,000 predicted.


Being a Government official and occupied in an executive post, time was limited with me to allocate for hubbing. For that reason, I couldn't move on with HP the way I expected to pedal on. I excuse (or justify) myself on shortfalls.


Advantages of Associating with HubPages


  • A good platform to write what you feel to share.
  • Ample opportunity to gain name and fame globally.
  • Largest visibility (for your name and articles) on cyberspace.
  • Expands your overall knowledge.
  • Improves your writing skill.
  • Achieving Accolades boosts your confidence level.
  • The opportunity to explore your chosen topics like Technology, Travel, Culture, etc.
  • Friendship with people across the world.
  • Reading (following) hubs keeps you updated on many subjects. It is like Encyclopedia or Wikipedia.
  • Your knowledge on Computer and Internet get fine skilled.
  • Last but not the least, extra income through Adsense.

A Word of Caution


Hubbing is exciting. It keeps you engaged and motivated on several ways. At the same time, it may affect you badly if you fall in too obsessed with the online writing process. It is a kind of addictive activity. If we cannot manage things with the right amount of attention, we may skip our other activities. The family may be left unattended. Personal issues ignored. To keep the writing targets, you may keep you locked in your own den. At times, I have felt it all. It is a bad experience. We need to focus on everything in the proportionate degree of attention and alertness. If not, you kids may complain, the spouse may cry and friends may avoid you.


Also don't think of money. It may or may not come. Getting your Adsense account cleared itself is a task. My application was rejected thrice. It was on the fourth attempt I got the confirmation with a congratulatory message. Still I find some problem with its set up. I haven't earned even a single buck through hubbing. I need to crack the issues with my Adsense configuration set up. Hope in a distant future, I too can earn a few dollars.


I am not disappointed even if my revenue shows a zero balance. My primary concern is to keep on my online writing. I wish to write more. I wish to achieve more Accolades. More Comments, Followers and a large viewership are what I wish for now.


Atul Krishna, My Son & Motivator (The smiling boy) with his cousin Raj Vardhan, the youngest in our family.
Atul Krishna, My Son & Motivator (The smiling boy) with his cousin Raj Vardhan, the youngest in our family. | Source

Future Plans


Fine, as on my 1st Anniversary, I am contended and confident. My limited targets have been met. The successful hubbing experience keeps me thrilled and motivated. It did improve my confidence. I don't hesitate to reveal my plans or targets to be met by 3rd week of March 2014 when I celebrate the 2nd Anniversary of hubbing.

I wish to list my plans here.

  1. Achieve 100,000 Viewership. I know this is the toughest thing to achieve. But my confidence says I will achieve it.
  2. Reach Author Score 90 & above.
  3. Number of Hubs to reach an impressive figure of 100.
  4. Try hard to gain Accolade for Level V Commenter (If possible VI too!).
  5. Gain a total follower-ship of 100.
  6. 200 Questions to be answered.
  7. Last but not least, earn at least 5 $ as a reward for my hard work. (Yes, I don't try making big money; hence such a small target. I am also aware that earning revenue through HP is like receiving Glucose through the hospital equipment (tube)! It comes drop by drop!)


The Final Bell


My long felt ambition of becoming an online writer is met. Name and fame through online writing achieved. My writing skill, the grip on language, the flow of writing, the expression of ideas, the expansion of knowledge, exploring new fields for writing, everything has got a life. It has got a flow, flavor and fragrance. I know still I have to improve. I do know I have miles to go. I will try to improve. I will improve.


My followers, fellow hubbers, readers, friends in Face Book, Pinterest, Tweeter, Google+, Yahoo, HubPage Authority- all of you are there behind these achievements. I thank all of you for your patience and support.


I cannot stop this note without passing my love, regards and thanks to my 11 years old son Atul Krishna, studying in 6th Standard for he always stood with me, encouraged me and alerted my targets. His timely reminders helped me to keep track and meet deadlines. A son like him is any father's delight.


I hope to do more. Hope to improve further. Hope to achieve more Accolades. For me, HOPE is just not a four letter word. It is something beyond that. My dreams for the 2nd Season of Hubbing are even greater. I hope I could achieve it if my spirit is not lost.


It is time to relax. I need to enjoy my cup of Coffee. I will be blessed if my writings touched you positively. I hope It will. It would be my pleasure if you could leave a few words in the COMMENT column. Finally, I sign off with pleasure. See you soon!

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 4 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Thanks for the comments.

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      Dil Vil 4 years ago from India

      Thank you for sharing you experience. You are a good writer.

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      Prasannakumar 4 years ago

      Dear sir

      The your hope, your efforts and hardwork to reward your success in Hub Page .Keep itup. Great things take time.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 4 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Hi Srsddn

      Too glad to read your lines. Thank you for the visit and nice comments. Hope you will have a great future here. Please stay on with confidence and success will surely reach you. Hope to read your hub detailing your experience after 6 months. Best of luck.

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      srsddn 4 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

      sunilkunnoth2012, I have gone through your Hub and have enjoyed your narration thoroughly. Not only because it had account of chronological achievements but also because it is like an open book for any body to read and learn from your achievements. I am also relatively new to HP but unlike you I, being a retired person, can devote a little more time than what you do. Your Hub adds to my motivation and may be I will share my experiences after Hubbing for six months. Voted up.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 4 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Thanks dear for the advice and offered link.

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      David Trujillo Uribe 4 years ago from Medellin, Colombia

      Another good advice. I got my most popular evaluated by a hubber professional who offers her expertise to everyone who wants to receive them by posting on her forum post.

      Follow this link and ask for your hubs to be evaluated: http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/111641

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      David Trujillo Uribe 4 years ago from Medellin, Colombia

      No problemo

      I even ended up helping my self!

      The best lesson I´ve learned day after day in Hubpages is "Social Sharing" . Helping others builds a community around you that will in return aid you and build up traffic for your hubs.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 4 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Dear David,

      I have no words to express my thanks. You have educated me well. I shall do so soon and will let you know. Hope you will provide such kind of help in future too. Once again thank you for showing interest in my case and helping me well.

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      David Trujillo Uribe 4 years ago from Medellin, Colombia

      Good news my friend.

      You can 10% from any person that you refer to Hubpages. I leave Hubpages explanation below:

      "How does it work? You'll earn 10% of the ad impressions of the Hubs published by people you've referred to HubPages using your unique referral tracker (and that 10% comes out of our share, not theirs)."

      You can post your referral link into all of your hubs that are already written and gain a potential boost to your earnings since you already have a traffic flow. Or share the link through email with friends that want to join in. From all of the revenue systems on Hubpages this seems to be the best one since you´ll earn money from other people´s efforts.

      To find the page to get your link follow this steps:

      Go to "Earnings"

      After the paragraph on "More Information" there is a link "How does traffic referral work?"

      You can take from there and get your link

      Or simply type on google: "Can I earn by referring new writers to HubPages (leave the quotes at the beginning only)

      Tell me how you do. I´ll be implementing this soon.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 4 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Hi David Trujilo,

      I am touched by your kind words. As on now my Ad-sense problem is rectified and I have started earning slowly. I didn't try the combined ad system as I am yet to master its techniques. Also, I didn't put "Join HubPage Link" so far. But I think I should do so to improve my revenue potentialities. Once again thanks for your visit and encouraging words.

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      David Trujillo Uribe 4 years ago from Medellin, Colombia

      Thanks Sunikunnoth for directing me to this hub. This kind of story are the ones I´m looking for to inspire and build- up my hubs with experiences from other users.

      Is your Hubpages ad program up yet? Hubpages has their own ad system and Adsense program. Combine this with Adsense and you should earn much more. I think you can also encourage readers to join hubpages with the personal link to your account and gain extra commissions. I haven´t used this strategy bur I see other hubbers always encourage readers to join hubpages at the end of their article with their link. I´m gonna look it up and post my findings. Mean while, can someone enlighten us about this?

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 4 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Hi Radhikasree,

      Thank you very much for kind words, which is very much encouraging too. I reserve my gratitude on your comments that I would be a great writer in future.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Your hubs are all informative and interesting to read. Congratulations on your 1st anniversary with HP and wish you get the right reward from your writings here. What impressed me is that you wrote everything without having any expectations in earnings. This attitude would make you a great writer in future, sure!

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 4 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Sure, I will write when I receive my first payment. Keep on watching.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 4 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Hi Deepateresa,

      Too glad to read your kind words. Yes as you said, problem with adnsense got cleared and the revenue generating started. I shall keep up the good work as suggested by you. Once again thank you for wishing me best of luck.

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      loksmi 4 years ago

      You are welcome! Please post a hub about your earning, what methods you used to start earning etc, once you are paid :)

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      DEEPA JOHN 4 years ago from Trivandrum, Kerala,India

      Hey Sunil, good to know that you started earning and your problems are almost solved .. keep up the good work.. best of luck..

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 4 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Hi Loksmi, You have said it all right. It is my passion that keeps me here though the revenue aspect is too low. Anyhow I have started earning a little bit. The knowledge and friendship I earn from HP is much more than anything else. Your words are really encouraging and motivating. Thanks for your visit and positive comments.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 4 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Hi Rajan Rolly,

      I am too happy to note that you find time to read my hubs and leave your comments. Sure, problem with adsense is almost ok and started a little revenue earning. Hope I can do fine in the future. Once again thanks for your comments which gives me encouragement only.

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      loksmi 4 years ago

      Hello, Sunil :)

      It was such a joy to read this hub. This shows how much passionate you are about your writing and how much love you have for hubpages! In spite of not earning a single cent from HP, you are enjoying your time here. I'm sure you consider the contacts you've made here and the knowledge you've gained here as worth much more than those dollars you would've earned :)

      But I'm very sad to know that you couldn't earn anything in spite of all the hard work :(

      why was your application rejected thrice? didn't u have enough articles then?

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

      Interesting read, Sunil. I hope you get your adsense issues fixed soon so you can start earning.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 4 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Hi Educateurself,

      Thanks for visit and comments. Let's do more things and learn more from HP platform.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 4 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Hi Beingwell,

      Thanks for your visit and comments. Thanks also for sharing my text with others.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 4 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Hi Educateurself,

      Thanks for visit and comments. Let's do more things and learn more from HP platform.

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      Educateurself 4 years ago

      I like what you say patience pays well. I am also writing tightly and I write here to learn and to deliver what I know. Here at hubpages I have learn so many things.

      Great hub.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 4 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Hi Beingwell,

      Thanks for your visit and comments. Thanks also for sharing my text with others.

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Great hub story, sunil!! I'm with you on these. I'm loving the community of this site. I'm sharing this to my followers. And kudos to you!! More power and write more hubs!

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 4 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Hi Deepateresa,

      I have a lot of doubts on the ad configuration. I shall ask you all and hope you will help me. Will you please spare a few minutes to go through some of my hubs and notify me where I go wrong as far as revenue earning is concerned. Congrats on your achievements. By the way I thank you for your visit and leaving valuable comments. Hope you will provide me some assistance. If you don't mind you can leave a detailed tips on my email id at sunilkunnoth@gmail.com.

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      DEEPA JOHN 4 years ago from Trivandrum, Kerala,India

      hey sunil, I also started writing on hubpages inspired by sampadhyam... but inspite of 45 hubs u could earn only $1.17?? I think some mistake is on your way... bcoz I received $1 on my first month itself...

      I also started on March 2012, now I had around 73 hubs and I got my first payout (8 months from March 2012) of $54 and now this month I reached the other $52.. have u registered for google adsense, is your hubs featured??? have u registered and linked your account to Paypal???

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      Rahul Parashar 4 years ago from Delhi, India

      I am not going to link my hub here, but you can go to my profile and check out 'Google keywords' hub. I hope it helps you out.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 4 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Hi Friend,

      You are really helping me with lot of inputs which I badly need. Just today I set right my ebay set up and waiting for their confirmation, which they informed, will take nearly one week. Now Adsense, Amazon and Ebay is ok. Could you please guide me what further I need to do my visibility and revenue. I have lot of doubts of keywords and tags on HP as it is not found anywhere there. Earlier they had asked us to put it there. But now I find that practice is stopped. So where should I give my tags, keywords etc to boost up the visibility of my hubs. Hope you will give me a detailed reply.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 4 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Hi Shravan Picsonia

      Thanks for the visit and encouraging words. I am glad that my writings motive you Also pleased to note that this text is informative as well. Shall try to write more informative ones on hubing and other topics. Keep on watching please.

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      Shravan K Acharya 4 years ago from India

      Very nice article! It is very informative and motivate too. I have learnt a lot from this article. Thanks for sharing it with us. Keep writing. (y)

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      Rahul Parashar 4 years ago from Delhi, India

      I am Glad that you are starting to earn something. As far as my earnings and experience is concerned, I haven't earned a dime, because I need to wait for 6 months before I can apply for Google Adsense. I have already been rejected twice by them and I don't want to endanger my a/c with permanent ban from them.

      Now coming to your issue, you need to learn some SEO techniques mate. You should learn to use long tail keywords effectively in your article. Ask for advice in the forums. I am sure you will find experts willing to help and teach you.

      I suspect you haven't enabled your HubPages ad programs. Hurry up and apply for HubPages ads program. Don't only rely on Google Adsense. It's only beneficial when you know, how to use high paying keywords, but you seem to lack in this area.

      Please activate your other monetization programs and sort other issues out as soon as possible.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 4 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Hi wowtgp,

      Thanks for your visit and encouraging words. After reading your comments, all on a sudden, I checked my account and found that I have earned $1.17. Too small but too great a feeling having earned something from my write ups. My ebay account still stand INACTIVE. They asked for phone no. and I gave but no confirmation not received. Could you please some ways to move on. I am too confused on these earning set up things. I will be thankful if you could share your experience with me. You are the first guy I informed my earnings through hubbing. Thank you once again for all.

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      Rahul Parashar 4 years ago from Delhi, India

      First of all, congratulations for completion of one year here. It's really a great feat. But having said that, I am surprised that you haven't earned even a penny. Really? How is it possible that you are not earning anything despite having 46 hubs, 50 followers and 1 year experience behind you? Either you are doing something wrong, or Google is really partial with us Indians. Don't froget to tell us if you start getting some rewards for your hard work.

      Good luck!

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