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Why I Quit Writing On Hubpages
I signed up for Hubpages 5 years ago as I moved to Germany. I had no job, no friends, a lot of time to think and try out new things. Everyone went on and on about how easy and great it was to earn money online and seemingly Hubpages was the best place to start. Of course, I never carried myself away with thoughts of becoming a millionaire here but I hoped, I really hoped it was true what people said. "If there is at least some chance to earn some money on a monthly basis, that would be awesome," I thought to myself. I still think the same, but "if" is the keyword here.
My first hubs were of educational nature - I thought some people would want to know the things I wrote about because I needed that information as I started working in the field and none was there, not even at the time when I started writing on Hubpages. Today, these hubs are constantly being copied and I became pretty irritated filing complaints so that I eventually gave up and let it be.
All the other hubs took me so much time to write because of the whole keyword research thing, SEO and all the other useful things you must know in order to get anyone to read your hubs. I did a lot of research on people who've actually made it doing this job (online writing on revenue-sharing sites) but until today I haven't figured out how they did it. Of course, they don't really share how they've made it - some are nice and give you some tips and some ignore you or give funny comments like "What goes around, comes around" ;)
One thing is for certain, they possess knowledge you and I may never gain in life and most of them have money to take risks and invest into this kind of business (keyword tools, SEO tools, etc).
It's not like I've never seen a cent from all of the work I've done; every two or three months I can buy a present for myself (but not an expensive one) and I guess, that's success, too. Some people really don't see a penny, not ever.
However, when I think about the work and time I invested in all of my hubs, I must honestly say, it didn't pay off. Not at all!
Is It All About the Money?
Earnings or not, I don't regret joining Hubpages. I've learned so much here! I've also met nice people with whom I'm in contact even today. I even had a feeling some of them were my friends.
Reading what others have written, commenting, asking and answering questions - it was all fun and still is! I think Hubpages is a great community and in this sense it definitely pays off to sign up and try everything you can!
Bear this in mind! If i didn't succeed, it doesn't mean you won't either! (Under "didn't succeed" I mean in terms of making money - the truth is, most people sign up for this reason - to make money!)
Other Revenue-Sharing Websites
I've checked and tried out some other revenue-sharing websites, but for me, Hubpages turned out to be the best! If you don't succeed, it's not because Hubpages isn't a good website - it's for some other reason which I can only guess - this is probably indivídual.
I got some feedback on earning money online from the most successful person over on Infobarrel who was also successful on Seekyt but not on Hubpages - why - this remains a puzzle for me until this day. As I tried to figure out what I'm missing by going through all of his articles trying to figure out what "sells," I ended up knowing less than when I first started - such stupid topics I thought to myself - are people really searching for this stuff?
As I said, successful online writers know things I'll probably never learn.
50 Ways to Earn Money Online
Books and References for Learning
I could make a long list of books I bought in order to learn more and start earning but it won't make any use because this didn't help. The books look nice on my bookshelf, though!
Time to Stop
When is the time to stop and should you stop at all? That depends on your goal. I come back every now and then to check my balance history but also to see if there are any comments on my hubs and how many people visit my pages on average. Then, I read some stuff written by other people - that's always interesting - much more interesting than my statistics :)
In the meanwhile, I started working and there wasn't any time to experiment anymore.
The time to stop is then when you just don't feel like it anymore. What's really cool is that you can also come back any time you want!