It was very very different six years ago. There was no Hubpages ad program. All ads other than amazon and ebay were Google adsense ads.
It took me a year to make my first one hundred dollars. I had no idea what I was doing, but I was working at it anyway.
Out of the last six years, two of those years I didn't mess with this website at all for various and sundry reasons. I do get paid every month now though. I'm also working hard at it just now hoping to drastically increase what I get every month.