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Help! I MUST be doing something wrong... 39 hubs -- earnings = 4.94

  1. Ann Smith profile image60
    Ann Smithposted 9 years ago

    Okay, guys!  What am I doing wrong here?  I have written 39 hubs, and only made $4.94 on AdSense.  That must be the hardest earned $4.94 of my life - no joke!  I made more than that in one evening of babysitting 25 years ago.

    HELP!!  Please!! 

    I have heard it takes time, but gosh, time has passed!  My hubs are not poorly written ... (sorry if that sounds vain, but I am confident that they are not)...

    Can't help but feel that I just am not in on how this game works...

    - Ann

  2. relache profile image88
    relacheposted 9 years ago

    I'd say here's all my best advice in a nutshell, but it's not a nutshell... it's a hub.


    Ann, have you determined which of your Hubs are doing the most earning and why?  Take a look at your Hub Metrics (one of the stats tabs) to quickly get an idea of what's doing the best, then go check those Hubs in Google Analytics to get a lot more in-depth info.

    Then build more Hubs like the most successful ones you have now.

  3. Ann Smith profile image60
    Ann Smithposted 9 years ago

    Thanks, relache.

    Your hub is very informative and well written.

    I guess I am going to have to study it more closely and keep at it.  While I thought I had some understanding from all the time put in so far, clearly I have not hit that zone to earn much of anything....

    My earnings are so small at this point that it seems tough to do analytics.  Not enough data there...

    1. Inspirepub profile image77
      Inspirepubposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Google Analytics reports traffic, not clicks, so there should be plenty of data across 39 Hubs.

      When it comes to PPC, traffic is the key. If you get more traffic, you get more clicks. See where your traffic is coming from.

      Did you research keywords before you started to see whether people are searching for info on  the topics you have chosen?

      Getting search engine traffic is the best way to increase your earnings, and that means understanding what people are searching for, and how Google, Yahoo and MSN decide which pages to show in their search results.

      If most of your traffic is internal HubPages readers, you will not get very many clicks.


  4. Journey * profile image88
    Journey *posted 9 years ago

    Hi Ann,

    I read relache's hub too and it is very helpful. I recommend taking her advice.

    Kudos relache!

  5. riotgrrrl profile image72
    riotgrrrlposted 9 years ago

    how do you know whether your getting google search engine traffic?

    and how can you search for popular googled 'keywords'

    1. fava profile image54
      favaposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Try https://adwords.google.com/select/KeywordToolExternal and tell it to look at your webpage content.  It will provide a list of suggested keywords and what the advertisers are paying for them.  You can then tweak your page to include the better paying ones.


      1. ajcor profile image59
        ajcorposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        am just trying this out and am going to put their keyword suggestions onto two of hubs now...thanks for this brilliant bit of advice...cheers

        1. fava profile image54
          favaposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          Be sure to focus the hub more on the keywords rather than merely including them.  If the adds that are shown have little to do with the actual content then then visitors are not going to click on them.

          There is no point on having a higher payout if your click rate drops to zero.


          1. ajcor profile image59
            ajcorposted 9 years agoin reply to this

            point taken - will just add  in or massage what is already on my hubs for the possible inclusion of the correct keywwords - but really like your url for the free prgram - thanks

  6. Ann Smith profile image60
    Ann Smithposted 9 years ago

    Thanks, all!  Wouldn't it be great if there were a hubpages webinar tutorial on all of this stuff? 

    As far as the Google analytics, perhaps I am looking at the wrong place??  Have checked the Google AdSense report, and everything appears to be consolidated.  It seems to simply show number of clicks, but not by page or anything like that.

    Again, thanks.

    1. gbrgn profile image73
      gbrgnposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      You have to copy-paste each individual hubpage address into the custom url within adsense. Only then will you be able to see the data for each hub.

    2. Inspirepub profile image77
      Inspirepubposted 9 years agoin reply to this


      Go to google.com/analytics and register.

      Create a URL channel using your HubPages profile page as the URL.

      Take the code Analytics gives you for that channel (something like UA-2485354-4) and paste it in your "Affiliate Settings" page where it says "Analytics".

      Wait a day or two.

      Log back into Analytics and look at the data for that URL channel.

      Don't worry about making a separate channel for each Hub at this point, get the basics done first then you can get fancy later if you decide it's worth doing. I haven't ever needed to do it, because the "top landing pages" information tells you which Hubs people are visiting.


  7. Rik Ravado profile image91
    Rik Ravadoposted 9 years ago

    Ann - had a quick look at your hubs.  You are a great writer but the hubs I looked at didn't seem targeted to particular key words and so the ads appearing weren't very relevant to the content. 

    It is a difficult tradeoff but you have to decide how much to focus on quality writing and how much to chase the cash!  Good Luck!

  8. Marisa Wright profile image98
    Marisa Wrightposted 9 years ago


    Do you promote yourself?   Just being part of HubPages means your Hubs get some traffic without you even trying - but you do need to do some work yourself.  Ask Misha - have you noticed he has only a few Hubs, yet he earns good money.  That's because he spends more time promoting and gaining an audience than he does writing! 

    I earned nothing for the first three months, but I've just got my second payout and am half way to my third - and I've only written one Hub a month for the last six months or so. So once you hit your stride, I'm sure things will start happening for you!

  9. rmshdc profile image60
    rmshdcposted 9 years ago

    Promoting the required for higher earning.  Participate in Forums and also comments on the hubpages you like.

    While asking a little similar question, I was advise serval hubbers to write comments on hubpages.  I have seen results improve when you write comments in hubpages or reply in some forum discussion.

    also the so called 'NUTSHELL" by relache is very elobrate and give LOTS of tips on higher earning.  Please spend time to read through all the pages of RELACHE on the higher earnings in hubpages.

  10. riotgrrrl profile image72
    riotgrrrlposted 9 years ago

    lots of wonderfull advice here, you guys are fab!
    but can i just ask again, how do we search for frequently googled 'key words'? as it sounds like research into whats 'hot' and whats 'not' is important stuff!

    1. profile image0
      multimasteryposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Keywords are Paramount!  Here's a hub I wrote on the subject:
      http://hubpages.com/hub/keywords-defini … t-keywords

  11. Misha profile image74
    Mishaposted 9 years ago

    LOL it is called keyword research, and it should be a foundation to all your work if you want to make money. The topic is too big to be covered in one post, one thread, one forum or one site smile

    You can start educating your self here http://www.seofaststart.com/ . I already posted this on another thread tonight, but it does not hurt to repeat here. This is the best material on the subject I know about, and it is free.

    Good luck smile

    1. rancidTaste profile image63
      rancidTasteposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Misha, you are so helpful... I find a great link from you. Thanks.... !!  smile

  12. ocbill profile image58
    ocbillposted 9 years ago

    yupp,  kw research is the key, plain and simple...You can also write about what you love and incorporate good paying keywords into the topic.

  13. alexd181 profile image60
    alexd181posted 9 years ago

    Ann, the hardest money earned for me has been through Google adsense too. $20 per 100,000 pageviews on one of the blogs I ran. That was until I learned to optimize adsense -- most of the tips given in this post are effective. Overall adsense does not pay that well in comparison to other methods (e.g. affiliate programs).

    BTW some people have mentioned that you can't track which pages get the most adsense earnings through Analytics. That's not true. You can track all your adsense earnings through Analytics, including CTR, eCPM and revenue per page as well as which traffic sources provide the most adsense revenue. However this is in beta testing at the moment and not available on all accounts. I'm sure it has a good chance of being made standard across all accounts sometime in 2009 however.
    Edit: I decided to write a hub about this to explain further -- http://hubpages.com/hub/How-To-Link-Goo … -Analytics

  14. ajcor profile image59
    ajcorposted 9 years ago

    Thanks for asking the question Ann  I am nearly to $50 in adsense but it has taken quite a bit of time so now with all this wonderful advice I may get to the $100 payout point a little sooner.. hope you achieve your adsense payout a lot faster also... cheers

  15. adrainsean profile image43
    adrainseanposted 9 years ago

    hello Inspirepub
    as you have mentioned to  give the url of  our profile page in analytics

    i have just one  more question can anyone please help with it  quickly

    does the URL imply as


    or does have to  a URL as LINK to the Page like this


    i think it is second one as it is the one which has a tracker , please let me know  ASAP.