I signed up with HubPages in January. I posted my first article on the 18th. Immediately I posted about 11 articles. Since then I have posted a total of 21, all featured. I realize that Google has been changing their algorithms and such. But I haven't even hit two dollars earnings yet. What am I doing wrong?
Nothing - it took me over a year to earn a dollar. I'm earning a lot more now! Just create quality articles and eventually you'll see traffic and hopefully earnings...
Personally I have earned just about $2 with more than 20 articles since January. But I do not think you need 12 months or so to hit $50. If you concentrate on product lenses with the right amount of keyword searches and products costs, you will hit $50 per month within 2 or 3 months of consistent work. Heck you can even earn $100 per month with just a month of hard work if you know how to do things right, and this is very realistic. I can say this looking at my Squidoo earnings and type of pages. Here, almost all my articles are not sales targeted, and I'm thinking of changing that soon.
Also, if you concentrate solely on Hubpages, and you work from home online the whole day, you can publish around 10 general articles per day, which makes around 300 per month. If you write good sales articles instead, you will be able to create about 3 articles per day, making that 90 per month. So 21 is not a great number if you truly want to earn.
Hope I helped!
The number of articles is not what is important. What is important is whether you write good, correct content that covers subjects that attract readers. I know one fellow here who gets 15,000 views a month on just one article...and he only has a total of 7 articles. There are others I've heard of who get many more than that on just one article. So you can do all the figuring you like...more hubs does not equal more money in most cases.
GwennyOh, it's important that you promote you hubs on other sites in order to get links pointing to them. Sites like Pinterest, Stumble Upon, Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, Red Gage, Reddit are a good place to start. Non HP forums are also good places and while many don't allow posting links in comments, they do allow you to use a link as your signature (those are good enough as far as Google is concerned). Text links are better than just plain URL links but anything is better than nothing. Avoid posting a links in forums that aren't related to the hub it's pointing to as this will be seen as a spammy link and will go against your website in search results.
Also avoid reciprocal links and stay well clear of websites that charge you for a link to your site, those links will go against your hub's google ranking.
I've also noticed three of your hubs don't have ads in them, I'm not sure why that is but maybe you opted to turn ads off in those. They are: the two hubs about 'A safer world for women' and the hub about herpes simplex.
Ouch, I can't edit the title, that was meant to say earnings, lol. Not earrings.
Thanks for the insight SimeyC. I appreciate getting some idea of how it works.
Fixed the title for ya.
SimeyC is right on. It takes most of us over 12 months to start getting regular payouts. But man, it's nice getting 'em once they come!
I have a question. I asked this somewhere else, but I have misplaced that thread. lol
I made about 2$ last month and I thought we had to wait til we hit 10$ for a payout. Does that mean we have to hit 10$ per month? Will I never see that money?
Although Amazon payout (direct deposit in the US) is $10 minimum, HPads is higher at $50.
Both are cumulative, however - it just keeps adding up each month until that maximum amount is finally reached, whereupon it is paid and you generously share it with all those that have answered your question.
*edit* Except Psycheskinner - she cheated and got the answer in before I did.
Actually not quite right - you share it with everyone in the thread - but it's proportional - the person who answers first gets the most....ohhhh that's me!
haha, ok... send me your address... Ill send you a generous percentage.
Hmm. Not sure I'm liking that "generous" bit. Hard numbers are so much more...informative..you know. Numbers like 75% or 90%, but only for the first dozen or so payouts. After that you should probably keep them for yourself.
@wilderness, [whereupon it is paid and you generously share it with all those that have answered your question] This is why i love threads, having to sleep with a smile
Seeing as how you're only making a very small amount of $$ per view, I've done the math to see how many articles, and how much traffic, I will need in order to truly begin making money. With only 21 articles under your belt so far, I would not be concerned with your earning quite yet.
By working on producing a good number of quality Hubpages articles, soon your traffic to each of those will multiply, along with your credibility, and your Hubber Score, and soon you'll be making a ton more. Keep up the good work and I promise it will pay off.
I thought $50 is the minimum not $10, one day you will reach there
It is cumulative, you don't need to make any amount per month. You get paid when you have $50 or more.
Hi Gwenny I have to respectfully disagree with Simey and Simone, as I do not think it should take you that long. You DO, however, need to write a lot more articles. 20 hubs in your first three months is not going to do it. You also need to make a lot more comments on other hubs so that hubbers who write similar material will visit and follow you.
You also need to share your hubs on Pinterest, Facebook, or other social media sites. Read some forum posts about changing your titles to make them more search engine friendly, and take a look at the title tuner on your HP stat page.
You have some interesting hubs so I think you will be able to attract more readers!
"as I do not think it should take you that long"
The question was whether she was doing anything wrong. Some people earn $50 in the first month with one hub, some take years to earn that. For me it took me a year to start earning and I had far more than 100 hubs. So in that respect she's doing nothing wrong.
A lot depends on the type of article and ensuring that the article is top quality - some articles takea long time to mature - I have many articles that are two years old that are now just seeing traffic - in highly competitive niches it can take a long time to see any traction....
Of course you are right that she can improve her traffic by looking into SEO, titles, key words, key phrases, link juice etc. to get more traffic, but that in itself is not a guarantee especially if the niche is 'full'....
Hi Simey, the question was "what am I doing wrong?" Usually when people ask what they are doing wrong they would like to find out how to do better. People who would like to do better dont just want to be told "it is okay, do not worry about it".
The hints I provided to her were from yourself, Marisa, wilderness, and other useful hubbers on the forums. Being told "the niche is full" seems like another way of saying "quit trying".
It may take a hundred hubs before you find that one that goes to the top of the search engines quickly, so the best answer is "keep trying".
I see a variety of responses and advice, all received and being processed within. Thanks so much for all responses so far. I know a lot more now than I did before!
no no the newbie that answers last gets it.......ohhhhhh that's me:<)
I've published 16 hubs and have made the equivalent of about $2 through adsense...but that is mostly through 2 people who clicked on my ads (yay)...I have only had about 1000 views in total. I reckon to earn decent money you need at least 10 times that if not more...
Ive had about 4700 views since Dec... however Im worried that about 4650 are me editing my own work.
I too have wondered how many views were my own. Probably best we don't know, lol!
If you go on to Google Analytics you can see the actual number of views you get each day. These are real views, and do not include your edits, etc.
On your stats page, click earnings. Scroll down to "reporting settings" and click the configure button to set up Google Analytics. Although it will take several days to several weeks to gather data on your account, it is a fascinating place to learn about what is going on in your subdomain.
You should do keyword research so more people can find your writing using search engines. I like to use Google's Adwords keyword tool for this using the "exact match" option.
https://adwords.google.com/o/Targeting/ … WORD_IDEAS
Go for keywords/phrases that have at least 500 local searches and are low to medium competition. It takes some patience, but it really pays off if you learn how to use it. Hope this helps.
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