I joined HubPages 4 months ago for one and only purpose - making money and becoming rich overnight. I thought, "Of course, all I need to do is put some articles out there and money will pour down from everywhere".
Fast forward 4 months, I have barely made $2 from those articles. So I reckon, deleting some of them and starting afresh is the best idea and I am going to do that. It's difficult, but I gotta remove them. I must!
Have you ever deleted your hubs? I s it a good approach?
Why should you delete those hubs? Instead you write more and earn more. You earned @2 within 4 moths of your start. In any case it is a good start when the case is that even after one year some hubbers (including me) could not earn even @1. In my case, it is 16 months since I started and I am hopeful of my first receipt of @50 within 1 or 2 months only. You have well begun, and well begun is half done. Why worry? Don't lose hope and work hard confidently. I am sure you will earn more soon. Think positively!
I am not losing any hope. I think you misinterpreted my words. I just want to delete some articles which is not up to the standards. I don't want be be known as someone who write crap, you know
From what I have heard on the net, the place to make quick money is on bubblews.com. I have heard from people I know that they are making $100s there per month, by posting consistently there and participating in their community. If you're going to delete Hubs, you might as well repost them there. bubblews posts do not need to be as long as Hubs, so you won't even have to expand your current Hubs. Good Luck! Making money on the net is not that easy. It takes time and determination. It's a matter of consistently adding to your content and sharing it and making friends. Eventually things start to happen synergistically and real money is made. It's not all that different than long term investing. Small consistent efforts over time pay off big in the later years.
And no, I can't repost it on Bubblews for the sake of making money. I have more than 1800 connections over there within 2 months of joining that site because I only share humorous articles - things that people would want to peruse.
$25 per day is $700 per month. That sounds great! You aren't going to make that kind of money on HubPages.
@Rock_nj Money is not the driving force anymore. I just want to write and improve my skills, and there is no better place for it than HubPages.
I agree, HubPages is quite a writers community. It has been a great experience for me. I have gone back and forth on HubPages between wanting to make money and wanting to write about topics that interest me (some of which aren't all that "popular" and don't make a lot of money). That's pretty much the story of my overall life. Back and forth between wanting to make money and wanting to do what satisfies me, regardless of money.
That is not my experience with Bubblews. After several months, I made 19 cents. I am also irritated by the huge quantity of vacuous crap written in extremely poor English that is posted there. I strongly suspect that the site will not live long once it comes under Google's microscope.
I am happy as long as they are sending $25 to me through PayPal on a daily basis And surprisingly whatever you write over there rank pretty well in Google. I mean, really really well.
You are not earning because I premise, you don't have many connections. Connect with as many people as possible and see the money pour!
The problem is that I do not want my name to be publicly associated with illiterate and potentially incorrect material written by others, because this could ultimately affect any other content I have on the web. Thus, I am very careful about what "connections" I have that are viewable to all.
Fortunately, I can earn $25 by translating about 200 words, for which I need about 15-30 minutes depending on the content and which is a route that does not compromise my reputation. It's no problem to get 2000 or more words a day to translate.
Bubblews was just an experiment to see if it could produce passive income for minimal effort. It did not, so I am not giving it any further attention.
There are two reasons I would not delete Hubs: That they could get traffic and be indexed (important word here is could) and that they are already indexed and are getting traffic. Some need to age. If already indexed, then, if you delete the Hub, it's lost forever. If deleted, you lose the potential the Hub has or you lose what it already has. This is also why I don't delete Hubs and move them. If they are already indexed, or could be, then I'd either have to start all over and therefore waste time or someone else jumps in and takes the position of the formerly indexed Hub. However, as you and others have said, if the Hubs have no potential, then it might be wise to wipe the slate clean and start fresh. I'm very hesitant to just delete a Hub, though. Potential is hard to predict; in other words, what people are looking for is difficult to predict. Not entirely. Some keyword research will bring you some good predictions on what people look for, and, so, what will bring you traffic. As already said, overly saturated subjects with heavy competition will be an uphill struggle. Also, I think it is important to write about what you know and love. That's not a sentimental or cliche statement, it's true; because you will write well on those subjects, which means the visitor will get what he or she is looking for, which is what Google wants to index. As has been said too, improving the Hub is most the time the correct option; it can increase traffic. I like the templates HP has in the Hub Tool; it gives you an idea of what should be included in the Hub to generate traffic; adding media and text, images, polls, and information, or just polish up existing text, can pull a Hub out of a nearly dormant state and start getting it indexed and increase traffic. Another thing to look at is where the Hub is in the SERPs for those keywords; if it's been a couple years and you have to go all the way to page 10 (exaggerating a bit), then it might not have potential. If it's only been a couple months and it's on page 3 or 4, it looks like it's on its way up the SERPs.
I had one low scoring Hub that I almost deleted. I didn't do a thing different. Then one day I noticed it had received 20 views. Sometimes they seem to get noticed out of the blue for some reason and take off on their own!
I do not know which Hubs you are referring to but I have skimmed over several. Do you use summaries? Write brief summaries. Shorten some titles and complete the thoughts in the summary, people will see this. Extend the content, add photos and other items. Do not delete them.
Haven't read through all the comments, but don't delete your hubs! Have to give them at least a year to see how they're doing.
Not looked at any of your hubs, just the titles, but if you want to write in areas in which there are thousands of other established writers already getting the traffic you are not going to have much luck even if your hubs are the best in the world.
When you choose a title and an area to write in it is important that it has two things when it comes to making money - traffic, and limited competition. If it has no traffic or a lot of established competition you are not going to make money.
good luck whatever you decide to do..
Two bucks is two bucks--though I guess it doesn't equal an actual paycheck. I rather doubt I will live long enough to collect a paycheck from Google Adsense--at the rate I'm going, anyway.
Why not just build on what you've got?
I don't think there's much chance that Hub Pages will allow you to quit your day job, but there's probably an occasional small paycheck in it. Not much chance of getting rich quick here.
(Hey, I was hoping for a bit more, myself.)
No need to ever delete any hubs unless there are complains due to it having offensive content, some hubs need time to mature and grow.
You're writing on some over-saturated topics. You have a Hub instructing people on keyword research, so apparently you must have looked at the numbers and decided you can rank for your keywords. Good! So instead of deleting your Hubs, why not spruce them up so they have a better chance of beating what is already in the SERPs? If you want to rank for something lots of people are writing about, you need to go above and beyond and build a page that is better than anything else out there.
Many of your Hubs are way too short. This alone might be a problem. Longer Hubs have a better shot at ranking for more keywords and phrases, and (arguably) have more value in the eyes of search engines. Also, four months isn't all that long.
If you feel like you're writing on topics you shouldn't be then delete away, but if you're just disappointed about your traffic and earnings you might want to try getting your Hubs up to the standards outlined in the HP goals before ditching 4 months of hard work.
Most of what I have written over here was done when I was a newbie here. It's been 4 months since I have done anything over here. Now that I don't have to worry about making money anymore, I don't want to put up crap here. The keyword related article you read is incomplete as it was written when I did not know anything about it myself.
I am thinking about improving it though.
If you wrote a keyword-related article without knowing anything about it yourself . . . well . . . there's your problem.
I change my position. If you feel you've posted a bunch of spammy Hubs and you want to rebuild your account in a way that gives you more pride in your work, that can only be a good thing. Good luck!
I have deleted bunch of crappy stuff far. Off to fix some of other old hubs now.
I have been at HP for 19 months now and have learned so much about online writing that it is unbelievable. You sound like a person who wants to improve your skills, and I applaud that. Many times I have a hub I don't like or that is performing poorly and I go back into it and improve everything possible. Oftentimes this works well, sometimes it does not. The problem for most of us is competition. I would suggest writing about one main topic about which you know a lot and producing real quality hubs about it. Over time, you will build authority, become known in that area and will do OK financially. I have tons of deleted hubs I could move to Bubbelews, but I like it right here and don't care if those hubs ever get published elsewhere. You will not get rich here, but you will learn, grow, make friends and in the end, be proud of what you produce. To me, that is something money can never buy. Best of luck to you.
Online writing is stiff competition, but don't be discouraged. If you can join the Apprenticeship program here on HP, you will learn so much. When I first started it, I was only making pennies. I just published my 50th hub today (6-1/2 months later), and I will most likely close out July with over $40. That still won't make me rich, but I can see how people do well over time. Each day, I get more and more views. HP has many great lessons you can review if you can't get into the Apprenticeship program. Follow their advice. Try to do your best to write "evergreen" hubs. They will benefit you in the long-run.
As I mentioned earlier, I don't have to worry about making money anymore as I am already doing it on Bubblews. So now my focus is on writing hubs I have always wanted to write. It's more like write-my-heart-out place now.
I see, you are one of the lucky ones, who have joined Apprentice program. They have abolished it, haven't they?
No, I don't think they have abolished it. I think it was put on hold for a little bit of time, but I know my HP mentor mentioned working with the new Apprenticeship group in June (when I finished). I think a lot of people are applying for it, but there is only so much room. But, you can probably get on the waiting list. :-)
If I had generic hubs I'd delete them too. Good for you!
I say if its not worth reading, meaning quality, its not worth writing. Good for you for choosing to better your hubs.
I looked at one of them and immediately noticed a few grammatical errors, particularly where you listed a series of things and then said "is" instead of "are". As if you we're saying red, white and blue "is" the colors of the US flag.
When you have goofs like this you won't be taken seriously by readers. Hub hoppers won't rate your hubs highly and your hub scores will be lower. I imagine that affects your rankings on Google as well, though I don't know for sure.
Anyway, I encourage you to get more particular about your mechanics of writing for better hubs.
I'm not so sure how much I agree with the comment someone made about not writing about what a lot of other people have already written about. I think that's really hard to do. I write about whatever I feel compelled to write about and "try" to find at least somewhat unique things when I can. However my highest viewed hub is about how I lost weight and the next highest is about weight loss tips. Weight loss is a huge industry with millions of people writing on that topic. Yet my lowly hubs are doing fairly well.
As many people have said, think evergreen. Topics everyone wants to read about. And to me, that's going to mean topics a lot of other people are writing about too. So ... kind of an oxymoron.
Good luck with revamping your hubs!
I haven't deleted any of my stuff. I figure, it's already written, why undo it?
But when it negatively affects your reputation as a hubber, you gotta do it. All the hubs I deleted were nothing but junk.
The reason you do not keep poorly written hubs is to let Google know you do not write junk as well as good articles. The junk lowers your portfolios ratings and thus your views and money. Furthermore, junk pulls the entire site down and effects all of the other writers. Keeping junk is damaging to everybody so you should either rewrite or delete.
My comment is for adecourv. I fully understand why you deleted and applaud you for doing so. If we all bit that bullet, HP would fall into favor with Google again and all of us would benefit. Unfortunately, many people can't seem to get that point, so we continue to suffer. Sooner or later, though, HP will delete those bad hubs for the others...so the end result will be the same.
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