The rate for the HubPages Ad Program CPMs are down about 50% over the past month, from around $6.00 on an average day in July to around $3.00 now. Is this a seasonal fluctuation or is it due to HubPages' recent traffic drop and advertisers paying lower rates?
This certainly is not good for earnings at a time when many are seeing an overall drop in their Page Views. Should the CPMs pick up as the fall wears on and the holiday season approaches?
When word gets out that views are less than half of what they were in a site, advertisers take their dollars someplace else. That is what is happening here...less competition means lower payments...and all of us here suffer for it!
We'll have to see what happens when advertisers come back in the fall and winter. I do have to say with CPMs like the ones that are currently occurring, I have to weigh where my writing efforts are best spent.
What was your average CPM in June or May? My averages were around $6.00 a few months ago. A drop to $3 and change is a big percentage drop from $6 and change. You really notice the impact on high view days.
I remember a while back, I was having $9, $10, and $11 CPM days. It has come down all the way to the $3 range now. Probably just part of the summer doldrums. Advertisers know that Internet viewers aren't engaged this time of the year.
"A few months ago" – I only had 3 Hubs on this site until I started publishing more in May. Now I have 31 and get 550 views per day. So my real history doesn't go back as far as yours. And, isn't CPM (the payment for 1,000 views) the same for everyone???
Rock_nj is correct; topic plays a large role in what you will be paid. HP has, in the past, contracted with particular companies (Drano comes to mind) that paid a huge CPM, but Drano ads were placed only on hubs in the "home" category which makes perfect sense for Drano. I still wish they could repeat that - my CPM's were stratospheric for the weeks when they ran those ads.
My earnings here are down as well. I also noticed my Adsense earnings are also down for HP. The only revenue I am getting through Adsense are clicks from my blog. The HP earnings are virtually non-existent.
Oh no, when a successful hubber is going through it, I know we have rough summer to get through. Cardisa, thank goodness you have success outside of HP. I look forward to the fall and winter months when we will all hopefully see better times. What do you think?
Hi Jan, hopefully we will see an increase. I saw a surge in traffic yesterday so hopefully earnings will pick up. When I view my Adsense account there is nothing happening for HP. My blogs and websites are seeing better results. The only HP earnings comes to the HP Ad program here. I use to get a few clicks but haven't in a few months.
Does anyone know where I could go to for technology and science blogs? I was brand new to this forum sort of thing when I can to HP, and like everyone else, I am finding it somewhat a waste of time. Reluctant to forsake old pals here, but I would like to spend my time more productively and have a better social life.
Thanks everyone for being here as part of the community in HubPages. I have been looking in here for almost 2 years and got lots of very kind and supportive comments and flags from so many people.
I have become very disillusioned with HubPages now. Several of my Hubs, which I felt (and others felt) were deep and meaningful, were marked as substandard. So, I have deleted those now completely, after saving to my archives.
Earning money on this Site is not part of my objective. Just over $3.00 Australian over 4 months is not something one would cry to the bank about, lol. !!! It has just been the feeling a sense of belonging which has kept me here.
Good luck to you all, I will continue to "drop in" now and then.
Writing for HubPages or Squidoo is like being married; you have to abide by someone else's wishes and rules or at least compromise to stay in good standing. Writing for Blogger or your own website is like being single; you live by your rules.
Thanks Rock.... like a true-to-the-tooth "-comelately," I've taken a long time to realise why there are less and less conversations going on in HP. I am considering moving some of my best hubs to another site. Can I do this? Does HP own any of my copyright because I first posted them in HP?
No HP doesn't own your articles (Hubs), you do. From what I understand, if you want to remove them, let at least 48 hours pass before posting them elsewhere to keep Google happy. This has been addressed in the forums and questions before, so do a search before you remove them to get all your questions answered.
Yes, this past month, I've noticed an earnings drop too. Trying to plan an exit strategy now, to be perfectly honest. I've found better paying writing opportunities elsewhere without having to manage ads, SEO, trackers, and having to keep up with the latest HP rules changes.
Austin, well I'm doing a lot more content writing now which is pretty easy and clean. I'm looking for new sites to do more of that. It has really sharpened my writing, and the cash up front without maintenance work is nice though I'd never get rich doing it. My blog about Costa RIca doesn't bring in much directly but it does pull in the occasional writing gig from other sites, some of which pay very well. I think you can do very well at HP or sites like it if you are really good at SEO and make an effort to find a popular niche, which may not be something you are super interested in.
My views were down yesterday, earnings are down. I have hubs ready but I'm not going to put them on now maybe later I want to see what will happen here first. It's not just summer or Google there is something else going on.
I am wondering if part of it is bc we can only include 2 amazon/ebay ads on a hub has something to do with it... My earnings are so low.... going to walk away from this... have more profitable things to do with my time... great while it lasted but I am all about diversified.
well for a hobby writer this isn't worth it and the 2 ads is what I am being told to do. I am not getting any other choice. Usually by this time of the month I have about $10 to $15 in earnings... I have $1.35 WTH.
Really? That's interesting. No wonder why this site is losing writers in droves. Not only have they made it a major chore to maintain Hubs in good standing, but they've created a way to steer more money towards the host and away from the writers. HP certainly seems to be at a critical juncture at the moment.
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