I have a question-(if there is a feature for this let me know.) I was wondering what percentage of writers here get pay-outs monthly? I have been here for four years and have never made any money. I've been close several months but never quite hit the mark. That's fine as I have a full-time job and mainly got on hub to learn skills for on-line writing from the best sources which are fellow writers. I understand that some don't like to share this information but just stating yes or no may help newer people to the site to get a general idea of earning potential here.
You need more than 14 hubs to earn money. Try writing more and see what happens. Then again it still might be more worthwhile to put your efforts into something else. It is hard to earn money here right now.
I'll say this much; if you have a fairly big volume of Hubs or you know your SEO, you can make payout every month here. When I say a fairly big volume of Hubs, it depends, but it at least has to be in the neighborhood of a hundred, probably more. If you know SEO, you'd have to have around 50 Hubs, more or less; if you're pretty good, maybe 30 Hubs.
I did write hubs in batches on different topics I had either good knowledge in or stuff I wanted to research about and assumed others would want to learn about some day too. From every batch I had around 1 that did considerably well, interlinked them etc. Others that did well but didnt drive traffic to the related articles, I just deleted. In total I may have written nearly 70 - 80 hubs
I believe you. I know some people are savvy and can get very good traffic with not that many Hubs. You have a background that I think gives you an advantage in that regard. It's not really my forte, so what I said applies to people like me who've had to learn this SEO stuff after the fact. I just wanted to write and had knowledge of certain subjects; that's the kind of person my info applies to.
In other words, my main area of expertise is not how to tie a tie or where to find a mesothelioma lawyer. Oh, well, my interests are not that of the masses, what can I say. Kind of proud of that, actually.
@LauraD093: Ok to answer your question. I have a theory on why some people don't have earnings or achieve payout on HubPages. It involves two points. First about timing and second about the specific content you put out. Timing in terms social media rise in popularity and quality of content. I actually was inspired to write a hub about this topic after looking at your question. I just finished my hub, if you are interested you can read it, its called Can't Reach Payout? Your Timing & Content May Be to Blame, link: <link snipped>
I wasn't asking for specifics just a general yes or no would have been what I was looking for-and for the record I did not know as I have seen numerous forum topics of people whining about earnings or lack thereof I was just curious. Thanks for the information.
"You acknowledge and agree that You will not publicly disclose Your payments or Earned Balance (including any subcomponents thereof) from the HubPages Earnings Program without prior written consent of HubPages."
I have never seen anything which is why I asked if there was a place out here covering it. Some folk just get real twitchy about discussing money. Understandable I suppose I just wanted a general idea. Let me know if you see anything in the tutorials.
My earnings have remained stable over the last few years. What I like is that I do the hard work on a Hub, and then it sits and makes money for me without me having to do anything. Every few years, I go in and do an edit for new features (like the increase in mobile devices), SEO changes or new editing features added to HP. Otherwise, it just sits and earns me money.
Over the years, my best Hubs have earned far more than I could get writing for my sport's national magazine, which I have done. So...writing here works for me.
I am hopeful the new niche sites will increase that income somewhat.
Within the last week or so, HubPages admin mentioned that they have edited 3000 Hubs with their HubPro service, and those Hubs account for 41% of the search engine traffic. Those 3000 Hubs represent just under one half of one percent of the total content on he site,
Very few people are earning anything at this time, but the bulk of whatever it is comes from that small pool of Hubs.
Since December of 2015, my earnings have been going to south and decreasing more month by month. I have been on HP for just about five years and never have received a payout for just one month. For the record, I have 167 hubs.
Wow, with only five featured hubs I find it amazing that you make payout most months. I have 249 featured hubs and have never received payout more than twice in a year. I'm in the same boat as Paul I'm afraid.
It's completely believable, kmackey. How many Hubs you have isn't relevant (especially now we don't have sub-domains). It's what you write about that matters - and even then you can go wrong, if you don't know how to choose the right titles.
I wrote a Hub about how to optimize your Hubs which would be relevant to Paul, I wrote it for someone else who had the same problem.
Getting the titles does seem to me to be all important. I have altered several recently and their views have increased quite dramatically. When I looked at them, I wondered why I had tried to be 'clever or smart' instead of just saying what the hub was about.
I went and edited some of the titles on the old ones that used to get tons of traffic and now get none. I remember when hubpages used to recommend titles for more traffic.. I must of had title tardness or something. Ha
One thing I can tell you: Using proper grammar and being a good writer has nothing to do with it. Some of the worst writers on the Net are claiming to be getting loads of traffic and making money. It's purely a matter of SEO and sales tricks.
I made thousands of dollars when my pages were on Squidoo and I also made good money back in the day when eHow had a Writer's Compensation Program. Now, on Hubpages, I don't always make monthly pay-out. I don't think the site is really geared to solid earnings.
I used to get payouts every couple months but have not been very active lately. Payouts have not been huge, usually about $50 every 2 or 3 months at my most active time. Do a hub a day for 30 days and shoot for being previewed on at least 20-25 of those. Follow the guidelines at right side for best results.
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