I just wanted to provide some hope and optimism here. And I know I will get some grief about this- but I am not posting from my main account here. Yes- I have another (okay- fine two) accounts here and one is quite successful. I don't want people copying my hubs and topics, so this is why I am being careful. But, I DO want people to know there IS still money to be made from HubPages.
I don't want to get in trouble, so I won't divulge any exact figures. But, I want hubbers to know there ARE still those of us out here doing well. And to be clear- this is NOT my main account.
Don't lose faith! Keep writing, keep doing research and never surrender.
Thank you for this message of hope. We need to hear more of this, minus the gloom, that sometimes overshadows well-meaning posts. Congratulations on living the hubber dream by acquiring the secret formula of doing well at HP. I know it takes hard work, consistency, and skill. Have a great day, DoTheMath. Blessings and continued success.
You say that your other account is doing well? I've wondered about starting another one here but would like to hear some opinions first.
Starting another account can't hurt- but you just have to invest in it. My other 2 accounts don't make much because I haven't fostered them at all. I don't bother with them anymore, honestly.
And to be brutally honest I haven't written a hub on my successful account in a long time. I did spend a lot of time investing in it years ago though and that continues to pay off for me.
I think keeping a second account is good to have for experimentation. Write about different things and see what clicks, then bring that topic to your main account or expand it in the second one and drop the dross. That's what I've been trying to do, but so far I haven't hit the magic button with the second one.
With the different niche sites for HubPages now, I don't think that a second account is necessary in terms of traffic. You may choose to keep separate accounts for privacy reasons though.
I know from personal experience that you can make a helpful amount of regular income here; no doubt about that. Sounds like you are more successful than that here, which is very inspirational. I'm working on some of my own sites to see what I can do with them, but I always know HP is a viable site in so many ways. But you have to learn how the Internet works to make it successful for you in a monetary/traffic sense.
There is just so much pessimism circulating around about HP lately that I thought I'd be remiss in not speaking up! It definitely takes a lot of time, work and investigation- but there is still money to be made here. Oh yeah- and not gonna lie- there is an element of luck. I happened to discover a couple of subjects that are lucrative. I just kept trying and trying until I got it right.
Consider a person who has 200 articles and makes $100 a month. Depending on the the person that could be fantastic, paltry, or merely acceptable. What does "quite successful" mean to you?
If you start an earnings discussion without even a crude approximation, what can people get out of it other than the fact that you are happy with what you earn? Ok, I am happy for you that you are happy with your earnings. I find my own earnings to be nothing to complain nor brag about. I have no idea if I would be happy with your earnings or if you would be happy with mine since it is all so secretive around here.
Well, we do have to abide by the TOS, so even giving approximations would not be legal.
Surely it's possible to discuss a theoretical hubber with 200 hubs earning $100 per month? That's not giving anything away. To some that would be a lot, to others, it's not even two tanks of petrol/gas.
Absolutely, but when someone asks for a "general idea" of what people make, this is not theoretical.
Okay let's talk about this hypothetical Hubber. Let's say it took her 6 hours to write a hub. That's 1,200 hours for 200 articles. If all she gets is $100 in the first month for 1,200 hours, she may think that she is getting a crazy low amount. "Eight cents an hour is ridiculous!" she will way and spend the rest of her time in the forums complaining about her low earnings
But consider that this payment comes in every month, even if she doesn't write any more articles, hypothetically of course. In a year, she makes $1,200 which is still a paltry pay per hour. One dollar an hour is a little better but still crazy low.
After the second year, she has made $2 per hour. And by this time, she has forgotten all those hours she spent writing, and feels like she might have enjoyed some of this writing and camaraderie with her readers.
Year three is $3 per hour, year four is $4 per hour, and so on. If the payments keep coming, the more time has passed, the more she has made per hour, and the more the pay seems reasonable.
Although by this time, she has spent much more time in the forums, for which she gets no pay, than the amount of time she spent writing hubs.
I, personally, am seeing things get worse. I don't think just putting up more hubs would change that for me.
Thank you for this. Some nice Sunday optimism is just what people need.
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