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Yikes! 50% Drop in Earnings.

  1. vocalcoach profile image95
    vocalcoachposted 3 months ago

    Is it just me or has anyone else had a significant decrease in earnings this month?  Every hub is featured.  Traffic actually increased.  Any thoughts anyone?

    1. Will Apse profile image90
      Will Apseposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      My income has risen, just as my traffic has risen, this month.

      Is this a seasonal thing for your pages? Outdoor orientated pages seem to be doing very well for me at the moment. If you are focused on indoor stuff, ad values might have fallen.

      1. vocalcoach profile image95
        vocalcoachposted 3 months ago in reply to this

        No, not seasonal at all.  My earnings have been consistent.  Thanks.

        1. Will Apse profile image90
          Will Apseposted 3 months ago in reply to this

          Your earnings are consistent.

          Your earnings have fallen by 50 percent this month.

          I am confused.

    2. Marisa Wright profile image94
      Marisa Wrightposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      If traffic increased but earnings fell, it has to be related to what advertisers are paying. Not much we can do about that, unfortunately.

      1. vocalcoach profile image95
        vocalcoachposted 3 months ago in reply to this

        I thought about this.  Thanks Marisa.  You always give such helpful answers.

    3. aerospacefan profile image86
      aerospacefanposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      Mobile ads pay far less than desktop ads. I'm wondering if this could be part of the equation? Just thinking out loud.

      Also, some ads pay more than others. It's possible the ad type showing pays less.

      A 50% is a lot for sure.

      1. vocalcoach profile image95
        vocalcoachposted 3 months ago in reply to this

        Yes, this has never happened before.  Just not sure whether it's on my end or HP.

    4. promisem profile image94
      promisemposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      You might want to compare May of 2017 with May of 2016 to see if the performance is similar.

      It might also just be an anomaly. If June is better, maybe it's just a one-time problem.

      1. vocalcoach profile image95
        vocalcoachposted 3 months ago in reply to this

        I took a look at last years earnings as you suggested.  Yes,  did much better at this time last year.  Thanks a lot.

    5. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image93
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 3 months ago in reply to this

      When  I realized CPMs were dropping, I switched to  Adsense and have had very good results.  My views increased over 48,000 for may, as compared to last year.  In fact, this May was the second highest month for earnings I've ever had!

      Why not try switching to Adsense to see if that helps. You can always switch back if that doesn't work.

      1. easylearningweb profile image91
        easylearningwebposted 3 months ago in reply to this

        Hey Timetraveler, can you explain what you mean about switching to Adsense? I have Adsense account linked to my blog as well as HubPages, but is there a setting you turned off possibly HubPages Ads vs using something different for Adsense? Something in our earnings settings?

        Thanks!

        1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image93
          TIMETRAVELER2posted 3 months ago in reply to this

          When  you write for HP you can choose to be paid using the HP ad program in combination with Adsense or you can turn off the HP ad program and just use the Adsense.  The Adsense that HP uses pays more than one you have on a blog.

          When I saw that cpms had dropped a month or so back, I went into my earnings settings and turned off the HP payment program.  My results so far have been quite good, although there's no real way to compare because once you turn the HP program off, you no longer know what your CPMS might be for any given day.

          They pay differently, and I can't explain how Adsense pays, but I know it does not pay via page views.  It uses some sort of complex program that works well for some writers and not for others depending on, I guess, topic.

          Anyhow, you can switch at will, so it may be a good idea to give it a try for a week and see how things go.

  2. FatFreddysCat profile image91
    FatFreddysCatposted 3 months ago

    Last month was the pits for me but there's definitely been improvement thus far in May.

    1. Jean Bakula profile image92
      Jean Bakulaposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      I did much better in May than in April too.

      1. vocalcoach profile image95
        vocalcoachposted 3 months ago in reply to this

        Nice to know I'm not alone.  Thanks.

    2. vocalcoach profile image95
      vocalcoachposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      Happy to hear this.  Keep it up!

  3. poppyr profile image91
    poppyrposted 3 months ago

    Same, in May my earnings increased by about 40%.

    1. vocalcoach profile image95
      vocalcoachposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      I guess we'll never figure it out smile  Thanks.

    2. Suzanne Day profile image96
      Suzanne Dayposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      I agree, May was a super stellar month. Whatever HP is doing, is working for me. Might even write something new on here again one day wink

      1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image93
        TIMETRAVELER2posted 3 months ago in reply to this

        Please do.  I have missed you!

  4. iwrite100 profile image79
    iwrite100posted 3 months ago

    There are more sellers? or people are spending their money on vacation and not online items?  Just guessing

    1. vocalcoach profile image95
      vocalcoachposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      Could be.  I'm puzzled.  Thanks.

      1. vocalcoach profile image95
        vocalcoachposted 3 months ago in reply to this

        Me too.  smile  Thanks.

    2. vocalcoach profile image95
      vocalcoachposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      These are both good guesses and thanks!

  5. neenasatine profile image77
    neenasatineposted 3 months ago

    Hi. Did you ask the staff about it? It may be about advertisers' rates if the traffic has always been consistent.

  6. Stacie L profile image88
    Stacie Lposted 3 months ago

    I had a good may also. I made some sales which adds up. I find my views and sales are cyclical.

    1. aerospacefan profile image86
      aerospacefanposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      Stacie,
      Are your hubs that are getting the traffic mostly on the niches?

  7. profile image55
    faithinyouposted 3 months ago

    Me new in hubpages.com. Let's see How my journey would be

  8. makingamark profile image68
    makingamarkposted 3 months ago

    I've just downloaded the money stats for May.

    Now while I'm not active on Hubpages in terms of updating etc or pushing hubs across to the new niche sites (not impressed with the one for my niche) income had been ticking along while I continue with the mammoth job of switching content or deleting it or waiting for HubPages to get their act together on art history!

    However recently the AdSense all but dried up. So much so that halfway through the month I switched out of the HubPages Ad Program and over to Google AdSense for all adverts.

    Having got the stats for both now - one half of the month HubPages and the other half Google AdSense the net result is
    * pitiful AdSense income for HubPages continues
    * HOWEVER the big bonus is I like the adverts on my hubs a lot more now. (That's because I've got a lot of topics blocked in AdSense - I don't care if they pay big bucks they're not appearing on my sites!)
    * PLUS I was minded to try putting Google AdSense on one of my other sites (the #2 art business info site which gets respectable traffic) and income is now taking off on that. I've got just one landscape image ad at the bottom of the page next to the navigation cues for more info (ie not in your face - but there in case it may be of interest i.e. not objectionable).

    1. vocalcoach profile image95
      vocalcoachposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      Thanks so much!

  9. easylearningweb profile image91
    easylearningwebposted 3 months ago

    I have noticed it too. May was low but other months were higher in past.

    1. vocalcoach profile image95
      vocalcoachposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      I find this a bit dis-heartening.  Still, I know earnings will pick up at some point.  Thanks.

  10. Jesse Drzal profile image86
    Jesse Drzalposted 3 months ago

    Traffic fluctuations are normal. It's recommended to maintain an even keel demeanor.

    1. Will Apse profile image90
      Will Apseposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      That's it. Ad values for winter-related products/activities will certainly rise in a few months time and so will traffic.

      For me, and everyone else, with pages on Dengarden this is a good time of year.

      1. Jesse Drzal profile image86
        Jesse Drzalposted 3 months ago in reply to this

        Definitely. CPM's  will be rising for the rest of the year.

    2. vocalcoach profile image95
      vocalcoachposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      Will do and thanks!

  11. Jodah profile image87
    Jodahposted 3 months ago

    Similar here. My views have been great, but monthly income down 50% for around four months. Back to normal in may, but only thanks to an Amazon sale.

    1. vocalcoach profile image95
      vocalcoachposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      Sorry to hear this, John.  This is the first time in 7 years this has occurred.  Just came as a bit of a surprise.   I,m sure my next payment will make me smile.

  12. Jesse Drzal profile image86
    Jesse Drzalposted 3 months ago

    What's nice for your summer/fall seasonal articles is that you at least get the elevated CPM's when people are viewing..as opposed to the early quarter rates which are lower. Got to look on the positive side of things sometimes.

  13. Janellegems profile image45
    Janellegemsposted 3 months ago

    My earnings also went down. It's very discouraging.

    1. vocalcoach profile image95
      vocalcoachposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      I'm tweaking older hubs, making titles more user friendly and updating with new info.  This just might help.

  14. Chriswillman90 profile image92
    Chriswillman90posted 3 months ago

    I'm always curious to learn what people would be satisfied with earning every month from hubpages (realistically). I know I'm happy earning a couple extra hundred per month from passive income but how about everyone else.

    1. Jodah profile image87
      Jodahposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      If I got anywhere near that much I would be happy Chris. I don't make that much in a year.

      1. Chriswillman90 profile image92
        Chriswillman90posted 3 months ago in reply to this

        That's a shame given your writing repertoire, you deserve millions of views as each written piece knocks it out of the park.

        1. Jodah profile image87
          Jodahposted 3 months ago in reply to this

          Thanks, Chris. Much appreciated, just tell that to everyone else..haha.

 
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