Just want to rant about something. I was just talking to somebody (not from hubpages) and I was telling her about hubpages and my plans for the future (which also includes hubpages). Suddenly, she said that maybe I should stop doing this because it doesn't really earn much. Then she mentioned her friend who said that he is earning "peanuts" on blogging (not even hubbing). When I asked how long he has been doing this thing, the answer was "not long".
Question is, why do some people put down what I am doing on the basis of such conversations with other people who were disillusioned by blogging / hubbing / online writing? Is this really a normal or an ordinary occurrence? Anybody care to answer this?
Ignorance and a lack of understanding my friend!!
On the whole, people are stupid and will take anything that fits their preconceived notions as gospel. I made $140k last year from "blogging," so will continue to do it. There are prices to pay, such as sitting on your ass all day getting fat, but.....
I heartily recommend not disillusioning her. The less people involved, the more money there is.
Listen to Mark, he's right, but it takes a while to get things moving, just like anything else. I own 8 websites, all started around the time I started here(4 months or less) one is earning a steady $40 a day and two others near $15. 3 of my sites are not monetized but they bring me leads for my dayjob which earns me around what Mark earns. Hopefully in a year or two of working these sites I can replace my day job and do as Mark says, sit on my ass all day and get fat, lol though I don't think my fiance will allow that to happen...the fat thing that is.
For some people they find it hard to comprehend, and lets forget about it being 'bloggging' or 'hubbing', that others can earn money working from home. Or others can make money from creative pursuits. And particularly when they managed to do BOTH.
I have a cousin (by marriage, so I haven't known him all that long) who is a university lecturer, but he prefers to do his research and writing at home, rather than in the office. Because at home he isn't interrupted by students. There are members of the family who don't understand that when he's in the home office that he's working.
I know he's working. Because he's got a Facebook account and he rarely posts on his or anyone elses pages
Family (both mine and my wife's) don't actually hassle me at all. Maybe because I have seen a measure of success. They see that I have money coming in.
Maybe when people see you on the computer a lot and ask what you're doing you should just tell them that you're wasting your time playing online games. Maybe they can handle that
Do not let your friends put you In a box because of their negativity ! Writing like any other skill has to be nurtured and practiced . Which Is not to say I am that great at It . However I get alot of enjoyment from hangin around HP . And this Is supposed to be fun too ! Most people barter their dreams for security . I say do what you love . I dont write on hubpages with thoughts of makin bookoo bucks , I do this because I enjoy It ! Sounds like your blogging friend was expecting Immediate gratification . The world I live In does not work that way !
I think no one can stop you from hubbing if you are enjoying it even if you don't earn much money. But thinking also that there is money in hubpages as what others have said for people who have been here already for 2 or 3 years in hubpages somehow fuel you to hub harder just to earn money also. Now comparing others who are earning in hubpages somehow it makes the person feel frustrated and might as well drop hubpages maybe that's what your friend's point. For me I'm staying in Hubpages cause after work I have nothing to do and I'm just practically bored. But to be honest I'am paying more of my internet server than hubbing. So if you only practically use your computer on hubpages and have accumulated internet bill well you might as well drop hubbing. But right now even if I'm not earning yet I will still hub since I also use computer as as a way of communication to my bother and sister who works outside the country.
I care emievil.
Sometimes its not the earning that keeps you writing, its about the joy and excitement that you can get doing them (the hubs), I havent earn even a single cent yet although I have 3000 views already in 5 weeks. I just applied for a google adsense a week ago, and thta doednt bother me at all. If you'll earn doing this then thats good, if not its up to you. The pleasure of doing hubs for me is already great and the money I could extract doing hubs is secondary...
Direct your antagonizers to this link. It will help them to see the light.
several weeks ago I decided that I am soon going to be starting a plan to pay off my college through hubpages.
I told one person this and got laughed out loud at ... what got me most was "don't get your hopes up".
why do people accept being "average", Some people just don't try because they doubt every good thing in life it seems. Some people just think they HAVE to go school, take out 100,000 in loans, live their 20-30's in debt, work a 9-5, retire... live an average life....die. LOL it gets me sometimes, people just don't TRY to change.
ANYTHING can be done if the work is put into it ... uhg I'll stop ranting on your thread but yes I know what you mean emi, some people just don't get it I suppose, they have too many doubts. Do your thing, be successful, and look back and laugh.
I really like you guys
No matter what you choose to pursue, there will be naysayers and detractors. Success very rarely occurs quickly or easily. It will never occur for someone with a limiting, negative mindset. Athletes, actors, entrepreneurs....not one of them will tell you that everyone believed in them along the way and supported them in their pursuits. You'll more likely hear them say that people doubted, chastised, and condescended to them as they struggled to make it in their field. They were probably told more than once that they may as well throw in the towel. If they had listened, they would be commiserating with those haters now about how unfair the world is and how life dealt them a crappy hand because of (insert blame here).
Don't change who you are or what you want for yourself! Those who really care about you will want to enjoy the ride with you. Let the others eat your dust!
Somebody said that writers are not conformists ... spose we fit that hat huh
People tried to tell me I would never be the supreme emperor of the universe too, but I showed them. Just proves people don't know wtf they are talking about.
People laughed twenty years ago when I said I was going to be a computer technician ... I still see those people today ... I fix their computers.
There is the same limiter installed into each of us upon birth ... it's called the doubt engine, and its fueled by our fears, as well as the lack of belief from others.
Is the doubt engine a bad thing? Certainly not! The doubt engine tells me I can't fly off a mountain by flapping my arms ... I consider that a good thing, lest I should someday try. Still, there are times when the doubt engine fails us and tells us we can't do things we actually could.
The rule of thumb is ... if others can do it, then we must assume it is possible for us to do so, provided we are given the same tools and training to work with. As such, if people are making money on Hubpages, then we need to discover how they do it and emulate their work.
The secrets I can share aren't really secrets ... Research your keywords for ones that could profit, write good quality hubs on those keyword topics, sprinkle those keywords into your hubs gently, write articles on other sites that are related (but not the same) and link them to your hubs, link related hubs together, and always be an informative hub for your readers.
Is that all there is to know? No, but it's a good start. With those few keys the rest will arrive to you logically.
And, oh yes, you will also need patience.
Of course, there are those who will dive in at full speed and see a momentary success, only to see it all ebb away. Th trick is to step into the water slowly and methodically, constantly evaluating every ripple you cause as you get in. Find out what works and what doesn't and constantly hone your process until it becomes an art ... then keep producing masterpieces.
Any hubber that does all that will meet with success, but it could take up to a year for it to all happen, depending one one's abilities. Patience is a virtue in this game, which is why many fail. Of course, impatience is just as bad.
If this is what you truly want to do, then write a few hubs and see if some money trickles in. Then, write a few more. If you keep seeing more money trickle in, then you have fallen into the groove and continue more hubs, as by now you have the knack.
And what if nothing happens for you after several months? Then, at that time, you can reevaluate and decide if you want to continue, but at least then you will know you have tried ...
You just cant let people like that get to you. In fact I dont make everything with blogging but last year my partner and I made over 70k from online earnings and there are still people who laugh at us.
One of the first things I train people who decide to work with me is that they really have to ignore the people who are negative.
Just keep going and dont worry about those people. I was lucky, my wife believed in me from the very first second even though I had a lot of mistakes before I got to where I am now.
Jealousy, keep on going and let knowing stop you from what you love and hold dear to your heart.
Nice to see you around AEvans! You bring a lot of beauty and light to this place!!!!
My computer decided to be naughty and my husband is quite ill, thank you for the wonderful comment and I am definitely happy to be back.
AEvans, I am sorry it was not the other way around!
the club theory, the club put in one busket will try to help each other, but as soon as one of the clubs try to move out of the busket, the others pull it down.
this ia what i am saying, when ever you try to make a step in life, there will be people who will always try to pull you back, and they will tell you, how you can not make it.
the solution is to refresh your determinatio, when they tell you no. you tell yourself a big yes.
http://hubpages.com/_2c6wkkifevjqt/hub/ … -tip-shape
I think some people do not want to see you successful. Just jealousy.
Thanks everyone for your replies. I typed this post around after midnight last night so I wasn’t able to stick around to read them. I was just getting ready to reply to this thread when wham! The lights went out! (I really hate it when that happens). Electricity’s back on now so here goes:
In fairness to the one who commented, hubbing (in particular) and earning on the internet (in general) are two relatively new things here in my country so I can’t really say we are really “exposed” to people who are really doing it and earning a lot. I think I’m the only one earning online among my circle of friends (and not from Hubpages, yet) so their exposure is kind of limited. Added to that is that I am not the best authority on online earnings so I guess my earnings are not “convincing” enough for them .
That said, there are really some people who are stubborn and do not want to take the time to understand what we are doing here. I can show them MK’s, pgrundy’s, Lissie’s hubs / posts and blogs and still they won’t understand, so I guess I can just save myself that trouble. And all of you guys are right, I’ll just do what I want to do, stick around here in hubpages and learn more about keywords, SEOs and stuff and write, write, write. Oh and learn to ignore them too!
Do whatever makes you happy! Don't worry what others think!
Not much I can add to the wonderful advice that has been offered already. The motivational poster "Don't let the turkeys get you down" comes to mind, tho.
I believe people tend to put down things they don't understand. Besides, there are benefits to hubbing beyond the pennies we make on Adsense:-). Seriously! MM
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