OMG! My first $1,000 month on Hubpages

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  1. funride profile image79
    funrideposted 10 years ago

    I´ve been away from the forums but there are topics that must be read and responded.

    Congratulations Nelle and thanks for inspiring so many Hubbers smile

    My off-line jobs haven´t let me much time to play here sad but reading your posts made me remember the time I passed writing and reading hubs and know it will be harder for me to go to work tomorrow lol

    keep going your great work, but remember what Mark said:  wink

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    aquaseaCreativeposted 10 years ago

    Good on you! That's fantastic - and generous of you to share your experiences with the rest of us.

  3. Kidgas profile image74
    Kidgasposted 10 years ago

    Congratulations.  That is wonderful news, and you are certainly worthy given all your hard work.

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    Nelle Hoxieposted 10 years ago

    Thank you again everyone. And don't feel sad if you missed the Christmas frenzy, it's a great time to plan for Mother's Day. And that is a huge holiday as well.

    Kidgas, I'm enjoying your blog about passive income a lot.

  5. Kidgas profile image74
    Kidgasposted 10 years ago

    Hey, thanks Nelle.

  6. johnr54 profile image46
    johnr54posted 10 years ago

    So how to you track which hubs are sending you the most Amazon traffic? 

    I was hoping we could get outbound track clicking for Analytics added as a feature like there is on Squidoo or on Wordpress with some Analytics plug ins in this thread but if you have some idea that's already working I'd prefer to just use that.  I use this feature a lot on my blogs but with Hubpages you can't even use different affiliate ID's since it is associated with the author profile.

    Any better ideas that folks are using?

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      Nelle Hoxieposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I don't have any great ideas. I said all hubs contributed because of adsense. Every hub showed some adsense activity. I can see where the ebay sales came from and a lot of hubs contributed to that effort.

      But Amazon hard to tell. I only use Amazon on hubs, because I really hate the affiliate program. So I know any Amazon sales came from hubs and most of the products I sold are related to particular hubs. And there's a huge variety of products sold that matches various niches I've targeted, so it seems to be working.

      And truly as long as the income keeps increasing at an increasing rate - I'm happy.

  7. suziecat7 profile image88
    suziecat7posted 10 years ago

    Congrats - I'm so happy for you and you have given us all hope. Unfortunately for me, I live in NC so Amazon will no longer accept affiliates from this state. And I still can't get into Ebay. But still, I'll keep trying. Thanks and congrats again.

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    L. Andrew Marrposted 10 years ago

    Shere the wealth?

    1. kmackey32 profile image69
      kmackey32posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Andrew. smile

  9. johnr54 profile image46
    johnr54posted 10 years ago

    I guess why I like this kind of feature is that it allows you to take your affiliate traffic to the next level.  On one Analytics page you can see the top keywords that convert to your affiliate clicks, and then go see where you rank for those keyword.

    If it's not the top of the SERPS, then it's time to build some links optimizing for that keyword.  Taking a page from say 4th to 1st is a significant bump in traffic.

  10. Jenny30 profile image59
    Jenny30posted 10 years ago

    wow good for you!!!!

  11. Whitney05 profile image85
    Whitney05posted 10 years ago

    Congrats to you. Where did you get most of your revenue from? Ebay or Amazon? I know you were working hard on Ebay for a while.

    I remember last December was a huge Amazon payout for me, granted I didn't get it till like February, it was still pretty nice.

    Can't wait to see what this year brings.

    That's definitely one of mine. Ha. I try to maintain piece by piece. Baby goals.

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      Nelle Hoxieposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Ebay to my surprise was the big winner. I just played a couple of Christmas niches and I can't believe how they are producing. I also slathered alot of my Amazon hubs in Ebay. And folks are buying the stuff like crazy. I decided I liked the Ebay cookie better than the Amazon cookie. And I think people are looking for deals this Christmas.

      1. Whitney05 profile image85
        Whitney05posted 10 years agoin reply to this

        That's what I figured. I guess it all depends on the product. Some of the hubs are better suited for amazon and others ebay. Looking at yours, there's no doubt the products do better with ebay rather than they would with amazon.

        I'm taking a stab on an ebay series. Probably is a waste of time, but we'll see.

        Some of the hubs I did geared for Christmas gifts have done well with the amazon capsules that I used, but I don't think they would have done the same with ebay. Who knows. Maybe I will do a few of them focusing on ebay just to compare. (After this series though.)

  12. tobey100 profile image60
    tobey100posted 10 years ago

    I think I need help.  I've tried to read everything and I'm either not looking in the right places or I'm not understanding what I'm reading.  I'm getting some traffic (10 hubs so far) but I'm not quite sure of some of the tricks and tried and true medthods you pros are using.  Can anyone point me in the right direction?  I really enjoy this media outlet and want to continue improving.

    1. Whitney05 profile image85
      Whitney05posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Write... Research trends, top paying keywords, etc. Write what you know. What you want to learn about. Just Write. On average it will take much more than Nelle's 9 months to achieve what she has, but she's a machine near-about. Ha. Just remember what works for one person may not necessarily work for another. You have to find what works for you.

      1. tobey100 profile image60
        tobey100posted 10 years agoin reply to this

        That's what I intend to do.  I'm reading things like submitting your new hub url to google, bing and yahoo.  I have no idea how to accomplish that sort of thing.  All I really know how to do computer wise is write.  I know very little about keywords and how to get search engines to pick up your site.  Jez, I just recently found out what a search engine was.

        1. Whitney05 profile image85
          Whitney05posted 10 years agoin reply to this

          You don't need to manually submit hubs to search engines. They generally pick up quicker on their own versus manually submitting them.

  13. Best MOM Ever profile image62
    Best MOM Everposted 10 years ago

    Great Job,

    It's always so refreshing hearing a success story.

  14. alexandriaruthk profile image73
    alexandriaruthkposted 10 years ago

    wow that is nice,

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    Tamarindposted 10 years ago

    Congratulations are in order. That is a wonderful feat. It is good to hear success stories like this. Happy Holidays.

  16. bgpappa profile image80
    bgpappaposted 10 years ago

    very well done

  17. Mama Sez profile image63
    Mama Sezposted 10 years ago

    Congratulations Nelle!!!  Your story is really inspiring especially to a new hubber like me.  Thanks for sharing the tips.

  18. dugu profile image60
    duguposted 10 years ago

    nice man. you are inspiring

  19. easyspeak profile image68
    easyspeakposted 10 years ago

    wow, thanks for sharing...really! People here seem so shy about their earnings, but it encourages us all.   

    Thanks again!

  20. Research Analyst profile image83
    Research Analystposted 10 years ago

    Congrats keep up the good work! Nice job, thanks for sharing!

  21. surferdude profile image60
    surferdudeposted 9 years ago

    Thats pretty inspirational - Well done.

  22. athulnair profile image75
    athulnairposted 9 years ago

    As a beginner the story is motivating.. smile But I think I have to work a lot to achieve this level.

  23. xboxps3wow profile image38
    xboxps3wowposted 9 years ago

    WOW, you can make that kind of money on this site! Amazing!
    btw, how do you earn from amazon? Do they pay you for sales?

  24. DevinG profile image60
    DevinGposted 9 years ago

    This is truly awesome! Great job Nelle and I wish you luck on your next endeavor! big_smile

  25. alexhd57 profile image74
    alexhd57posted 9 years ago

    Inspirational Nelle, and thank you for sharing so much insight into how you achieved this.

  26. silver lining 5 profile image60
    silver lining 5posted 9 years ago

    Wow awesome Nellie by the way what do you mean by "slather" your hubpages into ebay?  I need help maybe I can make some money to.  Not having any luck with the money part.  Thanks for any insight you can offer.  What do you mean by "backlink."  I guess I should start writing hubs relevant to products in ebay, I pretty much get google ads and when I check my adsense account it is 0 clicks. :-}

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      Nelle Hoxieposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Silver Lining 5, I decided that ebay was a better choice than Amazon whenever possible, so I just put some ebay capsules in strategic places on my hubs that previously only featured Amazon products.

      Do a search on backlinks, and you'll find that lots of hubbers tell you about them.

  27. thisisoli profile image71
    thisisoliposted 9 years ago

    To those researching top paying keywords - there are a million other people doing it, are you sure you are better than all of them?


    Would you mind discolosing how much eBay pay you per click?  Mine rarely top 9p.

    Maybe thats why I found Amazon a huge success over ebay!?

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      Nelle Hoxieposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      It varies from 19 cents to 25 cents.

      1. thisisoli profile image71
        thisisoliposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Nice, mine is currently wandering around the 0.09GBP mark, and at only 10 clicks a day it is not really worthwhile to me!

        It's nice to know the value does rise though, and I mak consider re-incorporating eBay into my advertising layout in the near future!

  28. silver lining 5 profile image60
    silver lining 5posted 9 years ago

    Thank you Nellie, I will do some research.  I have been learning by hit and miss and today I got the affiliates sponsors pretty active and getting alot of views.  Ebay unfortunately doesn't want me, I applied just before my views shot up.  I will wait and apply again when my numbers are really good.  Hope you keep bringing in the money and writing more cool hubs.

    1. Karina S. profile image60
      Karina S.posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I did not apply for Ebay is it worth it?

  29. Carilaya profile image64
    Carilayaposted 9 years ago

    Congratulations! I was just wondering if you think you could have made $1000/month with Adsense alone. I live in North Carolina so Amazon is a no-go...I'm hoping that the ads alone will (at some distant point in the future) bring in that amount for me.

    At any rate, it seems like you've worked very hard for this and I hope you have many many more good months!

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      lynnechandlerposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I think you are going to have to expand. You could try to get on with eBay but they really don't seem to be accepting any new affiliates right now. Maybe sign up with Kontera though I hear it isn't all that great.

      I would look at Nelle's other sites that she has listed on her profile and see if maybe Share a Sale might be something you are interested in or something similar.

      You would need to write a whole lotta product hubs to get that kind of earning just from adsense.

    2. Whitney05 profile image85
      Whitney05posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, it is possible. I made over $900 with hubpages alone with Adsense. My monthly was over $1000 with my other adventures. Shouldn't be too long when Im' stable at $1000 with Adsense a month. So, it is possible.

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      Nelle Hoxieposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      If you live in NC you have to work hard to find merchants that are willing to have you in their affiliate program. This is a site that will help you figure out which merchants accept people from NY, NC, and RI -

      BTW in addition to Whitney, Maddie Ruud has also said that she makes enough in adsense to pay her rent. Quite frankly what choice to you have? I say learn how to make it work. Many adsense publishers(perhaps not here) have made small fortunes using Adsense. I would also check out the Keyword Academy. That guy started the HubChallenge with 100 in 30 days and he showed great success.

  30. Carilaya profile image64
    Carilayaposted 9 years ago

    Yeah, that's what I figured, just didn't know what my other options are. You're right though, you can't put all your eggs in one basket and expect to make a fortune! Thanks for the advice and I'll definitely look into Share a Sale.

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    blackorchidposted 9 years ago


  32. Vibhavari profile image71
    Vibhavariposted 9 years ago

    Congratulations! It must feel really good and thrilling! Am happy for you..

  33. Karina S. profile image60
    Karina S.posted 9 years ago


  34. docrehab profile image60
    docrehabposted 9 years ago

    WOW! Are you joking ?

  35. videl05 profile image34
    videl05posted 9 years ago

    Congratulations Nelle! you must be a marketing genius and diligent hubber to reach that astonishing figure in just 10 months! I admire you

  36. Carilaya profile image64
    Carilayaposted 9 years ago

    Funny that you mention the Keyword Academy...I just decided to pay for a membership there. I'll check out the site you suggested but in the meantime I'll just keep chugging along! Thanks for the advice.

  37. RKHenry profile image72
    RKHenryposted 9 years ago

    If I have not said it already, CONGRATS!

  38. MikeLawrenceLGN profile image62
    MikeLawrenceLGNposted 9 years ago

    Very nice result, well done - well paid

  39. alaajordan1 profile image53
    alaajordan1posted 9 years ago

    Very good , really nice chance0000$$$

  40. freelanceauthor profile image61
    freelanceauthorposted 9 years ago

    thanks for sharing this.

    This inspire to write more hubs

    Happy new year

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      Nelle Hoxieposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      HNY back to you! Here's to a healthy and prosperous 2010 for us all.

  41. starme77 profile image74
    starme77posted 9 years ago

    man , thats really cool , sure wish I had more time to devote to hp , maybe after tax season is over I'll be able to do some hub challenges and get some more hubs done , congrats smile and keep at it , go for 2000 wink

  42. magitam profile image60
    magitamposted 9 years ago

    Well done Nellie!!
    Great job!! It's great to hear such success stories... and to know that it's possible, as just another person, trying hard, and staying focussed.. I'm so going to use your example as an inspiration, and aim on getting to my first month of $1k within a year wink
    Thanks for sharing.. Makes me feel even more inspired to get behind this full time, and just start churning content out daily..

    Hope you had a great December

    Best Wishes

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      Nelle Hoxieposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Good Luck Farharn

      Find your hubbing style that makes the most money for you. And then stick with it for a solid year every day. Good Luck!

  43. Guidemyspirit profile image57
    Guidemyspiritposted 9 years ago


  44. benad01 profile image61
    benad01posted 9 years ago

    This is really cool.i must try this amazon stuff out

  45. Mike Rogers profile image60
    Mike Rogersposted 9 years ago

    Hi Nelle,

    I peek at this thread each day for inspiration and as a reminder of what is possible with the right attitude and work ethic.

    If I may I ask a technical question...

    What would your recommendation be regarding backlinking from external sites (# of links, general sources etc.) to an individual hub? Or is the strength of the Hubpages platform in itself sufficient for enough exposure to generate revenues as you describe?

    Thanks for any information you can share on this topic smile


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      Nelle Hoxieposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      First of all I'm glad this thread is a source of inspiration. I won a very good telescope several years ago because I was the #1 affiliate during the Christmas selling season for Edmond Scientific. I could have sold the telescope for a lot of money on Ebay, but I kept it because every time I look at it, I remember that success is possible. On very bad days, that is priceless.

      I am a HUGE believer in external links. I provide at least 5 external links for every hub on the day I publish it. Then at least a few a week after that. I don't do anything fancy. I have probably 2 or 3 dozen blogger blogs (I've really lost count) that exist just for this reason and they are updated so often that google comes by several times a day. I also link hubs alot.

      I published a hub on personalized diaper covers yesterday and it is already showing up in google for the phrase "personailzed diaper covers" between the 4th and 20th place in google. Not bad for one day.

      I spend probably 2 hours a day on backlinks. HubPages contributes to the effort hugely. But combine it with a consistent every day backlink system and it brings it to a whole new level. Yes it is a very boring part of my day. But watching the money come in is not boring. And the links are just paragraphs of maybe 150 to 200 words. Nothing fancy. Just quick and unique descriptions of the hub in a folksy spun way that incorporates them into my life. The dozens of hubs are all linked together as well. Each one is a category like gardening, excercise, fashion. So I always have several blogs that are appropriate for a hub. If I write a hub that doesn't have a blog all set to go, then I just make a new one that is. They are free after all. The funny thing is that I've enabled adsense on them and they are starting to make money as well.

      (BTW I made a lot more than $1,000 in December. just a little more inspiration)

      1. bigmikeh profile image83
        bigmikehposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Nellie, I think your systematic approach to this is admirable and I know it's where so many would-be online marketers fail. As you say, it's boring but so essential. It's an area I still need to spend more time, because without it all the keyword research and hub writing is virtually wasted effort. There's no excuse for not doing it when Blogger is free, and can be monetized as well.

  46. bloggerdollar profile image75
    bloggerdollarposted 9 years ago

    Wow Nelle,

    That's perfect achievement. I have earned around 1.400$ in 2009. I wish to go 1.000/month in 2010.

  47. Mike Rogers profile image60
    Mike Rogersposted 9 years ago


    Thanks for the extremely clear and detailed response. It is very much appreciated.

    Mike smile

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      Nelle Hoxieposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      You're very welcome.

  48. Going2Oahu profile image60
    Going2Oahuposted 9 years ago

    Congrats for hitting the $1,000 milestone. That's an amazing indication of the hard work and persistence you have put into your business. I have always said that it takes three ingredients to make a living online - quality, quantity and persistence. Let's call it Q2P and celebrate that you have just that!

  49. Elements Of Soul profile image59
    Elements Of Soulposted 9 years ago

    That is impressive

  50. profile image0
    Hikikomoriposted 9 years ago

    Show off...

    Kidding, haha. Congrats.


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