Hi jpcmc-long time and all that! Good to see you again.
Your question is quite timely with so many of us concerned with monetary gain, Google placement, and fluctuation in our statuses on this site-among other things.
I've been thinking about your question most of the day and I honestly think everyone should do this as well-then we can identify what is valuable to us as writers.
Success is many things to many people, and for me it's not measured in dollars; I've been on the site for over 4 years and have yet to pull in $100. Certainly I hoped for financial gain, but it was simply not meant to be. So far!
What I have found most important here is being able to express myself honestly, to practice and improve my writing style, and to interact with and learn from other hubbers. Taking into account those variables, I am a huge success.
For me, I set my own goals and measure my success by measuring my progress towards those goals. I have several goals in play at the moment covering writing hubs, re-writing old hubs, daily traffic targets and also a monetary target. These keep me busy and motivated. I am less worried about what other people are achieving, we are all different and want different things out of HubPages.
For me, I aim to continue increasing my monthly income and page views.
Traffic, money and to a lesser degree, people who leave thankful comments.
Of course the obvious with earnings/traffic, but also how many times my hubs are shared/pinned - because I have had several that went viral on Pinterest. Also, I measure the success based on the feedback/comments I receive which are always helpful. In an indirect way, I base my success here on how many paying clients I have, because I use my hubs as writing samples a lot when getting clients. Right now I have so much going on that I've had to turn down some jobs, so that means my hubs are doing something to help me out also.
Popularity is a biggy in my book and I'm not talking so much about the traffic as I am the friendly feedback. I would be inspired to write more if given good comments from the few readers who read my hubs than no comments with a thousand views. Exposure is important, yes, but it also tells you your writing is not interesting enough to expect a compliment if you have a large audience with no response. Maybe you got the title right to draw them in and the content lacks the zest to keep them reading it. Money here may come from traffic, but what if you write books or articles other places. Hard copies may be another story all together.
I would measure my success ultimately by the quality of my articles. Quality is first - everything else is second. Writing for the sake of making money rather than for the sake of writing something for a purpose is a distortion of what art is about (not to say that it's wrong to have a writing job. This can be reflected by positive comments, feedback on the bottom of the hubs, and various earned accolades, such as writing engaging topics people like to read from start to finish.
By my earnings and my traffic. Writing material that people really enjoy reading.
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