I've been on HubPages for 5 years now. I have 155 articles. My content is featured 95% of the time, but I'm only making pennies a day; like between $0.03 and $0.10. It took me four years to get my first $50 payment. Google Adsense is activated as are HubPages ads. What am I doing wrong? Any suggestions?
The topic (along with search engine optimization) makes a big difference in how much money you can make.
I can tell you from personal experience that movie reviews don't attract much ad revenue because there is so much competition from other websites for movie ads.
It comes down to a choice between writing for pleasure versus writing for money. If you want to make money from writing, I suggest trying other content categories.
If there is stiff competition in the topic you're writing about and you have time to improve/update/enlarge and basically cover all the bases with your articles then you just might see more traffic and earn a bit more. It could be worth the effort in the long run.
I would also check out rival articles and see if you can better them.
When you say "featured" do you mean on the niche sites or just featured. There's a huge difference. Any article not on the niche sites is not going to earn much. Same with articles that have a lot of competition or are not evergreen. You need to find some different topics, especially if there are some that are somewhat unique, and see if that doesn't work better for you. Otherwise, you'll just keep spinning your wheels.
Most people are only going to click on an article if it is on the front page of Google, and even more importantly most are only going to click one of the first three selections.
If you are not one of those first three, you at least need to have a title that grabs the readers interest.
"Captain Marvel" (2019) Review" is going to attract how many page views? "Why Captain Marvel Is One of the Worst Movies Ever" at least is going to attract some attention. You may not like the comments, but it will be more likely to be noticed.
More page views-more impressions-better income.
You are on ReelRundown, which is a niche site, so that is good. The flow of your Captain Marvel review is a bit sticky and hard to follow. I would capsulate the review with SEO titles for some of the capsules. I did an SEO search and found "captain marvel cast" and "captain marvel powers" for example. "Brie Larson" is pretty good for SEO, too.
I don't think it is good to link to Rotten Tomatoes or other competitor sites. If someone wants to correct me on this, go ahead. Rotten Tomatoes is a quick reference and not visited for a complete review.
The problem I see with movie reviews is that they are not evergreen. The classics may be, but they also are the ones that are written about the most...meaning more competition. I don't know how they do, but I do know that to keep views coming in authors would have to continually post new hubs...which would be a heck of a lot of work. Also, getting legal images for them can be tough. Just don't think they're a good choice.
I think TimeTraveler2 nailed it -- most people are looking for reviews of new movies, and those reviews have a short shelf life. Unless you're front of Google in the first few weeks of a movie's release, you're not likely to see much traffic. That said, your reviews are cool and entertaining!
I feel your pain. Most of my articles are music or movie reviews. Neither niche does great guns traffic wise, but for the most part, my movie reviews almost always perform WAY worse than my music articles. It's gotten to the point where if one of my movie review hubs breaks the 100 view mark within its first 30 days, I do a happy dance. I do roughly the same amount of self promotion/pimping for every article I write, but I guess there are just too many film buffs out there who are writing about the same stuff I am. (shrugs)
I do still post an occasional film review but nowadays I do them more for fun than anything else.
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