Brutally Honest Feedback Requested

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    Wife Who Savesposted 13 years ago

    Hi Everyone,
    I joined HP last summer and have written more than 140 hubs.  Live On One Income has not earned a single penny even though it had a hub score as high as 100, many comments, and over 1100 visitors.  None of my hubs has earned more than two dollars and many have not earned a penny. 

    I recently (3 weeks ago) started adding back links on Xomba, Redgage, and SheToldMe.  The traffic has increased but still no earnings.  I've read more than a dozen hubs on earning with Adsense but I'm messing up somewhere. 

    I'm not a quitter but I am frustrated.  So please be brutally honest and give me feedback that I can use to improve my hubs.  I would very much appreciate you help.

    1. Mark Knowles profile image57
      Mark Knowlesposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I hate to say this, but 1100 visitors is nothing, especially for google adsense income which pays a few dollars per thousand impressions.

      Before I offer any suggestions - how were you expecting to make money from your hubs? Did you have a plan?

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        Wife Who Savesposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        When I first joined I did not have a plan.  I mistakenly assumed that the traffic would come once the hubs were indexed by Google.  I finally realized that this wasn't going to happen and that I had to be more pro-active so I started adding back links.

        The plan I have been developing is to sell low-cost products that would offer genuine value to struggling families.   I signed up with Amazon and am impressed with the wide variety of products they offer.  However, no one ever clicked on any of the ads so I removed them and decided to try Adsense.   I had placed the Amazon ads in the first and third text capsules.

        1. Mark Knowles profile image57
          Mark Knowlesposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          You need a plan. big_smile

          Your one income hub for example. I suggest signing up with ebay and adding a bunch of used kids clothing in the capsule. Then adding some tags along the lines of "cheap kids clothes" "saving money on kids clothes" etc.

          You are going to need to do some work finding out what people are looking for though.

          1100 visitors is nowhere near enough to tell if something is working or not. This is very appropriate for you because I made similar mistakes when I started:

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            Wife Who Savesposted 13 years agoin reply to this

            I read your hub and bookmarked it. I like your suggestion of signing up for Ebay.  Will you get credit if I sign up for Keyword Academy and Ebay under your affiliate name?  If so, will you please post the link?

            1. Mark Knowles profile image57
              Mark Knowlesposted 13 years agoin reply to this

              I will if you sign up for the keyword people in the link in my hub. Ebay does not offer commissions.

              You are not allowed to add affiliate links in forum posts. big_smile

              Far more important than just signing up for ebay is doing some work on finding what people are looking for and adjusting your hub to suit. You already have a good basis and I am certain there will be dozens of terms you can add which will help people save money bit mean they still spend some. No one spends - you do not earn. sad

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                Wife Who Savesposted 13 years agoin reply to this

                I just signed up for Keyword Academy using the link in your hub.  Thank you so much, Mark.  I feel like I am heading in the right direction instead of floundering around.

    2. warchild75 profile image75
      warchild75posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Marks right 1100 visitors isnt an awful lot,my most popular hub gets roughly 4000 views a month and this is still after 9 months of writing it,i stay stick at it,keep writing,ignore the hubscore as i dont think this is an indication of how much you are going to earn,also i think that income and money related hubs have an awful lot of competition out there,try and find your own unique niche that works for you,chin up and stick with it.p.s how did you find out how much each individual hub has earned?

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        Wife Who Savesposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        I set up individual tracking channels in Google Adsense.   It shows the number of clicks and the amount of money earned.

  2. Arthur Fontes profile image75
    Arthur Fontesposted 13 years ago

    I am in no way an expert but I can ask if you have thought of adding Amazon as another revenue source?

    I like the subjects you hub about great reads.

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      Wife Who Savesposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I did have Amazon ads placed but removed them when there were no clicks on any of them.

  3. Flightkeeper profile image66
    Flightkeeperposted 13 years ago

    Hi Wife! I looked at your articles and I think one of the best things you could do is to have article titles that people would search for under google. So for example instead of "Money Saving Plan #2" You can title it "Save $50 by ... (fill in the blanks).  And this is where a keyword strategy would also be helpful.

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      Wife Who Savesposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Your title sounds better than mine.  I'm going to take Mark's suggestion of signing up for Keyword Academy -- it seems to be one of my weaknesses.  I'll go look at all of my titles and learn how to improve them.

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        temberowaposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        did you get any results so far?

  4. relache profile image72
    relacheposted 13 years ago

    As several others have pointed out, your traffic is rather low in the overall view of web traffic.  There are hubs that draw that many visitors in a day.

    Looking at your topics and focus, do you really think that people who are looking for information on frugal living will be the type of reading audience who clicks on advertisements or buy products?  The hub authors who make the most money on this site are in essence salespeople, plain and simple.

    Here's my take on earnings,

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      Wife Who Savesposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      That's a good point.  I will write future hubs with a different focus.  I just signed up for Keyword Academy as Mark suggested.  I will study there before writing any more hubs.   I really appreciate everyone's help.


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