Last year was awful in many ways, and that includes for hubbers. January 2020 started off with particularly low CPM's and therefore lower earnings. There's always a crash after the Christmas/New year period, but it was worse than usual. Never mind, we thought, at least we will get more Amazon sales due to everyone being locked down by the pandemic. Then Amazon slashed the affiliate percentages...
This year is shaping up better for me. I don't know how others are doing. The post-Christmas crash hasn't been so bad and while Amazon affiliate percentages are still low, at least I'm getting sales. I also have hopes that the updating of the niche sites will bring some steady improvements in views and earnings over time. Fingers crossed, anyway.
How are others feeling?
CPM is ridiculously low for me. It's out of my control so it's quite discouraging.
There was the expected plunge on Jan 1 but overall, this month is decent for me. The plunge wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, certainly nowhere near last year's. My traffic is also holding so overall, I predict this month would be decent. Possibly even better than what I had for Oct and Nov 2020.
Well, I am glad most of you are doing better than I am. Although I was kind of light on my writing in December because it is my busy season with the baking business. Getting back to writing again, so maybe that will help.
It's going well for me so far. Views and earnings are up.
My earning are twice that of January 2020, and commensurate with January 2019. Amazon sales are pennies, so CPM is up significantly over both previous January earnings. Good news!
Having said that, my other account with remedy grove articles is in the toilet. It may make payout every 18 months.
So far this month, CPM is lower than this time last year, but impressions are higher so earings are about 10% to 20% higher overall. There was a Google update around the weekend, so traffic has shot up for me.
Same here. CPM is in the toilet compared to last year, but my traffic is waaaay up, so my earnings are equally better.
What may have helped me is that I kept publishing new hubs regularly, regardless of CPM or traffic. More hubs means more traffic for me because I write on gardening.
Traffic on my seed sowing hub is starting to rise, a little earlier than usual.
I just compared my growing from seed hub and it's got a steep increase beginning on the 1st of Jan compared to last year where it began to shoot up on the 14th of Feb.
Maybe something to do with further lockdowns and people looking for things to amuse themselves with while at home. Or maybe paranoia about buying food in stores and folks wanting to grow their own? Or fear of food shortages in the UK because of Brexit? Some of my DIY hubs have increased traffic also.
Eugbug- I did wonder if there had been a G update. I looked it up after I read your comment and read an article on SEO Round Table. Things have been so turbulent with lockdowns, etc. it's not easy to second guess traffic fluctuations nowadays.
As long as they don't reverse the changes which they often do with a secondary update that follows shortly afterwards.
Yeah, always takes updates a while to roll out and settle. I've learned to assess changes over weeks/months and not worry too much about day to day.
Also now that we're split into multiple niche sites, some sites do better than others. Anecdotally, my education/info hubs seem to be doing well, but some of the other stuff less so (that would fit with some hubbers doing better and others not so much). I originally put that down to colleges and schools going back, but then I saw the weekly figures in the HP newsletter, and they were so big I wondered about G updates...
My CPM is down to 2017 numbers. Honestly not surprised. My CPM's and views have been falling since 2018 (which was my overal best year to date). Views are up a bit from Jan last year, so despite having lower CPM's I'm making about 3 dollars more for the same time frame. That makes me a bit more hopeful, but I'm not holding my breath.
Per GA my bounce rate has finally started to lower, and if that trend can continue and views stay up I will become more optimistic that things could turn around here. For now I'm riding it out and keeping my fingers crossed I can at least make payout every month.
Too early to tell. So far, looks like it's the same as it ever was (shrugs)
I came back after a long break and noticed how readership has declined. So far this year has been ok, but it's still only cents. Let's hope 2021 is better for all of us.
MPG, I have a couple of suggestions for you. First and most importantly, get your articles on to the network sites. That's where the money is. Also, update your articles every year. Google tends to favor articles that have been updated during the current year. It's a pain, but worth it. I updated all of mine last January/February and my traffic jumped tremendously. I am in the midst of updating my articles again for this year. The editors probably hate me. I have 300+ articles and the poor editors have to review each one that I update. Sorry guys!
For me, earnings are down from 2020. Actually, they are almost identical to what they were, but I've published a number of new hubs since then, so contextually, revenue is down.
I am here on HubPages for the last two months, and i had not earned even a single doller even after my 15 articles got published. I still can't figure out when a new hubber can start to earn in dollers, my daily earning is <0.1$ , even after getting so many views on my articles.
I think so atleast 50 on average. But when a new hub is published it get many more views. These days I am writing more actively, also getting views, but daily earning are <0.1$ mostly.
CPM is based on 1000 impressions not views. Views are different and do not always equate to impressions. You need at least a couple hundred views a day if you want to make the 50 dollar payout.That would equate to roughly 8 to 10k impressions a month (depending on average CPM).
It is going to be different for every one (different topics produce different ads and those ads have different CPM values), but it took me about 2.5yrs to make payout consistantly every few months, and almost 6yrs to make payout every single month.
I tend to write on topics that generally have lower CPM's compared to others, but I would say most people with high quality articles start seeing some kind of payout within 3 years. It will depend on your topics, article quality, and Google ranking (without search engine traffic it is extremely difficult to earn money) on how fast or slow you will start seeing earnings come in.
Realistically, you have to achieve several hundred views per day before significant money rolls in.
Take note too:
- Do a Google search for Tier 1 traffic. In short, Tier 1 traffic is from the US and developed countries and is much higher paying than Tier 2 and 3.
- I don't know about HP but for my blog, Adsense barely pays for social media traffic. I never get any significant revenue increases when I hit a social media traffic surge. Only when there is a search result surge.
That's mean its a quite long journey to go. Where can i see my impressions?
Ok thank you Cyong, I hope so, I will get that type of traffic with time.
My traffic is not considerably up after the recent update, nothing that stands out. But my earnings are the best they have ever been for the month of January. Double that of Jan 2020 if things continue the way they are and definitely more than 2019. I'm only comparing HP Ad program earnings, not Amazon.
My thinking is that this situation is promising, considering we're at what is usually the worst time of year for earnings.
My assumption is that the HP to Maven sites move is seen favorably in Google's eyes, and we've benefitted from the recent algo update.
HP has gone down a few blind alleys and made some mistakes over the years, but generally they are good at knowing which direction to take.
My traffic and earnings are up more than they've ever been ... but still, in comparison to those who've been consistently active I know I've got a long way to go
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