To my surprise it turned out more than okay.
I've been here about a year and recently the older hubs written for Spring and Summer stuff started to produce sales again. Nelle and "her sisters" have written almost 500 hubs in 11 months. And I think I'm completely Hub Obsessed. I have to force myself to work on other projects. I'm dreaming about hubs and I find myself saying to Matt when we're out and about, "That'll make a good hub." Now, he's even saying it to me!
I'll reach $2,000 this month and it seems to be a level that I can maintain from month to month. Ebay is responsible for a lot of it. The new system and I seem made for each other.
But Amazon has contributed some surprising sales - of things I don't even have on my hubs. And slowly I am getting the hang of writing for hubs for Adsense. Although I don't think I'll ever be great at it.
Nellie you are an inspiration! I haven't quite gotten the hang of the whole Adsense thing yet and E-bay rejected my application, but I'm doing so-so with Amazon.
In the end, I think it's great if you can find something you really love to do, and get rewarded for it at the same time. Keep on trucking!
Oh Nelly you are the queen of Hubpages. It is so good to hear stories of success like yours. You are def a huge role model for me here.
i concur! i started getting blue because January was so sluggish then i cheked last night and was pleasantly surprised
That's fantastic Nelle! I've got a looonnnng way to go -- still getting only pennies a month. But, as you say, spring is around the corner, and who knows.
Either way, I'm happy that you're doing so well!
But you're still here working at it Beth. I remember so many of the hubbers who started when I did and left. Some were so promising and making money. A few left their hubs up and I email them from time to time. I wish they'd come back.
great. But to me it's rock for my earnings only through AdSense. I am not interested to others i.e. Amazon, EBay or Kontera.
By the end of this month, I'll have earned a little over $250 between amazon and adsense. Last month was a little over $200ish, so I'm definitely seeing a good increase for very little work!
That just covers my car payment, so now my goal is to earn more to cover additional monthly bills!
I wish I could get approved for eBay.
That's wonderful you're increasing. I think the way you set your sights on one goal and then look at specific bills to pay really works. I do stuff like that to stay motivated too
I don't understand why ebay doesn't approve you. You write hubs that sell stuff and that's what they want. Do you have your own site, where you sell stuff?
I don't have my own site that sells things (I currently only monetize it with adsense).
I am thinking of re-applying to eBay; probably will this weekend now that I think of it. However, last time, I didn't even get a response back which I thought odd. It's been 3 or 4 months and I do have a lot more content now...but who knows if that is good enough since I didn't get a reason last time!
eBay rejected my application too. They said that this is a 3rd party network, but that doesn't make sense to me.
Mutiny, "3rd party network" means you're writing on somebody else's website, not your own.
The only people who are using eBay on HubPages are people who either qualified under eBay's old rules, or people who got approved on their own website. Assuming you're not in one of the prohibited countries, you could get approved if you start your own site - then you can use it on HubPages too.
Great work Nelle. Girly-girl seems to be doing really well here. And Nelle, don't forget to congratulate your sisters from us.
Thank you Ultimate Hubber from all of us. The sister who gets stuck writing the Adsense hubs wants an extra share of the pie. She's the most miserable of us.
I'm doing ok. Adsense is my friend, over Amazon. I wouldn't mind making use of Ebay and it's a loss all round because I can't. Them, me and HP.
With Amazon I usually make sales related to what I write about. Occasionally get a random sale non-related.
Plus I freelance now so that is making a nice difference between eating/not eating as I'm pretty much unemployed.
No complaints though, it's all good
you're such an inspiration nelle. congrats and thanks for spreading the knowledge. I'm just happy to see decent clicks. each month is getting slowly better.
Amazon has been better this month, than last, but AdSense has been awful! I have about the same # of clicks that I had at this point last month, but with twice the traffic and a quarter of the earnings!
I have actually had a worse month than January this month, with some pretty poor Amazon sales.
I am hoping that the upcoming Hubpages competition will put me in place for some year round sales as well as (hopefully) a prize or two!
At least you're not wallowing. Great that you're going for the Health Hub competition. That's one topic I don't write about, so I'm sitting it out. I wish I could give my U.S. standing to someone who doesn't live in the right country.
I normally avoid health too, but I thought I might as well give it a shot.
I have started writing up some of the competition Hubs already, it's actually quite refreshing to be writing something new, since I took on a freelance job for a load of digital scale articles recently which is intensely boring.
I think I can safely blame it on being out of action for a fortnight after surgery and preperation for my interview at teh US embassy (Visa granted ) Nevertheless I do wish this months earnings were beter, I will just have to try harder!
Great job Nelle, and girly-girl. I too, noticed an increase in February from Adsense. I actually did better in January for Amazon and Ebay, but now they seem to be picking up again. I am seeing growth. Clicks for higher amounts, more clicks and more clicks per hub.
I am writing such a short time but I have to say I like Adsense. This month was pretty nice for me. Even I did not write for 2 weeks the clicks kept comming and I just realised that I am still on a track. Even I have not earned a lot I am glad there is a place for me. At the moment I am just so happy that my hubs people reading and some coins upto it makes my day.
All the best Nelle and everyone who like writing. Lizzy
LizzyBoo I'm glad you're enjoying HP and are working well with Adsense.
Don't you just love it when you make even a little money and you haven't done anything? I was sick with the flu for four days and didn't do anything except barf. And when I finally felt better, there was more money in the accounts. Passive income is a wonderful thing!
I second this!!! I didn't come on here for two or so months last semester and I still got two bank deposits automatically at the end of every month. You can't beat that!
Nelle, you are right. I was away for 2 weeks. In the beginning I was in special camp for dissabled people. As my sister is dissabled I wanted to support her. When we got back I started to not feeling well. I had a high fever and I could not do anything at all for 10 days.
Nelle you know what is the hardest ? You want to write so much as it goes in your head but you cannot. That was so hard for me as I really could not sit. My head was just spinning. That's why I was so happy.
Nelle I have noticed that a number of your Hubs are not open to reply has that helped with the marketing hubs?
Not too bad! I'm sure I'd do better if I'd put my nose to the grindstone. I'm just not motivated, too busy looking online for a house 3,000 miles away & keeping our house up to show.
I doubt I'll partake in the contest, I know little about health and no clue what people want to read in regard to it. I suppose I could go on a research spree
I'm starting to feel like I understand this well enough to give it a shot.
I would like to create a separate account for marketed hubs. It would be easier for me keep track of what I am trying to do, I think.
My question is: If I do this, what can I expect in terms of traffic? I understand that traffic from HP is not the goal.
I do not have enough hubs, and several that I do have are subjects I was just screwing around with. With that in mind, I get less than 100 views per day. I'm not very good at backlinks yet.
If I start with a new account, and only put up product-type hubs, how long should I expect to wait for traffic to pick up? I haven't given up backlinking - just still learning. My views from Google to my existing hubs are gradually increasing, but I don't know if that is typical. Or what typical even is
How should I go about promoting new hubs from a new account? I don't pay for backlinks, and I don't have my own website or blog. (I'm working toward a blog though.)
Or, should I put all of this on hold until I have more going on?
That's a lot of questions... thanks for any advice you have for me!
Wyanjen all of "my sisters" as I refer to my other accounts are doing fine. They mostly have no fans and the hubs have no comments. And they never come to the forums.
They get external traffic as quickly as my "Nelle Hubs." They are indexed in google the same day they are written. Some even make sales that day. I do a lot of backlinking from blogs and webistes from outside HP.
It is easier to switch gears and write different types of hubs with separate identities. And as you get a large number of hubs it is easier to use them efficiently when they are separate.
I have a series of about a dozen blogspot blogs and they are wonderful for backlinks. I also use Squidoo lenses, shetoldme and a few other places like that.
OK. Before too much more time goes by, I'll go ahead and get started with it.
I'm only a little nervous because my "wj" hubs don't draw a lot of traffic. Like I said, my content isn't meant for a wide audience, so it's no surprise. But - this makes it very difficult to see whether I'm setting things up correctly.
I can handle what you're suggesting throughout this forum (if I didn't work full-time, I'd be on my way already)
Thanks so much for sharing Nelle
Thanks to ALL hubbers who take the time.
If you work full-time, you don't need to make hubs as quickly, and that's very okay. I think of all this stuff as my retirement fund as well. So if you build up a web presence little by little, in a few years, you'll be sitting pretty too!
I think that is one of the most compelling things for me about passive monetization. While some items and products may have a shorter online shelf life, many are topically evergreen and will continue to produce income in increasing amounts over time.
I'm already looking forward to your next monthly report.
Things are a bit below average for me adsense-wise, but that is mainly because I am starting to shift my focus a bit in the direction of Amazon sales. In the end, I think the slight re-focus will be for the best.
This is also the first month I have started to see some money from the new eBay program - and I think I am starting to get the hang of it.
We shall see what March brings...
By the end of this month with adsnse and amazon, about $300
RethanSmith good luck with the ebay program. Once I started to "get" the new ebay program, I couldn't believe how the sales started to come in. There are so many possible products and niches, you're bound to find something you enjoy writing about and that makes it so much easier.
For me it's like pretend shopping.
I was wondering if you could contrast your experience with ePN versus Amazon. I'm a huge Amazon advocate but would be appreciative of any information you could share about them in comparison as related to Hubpages.
Mike I do really well with both of them and they both pay very reliably which is not the case with a lot of affiliate programs. I have about 200 Amazon hubs, 250 Ebay hubs and 50 Adsense Hubs.
The Amazon hubs are older and I can feel them gaining traction. But the ebay hubs seem easier to convert.
I've stopped creating Amazon hubs because Amazon automatically cuts affiliates if their state adopts an internet sales tax and ebay does not. Hubbers from both RI and NC have told me that they are still in the ebay program. So that's the big difference to me. I live in Massachusetts which is right next to RI and that means it could spread. And HubPages is located in California which is actively considering such a tax again this year. It passed the legislature last year and the governor vetoed it. If this wasn't the case, I would still be making Amazon hubs.
First, I love hearing about those of you making money...gives me hope!. Second, I really have no idea whether I am on the right track or not. I've only been on here about a month and have about 25 hubs. Some I wrote just because I wanted to, others with either Amazon or adsense in mind. I have had about 1000 page views but have only made $8 on adsense and nothing on Amazon. I am getting traffic from outside Hubpages, but I guess they are not clicking or I am not doing something correclty. Am I just being impatient? Also, the way I understood it, we could no longer get accepted to Ebay unless we had a seperate individual website...is that correct? Any advice would be greatly appreciated :>
For 5 weeks, I think you're doing quite well. You're off to a good start and as you keep writing, I'm sure you'll learn how to tailor the Hubs for Adsense -- or, rather, Adsense for your Hubs. One of my most popular Hubs that pulls regularly for me took about 8 months before it generated traffic on Hubpages.
$8 in Adsense for a mere 1000 impressions is an extremely good conversion rate.
I have been here one month and have about the same stats with a good conversion rate as well. check out my hub about my first month and compare yours. http://hubpages.com/hub/My-First-Month-on-Hubpages
leigia67 I don't know about getting into ebay at this time. It sounds like your off to a pretty good start. I think you should just keep on keeping on. Make more hubs and get a better idea of what works for your style.
Welcome to HP! And yes HP should give you hope, because it is possible to make good money here!
Welcome to HubPages. And I very glad you're off to a good start. However, the more content on your hub, the better. Meaning, it might be time for you to hit the forums, just like you have now.
By getting exposure in the forums, people check you out and your hubs. If they like what you have, then they will add a comment(more content). You can even have brief conversations in your comment section, because it add content to you hub.
When search engines look for hubs, it looks for freshness of content. Comments keep up your hub refresh rate. You responding to them makes more changes, thus refreshing you hub with new content.
So, with that said...Welcome to the Forum Community!
I just say it can help. The Community is about helping others to improve. I don't know if you've done this or not? and if you would like...post like 3 or 4 links in the Extreme Hub Makeover Forum, and have your hubs critique by other members.
Most of the time, others can possibly pick up on things to help improve the quality of your hubs. I'm not saying there is anything wrong with them...and obviously you are making some money already from them, which is good. But, it doesn't hurt to give yourself the exposure. Plus, others might find things you missed? Maybe.
I apologize, if I'm out of line. Just trying to be helpful.
It's good reading this and also frustrating at the same time. I applied for an eBay affiliate last Fall and got turned down even though many of my Hubs would fit eBay products. I'm doing better writing for AdSense and I'm on my way to getting my second $100 check . . . the first one was after 2 yrs and the second one will be after 7 months . . . but now, I've learned so much more.
I made one Amazon sale after 2 years for 36 cents -- that happened this past week!
Well there you go Don, your first Amazon Sale! I always believe that if you can make $1 you know how to make a 1,000 of them. Just do what you did a thousand times! Or some variation of that.
It's true though that once you get a rhythm going in anything the success starts to pile up.
Nelie, I agree . . . I'm not exactly sure why I haven't made more on Amazon. But I feel I have "learned" Google Adsense or have gained a strong understanding of it. the principles are the same. Thanks for responding and I have spent time studying your Hubs. I do have a web site where I may go ahead and get an eBay affiliate and then transfer it to HP.
Thisisoli Congrats on the Visa! That's great news. And hope you're all healed up as well.
Hi guys! Adsense in January was bad for me but February is very good, I got a double digit total! As for Amazon, January was better than February for me, but I think that's because most of the hubs I have written lately were hubs and not Amazon focused. But I'm still impressed that my writing is actually generating something.
Oh how I miss my eBay earnings. It has been a transition and at one point I even thought of walking away from everything.
Well I just altered what I am doing and once again things are starting to look up.
One day I will get the income back.
Nelle is definatly and inspiration along with many other hubbers.
Dale there are so many options of online commerce, you will find a new way. Two Christmases ago I had six merchants, to which I had committed an entire site each, declared bankruptcy in one week. I lost the income of six moneymaker websites all at once! eeek.
Then two months later I found HubPages and something new opened up! Tis the way of the internet. Who knows what will happen next!
Wow, some of you have some impressive earnings. Since I am not too impressed with mine so far (1,13 euros), I am currently backlinking the hell out of my hubs, before I post new ones. It is an annoying job, but apparently it's got to be done
Good luck for next month everyone!
How was February?
It's not over yet... so I'll have to get back to you in a few days.
I had a very good month and do well with Adsense it always feels good when money goes into your account,I was just paid for January and now I am looking forward to February so long as I make money every month I am happy! Amazon is second and thank goodness you gave me the tools on that Nelle.
I haven't made any money with amazon and only a little more than a dollar with adsense But i definetly feel inspired with other's successes!
February has been quite good by my standards, I've earned a total of $288. $25 of that is from Amazon, which is a surprise.
Thanks for your response to my ePN versus Amazon question. You make some very valid points. I think my own "good" experiences with Amazon and similarly my own "poor" experiences with eBay and ePN are keeping me firmly in the Amazon camp currently on Hubpages.
It is something I am constantly monitoring and rethinking. Thanks for the feedback.
Mike you definitely gotta go with personal experience. If it wasn't for the internet tax issue - I would be making 45% Amazon, 5% Adsense and 50% ebay hubs. Amazon is a great program. And I've done very well with it.
The intriguing thing about ePN is the new quality click payout. In many ways it's a more graphic more engaging AdSense, which I think is why it converts and produces so well.
I'm trying to get past my own eBay prejudices
OMG I'm a role model blondepoet! That is quite the compliment. I always enjoy your posts. The lift my spirits.
I've only made about 3 cents so far from Adsense and I've made nothing from Amazon. What is this "backlinking" that people have been mentioning?
I have a hub about backlinks, take a look!
Also, remember that overall SEO and advert optimization are just as important as backlinks!
What do you mean by SEO and advert optimization?
SEO (Search Engine Optimization) includes backlinking, and is a huge topic, Google would be your friend there, but there are a lot of hubs about it too!
I have a few basic hubs on advert optimization, which is basically ensuring that you make the most of your adverts, by placing them correctly, targetting products and so on!
I've had a really hard time with backlinking too, I just couldn't get the computer language down enough to understand what I was reading. There's a lot of really good info on it from other hubbers. A backlink is a link of your hub that you place on another site to take them to your hub. Google, Digg, and She told me are currently ones I've been practicing with because I'm still in the learning process. I seriously needed specific instructions in laymans terms. Just keep reading and you'll get the hang of it. Digg is the easiest for me to post my hubs on because at the bottom of your hub you have a "share it" button if you click on it then you'll see Digg. Go to Digg, open and account, participate by digging or commenting on others links and post your own links to your hubs using the "share it" button. Make sure you digg other articles!!! Shetoldme.com works the same as Digg but you can't link using the share it button. You have to go to the website copy and paste your hub url (http://...), insert your tracker in your hub url so you can track visits from that site. That's how I've been doing it anyway. Put your links in your Profile/Bio of Digg, google, and She told me, and also post your links on the website. Here's a webpage that I used that really helped get me started. Really good step by step instructions:
http://arindamchakraborty.com/how-to-ge … e-and-digg
Hope this helps!
heyy, read my guide on backlinking, Digg is a no-follow site which means it is of very limited benefit to your website, as is stumbleupon
Hi thisisoli- I read a lot about digg and google being no follow. Did you take a look at my link above? It says they are no follow if your just posting for the community or diggs but if they are put in your Profile/Bio they are do follow. can't find a whole lot of clarification on this, so I've been doing both. Do you know for sure? I will definitely take a look at your guide but I'm still having a hard time understanding all the computer lingo. Getting better with time. Thanks for the info.
I am not sure about Digg having do follow links on the profile page, if you go on to your profile on digg, view the source code and check the source code for your links, you should be able to see whether they have the text rel="no-follow" in the link code!
Plus if you want to check instantly then better install "nodofollow" add-on of Firefox that will shown nofollow links with just one right click.
Thanks Oli, I will look in the code!
Skyfire- will check out the firefox add-on, thank you for the tip.
I think I might have the add on where I right click for a list of back links but only yahoo is showing my hubs. The rest like google, digg, it shows the whole website stats, and not my hubs. Not sure if it's the right one and I don't quite know how to use it properly yet.
It's so sad to see all the numbers on the spreadsheet at zero!
Okay, now that February is actually over, I can say that it was my best Feb in four years, with upwards trends still continuing. And my eBay sales which really tanked in Jan recovered a lot.
Looking back over my earning pattern graph, April (US tax month) is traditionally the lowest earning month of the year for me, so I'll be curious to see how it pans out this year.
Best February in 4 years. That's great - considering all of the distractions this year including the Olympics.
I don't have a month that's always the worst each year. They all scare me!
The Olympics was my saving grace. My one hub on Olympic apparel skyrocketed and brought in a lot of adsense. Ther were days I had well over 1000 hits on one hub. My Adsense hit almost 300 dollars this month! Of course everyone was looking for clothing items that were not for sale. My Amazon did pick up despite the fact they were not carrrying the olympic outfits everyone wanted. I brought in over 150.00 on it this month. You just never know!
One day I'm going to be in a conversation that Nelle and Relache just had.
mtsi! we're on. A year from now, we'll have close to a conversation that Nelle and Relache just had
you got it - have you ever noticed how close our stats are?
Look at that! Well, regardless of where we are we should keep writing good hubs, Nelle and relached have like a zillion. Are you making an income each month? Mine is small and uneven but I'm glad I'm generating any money.
I've been writing hubs for a month in my spare time, 8 so far. I've made $.70 from an Amazon sale and a $1.50 with 1 adsense click. Lots of impressions but only 1 click. Backlinking has been my monster since I'm pretty much computer illiterate, lol. So far, over 500 page views for the month. My first couple hubs were more for practice and getting the hang of this. The series I just started is doing pretty well and I'd like to join the new contest but not enough confidence yet. I'm guessing patience is a virtue. Am I on my way to anywhere?
BTW, wanted to send out a big thank you to the hubpage community! Everyone here has been so wonderful and helpful when I ever needed questions answered or advice.
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