Anyone else 2-4 months in? Is your head spinning?

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  1. Spacey Gracey profile image39
    Spacey Graceyposted 13 years ago

    There were quite a few hubbers that joined around the same time as I did, and we've lost touch alomg the way.

    I've been here 12 weeks now, and my head is crammed full of information, and I think I am even more confused and excited than I was at the beginning.

    Just wondering how the other not-so-new newbies are feeling, and how successful (or otherwise smile ) you've been with your efforts.

    1. flounderingsahm profile image60
      flounderingsahmposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Spacey!  I started about two months ago.  I've only published five hubs, getting some traffic every day, but not hundreds.  I think I have the keyword research down, but really need to work on backlinking.  I've got a system down for organizing and planning the hubs, but right now can't seem to find the time to actually write them.

      My mind is filled with information (some conflicting) but if I have time to sit and actually concentrate, I can get it sorted out.  No payouts yet, but I've got a few bucks in my adsense account.  Trying to work on the Amazon thing as well.

    2. Dobson profile image78
      Dobsonposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      SG - I have been here almost twelve weeks as well and I love Hub pages. It gives me an outlet to share my love of writing and information with others.

      I feel like I am just now getting a firm grasp on keyword research and I have decided on a capstone hub to use to cross promote my others. My biggest complaint it the lack of time I  have to devote to this obsession!

      Let's keep tabs on each other so we can encourge each other when the going gets tough, meaning low visits or brain freeze that blocks our ideas!

  2. Spacey Gracey profile image39
    Spacey Graceyposted 13 years ago

    bumpity bump bumpy bump

  3. Spacey Gracey profile image39
    Spacey Graceyposted 13 years ago

    Checking you out now. I find it so frustrating that in my head I have this great plan of what my hubs will look like, how they'll link together etc etc, but I can't work as fast as I can think, and its going to take me 100s of hours to get it all set up.

    Enjoying the challenge though - its beats doing the housework smile

    1. flounderingsahm profile image60
      flounderingsahmposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Haha!  Isn't THAT the truth?!?!

  4. thooghun profile image93
    thooghunposted 13 years ago

    I've been here awhile now. At the beginning I didn't really care about keyword analysis, and it showed. I received very little traffic over the first year or so. But some of my earlier hubs did become more popular in time despite this.

    Only one of my hubs now recieves "hundreds" of views a day. I guess I found what they call a golden keyword -- but it isn't as profitable (granted, it wasn't the point) as some of my other "how-to" hubs.

    In general I find that following flagship rules pays off. A thousand words, plenty of relevant (not commerical) links and making it visually appealing.

  5. Origin profile image59
    Originposted 13 years ago

    I've been with Hubpages over 3 months, but I'm not new to the whole online thing, been doing it for ages. smile

  6. Spacey Gracey profile image39
    Spacey Graceyposted 13 years ago

    It is probably time I read those flagship guidelines again. I read them at the start, but probably wasn't ready to understand it then.

    Hi Origin - its interesting to know that people experienced in internet marketing are attracted to HP - what brought you over here? And I've just realised how many posts and hubs you've made - do you never sleep!

  7. Spacey Gracey profile image39
    Spacey Graceyposted 13 years ago

    I'll post up a thread every now and then to see how everyone's doing.

    I am totally addicted to HP. I have a plan I'm meant to be following but I keep getting distracted by stats, forums, and recently I've been writing opportunistic hubs that weren't in my plan, but were too good an opportunity to miss.

  8. Lily Rose profile image84
    Lily Roseposted 13 years ago

    I've got a few more months under my belt, but I couldn't help but respond when I read your post because I can very clearly
    remember feeling the exact way that you describe!

    When I joined HP I had never done anything like this before and knew nothing whatsoever about affiliate marketing and such.  I spent a ridiculous amount of time online and here at HP and could not believe the amount of information that I was learning - it was information overload, but at the same time very exciting.  At one point I practically had to sit back and say, "okay, no more learning, get writing!"

    One thing that helped me a lot was joining The Keyword Academy (first month is $1) - the tutorials over there are fantastic, but it did begin to get to be too much for my brain to handle so I canceled it after the first month (besdies the fact that I wasn't making nearly enough money to justify the monthly expense after month 1!)

    My advice (not that you asked!) would be to learn how to research keywords and how to properly place them within your hub's title, url and body.  Also, learn about backlinking early on and try and make backlinking a part of your hub publishing routine. 

    I just noticed that although you've been here two months, you already have 106 hubs - wow, great start!

  9. Spacey Gracey profile image39
    Spacey Graceyposted 13 years ago

    Thanks Lily - now where's the bit where you add 'and now my husband quit his job and we live entirely off my $10k a month residual income' big_smile Just kidding.

    You are right - I do have a great number of hubs, but not actually a number of great hubs. I have read so so much about keyword research and backlinking. So I've churned out tons of hubs with a different approach to each to see what I can workout for myself.

    Interesting about Keyword Academy - I have seen it mentioned a few times. I've been watching the 30Dc video tutorials from the people that make Market Samurai but had to bail out after about 5 sessions because I just couldn't take in anymore. Probably time I went back to looking at that.

    1. Lily Rose profile image84
      Lily Roseposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Oh, how I wish the residual income was even only a fraction of that AND my husband kept working!!  I'm only now reaching a monthly AdSense payout - I think June may be my first.  I made my very first payout after 3 months here and have been receiving payments every other month since then.  If I can do it...

      Best of luck to you all!

      1. Marisa Wright profile image88
        Marisa Wrightposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Lily, to make payout after only three months is an achievement - congrats! 

        I'm impressed by how aware some of the recent HubPages recruits are - I wasn't even thinking about keywords and backlinks in the first few months!

  10. Richieb799 profile image66
    Richieb799posted 13 years ago

    7 months in today smile Don't expect miracles with adsense, althought there is a light at the end of the tunnel, I am verging on payout smile

    1. Spacey Gracey profile image39
      Spacey Graceyposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Happy 7 months birthday Richie. Is that £100 on Google. At my current rate it will take me almost 2 years. Thankfully I'm doing better on Amazon, and I have a plan for a couple of niches. You have your own website too don't you Richie. Is that contributing to your adsense money or are you keeping it all seperate? (being a bit nosey I know).

  11. LeanMan profile image80
    LeanManposted 13 years ago

    Just a couple of months in so far, been playing on the internet for just over 3 months so very much feeling my way... finding that i spend more time in the forums than actually writing hubs...

    Have my plan, have many more hubs planned out, just little time to do it, hence my personal attempt at the 30 day challenge.. Trying to achieve it with a full time job, wife's birthday, major audit at work, business trips and the usual stuff....

    1. Spacey Gracey profile image39
      Spacey Graceyposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I know LeanMan - I see you in the forums all the time. Would you like me to yell GET BACK TO YOUR HUBS!!!! next time I bump into you big_smile

      1. LeanMan profile image80
        LeanManposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Nah.... lol

        I enjoy the forums too much... but today getting ready for my wife's birthday party so logging off in a min or two to get the house ready, 5pm here already..

        Have another hub almost ready, and two others have plenty of content also so I think I will manage another 2 or 3 tomorrow.. my trouble is I write long hubs, i think my shortest is 1000 words.. most around the 1500 mark..

        I have so many that I want to write, it's just time that stops me really, not the forums.. If I'm in the forums I've just finished working on something and I'm trying to get my mind out of my hubs... lol

  12. Spacey Gracey profile image39
    Spacey Graceyposted 13 years ago

    Well have fun at the party. I'm off to do the school run now. Think I'll have a couple of HP free days so I can start jotting down the Masterplan smile

    1. michifus profile image58
      michifusposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      11 weeks for me, and its still fun.

      I've now started to worry less about my fluctuating hubscore, and have stopped checking my Google adsense acoount every 5 minutes which has left me with much more time to write hubs  smile

      1. Spacey Gracey profile image39
        Spacey Graceyposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        hard habit to break that one. The bloke is fed up of me telling him I have sold a tub of hair gel, or made 2 pence on Adsense. Although yesterday someone bought a Brazilian waxing kit and he was a little more interested in that big_smile

        1. michifus profile image58
          michifusposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          Lol. I know, I still cant help but check. It may only be a few cents to a few dollars, but it seems worth so much more!

  13. profile image0
    Precious Williamsposted 13 years ago

    Only joined six weeks ago, but I can see that I have a lot to do to reach the heights of many of you. Still it's nice to see what I aspire to

  14. Spacey Gracey profile image39
    Spacey Graceyposted 13 years ago

    Precious - I'm sure you weren't refering to me - I am at no height at all - otherwsise why would I be lurking round the forums so much looking for tips. Welcome to the party though.

  15. CYBERSUPE profile image60
    CYBERSUPEposted 13 years ago

    Three months in and still learning. I found out real quick how much I did not know about HubPages. I love my fellow Hubbers, they are so willing to help, only if one will just ask. Gee, a thousand (1000) words, you see I am a guy and don't talk much. Any speaking teachers out there?

    1. GeneriqueMedia profile image60
      GeneriqueMediaposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      If this occurs, seek help immediately.

      Else, seek any groovy hubber. wink

  16. Jeff Berndt profile image73
    Jeff Berndtposted 13 years ago

    I'm working on three months, and I'm thinking I need to figure out how this whole optimization thing works if I want to get serious about earning money here.

    But that's only my secondary purpose. My primary purpose is to build up an online body of work to use as an easily accessible portfolio.

    Still, money would be nice... smile

    1. LarasMama profile image62
      LarasMamaposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I think I've been here five months but just waiting for the ticker to turn over!

      I've learnt so much about google and SEO and affiliates. I keep kicking myself going "I'm a nerd. I've been on the internet 15 years. I love writing. WHY THE HELL WASN'T I MAKING MONEY BEFORE?!"

      I've found a good thing to do is try and jump on small streams before it becomes a large scale river. Other than that I don't think I've worked out any other tricks.

      I bet anyone who wrote about google when it first started and did some good backlinking is laughing now!

    2. earnestshub profile image82
      earnestshubposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Jeff, I like that approach.
      After all, it is important to have some authority as a writer. I work on my writing, I feel it is best to be ourselves as much as possible to establish who we are online as well. smile

  17. crochet48 profile image63
    crochet48posted 13 years ago

    I am new (2 weeks in) and have 3 hubs up now. I'm going to work on backinking this weekend. That, and come up with some other ideas for new hubs.
    About how long does it take to get to the first payout? Thanks!

  18. Spacey Gracey profile image39
    Spacey Graceyposted 13 years ago

    Marissa - we have had the benefit of experienced hubbers, like you, kind enough to show us the ropes.

    I a especially loving the spinning chair - that is what the inside of my head looks like.

  19. Polly C profile image90
    Polly Cposted 13 years ago

    I have been here four months - actually it feels as though I've been here forever!  I'm really enjoying it, but only wish I could spend more time. I have a small child still at home with me (finishing his breakfast right now). I can't believe you have written 109 hubs in two months, that is jusy amazing! smile

  20. Spacey Gracey profile image39
    Spacey Graceyposted 13 years ago

    Hi Polly - I have a kid at school and another at home - and they like to shout 'get off the computer' at me smile When it is the summer holidays I will have zero time to spend on HP so I am trying to cram in as much as I can now.

    As for my hubs, I am sure I am repeating myself when I say the quantity is all there - its the quality I need to work on smile we all learn in our on way.

    1. Polly C profile image90
      Polly Cposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Wow, how do you it with a child at home? Mine is only two, is your older?  He has yet to develop the skill of playing alone, even for ten minutes!

      1. Spacey Gracey profile image39
        Spacey Graceyposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        He's 3 and he is pretty self-sufficient. I can usually grab an hour in the morning, one at lunch time, one after kids are in bed and then maybe a half day at weekend. It'll be easier in September. My oldest NEVER played alone though so its not like I've achieved this through great parenting.

  21. Joy56 profile image68
    Joy56posted 13 years ago

    hub pages a wonderful place, but it does get your head spinning i must say........  There are lots of people with lots of identities, they like to play games, it can be fun at times....


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