Thank you for the "hope", I started writing Hubs as an artful expression, and as I have not been able to secure a job, I have been working like a maniac "Writing my way out of Here..." On Blogspot in 2 years, I earned 1.84 from adsense, in the past 3 weeks, it has jumped up to ....$6.00+, am I getting it? lol
Yes - I flipped a coin - religion or politics - religion won, so I pretty much keep away from politics. But - I spend all day on line and alone so it keeps me sane. I think. Still - no insane people really think they are insane do they?
Almost cracked $3,000 from hubpages last month myself, and am hoping for more after the summer season is over. Sowing seeds and all that. Mind you - if every seed I had sowed came to fruition I would be doing very well. Sometimes there seems no rhyme or reason to the ones that fail to germinate.
Almost $3,000 in a single month?! You're an inspiration to all of us!
Agreed that it's a matter of sowing the seeds and seeing which germinate. Every batch of hubs I publish is a bit of a new experiment, or an expansion of an earlier experiment. It's always interesting to see which pick up search engine traffic, and when. I've seen some lie dormant for over a year and then suddenly get this swift wind of traffic.
It has been slowly growing, A few sown seeds came up, and I am looking forward to a decent November/December. December was my best month last year so fingers crossed - I could see 5K if the same increases carry on through the rest of the year.
Realizing how much you've earned (and continued to earn) writing Hubs is a strong incentive to keep doing it!
A few years ago, I thought traffic would diminish to my Hubs after peaking around the year mark or so, but those Hubs which caught on and started getting a stream of traffic continue to do so more than a year later.
That's quite an accomplishment, you have your system worked out and it sounds like a good one!
I agree girly_girl09, it's amazing how HP income keeps increasing. We've barely heard a compaint here about the Mayday update, while at other boards affiliates have been wringing their hands over it and the loss of earnings.
Congratulations, Livelonger! I've only recently realised what an incredible platform Hubpages is, being new to internet writing/marketing. Really, the power of the site is amazing. Write half-decent content and it rises in the google index mainly due to the placement of the site, and the rest is up to you. Do your own backlinking/promotion etc, and good content really gets rewarded. I'm impressed Just impressed - not rich or anything lol, at least not yet.
Backlinking is simply putting your hub link on another site. There are other sites that welcome links, like snipsly, xomba, redgage or shetoldme. Even sending it to Twitter or Facebook could be considered backlinking. Your hub, even if you never backlink,will eventually find its place in the search engines. Backlinking may bring that time closer, that's all, so don't sweat it.
Thank you for the info. As, I said to IzzyM I didn't know how much time to put into it. My hub, I hope, is a decent one. It is the first one I have published. How long did it take you to get to the 1000+ a month and how many hubs have you got.
I personally am not a big fan of spending a lot of time backlinking. I do think the most important things are to focus on writing good evergreen niches, and titling Hubs shrewdly.
So, what I've learned:
Evergreen, niche topics What I've learned is that if you Google a topic and don't find satisfactory results among the first few SERPs, that's a great candidate for writing a better hub. My hubs on making yogurt and transferring iTunes songs were sourced this way, and they're my highest-traffic hubs by far. They also have major staying power--traffic has only increased over the past couple of years to them.
I also got a few gems from questions in the Answers section. I laugh thinking that it took me about 5 minutes to bang out a quick hub on how to call London based on someone's question, and I've made over $214 off that Hub alone!
Titling correctly Keeping my titles very descriptive, short, and mirroring exactly what people search on in Google is key. In my official capacity, I remind people to do this all the time, but I think it's an important part of getting ever-increasing traffic from search engines. I really could not possibly stress this enough as a quick/"easy" way to boost the traffic potential of a solid hub.
There are a lot of hubs I see that are fantastic but the title is too florid or clever/funny and thus will probably never get good traffic from search engines.
Thanks for the great advice. I haven't written a Hub for a while now (pressures of work etc.), but you're giving me a couple of ideas ... I've started home recording, and in my search for answers to questions on copyright, equipment, mixing and mastering services etc., well, the answers are often hard to find. I should be writing about the answers I've found, which I'm sure others are looking for.
Livelonger, I've been wondering about this for the last two days! Can you tell me, if you see a chance to get a good domain name for an existing site, is it worth changing?
I chose "shoes pointe" for my ballet website because I thought it was a good search term - but that was before I learned to use the "exact" match on Google Keywords. Now I realise it's not that good after all - and much better names are available.
The trouble is, of course, that I've done a fair bit of backlinking and all that would be wasted if I change the domain. I started the site in February - do you think it's worth making a switch?
That's a bit of a different matter, but from what I know about domains and their value in Google, it helps if the domain name itself mirrors a search (or includes search the search terms) for a few reasons:
- the keywords are boldfaced in the URL - Google apparently gives a bit of a boost when a domain name includes the term - there is a bit of type-in traffic among people who don't really know better (i.e. they type balletshoes, which directs to balletshoes.com, thinking that's a Google search)
But, then again, an "aged" domain is supposed be better than a new one, too.
But choosing domain names is not really my bailiwick, so take this with a grain of salt.
If I were to buy ballet shoes as a gift, I wouldn't search with the term 'shoes pointe', because I've never heard of it. My search words would be 'ballet shoes'. 'Shoes Pointe' sounds great, and most sophisticated, but a better name could be simply 'Ballet Shoes'. Still, I understand why you chose the name you did - it gives a more professional feel ... hard decisions we have to make here on the web
Which are ballet shoes? I meant it could be possible that many people who are looking for such items might not be dancers themselves, and therefore not know the proper term - like me. I think that was obvious.
Stick with that name then. I sent my kids to dance classes years ago, and ballet shoes were one thing, but pointe shoes (or whatever they are called), is another. Unfortunately my daughter grew up just as she learnt to do pointe stuff, and gave her dancing up for a lad. Those with dedication know what they are looking for.
Camlo when kids are learning ballet, they use ballet shows which are juts soft sand-shoes if you like, the ballet shoe you see in loads of places that typify a ballet shoe. Pointe shoes (I think, but don't know for certain), are the ones ballet dancer need to stand on their toe. I'm going back to the back room just now because I am a little out of my depth.
Doesn't matter - we don't have to know EVERYTHING. Anyway, I thought they stood on their toes having put a specially shaped block of wood in their plain old ballet shoe to protect their big toe ... seems it's more complicated
You have a pretty interesting and inspiring experience in hubpages. Everyone would wish to earn the same or even half of what you have earned. It's definitely a plus factor (aside from using adsense and keyword density) that you know and love what you write about because you can surely create a lot of helpful hubpages out a single topic when you do it with passion. Great job you have there :-)
Freaking Whoa ! ! Wow ! Totally awesome dude - if money is what your here for and you made it .........totally really congrats to you I'm all poor and stuff...but..... I really like the friends I have made here they mean so much more to me than money .... I really should get off it and make some more .... but ... well..... the friends mean more to me .so I kinda hang in the forums and chat but........ if money was your goal ...glad as hell to hear that ya hit it! Good man! or Woman? oooops Job well done and thanks for sharing:)
That is truly amazing and I wish I earned a fraction of that! Congratulations, livelonger, on knowing the secrets of how to get your hubs working for you! I am still learning but have a very long way to go to catch up!
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