over $7,000 earned on HubPages since I started

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  1. livelonger profile image86
    livelongerposted 13 years ago

    Hey everyone,

    Another update from me.

    $342 via AdSense in July
    Total since I started on HubPages (back in August 2006): $6,266.04

    (in contrast, I've made $56 off my personal blog on about 1/4 of the number of page impressions...)

    In addition...
    Amazon: $667
    eBay: $126
    (meh...although I haven't put Amazon and eBay as much on newer Hubs)

    So...a grand total of $7059 on 139 Hubs so far.

    If I were to translate this into a per-hour basis, I would guess that I spent an average of 40 minutes per Hub, so about 93 hours Hubbing total.

    So, I've earned $75.90/hour Hubbing.

    I'm pretty happy about that. (I figure I would have to be either a lawyer or doctor to outdo that...)

    1. wavegirl22 profile image48
      wavegirl22posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Mazel Tov!

      1. livelonger profile image86
        livelongerposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        lol thank you!

    2. LillyGrillzit profile image78
      LillyGrillzitposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      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

    3. jacobkuttyta profile image44
      jacobkuttytaposted 13 years agoin reply to this


      It's a motivating me to do more.

      Thanks for the info

    4. wvierra profile image60
      wvierraposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      That is fantastic, You not only uplift my own spirits but many who just happened to cross this thread.

      Thank you! you have not just rekindled hope to the many but also inspired us all to keep chugging along up that hill of success.

      W. Vierra

    5. Mark Knowles profile image58
      Mark Knowlesposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Good for you livelonger. I see you have not included forum time in that estimate though. lol

      1. livelonger profile image86
        livelongerposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        lol I see forum participation as a fun (in small doses) but utterly worthless avocation when it comes to earnings. I try to stay out of the Political forum because it's not good for the heart. wink

        1. Mark Knowles profile image58
          Mark Knowlesposted 13 years agoin reply to this


          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. big_smile 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.

          1. livelonger profile image86
            livelongerposted 13 years agoin reply to this

            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.

            1. Mark Knowles profile image58
              Mark Knowlesposted 13 years agoin reply to this

              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.

              Did I mention I like hubpages a lot? big_smile

    6. Computer Doctor profile image60
      Computer Doctorposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Fantastic. I am a newbie. Can I reach there?

    7. Rochelle Frank profile image91
      Rochelle Frankposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      That is very efficient hubbing if you spent only that amount of time.
      YOU could be a millionaire by now.
      Why are you not putting in another few weeks or months of time?

  2. habee profile image92
    habeeposted 13 years ago

    That's wonderful, LL! Really puts things in perspective the way you broke it down.

  3. camlo profile image83
    camloposted 13 years ago

    If I were you, I'd put in a few more hours.
    Just imagine how rich you'd be if you did it 8 hours a day, 5 days a week or more!

    1. livelonger profile image86
      livelongerposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      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.

      1. camlo profile image83
        camloposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        I'm really glad it's paid off for you, and your message here is certainly motivating.

        Do you know what made those particular Hubs catch on? It would be great if you could write more like them.

      2. brettb profile image61
        brettbposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        For the record my web pages I wrote in 2005 are getting 4x more traffic in 2010 than they did in 2005.

        Hubs won't fade away, they'll earn for years!

        1. brettb profile image61
          brettbposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          Oh, and I also have many pages that have been getting visitors since 1999. I guess they would have been making money all this time, but I only put AdSense on in '03.

  4. profile image0
    girly_girl09posted 13 years ago

    Very cool way to think about it.

    I just LOVE that earnings keep increasing every month without any additional tweaking, you seriously can't beat that! Even hubs that I never thought would end up producing occasionally do.

    I can only hope that HP will continue to operate and earnings will continue to increase forever! big_smile

    1. brettb profile image61
      brettbposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      See my posts above! Good web pages are immortal!

  5. johnshade profile image60
    johnshadeposted 13 years ago

    with only 139 hubs that's amazing well done

  6. profile image0
    Nelle Hoxieposted 13 years ago

    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.

  7. liljen23 profile image77
    liljen23posted 13 years ago

    Wow, great for you L.. That is assurance that you can really make money online with Hubpages and that it is possible with consistency and determination... Keep it up..

    smile smile

  8. livelonger profile image86
    livelongerposted 13 years ago

    Actually, to be fair, I'd add in another 10 hrs (?) of comment moderating and responding, but I figure that's somewhat optional. smile

    Thank you, everyone. It's been a great learning process. The Pareto Principle has definitely applied - about a dozen of my Hubs account for the lion's share of my revenue.

    1. Research Analyst profile image73
      Research Analystposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Congratulations on your success, you are an inspiration to us hubbers, great job!

  9. rebekahELLE profile image85
    rebekahELLEposted 13 years ago

    very impressive, LL.  it' encouraging to hear. I was thinking yesterday how inspiring it is to see the HP staff publishing hubs along with the rest of us. thanks for sharing with us.

  10. 2besure profile image79
    2besureposted 13 years ago

    It good to know people are making good money on Hubpages.  That means so can I!

  11. IzzyM profile image87
    IzzyMposted 13 years ago

    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 smile
    Just impressed - not rich or anything lol, at least not yet.

    1. mom101 profile image60
      mom101posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I wish i could figure out what this backlinking is that you talk about and how to do it.

      1. IzzyM profile image87
        IzzyMposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        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.

        1. mom101 profile image60
          mom101posted 13 years agoin reply to this

          Thanks for the info. My son tries to explain it to me but to keep from appearing duh in front of him, i KNOW what he is saying. (ok).
          I didn't know how important it is to do or not do.
          Thanks again.

      2. brettb profile image61
        brettbposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Backlinking isn't that important - if you build good Hubs then they will eventually get their own backlinks.

        I've never been into backlinking and I've got plenty of pages that have somehow got to 1000+ page views a month.

        1. mom101 profile image60
          mom101posted 13 years agoin reply to this

          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.

  12. freecampingaussie profile image62
    freecampingaussieposted 13 years ago

    Congratulations and a big Thank You for sharing that with us as it gives us all a good reason to carry on and work hard !
    Appreciate it very much!

  13. Cagsil profile image70
    Cagsilposted 13 years ago


    That's quite nicely done. Do hope you have even more success going forward. smile

  14. livelonger profile image86
    livelongerposted 13 years ago

    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.

    1. camlo profile image83
      camloposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      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.

      1. livelonger profile image86
        livelongerposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Absolutely. If you write about something you truly know and care about, that authority comes out on the page.

        You can always use the Google Keyword Tool to gauge approx how many searchers are out there searching on your proposed hub title.

        1. camlo profile image83
          camloposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          Yes, that's something I started doing on my other account, and I think that's one of the reasons for my success there.

    2. Marisa Wright profile image87
      Marisa Wrightposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      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?

      And congrats on a great achievement!

      1. livelonger profile image86
        livelongerposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        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. smile

      2. camlo profile image83
        camloposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        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 smile

        1. Marisa Wright profile image87
          Marisa Wrightposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          It actually sells pointe shoes.....

          1. camlo profile image83
            camloposted 13 years agoin reply to this

            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.

          2. IzzyM profile image87
            IzzyMposted 13 years agoin reply to this

            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.

            1. camlo profile image83
              camloposted 13 years agoin reply to this

              I'll have to go and find out the difference between 'pointe shoes' and plain, old 'ballet shoes'.

  15. rebekahELLE profile image85
    rebekahELLEposted 13 years ago

    simple, great advice. and that does happen often! thanks.

    1. livelonger profile image86
      livelongerposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks, Rebekah smile It really does work and it makes sense why it works.

  16. Marisa Wright profile image87
    Marisa Wrightposted 13 years ago

    Thanks!  You've confirmed what I had read elsewhere, the question is now, how much beneiit will I get?

    Hmm, might post a new thread...

  17. IzzyM profile image87
    IzzyMposted 13 years ago

    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.

    1. camlo profile image83
      camloposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      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 smile

  18. reagu profile image64
    reaguposted 13 years ago


  19. rugsforall profile image60
    rugsforallposted 13 years ago

    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 :-)

  20. Misha profile image63
    Mishaposted 13 years ago

    Great! Huge congrats LL! smile

  21. Sullen91 profile image71
    Sullen91posted 13 years ago

    You are what statisticians call an "outlier." In any event, $7,000 in 3 years is better than nothing, but it's nothing to boast about with ill conceived computations that have you earning $75/hr.

  22. LeanMan profile image80
    LeanManposted 13 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration...

  23. climberjames profile image57
    climberjamesposted 13 years ago

    well done, very inspiring!!

  24. Medical Writer profile image60
    Medical Writerposted 13 years ago

    Very inspiring. Very good indeed.

  25. gqgirl profile image68
    gqgirlposted 13 years ago

    Awesome job..... wish I could be doing the same right about now!

    1. livelonger profile image86
      livelongerposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      It took me 9 months to get my first $100 payout from AdSense! lol

      Persistence pays off eventually...

      1. sofs profile image76
        sofsposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Long live livelonger  Congrats

  26. wildorangeflower profile image60
    wildorangeflowerposted 13 years ago

    Mr Mark Knowles and livelonger, Congratulations! WOW!

  27. thisisoli profile image72
    thisisoliposted 13 years ago

    My Adsense earnings have actually dropped over the last few years, even though my clicks have increased, damn recession sad

    Looking forward to things improving again!

  28. Dobson profile image75
    Dobsonposted 13 years ago

    Good for you Mark!

  29. wrenfrost56 profile image56
    wrenfrost56posted 13 years ago

    Way to go livelonger and mark, inspirational. smile

  30. luciano63 profile image62
    luciano63posted 13 years ago

    Well, what to say? It looks like you are doing the right thing here on Hubpages. I hope to get better too.

  31. eclecticeducation profile image61
    eclecticeducationposted 13 years ago

    I'm new to writing for HubPages.  Thank you for the inspiration! smile

  32. starme77 profile image76
    starme77posted 13 years ago

    Freaking Whoa ! !  Wow !  Totally awesome dude - if money is what your here for and you made it .........totally really congrats to you smile 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 smile but........ if money was your goal ...glad as hell to hear that ya hit it! Good man! or Woman? oooops lol Job well done and thanks for sharing:)

  33. ofmelancholy profile image60
    ofmelancholyposted 13 years ago

    it's really hope, couldn't reach a dollar yet:)

  34. Dale Nelson profile image39
    Dale Nelsonposted 13 years ago

    That fantastic LL. Truly inspiring to hear.

  35. srinivasrapol profile image59
    srinivasrapolposted 13 years ago

    Thats Awesome! Congrats on a great achievement. Its inspiring for newly joined hubbers like me.

  36. Purple Perl profile image48
    Purple Perlposted 13 years ago

    Congrats livelonger! I can vouch for the same-meaning I make more off hubpages than my blogger blogs.

  37. cballi316 profile image58
    cballi316posted 13 years ago

    Congrats. I don't have many hubs yet and haven't seen much traffic, but this is encouraging.

  38. Bard of Ely profile image79
    Bard of Elyposted 13 years ago

    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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