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Celebrating 5 Years On Hubpages: A Writer's Experience

Updated on December 9, 2012
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Having recently celebrated 5 years on Hubpages I thought it would be nice to reward myself with some of the earnings I had saved from all the hard work. I have therefore just bought myself a lovely new semi-acoustic guitar (for a very good reason) and a top of the range Android tablet PC to celebrate... and just in time for Christmas too!

My experience with, and opinion of, Hubpages over the course of the last five years has changed dramatically. When I first signed up in 2007 I wasn't that active and I thought that Hubpages would turn out just like all the other writing websites out there like Helium. I had tried Helium but once I reached payout there they refused outright to pay me but I hadn't earned much there anyway.

At first I was using Google Adsense and Amazon affiliate links on my hubs although the amount of income generated was minimal, despite receiving good traffic. I reached payout from Adsense a couple of times over the years but my earnings from Adsense don't amount to much, just a few pounds (dollars) a week on average.

Eventually I switched my Amazon affiliate links for eBay affiliate links, signed up to Hubpage's very own earnings scheme and integrated my Adsense account with my Hubpages account and all of a sudden I was set to hit the payout threshold every single month! Since setting up my account like this my Hubpages earnings have been consistently increasing, as is traffic. It's certainly not as much as I would make from a full-time job but I'm happy with my earnings at Hubpages so far. I seriously now believe that with hard work, time and dedication a very real career can be established as a writer at Hubpages. However, for a writer such as myself I believe this could take another five years yet to establish.

What Has Hubpages Done For Me?

Whilst I believe that it could take another five years to get fully established, I also believe that Hubpages shouldn't be solely relied upon in order to build a career. Hubpages should be used as a springboard to your writing career in order to branch off into other areas such as self-publishing - a mission which I am about to embark on. Although I have already published a mini-ebook entitled Mother Earth: Prison Planet, I am now in the process of writing a book on the subject of NPD (Narcissistic Personality Disorder) entitled Know Your Enemy: Reflections Of NPD, of which only a few Limited Edition copies are to be printed. The books will never be made available commercially, except as a downloadable e-book.

I am hoping that the hard copies of the book, due to their rareness and the information contained within, will go on to become worth a fortune. If this happens the few people who paid for the copies to be printed may have made a good little investment and will be able to make a profit on them should they decide to sell.

As I delve into the world of authoring books you can expect many more books from me in the future on a variety of my favourite topics (assuming I can survive that long).

In addition to becoming a writer Hubpages has helped me showcase some of my knowledge and experience and has helped me attain some work outside of the site including audio emastering, writing music and web and software development. I haven't made a great deal of money from this but every little helps. Back in 2007 I was making good money judging music, investing in albums and more although by 2012 this had dried up massively and Hubpages had become the leading website that I was using. Hubpages now accounts for 90% of my online earnings.

I will now continue to write here at Hubpages whilst moving into the world of writing books, though it probably won't be quite as regular and I have bought the semi-acoustic guitar with the intention of providing guitar tuition to the schools and colleges in my local area and also to get back out and about playing gigs. I will also continue to write music with EleMental Tunes and we now have another album in progress.

I have also just invested a small chunk of money in three upcoming albums by a well known artist and if this artists last album release is anything to go by I am set to make an absolutely huge profit. The sooner these albums get released the better!

So What's So Great About Hubpages?

I have tried running my own websites, blogs, online businesses, etc and it was very hard work. I found that it wasn't worth the effort. However, Hubpages takes an awful lot of the hard work out of online publishing making it much easier, quicker and much more efficient. For example, Hubpages is fully equipped with capsules for adding quick content without any coding and also social networking buttons are automatically including on every hub published. In addition, Hubpages has it's own active community of users and therefore manages to bring traffic to your hubs without much outside promotion. These are all factors which you would have to consider when running your own website.

Hubpages provides all the tools you need and has become my all-time favourite (and most successful) website.

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      sunflowerforests 

      3 years ago from The light in the forest of doubt.

      Whoa...Congratulations on 1,000,000 views! Awesome! 07/09/15

    • wetnosedogs profile image

      wetnosedogs 

      5 years ago from Alabama

      Five years - congratulations!

    • somethgblue profile image

      somethgblue 

      5 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      Does this mean I don't have to pay my Discover Card bill next month?

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      Unknown 

      5 years ago

      New Madrid fault line December 26th 2012 10.3 Earthquake at 7:58AM 45Million killed or more!!!!!!!!!!!

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      vespawoolf 

      5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I enjoyed reading about your journey with HubPages. I agree that it's a great platform for other endeavors and provides so much help to get results with minimal effort. Thank you for sharing with us!

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      AlexK2009 

      5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Good luck with the books. The one I had published did not go anywhere but I suppose Maths textbooks are a minority taste. Any hints you can give on self publishing would be welcome. Well done.

      For me things are nto going well on HP and this seems to be due to external factors. I would love this to change for the better - I like the site.

      Voted up as inspiring

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      Sparkster Publishing 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Wow, thank you Somethgblue and thank you everyone else for your comments. I'm glad some inspiration and motivation has come out of this hub.

      Hubpages is a fantastic website with a lot of potential and I would love nothing more than to see loads of success stories coming out of the site. There has been some negativity about the site lately and I've had a little moan myself (for a day or two) but this is more to do with Google updates and things that happen outside of Hubpages.

      Let's all keep up the good work and keep Hubpages thriving!

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      somethgblue 

      5 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      Yo dude I just created a graphic for you and put it under My Art on Pin It, go snag it and use it for this Hub . . . if you want to, it uses the number five and your Avatar!

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      somethgblue 

      5 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      Sparkster you dawg, you just motivated me to figure out the ebay capsule and begin to use it, what a dummy I am.

      Thank you and congrats on the geetar, wow five years!

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      Sleepylog 

      5 years ago from Australia

      Thank you for sharing this with us. It's good to see a hubber having something positive to say about HP. Even though I signed up two years ago, I've only started submitting hubs a few days ago and have seen many, many negative comments written by hubbers about HP. Until I read this hub, I don't think I'd seen one hub or comment that spoke positively or fondly of HP.

      I was beginning to wonder if I was wasting my time, because I do hope to make at least a bit of money from HP.

      Your hub has renewed my optimism towards HP.

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      Violet Flame 

      5 years ago from Auckland, NZ

      Congratulations Sparkster for hitting the big 5! Thank you for sharing your little celebration with us. Those are very lovely presents you've got yourself there and very well deserved! It gives a little humble starter hubbers like me great hope! If I were to use the money I earned last month on hubpages, I might just able to afford a lollipop, lol. You have great multiple talents, excellent spirit of entrepreneurship and perseverance and I think next year's presents look very promising! Thank you for the inspiration and Enjoy your new gears!

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      Shasta Matova 

      5 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on 5 years! I enjoy reading about people's experiences on the site. Voted up.

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