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My Very First HubPages Payout

Updated on October 4, 2018
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Patrick has been working as a freelance writer on fiverr for the past 2 years.

Writing on hubpages

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Writing on hubpages


As with many others on Hubpages, I really enjoy writing. Two years ago, I joined Hubpages after comparing it with several other websites I found on the internet and started writing and posting several articles on topics that I had been on my mind for some time. As soon as the first few articles were accepted and published (10 articles), I was motivated to write a few more, some of which were also published. For those that were not featured (not published), I made more modifications, re-submitted and made even more modifications until they were accepted. A few weeks later, I completed setting up my profile as well as the payment details This made feel that I had now fully become part of the Hubpages family, which was a great feeling. From then on, I have been writing and uploading articles on a range of topics that I find interesting.

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While I truly enjoyed writing and having my articles published, there were no views, which meant that no one was reading any of my articles. While I would have loved to see a person or two read something I wrote, the lack of views did not bother me at first. As mentioned, I really loved writing. Posting my work on Hubpages felt like taking a deep breath after being underwater for hours, which drove me to write and post more articles. For the most part, I am an introvert, which means that I am not very outgoing. For this reason, I am used to writing my thoughts down as one way of just putting out what I am feeling or going through. Posting on Hubpages, therefore, was one of the main ways through which I could share my views, ideas, and thoughts with just about anyone who would read.

About a month and a half later, my articles started getting a few views which motivated me further. In particular, I can remember one lady who commented on one of my articles and welcomed me to the website given that I was still a newbie. While views still remained very low (5 to 10 views a day) the fact that there were several people reading my articles really felt great. At the time, I was also going through some tough times with some personal issues but the few views I got made it feel like I had some company to share my thoughts with. For this reason, I continued writing and posting as a means of coping. As time went by, however, I removed some of the personal articles that I had posted since I felt that they were too personal and no longer served any importance being on the internet.

Writing vs traffic

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More articles vs traffic


As time went by, I got an opportunity to talk to a few people on the website and was even lucky enough to meet one lady for whom I write articles from time to time. I also developed an interest to write short stories most of which never got a single view. After sharing them with some friends on Hubpages, it became evident that they were not as good as I thought they were. In short, my short stories really sucked; but more on that later. I will definitely write an article on all the fails. Regardless, I continued writing and posting on many more topics; many of which touched on hotly debated issues of the day. As for the views, they increased to about 20 views a day and then a few more over time. Today, I get an average of 40 views a day in total for all my articles. Despite having well over 100 articles, views have remained very low particularly when compared to many other writers on the website. This may be due to a number of reasons including writing articles that most people do not find interesting and not sharing more on social media among many other reasons that remain unknown to me. Regardless, this has not stopped me from writing given that I truly enjoy doing so whenever I can.

Payday

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Payday


On the 28th of September, 2018, about 2 years after joining Hubpages, I received an email late at night alerting me that I had received some funds from Hubpages. This was unexpected but exciting at the same time. I quickly opened the email and there it was; I had received 51 bucks from my two years of writing and posting articles on Hubpages. While this may be disappointing for some people, it brought a smile to my face because of one particular reason: SOMEONE NEEDED 50 BUCKS THAT VERY DAY. Without wasting any time, I transferred the funds to my bank and withdrew the money the very next day. I then sent it to the person who in turn gave me more than a million thanks followed by many more thanks. I was truly at peace.

© 2018 Patrick

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    • Patrick Patrick profile imageAUTHOR

      Patrick 

      20 months ago from Nairobi

      Thank you so much John. I appreciate your advice and will definitely reach out to many more hubbers. I have been reading other people's articles and have found so many that I really loved (very informative). I have also read one of your poems (Salem's Lot) and really loved it. Looking forward to reading more of your work.

      Thank you.

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      John Hansen 

      20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Patrick, I joined for the same reason, just to have somewhere to put my writing. Much of it I just had filed away never read by anyone except maybe close family. HubPages offered that outlet. I was actually a member for three years before Imjoined AdSense..so it took me another two years before I actually made money.

      It is a wonderful feeling when you get your first payout, and it doesn’t take too long before that starts to increase and there’s is a shorter time between payouts.

      The more people who get to know of you here at hub pages the more comments you will receive, so writing this hub was a way of reaching out to more fellow hubbers. Generally if you read other people’s articles they will read yours in turn. Keep writing.

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      Patrick 

      20 months ago from Nairobi

      Hello Kirti. As long as you love writing and posting then don't stop. Whatever Ideas you feel like sharing through your writing, JUST DO IT :)

      Thank you.

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      Patrick 

      20 months ago from Nairobi

      Thank you, Sherry. Looking forward to that.

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      kirtidv2006 

      20 months ago

      Motivating article. I joined hubpages a couple of weeks ago and there are times when my feelings about it fluctuate from side to side of whether to continue to not. Thanks for sharing.

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      Sherry Hewins 

      20 months ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      Congratulations! I hope it is the first of many.

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