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How Many Page Views Did it Take to Reach My First Hubpages $50 Payout?

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How Many Views Does it Take to Start Earning?

I joined Hubpages in November, 2011 after leaving the wonderful world of full time employment. As a new stay at home mom to my daughter, it seemed like a great way to make some extra cash and make new friends while keeping my writing skills current. I have had some failures and successes in my four months of writing for Hubpages. While nothing worthwhile happens overnight, I have finally reached my $50.00 pay out point. So how many hubs, months, and views did it take to reach this milestone?

In my first four months, I originally published 65 hubs. My first novice articles were personal poems and short articles which did not succeed on Hubpages or google. I deleted 24 Hubs that were not performing well and had a score lower than 55. (Hubpages also removed one of my hubs that had 300 views due to "duplicate material"). This helped my overall hub score improve slightly. I currently have 41 published hubs. I reached the $50.03 payout mark March 1st after receiving 25,611 views. Results may vary by user, but this equates to $.002 per view on Hubpages. (These amounts do not include Google Ad Sense Earnings, Amazon Associate Earnings, or EBay Sales).

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Increase Views to Increase Earnings

When I first joined Hubpages, I had much to learn about back links, SEO, and RSS Feeds. I read hub after hub about these items to learn how to better market my hubs. I learned to get more views, I needed to use popular sites like Reddit to draw in viewers outside of Hubpages. Sites providing back links and extra views have specific audiences. For instance, Reddit is a site popular with 20 somethings. Hubs that appeal to this age group will always get more views and more shares.

How I Increased My Views on Hubpages

As a new hubber who did not understand the benefits of back links, keywords, and RSS feeds I struggled to get more than 100 views per day on my Hubs. I soon realized that making $.20 per week was not going to support my shoe habit.

Instead of writing poetry and personal articles, I began using the Google AdWords Keyword Tool to see what sorts of articles people were actually searching for. Not only does this technique help a writer estimate traffic on a given subject, it also provides many hub ideas that may not have been considered otherwise. This tool is available under the google sign in under tools.

In addition to using the sites above for back links, I read hubs on how to use RSS Feeds to increase views. Nothing has provided me with more traffic in my four months on Hubpages. The attached hubs explain in expert detail how to add your RSS Feeds to directories. Not only does this trick increase traffic to hubs, it is user friendly. By inserting the RSS Feed URL to popular directories, each directory is automatically updated each time you publish a new hub.

By doing these techniques, I gave myself a Hubpages raise. My earnings went from $.50 per month to $12.50 a month. Progress is progress!

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My Hubs With 1000+ Views:


Abby Slutsky from America on July 25, 2020:

This is a very helpful article. I will explore RSS feeds. Thank you.

Lisha C on May 19, 2020:

Thanks for the tips!

Indro Neel from India on May 16, 2020:

Thank you! Wonderfully written - very educational!

Zanbia Ali on April 03, 2020:

Thank you. :)

Anya Ali from Rabwah, Pakistan on February 06, 2020:

Very useful! Thank you!

Anya Ali from Rabwah, Pakistan on February 06, 2020:

Very useful! Thank you!

Anita Hasch from Port Elizabeth on July 03, 2019:

Thanks again for sharing.

Theblogchick from United States on August 06, 2018:

I found your article very interesting and helpful. I hope I can earn my first pay out soon. Thanks for sharing.

Jo Miller from Tennessee on March 08, 2016:

I bookmarked this hub some time back and just getting around to reading it. Great advice here and I'm off to read more about RSS feeds, though I don't see the link you refer to.

DREAM ON on July 24, 2015:

Thanks so much. May your day go wonderful.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on July 24, 2015:

Thanks DreamOn. Most of my views come from Pinterest where craft hubs are popular. I am currently at 977,500 views overall. The best thing I can suggest is use GoogleAdWords. You can see how many searches are done on any topic on Google in a month. This gives you an idea of what is popular. Hope that helps!

DREAM ON on July 24, 2015:

What a great hub ! It has been along time since you started. I see you have accomplished many awards and success. How well have you done ? I would love to see a break down if possible ?Have HubPages changed their rules for payouts ? I haven't learned the rules to attract followers and therefore to make money. Maybe I can follow your guidelines.I thought I would figure it out by myself. I learned the hard way it doesn't work to well with a wish and a prayer. I would appreciate any insight and tips. Keep up the wonderful work. Have a fantastic night.

Sinha from Calcutta on July 03, 2015:

Hello @tammyswallow- This is a great article. Learnt some things..:)

sabbir from kolkata on November 02, 2013:

Thanks again Tammy :-)

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on November 02, 2013:

That is great sabbirkhan! You will want to make sure you have your paypal account set up. The payment should be automatic. If you earn $50 on October 30th, you will get paid for this on November 28th. Hubpages pays out once per month on the 28th. Hope this helps!

sabbir from kolkata on October 31, 2013:

Hi Tammy,

I am here again, my hub page views has reached to about 25733 views on 30 th october, that is this i am confused about what should i do now..should i mail to hubpage or they will mail me or i should wait for sometime..when can i expect hubpages to let me know about my payout..

as i am new to hubpages so i am not sure about what to do..

sabbir from kolkata on October 21, 2013:

Thanks Tammy.. :-)

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on October 20, 2013:

Hi Sabbirkhan175,

There is a section under traffic sources that shows you the views from your own clicks for the month. These are counted in the total of views for the month so you do get paid for those. When I reached right about 25000 views, I reached my own payout. Depending on how you set up your account, this should work for you to.

sabbir from kolkata on October 17, 2013:

Tammy its really a nice hub...But i am still confuse about it that will the hubpage pay me for my own clicks..My page views count is 9054 now..So according to you i have to reach about 25000 views.. am i right??

Fiona from South Africa on June 06, 2013:

Thanks Tammy - another great hub. I must say that I am encouraged by my progress so far on Hub Pages. I earned 11c this week with 1 hub by just doing nothing - I know it isn't much but it does bode well if I put some effort into it and follow your example.

Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on May 23, 2013:

Very interesting hub. Thanks for sharing!

frozenink on May 02, 2013:

Very useful and interesting. Glad you shared. Voted up.


ignugent17 on May 01, 2013:

Thanks for sharing your ideas.

It is really encouraging. :-)

victor from India on April 27, 2013:


Tammy (author) from North Carolina on March 17, 2013:

Thanks for reading risalat. I hope these suggestions work and I wish you the best at Hubpages.

Risalatul Hoque from Moorhead, MN on March 14, 2013:

Thanks a lot for this hub. So far I made 42 cents in last 7 days. I have been with HP for nearly a year and finally decided to use the revenue program. Huh ... homework time for me ... SEO, reddit, RSS ... off to more reading. Keep up the good work :) (y)

Willette from Michigan on March 05, 2013:

This is encouraging. Trying to read and learn more to get my views up and to write more. thanks for sharing and keep on hubbing. Sharing.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on February 23, 2013:

Welcome to Hubpages agapsikap! I wish you the best of luck here. There are so many wonderful hubbers here. If you ever need help or advice, you will get it. :)

agapsikap from Philippines on February 21, 2013:

Hi! tammyswallow,I'm also a newbie. Haven't published any hubs yet.but i'm looking forward to do so. I'm taking it one step at a time. I hope i can go as far as you did guys, i was really inspired by working moms online just like you. I have five kids and want them to have the best in life.

Stephanie from Canada on January 30, 2013:

Thank you tammyswallow. I have been more active lately and in the past two days reached 925 page views and authorscore of 40. So that looks way better than 0 authorscore, haha. Thanks for the insight!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on January 30, 2013:

If you interact in the commuity and get followers, they will read your hubs and you will get a higher authorscore. I have some great people listed on my profile. They are they best on Hubpages and they are all very supportive!

Stephanie from Canada on January 27, 2013:

I'm glad those are great statistics. I ended up getting up to 572 since 4am this morning. I want to do the Hub Ad payment but unfortunately it says I have to have a Google Adsense attached. So for now I will be getting my Authorscore up (I wasn't active in the community at the very start so it went from 70 something to 0 fast), and writing more hubs :) Being a stay at home lady helps with the time to write. Thanks for your insight!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on January 27, 2013:

Wow Educateurself! I don't know about the availability of Paypal in Pakistan. I don't know of any other alternatives. I would ask someone at Hubpages. Best of luck!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on January 27, 2013:

Wow Neinahpets! If you have been here for one week, wrote 17 hubs, and have 500 page views.. those are excellent statististics. I had trouble getting approved for Google Adsense. You have to have about 20 hubs to get approved. You will still earn wages until you are approved if you have opted to join the Hubpages ad payments. Google adsense pays very slowly. After a year and 3 months, I am nowhere near the $100 payout for Adsense, but I do get a payout from Hubpages every month. If you have Hubpages set up as your main program of pay, you will still make wages regardless of the google approval. Way to go! You are off to a strong start!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on January 27, 2013:

Yes cynusnite! I have Hubpages earnings set as my main source of income. I also accumulate with Google Adsense, but that is so much slower to to accumulate. After a year, I think I earned $33.00. Hope that helps!

Educateurself on January 27, 2013:

Thankx tammy again for reply.Ok now paypal isn't available in my country so what should i do?I mean is there any other way?Because i have writing really tightly and my hubs going well.

Stephanie from Canada on January 27, 2013:

Great insight that I could use. I've been here a week and my hubs (total of 17) range from score 58-71 and I have around 500 page views. I haven't been able to make earnings yet in anyway because I have not yet been approved for Adsense... and it's probably due to my AuthorScore - which doesn't make sense since every single hub I have written has been featured and has decent scoring. Oh well, still learning! Thanks! Voted up!

cyqnusnite on January 26, 2013:

So those earnings are from the hubpages ad program?

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on January 25, 2013:

Hi Educateurself. When you reach the $50 payout, Hubpages will pay you through Paypal. Google Adsense is a different program and they pay you when you reach $100.00. I am pretty sure they mail a check to your address. Hope this helps!

Educateurself on January 25, 2013:

Nice article tammy really helpful it help me so much and increased my knowledge about earnings at hubpages but i have one question can you please tell me how hubpages pay you when your hubs views i mean how through paypal or anything else because i only know about google adsense to earn something.Please tell me the procedure how i can earn through hubs views.

Thanx for listening.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on January 20, 2013:

Thanks so much for reading Nakia. I wish you the best here at Hubpages!

Nakia Deon on January 20, 2013:

What a milestone! Good job! I am a newbie and when I reached a penny I was excited. Can't wait to reach $50. Your article definitely helped me with new ideas on how to get there.

Alicia Foley from Connecticut on January 20, 2013:

Fantastic information! Thank you for sharing your experience.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on January 19, 2013:

Very useful information..Thanks!

Mahaveer Sanglikar from Pune, India on January 19, 2013:

Nice information, useful for new Hubbers. Voted up and shared.

greatnutrition on January 17, 2013:

Thanks! I'm still rusty, but it's nice to hear some experienced advice!!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on January 17, 2013:

Thanks so much for reading and commenting JanMaklak and WELCOME to Hubpages! Surprisingly, you don't need to have a ton of hubs to make money on this site. You are better off to make interesting, well crafted hubs. Best of luck to you here!

JanMaklak from Canada on January 16, 2013:

Thanks for the straight goods on earnings. I have just completes my second month of writing here and I have income of about 12.50 like you. Now If you could write a hub about pulling in over $50 a month I'd be in your debt!


Tammy (author) from North Carolina on January 13, 2013:

Thanks for reading and hang in there Lizam1. Keep trying all sorts of topics!

Lizam1 on January 12, 2013:

I'm impressed with your viewing figures. Timely to find you as I have also realized that .20c a day is not going to help me buy the house I have my eye on:-)

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on January 11, 2013:

I post them to the most appropriate, depending on the hub. I put craft hubs under crafts, and so on. Any hub that is about trends I try to place in the WTF category as that one has the most readers. :)

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on January 11, 2013:

Thanks carozy and best of luck!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on January 11, 2013:

I figured my stats and I hope this helps: 4% comes from Pinterest, .02% StumbledUpon, 1% Reddit (I think they are banning Hubpages for spam), Hubpages 7%, Google 58%, Facebook 2%, Other (including Digg, other hubbers, Bing, and more 27.98%.

Andrea Serie from Brooklyn, New York on January 11, 2013:

As a new Hubber, I found your Hub very helpful. What community do you post your Hubs on Reddit? I just took a look at the site and the communities are a bit confusing. Thanks!

carozy from San Francisco on January 11, 2013:

These are great tips and a very thorough article. I'll try to implement them to bring up my earnings.

Jack Baumann from St. Louis, Missouri on January 10, 2013:

How much traffic does Reddit, Stumbleupon, and Pinterest bring you?

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on January 10, 2013:

Thanks for reading faeriemusejo. Welcome to Hubpages!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on January 10, 2013:

On Reddit you select submit link and paste your URL. If you post more than one a day, Reddit will ban you. They have been making it harder to submit Hubpages as they see us as spam. Best of luck to you!

faeriemusejo from The Frozen North: Alaska on January 10, 2013:

This is a great article! I have a long way to go and a lot to learn. I'm glad to know a few of these tricks up front ^_^

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on January 09, 2013:

Anytime TravelinJack!

Jack Baumann from St. Louis, Missouri on January 09, 2013:

Thanks for the helpful advice and the follow!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on January 09, 2013:

Welcome to Hubpages and thanks so much for reading and commenting.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on January 09, 2013:

Hi TravelinJack! I I don't really have any travel hubs that I can compare with my other hubs to, but there are many here who can tell you how their travel hubs do. I have just read your hub on castles- beautiful!! I think your high quality work will really do well. I can tell you that hubs about crafts have done really well for me, especially on Pinterest. There are many helpful Hubbers here on Hubpages willing to help if you ever need anything. :)

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on January 09, 2013:

Welcome to Hubpages RelayMom. This is a very helpful community if you need any assistance along the way. Thanks so much for reading and commenting and best of luck to you as a new Hubber!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on January 09, 2013:

Thanks so much for your visit!

Rovelyn Berdos from Milan, Italy on January 09, 2013:

Very informative! I am new in HubPages. Thank you for the info!

monahamed on January 09, 2013:

Congratulations . Your hub inspired me to go forward .I just made my first .02 $ and I am happy with them . I will try rss feed.

Jack Baumann from St. Louis, Missouri on January 09, 2013:

Exactly what I needed to read. Thank you.

I'm curious to know if an experience hubber like yourself considers my direction a viable to make money. Could you please check out my travel hubs and see if they are to standard! Thanks!!

RelayMom on January 08, 2013:

Wow I am new to hubpages, and honestly I have no idea what half this stuff is yet. I have a lot to learn, but I'm having fun writing so far (I've only written two hubs but hey you gotta start somewhere) and I hope to continue. Maybe after I get a handful of hubs up I will try to figure out all the extra stuff going.

Kimberly Vaughn from Midwest on January 08, 2013:

Interesting! Thanks for sharing how you are doing. I was especially interested in which of your hubs have seen 1,000 plus views.

dobo700 from Australia on January 08, 2013:

Thanks for this very interesting and informative hub.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on January 01, 2013:

You are right simplyhub. That is a great way to look at it. :)

simplyhub from California on December 31, 2012:

Such a great story of success in such a short period of time. No matter how your earnings are small or big, it's truly an American Dream.

Kas from Bartlett, Tennessee on December 14, 2012:

Thank you Tammy, I'm looking for ways to increase viewership as I go and I have been researching this voraciously. I definitely appreciate the time taken out to write it as I still don't know much about what I'm doing but I'm taking it all in. Thanks a lot.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on November 22, 2012:

Thanks Learning in Life. I know when I was new I wish I could have an idea of what to expect. Thanks so much for reading!

Megan Garcia from Florida on November 22, 2012:

Great hub! Voted up and useful. I love having other hubbers share stats. I am a numbers person so it gives me motivation to quantify things.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on November 14, 2012:

I am glad it was helpful grandmapearl. You will get there! I look forward to reading your hubs. :)

Connie Smith from Southern Tier New York State on November 14, 2012:

I was just bemoaning the fact that I haven't made the progress I had hoped, when I came across this excellent article. Thank you for sharing all this great info! I have bookmarked this, Voted Up, Useful, Awesome and Interesting. This is just exactly what I needed to find today!

redwhiskeypete on October 31, 2012:

good information. Can you tell us how your earnings from the hubpage earnings program compare with adsense?

Gail Louise Stevenson from Mason City on October 26, 2012:

Great hub and information. I haven't reached the payout yet. I will have to check out some sites to help me, like Reddit and others. I voted up. Good advice.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on September 30, 2012:

Thanks Missy Mac! I hope it helps.

Missy Mac from Illinois on September 29, 2012:

Thanks for the Hub article. Actually, I started writing for Hub Pages for 2 weeks ( I think). Although, I signed up 4 months ago. I am trying to learn as much as possible. This article has some informative information that I will reference. Thanks again.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on September 28, 2012:

Thanks Tycoon Sam! Hope it helps!

TycoonSam from Washington, MI on September 28, 2012:

Awesome Hub Tammy! I wish I would have read this the day you published it!

Voted Up Useful and Awesome!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on September 22, 2012:

Thanks Jodi! I hope these suggestions will be helpful!

Jodi Ralston from Missouri on September 22, 2012:

Very helpful article. I'll look into the sites you mentioned to see if I can't earn more links to my hubs.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on September 21, 2012:

Thanks for reading and commenting teresamg. Welcome to Hubpages! If you need anything, let me know. There are many awesome hubbers here that will be glad to help you. :)

teresamg from Portugal on September 21, 2012:

Thanks for the article. I just joined and published my first hub, a cake recipe. I found this article very helpful, especially since I'm a newbie and still trying to figure out how this works. :)

nightnight from UK on September 16, 2012:

No worries I found the article :)

nightnight from UK on September 16, 2012:

Thanks for this article :) I'm new and it answered a lot of questions I wanted to ask.... Where can I learn about the RSS feed?


Tammy (author) from North Carolina on August 26, 2012:

Thanks so much for visiting SoaresJCSL!

SoaresJCSL on August 25, 2012:

What a useful Hub! Thanks for sharing. Voted up

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on August 24, 2012:

Thanks ChristinS. I was thinking about the newbies. When I first started Hubpages, I was afraid of putting in so much hard work without a clue of what or when we could expect payoff. I appreciate your visit!

Christin Sander from Midwest on August 24, 2012:

Great hub with good details on how you increased your earnings. Looking at your numbers here, they seem to be pretty in line with where mine were when I hit first payout. Informative :)

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on August 18, 2012:

Thanks so much sharewhatuknow. The keyword tools can give you some great ideas for content that is really popular.

sharewhatuknow from Western Washington on August 18, 2012:

Wow, very informative hub and very glad to have found and read this one. I do believe the more hubs that each one of us writes, the more income we can earn, so this week I have really racked my brain trying to think of hubs to write that people will really enjoy or benefit from. I voted this one useful and awesome.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on August 15, 2012:

Thanks unknown spy. It makes a big difference to do these things. Thanks for reading!

Life Under Construction from Neverland on August 14, 2012:

Impressive! Learned a lot from your hub. My page views did not increase when I have 100 hubs already. it's still the same when I only have less than 50. Great info. Would love to try social networking sites too.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on August 11, 2012:

Thanks AudreyHowitt. I am still looking forward to a poetry book from you. :)

Audrey Howitt from California on August 10, 2012:

It was heartening to read this so thank you for sharing it. I have a ways to go before I reach payout and so I try not to focus on it--just keep plugging away---

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