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My First 6 Months on HubPages

Aside from writing, Bill loves to travel, explore new places, and take lots of photos to document it all.

It’s been just about six months now since I took that plunge into the world of HubPages. I must say it’s been a great ride so far. Not only have I learned a great deal about this whole on-line writing world, but it has brought back some great memories of events and trips from days gone by as I compose Hubs and search for old photos.

I’ve also met some amazingly talented writers here who have been kind enough and patient enough to share their knowledge so that others can learn and prosper. One of the most amazing parts of this whole experience for me so far has been the fact that I can share and communicate with writers from all over the world. One day I’m taking a tour of a park in Ireland and the next day I’m discussing a marathon taking place in South Africa. How great is that?

Going Back to School

It’s amazing the amount of knowledge that you slowly gain by being a member of this community. Every day I learn something new and the sum total of all this knowledge is easily the equivalent of taking a course in on-line publishing. And the beauty of this is that it just goes on and on, there really is no end to the learning process. Every time I think I’m ahead of the game and know enough to be dangerous I read a new hub and learn something new.

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What's the Rush - Write Quality Over Quantity

When I first signed on to HubPages, and pretty much during my first month or so, I was definitely in a rush to get as many Hubs published as possible. Today, I look back at some of those early Hubs and I think to myself, “What was I doing?” The difference in the quality of my Hubs from those first few weeks to now is amazing to me. So now I have started the task of going back and bringing these older Hubs up to par.

I have definitely settled into a “look” for my Hubs that I am comfortable with and seems to be working for me. I have gotten away from the mega picture slide show look to my hubs with dozens of photos. While I love incorporating pictures into my Hubs I started thinking of that saying, "too much of a good thing". Now I try to pick the best photos and place them appropriately within the Hub.

Learn to Share

I’ve learned quite a few things over the past six months about sharing and promoting our work. I am now able to insert backlinks into my Hubs with ease and can certainly see the benefit to this. I am now posting my Hubs to Pinterest, FB, Twitter, Google+, Stumbleupon, and just recently to Delicious. While some of these seem to generate traffic, others don’t, so I think I need to re-evaluate the benefit of this and maybe pick and choose where I am posting to. I have tried to become more active on these sites so that I'm not considered spam and I continue to make some progress with this.

I am also now very conscious of sharing other Hubs that I find interesting and useful. I would want others to do this for me so I have made it a point to comment and share other Hubs that I find interesting as often as I can.

Stats

Now on to the statistics. After my second month here on HubPages I set some goals. I thought I would be making good progress if after six months I managed to get 50 Hubs published to go along with 12,000 views. I also thought that I could possibly reach the $50 payout threshold by the end of my sixth month. I am pleased to report that I managed to meet each of these goals. At the time that I set these I thought they would be a challenge but I seem to have failed to realize the addiction that HubPages has over me.

6 Months to my First Payout

Followers: 220

2012Hubs PublishedEarningsImpressionsViews

Feb

12

$1.84

259

 

March

17

$6.05

880

 

April

14

$11.51

1591

 

May

10

$11.20

1808

 

June

9

$13.38

1862

 

July

8

$19.31

2814

 

TOTAL

70

$63.29

9214

15,168

I must say that I shared the same excitement over reaching the payout threshold as I did back on February 14th when I earned my first two cents. It’s certainly not because $50 is a large sum of money, it’s more to do with the fact that I can see the progress here and I know the ultimate potential of HubPages.

The thing that strikes me from the table above is that even though the number of Hubs that I'm publishing has gone down for the last five months my earnings have slowly increased. How great is that? I knew when I started this that it would be tough to publish a lot of Hubs over the summer months due to travel, family events, yard work, etc. I hope to reverse the trend over the winter when things calm down a little. I have a long list of Hubs that I want to write and publish so I will have plenty of material when my schedule permits.

From Humble Beginnings!

From humble beginnings

From humble beginnings

What does the Future Hold?

I most likely won’t publish another status until I get to my one year anniversary. I have no idea where I’ll be with this come next February so I’m not going to set any targets or goals other than to say that I hope to still be as active and excited over HubPages as I am now. I am still looking at this as a possible retirement supplement down the road and if it works out hopefully in five to ten years I can be earning enough to consider this a steady income stream. Maybe HubPages can be my vacation fund in retirement? To say that this could change my entire outlook on retirement is an understatement. I really think this has the potential to be another leg to retirement to go along with the other more mainstream income sources such as social security, pension, 401K, etc. I'll give it my best effort but I guess only time will tell. Either way, I hope to continue to be an active member of this community as it's great fun and I look forward to reading and hearing from all of the wonderful people that make this enjoyable.

As far as any advice I can give to anyone just starting out here I really think there are other Hubbers much more qualified for that than myself. The best advice and the only advice that I can give anyone considering taking the plunge into HubPages is that is takes patience, persistence, and of course hard work. If you can manage these three things then I think you have the recipe to be successful on HubPages.

Other HubPages Hubs.

  • HubPages ~ 2 Month Update
    It been two months now since I made that leap of faith into the world of HubPages. Its been great fun and actually quite addicting. Here's my take on my first two months.
  • My First Month on HubPages by bdegiulio
    My first month has come and gone and I have to say that this Hubpages thing is very addicting. It is also a lot of fun and even though I've only been here one month I can see the potential of HubPages.

© 2012 Bill De Giulio

Comments

Fasan sola Joseph from Lake view estate on October 19, 2020:

Thanks for the interesting hub, I really enjoy it as a JJC but with your experience as an hubber please does impression vary for the views I see on my article.

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Darin Waugh on December 17, 2019:

Great info! Thanks!

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on December 29, 2017:

Hi KS, welcome to Hubpages. I’m coming up on my six year anniversary soon here at HubPages. My, how the time has flown by.

K S Lane from Melbourne, Australia on December 28, 2017:

As a new rubber, it was interesting to see how much you've progressed in only six months! Thanks for sharing.

Janda Raker from Amarillo, Texas on June 10, 2017:

Okay, Bill, thanks. I just found Billybuc's Mailbag Hubs and will check them out. One of the best things about HubPages is the help that Hubbers give to others! Love it! (Of course, I DO need to stop READING so much and start WRITING more! LOL)

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on June 10, 2017:

It's in HubPages. Just search for Billybuc in HubPages and from his profile page you will see all of his Mailbag Hubs. He publishes a new edition every Monday. He has been doing this for almost three years now. It's very helpful and he gives honest answers to questions he receives every week.