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My First Month on HubPages

Well, it’s been one month now and a lot has happened. I discovered HubPages while reading an article on Yahoo Finance about a school teacher who could no longer teach and was earning an income by writing articles for HubPages. It sounded interesting so I checked it out. A few days later, and I was an official member of the HubPages community.

After writing my first Hub I eagerly followed the process of registering for all of the earning channels, and after another day or so I was off and running. I’m still not certain that I understand all of the nuances of how we earn money doing this, but I think I know just enough to be dangerous. After publishing my first few articles I was addicted; hook, line and sinker. I can’t explain my excitement when I saw my first earnings, a whole two cents. I’m not kidding when I say I was excited. I even took a picture so that years from now I can recall my humble beginnings. Since then I have written 19 Hubs (my goal was 20 for my first month) and my earnings are up to over $3. I know, it doesn't sound like much, but I have read enough Hubs to realize that this is not something that will come early or easy.

I must say that it has been an enormous help having an abundance of Hubs available to guide us newbie’s in addition to the HubPages help section. I also want to give a shout out to my fellow Hubbers who have offered words of encouragement. I think I can say with some certainty that I am now in this for the long haul.

So what else have I learned in my first thirty days? Well, one very helpful tip that I picked up here on HubPages is to not rush my Hubs. In fact someone suggested that when you think you are done with a Hub and really, really want to hit that publish button, to resist and to let it sit for another day just to see if it sounds as good a day later. I have learned very quickly here that quality certainly counts when it comes to publishing good articles.

Another very important thing that I have picked up is the whole back linking and linking of articles. I have embedded links to some of my other Hubs and included a links section in many of my Hubs, but again, I’m not sure that I am fully getting this. I am also trying to include as much visual content in my Hubs; pictures, maps, polls, etc.

My very first earnings!

My very first earnings!

And then there is the whole traffic issue. Clearly, traffic has a direct impact on earnings. To increase my traffic I have expanded my social network to include Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Linkedin. I’m not sure yet if this is having a positive impact but I’m also assuming that it’s not hurting. I have to admit that I check my traffic daily, sometimes many times during a day. I have just surpassed 1000 views which was one of my goals for my first month when I signed on. I do understand that the views from within Hubpages, while important, are not as important as views from search engines such as Google and Yahoo, so the traffic number needs to be taken with a grain of salt.

I have tried to gain an understanding of the Hubscore, and to date have not seen any articles that can explain the formula behind this. Again, I’m not sure it matters a whole lot, but as with anything that is measured numerically it is my instinct to try to achieve the highest score possible. I don’t recall what my Hub score was when I first signed on, probably 50ish, but it is now up to 89 give or take a point or two, so I’m heading in the right direction.


The one area of concern I am having now is whether I should continue writing Hubs that come from the same niche, such as Italy or Running, or should I start to branch out to other topics. Is it better to build a library of Hubs about a similar topic or to diversify? I guess for now I’ll just keeping writing about whatever happens to be first and foremost in my mind.

One last thing that I am doing that has proven helpful is to carry a cheat sheet around with me. I find that I am thinking of ideas for articles to write in the darnedest places and it is helping me to pull out my list and jot down the idea. As it may be weeks or months before I get to all of these topics this will keep me from forgetting a good idea.

So that’s it, thirty days in and moving in the right direction. Hopefully, this will be a long and fruitful relationship. If it does work out I will be forever grateful for having stumbled onto that article that led me here. Just goes to show you that you never know what life has in store for you and where it will take you.

Other HubPages articles.

  • 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 6 Months on HubPages
    Interested in writing on-line. Check out my six month review of my experience here on HubPages. It's been quite a ride, and very addicting. I can firmly state that I'm here for the long run.

© 2012 Bill De Giulio

Comments

MomsTreasureChest on October 31, 2017:

Still good tips for those new to HubPages. Would love to see your five year update of your thoughts, experiences, earnings, etc on your time with HubPages.

Vivek-Koshy Thomas Poovathoor from San Antonio, TX on August 05, 2017:

A few years later and this is still very helpful! Thanks for sharing your experience! I hope to grow into a helpful and enjoyable contributor on HubPages.

Julie K Henderson on April 08, 2015:

Thank you. I have been enjoying the experience of writing for HubPages. Have a wonderful day.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on April 08, 2015:

Hi Julie. Thanks for stopping by and welcome to HubPages. I'm still here three years after writing this hub. It's been great fun. Welcome and enjoy.

Julie K Henderson on April 08, 2015:

This is a nice report. I learned a lot in my first month on HubPages, and I'm certain I have much to learn. Thank you for sharing.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on March 16, 2013:

Hi Pierre. Welcome to HubPages. You are going great, keep it going. Remember, to be successful here takes hard work, patience, and perseverance. best of luck

Pierre Eustache C. from Haiti on March 16, 2013:

Reading such hub boost my motivation. Thanks for sharing your stats. When i remember that i wrote 4 articles for my first 4 months! :D Should read this before!

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on December 04, 2012:

Hi vinayak1000. It's never too late. The more you write the more you'll make. Thanks for the visit.

vinayak1000 from Minneapolis on December 03, 2012:

Great! I should have done the same thing. Maybe I still can. Since I make just about $3/month.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on November 03, 2012:

Yep, you hit the mail on the head. It's definitely a long slow process. Just keep producing good quality hubs and hopefully the rest takes care of itself. Thanks for stopping by.

Chantele Cross-Jones from Cardiff on November 03, 2012:

Well you have done pretty well for your first month! I didn't reach $3 in one month till my 3rd month. Hubpages is all about a slow burner, building up quality hubs and backlinks and just hoping you get the traffic! lol! Good luck

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on July 26, 2012:

Maybe I'll give it a go. What's the worst that can happen, I don't get to 30 but still publish many more Hubs than I would have otherwise. Thanks

SusieQ42 on July 26, 2012:

You're welcome. It took me over a year to finally take the 30 day challenge. I thought it would be a huge commitment but doing more than one a day works. I linked them all together (most of them) and had plenty of views.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on July 26, 2012:

Thanks Susie. I'm plugging away and doing what I can. I thought about the 30 day challenge but I work a full time job and that would be tough. Thanks for the feedback, it all helps.

SusieQ42 on July 26, 2012:

I just finished the 30 day hub challenge and found it helped increase my earnings. I also set up pinboards on Pinterest and my traffic has increased, probably around 50 views each day. I included some links at Linkedin and also tweet and like my hubs, just not all in the same day. lol HP doesn't recommend overdoing it on any of them. After one year and a few months my traffic is up to around 300 views daily. I think the best way to increase traffic is to find a popular topic that brings in many readers (check your stats) and write as much as you can about it. I make the most on sources of online income. God bless and keep on writing!

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on July 20, 2012:

Hi Rachel. Welcome to HubPages. Glad you found this helpful. I can tell you that if you stick with it you will learn a lot here. Best of luck to you and thank you for reading and commenting.

Rachel Koski Nielsen from Pennsylvania, now farming in Minnesota on July 20, 2012:

Very useful, especially for a newbie like me! I know what you mean when you say you were excited about those first couple of pennies - so was I. I didn't expect to really earn anything, to be honest, because I didn't quite understand how the ad program works. Thanks for sharing your first month's experiences! Voted up, useful, interesting :)

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on July 07, 2012:

Hi Ethel. Thank you for reading and the support, very much appreciated. The idea of a passive income stream is very appealing, especially as I get closer to retirement (?? someday hopefully). I too am just amazed at all of the internet income generating possibilities. Who would have thougth? Certainly not me also. Thanks again and have a great day.

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on July 07, 2012:

I just dived in soooo long ago and find I am still learning. I write on whatever takes my whim it seems to me. These days hubpages is more a passive income, albeit small, for me. I even have two websites of my own these days. Yes life is strange. Who would have thought it? Not me for sure. Good luck on your internet journey. You have made a great start :)

Janine Huldie from New York, New York on July 07, 2012:

Thank you again for all your kind words and for following me as well. Totally appreciate all the support!!

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on July 07, 2012:

Hi Janine. This is addicting and so enjoyable. I am having a great time writing, reading, and learning something new every day. Not only is this great fun but it's an education as well. Thanks for reading.

Janine Huldie from New York, New York on July 07, 2012:

I also started about a month ago and thank you for sharing your experience so far. I have to admit I love it here and am totally enjoying writing, sharing and reading other people's writing as well. Voted up and sharing too.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on July 07, 2012:

Thanks Jools99. I am still learning and that is part of the fun of writing here. I have also stopped worrying about my hubscore, it is what it is. I'm almost to 6 months here now and still addicted to this so I guess that's a good sign. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. Have a great day.

Jools Hogg from North-East UK on July 07, 2012:

bdegiulio, this is a well written hub which certainly encourages others to try their hand at HubPages. I have been here about 10 months and I'm still learning the ropes but that learning experience is all part and parcel of becoming a better contributor. I don't worry too much about my hubscore, I haven't got a clue why it's 99 today and only 96 tomorrow. And the advice about waiting a day to publish is good advice, as much as it sometimes kills me to wait that extra day, I usually do come back to a hub with a fresher eye and do some further tweaking :o)

Voted up etc and shared.

aa lite from London on May 23, 2012:

I've read these in reverse order, I've just come from your 2 month update :)

My personal feeling is that it is better to focus on a few topics and have big groups with many interlinked hubs. I think this might work better for getting a good ranking in Google for a particular site. If somebody is searching for a running related keyword, which one of your hubs answers, and google sees that, on this site you have this one particular hub that fits that query, but you have a lot more hubs about running and they are all linked together, it will think that this site is an authority on running, and will rate that one particular hub more highly. Google considers many factors and nobody knows exactly what it likes, but if you believe what they say the prefer big sites focused on a topic, that are easy to navigate i.e the related pages are all interlinked.

But also you should just write what you feel like writing about, if you really find a topic outside your range interesting, then write about it.

Shasta Matova from USA on April 22, 2012:

It is great that you are taking the time to read other hubs and learning how to write them.

I personally like writing on a variety of topics because that keeps it interesting for me. It also helps me figure out what other people are interested in reading from me. I found that a lot of my topics don't generate a lot of views, and I can either not write them or just write them for my own pleasure. Also, some topics earn more revenue than others. Click on the stats at the top of your hub, and you will see - the more dollar signs, the better the earnings.

Sandra Busby from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA on April 14, 2012:

It is certainly a steep learning curve, not the writing so much for me as the technology and the driving traffic, etc. We have been on about the same length of time. Now I'm headed to read your two month update. Thanks for SHARING.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on April 13, 2012:

Thanks Lenzy. The first month was a frenzy of activity for me but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I just published a 2 month update if you have time to read it. I didn't publish as much in my second month but with the nice weather comes other things that require time. I am trying to keep the momentum going but it will be a challenge. I very much appreciate your support and comments. Hopefully you find the time to write more as you are a very talented write and I enjoy reading your Hubs. Bill

Lenzy from Arlington, Texas on April 13, 2012:

I enjoyed the hub. I wish I had more time to devote to writing but am now working full time. I liked seeing how your first month developed. Lenzy

William Jordan from Houston on March 11, 2012:

you seem to be coming along well been here 3 months and still working on hub score...

Vasanthan R Menon from India on March 10, 2012:

Almost 3 months and one hub old on hubpages, I have been a reluctant participant here. But your experience in one month has really woken me up...thank you

Shandria Ball from Anniston on March 10, 2012:

good luck, I am still trying to figure things out after 4 months!!!

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on March 10, 2012:

Thank you everyone. I am determined to make this work. And to be honest, it really doesn't feel like work at all, I'm having a blast so far. Best of luck to you also and keep writing.

cdemp11 from GA, USA on March 10, 2012:

As a Hub newbie myself, this hub is a helpful reminder to keep writing and to make personal goals to work toward!

Marion Elodie from London on March 10, 2012:

I didn't really take enough time to figure how things work here and most importantly I haven't written many hubs, but it's good to read about someone else's experience. Thanks for sharing and good luck!

mljdgulley354 on March 10, 2012:

You have accomplished a lot in 30 days. Congratulations and good luck here on hubpages. It really is an addicting site.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on March 10, 2012:

Thank You. Same to you. I still have a lot to learn but we are making progress.

marketnewb on March 10, 2012:

Best of luck to you as you continue on your journey!