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My Hubpages Earnings

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What Can I Expect

First of all, I want to say that Hubpages is not a scam.

When I first joined Hubpages, I wanted to know all the earnings statistics I could find. The issue was, all I could find was Hubpages success stories. This was still great motivation, but it never told me where those hubbers started or how they really got there. This hub is going to show you week by week, what I did and am doing in my Hubpages journey from day one.

I am in no way saying that I am a success story. I am currently the average newbie writer on Hubpages. I am hoping this will become a guide for new hubbers looking to find answers on what is possible in the beginning.

I am going to break my journey down by week. I do not like the month by month updates because a month is a long time in my mind and a lot of things could change in a week. In this day and age of instant gratification, I think we all want to know what to expect in the very near future not a year from now. I will continue to update this hub every week. I am also going to try to cover my entire first year. Follow me to make sure you get the updates.

You can find tables of my activity and earnings data at the very bottom of this hub. I will be attempting to update every Sunday.

Make Money Like Me!

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Week Zero

I signed up for Hubpages on October 28th, 2012. I am counting my first week as week zero because I didn't write any hubs or make any money. I actually had read about Hubpages, signed up and forgot about it. The I came across another article on Hubpages a decided to sign up when I realized I already was.

Week One

I have written my first few hubs but I have not learned to promote them to get good traffic yet. I am still trying to master publishing a hub and how everything works. I spent most of the time doing research about writing online and SEO. I read every hub with advice for newbies and making money on Hubpages

Week Two

I learned that the best way to get traffic before my hubs get indexed is to be active in the Hubpages community. This week I made it a point to interact with other Hubbers. I read Hubs, left real comments, posted in the forums and actually participated in the community.

Week Three

I have been in the process of moving this week and have not had Internet on my computer. I have tried to be as active as I could in the Hubpages community via my IPhone. However, it is very difficult to publish hubs by phone. I wrote one article on my computer and plan to publish it and others as soon as I have Internet access.

One big surprise, this week, was that my Hub How to Become an Army Combat Medic won a Rising Star award and got voted Hub of The Day. I think that helped my traffic a lot.

Week Four

I finally got my Internet back towards the end of the week! I am so happy now! I did a lot of editing and adding to the hubs I already had published. I continue to research everything I can about SEO, keywords and getting more traffic. I have tried out Stumbleupon, but it is too soon to see if it makes a difference. I'm enjoying seeing my hubscores rise every day. I also got my first real search engine traffic from Google this week.

Week Six

I was notified this week that my hub, "Advice for new Soldiers: Survive Army Basic Training," won a riding star award. I must write the best when it comes to the Army since I have true experience in it and it comes easily.

I also received my acceptance letter for the HubPages Apprenticeship Program. I am on the waiting list so I'm not sure exactly when I will be starting. It will be interesting to see how my earnings change on here once that gets started.

I'm very surprised at the fact that my impressions are so low compared to the fact that I have published more hubs this weeks than any other week. I am also up to 36 followers.

Week Five

I am learning that to get more inspiration for writing, you need to get out and do things. "If you always do what you've always done, you will always get what you always got." I found going for a walk gives me great inspiration. I was able to write more than I had been lately be cause of this.

I received an email this week letting me know that I was nominated for a Rising Star Award for my hub "Advice for new Soldiers: Survive Army Basic Training." I was very excited about this. It makes me have a lot of hope that i will be accepted into the Apprenticeship Program.

This week, i also realized that even though I have Amazon capsules in my hubs I wasn't earning from them. This was because I hadn't finished the registration process with Amazon yet. I hadn't put my code in on the earnings page. So, I hope to start earning from these capsules now that everything is properly set up.

Week 7

This week, I tripled my impressions from the previous week. I also had two days where I made at least $1. This was the first time I had achieved this.

I attribute almost all of my success this week to the hub I wrote about 4 weeks ago about end of the world theories. This hub ranked 8th at the time for my target keyword. The traffic has since dropped off. But, in the days before and of December 21st, my impressions skyrocketed.

Week 8

Well, I slacked off on publishing new hubs this week since I was busy spending time with family. After the holidays I will be back at it with a goal of 1 hub every day. My new focus is grabbing all of my "low hanging fruit". I want to improve my ranking for my keywords that are currently ranked between 8 and 12. I think this will be a quick way of increasing traffic drastically.

Week 9

Another slow week for publishing. My traffic picked up big time from my hub about New Year's Resolutions. I am starting to realize that I am most successful when I focus on lower competition keywords no matter how many monthly searches they have.

Week 10

I finally took the plunge and deleted my 5 poetry hubs. It was painful to let go of my 5 views per week between all 5 of them. lol. My most "successful" poem had only gotten 84 views in 2 months. So, I'm hoping this will help my sub-domain ranking now that I got rid of struggling content. Only time will tell.

I'm also spending time going through all of my hubs and editing them if they are not seeing the kind of traffic my more successful hubs are. Also, I'm working on finding out why some hubs get search traffic and some don't and improving them.

Week 11

I got my official notice this week that I will be starting the Apprenticeship Program in about 2 weeks on February 1st! I am very excited about learning everything I can. Hopefully, being in the program will help my traffic and earnings.

I was pretty let down by my numbers this week. I was hoping for a steady increase but that doesn't seem to be the case. My CPM has been lower than ever. I'm not sure what has been going on but hopefully it will change for the better soon.

Week 12

More low numbers this week and very disappointed. I didn't even have the motivation to write like I had been or the time since I started back at school this week. I am hoping to stay dedicated though.

Week 14

This week, Goggle rolled out an update to the PR (Page Ranks). My sub-domain went from a PR0 to a PR3 as a result of this update. My traffic seems to have revived because of this. I also made my first 2 Amazon sales this week. Things are looking better.

Week 16

I'm still trucking along. So far, in my first 25 days of the Apprenticeship Programs, I have made around $60 for hubs published in the program. This is not included in my earnings but I am thrilled with it. AP pays $6.09 for each hub published during the program up to 15 per month. If you have now considered applying to the program, I would. It is a great learning experience and a boost in earnings. This week, i finally aquired 2 referrals that have written 3 hubs between the two of them. Best wishes to them tallman1061 and janetwrites.

Week 19

I finally took the plunge and deleted two of my hubs that have, combined, only received around 10 views per month. They were not of the quality I am currently writing and I didn't want them reflecting poorly on the rest of my work. I am hoping it will help.

If anyone has hear that here on Hubpages, 20% of your hubs make 80% of you views/income. I want to prove how much this is true. My most successful hub in terms of traffic has gotten 2,409 views in the last 30 days. My total views for all 79 hubs (before deleting 2) comes to 9,159.

What does this mean?

That one hub accounts for 1.27% of my total hubs. However, that 1 hub accounts for 26.3% of my total traffic. In reality, it probably accounts for more that that because I have created other hubs around that topics and linked to them through my most successful hub.

i have heard someone say that writing for Hubpages is like playing the lottery. But, instead of spending money on tickets, you spend time. You never know which hub is really going to take off. I never expected some of my best hubs to become so successful. So, keep writing and when you find something that works, keep with it. It will pay off.


Activity

Note: I am using impressions and not page views. Impressions are 60% of your pages views on Hubpages.

Week NumberNew HubsTotal HubsNew ImpressionsTotal Impressions

0

0

0

0

0

1

5

5

18

18

2

6

11

102

120

3

4

15

137

257

4

3

18

253

510

5

7

25

309

819

6

9

34

277

1096

7

4

38

930

2126

8

2

40

892

3018

9

3

43

2543

5561

10

9

47

1324

6885

11

9

56

1110

7995

12

2

58

856

8851

13

0

58

718

9569

14

4

62

1047

10616

15

4

66

1023

11639

16

2

68

1087

12726

17

4

72

1374

14100

18

5

77

1669

15769

19

2

77

1519

17288

20

3

80

1618

18906

21

1

81

1982

20888

22

6

87

2144

23032

23

2

89

3009

26041

24

1

90

2673

28714

25

1

91

3686

32400

26

1

92

4217

36617

Earnings

All amounts are in USD ($)

Week NumberHubpages Ad ProgrameBay/AmazonAdsenseTotal New EarningsTotal Earnings

0

0

0

0.00

0

0

1

0.10

0

0.00

0.10

0.10

2

0.59

0

0.03

0.62

0.72

3

0.71

0.07

0.08

0.86

1.58

4

1.52

0.10

0.04

1.66

3.24

5

1.68

0

0.07

1.75

4.99

6

1.65

0.10

0.07

1.82

6.81

7

4.15

0.26

0.18

4.59

11.40

8

4.71

0

0.16

4.87

16.27

9

11.03

0.07

0.25

11.35

27.62

10

5.72

0

0.13

5.85

33.47

11

4.56

0.07

0.09

4.72

38.19

12

3.37

0.09

0.13

3.59

41.78

13

2.94

0

0.09

3.03

44.81

14

5.02

1.07

0.11

6.20

51.01

15

5.30

0.19

0.13

5.62

56.63

16

5.80

0

0.15

5.95

62.58

17

7.07

0.05

0.22

7.34

69.92

18

8.86

1.44

0.30

10.60

80.52

19

7.63

0

0.62

8.25

88.77

20

7.85

0

0.35

8.20

96.97

21

9.54

0.06

0.42

10.02

106.99

22

10.39

0.06

0.26

10.71

117.70

23

12.29

2.18

1.57

16.04

133.74

24

13.39

3.40

0.31

17.10

150.84

25

16.29

0.21

0.62

17.12

167.96

26

17.92

5.82

0.52

24.26

192.22

Comments

Megan Dodd (author) from Florida on September 29, 2020:

Niche articles that are in depth are definitely the way to go now that everyone and their mom has become a "blogger".

Mohit Kumar from India on September 20, 2020:

Amazing work.

Thanks for sharing this.

Tammy Winters from Oregon on August 28, 2020:

Thanks for sharing.... I enjoy seeing how everyone else is doing here on hubpages.

ushna shakeel from Faisalabad on July 25, 2020:

A lot of thanks i joined yesterday I continuously searching for this that how we can earn money

Sahil Sarwar from Garhwa on July 13, 2020:

Thank you so much for this great review on how you started here, it will be highly helpful to me as I joined yesterday and finished my first article today!

Rida Fatima on February 06, 2020:

Thank you so much for this detailed information. Im a newbie and I was really looking for this kinda article.

Yasir Dasti from Multan on December 24, 2019:

Just read your article, very informative and loved the amount of detail you shared.

Thanks you so much for this descriptive and useful hub! As a beginner on hub pages, this gave me a lot of hope that I can continue to improve both with the quality of my hubs, as well as, the popularity of such.

Interesting story this hub encourages me to be active in hubpages.Than you for sharing your experience Learning in Life. This is a very helpful Hub.

Farrah Young from Lagos, Nigeria on November 12, 2019:

Although I have been on hubpages a number of years, I haven't earned much and that's because I don't write as often as I should, neither do I promote my hubs.

This is a good read and quite informative for hubbers looking to boost their earnings.

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on October 02, 2019:

I've had only one that got close to 2,000 views. I agree it's like the lottery.

Tahirrmehmood11 on September 23, 2019:

It was a really very informative hub .

As I,m a newbie , so this hub helped me alot

It really inspired me to work hard work and be patient

Jeremy Richmond from Hubbard on August 17, 2019:

Very informative hub, I will be coming back often to refresh on what I read.

Ken Burgess from Florida on July 31, 2019:

Great read, published originally about seven years ago, and finding it for the first time.

This would be a good early read for new Hubbers.

Jason B Truth from United States of America on July 14, 2019:

Megan? You're right about it being better to work smarter than harder here on HubPages. I've looked at some of the other hubbers' work and have found that some of them publish hundreds of articles and never seem to get that much traffic, whereas there is this one hubber who only has 50 articles published all regarding auto maintenance and the guy seems to be rolling in the dough here on HubPages. Therefore, it's clearly all about quality rather than quantity. One thing that stands out about your hub above is that you got in on the ground floor, so you got to experience some money-making opportunities that were available at the time. I'm not begrudging you for doing so, but I'm just saying that it is clear that you are well-established as a writer here on HubPages. In any event, I liked your article.

Gupi on June 09, 2019:

Thanks for sharing that article. A very interesting read with lots of useful figures.

Tuhin Subhro Sardar from India on May 07, 2019:

Read your blog. Exactly what I was looking for. My newest hub didn’t manage to exceed 29 viewers. Booting up for the tough journey ahead. Wish you the very best! Cheers.

Paola Bassanese from London on January 05, 2017:

Just read your article, very informative and loved the amount of detail you shared. All the best in 2017!

Peter from England, UK on January 31, 2016:

This is really great to read - I think more people sharing their starting journeys really help to motivate us new guys. I completely agree with you 80/20 theory too by the way!

Adam Palmer from New York on May 20, 2015:

Thanks you so much for this descriptive and useful hub! As a beginner on hub pages, this gave me a lot of hope that I can continue to improve both with the quality of my hubs, as well as, the popularity of such.

Vince from New Jersey on May 05, 2015:

Trying To build a name and some passive income for myself on here, thank you for the information, very helpful.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on November 13, 2014:

Thanks for doing this. It clearly outlined for me what I need to do to earn a bit more and have a payout. I am only here 6 weeks so am still learning.

Doug West from Missouri on November 08, 2014:

If you do update this Hub, I will be interested in seeing your results after the Google Panda change. Everyone's traffic is falling off and I assume yours did too.

Heather Ann Gomez from Monterey, CA on November 07, 2014:

I became a member a few years back, wrote a few hubs and disappeared. Now I'm back and writing new hubs. It's like I'm starting from scratch. I will be pursuing a more active writing regimen. Thank you for the inspiration to keep going.

Doug West from Missouri on September 24, 2014:

Great Hub. Keep up the good work and keep posting your results.

bawiggins on March 17, 2014:

Thanks for sharing and being so honest with your stats. This can certainly encourage others to work hard and keep with it. I find that writing what you love and being consistent is the key!

Mohamad Faizal bin Zainodin on May 10, 2013:

thank you for writing this article. It really motivates me to do better.

Educateurself on April 25, 2013:

Interesting story this hub encourages me to be active in hubpages.

PoojaMehta0911 from India on April 17, 2013:

Thanks a lot for sharing your experience. It's a real Good job!

I can see that you are really doing well.. Time to get motivated from you and do better as found some good tips from your hub. Would love to see updates on this hub.

John Paolo B.Magdaluyo from Philippine on April 14, 2013:

Yes it surely requires hard work. specially with the latest trend on Google Adsense application.

Aileen Billones from Naga City, Philippines on April 14, 2013:

Wow thanks for this hub, it is very inspiring. I am also a new hubber and I'm still exploring and learning things. Thanks for sharing this, I learn a lot!

Tim Mitchell from Escondido, CA on April 14, 2013:

Great Hub Article offering both motivation and incentive. Ponder the middle of the preceding and two before too. I clicked I earn pennies because I like Lincoln pennies. A collector. Ask me about a social experiment with coins sometime for a sociology class. Considering the bills how about a puzzle to figure out. What bill has to do with whiskey, 100 proof, and 1/5. There is a document on line regarding that and if you add the fame of the author it adds up 12, which is reduced to 3. Ponder those funny people and the dept of the Treasury and army stuff. My hope is discovery offers a hub of interest, odd, banking and all that, and you may if you wish leave the name at a fan mail at tsmog

Remember to smile and have fun, fun, fun . . . with words, writing and such

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Tirralan Watkins from Los Angeles, CA on April 14, 2013:

Than you for sharing your experience Learning in Life. This is a very helpful Hub.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on April 14, 2013:

It looks like you are doing exceptionally well! Get ready for the ups and downs because there are a lot of them! I am still learning about SEO, it seems to constantly change. Congratulations on your awards! I look forward to following this hub and see how things are going for you. Keep on keepin' on! :)

BlissfulWriter on April 14, 2013:

You are producing quite a lot of hubs per week.

Sydney Spence from Austin Texas on April 14, 2013:

This was a lot of great information. I must admit it makes me wonder what I am doing wrong lol. I have 94 hubs, 93 are featured and yet I have never seen impressions like yours nor earned over .12 in a day lol. Maybe I hurt myself by signing up five years ago but only started becoming a faithful writer under a year ago? This was great information. Thank you.

livingsta from United Kingdom on April 14, 2013:

Very informative hub with a detailed view of your journey here on Hubpages. Very interesting.

All the best Megan! Thank you for sharing your experience with us.

Votes up and sharing!

Megan Dodd (author) from Florida on April 14, 2013:

I haven't seen any drastic changes but I think it does help a little.

Steve Mitchell from Cambridgeshire on April 14, 2013:

Hi there,

I'm considering deleting some of my poor performers. Do you think it has been of benefit in the long run? Thanks for sharing this. I too am hoping to become an apprentice this summer. This will be my 3rd attempt to get in. Here's hoping.

Voted up and shared.

Sonya Artis from Kansas City, MO/Ft. Lauderdale, FL on March 17, 2013:

Thank you for sharing. I can't seem to get the ad words approved but, I will keep trying.

Sleepylog from Australia on March 12, 2013:

Thanks for sharing with us, I was wondering how you were going in the apprentice program, now I know. I'm so glad you're doing well and enjoying yourself. I can't wait to read more of your hubs.

carozy from San Francisco on March 07, 2013:

I found you hub very enlightening. Thanks for sharing your experiences and congratulations on your success.

Megan Dodd (author) from Florida on February 23, 2013:

Jmiller17: Thank you for reading and the sweet comment.

Megan Dodd (author) from Florida on February 23, 2013:

PaoloJpm: I am so glad it motivates you. I know this site has potential for everyone to make money. It's just not a quick process. Hard work will pay off though!

John Paolo B.Magdaluyo from Philippine on February 22, 2013:

wow,this is great I learned a lot. I am motivated with your actions

Jmiller17 from Marietta, Georgia on February 22, 2013:

Good job! I am impressed on how many hubs you have already. we signed up around the same time and you are definitely doing better. Please keep this hub updated as I am interested in how well you do with the apprenticeship program.

ignugent17 on February 19, 2013:

Very useful hub. It really shows that you will not earn overnight. You have to work for it and really needs to wait.

Have a great day! :-)

Megan Dodd (author) from Florida on January 14, 2013:

I do updates every Sunday like clockwork. : )

hreview on January 11, 2013:

please keep update this hub for newbies like us.

Megan Dodd (author) from Florida on January 09, 2013:

Thank you for reading. I just can't wait to update this hub when my efforts have paid off. That will really be encouraging.

Deltachord from United States on January 09, 2013:

You are doing well, congrats. Your perseverance is going to pay off even more in the future. Good luck.

Eword Media Unit from Nairobi, Kenya on January 09, 2013:

Quite encouraging for those who have been a little slack or discouraged. Like the effort you have made

Megan Dodd (author) from Florida on December 30, 2012:

I am so glad this hub can be such an encouragement. I too am hoping to supplement my husbands income while I am at home with my daughter. That is why I started writing here.

Shelly Wyatt from Maryland on December 30, 2012:

You are very dedicated and it gives me hope that Iwill someday be able to quit one of my part time jobs. I do not expect to get rich but to earn a supplimental income would be wonderful. Thanks for the encouragement.

Megan Dodd (author) from Florida on December 30, 2012:

You are welcome. Thank you for the comment an follow. Good luck to you.

OanaBoteanu on December 30, 2012:

Thanks a lot for sharing this, I will keep on coming back to it. It really helps and I love the week by week review. I haven't yet been accepted for Adsense, this seems by biggest struggle so far, but I am looking forward to earning my first $.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on December 22, 2012:

An encouraging Hub for all hubbers here you are doing well my friend!!

mayank786 on December 22, 2012:

Very useful and great hub it helps me a lot to know that how to get more exposure and more traffic thanks a lot.

Megan Dodd (author) from Florida on December 21, 2012:

Thank you very much. I update every Sunday, so that is when to be on the lookout for updates.

rosika on December 21, 2012:

You are doing great progress on weekly basis! Keep writing and keep updating us...I would love to know about your progress!

Megan Dodd (author) from Florida on December 21, 2012:

Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad I could help.

Ashley from USA on December 21, 2012:

Thanks for bringing me here, this helped a lot. I'd seen so many people that earned a cent a day and got sort of discouraged. This gives me some drive. I hope you continue to do well on HubPages.

Nathaneal Mirasol from Kota Kinabalu on December 17, 2012:

Hi Megan, I am also a new hubber here and still learning how to write hubs. Your hub made me feel very motivated, keep up the good work.

Megan Dodd (author) from Florida on December 06, 2012:

I understand that feeling completely.

Gina145 from South Africa on December 06, 2012:

I definitely need to write more. I have one Hub pending and should have more soon. I just seem to have too many things to do and not enough time for all of them.

Megan Dodd (author) from Florida on December 05, 2012:

Not harder Gina, smarter. But then again I did just look at your page and you only have 7 hubs in 2 months. How do your earnings compare to mine when I had around that number of hubs? You may just need to write more.

Gina145 from South Africa on December 05, 2012:

I'll keep watching to see your progress. I've been here a little longer than you have but I'm not doing anywhere near as well as your are. I obviously need to work much harder.

Megan Dodd (author) from Florida on December 01, 2012:

Thanks Mandy! I will have to check out yours as well if it isn't one I have seen already.

Mandy M S on December 01, 2012:

I love this hub. I have done this for every month that I have been here. I joined July 26, 2012 so I am a few months ahead of you. :) I'm going to follow you and watch as you update your progress. Good luck!

Jack from United Kingdom on December 01, 2012:

I'm kind of going down the same route as you, writing around 5 Hubs a week, and enjoying seeing that HubScore rise.

Megan Dodd (author) from Florida on November 30, 2012:

Wow. Thanks Alocsin. That makes me even more hopeful for the future.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on November 30, 2012:

Thanks for posting these stats -- it's always useful to know how other hubber are doing. I'll let you know that it took me a couple of years to earn as much as you seem to be doing, so congrats on making money so early in the game. Voting this Up and Useful.

Tammy from North Carolina on November 28, 2012:

Not bad for a newbie. It takes a lot of time. I have learned that success does not come by writing a mass amount of hubs, but by making each hub great hubs with SEO. Hang in there!

ignugent17 on November 27, 2012:

I find it very simple and easy to understand. Thanks for sharing. :-)

Megan Dodd (author) from Florida on November 26, 2012:

I will definitely keep this hub updated. thanks for the comment.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 26, 2012:

learninginlife, I think these earnings in 3 weeks on 15 hubs is great. Congrats.

I'm waiting for future updates.