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Trying to EARN MONEY WITH HUBPAGES.COM ONLINE Makes Me Hungry (1/12 Update)

Sometimes I make pennies!

Sometimes I make pennies!


The feedback I receive is awesome and addicting. Over the past almost three months (Note: an 11-month update is below), I’ve spent a lot of time learning about keywords and search engine optimization (SEO). I’ve learned how to incorporate most of the easy to use tools. I’ve signed up with Google Adsense, Amazon Affiliates, eBay, and the new HubPages Ad Program. And I’ve made some really great friends that have truly become my special HubPages family!

I WANT To Make Quarters

I WANT To Make Quarters

I have a passion for writing, always have. See my article MY PASSION FOR CREATIVE WRITING: My Friends and Family Don’t Get It. If I am going to continue to spend so much time on my passion, I need to earn an income. I still do not understand and possibly never will . . . how others on claim to “earn a living.”


ADDING UP MY EARNINGS (after 3 months)

Adding up my earnings from the HubPages Ad, Google AdSense, eBay and Amazon Affiliate programs, I have earned enough to buy two gallons of gasoline or better yet, 9 and 1/2 $1.00 McDouble’s at McDonald’s. Yet because a much higher balance is required to cash out, I am not even close to obtaining a burger off the dollar menu. Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled I am making something. But I’m hungry. I need to learn more about maximizing the earnings on my HubPages.

MY STATS: 3 Months on HubPages

In an effort to put my little earnings into perspective in hopes of gaining some assistance, here is a brief overview of my HubPage statistics:

Number of hubs = 30

Number of page views = 3,658

Number of comments = 764

Current overall earnings = $9.47

Note: There is an **UPDATE** below with stats at 11 months on HubPages

The intent of my openness about my earnings is twofold. First, no doubt there are others who will understand because they are hungry too. The caregiver in me doesn’t want them to feel alone. Second, I want, need and would appreciate feedback. HELP PLEASE!


As a new hubber back in late February, one thing I clearly remember reading over and over is that you must be diligent, do not give up, and eventually you will see a residual income worth waiting for. I believe I’ve done that. I have not given up. I don’t want to give up.

In addition to all the time I put into my writing, I have spent even more time reading others work. I have read more in the past few months than I have in the past 10 years. Plus I have read many of the not-so-easy-to-follow forums. My reading glasses are really getting a work out.


Things would be great if I had a steady income with an eight hour a day job and then worked on my writing passion when time permitted. That is not currently the case. I lost two really good jobs in the past few years only to leave me frustrated and bewildered.

I would love to be one of the lucky ones who earns a living doing their passion. Is this realistic? Maybe not. Probably not. But I can be stubborn and am not equipped to easily give up.

I NEED To Make Dollars

I NEED To Make Dollars


I am ready and willing to absorb whatever else I need to learn here on HubPages so I feel as though I really gave it my best shot. I am thirsty for advice, opinions, suggestions, information, guidance, recommendations, feedback, warnings, etc. ~ PLEASE TOSS THEM MY WAY either through the comment section below or through the contact Sharyn’s Slant link on one of my article pages.

I appreciate any assistance that comes my way. Besides, we are family right?

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With Sincere Thanks In Advance,

This is Sharyn's Slant

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**UPDATE TO MY STATS: 11 Months on HubPages

Number of hubs = 54

Number of page views = 14,100

Number of comments = 1,921

Current overall earnings = $50.35 (HP Ad, eBay, Amazon & Google AdSense)


I wasn't sure if I should update my stats and TELL ALL making me feel somewhat vulnerable, but I did, because I think it's important for new HubPage members to see that this is not a "get rich quick" endeavor. I do believe that I will continue to earn more as I publish more hubs on a regular basis and continue to learn more about marketing my work.

Although I do lose my momentum at times, inevitably when I take a close look at my stats, I am not giving up.


~ I learned that I love HubPages and am thrilled to have finally taken the risk of sharing my passion for writing.

~ I've learned that HubPages is like a second family to me. The feedback and support I receive is more than I could have ever expected. I have finally found friends that understand my passion.

~ I've learned the true meaning of "residual" or "passive" income. It does not mean "get rich."

~ I continue to learn the ins and outs of important things like SEO, titles, keywords, tags, marketing, HTML, back links, and so, so much more!

~ I've learned that even with something like writing on line, you should "never put all your eggs in one basket."

~ I've learned after 11 months on HubPages that I, honestly, am "still hungry." And yet I have been fulfilled in so many other ways!

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Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on April 25, 2013:

Hi dgicre ~ I apologize for it taking me so long to respond. Life has been quite busy. I agree with everything you say here. The bottom line is to realize that it takes many many hours of hard work to finally see an income stream. But if you stick to it, it can happen. Thanks so much for your wonderful feedback.


dgicre from USA on April 18, 2013:

It's sad to see so many talented individuals spinning their wheels. Having done this for a few years now, and yes I started out new like we all did and made many of the same mistakes. I quickly learned HubPages is great for learning the basics. How to put together great articles with images, subtitles, great content and pictures. This is important as the only real way to make money from Adsense is to have your article or hub on Page One of Google, preferable in the top 3 spots. You will never make 5K a month here. Many wont even reach their $100 payout.

Now if you take what you learn and create your own blog on a single subject niche. This means if you are going to write about blue widgets, every post should be about or closely related to blue widgets. If your really lucky after many months of hard work backlinking and promoting your blog. The stars line up and one of your posts finally makes it to page one on Google and you have a hundred or so posts on your blog about blue widgets and you are an authority about blue widgets, and if your subject and content is good enough and your blog starts getting 300,000+ page views a month you may start earning anywhere from $50 to $300 a day with Adsense.

This takes many hours of hard work, it does not come easy but when you get there, it's totally worth it. Keep trying and remember there are no shortcuts, hard work and dedication is what pays off.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on March 09, 2013:

Hi Alisha ~ It really seems to me that your earnings are quite good for only 7 months. It truly does take time. I believe I finally hit my first HP payout (which must be at least $50) when I hit my 13th month on HP. I only started following you recently and have seen you've published quite a few hubs in a short time. You'll hit that payout pretty quickly I believe. Your articles and topics are really good and I was wondering if you've considered applying for the Apprenticeship Program? I think you'd make a great candidate and it will help you gain a higher income more quickly too. Thanks so much for your great feedback. Good luck to you!


Alisha from New York on March 09, 2013:

This article was really helpful for me! I'm fairly new to HubPages and am still learning so much! So far I've earned $40.21 (through all sources) and I've been a member of HP for 7 months. There was about a two month period where I went off the map, but for the past few weeks I've been more active on HP and have already seen a significant increase in earnings, followers, and comments. There is hope! I also enjoy the interaction with other people who are passionate about writing and those who actually enjoy what I’ve been writing...that's what keeps me coming back!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on January 20, 2013:

Hi Lois ~ it's nice to meet you. I'm so glad that you were able to learn some things here. Best wishes to you.


lois sunday from manila,philippines on January 19, 2013:

nice hub! but im not earning that much. maybe in time... i learned from this. thanks!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on October 12, 2012:

Hey Kartika ~ so many people feel that way. I am actually surprised I've hung in there going on two years now. But I'm glad I did. You hang in there too!

kartika damon from Fairfield, Iowa on October 12, 2012:

Thanks, Sharon! I'm on the fence about how much energy to expend on it...


Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on October 12, 2012:

Hi Kartika ~ awww, such wonderful compliments. Thank you so much. And I know, the revenue can be disappointing, but more so lately, it is looking up which is great. Thanks for the follow, I will check out your work too!


kartika damon from Fairfield, Iowa on October 12, 2012:

Sharon, I also find the revenue disappointing. I haven't been at all a regular Hubber for a couple of yrs. I looked at your profile page and saw the collection of your articles - you have a great variety of topics that look interesting and your pictures are beautiful - I have become a fan and will continue to watch out for your work - keep hubbing and thanks for this one! Kartika

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on October 10, 2012:

Hello Mackyi ~ It certainly is a process and one you must continue to be patient with. Thank you so much for your positive attitude and outlook. It will help many.


mackyi on October 03, 2012:

I come to realize more and more that it's definitely a process! I would encourage everyone to have some perseverance --- with perseverance, pennies can turn into nickels and nickels to dimes etc! The road can be long and dreary but you can all get there --- trust me on this!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on October 02, 2012:

Hi janesix ~ well, I'm not sure what you are comparing to. But I can tell you that the income does grow but it takes a long time and you must hang in there. I appreciate you stopping by.


janesix on September 26, 2012:

lol, you're still making way more than I am:)

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on September 24, 2012:

Hi Tyler ~ it's great to meet you. Thank you for stopping by here. I appreciate the follow and fan mail too. Thank you so much.


Tyler Tobin from North Carolina on September 24, 2012:

Great Hub! Voted up and Useful.


Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 14, 2012:

Hi Carol ~ yes, this is older and I have updated it once so far. I can tell you that it is a long process. I thought of giving up at times but kept pushing through due to my love of writing and the friends I've made here. I am so glad that I did. You just have to keep moving forward and using this as an awesome learning tool. Pennies will start coming in and then quarters and then dollars. I wish you the best. Hang in there and thanks for stopping by!


carol stanley from Arizona on August 14, 2012:

Since this is an older hub, I am wondering how everyone is doing now. I have been writing for two months and have not earned anything yet. I can see where this is a long slow process. However, finding the best titles and writing the best hubs is what it is all about.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 05, 2012:

Hi Timdestroyer8 ~ it's great to meet you. Thank you for stopping by. I do some back-linking although honestly, I feel like I am still learning. It's definitely a process and takes time. I am glad that I have not given up. I see you are new to HP (2 months). I wish you the best, welcome to HubPages!

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Timdestroyer8 from California on August 05, 2012:

Peculiar--in terms of comments and how enjoyable your hubs are to people. Do you do any backlinking?

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on May 27, 2012:

Hi Raj ~ you are welcome. It absolutely takes a lot of time and patience. I hope you are doing well. Thanks so much for stopping by.


Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 27, 2012:

Sharyn, thanks for an motivational hub if I may say so. It shows that with patience and perseverance one can make money. But one has to work hard and write good hubs regularly.

Thanks for sharing.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on May 02, 2012:

Hi Christy ~ Thanks so much for stopping by to read and comment. It is slow at first but I do see an increase in my earnings. I do believe that you shouldn't put all your eggs in one basket although I have not spread my wings too much as of yet. I hope to in the future. Have a great day!


Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on May 01, 2012:

Wow this is a great hub, thanks! I am slowly getting there financially and you are quite right not to put all your eggs into one basket.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on April 30, 2012:

Hi Dee ~ And you struck a cord with your comment, thank you! You are so right, writing is hard work yet it is our passion. We wish for that big break so that we can do what we love and survive on the income. I am willing to keep dreaming! Thank you so much for your feedback. Best wishes to you Dee!


Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on April 30, 2012:

Hello mackyi ~ Thank you so much for your feedback. I want a "success story" too! I wish you the best!


Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on April 29, 2012:

Hi Jenna ~ Congratulations on passing the payout mark. I am seeing an increase in earnings too. It's slow but I plan on making more of an effort now. I have written for last year but haven't for a while. The reason I like TB is because the money does come in quicker, yet, it's a one time payment and that is it. Lately, I'm thinking opposite than you have described. I'm thinking of spreading my eggs :) But it's all just a matter of time permitting. Thanks so much for your feedback!


Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on April 29, 2012:

Hi Audrey ~ yeah, there are a lot of comments, I wish they were monetized, ha. I'm pretty determined too and have never given up. I would love to share a burger with you anytime!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on April 29, 2012:

Hi nybride ~ My first payout was after 12 months BUT I was away from HubPages for three months due to "life" getting in the way :) I am hoping for a second one next month. Thanks so much for your feedback and sharing your experience too. Best wishes!


Dee aka Nonna on April 29, 2012:

You struck a I remember a line from a movie, Terms of Endearment, I think...."as hard as it is you wish it were that easy"...we love to write, we have a passion for it, but the business of writing is hard work and most of us just don't have the time to put in 24/7. All any of us need is one really good break and then we can give up all the other things we do to survive and just write. I am looking forward to the day that I will be earning lots and lots and lots of money...until then ????

Really enjoyed reading your hub.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on April 29, 2012:

Hi Susan ~ Thanks, since you and I started around the same time, the comparison would give you a good perspective. I'm glad and hope your well-deserved earnings continue to grow. Patience! Absolutely! I'm still holding on to it :)

I.W. McFarlane from Philadelphia on April 29, 2012:

Thanks for being so honest and outspoken. I am here trying my best and hoping that soon I can take all the notes from my journal and turn it into "my success story".

Jenna Pope from Southern California on April 29, 2012:

Hi. I've passed the $50.00 mark on the ad program. I'm not putting in huge amounts of effort. Writing some, reading some and commenting. I'm seeing a slow, steady increase in earnings. I work for a few article banks, too, but HUB is way more fun and educational. Voted up. P.S. I am hoping to make HUB my only egg basket eventually.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on April 29, 2012:

SHARYN - If you were getting paid according to comments - you'd be rich!

I too share in the frustration of qualifying for "low income." :-) However, I am determined and whatever it takes, I'm going to do it!

A helpful and yes, even motivating hub. Wanna split a burger?

Lisa Kroulik from North Dakota on April 29, 2012:

Hi Sharyn, I got my second payout today of $60. I have made $42 this month, which ends tomorrow, so I'm hopeful that I get soon make that $50 and get a payout every month. I took 9 months for the first, 3 months for the second and it will me 2 months for the third payout.

Susan Holland from Southwest Missouri on April 29, 2012:

Sharyn, this is so helpful! Seeing what you did from 3 months to 11 months gave perspective. We must be patient. It will come. HP's is a great community with a feeling of family. Thanks for the great information! :-)

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on March 14, 2012:

Hi NY ~ yes, we certainly started at the same time by only three days. Although I have yet to receive my first payout but am expecting one this month finally. I appreciate your honesty about "facing the facts" - I understand exactly what that feels like. It's unfortunate because I know many of us put so much time and effort in to our writing on places like HubPages. I look forward to checking out your writing. Take care,


Lisa Kroulik from North Dakota on March 13, 2012:

Hi Sharyn, we joined Hub Pages at almost exactly the same time. My start date was 2/19/11. I have 80 hub, around 32,000 views, one payout of $62 and aprx. $36 pending. I have had to face the facts that I must make my writing income elsewhere (i.e. content mills) but this type of writing will always be my passion.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on February 18, 2012:

Hi Liza ~ it's great to meet you. I agree, the feedback and support is awesome. I have learned so much invaluable information about writing online in the past year. It didn't cost me anything, just time. I have hung in there for a year now. It can be difficult to not see a payout when you work so hard. But I do see it coming :) I look forward to checking out your writing. As far as the 30/30 challenge, I believe you can go to the forums to find a thread where you can let others know you are joining in on the challenge. Best wishes,


Lizam1 on February 18, 2012:

I found your hub trying to find how to register for the 30 day challenge. It would be lovely to think that this will bring in income and I do think the hub ads are a little misleading in that they put income as a carrot to attract writers. However, what I really enjoy and it's worth a lot is the free feedback and support from the hub community. Joining has also stimulated my writing and helped me make it a priority. I hope you will grow your income and that I will too; and that all hubbers will feel rewarded through being part of the hubbing community. So many beautiful people on hub pages.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on February 11, 2012:

Hello rasta ~ I have heard that from others too, thank you. I continue to try to give it my best shot. I now believe that it takes time and continued persistence. I will be here almost one year soon and now I see what everyone meant by hanging in there. It definitely takes a while to see changes. I wish you the best!


Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on February 11, 2012:

KDF ~ I really appreciate your feedback. I admit that I keep plugging away in hopes of continuing to see earnings rise. For me right now, it really is the friends I've met and all that I have learned that keep me going. Good luck to you!


Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on February 11, 2012:

vasantha ~ definitely, the best thing is meeting all the authors from around the globe. Thank you so much for your comments and vote too!


Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on February 10, 2012:

asmaiftikhar ~ Thank you so much for stopping by to read and comment. Best of luck to you on HP!!!


Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on February 10, 2012:

Hi Cyndi ~ I understand. That is why I even did this for others to see the realistic expectations (and of course to see if I was unrealistic). You have the right attitude - keep pushing until it becomes a reality. It has for others, why not us! Thanks for your votes and share too. Best of luck to you!


Marvin Parke from Jamaica on February 10, 2012:

Your actually doing okay. You are doing better than me at least. I am giving hubpages my best shot for February 2012 and let you know what happened.

KDF from Central Illinois on February 10, 2012:

Great Hub. I enjoyed reading an idea from you about what to expect from this ordeal. I share your economic frustration except that I have a few seasonal/part time jobs that I rely on in order to eat. It's unfortunate that after all your hubs and time that only a few dollars come your way. But, it's better then nothing and may just be the foot in the door process. I don't know, I'm still learning as I go but I consider the few dimes and nickels thrown my way, extra coins for the vending machines! Good luck, voted up and interesting!

vasantha T k on February 10, 2012:

Useful hub to know where we stand. I have written 8hubs , not earned any money. But I love to write and am happy to meet authors from all over the globe on hub pages. Have a good day. Voted up.

asmaiftikhar from Pakistan on February 10, 2012:

Thanks for sharing that secret of your hard work.

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on February 10, 2012:

Thanks for this! I always wonder how other people are doing (not to compare myself) but to see if my expectations are realistic. They're not: I want to make a living at this! :D In any case, I'll keep "exercising" my fingers until it becomes a reality. Great hub! Voted up and SHARED!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on January 26, 2012:

Hi Justin,

I absolutely 100% agree with you. Because of all the "other than money" reasons you describe, I have stayed and not given up. I am very proud of all the experience and knowledge I have gained. And the friendships and feedback is invaluable. Now that I've been around HP for going on one year, I am seeing a small increase in revenue and know that it all takes time. That you so much for your great feedback. Best wishes to you!


Justin W Price from Juneau, Alaska on January 25, 2012:

Shayrn, I have found making money on hubpages-- particularly due to the content i write-- to be a little frustrating but, I've gained tons of experience as a writer, gotten published in a few other places. I feel I'm setting myself up for a decent residual yet supplemental income.

Mostly though, I've gained friends and colleagues. I feel hubpages has allowed me to gain an audience that will make it easier for me to obtain writing work and selling my own books down the road. It's very valuable but I do feel hubpages needs to make it easier to earn money so they don't lose valuable writers. They're making money hand over first...

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on January 19, 2012:

You are right M.T., thanks! I am checking it out now.

Shasta Matova from USA on January 19, 2012:

To be safe, I would either revise it to not include real numbers or remove it. While it is good to know that others are in the same boat, you don't want to get banned.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on January 19, 2012:

Amy ~ Thank you for your feedback. I've never checked out Squidoo but will . . . never put your eggs in one basket, right?

Alocsin ~ That was my intent so others see a realistic look at what is "typical." I really appreciate your support. Thank you!

Yvonne ~ Thank you for sharing your story here. No, I'm not giving up. Just keep plugging away at learning all I can . . . and yes, I do need to figure out what's up with the Adsense. So much to learn . . . :)

Ray ~ No one has brought this to my attention before and I am SO glad you did. THANK YOU! I would be devastated if I lost my earnings accounts. Thank you also for giving us examples that truly show hanging in there in the long run is worth it. I always appreciate your wisdom and will be looking for further guidance as to what I should change or delete here.

MT ~ I really wish Ramen Noodles had more health benefits, darn it! And yes, keep panning for gold, I like that :)

Audrey ~ Oh my, I have learned a bunch for sure. But, also realize that there is so much more to learn! Thanks for stopping by.

Kel ~ Better sooner than later :) I still have so much to learn about back linking. I have a written list of sites to consider, it all takes time. I did Twitter and Digg but there are so many more to check out. Good luck to you too!



Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on January 18, 2012:

Sharyn - well I did hook up (thanks again and again!) I am glad I did - though I am not making much I really wish I would have done it much sooner since it does take so long to grow:) lol

I noticed a ton of traffic when I signed up with Redgage, etc. and like others said - back linking. Good luck some more my friend:)

Audrey Howitt from California on January 18, 2012:

It sounds as though you have learned a bunch!!

Shasta Matova from USA on January 18, 2012:

Sharyn, it is good to see what others earn so we can have more realistic expectations. I'm hungry too - maybe ramen noodles might be more realistic than a cheeseburger, but until then I will keep panning for gold! How's that for mixed metaphors!

Raymond D Choiniere from USA on January 18, 2012:

Hey Sharyn, I'm not sure if someone has done what I am about to, so if this is a repeat, so be it. You should be very careful discussing your "earnings" and "clicks" which are made. It's a violation of Google's Term of Service. I suggest you re-read it to ensure that this particular hub isn't violating their terms of service. If Google Adsense sees your hub, it could possibly cost you your account.

As for those who are making decent money, well many of them have found things that work to draw the earnings. Example: Habee, Hubber/Author/Ex-Teacher has over 900 hubs and she is over $1000+ per month in earnings. I can understand everything you talked about in your hub, but I would also like to remind you of something I said once before, both at Hub Hoppers and on the Forums- It takes about 3 years for one hub to fully mature. That's with regards to earnings and traffic. So, please take that into account also.

Thank you for sharing your experience. Much appreciated.

Yvonne Spence from UK on January 18, 2012:

This is very interesting Sharon. I got off to a very slow start on HP, and earned very little for months. After 7 months I’m about where you were at 3 - but my earnings have been increasing steadily of late. This month already I’ve earned more than all of last month, and that was the best till then, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed it keeps going that way. I’m certainly not giving up, and it glad to see that you aren’t going to either!

I was interested to read that the HP Ads made your google income drop to nothing. I have always had the HP ads, and have had very little from Google, I didn’t realise there could be a connection.

Thanks for sharing this.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on January 18, 2012:

Thank you for sharing this data Sharyn. I think if more hubbers saw this article, they're have realistic expectations of earning here, rather than the hundreds of dollars promised by the HubPages front page. Voting this Up and Useful.

arusho on January 18, 2012:

Yes, I'm in the same boat, after two months I think my total earnings are about $10..but I still enjoy it, and I may join Squidoo. Good hub. I have seen job openings for on line content writers, maybe you could find a job doing that?

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on January 14, 2012:

Hey Steve,

Thank you so much for your awesome comments. Your feedback and support is very much appreciated. I like how you say "my own business." Just those words alone excite me. Thank you for the fan mail and "digging" as well. I'm learning so much lately and look forward to more pennies rolling in. Good luck with the 30/30. I thought about doing it but now wasn't the right time for me. Best wishes and I hope to find time to check out more of your work!


Steve Mitchell from Cambridgeshire on January 14, 2012:

Sharyn, if you can keep writing hubs that cause this number of comments, then you are well on your way. I would absolutely kill for this number of views of a hub. Hang in there and the money will come. I am currently doing the 30/30 Hub Challenge. It is tough after just 7 days in, but I am already seeing an uplift in followers, page views,earnings,although still only pennies a day, but they have been doubling up on the odd days. Most of the people who brag elsewhere on the net about their earnings are lying to make you pay for and join their schemes. Hub Pages is a proper programme with real people. You can say to anyone, hand on heart that you are making money in your own internet business. Imagine your business to be a big business and one day it will be. Take small, daily steps and momentum will gather and you won't be able to stop it I feel sure.

Great hub and voted up / awesome

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on January 03, 2012:

Hi Sinea,

Great timing for your awesome comment. I go back and forth with being discouraged. I am not near a payout. But I will not quit! I began here having so much to learn and I continue to learn daily. I know I have improved and am proud that I made the top 100 list. For now, that means more than the pennies that float in. When I first started, what sticks in my mind is how many people said you MUST hang in there. It all takes time and learning. They were SO right. No matter what, I'm having a blast on HP. It's quite addicting. Thanks for your comments, happy new year!


Sinea Pies from Northeastern United States on January 03, 2012:

Hi Sharyn...I understand your frustration but I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that continued writing of good, keywordly sound (is that a word?) content and some social networking will bring a consistent residual income someday. When I have days of doubt, I go back to the testimonials of HubPages' top writers and get excited about it all over again! BTW, I just got my first HubPages ad program payout and will have my first Google payout soon (.25 cents away, do you believe it? LOL). Someday, EVERYDAY!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 04, 2011:

Hey Laura,

Thanks! I gotta tell ya though, that I haven't yet figured out how to make money here. I'm averaging a measly five to ten cents or so a day. BUT, if I do get some really great insight, I will be sure to share it. Thanks again,


Trips from Portland, Oregon on August 04, 2011:

Aw, thank you, Sharyn! I'm glad I found you too! Someday, I'd love to pick your brain someday about your creative insights into building revenue online. It's easy to tell that, if someone is going to find a successful path, it's you! Cheers, Laura

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 03, 2011:

Hey Trips,

So glad you stopped by. I did think it was important to be open and honest about the minimal earnings. I have since found other ways to make a little more money than I do on HP. But I don't want to give it up either. As time permits, I'll keep doing hubs.

I am really glad I found you. I can't tell you enough how much I enjoyed your ROOMMATES WANTED hub. Very cool!


Trips from Portland, Oregon on August 03, 2011:

Hi Sharyn, This is a really interesting hub, mainly because of it's fabulous clarity and honesty. Everything I've read (up til now) about earning money on Hubpages, makes it look like, if you just take this simple steps, you can make great revenue here. Your experience and thoughts are exactly what I believed it's really like, so thank you kindly!!! (I'm not giving up, but I'm not looking at this as anything more than a fun, little challenge. Maybe I'll afford a coffee out of it one day. :-)

As for the first penny thing: I think you should print out a digital picture of one, and frame that. You could make a little plaque underneath that reads something like, "My First Hypothetical $$."

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on July 28, 2011:

Haha! Good point we would need to receive the penny before we could frame it!! ;)

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on July 28, 2011:

Hmmm, framing the first penny. Maybe, if I ever receive it? Thanks Sunshine - always appreciate when you stop by. Have a great day!


Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on July 26, 2011:

Great hub Sharyn! I suggest we frame our first penny :)

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 24, 2011:

:) Good idea!

Teylina on June 24, 2011:


Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 24, 2011:


There is so much to wade through and it is foreign to me too. Thank you so much for your vote of confidence! I'll keep in touch if I learn something new. Have a great weekend!


Teylina on June 24, 2011:

Sharyn, we're both in the same boat! I wasn't asking you as much as I guess I was hoping Charles might check back in! I am astounded you've done as much research as you have, but then, I probably lack your tenacity in trying to wade thru stuff totally foreign to me. I've tried--truly--but we have so much information I wind up more confused than ever! Anyway, I've got a couple of ideas that (IF they come to fruition of any kind) I'll share. In meantime, thank you so much for the info! I am going to check it out. Hang in there, honey, you're good--you'll make it.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 24, 2011:

Good Morning Teylina,

I honestly had no idea how to answer your question so I've tried to do some research. It appears that you can add Clickbank links to your hubs no more than 2X each hub. There is a lot of information out there but it is confusing to me. Here is the link to the HP Learning Center on how to embed links into your hubs.

When I find a little time, I will join Clickbank and see how it goes. I'll try to let you know what I find out at that time. Thanks for stopping by ~ hope you have a great weekend!


Teylina on June 23, 2011:

Haven't checked out this hub for a while, but I just saw "Clickbank" mentioned by Charles. His comment makes me feel better, because I too have been unable to get on Adsense, although, supposedly, I have done everything both Adsense and HP has told to do; now each is passing the buck as to why I'm still "pending" after 5 mos. Maybe they'll clear it up in two years! In the meantime, what is "Clickbank" ??

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 23, 2011:

Hello sankari,

Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. Every little bit does add up. Good luck to you!


sankari.nayagam on June 23, 2011:

Even I have made just 0.55 cents with my 7 hubs. But haven't done homework such as keyword research etc,. I just write whatever comes to mind and about whatever excites me. Probably I should fine tune my writing little more to drive more traffic. But as you said, these small amount also excites me. Small drops make an ocean. So lets keep trying. Happy hubbing..!!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 23, 2011:

That sounds good to me Dan. I think I made about .68 cents in the past week. Good luck to you!


danfresnourban from Fresno, CA on June 23, 2011:

Thanks for getting right back to me, lets hope things improve. I joined yesterday, so I do not have a lot to go on, but I have earned .68 cents already. I was pleasantly surprised.

On my other sites, I have a lot more traffic, and earn a lot less.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 23, 2011:

Hi Dan,

It's great to meet you. It's been approximately five weeks since I wrote this article. I have not seen a dramatic increase in my earnings. Yet I have seen more through the new HubPages Ad program than I have ever seen through Google Adsense. Welcome to HP ~ I wish you the best! Thanks for stopping by,


danfresnourban from Fresno, CA on June 23, 2011:

Sharyn, I am curious has the situation you describe in this hub changed? Have you seen a dramatic increase in your income?

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 20, 2011:

Hello Maren,

I definitely envy those that can write so often and also make a decent salary. But, I keep plugging away too. Thank you so much for stopping by ~ have a great day!


Maren Elizabeth Morgan from Pennsylvania on June 20, 2011:

Kind of same boat -- I've been here a while and only recently decided to try to write Hubs frequently. Daily is unreasonable for me, but maybe 3 x a week can happen. I get envious and puzzled (HOW are they doing it?) when reading about Hubbers who make thousands a month. But, I'll keep plugging. Thanks for the article!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 15, 2011:

Hello again samsons1,

Thank you for your support. Glad you are enjoying my work!

Have a great evening!


Sam from Tennessee on June 15, 2011:

Well written, enjoy your work. Just hang in there like the rest of us...

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 02, 2011:

Hello Powerpoe1,

It's so great to meet you. Thank you so much for the comments and the fan mail. Best wishes to you too!


Powerpoe1 on June 02, 2011:

This hub has generated such a buzz, one thing for sure HubPages have an awesome community of hubbers. I've been taking notes and analyzing other hubbers techniques.

1. Consistency

2. Dedication

3. Focus

4. Time

Happy Hubbing Everyone!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on May 29, 2011:

Hello Charles,

Thanks so much for stopping by and for your inspiring comments. From what I've learned, I guess I am on the right track. Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!


Charles Russell Stockdale from UK on May 28, 2011:

Sharyn, I hear you. I joined 2 years ago, have 26 hubs and just earned 14 cents with adsense. So you're doing better than me! BUT that's because of an adsense problem trying to change my email address. Finally fixed yesterday - after two years!

So, I never relied on adsense at all but did make some Amazon sales and a few Clickbank sales. Great advice and comments here from so many others. You're on the right track, and you will get to where you want to, maybe sooner than you think!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on May 26, 2011:

Hello Myfanwy,

It's great to meet you. Your comments are right on. I believe I do need to be writing for other sites as well, at least to be able to utilize the linking. I really appreciate you stopping by and for your great comments. Thank YOU so much!


Myfanwy from Tennessee, USA on May 25, 2011:

From what I have read by people who are successful, you need to write for more than one website. At this time, I write for 3. One is just articles on religious information. The other two have several topics. I submit my articles to a website that pays a small upfront payment and then pays per click. If they don't think the article is good enough to pay me upfront, I publish it on Hubpages. Hubpages pays more per click that Yahoo Contributors. So, if they won't pay me upfront, then it just makes sense to publish it on a website that pays more per click. Especially, since that is all I get from those articles. I have a small amount of articles on Hubpages because I have been putting articles on here for less than a month. And, I, too, have not earned much at all. But, I have over 400 articles on the other site. I don't make much on the clicks, that. Which is why I wanted to try Hubpages. There are other sites, too, that pay you to write. You might try doing some writing for additional sites and see if they all add up to an income you can live with. But, like others have pointed out, it takes a lot of time and you have to build up a pretty substantial library of articles on each site you write for.

Good luck. Hope it works out for you! :D

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on May 24, 2011:

Hi Teylina,

Thanks for stopping by and for your great comments. I hope you get that tank of gas soon. And yes, it is true that there is so much more we obtain from being here on HubPages that is not monetary. Have a great evening!


Teylina on May 24, 2011:

Well, the whirlin' dervish that takes over my brain from time to time has been fighting for control of the remote for a few weeks. My remote default is set on writing, and the peace, fun, venting, and love that it can set off! I love readin', writin' and ____So glad I'm following your hub, Sharyn, because it brought me back to my priorities! Far from being a materialistic person, I still find having "enough" is much easier than not having it--most of the time. When started in Jan, hoped by summer HP would provide just a tiny bit (tank of gas a month, perhaps?) during the summer mos when I have no work, and maybe in time, it might help me get off the 'sub-teaching track,' which is getting tougher all of the time. HOWEVER! Thank you all so much for your responses to Sharyn's Slant. I've got my priorities back! No more belly-aching about lack of income here; I've made more friends than enemies (I hope!), so it will all work out; I've no fear!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on May 24, 2011:

You GO GIRL! Get on that boat! I wish you big profits Kel!

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on May 23, 2011:

Sharyn - you got me thinking about it too - so I sat down last night and signed up for the ads. I spoke to my husband and he said it is stupid that I wouldn't have ads in there and I shouldn't miss the boat because some money is better than no money:) lol

I thank you Sharyn for writing this - you just couldn't have done a better job! I might actually profit because of it:)

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on May 23, 2011:

Dear Epi,

You are right. There are many more non-monetary rewards here in the hub world. I feel very blessed to have met such wonderful people as yourself. Thank you so much for your encouragement!


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