My First Five Years on HubPages: Things I Wish I'd Done Differently
Things I Wish I Did Differently When I Joined HubPages
I joined HubPages in 2013, but I didn’t start writing until two years later. In other words, I have been on the platform for a total of seven years but have only been active for five years. I remember joining the platform at a time when I was busy with various freelance projects, and I thought I would look into HubPages when I had more time. Two years down the line and with a less hectic freelance schedule, I was researching websites for writers and then realied I had signed up with HubPages without doing anything about it.
If I could do this all over again, I would have started writing hubs (articles) straight away. There are many reasons for thinking this:
if you start writing soon after joining the platform, you gain momentum
articles that have been published for a longer time are likely to also have better traffic
the sooner and the more frequently you publish, the sooner you are likely to start generating advertising income
I didn’t have a specific game plan for HubPages, so I waited for the inspiration to strike before I wrote.
Titles I thought would do well weren’t attracting enough readers (mostly because I didn’t do enough research on keywords).
Another thing I wish I did differently was choosing niche topics to write about. I didn’t have a content strategy and, while I still write about topics that I believe may be of interest to other people, I was jumping from one topic to the next.
How Many Articles Does It Take to Start Earning on HubPages?
While HubPages’ terms and conditions of use forbid authors to discuss earnings, I can give you some broad ideas of the timescale to start earning advertising income based on my experience.
I received my first payout after 19 months on HubPages. As you can see, this is not the quickest route to earning money. What I did wrong was the following:
in 19 months, I only published 26 articles
in my second year, I only published eight articles
I wasn’t publishing articles on a regular basis
I received my second payout nine months after the first and my third payout four months after that. The time I have to wait between payouts is getting shorter, but it’s not because I have been publishing more. The main reason is because my oldest articles have gained a good amount of traffic over time. Collectively, three articles I published in 2015 are performing better than all the others. They have similar themes and have also attracted a good number of comments (so far about 50 comments on my best-performing article).
If you are curious to know if I am making a regular income from HubPages, the answer currently is no. I have published a total of 35 articles in three years, therefore I would suggest to invest more time publishing more high-quality articles. I know I want to publish more articles, and I am sure this will have a positive effect on earnings.
I wouldn’t be able to tell you the perfect formula for publishing on HubPages; I suspect one article a month may be too low a number. I guess I will have more data to work on when I reach 100 articles and more articles have “matured” over time, by which point I will be able to draw better conclusions.
Making the Most of HubPages as a Freelance Writer
So far I have used HubPages as a way to test new ideas and to share my experience. For example, every time I learn something new, I like to share it in case other people may find it useful.
If you are planning to earn income on HubPages, the best way to make the most of the platform is to find a topic people want to know more about and that hasn’t been written about extensively. Ideally, find new angles and create series to have readers coming back for more. Have I done any of this? Not really. I have created articles that referred to other articles, for example, so they could be read together as a series. However, those aren’t currently performing too well, simply because I overestimated the level of interest the public has in that subject.
I do believe that HubPages is a great way to test the popularity of a topic. The other side of the coin is that I have deleted a few articles that weren’t getting enough traffic. A couple of them became unfeatured (unpublished) by HubPages because of low traffic.
Articles that are more popular are “evergreen," i.e., they don’t talk about a topic that gets old or out-of-date soon. In fact, a couple of articles commenting on specific events received hardly any attention.
Over to you: how long have you been on HubPages and how many articles have you written? Please share your experience in the comments.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2018 Paola Bassanese