My First Five Years on Hubpages and Things I Wish I Did 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 afterwards. In other words, I have been on the platform for a total of five years however I have only been active for three years. I remember joining the platform at a time when I was busy with various freelance projects and I probably 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 realised 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) on Hubpages straight away. There are many reasons for thinking this:
if you start writing soon after joining the platform you gain momentum
hubs 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 and I would write. Titles I thought would do well weren’t attracting enough readers – the main reason was that 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 Hubs 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 becoming a millionaire.
What I did wrong was the following:
in 19 months I only published 26 hubs
in my second year I only published 8 hubs
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 hubs had gained a good amount of traffic over time. Collectively, three hubs I published in 2015 are performing better than all the other articles. They have similar themes and have also attracted a good number of comments (so far about 50 comments on my best performing hub).
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 hubs in three years, therefore I would suggest to invest more time publishing more high quality hubs. I know I want to publish more hubs 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 hub a month may be too low a number. I guess I will have more data to work on when I reach 100 hubs 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 hubs that referred to other hubs, 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 and the other side of the coin is that I have deleted a few hubs that weren’t getting enough traffic. A couple of them became not featured (unpublished) by Hubpages because of low traffic.
Hubs that are more popular are “evergreen”, i.e., they don’t talk about a specific event in time but are more general. In fact, a couple of hubs commenting on specific events received hardly any attention.
Over to you: how long have you been on Hubpages and how many hubs have you written? Please share your experience in the comments.
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