Hubpages Experiment: Week 1

September 1, 2010 · 12 comments

Well it’s one week into my hubpages challenge, here are stats on what I’ve achieved this week:

Hubpags Challenge

7 days down. 23 to go.

Hubs completed: 14

Words written: 8019

Google Adsense income: £0.05

Amazon.com income: $1.99

I was surprised to make money so soon, I know it’s not a lot but it shows it’s possible (and I’ve put in my affiliate information correctly!). I would guess 90% of the hubs I write won’t make money, but we’ll see. Either way this is going to be interesting.

Note: I can’t withdraw my Google earnings until I get £60 (~$100) and I can’t withdraw Amazon earnings until I get $100, so however nice the earnings are (from whatever source) this minimum is always needed until I can actually see the money in my bank and spend it.

I tried my best to stick to the keyword academy principles (which I’ll do a review on the course some time in the future when I’ve had enough time to see if I get something out of it) to make money but it’s a bit draining when the subject doesn’t excite me. So I wrote a few randomly from my own interests with less thought about targeting easy keywords. Funnily enough I made money on one of these so I guess the old ‘write what you are passionate about’ mantra is not past its sell by date yet.

I have learnt so far that I underestimate ‘700 words’. My articles tend to be much shorter (like 350-400 words too short). I guess that comes from 2 things. (Likewise the articles which contain the most words are the ones I’m passionate about and can cover the whole subject in depth).

1. I’m not always interested in the subject I’m writing about, so find it hard to type out paragraph after paragraph when I find it meaningless.

2. Blogging, where I tend to cut the crap and post my thoughts and that’s it (as people don’t want mumbling they just want the information/opinion and will ask if further explanation is desired). A lot of other hubs I’ve read have a lot of filler that doesn’t actually address the subject. It’s like doing English exams at school again where they tell you to write xxx amount of words.

Example: “John decided to throw a ball at the wall, when he was finished throwing the ball at the wall he went inside.”

My style: “John threw a ball at the wall and went inside when he was done.” It says the same thing but that’s not how it works when it comes to bulking up articles that actually need little information.

One final note is how I have already completely fallen behind schedule! Ideally I should hit 25 hubs a week minimum and 17500 words in those, so I’ve got my work cut out for me this week. This is mainly due to random distractions in my life (spent 2 days solid on wrapping stuff I sold on eBay, arguing over stuff, writing feedback, chasing non-payers, and making numerous trips to the post office). Hopefully by the end of week 2, I will be back up to speed and have 50 hubs completed.

I am doing this all with my own writing, keyword research and hubpage design. I can imagine how much easier this would be if I had money to outsource the writing. Short term (1-3 years) this is the only thing I see bringing me in enough money to travel on.

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Vi September 1, 2010 at 9:04 PM

Rob, your blog is becoming just another “how to make money online” blog, there is adventure ?
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AdventureRob September 1, 2010 at 11:28 PM

Thanks for your concern Vi, but that isn’t technically true.
The blog is a personal one (not a travel blog, make money (either online or other means on the road) blog, adventure blog, etc). It is wherever I take it, and that means whatever I’m doing with my life at that time. If it’s unknown, then it’s a adventure, life is an adventure, hence the name of the blog.

I have ignored how to make money previously (it is in the about page as I mentioned in my last hubpages post) as I wasn’t doing it, I travelled on redundancy money and savings, there isn’t much to speak about that. Now I am not travelling (for a few months) my attention is elsewhere. You’ll have to trust me when I say I’d rather be on a motorbike circumnavigating Africa then spending hours tapping away at my computer about drivel I don’t overly care about, but that’s just the way it is at the moment.

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Vi September 2, 2010 at 5:54 AM

Personally it is still interesting to read your stories as I myself finished my last trip a month ago and probably will be working more about how to monetize blogs to have money for next (travel) adventure :)

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AdventureRob September 2, 2010 at 5:18 PM

It’s nice to know others are in the same boat :-) It seems common people build up their blogs, find others in the same situation and almost all run out of money and return at the same time too. I have a few more stories to go, just spacing them out a bit. I certainly don’t want to be known as another make money online blog, I’ll see what I can do in regards to adding another story this week.

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Alex September 2, 2010 at 4:27 AM

Do you publish these posts on lots of different pages? What exactly is a “hubpage”? Do they all link respectively to Adventurerob.com and send traffic through peoples interest in the article? Just curious because it sounds like I might try it just for fun, I am not overly bothered about making money from it at all. Cool post, I like how you distill things to just what needs to be said in your blog. Lots of blogs have too much fluff and just aren’t interesting because of it!

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AdventureRob September 2, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Hubpages.com is the website, and a hubpage is basically a webpage on that website. It is a website with user generated content.

I only have 1 or 2 linking to this site (where relevant), that’s not the objective of this experiment (build traffic to this site). Think of it as a mini internet of it’s own, when you start off you’ll get traffic almost instantly as the hub will be published and linked too automatically from other relevant hubs. That is the main advantage as there is no promotion/link building to do to get it indexed and ranked by Google (although it helps).

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Alex September 4, 2010 at 12:36 PM

That sounds pretty interesting, so you get instant traffic and feedback on your writing and posts pretty nice! I might try it anyways :) Thanks man!

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Giannis September 4, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Welcome to Make money journey bro.

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AdventureRob September 6, 2010 at 1:35 AM

Thanks, although I do hope it’s a short journey :-)

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Bluegreen Kirk July 13, 2011 at 1:45 PM

I saw this link from the 250 posts with the crack down on Hubpages, Squidoo and others are you still noticing an income from them? I have notice that a lot of pages on these sites have been shut down recently. And if you are successful what type of income are you earning from them?

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AdventureRob July 16, 2011 at 5:21 AM

Yes, I still have an income from them.

However it is very small, and even the small amount I was earning before has been reduced.

Personally now, I wouldn’t bother with it, the effort to reward ratio doesn’t favour in doing work on hubpages at the moment. I think 2009 was the best time to get involved with it, take the money, and move on. 2011 is for new things.

But at the end of the day, it was always an experiment for me. I should be looking at the next experiment now, and put this one down to experience.

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