With the HubPages Ad Program rollout last week, there has been a lot of curiosity about how it works and what sort of impact it makes. Though 500 Hubbers have already gotten their invites to opt in to the program, they are only just getting started.
We took some time to chat with relache – one of the Hubbers who has been signed on with the HubPages Ad Program as a beta tester since January. Read our exchange below to get a better idea of how it has been so far for her!
First, a bit of background – how long have you been on HubPages?
My very first Hub was published in July 2006. HubPages as a whole was still in its initial beta test phase.
What are your favorite topics to write about?
My favorite things to write about are things that are part of my daily life or life-long interests: body art, costuming, places I travel, whatever I’ve been doing around the house. If I’m not interested in it, I can’t really write about it. That’s probably why I’ve never gotten going as a ghostwriter or writer-for-hire. People only ever pitch horrible web-spam topics to me, wanting me to write for them.
Since joining in on the HubPages Ad Program as a beta tester, have you seen an increase in your earnings?
Overall I have. Looking more up close and personal at it, everything is “bouncing” right now both from the changes that that ad program itself had on my Hubs and from the February Google algorithm changes. I’m curious to see what happens as the ad program rolls out to more users, especially since I have a few really strong referral writers linked to my account.
Most Hubbers who have opted in to the HubPages Ad Program are just getting started. Do you have any advice for them?
As with all things related to the Internet, you need patience. And you need to keep in mind the panoramic-view, not the micro-view. I saw a HUGE drop in my AdSense earnings when the HubPages Ad Program first got implemented on my Hubs (I was warned that probably would happen), and the drop from that change has been pervasive and persistent since the inception (The changes from the Feb Google stuff then happened on top of that). I’ll figure I’ll know in six months what my new AdSense is with all the new configurations, but for anyone who just can’t handle drastic change, perhaps they should consider not opting-in to this.
I think anyone who is curious to try a new program, who wants to investigate a new revenue option, or those who just wish they could earn more from their Hubs should consider trying it. I also think they need to take a vow to themselves to let the program run for two months and not post a daily freak-out in the forums. Web effectiveness is best evaluated with weeks or months of data, not hours or days.
As far as making an income on HubPages in general goes, what one practice has helped you the most?
I think ignoring trends has actually been beneficial. I eschew the whole social networking thing. I had to laugh when the blog post came out in early February that advised site users on “the secret” to finding good Hub topics because I’ve been operating that way for over four years. I’ve had people scoff at me when I say I try and write Hubs that I myself would want to read or use instead of chasing some hot phrase or doing SEO research, but I’m not about to change my methodology at this point.
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Aside from participating in the program, relache is also actively involved in HubMeets, and has one coming up this April in Seattle, Washington – if you live in the area, you should RSVP and join in on the fun!