I just ranted on and on a few weeks ago about how I’m frustrated with HubPages and I’m not going to waste my time writing for that site anymore. My frustration with the site is still there, because I don’t like having to jump through hoops to get my content published, especially when I have my own sites and can publish whatever I want on them. And I don’t like being told who I can and cannot link to.
And I just don’t like some of their BS policies, practices and politics.
But this week I happened to check my overall stats (the “graph” button, on the account page, right at the top of the stats). I don’t even remember noticing that little button until this week. Maybe I tried it out a long time ago and then forgot about it? I dunno. I don’t remember ever using it til now.
Anyways, I checked my total views (from the time I started til now), and the results were surprising…and encouraging!
Check it out…
Granted, the numbers themselves are not huge. On that account (it’s not the chrisinhawaii account — that one truly is dead), I only have 26 published/featured hubs, and the earnings are nothing to get excited about.
But look at the line graph. Traffic has consistently been moving up for the past 12 months. These hubs are gradually gaining momentum. Even when I wasn’t publishing new material, traffic continued to climb.
That’s only about 30 hubs in one year, and it doesn’t include Amazon commissions (which are finally starting to trickle in, by the way). Imagine if I had been publishing 30 hubs per month on there. I’d at least be making payout every single month. With 300 hubs, I’d be earning enough to pay some bills!
So does that mean I’m going to start pouring on the content on HubPages? I don’t know. Maybe. Maybe not.
They still frustrate me. The community itself is great; lots of awesome hubbers there. But it really sucks when HP will de-index “low-performing” hubs or they unpublish hubs because of a link that they don’t think is relevant or whatever.
I know a lot of hubbers complain about low traffic and earnings too (and I am sometimes one of them), but now that I actually look at my graph, it’s undeniable that my subdomain is very healthy, and that I could be making a lot more money if I would just publish consistently on there.
So I dunno.
I just wanted to share that with you guys.
Improve Old Hubs Or Start Over With New Account?
So yeah, newer accounts (post-Panda/Penguin hubs published in mid-2012 or later) aren’t going to have penalities against them, so showing up late to the party may actually be a benefit for newer hubbers. But what should you do if your account is a few years old and your earnings are only 10% of what they once were? Should you try to improve the content of the older hubs to make them more “stellar” or should you start over with fresh content on a new account?
I personally would remove the old articles until they’re de-indexed from Google and post them on another site (unless they’ve been copied all over the place…then you’re just kinda screwed). But that’s me, and that decision is really just an emotional one. I don’t think I would have the motivation to rework all those hubs or try to delete/disavow crappy links.
Instead I would just clear the slate and start a new account with new hubs. I find new projects to be exciting and refreshing. Plus, I think you could do well with a new account on HP, as my graph above shows.
Hubber Jimmy Paterson is trying both approaches and talking about it on his blog. He started a new account, and he’s improving old hubs on his old JimmyTheJock account too. I’ll be following along with his progress and will probably follow up with a post on that in the future.
So What Do You Think?
Do you already write for HubPages? How do your stats look? Feel free to chat in the comments section below! If you’ve never done so yet, you can check out HubPages right here.