Evaluating My Online Writing World
Sometimes I feel as though I'm chasing the wind in this big online world. I know we should not put all our eggs in one basket, but too many baskets can also create problems until you chase from site to site trying to keep on top of all of them, unable to make any of them produce for you. At least that's how it seems to be working for me.
I checked out my HubPages statistics this morning and was shocked to see that between my two accounts, which have 122 featured hubs between them, I have made only $2.31 so far this month. In the same time period I have made $1.98 on Persona Paper with 209 articles that didn't require nearly the time and effort to write as my hubs. In the same time period I have made .28 on tsu , but some of my traffic to the other sites came from there. I love it when people tell me in the comments how they got to my post or article.
Let's look at the work. On HubPages it used to take me hours to create a hub that got recognition and used to make money. With only one account that had 75 featured hubs, I used to make an average of $40 a month and get paid about every two months, and sometimes every month. The account that used to be Squidoo used to make about $15 a month when it was still Squidoo and had about 150 lenses. They now have turned into 47 featured hubs on HubPages and I didn't even try to transfer most of them because I knew they would not stay featured or even published there. I couldn't transfer my biggest earners.
Most of what I make on Hubpages now is residual income, since I haven't written a new hub in ages. I rarely receive or make comments there anymore, so maintenance probably takes about half an hour a month. On Persona Paper and tsu, interactions take more time than the actual writing . I can spend hours a day earning my seven to fifteen cents a day between the two of them, averaging 1.5 posts a day on Persona Paper and three to five original posts on tsu with an average of four to eight shares.
Obviously writing appears to be more than a hobby than a business at this time. To make much more, I would have to move into formal freelancing and face deadlines which I'm not sure my current stage of life would allow me to meet. When you get to be my age and your husband is even older, things happen that one cannot predict, and they can require emergency room visits or other medical appointments that don't give much warning to allow planning for them.
If I were to increase my commenting activity on HubPages, I wonder if it would make a difference in my earnings there. I wonder if writing one new hub a week would make my total go up. Could it increase my earnings by a nickel a day for each new hub? I'm not sure. Even if it did, I'm not sure how long that would last. Currently my featured hubs on my oldest account average .02 in earnings a day. Many of those have been designated Editor's Choice hubs, and some have won contests or gotten Hub of the Day Awards, or both. They aren't earning any more than the rest now. I wonder if I would make more, with less time put in, writing more for Persona Paper and ignoring HubPages as usual, or by trying to increase activity on HubPages. I wonder if more interaction on HubPages is as important in getting new views as it is here and on tsu.
Does anyone have input on this from your own experience? Have you found a better place to invest your writing time that's not freelancing with deadlines?
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