As you can see from the title of this post, I am sticking with HubPages. Now there is a lot of potential meaning in those words, and they could be taken in many different ways so I will be explaining myself. It could mean that I believe HubPages is a viable method of making money on the internet. I suppose it might work for some people, but it really doesn't mean that for me. I have found a much more profitable method of generating income.
Essentially for me those words mean that I won't be deleting all of my Hubs like many others may have done. In other words, I will retain HubPages as a source of passive income. I haven't written anything for the site since June 4 of this year and that was really to complete a grand total of 200 Hubs. Before that, I hadn't published since March. I only end up going to the site every few days and checking to see if I have any comments to address.
Despite that lack of activity, I managed to earn $14 through their Ad Program and a couple bucks in Amazon purchases and AdSense ads. Clearly, it is not the most lucrative venture but it is entirely passive at this point and pays for my hosting costs at Hostgator. That is clearly OK in my book.
HubPages got hit big with the Panda update in March of this year. I saw my traffic nearly disappear and decline through the summer. But recently, I have seen an uptick. However, my traffic is still less than half what I received in January 2011. It would be great to see a return to that level, but I won't necessarily be doing anything to encourage traffic since I feel that my efforts are more useful with other projects.
Nonetheless, I won't be complaining too loudly about income that will pay for my expenses without any effort on my part. I am pleased that I can continue to earn passive income for work that I have already done.
I am just a neophyte learning to make money online. I am excited about the opportunities and hope to share what I am learning.
I am also interested in real assets such as gold and real estate. I have a blog on these topics as well. Be sure to stop by and check out both my blogs.