ADMIN EDIT 2016: This post is from my original blog (Make Money Online with Seo .com) from way back in 2008 when I first learned internet marketing. Things have radically changed since then with how to make money online, what to do, SEO, marketing, and such. But I’ve imported all the old posts for archival sake. Some of the information is still relevant, but many of the specific SEO strategies and quick make money online ideas I had back then have changed. SO please keep this in mind when reading.
2016: This strategy no longer works and has not worked in at least 5 years. If you even consider trying this sort of thing with HubPages, you are wasting your time. Keep in mind this post is from way back in 2008/2009
So, it’s been 11 days since I started this challenge.
My current stats for 11 days:
*61 hubs so far (70 hubs by end of today).
*Writing between 6-8 hubs a day.
*Posts all 500-800 words, with most being 500, and a few being 880-1000
*6 clicks total
*3 dollars made
The first week, I made about 2 dollars – most of it was in the tale end of the week. I went 3 days without a click (I has about 40-55 hubs at that point). Today I just scored two more clicks, giving me $1.
I have a total of 534 page impressions according to Hubpages, 222 visitors according to Google Analytics, and 96 visitors finding my hubs through long tail keywords.
My first 40 hubs were all long tail keywords (or short tails) in fairly competitive, high paying niches. Unfortunately, the niches are proving to be too competitive to rank high in the SERP’s for just with hubpages’ domain authority. I was getting some trickle traffic from Google, but not enough for clicks.
I thought about it and decided I should go after lower hanging fruit. The next 20 hubs were in niches will much less competition. Mostly 2-3 PR websites for the top 5 search results. These niches all had about 1-5k exact searches a month. Unfortunately, a couple days of no clicks has convinced me the niches are still too competitive to get traffic without backlinks.
So now, I’m shifting directions again. I am now not going after low hanging fruit, I’m going after the fruit that’s on the ground and rotten. I was restricting myself to niches that would bring in, based off the standard calculation for minimum expected Adsense revenue [Searches * CPC * .40 *.05], about 50 bucks at least. For the first 40, I was targeting niches in the $300-1k range. For the next 20, I was targeting niches in the $80-$300 range with much less searches and much less competition. But that’s apparently not working. So I’m now going to target niches in the $25-$50 range, and just throw a lot of them out there. I mean like hundreds. If I can get 300 hubs in a month, super ( I doubt I can).
If I can find some super keywords good traffic and good CPC and NO competition, I’ll jump on those opportunities. Now, most of these niches will have between 300-700 exact searches a month. I’m going to let the CPC guide my niches selection now, instead of search numbers here. This is because with those small searches, I can only expect a few clicks a month. I want those clicks to count.
So, we’ll see how it goes. I’m hearing that some people are making 5 bucks or so a day – including Court. I guess my initial strategy was flawed in that I was treating these hubs like the way I would treat a niche blog. But creating hubs for money and creating blog niches/websites is NOT the exact same process. Mainly because with blogs, I fully intend to start sending backlinks over the long term, but with hubs, I’m trying to make money right away, so they don’t get much in the way of backlinks, at least not initially.
I’ve also started to send backlinks to my older hubs, so let’s see if I start to get more traffic. I’ll post an update when I get to the 100 or so hub range. With 50 or so hubs based around no competition keywords, I may actually be able to make a couple bucks a day.
So let’s summarize my new strategy:
My New Strategy for the next 60 Hubs
1. Hubs will be going after NO competition niches (top sites will be PR 0-1 in the searches, search traffic about 300-1k a month, CPC will be 2+ dollars a click)
2. Content of Hubs will Change (much crappier)
The last 20 hubs I made were very high quality. I’ve added informative content, pictures, videos, and basically tried to craft high quality hubs. No more. I think people going to those hubs will find their answers and will have no need to click on an ad. I’ve also been throwing up a lot of eBay and Amazon listings in the body of the posts, probably distracting the users. I’m going to simplify the layout. I only want the user to see the content and the ads.
I’m going to go for the Adsense now and just forget about eBay and Amazon sales for now. This means that I am no longer going to write informative posts that try and answer the question. I’m going to write long, 800 or so word posts with no videos, no pictures, and no ebay/amazon products listed in the body (i’ll have ebay products listed at the end). The point is to try and get the user to click on an ad, not to find an answer to their problem. I’ll create about 50 or so hubs, basically making my posts as ugly, long, and as unhelpful as possible. Combined with the fact that these will be in no competition niches, I may start to see an improvement in clicks here.
3. Posts will all be 700-1000 words
About 50 posts are all 500 words. I’m going to increase the length to 800 or more to drive more longtail traffic. More long tails for Google to rank and send traffic with. I will stuff them (without keyword stuffing) with related long tail keywords.
4. Will Send Backlinks to older posts
Going to see if I can eke out some revenue from the older hubs in higher comp niches. I think I’ll hold off on sending backlinks to these next 60 hubs, at least for another week. I want to see If I can make money without resorting to backlinks here. I should need them if I go after no comp niches, since I can rank high right away, I hope.