In March 2011 I have been relatively busy, however I have still managed to create a few articles. I wrote several articles on this webpage (a Tickles review and a Hubpages ad program review review) as well a Webanswers review on Hubpages. I also carried out a bit of backlinking. One site where I did considerable backlinking is on the new website Excerptz. It runs in a similar way to Infobarrel - articles can be written and these are checked before being posted to the site, which should hopefully result in less spam and substandard content resulting in higher Google rankings etc. Money is made through Adsense revenue share and the percentage is 80% for the writer. At present the site is just starting but it is growing. It was set up by the Hubber Ryankett and I would recommend that you go and check it out.
Now on to the bit I am sure you want to hear, my monthly online earnings for March 2011. Remember most of these earnings are once again residual.
Webanswers: £13.37 (46% decrease from February 2011)
Infobarrel: £1.44 (12.5% increase)
She Told Me: £0.01 (the same)
Xomba: £6.02 (147% increase)
Hubpages: £71.29 (5% decrease)
Total: £92.13 (11% decrease)
As can be seen, I once again had a decrease in total earnings, primarily driven by a large drop in Webanswers earnings and a slightly less extreme drop in Hubpages earnings. I was expecting a drop from Webanswers and Hubpages, since traffic to these is down both individually and site wide (according to Alexa) linked to the Google algorithm changes.
As Hubpages is my major revenue source I thought I would review this, especially in light of the Google algorithm changes and the launch of the Hubpages ad program. I was actually worried that the decrease in earnings would be much greater than this and so I am in a way quite happy with a 5% decrease in earnings. At the moment (as far as I am aware) the Google changes have happened only on Google.com from the US and obviously US traffic is the major earner for Hubpages. Despite March having more days than February, overall I saw a 11% decrease in views to Hubpages. This was entirely driven by views from the US decreasing by approximately 50%. At the same time, views from all the other major countries actually increased by between 5% and 20%. This saw the share of traffic from the US dropping from over 35% to less than 15%. As I have already suggested American traffic is some of the highest earning traffic, so considering I had a 50% drop in this traffic, resulting in a total drop in traffic of 11% and yet only saw a 5% decrease in earnings I am very happy. I believe that the main reason for earnings holding up is the Hubpages ad program, which I believe at the moment is north America only. In fact, despite American traffic dropping to account for less than 15%, the Hubpages ad program accounted for a similar percentage of earnings as Google Adsense, which is obviously still shown in America as well as the rest of the world.
As can be seen, I have had a drop in total earnings this month. However, thanks to the Hubpages ad program it is a lot less worse than I was expecting and in fact I consider that the worst of the drop is over and in fact over the last week or so I am starting to see a recovery in traffic with a corresponding increase in earnings. Hopefully this will continue over the next month and so I hope to see my earnings for April 2011 to at least equal the earnings in March 2011.