I had an article at hp I wrote in 2008 (will be here very shortly). I wrote literally a 10 step solution to a problem I discovered was a HUGE market. It was something my mom told me about when I was 13 years old that she read in some magazine and the tip literally changed my life overnight. I'd for years shared this with friends with the same problem and it had a 100% success rate of solving a very big problem (there are some fun stories about results)...
When I joined HP about a year in I realized instead of repeating myself over and over and over again to help my friends and people I saw with the problem, I decided to just jot it down in an article and publish it for no other reason than to point people to it so I could stop repeating myself.
It was a very short "hub", about 400 words max, 10 steps laid out in maybe one short paragraph per step, then I lined the bottom of the cage with a few of the stories (because I didn't want to get it unpublished for not having enough content).
The irony is I didn't have anyone left to point to it, it's like I wrote that and the situations stopped presenting themselves to share the information- owell. I left this article as is, the only monetization was the automated adsense ads on the site, I had no clue about capsules with ebay/amazon etc...
I forgot about it and about a year later it started to pop up on the radar DAILY from comments left on the hub. Within about 3 months (so 1 year 3 months- no interaction other than maybe responding to a few comments- the bulk of them were "this works amazingly!" and the like.
Comments started to flow in at about 10-30 per day with some days with nothing, even weeks then bam a burst of comments. It seemed my article was helping thousands of people every day. At that 1 year 3 month mark after about 8 months of consistently getting a few to a lot of comments my traffic started to ramp up until it reached around 3,000 a day, it settled over the next year at 2,500 a day (1,300 on a bad day or slow day).
This one article was earning me about 200-300.00 a month and continued that trend (some 800-900 comments accumulated, trickling in every day at at least 3-5 but many days 10-15 average)... I was stoked!
I decided one day to check the title of my article to see where it was in Google, and apparently I'd chosen a perfect keyword as the first 8 words of the title, and for that "keyword" I didn't even try to create, I was number 1 on Google, first position first page, and stuck there until HP unpublished it.
The social commenting was amazing, people were no longer talking to me, they were talking to each other, and it would go on and on like a chat room with one long day that lasted years... seeing it at the top of the serps I decided to see if that kw was available in domain form and IT WAS! Astonished I purchased it and extended the hub's reach to all areas of the niche by writing about 16 articles and creating a whole site covering everything those 800 comments asked for, issues they had, questions (about 400 relevant to new information added), and more.
I pointed the hub's traffic to the site in a link and introduction/talking about it, at the top "for more information, we've built a site to answer any questions, give you workarounds for the ingredients (not food hub)," and so on...
Of the 2500 average unique a day it got, 1500 went to the site (according to Google analytics), and my adsense click income was half the hubs income so in essence I almost doubled my income just by creating a site and linking to it from the hub- I also came to realize ALL traffic to the site was from the hub exclusively.
I came to the realization that maybe I could just move this content BACK to hubpages, link each page together in a series and from the main hub and could make more since there were some impression income choices on HP I couldn't get on my own site (big ad agencies they added last year)... So I painstakingly built the hubs and even expanded the content from 500 words to 1k each (based on panda paranoia). It was a gold mine.
I came to realize my idiocies in not even attempting to use ebay and amazon (the only two other monetization choices there) on them and thus started to put them on. I spent over 3 days 8 hours a day setting this up (we're talking about 16k words to add capsules to and I wanted to maximize my income)- I started to watch the ebay sales and amazon sales and within days of adding these I was making sales. 10.00 here, 30.00 there, it was very exciting- this was about 2 months ago and it all started to ramp up every day- then I got shot in the kneecaps when my acct was banned for ridiculous reasons-
If I can make money there I can make money here- it's just going to have to "rev up" again over the next 6 months to a year. I did notice I was here for one day and published the "why do we say bless you when we sneeze" article/wizz that I was on the second page of Google position 6 within a day so it goes to show our articles get indexed fast- I know Google likes to give you ranking fast then it tapers down based on interaction (comments) traffic, backlinks, etc... but still- just that it got on there at all that fast shows promise.
I wish you all luck, I can't wait till I have some articles moved over- I'm being a perfectionist so I'm spending way too much time on each one but my motto is if you set it up right the first time (and perfect it as you learn more about the tools here), you don't have to touch it ever again (adding interactive polls, comment boxes etc... keeps it fresh)...