Making Money Writing for Hubpages

Web I WeaveStarred Page By Web I Weave, 29th Aug 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A brief review of how I got started making money from writing for HubPages.

How I got started...

I started writing for Hubpages in June 2011 when I was unable to work due to health problems. I was looking for a way to make a little money and do something to keep my brain from turning to mush while I was stuck at home. In researching ways to make money from home – legal methods – I came across an article by a Hubpage writer about how much he earns. (The guy had been writing for Hubpages for years and had published a larger number of articles so he was making around $500 a month!!)

I decided to give it a try since it would allow me to use my brain and might earn a little money along the way.

Some big differences between Wikinut and Hubpages:

The first difference is that there is not a section to leave notes for the moderators. I wasn't sure what I needed to put in that area when I posted my first article with Wikinut since I had not see a section like that before.
The second difference is that Hubpages does not have a points system like Wikinut does - such as earning points for logging on or for posting new articles. Each article does have a rating system so that the more your article is viewed, the higher it is rated - and the higher the rating, the more likely it is to become a featured article.
The third difference is that Hubpages is not as easy to use when setting up a new article.The format for posting is a little different but is not difficult once you have used it a time or two.

Getting Started:

After you have signed up with Hubpages, you will want to start posting articles. The above image is what you will see when you start a new article.

Not As Easy to Use!

The method for adding a post to Hubpages is a little different from Wikinut. First you click on “start a hub” and the site will bring up a page where you are able to give your post a title (see above image). The site will use key words in your title to suggest a category for your post. You can pick from the suggestions or browse/search for a category that better fits what your post will be about. The next step is to pick a design layout for your post – such as a recipe, video article, or regular article. The different layouts will offer different content areas. As you add your content, you can add various content areas – text only, pictures, videos, polls, tables, maps, quiz, ratings, links, and a section to add your own coding.

How to earn with Hubpages:

As with any blogging or pay-for-writing site, the more articles you post, the more money you will make. So far I have only published 28 articles/poems/recipes through Hubpages and I have not posted anything in almost a year – the last recipe I added was in October 2013 – but I am still making money through the site! It took a long time to earn my first $50 – from June 2011 to January 2013 – but I have slowly gain followers to where I now get the $50 payout every 6 months. I just received another payment on August 28th of $51.61!!!

Similar to Wikinut, the Hubpages site pays you a percentage of advertising earnings. I believe you earn 60% and Hubpages keeps 40% of the advertising earnings but it has been a while since I signed up so I am not positive on that. Hubpages automatically adds the advertising to your post so there is not any special codes that you have to add. Once you reach $50 in earnings, Hubpages will pay you via PayPal – the deposits usually go through at the end of the following month.

(Side note - Poetry and recipes do not receive as much traffic as other articles.)

Other ways to earn through Hubpages:

Once you sign up with Hubpages, you can create more earnings by signing up – through Hubpages – to be an eBay affiliate and an Amazon affiliate. I am not completely sure on how this part works since I just recently signed up for it - but there is a content section you can add to your post for eBay or Amazon ads. I have not used this part so I don't know if you have to add the advertising content or if Hubpages will ad it.

(To get to that section - Log on to Hubpages, go to your account, then click on earnings. This section gives you access to all the affiliate and advertising information that you need.)

Google AdSense and Google Analytics

Another way to make money through Hubpages is to sign up for an account with Google AdSense. Once you sign up with Google AdSense, you can place your user information in the earning section of Hubpages. You can place the Google AdSense codes on your personal web site as a way to generate some money through advertising.

The big downfall of Google AdSense is that you have to earn $100 before you get a payment. I signed up through Hubpages when I first started in 2011 and I have only earned a little over $35 - so I have a long way to go before I get a payment - and I have the codes on my personal web sites also.

Google Analytics is just a reporting site that allows you to see where your traffic is coming from and how long the person is on your page. This can help in targeting readers and get tips to drive traffic to your site. While you do not earn money from this site, it can help you make more money through the other sites.

Refer A Friend!

One simple way to earn extra money is to refer a friend to sign up. Similar to Wikinut, the Hubpages site pays you a percentage of advertising earnings for each person you have sign up. Remember to refer people who want to make money through writing - if they don't post articles, then you can't earn any money! I have referred several people who wanted to earn money - but have never posted any articles - then they got mad at me for not making any money.

In the earnings section, you will find a section called "referral trackers" (see image from "other ways to earn" section above) - this is the section where you will find special codes to add to your links so that you can track where your traffic is coming from - you can also keep track of how many friends you refer this way!

A sample of how to use the code is - changing the wikinut2014 to your code - and that link would direct your friends to the sign up page for Hubpages - and you get the referral earnings!!

Overall Experience:

I would have to say that my overall experience with Hubpages has been really good. I have had a few negative comments on my articles - usually from general readers, not other Hubpages writers - simply because the person does not like the topic I wrote on. On the Hubpages site, I have not experienced any where near the positive feedback from fellow writers as I have since starting on Wikinut.


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author avatar Web I Weave
I am a poet and author. I tend to write a lot of poetry and articles dealing with emotional issues. Every once in a while I will throw in a goof-off article just to lighten the mood.

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author avatar Rebeccaguerrero
29th Aug 2014 (#)

Thank you, Web I Weave. I have two articles in HubPages, but I have not been active in that I was writing for the Yahoo Contributor Network and stayed busy with that and my day job. You cleared up some of the questions I had about AdSense. I do agree with you about the writers here at Wikinut. They are great.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
30th Aug 2014 (#)

I never did try Hubpages, there are so many sites now, and some have vanished it can be really hard to know which are good

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
30th Aug 2014 (#)

I am here, but can't read the article again. Dag nab it!! Have tried to refresh once, but will try logging out and back in. So glad you got your first star. And thanks for writing about HP! I can't wait to read it!!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Aug 2014 (#)

Thanks Web I Weave for a nice review giving a clear picture of your experience with HubPages. I have been hearing about this tried and tested online site. I am not there - I started off with Associated Content which later became YCN. I moved to Wikinut as YCN did not pay non-US residents though I had a great time there with 400 posts. I was active for a while at Bukisa which also pays by linking with AdSense but the payments did not materialize.

I love the camaraderie among the contributors here and the variety with a fond hope the rewards too increase over time! I agree HubPages pay well as far as online writing sites go - siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
1st Sep 2014 (#)

A great "How-To" guide for Hubpages. Detailed and well illustrated!

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author avatar HacBao
1st Sep 2014 (#)

A great article, I wait for the articles that related topics from you

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author avatar Retired
3rd Sep 2014 (#)

Thank you for sharing this information. I did at one time try to work out how to use HubPages, but it seemed to be a bit complicated. Having tried a couple of other sites I have given up trying to make money on the Internet. Now I only post on Wikinut.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
11th Sep 2014 (#)

Yay!! It took a while but I finally waded through the other articles from people I follow and got back to this one. Wow! What a great page. I figured out HootSuite but am still neglecting my blogger. Still on the line for a potential job which has neither presented itself with paycheck and signing bonus nor has gone away. Quite frustrating.
Do I have the patience to wait 18 months for a first payout -- splitting my articles between Wikinut and Hubpages? Perhaps if I am not otherwise employed. Wikinut would have the long full versions and I could spin-hub them for the latter. John W talked about using HubPages as his cash cow and writing elsewhere, then here because the comments and community were so much better.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
11th Sep 2014 (#)

Much continued success as you write. I had 8 to 10 people I got to sign up with me when I first joined. I think the most one person published was four articles. One got hers rejected once, and I told her how to fix it, but she was done. And like you, many of them got mad at me for deceiving them. I got their frustration. I want the community of Wikinut and the payouts of HubPages. $50 every six months is not asking a lot, honestly. It's not even $10 a month.

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