Hubpages Scam! Or, is it Actually Legit? Read an Unbiased Hubpages Review

Before you bite my head off!


If you are already a member of Hubpages.com, then I hope the title didn't have you already concocting a string of abuse to throw at me [laughing out loud]. I recently searched for Hubpages.com and was surprised to see that people are still unsure whether this site is a scam or not, despite how long the Hubpages website has been around. There are a lot of Hubpages reviews out there, but unfortunately many don't give the full and honest picture, just a one sided rant.



Hence, I decided to set the record straight by writing an honest Hubpages hub about whether or not it really is a scam, covering the main pros and cons honestly and openly (if you disagree with my Hubpages review, please let me know in the comments). Some probably won't be happy with what I have to say, but I feel that both sides of the story need to be told. So, here we go ...


The Hubpages Review


Hub Pages, or Hubpages, depending on how you like to refer to it, is not to be confused with hubpage.com, which is a website designed to be a 'hub' for linking to other promotional sites and offering blogging tools (I have not confirmed whether or not hubpage.com is a scam or legit). This is likely not the site you are looking for, if you are looking to write online and make some money online.



Hubpages.com, however, I can confirm is the REAL DEAL! But, it all depends on what you are looking for, as to whether or not you would consider it to be a scam website, or not.



'How dare you', I can hear being muttered from fellow hubbers' lips (hubbers is the term for Hubpages members)... but wait a moment, hear me out and please continue to read, as there is a balanced argument about to be made and I think my reasoning is fair.



It is all about your priorities, as to what you will experience here. If you are looking for an intelligent community, support, feedback and an audience for your thoughts ... you are most certainly in the right place. Hubpages is a wonderfully interactive website that generates a lot of traffic to your articles through its huge database of members and also through its high PR and placement in search engine results (SERPs). This means that new members (especially those that spend a bit of time being social) can attract readers and followers very quickly.



However, if you are looking to 'spam' your product, over promote your website, or include a million links to affiliate sites you try to sell for ... forget it! This would not be the site for you. Control is quite strict now, but that is to ensure quality content is provided and that the cheats, or heavy sellers, are kept off of the site. Spammers and 'black hat SEO' will not find what they want here, as chances are they will be banned quickly. That is not to mention the fact that most 'seasoned' hubbers can quickly spot a fake member, or internet marketer. Reasonable levels of website and business promotion is still allowed on this site, but these have to be informative and original articles, preferably of 800+ words and with a maximum of two external links. The articles should look to answer a question, or to fill a need, not just to talk up a site.



Moreover, if you NEED MONEY and want an instant online solution ... you may consider this site to be a scam too. Yes, it offers you money from your articles (via adsense, Hubpages ads, Amazon and eBay when people click on these), but you are not likely to earn big until you have hundreds, or even thousands of articles. This may take you many years to do, so this is not the site for you if you want a 'quick fix' and instant income. It is possible for Hubpages adsense earnings to increase to reasonable levels, as the more views you get, the more adsense Hubpages clicks you will receive. Moreover, search engines see thousands of new sites every day, so they also respect age. Hence, the longer you stay and write quality content, the more traffic they are likely to send as your URL will be aged and full of useful content.



However, personally I find that the Hubpages advertising program is a more stable way of earning, as this pays you for views and clicks, not just for clicks like Google adsense does. With the Hubpages advert program, you can also earn with Adsense, but the frequency of clicks and adsense earnings will be reduced. That said, you have to remember that the Hubpages advert program and adsense earnings will then be coming in simultaneously, instead of you only earning with adsense. So, you need to consider the overall figure. Depending on your subject area and the adverts available for your niche, you may want to try out both of these programs over a period, to see which pays the best for you. Adsense may pay more, but personally I find the combined Hubpages ads program to be a more stable income.



My Experience | Making Money Online With Hupages.com


That all said, I personally love writing here and the community involvement. It is also an excellent place to learn and develop yourself from the comfort of your own home. You can learn new subjects and post questions ... the best part being that the authors here are normally MORE THAN HAPPY to reply in detail. This means that while you are writing and reading, you can also increase your knowledge ... including 'how to make money online'.



The interaction in comments, answers to your questions and learning new things everyday can actually become addictive, especially with those used to struggling with a blog. This is very different to the blogging world, and in my opinion, far easier to become recognized and respected on the web and with search engines. It is really quite easy to make new friends and build your following, so long as you are interactive! This is the side of the site I really love. I enjoy writing, but the feedback, jokes and conversations are what make this worthwhile.



As for earning money, my income seems to be increasing steadily. I am not as active as other hubbers, but I do OK and my content is increasing. It is my honest feeling that the period for ongoing steady earnings seems to be between the 75-150 hubs mark, with quite fair steady earnings kicking in around the 200-300 hubs mark. It will be when these already published hubs have 'matured, possibly 6 months later, but it will come. Hence, if you suddenly publish lots, expect a long delay (it is not always, but on average this is the case). Quality is key, answer a need and use keywords (search terms/phrases that you put in Google) ... then you are sure to make money online with Hubpages! Just don't give up in the first year or two, good things often take time to create.


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Is Hubpages a Scam!?


So, is Hubpages a scam? Well, it is all about perspective. As an informative article sharing website, it most certainly IS NOT A SCAM WEBSITE and is a great place to share. Hubpages.com can also be a great place to earn money, so long as you are up for a writing marathon and willing to stick around. Think 1-3 years before it is likely for any decent earnings to start coming in steadily. Yet, once they come in, you have a stable online income! Having been here for 3 years now, I can confirm that it is a good place to write, learn and earn ... just don't try to cheat, as they will catch you (I've seen many members get banned). I hope that answers your questions about Hubpages scam claims.



Now that you have read the review, if you are still interested in joining Hubpages, just click HERE to sign up today. However, you may still be wondering 'Does Hubpages pay?', well for the answer to that and an impressive amount of Hubpages tips and advice (for free), have a read of this article:


A Milestone for Me! 100 Hubs down, so sharing some TIPS


Otherwise, if you want just feel like reading, then feel free to check out another Hubpage, or ten ;-), of mine by going to my profile here:


Brett.Tesol's Profile Page


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twilightblueam 4 months ago from United States

I can appreciate a non-biased review. I'm usually late to the 'party' and seem to be waaaay behind with hub and the like, but I love writing and would like to give it a shot, money or not. Thanks for the post!


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Sparrowlet 8 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

Nice overview and analysis, and I tend to agree with your assertions. I don't have enough hubs up yet to make even close to a small steady income, but as you say, effort and patience combined will get you there!


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DebraHargrove 9 months ago from North Carolina

Very nice words about this site. This site is very hard to understand especially if you are looking to make money. But doing an extensive research into how to make money with HubPages is needed to not feel like you are being scammed. Keep at it for best results. Thanks.


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Jean Bakula 23 months ago from New Jersey

You just need to be patient, and build up a body of work. If you have 5 or 10 hubs, that's not going to get you anywhere. You need at least about 25-50 hubs to start making money, and they need to be evergreen. Holiday hubs are only popular at certain times of the year. It helps to write in a certain category you know a lot about. It may take a year before your hubs get noticed, but I've been making money on hubs I wrote 4 years ago. I fell in love with HP, and when I first came I used to write 3 hubs a week. You have to work hard, but it will pay off. You can't make any money unless you set up the AdSense account, and traffic from HP friends is great, but doesn't make money. Your hubs have to get on the first page of Google, so be original about your topic and how you present it.


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tsadjatko 23 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

Funny but why do I feel if you wrote a hub page like this about any other website hub pages would unpublish it for being overly promotional? :-)


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Pollyanna Jones 23 months ago from United Kingdom

Great article! I came here as HubPages provides a nice platform to work with for someone that is not so great with putting together a website (like me!). I write articles for fun, with topics that interest me. Many of these are pretty niche, so I'm not expecting a wide audience. It's nice to get a bit of an income in from these though. HubPages certainly is not a scam, but you're right - you need to take steps to get your articles seen and choose your titles and summaries carefully to get them to show up on internet searches and grab peoples' attention.


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Snakesmum 23 months ago from Victoria, Australia

Since I've only been here for just over three months (From Squidoo) it looks as if I'll be waiting a while for my income to start! :-) As I'm an impatient person, this will be hard, but I enjoy visiting Hubpages, and reading the forums. The income will come, or it won't, and in the meantime I'll keep reading and writing here. I don't think HP is a scam.


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MindaPD 24 months ago from Northwest Illinois

I'm just starting out on here. Your article was very helpful. I blog via my own website and another blog, but I'd like to try this out, too. Thanks!


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Jean Bakula 2 years ago from New Jersey

Great job, Brett, I think you were very fair. Any site that pays up front is likely a scam site.

It does take time to build up a body of work. I will be here 4 yrs. in October, and it was before the Panda algorithm change. Then it was not too hard to have 50 hubs and start earning money in about 6 months. Then it got harder, but I found when I had about 10 hubs, I was making more than the lowest payout each month, though now it's slow--but it always is in summer. Also, it takes a good year for some of your work to get noticed. I only write evergreen hubs, and I thought some of them were good. But they didn't get traffic. It took a long time, but the ones I felt were good in my bones, did turn out to get traffic eventually.

When I began everyone told me my hubs were too long. But now that the standards changed (they constantly do) the longer ones do better anyway. Some of my highest earners are the ones people criticized in forums. So go with your intuition.


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samuel hodges 2 years ago from Winston-Salem NC

I've written many articles and yet to have sign up for the money making program. I tried to sign up for it, but something went wrong. It did not take my password. Or maybe I did something wrong in the process. I'll try again and study on the process to do so. Good review and learned a bit more. Thanks


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DChance2 2 years ago

I am still new. I hope your hubpages is real.


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knowledge-seeker 2 years ago

oh so helpful and informative post i just came across searching about the site. thanks for providing all this info. flourish ahead too my dear!


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tammyfrost 2 years ago from Oregon

Wow...this is an incredible Hub! Thanks so much for sharing.


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Brett.Tesol 2 years ago from Somewhere in Asia Author

@Shyron E Shenko

Thanks for pointing that out. I recently updated it, but must have made a couple of typos.

Glad you liked it anyway ;-)


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Brett.Tesol 2 years ago from Somewhere in Asia Author

@docfry2 - I would guess that the other website you mentioned is a scam.

My experience and that of friends is that if a site wants you to pay up front, then it is normally either a scam or useless. The ones that earn a percentage of what you earn are the ones that will drive customers your way, as if they don't, they won't earn either


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Hello Brett, I love this hub, it is chock full of good information.

Not being nit-picking but, thoughte you would like to know. Read last sentence of "Before you bite my head off."

Voted up, UAI and shared.


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docfry2 2 years ago from Midwest

How about mywritingjobs.com, does anybody know if that's a scam? I'm trying to get established in the blogging community and other writing assignments. I would like to find out if it would be worth spending money on these assignments.


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fivesenses 3 years ago from new delhi

I don't think it's a scam, but I've just started here and can comment better after posting some more hubs...but hey thanks for this info.


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Rathnaraj Roberts 3 years ago

It is very informative and decently presented. The heading is so framed that it invites you to read more even. Individuals see different things from different angle.

GOD has blessed Human being with beautiful pair of eyes.

Most of us have good eyesight and unfortunately some donot.

I remembered the story I learnt in my school days about

Blind men and the Elephant that came to their village. So as, if we keep

our eyes open only with money in our mind, then it will appear as scam.

If we look at it as a social site then we can enjoy the happiness and information that is involved in it beyond our sight.

Brett, I truly appreciate your hard work as it is not only motivative, it is also very helpful for those who are in troubled waters.

Best wishes and good luck


Aquila111 3 years ago

I would definiyely prefere to setting up my own web-page, then you are the boss.


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

I don't think Hubpages is a scam, but I can't whip out hubs every day. I have a life outside of HP.

This is really a good hub for anyone who loves to write and I do.

Voted-up UAI and shared.


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forbcrin 3 years ago from Michigan

The best money I made on Hub Pages was not in monetary amounts, but in the experience getting in publishing, whatever goes through my mind. The money-making models on the Net are still to be tested, we are just the pioneers, so pretending to write to make money is not a good idea...

Interaction is good, and the exchange of ideas is priceless...

This writing to make money, most of the times, on all social networks practicing leads to bad writing, mediocre topics or just plain garbage. I wish people would only write for the fun of it, when they have something to say.


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Brett.Tesol 3 years ago from Somewhere in Asia Author

@ Doodlehead

To be honest, it is a combination of factors. I have been editing old hubs to increase the word counts to 1000+, I've also teaching in South Korea and the end of term + summer camp has been pretty busy. Another factor is that I found another good site, that I think will compliment this one ... I will write a hub about it soon in a hub, once I have learned a little more about it. However, I am still writing here, but trying to update my 'beginner hubs' that were too short, while writing new ones. Thanks for stopping by.


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Doodlehead 3 years ago from Northern California

As a follower of yours I had to stop by to see why I had not seen any hubs from you of late. Others that I follow have also been silent of late.

For this reason I posted a forum asking people if they were planning on writing more or fewer hubs than they had written previously.

People are mixed.

I think people understand now that at any time their hubs can be "retrieved" from Google search and put on the shelf. In days past this was not the case. In days past we could put up a hub immediately. Now they want to approve it first. I see a day when only the best will be allowed to have hubs. They those of us who are not the best will have our hubs scrubbed and we will have worked for nothing.

I hope you can dispel my thoughts of today. I enjoy your hubs. It's just well....


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OMGirdle 3 years ago from United States

I, myself, haven't made any money from hubpages. Going on my second year with only 14 hubs, I still feel I'm learning. I can't cough out hubs like others can. It could take me several weeks to do one hub because I so concentrate on verb usage, run-on sentences, quality photos, reading my drafts over and over again until perfection. I won't complain until I get 200 hubs. I need money but the therapy of writing is priceless. I do enjoy the people on this site as well. Your hub just reminded me of how hard I will have to work. Plus building a following isn't easy as people don't follow you because you follow them. But, I'm trying. Thank you for an honest feedback. It will definitely help others understand what to expect.


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PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

Hi,

So far I am happy to be here and I am also happy I found HubPages because I have met some very wonderful people and I have learned a lot from others.

Thanks for sharing with us.

Bobbi Purvis


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compu-smart 3 years ago from London UK

Personally, I have been here at hubpages for about 7 years and every month when hubpages has transferred my hubpage earnings to my paypal account, I'm a very happy chappy and that's why I'm currently preparing more hubs to publish.


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

Good review Brett, great information. I am a work in progress myself.

Voted you up, UAI, shared and pinned.


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Brett.Tesol 3 years ago from Somewhere in Asia Author

@ beaddve1800

Ah, but that doesn't mean that Hubpages is a scam. If you write and participate, you will get results. What you are saying is that some writers maybe scammers, which is true of anywhere on the web and in real life to be honest. You just have to use your brain before acting and be careful.


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beaddve1800 3 years ago from Toronto

Hubpages can be scam or not. It depends on who you follow. If you follow some good writer, then Hubpages is not going to be a scam because these writers are real and honest. It can be another way around if you follow bad writers.


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Brett.Tesol 3 years ago from Somewhere in Asia Author

@ Jrbx550,

What I am saying is that Google adsense won't allow you to join under your own name until you are 18. As you need Google adsense for Hubpages adverts, you won't be able to join the Hubpages program either until you can get an adsense account. As far as I am aware, Amazon is also 18. Hence, unless you are able to do this with a parent, you can't earn, as you can't join the advertising programs.

That said, if your parents will help you and help you with the account, there is no reason why you couldn't write informative and useful hubs that would draw traffic and make money. You will need to understand using keywords, which is explained in some of my articles on my profile. However, please also understand that it may take 6m-1year for you to start seeing steady earnings. I seem to remember that it started at around 50+ hubs for me, but everyone is different.

I hope that helps.

Brett


Jrbx550 3 years ago

@Brett_Tesol, It seems that yes, there probably no scamming here. All I want is say some, $50-100 bucks. I know I am not going to get rich, and that's not what I am here for. I can make some really good hubs. Probably about 10 a month since its summer so I get a lot of free time. But my question is still: has any underage seen some profits? Knowing that will make me feel more sure about my self not wasting my time in nothing.


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Brett.Tesol 3 years ago from Somewhere in Asia Author

@ Jrbx550, you can start to build your content and online portfolio, then when you are 18 you would be able to start earning quickly, as the hard would would already have been done. However, Google adsense and most other marketing platforms require that you be at least 18 to earn. I believe that this is because you are entering into a legal agreement. You may however negotiate a joint project with your parents, as I know many have done before. But, although it is not a scam, you will find it hard to earn until you can legally enter into a contract without parental approval.


Jrbx550 3 years ago

I am new here and really wasn't sure if this was a scam or not. Now I see it isn't. But I am 14 which is what scams worry me. Has anybody here that is under 18 seen any profits?


Arun trikha 3 years ago

Excellent job


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Careermommy 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Brett, nice take on hubpages. I can see how people who are looking for quick and easy money will view this as a scam. It is a long, steady process, but I do find it rewarding. Thank you for your insight.


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NateB11 3 years ago from California, United States of America

Really great Hub. This place, for certain, laid the foundation for me in terms of Internet writing. I've learned a lot and it was advice from other Hubbers that got me to get the ball rolling on starting my own website. I doubt I would have learned about it or have done it if it hadn't been for the HP community. I think you're right, too, about allowing for the maturity of content and for writing a good amount of quality content before earnings start to happen. Thanks for the information and inspiration.


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ChitrangadaSharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

This is such a great hub, with a very mature opinion.

Since I joined HubPages, it has become an important part of my life. I enjoy learning new things here. The USP is the community itself and I don't at all think, it is a scam. I love reading other's hub, writing and interacting here. You are right, 'Age' is an important factor.

Thanks for sharing this very informative hub!


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Lorne Hemmerling 3 years ago from Port Hope

Great article (hub)! I have been teaching on this site for over a year, and the earnings are just starting to increase. I have not been very active socially, but I do love this site because of the quality work that is posted here. I pride myself in my own work, and it is clear to see everyone else does too. There was a comment about no drama here. I did get involved in one forum, lots of drama, way too much for me. All in all though, HubPages is a great community!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

How in the world did I miss this great hub? I am so glad it was shared so I could catch it now. All I can say is kudos for a job very well done. You have explained HP so nicely and honestly. Anyone interested or even thinking about joining should read this...the video was excellent though, as you know, there have been some changes since it was made. Great job Brett.

Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, shared and pinned.


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Spongy0llama 3 years ago from Canada

Quite simply, it is not a scam because I am earning money without having to pay anything but time and effort.


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

I enjoyed reading your perspective on Hubpages. I too, enjoy the community involvement here.


ifunny 3 years ago

Good article. Thank for clearing this up. I was wondering the same thing.


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nufoundglory 3 years ago from Asia

Wow, this is a really good article. I've been a member of hubpages since like 4-5 years ago and the initial reason I wrote on hubpages was to promote my websites (many people seemed to be doing that back then), but then I realized you can get so much more from hubpages and starts to wonder if there's anyone who's able to actually earn a steady income from solely writing good articles on hubpages. Your hub gives me more insight to this whole thing, thank you so much for writing this!

And seeing you yourself have over 150 hubs written, there's no one else I should rather trust with their review on hubpages!


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DREAM ON 3 years ago

Enjoying HubPages for the writing site that it is.Making money is something that comes with time and effort.I have been learning to write better and have met many other hubbers that are very well respected for the articles and sometimes their profits they have made.I can see their strong points and their talents.I also have met many friends who continue to be a great source of encouragement and a great source of help when a problem arises.I have had a problem with invalid clicking which has closed my adsense account.I was not responsible for or know how to fix it without jepardizing my HubPages account.To this date I have not been able to fix my account.I continue to write and plan to be back on track.I am still developing my writing skillls and have a long way to go when it comes to learning the keys to making money.I believe that HubPages is an honest site for making money but like anything you have to put hours and effort to watch your traffic. grow.I am proud to be part of the hubPages community and I am still loyal to HubPages and the ability it gives me to write what I want and learn as a writer to become better .The ability to be able to keep ownership of all my writings and the ease that it allows me to update my writings I am very happy with.Good luck to every hubber who writes to make money on this site and those who write out of the love of writing and sharing and caring for other fellow writers.I enjoyed your hub and I love the pros and cons.Have a happy hub day.


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hobbitslair 3 years ago from Malaysia

Just became your 721 st follower! Nice article~ Really useful for newbies like me.


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Better Living 3 years ago

You've got me sold on the site! ;)


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JimTxMiller 3 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

Okay, Brett, you got me. Can't imagine how Hubpages evaded my radar until now, but your piece has sold me on test writing it. Thanks!


mayank786 3 years ago

very useful and very great hub. It covers all the aspects of the hubpage website thank you for such a great hub.


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healthierdiet 4 years ago from Florida

I am still learning and doing research about hubpages. It's not a scam, you just need time to write as much good articles as possible in order to be successful.


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R Dorian Grey 4 years ago from London

I checked out other same-sort sites and in the end decided to write for Hubpages. Why? It had a bit of a cozy look about it and seemed less pushing than e.g. World Press. I must confess my expectations re earning money here are quite lagging. I need to write so many articles I think and I just don't have the time due to my other commitments. For me it's a bit like BEING THERE. So no, I don't think Hubpages is a scam.


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Xenonlit 4 years ago

Hubpages is fine in comparison to other sites like Helium.com, which I do not recommend to anyone.

A beginning blogger can learn here. An advanced blogger can write here and keep the rights to their property. There are excellent tools, tutorials and forums here, with the exception of commingling the less sane and sober forums with the open feed. Good article.


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thumbi7 4 years ago from India

I really love to be in hubpages. Enjoy reading others good articles, commenting, getting answers. I am not an active hubber because of the many other demands of life. But my decision is to stick on....

I definitely not think hubpages is a scam.

Thanks for sharing


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PreetSaluja 4 years ago

Hub pages has really helped me to share my knowledge with others.


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anglnwu 4 years ago

HP is a great place to interact with other writers and I agree with you, the people here are friendly and helpful, especially if you've a question. As for earning big bucks--persistence and hard work will ultimately pay off. So scam? Not from my experience. Thanks for sharing.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

Well done article. Sure, I would love to make more, but I'm not as prolific as posting as some others here, so I realize that ultimately Hubpages is what I make of it. It is definitely a legit platform with a community of writers who take their craft seriously. As you say, it is not a get rich quick scheme. Writing is hard work; making money writing is hard work. Your article makes it clear that hubpages is not a scam. Voted up.


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rawpsy 4 years ago

I'm glad that it's not a scam. Hub Pages is providing really nice platform for authors like us. thanks for the substantial information.


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia Author

@ All, thank you for such great comments. I am sorry I don't have time for individual responses right now, but I do enjoy reading them.

@MizBejabbers, don't give up on adsense just yet. Chances are good that you will get traffic with time, even if you just write for fun. With traffic, you will eventually get clicks. However, it is likely to take a lot of hubs to earn a lot of money. Just look at those making decent money, most have at least 300+ hubs ... takes time, but a constant income is worth the effort. However, even with 50-100 hubs, you can earn money for extra treats ;-).


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MizBejabbers 4 years ago

Yes, it is a very good place to share, but as for making money, I've heard too many people express disappointment. I started to set up my adsense, but when it came to the final step, I backed down. It looked like I was getting into something that required too much work! I'm not criticizing. Right now I am gainfully employed in an editing position, and I can't afford the time for the followup adsense appeared to require. I probably will try to earn some money from my writing after I retire. Anyway, I like your viewpoint.


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ignugent17 4 years ago

Thanks for the information. I am glad it is not a scam. :-)


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Good article, Bret. Ypu don't get something for nothing on this site. You must write - that's the focus here - and write quality content to make money here if that is your focus. I think most people write here for the great writing community and the feedback etc. If you read closely at the articles in the Learning Center, they do not promise huge money, just that you can make money. It is up to the writer and the quality content they write as to how much they will make. Yes, you have to have hundreds of articles on here to make money and that does take time. I don't consider Hub Pages a scam at all and I never have. Anything worth anything in this world takes time and hard work and that is why I like Hub Pages.


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dinkan53 4 years ago from India

I really enjoy writing and reading here at Hubpages. As you said this is not a place for instant money making. But if you got some time to get established, you can surely make some good money on Hubpages. Don't forget that slow and steady wins the race. I appreciate you for writing this interesting article, welldone brett-tesol. Voted up, interesting and SHARED!


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Lizam1 4 years ago from Victoria BC

Great title and I like the way you present the plus and minus sides of hub pages in a very balanced way.


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abbykorinnelee 4 years ago from Ripon Wisconsin

Frankly I love it because its an intelligent communicty and not about drama and the like. Its a place to share thoughts, creative ideas, insight etc. to people around the world. As for the money that is an added bonus and as I make milk money lol that isn't what I am on here for.


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neophonic 4 years ago from Europe

Somebody wants to win a review challenge! :)


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healthylife2 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

This is great information for someone considering joining HP and for those that are new. I agree that it takes time to earn any significant money and you do have to write a lot of hubs to make it happen. If you are willing to do this for fun and enjoy the interaction with the community it is a great place. I'm still trying to figure out how people get views in the millions. Voted up and shared!


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia Author

@alphagirl

I agree, the social and yet SPAM FREE environment that the owners of Hubpages have created is pretty cool. I wish it was the same for blogs, but unfortunately blogs always seem to attract spammers!


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alphagirl 4 years ago from USA

Your hub was insightful, especially for anyone new here or curious. A year ago I was curious. I knew coming in here, it would be work and fun. Could one really make some passive income? Yes. Can one get rich, No. Is it instant fame and fast cash, No! You have to make an investment of time, great hubs and effort. I had my one year anniversary. I love it here! I love that there is no spamming here.


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Davidrighthand 4 years ago from USA

I am new here my enjoyment is that I can talk also enjoy reading others

ideas. Thanks for the article you wrote.


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

I have to put my vote in for... not a scam. While I am not earning a fortune, I am earning extra spending money and enjoying all of it. The interaction is abundant; people share from the heart, meaning they are true to their persona and you know what to expect. There are no surprises here at HubPages. Nice review, Brett, and worth pinning for all to see.


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia Author

@Daughter Of Maat,

You are right, a lot of people, even many members, are still wondering if this is a scam website. Many join up, hoping to make money, but secretly believe that they won't earn. However, as you said, if you like writing, then it is actually quite easy to make at least some money here. Thanks for your comment.


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Daughter Of Maat 4 years ago from Rural Central Florida

It is so true that people still think HP is a scam. I just answered someone on LinkedIn who asked if HP was a scam. When you think about it, it does seem like that because it is so easy to make money here. You write and you earn, and if you love writing there is hardly any work involved! lol

Great hub, and yes, I did have a few choice words pop into my head when I read your tweet lmao :D


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia Author

Thanks for taking the time to leave comments. This site is great, if you are here to write, and make some money along the way. It does pay, but it takes time to grow your traffic. However, once established, the money keeps coming in!


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janshares 4 years ago from Washington, DC

Thanks for this article, glad I found it doing my hubber research. It helped me better understand how this beast works. I've been here for a week and I'm loving every minute of it (except for the developing addiction).


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T4an 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

Very good Hub. Voted up! I love H B and as you said you have to put the work in to see any profit. I have a lot of work ahead of me. :)


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BabyCheetah 4 years ago from Melbourne

It's such a great place to write, great hub too. The title got me very curious even though I knew it wasn't a scam :P


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TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

I think HP is a wonderful place. I am continually learning and growing and yes, finally, earning a little money for my efforts. It's like getting a great education for free...how can you beat that?


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DS Duby 4 years ago from United States, Illinois

Great hub Brett I ran into the same results when searching for hubpages when I first joined. The very first link said hupages is a scam lol I'm sure glad I had already joined by that point. They're definitely not a scam. Voted up and awesome


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CCahill 4 years ago from England

its so annoying when you try get people you know to join and they are so cynical and untrusting about it


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daisydayz 4 years ago from Cardiff

Great hub, I read a few reviews on it before I started saying it was a scam, but then lots saying it wasn't. I could see and understand that making money takes time - obviously, and hard work and I assume most of the nay sayers just weren't happy with that. Im happy to put in the effort and love the community here!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

I had never heard of the other website. Good information. I know I sure won't get rich from Hubpages but I will make a little money. Some hubbers seem to make lots of money and get noticed by all kinds of people that contact them for magazines, movies etc. That will never be me. I'll just keep going along putting up my little hubs. Voted up and shared.


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april holland 4 years ago from Florida

Hubpages is awesome!!! Great article and so true. I know it is not a scam, if it was I wouldn't be making money at it!!! LOL


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rockinjoe 4 years ago from Standing right behind you!

If it's a scam, I fell for it years back and I'm still profiting from it today!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

You certainly had an attention getting title! (Smile) HP is definitely not a scam and except for the hiccups caused by frequent Google algorithm changes...it is a steady source of income for those who put in some time and effort to create good articles. Definitely not a get rich quick scheme! Voted useful and sharing.


Mira22 4 years ago

Thanks for this information and some persective. When I first found the site I thought, "How cool! A place to write about my interests, and get real feedback, and the possibility to make money, score!" But then I started having doubts as the validity of the site. Unfortunately these days there are too many scams out there that makes most of us a little too untrusting. But now thanks to this perspective I am going to give it a try. If anything, it sounds cathartic.


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livingabroad 4 years ago from Wales, UK

Excellent analytical skills! I'm new here and am just getting into the swing of things. It's good to hear some logical, unbiased viewpoints about the place I find myself in most days recently! Voted up and interesting.


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janusramez 4 years ago from jogjakarta

hopefully it like that, because I just enjoy this media


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Nicely played. What a way to draw in the reader. :) Voted up. lol


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

Interesting read!


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cebutouristspot 4 years ago from Cebu

People who want instant cash. Are those people who are usually a victim of scam site.

You need to work to get paid.

Great job Brett. Sharing ...


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Trish_M 4 years ago from The English Midlands

Hi :)

Definitely not a scam!

It's a place for people, who enjoy writing and reading.

And youwe retain copyright over our writing. Some sites don't allow that and I consider that to be a bit iffy.


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truebluewriter 4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Hahaha the ol "Scam" on the title review type article. You got me with this one.


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

I agree with everything you say in this hub. I have found this site to be very beneficial to me. It depends on what you are lookiing for as you say. You get out of this site exactly what you put into it. I love it here also and enjoy the feedback. Good hub and I'm so glad to read it.


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JKenny 4 years ago from Birmingham, England

Hi Brett, a very clever article. You're totally right about perspective. Personally, I'm on hear to write and build a reputation, the money will hopefully come with the time and hard work.

I like this hub as well, because it serves as a subtle reminder to read the whole article before commenting. Great stuff. Voted up.


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

I must admit I'm still trying to figure out how HubPages works exactly, but I don't consider it a scam by any means. My personal sites perform 100 times better than my hubs as far as traffic, but the interaction just isn't there. Sometimes a writer wants to know what their reader thinks, more than they want traffic, that's what keeps bringing me back here. Great article voted up and funny.


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Felixedet2000 4 years ago from The Universe

This hub is simply wonderful and interesting, voted up. thanks for pulling my legs and helping me land safely though.


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sen.sush23 4 years ago from Kolkata, India

Brett, that was too smart of you. :) But you need not have given me a shock to get me to read your Hub! Ha, Ha..I love to read what you write anyway. Yeah, close on to two years, of which I have been active only for the last six months, and now addicted to this site, I know only too well why I come here. I love the comments of co-hubbers, and I love to read of all the interesting things they have to say. As I do not have an adsense, which had an earlier issue that I have yet to get resolved, I earn nothing from writing here. But I don't mind. Great hub, you put your finger just on the spot. Voted up and away.


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daskittlez69 4 years ago from midwest

This was a great article. You had me a little confused at first with your title ;) Thanks


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Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

Very nice hub - I too got caught by the title and sort of had the same initial reaction as Tammy S. LOL


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

I had to read this after seeing the title.. I had an uh-oh moment. :) With all the recent lack in security and constant theft of our work, I started to wonder this for myself. But, I guess defending our work comes with the territory. Very interesting!


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States

Yikes, Brett, your title is a shocker. Since you are the author, though, I knew that you'd bring balance in the article, which you did.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

When I first started here I was concerned about getting involved in too many writing sites. I was already writing for Xomba.com. However, once I got here I was hooked. It is definitely not a scam if you are looking to get your writing out there and read. However, if your promised millions and you come here - you definitely won't get what your looking for. Great straightforward hub with interesting viewpoints. I think a lot of people that come here need to realize this before they think this is a get rich quick scheme. It's not - it's hard work. Thanks for Sharing your thoughts!


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Melis Ann 4 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

I think there is enough evidence that there is no scam on HubPages. Although I am relatively new, I already see traffic increasing to my hubs and am seeing some income from them. Mostly, I appreciate the forum, community and format for creating hubs that I can easily share with friends, family and others that find my niche interesing.

Thanks for SHARING:)


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wheelinallover 4 years ago from Central United States

Brett.Tesol hub pages does have it's drawbacks from a corporate standpoint. We as a corporation pay taxes on our unpaid income quarterly. One thing we have learned is most places which are "Free" have very little value or none at all. I don't understand how anyone can call something they don't pay for a scam no matter how bad it is. I also realize now social sharing creates back links which increase search engine value and change placement of hubs on them. It is all about how we use what we have been given. Thanks for SHARING.


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Seek-n-Find 4 years ago from Illinois

Isn't it sad that there are so many scams out there that we even have to ask the question? I agree that perspective makes the difference--what is it you are looking for? HP is a great place to practice, to grow as a writer, to network, and to gather feedback to improve your articles. I've also made some pretty awesome friends through here, as well. Thanks for SHARING (and loved your "Sharing" Hub as well). :-)


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia Author

Cheers for all your comments! The title seems to have gotten a few people riled, but I think my review is fair lol. The key is in what you want, as to whether you love it here or not.


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pedrn44 4 years ago from New Berlin Wisconsin

I too wish I had more time (and talent) to wrute articles. I am truly enjoying my experience here. People are very supportive and there are so many great writers here. Thanks for sharing this hub:)


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rLcasaLme 4 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

HubPages is never a scam and will never be a scam. OMG! Why would anyone even think of that?

A scam is something that promises you to make money if you buy their product. They make money teaching you a pseudo effective way to make money. THAT is a scam.

I love HubPages!


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EclecticFusion 4 years ago from Tennessee

I've only been here a little over two weeks and I absolutely love it! I found HubPages through a friend of a friend. He said he made a "couple hundred" per month after he'd been here for a couple of years. I like the idea of making money, but I really love the idea of sharing my work and getting feedback. Everyone is friendly and offers encouragement to each other. HubPages is definitely not a scam!

Thanks for SHARING!


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Hi Brett. Hubpages is not a get rich quick scheme and it's not a scam as you rightly point out. Making money takes sincere, sustained effort and those who stay make hay.

Nice write.


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

I love it here, too. It's been a great experience! No, I'm not raking in millions (hehe), but it's nice to see that my numbers go up every day. Anything worth doing takes a lot of elbow grease and effort. :)


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Meisjunk 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Great hub! I see the money I earn going up all the time. It's still infinitesimal compared to a 9 to 5 job, and I've been on here for 11 months, but at the rate I'm going, who knows how much money I'll make each month this time next year? Definitely not a scam; just not a "get rich quick" scheme.

Also, love the title! You got my attention right away. (I definitely cursed you out before I clicked on the link LOL.)


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ytsenoh 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

Great title. Got my attention. Thanks for the explanation.


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

My first question when I found HubPages was whether or not it was a scam. I wish I had seen this or something similar when I first started. Great hub. Thanks for SHARING.


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia Author

Hi David Legg 7,

LOL ... nope, not been converted yet. Many actually believe this site to be a scam, but as I wrote, I believe this to be more about 'dream like' wants than the reality, many just expect instant online incomes.


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David Legg 7 4 years ago from Trout Paradise, Colorado

Wow Brett! I thought you had gone over to the dark side. Ha ha... just kidding. I didnt't even know there was a site called hubpage.com until you cited it. I guess I just haven't gotten caught by that typo net yet.

At least now if someone suggests the word scam when I'm talking about hubpages, I'll know what they are talking about. Thanks for sharing.

David


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia Author

Hi Pearsonm,

LOL ... yep, the title is to intrigue, but as you said, I have also tried to look at the sight from both sides of the fence. To some it would be considered a scam, but for most I think they enjoy it here and find other things than just chasing the dollars.


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pearsonm 4 years ago from United States

A great article! I really like how you didn't approach it in a biased way. I must admit, your title got me to read it. Nice hook.


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia Author

@ Giselle Maine ... I think that you have the right attitude. If you approach it as a hobby, you will enjoy it more and then if you make money, it is a nice bonus!

@ Molometer ... Thanks, I was actually surprised to find that there are many people concerned that this site is a scam, so thought I'd do an honest review.

@ Graceomalley ... wow, biggest comment so far. I agree that it is mainly about priorities of how you use and view this site. However, it doesn't hurt to combine fun writing with a few money making articles ... just don't expect immediate results.

@ J.S.Matthew ... I think it is great too, but wanted to show both sides of the argument. You are right though, most that are after only money do drop out after only a few months.

@ Xenonlit ... the pay is bad to start with, however it does pick up over time. As a place for sharing though, I haven't found better!


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia Author

Hi Snurre,

I agree completely. As long as your goal isn't a quick income, it really is an incredible website. I'm enjoying it and certainly plan to stick around.


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Xenonlit 4 years ago

This is a good place to write, even if the pay is sick. The writing platform, help and forums are good. Doing photos is a snap. Even though I've been registered for two years, I just started writing a couple of months ago. Voted useful.


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia Author

Hi Pamela N Red,

Thanks for stopping by. Glad you are sticking around too, I really enjoy it here!


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

You tell it like it is Brett! Users can judge HubPages based on the balance between their priorities and personal experiences. This is definitely not a "get rich quick" scheme. It takes time and effort, and a whole lot of work! I think most people who are not serious quit within the first 1-3 months. This is a great place to read, write and share opinions and ideas, and make some money. I plan on building an empire! I have to say, I have not found another site quite like HubPages. I'm not going anywhere! Nice job. Voting up and sharing.

JSMatthew~


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graceomalley 4 years ago

It all depends on what you want. As a get rich quick scheme, HP would be unlikely to work, but they would have to tell you that you would make lots of money to qualify as a scam. To make dependable money online, write for one of those sites that pay by the article up front - the down side is they pay a few dollars per article, and the topics are mindnumbingly dull. (I made $7.15 once on an article about the many different ways to use wallpaper. By the time I was done i wanted to wrap my head in wallpaper.)

HP in contrast is fun, you can write reams about your favorite obsessions, and start cool conversations with fascinating people you would not have met otherwise. It's a fact of life that really fun jobs don't pay amazing well - so there's your answer really. Do your fun writing, have a blast, maybe make a little money, probably not a lot. Or do the drudgework of wallpaper articles, and get some guarenteed money. Take your pick.


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia Author

Hey Alocsin,

I agree, it all depends on your reasons for joining the website as to your viewpoint, but I am definitely on your side! Thanks for the votes.


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molometer 4 years ago

Nice one Brett, great hub and very informative too.

hubpages is vindicated lol

Voted up


Giselle Maine 4 years ago

The title definitely intrigued me! I concur that Hubpages is a legit site, but I agree with you that it's not one where someone could make money quickly. From my point of view, Hubpages is just a fun hobby. Frankly, I don't make enough from it to be able to consider it anything else, and if I do need to earn money then I find that any job work (part-time, full-time or even just odd jobs) gives more money earned per hour worked. That's just from my experiences. I know there are some hubbers that are making quite a lot... but I'm not one of them! I think if someone is looking to write on Hubpages then they can rest assured it's not a scam... but like you said it can take a really long time to earn anything. Right now for me it's a hobby.


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Snurre 4 years ago

You are right - a lot of people say HubPages is a scam because they want to earn hundreds of dollars in a day. I love HubPages and I think it's the best-paying writing website in terms of residual income.

Voted up and useful.


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Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma

I hadn't heard of the other website you mentioned. I love it here and plan to stay for a while.


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia Author

Hi GoGreenTips,

Thanks for reading. I tried to make it a fair review. I too wish I had more time, but plan to get more done over the next few weeks.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

No, Brett, I don't think it's a scam -- I think it's an effective way to get your articles published with illustrations, links and ads, without going through the hassle of setting up your own website each time. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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GoGreenTips 4 years ago from Indianapolis

I love it here! Just wish I had more time to write articles. Great unbiased balanced viewpoint.

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