Earnings Report -- Which Pays More: Google Adsense or the Hubpages Ad Program?


© 2012 by Aurelio Locsin.

Aside from the Ebay and Amazon affiliate programs, the primary source of income for most hubbers comes from ads produced by either HubPages or Google Adsense. I was curious as to which program would generate the most income so I conducted an experiment.

Program Differences

I turned the HubPages Ad Program off in April 2012 to see what would happen. (This was many months after the Google Panda update that disrupted the earnings of so many.)

  • All the ads came from Google Adsense and occupied only four positions of my hub.
  • Three of the positions were the same as in the HubPages Ad Program: the top header, the top of the right sidebar and the first ad space in the content area. The fourth space at the bottom of the left content area was also the same, although this was smaller than the HubPages version.
  • Missing were two ads in the middle of the left content area and the bottom of the right sidebar.


The table reveals the results from March, with the HubPages Ad Program turned on, and April, with the HubPages Ad Program turned off. I’m including Ebay Revenue earnings as additional information. I only added two more hubs in April, so the number of views would remain the same.

(click column header to sort results)
March 2012 (HubPages)  
April 2012 (Adsense)  
HubPages Views
Adsense Views
HubPages Ads
Adsense Ads
Ebay Revenue
Total Revenue

According to HubPages, my page views went down in April, which was to be expected because of the lack of new articles. However, according to Adsense, my page views actually went up, which I cannot figure out.


My earnings in March were nearly 65 percent more than the earnings in April, primarily because of the HubPages Ad Program income.

  • HubPages offers a strong advantage in paying by the number of views. Even if a visitor stays on a hub for just a few seconds, he generates some income. I consistently earned from $3 to $6 dollars a day with the HubPages program turned on.
  • Google Adsense pays only if someone clicks an ad. That means even if you have thousands of visitors, you don’t get a penny if they don’t click anything. There were many days without any income. Note that even with the HubPages Program turned off, it still paid me almost $7 for the month.

The bottom line is that the HubPages Ad Program pays far more than Google Adsense by itself.

So I’m going to keep the HubPages Ad program turned on from now on.


Let me clarify a couple of points that seem to be causing some confusion:

  • The HubPages Ad Program does pay when somebody clicks on an ad, but most of the income comes from views. I'm estimating $4 - $5 per thousand impressions on my hubs.
  • Google Adsense also pays for impressions but on the order of a penny or two for several thousand views. Most of the income is in the clicks. I can't say the amount of money per click because that would violate Adsense terms of service.

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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi, are you saying that even if someone just clicks on the page, hubpages pays for that click? I thought that both hubpages and google only paid by clicking on the ads? now I am confused! lol! great idea to do though, voted up and shared! nell

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chaturrajneesh 4 years ago from India

Nice analysis. But you wrote that as per hubpages pageviews went down (because of lack of new articles), but as per adsense it increased. Does it mean that Hubpages intentionally ignores your pageviews if you are not actively posting new hubs.

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iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

I am glad you brought all of this to our attention! I am a little confused on the whole thing! I am glad you are writing again!

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teaches12345 4 years ago

Thanks for sharing this information. Your research shows interesting results and good feedback on hubpage ad results. It would seem that hubpages benefits your article interest in the long run. It is good to know that someone just viewing a page will produce some revenue. Voted up.

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way2workfromhome 4 years ago

Thanks for sharing your earning stats. How do you promote your articles, because your stats shows you are getting very high traffic. Do you use any seo service to promote your hub?

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Not at all, chaturrajneesh. A certain amount of pageviews come because of new articles. If there are no new articles, then those pageviews won't come and the page impressions goes down. Does that make sense?

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

I'm saying, Nell Rose, that if someone looks at your hub, you get a small amount from HubPages Ad program but nothing from Adsense. To earn money from Google Adsense, someone has to actually click on an ad. And yes, you do get some money from a HubPages Ad click as well. Does that make sense?

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supermom_in_ny 4 years ago from NY

Another excellent hub. I ran a similar experiment. Will share results soon. ;)

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algarveview 4 years ago from Algarve, Portugal

Very interesting hub, it is really useful to clarify a bit the difference between the two, I wasn't quite sure how it worked... Voted up, useful and sharing! Have a great day, Alocsin!

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jaswinder64 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada.

Very informative article. There is lot to learn through your experiences, because I am new to HubPages.

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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Well that is interesting. It is particularly interesting to me because despite the fact that I've increased my daily average of traffic...my ad program earnings aren't really increasing the way that I think they should.

It is steady though, and literally, I couldn't stand the days I ran adsense.

I'd make fifteen bucks one day - and then not a penny for the next two weeks....I think I prefer steady.

I write some on info barrel - and over there is where I'm doing the adsense gambling bit.

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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

This was very interesting. I have read that some people turned off the ad program and wondered if it was worth it as I get very little Adsense revenue, but from this it’s clear that it’s not worth it. I didn’t realise clicks on the Ad program brought extra cash, but that explains why my payments don’t go up and down exactly as the views do.

I’m so glad to be able to learn from you - thanks for sharing your expertise!

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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

hi alocsin,

you are the guru of all this program since; i am always enlightened by your informative hubs.

i just activated my adsense program and so far under statistics i see a 50cent increase on a daily basis. i am assuming this 50 cents per day includes income derived from clicks of hubpages and adsense?

also, they renew it every month...so, what happened to the previous month's income? does it get transferred to paypal account or at the year end, they send in the total bulk amount?

thanks in anticipation!!

this information/hub should be shared across and i am giving many votes!

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Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma

Interesting. I didn't know that HubPages paid per view and not only by click.

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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi alocsin,

I have never run the experiment but from what you said and others who have done the same thing, I believe that the HubPages income + Google Adsense is the way to go. I'll continue to do that unless things change dramatically. Thanks! Up votes and SHARED.

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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Well this is very interesting--now I need to look more closely at my earnings

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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Great hub, alocsin!! I know so many are curious about these things. Congratulations on so many pageviews, too. :) Voting up/I/U and sharing. :)

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mollymeadows 4 years ago from The Shire

Thank you Alocsin, for sharing what you learned. I'm new to the business side of this and appreciate any help I can get!

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Trinity M 4 years ago

Very interesting hub. Thanks for the great info once again... keep it coming! :)

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StephanieBCrosby 4 years ago from New Jersey

Thanks for this analysis of your own earnings. It's great that you have done your own research about what works. Thanks for sharing.

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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

This was very interesting, thank you for conducting your experiment and for sharing the results with the rest of us. I gave it a vote up, useful, and shared.

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Lauryallan 4 years ago

Alocsin, great hub as I was wondering this exact question myself!!

When you say you don't understand why your Adsense views increased, I think it might be because when you switched to Adsense only, many more of the ads changed to Adsense ads, instead of HP ads. This would have increased the number of impressions you'd get on Adsense ads. And since your adsense views is almost 60% of your total views for April (15215/26000) x 100 this would make sense, as HP had the other 40% of the views/ads.

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internetgeek 4 years ago from Hyderabad, India.

Wow! This is really interesting and useful Hub. You have enlighten the doubts and confusions regarding these Ad programs. Hubpages pays through CPM (Cost Per Thousand) views and Google Adsense pays through CPC (Cost Per Click). Thus Hubbers who have a lot of traffic to their Hubs will earn some good revenue, because they will get paid for the visits. And to actually generate revenue form Google Adsense you need clicks on Ads that are placed in your Hubs.

Thanks for sharing and voted up !

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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

HubPages ad program still the best for me. But unfortunately after the google penguin my hub traffic drop down until 70%. It's affected to earning of HubPages ads program. I hope my hub traffic back to normal soon. Thank you very much. Take care and success for you!


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Cliff Mendrez 4 years ago from Philippines

I just want to say that each hubber should conduct a test of their own to determine which program works best for them. The results will highly depend on the topics you write about and the type of traffic you get. For instance, if you get less than 1k views but those are targeted traffic, you are likely to see your adsense earnings go up.

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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

Alocsin, this is very informative. As I had just asked this question in the forum, I was thrilled to see such a complete answer. Congrats on all your page views! Voted up and across the board, except funny and beautiful.

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

No SEO services at all, way2workfromhome. And I know hubbers who get double the traffic or more that I do. But some of the strategies I use are laid out in the hubs indexed here:


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Excellent, supermom_in_ny. Looking forward to your results. Do me a favor though -- if I don't read it on my own, please PM when you publish it. Curious to see what your results say.

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

I wish I knew the answers, Wesman Todd Shaw. I think the HubPages Ad Program is more consistent than Adsense.

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Yes, Ruchira, the total includes HubPages and Adsense. And don't worry if you don't reach the payment threshhold. Your earnings carry over from month to month until you do.

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Makes sense, Lauryallan. Thanks for the clarification.

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Sorry to hear about that income drop, prasetio. Unfortunately, that happened to a lot hubbers.

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Wise words, Cliff Mendrez. I also agree that all hubbers should try this experiment out.

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

I actually posted this hub in response to a question, vespawoolf.

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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

This really helps clarify the system for me. Since I started I have been using the Hubpage ad system. I think it is good to get a little from each view. This is helpful and awesome!

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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Thanks for the comparison. My Adsense is picking up some, but nowhere close to the amount of revenue generated through the HubPages program. Great hub. Thank you! Very useful. Awesome, too! Voted up and sharing!

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Jessi10 4 years ago from Lancaster, CA

I actually earn much more through the hub Ad program than from Adsense alone. From the views that I get each month (3000 to 5000) I actually make a few HUNDRED each month, without fail. I would love to talk to you and compare notes.. If you are gathering much more traffic than me, than you should be earning much more from my calculations..

This is definitely a very interesting hub. I think it does go to show that Hubpages is really a different experience for everyone..

Voted up and sharing!

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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I'm so glad I read this Hub. I was thinking of doing the same experiment: now I won't have to. I've been using HP Ad program all along. Thanks for this. I'll vote this UP, etc,

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Lorne Hemmerling 4 years ago from Oshawa

Great Hub!!!! I am still trying to figure the whole thing out. This helped a lot.

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Turtlewoman 4 years ago from California

Hi Alocsin, you've done a great experiment and provided a helpful hub. I've been told that Hubpages ads yield far more earnings than Adsense and it's nice to have someone back it up with actual numbers. Thanks for sharing! Congrats on the nunumber of views too!

Jessi10, I was wondering with 3000-5000k views per month, how are you earning a few hundred dollars from Hubpages ads, when they pay based on views and not clicks? Am I missing something here? Does it have anything to do with the topic you choose to write about? Did you mean 30,000-50,000K views? I also emailed you. I would love to learn more about your techniques! :-)

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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA

Thanks for this information. I've been tempted to try the experiment myself. You've saved me the time and lost money.

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Jessi10 4 years ago from Lancaster, CA

Turtlewoman: You know I was also thinking the SAME thing. How does the earnings differ from hubber to hubber. Personally I earn between $1- $1.50 for every 300 views. That means that for every 1200 views I make approximately $4- $5 bucks.. The last few weeks, Including this week, My earnings have rose slightly seeing as how my CPM is higher (5.80- 7.10) I'm thinking that its the topics I choose to write about, and the amount of links I put on my hubs..

I'll look at my E-mail and talk to you more..

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supermom_in_ny 4 years ago from NY

@Jessi10 I was wondering the same thing because my traffic was significantly less than alocsin and it seems that I earned more. You definitely earned more than me. We write on a lot of the same topics. However, I have 35 hubs total. You have 105 and alocsin has 247. I am also curious if the destination the traffic comes from plays a role. Most of mine comes from google and search engines. Email me. I'd love to compare notes and stats. ;)

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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Ack there is so much to learn about! Just when I think I have the ads programs figured out there is more to learn.. I will have to reread!

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Kaili Bisson 4 years ago from Canada

Hi alocsin...great analysis. I am a newbie and was turned down by AdSense (for now); I'm sure that has to do with the fact that I am a newbie and not much content yet. Question for you...can I get paid by HubPages Ad Program before I am authorized by Google? i.e. am I earning now automatically from HubPages even though I only have 3 hubs so far? Sorry if that seems like a dumb question :-) I tried to sign up for HP Ad Program but it seemed to me that is was somehow linked to Google AdSense?

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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City

Intense stats hub here, thanks for letting us know this useful info, and in such informative details. I will never turn off any income streams, because boy do I need every red cent I can sum up here, LOL. I admire your courage here to test the good ole number crunching systems out here.

Good on you Alocsin, and it is definitely a tough conversion rate to earn from numbers of views for sure no matter the methods. I'm just closing in on $75 total myself, as a intensely active hub writer, so boy do I know its tough, with 150+ hubs and counting, but you know I'm really not here for the numbers.

I'm actually here for the fan base, the community, and to help others worldwide pretty much with useful information I can muster up.

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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Hi, check your email, please.

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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

Very interesting experiment! I've wondered about the comparison, as we all have, I assume. Thanks for giving us a look at the difference!

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Poetic Fool 4 years ago

Thanks, Aurelio! This is some really useful information. I have been ready to turn off Adsense on my hubs for some time now and this will probably do it. Since the Panda update my Adsense income has been almost non-existent. Thanks for sharing the benefits of your experiment with us.

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Your hubs are always so instructional and helpful. I love reading them and learning.

I'm having trouble with my Google Analytics, I have to list every hub myself.

Voted this hub up, useful and interesting.

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

I sent you a message, Jessi10.

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Email me as well supermom_in_ny and maybe we can compare notes. Although you're already seeing all my stats, so I'm not sure I can add more to the discussion.

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mts1098 4 years ago from InsideTheManCave

Interesting...so even when a hub is not published I see views which leads me to think HP is pre generating views. The other part that I wonder about is the benefit of leaving "This Hub may be considered commercial" checked for all hubs...what are your thoughts?

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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Alocsin, another great quality article with interesting stats my friend. Very interested at everyone's comments. My CPM is usually $2.70-$3.70. I thought everyone's was the same. I didn't know it went that high. Very interesting.

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Made 4 years ago from Finland

Thank you for sharing this information alocsin. You always do your best to support other hubbers. It's a really interesting hub. Voted up and shared!

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Yes, Kaili, I believe you are automatically enrolled in HubPages and will earn from there regardless of your status with Google. Try again with Google when you have more content.

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

That's great that you've earned that much, CloudExplorer. Keep up the good work.

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Yup, I got it and responded, mary615.

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

I'm glad you found it helpful, Poetic Fool. HubPages is really the bigger payer here.

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

It also goes a lot lower than that, thelyricwriter. I know because sometimes my CPM drops to zero.

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Not sure what that really means, mts1098, but I believe that has to be checked if you want kind of affiliate earnings at all.

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hhelen 4 years ago

Thank @alocsin for the kind words. Yes, what matters here is the quality of one's hub. I have only 10 hubs which are highly targeted, and have seen my CPM increasing steadily.

People should at least focus on writing good quality content.

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Excellent advice, hhelen. Good contents is what ultimately attracts people.

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Annette R. Smith 4 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

Hello, alocsin. I've considered conducting this experiment with my own hubs. Thank you for sharing your findings with us.

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Good luck, Annette. Thanks for stopping by.

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shrubber 4 years ago from USA

Thanks for this info...Will be very useful.

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

Aurelio, this is interesting. I too find the same trend. Thanks for sharing some vital and useful info.

By the way, Kaili's assumption that Hubpages Ad program is linked to Google's Adsense is true. One does not get paid for Hubpages Ads if one is not approved for Adsense.

Voted up, useful and interesting.

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derma 4 years ago

interesting research.. i guess i should join ad program from hubpages..

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Is that true, rajan? I remember reading somewhere about someone wondering why she was getting money from HubPages ads when she hadn't been approved for Adsense. Unfortunately, I can't test this out firsthand since I'm already approved for Adsense.

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

This has been my personal experience. I'm approved for adsense now though not the first time. It helps to keep on writing quality hubs and I'm sure Kalli will get accepted into the Adsense program eventually if she keeps publishing hubs regularly. Google needs writers who are serious and committed and writing good stuff regularly is important to it.

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Good luck, rajan jolly. Maybe you can write a hub about your eventual experiences with adsense.

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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

Interesting to see the numbers really put down. Now I am curious... because even with the hubpages ad program on.. you still earn from adsense as well... I believe anyway. So, beign that you are also making more from hubpages, it is kind of a double edged money making sword! I too noticed an increase when I turned on the Hubpages ad program. In fact, I am glad they added it because otherwise I really would have been discouraged! :) Interesting article! Thanks for sharing your stats!

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LisaMarie724 4 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

I'm glad you wrote this because a lot of people are confused about this. I only joined the Hubpages program 2 months ago and I have noticed a huge increase in the money I am earning. I am so glad that Hubpages did this for us :)

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truebluewriter 4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Great article. I was just curious about the state of your hubs right now.

I just experienced a massive drop in traffic a couple of days ago(down to 15-20 a day from 3++ on about 32 hubs) and I believe a couple of other hubbers experienced the same thing.

How are yours doing? Did you experience a shift in traffic numbers the past week?

Seeing as you have a lot of hubs, I'm trying to determine if the drop in traffic might have been an algorithm update (i think) being implemented on the whole account of a hubber, thus across the board on all hubs, or on individual pages/hubs.

I'm trying to determine what the best way is to move forward given what happened to me so I'm trying to gather data.

Hope you can help, thanks.

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Jhangora 4 years ago from Dehradun

Thanx a lot for sharing this information. There are lots of variables as far as making money on the Internet is concerned. I have found out that working on my own sites and blogs works better for me. However, I did opt in for the Hubpages ad program in April last year and would be receiving my first payment next month :)

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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

HP's ad program, hands down! I signed up for AdSense about a year ago, and have yet to reach their payout threshhold, whereas I've now received 2 payouts from HP.

Amazon is a real "why bother" program for me; I have earned zero, zip, zilch from them.

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moonlake 4 years ago from America

So much good information. I really didn't know how HP ad program worked. Amazon I don't bother to put their ads on my hubs. I have never earned one cent from them. Voted Up thanks for doing this hub.

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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

This is good to know. Thanks, Alocsin. I am still pretty much in the dark as far as the money on Hubpages goes.I will stick with the HP earnings program.

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Lady Guinevere 4 years ago from West By God

I did an analysis too a few weeks ago and google pay very little but HP ads are paying me more and that is where I am making my money.

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DanaTeresa 4 years ago from Ohio

Great information and very clearly presented. Thank you... I am plugging along at only about 10 cents per day, but I am growing as a write and enjoying the journey. With more work and more time perhaps I will start earning enough for my daily cup of coffee :)

voted up and useful!

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molometer 4 years ago

Great experiment Aurelio,

This hubs contains excellent information and the comments have shown the variation from hubber to hubber.

Personally I keep all ad programs on and use eBAy and Amazon too. I actually get a few sales on these streams which is useful. Not so much from Amazon as I can recall but definitely sales on eBay.

I think you are right on which pays more, Google Adsense or the Hubpages Ad Program. Definitely hubpages.

Voted up and sharing.

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Maybe, truebluewriter, but I'm not aware of any update. My numbers have remained constant and if anything, my income has gone up by about 20% in the past week, even though I haven't really been adding articles.

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Keep at it, DanaTeresa, and your income should grow.

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

I'm glad that's working out for you, LisaMarie724.

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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

I keep taking big hits myself. By the time I rebound and get a few more, I take another hit. Every since the end of April, my stats have been up and down. No constant views for the most part.

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Adsense clicking can be very hit or miss, as you've discovered napetv. A lot of folks are exploring affiliate marketing (selling stuff on your website, such as with our Amazon affiliate marketing) as a better way to make money.

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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Thailand

What a great experiment and interesting results! I agree that the Hubpages program tends to work better, so long as you are getting views. I guess there are some niche markets where you may ear better with adsense, but overall I think the Hubpages program works better for me.

Many marketers charge for impressions, I kind of wish adsense would do the same, as this inspires advertisers to put efforts into creating beautiful and effective adverts.

Shared, up, interesting and awesome.

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BabyCheetah 4 years ago from Melbourne

I like the Hubpages ad program since I'm actually making something with it. I hardly ever get clicks so getting something for the views is good for me even though it's not much either :)

Thanks for the informative hub :)

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adomcruze 4 years ago


its quite up to the content and promotion.

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TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

This was great as I really get confused about these two programs. I did a little experiment of my own awhile back. I removed all affiliate ads (ebay and amazon) from every hub. My earnings went up dramatically (for me!) and in a few days I'll have reached my first payout threshold. I was making nothing from Amazon and only a small amount from Ebay and felt Google didn't like seeing those ads on my site (my views also increased quite a bit). I doubt I'll ever reach the Adsense threshold, but now that I know Adsense and Hub programs are linked, I'll just keep things as they are. I know you use tons of affiliate advertising on your hubs, so they must work for you. Me? I'm just schlepping along the best I can. Thanks so much for this one.

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wheelinallover 4 years ago from Central United States

I have been using the hub pages and adsense starting as soon as the hub pages program became available. I immediately saw an increase in my monthly earnings on both. I don't have time to write a lot of hubs so have to maximize the few I do have. In the end matching quality content to ads makes a difference. Sharing in our facebook group "Optimization Land".

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Congrats on your first payout, TIMETRAVELER2!

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Alocsin, I am clueless when it comes to earnings and I only make about $25 a month at the moment. I am happy to just leave both simply because I don't have a clue about ads, making money etc. This hub at least gave me some idea about the ads and what might work best once I get better at this hub pages game. Well done you on your website by the way! :o)

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Hang in there and keep writing, Jools99 and eventually your earnings will go up.

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Mellonyy 4 years ago

Excellent and informative hub! This is exactly what I was looking for. Shared it!

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Congratulations on these achievement napetv!

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DrivingPeace 4 years ago from Montana

Dude, you are a total master Hubber! Thank you for this valuable info and I'm going to read more of your Hubs to learn how to maximize hubbing profits!

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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

I decided it was time to re-read this hub now that I've been with HP for 8 months and am beginning to better understand some things. I wonder how HP calculates pay? I've always used HP Ad Program but have been surprised to see that lately my AdSense earnings are adding up as well. I had considered turning of my HP Ad Program as an experiment, but after reading this information I'm going to stay with HP. Thanks for sharing your experiment with us. Voted up and shared!

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Vespawolf, I tried this experiment again and noticed that my Adsense earnings were even lower than the first time. So I'm sticking with the HP Ad Program.

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BuffyGirl 4 years ago

Thank you very much for this information. I was googling all over for it yesterday when choosing my settings and couldn't find it and today found it through a link at the bottom of another hub.

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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi alocsin,

I came back to see if anything much had changed since I read this a good 4 months ago. I'm still getting HP payouts but it is taking forever to build up for an Adsense payout. I am cutting out more of the Amazon capsules or at least cutting back on them. So far not much of an effect noticed.

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

I do sell Amazon books on occasion, Peggy, but the problem is that the royalties are so small. Still, the few dollars it brings in is nice.

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ignugent17 4 years ago

Thanks for the information. It is really helpful.

Have a good day! :-)

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Jordanwalker39 4 years ago from GA

great hub! I haven't earned enough to really dive into this yet but will one day.

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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Thailand

I came back to this, as I was considering whether or not to switch to Adsense, or stay with the Hubpages ad program. I think if I could control the theme, I may switch to adsense, as it can pay well. However, as it stands, most if the income on Hubpages is with views and occasional clicks too.

Sharing once more, as this was a worthwhile experiment.

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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Most of my income comes from the HubPages ad program. I earned my first payout from HubPages in 5 months. Now I have been here a year and still not earned a payout from Adsense. I have earned a little through EBay and no payout yet from Amazon, but I will just keep on keepin on. This is very interesting information, voting this up and useful. Have a wonderful day! :)

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dwachira 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

Hi alocsin,

You experiment up there was up to the point, i have already earned the first Hubpages payout and that was all because of the HP Ad program. Up to now i have not yet hit $10 with the Google AdSense and i would believe your test is very correct. Thanks for providing us with this valuable information. Voted up.

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Bettyoverstreet10 4 years ago from Vacaville, Ca.

I am new to HP and really appreciate you taking the time to work up this info for us. One question-I notice you have several items advertised with an Amazon capsule on this hub. Are you receiving anything from the Amazon capsules? I know that some items have been purchased by a hubber off some of my hubs but nothing has appeared on my Amazon report page.

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Bettyoverstreet10, I've made a total of $30.51 from Amazon since I started at HP, so I don't get a lot from it.. Some hubbers do make more, though I'm not sure how they manage it.

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rumintasari 4 years ago from Sleman

Interesting report you share here. I haven't put any ads on my hubs, not really my intention with hubpages, but maybe I'll turn it on in the future. Voted!

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tamarawilhite 3 years ago from Fort Worth, Texas

Thank you for the analysis, very useful. Voted up.

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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Aurelio, just came back to see if you gave this trial a second shot? Do you still feel keeping Hubpages Ad program on gives more earnings than Adsense? Why do you think you earned money from Hubpages Ads when their ad program was off?

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alocsin 3 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

No, rajan jolly, I didn't give it a second shot because the results were relatively conclusive before. I have no idea why the ads kept earning, unfortunately, since I'm not privy to those workings.

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Millionaire Tips 3 years ago from USA

This is really interesting Aurelio. I read this hub close to the time you published, but didn't get a chance to comment. I was originally thinking that HP ads would be a better choice for new hubbers who didn't get a lot of visits from search engines, but over time, as they get more visits from search engines, and people who click, that Adsense would be a better option. Your results show that that is not the case. At this point, I'm not sure I can think of a scenario that Adsense would be a better option, unless somehow they can get more clicks.

P.S. I wonder if those HP ads monies were from referral links.

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Tiffany Latte 2 years ago from USA

You are still going strong. Just checking in on a fellow writer.

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knowledge-seeker 2 years ago

so helpful information especially for a newbiee here. thanks for sharing all this information. flourish my friend!

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joedolphin88 2 years ago from north miami FL

Great article for all use hub writers to reads thank you for the information, I will reference this hub.

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