How I Earn a Passive Income on Hubpages
I am one of the HubPages writers who has successfully reached the payout threshold and maintained enough traffic to continue to receive income from HubPages and Google Adsense each month. This Hub is in response to a question asked by Building an Architect. She asked "Do you think what you earn on HP is worth the effort?"
Short answer: Yes, it is worth the effort. At the end of each month, I get paid for work that I did months and even years previous. It just keeps rolling in, even if I don't add any new Hubs or do any marketing. Outside of the money, I enjoy checking my Google Adsense account on my phone to see my traffic and click through rates. It is extremely satisfying to see that on a daily basis, people are finding my Hubs and reading them. I also enjoy coming up with possible new directions that I could go on HubPages to increase my monthly revenue.
Keep reading for the long (and hopefully more anecdotally interesting) answer.
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How I Started
I started with the idea of blogging for money. There were/are a ton of articles online about how to make money with a blog...and they all basically say the same thing. Write something relevant that people want to read and learn how to get it ranked up in Google. After reading that about 100 times, I tried my hand a few blogs that failed miserably (mostly because I had nothing to say and didn't keep up with them). It was fun to try new things and I was writing, so I was having fun but the money wasn't exactly rolling in.
When I found HubPages, I was excited at the prospect of creating articles that didn't require the upkeep and maintenance of a regular blog. I read everything I could possibly find on how to write on this website and actually make money by posting articles. I've spent hours upon hours reading articles about SEO, keywords, ad placement, and niche writing. I've even stalked some of the Hubbers who seem to actually be making money through their writing and read nearly all of their Hubs. I spent hours thinking about what I would write and how I would market it and how much money each of my brilliant Hubs would make me...
I spent so much time counting the money that I hadn't made that I forgot to actually write anything.
My First Hub
I wrote a Hub that was basically just a list of 99 Awesome Fantasy Football Team Names. I created that Hub in October of 2010, which was smack in the middle of football season. Basically, everyone had already named their team for the year, so no one was searching for the keywords "Fantasy Football team names." I didn't think much of it and tried my hand at writing a couple other Hubs about different topics. Some months went by and when my buddies and I started talking about Fantasy Football again, I went back and did some Google searches to see where my Hub ranked. I was surprised to see that it had actually ranked up well and was showing up on the first page of quite a few different keyword searches.
Once football season started up, I saw a huge increase in traffic to that single Hub. To this day, it is my most successful Hub on HubPages.
- Dragons of Atlantis Guide
My Dragons of Atlantis blog.
Dragons of Atlantis Blog
Around the same time that I started on HubPages, I created a blog about the Facebook game, Dragons of Atlantis. My first post was on October 7, 2010. I posted about the game for a while and built up a decent amount of content. I was conscious of using keywords that I thought players might be searching for like terms used in the game, names of items in the game, and words like "guide" and "tips" and "hints." After a while I got bored with the game and stopped blogging about it.
I had set up some Google Adsense ads on the blog in the hopes that I would actually earn a little money from the blog. After a few months of nearly no traffic, I almost gave up on the blog. Then slowly, I started seeing a click every few days and a few cents were showing up in my Adsense account. I checked a few keywords and my blog was slowly ranking up and showing up on the first few pages of Google searches about the game.
When I realized that I was getting traffic to the blog, I decided to start writing guides on HubPages. Now I have around 15 guides on HubPages that get traffic from Google, my blog, and from links that I included in each guide that link all of my Dragons of Atlantis Hubs together. I never duplicate content between my blog and HubPages, but I will make a post on my blog when I write a new guide.
Why Passive Income from HubPages is Awesome
What I enjoy most about writing on HubPages is that if I put together a quality group of Hubs, they continue to make money while I am not even thinking about them. I currently work two jobs, work out, spend time going to baseball and football games, and spend a lot of time with friends. Because I've done my research and/or gotten lucky with some of the topics that I have chose to write about, I can not write a single Hub for a few months and still get a payout at the end of the month. I am honestly going to put forth an effort to continue to increase my earnings here at HubPages, but if I decided to never write again, the Hubs that I have already published would continue to earn me passive income. There is just something awesome about that.
Basically, I followed all of the advice that I received from fellow Hubbers and slowly built a steady stream of passive income for myself. Granted, I am not quitting my day job to live off of money I'm earning from a video game guide blog and a few guides on HubPages, but I am reaching payout each month and enjoying a little extra cash to pay bills, do something extra, or just put some money in the bank. Here are a few of the main points that I have learned during my time here at HubPages.
- Getting organic traffic takes time. It took almost a year for my most successful Hub to start getting decent traffic.
- Writing several Hubs in the same niche is key. Once I had success from my Dragons of Atlantis blog, I built on that success by driving traffic from my blog to my Hubs. When someone visits one of my Dragons of Atlantis Hubs, they generally read a few of them. They click around the site and sometimes even go back to my blog for further reading. So out of one person, I'm getting 5-10 views per visit.
- Passive income is the best kind of income. Once a Hub is published and starts to get organic traffic, you really don't have to do much for it to continue earning you income. If the quality is good, your readers will link to your Hub on Facebook, Twitter, their blogs and websites, and basically build back links for you, which helps keep your Google rank up. Right now, if I didn't write any more Hubs for the rest of my life, I would be earning income from the pages that I have for years to come. I already put the work in and each day, my Hubs become more and more valuable.
If you have any questions about HubPages or writing online, feel free to contact me through HubPages. I check the site nearly every day, so please do not hesitate to get in touch!
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