How Many Hubs Do You Need to Make a Good Income?


While it is certainly possible to make a lucrative second income – or primary income – writing online with Hubpages or similar affiliate writing programs, the question is not, “How many do I need?” Instead, it’s a question of what kind of mix you need in order to achieve your objective. The internet is a vast network containing literally billions of pieces of information, so one of the key factors is producing information that people actually want, and getting it to the right people who really do want it.

Setting goals, expectation and direction with Hubpages hubs

Let’s start with some very basic concepts. First of all, you need to create both long-term and short-term earnings goals for yourself. As you go along, these will let you know if you’re living up to your own expectations of success, and let you know if what you’re currently doing will get you there or if you need to make some drastic changes.

Content Rich: Writing Your Way to Wealth on the Web
Content Rich: Writing Your Way to Wealth on the Web

It is possible to earn a lot of money on the internet with your content. First, you need to understand how to create useful pieces that can be found in the vast expanses of the internet.


Next, you will need to identify who it is that your information is intended to reach. This will take some work to dig down to the people who really have a need for what you offer, and it may take doing some market tests to determine who wants what you have to offer – or, better yet, what market needs something that you can provide.

it's important to remember that just because you like a topic, doesn't mean that you have something unique to bring to the table. Try to pick topics in which you have extensive life experience, an angle that you haven't seen presented on the internet, or is otherwise unique. You won't be well-compensated for something that appears in searches under 30 different pages that have identical information.

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Successful content marketing has to follow a logical cycle. If you try to shortcut any of these, you'll likely be disappointed with your results.
Successful content marketing has to follow a logical cycle. If you try to shortcut any of these, you'll likely be disappointed with your results. | Source

On Hubpages, many people specialize on a particular topic and, therefore, can focus on a single target market. Others simply write what they know in a broad range of subjects; this will take a little bit more work to market, but is certainly within the scope of possibility for a successful content producer.

Promotion is an integral part of being successful on revenue share sites such as Hubpages. The more you promote and connect with the right people, the fewer hubs you'll need in order to reach your earning goals. It's not easy money, and it will take a lot of work to build up a substantial residual income. Focus on delivering quality to the right people, and reconcile yourself to the fact that you won't be making quick bucks by producing online content.

Finding an in-demand subject

We’re going to assume that if you’re just starting, you don’t have specific questions from your market to answer yet. Even if you do, finding good keywords that are in high demand will help you attract organic traffic from the search engines, which is the best kind of traffic that you can get because you didn’t have to pay for it or do additional work to get it beyond your initial SEO efforts and back linking.

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It's important to understand search keywords and phrases, and how people use them to find information. However, all of your efforts at using keywords will produce nothing if you don't have high-quality content to back it up. Your earnings will directly reflect how successful you are in matching up in-demand content with the people who need it.

There are many keyword research tools that can give you some insight into the search terms that people use to find the information they want. We’re not going to go into SEO in detail here (though please do ask specific questions and I can be much more specific and detailed in a dedicated hub), but suffice to say that people will not find your information if it doesn’t contain the kind of words and phrases for which they’ll search.

Another great way to find topics to write about is to search out questions on Hubpages, Yahoo! Answers, or popular message boards related to your topic. Instead of simply answering the question, write an article about it and post the link – that way, many people can benefit from your answer, and you already have an answer prepared for other people who ask the same question. Bear in mind that some niches are more profitable than others, but with the right targeting just about any niche has the potential to be profitable.

Not sure what constitutes GOOD content? Here's your go-to resource

Content Rules: How to Create Killer Blogs, Podcasts, Videos, Ebooks, Webinars (and More) That Engage Customers and Ignite Your Business
Content Rules: How to Create Killer Blogs, Podcasts, Videos, Ebooks, Webinars (and More) That Engage Customers and Ignite Your Business

When you're ready to take your content to the next level, this is an awesome book to help take you there. It goes over the rules of useful, high-quality content including specific form, readability, and function targeted to very specific readers. It's a priceless reference as you work toward advanced levels of content creation.


Effectively marketing your work

This is the part that trips up thousands of would-be entrepreneurs and online writers. The subject is far too broad to go into much detail here, but suffice to say that it’s exceedingly important to learn how to present your content in a way that appeals to your target. All the SEO in the world won’t matter if you can’t get someone to actually click on your link in the search engine, and that won’t matter if the content doesn’t answer someone’s question or doesn’t inspire them toward clicks and purchases from your affiliate links.

The topic of marketing is way too big to get into in much detail here, but take a look at some of the links below for more information on this point. If your questions still aren't answered, please feel free to leave a comment about marketing topics you'd like to see covered, and I'll gladly get to work on more hubs in this critical area.

As Hubbers, we are affiliate marketers. What are you missing in the marketing process?

Effectively marketing and cashing in on high-quality hubs takes a lot more than just writing what you want, posting a few links, then crossing your fingers that something will happen.
Effectively marketing and cashing in on high-quality hubs takes a lot more than just writing what you want, posting a few links, then crossing your fingers that something will happen. | Source

This is just a very general overview of the types of things you need to consider in developing a profitable presence on Hubpages and elsewhere on the web. I can go into very fine detail on the various concepts, but it would take years just to type out what I THINK would answer all of your questions – and I may or may not be right. If you have specific questions related to SEO, marketing, finding a niche, or any other such issues related to earning money on Hubpages, please leave me a comment with your question and I will write a hub that answers the question.

Now that you've finished reading this hub, which I hope helped move you in the direction you'd like to go, I would really appreciate your help in developing my training program. Please leave me a comment answering this question: What is your greatest fear when it comes to earning a living online?

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jacques.gim 5 years ago from Lancashire

Hi thanks very much for your valuable information can you tell me what is the best way to find your key words?

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wychic 5 years ago from Sheridan, Wyoming Author

Sure thing! :D Working on a hub about it now, it should be posted by the end of the day if baby cooperates ;). Also, I did receive your message yesterday and will gladly give you a critique later on today.

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Tony Locicero 5 years ago from Inverness Florida

Great article, very useful. Thanks.

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wychic 5 years ago from Sheridan, Wyoming Author

Thanks :D.

@ jaques.gim, here are some of the basics of the keyword research method I use:

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johnakc 5 years ago from New Delhi

do we need to make one hubpage for each answer.does that mean one hub means one article.Can you elaborate such things please.I am very new to hub pages and don't know what to write and how to maintain the hub pages.Shall I made one hub page or many hub pages for taking the benefit of affiliate marketing.

Please can you make clear every aspects of the hubpages.

Your answer will be a great help for me.

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wychic 5 years ago from Sheridan, Wyoming Author

I personally do write one hub per answer to a specific question, though I also have a few more general overview-type hubs (like this one) that introduces a concept before other hubs go into finer detail. I also got your message, and will be writing a series of hubs starting with the very basics of creating a hub :). It may be closer to the end of the week before I can get started on it as I am finishing up a different project, but they'll be coming along shortly. There is a huge list of pointers I can think of that can come in extremely useful for earning money on Hubpages, so as I go along feel free to leave comments kind of steering me in the direction you'd like to go :).

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johnakc 5 years ago from New Delhi

Thanks wychic , waiting for your answer.

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Andrew Gubb 5 years ago from Barcelona, Spain

I voted it down, I found it didn't answer what I expected it to answer and it didn't bring up any new information - seemed a little padded out and I thought it could have been more inspired, have more personal experiences and thoughts. Perhaps better research too. "This person needed this many hubs, but this person was better at SEO and only needed that many hubs. This person never did SEO and check out his results. That person made a balance between SEO and writing for pleasure and these were her results".

I hope that's some useful feedback, and I hope you don't mind me voting down your hub -- just doing what Hubpages said the voting option was for. I thought I'd come out and mention it rather than hiding behind web anonymity. :)

Love n light


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wychic 5 years ago from Sheridan, Wyoming Author

Thank you for the feedback :). I'm not really sure if there is any such information specifically related to hubs since most of the other people who are making a living at this don't share their numbers, but I'll certainly see if I can find anything a bit more specific on that count. As I've mentioned, a lot of the other information is a very basic introduction and I've fleshed out the topics in other articles. The variables on why one hub may earn and another not are pretty wide-ranging, and start with picking a good niche and knowing at least rudimentary SEO, but there is so much more to marketing that I had a hard time picking and choosing what constituted "basics overview" :P.

These are all based on personal thoughts and experiences, as well as my work with a number of the authorities in different aspects of internet marketing, but I don't write in first-person so maybe that didn't come across too well ;).

And yes, thank you for the feedback, that is very constructive :D. I'll read back through it and see if I can't tighten it up a bit, I wrote it as I was thinking it so sometimes the organization isn't the best, I just wanted to have a lot better reply to the plethora of questions in the Answers section about "How many hubs do I need...?"

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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

This was helpful to me. I'm still learning from overviews. Voted up. Looking forward to reading more of your work.

Would like to link this hub to my HP Milestones hub if you have no objection. Thanks.

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wychic 5 years ago from Sheridan, Wyoming Author

Sure, no problem :). Also, if you have any specific questions that I might be able to answer please don't hesitate to ask them, I always prefer knowing that I'm writing about what people really want to know ;). Thanks!

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thebeast02 5 years ago from Louisiana

To answer your question... stability. I'm about to enter the workforce after finishing college and would love to be able to work from home and make a living online, but it seems that to do so it requires about a year of putting out articles and hub to get a big enough SEO presence to earn anything minutely close to a living. I'm OK with that, though. I plan on getting a regular 9-5 and then continuing to do these hubs to make a little side money. Ideally a few hundred a month would be sufficient and I would consider that successful.

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wychic 5 years ago from Sheridan, Wyoming Author

Thank you for answering my question :D. Agreed -- I've been full-time for four years now, and stability has been an ongoing theme. I didn't start here, I started on the freelance marketplaces so there were always jobs to try for, but at first there was a LOT of unbillable time until I got my proposal-writing techniques down well.

One of my clients said that the thing about being self-employed is that you sacrifice stability for top-end potential, so you have to build your own stability in. Not only do you have to work to build up a client base (and eventually an open-submission base for recurring), but you also have to learn how to write an effective budget plan and keep an emergency savings built up -- always assume you're going to have to pay all your bills before the next paycheck comes in.

You may be interested in my hub series on "Advancing Your Writing Career" -- it details three different paths that people can take with writing online past open-submission sites like Hubpages. I am currently working on the third step, the knowledge products, but there are plenty of different possibilities on the way, which can be done either full-time or part-time while working a 9-5 job. Thanks for stopping by :D.

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lhale 4 years ago from Georgia

My fear is that I'll just waste my time writing, and waiting for some money that never comes. Could be spending more time with my grandkids, or cleaning my house???

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Ahdilarum 2 years ago

Useful tips of steady and continuous income..

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Butch Tool 21 months ago from Southern California

I feel like the title of this post promised an answer to my question that I didn't actually find here. If your title seems like it is going to give a specific answer, then I don't think it was fair to write a really general article that wasn't very detailed. Of course, maybe that is what it takes to drive traffic these days.

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wychic 20 months ago from Sheridan, Wyoming Author

It's also as specific as it's possible to get with this question :). I wrote this hub because I have been asked the question repeatedly, but there is no numerical answer. Instead, it's a matter of being able to figure out what kind of content is in demand and then finding a useful way to present it to your readers. If you're looking for an actual number (as, sadly, many people are, thinking there must be a set formula) then, unfortunately, you won't find an accurate one.

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Butch Tool 20 months ago from Southern California

I suppose that's a fair point, but a specific numerical example or two as potentials to aim towards would have been nice.

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