How To HubPage

When I wrote my Hub 'I make Money on HubPages' I never realised that it would lead to me having to put together a related Hub so quickly. It becomes clear to me from comments and emails that many people join HubPages to make money. Making money is their main reason for joining HubPages. You can make money on HubPages. Some people make big money through HubPages and some make very little or nothing at all. If you can write, are prepared to put in the effort, do research and are patient then eventually you will be rewarded. Dedication can lead to dollars.

So, how does it all work? How do you make money on HubPages? There are hundreds of Hubs out there which will tell you. They give you clues, ideas, plans and hypotheses. It is is up to you to read them. They will be a big help. Like everything you read anywhere take the stated fact with a pinch of salt.

The first thing that you have to realise and accept is that HubPages pays you nothing. You do not get a cheque from them. Joining HubPages is free but they do take a small and fair percentage of any money you make through them. If you make nothing then it is not only you who is the loser. It is your effort, your work, your dedication, your commitment which makes the money. HubPages by design makes it easier for you to do this. It is you though, no-one but you who can make it happen. To make it happen there are a number of things you must do. Some of these are optional but all could increase your earning capacity.

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Join HubPages

You must join HubPages. Common sense really. You are not going to earn any money through HubPages unless you are a member. It is surprising how many people who will say "When I win the lottery" who never actually buy a ticket. Well HubPages is exactly like that you have to join to earn. Joining is easy enough. Read The Quick Guide To Hub Construction and this will aid you through what is a very simple process. 

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Write

Secondly you will need to write. Write about something you know about or are passionate about. Read other peoples Hubs and see how they go about it. I write mainly, but not only about Zoos. Take a look at my Zoo Hubs. Flick through them see how they are pulled together. See how the different 'capsules' are located. Capsules are sections which will hold text, video, photographs, Amazon, eBay and more.

At this stage all you need to do is write. Don't press the publish button. Get a feel for what you are doing. You cannot break anything. Try moving capsuless around. Add and delete photographs. Make them larger or smaller. Study the various components and how they work. Once you feel comfortable with what you are doing then you are ready to move on to the next stage.

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Money 1

There are three main money making opportunities offered to you in Hubpages. The first of these is through Google Adsense. Google hosts the small blue advertisements which appear in your hubs. The ads will appear whether you are a signed up to Google Adsense or not but you won't earn a penny unless you are.

That is your first mission. Join Google Adsense. Please please please read all their rules and understand and obey them. Google is clever and all knowing. You cannot cheat them. You will get caught. If Google chucks you out it will be difficult to impossible to have them accept you once again.

So. Read about Google Adsense. Read the already published Hubs. The critiques. The How To's. This is important. If you want to make money you need to be informed. Put the effort in. Then join.

Once you have joined Google Adsense you have your first rung on the ladder. Once you publish your first hub you could start earning money from this. It won't be much at first. Maybe only a cent a week. Nothing at all if you have no visitors to your hub. But...if you write well on a subject people are interested in it could be dollars a day. Multiply that by lots of interesting hubs and then the sky is the limit. You will though have to write original content. You need to work. To put the effort in.

Think about it. If your one and only hub earned you 1 cent per day then in a year you would be $3.65 better off. Though it isn't necessarily so but ten hubs of the same calibre could make you $36.50 in a year. But you are going to do better than that. Aren't you?

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Money 2

Once you are signed up to Google Adsense it is time for you to work on your second money making opportunity... Amazon. The capsule is there for you to use but it is largely useless to you unless you are an Amazon Affiliate.

So you have to join Amazon. Once again. Research it. Read what other people have to say about it. The Pro's, the Con's, the tips, the tricks. Once you feel confident that you understand then join Amazon Affiliates.

When you have that up and running on your hub you can advertise and sell products which Amazon has on its list. Readers may click on an Amazon link in your hub. This will lead directly to the product on the Amazon website. If they purchase it then you will make commission. The more you sell, the higher your commission.

The research and understanding is essential. Think about what your hub is about. Advertise on your page items which apply. Useless to include wheel trims if the hub is about hair care.

Remember that you are not actually selling anything. You are the advertising conduit through which readers flow to the Amazon shop to buy.

Okay. Now you have two income streams.

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Money 3

When you feel quietly confident with your first two regular income streams it is time to get going on number three. This is eBay. Once again HubPages provides you with a 'capsule' in which you can quickly and easily place eBay products.

Before you start though it is important to do your research. Read up all you can. Do the research. Don't jump blindly in. With minor differences Amazon and eBay are offering similar products.

eBay pays differently to Amazon. Here they pay by the number of 'clicks' from the products advertised on your hub that lead to actual sales. The amount you earn can increase as more people head to eBay from your hub.

Once again though you are not going to earn anything unless you are a member of the eBay Partner Network. eBay tend to be a little fussy and do not usually immediately sign people up. You may have to try a couple of times and fulfill requirements that they ask of you. It is worthwhile persevering though, for without doing so you will not have passive income number three.

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Money 4

Once you have a few hubs published you are going to want people to visit them. The more visits you get the more chance of clicks and the more clicks the more money you could make.

HubPages wants you to make more money too because the more you make the more they make. HubPages do not take any money off you. They cannot. HubPages makes their money by a 'click share' on your hubs. 40% of the time they gain from the clicks and 60% of the time you earn. I believe that is fair enough. They have done a lot of work to provide you with an easy way to possibly make a passive income.

You want more money and so does HubPages and so they give you another opportunity to make more. They and you will make more if you can get more people to sign up and write for HubPages. Such sign ups are known as referrals. For every person you can get to join and write for HubPages you will get 10% of the affiliate revenue which the referred persons hub earns. You will get this for as long as the Hub is published. They don't lose anything. They, like you will still get their 60% share! Here it is HubPages that gives up 10% of their money by way of a reward.

There are HubPage writers who are reputed to earn a good portion of their earnings from Hubs written by other people. Can you imagine. You get 100 people to sign up and you earn 10% of what they earn every day? No-one loses but your bank balance gains. 

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So how do you get a referral? - It is actually quite easy. At the bottom of your profile and every HubPage there is a piece of text which says 'link to this page'. When you are signed on to HubPages and click on this it will show the page web address and a piece of code unique to you.

You can use this web address and the inclusive code wherever you like. Your profile page address you could include as a signature file at the end of emails. You could put it in comments on internet blogs or newspapers. Anyone you clicks on this and then signs up to HubPages will be classed as a referral and you get 10% of what they earn from their HubPages forever.

Money 5

You can add to your income still further by joining up to Kontera. It is not something I have done up to now. It is easily done through HubPages but it will need research by you before you commit yourself.

I have read a lot about Kontera. There is positive and negative. For now I have decided not to join but may review this at a later date. 

Money 6

Yes. It doesn't stop at 5. There are many other ways for you to earn money through your HubPages and you can read some of these in 'More Money on HubPages'.

In the meantime if you are serious about earning money on Hubpages click HERE. Get started and you could earn your first dollar today. Just remember that it takes work and dedication. There is not much for free in this world but signing up to HubPages is.

Good luck and...I hope, Welcome!

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Comments 40 comments

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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for your interesting hub.

I have got a problem again in my google account it says UNVERIFIED and my payments are held up. I tried so hard to verify that I reseived a small amount but I cannot find where to verify it. It is driving me mad.


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Peter Dickinson 6 years ago from South East Asia Author

Thank you for your comment Hello hello. I am not sure how to deal with the unverified. It would usually mean that when you joined that they sent an email to you which included a link that you had to reply to. It may also be something to do with banking which will require a paper reply to google from your home address.

Check out the HubPage Forums. Somebody there will know for sure.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for your kind reply and prompt.


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genrp 6 years ago from North Hollywood, CA, USA

I didn't know we can make money through hubpages not until my officemate told me about it. I tried signing up for an account with google adsense but it keeps on declining me. And even if I don't have one, I still write my articles, because I love and like to write about anything.


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Peter Dickinson 6 years ago from South East Asia Author

genrp - Sorry to learn about the decine from adsense. I think it is probably worth trying again every now and then. In the meantime enjoy your writing and I am sure we will too.


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ntweisen 6 years ago

Great hub! I didn't know you could make money through referrals. That is great information. Thanks!


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Peter Dickinson 6 years ago from South East Asia Author

ntweisen - Pleased to have been able to help.


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KT Banks 6 years ago from Texas

Hello Peter,

As a fairly new hubber -over a month now, I really appreciate your knowledge and advice.

I joined Hubpages because I love to write, but with a son in college and another one in high school, we can always use the money. I thought I did sign up with adsense, I see the ads, however, I must have done something wrong, because I don't see any revenue. thanks to you, I look further in to it.

KT


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Peter Dickinson 6 years ago from South East Asia Author

KT Banks - I am happy to have helped. You are not the first to be caught out and believe they are joined up to Google adsense.

Enjoy your writing. Take care.


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H P Roychoudhury 6 years ago from Guwahati, India

Thanks for informative hub, how to make money by writing articles.


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Peter Dickinson 6 years ago from South East Asia Author

HP - Thanks for stopping by. I hope I helped a little bit.


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kettleballer 6 years ago

Thank you on the informational hub. I did not start this to make money, but since it is there, I will try.


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Peter Dickinson 6 years ago from South East Asia Author

Good Luck kettleballer. Thank you.


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Annie May 6 years ago

I really like your writing style - very clear and easy to follow. Thanks for the information


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Peter Dickinson 6 years ago from South East Asia Author

Thank you Annie May. I try to write clearly but sometimes I wonder. Good to know it worked for you.


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Lamme 6 years ago

Great Hub. I've enjoyed several of your others hubs as well!


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Peter Dickinson 6 years ago from South East Asia Author

Thanks Lamme.


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thebeacon 6 years ago from Santa Rosa, California

I did not know that I can refer people and get a percentage of they make. Thank you for sharing.


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creativelycc 6 years ago from Maine

Thank you very much for your informative articles, my sister joined hubpages after I told her about it. At the time I didn't realize that she could have been my first referral.


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Peter Dickinson 6 years ago from South East Asia Author

creativelycc - Thank you. Pity you missed your chance on the referral. I am sure you will get many others.


jenp123 6 years ago

Thank you for this article. I just joined a few days ago, so it was helpful to hear your insight!


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Peter Dickinson 6 years ago from South East Asia Author

jenp123 - I am pleased to have been of help.


healthwriter2010 6 years ago

Another new Hubber here, Peter! I, like most others who sign up, are here to make a few dollars while exercising their creativity gene ... problem was, I had no idea how actual money was made. That is, until I read your informative article!

thanks muchly!

Happy writing!


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Peter Dickinson 6 years ago from South East Asia Author

healthwriter2010 - Pleased to have given you an idea of the opportunities available.


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Neil Ashworth 6 years ago from United Kingdom

Excellent !!! Love it..


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Peter Dickinson 6 years ago from South East Asia Author

Thank you Neil AShworth and good luck.


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sligobay 6 years ago from east of the equator

Thank you for a useful Hub. Had no idea about the 10% Hub Affiliate source of income. I'm a follower now. Cheers.


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Peter Dickinson 6 years ago from South East Asia Author

sligobay - It takes time and research to find out these litttle things. I am still learning all the time. I wish my days were 48 hours long instead of 24. Glad I helped.


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Terry.Hirneisen 5 years ago from Shenandoah Valley

Learned a lot here! n I 6too did not know about referals. Must think if I want to do that. My main oncentration has been on writing good HUBs figuring the money will follow.


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Peter Dickinson 5 years ago from South East Asia Author

Thanks for stopping by Terry. Glad to have helped in a small way.


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Peter this was really good and answered a lot of questions. I retire in a month and half and would love to bring in a little cash but not as my main goal.I just love to write..not sure if what I write is really worthy of earning money but will be fun anyway. I am signed up to Google ad-sense and hub just recently when it opened up for everyone. I wasn't sure about ebay as most of my stuff is poetry, short stories..is this something that would benefit me? Thanks for all the information.

Sunnie


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Peter Dickinson 5 years ago from South East Asia Author

Hi Sunnie. Wishing you all the best for your retirement. The new income from hubpages is certainly a bonus and had my first pay out yesterday...happily I was allowed to join up earlier than some...as an experiment I suppose. Adsense though is down badly right now. As to eBay. I must admit it does not go very well for me. Not good to compete with Amazon in the same hub. Sometimes better not to use any of those and rely on the Adsense alone. How it will work with poetry I am not too sure. Experimentation is the key. Then you can write a hub on it. Take Care. Thanks for reading.


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BabyCheetah 5 years ago from Melbourne

Wow I did not know about those referrals. Thank you for all the info on this hub :)


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Peter Dickinson 5 years ago from South East Asia Author

Pleased to have helped BabyCheetah.


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GracieLake 5 years ago from Arizona

Thanks so much for the clear steps you've outlined here. I just started hubbing and there's a lot to learn, but I'm having fun!


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Peter Dickinson 5 years ago from South East Asia Author

Thanks Gracie. Pleased to have been of help.


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gryphin423 5 years ago from Florida

Thank you for all the great advice. :-)


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Peter Dickinson 5 years ago from South East Asia Author

@gryphin423 - Thank you. Happy to help.


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WD Curry 111 4 years ago from Space Coast

I haven't been around that long, so I have absorbed a lot of info, lately. I wish I could have started here. Great job. Thanks for the "lowdown".


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Robert Pummer 4 years ago from Kentucky, USA

Nothing like a good kick in the butt when you've got a carrot dangling over your nose.

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