Earn Money with Hubpages

Make Money Writing for Hubpages

Whether you are writing for money or writing because your enjoy it, everyone's big question is, how do I get more people to read my articles? This is the only way to earn more money with Hubpages. The more traffic, the more clicks you'll get the more money you'll earn. Included here are a few useful tips I've learned while writing online for various sites including Hubpages.

Choosing a Topic

Most writers enjoy writing fiction and poetry, but sadly this type of writing won't earn you money at any of the writing sites. You need to think about what people are going to search for at Google and the other search engines. There are things you do everyday that someone else may need to know how to do. These are the topics you need to write about.

Any topic that someone may need answers to are also fine. If you like to research historical facts, those work fine. Do you help your children with their homework? Write about the topics they need to research. Think about helping someone else or entertaining them and you'll find a good topic to write about.

Once you start thinking of ideas, the list can go on and on. Write about anything that interests you and especially about those things you are passionate about. Your enthusiasm will make your article shine.

Use the search bar here at Hubpages to check how many writers here have written about the topic already. I wanted to write an article about the book of Esther in the Bible. I gave up, because there were already about 40 hubs about it. If someone else has a good hub about something, they will outrank you almost every time, since their article already has more aging.

If you find only hubs that aren't that good, that is a different story. If you know you can do better, go ahead and write it.

Check Keywords First

Use the Google Adwords Keyword tool before you even begin writing. You aren't really searching for a keyword, but a keyword phrase. My keyword phrase for this article is "earn money writing". This isn't the best keyword phrase because there is a lot of competition when I go to Google Search. There is big competition for any phrase about making money writing online.

Now that you have chosen your keyword phrase, look down the column that says "Competition" on the Adwords tool. This is the competition between advertisers for this keyword phrase. The more competition the higher paying the keyword will be. You want to choose a phrase that has high competition.The best keyword to choose isn't always the one with the most competition, but choose one that is at least high. Again, this column means competition between advertisers. High competition between advertisers is good, because the highest bidders for the word will pay more per click.

Next look at how many Global searches have been made. You want at least a decent amount of traffic, but you don't necessarily want the phrase with the most searches. The reason is that possibly too many other writers have used the same keyword.

Now go to the Google Search engine, because this is where you will get the most traffic. Check how many other writers have written about the same subject. If it's in the millions, maybe you should write about something else. The competition between writers may be just too high.

Look at the other keyword phrases. There might be one that you can still use.


You may be tempted to use a catchy title, but it isn't a good idea. It works for magazines and other printed work, but online you want the search engines to know what your article is about. Be specific and think about what words readers would type into a search. Using your keyword phrase in the title is the best idea.

Your Content

Be sure to include your keyword phrase in one of your first two sentences. It is important to use your keyword phrase a few times in the body of your work, but don't overdo it. The search engines will catch what you are trying to do and it will hurt your page rank. It makes reading your page tiresome for readers too.

Use some of the other phrases you've seen on the Adsense Keyword tool. You may be picked up for these phrases. A good example is my hub with a recipe for German Sand Tart Cookies. Recipes have stiff competition, but I wrote about my German Grandmother's cooking before I shared the recipe and I get picked up for German cooking, German tarts and more.This hub is one of my higher traffic hubs.

Provide a decent amount of good content. 350 to 500 words is good and more is even better. If your article gets lengthy, divide it up and be sure to put a subheading above it. Otherwise your reader is going to get bored and leave the page. If it gets really lengthy, consider dividing it into more than one article. For me around 1000 or more word articles are doing best. Other writers will argue with this and say that short ones do fine for them.

Try to please your readers and help them with useful information. When you are finished writing your article, let it rest for awhile before publishing. If you edit it right away, it is too close to you and you'll miss mistakes. We've all seen great articles with lots of grammar and spelling mistakes. This is how it happens. We're in a hurry to share our work with the world and miss errors.

It's a good idea to use a spell checker, but many English words can be spelled the same way. The spell checker won't pick these up. You'll need to find them yourself. If you have a friend to read your work, it will be even better. Read the article out loud to yourself and see if it has good flow. Many times you'll want to make changes and the work will be more interesting to your readers.

Never copy the work of anyone else. Google will pick it up right away and they are the search engine that will bring you the most traffic. Copying is plagiarism and it is against the law. If you want to use information from another site, write it in your own words and then list the site under references, at the bottom of your article.

Work at perfecting your own writing, so people want to read it and they will. Try to always include an introduction and a conclusion with your content. Work at making the perfect article, not just writing lots of them.

Add photos, graphs and anything else that will keep your visitors interest. You can even use photos to guide your readers through the page.

After Publishing Your Article

Now you've published your article. That always gives me a big sense of accomplishment. You aren't finished yet though. Now you need to get people to read it.

Add some links to the social websites where you belong. These include Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and any others. Don't overwhelm your friends, but when you publish a hub they'd like, you can share it. Another site I use is Redgage.

Don't expect to make money immediately. It will take a few months. Keep writing more articles and eventually the money will start coming in. Be active and read and comment on the work of others. The more followers you have the more often your articles will be shared and read. Best of luck.

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Specialk3749 6 years ago from Michigan

Thanks for the great information!

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allweathersforum 6 years ago from Gans Oklahoma

Some great information for a new hubber. I do appreciate your article and will try to follow this to the tee. Thank you for blessing me Barbara.

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Barbara Kay 6 years ago from USA Author

Specialk3749 and allweathersforum, Thanks for visiting and I'm happy I could help.

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Rhelena 6 years ago

This is great info...I agree the more you write, the more you will earn. Thanks for the inspiration!

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Barbara Kay 6 years ago from USA Author

Rhelena, Thanks for commenting. I'm happy to inspire you.

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NicabarP 6 years ago

I think I am going to give this a try. Thank you for this information.

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Barbara Kay 6 years ago from USA Author

NicabarP, Best of luck with your endeavors. Your Welcome.

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heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

Great information you shared, Barbara Kay:) I was pleased to learn something new from your site, that I hadn't seen on others:) Great Hub!

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Barbara Kay 6 years ago from USA Author

heart4theword, That's great that you learned something new. Now I hope it works for you.

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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

Those other sites you mentioned...Xomba, RedGage, Digg, etc., is it just a matter of posting the link there like it is on FB and twitter?

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gourownway 6 years ago from Los Angeles

I personally like Xomba a lot. Haven't tried RedGage and I'm still on the fence about She Told Me. Great info.

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Barbara Kay 6 years ago from USA Author

gourownway, Xomba is a favorite with me too. She Told Me just doesn't seem to do as well, but does bring me some traffic. Red Gage sends me quite a bit of traffic, but it would take for ever to get a payout. They do have a random weekly contest though for $25.00 and I won it my second week there.

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Barbara Kay 6 years ago from USA Author

Peggw W, Yes you just sign up for them and then start adding links. Xomba has now changed to needing to write 100 words instead of 50 though. One of my hubs shows up better as an Xomba link to the hub rather than the hub itself. Most of my traffic to that hub comes from Xomba.

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gourownway 6 years ago from Los Angeles

Barbara, do you feel that the traffic you are getting from Red Gage is converting into clicks for you on hubpages?

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Barbara Kay 6 years ago from USA Author

gourownway, I can't really answer that question because I know where my traffic is coming from, but I have no way to track who is clicking and who is not. Thanks for reading the hubs.

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Susan Miles 6 years ago

Great article, it has information that I've been looking for, bookmarked.

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Barbara Kay 6 years ago from USA Author

Susan, I'm always happy to hear when I helped someone.

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Trish_M 6 years ago from The English Midlands

Thank you for that!

For some reason, I am still finding it difficult to get to grips with making the most of keywords :)

Useful info :)

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Barbara Kay 6 years ago from USA Author

Trish_M, A lot of it just takes time and patience. I'm happy I could help. Thanks for reading the hub.

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Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

Great information on the keyword tool, your's is the first that gives a good explanation of how to use it! I've gone on to the keyword tool site put in words or phrase and came up with info I wasn't sure what to do with! Thanks for explaining it in detail!

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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA Author

Sweetssieg, I hope the keyword tool helps.

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trecords0 5 years ago from DeLand, Florida

I just signed up for Red Gage and got over 600 hits today, but mostly on photos. Then I read a hub forum stating that they charge you to use the card. I can't stand sites that are misleading. Thanks for your informative hub.

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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA Author

I won the contest and got one of the cards, but I was never charged for using it. However, I have heard on the news that stores may start charging for using debit cards. I use Redgage more for the link back to my hubs and site more than anything else.

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bangingbeauty 5 years ago

This is great information. I make it a point to read my hubs a few times before publishing to ensure there are no errors. Cheers, BB

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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA Author

bangingbeauty, Thanks for your comments. I'm always surprised when I check back on some of my hubs that I thought had perfect spelling and grammar and I still find a mistake. I'm happy you found the hub useful.

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loanyi 5 years ago

I can use this information. Thank you Barbara K.

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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA Author

loanyi, After a couple of months, I'll think you'll be surprised how much better your hubs will do. Thanks for commenting.

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molometer 5 years ago

Hello Barbara,

This was useful information, I appear to have got the whole adwords thing backwards.

I go for low competition only and didn't bother with the high competition as I thought that it meant that there were millions of articles not advertisers competing.

Back to the drawing board for me then.

Bookmarked for future reference. Thanks again. voted up

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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA Author

molometer, Thanks for commenting on another hub and I'm happy I was able to share something you could use.

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Millionaire Tips 5 years ago from USA

This is great common sense advice. I don't check for keywords often enough. Voted up.

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thumbi7 5 years ago from India

Things explained in a simple language for the beginners!

I did not fully understand about the "competition" in the Adwords tool, before reading your hub.

Voting up and sharing.

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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA Author

Millionaire Tips, Thanks for reading the hub and voting up.

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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA Author

thumb17, I'm happy to hear that I helped you. Thanks for voting up and sharing.

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EuroCafeAuLait 5 years ago from Croatia, Europe

I like your hubs, and now that I am getting more interested in writing my own stuff (passive income) instead of blog posts for others (active income) I am taking all your suggestions very seriously. Thanks for your friendly, helpful and knowledgeable tone. Cheers, ECAL

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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA Author

EuroCafeAuLait, Thanks for reading and commenting. Best of luck and I am happy my advice helped.

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mzindependent 4 years ago from Texas

Great suggestions, Barbara! Voted useful

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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

misindependent, I hope you get more traffic after following the tips. Thanks for reading.

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bryanbb 4 years ago from malaysia

wished i had come across your hubs earlier,then i would have been able to use some of the tips you dispensed which makes so much sense ,but still not too late,just delayed, i have a few blogs but one i am proud of because it is on a topic i know so well, but traffic is ?well,can be better, so i have decided to blog and hub about it at the same time and hopefully with hubs like this to learn a few tips ,will eventually bring me a desired result of readership,thanks for the tips,extremely helpful

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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

bryanbb, Thanks for reading the hub. I'm happy you can use the tips.

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writing online 4 years ago from Jakarta

I never used redgage, I think I' try it. I only use face book and and dofollow social media to promote my article

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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

writing online, Give it a try. I get daily traffic from there, plus you'll earn some extra money. I have only gotten pay-out of $25 once. I'm close to my second pay-out, but the free traffic is worth my time.

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Lizolivia 4 years ago from Central USA

This is useful and explained well, thanks for the tips!

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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

Lizolivia, Your welcome. Thanks for reading.

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peachpurple 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

i am lousy at keywords, i don't know how to use keywordtool

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Barbara Kay 2 years ago from USA Author

peachpurple, Sometimes it is just easier to type in your keyword in Google. If the competition is too tough, use another one.

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