How to Create the Referral Tracker Link to Track Hubpages Sign-Ups

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HubPages Referral Credit

How to Create a Referral Tracker to Make More Money on HubPages

Many people ask how to create the HubPages Referral Tracker in the proper format for HubPages.

That's the referral code that can help you make more affiliate money on HubPages.

Below I will show you how, as simply as possible.

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First Sign Up for Google Adsense

Before you try using the HubPages Referral Tracker make sure you have signed up for and been approved by Google (Adsense).

Sign Up for Google Adsense

It's Free!

*Those are the Google advertisements that you see on many pages here and elsewhere. You can make money from the sharing of advertisements on HubPages.

1. Click on My Account

Click on My Account, which is located in the upper right corner of the HubPages window.

2. Select Earnings

Select Earnings, which is located on the left side of the screen.

3. Select Referral Trackers

On the left side you should see 2 options. Select Referral Trackers. It should now be green in color.

4. Create a New Tracker

At the bottom you should see Create a New Tracker.

Type in the Tracking Token using whatever words and numbers you want for your HubPages Tracker.

Give it a simple description.

In the example I typed in "signup", which is probably not available for anyone else to use.

Create your own variation.

5. Create Any of the Following HubPages Tracking Code Formats

It should look like the code below.

In other words, you need an underscore (Like this: _ ) and then the referral tracker code.

So it would look like _YOURTRACKERCODE

Below you will see 3 of the most commonly used code formats

  1. Regular

  2. Profile Page

  3. Signup Page

Regular: Underscore and Then Your Tracker URL

Profile Page: A Tracker Code to YOUR Profile Page

Signup Page: Referral Tracker Code to the HubPages Signup Page for Brand New Hub Users

6. Using the HubPages Referral Tracker Code

Now that I've created a Referral Tracker what should I do?

Well, by using the Referral Tracker Code in the various formats listed above, you can then do any or all of the following:

  1. Add a link in your Profile.
  2. Add links to your Hubs.
  3. Add links in forum signatures.
  4. Write articles about how you can make money, why you love HubPages, or where you like to write, etc.
  5. Email your friends and mention HubPages, using one of your Referral code formats.
  6. Share it on Twitter, Facebook, or other social networks in which you have a bunch of followers.
  7. Add it to your own blog(s).
  8. Add it to your own website.

Examples Using Real Referral Tracker Code in the Various Formats

*You can click on these to see where they would go.

The real examples are using my referral tracker code, which is for anyone that would be signing up in general, using my signup code.

Again, the tracking code is mine. You would create your own for people to be referred to you.

If you want them to go to your profile page, then I use

If I want them to go to the official HubPages Sign Up page, then I would use

*Important!* After creating this link, first make sure you are signed out from HubPages when you try to see if this works.

Example HubPages Referral Trackers Page

Example HubPages Referral Trackers Page
Example HubPages Referral Trackers Page

Referral Tracker Performance

The Referral Tracker will show you the performance of each of your HubPages tracking code.

*You only need one code

Referral Trackers

  • tracking token - The tracking code that you created
  • traffic views - How many people have visited your code
  • signups - How many people have signed up via your tracking code
  • hubs- How many Hubs were created by people that signed up under your tracking code
  • traffic to hubs - How much web traffic to all these Hubs have received

Example of the HubPages Referral Section

The HubPages Referral Tracking Code Section
The HubPages Referral Tracking Code Section | Source

Is There Any Reward for Referring Someone via the Referral Tracker?

When someone is referred by your referral tracker code HubPages splits the impressions with you and you get an additional 3% of the total Google Adsense impressions.

In other words, if you send traffic to any Hub, you’re entitled to either 9% or 12% of total impressions. You’ll receive 9% if the Hub you’ve referred people to already has impressions allocated to an Affiliate. If there are no Affiliates, you’ll receive 12% of the total impressions.

On all other non-Hub pages, such as a referral to a Tag page or the HubPages home page, you’ll receive 30% on a traffic referral, with HubPages getting the rest of the impressions.

How Long do You Get Credit for a Traffic Referral?

According to HubPages, the Traffic Referrals are yours for 120 minutes.

So, "if someone clicks on your" referral code "link to a specific Hub, you are entitled to the traffic referral impressions for 120 minutes. We set this limit because there may be multiple Hubbers referring people to a particular Hub. No other tracker can replace yours during that 120 minute period. This is called the ‘first dibs’ rule."

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Mikeydoes 5 years ago from Fl,IL,IND

Referral trackers, here I come.

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rorymullen 5 years ago from Maine

My goal for the rest of the week is to figure out more about trackers and how they will benefit my online JOB.

Hipprintz 5 years ago

Thank you. I am trying very hard to understand the technical side so I can be productive on hubpages, but I am having much difficulty.

I appreciate your help.

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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

Great, clear, concise directions. Great job. Voted up.

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Alexander Pease 5 years ago from Maine

I never knew about referral trackers before I read this hub. Definitely useful information.

Great hub.

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aslanlight 5 years ago from England

I'm not understanding this. I created a tracker code and I've tried to put it on my page so people can join from there but it's not working. Can you help?

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tritrain 5 years ago from United States Author


What is the format that you are using for the code?

Also, make you have signed up and been approved for Google Adsense. Otherwise, the Referral Tracker is not really going to do anything for you.

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ZOOSMC 5 years ago

I am getting an error message that states I am leaving spaces bt i am not.....i followed your format...what am i doing wrong?

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tritrain 5 years ago from United States Author


What is the format that you are using?

Let's assume that you created a Tracker code of ZOOSHUBS

And you wanted your visitor to go directly to the HubPages New User Sign Up page (make sure you are not logged in when you try your code to see if it works), so you would use:

Just plain old HubPages page would be simply:

No spaces should ever exist in a URL.

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FaithDream 5 years ago from (Midwest) USA

Still working on this one, but this article is helpful.

Thanks for sharing.

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ZOOSMC 5 years ago

tritrain, tx for the help..I have no spaces and sill get a message saying remember...don't leave spaces??? I don't get it??

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tritrain 5 years ago from United States Author


Try retyping it out. You could also type it into Notepad (assuming you are using Windows). Then use your cursor and arrow slowly through the URL that you created.

I have found spaces, when I could have sworn there weren't any. It happens.

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ZOOSMC 5 years ago

tritrain, i've created the tracker but don't know where to paste it?? can you help? be specific as I am still fairly new to all of this...thanks!

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tritrain 5 years ago from United States Author


Good question! You could use the tracker on your Profile page or maybe make a Hub about the benefits of joining HubPages. You could share it on Facebook, Twitter, your blog, email,, other forums, etc.

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jcnasia 5 years ago

Very good to know. I think I'll try it out once I get some more hubs written.

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Powerpoe1 5 years ago

I'm glad that I found this hub. Voted up & rated useful!

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tritrain 5 years ago from United States Author

Thank you for appreciating it. :)

Wanda 5 years ago

Thank you!!

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tritrain 5 years ago from United States Author

Anyone know if it works with the HubPages Ad Program?

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leni sands 5 years ago from UK

Thank you for this really useful hub. I have been wanting to create trackers but had no idea how. I am going to give this a try.

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Jonathan Grimes 5 years ago from Devon

Some thing I have always wanted to look at and will do so now!

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