How to Earn Money on HubPages Hints & Tips

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Stuck for a photo of me at a computer, so thought I'd go for this image, seeing as though I am both writing and in a theatre (which is where I currently do most of my writing). This is during the Tech period for The Lord of the Rings
Stuck for a photo of me at a computer, so thought I'd go for this image, seeing as though I am both writing and in a theatre (which is where I currently do most of my writing). This is during the Tech period for The Lord of the Rings | Source

Did you click on this Hub because you thought I'd have some previously undiscovered pearls of wisdom about how to make money on HubPages? Or did you read my summary and decide to give me a chance anyway?

Well, thanks for the click. Actually this is a little unfair of me, I have enticed you to click on my Hub by choosing my title carefully, knowing that it would peak interest. I want to highlight how we can all get sucked in with the promises of knowledge and cash, and how a lot of articles on HubPages about making money on HubPages are just regurgitations of the information that can be found in the Help Centre, Forums, Answers and other Hubs. Just the title alone grabs an awful lot of traffic. I am also not a fan of other articles that promote other click to earn sites as some can be a be a big old fat scam. Does every Hubber have an article in their arsenal about how to make money or SEO or backlinks in their portfolio, is it just a sure fire way of getting hits or do you really want to share. I suspect it's about 50/50 and I do not wish to insult any Hubbers who genuinely have written guides to help others in the community, it's just those that write about it for clicks that get me.

I do want to share a couple of tips though, if you'll allow me and keep reading, just things that I have learnt and not about the usual 'how to make money' tips, it's how I try to make good useful hubs and enjoy myself on this brilliant website. I haven't been in the forums or read a Hub about what I want to tell you, it's just good old fashioned observation, trial and error.

You see, until recently, each time I saw a new article published about how to make money on HubPages I did click on it, I couldn't help it. When I found what I thought was a good one I would keep it open on my desktop as I tried to gleam every last bit of information for success, but I often ended up confused. What is my niche (I like loads of stuff) where I should promote my Hubs (Reddit is the strangest site I've ever visited), what are back links and how do I make them and what on earth are SEO's?????

Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of very helpful Hubs with very useful information and you can be greatly inspired by an authors success story. But some leave me baffled, do I really need to read them all (they all seem the same to me) and have I got the time to try everything they say to try to increase the traffic to my Hubs?

I have been constantly learning during my time on HubPages, more so in the last few months as I have been publishing more and more Hubs. This is what I have learnt.

You wont get rich doing this (sad face).

I like it when people read my Hubs and leave comments.

I like to read other good quality Hubs.

I would rather read about an exotic flower or Bichon Frise than how to make money on HubPages, because that's what it should be about, good writing not getting rich quick, at least that's what it is for me. Don't worry, I am listening to myself and I completely support writers being paid for their work no matter the platform, but I think some Hubbers may be misled into thinking that they can make some serious money on here and that takes an awful lot of effort and time. I have just broken the $50 mark and had my first payment after a year of being part of the earnings programme. It has turned into just over £30 which I have used to buy myself a new handbag. My new bag is a bonus and as long as people read my Hubs and seem to enjoy them then I'm happy.

As a HubPages community member I think my time is better spent reading articles that truly interest and inspire me, finding new authors to follow who write in my area of interest and joining in with Answers. That seems to me to be much more productive than reading endless repetitive articles about how to make money when actually, really, all you need to do is write some good stuff and the clicks will come, it will take time but they will come.

My stats for unpublished hubs
My stats for unpublished hubs

mooboomoo's Tip # 1

Choose your Title Carefully

For example, I started this Hub twice with two different title's, the first being 'How to Make Money on HubPages Hints & Tips' and the other 'How to Make Money on HubPages for Beginners'. I wrote the first capsule and copied it into both draft hubs and saved them unpublished. The site has already made a decision about how good my Hub is based on 50 words, a title and two identical key words. The former title, and the one I went with, was immediatley given a Hub Score of 54, whilst the latter got 47. Why? I have no idea, but one is obviousley more favorable than the other.

So, if you have title troubles, try out a few and see how well it scores, it will help you make up your mind.

mooboomoo's Tip # 2

Save Unpublished

Don't write and then publish straight away, leave it unpublished and keep editing and saving until you are happy and you HubScore has gone up. Then you can publish with a high HubScore (assuming your writing is good of course) and showing your readers that your Hub is worth a read. For me, when Hub Hopping, the HubScore of an article does make a difference to me and even if I am not terribly interested in the subject if the HubScore is good I'll take a look. So based on how I feel, I think it must make a difference to other Hubbers too and I'd like my score to give them confidence that they would have a good read if they clicked on my article.

Oh, and don't save with spelling and grammar mistakes, make sure it's checked and clean so you're score will go up quicker.

Microsoft word will show you your word count as you type and makes spelling and grammar checks very easy.
Microsoft word will show you your word count as you type and makes spelling and grammar checks very easy. | Source
Florentine Twice Baked Potato
Florentine Twice Baked Potato | Source

mooboomoo's Tip # 3

Always Write More Than 800 Words or Have Amazing Images

Longer doesn't mean better, but similarly two paragraphs of 300 words isn't going to cut it. Don't waffle on, but don't undersell, if you haven't got more than 800 words to say on a subject then don't publish it, do some more research and write some more interesting stuff.

Unless...

You are writing a recipe. It's hard to write 800 words on how to twice bake a potato, but this is where your photographs come into their own and really set off your Hub. Think about what the images will say when you're taking them, what do they show and are they useful as well as beautiful. Then carefully edit and format them with the recipe. Good looking food photographs will guarantee traffic to your recipe. I get Hubby to take my photographs and one of the best compliments we ever got was for my recipe Hub 'Florentine Twice Baked Potato' from scottrights " I was just hopping around, and your photos stopped me in my tracks. It looks great!" Wow, what a compliment.

mooboomoo's Tip # 4

Have Fun

The moment you stop thinking of HubPages as work (because of all that money you want to earn) and start to enjoy yourself the better your writing will be - at least that's my working theory. Lots of Hubs explain how HubberScore stats work and we all want accolades - the fact is the more active you are on the site (not only in publishing but also in forums, answers and reading and commenting on hubs) the higher your score will be. Don't panic about it though, it's not the end of the world. I have been over 90 for 6 months now and fluctuate, I have once published two Hubs and then seen my score plummet to 91 and then done nothing for a week or so, logged in and found myself at 95! There doesn't seem to be much rhyme or reason so enjoy yourself and enjoy what other Hubbers have to say but ignore the HubberScore, more or less.

mooboomoo'sTip # 5

Play Nice - Comment and Reply to Comments

Be polite, if someone has commented on your Hub, thank them! Its just common sense and its nice to be nice. Don't shy away from a discussion in the comments boxes either, they can really enhance a Hub. A happy side effect is that be replying to a comment, all other followers see that in their feed and your traffic can increase. I just like to be polite though.

Thank you to all who have commented on my Hubs and who follow me, it's nice to be liked.

Enjoyment

So, I realised that I was spending more time trying to find out how to make money than actually writing, and if I'd spent more time writing I would have 50 Hubs by now.

For some reason the things that I write about get a lot of search engine traffic anyway, which is good news, I do use Facebook and Twitter to promote my Hubs but that's about it. I know I'm not going to make a fortune on here but I would like to be a successful member of the community. I would like to write and publish a recipe book or maybe something about chickens, or seeing as though I actually am a Stage Manager then maybe something theatrical, but for now I am going to keep on writing as an idea comes to me and just try and enjoy myself doing it.

In the end you get out what you put in, if clicks and payments are your thing then good for you, some will say I am doing myself out of money but I like to see it as this, I have little time to write and be a community member on here, so I will use that time wisely to read things that I enjoy and write about things that I love. So thank you to all who write about how to make money on HubPages, but I'm going to skip it from now on.

© 2012 mooboomoo

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prosols 4 years ago

the first of the most interesting hub i have ever read on HP,information delivery exactly in the way we like..


mikeydcarroll67 4 years ago

The biggest thing that I found is to write longer and better quality hubs, not just hubs of a certain length. I've seen long hubs that I couldn't stand to read, and yet I came across hubs that were shorter in length but had amazing content! It takes being able to have organized writing or controversial writing to really have the most luck.


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Dina Blaszczak 4 years ago from Poland

Yep, you got me too! As a new member I'm interested in the experience of other people on HP, but you are right hubs with the name "How to make money on HubPages" hold more or less the same information. Anyway, was interesting to read your thoughts. Voted up and interesting.


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mooboomoo 4 years ago from London Author

Hi Dina and welcome to HP! I'll stop by and have a read of your Hubs. Thanks for your feedback and votes.


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mooboomoo 4 years ago from London Author

I do agree, there's no point in writing all those words if they don't make sense, good quality writing is what we want on here!


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mooboomoo 4 years ago from London Author

Thank you prosols, very kind. Thanks for reading.


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angela_michelle 4 years ago from United States

All very good advice. I think pointing out being polite is a very good hint. Although, on the flip side, I have been getting some negative attention on my hubs. Some of them, I just say thank them for their opinion, and leave it at that. I don't want it to be a big debate. Then there are some that have been so rude I just delete them. I am surprised I have been getting negative comments. Of course, none of my negative comments have been from hubbers. Or at least not signed in hubbers.


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Anilkumar cv 4 years ago from kerala,India

Very good, thank you verymuch.


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mooboomoo 4 years ago from London Author

I'm sorry to hear that you have had negative comments, sadly non members of HubPages can be quite nasty. You can disable comments from non members in your account page under 'comments' in the bar on the left, enable the button 'only signed in users may post comments' and that should protect you from mean cyber commenters.

Thanks for visiting, Nicola


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mooboomoo 4 years ago from London Author

Anilkumar, thanks for visiting, your comments and your fan mail.


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hoteltravel 4 years ago from Thailand

Making money seems a hot topic for discussion among hubbers. With a title like this, this hub is bound to attract lots of visitors. But I think a sizeable chunk of visitors clicked away without leaving comments because the tips are discouraging. Thanks for writing candidly on the topic. This hub is like a breath of fresh air. Voted up, useful and shared.


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mooboomoo 4 years ago from London Author

Hi hoteltravel, yes I agree that I may have lost some readers quite soon (I actually did expect a bit of knuckle wrapping in the comments), but I wanted to get it off my chest. Thank you for appreciating my hub and leaving a comment, it's always nice to hear from you.


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rgc13 4 years ago

Interesting techniques in making money in hubpages just follow.


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baby-care 4 years ago from Philippines

Thanks for sharing , actually you give a unique ways and tips to make money here in hubpages and that's really helpful,, keep it up!


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naimishika 4 years ago from India

How nice of you.. Great tips..


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suraj punjabi 4 years ago from jakarta

I have read thi hub before i signed up to hp and i still read it from time to time because its entertaining, and it helps me to set my expectations when writinf a hub and it constantly reminds me to write for fun, thts what matters. You also did a very good job of addressing the elephant in the room which is how many hubs are there about earning and making money on hp and how all of them are more or less the same. Definitely one of my all time favorite hub. :)


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sassymomonthego 4 years ago from Philippines

Well, yeah you got me =) . Thanks for this post, it gave me an idea.


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healtheemama 3 years ago from San Diego, CA

Your hub is awesome! Your delivery on the topic is great because you kept me wanting to keep reading. Thank you!

The part that got me most was about keeping the hub unpublished for a day or so until it's tweeked just right. I'm a write and publish kind of girl and that may be why my hubs aren't doing so well. I'll take your advice and go back through some of those older hubs. Thx!


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DeannaErskine 3 years ago from Troutdale, Oregon

Without a doubt the most interesting, and likely honest, hub I've read. Your writing style is incredibly natural and reads like a conversation as well, which in my mind is always a good thing.


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Jasdeep-Singh 2 years ago from (Punjab) India

Each line led me to want to read the next line of your Hub. This is one beautifully written Hub on how to make money with Hubpages Mooboomoo, I can relate to every word. Thanks for sharing and useful tips.


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athulnair 2 years ago from India

Will keeping it unpublished makes a change in score?


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Cruncher 2 years ago from UK

A very useful hub - we do need to realise that no one is getting rich on the site, so its only worth doing if you enjoy the process!

I will admit though I do have a "hubpages howto" hub myself - not because I think I'm an expert but because having done the research into what's needed I figured I might as well write it up!


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Saadat Ali 2 years ago from Pakistan

I'm one of new hubbers here joined fewdays ago, your article is really informative. thanks for sharing your ideas.


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j-buchanan 2 years ago from Athens, Georgia USA

Your hub was the first hub I read, as I am just setting up my profile. Wow, I must have a knack for this! I pick the most informative hub on the first try! What is the likelihood that will happen again? I know I can have fun, and I have some stories to tell. I feel like someone just told me exactly how it is, and I prefer truth over fiction. Thank you!


Ouchi 23 months ago

Amy,If you found someone that nedeed it to complete a bed you might get as much as fifty dollars. No dealer that I am aware of would bother putting it in stock owing to the extremely limited market. You should go to Google Images and search “Simmons bed spring”. One or more might turn up and might have some dollar information connected. The spring is probably 60-80 years old and made so well that it is still useful. You can put a zippered cover over it for cleanliness and use it as a box spring.Good Luck,Marshall


Summer 23 months ago

I secrahed a bunch of sites and this was the best.


Kim 23 months ago

Bev,I am sorry to tell you that your 4'6 flat bed-spring has little or no moetanry value or a market place. They were an inexpensive widely sold type of spring popular between the two great wars and for a few years into the fifties. They are not more than a metal hammock with no support in the middle, but they do last forever, and maybe, just maybe, provide a less hospitable home to vermin than an upholstered box spring.Marshall Coyle


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Sharp Points 21 months ago from Big Bear Lake, California

Wow what a great hub. Makes a lot more sense than similar articles. The hub score changing from a simple title edit is crazy. I'll have to experiment with that. Thank you! Voted up!

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