Hubpages Myths: From Author With 100,000 Views

Common Myths About Making Money On Hubpages

(UDPATE: Since publishing this hub, my hub views are approaching the 1 million mark.)

Every writer on Hubpages wants to make money here - even those who are here primarily because they enjoy writing here. Fair I guess.

There's plenty of advice to new writers as well as for the experienced hubbers around how to make money on Hubpages.

Having taken that advice seriously, my partner and I have published many hubs here - we have separate Hubpages accounts. And I have crossed 100,000 views recently.

So I decided to do a stock-take and see what has worked and what hasn't. I felt that I should share my learnings with the rest of the Hubpages community.

After all, I have benefited from the advice - and motivation - from other hubbers that were here before me.


Our time on Hubpages

Both of us have been on Hubpages for a little over two years, and have published a little less than 50 hubs between the two of us.

On average, each hub gets about 2 to 3 views a day. A slightly popular hub gets a bit more traffic.

However, most of our pageviews have come from just two hubs that became very popular and hit the first page of Google SERP (search engine ranking page). These hubs have made good Adsense money and have also helped earn good money on Amazon.

When we reviewed the amount of effort put in:

writing these hubs, and

promoting them,

we have come to some interesting findings. Some of the myths about making money on Hubpages may be revealed here as we share our experience.

Myth 1: Promote your hub on social media

The hubs that have made us the most money and attracted traffic for us haven't really been promoted extensively on social media.

Of course, we put a link on Google+ and Twitter, but that's about it. Whenever we have put in a lot of efforts we haven't really got that much in return from our hubs.

I would rather spend that time on writing more hubs. In fact, this advice becomes more relevant after Google's Hummingbird update. Google has stopped giving the same importance to links as it used to till 2013. Now, links serve just the basic purpose for which they were invented originally - to send traffic.

There's no link juice anymore. Most links around the web, including those on Hubpages, are now "nofollow" links - meaning, you don't benefit from the authority of the website that's linking to your hub and vice versa.

So don't worry too much about social media. Just do the basic promotion on Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest.

Myth 2: More You Write, More You Earn

This is partly true, but I will come to it in a bit.

The more you write, more you earn is a myth. Most of our earnings as I said have come from only two hubs.

The classic 80/20 rule applies to Hubpages too - 80% of your traffic will come from 20% of your hubs. Yes, most of your traffic will be because of only a handful of your hubs.

Similarly, most of your income will come from only a few hubs.

Now here's the true part that I mentioned - you wouldn't know which 20% of your hubs will bring the most traffic - for that you need to publish your hub. That's right. Publish your hub.

The more hubs you publish, better chances you have of making money - by revealing those 20% hubs that are drawing traffic.

When you find the winners, you can then spend extra efforts in perfecting those hubs further and promoting them more.

So here's what you should do - initially, get your hub to meet the basic requirements of HubPages, and then publish it. Wait for a couple of weeks - a month will be better - and see whether you have found a winner.

If you are getting just 1 to 5 views a day, then that's a dud. However, if you are attracting more than 5 views, then there's scope for that hub to pick up more traffic with time.

Myth 3: Hubpages scores matter

Don't worry about getting a perfect 100 Author rank from Hubpages. I have known authors will good author ranking, and yet with little money to show for their efforts. So a good author rank doesn't necessarily mean good income.

Second, don't worry too much about your hub score. Same logic - a great hub score doesn't necessarily mean that search engines are going to like your hub more.

Having said that, use hub score as a benchmark of quality for your hub. Aim to achieve the minimum hub score you should to pass the quality mark of Hubpages.

Leave the rest to search engines.

I deliberately avoid mentioning an ideal hub score here, because the goal post keeps moving with all the changes that Hubpages team makes. This is because Google keeps moving the goal post for all of us.

Use Hubpages tutorials and guidelines to write quality hubs, but don't get bogged down by your score too much.

What You SHOULD Be Doing to Make Money on Hubpages

Based on the above, you have got a gist of my argument.

After receiving 100,000 views, here's my advice on making best use of your time on Hubpages:

1. Do keyword research in the area of your interest. Here, Google Adword Planner will be handy. But don't get too bogged down by it. Don't spend more than 20% of your alloted HP time on keyword research. It's almost hit-and-miss process. (Yes, you should allocate a specific amount of time for Hubpages, otherwise you will spend too much time on writing hubs. Of the time allotted to Hubpages, only 20% should be given to keyword research. Both - keyword research as well as Hubpages can be very addictive. I have spent days on researching and writing ONE article.)

2. Write your hub. Write on the topic you like. Just write. Then publish. Don't worry about getting it in perfect condition. But write quality stuff. It's the quality that matters. Keep the reader in mind.

3. This is the most important advice - try to get as many tick marks as possible from various parameters that Hubpages has prescribed - 1200+ words, more than one photo, one video, one poll, summary etc. Initially I use to ignore those things, and my traffic was low. I followed the Hubpages guidelines for one of my hubs and the traffic shot up by THREE times. You read it right, my traffic grew by THREE times on that hub.

I am not saying you will have the same experience, but use the advice that's freely made available by Hubpages. It's worth it's weight in gold. After all, they have a full-time team working on doing search engine optimization research. And we have that expertise available to us for free (well, not for free, but for 40% of our revenue, which is fair).

Get off Hubpages

Yes, you read that right. Close the Hubpages tab and start your own blog. You need to start building your own audience on your own platform.

Here's why:

1. You get to keep all the earnings - even though these earnings could be pennies initially.

2. You will be forced to learn basics of search engine marketing. You will get better at it.

3. You won't have to rely on the viability and existence of a third-party business.

4. You can build a more credible brand on your own domain.

I had my domain and my own blog way before I joined Hubpages, and that decision, though not intentional, has worked well for me.

It can either a free blog, or a self-hosted blog. I would prefer that you buy your domain, and start a self-hosted website. These days hosting is as low as $4.95 a month - that's like skipping one cup of coffee a month so as to pay for hosting.

Two good hosting companies that also provide free domain registrations are:

DreamHost (my current hosting company)

BlueHost (one of the most credible hosting companies)

Both these links above are my affiliate links, and I wouldn't recommend a product unless I have faith in it.

Finally, content is king

That's my final word - content is still king. And quality content always wins. So don't compromise on the content. Keep your readers in mind always.

But don't waste too much time up front, at the beginning of the tunnel, fussing over getting everything right.

Just write. Publish. Come back and see the response. If it's a dead bud, you will know in the first couple of weeks. Abandon it.

If you see some interest - more than 5 to 10 views a day, then you can re-visit that hub and bring it to perfection. Then you can spend more time on social media and other promotions.

Your ultimate loyalty and accountability is to your readers. Everything else is secondary.

What's your experience?

If you have been writing on Hubpages and have experienced myths that you would like to share, please use the comments section. Let's share our learning for everyone here. Isn't that the best part of Hubpages.

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40 comments

Karen Hellier profile image

Karen Hellier 2 years ago from Georgia

Really good information. I've been on HubPages for 2 years this month but it's always great to learn new tips that may help. Thanks.


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101Ways2Life 2 years ago from Clean and Green New Zealand Author

Thank you Karen. There's so much information and (mis)information that I thought I should share my experience. I believe that hubbers should spend MOST of their time on creating great content. Rest follows.


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101Ways2Life 2 years ago from Clean and Green New Zealand Author

Thank you Karen. There's so much information and (mis)information that I thought I should share my experience. I believe that hubbers should spend MOST of their time on creating great content. Rest follows.


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WiccanSage 2 years ago

Great advice. I'm also finding that it comes down to high quality hubs... my traffic also increased when I started following the guidelines-- not only did I get more recognition from HP with ECs and HOTD and finding my hubs on the top of the first page of their category, but I started getting more Google traffic as well. I'm heading for my 100K mark myself, and hope to keep this up-- I'd love to see 1M someday.


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101Ways2Life 2 years ago from Clean and Green New Zealand Author

Thanks. I believe Google is the best source of traffic.


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GmaGoldie 2 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

Learning the key words is critical and for me it has been a hard journey but the key words help you understand the communication chain that the Internet offers.


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101Ways2Life 2 years ago from Clean and Green New Zealand Author

Absolutely GMAgoldie. I tell my students, "if you don't want to do keyword research, you might as well not write."


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joedolphin88 2 years ago from north miami FL

Top advice very motivational, appreciate the read. Great hub.


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101Ways2Life 2 years ago from Clean and Green New Zealand Author

Many thanks Joe.


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mgeorge1050 2 years ago from West Georgia

I have been on Hubpages for five years and I am finally starting to learn some methods for success. Recently reaching my first goal of 10k views has motivated me to spend more time on my hubs. Thanks for a great article full of useful information.


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101Ways2Life 2 years ago from Clean and Green New Zealand Author

Hi Mgeorge, congratulations on reaching 10k. Only constant efforts pay.


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Danext 2 years ago from Tanzania

Great advise, thank you for sharing your wonderful tips....will work on them as soon as possible....i'm a newbie in here, just starting out, would like to reach far one day....wish me luck..:-)


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101Ways2Life 2 years ago from Clean and Green New Zealand Author

Danext, thanks and welcome. Wishing you every success. Feel free to ask questions on forum where many hubbers are friendly and helpful.


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Rebeccasutton 2 years ago from Rock Hill, SC

Great hub. Direct and to the point. Thanks for the honesty. I am trying to weed through what is good and what is bad advice when it comes to hubbing.


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101Ways2Life 2 years ago from Clean and Green New Zealand Author

Thanks Rebecca. The best advice is to learn from your own experience, as each person's circumstances are unique. The second best advice is to keep on writing.


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Rebeccasutton 2 years ago from Rock Hill, SC

I am finding that advice true every day! I find myself learning something new every time I write.


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Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Very useful information here and I agree with most of it, except the bit about social media. My most successful hubs I shared a little on Pinterest and Facebook and they got so big they now generate thousands of views per month from these two platforms alone. While (from what I have read) they will not convert well for Amazon purchases, they do share my hub around further and provide traffic as such.

I think it's a myth to get too bogged down with keywords really. Sue Adams says that you try to incorporate as many "answer words" as possible into the title, and I agree that can work if it also appeals to a human audience. I also agree with Wrylilt's stance on trying to provide an answer to a question.

For myself, I just wrote lots and lots of different topics, found some that worked, wrote more and I'm still exploring new ones too. The 80/20 rule doesn't always apply to me (I still remember the morning I woke up to find half the hubs did well overnight). I agree with writing more means getting more traffic. I don't know about niche writing but I've heard it can be quite successful.

Lastly having favourite places to post your hubs when published is my best thing. I'm well known in certain circles and use these to maximum effect, while only ever placing one link to a hub on anything I'm not involved with. Apparently, no matter how many links you try to do from one website, only one link "counts" to your subdomain. So focus mostly on human traffic in the places you normally interact.

Voted useful!


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101Ways2Life 2 years ago from Clean and Green New Zealand Author

Hi Suzanne Day, thank you very much for voting this article 'Useful', and for sharing your thoughts. I agree with you. Certain niches get better response on social media, and could drive thousands of visitors a month - as a few of my articles here do. But the bread-and-butter traffic comes from organic search.

Regarding keywords, I think I can't emphasize enough the importance of keyword research. That's the foundation of online revenue. At the same time, I have found myself getting too much drawn into keyword research, and getting frustrated by the "paralysis of analysis" as Tony Robins likes to put it. So it is important to limit the research too, and get on with writing.

Once you find a niche though, it becomes lucrative to dig deeper into it. Till such time, as you rightly say, keep trying different topics.

Thanks once again for dropping by and sharing your valuable experience (as you do on forums), which I am sure is helpful to many new writers.


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goatfury 2 years ago from Richmond, VA

Great info in here. I've got just barely over 2500 views right now, and I feel like I'll hit 10,000 in another month, and then 100,000 in about six months, as I'm figuring out the game very slowly. The more I write, though, the more I pick up speed... and knowledge.


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101Ways2Life 2 years ago from Clean and Green New Zealand Author

Hi Goatfury, thanks for your praise. You are right in saying that the more you write, the more speed you pick up. And more knowledge you gain about what works for search engines. Keep writing. The main aim is to help as many people as possible in getting what they want.


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goatfury 2 years ago from Richmond, VA

Thanks! I'll definitely do that. I'm also writing for me, so if my journey to 100,000 is a little slower, I'm good with that, too. I'll get there!


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101Ways2Life 2 years ago from Clean and Green New Zealand Author

GoatFury, I feel you are on the right track if you are building/have built your own platform and following. :)


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Justin Frye 2 years ago

Thank you for this post. It definitely has some great advice in it.


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101Ways2Life 2 years ago from Clean and Green New Zealand Author

Many thanks Justin.


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abrodech 2 years ago from 130 Linden St, Oakland, California, 94607

Thanks for the advice!

Anya


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YouGet1Shot 2 years ago from USA

Congrats on your success here! =)

My best hub has had over 90,000 views (pretty much all from Google) without any linkbuilding or social sharing, but I have to admit that there was probably some luck involved. Well, it wasn't all luck. The keyword research I did helped tremendously, and it was a topic with great search volume.

That post tanked a few months back and has never recovered, but it sure put some good money in my bank account while it lasted. I was pretty discouraged when it fizzled out, but I guess that is just the way of the Internet. It seems like the site as a whole tends to have its ups and downs.

So, now I am coming back to take another whack at HP, reconnect with the community and try to get those payouts rolling again.

Aloha, Chris


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Best of Aying 23 months ago from Philippines

Thanks for vital things on this hub. Voted up. Useful


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101Ways2Life 23 months ago from Clean and Green New Zealand Author

Many thanks Best of Aying. :)


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Lorelei Cohen 23 months ago from Canada

Very accurate article on writing online for that cold hard cash. It really does not come easy. The more often write though the more likely you are to strike that lucky system that works for you. I find that writing on three platforms and interlinking the related articles together works best for me but others are successful on one writing site.


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101Ways2Life 23 months ago from Clean and Green New Zealand Author

Hi Lorelei, yes, interlinking articles is a great SEO strategy.


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PairADice 22 months ago

Great information! Thanks for all the suggestions and sharing your experience with us.


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NateB11 19 months ago from California, United States of America

Great info, obviously told from experience.


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Keisha Hunter 19 months ago from Paradise and then some

I can't say that I have been having much luck, but I am still learning. Great hub.


mikeydcarroll67 17 months ago

My stance with Hubpages, even having my own blogs elsewhere, is a cheap and great way to ensure that I have a ready market of fellow authors to tap into. I felt that running my own blog was a little too expensive, hence why I am waiting for a while before returning to it in a few months. The big thing is that one should be focusing on improving every single hub, even those that are duds. You might be surprised if some of those pick up as well.


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goatfury 17 months ago from Richmond, VA

So I did break 100,000 views as well (right now it's mostly on my other Hubpages account), and it did take longer - about 9 months from when I had 2500 views. 25% of it was writing new hubs, but 75% was driving traffic there.


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florypaula 16 months ago

Very straight to point and interesting. I still don't know how to search those keywords (where to go, how to do it and if it's free - important), but I keep hoping that some day I will find the answers (preferably while they still count). I still consider myself a beginner because even if I have created an account an year ago I have just stared posting, so I am still learning. But I guess I am doing one thing right if I am following the HP guideline.

Have a nice day :)


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101Ways2Life 16 months ago from Clean and Green New Zealand Author

Hi Florypaula, you could use Google Adwords keyword search function.


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old albion 16 months ago from Lancashire. England.

Hi 101. A really tip top hub. It is so nice to read a hub where such helpful advice is so freely given. You content and presentation are first class. Well done.

Voted up and following.

Graham.


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101Ways2Life 16 months ago from Clean and Green New Zealand Author

Hi Graham, thank you for reading and leaving such a positive feedback. I am glad you found the information useful.


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suraj punjabi 13 months ago from jakarta

This is a very useful information indeed. I don't really do any key word search since I am not sure as to how much help it will be and also it might just ruin the "flow" of my writing if you understand what I mean. But I guess I will give it a go and see how it goes. Thank you.

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