Hubpages Review From A Member's Point Of View

Hubpages is a platform on the internet where people from all over the world get to publish articles of interest, tutorials, poetry, short stories and even opinion pieces.

Hubpages was created by Paul Edmonson, Paul Deeds and Jay Reitz way back in 2006.

The site is one of the most popular publishing platforms on the internet and has an active forum where members can post questions, make suggestions or argue with each other. Hubpages.com homepage has Google Page Rank of 6 (other pages on the site might be lower).

To join Hubpages you need to be 18 years or older and a valid email address. Some countries may be prohibited from joining so check first. You may also use your Facebook account to sign up. You can also connect your FB account after signing up.

How easy it is to earn on HP?

As with anything that involves residual income it will take a while for you to start earning on Hubpages. For many people it takes over a year to reach the minimum payout of $50 and this is just from ad impressions.It took me 11 months to reach payout. You have to write many articles that are search friendly in order to get organic traffic to your hubs.

Earning from Ebay or Amazon.com is not easy as it takes a certain type of hub to earn from this. You have to be quite good at referral marketing and product reviews to sell anything. In the time I have been a member here I have only sold two eBay and one Amazon items.

You may think that referring people to the site or to good articles of interest is easy but not so. Many people find the site by searching the internet and only a few sign up through referral links. Using your referral trackers to get traffic to other hubbers articles may work with Facebook but not so easy elsewhere.

Ways to earn on Hubpages

There are several ways to earn on hubpages and all you need to do is sign up, learn the ropes and write.

  1. Ad impressions: This is the most popular way to earn on Hubpages. You need to write quality material that will attract organic traffic from search engines. Your hubs should be what are called evergreen content which simply means that the information provided can't get old. Ads are placed in your hubs and each time someone views your hubs you get paid. The amount paid per impressions depends on the ad value. You also have the option of adjusting the amount of ads displayed on your hubs by adjusting your setting to "high ad level" or "low ad level".
  2. Affiliate programs: The second most popular way to earn on the site is by promoting Amazon or eBay products in your hubs. The best way to do this is to write product reviews or promotional hubs on the items you are promoting.
  3. Referral trackers: There are two ways to earn through the Hubpages referral program. You can have people sign up and you earn a portion of what they earn or you send traffic to other people's hubs and you earn a part of what that hub earns. You may place you referral trackers in your hubs with links to other people's work, place your trackers on Facebook, your websites and blogs.


Hubpages stats to date

As of February 17th, 2014, there are

  • 884,880 - PUBLISHED HUBS
  • 67,838 - PUBLISHED USERS
  • 173,817 - QUESTIONS
  • 715,497 - ANSWERS
  • 2,534,657 - FORUM POST
  • 18 - STAFF MEMBERS

In order to earn on HP

In order to earn on HP you must:

  • Have a Paypal account. Without this you will not be able to get paid as Paypal is the only payment system currently offered on the site.
  • Have a Google Adsense account. The reason being that Adsense is the primary ad supplier for Hubpages.


Affilates

  • To earn form Amazon.com you must have an Amazon associates account. Very easy to do. If you are an Amazon.com customer with a customer account, use the same info to sign up.
  • To earn form eBay you must also have an eBay affiliate account. You can sign up through Hubpages which make it easier.

The Cons

  • If you are looking for a quick money making website then hubpages is not the place for you.
  • Many users have had delays in having their adsense accounts approved let alone having their adsense accounts barred. Your adsense account being barred has nothing to do with the site really but Hubpages does seem to attract spammers which seem to click repeatedly on ads.
  • As I mentioned the site seem to attract spammers. There have been instances where spammers leave hundreds of spam comments on hubs.
  • The forums have also been a place that attract spammers and sock pockets.
  • Due to the stringent rules many hubbers have left hubpages and opted for publishing on other content sites or their own blogs and websites.
  • The new changes seem to not be sitting well with many hubbers. I myself have found that some of the features such as the "idle hubs" feature seem to be affecting the indexing on my hubs on Google.
  • Some hubbers complain that they have been forum banned for no reason. There seem to be a moderator problem in the forums.
  • If your content gets stolen, be prepared to fight the battle on your own as HP has made it clear that your content is your own so you will get no help there.
  • Hubpages seem to be slow moving when it comes keeping spammers at bay. They do however have spam filters for comments left on your articles but as far as spammer signing up...well that needs to be addressed.


The Pros

Hubpages is a great place to learn and earn. It may take a while to get your articles to start earning as they age but the site provides all the tools you need to get started. They have also been working very hard to rid the site of low quality content.

There are numerous hubs both by HP and other hubbers about SEO, and internet marketing that you can read to and learn from. There are also dozens of HP tutorial hubs to read for information on how to best utilize HP's features.

The site does have the propensity for change and has been rolling out new features recently. Some of these features, however, have not been welcomed by the entire community.

New advertisers also seem to be on the way which will mean more revenue to users without Adsense. This, of course is just in testing mode and nothing has been concluded.

If you are looking for a revenue sharing site where you can earn residual income from your knowledge, Hubpages is the place to start. The hubbers and staff are generally friendly and are always willing to lend a helping hand. If you are stuck and post a question or forum query, a hubber is usually the first to respond.

Hubbers also come together to fight the demon of content theft. If you want to know how supportive hubbers are, post your grief, heartbreak, or anything you are facing in the forums and you will have support from people you have never been in contact with.

Hubpages not only has great community support but staff also join in the fun and will send you kind words and advice if needed.

The Rules

Like any other business or organization Hubpages lay out the rules for all members to follow. There are rules for using all the features that the site offers. Breaking of the rules may result in being banned temporarily or permanently.

In most cases, you will be warned before being banned. Some infractions will result in more serious consequences. It pays to visit the help and learning centers before venturing into the forums or writing your first hub.

Knowing the rules will help to reduce the risk of you making the mistakes that will penalize your account. See complete rules here.

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Wesman Todd Shaw 3 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

I'm very very proud of a lot of the pages I have left here, and I did, in fact, learn every single thing I know about writing online for dollars here.

Susana S. and Joshua Sunforged....truly, taught me everything I've learned about making a buck on Hubpages.

Terrific place, then there is the staff.

Lots of crap here nowadays...it is like a social network where folks can make a few pennies. I'll be sick if I ever again see a page like, "Ten Reasons Why Ralph Deeds Isn't A Poo Poo Head."

I swear, Ralph Deeds is a poo poo head, and he is the model Hubpages citizen...a guy without much of a brain in the real world, a guy with a mind full of John Lennon dreams...ah, Hubpages!

You know...you simply can NOT delete all your lowest scoring Hubs....expecting your score to rise.

I've deleted well over one hundred low scoring hubs...but no matter what, the staff and their software here have determined that my average Hubscore is a permanent 79 or 80!

I could delete all of them save the ones permanently scored over 90...and the average score would sink to an average of 80....LIKE MAGIC!

Maybe some other year I'll post new stuff on Hubpages...but it won't be this year. I'll leave it to flaming liberal staff and their favorite children.

Terrific place to learn this internet writing game...and I'll take my two to five bucks per day so long as it is available..other than that, let the socialites have it.


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hey Todd, I hear ya! I wrote thie hub last year on my other account. I transferred all my hubs from Emerald Strachan account to this one.

I realized a lot of people are displeased with the site. At the beginning of the year I became very disappointed when people cast stones at the Apprenticeship program and later at me.

You and several other people are going though the same thing and I am truly sorry. Now tell me, who is Ralph Deeds?


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Wesman Todd Shaw 3 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Ralph is the all american Hubpages Hero!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm happy with the income I get from here...it's just time for me to write for sites with a more pleasant and reasonable staff :)


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rasta1 3 years ago from Jamaica

I like hubpages. I love the sub-domain for page ranking. It is an excellent training ground in terms of content creation and SEO marketing.


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hey Rasta, I agree. Though I have been writing for a long time, if it was not for Hubpages I would not have ventured into content writing. I would be stuck with fiction and poetry and that's limiting my talent. Thanks to HP I am not only earning from the site but I work full time from home as a freelancer as well.


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ignugent17 3 years ago

I also enjoy writing here in hubpages. Thanks for the information you shared. It is always nice to learn something new.

Have a great day. :-)


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thank you Ignugen17, glad you stopped by. Have a nice day.


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Rock_nj 3 years ago from New Jersey

When someone joins HubPages using your referral tracker, do you also get 10% of the affiliate buys generated from people reading their Hubs? That's how it works with the HubPages Ad Program, but I'm not sure about the affiliate purchases. Thanks!


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Rock, I don't think you get any of the affiliate purchases from Amazon or eBay, just the ad program.


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sparkster 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Did you have any problems moving your hubs from one account to another? I am thinking of doing this but don't know if they would be marked as duplicate content and not sure about the risk of losing followers/traffic/readership.


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Sparkster. You must first remove the URL from Google by going to your webmaster tools and selecting your website if you have more than one. On the left click Google index, then Remove URLs, then click the create new removal request tab up top. Select the URL of the hub you want to transfer and place it in the little window. Click continue and wait a few hours, Check back frequently to see if your request is still pending. If you don't see a pending request that means Google has removed the URL.

You can double check by pasting the URL in your browser and search. If your hub comes up, it has not been removed. I guarantee you will be able to republish your hubs within 24 hours. It works every time for me. I do the same thing when I am moving something to my blog or another website.

CAUTION. Before doing this check to make sure your hub wasn't stolen first.

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