My First Year with HubPages and Earning Money

First I want to disclose that this is a rambling article about my year with Hubpages. I'm not going to tell you how to earn money, key word search, driving traffic, back-linking, anything that will help you earn money, this is just about my experiences, so anybody looking for those things that help you to make money with Hubpages, GET OUT FAST!

Why I Started with Hubpages

I've always liked to write. I just didn't know what. Whether I was good at it is another story. I first heard about Hubpages when I was looking for blogging sites. I looked at blogging as a way to exercise writing and being published without having an editor look at my work and criticize. I didn't care if only a few people saw it. I saw an ad about Hubpages and how blogging in it can help earn you money. I of course fell for it. Making money by blogging?! Of course I'm intrigued. So I clicked and got to the Hubpages website and learned some more.

It's not like the usual blogging that I do which is to just write about things briefly. It's actually closer to writing articles. I thought it was great because it gave me some structure to work around. It also told me how I can use these articles or Hubs as it's called here to earn money by plastering Google ads. Weird. I've never done that before. So I applied for Google AdSense, got my member ID and put it on Hubpages. I started on August 12th by the end of the month I earned 52 cents. I was ecstatic.

Creating Hubs

The money of course was not the point. I was just dumbfounded that someone actually read my hub and even clicked on an ad. That's never happened to me before. It brought great satisfaction because someone found my title compelling enough to go to my page. I like it when people read my work and a view or a click means that somehow they visited my page long enough to look it over.

But once I had the basics which was to have a title and the hub, I realized I needed something more to make it look more compelling. How was I to differentiate myself from other hubbers? There are so many and the top ones write very well. But this is a learning experience and even after a year at Hubpages, I still have a lot to learn. At this point, however, I know how to put a basic hub together and make it more attractive by using photos, text boxes, polls, and videos to make the hub more inviting to read. And I know what I needed to do next, improve my current hubs using key words, increase the hubs to 800 words, and do back-links. I have heard that it's best to find a profitable niche but at this point I still just have ideas about what makes for a profitable niche. Also, I'm not sure that I want to restrict my writing to that niche so there are some decisions that I need to make, keep writing things that I like to write about and not earn as much because I don't stick to a niche or stick to a niche and write only those niche-related hubs and then find another profitable niche to write hubs about and may not enjoy writing as much.

If there's one thing I've learned that I would recommend to new hubbers, it's that they become part of the 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge. It allows you to build up a portfolio of work quickly. You may not achieve it by the end of the 30 days but you have written hubs that will get you off to a fast start when it comes to earning money form Google AdSense and Amazon. You have to have hubs in order to display ads. If you don't have hubs, you don't have a vehicle for ads to appear that readers can click so that you get the financial benefit. If you can't do the 30-day Challenge, then join the Hubmob. It's a wonderful challenge where a proposed subject is declared each week and you get to write about that topic. Being part of the Hubmob helped me to write better by using research or exploring new angles on a topic that I'm not familiar.

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Earning Money from Hubpages

After applying for AdSense earlier, I wanted to be affiliated with Amazon to see if I can earn even more money by plastering Amazon products on my hubs. How much have I earned in the first year? A lot more than I thought. Between Google AdSense and Amazon I have earned enough to pay my gas bill each month. Weird. Now having said that, I want to let you know that my gas bill really isn't all that high since I live in an apartment and I don't cook much. However, it is mind-boggling to me that I've earned enough from Hubpages that it pays a utility bill. Also, there were three full months during the year that I was so busy that I didn't engage with Hubpages at all and my hubs still got clicks to make AdSense and Amazon money. This financial encouragement has compelled me to write more hubs, both commercial and non-commercial. I want to have a total of 100 hubs before I stop and make quick fixes and adjustments on my hubs. I'm not that far off from my goal.

Once I make improvements on my hubs so that it is full of key words and phrases and the hub is long enough, I'll be able to track whether my earnings have gone up because of the improvements.

The Hubpages Community

My interaction with the Hubpages community mostly dealt with the forums. It's been a wild ride at the forums, and it will continue to be so. Most people in the community are very nice and helpful. If I had questions regarding hubs, there are many experienced people who will answer. When it comes to topics for discussions, there are more than a few that are confrontative when your views don't coincide with theirs and I'm not sure why this is so. Most seem to take a differing view point as some sort of personal attack. It's most contentious when it comes to religion and politics. I have more conservative leanings when it comes to politics, and I am a Christian. This is a red flag in the forums which seem to be overpopulated by liberals. However I do hold my own and there have been times when I have really relished a fight. Nowadays I just think it's stupid; nevertheless I do amuse myself from time to time by tickling the nose of a few bulls.

I've also spent time asking questions and answering questions on the site. Some of my questions were about Nancy Pelosi and her face lifts which the Hubpages staff rightfully removed for its low value content, but I still got a kick out of it.

Overall I've been very satisfied with my first year at Hubpages and I hope to be on a few more years. It's a great way to learn about Internet writing and marketing and earning money through it.

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Trsmd 6 years ago from India

congrats for spending a year for continuing more.. wish you a happy earnings ahead..

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Flightkeeper 6 years ago from The East Coast Author

Thanks trsmd, I have no doubt my earnings will continue to make me happy. So far they've made me very happy this month.

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bileygur 6 years ago from Reykjavik

Just started and hope that it will bring me also some extra cash. So far of course not, I mostly been against the get rich fast schemes that are available but more believed in the gradual movement.

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vydyulashashi 6 years ago from Hyderabad,India

congratulations for your success.keep going.good luck and god bless u

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Flightkeeper 6 years ago from The East Coast Author

Hi bileygur, I will echo what successful veterans of Hubpages have said, write well-written hubs so that you will build up a readership that will continue to follow you and the earnings will come. Welcome to Hubpages!

Hi vydyulashashi, thanks for the well wishes.

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Good Guy 6 years ago from Malaysia


You only have 2 hubs to go to reach your target.

I fully agree with you that we have learned a lot from experienced Hubbers.

Hope I will be able to write such inspirational hub when I reach one year.

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Flightkeeper 6 years ago from The East Coast Author

Aw, thanks Good Guy, I actually thought I was rambling on and on lol! And yes you will write a very inspirational hub when you reach your anniversary.

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bojanglesk8 6 years ago

Nice Hub you got there.

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Flightkeeper 6 years ago from The East Coast Author

Thanks bojanglesk8 for visiting.

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IndikaT 6 years ago from Kandy,Sri Lanka

Congratulations. I am too is dreaming about 100 hubs although I am new to hubpages and done only 2 hubs

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Flightkeeper 6 years ago from The East Coast Author

Hi Indika, keep on hubbing, that's the important thing.

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geekchick 6 years ago

Great hub. I joined 9 months ago, but haven't been on here much as I just started a bunch of projects around month two on here. Your hub will help me out with my future hubs. Like you, I'm not doing this to earn the money, but because it is intriguing. That being said, any money earned is a great bonus so I'll be using you tips when I'm writing.

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Flightkeeper 6 years ago from The East Coast Author

Hi geekchick, welcome back to Hubpages. I think you should check out relache, nelle hoxie, sunforged, marisa wright, darkside to name a few, they know a lot.

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JBeadle 6 years ago from Midwest

I've been trying to write more commercial hubs these days. At first I wrote more emotional pieces paired with music as an outlet of sorts and put the hubs on "not commercial at all". Since then I've readjusted my settings. Still doing something wrong though. I've made one amazon sale and still under $15.00 for adsense! I'll keep trying and learning from hubbers like you.

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Flightkeeper 6 years ago from The East Coast Author

Hi JB, I'm still learning. As long as your dollars are increasing, you'll do fine.

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wilderness 6 years ago from Boise, Idaho

An interesting report - I hope I can do as well. I might add that one of the things I find fascinating is the map in google analytics showing where my readers originate - I've enjoyed seeing readers from literally all over the world reading my hubs, and at only 3 months into writing. Fun!

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Flightkeeper 6 years ago from The East Coast Author

Hi wilderness, I have to check ou what my google analytics says about the readers. Thanks for the tip.

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Taleyna 6 years ago

Congratz! Wish I could say I was doing as well, I can't even get adsense to answer me!

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Flightkeeper 6 years ago from The East Coast Author

Hi Taleyna, I had approximately 10-15 hubs when I applied for Adsense. I think they like to see a lot of activity before they approve new applicants. I'm not really sure what their approval process is. You might want to ask at the forums.

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Dorothee-Gy 6 years ago from near Frankfurt/M., Germany

Congrats! I love to read other's success stories, it is so much fun to envision something similar for myself! I recently made my first 27 cents with Adsense and I thought, wow, it works! Long way to go, though...

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Flightkeeper 6 years ago from The East Coast Author

Hi Dorothee, it does work and the money you make gets bigger! Thanks for reading and keep on hubbin...I look forward to your hub on your first year.

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Lita C. Malicdem 5 years ago from Philippines

I just celebrated my first year at HP this November and I'm so grateful for the way the HubPages community works for each other, supporting each other along many points and one of which is how to earn more money. Before I posted this comment, I quickly went to my Adsense earnings for the day and there was $1.27! Not much for today but I'll be happy when I receive my first $100 payout. Congratulations on your first year at HP!

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Flightkeeper 5 years ago from The East Coast Author

Hi Lita! Congratulations on your first year as well. I think $1.27 for a day is awesome. You'll find once you get your first payout, the second payout comes so much faster as long as you keep writing hubs. It's awesome.

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Christina A 5 years ago from Australia

What topics do you think do best on hubpages? At the moment I am just writing about things that interest me, however, I do want to be more intentional about it.

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Flightkeeper 5 years ago from The East Coast Author

It's hard to say. Anything having to do with earning money is popular but has a lot of competition. I would say write pieces that you find interesting and go from there.

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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

It seems that I learn something new about hubpages everyday. However, I haven't learned the secret (s) to making money. But as long as I can read good hubs like this one - I will remain patient. Thank you.

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htodd 4 years ago from United States

Congrats ..Thanks for that

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tobint44 4 years ago from North Carolina

Useful hub, congratulations on your first year and your successful experience with HubPages. I am definitely not here for the money (just passionate about writing.) The community is great and keeps me coming back. Voted Up!


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Flightkeeper 3 years ago from The East Coast Author

Thanks tobint44, enjoy your experience at Hubpages!

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