Why You Will Never Make Money on HubPages

Why you will never make money on HubPages
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I’ve got my red velvety slip-ons up on the table, staring at the clear blue waters ahead. I’m in my very own little beach bungalow on a beautiful private tropical island just south of Maldives. Next to me is the most expensive bottle of wine as I sip away carefree knowing that these expenses will quickly be recovered. The caviar has never tasted better.

How did I get here? From my online writing of course. I’m getting millions of hits daily. My paypal is being credited even as I type.

The only sad part is: it’s happening in another dimension.

If writing for hub pages could make you a millionaire in this dimension, this is exactly where I’d be. As for now I’m crouched over my desk in my crabby crammed apartment writing this hub as a cautionary tale for all those who dream big but don’t work hard enough to make it happen. Wake up and smell the tuna that you will be eating alone over the sink with those stale crackers.

So from the trenches, here is a list of reasons why you will never make any money on HubPages:

Why you will never make money on HubPages
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Reason 1. You are actually on HubPages to make money. You think HubPages is a get rich quick scheme. You spend most of your time reading hubs titled “How to make money with HubPages” or “Free Online Money Making Tips.” They seem to pop up every second on your timeline. Yes, you know those hubs, the ones with those library images of wads of cash (see example), like bate for a hungry fish. In that case, who’s writing your hubs? Every time you read this junk, you are throwing your hard earned pennies into that writer’s jar. So stop biting and start writing.

Reason 2. You spend all day checking your earnings instead of writing more hubs. This gives you a false satisfaction that you are actually doing something productive. It’s like an addiction. You can’t wait for that time of the day when the earnings are updated and you go into a funk if they are delayed. How can you write a hub when you keep obsessing about how many pennies you made yesterday?

Reason 3 You spend all day complaining and cribbing about HubPages on the forums section about the new layout or the latest panda or penguin update instead of writing more hubs. Aha! The support group that feed your sense of being short-changed of the millions you are suppose to make on HubPages. Trust me, they are like a drug that will suck you down the dark alley of unproductively. Stop complaining, start writing.

Why you will never make money on HubPages
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Reason 4. You think SEO will make you millions. You spend most of your time trying to trick Google instead of writing more hubs. You try to get your way around 'panda' or 'penguin.' And on the odd occasion you do write a hub, it’s not based on your passion or expertise. Instead, you come up with a topic that according to Google keywords is highly searched and has low competition.

Reason 5. You think asking and answering questions on HubPages will make you rich. Let’s face it. Even if your question ranks high on Google search, writing questions is not a substitute for writing hubs. If you want to make money on HubPages: write high quality hubs.

Reason 6. You don’t pay any attention to your grammar and spellings. You spell ‘going there’ as ‘going their’ and ‘their hub’ as ‘there hub.’ (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, take a grammar class and then sign up with HubPages with another username).

Reason 7. You don’t read or comment on other writers’ hubs. Let’s not live in a hubble bubble (i.e. a bubble in the world of HubPages). There’s a reason why it’s called a hub community. Read other high quality hubs. Support other writers of high quality hubs. This will help you write high quality hubs and this will encourage others to read your work.

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Reason 8. Your hubs look like a big blob of text. Pictures? What pictures? A company’s annual review would look more lively. With attention spans shrinking you can’t expect to keep eyeballs glued to words. Make your hubs aesthetically pleasing with high quality pictures or appropriate videos, links and opinion polls.

Reason 9. You think you will attract readers if your profile picture is that of a celebrity. Oh ya? Because readers believe that Brad Pitt or Michel Obama are active members of HubPages? This is one form of attention grabbing trickery that won’t work.

Reason 10. You think social media will make you rich. Like everything else, social media makes you want to believe. Believe that you can make a change. Why go out there and volunteer when you can simply sign a petition on facebook? Unfortunately, even this type of thinking is very early 2000s! People don’t read junk on social media and they filter it out. So if you want your writing read, spend more time on writing high quality hubs and less on putting a link on each and every social media sight you can lay your hands on. Cuz if it ain’t good, no one’s gonna read it.

Reason 11. You think back links will save the day. There is this misconception that if your hubs have about a million back links it will get more views, improve search ranking, and make you more money. Even if this is true, the worst thing you can do is focus on getting back links to your sub standard hubs. You don’t want to be like the girl in high school who tried too hard to be cool. Readers usually see through this. The irony is, if you write high quality hubs, readers will post links to your hub and you will get millions of back links without wasting time creating them yourself.

Reason 12. You think sleaze sells. What sells is entertainment and information people are searching for. Sleaze for the sake of sleaze is a movement that, well hasn’t quite picked up yet. Yes, I’m talking to you, you know who you are, with your hub score of 10, no profile pic, and hubs titles: ‘Sexy Girls from South India.’ You are on the wrong site dude.

So, as you may already have guessed by now, if you want to make money on HubPages, there is only one thing you need to do: Spend most of your time writing more quality hubs.

And yes, don’t stop believing. Who knows, you might be able to afford your own private island resort very soon, in this very dimension.

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ICarrie 4 years ago from Georgia

Great Hub! As is usually the case, money follows love an passion. Write if you love it, not to make a few pennies. The truth is there are, and have always been, a lot of talented writers that write for the love of writing. Many never get so much as a penny for their efforts. To think you can get rich with minimal talent, and substandard effort, is laughable at best. I do love to write, and as I haven't nearly reached my potential, the pennies I get will do just fine.


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Rfordin 4 years ago from Florida

I must say out of all the "how to hub" articles I've read this one comes accross as the most enlightning. Simply because you took the time to point out the faults of many of us "newer" hubbers.

While I don't think hubpages will make me rich by any means it's nice to dream. And I do enjoy a lot of the topics I share with the community so I think I'm a fine tuned mix of enjoying my time here and dreaming of my hub riches.

Thanks for sharing.... I especially like #12. Voted interesting, funny, useful AND shared. :)

~Becky


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innerspin 4 years ago from uk

Very informative, thanks, and a treat to find Journey's video. I need to learn how to put vids on a hub. Keep up the good work.


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Seira Girl 4 years ago from North Carolina

Refreshing and valuable information here! But no time to stay and chat - gotta keep writing! lol!


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pong li 4 years ago from the middle of nowhere

Sooooo true!!! Thanks for the ping and I'm actually eating a can of tuna right now. Eeek!


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Vitallani 4 years ago from UK

I think it is a good isea that you decided to give people the hard truth about making money with Hubpages. The best you are going to get is a few pennies - not from writing but from people clicking google ads. That will take a long time too because you have to make over thirty pounds before your accont is even credited.


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Hi Carrie, thanks for the read. I totally agree with you about writing what you love. Welcome to HubPages. I look forwards to reading more of your hubs.


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Hi Rfordin, thanks for the comments. Just like you, I'm here for a bit of both: I enjoy my writing and would love to make money doing it. Thanks for the votes and share.


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Made 4 years ago from Finland

I think some people join because they think they are going to make money. They quit writing after a while. You won't get rich by writing on HubPages when it comes to money. When it comes to friends, you can meet so many nice people and talented writers here that inspire you to write more and to become a better writer.

I really liked this hub. I could not have said these things any better. Thank you for sharing this. I'm sharing this hub.


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Deepak Chaturvedi 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

Thanks a lot to share your useful experiences with us through this hub.Actually every one of us want to make money and you told how?by writing afcourse!


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mts1098 4 years ago from InsideTheManCave

Great job and awesome read...I love your cents of realism...By the way...I am here only because I enjoy writing as it relaxes me - if I make some money along the way I will just have to learn to deal with it...cheers and voted way up and awesome!


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Great write Zara and love your humorous digs. We just need to keep writing, plain and simple.

Voted up and useful. Sharing this across hubpages.


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peoplepower73 4 years ago from Placentia California

This article is like a slap in the face! "Wake up people and smell the tuna." I love it...a very well written article. Voting up, useful, and sharing.


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starstream 4 years ago from Northern California

I enjoyed reading your article.


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bridalletter 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

Good to hear another view. Reason 10 gets me on a weekly basis. Doing 30/30 hub challenge works pretty good for writing enough to develop a little income. A lot to learn and eventually just writing on my own blogs.


An AYM 4 years ago

We are certainly funny little creatures aren't we. Hungry for everything yet frugal to use it. Capable of indelible feats of passion and endurance yet the biggest thing most of us desire at the end of the day is sitting down.


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Cathleena Beams 4 years ago from Lascassas, Tennessee

This is a wonderful and much needed reminder for me to get busy writing another hub. I comment a whole lot more than I write my own hubs since it is much easier and I don't have to invest as much time into a response as I do to writing an article. Anyway, I have been thinking I need to take a different approach and return to some of the habits I had before I got caught up so much in leaving a comment for everyone that left me a comment. It honestly hasn't been as profitable as when I wasn't doing quite so much of that. This is great information. I am voting up, useful, awesome, interesting and sharing!


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Dr Pooja 4 years ago

Awesome observations .


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donnah75 4 years ago from Upstate New York

I like the layer of humor you added to this hub, which is also full of good advice. Voted up.


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Natashalh 4 years ago from Hawaii

I love it! There are no get rich quick schemes, and those who hop on HP believing it is one are sure to be disappointed. Those sign up looking for a great sense of community and the enjoyment of sharing their passions are in the right place!


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NateB11 4 years ago from California, United States of America

Makes sense, and very refreshing.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas

You certainly picked a good title to get hubber's attention. Agree with much of what you say here. I never expected to get rich overnight, nor did I have any expectations at all. I was more of a curious cat thinking, "I wonder where this trail goes? Looks like it won't hurt to follow it a ways and see what happens . . ."

Very few people make it over night. It took Stephen King years, and most of the entertainers we all like labored hard for years before they became known much less famous. Many, though very talented and hard working, never made it, or were just a blip on the screen so to speak.

It's strange to read people who have come here believing they would be making up for a lost job within days. They write 4 or 5 hubs and then freak out because they're only getting 15 views a day, which is way more than I got the first week! :)

I guess it's possible to make a little money, maybe pay the electric bill or buy the fancy new designer shoes you've had your eye on. A few people are making pretty good money like they would with a fairly good paying job, but I think anyone who believes they will get rich or make that tolerable money very soon, will be disappointed.

Great hub! Will share.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

If anything seems too good to be true it probably is. I've definitely learned after a year on HubPages that nothing will come easily- it takes work. But as a writer, I always knew that. What makes you a good writer is passion and commitment. If you are committed to reading quality hubs, being active in the forums, and helping others as well as producing your own quality hubs- the benefits will eventually come. Great hub!


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billd01603 4 years ago from Worcester

Well written Hub! Voted up and Useful. You are right. The only real way to succeed on HubPages is to write good, quality Hubs. Looks like you followed your own example!


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forlanda 4 years ago from US of A

Good points! HP isn't a get rich scheme. It takes some work to earn pennies, but if you want to earn thousands of dollars a month, it requires significantly more effort, focus, and passion.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

the hard truth is a rude awakening but it is indeed needed.. Ive been on for almost 19 months over 300 hubs and over 20K views and I haven't seen a penny.. but I like the community and the material people put up.. so yeah .. it would be nice.. to make a least a buck..:)


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mio cid 4 years ago from Uruguay

Great hub! I'm not making any money on hubpages but I never expected to, just the fact that I have the liberty to express my opinions and share them with two or three people as well as the opportunity to debate ideas and read interesting updated opinion pieces is all I ever wanted in the first place.I am an avid listener to talk radio and if I ever wanted to chime in I had to be on hold for hours and I would be told ahead of time what I could or could not say in about fifteen seconds,here in hubpages I can say what I really think and take the time to express it coherently , and maybe someone will read it and comment.You can't beat it with a baseball bat.


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forlanda 4 years ago from US of A

Frank, you probably have a few bucks in your Adsense account that has yet to reach some payout threshhold, like $100.


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FreezeFrame34 4 years ago from Charleston SC

Very well done! I actually see typos all the time on professional writing sites! I never thought that I would be able to quit my full-time job to write, but I'm happy with my pennies a day too! I always wondered why people spend so much time complaining in the forum section! Write hubs and enter contests! Hubpages is not a scam; you earn every penny by making well-developed hubs that are interesting!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

I think deep down we all know what we have to do...write more high quality hubs! The trouble is that it's so easy to procrastinate by checking stats, writing in forums and playing around on FB. Thanks for the reality check! We should all pay attention to these excellent tips.


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mperrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

Excellent hub, reminding us that writing lots of quality hubs is the only way to pull any money in. It's hard for me to pull away from reading other hubs, and from looking at the stats. Voted up!


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Hi Kim, I think I wrote a reply earlier thanking you for your comments, but I seem to have deleted it. Thanks for the comments. I listen to Journey every time I'm blocked while writing :)


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Lol! Thanks Seira Girl! Keep writing! Looking forward to reading your hubs.


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Tuna! Yum! Thanks for reading Pong!


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Hi Vitallani. Totally agree with you about being realistic as far as earning on hubpages goes. Having said that, I do enjoy writing and reading here regardless of the money. Being a film bulls I enjoy some of your hubs on films! You have written quite a few hubs in a short time. Keep it up.


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Hi Made! I totally agree with you. Judgeing from comments in the 'answers' and forum section, it seems that some people think making money on hubpages is going to be a breeze. The miss out on the fact that Hubpages is a great writing community where writes share their work and improve and grow. If you are not in it for the passion of writing, you are not likely to stick around for too long.

Thanks for the comments and thanks for sharing!


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Hi Deepak. Thanks for reading my hub. Look forward to reading your writing.


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

HI Mts1098 thanks for the kind words. I couldn't agree with your more! :) thanks for the vote up!


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Thanks Rajan! Thanks for the write and the share.


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Hi Peoplepower73, thank you so much for the read and for sharing. Looking forward to reading your hubs.


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Thanks you Starstream! :)


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Hi Brenda, initially I too spent a lot of time sharing my hubs on social media, and while its useful to an extent, I think in the long runs its all about writing good hubs. I'm not too sure if I can take up the 30/30 challenge with ongoing full time commitments. The learning never stops :) Thanks for the read.


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Hi Cathleena! I should add: "Reason 13. You send all your time comment on other peoples hubs. In that case, whos writing your hubs." :)

In any case, I think its really good that you read and comment on other hubs. Thanks for the vote up and share!


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Thanks pooja.


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Hi Donnah75! thanks for the vote up!


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Hi Natashalh. I have to say I fully agree with you. Hubpages is a great place to meet and interact with other writers and read such a diverse body of writing. A lot of people seem to believe that all they have to do is crank out a few hubs and the money will start flowing.

Thanks for the read.


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Thank you NateB11


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Hi Au fait, It takes a lot of time and practice to get good at anything. The 10,000 hour principle professes that to be an expert in any field, one has to put in at last 10,000 hours of hard work and deep practice. For some reason, many believe that writing should come naturally to one and all. I totally agree with you and wish you luck with your writing. Thanks for reading and thanks for the share.


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tglowv 4 years ago from Morgantown, WV

Great Hub! The title really grabbed my attention. At first I cam to Hubpages thinking it would help with money, but later I realized that I enjoy writing and don't care if I make money. Voted up & Funny!


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jponiato 4 years ago from Mid-Michigan

Excellent advice.


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Hi Alecia, Passion and commitment! You nailed it. Thanks for the read.


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Hi Billd01603! Thanks for reading my hub and glad you liked it. Looking forward to reading you writing.


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Hi forlanda, thanks for reading! it will take a life time of effort, focus and passion for me to be able to afford that tropical island! :)


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Hi Frank. Are you sure about that? If you have over 20K, you should be making at least a few hundred bucks!


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

HI Mio Cid, thanks for the read. I do agree, Hubpages is a good platform to exchange ideas and opinions. Looking forward to reading our opinions.


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Hi FreezeFrame34, I couldn't agree with you more or put it better myself. There's just no point in complaining. What a way to kill productivity!

Although I have been guilty of making typos from time to time.... what matters most is that one keeps improving. Thanks for your kind words and thanks for the read.


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Hi Stephanie, You are so right. I have been guilty of procrastinating myself doing all of those things you mentions... otherwise I would have had at least a few more hubs published by now. Thanks for the read.


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Hi Mperrottet, Thanks for the read and the vote up. Happy writting!


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Hi Tiffany, Same here. I joined hubpages as a way to make money. But now it has turned into much more. I enjoy the writing and the interacting with fellow writers. Thanks for the read and the vote up!


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Thanks you Jponiato


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daisydayz 4 years ago from Cardiff

Great hub, very true on all those points! Writing more quality hubs will always be the key.


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

HI Chantele. Thanks for the read!


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ignugent17 4 years ago

I really enjoyed reading your hub sweetzara. Thanks for this useful information and you are very honest. Have a good day!


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Hi Meldz, thanks for the read!


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Rob Winters 4 years ago

Nodded my agreeing head the whole way through.Sage advice.


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Thank you Rob.


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sjwalsh 4 years ago from Brookline, MA

I think this is a GREAT HUB! In this day and age people are looking for the largest return with as little effort as possible. Hard work, a constant desire to improve and determination will always pay off. It just takes time. Thank you for this post!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Nothing like new writers who want a 'get rich quick' route here! Your hub will help bring people back down to earth. I want to live in that other dimension where we make more money too!


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

thanks sjwalsh. I totally agree with you. Thanks for the read.


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Hi Christy! Thanks for the read! Lol! Don't we all want to be in that "other" dimension! Love reading your writing!


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The Invincible 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

I am awed with the sight of pile of comments on this Hub already, the only one of you that I've read until. Wondering how other ones have fared...

Nevertheless, leave earnings behind; this one has literally cajoled me press the 'Follow' button. You rock !


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Hi Hitesh. Thanks you for your kinds words and welcome to hubapges. Looking forward to reading your hubs. thanks for the read.


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The Invincible 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

My Pleasure Zara :)


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shivanchirakkal10 4 years ago

dear sweetzara,

You name is sweet and reading your hub is very very sweet,specially for new hub writers like me. Your 12 commends is like key words. Congratulation for your great work.


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Thank you shivanchirakkal10. I'm looking forward to reading your first hub here on hubpages


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austinhealy 4 years ago from Treasure Coast, Florida

Very interesting hub, but if I may say so without offending you, you are putting the cart in front of the horse. In my opinion, one writes because she or he likes to write. If your primary objective is to make money out of your writings, you either have to be very good at it or very interesting. Some books don't have much of a story or a plot in them, but the quality of the writing make them enjoyable to read. On the other hand, some books are not very well written but the interest of the story won't let you put them down. I don't see any hub by Stephen King or Janet Evanovitch on Hubpages, which tells me that maybe this is not the best way to make a living out of writing, and in this, I do agree with you. In the end, I would tend to think that this website is more aimed at amateur writers like myself. Best of luck.


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Hi Austinhealy, in a way I agree with you. I was making the same point: "one writes because she or he like to write." Overall, my point is: just focus on the writing and the money will eventually follow. Thanks for the read!


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JKenny 4 years ago from Birmingham, England

Great article Sweet Zara! I like the way you think, I don't do much backlinking either, as it doesn't seem to make a lot of difference to me. My two best performing hubs are ones where I've done absolutely no keyword research or backlinking. They're just good (I think hehehe). Thanks for writing this. Voted up etc.


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bac2basics 4 years ago from Spain

Hi Sweetzara. Love this hub. I am quite new to hubbing and I must say did go through a period of feeling down at the lack of earnings after a lot of hard work. But you are absolutely correct in what you are saying " Loud and Clear" the only way to earn is to work at it and work hard. I have read quite a few hubs on the earning potential of HP, some have sunk me to the depths of despair whilst others have given false hope. This hub is realistic, no bull, straightforward, great advice..Good job I love Tuna LOL. Thanks for making me feel better and pushing me onwards and upwards. :)


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Great husband great information. Youwriteavery realistic article . Well done!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Your points are spot on. You need to enjoy writing to be here. I actually came to HubPages to get back links to a website. Once I started writing, I realized how much I enjoyed it. I have to say the people here are what kept me coming back. Everyone here is so nice and helpful. This place has become almost like a family. The monthly income is nice too, but I wouldn't stay here just for that.

You point of focus on good writing and the money will follow is very true. If you want to make money here, it can be done, but you have to write good quality hubs to do it. Voted this up and useful! Have a wonderful day! :)


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

HI James, thanks for reading the hub and the vote up. Totally agree with you, keyword research and backlinking is overrated at times!


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

HI bac2basics, thanks for reading! It's time we all when back to the basics of writing hubs... When is to put the focus back on the writing. :)


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

HI suzettenaples, you mean great hub right (not hubsand)? I'm still single and hope to get a great husband some day! Lol! Thanks for reading. :)


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

HI sgbrown, so totally agree with you. Now I just need to write some more. :) Thanks for reading!


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

So sorry, this was suppose to say good hub, not husband Lol.


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watergeek 4 years ago

I can verify that writing high quality hubs works. I'm not making much yet, but did win a couple of surprise Hubs of the Day that generated a lot of traffic and some income. And the rankings for some of my hubs on Google are in the top 50. I'd been getting down on myself for taking a lot of time to do it, but it seems the time is being validated.

Nowadays, more than making money, I figure I'm developing a portfolio here for use in applying for writing jobs elsewhere.


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Hi watergeek. You are right, the time spend writing quality hubs is totally worth it. Thanks for the read.


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Devout Maven 4 years ago

Nice hub! you have made it very clear that there is no substitute for hard work.


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Hi Devout! thanks for reading.


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EBlank90 4 years ago from MIchigan

Is it ok to read all the wonderful comments you received- it's well past my bedtime. You chose an excellent title and followed with excellent advice. And earlier this evening I did write my second Hub.


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Hi EBlank90 thanks for reading the hub! I guess it's okay to read the comments since you have already written a hub. Looking forward to reading more hubs from you. Welcome to hubPages.


hsojjosh82 4 years ago

Unfortunately this article hit too close to home. Not sure if I should stop writing articles or stop reading other articles


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

HI hsojjosh82, don't stop writing articles... Keep writing. Thanks for the read.


Duchess OBlunt 4 years ago

One thing I can say for certain is that I don't write here for the money. I know there are some who do, and are successful. I also have read one too many hubs where people are complaining. But people will won't they? :) I like your common sense approach.

I will say this...I have met some truly great people here when I started out, and most of them I keep in touch with across the net. Even those who no longer write here.

Good hub.


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Thanks Duchess. Initially I started writing hubs thinking there was money to me made. But now I'm just enjoying the little writing that I manage to do. You are right, hubpages is an awesome place to meet great people. Thanks again for the read.


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SkeetyD 4 years ago from Barbados

Great hub. You keep it real! I almost fell into the habit of checking my few pennies every couple of hours but I wrestled with my self-control and won! You're right, most hubbers won't make a fortune but the community is full of great, friendly people and that's a great aspect.


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rogerfortune 4 years ago from Hubpages

Yes. I love this hub. Some people are more concerned about keyword stuffing and SEO than they are about the quality of their content.


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Hi SkeetyD, thanks for reading the hub! I try to keep it real! totally agree about the awesome hub community. Look forward to reading your hubs.


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Thanks for reading rogerfortune. Welcome to hubpages.


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Nathan Conner 4 years ago from Noblesville, Indiana

This was a good article, but also an entertaining article. Web 2.0 sites I think are good places to start for beginners. But once people really want to make money, bloggers and writers are better off with developing better income streams, and promoting their blog.


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Hi Nathan, thanks for reading my hub. You are right about writers promoting their blogs and developing better income streams. I am only just beginning to learn about all of it. Cheers.


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charlynjune 4 years ago from Philippines

Wow! That was a nice hub for a newbie like me to read..


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Hi Charlyn, thanks for reading my hub and welcome to hubpages. I look forward to reading your writing.


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charlynjune 4 years ago from Philippines

sure, thanks.. I am also hoping for some coaching there, : ).. I am not so good in writing.. I just wanna try.


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Greekgeek 4 years ago from California

If responsible (not sleazy) SEO and an understanding of how search engine algorithms work are really a barrier to earning on Hubpages, I guess it's a good thing I write on sites NOT hit by Panda where I earn twenty times as much.

The reason I talk about Google algorithms is that I know that while HP has been hit hard, other comparable revenue-sharing sites have not been. So if we can figure out what HP is getting penalized for and fix it, we can ALL benefit by having traffic and earnings increase.

But you say that's a waste of time?

Personally, I think one of the reasons that the earnings per article here is so low is that there's not much education about how to match your content and knowledge to what people are actually searching for. No, you don't go chasing after popular keywords to make a fast buck, but you do need to learn how to make sure the readers interested in what you've written will actually find it. And you could meet the web halfway by writing not just for yourself, but for readers. You'll get more traffic if you can figure out and write on the things you know and love which web users are really looking for.

Oops, sorry, I'm preaching that nasty SEO! I'll stop.


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Hi Charlyn, the best way to improve at writing is to keep writing.


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Greekgeek 4 years ago from California

Sorry, that last comment was too abrasive. By all means delete it, if you think it inappropriate.

Let me rephrase: A few of the things you deprecate are exactly what pays my bills, and are exactly the things that have helped many online writers I know make the transition from "earning a little fun money on the side" to "earning a living wage." So I guess the same techniques don't work for everybody, eh?


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Hi Greekgeek, you should do what works for you. I have written what I found works for me. Thanks for the read and good luck


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austinhealy 4 years ago from Treasure Coast, Florida

Someone had to let the cat out of the bag and you did it masterfully. I'm afraid though that the people this piece is mostly intended for will not believe you, they know better! Thanks for a funny, interesting and eye opening moment


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ivanmarginal 4 years ago from Jakarta

Honest reminder. Remind us that HP is not a place to get rich quickly. Good job.


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DOGTOWN777 4 years ago from sidcup kent england

i am new to this so signed up with a hope to make some money but is it difficult to make money ive posted about 10 hubs all on diffient topic so am is it a waste of time spending time writing hubs if there is no reward at the end of it


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Hi Dogtown, from what I hear in the forums etc. writers use to be able to make money here on hubpages earlier but things are just not the same anymore. I write for the sake of writing and because I enjoy it.... Making money while I do so would be nice, but soo far I have not been lucky in that department! Welcome to hubpages


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DOGTOWN777 4 years ago from sidcup kent england

so its hard to make money on here


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Not easy for sure! :) But best is to keep writing.


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DOGTOWN777 4 years ago from sidcup kent england

true but why do they advertise if no one is making money its google its the same with all mlm the company makes the money


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Cathy Fidelibus 4 years ago from NJ

Loved this Hub. Everything is so true. Very informative and a very fun read.

Thanks so much.


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Learning in Life 4 years ago from SW Florida

I couldn't help but laugh as you described me and my constant checking of my earnings. I'm not doing it just for money but I do check it often. Great Hub!


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Hi Dogtwon77 I really hope that the CPM rates of the adds increase!


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Hi Cathy! thansk for reading the hub! Looking forward to reading your hubs!


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Hi Megan, I constantly check my earnings to! only thing it doesn't change too often :) thanks for reading!


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DOGTOWN777 4 years ago from sidcup kent england

what is the cpm not to sure what that means i new to this


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

CPM is cost per thousand impressions... It is what they use to calculate how much money you get every time someone views the ad on your page. if your cost per thousand impression is $1000 then you get $1 for every view. A CPM of $1 will get you $0.01 for every view/impression. Hopethis helps!


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DOGTOWN777 4 years ago from sidcup kent england

no it doesnt matter how good your blog is, the hardest thing is getting A to B a is your product and b is your customer first thing first there are too many people doing the same thing, thats why you dont get many clicks its the same as online marketing it take a long time for people to get to know you so if B doesnt want to read a blog he wont thats why its difficult to make money online


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Yes, that does seem to be the case. But one must also write because one enjoys writing and not necessarily just for the returns.


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pommefritte 4 years ago from Northern Virginia

Good writing - a clever way to get your point across


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DOGTOWN777 4 years ago from sidcup kent england

yes i do tend to agree that if you are here to make money its not a quick rich thing if you enjoy writing and sending your bloggs that really all that matters


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whittwrites 4 years ago from the Philly area

Great Hub, both humorous and informative.


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MichaelJohnMele 3 years ago from Seffner, Florida

Very informative...thanks for sharing...now if you'll excuse me, I have some hubbing to do.


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jimagain 3 years ago from Hattiesburg, Mississippi

I woke up, I smelled the tuna...blech! and then I cancelled my cruise and returned the yacht. Sigh. It's back to the 7-11 for me. Thank you for finally opening my eyes. You're right. It is an addiction. I recently joined a rehab group for destitute Hubbers. Oh, the lies, the lies, when will they stop?!!

Never mind that my really Hubs suck...


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Lizam1 3 years ago from Victoria BC

I enjoyed the irony - however I think that many of us are here purely for the writing and hoping to earn as we hone and develop our skills. There is a tendancy for questions and hubs aimed at bringing in traffic from other hubber - as yours has proven - I don't think they improve the quality of hub pages and I am not sure I see the point.


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MarieAlana1 3 years ago from Ohio

so true... so true. Great hub!


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

That is fantastic! It was amusing reading this hub! I hope people will realize that they won't be making millions, or "getting rich quick", and that making some money takes hard work.

Thanks for sharing this with us.


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sen.sush23 3 years ago from Kolkata, India

Zara that is an intelligently written hub, by all standards. While I can definitely say that you did try the hub friendly topic, and used those keywords too, but at the same time your advice is what you do, and good for new writers. In that case, the choosy, will read the title as 'How to be a successful online writer'. Bingo! Girl you had my thanks for, you know why. Now you also have my salute. Voted up and sharing.


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deepateresa 3 years ago from Trivandrum, Kerala,India

Enjoyed reading your hub and really some of them was pointing to me !!!

Great work... Keep it up


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SpaceShanty 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Very informative Hub.

Thank you.


martin dennis 3 years ago

ive not been on here for a bit


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RetroBrothers 3 years ago from Sunny Scotland

What a great hub! A lot of home truths in there too.

I need to keep at it and get to 100 hubs published, and then make it 200 and so on.

Nice writing Sweetzara


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ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

Great article Sweetzara and excellent advice to all of us who waste too much time. Thank you for writing this.


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Composant 3 years ago

Awesome hub! I recently joined HubPages and was really in need of tips to actually start up my hub. I do hope in the future that my I would make a name for myself after making tons of quality Hubs and if possible, making actual money from this site.


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isaiahkimgoodwin 3 years ago from Concord, NH

I am new to Hubpages so I wasn't sure what to expect. This is helpful, and informative.


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sallybea 2 years ago from Norfolk

sweetzara

You are so right, it so easy to be caught up with stats, forums and commenting that we very easily lose sight of the task in hand - which is to write passionately about the things we love writing about.

This is like a breath of fresh air - voted up and pinned.

Thank you

Sally


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myefforts 2 years ago from Lahore

really a great hub... well done!!


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Deepak Chaturvedi 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

God knows

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