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What are some realistic earnings I can expect from HubPages?

  1. CareerCounsel profile image79
    CareerCounselposted 3 years ago

    Hi everyone, I'm new and just started contributing to HubPages. I am an aspiring model trying to make some money on the side by blogging.

    What are some realistic figures I can potentially earn writing good hubs here? I have about 4 hubs currently and am earning a few pennies per day.

    Thanks for your feedback!

    1. relache profile image86
      relacheposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      What you are seeing is realistic for what you have produced.

      1. CareerCounsel profile image79
        CareerCounselposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks. I noticed you have 200 hubs, which is 50 times more than me. If you don't mind sharing, do you make 50 times "a few pennies" per day as well?

        1. relache profile image86
          relacheposted 3 years ago in reply to this


          My earnings are not that low.

  2. CareerCounsel profile image79
    CareerCounselposted 3 years ago

    If anyone can provide specific figures, that would be wonderful!

    1. wilderness profile image96
      wildernessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      No one can possible supply specif figures.  The best that can be done is to estimate that you will probably earn between 2 and 5 dollars for every 1,000 readers and even that is extremely variable.

  3. agilitymach profile image99
    agilitymachposted 3 years ago

    Wilderness is right.  There's no way to estimate what will happen with your particular account.  The variables are just too great.  The variables will include (but won't be limited to) how good a writer you are, what your niche market/topic is, how well you can capture SEO, how much time you can devote to Hubpages, how well you can craft a stellar hub, how much knowledge you have of your niche topic(s), etc.

    I don't spend as much time as I'd like on Hubpages, and in the last year have seen two payouts (ie. about $110).  I'm told as my hubs age, they will increase in traffic and make more money for me.  I am seeing this slowly occur.  If I were able to create more hubs, my earnings would be far greater, but time limits me. 

    Knowing your target audience and where to find them will greatly help your profits so you won't have to rely on Google searches alone.

    There are fine writers who have been here for years who have yet to reach payout and others who reach payout in only a few months.  Don't expect a side "Income" from Hubpages anytime soon.  I view it as a compliment to my profession where I can earn some money and continue to further my reputation in my "real" profession.

  4. CareerCounsel profile image79
    CareerCounselposted 3 years ago

    agilitymach, your answer is very detailed and helpful. Thank you. You have much more hubs than me and I could tell your hubs are high quality. I'm actually quite surprised that someone like you only earned about $220 in a year. I guess I am overestimating HubPages's earnings potential sad

    1. LeanMan profile image81
      LeanManposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      It is possible to make payout every month, some hubbers make it many times over.
      HP is a great place to start earning as it is simple, it is certainly where I and many others got their initial successes. Hubpages still forms a significant chunk of my online earnings but if you are going to rely on your earnings online as some of us do you really need to spread your risk around a little. I find HP the easiest and most profitable for me to use as a revenue sharing platform but some others will swear by other sites also. But for real earnings you will need your own sites - but learn here first..
      Your earnings will all depend on how much work you are prepared to put into it. Treat it as a full time job and you can manage a full time income (online - not just HP) and more. But don't expect results tomorrow, next week, or next month - it takes time and sometimes a lot of luck..

      Welcome and good luck...

      1. CareerCounsel profile image79
        CareerCounselposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        LeanMan, you said "But for real earnings you will need your own sites". Can you explain?

        Having my own site means I have to pay for domain names and hosting. Also, my new site would not be part of a community (like my hubs are here), so people would not find my website as fast as my hubs would be found here on HubPages.

        So as far as I understand, there's no advantage to having my own site if I want to earn money.

        1. LeanMan profile image81
          LeanManposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          Hubpages has some advantages to helping you earn with regards to it being an already established site with everything set up to help you earn. However you do split your earnings with the site for the privilege of using it. You are also at the mercy of the site owners should they decide to make changes or even close or sell up. You are also affected to an extent by the actions of others on the site hence the drive by HP to eliminate the poor quality and spam hubs.

          While your own site requires some effort to set up and get running correctly you have significantly more options with regards to how you can earn money. You are also completely in control of that site and can change anything you like. If you can become an authority in a specific area you can dominate the searches around that subject and gain significant traffic and earnings - however it is much easier to say it than do it! I earn far more on my own sites than I do on HP but I still see significant value in maintaining my account (and earnings) here.

          1. CareerCounsel profile image79
            CareerCounselposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            Wonderful! Never thought of all those scenarios. Thanks for opening my eyes!

    2. Barbara Kay profile image86
      Barbara Kayposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      You can be a fantastic writer, but if you write about the wrong topics you'll earn next to nothing. It took me almost a year before I figured out what ranked well. You need to learn some SEO too if you want to succeed.

      You can earn really good money here or earn pennies depending on your topics and quality of writing. It takes lots of patience in the beginning. If you want quick money, this isn't the job for you. Best of luck. I hope you set some records on earnings.

      1. CareerCounsel profile image79
        CareerCounselposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Barbara, any tips on figuring out which topics earn the most?

    3. agilitymach profile image99
      agilitymachposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Thank you for the kind remarks about my hubs. That's very kind!! smile

  5. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image93
    Marcy Goodfleischposted 3 years ago

    Welcome to the site!  As everyone says, individual earnings are hard to predict, and depend on many factors (how long you've been on the site, the topics you write about, how well you promote your work, the quality of your writing, etc.).  Also - traffic is fickle - you can have a great surge and then decline dramatically. 

    FYI - this is not a blogging site, so make certain your writing is solid and informative, not conversational and non-substantive.  Read as many tips in the Learning Center as you can - you'll find excellent information about the types of hubs that get the best traffic (based on their elements, not their topics).

    Best of luck with your new venture!

    1. CareerCounsel profile image79
      CareerCounselposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks for the tip. I intend to write substantive content that others will hopefully find useful!

  6. poojariffre profile image60
    poojariffreposted 3 years ago

    Hi, I am new here. I got more knowledge from here. Thanks for sharing....

  7. susi10 profile image94
    susi10posted 3 years ago

    Hi Jenny,
    First of all, I would like to welcome to HubPages and may you have a happy stay here! In relation to your question, there is no definite answer, some Hubbers have 100 hubs and struggle to make $0.20 cents a day, whilst others reach payout every month.

    To give you an idea, for every 1000 views you get per day, you will receive $2 to $3 dollars in earnings each day. Of course, it could take months to years to achieve this. Even aiming at 300 views a day, will get you about $27 a month. However, it is not easy, it will take a lot of hard work, effort and dedication. Expect yourself to start earning a few dollars after you have written at least 30+ hubs. I am sure that many Hubbers may contradict me, but it varies from person to person.

    I hope this will help you, start writing more hubs and you will be earning in no time! smile

    1. CareerCounsel profile image79
      CareerCounselposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Definitely helpful! And thanks for the warm welcome!

  8. cherihut profile image84
    cherihutposted 3 years ago

    I'm new on here myself. I just published my first Hub, but I have questions on earning, too. OK, this is a dumb question, maybe, but I plead the ignorance of a newbie.

    First of all, I just tried to get on Google Ad Sense, and I was not approved for lack of content. I have been reading that you need about 10 Hubs before you get approved by Ad Sense. But... I was reading here that CareerCouncil is also new and that she only has 4 hubs, and yet she is earning a few pennies a day (obviously that's not much, but the fact that I picked up on is that she's earning SOMETHING).

    So, here's my dumb question. If a newbie doesn't normally get accepted by Ad Sense until they've posted about 10 hubs, in what other ways are people earning? I know there's a way to earn with E-bay, but I haven't looked into that yet. Considering what I just wrote about CareerCouncil's earning experience, do you earn anything just by the fact that people are reading your stuff? Again, forgive my ignorance... I'm completely new to the online freelance writing thing... haven't got a clue as to how things really work.

    Thanks for any responses I might get...


    1. HollieT profile image90
      HollieTposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      When you are accepted by Adsense you can sign up to HP ads earning program, which is impression based so you will earn when people read your hubs. I think the Ebay program is associated with your Adsense account too, so you can't necessarily earn from Ebay until you have an Adsense account (I think) but you can become an affiliate for Amazon (which is just a simple sign up, you can access from your account page where it says configure Amazon) Once accepted, you can add Amazon products to your page and earn commissions when products are sold.