I came across HubPages in my search for a part time job. I kept a blog for several years on my struggle with sexual pain and all of the issues that come with that. I think that what I have written and what I could continue to write on the subject would be very interesting and informational to readers who seek answers to their own sexual problems. I read the rules about what a Hub should not be and one of them says it should not be sexually explicit. Due to the nature of this topic, it does talk about sex a lot, but not in a lude or inappropriate way. Would it be Hub approved if it is written tastefully and with the idea of sharing experiences and information? Secondly, I have already written a great deal on this subject on my own blog in my own words. Could I use some of those posts after making sure to edit them to Hub requirements? And my third question: Some of my posts are more journal type posts, which I read was not recommended, but some of them are informational- suggestions on how to treat a certain symptom, experiences with specialists, etc. If I started this Hub would I have to restrict myself to purely informational writing, or could I also add in personal feelings when appropriate?
Sexual pain and other sexual problems is a topic that is unfortunately not talked about much, at least outside of the internet. When I was searching for answers I found several bloggers with similar issues, but we truly don't have a lot of answers out there. With my specific issues there are only about 5 doctors in the entire country who even know how to treat these problems. I believe that if this topic is approved under your guidelines it could bring in many readers - women who can't talk about it so go searching online, women who have been to 10 gynecologists and have gotten no answers, men who see their partners in pain and want to help.
Honestly, if you want to write about sexually-related ideas even if it is about recovery and healing, this is probably not the place to do it. Any kind of sexually explicit language will stop a hub from being approved.
I would suggest trying blogger, it has adsense built in and if you run afoul of adsense you can switch to another provider (Project Wonderful etc)
But when creating the Hub there is a Sexual Dysfunction option under "topic". Why is it there if this issue can't be discussed on HubPages?
It may be left over from when Adsense was not so cautious. But these days any words relating in any way to private parts, sexual orientation, or intercourse is going to be hard to get approved over the long term.
Does blogger pay? I don't exactly understand how Hub works yet, but since I found it on monster.com looking for work it says it pays depending on how your Hub does. I guess I'm trying to find out if I can publish the many words I've already written on the subject and get paid for them. But it sounds like you think Hub just won't go for it. Should I try anyway and see if it's unapproved?
Start reading, http://hubpages.com/faq/
That's the short-form Q&A that explains everything about the site.
As someone who's been here for seven years, I'd also like to point out that many people spend more than 20 hours per week writing and promoting content when they start, and it takes people 9 months on average to achieve their first $50 payout.
People who post hubs on sexual health often find the ads disabled on those hubs. They're still published, but without ads they will not generate earnings via the HubAds program. You could still place Amazon products though.
It's an uphill battle, and as PsycheSkinner suggests you'll have a much easier time making money with your own blog if you want to focus on sexual health.
Mature themes (which includes any and all facets of sexuality) is one of the most vague areas when it comes to AdSense program policies and interpretations. It's my belief that you would eventually run afoul of advertising compliance issues and be dissatisfied with your experience here given your intended topic.
I'd also like to point out that HubPages would most likely disable advertising on your Hubs even if they did allow the content, which would completely negate your stated desire to earn money.
Quite frankly, if you want a part-time job that earns money, you'll get more cash faster and with less effort by getting a non-virtual job.
Thanks for the advice everyone. It sounds like this might not be the right place for my topic.
Most hubbers earn predominantly through Adsense. The advantage of having you own blog is that you can still use Adsense, but if Adsense cuts you off you can easily swap to another advertising network.
Sarah, I would agree that HubPages is not the right place for your topic. In fact, you won't find a writing site that is.
Your own blog is your only real alternative. If you weren't getting visitors, then it's something you can do as a public service but not a money-making enterprise. If you were getting visitors, then you need to work out how you're going to earn money from them. You can put Adsense ads on your blog, but Adsense income alone isn't nearly enough to make a living from. You need to work out what products you can sell to your readers, then find out if the suppliers have affiliate schemes or if there's some other way you can get commission on selling their products. Having one or two products isn't enough - to really make money, you need to be able to keep on marketing products to your readers over the long term.
As Relache says, writing on writing sites isn't a good way to make a living. Even running your own blog takes a lot of commitment, considering the rewards. If you feel driven to write, you won't grudge the long hours needed to make money - but if you're not a writer, you'll find many more profitable alternatives out there. Do you have household clutter you could sell on eBay? Could you start a concierge business (offering personal services like running errands, pet minding, managing tradesmen)? Can you make crafts or cakes?
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