HubPages - Where Hubbers Hit the Road Writing
It has already been a year since I joined HubPages and wrote my first article on the site. From my first article to my latest, I’ve appreciated the community atmosphere, rating system, the opportunity to earn a variety of accolades, to enter contests and the chance to earn some serious money. I’ve found HubPages writers to be encouraging and supportive of each other. Learning from experienced writers is a valuable resource for newbies.
Darn that Google Panda
I earn the bulk of my income as a copywriter for online article sites and private customers. Although Google Panda hit article content sites hard, which in turn hurt writers, there is still money to be made by writing online – definitely not what it once was – but it’s still possible.
Writing for Demand Media Studios
Writers always have the option of working for companies that pay upfront, like Demand Media Studios (DMS), but writing How to Unstop a Clogged Toilet fifty different ways is not exactly satisfying. And when your toilet article goes to an editor with limited topic expertise, has a skewed view of guidelines or who is having a bad day requests a complete rewrite it can be extremely frustrating. Suddenly your $25 article ends up earning you about $5 an hour or less. Who works for $5 an hour?
You do receive a byline with your published DMS articles, but they reserve the right to remove it at any time and without notice. In addition, writers do not receive any ad revenue from their articles whatsoever. How nice of writers to contribute their money-making articles to DMS so they can add to their millions of Google ad revenue dollars.
Writing for Textbroker
You could write for Textbroker where you’ll be paid approximately $5 (if you’re lucky and depending on your current rating) for your well-researched, well-written and expertly-edited article. You also lose all rights to your work and receive no byline. Editors have also been known to randomly reduce a writer’s rating, resulting in far less assignment opportunities and lower pay.
Interact Media is very similar to Textbroker in that there is a rating system, however Interact pays a little more than Textbroker.
Writing On Fiverr
Writers can offer their writing services on Fiverr for, you guessed it, five bucks. Be aware that you’ll only receive four bucks because Fiverr takes their cut of your earnings. Is $4 worth the time and effort it takes to write an article? With Fiverr, as with Text Broker, you are functioning as a ghost writer and won’t get any recognition for your effort.
Writing for Scripted
Scripted is another article content site, but in my opinion, is riddled with stumbling blocks. Some of Scripted's issues include:
- Having to submit a separate writing sample for each category before getting permission to choose any assignments from said categories.
- There are very few assignments available at any given time.
- New writers get last pick of assignments after writers who have been on the site longer have had their pickings.
- You’re a ghost writer.
The plus side: The pay isn’t so bad (starting at approximately $15 and upwards of $35 or so).
The HubPages Difference
There’s much to be gained by writing for HubPages. HubPages allows writers to write about anything they like. There is no queue of ridiculous titles to choose from. There are no misinformed editors arbitrarily deciding which articles pass and which articles fail. HubPages provides writers with the opportunity to accrue some serious money when they apply and promote themselves. The generous 60/40 split (with writers receiving 60 percent of revenue) is making it possible for some writers to make hundreds of dollars each month. I haven’t gotten to that point, but I certainly hope to do so in the future.
Having our own HubPages sub-domains helps the Google Monster find our content much more easily and that helps build revenue. When writers take the time to promote their articles this can really pay off nicely.
HubPages has a lot to offer writers. It’s a great place for Hubbers to hit the road and hone their writing skills while earning money.
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