Make Money Writing On Hubpages And Freelancing Sites

I was requested: "Please explain how you make money on hubpages or the other site you mentioned" by the hubber MaestroEMcCloud.

There are several ways to make money on the internet and several ways to make money on hubpages. I am a full time writer who works from home. I make money on hubpages, have several blogs and websites and I also Freelance with Elance, Guru.com, oDesk and use to be on Freelancer. I will explain how I make money on these sites and what I do. Hubpages is my favourite article site and Elance is my favourite Freelancing site


Making money on Hupages

There are several ways to make money on Hubpages:

  1. The hubpages ad program
  2. the Ebay ad program
  3. Selling items from Ebay
  4. Selling Items from Amazon
  5. Referring someone to HP and having them sign up
  6. Referral links from other hubbers hubs


How I earn on HP

The question asked me how I earn on Hubpages and the other site I mentioned. Here is my answer to the first part which is how I earn on Hubpages.

When I started writing on Hubpages I thought it would be easy. I thought that all I had to do was write, publish and I would get paid. I had no idea about keywords and search terms. I had no idea that you could earn money from people viewing pages that ads were displayed on. So imagine my surprise and disappointment when I figured out that without page views I was doomed. But before HP invited everyone into the Ad program the majority of the writers on HP depended Adsense clicks to survive. I was here about two months before the program opened so I was in a tizzy as to how I would make that work.

I also learned that writing articles were not easy because you had to make sure that your articles were evergreen and of the highest quality. I learn something everyday that I write and publish online and my aim is to always get better at this.

One of my regrets is that I didn't publish enough at first so didn't really start to earn until the summer of 2011 when I really started writing articles. So my primary means of earning on HP is through the HP Ad program where every time someone from outside of Hubpages views my articles I get paid.

I also get paid if anyone clicks my tracking link to other people's hubs or sign up for HP through my referral links. Ebay and Amazon are also great ways to earn especially if you have product hubs. I don't have much of those but I don't really like marketing.


Freelancing

I work full time from home hubbing and freelancing. When I joined HP I was looking for freelance work online. I knew I could make a living online but didn't know where to look. I found several scams, fakes and paid sites but not having a US credit card prevented me from paying to find work, thank God!

I found some survey sites but they would only accept people from the US and Canada. I plod on looking for my ideal site. Then viola I met oDesk, a site that offered workers a chance to work by bidding on projects. I liked oDesk but they were asking me for personal documents to verify my identity so never made use of the service as I was not comfortable giving out my information. I am happy to say that since December 2012 I started using oDesk and had my identity verified without giving too much away.

After many days and nights, even months, searching I finally found Freelancer and Constant content but I don't like their layout and I don't like constant content so I have never used it.

A few months ago I started using Freelancer.com just to write adult stories for clients because the other articles paid really cheap but I find the payment for adult stories quite reasonable.

During my search in July 2011, I found Elance and I have not regretted signing up. Projects are placed on the site by clients and you are able to place a proposal and a bid. The client chooses the best (or the one they like) and you are given the job. There are categories to choose from so you bid on jobs in your specific category.

Some projects are cheap while others pay quite reasonable. When I was a newbie I took very cheap jobs in order to build my portfolio. As you gain more experience and get more jobs you become in higher demand and clients are willing to pay top dollar for your work. You can now pick and choose who you work for and negotiate your fees and terms. If you remain in good standing with the site, clients will call upon you to repeat jobs and you will get a lot of invitations to bid.

For the last four months I have not searched for a project because clients have invited me back or have invited me to bid. I am a level 7, 5 star freelancer.

There are many different categories to choose from and you can choose one and pay for any additional category. There are four membership levels:

  1. Free individual
  2. Paid individual - $10 per month
  3. Small Business (five members) - $20 per month
  4. Large Business (unlimited members) - $40 per month

With each membership you get what are known as connects. They are points that you use to bid on projects. Some projects require 1 point while others require more. A free membership gets up to 15 points each month, so with careful management you can bid on up to 15 projects each month minimum, while the other memberships give you more. You do not require connect to bid on jobs you are invited for.

See below for articles about Elance and Freelancer.


To join Hubpages follow this link.


To join Elance follow this link.


Other sites I work with

oDesk: Some years ago I joined oDesk but it was late 2012 when I actually started working there. I find the site easy to use but my biggest issue with them is their payment system. Fixed price jobs are not guaranteed payment and they take six days before releasing your payment to you after the client releases the funds. I completed a job a few months ago and have not heard from the client since. Nothing, zilch no emails. The client's website seemed to be down now but I should have been paid. I lost $90. I haven't been back since. The other issue I have is that clients pay cheaply and not willing to pay standard prices.

Guru.com: I was reading a forum post a few months ago when someone mentioned this website. I had stumbled upon it before but wasn't sure about it. I hesitantly signed up and am happy I did. I get a steady stream of work from this site and payment is prompt with safepay, much like Elance where the client funds your account prior to starting the job. Clients there are willing to pay top dollar for your work as well.

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Judi Bee profile image

Judi Bee 4 years ago from UK

Thanks for explaining Freelancer - I've been wondering about it!

Voted up and useful


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thank you Judi. You are welcome. Have a great day!


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Rastamermaid 4 years ago from Universe

This is an awesome,awesome hub Cardisa!

Thank you for sharing,sis! Excellent content and very easy to follow.

Your willingness to share and explain to the novice what is needed and what is what and what does what is priceless.

As always,

Respect!


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Dina Blaszczak 4 years ago from Poland

A very useful hub, Cardisa. I'm only starting out in writing articles and appreciate every bit of information about it. Thank you, voted up, useful and interesting.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thank you Rasta girl. I am glad you liked it.Have a great afternoon!


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thank you Dina, I am glad you found it useful. Have a blessed afternoon.


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MaestroECMcCloud 4 years ago from Lexington, South Carolina

Thank you Cardisa. I'm not nearly as good a writer as you. So maybe I'll just stick to writing for fun. Your hub was very informative though and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Maestro, thank you for the compliment and thank you for asking the question. I was happy to answer it in order to offer some information to persons who want to earn online.

Have a blessed evening.


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Thank you Cardisa..this is really good information!


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thank you Sunnie, I really appreciate you stopping by.


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cloverleaffarm 4 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

Thank you for all the great information. I have book marked all you links, and can't wait to read them all, and watch the videos.


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DonnaCosmato 4 years ago from USA

Good tutorial on some of the other freelancing sites, Cardisa! It sounds like you've found your niche and have some good gigs going for you. Congratulations on figuring out how to make freelancing work for you so you could enjoy the freedom of working from home:)


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hello Cloverleaffarm, Thank you so much for stopping by. I really hope you find some useful info in there.

Have a blessed day!


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Donna, thank you so much. I also like to share what I have learned with other because I would also like others who want to freelance to be able to succeed. Thank you for you well wishes.

Have a wonderful day.


jenubouka 4 years ago

Wonderful explanation on the different ways to "freelance online" It is a hard road for some, as everyday is like a job hunt. Elance is a work in progress for me, and will go to your other hub that explains it in detail, again. I was invited on Odesk, however I am banging my head against the wall for I am making less than I should, but as you said, little jobs first to help that portfolio. You are inspiring indeed for those who want to write full time, you have an incredible talent, you are an inspiration to me to say the least. I think of you often as I enter a freelance site, your helpful hubs, and encouraging words.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Oh Jen, without my friends like you to motivate me I don't know if I would be so inspirational. Thank you for making my head swell this morning and for making me smile. I really appreciate your visit. From what I see oDesk pays much cheaper than Elance. I kind browsed the site and didn't like the prices.

Have a blessed day!


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sandrabusby 4 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

What a wealth of information. I've bookmarked some of it to go back later. I appreciate you and will be following your hubs. Thanks. Sandra Busby


jenubouka 4 years ago

Ah well you are so let that head swell! You are right about odesk for sure, 5 bucks for 700+ words is killing me! But I am compelled to finish the job, but will never accept that rate again, I would make more recycling cans.


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wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

Cardisa,

I am so happy you shared such valuable information. I have lots to learn about hubpages yet. The videos are fantastic.


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Cardisa, you have saved us all a lot time and a lot of clicks looking for this kind of info along with that in your other informative Hubs. It is a Big UP! I bookmarked it and will read it and your other educational Hubs more than once.


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lobobrandon 4 years ago

Great Hub Cardisa :) I've been in the same boat and have tried all the same sites as you only I got to elance first then oDesk and Freelancer. Found constant content too and still get emails from them but never wrote a single article there. I love elance and that's the reason my first two hubs were about it :)

But, now through Elance I've got a client who gives me work as and when I'm free to write and so I've basically given up on elance as most of the projects that I've been invited to and repeat clients as well ask for 25 or so articles in 2-3 days (Not possible when your a student).

So, anyone can earn online and all they need to do is find whats best for them and give their best.

Cheers to everyone whose inspired from this hub and to you as well


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica

I remember you talking about freelancer when I just started to seek jobs on the internet (again. That nudge you gave towards freelancer helped me out as I got a job solving math problems.


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Loi-Renee 4 years ago from Jamaica

Hi Cardisa. Its as if you wrote this hub just for me, it came right in time. A lot of people around me still do not believe it is possible to make a living online and lately I have been feeling as if they are right.

Like you, I searched for months for the right online job and found nothing substantial. I'm still learning about SEO and all the keyword researching and placement techniques so my hubs and blogs can be better.

I know now that to earn on Elance I need to bid on more projects so that I can have a better chance of being chosen for a really good job. In writing more bids, I might even get a better hang of writing bids that stand out.

Thanks Cardisa.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thank you Sandra, I am happy to supply the info. I think I was a teacher in another life, sharing whatever I have learned with others is so much fun. I really appreciate you compliment.

Have a great day!


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

LOL... Jen, I believe you about the recycling but these jobs are a great way to gain the experience and pad your portfolio.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thank you Georgianna, I really appreciate you stopping by. If ever you need help please don't hesitate to ask. I too am still learning so we can learn together.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Xstatic, thank you so much. I really am glad that this hub was informative enough. It took me four days to figure out what to write...lol.

Thank, your comment is so appreciated.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hey Brandon, Thanks so much for stopping by. Elance is the cream of the freelancing sites crop just like HP is the cream of the article site crop.

I have a client whom I met through Elance that still gives me work outside of Elance and pays me through paypal, but I trust him since we have been together over six months. I need to updat the hub to warn against people who want to do this because not every one can be trusted.

Thanks for your wonderful comment Brandon. Take is easy.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Way to go Rasta, you are a true genius. I knew you were no ordinary Rasta man! Math is not my forte so cudos to you my brother. I hope you are making some good money form it because if I am correct, stuff like that pay way more than writing.

Bless.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Loi, I fee guilty because I have basically neglected you, so I promise that I will help you more in writing keyword rich articles for your hubs and blogs and I will help you with the bids for your Elance.

I have a new hub to publish tomorrow, It about writing a good recipe hub but it has a great step by step guide on finding keywords. So look out for it. I just got another idea for a hub too.

Email me and don't be shy to ask me for help. I will make the time, okay?


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Loi-Renee 4 years ago from Jamaica

Thank you so much Cardisa, you are such a great friend. :) I'm still amazed at how good you are at this (working online).

I will definitely look out for your hub tomorrow.


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skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains

cardisa thank you for the valuable info sister. Bookmarked! God Bless your journey. love ya, Skye


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Another useful gem for me to bookmark into 'my most useful hubs' slot.

Thanks for sharing;take care and have a wonderful day.

Eddy.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Loi, you are welcome my friend. I think I will also do a complete hub on Keywords afterwards.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Skye, thank you so much for the blessings. Have a wonderful day.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thank you so much Eddy, I am glad you found it useful. Have a blessed day yourself.


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lobobrandon 4 years ago

That's true not all clients can be trusted and I was scammed once, but that helped me learn and it never happened and will never happen again :)


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Brandon, a client scammed me too and the thing about it, it was on Elance. They requested two articles on organic skin care, and if you have read my skin care hubs you will know that I do great skin care articles. They paid for only one article and told me the other was "unusable". The client had used several contractors before me and said he was disappointed with their work and that some of the other writers works were very poor. I think he does that to get the article and pay less because he finds fault with them.


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lobobrandon 4 years ago

I was asked to write reviews. I gave the client my kitchen hood hub as an example he was amazed as it gave both the pros and cons of the thing being sold. But, when it came to paying he said it was not the way I expected and I was looking only for positive points. I modified it and gave it to him within 2 hours and finally he said I'm too late (That was 3 days before the delivery time). It was set for 3 days but I did it on the first day itself. I managed to get elance to ban him though as he was a new contractor and I didn't get paid told him it was ok and I published it on my blog just for him not to be able to use it :)


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Chuck 4 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

This is great information. You have done a great job with this Hub. I have heard of Elance and visited their website once but have never heard of Freelancer. I applaud your success and ability to support yourself as a writer. My goal is to do the same but for now I need to keep my full time job and that limits the time I have to write - a Catch-22 I am still working to resolve.

I do enjoy reading your Hubs and will be bookmarking this one for furure reference.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

That was awful Brandon. I couldn't publish mine because I already had articles similar that on HP so I counted them as loss. What I like with Elance is they also ban clients from posting spam and stuff like that. They are easy to deal with.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Chuck, thank you reading and commenting. I hope you do get a chance to write full time because it's very rewarding and fulfilling. Elance is the best freelancing site that I have discovered and some clients pay good money for work. You can choose which jobs to bid for so you don't get paid cheaply.

Thanks for stopping by Chuck, always a pleasure to see you.


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Anilkumar cv 4 years ago from kerala,India

This is a grate and nice hub.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thank you Anikumar, have a great day!


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

Thanks so much Cardisa, this is a lot of great information. So far I have made nothing so it is encouraging to think I could make some real money...or any money. lol

I think I will start working on this, as much as I like to write, who could ask for anything more. You are a great hubber to share your expertise.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thank you Jackie, I hope you start making some money soon. If there is anything you need just ask.

Have a blessed afternoon.


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smartincome 4 years ago from Philippines

I signed up on freelance and elance months ago. but I never had a chance to find a job. Thanks for sharing for sharing your expertise Cardisa. Very helpful hub!


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editorsupremo 4 years ago from London, England

Well written hub Cardisa. Your comment about thinking all you had to do was write and you would make money, not knowing that you had to know a little about keywords and search terms brought back memories of when I first started writing. I've learned a lot since then!

Keep up the good work. Voted up!


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

You are welcome Smartincome. I hope you take some time to get to know the sites a little bit then decide which site is more suitable for you. Elance is my favourite and I guarantee that with some effort you can make it work for you.

Have a blessed day.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Editorsupremo, yes, many newbies to online writing think the same way. The unfortunate this is many fall by the wayside because they are not willing to do the research and the work it takes to succeed in the virtual world.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!


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smartincome 4 years ago from Philippines

Thank you Cardisa! I will and first on my list is Elance. Have a fabulous day! :)


mikeydcarroll67 4 years ago

These are important. I found that one has to take the time necessary to be able to do a little bit of marketing and the other things necessary (and perhaps can be done via break these down into smaller chunks).


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

You are welcome. :)


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Mike, you are right, a little bit of marketing goes a long way but I find what works best is a well written article with proper keyword usage. There are some people on HP who says they just write, publish and forget it and they get a lot of traffic. I have set up quite a few RSS feeds around the place and I use some bookmarking and social network sites.

Have a great day!


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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

This is a great and very useful hub. I realise the sites such as Freelance and Elance explain what they are all about. But it's good to have the opinion of a writer who has had experience of the site. This article was full of very useful information and it has given me a bit more confidence to have a go at freelancing.

Many thanks for sharing + voted up!


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hello Seeker7, I am so pleased that I could inspire you through this hub. Elance is a great site to work with. I have no regrets.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend.


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EuroCafeAuLait 4 years ago from Croatia, Europe

Congratulations, Cardisa on your online success. Such a great hub. Friends have been asking me how to make money online. Voted up, awesome and sharing.


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Chris Achilleos 4 years ago

Thank you for sharing this Cardisa, I have found the information on this hub very useful. Voted up :)


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thanks EuroCafe, it takes a little determination but it can be done. Thanks for sharing and I hope someone gets inspired by this too.

Have a blessed weekend!


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thank you Chris, I am glad you found it useful. Have a wonderful weekend!


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Karanda 4 years ago from Australia

Great information Cardisa. I am sure the newcomers will benefit from reading and I have learned a couple of things myself. Elancer is definitely my favourite site too for writing jobs on line.


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Rusti Mccollum 4 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

I found this very informative and interesting.Thankyou for such a great hub!


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MelChi 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

Hi Cardisa! As someone who is also not an American or Canadian citizen - I can relate with you on how hard it is to find freelance sites. Thank you so much for the advice - these are great places to start! :)


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Gypsy Flower 4 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A

In and of itself, writing is my main goal from my writing. If I ever make any money from my writing, wonderful, but to date that has been a low priority.

Unfortunately, in November I sustained a serious injury, and two months later I still didn't know whether surgery was a viable option, so I resigned my job--thus ruining my chances of collecting unemployment! Of course I did that because it the casino had been more than helpful to me from the moment I applied for the job; how could I thank them by making them take a ding on the Labor Department's track sheet for an injury that they had nothing to do with? or by asking them to grant me medical leave when I couldn't even provide a time frame?

Great. So I'm out of work, not employable for at least 3 more months since most jobs want you to be able to lift at least 5 pounds once in a while, and have tons of time available. Oh, don't forget a lifelong interest in writing & everything that goes with it! What better way to bring in a few extra pennies than to write online? Money still isn't my primary goal, but it would be more than useful. Your hub, Cardisa, is a blessing any way I look at it!


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Karanda, thank you so much for stopping by. I am glad it was of use to someone...lol Elance is definitely the best freelancing site that I have seen so far.

Have a blessed day!


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thank you Rusti. I am so pleased I could be of help.

Have a wonderful day.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hello Melchi, you are so right. What I also failed to mention was that I signed up to another good site named Text Brokers only to find out that people from my country were not accepted.

Thanke, have a wonderful day!


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Gypsy, writing is my main goal too. The thing about it, when I wrote for fun and worked for people, I was depressed and unhappy. My doctor said to me why don't you do something you love. Whatever you think about when you wake up in the morning, that's what you should be doing or you will never be happy. Guess what, I wake up thinking of writing and now I am happy.

What I am trying to say is, what better way to ear money than by doing what makes you happy? Imagine being paid to play! Because writing is your hobby and it feeds your soul, imagine being paid to relax!

Have a wonderful day!


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Gypsy Flower 4 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A

Good point, Cardisa! Of course, I rarely have trouble being happy at what I'm getting paid to do; if I'm not happy spending 2/3 of my day somewhere, I'll find somewhere else to go &/or something else to do! You're a great motivator though.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thank you Gypsy. I hope you find something soon or make some money online, either way I am sure you will do what makes you happy.

Have a blessed weekend.


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risalat 4 years ago from Moorhead, MN

Thanks a lot for the awesome hub. I am also a writer in freelancer.com (202 feedback;4.9 feedback score), odesk.com (more than 1000 hours, 4.9 feedback score), elance.cm (64 feedbacks; 5.0 feedback score), guru.com (2 feedback, 4.5 score) and vworker.com (10.0 feedback score)

And yes, it took real long until I was paid in the scale that I really deserved. I had to start with $2 articles ... but it does pay off if you can stick around and consistently provide your clients with top-notch content.

Thanks again for the awesome hub.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Risalat, impressive resume! It does take hard work, patience ad some determination to make it on these freelancing sites. Thanks for your comment and I hope you continue to succeed.

Have a blessed weekend.


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carbon12 4 years ago

Great hub. I learned a lot reading this. We are all in a learning process and I appreciate you for sharing this information with all of us. The vote up goes to you. Have a great day my friend.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hello Carbon, thank you for reading, voting and commenting. I too am learning here in this virtual world. Happy to share what I have gathered.

Have a blessed Sunday!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

You rock star! Your educational hubs are getting better with each one you create. Thanks for the info!


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Linda, thanks for the compliment. Like the new avatar too.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

A brilliant hub and a gem for me to bookmark.

Thanks Cardisa for sharing.

Take care and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thanks Eddy, have a great day.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Hi Cardisa ~ thanks for this informative article. I especially appreciate your insight with sites that you also stayed away from like oDesk. Thank you,

Sharyn


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Sharyn, thanks for reading and commenting. Glad to see you up and about again. Have a blessed Easter Holidays.


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GracieLake 4 years ago from Arizona

Thanks for sharing your experience Cardisa, as well as the info about some of the other freelance sites.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thanks GracieLake, I am glad you liked it. Thanks for stopping by.


jenubouka 4 years ago

hey Cardisa!

How are you, I am following this hub and have a quick question: How in the heck do you get any jobs on that freelancer site! It seems alot of the jobs are scams. I like it for the many categories but it takes forever to sift through the legit ones. just wondering. Thanks!


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hey Jen, I don't really bid much on the article jobs. I bid mostly on the erotic fiction...lol. It took me a while to get any thing there too but you have to keep at it. I'd say just choose one category and they will email when jobs are posted so you can see you choices.

Have you tried Elance? As a newbie it may take a while but you have to be persistent. ELance is definitely a better choice than Freelancer.


jenubouka 4 years ago

LOL....I read that in the hub and thought Hmmm, could I do that? That is great advise; lately I have been getting alot of invites for ebay third party; which will get banned from ebay and the captcha typing, no thanks. I am leaning toward Elance for sure, I submit bids for recipes cooking, etc. and have had some success with that niche due to my background. So I will just keep on truckin' Thanks Cardisa, as always you rock!


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thanks Jen and I really hope you start making some real money there.


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Ionizer2012 4 years ago from Kirkland, WA

Very informative article cardisa, appreciate the info.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thank you Lonizer2012.


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Ebonny 4 years ago from UK

Hi Cardisa

Many thanks for sharing this invaluable info. Voted up, useful and interesting.

Regarding Constant Content, I wonder if you could elaborate about why you decided not to go with them?


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Ebonny, I find that constant content sends you article request, you write and the clients pick the ones they like. I prefer to be chosen first then write for the client. I don't want to waste my time writing articles that don't get chosen by clients, that's wasting my time, plus I don't trust people I can't see. They can easily copy my article and claim they didn't want to use it.


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Ebonny 4 years ago from UK

Yeah, time is precious and I can understand your not wanting to risk them copying your work. Thank you for clarifying.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

No problem Ebonny.


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Missy Mac 4 years ago from Illinois

love this article. As a newbie, I am motivated to continue producing articles. I did try Elance months ago and found myself bidding on data entry position. I felt that the job wanted too much for the payments. I like Hub pages, because writing is what I like to do.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Missy, you should try bidding on jibs that pay well and are more suited to your writing skills. My first Elance job was blog commenting and it payed cheap and was time consuming, I vowed never to do it again but it did get me noticed. Thank God my second job was right up mu alley, creating recipes..payed cheap as well but got me noticed with great feedback. You should give Elance another try.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City

I joined freelancer as well a while back, and before I actually located hubpages, but I never done a thing there, because the platform was kind of restrictive when I had first joined, requiring me to take online tests for certain criteria and all.

Since then the removed such protocol I do believe, and I then tried it once more, but I wasn't able to land a gig with nothing on my profile pretty much in terms of work experience there, so I decided forget about it, and at such a time I was hubbing already, and so I went into hubbing full time.

I love writing, always have, and always will, but time constraints and all the outside pressure to come up with high volumes of work, I much rather not get into anymore, so I love hubpages where I can push myself you know.

Maybe when my digital works and efforts are in high demand, if such a reality was to ever come, or the opportunity had presented itself then and only then I shall go outside my comfort zone of writing for hubpages alone, and try to earn elsewhere. Mainly because writing for here alone for me has its benefits long term for sure, I can feel it in me bones Hehe!

Lovely write up here Cardisa, I left you a message in your inbox.

Cheers to online writing and its power to embrace the love of writing!


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thanks Mike, Freelancer has made quite a few changes and I decided to test them out again, which reminds me to update my Review hub.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

I'm learning so much about making money from you:) This hub is awesome! Just look at all the people you have helped on this subject. You are an inspiration cardisa. It's a privilege to get to know you. Take care and keep writing. Up and sharing.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thank you Audrey, when I write an article I always write it with helping someone in mid. I am so glad that my words are helpful so someone.


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webdesignerfaith 3 years ago

Any success guys with HubPages? :-)


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hello Webdesignerfaith. It takes a while to make any money but I have had some success. My traffic is increasing and I get a payout in the region of $100 - $150 each month. Sometimes a little less depending on the traffic. In another year I figure that I should have a steady income stream from my hubs. There are people here making $500 - $1000 each month as well. I think a few make even more than that. So to answer your question, yes there people on hubpages who have experienced some measure of success.


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webdesignerfaith 3 years ago

Yes, the overall stats say that 98% of all internet marketers make less than $100 a month. Something has to be changed very soon... it isn't good.


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Yes but I don't consider writers internet marketers. I think internet marketers are affiliate resellers. When in comes to affiliate marketing we make even less than we do from our content.


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webdesignerfaith 3 years ago

Yes, you need products that give you at least $100 per sale with recurring commission to make a good money I guess.


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

I thought you meant success with Hubpages as writers. I haven't made any thing much from promoting eBay or Amazon products yet.


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webdesignerfaith 3 years ago

Yes, that's the thing... Ebay and Amazon do not convert very well because of low commissions overall :0/


amandaines 3 years ago

thanks for this really helpful and informative articel. Voted up!


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thank you Amandaines, glad to be of assistance.


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ReneeDC1979 3 years ago from Gaithersburg, Maryland

Nice hub! I like when other writers give helpful and useful tips to fellow hubbers!


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Renee, the best way to write a hub is to supply information, I wouldn't feel good just writing a hub without giving useful tips. Thanks for the observation.


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Kasman 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

Another great hub about making money online. Appreciative of the simplicity of the hub. You explain everything quite well especially about your struggles and frustrations. I'm not frustrated yet, but I'm doing what I can to write well and quality work. Thanks for continuing to encourage people with this. Voting up!


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hello Kasman, thank you so much for visiting and it's really nice to meet you. I hope you do well online because its' very rewarding to write for a living.


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jkang219 3 years ago from California

This is a great hub. It convinced me to join hubpages and tentatively start a career in writing. Thank you for the information and, most importantly, the inspiration.


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Wow! Welcome to hubpages Jkang210. I am so pleased you took the leap and so blessed that you did so because of me. Thank you! If you need help please feel free to ask. Thank you.


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

So good to know that you have had good experiences with these sites! I will check them out!


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thanks Audrey. I closed my Freelnacer membership but I found Guru.com to be a diamond in the rough. The jobs over there pay well and Iliek them a lot. I work on oDesk as well.


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step2cs 3 years ago from NYC

I am new to Hubpages and just want to thank you for this hub. I came on here to write about my niche and help get some interest in my business. I didn't realize that you could actually make money doing this. Great! BTW I also found Freelancer to be a pretty bad place to get side jobs. The people hiring there are not necessarily to blame for the cheapness, its mainly because the abundance of foreign competition who will do anything for $30. At least, that was my experience. Elance seems much better, but I will also look at guru.com, thanks again.


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hello Step2cs, welcome to my hubspace!

I believe you are right about Freelancer. I once posted a job there and I could not find a quality writer to suit my needs. Elance is much better along with Guru.com. You can also try Constant Content if you don't mind the editing.


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

Cardisa,

I'm still waiting for the first writing commission from freelance hiring sites such as Elance or oDesk.

I earn substantially from my print articles however, I have not been able to make good money online.

I have made little money from niche content sites here and there. And I'm trying to make online writing as my main source of income. Your points are useful and valid.


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Vinaya, nice to see you. I hope you do get a chance to make it as a freelancer because earning a full income from content sites will take a while. Thanks for stopping by.


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sdavi775 3 years ago from United States of America

This is so helpful, by far the most informative article on this topic I send a huge thanks!!


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thank you Sdavi775, I really appreciate your comment. Good luck with your online money making ventures.


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Veronicarain 3 years ago from Cincinnati, Ohio

Love all of the information. I may need more help than I thought. I'm pretty new to Hubpages and I enjoy everything about it. I have a lot of poetry and other writing I would like to post. I would love some feed back on my current hubs if you have the time?


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Veronica, thanks for stopping by. I will stop by your hub when I do get the chance. In the meantime here are some tips on publishing your creative writing and poetry online. http://cardisa.hubpages.com/hub/SEO-Tips-For-Creat... Good luck and I hope you do start to make some money.


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Hezekiah 3 years ago from Japan

Thanks you for for explaining how much can be earned on line by writing. I get it takes time but pays off in the end.


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thanks for stopping by Hezekiah and leaving a comment. It takes hard word and some sleepless night but it's worth it in the end.


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LensMan999 3 years ago from Trans-Neptunian region

The things you mentioned in the hub on how to make more money online is really very useful. You have helped your fellow hubbers a lot through this hub. Thanks a lot!!!


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thanks Lensman999, glad to be of help. :)


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djdaniel150 3 years ago from St Louis

Honestly, I've never seen anyone make any real money on this site. While I agree you can make money creating content online, I just don't see it here.


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

DjDaniel, thanks for stopping by. But There have been people who make up to three thousand dollars per month before Panda hit. There are people making up to fifteen hundred dollars at the moment. http://hubpages.com/@relache is one of them.

Making money on HP takes focus and extreme creativity. You just have to find your niche and build on it. You can't make the money on articles alone you need Amazon and eBay sales as well.


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Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

I really haven't had a lot of luck on Guru at all. Any suggestions for generating interest on this site? Great suggestions, by the way.


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Mel. I would say to make your profile as interesting as possible. The only thing I've done there is write erotic romance, so if I were you I would find my niche and stick with it. Build your reputation in one area, in other words, be known for what it is you do.


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jdw7979 3 years ago from Middle America

This is a great, and quite helpful article! Thank you for all of this knowledge. I would like to make a decent paycheck from this passion we all share, yet enjoy the outlet of writing first and foremost, whether involving monetary value or not.. but after that fire settles, I still need to earn a living. Nice Hub!! Thumbs up!!


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epbooks 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

Good information- I will bookmark this for when I have more time to freelance. Right now writing on hubpages and my books are keeping me busy, but would love to get into more freelance soon. Thanks! Voted up.


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hello Jdw, thanks. Yes, many writers would love to be able to just write and not think about the money but we too have to eat...lol. Writers are artists and in most cases it takes years to actually be able to earn a decent living from it.


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thanks Epbooks. Good luck with your writing ventures. For me it's the reverse. I am so busy with freelancing that I have totally neglected my own book writing.


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lesliebyars 3 years ago from Alabama

Very useful hub full of great info. Thanks for sharing.


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loveofnight 3 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

This is a great hub, not just for the newbie but the old-heads like me. I have been with HubPages for 4 years but have not been satisfied with my success. It is because I so love HubPages that I am still here. I do believe that not publishing enough was my biggest downfall so I promised myself to do at least one new hub a week and to work on my existing hubs to make them better (fortunately all my hubs are featured). Maybe as I follow your pointers I will see my first payout and not just be seen as a blogger and visitor instead of the writer that I see myself as. Thank you so much for this hub, it is a great help.


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Loveofnight, I wish you every success. If you continue to publish and get traffic you will make some money. My earnings have increased greatly this past month and I think it will rise even more in the months to come, so don't give up.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Good luck :)

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