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AdSense, Lead Generation, and Affiliate Marketing are the Three Best Ways To Make Money Online

Updated on July 30, 2014

Three ways to start making money online without fees

Since HubPages attracts so many people that are trying to figure out how to make money online, I thought I'd put together the basics. This is only intended to be a starting point for each of the ideas. To actually make them work, it will require more learning and individual experimentation. 

WikiPedia is the ultimate collection of evergreen content
WikiPedia is the ultimate collection of evergreen content is the king of commercial evergreen content and a great place to find ideas for things to write about is the king of commercial evergreen content and a great place to find ideas for things to write about
If you can make content like what's on and WikiPedia, then you can earn income from the content with AdSense.
If you can make content like what's on and WikiPedia, then you can earn income from the content with AdSense.

Sharing Information and AdSense

The Product

The product is written articles that get traffic from search engines. In order to be successful, the content you produce should be on evergreen topics that people search for on Google or other major search engines. The key to success here is high quality information. Like making anything that is great, it takes a lot of work to create a high quality piece of content that is worthy of ranking high in google for competitive search terms.

How You Make Money

You make money from AdSense. AdSense places ads that match the content of your writing. Advertisers like placing ads through AdSense since they are so highly targeted. Users will click on the ads if they are interested in them. The amount of money you can make depends on the topic. Commercial topics tend to pay more and within commercial topics, categories like finance are among the top earning. I suggest worrying less about the category and focus on areas that you can create the best piece of content on in the world.


When you are just starting out with articles and AdSense it takes time to gain traffic. Then, it's usually between .5% and 4% of people that will click on ads. So, earnings can be very small at the beginning. Secondly, you never know how much traffic a piece of content will get. Rarely do we see someone make a hit with their first hub. Instead, they will make a few hubs that get zero traffic and then they will make one that does well. After they have one good producing hub, they are able to see the pattern and create more, but this takes time. I say it usually takes 30 Hubs before they get a reasonable amount of traffic if they have created high quality content and focused on niche search phrases. This upfront time investment can be daunting when you don't see results. Getting through this dark period is the major challenge.

Why I like it

I don't just like this model, I love it. I love it so much I helped create HubPages. Here's why. First, there are no fees when starting. It just takes time. And if you like learning it's a double bonus, because you will learn a lot about how the internet works. My second favorite part is once you figure out how to create content that gets traffic and monetizes well that each piece of content you create is like putting money in the bank. Every month it will earn money and as long as the information is current, it will continue to produce. Third, I love that you don't have to deal with inventory (no products to order and ship, no returns, no bad debt) and you have total flexibility when you work. Want to work in a cafe, great. Want to work from home fine. It's up to you. Lastly, you don't have to sell your friends, or push a product that you don't believe in. You can write about things you love. Things you are passionate about. And. Things that help people. It's up to you to be successful. If you create quality content over time, you will earn money. is an example of a lead generation company with good offers. is an example of a lead generation company with good offers.
Commission Junction is a site ( where you can become an affiliate and earn commissions by selling and generating leads for numerous products.
Commission Junction is a site ( where you can become an affiliate and earn commissions by selling and generating leads for numerous products.

Afflliate Marketing and Lead Generation

The Product

The product can be a website, an email newsletter, or even a blog that promotes a product for a commission or collects information to generate a lead. Examples could be promoting a clickbank offer, selling an item on eBay (to earn a commission), or hosting a loan capture form. 

How You Make Money

You make money based on an action. For example, if you use an affiliate link to promote an eBay product and someone purchases the product, then you will earn a commission. The commission is dependent upon how much money the item sold costs. It's pretty common for more expensive items to pay higher commissions. Lead generation is similar, accept in this case the action is getting someone to submit their personal information. For example, you can become a Leadpoint affiliate and get people to submit their information to refinance their house. Every-time someone fills out the form (with accurate information) you earn a commission for the lead. Mortgage leads can be well over $100 per lead, so it can be quite lucrative if you can generate the leads. 


Affiliate marketing and lead generation is very hard work. Most of the attractive categories like new car leads, and mortgages are filled with very experienced marketers that makes it hard to compete with them. The trick is to acquire the traffic at a rate that costs less than the commissions earned. Since you only get paid for an action, as apposed to AdSense (paid per click) it can take much more traffic to earn anything. Although, it's likely that the lump affiliate commission is worth several AdSense clicks. The other challenge is that many affiliate offers prey on other people. It's hard for me to get too excited about someone pushing an eBook that is garbage or tricking someone to fill out a form. 

Why I like it

When done tastefully, affiliate and lead generation can be an excellent way to monetize traffic at premium rates.  This happens when good quality traffic is matched to an offer or to a lead form.  When everything is on the up and up, the person making the purchase or filling out the form is satisfied and the publisher can make a nice commission for brokering the deal. 

Craigslist is the best classified ad site on the internet.  And.  It's absolutely free to post items for sale.
Craigslist is the best classified ad site on the internet. And. It's absolutely free to post items for sale.
EBay is the world's largest auction site.  For a fee, sellers can list items and sell them to the millions of monthly visitors.
EBay is the world's largest auction site. For a fee, sellers can list items and sell them to the millions of monthly visitors.

Ecommerce: Selling Goods Online

The Product

This can be anything you can sell and deliver. The big difference here is that you have to deliver the good. There are types of products that I think are better for selling online. First, if you can resell high margin products that are small and easy to ship like expensive watches, jewelry or fashion items. Second is something you make. This could be holiday candy, knitted hats, or a product that you figure out how to manufacture.  The key is to sell products with significant margins and a market available that can move them. 

How You Make Money

You make money when a product is sold. The amount of money you make is dependent upon many variables that are common to running a store, but hopefully the listing fees are less than a store's rent.


Retailing is challenging. It can be extremely difficult to become a wholesaleor of brandname products online. If you do get the product, then you have to pay for the inventory. When you take on inventory, you take on risk if you can actually sell the products. Some manufacturers will give you credit, but you still have to sell the products. Then. You have to deal with returns, customers and in many cases stiff competition on price. Internet shoppers love to find the lowest price. But, the lowest price can eat away all the profits for a small seller.

Why I like it

I believe that there is huge opportunity for small retailers online and it's perhaps the easiest way to make money online. You can simply go into your house. Find five items that are worth over $25 and list them for free on Craigslist. I bet that you will sell at least one of those items in a few days. When you sell things, Craigslist is a great way to be part of a marketplace for free. There is no other marketplace in the world that has high quaility buyers and costs nothing to put up your goods for sale. Craigslist is great for many types of items, but not all. However, eBay, Amazon and having your own online store fill the gaps, although they cost more to list. For people that can get access to high margin products, or make their own goods with great margins, then selling online could be just the ticket for you.

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    • caseymel profile image

      Melanie Casey 

      7 years ago from Indiana

      Great information!

    • ShaamCA profile image


      9 years ago from India

      Very interesting hub Paul!! as you said adsense provide me some decent income, just now started earning through affiliate marketing...

    • fabulouslyfit profile image


      9 years ago

      Awesome Hub Paul, I am new on here and have a lot to learn! Thank you for the terrific information and starting hubpages, it gives everyone a chance to express themselves and make some extra cash!

    • mohin28 profile image


      9 years ago from London

      An amazing Hub with very good detailed information that is helpful. Thanks for sharing with us :)

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      Babbling Diva 

      10 years ago from U.S.A

      Great Hub. Very informative. Thanks

    • seanorjohn profile image


      10 years ago

      The temptation is to write about the latest fad but you are right to point people to the evergreen topics.

    • centennial67 profile image


      10 years ago from home

      Great Hub...Alot of different avenues to pursuit with internet marketing! Thanks

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      10 years ago from Ghana

      Your hubs are really evergreen. Thanks for the pieces of advice here and there on Google Adsense and other affiliate programmes. Godwin.

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      Nikmaya J 

      10 years ago

      I thinks I prefer to choose affiliate marketing, because it truly give money for me. I am an adsense publisher before, but I don't know why my account was disabled. I try to get informations from forum, but the answers is not filled my problem.

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      sell tickets online  

      10 years ago

      It is an excellent hub. I love your work.

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      greg from food processor reviews 

      10 years ago

      Very informative article thanks. I'm looking to pursue Adsense this year. It's not something I've really looked into before, but I've heard a lot about it and I guess it's always a good thing to diversify your online business.

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      Annette R. Smith 

      10 years ago from Ocala, Florida

      I'm coming from the Learning Center, too, and appreciate your helpful advice. Thank you!

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      10 years ago from Cyber Space

      Paul, i am one of the people who really wants to earn money online. I think it is really nice if you will stay at home then earn extra money using your own computer. Your three ways is helpful to me. Thanks!

    • jomedia profile image


      10 years ago

      informative hub! Thank you!

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      10 years ago

      I am very very new to all this and love writing.I am at the learning center.Finding all this information at my finger tips is wonderful.Very informative. Can't wait to get started.

      Thanks for all the advice.


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      Tips Of Money 

      10 years ago

      nice hubs and very helpful tips

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      FB Siphon 

      10 years ago

      Great to hear. It will help me a lot to build my list.

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      11 years ago

      Thankyou for the well constructed and detailed information you provided, great hub! Keep up the good work!

    • Jasnav profile image


      11 years ago

      Great hub, with the topic beautifully covered. Coming from one of the founders of hubpages, the advice certainly has its basis in facts.

      Especially liked the breakdown into challenges and advantages.

      Long term is the way to go especially when it comes to choosing the subject of articles, though personally I have yet to make too much headway on that front. Till then, freelancing continues to be my top earner!

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      11 years ago from Canada

      I'm hunting for useful information and this one is a good place to get quality info. Thanks.

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      11 years ago from Yorkshire, UK

      Just got my first hubs going and really enjoyed it. Thanks for the tips and advice in this one - I'm looking forward to doing more now :)

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      Paul Edmondson 

      11 years ago from Burlingame, CA


      Photo hubs can gain quite a bit of traffic, but they tend to earn much less than pages about products or other commercial topics. If earnings are what you are after, Id concentrate on a niche but commercial topic.

      I understand that Google in India has it's own policies on approving adsense accounts. That's a better question for Google.

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      11 years ago from india

      first of all ipersonally thank u for making hubpages, it is a great site for the begineers to write articles and to understand how blogging works uare doing all the work for the hubbers, but one thing iwant to know that, as iam a starter in hubpages , ijoined around 4 months ago on hubpages and ihave made around 200 hubs, and my score is around 75 can i make money because i have dont have a website of my own, is it necessary to have a website or there are other ways to join google adnense program, and one more question , do photohubs earn equal amount of money as the written articles or not because iam making photohubs as well as wring articles on relevant topics u can see that, my email adress is and iam from india, plz reply and email me tosort out this confusion

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      11 years ago

      Another great article. I'm very impressed and I feel... ah.. Smarter!

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      John Dove 

      11 years ago

      Great overview article on how to make money. Can you point us to a step-by-step article on how to use AdSense to best advantage?

      May 2010 be a happy, healthy and prosperous year for you and for all of us Hubbers!

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      11 years ago

      Is very useful to me,

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      tafadzwa zhande 

      11 years ago

      i give good work remarks to yourideas

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      scottys thoughts 

      11 years ago

      Thank you for the great information!!

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      11 years ago from Howell, Mi

      Thanks for the informative hub. I just joined a couple weeks ago and was wondering my my first few hubs weren't getting many views even though they were well written. Good to know it happens to the best.

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      Info Help 

      11 years ago from Chicago

      This is some great information that you have posted in this hub! Thank you so much! I am familiar with Google Adsense but not much else.

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      Rebecca E. 

      11 years ago from Canada

      thanks for this advice paul.

      Consider this both bookmarked and stumbled upon. I'll be rereading this to learn more.

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      11 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks for your tips and encouragement I for one am going through the problem of finding good keywords and topics that draw traffic any help in this area?

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      Cassandra Mantis 

      11 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      Great advice for this aspiring Hubber! I am learning here for sure! I was surprised when I clicked the poll that ecommerce cam out the worst. How weird is that! I had planned on possibly setting up a related ecommerce site, now I am wondering am I mad? Thanks for opening my eyes! : )

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      11 years ago from America

      The poll is pretty telling - tells me many hubbers have no ideas about how to MMO.

      There is a lot to learn, but its all doable.

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      11 years ago

      great! and thanks.

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      Chris Crow 

      11 years ago

      This is a great article for any beginner who wants to learn about making money online.

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      11 years ago

      Agree that affiliate marketing is extremely hard. I have no success so far.

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      11 years ago

      You did a lot of work on this subject and presented it very well in your hub. No wonder you're successful!

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      Mofizur R. 

      11 years ago

      Great article. I also earn money through Ad sense,Amazon,Affiliate Marketing etc.

      I've got to say, this was a good hub. Well planned, conversationally written, and best of all, full of all sorts of good information. I'm new here and have written only three hubs at this point, but looking forward to writing more. Is there generally a problem posting things that I've written here and putting them elsewhere on some of these other sites?

      Thank you again for the great information! Hope ya have a great day!

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      11 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Thank You for all the helpful info. simple and clear. I can understand. Very nice writing. I am grateful to you. I love to write, the tech skills I could do without, but some are imparitive to grow.

      I love Hub Pages. I wrote a hub dedicated to Hub Pages and the wonderful people that put this site together. Hubs has blessed millions I am sure. I would be honored if you would read my, 'Hub Pages is a God Send' hub. Many left wonderful comments as well. You may enjoy hearing how much you are appreciated. A comment to let me know you stopped by would be awesome.

      May God continue to Bless You for helping others. This is what life is about. We Bless, we get Blessed. We Give joy, we receive joy.

      Hugs to you.

      Cheriooo...4 2 Day

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      11 years ago from Los Angeles

      Good information man!

      I'm just getting into some of this stuff and caught some new stuff in there.


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      11 years ago from Quick Video Optin Nirvana

      I really enjoyed your material. Thanks!

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      anant surya 

      11 years ago from India

      nice...thanks for the info!!!!

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      11 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Paul this is a nicely put together Hub article, thank you for writing it,

      sincerely, Jim.

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      11 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      Have started with one program. Will try to do the rest. Great info!

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      11 years ago

      Very helpful litle crossection of how to make money online. And I appreciate all you how-to hubbers that explain in the simplest possible terms! :-)

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      12 years ago from Manini Homesite, Cabanatuan city, Nueva ecija, Luzon, Philippines

      wow! so many comments. seems that you've help many people

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      12 years ago

      Use both Adsense and Affiliate to get a great income :)

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      12 years ago

      Excellent post Paul! I've seen so many newbies coming online wanting to earn some extra cash but always end up falling for the free scams and not wanting to invest the time and cash needed to start earning. This article cuts right to the chase. Choose your method and focus on it.

    • supreme32 profile image


      12 years ago

      Hey Paul,

      Very nice content.Cool Hub.In my opinion the affiliate marketing is the safest easiest route to abundance.

      thanks for sharing

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      12 years ago from

      love the post!

    • adjunct profile image


      12 years ago from The Big Easy

      I think you articulated the issues surrounding making money online quite well! I quite agree that earning money with Adsense takes a great deal of patience. In addition, the more one writes, the greater the chances of moving up in the search engine rankings. So, patience and writing go together in this business.



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      12 years ago from India

      So far I have dabbled in all three not seriously and made no money at all. In fact freelancing as a writer has earned me money and I do like being a pen for hire! But I would love to be able to build a passive income stream online.

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      12 years ago

      how much is it going to cost me to get started?

    • Csanad profile image


      12 years ago from Budapest, Hungary

      Very informative hub!. I would also add freelancing (like site design, proofreading, etc).

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      12 years ago

      I totally agree with you about monetizing content (I love it). it's no need shipping and inventory but I do have an ecommerce website.

      Great Hub thanks

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      12 years ago

      wow! This Hub is full of content! Great work!!!!!!!!

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      12 years ago

      Great post. There is a way for everyone. I like the affiliate route because I don't want to actually be in charge of shipping products but I enjoy the internet marketing aspect.

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      12 years ago

      Great hub. I like the links to your other hubs too!

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      Yogesh Bailwal 

      12 years ago from Online, in search of income

      Simple words pointing to great resources.

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      12 years ago from US

      Wow, very impressive. Thanks for the info.

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      12 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. Wonderful stuff

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      12 years ago from MEQUON, WI.

      Thanks Paul, Your information was excellent, I can see, that you really care about your chosen hub topics.

    • Ding.A.Ling123 profile image


      12 years ago

      Great Hub! Please read my hub on making money online.

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      12 years ago

      Very Informative. Thanks very much

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      12 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      This made more sense after I wrote hub number two.

      Well worth reading

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      12 years ago

      Different Ways To Make Money Online

      it Was very well written, I support you, welcome to my hub

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      Covert Hypnosis 1 

      12 years ago

      Thanks, interesting info! my favourite one is affiliate marketing.

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      Free Online Exams 

      12 years ago

      3 ways for earn money :


      Time , mind , relax ....

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      12 years ago

      Having traffic is definitely the key to making money online.

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      12 years ago from Bethesda, MD

      Yes, this is great info for beginners. I'd point out that finding small niches and 'owning' them is a very smart way to attack the 'making money online' bug. You can use all of the monetization methods you've mentioned targeted at very narrow, carefully researched nitches, and be successful pretty quickly.

      I'd also say its important to start small. Set a small goal, and don't expect much early. It takes time to make money online, and if you see a little progress towards a goal, you are much more likely to keep at it. If you set a big goal right away, you may not make progress towards it for months, which is definitely discouraging.

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      12 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Really great and informative Hub. I can pick some really great tips here that i can surely apply to make money online. Thanks a lot for sharing

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      12 years ago

      Thanks paul for writing this hub. As a newbie I don't know how I can generate traffic. YOu said it takes 30 hubs to start generating traffic. I have a long way to go. I like your enthusiasm about hubpages. It encourages me to stick to posting more hubs.

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      Jim Bauer 

      12 years ago

      I agree traffic generation is the most difficult task. Quality of content, therefore, must be at the forefront. Quality of content is going to dictate rather directly how many people come to your site repeatedly, let alone, take an interest enough in any ad on your site or page to click-thru. Most people are smart enough to determine whether content is being provided solely for the purpose of obtaining a click-thru.

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      12 years ago

      Very well written and detailed, thank you!

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      12 years ago from United Kingdom

      I agree that driving enough traffic to one's site in order to get a good conversion rate as an affiliate can be tough work. As you said, "I say it usually takes 30 Hubs before they get a reasonable amount of traffic if they have created high quality content and focused on niche search phrases. This upfront time investment can be daunting when you don't see results."

      I was thinking maybe that the time spent finding keyphrases, writing articles using them, and putting up hubpages, could be trimmed down by sending variations of those articles to article directories instead? What is you view on which tends to lead to more traffic over time: article marketing or setting up multiple pages focused on keyphrases?

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      12 years ago


      I'm well aware that you and Susan Peters have blocked my posts from your pages. I've been using other websites to warn people that Susan Peters of HubPages is not a qualified pet nutritionist or veterinarian but, a pet groomer. Putting your vested interest in HubPages aside, can you blame me? You don't seem to realize or care how important this is for people seeking real advice on safe pet foods. Are you a pet owner? If not, do you know someone personally, that you care about, who loves their pets? I understand posts like mine can have a bad effect on a Hubber, maybe even effect you because you created HubPages but, I'm not out to harm anyone. My only concern is for the people who are putting their trust in Susan Peters while, for two long years, she continues to confuse them. It's more important to me to warn people that she's not qualified on this topic than to worry about Susan Peters' HubPage status. If someone close to you, a friend or family member, was a geniune pet lover seeking information on safe pet foods voiced their concern to you about Susan Peters, would you ignore them? I know I'm just a complete stranger to you so it's easy to ignore my concerns and block me from posting to the public. That's fine but, in the mean time, could you please contact Susan Peters about this so she can start admitting to her readers she's not qualified in evaluating pet food ingredients and that her ratings are only her opinions? How about asking her to stick to a topic she has experience with, like pet grooming? That is, if she really is a pet groomer. Can you not understand my frustrations at all or is your bottom line money, money, money?

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      12 years ago

      Paul Edmondson,

      I think it's wonderful that so many people are earning extra income on this site, if they can, considering our economy but....

      Do you think it's fair that a Hubber can post their opinions as fact and confuse their readers? When people get on their computers to search something important, and are led to these HubPages, they are not always aware that they have reached a site written by people voicing their "opinions" to earn money. Unless the reader looks into it as I have or the Hubber is honest on all their pages by stating that their info is "opinion" not fact, a person will never know. How come Hubbers are not monitored for this? It's scary because the motive behind creating HubPages is to earn money, therefore, making it very easy for the Hubber to say what they want to generate the traffic they need to make their pages successful.

      To prove my point, go on over to one of your top Hub Authors' pages, Susan Peters. She has chosen a very hot topic to earn money; "Pet Food Recall" and hundreds of other pages concerning pet food. You will read numerous posts from people telling her she is confusing them with her contradictory ratings. When people ask her what her credentials are she completely ignores them. What upsets me the most is that these poor innocent pet owners who have either lost their pets due to the poisoning or have sick pets on medication for life are hanging on to Susan Peters every word. People are desperately searching for a safe pet food even after the initial recall. They think she is a veterinarian or pet food nutritionist but, she is neither, Susan Peters is a pet groomer. Would you take advice from your hairdresser on brain surgery? Please look at her readers postings to understand my anger. I have also read her court case on line, trying to sue a pet food company, and even the judge in that case states that Susan Peters lacks credibility due to the inconsistencies in her written complaints. I wish that judge would read her HubPages! It's amazing what some people do for money.

      Well, you will most likely tell me that it is impossible to monitor Hubbers because there are too many or that it is not your job or whatever reason you can think of. All I want to say is it's completely unfair to be led to a site when searching for real, genuine information only to be fooled by a Hub Author's opinions (in my case, a pet nutritionist wanna-be). Susan Peters topic is a very serious subject that involves the sickness and death of our beloved pets. No one on this site should be allowed to pretend they're someone they're not in order to make money, we all know that's fraud... and with no monitoring and no need to prove credentials on any topic a hubber is writing about, this site has the potential of becoming the biggest train wreck on the internet. Trust me when I say I am not the only person who is irate over this and I'm sure more angry people will be speaking up, too.

      In all sincerity, Mr. Edmondson, you helped create this site, so please do something about monitoring your Hub Authors. I believe by having an automatic disclaimer embedded onto every single hub page that is created, stating something like: "Please be aware that the topic on this page consists of the views and opinions of the Hub Author and not that of a professional unless otherwise noted". At least readers wouldn't have to go through what I went through.... searching Susan Peters advice for three days until a red flag went up causing me to research this site and who Peters really is. Save us this aggravation, please! And with all the technology out there, please don't tell me it's impossible to put a disclaimer on newly created or existing hug pages because I won't believe you.

      I wish the best to all the new Hubbers out there and I only hope everyone stays honest.

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      12 years ago from India

      Thanks a lot man.... really helps out for us beginners.... Great hub.

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      12 years ago from Hartville, Ohio

      Thanks for the info, Paul! I just joined hubpages 4 days ago, and I think I am off to a great start, and it is encouraging to read articles such as yours that put things into perspective as to what will produce the best results. Thanks again!

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      The Bibliophile 

      12 years ago

      This is really a terrific article! If only I had had this succinct but comprehensive overview available four years ago when I first started my autodidactic quest to learn all I could learn about online marketing and legitimate ways to make money online, I would have saved so very much time and wasted effort!

      The only addition I would make is that when a person wishes to sell actual physical products online, if s/he is selling on eBay, yes, one must endure all of the sweat of packaging the products, carting them to the post office (or having them sent via a service like DHL or FedEx), and sending them. Additionally, s/he must also bear the cost of both shipping and purchasing (and sometimes storing) the inventory. However, if one wishes to avoid all of that physical work, there is a much easier alternative, and often it is even a more lucrative one.

      Subcribing to a dropshipping service allows a person to sell physical products (as opposed to downloadable information products on eBay, ClickBank, and the like) without all of that hassle. If you are interested in this option, IT IS CRITICAL THAT YOU NOTE THE WARNING AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST! If the seller uses a dropshipper, all s/he must do is to be the brokering agent between the buyer and the dropshipper; thus, the seller simply sends the buyer to the dropshipper, usually via a link on a Web site (although there are some other clever methods to accomplish this task), and the dropshipper bears the burden of packaging and sending the products in addition to paying for (and, occasionally, manufacturing) the products. The seller then can concentrate on the business of simply selling--convincing the buyer to purchase the product(s). Furthermore, the seller can start doing business with almost no start-up money because the vast majority of the costs of doing business are absorbed by the dropshipper. Yes, it is usually best if the seller has his/her own Web site, but today the costs of purchasing a site, having one built, using a service to build one (extremely easily such that a person with NO technical skills can easily follow the directions of such a service to build the site), or building one from scratch (if the seller has this skill) are terrifically cheap as is hosting a Web site and the few small costs of owning a site. Having just joined this site immediately before writing this response, I have no idea what the site rules are regarding issues such as "naming names" of products and the like, so I will not provide names of actual products here, but I will be happy to do so later if it is allowed on this site or privately if that is possible and acceptable.

      WITH REGARD TO THE ABOVE WARNING: The majority of dropshipping services are terrible scams that exist solely to rip people off in a really big way and that have developed the most incredibly devious ways to do so! Please be exceptionally careful when choosing a dropshipping service with which to do business. Read a fair amount of reliable information only about how to choose a dropshipper. That said, there are several extremely reliable, honest dropshippers that have been in business for quite some time. I myself can name at least half a dozen, but, again, I don't know if that is acceptable on this site. I would be happy to list these if there is a way that is acceptable on this site, but I do not yet know how to go about this. If you would like such information, please reply as to how I may give you such information.

    • danjutsu profile image


      12 years ago from UK

      great article. very helpful and informative.

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      12 years ago

      Lots of great info...thanks, was very informative

    • chelskie918 profile image


      12 years ago

      For an online business or any online ventures to work, you must have a detailed plan and a clear vision in your mind. You just don't chase everything coming out that looks like it'll make you money. When you have a clear vision of what you want your business to become, you will be more focused to your business that makes success possible.

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      12 years ago

      I have not invested in adsense or adwords yet. Is it better to have organic links or should I just jump in and go for adwords?

    • SEO Resources profile image

      SEO Resources 

      12 years ago

      great list

    • profile image


      12 years ago from Purwokerto

      Google adsense is really works program to earn money online. I have try it and earn money from it. The key is keyword and how to get traffic for it on search engine.

    • gracy.bonsu profile image


      12 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks for that information. I liked AdSense but now find that Amazon is a great affiliate program. Just make an a-store, write blog reviews with links to the store and presto!

    • MyFreeOne profile image


      12 years ago from United States

      Nice! Thanks!

    • mkhovu profile image


      12 years ago

      Brilliant work. Thank you for all the information.

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      Robert Frost 

      12 years ago

      Excellent advice. You are a very good teacher. Is there somewhere that one can access more of your online teaching?

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      Prophet Stephen 

      12 years ago from Florida

      The reason why most people don't make anything online is because they are trying to make their own blog and their own website. In today's world, you have to learn how to share and to give. You can't expect to make thousands of dollars off just one article. It's all about you working with your family and friends on one particular website or blog. To make good money, you have to have your friends and family submit at least one article a day to you daily and tell them that you will give them some cash once you start to make cash. It's about trust and loyalty to one another. There are to many websites out there today trying to be run by a one man show and that doesn't get you anywhere anymore. You have to think big. Big websites do well online becuase they have loads of quality content and loads of readers. That's what you need to succeed online.

    • reagu profile image


      12 years ago from Los Angeles

      Great hub. The best thing about making money online is that you don't have to write on topics that you don't want to.

    • cooldude123 profile image


      12 years ago from India

      excellent hub....helped me a lot

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      sexy lingerie 

      12 years ago

      Advertisers like placing ads through AdSense since they are so highly targeted. Users will click on the ads if they are interested in them. The amount of money you can make depends on the topic. Commercial topics tend to pay more and within commercial topics, categories like finance are among the top earning. I suggest worrying less about the category and focus on areas that you can create the best piece of content on in the world.

    • Matts88 profile image


      12 years ago from Canada

      great hub thanks for the advice, I am a new member and I am having a great time posting about fitness. It would be nice to make a little cash on the side tho thanks!

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      Fayme Zelena Harper 

      12 years ago from Lucerne Valley, CA

      I can't imagine people doing 300 blog posts per month. I've been doing about 100 a month and I thought that was a lot. I think it would be easier for me to write 3 hubs a week than 300 blog posts. And even though I blog daily, I still make about 90% more with my Hubs than with my Blogs on Google Adsense. You didn't mention Kontera in your article, but from the day I added Kontera, I've fairly consistantly made $1.00 a day with it, and it took me years to get to that point with Adsense.

    • Paul Edmondson profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Edmondson 

      12 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      @Rick - You do own the content on HubPages and have control over it.

      Some other sites have had trouble getting banned by Google, but not us. We take spam very seriously and it is clearly in the best interest of everyone to keep the quality of content on HubPages up.

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      Sexy Health 

      12 years ago from Portland, OR

      Great points - thanks for the info.

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      Rick Answer Analyst Review 

      12 years ago

      The other problem with developing a lot of content on hubpages is you do not own it. If Hubpages changes and starts letting more spam on or gets slapped by Google for some reason you do not have control of your work.



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