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How I started making money on hubpages

Updated on November 5, 2013

It was almost completely by accident that I actually started making money from Hubpages, It only happened a few days ago, but I am glad, because it has turned my writing from my passion into a profitable passion, and there is nothing better than making money whilst doing the thing you love. Okay granted I am not making a million dollars a day, but this is my hobby, and now I am getting paid to entertain my readers. I for one am slowly falling in love with this website.

So how did I do it? Great question well, I already had an Ad words account linked to my blog, they give you a publishing I.D for any Adwords accounts, so first it was a case of pasting that publishing I.D. into Hubpages, then the computers at Google, combined the stats on the traffic from my Hubs and my blog. This in itself was not profitable for me, until I added a second piece of software onto my hubs. It is called Hubpages Earnings program, I have made money every day since I added this software, Adwords, by itself was not making me a penny, well at least it hadn't for a few months. Why is that? Basically Adsense, unsurprisingly works on clicks, and page impressions (page views of your site by other people). It gives you something called RPM which is, "If you got 1000 views this is how much money you'd make." So don't get remotely excited if your RPM is high, it means absolutely nothing. Also don't get excited about estimated earnings, the only one which should concern you is the label: Finalised earnings.

Also remember every page view, does not necessarily mean a unique visitor has been on the site. I will however definitely get more from Hubpage's Ad program. There are two reasons for this, the volume of visits is significantly higher, in the last seven days over two hundred people have paid me a visit on Hubpages. In the last seven days on my blog I have only had twenty one visitors. Second there are more places to make money, as each hub can be found independently via a keywords or name search. Keywords search on Google is quite simple, the rarer the search the more likely you are to come at the top. So for example if you google the words "Joseph A K Turner" at the top of the search on Google is me; as it is a unique name. If you want to test the theory Google Joseph A K Turner. You will see my hub and blog at the top of the searches, being that they are the most clicked on. If it is a common search like "new homes" the chances are you will never get to the top of search on that. The trick is to think of words that people might Google, but are unlikely to be taken by other writers or websites.

So enough on key words, back to Hubpages, on hubpages readers are encouraged to hop hubs so the chance of them stumbling upon your hub is significantly higher than them finding your blog. With a blog you need good key word searches that are likely to be unique. One of mine was a review of an editing company I used, whereas with a hub you just need to write well and promote through Facebook and Reddit. We need to go where our audience is*, at Hubpages our audience is each other. Reddit is people looking for stuff to read and images to look at on the internet, so again that is our audience. The best thing to do with your blog, is to write well and to write often on multiple sites, linking back to your blog on independent sites like Anyway I hope this article helps, I am happy to answer any questions, I may do another article on Key words, because it is so crucial to generating traffic. The key to generating a lot of traffic, is to do series on particular subjects. For me, I've posted up parts of my novella: Two Brothers about a teenager who starts out as a drug runner and grows to become one of the most prolific gang leaders South London has seen. Each part draws traffic, so every time someone reads the whole thing I get five views.

*A tip from a friend who is a marketing Guru, Charlie Southwell


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    • baygirl33 profile image

      victoria 5 years ago from Hamilton On.

      Very informative!

      We all need reminders to make our hubs popular.

      If you write another hub about this maybe you could include some info on how to apply the earnings program. I have attempted many times to follow instructions for joining but didn't get it.

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      Patty Kenyon 5 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Interesting and Useful!!! Wishing you the very best and look forward to reading more of your Hubs!!!

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      Joseph A K Turner 5 years ago from West Yorkshire

      cheers Edina, I appreciate your input and it's nice to have another Londoner on here! I really enjoy your writing, and I do agree with you, if you read other people's stuff they will read yours.

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      intriguewriter 5 years ago from worldwide

      hi well welcome to hubpages! I joined a couple of years back and I wasnt actually writing much. I got bogged down with client work and other writing work. It was only when a friend of mine said she was actually making a full time living on Hubpages I thought I would give it a try again. Now, I am really enjoying it and I am really seeing my earnings go up. The more you write and interact with the hubpages community the more money you will make. The internet is amazing because now you can actually realistically make a lot of money from the comfort of your own home. Writing, doing exactly what you love! Good luck and thank you for checking out my hubs. I followed you! Take care

      Edina Jackson