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How To Earn Big Money Writing On HubPages

Updated on May 24, 2016
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Earn Money On HubPages

So you like to write; maybe simply to express yourself, or perhaps you enjoy sharing your knowledge with others. You take pride in your work and you find fulfillment in it. But it would be nice to earn some money from it too, wouldn’t it? And maybe you could even earn a lot of money. Well if you are dedicated, committed and up for a challenge here is a formula for how you could do just that by writing on HubPages…

How Do You Earn On HubPages?

HubPages have an Ad Program that you can enrol into (you’ll need an AdSense account for this), and once enrolled they pay you a portion of their advertising revenue (60% of the total). The exact formula for how they work out payments is known only to them, but it usually comes out at between $2 and $5 per 1000 views. I’m averaging just over $3 per 1000, which is about the norm, so let’s work with that.

You can also earn from Amazon and eBay ads on your articles (known as hubs), but the majority of most people’s earnings comes from the Ad Program, so we’ll focus on that in this article.

Earnings accumulate daily until they reach $50, after which they are paid into your PayPal account on the 28th day of the following month. You can then either transfer your earnings into your bank account or leave them on PayPal to spend as and when you want.

But if you are earning big you will obviously want to transfer them to your bank account.

So how are you going to go about earning a good amount of money here? Well, let’s first decide on what we want and then break it down so we know what we are aiming for.

5 Tips To Write A Great Hub

If you write great hubs people will want to read them and share them. They will also rank better in Google. So here are 5 tips to help you do that…

  1. Write detailed, comprehensive articles, at least 700 words in length, but ideally 1000 – 1500 words. More if you wish.
  2. Target specific keywords, but write for your readers – not for Google (i.e. write naturally).
  3. Break your hubs into sections and your sections into paragraphs. Use punctuation and grammar properly. Avoid spelling mistakes and typing errors.
  4. Add at least one photo (but more is better) and attribute it properly.
  5. Use videos, polls, tables etc. as appropriate.

What You’ll Need To Do

When you have opened an account with HubPages you will then start writing good quality, keyword targeted articles (hubs) which people will love to read, and hopefully share with their friends (keywords are simply words and phrases that people search for by typing them into Google or the other search engines).

A good hub can get 300 – 500 views per day. Some get much more. However others may flop and only get a couple of views per month. But if you target good keywords that people are searching for regularly you should find you get plenty of views on most of your hubs. Some will take a while to get noticed though, so don’t expect too much straight away. Keep writing and the views will come.

You’ll also want to promote your hubs on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest etc. This will bring more views. But what you really want is for other people to start sharing your hubs with their circle of friends. That’s when you can really see your views rise. Occasionally a hub will go viral and generate thousands or even tens of thousands of views in a few days. You can really earn well when that happens.

Another way of getting more views to your hubs is to place useful and informative comments on other people’s blogs who are writing in the same niche as you are, and have your name linked back to your HubPages account. Or you could even do guest posts on blogs with an appropriate link in the text back to one of your hubs.

The most important thing however is to write lots of good hubs. The more hubs you have the more chance you will have of getting some of them ranked highly in the search engine results pages (SERPS).

So if you write hubs you will earn money. And if you promote your hubs you will earn more. But first it’s a good idea to decide how much you would actually like to earn. What is ‘big money’ to you?

Earn $1000 A Month By This Time Next Year

If you only want to earn $1000 a month (or you see that as your first big step) you could reach that in 12 – 18 months if you work really hard.

Just focus on writing 200 great quality informative hubs and promote them as much as you can. Write 4 per week and you’ll be there in a year! Even if you only write 2 per week you’ll still make it in 2 years.

How Much Would You Like To Earn?

Big money means different things to different people. To some it might be $500 a month; others may be thinking more in terms of $5000 a month. Either of these is possible if you set your mind on what you want to accomplish and are prepared to do the work to get there.

But as an example let’s say we are aiming for $3000 a month. How are we going to achieve that?

Well, let’s do the math…

As I said earlier, I average a little over $3 per 1000 views. So that’s about $1 per 300 views. At that rate to earn $3,000 you will need 3,000 X 300 views, which is 900,000 views.

So to earn $3,000 a month you need to be getting around 900,000 views per month!

That’s a lot of views. So how are you going to achieve that?

Well 900,000 views per month comes out at 30,000 views per day. So lets suppose you are a well established ‘hubber’, you are ranking well in Google for a large number of keywords and you are getting extra traffic from all the promotional work you have done. So on average your hubs are getting around 50 views per day each. Some more, some a lot less, but that’s about the average.

30,000 divided by 50 = 600

So based on that formula you’ll need to write about 600 hubs to earn $3,000 a month. Ok it might not work out that way. And many people would say that averaging 50 views per day per hub is a bit ambitious. And maybe it is. But it can be done if you select your keywords carefully and do enough promotional work, as well as write very high quality content that really adds value to people’s lives. In fact some people are averaging a lot more than 50 views per day per hub, so it is realistic.

It will be a lot of work, and it may take some time to get there. But remember that while you are working towards it your earnings will be steadily growing. And once you are there your earnings should keep coming in with just a little bit of regular attention to your hubs to keep them fresh and up to date. Even if you left them completely it’s likely that your earnings could continue at a similar level. So it’s largely residual income once built.

How much would you like to earn on HubPages?

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But What If I Can’t Achieve It?

“But what if I never get there?” you might be thinking. “I could do all that work and not get the rewards I was expecting”. Yes that’s true; it could happen that way. But there’s an old saying that goes “If you aim for the stars and miss, you’ll still reach the moon”. Or words to that effect. So even if you don’t make it you’ll still do very well from your efforts. And you might make it all the way to $3,000 a month. You might even make $5000 a month – or even more. I don’t know of any other website that offers the potential that HubPages does; so why not decide what it is you are aiming for and get started today?

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      carieg 2 years ago

      Nice article! Goals are really important. I have a long way to go but I'm aiming for $1,500 per month. Wish me luck.

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      David 2 years ago from Chesterfield, UK

      Thanks Carieg. Yes, best of luck; hope you reach your goal soon :)

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      Nathan Bernardo 2 years ago from California, United States of America

      Helpful information and inspiring. It certainly would have helped to understand this a couple years ago when I started; but even with the bit of a foundation I have now, this article is inspiring because you've explored the possibilities and potential. It's good to have some solid numbers to shoot for.

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      Tori Canonge 2 years ago from California

      I'm glad you decided to post this hub. I think that if someone put their mind to it, then the possibilities are endless here. Yes, there is always the concern about how much traffic you will get and what not, but if you write what you enjoy and are passionate about, as well as incorporate all the important things that you mentioned (Google SEO, photos, etc.), then you should see your numbers increase.

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      David 2 years ago from Chesterfield, UK

      Thank you Nate; I'm glad you found it inspiring. Yes having something specific to aim for is very useful isn't it?

      And thank you Torrs. Yes you are absolutely right in what you say.

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      Susana S 2 years ago

      I don't think you've taken into account the hubber/hubpages 60/40 split. , Based on your example, you'd need a total of 1,500,000 views per month, not 900,000 to earn $3000 per month. Both are extremely unlikely.

      That's not to say that earning figure couldn't be reached, but it would most likely be through a big proportion of amazon/ebay sales which offer a much higher return than $3 per 1000.

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      John 2 years ago from New Brunswick, Canada

      I thought the article was excellent. It validates some of my own thoughts on the subject. I'd love to make a real writing income online. This offers a real plan of attack but doesn't offer illusions about the amount of work it is going to take.

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      David 2 years ago from Chesterfield, UK

      Thanks for your comment Susana. But yes I have taken into account the 60/40 split. I get just over $3 per 1000 views, and some people get quite a bit more than that. And yes, Amazon/eBay sales should hopefully boost your income more, especially if you write good product review hubs.

      And thank you Pico; I'm really glad you liked it. Yes it will take a lot of work but is certainly feasible for anyone who sticks with it.

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      Susana S 2 years ago

      People reading this will think you're talking total traffic not just their portion of views.

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      Susana S 2 years ago

      The rest of your figures are out too.

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      David 2 years ago from Chesterfield, UK

      In what way are they out Susana? I checked and re-checked them very carefully. Not sure what you mean by total traffic; I thought I had explained it clearly. I'm talking about the total of THEIR traffic to THEIR hubs, and then it's broken down into an average per hub. Hope that's clear :)

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      Kevin W 2 years ago from Texas

      Great hub Dwelburn, initially I started writing just for the love of it/hobby, as it turns out I'm pretty good at it & has been pretty rewarding. I'm definitely going trying to test/reach those numbers. Thumbs up on your hub.

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      David 2 years ago from Chesterfield, UK

      Thanks Alphadogg. Great to hear about your success too. Hope you do reach the numbers :)

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      Barbara Kay Badder 2 years ago from USA

      This hub is excellent, but I haven't heard of anyone that earns $3.00 per hub. Average hubbers only earn about $1.00 per hub if they average things out. I compared this figured with some other writers. You can earn the $1000 a month if you work hard enough, like a hub a day for 3 years.

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      David 2 years ago from Chesterfield, UK

      Thank you Barbara. I'm actually basing this on earning $5 per hub per month on average. My research tells me that a number of people make this and some make much more, so it seems reasonable. Unless you know different of course. I know average hubbers only average $1 per hub per month, but this is not about being average. If you can get a number of good keywords on page 1 of Google there's no reason why you should not far exceed this amount.

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      Leslie A. Shields 2 years ago from Georgia

      Nothing beats a failure but a try.... that is an old adage that is absolutely true and solidly based... So, I am going to try the Dwelburn Method and succeed... Hey, you should write a mini book and upload it onto Amazon.... God Bless you and thank you...

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      David 2 years ago from Chesterfield, UK

      That's a nice positive attitude Leslie. Good to hear from you and best of luck. God bless you too :)

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      Trisha Roberts 2 years ago from Rensselaer, New York

      I love the goals you show on here. Thank you so much for the information. I feel it is really helpful in many ways and also it inspires me to become an even better writer. Thank You!

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      David 2 years ago from Chesterfield, UK

      Thank you Trisha. I'm glad you found it helpful and inspiring. Best of luck to you.

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      very informative , i ve only made 0.84 cent so far :(

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      David 2 years ago from Chesterfield, UK

      Thanks Ezzly. Don't worry it will get better :)

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      Thanks :)

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      Anna 2 years ago from chichester

      Very true what you said about aiming high! Goals are a great way to stay focussed. I started off well but have now ground to a halt because I'm waiting for adsense to approve me :( I know loads of people find this part a bit tedious!

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      David 2 years ago from Chesterfield, UK

      Yes you are right Tazzy. Thanks for the comment. I hope you get your adsense approval soon; it does seem to be more difficult to get this now than it used to be.

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      I agree with you that there is still a lot of potential on HubPages. One person who has been here for six years has over 2,000 Hubs and is still writing new ones. I think she is probably doing very well. I enjoyed your breakdown of numbers here.

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      David 2 years ago from Chesterfield, UK

      Thanks Writer Fox; glad you liked it. 2000 - that's a lot of hubs.

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      Sharp Points 2 years ago from Big Bear Lake, California

      Very useful and detailed, thank you.

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      David 2 years ago from Chesterfield, UK

      You are welcome Sharp Points. Glad you found it of use.

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      Linda Bryen 22 months ago from United Kingdom

      Great article dwelburn and thank you for sharing, voted and shared. Like everything in life we need goals to be able to achieve the payment we want to have for our articles.

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      David 21 months ago from Chesterfield, UK

      Thanks Liesl. Glad you liked it. Yes goals are essential to keep us focused on what we are trying to achieve.

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      Nancy Yager 20 months ago from Hamburg, New York

      Thanks. you have inspired me to come back and write some articles.

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      David 20 months ago from Chesterfield, UK

      Glad to hear it Lipnancy; best of luck to you. :)

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      Karen Hellier 12 months ago from Georgia

      Very interesting information here. You must be promoting your work a lot more than I am because your formula doesn't fit my experience. I have noticed that the more I am active on Hubpages, the more I earn per day, and every penny helps. I have just recently come back to Hubpages after only popping in and out for the past year. I got distracted by other writing sites but HubPages was my first and I am grateful to have discovered it and start writing online.

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      David 12 months ago from Chesterfield, UK

      Hubpages is the only writing site I ever found to be worthwhile. Rankings dropped right down a while ago but they are recovering nicely now. Target specific keywords that people are looking for and you should do ok.

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      Eword Media Unit 8 months ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Thanks for the hub and the insights on the maths, you sure motivated me.

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      David 8 months ago from Chesterfield, UK

      You are welcome Kenyan; glad you found this motivational.

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