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How to make money online writing articles

Updated on October 3, 2015

My online money making career

I have been in online money making business for about three years now and I can say that I am an average earner my monthly income varies from $1200 to $1800. This includes earning from 9 different locations. For example triond, Amazon, eBay, click bank, my blog, elance, odesk and adsense. First years of my “make money online” experience was basically an experiment I tried almost every available platform out there. It all started with an ebook that I downloaded from some where, it was on how to make money online from home. Although now I realize that most ebooks are basically affiliate link jungle but as starter you do get some information. I found hubpages through a similar ebook and I am just addicted to it now.

So here is my experience of how can you make money writing articles and promoting different products. Before sharing the legitimate money making options I would like to point out some typical “make money online” scams that new writers can avoid just by following simple rules.

Golden Rules Of Money Making:

All paid to click add sites are scam; they appear time to time make a big entry and disappear without making any payments.

Do not waste you time on paid survey sites. It’s a complete waste of your energy; instead spend your time researching hot and current topics for your article. Research is key to good content and like they say “Content is King”.

Do not waste your money on scams like “make $1000 daily” believe me they are fraud.

There are no short cut in online money making business, its all hard work and dedication. First payout can take as long as 5 months. Don’t worry about payouts; just concentrate on getting every thing right.

Get advice from socially active sites like hubpages and squidoo. Only follow the community approved writers.

What is your favourite money making platform.?

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Make money online using Triond

So getting to the comparison part Hubpage Vs Squidoo Vs Triond.


Triond was the first website that I joined and to be honest I am not satisfied with it. Triond is not a scam and that’s for sure but it’s not a great article publishing platform. Secondly interacting with triond community is also very hard. I have hardly made 15 followers and that no where near enough. Triond shares its revenue with contributors and it’s a good feature. Recently triond was also able to integrate adsense at 50:50 rates. This means that you share 50% of your adsense revenue with triond. Plus there is royalty sharing, so adding up every thing you should be getting a reasonable amount. But this isn’t happening and recently I was able to figure out the problem. Triond has a page rank of 5 which is pretty reasonable but article you submit to them don’t get published on triond they get published on other websites. Triond community websites have page rank of 3 or max 4. Only traffic source is the search engine which means that your article is not going to get quality visitors. You’ll hardly get any comments and there is a very small chance of getting any recognition.

So you can forget about getting into top search engine results. Personally I would not recommend triond to any one but there are people who claim to be making money out of it so it’s totally up to you. I forgot to mention that publishing content on triond is lot easier than hubpages and squidoo but you can make way better article on these two websites. Triond was my first make money online platform and I just desecrated it, that’s really bad but truth is truth no matter how unpleasant.

Hubpages and Squidoo

Hubpaes and Squidoo are the two top article publishing platforms that any one can join. Both of these sites offer remarkable features and enormous community. You need both of them to make an impact on search engines. Content quality recognition techniques used by search engines for a website and single pages article are bit different. As we are only talking about articles so ill discuss only articles. Comments or community participation on your article play vital role in getting your content recognized immediately. You may notice that successful writers here on hubpages and on squidoo have huge fan following which gives them two advantages. First advantage is obviously the instant wave of traffic that their each post gets and the second advantage is large number comments. Both of these factors get your content a higher PR value.

Hubpages community is way better than any other community. It’s very hard to make reasonable fan following on squidoo, because squidoo writers have this overly professional attitude that really annoys me. I have found hubpages to be very fascinating and enjoyable place to work and make money writing articles.

Let’s get to some more technical aspects.

Squidoo homepage gets 4,273,505 daily page views.

Hubpages homepage gets 4,807,693 daily page views.

So hubpages is ahead in visitor count and getting featured on hubpage’s homepage is much easier than squidoo homepage.

Squidoo Page Rank is 8 and hubpage Page Rank is 6. You may probably know that PR is quite an important factor in getting good traffic and I can’t figure out why hubpage rank is lower than squidoo. I would still prefer hubpages on squidoo and the reason remains the same, hubpage has better caring community. Here is what I do; normally I write 2 article one for hubpage and other one for squidoo. In that way I get a quality backlink from squidoo to my hub on hubpages.

Hubpage Alexa Rank is 208 and squidoo rank is 234. We can clearly see that alexa thinks that hubpages is better.

Now let’s look at the earning potential, squidoo earnings are in form of royalties you can either write for charity or write for money. If you want money you need a paypal account, earning from different sources like infolinks, amazon, eBay, CafePress and adsense are transferred to your paypal account. Revenue is transferred in following ratios. Squidoo gets 45%, 5% goes to charity and 50% is yours. Squidoo uses their affiliate link on every product or add so you don’t have to sign up any where.

Hubpages on other hand is all about smart programming. Hubpages don’t share your revenue what you earn is yours to have. What hubpage do share is impression; hubpages share a portion of your impression. It’s a complex idea, just read the hubpage information page. You’re in more control of your earnings. I read a hub once and it was about whether to publish on your own blog or hubpages. Writer of the hub did a serious detailed comparison between hubpages and blog. He wrote in his hub that on blogs you get traffic from search engines but on hubpages you’re not only getting traffic from search engines but also from hubpage’s own huge community. Your hub traffic is normally two times your blog traffic, so it doesn’t matter if hubpages is charging you impressions.

So here is my priority for online publishing sites, at number one I would choose hubpages and at as a second option I would recommend squidoo. Other than these two there are sites like ehow, Xomba etc

Hubpage Tip:

Hub editing module has arrows somewhat looking like this <= and =>. These arrows are used to adjust tab to left or right side of your hub. When you’re composing your hub try to put every thing in layers, avoid using these arrows. Do not put videos and product ads on left or right sides of your text. Your text module should be prominent, by doing so your content gets index much quicker.

Learn from top hubbers, notice how some hubbers use page break picture to make their content more prominent.

So that’s it for now but ill be posting more article on “How to make money online writing article?”. Don’t forget to follow me and also feel free to post comment in comment section below.


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    • shelpeare profile image

      shelpeare 3 years ago

      Interesting observations.

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      Sara Algoe 3 years ago from Phoenix, Ariz

      Depends on how good your hubs are performing . For good 50 Hubs you should make 200-500 USD per month . A really good hub getting lots of daily views can fetch way more than this .

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      Shivani Bhardwaj 3 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your experience with us!! But i want to ask that how much can we earn per month through hubpages?? I m a new user!!

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      Sara Algoe 6 years ago from Phoenix, Ariz

      No i don't have experience with red Gage, but if i would want to try any thing other than hubpages then that would be to create my own blog or site.

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      Dumbledore 6 years ago from Somewhere in Ohio

      I am also a big fan of HubPages but am always looking for a way to increase exposure. Have you had any experience with Red Gage?

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      bestwatches 6 years ago

      Excellent article with essential information. I will check back again in the near world scoop

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      Tariq Sattar 6 years ago from Karachi

      Thanks Sara Algoe, your hub is a great help to a beginner as you have observed and reflected nicely on the effectiveness of hubpages and squiddo.take care and thanks again.

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      lisaking1 6 years ago

      I recently joined Triond and hub pages, yahoo contributions. I will see which one makes me the most money.

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      iowac 7 years ago from North Carolina

      Would like to say good article, however I do not agree that Hub Pages is the best, it may be ranked higher, but so far I am making money on Triond, and have not seen anything for hub pages.

      Same with Squidoo nada nothing squat. One thing about Amazon affiliates if you live in certain states like I do here in NC you can not use them due to some issue with NC and taxes and Amazon did not want to deal with it. I am glad Amazon did what they did, however I lost my ability to use them as an affiliate.

      On ehow I earn about $17 dollars a month, however you can no longer write articles there. I have found a social site where you get paid to do things like on facebook, view other friends photos, blog, post polls, write in forums, viewing others pages, you earn when they view your photos, in 1st month I got $25 bucks, friend who told me about it is getting $75. This is the link

      Then yes there are survey sites that you can get money from, that are not spam farms, again in 1st month I got $21 bucks, plus I got signed on to do a 8 week one for Time Warner Cable through this site and it pays $50 bucks every 2 weeks for doing 3 tasks weekly that take about 2 hours a week to complete.

      Also there is a micro job site, and that one I got $9 dollars in 1 month with very little time and effort, and already have another $7, you basically do things for folks trying to spread the word about their product or website doing tweets, or clicking like on their facebook page, or bookmark a page with your account.

      I have a full time job also, so I do these with spare time. I wrote a hub also

      Going to follow you Sara, and read some more of your pages to see what else you mention. I do like using the backlink idea and creating 2 articles, but you also might get away with using 1 and just backlinking to your main article by posting on others blog pages/articles/news that are similar.

      I am no where near $1200 a month, thats pretty sweet, I would be happy to get a steady 100 now a month, which I think I am hitting since I started trying again just a month ago, but would love to push it up to $400 to $500.

      P.S my hub shows a few screenshots of payments, and on my blog page have all my payments minus my ehow, should probably put that there also.

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      amin66 7 years ago

      Rik Ravado 13 months ago

      viryabo, emievil, samiron, create, egra, carmen, Jazztizz and abbas - thanks for stopping by. Thanks for all your hubwords and particulary for Carmen's tempting invitation to come over and 'hub' her sometime - I wonder if that would raise my hubscore?

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      Sara Algoe 7 years ago from Phoenix, Ariz

      jwsc101 thanks for visiting and commenting. You made a wise decision. Hubpages and squidoo are two top article submission website.

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      Sara Algoe 7 years ago from Phoenix, Ariz

      Thanks Sondra for you comments. I my self discovered this glitch recently. Its not actually a glitch but when you put every thing in layers its easier for bots used by search engines to scan your content. Put all the fancy stuff in the end and keep your text and a pic upfront.

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      Sara Algoe 7 years ago from Phoenix, Ariz

      @ Mrgadget affiliate marketing is on top of every thing but it requires some basic web designing skill. However on sites like squidoo and hubpages you can make money selling products from amazon and ebay and you don't need web designing skills. In return these sites share revenue.

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      Sara Algoe 7 years ago from Phoenix, Ariz

      @Haris i agree with you on running away from paid to click programs. I my self haven't found a single legitimate paid to click program. Even if there was one its totally unethical.

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      Sondra_Roberts 7 years ago

      Excellent Article.

      Thank you for taking the time to go into so much detail and in a way thaty is very easy to understand,

      I particularly like the tip about the layout of the articles

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      Kc12 7 years ago

      I am using triond for 2 years now and it works for me. However i do agree there are better article submission websites out there.

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      Mr.Gadget 7 years ago from Taxas City

      I can recall my early money making efforts and i too was a victim of scam sites. Every one learns from his mistakes. I found affiliate marketing to be very profitable i work with amazon and ebay now.

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      Haris Amin 7 years ago from Mars

      I was sitting on my yahoo messenger last night and an old friend sent me a message that he found a ligit site that give you around 1000 dollars a month. I was really surprised, turned out that its a paid to click site that gives you a flat rate of 10$ per click. Unfortunately my friend has already made 1200 dollar and i am pretty sure that he is not getting paid. I really felt sad for him, all scam sites are horrible. Specially the ones that claim to pay your for clicking adds. So people if you see paid to click tag on any site just run away as far as your can.

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      Sara Algoe 7 years ago from Phoenix, Ariz

      Thanks Pincer

      I think your talking about 101 make money online sites blog. I have read it myself and it an absolute beauty. It took writer 7 day to write it and a month to research it. So it a pretty quality stuff. However i do agree that newcomers should only work on best of the best make money sites because time is of the essence here.

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      Sara Algoe 7 years ago from Phoenix, Ariz

      Thanks Tman

      I don't have a blog at present but i am thinking about starting one. Internet is full of crap these day need to narrow down the good stuff. So stay tuned for my make money online blog.

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      Vince Maneg 7 years ago

      Great tips.

      I never believed that people could make considerable amount of money by writing articles. I should try these sites thanks for sharing.

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      Pincer 7 years ago

      There is an article here on hubpages on same topic and writer has reviewed over 100 make money online sites. I really appropriate writers hard work but this article to me is better than that article. I have been to many sites and now i am just tired of learning from my mistakes. So thank you for sharing top options. I really like your article and hope to learn more from you.

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      Another Newb 7 years ago

      I really like your make money golden rules.

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      Tman 7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your expertise. Do you have a blog on this topic i.e "Make money online". I would like to learn more from your experience.

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      Sara Algoe 7 years ago from Phoenix, Ariz

      Ziliam and Ma91 thanks for visiting and commenting, really appreciative your feed back. Gomet good for you that your making a reasonable amount but you said your getting like 800 daily visitors. With same content you would be getting twice as much here on hubpage. So you have made a profitable decision.

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      Sara Algoe 7 years ago from Phoenix, Ariz

      Thanks for commenting freelanceauthor, like i said triond has some money making potential but when compared to hubpages its just a waste of time. Article publishing platform is suppose to be a better alternate to private blogs. If its your content doing every thing then why join a website and share your revenue why not make your own blog and get 100%. Hubpages and squido not only provide you with extra traffic but its a good high PR platform.

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      Gomet 7 years ago

      I forgot to mention that my adsense earnings from triond are around $70 a month. So adding every thing together its a good deal. However there is no Amazon, Ebay and Kontera so i think with 800 daily views i would have made sales every now and then. That is why i moved to Hubpages.

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      Ma91 7 years ago

      Thanks for great tip. I my self was thinking about doing some home based work online just to make some extra cash. Now i know exactly where to start making money from home.

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      Ziliam 7 years ago

      Sara is right about triond posting articles on low PR websites.That has to be the reason.

      Nice hub loved it. Full of info

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      freelanceauthor 7 years ago

      Some people are making good money with Triond, its just that we do not know how it works. Perhaps if you are good in making articles that easily get to the top pages of Google then Triond would be one of the options.

      I too have bad experience with Tiond; earning only cents, compared to dollars here in Hubpage.

      Cheers, and great hub

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      Haris Amin 7 years ago from Mars

      Another great hub ... I myself don't like squidoo coz its has that paypal option only thing going on. Hubpage is without any doubts the best money maker online.

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      vladimir 7 years ago

      Thanks for this advice.

      I recently joined hubpages and lets see what response i get. I would love to get more advice from you.

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      Sara Algoe 7 years ago from Phoenix, Ariz

      Gomet you lucky to get check after 4 month. I get is once or maximum twice every year. But now i am getting some adsense revenue from triond so i am bit relived. Other wise i was so mad on wasting my time.

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      Sara Algoe 7 years ago from Phoenix, Ariz

      Hellow Hellow thanks for commenting...

      and yes off course clicks on google adds here on hubpages do count in your adsense earning. Make sure that you have your unique adsense code entered in your affiliate settings. you can check you affiliate settings by clicking on my account tab above and then click on affiliate settings. Secondly like i said hubpages shares impression so if an add gets clicked then 40% times add revenue goes to hubpages and 60% time add revenue goes to your account. So there is a chance of 40% and 60%.

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      Sara Algoe 7 years ago from Phoenix, Ariz

      Hey JB thanks for coming here... Hows your cat.

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      Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

      Good comparison, Sarah. You're right, it takes a lot of persistence to earn decent money online. Thanks!

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      Gomet 7 years ago

      I get a triond check after every 4 months and i have got 82 article published there with daily traffic of 800.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      I also started on Triond and hardly got some cents out of it. Thank you for the eye opener. HP is realy great in every way. I made so many friends here and have received some money and I am grateful.

      Tell me, the clicks from HP do they count for paying by Google?

      Thank you for a great hub which was truthful and very informative. Looking forward to the next one. Don't take too long.

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      JB from FB 7 years ago

      Your right about Triond its a waste of time.