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Is it possible to write a quality hub in 5 minutes?

Updated on December 6, 2012

Is it possible to write a hub in 5 minutes?

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As someone who loves their day job (actually, I work nights, but you get the idea), I love the idea of being able to work on my own through Hubpages to make money.

I know that there are people on Hubpages that make thousands of dollars per month. Yes, some of them spend hours and hours on their hubs. However, are there people who put emphasis on quantity over quality (that is not to say that their hubs are not high quality, but that they put together decent material in a short amount of time and still come away with earning an amount of money)? I set out to find the answer to this question.

I thought to myself, if I can make $0.50 (50 cents) per month per hub that I write, (I suppose I could make more than that if I used backlinks) that I could make a nice living if I could crank out a sizeable quantity of hubs in a short period of time (I typically have four nights off per week, as I work three nights per week as a nurse).

I reasoned that if I acted like I was working my regular job, 12 hours per night, on my nights off, and was able to write each hub in 5 minutes, I could write twenty hubs per hour for twelve hours, equaling 240 per night, or 960 per week, or multiplied by 4 weeks per month equaling 3840 per month.

Impossible? No. Likely? Probably not. I have no shortage of ideas. In fact, I have lists and lists of Hubs that I would like to write in a series of different subjects and areas.

What factors do I have going for me? I can type between 80-100 words per minute, depending on how interested and focused I am in what I am writing. I also read anywhere between 1200-2000 words per minute depending on my level of interest in what I am reading (and I can skim things, not reading for content, even faster). So I suppose that I am abnormal in that respect, but I think that anybody can train themselves to become good typists and great readers (I think it is a lot easier to become a faster typist than a faster reader, but I am sure you could take a speed reading course).

So, can I really write a Hub in 5 minutes?

Well, I put it to the test. I was sitting here on my laptop on my couch. My two young kids are asleep, but my wife was awake and she was watching the TV show “Friends” on T.V. While having my wife in the room (trying to talk to me) and having the television on and being in the un-air conditioned living room (I am cheap, so only our bedroom has air-conditioning for our hot summer nights), I timed myself with my cell-phone stopwatch and was able to finish a hub, complete with one backlink (to another hub) and a video, in just under 10 minutes.

What does that mean? Assuming that I can keep the pace (which is a BIG “if”), that means that I could conceivably, if I reallllly wanted to, write 1920 hubs in a month’s time if it takes 10 minutes a piece. If I am making an average of $0.50 (50 cents) per hub, I could make around $1000.00 per month. This would increase an extra $1000.00 per month for every month that I did this. If I did this for four months, I would make $4000.00 per month, or $48,000 per year. This would be enough for me to pay my rent and all my bills and have a little left over. After writing the hubs, this would be passive income.

I am also in the process of writing several study-guides, which I could advertise through the E-bay or Amazon.com affiliates on my hubs. This would be, essentially, free advertising. I could also advertise the website I am designing. I think that the possibilities of earning on Hubpages and other article databases is limitless.

Will I do this? I am finishing up my master’s degree in nursing (MSN) at the end of this month. After completing that, I think I may have the opportunity to share a lot of my nursing (and other miscellaneous) knowledge with Hubpages readers while also making some extra income.

However, no matter how much time I spend on the Hubs, I will make sure that they are quality and will emphasize quality over quantity. The most successful Hubbers seem to do this.

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    • NicktheNurse profile image
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      NicktheNurse 5 years ago from Huntington Beach, CA

      Thank you dwachira! Thank you for your kind words!

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      I like your determination and calculations NicktheNurse, anything is possible if we only have the spirit. Thanks. Voted up, interesting and shared

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      Barbara Badder 5 years ago from USA

      You may be able to do this as long as you don't need to research any of the subjects. My most popular hubs were written quickly, but they were on subjects that I already knew inside and out.

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      NicktheNurse 5 years ago from Huntington Beach, CA

      I wrote this hub in five minutes and its has gotten a lot of traffic (by my standards). I guess I am just a fast typist and reader. Thanks for checking out my hub!

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      Prakash Dighe 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas, USA

      I'm truly amazed that you can come up with a hub so quickly - I tried once and it took me about 2 hours. To me. quality is important, and I'm not convinced that writing many hubs assures you of more income. Well, best of luck - I do hope you're able to reach the figures you've mentioned.

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      NicktheNurse 5 years ago from Huntington Beach, CA

      Awesome for taking the challenge! You should be commended!

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      DreamerMeg 5 years ago from Northern Ireland

      OK, I have completed the challenge but it took me 72 minutes! I get interrupted a lot during the day, so used a timer to keep a check on the time. I wrote the hub on "cleaning the bathroom" which is something I know a lot about and have thought about too, so it wasn't a new subject. I hadn't intended to write a hub on this, so didn't have any photographs available. Over the next few weeks, I will get some photos and amend it. BUT - I took the challenge and even if it took longer than 5 minutes, it's done and that's a new hub. So, thank you very much.

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      NicktheNurse 5 years ago from Huntington Beach, CA

      @DreamerMeg: I love your positive attitude!

      @DNemesis: Yes, you are right. Most of my Hubs are/will be within my particular niche, which is nursing and nursing education as I am a nursing instructor.

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      DNemesis 5 years ago

      On the other hand, when it comes to the actual monetization side of things, writing an article in 5 minutes can get tricky. Between researching popular/profitable topics and keywords and whatnot, that's the main issue. I can write many articles off the top of my head in 5 minutes right now, but they wouldn't earn me 50 cents in a year, haha.

      If you have many profitable ideas, however, then it's definitely doable (by profitable i mean non-saturated and search-engine friendly.) Otherwise, the alternative to combat saturated topics would be by sharing your articles on large social networks/forums and other public communities.

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      DreamerMeg 5 years ago from Northern Ireland

      I think you have written a good helpful hub. After all, even if it is not possible to write a hub in 5 minutes for one particular subject or one particular person, it is certainly possible to get SOMETHING written in 5 minutes. If that is a contribution to a hub, then you are on your way. I have read several books on getting writing and one talks about writing 1,000 words an hour. That makes about 80 words in 5 minutes. Yesterday, I was working on my studies and wrote 138 words in 5 minutes, without breaking a sweat. Another student came in and lamented that she had to have a whole chapter written by the end of August - 10,000 words and felt it was impossible. This is not quite the end of June. Assuming 20 working days per month, she has about 25 working days left between now and then, which averages out about 400 words per day. If you even assume a 5 hour working day, that is 80 words an hour. This has digressed quite considerably from your original point, but I am agreeing with you that it is possible to write good hubs in a short time. I'm not quite sure about 5 minutes, but I have a couple of ideas that I could try out and will see if it's possible to get anywhere near that - a good challenge!

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      NicktheNurse 5 years ago from Huntington Beach, CA

      DNemesis, thanks for commenting. I think the key to writing good hubs is to have a topic and to have three key sub-topics or three good ideas to write on within that topic.

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      DNemesis 5 years ago

      This largely depends on the subject. You see, quality doesn't always mean "longer" or containing lots of features. For example, providing instructions on something like "How to Access Internet Explorer 9 Options" can be written in 5 minutes, as it greatly helps those in need of answers. It all depends on the subject, really.

      On a related note, i recently wrote a hub on an app that helps people lessen writer's block and/or write faster while potentially maintaining good quality as well.