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Make Money Online With HubPages

Updated on March 31, 2014
HubPages is still a "GO" for writing.
HubPages is still a "GO" for writing.

Can You Make Money with HubPages? - Yes

Hubber Danielle Woerner from the Hudson Valley of New York writes in with a question. She is expanding her online presence and wants to know about the potential for positive results and successes in affiliate marketing on HubPages and how HP community networking might lead to new income streams.

I have two links already to HubPages entries that can explain some of these desired outcomes and how to achieve them, but there is certainly more! Additional information is found following the links below, illustrating how the various programs at HubPages have helped in my successes.


Becoming Sought Out By Visitors to Hubpages

Some of us Hubbers are offered work when visitors to HubPages see our Hubs on certain topics and are struck by the content quality and writing style. Many of these visits have results in writers this community accepting short gigs and long-term writing jobs. Some are creating posts for successful blogs that have a large readership and online magazine articles for various publication, while others are writing research and even advertising materials for people that have read something they liked on HubPages. Other Hubbers probably have been offered work through accepting interviews that followed contact through a reader of HubPages. This can start by a link from Twitter or Facebook, so social networking comes in useful.

I have done several book and film reviews that fit in well with topics of interest on HubPages and these have led to some additional writing assignments as well as Amazon and eBay sales of the books and related items. Travel writing, some medical research, employment trending (USA/Canada), and severel pieces of substantive editing work have also come my way. You may find that other Hubbers request your services or ask you about a partnership in additional projects. All of these can be beneficial.

Hubbers have been asked to write or edit movie scripts and TV shows, ghost write books, and participate in a great many types of projects, so HubPages is definitely a gateway to earning income in more than one way. Have a look in the HubPages Forums to find several cases of work awarded to Hubbers from other sources. This is exciting news each time it occurs!

Watch For Red Flags

Some Things To Beware

A HubPages presence can result in great offers of additional work, yet it can also result in false work offers.Just as in the days of magazine Want Ads, the Internet includes false ads for working, especially working at home.

Some print ads used phrases like "Send $5.00 to Post Office Box XYZ for more information." No information was ever sent to people who mailed in their money. Some Internet sites are similar, asking for money to register readers for jobs.

Craigslist in certain ads and some online freelance writing sites fall into this fraud-laced category. Further, several freelance sites require writers to sign an agreement that they will pay for the work themselves if their work is unsatisfactory to a client; however, in these scams, both the client and the writer pay for the same work and the freelance site sells the work several times to different people. Writers don't get paid. When confronted with legal action, these sites close and reopen under new domain names.

Take care when accepting online job offers and check out the person and company on the other end. Decidedly, if you are led to a website that lists no street address and telephone contact information, but only an online contact form, then you have likely discovered either 1) a scam operation or 2) an Identity Theft operation. Avoid these sites and do not correspond with their owners or representatives.

Further, if an address is listed, run it through GOOGLE to determine whether it is only a PO box at a UPS Store.This occurs frequently. I even found a online physician who did this - he posted a picture of the shopping center where the UPS store (his deluxe office and clinic) was located. On his website, a potential patient was required to pay the first visit's fee with a credit card online. The person would then not be able to find the office.

Some legitimate businesses use UPS Stores, but many that have contacted me are not legitimate. In the physician's example above, I called the mall office and discovered that no health services of any kind were available in that shopping center. Finally, I contacted the relevant Medical Board and found that the person's license had been revoked.

I have never seen HubPages do any of these things!

Another red flag is the proverbial post to one of your Hub Comments threads that seems to offer you a writing job. You visit the website, find it's legitimate, and reply to the representative to ask about the employment offer ...only to find that there is no offer and the comment was a spam link to build the company's (small) business.

A final red flag is an offer for ghost writing or editing work that turns out to be non-paid work, and those appear all over the Internet. Usual care taken in checking these offers out should suffice. In relation to this, if anyone asks you to purchase a book, film, text manuscript, or product to read or use and review, then it is an illegitimate offer - a racket, if you will. Reviewers do not purchase these materials and in fact, they charge for a review, from $10.00 the blurb up to 25 cents a word or more, depending on their experience and reputations. This is how the renowned Saul Bellow made a living while he was writing and publishing his first books.


With HubPages, we can sign up and begin writing, adding affiliate links that include Amazon and eBay capsules, sign up for AdSense or participate in HubPages Ads. Sometimes, readers see our work here and hire us to write for them, from one article to an entire screenplay.

HubPages is better for writing and producing an income than are the types of unreputable freelance sites I discussed in this Hub. Good freelance sites exist and some Hubbers write for them as well s for HubPages. Check around our community and you will see the names of some very good freelance writing sites. Good luck!

The Money Is Out There...


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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 3 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Best of success on HubPages! After 7+ years, I'm still happy with the platform.

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      Sima Ballinger 3 years ago from Michigan

      HubPages is a good place to write and earn money through their Ad program and Amazon. I have not yet met the threshold for Adsense. As you said, there are scams of making money online. Thanks for the information.

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      GoingOnline 7 years ago

      It's nice to see an article that isn't just about "put affiliate link, make money, make more hubs!". Portfolio is a long term investment for any professional, and hubpages articles can look great :)

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      blesswonfilms 7 years ago

      This is a great article, I just recently started to write my own hubs and I like reading these types of articles that motivate me to pursue. Thank You!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I like writign here a lot, and hope others do as well - thanks for the comments!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Hello Patty, and thank you for always trying to help. These are great tips.

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      Mike Teddleton 7 years ago from Midwest USA

      Thanks for the insightful tips, and encouragement to we writers new to the Hubpages community. Mike

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      Fay Paxton 7 years ago

      Thank you so much Patty for these tips. I write for the joy of it but finally came to realize that if I can write and make money too, I'd have the best of two worlds. So I'm looking at every angle. Thanks.

      voted up/very useful

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      Bima.Purnawan1 7 years ago from Republic of Indonesia

      Everything is good. I am pleased with your article and thank you for sharing.

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      BlissfulWriter 7 years ago

      That's right. If a publisher asks you to write a review of a book, the publisher typically postal mail the book to you free of charge. The reviewer shouldn't have to pay for the book that they are reviewing for the publisher.

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      Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Great Info Patty - demonstrates clearly why you arde at the top of the Heap! Thanks.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      All kinds of things pop uop in the Internet, don't they? Thanks for commenting!

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      lmmartin 7 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      I've run into several interesting opportunities while writing for hub pages, so the possibilities do exist. Thanks, Patty, for all the warnings -- definitely needed in internetland.