Be a Stay at Home Mom and Make Money
Earn Extra Money Writing about What you Know
Staying at home with your kids? Or working but would like extra income? If you are a mom and you like to write and take pictures, you can earn extra money on Hub Pages.
I'm the mom of 5 kids, and I work as a writing teacher, but over the 3 years, I've found Hub Pages and online copy-writing to be not only a good source of additional income, but one of the things I most look forward to during my day.
How Much Can Moms Earn on HubPages?
How much you earn depends on how many people view your Hubs. It takes time for that to happen, so you need to expect to keep on writing a while before you get paid. For me, it took about 7 months to get my first check of $50.
- In that first year, I made $750.
- The second year I made $3,000.
- The third year, with about 300 Hubs written, I made $8,000.
I'm entering my 4th year and the income is about the same as last year. What is different about HubPages compared to other sources of income is that you continue to earn, whether or not you are continuing to write. I will continue to make income from my Hub articles for as long as people look at them, even if I don't write any more.
How to Start Writing for HubPages
If you are a mom who likes to write, I'd encourage you to consider joining the HubPages community. You will find everyone very welcoming and the staff working very hard to improve the experience for writers all the time.
What is HubPages?
Hub Pages is what you are reading right now, a website where you can publish whatever you want to write about to explain, instruct, review, analyze, or share your experiences in life. Hub Pages is not a personal blog, but it allows Hubbers to combine their personal lives with instructing or telling people about ideas, crafts, recipes, products, places, people, and much more. You can share poetry, fiction, business ideas, photographs and videos as well.
What type of Hubs would you like to write most?
How can Moms Earn Money on HubPages?
No one who views your Hubs ever has to pay anything. You offer your writing for free and then gain income from the ads which appear on your site. Income comes from Hub Pages itself and also through Google AdSense. In addition, you can advertise Amazon items for sale and get income through clicks and sales from your Hubs.
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Copy Writing from Home for Moms
HubPages is a business that, like most businesses takes time to build. For money more quickly, you might want to consider also doing copy-writing.
Copy-writing gives fast payout. You get paid within two weeks of writing and having your work accepted. You only make a few cents a word but I'm able to make at least $10.00 an hour and can average about $300-$400 a month.
Best Way to Make Money Writing
At Hubpages, I was thinking I was making a lot less than copy-writing, but then I looked at the numbers of my first year. Actually, I signed up to do both copy-writing and Hubpages on the same day in May, but I didn't really start completing copy-writing assignments until September, and I did not earn anything beyond a few cents from Hub Pages until October of that year. I did not keep track of the time I'd spent on both, but I think that it was probably roughly about the same amount of time for each, probably an average of 8 to 10 hours a week. In one year from signing up for both Hubpages and copy-writing, I'd done:
- 240 copy-writing jobs had earned about $2,400 dollars (or $10 average per job)
- 150 Hubs had earned $750 dollars (or $5 average per Hub)
Looking at these numbers surprised me a lot since I had thought I was not earning very much from Hubpages compared to copy-writing, but the difference is that what I earned on Hubpages is just the start. I won't get anything else from the copy-writing jobs, but I have earned even more per Hub every year.
- 2nd year $3000 for 250 Hubs ($12 average per Hub)
- 3rd year $8000 for 300 Hubs ($26 average per Hub)
I should say that even though I didn't increase the total number of Hubs very quickly during the 2nd year, I actually did a lot of re-writing of early Hubs to make them better, as well as deleting a number of Hubs that didn't get many views.
Do all Hubs Earn the Same?
No, not at all. Actually, it isn't possible to see exactly what you earn from each Hub, since the amount you earn each day is a single total. However, you can tell which Hubs are earning the most by seeing which ones get the most traffic. I have noticed that there tends to be an "aging" factor which helps Hubs get more traffic. As part of my own analysis of my Hubs, I've seen that as a general rule:
- Once Hubs get 100 views, they seem to continue to get regular traffic every 30 days at least.
- Once Hubs get over 500 views, they generally have at least one view every 7 days.
- Once Hubs get over 1000 views, they get traffic just about every day.
- Over 10,000 views and hubs get 10-100 or more views each day.
I've heard that about 20% of Hubs bring in about 80% of the traffic, and that seems to be true for me too.
How do You Write Hubs that Get Good Google Traffic?
What is a "Super Traffic" Hub? How can you make one of those? There is a lot of advice out there on Hubpages, but I have to say that none of my best Hubs are "better" in writing or topics than many of my less trafficked Hubs. Nor were any of those Hubs written trying to optimize them.
The writing ones and the science fair one were actually written and put on Hubpages to help the college students I teach and my own local elementary school. Nothing was optimized on keywords (although I know how to do that). Instead, I wrote those pieces (my top traffic Hubs) in order to meet a need:
#1Easy Words to Use as Sentence Starters to Write Better Essays
#2 How to do a Great Elementary Science Fair Project and Board Layout
#3 How to Fix Washing Machine Drain Pipe Overflow
#4 Covering Popcorn Ceiling with Plaster
What were those needs?
- I couldn't find good information and examples for my Freshman English students on the Internet.
- I couldn't find a good source for the parents at my school to use when putting science projects together for their kids.
- I couldn't find a way to fix our washing machine backup problem.
- I wondered if my popcorn ceiling could be covered with plaster and found nothing on the internet about it. I tried it and when it worked, I wanted to tell people that was an option.
Write A Niche Topic Hub
What is a Niche Topic? A Hub that is about something pretty specialized, maybe something that no one who doesn't know about that topic would understand at all. Generally, it is a Hub you write about a subject you know a lot about, or have researched extensively. I've found these Hubs don't jump start too fast, but grow slowly in traffic until one day I'm astonished that they actually have 1,000 or more views, and when I Google them, they are on the first or second page. I've written Hubs on mini scrapbook instructions, kid crafts and building Ready to Assemble cabinets.
Build Your Brand
I am now deliberately writing Hubs which are on the same topic as one of my "super traffic Hubs" and linking from that Hub to the new ones. That definitely has increased traffic to the new Hubs. Now I get 10% of my views from someone who clicked from one Hub to another. Here are some of the Hubs I've built on off of my "super Hubs.
- Building off my science experiment hub, I've added many Hubs which tell how to do specific science experiments.
- Building off my writing Hub, I've added instructions for other college papers I teach.
- Building off the popcorn ceiling and washing machine Hubs, I've written about other plaster projects we've done and other house fix-it projects and DIY decorating.
Why Else to Join HubPages?
Making money on HubPages is fun. Having people read and comment on my Hubs is very rewarding. Yet I realized during a nighttime walk with my dog that the main reason I'd encourage moms to join HubPages is that it makes life as a mom more rewarding and fun to know that:
- Every creative idea for helping your children can help another mom when you share it in a Hub.
- Every product you buy that you love you can review and tell other people about.
- Every place you go can be something you write about.
- Every picture you take might be great one to use on a Hub.
- Every emergency recipe you create could be a great recipe Hub.
- Every organizing idea you come up with might help other moms.
HubPages is now a part of our family life. My kids say, "Hey, Mom! Write a Hub about it!"