Revenue Sharing - How to Make Money With HubPages
Hubpages uses a revenue sharing model to make money to encourage you to write articles. This is how it works.
When you write an article on Hubpages, you have the option of adding your affiliate tracking number for programs such as Google' Adsense or Amazon.com.
Everytime someone views your article they will see advertisements from Adsense, Amazon, or Ebay. Embedded within these ads is an affiliate tracking code.
On a completely random basis, Hubpages will assign either your affiliate code or theirs. The revenue sharing comes about when someone clicks on advertisment which has your tracking number, in which case you get credit and revenue from that advertising program. If a visitor clicks on an ad which has hubpages' tracking code, then they get paid.
For example, with regards to Adsense, for every 10 times that your Hubpage article is displayed, 6 of those displays will show your adsense ad. The other 4 will show Hubpages ad.
If a visitor clicks on the adsense ad when your publisher code is displayed, you make money and Hubpages makes nothing. The other 4 times, the ad belongs to Hubpages and if someone clicks on it, Hubpages makes money and you get no revenue.
This business model does not mean that if the ads generate 100 dollars of income you will automatically get $60. In fact, you may get a lot more than $60 or a lot less.
The reason is that the 60/40 ratio only refers to how many times your ad is displayed versus how many times hubpages ads are displayed. But neither your nor hubpages has any control over which ads the visitor will click.
You may get lucky and, by chance, the visitors may click only on your ads meaning that all of the revenue goes to you. Or it might just happen that visitors only click when the page is displaying the hubpage ads, in which case you might be getting a lot of clicks but make no money at all.
However since the display of ads is completely random, it should all even out in the end the same way that if you flip a coin long enough you will always get 50% tails and 50% heads, even though at first you might get more heads or more tails.
Is This a Fair Deal?
The question might be asked: Why should you write an article for Hubpages and then give them the majority of the advertising impressions?
The choice is yours, of course, but you do get a number of benefits by posting your article on hubpages rather than on your own site or blog. Firstly, hubpages gets a lot of traffic so the chances are that your article will be seen by more people on Hubpages.com than on your own site.
This means that even though you are giving up some of your ad revenue, you are also getting free traffic from Hubpages. You also get free web hosting, an online editor to build your article, and active promotion efforts by Hubpages to get more visitors to the site and to your page in particular.
Do Other Sites Use a Revenue Sharing Model?
The revenue sharing system is not unique to Hubpages.com. A number of other forums and sites encourage their users to post content in exchange for sharing some of the advertising revenue with the poster. Other revenue sharing websites include YouSayToo.com (which describes itself as a revenue sharing community) and Digital Point (which is a forum to discuss webmaster issues and share tips).
Before committing to hubpages.com, I would recommend that you check out all the alternatives and options. Making money using hubpages is certainly possible. However, there may also be other websites that are more focused on the types of articles that you want to write.
How Do You Make Money With HubPages.com
So how do you make money on hubpages? There are no guarantees, but they essential components are:
- write an informative, original article about something that people are interested in.
- get lots of traffic to your hubpage article. I know, this is easier said than done. Here is an informative article about how you can get lots of traffic to your page.
- sign up for the adsense program and other affiliate programs. Then provide your ID to hubpages so that they can insert your affiliate ID
- when creating your article, choose the option of inserting lots of ads. The more ads, the greater the chance that someone will click on them.