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10 Hubpages Money Making Tips

Updated on September 7, 2014


10 Hubpages Money Making Tips

Over 3 years ago when I first signed up to Hubpages, the idea that I could make money from my writing was the furthest thing from my mind.

I joined Hubpages simply because I love to write and Hubpages was a website that was easy to use and gave the writer an instant readership.

I wrote Hub after Hub after Hub and my stats grew and grew and grew and three months into my new writing hobby I became a paid author, someone had clicked on one of my Google ads and I had earned the wholesome sum of 11cents.

I continued to write more hubs and six months after my first click I received a cheque from Google for just over $100.00.

Around three months later I received my second $100.00+ cheque


My Hubpage Experiments

When I realised that I was making some extra money from something that I loved doing, I began to experiment with my writing to try to find the type of Hubs that would make me some extra income.

I began to wrIte product reviews, destination guides for holidays, hotel reviews and many other topics that would either make money or not, as the case turned out to be for most of the time.

My earnings from Hubpages began to grow slowly and steadily and they continue to grow to this day.

At the time of writing this article My current earnings from Google are around $400 every month.

I also receive earnings from Ebay and Amazon taking my monthly total to almost $500, I could possibly make more money from Kontera but ever since i disabled their ads on my hubs I have seen enough of an increase in my Google ads to more than make up for what I used to make from them.

In my quest to find Hubs that I could possibly make money from I have made a lot of mistakes, but I have learned so much from my mistakes that I can avoid doing the same thing in the future.

I will probably keep making mistakes and learning from them for as long as I write here

Follow the money

Ten Tips to Better Hubpages Earning

1) Patience is a virtue

If you have joined Hubpages to make a quick killing then you will be disapointed, it takes time to build your reputation as a writer and for the clicks to come on your advertising.

2) Experiment for you

Experiment with different types of hubs find the hubs that earn for you, I could list the hubs here that I make money from but as I have found in the past What works for me may not work the same for you.

Remember it costs you nothing to write on Hubpages so you have nothing to lose if you get it wrong.

3) Get yourself a blog

A blog is a useful tool to anyone writing on the Internet, a blog gives you a place where you can put links to your hubs, which gives your hubs a free backlink increasing your chances of being picked up by the search engines.

4) Join in the Hub Forums

The Hubpages forums are very active and many of your questions will be answered by the friendly community who when not writing hubs spend a lot of time there, the forums are a great resource of learning and honest opinions of your hubs.

5) Hub Score

Do not place too much emphasis on your Hub Score, what really matters is that you are getting hits from the search engines, I have a Hub where the score fluctuates from 75 -95 from week to week and it is my most visited hub ever, with over a quarter of a million hits.

6) Have Fun

Enjoy your writing and have fun with it write about things that you know about and care about, If you don't like the topic that you are writing about then don't continue to write it because it will show through in the way you have written the article and the reader will know that your heart really wasn't in it.

7) Write more than one Hub on a Topic

Writing two or three Hubs on the same topic, I have found to be a good Idea especially if you link them to each other search engines pick up on the fact that you have written a series of hubs and they give you some search love helping to improve your standing for future Hubs.

8) It's Christmas!

Write a Hub about Christmas and it will get a lot of visitors at that time of year, the same applies to any seasonal Hub that you write about, Halloween, Easter, Mothers day and so on. write a Hub about general topic such as Hobbies or products and you will get visitors all year round.

If you write seasonal hubs try to cover all of the Holidays that way when one holiday is over like Christmas your next one is there to get the hits that you are losing such as Valentine's Day.

9) Look listen and Learn

It may sound silly but look and listen to the people around you, what is the topic of their conversation? people talk about a lot of things everyday and by listening to what they are saying to you you could find the topic for your next hub, some of my better earning hubs have been written from overhearing conversations about the next big thing.

10) An important lesson that I learned

Adding links to external websites can seriously damage your earning potential.

Google places links on your Hubs which are relevant to your topic when people click on those links to those external websites Google pay you.

When people click on links that you add you dont get paid!!!

You can link to your own Hubs though because the reader may click on your ads there.


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    • Hooks and Needles profile image

      Hooks and Needles 

      4 years ago

      Thanks for all the tips. It's fun to read how someone else is doing.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      5 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      This is a very informative hub that points out some things I have forgotten or neglected over time. Thanks, Jimmy, for sharing these useful tips. I used to write, on another site, a lot of articles on tourism and miss doing that. Maybe I will start up on that again.

      Voted up U&I

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      JR Krishna 

      5 years ago from India

      You are an experienced hubber. I value the tips which you have given in this article. To tell the truth make money or not I like to be around. I don't know whether my attitude will change later. But now I enjoy this.

      Voted up and shared

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 

      5 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Wonderful information and really beneficial to all online writers. I hope you write more of your experience and some valuable tips in future as well. Thank you for sharing some knowledge here. Shared and voted up. God bless you.

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      Audrey Selig 

      5 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Jimmy - Thanks for sharing some of your ideas about doing well on HubPages. The one thing that I do is link to external sites. Some of them are my sites on the same subject. The others are links to resources that I have used in my hub. I would like your comment on this practice, as I understand what you are saying. It is nice to hear all these ideas from someone who makes good money on the site. Your ideas work, so they must be important. Thanks for sharing.

    • stephanieb27 profile image


      5 years ago from United States

      Thanks for sharing these tips! #10 is very helpful to me, I didn't think about that! I will have to do more linking to my blog and other hubs (as I create more.) :)

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      Brenda Kyle 

      5 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Thank you for sharing your success and helping the rest of us. Your #7 tip is the most useful to me. I may never have thought of this on my own. A truly useful tool for any writer. Looking forward to reading more!

    • Barking Brain profile image


      5 years ago from Boston

      Thanks, lots of good tips for a newbee like me

    • macteacher profile image

      Wendy Golden 

      6 years ago from New York

      Thank you! I"m a newbie to Hubpages and I'm just starting to get my feet wet with a couple of hubs. Tips like these give me a lot to consider when deciding what to write about. Thanks for the warning about external links - I will stay away from those.

    • urmilashukla23 profile image


      7 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Interesting hub. I like the idea to link with own hubs and blogs. Great tips! Thank you for sharing.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 

      7 years ago from Pune, India

      Hi Jimmy,

      Thank you for such an informative article. It is very helpful for me. I joined HubPages 4 Years back, but was not so serious about writing here. But from last three days I am working on about 20 articles.

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      7 years ago from Somewhere, where the sun shines once a year...

      Great tips for beginners like myself! I'm struggling at the moment to think of something of quality to write, but I'm sure that I should have my first hub published today! However if anybody has any tips on the topic I should write on, please send me a message! Thank you.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 years ago from New Hampshire

      Nice hub jimmy, I like the idea about linking to your own hubs. It is a simple idea that easily overlooked, thanks.


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      Midlife Magic 

      7 years ago from Canada

      I am new here and this was great information to start improving. I write because I like to express myself in written form but how much more fun will it be to get paid for that!

    • HikeGuy profile image


      7 years ago from Northern California Coast

      Thanks for the valuable pointers. Excellent point about writing about things you're enthusiastic about and paying attention to what people are talking about.

      I'm off to check on external links.

    • amithak50 profile image


      7 years ago from India

      Thanks you have shared some useful information

    • cheerfulnuts profile image


      7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Thanks for the helpful tips. Voted up. :)

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      Paul Goodman 

      7 years ago from Florida USA

      Useful info. I voted it up!

    • Ddraigcoch profile image


      7 years ago from UK

      Thank you for the very early heads up. I am wanting to improve my writing skills before I even start getting stressed about the revenue. But it is always nice to know what would throw that revenue away. Ddraig x

    • games388 profile image


      8 years ago

      It's a great hub for me - a newbie of hubpages.

    • Sunnyglitter profile image


      8 years ago from Cyberspace

      Step 9 is a good one! Everything is a potential article!

    • infomanic profile image


      8 years ago

      great Hub, im impressed you have the most viewed hub ever.

    • vox vocis profile image


      8 years ago

      Nice hub! Hopefully, your tips will work out for me as soon as I start writing more hubs...

    • James L profile image

      James L 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Great information here, I'm still new here at hub pages and appreciate that those who have been around longer publish articles like this. Thanks again!

      - James

    • billyaustindillon profile image


      8 years ago

      Great article - the external links tip is very pertinent thanks

    • borge_009 profile image


      8 years ago from Philippines

      You're right jimmy patience is a virtue. Its my first month here in HB and I know I will be able to pass the test because I am enjoying my stay in here. Thanks jimmy

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      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Jimmy, as always a very good hub, I haven't seen your hubs for a while so just checking them out again. Been traveling now that I am back I can have time to read and write more Thanks for sharing

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      Amelia Griggs 

      8 years ago from U.S.

      Thank you for your extremely helpful hub! I am fairly new to hubpages and joined for the same reading, a love of writing. Your article provides a lot of great ideas, so thanks for sharing. Your other hubs are helpful as well, and since I am a computer techie, I especially like the ones on computer topics. Thanks again! :-)

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      James Paterson 

      8 years ago from Scotland

      Livelonger, as your biggest fan on hubpages I am always proud when you comment on my hubs, thanks for sharing your numbers with us here, I notice they are going up well done.

      I agree with your philosophy about writing about things with not much information to be found, and doing a better job that the little information that is available.

      a pleasure to see you livelonger have fun and take care.....jimmy

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      Jason Menayan 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      Great advice, Jimmy. I'm earning about $275/month via Google now (it went up last summer when there was a lot of buzz & ads about resveratrol) on a bit more than 130 hubs. I get about $20/month combined via Ebay & Amazon.

      What's worked best for me is writing a hub on something that it's hard to find reliable information on that I nevertheless learn about and can write about better. Two of my biggest earners (how to make yogurt, and how to transfer itunes from one computer to another) came about that way.

      But, you're right, the most important thing is patience. HubPages is not a get-rich scheme by any means.

    • bwlprogram profile image


      8 years ago

      Patience is what many people don't have, lol.

      However, your case study here should make people who want instant cash something to think about.

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      8 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

      Thanks Jimmi, I pretty new here and this was something I could understand. Somehow I've lost touch with all the technology jargon and catching up is hard work. Now, It seems I've got to figure out how to get a blog going - hope you've got a hub on how to do that!

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      8 years ago

      Thanks Jimmi for these tips as I am still learning and improving. Did some linking wrong but got the idea that no links are even better. What about a link back to a blog post from the hub article? Will definitively come back to read mor of your hubs.

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      Dao Hoa 

      8 years ago

      I learnt something new here. I also thought that I should put external links to have higher listing on search engine! LOL!

    • treasuresyw profile image


      8 years ago from Savannah, GA

      This hub was useful. It was so down to earth in terms that I wanted to keep reading. I always want my hubs to be that smooth :-) Peace

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      Michael Shane 

      8 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      Very helpful! Thanks for the info....

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      gee k 

      8 years ago from USA


      I have seen hub pages that link to an affilate sell site..... are you saying this is not recommended or just use a couple links??

      It would of course be another revenue stream if you link to an affiliate product site.



    • iumer profile image


      8 years ago

      After reading this hub I'm sure that I'm gonna be a consistent and permanent writer because this hub has helped me a lot in diverting my thinking about many factors related to internet. Thanks Jimmy.

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      8 years ago

      You are the man Jimmy and the thing I like about you is your hubs are easy to read plus really helpful and even though you were on Hubs from the start you treat every newbie with respect, yer a good guy mate and a credit to Hubpages !

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      Dim Flaxenwick 

      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Thank you . Great hub for a newbe like me.

    • missmaudie profile image


      8 years ago from Brittany, France

      Really useful hub, thanks so much for sharing your knowledge. Now I just need to put it into practice!

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      Renee S 

      8 years ago from Virginia

      This is one of the most valuable, helpful hubs I have read about writing/hubbing. I'm bookmarking it!

    • elayne001 profile image


      8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Jimmythejock you are also the bomb! Thanks for sharing these valuable tips. I hope to implement them into my hubs. I am still learning daily on hubpages. Aloha!

    • HubCrafter profile image


      8 years ago from Arizona

      Hi Jimmy:

      Thanks for sharing these valuable tips. As a newbie it does seem confusing. There's so much to learn about...writing, titling, topics, adsense, keywords, links, lilliput dreams; page rank, making bank, paddy whack, back track; give the dog a bone, already.

      Thanks for some simple advice. Well said.


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      Ten Blogger 

      8 years ago

      Good tips.. Definitely honest .. I can believe that you make $400 on close to 700 hubs.. That's realistic.. based on I earn about $30 on my 60 hubs.. !! Overall very good tips. I have some more here...

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      Brian Stephens 

      8 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      Good tips Jimmy, I learned the lesson of too many external links as well, I mean if you are hoping for Adsense income. I suppose it is a balance really, people will be grateful for you providing them with a link for additional information, but for many people posting on HubPages the whole point is trying to supplement their income, so less is more as they say.

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      8 years ago from Cave Creek

      Is there a step my step manual to follow so my learning curve is not 3 years?

      I continued to write more hubs and six months after my first click I received a cheque from Google for just over $100.00

      How do you know or how do I track this? Is hubpages the only place you have google adds?

      I also receive earnings from Ebay. How do you get money from Ebay? How do you sign up?

      Get yourself a blog. How do you do that? Do you put google add on your blog? If you do then how do you know if the money you are making is coming from the blog or hubpages?

      How much time a days do you spend writing hubs?

      The learning curve on hubpages is so long.

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      James Paterson 

      8 years ago from Scotland

      Hi Peter good to see you, thankyou for commenting.....jimmy

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      Peter Dickinson 

      8 years ago from South East Asia

      Thanks Jimmy - Wise advice. You inspire me every time.

    • jimmythejock profile imageAUTHOR

      James Paterson 

      8 years ago from Scotland

      Hi hello, external links are links that take the reader away from your page to another website some people like I used to post links to sites that compliment their article.

      hope that helps.....jimmy

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      When you say external links , do you mean DIGG and STUMBLE UPON? I just done Digg?

      Thank you for a great help.

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      James Paterson 

      8 years ago from Scotland

      Thanks Lizzy I am glad that you enjoyed, your hubs are excellent and I am sure that you will start earning from them soon, take care.....jimmy

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      8 years ago from Czech Republic

      Hello Jimmy! Thank you very much for your tips. They are very good for unpatient starter as me. xoxoxoxox Lizzy

    • jimmythejock profile imageAUTHOR

      James Paterson 

      8 years ago from Scotland

      Thanks Cathy nice of you to pop in, I hope that at least one of these tips can help you.....jimmy

    • Cathy profile image


      8 years ago from Oregon, USA

      Wow! This is great! I got more from this money-making Hub than any other I've read, simply because it is, well, simple and you talked about a couple things I hadn't read before - like not putting in my own links. YIKES! I'm a link-aholic! There's so many helpful sites out there that can expand my own thoughts or knowledge sharing. Thanks Jimmy!

    • jimmythejock profile imageAUTHOR

      James Paterson 

      8 years ago from Scotland

      Hi chinweike thanks for stopping by, too many links take the readers eye away from the links that you can make money from if you know what I mean, thanks for your comment.....jimmy

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      8 years ago from Glasgow, UK

      But i thought adding relevant links will help enhance the online experience of your visitor? Well, i have learnt this from you today, i will have a rethink on the links i have in my hubs. I will also make it a point of duty to always write seasonal hubs.

      Thanks for the insight!

    • jimmythejock profile imageAUTHOR

      James Paterson 

      8 years ago from Scotland

      Hi 2Pats,thanks for visiting, I always love your input in my Hubs.

      the external link thing is ok if it is only one or 2 links but the mistake i made wat to link everything in the hub to external sites.

      take care .....jimmy

    • 2patricias profile image


      8 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Oh great, I have just added some external links to some of our Hubs. I did put them right at the bottom, so I will see what happens.

      On the plus side, you have given me some good ideas for linking to our own Hubs (must discuss with the Other Patricia).

      As usual, an interesting and potentially helpful Hub.



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