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20 Great Hubpages Alternatives for Online Writing and Earning

Updated on September 4, 2012

Let me start this article by saying how much I love Hubpages. It's never let me down and my earnings continue to increase everyday through their Ad Program. I love the community and great incentives like contests.

However, if you would like to explore more opportunities to publish your content and earn residual income online, then here is a list of great alternatives to Hubpages.

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Hubpages Comparison

Alexa Rating: Global 275 - US 188

Ad Revenue: 60% of Google AdSense, Hubpages Ad Program, Amazon and Ebay, 9-12% of traffic referrals to other hubs, and 10% for referrals.

Payout: Over $50

Additional Information: Hubpages gives users the tools to write high quality articles and get paid for them. With a variety of different ways, the earning potential is great. Hubpages allows users to publish content right away, but may flag overly promotional or substandard hubs, possibly resulting in removal.

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Alexa Rating: Global 72 - US 38

Ad Revenue: None. Guides and topic writers receive per-article rate, video producers receive $250 per produced video.

Payout: N/A

Additional Information: Writers will have to undergo an evaluation period where editors will critique their work. No pay is given during the evaluation period. writers do receive an extremely competitive pay rate, so it is worth it in the end.


Alexa Rating: Global 7,622 - India 893

Ad Revenue: Google Adsense and Chikita, based on the Bukisa Index, which is updated each month

Payout: Google Adsense over $100, Chitika over $10

Additional Information: Contextual Advertising, Banner Advertising, Email Marketing, and Joint Ventures from Google Adsense and Chitika are calculated by the Bukisa Index. The higher the index, the more views you have, the more money you'll make.

Digital Journal

Alexa Rating: Global 7,085 - US 4,738

Ad Revenue: None. Writers get paid from the "moneypot", which is determined by the amount of pageviews and likes your articles receive.

Payout: Over $10

Additional Information: Writers have the opportunity to earn additional money with the "extra effort bonus" which requires writers to submit stories or interviews from someone in person. Writers have to submit the contact information for the interviewee and editors will confirm these details before accepting your extra effort.

eHow (Demand Studios)

Alexa Rating: Global 144 - US 53

Ad Revenue: Ad revenue - amount unknown

Payout: over $10

Additional Information: eHow doesn't disclose the amount of revenue they share. Writers, Videographers and Copy Editors need to apply to write with the website via the Demand Studios website. Many writers agree say that income gradually increases, with many writers making $500+ per month with 200+ articles.


Alexa Rating: Global 104,912 - US 29,974

Ad Revenue: Ad revenue - amount unknown

Payout: Over $10

Additional Information: Firehow states "You will earn money based on many factors, such as, but not limited to, how many views, comments, and ratings your articles receive." The amount is unknown and writers have to wait an entire month to track earnings.


Alexa Rating: Global 2,865 - US 1,370

Ad Revenue: None. Writers earn Gather Points, which equate to $0.02 per point.

Payout: Over $10

Additional Information: Ad revenue goes straight to Gather, which they pay out to writers in the form of Gather Points. Gather says "We use different algorithms to determine which individual user activities are creating community value. Most points are awarded to members who share content that proves valuable to the community. To protect against fraudulent activity we do not share the exact algorithm we use and we change it from time to time."


Alexa Rating: Global 5,214 - US 2,540

Ad Revenue: Ad revenue - unknown. Helium says "Earn money through incentive payments, exclusive assignments and performance bonuses based on the traffic your work receives."

Payout: Over $25

Additional Information: Although Helium does pay for ad revenue, the amount is unknown. Helium has a great following of writers with a good support forum. They also offer ongoing contests to earn extra income from your articles.


Alexa Rating: Global 4,692 - US 3,035

Ad Revenue: 75% of Google AdSense, Chitika, 2% of referrals revenue

Payout: Over $50

Additional Information: With the ability to incorporate embedded links, your earning potential is endless. The down part, your first 10 articles need to be approved before you can publish without approval.

Knoji (Formerly Factoidz)

Alexa Rating: Global 30,575 - US 6,022

Ad Revenue: Ad revenue - unknown. Upfront payments and earnings for answering questions.

Payout: No minimum payout

Additional Information: Knoji requires writers to apply in order to write for the website. They offer upfront payments from $5 and up for quality articles, plus you'll earn ad revenue. You can also participate in the forums, answering questions for additional money.


Alexa Rating: Global 102,015 - US 39,056

Ad Revenue: 50% Google Adsense plus additional ad revenue in the form of Orble Stars - each star is worth between $3-5

Payout: Over $10

Additional Information: Orble works with a system called "Editorial Stars" - the more stars you have, the more you'll make. Readers can vote for you to have more stars. It's worth writing quality articles because you'll be awarded with stars and money.


Alexa Rating: Global 243 - US 416

Ad Revenue: None. Revenue is achieved through selling online content (i.e. eBooks)

Payout: N/A

Additional Information: Scribd is an amazing platform for you to sell your original content to readers via the Scribd store. You set the price and earn 80% of the revenue (minus $0.25 per transaction). The earning potential is great if you have something everyone wants to read about.


Alexa Rating: Global 57,134 - US 27,481

Ad Revenue: 70% of Google AdSense, Amazon and 25% of your referrals earnings

Payout: Over $100 Google Adsense

Additional Information: Seekyt is a small site, but with a lot of potential. Writers must have at least one article published before you can start referring other writers. With a generous amount of ad revenue, writers can earn more that other content sites.


Alexa Rating: Global 16,077 - India 2,555

Ad Revenue: 80% of Google AdSense

Payout: Over $100 Google Adsense

Additional Information: Snipsly is a bit limited for types of revenue earning, but they offer a generous 80% of Adsense earnings. They do not offer referral earnings.


Alexa Rating: Global 210 - US 134

Ad Revenue: 50% of Google AdSense, Amazon, Chitika, Ebay and Zazzle, $5 per referrals when they've reached $15 in revenue. Profits go to you or to charity.

Payout: Over $1

Additional Information: Squidoo writers have donated more than $500,000 to date to charities like Acumen Fund, charity: water, Room to Read, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Profits with principles are awesome.

Suite 101

Alexa Rating: Global 3,286 - US 1,508

Ad Revenue: Ad revenue amount unknown - through Google Adsense

Payout: $5

Additional Information: Suite 101 pays ad revenue based on traffic to your articles. Writers must apply to write for the website. The website is also available to French and German speaking writers, which is something many of the other content sites don't offer.


Alexa Rating: Global 7,799 - India 1,128

Ad Revenue: 50% of ad revenue

Payout: Over $0.50

Additional Information: Triond offer simple publishing and 50% revenue sharing. They do not offer referral earnings.


Alexa Rating: Global 24,257 - US 10,988

Ad Revenue: 50-60% of Google AdSense, Amazon, AllPosters or Zazzle, 10% of referrals revenue

Payout: Over $100 Google Adsense, $50 Amazon, $20+ Allposters, $50 Zazzle

Additional Information: After writers publish 50 quality articles, their ad share will increase to 55%. After 100 articles they're share 60% of ad revenue. Wizzley provides a great search engine optimized platform and an active community so you can bounce ideas around.


Alexa Rating: Global 26,836 - India 7,297

Ad Revenue: 60% of Google AdSense, 10% of referrals revenue

Payout: Over $100 Google Adsense

Additional Information: Xomba rotates ownership of the ads between users and the website. Sixty percent of the impressions will show your AdSense code, and 40 percent will show Xomba's. Writers can post articles, blog posts (i.e. how-to's) and interesting bookmarks.

Yahoo! Voices (Formerly Associated Content)

Alexa Rating: Global 4 - US 4

Ad Revenue: None. Yahoo! will pay $1-2 per for each article that is published, plus $1-2 per 1,000 page views.

Payout: Over $1.50

Additional Information: Writers can also apply to be contributors where they can earn $15 per article. Although the upfront payments are quite low, the potential for pay-per-view earnings is high based on the traffic earned from Yahoo! readers.


Alexa Rating: Global 148,050 - US 30,798

Ad Revenue: 50% Google Adsense, Amazon and Chitika

Payout: Over $100 Google Adsense, $50 Amazon, $10 Chitika

Additional Information: Zujava puts all earnings into the "ad pool", including Amazon. They're currently working on compensating writers for their individual earnings, but the site is still in beta. Payments are made every 60 days.

* Alexa rating as of April 2012

Can't Write? No Problem!

If you can't write but you still want to earn online, there are dozens of ways you can earn income. Find freelance work via oDesk, like Graphic Design or Virtual Assistance.

Questions to ask before signing up to write:

  • Who owns the content after it's published?
  • Will I earn an upfront or residual payment?
  • What is the minimum payout?
  • Will I be published right away or await an editors approval?
  • Can I link within the article?
  • How much traffic does the site get overall?

Many people write in hopes to earn a decent income, but the reality is that you could be wasting your time. Investigate the website before you submit any content.

There are many, many more websites available for you to publish your content online, however I've only outlined 20 of the best!

What content website do you write for?

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    • Harem Cinema profile image


      7 months ago

      I love the idea of this list but I wish it had been updated recently.

    • grand old lady profile image

      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      2 years ago from Philippines

      Although this article was written five years ago, some parts of it are still helpful. It is a nice list to refer to.

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      Jeff Zod 

      3 years ago from Nairobi

      Great article.I love hubpages more than other sites due to their easy to use features and nice layouts.Which sites do you recommend?

    • Didik Danalaga profile image

      Didik Danalaga 

      4 years ago

      Fantastic hub. Super helpful and presented in an easy to compare format. I will be checking out some of these sites. Voted up!

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      4 years ago

      Freshticles is missing from this list. It pays out 75% of revenue. The rules are easier and they site look and feel is simple as well as easy.

    • weezyschannel profile image


      4 years ago from Central USA

      You know I came to your page searching for alternatives to Hubpages. I have been a member at Hubpages for almost 10 years.

      The first five years were really encouraging; making 3-4 dollars a day. Was not trying to make a living, but at least felt like my thought and hard work are worth a little bit of something.

      The last two years or so, I've basically seen a huge decline. I went into each and every page that I had, updated it, made sure there was no spelling errors, no duplicates, updated links, etCetera. I thought perhaps, maybe that may bring me back on the incline, and I even waited six months for a fresh start, basically.

      My earnings dwindled from four dollars a day, to two dollars, to a dollar, to $.60, $.30, and it keeps going down. Granted, I am not a professional writer, nor do I claim to be, but each and everyone of my hubs is my own writing and they are very personal as I share my life experiences.

      I am now looking for alternatives to Hubpages and it's very unfortunate because I really enjoyed the community here. Again, was never looking to make a living, but most of us here are here to get a little compensation that's why we Signed up...again, I was never looking to make a living, but most of us here are here to get a little compensation (a good percentage). At least I'm honest about it

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      4 years ago

      Looking forward to seeing my progress

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      5 years ago from Reno

      Ehow is where I started,before it became demand studios off spring. The main theme for the site was "how to" IE - EHOW, and content exposure rocked do to their partnership w Google. Firehow is a spin made possible through DS booting anyone w/o a degree. LOL needless to say I was booted & offered money 4rights2my content but I declined. TMI idk but thought id share. Thank You for sharing, this sorta info is invaluable and actually hard to find with a simple search. Thanx again Happy Hubbing

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      The Prince of ButterFly Knights 

      5 years ago from Zurich, Switzerland

      Your information is very descriptive, very precise, very useful for the others, however but some of those links needs to be re-updated because some of the links services are expired. Thank you for sharing. :D :D

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      Daniel Romero 

      5 years ago

      You are great.

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      5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i am going to try scrib, thanks for the sites you have mentioned

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      Marsha Musselman 

      5 years ago from Michigan, USA

      I may just check out some of these sites. I've been writing on bubblews since the summer of 2013 and wrote many more articles and blog posts than I've written here, but things are changing there now and I'm looking for other opportunities.

      You may want to update this sometime to at least eliminate the ones that have closed their doors like Helium and squidoo and voices if not others too.

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      Laura Brown 

      5 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      Yahoo! Contributors/ Voices is closing up. Squidoo gave notice to the writers on their site just today. Squidoo was bought by HubPages and some content is being merged and the rest cut adrift.

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      Akhil Dev 

      6 years ago from India

      Suite 101 is gone? What happened to the writers there?

    • georgescifo profile image


      6 years ago from India

      Suite 101 is no more...

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      7 years ago

      A great source of information about making money I have learned so much thanks for sharing.

    • snigdha.s profile image


      7 years ago from India,mumbai

      Very informative hub. Agree with you on the importance of investigating the sites before submitting your content. I had 2 articles on bukisa and was getting decent traffic but I was not very active for 4-5 months and found my account deleted. So far I have been writing on hubpages only. You feel let down when your hard work goes down in the drain. Your hub has inspired me to try a few more sites. You have done your research well. Voted up.

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      7 years ago

      excellent information, thanks for the list

    • maheshpatwal profile image


      7 years ago from MUMBAI

      Amazing list of sites for blogger who wish to earn by writing...

    • Icyents profile image


      7 years ago from Michigan

      you have excellent hub here and it gives me a lot of information. Good job.

    • craftybird profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Laura, thanks for letting us know! This must have be recent.

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      Power Ball Pythons 

      7 years ago from Mobile, AL

      Actually when I checked the website was down and said that it was for sale.

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      Power Ball Pythons 

      7 years ago from Mobile, AL

      Thanks for letting me know about shareapic. It seems very promising!

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      7 years ago

      great job! so useful.. thanks for sharing some of this alternative sites.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      7 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Lots of useful information here. As much as I would like to sigh up on a few more sites, I just don't seem to have the time. However, I'm book marking this for later.

      Great work, thank you for sharing.

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      Russ Moran - The Write Stuff 

      7 years ago from Long Island, New York

      This hub is a valuable resource for any writer. Terrific research.

    • ronny2005 profile image


      7 years ago from HubPages

      Good Hub! Shared.

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      7 years ago

      Interesting and useful . Voted up and shared. :-)

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 

      7 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Hi, I really liked this article, it has a lot of information, it is well organized and clearly written. I will be using some of this advice! Voted up, useful and interesting. Have a good day!

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      Cynthia B Turner 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Wow! This is most comprehensive and clearly presented information about online writing. Anyone could refer to this and decide which platform they would like to use. Really impressive writing and research.

    • Lorenzo27 profile image


      7 years ago from Pistoia, Italy

      Your hub is so much useful! Thanks for all of those tips! Voted up, useful and interesting.

    • Natashalh profile image


      7 years ago from Hawaii

      Interesting. I'd never heard of the majority of these! Great analysis and information.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 

      7 years ago from Pune, India

      craftybird, It is a great collection of platforms for online writers. Presently I write on my blogs and Hubpages only, already considered to write on Squidoo. Your article have shown me many other places to write. Thank you for sharing this very useful information. I have bookmarked this page, and also shared with the followers.

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      Rema T V 

      7 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thanks craftybird for this great hub. Wondering why there have not been many comments here for such a useful and informative hub. I am sharing it across and pinning it too. Cheers, Rema.

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      7 years ago from Michigan

      Very informative. Thanks for the info.

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      7 years ago

      Excellent article. Thank you for your research and hard work.

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      Teresa Davis 

      7 years ago from Moscow, Texas

      Great article. I did not know most of the companies you mentioned but I will work my way down the list. Thanks for all the info.

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      Tammy Frost 

      7 years ago from Oregon

      Another great Article. Everyone here is also welcome to write at my site: I place your ads on your articles and you earn the full click amount. Thanks for sharing the list.

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      8 years ago

      great but unnoticed hubs. thanks.

    • maryhoneybee profile image


      8 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

      Wow, most of these I didn't know about. Very useful information! Thanks!

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      8 years ago from Texas

      This is indeed very informative.I am going to check them out too. Awesome! Thanks for sharing.

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      Catherine Taylor 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Fantastic hub. Super helpful and presented in an easy to compare format. I will be checking out some of these sites. Voted up!

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      8 years ago

      You've done some great research here, thanks for sharing it!


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