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An Easy Explanation of How to Create a Referral Tracker

Updated on June 10, 2015

Gaining referral for Hubpages means the possibility of earning you potentially unlimited online income for years to come.

Referral trackers are a wonderful source of income for freelance writers.  The writer joined through the referral earns and the writer receiving the referral also earns
Referral trackers are a wonderful source of income for freelance writers. The writer joined through the referral earns and the writer receiving the referral also earns | Source

Maximizing Profits with Hubpages is a wonderful resource for educating yourself about referrals.

Referral tracking info is valuable at a click

Looking into the URL tracker material gives writers more data than most realize.

Under each referral tracker find the new member writer's name, Hubber score, number of Hubs on file and the sign up date. This helps a writer discover if the referral process is still working for them, meet new members and discover what activity is currently going on under their referrals.

Simply click on the referral tracker and discover this remarkable data!

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One of the biggest issues for newbies to the Hub is creating a referral tracker

Hubpages is an excellent online writing site. There are a number of advantages to joining the Hubpages family. The platform is ranked well with Google for gaining great page rank for articles, there are learning opportunities for writers to grow and the earning income potential is great. There are multiple streams to make this capable on lots of levels through several resources. The community of writers is one of the best on the web. A great way to increase the passive income earned here is through referral tracking.

The Hubpages community is a wonderful place to call home and publish work. One of the best benefits of gaining referrals on this sight is the quality of work accepted means the chance to make money via a referral is terrific. The more you attract the better.

Multiple ways to produce income

Hubpages presents one of the most competitive forms of earning a writing income as a freelancer. With more than one method of netting more money, chances increase for how much a writer makes through their written work. If one of these platforms is not performing well, others help make up the difference in a freelance writers income.


Writers discover payment from passive income through revenue sharing on advertiser income with Hubpages. This is getting page views from readers and hopefully clicks on ads and sales.

Ebay and Amazon

Another form of clearing monies is Ebay or Amazon. Ads are added to written material published on the site. These sales generally net the most money through the site.


Referrals are another earning opportunity which is ignored by lots of writers. This is personally one of the easiest tools and has the least amount of work involved. Along with passive writing income a referral is a source which will likely continue to earn in the future.

Getting lots of excellent writers under the referral belt is a welcome addition to your team. Follow their progress here on the sight and see their income go up which means your does too.

Why get referrals to join?

Referrals are really part of community participation. By attracting more wonderful writers to the arena it only makes the site better. Getting more money by doing it is only another perk. If there are individuals out there interested in joining the Hub why not join as a referral?

A writer getting a member via a referral earns income as their referral earns. A percentage of a referrals revenue sharing monies is paid to the writer who brought the member in. The person joining the team as a referral does not have what they gross in monies reduced when they share the money. The percentage from the referral's earnings is paid to the veteran member by Hubpages. It's a winning scenario for everyone involved.

Creating a tracker is one of the best ways to get writers to join the team. Its really easy to add to content on the site. Building the tracker for referrals is easier than most people imagine.

After searching multiple Hubs and other online information on how to create and add a referral tracker, most writers are more confused after researching than before starting the process. Avoid fretting over the action, there is a more clear-cut and uncomplicated way to construct one to promote more referrals for writers here at the Hub.

Referrals are a good thing

Referrals are great and are a win/win situation. The Hubber promoting the referral wins by increasing their online income. The person accepting the invitation wins because HubPages is a wonderful place to promote articles and offers a terrific revenue sharing program. Imagine earning from twenty or thirty brilliant writers coming from referrals?

The main reason the person accepting a referral wins is making more online money here as well as meeting a wonderful network of writers. The options offered for revenue sharing are extremely generous compared with similar sites on the web.

Start the process here-

Building the default referral tracker

It’s much easier to have two windows open to perform this function. One window for the instructions and one window to perform the directions provided.

a) Sign into the site as usual

b) Go to the tab with your Hubpage name, click to open drop down menu

c) Under the drop down menu go to “earnings”

d) Under “earnings” find “referral trackers”

There is a "create a new tracker" box. It allows writers to insert unique characters to name a them and a box is available for a brief description. In the brief description box insert the name of the tracker or where it will be used. Any type of info is a possibility. Whatever makes keeping stats on it easier is what typically works best.

If a tracker is crafted for writers coming to Hubpages from multiple sources, a different name for each is a good thing. This means one from a personal blog is named separately from those coming from a website or other resource.

What is actually built is a link to be used to join a new member to the Hub. Clicking this link takes the reader to the sign up page for this site.

Connecting a referral tracker with a link

Writers are capable of building a variety of unique referral trackers labeled with any name. Using names that help you identify the specific link is the way to go. For an example, if you have one connected to your blog, name it after the blog. One connected to a specific published article, make certain the name of the article is someway included in the referral link name.

Simply copy and paste the referral link to insert in any piece of work. Readers that click the link inserted are taken directly to the sign up page for HubPages.

Where to place a link

After building one simply copy and insert wherever a you choose. Of course links around the web on other published material is an option. Several admit inserting the tracker as a "post script" after writing an exceptional Hub.

To use as a post script, a small paragraph is constructed telling someone how great the site is and asking them to join via the link. Click here or a similar phrase works well. Add the referral link to the "HERE" in the message.

Asking a reader to join is easier when they have just enjoyed a remarkable piece of work. This does well on more than one occasion for countless Hubbers.

A great idea is adding the link to a profile page at the Hub or other profiles created for a number of various sites. When advising readers about a writing portfolio, invite them to join this writing platform.


There is no limit to the amount of trackers a writer owns. Each one keeps a separate count of how many members come from which link. For an example, have one tracker for back links, one for the profile page and one for a separate blog post created specially only for referrals.

Under the "my earnings" tab a writer is able to determine how many signups or new members came to the hub by means of one particular blog tracker. This is valuable info when it comes to evaluating where a writer sees a return coming in from an investment of valuable writing time.

More income is coming from receiving more referrals. In other words, if the tracker is working better on the blog post than another article it is wise to invest more time in the post versus the article.

Other analytical material is also available around the site. Compiling and evaluating is part of the process of making certain everything is working to make it worth your while.

How to use referral data

Referral tracker links join any new Hubbers signing up to a writer's personal account. Under the referral tracker tab lots of data is available regarding the new members contribution to the site.

The new writers name and number of Hubs are posted. Things such as the number of articles, page views and other important data to help a writer see how much a specific referral is contributing. There content page views are also posted. If they have received members through their referrals, these are also available.

Amazingly, a referral (member through your link) is also making their own referral links. They are getting signups through their link. These signups are earning for the original member and the new referral member (joined through your link).

Some writers discover they have only 10 signups, but one of these members has been able to attract 25 or even 30 under their membership. This is great for revenue sharing. A writer receives a percentage of the original member's earnings as well as the other 30 signups.

The stats also reveal which trackers work best, which ones are dormant and not working at all. This is valuable for deciding where to place links, what links get the most referrals and if changes need to be made where these are concerned.

Creating a referral link asking readers to join in a Hub text capsule

A great way to get referrals is use an existing hub and add a link for new traffic to sign up through your referral. Ask a reader to join Hubpages because it is a great place to write.

Instead of having an Amazon capsule, add a text capsule in place of it. Inside of the capsule write a short paragraph about the site and ask readers to become members by clicking in the link inside of the text capsule.

This is a sign up referral link to take a new user to a sign up page. Make the capsule stand out with a blue background. You can still add other capsules to the same Hub if you want.

In Conclusion

HubPages has a large library of information for newbies and nearly any question about the site is answered. Page through the brilliant info the editors have put together to make content the best.

The Hub is a wonderful community for writers and promoting your article content. I believe that referrals are a win/win situation and definitely so with this particular site.

example of making a referral tracker in a link inside of a Hub

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    • wordsmith2418 profile image

      Veronica Lewis 5 years ago from Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania

      Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I FINALLY understand how to use the referral tracker. I read so many answers and a couple hubs but yours is the first where I understand how to do this. Fantastic!

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      Abhimanyu Singh Baghel 5 years ago from Satna, Madhya Pradesh (India)

      Nice hub smcopywrite. Very useful and interesting. Voted up and useful. :)


    • Mekenzie profile image

      Susan Ream 5 years ago from Michigan

      I understand the referral tracker .. Finally! Thank you for a very easy to follow tutorial. Great Hub. Voted up and Useful.


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      Nurfninja 5 years ago from Earth

      Very good sir! I shall follow you! Please follow me back!

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      smcopywrite 5 years ago from all over the web

      the referral tracker is extremely useful and you can get referrals using this tool. even if added to one or two hubs can make a difference.

      the referral tracker doesn't need to be created from your hub. you can create a referral tracker from any hub that links to you.

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      carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      hey i didn't know that!! very informative and useful. thanks.


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      smcopywrite 6 years ago from all over the web

      i certainly didn't use this when i first came to the hub and wish i had. i am going to use these methods and compare them with my earlier hubs to see how much of difference it makes and possibly write a hub on the comparison.

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      Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I just learned how to do this from another recent hub! I wish that I'd learned it after I'd initially signed up here. I'm glad that I know now, though, and will be using it from now on.

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      Xenonlit 6 years ago

      I am still confused, but I can at least try it thanks to your article! Thanks.

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      tamron 6 years ago

      I wish you would have written this on the referral tracker 2 years ago. Very easy to understand and well written article.Vote Up and Stumble Ya!