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Can South Africans Make Money on HubPages?

Updated on April 19, 2012

Is it possible for South Africans to make money on HubPages?

I'm South African, living in South Africa, and I make money on HubPages, so the answer is yes, South Africans can make money on HubPages, but how can South Africans make money on HubPages, and how much money can they make?

I can describe my own HubPages earnings here, and I will, and I can describe what I did to make it possible that I could earn from HubPages, but this doesn't mean that you'll earn the same that I have. You may earn more; you may earn less.

In fact, I am upset with myself that I haven't been able to find the time to put in more effort with HubPages, and it is only recently that I am "waking up a bit" with HubPages. I regret not having "woken up" earlier. The opportunity to make money with HubPages is a good one, not just for South Africans, but for everybody, but it won't happen if you don't put in much effort.

How much money have I made on HubPages?

It's now April 2012. I joined HubPages 21 months ago.

I have added only 53 hubs to date, making this hub my 54th. This is a pathetic effort on my part.

I truly believe that the more one puts in the more one gets out, and I plan to try put more effort into trying to increase the money I make on HubPages soon.

Some hubbers are making more than R7 000 per month on HubPages

At first I only made money directly from Google Adsense on my hubs. Because these earnings were not so wonderful, I didn't mind risking these earnings becoming a bit less if I also joined the HubPages Ad Program, so I joined the HubPages Ad Program 11 months ago. It's the HubPages Ad Program that I am excited about.

I've finally reached my first $50 payout from the HubPages ad Program. I reached the $50 payout early this month, April 2012, so will only be able to receive it (and I think any extra I earned this month too) at the end of this month. It would not have taken me anywhere near this long to make my first $50 payout from the HubPages ad Program had I put a lot more effort into publishing my articles on HubPages, and getting more involved in the wonderful community of HubPages.

This $50 from the HubPages Ad Program in 11 months, as well as about $55 directly from Google Adsense in 21 months may not sound like a lot of money, and it isn't really, but for the pathetic effort that I've so far put in, I cannot complain. Using a currency converter, $50 is currently about R391, and $55 is currently about R433.

Although it certainly also depends on how active I am on HubPages, and on how much I use methods of trying to get more visitors to my hubs, I have worked out that had I added 1 000 articles to HubPages in the last 21 months, instead of just 50 by the end of March 2012, I may very likely be earning about R2 000 per month passive income from Hubpages by now. R2 000 is currently about $255.

How does being active on HubPages help increase your earnings?

Being active on HubPages is not just about writing and adding many hubs (articles.) Being active on HubPages is also about being involved in the community of writers on HubPages.

Being involved in the HubPages community is about making new friends, learning a lot, helping others, and appreciating the community of writers on HubPages. When you are trying to make money on HubPages (many writers join Hubpages just because they are passionate about writing and about being part of a community of writers and are not really interested in also making money from HubPages) being friendly and learning to appreciate and enjoy the community of HubPages can also get your hubs visited more. The more your hubs are viewed, the better your chances at increasing your earnings on HubPages.

You can become more involved in the community by reading and commenting on the hubs of other writers (also known as hubbers) and by asking or answering questions. You can also start or add to discussions in the HubPages forum. Simply reading the hubs of other hubbers can teach you so much about making money on HubPages, and about getting more involved in the community of writers on HubPages.

How can South Africans receive the money they make on HubPages?

To earn and receive money from the HubPages Ad Program hubbers need a Google Adsense account and a PayPal account. I have both these accounts and so can other South Africans have both these accounts.

It can be confusing and may seem like a lot of trouble to set up a Google Adsense account and a PayPal account - it was all a bit confusing to me too, but I'm pleased I got through it and didn't give up - it's all over, done, and now I can concentrate on just increasing my earnings on HubPages. If you're determined to make money on HubPages, do not give up during any of the steps required to make it possible.

South Africans can receive money from PayPal by linking their bank account to their PayPal account. Ask your bank for assistance with this.

If you don't yet have a Google Adsense account that you may be making use of elsewhere online, you can use your HubPages details to apply for a Google Adsense account - to stand a much better chance of having your Google Adsense account accepted the first time you apply, do not apply until you have added at least 10 hubs to HubPages, and have perhaps a total of about 50 pageviews to your hubs each day.

Why is this hub mostly for South Africans?

Of course I am a little biased in trying to assist South Africans because I am a proud South African who knows it's possible for South Africans to make money with HubPages, but it goes a little deeper than that.

I'm a stats freak and regularly check the traffic stats of my hubs and of my own sites. One of my own sites in particular is all about giving away free information (to mostly South Africans) about how they can make money from home. When checking my traffic stats for that site it is frightening to see what's in the phrases visitors to it have used on search engines. It's frightening because many visitors to that site are frightened themselves. Many of those phrases include words about not being able to find work in South Africa, or about having completed matric (the last year of high school in South Africa) with good results and still not being able to find a job in South Africa as much as a year or even longer later, or even about having studied further, gotten a degree, and still not being able to find work in South Africa. They're looking for ways to make money. Many South Africans, especially the youngsters who are just finishing or have just finished school (and their parents) are frightened and desperate.

I am fully aware that it is not only South Africans who find themselves in this situation, but being here in South Africa, my wish is to see my country improve. I believe that there would be much less crime in South Africa if more people had work. I believe that if more people are made aware of how they can make money themselves, more of them will be able to earn an income. My input may be small, but I hope it can contribute towards making a difference in South Africa.

South Africans can make money on HubPages. If they put in a lot of effort, South Africans can make a reasonable amount of money on HubPages.

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    • Teresa Schultz profile image

      Teresa Schultz 5 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      @ Barbara - thanks for that _ I hope everyone reads all the comments on this page too! - I did actually think that I (and anyone) could earn more from 1 000 hubs, as I see others have managed that, and do also know that with more effort and activity on the site, I'll probably manage to earn considerably more from 1 000 hubs. I just tend to be a bit pessimistic - with the hope that if I do better, it will come as a nice surprise! Seems a bit of a blonde way of thinking, because now it sounds like I'm expecting a surprise, so it won't be a surprise at all. Oh well :) I think the most important thing is to continue trying, taking one step forward at a time. Every step gets a person closer to their goals.

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      Teresa Schultz 5 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      @jaswinder - thanks, am glad to hear that you're still here two months later without having known about the HubPages ad Program - check it out, and also browse through the entire site. Good luck with your adventures on HubPages!

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      Barbara Badder 5 years ago from USA

      Teresa, What you figure you'd make from 1000 hubs is probably a lot less than you would. The more hubs you have it seems the more you'll make for those other hubs. Keep going and someday we may so you with the top earners. Best of luck.

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      jaswinder64 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada.

      Very interesting and informative hub. I just joined two months ago, so I don't know about hubpages ad Program. Congrats for earning money on HubPages.

    • Teresa Schultz profile image

      Teresa Schultz 5 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      @ prasetio30 - thanks and I'm glad you say this hub is inspiring - that's what I want it to be. Well done on earning money every month on HubPages; I'd like to aim at receiving at least $50 per month quite soon, and then move on to increasing it further from there. One step at a time, and I'll get where I want to be.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Everyone has a lot of chances to make money on HubPages. I had proven to my self that I got the money on HubPages every month. I am from Indonesia, a country in Southeast Asia. But, congratulation for you who had reached limited amount to withdraw your money ($50). Very inspiring hub. Good job and thanks for share with us. Rated up! Success for you...


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      Teresa Schultz 5 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      oops, Jackie, not Jaackie :)

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      Teresa Schultz 5 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      Thanks Jaackie - I'm hoping that my advice can help all hubbers, not just South Africans, so I really appreciate your comment.

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Just started writing for pay recently, not that I have made any yet but great to have good advice, thanks you!