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Creating Residual Income With The Hubpages Referral Program

Updated on September 12, 2013
Hubpages Referral Program
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Neither “residual income” or “referrals” are new topics, but when you combine the two you get something truly special.

The Amway Corporation figured this out decades ago. They took a simple product, soap, and created a multimillion dollar empire through multi-tier referral marketing. Now their marketing system looks like a pyramid, but it works. Passive income trickles up the pyramid every time someone makes a sale. You notice that I say up. That’s because your referrals are beneath you in respect to joining a referral program. As they make money a small amount trickles up to you creating your residual income.

Hubpages Referral Program

Hubpages also incorporates referral marketing. Although here it’s a simple one tier system. One tier that pays well in comparison to other content sites. Hubpages pays 10% of the ad revenues created by your referrals to you. This comes out of Hubpages’ share of the revenue not the 60% paid to your referral. That doesn’t sound like much but it compounds.


You sign up a hubber who rights a hub that generates $0.10 in ad revenues each day. Hubpages takes $0.01 of this revenue and credits it to your account. Now that doesn’t sound like much does it.

What if that same hubber writes 100 articles that generate $0.10 in ad revenue each day. That’s $10 in ad revenue. Can you imagine. Of that you receive $1. To some Hubbers that sounds like a lot, but keep in mind that is only one referral.

What is you signed up 10 hubbers that really took off and hit that $10 a day mark. They make $100 a day and you pocket an additional $10. Do you see what I’m getting at here.

Now imagine 5 years from now you’ve signed up 100 referrals that really know how to write. Their hubs are generating $1000 in ad revenue a day and you are taking in $100 a day 365 days a year. That’s $36,500/year for signing up and promoting your referrals. Not bad!

Building residual income through Hubpages is so much more than just writing hubs. It’s also about promoting Hubpages and recruiting new hubbers. The Hubpages referral program allows you to increase your income while benefiting us all with great new writers that we all get to enjoy.

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Do you enjoy writing? Would you like to make residual income from your work? Hubpages are a great place to do just that. Why not sign up and give it a try. From personal experience it's almost addicting.

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      Robyn D Bera 4 years ago from California

      Great hub for a newbie like me! I still have so much to learn. Thanks for sharing. Voted up, useful.

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      collegedad 5 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      Learning in Life, when I sign up a new hubber I give them suggestions as to how to write their first up. I also tell them that they can't make money on hubpages unless they write! Sometimes it gets them going.

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      Megan Sisko 5 years ago from SW Florida

      I have two signups. I got so excited when I saw it until I realized they still havn't written anything.

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      collegedad 5 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      About 1 in 20 will write hubs. About 1/4 of those will write consistently, but the ones that do generate a lot of traffic!

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      JanMaklak 5 years ago from Canada

      Interesting. I have been using it to get people to hubs. I thought if they inquire more about hub pages I would see the odd sign up. I have thought of putting a "join Hubpages" that but have only done it once. I'll give it a try.

      So I assume you must have signed up at quite a number of people. Statistically how many would you say turn out to be strong at writing and actually work out well?

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      collegedad 5 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      Are you referring people to other hubs or to the new member signup page? I do both. I use referrals for other hubs and I usually put a "Join Hubpages" referral link at the bottom of my hubs. I sign up 20-25 hubbers for every 1000 views.

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      JanMaklak 5 years ago from Canada

      Hmmm My referral tracker says I got 5200 people to click trough to Hub pages but I don't have one single author sign up. I use the referral tracker almost exclusively once I realized what it is and how to use it. Do you have any stats on how many people become active here? 1 in 10,000 maybe?

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      Nancy Yager 5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Never thought of it this way. Voted Up and Shared do other hubbers may understand this.

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      chrisinhawaii 5 years ago

      Oops. Nevermind. I found it. Referrals are the last option under the Earnings tab of our account page...

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      Shelley Watson 5 years ago

      Enjoyed the hub and the information was timeous and useful. Voted up and useful.

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      chrisinhawaii 5 years ago

      I've always wondered about the referrals, but been too lazy to look for the answer, so...

      Do you know if HP notifies us about our referrals? I mean, how do we know whether anyone signed up through our link, or how do we know how many people have read a hub that we shared?

      Oh...and I liked your hub, too.

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Well this is really interesting info & will be helpful to many no doubt...

      Voted up, useful & interesting...cheers