ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel


Updated on October 15, 2010

A Brilliant Concept

When I first understood the idea of HubPages I was surprised. It was so logical, why had Bill Gates not colonised the concept 20 years ago? The 60:40 split is better than most publishers would offer a new writer. New writers need encouraging and guidance, and HubPages does that pretty well.

The HubPages paid people seem fairly sane. I gather they are "liberals" by American standards, or so some of the Republican political hubbers claim. Mind you, some of the Republican hubbers would claim Genghis Khan was a limp wristed liberal. One hubber seems to me to have some valid grounds for complaint about the HubPages liberal conspiracy. Alas I am too busy and too selfish to spend any time asking their side of the story. They have more sense than to answer most complaints about them, because it gets in the way of running a business.

I was a bit daunted by the thought of getting to 50 hubs one day. I have too much going on in my life to be able to set targets, so I wrote hubs as and when I had time. I was stunned to see I have written 50, and I am just getting into second gear.

Google High Rankings

Of my 50 hubs, three are on Page 1 of Google. "Ethics in Immigration Law" is at number 6, "What is Domicile?" is at number 2, and "Legal Systems and Refugees" is at Number 1.The first is an academic article I published in 2005, and the other two are extracts from my Law Masters thesis I wrote in 2008. They have got to these positions without back linking etcetera by me, although quite a few other people have established links to "Legal Systems and Refugees". These pieces show that real solid content will drift to the top of Google eventually.

The first piece I wrote for HubPages was about "How To Be A Good Student", currently on Page 2 of Google. This one piece generates over a quarter of my viewings, with "What is Domicile?" generating about 1/8th.

I have proved to my own satisfaction that I can write solid stuff which people want to read.


Lightweight Easy Reading

 I have also a lot of lightweight whimsical hubs which are largely generated from my chequered past.  I have enjoyed writing them. The articles are sparked into life by some reminder of a past incident.

When I have enough of it I may turn it into an e-book.

The Money Side

The money side is pathetic. My Adsens earnings since I started, added together, would not buy a pint of beer in my local pub. On the other hand, I have not been writing "commercially". I have been writing for my own pleasure.

I have an identity and body of writing as Charles James. I am proud of what I have written, and will add more to this. Areas for exploration are British Immigration about which I am an expert, and the legal profession and legal education, but I need to get my Law of Packaging and Labelling book finished first. All being well that publishes in January and I will then be free to write about immigration.

To make money, I need to write commercial pieces like "Five Best Bikini Waxes" and "Seven Best Wheelbarrows", with links to Amazon. (Apologies to anyone who may have written these pieces already.) I have devised a different identity, and most of my next 50 hubs will be of this nature. I will report back as I approach hub 100.

The social side

I have really enjoyed my sparring with the hubbers from the Republican and Conservative right. They seem stunned that I am courteous towards them. It seems that their past experiences of socialists and liberals is that we cannot string an argument together and we descend to insult at the earliest opportunity. I was brought up to be courteous.

They are also somewhat flummoxed that I openly state I am a socialist. "Socialist" tends to be their insult of choice, so they are bemused when I say it first.

Writing is a lonely activity, and the forums do provide a discussion area rather better and considerably cheaper than my local pub. Its also much easier to dodge the bores and boors than in my local pub.

Well Done Hubpages

The concept of HubPages is brilliant. The site has grown amazingly fast. Well done whoever launched it.

I personally am not worried about HubPages getting rich at my expense. You are welcome to the £2 or so you have already extracted from the sweat of my brow. I would happily have paid £2 to have a platform that has already reached 4,000+ readers, and is reaching another 200 every week.. If my commercial pieces make money you will have earned your share.

On to the next million!/billion!  (hubs/readers)

A SIde Benefit

I have just had an interview for a job as an immigration lawyer. My ability to backlink to their firm's web site from three Page 1 immigration articles may swing the job for me. We will see.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Charles James profile imageAUTHOR

      Charles James 

      6 years ago from Yorkshire, UK

      Thankyou. I am now over 100 hubs, but have not had time or inclination to mark the hundredth. My textbook "Guide to Packaging and Labelling Law" is now in its second edition. My first novel is with readers to check I havbe not made any major errors about social services procedures or Islamic religious practice and then I will publish it as an e-book - hopefully in the next few weeks.

      Thankyou for your good wishes.

    • EyesStraightAhead profile image

      Shell Vera 

      6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Congratulations. I know this is a bit older, but I am just now reading it! I can't wait to see what you have been doing in the past year and a half!

    • Charles James profile imageAUTHOR

      Charles James 

      8 years ago from Yorkshire, UK

      Thank you for introducing me to HubPages and your continuous encouragement

    • frogdropping profile image


      8 years ago

      Congratulations Charles. You've stuck it out, 50 hubs in and have clearly developed your own voice. Whilst an additional income is a wonderful thing, what could be more splendid than sharing what we know and making acquaintances with our appreciative audience?

    • Charles James profile imageAUTHOR

      Charles James 

      8 years ago from Yorkshire, UK

      James - you are one of the few hubbers I follow. While I disagree with your views on politics and religion you express them well and your hubs are always well researched, well written, and interesting. I am glad you are here,too!

    • James A Watkins profile image

      James A Watkins 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      I truly love HubPages. I enjoyed reading of your experiences here. I'm glad you are here and having a good go of it. Godspeed!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)