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Five Reasons Why You Are Not Making Money on HubPages

Updated on July 18, 2012
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5 Common Reasons Why Your Hubs Are Not Profitable

You made a couple of HubPages to test out the site. You wrote an article, posted a picture and now you are waiting. You are not making money on HubPages like you expected. You haven't earned more than ten cents, so you decide HubPages is just another scam. Really? You don't throw cake ingredients together and put it on the counter, right? No, of course not. You bake the ingredients, so that you can make a cake. Well, if you made a couple of Hubs and just stopped to wait for riches, you put your cake on the counter!

Read the following tips that will help you bring your hubs into profit. Don't start a project without finishing it. This is why so many people think that profitable sites like HubPages and GDI are scams. They never complete the entire process. So what are the steps you need to take to get you to a profitable place? Read on!

  1. You're not making enough Hubs! Do not make one hub and let it sit there all alone. Make several hubs on a similar topic. You want to cover as many aspects of the topic as possible. For example, if you wrote about rings, create hubs about wedding rings, promise rings, diamond rings, engagement rings, etc. Why? That takes us to reason number two!
  2. You're not linking your hubs to each other! More hubs means more places for the person to visit also known as page views. Each hub has different info, with different adsense ads and (hopefully) more amazon/ebay products. You want to give your visitor more opportunities to find ads they want to click or products/services they want to purchase.
  3. You are not building links back to your site! How can you expect anyone to find your hub when the search engines can't even find you? Think of backlinks as a map to your site. Find the highest page rank social bookmarking sites, forums and directories to place your link to your hubs! It will make a huge difference!
  4. You are not using keywords correctly. You must use the keyword in the title and content of the hub you are creating. Search engines only know what you tell them. You must repeat the keyword and several synonyms (intelligently) within the content!
  5. You are not writing Hubs about profitable topics. A simple Google search on "highest paying keywords" will give you a list of the top 100 keywords. Those are the most profitable topics on the internet. If you want to write about the most profitable topics on HubPages, you will want to write about HubPages, personal finance or building links.

Implement the tips to tweak your existing hubs and to create new ones. You will see how your earnings will increase over time!

Remember to use all the tools HubPages makes available to monetize your hubs. Need help on maximizing your earnings? Check out these hubs on how to make money using Amazon, my ebay sales on HubPages and my HubPages payout.

Hope you found this information useful. Please, consider rating this hub and adding it to your favorite social bookmarking site. Thanks in advance!

Maximize Your Earnings on Hubpages

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    • Venus Rivera profile image

      Daisy Rivera 

      4 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Thanks Supermom for writing this important hub. I'm a new writer on Hubpages and your information you had layout for us was definitely on point. Great advice!

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Brilliantly put together your points are right on about why one is not making money on Hubpages, so helpful and most informative. A useful and I voted up

    • supermom_in_ny profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from NY

      @T4an Thanks again! ;)

    • T4an profile image


      7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Another fantastic hub! I can't thank you enough for your tips. Voted up!

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    • supermom_in_ny profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from NY

      @pythian2 You can still earn more than pennies with the help of other hubbers and social media sites like StumbleUpon, Pinterest, RedGage and others. I'm writing a hub about this. Subscribe so you won't miss it. ;)

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      7 years ago from UK

      Thanks for tips, especially the one about profitable keywords. I tend to write about topics I like rather than what is likely to bring in the pennies. I guess this is a defining feature of hubpages, you can write poetry and/or about profitable keywords .

    • supermom_in_ny profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from NY

      @Bonitaanna Thanks for the positive feedback! ;)

    • Bonitaanna profile image


      7 years ago from Oil City, PA

      Thank you Supermom for all the great information. I am searching and finding things I need to know and you hit the nail on the head. Keep writing!

    • supermom_in_ny profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from NY

      @randasrendition Thanks for joining the conversation. If you need more help with hubpages, you can read my other hubs. I try to explain everything step by step. Take action and then come back to share your results. I'm sure it will work out.

    • randasrendition profile image


      7 years ago from Southeastern Minnesota

      thanks for the good advice, i'm new to this and not really sure what i'm supposed to be doing. you are very helpful

    • supermom_in_ny profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from NY

      @tillsontitan Great metaphor! Thanks for the positive feedback.

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      Mary Craig 

      7 years ago from New York

      I guess I got the cake ingredients as far as the bowl and all mixed, now I need to put them in the oven! Good hub with good advice. Voted up.

    • supermom_in_ny profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from NY

      @sgbrown Thanks for joining the conversation. I ran an experiment and had the same results. If one can write at least one hub a day, traffic would rise steadily. Best of all, earnings increase as well! ;)

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      Sheila Brown 

      7 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Very good advice and tips. I have been on HubPages for 6 months now and should be getting my first check next month. It just takes a little patience and persistence. I find, the more I write, the more I make. I am just stubborn enough to make some money here! Great information, voted up and useful! :)

    • supermom_in_ny profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from NY

      G Miah Thank you. I hope you enjoy reading my other hubs as well.


    • supermom_in_ny profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from NY

      @rahul0324 Thank you.

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      Jessee R 

      7 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Direct, precise and quite useful!

      Great hub!

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      Gous Ahmed 

      7 years ago from Muslim Nation

      Excellent tips, very simple and to the point.

      Very good for beginners or people who are still getting to know the process.

      Thansk for sharing and looking forward to read more of your hubs.


    • supermom_in_ny profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from NY

      @GoodLady Thanks for the positive feedback and the vote! You can use do follow blogs to create backlinks to your hubs. They are the best kind!

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      Penelope Hart 

      7 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Bookmarking to study and implement. Thanks.

      Voting too. Oh can we use DoFollow on HubPages?

    • supermom_in_ny profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from NY

      @Natashalh You're very welcome!

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      7 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks so much for the tips - I'm always trying to learn more about traffic, writing and earnings.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      supermom, these comments are spot on. Most of us are guilty of stopping short and this a good reminder.

      Voted up, useful & interesting.

    • supermom_in_ny profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from NY

      @davenstan Thanks for sharing the info with your followers!

    • supermom_in_ny profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from NY

      @the clean life Thanks. I hope to have many, many moree days just like that one. Just have to continue building hubs, Squidoo lenses and links...

    • supermom_in_ny profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from NY

      @Rochelle Frank So true!

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      Rochelle Frank 

      7 years ago from California Gold Country

      Right on... and saying that, I'll have so say I have not done all that you suggested.

      A lot of hubbers say they are not that much interested in earning, they only want to"express themselves". But if your are expressing yourself and no one reads-- it's like that tree falling in the uninhabited forest. It may make a sound, but no one hears it. Readership matters.

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      Mark Bruno 

      7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Excellent hub with lots of great advice. Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us. BTW congrats on that great sale day :)

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      Katina Davenport 

      7 years ago

      Very informative, I must say. Shared with my followers.

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      Emma Kisby 

      7 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Good hub with basic facts hubbers need to know. Back linking is so important and linking to your other hubs is a good way to generate traffic.

      Voting up :)

    • jhunpaler profile image


      7 years ago from Philippines

      thanks for the info :)

    • toolongdidntread profile image


      7 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      I found this useful, thanks for the info!

    • JANINAMARIE profile image


      7 years ago from New York

      Very informative and helpful!

    • jaoyingnoi2009 profile image


      8 years ago

      Great ! Thank you very much

    • AngelaKaelin profile image


      8 years ago from New York

      Excellent advice!

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      Siny J 

      8 years ago from Delhi, India

      Very interesting and informative hub.


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      L.L. Woodard 

      8 years ago from Oklahoma City

      Appreciate the information presented here. Wishing you the best of success.

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      8 years ago

      Another voted up good one! Thanks!

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      8 years ago from Philippines

      I like this hub. thanks for the info. bookmarked

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      nikitha p 

      8 years ago from India

      Thanks for a informative hub.

    • supermom_in_ny profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from NY


      The profit depends on the advertising dollars coming in from companies. The more competitive the keyword, the more the click is worth. I have blogs in different niches. The blogs about debt consistently earn more per click than my blog about my faith and autism. That's just the way it is...


      Remember, you need to write a lot of hubpages on a consistent pace. They should each focus on a specific topic. Link them to each other and use social media sites and bookmarking sites to create even more links. This will put you on the right path.


    • jaylazmama profile image


      8 years ago

      Great tips. Im a new mom struggling in this economy hoping for some extra income. I just started my hub page, hope it works. Thanks for the info!

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      8 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

      Great Hub, but I don't agree with the "top 100 most profitable keywords" part - to me, the profit depends on traffic and evergreen content.

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      9 years ago from WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA

      Again, I like your style - so easily understood, with specific things to do.

    • fucsia profile image


      9 years ago

      another great hub with many useful information. thank's

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      Tony McGregor 

      9 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks for these tips which I am going to try out. Bookmarked.

      Love and peace


    • cupid51 profile image


      9 years ago from INDIA

      I shall try to consider these tips while making my next hub. Thanks for sharing this great hub.

    • celinewayne profile image


      9 years ago

      Hi Supermom,

      thanks for sharing this useful information.

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      Sharon@making money internet 

      9 years ago

      I've not created any hubs yet but will definitely look into this more closely. I will share this on twitter and facebook.

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      Lilian C. 

      9 years ago

      Hi, I just started with Hubpages and find your tips useful. Thanks!

    • climberjames profile image


      9 years ago from Steel City

      Great advice, however unfortunatley Im ticking all the boxes but earning virtually nothing:S

    • screation profile image


      9 years ago

      thanks for this great other hubbers ever click on ads.

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      Don Simkovich 

      9 years ago from Pasadena, CA

      Very good and straight to the point . . .


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