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Hacking Hubpages For Fun And Profit

Updated on May 6, 2012

Earn Money With Hubpages

photo from sensei mightyohm on Flickr
photo from sensei mightyohm on Flickr

Tricks From The Hubpages Vault

Ok, truth be told, this article is not really about hacking the Hubpages website in the sense that the term hacking is generally used. You will not learn how to access the super secret Hubpages employee admin section, how to manipulate your hubpages earnings, or how to hack the passwords of Hubpages users. That would all be destructive, against the law, and against the moral ethical code of the whitehat hacker. There are backups, things would be back to normal quickly, and you'd probably get caught. You don't need any of that. What this article will divulge to you is a series of tips for making use of the Hubpages website. Hubpages is quite an immense project, and the intricacies are numerous. For example, 5 months in, I just now learned how to use the link suggestion tool to find other hubs about similar topics and place the url into my article. This can be used with a referral tracker and combined to earn income off of ad impressions and signups on the redirected viewers. These Hubpages tricks are things that a lot of the veterans probably are aware of, but hopefully, some people can benefit from the knowledge. All of this is in the public domain and should not violate any Hubpages terms of service.

So, let us get started with the first Hubpages hack:

1. Determining the age and published date of another user's hub.

Often, you will either be searching the engines or reading on Hubpages and come across an interesting hub, and for whatever reason it would be beneficial to know the date that it was written. This may be to check the facts and see if they are still relevant or simply a curiosity that needs to be satisfied. Probably for good seo reasons, the publication date is not listed on hubs. But, if you take the hub title (or another sufficiently unique phrase from the hub) and run it through the Hubpages search engine (selecting the filter for Hubs only) you will be able to determine the approximate date of publication. New hubs take time to propagate and so they will not be visible in the search engine immediately. Now you can see how old the article your reading is.

2. Regaining access to the Top Hubbers List

Many people found the hubbers button that once graced the Hubpages interface to be a useful tool for viewing the users with the highest Hubscore or, alternatively, viewing the latest users to sign up in search for something interesting. For seo reasons and to remove clutter the button has since been removed and many believed that the list was gone forever. However, that is not the case and it can be accessed by simply visiting the secret url: http://hubpages.com/authors/best/ or http://hubpages.com/authors/latest/ There you have it. Now you can see who ranks the best among us to get some tips for success or find new hubbers to welcome to the insanity.

3. IP Addresses For Everyone

Now, this last one is a little different and I really hope that someone at Hubpages decides to address this issue before someone really does get hacked, whether virtually or in real life. It stems from the fact that all comments on your articles reveal your ip address to the author. Now this is meant to be a security mechanism to prevent spam or harassing users, but I believe it is unethical to reveal user ip addresses in such a manner. As you probably know, your ip address can be tracked to your isp and usually an approximate physical location unless you are using a proxy. I do not really have a problem with people knowing what city I am writing from, and your ip address is generally shared across the internet in a myriad of ways, but we do not really need this extra disclosure that most new users are probably unaware of. As a security consultant, I would suggest that a unique identifier made from the ip address (such as a hash code) could be shown to the author instead. This would allow the same spam prevention while keeping the ip addresses internal to Hubpages.

Well, that is all I really have as far as hacking Hubpages for fun and profit. I hope you have found something useful from this article and that you will comment below with any of your own secret tricks and tips that you'd like to share with the community.

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    • ib radmasters profile image

      ib radmasters 5 years ago from Southern California

      Against the Odds

      Do you even know how to hack hp

      You will not learn how to access the super secret Hubpages employee admin section, how to manipulate your hubpages earnings, or how to hack the passwords of Hubpages users.

    • American Romance profile image

      American Romance 5 years ago from America

      ha I've been here two years and still don't know how to make money or get it if it's out there! I tried a couple of times but it wanted some weird account opened through another website, or I had to create something I didn't undertand etc............I might have 3 BILLION dollars!...............and don't even know it! LOL! informative hub! well written!

    • Irob profile image

      Irob 5 years ago from St. Charles

      Interesting. There are rules to never getting caught you know.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      What a great article. I had wondered about the list for best and new hubbers and how to access it - if it indeed still existed!

      This was very interesting and useful - voted up!!

    • Randy Godwin profile image

      Randy Godwin 5 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Interesting article about the sorta inside scoop on HP, ATO! Yes, as someone mentioned on the forums, most of the top Hubbers are women. HP is a woman's world for the most part and cater to them more than men.

      Ergo all of the recipe and cooking contests and subjects. Sure, most men have a BBQ sauce recipe or a "how to grill a piece of dead animal" ritual, but let's face it, most of us guys aren't going to be throwing any quiche tips around.

      Good info on the other means of accessing things too!

      Rated up!

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