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Happy Realities About HubPages and Making Money: What the FAQs Don't Tell You.

Updated on July 4, 2013

© 2012 by Aurelio Locsin.

I joined HubPages in July 2008, but left my three hubs made zilch. I return in May 2011, with the hope of making money after having learned a few online writing techniques. Since that time I’ve discovered some happy realities about the site that have prompted me to stick around. Note that if making money on HubPages isn’t one of your goals, you can ignore this information, since it won’t apply to you.


Anything you write will find an audience.

It doesn’t matter if you like to write recipes, poetry, short stories, how-to articles, product lists or other essays. The Internet boasts a worldwide audience of billions, with different users looking for different things. As long as you tell the right audience how to find your writing by publicizing it through social media, blogs or email, you’ll get readers. They can then increase your page impressions and income.

You’ll discover great writing to emulate.

You can easily find examples of excellent writing on any topic that uses the Search Engine Optimization (SEO) techniques needed to generate higher income. If you’re curious about how the author weaves her magic, you can easily contact her for information. She will be more-than-likely give you more information than you can handle.


Followers are fun.

Followers are hubbers who want automatic notification of your hub postings. You can also follow others whose work you admire. You can rate each other’s efforts and leave comments. The reciprocation increases your page impressions and income. Many will continue to dutifully read and comment your every writing, even if you don’t return the favor. They’ll offer advice, encouragement or just lend an ear, if you want to get something off your chest.


Expect encouragement.

It doesn’t matter how tentative you are with your writing, or whether you think it doesn’t measure up. Hubbers generally bend over backwards to offer encouragement and support. Whatever criticisms they have will be offered as gently as possible, or in private messages. If you follow their advice, your efforts will improve.

Whatever you need, you’ll find a hub to supply it.

Do you need to know how to improve your writing? Implement SEO techniques? Earn more cash? Or bake a good pie? You can often find the answer by simply searching for a related hub. If you’re still not finding a solution, you can post your request in one of the built-in member forums, where a flood of replies can address your concerns.

You can easily start affiliate marketing with no upfront investment.

HubPages allows you to incorporate Amazon sales and eBay auctions with the click of a mouse. You have no upfront investment, do not have to worry about processing and shipping orders, and can choose and change inventory at whim. Any products that you sell through your hubs grant you a commission. If you sell more items, your commission percentage goes up.


You will make some money.

The built-in HubPages community as well as the site’s previous reputation ensures that your hubs rank higher on Google than if you’d published them alone in a new blog. This means more readers, higher page impressions and better income. The better news is the longer you stay on the site and the more articles you write, the more money comes in.

But WAIT, there’s more!

Feeling like you’re on a cloud? Seeing dollar signs in front of your eyes? Think this is too optimistic? Come back down to earth by reading Evil Truths About HubPages and Making Money: What the FAQs Don’t Tell You. It shows you the other side of this Pollyanna view. In the meantime, put your thoughts and critiques in the Comment field below.


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    • rebeccamealey profile image

      Rebecca Mealey 

      6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Good Hub! Okay, I am hoping over to read about the "evil truths" now......

    • alocsin profile imageAUTHOR

      Aurelio Locsin 

      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I'm glad you're finding this hub useful. A lot of this comes from the experiences of hubbers who've been kind enough to tell me what's going on.

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      6 years ago

      Great article alocsin and its always refreshing to read again what it was that made most of sign up to Hubpages, it has taken me a long time to absorb the masses of information required to be an online writer, and sometimes it can be frustrating and a bit daunting.

      Though I really do love Hubpages and think I have been lucky to have landed here as my first time introduction into online writing, the community has helped me grow and develop but now after two years and a gap, I want to take the bull by the horns and really knuckle down and master this business and earn some good money too, much to learn but really love doing it.

      So thanks again for an inspiring Hub voted up and gave it a little Tweet.

    • thelyricwriter profile image

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      Another great article Alocsin. Voted up and useful. Very well written and detailed.

    • alocsin profile imageAUTHOR

      Aurelio Locsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

    • oliviaharrisbrown profile image


      7 years ago

      I have accounts establish but I find it difficult to maneuver through them.

    • alocsin profile imageAUTHOR

      Aurelio Locsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Olivia, you need to do it through the Amazon and Ebay capsules. Are you familiar with those?

    • oliviaharrisbrown profile image


      7 years ago


      I was working on one of those sites the other night. I don't remember if it was Ebay or Amazon and I could not figure out how to copy and past their links to my page.

    • alocsin profile imageAUTHOR

      Aurelio Locsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thanks Olivia, I'll consider writing about those. It's just that I've only started getting sales on those two sites, maybe a total of a dozen between the two of them, so I hardly think I'm an expert yet.

    • oliviaharrisbrown profile image


      7 years ago

      Alcosin: I'm interested in knowing more about Ebay sales and Amazon auctions if you need something new to write about.

    • alocsin profile imageAUTHOR

      Aurelio Locsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I think many of us are in HP because the good outweighs the bad. Thanks for stopping by.

    • barbergirl28 profile image

      Stacy Harris 

      7 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Some very postive aspects of hubpages. I would have to say one of my favorite aspects is having an audience. I sadly don't always get uninterupted time to read, but I do treasure those who follow me and really love what I put out. That to me is the best part of being a part of this community! :) Great hub - glad you stuck around!

    • Steve LePoidevin profile image

      Steve LePoidevin 

      7 years ago from Thailand

      It's always interesting reading these types of hubs. Someday I will have to start practicing what I have been learning about.

    • davidlivermore profile image

      David Livermore 

      7 years ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      Nice and simple explanation of Hubpages. Afraid a lot of these are around but this is one of the better ones.

    • alocsin profile imageAUTHOR

      Aurelio Locsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thank you all for seeing that HubPages has a good side and a bad side, like anything else. But here's a little link about the good side:

    • CWanamaker profile image


      7 years ago from Arizona

      Agreed. Hubpages is a great place to start one's internet adventures. I have learned many things from this site.

    • AudreyHowitt profile image

      Audrey Howitt 

      7 years ago from California

      Well--now on to the negative!

    • K. Burns Darling profile image

      Kristen Burns-Darling 

      7 years ago from Orange County, California

      I read your "Evil Truths" hub first before reading this one, and was all set to jump to Hub Pages defense, but this hub settled my ruffled feathers; Both of these hubs are accurate, and between the two you have managed to write a fair description for both arguments. Liked your presentation and no-nonsense portrayal. Voted both up, useful, and interesting.

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      LaDena Campbell 

      7 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Like the sides of HubPages! Yes - at times it can be frustrating and if you are here JUST to make money, you can be disappointed. But the community makes all the frustrations worth it!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      7 years ago from Western NC

      Okay, this looks better. I am going to dang well try to make a living writing on the internet by golly, and I'm having a lot of fun at HP and I've been here 6 weeks and not made my first payout by any means, but I am making some. I really think the key is being an active member and writing often, along with the other tips you've said.

    • molometer profile image


      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great Hub Alocsin, laid it all out so clearly and concisely.

      I am off to read the other side now.

      Voted up,

    • alocsin profile imageAUTHOR

      Aurelio Locsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      With as many articles as your write, JoshuaDR, I think the money is going to come in whether you like it or not! Thanks for stopping by.

    • JoshuaDR profile image


      7 years ago from Charleston, SC

      I love the contrasting hubs. The evil version seems more likely.

      I plan on making no money on hub pages but it does help to speed up my work days.

      voted both up and interesting

    • alocsin profile imageAUTHOR

      Aurelio Locsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thank you all for taking the time to read this. And Brett, I tried messaging you but that link seems to be missing from your profile. I fixed the link to the evil version of the article. Please try it out.

    • Brett.Tesol profile image

      Brett Caulton 

      7 years ago from Asia

      Oh, and strangely there seems to be a problem with this hubs link to the evil one ... or at least it is not working from here.

    • Brett.Tesol profile image

      Brett Caulton 

      7 years ago from Asia

      Hi Alocsin,

      Good review of the positive and the negative. However, your link seemed to be broken on the negative, maybe the link would send more people over to this hub. Either way, good work. Voted up and interesting.

    • crosby123 profile image


      7 years ago from Georgetown

      I like the information you provided.

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      John D Wilson 

      7 years ago from Earth

      Good Read Alocsin,

      All your points are very valid.

      Nothing is a walk in the park - always the "work" that has to be done.

      Thanks for a good read.



    • alocsin profile imageAUTHOR

      Aurelio Locsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thanks Lori -- I like to present both side of HubPages because it alternately delights and frustrates me.

    • LoriSoard profile image


      7 years ago from Henryville, Indiana

      I love how you've covered both sides of the issue in the two articles. Nice job! Voted up and useful.

    • alocsin profile imageAUTHOR

      Aurelio Locsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thank you for the encouragement. But I hope you also read the linked article in the last paragraph about some of the bad parts of HubPages. Everything has two sides.

    • ideax profile image


      7 years ago from US

      Great information!

    • Millionaire Tips profile image

      Shasta Matova 

      7 years ago from USA

      I thought I was already sold, but you've sold me again! Hubpages is great!

    • John J Gulley profile image

      John J Gulley 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin

      What an encouraging article. Love every bit of information and will bookmark for the future. Thank you!

    • J.S.Matthew profile image

      JS Matthew 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      You have broken down HubPages as an easy science alocsin! So very well done. I was misled by the title but I am reassured with the content. You have broken down the process well! Great job. Voted up!



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