How to Increase Income From Hub Pages: Learn the Basics Then Go Your Own Way Until You Find out What Works for You
Increase income from hub pages
For those who want to know how to increase earning from hub pages. Learn the basics by reading and looking at the way the hubs of those who are earning are put together. Then test until you find out what works for you.
Learn the basics
From personal experience, reading others hubs on Hub Pages, and everything else that can be found online it’s become clear to me that you can’t become a millionaire quickly on line. It takes time and dedication just to supplement your income. A full time income is possible only if you dedicate a whole lot of time and effort and learn everything you can from others. What you want to learn from the more experienced are the basics. What worked well a year ago doesn't seem to be working today. Talk to the hubbers who were least hit by panda and look their hubs over. Then find a way to improve on what you see and learn. Test everything, there has to be something that is going to work today.
Simple search engine optimization
Use at least simple search engine optimization from the first hub on. What this means is figure out what your keywords are and use them in subtitles and bold them in the content. Keep the keywords to no higher than five percent because Google will reject your site if you go too far over. We were taught to use keyword clusters. These clusters should be in the first paragraph, somewhere near the center of the hub and in the last paragraph. As long as you don't overdo also in sub titles. Bring attention to the main keyword or cluster by making it bold. We have sense heard sub titles are better than making keywords bold. Test each out for yourself. For "blogs" Google's recommendation is no less than 400 words and no more than a thousand. Again test for yourself. For Hubs the recommendation is 1,250 words.
Learn the basics then do your own thing
There are many people who are saying with the way things are changing on the internet now is not a good time to go into an internet business including hubpages or other writing sites. We disagree, its our belief that the ones who learn what works today and use these systems will actually make more money than the ones who started earning in the early 2000's. Our guess is if you even saw a site which was built in 2000 you would just laugh. Five years from now we will be laughing at what we are seeing today.
There are still people who started internet businesses in the early 2000's who are still on the internet and making a good living. The reason for this is when they found something stopped working they started testing until they found a new way that did work. From now on that is going to be my style also. So if my hubs start looking funny its just me testing.
These are the basics
Speaking as someone who has been earning from Hub Pages, its my belief most of us could improve our hubs by following some of the tips given by people who are making a lot more than we are. There are writers here who admit to making more than twenty thousand a year. These people have great content and know how to optimize everything they do to increase the chance of income. From their example and teaching we can all learn to do better than we are.
One of the major things is spell checking and editing our hubs. If you don't understand Search engine optimization SEO, think of what words you would use to "search" , search them, then from the results you should have an idea how your going to rank. Think of other terms which fit your article and search them also. Now you have more chances of being ranked. Once you find your words use them in the title, subtitle and content.
Another is putting at least one picture on each hub, subtitled with one or more of your search words, this you put on the very top, full size. If you pay attention you will find many of their hubs have three or more pictures and even a video or two. Please make sure the pictures are either your own, freeware or used by permission. Free pictures can be found on many Wikipedia sites and on .gov sites. I also created a website with free pictures which can be found on my profile. Video's can be used and will help increase rankings in search engines. Currently half the searches done on the web are for videos. If your hubs contain places, maps, are also a good idea. We are seeing and using more polls and quizzes.
Amazon to increase revenue
Looking for books that are similar to your hubs on Amazon.com and adding those books through the Amazon affiliate settings under earnings might also be a good idea. There is a rule about Amazon capsules, the hub must contain five hundred words all pertaining to the book. For others who write profusely you can get by with two as long as the subject matter pertains. Writing book reviews is a good way to be able to put Amazon books on a hub.
We are recommending putting Amazon capsules at or below the fold. Google has started ignoring websites which are ad heavy above the fold so we know who will be next. This is just a recommendation because as far as we know hubs are not part of this.
Many people create more than one source of income
If you are planning on making a full time living on the internet many people are recommending more than one income source. Some people won't need more than one if they are the best or very good at what they do. The rest of us need all the help we can get. The best to be in are called list builders. One thing people have learned is “the money is in the list”. Readers for my hubs are coming from my list, both those above and below. The great thing about list builders is it doesn’t take much time especially if you advertise heavily instead of using traffic exchanges. Free advertising is available on more sites than you might think. At last count we have seventy five available and have used about twenty.
Link and let people know you have published
Don’t forget to hit the (suggest links) button to find good links to other hub pages writers. Always read what you are linking and make sure it increases the value of what you have written. The current recommendation is place your links near the end of the hub so people don't pop out and not return. We are each part of the Hub pages community so what helps one is good for everyone. Don't forget to let others know, via whatever social network you belong to, that you have published something new. Emails are also a good way to let people know you have written a new hub. My back office shows StumbledUpon has sent me more visitors from a social network than any other, even though there is no account with them.
There was a forum post a while back about advertising others hubs on your social networks. It was fun trying to find a way to make others hubs fit in my blogs. Even though it doesn't seem to be happening by others, now if something is found on hub pages which will help my readers, they are still being used as the URL in my blog. Back linking used to be a foreign language to me. What they mean to me now is someplace outside hubpages where someone can click a link which brings them to your hub. These in particular are seen as a one way link to hub pages articles from my blog, which is something people have told me search engines love. Learn the basics then go your own way until you find out what works for you.
© 2011 Dennis Thorgesen