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How to Increase Income From Hub Pages: Learn the Basics Then Go Your Own Way Until You Find out What Works for You

Updated on October 25, 2018
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Dennis has been earning from Hub Pages articles since 2 months after he published his first in 2011.

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.

Nuts and bolts of learning what works.
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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 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


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    • wheelinallover profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis Thorgesen 

      4 years ago from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S.

      Thanks Heidi. You have proven this article is worth something to people who aren't even part of hubpages.

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      4 years ago

      That's a skillful answer to a difcifult question

    • wheelinallover profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis Thorgesen 

      6 years ago from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S.

      From anyones point of view a link (backlink) to your article from anywhere outside hub pages is a good thing. This gives your hub more importance to search engines which in turn helps with search engine ranking.

      With Googles recent changes you need to write more than one hub to the same keywords. Otherwise you may rank well for a while then your hub will lose ground because they don't consider you an expert in your field. (whatever that might be). Thanks Taleb80

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      Taleb AlDris 

      6 years ago

      Back linking looks very important.

      Interesting hub, thanks for sharing your ideas.

    • wheelinallover profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis Thorgesen 

      6 years ago from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S.

      I have written full hubs on keyword usage and clusters. The newest information we have picked up is make sure your keywords are relevant to content. This is done by considering what someone searching your keywords is looking for. If search engines agree this will help you rank.

      Thanks Amanda J Rose for dropping by and leaving a relevant comment.

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      Amanda Rose 

      6 years ago from Florida's West Coast

      Thanks for the tips about key word usage. I didn't know about using clusters and that too many could be a bad thing. Also, using keywords for the image and sub-titles are good tips! Thank you!

    • wheelinallover profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis Thorgesen 

      7 years ago from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S.

      Anju Arya Thanks for finding something of interest here. Many of my hubs are business, social network, or search engine optimization related. I am in business both on the internet and off. I write on two platforms and have a wordpress blog in the works.

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      Anju Arya 

      7 years ago from India

      Thanks a lot. You have create very useful and informative Hub for new comers. I will use these suggestions.

    • wheelinallover profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis Thorgesen 

      7 years ago from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S.

      mary615 Thank you for dropping by and your wonderful comment. We aim to please. The major "information of importance" is keywords. Our own experience is says make sure they are searched keywords. Be sure your hub has useful information. You will receive and keep visitors if you do.

      We have used many set ups and have pretty much stuck with the first. It works for us. Our two most searched sites are set up with picture on top right. We still recommend going your own way until you find what works for you.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      7 years ago from Florida

      This is another one I'll bookmark for the folder I made just for you! Thanks for the good info.

    • wheelinallover profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis Thorgesen 

      7 years ago from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S.

      Thanks Brett.Tesol, you chose the right hub at the right time. My newest blog covers most of this information again. Of course updated with the latest of what is working today.

      I haven't chosen a title yet as I am not sure which niche to put it in. The choices are search engine optimization and social media marketing. They are so closely related now it can go either way. Too many people don't realize your social sharing idea helps with page ranking.

      As far as I can tell it helps both the person sharing and the one being shared. My page views were up 33 percent this week and more are from search engines. has started sending readers also.

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      Brett C 

      7 years ago from Asia

      Your advice is correct and we often learn from emulating others, so why not emulate the best! Keywords are important, but as you mention, they should not be overdone. However, diversification is key online. I write for two companies, have two websites, and write online at two websites ... this means that while one isn't paying, at least a couple of the others will! :-)

      Shared, up, useful, tweeted and posted to reddit as everyone needs to follow this approach to the internet.

    • wheelinallover profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis Thorgesen 

      7 years ago from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S.

      If you are following you might want to take another look. It was revised last night new information was added and a lot was removed. We updated the most important information.

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      7 years ago

      Thanks wheelin.

      I can use that a lot.


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