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How I tripled my earnings on Hubpages in 2010

Updated on July 18, 2013

How to make more money- I know the title of this hub sounds like a scam but its not. I have tripled the visits to my hubs in 12 months along with tripling my Adsense earnings. Yet in all of that I have not had to triple my effort. Just work a little smarter rather than harder.

Other Hubers such Chuck have written on their experience or success on Hubpages which can give you valuable insights also. This is my reflection over the past 12 months.

For the Record I received my first cheque for over A$150 in April 2010. i have been a member of hub-pages since August 2007 So as you can see there has been a quite a gap before I received my first AdSense Cheque. I must concede however I went AWOL for over a year with only a quick visit to Hub pages shortly after joining and posting my first 50 or so hubs. By the way I did not desert the Internet completely I spent much of that time at Newsvine a much more political and News site than Hub pages. However the ownership changed at Newsvine and for some reason the quality of contributors in my view has deteriorated since then as did my earnings. Anyway back to hub pages.

I started by doing the very basics to improve my hubs; By going over each and every hub and checking for spelling and grammar. I then did a keyword search on each hub and tried to add and improve the search tags to improve the search availability of my hubs. I do note that it is much better to do this before you create a hub from the start. In other words do a keyword search to get the best possible title for your hub based on the searches the public are doing. This is a mistake I made in the first three years and feel sure it has cost me. So I repeat ! Do a keyword search before you create the title to your new hub.

Where I hub from !

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All is not lost even if you have not done a keyword search prior to starting a new hub. You can now use the recently introduced 'Title Tuner' which appears in the menu on your My Account page. The will optimize the title of your hubs by showing you percentage of search words used in similar hubs like yours. Modify your title accordingly.

Then look at the layout and information content of your hub. Does the reader really learn something- anything from reading your hub. They do not have to learn much. just something that the reader will feel is enough that they did not waste your time reading your hub. (common sense really!)

You can then link your hub to your other related  hubs.

I try to create links  with every hub.   This means  that readers spend more time at your hub. lookout for other of hubber writing's on the same topic. Add a link word to their related hub. Similarly add  links to your other hubs on the same topic.

 If the reader enjoyed or were interested in the topic they will then click on the link and spend more time on your hub. The time spent will increase it's hub score.

Images and photos relevant to the topic are important. for instance the photo at the top of this hub is completely irrelevant to the hub. I put that photo their to make the point. Use original photos taken by your self if you can. A video clip will really personalise the hub and the reader will pick up on that, and enjoy that more than a commercial looking hub.

Stephhicks68 did just that on her hub on the Nike Women's Marathon in San Francisco. By adding her personal photo's of the event gave you a personal perspective of her friend's and Sister's enthusiastic involvement in the event.

After you have added an appropriate number of images maps news pod. links to your other hubs patience is required for traffic to come. Some start high and quickly diminish in traffic. other evergreen hubs such as mine in particular on the Death Penalty continue day in year in year out to increase their traffic. Who would have ever thought that to be so when starting out. Similarly a hub on a wallet question on one of the many questions that are put forward by other Huber's can generate considerable traffic. Who would think that a hub on a men's wallet would be one of my most consistently highest performing hubs. These ever-green hubs continue to perform and generate income without me doing anything to them.

Engage in the Weekly Hub-mobs Competitions. You can find these competitions at the top right hand side of the Forum Page, which is at the top of your Hub page. Even If you don't win or produce the number of hubs that some of the more energetic Hubber's produce I can assure you that your exposure and following will definitely increase by doing this. I ignored hub-mobs to my own detriment until the middle of last year..more read here..]

Finally look to the more successful Hubber's here on Hub pages. Look to see what makes their hubs more popular than others.

I feel sure by following the tips i have suggested that you will greatly increase if not triple your earnings in one year.

Promote your hubs. once you feel proud enough to advertise you hubs. Promote them by letting your followers know that you have published a new hub you do this by clicking on the link on the bottom on the hub. Then promote you Hub further by posting to a Twitter Facebook Blogger and other accounts such as Reddit. Good luck !

So there you have it! I received my second cheque from Adsense last month(Dec) for A$160 + only eight months from my first Adsense Cheque. This represent a tripling of earning over a similar period. As well I am now on track to receive my third Adsense cheque in the next three months.

For those new to Hub pages trust me three years will go quickly be patient stick with it and eventually you will Begin to get some compensation from writing on hub pages. At first and even now my no one drive is not making money but rather an outlet for creative expression and learning both from myself and from the information provided by other Huber's. This is the number one reward you can get from Hubpages.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Lots to absorb here. You've put a lot of what I've already learned in a new perspective. Guess, like so many others who commented here, I need to go back and check my keywords!

      Voted up and useful.

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      Sophia Angelique 6 years ago

      I have an extreme distaste of entering competitions. I think they're unfair and unethical. Why? Because twenty different people can have the same level of work and there is nothing much between them, but only one wins. Also, I've never quite been sure how getting traffic from hubbers in any way increases one's web traffic as that is not where payment comes from. Help????!!!!

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      Barry Rutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia


      These tips are timeless please feel free to link it to one of your articles

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      Corey 6 years ago from Northfield, MA

      Good tips.I have just used Title Tuner to rev up some older hubs. It is a great tool.

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      Demas W Jasper 6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      I like to Hub Hop and resurrect older Hubs. This is a useful one, especially for Newbies, and good reminders for older Newbies.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very useful tips. I need to work more on the keywords for my titles. In fact your hub is very motivating in that you stress on quite a number of factors that can increase traffic and consequently earnings.

      Thanks for sharing. Voted up, useful and shared.

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      DEEPA JOHN 6 years ago from Trivandrum, Kerala,India

      Great advice , need to try it out..

      Thanks for the info.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Good advice! I have told everyone interested in writing on HubPages that it takes a while to get that first check but with time and effort it definitely does start to pay off with less time in between checks. Congratulations on your results!

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      MP50 6 years ago

      Good constructive Hub here barryrutherford, thank you for sharing such an interesting and informative article.

      Voted up and socially shared.

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      Trsmd 6 years ago from India

      Thanks Barry - nice to feel your experience and the techniques you used here in Hubpages..hope it helps every visitor of this page.. Thanks for SHARING:)

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      jeyaramd 6 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

      Thank you for the solid advice. I definitely have not being using many of the tools you have mentioned here. I will have to give it a go. However, I have been looking over my hubs to check for grammatical errors and presentations. So, its an effort; but a long way to go. Your story of how you tripled earnings is really motivating. I wish you the best of luck for the new year. You really are generous in sharing this information with the rest of the community. Thank you so much Barry Rutherford. You made my day.

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      Robin Kemp 6 years ago

      I appreciate your candor. Article writing is most certainly not a quick method but with consistency can become a good source of residual income. Thanks.

      Is HubPages your primary article writing platform?

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      Barry Rutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia


      Well said indeed it does what helps Hubpages helps us all !

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      molometer 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Barry, interesting hub. Thanks for sharing your valuable ideas.

      I really enjoy the whole technical side of online publishing.

      I have more than quadrupled my earnings month on month and more and I have only been here for 3 months.

      I love the challenge of it and have posted all my techniques for everyone to follow. Sharing is caring.

      This system works best when we work as a team.

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      Barry Rutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Phyllis Doyle & prasadjain thank you both for your comments. They worked for me so should work for you also...

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      Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD 6 years ago from Tumkur

      I did just what you are telling here, and little more than this.My earning also has improved.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 6 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Barry, thank you for such great tips! I am going to get started today on reviewing all my hubs and taking some good advice from you. Excellent and extremely useful hub.

      UP and Useful

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      Barry Rutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia


      I find Twitter the easiest to advertise hubs. Reddit seem to not like you posting too much. Twitter do not mind. I suggest you start with Twitter.

      CZCZCZ thanks for your comment

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      alphagirl 6 years ago from USA

      I always a do a key word search. I try to link to other hubs. But i don't post on facebook with every hub because the subects do not interest them all. How can i post on reddit if i am not always on there. I don't twitter! do not have time with kids and work. For some of us who do not have time to post on other blogs, is there another way??? Perhaps after 3 years i will be better at this. I notice those in for the long haul make the money. thanks for reminder tips.

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      CZCZCZ 6 years ago from Oregon

      Thanks for the excellent article about making money through hubpages. This article has some really nice nuggets of information that are pure gold and great reminders for me when hubbing. Looking forward to reading more of your articles in the future.

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      Barry Rutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      gamergirl, Dee aka Nonna & Durant thanks for your comments i feel sure if you follow my tip you will triple your hub earnings also

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      Joel Durant 6 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for the tips! I've only been taking HubPages seriously for just over a week, and I now make at least .50 cents a day. It's not much but it's a start for me.

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      Dee aka Nonna 6 years ago

      Great information. I need to get busy and follow your advice. Thank you for sharing.

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      Kiz 6 years ago from Antioch, TN

      Awesome tips. I'm fond of the Title Tuner, though I will say you have to be wise with it. I have a Hub about bonsai that is titled "Beginning Tips about Bonsai for Beginners" because of the suggestions from the Title Tuner, but I love it anyway.. :D

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      htodd 6 years ago from United States

      Great tips..keep posting .

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      Adventure Colorad 7 years ago from Denver,CO

      Excellent tips, thank you! Helps motivate me to keep writing.

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      Huntter Karu 7 years ago

      Wonderful tips, great hub, thanks barryrutherford!

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      Barry Rutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I took me over two years to get my first $150 check now Ive had two more and set for another one in the last twelve months...

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      rorymullen 7 years ago from Maine

      I often time wonder if I am doing everything properly. I know a lot of people wonder that to. I am doing proper keyword search and seo and not seeing any income. I am not doing Hubpages for a short term goal, but as a retirement plan if they last long enough. Good writing and good luck

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      sangeetas627 7 years ago from India

      Thanks for sharing....Great hub.

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      whaturmissing 7 years ago from Canada

      Thanks, that's very true. There's a big difference between 3 weeks and 3 years. Your hub is inspiring and informative.

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      Barry Rutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia

      whsturmissing sometimes i can write one or two hubs a day other tiimes there are weeks between hubs. my hubs are spread over three years

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      whaturmissing 7 years ago from Canada

      How were you able to write so many hubs in a year? Any advice on keeping the writing momentum?

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      Barry Rutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia


      thanks for your tips.

      I do promote through twitter Facebook Blogger & Reddit

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      besthubs 7 years ago

      Congrat for your second Adsense payment, you have some great tips for beginners as Title Tunner and keyword search.

      I think you are not focus on make money with your hubs, writing is fun but if we want make more money from writing we need promotion and learn about it. It can raise your income to ten times with extra promotion. My 2 cents.


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      Barry Rutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Ingenira & Wildris

      Thank you both for your comments...

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      almasi 7 years ago

      Great hub and congrats on your Hubpage achievements.

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      Scott_Grigg 7 years ago from Midwest USA-Southeast

      Thanks...great article by the way. I tweeted about it today.

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      WildIris 7 years ago

      The tip on writing evergreen content shouldn't be missed. Evergreen never goes out of style. Great Hub!

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      Ingenira 7 years ago

      Some very good tips here, Barry. Keep up the good work ! You are cool !

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      Barry Rutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia

      No don't worry I need every help I can get to reach that elusive 100

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      MarloByDesign 7 years ago from United States

      barryrutherford now I feel bad ... your hubs are great and I was just trying to help boost you to a score of 100 ! :)

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      Barry Rutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia

      MarloByDesign will relook at that thanksyou . I for some reason struggle with grammer & this hub is not excluded...

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      MarloByDesign 7 years ago from United States

      Barry, did you check your grammar in this hub, lol? Nice hub, and I bet this will be a popular one, so proof your grammar in paragraph 6. "You can then link your hub to other hubs. I try to do with my every hub- so that readers spend more time at your hu. look for other " You said "Please give feedback..." so I hope this is taken in a positive light.

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      Barry Rutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia


      Thank you for your comment. Hope you receive your wel deserved increase in earnings

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      Barry Rutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Glenda thank you for your comment. Like I said its not for me anyway about Show me the Money !

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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks for the useful information and tips. I got my first check earlier this year (2011) and have been here three years. But the next check looks to be not too far away. I will follow some of your suggestions.

      Thanks again.

      Love and peace


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      gramarye 7 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

      I'm really grateful that you gave the time it took for your first cheque. I'm still working toward that, about two-thirds of the way there in one year.

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      WoodsmensPost 7 years ago from Arizona

      Enjoyed reading this hub you have some great hints and tips to offer. Approaching my 6th month here at HP. I have learned from others like yourself on how to optimize my hubs. What a great community of writers.

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      Barry Rutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia

      salt Mr Tindle

      Thanks for your comments. Hope it helps improve your earnings!

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      Mr Tindle 7 years ago


      Interesting points, Thanks!

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      salt 7 years ago from australia

      Gee its not alot is it? I am about to get my first adsense check. I appreciate your hub though. Its very good. Thoughts and method appreciated.

      Is there a way we could increase adsense revenue across the board?

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      Barry Rutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Just Ask Susan

      good luck with revamping your hubs I expect the results will reward your efforts

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      Barry Rutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Peter Dickinson

      Thanks for your comment good to hear that you are continuing to thrive here at HP & enjoying yourself at the same time!:)

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      Barry Rutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes good to know there are more & more Aussies on Hubpages maybe one day we can get a HUbmeet Downunder going !

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      Barry Rutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia

      MPG Narratives,

      As I said in my last paragraph the real reward is atistic expression & learning more about ypurself and the nature of the world rather than the cents that adsense provides.

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      Barry Rutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia

      2uesday thank you for your comment...

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      Susan Zutautas 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks so much for writing this and now I am off to re-vamp some of my hubs. Great info here and congrats!

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      Peter Dickinson 7 years ago from South East Asia

      Congratulations and may your payouts increase in leaps and bounds. I don't do so badly. I get a cheque every month and have done for a long time. There are even days when I earn enough to cover all of my meagre needs. Sadly though it is not consistent. I am only too aware that there is so much more I could do as your interesting hub has stated. Thank you.

    • profile image 7 years ago

      Nice to know another local here. Barry I'm in Tweed Heads - Just down the road!

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      Marie Giunta 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Congratulations Barry, a well deserved job. Patience is certainly required when you try to earn online but Hubpages is a great place to do so.

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      2uesday 7 years ago

      Voted up and useful it is good to read how different approaches to HubPages work.

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      Barry Rutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Indeed jobister a keyword search before you create a title can really make or break the success of a hub.

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      jobister 7 years ago from Anaheim, California

      Great point about performing a keyword search prior to starting the hub. It definitely gives you an idea on how many people are performing a search for those keywords across the globe as well as locally. I've been using it for a while now and it has definitely increased my page views along with adsense earning as well.

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      Barry Rutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Please feel free to comment or ask a question!


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