ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How Long Does It Take You To Write A Hubpage Article: How Much Time Should You Spend Writing A Hubpage Article

Updated on June 21, 2013
Time Spent Wisely
Time Spent Wisely

When you first start out, you should be realistic.

When you first start writing, you need to be realistic about your goals. Are you writing for fun, like a hobby, or expression, like art, or are you writing to make money or even a combination of factors. Depending on your motives, you will want to dedicate different amounts of time and energy. Writing can be extremely rewarding, frustrating, challenging, gratifying and very time consuming.

If you're writing for fun, and just for fun, by all means, spend your free time however you would like. But if you're like most of us here, we have big dreams of making an impact, reaching an audience, and if financial success follows so be it. And then there are those of us who title stuff, and use all kinds of other tricks to try and make as much money as possible at the sacrifice of their enjoyment. Some of the articles I see people writing on Hubpages are clearly of no interest to the writer and are merely designed as a means to an end. To me, I consider that time wasted. Very few of us, are making their living writing hubpages exclusively. Me personally, I enjoy the process, expression and experience, as I believe most of you do. So if you're first starting out, make sure you understand truly what it is you are here for.


Topic Selection Is Important

When you're writing, topic selection is important. You want to write about things that interest you or you'll quickly find that writing about things you aren't interested in seems more like punishment than enjoyment.

Writing should enhance your life so if you find yourself only writing because ad words show a topic to be low competition with high click values, you have to consider how successful can you really be if you have no interest in the topic. For a while, mesothelioma was a high ranking many of you truly enjoy that topic. And yet page after page was written.

Even More Important Is Time

Time is the most important factor to consider when writing. Time spent writing is time you can't get back. I have experienced it, as have thousands of other people on here, when you have spent considerable time on an article, only to find that no one reads it. How discourage is that? If it was a topic you were interested in, maybe not so bad, since you've probably learned something you can re-work into a future writing. But if it wasn't something you cared about, I empathize with you. That sucks.

You need to watch your time. So the question: how much time should you spend writing a hub? Assuming you're writing for a blend of reaching an audience and some monetary recognition, if even just a few bucks, you probably don't want to spend more than a few hours tops on an article. If you find yourself spending a day or more writing a single article, then consider that at $20 an hour for an 8 hour day, you're opportunity cost is approximately $160 that you could have made doing something else. Before you realize a dime from writing, you have to consider the time you spent writing when you weren't getting paid.

Factor in opportunity costs as well. Time spent writing means less time with friends or family, or time spent outdoors or shopping or whatever other things bring you joy. You need to carefully consider what you are giving up.

You Won't Know Until You Try

How much time should you spend on a Hub? At the end of the day, the best way to answer that question is by trial an error. All the advice and judgment above is only good in theory. You won't really know until you know.

If you've never generated content before, you need to overcome a learning curve on how the mechanics of it all works. Believe me, people spend tremendous amounts of time and energy trying to learn these things. The amount to learn is insurmountable and it's likely you could spend years and still be surprised by what you've learned.

So start by writing a few articles. Set up ad-sense, analytics and hubpages earning program. Use the information you gain from your first few hubs to make changes. Read other hubbers and check out their articles to see how your peers are writing. Look at the "hub of the day" since hubpages views that as a success.

Once you get some feedback, you have the information to start truly evaluating your efforts.

Rule of Thumb

A good rule of thumb for writing an article is to keep in mind your readers reading habits. Most people aren't searching for an article to spend 30 minutes to read what you wrote. People search the internet largely to be entertained and informed.

Aim for 1,000 words, include at least 3 different text boxs, photo's and link to other hubs. If you do those things, you will find your time is well spent and you're not spending more than a few hours at most.

Final bit of advice: after spending a nominal amount of time, eg, don't spin your wheels trying to make a killer article, let it sit for a while. See what type of traffic it drives. If it doesn't get any attention, it may be that your topic simply is not good. There's no point in wasting your time on something that reaches no one. On the flip side, you may find your article gets some decent traffic and has some broader appeal, in which case, you can go ahead and invest some more time to make it truly worthwhile.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)