Sign up for Hubpages: Here's How
How to Sign Up for HubPages: a Step-By-Step Guide
In this brief and concise article I will walk you step-by-step through the HubPages sign-up process. It’s not complicated, but there are a few rules and requirements that you will need to understand.
If you read this guide and you're still not sure how to proceed, please shoot me an email at the address in my Profile section (above).
Step One: Visit the Site
You can get started right away on HubPages with their simple, free, no-obligation sign-up form. It’s the first step to making it all work, but if you sign up and decide to never visit the site again, that's fine, too -- there are no strings, and no one ever contacts you. Signing up is a basic process that won't pose any problems for the average person who is used to being online. The landing page and instructions are easy and clear.
You do to choose a user name, and this requires a little thought. It's not terribly clear from the instructions, but you need to know that once you choose a name, you can't change it. HubPages suggests you simply use your real name or a “real sounding” fake name, and in most cases this is the best way to go. Many writers choose a pen name, which is kind of part of the fun, in my opinion.
I Wish Someone Had Told Me…
The name on your account cannot be changed. I made a basic mistake early in my HubPages career and had to start over with a new account, all because I chose a name that wasn't a good fit for the kind of writing I wanted to do.
Step Two: Write Your Bio
What do you want others to know about you? Your bio should be a brief, well-written, general paragraph. Not many people will read it, but it's still worth spending some time to choose your words carefully. Mine is very simple and straightforward, with minimal details about myself.
Here are a few tips:
- Be very careful about grammar and spelling, because you will be judged by those who want to know if they should trust you.
- Don't make grand claims about your experience or expertise.
- If you have specific experience that bears on your writing, do include that.
- Be honest and straightforward.
- Avoid writing in the third person. Some good writers do this, but I find it to be a little pretentious. Just use "I" and don't pretend someone else is writing about you.
Step Three: Connect Your Website and Social Media Accounts
Like your bio, the rest of your profile does not need to be complicated or cute. If you have a web site or social media accounts that you wish to be public, include them here. Choose your email address carefully, because profiles are public, and it's possible that other writers may contact you with questions.
Step Four: Connect an AdSense Account
When you have your profile set up, it's time to connect an AdSense account. Judging from questions asked in the forums, this is the step that gives people the most trouble. I'll unpack it for you here.
HubPages uses AdSense to pay you. No matter how you want to make money on HubPages or get paid by the site, it all starts with a free, no-obligation account with Adsense. There are plenty of tutorials about doing this, so I won't go into huge detail about the process, but you should be ready to wait while Adsense determines if you qualify. This is to sift out the scammers and spammers, and as long as you aren't one of those (and you aren't are you?), you'll get an account with minimal hassle.
If you already have an Adsense account, simply pop in your ID number in the space provided, and you're all set. Once you’re in, AdSense keeps track of the visits to your articles and makes sure you get paid correctly for the visits to your articles.
Step Five: Connect to PayPal.
This online finance site is where your payments from HubPages will be sent. If you are in a country where PayPal is not available, then your income will all come through AdSense, which is an option HubPages provides to those who can’t, or choose not to, use PayPal. PayPal is a sister site to VenMo, and they work the same way, as a place to send and receive money with nothing but an email address. Ebay uses PayPal, too. I have never had a problem with this site in over 5 years of being paid by HubPages.
I Wish Someone Had Told Me…
PayPal is a pretty great place to accumulate your income. I fussed around and wasted time wondering if I should sign up, but it’s very easy. PayPal is nothing more than a secure online saving account where you passive income from HubPages will automatically deposit on the 28th of every month.
Step Six: Start your required time in “Writers’ Boot Camp.”
New writers are expected to complete a kind of apprenticeship before they are granted full status as a HubPages writer. You will need to have a certain number of quality articles in your library before you graduate to full status; however those articles will stay in your library and have the potential to earn money along with everything else you write. Once you graduate from Writers’ Boot Camp, you will be a bona-fide member of the HubPages writing community!