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How to Make Money on Hubpages, Can you do it?

Updated on June 12, 2012

This is the first hub I've actually created a video on to explain how to use the Keyword Tool, so be sure to watch that below!

I've made $35 so far on hubpages in the past 11 months. Why? This is partly due to my lack of work ethic and partly due to the small amount of time I've been here. You see, on hubpages, the general consensus is that it takes a minimum of 7-9 months to make money, and then more for your money to grow...Over time your hubs are read more and more and become more visible in the search engines. But what I'm going to touch upon here is not about how long it takes, or even how much you make, but about discipline and what I've learned from my experiences.

Why haven't I made more money?

Many hubs of mine are on Christianity and poems which do not sell well. People don't tend to buy things off them, like they would say if you wrote about the latest purses or clothing wear. But I do enjoy writing them and they do and can bring in readers who will eventually see my other "sales" hubs.

My niche (category which I specialize in) is mental illness, or more specifically: depression, anxiety and bipolar. These hubs have gotten much more attention due to the length and subject, for many people, I believe, are searching for good information on this topic. In fact, these hubs may not bring in the most money, for they are not really selling anthing except self help books, though that and google ads on my pages could be sufficient. If you really want to make money, I suggest you write product reviews, and people online will be typing in questions or keywords, looking for your hub, which in turn will describe accurately and thoroughly the products and they may very well then click on your ebay or amazon ads displayed, as well as the google ads already displayed, and just clicks alone will earn you money.

Which hubs of mine have had the most hits? They are listed below and as of today 4/7/11, the one with the most hits, over 3,000, is Famous people with bipolar/depression/anxiety, etc.

Important Tips to Remember

  • Write quality hubs that have length (800 words or more is best!)
  • Use the keyword tool immediately after you publish, the keywords you find and use are the words people type into SEARCH on, which Find your Hub, so choose wisely. A global search of 3,000 minimum or more is most helpful.
  • Choose one or more topics that are potential money makers such as hubs with value imformation or product hubs. 



  • Link your hubs to each other
  • Backlink

Linking hubs together is sort of an art form and takes some time. For example, if you write about bipolar, depression, and anxiety, all forms of mental illness, you should link them together, thus enabling your readers, who are looking for good information on mental illness, to see more of your hubs and read most or all of your hubs! Not just one. By creating links you draw your reader to read your other hubs and that = more traffic.

Backlinking is when you paste the URL of your (one hub at a time) hub onto facebook or reddit or any other socail networking site, so that those readers can come and check out your hub(s) which in turn again give you more traffic.


Again, you might want to write about one thing or maybe not. Many hubbers have talked about using several different hub accouonts, each one for a different niche, which is a great idea. It's like having one company to sell shoes, one to sell books, but you don't have to, you could have a "7-11" which sells everything! Sometimes varitey is the spice to your account but it's your descision.


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    • schoolgirlforreal profile image

      schoolgirlforreal 6 years ago

      Thankyou very much, Jamie.

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      Jamie Jensen 6 years ago from Chicago

      This was very helpful - the video finally made some sense out of that keyword tool for me so thank you!!

      Voted up!


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      schoolgirlforreal 6 years ago


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      apologetics 6 years ago

      Great tips. Thanks a lot for sharing.

    • schoolgirlforreal profile image

      schoolgirlforreal 7 years ago

      Hi tsmog,

      I just created a short video to help with the keyword tool :)

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      schoolgirlforreal 7 years ago


      thankyou, glad you liked it and very glad you enjoy the mental health hubs, that is my niche.

      The keyword tool will become familiar though I personally hate it, I prefer just writing. You just go to this LInk,

      copy and paste the url of your hub into the box marked website and click search. the keywords are the most common words people in the world type into google search to access the subject of your hub,

      i hope that helps a bit more :)

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      Tim Mitchell 7 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Great, informative hub. Thanks. I will be using the keyword tool soon. I still don't understand it yet. I am a happy you wrote the mental health hubs, since they interest me. I look forward to more.

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      katrinasui 7 years ago

      Thanks for the great info. keep writing you are a good writer.

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      Hang in there, Rose, and they (readers and clicks) will come. Promise.

    • schoolgirlforreal profile image

      schoolgirlforreal 7 years ago

      HI kashmir,

      Thankyou for commenting and reading (or reading and commenting lol)

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      Thomas Silvia 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Rose thanks for this hub full of great information and advice !

    • schoolgirlforreal profile image

      schoolgirlforreal 7 years ago

      Hey acaetnna!

      I've seen you around a bit lately but I haven't visited your hubs! Shame on me! I will..

      I'm so glad you found this useful. I really appreciate that!! :)

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      acaetnna 7 years ago from Guildford

      Great information and I shall bookmark for further use. Thank you so much.

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      schoolgirlforreal 7 years ago

      Thanks Slyvia! It's great to see you here on hubpages, I look forward to reading your hubs, especially the one about Poland! I appreciate your vote of confidence and I hope we can both share ;)