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How to Create the Referral Tracker Link to Track Hubpages Sign-Ups

Updated on November 5, 2017
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How to Create a Referral Tracker to Make More Money on HubPages

Many people ask how to create the HubPages Referral Tracker in the proper format for HubPages.

That's the referral code that can help you make more affiliate money on HubPages.

Below I will show you how, as simply as possible.

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First Sign Up for Google Adsense

Before you try using the HubPages Referral Tracker make sure you have signed up for and been approved by Google (Adsense).

Sign Up for Google Adsense

It's Free!

*Those are the Google advertisements that you see on many pages here and elsewhere. You can make money from the sharing of advertisements on HubPages.

1. Click on My Account

Click on My Account, which is located in the upper right corner of the HubPages window.

2. Select Earnings

Select Earnings, which is located on the left side of the screen.

3. Select Referral Trackers

On the left side you should see 2 options. Select Referral Trackers. It should now be green in color.

4. Create a New Tracker

At the bottom you should see Create a New Tracker.

Type in the Tracking Token using whatever words and numbers you want for your HubPages Tracker.

Give it a simple description.

In the example I typed in "signup", which is probably not available for anyone else to use.

Create your own variation.

5. Create Any of the Following HubPages Tracking Code Formats

It should look like the code below.

In other words, you need an underscore (Like this: _ ) and then the referral tracker code.

So it would look like _YOURTRACKERCODE

Below you will see 3 of the most commonly used code formats

  1. Regular

  2. Profile Page

  3. Signup Page

Regular: Underscore and Then Your Tracker URL

Profile Page: A Tracker Code to YOUR Profile Page

Signup Page: Referral Tracker Code to the HubPages Signup Page for Brand New Hub Users

6. Using the HubPages Referral Tracker Code

Now that I've created a Referral Tracker what should I do?

Well, by using the Referral Tracker Code in the various formats listed above, you can then do any or all of the following:

  1. Add a link in your Profile.
  2. Add links to your Hubs.
  3. Add links in forum signatures.
  4. Write articles about how you can make money, why you love HubPages, or where you like to write, etc.
  5. Email your friends and mention HubPages, using one of your Referral code formats.
  6. Share it on Twitter, Facebook, or other social networks in which you have a bunch of followers.
  7. Add it to your own blog(s).
  8. Add it to your own website.

Examples Using Real Referral Tracker Code in the Various Formats

*You can click on these to see where they would go.

The real examples are using my referral tracker code, which is for anyone that would be signing up in general, using my signup code.

Again, the tracking code is mine. You would create your own for people to be referred to you.

If you want them to go to your profile page, then I use

If I want them to go to the official HubPages Sign Up page, then I would use

*Important!* After creating this link, first make sure you are signed out from HubPages when you try to see if this works.

Example HubPages Referral Trackers Page

Example HubPages Referral Trackers Page
Example HubPages Referral Trackers Page

Referral Tracker Performance

The Referral Tracker will show you the performance of each of your HubPages tracking code.

*You only need one code

Referral Trackers

  • tracking token - The tracking code that you created
  • traffic views - How many people have visited your code
  • signups - How many people have signed up via your tracking code
  • hubs- How many Hubs were created by people that signed up under your tracking code
  • traffic to hubs - How much web traffic to all these Hubs have received

Example of the HubPages Referral Section

The HubPages Referral Tracking Code Section
The HubPages Referral Tracking Code Section | Source

Is There Any Reward for Referring Someone via the Referral Tracker?

When someone is referred by your referral tracker code HubPages splits the impressions with you and you get an additional 3% of the total Google Adsense impressions.

In other words, if you send traffic to any Hub, you’re entitled to either 9% or 12% of total impressions. You’ll receive 9% if the Hub you’ve referred people to already has impressions allocated to an Affiliate. If there are no Affiliates, you’ll receive 12% of the total impressions.

On all other non-Hub pages, such as a referral to a Tag page or the HubPages home page, you’ll receive 30% on a traffic referral, with HubPages getting the rest of the impressions.

How Long do You Get Credit for a Traffic Referral?

According to HubPages, the Traffic Referrals are yours for 120 minutes.

So, "if someone clicks on your" referral code "link to a specific Hub, you are entitled to the traffic referral impressions for 120 minutes. We set this limit because there may be multiple Hubbers referring people to a particular Hub. No other tracker can replace yours during that 120 minute period. This is called the ‘first dibs’ rule."

Have a Question?

If you have a question in which others may benefit, please use the Ask A Question in the upper right of my Hub.


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    • tritrain profile image

      And Drewson 2 months ago from United States

      If you have any problems let me know. I can try to make it better.

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      Missing Link 4 years ago from Oregon

      Hello, it seems this hub deals with how to get traffic to specific hubs? I would like to know how do I get people to join hubpages. Isn't there a program for that too? I do have some websites so could put links on my sites to try to get people to join. However, I don't know what unique stuff (identifying me) has to go into the affiliate link so that I can get credit. Thanks much! Voted up and clicked for useful and interesting.

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      miss1magination 5 years ago

      Thankyou, tritrain. You explained this very well- great hub, I voted up!I have a my Referral Tracker so is any need to get another one. I just (copy and pasted) then back linked the code. Is this right! so can this can be used only for a certain amount of time then I need to get a new one?

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      Kalux 5 years ago from Canada

      Super helpful. Thank you.

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      ptosis 5 years ago from Arizona

      I'm beginning to hate this new hub format with no button to ask you a question. I'm stuck like chuck: I made a referral:

      It works, but - for some stinking reason on all my old hubs with links to other hubs (Mine & others), the old links do not work! :(

      On the hub

      I have a link on this hub to other hub such as


      and it is redirected to a search

      I go to my account pages and the hub is now

      I can fix links to my own hubs but for other hubbers hubs it would be painstakingly long to search because the old link won't be found with the url such as


      I looked up in HP search


      and I got this for results in hub search:

      Does she have my tracker?

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      Shelly Drymon 5 years ago from Springfield, MO

      This is the best and easist explanation for trackers I have come across! Thanks so much from a non-tech person type! :)

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      Angelo52 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Great explanation. I have seen the referral tracker section in my account but was not sure what to do with it. This article has cleared all that up. Thanks. Shared voted up +

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      sonykkid 5 years ago

      thanks a lot I have been looking for a hub like this

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      jiro 5 years ago from India

      very interesting hub. I have a problem with sign up page

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      CONSCIOUSNINJA 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      im still a little confused about how i can insert my referral tracker into the code for a Hubpages banner i got from the Help Section here.... the reason i want to insert my referral code is so that when i place it on my site, people can click through me to arrive at Hubpages...

      any help you could provide would be welcome..

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      Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      This is great information. I have not been doing this, but I will not. Thanks!

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      onlinecashdigest 5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Thanks for info you have here.

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      teachertalking1 5 years ago

      I tried to type in the link on my profile page. This is what I typed in:

      It just sits there - doesn't turn into a blue link. What am I doing wrong. I have had friends visit my profile page, but are not able to sign up through me because I do not have a link. What am I doing wrong?

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      teachertalking1 5 years ago

      Thank you very much! I'm following your steps now!

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      Earthy Mother 6 years ago from South East England

      This really helped me out! I didn't think I was stupid, but I was getting nowhere fast following the instructions from HubPages themselves... thank you! Voted up!

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      PeanutButterWine 6 years ago from North Vancouver, B.C. Canada

      thank you for your easy step by step hub on how to do this! I finally got it done and it was much easier than I thought, not only that, but you inspired me to finally write my profile up in a more welcoming way. Thank you so much! :)

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      Amelia Griggs 6 years ago

      Just wanted to says "Thanks!" very much for taking the time to write this hub and explaining this...very helpful!

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      Hillary 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thanks for an informative article. I've been using the tracker code for some time now to link back to my HP profile, but I'm confused as to where to place it now that we all have a new profile page URL. I've searched for answers in the forums without luck :( Can you update your hub? Thanks again.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      At long last, by george I've got it! Excellent and easy to follow instruction for the referral tracker. Gonna go do this now (before I forget again :)

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      Seth Winter 6 years ago from Shingletown, California

      Awesome hub my friend. I was kinda lost with this whole thing but your hub explained it to a T! Thanks alot!

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      Debbie Carey 6 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA

      I am a very visual learner and YOU have managed to help me get this together - thanks!

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      Jonathan Grimes 6 years ago from Devon

      Some thing I have always wanted to look at and will do so now!

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      Leni Sands 6 years ago from UK

      Thank you for this really useful hub. I have been wanting to create trackers but had no idea how. I am going to give this a try.

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      And Drewson 6 years ago from United States

      Anyone know if it works with the HubPages Ad Program?

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      Wanda 6 years ago

      Thank you!!

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      And Drewson 6 years ago from United States

      Thank you for appreciating it. :)

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      Powerpoe1 6 years ago

      I'm glad that I found this hub. Voted up & rated useful!

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      jcnasia 6 years ago

      Very good to know. I think I'll try it out once I get some more hubs written.

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      And Drewson 6 years ago from United States


      Good question! You could use the tracker on your Profile page or maybe make a Hub about the benefits of joining HubPages. You could share it on Facebook, Twitter, your blog, email,, other forums, etc.

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      ZOOSMC 6 years ago

      tritrain, i've created the tracker but don't know where to paste it?? can you help? be specific as I am still fairly new to all of this...thanks!

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      And Drewson 6 years ago from United States


      Try retyping it out. You could also type it into Notepad (assuming you are using Windows). Then use your cursor and arrow slowly through the URL that you created.

      I have found spaces, when I could have sworn there weren't any. It happens.

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      ZOOSMC 6 years ago

      tritrain, tx for the help..I have no spaces and sill get a message saying remember...don't leave spaces??? I don't get it??

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      FaithDream 6 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Still working on this one, but this article is helpful.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      And Drewson 6 years ago from United States


      What is the format that you are using?

      Let's assume that you created a Tracker code of ZOOSHUBS

      And you wanted your visitor to go directly to the HubPages New User Sign Up page (make sure you are not logged in when you try your code to see if it works), so you would use:

      Just plain old HubPages page would be simply:

      No spaces should ever exist in a URL.

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      ZOOSMC 6 years ago

      I am getting an error message that states I am leaving spaces bt i am not.....i followed your format...what am i doing wrong?

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      And Drewson 6 years ago from United States


      What is the format that you are using for the code?

      Also, make you have signed up and been approved for Google Adsense. Otherwise, the Referral Tracker is not really going to do anything for you.

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      aslanlight 6 years ago from England

      I'm not understanding this. I created a tracker code and I've tried to put it on my page so people can join from there but it's not working. Can you help?

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      Alexander Pease 6 years ago from Maine

      I never knew about referral trackers before I read this hub. Definitely useful information.

      Great hub.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Great, clear, concise directions. Great job. Voted up.

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      Hipprintz 6 years ago

      Thank you. I am trying very hard to understand the technical side so I can be productive on hubpages, but I am having much difficulty.

      I appreciate your help.

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      rorymullen 6 years ago from Maine

      My goal for the rest of the week is to figure out more about trackers and how they will benefit my online JOB.

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      Mikeydoes 6 years ago from Fl,IL,IND

      Referral trackers, here I come.