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How to Increase Your Earnings on HubPages

Updated on January 8, 2018
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Jack is currently a volunteer at the Westchester County Archives. Jack has worked at IBM for over 28 years.

Introduction

I am a transplant from Squidoo. When I publish under Squidoo, I donated my earnings to some selected charities. It was a great incentive. After coming to HubPages, that option was no longer available. Two years ago, I decided to sign up to Adsense and Amazon and claim my earnings. I can donate the revenues to my own charity.

- Oct. 2017

Background

I have been publishing here on HubPages for about 3 years. Two years ago, I activated my Adsense account and Amazon account to capture my earnings. I never really cared about earning but wrote for my own enjoyment. I wanted to donate my earnings to charity. I average about 5 dollars per month and with 1500 views. I never publicize my articles on social media even though it does improve viewer counts. I usually send a link of my articles to people I know who have a specific interest in my topic. For example, when I organized a reunion for some of my former IBM colleagues, I created a hub and provided the details and the photos on the page and distributed to my colleagues. Another popular hub is my efforts to help the CCNY fencing team. I formed a friends group of former teammates to raise awareness and funds to help our Alma Mater. I also decided to donate all my HubPages earnings to this cause.

Recently, I discovered something that will drastically improve my earnings here on HubPages quite by accident. It almost doubled by monthy earnings. It is related to the Amazon sales. Most of my earnings to date has been from google Adsense. It averages 3 views per penny. However, if your article has an Amazon product that you are promoting and someone purchased it from your link, you get a percentage of the sale. It can vary from 3% to as high as 8.5%. This is huge. A single product of a $50 item can increase your earnings by $4.

Amazon Commission Rates

Caveat

One warning about HubPages term of service. It is clearly stated that a hubber cannot click on his own promoted items and order from it. This is for obvious reasons a form of cheating. However, there is a caveat. There is no rule against your acquaintances from ordering from your article. In fact, that is a good way to promote items that you believe in. You tell a friend and they tell their friends...By word of mouth, the news travels and spread like wildfire.

The trick is finding items of high quality and high earnings rate and promote them to all your acquaintances.

Ideally, the best scenario is to find a product that is recurring. Something that a person will need to order on a periodic basis. Such a product as vitamins or supplements or personal cosmetics... Once a product is sold, and it works, the user will return to re-order. You will gain a recurring commission.

Summary

As far as I can tell, there are two sources of income from HubPages. One requires you to have lots of views. You get paid based on the number of views and the amount of time people stay on that page. On average, you can get 1 cent for every 3 views of your article. An average daily views of 100 will net you about 10 dollars a month.

A second source require you to promote a product through Amazon. It does not matter the number of views you get. It counts only when a reader click on the product and then orders that product based on your recommendation. That is the real earning potential.

Breaking News *** 1/8/2018.***

HubPages was bought buy The Maven.

This media company is based in Seattle and is traded on the OTC under the symbol MVEN. Currently trading at $2.35 per share. It was up 25% in just one day.

A new way to make money here is to buy the stock.

© 2017 Jack Lee

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