How to Make Easy Money Blogging on HubPages - and Generate Continuous Passive Income
How to Get Started
Signing up on HubPages is fast and easy. Once you create your personal Hub name and page address you are ready to set up your account. After that there are only 3 steps to finish setting up your initial account. Remember when choosing your username and page address that this cannot be changed so go with something that applies to you.
- Choose a profile picture.
Make sure to choose a photo that goes along with the rest of your profile. If you decide to use a pen name you may want to use an anonymous profile photo as well.
- Set-up your profile and bio.
Here you will decide whether to use your real name or go by a pen name. Everyone has their own reason to want to stay anonymous or to use their real name, choose which is best for you. You can always change it later if you change your mind.
- Publish your first article.
Once you familiarize yourself with the website you want to start working on your first article immediately. Before you can start monetizing your articles, you must have one published.
How to Write and Publish Your First Hub
First you have to choose what to write about. You will eventually want to find a certain niche interest or category to focus your writing on. But now your main goal is to publish your first hub.
Here are some ideas to write about:
- A full article on a trending topic
- A How-To article
- A short story
- An open letter
- A blog about your best or worse memory
You really can write about anything on the Hub which is why I love it so much! And remember, no matter what you want to focus your blog on later on down the road, right now your main goal is to get started. Whatever you decide to write about there are a few things you need to remember.
- Try to incorporate a little something extra with your writing. There are quick buttons available to you as you write. Try to include at least one photo and use the proper sourcing.
- Use the templates available when you start writing, it makes the process so much faster and easier!
- Make sure it is original.
- Don't make it too short, try to use 400 characters at the absolute minimum.
Once you finish, do a read-through. Make any edits needed and when you are happy with it, click publish. Once you publish your first article you are officially a HubPages writer.
How to Add Income Streams
Now that you have established your account and first article it is time to start monetizing. When you are ready, head on over to the "Earnings" tab in your account. In the "Settings" section you will see that you can sign up for :
- hub program
- amazon affiliate
Sign up for all 3 by clicking on the configure tabs. Once you sign up with your personal and account information you can go back and activate them all. If you do not have a Google Adsense and/or Amazon account you can sign up during the process. Once you activate these, you have turn ads on for all articles you have written and all future articles. There is an option to turn off ad on each article if you wish but I would not recommend it if your goal is to make money.
There are also other affiliate programs that you can sign up for. For example: You could sign up for the eBay partner program and make a commission from them the same way you would with Amazon products. Neither of those companies require exclusivity so you can sign up for both and use them when you wish.
You could also make your own YouTube videos to attach to your articles. By monetizing your YouTube account you can make money from both sources. Keep in mind that you will have to make it to 10,000 views on your YouTube videos before you can sign up for monetizing the account. But you can get to that number much faster by writing articles that pertain to each of your videos and adding it to the article.
You can also use referral trackers. Whenever you tell friends, family or internet strangers about HubPages, you can give them a link that contains your own personal referral tracker. If they sign up with your referral tracker you can earn money from each article they publish just the same way you are earning from your own. And the best part is that it does not take any money from them, they will still earn their full portion!
My favorite part of being referred to the site by another member and their referral tracker is you always have someone to share your articles and help get you readers, because when you benefit, they benefit.
How to Focus Your Skills to Gain a Following
Once you have finished setting up your account and getting everything ready to make money, it's time to make a plan. What are you going to focus your writing on? There are many famous bloggers out there that have gained a significant following by selecting a niche (i.e. travel, parenting, sports). By focusing your writing on just one certain category you will gain a following of fans of that topic. You will have more people following back links to previous articles you have written and have an easier time gaining traffic from keyword searches.
Of course if you have decided to go with short stories, poetry or just everyday blogging, this isn't necessarily something you have to worry about in-depth. But you still want to find something that you can be known for.
How to Share Your Work and Get Readers
A quick Google search can bring you to many keyword generators, I would recommend using one of them. By adding keywords pertaining to your work, you will continue to benefit indefinitely. You also have to remember that it can take a couple of months before your work starts to appear in regular search engines so do not get disappointed if you only make a few cents a day from your articles for the first few weeks.
At this point the only people who are seeing your articles for the first time are the ones who see it shared on social media. So the more articles you share and get shares on, the more money you will start to make. It is not crazy for a new blogger to make only 10 cents a day for the first few weeks and then start to make more and more as their articles start being seen more. So don't get discouraged if that happens because the chances of you starting out making 100$ a day are slim.
For the first couple of weeks just focus on publishing and sharing. Those are the two most important things right now.
How to Keep a Publishing Schedule
Starting off strong right out of the gate is what is going to make you the money that you are looking for. For your first 30 days you just want to write and publish, write and publish. A good article on a topic of your choosing can be written in a just an hour or two if you just sit down at your computer and get it done.
If you really want to do this, and get out of the gate right away I would start with an article a day for the first 30 days. They do not have to be super long but you should strive for 800-1200 characters as the sweet spot, but again, never go below 400. Start off with the concepts that you are already well versed on. Things that you can just sit down and write for an hour and get your point across with. If you cannot find the time to do one each day, try every other day. But now is the time that you want to become established. That way when you start popping up in search engines and gaining attention, you already have a bunch of articles ready for reading.
Once you do that you can set your own publishing schedule and your fans will keep up with it. If you have plenty of time to spare I would keep writing an article a day for as long as you can or even a few a week. The point is to always do as much as you can.
Remember, every article you write will continue to earn money indefinitely! If you started making 1$ each day off each of your articles once you become established with followers and on search engines and you have 20 articles you are going to make 20$ per day. But if you start making that same 1$ each day off every one of your articles and you have 250 articles. That is 250$ per day that you are making!
So make a publishing schedule and keep to it. Keep banging out those articles when you can and you will start making money.
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