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How to Make Money Writing with HubPages

Updated on April 20, 2014

Imagine making money from writing about things that interest you. Having a financially beneficial way to make the most of your free time while sharing your passions with others doesn't sound to bad, does it?

Well my friends, I have good news. You can do exactly that. You can make money writing about whatever you want by signing up to write for HubPages.

Yes, making money from writing hubs online could be the greatest thing that you have stumbled upon up to date. Of course, it takes a lot of time and work to start making money from your writing, but it is certainly possible. The greatest thing about writing on HubPages is that you receive pay based on the number of article views. Therefore, although you may not make a lot of money right after publishing your article, you can continue to make money from it for the rest of your life! Every time someone views your article you make a bit of money.

Here I will share with you how to make money on HubPages, how to write content that will attract readers, and what you need to do to market your articles to gain a large number of followers and page views.

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How Much Money Can You Make with HubPages?

There are five ways that you can make money with HubPages. I will go over how each one of them works and how much you can expect to make. I seem to be making about 1 cent for every 3 page views that I receive. In other words, for every 300 views I end up with $1.

HubPages Ad Program: This is where I make about 1 cent for every 3 views. This seems to be the most consistent way to make money. I simply get my article read by a lot of people and I make a bit of money. Furthermore, as your profile gains more traction and your articles are read on a regular basis, HubPages will begin paying you for every article that you publish (on top of the revenue-sharing) - up to $8 each.

Google Adsense: Although I get paid a lot more when someone clicks on a Google advertisement (sometimes up to $4.00 for one click), I do not make nearly as much from this service because people actually have to click on the advertisement. If you focus on writing about topics or issues that would associate well with the ads that are being placed on the page, then you will have potential to make a significant amount of money. However, this is rather difficult to plan and predict. Therefore, I don’t place Adsense into my planned financial gains and am simply excited when I discover that I have made a few extra dollars from people clicking the ads on my pages.

Amazon And Ebay Sales: This is one that takes even more specified articles. If you are writing an article about how to have a great relationship, you probably won’t make a lot of money from having Amazon ads on your article. However, if you are doing a book review or discussing some other item, you might be able to make a bit of money from Amazon or Ebay. Again, I would not bank on this as the amount earned is very minimal.

YouTube Videos: Last I read, you need to have a video with over 40,000 views before you can start making money with YouTube videos. However, if you get into the program, by writing quality articles on HubPages and embedding your YouTube videos into them, you could essentially start making twice the amount of money you would make if you only wrote articles or created videos.

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How to Write What People Want to Read

An important thing to ponder before you start writing is your reason for writing. Are you writing for fun, for money, or a combination of the both?

If you are writing purely for your own enjoyment, then you can write about whatever comes to mind and don't have to worry about the content as much as if you are writing for money. If you are writing to make money, then it is important to write quality articles that will keep people coming back to read more.

There are several things to keep in mind if you want to write articles that people will WANT to read:

  • Write about worthwhile content: Incorporate lessons that everyone can learn into your writing. Although some people read articles just for the fun of it, most people want to gain something from it - even if it is just a laugh. Even if you are writing about your own personal experiences, try to find some way to make it entertaining or educational to those who will be reading it.
  • Check your grammar and spelling: If it doesn't make sense or is hard to follow, people aren't going to be interested in reading it. Don't harm yourself by writing poor quality articles.
  • Be consistent with the topics you cover: It is beneficial to write about related topics in order to gain a committed gathering of followers who are interested in what you talk about. If you give a new recipe every day, people will want to keep coming back. However, if you provide a recipe one day, and a mechanic tip the next, that will limit your number of committed readers. However, if you write multiple articles on cooking and on auto-mechanics then essentially you will gain two different types of readers. Ultimately, if you write frequently, your writing will begin falling into specific topics.

Marketing Basics

Once you've started writing a few articles and believe that you have content people will be interested in reading, it is time to get people to read it. There are a variety of things you can do to promote your articles and gain a steady stream of views.

  • Interact on HubPages: People will read your articles if you post consistently, follow them, and comment on their questions, hubs, and forums. If you read other people's content, they will respect you by reading yours. You can learn more about my first experiences with gaining a lot of followers and money, but getting into a bit of trouble, by reading My Hubscore is 1.
  • Share on your social networks: Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are all places where people go to find out where their friends are doing and what people are looking for now. If you have an entertaining article title and post it onto your social networks, not only will people read it, but they may even share it with their friends - causing a viral effect where many people visit your article.
  • Post it around the internet: There are a plethora of forums and websites discussing nearly every topic imaginable. If you find some of them and post links to your articles there, you may continue to gain viewers from those sites.
  • Get a search ranking on Google: If your article ends up being at or near the top of a Google search, then you are golden! People will continue to read it as they search for the stated topic daily. This is a great way to get steady and consistent readership. In fact, if you Google search "A Flawless Way to Meet Women" this article that I wrote comes up at the top of the list. Of course, that specific search isn't used a lot, but it does help me continually gain readers.
  • Link to your articles in other articles: If people enjoy your reading, they will want to read more. Therefore, incorporate your articles together and easily link one to the other. If people like the topic and want to learn more, they will keep viewing your other related articles.

What does not look professional, however, is to link to your own articles like this:

Great Ways to Make Money in Your Free Time

Good Ways to Make Extra Money With Your Time and Stuff

I Can't Find a Job After College - What Should I Do?

It is much better to incorporate them into the content of your text as I have done above.

How Would You Rate HubPages as a Money Making Opportunity?

3.5 out of 5 stars from 11 ratings of HubPages as a method of income

Having Fun and Making Money

I've realized for me to make $1000/month, I would need to receive about 10,000 article views per day (how things are currently going). That seems like a lot and I am not sure if that will happen any time soon. However, writing is something that can be a lot of fun and even if I don't end up rich from all this writing, I will certainly enjoy myself.

Currently, I am receiving between 300-500 article views a day and I am making about $100/month (about half of which is from the Apprenticeship Program). However, if I were to stop writing right now, I would still make about $40-$50 a month off of my 85 articles written to date.

If writing is something you love, and you can make a little bit of money doing it, I think that writing articles on HubPages is definitely something you should consider doing.

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      Mohcine (from Morocco South of spain) 15 months ago

      You really deserve a lot of thanks for your valuable advices and tips. I didn't manage to earn any penny on upwork during a whole month by using two profiles one for English writer and the other with a translator profile in French, German, English even after passing test skills with highhigh scores and i was sure that an attractive portfolio was the missing peace of the puzzle, so i was thinking of the best way to build a portfolio until I stumbled upon your website, thanks a lot.

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      Vince 2 years ago from New Jersey

      I want to write and make money at it, thank you for the information. I am open to tips as well that may make me a better writer.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      You have made my day this morning. After reading your post from my tablet i know that i need to get back to writing a post for hubpages again.

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      Shem DeSouza 3 years ago from Trinidad and Tobago

      love your HUB very motivational for young writers on this site like me to continue writing. thanks

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      Shem DeSouza 3 years ago from Trinidad and Tobago

      love your HUB very motivational for young writers on this site like me to continue writing. thanks

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      Robert Erich 3 years ago from California

      Glad my web is helpful! And yes, DIYMommy, you are probably correct. In fact, I think the Apprenticeship program has been shut down. A bummer really. Anyway, I wish you all the best as you continue on writing with HubPages!

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      Vickie 3 years ago from PA

      Hi! Thanks for the great article! Voted up! I'm very new to Hubpages (with just one recipe published but it's simple and delicious!) Still learning my way around and your article hit the spot!

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      Julie 4 years ago

      Fairly new to HubPages, I just crossed 10,000 view yesterday, and just shy of $50. Two or three weeks ago, I had applied to the apprenticeship program, but I received a letter that wasn't really an acceptance or a rejection. They basically said that they were auditing and re-evaluating the program. I imagine that the best time to have gotten into the apprenticeship program was in the very early days, when it was first launched. I have a feeling that, as HubPages grows and the program becomes more popular, that it will be more and more difficult to get into it. Thanks for the great hub here!

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      TomStevenson3 4 years ago

      Great article, given me plenty of ideas, thank you!

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      Robert Erich 4 years ago from California

      I am glad that you all enjoyed this hub! I certainly hope it gives you a better understanding of how things work on HubPages. And welcome to HubPages balopinto!

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      Bernaed A. LoPinto 4 years ago from Honesdale, PA

      As a new member, I have been wading through pages of instructions and getting more and more confused and frustrated. This article lays things out clearly and concisely. Thanks.

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      maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain

      A very interesting article full of practical advice and useful information written in an easy to follow style, which I enjoyed reading very much.

      Voting up and hitting buttons as I leave

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      omar21 4 years ago

      Thank you very much for this good information,your hub is great and useful ,but i have a simple question: What can i do if there is no way for me to have a Paypal account?

      Thank you

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      Jose Kuryan 4 years ago from Kannur

      A useful article to know more about article writing on hubpages...

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      RitaGalloway 4 years ago

      Robert, this is a great starter read for us newbies. I wish you much success and maybe you can give me some constructive criticism on my own hub. Have a great day.

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      Laura Davidson 4 years ago

      Great article , very helpful. Thank you.

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      Anna 4 years ago from Auburn, Indiana

      Thank you for sharing. I really enjoyed and I'm trying to expand my audience base now. I do find a little bit hard because I am writing about something specific but I would like to broaden my writing into other areas. I have found that hubpages is a very friendly network, if you follow somebody, they will follow you and comment on your hubs and you can comment back so everyone helps each other to get going. Good Luck Hubbers!!

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      This is a great hub. Thanks for sharing great advices and ideas to be in hubpages. :-)

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      Donna Paul 4 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for this very informative hub. I had no idea how it works until now.

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      Robert Erich 4 years ago from California

      Thanks for stopping by Vaishnavi! I'm sure that you will figure HubPages out in no time. ;)

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      Vaishnavi 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Really good one especially for the naïve users of hubpages like me. Thank you.

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      Robert Erich 5 years ago from California

      ElleBee, I am glad that this article assisted you. I know that I had a terrible time figuring out how much money I could actually make. I am glad I was able to give you a tip off.

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      ElleBee 5 years ago

      Good overview of money making, and like some of the other commenters abover I was really happy to see the breakdown of the relationship between #of views and earning amounts. Will definitely be using some of these tips.

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      Robert Erich 5 years ago from California

      I am glad that my numbers were able to benefit you! I have now noticed that it is starting to get closer to 225 views per dollar. A very nice increase!

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      sergs_pogi 5 years ago

      Hello Robert. Coming up with the rough estimate of $1 for every 300 page views is a good input. This can help me track my improvement and make a realistic target of number of articles to publish!

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      Robert Erich 5 years ago from California

      Thanks Anthea' I wish you the best with your writing.

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      Anthea Carson 5 years ago from Colorado Springs

      Very helpful article. Thanks for the tips, and good luck with your hubbing.

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      Robert Erich 5 years ago from California

      Great input nakmeister! I have discovered the same thing. I wrote for a couple of months, then stopped. I got back on two months later and I was still making a little bit every day! It is interesting to see how it slowly grows. And, when you add more articles, your overall readership continues to grow exponentially. It's great!

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      nakmeister 5 years ago from Lancaster, UK

      Great article, thanks. My tip, don't underestimate the 'bedding in' concept on Google. Over time hubs mature, get a better search ranking and get more page views. I started on hubpages a bit over a year ago, but stopped posting articles when I realised it was going take decades to make meaningful money (and was busy with other things). I came back a few weeks ago thinking I missed being on hubpages and wanted to write some more, and was very surprised to see in my absence my hubs had been getting more and more views. So definitely worth sticking at it!

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      Robert Erich 5 years ago from California

      Thanks Shawn and pryanka! I'm glad you've enjoyed reading this article. I hope it helps you out in your HubPages adventure.

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      priyanka1989 5 years ago

      Great hub..voted up & follow u

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      Shawn May Scott 5 years ago

      I like this article as much as the other one about sharng. I shared this one because other people are sharing the other article a lot and I did not want to flood the gates, if you know what I mean? Thanks for the advise. Voted up and shared!!!

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      Robert Erich 5 years ago from California

      @sgbrown: I wish you the best as you keep writing. Good luck!

      @Daughter of Maat: you are doing a great job if you are already making $11 a month. I feel like you could be a wealthy woman in no time off of Hubpages. Keep it up!

      @rdown: thanks for reading and I may have to check out some of your recipes.

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      rdown 5 years ago from Usa

      Great Hub! It has motivated me to write more hubs on what I love best, recipes. Thanks

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      Melissa Flagg 5 years ago from Rural Central Florida

      Great hub, it was a friendly reminder that I need to be more active in the community. I also need to write more! I started on hubpages back in January and each month I've noticed substantial gains in my monthly income. This month I'm up to $11.00 already, last month I was a $6.00. That's definitely progress, and it proves it can be done. I also notice the more active I am in the community, the forums specifically, the more views I get.

      Thanks for reminding me to get socializing! Finally, an excuse to just socialize! lol

      Voted up and useful!

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      You have some very useful advice. I am already doing most of these, but never hurts to go back over things. Thank you for the great hub! Voted up useful! Have a good day! :)

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      Robert Erich 5 years ago from California

      Thanks Lilleyth. You are too kind and too funny!

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      Suzanne Sheffield 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Yep, you're a genius...

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      ashley359 5 years ago

      I do appreciate Hubpages. Yeah it is possible after some hard work

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      Robert Erich 5 years ago from California

      Hi glj1992, I'm glad you enjoyed the article. Yes, you can make more than $1000/month - if you visit the front page of Hubpages you can find several people who are doing just that. Of course, they have written around 1000 articles and have been on the site for 4-5 years. If you are making 1/3 cent for every view, then you will need to receive 300,000 views a month, or 10,000 view a day, to make $1000/month. Intense, but not impossible. Good luck!

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      gkj1992 5 years ago from India

      your article is quite helpful for me.I have a question that can i make more then 1000$/month ?

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      Robert Erich 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Katrine. Coming from a talented writing and thinker like yourself, that means a lot!

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      KatrineDalMonte 5 years ago

      Excellent article with good information for anyone serious about earning through this community. You have done a great job, very detailed.

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      Dia Jacobs 5 years ago

      Thank you Robert!

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      Robert Erich 5 years ago from California

      Best of luck to you bmcoll3278 - 20 cents is not bad, and I'm sure you'll be making a fortune in no time!

      Thanks old albion, I appreciate the compliment. It is great to give tips and not have to worry about getting paid for it indeed.

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      Graham Lee 5 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Robert. inspiring hub, great information. I shall refer to this for assistance in the future. It is so good when someone freely gives advice to help others. voted up / interesting.

      Graham.

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      bmcoll3278 5 years ago from Longmont, Colorado

      Well written article the things I am doing. Only making 20 cents a day right now but growing I hope. voted up

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      Robert Erich 5 years ago from California

      I wish you the best of luck as you keep writing and start earning breakfastpop!

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      I appreciate the insight given on this hub into earning money on Hubpages. Although I've been writing for a few years I only recently signed up for the program, so I'm looking forward to see what happens.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very inspiring hub, brother. You have great tips for us. HubPages ad program is the best for me and I got passive income from this program. If we do this constantly, never give up and always give the best for our reader I believe that the money will follow us. Thank you very much. Rated up (useful, awesome, and interesting). Success for you!

      Prasetio

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      Robert Erich 5 years ago from California

      Great suggestion B. Leekley! Thank you. I will certainly add that link in.

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      Brian Leekley 5 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      I appreciate the helpful advice in this hub.

      In your last paragraph, you recommend writing HubPages articles, but as of the date of this comment, you don't provide a link to the HubPages sign-up page. It looks to me like it would make good sense to make the word 'HubPages' in that paragraph a link with a tracker. Just an idea.

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      Robert Erich 5 years ago from California

      Glad this post was useful Dia! I wish you the best as you continue your writing.

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      Dia Jacobs 5 years ago

      Interesting tips! I didn't promote my hubs for the time as I'm not really sure of ways to do it. I'll definitely search for forums on the topics of my hub and post them! Thank you!

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      Robert Erich 5 years ago from California

      Good to hear Mark! Wish you the best as you keep up writing.

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      Mark Sparks 5 years ago from Charlottesville, Virginia

      Really appreciate you writing this article, dude. The ad system is definitely a little confusing, but I get it now. I've been posting irregularly on this site for about six months, but I think I'll take your suggestions to heart soon.

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      Robert Erich 5 years ago from California

      Thanks BuyaBiz! I wish you the best in being social and attracting more viewers!

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      BizVT34 5 years ago from USA

      Good stuff, helps to keep me focused. I need to be more social..voted up