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How to Make Money on HubPages - Step by Step
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Most of what you need to know about HubPages can be learnt from the very useful help section (which I suggest every new hubber reads) and by using the search box to look for hubs and forum posts that can help with your query. Of course, you can also use this hub to answer your questions about how to make money on HubPages!
Is it Really Possible to Make Money on HubPages?
Yes it is! But you do need to be realistic about how long it will take and be prepared to learn a great deal about how to make money writing online. I think earning $100 a month by your fourth month here, is a reasonable goal for anyone who writes on HubPages for money. Once you know how to do that, you can increase your earnings exponentially to create a healthy residual income* - the only potential limiting factors are the amount of hours in a day and your motivation to succeed!
*Residual income means earning long term from one piece of work. E.g. One article written today can continue to earn money for years to come.
Advantages of Writing on HubPages
- Adverts on your Hubs are optimized for maximum Click Through Rate (CTR)
- Write once - earn for years! You may not see an immediate financial return on your articles but if you choose the right topics, they can continue to earn money for years to come.
- The structure of the website is arranged in such a way as to maximize search engine rankings.
- Your hubs (articles) get indexed quickly by search engines
- Your hubs can get onto the first page of Google search a lot more quickly than other web pages can.
- HubPages has PageRank 6 which means Google sees HubPages as a high authority website.
What is a Hub?
Many of the new recruits seem confused about what kind of writing platform HubPages is. Firstly, HubPages is not a blogging website. A blog is more like a personal journal that is updated regularly.
HubPages is essentially an article writing site, and your articles can be on whatever subject you choose to write on. Each hub or article you write is a stand alone web page. You can write a series of hubs on a topic and group them together or you can write on a topic just once - it's up to you.
The beauty of HubPages is that you can mix and match topics, write for pleasure and write for money.
How Long Does it Take to Earn Money at HubPages?
From my experience it takes 3 - 4 months to start seeing any reasonable income from Hubpages, but it depends on how many articles you publish, what topics they are on and how good your articles are. I would aim to write at least 2-3 quality hubs per week.
Understanding Online Gobbledygook
If you've already checked out the forums, you'll probably have seen threads on topics such as:
- Search Engine Marketing
- Long Tail Keyphrases
- Affiliate Programs
- Increasing Traffic
..... and a multitude of other subjects that all sound like gobbledygook! You may have done some google research too in an attempt to understand all these terms and find out what they actually mean.
It can be mind blowing and totally overwhelming trying to learn all of these new things at once - I know that's how it felt to me when I started working online anyway. Should I start with backlinking or keywords? Social bookmarking or content sharing? Traffic generation or affiliate programs? This hub will tell you.
Learn Step by Step
Making money with HubPages or any other online venture and using your time wisely, requires a step by step approach to learning. The explanations of terms you'll see below are in order of what needs learning when. It took me quite a while to sort out the order of what to do and when to learn about what, because each element is interlinked, but I have made them flow as best I can from one to the other.
Where to Begin Making Money on HubPages?
So where should you actually start? The first thing I'm going to do is explain what the all different terms mean and we'll go from there. For some of the terms on this list I will be writing a full length hub, for other terms I will direct you to information already available from myself, other hubbers or the help section and yet other terms that require shorter explanations will be grouped within topic specific hubs or simply explained here.
1. Keywords and Long Tail Keyphrases
Learning how to make money on Hubpages hinges on you learning all about keywords and keyphrases and how to use them effectively - it's 100% essential! Without understanding this fundamental area of knowledge your pages will more often than not, struggle to draw search engine traffic. If you don't get visitors from search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo you will not get clicks on your ads and you will not earn from Amazon - it's that simple.
So before you start writing hubs make sure you know what keyphrases are and how to search for them. Google's keyword tool is the most popular free keywprd research tool. There are other options for keyword research, but I suggest getting the hang of this one first and then moving onto other options.
A Url is a web pages' address. Each webpage has it's own url or address, just like houses in a street.
URL's are also more than just a webpage address - they also go a long way in terms of telling search engines what your page is about. So when you start writing your hubs, carefully choosing the url of the page is really important. I suggest choosing url's that are:
- around 5 words in length (I wouldn't go anymore that 8 normally)
- use your main keyphrase in the url
Content simply means the written text in your article. Click the link above to read all about how to get ideas for what to write on, how much to write and how to write a quality hub.
- Evergreen Topics
An evergreen topic is one that people will still be searching for in years to come. So an example of a topic that is not evergreen would be a commentary on the latest local election results. This topic will be short lived and relevant for only a short period of time. But something like how to change a car tyre is an evergreen topic - people will want to know how to do that for years to come.
- Niche Topics
A niche topic is one that is narrow in it's focus and tends not to have too much competition on the internet. But as more and more people write on the internet and set up websites and blogs, niche topics can be hard to find.
4. SEO - Search Engine Optimization
As the phrase suggests, search engine optimization is about making sure that your pages are search engine friendly. When search engines such as Google crawl or in other words, search through webpages, they are looking for certain elements that tell them how to index the page and where to place it on the search engine results pages. To make money by writing on the internet your pages need to be search engine friendly.
5. Affiliates and Affiliate Marketing
An affiliate is someone who sells a product or service on behalf of another company and gets a percentage of what the sale is worth. Making money on HubPages relies on hubbers being affiliates with particular companies. The main affiliate programs available on HubPages are Google Adsense and Amazon which are all part of Hubpages Earning Program.
You can also sign up for other affiliate programs outside of HubPages and market them here, but unless you already have experience with affiliate marketing, I would strongly suggest waiting before you do this. (Not all affiliate networks are allowed here, but there is not a definitive list so you will have to use trial and error to discover which ones are permissible).
6. Hub Layout
Your hub layout needs to be aesthetically pleasing and readable for an online audience. Surfers tend to skim read, looking quickly for the information that they want, so large chunks of text are not helpful. I will be writing a full length hub on this topic soon, but in the meantime here are a few useable tips.
- Write in short paragraphs (2-4 sentences)
- Use several text capsules.
- Use plenty of subtitles
- Use bulleted or numbered lists
The best way to learn about what capsules are available and how you can arrange them is by playing around with them. Read here for the basics about adding, removing and moving capsules.
Traffic relates to how many visitors you get to your pages. The traffic or visitors can come internally - from within HubPages, or externally - from search engines and other websites. Traffic from external websites, such as search engines, is far more important than internal traffic from HubPage members. HubPage members will not buy your products or click on the ads on your pages, so while it is nice to get recognition of your work from with the HubPages community, it is not an essential requirement of making money on HubPages.
The best way to get traffic to your pages is by making sure they are on the first page of Google's search results. You will have substantially increased the likelihood of getting good search positions if you have followed the previous steps on Keyword Research, Content Writing and SEO.
8. Google Analytics
While HubPages provides information on your hub statistics such as numbers of page views over various time periods, numbers of comments, how visitors came to your page etc, it does not provide any in depth analysis. Google analytics will give you more information than you probably know what to do with but it is very, very useful in tracking the performance of your individual hubs. Sign up for Google Analytics here.
9. SEM - Search Engine Marketing
Just like any other start up business, you need to get the word out about what you are doing and what you can provide. In other words, you need to market yourself to make sure that people know about your company and to ensure you stand out form the competition. In the offline world this would be done through branding, press releases, advertising, holding special events and attending sales fairs.
Getting the word out about what you are doing online is similar to the offline world, but it is also different in many ways. There are free and paid methods of marketing your online work, but for HubPages you only need to think about the free options.
Once you've decided to make a go of writing online for money it won't be long before you hear about backlinks, one way links and quality links. All of these terms mean the same thing. Backlinking means creating hyper links to your pages from other websites. These are an important element of search engine marketing, but it is not as important as getting your page structure right. So concentrate on making your pages search engine friendly before thinking about backlinking.
- Content Sharing Websites -
In the last few years there has been an upsurge in content sharing websites, mainly created by online marketers who wanted to provide a legitimate way for online writers and webmasters to get backlinks to their work. Once you've mastered the art of optimizing your web pages, it is worth sharing your work on these websites to create backlinks and increase traffic. Many offer adsense revenue sharing (earn from ad clicks on your pages), and you can get a decent amount of visitors directly from these websites as well.
- Social Bookmarking
Some internet marketers advocate using social bookmarking websites such as Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Delicious and Digg to promote their work, services and products. In my opinion and experience, unless you have a big presence on any of these sites, with lots of qualified followers, you will not get much monetary benefit from promoting on social bookmarking websites. And if your contact lists are mostly friends and family they will soon get fed up with you trying to sell them something! The best you can usually expect is a little flurry of traffic (visitors), but no clicks or sales, making social bookmarking as a promotional method pretty poor.
10. SERPs (Search Engine Results Positions)
Once you really get into making money on HubPages, you're going to come across this term and probably wonder what the heck it means! Serps just means where your page shows up on the google search results for your chosen keyphrases. Think about it this way: say you need to buy a new dishwasher and decide to use Google to search for one. You type in "cheapest dishwasher" in the google search box, hit return and you will get a list of webpages that are offering the "cheapest dishwashers".
You will most likely check out the websites that are listed on the first page and buy from one of those companies. It would be very unlikely to go to page 37 of the search results and buy a cheap dishwasher from one of the websites listed on that page. That's why SERP's are important - you want to get your page on the first page of the search results and if possible, at number one.
Phew - we're at the end.....for now anyway! I'm looking forward to hearing what else you would like explained to help you learn how to make money on Hubpages. Good luck!
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