How to Make an Awesome Passive Income on HubPages
Updated for 2018
Are you a blogger looking for a decent side hustle that won't take up too much of your time?
If that's you, welcome!
Hubpages is just the place to earn extra money while you build your blog up. The advantage is that the articles you write here can consistently put money into your bank account for many years to come.
You can build a truly passive income.
I started publishing once a week on Hubpages back in 2008 and so far I've earned in excess of $60,000 with just 60 articles.
My monthly passive income is currently over $1500 per month and has been consistently over $1000 per month for the last 12 months.
All this income for articles I wrote 8 or 9 years ago.
It still amazes me.
I occasionally tweak my articles to make them better, but for the most part it's completely hands off income which allows me to work on my other projects.
HubPages is a eleven year old multi-user content site that has gone from strength to strength in the last few years.
Search traffic and earnings are excellent if you can get your articles on to a network site and I'd recommend the site to any blogger who wants to build up their passive income.
If you are not already a member of HubPages you can SIGN UP HERE.
Is it Really Possible to Earn Decent Money on HubPages?
If you've been blogging a while then your experience of writing online will put you ahead of the game. In my experience, earning $100 a month by your fourth month is a reasonable goal for most. Achieving several hundred to a thousand per month in your first year is very doable especially if you're good at picking topics.
A few hubbers are earning over $10,000 per month on a consistent monthly basis.
12. Advantages of Writing on HubPages
- Write once earn for years. When you choose the right topics your hubs can continue to earn money for years to come. It truly is passive.
- Publish as often or as little as you want. No need for a regular schedule.
- No need to constantly promote your work.
- No need to network.
- Free editing. Hubs that are moved over to network sites will be edited for grammar and spelling.
- Hubs that are doing well will receive premium editing to increase their traffic and income. (Some of my best hub's traffic has doubled after going through this.)
- The structure of the network sites are arranged in such a way as to maximize search engine rankings.
- Your hubs 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.
- Ads on your hubs are optimized for maximum earnings.
- No need to worry about all the back end stuff like security, plugin conflicts etc.
- Very easy and intuitive user interface.
Now you know why you should write on HubPages I'm going to tell you how to go about it for maximum success.
A Hub is Not a Blog
The first thing to point out is that HubPages is not a blogging website.
You will have to change your normal writing format a bit for HubPages but it shouldn't be much of a leap if you've been blogging for a while.
HubPages is essentially an article writing site and your articles can be on whatever subject you choose to write on.
Two important things to remember are:
1. Each hub or article you write is a stand alone web page. Think of it like a magazine article.
2. It should be the most comprehensive page on the web for that topic.
The beauty of HubPages is that you can mix and match topics. One day you can write about the best days out in your town. The next you can share a homemade recipe. The topic possibilities are endless.
A Guide to HubPages for Bloggers
If you've been blogging a while you'll probably know a lot of the following information but even so it's a good refresher.
In addition, some aspects of writing on Hubpages are different to writing for a blog so it's important you know about them.
Making a long term passive income with HubPages requires a bit of learning.
So where should you actually start?
Here are the things I believe are most important for success on HubPages.
It All Starts with Content
Content simply means the written text in your article. Below you can read all about how to get ideas for what to write on, how much to write and how to write a quality hub.
You need to choose evergreen topics for your hubs.
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 pack for a holiday with a baby is an evergreen topic - people will want to know how to do that for years to come.
Topics to Write About Could Include:
- Skills you've learnt in your day job and jobs you've held in the past
- Special interests you have and hobbies
- Topics you've researched previously for other reasons
- Places you've lived in or holidayed in
- Health problems you or someone you know has had
- Problems or issues that you have overcome
- Products you use and could write a useful review on
Choosing What Topics to Write About
To start with I'd say choose what most interests and excites you! Learn your craft and develop your voice through these first few articles.
Then once you've learnt all about keyword research, look back over your list of ideas and find out which subjects and subtopics have the most value and the least competition or in other words - find your niche or niches.
There's no need to stick to one topic unless you really want to. In fact, I'd suggest trying out quite a few topics - you may be surprised at what does well and what doesn't.
How to Create the Perfect HubPage
The guidelines for the perfect HubPage have changed little over the last 10 years. The main things to keep in mind are to keep quality high and make sure the article is comprehensive.
Here are a few other guidelines:
- Create the best web page on the topic
- Write a minimum of 1500 words
- Add a video if it will help your reader
- Add at a couple of high quality images
- Create a Pinterest Image
- Add links to high quality sources
- Short, clear sentences
- Plenty of subheadings
- Bulleted lists for skim readers
- Create a page where the information flows logically
This is what I began with and it's what I have attempted to stick with. The areas on this list of prerequisites that I have stuck with are to: try and write the definitive guide on the particular area I am writing on. I always try to add at least 2 highly relevant links and I make sure that my page structure is pleasing to the eye and easily readable.
An area I have not been 100% strict with is word count.
While most of my hubs are well over 1500 words, some are shorter. I still make sure I write a very minimum of 800 words though. This gives search engines enough content to crawl through and enough for readers to feel you are giving them something valuable.
Keywords and Long Tail Keyphrases
Earning a passive income on HubPages hinges on you understanding keywords and keyphrases. You need to know how to find them and then how to use them effectively.
Without understanding this fundamental area of knowledge your pages may struggle to draw search engine traffic. If you don't get visitors from search engines such as Google you will not get revenue from the ads on your pages 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 planner is the most popular free keyword 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.
Make Your URL Search Friendly
A URL is a web pages' address. Each web page 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
You Can't Escape it - SEO is Important
As a blogger you will have come across the term SEO (search engine optimization). As the phrase suggests, search engine optimization is about making sure that your pages are search engine friendly.
When search engine bots search through web pages, 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 (SERP's).
To make sure your pages do well in search they need to be search engine friendly.
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.
The main affiliate program used on Hubpages is Amazon which is part of Hubpages Earning Program.
You can also sign up for other affiliate programs outside of HubPages and add them to your articles but unless you already have experience with affiliates I would strongly suggest waiting before you do this.
Hubpages is very stringent about the use of affiliate links (including amazon links) so make sure you acquaint yourself with the rules before putting them in.
Not all affiliate networks are allowed here and there is not a definitive list of what is and isn't allowed so you will have to use trial and error to discover which ones are permissible.
To earn income from your hubs you need traffic. 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 within the HubPages community, it is not an essential requirement of earning a passive income 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 my previous tips.
Social Media Marketing
Marketing on social media is not a prerequisite for doing well on HubPages (I rarely market my hubs on social media). But if you're already proficient with Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and have readers who may be interested in your hubs, then you may as well share your work with them.
Once you've decided to make a go of writing online it won't be long before you hear about backlinks.
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.
While HubPages provides hub statistics such as numbers of page views and numbers of comments 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.
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 supplement your blogging income and start making a passive income on HubPages.
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