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How to Make Money on HubPages - Step by Step

Updated on February 23, 2015

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There are so many new writers on HubPages looking to start making money online that I've decided to write a series of hubs on "How to Make Money on HubPages" for new hubbers.

If you are not already a member of HubPages you can SIGN UP HERE.

First off - Welcome! HubPages has a strong and vibrant community of writers that are genuinely willing to help and support each other. Personally, I love to help new hubbers and so you'll often find me answering questions in the Questions and Answers section or in the Need Help Forum and also welcoming those who are new to the HubPages writing arena.

Help!

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 and the ones to follow, 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.

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Advantages of Writing on HubPages

  • Adverts on your Hubs are optimized for maximum Click Through Rate (CTR) by YieldBuild.
  • 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.

Other HubPages Terms

Hubber - A member of hubpages

HubNugget - An internal hubpages competition to find the best hubs from new writers. To be eligible to be a HubNugget, you must have joined HubPages within the last 60 days. You must also have an author score of 75 or higher.

HubChallenge - Could you write 30 Hubs in 30 Days? If you think you can write 30 quality articles in a month - start now!

Understanding Online Gobbledygook

If you've already checked out the forums, you'll probably have seen threads on topics such as:

  • Backlinking
  • SEO
  • Meta-tags
  • Search Engine Marketing
  • Keywords
  • Long Tail Keyphrases
  • Serps
  • Tags
  • Affiliate Programs
  • Pagerank
  • 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.

Baby Steps Lead to Big Strides
Baby Steps Lead to Big Strides

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.

As time goes by, and I write more hubs for the series of how to make money on HubPages, I will post links to those articles here, next to their corresponding subtitles.

Interact - Tell Me What You Want to Know

If there's a term you need explaining, leave a comment in the box at the bottom or drop me an email. I'll add explanations of terms you suggest to this hub as they arise.

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.

2. URL's

A Url is a web pages' address. Each webpage has it's own url or address, just like houses in a street. Many new hubbers ask what URL they need to give to adsense and amazon as their web address. Well unless you have other websites or blogs the url you need to give is your HubPages profile url. To get this cick on the "my profile" tab at the top of the page and look in your browser bar. The url will look like this http://hubpages.com/profile/your+user+name

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

3. Content

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 - Evergreen Content

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. If you're new to SEO then I recommend reading Peter Hoggan's Basic SEO Course.

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, Amazon and Ebay, which are now 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.

7. Traffic

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. Adsense Channels

Once you have been given your adsense ID by Google, have activated it in your "affiliate settings" in the "my account" section of HubPages, and have written one hub. It is time to learn how to create adsense channels to track each hubs' earnings. This is very important imformation because you will be able to see which hubs are earning you money and which aren't. This info can guide you on what to write more of and what to write less of.

9. 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.

10. 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.

- Backlinks - What is a Link Plus Types of Links Explained (NEW!)

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 - Top 25 Social Bookmarking Sites

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.

11. 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.

12. PageRank

I've explained this term before in other articles, so I will just do a quick explanation here. PageRank is a system google uses to assess the authority of individual webpages. It usually takes a long while to get a pagerank above 2 or 3 because one of the main factors in the pagerank algorithm is how long the page has been published on the web.

And finally....

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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      Joyette Fabien 17 months ago from Dominica

      Great Hub! Really useful information. I now need to go read your other hubs.

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      passionatelearnr 20 months ago

      I have learned a lot.

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      Chuck Fasst 2 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      I've been on Hubpages over a month and have posted 10 chapters of my book that is related to a movie that is making the rounds in theatres in the US now. I have earned ZERO so far. I have read the apology for the latest Panda reset by Google which seems to have screwed all of Hubpages in its entirety. So we will see.

      I am not surprised. As a You Tube partner I have seen this happen every year. I don't make half of what I made in 2012! And my content and views are way, WAY up. It is very clear in the charts. Something is going on. I think the riches are going to the top just the same as things are done in big business in this country. IMHO

      Oh, and you have a couple of typos in 1. and 2.

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      Mark Johann 2 years ago from Italy

      I got few tips from you though. I stopped writing when my interest to write just vanished without reason. Now, as I read your step by step for hubpages, I guess I have to write again more.

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      Megan Van Sipe 2 years ago from Michigan

      I've only just begun. Thank you for the tips and the inspiration!

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      Krzysztof Willman 2 years ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      Very useful hub with excellent explanation on each specific topic and category. Making $100 within four months of being on Hubpages does seem like a stretch, but I guess it is possible if you know what you're doing. I'll try to follow your advice and see for myself. Thank you voted up.

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      ArtDiva 2 years ago

      I'll be back again and again to totally grasp all of the information presented here. Many of the terms are familiar, but some never defined. A lot to learn. My goal has not necessarily been to earn money with HubPages because I have so few articles, and probably never many at any given time, but more to promote my art. Writing is not my end game, so to speak, and probably going at this all backward. A very helpful article. Thank you for sharing!

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      Grant Handford 2 years ago from Canada

      This is a solid informative hub. Also a classic EVERGREEN hub. Even though I have been here for years as well I enjoyed and learned a bit.

      Sharing tweeting etc etc :)

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      great tips, i must try using long tails keyword

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      mslenai 2 years ago

      Very very helpful! Thanks.

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      Ilsa Lamboy 2 years ago from US

      I just published my first hub page today, Hoorah! I am glad to have found your article, I have a lot of homeword to do. Up voted for sure.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Very interesting and helpful article. One point you may have to update though is that eBay are again accepting hubbers. Thanks for sharing our expertise.

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      abidareacode 3 years ago from Areacode , Kerala, India

      I am not a new comer but read this again as I took a long break from here.Thanks for this helpful article.

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      Susana S 3 years ago

      Welcome back phoebe :)

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      phoebe180 3 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you for sharing this. I started in HP last 2009. I haven't earned much like the over hubbers out there. I stopped writing and I just made a recent come back.lol. I guess I missed all the fun here. voted up!

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      bawiggins 3 years ago

      Thank you so much for sharing! I really enjoyed reading your hub!

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      Musu Bangura 3 years ago from Nation's Capital

      This is one of the best hub's I've read so far. As a newcomer this article was very encouraging for me! I added it to stumbleupon and voted up!

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      Susana S 3 years ago

      This is a bit out of date Lwhip. If you want any more up to date tips feel free to join me on facebook :)

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      LWhip 3 years ago

      Helpful tips thanks Susana.

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      Ritesh Nishar 3 years ago

      Thanks for these tips. Great hub. Keep up the good work.

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      Audrey Selig 4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Susana. Thanks for sharing your expertise with this hub. I know tags are out, but the rest of the material seems relevant. I have been on the site for three years and want to learn as much information as I can about SEO. I know you are one of the experts. Thanks again for sharing.

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      Sadika Alloush 4 years ago from Baja, California

      Lol, it is still very informative still! Thank you Susana

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      Susana S 4 years ago

      Hi Sadika - the tags are no longer. They were removed ages ago. This hubs needs updating!

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      Sadika Alloush 4 years ago from Baja, California

      Hi Susana could you tell me where I can find tags? thank you

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      Linda0011 4 years ago

      thank u very much Susana, I am finding like this post. thanx again its really very helpful for me.

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      Sadika Alloush 4 years ago from Baja, California

      awesome

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      apimentel33 4 years ago

      This is great...I really look forward to reading this in its entirety :)

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      Your Cousins 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Interesting and helpful Susana. It's very challenging but I'm remaining optimistic and will keep working toward my goal.

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      Suzy sparks 4 years ago

      So far I've read the first half of this article but I will keep coming back for more details as I continue building my hub page. Many thanks for 'translating' the tech savvy terms to clear and understandable information.

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      His princesz 5 years ago

      Hello Susana-s, can i ask a question? Are the tips of this hub still applicable today with the Google Panda and the Hubpage Ad Program? Thank u! Such an informative hub tips I've read so far... :)

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      MAGICFIVE 5 years ago from New York

      This is such a great article! Well written - easy to read - and packed full of info!

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      Kalux 5 years ago from Canada

      Great hub, full of useful information that every one of us can use. Thank you. :)

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      Willette 5 years ago from Michigan

      Well written hub Susana S. You have really added to my knowledge base. I will be following your advice. There is so much to learn here. Thanks so much!

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      gogogo 5 years ago

      This is very interesting, I have been writing for hubpages for 2 years, have about 100 followers, always score in the 80 - 90s and it took me 2 years to earn 56.00 what am I doing wrong

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      JackyDragon 5 years ago

      So much to learn. So much valuable information. Thanks

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      chrisinhawaii 5 years ago

      Um...best...hub...ever? Bookmarked! =)

      I dunno if you're still on here or check these comments, but THANK YOU for such an informative, detailed hub! Voted up useful awesome!

      Aloha!

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      laadhy 5 years ago from Maldives- The Paradise on Earth

      very interesting and very informative. I enjoyed reading your hub. Thanks for sharing you knowledge.

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      Karre Schaefer 5 years ago from Eskridge, Kansas

      I'm new to Hubpages. Great information. Thanks!

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      Susana S 5 years ago

      Good luck with achieving your goals!

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 5 years ago from Maine

      Very helpful information, thank you very much. There is so much to learn about writing online, but I am determined to master it.

      My time is limited as to how many hours I can write a week since I work full time as a registered nurse and operate a part-time home sewing business. My goal is to slowly transition from working full-time as a nurse to working full-time at home with my sewing business and writing. This hub will definitely help me with this transition. Vote up!

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      TCurtis Moore 5 years ago

      Very informative thanks for sharing your knowledge of the internet. Thanks.

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      ITISIS 5 years ago from In th'Clouds

      Two years out, & this hub content is still useful & relevant! This is a great hub!

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      Wied 5 years ago from Indonesia

      Thanks you for sharing this information. As a newbie, this is certainly a very useful information to note. I will be returning back for more informative writing... Thanks a lot!

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      jiro 5 years ago from India

      a very great hub thanks for sharing

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      snagerries 5 years ago from Singapore

      Fantastic piece of information shared. For me, the only way is google adsense through which I make some decent amount of money with my hubs. Voted up!! Cheerzz

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Susana, thanks for the great info. Very very useful article.

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      RustyRubySlippers 5 years ago from Mobile, AL

      Thank you for writing a comprehensive article ... I look forward to referring back to this and articles like it many times!

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      mrshoki 5 years ago from New Zealand

      I found this very informative and will be checking out more to help with my hub journey. Thank you so much!

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      Tams R 5 years ago from Missouri

      Wow! I've searched 100's of websites and found several articles that touched on the things you have here. I'm sure a few of them have great content but the issue they have and I have with them is, I can't stand to read their work. Thank you for an intelligible and well-written article.

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      Susana S 5 years ago

      You can write 100's of quality hubs but if no one is searching for those topics they won't get much traffic and therefore won't earn much. It's traffic that pays. The formula for earning online is well written, quality articles, on topics that have moderate to high search volume, in niches that aren't over-saturated.

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      smiileyfacexo 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Good question Ms Kejci! I didn't know that making $300 is possible in terms of traffic. I thought it was more on writing quantity and quality hubs. Thanks for that.

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      Susana S 5 years ago

      Hi MsKejci, you need to think in terms of traffic rather than number of hubs. To earn $300 on HP ads per month you'd need in the region of 3000 visitors per day. That's possible with any number of hubs.

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      symphony64 5 years ago

      Very informative... Thank You

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      smiileyfacexo 5 years ago from New Zealand

      I'll be taking your advice on board. It's excellent! =)

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      Dorothee-Gy 5 years ago from near Frankfurt/M., Germany

      Great hub and soooo many comments!!! It's all said. Thanks!

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      Peter Mesu 5 years ago from Ghana

      you make so many great points here that I read your article a couple of times. Your views are in accordance with my own for the most part. This is great content for your readers.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 5 years ago from USA

      I've been on HubPages 3 years and I still find this very helpful. It is good for both beginners and people who have been here a while. Thank you very much.

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      AndrewPhippen 5 years ago from Ontario Canada

      Thanks

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      Samoa6 5 years ago from San Diego

      Thanks so much for this super informative piece! I'll be returning again and again to check off each of your suggestions as I go through my hubs. Cheers!

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      MarleneWheeler 5 years ago

      Well thank you for making this transition a lot easier, I was always confused as to what order to do these steps in. It's a lot of work but at least I now have a guide to follow. Great Work!

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      Ruchi Urvashi 5 years ago from Singapore

      Great advice for beginners. Thanks.

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      AmyRainbow 5 years ago

      Awesome, I'll be coming back to this over and over again, great help, everything in one place, thanks for the tips!

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      lhale 5 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you. I am new to Hubpages, and have so much to learn! I have bookmarked this hub, because it all sounds good, but I can't absorb it all at once!

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      HERBCYCLOPEDIA 6 years ago

      If I may, how many articles did you had to write to get your first check?

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      sakesare 6 years ago

      A beautiful and comprehensive guide thanks for sharing....

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      Avory Shell 6 years ago

      This is BY FAR the most helpful hub I have ever read!

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      Farmer Ted 6 years ago from US

      THANKS for this hub. I've gotten more out of the hub experience because of those like you who help us newbies.

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      Babbling Diva 6 years ago from U.S.A

      This was well needed for everyone to read! Thanks Rated up!

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      Susana S 6 years ago

      Hubpages is a good platform if you don't want to get into developing your own website/s or want a starting point, but don't make the mistake I did and put all your eggs in one basket (especially one you have no control over). I used to make over $1000 per month here - since the Google changes (Panda) it's considerably less and now I'm working hard on building more of my own websites.

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      LifeAfter50 6 years ago

      Really like this Susana, very helpful. How do you rate Hubpages compared with your own site? (which I have just looked at and is coming along well)

      Roger

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      ThunderKeys 6 years ago

      Thank you Susana S. Very transparent clear information.

      Do you do SEO work?

      - Duddy.

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      Susana S 6 years ago

      Hi Duddy, I honestly think Market Samurai is worth the money. It has had some problems since Panda (which they are adapting to), but it just makes life much easier and quicker when you want to assess competing pages and check your own serps progress. Yes, all that can be done manually but it is time consuming.

      The keyword generator just uses google's keyword tool so I've never had a false positive as such. If you only search for broad match rather than exact match then you can get less accurate data about search volume.

      I haven't written anything for hubpages since Panda(my traffic is down from around 6,000 views per day to 2,000) but I am still using MS for keyword research on clients websites.

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      SydFletcher 6 years ago from Slovenia

      thanks a lot for this useful and very informal hub! I will really use some of your tips listed here with my hubs :)

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      ThunderKeys 6 years ago

      Susan. Any chance you can write a detailed Hub on Market Samurai? Is it really worth the money? What difference does it make right now in your page views after the panda Google changes? How often does it bring up false-positives/leads(a real problem these days)for strong SEO key words?

      Thank you again,

      - Duddy.

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      BabyCheetah 6 years ago from Melbourne

      This was very informative so thank you for sharing :)

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      Susana S 6 years ago

      Hi Duddy, Writing on one or two niches is good as you can build up an authority on a topic, both in the eyes of readers and search engines. Volume of page reads comes down to keyword research, no matter what the niche. Before you write a hub you need to find a phrase which matches what you want to write about, gets plenty of searches per month (over 3,000) and has low competition from other pages on the web.

      Also when writing in one niche pay extra attention to the tags you use. I recommend using 2 or 3 generic phrases on each hub within a niche e.g. parenting, childrens behavior; plus as many hub specific ones as the hubpages system will allow (around 20).

      Have fun!

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      ThunderKeys 6 years ago

      I'm a marriage counselor and behavioral parent train expert. Is it possible to build such a volume of page reads as yours with in these 2 writing niches, in contrast to someone who is more topic flexible? If so what are your suggestions for writing inside of my field of expertise?

      Gratefully,

      - Duddy.

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      konrel 6 years ago

      This is the most informative hub I have read. You answered every question in my mind on writing hubs.

      Thank you for your help.

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      Janoah 6 years ago

      hey Susana, I have just arrived and very new here. Its so overwhelming On first arrival I felt unsure of where to start.

      After reading your hub, giving step by step advice the mist is clearing, I feel more confident. Thank You.

      defo a vote up!

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      Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      Great hub and advice. Bookmarked and voted up

      Thank you!

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      Mindy 6 years ago from Cottage Grove, Oregon

      Awesome Thank you!

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      Susana S 6 years ago

      @ chasemillis - you just need to add your analytics ID in at this page: https://hubpages.com/my/earnings/affiliate/

      It will then be put automatically into all your hubs.

      Not sure what you mean about the domains?

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      emilybee 6 years ago

      Bookmarking this for future reference - thanks for the great info in this hub.

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      chasemillis 6 years ago

      Thank you for this it was extremely helpful!! The only question I have is about Google analytics. I have my tracking code, but how do I paste it onto my site? Do I have to put it onto all of my hubs or do I put it on just my main site..? And how many domains should I do it with?

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      Bryce 6 years ago from Northern California Coast

      Thanks for the motivating information.

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      Susana S 6 years ago

      I think interlinking pages is a good thing to do in moderation (the search engines like it a lot, which is why Hubpages encourages it) but I will always prioritise linking to my own pages first and foremost. Occasionally I will link to other people's hubs if I feel it will benefit the reader, though only to ones that are very relevant and are high quality. If I'm linking to someone else's hub I'll usually put my referral tracker in too.

      I certainly wouldn't recommend linking to someone else's hub in the first few paragraphs or in other words before the main ad blocks, as that could cause a loss of revenue.

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      The Red Baron 6 years ago from Australia

      Does using the ability that hubpages encourages you to use to link to other hubpages really benefit you or does it mostly just benefit hubpages? does 'hub karma' really make any difference at all? Or do you think its a bad idea because all it does is send people away from your own hubs.

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      Susana S 6 years ago

      Thanks saintodd - glad it was useful information for you!

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      saintodd 6 years ago from Suffolk, VA

      I appreciate the thought and time that went into this hub. At first I thought it was going to be a "skimming" hub that I would quickly read through and gain some relevant information on backlinks. I was pleasantly surprised that I found a "how to manual" on the whole spectrum of making money online. I book marked it and rated it up. I'll be reading the linked hubs and resources for days. Thanks for giving me a quality hub that has already challenged me. Well done.

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      Mark Reinert 6 years ago

      Thanks for such a comprehensive article. It's a great one for me to give a friend to help him explore if writing on Hubpages would work for him.

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      Maria Speight 6 years ago

      Lovely and very welcoming - thanks!

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      Sam Little 6 years ago from Wheelwright KY

      Very informitive. I enjoyed reading this.

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      Hindol Adhya 6 years ago from Kolkata, India

      Very informative, \m/

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      gajanis786 6 years ago

      Excellent hub.....all practical and useful tips.Thanks.

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      cceerpp 6 years ago from Ghana

      This is a good piece. Thanks for sharing.

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      Susana S 6 years ago

      You're welcome - Good luck with your endeavours!

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      PWalker281 6 years ago

      Thanks so much Susana. I will definitely heed your advice about formatting for Adsense, and I printed out your amazon affiliate program hub which I look forward to reading.

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      Susana S 6 years ago

      Hi PWalker - thanks :) No I never did get around to writing that hub. I've been experimenting with different layouts for adsense hubs and amazon hubs for a while now trying to see which provides the most revenue. For adsense I would advise a 250 word text box at the top, then a 100 word text box - this gives the format on this page - all the ads are in the top portion of the page: https://wehavekids.com/having-baby/how_to_know_pre

      Amazon/Ebay might be better laid out differently e.g. with an amazon capsule floated right on the first text box and highlighted blue. Not certain yet though.

      I don't have any secrets really - I like to share what I've learned. There's a few nuggets here if you fancy a read on my journey with amazon: https://hubpages.com/community/amazon-affiliate-pr...

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      PWalker281 6 years ago

      I' m a new follower as well. Great information here!

      I was wondering if you ever wrote the hub about how to format hubs which you mention in #6, Hub Layout, above. Needless to say, your hubs are beautifully formatted and I'd love to know some more of your secrets. Thanks!

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      You have just received another follower, ME.

      There is enough info. here in this one hub for me to chew on for days. I have bookmarked and plan to go through the rest of your hubs and links this weekend. I haven't made much money on hubpages yet, but only started making changes and writing more continuously for the past few weeks. So hopefully I will start seeing result in the next few months. Thanks so much.