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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.


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.


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

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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      TattoGuy 7 years ago

      Rated up and great advice plus amazing figures for only 28 Hubs, well done !

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      Susana S 7 years ago

      Thanks TatooGuy and Hello :) I don't think we've met yet, so it's nice to meet you and I'll go check out your hubs! Thanks for bookmarking :)

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      TattoGuy 7 years ago

      We have met, I was BadCompany ; )

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      Andrea 7 years ago from Italy

      Great article Susana. I'm like you, not as successful though :), but I like too to go for quality instead of quantity. In my newbie opinion someone has good quality when the ratio between hubs and followers is around 10 followers per each hub, so someone with 300 hubs should have at least 3000 followers. Yours is bigger than that.

      Great hub, rated up, bookmarked and now I'll check back my hubs and try to make them better. Thanks.

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      Patti Ann 7 years ago from Florida

      Excellent information - I am curious why you say to put your Amazon ads under the text instead of to the right.

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      Andrea 7 years ago from Italy

      Ops I forgot a piece: I meant good quality from around 5xhubs and great quality around 10xhubs. I'm still below that but working on it. :)

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Wow. This is one of the best hubs I've ever read on making money at HubPages--I suspect they'll be more to come. You did a fantastic job of introducing HubPages to newbies and then teaching them about the various terminologies prevalent in online writing. Fantastic work! Bookmarked!

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      SEO Expert Kerala 7 years ago from KERALA

      Great work ,Susana S

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      Susana S 7 years ago

      Hey BC:) I was just thinking to myself the other day about where you had got to. I always enjoyed your humour in the forums, so it's great to see that you're still here :)

      Hi Hypnodude - glad to hear you're a quality guy! I like your theory about the ratio of followers to hubs too :) Glad you enjoyed the hub.

      Patti-Ann - hiya :) The amazon capsules are more visible underneath text, than to the right. In my experience people tend to ignore them in when they're on the right. I've been experimenting with amazon capsules and also looking at the work of Nelle Hoxie who does brilliantly with amazon. The capsules definitely get more sales when they are in the readers face!

      Hey Dohn - really nice to see you :) And thanks for the praise - it is much appreciated. I couldn't believe it when I checked the word count on this hub - it's over 3000 words! But newbies so much to learn about.

      Hi SEO Expert - thanks for stopping by :)

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      There is so much information that I have to keep going back and back. I love writing for hub but I don't seem to get the full benefit. Thank you for your hub and will learn and improve.

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      My SciFi Life 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you very much for the extremely useful information and links. As a new "hubber" I'm definitely still learning the ropes and hope to follow in your footsteps with regards to Quality over Quantity. Of course I'd also love to follow in your footsteps with regards to income! :)

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      Laurel Rogers 7 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      This is fantastic, and bookmarked. Thank you, Susana for all of this pertinent information.

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      Susana S 7 years ago

      Hello Hello - Hi Hi! This hub is a lot longer than I expected so sorry about that, lol :) I hope this hub does help you make the most of your hubbing!

      Hi MySciFi Life - great nickname! Just follow the rules of writing for the internet and you will just takes a little longer than we would wish for! Good luck with your writing :)

      Thanks lorlie - you're very welcome indeed. It makes my day when someone finds something I write useful to them. So along with all the other hubbers who have left comments included too, thanks for making my day :)

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      uliveulearn 7 years ago from Canada

      Thorough, informative and a must to bookmark as a valuable resource as I have with a few of your other hubs. With such impressive results and experience in the online writing area, you are certainly one to learn from. Thanks again.

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      Madison 7 years ago from NYC

      Susana, Thank you for a very informative hub. One that I will read several times in the next few days a definite rate up and bookmark!

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      happyflower 7 years ago from London, UK

      Excellent information. Have rated this up. Thanks for writing clearly and concisely. One question regarding social bookmarking - does this still count as a backlink?


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      derekmaxmarketing 7 years ago

      Hi, Susana! I am so grateful for having come across this article. I too will bookmark it and use as a reference tool.

      I have been writing with hub pages for a while now, but not experiencing any great positive feedback socially or financially.

      Because of your valuable article, I will now have to go back and do some editing and tweaking with my existing hubs. I may have quite a bit of work ahead of me.

      feel free to view some of my articles and maybe you could give me some suggestions. I would really, really, really appreciate it!!

      Thanks for such a refreshing article, Susana!! Best Regards.

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      Susana S 7 years ago

      Hi uliveulearn - thanks for bookmarking :) I wouldn't say my results where that impressive, lol, but I think once you've got the basics right you can take it as far as you want to. I'm aiming for a hub a day this year.

      Madison - thanks for your comment :) Nice to know this hub will be of help to you.

      HappyFlower - What a great name you have:) Most of the links you place on social bookmarking sites are "No Follow", so no you don't get a backlink. But you may get some traffic from them if you have a big list of friends or followers.

      I would recommend joining content sharing websites as the links from those are nearly all "DoFollow" and you'll get visitors from them as well. I wrote a hub about them here:

      Getting backlinks is important but I'm going to keep banging on about this: Do your keyword research first and optimize you pages for your specific keyphrases, then think about backlinks afterwards!

      Hey Derek - thanks for your very positive comment :) It is hard work for sure!

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Nice hub. Can I ask something stupid? Just to be clear... what is the difference between tags and keywords, or are they the same?

      When you put a keyword or phrase in the boxes before you create the URL, does hubpages turn them into tags or do you have to do that somewhere else, for which I have yet to find?

      Thanks x

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      Susana S 7 years ago

      Hi Shazwellyn - it's not a stupid question at all! I didn't get it for ages....Are tags and keywords the same? Sort of, yes and no. The best explanation I've seen is the hub I ointed out by johnr54. You can also do a bit of research on one of your own hubs to learn about tags. Click on the tags one by one - if you have a pagerank tool installed on your toolbar, you'll be able to see if your hubs are on any of the tag pages with high PR. This is ideally what you want to achieve.

      Hubpages gives you tag suggestions, but does create them automatically. On the right side of each hub you will see a tag section, where you can add or remove tags.

      Thanks for stopping by :)

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      Amez 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Susana S. I'm just thrilled from reading your Hub, Great Stuff, It will take about 3 days to make notes and exsorb it all, I'm like a kid in a candy store here. Ha! I have 25 questions already, but after I go through all the links, I will be knocking on your other hubs. I loved the one about cookies for all the browsers. Lord knows how I could use a few extra bucks, because I'm on social Security, but I only have 10 Hubs, with 500 hits, and your Achievement scale says I'm along way from really worrying about profit,as you pointed out, quality and subject matter first, earn my status. $'s will follow, thank so much for this Hub. ED

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      Susana S 7 years ago

      There is so much to learn isn't there? Just go step by step and you'll get there :) I'll look forward to your 25 questions, lol ;)

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      Yuwanda Black 7 years ago

      One of the best beginner tutorials on SEO and using it to make money online I've ever read. And, as an SEO copywriter, I've written (and read) a lot of them.


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      Susana S 7 years ago

      That's a great compliment Yuwanda - thank you very much :)I'm going to go and read some of your stuff now!

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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks for putting this excellent Hub together. I will definitely come back to it as I'm very much still learning about all this. Have bookmarked it.

      Love and peace


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      Susana S 7 years ago

      Hi Tony - I enjoyed creating it and I'm glad you've found it helpful :) Thanks for the bookmark :)

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      John Dove 7 years ago

      Hi Susanna S:

      I like you down-to-basics style of writing. I will definitely read more or your hubs. Thanks!!

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      treasuresyw 7 years ago from Savannah, GA

      This was excellent. It was very informative and I enjoyed reading it. I doesn't take much for me to become bored with technicalities. Thank you. Peace

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      lifeboost 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Excellent Hub, Susana! Thank you so much for this - what a Fabulous resource! I have a few hubs I created long time ago, but haven't done much with them. This has definitely inspired me to go back and improve them, as well as to create new ones using your advice and suggestions from the start :) Thanks so much again. Have rated it up of course! :) x

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      lifeboost 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Forgot to say... I do have a question for you - Is there an alternative one can use, to Adsense? Thanks v much in advance. x

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      Susana S 7 years ago

      Hi John - I'm glad you like my style :)

      @ treasure - Happy you didn't get bored it is pretty long, lol! Peace to you to my friend.

      Lifeboost - I'm looking forward to reading your new hubs! There is no alternative to adsense on hubpages, although you can still monetize your hubs with kontera or amazon or other affiliate products. If you are asking because you have other websites/blogs then there are plenty of alternatives. Here's a list:

      Good luck!

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      bgigstead 7 years ago

      Alot of good information, Thanks for the advice.

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      hubpageswriter 7 years ago

      Very detailed and great information

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      vickypenman1 7 years ago from Scotland

      this is very helpful, i have written 5 hubs in 5 days but the quality isn't good enough, i am going to add to them, do you know if recipes do any good on here?? thanx for the great hub x

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      Mr Nice 7 years ago from North America

      Hi Susana,

      I wish I knew all this two years ago but it's still not too late. Thanks for a very comprehensive info on this topic.

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      Susana S 7 years ago

      @ bgigstead and hubpageswriter - you're welcome :)

      @ vicky - thanks :) I haven't posted any recipes myself but I know that Patty Inglish does. Maybe it's worth asking her how they do ?

      @ Mr Nice - no never too late. I keep thinking that I should take the time to properly optimize my website's pages since I've learnt so much since I wrote them, but I never seem to get round to it, lol. But like you say it's never too late!

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      Mr Nice 7 years ago from North America

      Thanks for the quick response Susana. You mentioned Ebay (no longer accepting hubbers)since when and how about the hubbers already belong to the ebay network affiliate?

      I get lots of clicks on ebay links but don't see any $$$ in my ebay affiliate account?

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      heather56 7 years ago

      Great article and information. I will be back to re-read as there is so much for me to learn. Thanks!

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      Susana S 7 years ago

      Hi Heather - thanks and glad you found lots of good info :)

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      antonrosa 7 years ago from USA

      Interesting stuff here and a good read!

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      Susana S 7 years ago

      Backing up, lol :) Mr Nice - I can't tell you since when Ebay stopped acepting hubbers, here's the notice on the HP help page:

      Hubbers that already have an EPN account can still use it on Hubpages. Hubbers that have their own website may get accepted. If they do they can use their affiliate ID here as well.

      Sorry I can't help answer your question on clicks and income on ebay - I've never had an account with them so I don't know how it works. Might be worth asking in the forums or sending Ebay an email.

      @ antonrosa - thanks for stopping by and reasing :)

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      earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Another great hub. Thank you.

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      Susana S 7 years ago

      Thanks earnest :)

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      Hubs Directory 7 years ago

      Awesome hub! Thanks... I'm a fan :)

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      Katarina2 7 years ago

      Thank you for your informative article - there's so much to learn!! :-)

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      Yuvraj The Prince 7 years ago

      thank for so informative article..

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      ronmat 7 years ago

      Very informative yet simple hub. Thanks for the advice. I particularly found the info on placing Amazon ads below texts quite useful. Thanks again.

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      Jim Strutzin 7 years ago

      Awesome information and answering of questions. As a SEO writer, I can say that these are all great tips for making money on basically any site that revolves around writing.

      Well done

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Wow that took some writing, I have been here two and earning a little but this is really great. And thanks for the bit about page rank and serps I understand a bit more now .....I think... haha. Great hub bookmarked too

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      Susana S 7 years ago

      Thanks guys and gals :) I really appreciate your comments on my humble hub.

      @Eileen - good luck with increasing your income here!

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      stars439 7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Wonderful Hub. Informative.

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      bryanmccarty 7 years ago

      Excellent information for me because I am starting to try to make money on hubs myself. Thanks!

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      DanPowers 7 years ago from Tokyo

      One of the best hubs I've seen on this topic, thanks!

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      Obscurely Diverse 7 years ago from Tennessee, U.S., Earth, Milky Way via Cosmos

      As far as HubPages is concerned, my favorite sentence you wrote is: "I've gone for the quality route on hubpages, rather than quantity."

      Now, if only some of these spammy looking how-to articles would diminish from HubPages, I'd thank you even more. I'm still waiting on some of these supposed "elite" writers to do a hub on how to tie your shoes boring & lame. As I've noticed, AdSense can also make some people lose sense.

      Anyway, keep up the good work.

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      Susana S 7 years ago

      Hi Obscurely Diverse....don't think we've met - so hello :) Unfortunately there is more and more shite to be found on hubpages - we are all tasked with reporting it and getting it removed. So if you do see any hubs in this category don't think twice about reporting them!

      Funny that you talk about the "elite" status given to some hubbers. I was given it and then told them I didn't want it! So no "E" for me, lol ;) But to be honest if "how to tie your shoes properly" was a much searched keyphrase and had no competition I might be tempted to write on it, lol.

      The hub I get most traffic from (about 500-700 views a day) was an idea from hubpages ideabank - how to descibe yourself. I am an adsense whore and proud, lol!

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      Obscurely Diverse 7 years ago from Tennessee, U.S., Earth, Milky Way via Cosmos

      Don't think we've met? Aren't you the "AdSense whore" that once posted a comment & left links all up on my post:


      At least you're proud and funny, too...ha-ha!

      Okay, snap out of it and go do that page on how to tie my shoes...I'm lost and need help, direction and guidance upon thee or me...for my laces can't support the complex entanglement without you.

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      Susana S 7 years ago

      OK, my apologies - we have met! And I loved your hub! I read A LOT of hubs. I will not forget you now :)

      If I haven't fanned you I will now!

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      I found this article to be very, very helpful, so much so that I will print it out and study it, and bookmark it. I initially began my writing venture on HubPages to make money, but when I found out how hard it was I was hooked on writing, so I just decided to write for fun. However, I'm back to trying to earn money, so I definitely need articles such as these. This is actually the manual that I need to learn how to earn money. So thanks for the hard work you put into it.

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      I've read on this subject extensively, and I don't think anyone has done a better job of it than you have! Absolutely brilliant stuff... thorough to the last detail....well explained and loaded with great information! Thank you! :)

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      Susana S 7 years ago

      Many thanks myownworld :) And for becoming a fan...I will get on with reading some of your hubs too :)

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      Joann Marotta Nellis 7 years ago from New York City

      thank you for publishing this hub. I have been a hubber for 5 months now and have not seen any financial windfall. Google adsense reports that my account is still pending. I would love to be able to earn money writing hubs. I will be referring to your hub for guidance. If there is anything you can suggest to help me speed up the process, I would so appreciate it. Great Hub, will keep reading whatever you have out there!

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      mc5247 7 years ago from Kirkland

      good job

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      Wayne Tully 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Great article/hubpage Susan!

      Every now and then I write a quality article that is nearly 2000 words, but I've been concentrating on my evergreen how to draw hubpages and then some product hubpages to slip in between them.

      It's great that you are writing good quality hubpage support hubs for new and even seasoned hubbers too!

      Cheers Now and great page view numbers too in the time frame you've been here!!

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      suziecat7 7 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Wow - you give me hope. Thanks and congratulations on your success.

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      liswilliams 7 years ago from South Africa

      thanks so much, yet another excellent hub, thanks for all the advice, and not anything you have sucked out of your thumb! Keep well

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      Susana S 7 years ago

      Thanks bizimomof3, mc5247, suziecat7 and liswilliams :))

      Waynet - thanks for stopping by and leaving such a positive comment :) I really enjoy writing hubs for hubbers!

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      Cathi Sutton 7 years ago

      Thanks very much. I have bookmarked this, and will study each step! I found you via Quicksand, and am so glad to be pointed in this direction! I have been stumbling along for 7 months now! And how generous of you to offer this detailed help and information! Again... thank you so much!

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      Susana S 7 years ago

      Hi Cathi - Glad it's helpful to you :) Do you mind me asking - what's quicksand?

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      JenDobson27 7 years ago

      Wow, you really out did yourself on this one! Great information, you definitely know what you are talking about.

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      Susana S 7 years ago

      Thanks Jen, I appreciate your comment and I'm glad my hub was helpful to you :)

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      daisyjae 7 years ago from Canada

      I found this hub to be very helpful. There is a lot if info here so I'm sure i will come back to it again and again. And I will recommend it to others.

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      pmccray 7 years ago from Utah

      Bookmarked...thanks so much for being kind enough to share your knowledge.

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      hubranger 7 years ago from Yorkshire, UK

      That's really quite interesting. Having only just started on here a couple of weeks ago there's a lot to get stuck into. Thanks for that.

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      princess g 7 years ago

      This is one of the most helpfu articles I've read on Hubpages.Excellent.

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      Susana S 7 years ago

      Hi daisyjae, pmccray, hubranger and princess g :) I'm really glad you've found my article on making money on hubpages helpful. I know it's a bit long, but if you go step by step there's no reason not to be successful here. Good luck!

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      Anthony Goodley 7 years ago from Sheridan, WY

      Thanks for this great getting started resource hub. It is one of the best ones I have seen so far. There is so much to digest here.

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      christian78 7 years ago

      very informitive hub. very much appreciated. I am new to the hub and decided to give it a shot at my curiosity and passion for writing. If ya get a chance check out my first hub. any support and/or advice is much appreciated

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      Janice S 7 years ago

      I just joined Hubpages a few days ago and I've finished a couple hubs, but I wanted to figure out how to promote them and how to start making money. You have so much great information here....I'll be referring to it again and again. Congrats on your success!

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      Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

      I have read many other hubs on this topic and yours is right up there as one of the best of the best. Very well done, and worth passing on (which I will be doing in one second).

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      Susana S 7 years ago

      Thanks Duchess :) Hope you're able to take enough from it to make money on HubPages too.

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      Annie May 7 years ago

      brilliant hub - took me days to read. Now I'm going to go back and put right everything I've done wrong.

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      Arietha 7 years ago from Netherlands

      Great and usefull hub. New here on Hubpages so this one's right up my alley ! Thanks Susana for sharing.

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      L M Reid 7 years ago from Ireland

      Thanks for all the information here. Will certainly help me. Have bookmarked it too. Only here a week but really enjoying getting to know all of the writing community here.

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      Susana S 7 years ago

      Hi Viking - welcome to HubPages :) And glad you found my hub useful.

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 7 years ago from United States

      This is very informative and thank you so much for your help. I'm just finishing my first month this week, and I've made ten bucks. I'm enjoying myself so much, I would love to find out how to make money doing this!

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      Susana S 7 years ago

      Hi Angela - 10 bucks in a month is very good so you must be doing something right! Many don't make that much in 6 months. I'm taking the 60 day money making challenge on HubPages, so you may want to follow my progress and see how it turns out (then replicate!).

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      George Poe 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Very nice Hub. Keep 'em coming!

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      Susana S 7 years ago

      Thanks Neil - I will!

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      Enlydia Listener 7 years ago from trailer in the country

      thankyou Susan...this was just the site I was looking for....I may have questions later...still absorbing

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      Susana S 7 years ago

      Hi Enlydia - feel free to ask any questions about making money here and I'll do my best to answer. I'll probably have a lot more to share once I've finished the 60 Day challenge!

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      pakpub 7 years ago from Ohio

      You have provided a lot of valuable information on this hub and I thank you for it.

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      Susana S 7 years ago

      You're welcome :)

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      Dobson 7 years ago from Virginia

      You have done a brilliant job loading up a hub with important information for all of us to use in bettering our Hub Pages experience. Very nice work!

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      Susana S 7 years ago

      Thanks Dobson - I wish you every success here and hope you make some money!

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      Juliet Christie Murray 7 years ago from Sandy Bay Jamaica

      This is a well thought out piece of work that contains lots of valuable information on how to make money on the internet.Thank you.

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      Susana S 7 years ago

      Hi Juliet - Thanks for visiting me and I'm glad to hear it's valuable :)

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      Dave Sibole 7 years ago from Leesburg, Oh

      Rated it up. Glad I ran across it early in my reading. I have it bookmarked and plan to read it often.

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      Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Very informative. I have much to learn. Your knowledge and experience has provide credibility that obviously serves you well.

      Keep sharing. Build upon your acquired new knowledge and extend through and beyond... unlimited horizons... A retired educator.

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      Spindle 7 years ago from Surrey

      Been reading through a lot of your hubs at the moment as have just started with hubbing (signed up a while back, but only now starting to write!!) anyhow, this was a great start for me to get going, so thank you!!

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 7 years ago from United States

      Great Hub! I'm actually going to link from my hubpage to this one. I think it will be a good one for people to find who are serious about making money.

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      Dobson 7 years ago from Virginia

      This is yet another good reference hub! Thanks for sharing your expertise in such an informative fashion.

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      ceholmes 7 years ago from Chicago

      VERY WELL DONE! excellent job. I have been hubbing on and off for a year and I learn something new everytime I log on. This is very helpful, great job :)

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      ProjectsConsult 7 years ago from World Wide Web

      You mentioned that I would have to provide Google with my tax info. Does that mean that one has to be in the US to sign up for Adsense?

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      Susana S 7 years ago

      Hi ProjectsConsult - No you don't have to be a US resident to sign up for adsense. I can't remember the process since it's a long while since I signed up, but if you follow the instructions in the HubPages Help section you should be fine.

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      Baileybear 7 years ago

      wow, you really know your stuff - great that experienced writers are helping newbies like me

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      Susana S 7 years ago

      Hi Baileybear - thanks for stopping by and you're very welcome :)

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      Susannah Birch 7 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia

      Great article! I was browsing HP looking for a link to give to someone new on the forums that explains it all in simple terms... Am adding this to faves. =D

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      travelespresso 7 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      Great article Susana. WryLilt bought it to my attention in the forums so I came on over to check it out. Its fantastic and every new hubber should read it - especially those who are very unfamiliar with the buzz words of internet marketing.

      I'm still unclear about what long tail key phrases are. Do they have several key words in them? Do you use the whole phrase when using Keywords search tool?

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      Susana S 7 years ago

      Thanks WryLit - glad it was useful to you :)

      Hi travelespresso - a long tail keyphrase is any search term with 3 or more words. The best way to get your head around it is to think about the type of searches YOU put in the google search box. If you were looking for info on making money from home for instance, you might type in "home work opportunities", "work from home jobs" or something along those lines. They are long tail keyphrases.

      To find out the monthly search volume for the exact phrase in google's keyword tool (the older version) type in the exact phrase, uncheck the use synomyns box, click on get keyword ideas, then on the right of the screen it says "match type". It's default setting is broad - change it to exact. You'll then get the number of how many people are typing in the exact term per month in that word order.

      I hope that makes sense!

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      Deni Edwards 7 years ago from california

      Great hub. Thanks.

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      Michelle Scoggins 7 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Great hub, I think I may be on my way as everything has became a whole lot clearer as my direction in writing. I see now that I have some more work to do and time to help me on my way. I think I am doing pretty well scoring a 74 in a week (I hope that is good). Thanks again for your guidance. I will see other hubs of your when I am ready for more information overload.

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      jaymelee23 7 years ago from United States

      Thank you so much.. I needed this!

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      Hiz 7 years ago

      I like it! It's very helpful but you need to make it shorter/snappier at the beginning. Plus the Johnr54 link is just to his profile and not the article itself.

      And the articles, do they all have to be about the same thing or can it be one day about elephants and the next day about pizza?

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      Eric 6 years ago from Illinois

      Very nice Hub, this was very helpful as i am trying to gather all the information to have a successful following to earn an income of any size and then take my following to my own website as well that i will be setting up soon.

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      flowerpick 6 years ago from PHILIPPINES

      i want to become your little baby in hub making and earning money for living. thanks for the info..

      wishing you well!

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      Cathy Nerujen 6 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

      I will have to bookmark this, there is so much information here. This beats the crap out of buying a book. You are ACE! Just brilliant as a Hub.

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      Deidre Shelden 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      Been working through your helpful guidelines. Question: Shouldn't after 4 weeks on HubPages at least 1 cents appeared in my AdSense account? I'm wondering how to verify I've got everything set up right with AdSense. Do you have any suggestions?

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      Priyanka Biswas 6 years ago from USA

      Hi Susana, great hub for a newcomer to HubPages like has all the information that a newcomer needs to start off with...I hope that I will be able to see some money through AdSense after following some tips...

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      lex123 6 years ago

      Thanks for the detailed information. It is a helpful hub for many new hubbers and the seasoned ones to improve further.

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      hubpageswriter 6 years ago

      This hub will give answers to those out there who thinks there can't be revenue made in Hubpages. Good hub and rated up.:)

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      Valeed 6 years ago from Pakistan

      Great hub!! i liked it very much and rated it :-)

      i need your suggestions susana .. do visit my hubs and do advice me on them :-)

      thanks for your lovely hub ...

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      LakeShow T 6 years ago

      Very "useful" Hub for newbies like myself. Thanks Susana! Well done.

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      Susana S 6 years ago

      You're welcome LakeShow - glad it was helpful :)

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      Very useful - I'm bookmarking this so I can come back and refresh, should I forget. Thanks for taking the time to explain this so well.

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      JulieBMack 6 years ago from Colorado

      Thanks Susanna - another great resource for new hubbers! I am following you now too! :)

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      Susana S 6 years ago

      Thanks Julie :)

      Butteristic - I haven't approved your comment because you put your email address in it and you could become a target for a lot of spam! It's not a good idea top put your email address so openly on the net.

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      Kavita Trivedi 6 years ago from London

      Thanks Susana

      I joined 10 months ago and i'm slowly earning those pounds! I often thought I was doing something wrong now I know what!

      Many Thanks - I am bookmarking this page :)

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      sklipstein 6 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

      I'm new to hubpages... I think I have a good start at around 89 visitors so far in the past three days.... I hope thats good anyways. But thank you, Im going to bookmark this and do this step by step!

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      Susana S 6 years ago

      Hi and Welcome Sklipstein :) That's good for 3 days, it's encouraging to see those page views climb for sure!

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      editorsupremo 6 years ago from London, England

      Great Hub. Although I knew about many of the topics you discussed it was nice to read a hub that reinforced that I was doing thing right.



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      sarin90 6 years ago from India

      Hi Susana...Im a beginner and this hub is much useful for me.

      Thank you.

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      nyc123 6 years ago from Houston, TX

      Hi, excellent information!! I enjoy the fact that you have outlined a multitude of different details that all, in some way or another, tie in together to define the overall concept on how successful money making efforts should be approached and practiced in the virtual, online world.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 6 years ago from Templeton, CA

      That's a lot to absorb in one sitting, even though most of it isn't new because I already have three web sites, three blogs, and 104 Squidoo lenses. I was reading especially to see how to promote some of my other affiliates on hub pages if they tie in closely with my Hub's content. Guess I'll have to keep looking for the answers to that, but the information you have shared is excellent, and I'll probably be back.

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      fresh2def05 6 years ago from Louisville, Ky

      This was an AMAZING hub. I could learn a lot from someone like you.

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      Tiza7 6 years ago from Texas

      I'm a new Hubber, just signed up today. I'm new at affiliate marketing too. I just recently started a blog. I'll have to save this article and review it. Wow, I have a lot to learn. It seems almost mindboggling to me. Then I'm wondering if I can promote my little blog here. That, I don't know yet.

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      Tiza7 6 years ago from Texas


      I hope that you hang around here every so often. I may have question, and you have wonderful information.

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      Susana S 6 years ago

      Welcome Tiza - ask away :)

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      Tiza7 6 years ago from Texas

      Well, when you get a chance, can you explain social bookmarking better, please? Maybe that's a good Hub to do. I'm lost on a lot of this stuff, and I don't know if I'm doing okay or not with my blog.


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      Susana S 6 years ago

      Hi Tiza - I don't do much in the way of social bookmarking. I find it pretty pointless because the visitors you get don't normally click ads or purchase products ie: it doesn't make money.

      Like I said in this article, the very first thing you need to learn and understand to make money from your content is keyword research. My advice would be to forget about anything else until you know how to do this effectively. Have a play with google's keyword tool and google wonderwheel and learn how to assess the publisher competition for a particular phrase, then you'll be good to go :)

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       6 years ago

      That's really good info, thanks for sharing.

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      devsir 6 years ago from Earth

      This is a very practical and step by step guide. I rate it up.

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      loka93210 6 years ago

      nice information, thanks a lot

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      affiliantes 6 years ago

      Great hub, very useful information, I get involved social sites. Studying them in their every aspect and activity of the SMO and SEM. Pleasure to be with you in the network . . .

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      affiliantes 6 years ago

      Not to forget, thank you for your very useful information that you share with us . . .

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      K.A.E Grove 6 years ago from Australia

      A great hub, thank you so much for the information will be back I am sure :)

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      Ann-Carole 6 years ago

      I am a newbie (yesterday) and found this really helpful thanx

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      Excellent hub! Looking forward to reading more from you.

      Thanks for sharing your knowledge. Rated up and awesome

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      GALAXY 59 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Wonderful hub, very useful and helpful.I've come across this just in time too, as I was on the verge of giving up here. I just don't seem to be able to get it right. I am going to re read this over and over again and follow your tips and advice. I spend so much time and effort making my hubs and yet almost no one reads them, hopefully with your help I might just get a bit of traffic and who knows even end up making some money!Voted up for being such a big help.

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      Don Ship 6 years ago

      This one is great! So very useful. Rated up! I'm sure this is going to help newbies like myself on here! I'm bookmarking this page! G'day! =)

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      jeke 6 years ago

      very great hub . thank u

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      DianaETX 6 years ago

      Thank you for the great content. Lots of information to read and ingest.

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      rihamah 6 years ago

      An excellent Hub. It is very informative and helpful and also very very well organized. Thanks for the excellent work and for sharing.

      I'm a new hubber, and as a newbie I was a bit lost. thanks a lot again.

      I've voted the hub up joined your followers and bookmarked this page.

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      Jason 6 years ago from Jamestown TN

      This is a really amazing article and I will surely come back to review it from time to time for the useful information you have shared with us all...Thank You

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      Mrs Campbell 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Lots of great stuff here. I haven't been writing much lately but I am planning on getting back into the swing in this new year.

      I like that you outline, realistically, how long it takes to see any 'real' money. I would say that $100 in 3-4 months is pretty real, especially for something that you love to do.

      I'm also impressed with the success stories and the amount of passive income - very encouraging.

      Do you use voice recognition software to write your articles (i.e. Dragon Naturally Speaking)?

      I will definitely be subscribing to your hubs - great stuff. Thanks.

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      sunnymarie 6 years ago

      Great info, nice hub. thanks for sharing.

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      tinisha12 6 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Awesome, great hub, actually its very impressive. Thank you for sharing. This is very helpful

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      Leah Whitehorse 6 years ago

      Thank you for this. Bookmarked and will be referred to regularly :-)

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      david stillwagon 6 years ago

      Terrific information and easy to follow


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      faith03 6 years ago

      Great information!! I am just starting out on hubpages and this hub has helped me understand a lot of the "lingo". I am hoping I can grasp all the info so I can start earning money!!

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      MithunBD 6 years ago from Bangladesh

      Nice tips for Make Money online

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      GamerKyleX 6 years ago

      Just what the Doctor Ordered! Yes, I 'm new here. Thanks for the info :)

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      cmaree 6 years ago

      Thanks, this is great advice.

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      EBAY_SOURCERER 6 years ago

      Most excellent article. I believe this to be a great landing page for anyone new to hubpages and looking for just how to work them to earn an income. Job well done!!

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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.

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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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      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:

      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:

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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

      You're welcome - Good luck with your endeavours!

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      cceerpp 6 years ago from Ghana

      This is a good piece. Thanks for sharing.

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      gajanis786 6 years ago

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

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      Hindol Adhya 6 years ago from Kolkata, India

      Very informative, \m/

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      Sam Little 6 years ago from Wheelwright KY

      Very informitive. I enjoyed reading this.

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      Maria Speight 6 years ago

      Lovely and very welcoming - thanks!

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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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      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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      Susana S 6 years ago

      Thanks saintodd - glad it was useful information for you!

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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

      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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      Bryce 6 years ago from Northern California Coast

      Thanks for the motivating information.

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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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      emilybee 6 years ago

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

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      Susana S 6 years ago

      @ chasemillis - you just need to add your analytics ID in at this page:

      It will then be put automatically into all your hubs.

      Not sure what you mean about the domains?

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      Mindy 6 years ago from Cottage Grove, Oregon

      Awesome Thank you!

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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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      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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      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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      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?


      - Duddy.

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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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      BabyCheetah 6 years ago from Melbourne

      This was very informative so thank you for sharing :)

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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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      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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      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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      ThunderKeys 6 years ago

      Thank you Susana S. Very transparent clear information.

      Do you do SEO work?

      - Duddy.

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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)


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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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      Babbling Diva 6 years ago from U.S.A

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

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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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      Avory Shell 6 years ago

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

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      sakesare 6 years ago

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

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      HERBCYCLOPEDIA 5 years ago

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

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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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      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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      Ruchi Urvashi 5 years ago from Singapore

      Great advice for beginners. Thanks.

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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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      smiileyfacexo 5 years ago from New Zealand

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

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      symphony64 5 years ago

      Very informative... Thank You

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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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      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

      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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      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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      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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      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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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

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

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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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      jiro 5 years ago from India

      a very great hub thanks for sharing

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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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      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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      TCurtis Moore 5 years ago

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

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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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      Susana S 5 years ago

      Good luck with achieving your goals!

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      Karre Schaefer 5 years ago from Eskridge, Kansas

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

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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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      chrisinhawaii 5 years ago 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!


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      JackyDragon 5 years ago

      So much to learn. So much valuable information. Thanks

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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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      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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      Kalux 4 years ago from Canada

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

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      MAGICFIVE 4 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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      His princesz 4 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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      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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      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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      apimentel33 4 years ago

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

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      Sadika Alloush 4 years ago from Baja, California


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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

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

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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

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

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      Audrey Selig 3 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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      Ritesh Nishar 3 years ago

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

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      LWhip 3 years ago

      Helpful tips thanks Susana.

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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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      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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      bawiggins 3 years ago

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

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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 I guess I missed all the fun here. voted up!

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      Susana S 3 years ago

      Welcome back phoebe :)

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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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      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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      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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      mslenai 2 years ago

      Very very helpful! Thanks.

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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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      passionatelearnr 18 months ago

      I have learned a lot.

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      Joyette Fabien 15 months ago from Dominica

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

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