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How to Make Money at Hubpages with Referral Trackers

Updated on January 17, 2013

Stumbling Around

Αs my 110th hub, I have decided to write something for my fellow hubbers.

I realize that I am still new and stumbling around this site, but I have a hunch that many of my fellow hubbers are still stumbling around too.

I sincerely hope that this hub is helpful for beginners, and possibly even seasoned hub writers.

If you are not a member of the Hubpages team yet click hubzz and sign up ASAP. This site is positively the best way to earn decent money quickly as an online writer, and generate traffic to your blog.


Don't Do All the Work Yourself

Things that are finally starting to sink in:

Remember the story of Scottish Immigrant Andrew Carnegie? Born into extreme poverty, he evolved into a multimillionaire, with a nickname of the "Steel King", yet he knew little about the manufacturing of steel. Instead he had hundreds of men working for him who were practically walking encyclopedias, and knew just about everything under the sun about the manufacturing of steel.

Imagine yourself as the Andrew Carnegie of Hubpages. Even if you are not a great writer, and you have no intention of writing a lot, you can still command a decent passive income, as long you have talent, as Carnegie had, working under you.

Its a numbers game. You will see many profiles here where someone signed up, and never published one hub. You will get some of those when you start using your tracker, but you will also have some stars drawing an impressive revenue.

If you have never used a referral tracker, now is the time to start benefiting from it, and receiving that AdSense Cheque a lot quicker.


FACT: You will earn 10% of ad impressions of those Hubs that are published by writers who signed under your referral tracker. That money is not taken out of the Hubber who signed up through you, it is a gift from Hubpages.

What is a Referral Tracker?

In case you are totally in the dark, here is a brief description of what I am talking about.

A referral is a code that is attached to an URL. I write it as simply as I can. For example, If I send you an e-mail that says, "join Hubpages by clicking hubzz." you will see that the word hubzz is a link to join Hubpages. It is also my tracker code, meaning that if a new signup clicks this link and joins as a writer, I will get 10% of the impressions that this newbie generates forever.

It is in our best interest to use those trackers a lot more than most of us probably are doing.

Create A Referral Tracker

  • From your account page, click EARNINGS. (You will find it towards the top right after the sequence, HUBS, Q&A, Profile, and then EARNINGS)
  • Then at the bottom of the box at the left side of the screen, click REFERRAL TRACKERS
  • You should see something like, 152rg7bg5qv0x. (yours will be a mix of different numbers & letters) This is the automatically generated code that Hubpages has made for you, and I strongly suggest you don't use it. My reasoning is that it looks strange, many people will be turned off by its appearance, and will not be interested in clicking on it.
  • You will see a box below this that reads "Create a New Tracker," Type in a word as short (at least 3 characters) as possible that can easily be placed within your hubs, or on your profile. My experience has been that short words have the most success. You may wish to create a few, and experiment. You are allowed 20, and if someone has already taken the the token you want, you must come up with another one. Each token must be unique to you.

How to Use a Referral Tracker

  • Instead of sending people a link of your Hub, send your tracker with it. They do not have to join to be profitable to you. Even if you send people a link of a friend's hub, you should be adding your tracker, rather than copying and pasting the URL.
  • Simply directing someone to the Hubpages Home Page with your tracker as I just have here, will earn you up to 30% of impressions.
  • Place your referral tracker in e-mails, on Facebook, and Twitter, whenever you post a link to your Hubs.

How to insert the Referral Tracker

After creating your tracker code, go to one of your Hubpages or your profile, and test it out. Since my tracker is hubzz, I will demonstrate with this code.

Hi-light the word and click the chain link as if you were going to create a back link. In the pop up box (where it says URL) type in, Its that simple. But please do not use the word hubzz unless you just love me to death, because I would be the one gaining from your referral. Place your tracker code right where I typed in yourcode. Let me spell things out for those of you who hate computer techie stuff, and are confused by dashes and underscores, ect. Type in not-, then type in a forward slash, like this /, followed by an underscore, _.

Some Hubpages have a "share' icon at the bottom. To insert your tracker, and place on Twitter, simply click SHARE, and then click the "Link to this page" icon that looks like a paper clip. You will see the URL with your tracking code already inserted, and you can see that it is inserted just where I was telling you to put your custom code, however there is more writing after it because it represents a specific Hubpage. Just remember that its the same routine as above, but you will need to place another forward slash after your code. In this case you can simply copy and paste that URL, or if you just want it to be shorter, go ahead and replace the generic code with your custom one.

It is wise not to relay on this feature, because with the recent changes to Hubpages, it seems that some Hub designs do not have the "share" feature, and you will have to do it manually as explained above.


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    • Dressage Husband profile image

      Stephen J Parkin 

      4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      I was looking for an explanation of the four columns on the referral tracker page I have 323 in the first and 2 signups, but the other two columns are empty. I am guessing here that I have sent people to visit pages on HP 323 times and 2 of them signed up as authors, but as yet they have no Hubs and no visitors to their pages. Is that a correct interpretation?

      I think other than an explanation on how earnings work from the referral tracker this was a great Hub.

    • Wednesday-Elf profile image


      4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I'm still trying to figure it out... LOL. It's the 'adding on' to the URL part I get confused with. I'm not very 'computer-savvy'. :)

    • Elani-Lee profile image


      5 years ago from Los Angeles

      This Hub was very useful. So were the comments! I would recommend adding your answer to Anna's question to the body of your Hub. I had the same question and searched through some other hubs, then finally went back to the comments for the answer.

      Great info though, thank you so much!

    • Ceres Schwarz profile image

      Ceres Schwarz 

      6 years ago

      Very useful hub. I understand referral trackers much better now. I agree with what you said about changing your referral tracker to something other than the default one. I just did so with mine because I realized that I myself wouldn't want to click on something with links that show a mixture of numbers and letters. There's just one part in your hub that confuses me. What do you mean by 'hi-light the word and click the chain link'? What word are you talking about and what is the chain link? I'm new here so I'm still learning about all these terms.

    • Anna Sternfeldt profile image

      Anna Sternfeldt 

      6 years ago from Svenljunga, Sweden

      Thanks for your quick respons Skarlet.

      It may work both ways :-)

    • Skarlet profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from California

      Thank you all for your comments. I am glad this hub was helpful to you.

      Anna Sternfeldt- The links will take you to the feed because you are a member. I am not sure about the /user/new/ thing. I have always done it just as described here, and it has worked like a charm.

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      Anna Sternfeldt 

      6 years ago from Svenljunga, Sweden

      Sorry, but I am not following this, the links you included above on clicking to be part of hubpages is just leading to "feed" , a forum page, but maybe that is because the system recognise me as being a member already?

      Then I wonder about the referral link, info I read in another hub is that the referral link should have /user/new/ at the end, but you haven't put that in, are these rules changed..or?

    • MissJamieD profile image


      6 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

      Thank you so much for this information. I had no idea what the referral tracker was and I'm glad I know now:)

    • ajwrites57 profile image


      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks Skarlet--voted up and shared.

    • Lizolivia profile image


      6 years ago from Central USA

      The way you have explained referral linking is very helpful. Thanks

    • Skarlet profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from California

      @ Efficient Admin -Thank you for your comment.

      @rfmoran- Thank you for your comment. It does take time to get this stuff down. I stumbled around for some time before I figured it out.

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      Russ Moran - The Write Stuff 

      6 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Great hub for it simplicity and elegance. Why can't HP explain the referral tracker as easy as you? Voted up useful and awesome

    • Efficient Admin profile image

      Michelle Dee 

      6 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Thank you very much. I am still relatively new here myself and found your article here very helpful. I set up a Link Capsule in one of my hubs and I think I did it correctly. (if you have time see hub

      I tried to Edit my profile and add a referral link there but did not see the chain link icon so therefore could not add a sign-up referral link in my profile.

    • Skarlet profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from California

      Thank you Tony,

      When you are new here everything is a little overwhelming. I think that using the trackers is a major benefit around here. It won't mean anything right away, but over time you are bound to have a writing machine sign in under your code, and you will have a nice employee enhancing your earnings.

    • Tony Wilkerson profile image

      Tony Wilkerson 

      7 years ago from Evans, Georgia


      Thanks for such useful information. I am new to HubPages and will put it to good use.

    • Skarlet profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from California

      Hello Alexa,

      If you are interested in putting your referral tracker on any post skip the http://.

      To just link things together, just hubs to blogs- you may simply copy and past the URL. However, some people like to add their tracker no matter what. Because you never know when someone is going to sign up.

      To add the tracker to your article, add your tracker in that spot I mentioned after the .com/_/ your code. The only difference is make sure there is a / separating your hub title and your tracker. If you go to the top of one of your hubs and do just that. the https disappears.

      It is a little confusing at first. when starting to use the tracker. I have tried leaving http included, and the link does not work.

      To find your referral code- Go to "my account" (the page that lists all your published hubs) Click on "earnings" listed at the top of the page, (where it says Hubs, O&A . ect.) The black box on the upper left will begin with the word "settings" and end with referral trackers.

      Click Referral trackers.

      That number that looks like 15rg7b5q0x- Something like that.

      There is a bar that reads create a new tracker.

      type in something that you can use, and remember.

      If your tracker were hubzz. you could write on one of your wordpress blogs, "just click hubzz", and the word "hubzz" will lead them to the home screen of hubpages and you will get credit from their efforts.

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      7 years ago

      One question: You wrote one needs to write, not http://hubpages...

      If I now want to link a hub in a post on one of my Websites which I host on a WordPress base, I need to fill in the whole url - with http://.

      Does this make a difference in the referral? Or is the not-using-http://-rule only applying when you refer FROM hubpages to another hub?

      Thanks for your hub, by the way. I read "just use your referral code" quite often, but was not able to find my referral code on my own. Didn't spend much time on looking, on the other hand. I find your post quite helpful!


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