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How to be successful on HubPages, With personal success story of Johnrr631992

Updated on October 22, 2012


In this guide I will talk about a few things. First off, I will tell you exactly what to expect, and how to make money on HubPages. Second off I will talk about the big niche topic you see on here, with people saying you need one to be successful. Then I will also talk about my success that I have had on HubPages, and how I went from .46 cents in a months to $5.00-$7.50 a day in 1 year. I will also tell you what to expect, what not to expect, and exactly what you need to do to make money. While this guide will talk about mainly my personal experience, tips, and exactly how and what you need to be successful at writing. I will also mention things about why HubPages is better than the other sites, why HubPages is better than a personal website, and why writing here is the best option fo you to choose to make decent money with.

Please feel free to follow me on Twitter... @johnrr631992, or

Also, during the guide I may or will refer to Hubs as guides once in a while because that is primarily what I write, and how I usually refer to HubPages as for my writing.

ALSO!! Please feel free to comment below and let me know your feedback. That is a very important part of my writing is hearing from the viewers to answer questions, or to know what you think, thanks for reading in advanced of this fairly lengthy hub.

So first let me talk about my own personal HubPages career

When I joined HubPages 2 years ago I did not write. I joined solely to make money, but did not start writing until a year ago. Initially it seemed like to much work, and did not want to put in that much effort, nor did I like writing to the point where I wanted to earn my living doing that. Never the less one year ago I decided to write a few guides or hubs and see where that would take me.

I was a reading a lot of the forums, and other people hubs about making money, and saw things I liked and didn't like. One thing I saw was the difficulty of getting viewers, and how you could only do 1 niche to be successful. Another thing I saw was someone writing "in the end if you have 1 thousand hubs written it is impossible not to make money". So after reading both of those I was going to set out to one day reach 1000 hubs, and hope to make a decent amount of money writing on HubPages.

Initially starting off I had the same troubles that EVERYONE else has. I started off with about 10 hubs after about 2 months. I was making about .46 cents a month, and after 3 months I had a total of $4.50.. While this was not great, this was still something, and seeing a return on my writing investment of time was a lot better than nothing. So with that being said I continued writing. I wrote about 5-10 hubs a month continuously, and it was not until about my month 4 or 5 (February-March 2012) that I started to see a return worth continuing my writing for. I started to see a return of about 1 dollar a day. While I was not making payout, I was still starting to see a decent return on my time. I got my first payout in April 2012, and with that I made about $86.00, and that was a combined amount from the first 8 months of writing. From there I assumed that I would be able to start attempting to make a payout each month.

In May I made payout, and continued on each month. I was making a decent amount of money off of each month worth of writing using a couple niches that I have been successful with. So overall I have been able to continuously be successful with some of the tips that I will talk about below.


Something that some people get sensitive over is sharing how much money they make on here... WELL Below are my photos of my actual personal earnings from HubPages. You can see my full success from HubPages, and see how I went from earning pennies in a month to earnings payouts each month. Come December/January I will include pictures of September on when I can get another full picture of stats. That will include me having my record amounts earned, especially from finding another niche in my sports game that I started writing about.. In my first year of Hubpages I earned about $600.00 which is good knowing that I had little experience, and did not know my niche, or what to write about. But now since August in the months of September and October I have already hit the amount of money that I have earned essentially the amount that I made in my first year, and I am excited knowing that I am able to keep finding success here.


The Photo Below

Another thing that is a touch subject with people on here is how many views people get. Well I think it is worth showing you that you can have success on here, and that I am not just blowing smoke above in my success, so below I have attached a photo of my hubs that are very productive, along with my daily views, all time views, comments, and other information.


So one of the biggest discussions people have about being successful is finding your niche. Well this is important but not a deal breaker. As said above, if you have 1000 quality hubs, even if every one is on a different topic you are bound to make money. Although choosing one niche can help your readers find other articles by you that will interest them. Having multiple niches allows you to prevent a writers block, and allows you to get a vast amount of groups of people. For instance, if you write product reviews, your readers will be interested in those, but writing do it yourself guides will also welcome those readers who may read your other guides, but even if they don't you now have two separate groups of people reading your guides instead of one select group of people.

In my case is that initially I was only writing First Person Shooter video game guides, and was being quite successful with that. Now I am writing sports guides, and other video game guides as well through various platforms and that has tripled my daily views, and my income. I have opened up a number of other ways to bring people to my page with writing niches about different topics.

So when you begin writing, while it may be important to find a niche, keep in mind that start out by writing guides, and let your niche come by your success. Focus more on writing articles that you enjoy writing, and if success comes then continue on that path. To set out and say your going to stick to one niche may not work. This is why I have continuously changed my niche, and keep adding new ones to keep bringing in more views and income.

Lets face it, if you are a writer here, then you want to make money. So you should be willing to put in a good effort, and get as many viewers as humanly possible to get here and read your material. So by only having one niche you are limiting yourself to the endless possibilities.

What to Expect

Well this is fairly simple. Do not expect to make money with little effort. I have put in MANY more hours that have not made any money, and I am only now starting to make a decent amount of money off of this site. You will not make a lot of money by putting in little effort. You will need to dedicate a lot of time to HubPages, and this is not for everyone. To be honest, if I was a person who was working a decent job I probably would not have time to work and write here. BUT being a college student with a good amount of free time, I am willing to dedicate a certain amount of time into HubPages. With that being said, you need to have a good amount of time to dedicate if you want to be successful.

If you are going to write on a topic where there are already lots of things written about, then you may not have a lot of success. You need to research and start to find ways to corner the market on your idea. A great new feature I have noticed on HubPages is the fact that they have added a new section when writing your title when creating a hub. As you write your title HubPages will give suggestions to hub choices that do not have a lot of content already written on. So taking advantage of that, and using their suggestions should be a good way for you to start cornering the market and finding ways to find success on HubPages.

Choosing HubPages AD Program, or Adsense.

This is another question that I see frequently on HubPages. From my experience I have really only used the HubPages AD Program to make my money, and have not focused much on using the Adsense program. Being that said, I still do have some income from Adsense, but that is usually not more than $10.00 per month.

Keep in mind that with the HubPages Ad Program you will essentially get paid for every click, with the Adsense program you ONLY get paid when people actually click on an ad. So to be honest if you intend on making decent money off of HubPages and can get the views I personally suggest taking on the HubPages ad program head on. Although to have the best experience once you are getting at MINIMUM 100 views a day, I suggest trying a week on each of the programs to decide which of them best suits you.

Choosing Key words

So obviously while your content is very important and you should be writing at MINIMUM 500 words per hub, but I personally try to write at least 1000 per hub, key words play a HUGE part in your success. Let me rephrase.. YOU will not get a lot of Google views, and make good money if you do not use good key words, and a good title.

Now keep in mind that you need to keep the key words in reference to your Hub or that will hurt you in the long run. For instance, do not tag "Justin Bieber" as a key word on all your hubs if you are doing video game guides. While that is a very large search engine key word, you will not have good success in the long run as that will most likely have nothing to do with your hub.

So with that being said you should attempt to try and attach as many good key words to your guide as you can. If it is a guide, write "guide" "tips" "strategy" and other words that will help people get to your hub. Remember that when people are searching for Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 3 guides they may abbreviate as well searching for COD MW3 guides, therefore you should include abbreviations in your tags to increase your traffic.

Remember that your goal is to make money, so finding as many good keywords will greatly increase your success on HubPages.

Backlinking to your guides

Obviously when you are writing it is smart to reference similar guides you have written. Remember you get paid per view, SO if you send your viewer to 3 of your other guides, you just got 4 views off one person. With that being said, you should include backlinks to similar hubs. This will better help convince readers to keep reading. It's good to point out that if a reader comes to your page to read a video game guide, then you backlinking a do it yourself guide to fix a toilet may not interest that reader. BUT by backlinking other video game guides that will convince your reader to read that guide, and may even come back as you publish more guides. You need to be smart when you backlink in order to convince readers to keep reading, or going to another guide.

With that being said, do not write 5 guides on the same subject in order to force readers to go to another guide to keep reading. THIS will also hurt you on Google Rankings, and is bad for getting traffic. The best way for you to increase traffic to your Hub's, and to make money is to backlink to keep readers interested in you, with that being said, I have used an example below backlinking my other HubPages reference Hubs to show you how to keep backlinks that are similar to what you are writing.

HubPages compared to other writing sites

Once again another question that gets brought up a LOT. Whether HubPages is better than the other freelance writing sites.

Yes, in my opinion HubPages is in fact better than other writing sites. From what I have seen in the past and trying other sites, I think HubPages is by far the best to write for. Keep in mind that HubPages has a very good Google search ranking which right from the start will help you be more successful writing for HubPages. Also not to mention you get a 60% take on everything your account generates. While that does not seem like a lot, you will make decent money if you get the views and continue writing for HubPages.

I also think that HubPages has a much better community or people then I have seen on other sites. I am very happy writing for HubPages, and have not seen a reason yet to try another site again, or move my hubs to other sites. HubPages has been able to keep me happy, and has gotten me the views to continue writing.

Where do i expect to go from here.

A lot of people shoot for huge success, and do not reach that goal and get disappointed. You need to keep your goals small, and when reached, keep getting bigger. I had goals initially of just making a dollar a day, now I am making goals of $10.00 a day. While It will take a LONG time to reach that goal I still shoot for that with every hub that I publish. Right now the only thing that I am looking forward to is reaching my 1 Million views. I decided to write this 500K, and am on pace to hit 1 Million in about 5-6 months, but hopefully as I write significantly more over the next couple months I can cut that down significantly, and attempt to hit that goal and move on to a higher goal. Although as of now I am happy to stick to my 1 million views as I KNOW I will eventually reach that even if I did stop writing, but knowing I want to reach it sooner has helped me keep on pace to keep writing guides.

So Overall the only thing that I can really suggest as far as setting goals is that you keep them small. Don't focus on huge things and remember that over time you will in fact reach them. That NO ONE became successful over night. That you should not start out reaching for 1000 hubs, but for 50, then 100, then 200.. You should slowly increase your goals as you reach them and you will overall have a much more successful time at HubPages.


Keep in mind that overall everything falls down to you.

You must put in the effort if you want to have success here. To be honest IF I didn't see success after a certain amount of time I probably would have stopped writing for here, like I have with other sites. I have also had a few friends try writing for this site, not make money, and decided to stop writing for HubPages. So overall the experience will all fall down to what you make of it.

If you are able to have success here then you will thoroughly enjoy the site, and enjoy writing. Even if you don't find success I think the site is still a great place for you to try, and read other peoples guides. Essentially any problem, or help you seek through Google will eventually lead to a link to someones Hub on here. There are millions of hubs written on a vast amount of topics, and everyday thousands more get written. So with all that being said, I think that you will thoroughly enjoy your time here.


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    • ReViewMeMedia profile image

      ReViewMeMedia 6 months ago

      Excellent article, I'm busy putting all my old articles back up here, I've lost several writing sites so I'm just rewriting and reposting articles for now. I'm just working towards getting paid.

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      Laddi Singh 3 years ago from (Punjab) India

      Great hub! Hilarious!!!!! Voted up and funny! And Congrats for your Success.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Well done and very motivating.

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      Lauryallan 4 years ago

      Thx John!

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      John Reid-Roberts 4 years ago from Boston, Massachusetts

      That one works.. :)

      AND great hub.. really liked it, and yes our figures are similar..

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      Lauryallan 4 years ago

      dunno why it didn't work... let me try one more time since it would let Carl figure out how many views he'd need for his own account. And my figures are similar to your John.

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      John Reid-Roberts 4 years ago from Boston, Massachusetts

      Lauryallan.. Your link does not work :/.. I tried clicking and the page tells me that the hub does not exist or you deleted it..

      Carl.. To make 1,000 + for me it would take about 600,000-750,000 views to make $1,000 dollars.. And that's calculating the 40% HubPages takes, the cpm of around $2.50 I get, and all the other math stuff..

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      Lauryallan 4 years ago

      @Carl8033 - to make $1000+ is different for everyone as there are so many factors that go into how you earn. I wrote this hub and it gives you an idea of how many views you need depending on your CPM. It also gives a good indication of how many hubs you'll need etc to achieve that target too.

      Not meaning to hi-jack ur hub Johnrr631992, but it answers the question she was asking and other hubbers have told me it really helped them "get it".

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      Alexander Okelo 4 years ago

      Great hub !! But let me ask you, what does it take for one to make say $ 1,000 plus on hubpages?

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      John Reid-Roberts 5 years ago from Boston, Massachusetts

      No problem... Although I do need to update things, although this does help for people to see real results..

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      Writer Fox 5 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Thanks for putting it all out there. Cool dude!

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      John Reid-Roberts 5 years ago from Boston, Massachusetts


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      Adamowen 5 years ago from England

      Some very useful information here! thanks for taking the time to share.

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      John Reid-Roberts 5 years ago from Boston, Massachusetts

      It's funny JanMaklak I have thought in the past about hiring writers.. paying them per word, and seeing where that went. But to be honest with the content I write mostly coming from my views on the games, and how to do specific things, I feel like I would still be editing the writing just as much as writing it myself to get it ready to be published on here.

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      JanMaklak 5 years ago from Canada

      By far the best hub on earning on hub pages and one that I would have wrote myself when I reach a level like yours. Nothing like honesty with fellow hubbers here. I have read several articles with "It all depends on you" without specifics. I too have heard the 1000 hub mark as a serious income level needed. After all now you will have 1000 points of entry from the web and it only makes sense to have more pages.

      Wondering out loud now...if you took your profits and had an assistant write articles for you every day for a year plus whatever else you have written in the same time period what would the income be like?. Payment to (off shore) assistants comes only with quality too! Hmmm?

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      John Reid-Roberts 5 years ago from Boston, Massachusetts

      I think any hubber who has success should write one.. It is fairly difficult for a new hubber to start out, and I think that it's very relieving for them to know we all went through a tough start..

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      Megan Sisko 5 years ago from SW Florida

      Great hub, I've got one a lot like this. I think they are a great encouragement to new hubbers. Voted up and shared with my followers.

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      CZCZCZ 5 years ago from Oregon

      It was interesting to read your success and thanks for including your metrics as that is something often missing in most of the this how I have been successful with hubpages. I have never really had a focused niche, but am trying to focus on a few areas more as of late and that has been helping.

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      John Reid-Roberts 5 years ago from Boston, Massachusetts

      Thanks and glad you liked the Hub. It does take time and sticking with it will get you a lot of progress. Next thing you know you will be getting close to 100,000 views, with a good amount of followers, and 100 hubs :).. Thanks for commenting. :)

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      Melissa Propp 5 years ago from Minnesota

      What a refreshingly honest review of hub pages! I am a newbie and I agree with you that you should make small goals...I have only published 10 hubs but I'm closing in on my 1,000 views--can't wait! And I think my biggest accomplishment was just getting accepted into the adsense program..Next goal is 30. Thanks again for your tips and I look forward to following your progress.

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      John Reid-Roberts 5 years ago from Boston, Massachusetts

      WOW, Thanks for the comments, and Thank you everyone even more for reading, and liking. The inspiration for this hub mainly came from the random questions about what your income, and views are, BUT more came from how many hubbers take offense to that questions.. So I just wanted to show some real hard data that represented my profile. Once again THANK ALL of you for reading, and commenting :)

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      Stephanie Marie Severson 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Awesome hub! I love it. Thanks.

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      Rfordin 5 years ago from Florida

      I always love reading inspiring hubber's experiences here at Hubpages. Thanks for sharing your journey and some useful tips.


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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      You make some excellent points that could help many. Time is on our side so the best thing to do is use it! I've voted this up and useful.

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      Pavlo Badovskyi 5 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      Thank you for sharing your experience and showing real data of your income and page views. It will be a great help for those who loose patience and cease writing.

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      John, firstly well done you on making a payout every month! This is down to your excellent research and you putting in the work. I could only sit and admire your views per day; my views per day is only about 250 most days and I write lengthy hubs with lots of photos and I like to think they are well written, sadly though, nobody is reading them :o) I have shared your hub because it is honest and at least gives most of us some hub for greater readership in the future if we put in the hours. Well Done!

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      John Reid-Roberts 5 years ago from Boston, Massachusetts

      Yes, that is the best solution, write more hubs, and hope for the best.. And luckily for me, there are plenty of games constantly coming out, but I am also trying to explore niches that will last over time a little better as well..

      Once again thanks for commenting..

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      Lauryallan 5 years ago

      Yeah I have written a small guide for a pc game before. Initially, the traffic is huge and can sometimes result in thousands of visitors a day. But then they move onto the next new game and the traffic to your hubs tails off.

      But the good thing is, there are so many new games coming out and, if you like playing them, you've always got something to write about that people wanna know.

      Anyway, it's great to see your progress. I remember reading a hub you wrote about aiming for $1 a day. I set a similar goal at the beginning of the year and was reaching the goals until the summer came and wiped me out. I'm trying to figure out how to turn it around, but the solution seems to be to write more hubs and hope for the best.

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      John Reid-Roberts 5 years ago from Boston, Massachusetts

      Thank you very much Lauryallan.. Sadly things are starting to slow, but i expect big things mid month when I will be pumping out a lot of new guides.. Either way, I still look at it as anything is better than nothing..

      Thanks again for commenting :)

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      Lauryallan 5 years ago

      Hey great hub and it's awesome you share pics of your most successful hubs and your payments.

      Glad to see not everyone is in the traffic slumps and things are working out for you. Hope it continues going so well for you. And congrats on making more money than you did last year!

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      John Reid-Roberts 5 years ago from Boston, Massachusetts

      Well thats good, and glad it helped..

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      MJ Miller 5 years ago from East Tennessee

      Thanks for the detailed information on your earnings and how long it took you to get there. Your hub is inspiring and shows what a little hard work and perseverance can do. I think I'll start writing some hubs!

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      John Reid-Roberts 5 years ago from Boston, Massachusetts

      Thank you for reading, and glad you enjoyed.. :)

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      Helen Laxner 5 years ago from Illinois

      This is an awesome hub, full of the advice every new hubber needs to know. Thanks for sharing. Great job!

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      John Reid-Roberts 5 years ago from Boston, Massachusetts

      Best tip of advice I can give is stick with it.. Don't give up, and just focus on 1 hub at a time..

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      cfjots 5 years ago from Conway, SC

      A very encouraging Hub. I hope to get to your level one day.

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      John Reid-Roberts 5 years ago from Boston, Massachusetts

      Thank you for reading Mandy, and In my opinion I enjoy sharing my revenue. Because a lot of people ask about it, and are curious, but so few members release it, and even more take offense to the question. I enjoy releasing the info if it means getting more people to join, and to get more people motivated to write, and try to make HubPages a better site.

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      Mandy M S 5 years ago

      Awesome hub! There are so few people who share what they get for page views and payments. I'm just wrapping up my 3rd month here and am 99% sure I'll make payout for October. I've also been keeping an honest account of my success and have been setting small goals and celebrating each small achievement. It keeps me motivated. Thanks for sharing YOUR story!

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      John Reid-Roberts 5 years ago from Boston, Massachusetts

      Thank you for commenting and reading. I have put a lot of effort into my HubPages, and anyone can become successful if they have the spare time, and dedication.

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      Kris Heeter 5 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks for sharing your story. You are a great example of how hard work pays off!


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