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How to write for money online: HubPages vs. Examiner

Updated on June 7, 2010

Wriitng for money online; Two services compared

Whether you are an established writer in the offline world or just discovering the world of writing for money there are many services you should absolutely be familiar with.

Two top contenders that you will see in your research (You are researching right?) are Hubpages and the Examiner.

Both sites can offer you a great part time income if you put the correct effort in but they have a very distinct pay structure and system. You you should be familiar with the differences so you can formulate your attack and maximize your income.

Become an examiner writer
Become an examiner writer

Quick Guide for the lazy offers income via an impression sharing system. In exchange for using their high profile publishing platform you give up 40% of you page views to their advertising codes.

Believe it or not this is a good deal.

Sign up for HubPages now is more akin to being a syndicated columnist, you are writing to a theme or region and you are paid directly by the company for impressions to your work

Sign up for the Examiner now

Why HubPages should be your very first step into the online writing world.

If your plan is to create an income for yourself via writing, I can wholeheartedly suggest that Hubpages should be your first step.

Why Hubpages?

For starters their is no application process, unlike most writing platforms you do not have to provide past writing examples, resumes etc.

So once you sign up, you can jump right into learning the publishing format and getting your work out their.

Unlike most writing platforms, Hubpages has a thriving peer generated support forum. People are happy to assist their fellow hubbers in the process of gaining traffic, writing quality hubs and learning the ins and outs of keyword research.

A huge plus, one that you may not comprehend at this point, is the association and reputation of the site will allow you to gain quicker access into affiliate programs, these affiliate programs are in fact how you are paid as an HubPages writer.

You can write on any topic you desire with zero limitations outside of the standard no pornography or hate speech.

By being a Hubpages author with a dozen or so published articles you are virtually assured of becoming accepted by the adsense, ebay affiliate, amazon affiliate and kontera programs.

You can later use these affiliate resources to build your own websites

More about affiliate programs

Post Hubpages: Make money from affiliate marketing

Why Examiner?

The single most important reason to become an Examiner writer is credibility. Examiner writers have been scooped up by head hunters for some very well paying gigs.

Examiner is resume material. HubPages as its open to all, is not quite so much of a draw. Although, of course if you are writing quality material you can certainly use your Hub portfolio as your writing examples.

Which goes into why you should apply for your Hubpages account and write as soon as possible. Get some experience in online writing and build up a writing portfolio than use you Hub profile to apply for other writing opportunities.

If you are already an active online writer and you have a portfolio, apply for the examiner now, the pay structure is based on impressions generated, Its not openly stated, but from my research and experience I estimate 1-2 cents per page view. This is not a bad rate, if you have experience you probably realize that your very high traffic article usually are also in topics with very low value clicks.

So with the Examiner you can cover hot trends and obvious high traffic terms and know that you will earn a definite income. The value of the backlinks to your own articles shouldnt be discounted either. The Examiner payout level is only 25.00 usd, so its a welcome change from the standard 100.00 from most programs.

There are style guidelines and editors to report to as an Examiner.

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What do you think about these programs?

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    • sholland10 profile image

      Susan Holland 

      7 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      I was accepted by Examiner but became wary of it after some research. I turned down the opportunity to write for Examiner. I wish I had not done that, now. I love HubPages, but I have been here for 8 months and have not made any money. I would like to write and make money. I know it takes time, and HubPages is a great community with wonderful support. I get plenty of page impressions but not that many ad clicks. I am still learning so hopefully I will come across something that helps. Adwords has been great for keyword search. Good article that has given me some things to think about. Thanks! Voted up, useful, and interesting!

    • sunforged profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from

      Hi Ben,

      A recent commenter had some very negative things about examiner as of late.

      Most of my time is spent on personal or occasional client jobs these days. Most if not all of the writing sites were shaken up by panda.

      I would look into some more recent info before dedicating any time to examiner purely for a income reason.

      its probably still looks better on a resume or portfolio then most of these completely open writing sites like hp or squidoo would.

    • Ben Zoltak profile image

      Ben Zoltak 

      7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Voted awesome and up, thanks for the inside scoop on The Examiner if inbetween all the other projects I have going on I can muster the effort it sounds like it's worth it. I've finally started enjoying some decent returns from hubpages after two years and with the new hubpages ad program, I am almost at $40/month. Not enough to quit my night and weekend job I'm afraid but it's better than the dollar or two I made when I started. My goal is to make around 1-2K/month, then I can finally quit the other job.

      Thanks for the great info man.


    • AngelaKaelin profile image


      8 years ago from New York

      Good article. I'm giving Hubpages a chance... It's supposed to be very good. I dismissed Examiner because they ask an awful lot in their application process and then they want you to give them free content on the chance of making revenue. The second problem is I know a guy who was a pro journalist who quit because he wasn't making any money at it. He had developed a nice following, too. It just wasn't enough. Like everything else, it might depend on what subject you choose to write about.

    • Ben Zoltak profile image

      Ben Zoltak 

      8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Hey Sunny great article. I applied to the Examiner a long time ago, before writing on Hubpages and I did hear back. But if I remember correctly, I turned them down because I found a day job that consumed my time. Thinking about returning though, if I do I'll try and go through your link.

      Well done bud and thanks again for the warm compliment on my fan/follower page.



    • Laura in Denver profile image

      Laura Deibel 

      8 years ago from Aurora

      Thanks for the tips, I am trying Examiner now.

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      I submitted an online application to the Examiner but it's been over a month and still have not received any response. Is this normal?

    • ladyt11 profile image


      9 years ago

      Very useful information, thank you!

    • rebekahELLE profile image


      9 years ago from Tampa Bay

      I have seen ads on Craig's List for the Tampa Bay area. since this has been published, I have read from some that it's hard to make decent $. can anyone share their latest experiences with them?

    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Sunforged, This is a very interesting article for me and I think I will check our the examiner. I appreciate all the information that will maybe give me a new opportunity. Thanks.

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      Alex McPhie 

      9 years ago

      Good job on the hub, I will check out the examiner!

    • sunforged profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from

      @Rafini , Lynda - agree with Lynda's assessment.

      The important thing to pay attention to when going from hubs to examiner is can link to your hubs and get a backlink. Examiner does allow reposts and rehashes of your pre-existing content and examiner pays via write for dont have to write for targetted tarffic like you would at hubs

    • Lynda Gary profile image

      Lynda Gary 

      9 years ago

      Rafini, as far as I can see, the only similarities between the two are that they are 1) online (meaning that impressions are crucial), and they 2) publish articles. Otherwise, no comparison.

    • Rafini profile image


      9 years ago from Somewhere I can't get away from

      I'm a little disappointed the examiner is similar to hubpages, but then again, the differences will make it worthwhile. I'll chalk it up to gaining experience in my chosen field. :)

      Thanks for sharing the info!

    • sunforged profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from

      UW - since examiner pays by impression, I find it worth my time to use ALL of the social bookmarking sites to drive traffic .. I was never a fan of digg, but there are literally hundreds of these sites and dozens of popular ones.

      I use twitter with good success, but i Have 5k followers, so my exposure is greater than most.

      I think the best tip for increased examiner pay is to work in current trends with your topic..if you were say the scottish history examiner, probably not the mostresearched of topics, i may try and sneak in an article on Sean Connerys scottish pride or something else rather trendy or pop culture

    • Uninvited Writer profile image

      Susan Keeping 

      9 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      I'm very new at too. I am having a little difficulty getting page views. I usually Twitter it, with hashtags, and have Dugg a couple and put a couple on SheToldMe and Stumble, but they aren't helping much. I don't find DIGG as helpful anymore since you can't shout. Any advice?

    • Mr Nice profile image

      Mr Nice 

      9 years ago from North America

      Interesting hubpage, Examiner's application process is like applying for a very sensitive job. Have a look what you will need to join Examiner.

      What happens once I fill out the application?

      Once you click the submit button on your application, it goes to a member of the content channel team for which you have applied (Business & Finance, Sports, Pets, etc). They will assess writing style, voice and tone, knowledge within the topic, experience, etc., as well as technical factors such as grammar, spelling and punctuation. Every application is reviewed, though sometimes it can take up to two weeks due to the volume of applicants.

      If the Channel Team thinks you would be an asset to the team, you will be contacted via email. Should you choose to become an Examiner, be prepared to submit three critical items within the first few days:

      * A photo of yourself for your page

      * A brief biographical statement of up to 35 words, written in third person

      * Authorization to conduct criminal history background check and identity verification. We do not check credit history or contact former employers.

    • Helen Cater profile image

      Helen Cater 

      9 years ago from UK

      thanks for this hub. I actually found it through She told me. Just goes to show it works and will be signing up for it today.

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Sunforged great info. Here in Canada just went live two days ago, lucky me I was chosen to be the Canada Wedding Examiner. I know weddings inside and out but I need all the help I can get with this internet mumbo jumbo so I'm reading everything I can get my grubby little hands on.

      You have a great way of explaining things to a techno-dunce like me so I really appreciate you sharing all your


      I will be back often until it all sinks in.

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

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      9 years ago

      I'm considering to join HUBpages for blogging and also attempting to make money online. I find your info very helpful and interesting. Keep up the great writes.

    • readytoescape profile image


      10 years ago from Central Florida

      Interesting article I may have to look into Exaiminer here in Florida. And thanks for the lesson in putting together not only an informative hub, but one that is visually stimulating. Interesting use of screen shot embedded links and referral links, affiliate capsules. Oh hey, great work on the Doc stoc thing.

    • Leop profile image


      10 years ago

      This is great information. I have heard about hub pages being one of the places a lot of people start writing online. I am new to hubpages, but compared to others its fairly straight forward. Thank you.

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      Kate Swanson 

      10 years ago from Sydney

      I had never heard of this site before - how new is it? It says it's "extending its reach" into Australia and Canada but I couldn't see a category for Oz, so I'm slightly befuddled.

    • starme77 profile image


      10 years ago

      Great hub - Thanks

    • wyanjen profile image

      Jen King 

      10 years ago from Wyandotte Michigan

      Perfectly timed Hub for me! Thanks so much. Great info.

    • KCC Big Country profile image


      10 years ago from Central Texas

      I had looked at the Examiner awhile back and my nearest big city wasn't on their list, so I dismissed it. I just recently looked and it's been added and all the categories are wide open. I have been considering doing it and you have just given me the shove to do it. I'm assuming the link above includes a referral code where you'll get the credit. :) Thanks!

    • kartika damon profile image

      kartika damon 

      10 years ago from Fairfield, Iowa

      This was great - I will check out the Examiner!


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