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How writing articles can make Money

Updated on July 28, 2012

The first thing you need to think about when writing an article

When you are setting out to write an article for the purpose of earning money you want to think about the subject matter of the article. You can write a wonderful article that no one reads, if you have no readers you will not be able to earn with that article. I have made that mistake more then once!

The google keyword tool will give you a good idea about what sort of demand there is for your topic. Using the keyword tool will help you to 'get into the mind of' people searching the net. By choosing high traffic keywords you can be assured that there are people out there who want to know more about your topic. 

There is Demand for my article but how does it earn?

So you have a topic for an article that is in high demand. You will need to learn some SEO and traffic generation skills but we will talk about that later. For now I want to make sure you understand how offering free information is going to benefit you.

Lets pretend that you have an article written and published, you are an expert and have done the SEO and traffic generation stuff, traffic is finding your article and reading it. This traffic is not paying you for your information so where does the earning come from?

The answer to this question is pretty simple once you understand it. A visitor comes to your article looking for information, say they want to buy a product but don't know which one to go for. They read your article and feel emboldened to make the purchase. Google does the real work here. They will place the most relevant ads on your article possible so that when the reader is ready to buy the product you helped them understand better they can just click an ad instead of having to go searching for a store that sells the product.

Your visitors read your article and then click an ad, this part is pretty straight forward. There are some more complex things to consider. Depending on where you publish your article you may find that the hosting site takes ad exposure for a certain % of the time. Here on hubpages the ads are yours to earn from 60% of the time. If you have a blog you will get 100% of the ad impressions but may find it harder to get traffic. A hosting site like hubpages ads credibility to your articles in the eyes of google and the payoff of sharing the ad impression seems fair to me.

When you decide where to place your articles online you will want to be sure to read how the hosting site works, how they share any money earned and what they will do for you are important to understand so as to avoid having a bad experience.

Some article hosting sites like hubpages offer the ability to earn through more then one affiliate program. The google ad sense set up is pretty common across the web and is a popular affiliate program. Other affiliate programs include amazon and ebay, these ones work slightly differently tho as you will only earn money if someone actually buys a product, ad sense will pay for clicks alone and stores like amazon pay for customers who buy.

If you really want to earn there is even more to learn!

There is a lot that goes into producing high quality articles that will earn a decent amount of money for the time you put into them. Remember those jargonistic terms I used earlier? SEO for instance? Well its short for search engine optimization. Not sure what that means? Well its just fancy talk for the tips and tricks used to get an article or website or blog in the first few pages of a search engine such as google for your keywords.

You have researched keywords that get traffic so that you can write about something that is in demand? Well guess what? You just used the most basic tip for SEO there is! You can pat yourself on the back, you should be able to get some traffic now! Patted yourself on the back? Good cause its important to savor every success! Now for the bad news, most people do this and you are in competition with them! Do not let this get you down! There are many different things you can do to get an advantage in that competition. Competition also means more earnings because the clicks you get with ad sense are likely to be worth more.

I could share the tips and tricks that I have tried but there are people who can explain it all far better then I. My suggestion is this: if you want to earn real money writing articles online you are going to have to work for it, and its a steep learning curve! Writing quality content is a must and so is researching! Read everything you can find on making money online, keywords, SEO and traffic generation. Hubpages alone has a wealth of free information for anyone willing to look for it!

If you are not already a member and wish to sign up and start writing articles here you can do so by clicking this link and following the sign up/create a profile instructions. If you are already a member and would like to try a few other article publishing sites these may be of interest to you.

Xomba - Xombytes are like hubpages, articles in their own right and Xomblurbs act like an article bookmark, a brief description of the article and a link to your article. To top it off they also share ad sense revenue with google affiliates (you).

SheToldMe - This site shares ad sense revenue and also works as a bookmarking site for your articles. Post a link and add a description to help attract new readers for your articles.

There are a few more good ones and you are sure to find them as you build your portfolio of articles. While you are first getting started to many accounts on to many sites is likely to become confusing, my advice is to keep things manageable so you do not loose focus.


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    • amithak50 profile image


      6 years ago from India

      Thanks for the nice information ..If you know "How to write search engine optimized articles" you can make nice information

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      6 years ago

      I have understood your answers on website reviews and keywords research, thanks and keep sharing

    • HomerMCho profile image


      7 years ago

      Great insights here, Kirsten. Hubpages rules!

    • shampa sadhya profile image

      Shampa Sadhya 

      7 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

      Hello! kirstenblog,

      Thanks a lot. You explained in details which gave me a clear picture. I consider my hubs are quality hubs but it all depends on the readers and search engines. There is a long way to go before I start earning. Let us all wish that HP may regain its position at the earliest and we may all start gaining through it. Thanks again and All the Best!

    • kirstenblog profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from London UK

      shampa sadhya - The time it takes to start earning seems to depend wildly depending on your experience with writing online, what topics you know about etc. There is also another problem for people currently looking to write online for earnings, a couple of months ago google changed their search algorithm and HP has taken a massive hit in terms of traffic. When I wrote this article HP had major weight in the search engines and the Pro's could come along and earn almost straight off and those wanting to learn could do so easily here, now however, google is not preferring HP articles the way it used to so it is likely to take longer of any one article to move up in the search engines. When I started I was told to give it a year or 100 hubs, whichever came first, before I even checked my ad sense earning, this is partly down to the fact that search engines notice that content has some age, its not a scam that disappears over night. We are all hopeful that in time HP will re-gain its search engine authority and the hubs we are writing now will be well placed for nice earnings down the line, at the moment that is probably the best stratigy, it allows you to try out different topics and learn, while making sure you have article in place when the site regains its reputation :).

      It is a tough job, writing articles online since so many are doing it and if your topic is highly competitive it is even harder but everything you do today can potentially earn for the life of this site (back up your work and if someday this site is gone, you have your work to place elsewhere!)

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      7 years ago

      Now if only I can remember some of these I can bring them up in conversation when things get dull!

    • shampa sadhya profile image

      Shampa Sadhya 

      7 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

      Thanks for the hub with full of infos. One question pricks me that how long should one wait before one starts earning. It seems it takes lot of time as well as many hubs, that is starting to earn is quite a long time. Actually, I'm getting impatient.

    • jacqui2011 profile image


      7 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      Really useful hub, thanks for sharing all you have learned at your time with HP.

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      Sima Ballinger 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Good hub, thanks for sharing. Good reminders for me to earn money on HubPages with Adsense.

    • hatimyal profile image


      7 years ago from India

      nice article really useful.

      thanks for sharing

    • Ddraigcoch profile image


      7 years ago from UK

      Great helpful article.

    • maggs224 profile image


      7 years ago from Sunny Spain

      Interesting, informative and above all practical. This is a great hub with lots of useful info written in an easy to read and understand way. I am going to vote this one up and hit the useful button. Thanks for putting this together.

    • kirstenblog profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from London UK

      quuenieproac - Thanks! I am glad that you found some good info here. This stuff does take time and patience but on the other hand can be great fun! It is really something when your writing is being read by people and is why I stopped blogging and started writing here :D

    • quuenieproac profile image


      8 years ago from Malaysia

      Good constructive info.; thanks for sharing. I am new and still learning.

    • kirstenblog profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from London UK

      Irish - Thanks for the read and the lovely comment! I actually love that you can write just about anything here, personal stuff or stuff with an aim to earning from it. I even have had an offer of payment to write blog posts from someone once. All in all its a great site we got here :D

    • theirishobserver. profile image


      8 years ago from Ireland

      excellent article - well written and informative.....Irish

    • kirstenblog profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from London UK

      samsons1 - Welcome to HP! It's a crazy fun adventure here for writers. Loads to learn and lots of fun to have while learning IMO :D

    • samsons1 profile image


      8 years ago from Tennessee

      WOW! Boy, I have a lot to learn. Thanks for the info. Just started, but you give me hope, thanks-- see ya' on the Hubs.

    • kirstenblog profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from London UK

      lvallieva - Welcome to HP :)

      I am glad my hub has given you an idea on how to make your articles work for you :D. There is quite a steep learning curve if you are serious about making money but it is a fun learning curve :D

    • IvaIlieva profile image


      8 years ago

      Great hub, I am new to hubpages and have read a lot the last few days. You gave me really good tips, so thanks!!! :-)

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      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Great hub. Very useful info. Thanks

    • kirstenblog profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from London UK

      lender3212000 I have had some small traffic from shetoldme, not a huge amount but hey, for a few mins of time the chance for traffic for the future seems worth it. I have not had ads clicked on shetoldme so I am not thinking of it as a strong way to earn, just help with traffic and search engine ranking (with the additional back link).

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      8 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

      Great hub! What kind of success have you had with SheToldMe? I just signed up a few days ago but haven't done a whole lot with it yet.

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      8 years ago from Santa Barbara, CA

      Great job on the hub, I found it very helpful.. Hope I can learn more from you as I am trying to learn to become the best hubber I can be. Thanks again!

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      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      I've been seeing an increase in traffic and earnings, and this is always a fun thing to see, even if my ultimate goal is to write first and earn later. It does pique the interests when you see the numbers on the pay side and the traffic side going up, though, and so it at least provides an incentive to focus a little more on SEO, keyword usage and so on and so forth. If you can get paid, you may as well try and get paid more. :)

    • kirstenblog profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from London UK

      zinneryone, its true you probably will have to write a lot of articles but you may well find some niece markets to create blogs for and expand your internet empire. Writing lots of articles can also be very satisfying if you enjoy writing, its like a fun adventure online.

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      8 years ago from Plano, TX

      Very nice hub. I realize that I am probably going to have to write a lot of articles to make much money. But I think that having passive income makes it all worth it!

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      benny Faye Douglass 

      8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Wow, Thanks for some fantastic information and advice. Iappreciate you. Godspeed. creativeone59

    • bryanmccarty profile image


      8 years ago

      Great work. This is very pertinent to me because I am trying to make money doing this. Thanks for the hub!

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      8 years ago

      Great Hub. You might add It is a brand new site that shares 90% of Adsense impressions for travel and place related submissions including articles, video and photos.

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      Hubs Directory 

      8 years ago

      Hi Kirsten, great hub, great info :)


    • Lady_E profile image


      8 years ago from London, UK

      Very useful info. Cheers Kirsten.

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      scottys thoughts 

      8 years ago

      Nice Job!! Thank you

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      8 years ago from India

      nice hub in the making!

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      James Cain 

      9 years ago from HUMPHREY, ARKANSAS

      Love this hub.Lots of good information to absorb. Thanks.

    • kirstenblog profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from London UK

      Before I go eat, travelespresso nothing like a pile of homework is there? LOL

    • kirstenblog profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from London UK

      Hey Carol thanks for reading this hub, glad you enjoyed it! I am happy to keep your link in the comments as someone might just appreciate it! :D

      I have not had the chance to read it yet but will try to read it soon... Off to eat dinner and attempt to stay awake for it to digest! Exhausted really :)

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      Carolyn Blacknall 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Interesting hub! You have a good resource list. If you want, you can add my related hub at - Carol

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      9 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      Like your hub and all of these references. And I was supposed to be doing other "stuff" today - looks like that will have to wait while I do more homework. Te he. I'm off to join your fan club.


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