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HubPages Writing Earnings Reality

Updated on June 29, 2012

Freelance Writing Pays Off

As a professional freelance writer, I know a thing or two about writing for money. In fact, over the last few years, I've built up a pretty nice little small business for myself. I work from home out of a small, but lovable home office. I earn money writing online and for more traditional clients. I also make a nice little chunk of change building websites and writing my own online content. I make a few hundred a month off of a few different online advertising networks or affiliate programs. I quit my day job. Being a writer is my day job.

What I don't do is sit around all day with my feet up on the edge of the pool and a Corona in my hand while surfing the web, chatting on Twitter, and letting my passive income increase all around me until I can retire and build a castle on a hill overlooking San Francisco.

I work. Yes, writing is work. I work hard. Yes, writing is hard work, at least good writing that someone will pay you for is. Sometimes, I order great Chicago pizza.

It gets old to continuously see websites and hubs here on HubPages touting this great amazing lifestyle of publishing things online and then just rolling in the money that flows like water out of a fire hose. All you have to do is follow these few simple tips, do some clever SEO tricks, and BAM! non-stop cash flow.

I hope by now that you all realize that it's baloney (to be nice).

The people that do make money running websites and selling ads do so by being good at Internet marketing AND working hard at it. They don't just watch the money tide come in.

Evenspinning articles, building spammy backlinks, and the like takes work. It's why so many people show up on HubPages with a username like Bright-White-Teeth and publish 5 or 6 Hubs with so-called high-paying keywords backlinking to a website called only to disappear forever. As it turns out, writing those five Hubs, spinning articles onto a hundred other article directories and building a website with enough pages to get ranked highly in Google is a lot of work, and when it turns out that just doing it the one time doesn't give you a condo on Easy Street, they slink away and go back to whatever they were doing before.

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No, you don't get free hot girls by writing online.
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Make A Living Writing

If you want to make a living writing, it can be done. If you have talent, drive, and ambition, it can be done fairly quickly. But, that doesn't mean you'll be done.

What it means is that you will have a new job. You'll have a job where you get to work from home. You'll have a job where you can set your own hours. You'll have a job where you can work in your pajamas. You'll have a job where you can read Facebook at work and even play some great Facebook games during business hours. But, and this cannot be stressed enough, you will have a job.

If that isn't what you wanted to hear, I'm sorry, but there is no other way. The Internet and online ads and things like Google AdSense have been out there for YEARS now. You are not discovering something that is new. You are not doing something that no one else has tried. If it was easy, everyone would already be doing it.

If you are glad to hear that you will keep writing and writing and writing and that by doing so you can earn a living if by writing for yourself and writing for clients, then welcome to the club. You are going to love it.

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    • Hub Llama profile image

      Hub Llama 7 years ago from Denver, CO

      @Danteh: As a writer, I figure I'm going to be writing and publishing a lot anyway just because I like doing it. Figuring out how to make some dough along the way is a sweet bonus. I'm approaching $100 a day average across all of my sites, but there are a LOT of articles out there on those. I did not and do not have a secret, easy, 5 minutes a day way to make big dough on AdSense.

      Nice article link by the way, thanks.

      One of my decent AdSense money makers is actually my writing business blog which is ironic, because that is not its purpose.

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      Amber Allen 7 years ago

      I couldn't agree more - building an online income takes time and patience. Amber:)

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      Tony 7 years ago from At the Gemba

      Very true, this is not something that you can just make a few posts and make your fortune... this is going to take masses and masses of continual work...

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      PaperNotes 7 years ago

      Thanks for the informative post. I'm still getting my head around Google Adsense and setting it up. But it sounds very useful.

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      Michelle Cesare 7 years ago from New York


      Yes, this is a great Hub and I am writing a Hub right now and using this link as an example. You rock.

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      WebMag 7 years ago

      So truthful. This should be presented to new hubbers before sign up.

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      Michelle Cesare 7 years ago from New York


      Oh how true. Everything you write is true. I'm sure many people have read this Hub and gotten a little upset because of the cold hard truth. But then many article writers like myself understand what it truly takes to earn good steady money writing online. It is hard work and when I first started I thought it was going to be easy.

      I am here for the long haul. I do feel after writing for years and creating backlinks and blogs and hubs I will reap the rewards but the rewards don't come easy. There is so much more to earning good steady money writing online. Excellent hub and again, you speak the truth.

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      Danteh 7 years ago from Barcelona

      Awesome article, I like that you explain how difficult is to actually make money with AdSense and other similar programs, many people ask me lol Google pays you? How can I do it teach me!

      It takes a lot of work, time and -many- failures before

      Related to this topic, I cannot resist putting here my AdSense article which has gotten nominated for the HubNuggets awards :P