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HubPages Earnings Daily Checklist For Success

Updated on October 14, 2012


If you're looking to maximize your HubPages earnings, this daily checklist will be helpful. New members to HubPages can become demotivated due to unrealistic expectations when they first begin, and the lack of a specific formula to follow to get them moving in the right direction. Whether you are new to the site, or have been creating hubs for some time, there's some essential actions that if you take regularly, will go a long way toward increasing your earnings and traffic.

I put together this as a rough guideline to follow for those who benefit from a more structured approach to making money on HubPages. Here you will find the specific steps I take each day to make the next day better than the previous. My goal is not to make tons of money overnight, but to encourage a steady increase in income potential and traffic building. To do that, I've found it easiest to take a methodical approach to building an online presence.

The following recommendation are only as "set in stone" as you decide to make them. You can do less or you can more. The guiding philosophy here is just to do something on a regular schedule so you can develop the good habits that will carry you through the more difficult times, as you build your visitor base.

From personal experience I can guarantee that if you implement this strategy, modified or as presented, you will get results:


1. Comment on Hubs

Using the "hop some hubs" feature at the top of the page under "my account", find hubs that look interesting to you. Read them and leave a constructive and encouraging comment. While you're doing this, rate the hubs and follow any of those users who either write on similar themes as you do, or who stand out to you, for whatever reason, as being remarkable.

Commenting on hubs helps you in a variety of ways:

  • Provides a link to your profile, encouraging visitors to check out your hubs
  • Internal backlinks lead to higher PageRank for your profile, and subsequently your hubs, which leads to better rankings from Google
  • Opportunity to set the stage for building of network of fellow HubPages users who will read your hubs regularly and help keep you motivated
  • Reciprocal comments on your hubs increase relevant search terms and provide higher word counts

Easy Mode: 5 comments per day. (15 minutes)

Normal Mode: 10 comments per day. (30 minutes)

Hard Mode: 20 comments per day. (60 minutes)

EPIC Mode: 30 comments per day. (90 minutes)


2. Follow Other HubPages Users

While you're hopping hops or looking at the related hubs listed beside your own, follow other users who either write on similar topics, or who seem remarkable to you. This is a great way to connect with others on the site and benefits you in these ways:

  • Internal backlinks from their profile to yours, which boost your PageRank
  • Encourages visitors to their profiles to visit yours
  • Reciprocal follows will help boost your reputation with visitors to your profile
  • You'll build a nice group of interesting and relevant HubPages users to inspire, entertain and educate you

Easy Mode: 5 follows per day. (5 minutes)

Normal Mode: 10 follows per day. (10 minutes)

Hard Mode: 20 follows per day. (20 minutes)

EPIC Mode: 30 follows per day. (30 minutes)

Note: You can consolidate the commenting and following to make both more efficient for you, as far as time spent.


3. Leave Fan Mail for Your Favorite Users

While you are busy hopping hubs and commenting, as well as looking for interesting users to follow, you're going to come across some who really impress you, and you'll want to leave them fan mail, to let them know. Make sure it tells them and their visitors exactly why you appreciate them. This will help you in the follow ways:

  • Internal Backlinks for your profile from theirs to boost your PageRank
  • Encourages their fans to take a look at your profile
  • Reciprocal fan mail will help boost your reputation with visitors to your profile
  • Leaving fan mail will demonstrate a higher level of engagement and interest on your part, and invite more engagement and interest from that user for your own hubs

Easy Mode: 5 fan mail per day. (15 minutes)

Normal Mode: 10 fan mail per day. (30 minutes)

Hard Mode: 20 fan mail per day. (60 minutes)

EPIC Mode: 30 fan mail per day. (90 minutes)

Note: Take the time to leave something sincere and well thought-out and make sure you have browsed though that users hubs first, and genuinely have an appreciation for their work.


4. Answer Questions

Answering questions on HubPages is a great way to connect to others and it helps to promote your hubs by keeping you active in the community. focus on the questions you have an interest in, fit into a theme you write on, or would expand your own knowledge. Specifically you'll receive:

  • Expanding your knowledge by reviewing other users' answers
  • Discovering other users with similar interests to network with
  • Internal backlinks to your profile from the question's page
  • Witty or informative answers will draw people in to your profile

Easy Mode: 1 answer per day. (5 minutes)

Normal Mode: 2 answers per day. (10 minutes)

Hard Mode: 4 answers per day. (20 minutes)

EPIC Mode: 6 answers per day. (30 minutes)


5. Ask Questions

Asking questions is a very valuable habit to incorporate into your daily routine. This is an excellent way to broaden your knowledge. Ask questions that will help you to achieve something, or get new perspectives and this is time extremely well spent. You can also use the questions to help you build your hubs. For example, if you want to make a hub listing popular science fiction novels, go ahead and ask people which they'd recommend, and you'll have some excellent leads. Here's what you can expect:

  • Great way to get answers that will help you with your hubs or anything else
  • Useful material to inspire new hubs and provide content ideas for planned hubs
  • Internal backlinks to your profile from the question's page
  • Interesting or clever questions can draw new users to your profile

Easy Mode: 1 question per day. (5 minutes)

Normal Mode: 2 questions per day. (10 minutes)

Hard Mode: 4 questions per day. (20 minutes)

EPIC Mode: 6 questions per day. (30 minutes)

6. Participate in the Forums

Posting a new thread or replying to an older thread are both useful ways to interact with the community. There's so many great topics in the forums to choose from, and a wealth of knowledge to be hard there. The HubChallenge section is a great way to keep motivated and on target with you hubs, but there's a number of other useful discoveries you can make in HubPage's forums. By participating in the forums, you receive these benefits:

  • Internal backlinks to your profile (you're probably noticing a theme here, by now)
  • Great tips and information for you to use to help making your hubs better
  • The opportunity to engage in useful discussions with veteran members of the community
  • More traffic to your profile from other forum users

Easy Mode: 1 post per day. (5 minutes)

Normal Mode: 2 posts per day. (10 minutes)

Hard Mode: 4 posts per day. (20 minutes)

EPIC Mode: 6 posts per day. (30 minutes)


7. Post Links to Social Sites

Whether you use Facebook, Twitter or some other social networking tool, posting your hubs is extremely useful. Getting into the habit of doing this daily will give you a big boost overtime. The benefits are:

  • External backlinks to your hubs which help them to rank better in Google
  • Opportunity for your friends and family on the social networking site to join up under your referral ID
  • Increased traffic directly from links generated online through searches and other forms of syndication relating to the keywords in the social network post

Easy Mode: 1 post per day. (3 minutes)

Normal Mode: 2 posts per day. (6 minutes)

Hard Mode: 4 posts per day. (12 minutes)

EPIC Mode: 6 posts per day. (18 minutes)

Note: A great way to really leverage this process and cut down the time is by using a tool such as or OnlyWire, which can allow you to post to multiple sites all with a single message. This will enable you get dozens of posts out of a single action.

8. Post Links to Hubs with Social Monkee

Social Monkee is an excellent tool to incorporate into your routine HubPages promotion strategy. It's a free service (with premium option available), that allows you to gain a minimum of 25 backlinks with every use. With the free service you can use the tool once per day. You gain the following advantages for using this:

  • External backlinks to your hubs which raise their ranking in Google
  • Opportunity for increased search engine presence through the generated blog posts
  • Increased traffic coming to your hubs from the autoblogs the tool posts to

Easy Mode: 3 posts per week. (15 minutes per week)

Normal Mode: 1 post per day. (5 minutes)

Hard Mode: 2 posts per day. (10 minutes)

EPIC Mode: 3 posts per day. (15 minutes)

Note: In addition to upgrading by paying the one-time fee, you're able to earn an upgrade to premium on Social Monkee through referrals. I highly recommend this service and use it myself daily. If you sign up via my link, it will help get me one step closer to the premium, which would be great!

9. Create New Hubs

New hubs are, as you might expect, the single most important thing for gaining traffic and increasing your HubPages earnings. The number of successful hubs you have is going to pretty much determine your traffic and income level. All the other activities that we've talked about will count for very little if you do not have a broad collection of hubs to benefit from them. By regularly making new hubs, you will see a sustainable gain in traffic, which will translate to a sustainable gain in money from the hubs themselves. Specifically making new hubs offers these benefits:

  • A greater amount of content for your regular visitors to read
  • Increased traffic from search engines due to different keywords drawing different traffic
  • Increased PageRank for your profile (and via that, your hubs) through the internal linking provided with every new hub
  • Builds your reputation as a regular publisher, which expands your influence

Easy Mode: 1 hub per week. (time varies)

Normal Mode: 3 hubs per week. (time varies)

Hard Mode: 1 hub per day. (time varies)

EPIC Mode: 3 hubs per day. (time varies)

Additional Note

This is the strategy I use daily to build traffic and increase earnings on my hubs. It can be done, at it's minimal levels in under an hour day (not including hub creation), and in time usually becomes much faster. As you might expect, the more time you can put in upfront, the quicker and more extreme the results you will achieve.

It generally takes about 90 days to see the full benefits from this strategy, as backlinks take time to register and be figured into your rankings, but it's certain that if you use this checklist daily, you will see results. You should start noticing a much higher level of engagement and increased traffic within only a day or two, and once your backlinks come into play, you'll really see things take off as Google begins sending you more and more traffic due to your better rankings in the search engine.

This is just a general guideline that I use, so if you have your own working promotional strategies, feel free to incorporate them, and also please share them in the comments section. Other strategies you may want to implement are:

  • Using Yahoo! Answers to promote your relevant hubs if they provide the solution to a problem
  • Incorporating your hub or profile links into the signature field on an external forum you post on
  • Performing regular edits and updates to your hubs
  • Posting links to your hubs or HubPages profile on your external profiles and blogs

You'll also want to make sure to reply to your comments, and reciprocate back to users so you can maintain the gains you build by promoting your hubs.

Get Involved!

What promotional strategies do you use?

Do you follow a set routine to promote your hubs?


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    • Luther Seed profile image

      Luther Seed 

      3 years ago

      As a new Hubber this article is very insightful. Well written and put together. Thanks for the insight

    • teutophile profile image


      7 years ago

      Boy, this is just full of good advice! I like your rating scales. I'll have to get busy.

    • Rain Defence profile image

      Rain Defence 

      7 years ago from UK

      Just found another link checker, this one checks for nofollow. Links from hubpages do show on this one, sort of. All the followers on someones profile are no follow links, so you can't follow someone in the hope of their profile boosting yours as it won't.

    • Rain Defence profile image

      Rain Defence 

      7 years ago from UK

      I think the backlinking part is definitely the hardest part of hubbing. Writing is easy. I've been backlinking my site for a while and it's just not easy.

      For some reason when I use a linkchecker to check hub pages like this one which I've just done and also my profile, 0 links show up. Are you sure that following, commenting etc actually does anything to boost your profile? Does your profile being high PR boost your hubs? If the links aren't registered then it's not going to.

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      Injured lamb 

      8 years ago

      Hi Bud, thanks for your kind and helpful sharing...I would implement them as presented, I do believe that learning from others' experience somehow would accelerate our success...

    • Bud Gallant profile imageAUTHOR

      Bud Gallant 

      8 years ago from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

      Poetvix, Glad you liked how I laid everything out here. Social Monkee is pretty useful. I definitely see results with it. It takes only a few minutes to do, and it can really help your Google presence. Sometimes I do get lazy and neglect it a bit, though, but I try to stay on top of that when I have the time. Thanks for your comment!

    • poetvix profile image


      8 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      I'm really liking the way you formatted the tips here, which are totally practical by the way. And, I had never even heard of Social Monkee. Great hub and thanks for the useful information.

    • Bud Gallant profile imageAUTHOR

      Bud Gallant 

      8 years ago from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada


      You're welcome and I am glad you found this useful and are going to try and apply it. I view it just as a guideline, really, but sometimes this sort of format can help. I do think these steps all contribute significantly to traffic. I definitely will make similar hubs in the future.

    • venki_indiain profile image


      8 years ago from Chennai

      Well done, Great hub, thanks for your suggestion, I will try to follow one by one. Hope to get more like this from you as guidance.

    • Bud Gallant profile imageAUTHOR

      Bud Gallant 

      8 years ago from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada


      Thanks, my friend. That is a great compliment!

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      8 years ago from Lagos

      To be sincere Bud, i find this hub extremely useful. All the information contained here can never be overlooked. Great hub

    • Bud Gallant profile imageAUTHOR

      Bud Gallant 

      8 years ago from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

      Hi Suramya,

      Thanks so much for your wonderful comment.

      I'm glad you found this helpful, and I'd also like to recognize your hubs, as well, since they provide great information on making money online. I'm glad to be a new fan of your work, and 'm sure we will both learn some useful strategies from one another.

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      8 years ago

      Great information and lots of helpful tips here!

      First of all, thanks for opening my eyes. I have tried to manage a productivity sheet as suggested by JS Matthew, but I fail some days. Although its not gonna ruin any of my hard work, commenting and following other should be in your daily routine. Commenting on fellow hubber's hubs regularly would surely bring curiosity in that hubber and will bring exposure to us. Followings are not necessarily reciprocal but yes, they do sometimes help!

      As I'm a full time student, I can manage only 1 hour at most per day for HubPages which I think is sufficient for your EASY MODE checklist. Your hub is really useful. I can't resist to vote awesome and interesting too!

    • Bud Gallant profile imageAUTHOR

      Bud Gallant 

      8 years ago from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

      Hey Josh,

      Yeah I can see how that could happen. I think I might have timed out my first time using it, as well. A lot of the time I just do it by hand, but I do have free spinning software that works very well. This is what I use. They have a pro version and a free version. The free version does whatever you'd need it to do, it seems.

      It is faster using this. The program just seems a bit slow-loading for me, so I often just do it by hand, unless I've left SpinnerChief running, which I have for the past week (just minimized). This will allow you to quickly type up a short promo piece for the description and then click the words to choose matching synonyms. Another tip you might want to consider is in SocialMonkee, you can use the same variations for title and tags. It seems to work well and saves time.

      If you do try SpinnerChief, you can just copy and paste into SocialMonkee and save yourself some time, but doing it by hand is fine, too. You really only need to change every third word of your description and 2 or three synonyms is fine. My description is often just a sentence or two, so that it can be done fast.

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      8 years ago

      Thanks, Bud. Much appreciated. All signed up, and went to fill out the form (to submit the URL), and of course took so long to complete, it logged me out by the time I clicked submit. Will have to redo later when I've got some more patience.

      Did you sign up for 'The Best Spinner,' or simply complete the spinning on your own? (The time spent filling out the form was largely trying to come up with as many synonyms for each term as I possibly could).

    • Bud Gallant profile imageAUTHOR

      Bud Gallant 

      8 years ago from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

      Minnetonka Twin,

      Thanks for the comment! Definitely glad you find it useful.


      No problem! Thanks for trying out SocialMonkee. Make sure to watch the videos because it can be sort of confusing setting up your post without the tutorial. Let me know how it goes or if there's anything I can help you with.

    • .josh. profile image


      8 years ago

      Another great hub. Much appreciated--just signed up for SocialMonkee, so we'll see how it goes.

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      Linda Rogers 

      8 years ago from Minnesota

      Great information that all of us can use :-)

    • Bud Gallant profile imageAUTHOR

      Bud Gallant 

      8 years ago from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

      Alladream74, You're very welcome!

      Temirah, No problem! Glad it helped.

      Thanks for the comments to you both.

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      8 years ago

      I'm learning loads from you this morning! Thank you again!

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      Victor Mavedzenge 

      8 years ago from Oakland, California

      Great hub. Thanks for the tips.

    • Bud Gallant profile imageAUTHOR

      Bud Gallant 

      8 years ago from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada


      Looks like OnlyWire does have some extra options compare to, like posting to Digg, so I'll be signing up to give it a whirl. Thanks again.

    • Bud Gallant profile imageAUTHOR

      Bud Gallant 

      8 years ago from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Zubair. I did look into Onlywire. I prefer, because it seems to do the same thing without limitations, but maybe onlywire includes services doesn't.

      Kitty, I'm glad you liked it and thanks for the support. I haven't really gotten on other forums to promote my hubs, but that's definitely a good thing to do. I'll probably add that into my own routine soon.

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      Kitty Fields 

      8 years ago from Summerland

      I try to get on other websites and forums and post links to my hubs. I definitely do a lot of twitter and facebook posts with my links and also try to comment on others' hubs everyday. Thanks for writing this hub and helping others out that might not know the best way to gain followers and traffic. Voted up and useful!

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      Zubair Ahmed 

      8 years ago

      Hi Bud,

      I like this hub, thank you for sharing. Yes I use social monkee as well, you may also want to try Onlywire that also very good for marketing.

      All the best

    • Bud Gallant profile imageAUTHOR

      Bud Gallant 

      8 years ago from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

      Hello Bretsuki,

      Yes, that is a very good tip. I have a more extensive guide that covers aspects of hub creation, and I definitely will add that in there. I had forgotten about the RSS feed capsule somehow, although I am using them in hubs on a different account. I will definitely promote that and make use of it myself. Very simple way to provide fresh content for the spiders to crawl.

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      William Elliott 

      8 years ago from California USA

      Hello Bud, very informative hub. I agree with all of your suggestions. Another tip I would include is to use the RSS feed to link to and from blogs to relevant hubs. This allows automatic updates of both blogs and relevant hubs. Keeping them highlighted with search engines and requiring little work after the feed is set up.


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