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Hubpages Referrals - An Easy Way to Earn More Money

Updated on January 7, 2013
Earning More Through Referrals
Earning More Through Referrals

Boost Your Earnings With Referrals

Building out content on Hubpages is not only a great way to share topics you are interested in with an active and engaged community but also a way to build a stream of residual income from your efforts. Whether you are just getting started with your first hub or have a network of hundreds of them, be sure to take advantage of the built-in power of referrals to give your Google AdSense earnings a boost. Here's how the referral system works:

There are a few ways you can earn money by referring visitors.

1. Whenever you link to someone's hub through your blog, website, or forum post; you receive a share of the impressions for that hub. For each one of those impressions, if a visitor clicks on an ad or makes a purchase through eBay or Amazon; you receive the revenue from that session. The larger your share of impressions is, the more income you receive.

2. Refer new users to Hubpages and receive a percentage of all of the impressions generated for each hub that user creates.

Getting started with referrals is easy. First, make sure that you have activated your AdSense and other affiliate information in the "Affiliate Settings" section of your Hubpages account. If you haven't signed up for a Hubpages account yet, you can do so here.

Next, click on the "my account" tab at the top of the page. You will see a box on the right hand side that has a section labeled "Your Account". Click on the link that says "URL Trackers". Here you will find a default tacking code which is assigned your account. You can either use this default tracking code or create your own. (Tip: Using keywords as your URL tracker can be helpful for both keeping track of which content the tracker goes with as well as making your URL more SEO friendly.) To create your complete tracking URL, simply add an underscore character ( _ ) and your tracker to the URL of the hub you are linking to. Here's an example:

Let's say I want to link to this hub and add my tracker to get credit for referrals:

To tie the link to my profile, I would simply insert my tracking code along with the underscore character between the portion and the extension of the hub I am linking to. If my tracking code were 0801082, it would look like this:

Now, every time a user visits that hub through my link, I will receive a share of the impressions and the revenue that goes along with it. The revenue can really add up when you are sharing a useful article or something closely related to what your readers are interested in.

Once you have set up your trackers, you can really start to kick your referral earnings into gear by promoting your content. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Add your referral link to your Myspace, Google+ or Facebook page. Getting a few people from your social network to start creating hubs can really make a difference.
  • Link to good hubs from your blog or website.
  • Post to forums or communities you are involved in and include your tracking link.
  • Submit your content to social bookmarking websites.

Watch your earnings start to grow as the users you've referred become active contributors and create good content. You'll be amazed at how fast your Hubpages referrals start to build!


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    • Availiasvision profile image

      Jennifer Arnett 

      3 years ago from California

      What I haven't figured out is how to insert my referral into a Pinterest pin. Any ideas? I know you can post the link user the image, but most people only click on the image and then get transported to the website.

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      Ann Leung 

      6 years ago from San Jose, California

      I am new to hubpages and didn't know anything about HubPages Referral Tracker until I finished reading your hub. Today I got a message with the "HubPages Referral Tracker" on the top and followed by a box that contains some HTML text and request me to copy and paste to my website, toward the bottom that is a button for me to click. Is this what a person will receive when someone send out his/her HubPages Referral Tracker?

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      Tams R 

      6 years ago from Missouri

      I guess this is what is meant by an ever-green hub. Still getting comments after 3 years. It's exactly what I needed thank you!

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Great Hub! Very informative - will bookmark and keep as a refresher

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      7 years ago


      I have implemented the tracking code and setup Google Analytics and have everything in place..

      I have 467 people signed up through my hubpage tracker link and in total these hubbers have published 901 hubs.

      My question is, how do I find out how much I am earning from my referral trackers?


    • tenordj profile image


      7 years ago from Jamestown TN

      thanks for the useful information. I am still learning on hubpages but it helps alot having well written explinations such as this.

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      7 years ago

      It is very useful

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      Michael Willis 

      7 years ago from Arkansas

      Very useful and easy to understand article here. Thanks for taking the time to share with us the information.

      I assume this only works when referring hub links? What about external links?

    • lender3212000 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

      The tracking link simply fuctions to credit your account with the referral. He will still need to sign up for his own Hubpages account in order to be able to publish his own hubs. Once he does that, you will get a percentage of the ad impressions as a reward for the referral.

    • PaulaHenry1 profile image


      8 years ago from America

      I'm still lost, I just shared my default to my brother, but all it does is brings him to my does he create a HubPage through that?

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      I'm New to the Hub world, so this information is very useful.

      Great hub!

    • prasetio30 profile image


      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I am late to know this information. But thank you very much, This is useful for me. I'll bookmark this hub.

    • lender3212000 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

      Great question Lynda and one I probably should have answered in the hub. You can link to other hubs and as long as the ad click occurs during the referred session, you will earn from that click. In fact, one of my favorite ways to earn money from Hubpages used to be submitting great hubs OTHER PEOPLE wrote using a tracking link to sites such as Mixx before they started to not accept content from Hubpages. There are still some other good ways you can still do this such as Yahoo Buzz and a few others.

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      Lynda Gary 

      8 years ago

      I'm a little confused, too, and plan to research this more, but while I'm here, I'll post my questions:

      Can we add our referral tracker to ANY link we list in a hub? For example, if I link to YOUR hub above and put in my referral tracker, will I now earn revenue every time someone clicks on an ad from YOUR hub?

      Or, can we only put the tracker on our own content / hubs?

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      8 years ago

      great hub, keep it up :)

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Like AJ Tyne above, I do not know how to have people start writing by clicking on a link that would credit it back to me. Can you explain that so that we understand? Thank you! Will bookmark this hub and come back to review it.

    • lctodd1947 profile image


      8 years ago from USA

      Very interesting, I did not know this. Thanks

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      Judith Gill 

      8 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for an informative hub.

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      AJ Tyne 

      8 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      Thanks. This is very clear, but I still have one question. What page/link to use for referring a new person to Hubpages? Do I just refer them to one of my hubs?

    • climberjames profile image


      8 years ago from Steel City

      Thanks for the great Hub, I am referring new users but I had no idea that placing the tracker in a URL would earn me a share! - James

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      9 years ago


    • Kmadhav profile image


      9 years ago from New delhi

      I understand the basics of url trackers and how to earn the money from this...

      I am very thankful to you for this kind of information...I am searching on this topic and I found this Hub very informativ ...I am joining your fan club.....

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      Nelle Hoxie 

      9 years ago

      Thank you for explaining the referral code. I finally understand it. Your hub was the only one that I read that clearly mentioned putting the underscore before the tracking code. I've been trying for hours to figure out what was wrong.

      I am now a part of your fan club.

    • lender3212000 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

      Under the< "Your Account" header, look for a link titled "URL Trackers" and click that link. There you will be able to see all of your referral stats.

    • rainercls profile image


      9 years ago

      Hey thanks. I found your hub very useful. I still have one question though;

      Where do I view my referral stats? Maybe I've overlooked but I can't seem to find a link to my referrals or downline.

    • lender3212000 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

      The payment is deposited directly into your Adsense account. In order for it to work properly, you must ad your Adsense account ID in the Hubpages affiliate information section. Then Adsense will send you a confirmation email. Once that is set up, you can view your Hubpages earnings by creating a URL channel in your Adsense account called "". Then when you run your Adsense reports, you will see how much of your earning came from Hubpages. Hope this helps!

    • rmshdc profile image


      10 years ago from Bangalore

      It is information hub. But, I am missing one point! How referral money is paid? Does HubPages pay through any payment system? or It gets added up in ADSENSE?

    • adeshwar profile image


      10 years ago

      i was totally confused about this tracker system, thanx, really thanx.

    • akebur profile image


      10 years ago

      i am a starter and its given me a good start

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      Research Analyst 

      10 years ago

      Thanks for sharing.

    • epictruth profile image


      10 years ago from Frisco

      Thanks for the great hub!

      -Your newest fan

    • Trsmd profile image


      10 years ago from India

      very nice and informative hub..


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