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Improve Your HubPages Earnings

Updated on February 1, 2015

Earn More From Your Hubs

While some people are here at HubPages for the joy of pure writing, many Hub authors hope that their writing and Hubs will earn them some money. Web writing can be a source of secondary income which earns alongside other work, or it might be your ambition to break from a regular day job and support yourself entirely with an online career.

I decided to the second option a try to after about six years of as much effort as a day job, I'm free of a regular desk job, a time clock, a dress code and a general schedule. Now take a moment and go back and read the part of the previous sentence right before you get to the first comma. It took me a few years of making content before I was making anything close to a living by writing online, and it still takes up as much time or more than a regular day job where you work for someone else and get a regular paycheck. if you haven't got patience and aren't willing to put in the same amount of work that you'd put into a regular job, online writing will most likely stay a hobby for you.

I started at HubPages just as they were coming out of their beta phase in the summer of 2006. I didn't really get going with the site until December of that year and I've gotten to see a lot of changes along the way. My number one piece of advice is to forget about how you write for other sites or systems and learn how HubPages works and what the rules are here. This site is not like having a blog, it's not like writing for other content sites and it's not like writing for your own website. I learned by trial and error, and you'll have to go through some of that on your own in order to learn what works best for you and what your strengths are. Not only that, but over the years the rules have changed and you have to be willing to not only keep up with knowing what those changes are but you may have to be ready to edit a lot of Hubs on short notice.

There are a variety of ways to earn money built into the HubPages system and I'm going to talk about the following on this Hub: HubPages Ad Program, AdSense, Amazon, eBay, and Referrals. Nothing I'm going to talk about here is a revelation or some sort of special trick, it's just plain common web sense, but a lot of people have a tendency to overlook the simple stuff.

How long have you been using HubPages?

I've been a member of the HubPages site for....

See results

How've You Been Doing On Your Own So Far?

My total monthly hub earnings average out to...

See results

About the Earnings Poll

The above poll reflects data from August 2011 going forward. The dollar earning options were adjusted slightly, as were options for the question on membership time. If you have an active account and are making Hubs on this site, please answer both questions, thanks!

From mid-August 2011 to early August 2012 there were 587 users who contributed to the poll. The image shown here is a snapshot of that poll taken right before the poll and parameters were reset on August 11, 2012. As you can see 66% are still experiencing monthly earnings of $10 or less. That's up from 55% from last year and matches the stats from 2009-2010.

Archived Poll Results

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August 2011 - August 2012 earnings as self-reported by poll respondentsAugust 2011 - August 2012 member time on site as self-reported by usersAugust 2010 - August 2011 earnings poll, self-reported by membersAug2010 - Aug2011 member time on site as self-reported in the poll on this Hub.August 2009 - August 2010 poll results
August 2011 - August 2012 earnings as self-reported by poll respondents
August 2011 - August 2012 earnings as self-reported by poll respondents | Source
August 2011 - August 2012 member time on site as self-reported by users
August 2011 - August 2012 member time on site as self-reported by users | Source
August 2010 - August 2011 earnings poll, self-reported by members
August 2010 - August 2011 earnings poll, self-reported by members | Source
Aug2010 - Aug2011 member time on site as self-reported in the poll on this Hub.
Aug2010 - Aug2011 member time on site as self-reported in the poll on this Hub. | Source
August 2009 - August 2010 poll results
August 2009 - August 2010 poll results | Source

The Majority Experience

# of Responses
earning $10 or less per month
members for < 2 years
members for > 2 years
August 2007 - August 2009
August 2009 - August 2010
August 2010 - August 2011
August 2011 - August 2012
The 2011-2012 stats have just been tallied so the figures shown are starting fresh as of August 12, 2012.

Are You Worthy?

Are you writing about things that bring traffic and sales?

If you're trying to earn here it really helps to write about things that incorporate a buying angle. Notice I did not say you need to write commercials or flog products in people's faces. I tend to write about topics I really know (i.e. life-long interests or things I studied in college or graduate school) and then make targeted recommendations for products which support what I'm writing about or which I would buy myself. I think a lot of web writers totally blow it when it comes to making recommendations. If you wouldn't buy or use something yourself, why would you expect your reader to want it?

Are you worth the affiliate's time and energy?

More and more in the forums, you'll see posts from new Hub authors who made a Hub or two or maybe even a dozen, and then applied to the affiliate programs and got rejected, and now they need to whine publicly about it. Their personal outrage and insult are a tad misplaced.

  • If you get your application rejected, don't just get angry, take a serious and concrete look at the situation: are you a worthy affiliate program applicant? If you don't have an established web presence (a decent breadth and depth of content) you aren't going to be earning the programs any money, and that is, after all, why they want people to join their programs.

  • Having been a member of HubPages for a few months allows you to fine tune your Hubs. And solid Hubs with traffic and reader interaction seem like a good bet to the people deciding who gets to be an affiliate or not.

  • Think about what you are doing because to the affiliates, you are running a business that wants to be associated with their business. That's why those applications ask about your business model. I think that's where a lot of Hub authors fail in the application process to the affiliate programs. "I want to make money" is not a statement that shows you have any clue about running a business or meeting customer needs.

HubPages Ad Program Requirements

There are two things you absolutely MUST have in order to participate in this program and that is a PayPal account and an AdSense account.

HubPages only issues payments via PayPal, and the in-house advertising program incorporates AdSense so without both, you'll quickly find you have very few options for earning on this site. As eBay has been incorporated into part of the in-house programming, you'll be shut out of being able to use that too if you don't qualify for all of the above.

HubPages Ad Program

As with many other programs on this site, HubPages does the bulk of the work for this program. The big difference here is that instead of having to sign up with an external affiliate, these ads are sold directly by HubPages and the payments will come directly from the site itself via PayPal.

There are two things you absolutely MUST have in order to participate in this program and that is a PayPal account and an AdSense account. HubPages only issues payments via PayPal, and the in-house advertising program incorporates AdSense so without both, you'll quickly find you have very few options for earning on this site.

Using what I can only presume is YieldBuild technology (since YieldBuild owns HubPages), the new ads are optimized for your Hubs and placed, so you don't have to do anything except build really solid content. Please note, by using this program, it will cause a very significant drop in your stand-alone AdSense revenue stream.

I was invited as one of a very small group of site users to become part of the beta testing for the new ads in mid-January 2011. It was clear this was something that had been in the works for a long time. Hub authors who opt into the new program are going to have to get used to a few things they might be used to from other affiliates (esp. AdSense) if they decide to utilize this new revenue option:

  • Reporting is for the most part once per day. Sometimes the affiliates involved don't update on weekends, so neither can HubPages. Holidays can also delay reporting. Delays happen CONSTANTLY so be ready to just put up with them, as HubPages doesn't seem to have any way of effectively dealing with this.

  • There is no break-down of earnings by Hub, just an aggregate total for the day.

  • There have been several "tweaks" to the site post-Panda, including a shift in page layout, so how the program performs now and how it was doing pre-Panda is going to be different from that too.

July Weekend Comparison 2011-2014

This shows an overview of my Hubs performance in the HubPages Ad program for the July holiday weekend over the last four years.
This shows an overview of my Hubs performance in the HubPages Ad program for the July holiday weekend over the last four years. | Source

More Background on the July Comparison

What you see above is a chart made after a thread came up in the forums talking about how the US holiday weekend for the 4th of July celebrations is one of the worst weekends for traffic over the whole year. While the thread was talking about comparing the 2014 holiday weekend to the one in 2013, I decided to show the same weekend for all the years since HubPages started their own in-house ad program.

July 2011 was still pre-Panda, and it was ahead of HubPages historical peak in registered users (which was approx Jan 2012) and Hubs (April 2012). Since the summer of 2012, HubPages has been actively shrinking in size and you have to keep that in mind as you look at data over the last few years. While I saw impression rates come up in 2014, the CPMs have done nothing but drop.

I know from my experience at HubPages that I get results that are significantly above average here, but not the best one can do. So this data says to me that writer still can make "good money" here, but the pool of people doing so has shrunk and it takes a lot more targeted effort. Chances are those people saw their pool of high-traffic Hubs tighten up a bit, but probably have some pages which are well-established (over three years old) which are the core earners.

Getting Accepted To AdSense

As I said above, if you want to participate in the HubPages Ad Program, you need to have a valid AdSense account as the in-house advertising program incorporates AdSense. If you already have an AdSense account, you can run just AdSense and opt out of the Ad Program, but you can't do things the other way 'round.

There seems to be a significant number of new Hub authors who are reporting not being accepted when they apply to Google's AdSense affiliate program or who find themselves rejected before too long. This is often a simple case of not putting in the basic work or reading the rules.

1) Read the TOS - Due to a rather large rise in the number of fraudulent sites that are submitted to AdSense wanting to join their program, Google has put a mandatory waiting period on a variety of countries, such as India, China, the Philippines and territories where they are finding a lot of web fraud.

2) Read the TOS again - There are some serious things which are forbidden by the AdSense TOS. And if you do get an approved AdSense account and then violate the TOS, it's almost always permanently lost forever.

3) Publish some content before you apply for AdSense. Over the years that it has existed, Google has slowly gotten pickier about who and what they accept to their program. Not only is it now crucial that you have some content up on the web, but it helps if that content has been there for at least a short while. This doesn't mean just one or two Hubs, it doesn't mean a good two dozen (although it once did), it means make sure you get 50 Hubs published and running for a couple of months. Then apply.

4) Make sure you have quality content - With Hubs, the best way to guarantee that you have quality content is to get your Author Score (the number that appears on your avatar) over 75. That's the nofollow/dofollow threshold. If your Author Score is below that, HubPages considers your content to not be very good quality and they mark all outgoing links on your Hubs as nofollow. That also communicates to Google that HubPages doesn't think your Hubs are very good and they pay attention to opinions like that.

Earning With Amazon

Amazon is one of the kings of online retail. What started out as an online book seller has branched out into just about anything for the home, inside or out. To sell items from Amazon on your Hubs, you now have two options. For one of them, you are part of the in-house Amazon program, and you will get calculated payments based on earnings from a pooled tier, most likely higher than what you get on your own. Or you'll need to sign up as an Amazon Affiliate independently, and enter your affiliate ID into the HubPages system.

None of the tools that Amazon offers will work for adding links for products to HubPages. Here you use the built-in Amazon capsule, which has been expanded and improved since HubPages started. You can pick items by selecting keywords, choosing a department to narrow the search (or not) or you can specify exact products listed on the Amazon site.

I think the more specific the recommended items, the better your chances of making a sale, so I tend to hand-pick the items I'm recommending. There is also a spot where you can enter a brief description of your own instead of just showing a picture and price for the item selected and this was a feature I actually requested when I visited the HubPages office in October 2007. This lets you highlight exactly what you like about a product or why it's so great, which is what people tend to do in real life when talking and sharing info with friends and family.

Tuning Content & Shopping

What really draws visitors to your Hub is the writing, not the shopping. You want to have a minimum of 600-800 words (check your Hub metrics) to really give a Hub info potential. Try to have at least one text capsule for every retail capsule.

Offering a few really important, closely-related items to buy is much more realistic than lots of things.

In the sales world, some people try to sell a million $1 items, and some try to sell one $1,000,000 item. Look at your Amazon and eBay sales reports and see if there's a "price point" (average $$ amount) that visitors seem to spend. Offering items up to or just above that price point can bring more sales than offering very expensive items and hoping for that one big sale or offering items so cheap the sales commission is just pennies.

Incorporating eBay

Just about everyone has some familiarity with eBay. It is an auction site where just about anything can be sold or bought. As when making other retail decisions, you want to pick items that directly relate to what you are talking about.

You get two options for how the eBay capsule picks items to display: keywords or seller ID.

If you are an eBay seller, by all means write up some relevant Hubs and link them to your auctions. You'll be able to drive viewers and sales right to the items you're selling.

To make the keyword selection process work better, be sure to take the time to optimize the keywords. This means playing around with different keywords to see what products are selected. Most often you'll want to use three or four keywords to get the best items. Try different words and combinations and see what different items show up. To make sure a keyword is included put a "+" in front of it, and to eliminate products that aren't quite right, put a "-" in front of specific keywords you want to remove.

The eBay program here on HubPages changed in 2011. It used to be that you couldn't get accepted as an affiliate unless you had your own site. However HubPages negotiated a site-wide deal with eBay and they now handle all the administration and payouts. So you can get into eBay with just your Hubs, however the catch is you can only get paid by HubPages if you have a PayPal account.

So, did any of this info help you with your Hub earnings?

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  • swalia profile image

    Shaloo Walia 

    4 years ago from India

    Quite helpful hub for newbies!

  • relache profile imageAUTHOR


    4 years ago from Seattle, WA

    Solaras, there is no benefit or logical reason for me to now restate the things I have been saying for years about the content on this site.

    And as for your questions about my future plans, they are already in motion. You are asking about things you think are about to happen and I am talking about something I decided on and began to first put into action two years ago.

  • relache profile imageAUTHOR


    4 years ago from Seattle, WA

    BizGenGirl, HubPages has a long history of making less-than-stellar decisions. I have email going back to a year before Panda where admin is insisting that g-strings and hand bras can't possibly be objectionable content. That was when this site slipped behind the eight ball. The bubble swelled, and popped, just like any other boom-n-bus cycle.

    This site is an exact illustration of societal collapse, and all the attendant modes of thinking. That's the whole reason I am here now, to watch the predicted model play out at a level I can observe and comprehend.

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    4 years ago from Lake Stevens

    At this point, unless HP gets back to the point where they're writers (us) are valuable and not just assets, then like all the other sites, it will fail. I've been around long enough to see it happen. I used to have 1000's of articles on the web, but more than half of them have been lost because the business models changed and the sites shut down. They didn't even transfer to other sites, they just closed and all that work disappeared. Hp is going in a similar direction, and for whatever reason they think they'll get a different outcome. They won't. In fact, what they are doing fits the very definition of insanity - taking the same actions again and again, expecting a different outcome each time.

    My hope is that they'll prove us wrong and turn it around and get back to being their for us, but I'm not going to hold my breath waiting for it.

    It's just sad.

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    Barbara Fitzgerald 

    4 years ago from Georgia

    Relache - You have been a powerful force in directing newcomers and seasoned veterans to the rules of HP and internet publishing at large, as well as setting reasonable expectations of a site like this. I was hoping, if you had an idea of a strategy that you would like to see go forward with HP, that you would share it. I think it would make for a powerful discussion, and at the very least might be useful to the community as a go-forward strategy. Whether here or elsewhere.

    I must say I am distressed to see you give up on the site as a profitable venture. Is your plan to leave entirely or will you leave some content as part of an overall internet strategy?

  • relache profile imageAUTHOR


    4 years ago from Seattle, WA

    @Solaras, I am baffled by your statement that I am integral to anything having to do with the site. And the point I am making is that I do not think the site can make itself viable for the future, period.

  • relache profile imageAUTHOR


    4 years ago from Seattle, WA

    I've been reading about societal collapse, and a guy named Dimitri Orlov laid out some interesting models,...and how HubPages is dealing and/or nor dealing with changes follows his model for the larger US economy. That is to say, it exhibits every sign of impending collapse. But it functions on a smaller, more graspable scale for observatory purposes.

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    Katherine Tyrrell 

    4 years ago from London

    In relation to your last three comments - Yes, Yes and Yes.

    Times have changed - the business model does not work any more. It really doesn't matter how big a site is - it can still disappear. Rearranging the chairs on the deck of the Titanic did not stop it slipping beneath the waves.

    I think writing still works - but only if you do for yourself and then find what connects with others. I'm now approached by Editors and publishing houses to write articles for magazines and books for a fee - and that works for me. However I get that work via writing my blog - not because I've written for Squidoo and now HubPages.

    My recommendation to people is to build your own sites - create your own asset for yourself not somebody else - and then see where that takes you.

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    Barbara Fitzgerald 

    4 years ago from Georgia

    I would hate to see you leave. You are an integral part of the ongoing success of this site.

    Please consider chiming in on the Forum "Who is HP's Competition." I would be very interested in you sharing your thoughts on where you think the site should be headed to make it a more viable enterprise for the future.

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    Kate Swanson 

    4 years ago from Sydney

    I like the analogy! It's the rearranging the deckchairs thing, I guess. Point taken!

  • relache profile imageAUTHOR


    4 years ago from Seattle, WA

    When you study societal collapse, there's a point where genuine action to resolve the crisis requires radical action, which means going to the root of a problem to change what causes it. HubPages has, for several years, been engaged in repetitive symptomatic actions that give the illusion of addressing the problems of the site.

    Imagine that you have a bookstore where the business is going down, and you decide that the reasons are that your store needs to be rearranged and dusted. So you do that, and it seems to help. Every time that your business seems to slip a bit, you dust and rearrange some shelves. Again. In the meantime, bookstores are getting less popular, and a lot more people who make books are just skipping having them in bookstores. But you've just come up with a new floor layout for your store and you have a feather duster with a longer handle...

  • relache profile imageAUTHOR


    4 years ago from Seattle, WA

    There are no sites which consider authors anymore, just content creators. In short, we are just a commodity to be consumed, and I can not recommend that anyone turn themselves into a disposable asset. There are no sites that view writers as a durable good, it's time to go find other pursuits.

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    Kate Swanson 

    4 years ago from Sydney

    Wow Relache, coming from someone like yourself, that's quite a statement. I am also pessimistic about the earnings potential of HP, but I'd be interested to know the reasons for your conclusion.

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    4 years ago from Lake Stevens

    Yes, it's been rather dower the last few years on hubpages, though I hope they'll turn it around somehow... Well, it was great to write with you here while you're still here. Are there any new sites that are treating authors better, that you'd recommend?

  • relache profile imageAUTHOR


    4 years ago from Seattle, WA

    I not longer feel earning on this site is viable, nor that the site even has a survivable business model. This content will be removed soon.

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    4 years ago from Lake Stevens

    Have you considered doing a whole new hub on the same topic, but focused on what it's like to earn on hubpages in our current year? I'd definitely help pass that on in the forums and such =)

  • relache profile imageAUTHOR


    5 years ago from Seattle, WA

    If you are writing here, do not ever expect to give up your offline work. Those days of earning here are over.

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    Sharon Lopez 

    5 years ago from Philippines

    Great tips! I am still under the learning phase. I know it may take some time because of my present full time job. I am also dreaming of giving up my offline work. Thank you for sharing wonderful hubs.

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    Kate Swanson 

    5 years ago from Sydney

    Yes please Relache! If you PM me when you're ready, I can create a thread in the forums - as you know, you're not allowed to promote your own Hubs, but I can mention someone else's!

  • relache profile imageAUTHOR


    5 years ago from Seattle, WA

    Things have changed here since the Squidoo merger, so it's probably time for this page to update again...

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    5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

    Being a newbie transfer from Squidoo, busy learning the ins-and-outs of my new world here at HubPages, I found this page very helpful and am bookmarking it for future reference. Thank you.

  • relache profile imageAUTHOR


    5 years ago from Seattle, WA

    Glad to be of help!

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    Musu Bangura 

    5 years ago from Nation's Capital

    This is an excellent hub. It includes EVERYTHING a newcomer needs to know about money and Hub Pages. It makes the information readable and easy to understand. I've been on here for a few months now and have been "feeling my way around the dark" - especially when it comes to AdSense. Now that I finally have an account, I can use this information to improve and make the right moves. Voting up and sharing!

  • relache profile imageAUTHOR


    5 years ago from Seattle, WA

    DH, for sure, the money here takes a LOT more effort than it did in 2010, and people have never seemed to grasp that the web is constantly changing. The folks that garden in reality do better here because they understand how you always keep tending and adjusting and it never stops.

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    Stephen J Parkin 

    5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    Great tips, I came in with just 47 lenses and got Adsense when I had just one website on my own domain. I wish I had known then what I know now. My lenses have got me a Hubber score of 86 but it appears to be rising. I still fall in the low income group overall, but I have earned over $300 while eating breakfast once.

    I hope people take away from this that it is hard work writing helpful informative Hubs and it is quality not quantity that works. Just keep writing quality Informed articles that are original on what you know. Add in products that you use to do what it is you are writing about so they seem like part of the story. Use your own photos and video whenever possible.

    No real secret, do not waste time watching statistics, they register way too slowly. Only once you make some money check them for that Hub and reflect on how you make your others more like it otherwise score and statistics are a big waste of time!

    Voted jp as useful and interesting good hub Relache.

  • relache profile imageAUTHOR


    5 years ago from Seattle, WA

    ThreeQuarters, most people ONLY get taught those things in elementary school, and need it repeated later in life as friendly reminders.

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    Dawn Romine 

    5 years ago from Nebraska

    Thanks for the tips, they are really applicable to just about any writing, don't just throw products out there, have a purpose and tell someone why, weave a story around them, give the viewer options on how they can be used and why they need such item.


    Rules to good writing learned in elementary school.

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    Brandon Lobo 

    5 years ago

    Yeah good point, irrespective of the reason they get snipped.

  • relache profile imageAUTHOR


    5 years ago from Seattle, WA

    When I first did this, you could promote Hubs in the forums, and so I got a LOT of participants which made for really meaningful data that represented the community. But over the last few years, you can't do promotions, so the participants are fewer and the data isn't representative of the community at large. And there's no point in gathering bad data. Most likely this Hub will get reworked or archived.

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    Brandon Lobo 

    5 years ago

    Hey Relache, when's it going to be time for an update here? I mean renewal of the polls. I thought it was August. Voted 2 years was looking forward to doing it again.

  • relache profile imageAUTHOR


    5 years ago from Seattle, WA

    Just remember, earning online can change without notice.

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    Treasures By Brenda 

    5 years ago from Canada

    Thanks for an informational hub about earning on Hubpages.

  • relache profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Seattle, WA

    In all honesty, I think it's evenly split between people who like my advice and people who don't.

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    Oyewole Folarin 

    6 years ago from Lagos

    It's blessing to have someone like you here on hubpages. Your words of encouragement no doubt has changed most of us to be a good and focused writer. I say a big thank you for compiling this informative hub.

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    Barack James 

    6 years ago from Green City in the Sun

    Great advice for new Hubbers -- Thanks Relache!

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    Taiwo Kareem 

    6 years ago from Salford

    Thanks so much.

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    6 years ago from Seattle, WA

    Audrey, it did. Thanks, again.

  • relache profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Seattle, WA

    Audrey, I'm glad my Hub works so well for you. I have often said I build Hubs for myself and hope they work for others too.

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    Audrey Selig 

    6 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    Hi Relache - I wrote a long comment, and I hope it shows up. Blessings, Audrey

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    Audrey Selig 

    6 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    Hi Relache - Your hub just hits the spot. It reminds oldsters of the actions to take and shows newbies the steps

    to success, and patience endures. Your stats must have taken a while to collect, but I know you love HP and would do anything to see the site and members succeed. Thank you for sharing your wisdom. The table of contents shines. Blessings, Audrey

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    Adith Varghese George 

    6 years ago from Kochi,Kerala

    Thanks nice hub.Helpful

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    Ashok Goyal 

    6 years ago from 448 Dalima Vihar Rajpura 140401 Punjab India

    I like to follow experienced authors. There is no substitute for experience and experience makes a man or woman expert. Voted up and shared.

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    Indra prasad v 

    6 years ago from India, Kerala, Thiruvanantha puram

    Very informative hub. Thank you for the inspirations, I receive from your hub.

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    Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 

    6 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

    Useful and noteworthy tips. I though of spreading it for more reach and hence shared among my followers. Your experience and expertise well reflected in this hub. If one seriously follows these grips tips definitely he will improve and succeed in the highly competitive world of online writing.

    thank you for sharing these great tips.

  • relache profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Seattle, WA

    Tehgyb, I'm glad to be of help! And good luck!

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    Don Colfax 

    6 years ago from Easton, Pennsylvania

    This article has single handedly reinvigorated my will to write more hubs, and get them out there. Thank you greatly!

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    6 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing and giving such detailed information!

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    Amie Butchko 

    6 years ago from Warwick, NY

    Thanks so much! I want to get serious with writing on this site, and your hub is providing me with much to think about and apply. I really appreciate your sharing your earned knowledge!

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    Kimberly Shelden 

    6 years ago from Idaho

    Thank you all for your wonderful comments!!!

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    Becki Rizzuti 

    6 years ago from Indiana, USA

    I'm not a newbie, but this guide was very helpful for me. Because I'm starting again with a new push on Hubpages, I needed a kick in the pants to figure out exactly how I want to do this thing. Now I'm a lot more confident, so thank you!

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    Jason Smith 

    6 years ago from Bastrop, Texas

    Very informative and a clear explanation of how Hubpages works.

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    6 years ago from Hobart, Tasmania ~ Australia.(The little bit broken off the bottom of AUS)

    Thanks for a great hub. Nice to hear from someone with such a long affiliation with hubpages. I've now gone on to read some further links as well as noting how you yourself have put together your hubs.

    Thanks again!

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    Victoria Lynn 

    6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

    I've heard a lot about the "glory days" of HubPages. I hope HP hangs on. Good advice in this hub.

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    6 years ago from USA

    I started here two years ago. It has evolved here so much with policing Hubbers and to make sure we do a better job as writers. Initially I was drawn to the idea of making income. It is not easy, if writing is not your passion.

    It took a year of writing and learning. I am still learning as things change and we get alerted to fix our hubs.

    Just because Amazon tells us what hot deals are, doesn't mean a writer will be passionate about writing about it to make money. I can't write what I am not interested in. I like to write what I have personally experienced or observed, which can be limiting. I haven't had much to say lately, but hope to after I open my men's salon.

    I have made passive income and I enjoy it. I think what I love most is connecting with people who share similar interests and have learned from others just being a part of the community. I actually think it is really hard to make great money to live on here. You have to know and pick key words for titles to get searched.The topics have to resonate with millions of readers to get hits. You have to be a great photographer or video person and shoot original art. You have to be a an editor, which I am not. Hub pages provides the tools, but the writer really has to want to write and be a master to make money here. Your advice is helpful for many who want to be here full time. Thanks.

  • relache profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Seattle, WA

    It's called making anchor links. You link to the different modules, which you can find if you know how to read HTML code.

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    6 years ago from New York, New York

    Very nice hub! How did you get your "Table of Contents" to link to specific spots on the same page?

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    Brittany B 

    7 years ago from U.S.

    Thank you Relache for these great tips. It gives me motivation to know that you can be so successful on HP.

  • pinto2011 profile image


    7 years ago from New Delhi, India

    You have almost opened every chapter of earning through hubpages. Very nice and informative hub.

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    Heidi Thorne 

    7 years ago from Chicago Area

    Since I'm still relatively new to HP, I appreciate insight from veterans like you. Thanks for sharing your experience and some great stats!

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    Tirralan Watkins 

    7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

    Excellent hub. I learn so much from hubpage advice articles so thank you for sharing your experience.

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    Mary Hyatt 

    7 years ago from Florida

    I had bookmarked this Hub long ago, and today when I had a few extra minutes I went back to reread it. I value your wisdom very much in the ways of HP and how to be successful here.

    Voted UP and shared again.

  • relache profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Seattle, WA

    Marcy, it's actually harder to get people to answer more than one poll, which is why I decided to not keep adding different details. Over the years, less and less people are choosing to self-report too

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 

    7 years ago from Planet Earth

    I love the data you're assembling here. It might also be interesting to know how many hubs people have written. Either way, this is useful, candid and food for thought.

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    Nathan Bernardo 

    7 years ago from California, United States of America

    There is a wealth of information here, some reinforced what I was aware of and some of it new for me: Either way, helpful. It is good to know the potential for making money too: Looks like, like all things, it requires thought, time, and work. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

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    7 years ago from Bangkok

    This definitely helped! Thanks very much for a comprehensive write-up. Wow! Sharing this one to my followers. Thanks!

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    7 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

    More and more I'm appreciating the veterans on this site for leaving a trail worth following. I appreciate you taking the time to write this, it's been very informative. I'm still in the baby steps phase right now. Hoping to get off the bottle and on to some steak soon. Voting up!

  • relache profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Seattle, WA

    Just put the anchor links of the specific capsules (found by reading through the raw source code) into a link capsule.

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    H Lax 

    7 years ago

    You packed a lot of useful information in this hub. I have been wanting to learn more about the ebay capsule and how I measure up to others who have been here around the same amount of time. Your insight and research has helped me get a much better idea of both. Thanks for sharing.

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    7 years ago

    This is an amazing hub. It has a lot of great information that I will be using right now. Thanks a lot for sharing the knowledge.

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    Missy Mac 

    7 years ago from Illinois

    I enjoyed your article. I am working on the marketing aspect and writing more articles. Thanks for the information.

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    Megan Dodd 

    7 years ago from Florida

    How did you do your table of contents like that?

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    Megan Dodd 

    7 years ago from Florida

    Wow, I may have to re-read this a few times to get the full benefit from it.

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    Faith A Mullen 

    7 years ago

    Great advice. Thank you for sharing. Voted up!

  • relache profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Seattle, WA

    Kerry, I have to say that after the first three months of this year, I've been seeing less and less worth coming from HubPages and I don't have any confidence at this point that admin has any clue what they are doing. Good luck...

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    7 years ago

    Good morning, I had a very long break away from HP, and wrote here and there for other sites in my spare time. I much prefer HP though, after testing so many other sites over the years. I am now writing full time, so I appreciate the details you have shared in this hub - the rules change and I agree it is important to keep up.

    I took up the 30 day challenge when I returned, but decided that fixing and/or getting rid of my 'snoozers' was going to be my main priority. It has helped, a lot!

    Enjoy your week:)



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    Don Simkovich 

    7 years ago from Pasadena, CA

    The arrangement of this hub is worth studying like the use of tables and graphs. I like how you did your Hubpages Table of Contents. It seems I've been "penalized" recently for linking to hubs that weren't completely on target with the hub I was writing about (although, I disagree). So here it seems all your links are on target with your main topic? Nicely written and arranged.

    Also, I like how you point out that HP is different than other writing sites -- like magazines are different from each other.

  • relache profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Seattle, WA

    Tobint44, Originally when there was just AdSense, you could track earnings by Hub. However, it's been a year and a half since the HubPages Ad program debuted, and no matter how much people ask for individual stats, there's not even been so much as a comment from admin. So I don't think we'll see anything more specific anytime soon.

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    Tyler Tobin 

    7 years ago from North Carolina

    Great information hub for a newbie like myself. I enjoy writing and find it an escape. HubPages provides an attractive program for content writers like myself to write and potentially earn from out writing. I wish there was a better breakdown of how the HubPage ad program paid. I understand the importance of page impressions, but when you just see a number it is still unclear. Thanks again for the great content and excellent writing.

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    7 years ago from North Carolina

    This is a great hub. I wrote several hubs and then walked away from Hubpages almost two years ago. Just last month I dusted off my old hubs, found that nearly 5,000 people had viewed my abandoned hubs in two years, and proceeded to clean them up! I've since written a few more new hubs and feel like I'm back in the game! Thanks for the great info.

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    Charu Bhatnagar 

    7 years ago from India

    oh, my motivation of sharingmy poems and other writings on hubpages dwindled simply because i didn't know how to attract more readers, followers and how to earn more money; that despite reading many hubs about it. thanks for this hub.

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    7 years ago from Some tropical country

    Great tips, and information on how to make money from HubPages, I like the idea of selling amazon's products, the more specific the item the more chance you have to get it sold, I will give this a try.. Thank you...and voted up for useful

  • philliden profile image


    7 years ago

    Wonderful hub! I am just new with hubpages so I spend more time reading on how to make the most of the system. Thanks to this hub, I have gained some more information.

    Some of the users are here for the monetization stuff and they thought that they could make huge income after spending a few hours here. I am here to earn as well, but reading other people's hubs (such as this) gave me insight that it may take some time and effort before finally earning enough.

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    des donnelly 

    7 years ago from NYC....

    Relache this is a really great hub.. thanks very much :-)

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    Susan Britton 

    7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Thanks a lot for writing this informative hub relache. I have a lot of work to do but at least I now know what to do to improve my hubs. I am grateful for teachers like you.

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    Bill De Giulio 

    7 years ago from Massachusetts

    Hi Rae. This is probably the most comprehensive HubPages "How to" that I have read. Just loaded with useful info and tips. Thank you for putting this together.

  • relache profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Seattle, WA

    Bridalletter, followers do NOT boost your income as fellow site users are the least likely to click on ads, due to rules barring them from doing so. The thing that will get you the most earnings is a strong and steady stream of organic traffic from search engines, and for that you need a good-sized bunch of high-quality Hubs.

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    Karen Silverman 

    7 years ago

    thank You!

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    Brenda Kyle 

    7 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

    Highly useful points and help. One key thing on your improved income is you have a large following. I think the following improves your earnings faster than having a certain number of quality hubs. I know I use some of your steps already and that is great, means I am on the right path to reach the same goal. I am just trying to get there faster if I can.

    Truly one of the most useful hubs for making more money on HP. Vey worthwhile for all of us.

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    Nira Perkins 

    7 years ago

    This is a very useful hub with a ton of information. It has even more than a ton of information, it has everything you need to know and then some. Thank you for taking the time to put this all together and share it with us.

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    7 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

    Thanks for all the tips. Now I get to go implement them. I have been on HP a long time but still have a lot to learn and have trouble figuring out how best to earn on HP.

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    7 years ago

    So inspiring to see how you worked each stage in achieving these figures. There is a consistency in your work.

    Very useful hub to help us apply the same formula.

  • relache profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Seattle, WA

    Thanks everyone, and welcome to all who've found this Hub. I especially thank you if you took the two polls at the top of the Hub. That data has been so interesting over the years and I hope to keep sharing it with you in the future.

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    Lee Tea 

    7 years ago from Erie, PA

    A ton of helpful information written very clearly and very easy to understand. True you've worked at this for a long time, but you're also a very talented writer and communicator with that all-important business sense. I aspire to create content that's as relevant to making money and as clearly written as you do. Thanks for taking the time to help out us all - been hopping your hubs all morning!

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    Patty Kenyon 

    7 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

    Voted Up, Interesting, and Useful!! I am adding this link to a Hub that I published for new Hubbers!!! Thank-you for sharing your experience as well as this information!!!

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    Paul Richard Kuehn 

    7 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

    You have a lot of great ideas. I could improve my earnings, but I guess it's because I am not putting enough time into my marketing and writing. An excellent hub which I am voting up and sharing.

  • nanderson500 profile image


    7 years ago from Seattle, WA

    Good tips, this is a very useful hub.

  • kellyteam profile image


    7 years ago from Michigan

    Good advice. This is a well written and informative hub. I am surprised to learn that so many are denied an adsense account. Thanks for the info. Shared and a thumbs up!

  • T4an profile image


    7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

    Fantastic hub. Such great advice. My hubs have suffered a huge decline in the past few weeks but unfortunately, I have not had time to write new ones. I hope to get back into it next month once I move. Then I will come back to this hub for help. thank you. Voted up!

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    7 years ago from North Carolina

    This is the first time I have seen this hub. It is outstanding and very helpful. No matter how long we are here we can all learn from eachother. I agree with your tips here. I deleted most of my Amazon capsules and traded them for Ebay capsules and this has had the biggest impact on my daily earnings. Great hub!

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    7 years ago from Pennsylvania

    Very helpful and inspirational! Wow, I would LOVE to make over $2000/month on Hubpages- heck, I would be happy with $50! But as you pointed out, it takes time, hard work, and dedication.

    Voted up and more.


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