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Make Money on HubPages? A Sixth Month Review of My Performance

Updated on October 2, 2011

Six months ago, I signed up for an account on HubPages, hoping that it would help me to make some online residual income. As a student, I don’t have much time to do anything except study especially because I come from a country where everyone takes studying very seriously. I was hoping, especially after reading all the success stories on HubPages, that I’d be able to find something really interesting to write about, put my school essays up, write about my hobbies.... and makes some real cool pocket money!

I hear that it takes six months to a year to make money on HubPages. I am really hoping that it’ll be this way in my case, as what I’ve made on Hubpages is really dismal thus far. That said, these are my Statistics.

HubPages Statistics After 6 Months

Number of Hubs Published
No. of Views
Amount Earned from Amazon

I guess I signed up for HubPages right smack when Google had changed its algorithms. But now with the subdomains and finding our way around Google’s Panda Update, there seems to be an increase in organic traffic from the search engines. Although I must confess I am not exactly sure if this is truly the case, or just a mirage on my side.

HubPages Ad Program Earnings

HubPages Ad Program Earnings

Google Adsense Earnings for 6 Months


My Google Adsense earnings are not much at all, in fact I am really disappointed. I guess I don’t write enough about topics that encourage people to click on ads, like how to make money online.

Amazon is not earning either. However, I tried a different strategy - writing my product reviews about specific products. It’s too preliminary to see results, but if there are I will definitely write more product reviews.

What I have loved from joining HubPages is the community. Although I do not know any Hubbers personally, what I have experienced is a lot of warmth and encouragement from a community of Hubbers. As a beginner, I began reading a lot of other hubs to get a feel of the ground. I realized that so many hubbers commented on each other’s work. Soon after, I too began to join in where I could, and I have not looked back since. It is always a joy to receive comments from fellow hubbers, and feel appreciated.

Despite the dismal financial earnings, I am still continually inspired by so many hubbers who write passionately about their families, and who generously share their expert knowledge with us. One of my favorite parts about Hubpages is reading the biographies of the Hubbers to see where they come from. I must say that most definitely we have such a diverse range of hubbers - professionals, grandmothers, students, artists... it’s just amazing.


Will I keep hubbing? Yes, for sure. I want to give this a good chance - I aim to hit 100 hubs and give HubPages a fair chance to bring me some residual income that can hopefully offset my tuition fees.

How was your experience with HubPages? If you are writing with an online income goal, how has it been for you? If you are more experienced than I am, what advice would you give me? Please leave a comment, I’ll love to hear from you!


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    • MAGICFIVE profile image

      MAGICFIVE 5 years ago from New York

      My experience in earnings is: 0. Zero. Zilch. I don't know why. I don't think I'm a bad writer. I write about all different topics, too. None of my hubs has been "put to sleep." So I don't get it. Sometimes I think we are all being taken advantage of, us writers. Then again, maybe we just do it because we love to write and have people read what we write? Well...we all love money too, I'm sure....

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      viveresperando 5 years ago from A Place Where Nothing Is Real

      Found this interesting.

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      Charlotte B Plum 6 years ago

      Hey Vocalcoach!

      Well one hub at a time, and we'll reach a hundred! Keep at your challenge, I'm behind you all the way!

      Lots of inspiration, quick fingers and blessings to you too!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I like your goal - to reach 100 hubs. ( my goal too). I don't know whether hubpages pay-outs will keep me in dark chocolate nuts or not. But I do know, I am passionate about writing and this is the place for me.

      A very good hub and rated up. Blessings to you, Charlotte.

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      Charlotte B Plum 6 years ago

      Dear all,

      I am really overwhelmed by the comments and views that this hub has attracted. It is the first time I have gotten such a lively response to a hub!

      Thank you - each of you - for your comments, advice, encouragement. I really appreciate you dropping by, and it was very comforting to see that I am not alone!

      It does seem that there are many of us who are in the same boat -here's wishing us all the very best, and to many more friendships and rewarding experiences here on HubPages!

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      user999 6 years ago from East Europe

      I totally agree with MikeNV when he said: "People who say just keep writing, or don't give up are people that are NOT making money."

      The question is, what do you have to show after 6 months? Waay too little. I would have dropped it and rather flip burgers for $5/hr.

      How many hours have you spent with computer doing hubs? You can overrun 6 months of hubbing with 6 hours of flipping burgers in McDonalds.

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      daryl2007 6 years ago

      That is very cool man...that you track the progress of your hubs and your earnings. Keep it up! This is my advice keep writing and promote your hubs with blogger blog. Hmm you can double the traffic and you can easily improve your adsense earnings...

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      Powerpoe1 6 years ago

      Congratulations!...6 months on HubPages. You've done an awesome job thus far, keep writing and inspiring. I found your hub and was interested about your progress on HubPages. Hang-out and have fun, the money will follow. As you mentioned earlier this is a resource and GOD is the Source. Happy Hubbing~

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      jacqui2011 6 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      Thanks for sharing this very informative hub. I have been here for 6 months and the money I have made so far in total for HubPages Ad Program and Adsense total around $4! I do admit that I still am trying to fathom out SEO and backlinking. Like you, I am not going to give up. So many people say that it takes around a year to make payout and that as hubs mature, they become more widely read.

      I love writing and HP is a great way to see your work published. I will give it a fair chance and see where I am in another 6 months. Your hub is well written and very informative. Thank you for sharing your progress. Voted up and useful.

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      Robert P 6 years ago from Canada

      Charlotte, I checked out your other hubs and I was impressed by the eclectic topics that you chose to write about. They are very interesting, and touch on subjects that I was not familiar with.

      One piece of advice that I would offer, is to make your titles more search engine friendly. Some of them use very technical terms and I suspect that very few people would type those terms into google. I would suggest rewording some of the titles to use more likely search terms and this may increase your number of visitors.

      Good luck with your studies and your writing.

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      Nan Mynatt 6 years ago from Illinois

      Charlotte I marked you up on your hub. It is honest and interesting. The money is not being made and there are a lot of good writers. You need to make additional income if you are going to school. I recently started working for an internet marketing company, and the money will come and people are making money on the product please check it out.

      All you have to do is to enroll to start and take a free look.

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      Carrie Smith 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Thank you for sharing your story and experience here on HubPages. I am new to the site, but really enjoy the community and the online friendships that have formed.

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      MikeNV 6 years ago from Henderson, NV

      People who say just keep writing, or don't give up are people that are NOT making money.

      If you want to make money you have to write about things people want - products. You have to write about products in niches where there are plenty of advertisers willing to pay.

      You need to remember that Amazon is a 24 hour cookie. So if they do not buy right now you will not get paid. Selling Amazon products requires you to write in a manner which gets people to take action now! Right now. Tomorrow is too late. That's how Amazon makes so much money. They get people to work for them for FREE!

      So if you like writing then keep at it. But if you want to make money you seriously need to reconsider your methods or find companies willing to pay you to write articles for them.

      Many changes at Hubpages were a reaction to Google highly devaluing Hubpages content. Those changes have not resulted in higher earnings for publishers. It is what it is.

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      Barbara Badder 6 years ago from USA

      I agree with everyone else. It takes patience, but once you start making money you'll continue to earn. Just stick to it.

      Good luck. You've got a better start than I did.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      My advice would be to just keep writing good hubs. It took over a year to get my first Google payout and I was starting to just about make a payout every month with Google at the end of the 2nd year before the Panda thing hit. Now between HubPages and Google it is slowly rebuilding. I'm not very smart about SEO, tracking, etc. But know DOES build over time if you keep at it and write good original content. Best of luck. This is not a get rich quick scheme...that's for sure!

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      skye2day 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      sweet charlotte I have read a few of your hubs and you are a powerful writer. I am grateful I happened Tl land here. There is no mistake I was led. I appreciate your heartfelt honesty. I can relate with you. I have been on hubs over 2 years. I got my first 100 hub score today for which I am grateful indeed. This experience has been life changing for me. I have met a host of Friends and been fed a wealth of knowledge by some amazing Huber's. I have gone to the depths of my inner being in my writing and much has been revealed to me by the Creator of the universe God. I am truly amazed.

      When I first started at hubs yes money was so needed as it is today. I kept my focus primarily on the hubs because I was hooked and I did want to earn. I quickly found out at around 6 moths that this was not by any means the income I had read from other hubbers. It took over 2 years to earn my first $100 from google. I had over 600 followers fans and 60 hubs or so.. My hubs take me much time and effort for many reasons One being adhd Hubs has helped me to stay focused. I would not trade the journey or eternal gifts I have been so freely given.

      The money is a joke to me. Amazon fired Colorado like Arlene at a years stay on hubs. I never made a dime from them but I saw hope in the turned. So keep at it before they pull any more plugs I think it is our stat Government refusing to more taxes on amazon affiliates something like that. Google then had the panda thing happening and hubs went out for their own ad program as well. Since that time 4 o 5 months ago my google income has dropped significantly although I get readers less clicks since hubs owns half the page right. Hubs pay is less then google and harder to earn. So at about a year God revealed to me my source was not google or hubpages or the world because they will let us down but HE maker of all was the source of all including my money paycehck so on. He was leading I serving. So my focus to earn is long gone lost in the world of on line income It takes a long time to get it. There are some that claim the fame more power to them Computer whiz they must be. It that is the face it sure is not me. A little pun for you

      You are growing and I do pray you earn allot. Trust in God to bring the supply. Many of my hubs share on how I learned the hard way. I pray the best for you on your journey. I thatnk you for sharing the TRUTH of the matter. I could be aniline 24/7 and I do not think I would get to the $50 pay out on hubs for another year or so as thus far I have earned $4.87 via hubs. Today i have a score of 100 over 67,000 reads and over 700 fans. Money I earned so far this month at hubs $1.10. Go figure huh.

      It is worth every painstaking moment because what I have been given no one can take from me unless I allow it. It has eternal value. So that is my two cents Worth if that. JK. I wrote this once this is attempt two. The enemy can take a hike When I hit submit all came undone and I lost content. Hugs Galore Your hub sister

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      Rosie writes 6 years ago from Virginia

      I've only been a member for a few days and have much to learn. Thanks for your insight - things to definitely keep in mind on this journey. Best wishes to you.

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      Charlotte B Plum 6 years ago

      Hey Arlene,

      I'm sorry about the Amazon Program - I remember reading a lot of postings in the forum about it. I do agree with you that the hubbers are a fun lot! =)

      thanks so much for dropping by, and all the best to you!

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      Charlotte B Plum 6 years ago

      Hi Bretsuki

      thank you for taking the time to read my hub! It is really encouraging for me that the subdomain has helped you. I do know that I tried to churn out good hubs in may, although I only saw an increase in search engine referrals just recently. Nevertheless, I will keep writing!

      All the best to you too!

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      Arlene V. Poma 6 years ago

      Charlotte, thank you for the well-written hub and breaking down and explaining what you made over the months. I just finished my 50th Hub, but haven't paid much attention to my overall scores. Unfortunately, Amazon dropped its California affiliates, so although I signed up for the program, I was immediately "fired". I'm still learning about Google. I do have online experience, and I know not to depend on online work to pay the bills. At least, not as a beginner. Most of the time, I write. Hubbers are fun to schmoooze with.

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      William Elliott 6 years ago from California USA

      Hello Charlotte, this was a very good hub. I have been on HubPages for a couple of years now and it is an unpredictable income.

      For me it is less about the money and more about the writing, the income that you have earned so far will continue in the future as long as the hubs are available so that is a positive.

      I have also found a 300% increase in search engine referrals since the sub domain change, mostly Google but a lot from lesser search engines, presumably powered by Google. So as you say much of you test came in the PANDA period. Possibly your increase in earnings since May second an improvement, or maybe you had more time to write?

      I t is good you have a goal of 100 hubs, I wish you well for the future.

      Good hub.


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