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Making Money With HubPages

Updated on June 17, 2012
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This hub is not about the mechanics of how you can go about making money at HubPages but takes a step back and looks at the amount and type of money that you can earn. Most writers, especially the newer ones, tend to approach writing at this site as a kind of paid job in which they earn a certain amount for a certain number of hubs published. While true to a certain extent in that the more hubs you publish the more money you can make, earning money at HubPages has some pros and cons.

As a new writer, after publishing a couple of hubs, many would be disappointed with the mediocre earnings. Some lucky writers might have managed a few dollars in earnings, but the typical figure would probably be below a dollar and many might actually have earned nothing for their few days, or a week or two, of effort.

At this point, many give up thinking that it is just not worth the effort. They will compare how much they can earn in real life for the same amount of time spent. Some will start to think selling their articles as they will definitely make more.

For a start, let's try to estimate how much money a typical writer on HubPages could make. The earnings will vary widely as the quality of the writer, his interaction with the HubPages community, how long he has been with the community, the subject of his hubs, his SEO knowledge all play a part. For the purposes of this hub, let's say a typical writer will be able to attract 1-5 visitors a day to each of his hubs. And out of every 30 visitors, one of them will click an AdSense ad. And, on average, each click will be worth $0.10.

So, a writer working an hour or two on weekdays, and a couple of hours on weekends, might be able to come up with 10 hubs after the first month. Based on the previous figures, his 10 hubs will attract 10-50 visitors a day or 300-1500 visitors a month. There will be 10-50 clicks on his AdSense ads earning him a grand total of $1.00-$5.00 after the first month.

Rather depressing earnings, huh? Most people will quit after that first month. Many of you will stop reading after the last paragraph, declare HubPages a scam and click the back button. After all, even the lowest paid worker in the poorest country in the world probably earns more per hour than a HubPages writer.

If you are still here, I suspect that you know there is a little bit more left to the story. Our dear HubPages writer can take a break for the second month, and still earn his $1.00-$5.00 for the second month. And that is why many writers are still at it despite the low earnings. The good thing is that the earnings do not stop when you stop, and when you continue, the earnings increase every month.

Another good thing is that the earnings do not increase linearly. When you publish your first hub, it stands alone and forgotten, attracting only the odd visitor or two from the search engines and the HubPages community. As you publish more, things will gradually start to change.

You will start to get more well known in the HubPages community and get more visitors from them. More people will start linking to your hubs. You will get more visitors from those links and the search engines will look at your hubs in a more favorable light due to the links, and you get ranked better. Which means more visitors for you. Remember that all this will probably not happen on its own and will need an ongoing marketing effort, but that is the subject for another hub.

In other words, as time goes by, you might find that your hubs are attracting more traffic, and things might start to snowball. It will take time, effort, skill and maybe even a little luck but don't expect anything to happen with just a few hubs. It will be different for everybody, but I expect the turning point to be at least 6 months of writing and at least 50 - 100 hubs, and that's being rather optimistic.

When you hit the turning point, that is when earnings start to become significant. Unfortunately, most writers don't stay until that point. It is at that point that you start to see your efforts pay off and it is at that point that you really start to see the potential in earnings and it is at that point that you will start to earn more for your time compared to selling your writing or working in an offline job.

Writing for profit at HubPages is not for everybody. The earnings will start really slow and it will typically take many months before you get you first AdSense check. Things will get very much better as you put in the hours at writing and promoting, but this is no short cut to wealth. All in all, a willingness to work hard coupled with a little entrepreneurial flair would be needed to make your time at HubPages a resounding success.

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    • wandererh profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lim 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      FaisalKhan2121 - The 100 is only temporary but does take hard work. Your 2 hubs is not going to cut it. :) Just write good quality hubs, publish regularly and be active in the community and I think the 100 is yours to claim.

    • wandererh profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lim 

      7 years ago from Singapore

      mquee - An entrepreneurial flair is definitely needed if one is looking to make money here. It's still about writing, but also about channeling one's writing in the right direction. :)

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      mquee 

      7 years ago from Columbia, SC

      Thank you for this honest look at making money on hubpages. I think initially, a new person envisions making a significant amount of money right out of the gate. I like the fact that you also pointed out that it is helpful to have an "entrepeneurial flair" along with one's writing ability. A very helpful and useful article.

    • wandererh profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lim 

      8 years ago from Singapore

      Hi nikitha p, while I can still write crab and still get visitors from Google, comments like yours make me put in the effort. Thanks! :)

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      nikitha p 

      8 years ago from India

      great hub! for me this hub is very informative, Thanks.

    • wandererh profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lim 

      8 years ago from Singapore

      Hi nayashmore, it would be great if you can give more details about your money making opportunity on your hub itself. I suspect a lot of surfers, myself included, would no longer click on a link without having more information.

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      nayashmore 

      8 years ago

      Until writing itself can earn a steady income check out my hub on making money with the internet.

    • wandererh profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lim 

      8 years ago from Singapore

      The $1 article is meant only for the engines, so correct spelling and grammar would be all that's needed to get you in the door. But, that's still pretty terrible. :(

      I think, in the long run, online writing should pay off much better for most people. Assuming that one was to really give this online writing a go, work at it like a full time job, the major problem would be paying the bills during the early years.

      And the reason I say that it will pay off for most people rather than for everybody is that a touch of the entrepreneurial spirit is still needed. Looking at writing as a business and taking the appropriate actions would definitely yield better results than just blindly writing as much content as possible.

    • shibashake profile image

      shibashake 

      8 years ago

      "the average asking price seems to be $1 for a 500 word article"

      WOW - that is pretty terrible.

      Even places like Demand Media which pays a better rate, I think $7.5-$15 an article is getting really cheap content from professional writers. Tough to be a professional writer nowadays.

      Would be interesting to do a hub on how much one can realistically make with this online writing thing in the long-term - 10-20 years and compare that to various other jobs.

    • wandererh profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lim 

      8 years ago from Singapore

      Me too!

      I'm looking forward to a handsome income when I'm old and gray, to pay for my medications, hospital stay, surgery, therapies.....

      Just got an idea. While you are doing the gray hair hub, maybe you can also look into where we can find the fountain of youth. :)

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      anglnwu 

      8 years ago

      I agree Hubbing is more like a hobby. My earnings have been meager (and I'm not being modest) but I keep hubbing, by force of habit ( i actually enjoy writing stuff) but also, like you say, if you stay on course, it will pay off in the distant future. Thanks!

    • wandererh profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lim 

      8 years ago from Singapore

      Definitely agree with you there, the competition is pretty fierce. I was checking the job boards, and the average asking price seems to be $1 for a 500 word article. That's rather low, even if you can crank out 5 articles an hour.

      I approach making money at HubPages from a passive income point of view, in that the earnings, however small, will continue even when I take a break.

      And you never know who's reading your hubs. Perhaps one of might actually change somebody's life for the better. :)

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      shibashake 

      8 years ago

      Heya wandererh,

      Been enjoying your recent passive income hubs.

      As for making money through online writing - I think there are much easier ways to make money. Not to say that you can't earn, but the earnings per time is not great, even for more established writers.

      I think there is simply too much competition.

      However, blogging and online writing is a great way to spread your thoughts and ideas. As a hobby, it is cheap, fun, every-changing, and never boring.

    • wandererh profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lim 

      8 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Sandyspider, you really have to look at it another way. Otherwise, assuming you are writing for profit, the money you make is just not worth the time.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thanks for sharing this. We have to look at HubPages and any other writing site in a different way than just making a few dollars on Adsense.

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