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Making Money on HubPages

Updated on May 5, 2008

How did I come to HubPages?

To be honest I don't remember how I came to HubPages! I started fulltime on the web, trying to earn an income, in September 07 and within a month I found HubPages. At the same time I revamped my existing blog, started a new blog and also later on added a blog to an existing website!

I find now that I struggle to keep my own blogs going - mainly because I keep on coming back to hubpages.

So what is the appeal of HubPages?

Getting Paid to Write

The thing that really got me hooked with hubpages is the Flagship Hub program. Yes you have to sign a contract and give up your copyright, but in return you get promptly paid (US$25) but possibly more importantly you know that the topics chosen probably aren't random! To date my 6 flagship hubs are also my hubs with the most visitors and the hubs with the most search engine traffic. And slowly my earnings from Adsense and EBay are starting to increase (well let's face it zero is a figure hard to get below! )

Good Ranking with Google and Other Search Engines

I am finding that some of my hubs make it to the first or second page of Google and I am in generally getting a lot bigger percentage of my visitors from search engines on hubpages than any other site I have. I think its getting to the point now that there are so many bad/poor sites out there that a lot of sites just never seem to make it big it google at all. I notice that most of the hits on the first few pages are from sites such as and hubpages. Even Squidoo doesn't seem to do as well.

Other Positives with HubPages

  • It's a nice community - there are number of real world writers here and it doesn't seem so dominated by the make money with SEO brigade which I am getting a bit bored with. In fact there are even poets and fiction writers here!
  • The tools are nice to use, though not perfect, but make it pretty easy to add pictures, videos and nice looking links and feeds to your blog. I find now that sites such as Helium which are all text a bit boring really
  • The revenue sharing is transparent and you are paid directly by the 3rd party (Amazon, Adsense, CJ (for EBay)) which is nice and clean

  • The comment feature is nice and allows a blogger type interaction - minus all the comment spam in the real world!

Where to from here:

Well if it wasn't for the principal of eggs and baskets I would probably give up my other sites and concentrate on this one - as it is I think I may close down one blog and try to re-use the content here.

I want to try and write more on the topics that are doing well and create some more related hubs around them.

The Author

Lis Sowerbutts has been traveling since age 7, and has so far,visited over 55 countries. She firmly believes that traveling is too good to be left to the young and you are never too late to start traveling A New Zealander, Lis currently lives in Perth, Australia.


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      9 years ago

      Hello Lissie - Great article. You said you may close down one blog and try to re-use the content here. This is exactly what I am considering doing with one website. I am wondering: did you successfully do that? Did you shut down, save content, then re-post straight away? Should there be a waiting period so that the old site gets de-indexed? I don't want to be flagged for duplicate content. Any tips?

    • ameliejan profile image


      10 years ago from Alicante, Spain

      Thanks - very informative hub.

    • stevesmith29 profile image


      11 years ago

      I am new to hubpages. Your hubs have been the most helpful and informative. Keep up the good work! Thank you very much too!!

    • J.S. Brooks profile image

      J.S. Brooks 

      12 years ago

      For somebody just getting started with all this, you have been a help. Thanks.

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      12 years ago

      You give excellent advice! i am fairly new at actually writing on hubpages but this has really helped, thank you for sharing.

    • roastedpinebark profile image


      12 years ago from Iowa

      I enjoyed your point of view on hubpages. I'v just starting a couple weeks ago, with about 1000 views and $0.00 but hopefully everything starts to rise. Thanks for the information!

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      Dr Kulsum Mehmood 

      12 years ago from Nagpur, India

      I admire you Lissie. You are fond of travelling. How about visiting me in India ? I would like it.

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      desert blondie 

      12 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

      Just found this hub column! Wonderful! And what a great string of comment compliments...Great!

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      12 years ago

      I have just joined in today, and have read a few hubs, very interesting and clean, I did come in with a view of working towards SEO, but I think, being heart is better than being head. Thanks for the insight.

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 

      13 years ago from New Zealand

      Im curious dabblingmum - you ddint think to out source the content creation: $1000/month is a lot of money for 1 site!

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      13 years ago

      Wordplay, I could not have said it better! That's why I gave up an affiliate website that was making me $1,000 a month. I know it's good money but I was tired of all the hype associated with affiliate marketing and all the work. Besides, it was a really, really boring topic and I ran out of things to write about and just couldn't get myself to keep going. There have been times I've thought of starting it back up until I do a search for affiliate marketing, read up on all the hype, and remember why I walked away.

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      Hill Country 

      13 years ago from San Antonio

      I appreciate you for taking the time to add to my knowledge! Thank you. I'm going to read the rest of your comments now.

    • Lissie profile imageAUTHOR

      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 

      13 years ago from New Zealand

      Yes - you're not a ghostwriter - I promote the pages as my own - in fact I regret not registering under my full name now - when I started here I didn't really think of being a "published" author even on the internet :-) Google loves Hubpages too so your hubs tend to get indexed quickly!

      Can't help on the comuter/life balance thing :-(

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      Melanie Bremner 

      13 years ago from Canada

      Well, that is good to hear Lissie. And I also see that you have promoted the titles of the flagsships hubs, so although you give up copyrights, you can still tell people that you wrote it. That works well.

      I will surely be spending some time on this site and most likely, in a month or so from now my husband will think I have traded him in for a new love. (chuckle)

    • Lissie profile imageAUTHOR

      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 

      13 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for visiting ebookshake! With flagship hubs you continue to earn income with the ad sharing revenue afterwards too.

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      Melanie Bremner 

      13 years ago from Canada


      This is the fourth article of yours that I have eagerly absorbed. I am glad they are all linked, I think I will be spending some time going through them. I have been writing for a long time now but have only begun making money off of my writing, and mostly in the form of writing articles for others. With ghostwriting you have to give up your rights to the work as well, so writing a Flag hub for $25 here and there just adds to the funds is the way I see it.

      It does not take me all that long to write and edit and proofread an article so although $25 may be a little low on the scale for pay for a 1500 word article when I make $15 for a 500 word article privately, but it helps, and knowing that there is another opportunity to write(of course my favorite thing to do other than play with my one year old) and earn some money, it is another step to financial independence as a writer.

      I am new here, been reading and browsing around and it does seem like a great community to share and learn from.

      Keep on keeping on!


    • Lissie profile imageAUTHOR

      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 

      13 years ago from New Zealand

      Yeah I know of press releases - just havent got my head around them yet - on my to do list !

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      13 years ago from USA

      variety is the spice of life for many of us it seems....that's why i like writing...great hub...$25 is definitely not enuff money for writing...

      press releases help your press releases which are not as easy to write as they appear...but once you get the hang of works...i don't do enuff of them but everytime you write you should send a press release to at least 4 -8 of the press release sites that have the highest rankings...

      or so the experts tell me.... "git 'er done!"

    • Lissie profile imageAUTHOR

      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 

      13 years ago from New Zealand

      So RT you want to know how to fit more time into the day - for that you will have to buy the Ebook only $39.95 for a limited time with resell rights :-)

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      RT Cunningham 

      13 years ago

      This is some great information, but when do I squeeze the time to do it? I'm already writing 3 blogs and getting ready to start another.

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      Lauren Romano 

      13 years ago

      Great hub!

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      13 years ago

      Refreshing info Lissie! I too get bored very easily and need to be challenged. My passion is writing and learning about the different ways to make money from home. Once I find a good one, I'll learn everything about it, try it, make some money at it and then find something else. It's the challenge that inspires me! Keep up the good work!

    • Lissie profile imageAUTHOR

      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 

      13 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi Jerrico, yes I read the contract carefully too - but to me if I can write it once I can write it again! The unique format of HubPages means that I would extensively have to re-write it too. If I had a storey accepted for the local magazine or a travel magazine I imagine I would have to sign a similar agreement. Yes the money isn't great - but it doesn't take me as long to do them as you mention. And I still get the normal revenue share and they do tend to be my best hubs for that too!

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      Jerrico Usher 

      13 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Give up your copyright for 25.00 are you insane? sorry that was what came to my head when I saw that ( I think your peaches ) to me 25.00 for my hard work is a bit miniscule, some, ok dam near all of my hubs are taking an average of 3 days to format (4 hours to write, the rest of the time to format, rewrite, edit, and my curse I cant reread it withough a new angle popping in my head that just has to be in there.. sigh.. but I love it.. when you mentioned the 25 bucks I got a bit excited (until you said I had to give up my copyright) I was thinking oh snap, I think I could convert ALL of my hubs to flagship and my calculator in my head started punching out how many I'd need to write to make this years income :)

      if you ask me its a great program but making you give up your work for that little is a bit rediculous.. I'd like to convert later my hubs into books to sell, so I could make alot more retaining my rights in the long run.. but thanx for writing this, it opened my eyes alittle more.. when I get some time in I'll write one too, for now I just want to get all this data out of my head on psychology and symbology of life onto hubs! I love you guys, this is my second family.. I look forward to reading hubs, seeing and interacting in the forum and writing hubs as much as I do earning my paycheck at my day job! it is truly addicting here but I don't see myself in hub rehab any time soon. Its funny when I write the hubs I come to the forums to force a break, read hubs to clear my head of the topic I'm on, and sometimes I gain new ideas for hub (hence the longgggg list of hub topics I have jotted into this text file...


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      13 years ago

      Thanks Lissle for sharing the information.I feel I made more friends here from all over the globe than just think of money and that makes me feel great.Great hub!

    • Lissie profile imageAUTHOR

      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 

      13 years ago from New Zealand

      Yes sunshine you can takea holiday like Ijust did and come back to find your traffic is builiding! Also you can write on diverse topics without having to start up multiple sites/blogs

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      13 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Lissie - Thanks for the informative article. I agree that HubPages is great; I might also add that being able to write less frequently than a blog is a nice feature of HubPages as well. I look forward to reading more of your hubs!

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      Research Analyst 

      13 years ago

      I like your hubs

    • Lissie profile imageAUTHOR

      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 

      13 years ago from New Zealand

      I think that's a profund comment MrM - many on the internet really seem to think that making 1000's within days is somehow their right!

    • MrMarmalade profile image


      13 years ago from Sydney

      I have not done anything at all about making money. I believe what ever craft or area you perform in must serve an apprenticeship. I consider Hubs are my apprenticeship.

      When i become good I will earn some money. I am learning from you great Hubbers

      Thank you all for an incredible couple of months. I have enjoyed the hubs immensely and learnt a vast amount. Please enjoy to night and have a better 2008 than ever.

    • Lissie profile imageAUTHOR

      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 

      13 years ago from New Zealand

      Ihope that the whole SEO, writing for the keywords dies off as more and more people make less and less money - that will hopefully leave content king!

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      Rik Ravado 

      13 years ago from England

      Thanks for your views on HubPages. I've only been around HubPages less than a week but already find them very promising. Agree with what you say about content being key. We write best about what we are passionate about. I like the keyword map in the hubber profile. It challenges me as to if I am reflecting who I really am via my writing.

      Here are my experiences of Helium:

      Once again thanks for an informative hub!

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      13 years ago from USA

      Very interesting hub. I enjoy writting what I love about. It's cool you make money at it.

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      Raven King 

      13 years ago from Cabin Fever

      Great Hub! Here it has been snowing for two weeks in a row, freezing temp. for a whole month, so I will read your travel articles with tremendous enthusiasm. Yeah!

    • Lissie profile imageAUTHOR

      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 

      13 years ago from New Zealand

      So true WordPlay - it started to dawn on me that it's just easier to write something that someone else wants to read rather than all the dogy SEO marketing stuff - old fashioned but a lot more fun! I'm just really lucky my native language is the language of the internet !

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      Carla Chadwick 

      13 years ago from Georgia

      This post is an inspiration for me! You're right about how boring the SEO/making money world is becoming. I've only been blogging since November of this year and it didn't take me long to get sick of seeing all the tricky online money-making tactics out there. Thank goodness, content really is king.

      Thanks for a great hub. :-)

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      13 years ago

      Good input to the request.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 

      13 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Great HUB Lissie! Hubpages is all you say it is

      regards Zsuzsy

    • Lissie profile imageAUTHOR

      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 

      13 years ago from New Zealand

      I grew up with no money but a parent who was determined that education was the key - so I have a couple of degrees. Unfortunately as soon as Igot a job in my chosen profession - Iwas bored bored, bored, changed professions, retrained, same thing happened! When I am bored I am an awful employee - I need to be challenged to stay interested and once I have done something well once I have no real interest in repeating it! I can understand why an employer would want me too I just can't be bothered! It's taken me a long time to walk away from well-paid employement though - traveling is fine but I had a bit of crises the day my partner started his new job and Ihad to stay home and "work" on the internet - "work" because the pay rate is not good enough yet! At least there are lot s of unskilled jobs around in Australia so I think I will get a part-time one of those to pay the bills and feel I'm contributing something while I try and get this writing gig to pay!

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      13 years ago from singapore

      good going for you. congrats.

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      13 years ago from UK

      Very courageous, Lissie. Your decision to reject the corporate world and travel. I really admire you.

    • Lissie profile imageAUTHOR

      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 

      13 years ago from New Zealand

      Yes retireyoung i wonder about a buyout too, though google seems to be starting their own competition in knol so maybe not for another year. I also worry that I don't really have a copy of all the content on my own server - just the words !

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      13 years ago

      A nice informative hub lis.

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      Eileen Hughes 

      13 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Great Hub, And give me some more ideas to try

      I see you have som on travel I have a travel hub too. On Caravanning

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      Shrihari Sawant 

      13 years ago from Goa (India)

      You have nice hub. Wish you happy new year

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      13 years ago from Bali

      Congratulations on your success with HP. Just be careful not to put all of your eggs in the one basket. It wouldn't surprise me if there was a buy out of HP in 2008.


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