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How To Make Money on HubPages

Updated on October 24, 2008

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I'm not going to make money on this hub. I'm not selling an eBook promising some magic formula that will shower you in effortless wealth. Heck, I'm not even running ads on the page! After all HubPages has given me, I'm just giving a little back.

I first started hubbing a year and a half ago, and by the time I joined the HubPages team as Community Manager six months ago, I was already making over $1000 a month from AdSense on my hubs. (Yes, it's continued to grow since then.) By popular request among users, this, my 200th hub, is dedicated to passing on some simple tips for boosting traffic and earnings.

Note: When I sat down to write it, I quickly realized that I have much more to say on the subject than could possibly fit in a single hub, so look for forthcoming hubs that address the points I make here in more detail.

Making Money on HubPages

The key to HubPages success is this: write good hubs.  I know that's not what your average user wants to hear, but it's the truth.  If making money were as easy as copying, pasting, and link-dropping, you could train your pet monkey to do it.  Unfortunately, it requires some thought and effort, initially.  The good news is, on HubPages you only have to do the work once, and it keeps on paying off.

So now the question becomes, how do you write a good, money-making hub?  Since this isn't an English lesson, I'll take you through some important aspects of building the hub itself, and let you fill in the details.

Increase your earnings!
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Types of Traffic

When creating a hub for the purpose of making money, it's vital to understand that traffic alone won't bring in the bucks.  Not all traffic is created equal.  Traffic from within HubPages, for example, will not make you any money at all. 

HubPages Traffic

If you think about it, this is common sense--people who are already here on HubPages read your hubs in a mindset of community participation.  They often leave very thoughtful comments, and might join your fan club, which feels great, but they are not going to click on any ads.

Social Bookmarking

Likewise, visitors from social bookmarking sites like Digg, Stumbleupon, Mixx, and Reddit are probably reading your hubs in the mentality of casual web-surfing.  They are not necessarily looking for a page on your specific topic, they are simply browsing things that other people have found interesting.  I, personally, do not bother bookmarking my hubs.  Most of these sites have policies against submitting your own work, so you can not only get yourself banned, you may also penalize all hub listings across the entire site.  If one of your hubs is on a topic that is likely to be popular on social bookmarking sites, someone else will probably submit it.

Search Engine Traffic

The type of traffic that monetizes best is search engine traffic.  Visitors who come from Google searches (just as an example... Yahoo or AOL or any other search engine as well) are actively seeking out information on your topic.  And if they're doing that, there is a higher probability that they will click on ads that offer relevant information or related products.

Building A Money-Making Hub

Once you understand the types of traffic, and which one you're going for, you're already halfway there. It's important to pick a good topic, title, and relevant tags, but these tasks become infinitely easier when you have a goal in mind: making your hubs search-worthy and searchable.

Over time, I'll be adding hubs to this series, addressing particular elements of hub building and sharing specific tips to make hubs that make money!  If there's a specific topic you'd like me to address in more detail sooner, rather than later, leave a comment with your request.

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      gardener den 3 years ago from Southwestern, Pennsylvania

      Maddie great hub and great information for me to use! Keep up the great work and hope you sometime take a look at my gardening hubs. Thanks again for great information! Gardener Den

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      Ilona 3 years ago from Ohio

      I haven't considered the way different types of traffic impact earnings. That was an interesting point.

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      Linda Bryen 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you Maddie for great info and congratulations on your 200 hubs. Now I know that the traffic from google is the one that makes money.

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      Angel Caleb Santos 4 years ago from Hampton Roads, Virginia

      Good information. I do agree. You have to do your homework in order to have a successful hub.

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      Rehana Stormme 4 years ago

      This is one of my favorite hubs in this topic and I keep returning to it time and time again. However, things have changed with all the Google Panda updates etc...I'm wodering if you're still having the same rate of success with your hubs as you did 3 years ago when you wrote this hub? Especially with Google Adsense alone?

      I'd be grateful if you replied! Thanks.

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      jiro 5 years ago from India

      thank you for the information provided

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      tjml 5 years ago

      The best hub I found about making money on hubpages.com, If someone want to earn money form his hubs, he must have search engine friendly contents and it is only possible if he has a little knowledge of SEO. Thank you for sharing this secret. Voted UP

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      Jen Baldwin 5 years ago from Joplin, MO

      you rock. thank you

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      beginners-dslr 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Thanks Maddie, the more I read your Hubs, the more I addicted to it. Thanks for the resourceful Hubs, voted up!

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      eisutton 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Wow. Thank you for sharing. As a neophite, I can use all the help that I can get.

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      daskittlez69 5 years ago from midwest

      Thanks for helping those of us who are new get started.

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      Louie Bilodeau 6 years ago

      Nice of you to share.

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      CJamesIII 6 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

      I find that the biggest problem is that people who are surfing the web are not necessarily buying products or related material. How do we get people to buy? I have heard so much, both good and bad about google, I'm not sure what to think... I have my own opinions about google, but that is for another day.

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      leahlefler 6 years ago from Western New York

      I love this article. I have several hubs now, but I keep going back to re-read the basic hubpages information. I am still early in the learning curve, and it is good to go back and refresh my memory on the basics!

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      cyy822 6 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for such a useful article - you're an inspiration to us all!

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      Autumn Lynn 6 years ago from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

      Your writing is so clear and personal. You deserve the big bucks and i am so happy to hear that HP has brought you such success. I really like the community aspect of HP. I have a clear picture of what I should focus on for now and I will be looking at your other hubs as well. Thanks again for passing on your experience.

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      AutumnLockwood 6 years ago from Northern California

      Such a useful hub. Thanks!

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      Chrissy Hall 6 years ago from Indiana

      Yay! Useful info :)

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      kenneth chan 6 years ago

      wow! today,i feel extremely fortunate. just stumbled upon hubpages, and especially upon learning about your great generosity and expertise.my sincere admiration and thanks.

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      myjesus49 6 years ago

      Thanks so much for the great tips, I am new here and I don't have a clue!

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      Dave Sibole 6 years ago from Leesburg, Oh

      Thanks for the tips.

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      Maddie Ruud 6 years ago from Oakland, CA

      KKalmes,

      Definitely, some categories/niches will be more likely to make you money than others. Often, writing about politics means writing about current events, which will probably stop being searched for a month from now, if not tomorrow. Also, people looking to read about politics are not necessarily in a buying mindset.

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      KKalmes 6 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      Thanx Maddie, I feel like such a dolt when it comes to this side of hub work... teaching old dogs new tricks can be hard, but every article helps penetrate a little deep into that dark recess called my brain.

      Do you feel some categories are less likely to be money-makers, like political hubs?

      Again, thanx...

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      Karen N 6 years ago from United States

      This is going to be very helpful for a lot of people.

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      pakpub 6 years ago from Ohio

      Very inspiring. Thanks.

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      Donna Wallace 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you very much for the great hub. I'm off to read the next hub in your series.

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      Masakraa 6 years ago from east kingston

      trying my best not to get confused right now

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      George Poe 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Cool hub!!!

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      kea 7 years ago

      Great info! I plan to check out more of your hubs!

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      nearbuystore.com 7 years ago from Somewhere on the highway....

      Thanks i am reading every hub i can find to become successful.Every thing is helpful to get a right start.

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      mmgoff 7 years ago

      Thanks, Maddie. I am just trying to learn how this all works. So I write an article - publish it - index it - and then what? people search google - find my key word in the article - my article appears on the search list - they click on it - and where do ads come from? just clicking on my article makes money? clicking on an ad makes money? I'm 80 years young, semi-retired and would really like to start making some money with my writing ability. I did put an article in a hub - but then what?

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      Dileep Kumar 7 years ago

      Thanks.it is very useful to me to know about making money from hub pages

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      makeeasymoneyguru 7 years ago

      Was searching for "easy ways to make money online" saw your how to make money on hubpages. Great info on quick easy ways to make money.

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      TonieTate 7 years ago from Metro-Atlanta

      Thanks for sharing these useful tips. I especially appreciate the tip about how to get the most out of traffic. I look forward to reading more of your hubs. Peace and Blessings.

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      Janaki Silva 7 years ago

      Thanks.yes, I got an idea

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      liswilliams 7 years ago from South Africa

      excellent, especially for a newbie!

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      knowledgeispower 7 years ago

      How do you promote your hubs for better search engine placement?

      Thanks,

      George

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      ElGringoSalsero 7 years ago from Palm City, Florida

      I love people who get straight to the point and who present a logical argument. Your article solidifies for me what I believed was likely the case. Thanks for giving me a more clear direction.

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      Helen 7 years ago from Florida

      Very helpful and honest. Thanks

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      Guidemyspirit 7 years ago

      Making money on Hubs requires a lot of work, but it of course can be done with the right type of hubs. Mostly products I think.

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      SuDhAnSu infihub 7 years ago

      thanks a lot for the most relevant pieces of information

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      jennasbigbras 7 years ago

      Good to see someone pointing out the obvious flaw in targetting social media traffic. I fell for the twitter thing months ago. It is so obvious really that you just get lots of browsers but no buyers. It does make you feel good to have lots of page views but it feels even better when you make some real money!

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      kilobugs 7 years ago

      Thanks for the tip Maddie,

      we will keep all that into considerations

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      Arp0p 7 years ago

      Thanks for your help.

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      iplanes 7 years ago

      i just found hubs. Where have I been hiding. Having read the comments I must give it a go.

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      Tom 7 years ago from Irvine, CA

      Congratulation on your 200th hub! You have been busy! Thanks for the tips about how to create a money making hub.It is a given (for most people) to write a hub that makes sense and is useful and helpful.What many people find difficult is how to get the right keywords, the kind of keywords that produce $ from your hubs?

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      linda gray 7 years ago

      Thanks for your clarity on this topic. You make perfect sense. You are an inspiration.

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      Sandi 3m 7 years ago

      I am a newby, thanks for the info. It is wonderful of you to want to help others to do what you do so well!

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      adelowo adeshina 7 years ago

      with hubpages hope to see myself sweaming in an ocean of money

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Maddie Ruud

      Thank your for the great tips. I am still finding my way around hubpages after 5 months! How do I get my scores up?

      This information has been quite helpful.

      Blessings

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      Philip Cooper 7 years ago from Olney

      Thanks for this hub very informative. I want to make some additional income from writing hubs and I will follow your advice. One thing puzzles me however. How on earth do I get Ebay adverts to work? Do you know?

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      DREAM ON 7 years ago

      I just started recently and I thought adsense was just another hidden scam to go to a pay sight.I'll be look'n for you and all the help you can offer.You are very thoughtful to really want to help others.thanks from the bottom of this page to the top of my heart.

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      jun 7 years ago

      Thanks mate! a great resource.

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      Wesley Barras 7 years ago from Anchorage, AK

      Personally I have found social bookmarking to be a waste oil time if you want to actually make money from any website or Hub Page. The only good thing that can come from them is a possible one way link and that only happens if your content is especially good or highly engaging.

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      ghosht 7 years ago from Bangalore

      This is good information. I have just published two articles. Thank you for so much of information.

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      Lilian Schaler 7 years ago

      Great informations, Maddie, thanks for this!

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      sean159 7 years ago

      Just sigend up and am very happy to say that this is the first hub I have read yet, and I am very pleased thank you , look forward to reading more or your work :)

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      oderog 7 years ago from Nairobi

      This great and I have just added it in one of my hubs on Google Adsense Contextual, thanks for sharing

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      Johnyboy 7 years ago

      Hi,

      It seems many people are after making money directly on the hubs. But shouldn't we consider hubs and other places as an important backlink to our other websites and link them together?

      I always use social networks to bookmark everything I consider important, doesn't mater if it's my own website or not. This way, I am not considered spammer in the social programs by having bookmarked only my pages.

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      Andrew0208 7 years ago from Zion

      Thanks Maddie for sharing these helpful information. I also enjoy your discipline culture here in the community.

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      RandiSusan 7 years ago from Austin Texas

      Thanks for your help Maddie and being so generous with your knowledge and for being so very gracious. Be sure and let me know how I might returne the favor :-)

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      FREEWORKING 7 years ago from rohtak

      good view very vital thanks

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      notorious_HAI 7 years ago

      Thanks Maddie, very insightful. Also thanks for answering my question.

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      cashmere 7 years ago from India

      This makes a lot of sense. I have been on hubpages for more than three months, but only began posting in May and I've had only 45 visitors from Google. Rest of the 600 visits were from the hubpages community.

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      cym 7 years ago from Europe

      Thanks for sharing your experience! I'm looking forward to your next hubs on this topic.

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      tdarby 7 years ago

      Thanks for the great hub and info--I appreciate the tips very much.

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      laswi 7 years ago from Sri Lanka

      Thanks for all information. Certainly I will be visiting your other hubs related to this.

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      tadzio 8 years ago from Jersey City, NJ

      Thanks Maddie,

      I will be following your series intently. I've just registered and I can feel the anxiety building. Your levelheaded and generous contribution to all us Hubbers is a great tonic.

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      aniketgore 8 years ago from India

      Very good information. But to get good on google rank doesn't it required to social bookmark your site for backlinking

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      goldeye_78 8 years ago

      Thanks for that imformation.

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      marisuewrites 8 years ago from USA

      Thanks, Maddie, I'm learning from you!! Keep writing...=))

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      Louidam1 8 years ago

      Very good information and I enjoyed your Hub.

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      roastedpinebark 8 years ago from Iowa

      Man Maddie, I wish I had come across this when I first started. I amdoing the correct things on hubpages and I can already see that adsense is starting to trickle in. After a month I got my first click, now I'm up to a click per week after taking a month off because of a jam-packed schedule. I got on yesterday with the feelings that I didn't care about not making my monetary goal but I just want to share information with others, you helped to encourage my goals again. Thank you, especially for your comments in forums!

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      Mohideen Basha 8 years ago from TRICHY, TAMIL NADU, INDIA.

      thks for this great info. it is very useful like a textbook.

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      sakhan24 8 years ago

      i like your writings it is both informative and helpful

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      Reg Brittain 8 years ago from South Burlington, VT, USA

      Hi Maddie. I use this great hub as a guide and reread it often. Looking forward to the next in the series.

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      Shankar Pandiath 8 years ago from India

      Not to mention, all your hubs are great pieces - way to go... girl...

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      Bruce Elkin 8 years ago from Victoria, BC Canada

      THanks for this, Maddie. I hadn't thought about actually making money from Adsense, but you make it sound easier than I thought it would be. Much appreciated!

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      Joseph Addams 8 years ago from Standing right behind you!

      Thanks, Maddie. Wise words from someone who knows. The only social bookmarking site I deal with on a regular basis is Digg. I've never made the front page, but I have done well in converting Digg hits to Adsense. Maybe I just got lucky.

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      myway720 8 years ago from Gresham, Oregon

      Great hub! And thanks for the info. I joined hub pages about 4 months ago and have 22 hubs so far. I've made about 24 cents from adsense so far and would like to know how to make more money and you've provided good insight. I have the feeling that, while I have many tags for my hubs, they are not quite the right ones, or are worded in the wrong way. I also wonder if my titles are tripping me up with the way they are worded. Any advice would help. Again, Thanks!

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      idea4u 8 years ago from India

      Thnks Maddie

      I am Murali .. A very good information in a clear way.. keep it up

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      coffeesnob 8 years ago

      Thanks Maddie,

      Good insight

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      Thanks Maddie, there is soo much information to absorb when you are learning and is so important to get the right information from the right source in the first place. You are that right source for me. Congrats on your 200th hub. I am looking forward to the rest of the series. Great Work!

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      jmichaels59 8 years ago from Hinesville/Savannah, Ga

      As I see, all your hubs are greatm this is no exception! Great stuff

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Maddie, Thank you for the tips I am going to take them and run!!:)

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      Information Ninja 8 years ago from Canada

      I used to be a squidoo guy, but then I discovered hubpages and I became a big fan. 200 hubs; WoW! keep it up. great hub.

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      Danette Hibberd 8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Hello Maddie,

      Awesome information especially for a newbie such as me.

      Thanks

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      Michael 8 years ago

      Great Hub. Your nailed it on the head that traffic from search engines is normally always targeted traffic. Thanks for some great info

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      Jim Hickey 8 years ago from Maryville, Missouri

      Hi Maddie, Fantastic Hub and great information. I look forward to the rest of your series as it flows along. Thanks so much for providing such helpful insight.

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      dclevinger 8 years ago from Colorado

      Great hub!! Thank you so much. I just signed up and am very excited by the possibilities here. I look forward to reading more.

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      Maddie Ruud 8 years ago from Oakland, CA

      I'm on it, Hup. I plan to lay it all out, bit by bit, breaking it up into separate hubs addressing separate aspects of hub building. Just be patient... I still want to write the stuff that actually makes me the money too. ;)

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      Ryan Hupfer 8 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Great tips, Maddie....a solid way to breek through the 200 mark. It's also probably worth telling how long an average Hub takes you to complete and what steps you go through before actually sitting down and writing. Things like research, organization, finding media to insert, etc.

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      nramos 8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Great hub you have here. :) I'm trying to make money from HubPages myself hehe.

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      Sascha H 8 years ago from The Netherlands

      Again, great information! I'm looking forward to the other hubs in this series.Thanks.

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      MM Del Rosario 8 years ago from NSW, Australia

      Hi Maddie,

      thanks for sharing your secrets, I enjoy reading your hubs and looking forward in reading more of this series. Wow...i wish I can make a 1000 a month from adsense..... right now I am very happy that I receive 100 a month from adsense.

      All the best!!!

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      jerrysmarketmerge 8 years ago from Phila.

      Hi Maddie! I am also looking forward to your hubs. I write about seniors and attraction marketing and give before you take is the concept of attraction marketing and you are surely giving.

      Thanks

      Jerry

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      sminut13 8 years ago from singapore

      i agree, you can help with the how to but not do it. i can't wait for your series also. i definitely need help though once i'm more free in the near future, i'll be coming back again to look through your tips and start writing again. for now, on hiatus hehe and grats on your 201 posts now^_^

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      Maddie Ruud 8 years ago from Oakland, CA

      Paul:

      I think it's true that many people are protective of what they might consider "secrets" to success (often because they want to make money selling them), but the great thing about HubPages is that me making money and someone else making money are not mutually exclusive.

      Also, I just think it's good karma. When I joined HubPages, I sort of floundered around and hit upon these things through trial and error. What seems like common sense to me now was Greek to me then, and I could have used someone pointing out some of the things I now take for granted when I write hubs.

      I don't feel threatened by the prospect of sharing. In the end, I can impart knowledge, but not necessarily wisdom. I can help people with the "how-to," but I can't do it for 'em.

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      Paul Edmondson 8 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      Hi Maddie, I'm looking forward to your series. It's rare that people who are successful actually say how they do it. I'm sure your over 1400 fans will appreciate the series.

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      MrMarmalade 8 years ago from Sydney

      i sincerely thank you.

      I have not attempted to make any money from Hub Pages. May be one day when I have served my apprenticeship, that day may come.

      Again thank you and congratulations

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      James Paterson 8 years ago from Scotland

      Congrats on Hub 200 Maddie and thankyou for sharing some of your secrets lol, the truth is that you are a great writer first and foremost and your work deserves to be read.....jimmy

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