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Ten Golden Rules of Writing & Earning Money on Hubpages.

Updated on April 3, 2015

Know your role in Hubpages.

I have been a member here for just over two years and I can tell you that I didn't discover the holy grail of hubpages, neither do I have some kind of magic powers of making payouts every month. What you should know that every person here is unique and that means what works for me may not necessarily work for you and vice versa. Of course you are allowed to tiptoe around what other hubbers do here that gets them monthly payouts, but mostly it’s all to do with you. Don’t underestimate your worth of using your own unique style of turning the hubpages fortunes around for you.

So rather than fall for the usual banter of “how to make money on hubpages” I have decided to write this a little differently and hopefully you will understand that hubpages is more than just making money.

Always start your hub with a pen and paper.
Always start your hub with a pen and paper. | Source

Writing Should Be Your Ultimate Goal And Not Money Making!

This is the foundation that every hubber should build on. When you sign up to hupages, you’re telling the world that you are a writer and your purpose is … [drum roll]… TO WRITE!!

If your main motive is to make money, then hubpages is not for you as I promise you, you won’t make a dime. Writing is a passion. It’s a desire to put pen to paper. It’s something you must crave to do always. If you crave only to make money, you will crash and burn and will never earn the money you desire.

Being a writer means you have something to say and rather than saying what you need to say, you have the ability to write it. Think of writing as a form of chatting. Some people are just not good with speech. In fact the most brilliant writers are usually useless speakers. Classic example is William Shakespeare. He had a serious stammering tongue and could barely speak without stuttering or flustering and yet his writing speaks more in volumes than his speech and his work has been alive and still alive and will be alive for a long time.

That is what your focus should be on. Focus on providing future generations with something to read.

Writing in an art that lets you tell the world your story or your discovery.
Writing in an art that lets you tell the world your story or your discovery. | Source

It’s All About Quality, Not Quantity!

You would think I'm stating the obvious, but apparently many people still think it’s about writing lots of hubs that will rake you the dough. WRONG!! What is the point of writing a sack of hubs if no one is going to read your work?? You can write a million hubs and not have one single person read them. Why - because it’s not attracting anyone to read it. Think about that!

Every time you write a hub, write as if you are the reader. What attracts you to read something? It’s because of the way the writer has presented his/her words, so you need to write with the reader’s view in mind.

I've seen hubbers here who have been HP members for several years and have written over a thousand hubs and yet they have less than a thousand views and have never made a payout and I've seen some hubbers who have been here just a few months and have less than ten hubs, have close to a million views and make monthly payouts. I'm not discouraging you from writing a million hubs. All I'm saying is it’s WHAT you write that matters and not HOW much you can write.

Every writer must have these!
Every writer must have these! | Source

Get Rid of Unrealistic Expectations!

I'm just going to touch on further what I said earlier about having a money making motivation behind your writing. It is possible to make money on HP but don’t expect a monthly salary payout. It’s an unpredictable arena.

Today you could have a thousand views and the next two months you could have zero views. Today you could make a cent and tomorrow a few dollars then you could stay months before you see another cent and then suddenly BOOM! It shoots up to $500, which is why I stressed that money making should not be your goal of joining Hubpages. This is so you avoid disappointment and discouragement.

Shakespear was a persuasive writer who controlled your attention!
Shakespear was a persuasive writer who controlled your attention! | Source

Be A Persuasive Writer

That means write something that will catch not only a reader’s attention, but it will prompt the reader to go on a mind fest where your article gets them thinking all day long about what you wrote. Now I don’t mean a sales pitch! (I hate those!) Write something emotional or controversial. People love reacting to what they read and if you write anything that prompts a reader to have a reaction, then you know you’ve written a quality hub.

Acknowledge Other Hubbers – They Are the Key to Your Traffic Feed

I can’t tell you how much I appreciate some of the very good writers I have met on here. I enjoy reading their work and wherever and whenever I can, I always leave a comment on their work. Nothing is more thrilling to a writer than knowing their work is read and appreciated.

Now you may wonder why is this important? Because every hubber here is a leader with a pack of followers that are dedicated in reading their work. So, if their leader reads a hub and likes it, he will share it with his followers and chances are those followers will share that work with their followers and so on. Pretty soon you will have a whole legion of your own that is following and sharing your work. So don’t underestimate the power of commenting and reading other people’s work.

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No Affiliate Marketers Please!

Okay, now let’s get technical about what you should or shouldn't write. Ten years ago, affiliate marketing was the king and only way of making money on the internet. But now, it’s really an annoying venture and people have figured that out. Even Google and Facebook hates affiliate marketers which is why if you try to use their services as an affiliate marker you get kicked out. It’s why most of them fail at it because it’s a dead end enterprise.

I for one will never buy a product if I see or smell an affiliate link on it. So if you’re an affiliate marketer, please exit hubpages as you won’t make a cent here. If there is one thing HP hates is affiliate products and promotion of products in general. Since this is mainly a writer’s arena and not a marketing dome, you will find it hard to get readers if your hubs are just about promoting products and services. So as a general rule, avoid writing anything that sounds like a sales pitch or has to do with any kind of products.

Information and not links!

If there is one thing I can’t stand is a hub that has excessive links to various websites. Though linking is good, but too much of it is a killer. Remember, the reader clicked on your hub and is expecting to find the information they are looking for through your hub. So if you put so many links, then the reader will not read your hub at all. Instead they will either exit your hub or they will click on one link and then get bored of clicking links and forget about your hub.

It takes an average of two seconds for someone to decide whether your hub is worth reading, so if you plaster it with links there’s a good chance you will lose that reader. I’ve seen some hubs where almost every word is highlighted with a link, which is so annoying. The purpose of your hub is to answer the questions that the reader is searching for. So try and avoid putting excessive links all over your hubs and write something that will fulfil your reader’s needs.


This hub is based on my experience on here, so this is only a guideline and not the actual ways in which hub pages operates. Like I said, every one has their unique ways of earning and writing here on hubpages, so these methods may not be applicable to you.

Add the eBay and Amazon Capsules… They help!

I am amazed how so many people neglect using this fundamental key to helping you rake the dough on here. If you want to make some cash on hubpages then you have to sign up for Amazon Associates and eBay programs.

The reason why these two are important is because almost every internet surfer knows eBay and Amazon and they are likely to purchase products from these merchants because they are trusted world wide merchants and you’re guaranteed payment if someone buys a product from a capsule on your hub. That doesn’t mean you should flood your hub with capsules! I only use 1-3 capsules per hub and this has worked very well.

Don’t expect to make regular money from this. This depends entirely on the traffic flow and popularity of the topic of your hub. But in the long run, they do add a boost to your earnings.

Google updates its policies every few months.
Google updates its policies every few months. | Source

The Adsense factor – How to get accepted

This is one heading that needs its own hub! Every time I look in the forums there’s always someone lamenting on being unable to get their adsense application approved. Well you need Adsense because without it, you can’t participate in the HP program and you can’t get paid. So I will just summarize briefly how you can get an adsense account.

Sign up with - This is actually the easiest way to get it. Create a blog and write whatever you want as long as your account is active. Since blogger is part of the Google franchise, you will be prompted to sign up for an adsense account and if your account is active then you will certainly get an adsense approval within 14 days.

UPDATE: Google now requires your blogger account to be active for six months before you apply for an adsense account!

Write at least 35 featured hubs - This is a painful way of doing it but adsense have now tightened their criteria of accepting new accounts. When I started, I believe you only needed five articles but now it’s jumped up to 35.

Have your own website – and not an affiliate website! Google hates affiliates! Build your own word press or any other website and make sure you use a purchased domain name. Your website should receive some traffic and should be active for at least 180 days and then apply for Adsense. Your account should be approved within seven days.

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      5 years ago

      i really enjoyed your piece,keep it up and i wish to write like you

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      Ashley Vailu'u 

      5 years ago from Central Texas

      I had absolutely no idea that Shakespeare had a stammering tongue! Unfortunately I can relate, but I do feel better about my poor speech skills now. Anyway, I read about your concerns in the forums, and I have to say your written dialect is very smooth and sensible. Also, I wish I'd known about a year ago! It took me 12 months to get approved for google adsense. Voted up for good advice :)

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      Jasmine S 

      5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Hi Nona weeks Glad you found this useful. Thanks for stopping by x

      Hi Rosualdo- Thanks for your vote I appreciate it and thanks for stopping by.

      Hi aesta - I'm glad this hub got your attention. Thanks for your lovely comment!

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      Mary Norton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I usually don't bother reading a hub like this but you're right, your title got me and you're right again, someone in my circle made a comment in your hub and was shared to me so here I am. I read through your well written hub and your points are spot on.

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      Rosualdo Ponce 

      5 years ago from Gawad Kalinga Village Ticad, Bantayan, Cebu, Philippines

      What a very informative hub, I like your insights specially about quality and quantity, and the expectation about earning. Thanks for the information. Voted up useful and interesting.

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      Nona Weeks 

      5 years ago from Florissant, CO

      Thank you for sharing this very helpful information. In my years of writing online I have learned that so many thinks that it is easy and quick money. This is something that you have to enjoy doing, the money is just a benefit.

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      Jasmine S 

      5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Hey Cam no problem. I'm also as lost as you are when it comes to Word press and domains it's why I just stay hubpages so they do all that for me and I do is write! Thanks for stopping by.

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      Chris Mills 

      5 years ago from Traverse City, MI

      Well, I have adsense, make $10 a month, have blogger and use it. Have wordpress, but don't use it. I'm lost in terms of what Domains are and how to use a domain name. I'll keep researching. I'd like to increase my income, but am not hopeful as my hubs cover such a wide range of writing types and subjects.

      Having said that, I have a feeling you are a valuable resource. So, I'll check your hubs and see if I find more articles like this. Thanks so much for your work on this hub.

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      Jasmine S 

      5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Hey Nadine! I was not aware that eBay is not South Africa friendly but I do hate the fees I have to pay and Amazon is no better. But I don't really pay much attention to the capsules as its all just fluke money lol. Comes today and you won't see another penny for a hundred years haha. Thanks for stopping by and I'm happy to still hang around!

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      Nadine May 

      5 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I'm on amazon due to our publishing company and my own books that are listed there. I tried Ebay but found it far to expensive. Every time they deducted money from me without me earning anything. We cannot sell any products from South Africa on Ebay, due to the exchange rate, but I do wish we could add our direct Zazzle, Society6 and Redbubble product links to our articles when our design fits in with our articles. I'm glad you are staying!

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      Jasmine S 

      5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Hey Karen

      I haven't had much luck with Amazon but eBay is much better for me. And it's once in a while. Amazon for some reason just doesn't rake up traffic on HP as i haven't come across anyone that has had success using Amazon capsules.

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      Jasmine S 

      5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks Marie! Its good to be back!!

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      Marie Flint 

      5 years ago from Jacksonville, FL USA

      Honestly and enthusiastically written. You're preaching to the choir, as they say. Welcome back!

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      Karen Hellier 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      This was very interesting. I live in a state that does not allow me to be an Amazon affiliate. I wonder how much of people's earnings come from Amazon and how much from the ad programs? I think I would be doing a lot better payment wise if I could add Amazon. What do you think?

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      Mary Norton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Enjoyed reading your well written article. You do engage with you reader.

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      5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      It took me five months to earn fifty

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      Michelle Scoggins 

      6 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Hi Aneegma, thanks for the information. It is always interesting to me how other hubbers do it and if there are ways that I can improve myself.

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      6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Firstly congrats on your large payout! I aspire to get to that level - at the moment I hit payout comfortably every two months but wish to make it a monthly affair.... these are some very useful tips and I agree you need to be patient on HP before you make the big bucks but once the cash does start to trickle in it's a massive motivational factor to keep writing...

      What appeals to me re HP is how all of us hubbers are like a virtual family :)

      great hub.. voted up!

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      Jasmine JellyBaby 

      6 years ago

      This is so useful information! Thank you Aneegma. Voted up and shared.

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      Wendy Rahilly 

      6 years ago from St Petersburg, FL

      Very informative Aneegma. Lot's of great points on here to help struggling hubbers. I myself joined Hubpages years ago, but haven't written too much myself. Thinking about really going for it though.

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      Jasmine S 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Hi Shelly, sorry I only just saw your post just now but thank you for stopping by!

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      Shelley Watson 

      6 years ago

      Enjoyed reading this and agree with your suggestions. I am also here to be able to write and the camaraderie is great! Thank you for sharing.

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      Jasmine S 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Hey John! where would I be without you!!! Thank you so much for your support and your ever kind comments. You're truly one of a kind and I appreciate you every day. Thanks for the vote up!

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      Jasmine S 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Graham -I love your nic name! Sounds like a WW2 Battalion crew! Thank you for your lovely comment x

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      Jasmine S 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Bill - You're a true inspiration to all hubbers. Thank you for stopping by x

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      Jasmine S 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Hi Torrs - you sound exactly like a true hubber! Thank you for your lovely comment.

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      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Good clear easy to understand information Aneegma. I have been here for four years and haven't made a cent yet, but I love it as a place to write. Money is not important (though I won't knock it back when it comes). The most important thing is the wonderful community and the comments confirming your writing is appreciated. Voted up.

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      Graham Lee 

      6 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Very helpful and as you said not the usual presentation. Easy to understand and follow. Well done.


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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good information for those trying to make money here at HP. That was never my goal, but I understand why it is for many.

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      Tori Canonge 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Lots of great tips here! I think that too many people think that HubPages is a place to write and get paid the big bucks. Personally, I've always enjoyed writing and that's why I'm here! I've found the community to be absolutely wonderful and I enjoy getting my thoughts and ideas out there.


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