The Truth About Making Money on HubPages (and Google AdSense)
The prospect of making money online is like happening upon buried treasure or winning the lottery...it's possible, but not easy and your chances are about the same for all of them. It seems like it is right at your fingertips,and it is...sorta. The good thing about trying to make money online is it takes little initial investment and it can be fun.
Making money on HubPages depends on how much time you plan on dedicating to it, how consistent you are, and how tech and Internet savvy you are. The basics of HubPages is outlined on many other hubs so I'm not going into detail about all that. I would suggest you sign up for Google AdSense and utilize Google's many tools such as Google Analytics and tools section such as researching keywords and strategies on the Google AdWords Keyword tool.
I'll take a little time here to note the most helpful tool (Google Adwords Keyword tool), in my opinion. The Keyword tool for my profession as a business blogger and social media marketer is essential. The trick to this tool is using keywords (or "tags") that give you the most bang for your buck. Using words that have fairly high search numbers and low competition- the tool will display all this. Applying those keywords strategically, and often, in your hubs or blogs (also in the title if possible) is key.
Key Point: You won't make any money without Google Ads and/or affiliate programs. Sign up for Google Ads and learn as much as possible on there.
Time- how much and how long?
Short and simple- it takes time to make money on HubPages. I read tons of hubs about making money on HubPages and not one admitted HOW LONG it really took. Time has to be the most under-noted aspect among making money online articles, and yet it is the number one important aspect (and truth) about making money online. If you scope out my profile page it will read, right below my picture, that I've been on HubPages for three years. That's your first clue about how long until you can make noticeable money on HubPages...actually that's two clues.
First, it takes a while to make money here- I've just begun to make what I consider a decent amount. I said decent, not great and certainly not a living...yet! Second clue is anyone who has been on HubPages for less than a year and writes something about how to make money on here... is lying or tooting their proverbial, and imaginary, horn. Don't read the hubs about people who made tons of money on HubPages within their first year. It's a crock!
Please note: I will mention thisdue to some commenters who pointed out there are people who make money quickly on here because they already come to Hubpages with experience...writing and/or Internet and marketing savvy.
Now if you spend a significant amount of time on Hubpages you may see better results sooner than I did. I am middle of the road tech savvy so I'm not extremely efficient when it comes to making sense of things like Google AdSense and other affiliate programs like Amazon and eBay.If you are highly tech savvy, have a lot of time to spend on here, and are very consistent with your writing, your results will likely average better than mine.
Other than money: Write for reasons other than money. HubPages began as a hobby... a chance to do what I love (write) and relate to other adults while I was staying at home with my first baby. It's extremely rewarding in several aspects. The good thing about reaching a significant amount of time (3 yrs) and perservering on here is I now make money without having to do anything- it's automatically generated revenue which is nice.
For me...year one and two generated hardly any money, but year three has earned me more than quadruple in revenue.I think people have to know and see that you're extablished on the Internet. Writers and bloggers on the Internet are a dime a dozen so you have to stick out and stand out in a crowd of billions- not as easy as it may sound. OK it doesn't even sound easy.
Key Point:I can't stress consistency enough- you must write regularly and answer comments regualrly as well. Time also translates into work- it takes time and work.
#1 Pimp Yourself
I once told someone I do social media marketing for businesses and they said 'so basically you pimp business and people online'...well, yes. You've got to market yourself and the best way i found to do this is be you...there is nothing more unique than you. I'm authentic on hubpages and my other Internet ventures.
I see people starting on Hubpages and they try copying the type of stuff other hubbers are doing or trying to be like someone else. It doesn't work. And on that note, you've got to do some extra leg work to get your work out there. Utilize other sites and social media. Pimp yourself and your hubs.
Followers Don't Matter
It's harsh but true...and I love my HubPages buddies. I don't take them for granted at all (they give me inspiration), but here's the truth...The hubbers that follow you are a very small portion of your audience and really don't make a dent in your revenue regarding the money you make off page views and clicks through Google AdSense.
The Goodfella Goodfollows: The benefit of attaining more followers is it gives you a start and a challenge. Later when you have a significant amount of followers, you don't have to spend time seeking or searching out people on HubPages to follow. People seek you when you have an impressive amount of followers. But still, followers don't have much of an impact on your HubPages earnings.
Key Point: The readers/ audience that actually makes you money is the Internet audience running searches on Google and other search engines- your regular readers/ hubbers on HubPages do not make you the money. I love you guys but I'm being honest (this is the truth about making money on HubPages).
Content, Charisma, and Craft
Content is king! I heard this advice when I was first starting out online writing. You want to write content-rich blogs or hubs. This means a topic or subject that gets searched often and if you write it well or relatable, they will come. My secret is relating to others, and being a little controversial. I take pride in saying what others are thinking but don't necessarily talk about. I started out writing a few hubs on topics I thought only I was dealing with and it turns out those are my most popular hubs. Hence relating to others became my niche.
Online writing tutorials will suggest you find your "niche" and to most people that means finding one topic to write about a lot or your areas of expertise. I don't think you necessarily have to do that. Like I said before, I write about what people are thinking or what troubles them or the best thing no matter what you write about is make it a conversation. I've also written several hubs on topics I don't know much about just to get some information from others and start a conversation among readers. I've also written hubs on topics I know a ton about, but those often go flat among readers because there isn't much for them to add or comment on.
Here's the deal, you don't have to write really well. I was attacked on one of my hubs for making several grammatical errors. I'm no dumb numb nuts, I know I make errors but I don't have to be over-concerned about that when I write about an interesting topic. I don't have a lot of time (between staying at home with two small kids and a part-time job) so I'd rather focus on an idea instead of perfect grammar.
Having said all that...there are many hubbers on here that write really well. They can write the paint off a new house. For example, "Shadesbreath" and "Christoph Reilly" are awesome writers- they write about normally boring topics that would make watching paint dry exciting, but they make them interesting as hell. Then there are hubbers like me who write on interesting topics, but not my best writing I've ever done. Your other choice is being extremely knowledgeable and writing about your expertise, sharing it for others to gain something from.
Key Point: Start a conversation and make a connection with people. There's a few tactics to be good on here; be relatable or very knowledgeable or a great writer orall three if you are an over-achiever like "drbj".
Clever and good writers on HubPages
- drbj on HubPages
Interview with drbj Q – How many different careers have you had? me – Only eight: Psychologist … Marketing VP… Training Director …...
- Shadesbreath on HubPages
Shadesbreath is the sarcastic alter ego of Amazon top 10 best selling fantasy and science fiction writer John Daulton, author of the magical space...
- Christoph Reilly on HubPages
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. I call my ivy-draped house Idlewild, an Irish-like cottage on Dead Creek. Like the creek, my thoughts and...
It's not where you begin, but why you begin
Making money on HubPages or online is best started as a hobby or part-time gig. Do not start for the sake of making money...you will quit out of frustration and you will be deeply diasppointed. I said before that I sarted HubPages as a hobby and probably the only reason I have stayed for three years, and long enough to see an income from it. I do it for me and my followers (yes, followers may not make you money but they keep you going long enough to make money).
You want to see a graveyard of blogs written by people who thought they would get rich quick? Just visit Google blogs or most of the blogs created in cyberspace...usually end after a few months...and you never hear from them again.
If you begin for a hobby, it can help you find your niche- this worked for me and can work for you if you don't know exactly what your niche may be or you've tried something and it hasn't worked.
Key Point: Initially writing for the fun of it can definitely turn into something profitable and help you find your voice, your niche, and your audience. Once you've found all that, get down to business and write. Don't forget to market yourself a lot too.
Great book if you want to make a living online
No magic equation
If you do this, you get that. Nope, doesn't work this way. There is no way to tell if one person will make money versus another person or why some make more than others. All I know is if you quit, you won't make it.
I've seen certain topics do better than others and that is: How To's, Relationships, Sex, and Religion. In the meantime Politics, Current Events, and Fictional Stories do the worst- they are short-lived and may spike in views for a short time then fade quickly. The only way to see how you are doing is by using Google tools.
Concerning topics, people get too focused on page views and clicks, but you need to also know that Google pays various amounts for different topics. Someone may say they have impressive page view numbers, but that doesn't mean they are getting paid the big bucks.