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What New Hubbers Can Expect From Hubpages

Updated on March 2, 2019

It occurred to me that a Hub such as this might be helpful as I perused a few topics in the Forum featuring posts and threads from new Hubbers. Some of these included comments and concerns that I as a veteran Hubber (having joined in 2006) hadn't considered for some time. I hope that the following information is of use for those new to HubPages, as I am a huge fan and proponent of HP and all it has to offer to aspiring writers and moneymakers.

Advice from a Veteran to a New Hubber

  • It will take time before you make money. For me, it took more than a year before I actually had enough earnings to garner my first payment. From there it increased until I was making hundreds of dollars a month.

    From time to time I'll see a post in the Forums from a brand-new Hubber who is disappointed or disillusioned that they are not raking in G's through their Hubbing. I say be patient and it will pay off!

    Of course, I have my ups and downs and am making quite a bit less than I used to. Nonetheless...
  • You get what you give. It really pays back to contribute to HubPages through comments, posts, fan mail, and more. More views and visits means more traffic and more money. There are times when I'm too busy to spend a lot of time on HubPages and it shows in my earnings.

    There's a lot to learn from HubPages. I encourage you to get out there, read some Hubs, and see what there is to know that you may not have thought about before.
  • Get as involved as you can. There have been many programs and contests I have participated in over the years. For instance, the Flagship program helped me write several high-quality Hubs that have earned me a lot of traffic and revenue. I entered contests and won a few hundred bucks by participating. I have been asked to serve as a judge for contests, which has been a very rewarding experience (I even got a free HubPages shirt! :) I also am a member of the HubPages Elite, which helps me gain exposure and greet new Hubbers.

    It's also great to maintain friendships on HubPages. People you meet on HP can become loyal friends and fans. Which brings me to my next point...
  • Value the relationships you make on HubPages. I have met a lot of great people on HubPages and have learned a lot from Hubbers around the world. Not only can you meet interesting people or people you have a lot in common with, but you can also make relationships and connections that can get you more traffic (i.e. they link to your Hub or mention you in their writing).

    We are also a great resource for your questions!
  • We are not trying to patronize you or put you down when we share advice or feedback. On the contrary! We want to help you be better Hubbers. HubPages is all about sharing input to help improve your presence and experience online.

    I was reading a Hub by a new member, and one of the comments suggested what they could do to make the Hub better. The new Hubber replied that this was very rude, and I was taken aback because through all of my experiences on HubPages, I had never considered feedback as anything other than an effort to help me. Please understand that HubPages is all about community members helping others. The interactions with more seasoned Hubbers can prove very helpful.
  • Before you start writing Hubs, make sure you know how to do them the right way. I know it's tempting to jump into it and start right away, but it will save you a lot of grief if you take the time to visit the Learning Center (see link below) and learn how to write effective Hubs, how to cite photos, and more. Also take a look at the Forums and see what insights other Hubbers have shared about their experiences.

    I started with HubPages long ago when I was quite a bit younger, and I didn't realize all of the issues that were inherent in using images from the Internet that were not mine. Once I had 400+ Hubs, I realized that I needed to cite images, and there was a right way to do it. I had to go back and fix all of my Hubs, and this was quite an undertaking.
  • Write from the heart. HubPages has been very meaningful to me because of the comments and feedback I've received on Hubs that I have written with no purpose other than sharing something that I am passionate about. I've gotten comments from people saying that I have truly helped them.

    One that I still remember was when I first started HubPages - I had written about why I love Christmas (because Christmas is my favorite holiday and means a lot to me), and I got a message from a soldier who was serving in Afghanistan. He said that he enjoyed reading my Hub because it helped him feel like it was still Christmastime, even though he was away from his family for the holidays.

I am glad that you are part of HubPages, or considering joining, because it is a wonderful community that can really benefit you. Please let me know if you have any questions along the way, and happy Hubbing!


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    • glassvisage profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you all very much for your comments! I do hope this is helpful and encouraging :)

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      Earl Noah Bernsby 

      7 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

      The HP powers that be oughta place a link to this Hub right on the HubPages homepage. You have a charming, homey writing style that is — at once — disarming, genuine, and heartwarming. Even after having been a member here for almost two years, I learned something new from this Hub. (I had not seen the video by Kevin Timothy before today.)

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      Gwendolyne Black 

      7 years ago from Erwin, TN

      Love your hub very realistic and down to the facts. Enjoyed it very much!!

    • theluckywriter profile image


      7 years ago from Canada

      This is a very encouraging hub for new hubbers like me. Thanks for sharing!

    • cosmomed profile image


      7 years ago from Sarawak. Malaysia

      In terms of earnings, Hubpages is much better than Triond. And Triond has non-existent customer support service. The badges on Hubpages is a good motivation for writers!

    • glassvisage profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Northern California

      Very true - they did send me a box of fortune cookies once... Long story.

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      7 years ago

      thanks for ur article , its really appreciable but may be u have forgotten mention about free donuts.

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      Russ Moran - The Write Stuff 

      8 years ago from Long Island, New York

      It's great to see advice from a person who has earned the right to give it. This is an excellent hub from a successful HP veteran. I've been on HP just shy of a year and it's good to be reminded that patience is a part of the HP game. Thank you! Voted up useful and awesome.

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      Devika Primić 

      8 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Excellent points made here, I noticed the increase in my earnings once I became an active user, you shared valuable thoughts here and is true about HP thanks

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      Tirralan Watkins 

      8 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Glassvisage, thank you for these tips. Because of your article I made sure to attribute my photos properly. Thank you!

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      Jann Solo 

      8 years ago from HOUSTON, TEXAS

      this was a great read and gave me good insight into what hub pages is about.

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      Better Living 

      8 years ago

      I appreciate the tips!

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      Katee Shew 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Very Interesting article! It's always nice to hear about success stories and you give a lot of great information.

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      Carla J Swick 

      8 years ago from NW PA

      Thank you so much for your article - as a new hubber it has been very useful and will save me alot of time in the long run. Cheers!

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      8 years ago from USA

      This is great and really encouraging for me, as I am just starting out with this. I do agree you have to be patient with the earnings. I think sometimes people don't realize the amount of work it does take, especially since there are a ton of content out there on the internet.

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      William H Taylor 

      8 years ago from Binghamton NY

      Thank you. I got the photos from public domain dot com, and I only have a few so I should be able to find them with time and correct my mistake. My new hub is OK. I applied for the apprenticeship program and I am reading the Learning center material. I am also studying good hubs. I shared my latest hub today. I will figure out where to share them off HP, thanks.

    • glassvisage profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Northern California

      Good luck kartika!

      wtaylorjr, I think that the reasons why you want to be on HubPages makes you perfect for this place :) I did the same thing when I started by not citing images correctly, and when I realized how to do it, I had 400 Hubs already, and had to go back and fix all of them! It took forever! But it was worth it.

      When they say to share Hubs, I feel it means to share it elsewhere on the Web, on social media, etc. I think you're right that some Hubbers may not click through links when other Hubbers share links on the pages here on HP.

      You should consider the Apprenticeship program with HubPages: This could help you and I think you have the motivation to do it!

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      William H Taylor 

      8 years ago from Binghamton NY

      As I sit before this monitor after having read your hub, after watching the video you provided, I come to the realization I've made a lot of mistakes since I've joined hubpages. I am very very grateful to you for this.

      I did not read the material in the learning center before starting. I know nothing of citing images, and worse even though I credited some, I've forgotten where I got most.

      I looked at the video and it said to always share your hubs. I received a warning when I shared one hub that it shouldn't be done. It said that it only goes to hubbers and it could be annoying. Should I share or not?

      I could use all the help I can get. I need to improve. I crave a writing skill that is good enough to reach into the soul of one who grieves and plant a seed of hope, and of joy that will grow without bounds. To achieve this I know I cannot do it alone, and thus I would be grateful for all the help I can get. Improvement should always be one of our top goals, there lies perfection.

      Thank you again for your wonderful post, and for teaching me through example.

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      kartika damon 

      8 years ago from Fairfield, Iowa

      Very encouraging - I am a bit discouraged about the earnings but your raise some good points.

    • glassvisage profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Northern California

      Thanks for the comments! mizjo, I definitely follow the idea that the more active you are on HP, the better for earnings and other benefits! Stick with it!

    • mizjo profile image


      8 years ago from New York City, NY

      Reading that it took you a year to make enough for your first payment, I'm not so discouraged now. What I understand is that productivity on HP equals earnings, presuming it is good quality. So it is totally up to us to keep producing quality hubs, useful, interesting, keyword-optimized hubs, and do it at a good clip.

      Get involved with the community, help others and accept help in return, form relationships and join fan clubs and you will get visitors. That's a lot to do, but absolutely doable. If so many Hubbers are successful following this formula, it must be right. Right?

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      By Lori 

      8 years ago from USA

      Thanks, I'm still pretty new here and I appreciate these type of articles-

    • glassvisage profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Northern California

      Doodlehead, thanks for the question. For a while my earnings were normal, but I've noticed this month they are almost half of what they were the month before.

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      8 years ago

      Glassvisage--what we all want to know is whether your earnings have started to return since the latest Google "revision" in the past two weeks.

      Some of us newbies are just wondering.

    • glassvisage profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Northern California

      Thanks ivanmarginal!

      B. Leekley, great questions. It was interesting looking back - apparently I wrote 96 Hubs in my first 365 days on HubPages! While I do take a lot of care to write higher quality Hubs now (more capsules, longer text), this was not the case when I started - I just wanted to write and wrote about just about anything! And yet some of my first Hubs still remain my best. I don't know what recommended productivity might be, but I will say I made the most when I wrote the most... now my earnings have dipped and I feel like it is because I don't write as often.

    • ivanmarginal profile image


      8 years ago from Jakarta

      Very, very inspiring. Thanks.

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      Brian Leekley 

      8 years ago from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA

      Up, Useful, Interesting, and shared with followers.

      How many HubPages articles did you write in your first year? Next month (which will be 11/2012) I will have been actively writing hubs for a year, and so far I have published 15 of them, which is better than one per month on average. How does that compare with your productivity and with the recommended productivity? Do I need to either publish hubs more often or expect to wait quite a bit longer than you did before receiving my first payment? Do you aim for a minimum and maximum word length?

    • glassvisage profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Northern California

      Michael, do not be discouraged! It certainly is an investment - I put a lot of time into HP over the years (will be 6 next month!) and I earn a lot not just in money but in what I've learned from others :)

      And yes, free donuts!

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      8 years ago

      you forgot to mention the free donuts.

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      Michael Tully 

      8 years ago

      Thank you for the practical encouragement in this hub. I've been a bit intimidated by how much there is to learn and know about HP. I've been here for about three weeks, and have only 2 hubs and 7 cents' worth of earnings to show for it, but I'm beginning to regard time spent here as an investment.

    • glassvisage profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Northern California

      Thanks! kartika, it is possible - I used to make a lot more and my earnings have gone down, but I do ok! :)

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      kartika damon 

      8 years ago from Fairfield, Iowa

      This is very well-written and you offer great tips! I think I've been disappointed by what I see as the income potential - making hundreds of dollars a month would be a breath of fresh air - is it really possible?

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      8 years ago

      You offer a good, practical look at hubbing that will benefit anyone interested in writing for HP. Your tips and the video you included are realistic and sensible help for those who want to take writing with HP seriously.

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      8 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      Which if newcomers took the time to read would greatly enhance their ability to make money and get readers, plus the staff is very helpful.

      I think links are just a personal preference thing but Google does like it which helps.

      You know it is all the little things added up together that creates a good hub and page views.

    • glassvisage profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you all for the comments! somethgblue, I agree that I usually like to put more links in my Hubs, but this time, I wanted to keep it more personal from me, so I just included the link to the HubPages Learning Center :)

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      8 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      New Hubbers could learn from the format of this article alone. The article itself isn't to long, it is formatted in such away that readers can scan it briefly or read the whole thing.

      It opens with the reason for the Hub itself and gives a list of reasonable advice.

      My one criticism is a lack of link's in the content, which is something I like. I read a lot of articles online and enjoy clicking on link's to pertinent information. This method of dispersing information allows writers to link to a source without going into great detail explaining a concept, idea or definition.

      I also think writing from the heart is important as we all understand that if a reader really wants to understand a subject he can use google. Sure being factual is important but I would much prefer to read your opinion rather than regurgitating a textbook.

      Well written article, the layout and formatting allows easy reading.

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      Michael S 

      8 years ago from Danville, VA

      Good advice, glassvisage.

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      8 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks for the hub! As a newbie im trying to learn as much as I can. I think its important to have patience with your hubs so I appreciate you bringing that out. I hope over time I can be as successful as you have been, although knowing it will take time. Thanks again got the post and encouragement for new hub posters.


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