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HubPages: An Excellent Opportunity for Unemployed University Students to Earn Extra Money by Writing Online

Updated on February 12, 2013

1. Ability to Contribute

University students at all levels are constantly working and learning to improve their linguistic and technical abilities in whichever field they specialize. Students of the Arts and Humanities are particularly capable of analyzing information and relaying it in a creative and informative manner, something with which they have much experience through their regular essay writing. In fact, as students maintains the copyright to every essay they write for academic purposes, it is perfectly acceptable to post essays that have already been submitted and graded as hubs. Just rewrite based on your professor's feedback, tune it up with some public domain images, and you have a new hub simple as that. My experience has been that "essay hubs" on history, philosophy and foreign languages receive the highest number of hits.

Those who study the Sciences have a wealth of specialized knowledge to offer the hubpages community. These students, with a little creativity, could produce a wide variety of fascinating and irresistibly enticing hub topics. For example, "Why Men have Nipples", "Why you Should Forsake Glucose!" and "Minerals in your own Back Yard"

2. Knowledge is Power

Adding a bit to my comments above, not only do university students cover a broad range of "hubable" material through their courses, they also learn how to access knowledge for themselves and, more importantly, how to interpret and write about what they learn. The best thing a university student can do for him or herself is to become an avid reader and writer. The more you read and write, the more you solidify the skills you learn(ed) in school and the more your knowledge and critical intelligence will increase. With such skills, you will be able to take by storm with well-written, well-informed hubs with which less dedicated readers and writers will have a difficult time competing.

3. Student Loans!

Writing hubs is an excellent way to earn extra income. It takes a lot of work and devotion at first, but with time, you will be able to rest on your laurels and enjoy the steady flow of passive income (that's not to say you ever have to stop working. The more you write, the more you earn!). The subject of income is a pretty hot button topic here on hubpages. My advice is simple: patience. Write a handful (at least ten) quality hubs (500-2000 words, several pictures, good grammar/spelling) and interact with the community by writing in forums as well as reading and commenting on other people's hubs. A common rookie mistake is to apply for Google AdSense too quickly and then get denied over and over. After writing my first set of hubs, I forgot about it for two years until I got a message that I had received over 10,000 views. After that, I applied to have my AdSense account connected with my Hubpages Earnings Program, and my success began to grow moderately.

Even if you only earn two or three dollars a day, that will be more than enough to pay off your monthly student loan bill (which is usually somewhere between 50 and 100 dollars a month).

4. Searchability/Traffic

University age young adults dominate the internet. They're everywhere searching essay topics (your so-called "essay hubs") and information on university life (something you know all about). Writing about your university experience can draw a massive flow of traffic to you as insecure and uncertain young adults look to the internet for advice on their future and how to make the most of the best years of their life.


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      itsevelyn 3 years ago

      @Spongy0llama: awesome, thanks!

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      Jake Brannen 3 years ago from Canada

      Well, I wrote this article because I got my start here by posting academic essays (after they have been graded and returned!!). These articles tended to get more regular hits than my other ones (with some notable exceptions :)

      Yes, visitors to your pages are how you get income. I don't make very much though. Somewhere around ten dollars a month. Still, it's nice when I'm surprised with extra spending money every now and again. I recommend transforming old essays from your undergrad and grad into hubs. Some of them are bound to get a lot of regular hits. A bunch of my essays get at least 5 to 15 views a day. It isn't much, but it can really add up.

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      itsevelyn 3 years ago

      Thank you for this!! It's really encouraging. I'm currently a grad student and figured I'd give this a shot to help build a little bit of extra income. But, how do you get visitors to your pages? Is that how one generates income? Traffic? Sorry if this seems like an ignorant question, but I am new to Hubpages. Thx!

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      Jake Brannen 4 years ago from Canada

      You most certainly can. You can write pretty much anything on HubPages. As long as your academic work has already been graded, then you hold the copyright to it.

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      Victoria Van Ness 4 years ago from Prescott Valley

      I was wondering whether or not I could use the writing I do everyday for my Doctorate degree here on Hubpages. I feel like I am constantly trying to balance the work I do on here with my homework.

      I have been reading more and more just today on how others are posting school essays for publication online. Thank you!

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      Cygnet Brown 5 years ago from Springfield, Missouri

      You're right! I too am a university student (online student) and I have a lot of material that I could convert to hubpages. I don't know why I didn't think of this myself.

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      Shanna 5 years ago from Utah

      Hit the nail right on the head. Hubpages is perfect for me...if only I could find the time/motivation to write. :P

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      I couldn't agree with you more! Major thumbs up.