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Why I Love Writing on HubPages

Updated on August 26, 2011
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I've always wanted to write. I knew it from an early age. After college my dream was fulfilled, and I got to work as a technical writer for a computer corporation. I found many aspects of that job fascinating and enjoyed it most of the time, but my life turned down a different path, and eventually I decided to stay at home to rear my children.

Like many people who stay at home on one income, I was looking for an outlet AND a way to make some extra money on the side. I had considered blogging from home, but despite working at Intel in a high tech job, I didn't have experience writing in the blogosphere, and didn't have the slightest idea how to get started. One day I happened upon a HubPages article that happened to be linked to a Google Search. I had never heard of HubPages but was curious about hubs, hubbers, and the claim that I could write online and earn money. I'll admit I was a bit suspicious when I first read about it. I wondered what was the catch? People always talk about getting scammed by work at home schemes, and I wondered if HubPages was one of THOSE? I decided to give it a try, though, and with nothing to lose I signed up and started writing articles.

Here I am 2 1/2 years later and a few weeks ago I got an early start with my Christmas shopping by purchasing a Wii gaming console that I bought solely with my October HubPages payout. I am excited that this year my HubPages work is going to help with the costs of Christmas, since we have added three people to my family in the last 5 years! Why do I love writing on HubPages? Oh, there are so many reasons! Let me share some of them with you!

HubPages is The Perfect Hobby Business

By hobby business, I mean a little business venture that people do "on the side" to earn a "little extra." For a short time about 10 years ago, I decided to become a Tupperware representative. I enjoy cooking and know Tupperware to be an almost universally recognized brand name. I gave that a try after attending a demonstration, but after about 6 months I decided it wasn't for me. The party-sales model of hobby business is not for me. I didn't like the fact that every month I had to buy the products that were on special in order to demonstrate them at the parties. I didn't enjoy asking my friends to host one more product party where they felt guilted into buying stuff they didn't need. And I was genuinely frustrated by keeping track of receipts and orders and all those personal contacts. I am actually an extremely outgoing person, but direct sales was not the answer for me. I ended my direct sales experiment with a sinking feeling that all of my profits were sitting in my kitchen cupboards. Now don't get me wrong, lots of people have great success with direct sales. I was not one of them.

In contrast, HubPages offered me an opportunity to earn some extra income without inventory, overhead, parties, or even having to keep a schedule. I can write whenever I want. Some weeks I have more free time and the creative juices are flowing and I manage to publish three or four articles in that time frame. But other times my children are sick, I'm moving cross country, or having a baby. Sometimes I'm just busy. But the point is, NO DEADLINES. I can begin an article and let it age for weeks in my account if I can't quite get it finished. Sometimes my articles languish because I just can't quite get them up to snuff. But when I do get it finished, I can usually count on that article adding a few pennies to the pot. And the pennies add up. It took quite a while to get where I am now, but my time investment hasn't been that great.

For some people, writing on HubPages is purely a business venture. For me, it is both a business venture and also a creative outlet. On HubPages I can express viewpoints that are strictly my own, vent when I need to, and connect with tons of like-minded writers who are mostly intelligent and genuinely nice adults.

Easy to use, modular capsules allow me to build my online articles, called hubs, with ease and fexibility. The most basic capsules are the text and photo capsules.
Easy to use, modular capsules allow me to build my online articles, called hubs, with ease and fexibility. The most basic capsules are the text and photo capsules.

HubPages is Extraordinarily Easy to Use

An Easy Article Building Interface

The HubPages staff make online publishing easy, even for people who don't have much computer experience. HubPages has an easy-to-learn article-building interface that allows you to write, add pictures, videos, blurbs, and affiliate capsules into your writing. You don't have to know any HTML or computer code to publish on the Internet with HubPages. All you need is your article idea, a few pictures, and related product links that would enhance your article.
And if that wasn't easy enough, after you write several articles using the various capsules, you can begin to reuse the formatting of your earlier articles. This has enabled me to write several groups of articles using similar page layouts. Many of my articles are 2000 words and up. That is a bit lengthy for some people's taste, so I try to break up the text of my articles into several text capsules. Using more than one text capsule helps me with photo, video, and product placements.

My Hubs Make Money While I Sleep

My articles, or hubs, make money while I sleep. Seriously! As a writer publishing on HubPages, I can earn from people viewing my articles and clicking on ads, and from products they order from my Amazon capsules. Neither of these forms of making money require any further action on my part. Once a hub is published using the correct settings, I can sit back, relax, play a game of golf, go to a movie, and basically get back to my daily life. The hubs are published 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. I share some of my revenues with HubPages. This is how they can manage to offer publishing tools and web hosting for the articles I write.

Interest never sleeps is an old adage that applies to the HubPages money model. I love how all the articles I have already published have the potential to continue earning for me, long after I have published them. This creates a snowball effect for my earnings. Though I didn't start to see significant earnings until my second year on HubPages, this year in October my HubPages bought a new Nintendo Wii for Christmas (about $200) , and the combined earnings from Amazon and Google Adsense will buy more Christmas purchases next month.

On HubPages, I Call the Shots

HubPages gives me tremendous personal freedom to publish anything that is of interest to me. That is really remarkable, when you think about the fact that HubPages parent company is doing all of the internet hosting for my articles. As long as my articles aren't pornographic, incendiary, seditious, or illegal in some form, I have complete freedom to write about anything I like. My topics of interest are all over the map, but you will probably notice that most of my writing is about children and family topics. As it happens, my passion is for children's books. I enjoy reading children's picture books with my own children and I can use my experience as a volunteer at a small-town community library to share my views and interests with others.

Still, I can write about anything I wish. I could write about making fabulous chutney out of eggplant if I wished, or I could write about how to take a Road Trip on a Harley with My Pet Chicken.

Although I can write about any subject I wish, HubPages can help give you article ideas, too.

  • Many people choose to answer questions in the form of a Hub.
  • Others participate in HubMob, which is a weekly challenge to write hubs on a specific topic. Your articles are linked together with the other HubMob articles, which tends to get them noticed by search engines, drawing more revenue to your account.
  • Skimming through the Topics area of the HubPages website can give you lots and lots ideas for articles you may want to write.

Your Hubscore is a snapshot of your activity on HubPages. It varies from day to day. My score fluctuates from 95 to 100, usually.
Your Hubscore is a snapshot of your activity on HubPages. It varies from day to day. My score fluctuates from 95 to 100, usually.
Your accolades are listed below your profile picture. Mouse over the accolades on your profile to see wha they mean.
Your accolades are listed below your profile picture. Mouse over the accolades on your profile to see wha they mean.

HubPages Gives You Feedback on Your Writing

Another thing I love about HubPages is the almost instant feedback you can receive on your writing. HubPages has several different types of feedback built in to its system.

Accolades help you keep track of your participation in the HubPages community and identify when you have reached certain milestones. When people comment on your hubs they can vote them up or down and click additional feedback buttons that identify them as awesome, funny, useful, or beautiful. This feedback is also tracked in your accolades, which you can choose to display to the world or keep to yourself.

HubPages also links directly to Googles metrics to give you statistical feedback on each of your articles. You can view which search terms were used most frequently to find your articles, and view incoming links and your hub's earnings potential. That is powerful information that helps me to fine-tune my writing to maximize earnings. My article "How to Play Canasta" showed the following statistics for the 30 days previous.

HubPages feedback isn't limited to statistics, though. HubPages encourages its writers and anyone viewing hubs to comment on your writing. Most feedback is friendly and helpful, and often will come from your followers, basically people who want to know when you have published new hubs. The comments capsule in hubs gives your fans and followers a place to leave their remarks. You can follow writers you like, too. I have learned much from other writers who publish here.

You HubScore also gives you feedback in the form of a number assigned to your profile. Your hubscore combines several different factors, such as how often you publish, how much you participate in the hubpages community, and the scores of individual hubs. Your hub article scores are based on their originality and the amount of feedback you receive on them.

 

Usage and earnings metrics are available for every article you write. The metrics shown here are for my article "How to Play Canasta."
Usage and earnings metrics are available for every article you write. The metrics shown here are for my article "How to Play Canasta."

HubPages Helps Me Keep My Online Articles Organized

My HubPages account also keeps track of all my articles with all sorts of online tools to keep me organized.

Each time you begin writing a new hub, you select a HubPages category that the hub will be assigned to. The HubPages staff creates these categories, and your hubs will often be displayed with others in that category. If you aren't sure if you have selected an appropriate category, you can search through the categories and view hubs that are already in that category.

In addition to categories, you can create your own groups of hubs. For example, I have a group of hubs called Christmas. This includes hubs from different categories, but if I choose, I can connect all of the hubs in one group.

After you have written 30 or more hubs, you will most likely want to use this organizational tool. You can rename, delete, or create new groups at any time, and move hubs around within their groups.

HubPages Protects My Intellectual Property


Every article I write on HubPages belongs to me. I have the write to keep them published on HP indefinitely, or to take them down and unpublish them if I wish.

From time to time, my articles are copied for various reasons by other people on the internet. It is a frustrating experience to see that your work has been taken by someone else and then posted on their webpages. This usually diminishes that article's ability to earn, since it is no longer unique. Fortunately, HubPages monitors this kind of activity and I have been notified of copyright infringements on my articles several times. HubPages even gives suggestions on how to follow through with notifying individuals that they have infringed on your copyright. I appreciate that HubPages helps me to protect the rights on my intellectual property.

A Fun Way to Earn Extra Money

I love writing on HubPages. It is an extremely welcoming and friendly place to do what I love: write! You can join me and others here who are making money doing what they love. If you have been considering joining an online writing site, or even if you are just curious about giving it a try, I recommend you join HubPages now and create your profile, then start writing your first hub!

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  • Aya Katz profile image

    Aya Katz 6 years ago from The Ozarks

    Wannabewestern, these are all very good reasons to appreciate Hubpages over other hobby businesses. I especially agree with your tupperware example as what Hubpages is not!

    Another good point that you made is that this is not your only income, and that the earnings help with extras, but are not something you and your family could live on.

    For me, HP income is also like that: something extra. But I have been branching out into self-publication with CreateSpace, and there the issue is to generate sales by means of traffic. It's a new challenge, somewhat different from adsense or just Amazon sales of other people's products. As with everything, there is a learning curve.

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    Carolyn Augustine 6 years ago from The Land of Tractors

    Thanks Aya, Yes, for me it is supplemental earnings that has built up over time. I hope that my hubs will continue to pay out over the long term. I think I would branch out like you if I were looking to do full-time writing because it is an eggs-in-one-basket kind of issue and different sites offer different writing opportuntities. Coming from a purely business-minded perspective, that would be the safest course, just as in stock investing.

    CreateSpace sounds like an interesting site and I may have to check that out soon. Thanks for your comment. I love your writing here on HP!

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    drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

    Great summary of all the good things about Hubpages, thank you, wannabe.

    BTW, you have a pet chicken? You took it for a ride on your Harley? :)

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    Carolyn Augustine 6 years ago from The Land of Tractors

    Yes, a little silly, I know. The feathers were flying!

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    eculligan 6 years ago

    This is really great information about HubPages. I like how HubPages tries to protect your copyright from others stealing your information. A really good hub. Thankyou

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    Carolyn Augustine 6 years ago from The Land of Tractors

    Eculligan, the first time I experienced copyright infringement I was so shocked. Someone in North Carolina copied my Small Town Mayberry article almost word for word, then reposted it to an article archive. What upset me was that the person doing the copyright infringement was publishing a quasi-religious small-town newspaper. I was so upset. But it is part of the writing experience, so the copyright feature is a huge plus.

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    Sam 6 years ago from Tennessee

    voted up & beautiful! Well written and informative. It's good to hear positive accolades about something we all love to do and that's write...

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    diogenes 6 years ago

    Voted "up." Hubpages was absolutely made for someone like you and you have both done well from this association. Happy Christmas! Bob

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    Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

    I have spent my life trying to write and still trying. hubpages is a good outlet.

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    Carolyn Augustine 6 years ago from The Land of Tractors

    Thanks Samson and Bob, I appreciate both of your comments! Bob, that is a flattering complement, and I appreciate hearing it!

    Dohoglund, from one retired tech writer to another, you do great. Glad to have an association, and I agree it is a good outlet. For me it is a little more fun that writing about network protocols and virus protection software!

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    PurpleOne 6 years ago from Canada

    You have done very well for yourself on here! I've been a member for over two years myself but only just recently started trying to write more hubs. I'm always looking for inspiration, so thanks! :)

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    Carolyn Augustine 6 years ago from The Land of Tractors

    PurpleOne, it's hard to think of myself as an inspiration but I'm glad that you found this article encouraging. I feel HubPages offers a lot of flexibility to do whatever your goals are for yourself. Keep on hubbing!

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    Peter-Jan Celis 6 years ago

    Great hub for newbies. I upvoted it so you can get some more traffic to it hopefully. Happy hubbing!

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    Carolyn Augustine 6 years ago from The Land of Tractors

    Thanks Peter-Jan, I really appreciate that.

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    Stephanie Hicks 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

    You covered all the bases - I especially love the ease of use. When I started at HubPages in early 2008, it was quite easy, but today managing capsules is even more "idiot-proof" if you will. :) Plus the ad blocks are improved to bring more potential revenue for hubbers. Thumbs up - great overview

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    Carolyn Augustine 6 years ago from The Land of Tractors

    Thanks Steph. I joined in April 2008 and I agree that the improvements to the capsules and several of the other features the HubPages staff added have been great. Thanks very much for the thumbs up!

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    Excellent hub. Thank you. It was nice to hear someone sing the praises of hubpages instead of complaining.

    Hope you are setttled in your new home, now. Take care..

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    Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

    I enjoyed reading your hub and fully agree with you. Hubpages are really great.

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    Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

    Great hub-voted it up for its usefulness and bookmarked it. Haven't pursued the money aspect yet...but, I'm loving the creative outlet. Maybe I need to focus on the other side as well...I'm impressed with your earnings!

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    Carolyn Augustine 6 years ago from The Land of Tractors

    Thanks Denise, Dim, and Hello! This has been a great place to interact with others and earn a little money on the side! Every year I do this is a motivation to keep it up, because I continue to see better revenues over time. Keep on hubbing!

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    susansisk 6 years ago from Georgia, USA

    I love writing here on hubpages, too. I'm glad you have gotten to the point where you have income from it. I haven't yet earned money, but love it anyways.

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    Carolyn Augustine 6 years ago from The Land of Tractors

    Susan, I took a look at the hubs on your profile page and found many that could earn you some good income. It may be that some of them need more time to age or they need a little more detail. You have some amazing photography on your travel hub about the Georgia coast. I looked at your tags and noticed that they are a little general. If you add some information about where you stayed (i.e. in an RV Park or at a hotel) then describe the lodging options there, that will be the real revenue draw for travel hubs. You can share your amazing photographs and still make money on them. I have had success optimizing some of my hubs by clicking on the stats for an individual hub and looking at what search terms people are looking for. If you can give them what they want they will come! Sometimes making changes to the title also helps. Good luck.

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    Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

    I don't have enough knowledge of how HubPages can be that beneficial to hubbers. I'm writing on my own pace as this is a form of healing and outlet of what I want to share people that I can handle. I'm slowly learning how to make adjustments in the way I write and on what to write about. It's fun! I have lots of added information learned from this hub. Thank you for sharing.

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    bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

    All outstanding reasons. Anyone reading this would HAVE to be convinced that Hubpages is a great way to be your own boss, and work only on the days you prefer. You even gave reasons I had not thought about.

    I have been having some health issues lately, and other snags in my writing, but what I ahve written keeps on working for me meanwhile. I love that.

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    Carolyn Augustine 6 years ago from The Land of Tractors

    Lita, your reasons for writing are just as legitimate as mine. I find HubPages to be a great outlet too. I wish you all the best!

    Bayou Lady, I am sorry to hear of your health problems. I will keep you in my prayers. Thank you for your comment. Get better!

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    Suzanne Day 6 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

    Thank you for a most useful hub - it's so good to know that Hubpages works....as I've wondered a bit myself...until I got some revenue after my 5th hub. So I know it works now, just have to work up the amount of work published!

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    elvit 6 years ago

    yeah! i like 'Hubbing' and hubbers. I just love them and love to read what they have for me and the world.

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    Carolyn Augustine 6 years ago from The Land of Tractors

    Suzanne and Elvit, Thank you for your comments. Suzanne, if I remember correctly, I'd say that my earnings began to kick in at about six months. I remember when I would get excited about 19 cents! Then $1 was a great day, and now I am very pleased to do $2-6, depending on the day and what people are looking at. Some of my hubs are revenue generating ones, and others are more about what I love than the money. Good luck!

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    helene.bliss 6 years ago

    There are great advantages in using Hubpages. Of course, just like you or everyone else there are things I love about this site and I also get some great benefits through it.

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    Carolyn Augustine 6 years ago from The Land of Tractors

    I'm glad you feel that way, Helene!

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    Carolyn Augustine 6 years ago from The Land of Tractors

    Yes, it really is. I enjoy writing on HubPages--just like the book says, do what you love and the money will follow!

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    cheapsk8chick 6 years ago

    Thanks so much for this hub and for helping me with my questions! I am addicted already (she types as her three hungry children are in front of the TV thinking that popcorn *must* be their dinner....)

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    Carolyn Augustine 6 years ago from The Land of Tractors

    cheapsk8chick, this is just the beginning! I'm so happy you joined and very happy to help with any questions! Your popcorn eating chilins' will just have to lose some weight. Moo ha ha ha ha ha!

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    debbiesdailyviews 6 years ago

    I really enjoyed reading your Hub. So much so, that

    If this was the first Hub I ever came across when I first pondered on Hubpages. I would have signed up straight away.

    Instead of sitting, and putting it off for weeks.

    You explain everything so well, and make it very interesting.

    I am not however earning from Hubs. I am thoroughly enjoying it all the same.

    Especialy thrilling when you come across little gems.

    A big vote up : }

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    Carolyn Augustine 6 years ago from The Land of Tractors

    Thanks so much Deb, I hope your writing here on HubPages continues to be a great experience. I have no regrets!

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    Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

    Thank you for this invaluable hub. As someone who is new to hubpages, it gave me a lot information and insight. I look forward to reading your other hubs.

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    Carolyn Augustine 6 years ago from The Land of Tractors

    Thank you Genna, I hope your experience here on HP is wonderful!

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Great information on why HubPages is such a great community. I am so glad I heard about it and tried it out. I love to write and like you said, the freedom to write what I want, is so exhilirating. My family and friends have seen how much happier I am since starting with HubPages. It's opened my up again. Thanks for a great hub.

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    Carolyn Augustine 6 years ago from The Land of Tractors

    Thanks Minnetonka, I'm glad to hear that HP is giving you an opportunity to go in new directions and hope yours is a successful and happy experience!

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    create a page 6 years ago from Maryland, USA

    I enjoyed reading your hub wannabwestern. I love writing on hubpages too, and I have had the same kind of experiences as you. Unfortunately, I have not been able to earn any money as yet so perhaps you could consider write a hub offering tips. Congratulations on your success.

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