Writing on Hubpages: What You Need to Know to Earn Money
Hubpages is a great platform for writers to share their experiences, improve their writing, and make a few extra bucks while doing it.
The community here is awesome. If a hub is not of high quality, there are always experienced writers that can give a helpful tip or two.
For example, a lot of people that don't pass the quality check will post their article and ask for advice. One particular hubber said he seemed to go through this over and over again, and he really needed some advice. The thing was, his article was full of typos and he didn't see them.
Another hubber told him to try reading the article out loud. When you read an article out loud, you use a different part of your brain, and you're more likely to see mistakes than if you just skim an article.
That's how helpful the hubpages community is.
Unfortunately, the awesome community here is not why most people come here. The thought of writing articles, leaving them there, and then getting a paycheck every month is definitely appealing, and it's the thing that attracts a lot of hubbers.
Now, there are plenty of hubbers that simply wanted to express themselves. Personally, I just wanted to write. I've wanted to be a writer since I was a child, but it seemed like it was an unrealistic dream. I never thought I would make any money, but I did.
Here are a few things I've learned along the way.
You don't get rich quick
If you came to hubpages with the thought of mass producing articles to earn a grand by next month, this isn't the site for you.
You can make money, but it's not going to happen overnight. Most hubbers do not see a single pay out until they have had an article up for a couple years.
That's my personal story as well. I came here, I wrote articles, and then life got busy for a couple of years. Between my mother slowly passing away from cancer, the kids, school and work, Hubpages definitely took a back seat.
Then, two years passed. All of the sudden, I got a nice little email saying that I had a payment from Hubpages in my PayPal account. I have received that same email every single month after that.
Keep in mind it took two years to get that first payment though. Before then, I was only making pennies, just like a lot of other people here.
You're stuck with your username
This has nothing to do with article writing, but I felt that it was worth noting. When I first started out, I liked the name Angel so I went with it. Now, I'm stuck with it
If you haven't joined yet and are considering it, take the time to pick out a username that you want to stick with. You might wind up becoming a writer and referring customers back to your Hubs someday.
If that's the case, you want a nice username.
Write what you know
When you write about something that you know, you bring something to the internet that wasn't already there. You have a fresh perspective. You have your own experiences. More than that, you have your own memories to share with the world.
When a person just copies what is already on the internet, all they are doing is telling people something they probably already know. No one wants to click on an article to find the same information that was in the last article that they read. They want to click on an article for new ideas and new information.
When you write articles based on what you already know, you're going to wind up with followers that know they can come to you when they need to find information on a particular topic.
Tell others about your passion
When you have a passion, it shows in the way you write. Your words will not simply be read by other people, they will leap off the page. They will captivate your audience and leave them coming back for more.
When you search for a topic to write about, stay off the computer, and look into your mind. Browse through your memories. Then, write about the thing that makes you feel emotion. It doesn't matter if that emotion is happy or sad, angry or determined; if it sparks a fire in your soul, go with it.
My golden article
I have one article that I refer to as my golden article. It is the perfect example of what I have already said.
Here's the article if you want to read it: Tanning for Beginners.
I originally wrote this article to help other people. I had no intention of making money from the article at all. I wanted to go tanning, and I had never been tanning before. The people at the salon were less than helpful.
I looked online for information about how to go tanning, but I kept finding the same information over and over again. Just like the people at the salon, it wasn't really helpful for something that had never been tanning before.
So that's what I wrote about. I simply wanted to help out some other people that might be in the same situation.
This single article will make payout on it's own.
Different ways to earn revenue
It doesn't matter whether you're here to make money, share your passion or just need a place to vent, you need to look at the different ways to make money using Hubpages.
It's a lot easier to learn this and to utilize them in the beginning than to learn them later on.
Activate the Hubpages earnings program or Google Adsense from the beginning. Also, decide whether to go with Amazon Associates or the Amazon program through Hubpages and add a product here and there.
Don't add random products
Adding products from Amazon is a great way to earn some extra money every month. There is a right way to go about this, and a wrong way.
When adding Amazon products, do not add random products to the article. Instead, make sure that they are relevant to the article. For example, you would not add products related to home improvement to an article about eyeliner. The first thing you need to do is make sure that the products are relevant to the article.
That's not enough though. Instead of just adding relevant products to the article, they need to be products that people will want to buy. Some people add the most expensive products to make the most money. This strategy doesn't always work though. When people see the high price, they hesitate.
Instead, think about whether or not you would purchase the product. Would you spend $200 on a tanning lotion when there is one available that is equally effective for a tenth of the cost? I wouldn't. So, I didn't add any of those products to my article.
Last, if you already own a product that you love, use that one. Add a personal touch by telling people why you love that product. It might sound a bit salesy, but readers are more likely to look at something with a trusted review. That personal touch is your own personal review. It doesn't matter if it doesn't earn you a lot of money; the point is to help other people, and earn a couple extra dollars, not to get rich off of Amazon sales.