Can you generate money just by posting hubs that are interesting to others or do you have to include ads? I am looking to earn some extra cash just need some tips on what to do or how!
You don't necessarily need ads to earn money. You can make money with Amazon by featuring products on your hubs that relate to the content of the hub and then if someone buys that or something else by going to Amazon from that link you will earn something.
A lot depends on how much money you want to make and how quickly. This is not a pay your electric bill quick plan much less a get rich quick method. In the beginning, barring a miracle, you will make literally pennies a day. Over time as you learn your way and create more hubs that are popular with readers through the search engines, you may make a dollar or several dollars a day.
If you're needing extra money quickly, you will get it more quickly working at a fast food joint or delivering newspapers, for just a couple of examples. There is money to be made writing on HubPages and various other similar sites, but it isn't a lot of money (as in $10-20 or more a day) and it doesn't happen quickly. A few people on here do make 10-20 $ a day, but out of the thousands who write on here . . .
So you will want to consider your goal. This is something that pays a little bit over a long period of time. It adds up, but not quickly as a rule.
Not looking for money quickly didn't know how to generate money like what or how to do things on here. i know it isn't a get rich quick thing.
The above Link is good to refer to even after you learn your way around. In the meantime, pick a subject you know a lot about and have a passion for, and write about it adhering to the rules and suggestions in the Learning Center. If you get in the habit of publishing a new article/hub at least once a week that meets the criteria stated in the Learning Center, you'll be on your way.
Think I spent about 6 months reading up on everything, reading other people's hubs to get a feel for this site, etc., before publishing my first article. Not saying you should spend that long, but a couple of weeks might be helpful to you. If you've already done that, then pick your subject and write.
I know it may seem overwhelming and even intimidating since you're new, but it's really not that difficult, and I get the sense that you're a fast learner. One thing that I personally would recommend is that once you believe your article is ready for publishing, put it aside and let it cool off for a day. Several hours at the very least. Then go over it again and do your best to make sure there are no errors in grammar, spelling, sentence structure, etc. Those are things our brains tend to skim over when we've been starring at at a manuscript for too long. That's why I say put it aside for a while to let your brain recuperate so you can look at it with 'new' eyes. If all is well after the resting period, or if you make your final corrections then, go ahead and publish it.
Keep in mind that once published it isn't set in stone. You will be able to make corrections, add or subtract material, change the title, the photos, etc., if that is desirable from your viewpoint. It's always good to keep one's articles up to date. A lot of people here think they have to UN-publish their articles in order to make changes, but that simply isn't true. When you unpublish an article you lose all the views it has received up to that point and Google starts that article all over again in it's hierarchy, so don't do that. For now, you mainly need to know that you can make changes to your article later, after it's published, if need be. You still want to do your best work before you publish it the first time, but be aware that changes can be made for the reasons previously mentioned if necessary. So do your best, but if something slips past you and you feel it needs to be corrected you can do that after it's published. I have been known to do that within minutes of publishing an article. It's easy. So don't freak out if you notice a mistake after you've published.
After you've read all the information in the Learning Center, keep in mind that most people here are very friendly and helpful if you have questions. If you wish to contact me, I too, will be willing to help you any way that I can. I have been here nearly 5 years, and have figured out most of what is required with the writing. I say most, because HP rules change every now and then. Rules about required number of words and minor things like that.
Everybody makes mistakes, and that is how we learn. You're going to do great. I just know it, and I'm looking forward to reading your first hub, as are several other people on here.
The way to contact people privately on here is to go to their profile page and click on "Fan Mail" in the right side column at the bottom of the list. You'll see it when you look. Once you click on Fan Mail, at the top right side of that page it will say "contact Au fait" for example -- or whoever's profile page you are looking at. Click on those highlighted words and a form will appear that will ultimately end up in their private email once you click send. That way you can have private conversations that the whole world doesn't have to share -- if you prefer.
Feel free to contact me after you've read through the Learning Center. It's packed with information about everything imaginable. I recommend you start at the beginning. I still read it over every once in a while to make sure I'm on the same page with HubPages requirements. After all, like it or not, it's their site, so they make the rules.
In time I think you will love it here as most people do. You will have a ton of new friends and you will wonder how you ever managed without all of us.
Welcome Devin. WHen you have 10 hubs, you can join Adsense and add Amazon/ebay ad capsules. It's a share revenue process. You can drive traffic by sharing with social media outlets--Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Google +. You can also share here on HP, too, and comment on other hubs, post questions for answers and seek help in the forums. From my experience, it takes awhile to reach pay out, depending on your hubs. Keep wriitng, update old hubs somewhere down the road, and promote them.
Yes, we can make money by publishing hubs here. I have done a couple of hubs to help hubbers in this regard. Hope you will find the same and get some ideas. Keep on writing. All the best.
I had ads showing from my very first article, and was using Amazon and eBay modules also from the very first article, having signed up on Day One. I never noted that 10 article thing to be able to use Amazon or eBay mods. So, how is it that I, with less than ten articles, am able to include said modules in my pieces?
And to answer the original poster's question: While you might make a few cents simply on views of your material (unless you have something that goes viral, and by viral I mean a million plus views overnight, not a lousy few thousand in a month) ads are almost certainly a necessity. The simple truth is you need to avail yourself of every tool made at your disposal to make money on your material (and HP offers G ads and Amazon and eBay). Also, promote your material on social media (twitter, etc.). Take advantage of those things.
To make money on your Hubs, the HP Ad Program is best. If you generate significant traffic, you can earn from it. eBay and Amazon ads can bring in some revenue but you have to know how to write a Hub that will be suitable for people to want those products on the Hub.
I do know that we must write quality hubs. What I mean by quality hubs is that we follow HB suggestions and, also, this means everything from grammar to spelling must be top notch. Your subjects also need to be chosen with great care, as Google is passing over rehashed content. We have to be professional in every area; we want our Hubs to make money for us. Best to all, Bobby
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