I am more familiar with eHow which, so long as your SEO is decent, you'll see money trickling in from day one.
HP seems to be slower than that and I'd like to better understand how income grows with HP. I've read several blogs/comments/remarks that the earning potential is not so great at HP, that 'they' use it for back links to other, earning sites.
So what has your experience been? Please tell the clueless newbie and help me get oriented to the HP passive revenue model.
Welcome, Sophia. I can't compare HubPages with other sites because I haven't tried them - eHow is only open to US residents. You're quite right that earnings from HP are slow to begin with - I think a lot of people don't realise that and give up before they give it a chance.
Most people seem to earn little or nothing in the first two or three months. Nine or ten months to make first Adsense payout isn't unusual. After that it snowballs - the next payout happens in three or four months, the next in two, and so on.
That was certainly my experience. Bear in mind, though, that I've only written 80-odd Hubs in two years, and I don't do much promotion. There are many more productive people doing far better than me.
I do also use HP for backlinks to my other sites, and it's great for that too.
Hi there Sophia
First off you need to know you do not nake any money from HubPages. What this means is you will never see any pay from HubPages.
How you do make money is from a direct result as to how you use this site.
You make money from adsense, Amazon, EBay and from many other affiliate resources if done correctly.
As a result of HubPages many people make a few hundred a month and even many make in the thousands.
You need to think of Hubpages as a tool for your internet earnings.
In all honesty in many ways HubPages has become my number one tool that I use and I see a lot of indirect results because of it.
I hope this helps
Thank you Dale and Marisa.
I have a bit of cognitive dissonance going on because I am used to the ehow format/guidelines.
The basic 'recipe' is the same but ehow has the cinnamon that makes it a snickerdoodle whereas HubPages requires chocolate chips for a Nestle Tollhouse cookie.
If that makes any sense, which it may not.
What I've noticed so far:
Hubpages has much more elegant technology and page design. Also, much tighter quality control.
eHow has somewhat erratic management, very glitchy technology, but earnings are pretty fast with good SEO.
I come from an affiliate marketing background and I've made google adsense payout since my second month and made more than that from Amazon. I've made 200 Amazon hubs in my first six months and will probably turn my attention to 200 Ebay hubs next. (With some experience and travel hubs thrown in for fun)
There is money to be made here but you have to plan to make your money here at hubpages. This isn't a place to come to shore up other sites. And create links to other sites.
It's a place to learn how to write and market using Ebay, Adsense, Amazon, and for some brillian souls Kontera.
You'll be rewarded with great traffic, it's up to you to learn to monetize it.
Welcome and good luck.
lrohner, I don't know why you wouldn't be accepted. Your blogs and hubs are great. Maybe if you put some stuff on the blogs. Then Ebay could see that you have a sales model.
Isn't there a way now to apply to Ebay using your hubs? If so use your stuff hubs. I don't pay much attention to those topics because I don't need to.
I've been an Ebay affiliate for a while, so I don't know what they're looking for. But everything I have on the web sells stuff, so I can only assume that's what they're looking for.
I hope you get accepted fast, so we can figure all this out together.
I don't know what to say... I tried with both my hubs and my blogs. My blogs have been up and running for 2+ years. Each one of them gets 10k+ visitors per month. And my hubs are doing fine, despite them being new. So I am like the Valley girls -- totally clueless!!!
As said by others, Hubpages is a different beast altogether. The secret to making Hubpages work for you is understanding it's a virtual net in and of itself, and that net takes time to build. Each page automatically develops links to others pages, which builds up each page in the Google directory. This is why it takes a while for Hubs to gather strength.
However, once they bubble up, the strength of those links keeps your pages up high on the ladder and these pages will help future pages you create.
You can think of it as a volcano that boils and simmers until the lava finally breaks out of the mountain ... but in this case, once the lava stats flowing it never seems to stop.
Just now, I am starting to see daily payouts, with some of them being quite handsome.
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