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    Samantha Redposted 8 years ago

    My head is spinning.  You make money.  You don't make money.  Some people joke about it.  I'm really confused.  Am I wasting my time here?

    1. Marisa Wright profile image99
      Marisa Wrightposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Search the forums and you'll find lots of information.  Some people are making $1,000 a month here.  When you see someone say they're not making any money, check how long they've been here - it takes time to get started.

      A lot of people who come to HubPages have never worked online before, and I think it takes about a year to learn all the stuff you really need to know - I'm still learning!  Perhaps because of that, most Hubbers take almost a year to reach their first $100 payout.  After that it snowballs, if you're doing it right.

      But that's the important thing - you have to learn how to do it right!

      Are you a good writer?
      Are you prepared to work hard?
      Are you prepared to do the research to learn how to write for the internet?
      Can you write on subjects that will be attractive to readers?

      A lot of people come to HubPages and think you can make money by writing chatty anecdotes, poetry, fiction, or creating photo galleries.  None of that works. 

      If you can write interesting, informative magazine-style articles on evergreen topics, you'll make money.  Check out Relache and Maddie Ruud, they're both highly successful.

    2. jacobkuttyta profile image80
      jacobkuttytaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I think you may quit your day job when you are receiving 5000 page views per day.

  2. Dame Scribe profile image60
    Dame Scribeposted 8 years ago

    Money doesn't fall out of the trees for any business tongue sorry but that's reality. Offline businesses don't see initial profits and have to pass the 5 yr survival rate hmm writing is  the same...it's going to take time and it's success depends on what you put into it. smile other authors here have more than one account to boost their adsense or other websites to generate extra $$. It's a business and the savvy will know how to harness the available resources wink just ask, read the forums and you will see what may or may not work. smile welcome to HubPages.

  3. Lisa HW profile image80
    Lisa HWposted 8 years ago

    I don't know if it's still on there, but when I signed up for HubPages it was made clear that nobody should plan to quit their day job, and that what can be earned is a "nice extra".

    If you write the kind of Hubs that are useful and informative, and that are things people search for; you can make some pretty good extra money.  There's lots of information on here (the forums, in Hubs) about how to increase your Hubs' chances of getting traffic and earning.

    It makes a difference how many of those "right kind" of Hubs someone has, how well they use keywords, how well they construct titles, whether they do anything to increase outside traffic, etc.  It takes some time, and it helps to have a pretty good HubScore.  I think the reason nobody gives you the same answer is that it is so individual.  Remaining active, writing new Hubs - both things that can help.  One Hub can bring in quite a chunk of earnings each month, while some others may bring in - like - 80 cents.  It depends on the usefulness of the Hub and whether people find it when searching.

    There are people on here who earn, say, a few hundred dollars a month.  More than one says s/he is aiming to get to a thousand dollars a month.  Whether anyone is already making that or not, I don't know.  At the same time, there are a lot of people who don't reach Google's payout of $100 for several months.  Even those of us who are paid each month will often say it tooks several months to get that first $100 built up.

    Some people just want to write what they feel like writing, and don't want to be worried about what will be found in search engines; or other "commercial" motives.  Many are great writers who don't care about earning (and who don't earn much).  Then there are writers who don't produce quality Hubs, and they won't earn much.   I know I'd be earning a lot more if I'd change my ways and learn a few things in which I have no interest.  smile

    I've earned more on here than on any other similar sites, and the one thing I like to let newer people know is that I'm glad I didn't just decide it wasn't worthwhile in those first several months.  (Again, though, I have never put in the kind of knowledge and effort required.  My first 150 Hubs consisted of about 144 that I just whipped up in answer to requests, so they're not great and not very searchable at all.)  The other thing is I only write a Hub when I'm in the mood.  So, don't quit your day job!!!!  (That's for sure.  lol)   Still, aim to write some searchable Hubs (and then you can write some just for fun too if you want), and hang in for a while.  You'll probably find it worth it.

  4. Misha profile image76
    Mishaposted 8 years ago

    Most quit on the same day. wink

  5. relache profile image90
    relacheposted 8 years ago

    I didn't have a day job when I started, so it's not been an issue.  And last month, my HubPages earnings paid my entire rent, but it took about three years to get to that point.

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    Samantha Redposted 8 years ago

    I guess I really knew you can't quit your day job.  I just thought that would be a catchy title.  But I really don't want to spend hours a day for 20 cents.  I know I'm a newbie and I need to be patient.  It's just I've been active on another site and got caught up in the hype and I already spend two many hours there for little dough.  I love writing.  So I guess that should be enough.  But I'm also trying the different methods of increasing traffic flow.  And posting on the forums is one, so
    I'm a little embarrassed to say, " Here I am!"

    1. Marisa Wright profile image99
      Marisa Wrightposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      You don't have to.  Look at me - I've written the impressive total of 90 Hubs in two years. I now get $100 dropped into my bank account every month.  Scale that up, and imagine what I might be earning if I'd got off my butt and written more than one Hub a week...

      And did you read the post where Relache said that HubPages just paid her rent?

      P.S. A better way to say "here I am" is to participate in existing discussions, rather than starting new threads.

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        Samantha Redposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks for the advice.  I will note that for the future.

  7. Lisa HW profile image80
    Lisa HWposted 8 years ago

    Samantha, I really knew you didn't think you could quit a day job with HubPages earnings...

    You don't have to spend hours a day if you don't want.  Just write a Hub (but "the right kind") when you want, and then another when you want.  If you're in the mood you could write a few at one time.   The more Hubs the better, but even writing at your own pace will lead to them building up and earning over time.  Of course, loading a bunch in over a shorter period of time should get you faster results.

  8. visitmaniac profile image60
    visitmaniacposted 8 years ago

    I think its possible but your knowledge skills of how internet marketing works needs to be up there as well. Hub pages are a quick way to get yourself noticed and any products etc. Learn some SEO techniques to improve your hub pages on search engines. Target yourself to specific keywords etc. I already make a full time income and decided to start learning new things and hub pages is the one at the top of my list right now to keep up on wink Good luck to ya

    1. Dale Mazurek profile image72
      Dale Mazurekposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Hey dude how the heck are you doing,  long time no see

  9. ScarletRyan1970 profile image57
    ScarletRyan1970posted 8 years ago


    Don't give up your day job.Any spare cash you have.
    Don't place it in a bank.
    Dig a big hole the Garden and bury it in it.Tell no one!
    Cash is KING.

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      Home Girlposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      No,no, you are totally wrong! You have to hide it in your mattress and every time you have some spare change just put it in there. In 30 years you might have a million there. Just don't tell anybody, they might do the same. - Home Girl's advice.

  10. Pearldiver profile image82
    Pearldiverposted 8 years ago

    I guess Your Head is STILL Spinning - If you want the security of a paypacket each week.... Don't consider agency selling.

    Writing like this is a longer term exercise; take a longer term perspective on what you are trying to achieve. As Relache & Marisa said.. Use the interim to learn.

    Good Luck.

  11. Eaglekiwi profile image80
    Eaglekiwiposted 8 years ago

    Babysitting definately pays more lol

    But its  a great workout for ones brain wink and some obviously are better at working out than others ...lol, me personally would love some new equipment ,but for now Im content to show you the best way to pluck your eyebrows  lol or bake a cake that flys ...wooohoooo...big_smile