I know plenty of people make a decent income from hubpages, and i'm happy for them. For me, I dont think that will come until for one, I change my content, and two, put in a lot more work.
I write about things I personally know and love, and experiences i've had. Although, it seems like hubs about rolexes or a new phone review will make you better money. Is it possible to make money in time by writing self serving, yet creative and decent stuff, as opposed to product reviews, monitoring google trends, or writing how-to's on cleaning floors etc?
At any rate, I'm only here to write, because its fun, and to hear from other hubbers how much I suck, or how much I rock...
There is money in any topic if you learn how to monetize and optimise. For the record, both of my Rolex hubs have made under $1 whilst I currently have over $400 in my Adsense account.
So your the one with the rolex hubs making all the money. touche. I agree though, I'm sure quality writing brings quality income over time, but learning how to "monetize and optimize" would only be helpful. Thanks
Time to do some research
Do you use Amazon and Ebay also, or just Adsense?
Write what you know and feel passionate about, the money will come , just be patient and keep on writing. I mean if you were to write just for the money, then you may as well have a JOB that you dont enjoy. the entire thing about freelance writing is to be able to be home , work, and be happy, if your writing about things just to make money that wont happen and instead of going to work and every day and being miserable you'll be home and miserable. stick with what your know, be patient and when the money finally starts rolling you will be happily working at home
Even before the internet, writers couldn't expect to write about anything they wanted, and make money. Professional writers have always had to tailor their writing to their market.
I don't write product reviews or monitor google trends. I don't make a lot of money but I make some ($200 on HubPages this month)>
I tend to think that you are more likely to make money writing about what you know. Reviews are great but they are so much better if you have real personal experiences to share about your topic. I guess the challenge is to find a subject you love that has good traffic, keywords and products that can be sold too. My wood carving hub made me my first amazon sale and it was really just about a new hobby I discovered when camping. You do hit the nail on the head by saying it takes time to earn here, it takes lots of time. The best advice is write write write and don't obsess about what you have earned until you have loads of hubs published. Increase your chances by writing about stuff that other people might want to read and are looking for, this is where keywords and seo comes into play. Writing is important but so is the ability for people to find what you write
Just like anything in life, the more work you put in the more results you will end up with.
Hubpages is amazing in the effect it caters to those who want to make some extra cash and to those who want to give their writing skills a workout. It is a home to all.
Whether you make any money here or not should not be the objective. It should be whether you enjoy the time you spend here or not.
I know what you mean. I've been here about the same length of time, and it is difficult, at first, to find your way. Unless an individual has already been at this in some other venue, he/she will find that the endeavor is rather challenging.
There are certain types of hubs I won't publish very often because of the monumental effort involved for too little return.
They are OK occasionally. Just think of them as seasoning.
I'm not much of a consumer. I don't tend to have all of the latest electronic gadgets. So in a way, I'm sort of limited in my ability to do product reviews authoritatively -- however, I will make the most of what I do know.
I'm probably best at imparting information and how-to's. Your mileage may vary. Best wishes in finding your direction!
I don't make much money either and have about the same amount of hubs as you. I also write about what interests me and what I know, taking some heed to the audience as well.
I think I do ok traffic-wise for having 13 hubs, but look at the people who are getting the money. They have 100's of hubs on diverse things...15 hubs isn't doing much. For me it's ok as I'm not here for moola...but it's a big factor for others and that maybe why.
But, I think you should continue what you are doing. I find writing what and as I like is more enjoyable for me here. I like the feedback which is more valuable to me than the money. Quality over quantity.
I couldn't agree more. If the money comes eventually by writing about what you love, then perfect, if not, then perfect. The feedback from our friendly hubbers I too find extremely valuable. In fact, I received a comment the other day that sent tears of joy streaming down my face...not really, but it was super nice and a good confidence booster. Best of luck to you
Keep writing about what you love, and the money will come.
Rather than looking to write on new subects, instead look on how to improve advert placement, and how to optimize what you write to bring in more organic traffic from Google.
You're right that it's about content plus hard work! Personally I'm crap at writing product reviews. I've done a few and made very little from them which confirms that they are indeed rubbish - lol! I only have 27 hubs and have made the adsense payout the last 3 months and expect to continue to do so. My best paying hubs are on travel destinations and pregnancy and I've enjoyed writing on these topics. Since they have good PPC I'm going to write some more and hopefully within the next couple of months I'll be up to $200 a month.
I know people do well here with product reviews, but it's not the only way to make money with your hubs. It is possible to find something you like writing about and make money from adsense. For me it's about keeping in mind both the reader and google at all times!
I write a combo of strictly commercial hubs and then hubs on whatever I'm interested in, including some personal ones. The ones on my personal life have actually done pretty well! But I try to write about subjects in a way so that it's not just about me and people can relate. I also play attention to keywords and add backlinks, etc.
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