How does make money with HubPages? Are you happy with your experience?

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  1. VVanNess profile image75
    VVanNessposted 5 years ago

    I've been with HubPages for 5 years now. I have almost 500 articles and the majority of them are featured. I publish quite frequently and follow all of the rules. I post my articles to facebook and pinterest, I am part of Amazon Associates, and yet I make very little money each month (nothing from Amazon Associates). Yet I see many people making much more with much fewer articles. Ideas? Thoughts? Suggestions?

    1. theraggededge profile image88
      theraggededgeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Tip 1. Go delete those repeated posts. Click on More just below your messages and then on Delete big_smile

      Okay, just for info... I have 155 or so articles and am hoping to hit four figures shortly.

      I noticed that you do a lot of recipe articles. They don't really do so well, traffic-wise. A good thing to do is to go through your titles and make sure that they are worded in ways that reflect what people are looking for. For example, I noticed one with 'great' in the title. People don't usually include 'great' when searching on Google.

      Make sure your subtitles include relevant key words and phrases. A little trick I use is to go to a site called and type in the article topic. Then the results will show all kinds of questions linked to the topic. You can use those as titles, subtitles and even keyphrases within the text.

      For example, your stinky house article is excellent. I wish I'd written it. However, you aren't making good use of your subtitles. Right after the first introductory paragraph add a subtitle: Weird Smells in My Home.

      Then your 'Don't Just Try Covering It Up' could be 'Masking Odors in the House Doesn't Work'... or something like that. You can see I'm working in words that people might be searching for?

      That section needs breaking up again with another subtitle as it goes on to tell people what items they need.

      The other subtitles are simply the names of rooms in the house, so liven them up... When Your Living Room Smells, Musty Odors in the Garage.

      You get the idea.

      Start there and see how you go on.

    2. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image86
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      In addition to what has been said here, you really need to create more interesting titles!  Titles are the first things that readers see and if they aren't interesting people won't click on them.  Just naming the food in the recipe is not enough.  For example, instead of "Chocolate Fudge Brownies" how about" "Killer Brownies to Die For" or "A Brownie Recipe That Will Make You Want to Lick the Bowl".  You would be surprised to see how just changing a title can affect your views.  As for Amazon, the trick is to advertise a product people cannot easily find in their local store.  Maybe there is a special type of nut or some exceptionally good chocolate etc.  Writing successfully is not as easy as just following the rules, you have to wax creative..."I can still remember my first attempt at baking brownies.  I let them bake too long and wound up with hockey pucks instead of brownies!  I learned a hard but good lesson that day.

    3. weezyschannel profile image89
      weezyschannelposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I am not even near what some people are earning here, but the last six months, I have finally seen some of the light at the end of the tunnel! I deleted a lot of low score articles, I went and just changed some sentences and words, checked for mispelled words-(FYI) there is an "abc" tab to click on in the capsule, I just discovered what it meant after 10 years, it highlights mispelled words.

      I am now actually hitting the payout for the last 3 months. I had almost 50 articles, and have deleted over half, I believe or almost half; again, to reiterate, I'm not hitting the jackpot over here but at least I'm happy and that's all that counts.

      Hang in there, keep writing and like the others said; quality is the key, not quantity. You may do well on just five articles if they're written properly. Amazon is actually starting to pay off for me on just one article, so it is enticing me to want to write more articles that have the capability of adding products that associate with my article.

      Also, as others have mentioned, I would rather see an article that has a a couple of products that are helpful to me. If I see more than 3, I feel more like they're trying to sell me something and I leave the page asap.

  2. DrMark1961 profile image95
    DrMark1961posted 5 years ago

    You do not need to write more, but should learn more SEO. lobobrandon recently published a very helpful article on SEO for hubbers ( … -SEO-Guide ) and you should read it and follow his suggestions. Go back and edit what you have instead of starting on new articles.
    No, not the recipe articles. I do not think it matters a lot how good they are--you are not going to be seeing much traffic from them.
    As far as earning on Amazon, I will point out something that Bev (theraggededge) has mentioned in her previous posts. She uses links, instead of Amazon capsules, and sees much better results. (Amazon capsules are not seen by those running adblockers. Links are always visible.) My products are always something to do with improving the dogs health and I wanted an image so I was not a fan of those links until recently; when I experimented and changed a few my sales went up immediately and it is a rare day that I do not have a decent income from Amazon.
    I ran one of your Dengarden articles through Ubersuggest and saw some alternative questions that you can add. You can get that info from reading BrandonĀ“s article.
    Sometimes editing can be more work than coming up with a new article. The increased traffic is worth the effort. Good luck.

  3. psycheskinner profile image83
    psycheskinnerposted 5 years ago

    These days I get a monthly payment more often than not.  But only a handful of hubs make that money.  I learned very late that quality is far more important than quantity.  I suspect some hubbers learned that earlier and do much better.

  4. Ekcedeon profile image88
    Ekcedeonposted 5 years ago

    Hi, VVanNess. What DrMark is so true, I can't help but emphasize it some more. I consider myself new here, but I have managed to learn a great deal of information by digging through the forum - and I must admit that it is paying off.

    Like most new hubbers - when I joined HP I was focused on quantity instead of quality SEO optimized articles. 

    I was making pennies from about 15 articles - but when I realized that writing quality SEO  articles is the best way to gain more views and earn more - I deleted a few of my article, and keep a few that I knew had potential to do well. With the few that I keep - I focused my attention on editing them with SEO in mind......not keyword stuffing, but user-friendly articles that can satisfy and engage your visitors.

    For me, it proved to be a good move, because soon after, my views and earnings skyrocketed.

    So my best advice to you is to study your niche then tailor your articles to suit with SEO in mind. I know you won't have any problem writing quality articles, but optimize them for the search engines.

    All the best and God bless.

  5. VVanNess profile image75
    VVanNessposted 5 years ago

    I can't thank everyone enough! But I have some questions...

    theraggededge: what do you mean "go delete those repeated posts"?

    Drmark1961: how did you run an article through Ubersuggest? I'd like to do that with all of mine.

    What if I work hard to make my subtitles searchable and the editors change them all? I've noticed the Hubpages editors adding much bigger words when I was trying to keep them simple, deleting a lot of my content, and changing subtitles I worked hard to research into some that I wouldn't even search for...

    1. psycheskinner profile image83
      psycheskinnerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      You posted this topic in the forums at least three times.  Probably some kind of glitch.

      1. VVanNess profile image75
        VVanNessposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        lol That's funny. I didn't see that.

    2. theraggededge profile image88
      theraggededgeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      You've posted the same question three times on the forums, so two of them are live now. It's confusing. Well, it is for me, anyway. I'm easily confused smile

      1. VVanNess profile image75
        VVanNessposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Oh man. Thanks!

    3. DrMark1961 profile image95
      DrMark1961posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      This is the link
      For an article on household cleaners, just type in "household cleaners" and see what comes up. You can also try "homemade household cleaners" or whatever variations seem good. Be sure to read BrandonĀ“s article.

      1. Bedbugabscond profile image94
        Bedbugabscondposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Yeah, I have a homemade household bed bug killer article that is in the snipit. Def worth getting some seo into the home made cleaning articles, it helps a ton,

  6. Kenna McHugh profile image93
    Kenna McHughposted 5 years ago

    I think Bev meant, which is listed in the above article linked by Dr. Mark.

  7. hardlymoving profile image91
    hardlymovingposted 5 years ago

    I see you like to write about making food.  Suggest your articles explain how you use various cooking tools and utensils to make them.  Then the reader can go shopping on Amazon to find them.  If they make a purchase, you get the commission credits.  Also do both a Bing and Google search on an article that's at least 1 year old and see if it appears on page 1.  If not, you may want to re-edit the article with specific words that people may be searching for.  Augmenting your most visited articles with video(s) would be very helpful.  I've updated most of my articles with youtube imbedded links and my article visits have gone up by 50% and my ad revenue by over 100% in the last 5 months since I started doing videos.  I do auto repair DIY articles so my readers are buying tools and parts on Amazon.  Some of these parts in in the hundreds of dollars so the commission more than pays for my lunch for the day.

    1. VVanNess profile image75
      VVanNessposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      What a great idea! Thank you! I've been trying to figure out how to break into the YouTube market. smile


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