Tomorrow, March 3rd, we are excited to officially launch the HubPages Ad Program, a major new way for you to make money from your HubPages traffic. The HubPages Ad Program provides an optimized mix of premium ads from multiple ad partners that will run alongside the Google AdSense ads on your Hubs.
If you would like to have an idea of the difference between Hubs with ads from the HubPages Ad Program and Hubs with ads just from Google, all you need to do is have a look at Hubs on the site, as when HubPages gets its 40% of impressions, it already uses that ad layout. The difference is this: instead of displaying three AdSense ad units and two link units, the Hub hosts three AdSense ad units and up to four full-sized ad units from the HubPages Ad Program.
To get an accurate idea of how the HubPages Ad Program would affect Hubber earnings, we invited nine Hubbers to beta test the program over January and February. The entire group saw a weighted average earnings increase of over 50% and each Hubber saw double-digit percentage increases in the combined revenue their earned with AdSense and the HubPages Ad Program.
If you are already on board, keep in mind that we are rolling out the program in waves, starting with about 500 invites. We hope to have the HubPages Ad Program available to all Hubbers by June. The HubPages Ad Program pays through PayPal (you will get your first payout once you reach a $50 threshold), so one way you can prepare for your email invite is to set up a PayPal account if you do not already have one.
If you are among those in the first wave of invites, congratulations! If not, keep an eye out for the next wave, and get ready!
That's awesome! This will be a great asset after the change in the Google algorithm, although that's speculation on my part seeing I really don't know how much it affected the successful hubbers (if at all). Regardless, this is exciting and looking forward to learning more about it. Keep us posted, chief!
No Wendy, I wasn't in the first wave, but no worries, my turn will come, as will yours. Nothing has been specifically said about when the 'next wave' of invites will go out, but all Hubbers should have been invited by June.
I've seen the HP ad program 'configure' button in my account area. It's telling me: 'You are not currently eligible to enroll to the HubPages ad program.' Are non US residents not eligible with HubPages ad program?
I'm getting a bit curious like never before because I already do regularly receive affiliate earnings via my PayPal from HostGator, VideoForward, and a few others all in the US. Or the invite has to come first before the activation? Pardon me if I'm being a bit pushy, though happy to even see the configure button.
Easy for you to say - you got in on wave one! I was hoping I'd get in this go-round and it would have been a great birthday present for me, too! No, I don't share yours - I'm the 5th! I'll just keep waiting and hope I get in the next wave - dang!
BTW - happy birthday, Ryan! Mine's a big, scary one this year!
i'll try this again because they removed my post. i think that it's a great idea for those who want to make money on here. i noticed a lot of folks are here for that reason and this new program will help promote more and perhaps better hubs.
This is a very timely initiative. Hubpages should create a new "Earning" avenue for those who want to avoid any of the available sources (adsense, amazon, ebay, kontera ...) and one should just devote his energy and time in creating Hubs to his best ability and "Earning" part id managed by Hubpages and shared among writers ...
I want to ask one thing that do we need a verified paypal account to participate in hubpages ad program? As am from India and not using a credit card which is necessary to make my paypal account verified. If we need a verified paypal account then can we use some other persons paypal account to get payments who have an verified paypal account?
Paul, This is very good news. Funny that I was just reading about this from a HubPages' Twitter link this morning and now I see your post. You guys are doing a wonderful job and I am totally pleased to be a part of the HP community. I look forward to getting a chance in the future to be in the new Ad Program. Thanks for all the great work!
I'd say it's easier, but at the very least, it is as easy. The nice thing is that it's all on the site, so there's not the slightly more complicated back-and-forth that you'll see when signing up for other affiliate programs.
Sounds good and I am looking forward to eventually being able to sign up for the Hubpages ad system and it is definitely different from other websites. Any new good revenue streams is great in my book.
Steph, I've been bouncing around a bit on Relache's and Len Cannon's Hubs, and the ads I'm seeing don't compromise the page layout. These ads also seem to be relevant to the topic and they have a fresh and appealing look.
Of course, I might be a bit jaded now, considering what's happened to my google dot com views, and so these new ads look really good to me in that they have nothing to do with Google, but I think this might be a big win for Hubbers and HP, diminishing nothing for the reader.
That's good to hear. I have tweaked the layouts of my blogs over the past 6 months and always watched traffic carefully to make sure that readers don't react negatively (thinking we're just trying to sell something). Thanks for the response... I'll go check out their hubs too. Cheers, Steph
The layout is actually the same layout you see 40% of the time with your Hubs - it's what HubPages uses whenever utilizing its 40% of impressions on your Hubs. If you opt into the HubPages Ad Program, that means that your Hubs will look like that 100% of the time instead of 40%.
So basically, nothing is particularly new - we're just opening up a more lucrative layout to Hubbers, too
Sounds great! And I'm pretty new, so forgive me if I've missed something. But, how will traffic get to the site? I don't have a lot of traffic, but even on my hubs that are informative and 'authoritative' (anesthesia articles written by an anesthesiologist), my traffic is less than a third now of where it was before the change.
Is traffic expected to pick back up or is there some other way to get traffic to the site, to our hubs? Clicks depend on traffic.
I'm not trying to be a downer, just trying to figure things out (although I'm not very savvy with these things).
TahoeDoc - traffic is something that takes time to build, so be patient and keep on publishing. If you opt in to the HubPages ad program, you may see payout sooner, since the threshold is lower But again, the traffic part is up to your Hubs and whether or not they are well-titled and written to be found in search results.
Great news!! Starting to see a trickle of traffic come back . I think in due time we will be able to determine what is needed to put our hubs back on top. At least I hope so. Paypal must be really excited too
It's everything or nothing, but you'll still be able to disable ads on noncommercial Hubs as you like. If you're concerned that the ad format will change, don't be. It's just the ad layout we use when we're getting our 40% of impressions, so you've seen it many times before.
The first wave is ~500 people and it's not hand-selected. I think it's somewhat random among active Hubbers.
So...please don't take it personally if you don't make it the first round, for whatever reason! Everyone will have a chance to participate in due course. We just need to meter new participants so we scale it properly.
Two of our nine beta users were, in fact, non-US (darkside was one of them). The only important thing to remember is that non-US participants still have to fill out a form saying they have no US activity in order to avoid withholding (it's a tax compliance issue for us). But that will be clear when you get the invite and start the process.
You're not being pushy! This is an fantastic new program and I can certainly understand the excitement.
I hate to disappoint, but we haven't set an exact date, scope or criteria for the next wave. A lot depends on how the first wave goes, if we were able to scale OK without any major issues. But, for sure, everyone will have access by June, if not earlier.
This is probably the largest single rollout we've done, technically speaking, on the site, so we want to make sure everything works as it's supposed to.
This is a perfect response to the current situation with Google. I am always amazed by the quick and careful things the HubPages staff (and community) manage to do when protecting the health of this site. It is encouraging at the very least and quite exciting over all. It will be nice to gain access to the new program in June-- unless I find a friendly HubPages invitation in my email! ;~) Many thanks to the crew for watching out for our hubber well-being.
I totally understand! I have always felt the team to be pro-active and usually ahead of the curve. You can't be this successful and not be pro-active. It would be near impossible to manage a huge and positive move in such a short span of time for sure. Good to know that the HP team has kept ahead of the recent folly. My meaning was more for the sake of those who may be a little freaked out over the things from the last week or so. Nice that you make clear the actions (not reactions) of our super HubPages Team. Thanks for keeping things on the straight and narrow Darkside.