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Can you *really* make money on Hubpages?

  1. Anne Oddity profile image60
    Anne Oddityposted 6 years ago

    These days, if you publish well-written, popular hubs, can you really make money from them on Hubpages? I've been hearing a lot of bad press about Hubpages lately, about how everything has gone downhill since some mysterious Panda incident, and how most Hubbers have left for greener pastures? Is this true, or is there still hope in Hubpages?

    Would appreciate any of your thoughts smile

    1. IzzyM profile image88
      IzzyMposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Yep and with nearly 500 hubs I made a whole 4 dollars yesterday! Yes Panda has damaged the site, but its not all doom and gloom - some of my hubs have risen a place or two in the SERPS overnight and I am seeing a lot more traffic today than I have seen in a long time.
      Having said that, Monday usually is my best day for traffic.

      Any day now, it is hopeful we will see a massive recovery for HP. Fingers crossed and keep writing smile

    2. Marie Scott profile image56
      Marie Scottposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      What about the Panda incident?

    3. BRIAN SLATER profile image88
      BRIAN SLATERposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Yes there is hope, you will have work hard, but you can make money here every month. Time to put your best foot forward and start writing quality stuff that people are searching for.

  2. Mark Ewbie profile image86
    Mark Ewbieposted 6 years ago

    Well, I made twenty cents yesterday - seven months - 140 hubs.

    If that's not real money I don't know what is.

    1. lyndre profile image78
      lyndreposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Better than me. I've made 12 cents this month, but I only have 26 hubs smile

  3. Eleanor's Words profile image91
    Eleanor's Wordsposted 6 years ago

    I think it depends on what you class as 'earning' money. Hubpages has certainly been hit, but you still can earn. I posted on here over the weekend about not having made any amazon sales this month, now a single sale today has earned me $12. Not exactly money to retire on, but it is still welcome. Last month I reached the threshold I set myself for the second time, but it was more of a struggle than last time. However, I was excepting a slump anyway because I wrote a lot about toys, and as a parent I know that the main market for toys happens around Christmas. I almost never search online for toys throughout the rest of the year.

    I think the hubpages ad program is best for those with a lot of traffic, otherwise you will not earn more than mere cents. Building traffic is something I have found quite hard, but then I never try to promote my hubs and have never backlinked. Adsense has taken a real turn for the worse.

    I am not planning on leaving hubpages and am optimistic that it will improve eventually, however who knows when? I really like this site, and I like the layout. I also like the idea of my own sites, but I am anything but technical and find the whole issue quite daunting. I still plan to publish, although I have not written as much as I did. The main reason for that is not so much the algorithm change as the fact that I feel really tired in the evenings. Things are not going as well right now as I hoped they would, but I'm hanging in there.

    I think that most hubbers who people regard as having left still have most of their hubs up.

  4. Richieb799 profile image80
    Richieb799posted 6 years ago

    Well my monthly earnings have been slashed in half since around January time, whether this was totally Panda's fault I'm not sure but my hubs have seen a bit of a rise to normal traffic wise of recent

  5. Temirah profile image81
    Temirahposted 6 years ago

    But what was the Panda incident? Please someone tell me!

    1. crystolite profile image59
      crystoliteposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, please what is the panda incident? i would like to know too.

    2. wilderness profile image97
      wildernessposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Google changed their methodology of choosing (algorithm) which articles will appear higher in their search engine lists.

      The result has been that nearly everyone's hubs have gone down the search lists, very often to the point that few searchers will ever see them.  Lower on the SERPs = no traffic.  No traffic = no income.

  6. Sunnyglitter profile image83
    Sunnyglitterposted 6 years ago

    I've made around $8 this month.  I used to make a lot more, but my traffic is starting to return.

  7. LuisEGonzalez profile image86
    LuisEGonzalezposted 6 years ago

    A lot has been said lately about the apparent demise of Hubpages and how little money is coming in. I used to write for Shetoldme, Redgage, and Examiner. The money was not great there either and the format was mostly not user friendly. But at HubPages at least I have had the opportunity of being able to see what the staff looks like, have communicated with some of them on a regular basis,and have even met two of them personally. I never experienced this with any of the other sites. Try to communicate with the staff at the other sites if you wish and see if you get a better response, odds are that you won't. Try to say something negative about their sites or their staff. Chances are you will have your account pulled very quickly. Sure the Panda update has affected all sites, including HubPages, but how many of the staff in the other sites have openly communicated with Google, both in open forums and through direct talks in an effort to make the site better? Probably none. Can you name the staff, even some, at the other sites? Not really. Like the rest of you I only make some money, but from experience, the more you write the more you make and it takes time. At least here I am gaining recognition as a writer,I'm sharing my experience in what I love which is photography, I'm learning and meeting new fellow writers. It is apparent that people like Paul Edmondson are really addressing the issues with Google and the staff is trying to do the best that they can to make HubPages even better. Not all changes will fit everyone, but that is part of living in a democracy. I don't plan on leaving HubPages anytime soon and I am confident that this site will weather the Panda storm just fine. So if anyone wants to complain and gripe, then go ahead, at least here you can. But sooner or later HubPages will rise above the "Pandasaster" and HubPages will be stronger than it is now. And that's my two cents worth !!!

  8. Bill Manning profile image73
    Bill Manningposted 6 years ago

    If you really want to make money start your own website. If you want to just write Hubpages is fine.

  9. Bard of Ely profile image86
    Bard of Elyposted 6 years ago

    I have lost a lot of my earnings, yes, but I still make money here, and would stay even if I didn't because it is the best site I have come across for posting my writings at!

  10. R.S. Hutchinson profile image81
    R.S. Hutchinsonposted 6 years ago

    I made .08 my first day..
    I was told that was pretty good. I had only posted 3 hubs...
    just posted my 4rth one last night.

    I'll keep you posted.