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How HubPages Works

Updated on December 4, 2016

What is HubPages?

It's an easy way to publish your thoughts, stories, articles and even recipes. You don't have to worry about the design and layout, you just bring the words. The tools are provided. At no cost. Yes, that's right. HubPages is free.

It's not only free, it is built in such a way that you, the content provider, can make money from it.

Rewarding not only having the opportunity to publish quickly and easily in a community environment fuelled by 14,000 other Hub authors to an online audience numbering in the millions (over 2.4 million unique visitors per month), but it's financially rewarding as well.

Browse and upload images. Type (or copy and paste from a wordprocessor document) your words. Click and drag to organize the layout.

HubPages is designed to be easy. Try it and find out for yourself how true that statement is.

HubPages Inc had three objectives to supply to its users:

- Easiest tools for hub creation.

- Easiest way to build traffic through powerful under-the-hood search engine optimization.

- Easiest way to collect royalties on published content.

Discover for yourself how well they delivered on those promised.

How HubPages works...

The concept is quite simple.

HubPages provides the webspace, the tools, and even a community so you can build quality content filled pages, without having to worry about the design, the upload and the upkeep.

The community is a bonus. It's a thriving hot bed of likeminded individuals who are also building their own network of pages with the same focus on quality.

And search engines love a Hub like site. They can regularly send their spiders and bots to index the site and find fresh new pages of unique content.

Choose a topic, research it, pick some appropriate products (from Amazon and Ebay) and publish.

How you and HubPages make money...

HubPages don't promise you the ability to make a living from "Royalties". But they do provide you with the right tools and there are ample opportunities in which you can use HubPages as an online revenue stream. No guarantees for you, no guarantees for me. But I'm here giving it a shot because I can see the long term benefit of utilising the site.

The HubPages “Royalties” provides you with an easy way to take advantage of the Internet’s top ad revenue and commission generating tools.

Through HubPages you can easily set up affiliate accounts with Google, eBay and Amazon. Or use your own if you've already got them.

Google automatically displays ads in your Hub that are relevant to your topic.

eBay and Amazon products can be featured in your Hub. Choose the products which best complement the content of your page.

If you don't have a Google Adsense Account you can easily sign up for it straight after you've registered a HubPages account.Though it is best to have a bunch of good quality hubs before you do so.

Pageview Split...

Pageviews or "impressions" are split between the author (you) and HubPages Inc.

A pageview is each time a visitor views your page. Each pageview is a chance for the visitor to click on an Adsense Ad (which is pay per click) or click on an Amazon or Ebay Ad (which is pay per sale).

So "Pageviews = Potential Revenue".

Which of course means an important ingredient other than having a page with good content and quality advertising is "traffic" (visitors coming to your page). But we'll discuss that soon.

HubPages Inc use their share of the potential revenue to keep HubPages in business. You can use your share for whatever you please.

HubPages splits the impressions with you in the following way:

1. Your own Hubs: Hubbers receive 60% of total impressions.

2. The HubPages Affiliate Program: You can refer new writers to HubPages and they become Hubbers within 30 days, you receive an additional 10% of their Hubs’ lifetime impressions.

3. Traffic Referral Program: If you send traffic to any Hub, you’re entitled to either 9% or 12% of total impressions. You’ll receive 9% if the Hub you’ve referred people to already has impressions allocated to an Affiliate. If there are no Affiliates, you’ll receive 12% of the total impressions.

Whatever is left from the splits above goes to HubPages. Note that these splits apply only to HubPages and User Profile pages. On all other pages, such as a referral to a Tag page or the HubPages home page, you’ll receive 30% on a traffic referral, with HubPages getting the rest.

How do you refer visitors?

We cover it in this chapter: How HubPage Tracking Works

How referrals (aka tracking) work

Referrals work in two ways...

1) If someone signs up for a HubPages account via your referral link, you get 10% of their pageviews for the life of their hubs. That doesn't take away from their own pageviews, HubPages Inc graciously give up an extra 10% of their share to you for spreading the word and getting others to join up.

2) You can refer other peoples Hubs and get a cut of the pageviews. 9% or 12% depending on whether there's an signup referrer involved getting a 10% cut of the pageviews. This cut comes again from HubPages Inc's share of the pageviews. So it's a win/win situation when you promote or link to a fellow Hub Authors page. Their article gets exposure and you get a reward for sending them traffic.

I am drafting a more detailed report on how referrals work and how to set up tracking codes. I'll link to it from here so check back later.

Promoting your HubPages

There are various ways to promote your hubs.

There are also a few ways that you should not.

1) Don't spam.

Spamming isn't just emails in your inbox that you haven't requested. Or only automated programs used to register and flood forums and guestbooks with links to dubious sites. It's also normal people who try to promote their own websites. Usually by making excited postings to forums and social bookmarking sites without thought of the long term active members of such sites.

The consequences of spamming are numerous and varied. Bottom line is you don't want to find out what those consequences are.

2) Social networking. Don't bombard social networking and social bookmarking sites. Used thoughtfully they can provide valuable backlinks and a trickle of traffic. It's up to the members of those sites whether or not your site/page is cool or useful. And if they think it's exceptional you will be rewarded with a large surge of traffic. Which will eventually, probably sooner than later, peter out. Be sure not to oversell your site or over-promise. Be honest in your descriptions.

3) Read and Learn. There are a lot of good books available at Amazon, your local book seller and even at your library. I figure that if a publisher is willing to take a gamble bringing an authors book to print then it's probably got a lot of useful information in there. It may very well be information you find somewhere online for free, but where would you start? But a book by an accomplished author is all right there in your hands.

Sign up now!

Sign up for HubPages now... and start earning while you continue learning.

What's next?

You know how it works, you've signed up, now lets get behind the wheel!


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  • profile image


    8 years ago

    Good One. Ty.

  • teachertalking1 profile image


    9 years ago

    Thanks again for sharing such a helpful hub! FYI - tried to click on your link to HubPages Inc article, "Getting More Traffic To Your Hubs" but found the hub no longer available.

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    Adam Finan 

    9 years ago from Worldwide

    @Darkside - Very very good Hub.. It is going to take me a few days to get through your Hubs! They are the most informative i have come across yet. Thank you

  • Prisana profile image

    Prisana Nuechterlein 

    9 years ago from Thailand and Colorado

    Another great hub! I am still mystified how so many hubbers have such an enormous amount of hubs! Prolific is an understatement.

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    Peg Cole 

    10 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

    Great hub here Darkside. I just linked it to one of mine. Thanks so much for the helpful tips.

  • AutumnLockwood profile image


    10 years ago from Northern California

    This will get me started. Thanks much!

  • Autumn Lynn profile image

    Autumn Lynn 

    10 years ago from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

    Thank you for explaining how this all works for those of us who are new. I love the fact that we can get rewarded for promoting other hubs--that is a wonderful feature and I did not know about it. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with the rest of us. Best of luck with all of your hubs.

  • brandrocker profile image


    10 years ago

    Good read! I read this particular hub from time to time! It gives a clear guideline of what to do and what not do while engaging in self-advocacy.

  • Eiddwen profile image


    10 years ago from Wales

    Thanks for that, very useful for being new to all this

  • eclecticeducation profile image


    10 years ago

    I am new to writing for HubPages. Thank you so much for writing this guide.

  • Sparkle Chi profile image


    10 years ago from Chandler, AZ

    Quality hub. Well written and informative reply on the question of how hubs work. Thanks!

  • Wechito profile image


    10 years ago

    Thanks again Darkside.

    Every time I have a Hubpages related question there is one of your hubs answering it.

  • abidareacode profile image


    10 years ago from Areacode , Kerala, India

    It is a very good information you shared.I had read it again for more queries.

  • Aiden Roberts profile image

    Aiden Roberts 

    10 years ago from United Kingdom

    Hi I am new to internet writing and Hubpages, this Hub is invaluable.

    Thank you very much for taking the time to write it.

  • ladyjane1 profile image


    11 years ago from Texas

    Some really good info on here that I didn't know about. Thanks so much for this hub. Consider me a fan. Cheers.

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    George Poe 

    11 years ago from United Kingdom

    Nice hub. Some good information here. Thanks for the info..

  • kea profile image


    11 years ago

    Awesome information! I appreciate your explanation on the tracking. This is something I overlooked when I first started! I plan to read your other hubs, as I find them well-written - concise and informative! Cheers.

  • DustinsMom profile image


    11 years ago from USA

    Great information, thanks for explaining!

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    Gypsy Willow 

    11 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

    Good advice Darkside Thanks for the reply.

  • darkside profile imageAUTHOR


    11 years ago from Australia

    Gypsy, me personally, I only do it occasionally. I don't share every single hub I publish, I save my sharing for the really stand out ones.

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    Gypsy Willow 

    11 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

    When you publish a hub you are invited to post on FB and Twitter. Should we do this? Thanks for the info by the way!

  • Petra Vlah profile image

    Petra Vlah 

    11 years ago from Los Angeles

    Thank your this information,

    Being totally computer illiterate I always had problems following thecnical stuff.

    This time I got it!

  • dragonbear profile image


    11 years ago from Essex UK

    Love it! Thanks darkside, heading off to read 2, 3 and 4!

  • Katarina2 profile image


    11 years ago

    I'm just getting into this so thanks for the info!

  • Arren123 profile image


    11 years ago from UK

    thank you for your hubs, very interesting and useful, thank you again, take care and have fun.

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    Don Bobbitt 

    11 years ago from Ruskin Florida

    I really loved the clear and concise presentation of information. I have posted my first Hub, and spent a lot of time bouncing around the information available while implementing mine, and I knew there had to be a better reference. Thanks, Your info gave me a big kick up the learning curve on Hubs.

  • baprice profile image


    11 years ago from Texas

    Thanks for the input. I am excited to get this hubbing thing started now, I just need to understand the affiliates programs some more. Loved the post all the same though.

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    Art Wartenbe 

    11 years ago from Northwestern Florida, Gulfcoast

    I see why you have a good following going on now. You have a niche for learning and sharing the meat or information that is likely very important to those who came here desiring to write for income and take advantage of the offerings the hubpages allows. I will definitely read some of your hubs and see how much my brain can absorb. Thanks for being curious in the forum, or I might've never made it to your pages. Keep on Keepin on. Success is the goal!!

  • wildwade profile image


    11 years ago from North Olmsted, Ohio

    Thanks, Darkside, for a fantastic hub. This in itself is an important tool for success and should be read by all contributors. Great job!

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    Jack Lhasa 

    11 years ago from Chattanooga, TN

    Excellent introduction to HubPages! Thanks!

  • Lonely Writer profile image

    Lonely Writer 

    11 years ago from Lubbock, Texas

    Thanks for giving us new guys a starting point.

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    11 years ago

    Thank you for your very informative hub darkside

    At last I find my "how to on hub pages"

    regards brownlickie

  • shakeelz profile image


    11 years ago


    h r u]

    u have given very good and authentic kknowledge which i appreciate

  • LizaCarlson profile image


    11 years ago from Lincoln City, Oregon

    wonderful article that i'm sure i will be referring to frequently

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    Marie Dwivkidz 

    12 years ago from UK

    Fantastic hub - so helpful for hub-blunderers just starting out. Thank you.

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    12 years ago

    I have to admit, I LOVE HUBPAGES. This has to be my top site for 2009. (unless anyone else can send me further ones)

    Thanks for making the internet journey easier to navigate

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    Spin Ready Articles 

    12 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this. If only more marketers will spend a good amount of time using hub pages the right way. If used the right way they have the potentials of bringing lots of rewards for the users. More and more hubpages can now be found in the first page of lots of competitive keywords in google and yahoo. So, it pays to use them right. Thanks again for sharing.

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    12 years ago

    its very useful things

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    Gabriel Intercambio 

    12 years ago

    "This hub was particularly interesting and educational"

    Totally agree with that. Very useful post, both for beginners and more experienced users.

    Starting my Intercambio and Language Courses page right now!

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    12 years ago

    Thank you for the great information. Marisa suggested that I take a look at your Hubs. They are informative and helpful. I will be reading more of them. I am new to Hub Pages, but I like the easy format for publishing and your information will help me a lot.

    Thanks again for the great article.


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    12 years ago from UK

    thank you - these are really good guidelines for beginners.

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    12 years ago

    That was great. I do not understand it 100%, but going over the info a few times should help me out quite a bit. One thing though, originally 3 weeks ago I got into writing online for pay through Web Colleagues- they have a very detailed, step by step how to for every aspect, how to put pictures on your blog page, (step by step), how to sign up with affiliate companies and contextual ads companies, all this in a chronological step by step pattern of what to do in order, to complete said goal. Does HubPages have such a guide for hubs? Step by step guide on how to get a product sold by ebay advertised in the side bar (side bar??) of your hub. Any such things on HP?? -Derrik

  • Co8 profile image


    12 years ago

    Great advice, thank you! Thumbs up for you!

  • larrybass profile image


    13 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

    Great Hub Darkside! Very helpful to this ol' doggy. I Love your sleek list of Keytags there friend. A minumalists master list, if you will. :-)

    I'm a new fan so don't ever stop writing, pleaseeeey!

    Cheers quillmeister Darkside!


  • John7447 profile image


    13 years ago

    Thank you great hub

  • solarshingles profile image


    13 years ago from london

    again, thank you! This hub was particularly interesting and educational

  • Sally's Trove profile image


    13 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

    What it also means is that Dorsi has credibility. :)

  • darkside profile imageAUTHOR


    13 years ago from Australia

    Excellent point raised Dorsi.

    Familiarity and a history means that people are willing to listen.

  • Sally's Trove profile image


    13 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

    Dorsi, this is so true. All success comes from good relationships. You already paved the way at Yuwie, and good things will follow.

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    Dorsi Diaz 

    13 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Thanks for the great info- one of the things I am doing is promoting my hubs at Yuwie- but it works for me because I already had made a lot of friends there- so when I ask them to join my fan club or read my hubs they know I'm not spamming them- we already have a history- and that's the best way to do well in any business. Get to know people and network first!

  • Ambrosian profile image


    13 years ago from Tulsa

    I have read several of your hubs. Actually I was refered by Marisa to go read and learn from your articles. Thanks for this piece of the puzzle.

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    Kathryn Skaggs 

    13 years ago from Southern California

    Thank you for all the useful information. Great Hub.


  • darkside profile imageAUTHOR


    13 years ago from Australia

    It is a pleasure to help inform and equip my fellow hub authors. I've learnt so much from others here too.

  • Dottie1 profile image


    13 years ago from MA, USA

    Thank you for all your great hubs. You make learning simple and fun.

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    lee anderson 

    13 years ago

    Thanks for the great information.

    We will follow what you have stated.

    thanks again for the info.

  • darkside profile imageAUTHOR


    13 years ago from Australia

    I had a big draft on referrals/tracking and I think I have sufficient inspiration to get off my butt and tidy it up and publish it!

    Just going through the organising and editing stage. With a bit of luck within 48 hours I will have finished it off and have it published.

  • William F. Torpey profile image

    William F Torpey 

    13 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

    I am technologically illiterate, nevertheless I look forward to your upcoming report on how referrals work and how to set up tracking codes, not that I'm likely to understand the technology. I still haven't got a clue as to how I might enhance my hubs with photographs, art work and illustrations. I'm not even ready yet to ask how it's done. But I am learning from you and other hubbers -- a little at a time. Hubs like yours are helpful -- and appreciated. Thanks.

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    Tony Sky 

    13 years ago from London UK

    Very usefull info, I would be interested to know more about tracking code tips..

  • darkside profile imageAUTHOR


    13 years ago from Australia

    Yes, the referral system is very interesting. Somewhat complex at a glance, but once you cut it up into bite sized pieces it's pleasantly surprising just how good it tastes.

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    Dave McClure 

    13 years ago from Worcester, UK

    Interesting stuff on referrals that I didn't know. Thanks

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    Kate Swanson 

    13 years ago from Sydney

    I love your comment about not self-promoting on social bookmarking sites. My first foray into writing on the internet was at Helium. Many of their writers have been banned from social bookmarking sites, to the point where ALL Helium writers have a bad name at places like Digg, and are likely to be banned even if they're not over-promoting. So we all need to be careful!


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