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How Hubpages & Google Adsense Made Me A Multi-Millionaire

Updated on June 30, 2012

Up until 2005 I had been working at a conventional job, working as a Kitchen Assistant in a local restaurant. I had worked hard at this job for a total of four years, also working in the evenings for the same company, working full-time. Although it didn't make me rich the money was good and I was earning more than the average employee in the UK.

In 2005 management of the company changed hands and I was made redundant. Despite looking for similar work, the years started to fly past and I could not manage to attain any work so I began searching online for something that I could do to earn money in order to take the pressure off a little bit.

In 2007 I discovered a music industry website called Slicethepie which, at the time, was brand new and paying their users extremely high rates in return for reviewing and rating music by unsigned bands. At the time Slicethepie was a true music investment platform whereby users could purchase shares in an upcoming artist's album and then trade those shares on the world's only music industry stock exchange. During Slicethepie's first few years I managed to make a couple of thousand pound each year. Once site activity hit an all-time high the rates soon started to deteriorate and currently there is very little music to review at Slicethepie - it's now only possible to earn literally a few pennies a week.

I had also discovered a similar music investment/fundraising website called Sellaband where I invested some of my earnings from Slicethepie in order to be entitled to a financial return within the digital music industry - although I managed to make a little bit of money from two of the more successful artists at Sellaband it generally wasn't worth it. I have, however, found out since that new music websites such as AKA Music and MyMajorCompany have actually successfully managed to make a profit for their investors much more easily than both Sellaband and Slicethepie despite using more conventional methods.

I am a musician and music is pretty much my life. Once the novelty of these music industry-based websites started to wear off, as did the income I was making from them, I signed up with Hubpages and Blogger and started writing about subjects I am knowledgeable about such as the music industry, psychology & the human mind and conspiracy theories. It took a while but I soon started to develop a following. I began placing Google Adsense adverts and Amazon affiliate links on my hubs and blogs in order to generate income. Although my rates of traffic were relatively high I only seemed to be making literally a few pennies per week from Adsense and decided that earning £240 per 100,000 page views just wasn't worth it, even with my hub on Narcissistic Personality Disorder which receives several hundred visits per day. I continued writing at Hubpages regardless seeing as though I enjoyed it so much and could also use it as a promotional tool for any other work that I would attempt in the future. I carried on at Hubpages and Blogger but took no notice of my Adsense account any longer.

Then one day in 2018, ten years after I had signed up with Hubpages, out of sheer curiosity I decided I would check my Adsense account. I logged in and to my surprise my hub on Narcissistic Personality Disorder, which I have continued refining over time, had received as many as 600,000,000 clicks on the Adsense units and a total of $150,000,000 was sitting there unattended to in my account!

With excitement I immediately removed the 'hold' on my Adsense account so that they would send me the check for $150,000,000 the following month and that, my friends, is how Hubpages and Google Adsense made me a multi-millionaire!



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    • Cogerson profile image


      6 years ago from Virginia

      Very nicely done....and 2018 will be here before we know it. Just make sure you give back to the followers and commentors that helped you get your golden with that I become one of your many followers. Voted up and interesting.

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      Marc Hubs 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Indeed it would Peggy, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Haha! That would be a nice surprise indeed! I enjoyed your humor. :))

      HP ads do well for me also with Adsense adding a pittance now and again.

    • topquark profile image


      7 years ago from UK

      Lol. 600,00,000 pageviews would mean that nearly one in every 10 people in the entire world would have to visit the page and click an ad. A lot of them don't even have internet access!

      I hope you continue to get on well with HP ads. I find it a much steadier stream of income than adsense.

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      7 years ago

      That's great! I bet you're already looking forward to the end of the month.

      Re: Amazon, try switching to ebay. It might end up being more profitable for you since they pay per clicks, unlike Amazon who only pay you if the user buys a product.

    • sparkster profile imageAUTHOR

      Marc Hubs 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks you so much for the advice, I can't believe how much I have earnt from the Hubpages earnings program in just 2 days! Well worth it!

    • sparkster profile imageAUTHOR

      Marc Hubs 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Page views?? I should do quite well then!

    • Rehana Stormme profile image

      Rehana Stormme 

      7 years ago

      Cool! Now you'll see the millions really flowing in.

      By signing up for the HP Ad program, some hubbers see their Google Adsense revenue going down, but it's a matter of testing out both of them and seeing which program works better for you. Personally, I was on Google Adsense for about 2 months and made less than 1$. (I think I made about 0.68$ lol). But with the HP Ad program I get payouts atleast every month.

      Remember the with the HP Ad program you get paid by page views. So if you have a good amount of regular traffic, you should be able to have regular monthly payouts too.

      All the best, I'm excited for you!

    • sparkster profile imageAUTHOR

      Marc Hubs 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      I was also told by another hubber recently that I could also use Amazon Affiliates (.com). However, despite earning money I am unable to spend this income as even the global/international shipping section of Amazon keeps telling me that products cannot be shipped to my destination, even though the seller claims to ship to the UK.

    • sparkster profile imageAUTHOR

      Marc Hubs 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks Rehana,

      I've just tried to do so once again and managed to sign up successfully. Previously whenever I tried it would not let me complete the signup process as I could not submit a W-9 tax form (w-9 doesn't exist in UK).

      I'm a little peed off by the fact that I've been losing out on this potential income, especially considering the payouts I've managed to reach with Adsense.

      Anyway, I'm enrolled now!

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      Rehana Stormme 

      7 years ago

      Wait a minute, Sparkster...why aren't you in the Hubpages Ad program? Everyone with a Google Adsense account is eligible for it, even those outside the US. You just need to have a Paypal account to receive your earnings from the HP Ad Program. Also, when you're signing up for the Ad Program, for the tax details, just tick the box that says you have no business in the US etc The sign-up is an easy process and won't take you more than 20mins.

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      Rehana Stormme 

      7 years ago

      Lol! Nice twist in the end! Enjoyed reading

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      Arlene V. Poma 

      7 years ago

      2018??? It's a date, and I'm hoping I'll still be around--HubPages account and many milestones, later. Thanks for the positivity.

    • LSKing profile image


      7 years ago from East Coast United States

      This is great. Anything is possible when you set goals. I hope that you do really see results like this in the next coming years. Great hub!

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      7 years ago from Fuck of HUBPAGES

      Ha ha ! I never knew we can make so much money on internet . I was shocked to read that you earn here more than your Kitchen Assistant job . Congratulation !

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      James Nelmondo 

      7 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Lol, second to last paragraph made me laugh out loud. Nice hub!

    • sparkster profile imageAUTHOR

      Marc Hubs 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Haha thanks Jlava73!

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      Jennifer Vasconcelos 

      7 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

      Great 10 year plan :) LOL make sure in 2018 you write an awesome Hub about what the redemption process was like for that large a figure. Cute Hub! Voted-up.

    • mr williams profile image

      mr williams 

      7 years ago from Norfolk, Virginia

      Hopefully I'll be there before I turn 30. Great hub

    • sparkster profile imageAUTHOR

      Marc Hubs 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks Ibramos!

      Really?? Unfortunately I'm not eligible for Hubpages own earnings scheme as I am in UK so it's just Adsense and Amazon for me. I tried signing up with eBay but was turned down.

      Also, despite earning income from Amazon Affiliates Hubpages uses the .com version and upon trying to spend my earnings there it became clear that even most of the international products cannot be sent to me so the money is just lying there redundant.

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      Luis Bivar Ramos 

      7 years ago from Porto, Portugal

      Hehehe, I think people didn't understood your irony :)

      Nice hub, I'm feeling a little bit the same problem, but I really know people who have won a lot of money with HP! They're not multimilionaire but they earn a very nice "side" income each month! :)

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      7 years ago

      Good for you! Thats awesome!

    • redwards01 profile image


      7 years ago from Bermuda

      Wow that's amazing. I know most people who start writing for money have aspirations of making as much money as you did, but very seldom actually make it.


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