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HubPages: Blogging with Benefits

Updated on July 8, 2013
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William has written five books, on topics ranging from technological fiction to office humor, and is the owner of Bayla Publishing.

Is there a better way?
Is there a better way?

Why Bloggers Blog

People blog for lots of reasons. For some, blogging is an outlet, an opportunity to vent. Others see it as a venue for serious composition. A blog may be a scream for help, a plea for a cause, or a place to tell the world a joke.

Or simply, I’m here. Look at me.

Taken collectively, blogs are disparate. There are various blogging applications, and most make it relatively easy to start a blog. However, the community of bloggers is not really a community. The millions of blogs in the cyberworld owe their existence to the Internet and to blogging software.

Select a user name. Fill out a few text boxes. Now blog.

This is fine, as far as it goes, if the goal of the writer is to simply write publicly. But if you want to publish short articles, retain all rights, be part of a larger, feedback-oriented, organized writing community, and make some money in the process, then a website called HubPages.com may be right for you.

Google AdSense Adds Value

As a member of HubPages— which is free—you can write, read, and comment on hubs. A hub is an article about almost anything you can imagine. As a hub author, or hubber, you write what you want, and then you publish your written hub. Others can follow your hubs, and can comment on your hubs. You can continually modify your hubs as well, so if you come across additional content that would make your hub better, simply edit the hub.

Once you have a dozen or so hubs published, you can apply for Google Ad Sense through HubPages. With this enabled, ads that are related to your hub appear in the same physical space, and if readers click on the ad, you earn money. In addition, you can place links to products on Amazon that are related to the content of your hub. Let’s say you write a hub about how you trained your dog to bark the Star Spangled Banner, complete with photos and video. You may want ads associated with your hub that point to dog products on Amazon, because readers of that particular hub are probably interested in dog products.

Whenever the reader clicks on one of these ads, you earn money. It’s not a lot per click, but if you write good content and have relevant ads, they can ad up over time. Better, once you have the hubs out there, search engines will continue to find your content, readers will continue to see your ads, and revenue will continue to be generated. For the reader who clicks on an ad, there is no cost. They are simply being directed to a product that they have decided is of interest to them. The cost of advertising is born by the seller of the product, and whether or not the reader ultimately makes a purchase, you still get paid for the click.

It's Still About the Writing

Even if you consider yourself a writer of novels, or plays, or non-fiction, or whatever, belonging to HubPages is worthwhile in that it provides an opportunity and a space in which to practice writing public content.

As a writer, the most important part of the process is the writing. However, if you are going to publish your articles for the world to see, it makes sense be part of a community that offers both feedback and monetary benefit. Hubbing in this regard is like blogging with benefits. It’s also addictive, but unlike most addictions, this one can actually earn you money.

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      Carla J Swick 

      5 years ago from NW PA

      Good information on Google AdSense - thanks for sharing!

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      JPPhilips 

      5 years ago from SC Piedmont Area

      Great info for a new hubber like me Thanks for sharing.

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