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HubPages - Where Hubbers Hit the Road Writing

Updated on July 10, 2012
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It has already been a year since I joined HubPages and wrote my first article on the site. From my first article to my latest, I’ve appreciated the community atmosphere, rating system, the opportunity to earn a variety of accolades, to enter contests and the chance to earn some serious money. I’ve found HubPages writers to be encouraging and supportive of each other. Learning from experienced writers is a valuable resource for newbies.

Darn that Google Panda

I earn the bulk of my income as a copywriter for online article sites and private customers. Although Google Panda hit article content sites hard, which in turn hurt writers, there is still money to be made by writing online – definitely not what it once was – but it’s still possible.

Writing for Demand Media Studios

Writers always have the option of working for companies that pay upfront, like Demand Media Studios (DMS), but writing How to Unstop a Clogged Toilet fifty different ways is not exactly satisfying. And when your toilet article goes to an editor with limited topic expertise, has a skewed view of guidelines or who is having a bad day requests a complete rewrite it can be extremely frustrating. Suddenly your $25 article ends up earning you about $5 an hour or less. Who works for $5 an hour?

You do receive a byline with your published DMS articles, but they reserve the right to remove it at any time and without notice. In addition, writers do not receive any ad revenue from their articles whatsoever. How nice of writers to contribute their money-making articles to DMS so they can add to their millions of Google ad revenue dollars.

Writing for Textbroker

You could write for Textbroker where you’ll be paid approximately $5 (if you’re lucky and depending on your current rating) for your well-researched, well-written and expertly-edited article. You also lose all rights to your work and receive no byline. Editors have also been known to randomly reduce a writer’s rating, resulting in far less assignment opportunities and lower pay.

Interact Media is very similar to Textbroker in that there is a rating system, however Interact pays a little more than Textbroker.

Writing On Fiverr

Writers can offer their writing services on Fiverr for, you guessed it, five bucks. Be aware that you’ll only receive four bucks because Fiverr takes their cut of your earnings. Is $4 worth the time and effort it takes to write an article? With Fiverr, as with Text Broker, you are functioning as a ghost writer and won’t get any recognition for your effort.

Writing for Scripted

Scripted is another article content site, but in my opinion, is riddled with stumbling blocks. Some of Scripted's issues include:

  • Having to submit a separate writing sample for each category before getting permission to choose any assignments from said categories.
  • There are very few assignments available at any given time.
  • New writers get last pick of assignments after writers who have been on the site longer have had their pickings.
  • You’re a ghost writer.

The plus side: The pay isn’t so bad (starting at approximately $15 and upwards of $35 or so).

The HubPages Difference

There’s much to be gained by writing for HubPages. HubPages allows writers to write about anything they like. There is no queue of ridiculous titles to choose from. There are no misinformed editors arbitrarily deciding which articles pass and which articles fail. HubPages provides writers with the opportunity to accrue some serious money when they apply and promote themselves. The generous 60/40 split (with writers receiving 60 percent of revenue) is making it possible for some writers to make hundreds of dollars each month. I haven’t gotten to that point, but I certainly hope to do so in the future.

Having our own HubPages sub-domains helps the Google Monster find our content much more easily and that helps build revenue. When writers take the time to promote their articles this can really pay off nicely.

HubPages has a lot to offer writers. It’s a great place for Hubbers to hit the road and hone their writing skills while earning money.

**Are you a writer? Sign up for a HubPages account and start making money with your writing.

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    • lovesleftovers profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Texas

      I agree on all counts, Posts! It's a great all-around place to publish, promote and communicate with fellow writers! Thanks for your comment :)

    • posts profile image


      6 years ago

      Initially my intent to join hubpages was for pure link building to my blog. But, for being active for some time, I am seeing a huge possibility if we can create unique and quality seo optimized hubs. Keywords research and competition analysis should be focused. Another thing I noticed that, google indexes and ranks hubs very well in SERPs.

    • lovesleftovers profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Texas

      Thanks Marc! I've written for Textbroker myself, but between the keyword requirements and the low pay I don't see myself going back to it anytime soon. All writers have to do what's best for them though :)

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      Marc Rohde 

      6 years ago from Racine, WI

      I was glad to find this because it looks like it will save me quite a bit of time shopping around for other sites. I have used Textbroker with some success but not the others so I will continue to invest my efforts here.

      I didn't have an issue with Textbroker an will likely go back but the article assignments feel like keyword stuffing and while its OK for some pay it isn't enjoyable since I this isn't a primary job for me.

    • lovesleftovers profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Texas

      Lisa, I agree! Writing on HubPages is a welcome relief from agonizing over every word when writing for some other outlets. Unfortunately, many writers sell themselves short by accepting low-paying assignments because they think they have no choice. As long as there are writers who do this, the rest of us won't be taken seriously enough to be paid what we're really worth.

      lady_marmalade, I was guilty of letting my HubPages articles fly in the wind for a bit, but I was happy to see they were still making me money. That's the great thing about HubPages, you can sit back and allow your articles to generate income and then go back to writing when you have more time.

      JKenny, you're right about Textbroker - many of the assignments are not exactly everyday topics. That means more time spent researching and therefore less money for writers.

      addingsense, thank you!

      Thanks so much for all the kind comments!

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      Akhil S Kumar 

      6 years ago from kerala

      great..that is all i can say

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      James Kenny 

      6 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Great article, like you I've checked out other sites like Textbroker- but just can't muster the enthusiasm to write about business or finance. I like HP because I can just simply write, and a good article can earn me money for years to come.

    • lady_marmalade profile image


      6 years ago from Grimm World!

      I've been on hubpage for a very long time yet I never had the time to update. I really need to work on with my hub and update more. Thanks for this new insight!!!

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      Lisa HW 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      I agree that HubPages is a good place to write, whether or not someone chooses to also write elsewhere - and for all the reasons you mentioned about other types of sites. I don't want to write for $5, and I REALLY don't want to write for, say, $3 a hour (which is how some things can work out). I have twenty-minute or one-and-half Hubs that have brought in hundreds of dollars over time. For me, HubPages is a spare-time/skimmed-time thing that gives me that chance to write I feel like writing when I'm not writing for someone else. Until now, I've taken a fairly relaxed approach to my Hubs, aiming more to get my ideas out and/or exercise a little range, rather than produce "the standard" article. It's been a nice way to spend that extra time.

      Back in the early eighties I wrote for newspapers and was getting between $20 and $50 for an hours'/hour-and-a-half's worth of work. To me, it's mind-boggling that anyone would consider writing for $5. I've signed up with "every writing site in the book", only to discover, once I've been approve and am looking at the titles, they're way too unbearable.

      I've been on HubPages for four-and-half years now. The site has grown and changed and continues to. Whether I change with it or grow away from it, I don't know yet; but I know one thing, and that is that I won't be going from HubPages to a $5/piece or hour writing site. I have no real problem with editors and application processes, but I have a big problem with some of those awful titles and the pay.

    • lovesleftovers profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Texas

      No problem, editorsupremo! HubPages is the place to write :) Thanks so much for your comment!

    • editorsupremo profile image


      6 years ago from London, England

      By far Hubpages is the best site to display our articles and get paid. Thank you for sharing the information about other writing sites.

    • lovesleftovers profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Texas

      Exactly, Millionaire Tips! I think HubPages has the potential of making good money for writers. The key is to continue producing compelling content and then sharing the heck out of it. Thanks for your comment!

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      Shasta Matova 

      6 years ago from USA

      I have tried Textbroker, and agree that HubPages is the way to go. With that site, it wasn't just that I didn't get paid very much per article, it was also that I had to spend a great deal of time just to find an article that I could write. Here, I can write about the topics that interest me. It is a lot less frustrating even though the money is not as secure.

    • lovesleftovers profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for your comments Collisa! Yes, Textbroker has some pretty obscure titles to choose from. HubPages really is the best site I've found so far. Thanks again!

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      Columba Smith 

      6 years ago from California

      Thanks, very helpful! I checked out Textbroker recently, and just can't muster the enthusiasm, plus I know next to nothing about the content they need. I'm enjoying HubPages and hope to grow it steadily. As you say, supportive community and freedom to write about our passions. Plus, I appreciate the easy formatting.

    • lovesleftovers profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Texas

      kashmir56, I couldn't agree more! Thanks so much for the comment and the votes :)

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      Thomas Silvia 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      I agree with you that HubPages is still the best place to write . Even though all those other writing sites pay per article it is a lot of work and effort for 4 or 5 dollars . Here all you hubs continue to earn you money everyday .

      Vote up and more !!!

    • lovesleftovers profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Texas

      Thanks Angela! I like to try to spread the word when it comes to the good and bad of online writing :)

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      Angela Brummer 

      6 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      This is great information. This saves alot of headaches learning the hard way! Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge! Shared!


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