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Income Control: How to Make Money Writing for HubPages

Updated on June 15, 2013

If you want to make money writing, you can go the traditional route of looking for publications that will publish your writing interests, submitting queries for potential stories, receiving an assignment, submitting the assignment and hoping for acceptance to finally receive payment.Or you can write about anything you want on HubPages and get paid depending on how many people read your efforts.

© 2012 by Aurelio Locsin.


Like Blogger, WordPress or other blog services, HubPages lets you write online. Unlike the others, HubPages lets you publish articles as individual self-contained units known as hubs. Since there’s no overriding topic, you can write anything you like such as how-to articles, recipes, poetry, fiction, and news flashes. The process is straight-forward:

  1. Assemble your hub from capsules that can contain text, photos, video, table, maps, quizzes, rss feeds, links, polls and comments. You can arrange these capsules in any order.
  2. Fill the capsules with content such as a short story, pictures of flowers, videos of your travels, or a table of statistics. You can easily edit, add, move or delete capsules.
  3. Publish the hub under a relevant category and it appears on the Internet. You retain total ownership of your content.


Earning Money

HubPages automatically puts advertisements on your article.

  • You have no control over where these ads are located or what they contain. But the system does not allow offensive ads nor ones for gambling, weapons and tobacco.
  • You can turn all ads off, but will earn no income from them. About 60 percent of the time, the ads generate revenue for you. During the remaining 40 percent, the ads generate income for Hubpages.
  • Depending on your settings, your ads can come from Google AdSense alone, or a combination of the HubPages Ad Program and Google Adsense.

Another way to earn income is to place capsules containing Amazon merchandise or Ebay auctions. You can put in specific items or specify keywords to have the system automatically select products based on those keywords. Commissions come if anyone buys your selections.

You can view the number of impressions each of your hubs receives. This information is updated continuously. However, your earnings are only revealed and deposited into your account once a day. If your monthly earnings exceed $50, you automatically receive payment via PayPal.

Essentially, the more articles you publish and the more readers they gather, the more ads you’ll display and the higher the income you earn. Other writers, called hubbers, can become your Followers to read your articles. But most of your traffic will come from people searching for your articles on Google and other sites. Thus, it’s important to write original, high-quality content and use Search Engine Optimization techniques when possible.


Don’t expect to earn a lot of cash right away. But if you write interesting hubs steadily, your income will rise. The great thing about online articles is that they continue to generate money day after day, without your touching them. Most hubbers make under $10 a month, though several make hundreds of dollars, and a few make full-time livings from their efforts.

The main advantage of HubPages is that its articles seem to place higher on Google faster than with other online publishing systems such as Blogger. This increases the number of readers and income potential. It also includes a Goals table, which show how the number of words, images and capsules that you use can affect your readership. Hubs that do not meet a minimum standard (such as having at least 700 words and one image) are still published, but not featured. This means search engines do not find it and it is not indexed on the site.

Some disadvantages are the lack of ad control, the fixed layout of the page and the inability to add other affiliate marketing links other than Amazon and eBay. The RSS feature, which is common on many publishing platforms, is missing. So you have to manual announce any new articles you write in your indexes.

But the bottom line is that my extra income keeps going up because I write a few articles on HubPages each day. Please check out my other efforts on the site by clicking this link.


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    • alocsin profile imageAUTHOR

      Aurelio Locsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I'm glad you're enjoying HubPages, Fiona. I've tried Squidoo and have not have much luck with it.

    • Fiona Jean Mckay profile image


      7 years ago from South Africa

      Hi there, I was a Squidoo fanatic and actually set up my first hub page just to see what it was like. I then left it for a few months and now I'm a convert. I find that I get a lot more traffic on Hub Pages than on Squidoo and there is less updating needed. (Squidoo only pays if your lensrank is at a certain level, and to keep it there, you need to update regularly.)

      I've since created links from one of my Hubs to one of my Lenses and have seen an increase in traffic to both.

    • alocsin profile imageAUTHOR

      Aurelio Locsin 

      8 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I'm afraid, Tamara, that Reddit has apparently banned HubPages permanently as a source. So no submissions are currently accepted.

    • tamarawilhite profile image

      Tamara Wilhite 

      8 years ago from Fort Worth, Texas

      How do you submit Hub pages links to Reddit without being flagged as spam?

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      Shasta Matova 

      8 years ago from USA

      This is a honest and informative introduction to HubPages. I agree with all of it. The income doesn't always go up, but there is an overall upward trend. It is not a site where you can write and wait for the money to come rolling in - you have to continue to update and refresh it. Voted up.

    • Dahlia Flower profile image

      Dahlia Flower 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Really good hub. Honest, too. Voting up and useful.

    • alocsin profile imageAUTHOR

      Aurelio Locsin 

      8 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thanks, fpherj48!

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      Maree Michael Martin 

      8 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      I learn so much from visiting your hubs. Thanks for such great information.

    • Patty Kenyon profile image

      Patty Kenyon 

      8 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Interesting and Useful!!!! Thank-you for sharing!!!

    • fpherj48 profile image


      8 years ago from Carson City

      Alocsin..Just wanted to poke my head in here to say "Congratulations" on your 2012 Hubbie Award.......I hope it comes true!!! and I'm sure you do too! lol.

    • tammyswallow profile image


      8 years ago from North Carolina

      I have always followed your tips and I must say.. each and everyone has paid off. You are generous and wise. I love your helpful hubs.

    • supermom_in_ny profile image


      8 years ago from NY

      Love this hub because it goes straight to the point and it's honest! Voted up! ;)

    • catmalone profile image


      9 years ago

      Information is very informative and will help me and others to build our hubs effectively

    • CookwareBliss profile image


      9 years ago from Winneconne, WI

      Great info alocsin, I always enjoy reading your hubs!

    • alocsin profile imageAUTHOR

      Aurelio Locsin 

      9 years ago from Orange County, CA

      If you have travel finding that, tsmog, let me know.

    • uzma shaheen profile image

      Uzma Shaheen Bhatti 

      9 years ago from Lahore,Pakistan

      informative hub, it will help the people who are new on hubpages.thank you for sharing.

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      9 years ago

      great hub with useful information for anyone thinking about signing up for Hubpages!

    • tsmog profile image

      Tim Mitchell 

      9 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Awesome alocsin. Great tie in and promotional hub. Fantastic intro to the system. And thank you too. Though looking about your hubs I don't rememember reading "Learning From Their Stats." I'll be back after work.

    • John Sarkis profile image

      John Sarkis 

      9 years ago from Winter Haven, FL

      Great hub alocsin. And yes, being able to write about anything you like is one of the things which attracted me to HP in the first place. Other content farms are more controlled and geared towards certain topics...

      Great and informative hub


    • tammyswallow profile image


      9 years ago from North Carolina

      A great hub that explains the nuts and bolts of hubpages. Sharing with followers who need to know! Well done!

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Nice job on explaining how HubPages works. Those that only hit the $10 or less per month category are probably ones that have not published many hubs or do not produce original high quality content. It does take a while...but much more income can be built as you indicated. Up and useful votes!

    • Naima Manal profile image

      Naima Manal 

      9 years ago from NY

      Very beneficial. Your articles really provide helpful tutorials for those of us finding our way about in the freelance writing world. Thanks for sharing.

    • DanielNeff profile image


      9 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Thanks for the useful information. You reiterate what I have learned and continue to hear over and over - keep working hard at it, produce quality content, and the income will come.

    • Sunshine625 profile image

      Linda Bilyeu 

      9 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Lots of useful info! Fantastic hub! Thank you for creating it!:)

    • alocsin profile imageAUTHOR

      Aurelio Locsin 

      9 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Glad you both find HubPages worthwhile. And I enjoy having your hubs to read Jennifer and b.Malin.

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      b. Malin 

      9 years ago

      Though I've never gone the $$ money route...I found your Hub so very Informative and very straightforward Alocsin. I just enjoying writing for myself and in doing so, I hope to make others Laugh or Smile or just Enjoy what I have to say. Thanks for all the Info you have provided.

    • JEOrtega profile image


      9 years ago from Southern California

      I am so lucky to have found this outlet for writing and to make a little money for it is just icing on the cake!

    • alocsin profile imageAUTHOR

      Aurelio Locsin 

      9 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thank you. smile4writing, and welcome to HubPages.

    • smile4writing profile image

      Smile Onwughara 

      9 years ago from Abuja, Nigeria

      I really love the insight sir. Pls keep it up. Thanks

    • alocsin profile imageAUTHOR

      Aurelio Locsin 

      9 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thank you all for stopping by. As I've said previously, this is meant for outsiders thinking of joining our writing family. So pass this link on to your friends ;)

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      Dale Hyde 

      9 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

      More great tips! Thanks! Always good to read up and learn!

    • Brett.Tesol profile image

      Brett C 

      9 years ago from Asia

      Good review. I like the fact that Hubpages ranks so well, as it makes it easy to gain an external audience.

      Voted up and useful.

    • thelyricwriter profile image

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      9 years ago from West Virginia

      Voted up and useful Alocsin. This is a great article to read, even for those of us that have been here a few months. I agree, if you put the time in, it will become beneficial. A good write my friend. Have a great day and see you soon.

    • alocsin profile imageAUTHOR

      Aurelio Locsin 

      9 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thank you all for finding my little effort useful. Please send it to all your friends who are thinking about writing for hubpages.

    • wetnosedogs profile image


      9 years ago from Alabama

      Voted up. I am still learning and appreciate this hub.

    • cclitgirl profile image

      Cynthia Calhoun 

      9 years ago from Western NC

      Great hub! Thanks for sharing these guidelines. It's always great to hear about what people are doing to "go places" on HubPages. Voted up.

    • Rusticliving profile image

      Liz Rayen 

      9 years ago from California

      Yes, it was obvious for the external audience. However, still good info for those who are contemplating joining HubPages. :)

    • alocsin profile imageAUTHOR

      Aurelio Locsin 

      9 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thank you Lisa. But obviously, I wrote this for an external audience rather than for hubbers.

      But if anyone has suggestions for improvement, please post them here in Comments.

    • Rusticliving profile image

      Liz Rayen 

      9 years ago from California

      Another good piece of info. Thank you!




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