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Make Money Writing Online with HubPages Ad Program

Updated on February 10, 2012

It's not too good to be true. You really CAN make money online! How am I doing this, you ask? Writing on HubPages using the HubPages Ad program. The reason I am so excited to share this with you is because I just hit my first 50.00 payout! What is so awesome about this is I didn't have to do one bit of work. I just wrote about things that interest me. How can anyone beat that? If you love to write and would love to make money online, keep reading. I'll share with you everything you need to know to get started in order to get your first 50.00 payout, just like I did.

So what exactly is an ad program? When you sign up for an ad program, it will place ads on your published material on the internet. In this case, the published material would be your hubs that you have written on HubPages. A hub is just another word for article. Once the hub has been published, ads will appear and you will get paid according to how many times someone comes to your page to read your hub which contains the ads. On HubPages, you can publish as many hubs as you like. There is another ad program called AdSense that pays whenever someone actually clicks on the ads. I will explain a little bit more about this below.

Sign Up with HubPages

First things first. You may already have a HubPages account but if you don't, the first thing you will need to do is sign up with HubPages. Once you have signed up with HubPages, start writing hubs. For me, I love to write about what I know and things I love. Get creative and have fun with it. It's very important that you write interesting, good quality hubs. Make sure to run spell check and all that jazz. When writing to make money, content is important too. Hubs that contain "evergreen" content are good. These are hubs that are written about classic or enduring topics that will continue to be sought for years to come which will help you make a better passive income for you over time.

Once you've signed up with HubPages and written some good hubs, you will need to sign up with AdSense. You have to have an AdSense account in order to sign up for HubPages Ad program but it's a really good thing! This is the one I talked about above where you make money when someone clicks on your ads. AdSense and HubPages Ad program actually compliment each other and increase your earning abilities. For more information on making money with AdSense, see my hub here. If you aleady have a HubPage account and need to sign up with AdSense go here to apply. It may take a few days for your application to be accepted. Keep an eye on your email.

Once you have your Hubpages account and have written some good hubs and also signed up for AdSense and been approved, it's time to opt in to the HubPage Ad Program. You will have to open a PayPal account for the HubPages program but it's completely free and that is where your payment from HubPages Ad program will be deposited for you. To activate your HubPages Ad account, log into HubPages, click on account tab, go to earnings and then affiliate seetings. Then click on the configure button right next to the HubPage Ad Program. Once signed up, you can keep track of your earnings everyday. Once you hit $50.00, you will get paid the following month in your PayPal account. Go here for the complete FAQ section for more details about HubPages and the HubPage Ad program.

**Note** Some people have opted not to do the HubPages Ad program because they felt that it interfered with their AdSense earnings but this hasn't been the case with me. When I first signed up with the HubPages ad program, my AdSense earnings dipped but now they have caught back up plus I have the new HubPages payout. I actually made both the HubPages and the AdSense payouts at the same time.

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Tips When Writing Online for Income

There are a few things you need to know in general when writing online for income. The first is always write good quality hubs with enduring content which I already covered above. Another thing is doing all you can to make sure your hubs are visible in the search engines. This is called search engine optimization or SEO. Keywords and correct keyword placement is part of this. It will really be worth your time to do some research on SEO. The better placement you can get in search engines, the more people will be visiting your hubs which increases your online income potential.

It's also important to realize that you may not make money as quickly as you want in the very beginning. When I first started I was only making .15 to .30 a day, but as time went on I realized my earnings were increasing and now I'm up to .70 a day many days. Although slowly, it does add up. Also, I put minimal effort into my hubs compared to others. There is a strategy and there are different ways to increase your earnings and if you are willing to do the research and do what it takes, your earnings should most definitely increase. It's like anything else- you get out of it, what you put into it. My HubPage account is more like a hobby for me but I am still earning money, too. I think that's awesome! Who wouldn't love to get paid for doing a hobby?!! I hope I have inspired you to get started, if it's something you really want to do. If I can do it, I know you can too. Good luck!


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    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      9 years ago from Texas

      IntroduceCroatia- Thank you for letting me know that :) It feels good to know that this hub helped motivate you to keep going. Don't give up, just keep writing :)

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      9 years ago from Texas

      Miss Tiff- You are welcome.. glad you found it useful!

    • IntroduceCroatia profile image

      Ante Rajic 

      9 years ago from Croatia

      I now get about .10-.20 cents per day, but reading this gave me motivation to write more :)

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      Miss Tiff 

      9 years ago from Utah

      Thanks for the great advice! It really helps beginners.

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      9 years ago from Texas

      Thank you, Linda! I actually wrote this about a year ago but I need to update it.. I am actually making a regular monthly payout now! Thank you so much for stopping by! Great to see you :)

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      Jamie Brock 

      9 years ago from Texas

      Thomas- Hello, nice to 'see' you here! Thank you for the vote and for sharing :D I was wondering why this hub had picked up some traffic... Right after the payout, I was motivated to write this. I was one of those who was skeptical at first but now I am getting monthly payouts! I hate that they disabled the ads on most of your hubs, you are a great writer and I'm sure you get tons of page views. Anyway, thank you again!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      9 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Congrats on your first payout Jamie! This hub will come in useful to many who have questions about the Ad Program. Way to go!

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      9 years ago from Reno, Nevada


      Excellent information that's backed up by the are actually getting payouts! The majority of my ads are disabled due to content (you can probably imagine why), however, on the other three or four hubs with functioning ads...

      Thanks for sharing your success and methods!


      PS...Voting Up and Sharing.

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      Jamie Brock 

      9 years ago from Texas

      kjrzeek, You are so welcome! Best of luck to you :)

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      9 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Thank you for the informative hub. As a new person on Hubpages this is very helpful!

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      10 years ago from Texas

      thelyricwriter: You are so welcome...thank you bunches for stopping by and reading about my experience!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      10 years ago from West Virginia

      Jamie, you explained evrything very good and you are a good writer. Thanks for sharing the tips.

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      10 years ago from Texas

      TajSingh: Thank you for reading!

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      10 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Jamie. Thanks for the tips.

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      10 years ago from Texas

      cheerfulnuts: Thanks so much.. I really do appreciate it :)

      I wish you the best of luck.. I know you are going to very well!

      sassyabby1: Thank you for the great comment. Yes, I agree. Keyword research is important. I need to start doing that but have taken the less work approach and just picked out what I thought were good keywords from what I was writing about. Since hitting payout it's making me want to really put more work into it now. I still have so much to learn. Thank you for reading :)

    • sassyabby1 profile image


      10 years ago from ATL

      Hey Jamie, great Hub!

      Also, don't forget -- performing good keyword research and locating high CPC keywords that are relatively easy to rank for, will get Hubbers started on the right track.

    • cheerfulnuts profile image


      10 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Hi Jamie. This is a short BUT very informative hub. One of the best things in life is to be able to do the things that you love and to earn at the same time. Congrats for doing so well on HubPages!=)

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      10 years ago from Texas

      viking305: Thank you so much for reading! It does feel good to have finally made the payout. It really makes me want to keep going for sure.

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      L M Reid 

      10 years ago from Ireland

      Very good article for those wanting to earn money writing online. The advice you give is sound and in order to make money you need to keep writing articles. It is a wonderful feeling when you reach your first pay out congratulations.

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      10 years ago from Texas

      jean2011: Thanks so much!

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      10 years ago from Texas

      mr-burns: Thank you so much! I really appreciate it :)

    • mr-burns profile image


      10 years ago

      A excellent article with some really useful content. Thanks for the tips

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      10 years ago from Canada

      Congratulations! A very useful hub. Thank you for sharing.

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      10 years ago from Texas

      creativelycc: Thank you for reading! I have heard some other people say that happened with AS when they joined HP ad program. Mine dropped too but now they seem to have evened out. Thanks for the feedback and good luck!

      hrsohel: Thanks for the link. I'll check it out.

      kashmir: Hello....Thank you so much for reading. I am excited that I finally hit the payout. It feels like a miracle that I got here! Good to see you..take care!

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      Thomas Silvia 

      10 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend great hub . Congrats on your first pay out with Hubpages ad program .

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      Carrie L Cronkite 

      10 years ago from Maine

      Excellent article! But I found that when I joined the hubpage ad program my adSence earning dropped significantly.


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