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Making Money Online - My Experience with Google Adsense and HubPages

Updated on August 28, 2012
You CAN make money online.
You CAN make money online.

Have you ever wondered if you could write your own articles and make money online? I am here to tell you the answer is YES! You absolutely can make money online. I've just hit my $100 payout with Google AdSense so I feel it's time to share the good news! I want to share my story with others out there who may not think it's possible to make money via the internet. It MAY seem too good to be true but I assure you, from my own experience, it's not. I have really just began this journey of writing online but I'm enjoying the ride and can't wait to see where it takes me.

How did I do this, you ask? It all started with HubPages after a friend recommended I sign up. She said it was completely free to sign up, a great community with lots of nice people and I could write and publish as many articles or hubs, as they call them, that I want! I decided to give it a try. I figured that it would be nice to write about things I enjoy and connect with others that have the same interests. I'm so glad I signed up! Pretty quickly after I joined I kept hearing about Google AdSense and how other hubbers where making money with it using their HubPages account. I couldn't believe the success stories I was reading! I decided I had nothing to lose so I applied for an AdSense account. A few days later I received an email saying I was accepted!

AdSense: What is it and how does it work?

AdSense is a program that allows publishers (joining HubPages makes you a publisher) a way to make money on the internet. I am not an expert on Google Adsense but I can tell you that AdSense places ads on each of your hubs which allows you to make money when people who visit your page clicks on these ads. The ads will be related to the content of your hub. So, say you write a hub on pet care, you will likely have ads on your page related to pets. Because they already have an interest in your hub, one of the related ads may catch their eye and will prompt them to click. I am still learning all the details of how AdSense actually works myself but I do know for each time someone clicks on any ads on any of your pages, you get a percentage of revenue from AdSense. The amount of the money you make with these clicks depends on several different factors but I can tell you from my experience the clicks do add up. Once your earnings reach the payout threshold of 100.00, AdSense will pay you via check or bank account the following month.

It is important for me to stress that AdSense is not a get rich quick money making program. I've learned patience and perseverance is essential when it comes to writing online and earning money with AdSense. As I mentioned above, clicks do add up but it's important to stress that in the beginning it may seem a little slow. Over time and after you have written some good quality hubs, you should see a gradual increase in your earnings or at least I did. When I first started I was getting .15 one day and maybe .30 the next and then 0.00 some days but after some time the amounts gradually grew. Just keep in mind that the clicks add up but maybe not as fast as you want. The key is to not give up. It is just like anything else. What you get out of it is in direct proportion to what you put into it.

HubPages and AdSense: Things You Need To Know

Write good quality hubs. This is important. You do not have to be a "professional" writer or have a masters in English to be able to write good hubs and money online but you do have to have common sense when it comes to writing and be able to keep the readers attention. The main thing is to KNOW what you are writing about, stay on topic, put some thought into your wording, use spell check and make sure your grammar usage is correct or at least do the best job that you possibly can. I am not a perfect writer by any means but I do try my best to spell correctly and use words properly because I know these things make a difference. I usually write my hubs and publish them as soon as I am finished but I always go back over them the next few days because I'm re-focused and usually make minor changes and catch mistakes I missed the day I wrote it.

Another important thing is getting your hubs out there so more people can read them. Learn as much as you can about search engine optimization or SEO. This helps get your hubs out there and more visible to the search engines. When I started reading about SEO I learned about keyword placement. Keywords help get your hubs good placement in search engines. You want your hub to be as close to the top of the results as you can when people do a search for that particular topic. This will help get much more traffic to your hubs. When I first started I was a little confused about keywords. On one hand I was reading that certain keywords paid higher for clicks than others and that it was recommended to do keyword research. On the other hand, I read that it's not always the case and it's more about writing good quality hubs and the placement of keywords in those hubs. I have decided to take the "less work" approach and just write about things that I am interested in and enjoy and try the best I can as far as the right keywords and placement. If you want to bring more traffic to your hubs in order to earn more money, it will definitely be worth your time to learn more. Here is a great link explaining keywords.

I also learned early on that it's not so important the number of hubs you write but more about the quality and content. We have already talked about quality but what about the content? The best hubs to write are hubs that include "evergreen" content. This is content that will be searched and sought for years to come. It will never go out of style or become unpopular. Here is a great link on evergreen content. What is neat about AdSense is once you write a good hub with good enduring content, it has the potential to keep making money for years to come. HubPages is a great source to use your potential and generate passive income.

All these things add up to better placement on search engines which means more people reading your hubs which means more ads on your hubs will be clicked which ultimately means more money earned!

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Are You Ready to Start Earning Money?

I just want to say I am by no means an expert and there are lots of things I still need to learn about when it comes to AdSense, HubPages and making money online but I've covered what I DO KNOW with my experience so far. I can tell you truthfully that I have hit my 100.00 AdSense payout and I'm super excited about continuing on with HubPages and AdSense. I have faith that if I put even more work into it, I'll earn even more money. In addition to AdSense, I also signed up with the HubPages Ad program and have started making additional money with it as well. I am actually doing very well with it!! I will be writing a hub soon about the HubPages Ad program.

Are you serious about earning money online and would like to get started now? CLICK HERE to sign up with HubPages. Once you have written a few good quality hubs, sign up with AdSense. Once you sign up with AdSense and get accepted, ads will be placed on all of your published hubs and you will start earning money. Now remember! You aren't going to get rich quick with AdSense. It will take some time for your earnings to add up. It takes patience and perseverance.. Just keep writing good hubs and checking your earnings now and then. You should start to see an increase in earnings over time. Also remember, what you will get out of it is in direct proportion to what you put into it. Good Luck :)

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      Jamie Brock 2 years ago from Texas

      Ms Casablancas- You are welcome! It took some time. Honestly, I can't remember but I know it was several months. It just takes a while in the beginning. Best of luck to you!!

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      Ms Casablancas 3 years ago

      Thank you for this hub! How long did it take you to earn that much from adsense?

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      Nadine May- Thank you so much... I'm glad you found this useful!

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Many thanks for your information about AdSense. I now fully understand how it all works, making money on hubpages I mean.

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      You are welcome.. thank you for stopping by and for reading :)

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      Linda Bryen 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you for your great hub, I am a newbie and I appreciate hubs like this that will point me in the right direction.

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      petertebin- Thank you, I appreciate the vote up, too! I am doing very well.. I feel very lucky to have found HubPages :)

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      petertebin 5 years ago from Maryland

      Great hub... sounds like you are doing well voted up!

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      whackypic- You are welcome.. I'm glad this hub was able to help you gain a bit more knowledge :)

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      whackypc 5 years ago

      Awesome post. Am not new to the adsesne and hubpages thing, but i gained alot more on here. Thanks for sharing

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      supermom_in_ny: Thank you, I appreciate the vote up! I am definitely grateful that I signed up with AdSense. My earnings have slowed and became less but I'm going to keep going with the flow and try to make some improvements. Thank you so much for stopping by!

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      supermom_in_ny 5 years ago from NY

      One can earn a nice amount of money using Adsense and hubpages. I've earned close to $400. In one month using Adsense alone. Once you learn about SEO, traffic and social media you can earn money using any affiliate network or site. Great hub. Voted up!

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      writerjoy- Welcome to HubPages! I'm so happy to hear this hub has encouraged you. Best of luck you :)

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      Tarotwoman - You are welcome! Thank you for stopping by.

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      writerjoy 5 years ago from Kenya

      Great information for those of us new on hubpages. Gives us hope :)

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      Tarotwoman 5 years ago from Rock Falls, IL

      Thank you for the information.

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      JThomp42- Thanks! I appreciate you stopping by :)

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      JThomp42 5 years ago

      Thank you!! Very informative.

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      You are welcome, bkgroup! Thanks for stopping by :)

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      Bhavesh Sondagar 5 years ago from India

      Congratulation for money and thanks for sharing your experience.

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      THEHuG5- Thank you for the vote! I am glad that you found this hub encouraging :) Best of luck to you!

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      THEHuG5 5 years ago

      Great hub and congrats on your payout. I haven't reached that point yet but I think I will soon. This hub is very encouraging. Voted up!

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      liolianta- Thank you for stopping by :)

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      liolianta 5 years ago

      nice hub ;) congradulations :)

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      edelhaus- Congrats on your first payout! I know what you mean about the monthly payout. I have yet to ask..It probably takes quite a while and continued strategical writing. I just decided to keep writing and let it happen as it happens. Thank you for stopping by!

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      Mmargie1966- You are welcome! sorry I am just now replying.. I never got a comment notification or I guess I missed it somehow. Anyway, glad you liked this!

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      edelhaus 5 years ago from Munich, Germany

      Great, honest article. I got my first google payout a couple of months ago and I've noticed a spike in my earnings as of late, which has definitely resparked my interest in writing on Hubpages. Though i'm still looking for the elusive answer to the question of "how long will it take before you get a monthly payout?"

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thanks so much for sharing!

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      sunbun- You are welcome. It took like 11 months for me to reach the AdSense payout. I actually got both of my first payouts from the HP Ad Program and AdSense both in the same month. As far as how many hubs I wrote, I started out writing a couple each week and then it went to one per week... and now it's just kind of sporadic. It seems like I write them in groups.. like 3 in a week and then take a break for a while a write a few more. I think I only had like between 30 and 40 hubs when I did reach payout but not completely sure. I know it wasn't all that many. As far as articles, I haven't written a whole lot of those but I did just start some blogs recently that I've been working on and I try to post to them every day or at least every other day. I can tell a huge amount of difference in hub views since I've started the blogs. Hope this helps :0)

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      sunbun143 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Thanks for sharing and writing this...is it safe to assume it took about 12 months for you to reach your $100 payout? Can you say approximately how many hubs, articles, and blog posts you write per week or month?

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      Yaduvanshi, Thank you for stopping by! I appreciate it :)

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      Yaduvanshi 5 years ago from Bharat Vrse

      really informative content

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      Karen, Thank you so much for reading and taking the time to comment. I'm so happy to have inspired you.. Best of luck to you!

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      This is a great hub, and very inspiring. Thanks for writing it.

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      ElizaDoole - Thanks, I really appreciate you stopping by and for the nice comment! Glad you like it.

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      Lisa McKnight 5 years ago from London

      This is good stuff. I've read two of your hubs now, really helpful. Keep up the good work :) Following.x

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      oliviaharrisbrown: Thanks for stopping by and reading about my experience!

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      oliviaharrisbrown 5 years ago

      I have a better understanding about Hubs.

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      Thanks GmaGoldie! I appreciate you stopping by and reading about my experience. I agree with you and love them both as well! I'm really starting to appreciate the HP program, especially right now around the holidays. Best of luck to you and thanks again for stopping by :)

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 5 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Getting paid by Adsense is exciting. Love Google Adsense, love HP revenue. Adsense is harder - it is about clicks and that is much more difficult than HP revenue pay for impressions. Enjoyed reading about your journey.

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      Aww.. thank you Shane! I really appreciate that.. Many blessings to you :)

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      Shane Belceto 6 years ago from WA USA

      Congrats you deserve it! Hugs

      ~Expect Miracles

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      @prasetio- Congrats to you for receiving your Adsense earnings! Isn't it wonderful to write about interesting stuff and get paid too?! You are a great writer! I know you will continue to have success. Best wishes!

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I got my Adsense earning from HubPages. Very inspiring hub and thanks for share with us. You are good example for us. Success for you!

      Blessing and hugs,

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      viking305: Thank you! I am super excited about it :)

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      L M Reid 6 years ago from Ireland

      Very encouraging article for all those new to Hubpages. It does take time to reach your first payout from writing online but when it comes it is always a great day. Congratulations to you

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      lastri 6 years ago

      thank u for this post

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      randomcreative: You are so welcome :) Thank you so much for reading! I couldn't help but write hub on this because I was so discouraged at times and was really surprised I finally made the payout. I knew if I could do it, others could too. Take Care!

      Joe Macho: Thank you so much! I was very surprised I made it in less than a year..I am not sure when to expect the next payout but my earnings are actually picking up lately so maybe it won't take near as long... at least I'm hoping. Glad I could help motivate you!! Good Luck to you :)

      MoiraCrochets: Hang in with AdSense.. I bet your earnings keep climbing. Your earnings with HP ad program are really impressive! Mine are not as good as yours but still pretty good. I'm planning to write a hub soon about my HubPage Ad account and I'll explain more in detail so keep a look out! Thank you for reading :)

      vydyulashashi: You are welcome and thank you for reading. Good luck to you :0)

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      vydyulashashi 6 years ago from Hyderabad,India

      Thanks for sharing your experience. Even I have to work out on my hubs. Need to increase visitors to increase earnings.

      Thanks again God Bless You!

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      Moira Durano-Abesmo 6 years ago from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines

      This is encouraging. I just had my Adsense acct 3 weeks ago and I only made 97 cents. Hubpages Ad Program is very promising though. I earned about $8 in 3 weeks for 8 hubs now. How about your Hubpages Ad Program earnings? I'd really love a hub on that. ^^,

      Voted up and interesting.

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      Zach 6 years ago from Colorado

      It's good that you've hit the $100 mark in under a year. Now that you're still moving along, when do you expect your next payout? Thanks for the hub and the motivation. Voted up and useful.

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      Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Congrats! This hub is very encouraging for so many Hubbers. Thanks for all of the advice, too.

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      Dana Hinders: Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

      Ddraigcoch:Wow.. that's awesome! Two payouts since Feb.? Wow.. wish I knew a little more about that ;0) Thank you for reading!

      thranax: Thanks so much for reading! Honestly, I didn't know if I would ever reach payout.. the last few months have been terrible but something happened in August and it seemed like all the sudden AdSense picked up and I was able to finally get to 100.00 :0)

      sukritha: You are welcome :) Thank you for reading. I was waiting for the day I could write to vouch for HubPages and AdSense.. I knew I would eventually make the payout, I just didn't know when.

      Brett.Tesol: Thanks for voting and commenting! I really appreciate it. Best wishes to you and hope you reach your payout soon :)

      Pamela Sahagun: Thank you for reading!

      twentyfive: I so agree! Thank you for commenting :)

      charliegrumples: I actually JUST caught that right before reading the new comments.. LOL! Now to go fix it.. Thanks for reading :)

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      charliegrumples 6 years ago from UK

      Well done for the payout .. couldn't resist pointing this typo out though lol :-)

      "I am not perfect writer by any means"

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      twentyfive 6 years ago

      Hardwork and patience will be worth it. It's so possible to earn money online here in Hubpages. Great hub. :)

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      Pamela Sahagun 6 years ago

      Thank you for this post

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      Brett Caulton 6 years ago from Thailand

      Nice article,

      I'm nearing the payout too, but I tend to get more from the other website I write on than Hubpages. That said, earnings and views are increasing for me, now that we are own private URLs :-).

      Voted up and interesting.

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      sukritha 6 years ago from Cochin

      Congrats for the First Paid out for Adsense. Thank you for sharing your own experience which is obviously helpful for us.

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      Andrew 6 years ago from Rep Boston MA

      Always nice to see someone else hitting the $100 mark. I have been off and on with Hubpages, months at a time sometimes and I really hate that I dont write as much as I want to. I really should be doing 2-5 hubs A DAY but im lucky to get a few a month out.

      ~thranax~

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      Emma 6 years ago from UK

      I have had 2 Adsense payouts since starting seriously in February this year.

      I do not think a single penny has come from here though. Never mind, I just know I need to up my game. And good luck to those who are close.

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      Dana Hinders 6 years ago

      Congratulations on hitting your AdSense payout. Mine is at $80 and I've had an account for four years! I haven't had time to do much with it until recently though.