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Earn Money from Home: Legitimate Extra Income

Updated on November 24, 2016
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Punctuation & grammar, when wrong, are huge pet peeves of mine. I enjoy sharing my knowledge on this and a number of other topics.

Make Money Online for Free

There are so many scams out there and it’s nearly impossible to know when something you read is a scam or not, especially when you are trying to figure out if there’s something you can do online, from home to make extra money.  I am a stay at home mom and that’s exactly what I was searching for – a way to make money online to help my family get our debt paid off a little bit faster without having to go back to working outside the home.

To be honest, I didn’t really remember how it all started, but the other day while cleaning up my email folders, I was reminded of how I “stumbled” across HubPages.  Believe it or not, I found HubPages through a link in a spam email.  That email contained a solicitation to buy an ebook or something like that and it said something like “Learn how I created an extra source of income last month and earned an extra $586.67 using a free website…” 

I normally don’t even bother to read junk mail like that, but I though what could it hurt – I’ll just check it out. After several clicks I landed here at HubPages and I didn’t leave for several hours. I read and I read, I searched for reviews to check the legitimacy and ultimately signed up. I went through the steps to sign up for the Google AdSense and Amazon affiliate programs and I started writing.

I have never been a “writer” nor did I have any knowledge of affiliate marketing or how to go about it. What I found out was that all that I needed to know I could find through hubs written by other great hubbers, the official HubPages TOS (Terms of Service) and help section, and by asking questions in the forums. Soooo...I started off just writing about some of my own experiences. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2008 and completed my treatment about a year later, right about the same time I signed up here, so naturally I wrote several hubs about my cancer treatment and experiences.

Then I discovered the joy of writing product hubs. I think my first product hub was on hair removers – epilators to be exact – which is something I knew about because I had recently done a lot of research and bought one for myself and loved it. After that I branched out and wrote some recipe hubs and many, many hubs on toys and gift ideas for kids and more. I enjoyed writing hubs so much that I found that everywhere I went I thought “Oooo, I can write a hub about that!” – and I often did. I love home décor and home decorating and have written many hubs related to those topics as well.

Google AdSense

The money came slowly, but it came.  The threshold to get paid from Google AdSense is $100, but if you don’t make it to $100 you don’t lose it – it carries over to next month and it’s cumulative.  I made my first payout after three months.  I made payout every other month after that until one year here and since then I have been making at least $100 every month from Google AdSense.  I’ll touch on my Amazon income in a minute. 

Now $100 a month may not seem like much to you, especially when putting in so much time to create hubs, but the thing is – yes, I put in A LOT of time in the beginning, but after a while it’s all residual.  Like any business an entrepreneur would start, it takes a lot of work especially in the beginning.  That’s the beauty of Hubs - they create residual income.  What that means is that once you create a hub, it’s like a mini web site in and of itself and it will forever be on the World Wide Web, available for anyone to stumble across and perhaps click on an ad or an Amazon link and make you money.  I could stop hubbing right now and continue to make money every month, but there’s no guarantee how much of course.  Quality and quantity is key.  The more hubs I’ve published, the more traffic I’ve gotten and the more money I’ve made. 

If you’re lucky (or you do the proper keyword research and nail it), you just might end up with a hub that is on the first page of Google when someone searches for your keyword(s); I haven’t taken the time to check most of my hubs, but I can tell you that I do have one particular hub that ranks number one on page one for a few keywords and phrases, and that’s out of 71,900,000 results – how cool is that!  I also have a blog on a similar topic that can be found on that same page 1 of Google, but a little farther down the page. 

Amazon Affiliate Program

Product hubs take slightly more work – not necessarily in the creation of the hub but in the maintenance.  Sometimes products are out of stock, stop being carried or simply get have their URL address change, so you have to maintain them periodically, but it’s not too hard to do a few a day or even a few a month.  The beauty of being an Amazon affiliate is that if someone clicks a link on one of your hubs and is taken to Amazon, they don’t even have to buy that specific product for you to get commission from the sale – you get credit for ANYTHING they buy within a 24 hour window!  It took a few months to make my first Amazon sale, but I’ve been making sales every month so far and it’s only gotten better and better. 

Ups and Downs

There are certain times of the year when you simply expect to have more traffic and hopefully more sales than normal – big holidays, of course.  As of around September, my average total income has been around $300 a month and I have been very happy with that, especially since my goal when I first started was to make $200 a month to help with our budget.  Of course once I got to that point I wanted more and there’s no end in sight.  The difference now is that I spend only a few hours a week doing this – some weeks more, some less.  When I get inspired to write about something, I write.  I get inspiration from many things – TV, magazines, stores, my kids, other moms, friends, my house…..inspiration is everywhere!

Right now is the best time of the year for all affiliate marketers just like it is for retailers.  Today is November 29th and as of right now I have made $233 from Google AdSense and $544 from Amazon and that’s from 281 items being shipped out of 334 items ordered so far this month (you get credit only after the item ships.)  That’s $777!!  I am overjoyed with that total and it is absolute proof that HubPages is a great place to be if you want to make extra money from home! 

C'mon, give it a try, get your feet wet, the water feels nice...

I’m not good at writing about all the technicalities, but I can point you in the right direction with a few good links from some great hubbers (see column to the right). Feel free to share this hub with anyone who you think might have interest and if you have any questions, leave me a comment below – I check my comments all the time and I will respond timely.

If you’re ready to get started, join HubPages here – yes, I get credit for people who sign up under my link but it doesn’t take anything out of your pocket, it actually gives me a portion of HubPages’s cut – and the same goes for you if you get people who want to sign up under you.

My motivation for writing this hub was to hopefully inspire some other stay-at-home-moms that I know and don’t know to give HubPages a try if you’re looking for a way to make extra money online. Of course, anyone can do this, not just stay-at-home-moms, I just happen to be a SAHM, so that’s where my point of view comes from.

I hope you've found this hub to be helpful in some way. Feel free to share your thoughts below!

My reason for being and my constant motivation to succeed and never give up - my girls!
My reason for being and my constant motivation to succeed and never give up - my girls!


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      Lily Rose 3 years ago from East Coast

      Thanks for your comment, Fiona. Unfortunately a lot has changed (Panda) since I wrote this hub and it is now taking significantly longer for me to earn $100 from Google. That being said, I have not actively been writing hubs in over 2 years (occasionally I do a bit of maintenance but not as much as I should) yet I am still getting between $100 to $200 every month between the HP ads program and Amazon. Not bad "pocket change" for not doing any work. ;-)

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      Fiona 3 years ago from South Africa

      Hi there, I wish I could earn $100 from Adsense in 3 months - I've been on Adsense for a few years but have only made a few bucks. That said, I really haven't done much in terms of putting in the work required so I can;t really complain.

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      Lily Rose 3 years ago from East Coast

      Thank you, notavgcraftymom, and welcome to Hubpages! Best of luck to you here!

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      Amanda 3 years ago from Texas

      As a new hubber myself I'm very thankful to have found this! I'm still in the process of learning my niche and how to use the site. I've successfully set up my Amazon account and I'm still waiting on my Google approval. I hope I get it set up correctly and that I can have success with it as you have!

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      Lily Rose 4 years ago from East Coast

      Thanks, Bishop55. Weeeell, this Hub probably deserves a decent update as is was written prior to Google having made some big time changes. I was for the longest time making monthly payout with Google, but lately it's more like 6-8 months. I have been doing much better with the HP Ad program and am averaging a little over $100/month over HP, Google, and Amazon combined. Not great; however, considering I have not been active at all on HP for well over a year I'll take it! I was much more active here when I wasn't working, but once I went back to work full time I no longer had the time to spend here. I'm glad I'm writing this now, though, because it kinda motivates me to at least come over and spend some time doing maintenance. I do find that when I spend some time maintaining my hubs my income significantly increases.

      Sorry for rambling! Best of luck to you!

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      Rebecca 4 years ago from USA

      $100 a month from Google? How? I must suck at this stuff because it took me 8 months to hit hub page payout. Either way, I enjoy it and plan to keep working at it. My big goal now is also $200 a month, but to hit $100 payout with Google is mind blowing. I think I have like $8 or something equally as useless. What advice can you offer on hitting that $1oo payout? Nice hub BTW. I enjoyed reading it.

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      Lily Rose 4 years ago from East Coast

      You are very welcome, and thank YOU!

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      Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      wow- that is fantastic and inspiring- especially for those of us who are just starting out! Thanks for sharing this great piece of advice!

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      Shadaan Alam 4 years ago from India

      wow your daughters are sooo lovely, give my love to them and i just wish them the very best in their lives. As for this hub, it is simply great to learn about your experience. I too have started writing about product hubs only recently and havent met any success yet, i hope it comes soon though,

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      celeBritys4africA 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Great hub, thanks.

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      adjunct 6 years ago from The Big Easy

      That is an outstanding success rate with both Adsense and Amazon. It certainly makes both more attractive to me. Thanks!

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      Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      Your hubs and your inspiration are wonderful. Well done and hope you get all you deserve. Cheers!

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Congratulation to your success.

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      Lily Rose 6 years ago from East Coast

      Why, thank you! My husband is in law enforcement, so he's ready for those boys - LOL!

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      Elsie Nelson 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      OH MY GOODNESS! I just now noticed your beautiful daughters! They are stunning... look out boys!

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      Lily Rose 6 years ago from East Coast

      @ WS ~ thanks for stopping by! Right now this extra income is going to help with our monthly budget and mostly it's going toward paying down our debt...I think socking it away for your kids college is a fantastic thing to do; I think I'll follow suit once my debt is paid off ... about a year and a half to go!

      @ Wendy ~ I can't believe it, but I sold even more yesterday - 51 items! - and now my total is up to $880. Yes, HP is totally awesome! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Wendy Krick 6 years ago from Maryland

      I'm so glad you are having Success. Yes, Hubpages is awesome! Your daughters are adorable.

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      Elsie Nelson 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      First of all, congrats on your success. It's always interesting to hear how people stumbled upon HP. I love how your introduction was through spam mail! :D This is an inspirational hub, Lily Rose. I look at HP as a long term investment, in fact a no risk investment because I love writing. After coming back, I've been so pleased to see how quickly my income has increased this time with all the knowledge I've gained over the past year and a half. I was sooo skeptical when I joined. But, with a steep learning curve, it's possible to make a decent monthly income. In fact, I'm socking away the money for my children's college fund. And, the beauty is, it just keeps rising and accumulating. Great hub!

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      Lily Rose 6 years ago from East Coast

      lindacee - so, so true! Welcome to HP and I wish you great success here!

      @Pamela - thanks for your comemnt and for visiting!

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      lindacee 6 years ago from Arizona

      I've only been Hubbing for about a month and I know it is a gradual process with a great deal of trial and error involved. Your story gives me hope that one day things will click and I will be on my way! You know what they say and I think it's especially true in the case of Hubpages -- "slow and steady wins the race"! Enjoy your holiday season!

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      Congratualtions on your success and it was nice of you to share the information with us.

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      Lily Rose 6 years ago from East Coast

      Thanks for your comment and congratulations on meeting a threshold after only 5 weeks, that's terrific!

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      Rhonda Musch 6 years ago from The Emerald Coast

      Great hubs and advice I have been with hub pages 5 weeks. I already made my first thresh hold . I feel luck for that. Thanks for writing your hubs.