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How to Make Money Online at HubPages
No AdSense Yet
The best place on the Internet to make money with Google AdSense is right here on HubPages. Anyone with a decent mastery of the English language and something worthwhile to say can write their heart out and get paid for it. But it won't happen straight away. Forget applying for AdSense until you have written at least 10 articles. Before you even write your first one, you need to know how to choose a title and keywords that will be googled to catch the most attention.
Had I Just Known
I would have made money online much sooner had I known what I know now. What with having to be author, proof reader, editor, publisher, promoter, PR, distributor, critic, sales person and a compassionate member of the fast growing Hubbing community all at once, no wonder so many of us have become almost enslaved to HubPages. The beauty of it all is that everything I have learnt about making money online, I have learnt from more experienced friendly, helpful writers who are always here, patient and willing to share their superior knowledge. Now it is my turn to share my unique experience so all of you new Hublings won’t take as long as I did cashing in your first payment.
Title, URL and Keywords
OK, so you have an idea for a new Hub. Don’t even think about writing it yet. Before even beginning to draft your new hub, you need to find a title that will have a chance of ranking high in Google. This may be achieved by your choice of key words. The title is a key word phrase which is likely to be Googled by a person who is interested in your topic.
Finding a Long Tail Title
Find a good title and an equivalent URL (without the capital letters) that contains the same main keywords or keyword phrase for what you want to write about. You cannot change the URL of a Hub. You can change its title, but then the keywords won’t work as effectively as when they are the same as the words in the URL. For example, when I wrote my Hub “Hanging Upside Down” I didn’t yet know about Long-Tail Titles, so the URL is: http://hubpages.com/hub/hanging-upside-down
Much later, when I had learned about the benefits of Long-Tail Titles I changed the Title to:
Hanging Upside Down - Hang to Stretch and Tone up with Gravity Inversion.
Notice which words are in Caps in the title. Do NOT capitalize every word in your title.
I could not change the URL but by turning the title into a Long-Tail Title, I increased the chance of this Hub being searched for by more key phrases than just “Hanging Upside Down”. Valuable additional keywords which also frequently appear in the content added much needed search juice.
- “Hang to Stretch”
- “Stretch And Tone”
- “Tone Up”
- “Gravity Inversion”
So when you are looking for a good title, try to imagine what people would type into Google Search to find your Hub. Then go check the competition through Adwords keyword tool or with Market Samurai.
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You can also do a Google search on how your potential title would rank by using the Free SEO Ad-on tool which is all explained in the excellent free video course here at the Keyword Academy. You can sign up for the trial version for $1 for one month. For me that was enough to get me going. I then cancelled the full payment before the month was up so it only cost me $1 for a LOT of essential knowledge on how to get good ranking titles and keywords.
1. Keyword Academy teaches you how to amend the title and URL according to your final choice of keywords and keyword phrases and check page ranking again until you’re sure your title has a good chance of ranking on first page and contains valuable, yet not too saturated keywords. When happy with this. . .
2. Use that keyword phrase as your URL as well as your Title. Also include the keyword phrases in the Description, the Conclusion and insert related keywords naturally scattered throughout the Hub without keyword stuffing.
Drafting the Hub in Word
For me, publishing a new Hub should take place in one single online session as I don’t believe it does my Hubscore much good to store unpublished hubs in my account. That is why I think it’s a good idea to draft most of the contents for a new Hub at my leisure offline in Word. Then the headed paragraphs are all ready to turn into text capsules, correctly spelt and nicely set out . But I am not publishing yet. First I have to collect and edit the visuals.
Images, Photos and Videos
Collect all the images / photos, edit them for size and lay-out format if necessary with Photoshop. If you cannot afford Photoshop, use a free program called Paint.net, which is easy to use and perfectly adequate. Save them with a name that also contains some variation of the main keyword phrase. Most images end up in the Google Images pot. When those are clicked, relevant names can serve as backlinks to your Hub. Always have good, catching, images and videos that people would want to share on FB, and tweet, pin on Pinterest or favor on Youtube. You see, the whole idea is to appear on as many other sites as possible for back-links. Now a network can begin to grow from your well optimized page.
Find the URL links to videos needed from YouTube and type them into the draft text where they belong in the Hub, so you’ll know where to insert which video capsule when it comes to publishing. (Always give credit where credit due.)
When all the text, pictures, links, and references to videos are ready off line in the Word document, copy and paste the entire page into notepad to get rid of any unwanted hidden codes that the Word program contains. Now it’s just a question of copying and pasting every paragraph from notepad into a Hub text capsule, alternating these with an image (photo capsule) or a video and other capsules (Amazon, poll, quizz, map, table) where required. Remember that all the links have to be inserted.
Presentation and Lay-Out
It has recently (may2012) been suggested that a full size photo at the top is the best lay-out. Further down I usually use half-size photos and then I try to match the size of each picture to the size of the adjacent text capsule or vice versa. I often even go through the trouble of taking a photo back to Photoshop to add a white top border to a picture so that it is aligned precisely with the first and last line of text in the text capsule next to it. You may think that is being aesthetically fussy but if you look at the example below, it looks pretty neat:-
With the domination of mobile and tablets, it is now (august 2014) recommended to use full-width pictures and text. Which makes life easier. I only kept a few half-width pictures in my hubs that appear too pixelated in full-width view.
Write the summary (in editing mode, just under the title) so that it is immediately clear what the Hub is about, and check that the summary contains your main keywords from your title. Then go to your "groups" via "your statistics / groups" and put the new Hub title into its appropriate group category so that it will be seen as "previous" or "next" under its brothers in the same group. But more on groups later.
Amazon and Ebay
Add one or two relevant Amazon and Ebay capsules at the side where the text leaves room. I like to have the ads full width to comply with mobile design. Also remember we have to write a 300 word minimum description for every Amazon item as per the new rules.
Update 2 - April 2016
I have removed all ebay capsules from my hubs as they have not earned me a penny since changes were made by them some six months ago. Now I only use Amazon capsules linked to the HubPages ad program.
Ready To Publish
That’s it, press the Publish button. If your Hubs contains well written, interesting, original content, and you followed the guidelines here in How To Make Money With HubPages And Google AdSense, you will succeed on HubPages all in good time.
SEO (Search Engine Optimisation)
Right, now you have published your new Hub. But the poor little baby needs further tlc. If you want your new Hub to survive, to grow big and strong, to get good traffic and prosper in AdSense, you have to spread the word about it. I had written 15 Hubs before I realised I wasn’t getting the traffic I needed to make money online. So for a whole week, I stopped writing new Hubs and devoted my time exclusively on learning how to promote and tweak my existing keywords and content for higher rankings and more traffic. I figured it takes less time to tweak fifteen Hubs for improved ranking and traffic than it would take to amend 50 or more Hubs right?
Who is Making Money on HubPages?
Have you got paid yet?
What Do YOU Think?
Consider that long tail tittles, keywords, appearance, content, promotion, back-links, and great patience and devotion are needed to make money on HubPages with Google and AdSense, the HubPages Ad program and Amazon.
With all the help offered by co-hubbers here at HubPages it doesn't take long to learn the ropes. I hope that this Hub has helped you a little further along your way towards success.
Any Questions? Put them in the comments section below and I, or another colleague will respond to the best of our knowledge.