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Make Money Writing On Hubpages And Freelancing Sites
I was requested: "Please explain how you make money on hubpages or the other site you mentioned" by the hubber MaestroEMcCloud.
There are several ways to make money on the internet and several ways to make money on hubpages. I am a full time writer who works from home. I make money on hubpages, have several blogs and websites and I also Freelance with Elance, Guru.com, oDesk and use to be on Freelancer. I will explain how I make money on these sites and what I do. Hubpages is my favourite article site and Elance is my favourite Freelancing site
Making money on Hupages
There are several ways to make money on Hubpages:
- The hubpages ad program
- the Ebay ad program
- Selling items from Ebay
- Selling Items from Amazon
- Referring someone to HP and having them sign up
- Referral links from other hubbers hubs
How I earn on HP
The question asked me how I earn on Hubpages and the other site I mentioned. Here is my answer to the first part which is how I earn on Hubpages.
When I started writing on Hubpages I thought it would be easy. I thought that all I had to do was write, publish and I would get paid. I had no idea about keywords and search terms. I had no idea that you could earn money from people viewing pages that ads were displayed on. So imagine my surprise and disappointment when I figured out that without page views I was doomed. But before HP invited everyone into the Ad program the majority of the writers on HP depended Adsense clicks to survive. I was here about two months before the program opened so I was in a tizzy as to how I would make that work.
I also learned that writing articles were not easy because you had to make sure that your articles were evergreen and of the highest quality. I learn something everyday that I write and publish online and my aim is to always get better at this.
One of my regrets is that I didn't publish enough at first so didn't really start to earn until the summer of 2011 when I really started writing articles. So my primary means of earning on HP is through the HP Ad program where every time someone from outside of Hubpages views my articles I get paid.
I also get paid if anyone clicks my tracking link to other people's hubs or sign up for HP through my referral links. Ebay and Amazon are also great ways to earn especially if you have product hubs. I don't have much of those but I don't really like marketing.
I work full time from home hubbing and freelancing. When I joined HP I was looking for freelance work online. I knew I could make a living online but didn't know where to look. I found several scams, fakes and paid sites but not having a US credit card prevented me from paying to find work, thank God!
I found some survey sites but they would only accept people from the US and Canada. I plod on looking for my ideal site. Then viola I met oDesk, a site that offered workers a chance to work by bidding on projects. I liked oDesk but they were asking me for personal documents to verify my identity so never made use of the service as I was not comfortable giving out my information. I am happy to say that since December 2012 I started using oDesk and had my identity verified without giving too much away.
After many days and nights, even months, searching I finally found Freelancer and Constant content but I don't like their layout and I don't like constant content so I have never used it.
A few months ago I started using Freelancer.com just to write adult stories for clients because the other articles paid really cheap but I find the payment for adult stories quite reasonable.
During my search in July 2011, I found Elance and I have not regretted signing up. Projects are placed on the site by clients and you are able to place a proposal and a bid. The client chooses the best (or the one they like) and you are given the job. There are categories to choose from so you bid on jobs in your specific category.
Some projects are cheap while others pay quite reasonable. When I was a newbie I took very cheap jobs in order to build my portfolio. As you gain more experience and get more jobs you become in higher demand and clients are willing to pay top dollar for your work. You can now pick and choose who you work for and negotiate your fees and terms. If you remain in good standing with the site, clients will call upon you to repeat jobs and you will get a lot of invitations to bid.
For the last four months I have not searched for a project because clients have invited me back or have invited me to bid. I am a level 7, 5 star freelancer.
There are many different categories to choose from and you can choose one and pay for any additional category. There are four membership levels:
- Free individual
- Paid individual - $10 per month
- Small Business (five members) - $20 per month
- Large Business (unlimited members) - $40 per month
With each membership you get what are known as connects. They are points that you use to bid on projects. Some projects require 1 point while others require more. A free membership gets up to 15 points each month, so with careful management you can bid on up to 15 projects each month minimum, while the other memberships give you more. You do not require connect to bid on jobs you are invited for.
See below for articles about Elance and Freelancer.
Other sites I work with
oDesk: Some years ago I joined oDesk but it was late 2012 when I actually started working there. I find the site easy to use but my biggest issue with them is their payment system. Fixed price jobs are not guaranteed payment and they take six days before releasing your payment to you after the client releases the funds. I completed a job a few months ago and have not heard from the client since. Nothing, zilch no emails. The client's website seemed to be down now but I should have been paid. I lost $90. I haven't been back since. The other issue I have is that clients pay cheaply and not willing to pay standard prices.
Guru.com: I was reading a forum post a few months ago when someone mentioned this website. I had stumbled upon it before but wasn't sure about it. I hesitantly signed up and am happy I did. I get a steady stream of work from this site and payment is prompt with safepay, much like Elance where the client funds your account prior to starting the job. Clients there are willing to pay top dollar for your work as well.
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