Hi Glenda. Thanks for asking.
Yes you do get paid whenever you get unique visitors to your articles. Articles that get you more traffic are those that are considered search friendly and evergreen such as travel, health, arts, auto, technology and so forth. To learn more about how this works you should try reading hubs about how people make money on HP and hubs about what are the best topics to write about.
It will take a while to get to your first payout so you have to be patient. You also need to write quite a few articles. Make sure your articles are more than 500 words and easy to read. Attribute photos that aren't yours correctly and make sure the content is original to HP and wasn't posted elsewhere before. These are just some tips. If you have any more questions please feel free to ask.