Hubpages, is one of those few sites on the internet that work for quality rather than generating revenue. I know it’s very hard to live with your hubpages earnings, but it suits well for those to whom writing is a passion.
The articles written here by real people are called as hubs and the writers are known as hubbers. I started my hubpages journey three years ago to make some money for my daily needs, which turned into a passion for me. Though writing at hubpages is not as profitable as blogging, still it worth your efforts, and produces healthy results. If you decide to put your hubs for exposure, the low earnings can make you happy. But if you’re aiming to make money or not writing for the readers, then you have landed in a wrong area.
This isn’t a wrong thing since everybody wants money to be made as quickly as they can. When I first started to write at hubpages I was desperate to maximize my income in a less time without a lot of work, unfortunately that’s never going to happen. If you are a good writer in English, have something unique to share with the community, only then you could survive at hubpages.
How Hubpages Works ?
The formula of hubpages is – ʺwe provide the tools, you just write, and we both split the income generated from your hubs between us ˮ.
Since hubpages first introduced this method, a lot other revenue sharing websites started to hit the screens, but only hubpages remained as the unique one because it deserves. I think you already got a clear cut idea on how hubpages works….let me explain you more precisely.
When our hubs start to generate traffic, 60% of the time they display our ads and they show their ads for the remaining time. That means we earn only for the traffic that dedicated to us. So we must already have a google adsense account, an ebay, and an amazon account to earn money from our hubpages articles. I would rather say them hubs instead of articles, since the pages created by writers at hubpages have more to offer for the readers than an ordinary 500 word article.
Don’t have a google adsense account? No worry. You’ll have an option to monetize your hubs with the hubpages ad program. But, as you may already know, it cannot replace the adsense program in view of the earnings. After creating some high quality hubs, you can apply for google adsense through your hubpages account. Though the chances of getting approval are slim, I would suggest you to have a try or use amazon affiliate program.
Income of an Ordinary Writer at Hubpages
I’m writing this hubpages review with my personal experience, however, that doesn’t mean that I make some thousands of dollars every month at this revenue sharing site. The reason is – I’m not a fan of such writing sites as I find writing at a niche blog is more profitable.
As an ordinary writer, who writes a couple of hubs per month, I earn around $60 a month at hubpages. You might be shocked with my earnings – but most of my earnings are from the old articles that I’ve written a year back.
If you can write daily with lots of passion, you could build a steady income at hubpages in a very less time. With my research on this site for the last three years, all I could say is- you’ll never get rich for writing here, but you could improve your writing skills as well as make some decent money. I would recommend anyone to create a blog for earning serious money as it doesn’t happen at hubpages.
Things That Work On Hubpages
Two years back, before google penguin came out, it was too easy to drive tons of search engine traffic for our hubs. A slight on-page SEO and a few low quality backlinks could take a hub to the top of google search results for a specific keyword. But the game has now changed and making to the top has become harder.
They had been approving every hub with a decent word size, which really was suicidal. Since then they have made it clear to the writers that – writing hubs for income and search engines is no more live. You must write for your readers with more than 1000 words on each hub, without which it’ll not be published. Another working strategy at hubpages is – updating the hubs regularly to keep your followers active. Of course, this is the meaning of hub.
Hubpages Referral Program
Hubpages doesn’t really have a good referral program. No doubt it’s profitable for them, but the members have nothing much to earn as a referrer.
They pay you 10% of your referrals impressions for life time. We knew that writers earn 60% of the total traffic and hubpages takes the remaining 40%. But in this case, hubpages gives you 10% of their impressions of your referrals hubs. So, it’ll not effect on the earnings of the person you refer.
Until now, I’ve referred 14 writers to hubpages, meanwhile only a couple of referrals earned me a total of $17 as of writing this blog post. It’s pretty hard to make a steady income from the hubpages referral program, because there’s no guaranty that our referrals can write successful hubs. These days it becomes harder to get our hubs approved by the admin, so our referrals need to go through a long way to make us profitable for getting them into this. In my case, I feel luckier to refer a couple of good writers who are able to do something at hubpages.
Good Things About Hubpages
These are the things you would love to know about hubpages-
Highly legit company – They are a very popular revenue sharing company in the web. They also have a Wikipedia page for their website, which does mean that they are completely legit.
Trusted payments – You never require worrying about the payments, since hubpages pays at the right time as they promise. You’ll get your earnings of this month at the end of the next month, but I’m sure they will not let you complain about the payments.
Wide exposure for your hubs– Your hubs may get a huge number of views if they get featured on the homepage. There’s also a social tool that enables writers to follow other writers hubs, like their hubs and comment.
Improve writing skills – Writers canimprove their writing skills by using hubpages to publish articles since they do not approve low quality stuff that include spelling mistakes and grammatical errors.
Increase your knowledge – By following other writers of the same interests you have a chance of improving your awareness on a particular subject.
Bad Things About Hubpages
These are the facts that you wouldn’t want to know about this revenue sharing site –
Low earnings – It takes more time to make a hub, so you may feel unhappy with the low earnings. At most you could earn around $3 for every thousand views your hubs generate. But we can’t predict the earnings because it depends on the keyword we are writing about.
Hard to write quality hubs– I don’t think it is so easy to get your hubs approved by the admin. After the updates google pumped in, all revenue sharing sites made their rules tight.
Google adsense required – Unlike other sites that pay users a share, at hubpages you must have a google adsense account to earn revenue from your posts. Though other monetization tools such as amazon are available, adsense is better than those.
Final Review Of Hubpages
If you want to earn quick money, I suggest you to try any other ways to make passive income, but not hubpages. This site takes a lot of time, efforts, knowledge, patience, and a lot of writing. At the start of your hubpages career you could only see a little income in your adsense account. If you can hold for more time, then hundreds of dollars will come finding you every month.
Leave about the earnings, main part is writing hubs. Try to put as much information as you can to get it approved easily, add images that describes your content. I agree – pictures worth thousand words, but text is equally important at hubpages. Here ends my epic hubpages review.