How to Make Money Online with Hubpages

June 1st, 2009 by chris Leave a reply »

Hubpages is a website where you can write about whatever you want and earn money for your efforts. This is the one line explanation of the site, but there is quite a bit more to it.

You earn money when you gain traffic to your site and that traffic clicks on advertisements that display on the page. For this reason, traffic is one of the most important elements that will help you make money online with Hubpages. Making money online is really no easy feat, but there are quite a few ways to do it.

You can obviously provide a service or sell a product. You can also do online copywriting or freelance writing. I have been watching the site for a while, and I think that if you can learn how to use Hubpages to make money, ie, you learn how to create “hubs” that gain traffic, convert traffic to ad clicks or affiliate sales, and rise to the top of the search engine rankings, then you will know a great deal about internet marketing. And this experience will help you out a lot in whatever kind of business you get into online.

In the online environment, it’s all about words. Words are where search engines can really dig in and find relevant information for web surfers. Because of this, online marketing or making money online is often dependant on writing.

People write a lot about writing for humans versus writing for search engines. I think it’s important to do both, meaning that you do have a focus on certain keywords, but you don’t want to write in such a way that the content is unreadable for a human being. You always want to write for people first, and for search engine bots second. There is a lot of value in enticing people not only to read your content, but to come back and read it again.

However, that being said, there is also a lot of value in enticing viewers to your work in order to encourage a click through on Adsense. There is nothing wrong with doing this, but if you write really hacky articles that are filled only with keywords and nothing else your work will be weeded out by Google and send to search oblivion. If people can’t find your work, then you won’t make any money.

Hubpages is a good place to write because you immediately get a boost in rank when you publish a piece because the site is well respected by Google as a network that produces informative and helpful user-generated content. Hubpages does a good job of policing itself in terms of eliminating crap content and making sure their advertising networks run smoothly and there’s no fraudulent activity going on. As a result, your content will be indexed by search engines a lot quickly than if you started your own blog and wrote something. It could take you months to get a few readers to an article on your own site, whereas it may take hours or a day or two to get readers to your hub.

How to Make Money with Hubpages.

First, you have to sign up. If you haven’t yet, sign up here. Then come back here and read the rest of this two part article–I promise it will help you.

The way you earn money on hubpages is through the Google Adsense program and affiliate links through eBay and Amazon. You can also earn with an advertising network called Kontera, but don’t worry about it for now because it really doesn’t pay that well. If you are a savvy internet marketer, you can also make money on Hubpages with your own affiliate links to third party websites.

You split revenue with Hubpages 60/40 in your favor. The way this works is 6 times out of 10 your ID is used in the advertisements, which means you will earn on a click or sale made during this time. The other 4 times Hubpages has the potential to earn money for an action taken. People sometimes think that the total revenue is just split 60/40, but that’s not the case. Your ID is used randomly 6 times out of 10. It is a generous pay structure and there are quite a few people making good money at Hubpages.

Hubpages is a great place to start writing online, and even making money online. I mentioned earlier that you want to use keywords in your articles in order to be competitive and gain traffic to your work—because that’s what you need to do if you want to make any money. The way you do this is imagine what someone would type into a search engine in order to find the information you are providing.

If you were going to write about “making money online by writing,” then that phrase could be the keyword phrase you would want to use in your article. The next thing you want to consider is how competitive a term is. You can do this by using the Google Keyword Tool at this URL –

This tool will show you how many times your keyword has been searched in the past month and will give you a monthly average. It will also give you ideas of related terms that may be better options for you to use because they’re less competitive. It may sound a little confusing at the beginning, but you will get the hang of it after you do keyword research a few times. You also want to look at the price paid per click, which will give you a good idea on how much money ads that will display will be worth. The figure shown is not the total that you will earn because Google keeps some of the money, but you can easily see which terms are “worth” more and which ones are worth less.

My next article will go into more depth about choosing keywords for your internet writing. But for now, write down or copy and paste two or three sets of terms and how often they are searched and what they are worth. Now, you can type the keyword phrase into Google to see how many pages pop up. This is not an exact science but it will give an idea of how much content on the internet uses the term you are searching. If 100,000,000 pages come up, there are a lot of pages about what you are planning to write about, so it may be a lot more difficult to compete and get to the top of the search engines with your page. However, if only 250,000 pages come up, you have found a niche in which you can compete and may possibly be able to “own” by getting your page to the top. This is how you make good money in internet marketing with content and Google Adsense.

If you have a specialized skillset (and we all have at least one) I highly recommend you start creating content based on it on the internet. I notice that I sometimes get a few visitors to this site who are looking for ways to make money while unemployed. Hubpages is one such way. Start writing content about your expertise. I don’t care if it’s plumbing, roofing, gardening, or investing. If you can create content that is useful to people and valuable in some way, you will be able to make money.

Sign up for Hubpages and start writing and earning today.

Once you sign up, let me know if you need some help figuring out what to write about. I’ll do my best to help you out by giving a push in the right direction in terms of keywords and ideas.

Read my 2nd post about Hubpages called Make Money with Hubpages Part 2: Backlinks.

PS. How has your experience been on Hubpages?

Related posts:

  1. Make Money Online with Hubpages Part 2: Backlinks
  2. How to Make Money Online Newsletter
  3. How Do You Make Money with Internet Marketing?

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  1. Maggie says:

    Thanks for sharing this. The hubpage way of making money sounds good!

  2. Hubpages says:

    Excellent article. I write on hubpages and I totally agree with what you say here. Content is absolutely king when it comes to being a success on hubpages. Create the articles for humans and then throw in a few keywords for the bots and you will be in the money at hubpages.

  3. Arthritistreatment says:

    I make money online by monetizing my blogs with Google Adsense. I am currently studying the tricks of trade on Affiliate Marketing.

  4. chris says:

    Good luck. Affiliate marketing can be very lucrative if done right and with a product you actually use and can truly recommend. You can sell affiliate products through hubpages too. It is easy to incorporate affiliate links to your writing there.

  5. A very nice article on making money with hubpages. I have used hubpages myself for promoting other sites that I own and have seen them do quite well. The authority hubpages carries with Google is great for getting indexed quickly as well as having the site rank high with very little effort on the writers part. I do hope that people don’t spam the crap out of it as they have with squidoo. Squidoo has suffered quite a bit in recent times from spammers taking advantage of a good thing. Most of us are on here to make a few bucks, but if you abuse good tools they will get banished from the graces of Google and become worthless to all. As you mentioned hubpages does a fantastic job of policing their network, but I have seen quite a few pages fall through the cracks.I’m sure they will be caught eventually , let’s all hope that by hubpages moderators first and not by Google as this could mean a lot less authority in Googles eyes. That could be a catastrophe for all the excellent writers at hub pages. and by the way there are quite a few that are very prolific at what they do. there is quite a menage of writers that earn a nice living using hubpages and I can honestly say , i think they deserve it. So to all interested in using hubpages to generate revenue, please write good informative articles and don’t just spam the system for personal gains. Not only you , but others will suffer the consequences.

  6. Jakee77 says:

    Making Money Online is easy if you have a website that have lots of traffic. You can just sign-up with Adsense, Adbrite or Clickbank and start earning cash.

  7. chris says:

    Traffic is where most of the work is for any online business, blog, or other Internet venture. Content may be king, but it’s not worth much if no one can find it. :) There are quite a few ways to monetize a website–selling ad space yourself is one–but you will only start to make money once you get a decent level of traffic.

    One of the reasons I recommend Hubpages to people who create content online is that it is a lot easier for articles on the well-established, well-moderated, traffic-heavy site to get visitors really quickly.

  8. Geraldine says:

    i also want to make money online that is why i immediately joined the google adsense program and also read a lot about making money on websites and blogs. i am also trying to learn affiliate marketing.

  9. Teisha Cervetti says:

    It is really very exciting to Make Money Online from Google, Adbrite and Infolinks. All you need to do is make a website with great content and attract visitors.

  10. Hannah Hall says:

    Kontera has performed pretty well for me over the past couple years at hubpages. it’s a nice addition to the other streams of revenue from the site. I’m also seeing quite a bit of ebay sales.

  11. Jordan Edwards says:

    I’ve had a pretty good run at hubpages. I like the community and I like how the hubs are laid out and easy to publish. I look forward to making some bucks from the ads. We’ll see!

  12. Kevin says:

    Hub pages can work really well. Knowing how to make the most of them is key in order be highly effective!

  13. David says:

    Thanks for the hubpages tips. Now if I can remember them when I write my next hub, so I can make some money, unlike my other ones. I’m really starting to like hubpages though. The new improvements they have made make it even easier to edit your writing there.

  14. Keira says:

    Kontera pays well even if they do not pay as high as other advertisers on hubpages. I have made a little bit of money with those ads, and I’ve sold some products on ebay and amazon. i make more money on hubpages than i do on the sites i wanted to promote with hubpages. i just get more traffic and more visitors.

  15. Lori says:

    I’ve seen that Hubpages can be a good place to make money with adsense. eBay and Amazon, maybe not as much lol.

  16. Carlos says:

    I just started writing on Hubpages, but have yet to make any money from the site. I am into the way Hubpages has a pretty cool community vibe so I can write my stuff or I guess they’re called “hubs” and not feel like no one reads them. I usually get a comment or two from other people who write on hubpages.

    And another thing I’m discovering is that there are a lot of people writing about how to make money with hubpages on the site itself, so keep your eyes open for the successful hub people who can tell you how to make money for yourself.

  17. Jen says:

    Nice! Another potential stream of income for me! Thanks for a detailed post on how to use hubpages. I need to give it a try.

  18. I thank you for writing this. I was starting to get discouraged about hubpages. I wrote a few blogs which I believe are very insightful on various topics.

    However your post has me on the prowl again because I believe I have something to share that’s worth something.

    Thank you again.

  19. Thomas Thurlow says:

    I have been looking for a way to supplement my current full time income with an extra stream of money through freelance writing. hubpages looks like a good option to not only write and get involved in a community, but to make that money I’m looking to make. I know it won’t be easy, as you point out, but I am willing to work hard to make excellent hubpages that make money for me. I love it.

  20. Erin says:

    I’ve done pretty decent on Hubpages making money with eBay. Amazon is a challenge for me–I just can’t seem to convert any sales from my hubs. But I do quite well with ebay. And then of course there’s adsense, which is very up and down depending on my traffic levels.

  21. Bud Gallant says:

    Thank you for your article. I’m also very interested in learning how to make more money with my hubs. I’ve been trying out some new techniques that are working great. Keep up the good work, and keep the content comin’!

  22. Abe says:

    Thanks for the tips and the motivation to get rolling (and earning) on hubpages!

  23. Ali Swinburne says:

    Good day! This is kind of off topic but I need some advice from an established blog. Is it difficult to set up your own blog? I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty fast. I’m thinking about setting up my own but I’m not sure where to begin. Do you have any ideas or suggestions?