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Does Anyone Make Money With HubPages?

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by Patrick Toerner on September 27, 2010

Yes. The better question is, “Does everyone make money with Hubpages?” and the answer is no. Here’s why and then some.

What is HubPages?

It is a website that, since launching in 2006, has become one of the 70 most visited American sites online. In short, HubPages allows you to publish on their site in the form of a Hub—an individual website, over which the author retains all intellectual property rights and may choose to delete anytime. A writer may publish a Hub about anything.

Anything. Book reviews. Paintball tournaments. Toe jam.

It is not, however, a blog. Each article should be much like a magazine article, with a certain number of words and a certain amount of attention paid to spelling, grammar, style, and the like. Some Hubbers (as HubPages users are called), are only amateur writers, if that, which is curious, given the original intent of HubPages to deliver well-written, informative articles to curious readers. Now, for better or worse, profit has become of greater interest than content.

How Does One Profit From HubPages?

Google indexes each article. If one’s article includes high-traffic keywords, the website appears higher on Google searches and gets a greater number of views. If someone clicks on the ads on the site, the writer gets a cut of the revenue via Google AdSense. Users can also make money by including Kontera contextual ads or by using eBay and Amazon.com ad capsules, but the user must be a member of the affiliate program, since income is paid by the company, not by HubPages. It is, once the writer has created a Hub, a passive income.

So, What’s the Downside?

It doesn’t always work. Nine out of ten viewers of each Hub is generally a fellow Hubber, and he or she doesn’t click on the ads. This gets the user no revenue cut. Moreover, to have the website viewed in the first place, the article should to be well-written and about relevant, interesting matters. Again, this is not always true, and there are many good writers online willing to do this without worrying about profit.

This is not to say that money can’t be made by everyday Hubbers. It can, but it takes some work. Rather than have one or two Hubs, a Hubber should really spread his or her eggs to many baskets—many, as in dozens of Hubs. One writer of 23 Hubs made $47.14 one month, although most of the revenue came from just five of his websites. A savvy Hubber doesn’t put all of his or her eggs in one basket. For all one knows, it can be a hit or a miss, $4 a month or $40.

In short, think of HubPages as the stock market. Just don’t have delusions of quitting your day job.

Bio: Maria Rainier is a freelance writer and blog junkie. She is currently a resident blogger at First in Education, researching various online degree programs. In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop.

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