Hubpages – Can You Really Make Money at HubPages?
Its a common question – can you really make money at the website HubPages.com? Is it possible to make money blogging at HubPages? The answer is – yes and no – read on for what HubPages will and will not do for you. In the world of get rich quick online schemes HubPages are one of the “Good Guys”. Their revenue sharing model is probably one of the most transparent in the business.
HubPages does not Pay You Direct
Hubpages does not pay you for articles, or hubs as they are called. Instead you are paid by third party programs. The current affiliate programs by which you may earn income at HubPages include: Google Adsense, Amazon, eBay and Chitika. On each of your hubs 60% of the time HubPages will display your affiliate codes, 40% of the time their own. In effect the 40% is the rent, not just for the free hosting at HubPages, but also the respect that the search engines give to the site.
You Need to Provide Decent Content
You need to provide good, original content – if not your hub will be ranked low on HubPages internal systems and is unlikely therefore to rank well with the search engines
You Need to Provide Commercial Content
You need to provide hubs which will encourage people to move onto Amazon or eBay (or click on the AdSense ads) – writing an article about what you did at Christmas with your family won’t make you any money. If however if you write a hub about Cheap Holiday Options for Families – you will stand a lot better chance!
You need to Promote Your Hubs
Hubs will often rank well in the search engines – especially when new. For most search terms you will need to promote your articles by building back links to them.
Can you really make money on HubPages?
Yes, you can. Can you make $X in Y days – probably not! There is a steep learning curve with making money online – if you are still looking for the how I made $115,331.21 while asleep ads – you’ve missed the point. Making money online means developing a real business and any business will take time to develop – depending on your skills, dedication and time and financial resources.
Although HubPages claims, correctly that you can write about almost any topic on their site (sex, drugs and gambling excluded) – the reality is that writing about your cats or your kids is unlikely to make you any money. Decide what your objectives are for writing at HubPages though and become commercially focused and you will do well.