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How to Earn Big Money Writing on HubPages

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Earn money writing on HubPages

Earn money writing on HubPages

Earn Money On HubPages

So you like to write; maybe simply to express yourself, or perhaps you enjoy sharing your knowledge with others. You take pride in your work and you find fulfillment in it. But it would be nice to earn some money from it too, wouldn’t it? And maybe you could even earn a lot of money. Well, if you are dedicated, committed and up for a challenge, here is a formula for how you could do just that by writing on HubPages.

How Do You Earn On HubPages?

HubPages have an Ad Program that you can sign up for (you’ll need a Google AdSense account for this), and once you have done this, they will pay you a portion of their advertising revenue (about 60% of the total that your articles generate). The exact formula for how they work out payments is known only to them, but it usually comes out at between $2 and $5 per 1000 views. I’m averaging just over $3 per 1000, which is about the norm, so let’s work with that.

They also operate an Amazon Program, and you can earn additional money by signing up for this and placing appropriate Amazon ads (or in text links) on your articles (known as hubs). But the majority of most people’s earnings comes from the Ad Program, so we’ll focus on that in this article.

Earnings accumulate daily until they reach $50, after which they are paid into your PayPal account on the 28th day of the following month. You can then either transfer your earnings into your bank account, or leave them on PayPal to spend as and when you want.

But if you are earning big, you will obviously want to transfer them to your bank account.

So how are you going to go about earning a good amount of money on here? Well, in this article I'll describe what you'll need to do to earn the sort of money you are looking for.

What You’ll Need To Do

First, you'll need to open an account with HubPages and sign up for the Ad Program (and Amazon Program if you wish). Then, start writing some good quality, keyword targeted articles (hubs) which people will love to read, and hopefully share with their friends (keywords are simply words and phrases that people search for by typing them into Google or the other search engines).

A good hub can get 300 – 500 views per day. Some get much more. However, others may flop and only get a couple of views per month. But if you target good keywords that people are searching for regularly, you should find you get plenty of views on most of your hubs. Some will take a while to get noticed though, so don’t expect too much straight away. Just keep writing and the views will come.

You’ll also want to promote your hubs on social media – particularly Facebook and Pinterest. This will bring more views. But what you really want is for other people to start sharing your hubs with their circle of friends. That’s when you can really see your views rise. Occasionally a hub will go viral and generate thousands, or even tens of thousands, of views in a few days. You can really earn well when that happens.

Another way of getting more views to your hubs is to place useful and informative comments on other people’s blogs who are writing in the same niche as you are, and have your name linked back to your HubPages profile. Or you could even do guest posts on blogs, with an appropriate link in the text back to one of your hubs.

The most important thing, however, is to write lots of good hubs. The more hubs you have, the more chance you will have of getting some of them ranked highly in the search engine results pages (SERPS).

So, if you write good quality, informative hubs you will earn money. And if you promote your hubs you will earn more. But first, it’s a good idea to decide how much you would actually like to earn. What is "big money" to you?

How Much Would You Like To Earn?

Big money means different things to different people. To some it might be $500 a month; others may be thinking more in terms of $5000 a month. Either of these is possible if you set your mind on what you want to accomplish, and are prepared to do the required work to get there.

But as an example, let’s say you are aiming for $3000 a month. How are you going to achieve that?

Well, let’s do the math:

As I said earlier, I average a little over $3 per 1000 views. So that’s about $1 per 300 views. At that rate, to earn $3,000 you will need 3,000 X 300 views, which is 900,000 views.

So to earn $3,000 a month, you need to be getting around 900,000 views per month!

That’s a lot of views. So how are you going to achieve that?

Well, 900,000 views per month comes out at 30,000 views per day. So lets suppose you are a well established "hubber", you are ranking well in Google for a large number of keywords, and you are getting extra traffic from all the promotional work you have done. So on average, your hubs are getting around 50 views per day each. Some more, some a lot less, but that’s about the average.

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30,000 divided by 50 = 600

So based on that formula, you’ll need to write about 600 hubs to earn $3,000 a month. OK, it might not work out quite like that. And many people would say that averaging 50 views per day per hub is a bit ambitious. And maybe it is. But it can be done if you select your keywords carefully and do enough promotional work, as well as write very high quality content that really adds value to people’s lives. In fact, some people are averaging a lot more than 50 views per day per hub, so it is realistic.

It will be a lot of work, and it may take some time to get there. But remember that while you are working towards it, your earnings will be steadily growing. And once you are there, your earnings should keep coming in with just a little bit of regular attention to your hubs to keep them fresh and up to date. But even if you left them completely alone, it’s likely that your earnings could continue at a similar level for many years to come. So it’s largely residual income once you have built it.

Earn $1000 a Month By This Time Next Year

If you only want to earn $1000 a month (or you see that as your first big step) you could reach that in 12 – 18 months if you work really hard.

Just focus on writing 200 great quality, informative, keyword targeted hubs, and promote them as much as you can. Write 4 per week and you’ll be there in a year! Even if you only write 2 per week, you’ll still make it in 2 years.

5 Tips to Write a Great Hub

If you write great hubs, people will want to read them and share them. They will also rank better in Google. So here are 5 tips to help you do that:

  1. Write detailed, comprehensive articles, at least 700 words in length, but ideally 1000 – 1500 words. More if you wish.
  2. Target specific keywords, but write for your readers – not for Google (i.e. write naturally).
  3. Break your hubs into sections, and your sections into paragraphs. Use punctuation and grammar properly. Avoid spelling mistakes and typing errors.
  4. Add at least one photo (but more is better) that you are legally entitled to use, and attribute it properly (if required).
  5. Use videos, polls, tables etc. as appropriate.

But What If I Can’t Achieve It?

“But what if I never get there?” you might be thinking. “I could do all that work and not get the rewards I was expecting”. Yes that’s true; it could happen that way. But there’s an old saying that goes “If you aim for the stars and miss, you’ll still reach the moon”. Or words to that effect. So even if you don’t make it, you’ll still do very well from your efforts. And you might make it all the way to $3,000 a month. You might even make $5000 a month – or even more. I don’t know of any other website that offers the potential that HubPages does at this moment in time; so why not decide what it is you are aiming for and get started today?


David (author) from Birmingham, UK on September 22, 2020:

Glad you felt encouraged, Josephine. Best of luck.

Josephine Hall-Thompson on September 21, 2020:

You just encouraged me. I really love writing.

The beginning I guess.....

David (author) from Birmingham, UK on August 24, 2020:

You are welcome, Onyango. Best of luck.

Onyango Julius from Mombasa on August 24, 2020:

Thank you for this article you've really encouraged me. I'm going to implement those tips.

David (author) from Birmingham, UK on August 15, 2020:

You are welcome, Anne. Glad you found it useful.

Anne Guda from Nairobi on August 14, 2020:

Thanks for this, useful for beginners.

David (author) from Birmingham, UK on August 12, 2020:

Thanks, Faiza. Best of luck.

Faiza Jafar on August 12, 2020:

Good information, as a new writer I will follow all these

David (author) from Birmingham, UK on July 25, 2020:

Glad you found that useful, Daniel.

Daniel Idowu from Lagos, Nigeria. on July 25, 2020:

Those are valuable tips you dished out.

Priceless for beginners like myself.

David (author) from Birmingham, UK on July 14, 2020:

Thanks, Malaika. And you are welcome.

Malaika Chaudhary from Abdulhakim on July 14, 2020:

You are amazing thanks a lot.

David (author) from Birmingham, UK on July 02, 2020:

You are welcome, Diana. Glad you found that useful.

Diana Carol Abrahamson from Somerset West on June 24, 2020:

Thanks so much for some valuable tips for getting to your target , with perseverance, on Hub-pages.

David (author) from Birmingham, UK on May 28, 2020:

Glad you liked the math, Jana. Yes, I like statistics as well.

Jana Louise Smit from South Africa on May 28, 2020:

A lot of advice on HubPages about how to earn money but I must admit, I found this article very engaging and I loved the way you did the math! I'm addicted to such statistics. Thanks for writing this. :)

Farrah Young from Lagos, Nigeria on May 16, 2020:

Good tips but this post just might need some editing. I stand corrected, but I dont think you need to have an adsense account to earn from the Hubpages ads program, seeing as we no longer link our adsense account to hubpages.

David (author) from Birmingham, UK on May 16, 2020:

You are welcome, Kuldeep.

Kuldeep Pal on May 16, 2020:

Thank you, David, for kind information.

David (author) from Birmingham, UK on May 10, 2020:

Thanks Vizzykiddo. Best of luck.

David (author) from Birmingham, UK on May 10, 2020:

Glad you are focused on your goal, Joseph. Best of luck.

Joseph Asumadu on May 09, 2020:

I will like to write as a huber and make more than $1,000.00 a month in a gradual process , I hope I will get .

vizzykiddo on May 09, 2020:

Marvellous article....will try it out...

David (author) from Birmingham, UK on May 09, 2020:

Glad you found it helpful, Kelvin.

David (author) from Birmingham, UK on May 09, 2020:

Glad you found it useful, Bella. Best of luck on here.

Kelvin Eze on May 08, 2020:

This was interesting, that's what i needed for a start.

It was helpful thanks.

Bella Vivian from United Arab Emirate on May 08, 2020:

Thank you so much, am new on Hub and this is a great insight on how it works and motivates me to stay focused.

David (author) from Birmingham, UK on April 06, 2020:

Glad you liked it, Rash

Rash from Aswan , Egypt on April 05, 2020:

Thank you, it is really useful, great effort.

David (author) from Birmingham, UK on March 29, 2020:

Thank you, Lucy. Yes, that's really good insight, and I absolutely agree.

Lucy from Leeds, UK on March 29, 2020:

Wonderful article - great reminder than anything in this 3D world is possible, but that the human ego often has us coming up with excuses and forgetting what we're capable of!

David (author) from Birmingham, UK on March 17, 2020:

You are welcome Ashley; glad you found it useful.

Ashley Redmond from Wilmington, NC on March 16, 2020:

This is so comprehensive, exactly what I needed to know as a new Hubber. Thank you!

David (author) from Birmingham, UK on January 31, 2020:

Glad it was helpful. Thanks for commenting.

Riffat Junaid from Pakistan on January 30, 2020:

It's really helpful for me.

David (author) from Birmingham, UK on December 02, 2019:

You are welcome Luis; glad you found it useful.

David (author) from Birmingham, UK on December 02, 2019:

You are welcome Umesh; glad it was helpful.

Luis G Asuncion from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines on December 01, 2019:

I am trying some of it. Thanks for sharing.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on December 01, 2019:

Well explained. Thanks.

David (author) from Birmingham, UK on November 23, 2019:

You are welcome Luis; glad you found it useful.

Luis G Asuncion from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines on November 23, 2019:

This is a big help

Thanks for sharing.

David (author) from Birmingham, UK on November 14, 2019:

Glad you found the article useful Olusegun.

OLUSEGUN from NIGERIA on November 14, 2019:

This is really educative as per how one can make it through hub pages. For over twelve calendar months that I have been a member of this site had I been seeking to know means for which members can earn and are being paid, and today, I get the means from Huber, I trust that as I have gained from this read, others would equally gain and would be able to work more so as to earn more, for who can tell, the reader may even break new grounds in earning. Kudos to the author!

David (author) from Birmingham, UK on November 07, 2019:

Yes, interesting that we were both thinking along the same lines. Hope you are successful in increasing your earnings.

Farrah Young from Lagos, Nigeria on November 06, 2019:

I did this exact same analysis a few hours ago, when I decided I wanted to increase my earnings here from the pennies it currently is, although my figure was way smaller.

Its good to know it is achievable and someone else is thinking along that line.

David (author) from Birmingham, UK on November 02, 2019:

You are welcome Denice. Glad you liked the article, and best of luck.

Denice A Haamid on November 02, 2019:

Thank you for your article. I've learned a lot from it. I plan to write hubs it looks like fun.

David (author) from Birmingham, UK on November 01, 2019:

You are welcome; thanks for commenting.

Fawad on November 01, 2019:

Thank you for motivation.

David (author) from Birmingham, UK on October 02, 2019:

Thank you too Skopo. Glad you liked the article.

Skopo from Lusaka on October 02, 2019:

I had stopped writing hubs a while back because I was frustrated but today I just decided to just read through other writers'hubs and came across this one. Nice read! It has motivated me to rethink writing here again. Thanks!

David (author) from Birmingham, UK on September 27, 2019:

You are welcome jrs; glad you liked it.

jrs3936296 from India on September 27, 2019:

Very nice hub. Thanks for the info David!

David (author) from Birmingham, UK on June 01, 2019:

The only solution is to not use the HubPages earnings program, but just use Google Adsense. Then you can have your earnings from this sent to your bank account in Pakistan.

Moin ul haq from Pakistan on June 01, 2019:

Thanks for the info. I have a question. I am from Pakistan and there is no paypal. Is there any solution you can recommend me?

David (author) from Birmingham, UK on March 20, 2019:

You are welcome Jaco; glad to be of help. I wish you the best of luck on here.

Zack Louw from South Africa on March 20, 2019:

Thanks for this! I'm new to hubpages so this really helps me. It'll be great to earn a few extra bucks every month.

David (author) from Birmingham, UK on September 03, 2017:

Thanks Linda; glad you have got a couple of articles that are doing well. Best of luck for the future.

Linda Bryen from United Kingdom on September 03, 2017:

I must admit I have stopped writing for a while because I get frustrated with the amount of views I get but now thanks to your article I might come back and continue writing for hubpages again. I got 1or 2 article that is doing well for me at the moment and I would like to add some more. Well done your hub.

David (author) from Birmingham, UK on August 19, 2017:

Well done Abdelhakim; yes that's the ideal way to do it. Go for keywords that are searched for but have little competition.

Abdelhakim Elbarsha from Benghazi/Libya on August 19, 2017:

Thanks for this great article. From my little experience in hubpages, the only article I wrote, that attracts the most of views than others, was based on keywords inspired from google "search suggest".

I simply chose a search suggested phrase about the subject , which in the same time is either not existing in the first page search results list (a bit hard), or there were just few results. In this way , I used highly searched keywords, with negligible competition. And that what happened, my article appears on the first Google search results page (exactly the third , on most keywords used).

Furthermore, I don't protomote the article, and it gets 20 views per day on average, mainly from organic Google search.

David (author) from Birmingham, UK on September 05, 2016:

You are welcome Kenyan; glad you found this motivational.

Eword Media Unit from Nairobi, Kenya on September 05, 2016:

Thanks for the hub and the insights on the maths, you sure motivated me.

David (author) from Birmingham, UK on May 24, 2016:

Hubpages is the only writing site I ever found to be worthwhile. Rankings dropped right down a while ago but they are recovering nicely now. Target specific keywords that people are looking for and you should do ok.

Karen Hellier from Georgia on May 15, 2016:

Very interesting information here. You must be promoting your work a lot more than I am because your formula doesn't fit my experience. I have noticed that the more I am active on Hubpages, the more I earn per day, and every penny helps. I have just recently come back to Hubpages after only popping in and out for the past year. I got distracted by other writing sites but HubPages was my first and I am grateful to have discovered it and start writing online.

David (author) from Birmingham, UK on September 06, 2015:

Glad to hear it Lipnancy; best of luck to you. :)

Nancy Yager from Hamburg, New York on September 06, 2015:

Thanks. you have inspired me to come back and write some articles.

David (author) from Birmingham, UK on August 07, 2015:

Thanks Liesl. Glad you liked it. Yes goals are essential to keep us focused on what we are trying to achieve.

Linda Bryen from United Kingdom on August 02, 2015:

Great article dwelburn and thank you for sharing, voted and shared. Like everything in life we need goals to be able to achieve the payment we want to have for our articles.

David (author) from Birmingham, UK on February 15, 2015:

You are welcome Sharp Points. Glad you found it of use.

Sharp Points from Big Bear Lake, California on February 15, 2015:

Very useful and detailed, thank you.

David (author) from Birmingham, UK on October 23, 2014:

Thanks Writer Fox; glad you liked it. 2000 - that's a lot of hubs.

Writer Fox from the wadi near the little river on October 23, 2014:

I agree with you that there is still a lot of potential on HubPages. One person who has been here for six years has over 2,000 Hubs and is still writing new ones. I think she is probably doing very well. I enjoyed your breakdown of numbers here.

David (author) from Birmingham, UK on September 15, 2014:

Yes you are right Tazzy. Thanks for the comment. I hope you get your adsense approval soon; it does seem to be more difficult to get this now than it used to be.

Anna from chichester on September 15, 2014:

Very true what you said about aiming high! Goals are a great way to stay focussed. I started off well but have now ground to a halt because I'm waiting for adsense to approve me :( I know loads of people find this part a bit tedious!

ezzly on June 30, 2014:

Thanks :)

David (author) from Birmingham, UK on June 30, 2014:

Thanks Ezzly. Don't worry it will get better :)

ezzly on June 30, 2014:

very informative , i ve only made 0.84 cent so far :(

David (author) from Birmingham, UK on June 29, 2014:

Thank you Trisha. I'm glad you found it helpful and inspiring. Best of luck to you.

Trisha Roberts from Rensselaer, New York on June 29, 2014:

I love the goals you show on here. Thank you so much for the information. I feel it is really helpful in many ways and also it inspires me to become an even better writer. Thank You!

David (author) from Birmingham, UK on June 28, 2014:

That's a nice positive attitude Leslie. Good to hear from you and best of luck. God bless you too :)

Leslie A. Shields from Georgia on June 28, 2014:

Nothing beats a failure but a try.... that is an old adage that is absolutely true and solidly based... So, I am going to try the Dwelburn Method and succeed... Hey, you should write a mini book and upload it onto Amazon.... God Bless you and thank you...

David (author) from Birmingham, UK on June 27, 2014:

Thank you Barbara. I'm actually basing this on earning $5 per hub per month on average. My research tells me that a number of people make this and some make much more, so it seems reasonable. Unless you know different of course. I know average hubbers only average $1 per hub per month, but this is not about being average. If you can get a number of good keywords on page 1 of Google there's no reason why you should not far exceed this amount.

Barbara Badder from USA on June 27, 2014:

This hub is excellent, but I haven't heard of anyone that earns $3.00 per hub. Average hubbers only earn about $1.00 per hub if they average things out. I compared this figured with some other writers. You can earn the $1000 a month if you work hard enough, like a hub a day for 3 years.

David (author) from Birmingham, UK on June 27, 2014:

Thanks Alphadogg. Great to hear about your success too. Hope you do reach the numbers :)

Kevin W from Texas on June 27, 2014:

Great hub Dwelburn, initially I started writing just for the love of it/hobby, as it turns out I'm pretty good at it & has been pretty rewarding. I'm definitely going trying to test/reach those numbers. Thumbs up on your hub.

David (author) from Birmingham, UK on June 27, 2014:

In what way are they out Susana? I checked and re-checked them very carefully. Not sure what you mean by total traffic; I thought I had explained it clearly. I'm talking about the total of THEIR traffic to THEIR hubs, and then it's broken down into an average per hub. Hope that's clear :)

Susana Smith from UK on June 27, 2014:

The rest of your figures are out too.

Susana Smith from UK on June 27, 2014:

People reading this will think you're talking total traffic not just their portion of views.

David (author) from Birmingham, UK on June 27, 2014:

Thanks for your comment Susana. But yes I have taken into account the 60/40 split. I get just over $3 per 1000 views, and some people get quite a bit more than that. And yes, Amazon/eBay sales should hopefully boost your income more, especially if you write good product review hubs.

And thank you Pico; I'm really glad you liked it. Yes it will take a lot of work but is certainly feasible for anyone who sticks with it.

John from New Brunswick, Canada on June 27, 2014:

I thought the article was excellent. It validates some of my own thoughts on the subject. I'd love to make a real writing income online. This offers a real plan of attack but doesn't offer illusions about the amount of work it is going to take.

Susana Smith from UK on June 27, 2014:

I don't think you've taken into account the hubber/hubpages 60/40 split. , Based on your example, you'd need a total of 1,500,000 views per month, not 900,000 to earn $3000 per month. Both are extremely unlikely.

That's not to say that earning figure couldn't be reached, but it would most likely be through a big proportion of amazon/ebay sales which offer a much higher return than $3 per 1000.

David (author) from Birmingham, UK on June 27, 2014:

Thank you Nate; I'm glad you found it inspiring. Yes having something specific to aim for is very useful isn't it?

And thank you Torrs. Yes you are absolutely right in what you say.

Tori Canonge from North Carolina on June 26, 2014:

I'm glad you decided to post this hub. I think that if someone put their mind to it, then the possibilities are endless here. Yes, there is always the concern about how much traffic you will get and what not, but if you write what you enjoy and are passionate about, as well as incorporate all the important things that you mentioned (Google SEO, photos, etc.), then you should see your numbers increase.

Nathan Bernardo from California, United States of America on June 26, 2014:

Helpful information and inspiring. It certainly would have helped to understand this a couple years ago when I started; but even with the bit of a foundation I have now, this article is inspiring because you've explored the possibilities and potential. It's good to have some solid numbers to shoot for.

David (author) from Birmingham, UK on June 26, 2014:

Thanks Carieg. Yes, best of luck; hope you reach your goal soon :)

carieg on June 26, 2014:

Nice article! Goals are really important. I have a long way to go but I'm aiming for $1,500 per month. Wish me luck.

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