Karen Hellier is a freelance writer and eBay entrepreneur. She lives happily in the mountains of North Georgia with her husband and her dog.
A Little Bit of History
I have been writing on HubPages since January of 2012. I love writing here because HubPages gives me the freedom to write about anything I want. I have started some blogs since 2012, but they are all about specific topics, and I often have the urge to write about things that don't fit into those topics (saving money, coupons, and eBay). So I come to HubPages and let my creative juices flow.
Recently I have seen a lot of new HubPages members complaining about how they aren't making much money. It makes me smile and shake my head because I know it takes a lot of time and patience to earn money on HubPages. And every time there is a shakeup on google, it feels like starting from scratch all over again. But over the past year, I have discovered some ways to earn more money on HubPages, and I am sharing these with you now.
1) Write, Write, and Then Write Some More
The best way to earn money on HubPages is to write a lot of good quality content. And when I say a lot, I mean a lot! The more content you have, the more people will find your work and read it, and the more money you will make.
You may have seen the statistics of some HubPages writers that show they make a certain amount of money each month. They specialize in writing articles on the same subject, and that is good because they become experts on that subject. You don't necessarily have to write about the same subject but it does help other HubPages members get to know you and follow you for content on a subject they are interested in, such as Eddie Carrara, a car expert, and Alex Rose, a beauty expert, according to the HubPages front page.
Personally, I am all over the place and write about whatever I feel like. My husband and I cruise a lot, so I write about cruising sometimes, and other trips we take.
We have both been divorced, and I write about how this time I have found true love, and so I write about relationships a lot. Those hubs seem to get a lot of views. People love a good love story!
I also save money with coupons and sell on eBay, so I do write about those topics as well. I would suggest you try to have a major topic and stick to that to gain a reputation, but exercise your writing chops on other topics you also enjoy, to keep your creative juices flowing.
Make sure to write hubs that include as many of the following parts as possible:
- Good quality writing with proper spelling and grammar
- At least three good photos
- A poll
- A video
- A Map
- An Amazon Link
When I first started writing on HubPages, there were a lot of contests to write so many hubs in so many days. Those were the days when there were no requirements to write a certain amount of words. Today, HubPages likes to see articles of at least 1,000 words, so it takes more time to write good quality articles.
But even so, I suggest you challenge yourself to write as many hubs as you can. Set a goal for yourself, especially if you are just starting out on the HubPages website. Try not to worry about the money too much, but instead concentrate on the quality of your articles and the quantity. Maybe challenge yourself to write one good article a week for your first month, and then boost that up to two each week, etc.
2) Become an Amazon Affiliate with HubPages
There are many tutorials on how to become an Amazon Affiliate with HubPages. If you live in a state that allows you to become an Amazon affiliate, definitely do it and you will see your earnings increase if you use Amazon appropriately.
HubPages is all about promoting quality work, and that includes using Amazon links appropriately. That means not just throwing an Amazon link about something you mentioned in an article into the midst of it. It means writing reviews about products you have actually used, and inserting an Amazon link into that hub for the exact article you reviewed. Or, if you are telling the story of your recent safari to Africa to photograph wild life and you specifically talk about the camera you used while on safari, and why it works well under those conditions, then you can insert an Amazon link into that article. But if you are writing an article about wedding planning, throwing an Amazon link for reception decorations into your article is not cool, and looks like spam. Readers won't trust you and HubPages won't like it.
3) Update Your HubPages Articles on a Regular Basis
This one suggestion has actually doubled my HubPages earnings in the past six months that I have been doing it. I once wrote an article on HubPages about how HubPages is like a garden, and you need to tend to it regularly. This is SO true, and I honestly have doubled my daily earnings since I have been doing the following:
Logging into my HubPages account and choosing two hubs each day to update. I log into my account, click on the word "published" across the top, and that gives me a chronological order of when my hubs were published.
- Check each hub for grammar and punctuation corrections
- Update the pictures or add to them if I have newer pictures on the subject since I wrote the hub
- Make sure that there is a description under your profile area
- Make sure there is a copyright statement on every hub to dissuade people from stealing my work (I am still working on this)
- Make sure the Amazon area still has the correct item displayed
The first time I did this, I only looked for grammatical errors. After I completed a check on each hub that I have written for those errors, I realized some of my hubs didn't have anything written for the profile area. So I went back and chose two at a time and am still in the process of updating that, and adding the copyright statement.
When I am done with all of these corrections on my hubs, I will then start from the beginning again to look for YouTube videos that I can add to each hub that will enhance them.
This constant updating works because Google picks up on the fact that the articles are being updated and they get a boost in standings on Google, so more people will see your work as it rises to the top in Google searches.
The Work is Worth It
Going back and revising all of your hubs may seem like a lot of work, but in my experience, it has been totally worth it, and I am actually doubling my HubPages earnings every day. We are not supposed to discuss exact earnings here on HubPages so I am not going to do that, but the stats don't lie.
Give this a try and then come back and tell me if following these three tips, especially the updating, works for you to increase your HubPages earnings.
Or, if you do them now, which one of these tips works best to increase your earnings?
Addendum: The purpose of this hub is to help HubPages members earn more money. Since I have never read any books on that nor seen any Amazon products related to that, I am not including an Amazon product in this hub, even though I do suggest it to other HubPages members!
Hubpages Earnings Poll
© 2017 Karen Hellier
Tammy Winters from Oregon on October 14, 2020:
Thanks for sharing your tips. I haven't had much luck with Amazon Links and I believe HubPages don't like when I add them without good cause.
Dale Anderson from The High Seas on September 21, 2020:
Hmm. I want to thank you for sharing your thoughts here but, when I look below, it seems like you never respond to any comments on your articles. I wonder why?
MG Singh emge from Singapore on September 19, 2020:
Very interesting article but everybody has to follow his genius.
Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on September 19, 2020:
I am glad you enjoyed it and I hope it helps you.
Owanate Godwins on September 19, 2020:
I'm deeply grateful for this informative article, Karen. I'll endeavor to apply the wisdom revealed therein.
Jo Miller from Tennessee on July 27, 2020:
Good advice. I'm afraid I don't do most of these regularly enough but on a mission now to do better. Thanks for the info.
Madan Pal from Bareilly on January 30, 2020:
I like it
Oke odunayo on January 28, 2020:
Ghulam Nabi skardu Pakistan on August 03, 2019:
SARA from Islamabad on July 20, 2019:
Very informative article. Thanks for sharing
Gupi on June 28, 2019:
Very informative article. Thanks for sharing.
Jeff Zod from Nairobi on December 19, 2018:
This is a very enlightening article.Thanks for sharing the golden nuggets of wisdom.I also found out that writing more and more traction leads to traction that ultimately accelerates earnings.I like to edit my articles regularly to improve their rankings.
Jeff Zod from Nairobi on October 13, 2018:
Thank you so much for the informative article Karen.
C E Clark from North Texas on May 30, 2018:
Some good advice here. I would add that posting your articles on FB and Pinterest can get you more traffic, too. I recommend that you check out Wrylilt on HubPages for even more good pointers.
Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on March 13, 2018:
Thank you for sharing such great advice. I will definitely think about all that is in this hub. Keep up the fine work.
Shaloo Walia from India on March 03, 2018:
Laura Barbera from Florence, Italy on December 13, 2017:
I just registered in this platform and looking for some article on wedding photography, I read your articles. Thanks for sharing all this info, they make me want to write. I live in Florence, Italy, I am a wedding photographer and a psychotherapist, I have no idea how much this platform is following because here in Italy it is not very well known, but I would like to try to start writing about myself and my passions. Thanks for the stimulus that your article gives me.
Larry W Fish from Raleigh on September 30, 2017:
A great article, Karen. Thanks for sharing your tips on how to make more money on HubPages. I am fairly new here and just starting to learn more about the site every day.
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on September 09, 2017:
Thanks for these earning tips. Number three is the one I try most. I think it helps.
Kejanny on September 08, 2017:
Thanks for the reminder that it takes hard word and patience to earn. I have neglected my garden too long. Heading over there to tend it now.
Mary Wickison from Brazil on September 08, 2017:
Thanks for the reminder. I needed the virtual kick in the backside about updating my hubs. I like the idea of just doing two a day, it makes the job doable.
I'll report back with my findings.
Louise Barraco from Ontario on September 08, 2017:
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 08, 2017:
That horse already left the barn, my friend. My earnings are ridiculous after all these years, but the good news is I don't care. I'm only here to interact with people like you. To all who read this, the lady speaks the truth.
Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on September 07, 2017:
Great tips on how to make the most of your hubs. I never doubled my earnings or made payout since I've been here for four years. But I'm updating my old hubs and trying to get them into niches and hope to write new hubs this fall. Thanks for the pointers.