Marissa is the writer of ThePracticalMommy and the blog Mommy Knows What's Best. She is a stay-at-home mom to four and was a teacher.
Earn Extra Money Online
Everyone is an expert at something, whether it be fixing cars, taking pictures, travelling, painting murals, saving lives, making gourmet meals or even sitting on the couch. What is your expertise? Do you have ideas that you’d like to share about this expertise while earning some extra money?
HubPages is a great writing site to share ideas. At HubPages, you’ll find thousands of articles called hubs written by people from all over the world with a variety of backgrounds and expertise. Many people join the site hoping to earn some money from their hubs, but many others just join for the sake of writing and learning. Here you’ll find articles or hubs about anything from how-to guides to some awesome poetry or short stories.
Writing for HubPages
This is not a blogging site in the traditional sense. While you may share personal experiences, your hubs must appeal to the public in general, not just your friends who want to read about your daily escapades. Please take the time to read the documents in the Learning Center concerning the differences between blogging and hubbing.
This is also not the site to use for promoting your business or other opportunities. Overly promotional hubs are not permitted. Again, visit the Learning Center concerning this.
What is HubPages?
More Online Experts on HubPages
I obviously don't have all possible kinds of 'experts' here, and the topics I mention are fairly general. There are so many possibilities, but I thought I'd give you some ideas!
Do you fit into any of the categories of expertise below? Below is a list of categories and some possible hub ideas. See what kinds of hubs you could publish here at HubPages.
Teacher—Share lesson plans, unit ideas, classroom management ideas, observations, current events in education, laws concerning education, teaching resources, teaching websites
Parent—Share parenting tips, pregnancy tips, baby/kid gear ideas, baby/kid room decorating ideas, kids’ parties, kids’ health, healthy recipes kids like, family-friendly vacations, clothing, family budgets
Car enthusiast—Share history of cars, compare cars of today, explain how cars/car parts work, give history of car makers/companies
Cooks/Chefs—Recipe ideas, how to cook specialty foods, cooking with organic foods, vegan recipes, vegetarian recipes, shopping for foods in season, kitchen layouts, kitchen accessories, cooking utensils, baking
Business owner—how to run a successful business, how to manage employees, how to conduct an interview, where to save in expenses, how to advertise
Student—how to study, how to save for college, how to take an exam, how to make friends on campus, how to save on textbooks, how to write papers
Poet—poetry, how to write poetry, how to read poetry, poetic devices, histories of famous poets, types of poetry
Writer—short stories, plays, how to write, how to edit, where to find an editor, where to find a publisher, biographies of famous authors, writing for a magazine, writing for a newspaper, how to overcome writer’s block
Computer expert—how to use computer, how to avoid viruses, how to program a computer, how to use SEO and keywords, how to clean your computer, reviews of computers, reviews of laptops, how to create a home network
Photographer—photos with stories behind them, how to take pictures, the best cameras to use in different situations, digital photography, how to market your photos
Traveller/travel agent—best places to visit, when to visit, how to get there, what to bring, how to save on trips
Blogger—how to blog, where to blog, knowing SEO and keywords, what to blog about, how to reach an audience, advertising on a blog, writing reviews on a blog
Crafter—materials to use, craft ideas, where to find the best materials, how to sell your crafts
Fashion expert—latest fashions, ridiculous fashions, fashions for all shapes and sizes, inexpensive fashions, fashions from different eras
Collector—what you collect, how to collect, where to find items, how to sell items, what retains its value
Toy expert—best toys for kids of all ages, reviews of toys, how to build toys, how to sell toys, vintage toys
Movie expert—what makes a great movie, what makes a terrible movie, movie reviews, how movies are made, how actors are chosen for movies, best actors, worst actors
Actor—how to act, where to find an agent, how to find work
Artist—different types of art, how to create art, review of art, where to find great art, painting, sculpting, drawing
Jewelry expert—how to make jewelry, how to find authentic jewelry online, how to buy or sell jewelry, trends in jewelry
Real estate agent—where to find the best homes, how to measure a home’s value, how to negotiate for a home, how to upgrade your home to sell
Financial advisor—how to save for retirement, how to manage expenses, how to save for college, how to invest
Health expert/doctor/nurse—how to avoid illnesses, eating healthy, how to exercise, info about illnesses, conditions, diseases, research, dieting
Political/social expert—current events in politics, biographies of politicians, how society works/reacts to certain situations
Musician—how to play instruments, how to find instruments, types of music, famous musicians, how to read/write music
Outdoor enthusiast—hiking, fishing, hunting, gear, survival, places to go
Sports fan—sports figures, how to play sports, teams to watch, sports equipment
Technology expert—what is new and hot, how to fix items, how to sell items, comparing brands
Shopping expert—couponing, best brands, times to shop, ways to save without coupons, online shopping
Interior/Exterior Designer—how to decorate a bedroom, how to decorate a living room/kitchen/bathroom, decorations to avoid, where to find great decorations, how to make decorations, landscaping, patio designs, pool areas
Holiday expert—how holidays are celebrated in different countries, origins of holidays, ways to celebrate holidays, gift ideas
Making Money on HubPages
Can you make money writing for HubPages? Yes; absolutely! You need to know, however, that like all other things online, it takes time, effort, and patience. In the beginning, you may only see pennies. After a while, it becomes half a dollar. Wait even longer, and you'll make the $50 payout every month.
For some, this could take up to a year. For others who write a lot of quality articles in a short amount of time, this could take a few months. Either way, there is money to be made.
To make sure you are doing all you can to earn, visit the HubPages' Learning Center and learn everything there is to know about writing a hub.
Be Wise in Name Selection
What will your 'name' be? Will it be your actual name? Will it reflect your chosen topics? Will it be random?
Do You Fit in Multiple Categories?
Uh oh. Do you have expertise in more than one area? Super! You can still write hubs! Isn’t that great?
Take a look at my name here: ThePracticalMommy. What would you expect to read from this name? Parenting and family hubs seem like they would fit best. I do have other types of hubs though, like my hubs about teaching or my poetry.
You can do the same thing. While it’s probably wise to stick with the category you know the most about, it’s perfectly fine to branch out into other topics as well. Many seasoned hubbers branch out into different topics, while others stick to what they know best.
Choosing an Avatar for HubPages
- Choosing the Perfect Avatar for Hubpages
This hub has selected 11 interesting or provocative avatars of just a few favorite fellow Hubbers to examine, and placed them in categories so you can choose the type of avatar you want to model.
Before You Begin Writing for HubPages
Once you’ve thought about the hubs you’d like to write, there are still some other things to consider before you begin writing on HubPages:
For one, can you write in English? English is the only language that is acceptable here at HubPages.
Do you write well in English? Articles that are filled with grammatical errors or misspellings do not do well in the online writing world.
Do you have patience? I’ll be honest with you. Writing articles online takes time, especially when you want to do well and perhaps earn some money. You need to be patient. It takes time to be recognized by an audience. It takes time to be recognized by the search engines. It takes time to be recognized as a credible source. You cannot expect to earn money with only one hub after a few hours. It might be a few weeks or months before you actually see something happen with your work. Just be patient.
Are you willing to learn? Want to know what’s so great about HubPages? They’re willing to teach you! I believe I have mentioned this already in my hub, but HubPages has a great Learning Center that contains hubs and videos aimed at helping all hubbers be as successful as possible. There are also many, many hubbers on the site who are willing to help out if you are in need.
Tips about Earning Money as You Write for HubPages
Are You Going to Write for HubPages?
Interested? Write for HubPages Today!
Are you interested? Then join HubPages today!
If you do decide to join, let me know your profile name below. If you've been here awhile but took the time to read this hub, add your name below too. I love to meet new hubbers!
Thanks for visiting!
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Cassandra from Geelong VIC Australia on August 01, 2015:
This is a great article, thank you. I am a new writer to hub pages and your advice has been helpful.
Paula on July 15, 2015:
Interesting Hub, it gives a lot of ideas for when you don't seem to find any. It reminds you about the knowledge you already own.
Have a nice day :)
Mhermann on May 19, 2015:
I started here about 7 weeks ago... Still struggling a bit but feeling my way around things....
Marissa (author) from United States on February 19, 2013:
Maha, if you're serious about writing online and writing quality articles, then come join us! Thanks for reading!
Maha on February 19, 2013:
I am really glad to read all that u have written! I would love to be a part of u!
Marissa (author) from United States on March 08, 2012:
savanahl, thanks for the vote up! I am hoping to reach more people out there who have great things to share. :)
savanahl on March 07, 2012:
What a great hub on writing hubs. There are a lot of people out there that don't even realize that they have some sort of expertise. Your list is very useful in helping people tap into their own knowledge. I'm definitely voting this one up.
Marissa (author) from United States on February 21, 2012:
Stephanie, thanks for voting up and tweeting! I was hoping to do just as you said: help the newbies and give a bit of inspiration to the oldies. :)
Stephanie Henkel from USA on February 21, 2012:
This is a wonderful hub for newbies who are thinking of joining HubPages, but you've also provided some great inspiratation for people who are already here. Voted UP and tweeted!
Marissa (author) from United States on February 16, 2012:
Diana Grant, what kind words! Thank you very much for your comment! :)
Diana Grant from London on February 16, 2012:
If I hadn't already joined, I would certainly have been encouraged to do so by this well-written and helpful article.
Marissa (author) from United States on February 06, 2012:
Joelipoo, I appreciate the share! I'm hoping it does recruit some new good writers to the site! :)
Joel from Ohio on February 06, 2012:
Thanks for writing this. I shared it on my Twitter to help recruit some new writers.
Marissa (author) from United States on February 06, 2012:
Brandon Spaulding, randomcreative, Felixedet2000, and kelleyward, thank you all so much for reading and commenting! I hope more people decide to join HubPages. I'm glad you think current hubbers can benefit from this too! :)
kelleyward on February 06, 2012:
Thanks this was very useful to me sharing with those new hubbers or people interested.
Felixedet2000 from The Universe on February 06, 2012:
i love the way you state it quite clearly, that hubbing and blogging are not the same. yeah i agree with that, hubbing is much more not just a little more than blogging.
Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 05, 2012:
Great topic for a hub! I agree with Ginny. I also fully believe that everyone has some expertise to share with the world. HubPages is a great way to do this while making money.
Brandon Spaulding from Yahoo, Contributor on February 05, 2012:
I can tell you put a lot of thought into the endless topics one might hub about. For someone looking at this hubpage, I can see how you would encourage them to join. Hubers who run into writers block could also benefit from this hub. Voted up and useful and interesting.
Marissa (author) from United States on February 04, 2012:
GinnyLee, I'm hoping to help new hubbers who sometimes don't know whether or not to join or have trouble deciding what to write their first hub about. I'm glad you liked it! Thanks so much for reading and commenting!
Ginny from Arlington, VA on February 03, 2012:
nice article! I like how you included experts in different categories that will really help new Hubbers relate to their own specialty. Great job!