Before you bite my head off!
If you are already a member of Hubpages.com, then I hope the title didn't have you already concocting a string of abuse to throw at me [laughing out loud]. I recently searched for Hubpages.com and was surprised to see that people are still unsure whether this site is a scam or not, despite how long the Hubpages website has been around. There are a lot of Hubpages reviews out there, but unfortunately many don't give the full and honest picture, just a one sided rant.
Hence, I decided to set the record straight by writing an honest Hubpages hub about whether or not it really is a scam, covering the main pros and cons honestly and openly (if you disagree with my Hubpages review, please let me know in the comments). Some probably won't be happy with what I have to say, but I feel that both sides of the story need to be told. So, here we go ...
The Hubpages Review
Hub Pages, or Hubpages, depending on how you like to refer to it, is not to be confused with hubpage.com, which is a website designed to be a 'hub' for linking to other promotional sites and offering blogging tools (I have not confirmed whether or not hubpage.com is a scam or legit). This is likely not the site you are looking for, if you are looking to write online and make some money online.
Hubpages.com, however, I can confirm is the REAL DEAL! But, it all depends on what you are looking for, as to whether or not you would consider it to be a scam website, or not.
'How dare you', I can hear being muttered from fellow hubbers' lips (hubbers is the term for Hubpages members)... but wait a moment, hear me out and please continue to read, as there is a balanced argument about to be made and I think my reasoning is fair.
It is all about your priorities, as to what you will experience here. If you are looking for an intelligent community, support, feedback and an audience for your thoughts ... you are most certainly in the right place. Hubpages is a wonderfully interactive website that generates a lot of traffic to your articles through its huge database of members and also through its high PR and placement in search engine results (SERPs). This means that new members (especially those that spend a bit of time being social) can attract readers and followers very quickly.
However, if you are looking to 'spam' your product, over promote your website, or include a million links to affiliate sites you try to sell for ... forget it! This would not be the site for you. Control is quite strict now, but that is to ensure quality content is provided and that the cheats, or heavy sellers, are kept off of the site. Spammers and 'black hat SEO' will not find what they want here, as chances are they will be banned quickly. That is not to mention the fact that most 'seasoned' hubbers can quickly spot a fake member, or internet marketer. Reasonable levels of website and business promotion is still allowed on this site, but these have to be informative and original articles, preferably of 800+ words and with a maximum of two external links. The articles should look to answer a question, or to fill a need, not just to talk up a site.
Moreover, if you NEED MONEY and want an instant online solution ... you may consider this site to be a scam too. Yes, it offers you money from your articles (via adsense, Hubpages ads, Amazon and eBay when people click on these), but you are not likely to earn big until you have hundreds, or even thousands of articles. This may take you many years to do, so this is not the site for you if you want a 'quick fix' and instant income. It is possible for Hubpages adsense earnings to increase to reasonable levels, as the more views you get, the more adsense Hubpages clicks you will receive. Moreover, search engines see thousands of new sites every day, so they also respect age. Hence, the longer you stay and write quality content, the more traffic they are likely to send as your URL will be aged and full of useful content.
However, many find that the Hubpages advertising program a more stable way of earning, as this pays you for views and clicks, not just for clicks like Google adsense and you can combine adsense with it. However, as a user, it is up to you whether you take these earning options, or simply write for the fun of it.
My Experience with Hupages.com
That all said, I personally love writing here and the community involvement. It is also an excellent place to learn and develop yourself from the comfort of your own home. You can learn new subjects and post questions ... the best part being that the authors here are normally MORE THAN HAPPY to reply in detail. This means that while you are writing and reading, you can also increase your knowledge.
The interaction in comments, answers to your questions and learning new things everyday can actually become addictive, especially with those used to struggling with a blog. This is very different to the blogging world, and in my opinion, far easier to become recognized and respected on the web and with search engines. It is really quite easy to make new friends and build your following, so long as you are interactive! This is the side of the site I really love. I enjoy writing, but the feedback, jokes and conversations are what make this worthwhile.
As for earning money, It is my honest feeling that the period for ongoing steady earnings seems to be between the 75-200 hubs mark (from reading reports of other hubers), with quite fair steady earnings kicking in around the 200-300 hubs mark. It will be when these already published hubs have 'matured, possibly 6 months later, but it should come if they are all quality. Hence, if you suddenly publish lots, expect a long delay (it is not always, but on average this is the case). Quality is key, answer a need and use keywords (search terms/phrases that you put in Google) ... then you are sure to make money online with Hubpages! Just don't give up in the first year or two, good things often take time to create.
Is Hubpages a Scam!?
So, is Hubpages a scam? Well, it is all about perspective. As an informative article sharing website, it most certainly IS NOT A SCAM WEBSITE and is a great place to share. Hubpages.com can also be a great place to earn money for some, so long as you are up for a writing marathon and willing to stick around. Think 1-5 years before it is likely for any decent earnings to start coming in steadily. Yet, once they come in, you could have a stable online income! Having been here for 3 years now, I can confirm that it is a good place to write and learn ... just don't try to cheat, as they will catch you (I've seen many members get banned). I hope that answers your questions about Hubpages scam claims.
Now that you have read the review, if you are still interested in joining Hubpages, just click HERE to sign up today.
Feel free to check out another Hubpage, or ten ;-), of mine by going to my profile here:
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Tammy Winters from Oregon on August 30, 2020:
I don't think it is a scam either.... Thanks for sharing.
Grace Padua from 501-259-Barrie Anne Gardens, Dunlop St. West, Barrie, On.Can L4N 4S7 on July 17, 2020:
I started writing with Hubpages just to express my thoughts and polish my writing. I didn't write for sometime on the site but explored other ventures like writing children's books and one documentary film. But here I am just to visit and say something. It may take a longtime to make money but if you are here to learn, it's fine.
Shyron E Shenko from Texas on June 13, 2020:
Brett, I will not say anything bad about Hubpages, that is not really bad, but when I write it is not for the money, it is for my own satisfaction in writing something (mostly stories of my childhood) and Hubpages allows me to do that…That being said at times I feel like very young college know-it-all are looking for reasons to unpublish some or all of my hubs (Lena Kovadio comments remind me of me.)
I have been looking for my muse since I lost my love 04/18/2018, but then I think my muse is looking for me. I now have a new man in my life and hardly find the time to write except when he is like Alice and falls down the rabbit hole.
Back to Hubpages, it is absolutely legit. I have found so many friends on here (which you are included and Au fait..i.e. C Clark.)
Blessings my friend
Lena, go to each hub and do an edit, then read it aloud and fix anything you think maybe wrong and change one word or whatever you find and publish I think you will get a surprise.
Lena Kovadlo from Staten Island, NY on June 12, 2020:
All of a sudden I have a huge number of hubs that have been unfeatured due to traffic and the number seems to keep increasing. Not liking this at all. By the way, we are no longer able to use our AdSense accounts here. Your hub doesn't say that.
Bill Pulte on March 04, 2020:
I spoke to my wife about maybe giving away The $100,000 on twitter. Even tho we’ve given away Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars on hubpages, she is open to it. If we do it, it will be a surprise. In the meantime, we will keep giving away money, kindness, love, and generosity. Red heartThumbs up
Sherry Chapman from Knoxville, Tennessee on August 17, 2018:
Thank you for this article. I am new here and trying to figure all of it out. I want to stay motivated and persistent and consistent. Thanks for the info.
Rachel Evelyn on November 08, 2017:
Hubpages sounds about as legitimate as writing ebooks for Amazon. No get-rich-quick schemes, but that's okay because they never made that promise. (If a company does, run.)
I'm curious. What constitutes cheating, Brett?
lovetherain from Untited States on October 22, 2017:
Yes, HP is legit. And the last of it's kind.
John Hansen from Gondwana Land on July 06, 2017:
An honest review of HubPages here Brett, and very helpful for anyone considering joining the site. It is a great place to write whether you make money or not.
Rae from United States on August 06, 2016:
I can appreciate a non-biased review. I'm usually late to the 'party' and seem to be waaaay behind with hub and the like, but I love writing and would like to give it a shot, money or not. Thanks for the post!
Katharine L Sparrow from Massachusetts, USA on March 16, 2016:
Nice overview and analysis, and I tend to agree with your assertions. I don't have enough hubs up yet to make even close to a small steady income, but as you say, effort and patience combined will get you there!
Debra Hargrove from North Carolina on February 22, 2016:
Very nice words about this site. This site is very hard to understand especially if you are looking to make money. But doing an extensive research into how to make money with HubPages is needed to not feel like you are being scammed. Keep at it for best results. Thanks.
Jean Bakula from New Jersey on January 09, 2015:
You just need to be patient, and build up a body of work. If you have 5 or 10 hubs, that's not going to get you anywhere. You need at least about 25-50 hubs to start making money, and they need to be evergreen. Holiday hubs are only popular at certain times of the year. It helps to write in a certain category you know a lot about. It may take a year before your hubs get noticed, but I've been making money on hubs I wrote 4 years ago. I fell in love with HP, and when I first came I used to write 3 hubs a week. You have to work hard, but it will pay off. You can't make any money unless you set up the AdSense account, and traffic from HP friends is great, but doesn't make money. Your hubs have to get on the first page of Google, so be original about your topic and how you present it.
The Logician from now on on January 09, 2015:
Funny but why do I feel if you wrote a hub page like this about any other website hub pages would unpublish it for being overly promotional? :-)
Pollyanna Jones from United Kingdom on January 03, 2015:
Great article! I came here as HubPages provides a nice platform to work with for someone that is not so great with putting together a website (like me!). I write articles for fun, with topics that interest me. Many of these are pretty niche, so I'm not expecting a wide audience. It's nice to get a bit of an income in from these though. HubPages certainly is not a scam, but you're right - you need to take steps to get your articles seen and choose your titles and summaries carefully to get them to show up on internet searches and grab peoples' attention.
Snakesmum on December 24, 2014:
Since I've only been here for just over three months (From Squidoo) it looks as if I'll be waiting a while for my income to start! :-) As I'm an impatient person, this will be hard, but I enjoy visiting Hubpages, and reading the forums. The income will come, or it won't, and in the meantime I'll keep reading and writing here. I don't think HP is a scam.
Minda Powers-Douglas from Northwest Illinois on December 10, 2014:
I'm just starting out on here. Your article was very helpful. I blog via my own website and another blog, but I'd like to try this out, too. Thanks!
Jean Bakula from New Jersey on August 22, 2014:
Great job, Brett, I think you were very fair. Any site that pays up front is likely a scam site.
It does take time to build up a body of work. I will be here 4 yrs. in October, and it was before the Panda algorithm change. Then it was not too hard to have 50 hubs and start earning money in about 6 months. Then it got harder, but I found when I had about 10 hubs, I was making more than the lowest payout each month, though now it's slow--but it always is in summer. Also, it takes a good year for some of your work to get noticed. I only write evergreen hubs, and I thought some of them were good. But they didn't get traffic. It took a long time, but the ones I felt were good in my bones, did turn out to get traffic eventually.
When I began everyone told me my hubs were too long. But now that the standards changed (they constantly do) the longer ones do better anyway. Some of my highest earners are the ones people criticized in forums. So go with your intuition.
samuel hodges from Winston-Salem NC on August 08, 2014:
I've written many articles and yet to have sign up for the money making program. I tried to sign up for it, but something went wrong. It did not take my password. Or maybe I did something wrong in the process. I'll try again and study on the process to do so. Good review and learned a bit more. Thanks
DChance on April 04, 2014:
I am still new. I hope your hubpages is real.
knowledge-seeker on March 21, 2014:
oh so helpful and informative post i just came across searching about the site. thanks for providing all this info. flourish ahead too my dear!
Tammy Winters from Oregon on January 21, 2014:
Wow...this is an incredible Hub! Thanks so much for sharing.
Brett C (author) from Asia on January 20, 2014:
@Shyron E Shenko
Thanks for pointing that out. I recently updated it, but must have made a couple of typos.
Glad you liked it anyway ;-)
Brett C (author) from Asia on January 20, 2014:
@docfry2 - I would guess that the other website you mentioned is a scam.
My experience and that of friends is that if a site wants you to pay up front, then it is normally either a scam or useless. The ones that earn a percentage of what you earn are the ones that will drive customers your way, as if they don't, they won't earn either
Shyron E Shenko from Texas on January 20, 2014:
Hello Brett, I love this hub, it is chock full of good information.
Not being nit-picking but, thoughte you would like to know. Read last sentence of "Before you bite my head off."
Voted up, UAI and shared.
Glen S. Fries from Midwest on January 20, 2014:
How about mywritingjobs.com, does anybody know if that's a scam? I'm trying to get established in the blogging community and other writing assignments. I would like to find out if it would be worth spending money on these assignments.
Leena from new delhi on September 13, 2013:
I don't think it's a scam, but I've just started here and can comment better after posting some more hubs...but hey thanks for this info.
Rathnaraj Roberts on September 10, 2013:
It is very informative and decently presented. The heading is so framed that it invites you to read more even. Individuals see different things from different angle.
GOD has blessed Human being with beautiful pair of eyes.
Most of us have good eyesight and unfortunately some donot.
I remembered the story I learnt in my school days about
Blind men and the Elephant that came to their village. So as, if we keep
our eyes open only with money in our mind, then it will appear as scam.
If we look at it as a social site then we can enjoy the happiness and information that is involved in it beyond our sight.
Brett, I truly appreciate your hard work as it is not only motivative, it is also very helpful for those who are in troubled waters.
Best wishes and good luck
Aquila111 on September 05, 2013:
I would definiyely prefere to setting up my own web-page, then you are the boss.
Shyron E Shenko from Texas on July 31, 2013:
I don't think Hubpages is a scam, but I can't whip out hubs every day. I have a life outside of HP.
This is really a good hub for anyone who loves to write and I do.
Voted-up UAI and shared.
Crin Forbes from Michigan on July 31, 2013:
The best money I made on Hub Pages was not in monetary amounts, but in the experience getting in publishing, whatever goes through my mind. The money-making models on the Net are still to be tested, we are just the pioneers, so pretending to write to make money is not a good idea...
Interaction is good, and the exchange of ideas is priceless...
This writing to make money, most of the times, on all social networks practicing leads to bad writing, mediocre topics or just plain garbage. I wish people would only write for the fun of it, when they have something to say.
Brett C (author) from Asia on July 31, 2013:
To be honest, it is a combination of factors. I have been editing old hubs to increase the word counts to 1000+, I've also teaching in South Korea and the end of term + summer camp has been pretty busy. Another factor is that I found another good site, that I think will compliment this one ... I will write a hub about it soon in a hub, once I have learned a little more about it. However, I am still writing here, but trying to update my 'beginner hubs' that were too short, while writing new ones. Thanks for stopping by.
Doodlehead from Northern California on July 31, 2013:
As a follower of yours I had to stop by to see why I had not seen any hubs from you of late. Others that I follow have also been silent of late.
For this reason I posted a forum asking people if they were planning on writing more or fewer hubs than they had written previously.
People are mixed.
I think people understand now that at any time their hubs can be "retrieved" from Google search and put on the shelf. In days past this was not the case. In days past we could put up a hub immediately. Now they want to approve it first. I see a day when only the best will be allowed to have hubs. They those of us who are not the best will have our hubs scrubbed and we will have worked for nothing.
I hope you can dispel my thoughts of today. I enjoy your hubs. It's just well....
OMGirdle from United States on July 04, 2013:
I, myself, haven't made any money from hubpages. Going on my second year with only 14 hubs, I still feel I'm learning. I can't cough out hubs like others can. It could take me several weeks to do one hub because I so concentrate on verb usage, run-on sentences, quality photos, reading my drafts over and over again until perfection. I won't complain until I get 200 hubs. I need money but the therapy of writing is priceless. I do enjoy the people on this site as well. Your hub just reminded me of how hard I will have to work. Plus building a following isn't easy as people don't follow you because you follow them. But, I'm trying. Thank you for an honest feedback. It will definitely help others understand what to expect.
Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on July 04, 2013:
So far I am happy to be here and I am also happy I found HubPages because I have met some very wonderful people and I have learned a lot from others.
Thanks for sharing with us.
Tony Sky from London UK on July 04, 2013:
Personally, I have been here at hubpages for about 7 years and every month when hubpages has transferred my hubpage earnings to my paypal account, I'm a very happy chappy and that's why I'm currently preparing more hubs to publish.
Shyron E Shenko from Texas on July 03, 2013:
Good review Brett, great information. I am a work in progress myself.
Voted you up, UAI, shared and pinned.
Brett C (author) from Asia on July 02, 2013:
Ah, but that doesn't mean that Hubpages is a scam. If you write and participate, you will get results. What you are saying is that some writers maybe scammers, which is true of anywhere on the web and in real life to be honest. You just have to use your brain before acting and be careful.
beaddve1800 from Toronto on July 02, 2013:
Hubpages can be scam or not. It depends on who you follow. If you follow some good writer, then Hubpages is not going to be a scam because these writers are real and honest. It can be another way around if you follow bad writers.
Brett C (author) from Asia on July 02, 2013:
What I am saying is that Google adsense won't allow you to join under your own name until you are 18. As you need Google adsense for Hubpages adverts, you won't be able to join the Hubpages program either until you can get an adsense account. As far as I am aware, Amazon is also 18. Hence, unless you are able to do this with a parent, you can't earn, as you can't join the advertising programs.
That said, if your parents will help you and help you with the account, there is no reason why you couldn't write informative and useful hubs that would draw traffic and make money. You will need to understand using keywords, which is explained in some of my articles on my profile. However, please also understand that it may take 6m-1year for you to start seeing steady earnings. I seem to remember that it started at around 50+ hubs for me, but everyone is different.
I hope that helps.
Jrbx550 on July 02, 2013:
@Brett_Tesol, It seems that yes, there probably no scamming here. All I want is say some, $50-100 bucks. I know I am not going to get rich, and that's not what I am here for. I can make some really good hubs. Probably about 10 a month since its summer so I get a lot of free time. But my question is still: has any underage seen some profits? Knowing that will make me feel more sure about my self not wasting my time in nothing.
Brett C (author) from Asia on July 02, 2013:
@ Jrbx550, you can start to build your content and online portfolio, then when you are 18 you would be able to start earning quickly, as the hard would would already have been done. However, Google adsense and most other marketing platforms require that you be at least 18 to earn. I believe that this is because you are entering into a legal agreement. You may however negotiate a joint project with your parents, as I know many have done before. But, although it is not a scam, you will find it hard to earn until you can legally enter into a contract without parental approval.
Jrbx550 on July 01, 2013:
I am new here and really wasn't sure if this was a scam or not. Now I see it isn't. But I am 14 which is what scams worry me. Has anybody here that is under 18 seen any profits?
Arun trikha on May 20, 2013:
Tirralan Watkins from Los Angeles, CA on May 06, 2013:
Brett, nice take on hubpages. I can see how people who are looking for quick and easy money will view this as a scam. It is a long, steady process, but I do find it rewarding. Thank you for your insight.
Nathan Bernardo from California, United States of America on May 06, 2013:
Really great Hub. This place, for certain, laid the foundation for me in terms of Internet writing. I've learned a lot and it was advice from other Hubbers that got me to get the ball rolling on starting my own website. I doubt I would have learned about it or have done it if it hadn't been for the HP community. I think you're right, too, about allowing for the maturity of content and for writing a good amount of quality content before earnings start to happen. Thanks for the information and inspiration.
Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on May 06, 2013:
This is such a great hub, with a very mature opinion.
Since I joined HubPages, it has become an important part of my life. I enjoy learning new things here. The USP is the community itself and I don't at all think, it is a scam. I love reading other's hub, writing and interacting here. You are right, 'Age' is an important factor.
Thanks for sharing this very informative hub!
Lorne Hemmerling from Oshawa on May 06, 2013:
Great article (hub)! I have been teaching on this site for over a year, and the earnings are just starting to increase. I have not been very active socially, but I do love this site because of the quality work that is posted here. I pride myself in my own work, and it is clear to see everyone else does too. There was a comment about no drama here. I did get involved in one forum, lots of drama, way too much for me. All in all though, HubPages is a great community!
Mary Craig from New York on May 06, 2013:
How in the world did I miss this great hub? I am so glad it was shared so I could catch it now. All I can say is kudos for a job very well done. You have explained HP so nicely and honestly. Anyone interested or even thinking about joining should read this...the video was excellent though, as you know, there have been some changes since it was made. Great job Brett.
Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, shared and pinned.
Jake Ed from Canada on May 06, 2013:
Quite simply, it is not a scam because I am earning money without having to pay anything but time and effort.
Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on May 06, 2013:
I enjoyed reading your perspective on Hubpages. I too, enjoy the community involvement here.
ifunny on March 11, 2013:
Good article. Thank for clearing this up. I was wondering the same thing.
nufoundglory from Asia on March 01, 2013:
Wow, this is a really good article. I've been a member of hubpages since like 4-5 years ago and the initial reason I wrote on hubpages was to promote my websites (many people seemed to be doing that back then), but then I realized you can get so much more from hubpages and starts to wonder if there's anyone who's able to actually earn a steady income from solely writing good articles on hubpages. Your hub gives me more insight to this whole thing, thank you so much for writing this!
And seeing you yourself have over 150 hubs written, there's no one else I should rather trust with their review on hubpages!
DREAM ON on January 31, 2013:
Enjoying HubPages for the writing site that it is.Making money is something that comes with time and effort.I have been learning to write better and have met many other hubbers that are very well respected for the articles and sometimes their profits they have made.I can see their strong points and their talents.I also have met many friends who continue to be a great source of encouragement and a great source of help when a problem arises.I have had a problem with invalid clicking which has closed my adsense account.I was not responsible for or know how to fix it without jepardizing my HubPages account.To this date I have not been able to fix my account.I continue to write and plan to be back on track.I am still developing my writing skillls and have a long way to go when it comes to learning the keys to making money.I believe that HubPages is an honest site for making money but like anything you have to put hours and effort to watch your traffic. grow.I am proud to be part of the hubPages community and I am still loyal to HubPages and the ability it gives me to write what I want and learn as a writer to become better .The ability to be able to keep ownership of all my writings and the ease that it allows me to update my writings I am very happy with.Good luck to every hubber who writes to make money on this site and those who write out of the love of writing and sharing and caring for other fellow writers.I enjoyed your hub and I love the pros and cons.Have a happy hub day.
hobbitslair from Malaysia on January 25, 2013:
Just became your 721 st follower! Nice article~ Really useful for newbies like me.
Better Living on January 17, 2013:
You've got me sold on the site! ;)
Jim Miller from Wichita Falls, Texas on December 18, 2012:
Okay, Brett, you got me. Can't imagine how Hubpages evaded my radar until now, but your piece has sold me on test writing it. Thanks!
mayank786 on December 10, 2012:
very useful and very great hub. It covers all the aspects of the hubpage website thank you for such a great hub.
Donna Paul from Florida on November 26, 2012:
I am still learning and doing research about hubpages. It's not a scam, you just need time to write as much good articles as possible in order to be successful.
Richard Dorian Grey from London on November 20, 2012:
I checked out other same-sort sites and in the end decided to write for Hubpages. Why? It had a bit of a cozy look about it and seemed less pushing than e.g. World Press. I must confess my expectations re earning money here are quite lagging. I need to write so many articles I think and I just don't have the time due to my other commitments. For me it's a bit like BEING THERE. So no, I don't think Hubpages is a scam.
Xenonlit on November 19, 2012:
Hubpages is fine in comparison to other sites like Helium.com, which I do not recommend to anyone.
A beginning blogger can learn here. An advanced blogger can write here and keep the rights to their property. There are excellent tools, tutorials and forums here, with the exception of commingling the less sane and sober forums with the open feed. Good article.
JR Krishna from India on November 19, 2012:
I really love to be in hubpages. Enjoy reading others good articles, commenting, getting answers. I am not an active hubber because of the many other demands of life. But my decision is to stick on....
I definitely not think hubpages is a scam.
Thanks for sharing
PreetSaluja on November 18, 2012:
Hub pages has really helped me to share my knowledge with others.
anglnwu on November 18, 2012:
HP is a great place to interact with other writers and I agree with you, the people here are friendly and helpful, especially if you've a question. As for earning big bucks--persistence and hard work will ultimately pay off. So scam? Not from my experience. Thanks for sharing.
Cynthia B Turner from Georgia on November 09, 2012:
Well done article. Sure, I would love to make more, but I'm not as prolific as posting as some others here, so I realize that ultimately Hubpages is what I make of it. It is definitely a legit platform with a community of writers who take their craft seriously. As you say, it is not a get rich quick scheme. Writing is hard work; making money writing is hard work. Your article makes it clear that hubpages is not a scam. Voted up.
rawpsy on November 08, 2012:
I'm glad that it's not a scam. Hub Pages is providing really nice platform for authors like us. thanks for the substantial information.
Brett C (author) from Asia on October 15, 2012:
@ All, thank you for such great comments. I am sorry I don't have time for individual responses right now, but I do enjoy reading them.
@MizBejabbers, don't give up on adsense just yet. Chances are good that you will get traffic with time, even if you just write for fun. With traffic, you will eventually get clicks. However, it is likely to take a lot of hubs to earn a lot of money. Just look at those making decent money, most have at least 300+ hubs ... takes time, but a constant income is worth the effort. However, even with 50-100 hubs, you can earn money for extra treats ;-).
Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on October 12, 2012:
Yes, it is a very good place to share, but as for making money, I've heard too many people express disappointment. I started to set up my adsense, but when it came to the final step, I backed down. It looked like I was getting into something that required too much work! I'm not criticizing. Right now I am gainfully employed in an editing position, and I can't afford the time for the followup adsense appeared to require. I probably will try to earn some money from my writing after I retire. Anyway, I like your viewpoint.
ignugent17 on October 12, 2012:
Thanks for the information. I am glad it is not a scam. :-)
Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on October 12, 2012:
Good article, Bret. Ypu don't get something for nothing on this site. You must write - that's the focus here - and write quality content to make money here if that is your focus. I think most people write here for the great writing community and the feedback etc. If you read closely at the articles in the Learning Center, they do not promise huge money, just that you can make money. It is up to the writer and the quality content they write as to how much they will make. Yes, you have to have hundreds of articles on here to make money and that does take time. I don't consider Hub Pages a scam at all and I never have. Anything worth anything in this world takes time and hard work and that is why I like Hub Pages.
dinkan53 from India on October 12, 2012:
I really enjoy writing and reading here at Hubpages. As you said this is not a place for instant money making. But if you got some time to get established, you can surely make some good money on Hubpages. Don't forget that slow and steady wins the race. I appreciate you for writing this interesting article, welldone brett-tesol. Voted up, interesting and SHARED!
Lizam1 on October 11, 2012:
Great title and I like the way you present the plus and minus sides of hub pages in a very balanced way.
Abigayle Rourk from Ripon, Wisconsin on October 11, 2012:
Frankly I love it because its an intelligent communicty and not about drama and the like. Its a place to share thoughts, creative ideas, insight etc. to people around the world. As for the money that is an added bonus and as I make milk money lol that isn't what I am on here for.
Jakub Dubec from Europe on October 11, 2012:
Somebody wants to win a review challenge! :)
healthylife2 on October 11, 2012:
This is great information for someone considering joining HP and for those that are new. I agree that it takes time to earn any significant money and you do have to write a lot of hubs to make it happen. If you are willing to do this for fun and enjoy the interaction with the community it is a great place. I'm still trying to figure out how people get views in the millions. Voted up and shared!
Brett C (author) from Asia on October 06, 2012:
I agree, the social and yet SPAM FREE environment that the owners of Hubpages have created is pretty cool. I wish it was the same for blogs, but unfortunately blogs always seem to attract spammers!
Mae Williams from USA on October 05, 2012:
Your hub was insightful, especially for anyone new here or curious. A year ago I was curious. I knew coming in here, it would be work and fun. Could one really make some passive income? Yes. Can one get rich, No. Is it instant fame and fast cash, No! You have to make an investment of time, great hubs and effort. I had my one year anniversary. I love it here! I love that there is no spamming here.
David Harden from USA on September 28, 2012:
I am new here my enjoyment is that I can talk also enjoy reading others
ideas. Thanks for the article you wrote.
Marlene Bertrand from USA on September 27, 2012:
I have to put my vote in for... not a scam. While I am not earning a fortune, I am earning extra spending money and enjoying all of it. The interaction is abundant; people share from the heart, meaning they are true to their persona and you know what to expect. There are no surprises here at HubPages. Nice review, Brett, and worth pinning for all to see.
Brett C (author) from Asia on September 27, 2012:
@Daughter Of Maat,
You are right, a lot of people, even many members, are still wondering if this is a scam website. Many join up, hoping to make money, but secretly believe that they won't earn. However, as you said, if you like writing, then it is actually quite easy to make at least some money here. Thanks for your comment.
Melissa Flagg COA OSC from Rural Central Florida on September 21, 2012:
It is so true that people still think HP is a scam. I just answered someone on LinkedIn who asked if HP was a scam. When you think about it, it does seem like that because it is so easy to make money here. You write and you earn, and if you love writing there is hardly any work involved! lol
Great hub, and yes, I did have a few choice words pop into my head when I read your tweet lmao :D
Brett C (author) from Asia on September 10, 2012:
Thanks for taking the time to leave comments. This site is great, if you are here to write, and make some money along the way. It does pay, but it takes time to grow your traffic. However, once established, the money keeps coming in!
U TURN on September 10, 2012:
Thank you for the time you have taken to inform this information about HUB PAGES !
Janis Leslie Evans from Washington, DC on September 03, 2012:
Thanks for this article, glad I found it doing my hubber research. It helped me better understand how this beast works. I've been here for a week and I'm loving every minute of it (except for the developing addiction).
T4an from Toronto, Ontario on August 12, 2012:
Very good Hub. Voted up! I love H B and as you said you have to put the work in to see any profit. I have a lot of work ahead of me. :)
BabyCheetah from Melbourne on August 08, 2012:
It's such a great place to write, great hub too. The title got me very curious even though I knew it wasn't a scam :P
Sondra Rochelle from USA on August 08, 2012:
I think HP is a wonderful place. I am continually learning and growing and yes, finally, earning a little money for my efforts. It's like getting a great education for free...how can you beat that?
DS Duby from United States, Illinois on August 08, 2012:
Great hub Brett I ran into the same results when searching for hubpages when I first joined. The very first link said hupages is a scam lol I'm sure glad I had already joined by that point. They're definitely not a scam. Voted up and awesome
CCahill from England on August 08, 2012:
its so annoying when you try get people you know to join and they are so cynical and untrusting about it
Chantele Cross-Jones from Cardiff on August 08, 2012:
Great hub, I read a few reviews on it before I started saying it was a scam, but then lots saying it wasn't. I could see and understand that making money takes time - obviously, and hard work and I assume most of the nay sayers just weren't happy with that. Im happy to put in the effort and love the community here!
moonlake from America on July 18, 2012:
I had never heard of the other website. Good information. I know I sure won't get rich from Hubpages but I will make a little money. Some hubbers seem to make lots of money and get noticed by all kinds of people that contact them for magazines, movies etc. That will never be me. I'll just keep going along putting up my little hubs. Voted up and shared.
april holland on July 12, 2012:
Hubpages is awesome!!! Great article and so true. I know it is not a scam, if it was I wouldn't be making money at it!!! LOL
Joseph Addams from Standing right behind you! on May 31, 2012:
If it's a scam, I fell for it years back and I'm still profiting from it today!
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 31, 2012:
You certainly had an attention getting title! (Smile) HP is definitely not a scam and except for the hiccups caused by frequent Google algorithm changes...it is a steady source of income for those who put in some time and effort to create good articles. Definitely not a get rich quick scheme! Voted useful and sharing.
Mira22 on May 27, 2012:
Thanks for this information and some persective. When I first found the site I thought, "How cool! A place to write about my interests, and get real feedback, and the possibility to make money, score!" But then I started having doubts as the validity of the site. Unfortunately these days there are too many scams out there that makes most of us a little too untrusting. But now thanks to this perspective I am going to give it a try. If anything, it sounds cathartic.
livingabroad from Wales, UK on May 14, 2012:
Excellent analytical skills! I'm new here and am just getting into the swing of things. It's good to hear some logical, unbiased viewpoints about the place I find myself in most days recently! Voted up and interesting.
janusramez from jogjakarta on May 14, 2012:
hopefully it like that, because I just enjoy this media
Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on May 14, 2012:
Nicely played. What a way to draw in the reader. :) Voted up. lol
Jessee R from Gurgaon, India on May 14, 2012:
cebutouristspot from Cebu on May 14, 2012:
People who want instant cash. Are those people who are usually a victim of scam site.
You need to work to get paid.
Great job Brett. Sharing ...