I am one of the HubPages writers who has successfully reached the payout threshold and maintained enough traffic to continue to receive income from HubPages and Google Adsense each month. This Hub is in response to a question asked by Building an Architect. She asked "Do you think what you earn on HP is worth the effort?"
Short answer: Yes, it is worth the effort. At the end of each month, I get paid for work that I did months and even years previous. It just keeps rolling in, even if I don't add any new Hubs or do any marketing. Outside of the money, I enjoy checking my Google Adsense account on my phone to see my traffic and click through rates. It is extremely satisfying to see that on a daily basis, people are finding my Hubs and reading them. I also enjoy coming up with possible new directions that I could go on HubPages to increase my monthly revenue.
Keep reading for the long (and hopefully more anecdotally interesting) answer.
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How I Started
I started with the idea of blogging for money. There were/are a ton of articles online about how to make money with a blog...and they all basically say the same thing. Write something relevant that people want to read and learn how to get it ranked up in Google. After reading that about 100 times, I tried my hand a few blogs that failed miserably (mostly because I had nothing to say and didn't keep up with them). It was fun to try new things and I was writing, so I was having fun but the money wasn't exactly rolling in.
When I found HubPages, I was excited at the prospect of creating articles that didn't require the upkeep and maintenance of a regular blog. I read everything I could possibly find on how to write on this website and actually make money by posting articles. I've spent hours upon hours reading articles about SEO, keywords, ad placement, and niche writing. I've even stalked some of the Hubbers who seem to actually be making money through their writing and read nearly all of their Hubs. I spent hours thinking about what I would write and how I would market it and how much money each of my brilliant Hubs would make me...
I spent so much time counting the money that I hadn't made that I forgot to actually write anything.
My First Hub
I wrote a Hub that was basically just a list of 99 Awesome Fantasy Football Team Names. I created that Hub in October of 2010, which was smack in the middle of football season. Basically, everyone had already named their team for the year, so no one was searching for the keywords "Fantasy Football team names." I didn't think much of it and tried my hand at writing a couple other Hubs about different topics. Some months went by and when my buddies and I started talking about Fantasy Football again, I went back and did some Google searches to see where my Hub ranked. I was surprised to see that it had actually ranked up well and was showing up on the first page of quite a few different keyword searches.
Once football season started up, I saw a huge increase in traffic to that single Hub. To this day, it is my most successful Hub on HubPages.
- Dragons of Atlantis Guide
My Dragons of Atlantis blog.
Dragons of Atlantis Blog
Around the same time that I started on HubPages, I created a blog about the Facebook game, Dragons of Atlantis. My first post was on October 7, 2010. I posted about the game for a while and built up a decent amount of content. I was conscious of using keywords that I thought players might be searching for like terms used in the game, names of items in the game, and words like "guide" and "tips" and "hints." After a while I got bored with the game and stopped blogging about it.
I had set up some Google Adsense ads on the blog in the hopes that I would actually earn a little money from the blog. After a few months of nearly no traffic, I almost gave up on the blog. Then slowly, I started seeing a click every few days and a few cents were showing up in my Adsense account. I checked a few keywords and my blog was slowly ranking up and showing up on the first few pages of Google searches about the game.
When I realized that I was getting traffic to the blog, I decided to start writing guides on HubPages. Now I have around 15 guides on HubPages that get traffic from Google, my blog, and from links that I included in each guide that link all of my Dragons of Atlantis Hubs together. I never duplicate content between my blog and HubPages, but I will make a post on my blog when I write a new guide.
Why Passive Income from HubPages is Awesome
What I enjoy most about writing on HubPages is that if I put together a quality group of Hubs, they continue to make money while I am not even thinking about them. I currently work two jobs, work out, spend time going to baseball and football games, and spend a lot of time with friends. Because I've done my research and/or gotten lucky with some of the topics that I have chose to write about, I can not write a single Hub for a few months and still get a payout at the end of the month. I am honestly going to put forth an effort to continue to increase my earnings here at HubPages, but if I decided to never write again, the Hubs that I have already published would continue to earn me passive income. There is just something awesome about that.
Basically, I followed all of the advice that I received from fellow Hubbers and slowly built a steady stream of passive income for myself. Granted, I am not quitting my day job to live off of money I'm earning from a video game guide blog and a few guides on HubPages, but I am reaching payout each month and enjoying a little extra cash to pay bills, do something extra, or just put some money in the bank. Here are a few of the main points that I have learned during my time here at HubPages.
- Getting organic traffic takes time. It took almost a year for my most successful Hub to start getting decent traffic.
- Writing several Hubs in the same niche is key. Once I had success from my Dragons of Atlantis blog, I built on that success by driving traffic from my blog to my Hubs. When someone visits one of my Dragons of Atlantis Hubs, they generally read a few of them. They click around the site and sometimes even go back to my blog for further reading. So out of one person, I'm getting 5-10 views per visit.
- Passive income is the best kind of income. Once a Hub is published and starts to get organic traffic, you really don't have to do much for it to continue earning you income. If the quality is good, your readers will link to your Hub on Facebook, Twitter, their blogs and websites, and basically build back links for you, which helps keep your Google rank up. Right now, if I didn't write any more Hubs for the rest of my life, I would be earning income from the pages that I have for years to come. I already put the work in and each day, my Hubs become more and more valuable.
If you have any questions about HubPages or writing online, feel free to contact me through HubPages. I check the site nearly every day, so please do not hesitate to get in touch!
Sylvia Gadea de Beer from Shoal Bay, NSW, Australia on January 15, 2016:
It was sure a helpful and enthusiastic hub and I have passed the link to my sister who would like to start her own business at home too.
Shaloo Walia from India on January 13, 2016:
A very helpful hub! It's encouraging to know that you are earning passive income from HP.
Sylvia Gadea de Beer from Shoal Bay, NSW, Australia on July 30, 2015:
I think I will just have to do like the Prodigal Daughter in my story and just swallow my pride and copy Nikki D. Felder when she said, "I'm back now and aim to attain "new" heights" here in HP. I couldn't believe it, but I found 7 of my signed comments were still here for people to read!
Nikki D. Felder from Castle Hayne, N.C. on July 26, 2015:
Very insightful... Was loyal once upon a time here, fell away. I'm back now and aim to attain heights as you. Great read!
Rumana from Sharjah, UAE on May 06, 2015:
Vince Alvino from New Jersey on May 05, 2015:
Thank you for the information, I need to build a passive income for myself. I can use nay help you can offer and I am open to talking.
Alex Gadd from Great Missenden on April 22, 2015:
Brilliant and awesome post. I found it most useful and can only hope my hubs will one day be able to do what your hubs do.
Many thanks for sharing.
Sunil Kumar Kunnoth from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on April 19, 2015:
Excellent article and motivating too. It has to be shared. So it is done! Keep on writing more such stuff. All the best.
allamazingstuff on December 28, 2014:
Great article! I am committed to make this happen for me in 2015 :D thanks for sharing your experience!
Sylvia Gadea de Beer from Shoal Bay, NSW, Australia on November 23, 2014:
I was in HP for many years, but I was disappointed with them, as they accused me of having copied sites, which I had not done. That let me to Bubblews and things went well at first, but then I realised that 400 characters was not much to write something worthwhile, added to the fact that one got peanuts and it took forever to get paid. I kind of miss HP now, so I think I will swallow my pride and return to HP and I'm happy of that!
Heather Walton from Charlotte, NC on November 23, 2014:
You make a great point about writing several hubs related to one topic. I tend to skip around, writing one jewelry design hub then going to my other great love, Ebay sales. I will definitely take your advice and create several inter-related articles. Thanks!
Tracie Bruno from Delaware on March 16, 2014:
Thanks for the ideas. I am certainly a newbie, but just the few hubs I have started with have been fun. While I would love to be a Hub millionaire, I am also happy to have found a forum where I can write about topics that enjoy.
Sylvia Gadea de Beer from Shoal Bay, NSW, Australia on February 16, 2014:
Yes, one has to be hopeful, but above all, persistent. Keep on trying and don't give up! Good luck!
gypsumgirl from Vail Valley, Colorado on February 16, 2014:
Thank you for sharing your story! It certainly gives the rest of us hope as we continue to write for Hubpages.
JR Krishna from India on July 28, 2013:
Thanks for sharing these
Christy G from TX on April 03, 2013:
The more you blog on hubpages the more likely you are to make money. I think the goal is to get other people signed up under you, not positive since I haven't recruited people under me.
Sylvia Gadea de Beer from Shoal Bay, NSW, Australia on March 31, 2013:
I'm glad my hubs motivated you! I think one gets disappointed sometimes, but just keep reading and learning and you will slowly but surely get there! HP allows me to keep on writing about Peru, a place I love! I see you come from the UAE and I will be flying Emirates to go to Europe soon!
Rumana from Sharjah, UAE on March 31, 2013:
Your journey will motivated many Hubers like me! I have joined HP 3 months before, but sometime due to low earning I get disappointed. But your hub was quite motivating for me.
Voted up useful and Shared!
Julie on March 30, 2013:
I'm really starting to become addicted to HubPages. While I'm not exactly new to writing content online, I am fairly new to HubPages. I have been writing here for almost a month and 1/2 now. I know there are a lot of factors at play in how much content earns, but, it has been nice to see fairly steady increases in traffic and earnings over time. In a month and 1/2 now, I've just crossed 10,000 views yesterday, and I'm just about to pass the $50 mark. Seeing stats update each day is really very exciting! I'm hooked!
Sylvia Gadea de Beer from Shoal Bay, NSW, Australia on December 07, 2012:
I like to travel and if I like the place, then sharing it is the only thing I can do really! I am planning to write a few more hubs, as I have just moved to a place that is like a paradise and we are even planning to retire here too!
ignugent17 on December 02, 2012:
It is always nice to read about writers who shares their journey in writing.
This is very inspiring. :-)
Megan Garcia from Florida on November 12, 2012:
Great hub! You definitely give me hope!
Lauryallan on September 19, 2012:
Hey that's great to hear. I am glad that's what you are experiencing, because a lot of people (including the success stories) seem to be experiencing the opposite. I wonder what the difference is...
PBody5205 (author) on September 19, 2012:
Hi Laurayallan - I have actually seen an increase in my earnings over the last few months. Part of that is that some of my more profitable hubs are about fantasy football, so August is my biggest month of the year, but in general I've seen my earnings increase consistently since the writing of this Hub.
livingsta from United Kingdom on September 19, 2012:
Thank you for sharing your ideas and experience!
Lauryallan on September 19, 2012:
Hey PBody, how is the passive income working out for you now with all the HP changes such as the layout and the Idle Hubs thing? Has you traffic increased, stayed constant or decreased? And how this affected your passive income?
I am asking as I am seeing a big difference in my traffic and earnings since the changes. I wanted to know if others were too and to what extent.
Sylvia Gadea de Beer from Shoal Bay, NSW, Australia on August 27, 2012:
I would like to have a niche market, but I am too busy writing what I hope will be my autobiography in Kindle, + a few more ideas I have! If you do have a Kindle then look out for my Auto, which will be called Footprints in the sand of time: a life in Peru, Australia, Dominican Rep and Austria, which is under my real name and not sylvia13!
Mary Wickison from USA on August 26, 2012:
It is refreshing to see an honest answer. I don't want to read about someone who spends all their waking hours writing on Hubpages. Like yourself, I am working as well and at times it isn't always easy to publish another hub.
You have discovered a few niche markets and they are working well for you. Glad I found this hub. Voted up and interesting.
Sylvia Gadea de Beer from Shoal Bay, NSW, Australia on July 16, 2012:
rerenaissancemom - Don't worry, that is exactly how all of us started here! I also started the same way, quite insecure about what I was to write about and whether I would like it or not. Now, more than 4 years here, I am still here writing and enjoying myself too!
Willette from Michigan on July 15, 2012:
Thanks for the motivational hub. It is comforting to read about others success and know that it is possible for you too. Keep up the good work!
iwriteforyou from United Kingdom on May 02, 2012:
Thank you for your advice. As a newbie it is great to get some tips for improving my hubs and their results. Much appreciated :-)
amvabecreations from Netherlands on April 24, 2012:
Thanks for the tips! Just starting out myself, but I love this site already. Good luck!!
renaissancemom from United States on March 14, 2012:
thank you so much for the encouraging words! I am on day 2 with only one hub, but I have so many ideas...
PBody5205 (author) on March 14, 2012:
Basically I write about topics that I have something to offer. When I decide on a topic, I will use Google's keyword tool to see what keywords people are searching for and try to incorporate them, but I have yet to write a Hub based on a keyword.
toyexcavatorcrew from London on March 14, 2012:
I think main job is keyword research in this business. How do you research your keywords?
prosols on March 13, 2012:
very helpful hub .. nice piece of information for the new commers..
seo4site on March 13, 2012:
Hm, very interesting and smth new for me. Thanks a lot
dayakthinker on March 12, 2012:
Thanks for tips. May god bless you with more blessings through sharing.
Mary Hyatt from Florida on March 12, 2012:
When I first started writing on HubPages, I wrote poems. It didn't take me long to realize I was never going to make money on poems. I have since tried to write "evergreen" articles. I seem to do better with those. I'm still learning each day. Thanks for all this invaluable advice. Goodnight.
Lisa Dewey from Far left of The South & Extreme west in my best imagination! on March 12, 2012:
Thanks for the boost! From a one-Hubber (so far!). Good stuff. Keep it coming!
adriatk from USA on March 12, 2012:
This is SO helpful. Thank you for the tips!
carbon12 on March 11, 2012:
Does that mean there is hope for me? :) I have found Hub Pages to be a lot better for my writing style. The people here are so nice. I am making a little bit of money. I am sure if I keep writing hubs they will come, lol. Thanks for a great hub.
Have a great day my friend.
Melanie Chisnall from Cape Town, South Africa on March 11, 2012:
Great hub, very motivational - thanks! :)
Roxanne Lewis from Washington on March 10, 2012:
Your story is inspirational, thanks! ;)
LauraGT from MA on March 09, 2012:
Thanks for sharing your experience. It's so interesting to see the many ways people succeed on hubpages!
danger01 from Atlanta GA on March 09, 2012:
Very helpful and encouraging.
OCDKids from North Carolina on March 09, 2012:
As I am new to HubPages, your advice has been very helpful.You have, certainly, encouraged me to write more. I look forward to following your lead, learning additional tips from you and increasing traffic to my hubs. Thanks for the excellent article.
DREAM ON on March 09, 2012:
I love the simple, straight forward easy to read and understand approach.I am slowly learning my way around the computer.Two steps forward one step back.Spending more time reading informative hubs how to use key words and backlinks but my adsense acount is frozen.I try to get it unfrozen and I still am lost.Wonder if you have any suggestions?Great hub and nice to see the wonderful success.
Kireina Jewellery from UK on March 09, 2012:
Very good! l will be taking this all on board!
teutophile on March 08, 2012:
This is a very informative hub, full of a lot of good advice. I'll take some of your suggestions to heart.
PBody5205 (author) on March 08, 2012:
@waqasthefirst I would do a search on "Backlinking" and read some of the articles that other Hubbers have written about how to get traffic to your Hubs. Using sites like RedGage, Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, and many others all help create backlinks to your Hubs which will help with Google traffic as well as getting some referral traffic. I am by no means an expert on this, but there are some great articles on HubPages that will help you understand how and why backlinking works.
waqasthefirst from Pakistant on March 08, 2012:
I have a question
Can I submit my hubs on an article dictionary for traffic or not
Michelle Orelup from Las Vegas, NV on March 07, 2012:
I am new to HP and have written six hubs. This is still new to me and I am excited to read your thoughts on passive income. Thanks for the tips!
emilybee on March 06, 2012:
Thanks for the motivating hub! In your words there is proof that it can be done and success can be found here. Thanks for that!
Sylvia Gadea de Beer from Shoal Bay, NSW, Australia on March 05, 2012:
Reading your hub was like reading the hub I should have written a long while ago! I get so much pleasure writing for HP! It is very inspiring and unconsciously perhaps, I am always thinking of the topic for the next hub! Congratulations and thanks for your hub, as it was very useful!!
sparklingcrystal from Manila on March 05, 2012:
This hub just inspired me to do more hubs! Thanks for this encouraging article!
eye say from Canada on March 04, 2012:
hope I can follow in your successful footsteps,thanks for posting!
waqasthefirst from Pakistant on March 04, 2012:
I am a new on hubpages. It is help full for me
georgescifo from India on March 04, 2012:
This is really an inspirational Hub @PBody5205. Keep coming up with such hubs in the future also..
Slaven Cvijetic from Switzerland, Zurich on March 04, 2012:
As a new hubber this is very encouraging! Thank you! Voted Up and SHARED!
L.L. Woodard from Oklahoma City on March 04, 2012:
It's reassuring to hear that a writer with a modest amount of hubs has not only earned initial payout, but continues to earn passively each month.
Congratulations on your success and thank you for sharing it with others. It is motivational.
Voted up and SHARED.
Bldg an Architect on March 04, 2012:
Thanks for the response and the awesome hub! It's quite flattering that you took up my question. As a newcomer, I've been wondering what to reasonably expect from my hubs. A lot of people talk about needing hundreds of hubs to make any money. Its good to know that a reasonable amount of effort combined with some patience can pay off. Thanks again!
Natasha from Hawaii on March 04, 2012:
Thanks for the frank hub. It's always nice, as a new hubber, to come across honest and open information about what to expect! Up and useful.
mcadloni on March 04, 2012:
Excellent ideas thank you. I will use your ideas.