Anti-Valentine started freelancing in 2008, as well as blogging, hubbing, affiliate marketing, and other forms of online money making.
In the past I have written about ways to earn money on HubPages. The truth is I didn’t cover all of them. HubPages is often seen as a passive revenue earning opportunity, that if tapped into, can result in one discovering a veritable goldmine. But the truth is it takes a lot of time and effort to get to that level – to find a niche, and to write extensively about a subject – even one that you don’t have any particular personal interest in.
The truth is that there are a couple of more unconventional ways of making money from or at least through HubPages, that don’t involve passive income or even any writing at all. So let’s explore this topic further.
Get paid to write hubs
People often outsource and hire writers to write articles for use on HubPages. This saves them having to do all the hard work. So once you get some experience under your belt you could take some writing jobs on freelancing websites and write hubs for those who either don't have the time or the experience.
If you are just writing the hubs and sending them to the client, at least get them to sign up on HubPages through your unique tracking token when they create their profile (if they haven’t already done so), so you can get a bit of passive income from their hubs (that you wrote) in addition to being paid directly by the client.
Get paid to create accounts and hubs
You might land a freelancing job where someone would hire you to create entire profiles and fill them with hubs. And the content written in them might even be written by them or someone else they have hired. You're just building the hubs because that person may not know how, or is too busy or too lazy! I've often considered doing this for some people I know, as they often write about things, but don't really have any idea on how to profit from it.
Here’s a good idea if you decide to do this: you should at least have your own HubPages profile, and set up a unique tracking token. Then you can take this tracking token and click through on it when creating a new HubPages account – the one you will be setting up for your client.
Then once you’ve gone through setting up the profile and getting a number of hubs published (and optionally asked some questions and gotten some accolades by accomplishing some other tasks – it depends on what is specified in the job offer), you can hand over the account by giving the client the username and password with answers to security questions, and they will assume control of the account, and can then go on to fill in the necessary details like affiliate IDs, tax information, etc.
They will then earn passive income from those hubs that you were paid to create. But here’s the thing, you will also earn some passive income through those hubs as long as you have your own HubPages account and affiliate IDs set up. You’ll get 10% of the ad impressions of your client’s hubs and they need not even know! That 10% is coming out of HubPages 40% share so the client loses nothing.
Sell your own HubPages account
I’ve seen some people advertise in the forums that they plan on selling their HubPages account.
The thing is that is definitely pays to be known here. I’ve seen some virtually unknown characters try and sell their accounts and they received a lot of flak for doing it – people thought it was a scam. So it would be wise to at least introduce yourself to the community and be a member for some time before trying this.
I would suggest that you should participate in the forums and get some exposure and make some connections for at least a few months. And all of your hubs need to be professional, so spend some time fixing them up before you try looking for a buyer. The less work and maintenance they have to do the better chance you have of making a sale.
Selling your HubPages account is legal, seeing as you own all the content you create and upload (unless otherwise specified in terms of pictures which you should import and credit the author if using them from a source that allows them to be used for commercial purposes), and there are no restrictions in the TOS against selling your account.
And seeing as there is also no limit to the number of accounts you can have on HubPages, you can use this method to make money with HubPages over and over again.
Buy other people’s HubPages accounts
This obviously ties into the above method of making money. See if others are willing to sell their hubs.
You can look through the forums, or some authors might have a notice on their profile page that indicates they’re looking for a buyer. If you do plan on purchasing an account, look into a few things first, such as how many hubs the person has, what topics they cover, how much traffic they receive (per day, week, and month) in total, and what their earnings are from these hubs.
Reason being because obviously if you are going to buy their account, you need to know whether it would be a worthwhile investment; if you would end up getting your money back from passive revenue earned from your newly acquired hubs, and continue to make money in future. Also, pay the person only after they’ve handed the account over to you, and make sure to change the account password and associated email address ASAP!
Market other people’s hubs
Now I have said before that one can earn a bit more passive revenue by referring people to the website in the hope that they will sign up. But here let’s say that you have no intention of creating any hubs yourself – you just have a HubPages account with a unique referral tracker and your earnings section completely filled out with your affiliate IDs, and you want to make an income solely from referrals.
Start up a website or blog, and have a linked Facebook and Twitter account, with perhaps a YouTube account as an optional extra. You can then go about picking the best hubs from HubPages that appeal to you and share them on these accounts with your unique referral tracker. If you don’t get any sign ups, you will at least get some passive income via traffic referrals (9% or 12% per hub depending on the referral status of the author).
Sell seats for a HubPages course
This idea was actually pitched to me by an old colleague on another project I worked on years ago. Set up a starter’s course for HubPages and sell seats. You could charge for the course which would contain a brief spoken introduction, followed by a practical demonstration and a tutorial. Attendees could get some discount on the course for signing up on HubPages through your referral tracker, and you would get 10% of the ad impressions from each hub they would go on to create, for life, as long as you both have a HubPages account.
If you aren’t keen on doing a course in person, you could create a great digital package, which could even serve as an additional extra for those who take the course in person (if you decide to go through with it in person). This could consist of instructional YouTube videos.
If it’s one thing that HubPages itself lacks, it’s an official YouTube presence, so it would be awesome for you to capitalise on this by making your own channel filled with videos dedicated to earning money on HubPages, and you could make the videos private, and give the link only to people who sign up and pay for the course, or you could make also make public videos and perhaps gain a YouTube partnership and earn extra money that way too.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2017 Anti-Valentine
A Blue Green Galaxy on June 05, 2019:
Hi, creating a hub pages youtube channel and marketing other people's hubs sound good for money making along with Amazon and Google adsense.
swalia on February 27, 2018:
I often wonder if people are actually making money here!
Anti-Valentine (author) from My lair on May 19, 2017:
Well, I think provided that they generate enough revenue, as I mentioned, they can and do sell. Maybe people who have tried on HubPages itself haven't but elsewhere, it happens.
Ann Carr from SW England on May 19, 2017:
Interesting ideas on earning extra income here. I'm just here for the pleasure of writing but I can see how some might benefit from your input.
Kate Swanson from Sydney on May 18, 2017:
This article needs updating. Setting up a site to earn from referrals would make hardly a cent these days as the way referrals work has changed. Also I'd love to know how many people have ever bought or sold HubPages accounts - I suspect very few.
Deonne Anderson from Florence, SC on May 18, 2017:
I am just trying to get back into hubbing after a long absence. I am interested in learning new things and getting to know my fellow hubbers. Your article provides thorough and useful information for those who'd like to have a passive income on HubPages. Thanks!