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Payouts at HubPages in Under 10 Months: What I Did

Abby Slutsky graduated University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in English and writing. She has written copy for more than 12 years.

At this point, I have been writing for HubPages just about ten months. Although many people successfully get payouts here, it takes a lot of them years to do so.

Like many here, in the beginning of my HubPages journey, I was making pennies, and there have been months that I have not received a payout.

Nevertheless, after a few months, even months without payouts became months where I made dollars instead of cents. Thus, here are my strategies for new hubbers.

Try for quantity and quality to achieve monetary success. Photo by Janson K. from Pexels

Try for quantity and quality to achieve monetary success. Photo by Janson K. from Pexels

1. A Few Articles Will Probably Not Make You Money

Yes, you could get lucky and have an article that search engines like, but it is far more likely that you will not. Therefore, quantity and quality are the key to doing well here. I have written more articles than many of the writers that started around the time period I did.

2. Get Involved in Communities and Spend Time at HubPages Outside Writing

I was a featured newbie shortly after joining. Although I do not know how they choose featured newbies, I am assuming that spending significant time here, writing a lot of quality articles, and sharing comments and information with other writers helps you get selected.

Try to put in the time to get noticed by HubPages. Even if only one of your articles is mentioned by them, it will help you get noticed by other hubbers who may look at your hubs, read your profile, or decide to follow you.

3. Be Persistent and Set Goals

Decide how many articles you are going to write a month and stick to your goal. Your goal does not have to be the same every month. For example, my current business is very busy during the December holidays, so I knew I was not going to write a lot then. However, there were other months where I knew I could churn out two articles a week. Sometimes I write partial articles and then complete them later.

Getting away from an article may give you new ideas about the topic or ways to lengthen it that you did not think of previously.

Keep in mind that your goal does not have to be a number of articles. Choose to write for a set amount of time each week if that is an easier commitment for you. The articles will get written regardless of how you set your goal.

4. Be Responsive to Your Readers

I am fortunate to have some HubPage writers who regularly read my work. I take the time to thank them for their comments and time. I also try to reciprocate and read their work.

5. Try New Topics, But Stick to Subjects You Know Well

When I first started writing here, I wrote about Mah Jongg topics. I love the game, but the truth is, the topic was narrow for getting readership and the audience pool was small. I gradually expanded into other topics that I know well. Fortunately, I have a teaching degree and have run a baking business for the past seven years, so I had other topics in my wheelhouse.

6. Take the Time to Identify Some of the Successful Writers Here

You can learn a lot by looking at examples. Even though I wrote professionally before coming to HubPages, I arrived here late in the game. (The Amazon program does not pay as much as it used to, and there is a lot more competition to get noticed by search engines than there was years ago.)

Looking at the styles, subject matter and articles of successful hubbers can help you achieve success.

Use resources and online classes to help perfect your grammar. If you ask, hubbers will also make suggestions. Photo by Ivan Samkov from Pexels

Use resources and online classes to help perfect your grammar. If you ask, hubbers will also make suggestions. Photo by Ivan Samkov from Pexels

7. Good Grammar Helps You Get Featured

Based on reading featured articles, it is easier to do well here if English is your native language, but some people achieve success if English is not their first language too. For some, it may take some work though.

I am constantly refining my own grammar--and English is my native language. I highly recommend the Khan Academy grammar class, which I am not affiliated with in any way. It is free and will help you ramp up your grammar whether you are a native or nonnative speaker. English is a very tricky language to master.

Refining your grammar and asking for help will help you get more articles featured, which in turn, will eventually make you more money at HubPages.

8. Link Your Articles to Each Other, But Only if They Are Relevant to Each Other

It is fine to link your articles to each other, but they should naturally relate to each other.

9. Focus on Writing Instead of Accruing Followers

Most newbies have probably followed other writers with the hope of the follow being reciprocated. In my experience, it happens, but not often. In addition, accumulating followers does not necessarily mean those people are going to actually read your articles.

Most of my regular HubPage readers are writers who decided to follow me because they liked my writing, had a genuine interest in my topics or decided to follow me because I shared helpful information with them.

Focus on putting your effort into writing instead of randomly following others, and the followers that actually read your articles will gradually find you.

Building a regular readership can help convert HubPage cents to dollars; however, most of your readers will come from outside HubPages because the pool of readers here is a lot smaller than the world at large.

10. Enjoy Writing Here

Finally, the last thing I would recommend is have fun writing. I enjoy writing professionally for clients, and I appreciate the work, but it is special to be able to publish pieces on HubPages where I can choose to write about topics that I select.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Abby Slutsky

Comments

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on April 13, 2021:

Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on April 13, 2021:

Thank you for your time reading. I appreciate your comments.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on April 12, 2021:

Thanks for your kind comment. Time really does fly here.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on April 11, 2021:

Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on April 10, 2021:

Yes, I have noticed a few older ones starting to get traction. Funny. My top one is a topic someone told me would not be popular. I guess you never know.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on April 10, 2021:

You are so right. Thanks for reading.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on April 10, 2021:

Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate your time reading.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on April 10, 2021:

Thank you for your time and comments.

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on April 09, 2021:

This is awesome Ms Abby, it helps a lot... Thank you. Blessings

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on April 09, 2021:

What a nice comment. Time goes quickly. I'm afraid this isn't the place for big bucks. Maybe 10 years ago, but I don't know. Thanks for reading, and sharing my journey here, Making new friends in the community is half the fun.

Alyssa from Ohio on April 09, 2021:

Has it only been ten months? It feels like we've been Hubpages friends for years! I think this is a wonderful list! I find that the more consistent you are, the better writer you become.. that old practice makes perfect idea. :) I've been here for ten years and I still don't know how to make the big bucks, haha. For me it's about the community and the joy of writing.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 09, 2021:

An interesting, and useful hub about writing on Hubpages. It depends on what you write and about you using the correct keywords. Thank you for this hub.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 09, 2021:

Great article with helpful suggestions. I agree with the points you have mentioned above.

HubPages is a wonderful writing platform, and It’s a continuous learning process.

Thank you for sharing.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on April 09, 2021:

Some good points here. Writers have to put the work in to reap the rewards. It really is a continuious learning curve.

I do think that the older your articles are, the more readership I think you get.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 09, 2021:

Abby,

Those are all great strategies.

It is difficult to do the comments, but we are finding ways around it.

I do wish Hubpages made it a bit easier for us to find Hubbers we enjoy.

It's a great community though & I love reading and talking with other Hubbers.

The payout...slow to come.

But the reward of friendship is worth it.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on April 09, 2021:

I agree. I make more money elsewhere too. However, it is fun to write here. Thanks for reading.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on April 09, 2021:

Thank you for reading. I am glad it was helpful.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on April 09, 2021:

I agree and have made more money elsewhere too. However, it is fun. Thanks for reading.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on April 09, 2021:

Thanks for your time and kind comment.

Liz Westwood from UK on April 09, 2021:

This is a very interesting article. It is a must-read for anyone new to HubPages and also for those who have been here a little longer. Thanks for sharing your experience to help others.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on April 09, 2021:

All the 10 points makes sense. Thanks.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on April 09, 2021:

I agree with Pamela, HP is not a site to make money, I have earlier mentioned sites where a lot of money can be made by good writers but HP is a site to enjoy and that's the last word. Secondly, if you wish to make a mark as a writer you must churn out books, no escape from that.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 09, 2021:

You have made a lot of good suggestions for success, Abby. I agree that it is important to comment on other writers and they will reciprocate.

I don't think anyone writes here for the money as it does not pay well. I have made a lot more money on other sites, but I like it here.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on April 09, 2021:

Thanks for writing such a useful article. Your invaluable experience in Hubpages and the strategies you used to make money will certainly help writers like me wanting to make a mark.THanks a lot.

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