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Reflecting on My Success with HubPages

Chuck enjoys traveling and, over the years, has had the opportunity to visit many fascinating places in the U.S. and the world.

My Experience on HubPages

November 9, 2010 (updated Jan 16, 2011)

As one of the long time writers on HubPages I have recently had the honor of being interviewed by the HubPages marketing team as well as by a couple of outside publications regarding my experiences on HubPages.

I have also had the honor of being included along with some other great Hubbers and friends with a short article about me on their new HubPages Success Stories page.

In addition to this recent experience I have also had this pending request from new Hubber J Llera-Johnson as well as inquiries from my brother-in-law, who is about to take early retirement and is looking for an additional source of income, both of whom are looking for advice on writing for HubPages.

How I Came to Write for HubPages

The result of receiving these inquiries has been some reflection on what I have experienced on HubPages as well as what I have tried to do with HubPages and how that has worked or not worked for me

In addition to reflection and review of some of my earlier Hubs, I have also reviewed the tracking and income reports available from HubPages, Amazon and Google to see how my income has increased during the four years I have been writing for HubPages.

My Earnings from HubPages

A first question asked by many is how much am I earning from my HubPage writing. This is understandable as the opportunity to generate a second income (or even a primary income in the case of some Hubbers) is what attracts most people, including me, to HubPages.

A decade or more ago, having seen the explosive growth of the Internet, I concluded first, that this growth would result in a growing demand for content and, second, in that growing demand, lay opportunity.

Prior to my discovering HubPages I had located and begun writing for some sites. I had (and still have) two blogs which, in the two years before joining HubPages, generated a total of about $4 in Google AdSense earnings.

A couple of months before I discovered HubPages, I joined another start-up that had the same 50/50 AdSense earnings split as HubPages had at that time (HubPages now splits 60/40 with Hubbers receiving 60% and HubPages 40%) and, from the time of my joining in late July of 2006 until December 31, 2006 I managed to generate about $30 in Google AdSense earnings from that site.

I should point out that HubPages and other sites that split the Google AdSense earnings don't split the money itself but, instead, rotate the appearance of ads with users codes and ads with the site's codes.

In the case of HubPages, Google ads with the Hubber's codes appear 60% of the time on the writer's Hubs and Google ads with HupPages' codes appear 40% of the time (I believe that this is also true of the Amazon, eBay and Kontera ads). If HubPages split the money earned from the ads rather than the appearance of the ads themselves then HubPages, rather than Google, Amazon, etc. would pay us and report our income to the tax authorities.

While I continued to write for that site into 2007, it became apparent that this site lacked the dynamic leadership of the HubPages team. As result there were no regular enhancements to that site and no marketing of the site as a whole to either attract readers or attract good writers. That site basically stagnated and its lack of robust traffic was reflected in my Google AdSense earnings.

I discovered HubPages in mid-September 2006 and began writing and publishing multiple Hubs daily. In the roughly three months from September 22, 2006 to December 31st of that year I published a total of 163 Hubs and earned $73.46 from these Hubs in Google AdSense. I also won about $300 from HubPages for Hubs written for the contest they ran in November and December of 2006.

My HubPage Earnings Summary

Note:  the $7,761.16 for 2010 is cash received from Google AdSense through September 2010 and represents earnings through August.  September earnings wont be paid until the end of October 2010 and October earnings wont be paid until the end of Nove

Note: the $7,761.16 for 2010 is cash received from Google AdSense through September 2010 and represents earnings through August. September earnings wont be paid until the end of October 2010 and October earnings wont be paid until the end of Nove

Strategies for Earning Money with HubPages

I have learned a lot about writing and earning money from GoogleAdsense on HubPages and the web. From this, I have concluded that there appear to be three major strategies to choose from for earning GoogleAdsense income.

The first strategy is quantity (of course these have to be high quality as well). This basically involves producing a large number of Hubs in which each one averages $1 to $5 or more per month. For this to work one should write evergreen type Hubs which involve topics that remain relevant to readers over time and thus attract readers and generate AdSense income on an ongoing basis.

This quantity approach has been my main strategy although more by default and ignorance than design. As you can see from the table above my annual and monthly income from Google Adsense has risen steadily from $73.46 beginning in the last quarter of 2006 during which 163 Hubs were published to the first three quarters of 2010 during which my monthly income has averaged $816 and 555 Hubs generating that income.

The second approach would be to find a niche topic and write for the loyal audience interested in that topic. Early in my HubPage writing I saw a comment on a Hub by someone else by HubPage founder and CEO, Paul Edmonson in which he not only discussed the benefits of finding and writing for a niche but added that one Hubber, whom he did not identify, at that time (about 2007) was averaging about $1,500 per month in AdSense revenue (I don’t know if this was net or gross) with a mere 50 Hubs writing for a niche.

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I haven’t used this approach mainly because I haven’t found a niche.

The third way is the keyword approach. Popular keywords are words used frequently in searches by people looking for content and Google directs these searches to articles and sites that have the same words in their content. Most Hubbers, including me, try to use words that will attract search traffic.

However, there is a science to this and one has to spend hours studying this topic and more hours researching the right keywords for a Hub. Fellow Hubber Misha, who has been writing on HubPages for three years, is a master at this. He has been writing almost as long as I have but has far fewer Hubs.

In a recent interview Misha indicated that his HubPage income averages about $80 per day and attributes his success to a combination of extensive keyword research and aggressive marketing of his Hubs. Misha is one of the many Hubbers whose Hubs about successful writing I look to to learn from.

Marketing you your Hubs is also an important element required for all three of these approaches and, as I have improved my skills in this area, my income has grown. I have also started doing more keyword research this year as well.

How Long it Took Before I Received My First AdSense Payout

As I mentioned above I had a couple of blogs with AdSense on them which I had been writing for two or three years prior to joining HubPages. As I recall, by September 22, 2006 when I published my first Hub, Holidays - Celebrate the Web on September 22nd with OneWebDay I had accrued four dollars and some cents from these two blogs.

I had also, in August of 2006, discovered and started writing for another site which had a 50/50 AdSense ad split the same as HubPages offered at that time (HubPages has now increase our portion to 60/40) and I began earning money on that site which amounted to about $30 between August and December.

However, it soon became clear that HubPages was attracting more traffic and more good writers than the other site. It also quickly became clear that, unlike every other site I had checked, HubPages was a community of great people.

In addition to making money from writing we interacted and shared with each other and with the team that owned and ran HubPages. HubPages was, and still is, a place where you can interact with others, share and learn from each other as well as ask and receive help from both the HubPage team and the Hubbers themselves.

In a way it is difficult to say whether the greatest attraction of HubPages is the superior money making opportunities offered by HubPages or the people associated with HubPages. Difficult, because, certainly in my case, and I am sure for others, my income from the site is higher and keeps growing in part because of what I have learned from others on HubPages to say nothing of the continual improvements being made by the HubPage team and often in response to questions, suggestions and requests made by those of us doing the writing.

Bottom line is the atmosphere of the site is fun.

That being said, it did take me three months from mid-September to the end of December 2006 to earn enough to qualify for my first AdSense payout from Google in January 2007. Actually, my earnings from HubPages for that three month period totaled $73.46 which was not enough by itself for a January 2007 payout as Google only pays when a person’s total accrued earnings at the end of the previous month (December 31, 2006 in my case) is $100 or more.

However, in addition to the $73.46 I had accrued from HubPages by December 31, 2006 I also had about $4 accrued over the past two years from my two blogs and about $30 from the other site I began writing for in July 2006. When these two sources were combined with the much larger HubPage earnings for the last 3 months of 2006 my total due from Google exceed $100 and I received my first time ever check from Google in January 2007.

In January 2007 my Hubs generated a little over $100 themselves which meant that I would be paid again in February. While my non-HubPage writing has continued to produce two or three dollars per month, HubPages alone has always, with one exception, not only produced over $100 per month but has also kept increasing to the point where this year I have begun averaging between eight and nine hundred per month from HubPages.

As I noted above, I have been receiving monthly payments from Google every month except one since Juanuary 2007 as a result of my HubPage earnings. The one month that I did not receive a check was September 2007 and that was due to the fact that my total AdSense earnings for August 2007 (remember, Google pays a month after the income is earned) which came to $99 and eighty or ninety-some cents. I missed the $100 minimum amount for payment by twenty-cents or less. Instead of receiving my August 2007 earnings in September 2007, they were combined with my September 2007 earnings and received from Google in October 2007.

Amount of Time I Spend on HubPages

HubPages is not a place to get rich quick. While there may be an exception or two, the hours one spends working on HubPages yields very little in terms of income for that month. This is especially true in the beginning.

I began writing for HubPages on September 22, 2006 and wrote and published one or more Hubs each day through December 31, 2006 and estimate I averaged 3 - 4 hours a day working on HubPages during that period.

During those first three plus months on HubPages I published 163 Hubs and earned about $76 in Google AdSense from my HubPage writing which worked out to about thirty-one cents an hour or about what a nineteenth century child laborer in a Charles Dickens' novel earned.

At first glance, at thirty-one cents an hour, writing for HubPages does not make any sense at all. However, writing for HubPages (and other online activities that rely on Google AdSense or other advertising sources for income) is not a traditional job at an hourly wage where an individual is paid once for each hour worked.

With HubPages (and similar online work) one earns a residual rather than hourly income. Each Hub one publishes (assuming it is of good quality and evergreen) has the potential to continue producing income long after it has been published. For instance, a couple of my Hubs, How to Become a Fighter Pilot and How to Become a Commercial Pilot, both of which were written in November or December of 2006, began generating a couple of dollars a month initially but after the first two or three months the income from them has consistently averaged five to ten dollars or more a month.

Over the course of the four years between November-December of 2006 and today, Each of these two Hubs has probably earned me close to $400 per month ($800 for the two of them). Assuming I spent 4 hours on each or 8 hours total, my return on those 8 hours comes to $80 per hour and this average will only increase as, based on experience to date, I can expect each of them to continue to generate five to ten dollars or more every month for the forseeable future.

While eight hundred dollars in four years is not spectacular, I have continued to write and now have over 550 Hubs with most of them producing an average of a few cents to ten dollars or more per month. In the four years since I began writing for HubPages I have earned a total of $17,885.59 - the chart above displays my earnings for each year and the average payments I have received from Google AdSense each month of those years.

This isn’t bad for a job where you can work as much as you want, when you want and from where you want (while I usually write from home, this particular Hub is being written and published from the Holiday Inn in Barcelona, Spain where my wife and I are vacationing at the moment).

You can also take time off and still get paid. If I were to decide one morning to head to Canada, Europe or some other place in the world for the next month rather than going to my regular job and not bother to let my boss know that I was taking this impromptu vacation, let alone ask for the time off, I not only wouldn’t get paid for that time, I would get fired!

With HubPages I would not only be able to resume writing whenever I wanted, but also continue to get paid while away.

My youngest son, who writes as GreyFox on HubPages, is a perfect example of the benefits of residual income.

Seeing me win prize money from the contest HubPages sponsored in the Fall of 2006, he joined HubPages shortly after I did and wrote about 100 Hubs on topics for the contest. He did about as well as I did on the contest and then stopped writing after the contest ended in December 2006.

After a couple of months he began receiving about $101 or $102 every two to three months from Google. Despite his not continuing to write, he continued to receive the earnings every two to three months until this summer when he again began writing again on HubPages. With his renewed writing effort his income from writing has now risen to $100 or so every two months.

What other job can one simply walk away, unannounced, for a nearly 4 yeara and continue to get paid after three months of work? This is the beauty of residual income or income that keeps being generated from a past investment of time or money.

What My HubPage Earnings Have Allowed Me to Do

HubPages has been a source of additional income for me. I have tried to keep it separate from our other household income and use it for extras. Much of it has been used for business purposes, as I consider my HubPage and other writing a business. As such it has been used to purchase a laptop and a netbook computer as well as other equipment I use for my writing activities and for my online teaching.

I have also invested some for retirement and used some to make extra payments on bills, thereby paying them off faster. It has also come in handy to make up the difference between what we have needed for a major vacation, such as the European vacation my wife and I are enjoying to as I write this, and what we have been able to save out of the income from my wife's and my regular jobs.

Other Rewards I Have Enjoyed While Writing for HubPages

There is both a feeling of community as well as a feeling of being a part of an innovative and growing organization. Even though all of us Hubbers are freelance writers who don’t even get paid by HubPages (our income comes from Google, Amazon, eBay and Kontera) we are connected to a growing and dynamic organization that values us and makes us feel a part of their community.

Also, while I have never met them in person, there are many Hubbers who I consider to be friends because of our interactions on the site. I still remember signing on to HubPages early one Sunday morning in 2006 and receiving a message saying in effect URL not found.

After a few more unsuccessful tries I gave up and concluded that, like other Internet start-ups, HubPages had simply gone out of business over night. While I had had high hopes for making money on the site my initial feeling was one of loss as I felt like I had suddenly lost all contact with people I had been interacting with daily for the past three months. It was like leaving a job and moving to another city leaving co-workers behind.

Fortunately, the HubPages team was simply using that Sunday morning to go off line and make some upgrades and they were back on line within the hour. So, while HubPages is a great place to make money there is the people dimension which makes it different from other sites I have checked out or even written for.

Writing for HubPages has also been a great learning experience. I have learned much from Hubs by others that I have read. I have also learned much from the research I have done for my articles both about the topics I have written about as well as other, often unrelated, topics I have stumbled across while doing that research. My writing has broadened as I have branched out into new areas that I never would have imagined before joining HubPages.

Finally, the experience of writing for HubPages has taught me a lot about publishing and marketing on the Internet. This knowledge, plus the income stream generated by my Hubs, has enabled me to get together with my sons and brothers and sisters to plan a publishing venture in which we hope to publish the journal my Father wrote during World War II as well as other materials he wrote and saved during that period while serving in the Army in the Pacific during that war.

One of my sons (Sith Penguin on HubPages) and I recently completed a little pilot project trying our hand at digital publishing by publishing a calendar featuring our dog Chika, who I previously featured as my supposed assistant when I joined fellow Hubber Darlene Sabella in a challenge to write 30 Hubs in 30 Days. That calendar is now available on our store on

Where we are spending our two week vacation.

Holiday Inn Express in Barcelona, Spain from where this Hub was published.

Holiday Inn Express in Barcelona, Spain from where this Hub was published.

The cruise ship MSC Splendida on which we cruised the Western Mediterranean for 7 days last week before spending this week in Barcelona, Spain.

The cruise ship MSC Splendida on which we cruised the Western Mediterranean for 7 days last week before spending this week in Barcelona, Spain.

Desk in hotel room where I edited and published this before dawn in Barcelona while my wife slept a few feet away.

Desk in hotel room where I edited and published this before dawn in Barcelona while my wife slept a few feet away.

My Second HubPage First article

This Hub was written, offline, while on a trans Atlantic flight from the U.S. to Spain a week and a half ago while en-route to a two week vacation in Europe (which, as I mentioned above, was paid for in part from my HubPage earnings).

We spent the first week on a seven day cruise in the Western Mediterranean and are currently half way through the second week visiting Barcelona, Spain.

Yesterday (Nov 9, 2010) I finished loading the pictures and publishing my Hub Remembering Veterans Day While Traveling in Europe, which I had written and uploaded the text for on November 7th while at sea. I then had to wait until yesterday to upload the pictures because the Internet on the ship was too slow.

Today (Nov 10th) I got up early and edited and uploaded the text and photos for this article. While my watch, which is on European time, said 6:30 a.m., my computer (which is still on Tucson time) read 10:30 (Nov 9th). I thus had the distinction of publishing this Hub the day before I actually hit the Publish button.

Some Great AdSense Advice from Fellow Hubber MikeNV

On January 13, 2011 fellow Hubber, MikeNV added the following advice in the comment section of this Hub.  Because the advice so good and relevant to this Hub, I have copied the comment in its entirety and added it to the body of this Hub so it wouldn’t be overlooked.  

If you are interested in making money by publishing on the web, you might want to check out Mike’s Hubs and links to his other sites.

Mike's Jan 13, 2011 Comment:
Enjoyed this read. One very simple thing people should do BEFORE they write a hub if they are targeting Adsense as their monetization method is this:

Find the 3 most popular keyword phrases (2 words or more) and check them in the Google Keyword Tool to make sure there are at least 5,000 Global searches for each phrase. I won't go into how and where to put them in your Article other than it is extremely important to get them worked into your title.

Then (AND THIS IS CRITICAL)... type each phrase into Google and look at the ads on the right hand side of the page. If there is less than 4 Advertisers you should probably pick a different set of keywords or niche entirely. A low volume of advertisers means there is not a lot of money being spent and you run the risk of getting Public Service Ads.

Google has a new tool that lets you check how many times relevant ads are displayed. With General Hubs that are not researched and targeted to keywords it's not uncommon to get a large percentage of what I call "Empty" ads... that is ads that are not targeted enough to make you any money.

While I'm not interested in people copying my Hubs based on Topic... I can tell you that it's not uncommon to have a large percentage of Adsense Clicks paying out in excess of $1.00 per click! And I do have days where I have clicks in excess of $3.00 per click in certain niches (Happy Guessing!). I've been with Adsense since it started in the Summer of 2003 and there is a ton of money to be made!

Working Away From Home

© 2010 Chuck Nugent


Chuck Nugent (author) from Tucson, Arizona on October 07, 2020:

Tammy - thanks for your comments. I'm glad you enjoyed my Hubs

Tammy Winters from Oregon on September 16, 2020:

Wow,.... great work on your hubs. Very informative. Thanks

Shaloo Walia from India on February 13, 2018:

Very interesting hub!

Chuck Nugent (author) from Tucson, Arizona on October 06, 2014:

linfcor - Welcome to HubPages!

Thanks for your kind comments and I am glad that my Hub was of help to you in understanding the HubPage process better.

Linda F Correa from Spring Hill Florida on October 02, 2014:

Thanks for this very informative article. As a former Squidoo contributor and giant, the question has been , for me if the transition would make my income lose ground. You have helped me understand the hub process better, and I appreciate the information

Chuck Nugent (author) from Tucson, Arizona on July 29, 2013:

sallybea - thank you for visiting my Hub and for leaving your gracious comments.

Basically, what I discussed in the Hub, especially the quantity angle, is still very relevant. I would also add that, to be successful, one has to remain active by continuing to produce new, good quality, Hubs, as well as regularly reviewing and updating existing Hubs (or deleting those which are no longer relevant or attractive to readers). It also helps to read and comment on Hubs by others and to post questions on the Q&A (these now help to generate ad revenue directly like Hubs) as well as answer questions posted by others. These activities are a way to advertise your presence on HubPages as readers of your comments, questions and answers can easily see more of your activity b clicking on your username or photo.

My income from HubPages has declined in the past year. While I continue to hold down a full time job as well as having a part-time position teaching on line in addition to my HubPage writing, I have also begun working as a part-time contract writer for a virtual company that produces web pages for veterinarians and this has taken time away from my HubPage writing with the result that my HubPage revenues have dropped (although the other writing job made up last year for what I lost in HubPage income).

This year I have also had to divert attention away from both writing jobs due to both having to learn a new course management system for the class I teach as well as spending time learning how to publish eBooks and produce videos both of which I expect will eventually begin producing income.

The other thing that I have learned is that the online business environment, including writing, is subject to change and one has to change and adapt to remain successful. This, as many other Hubbers can probably attest to having been through Google's big Panda change, can also result in short term drops in income. However, by being open to adopting to change, one can usually survive and bring the earnings back up.

At the moment, I am in the process of re-focusing efforts on HubPages and expect to begin increasing my income from that writing.

As I stated in the Hub above, the beauty of HubPage writing is the fact that you can produce a residual income as your Hubs keep on producing revenue even though you take a break from publishing on the site. Despite a big decline in my Hub production last year and an even bigger one to date this year, there have only been two months since January of 2007 that I have not received a monthly payment from either the HubPage ad program or the Google AdSense program. The amount I have received has declined but the payments themselves so far have not.

Good luck with your Hubbing.

Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on July 13, 2013:

I find this Hub very interesting Chuck and would love to know how relevant it is to your writing today! I was searching for some help on Hubpages and discovered this Hub which was clearly written some time ago.

anonymous on January 23, 2013:

Thank you. I am glad you enjoyed this Hub and hope it helps your in your Hubbing.

L M Reid from Ireland on January 21, 2013:

A very interesting article that explained exactly how we writers earn money here at HubPages.

Shared on Twitter and voted up

Modern Lady from Chicago, IL on May 27, 2012:

Thank you so much for sharing this. It is very helpful to see how others have gained success on HubPages.

Power Ball Pythons from Mobile, AL on April 18, 2012:

Thank you for this article. Seeing the yearly break down of your earnings helped me know what to expect from earnings and how long it will take. I love to write anyways so I plan on publishing a lot of hubs. Hopefully one day my progress will look similar to yours!

Chuck Nugent (author) from Tucson, Arizona on March 29, 2012:

Karen Hellier - a belated welcome to HubPages. I am glad you found this Hub of help to you and, yes, the cruise was great!

Michelle Orelup from Las Vegas, NV on March 29, 2012:

Yes, thanks for the journey! I've read several 'How To' articles, but this is has the most depth and breadth. I am continually amazed at the generosity of HP writers.

Karen Hellier from Georgia on March 28, 2012:

This hub was published a long time ago, but I just found it and read it and it's still relevant for a newbie like me, even 16 months later! Gotta love Hub Pages! And your writing! Great information...I love cruising too. I hope you enjoyed your cruise?

Chuck Nugent (author) from Tucson, Arizona on January 31, 2012:

Enlydia Listener - thanks for your comments. I am considering e-publishing and have a couple of projects on the shelf. I just need time to finish them and publish them.

Chuck Nugent (author) from Tucson, Arizona on January 31, 2012:

Enlydia Listener - thanks for your comments and, yes, I am looking into e-publishing. I have a couple projects on the shelf, I just need to find time to work on them.

Thanks again.

Enlydia Listener from trailer in the country on January 31, 2012:

I love reading real life stories of how things are done...I really enjoyed and appreciated this. Have you checked out e-publishing yet?

David Hunt from Cedar Rapids, Iowa on January 24, 2012:

Chuck, you are proof that working harder and smarter pays off. I doubt if I'll ever be as prolific as you but even just plugging away has its merits. There's no get-rich-quick here but there's a lot of satisfaction. It takes time, perseverance, lots of research and lots of writing. I enjoy the research almost as much as the writing. Thanks for the info.

steryker from long island new york on January 04, 2012:

A great hub,it will be very useful for a newbie like me. It is nice to see that with a little work hubpages will pay off in the long run.

Chuck Nugent (author) from Tucson, Arizona on December 27, 2011:

Rain Defence - This Hub was originally published in the fall of 2010 before the HubPage Ad Program and updated in Jan 2011 which was also before the HubPage Ad Program was released to everyone (and I was not among those who were testing it) so, as of the last update, the HubPage ad program was not yet available which is why I didn't mention it.

As soon as the HubPage ad program was made available, I signed up and my earnings from that program have steadily increased. My earnings were down significantly in the early months of 2011 but, thanks in large part to the HubPage Ad Program, I have turned them around and they are now back to where they were when I first wrote this Hub and are continuing to increase.

Rain Defence from UK on December 21, 2011:

I noticed that you talk about your earnings from adsense and amazon. What about your hubpages ad earnings? I haven't had a bean from adsense or amazon, but I've had a small amount from hubpages.

When you said that your traffic was down 50% and the same with your earnings, is that still the case, or have things improved? I'm not sure that I want to write 600 hubs, if that amount only earn $400 per month.

MarloByDesign from United States on September 24, 2011:

Chuck, great to hear HubPages is working out so well for you, and thank you for the well-written Hub.

danielleantosz from Florida on June 30, 2011:

Thanks for some much needed advice for a newcomer!

spirit929 from Upstate NY somewhere over the rainbow on June 29, 2011:

Hi Chuck! Thanks for posting this article it will come in handy. I am a newbie and love writing in Hub pages. I am learning everyday so excuse my ignorance I still dont understand a lot about Ad sense . Which exactly are the ad sense ads? I feel dumb in asking but it seems that's the way to generate. All info is greatly appreciated!

Just a hubber from Arkansas on June 28, 2011:

Great hub. I can't believe you've published so many. It's motivating.

darntoothysam from Burnsville, MN on June 28, 2011:

I'm getting back into writing here, but not to try and earn money from Hubpages. I think it's better to use Hubpages for minor residual income but more for the links you can get to your own website instead.

Phil Plasma from Montreal, Quebec on June 27, 2011:

Thanks for sharing this, it has motivated me to continue, you've earned a vote-up and useful from me.

myi4u from United Kingdom on June 27, 2011:

Wow... good for you. I will be receiving my first Google Adsense cheque next month, hopefully. Well, it's actally nothing to be happy about coz I first joined Google Adsense like three years ago. All these years, I am only relying on my blog without any external source like Hubpages. Soon enough, I got bored of it as I don't see any improvement in my earnings.

I almost gave up and thought that I should just carry on writing my blog without thinking too much about money making. But then I start to use hubpages again and realise the potential of it. So now, I am actively hubbing as well as blogging. I have just joined HP Ad and first impression is that it should work better for me compared to Google Adsense.

Great hub and thanks for sharing!

Marian L from UK on June 26, 2011:

Great info thanks Chuck and also good to know that I am not the only person who is working for the wages of a 'nineteenth century child laborer in a Charles Dickens' novel'. Found this after publishing my own hub questioning whether I should still write but I know that I will as I can't seem to stop! It's just a shame that earnings have dropped so much post panda :(

Alexander Silvius from Portland, Oregon on June 26, 2011:

Thank you for such a honest and comprehensive answer, that's a pretty tough pill to swallow. I signed up for the HP ad program and I am making more than I did with Adsense, but it does seem harder to build revenue. I have read other blogs that agree that traffic at writing sites generally everywhere has gone down. I'm guessing the answer is exactly what you're doing - regroup, study and write more. Thanks so much for the hub and your answer to my question.

Chuck Nugent (author) from Tucson, Arizona on June 25, 2011:

Alexander Mark - In answer to your question about the effect of Google's Panda change, my income from Google AdSense is down by close to 70% to 80%.

This drop has been partially offset by the new HubPages Ad Program which went into effect for me in March.

Some Hubbers were beta testing the new HubPage Ad Program in January 2011 or possibly earlier and I believe it was phased in for the rest of us starting in late February or March. I received an email early in March inviting me to join and I signed up immediately.

My February Google AdSense was down some in February but I think this was due to the fact that wasn't released until the middle or late February. In March my AdSense earnings dropped noticeably but the HubPage Ad Program made up for some of this and, since March my overall monthly earnings are down around 50% from where they were before. My traffic is also down (and from what I have been reading so is traffic to HubPages overall).

My strategy to recover at the moment is to learn whatever I can about how to survive and grow in the new post Panda environment and this includes spending more time studying SEO and AdWord strategies, tips for improving writing, marketing my Hubs better, etc. This, of course takes time away from writing as did all the hours I spent in late February and March making adjustments to my existing Hubs to bring them into compliance with the new HupPage rules (I understand that even Paul Edmondson, the CEO and co-founder of HubPages, had to make changes to his Hubs as well. Now I am trying to increase my writing to publish 2 - 3 new Hubs per week.

Good luck with your niche strategy.

Alexander Silvius from Portland, Oregon on June 25, 2011:

Awesome hub, you laid it out well. I like your break dwown of the 3 methods one can use to make money writing. I am starting to realize that niche writing is for me and I may be creating additional hub accounts toward this end, or blogs online. I have a question you may or may not be able to answer. As far the Hubpages Success Stories, do you know how those hubbers' (including yourself) incomes have taken a hit since Panda earlier this year from their reported monthly earnings?

netbizman on June 23, 2011:

Great Hub - it's reigniting my fire for publishing hubs!

Katherine Olga Tsoukalas from New Hampshire on June 11, 2011:

You gave some valuable information! Thank you for sharing your insights. What I like is that you portray things very realistically. I have this idea that I want to increase my income using hubpages, but am still searching for ways I will do that. After reading hubs like yours, I realize I need to just "do" and figure things out as I go along.

January Moon from NY, Now Living in Atlanta Ga on June 11, 2011:

Im so glad I stumbled across this, great hub!

smanty on June 09, 2011:

This is one of the most inspirational hubs about Hubpages that I have ever read. I definitely want to begin writing a lot more on this site, but I just do not have the time anymore... I am hoping to be able to spend a couple of hours every weekend for the next couple of weeks on Hubpages. I want to be able to have written about 50 or so hubs by the end of the summer months.

I am currently a college student, and trying to earn money during the year is very hard. I want a constant monthly income stream, even if it is just $100 a month.

Your advice really does help, thanks a lot! I doubt I will reach the $5000 a year club anytime soon, but I have hope. The new Hubpages ad program will hopefully help out.

ameliejan from Alicante, Spain on June 08, 2011:

Thank you for your experiences. I love Barcelona too!

laral from England on June 07, 2011:

Thank you Chuck! I am somehow new to hubpages. I discovered the site 20 months ago, I subscribed to it and didn't write anything, completely forgot it and than re-discovered again. Now I am determined to write regularly, in 3 months I wrote 12 hubs but I want to improve and I will try to write at least 10 articles a month to start with. The lesson I learned here is that if I think about Hubpages as a serious business, it is going to pay me off one day. I love to write for Hubpages and I agree with you that it's a great article website, the best I found on the internet so far. Thank you, have a great day

GracieLake from Arizona on June 07, 2011:

This hub peels back the cover from a mysterious process that I'm still learning about. I'm a new hubber but having fun writing about things that are fun. As I go along, I will try to implement some of these tips to be more successful. Thank you very much for the information!

siddhu333 on March 04, 2011:

sir,i am a new hubber i published 3 hubs out of which for 1 hub i got 10,000 views but google adsense status shows that my account is disabled by google for violation of tos......what should i do now plzzz help me so that i will be carefull next time

missymoo from Kent, UK on March 03, 2011:

Brilliant, brilliant hub. It's always nice to learn from others who are already at the top of the tree. Thanks for the information!

wizetech from Indonesia on February 25, 2011:

Thanks Chuck, I learn a lot from you as well as other Masters of Hubpages...

emilybee on February 23, 2011:

Lots of info here. Great hub. Thanks.

hossainnoa from Bangladesh on February 22, 2011:

It's a great article.thank you article make me inspire.

beccas90 from New York on February 05, 2011:

Your story is a strong inspiration Chuck. It sounds like you love to write hubs and willing to forgo more lucrative residual income opportunities through your writings. This is a great how to hub for those trying to monetize their hubs.

MikeNV from Henderson, NV on February 05, 2011:

How in the world did this drop to 94? This is one of the best hubs I've ever read. Who in the world would vote it down? Well I'm voting it back up... AGAIN. Come on people this is good information!

Knowing what other hubbers are doing to be successful will only help you be successful!

Donna Wallace from North Carolina on February 05, 2011:

What an inspiring hub. Thank you for offering your tips for success on HubPages. You have given great advice on writing, finding keywords, and paying attention to the ads. I thank you very much for all of your advice.

ForkArtJunkie from USA on February 05, 2011:

I love your writing style, and it probably contributes a lot to your success. You explain everything so well, so simply, reading this hub feels like getting advice from a friend. :)

You're definitely an inspiration for me.

Inese from Riga, Latvia on February 05, 2011:

Thank you for sharing. I must admit that I have not earned a single $ neither from Google AdSense, nor Amazon or Ebay here on HubPages. At this point I prefer Squidoo who sends me my earnings montly.

Google Sniper 2.0 on February 05, 2011:

That's pretty cool income by only doing hubs...

rahul.wp on February 05, 2011:

I was looking to many successful hubbers. You are also good hubber.

Lisa HW from Massachusetts on February 05, 2011:

With all the emphasis on the "science of keywords" that so many of so often see, I'm always glad to see other Hubbers point out that they have earned well through approaches that don't necessarily focus only on keywords. It's also good to see Hubbers write about the fact aiming to produce Hubs that have quality to them results in earnings.

This Hub (and there's one by Mark Knowles about the different approaches) are two that I think new Hubbers (or those not seeing much in terms of earnings) ought to read.

iQwest from San Francisco, CA on February 04, 2011:

Thank you for all of the great information in this Hub, Chuck! It's definitely a grind in the beginning trying to get everything figured out and patiently working towards generating some passive online income. You provide a great testament as to what can be done when it is done well with an ongoing dedicated effort!

cashmere from India on February 04, 2011:

This is the stuff inspiration comes from! Thank you Chuck for sharing you experience in such vivid details with all of us.

Charby from Edinburgh/Newcastle, United Kingdom on February 04, 2011:

Thanks for the info - really interesting and helpful! I have just joined the site and am not really sure what I'm doing yet so this was very useful and informative.

harel.nadav2 on February 04, 2011:

Great tour. Thank you for the information.

Tylluan from Canada on February 04, 2011:

You nailed it..thanks!

mydubaistay from Dubai on February 04, 2011:

Wow now that's some insight. Seriously I think we all need t thank you the way you have described it all and you truly deserve the success that you enjoy.

Mark Upshaw from Long Beach, CA on February 03, 2011:

A Big Thanks for being candid about your experience and especially earnings. Showing that you don't make a lot of money at first drives away the spammers but attracts those that have something to say. Great hub.

jacques.gim from Lancashire on February 03, 2011:

Good infos after that i better go i have got a lot to imlement. Thanks for that

Christine from Dublin on February 03, 2011:

Really enjoyed that Chuck, thanks for sharing it with me.

I learned a lot from it and I also picked up some more interesting hubbers to follow.

Appreciate it and keep up the good work. Hope to catch you again along the road...

Garlic Angel :-)

Abhaque Supanjang from Kumango - Batusangkar - Sumatera Barat - Indonesia on February 03, 2011:

I hope, I will be able to make my hubs accepted after several days ( or maybe weeks or months) I join this community.

Abhaque Supanjang from Kumango - Batusangkar - Sumatera Barat - Indonesia on February 03, 2011:

Your writing is realistic and make me ralize that I have to write numerous hubs to be posted to make my hubs acceptable and can make money for me, and there are still many things that I have to learn dealing with writing, especially for hubpages.Thank you..!

Riob from United States on February 03, 2011:

Thanks for your advice

Peter from Australia on February 02, 2011:

Certainly an inspiration to all of us here on HubPages who are looking to earn passive income.

Great Hub Thanks for the hints!

wsupaul88 from Seattle, WA on February 02, 2011:

This is an awesome story, thank you for writing it!

on February 02, 2011:

Thanks, Chuck, for your realistic and honest review of HubPages--and your experience with them.

When I started one hub came out in the first year, and I thought HP was like so many sites...not so busy.

Your lesson of patience and persistence is the reality for most writers and perhaps the best lesson one can learn from a veteran like yourself.

Thanks for sharing your story and visiting us with a wonderful dose of pleasant reality and possibility.

Christine from Dublin on February 02, 2011:

Bookmarked for reading more. Lots to learn. Thanks for sharing.

Garlic Angel :-)

NinaHuggar from Illinois on February 02, 2011:

This was an inspiration for someone like me who is just starting out. Thanks for sharing!

Adrienne.Miss from New York State on February 02, 2011:

Thanks Chuck! This is a great story about your success on HP and I'm looking up to you as I write more hubs :)

Spanos Christakis from Cyprus on February 02, 2011:

Thank you . I am new hubber and i want to try some tips

dsmythe on February 02, 2011:

Thanks for the tips. I'm a new hubber so I need all the tips I can get.

srockafellow on February 02, 2011:

Thank you for the insight and tips - very helpful. I'm just getting started and hope to see as much success as you have. Have a great one!

LucidiTea from New York on February 02, 2011:

Fantastic Article with some great advice!! Thanks for sharing, from a noobie.

Painter Penfield from Tampa Bay area Florida on February 02, 2011:

Hey Chuck thanks for this fantastic hub! I am a hubber newbie and want to generate income on the side to help subsidize my very expensive art supplies for my art career. I recently spent $550 on a full colored pencil set from Switzerland and my watercolor pages run $15 apiece. That can add up fast! I have found motivation to continue as well as inspiration to write a hub from something that you said. Thanks for that. You have another loyal following fan ;)


Helen Murphy Howell from Fife, Scotland on February 02, 2011:


Being a relatively new hubber I can't say how wonderful and helpful this hub is. Magic!!

Xishan Ansari from Pakistan on February 02, 2011:

woww its really very impressive hub i just love it cheers

tebo from New Zealand on February 02, 2011:

This is a great story to read to keep newcomers like me motivated to keep on keeping on. Thanks for sharing.

Mrs. J. B. from Southern California on February 01, 2011:

Wow your story and success is amazing. I just joined so I am still wet behind the ears. I hope one day that I can achieve what you have.

jimi hendrix on February 01, 2011:

Very informative hub! Thank you!

JadedRose from Brooklyn, New York on February 01, 2011:

I came across your hub as I was beginning my new journey on Hubpages. I found it to be very informative and I thank you for insight and to kick my journey off just right !!!

Mike from New Hampshire on February 01, 2011:

Quite an inspirational hub - thank you for posting.

There are a lot of people writing about making money on hubs, but not a lot of detail as to who much is actually getting made. Thank you for the detail!

Mandrake_1975 from Pennsylvania on February 01, 2011:

Thank you Chuck. I just started writing here (published my first hub about two or three days ago) and I am looking to learn from others.

I found your article very useful and I intend to research the primary points of your article to get some more ideas for tweaking my own hubs.

shziglar from Andalusia, Alabama on February 01, 2011:

I really appreciated this article, as I am breaking new ground here and I am not sure where to begin. I feel that articles like yours will ad to the confidence I need to hang in there.

NnekaO from california on January 31, 2011:

Thanks for the insight. This is my first day signing up. Still getting a feel for hubpages. So far, i'm liking what i read.

The Generalist on January 31, 2011:

you have done a great job by writing for hubpages and it is paying you as well.

Rastamermaid from Universe on January 31, 2011:

Awesome,awesome hub Chuck,full of great info that I'll be using.

Thanks for sharing!


Chuck Nugent (author) from Tucson, Arizona on January 31, 2011:

Pamela - I don't know what the problem is that is preventing you from uploading your photos. Here are some suggestions:

You can go to the bottom of any page on the site and, in the gray area to the right of the word "HubPages" you will see the words "learning center" click on this for the HubPage Learning Center. Or you can just click this link to go directly to the learning center photo instructions.

2 go to the top of any page on the site and, in the black area at the top click on the word "Answers". On the page you are taken to is a box at the right where you can ask this question and one or more Hubbers may answer it with advice for you.

3 Finally, try the Forums as others may be having this problem and may have started a discussion about it. I have sometimes found answers to problems in this area.

Good Luck


tebo from New Zealand on January 30, 2011:

Great hub. I am also new to Hubpages and have found this information very helpful and encouraging. Thanks again

mazzastick on January 30, 2011:

Earning money online writing content is a get rich slow process initially. But it is residual which means you keep earning while you sleep, take a break, or go on vacation. Great article, I feel renewed and inspired and again.

bawiggins on January 30, 2011:

Thank you so much for the information. I am a fairly new hubber and I appreciate all of the help I can get to make my hubs successful and prosperous. Again, thanks for sharing!

Pamela Bogwald from Oak Ridge, NJ on January 30, 2011:

This is Pamela again. My hubpage did not show in my last comment.

Pamela on January 30, 2011:

I am new to Hubpages and appreciate this insight. I love it when things start falling in place in my mind. I have been writing and pouring my heart and sole out, pretty much clueless on the topics you have presented here. This hub puts a new twist on things and I am truly grateful. Looking forward to following you. By the way, do you have any idea why my hubpage won't let me upload pictures anymore? I don't think it is my computer's problem as I am able to upload pictures to my computer. Is there a place I can go to rectify this annoying problem?

qamarqwtrerysfdh on January 29, 2011:

think it is very hard to judge your own writing. Everyone has their own style of writing and we are used to writing in our own particular way, and it is therefore difficult to view it objectively. I think the responses of others to our writing is more important than what we think about it ourselves, if we are hoping to write professionally, especially when most people are saying similar things about our work.

qamarcghikjyi on January 29, 2011:

I never hit 'publish' unless I like what I've written. The doubts come in when the comments don't immediately start flowing, but then they finally come and I'm strengthened to do it again. Any time you put yourself out there for public consumption, there is bound to be some amount of fear involved. That's true of all of the arts and most occupations....Great hub btw

lindatymensky on January 29, 2011:

I am new to Hubpages. Thanks for all the wisdom. I'm going to follow you! Linda

pete_m from London on January 29, 2011:

Thank you, Chuck for the informative account of your publishing experience.

The notion of evergreen, niche and keyword-driven approaches is very helpful.

It strikes me that these insights may apply more broadly -

whatever the motivation for the effort invested, people authoring content for the Web could well use these ideas to enhance their own and their users' experiences. .

The prospect of residual income is attractive, something I have not had the benefit of in previous work.

I'm a newcomer to this aspect of the Web, having heretofore been involved as a developer. Since I first got an AdSense key ages back - over 6yrs it has earned me 31 Engliish pence. So now onward and upward, off to write my first Hubpage.

This will be a newcomer's take on this fascinating stuff . .

Thereafter expect me to explore niches with good evergreen potential with a keyword angle on the particular story

My Homepage

& Blogs ;

My interests lie in the use of APIs to generate rich content, and advertising/ affiliations to help provide revenue for the development of not-for-profit projects. I expect I'll be able to make good use of those tips from Mike NV you linked to...

Thanks again.

Leah Lefler from Western New York on January 29, 2011:

This post is great: I'm really trying to optimize my keywords, and the addendum on verifying the number of ads when the search phrase is entered into Google is excellent. I have to reconfigure many of my tags!

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on January 29, 2011:

Great post! Very informative and helpful. Thank you.

sukritha from Cochin on January 29, 2011:


I feel my self lucky to read your hub which is simple but really really helpful. Now I am realizing the drawbacks of my hubs.

Once again thank you very much for writing such an inspirational hub

With Love and Regards

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