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The Highest-Paid Hubbers Make $650 to $3,800 per Month: Learning from their Stats - Part 1, Big Money

The author has been writing for HubPages since 2008 and likes to thank his fellow Hubbers by showing him how to make more money.

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Like many of you, I joined HubPages to make money from my writing. If the best hubbers have scores of 100, then they must make the highest amounts, right? So I studied their efforts and followed their examples, only to discover my earnings didn’t improve all that much.

Further investigation revealed a sad truth. The magic number 100 had nothing to do with financial success. If you don’t believe me, just compare the names on the best list with the names under success stories. With one exception, habee, there are no names on both lists.

All information comes directly from or is derived from figures at HubPages Success Stories.

Successful Hubbers

So I set out to study the stats of the top earners to see what lessons they offered. Let me preface this by saying that I don’t know any of these folks, though would welcome any of their comments on this hub. I’m not even following any of them, though that’s going to change. Also, the definition of success varies by hubber and is subjective. In this case, success equals high monthly income, which is a simple and objective number.

The following lists the highest earning hubbers, arranged by monthly income.

NameHubscoreFollowersAgeHubsMonthly IncomeViews/Day

Marye Audet

97

4,500

4

742

$3,800

12,000

Kathryn Vercillo

95

5,100

4

1123

$1,500

24,000

habee

100

2,900

2

926

$1,300

5,000

John D. Lee

92

904

4

494

$1,300

7,500

Blake Flannery

93

623

3

134

$1,280

28,000

jimmythejock

94

2,400

5

494

$1,200

7,500

stephhhicks68

93

3,200

4

307

$950

9,000

Susana S

97

2,100

2

96

$850

4,000

relache

95

3,600

5

200

$850

9,000

glassvisage

94

2,700

5

462

$650

7,000

Quick Bios

The backgrounds of the top five hubbers are as different as their monthly amounts:

  • Mary Audet, who earns $3,800 month, is a divorced mom of eight who makes all her income from HubPages. She home-schools her kids, raises Nigerian Dwarf Dairy goats, and loves roses, chocolates and bath products. She is mostly known as a food writer and emphasizes learning the craft of writing.
  • Kathryn Vercillo, who makes $1,500 a month, has ten years experience as a freelance writer and blogger. She loves doing the research for her technology, relationship, personal finance and business hubs, and spends 10 hours a week writing and promoting her efforts. She estimates her part-time earnings at $30 per hour.
  • Habee, who gets $1,300, is a grandmother and a retired teacher of British and American Literature and writing. She judges writing and speech contests at local to regional levels and is currently a successful freelance writer on education, cooking, parenting and the elderly. Her husband helps with building and repair hubs.
  • JimmyTheJock, who makes the same amount as Habbee, boasts that his hub on World War 1 - Trench Warfare gets at least 13,000 hits and pays $35 per month. He advises not giving up too soon because it took him about nine months to reach his first payment threshhold.
  • StephHicks68, who makes $1,280, started with 15 years as an environmental/land use lawyer. She specializes in “how to” articles and on the delights of her Central Oregon locale. Her expertise covers such subjects as gardening, recipes and family.

Common Elements

These moneymaking stars share the following elements:

  • No rookies. They’ve been with HubPages an average of 3.8 years, with the newest members joining over two years ago. Age doesn’t correlate with earnings. Both the top and bottom earners have been around the longest while habee, who joined only two years ago is in the top three.
  • Hubscore of 90+. While only habee has a Hubscore of 100, the rest have scores of at least 90. Keep in mind that these numbers can fluctuate constantly by plus-or-minus three points, so one or two more may have flirted with the top number. The score does not necessarily correlate with income.
  • Lots of followers. With two exceptions, all these hubbers have followers in the thousands. It’s no surprise that if more people visit your hubs, the more income you receive. The top two also have the most followers. But thousands of followers are not always necessary as shown by Blake Flannery, who has only 623 followers.
  • Lots of views. Each hubber gets at least 4,000 page views per day, with the highest number belonging to Blake Flannery, who lands in the middle for earnings. Kathryn Vercillo, who ranks second for earnings, has 24,000 views and top-rated Mary Audet has the third –highest number at 12,000.

Please see Part 2, Conclusions, of this series to discover how you can use these stats to your advantage.

© 2012 Aurelio Locsin

Comments

Shaloo Walia from India on February 28, 2020:

Wow! I notice the hub was written quite some time back. I wonder if over the years, there has been impact on the earnings!

Bridgette Crowe from Morrow on August 20, 2019:

Wow, thank you. Going to read part two right now.

Renee from Noblesville on November 04, 2018:

Great Article, I am new at Hubpages and still trying to find my way around. This helps in regards to what affects your overall stats and how hubees are compensated.

Athlyn Green from West Kootenays on April 15, 2017:

Excellent overview. Too often, people give up too soon and fail to see the potential here.

I remember when I started at HubPages 10 years ago and one of the first things I read was that it took time, so I got busy, kept writing articles, and sure enough, the earnings started to trickle in, then kept growing and growing.

As is the case with most worthwhile things, it takes effort and persistence but I, for one, love the concept of residual income, and article earnings, if they span over years, are generally higher than a one-off payment.

Another plus is that even if you don't write anything, you still receive income. No downside to that.

Thami Mqota from London on December 29, 2015:

Thank you for a very interesting Hub, 3 years later and comments still coming in, that what you call an evergreen hub.

May I ask how you did your research on these hubbers, I very much like to see who are the current top 10 HP earners.

Isaac Asante from Accra, Ghana on November 24, 2013:

Great hub! I'm definitely fired up to keep on my HubPages adventure!

Carl Junior on August 12, 2013:

In short the trend is that you have to have at least 100 hubs, stick around hubpages for at least a year and have a couple of followers and also be patient in order to make it big. Not bad at all, thanks for sharing, wonderful hub, voted up and useful and interesting :)

John Mark from Texas on June 28, 2013:

Awesome information. Thanks.

las41986 on April 23, 2013:

Hi i have a hub with some polls that would help me choose what i want to hub about lol... if anyone has the time please go to my hub and vote :) all votes are greatly welcomed ^^ have an awesome day :P

omar21 on December 26, 2012:

Wow, that's amazing your hub is really great one , it's fantastic i am really happy now, thank you for your good effort

Tricia from Scotland on December 26, 2012:

A very interesting start , must go to part two. Mind you there a few others to read now too. Well done.

billd01603 from Worcester on December 25, 2012:

Good informative HUB! I'm off to Part 2. Thanks

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on December 10, 2012:

Very interesting. Congrats to those who are doing so well and thank you for sharing this. The information you have provided is being bookmarked so that I can reference the other links you have given. Voted up ++++

Syed Hunbbel Meer from Karachi, Pakistan. on December 10, 2012:

Hi there. A very impressive hub!

Actually I was looking for my next target to aim (in terms of page views) so I could earn the amount of money I'm in need of, and believe me, these results I found are astonishing.

However, I am a bit confused about views-per-earning thing. As I'm pretty much close to views per day - when compared to some of the accomplished hubbers mentioned here - but I'm nowhere close in terms of money. I guess I'll have to write with more commercial aspect from now on.

Thanks for an eye-opener! :)

Megan Dodd from Florida on November 24, 2012:

Is this the top earnings in all of hubpages of just those willing to share their stats?

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on November 15, 2012:

This is very impressive. I know some of these names well. Others I will read so I can learn something else new.

It certainly gives me something to seek to attain. Not because I need to make money but because it would be nice. Writing is a passion of mine and has been all of my life. Being here in a world of writers have have so much opportunity to learn and grow.

You really keep us on top of things . I am glad that I have found your writings. Sending Angels your way. :) ps

precy anza from USA on September 21, 2012:

This hub is just great! Love it :) Reading and seeing this is inspiring. Voted up and shared! ^-^'

Aurelio Locsin (author) from Orange County, CA on September 16, 2012:

As far as I know, the arrangement of comments aren't under our control, Buffygirl.

BuffyGirl on September 11, 2012:

Shouldn't the newest comments be at the top? Or have I missed a setting somewhere to arrange them that way?

Rema T V from Chennai, India on August 10, 2012:

Hi Alocsin.

Thanks for the great help you have rendered through this hub. A very thorough research. Sharing it with my followers. Thank you. Cheers, Rema.

Mark Shulkosky from Pennsylvania on August 10, 2012:

Wow! Great hub. I'm still waiting for my AdSense account approval and think I'm doing good when I have a 50 pageviews per day. I guess I keep at it and it will pay off eventually.

varshamaniar from Mumbai, India on August 10, 2012:

Excellent article that provided insightful analysis of how much a person can expect to earn from Hub Pages. It is possible to make decent income from Hub Pages provided content is useful to readers.

Mahaveer Sanglikar from Pune, India on August 10, 2012:

Great Hub with useful and inspiring information, thank you for sharing it. Voted up and shared with followers.

Life Under Construction from Neverland on August 10, 2012:

Wow!! Stunning figures!

JThomp42 on August 10, 2012:

Awesome information. I suppose what it all boils down to is Traffic, traffic, and more traffic.

Mary from Cronulla NSW on August 10, 2012:

Really great and useful info...voted UUI& shared...now for part 2...cheers

Joanna from Wilseyville on August 09, 2012:

Great information! Writing hubs is sorta of addicting in a good way. I can see myself hubbing for a few years if not more! Thanks alocsin!

Esrom Aritonang from Indonesia on August 02, 2012:

I love this great hub study. You done it perfect brother. This is really open my mind about how a hub and income has relevant connection. I read your hub carefully because you wrote data and good insight. I have write around 80 hub now and started 2 years ago. I did not got as much as the great hubber did. I will analyzing my hub content and make several change based on your advice. Bravo and well done.

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on July 31, 2012:

Very interesting! You have really done a good research. Voted up. Now, I´m going to your part 2 of this hub. Thanks for sharing.

Fotinoula Gypsyy from NYC BABY on July 17, 2012:

AAwesome hub! You really did your research and it is great to write a hub that can help us fellow hubbers out. Thanks for sharing! Voted up and more!

Steve Andrews from Lisbon, Portugal on July 10, 2012:

I have been trying to find "my spot" not just at HubPages but in the world at large for most of my life and I am 59 and still looking! lol

Mary Craig from New York on July 10, 2012:

Voted up and interesting. Sometimes I think trying to learn how to make money on hub pages is like trying to find out the secret ingredient in a recipe...it's not that others don't want to help, it's just that you've got to find your spot.

Steve Andrews from Lisbon, Portugal on July 03, 2012:

I just found this brilliant hub when looking to answer the question someone gave me on a forum elsewhere asking how much it was possible to make at HubPages. If I could be one of the high-earners all my problems in life would be sorted out but I am nowhere near any of those figures! Thank you for sharing this. I have tagged as Useful and voted up!

shin_rocka04 from Maryland on June 05, 2012:

Slowly but surely trying to get to the 100 dollar a month mark. I gotta keep posting useful content. This is a great motivator. Thanks!

Dancing Water on June 01, 2012:

Great hub, alocsin! You are using your gifts to help us writers! Thank you! Voted UP!

Angela Brummer from Lincoln, Nebraska on June 01, 2012:

I might try the blogging I will let you know how that turns out!

Aurelio Locsin (author) from Orange County, CA on June 01, 2012:

I have a few websites, Angela, but no blog.

tipstoretireearly from New York on May 30, 2012:

Interesting to read the backgrounds of top hubbers. They are good role models.

Audrey Howitt from California on May 30, 2012:

Still interesting!!

Cynthia B Turner from Georgia on May 30, 2012:

Hello Alocsin, I'm not sure why I haven't seen this until now, but you rock. This is so good to see the analysis of hubbers who are earning really decent incomes from their writing here. Thank you so much! Voted up, up, up!

Angela Brummer from Lincoln, Nebraska on May 30, 2012:

Do you blog as I haven't tried that yet? Is is esential?

Ruchira from United States on May 30, 2012:

this was so motivating, alocsin.

i have been now with HP for over 2 years and still make ~50cents a day...lol

i shall wait and watch :)

voted up as motivating and useful and interesting. Sharing it across.

wetnosedogs from Alabama on May 25, 2012:

There is hope for me, if I can figure out myself. Thanks for the great part 1 & 2.

mikeydcarroll67 on May 03, 2012:

Interesting! Very informative as well!

NicktheNurse from Huntington Beach, CA on May 02, 2012:

Voted up. Very inspiring. This has encouraged me to write more hubs. I enjoy writing, and look forward to making some money, too.

Aurelio Locsin (author) from Orange County, CA on May 01, 2012:

Maybe it just means you're a good writer, dahoglund ;)

Pamela Hutson from Moonlight Maine on May 01, 2012:

That's cool that a few people here make a decent income just off HP. I freeze up if I focus on that too much though. I kind of want to write longer things, and use this as one platform for building an audience.

Thinking about money freaks me out, but hooray for all these folks! More power too 'em.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on May 01, 2012:

Voted up and interesting. Keeping this article and number two around. I think it will take a while to sink in. Plus I want to see what the big winners are writing about. You can congratulate me - to date I have made 0.35 cents - lol This means on to hub 2. Thanks for doing all this work and sharing and of course for providing hope.

John Coviello from New Jersey on May 01, 2012:

Good advice regarding learning from the best Hubbers. I remember when I was growing up, a friend became a top notch skier. I asked him how he did it, and he said he just followed the best skiers on the slopes and observed what they did. It seems to me that to be really good at making money on HubPages, you need to be able to commit a lot of time to it.

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on May 01, 2012:

My hubscore is usually high but I don't know what it means. Certainly not high traffic or earnings

Mary Hyatt from Florida on May 01, 2012:

I've come to the conclusion that in order to make money on HubPages: write a lot of good quality Hubs over a long period to time (maybe 2-3 years). It will just take time and effort I think. Thanks for all the info. I voted this Hub UP, etc. Now I'm off to read Part II.

Dee aka Nonna on May 01, 2012:

There is hope and it is alive. I look forward to the day I can say I am earning....big...I'm serious...earning BIG...LOL. Thank you for sharing.

Mahaveer Sanglikar from Pune, India on May 01, 2012:

Great Hub, very useful for new as well as other Hubbers. Voted up and shared.

Aurelio Locsin (author) from Orange County, CA on April 14, 2012:

Hang in there, truthfornow. Keep learning and writing and the money will slowly come.

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on April 13, 2012:

It certainly gives me hope. Up, useful and interesting.

Marie Hurt from New Orleans, LA on April 13, 2012:

I would like to make BIG money because I have BIG bills haha. Such inspiration to keep on going. I didn't know all this information was made public, so thanks for bringing it all to light. You are awesome.

L M Reid from Ireland on April 13, 2012:

Thanks for this great information about how writers on HubPages are earning money. I like the background information too of the successful hubbers because it gave me an idea of each person who is doing well.

Thanks for SHARING. Up and Awesome

Lisas-thoughts101 from Northeast Texas on April 01, 2012:

alocsin, very inspiring article, thank you. It was a relief to have it reiterated that the hubber score has very little to do with income, other than hubber scores are going to reflect how serious we are about our hubs and promoting that is. I am off to read the rest of the story :) Another great hub!

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on March 30, 2012:

Awesome information given here, thanks! I am going to check out part 2 as well and follow you :)

William Gerace from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 30, 2012:

Aloc this is a great Hub and a fantastic resource for all us writers here at HubPages. I am getting a bit discouraged too but thanks for your helpful Hub here I will read on to part 2 and learn more and maybe improve. I check my stats daily so maybe I can apply the techniques in part 2. Thanks again man. Great Hub. Voting up useful and interesting and sharing. Great work.

Cheryl Simonds from Connecticut on March 30, 2012:

Very interesting, and it helps to keep me trying because I was beginning to get a bit flustered. Thanks, can't wait for the sequel. :)

Aurelio Locsin (author) from Orange County, CA on March 30, 2012:

Hope you found part 2 already, savanahl. It's in the link list at the end of the hub.

chelseacharleston on March 30, 2012:

Great useful hub!

CookwareBliss from Winneconne, WI on March 30, 2012:

Great information, and thanks for taking the time to study and present your findings!

Felixedet2000 from The Universe on March 30, 2012:

Wow, nice job dude. I am coming all the way too.

savanahl on March 30, 2012:

Your hubs are so informative. I can't wait for part 2.

Tammy from North Carolina on March 30, 2012:

That is amazing information. Shows me how far I have to go. Very well researched and well done! Thanks for compiling this!

babithababa on March 28, 2012:

alocsin , I found time to read this article and a few more . Your language is perfect . Then to say the information is much needed for me , a new hubber . Plus I am in low moods for Adsense disabled my account for no reason at all. So I am going to read your articles one by one .Thanks a lot .

Barry Cross from York, UK on March 26, 2012:

Great Hub! Love the breakdown spreadsheet, it inspires us to keep writing to one day reach our own personal goals. Cheers, Barry :)

Enlydia Listener from trailer in the country on March 04, 2012:

Very interesting breakdown of information...thanks for doing the homework.

Isabella Mukanda from Fort Myers on February 29, 2012:

Thanks Alocsin, you are very practical. Where others speculate, you go digging and bring back results. I love that very much. It is just the kind of thing I would do if I had enough time. Thanks for doing it and for being so selfless in sharing.

Aurelio Locsin (author) from Orange County, CA on February 28, 2012:

Reading their hubs, Sinea, also gives one a good idea of how to write for HP.

Sinea Pies from Northeastern United States on February 28, 2012:

Oh, I have needed this hub. #1 reason-- occasionally I visit the testimonies of the top earners for encouragement. Now I can see them side by side! Yippee! Someday I will be one of them, encouraging the next guy. Thanks, alocsin. Voted up and VERY useful.

Aurelio Locsin (author) from Orange County, CA on February 22, 2012:

I appreciate that, vespawoolf. I hope you've also had a chance to see Part 2 of this series.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on February 22, 2012:

I have returned to this hub several times and have shared it with others. I really appreciate the way you've compiled this information and wish you as much success on HP!

Fehl Dungo from close to you... on February 17, 2012:

This is so inspiring and encouraging. Hubpages has been doing really great. Excellent hub!

Aurelio Locsin (author) from Orange County, CA on February 16, 2012:

Yes, primpo, you can get paid via PayPal through a debit card. I left a link on your other comment to one of my hubs.

Justin W Price from Juneau, Alaska on February 16, 2012:

interesting, aurelio. I'll have to check out part two

Primpo from Howell, New Jersey on February 15, 2012:

Can you make money without a bank account and just a visa check card?

Dancing Water on February 15, 2012:

Thank you for helping your fellow Hubbers!

formosangirl from Los Angeles on February 14, 2012:

Alocsin, great research! Voted up and awesome.

Susan Ream from Michigan on February 12, 2012:

alocsin, thank you so much for sharing your research with us. This was very helpful! Up and Useful!

Blessings!

Mekenzie

Aurelio Locsin (author) from Orange County, CA on February 12, 2012:

This is all available on the Hubpages Success pages -- I put links to it twice in the Intro section, but people still seem to miss it. Anyway, it's all public information that you can view yourself. If you can't find the link, let me know.

oliviaharrisbrown on February 12, 2012:

Very interesting data. Thanks for keeping things in perspective.

Keri Summers from West of England on February 12, 2012:

Up, useful and interesting. I don't expect to ever have the hours to put in to earn loads on HubPages, but it's stimulating to know that such money can be made for those who persevere and work hard.

Urmila from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA on February 12, 2012:

Great researched hub! Voted up!

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on February 12, 2012:

Great hub, alocsin. I'm curious as to how you got all the page views and pays and such. Did they share that with you? It's interesting how ones with fewer years make more, or fewer followers, etc...I wonder if they all have hubs on the secrets to their success...? Lots of votes on this one. Very inspiring. Bookmarking and going to Part 2!

Stephanie Bradberry from New Jersey on February 12, 2012:

This is a really cool hub. I will be reading part 2 very soon. I am so glad you gathered research and shared it with us all. Thanks. I definitely bookmarked this hub!

Aurelio Locsin (author) from Orange County, CA on February 12, 2012:

I appreciate the honesty, Barry. I think you'll find the lessons in Part 2. This part was just the intro.

Aurelio Locsin (author) from Orange County, CA on February 12, 2012:

All a learning process, Nell. Thanks for visiting.

Aurelio Locsin (author) from Orange County, CA on February 12, 2012:

I saw those and commented. Thank you so much.

Aurelio Locsin (author) from Orange County, CA on February 12, 2012:

I would challenge you, rasta1, but first I have to break $150 a month. I'm nowhere near that yet. Good luck. Let me know how it goes.

Barry Rutherford from Queensland Australia on February 12, 2012:

Not sure I learn anything but that fact a list of top earners. Voted Down

Micheal from United Kingdom on February 12, 2012:

Great analysis of this conflicting and sometimes confusing data.

When I have looked at the hubs, that some of these long term hubbers write about. Is is even more astounding.

It really shows that we can write on just about any topic and it will find an audience.

The internet is so vast and I think sometimes we forget this simple fact. We are dropping our content into a pool containing hundreds of millions of readers.

There is room for everyone's content as long as it is useful, interesting, funny etc.

This is a great hub as is part 2.

Voted up and SHARING

Nell Rose from England on February 12, 2012:

Hi, its all down to hard work, and of course choosing the right category to write about. I, like others have made the mistake in the past of writing about what I feel like, funny etc, and not really taking notice of what actually gets read. I am trying to turn it around now, but good luck to them, that's what we are here for and hopefully we can strive to be the same. the more hubs you write, and good ones, the more money you will earn, thanks for sharing!

Shasta Matova from USA on February 12, 2012:

Aurelio, I really love the way you have compiled all these facts in an easy to understand and compare format. I have included this hub (and the next one) in this week's favorite list.

Marvin Parke from Jamaica on February 11, 2012:

I havn't done it as yet, But I am following this technique that has worked with other projects in the past. https://rasta1.hubpages.com/hub/Going-In-For-The-K...

I hope to do it by the end of march. We should challenge each other. I have some ideas, stay in touch.

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on February 11, 2012:

You observation is very interesting. I'm going to read the second part.

Thanks for sharing.

rls8994 from Mississippi on February 11, 2012:

This is a great article. It makes me want to get to work and do this better. Thanks for sharing this encouraging information! :)

m from New Zealand on February 11, 2012:

This is so encouraging. It makes me want to write more. I read both part 1 and 2 and you made some excellent points.