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The Secret to Making Money Writing for HubPages and The Arena Group (in Ten Words or Less)

I’ve enjoyed writing for many years. I'm dedicating more time to the craft in my retirement days.

The Secret in Less Than Ten Words

After a reasonable amount of time writing for, reading from, and navigating through HubPages and all the related Arena Group websites, I have hit upon the secret to making money here in this community.

The first, most important truth is that writers can get paid for writing here, and that’s really not a secret.

Those who already make lots of money here might be disappointed when I do, but I am willing to share the real secret with you, in just four little words. The secret is this:

Produce quality in quantity.

I’ll go one step further and say that if you want to make lots of money on HubPages, here is my advice in a mere five words:

Produce quality in great quantity.

That’s it. End of secret.

That's not a joke. Just like the disclaimer says at the bottom of this article, that statement is "accurate and true to the best of [this] author’s knowledge." I'm not a qualified professional or anything, but I can say that those five words very much square with my own experience and observations. I am certain those who are making rent-paying money (or more) here would absolutely, 100% agree with that advice, too.

And here’s something else I’m certain of regarding those folks who make enough money from The Arena Group to pay rent, to sustain a living, to have a steady, reliable source of monthly income. They have another thing in common: they have produced, and most likely continue to produce (in quantity) quality articles that people seek out and want to read.

Go back and check out that last sentence again, particularly at the end where it says, “articles that people seek out and want to read.” This is hugely important to understand. It will be invaluable in helping you manage your own expectations.

Managing Expectations

If you already write for The Arena Group—and don’t make a ton of money doing it—what’s written above should help, but just to be clear:

If you are only writing 100-word poems, for example, it is very likely you’re not scratching an itch, filling a niche, or earning a regular source of monthly income.

People go to Google with a need, looking for a place to land that can fill that need, whatever the need might be...

“But I like to write poems!” you say.

Well, yes, and so do I. And I write and publish them quite regularly. It’s just that when I write poetry and publish it on an Arena Group site, I do not have the unrealistic expectation that very many people will read it, or that Google is going to help thousands of people find it. In other words, I’m not expecting to make a ton of money from my poetic creations.

If you’re new to The Arena Group, on the other hand, and just landing here expecting to start making money right away, this should help you understand this site is not a get-rich-quick proposition. It’s going to take a concerted effort—hard work and patience—to reach a point where you’re making serious coin. If you heard something different on a YouTube video recorded in some language other than English, please understand the person who is pushing that pile is making a pile of money off of you as you watch him/her spew forth his/her misleading and misguided propaganda.

Produce lots of quality articles that people want to read.

But if you follow this advice and succeed...please don't tell your friends.

It's supposed to be a secret...

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The Secret in the Full Ten Words

To give a more thorough summary, and to use all the words I allotted myself at the outset, here's the secret in exactly ten words:

Produce lots of quality articles that people want to read.

These ten words are the no-kidding summary, the only real secret to making money while writing here or anywhere else on the internet.

Produce: this word implies the putting forth of effort, the need to research, create, craft, write, proffer original thought.

Lots: this word implies a large quantity, like I mentioned at the outset. One great article might make money for you, but 100 really good articles will obviously make more money.

Quality: this is perhaps one of the biggest, most important of these ten words, because if you just produce lots and lots of junk articles, you will give exactly nothing to the greater good and you will get exactly nothing in return. Quality includes the idea that your work is well-written in good English; that it is original and creative; that it is informative, is of sufficient “goodness” to keep the reader with you to the finish.

Articles That People Want to Read: Think about this for a minute: at what point in your day (and why) do you use Google (or some other search engine)? The answer, I'll bet, is this: when you need something. Am I right?

Think about it. When people go surfing in the real world, they don’t surf the entire ocean. They think of a beach, drive to the beach, park at the beach, unload their board and look for the wave they want to catch in that little area of the ocean they inhabit in that moment.

The same is true of the internet. People don't just surf blindly. They go to Google with a need, looking for a place to land that can fill that need…whatever that need might be. If you and your article can fulfill the need, can provide the service they are looking for in that moment, then the searcher will spend time with your work. If you’re not scratching an itch, though, your article will be passed by or perhaps never even found.

One example: I know for my part that quite often when my wife and I are working up our dinner plans and one of us says, “Oh, I’d like to try an enchilada casserole,” it’s a race to see who can find the best enchilada casserole recipe first. How do we do that? Well, I grab my phone and type words into my Safari address bar (which happens to have Google set as the default search engine) and my wife grabs her iPad and does the exact same thing.

Everyone does it! They rush to their phone, tablet or computer when they have something in mind; when they’re trying to fix their car, or deciding which kind of glue to use for this or that repair, wanting to learn how to make a hat out of yarn, teaching their kids about what gives a zebra its stripes. The person, place, thing, website that can address that need wins that particular race with that particular user at that particular time.

It isn’t always a competition, of course, but the salient point here is this: the business of writing and making money on the internet—and that includes HubPages and The Arena Group—is indeed a business. And, just like any other business, if you want to make money you have to provide a service and you have to work at it. Indeed, you have to work hard at it.

Also a bit like business, you have to build a clientele, a followership, a core group of people who are wanting to pick up what you’re putting down. That, too, is just code for providing a service, filling a niche, filling a need.

If you can fill a need, and another and another—if you are willing to put in the long hours upon long hours…if you can produce lots of quality articles that people want to read—you might just make a buck or two writing for HubPages and The Arena Group.

But if you do all that and you happen to succeed…please don’t run off and tell all your friends. It’s supposed to be a secret, remember?

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 greg cain


greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on January 15, 2021:

Hi Rodric - I know there are those out there who have hit upon topics that are popular and have high CPM. I'm not one of those folks. I write to express, and if there is money that comes along with it, that is fine, too.

I enjoy seeing your works here, Rodric. You have a very positive attitude and outlook, and that is always refreshing.

Keep writing, and have a great weekend, my friend.

Rodric Anthony Johnson from Surprise, Arizona on January 15, 2021:

I am sure you are correct. I have so many articles that I must update and refresh to get ready to keep making money. I doubt I have made more than $300 since I started on Hubpages over 12 years ago. I write here because it is what I know and because of what it used to be. I am working to do more quality articles so that I can change that now that the only work I am able to do at present is writing from home. As much as it hurts to admit, my writing quality isn't what it needs to be to earn a consent income here. I will try to improve, but some people have talent and insight into readers that many of us may not. Some people only have to publish a few articles that earn thousands. Some of us publish thousands that earn pennies.

Thanks for reminding us that good work produces good results.

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on January 14, 2021:

Right on, Peggy! I see how much effort so many of you put into it, and anyone who is here long enough knows all of this. I really wish I could do a screen capture of my payout sheet after three months on HP. It said something like .08 cents, and by then I'd published quite a few articles. Haha!

Anyway, have a great week. Be well and be safe.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 14, 2021:

Your advice is excellent. Writing on this site does take not only time and effort. It is definitely not a get rich quick scheme.

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on January 14, 2021:

Yes, indeed, Ms. Dora! And I hope you, in particular, are duly rewarded for spreading care and cheer throughout this community. Have a blessed day, my friend.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 14, 2021:

Greg, you're so right. Thanks for the reminder. May we all see the fruits of our ardent labor.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on January 13, 2021:

boxelderred, thanks and you're welcome.

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on January 13, 2021:

Hi Miebakagh - I have watched you put forth a genuine effort these past many months, both in requesting support in the forums and engaging in dialogue to learn how to better your practice of the craft. I encourage you to keep it up, too. Thanks for giving this article a read.

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on January 13, 2021:

Thanks, Jo! Hope we can get some "listeners" to that advice.

Be well, and have a good week.

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on January 13, 2021:

Brenda - I did the same, and I'm convinced you are right. The "perp," if you will is making money on all these young folks who are watching his video. After they make money for him, they drop on by over here and piece together a thing on feces or something...

You can't make this stuff up!

And I will pass back to you that I hope you keep on producing your works because you can, as well! They are an integral part of my HP experience, in my view.

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on January 13, 2021:

Thanks, Umesh - I do hope the advice catches on. It would be good and well and right for all of us if it did...

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on January 13, 2021:

Good day, Eric! I don't know about fun, but perhaps a call to diligence and an admonition for those looking to simply do a quick drive-by and pick up a bag of HubPages cash...

That bag is going to be empty if they don't invest some time piecing together quality.

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on January 13, 2021:

John - I've seen that in recent days/weeks, even saw it again today. They are at least posting in the forums, looking for help, though...and I've seen some quality inputs for those whose work is clearly just a product tossed together in the minutes directly after watching that YouTube video. Like some others, I've Googled and watched portions of the video(s). There are, sadly, more than just the one...still, I think quality will prevail and carry the day.

As for Poems from the Porch - I think there are many, many folks who drop by to read that one, however they find it. Keep up the great work, brother!

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on January 13, 2021:

Bill - roger copy, and thanks! 'Nuff said!

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on January 13, 2021:

Hi Ann - hard work, perseverance, and realistic expectations all need to come into play, really, don't you think? Always a pleasure to see you on the HubPages, Ann, and I do appreciate the kindly comments.

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on January 13, 2021:

Hi Ivana - Thanks for the words; much appreciated. Happy writing to you as you continue to push forward with your own hard work.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on January 13, 2021:

Hey there, the advice is timely and valuable. These days, I'm trying to put out quality articles in quantitative form. Thank you for giving us such an educting article. Thanks again.

Jo Miller from Tennessee on January 13, 2021:

Good advice and well said.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on January 12, 2021:

I did search and find that video on YouTube.

I guess that's why we are seeing so many new names and articles as such.

I will just keep writing because I can.

Love your spin on it all.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on January 12, 2021:

Excellent advice. Though we knew something like that you have made it so clear and conspicuous. Thanks.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 12, 2021:

Well I will pass but it kind of looks like fun. Hmm.

Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on January 12, 2021:

My Journalism prof and newspaper adviser said he graded on the QQID basis. The letters stood for"





I think that formula still works if you consider yourself a writer.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on January 12, 2021:

You hit the nail, proverbially, on the head, Greg. There has been an influx of rubbish “a day in my life” or gibberish type articles flooding HubPages from people misguided by the false claims of a YouTube video.

I know in these pressing times with lockdowns and job losses, people are desperate to find ways of making money. Well, some callous and unscrupulous YouTuber has found away...but just for himself through his views, not for anyone else.

I hope this article goes viral so these people learn the truth and don’t have their time wasted. That is, unless they follow your advice.

p.s. you mean people aren’t flocking Google search engine to search for “Poems From the Porch?” Now, I am

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 12, 2021:

Yep! Nothing more than that...yep! I have nothing to add to your advice.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on January 12, 2021:

Excellent advice, Box. You worded it in terms people can relate to. You're absolutely right about how, when, and why people consult the search engines. I do it all the time. Whether I'm looking for a product, an honest review about a product I'm considering buying, the menu at a restaurant I'm considering, how to grow herbs and when... whatever it is I need, I search for it online.

Writers should have that in mind when setting out to make money in today's environment.

Very well said, my friend!

Ann Carr from SW England on January 12, 2021:

Excellent advice. We have to strive for high quality, every time, all the time. Nothing else will do.

You have a atyle which is so easy to read, whilst delivering your message with plausibility and clout!


Ivana Divac from Serbia on January 12, 2021:

I agree with every word you wrote here. It's just like any other job: without hard work, there can be no real results. On the other hand, I really like your writing style, and I enjoy reading your articles. Thanks for sharing!

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