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What Is HubPages And How Does It Work?

What Is HubPages?

In our latest hub we focused on how to make money blogging with HubPages. But HubPages is not just some revenue-sharing website; it is a meeting point of information and a place for the passion to write. The site’s pool of writers and readers consist of professionals, students, mothers, businessman, consumers, and many more.

Each HubPages user & writer composes articles about topics of their own preference. Each can earn a decent income or even find HubPages as an opportunity for a lucrative career. Readers, on the other hand, are delighted with the vast information available on the website.

HubPages users, (called "hubbers" on the site), can ask questions, help one another by providing answers, draw attention to another user for any mistakes made, and make new friends.

Currently, HubPages is considered to be one of the most reliable sites in terms of payments, advertising, and of course, useful information. It has a wide viewership with around 40 million visits from the U.S. and other countries. HubPages also accepts contributors from all over the world.

A Brief History Of HubPages

Jay Reitz, Paul Deeds, and Paul Edmonson founded HubPages with an idea of a website where users will be the ones creating the content. Prior to its launch, they worked for Microsoft and contributed to MongoMusic. Hummer Winblad invested US$2 million to fund the site, and it was opened on August 6, 2006.

Basic Terms

HubPages utilizes basic terms in regard to its writers and other information that has something to do with the user. These terms are:

  • Hub – It refers to the content brought together by a HubPages user. It should be useful and original. Apart from text, a single Hub is required to have sufficient supporting features such as images, videos, tables, quizzes, polls, maps, links, and other visual aids.
  • Hubber – It is the term used for HubPages users. To be called as such, one needs to sign up. Hubbers are writers and readers. They can ask questions, answer questions, and interact with each other by commenting, rating, and joining contests.
  • HubScore – Each Hub is given a score by HubPages administrators. The score is referred to as HubScore.
  • HubberScore – It refers to the average of a Hubber’s HubScores. Unlike HubScores that are placed individually on each Hub, HubberScore can be found to the bottom right on the profile picture of a Hubber.
  • HubTool – It is the tool used to create, edit, and publish a Hub. It is the destination when a Hubber clicks on the “start a hub” link.

Earnings

HubPages follows a 60:40 rule when it comes to earnings. Users earn the 60% of their Hubs’ revenue while the 40% belong to the site.

There are two ways in which a Hubber can generate income from HubPages - these are online advertisements and affiliate programs.

HubPages has its own advertising program named HubPages Ad Program. It acts in a similar way as the Google AdSense Program. Both online advertising programs are available for Hubbers. Affiliate programs, on the other hand, come in the forms of eBay Affiliate Program and Amazon Affiliate Program. Each site has its own set of requirements that a Hubber must fulfill.

Under the HubPages Earnings Program, a Hubber must provide his or her tax information as mandated by U.S. laws. Even Hubbers from other countries are required to do so since the company is based in the U.S.

Once a prospect Hubber signs up for HubPages, he is already eligible for the site’s ad program. However, if he prefers to add Google, eBay, and Amazon advertisements, he would need to apply on their respective websites. Afterwards, the HubPages Earnings Program must be activated for eBay and Amazon affiliates in a separate step.

Hubpages will be the one paying a Hubber who prefers the site’s built-in ad program. Google, on the other hand, will be the one paying a Hubber who joined their ad program. eBay and Amazon will be sending their payment through the earnings program of HubPages.

Hubbers may also make money by winning contests. HubPages users are also entitled to a referral program wherein they could generate income by referring other persons to the site.

The earnings of Hubbers may vary from one to another. A lot of factors contribute to the variation of income. It could be the preferred income generation program of a Hubber as well as the quality of the Hub presented.

Payment Methods

One very small drawback though, HubPages offers only a single form of payment method to its users. That is through PayPal; but at least people can still use a personal PayPal account to transact with the site.

Depending on the income generation method used, a Hubber may or may not withdraw anytime, any day. Withdrawal is possible if the user earns the minimum amount required to do such transaction.

Starting On HubPages

After signing up, a user will be directed to a member dashboard where he has to complete further tasks to be entitled and earn reputation among HubPages users. The first task is to upload one’s own picture. Next, he has to complete his profile by adding personal information. He may opt to provide links to his other accounts on social websites such as Google+, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Pinterest. He may also provide the URL for his own website as well. HubPages is also a hosting site wherein users can create their own domain name added with HubPages.com. This will be a subdomain on the main domain.

Writing A Hub

There are only four basic steps in creating a Hub. These steps are as follows:

  1. Whether or not a HubPages user completes his profile or not, he may create a Hub already. All he has to do is click on the link provided after the two basic tasks namely uploading a picture and providing a little introduction of oneself. Veteran Hubpages writers simply click on the “start a hub”-link featured as one of the tabs on the upper right corner.
  2. A Hubber is then redirected to the HubTool. On the first page of the HubTool, he has to define his Hub. The title and the HubPages category where it belongs must be provided. After that, he will choose among the few Hub layouts provided.
  3. The next is step is the actual creation of the content. Text must be provided along with other helpful and appropriate inclusions in the forms of images, videos, tables, maps, links, polls, and many more.
  4. The last step is to publish the Hub. Before doing so, a HubPages user should proofread his Hub and preview it.

Before a Hub is officially published, it will be reviewed first by HubPages administrators. The review is done to ensure that the Hub complies with all their requirements (originality, valuable information, etc.). It is also intended to guarantee that it does not commit any of the violations stated by HubPages.

Rules For Hubs

Not all topics are allowed on HubPages. Topics pertaining to sex enhancements and toys are strictly forbidden. Fetishism in content is also not allowed. Whether or not there is sexual intent, topics covering such are totally banned. This applies not just to topics but to titles, texts, inclusions, and links as well.

Aside from sexual content, extreme use of profane words in texts or shown in images, videos, and other inclusions are not allowed in HubPages. Another HubPages restriction is about violence.

Topics about drugs, cigarettes, alcohol, weapons, and gambling may be allowed on HubPages. The administrators set rules that as long as a Hub does not promote such products, they may be published.

When it comes to drugs, cigarettes, and alcohol, the information that can be provided is limited. Providing the advantages of the use of the said products is a clear manifestation of promotion and such is not allowed by HubPages administrators.

Topics about weapons do not necessarily entail violence. For instance, Hubs about hunting are allowed. Such Hubs entail the presentation of some weapons.

Gambling topics may also be allowed in Hubpages as long as a Hub does not promote it, directly or indirectly. Hubs about gambling could be about history of some games, rules, and strategies.

Other Website Uses

While waiting for their Hubs to be reviewed, HubPages users may opt to make use of the other site’s functions. One of which is to read another Hubber’s Hubs.

HubPages users may choose to rate a Hub. As much as possible, the rating should be objective. The primary purpose of the rating system is for the writer to assess the Hub concerned and edit as he deems appropriate. However, subjectivity in ratings is still possible.

The commenting system of HubPages is another way for its users to interact with each other. They can comment on the Hubs they read. Comments that contain constructive criticisms regarding a Hub are greatly appreciated. Comments also take the form of a reader’s appreciation.

HubPages also offer a forum for its users. Herein, users can post questions and fellow users as well as the HubPages administrators can answer. Through the HubPages forum, Hubbers can share tips and tricks they found useful in the site.

Additional Information & Assistance

It is always best for a Hubber to explore HubPages before doing anything. As much as possible, he should gather basic information and tips.

Reading Hubpages FAQ is still the best way to get started. Almost all possible questions of users are answered therein. Additional information is also provided in the HubPages Learning Center. Both offer detailed information on how to find success on the site.

Problems Or Complaints

HubPages is just like any other website that sometimes has flaws. However, everything works usually very smoothly and its administrators try their best to address problems and complaints right away.

If you want to learn more about writing and blogging for HubPages, you can learn more reading our blog. Good luck!

Comments

Charlene Gallant from Cape Town, South Africa on August 17, 2020:

I am a newbie to hubpages so this was SUCH an informative article to find my feet...thank you so much.

Marcia Jenkins from Old Town, Fl on July 24, 2020:

I'm so happy I found you, totally by accident I may add. The information in this introductory article is very helpful to me, as I hope to begin my dream of blogging. This is a journey I've long anticipated, & am excited to see if it's a good fit for me. Thanks so much for the opportunity.

Vanessa Brown from South Africa on August 10, 2019:

Thank you. That was really informative. This is all very new to me, and I didn't even know what a hub was before reading your article.

Elizabeth Williams from Atlanta, GA, USA on July 13, 2019:

This article is very informative and useful for me. Thank you.

Tanika Page on August 12, 2018:

Thanks HubPages for this great intro can't wait to start my blog

gyanendra mocktan on April 27, 2017:

Very valuable information. Thank you very much.

mansur alam on April 27, 2017:

o really its a good page on internet to be aware about the thought of the people as well as earning money

gyanendra mocktan on April 14, 2017:

Thank you for your guidance. The article is helpful.

relater on March 05, 2017:

Thanks, your article has been very informative.

Thomasbell32 on May 05, 2016:

I have just started so any help appreciated. Thanks for the tips and clarification.

Sapna Wagh from Pune, India on February 11, 2016:

Thanks, this is really healpful. I was confused if a hub is a collection of articles or just one single article. The name is confusing. thanks for clearing the doubt!

Emmalee Moore on July 26, 2015:

Wow, thanks so much! I'm just starting out and this helped a bunch:)

Korneliya Yonkova from Cork, Ireland on May 31, 2015:

Amazing hub, would recommend it for anyone to read it :)

protam on May 24, 2015:

creating back-link is allow , what is the meaning of "Comments are not for promoting your Hubs or other sites"

Mo Ali from my house on April 04, 2015:

great Hub! I just wanted a hubber's info about the site

Street-Wear-Buff on November 25, 2014:

Great hub! New to this but I am intrigued! Keep it coming

Keisha Hunter from Kingston, Jamaica on November 11, 2014:

Great hub, thanks for sharing. I'm gradually getting the hang of things, but have learnt a lot from your hub.

Ana Maria Orantes from Miami Florida on September 21, 2014:

Thank you for sharing your knowledge . I like your hub. It is wonderful to know how to make money writing. Your advice is useful and exact. Some day no too far . I will like to blog for a company that it will buy my idea on the blog. Sometimes, people underestimate others knowledge. Some people have excellent ideas. Like, you creating this hub. You did an excellent job. Congratulations to you Mr. Getpaidtoblog.

StephenDincanada on May 08, 2014:

How the hell do I remove my info from this site??? I only wanted to ask a question and now the IRS will want to know about my "revenue" from my assumed greedy navel gazing?

And of course, no way to connect with the ubermaster unless there is a danger for them to be sued for copyrights...

Tori Canonge from North Carolina on March 25, 2014:

I just started so I found this to be very helpful. Thanks!

mecheshier on March 17, 2014:

Very informative Hub. Thanks for sharing!