Can You Really Make Money Writing Online? How I Make Money on HubPages

Updated on March 8, 2019
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Kierstin's created online content for over 5 years as her main form of income.

Six years ago I had a total quarter-life freak out, quit the job I'd held for seven years, dropped out of school and declared that I was going to pursue writing as a career.

And everyone looked at me with a lot of sadness and concern.

Oh, and then a few weeks later I found out I was pregnant.

So, 2013 was pretty weird.

When I first started writing on HubPages I had one humble goal: Make enough money to cover our car insurance each month.

Just a few years later I was making enough to not only cover our car insurance payment, I was making enough to pay our mortgage payment.

I am telling you this to brag a little bit. I take a lot of pride in writing content that informs and helps readers while also making enough money to contribute financially while staying home with my two small children. I'm bragging because if you're reading this, you probably have similar hopes and you're wondering how you can do it.

Keep reading, because I'm going to tell you how you can make some sweet, sweet cash writing for HubPages.

(Full disclosure: I'm not about to try and sell you anything and whether or not you also decide to write on HubPages will not at all affect me. This isn't a sales pitch, it's an article on how to make some money from home as well as how to build passive income, plain and simple.)

How Does HubPages Work?

  1. Sign up to write on HubPages (it's free)
  2. Complete your profile (write an About Me and add a profile photo)
  3. Choose your ad program
  4. Start writing
  5. Make money from the ad revenue earned from readers visiting your articles. Another way you might make money is by selling products on Amazon through affiliate links
  6. Your earnings will be split with HubPages - they take a small amount of your total income each month and you get the rest deposited into your PayPal

If you're not already writing on HubPages you're probably wondering how it works and where the money actually comes from. Simply put, HubPages operates a lot like a blogging platform (though it's not a blogging platform - more on that later), meaning it's super easy to add capsules of text, photos and more.

As far as how you'll make money on HubPages, when you sign up you choose an earnings program. All of the money you make from HubPages is coming from ad revenue from ads placed on the site.

That money is then deposited into your PayPal account at the end of each month.

Will You Make a Lot of Money Right Away?

No. At first you won't make a lot of money. When I first opened my account and started writing I was making pennies each month. What happens though, is that income begins to snowball as your traffic grows.

Income through ad revenue has two components - the traffic and the CPMs.

The Two Most Important Factors in Making Money on HubPages

What is Traffic?
What Are CPMs?
Traffic is how many people click on your article. People who click THROUGH your article are even better.
This is the amount of money advertisers are bidding to have their ads seen on your articles. CPMs vary each month depending on marketing budgets.
HubPages has a specific area to track your traffic. In my first year on HubPages I had just a few visitors to my articles each day, maybe up to 10. Now, my articles are clicked on thousands of times each day.
For instance, I make a lot more money in the months leading up to Christmas than I do after the New Year.
Traffic (readers who click on your article) can come from a lot of places but the most lucrative place I've found traffic is just Google. Sometimes I will run a campaign on Pinterest to get a particular article seen many times. This can help me find readers in places other than search engines and broaden my audience.
Historically, my CPMs (the amount of money I'm making from each click on each of my articles) are highest in the middle of summer and right before the holidays. Advertisers are willing to spend the most money when they know that people are spending the most money on products.

How I Make Money Every Single Month Writing on HubPages

Here are my tips for earning a steady income and making the most of my articles on HubPages.

If The Title of an Article is a Question, I'm Sure to Answer it Right Away

First thing's first, if one of my articles is asking a question in the title, I try to make sure that I'm answering that specific question in the first few sentences or at least paragraphs. This is for two reasons:

  1. It annoys people when you make them dig for answers, especially because most people Googling for answers are already freaking out and...
  2. Google likes answers! And Google is my friend, Google is where the majority of my traffic comes from and I want Google to like me. Answers that appear in the beginning of an article give that article a better chance of showing up on the first few pages of a search results page as well as the top result which (currently) gives a detailed preview of the article.

If I Have a Question, I Write About It

Because if I'm wondering, someone else has to be too, no matter how random or obscure it seems. That courthouse article I mentioned? It's one of the top Google results for questions like "How do I get married at the courthouse?"

When I wrote it, I had no idea that it would be such a popular subject. So, just because you think you're the only one wondering about something, that doesn't mean it's not worthy of an article.

Writing on HubPages has given me the opportunity to write from wherever I can plug in my laptop. Usually my couch.
Writing on HubPages has given me the opportunity to write from wherever I can plug in my laptop. Usually my couch. | Source

I Make Sure to Write at Least 1,500 Words Per Article (Usually)

When I set out to write an article I ask myself first if I can realistically write at least 1,500 words pertaining to the subject that contain helpful information and original thought. If I can't, or if I start writing it and realize it's just going to end up being stuffed with a bunch of fillers, I move on to the next article. I'm not going to waste my time writing it and I'm not going to waste a reader's time with a low-quality piece that will probably be written better by someone with more experience on that subject.

One thing that drives me crazy when I click on a Facebook link or a search result is ending up with an article that's barely pushing 500 words and doesn't really give me an in-depth commentary on the subject (I'm looking at you, Apartment Therapy, even if your site design is super cute).

Another reason I'm sure to write at least 1,500 words per article? Google favors longer articles (probably for the reasons I just mentioned)!

I Include at Least Three Pictures That I Have the Legal Right to Use

Photos help break up an article so that it's easier to read and digest. But photos that are irrelevant to the subject, that are bad quality (pixely, small, dark, etc.) or that I don't have permission to use aren't going to help me at all. If I click into an article and hate the pictures I honestly shoot back and start over, looking for an article with photos that make me happy.

My content is a fraction of what's out there and just like in retail, shoppers are going to reach out, touch, and then buy whatever looks like it has the best value for the price (in this case, the price is the reader's time) and I want to be valuable to them by providing them with stimulating visuals alongside fresh, well-organized information.

Where to Find Free Stock Photos

UnSplash and PixaBay are my go-to's when it comes to finding quality stock photos that I can use legally, for free.

I Use Canva to Create Social Media Graphics

Speaking of high-quality pictures, I couldn't create the content I do without Canva which I use to create graphics that will appeal to readers on social media. Because even though a lot of my traffic does come from Google, a good portion of it also comes directly from Pinterest, a place where the first thing people will see is a graphic, not the content I've written.

A well-designed graphic is my only chance to explain to them that they need to read what I've written. I'm not a designer, I'm not good at it, I wouldn't ask someone to pay me to do it, but for myself, these images suffice.

I use one of my free-photo sites to find a picture that is free to use for commercial use (and is also allowed to be edited) and use that to build my graphic over on Canva with the title of my article, add some flare, and upload it into my article from the plugins on HubPages.

Honestly, I've always used high-quality photos on my articles but it's only within the past year that I started creating graphics for my titles and it's made a huge difference in my traffic and thus my income - for only an extra 15 minutes of work (that is actually pretty fun).

Creating viewer-friendly images gives my readers a preview of what they'll learn about if they click.
Creating viewer-friendly images gives my readers a preview of what they'll learn about if they click. | Source

I Write With a Vertical Site in Mind

When I start out a "hub" I take a quick peek around the niche sites to see where the subject I'm writing about would fit in best. From there I try to cater to the audience who would search that particular niche or vertical site (they are, to my knowledge, the same thing).

I want the majority of my articles to be eligible for a niche site because these sites gain the most traffic and traffic = money for me.

I Treat Writing for HubPages Like a Part Time Job

At first, I didn't and all of that time I spent trying to do other things feels like a waste to me now that I'm legitimately including my income from HubPages into our monthly budget.

Researching subjects, extracting the most relevant information out there, and packaging it into an easy-to-view, easy-to-find, and most importantly, easy-to-read article is a service that I do for money and I can't make money if I don't work.

I try to set aside a specific amount of time each week (depending on homework, doctors appointments and feeding the kiddos) to dedicate to working.

Sometimes that's tricky, because to my family and friends it just looks like I'm just messing around on my laptop and ignoring them. But I know, because of the results that I've seen, that the more work I put into writing and the more time I put into piecing together helpful articles, the more money I'll make.

From about June of this year, to now (it's December, so six months) I've basically quadrupled my income by being diligent about sitting down and creating content and truthfully, I'm only publishing about three articles a month right now (which is like a dinky 10 hours per month)!

So that's a huge income increase for a minimal amount of work. I can't even imagine what kind of money I'd make if my attention wasn't so divided.

I Get that HubPages Isn't a Blog

Blogs are awesome and successful blogs have the potential to rack up the creator a crazy awesome amount of money, much more than I make. But blogs are also more work to establish in search engines and out on the interwebs in general, something I don't have a lot of time to do (yet!). They cost money to startup and operate whereas HubPages is completely free from the start. Plus, the audience for a blog is also slightly different than the audience for an article. I think of blogs as an ongoing story, a peek into a writer's life with deeply personal stories and a lot of "community" happening in the comments.

That is not HubPages, at least in my experience. With a blog, I could really brand myself, but on HubPages, I'm branding HubPages, representing a website's ability to deliver a constant stream of high-quality, researched content to the world. For this reason, I try to avoid using this as a platform to publish more personal issues (besides how I pooped while giving birth without an epidural) unless they're an anecdote to information I'm giving to the reader to help them better understand why something is the way it is.

From my own experience here, that material doesn't get a lot of traffic on HubPages.

Someday I hope to have the time and attention to devote to a personal blog that I can also monetize, but right now, I'm happy to create content for a well-curated, trustworthy publishing platform that rewards me for the traffic I drive to it.

I Use My Real Name

This goes along with a reader trusting the information I give them. I'm personally put off by writers whose name is very clearly not their name like "Super Momma PowerPants"* or OMDfan99*

That's not to say that there aren't great reasons to use pen names, like if you're writing about something controversial, or that could jeopardize your day job but I think it's a good idea to pick a name that is at least legitimate sounding.

*Not real writers here, I miraculously pulled these names out of my head in the time it took me to walk from my computer to the front door where my daughters were ringing the bell incessantly.

I Use Actual Photos of Myself in My Profile Photos

See above. If I click onto an article out there in the twisted interwebs and the writer's photo is a picture of a cartoon character or worse, a stolen profile picture from some random person, that's really off-putting to me. I like to put a face to the real-sounding name and know that someone coherent wrote these things on the other end.

I don't know if using real photos of myself as my profile picture here on HubPages actually works to drive traffic, but I like to believe that it helps build trust with my readers.

I Set Goals

Sometimes it's easy to get complacent with passive income because it just keeps coming whether you work for it or not. Right now, a lot of the money I make comes from articles I wrote years ago. In fact, the newer an article is, the less money I'll make on it until it starts gaining rank in the search engines, so I'm often tempted to get lazy and not put the work into writing fresh content. The thing is, monetizing through ad revenue is like a snowball. It starts small, but the longer you roll it, the more quickly it grows. The more I write, the bigger my snowball gets, and with each month the rate at which I gain income increases.

Although I'm not sure I'm allowed to reveal exactly how much I make, I'll put it this way - when I first started earning here, I made enough each day to get a Happy Meal for my kids to split. Now I earn enough each day to buy them EACH an ARMFUL of Happy Meals - and ice cream cones too.

Keeping that in mind, I try to make a monthly goal for content published, whether that be one article a week or just one article for the whole month. One way I can do this is by spending one day just starting drafts. I'll brainstorm subject ideas and then start like a dozen drafts. That way, when I'm ready to put in some writing time I just go into one of those drafts and write from there. Because half the process is figuring out what to write about!

Each week I evaluate how many articles I can realistically write that week and set goals from there.
Each week I evaluate how many articles I can realistically write that week and set goals from there. | Source

I Track My Stats and Update Accordingly

The first thing I do after getting my kids their morning milk and pouring myself a cup of coffee is open up my laptop and login to HubPages to check my stats. I see if my traffic is up or down, where it's falling, where it's rising, what search phrases are bringing people to my articles, which articles are being shared most on social media, and of course, how much money I made the day before.

From there, I can gauge which articles need to be tweaked (sometimes changing just a couple of words in a title can have a dramatic effect on how many people read it) or updated completely.

One of the reasons I'll update an article over writing a brand new one is that that article's particular url has probably gained a lot of rank over the past couple of years and I don't want to mess with it. Still, I know it's no longer up to snuff and could use fresh photos, more relevant information, or even a few more capsules of content to make it a worthier read.

I Hustle My Hubs

I am not talking about my husband because I hate using the term "Hubs" for the person I'm married to as much as I never want to be called "Wifey", ever.

As soon as I hit publish on a hub here on HubPages, even before it's been evaluated by the editors, I begin building a digital trail. I pin it to Pinterest to start gaining views. Once it's gone through review, I'll post a link to the article on my Facebook, with a little preview of what the article is about, and make the post public so that if anyone on Facebook is searching for the subject I've written about, there's a chance my link will show up. I also use it as an opportunity to tag Facebook pages of companies on Facebook who are mentioned in or relevant to the article so that their followers might also see the article.

I Write What I Know

I don't believe you have to write what you know to be a successful writer. In fact, I write content freelance for clients who often hire me to write about things I initially have zero interest or experience in.

But truthfully, on a platform like HubPages, I think you'll make more money if you write what you know.

Here's why: When I write what I already know, it takes much less time to write it and as a freelancer my time really is money. The less time it takes me to write one thing, the more time I have to write another thing. Writing what I know also gives me some authority over it, and when a reader is looking for information they often look for someone with authority on the subject.

I Engage With My Readers

I love my readers. I know it's not the same following that a blogger would garner, but my readers are really important to me and I want them to know that when they comment, I will respond as quickly as possible. Hopefully when I publish something new, they'll be excited to click and read and start another conversation. Building traffic is essential, building traffic with an established audience just gives me the warm-fuzzies.

My coffee cup isn't as dainty and my surroundings much less hygge, but the second thing I do each day after pouring my morning jo is check my article stats.
My coffee cup isn't as dainty and my surroundings much less hygge, but the second thing I do each day after pouring my morning jo is check my article stats. | Source

I Listen to My Editors

Every so often I'll get an email from one of HubPage's editors to let me know that they've begun the process of editing one of my articles or that they have some changes they'd like me to make. They're implementing these changes not because they have something against me personally, but because they're the experts and they know how this stuff works. Their suggestions are there to help us make more money, not to hurt anyone's feelings.

Do You Write on HubPages?

What's the best advice you have for driving traffic and helping other writers to realize their income potential on HubPages? Let me know in the comments below!

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

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© 2017 Kierstin Gunsberg

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    • Marukh Rajpoot profile image

      Marukh 

      11 days ago from Islamabad

      Thank you ma'am for the great guidance this is what i needed...

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      Noel Penaflor 

      5 weeks ago from California

      Thank you

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      Elise 

      5 weeks ago from Melbourne

      This is what I needed to read. Thank you!

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      Jessica Beasley 

      6 weeks ago

      Thank you so much for sharing your experience on this Kiersten! I stumbled upon this article about a month ago. First of all, as a new hubber (about 4 months at that time) this article gave me hope that I was on the right track. It also confirmed that the growth I was seeing in my traffic and earning was real, even though it was small. I spent the month of May taking the advice in this article and whoa! I am so encouraged at the results. This article came to me when I needed it most. Thank you so much for sharing your experience!

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      Nolan Johnson 

      6 weeks ago from Staten Island, New York

      I'm so glad I found this. I signed up on Hubpages like six months ago but couldn't fully commit due to finishing my last semester of school. But now being that Graduation has passed, I have more time to get my writing career off the ground. Fingers crossed things will work out as well as they have for you :)

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      David Warren 

      2 months ago from Nevada and Puerto Vallarta

      Thank you for sharing your experience and method of writing here on Hubpages.

      I have been an HP member since 2011 but utilize other methods for income from writing.

      I enjoyed reading this hub and intend to spend more time here on HP once again.

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      Danyel 

      2 months ago

      Great blog post, it’s a pleasure to read. I just recently started writing on Hubpages, both of my articles are featured at the moment. And I also made $00.01, a penny with the first article

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      Jason B Truth 

      2 months ago from United States of America

      Kierstin? I just read your hub, and I like the description you gave therein about how you discipline yourself to be productive in your writing schedule. However, I did have one question for you. As embarrassed as I am to say this, I've been a Hubber for over two years, and I haven't yet used the Amazon affiliate link program to earn money on my hubs. Have you written a hub providing instructions on how to do so? I'm going to look through your hubs to see if you have. However, if you haven't written such a hub, do you know where I could go here in HubPages to find such a hub? I'm already earning commission through Google Adsense here on HubPages. Getting that Google Adsense account was a major event in my life. Now I want to find a way to earn more money on top of it through the Amazon affiliate program. :-)

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      Doug West 

      2 months ago from Missouri

      Good article. I have been writing for Hubpages for years and have had a good experience.

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      BRENDA ARLEDGE 

      4 months ago from Washington Court House

      Thank you Kierstin!

      I just tried this. It took me a moment to figure it out but i got it.

      Now maybe others can see my writing.

      Thank you again. This was a big help. Now on with the editing...fix my pins.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      4 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Bill, thank you so much for reading! Creating content is a constant learning experience for all of us :)

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      4 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hi, Brenda! With Pinterest, I think the content of the article really matters. For instance, articles that have to do with child birth or parenting do okay there because that's the type of content that circulates quickly on Pinterest.

      Making a cover photo definitely helps, but another thing you can try is making sure you tag the pin in the description. For instance if I were to Pin this article I would type "#Writing #Homebased #Remote" in the description so that people searching those terms would have a chance to see my Pin.

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      BRENDA ARLEDGE 

      4 months ago from Washington Court House

      I am new to Hubpages and i am having trouble gaining traffic from Pinterest.

      Is there a special trick to gaining traffic here?

      I am pinning my articles with photos displaying titles.

      Maybe I am not creating proper boards.

      I enjoyed your article.

      Lots of interesting information.

      I have used pic font instead of canva. But I will try it out next time.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      4 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Kierstin. Can't believe it took me this long to come across this article. I've been a member of HubPages for over 7 years, and I think this is the best hub I've come across that explains how HubPages works, and how to be successful here. Even after 7 years here, you mentioned a few things that I really need to do a better job at, so thank you. Great hub, very helpful.

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      Amelia Griggs 

      5 months ago from U.S.

      Hi Kierstin, Thanks for the tip about using Canva more for title images. I love Canva! I use it to create book covers but I really need to take advantage of the social media templates.

      Lately I have been getting back to some older hubs to make them better.

      My biggest advice to other hubbers is one word: commitment. Of course we all need time as well so we have to figure out a balance of how much time we can devote each week to our articles.

      I agree about goal setting, and make sure they are measurable and reasonable. Anything is possible if you set your mind to it! I self-published 3 books in the last 2 years (they are on Amazon!) and I have HubPages to thank because it helped me to practice writing and network with others. I”m now writing more about my self-publishing journey and I’m working on a lot more books.

      Also thanks for mentioning Unsplash. I mostly use Pixabay.

      Cheers to you, great article!

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      Calvin Scanlan 

      5 months ago from Glasgow

      Hello Kierstin, I have just started writing movie reviews on hubpages and would just like to say that you have been a big inspiration!

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      6 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Dina, thank you for reading!! Bringing in expert opinions is an awesome idea. Sometimes HubPages will actually bring in their own experts after an article is moved to a niche site, but I think starting off with as much expert info as possible is a great idea.

      One of the ways I've done this is by using the Facbeook group "Crowdsourcing Central" to reach experts and people with experience on the topics I'm writing about, then I'll link to their articles or websites to show their authority.

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      Dina AH 

      6 months ago from United States

      Kierstin, this is so helpful! Okay, so here's my question: I am trying to write about stuff that interests me but I like to research and bring in the opinions of experts on the topics. Is that harmful to an article's readability?

      Ooh. I am going to look into Pinterest a bit more. I have an account but it's mostly just for me pinning cool things.

      Thank you so much for a brilliant article!!!

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      8 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      If you work hard and heed the editor's suggestions, you can often make way more than $50 per month over time as your articles gain traction :)

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      Liam Cooper 

      8 months ago from Los Angeles

      Well some interesting advice and according to information by the publishers, if you $50 a month that is atypical and very good.

      some nice points...

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      Kathy Burton 

      8 months ago from Florida

      Well like you I drifted away from Hubpages after a strong start. Now I’m back. Reading your article was helpful. Although, I think I’m stronger at shorter articles than longer ones, my new goal will be 2,000 words. Thanks for taking time to write.

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      Liza 

      8 months ago from Herriman,UT

      This is really good information. I started writing on HubPages last year. I was very slow but, I wanted to do this just like you what you did! Thanks for sharing the story.

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      Diana 

      9 months ago

      woow,, inspiring

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      Jennifer Saxton-Sweet 

      10 months ago

      Thank you for sharing your story. You have given me quite a lot of insight that I find can be valuable. I have only used Hub to upload papers that I have written for college. I like to write, but I haven't thought about doing it all the time. With your helpful advice, I may start doing more. Again, thank you.

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      Paul Joseph 

      11 months ago from India

      thanks for the detailed tactics. I am new to Hubpages. I don't have much idea how to get traffic to my articles. I think some of your ideas can be applied.

      Paul

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      Rachelle Williams 

      12 months ago from Tempe, AZ

      This is awesome! My earnings on HubPages have been going up in the last 6 months, so I'm pumped to create more content, this article hit the spot for me!

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      Thelma Alberts 

      13 months ago from Germany and Philippines

      I have just seen this on our HubPages fb group. Very informative hub. I think I have to spend more time on writing here at HubPages. Thanks for sharing your inspiring hub. Well done!

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      TJ Rogers 

      13 months ago from David, Panama/Knoxville Tennessee

      Just started my first Hub this week. Your advice really hit home. Thanks for taking the time to write it out in detail. Cannot wait to put some of the ideas into practice!

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      Natalie Frank 

      14 months ago from Chicago, IL

      Just saw this article. It provides so much really useful info - thanks for writing it!

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      Leigha Havard 

      15 months ago from TN

      This is really helpful and gives me hope!

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      16 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      RedElf, holy cow, you have a slew of great articles! Good on you! I think you're going to fare very well with getting back into writing. You seem like you know what you're doing and the only advice I really have for you is to just try to move as much as you can over to niche sites where I'm sure you'll see some revenue start pouring in.

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      RedElf 

      16 months ago from Canada

      Thanks so much. I was checking on a hub that was just moved to one of the vertical sites, and there you were when I signed in. Nice placement, btw. I've been away for some years, but am now back pursuing writing again, and wondering what, if anything, to do with all these hubs. Thanks for the inspiration and great advice.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      17 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Kathy, thank you so much for reading and following! If you invest a bit of time here you'll definitely see a return. Since I wrote this article I'm earning even more! If you ever have any questions feel free to drop them here - I check my comments every day :)

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      Kathy Burton 

      17 months ago from Florida

      Kierstin,

      I signed up years ago and did nothing. Now, I’m back writing and researching. Your hub was so informative. I will be following you for more insight to working with hub. Thanks again.

      Kathy

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      18 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Oh Kari, thank you for letting me know! I noticed a serious difference after trying this so I'm glad it's working out for you too.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      18 months ago from Ohio

      Just to check back in. I am seeing results using the graphics. Thanks again.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      18 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Nicole, thank you so much for reading!! Earnings here are definitely increasing and with some effort this is a place where women like us can work at our own pace while still putting our kids first. I love that!

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      Nicole K 

      18 months ago

      Thanks so much for sharing your story and tips! I'm making some side income on hubpages, but would definitely like it to increase so that it could be more beneficial to my family. It's really cool to see that amount increasing from what it was years ago (I started in 2012) and to realize that my voice and experiences can actually help others and bless them in the process. Who would have known? Anyway, I love your writing. You're funny but also informative. Keep up the good work!

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      18 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Thank you for reading, Jorge :) I'm so glad that platforms like HubPages exist so that those of us who want to pursue passive income through our writing can do it! We live in a cool era.

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      Jorge 

      18 months ago from Canada

      Congratulations on your success and thank you so much for sharing your experience; your impressive story is inspiring.

    • Kierstin Gunsberg profile imageAUTHOR

      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      19 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Thanks for reading, Glen! Yes, editing old hubs has been one of the most important factors in my ability to earn here. It's kind of nuts how a few simple tweaks to the wording in the title or the description will have a drastic effect on traffic.

      Yes, I'm going to school for business and something we reflect on often is how the environment we're conducting business in is always changing and that we have to be on top of those changes. I personally think it's fun and enjoy learning new things as I go along :)

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      Glenn Stok 

      19 months ago from Long Island, NY

      I am so glad I took the time to read your hub Kierstin. I consider myself quite successful on HubPages, but I’m always striving for doing better—which is why I read your hub.

      You’ve verified a number of strategies for me and you even gave me an idea of something new that I need to focus on. That being the method you mentioned of answering a question up front if the title is a question.

      I usually do give the answer as soon as possible since I know that many people want instant gratification when searching the Internet. Then I elaborate on the subject further in the rest of the hub. But you made me check how well I’ve been doing that, and I found a few of my hubs that needed improvement with that.

      You and I have the same attitude with editing hubs. I spend more time maintaining old hubs than I do with writing new ones. It definitely pays off.

      Just as you, I also consider this a business. So I never have a problem with wanting to spend time editing old hubs when rules change. I find it strange that so many people complain in the forums that they always have to keep changing things. That’s business!

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      19 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Thanks so much for reading, Dennis!

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      Dennis Chikwayi 

      19 months ago from Mansa, Zambia

      So insightful post and it deserves a share button!

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      19 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      You're welcome, Shashank! Happy writing :)

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      Shashank Mittal 

      19 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you. That helped a lot. :)

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      19 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hey Shashank! Thanks for reading :)

      I do have some shorter articles that fare alright with traffic, especially when it has to do with medical stuff. I would say if you can, you should aim for 800 words. I agree with you, a lot of readers DON'T want to read long-form articles, they just want their answer. However, in order for your content to be found by the Google crawlers, you want to have enough words in your content that the Google algorithm doesn't deem it too "thin" to appear in search results.

      To compromise on these two issues you could give your answer right away in the article and then add more information to make your word count. Then readers get their answer right away and only have to keep reading if they want to, while Google gets the words it wants to help you show up in search results.

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      Shashank Mittal 

      19 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Kierstin,

      I have recently started with writing for the hubpages, however I am not able to write huge articles of 2000 words. I have an average of 400-500 words. Is it ok? because I feel a reader does not want to read a lot to get his question answered.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      21 months ago from Ohio

      I have been adding graphics using Canva. I hope to see an increase in traffic! Thanks again for the tips. :)

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      21 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Kari, since I started making graphics with Canva my traffic has gone way up because my articles are catching attention on Pinterest. Definitely worth the extra time! It's fun too.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      21 months ago from Ohio

      I'm going to try the Canva idea you shared. :)

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      21 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Thank you for reading, Kari!

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      Kari Poulsen 

      21 months ago from Ohio

      Thanks for the information. :)

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      Angel Guzman 

      21 months ago from Joliet, Illinois

      I've noticed I'm doing better than some writers here.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      21 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hey, Angel! You should feel accomplished :) Keep writing! The more you write, the more you'll earn. Like I said, I earned squat the first year I was here, not realizing that I was setting myself up for future steady-earnings.

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      Angel Guzman 

      21 months ago from Joliet, Illinois

      I'm glad hubpages.com has been good to you :) I've been here 6 months 7 articles 4,000 views $5.25 earned. I feel accomplished but always strive for more.

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      Tim Mitchell 

      21 months ago from Escondido, CA

      Great article! Inspiring! It is down to earth and indicates there has to be point to take it seriously to be successful. Money is a good reason and always motivates as this article points out. However, sharing your needs to me relates to us thinking about our needs. Yet, motivation requires action and you emphasized that too. Kudos and best wishes for future success.

      P.S. Thanks for the heads up on UnSplash and Canava.

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      Kristen Howe 

      22 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Aww thanks Kiersten. I'll keep trying. It would be nice to have an Amazon sale one of these days. I only have seen traffic on two of my niched hubs so far, but I don't see it via adsense though.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      22 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      I have hope that you will, Kristen! Just keep tweaking titles and writing when you can and your traffic will slowly build. My Amazon capsules do provide a handful of sales each month but they're certainly not my main source of income here.

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      Kristen Howe 

      22 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Aww thanks for the visit Kierstin. I did see a surge of traffic, especially with my niched ones. I haven't made an Amazon sale in over a year. But I hope to make payout by the end of the year too.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      22 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Kristen, I think that revising old hubs is in some ways more lucrative than writing new ones, at least if you're just getting back into the swing of things. Those are URLS that have at least a little established traffic and if you update them to be more search-friendly I bet you'll see a huge surge in traffic in a couple of months.

      I didn't feel very hopeful after the Panda update a couple of years ago, but I'm really glad I put my writing back out there and have been more regular with publishing because financially it's definitely paid off. I'm consistently making more and more each month with just a little extra effort.

      I'm hoppin' on over to read your hubs now :)

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      Kristen Howe 

      22 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks for the inspirational boost. I haven't written any new hubs in months, but I have been revising hubs and have a couple of hubs at the niche sites. I use social media by sharing my hubs everyday, even if I make pennies and not the daily amount you've made. I hope to make new hubs this fall.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      22 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Promoting your hubs in groups is a good idea, I haven't actually done that yet. Do you ever update your old hubs? At first I felt like I was wasting my time but it's amazing how articles I wrote three years ago that got almost no traffic will suddenly become one of my best-viewed in a matter of months after a good update.

      I tried Flipboard but I didn't stick around. I should give it another shot, I know, I just didn't really think it was very user friendly.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      22 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Thanks for reading, Viking!

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      L M Reid 

      22 months ago from Ireland

      Very interesting article, thanks for sharing

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 

      22 months ago from Norfolk

      Great article! Just the inspiration I need to update or write a few more hubs. I promote new and old hubs on a few Facebook groups which are interested in learning more about Felting. I regularly tweet, use Flipboard (less so lately) but Pinterest is definitely my favourite promotional tool. I do need to create images especially for Pinterest so thank you for the reminder.

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