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

Updated on February 17, 2020
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Kierstin has been creating online content and practicing SEO for the past decade.

Can You Really Make Money Writing Online With HubPages?

The short answer is yes, but how much really varies.

When I first started writing online I made a few cents per month, it was pretty sad. As I continued to build my content though, those cents would double each month until eventually I was earning several hundred dollars every month on HubPages alone - we were paying our mortgage with my HubPages payouts.

The nitty gritty truth though is that as of 2020 I'm not making much here at all. Here's the run down of things that'll help you earn money on HubPages versus the stuff that's going to trip you up and lower your income:

Things That Will Help You Earn More Writing on HubPages (and anywhere else on the internet):

  • Understanding how search engine optimization (SEO) works. Here's the holy grail guide to understanding what this is and how to utilize it in your content.
  • Creating quality articles that you're qualified to write about. If you're a sous chef with zero experience in dance or performing arts, don't write a piece of The Best Dancewear for Beginner Ballerinas. One of the reasons you don't want to do this is that Google's algorithms are getting smarter and they're tracking who is who and what they know. Google knows you don't know squat about dance and they're going to move your article to the 57th page of their search engine result pages (SERPs).
  • Have a fantastic command of the English language. If English is not your first or second language, you should reconsider writing on HubPages or any other English-language site only because Google is a stickler for grammar. Does anyone know of a non-English site where writers can create content for ad revenue? I'd love to hear about it in the comments!

Things That Will Keep You From Earning Much on HubPages:

  • Ad blockers. Do you have an ad blocking app installed on your browser or device? If so, you're consuming my content and I'm not getting paid for it. HubPages writers like me earn based off of ad revenue. That means we only get paid for the advertisements that are seen by visitors to our pages. If the ads displayed on our pages are blocked then we don't get paid, simple as that. We could have thousands of readers a day (and I do) and we could get paid mere dollars for those reads (as is true for me this past year) because of how prevalent ad blockers have become. Yes, flashy, loud, distracting ads suck but the alternative is a paywall. That's when a website doesn't let you into it until you agree to pay for the article, or to pay for a subscription.
  • There's so much competition. Ten years ago, when I first entered the world of online content creation there weren't as many quality how-to articles out there on the interwebs. Fast forward to 2020 and everybody and their brother is in the business.
  • Voice queries. Hey Alexa... even I have a chat with my AI friend from time to time, especially when I'm in the kitchen trying not to burn it down and have a quick question about splitting a recipe in half. But these voice results are cutting down traffic for those of us who create written content. That's because instead of a user scrolling through Google's search results to find the answer to their question, then clicking on the article and viewing the ads (that pay the writer) while they read, AI is reading the shortened version of the answer from these written articles and the ads are going unseen while writers go unpaid.
  • Thin content. I love, love, love HubPages and the opportunities it's afforded me over the years, both as a place to direct potential employers and as a means of financial revenue. But the truth is, there's a lot of low-quality content here and Google knows it. Google has really cracked down on keyword stuffing, a tactic where a bunch of highly searched words are thrown into an article without any regard to how relevant they are to the topic. Since the standards for publication on HubPages haven't always been top-notch, there's definitely been some keyword stuffing, along with short, valueless articles floating around on the HubPages domains. Because Google tends to read a website as a whole, and not page by page, our sites have been ranking lower and lower over the past year.
  • Google SERPs suck. All that being said, Google search engine results pages have been on the decline quality-wise over the past year too. Ever noticed that you now have to dig 2-4 pages deep before you find a relevant answer to your question? Why weren't those pages listed on page 1? Chances are, you had you scroll past YouTube videos, sponsored sites (ads...), and an irrelevant "featured snippet" (where Google sticks a paragraph from a page they think answers your question at the top of the page) before you found the actual page you wanted. With constant Google algorithm updates you'd think the results would only get better and better but update quality is hit or miss. Why is it like this? I really don't know.

Still interested in creating content with HubPages?

Here's the best advice I have for succeeding here to make a small passive income but first:

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

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.

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 and making the most of my articles on HubPages.

If The Title of an Article is a Question, 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.

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

Write at Least 1,500 Words Per Article

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)!

Include at Least Three Pictures That You 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.

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.

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

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 (Unless ya'll are using ad blockers. Then it just means giving my work away for free).

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.

Understand 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.

Use Your 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.

Use an Actual Photos of Yourself in Your Profile Photo

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.

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

Track 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.

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

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.

Questions & Answers

  • How can we change our account once we've signed in to HubPages?

    To edit articles go to the MORE tab in the top left-hand corner of the page and then click MY ACCOUNT.

    To edit your profile click the MORE tab in the top left-hand corner of the page and then click PROFILE

    To create a new article just select WRITE at the top right-hand corner of the page once you've logged in.

  • Why are you writing a review of HubPages on ToughNickel instead of HubPages?

    Once you sign up for HubPages you're able to start writing and publishing from the HubPages platform. After publishing on the platform your article may be selected to be put on one of it's niche sites, like ToughNickel. HubPages runs many niche sites.

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    • busillis22 profile image

      Kyson Parks 

      7 weeks ago from San Diego, CA

      This is really helpful, thank you! I had been on hubpages a long time ago, made a few cents, and gave up. Out of the blue the other day I found out that one of my articles was suddenly making some money--I had a random $60 in my paypal account and could not figure out for the life of me where it came from. Eventually I figured it out and had to dig up my old login information! This got me motivated to try again. Thanks for writing this--it's helping me get my bearings again and strategize how to try hubpages writing again.

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      Emmanuel 

      2 months ago from Buenos Aires

      Great, thanks for sharing!

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      Mitara N 

      2 months ago from South Africa

      Interesting advice, thanks for sharing

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      Carolyn Leber 

      3 months ago from New York

      great tips - thanks Kierstin

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      Chris Martine 

      3 months ago

      Thanks Kierstin! Your article was an eye-opener.

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      Adam Justin 

      4 months ago

      This will really help with starting out on HubPages.

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      Beth Eaglescliffe 

      5 months ago from UK

      This is a great article and really helpful for new hubbers.

      I agree that updating older hubs is important. However if an article from years ago is now getting almost zero traffic, I delete and republish it with a new URL (and a little updating.)

      I think the problem with low traffic hubs from 2+ years ago is that Google penalizes them for having too many re-directs. Republishing them eliminates this problem. It's worked for me!

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      Yenaros 

      6 months ago from Miami, Fl

      Amazing article! This really helped me out a lot as a beginner on HubPages

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      Derek Medina 

      6 months ago from East providence

      Great article! Very interesting and helpful

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      Cristian Lopez 

      7 months ago

      Thanks for this article! Extremely helpful.

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      John Dove 

      8 months ago

      This is excellent! Thank you for sharing. I can see that most of all it is your discipline and persistence that have paid off for you. May it be so with others who learn from this article.

      John

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      Med 

      8 months ago

      Thank you for this article

      wish for u the best

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      Emily M 

      9 months ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks for sharing!! I hope I can put this to work as well.

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      Noel Penaflor 

      11 months ago from California

      Thank you

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      Elise 

      11 months ago from Melbourne

      This is what I needed to read. Thank you!

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      Jessica Beasley 

      12 months 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 

      12 months 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 

      12 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 

      12 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 

      13 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 

      13 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 

      15 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 

      15 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 

      15 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 

      15 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 

      15 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 

      16 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 

      16 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 

      17 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 

      17 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 

      18 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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      Finn 

      18 months ago from Cheyenne

      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 

      19 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 

      19 months ago from USA

      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 Bernie 

      20 months ago

      woow,, inspiring

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      Jennifer Saxton-Sweet 

      20 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 

      22 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 

      22 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 

      24 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years ago from TN

      This is really helpful and gives me hope!

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years ago from Ohio

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

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years ago from Canada

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

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Thanks so much for reading, Dennis!

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      Dennis Chikwayi 

      2 years ago from Mansa, Zambia

      So insightful post and it deserves a share button!

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      You're welcome, Shashank! Happy writing :)

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      Shashank Mittal 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you. That helped a lot. :)

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years ago from Ohio

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

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Thank you for reading, Kari!

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      Kari Poulsen 

      2 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks for the information. :)

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      Angel Guzman 

      2 years ago from Joliet, Illinois

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

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Thanks for reading, Viking!

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      L M Reid 

      2 years ago from Ireland

      Very interesting article, thanks for sharing

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 

      2 years 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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