How I Make $500 a Month Writing for HubPages

Updated on February 4, 2019
alocsin profile image

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

Awesome! I finally hit over $500 a month starting in December 2018 after over a decade at HubPages. And all my writing for the site is done working at home. Check out the charts and read my story. Maybe it’ll help you earn that much as well.

My earnings from HubPages
My earnings from HubPages

Making Money with Writing

As a freelance writer working at home, I’m always looking for ways to make money. So after reading the promises of unlimited income from the HubPages advertising, I joined the site. Here’s the timeline:

  • 2008: I wrote my first three articles for HubPages. They earned nada so I left the site, discouraged.

  • 2011 – 2013: I threw myself into HubPages with full force. I wrote over 97 percent of my articles at this time, gathered most of my 882 followers, and socialized with most of my 798 followers.

    Look at the chart before 2016-07-04, you’ll get some idea of my earnings at the time: $50 - $100 every few months. To save space, the chart contains no figures before July 2015. Income before then was similar to income up to July 2016.

    It’s interesting to note that Google changed its algorithm in 2011 (Panda), which cut traffic to many sites including HubPages. Yet, at that time, my articles started making money, which encouraged me to write more.

    However, I beginning to spend more time socializing with other Hubbers, reading their hubs, and commenting on their hubs. I was having a good time but earning very little for my efforts. So I quit the site. Still, my hubs continued to earn over the threshold every few months.

  • 2016 – now: With no more hubs, no effort, and no socializing on my part, my income exceeded the $50 threshold every month from June 2016. By October, it was over $100 per month. Payments climbed spottily until they exceeded $500 per month by December 2018.

What Happened?

I wish I knew.

As all Hubbers realize, HubPages is notoriously tight-lipped about how much money an individual hub earns, making it hard to figure out what’s going on. We’re left to guess where the income is coming based on the amount of traffic our writing gets.

But a few conclusions can come out of these experiences that can hopefully help you.

HubPages Metrics Don’t Matter

It’s fun and motivating to give and receive comments, chat with other Hubbers, read other hubs, and gather followers. Raising your Hubber Score and the scores on individual hubs also gives you something to shoot for.

But in the end, none of this matters. I did all the social things and then stopped. Yet, my earnings did not change.

My income started to rise in mid-2016 until it exceeded $500 in December 2018. All this happened without my having to do a thing.

My Hubber Score is currently 84, which is respectable but it’s been higher.

  • The scores on my top 10 most-trafficked hubs over the last 30 days ranges from 58 to 87. Most are in the 70s.

  • My bottom 10 articles with the least traffic also score in the 70s with the lowest one at 75.

  • My lowest-scoring featured hub is at 49 and it still gets 40 visitors a month.

In my case, scores have nothing to do with income.

Snipping and Affiliate Sites Help

How dare the HubPages editors mess with my well-crafted articles through snipping! They even took out all of the links and Amazon capsules designed to bring me more traffic and income.

And yet, after they finished, the hubs that they worked on always increased their page views. Now, I try to edit my hubs to match their examples.

In 2014, HubPages acquired Squidoo, which did NOT affect my income. However, between 2016 and 2018, HubPages rolled out vertical sites like ToughNickel and HobbyLark, which did increase my earnings. In fact, the pay spikes on my chart seem to coincide with the placement of my articles on the affiliate sites.

However, being placed on a vertical site is not a guarantee of success. I do have a couple of low-traffic hubs that I put on vertical sites to try to increase their visitors but they still bring in few views.

The best combination is to put high-trafficked hubs on one of the vertical sites to boost their viewership even more.

Since you can only submit one hub every 14 days, take advantage of it by regularly sending in your best-trafficked hubs to a vertical site. I put a recurring event in Google Calendar to remind me to make such as a submission.

It's About Time

Unless you are an SEO genius (in which case, you wouldn’t be at HubPages), you’re not going to get rich quick here.

Time is necessary for you to build a reputation with HubPages, its vertical sites, other bloggers and sites, and, most importantly, Google.

My articles did not start earning a regular monthly income over the $50 threshold until they’d been been around for over seven years.

My Traffic Sources for the Past 30 Days (Jan 2019)
My Traffic Sources for the Past 30 Days (Jan 2019)

Google is Key

The chart breaks down the sources of traffic for my hubs in the past 30 days. Nearly three-quarters of the visitors come from Google (blue). The next largest wedges come from Pinterest (orange), Google UK (yellow), HubPages (green), and Bing (burgundy). Strangely enough, I have no active Pinterest account although several on the site have pinned my articles.

The pulling power of Google is almost four times that of all other sources combined.

Write for Your Readers

My favorite articles to write cover travel. I love telling readers where to go, what to see there, and how to do it efficiently.

Such efforts, which require a lot of research and photography, bring in almost no traffic and no money. So I don’t write much of them and only out of love.

Another thing I write out of love and with gratitude to all the Hubbers who’ve helped me is this article, which will bring in almost no Google traffic because it is so specific.

If you want to earn money on HubPages, you have to write stuff that people outside HubPages want to read. You should be able to get some clues about what that is by looking at which of your hubs bring in the most visitors. You can also look online, such as on Mondovo’s keyword list.

In my case, my top ten hubs cover informative How-To’s (Blocked Ear Remedy: How to Remove Earwax), surveys (Best Model Train & Railroad Websites), and Quizzes (Multiple-Choice Quiz: How Well Do You Know Animals?).

What Now?

Only time will tell if this $500 a month income is a permanent increase that leads to higher income. I suspect it may only be the typical end-of-year bump. However, even if that is so, it may signal the start of a gradual rise in earnings.

What has your experience been with earnings? Have any of you seen increases that way I have? Do you agree or disagree with my conclusions?

Feel free to put all your thoughts in the comments below and don’t forget to take the poll.

How much are you earning at HubPages per month?

How much are you earning at HubPages per month?

See results

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

    © 2019 Aurelio Locsin

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment
      • bhattuc profile image

        Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

        3 days ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

        Nice information. The rule of the game seems to be more articles on subjects which readers like most. I am impressed with the poll results in your article which indicates that only a few writers are above $50 per month.

        Anyway, nice reading. Thanks.

      • Farcas Ionut profile image

        Farcas Ionut 

        2 weeks ago from Bucharest

        Thanks for encouraging me. I just started few days ago and I am on my way to activate google adsense.

      • rajan jolly profile image

        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        2 weeks ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        Revisiting this hub again and will try to implement your suggestion of putting hubs on vertical sites to get more views as since the past few months I have been getting the lowest views and earnings since I joined HubPages. Hope it works.

      • AudreyHowitt profile image

        Audrey Howitt 

        4 weeks ago from California

        Do you know that when I searched whether you could still make money on HP in 2019, yours is the first article that comes up on Google???

      • filipe baiao profile image

        Filipe Baião 

        4 weeks ago from Lisbon

        I was happy reading your story knowing that things can change. I've been here for 3 years and I'm still making pennies, though perhaps I need to delve deeper into my writing. You definitely inspired me. Keep up the nice earnings!

      • Isivwe Muobo profile image

        Farrah Young 

        5 weeks ago from Nigeria

        I've been writing on and off and still stuck making pennies every other day. It really is discouraging. Wish I could get a good story like yours where I leave for a while, but would get a spike in my earnings

      • naftali clinton profile image

        Naftali Clinton 

        6 weeks ago from Toronto, Canada

        How much does the person who makes the most money on hubpages make?

      • jbosh1972 profile image

        Jason 

        2 months ago from Indianapolis, IN. USA

        I truly appreciate what you shared here. I have been with Hubpages since 2012 and I wrote a little over a dozen articles and made barely pennies a day. Then, like you, around 2016 or 2017 my income jumped to where I was getting $100 a month. I wrote a few more but income has not increased. I write mostly about how to artistic and craft themed hubs. I need to write more regularly to build an audience. I will get more income later.

      • cmoneyspinner1tf profile image

        Treathyl FOX 

        3 months ago from Austin, Texas

        I am so happy you published this HUB. Even though I only earn $50 as opposed to your $500, I still try to encourage others to sign up and write for this site. HUBPages is really one of the best writing sites on the Internet.

      • Hacicu Bogdan profile image

        Hacicu Bogdan 

        3 months ago from Cluj-Napoca, Romania

        This is really eye-opening and a realization that to make money on Hubpages you need hard work, patience, and continuous studying.

      • cherriefic profile image

        Cher Dayao 

        4 months ago from Philippines

        That's inspiring. I have started the account here way back in 2011 but then I just leave it hanging. But now, I am motivated to write again so I thought I should try here once more.

      • MarleneB profile image

        Marlene Bertrand 

        5 months ago from USA

        I just started being excited with my earnings here. I see a gradual increase each month. Thank you for the tip about submitting articles to vertical sites. I had not thought it would be worth the effort, but now I see that it is. Thank you for all of your valuable tips.

      • swalia profile image

        Shaloo Walia 

        5 months ago from India

        Congratulations...Your success is inspiring!!!

      • Gurpinder Vir Singh Rai profile image

        Gupi 

        6 months ago

        Fantastic article. Thank you for sharing.

      • rajan jolly profile image

        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        6 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        Thanks for the reminder to keep submitting hubs to the vertical sites. I am glad this helped you. Will also be looking up the Mondovo’s keyword list for ideas. Thank you.

      • Peggy W profile image

        Peggy Woods 

        6 months ago from Houston, Texas

        After reading this again, I decided to really take a look at Mondovo's keyword list. Thanks for the link!

      • David Warren profile image

        David Warren 

        6 months ago from Nevada and Puerto Vallarta

        Thank you for your informative article. I wrote and left five miscellaneous articles here on HP beginning in 2011 that have generated almost $100. They all are featured and although I went on to write content as a freelancer I miss the social aspects and communication with other content writers here on HP. This was where I began writing online content and now eight years later where I am returning.

      • Kaili Bisson profile image

        Kaili Bisson 

        9 months ago from Canada

        Hi again Aurelio,

        Yes, all of my hubs are featured. But, to (one of) your great point(s) above, you need to write about things that people outside of HubPages are looking for. That is the key.

        I can always tell when one of my music hubs finds its way to page one of a Google search, as I see a big spike in traffic. So far at least, this hasn't translated into a big spike in payouts...maybe one day, like you, I'll wake up and traffic will be spiking like mad :-) In the meantime, I'll keep writing for the joy of it when I have the time.

      • Peggy W profile image

        Peggy Woods 

        9 months ago from Houston, Texas

        Your article is very enlightening. It is sad that travel articles do not seem to fare well concerning income according to your results. I have many of them and may have to reconsider the type of posts that I write. Congratulations on your success!

      • bravewarrior profile image

        Shauna L Bowling 

        10 months ago from Central Florida

        Interesting observations, Alocsin. I haven't written anything since December 2017 (with the exception of last last February), yet my payout has increased. I don't make a lot - I meet or exceed payout every other month, but it's been consistent since HP introduced the niche sites. My best performing articles are how-to's, product reviews, and original recipes. I think I'll take your advice and be more diligent in moving some of my other articles to the niche sites. It can't hurt, right?

        Congrats on your consistent three-digit income. That's impressive and encouraging!

      • BlossomSB profile image

        Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

        10 months ago from Victoria, Australia

        I haven't done much except make occasional comments for ages. Perhaps now you have nudged me into doing more. Thank you!

      • alocsin profile imageAUTHOR

        Aurelio Locsin 

        10 months ago from Orange County, CA

        Wow, ALL your hubs are featured? That is excellent, Kalli, because that helps to boost traffic. Barely a quarter of mine are featured.

      • Kaili Bisson profile image

        Kaili Bisson 

        10 months ago from Canada

        I remember you...welcome back Aurelio! I have been writing here a long time now, and have periods where I don't publish any new hubs just because I am so darned busy. Like your travel articles, my WWI articles require much research and garner little traffic. But it gives me some level of satisfaction to write them nonetheless. All of my 69 hubs are featured and most are also on niche sites, which is satisfying as well. Wishing you continued good luck...and good income!

      • poppyr profile image

        Poppy 

        10 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

        Great article, with the goods to back it up! I'm quite happy with my experience of HubPages, also achieving my largest monthly earnings in December 2018. It's very impressive that your earnings have continued to climb even when writing nothing new (apart from this article, presumably) and for that I congratulate you.

        I'm writing more now than I have in years. I only started five years ago and, like you, left for a long time after getting discouraged. Finding a niche is super important.

        Thanks for sharing this information!

      • fpherj48 profile image

        Paula 

        10 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        This is informative and helpful, alocin. Thank you so much for sharing. You are obviously on to something!

        It is great to know the experiences of our fellow writers and HOW they have achieved a much-desired outcome. You've worked diligently & deserve what you're earning! Congratulations. Paula

      • alocsin profile imageAUTHOR

        Aurelio Locsin 

        10 months ago from Orange County, CA

        There's no question, bankscottage, the law of averages dictate that if you have a lot of articles and even a small percentage of them hit, you can make money. But, as you know, there are other Hubbers here who have written far more than I have in a decade.

      • Nell Rose profile image

        Nell Rose 

        10 months ago from England

        Hi, good to see you! And congrats! I have gone over 250 before, but now its back to the same old same old. no idea why, but maybe one of these days!

      • bankscottage profile image

        Mark Shulkosky 

        10 months ago from Pennsylvania

        Congratulations on your success. It seems impossible to predict which Hubs will do well and which ones won't. Some of the ones I put a lot of time and effort in and think they provide good information have little traffic. Some that I wrote almost for the fun of it seem to do the best. Personally, I think the key to your success was the fact that you wrote, and wrote, and wrote 337 articles. The more articles you write the better the chance that one or more will take off. With time this passive earning thing can work out well. I hope you continue to ride the wave of your success.

      • vocalcoach profile image

        Audrey Hunt 

        10 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Thanks, for sharing this information. I like knowing how other writers are doing here on Hub Pages.

      • Eurofile profile image

        Liz Westwood 

        10 months ago from UK

        This article is a big encouragement to me. Congratulations on your Hub Pages success.

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, toughnickel.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://toughnickel.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
      ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)