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How I Make $500 a Month Writing for HubPages

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?

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.

© 2019 Aurelio Locsin

Comments

AshleyRena from United States on July 21, 2020:

Hi Aurelio, have your earnings been affected by the economic effects surrounding the Corona virus?

AshleyRena from United States on July 02, 2020:

Hi Aurelio, do you have any updates you wish to give for 2020? How is it looking earnings wise now?

Riffat Junaid from Pakistan on July 01, 2020:

Congrats for your earning.

Farrah Young from Lagos, Nigeria on July 01, 2020:

This post is really inspiring, especially for people not making money and thinking of quitting.

Thanks for this inspirational post.

Aurelio Locsin (author) from Orange County, CA on June 16, 2020:

Same here, hardlymoving, and I have no idea why. Nobody at HubPages can tell me why they're down either.

Aurelio Locsin (author) from Orange County, CA on June 16, 2020:

Hubpages pretty much adds their own ads. I don't have control over it anymore. So no, I never added it back.

AshleyRena from United States on June 10, 2020:

After Hubpages removed your adsense capsule did they ever allow you to add it back or was this a permanent change?

MG Singh emge from Singapore on June 08, 2020:

I congratulate you, my friend, on your achievement. Everybody cannot earn like you.

hardlymoving from Memphis, TN on June 07, 2020:

Something weird has happened to HubPages. My earnings have been cut down (consistently over the last several months) by around 70%! How about you?

Sanjay Sharma from Mandi (HP) India on May 03, 2020:

Quite educating and informative. Thanks for sharing.

Priya Barua on March 01, 2020:

500$ - that's quite a bit to rake in every month, congratulations. My earnings with Google Adsense had increased by last year but then suddenly Hubpages stopped allowing Adsense ads to runs. I have over 60$ in my account, which, it seems I'll never be able to recover. ):

Anya Ali from Rabwah, Pakistan on March 01, 2020:

Thank you for an informative read!

MG Singh emge from Singapore on February 03, 2020:

It's a very illuminating article. I really don't know whether it is ordained in the stars that you will succeed. Maybe but you have worked hard and you gave some wonderful suggestions.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 07, 2020:

It is inspiring if your income is still regularly bringing in that much. I think that many people like model railroads and you have many posts regarding that subject. Once you find a good subject, sticking with it by writing others on that same topic probably helps.

Yenaros from Miami, Fl on December 15, 2019:

Excellent article sir! I appreciate your time and the content.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on December 10, 2019:

I'm back again to visit these important reminders and information. I just hit 4 million views on my hubs and most are on verticle sites yet my monthly earnings sure aren't what they were a year ago. Wish I knew what to do.

Thanks for these good tips!

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on December 04, 2019:

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 from Bucharest on November 23, 2019:

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

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 17, 2019:

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.

Audrey Howitt from California on November 06, 2019:

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 Baião from Lisbon on November 03, 2019:

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!

Farrah Young from Lagos, Nigeria on November 01, 2019:

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 from Toronto, Canada on October 24, 2019:

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

Jason from Indianapolis, IN. USA on September 21, 2019:

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.

Treathyl FOX from Austin, Texas on September 06, 2019:

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 from Cluj-Napoca, Romania on September 04, 2019:

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

Cher Dayao from Philippines on August 02, 2019:

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.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on June 29, 2019:

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.

Shaloo Walia from India on June 17, 2019:

Congratulations...Your success is inspiring!!!

Gupi on June 09, 2019:

Fantastic article. Thank you for sharing.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 27, 2019:

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 Woods from Houston, Texas on May 22, 2019:

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

David Warren from Nevada and Puerto Vallarta on May 14, 2019:

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 from Canada on February 28, 2019:

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 Woods from Houston, Texas on February 27, 2019:

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!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on January 30, 2019:

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!

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on January 29, 2019:

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

Aurelio Locsin (author) from Orange County, CA on January 28, 2019:

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 from Canada on January 28, 2019:

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!

Poppy from Enoshima, Japan on January 28, 2019:

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!

Suzie from Carson City on January 27, 2019:

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

Aurelio Locsin (author) from Orange County, CA on January 27, 2019:

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 from England on January 27, 2019:

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!

Mark Shulkosky from Pennsylvania on January 27, 2019:

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.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on January 27, 2019:

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

Liz Westwood from UK on January 27, 2019:

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

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