How I Make $500 a Month Writing for HubPages
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.
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.
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.
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?).
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?
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