VirginiaLynne is a mother of five. She writes about parenting, crafts, games for children, family fun, and Christian ministry ideas.
Earn Extra Money Writing About What You Know on HubPages
Are you staying at home with your kids or working but would like extra income? If you are a mom and you like to write and take pictures, you can earn extra money on HubPages.
I'm the mom of five kids, and I work as a writing teacher, but over the last few years, I've found HubPages and online copywriting to be not only a good source of additional income but one of the things I most look forward to during my day.
How Much Can Moms Earn on HubPages?
How much you earn depends on how many people view your Hubs. It takes time for that to happen, so you need to expect to keep on writing a while before you get paid. For me, it took about seven months to get my first check of $50.
- In that first year, I made $750.
- The second year I made $3,000.
- In the third year, with about 300 Hubs written, I made $8,000.
I'm entering my fourth year, and my income is about the same as last year. What is different about HubPages compared to other sources of income is that you continue to earn, whether or not you are continuing to write. I will continue to make income from my articles for as long as people look at them, even if I don't write anymore.
How to Start Writing for HubPages
If you are a mom who likes to write, I'd encourage you to consider joining the HubPages community. You will find that everyone is very welcoming, and the staff is working very hard to improve the experience for writers all the time.
What Is HubPages?
HubPages is a website where you can publish whatever you want to write about to explain, instruct, review, analyze, or share your experiences in life. HubPages is not a personal blog, but it allows writers to combine their personal lives with instructing or telling people about ideas, crafts, recipes, products, places, people, and much more. You can share poetry, fiction, business ideas, photographs, and videos as well.
How Can Moms Earn Money on HubPages?
No one who views your Hubs ever has to pay anything. You offer your writing for free and then gain income from the ads that appear on your site. Income comes from HubPages itself and also through Google AdSense. In addition, you can advertise Amazon items for sale and get income through clicks and sales from your Hubs.
Hub Topics for Moms
Copywriting From Home for Moms
HubPages is a business that, like most businesses, takes time to build. For money more quickly, you might want to consider also doing copywriting.
Copywriting gives a fast payout. You get paid within two weeks of writing and having your work accepted. You only make a few cents a word, but I'm able to make at least $10.00 an hour and can average about $300–$400 a month.
The Best Way to Make Money Writing
At HubPages, I thought I was making a lot less than copywriting, but then I looked at the numbers of my first year. Actually, I signed up to do both copywriting and HubPages on the same day in May, but I didn't really start completing copywriting assignments until September, and I did not earn anything beyond a few cents from HubPages until October of that year.
I did not keep track of the time I'd spent on both, but I think that it was probably roughly about the same amount of time for each, probably an average of 8 to 10 hours a week. In one year from signing up for both Hubpages and copywriting, I'd done:
- 240 copywriting jobs had earned about $2,400 dollars (or $10 average per job)
- 150 Hubs had earned $750 dollars (or $5 average per Hub)
Looking at these numbers surprised me a lot since I had thought I was not earning very much from HubPages compared to copywriting, but the difference is that what I earned on Hubpages is just the start. I won't get anything else from the copywriting jobs, but I have earned even more per Hub every year.
- 2nd year $3,000 for 250 Hubs ($12 average per Hub)
- 3rd year $8,000 for 300 Hubs ($26 average per Hub)
I should say that even though I didn't increase the total number of Hubs very quickly during the 2nd year, I actually did a lot of re-writing of early Hubs to make them better, as well as deleting a number of Hubs that didn't get many views.
Do All Hubs Earn the Same?
No, not at all. Actually, it isn't possible to see exactly what you earn from each Hub since the amount you earn each day is a single total. However, you can tell which Hubs are earning the most by seeing which ones get the most traffic.
I have noticed that there tends to be an "aging" factor that helps Hubs get more traffic. As part of my own analysis of my Hubs, I've seen that as a general rule:
- Once Hubs get 100 views, they seem to continue to get regular traffic every 30 days at least.
- Once Hubs get over 500 views, they generally have at least one view every 7 days.
- Once Hubs get over 1000 views, they get traffic just about every day.
- Once Hubs get over 10,000 views, they get 10–100 or more views each day.
I've heard that about 20% of Hubs bring in about 80% of the traffic, and that seems to be true for me too.
How Do You Write Hubs That Get Good Google Traffic?
What is a "super-traffic" Hub? How can you make one of those? There is a lot of advice out there on HubPages, but I have to say that none of my best Hubs are "better" in writing or topics than many of my less-trafficked Hubs. Nor were any of those Hubs written trying to optimize them.
The writing ones and the science fair one were actually written and put on Hubpages to help the college students I teach and my own local elementary school. Nothing was optimized on keywords (although I know how to do that). Instead, I wrote those pieces (my top traffic Hubs) in order to meet a need:
#1 Easy Words to Use as Sentence Starters to Write Better Essays
#2 How to do a Great Elementary Science Fair Project and Board Layout
#3 How to Fix Washing Machine Drain Pipe Overflow
#4 Covering Popcorn Ceiling with Plaster
What were those needs?
- I couldn't find good information and examples for my freshman English students on the internet.
- I couldn't find a good source for the parents at my school to use when putting science projects together for their kids.
- I couldn't find a way to fix our washing machine backup problem.
- I wondered if my popcorn ceiling could be covered with plaster and found nothing on the internet about it. I tried it, and when it worked, I wanted to tell people that was an option.
Write a Niche Topic Hub
What is a niche topic? A Hub that is about something pretty specialized, maybe something that no one who doesn't know about that topic would understand at all. Generally, it is a Hub you write about a subject you know a lot about or have researched extensively.
I've found these Hubs don't jump start too fast but grow slowly in traffic until one day, I'm astonished that they actually have 1,000 or more views, and when I Google them, they are on the first or second page. I've written Hubs on mini-scrapbook instructions, kid crafts, and building ready-to-assemble cabinets.
Build Your Brand
I am now deliberately writing Hubs that are on the same topic as one of my "super-traffic Hubs" and linking from that Hub to the new ones. That definitely has increased traffic to the new Hubs. Now I get 10% of my views from someone who clicked from one Hub to another. Here are some of the Hubs I've built on off of my "super Hubs."
- Building off my science experiment Hub, I've added many Hubs which tell how to do specific science experiments.
- Building off my writing Hub, I've added instructions for other college papers I teach.
- Building off the popcorn ceiling and washing machine Hubs, I've written about other plaster projects we've done and other house fix-it projects, and DIY decorating.
Why Else Should You Join HubPages?
Making money on HubPages is fun. Having people read and comment on my Hubs is very rewarding. Yet I realized during a nighttime walk with my dog that the main reason I'd encourage moms to join HubPages is that it makes life as a mom more rewarding and fun to know that:
- Every creative idea for helping your children can help another mom when you share it in a Hub.
- Every product you buy that you love you can review and tell other people about.
- Every place you go can be something you write about.
- Every picture you take might be a great one to use in a Hub.
- Every emergency recipe you create could be a great recipe Hub.
- Every organizing idea you come up with might help other moms.
HubPages is now a part of our family life. My kids say, "Hey, Mom! Write a Hub about it!"
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.
Virginia Kearney (author) from United States on August 26, 2015:
Hi Raine--at first I wrote Hubs pretty quickly, but as I've gotten more experienced and worked with editors here at Hubpages, I learned how to write better hubs using good quality photos, videos, tables, graphs and other elements that take more time. I think that if I already have the information ready for the Hub it takes me about a day to put it all together.
Raine Law Yuen from Cape Town on August 25, 2015:
Thanks for this very informative hub. How long does it take you to write an average hub and do you use a format when planning to write a hub?
Virginia Kearney (author) from United States on December 09, 2014:
It has taken me 3 years and 300 hubs to get to that point. In addition, I've re-written my Hubs (especially the early ones) to conform to the best practices suggested by the HubPages team. With a busy work and family schedule, I'm not writing as much these days, but I do try to write about 2-4 a month. The ones I write now do take longer because I write them to be the best thing on the web under that particular topic. It takes at least 6 months for most Hubs to develop any sort of traffic, and I still have some really excellent pieces which have never really caught on. Sometimes I re-vamp them, and at other times I delete them. A few I have, especially my ones on Alzheimer's, never have received the traffic they deserve, even though they are really excellent and the result of a lot of research and personal experience. I leave them up and hope they will someday be discovered by someone who shares them and it brings in the viewers.
peachy from Home Sweet Home on December 09, 2014:
wow, earning $750 per month is a good pay. I could never get there with 120 hubs
Kristi Tipps-Deutsch from Colorado Springs on July 23, 2014:
This hub has been so useful to a newbie like me. I'm a teacher and a mom too and was recently let go due to number reduction. After 18 years of teaching, I haven't been able to find a teaching job. Hub Pages brings me a great deal of joy, and it reminds me that there's more to me than just being a teacher. Thank you for your encouraging words. I'm looking forward to learning more from you!
Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on June 29, 2014:
This is such a helpful hub on how to make money on hub pages, what to expect, and ways to use popular hubs to draw attention to less popular hubs. I also appreciate your offering other sites that pay for online writing. Thank you very much!
Maggie.L from UK on May 22, 2014:
Thanks for the great advice Virginia. I'll take that on board and start reading the information in the learning center now. Many thanks.
Virginia Kearney (author) from United States on May 22, 2014:
Hi Maggie! That is my daughter's name! I actually started just a bit before that update too. Since I didn't make much money at all at the time it didn't really make much of a difference to me. I enjoyed writing and slowly found my earnings crept up. HubPages made lots and lots of changes that then did start making a difference for me. I went through the apprenticeship program and that showed me that a lot of what I had done in terms of formatting my Hubs was wrong. It took me a long time to go back and revise those and most of them are done now, even though I will sometimes look at an old one and realize I'd revised it before I actually had finished the training and there is more to do. Now most of what we learned in the apprenticeship program is in the learning center. I'd advise any new Hubber to spend time there. It will really teach you how to write effectively online. Pretty much anything you really need to know is in the learning center. You can make money at HubPages. It helps if you actually know some subject well. For me, it is what I teach--how to write essays. I also get good traffic from my home improvement hubs because my ideas come from a lot of personal experience and a bit of creativity--like how to plaster over popcorn ceilings. That was an idea I had on my own and I was the first to publish it (on my blog first, not here). Now I see there are several people who have posted on that topic. If you have an interesting idea and can't find anyone who has published it on the internet, changes are you have a stellar Hub topic! The first year I made about $1,000 here on HubPages. The second year about $5,000. This year I'm probably going to make about $8,000. I have around 300 hubs and I've slowed my pace of making new ones to around 4 a month. However, I try to make at least 2 of those new Hubs ones that will draw good traffic right away. I have a couple of secret topics that work pretty well every time for me. Good luck!
Maggie.L from UK on May 22, 2014:
Really informative hub. I'm back on hubpages after a 2 year break. I first started on hubpages just a few weeks before the google panda changes. With all the negative feedback from fantastic writers on hubpages at that time, I decided that as a beginner, I didn't really stand a chance of being successful on hubpages. However, I'm back now trying to make another go of it. Thanks for writing such a hub with great tips. I hope that I can one day be at stay at home mum and earn some money too!
LisaKeating on April 17, 2014:
Another informative article. Thanks for sharing this info.
Virginia Kearney (author) from United States on March 07, 2014:
Thanks JDubya! Hope to see you writing more here soon!
Jeff Wilson from United States on March 07, 2014:
I love your clear, straightforward writing style. Very approachable. You answered some questions about HP I didn't even know I had!
Jeffrey Maskel from Boulder, CO on October 02, 2013:
Amazing information! I went down the "rabbit hole" and found another one of your hubs about words to start sentences with. Both of these will help me in my future writing . Thanks!
Virginia Kearney (author) from United States on August 15, 2013:
tX2 It is definitely not easy to get everything done every day! I find that I just have to drop some things and not worry about it. My mom says that there are different seasons in life and that we need to concentrate on certain things during that season. I find that is very true. I love scrap booking but as I've been developing my writing career, I've put that on hold for a while.
Tammy from Louisiana on August 15, 2013:
I haven't been writing long for HubPages, but reading your article makes me want to get busy. I also read your article about copywriting. I would love to try that as well, but there never seems to be enough hours in the day. How do you make time for everything?
Virginia Kearney (author) from United States on June 17, 2012:
Thanks Millionaire Tips! I think that writing, no matter what the medium (print, web, or handwritten note) has always got more of a purpose than just earning money or making sure someone understands what you are saying. Our words have life and so sharing our lives is meaningful--which makes HubPages fun!
Shasta Matova from USA on June 17, 2012:
This is inspiring and helpful. I too have been writing about all sorts of topics that come across my daily life.
Virginia Kearney (author) from United States on June 16, 2012:
DaisyDayz (love that name!): Actually I have one Hub which I looked at recently which has almost all of its traffic from the link. I don't think that's an efficient way to get traffic, because you do want to get Google hits, but it is a way to get a Hub started at least.
Chantele Cross-Jones from Cardiff on June 16, 2012:
Great hub, very inspirational! I can see how writing linked hubs would help drive traffic. I have started adding the links in on my recipe hubs.
Virginia Kearney (author) from United States on June 13, 2012:
Angela Brummer from Lincoln, Nebraska on June 13, 2012:
Really good hub. I will share this!
ThriftyBoomer on June 08, 2012:
This is a very informative hub. After you feel comfortable writing in AP style, you might want to apply at Demand Studios. They pay much better than Textbroker and you have a byline, to build a portfolio.
vandalmaniac from Idaho on June 08, 2012:
Great hub. As a mom myself, I enjoy seeing how more experienced writers succeed.
Lohrainne Janell from Fairfield, IA on June 08, 2012:
Very helpful information. It puts it all into perspective and gives hope to new Hubwriters like me. Thanks for a very good hub!
Virginia Kearney (author) from United States on June 06, 2012:
Thanks so much wetnosedogs!
wetnosedogs from Alabama on June 06, 2012:
Your family pictures are awesome.