My First Five Years on Hubpages and Things I Wish I Did Differently

Updated on May 8, 2018
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Paola Bassanese is a freelance author and writer and editor of Digital Nomad Europe.

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Things I Wish I Did Differently When I Joined Hubpages

I joined Hubpages in 2013 but I didn’t start writing until two years afterwards. In other words, I have been on the platform for a total of five years however I have only been active for three years. I remember joining the platform at a time when I was busy with various freelance projects and I probably thought I would look into Hubpages when I had more time. Two years down the line and with a less hectic freelance schedule, I was researching websites for writers and then realised I had signed up with Hubpages without doing anything about it.

If I could do this all over again, I would have started writing hubs (articles) on Hubpages straight away. There are many reasons for thinking this:

  • if you start writing soon after joining the platform you gain momentum

  • hubs that have been published for a longer time are likely to also have better traffic

  • the sooner and the more frequently you publish, the sooner you are likely to start generating advertising income

I didn’t have a specific game plan for Hubpages so I waited for the inspiration to strike and I would write. Titles I thought would do well weren’t attracting enough readers – the main reason was that I didn’t do enough research on keywords.

Another thing I wish I did differently was choosing niche topics to write about. I didn’t have a content strategy and, while I still write about topics that I believe may be of interest to other people, I was jumping from one topic to the next.

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How Many Hubs Does It Take To Start Earning on Hubpages?

While Hubpages’ terms and conditions of use forbid authors to discuss earnings, I can give you some broad ideas of the timescale to start earning advertising income based on my experience.

I received my first payout after 19 months on Hubpages. As you can see, this is not the quickest route to becoming a millionaire.

What I did wrong was the following:

  • in 19 months I only published 26 hubs

  • in my second year I only published 8 hubs

  • I wasn’t publishing articles on a regular basis

I received my second payout nine months after the first and my third payout four months after that. The time I have to wait between payouts is getting shorter, but it’s not because I have been publishing more. The main reason is because my oldest hubs had gained a good amount of traffic over time. Collectively, three hubs I published in 2015 are performing better than all the other articles. They have similar themes and have also attracted a good number of comments (so far about 50 comments on my best performing hub).


If you are curious to know if I am making a regular income from Hubpages, the answer currently is no. I have published a total of 35 hubs in three years, therefore I would suggest to invest more time publishing more high quality hubs. I know I want to publish more hubs and I am sure this will have a positive effect on earnings.

I wouldn’t be able to tell you the perfect formula for publishing on Hubpages; I suspect one hub a month may be too low a number. I guess I will have more data to work on when I reach 100 hubs and more articles have “matured” over time, by which point I will be able to draw better conclusions.

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Making the Most of Hubpages As a Freelance Writer

So far I have used Hubpages as a way to test new ideas and to share my experience. For example, every time I learn something new, I like to share it in case other people may find it useful.

If you are planning to earn income on Hubpages, the best way to make the most of the platform is to find a topic people want to know more about and that hasn’t been written about extensively. Ideally, find new angles and create series to have readers coming back for more. Have I done any of this? Not really. I have created hubs that referred to other hubs, for example, so they could be read together as a series. However, those aren’t currently performing too well, simply because I overestimated the level of interest the public has in that subject.

I do believe that Hubpages is a great way to test the popularity of a topic and the other side of the coin is that I have deleted a few hubs that weren’t getting enough traffic. A couple of them became not featured (unpublished) by Hubpages because of low traffic.

Hubs that are more popular are “evergreen”, i.e., they don’t talk about a specific event in time but are more general. In fact, a couple of hubs commenting on specific events received hardly any attention.

Over to you: how long have you been on Hubpages and how many hubs have you written? Please share your experience in the comments.

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      • paolaenergya profile imageAUTHOR

        Paola Bassanese 

        4 months ago from London

        Hi Natasha

        Thank you for reading this article too. I saw on your profile that you have rejoined the platform, how does it compare now compared to how it used to be?

        Paola

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        Natasha K 

        4 months ago from Kansas United States

        Thanks for another great read. You answered a few of my curious questions. I guess I just need to get writing more. I would like to earn something eventually so I am all for these tips and advice.

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        Hani Khalid 

        4 months ago from Karachi,Pakistan

        Hey Paola!

        Truly agree with you :). Thanks, for the best wishes.

      • paolaenergya profile imageAUTHOR

        Paola Bassanese 

        4 months ago from London

        Hi Hani

        You can always expand the first article a bit more with newer information when you have the time. It's a marathon, not a sprint :)

        All the best

        Paola

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        Hani Khalid 

        4 months ago from Karachi,Pakistan

        Hello Paola! Yes for sure. Actually I am hardly getting time to proceed with my little ones! So I kind of freak out at times but not giving up for sure! My second article is still in process hope to get it done asap.Just because of tough schedule I am giving less time to writing. The first article has started loosing traffic which was going pretty well. I am afraid by the time I publish my second the first might get unfeatured. Anyway not losing hope that soon:)

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        Paola Bassanese 

        4 months ago from London

        Hi Hani, give it a go for 6 months to a year and see how it goes. You never know...

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        Hani Khalid 

        4 months ago from Karachi,Pakistan

        Hmm! well said :). thank you for wishing me luck. As I am already asked by many hubbers to show some patience:).

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        Paola Bassanese 

        4 months ago from London

        Hi Hani

        I have been on this platform for five years and I respectfully disagree with some of the points you make. Hubpages provides a publishing platform so they bear all the hosting and development costs. Writers don't share any of the costs and risks. Payouts are from AdSense which has minimum payment thresholds, so that's a policy decided by Google and not AdSense. It takes a while to build traffic and it's up to the writer to research good topics and promote hubs on social media. Thank you for your comment and best of luck with your hubs!

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        Hani Khalid 

        4 months ago from Karachi,Pakistan

        Well i am also new to hubpages. In a way you can say i am starting my career here. But somehow i feel it has too many restrictions for its users. Firstly we share our knowledge and we write giving our 100% they receive our data and get profit from it but like for the writers they make it long to earn! I appreciate if someone can justify their policy.

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