HubPages is one of the oldest revenue share sites online, so it wouldn’t surprise me if you’ve heard of it already. But just because you’ve heard of it doesn’t mean it’s one that you’ve tried.
Squidoo members may be considering making money at HubPages considering the site has been taken over. I’ve seen a lot of people mentioning that they have new accounts, and now they’re questioning how to make money writing at the site.
It’s a site that I’ve been on since the beginning of freelance writing career. I joined in 2011 after finding it through a Google search. Shortly before this I was writing for private clients and wanted to know more way of making money online. After about three hubs, I took a break. I wasn’t seeing the income I wanted; I never realized that I was doing it all wrong!
It Takes Time to Build Up
The one thing that you’ve got to remember when making money at HubPages is that it takes time. You’re not going to see hundreds of dollars overnight, unless you’re extremely lucky with Amazon sales. I needed 50 featured articles on the site before I started seeing regular amounts trickling in.
Right now I’m still only earning around $4-$5 per month on the site, but I know the reason now.
While taking the time to build up, you need to write on topics that people are searching for. I focused so much on history, but history doesn’t make that much money; not on sites like HubPages. Once I started diversifying my topics and covered things like making money writing, exercise and weight loss and internet marketing I started making money at HubPages.
You Need Google AdSense
Unfortunately, this site certainly isn’t for everyone. Unless you have Google AdSense, you’re not going to make money at this revenue share site. It is a requirement, even to join the HubPages earning program! Google AdSense is difficult for many to get now, and people find themselves banned for all sorts of reasons.
I remember about a year or two ago there were reports of lots of bloggers losing their AdSense accounts
without warning. And there was no way to get them back!
It is possible to join HubPages and then get an AdSense account if you don’t have one already. However, you need to build a portfolio and wait for a month at least before applying. Google needs to see your work to decide whether there are options for the ads. I’ve seen on the forums that people suggest waiting until you have at least 20 hubs, but that doesn’t guarantee approval. Some now state 50 hubs is a requirement.
Making Money at HubPages With Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is an option, and you won’t need a Google AdSense account if you plan to go through the affiliate accounts themselves. HubPages recently introduced the Amazon Earnings Program, but like the HubPages ones an AdSense account was necessary.
You are limited on the affiliate accounts that you can have. The site only allows Amazon and eBay for earnings. On top of that, 40% of the earnings go to HubPages. If you want a site where you earn 100% of the affiliate income, Daily Two Cents or Writedge may be better options for you.
Could making money at HubPages be an option for you? The need of a Google AdSense account turns many people off, along with no ClickBank products allowed. If those aren’t problems for you, the revenue share site could be worth considering to add for your residual income eggs.