Make money writing for Hubpages

How I make $2 per month for each article I write at hubpages...Over the last month or so I have been running a little bit of an experiment. Basically, after hearing from some others that there is money to be made with Hubpages, I decided to give it a go. Before I start getting into detail, I should explain the basics. Hubpages is a website that basically allows you to publish an article on their site. I use the term "article" loosely because it can be as short as an article or more like a single page website. It is completely up to the user. A hub (their lingo for article) can be about any topic you could possibly want to write about. You could create a hub explaining 10 things you wished people knew about you, how to play guitar with your toes, or facts about albino grizzly bears....Over the last month or so I have been running a little bit of an experiment.

Basically, after hearing from some others that there is money to be made with Hubpages, I decided to give it a go.

Before I start getting into detail, I should explain the basics.

What is a hub page?

Hubpages is a website that basically allows you to publish an article on their site.

I use the term “article” loosely because it can be as short as an article or more like a single page website. It is completely up to the user.

A hub (their lingo for article) can be about any topic you could possibly want to write about. You could create a hub explaining 10 things you wished people knew about you, how to play guitar with your toes, or facts about albino grizzly bears.

You do not need to be a great writer and honestly, I have seen some people who are terrible writers do quite well. All you need is the ability to say a little bit about something. And who knows maybe hubpages will be the first step to helping you make money from a blog?

So how do you make money with Hubpages?

There are actually a variety of ways, but the simplest and most effective way I have found so far has been by using Google Adsense. After you finish your first hub you can install your Adsense ID and you will begin sharing the revenue with Hubpages for your hubs.

If you pick good keywords (which I will get to in a minute) you will likely begin getting traffic from the search engines within 24 hours of publishing it. If these visitors click on the ads you will get a cut of that revenue (I think it is 60%).

My results during July

I spent most of July trying to create a hub every day or so and I am now up to 23 hubs. I didn’t do the best job with keyword research and did very little if any work after creating the hubs and yet adsense still made $47.14 in July.

This breaks down to $2.05 per hub/month.

Two dollars doesn’t sound too exciting, but if you consider that is probably completely passive income it is pretty exciting. In theory, that $2 per hub should continue paying that each month – and to be honest most pages do better in the search engines after they have been around a few months or more. So it very well could increase over time as well.

I am going to continue to create some more hubs during the month of August and see what the results are. I will try to keep this post updated with the new results each month.

Steps to get started

If you are interested in giving this a shot, these are the steps to get started.

  1. Sign up at Hubpages
  2. Create your first hub. Once you get to the design page, it is pretty self-explanatory.
  3. Sign up for an Adsense account (if you don’t have one). This might take a couple days to get approval.
  4. Add your Adsense ID to Hubpages. When you are logged into Hubpages, you click the “My Account” button, and then the “Affiliate Settings” link. This is where you will install your Adsense ID.
  5. That’s it. Once it is installed, you will begin making money when someone clicks on the ads. Warning: do not click the ads yourself or tell others to click them. Google will catch you and will ban you from the program.

Keys to succeeding

Keyword research

This is probably the most important part. The title of your hub needs to be based on your keyword research. A good place to look is Google’s Keyword Research tool – drop in some keywords that your article might be about and see what comes back at you. I believe this is more of an art than a science, so just find a keyword phrase that is being searched for and give it a shot.

But I do suggest looking for longer phrases, i.e. Don’t title your page “ipods” but something like “how to put music on your ipod” would likely work a lot better. But either way, you just have to test to see what works. Sometimes your research will work just like planned and other times it won’t. But the good news is that even if you don’t do any research, you still have a chance of picking up some visitors on Hubpages. But, the more you plan out your keywords the better you will do.

Get Links

Like I mentioned above, I didn’t really get many links to my hubs, but if you can link to it from your blogs and get other links it will definitely be helpful. Submitting it to social bookmarking sites might be helpful as well. Linking your hubs to each other is a good idea too.


Generally speaking the more content you put on your hub the better. I would say 400 words should be a minimum. Shooting for 600-1000 would probably be best. And add as many of the widgets as you can. You can add a news widget, a poll to ask your readers a question, etc. You don’t necessarily NEED to add a bunch of widgets, but it will probably help.

Learn and adapt

Not all hubs will work. In fact, for me of the 23 I have created thus far 5 of them are generating about 90% of the traffic.

Referral Program

Per a reader’s request to discuss the referral program, I will touch on that. The links to hubpages in this article are referral links. I haven’t referred any users in the past and honestly don’t really know how or how much can be made from the referrals – but if anyone signs up via the links, I will add that to the update next month.

A new site just like hubpages is on the scene, it is called and they are just about the same as hubpages, except that they pay out a higher percentage of earnings from Adsense. You might want to add them to your arsenal.

Looking to find out more?

These are a few articles that go into a whole lot more detail than I did here on how to make money with Hubpages.

2+ Years Later (UPDATE)

I originally wrote this article over 2 years ago and I have gotten a lot of requests to update it. Since that time hubpages has made some technical changes to how they pay (which actually make it easier), but you still earn via adsense, amazon, and ebay.

Over the last couple years I have added more hubs – mostly to get links and to drive traffic, but in doing so the earnings have increased as well.

In Nov ’11 they made $174, Dec ’11, $210, and this month is set to make about $200.  So if you average the last 3 months it comes out to about $2.32 hub/month – which is a bit better than it was previously.

But even better than the earnings is just the fact that it is completely passive and I don’t have to do anything to maintain it!

  1. bob

    yea – with as many things as I am interested in it gives me the freedom to write about different topics as well as get backlinks to my blog as well.

  2. Ryan Hupfer

    Hey Bob — I love the post and thanks for all of the great words (and great tips) about HubPages. I actually just posted something about this post and how you’ve found success while only writing 23 Hubs over here in our blog:

    I love what you’re doing with this blog and I’d love to chat with you more about potential ways for us to somehow work together. Shoot me an email when you get a chance and we’ll chat more about it later.

    Until then, keep up the great work and the awesome Hubbing! (keep us updated with how August turns out, too if you get the chance)

    Ryan Hupfer
    HubPages Communicator of Awesomeness!

  3. Tuấn Anh

    Is it possible to get traffic ?

  4. Web Career Girl

    Well done on your earnings! I have made 45 Hubs and earned hmmm around $6 so far. I made them within the space of three weeks so now I’ll keep adding more and waiting for the others to mature. Hopefully we’ll both see some continued passive income 🙂

  5. Nice job Bob. I would have to say that you’re above average in that $2 per hub figure. Now if you throw some backlinks at them in a couple weeks, that would be really good.

    It’s also an interesting insight about making longer Titles. That is something I’ve debated myself. It’ll bring in more longtails if you stick some decent keywords in there, but you don’t want to make it hard for Google to tell what your hub is about.

    Anyway, good luck. And with the referrals thing – I have found that many people who sign up don’t even end up creating one hub. But a sporadic few become prolific hubbers. Essentially, for every 6 hubs they create you are getting 1 at no expense to you.

    • bob

      @Web Career Girl
      my hunch is that so much of the earning potential comes down to keyword research. If you don’t have specific titles based on keywords, it will be tough to get traffic. As I mentioned even doing keyword research, not all of them will take off – but it gives you a much better chance of success… my 2 cents…

  6. I just saw that blog post on the first page of Hubapges. That should get you some more traffic.

  7. Jason @ One Money Design

    Thanks for this post. I’ll definitely check this out. I guess when I read your article I was thinking of how I could post personal finance articles, but you’ve broadened my thinking in that I could write about anything I know about or is of interest. I think another important point is staying current on the tools available to people today to share information or opinions. The Hubpages seem to be another form of that and can definitely become a part of blogging with linking to the articles that have been created. Aside from the article and as a reader of your blog I do appreciate the variety of content you offer in your posts.

  8. Felicity Barrow

    I had wonderful results doing the same thing back in 2008. I would take two follow left were his great toward blue times. Weasel wanker wanna we we.

  9. Tiptopcat

    Hi Bob.
    Congratulations on your earnings so far with hubpages. I started off really slowly but after reading encouraging results from others, I set myself the target of creating 100 hubs in 30 days. I have been checking my results and it is funny to note how many are non-runners but it is a great feeling when you see a batch that have been successful.
    I am now attempting to write 100 info barrels. You should give that a go too. The interface is not as fancy as hubpages but that does make it quicker to put your article together. Write similar articles that you have already done for hubs and add another backlink. There is also an affiliate link there too.

    Good luck with it all.

  10. dc2004

    Thanks for the post about hubpages it gave me the inspiration to look into it. I’ve written a couple of hubs under dc2004, although I’m not expecting much from it the experience has been fun

  11. viryabo

    I joined HubPages about 6 months ago, and when i did, my primary aim was to try earning something online. Somewhere along the line, i discovered i could do a bit of writing..(modesty!). I didn’t earn more than a couple of pounds in over 4 months.
    Then i decided to take part in the 30hubs-30days challenge, so that i can at the least, increase my number of hubs. I heard it said that the more hubs, the better for you.
    I was unprepaired for the massive increase in traffic, and then the income started coming in, everyday. Never before had that happened.
    Joining the challenge has been the best step i’ve taken since trying my hands on IM.
    I’ve published 20 hubs out of the 30, and i’m on day 13.
    The secret is in the keyword research.
    Goodluck fellow hubbers!

  12. fern

    Nowhere did you state how long it took you to write 23 hubs. Even if, minimally, each story of your recommended 400 to 1,000 words took 1 hour to write, your payback of $47 is pitiful and hardly worth your time. You might as well be answering online surveys.

    If adsense imposes no standards on the quality of writing, i can see where writers would dash off poorly written pieces on nothing at all, just to make a few dollars and all this content will just serve to further clog up the blogosphere.. This, to me, is not professional writing.

    • bob

      to answer your question I spent probably 30-60 minutes on each. I wrote some of them, I purchased some of the articles as well. As far as the $47 – like I mentioned in the post, it by itself isn’t that exciting, except that it is passive income that (in theory) will continue month to month. And as far as writing, I am not sure why you are so cynical about it – I don’t like junk articles any more than the next guy and I wouldn’t suggest writing bad articles on purpose either. Hubpages will probably ban you and you probably wouldn’t make anything anyway…

  13. George

    Great Chris, you really did it alot more faster than me. It took me 50 hubs to earn $41 Adsense, the more you write quality researched articles the better. I have also written my experience with the 50 hubs earning $40. The other best way to increase your earning is to join the challenge which will just help you increase the number of hubs you have. The more quality hubs you have the better chances of earning with hubpages, I just remember writing 27 hubs from the hub challenge I did got for the first time $11 in one day today 22/08/09.

  14. Victoria

    Great articles, very informative. Keep writing…..Thanks:)

  15. oes tsetnoc

    Writing to hubpages is good but is it better than posting in squidoo?

  16. Sid

    Nice information on hubpages. I’ve even started writing at hubpages.

  17. aquaseaCreative

    Thanks Bob! I am just starting out on HubPages and this is all great info. I have 5 hubs and pretty much steamed ahead without doing the keyword research, so now I need to go back and do some tweaking to get the most out of my efforts.

    I ticked the ‘followup comments’ box so I can keep up with everyone’s ideas here.

  18. Kidgas

    That is really a significant amount of income for such a small number of Hubs. Congratulations! I hope you continue to earn passively and hope that I can catch up. I am starting to do better with my keyword research and my writing.

  19. Thanks for the information.I have just started writing hubs my self and I have 17 so far.The keyword research you need to do takes time, but I think it is time well spent if it gives me better rankings.You said you have 23 hubs so far, do you know if all those are generating revenue or just a few of them?

    • Bob

      I am sure that not all of them are earning much, I haven’t done a great job tracking them, so I don’t really know…

  20. parrott84


    Any chance you will be giving us an update on how this is going for you? Maybe you can even write a 6 month review or something so your readers will see it again…

  21. Andrew @ Earn Give Save

    @parrott84 — I agree! It would be great to hear how the program has been going for Bob.

    • Bob

      Andrew – you are right, I haven’t updated with the last couple months… August was a pretty big drop – $22 and then in September it was at $45 and then October was over $50. I have only added a few more articles since writing this one. I will try to write a more formal followup to this article when I get a chance…

  22. curiousreader

    Hi, I would just like to thank you for writing this article! I have recently joined hubpages and I’ve applied for an adsense account. But I’m just wondering, how old did you first start using hubpages and earning money through it? Thanks once again, Bob!

  23. Me

    Is there an age limit for this?

  24. SFaith

    I think you’re doing really well for the number of articles you’ve written.

    I’ve been debating whether to do some writing for the revenue sharing sites myself.

  25. Jim

    Hey Bob,

    Great article! Keep up the good work. Did you purposely use key words that payed well with google adsense or did it just work out this way? What is the average key word paying and what is the supply and demand for those words?

    To Health Wealth and Happiness,

  26. Sunganani

    To improve on your hubs, consider
    1. selling products as an affiliate, hubpages allows two links, which is great I think.
    2. Use the amazon and ebay capsules. They have high priced products. Just don’t be overly promotional.

    All the best


    Hi Bob,

    I’ve created a HubPages profile done some basic settings after I read this post about a month or so ago. I am yet to write a hub, but I just pray to the Lord that He anoints my hands to write something that glorifies Him!

  28. K Kiss

    Well I have been writing for hubpages for the past 4 months and have been quite disappointed. The money is increasing .. slowly like a snail..but hey it’s increasing at least! I don’t want to make thousands of dollars writing…just a hundred dollar a month would make me very happy… but the problem with hubpages is that it requires you to write commercial articles in order to increase clicks and I am more into writing articles on topics that interest me.
    So far.. i have earned 23 dollars in 4 months… 🙁 pray for me.
    here’s a link to one of my hubs that I prize but means little to many–

    • Marianne

      how about using a positive title to your hub? Instead of “do not know”, how about using a title such as “how to present an argument as a student”?

  29. Constant 2 bucks

    Did it worked? I mean you still receive about 2 dollars per hub? Maybe more?

  30. Research Analyst

    Writing hubs has been a joy for me for the last 3 years, what I like most is the various topics I can explore and share. Thanks for sharing your experience and I will be sure to follow your journey.

  31. Debbie Richardson

    You’ve done well. I’ve only made £2.17 in 4 weeks with hubpages with 15 hubs and adsense. In triond I’ve made even less – 5 weeks to make 96 cents with 25 articles. Heeeeeeeeeeeelp!

  32. Billy

    It sounds like the true challenge is the popular keywords, especially if only 5 percent of your hubs are making the money.

    I heard people write “you can make money by writing hubspages”

    But you are the first person who actually gave statistics – (critical).

    Thank you so much for that!!

  33. ben

    when i try to sign up for adsense, it tells me that i need to have a website.
    what url do i post there?
    i have not written my first hub yet. assuming i do, do i post the direct link to that hub there?
    if so…do i need to keep updating my adsense every time?
    thank you for this beautiful article! i wanna get some pennies rolling!

  34. jeff

    I just started using hubpages a few weeks ago. It is real, and you can make money off of it. If your trying to make money on the side then I would def recommend it, but for a living no.

    • beatris

      Hi Jeff, I think if one really want to make money on the net, it is possible, but one must always keep in mind that there are many opportunities, I created my first hub today, and just followed instructions, I will write 24 hrs a day if I could, unfortunately its not possible. Good luck to you, and your writing. Greetings from South Africa.

  35. Kelly

    Thanks for your article. I enjoyed the info in it. I have a question. I know you have to agree not to click on ads from your own hub articles, however, can you click on your own article to re-read it? I sure hope so. Thanks so much. Kelly

    • Bob

      yea I don’t know why rereading your article would be a problem…

  36. George Barendse

    Thanks for a good article. I have been on Hubpages awhile but not making much money—-need to post more hubs.

  37. buttercow

    I’m interested on trying hubpages, but once you write or build a hub page do you need to constantly update it? like a blog? the idea of maintaining 50 or so hubs seems frustrating 🙁

  38. Anjili

    Hi Bob. That was a nice article. As a newbie I kinda got stuck where integration with Adsense comes into play. I hope I get something out of it. Wish you well

  39. Dave

    Thanks very much for this article. Its refreshing to hear an honest account rather than an “i made thousands in my first week” BS !!

    I will be starting on hub pages myself this coming week… wish me luck!

  40. Frank

    Hi, everyone. I made a couple of hubs and then I applied for adsense, but I didn’t get approved. I think I didn’t put in the proper website URL. I clicked on the help button next to it and it says that I’m supposed to have my own site. Does any body know if this is supposed to be the website of your article at hubpages or is it just

  41. Orlando

    Hello Bob!

    I really like your website. It motivated me to start writing and to look for ways to make money on line. I’ve obtained vital information from your articles. I wish you the best.

    I have one question. Is it better to write articles for Hubpages or have your own website and post the articles there?


  42. Sunganani

    Here is what works for me:

    1. Do my keyword research.
    2. Write my blog posts based on them
    3. Analyze analytics (I use Google’s) and run the keywords in my keyword research tool (use Google’s)
    4. If the keywords get decent search volumes I will write an article for ezinearticles, squidoo and hubpages.

    Keeps my blog ranking high and I focus on monetizing (or at least tweaking the monetizing on my blog). Squidoo and hubpages earnings are extra.

    Strategy was shared by a year ago.

    Hope it helps.

  43. John Burnside

    Always good to find a new way to make money online and that sounds like quite an attractive way to increase my adsense page impressions.

  44. Lester Diaz

    Great Post, I been using Hubpages for almost 2 years now, I been able to make well over $5,000 with Adsense & Affiliate Sales earnings from hubpages alone, I think the best way to start earning with adsense for a beginner.

    Lester Diaz

  45. Sofia

    Seems he is a genius on the topic. I know you have spent some time on it, but it is really worth reading. Looking forward to more “FREE” stuff from you!


  46. I have heard many mixed reviews about Hubpages. You’ve provided a great outline of the site. I am definitely going to consider giving them a try.

  47. cody stiles

    how do i get a adsense id?

  48. jon

    do you know how old i have to be to do this?

  49. Bunny Tee

    Great information and making money online can be a task in it self keep up the good work and again thanks for sharing.

  50. Anjili

    Thanks for sharing this info. Will be of great help to new writers on Internet marketing.

    Remember to Subscribe to Anjili RSS Feed

  51. livewithrichard

    Hey Bob I’ve been earning a steady income on HP for almost 2 years now and the best advice I could give anyone that wants to earn money there is to write what we call evergreen content. Content that is going to be as important years down the road as it is now with pictures, video, polls, maps, and links to relevant external sites. How to articles are great as well as travel articles. We’ve recently found out with the new Google update that short, product related articles that are primarily intended to sell a product without giving the user anything they couldn’t find in a thousand other places online, do not work well. Write for the reader and no matter what the topic and it stands a good chance at earning on hubpages.

  52. Adebiyi Oluwasina Peter

    Pls I need to know if I will make money if I use poems instead of articles as my hub.

  53. Luke

    Adebiyi, though I haven’t created any poems on Hubpages, the general consensus on the forums is that poems and religious Hubs don’t usually generate a lot of income. If you are wanting to maximize income, write Hubs that are informative and draw readers in, who will in turn click on the ads within your Hub.

  54. Rasma

    I am desperate. I joined Hubpages and have so far only put in 2 hubs. I desperately need Adsense but I applied twice. First time they said I couldn’t put Hubpages as the website on my application. Then I looked for more info and opened an account at blogger as someone suggested. Again applied and again was turned down. So How do I get to get accepted in AdSense??? How is it done or am I just dense? If I can’t get info on this then what’s the use and I am broke…… Please reply to my e-mail.

  55. princess

    im a newbie ! can you please tell me ….what do you mean by Ads ? so even though i write … but if they only read ..and not click the ads … , that would mean nothing ?

  56. Katherine

    I am doing my own hubpages experiment at the moment. I want to build it up so I am making around $2,000 a month. From what I can tell, each hub will make anywhere from $1 to $10 per year in it’s lifetime. This doesn’t sound like much, and it really isn’t.

    But, the alternative is to ghost write and I don’t want to do that ever again. I am using this hubpages experiment as a way to sort out how to make a good living online developing residual income and testing niches. Once the niche gets decent traffic, I plan to start a niche site or blog and will direct traffic from the hub to the site. I enjoyed reading about your success!

  57. Deuk

    @Pinyo the reason you write on other sites like infobarrel or hubpages is cause everything like advertising the website and making it popular is done for you. All you need is to just post and post and not worry about advertising your content cause google immediately captures after it has been posted.

  58. Sneha Sunny

    WOW!! you are doing great at hubpages. I also need some tips. I have some 16 hubs but my earning through adsense is $0.03. How can I increase my earnings??

  59. Amazonrus

    Hey guys, Ill be be honest with you, I estimate that I’ll be making $10/month for a single hub through the “hubpages Ad program”. It’s different from adsense i think. In a moment Ill show u my hub, that is if the Op doesnt delete my post. I did a hub on a High noon iphone game, which gets me around 300 visitors a day effortlessly. So yeah, this inspire me to create more hubs. I still only have 2 hubs lol. Im going to create more.

  60. Rasma

    Been writing hubs for a couple of months. Have Amazon ads and still no money. Applied to Adsense but they turned me down twice. How do I get them to accept me? Just keep trying? I don’t have my own website. Just hubs and blogs on Blogger.

  61. Alakomonus

    is it good that my title is 4 words and in order the global searches are
    5,000,000 ?
    i know thats not how many people would click but do you think that would bring good traffic?

  62. Mr.bhavesh

    Hi Jennifer Speer.
    I think you may do that but you should not.
    Because if you search for the same query in Google it will show two results for the same.One will come from your blog and another one will be from your hubpage.
    So Google will consider that they are copied content and might ban your blog from search result page.

  63. kshitij

    hey im 16 years old bt the adsense says that the payee needs to be above 18 years. What should i do please help…

  64. Ramesh

    hey for getting adsense account in india your website needs to be 6 months old what should i do. Is there any other way of earning revenue on hubpages. PLEASE HELP!!!

  65. Papabear

    Dear Bob,
    I am not sure if you are still watching the comments on this particular article or not, but I was curious how your earnings where going now that it is January of 2012.
    I have been working on a niche blog myself, and it is still in an infantile state. I haven’t even put up a post yet. I have been researching and creating an “article checklist” on things to do for every article to maximize article exposure and to also maximize the quality of my content with adherence to current blog etiquette.
    After reading your article I have added these “revenue sharing” websites to my “article checklist” to help generate some valuable reciprocation. The trick will be tailoring articles that aren’t a repeat of my article, and drawing people into visiting my blog.
    I have more questions about what you do for your blog, especially in regard to keyword research for every article, and I was wondering if you would mind a couple of emails? I would be happy to feature you in my blog for this!
    God Bless!

    • Bob

      Papabear – with over 1500 articles on this site – each with open comment sections I am not able to respond to all comments, but I will make a quick update to this article talking about where I am now with them…

    • Papabear

      Thank you for making an update on this! I appreciate it!

  66. Priscila

    This is awesome! Thanks for sharing. I just finished making my first hub. 🙂

  67. Papabear

    Thanks for updating Bob! I really appreciate it!

  68. GeoCheckpointing

    Hello Bob,

    thanks for all the info. I am considering to join Hubpages now. My goal is not to earn directly from AdSense (however, it may be nice bonus), but promote a new outdoor game called GeoCheckpointing. I have written some SEO optimized articles and submitted to Ezinearticles and other article directories. From your experience, if I write a 500 word long hub and a 500 word long article which I submit to top 10 article directories, can I expect more readers at Hubpages?