Hubpages is a Squidoo type website where members can create individual webpages, called Hubs, and earn money directly into Adsense and other affiliate or ad accounts. There is definitely a potential to earn money through Hubpages so let me go through some of the how-to’s, whys, benefits and potential downfalls of hubpages for you. You can see some of the hubpages I’ve put together by checking out my Hubpages Profile. (Note – if you sign up after clicking that link I do get a small credit for the referral.)
How to Start Writing for Hubpages
Sign up and create an account. Everything is explained very step-by-step and I have found the hubpages VERY easy to put together. I like to put my little off-topic ideas up there that don’t really fit in anywhere else I write at. I’ve also reworked and expanded some of my articles previously published elsewhere. Easy, easy, easy.
Each component of the hubpage is easily added or deleted using the Module editor feature. Easy. SO easy. And, it’s like having a miniature website all your very own with none of the management/server/etc issues because Hubpages owns the website.
How Does Hubpages Pay?
The revenue modules (Amazon, Adsense, etc) are split 60/40 between you and Hubpages website. So if you have 100 people visit your hubpage one week, 60 of those page impressions will show an Adsense block with YOUR adsense information (ie YOU get the money if someone clicks the ad) and 40 of them will see an Adsense block with the company information (ie Hubpages gets the money). 60/40 is a decent split from other sites I’ve seen.
Benefits of Writing for Hubpages
It is easy to put a hubpage together. They go together rather quickly, and it’s easy to tackle the writing in a module- by-module way. Also, if the idea of putting together an entire website feels overwhelming to you, then consider making one hubpage. Then later, when you have time, make one more. And then one more. 🙂 Because each hubpage is individual, you are finished with THAT hubpage as soon as you finish it. As opposed to this website which is never finished. Sort of like my laundry. Ugh.
Probably one of the best parts about Hubpages is that your content is completely yours at all times. Which is significant if you ever want to reuse the material elsewhere at a later time.
Are There Downsides of Writing for Hubpages?
As with all web content sites, you end up sharing some of the revenue with the website owners. But, as I said, 60/40 is a rather generous split, and the revenue comes to you daily. I can check and see which hubpages are getting adclicks, see immediately when someone purchases a theatre makeup kit from Amazon.com using my affiliate link, etc. I have found that for me personally, Amazon affiliate links were more successful than adsense, but one of my colleagues average $300 in revenue from a single hubpage so that is very significant. I’m not there yet with hubpages, but I’m working on it! *laughing*
My colleague supports her and her daughter as a single mother from her hubpages and writing at BellaOnline. Amazing. She said she has over 300 hubpages, which is similar to the number of articles I have at Suite101. Her income from Hubpages is currently higher than my income at Suite101 but my traffic and exposure at Suite101 is higher, so it might be a trade off.
I found Hubpages easy to write, a joy to put together, and I love the fact that you keep all rights at all times. Unlike many of the other content sites currently available.