HubPages- Writing for Affiliate Earnings and Revenue Share

Updated on: by Miranda Grimm

Write content-rich, informative and topical articles (“Hubs”) on whatever subjects that you know and love….Your Hubs can continue earning for you for years after you write them. -Hubpages.com 

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Before we dig into HubPages I would first like to introduce today’s Guest Post writer, Jessica Bunyard. Jessica is a family friend who has been very supportive of my endeavors, from returning to school to blogging. When Jessica heard I was feeling a little overwhelmed by all the projects I have taken on and was considering dropping this WAH Adventures blog page, she was quick to jump in and ask how she can help. Jessica is a freelance writer, not only in the online work places such as Associated Content, but also in the real 3-D life. She writes for several newspapers and has a long history in writing as well as photography. It is an honor to have her guest blog for WAH Adventures today! Enjoy.

 

Having some experience with both Associatedcontent.com and Blogspot.com, I was most intrigued when Miranda asked me to check out Hubpages.com, an online writing community similar to AC but in a blog-style platform. You don’t have to be a professional writer to work for hub pages, so all of us Work-at-Home Adventurers should give it a closer look.

What in the world is a hub?
On this site, “hubbers” create mini blogs/webpages called “hubs” that center around a theme or topic.
For example: A hub about creating wire-wrapped pendants contains a lengthy article about wire wrapping techniques, supplies and tools; step-by-step instructions (with photos) on how to make a pendant; a list of related hubs and ad-sense and Amazon affiliates ads.
You can create as many hubs as you like on any topic that you want.

How do I make money on hubpages?
While the site claims that there is no charge for using hub pages, the site does take some of your ad revenue and limit’s the affiliates you can use. In my opinion, this is a charge. But hub pages is one of many such programs. What makes their set-up different from some of the other ad revenue sharing programs is the way they split the cash with you. Traditionally, when the split is 60/40, the income from every ad click would be divided and you would receive 60 percent of every click’s earnings.

What hub pages does is give you 60 percent of the ad space. This means that when someone views your hub, 60 percent of the time they will see your ads and 40 percent of the time they will see hub pages’ ads. So, if someone clicks on your ad, you get 100 percent of the income. If they click on hub pages’ ad, you get nothing.

So, how much money can you make on hub pages?
Well, that is where it starts to be confusing. Google ad sense is one way to earn money here. Again, the man is taking 40 percent of your ad space, so it is hard to estimate your earnings. I am not sure how they decide who gets which ad and when. Earnings are a matter of right-place-right-time. You hope that the clicks are happening when you are the one receiving the revenue. In one post on the hub forums, writers discussed making an average of $10 per hub each year with ad sense alone. Remember, a hub is only one page. I estimate it to be about two quality blog posts worth of work.

You may also partner with Amazon or Ebay. For every 100 “impressions” with the capsules from these sites, you are credited for 60 “impressions” and hub pages gets the rest. However, if anyone clicks on the ad or makes a purchase, you get 100 percent of the revenue share. In addition, hub pages.com offers an affiliate program. When you refer a new writer to the program, you will receive a percentage of that hubber’s revenue (from hub page’s share) from now until forever. That is a nice way to earn something for nothing!

Is hub pages worth the effort?
Only for those willing to self promote. There may be a few views on your hubs and as a result, some clicks on your ads but to make any real money, you are going to have to work. Anyone familiar with writing for the web should have no problem making a few bucks with this site. The good thing about this program is that you retain rights to your work. This means that you can publish your work elsewhere and keep earning money from it. I suggest linking to your other websites and blogs through your hub to draw traffic to them AND increase your google rank. For instance, if you have a hub on freelance writing jobs, and a blog that has a post on a write-from-home company; place a link to your blog on your hub and a link to your hub on your blog. Easy huh?

Overall
, I would give hub pages a B+ on the work-at-home report card. I think the site deserves a try, particularly for those who are already have a blog or website. I would not put all my effort into hub pages as it seems to require a lot of upkeep and effort to be a high earner. Though many on the site’s forums were making $2,000 and up each year, they are also putting in a lot of time on both content and promotion. If you want to give hub pages a try, I suggest spending some time on their learning center to help you get your feet wet.

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Bailey

February 15, 2011 at 9:55 am

That is one of the more balanced looks at Hub Pages I have read.

Anna

February 15, 2011 at 9:59 am

Excellent review! I have about 20 hubs on hubpages. I like the site — the tools for creating hubs are really easy to use, and it's very easy to make your hubs look exactly how you want them. Of the 20 articles I have up, I receive a few clicks now and then, but not enough to really amount to much. As far as writing for residual income goes, I have had more luck with Suite 101 and Ehow than anywhere else. I know a lot of people do use Hubpages primarily for getting backlinks to their blogs and articles on other sites, and it is really helpful for that purpose.

Miranda – I know exactly what you mean about taking on too many projects! I am feeling very overwhelmed lately myself. I started another blog in addition to my work at home one, plus I've got other stuff going on — all while trying to earn money writing. I frequently wonder if I'm crazy and whether or not I have bitten off way more than I can chew. There's so much out there to do online that I want to do it all, but there's just no time!

Angie - The Work at Home Wife

February 15, 2011 at 10:09 am

I love your blog. You have some excellent, honest work at home reviews. I certainly understand the need to step back, though. So many projects, so little time. Having others bloggers/work at homers to lean on certainly helps.

WAH Adventures!

February 15, 2011 at 10:29 am

Anna, yes! I am sure you understand. I have been making jewelry and have been working on a new blog and sales page at Artfire

(http://www.artfire.com/users/ButtermilkSkyDesigns)

Jewelry making in addition to the usual full time college, 2 kids, a husband who is gone 3-4 nights a week and trying to work enough to pay for groceries…but in reality, this site is an outlet for me. It is a lot of fun and I enjoy interacting with all the other home based work seekers! So, it will stick around a little longer 😉

Anna, what is the other blog page you started?

WAH Adventures!

February 15, 2011 at 10:32 am

Angie, thank you! It does definitely help to have a great support system. I couldn't have done a fraction of what I do without the help of my family and friends.

Penny

February 15, 2011 at 11:18 am

That was a great review..thanks for the information!

Anna

February 15, 2011 at 12:44 pm

My new blog is http://freelancewritingworkonline.blogspot.com

It's similar to my work at home blog, but focuses more on the writing. I'm finding that I don't have near as much time to work on it as I would like. My husband is also gone 3-4 nights a week, so I know how it is! Especially with two kids. Plans to get things done often just don't work out.

Your jewelry, by the way, is gorgeous!! I had some earrings that were sort of similar to the double-ring textured ones you have listed, but they broke, and I've been wanting some more. I have zero other earrings I like right now. Your prices are excellent, so I'll probably order those! Thank you for sharing the link.

WAH Adventures!

February 15, 2011 at 1:02 pm

That's funny Anna, I had found your page somehow once before! I even already google friended you:) haha.

I love those earrings too! I made myself a pair and wear them nearly every day. they are simple and go with everything. Thanks for taking a look! A friend of mine and I are sharing the site and working together on it. We will be adding a lot of new things very soon.

Daisy

February 15, 2011 at 8:35 pm

I signed up for hub pages but I have not done anything with it yet. I am still trying to cut out my spot in the blogging world. Eventually though I'd like to devote some time to it. thanks for the guest post and review!

Chrystal Mahan

February 16, 2011 at 9:12 am

I just started HubPages about a month ago. I am not in the $1000 month club, but that is my goal. I have other adsense places to build up that money. So far I like it quite well.

frankj

February 23, 2011 at 10:30 am

After reading this review, I may want to explore a little bit more on hubpages. Yes I have registered there, but doesn't have any direction onto where I was going. With this, this is my direction. Thank you.