December 02, 2010

My Hubpages Review

Well the Thanksgiving holiday is over and Christmas is next. I shouldn't have to remind everyone just how hectic it is during this time of year. Many freelancers want to work more so they will have more spending money for all those Christmas sales, yet it is hard finding enough time to get in the extra hours, or at least it is for me. Since my last post about Info Barrel, I have read through everything 2 or 3 times, lurked around on the forums, checked out their contests (which are quite awesome by the way) and started doing some keyword research for some articles. In fact, I have 10 articles already live on the site. Of course, this didn't happen until this past week. But hey, I am trying.

Anyway, while writing up some articles and reading the forums over at Info Barrel, I decided I need to add HubPages to the list. First of all, it will give me a place to link up some of my Info Barrel articles, and second, it will maybe bring in another form of residual income. You shouldn't have all your eggs in one basket anyway, right?

So, let me give you a little overview of Hubpages. As I mentioned earlier, it is a residual income site. This site allows you to create pages, or what they call hubs. On these pages, you have content, pictures, videos, and those great affiliate links.

How do you earn money with your hubs?

Actually there are several ways you can earn money with your hubs. It can be through Google Adsense, Amazon affiliate program, ebay, or Kontera. These are automatically placed on your hubs and you receive a portion of the earnings. With that being said, you would have to sign up for an account with each of those places in order to earn money from them.

Now when a reader visits your hub, 60 percent of the time they will see Google Adsense ads linked to your account, and 40 percent of the time they will see Google Adsense ads link to HubPages account.  Therefore, if someone clicks on your ad when your link is showing, you will receive 100 percent of the profits, but if it is clicked on during the 40 percent time when HubPages is there, they will keep 100 percent of the profit and you earn nothing. This is why you will read that you get 60 percent of Google Adsense income. Some sites pay a portion of each ad, which is what we are more use too, but that is why HubPages is different.

As for Google Adsense, you don't have a choice, it will show up on your hubs whether you have an account or not. Of course, if you don't have an account then your cheating yourself out of some money. As for Amazon, it works basically the same way with the 60 percent and 40 percent, however, you can choose not to have Amazon on your hubs. As for eBay and Kontera, you can choose whether to use these affiliate programs as well. At the present time, eBay is the only one I do not use.

HubPages Referral Program

This site also offers a way you can make just a little bit more money. If you refer someone to HubPages with your link, and they join within 30 days of you referring them, you will receive an addition 10 percent of their ads impressions for life. This DOES NOT take the 10 percent from the new member. So, if you are considering joining HubPages, the I would love to refer you. You can sign up by clicking here.  However, don't feel obligated.

Things to know about HubPages
  • You must write unique content, but you do keep all rights to your content
  • You can not write overly promotional content
  • You may link twice outside the hub, but it must be something related
  • Do not link the RSS feed module to the same domain as another link in your article
If your article or hub is flagged, in my experience I've have always had the opportunity to correct it.  If you treat your article more like an informational type article, even if you are reviewing a product, then you should be fine.

Now about my new journey with HubPages. I actually abandoned my old account that had about 20 hubs on it from a long time ago. They weren't great articles and were merely put on HubPages while trying to build backlinks to a blog I was working on. Now that I am more focused on my residual income, I wanted to start fresh and work on my keywords more. So, I am up and running now with a new account. I'll keep you posted as I journey along. If you do decide to join, you will find the forum full of useful people that are making some great money on HubPages. Definitely take a peak in there and see just want you can learn from all these experienced hubbers!



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