Hubpages is a website where you can write about whatever you want and earn money for your efforts. This is the one line explanation of the site, but there is quite a bit more to it.
First, you have to sign up. If you haven’t yet, sign up here. Then come back here and read the rest of this two part article–I promise it will help you.
The way you earn money on hubpages is through the Google Adsense program and affiliate links through eBay and Amazon. You can also earn with an advertising network called Kontera, but don’t worry about it for now because it really doesn’t pay that well. If you are a savvy internet marketer, you can also make money on Hubpages with your own affiliate links to third party websites.
You split revenue with Hubpages 60/40 in your favor. The way this works is 6 times out of 10 your ID is used in the advertisements, which means you will earn on a click or sale made during this time. The other 4 times Hubpages has the potential to earn money for an action taken. People sometimes think that the total revenue is just split 60/40, but that’s not the case. Your ID is used randomly 6 times out of 10. It is a generous pay structure and there are quite a few people making good money at Hubpages.
Hubpages is a great place to start writing online, and even making money online. I mentioned earlier that you want to use keywords in your articles in order to be competitive and gain traffic to your work—because that’s what you need to do if you want to make any money. The way you do this is imagine what someone would type into a search engine in order to find the information you are providing.
If you were going to write about “making money online by writing,” then that phrase could be the keyword phrase you would want to use in your article. The next thing you want to consider is how competitive a term is. You can do this by using the Google Keyword Tool at this URL – https://adwords.google.com/select/KeywordToolExternal
This tool will show you how many times your keyword has been searched in the past month and will give you a monthly average. It will also give you ideas of related terms that may be better options for you to use because they’re less competitive. It may sound a little confusing at the beginning, but you will get the hang of it after you do keyword research a few times. You also want to look at the price paid per click, which will give you a good idea on how much money ads that will display will be worth. The figure shown is not the total that you will earn because Google keeps some of the money, but you can easily see which terms are “worth” more and which ones are worth less.
My next article will go into more depth about choosing keywords for your internet writing. But for now, write down or copy and paste two or three sets of terms and how often they are searched and what they are worth. Now, you can type the keyword phrase into Google to see how many pages pop up. This is not an exact science but it will give an idea of how much content on the internet uses the term you are searching. If 100,000,000 pages come up, there are a lot of pages about what you are planning to write about, so it may be a lot more difficult to compete and get to the top of the search engines with your page. However, if only 250,000 pages come up, you have found a niche in which you can compete and may possibly be able to “own” by getting your page to the top. This is how you make good money in internet marketing with content and Google Adsense.
If you have a specialized skillset (and we all have at least one) I highly recommend you start creating content based on it on the internet. I notice that I sometimes get a few visitors to this site who are looking for ways to make money while unemployed. Hubpages is one such way. Start writing content about your expertise. I don’t care if it’s plumbing, roofing, gardening, or investing. If you can create content that is useful to people and valuable in some way, you will be able to make money.
Sign up for Hubpages and start writing and earning today.