Today marks one week experimenting on Hubpages as an income stream.
Don’t get too excited for me — but I made 69 cents.
I’ll try not to blow that all on one candy bar.
By contrast, I made about $1000 on Medium last week and my income for the month is nearly $4000 so far. I expect it will land at about $5000 after this last week of April.
Okay. So this week, Hubpages is not going to much of an income stream. More like a tiny little tear-trail of an income trickle.
But that’s okay. I’m still excited about continuing this experiment. Here’s why.
Hubpages is about the long game.
When I post something on Medium, I expect to earn most everything I will earn from that post within the first week, definitely within the first two weeks. Most of my posts earn almost nothing after the first thirty days.
Hubpages is, at least in theory, more of a long game. It’s unreasonable to expect to earn much money for posts there before Google gets on board with showing them in search results.
So far, I have had exactly zero traffic from any search engine. Hubpages itself has sent some traffic and I’ve shared some of my posts with my email list and on Facebook and Twitter.
(The ‘ever’ column here reflects a small handful of posts I wrote in 2011, which were all removed from the site in 2013.)
Income from Hubpages is passive.
A little research in the forums told me that I can expect to make between $3 and $5 per month, per 1000 page views. So, if I write enough posts to get to 1000 page views across all of them, per day, I can expect to earn between $90 and $150 per month.
That seems like a good first goal.
I’m about 1/10th of the way there with seven published posts.
In theory, once I’m earning money on Hubpages (more than 69 cents!), I should continue to earn it without having to write more posts. Or without having to write on a constant basis, like I do here on Medium.
Hubpages has a fairly robust editing/distribution system.
They have several niche vertical sites. When a post is picked up for one of those, it gets edited by a person for grammar, etc.
The posts with a little green circle are posts of mine that went to niche sites.
I have no real way of knowing yet, but I think that those posts probably have a better chance of ranking on Google than posts that aren’t published in niche sites.
Your posts do not go live until they’ve passed quality control, which they call being featured. After you’ve had five posts featured, your pending posts go live immediately.
I’m an experienced writer and I haven’t needed more than a couple of small tweaks. But I think for new writers, the editing is nice. I know that having an editor in my 20s, when I was a newspaper reporter, was huge.
Hubpages lets you use affiliate links, but judiciously.
Hubpages seems very sensitive to appearing like spam. They have human editors that review every post and remove affiliate links that are not an important part of a story.
I had one post that included a link to one of my own free classes that did not pass quality control, because of that link. When I removed the link, the post was sent back for further review.
You can use Amazon affiliate links, but you’re not allowed to stuff your posts. Every use of an affiliate link has to have at least 300 words of text, for instance. And you have to have personal experience using the product.
This means that posts that don’t generally do well on Medium, like book or product reviews, might do better on Hubpages. And because they are careful, they’ll have a chance of ranking on Google and earning income into the future.
I’m going to give Hubpages six months, and see what happens. In that time, I’d like to get 100 posts live. That should be enough time to decide whether or not this is going to be a valid income stream.
The good news: I own my work
If Hubpages doesn’t pan out, I own the work. I can remove it and post it on a website or here on Medium.