What is HubPages?
HubPages is the best place to discover and create original, in-depth, useful, media-rich articles on topics you are passionate about. All for free.
Imagine HubPages as an online newspaper but that the content is provided solely by its users, known as Hubbers, who choose topics that excite them or in which they feel particularly well-versed, and then they write articles (known as Hubs) to share their knowledge and passion.
HubPages is a user generated content, revenue-sharing website founded in 2006. The company acquired its main competitor, Squidoo, in 2014 and moved from a single-site to a multi-site business model in 2016. ~ Wikipedia
How does it work?
HubPages is exceptionally easy to use in that the interface is as simple as ‘fill in the blanks‘ and ‘drag and drop‘. They supply all the tools you’ll need to write an excellent article, complete with photos, references, polls, links, and so much more.
The photo below shows the page I use to create my Hubs. It may look cluttered and confusing, but you can see a clear space for Title, Summary, and then a separate block for each paragraph of text and each photo.
Simply fill in the blanks and add as many text or photo blocks as you’d like from the menu on the right. Other than deciding the order in which you place your paragraphs and photos, HugPages decides the placement of ads, comments, and the general layout of the page.
It’s like you’re creating your own website without having to create your own website!
Your Hub could be edited by a volunteer fellow Hubber, so watch your spelling and grammar, and try to keep the layout fluid and interesting.
What’s in it for me?
I could tell you about how I like writing Hubs and that I enjoy the feedback that I get from them. And I do, but I know what you’re asking.
Hubpages allows you to monetize your Hubs with both Amazon and Google Adsense.
What does that mean? It means that if you’re writing a Hub about, say, knitting and you want to mention your favorite knitting needles brand, you can do so by linking your HubPages account with an Amazon Affiliate account. Then you will receive a commission when someone makes an Amazon purchase through the link in your Hub.
It also means that you can link your Google Adsense account so that you get a portion of the payment that advertisers pay Google to place these ads on your pages.
That might all sound very confusing, but if you’re with me so far, you’re definitely ready to start earning with HubPages!
I get it – how do I get started?
Click the link at the top of the page and create a HubPages account. And then start thinking about subjects that are interesting to you.
- How-to’s & tutorials
- Product reviews
- Opinion pieces
- Conspiracy theories
- Short stories
The possibilities are endless! Browse around the HubPages website and look at the types of Hubs the other Hubbers are writing.
HubPages can be an excellent source of income. And the best thing about it is that it can be a passive source of income. You have the choice of writing monetized articles every day and keeping your income growing, or of writing intermittently and making a small but steady income on the work that you’ve done in the past.
If visitors still land on your Hubs, you will still get paid, even if you aren’t writing Hubs anymore.
This isn’t a gold mine from the get-go, but it certainly can be a work-from-home job if you want it to be. You are limited only by your imagination and your ability to think up new topics for your Hubs.
If you run into any troubles or you have any questions, please comment below, or on our Facebook page, or send me a private message. I’ll help wherever I can.