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Questions for Hubbers.

I have been looking at hub pages on and off for several months now as somewhere I could write but i do find it all rather confusing over there. so I have a few questions for those of you who write over there to.

Does the site require as much time commenting and interacting as PP or bubblews?

Are silly funny posts welcome or do i need to put my serious hat?

Affiliate amazon? ebay stuff? Not proper questions I know but i just don't get it so i'll just put that out there rather than ask a kazillion more questions than needed.

And what tips would you give to someone nervous about starting out over there?

I've read the learning center a dozen times now but it all seem so technical and i find that quite intimidating to be honest.

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Kasman wrote on February 13, 2015, 2:13 PM

When Squidoo shut down all our lenses were moved to HubPages but I quite quickly took all my content out of there because I write mainly personal stuff and I don't think HubPages is the best place for that. I don't monetise my writing and HubPages seems to be geared up for making money from your content.

phoenixmaid wrote on February 13, 2015, 2:18 PM

Thank you Kasman. I am hoping to work on some content to be monetised as, I have a big project to save for so a little residual income would help a lot over time.

MsBiz wrote on February 13, 2015, 4:01 PM

I have about 50 articles over there--all serious and informative--and only log on about once per month. The earnings aren't as great as they used to be, but it's all passive income. I use Amazon Affiliates on a few posts where I recommend book, but not eBay.

melody23 wrote on February 13, 2015, 4:22 PM

They want professional style articles there and their format is hard to get used to, its not as easy as typing up an article you need to use their templates and put text boxes in places then fill them with text, its not an easy process to get your head around, although many people like it (I don't)

You cant earn there without an adsense account and you would need to publish ten hubs before applying to them, but there is no guarantee you would be approved. My blog has just been turned down for insufficient content and I have way more than ten posts. I have published three hubs there after helium shut down and have never went back, I only leave them published because they get good views and I hope at some point to have enough time to perhaps put some more up and maybe get to ten hubs.

As for tips, write good informative content, add pictures (make sure you have the copyright info correct) and make your hubs at least 1500 words. Try to write on topics that people are likely to search for and use appropriate keywords. Oh and use good promotional strategies because, you are paid for views on hubpages (provided you have adsense)

UK_Writer wrote on February 13, 2015, 4:27 PM

You do not need to interact there whatsoever. None. You write your piece, which should live or die on its own merits by being found and read by strangers, linked to from other sites, quoted and cited as being pure genius and something that Google/Bing/Yahoo love.
No silly posts. Humour, yes. Pointless, fluffy headed nonsense, no.
You can join those affiliate programmes once you've tried out the site and decided if it's for you. They don't make much at all if you're not seriously targetting traffic for them.
No tips, that's too open a question to answer in a comment.

crowntower wrote on February 13, 2015, 4:43 PM

I think interactions are needed because you need many people to visit your post, and there should always a new post everyday, because I think your earning there will be coming from Google Adsense, but before subscribing to them you must fill your hub pages with post so you won't get rejected. Hub pages if I am right are not really for pay per views or likes or comments, but you must be approved by adsense and your page will earn from the advertisers of Adsense.

phoenixmaid wrote on February 13, 2015, 4:44 PM

Thank you, that's good to know it looks like my serious hat will be getting a lot more use.

phoenixmaid wrote on February 13, 2015, 4:47 PM

Thank you very much, ah key words My nemisis I will conquer them sometime soon (I hope)

phoenixmaid wrote on February 13, 2015, 4:49 PM

Thank you lovely, to be honest i don't think I'd touch the affiliate stuff until I felt more confident about writing there anyway.

phoenixmaid wrote on February 13, 2015, 4:50 PM

Thank you, I doub't I could write a serious article everyday to be honest I'll be aiming for one a week with my current commitments and the level of work involved.

melody23 wrote on February 13, 2015, 5:02 PM

There is not as much emphasis on keywords these days as there used to be but they are definitely still important. Just think about what someone would search for to read your article, that's your keywords.

Actually I might write a post about this just now, thanks for the idea!

MelissaE wrote on February 13, 2015, 8:12 PM

I've written two hubs: one is a long serious piece about the subcultures of military brats and the other is a post about making homemade all-natural salad dressings. The first piece was accepted no problem and had nearly 20,000 views is under two weeks. I made about 10 bucks and it's still slowly being passed around the brat community. The other piece has yet to be published. It keeps being rejected, and I honestly can't figure out why. I enjoy the templates, and I think it makes me a better and more organized writer. It is intimidating. It's pretty serious writing. I plan on continuing to submit articles about every two or three weeks.

MelissaE wrote on February 13, 2015, 8:15 PM

Also, I already had an adsense account, so I was able to link my hub to that. I also have ebay and Amazon affiliations. The products that you link do have to go along with your article, and you can only have one of each or it is considered spammy. I do follow and comment on some different writers because I want to continue writing for the site, and I'm trying to learn from them.

RonElFran wrote on February 14, 2015, 3:14 AM

phoenixmaid, I've been on HubPages for more than three years and love it. But it is a site only for serious writers - what's expected are magazine quality articles. It's not at all like Bubblews. I've only just started here at PP, but no article I've seen here (including my own) would be acceptable at HP. You can earn from Adsense (which you must have or get to be paid - HP helps you get it), Ebay , and Amazon. HP is a site for long term rather than quick income. It takes time for a significant revenue stream to build up. I hope this doesn't discourage you, but you need to know that unless you are serious about producing high quality content, HubPages probably won't work for you.

Now, here's the other side - don't be intimidated by all this! You can write light hearted or humorous hubs, if that's what you like, or poetry or short stories. The only limitation is that they be of high quality. If you want to hone your writing skills or try to gain an audience for your work, I'd suggest opening an account and getting your feet wet. There are lots of great hubbers in the forums who will help newcomers with issues. It does take time and work, but I think it is very well worth the effort. Come on in, the water's fine!

Last Edited: February 14, 2015, 3:38 AM

Hollyhocks100 wrote on February 14, 2015, 6:13 AM

I gave up on Hubpages (I´m bac2basics on there) because the earnings are so poor and hard to get, you need to write about things people will look for in google searches, evergreen content too. Almost all my hubs became unfeatured after a while, the only two out of lots that earn anything are one on swollen ankles in the summertime and another about loved one´s in spirit. You have to choose your topic and title well otherwise you won´t earn anything. There is interaction on the site and I made a good amount of virtual friends on there. It´s quite easy to learn how to use the site once you get going, but don´t sign up for the affiliate programme right away , even though you will be asked to, as it doesn´t work that way and can get complicated if you do. Do get onto google analytics if you do join though as it´s fun to see who´s reading what from where, and I was once read from the international space station, that was a real thrill.

LeaPea2417 wrote on December 22, 2015, 8:25 PM

I have never written for Hub Pages. I do hope you will return here to write and interact with the posts.