8 Nov 2008

Earn Money Writing on HubPages

HubPages is an income sharing article writing platform. What we would normally call articles are known as hubs. The reason for this is that each article, or hub, is highly flexible in terms of content and layout so that you can experiment and be highly creative in how your hub looks. Each hub consists of capsules, which can be either content such as obviously text, images, videos and so on, or activities such as polls, or advertising capsules which is where you earn your money.

On HubPages you not only earn from Google Adsense but you can also have your affiliate advertising from Amazon, Ebay and Kontera. The earnings are split 60-40, with 60% going to the writer. Your earnings are accumulated through your own affiliate account so that HubPages is not involved in handling your money. This is done by having your advertising links showing 60% of the time. There are also referral earnings for signing up new Hubbers and for directing traffic to particular hubs.

Editorial policy is a little complex but basically they want original content (don't they all!) on which you have the copyright. The flexibility of their hub concept means you can add interactive elements such as polls to keep your readers interested - on one of my first articles there are, as of writing, no comments but a number of votes on the poll. There is also a slightly mysterious system of giving scores to both individual hubs and to each writer so as to maintain the quality of the site. Having been a webmaster in the past I do understand that it is sometimes better to keep any scoring algorithm secret otherwise people will act in ways to just manipulate the scores.

Overall, HubPages is an interesting platform and you should experiment with layouts to see which ones are most profitable and most read.

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