HubPages: A Great Free Resource to Make Money Online

Because of the economic downturn that has affected virtually every corner of the globe, people are turning to the Internet in droves to make money without a financial investment. While that development may be bad for people who sell tools and services specifically geared to new Internet marketers, it’s good for venues that offer opportunities to make money with no money. One of those is HubPages, a group blogging site that shares revenues with the people who write for them. They offer the ability to make money from the following:

  • Google AdSense ads
  • Kontera contextual ads
  • Amazon product links
  • eBay
  • Any affiliate program you can think of, unless it’s for a gambling or pornographic site or product

HubPages offers a slightly better deal for authors than similar sites: you get 60 percent and they get 40 percent. But those percentages aren’t divided up in the way most people would expect; you get 60 percent of the impressions, not the revenue. An impression takes place every time someone visits one of your hubs and revenue results. For example, 60 out of 100 visitors will be credited to you, and if any of them click on Google or Kontera ads, buy an Amazon product or generate eBay revenue, 100 percent of that money will be yours. The other 40 out of 100 visitors will be credited to HubPages and they’ll get any revenue that results from those visitors. There is one nice exception to this, however; you get 100 percent of the revenue from any affiliate programs outside of the standard four sanctioned by HubPages — 100 percent of the time. I use HubPages to promote several affiliate programs, including TweetAdder Twitter software. Because I happen to use that software and like it, I used HubPages to write a review that carries my affiliate link.  In the case of other affiliate programs, I just incorporate affiliate links into related posts that aren’t necessarily dedicated to the affiliate program’s topic. There’s a lot of flexibility to do whatever you want, as long as you don’t run afoul of the HubPages rules.

Because of my overwhelmingly positive experience with HubPages over the last two years, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to people who are new to Internet marketing. They may eventually find they’ll want to spend money on services that will help improve their HubPages revenues, but they can definitely start without spending a dime and make money if they devote some time to it.


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6 comments to HubPages: A Great Free Resource to Make Money Online

  • I have not heard of hub pages. But after reading the positive reviews in this article, I am definitely going to give it a shot.

    • hospitalera

      Do, so, it is a good place to make some extra cash, build up an online portfolio of articles and to get some backlinks to your own sites, SY

  • Hi Hospitalera,
    I’ve been using HubPages for a short time, and have found it to be a good place to write for. I’m still learning the ins and outs of writing there, but have made a little bit of money with only 8 articles so far. I’m hoping in the near future to get back to writing there.

    Have a great day,
    Sher :0)
    .-= Sher´s last blog ..Happy and Successful Expats =-.

  • Jeremy

    I agree that hubpages is a great place for people to try making money online without any kind of investments. I didn’t realize they had such a strange way of splitting ad revenue though. My guess is that they didn’t want to run into problems of trying to split say a 5 cent adsense click properly.

    One advantage that you have with hubpages is that you can exploit the domain’s high link popularity to get search engine rankings easier. It would be much more difficult & time consuming to start a whole site from scratch.

    • hospitalera

      Nothing strange at all, it is actually the most widely used model for adsense revenue sharing! And yes, the domains high authority and good standing with Google is one of the advantages of using hubpages, SY