Ok, a bit behind on my schedule. I’ll cut it all down to a single phrase: Hubpages, do it. You can make money.
This is the third update so far and let’s take a brief look at my stats:
-First Hubs published 18 days ago
-Word Count between 400-1000 words. The average would be about 800
-Hubpage views 1900
-834 Unique Visitors/618 absolute unique
-509 Google visits
-185 Yahoo visits
-12 AOL (does this even exist?) visits
-33 clicks total
-Approx revenue made as of writing: 32 dollars. 28 of that made this week.
-Hubpage revenue made while sleeping and this morning (as I write this at 12 noon): 12 bucks.
Summary of Progress
For the first 40 hubs, I made a dollar or two. By hub 70 I had made 3 dollars. But then I finally figured out how to make money with hubs and from hub 70-116, I’ve made about 21 dollars.
Now, there are a few others that are having more success than I. Court for one only had like 70 or so hubs and made roughly 100 bucks last week. Joshua (see comments) is making 7 or so bucks a day. I’ve made 20 bucks in about 5 days. I had a 5 dollar day, a 4 dollar day, a 3 dollar day, a 1 dollar day, a 4 dollar day, a .50 day, and a 7 dollar day.
Yea, I know I’m not going to retire on this, but I’m pretty impressed since I’ve just started to get these earnings as of Sunday. Now that I’ve kind of figured out what to do, I’m getting some consistent earnings. I expect these earning to go up over the next 100 hubs I create, since I’ve know what to look for and have an idea how to make money with hubs now. Keep in mind these earnings will only go up as the domains age and as I begin to send some backlinks. At about 4-5 bucks a day, that’s not a bad PERMENT income for a good solid 2 weeks of full time work. Sure, you might make a couple thousand of dollars spending that time working for someone, but getting 5 bucks a day for the rest of your life more than makes of for that. And of course, you will start to make more as the domains age and SERP’s improve.
Here is what I’ve found in the course of my 2 and a half weeks writing hubs.
How to Make Money with Hubpages
However, you can still get clicks with shorter , 300-400 work articles. I think if you want to max your search traffic and start sending backings to hubs, more content is better over the long term. But don’t think you need to write 800-1000 word beasts for each hub. I did a solid 30 or so hubs like this then said screw it and started writing 600 word hubs. Now, I think I’ll just go with 400-500 word shorties. I’d rather churn out 2 different hubs than a long single hub. IF I was trying to dominate a niche, than I would have long posts, but in this case, shorter is ok.
Keep Layout Simple
Videos, links to authority pages, pictures. Don’t need em. Sure, if you want to invest some quality time in a informative hub, ad them. Too much “stuff” can distract the user from doing what you want him to do: clicking on an ad. Layout is important though.
Optimize Hubpage Layout for Adsense
The most effective layout is using the standard hub layout. You don’t want to have a picture at the top of the hub. This means you will have the title, followed by a horizontal square of ads. You always have a large rectangular ad box immediately to your right. This helps to surround the initial paragraph with a “box” of ads. It’s really easy for someone to click an ad here. Since your articles should be highly focused, nice-based articles, you should score occasional converting clicks here. I’ve also found is having the following format:
Now I haven’t scored any affiliate sales from eBay or Amazon yet, so I can’t really state too much about making money with these on Hubpages. However, if I am talking about a specific product, there is no reason why you cant add eBay links to the product. They might buy it. Initially, for my first 40-50 hubs, I had eBay and Amazon products inserted into every text body. I figured having targeted products I am talking about, inserted to the right of the text (hub pages allows you to do this), and would make sales. I was wrong. I haven’t had a single affiliate sale. Now, granted I am not really commanding the traffic to garner sales, but I’ve given up on affiliate sales. Adsense is way easier to make money with on hubs.
Also, you may not that I have a PICTURE inserted between two text boxes. This is because if you don’t’ have that picture, Hubpages puts a horizontal Google ad bar at the bottom of your post. I like to have it right in the center of my article. Easier to get a click I think.
Write for Adsense, Not for Readers
Well, I don’t buy in to the whole “content” is king argument. I think content is crap and backlinks are king. When writing for Adsense clicks, content is important, but not witty content. You are going to get most of your click near the top of the page body. You ideally want people to read your stuff for a few seconds, then click on the ad. The longer they read your article the more LESS likely they will click on the ad. Longer reading means that your article is actually answering the questions they are trying to find. And whey then do they need to click on an ad? Now, I know there are exceptions here. For example, you can write about a product or service telling how important it is to solve a problem but don’t TELL them where to go. If you have your keyword phrases right, you may trigger the ads that show that service. People want to find the service and they see a link, they will click. So yes, content matter for clicks, but not in the traditional blogging way. You don’t want an audience, you want people to read and then click. So don’t entertain anyone with your writing. Hell, I think putting up some of that shitty Indian-written content may get you more clicks then native English well crafted informative article. How can you learn to write like this? Experience. You just have to write a LOT of articles for Adsense. Eventually you get to see what works and then write around that style.
No Competition Niches
Yea, if you want to start making money write away, the key is no competition niches or low comp niches. If you pick competitive niches, you will be frustrated and won’t make money. A lot of you are probably doing this. FORGET about going after those 5k a month search terms. Aim at 200-400 search terms a month. Yea, it won’t be a 100 buck a day Adsense hub, but you might be able to get a click once a while.
There are actually two strategies here: Go after niches with high competition and low CPC. You might be able to find some of these, but the niches won’t be in the usual insurance, skin care, credit cards etc. You will have to look off the beaten track or come up with a unique keyword phrase. If you find a niche with 5-20k people a month and there is low competition, go for it. Each click might only be 20 cents, but if you can get 10-20 of them a day, that’s pretty good. Keep in mind though that if you go after the traffic niches, you WILL need to be ranked high for that keyword term. So only do this if there is little to know competition off the bat.
The other strategy is to go after HIGH paying ad clicks. Now, you can be sure that for the main phrases are all beaten to death by internet marketers. But while all the nice, juicy fruit up top has been picked clean by the birds, there are still pieces of fruit to be hanging low or on the ground. You can get 50 people coming to your hub and maybe 10 people click on an low paying ad, giving you a total of 2 bucks. Or you can have 4 people come to your hub and one might click on your ad, but you get 2 bucks from that click.
Either way is viable.
Link to Your Related Hubs
I suggest when making Hubpages, to go at each different niche in bunches of 5 or 10 related niches. This way, you can back them all up with links for your hubs. Since you are ideally targeting no comp niches, these backlinks for other related hubs will really give your hub the juice to get high on the SERP’s. As your hubs mature in the SERP’s and age and gain PR, so will the link juice passed. I try and give 1 way links. If I make 5 hubs, the first has no backlinks, the second hub links to the first, the 3rd links the first and second, and fourth links to first,second,third, and so on.
Treat your hubs like an niche blogs and build backlinks. You will make a LOT more money, but it will take effort and time. I do suggest if one hub is doing spectacular, you just go out and buy a domain and toss up a workpress blog on it. Then you laser target that niche blog to that exact keyword and use the hub to send it’s authority to the new blog. Then build backlinks to it and get to #1. Slap on Adsense and you won’t be sharing money with Hubpages. As was pointed out by a reader, hubpages steals part of your clicks, so you get less money. This is why you ultimately want your own site to get 100% of the revenue.
My New Strategy for the Next 100 Hubs
For the next 100 or so hubs, I am eager to see how much more money I can make. Keep in mind that the older my hubs are, the more traffic I should get and the more I should make. If everything works out, my hubs should be getting more traffic and money as time progresses.
Court is making about 12 bucks a day with 70 hubs, but then again, he’s one of the best in the world. But now that I am finding some success here and I know what niches seem to work and what ones don’t, I think I can fine tune my next 100 hubs so that each of them perform. Currently, I have like 30-40 hubs generating me revenue while a good 60 or so are dead weights. If I can make the next 100 or so hubs actually perform, I’ll make a lot more money.
-Laser Target Niches. I have an idea what works. It took me 70 hubs to figure it out. Going to replicate this now and fine hone my niches.
-Cut back to 400-500 word hubs (not convinced the 800 biggies are doing any better than small ones)
-Create 100 Ezine articles and send two backlinks to two hubs. Yea, this is going to be a lot of work. I’m already working on a god damn 200 hubs in a month. I don’t’ think anyone else has done that before. Adding an additional 100 Ezine articles to the plate is going to be tough. Why am I doing this. Because I’m god damn crazy, so deal with it! 😉
Meanwhile for any of you people who are following my little old make money online blog, get your asses into gear and make 30 HUBS. If I can creat 30 hubs in 4 days while working a 10 hours a day full time job, you can surely do that by my next update (7 days)? No excuses, just DO IT.
Meanwhile, I’m going to do another make money online experiment next month. I’m thinking 100 phBay self-hosted ebay niche sites, 200 ezine articles, 100 blogger blog niches, or 1 self hosted blog in a niche with 200 niche based articles, or 3000 backlinks in one month. We’ll see if we can make some money with one of those! Help me choose or toss me some ideas. You can watch me slave away for a month to see if it’s possible to make money!
Ok, enough talk. Back to writing. I’ll post next week when I have 170 hubs and 50 Ezine articles. Geez, even my short updates are turning into Grizzly-style put-em-to-sleep posts. When this experiemnt is finished in 2 weeks, I am going to make a massive, informative hub about exactly how to make money with hub pages using adsense. It’s going to be so long that even Grizzly will weep with envy.
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