2019 Goal 1: Making £1,000 per Month Online – HubPages

If you have been reading along since I started this blog you will know that for 2019 I set 8 Big Goals for myself and the first of those was to earn £1,000 per month online. As I explained in my Background on Goal 1 post I have been exploring different avenues for making money online for close to 7 years now. My personal approach to earning a living online is to have multiple income streams which are preferably passive. Today I want to provide you with some details on HubPages and how you can use it to earn money yourself.

Firstly though, before I get into the details of HubPages, I want to state that I do not believe making money online is any easier than working in any other profession. We all know money does not grow on trees and in order to make a living working online you will need to put in the hours and treat it like any other job. Of course you are doing it in the comfort of your own home and working the hours that suit you best so there are some very welcome perks.

I will firstly introduce you to what HubPages is and why you may want to use it and how you can earn money from it. Secondly, I will provide details on how you will know what to write about and what you need to consider when writing an article online. Finally I will provide you with some further resources to check out in your own time. What I will not supply is a step-by-step guide on how to sign up for HubPages.

What is HubPages?

HubPages is an online community of people who like to share information on their hobbies and areas of expertise in order to help others. Articles should be of high quality and range in size from 1500 – 2000 words with pictures and / or videos to accompany the text. It is important to remember that the articles must be 100% UNIQUE.

Why use HubPages?

For me, HubPages is a great place to start if you are new to earning money online, the reason being that you do not have to worry about setting up your own website or concern yourself with security issues and the like. In addition you become part of a helpful online community of people who will make comments on your articles and answer any questions for you regarding the site. Furthermore, the income you generate from HubPages is passive, meaning you can dip in and out of it as you please and do not have to worry about things like customer service or staffing issues, which you would when pursuing other online revenue generating methods such as drop shipping.

How can I earn money?

HubPages is not a get rich quick scheme, in order to make some money from it you will have to produce high quality unique content. If you do produce good content though and use the money generating options available you can make a nice side income. As an example I personally have 15 articles published and last year earned £500 ($640) which equates to roughly £41.50 per month. One of my steps towards increasing my monthly income this year is to write more articles and to direct more traffic to my existing hubs (I will keep this blog updated on my progress) .

There are 3 ways to earn money via HubPages with their available ad programs; Google Adsense, HubPages Ad Program and HubPages Amazon Program. Having all of these in place will mean you can have money generated from Impressions, Pay Per Click Ads, and Amazon Products (I will cover more on each of these in other blog posts).

How do I know what to write?

You should write about subjects that interest you or that you have experience of, for example your hobbies, interests, line of work, education, relationships. When writing an article it is a good idea to plan it out before starting and to do some further research into the subject area.

For example to plan this article I produced a Mind Map but you could also use a Concept Map or any other planning technique that you are familiar with.

Mind Map for Using HubPages
Mind Map on how to use HubPages to earn money online

Both of the articles I linked to for Mind Mapping and Concept Mapping are examples of the types of articles that do well on HubPages (they are not mine).

What to consider when writing an article

The first thing you want to consider after you have planned your article is the title. Make sure that the title is clear and concise covering exactly what is contained in the body of the article. For example if you are writing about putting into practice techniques learned from Marie Kondo’s Tidying Up on Netflix do not call the article “Here we go, let’s get started” or something equally random. The reason being that you want search engines to see your title and direct relevant traffic to you. So you may title it “Marie Kondo Method in Practice”.

Secondly you want to include relevant keywords and keyword phrases in your article. You can start by imagining what you would type into Google to find your article and then see what other suggestions Google makes at the bottom of the search screen. For example if you typed Marie Kondo technique you would get the following suggestions:

When including keywords make sure you use them naturally in your article and do not simply list them.

Finally, incorporate some relevant images and / or videos into your articles, be these images you take yourself, public license images from sites like Pixabay, and videos from YouTube. Aim to make your article as useful and informative as possible.

Further Resources

There are many other aspects to writing articles that I could include but these will have to wait for another post. For now I will leave you with these further resources to explore.

Lacking in ideas why not have a brain storming session.

Want to know what’s on trend then check out Google Trends (free)

Want some more ideas for earning Passive Income then read:

Hopefully this article has provided you with a brief overview of what HubPages is about, why you may want to join it and how you can earn money passively from it. Further questions that I will answer in later posts include: how do I find keywords, how do I get more content ideas, and how do I get traffic to my articles.

If you would like to join HubPages here is a detailed article on how to complete the sign up process.