I’m going to assume most of you know what HubPages is. If not, then go and take the Official HubPage Tour. It’ll explain what HubPages is. While there, you might as well sign up. It’s free. Then come back and read the rest of this article to find you how you can make money with HubPages and earn residual income. It’s just one income stream I use to make money online, but it’s a very important and profitable stream!
Now that you’ve signed up, or if you’re already a member at HubPages, here’s how I make money with HubPages. Let me say up front that if you’re thinking you’re going to make money quick with this technique, then you’re going to be disappointed. It won’t make you a lot of money quick, but it will bring in some residual income month after month if you do your part.
The thing about HubPages is that they generally get better as they get older, just like most webpages. I love Hubs because they allow me to cover a subject that has too few profitable keywords to justify building a website. I may find some good keywords, but if there is only one main keyword and few, or a bunch of low paying secondary keywords, it’s not really worth my time. But if I can whip out a HubPage in 30 minutes and cover that one main keyword and the 2 or 3 secondary keywords, then I’m money ahead!
Plus, as an added bonus, HubPages has authority, so Google is more apt to rank a page from HubPages quicker than from a brand spanking new site!
The other nice thing about HubPages is that once they’re built, you have to do very little to keep them up. I build links to them just as I would any other site and sometimes update the content, but I pretty much build ‘em and forget them with the exception of building links to them.
I monetize my HubPages with Adsense, Amazon and Ebay. Even though I have a Kontera account, I don’t bother with it. I have also used affiliate programs from third party networks like ShareASale and Commission Junction to make money with HubPages.
Here How I Make Money With A HubPage
First off, you need to find a subject that you want to write over or a product. I’ve only been using HubPages for a little over 2 years and in that time, product reviews and comparisons have been my biggest money makers. For example, a comparison Hub might be a Hub comparing the Apple iPhone to the Samsung Galaxy S. With proper link building, I would bring in all types of people looking for a comparison between the iphone and the Galaxy S, people looking for iPhone reviews, people looking for Galaxy S reviews and probably people looking for an iPhone alternative!
Then, once they land on my Hub, they see that there is a Galaxy S add from Amazon right next to the review. If the review has done it’s job, they’re going to want to buy the Galaxy S and will probably do so through Amazon or Ebay!
Step By Step Guide on How I Monetize HubPages
For those of you who need a step by step guide, here goes.
You’ll need to find some profitable keywords. For you people that have no money, this is going to take some time. For those of you who are a Keyword Academy member, you already know how to find those profitable keywords with Niche Refinery (which is a free keyword tool only available to The Keyword Academy members). You members get to finding those green keywords! (If you don’t know what the TKA is, here’s my The Keyword Academy review)
If you don’t have access to The Keyword Academy, then you’re going to have to go and find profitable keywords. I suggest you start making a list, a long list, of products and things you think may be profitable. Then go to the Google Keyword tool and start typing in those keywords into the tool. Make sure you search for “Exact” matches by checking the box on the left side. There will be 3 boxes labeled ‘Broad’, ‘Exact’ and ‘Phrase’. You want to check ‘Exact’.
You’re looking for keywords that have at least 1000 searches per month (‘Exact’ matches) and have a CPC of at least $1. Once you’re done there, you’ll need to go to Google and search each of the top 3 to 5 websites for that keyword and see the authority of each website. You’re gong to need a tool like the SEO for FireFox Plugin to check the rankings of those sites. I look for sites with a PR 3 or below in those top 3 to 5 websites. This means those sites have a relatively low PR and that a HubPage with some links built to it should be able to outrank those sites. There’s a little more to this, but that’s what I’m looking for in a nutshell.
One way I find things to sell is to go to Amazon and click on a Category. Then use the “Bestsellers” tag or the “Highest Ranking” tab to find products that other people are buying. You can also do this on eBay by going to pulse.ebay.com. This will give you the items that are selling the most on ebay. Once you have a list of products, follow the technique above to narrow down your search for profitable keywords.
Once you’ve found some low competition but profitable keywords, make sure one of three things. One is that Amazon has a good variety of the product you found. If it’s not a product, make sure that it can be found on Ebay. If it can’t be found on either Amazon or Ebay, then go to the Google Keyword Tool and make sure there are at least 1000 ‘Exact’ searches or more for the main keyword and secondary keywords. Also, I want that keyword to have a CPC of at least $1, more would be better. These are the criteria I use for Adsense.
If it’s a product but you can’t find it in Amazon or eBay, then see if you can find an Affiliate Program for it.
Once I have my list of profitable (green) keywords or Product keywords, I go to HubPages and create a new Hub.
I make sure my Keyword comes first in the Title, for example ‘iPhone 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S’ or ‘Samsung Galaxy S – iPhone Killer?’.
Next, I choose the appropriate category from HubPages, then I select the layout. I use the third layout from the left most of the time.
Next is an important part. The Tags. I use as many tags as I can. You only want to have relevant tags for your keywords. Don’t just stuff your Hub with any tags or you run the risk of getting banned.
One trick I use is to go back to the Google Keyword tool and type in my Keyword. The list that Google returns should all be closely related to your main keyword. I use many of these (10 to 20 if I can find them) closely related words at the Tags in HubPages. This has been one of the biggest success secrets to my HubPages paying off. Because I will rank for many of those keywords that I typed into my Hubs as Tags!
I then click on the ‘Submit’ button and continue building my HupPage. I break my content up into little section with lots of text boxes. In each text box you can put a Heading. Make sure you Main keyword is in the Top text box heading and your secondary keywords are in the additional text module headings. I also want to make sure that my Main keyword appears on the page about 3 to 5 times.
How much content should you use on your HubPages?
This depends upon the subject you’re writing about, but my hubs are always over 500 words and most are 700 up. The more you tell, the more you sell. Work those primary or “cousin” keywords into your content!
The other things I do that help my HubPages is that I write my own summary. I never check the automatic box. You’ll find several tabs above the box where your tags and modules appear. The one all the way to the right is called the Groups tab. I include all my related Hubs into related Groups. This give me great inner linking for my HubPages.
The next tab to the left from the end is the Summary. This is where I write my summary, including my main keyword and a few secondary keywords if I can.
Where To Position Amazon and Ebay modules for the Best Results
It seems everyone has their own way of building a HubPage and where they like their Amazon and eBay modules (Hubpages will automatically insert Adsense blocks into your Hub) I like my Amazon and eBay ads running up the right side of my content. If I’m reviewing or comparing several related products, then I make sure there’s an Amazon or Ebay ad right next to the sub-review. You’d be surprised at how well this words.
My next step after getting everything set up is to publish my Hub.
Next, I start building links to that Hub like crazy. For most of my Hubs, I use EzineArticles and GoArticles. Once again, if you’re a member of The Keyword Academy, you have access to PostRunner which is a directory where members can submit written articles in exchange for a link back to their sites. And once again, it’s only available to members of The Keyword Academy!
On average, I write 5 articles and submit them to EzineArticles for each Hub. I also write 5 more that I send to GoArticles and 5 that go to PostRunner sites.
I watch my Hubs over a Period of months and if that doesn’t get me good rankings, then I repeat the process over again. 5 articles to EzineArticles, 5 to GoArticles and 5 to PostRunner sites. This is usually enough to get me my HubPage on the front page of Google SERPS for my chosen keyword.
And that Boys and Girls is how I make money with HubPages. It may seem like lot of work, but once you get the hang of it, you can turn a Hub out pretty quick.
I currently have over 200 Hubs and they bring in a good amount of my income. My goal is to have over 500 by the end of the year. I try and build 10 per week (some weeks I do, some I don’t). If you work 7 days, that’s less than 2 per day. If you work 5 days, it’s 2 per day. It takes me about 45 minutes to an hour from start to finish to create one Hub.
And as I said earlier, this is probably the easiest way to make residual income because these hubs will continue to pay month after month (if they’re profitable keywords and on the front page of Google).
And remember, IT WON’T WORK IF YOU DON’T!!! No one is going to make these Hubs for you (unless you pay them well!). They won’t start making money until a few months down the road in most cases, but if you do your part, most Hubs will make money! On average, I don’t usually start making any noticeable money from my HubPages until they’re about 6 to 8 months old with lots of anchor text backlinks and on the front page of Google for my main keyword!
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