Hey guys. Servando here for another post at Stream SEO. Today I want to talk to you about how I made $100 from a single post I made more than 2 years ago in a website named Hubpages.
I’ll keep this story short but interesting.
Back in 2011 I made 5 posts in this website called Hubpages. If you haven’t heard about Hubpages, I mentioned it a few times in my backlinking experiment but that’s about it. Hubpages is a website where you can get a free profile and write articles to earn money online.
Sounds simple, but if you have been in the blogosphere you know that ranking articles and making money from search engines can be tricky and it takes some time… Sometimes a few months, and sometimes more than 2 years…
Hubpages allows you to monetize from: Adsense (you need to have your own account), eBay (as an affiliate) and Amazon (Amazon associates program). Basically, you write stuff and you can insert links eBay or Amazon and get a referral commission for that. You can also use your own affiliate links as long as you’re not spammy and avoid black hat techniques. On the other side, they pay you around 60% of the revenue generated with Adsense.
Anyway. I’m not going deep into how to do keyword research and rank keyword with Hubpages. I just want to show you what happened with one of my articles I wrote back 28 months ago!
The power of passive income
So 2 years ago I hadn’t started Stream SEO yet. I registered this domain at the beginning of 2012, but I had other blogs already. As I was trying to diversify my earnings I discovered Hubpages, Squidoo and Infobarrel. All these websites allow you to generate revenue based on visits and different Ad programs (Amazon, eBay, Adsense) and you’ll make money if you are able to rank articles there.
There are a few advantages here:
- You don’t need your own blog (domain, hosting and extra charges are not necessary). This is particularly good for people starting on the blogosphere.
- You can create semi-beautiful articles without paying for themes or designers as they all use block-builders as a user interface
- The ranking capabilities are powered by the whole domain (Hubpages) and thousands of articles and users sharing content. So it’s easier to rank something with Hubpages compared to start a new blog (a good old aged domain with authority can beat Hubpages hands down).
However, there are a few disadvantages too:
- You don’t own your domain, and you can’t do what you want (you still own your content, but you have to follow Hubpages Terms of Service)
- You don’t get 100% of the revenue. instead, you get 60% and hubpages keeps the rest. At least for the Adsense program.
For this exact reason, I just wrote 5 articles in Hubpages and then decided to go for pro and start my own blog. However, those articles stayed there for months and every now and then I’d log in and check out of they were making any money.
There was one article which got ranked particularly good after a few weeks, and I started making $20 or so per month. It was really good for me. I was just thinking: what if I could write 100 articles and ranked them like this? But I never took action and so I completely forgot about it and instead, I focused on my new blog.
After 2 months, the article dropped its rankings as it wasn’t updated anymore. It was a tech related post and I needed to update it, but I didn’t care anymore.
I received my paypal payment from Hubpages a few months later and I was happy, but because the article wasn’t ranking anymore (and my other 4 articles never ranked) I thought that was it.
Until this last weekend…
Yes. This saturday (March 2013), I received an email from Hubpages like this:
Hubpages just sent me another $50? How? Why? WHAAAAT?
After almost 18 months of not login into my hubpages account I decided to log in and check my statistics. SURPRISE! My article is ranking again and it’s making money from Google Ads.
It’s not a big deal, and it doesn’t represent a big quantity for me, but the point is that an article I made back in November 2011 is still making money in March 2014! More than 2 years later, it’s still making money.
This is what I call passive income, and I love it.
Do you know what else is cool? My hubpages profile is PR 3 already and I never made a single backlink to my hubs!
I have more than 40k backlinks pointing to different Stream SEO articles and my homepage is still PR 1… Not that I care that much anyway, but hey!
It seems like because the article ranked in some of the first places for many months, it’s got backlinks built naturally and now it’s a PR 3 profile. Perhaps I should go back and write a few more articles now that I know how to do proper keyword research! Of course I won’t write SEO related articles there (I’d rather write here), but if I ever want to write about something totally different, Hubpages could be my first choice.
I’ll probably do a few tests because I could earn some extra money with just 3-5 articles more with low competition as long as they get ranked with Hubpages. I would like to meet the $50 payout every month so that it’s worth something. I’ll keep you updated.
Moral of the story?
If you’re struggling to start your blog, Hubpages is a good option and you can take advantage of Hubpages Rankings (PR 6) to get your articles ranked and monetize them with Adsense, eBay and Amazon. What are you waiting for?
If you have your blog already, then Hubpages might not be for you, unless you’re like me and want to write something from time to time which totally unrelated to your niche.
Check more about Hubpages here and talk to you later!