I used to have a Hubpages account a long time ago when it still had a massive weight in search engine rankings and used it to create content that ranked very high, very quickly. I even used it for paid ad campaigns and it generated me a lot of money. But does all that still work? Can you still make good money with this site?
The answer is yes, but not as much as you COULD a long time ago.
Although Hubpages still provides people a way to make money (it is legit, don’t get me wrong), it’s nowhere close to the opportunities it once had. If you still want to use it today, there’s some OK reasons to, but for the most part, as someone who earns a serious income from the internet (and teaches people how through this place), I wouldn’t recommend it and I’ll explain why in this review…
Don’t know what Hubpages is? Here’s the quick recap:
This is basically a website which allows people to blog about anything, but it’s within the control and supervision of Hubpages. You can actually make some money though this site today by creating content on it.
However, the more important part of what this website is can be found in it’s history…
About 10 years, there existed a number of certain websites that had immense authority in the eyes of Google, one of them was Hubpages. The others included:
Squidoo, Ezinearticles, Street Articles, Digg, ect…
Anyone who knew something about SEO knew that if they wrote content on one of these websites and published it, that they could in most cases get 1st page rankings on Google within a few days. So naturally, these places were exploited, and I admit, I was one of the people who did utilize them (with great results).
Overtime, many of these places fell out…
Ezinearticles lost it’s SEO value due to too high low quality content.
Squidoo was the next to go and they actually got absorbed by Hubpages (here’s the story).
In short, when most if not all of these places lost their SEO value, Hubpages was one of the last ones standing. But eventually they too suffered in the ranking privledges due to the same reason the other places fell apart (too much low quality value was produced and they were looked upon as content farms).
So does Hubpages still work today? Well their potential has declined in my opinion…
I am not going to deny that you can still make money with this place. In fact, their own homepage features cases of writers who make a few $100 a month writing content there:
But does this actually make this site worth signing up with? In my opinion no and the reason is because the BULK of potential this place once had is lost. Let me explain:
In the above screenshot, I actually blurred out the 2 main success stories because of privacy (even though it’s a public site), but anyway, that’s not the point.
Here is what I want to get across:
Let’s say the first person they show who is making $350 a month. Her focus is cooking and she’s written over a 100 articles. I can tell you right now, as an online marketer, if she knew how to market on Google through SEO and put that effort into a personal blog, wrote 100+ articles, she’d probably get 10,000+ visitors a month from Google alone and possibly be breaking a $1,000 a month from her efforts.
You see my main argument against using this place is the fact that you can’t really get as much search traffic from Google anymore like you could 10 years ago. This lost potential also means there’s lost money and while you can get paid today by it, it pales in comparison to what you could get paid back then.
But let me explain a little bit more clearly what I mean…
If you look up keywords on Google today, it is almost 100% UNLIKELY that you will find ANY Hubpage/s article ranked high. It’ll probably be somewhere in the latter pages of searches, which actually get little to no traffic or visits.
However, you WILL still get traffic from the internal network and community of this site still, but that is a small percentage of what you would get if your article on that site ranked high on Google.
In my estimates, that’s about 90% of potential wasted and naturally 90% of potential profits wasted too.
Other reasons I wouldn’t recommend using Hubpages:
As far as I know they do not allow you to do affiliate marketing through it. This is actually one of the reasons they tanked in Google’s eyes long ago. Too many people did too much affiliate marketing and this caused poor content to be created on the site. If you want to make money with this place, you’ll likely only be able to do so through the internal network of this site.
You aren’t really in control of the content you create. What I mean by that is that if Hubpages decided that you violated their TOS, they could shut down your account instantly. I don’t like the idea of putting up my content in places that essentially owns and controls how and IF that content is viewed, you are essentially “renting” a blog from this place and not really the owner of it.
Money wise, I think I already made the case there, but let me explain once again that in my professional opinion, a blog YOU own that ranks high on Google can make a TON more money than a blog you don’t own on Hubpages.
Want to make good money off a blog? I recommend you do this:
I recommend you buy a domain name and have FULL control over the blog and what you can put on it. There is a little bit more of a learning curve in knowing how to create content on that blog, but believe me, in having FULL control over it, you have more opportunity in the long run with how much it can make:
Now I am not discounting Hubpages or it’s use. If you just want to create content somewhere and get likes on it and perhaps make a little bit of money, sure this is still a place that works, but I am a strong advocate of the following idea and that is…
If you have passion to create content on a particular subject, that passion CAN be monetized and you can make better money off that passion IF you have and own your own blog.
The only real negative to consider is that it takes longer to do initially, but in the long run, you can make way more with the effort you put into content production on a personal blog than on any site like Hubpages in my personal opinion.