The Perks of the HubPages Earnings Program

Are you signed up for the HubPages Earnings Program? If not, you might want to consider doing so!

Some of the major perks of this earnings option include:

  • Potentially higher earnings (our first group of beta testers earned 50% more from their work)
  • Access to the HubPages Ad Program (responsible for the boost in earnings many Hubbers experience), which features an optimized mix of premium ads from multiple ad partners
  • A lower payout threshold ($50 instead of $100), which enables many Hubbers to enjoy more frequent payouts
  • Multiple HubPages revenue streams paid through one channel (HubPages Earnings Program income includes Ad Program and eBay earnings as well as Apprenticeship Program bonuses and contest winnings)

Though these are compelling benefits, the HubPages Earnings Program is not for those who:

  • Prefer to analyze ad performance through Google Analytics reports
  • Feature AdSense ads on multiple websites and prefer to receive all AdSense earnings through that one channel
  • Are not able to set up PayPal accounts (PayPal is not available in some countries, and is our only means of distributing HubPages Earnings Program payments)

To get a full understanding of how these earnings opportunities work, stop by our official Learning Center guides to the HubPages Ad Program and the HubPages Earnings Program.

We hope you’ll consider signing up (to do so, visit the signup page and follow the step-by-step instructions, which will guide you through submitting tax information and associating a PayPal account).

Questions Moving to Subdomains

The Answers section on HubPages is very active this month thanks to the HubPages Know It All Contest, which awards daily prizes to Hubbers who ask and answer Questions.

There have been some great Questions asked so far, and in addition to potentially winning prize money, the Hubbers who have asked them will soon be able to make additional ad revenue from their fantastic queries.

This is because we will soon move Questions to your subdomains and bringing ads back to those pages. The move means that that all of your Questions will be associated with your unique HubPages subdomain (e.g. simonesmith.hubpages.com/question/127240-example-question-here).

Because we’re giving you ownership of your Questions (just like with Hubs), you will have a designated section under My Account where you can view and monitor all your Questions, Answers, and Question Statistics. You will be able to delete your Questions as you please, as well as inappropriate Answers (just like you would remove an inappropriate comment on one of your Hubs).

You will also be able to view the important statistics on an individual Questions (just as you can with individual Hubs) by expanding the stats menu in the black bar on its designated page. By analyzing your traffic graphs, common keywords, and major sources of traffic, you can gain a better understanding of why some Questions perform better than others.

We’ll share some tips on asking search-friendly tomorrow in the Online Writing Insider podcast. In the meantime, keep those fabulous Questions coming! Even if you don’t win anywhere between $10 and $100 the Know It All Contest, you’ll be making a sound investment in potential long term ad revenue!

The HubPages Ad Program

Yesterday, you may have noticed news stories on All Things Digital and CNET that alluded to a new HubPages advertising program.  Before that, some of you noticed changes in our Terms of Service that alluded to that very same change.  Why did we not officially announce something on the site until now?  It was a bit of a secret program until now! We wanted to give these reporters a scoop on the story, and it’s not really a scoop if we’ve already spilled the beans on our site.

But at long last, we can say it loud and clear: HubPages is launching an entirely new channel through which you can earn an income on the site: the HubPages Ad Program!

About the Program

We are introducing this option to make it possible for you to earn as much as possible by offering an optimized mix of premium ads from multiple ad partners that will run alongside the Google AdSense ads on your Hubs, as well as any Amazon or eBay capsules you use.

You might be wondering how the HubPages Ad Program will impact your earnings from HubPages. To give you an idea of its effectiveness, nine beta tester Hubbers who had the program turned on for their accounts in January and February experienced an average earnings increase of over 50%! Not bad, huh?

Opting In

You’re probably wondering how you can activate the HubPages Ad Program on your own account. As the program is new, we are inviting Hubbers to use it in waves, with the first wave of invites going out tomorrow, March 3rd. If all goes according to plan, the HubPages Ad Program will be available to all Hubbers by June of this year.

Once you are invited to become a part of the HubPages Ad Program, you will have a choice to opt in or keep things the way they are. Once you have opted in to the program, your earnings through the program can begin! Payment is through PayPal, and your first payout will take place once you’ve reached a $50 payment threshold.

Whether you choose to use it or not, the HubPages Ad Program was created by HubPages to make your experience as an online author better than ever.  We hope you enjoy it!

UPDATE:

To respond to some of your comments and questions below:

The traditional ad format looks like the layout to the left; the HubPages Ad Program format looks like the layout to the right.

The HubPages Ad Program adds additional revenue-generating spots on your Hub.

More Details:

  • Invitations will be sent out in waves to Hubbers – there will be a bit of randomness involved, but a priority will be given to those who are active on the site.  We are simply trying to bring this major program to scale gradually, to make sure that everything works perfectly.
  • You must have a valid AdSense account to qualify for the HubPages Ad Program. They are designed to be complimentary.
  • The other affiliate programs already available on HubPages (e.g. Amazon, etc.) work along with the HubPages Ad Program.
  • You must have a valid PayPal account in order to receive payments from the HubPages Ad Program.
  • The process for opting into and signing up for the HubPages Ad Program is very simple, so once you get an invite, just follow the directions 😀

For more information, check out our Learning Center guide to the HubPages Ad Program.  To ask questions and discuss the HubPages Ad Program with the HubPages community, visit the official forum thread.