100 Hubs in 30 Days Case Study

ADMIN EDIT 2016: This post is from my original blog (Make Money Online with Seo .com) from way back in 2008 when I first learned internet marketing. Things have radically changed since then with how to make money online, what to do, SEO, marketing, and such. But I’ve imported all the old posts for archival sake. Some of the information is still relevant, but many of the specific SEO strategies and quick make money online ideas I had back then have changed. SO please keep this in mind when reading. 

2016: This strategy no longer works and has not worked in at least 5 years. If you even consider trying this sort of thing with HubPages, you are wasting your time. Keep in mind this post is from way back in 2008/2009


I’ve decided to participate in Court’s 100 Hubs in 30 Day challenge.

Edit: this has now been changed to 200 Hubs in 30 Days!

I’m going to do my own parallel case study and share the results with you guys. I’ll give most of the details (though I don’t think I’ll be giving the specific niches or keywords) about this experiment (how long the content, my style of writing, how I work the backlinks, the SERP rankings for each hub, amount of money I make per hub, etc).

Now, for those of you who don’t know, hub pages are a sort of mini website. You basically write about a specific topic. You can write an article and include video clips and pictures. Hubpages are essentially the same as squidoo lenses, though they haven’t been slapped by Google, yet.

You can ostensibly make money from hubs through Adsense sharing. You enable adsense on your hub and hubpages.com keeps a portion of the revenue from each click.

Personally, I am not really convinced that putting so much effort into someone else’s domain is a good thing and I have doubts about the long term viability of such a money making scheme (it’s better to invest the time in writing content for your own domain). I think it’s better for you to create 100 new niche blogs than 100 hub sites. However, Hubpages are becoming quite popular and it’s a no brainer to create one and get it up and running in a few minutes. Also, having 100 hubs can be powerful linking tool.

Now, I’m willing to bet my socks that the average Hubber doesn’t make much in the way of coin. I’m willing to bet this is because the hubs are not targeted to specific (money-making) niche keywords and are not backed with backlinks.

Proper keyword selection, the use of SEO, and backing up each up with backlinks is a sure way get them ranked high for the keywords AND make some money. The natural domain authority of Hubpages.com gives each up a “leg-up” in the SERP’s — which is probably why some people (including Court), makes a bit of money a few hub pages. I also suspect that people make money from hub pages because of the “focused” nature of each hubs. Since hubs are essentially 1 page (sometimes a very LONG page) minisites, they lend themselves very well to niche targetting. Even if a person doesn’t know what niche marketing is or how to target a specific keyword, the process my happen sort of organically with hubs. You create an account then decide you want to create a hub to “provide” a solution to some problem. You then end up with a hub that happens to target a money keyword and lol and behold, you get some ad clicks.

Now, as I’ve explained, hubpages make money based on Google Adsense clicks. So you need to target your writing and content in such a way as to generate good ads. Now, with Hubpages, the key here is proper keyword selection. Writing a general hub about “John’s Basketball Tips” and a properly keyword targeted hub about “The top acne shampoo products” are worlds apart as far as being able to entice potential clicks.

So, it’s essential to choose keywords that target a problem people are looking to solve (skin care problems, weight, etc) and keywords that actually have advertisers. Quantity here is also going to be key. I’m willing to bet with 100 or so niche-based hubs, you will probably get a few clicks a day due to the sheer amount of hubs.

Part of this experiment will also play around with how to write for Adsense clicks. I’m going to write hubs that beat around the bush and try to write so as to get the user to click on the links. I’m also going to create really good hubs that answer the questions being asked by the user. I want to compare the ad click results for each “style” of writing.

So, here are the rules I will be following:

– Create 3, high-quality 400-500-word hubs each day.
– Each Hub will target a niche keyword that has money potential
– Each Hub will be written with SE) in mind
– 30 Hubs will not provide an actual answer (to encourage clicks) to the “problem”
– 15 Hubs will not be backed up with Backlinks;
– 85 Hubs will receive a dose of backlinks from AMA, UAW, BS, BMD, and a few other programs
– I’ll post an update every couple days on this site, detailing my progress

Here are the major questions I want to find answers to

– Can I make money with Hubpages
– Will answering the “question” reduce the number of Adsense Ad clicks?
– Do you need to send backlinks to each hub to actually make money

So it’s time for me to start writing those hub pages.

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