I thought I would give away a couple of the models I have used to learn how to make money with Hubpages:
1. The Truth About Wu Yi Tea
This hub has made over $200 in one day. It was made by Maddie Ruud, who is now a Hubpages employee. (I guess they realized she knows what she's doing!) Notice how she has perfectly relevant Adsense, Amazon, and eBay ads and products displaying all up and down her article.
If I had a few money-making hubs like this there's no way I would go to work anywhere. In fact, I don't go to work any "where" as it is... But I'd still prefer the passive income versus the money I earn writing (for others).
Maddie's hub ranks first in Google for the search "wu yi tea" which gets 81,000 searches a month worldwide. The Google Adwords Keyword Tool says that the term only gets a cost per click of $0.05 but I guarantee that this is wrong. Anyone who's ever used Adwords knows that Google basically doesn't let you display ads for less than $0.25 or so, and that's when there's no competition. Maybe this particular term has been somewhat diluted but there is still obviously a large and relevant inventory of ads as evidenced by the ones displaying on Maddie's hub.
(Google's sponsored links tool (shout out to Josh B) shows 54 different advertisers.)
2. Five Best iPhone Bluetooth Headsets
This is the hub that I showed a snapshot of in my post about making money with Amazon on Hubpages. It was written awhile ago by Mark Knowles. I read somewhere that it makes a couple hundred dollars per month through Amazon sales alone, although that may have been awhile ago. I imagine it's still doing pretty well, regardless.
It echoes my own thoughts (and experience) that electronics in the $50 to $200 range sell well. My own best performing hub last month was modeled after Mark's design of: brief review + picture followed below by the Amazon link. Rinse, repeat.
(Remember: I am still waiting on my Adsense account so in the mean time I am trying to make money with Hubpages via Amazon affiliate sales. I can't wait until I can turn on Adsense.)
If you're looking to build a super-hub you may want to read Mark's hub called How I got my hub to be on Google's first page. Not only is he helpful but he writes with... personality!
3. Want to Make Money with Hubpages? Forget the Myths!
This is a hub that I just discovered tonight. In itself I don't know if it's making money but the author displays her Adsense earnings screen shot showing two individual hubs which are making $96 and $90 respectively. Those were one-month money totals. She makes a great point about how you don't necessarily have to have a lot of hubs in order to make money on Hubpages (although that is one way that is certainly working for some people). Instead, you can focus on making a smaller number of hubs a lot stronger. I suspect this is what I will gravitate toward once I get my Adsense going.
By the way, she seems to like to write about computer viruses.
Other Successful Money-Making Hubbers
Now, Court from The Keyword Academy has stated somewhere that he had a $300 hub last month. He built 100 hubs for the HubChallenge and that was his best performing one. I think he had a couple others around $100. And of course a lot of duds, which is to be expected. With links and age they should perform better over time.
One last resource: the article where I first learned of Maddie's hub was this interview with Hubpages employee Ryan Hupfer. It may help you to believe you can make money with Hubpages -- if you're not there already.