Advantages of Writing on both HubPages and Your Own Blog

Why write on both HubPages and your own blog?

Many people do not bother to join HubPages because their own sites are already making them more money than they would on HubPages. However, if they want to increase their earnings, there are many advantages for them if they join HubPages and become active on HubPages.

Linking from your own blog to HubPages can help you earn more money on HubPages and linking from HubPages to your own blog can help your blog earn you more money.

It doesn't even have to be all that much time that people with their own blogs need to spend on HubPages to increase their entire online earnings. People spend ages on Facebook, enjoying the community of Facebook, but enjoying a community of like-minded individuals can also take place right here on HubPages, and whereas visitor activity on Facebook (like pageviews of what you write on Facebook) doesn't earn them anything on Facebook, on HubPages it can.

People who are good at Search Engine Optimization

I saw a reply to a question the other day, can't remember what question now, but that interesting reply said something along the lines that most people who are good with SEO (Search Engine Optimization) do not bother with HubPages because they are too busy making more money with their own sites.

I find this to be true, but also believe that if those people want to earn even more than they already are, that they should not neglect considering the benefits of being a member at HubPages, and using HubPages to increase their income.

Although people like to have their own sites where they can advertise what they like on their sites, position their ads where they want them to appear, link to as many other sites or webpages as they want to, and can keep 100% of their ad revenue, they can also make use of HubPages to increase their income.

So what if you don't earn much on HubPages?

When you're trying to increase your overall income, it doesn't matter if you don't earn much on HubPages if you also have a blog that you can use HubPages to send traffic to - and of course, using your blog to send some traffic to HubPages may mean that your HubPages earnings end up being not so little afterall.

You can also use your HubPages referral tracker code in the links you leave on your own blog, and if those who follow the links you have on your own blog sign up for Hubpages and write and add hubs to HubPages, you can earn a little from their efforts.

What would you write on both sites?

Although it may take a while before it's noticed by HubPages staff, and you may not necessarily risk having your HubPages account shut down completely, it's still not a good idea to use the exact same articles on both your own blog and on HubPages. Google and some other search engines will give preference to the one article over the other, and the one (maybe your own blog one) may even be pushed way down in search results. Google does not like duplicate content and neither should you. Google doesn't like it because Google tries to give their users a good user experience - they want the people searching the web to have a variety of good search results to choose from, and not find all results on page one of Google search results that lead to the same article no matter where it is published.

You have a greater chance of having two search results on page one of Google search results if they are two different articles related to the same topic, than if they were the exact same article on two different sites.

So, write unique articles wherever you publish them. This does not have to be too difficult - write on a topic you enjoy and know a little about, and publish it on either your own blog or HubPages, then write a related article and publish it on the other of the two places, and link the two to each other.

Some ideas:

Publish on one place: A review of the Twilight Breaking Dawn movie; Publish on the other place: An article about the seizures some movie-goers experienced while watching the birth scene

Publish on one place: Different types of dog beds; Publish on the other place: How to get your dog used to his new dog bed

Publish on one place: The benefits of joining HubPages; Publish on the other place: A report of your HubPages earnings

If you're doing it back to front

People who first have their own sites and are already used to managing them, and then only join HubPages usually find it easier to get around and make good use of HubPages, but if you are a member at HubPages and don't yet have your own site (and want one) it doesn't have to be expensive or too difficult - there are even totally free options like getting and using a free Blogger blog, or if only domain and hosting are paid for, using a free WordPress (.org) theme.

How to give your own blog more exposure on HubPages

Be sure to have a good profile on HubPages - link to your own blog or blogs on your profile, but don't just link to your blogs, write some interesting facts about yourself on your HubPages profile too

Be active on HubPages in ways that may get more hubbers looking at your HubPages profile and clicking that link to your blog - answer questions about things that relate to the content on your own blog, participate in forum discussions about topics that relate to the content on your own blog, and comment on other hubs that relate to the content on your own blog.

Include preferably only one link to your own blog (or a page on your own blog) in your hubs - hubs that have content that relate to the same content of the page the link goes to.

Want to increase your income?

Consider writing for both your own blog and HubPages.

Comments 28 comments

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kelleyward 4 years ago

Interesting read! Thanks for the information. Take care, Kelley

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sandrabusby 4 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

Many thanks for your helpful knowledge.

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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Thanks Kelley and Sandra.

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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

Hi Tere: I am about to give all this up and go and live in Baja away from computers. I will post my address on HP and Face and anyone who wants to drop in, can. I am tired of words without body language, a cyberworld with no touchy feely.

But for those still in the game your hub is very useful


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Wil be sad to see you go, diogenes - but best of luck to you - giving all this cyberworld stuff up would be great - if I could afford to - but at the moment it's my bread and butter. Thanks for saying that my hub is useful to those still in the game - I like to help others improve their game, whether they enjoy the game or whether they're only playing now to get to a better place in the future, pretty much like I am :)

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Lauryallan 4 years ago

Hey Teresa, this hub is really helpful.

I would like to think that I'm not too shabby at SEO and I write on Hubpages. I think if you're good at SEO then Hubpages is great, because it will be easier to take your skills and get ranked even quicker than it would be for a blog or a new website. Also, you're not stuck writting about one topic or setting up new blogs for other topics. You can concentrate soley on your content. At least that's what I've found.

I have a few blogs and whereas they take weeks to get to the front page of google and involve writing lots of content, ranking hubs for the same keywords can sometimes be easier and quicker.

I have seen instances of where I have written a hub and in less than 24 hours it's in the first 10 listings of And they sometimes stay there for weeks or even months, even though the competition for those keywords is increasing. I would have to admit that it's not as easy as this with a new blog, unless it's something really obscure with virtually no competition. It takes more time and effort, but I agree that it can be worth it as it's 100% yours and you have all the control.

Voted up and useful.

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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ Lauryallan - thanks for that really long comment :)

I like to think I'm not too shabby at SEO too, and yes, it does help on HubPages if you know a little about SEO -

Do you submit your own new sites to search engines? - doing this (well I think this is what helps) gets my new sites indexed on Google within 4 days, usually. My self-hosted WordPress sites have their new articles indexed on Google within about 10 minutes. And most of them keep their positions for months. It does take a lot of work, especially when there is much competition and a large search volume for those keywords or keyphrases, but I enjoy it and find it pays off. Yip, that 100% yours is a nice factor - also, if the worst happens and HubPages ceases to exist, having your own blog that is already receiving traffic will be the place to put all your HubPages articles (if the main blog topic is related) - better than starting from scratch with getting traffic to wherever you put your old hubs.

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Lauryallan 4 years ago

Yeah my sites are normally indexed fairly quickly, but I find my hubs are indexed faster and further up the search engines. Normally my blog homepage takes longer to get to the first page of google than a hub targetting the exact same keyword.

Yeah diversification is super important. Even if hubpages disappeared there's plenty of other writing platforms to put your content, such as Wizzley, Squidoo, InfoBarrel etc. Yes you would lose in rankings because it would be classed as a new article and you'd lose the PR and age of the page, but these things happen.

When you ask do I submit my new sites to search engines what exactly do you mean?

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Maralexa 4 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

Teresa, this hub is extremely interesting and very timely!

You have given me a number of good ideas (at least, I think they are good) and have inspired me to take some action. It doesn't get much better than that.

You have also pushed me to learn more about SEO.

I look forward to following you.

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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Hi Laury - when I say do you submit your new sites (a site that you've just launched) to search engines I meant do you manually submit the main url of the site to search engines - it seems to help get new sites indexed a little more quickly - I use SubmitExpress for this to submit to a few search engines at once - there's also a link (once you've submitted) that appears for going to Bing to submit, and to Google to submit.

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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Thanks, Maralexa - learning about SEO can be a little time-consuming, but very exciting, and even more exciting when you put into practice what you learned and get good results!

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Lauryallan 4 years ago

Hey Teresa, I wasn't sure what you meant but I hear you now. I normally ping my new site and then add it to my Google webmaster tools. I will try SubmitExpress and see if that makes the process faster and better. Thanks

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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ Laury - sounds like what you are already doing is fine, but have a look at that Submit site anyway; you never know - I also use seocentro to do meta tag analysis checks (and then modifications on my sites)

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Lauryallan 4 years ago

Ok thx Teresa, you had me worried there for a sec.

I will look at that submit site as it looks like it will be handy for all the other search engines. Any targeted free organic traffic is welcome so I won't ignore that one. Have added it to my SEO notebook. It's like my bible on all things SEO.

Yeah I use Traffic Travis for the meta tag stuff etc. I use the free version and it's awesome. It actually taught me a lot about on-page SEO and is a great resource. I actually prefer the older version to the new version. I don't even know if new people can get the old free version, but if you can I'd recommend it to the world.

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gmwilliams 4 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

Great information!

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avantitexan 4 years ago

Great information and a fair dealing with the two options. Great commentors as well! Learned a lot, thanks for sharing!

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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ Laury - thanks for the Traffic Travis tip - I do like to use only free online tools. Your SEO notebook sounds like an interesting and handy resource.

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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Thanks for your comments gmwilliams and avantitexan.

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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India

Great tips. I write on many blogs and it actually sends a lot of visitors to my Hubs.

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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Thanks jainismus - writing all over the Internet - on online writing sites, and on one's own sites or blogs, certainly helps get more traffic to all places that one has their writing - especially when remembering to leave links to the places (either in profiles or in the articles themselves, whether those articles are on your own sites, or on online writing sites.) It's important to remember to mostly only link to related topic articles though.

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bizwin 4 years ago from England, UK

Excellent hub Teresa. This is exactly what i'm planning to do with my blog. Make my blog content and HubPages content a bit related, so that i can k!ll two birds with one stone. Voted across.

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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Thanks bizwin - having two or more birds go down with just one stone should be what all writers trying to make money from their writing online should try do - good for you, and thanks for the votes!

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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Teresa, this is just what I'm doing. I write my main article at hubpages and then write a related article at a couple of other sites and link back from them to my main article here. It works beautifully.

You have raised a beautiful point in that one could definitely make more by linking to and fro and using referral trackers.

Voted up, useful and interesting. Sharing.

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flashmakeit 4 years ago from usa

This hub really has inspired me to write on my own blog too because I have been neglecting my website. Thank you for adding all this informative article.

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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ rajan jolly - well, good for you, and keep at it! Writing related articles in different places and linking them together really helps.

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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ flashmakeit - hope you're no longer neglecting your website, and I'm pleased my article inspired you. Thanks for the comment.

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ShaamCA 4 years ago from India

Good share ,quite informative too, thanks for sharing

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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ ShaamCA - thanks, glad you found it quite informative.

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