My Ode to HubPages
The HubPages website was launched on August 6, 2006, funded by a US$2 million investment from Hummer Winblad. The three founding members were Paul Edmondson, Paul Deeds, and Jay Reitz, all former employees of Microsoft were also part of the startup MongoMusic.
In 2011, changes to Google's algorithm ("Panda") resulted in the traffic to revenue-sharing sites, like HubPages, to be slashed. In the years that followed, HubPages has made serious efforts to recover from this setback, while most of its competitors gave up and closed their doors. In 2014 HubPages acquired its largest competitor, Squidoo, in a friendly takeover.
Then, in 2016, HubPages announced it was moving from a single-site to a multi-site structure with the introduction of separate "niche" sites for specialist subjects. There are currently 25 of these niche sites.(source: Wikipedia)
My Ode to Hub Pages
HubPages is our writing hub,
A place where writers meet.
Somewhere to perfect the written word,
Which really can't be beat.
Many genres are on show,
All subjects can be found.
New niche sites created too,
Here, writing knows no bounds.
If you need a helping hand
The forums can be useful,
Though sensitive souls stay away!
As they sometimes get abusive.
Follow topics that you like,
And hubbers who impress.
Leave a comment if you can,
Reply if you're addressed.
Write about the things you know,
And everything you love.
Research what is in demand,
And fits the Google glove.
Content sites, they come and go,
But HubPages carries on,
Updating rules to suit the times,
And to keep its content strong.
Those who've been here from the start
May not embrace the change.
It's hard to teach old dogs new tricks,
And new ways may seem strange.
Naysayers prophesy the worst,
Always predict demise,
But it seems that with the changes made,
The HubPages staff were wise.
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