Write on Hubpages or Wordpress, which is better?, my experience with both.

Before you begin writing on Hubpages, Wordpress or anywhere else, you have to really wonder why you're doing it in the first place. If you enjoy writing, you will do well no matter what platform you choose to write on. Good, interesting, original content articles will thrive.

I started writing on Hubpages because I found it to be quite easy to use. It seemed like a nice quick way for me to share my thoughts, ideas and knowledge with other friendly folks. I began by researching "What is Hubpages"; I found a lot of answers and a very friendly community. My goal was to build links to my website, nothing more. The fact that Hubpages also allows you to make money was a bonus. It was free to sign up and I did so right away. I wrote a few articles to establish some links and soon after, I found out about Wordpress.

I visited Wordpress, signed up for a free account and started playing around. I found the interface with Wordpress to be much more advanced than and not as easy to use as Hubpages. I would consider Hubpages to be beginner friendly and WordPress to be Intermediate to advanced friendly. You must have some basic understanding of building websites in order to function within Wordpress.

I worked my way through the process on Wordpress and I started 4 blogs. I manage 4 websites and I started writing articles. One of the advantages on Wordpress is you can have many different blogs under one user name. If you are an SEO professional and you have many sites you manage, you can open one account; establish a separate blog for each of those sites that have a different look as if you’re building a separate website with many pages specifically for that client.

Examples of wordpress blogs (different styles, same account):






My goal all along was to build links to my websites; Hubpages is limits to 2 links per article, whereas Wordpress does not have a limit within each post. You may place as many links within an article to the same URL as you see fit. I would share those articles on other sites in order to drive traffic to my blogs and after about 30 days, I found that I had no traffic coming into my blogs at all, no comments, no interest. Friends on Facebook and other media site friends thought they were great, but there was no energy involved within my articles.

With my first article on Hubpages, I received 2 comments one minute later. You see, I enjoy writing tremendously and it's nice to have your work read and recognized by someone. My goal in writing was to build links and although Wordpress allowed me unlimited links, if no one is reading my articles to click on those links, what's the point.

I decided to come back to Hubpages and begin writing again, I have kept my Wordpress account where I manage 4 separate blogs, within each blog, I write articles specific to the business owner of that particular blog. An RSS Feed on their home page provides fresh content as I update those blogs. On Hubpages, I have found my freedom, I write freely about various subjects, this allows me to link to the websites I manage, the blogs I write on Wordpress and although I’m limited to two links per article to the same URL, I have diversified where my content is, therefore I’m really able to link my material everywhere from one simple article on Hubpages. One of the main reasons I came back to Hubpages is for the audience that's extremely supportive, and my work is recognized and appreciated.

In having a first-hand experience with writing on both platforms, I keep both, but Hubpages is my main hub that drives to everything else. My advice would be to understand how each one can benefit your efforts and the purpose of you writing in the first place, you will be able to make your own decision on which platform serves your purpose best, Hubpages or Wordpress.

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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

I recently started using the free wordpress blog thing....and I only use it to provide some short commentary (usually a rant!) that introduces a link to a monetized article.

I've only used it to link to either Hubpages or Info Barrel, but I'll also use it to link to the other couple of sites that I write on where my work is accompanied by adverts.

I'm just not willing to provide anyone with free content - except for in the cases where I do a short "teaser" or intro with a link leading to where I can get paid.

I see a lot of people who are friends of mine forever writing on blogger or wordpress...and they've never bothered to try to make money with that, and then they tell me about how broke they are.

It's maddening.

I recently read about some new wordpress affiliate that they feel is superior to Adsense; but I'm not likely to pay in to monetize my writing either.

I feel like Hubpages is the best platform available - but it would be nice if we had the option to customize our pages a bit more. I'm thinking that something simple would do - sort of like the template options offered with blogspot or blogger.

I understand if staff at Hubpages.com disagrees with that though.

If you've never looked into Info Barrel - then I think that you, or anyone should look into that site, or just join it. It's similar to Hubpages in a lot of ways, but pays a better adsense split.

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Insane Mundane 5 years ago from Earth

Write anywhere you want, but it's always better to write for your own "paid domains," as opposed to free-hosted ones like WordPress or Ad-Revenue-Sharing/Article-Submit-Sites like HubPages, for example. Plus, even if you choose to use free-hosted blog networks (not a bad idea) for effective SEO, the free version of WordPress is often limited when compared to the Blogspot Blogs via Blogger.com.

SEO spammers like us, will always use every possible way to make that extra nickel online, if ya know what I mean, so diversity is the main virtue when it comes to making money online by way of typing poppycock for profit; cheers!

Hey, how many websites ya got? Perhaps we can do some link exchanges between our sites, if they are at least somewhat related, eh?

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ktrapp 5 years ago from Illinois

I really appreciate your comparison between HubPages and WordPress especially since you have used both, at least for a short period of time. I have a wordpress site, which really is more of a website than a blog. What I have done with it is a bit more advanced, but that is ok since I have done web design for others for years.

What's great about HubPages is that it can be used right out of the box. HubPages is pretty much solely an article writing site, but an author can choose to focus in on one niche if they choose.

Another advantage of HubPages, and it is a HUGE one, is that they have a lot of authority with Google. I regularly get new hubs listed on the first page of Google within days of publishing. It does help that I do have a lot of SEO knowledge from my work experience, but even with that knowledge I don't have a prayer of getting my wordpress site in Google's top 10 in that short amount of time.

As far as HubPages limiting links to no more than two to the same URL per article goes -- that is a great thing! I just published a hub with SEO tips for backlinks and in it I explain how Google only "recognizes" the first backlink that appears within the html to an URL. So there really isn't any advantage to linking to a single URL more than once anyway.

While HubPages does have its limitations in terms of design, that too may be by design, so to speak. The structure of their pages is optimized for search engines and if the doors were opened for us to start tinkering around it may actually dilute their search engine value.

Thanks for writing this. I appreciate you giving me something to think about and actually encouraging me to get back to working on my WordPress site :)

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Pascale1973 5 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Actually you have come at the right time, I am interested in talking more to you and will email you. Thanks for reading, I just started playing around woth blogger and I can deffinately use some help...please!

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Pascale1973 5 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

See this is what kind of gave me a headache today. Let's say I write an excellent article today, where's the best place to do that for the most money?, that's my question. I don't believe you could write an excellent article in multiple places. Even if you changed it, it's never as great, so is it best to create your own website with multiple pages abd link from all those other places to it? Or is it better to write in multipke places and have all your feeds dump into one site, is an rss feed considered content?. Two advils later and My brains are still crunshing. I believe I have a great ability and I need help! Please help me really understand.

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Pascale1973 5 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Granted, my articles will have better spelling than my comments. Index finger typing on ipad ;-)

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pmccray 5 years ago from Utah

I personally love Hubpages, because it is user friendly. I am a budding writer and the comments really assist those interested in writing to improve. Wordpress, I'm still trying to figure out, but first I need to find out exactly what linking is and how to do it. Most info that I've read on Hubpages is just so much Greek to me. Thank you for sharing, voted up, marked useful, interesting and book marked

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Pascale1973 5 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

I'm glad you like it. Thanks for the support, Wordpress you just have to play and play to figure out, no comments there yet!

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Insane Mundane 5 years ago from Earth

I'm not trying to sound condescending or anything but, seriously, what is so hard to figure out about WordPress? It is probably one of the most simple blogging platforms available that is known to man. Am I missing something? Hell, do you need help with WordPress? If so, just ask... :D

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Pascale1973 5 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

I'm glad you like it. Thanks for the support, Wordpress you just have to play and play to figure out, no comments there yet!

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Pascale1973 5 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

I'm glad you like it. Thanks for the support, Wordpress you just have to play and play to figure out, no comments there yet!

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Pascale1973 5 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Well not anymore but for a new person getting into it, it's not as simple as hubpages has made it for everyone...that's all the article says.

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Ben Zoltak 5 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

Well written Pascale, I keep threatening to take that next step and start a website or two...maybe now.


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Pascale1973 5 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Go for it and when you do come back and write a hub about it, I would love to know, the web is such an interesting place it's literally a web, knowing all the connections, well that's why we all need to write hubs

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Tams R 5 years ago from Missouri

I have preferences for both Wordpress and Hubpages. Wordpress allows my creativity and with a paid server, I can type whatever I like. Learning is fun for me and playing with Wordpress increased my knowledge of overall internet language. If you want to simply download a free theme and type, you can. If you want to be more complicated and edit HTML, you can. I don't know much about free Wordpress yet. But, I am a rarity in the fact, I like to play with all the tools and when my site crashes for a few minutes, I love to know I learned to fix it.

That being said, I copy and paste everything to Microsoft Word before I alter anything and save it until I have my site working again. This way it's never down long and since I'm in the learning phase my traffic there isn't so great that I lose people. The best part is, many developers have supplied plug-ins and tools for you to use and it's up to you to try them out.

Hubpages on the other hand makes me excited. I like the interaction after only 5 days I have had more views on articles and replies than I've thought possible on my personal blog. There's something to be said for confirmation. This is especially true when someone validates your writing ability and you've been doubting your effectiveness on a blog such as Wordpress where you have to pray you get a visitor whom will comment.

Benefits either way if you're in for a challenge, I suggest doing both.

Lastly, I'm glad Hubpages only allows 2 links and is designed the same across the board. It keeps a level playing field that I appreciate. My opinion, please don't slaughter me. Lol

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Pascale1973 5 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

No slaughtering here, I love the challenge also, thank you for reading my hub, I will stop by and checkout your work, thanks. ;-)

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