Is HubPages a Blogging Site? Hub Pages Leads Online Publishing Writing High Quality Multi-Media Article Blog Content

HubPages Is Reaching Above Typical Blogging Sites!

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J.S.Matthew is an Online Article Writer who Publishes via HubPages.com
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What Is HubPages?

HubPages is an Online Publishing Site that allows Authors to Publish Original Articles.

As long as you follow the Terms of Use, you can call your Hubs whatever you want. Articles, Blogs, Pages... One thing that will never change is that a Hub is a Hub!

Many people come to HubPages with blogging experience. Others joined HubPages first and later learned the value of Blogs and Blogging.

HubPages is designed to be a publishing platform where authors own their own content. We own the words, photos (Original!) and content of our Hub Articles.

HubPages stands above other publishing sites in the field and there are valid reasons why. Let's explore what makes HubPages a better Publishing Site.


What Do You Think?

Do You Refer To HubPages as A Blog?

  • Yes, HubPages is a Blogging Site
  • No, HubPages is not a Blogging Site
  • I'm Not Sure!
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So Is HubPages A Blogging Site?

Yes. Technically speaking HubPages is a blog because it meets the criteria of a blog. However, in many ways HubPages is more than just a blog. HubPages is Unique!

HubPages is more like an encyclopedia of online magazine articles, neatly organized and ranked by topic and content quality.

According to Dictionary.Com a blog is:

"A Web site containing the writer's or group of writers' own experiences, observations, opinions, etc., and often having images and links to other Web sites."

So there you have it. HubPages is a blogging site! It meets the definition.

Like Magazine Articles, HubPages' Hubs have Photos and Text, Advertisements, Polls, Quizzes and an added bonus, Original Video.

Now I know a lot of people may be shaking their heads in disbelief. It's true. HubPages is technically a Blog.

But there are certain things that make HubPages stand out from the crowded Blogging Scene.


What Is It That Makes HubPages Stand Out Above All the Other Blogging Sites?

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So Why Is HubPages Different from Other Sites?

HubPages summarizes it's description of itself within the context of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) in how it is different from other blogging sites:

HubPages is not like a traditional blog site, where you publish journal-type entries. Hubs can contain some personal content, but should be interesting, useful, and easily understandable to someone who does not know you personally.

HubCamp Boston 2011

Robin Edmondson and Simone Smith Teaching Hubbers Useful Tips at HubCamp Boston.
Robin Edmondson and Simone Smith Teaching Hubbers Useful Tips at HubCamp Boston. | Source

There are many reasons that HubPages is different from traditional blogging sites such as WordPress, Blogger and so on. Here are some of the things that make HubPages stand out:

  • The Majority of Published Articles on HubPages are not Purely Personal in Content. Many of the regular blogging sites are a collection of rants and personal opinions, like Facebook on steroids. HubPages in general produces unbiased interesting articles on a variety of topics.
  • The HubPages Community is like no other online community. People on HubPages often find life-long friendships with people from all over the world that share similar interests.
  • HubPages Has Strict Guidelines. First and foremost, to join HubPages you must be 18 years of age. Having this rule weeds out potential lower quality rants about such menial things such as everyday school life, teen relationships gone bad, bullying, etc. Not to say that those are not important, they are just not appropriate for HubPages targeted audience (search engine queries). Other elements of HubPages that make it produce higher quality are the site's Publishing Guidelines. There are rules for what you can post and certain topics are prohibited (porn, adult, drug use, etc.) These guidelines ensure that HubPages is a well respected publishing platform with appropriate content.
  • Sub-Domains allow for individual pages (Hubs) to be evaluated as an individual rather than collectively through the whole site. This allows for individual articles and authors to compete for search engine rankings based on the quality of their content and not the source of the site itself. HubPages is releasing a new move for the Questions and Answers section of the site that will move all questions to sub-domains. This enables the individual questions to be accessible to search engines when someone asks a similar question. This may increase the earnings of the Hubbers who ask the questions and the Hubbers who answer them.
  • The HubPages Staff is personable and consists of real people that users can interact with. HubPages offers HubCamps which are training meetings that are hosted by team members themselves. When a user has technical issues they can send an e-mail to the staff and they get a response from a real person, not a robot. Video Chats occur from time to time and are hosted by a member of the staff.
  • Monetization allows users to make money while publishing on the site. Through Effective Advertisements, users place ads in their Hub articles and when people click the ads, the Hubber makes money. Many blogs do not offer any financial incentive for publishing on their site.
  • Ability to Insert Media Directly Into Hub Articles is a big distinction between HubPages and other blogging sites. Photos, Video, Interactive Polls and Quizzes are a few of the media formats that can be added to Hubs. Having these additional media platforms integrated into the articles makes the Quality of the Content stand above other sites since search engines such as Google rate quality based on the amount of information as well as visual and physical opportunities for users to engage with the article. HubPages recently launched a New Video Option to the site where users can create Videos and Publish them independently to compete with other video publishing sites. HubPages is leading in the Future of Online Publishing.


HubPages Staff are Real People and Are Dedicated to Helping Hubbers!

Robin Edmondson giving a lecture at HubCamp Boston 2011.
Robin Edmondson giving a lecture at HubCamp Boston 2011. | Source

Not Sure How To Add Original Photos and Videos To Your Hubs?

The following videos where produced by HubPages to help users understand how to properly use photos and videos in their Hubs to create High Quality Content:

Adding Original Photos To Hubs Makes Them Stand Out!

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Conclusion

So there you have it folks! HubPages is technically a Blog!

However, in order to rise above all other Blogging Sites, we won't tell anyone that we are Bloggers!

No, we will tell them the truth: We are Authors writing Quality Online Content in the form of Online Articles!

We are a Community of Talented and Knowledgeable Content Article Writers that share our knowledge and experiences with each other.

We bond, form friendships, help each other out, all while we move to leading the future of Online Publishing!

So don't let this information get you down! Keep writing Quality Hubs and the world will soon see who the best of the World Wide Web truly is!

© 2012 JS Matthew

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YvetteParker 4 years ago from AUGUSTA, GA

I've never thought of HP before as a blogging site until reading your article as it offers so much more than the standard definition. Therefore, it is difficult to think of it as blogging. Like you said, we know the real truth about HP!!! I love your article, it's insightful details make me proud to be a hubber!!! Thanks for sharing; voted up.


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

Thanks to the higher standards and quality of work, I often use hubpages as a resource.


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

Don't call my Hub a blog! hahah It is SO much more than that :P Great blo - er - Hub JS


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Dubuquedogtrainer 4 years ago from Dubuque, Iowa

Informative and helpful - thanks! Voted up!


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FatFreddysCat 4 years ago from The Garden State

I guess technically HubPages is not a "blogging" site, but when directing friends/family to my articles I usually tell them that I "wrote something on my blog" simply because they understand what a "blog" is, and it's easier than trying to explain the whole HubPages concept to them...haha


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wheelinallover 4 years ago from Central United States

As a blog writer and a hubber is is obvious to me hub pages is different. Although technically a blog it has features at least the ones I use don't. Each has it's use which is a good thing. Many of my articles wouldn't fit on hub pages because I am in business and hub pages doesn't accept titles and content I use in them. For other articles is it a good venue. Lately I have seen a few people moving between the two platforms I use.

This article will fit well on our search engine optimization and social media fan page. So will be SHARING it there.


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kevins blog52 4 years ago from southern Indiana

Very interesting hub/? blog/?. I voted up?awesome.


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sandrabusby 4 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

I always learn a great deal from your hubs. I am new at this, but enjoying it and getting better, partly thanks to you. Thanks for SHARING. Sandra Busby


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aDayInMyLife1 4 years ago from CA

What... HubPages is a blog? I don't really understand blogging. Well if this is it then I guess I actually do. Great Hub as always.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

I have been catching up on my reading for the people I follow today... this is the second article I have come across addressing the Hubpages is a blog issue. This was outstanding and you truly have answered the question. I like to look at it as quality blogs. We like to give out more information, backed by research and experience... not just rants about personal life. Great hub and thanks for sharing this information with us!


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@YvetteParker: I never really thought of HP as a blog either but it is by definition! We are way better than the others though! Thanks for your comment and vote!

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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@jpcmc: I do too! I find so many useful guides and recipes on HubPages. I often come directly to the site instead of googling!

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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Ardie: Sorry Ardie! It is what it is! lol I agree that HP is way more than a blog. You would have to take all the blogging sites and add Flickr and YouTube all together just to compete with us for quality! Thanks for commenting!

JSMatthew~


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Dubuquedogtrainer: Thank you for reading and voting!

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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@FatFreddysCat: I can understand that! I just tell them that I published a new article. I think they get it now! Thanks for sharing your experience!

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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@wheelinallover: I have set up a few blogs but just don't have the time to balance them with HP. Most of them just point to HubPages articles anyway! I can see how your use of blogs is beneficial for your business. I always appreciate your comments and for sharing!

JSMatthew~


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@kevins blog52: Thanks! I appreciate your votes and comment!

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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@sandrabusby: I am glad that I am helpful to you! Thanks for such a great comment!

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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@aDayInMyLife1: Technically, yes. But we are much more than that because we write high quality Hub Articles! Thanks for another great comment!

JSMatthew~


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@barbergirl28: Hi! I am glad that I am in your reading list! You have summarized HubPages quite well! Even though I know we are technically a blog, I just can't force myself to call it that when I explain what HubPages is! Thanks for stopping by!

JSMatthew~


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Drtruthman 4 years ago from Brownsville, Texas

Good article. Considering I operate and maintain over 10 Blogs and write two columns for an online Newspaper, I am not certain I agree with the notion that HubPages in the traditional sense is a Blog or blogging. If anything, it is more like an online magazine or Newspaper due to it's editorial team and editorial web crawlers (which is a compliment to Hub); which most blogs in general do not have or are less critical to content. Of course from your definition, I would have to agree; I am just saying.Of course we all know the evolution of the blog has changed drastically. One thing for sure as you stated so well, a Hub is a Hub and HubPages is leading in the Future of Online Publishing which it truly is (although my newspaper operates similar). As I stated in one of my articles on another site recently there is right now an ongoing discussion among authors and publishers (which I am both) as to whether or not "posting to a web, blog or Hub" is really publishing. Most old timers like me who started with typewriters, copy boys and copy boards tend to view anything NOT in actual ink and paper as only posted and not published. But all things change and then of course there is "Kindle", Ipad and the lot which make paper almost non essential. Again great Hub as always. Learned allot. Love your work. I voted UP all across. Lee


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

You are a very busy person Drtruthman! HubPages is so different than the other blogging sites and it really does stand out. I have had people on Google+ and LinkedIn ask me how I can call myself a "published" author when I only write online and not in print. If you look at the definition of publishing (again from dictionary.com) it states:

1. to issue (printed or otherwise reproduced textual or graphic material, computer software, etc.) for sale or distribution to the public.

2. to issue publicly the work of: Random House publishes Faulkner.

3. to announce formally or officially; proclaim; promulgate.

4. to make publicly or generally known.

Drawing attention to numbers 1 and 4, we definitely meet the criteria as publishers! I know that it is harder for people who are "traditional" publishers (newspapers, etc.) to accept this new form of publishing but it still is publishing! In 15 years it will not only be a mute discussion but will also be accepted in the industry since so many media formats are going digital and online. Thank you for another insightful comment!

JSMatthew~


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Drtruthman 4 years ago from Brownsville, Texas

Oh, I don't doubt, that Hub is a publisher, I am just saying there is allot of controversy in the publishing community about publishing vs. posting these days. I agree it will ultimately be a mute discussion. For me, I am "an old dog that likes to learn new tricks" and frankly I like all the new technology.

Thank God for Spell check, grammar check, plagiarism.com and all the rest which used to slow the whole process down with great cost to the publisher. Again, I enjoy "publishing" on the Hub and wish I had more time to do so. I enjoy your work and appreciated your very helpful work. Thanks for taking the time to respond. Lee


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Hi Lee!

I couldn't write if I didn't have spell checker and all the other tools available to us! I am naturally a horrible speller and always have been! Embracing today's technology is so important towards the future. I know there is a lot of controversy about what is "real" publishing and I imagine it may never truly disappear. My hat goes off to you for all of your productivity spread out over multiple platforms! I can understand how time is a huge variable! There just isn't enough time in a day! Thanks for coming back! I always appreciate your insightful comments!

JSMatthew~


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anglnwu 4 years ago

I haven't thought of hubpages as a blogging site before. I always thought it was more than that, whiich is by your definition. Thanks for sharing these details--make me feel good to be a part of it.


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Hello anglnwu! Nice to hear from you! HubPages has a really great community and I am happy to have met you and so many other great Hubbers! I always appreciate your comments. Thank you!

JSMatthew~


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bizwin 4 years ago from England, UK

Excellent hub about hubpages being a blog. I learn a lot from this hub. Voted across and sharing with my followers.


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

Good review. The word 'blog' seems to offend many here lol. However, as you say, the main differences are that it is not allowed to be all personal opinion/self promotional and that articles must meet certain quality levels.

I love writing here, as the community is GREAT! Google views can jump up and down (as they did this weekend ... anything happening in the US??), but the people here seem to be a pretty decent, fun and consistent bunch :-).

Shared, up and interesting.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

I had to read this when I saw your title, my granddaughter always tells me I'm cool because I'm a blogger. I originally said, no I write articles on Hub Pages. She said, that's what I mean, you're a blogger! I guess it's all in the perception. So we hubbers will keep our little secret and let the rest of the world think we're bloggers. Great descriptions and interesting hub as always.

Voted up, interesting and useful.


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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

I don't see HubPages as a blogging site at all. In fact, the site guidelines specifically state articles should be informative and among the reasons a hub can be flagged is for blog-style writing. As a published professional writer for many years, I see a huge difference in the content goals of the site compared to what you'd see on a blog site. There are indeed people who write personal experiences or ramble on in the I think, I feel, me-me-me mode. But they usually end up getting flagged.


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Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

Hmm, if it's really be definition a blog, maybe it's a blog on steroids:)

It definitely goes above and beyond the traditional blogging sites and as you pointed out, it's unique!

Great hub!


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@bizwin: Hello there! I appreciate your comment, votes and for sharing! Thanks!

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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Brett.Tesol: Hey Brett! I always appreciate when you stop by my Hubs because I always get a spike in traffic after you share! Nice profile picture too!

The community here is really awesome and you and I both know the benefits of sharing each other's articles. It has been great "working" with you on this sharing campaign and as I see in comments on all our Hubs, we are all getting more traffic from each other.

I haven't noticed much of a change in Google traffic but it has been low; I think it is because of the nice weather we had last weekend. It's always great to hear from you all the way across the globe! Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

JSMatthew~

PS

There is a Hubber who I think you could benefit from connecting to if you haven't already. She is relatively new here but she is on fire in terms of sharing and networking. She actually wrote a "Sharing Hub" but the team deleted it. Too bad, it was working out very well for all those involved! Anyway, her profile is: http://hubpages.com/@angelabrummer and she will fit well with our ever-growing sharing group! Regards...


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@tillsontitan: Hello! haha Gramma's a Cool Blogger! It is very hard to put a definite label on HubPages because it is so many things and now, it is much more than a blog or even just an Article based site. Now we have a great Q&A section, we can create Video Hubs and the Recipes seem to be doing very well too! Perhaps we should be considered an online encyclopedia? Anyway, I appreciate your comment and votes! It's always nice to see you!

JSMatthew~


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Marcy Goodfleisch: Hi Marcy! We are, as Kris Heeter said below, "A Blog on Steroids..."! We are made up of intelligent and creative individuals who like to share what we know. This is the best publishing site online and I think we are really going to grow in the near future. We are really just taking off! Now that we have all the new enhancements and more to come, we will be able to compete for search engine traffic in many areas of media. I am so happy to be here and I look forward to the future of Hubbing! Thanks for stopping by!

JSMatthew~


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Kris Heeter: Hi! We are definitely on steroids here! In a good way of course! We are the best and we are only getting bigger and better! Thanks for your comment!

JSMatthew~


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B. Leekley 3 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Up, Useful, and Interesting. You make your points very well. One quibble is that dictionary.com is not a reliable reference authority. For example, its definition of 'enneagram' is factually wrong. Compare it with my hubs on that topic. For an alternative definition of 'blog', see the opening sentence of the 'Blog' article at Wikipedia. See also the merriam-webster.com definition.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

At the moment HubPages is a "Bogging" site. LOL!

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J.S.Matthew 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@B. Leekley: Thanks for the votes. Thanks for pointing out the issue with dictionary.com I appreciate your insightful comments.

JSMathew~


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J.S.Matthew 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Randy Godwin: Thanks for stopping by!

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sweetpikez 22 months ago

Dear J.S.Matthew,

I was thankful to find this article. This precisely answered my inquiry about being an author or a blogger.

Thanks for posting this.

Have a good day,

Sweetpikez


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J.S.Matthew 22 months ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Hello sweetpikez! I am happy that this helps you in defining "Author" and "Blogger" titles. A lot of people get confused and some even argue in forums as to what it takes to be published. Thanks for stopping by and for your comment. Best of success to you!

JSMatthew~


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Marisa Wright 12 months ago from Sydney

I'm not sure I agree with you. Sure, HubPages meets the definition of blogging on Dictionary.com - but check any of the more reputable dictionaries like Merriam-Websters etc, and they still say a blog is a website of writings by one person or at most, a SMALL group of people.

I do agree that the distinctions between different kinds of blogs and websites have blurred enormously over the years, but I also think it's helpful to think of HubPages as more like a magazine than a blog - because each article needs to stand on its own, and is not usually read as part of a series of posts like on a blog.

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