The Difference between a Blog and a Hub

People new to the internet tend to call everything a "blog". People new to Hubpages often refer to hubs they comment upon as "blogs". Slowly, they learn to switch from saying "blog" to saying "hub", but even as they change the lingo, you can usually tell that they think it is just a question of political correctness, like switching from "short" to "vertically challenged." It takes a much longer period of trial and error before a newbie comes to realize that a blog is not a hub and a hub is not a blog.

So what is a blog? A blog is short for "web log". The important structural distinction that makes something a blog, rather than some other kind of web page, is that it is divided into chronological units, and it displays in reverse chronological order. A blog is like an online diary.

What is a hub? A hub is a web article posted on Hubpages. If we had followed the linguistic development in blog, we might have called hubs "barticles". But that doesn't sound so good, does it?

Articles are short papers on a particular topic, are usually non-fiction, and tend to have a sharp focus. Articles are longer than a squib or a blurb, but shorter than a book or a thesis.

Can you use your hubs to keep a blog? Yes, and Marisa Wright has written a very good hub about this, which I've linked below. Can you use your blog to publish articles? Yes, you can and some do, but there are a number of reasons that this is not the best thing to do with a blog.

My Own Experiences

I have a home page from my days in grad school. I have a Hubpages account that I began using nearly two years ago. And now I have a blog. Because my blog is the newest addition to my personal arsenal of weapons for conquering the web, I'm still in the beginning stages of learning how to use it.

I came into hubbing entirely by accident. Somebody invited me to join hubpages so I could be her fan. I did, and then having joined, I thought maybe I could give it a try. I realized that I have some fairly esoteric interests,and that most people are unlikely to be interested in them, so my first few hubs were about nutrition. I reasoned that everybody has to eat, so this should be a topic with universal appeal. I also believed I had something to say. It would be a fairly modest contribution to the field, seeing as I am not in any way a specialist or accredited to give advice. But since, like everybody else, I had experiences relating to nutrition, I could share what I had learned. I also included mini-reviews of books on nutrition I enjoyed, such as those by Michael Pollan.

Was this the biggest contribution I could make? No, of course not. It was actually the smallest. But because all my big contributions had been rejected time and time again by the world at large, I thought I would try my hand at making smaller contributions that might be acceptable, perhaps because they were so modest.

I became a hubber. I joined the community, and after a while I started to share who I really was, because there seemed to be a high enough level of acceptance at each step of the way. From writing on nutrition I went on to write about linguistics and then ape language studies, and then, even politics and religion and love. It turned out that on Hubpages, you can write about anything, and while not everyone will agree with you, they don't cast you out!

The Reddit Disaster

I proceeded cautiously along the usual trajectory at Hubpages, following the small ups and downs in my traffic history, until one day something huge happened. Someone linked to my article of Bow and Literacy from reddit. Suddenly tens of thousands of page views. I thought I had hit pay dirt! But the emotional high and the spike in my page views didn't last long, and the crash that followed was really disheartening.

My Traffic History

My traffic history is inherently discouraging, because I will never top the spike from reddit
My traffic history is inherently discouraging, because I will never top the spike from reddit

One of the things I learned from the reddit fiasco is that while hubpages have fairly decent authority with search engines, they have low prestige among the reddit crowd, who fancy themselves a cut above. It turns out that according to them the average writer at Hubpages is some illiterate person who thinks he is a writer (but isn't) and who thinks he's going to quit his day job and perhaps become rich and famous by writing drivel. Friends and family who to some extent shared this view suggested that I get a blog instead.

Blogs have prestige. Blogs are respectable. And blogs make money.

Even some of the people at Hubpages told me it would be good to start a blog as a way to supplement and even support my Hubpages writing.

So, about a week ago, I started a blog. It's on Blogger, and I named it "Notes from the Pens." I started keeping a daily log of the ups and downs of life with Bow. And then I tried to look it up on Google. It didn't show! It was nowhere in sight. It didn't rank at all!

Hard to find my blog in a Google search

What Hubpages Does For us

That's when I realized what a wonderful leg up we get at Hubpages just for publishing here. The very fact that we publish at Hubpages gives us ranking with the Google search engines. So while the prestige of hubpages with the reddit crowd is low, the authority of this site with Google is quite high.

From the first time we publish with Hubpages, with our very first hub, we can find ourselves in a Google search. This means business! Whether you are primarily interested in an audience for your writing or in generating earnings, Hubpages beats a private website or a blog hands down.

Another thing that I realized was that if my blog was going to get any traffic at all, I would have to work hard to promote it!

I started a Forum thread asking: How do I get traffic for my blog? And I got some very good answers. I'm still sifting through them, but here is a rough summary:

  • post it on blog directories
  • link to it from your hubs
  • buy ads
  • create back links
  • be persistent and keep at it even though you have no traffic
  • SEO and keywords work on blogs, too
  • find a focus and consider what topics Google search engines like

Conclusion

Google seems to be running the show. Even if you are not writing in order to make money, even if all you want to do is to get the word out about your project, cause or life story, you still need traffic. Having ads and well placed keywords can help to generate traffic. This is the magic of this site.

That's why here at Hubpages, whether you are one of the "marketeers" or one of the "writers", you have a common interest in the well-being of the site. We all need traffic! Hubpages helps to provide us with an initial boost of it, and we in turn help Hubpages, by generating publicity of our own.

I think Misha said it best: "...Your blog will benefit if you link to it from your hubs much more than your hubs if you link to them from your blog. "



(c) 2010 Aya Katz

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wandererh 6 years ago from Singapore

Very true! It was only after publishing many hubs that I discovered that simple SEO techniques can put your hub on the first page of Google. And that's without any other backlinks from other sites.


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

Your blog's very promising Aya - I just don't have the patience to do all that is necessary to promote my blogs - so I'd much rather have them up as hubs and get them out on Google with little or no effort on my part!


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

Thanks for the advice.


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June Sun 6 years ago from Alberta, Canada

I once thought that I could write something and make some money out of it. However, I realized that I didn't have the talent to write in English. I used to be a good writer in Mandarin, but I wrote about patriotism and the conflicts between China and Taiwan. It is for sure I am capable of writing stuff like that.

I have a Yahoo blog, which I started in maybe 2005. The traffic has been very low: 0-70 people per day, depending on whether I published a new blog. I kind of remember that I got 300ish hits per day for a while, and that was when I wrote about betrayal, cheating, and hatred. I didn't really enjoy writing on that kind of topic.

I guess I'll just keep my blogs (Plural!!) to myself and a few readers that will never have anything to do with me for the next 100 years.


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Aya Katz 6 years ago from The Ozarks Author

Wandererh, yes, even without any backlinks we can get excellent rankings for our hubs!


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Aya Katz 6 years ago from The Ozarks Author

Thanks, Shalini! It's funny that you say you don't have the patience to promote your blog. I think you must be one of the most patient and understanding people on earth!


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Aya Katz 6 years ago from The Ozarks Author

Sandyspider, thanks for dropping by. Hope this helps!


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Aya Katz 6 years ago from The Ozarks Author

June, first of all, you're a good writer in English, too! Maybe not up to your standard of excellence in Chinese, but certainly good enough. If you want to write for a wide audience, why not translate some of your writings on patriotism, the conflict between China and Taiwan, and even jealousy and hate (always popular topics!) into English and post them on Hubpages?

As for your Chinese blogs, I will strive to improve my Chinese so I can better enjoy them!


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OpinionDuck 6 years ago

Aya

I am not a fan of making people or myself into a click ad junkie. I realize that is how hubpages pays their way, but they make money by volume. Most hubbers probably get pennies per hub, or maybe a few dollars.

With millions of hubbers, hubpages can add up the pennies, while many hubbers try to play the online money game.

Low quality hubs can make money, while good quality hubs are not guaranteed to make money.

I chose not to do it, and that is just me.

What I don't like is the hub rating system.

It is not a measure of hub quality and neither is typing for dollars.

Again, this is not a criticism of why hubbers write for money, it is just a comment.


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Aya Katz 6 years ago from The Ozarks Author

Opinion Duck, thanks for your comment. It's certainly a choice not to advertise on your hubs, and I respect that. How are your page views?

One of the things I'm thinking about is that regardless of whether it is our intent to make money off our writing or not, we all want traffic. Now, if Google thinks it is not going to make money off your writing, what is its incentive to steer people your way? At Hubpages, the incentive may be the ads that Hubpages display. But in a private webpage or blog, there would be no incentive. Am I right?


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shibashake 6 years ago

Hello Aya,

A very interesting hub as always.

I started focusing on my blog about middle of last year, and I am definitely learning a lot and seeing some results.

You bring up a really good point that reddit users view hubpages articles as close to spam. A key weakness of HP is that publishing your article here means it will not be picked up by certain communities. Wikipedia and many social bookmarking sites do not allow HP links. The WordPress programming community probably shares that same view.

Therefore, depending on your goals, it may be better to publish certain topics on a self-hosted site.

I usually publish more entertainment type articles on HP, or articles that are geared towards the HP community.

"Now, if Google thinks it is not going to make money off your writing, what is its incentive to steer people your way?"

I think most of all Google is very interested in being the best search engine out there. That is where they got started, and it is from there that they get everything else.

Google will steer people your way based on relevance because by returning good search results, they get users, build trust, and from there they can generate other businesses.

There are many highly ranked sites that appear at the top of popular SERPs with no advertisements on them at all. It all depends on the community you are publishing to. Some communities are against any type of online advertising.

Btw, congratulations on all your recent writing successes on HP! 100k views and payout are awesome and awesome!


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PaulaK 6 years ago from Austin. Texas

Thanks for the hub! I learned something!


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Aya Katz 6 years ago from The Ozarks Author

Shibashake, it's good to see you! Where have you been? Apparently busy with your Wordpress blog!

I did not know that Hubpages were looked down upon by so many different groups. Wikipedia won't link to a hub regardless of how well written and well referenced it is? Shame on them!

Speaking of prestige, do you think Wordpress has higher prestige than Blogger? Is it because of Google's direct involvement with Blogger?

I hope that you are right that Google is still trying to be the best search engine out there. As long as there is stiff competition among search engines, that motivation holds up. But the moment Google has beat out all the competition and they start to fold, then it's a whole new ball game.


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Aya Katz 6 years ago from The Ozarks Author

PaulaK, thanks!


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shibashake 6 years ago

"Where have you been? Apparently busy with your Wordpress blog!"

Yeah! I have been having a whole lot of fun learning WordPress and building tools for it.

"Wikipedia won't link to a hub regardless of how well written and well referenced it is?"

Last time I checked, they didn't allow any hubpages links. I think people were probably spamming links from HP in the beginning, and they just banned the entire domain. Wikipedia links are no-follow anyway, but you may get some traffic from them, and a fair amount of personal satisfaction :)

"Speaking of prestige, do you think Wordpress has higher prestige than Blogger? Is it because of Google's direct involvement with Blogger?"

Hmmm, I don't know about that. As hosting sites I don't think one has more prestige than the other.

In general, I think it makes the most sense to create a self-hosted website. In that way, you create your own prestige, and you are not saddled by the actions of others on public sites like HP.

You also get a lot more name recognition and online identity by doing this. When people read a HP article, it is usually just a HP article. Few outsiders will actually follow the author or even visit their profile page.

Also, HP is built to keep visitors within HP but not necessarily within a particular author's pages. For example, my number of pages/visitor, and length of visit, is much higher for my personal website.

On the other hand, HP is nice in that you may get traffic from visitors that are visiting other people's hubs.

It all depends on what your goals are, what topics you want to write about, and which communities you want to target.


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i scribble 6 years ago

I started out on hubpages 6 months ago hoping to make a little money. I struggled to figure out how to place ads and photos, signing up for google adsense and Amazon, etc. And I made nothing-not a single cent. Someone wrote a hub-I'm thinking it was you- about a letter one is supposed to receive from google adsense to sign up officially, otherwise they cut off your earnings(if you're earning) after a short time. Well, I never got that letter. Does it come in an unmarked envelope or something? I've become so discouraged about ever earning anything, I stopped bothering to place Amazon ads. I tried to find info on key words from google adsense, but couldn't find any lists of key words. Am I just too internet-impaired to make money on hubpages?


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Aya Katz 6 years ago from The Ozarks Author

Shibashake, a self-hosted site sounds good as a way to create your own prestige, but then you are entirely dependent on your own resources for generating traffic. At the moment, my Hubpages account is one of the best resources I have for generating traffic. More of my traffic comes from Google than from any other source now, but when I first joined, almost all my traffic came from Hubpages. I attribute the Google traffic to the ads. If I had no ads, Google would not be interested in my content. I've had my own homepage since around 1993, and I never got serious traffic from Google there. In fact, my favorite search engine wasn't Google, and if Google had to depend on people like me to decide, it would never have been ranked best. It was Altavista that I liked in the 1990s, because they showed more of my pages in a search.

I'm not sure that Google is the best search engine, or that "best" has an objective meaning. It depends on who you are and what you're searching for. I do think that Google is the best search engine if you are an advertiser who is selling things!


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Aya Katz 6 years ago from The Ozarks Author

I Scribble, yes, that was me who wrote the hub you're referring to. Here is the link:

http://hubpages.com/hub/The-Secret-to-Making-Money...

If you didn't get your PIN, you can contact Google and ask them to send it again. For whatever it's worth, not having had a payout after six months is fairly normal.

I also wrote a hub about keywords that you might find useful:

http://hubpages.com/community/The-Value-of-Words-G...

BTW, the tool is totally useless when it comes to fiction, because it is unable to identify the topic. Here is a Forum thread that discusses this:

http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/30870


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i scribble 6 years ago

Thanks for the advice. Good luck with your blog.


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Aya Katz 6 years ago from The Ozarks Author

I Scribble, thanks! Hope the information helps.


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H P Roychoudhury 6 years ago from Guwahati, India

It is salways good to express own's experience in any matter.


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Aya Katz 6 years ago from The Ozarks Author

H.P. Roychoudhury, thanks. A blog is a good way to share our experiences with others. Sometimes a hub is also a good way to do this. Even though they are both good outlets for self expression, in form they are quite different.


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

Great informative hub! I actually had blogs long before I came to Hubpages and now I have neglected them quite a bit because I enjoy writing here more. lol My mom does still refer to Hubpages as blogs though....I think she was used to me saying blog for so long that she can't understand the difference. :) BTW-LOVE your "vertically challenged" comment!! I will soooooo be using that!! Fabulous hub! RAted up


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Aya Katz 6 years ago from The Ozarks Author

TheHerbivoreHippi, thanks! I think one of the reasons we enjoy writing here more is that we get feedback. It's lonely to write and not feel that anyone is reading. Maybe now you can go back to your blogs and bring some of your readers from Hubpages with you!


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OpinionDuck 6 years ago

Aya

I have about 2300 views for 12 hubs.

Yes, you are right about using advertising to get traffic, so that your hub gets more views.

In that sense, adsense could be deemed a Quid Pro Quo.

:)


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Aya Katz 6 years ago from The Ozarks Author

Opinion Duck, that's exactly how I look at it! Quid pro quo.


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June Sun 6 years ago from Alberta, Canada

I need to be caged in order to be productive in writing and doing my research!


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Aya Katz 6 years ago from The Ozarks Author

une, no problem! Come for a visit and I'll cage you myself. Of course, then you'll have to renew your license not to drive! ;->


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Mr Nice 6 years ago from North America

Shalom Aya,

You explained the difference between Blog & hub so well that I don't think anybody else can make it more easier than this. It is really very informative hub, thanks for sharing your thoughts. Enjoy rest of your day.


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GmaGoldie 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

Very well stated. It is hard initially to understand the difference.


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Aya Katz 6 years ago from The Ozarks Author

Mr. Nice, thanks! I hope this helps anyone who is still wondering about the difference between a blog and a hub.


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Aya Katz 6 years ago from The Ozarks Author

GmaGoldie, thanks. It is a distinction that doesn't just pop out at us right away.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Aya - Whenever I read one of your informative hubs, I pick up some nugget I wasn't aware of before. I think I once heard that education is learning what you didn't know you didn't know. That's what your hubs provide. Thank you.


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Aya Katz 6 years ago from The Ozarks Author

drbj, thanks! Gotta say, I love your comments!


china man 6 years ago

good really useful stuff for us beginners


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MCWebster 6 years ago

Great article, thank you!


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Aya Katz 6 years ago from The Ozarks Author

China Man, thanks! I'm a beginner, too, so hopefully we can all learn together.


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Aya Katz 6 years ago from The Ozarks Author

MCWebster, thanks!


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Marisa Wright 6 years ago from Sydney

Good summary, Aya - and you've learned all the right lessons about your blog. I'd add one more thing, which I mentioned before - you should change the title of your blog.

If you saw this week's HubPages newsletter, it says the same thing - the title of your Hub or blog or website should be as close as possible to what you think people would type into a search engine when looking for your subject. I know the writer in you wants a clever title, but online you have to suck it up and let that go!


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Aya Katz 6 years ago from The Ozarks Author

Thanks, Marisa. The writer in me is still offering some resistance, but I'm wondering whether there might be a way to satisfy both. Do you think if I started another Blogger blog, gave it the "right title" and then fed it an RSS feed of the blog with the wrong title, it would do the trick?


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Marisa Wright 6 years ago from Sydney

Aya, I don't see much point in that. You'd just end up with duplicate content, which is not a good thing online.

I would start again with a "boring" URL and a "boring" title, transfer all your posts but leave a placeholder (with advertising) at your old blog, saying "I've moved".

Remember you can always use "Notes from the Pens" as a sub-title.


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Aya Katz 6 years ago from The Ozarks Author

Thanks, Marisa. Can I transfer the comments, too?


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compellingcarl 6 years ago from small town upstate New York

a very informative hub and inspiring story!


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Aya Katz 6 years ago from The Ozarks Author

Thanks, CompellingCarl! Glad you thought so.


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trnty69 5 years ago

Hi Aya, i'm a newbie and your article is very informative, so well written and credible. even your audience who have made comments here have been very helpful. i particularly like your exchange with Marisa because in the midst of all this info overload i'm experiencing (as i try to research and learn from other online writers' do's and don'ts), i find myself in a bit of a bind as to what URL i would like to use. I only have 2 hubs so far as i had just started. i don't have any experience blogging except for a couple of rantings in a wordpress.com site 2 yrs ago (never went any further with it, i think it was just a moment for me to vent :) i have a long list of what i want to write about and it's just a matter of narrowing them down because although they are varied subject matters and genre, i'd like to get down to as close to a single niche or theme as possible. like Marisa had mentioned, I have read somewhere that having a URL that is inclusive of some keywords is ideal. on the other hand, i don't want it to be a boring URL either. But she does have a point and her suggestion to start out with the boring one and migrating later on to the one you prefer merits a shot at. I'm hoping that once i know what i want, thinking of a web address will be easy. I'm planning to use Wordpress.org for my future blog. You have been great, i'll follow you because i know i'll learn a lot from you. There are so many intricacies to it that I get overwhelmed but you seem to be a good resource for a one-stop learning place. Your thoughts are well-organized and you're very generous in sharing your knowledge. more power to you!


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Aya Katz 5 years ago from The Ozarks Author

Thanks, Trnty69! I'm not such an expert, and the knowledge I share is what little I have acquired after lots of trial and error. I myself am just running two blogs on Blogger, one about Project Bow and one about jets for sale, and another third one on CreateSpace, about my self-published books. I haven't bought my own domain name yet, because there's still so much for me to learn blogging on other people's sites. But I do seem to be catching on slowly to the difference between writing for Google and writing for Amazon, and eventually I may well set up my own more commercial site. In the meanwhile, I continue to learn new things as both a hubber and a blogger.

My advice to you is not to be discouraged by informational overload. Tackle one problem at a time and eventually it will all fall into place.


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allmytricks 5 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Hey aya, I am very much disappointed to see - with a PR 3 site, your alexa rank is 10,259,209!!!! Whoa!!! This is breaking my heart into pieces.....:(

I use hubpages to backlink my blog as you do, but the difference I make is - I collect backlinks from everywhere.

I beg your pardon at first because I am gonna give you some advices. You may say that I have a site which has only a PR 1 and Alexa rank of 2,688,980. But I built it just a month ago and I have only some posts. And I widh I could write that good like you do.

Advices:

1. Stop following misha. Instead follow Rand Fishkin (SeoMoz), Matt Cuts, Pete cashmore (CEO of Mahsable). I don't have to answer why. You will know after some days.

2. You don't have a very good amount of backlinks. Well without backlinks only the posts appear on the search engine result pages are exactly having the right percentage of backlinks that google wants. So gather backlinks by blog commenting.

3. Advertise your own-self.

4. Use keyword tool to implement the right keyword in your every post with a percentage of 3% or below. Not over!

Disadvantages of hubpages: Hubpages is search engine friendly but not like ehow, wikihow, or squidoo. Because they provide sub-domain to us.

Also, hubpage can use some customized ads as Mashable, Pc mags, squidoo do, if they want. Unfortunately, I don't know why they are not going for it. It could boost our earning from hubpages.

Disagree with your Blog vs Hubs:

If this is your blogs link below....

http://notesfromthepens.blogspot.com/

Then, what is http://hubpages.com/@aya-katz ???!!! Isn't that a sub-domain just like blogspot? LOL

Whatever, I have worked under many webmasters as a freellancer for a long days. In fact, I waorked under Rand Fishkin for a month. So, things I learned I am telling you just that. If you have some good points to disagree I would love to see that.

Also, Maybe I can leave hubpages. Because google offering you to use your adsense at http://knol.google.com ;)

So, it would be better from hubpages and any other sites for my high quality contents (at least I think).


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allmytricks 5 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Forgive me for some spelling mistakes. I am in a bit of rush.


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Aya Katz 5 years ago from The Ozarks Author

Allmytricks, thanks for your comments and your advice. I wrote this hub long before the Panda Update, and thus long, long before the subdomain move. I agree with you that the traffic gathering effect that Hubpages used to have is now not much better than having a blog on Blogger. But things used to be very different, my friend, when I wrote this article.

Hubpages, just like my own new site, PubWages.com, is an article directory, where each article is meant to stand on its own. I say this from the perspective of a linguist who looks at factors such as discourse cohesion. A blog post is like a diary entry, or a small section in a larger book. It presumes that the context is already known.

That said, many people write blog posts as if they were articles, and articles as if they were blog posts. The literary analysis is what tells which is which. It has nothing to do with the linking or domain structure.

That said, I will look up Rand Fishkin and see what he has to say!


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Ah, yes, this is why I love HP so much: I had blogs prior to coming here and despite commenting and being a good "blogger" I've never had the traffic that my stuff here gets. It's a writer's dream...even if it takes awhile to get off the ground. :D Voted up and away.


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

wow.. great advice.. I do love the hub.. I like it here better than I do on my blogs... everyone is so much nicer and I have more fun.. Thanks for writing this.

I voted up Debbie


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Aya Katz 4 years ago from The Ozarks Author

Thanks, Deborah! There is definitely more feedback on Hubpages than on the average blog, and this is one of the great advantages of writing for an article directory, rather than on one's own site.


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Aya Katz 4 years ago from The Ozarks Author

Thanks, cclitgirl! There's nothing more encouraging than receiving feedback!


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

Aya...

This is very good information! I am beginning to think Karma is pushing me towards starting a blog as this is the fourth reference to blogs I have come across in as many days.

THIS is the first reference that actually explains what a blog is (yes...very embarrassing). As I see this Hub was originally published 21 months ago...I appear somewhat behind the curve.

I have bookmarked!

Thanks,

Thomas


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Aya Katz 4 years ago from The Ozarks Author

Thanks, Thomas. It's never too late. While the exact value of hubs as backlinks for your blog fluctuates over time, due to Google's updates, the general difference between a blog and a hub remains the same.


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crankalicious 4 years ago from Colorado

A very good article with very accurate information. Ultimately, success on Hubpages really does involve two things: good writing and subject-matter that's interesting to people. If you have those two things, you will be successful.


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Aya Katz 4 years ago from The Ozarks Author

Crankalicious, thanks for your comment. I think traffic is also a factor, though. The very best writing and the most interesting subject matter will not necessarily get us a single page view, even on Hubpages, during those periods when Hubpages is blacked out by Google. But the current era seems to be somewhat better than the time immediately post panda. So here's to success!


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donnaisabella 4 years ago from Fort Myers

Thanks, great hub. I sort of came to hubpages and discovered I could do my writing on here. I enjoy writing and so I was not even thinking cash,just the joy of writing. But, like all things worth doing, it does not hurt to do them professionally, so what if I can even make money out of it? Do most writers not want to earn a living doing what they like? I must pay more attention. Thanks once again, very helpful.


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crankalicious 4 years ago from Colorado

Aya, I disagree. What Google is trying to do is find the best pages on any particular subject. Over time, good writing will attract more readers. If your subject is something that is searched by lots of people, then over time your page will attract readers. That has definitely been my experience.


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Aya Katz 4 years ago from The Ozarks Author

DonnaIsabella, thanks for your comment. I think most of us who enjoy writing would also like to be paid for it, if possible. Balancing what you are willing to write with what actually pays is something each of us have to learn how to do separately.

Crankalicious, you are certainly free to disagree that blackouts by Google happen or that sites get blacklisted. I've been on Hubpages for three years now. During that time, I had periods of very high traffic and periods of very low traffic -- and it was not the quality of the writing that controlled the traffic. The very same hub can rank significantly differently on two separate days.


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crankalicious 4 years ago from Colorado

Aya, of course there are things beyond our control. But all things being equal, hubs that are well-written on popular topics will do better than poorly written hubs. Sometimes a poorly written hub on a popular topic can do well and will usually do better than a well-written hub on an esoteric topic. Things beyond our control are impossible to predict.


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Aya Katz 4 years ago from The Ozarks Author

Crankalicious, I agree that some things are beyond our control. I also agree that some things are very difficult, if not impossible to predict. But not all things beyond our control are impossible to predict. (Example: The sun will set at a particular hour tonight. Easy to predict. Impossible to control.)

I have seen poorly written articles do better than well written articles. I have even occasionally seen stolen, spun content do better than the original. I have seen word for word the same article do better or worse depending on what site it was on.

Keyword research, backlinking, having a "brand" name, or being a major news outlet all have their effect on search results. We may or may not have control over this in any particular instance, but it is not entirely unpredictable.

On the whole, for those of us with very little online experience or expertise, writing on Hubpages pays off in terms of both traffic and earnings. I'm not saying that we should not do our best with what we have.

I'm just saying there are other controlling factors, and learning about them is also well worth the effort. Because you would be surprised at how much more control we could have over a situation, just by learning to understand it.

Myself, I still have a long way to go. I'm not saying I have all the answers. But I know a few more of the questions than I did three years ago.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Aya,

Thanks for publishing this Hub. It should be required reading for everyone who signs up for HubPages.

I like reading the newly-published articles. I know that some that I've read will be deleted because they truly are blogs, and not Hubs.


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Aya Katz 4 years ago from The Ozarks Author

Thanks, Daisy Mariposa!


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

Great article about hubs and blogs. I still have friends who are determined to say that I write blogs when I tell them about my writing on Hubpages. I'm not sure why they find it so hard to understand the difference. Thanks for such good information.


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StephanieBCrosby 4 years ago from New Jersey

Very informative. Thanks for sharing your personal experience from over the years. Us new hubbers really need this kind of information.


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Aya Katz 4 years ago from The Ozarks Author

Thanks, Stephanie! Glad this helps.


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

Dear Aya ~ I've got to give you credit for writing on this subject, making it so clear, giving beneficial hints, telling us about your life and the challenges of Hubbing it and Blogging it. Love, Debby


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Aya Katz 4 years ago from The Ozarks Author

Thanks, Debby Bruck!


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Aya Katz 4 years ago from The Ozarks Author

Thanks, Cyndi10. Just saw your comment!

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