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John Coviello says
Thank you so much for your response...and you know what...you're right. I do enjoy Hub Pages, but I just don't like all the crazy rules and stipulations they place on you...I just wish it was a little more contributor friendly...if that makes sense.
They do tend to run roughshod over the writers here. Some of the rule changes make sense once they are explained to me, but others still seem quite unfair, such as unFeatured Hubs, which can be fixed by changing a few words in a well written Hub.
Yes, the whole featured/unfeatured hub thing is somewhat unfair, and maybe I'm wrong, but seems to favor certain individuals. Also, the disabling of ads is a joke...I just don't get it.
I understand the rationle behind unFeatured Hubs (formerly Idled Hubs), but in practice it really is unfair. It appears to target unpopular Hubs rather than poorly written Hubs, so I'm not sure about the Google ranking value. It hurts good Hubs.
So true...and very unfortunate...like you said, a lot of good works go unnoticed because of it. They should really showcase the writers...and not only certain hubs.
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Helen Murphy Howell says
Thank you for taking the time to respond.
Playing devil's advocate here...don't you think you would have more freedom if you were posting on your own blog...no one to censor what you said or thought?
Could you elaborate on how HubPages gives you more freedom? Setting up your own blog on your own domain means you set the rules. I haven't done that myself, for the reasons I listed above, but I would be less restricted if I did, so I am wondering?
@Rock_nj see that little "A" on Seeker7's profile pic...I do believe that's why they haven't responded to your question...and possibly even feel the way they do...but I could be wrong.
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Speaking as someone who hopes to one day do this professionally...and not just as a hobby...wouldn't having your own blog bring you more attention and/or notoriety than Hub Pages? How well known is Hub Pages within the writing community?