Yeah, it was asked before but not answered and it quickly de-generated into a discussion of IP addresses (oy vey!).
I understand someone might want to address separate niches with separate HP accounts, but why? How does it help them do better in a particular niche? TIA (for actual answers).
There are some hubs I write just to make money. Best lavatory seats, best garden trowels etc.which I write under a pseudonym because I am not very proud of them.
There are hubs I write about politics and social issues which I think are important and I write under my own name.
Thanks for all the responses. On further thought it seems to me that you'd want a separate account if you were going after a particular niche and wanted to keep the articles all together. You'd also get to pick a relevant sub-domain name, which might help a little with SEO.
I also read about what is involved in transferring hubs from one account to another. If one is going to make a niche-specific account it would definitely be smart to do it early before you got to many hubs in the first account as you're going to lose momentum on those hubs for a while.
You could also try out your "new" niche on a different site than HP if you wanted to try something new. Infobarrel and Wizzley are popular. Each audience likes different topics though, so it takes time to get a feel for what that is, and if it's going to work for you. If you have a lot of knowledge about a specific topic, you could also begin your own blog. You would be alone then, but Google seems to be favoring blogs about a subject the writer is well versed in. Blogger.com and Weebly.com are free, though you would need to buy a domain name at Weebly. Name.com has them for $10.00 yearly. Best Wishes.
I am a huge fan of niche accounts.
I have been here almost 3 years, and in that time I have learned a huge amount about SEO, titling hubs, content, keyword research etc. and it shows in this subdomain.
When I started, I knew nothing.
Secondary accounts were popular among either trolls, or serious hubbers.
I was serious, desperate even, for the income a few successful hubs could bring.
I was so poor, I did without food to pay for the internet access!
And success I saw, when I applied my new-found SEO knowledge to hubs I'd already written and published.
Not a huge success, but success all the same.
I'd spend hours online, checking stats and Google Adsense clicks more than writing new hubs.
Then I wrote a plethora of new hubs. Even today, I know they are good, soundly researched articles, even if the titles are a bit icky. I'm actually not great on titles.
Then one day in late February 2011 I saw a rapid traffic decline. The forums confirmed everyone was experiencing it.
That was Google's Panda.
For the next few months, Panda was the preferred topic of conversation, but my traffic remained pretty static (50% higher than it is today, but 50% less that it was).
Then subdomains were introduced.
Mine soared in its first few weeks. Traffic reached a level it never had before. All was wonderful.
Then on August 10, 2011, it dived.
It collapsed by 90%.
It has never recovered to this day.
So, I started new subdomains, the first of which was just like this one, with multiple subjects.
It did OK for a while, before it got slapped as well, and is continuously up and down (down right now).
But meanwhile, I had started another 4 niche subdomains.
One of them took off spectacularly. Another does pretty well, A third got slapped and I can't figure out why. The 4th hangs on.
The subdomain that does well is a niche account on a topic that high search, high competition but low payout, so half the world's SEO chancers stay well away from.
It doesn't make me much money per thousand views either, but at least I can count the views in 4 figures. It helps that I am genuinely interested in the topic.
As I am in any niche I have started. If you have a genuine enthusiasm, it shines through.
Niche accounts are of extreme importance if you don't want Google to slap you, or to suspect you are only writing on a topic to fill a niche.
I have started yet another new niche account, and I am convinced it will do well too, because every hub will relate to the username of the account, and it is yet another interest of mine.
My ole Dad says to me "slow down Girl, you are stretching yourself too wide in your hobbies".
What is too wide? lol
Thanks for the reply, it's very interesting to read your tale and about the ups and downs.
Maybe I'm dense, but I don't see exactly why you think that subdomains helped you. Are you saying that somehow collecting the content under a single sub-domain helps SEO? Hadn't read that before.
If you have all your eggs in one basket - ie one account - and Google slaps it, you have lost everything.
If you separate all your interests into niche accounts, and Google slaps some of them, you only have a partial loss.
The advice generally is to spread your work across a lot of different platforms, ie Wizzley etc.
You can do that too, of course.
Or you can just make niche subdomains, which yes have a huge SEO advantage if the account name is also a search term for your niche.
A keyword in a domain name is just one of hundreds of aspects that are used for your SERP. Everything I've read so far says it's really of minor importance. E.g. http://www.seo-theory.com/2012/05/03/ki … a-brother/
I have no real use for multiple accounts, I feel its better to keep just one so that I can keep track of everything.
I have another account that I have never promoted except on one of my websites. For an experiment it is doing fairly well. I wanted to keep the content on that separate from this account. This is the one I started with and it covers different topics, the other one is focused on a subject or subjects that relate to each other.
I think if the theory about lower traffic drawing hubs pulling an account down is true; it is sometimes worth 'testing the water' with a separate account.
I have a main account that got hit badly by Panda and has never recovered and two other niche accounts, one of which is doing a bit better and the other is too new to say!
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