Hardly surprising given we are tarred with that abominable "Ning Glam Social" logo everywhere on the site. It makes me squirm whenever I see it. The name is redolent of moronic uneducated women yammering on to each other about mascara and handbags while leafing through a Mills and Boone before picking up their brats from school.
Ever since that label appeared, I have been too ashamed to tell anyone that I have content here.
Ya know... Now this is serious. HP probably averages several million views a day from people at work. Or used to? Leastwise, that's always kind of been my general feeling. If all the IT shops start thinking of HP as another FB, that is not good at all...
What does this mean for us? Can our writing be taken seriously on a social network site? Is it even worth using it on a CV or as examples of internet publishing, if it's in the same league as face book?
I would be very interested to know if Squidoo, etc. are also classified as social sites by Google. If so, then at least we have a somewhat level playing field. If not, then I consider this pretty serious.
Hey, Squidoo folks! Could you tell us what Real-time says about Squidoo?
I don't even mention Hub Pages in applications since I was told this was only a "blogging" site! That was a year ago. You would think we would be told, however, that the quality of the site is not one that is going to help us make money for producing content!
However....how do we explain that there certainly ARE hubbers who make good money writing here. In fact, some make excellent money...as in, "supporting their family money." That's not possible on a strictly social network.
The only hubbers who are making enough money to support their family on HP now are almost certainly not living in America. A dollar goes a long way in many third world countries.
Earnings have fallen drastically per 1000 views since HP ads was introduced, IMO.
This whole 'social networking' stuff should not be associated with a writer's site (again IMO). Those hubbers who pointed out that their work offices ban all social networking sites have made an excellent point.
Judging from the time of day I used to get most of my hits, those were USA office hours. We shouldn't be surprised that traffic has fallen.
Still, look on the bright side, perhaps more businesses will have office workers actually working, and not writing or reading hubs. This should lead to the return of a profitable economy, meaning that people no longer have to 'work from home' writing web content that has already been written umpteen million times.
Yep, they also say Twitter is the new kid on the block. I looked for a date, but couldn't find one. I suspect that page is very old. But everything, everywhere seems to indicate that HP and S are both classified the same.
I have to admit that I did not do a lot of research on Hubpages before joining, but since that time I had read countless articles on it along with the Google Panda updates. Of particular interest to me was the...
Janderson posted something really important yesterday which I think everybody here needs to read http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/132621#post2759379.If he is correct in his assumptions (which it appears he might...
I'm not being funny here,the hubstats yet only change 3 or 4 times a week, if you are lucky.Not to mention hubs take over 24 hours to publish. No mentions about it on the blog, no apologies, it isn't like the issue...