From our blog, we will earn 100% from our ads whereas in HubPages, we have to share 40% of it with HubPages, but still people are coming and writing on HubPages. Why? What are the advantages or benefits?
For some reason, nobody ever clicks on the ads in my blogs. Visitors do, however, click on ads at HP. Leastwise, that is how it is with me.
The main reason for writing on revenue sharing sites rather than own blogs is that they generally have more authority in the eyes of Google. The PageRank of HubPages is 6, blogs rarely go above 4, the domain is aged, it has a huge number of pages indexed in Google.
All these things used to make it a lot easier to rank well in Google searches if you wrote on a site like this rather than on your own blog, so you would get a lot more traffic, and earn more, even if you only got 60% back.
Whether that is still true, given Google updates since the original Panda, its war against "content farms", I don't know. I think it depends on the blogger, some people who have well established blogs probably get as much traffic on their blogs now as they do here. In fact some people have moved content to their blogs and find it does better.
Another reason is that HubPages allows you to write about different topics, blogs are usually focused on a niche. Apparently this isn't affected so much by the subdomains, although you would think that it would be.
The interlinking on the site should be an advantage, you can get traffic from somebody coming for Google to somebody else's hub, then finding your hub at the bottom in the 'related pages' list and reading it.
As many people have mentioned, the Ad program pays better than Adsense on its own. Some informational pages really have a low click through rate, it depends what you like to write about. When earning by impressions you always earn something as long as you have traffic.
People enjoy the community here, interacting on the forums, having followers. Yes you can have subscribers on a blog, but it usually takes a lot longer to get them than it does to get followers on this site.
I have to say, before Google Panda updates etc. I think it made a lot of sense for people to write on revenue sharing sites rather than their own blogs. Right now, and with the kind of traffic roller coasters HP has had it might not make that much sense. If you know a lot about getting traffic, are patient, and are willing to restrict yourself to the sort of topics that earn well, you might be better off having your own blog. But for a lot of people HP still offers the chance to earn more than their own site, although those people are probably not the ones making a lot of money here.
Hub Pages is worthless right now. This site has an ineffective business model, and none of this combination social networking, manipulation of free and gullible labor and other dysfunction, is better than an independent blog.
Hubs are content pages rather than blogs so I don't really see how you can compare them directly. But I do get more ad clicks here than on my blogs. So I assume being in the hub zone has some kind of traffic advantage. It is also really easy to make a lot of pages in a small amount of time.
Thank you psycheskinner for your reply.
Agreed, I am comparing blogs with content pages, but the fundamental idea is to write and get paid.
Point one is when so many successful hubbers can earn so much, why are they willing to share it with hub pages and Point two is why the same writer can get traffic to webpages and not to blogs.
Is it because eBay and Amazon commission get added here which is advantageous? I wish more and more experienced hubbers like you share the reason. May be hubpages team also will throw some light on this point for new comers like me.
Thank you NateB11 for your reply. Excuse me if I sound naive or stupid, but people would be browsing through google search and not through hubpages. So once established, why do hubbers prefer to continue with hubpages. There must be some point I must be missing.
I'm pretty new to this line of work, so I can't be certain what is best. I understand from some people it is good to have your own site, blog, domain, because there is freedom in it and you keep all of the revenue. But I see it as a Hubpage being a sub-domain, kind of like your own site, and the Hubpage is what gets the ranking and reputation in Google, not so much my name. I don't know if I'm putting this across correctly or clearly. Once the Hubpage you have gets a reputation, it is that particular Hubpage that has the reputation, not really me the writer. However, I do see the value of getting my own site, I've been considering it for some time. But I'm still learning, I got to figure some of that out first. Need to decide on niche, how to put the site together, etc. What I have noticed is people have both a site and their own hubpage, and typically put links on their hubs directing people to their site/blog.
I find it easier to get on page one for my keywords when I use Hubpages. I don't have to do the linking I do for my website. So, I'd say Hubpages reputation is worth taking advantage of.
You are absolutely right. Newbies often imagine that readers come to HubPages and browse around - or that income comes from the community - but that's not correct. You can't make serious money on HubPages until at least 80% of your traffic is coming direct from the search engines (mainly Google).
That's not true or HP would have much better views. This site is not working.
I have blogs too. But for some kinds of writing hubpages bring easier traffic than starting a new blog for every subject.
One reason that I do it is the money.
I was here before the HPad program started, and adsense never earned me anything like what HPads do. The work by HP staff in finding good advertisers results in a far higher earnings per view than adsense ever did.
I agree with Wilderness. The HP ad program is much more profitable than any adsense ever brought in. There is so much competition on the internet that it is very hard for a blog to get noticed. Hub Pages has the name behind it and when we read each other's hubs, I think it also helps get us noticed by Google. Even to earn money on HP, it takes years. Linking your blogs and hubs will certainly help both.
Having nurtured my own network on other platforms I think the best thing about hubpages is that it is ridiculously easy to use. Additionally I think the traffic flow is much more impressive compared to some nondescript blog floating amongst millions of others.
I think its also a great place to fledgling bloggers to start and build a network. Everyone is very receptive and its easy to connect with people who are interested in the same fields as you. Theres just a great flow of diverse, organic traffic and there seems to be an audience for everything! Love it
Why do people continue to write here? There is a huge learning curve to making money with your own blog or website. You need to choose a good topic and stick to it. You need to know how to set up and design the blog, understand SEO, promotion, monetization etc. That's a problem for a lot of people: some find the technical side too daunting or too boring; some just want to write, and don't have patience for all the other stuff; some don't want to stick to just one subject.
HubPages offers an easy solution for those people. Sure, they have to share their income, but 100% of nothing is nothing. Better to get 60% of something!
Pre-Panda, it was very easy to make money here by "just writing". There was no need to do any promotion or even think about SEO, because HubPages high PageRank and "trust" in Google's eyes meant that Hubs were indexed and ranked very quickly.
These days that is not the case, so there is much less benefit to writing here than there used to be. However it is still a good place to learn the ropes of writing online and network with other writers.
What have you done as a result? Do you now run your own blog or you are still a frequent writer here at hubpages?
In the last year, I've written two Hubs and unpublished around seventy.
I virtually stopped writing Hubs after the first Panda update (in early 2011) when HubPages traffic was almost wiped out. The few I've written since then have been either for promotional purposes or for other Hubbers.
I have several blogs on different aspects of dancing. I'm still active on the forums here because I haven't found another online community to match it!
A lot of us are new here and still learning. (And, yes, there is a ton to learn.) Why did you unpublish 70 hubs. Did you move them elsewhere?
Thanks for your advice.
HubPages is valuable to me for two reasons: one as a way to get backlinks to my blogs, and the other is for income.
When HubPages was doing well, it was worthwhile to write lots of dance articles here, because they got traffic more easily than my blog posts. Real people would arrive at a Hub, then follow the links to my dance blogs. These days that is not the case: Hubs need promoting, every bit as much as a blog post, so if I'm going to write a dance article it may as well be on my blog!
However as you probably know, links to one's blog (backlinks) are still valuable, so it's worth having some dance articles here. So I've left a few published, but deleted and moved the rest. Bear in mind that Google counts only one or two links from a single site, so there's no point having multiple backlinks on HubPages.
As for income - pre-Panda I was earning about $500 a month here and rising - I was confidently expecting to reach the $1,000 mark in 2011. I have been going steadily backwards ever since, and am now lucky to break $200. At that level of income, it's not worth my while to actively manage Hubs - so if they drop out of Featured (and thus become invisible to search engines), they're not worth keeping. Most had earned very little since Panda anyway, so I have deleted them.
Thank you so much - paradigmsearch, psycheskinner , NateB11, wilderness, toknowinfo, Barbara Kay, Californialaw, aa lite, Marisa Wright, expertscolumn, and ologsinquito - :-D
Thanks for sharing and guiding. Frankly, it is this camaraderie among hubbers, that has impressed me the most. Compared to this, sitting alone with your blog and waiting for somebody to drop by can be more frustrating. And the contribution by HP staff in finding good advertisers cannot be denied. Namaste !
Hubs is powerful partner. It has a huge traffic. Traffic is the problems for most of the make money site. Hope some of them drop by your hubs and click. It is only with 60% share. It is a number games.
There will be clicks on your huds. There will more money in your bank account. Enjoy HubBing
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