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If I Were to Pay Writers to Write for Me...

  1. Jason Marovich profile image87
    Jason Marovichposted 17 months ago

    Would I be punished by Google?

    HubPages is the last of the relevant content sites now that Squidoo is gone.   

    So tell me, what's the difference between a news site paying writers to write for their online news mags and HubPages doing the  same.  HP hired editors but they cannot and do not edit every article published.  Do the news mags professionally edit every article published? (Uhhh, spell check anyone?)  If they don't are they being punished by Google too (How come?  Their writers are writing to make money...)?  Would it matter if Google punished a major news mag anyway?

    There are probably a few writers on HubPages looking to game Google's system.  No doubt some already have.  But the vast majority of writers here just want to be excited about writing.  It's fascinating for us to think that readers can Google a topic and our articles have the chance to show on page 1 of search results.

    When I first started here, I thought there was a chance I could do it for a living.  I had that much confidence in what I had to say.  That dream was dashed when I realized I didn't love search engine optimization the way I loved to tell a story.  I'm guessing many of my fellow HubPages writers feel the same way.

    I'm annoyed that Google would take that away from us by going after HubPages.  I feel that's what is happening and I'm not sure there's anything Paul Edmondson or anyone else can do about it.

    Think about who Google could really be going after...the spammers and black hat SEO masters who thrive on their own sites and blogs.  But that would take a lot of work wouldn't it?  It's easier to just penalize an entire community of writers on a mistaken perception that all of us are in this for the money.

    HubPages is far more than making money for its writers and its staff.  There are dreams realized here and if Google takes that away they are, in my book, going beyond intrusive. 

    Let's not sit quietly while it happens.  The pen is mightier than the sword.

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    1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image95
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 17 months ago in reply to this

      Complaining to Google is like complaining to the fox about how he is killing chickens in the hen house.  If you want to complain, contact the FCC, your federal senators and congressmen, the news media, et al.  There have already been a number of lawsuits against Google, but they are now so powerful that it would be almost impossible to fight against them.

    2. galleryofgrace profile image81
      galleryofgraceposted 17 months ago in reply to this

      You can buy all the articles you like at fiverr.

  2. steve8miller profile image86
    steve8millerposted 17 months ago

    Not sure the AdSense TOS says you can't do that. Hey I would write for you in this world you do not go anywhere unless you kiss up a little. Some great writers are very hard headed and will go nowhere online. Where you see people who lie, cheat, and scam seem to have success. This world is really starting to make me ill because I see this happening.

    If you want to lie and give disinformation you can be paid well, if you want to help someone with truth you will be penalized. Maybe writing for someone who already has respect would be better. I know I have been ahead of the curve and I have been left out of the discussion. Its this world nowadays if you do not lie, cheat, and steal you have no success. Take it from me a person who lied, cheated, and stole and had success. Over the past 4 or 5 years since I have found Christ and lived legit. I cannot make money at all. Its pretty bad but God gets me through each month. I know I am free at least.

  3. psycheskinner profile image81
    psycheskinnerposted 17 months ago

    Google Adsense does not give a damn whether you wrote the material, only that you have the legal right to post it.

  4. SmartAndFun profile image91
    SmartAndFunposted 17 months ago

    Yes, you can pay writers to write HubPages content for you. As PsycheSkinner stated, Google does not care, nor would they know whether you wrote the material or not.

    Just my two cents now... Google considers professional news sites to be more trustworthy sites because they tend to contain more correct information than Hubpages. On HubPages, anyone can write about anything they want, whether they are professional writers or not, or have a decent handle on the English language, or whether or not the information they provide is even remotely correct. There are HubPages articles which state that vaccines increase the incidence of disease, and you can cure cancer with a sandwich. This is one reason why HubPages gets downgraded by Google -- then on top of the factually incorrect articles, there is also all the spam and poorly written content, and "articles" which are really nothing but advertising.

    You can always find typos on professional news sites, but their articles are usually well researched and professionally written, not promoting anyone or anything, and yes, professionally edited.

    Unfortunately, HP still contains lots of junk that Google hates. It might just be that until HP contains only professionally written, factual information, it will continue to be punished by Google. But of course, I don't know what Google's plans are. I hope HP stays around a long time, but I don't know if there's a way for the site to indefinitely remain profitable while continuing to allow anyone to write about anything.