I am wondering if HP has any plans to branch out into publication (either print or e-book) for any of their niche sites. Allrecipes.com has a number of publications on Amazon and they also produce a periodical.
I'm not sure it would be practical. I think the challenge for HubPages would be working out how to pay Hubbers for Hubs that were used in those books. Since there would be no direct advertising income, the earnings from book sales would have to be split manually, and the staff cost would likely outweigh the profits!
Sites like Allrecipes don't have that problem because they don't pay their contributors.
Helium used to sell ebooks, but they also didn't pay their writers any of the proceeds from them.
I don't think I would be happy about that. I think if writers want to publish their own articles as e-books or articles hard copy books they should. There is something called copyright at stake here.
If you spread yourself thin, you will loose more readers, than gain. It is much better to concentrate on one thing, make it great, and keep the base growing. There is way too much clutter in this world, to add to it.
We don't have any plans to do ebooks or print today. We tend to focus more on the evolving technical landscape and how we can help you reach an audience through things like AMP or instant articles (AMP is in the 2017 plan).
If there was a significant opportunity for authors with alternative distribution, we would consider it. We just don't think it fits a broad enough set of authors today.
by Don Bobbitt14 months ago
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by Glenn Stok4 weeks ago
I noticed that hubs in niche sites no longer include the "More by this author" section below the hub. Is this just an oversight or was it a decision to drop it on niche sites?
by Lori Colbo3 weeks ago
I get notices often now informing me my hub has been selected for a vertical site. But I keep hearing the word niche too. Are they the same thing?Also, those articles which don't go to vertical or niche sites, do they...
by Scott Bateman6 months ago
I have been pleased with the audience and revenue for my articles on HubPages since joining the site some years ago.I commend the company for creating the successful niche sites at a time when similar sites were...
by Nancy Mitchell3 months ago
I know very little about SEO. If you have hubs on niche sites, is it still important to have a knowledge of SEO? I get little love from Goggle.
by Sherry Hewins7 weeks ago
Almost without fail, when a hub of mine is moved to a niche site, the views increase. I suppose this makes sense; HP created the niche sites to escape from that "content-farm" label that Google had put them...
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