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 Bobbitt12 months ago
Of course, HP is playing their cards close to their vest, and rightly so.But, from what I know about fracturing the HP family of writers into these so-called "Niche Sites" is a little like taking a cannon ball...
by Glenn Stok2 days 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 Sherry Hewins3 minutes 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...
by Rahul Parashar3 weeks ago
How often do your articles make it to niche sites? I've submitted three different articles to those sites, and have been rejected so far. After heavy re-writing, I was hoping that the following article would make...
by Nancy Mitchell4 weeks 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 Brandon Lobo12 days ago
Do we know how that articles on the niche sites tagged "New" are chosen? Are they:1. New articles on the niche sites.2. New articles on the niche sites and also new hubs in general.3. Articles from the niche...
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