... when most of your content is on Hubpages?
I noticed that recently a few of the Hubpages regulars have gotten together on Blogger for a joint project. What are the advantages of using Blogger as an ancillary site, when you have most of your content on Hubpages?
Free Blogging tools such as wordpress and blogger are great online tools. It is now a must to have either a website or a blog for any business development. Getting backlinks to your website or hubs is a kind of bonus. Of course monetizing and passive income cannot be ignored.
I've heard this so many times, and I honestly don't think it's true. I tried a couple of blogs on Blogger and got virtually no traffic.
It used to be true - several years ago - my experience is the same blogging anywhere else BUT blogger will give me quicker indexing and quicker PR it thats what you want! If you don't care about monetization use wordpress.com
However, I needed to register to blogger via my google account, so there seems to be some kind of relationship between the two.
Yes, there is a relationship - Google does own Blogger. However, I don't believe it gives Blogger any preference in terms of traffic. Let's face it, they're better placed than anyone to know that Blogger isn't quality controlled and there's a lot of rubbish on there!
Free is always good. The blogs are easy to use. I just use them for backlinks right now. However, I've enabled google on them, and recently I've been making a pretty chunk of change with them as well.
Because I blog on them every day, google picks them up in less than an hour.
Blogs have an advantage cause you benefit from 100% of the clicks!
I set up a blogger account for some quality backlinks to some of my hubs. eg: http://acta-senatus.blogspot.com
I published 30 blog entries about 30 Roman Generals. And from there I linked to various hubs I had made for my Capstone series on Roman Emperors.
I'm thinking of publishing 30 lesser known emperors soon, I'll do one a day for a whole month.
I have a Blogger account but I haven't used it for so long. Maybe I'll give it another try just to promote my hubs.
I certainly like the idea of using blogger to provide backlinks and earn any additional clicks. I just started one 2 days ago to discuss and track my online earning experience based on this forum post thinking that it is certainly a good idea (it at least isn't a bad one).
I am thinking about another one on a different topic (stock and option investing) to create the opportunity for more linking. I have been contributing pretty heavily (for me at least) to a forum for the last two years and finally thought to myself, "Why create content for someone else when I should be doing it for myself?" It costs nothing out of pocket (other than time) and requires no technical expertise which I don't have. I think that eventually I could get some traffic and maybe even a few earnings out of my efforts.
PS-I have a link to my blog on my profile page. There is only one post so far, but I will be adding one or two each week about what I am doing and learning with earning online.
Thanks everybody for your input! I'm definitely considering starting a blog, but I'm still confused by the format. On Hubpages we write complete articles. A blog is sort of like a journal, isn't it? I'm a little worried about publishing half-baked thoughts and then regretting it.
Aya, I wrote a Hub about blogging if you'd like to check it out.
Blogging was originally just an online diary, as you say - but if your goal is to make money, just keeping a journal won't do you any good (unless you have a very interesting life!).
These days, you really need to choose a particular subject for your blog and keep your content relevant. For me, the biggest problem with blogging is that you need to keep posting constantly to keep it high in the search engines. Blog posts can be a lot shorter than Hubs, but it's still tough to produce so much material.
I'm a lot happier with my websites, which don't need updating so often. Mind you I use a blogging software (Wordpress) to create them.
Blogger is great if you have a unique niche and great, updated content.
I dunno if this has been mentioned yet, but I also see having a blog (namely on blogger) one can link all of his or her hubs to it so that the reader may also learn more about her (satiate their curiosity with personal things not found on HP), and it is also an arena where you can be getting 100% of any adsense revenue generated there, no? Peace
Yes, you could do that on Blogger - but you can also cover a lot of ground on your HubPages profile, or you can create a bio on a Hub, or you could buy your own domain name (have you checked if gregmoore.com is available?) in case you get famous one day!
Yes, but 100% of nothing is nothing, and Blogger blogs don't get traffic unless you work hard at promotion (unlike HubPages).
I started a blog on blogger fairly recently. As already mentioned it's free, easy to use, and easily monitized (in that it's easy to install google adsense and other affiliate links/widgets). It's my intention to try it out and maybe get my own domain name in the future. Have to say the first month or so I had NO search engine traffic and had decided that google does not heart blogger as much as you might expect. However after less than two months I am starting to get search engine traffic. I suspect google hearts relevant,well-written,regularly updated, keyword rich content on blogger no more or less than anywhere else.
That's all true - but I would say, why not try out your ideas on HubPages instead of Blogger, because you'll get traffic much faster and therefore will be able to evaluate things faster?
Exactly my experience!
Well done - two months isn't long.
I haven't noticed any preference Google has towards Wordpress or Blogger, and I use both. I think Blogger is easier to use for beginners, and you can also monetize it with your Adsense account. Wordpress you have to upgrade to your own hosted account, which costs money. If you post regularly on either platform, it's not hard to make your site climb in the search rankings and get some decent traffic, especially if you split them up by niche.
Let me repeat, Google owns Blogger. Therefore, Google hearts Blogger. High rankings and very quickly. The difference is that here on HP, you just need to create a page to get ranked. On Blogger, you need to create a full-fledged blog.
I can't say I've come across anyone else who say they've had that experience recently - in fact, quite the opposite.
And people whom I would classify as internet gurus have said that Google used to heart Blogger, but no longer.
I mean, Google knows that the average Blogger blog is rubbish, so why would they give it preference even if it is their own? I suspect a really good blog will get high rankings quickly regardless of where it is.
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