I tried to email you some helpful information, but I don't see how I can. Not to shameless self promote, but I just wrote an article that might be helpful. I don't want you to give up on hubpages. However, hubpages is not the right way to drive traffic to your website. It just not built that way. However, there is one such website that is free and is designed as a self marketing tool to increase your traffic, to your website.
Why do you say that? I'm sure you've heard of "article marketing", which means writing articles which include links to your websites. HubPages is a great place to do that, because you can promote your websites AND earn money on the articles at the same time. The links are do follow,too.
I like the fact that Hubs get ranked well without having to do too much promotion.
I feel the need to a website so you can have control of earning money in a way. You can't rely too much from one source, Hubpages for example, because what if this site closes down or one day decides to stop revenue sharing program.
You need one or more sites of your own to have total control.
I try to make one small niche blog per week, and do a few backlink building to push it to first page of Google. It might not hit number one spot, but as long as it is on first page, I'll move on to the next small niche blog. The profit continues to rise gradually.
I have my own site for my business. But I don't promote it on HP other than noting it in my profile. I also have a site for promoting two books I published. I write articles related to my business on my business site and I use HP to write about everything else (mostly personal inspirations about life).
If you have read any of my hubs you will see that I promote my own websites and everything else I can get my hands on. You need a website to sell affiliate products as well as generate an income with advertisement clicks.
I have become so heavily involved in my own sites I have purchased software to automate the whole process. It has been a very good choice for me as I save tons of time now and seem to be getting some very good results for little effort.
I think your own site is a must. I know there is a market for sites because I wrote a hub on me building a wordpress site for anyone who wants one. The response was quite overwhelming. It seems everyone wants their own site.
And for those wondering ... making money on your site entails finding a niche that not too many others are writing about (and is profitable) and kicking out many articles while keeping them entertaining and full of information.
SEO also plays a big roll in all of this as you can't hope to profit from your own site unless you are promoting something others take an interest in.
I am looking at getting a website next thing. There seems to be tons of info - too much really, I am left with the same questions I started with! 1. Do I need to pay for domain etc - or can I get it free and is this ok for commercial site? 2. Do I need to buy web making software to make a good site?
Any advice with specific places to go would be welcome
It tells you how I went about asking / answering the same questions, generally.
I've looked at the free sites of various friends, and I don't like them. Pop up ads are annoying, etc. But the price of a paid-for site is relatively low, depending. All of the paid-for sites have instant site builders for you to use that is SUPPOSED to make the process easy. For me, it hasn't been a no-brainer, but I can't call it "really hard," either.
No. It's a page within a site -- and that site is not YOUR site; it belongs to HubPages.
Your OWN site is something that will be set up in the DOMAIN name of your choice (as available). You are its master. Here on HP, we are just pawns in the HP game (which should not be read as a negative). HP has the control, etc. but they DO rely on us to keep their site relevant and profitable.
I own over a dozen sites, half of which are blogs, one is an article directory. 5 of my sites are affiliate sites which I promote using PPC campaigns (not something a beginner should try because it can be very costly)which usually return me a profit.
I am working on starting my own blog. I've got a quite a few articles written already. I'm looking into hosting (paid vs free) and wordpress and all that now.
I'm on the road though, so don't always have good internet connections or time to go online. I don't know if I would be able to keep regular posting up. Think I might wait a couple more months, until I'm settled down in one place, in my own apartment again...
Ow, and I have another question. Isn't there a limit to how many times you are allowed to link to one domain from hubpages? I think I read that somewhere, but i couldn't find where it wasm when I looked for it the other day. So would that mean you can write onlyy 2 hubs to link to your site?
So there is quite a few of us who have websites. I do promote HubPages on my website. I hope I can drive traffic from my site to my hp profile. I also backlink alot to my many different hubs. Any other advice someone could share with us?
Creating hubs on Hubpages is a great way to market test topics and targets. By studying the hub traffic statistics and Google Analytics statistics of hubs that begin to earn money (and the ways in which traffic is being driven) you can determine which would be profitable as their own sites.
Converting the topic to a free blog at that point has a couple of benefits:
1. It allows you to retain 100% of the monetization on the blog 2. You can backlink to the blog from your hub to help blog rank 3. Both the hub and the blog have ongoing earning potential
I have at least one that I know of . . . at one point between my boss and a friend I had three. I have not done much with my current website yet because of HP-lol! THAT is going to change! I also have a column of my own on another website which I need to get back to doing as well.
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