I was signed up for two months but have turned it off this month to see if there's much difference.
From what I can see Adsense has dropped since the Panda slap and the HP adverts are the only way we can get partial replacement of those lost funds. I think I'll be turning it back on at the end of the month.
There are plenty of people who aren't using the program!
The official advice is - it doesn't suit everyone, so try it and see. Once you've signed up, you can turn it on and off without losing access.
When you turn on the HP program, you'll lose some Adsense income - but add the two together and you should be better off. However, there are some people whose subjects don't work as well with the HP program, and they'll find themselves worse off. You can't know which camp you're in unless you try it.
I think it's fair to say that most have gained from the HP ads. The earnings are more consistent than with adsense and seem to be more impressions orientated, rather than clicks. I still get the occassional earning click from adsense too, however. I would try HP ads if I were you and turn them off if you don't like them.
Welcome back, cookingdiva! I noticed you were gone for a while. I thought you had lost interest in HP. Nice to see you back.
I was invited on the second wave on March 23, 2011 to join the HP Ad program. It's nice to see the extra money coming from Hubpages Ad program. My Adsense earnings seem not affected. Last month my combined earnings on HP Ads and Adsense almost doubled that of March. But this month, my HP Ads earnings are just half that of April to date. My Adsense earnings are at the highest they've ever been. So far, so good for me.
Since the HP Ad program is based on impressions, my HP Ads earnings is just 40-50 cents a day, based on my traffic. Not much but consistent. So the higher your traffic, the more you earn on HP Ads.
From what I have seen, Hubpages Ads program is a better alternative since it pays for views instead of pay-per-clicks.
However like Marisa Wright said, it's not for everyone and it is dependent on the subject of your hubs; think of it this way, if I write a hub about earthworms, how many Hubpages Ads Program advertisers will have related adds?
I turned it on for a week but it was too consistent for me, I prefer the spikes you get with Adsense, for example, Sunday, out of the blue, I had an earnings day where I made four times what I have been making daily on average
After my first payout, my AdSense seemed to be moving pretty quickly... and then I added the HP earning program and while that has been doing something, my AdSense is zzzzilch. And like an earlier poster said, I kind of miss the spikes.. the, "WHOA! Look how much I made TODAY!" So, I dunno...
And I haven't been reading much of the forums lately (or hubbed a lot recently) because I've been so busy... working two (and sometimes three) jobs, writing a second novel, lol.... so I am going to sound completely ignorant when I say this: Panda? What?
edited because I think I quoted the wrong reply. Oops.
@cookindiva: from an earlier meeting with HP staff, recipes need to be targeted, Example "Baking Portabella Mushrooms"- will probably not do too good but "Baking Portabella Mushrooms New York Style" will, this due to key words and being a niche (New York style).
As far as the information that was given by the HP staff hubs on: Savings, Investing, Technology, Recipes, and product reviews are at the top of the list for income producers. While hubs on poetry, fiction, romance, entertainment are not.
My niche is photography, which falls under entertainment, is doing a little bit above average but I have made it my point to write about photography topics that are seldom talked or written about which have brought several of my hubs to page 1 on Google with three of them being not only on page 1 but the first one.
Thanks, It makes sense. Photography is neat topics and it is good on page 1 or #1, I have not done much backlinking to make it there. I am bit laid back on backlinks so that does not help. I write about cookware and cooking recipes and have done a few gift type of hubs which I am revising according to new HP rules or take them out.
I ran a test with HP Ads versus Adsense and in 14 days I made about 7.00 more with Adsense than I did with HPads. So with me one is not really any better than the other. I plan to keep checking back over time and comparing.
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