Do any of you have multiple accounts on HubPages? If so, are you willing to share tips on how that best works, and whether it's been beneficial? Or the reasons you created more than one account? Thanks!
I have this account and two others, and the others each have only one Hub in them (and have been up for ages). I originally set up the other account because I hate most of my Hubs. The reason for that is I signed up here as a skimmed-time thing that would let me write "for me", rather than write about what some else has requested. I say "skimmed time" because I don't particularly have spare time (although for the last week I've had plenty - but I digress ).
But, because of the casual nature of most of Hubs, they don't meet my own standard for writing that I can feel good about. I'd delete them all, but I'm making money. So, my idea was to kind of abandon this user account (mostly) and start clean on a new one.
So, I set up the second account and wrote a Hub. I got feedback on it (positive and friendly feedback), but I kind of "know" the people who made the comments. Then, too, I got the whole "welcome to HubPages" stuff from HubPages. Since I didn't prefer to go on there and say, "Hey - it's me! Lisa HW", I felt uncomfortable about people being nice to me as if I were brand new on here. I couldn't really interact normally. So now my plan is to go ahead and write different stuff but not pretend to be someone else (which isn't exactly my original plan, but at least it offers me a different "image" on here).
I don't wrote on there, though; because I keep thinking that since I hate most of the Hubs I have, if I write one I like I should add it to "counteract" them. I don't write one I like, though, because there was a reason I signed up to write here - and it wasn't to write more professional looking material. It was to be able to write a little more freely.
In the meantime, there are Hubs I want and need to write but can't feel free to write them for privacy reasons (my own and others I know). One reason I hate the Hubs I now have is that they're the stuff I "sort of feel like writing", but they're not the stuff I really want or need to write.
So, I started yet a third account with the idea of being able to - once and for all - just write that stuff that I, personally, need to write and need to feel has been given some "air". Well, it turns out I can't even be that candid under a fake name.
In theory, more than one account that does fairly well (which would mean that has plenty of Hubs) could potentially result in different types of earnings (HP ads on one, Ad Sense only on the other, etc.), as well in different sources of earnings. BUT, the other side to that is that one, really well developed, subdomain can stand a far better chance of decent earnings than a bunch of inadequately developed ones that are new.
There are others who have said something similar. I think, for me, one reason I get the traffic and earnings that I do is often that some of those Hubs I hate are actually unique. I'm not sure that if I start putting "the standard Internet stuff" on a new account that it would at all do as well as I do with this one.
I gave Google all my "authorship information" with that second account, and my plan continues to be to write Hubs that aren't as "casual" on there. Problem: I can only put in so much time and effort on skimmed-time writing, because I can only do much "real-job" writing each day without running out of some steam. (One reason I'm in the forums so much is that a person can just forget about all formatting and whatever else, and have a casual discussion.) In any case, my second account (in all its "polished" and unmuddied clean-ness) remains abandoned.
I think if a person did HubPages as a full-time thing he could have the time and energy to devote to really developing multiple sub-domains and therefore see the results of that in earnings.
Then again, I know one thing: If I had written as many Hubs (whatever they are or aren't right now) as others who have been on here four years have written, I'd be making some fairly serious money (low thousands, probably) each month from volume alone. Four times the 300 or so Hubs that I now would most likely get me in that area. (I keep deleting the Hubs I hate most, so I've written about 360, I think, in the four years.) There's something to be said for an older subdomain. I don't happen to know how a new domain would be affected, probation-period-wise with Google, if the author had at least associated the new subdomain with the well established author and other subdomains.
Another consideration: If someone is going to put in x amount of time and effort into "really" developing a new subdomain, might it not be a better use of time to develop one's own site or blog instead (considering the "eggs-in-a-basket" factor). As a skimmed-time Hubber, I have only x amount of time and x percent mental energy when I do have that time in a fairly unpredictable week-to-week schedule; so there's a point where I think it isn't particularly useful for me to aim to develop more than this one, "weird-in-its-own-way" subdomain.
Lisa, Well said. That was a really good explanation of your situation, which covers it well for anyone with the same considerations. I am sure there might be a number of people with the same situation. I say that because I relate to your story. I also had notions of wanting to create another account just to write things that don't fit in with my present type of subjects.
I have things I want to write about that deal with people I know, stories that can help other people in similar situation. If I wrote it under my name, those who know me and also know whomever I write about, will make a connection. And that could be a privacy issue for the people involved.
So I thought about creating another account on HubPages. But then I thought it through, considering how I handle my daily affairs online. I like to keep HubPages open in a separate window all day as I work on my normal business. If I had two accounts, I could only be logged into one at a time. So I'd have to go back and forth.
That may seem like not much of a problem. But when I thought it trough some more, I realized what would happen when I get an email alert about a comment that I need to moderate. I'd click on it and it would bring me to that Hub. Problem is, I'm logged into the wrong account. See my point?
So after all this prerequisite thinking, I decided not to do it, and I continue with only one account on HubPages.
Being that you have more than one account, have you run into those issues I mentioned? Since I never did it, I don't know for sure if I am right about those potential problems. Would be nice to know for sure. Hey, you can write a Hub on the subject!
I've run into one problem with multiple accounts -- not here, but elsewhere -- and I'm curious whether it's a problem here.
Each account earns money which gets paid into Paypal. That transaction incurs a transaction fee... I think it's 2%, capped at a dollar. So, say I have three accounts each making $50; they pay $3 in transaction fees, whereas if they were all the same account, it'd just be $1.
Does that happen here, too?
I'm not positive, as I don't pay a paypal fee or earn from my multiple accounts.
However, you cannot combine multiple accounts into one; each must earn payout on it's own. From this I deduce you will receive multiple payments and that paypal will ding you multiple times.
I have another account for a separate niche that I am writing about that does not fit with my other writing.
I am sorry but I can only manage a one line explanation!
I have thought about this a lot. I have about three things I write - occasional sales, funnies and politics, and very short stories I suppose. Four things.
Those things don't sit well alongside each other. If someone is buying a toaster say, they might not want the recommendation of someone who appears to be a complete idiot. Likewise, if someone enjoyed my idiot persona, they might then think "oh he's just another toaster purveyor".
Thing is though. I just don't have time to manage multiple accounts.
So. I'd like to have multiple personas and be able to write for an hour or day in one vein, and then do other stuff - but I can't.
Since I write sales, social issues hubs and advice hubs it may be good to have another personality account to write stories on...
Thanks for the great answers - this tells me at least one thing - everyone else struggles with the same questions I've had. I write about many things, and I'm not sure how that will affect readership. Guess I should just keep on keepin' on. Maybe I'll explore the split personality thing at some point in the future.
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