Writing HubPages Versus Ezine Articles

HubPages vs EzineArticles

There is no shortage of places on the web for both hobby writers and professional writers to publish their work. From building your own website from scratch, to the multiple places where your writing can be inserted into an existing page template, to places like HubPages, the variety is almost as vast.

While choice is a good thing, the different venues where writers can publish writing online provide vastly different experiences, rewards, and payments. Understanding these differences allows serious writers to focus their efforts in the right areas, and avoid those place that may provide no benefit at all to the writer.

Both HubPages and EzineArticles allow writers to publish articles on their websites about virtually any topic that a writer cares to write about. However, they offer a very different paradigm for doing so.

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Writing for HubPages

HubPages is a site that allows anyone to sign up for a HubPages account. The writer uses this account to publish their work online in the form of "Hubs." The definition of a Hub is nothing more than a very loosely defined format in which a writers words are published. However, while a published Hub looks like a freely constructed article, authors actually use various provided modules to structure their content without the need for directly using HTML or other coding.

The author may write as many Hubs as they see fit. It is possible to publish 1,000 hubs in a month if the writer so chooses. As soon as a Hub is completed, the author can immediately publish it. As soon as a Hub is published, it goes "live" and can be found by readers or indexed by search engines without any delay.

Each Hub is ranked via a computer algorithm as is each author. Theoretically, higher HubScores, denote better quality articles, while a higher HubRank denotes higher quality authors.

Writing for EzineArticles

EzineArticles, at ezinearticles.com, is another website that allows any writer to submit their content on virtually any topic with the exclusion of adult content and various illegal or otherwise restricted content. The author creates an account and submits articles via this account.

When the author submits an article, it is reviewed prior to publication to ensure that it meets the terms and conditions of EzineArticles and that the content meets a minimum level of quality. The author can submit up to 10 articles at which time their account is reviewed. The author can either be promoted to Platinum status in which case they can submit unlimited artilces, or the author can be moved on to another trial level which allows for the submission of 25 articles after which the author will again be evaluated for possible elevation to platinum level.

HubPages versus EzineArticles

Evaluating HubPages versus Ezines provides a lesson in contrasting models for online publishing websites.

HubPages does not review articles prior to publication. This means that there is the possibility of more "spam" or other "junk" articles being published. Since the web is an array of connections, the quality articles written by an author may be lumped together with lower quality articles. However, HubPages does police its site, so the proliferation of junk or link loaded articles can be checked, although there is no guarantee that such measures will be sufficient. However, pre-review of articles is no guarantee of quality either.

Although Ezines does review article prior to publication, the review is primarily a technical one, ensuring that the writer did not place more links than allowed within the article, and that those links are not placed too high or in the wrong manner. While grammatically awful articles are rejected, there are plenty of "worthless" articles published on Ezines as well. Serious writers need not worry about ever having an article rejected based on the quality of the writing, nor the topic. 

However, professional authors looking for an outlet for the things they want to write about without the oversight of another editor may find HubPages more appealing.

Within the Internet Marketing community and the SEO-SEM communities, links coming from EzineArticles are typically considered more valuable than links coming from HubPages, although no one has ever offered any evidence that it is true.

Earn Money HubPages Or Ezines?

Other than how one goes about publishing articles, the major difference between EzineArticles and HubPages is in how the two entities pay their writers.

Ezines offers its writer no monetary payment of any kind. The sum total of Ezine's compensation to its writers is the backlinks the author is allowed to include in their articles and their resource box. The value proposition EzineArticles offers is that the writer's work can be picked up and published on "thousands of websites" thus providing the author with numerous, supposedly quality backlinks. However, while the terms of service require that publishers keep the bio box intact, it seems that Ezines does little or nothing to police this. Many writers will find that while their article have been republished, their bio has not been left on the article. Even worse, many publishers also remove or re-direct any links that exist within the article.

In other words, the only value the author can actually count on from Ezines is in the backlinks that come from the EzinesArticles.com website itself.

HubPages offers a cash payment system via Google AdSense and other affiliate programs such as Amazon Associates. Thus, with HubPages, writers can earn money for writing online.

The HubPages monetization system works by having the author use their own Google AdSense account. HubPages then displays the writer's pages with Google Ads linked to their author's Google account. If the reader clicks an ad, the writer gets the credit for that click.

On 40% of page views, however, HubPages displays Google Ads which are linked to HubPages' AdSense account instead. This provides a 60/40 split of ad revenue with the author.

One nice feature of this paradigm is that the author does not depend upon HubPages for payment. Rather, since the author simply receives the benefit of displaying Google advertisements attached to their account, they are paid by Google and not by HubPages.

Which Is Better HubPages or EzineArticles?

For writers deciding which platform to use, or which platform to favor, the decision comes down to the author's goals.

For authors seeking more powerful backlinks, many insist that EzineArticles links are worth more. However, the writer will not be paid.

For authors seeking passive income, or another revenue stream, to supplement a writing career or freelance writing business, HubPages provides a payment system that allows writers to be paid for their work. However, neither site pays writers an upfront fee like writing for Demand Studios does, for example.

So, for money, use HubPages. For link power use EzineArticles.

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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

Very clear article, quite informative! Thank you so much for writing about the pros and cons of both sites. :)


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The Rope 6 years ago from SE US

Thank you for a great comparative article. It was very helpful.


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Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon

This was an excellent read and informative in an area I had previously known nothing about. I'm sure I'll stick with HubPages, but it was good to hear about the benefit of backlinks through EZines. Do you link to your HubPage articles from your EZine articles? Have you found that it helps increase traffic!

Thanks again!

Jane


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Hub Llama 6 years ago from Denver, CO Author

Ezine is rather stingy and strict with links. You can only have two "self-serving" links per article, so I typically link to my own websites from them.

With that being said, you could link them to your HubPages articles. More links = higher search ranking = higher traffic. How much higher would depend on the topic and other websites out there.


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bmtphoenix 6 years ago from Austin, TX

I've used both for a while now. Thing about HubPages and spam is that they do check up on things, even if it is after it's posted. EZA doesn't seem to care if things are spammy, as long as you follow their arbitrary guidelines.


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FduToit 6 years ago from Johannesburg, South Africa

Nice hub! In my opinion, the biggest problem with EZA is that it can them very long to approve an article, especially if you're a new author!


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Hub Llama 6 years ago from Denver, CO Author

FduToit,

Very true. The trick is to get your 10 articles (or whatever it is now) published ASAP. That way, you count as an established writer and they seem to get to you faster. (Maybe the approvers know that articles will take less time to look over.)


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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas

Excellent clearly written article that shows up the differences in writing for HubPages and Ezine. Thank you.


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sportyfunster 6 years ago from Canada

Excellent article on outlining the differences between the 2 sites. Thanks for the article.

Cheers


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FashionFame 6 years ago from California

Great hub. Very nicely written.


j davis 6 years ago

ezinearticles sucks! Their ridiculous and arbitrary editorial 'guidelines' make it impossible to submit some articles. They seem to make up the rules as they go along. I wish there was a better site. I can't understand why these idiots are so highly rated! If I wasn't forced to use ezine articles at work I would have nothing to do with them! ezine sucks!!


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Glenn Stok 6 years ago from Long Island, NY

This was a very clear description of the difference between EzineArticles and HubPages. Very useful hub. Thank you.


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David Harvey 6 years ago from Sydney Australia

Very good article and thanks for writing it. There is one thing that really goes against EzineArticles as far as I am concerned. It is the fact that they take several days to check and approve of your articles. They want to "encourage" you to become a paid writer, then you get reviewed and okayed within a few hours. I much prefer HubPages now.


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seekingaffair 6 years ago

I like to write hubs because it's free. And I like the hubbers also, this community. Thanks for the info about ezine. What about squidoo lens?


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Cy V 6 years ago

Very interesting. I'm a little more partial to E-Zine myself. The one thing about Hubpages that has always rubbed me the wrong way is the "score" you are given. This wouldn't really be a problem but there really is no way to know exactly how your score is calculated. That's frustrating.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

I use both, and both have their benefits and their drawbacks, still, again, if you build both you will see more money and mroe exposure.


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Cemil 6 years ago from Land Down Under

I would love to see some real stats on what kind of estate someone would need to build on Hubpages before you actually start making money? 100+ hubs, 500+ hubs, etc?

Alot of people say that they make money, get traffic, backlinks, etc but I always wonder if this is true...


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lillm 6 years ago from Berkeley, CA

This is great! I've been trying to learn all I can about EzineArticles, and this is definitely a great resource.


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Brooke Arene 6 years ago

Thanks for the clarity. I just signed up with hubpages and published my first article. I read somewhere that I am able to re-publish it on my own site, is this true?


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Tom_Radford 6 years ago from London

Great article. Saves me the bother of trying out Ezine ... I had a feeling it was a waste of time and you've kind of proved it to me. Thanks


Free Energy Technology 5 years ago

Thanks for this terrific hub. You've really laid out the differences between HubPages and Ezine articles very well. I've used both to get traffic in the past, and prefer to use a mix of traffic obtaining methods, but you're right...HubPages brings superior traffic. And that's what's important.


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anuragkanishk 5 years ago from India

Hubpages is 100 times better than EZA. EZA does not get traffic and money, while Hubpages do. It took me 45 days on EZA to approve article so i gave up.


TopUniverse 5 years ago

After complete reading of hub, it looks like EZA is better option for those who promotes affiliate products on their own blogs. Thanks for comparing and differentiating Hubpages Vs Ezine.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Hi Hub Llama,

Thank you for sharing this one too.I am bookmarking it so that I can refer back to it at any given time.

You are a great writer,

Take care.

Eiddwen.


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jeffwilks 5 years ago from Kansas City

I've been trying to figure out exactly what the advantages of each site are. Thanks for the hub, cleared it right up!


ngmsin 5 years ago

nice one


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Laura Ginn 5 years ago from UK

Hubpages is much more fun for me. I work full time as a professional author and this is where I come to relax. I used to post on Ezine but I found it just wasn't worth my time, great article though :)


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lovesleftovers 5 years ago from Texas

Great article! My advice would be to ditch the idea of submitting articles to Ezinearticles. They take FOREVER to approve an article and the habit of including the "want to get your articles approved quicker?" link to their premium subscription (which is costly) leads writers to believe they need to pay in order to get articles published. Ezinearticles actively encourages writers to recycle older articles and blog posts, making it ideal if you know you have a good article and wish to reuse it (something most other article directories don't allow). But the first time I submitted an article I had previously posted on my personal blog, Ezine suspended my account for plagiarizing and included a link to my own blog post. After contacting them several times, they apologized and restored the article to a "pending" status. Today I rec'd a mysterious email stating there is a problem with the same article but neglected to mention what that problem is. They suggested I email them to find out. Ridiculous. This has been going on for weeks with this one particular article. Interestingly, my original blog article rates number 6 on a Yahoo/Google search leading me to think this might be a SEO competition issue but I'm not sure. I have had exactly 2 articles published with EZA. I have several articles published on HubPages and several on Suite101 so I'm fairly confident it has nothing to do with my writing skills. In my opinion, submitting to Ezinearticles is not worth the time and effort.


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biblicaliving 5 years ago from U.S.A.

This Hub cleared up much of the "muck" that I have found while researching online publishing. I have also read articles comparing hub pages and squidoo. With everything that I have read, it appears that hub pages wins hands down.

-Thanks!


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legalese 5 years ago

After reading this I will likely not bother with Ezine.


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laidbacklady 5 years ago from Plumsted Township, NJ

Great hub, Hub Llama! Very informative. It taught me a lot and gave me more to think about. I am trying to find the best places to "write stuff" and I have sooooooo overdone the sign-ups that I feel twisted and contorted and overwhelmed. I recently had my very first article acceptance with Ezine Articles, which surprised me, but I was very pleased just the same. That said, I tend to think of all the good people here at HubPages more often than anyone else, so maybe I'm better off sticking with just HubPages for the majority of my writing with only an occassional submission to Ezine. Who knows? I guess I have a lot to think about. Well, again, thanks for the hub! Voted up, useful, awesome and interesting!


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selfdefenselesson 5 years ago

Exactly the situation I was in.

Started off with Ezine but what bugs me the most about ezine was the how long it took to approve an article.

That's why I like hubpages. It approves instantly and screens your hubpages for duplicate content quickly.

Plus as you stated, the ability to earn money on hubpages definitely gives it a little edge over ezine.


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WillSteinmetz 5 years ago

Very informative and absolutely useful hub. Thanks for sharing.


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rembrandz 5 years ago from Dubai Media City

Hi there Hub Lama

Thank you so much for sharing your insights. Your hub found me all the answers to the topic.


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Kiara Dearest 5 years ago

awesome my friend!


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Jaspals 4 years ago from India / Australia

Exellent writing with a lot of information about both sites, Hubpages as well Ezine


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alinamassy 4 years ago from India

Very interesting Hub thanks for sharing your information.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Very good information. I was writing for Ezine before I found HubPages. Writing for Ezine almost sounds like a waste of time now. I am so glad you did the comparison hub. Voted up and useful. Have a wonderful day! :)


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Kinda Hip 4 years ago

Great article. If I may say so, it seems like you went out of your way to sound balanced and fair. Something tells me that you have a strong opinion about EzineArticles, but were being diplomatic. Good idea.

I've been a member of the site for five years. And although I've not written consistently in that time, it has been enough to notice a distinct shift.

The best way to describe their approval process is this way I think. Have you ever had a boss, or some other superior that constantly rejected your ideas, or your reports, or anything you said? Then you reasonably asked for feedback or some written standards so you could improve, and all they would say is "You figure it out!" So you try again, to guess what their problem is. You get slapped back again. So you try a different tact, you ask others what your boss expects. Hopefully you make your changes and give it to him again.

Again you're rejected. Now you're hopeless, frustrated and wonder why you allow someone like that to get to you.

If that is the experience you are looking for, then EzineArticles is for you. One of the prior posters commented that their guidelines are arbitrary. Absolutely! If you get rejected, re-submit the same article and it may get approved. Read their guidelines and adhere to each, and you will still get rejected.

The most frustrating thing is, they send you a notice that you need to email them, to find out what the problem is. Of course you do, and of course they never answer it. Your article just sits there in Limbo Land.

I begged them once, to just give me a hint of what the problem was, because I was quite proud of this particular article. The article was proof read by three colleagues, it had been spell checked of course, and grammar checked. Now I am aware that software doesn't always do the job, so I also depended on humans for this feedback. No one could find a thing wrong with it. I submitted it 4 times, and could not get a reason why it was rejected, nor would they approve it.

Another interesting time, they rejected an article and actually sent a reason in the rejection email. I had a link with a two work keyword anchor text but had included a number next to it. It was 5 helpful tips or something. The rejection letter said the article was rejected for excessive anchor text, and then pointed out that articles under 500 words were "only" allowed 3 words in anchor text, and above 500 words were allowed 5. My article was 637 words so qualified on both counts. Yet they knocked it back after waiting a week, and extended the process another week.

Believe me I could go on. There are plenty more examples. However, there is no need to bore the intrepid readers of Hub Pages. It is safe to say that Hub Pages is a much friendly place, with more reasonable management. If you're serious about becoming a writer, or are one already, this is a much better place to practice your craft.

If am allowed to, I would also recommend WryteStuff as well. That place is great, a very supportive writing community.

Thanks for the article, it was a great read.


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Hub Llama 4 years ago from Denver, CO Author

I haven't had too much trouble with rejection problems. I haven't written too many for them though either. I just don't like the "feel" of the environment. Maybe I'd get used to it, but HubPages works, so I'll stick with it.


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richardghart 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

Thanks for the information. I was looking into payment accounts for ezinearticles and this was the most informitve thing I found on the web. I guess no they do not pay you but you pay them. It is alright though I will just keep using them for backlinks.


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IntroduceCroatia 4 years ago from Croatia

Pretty neat article.

Voted up.


Mushy 3 years ago

As a beginner, but an original writer, this info was pretty much useful for me! Thanks for analysing it all for us in one page and summarised lines :)

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