Advantages of Writing on both HubPages and Your Own Blog
Why write on both HubPages and your own blog?
Many people do not bother to join HubPages because their own sites are already making them more money than they would on HubPages. However, if they want to increase their earnings, there are many advantages for them if they join HubPages and become active on HubPages.
Linking from your own blog to HubPages can help you earn more money on HubPages and linking from HubPages to your own blog can help your blog earn you more money.
It doesn't even have to be all that much time that people with their own blogs need to spend on HubPages to increase their entire online earnings. People spend ages on Facebook, enjoying the community of Facebook, but enjoying a community of like-minded individuals can also take place right here on HubPages, and whereas visitor activity on Facebook (like pageviews of what you write on Facebook) doesn't earn them anything on Facebook, on HubPages it can.
People who are good at Search Engine Optimization
I saw a reply to a question the other day, can't remember what question now, but that interesting reply said something along the lines that most people who are good with SEO (Search Engine Optimization) do not bother with HubPages because they are too busy making more money with their own sites.
I find this to be true, but also believe that if those people want to earn even more than they already are, that they should not neglect considering the benefits of being a member at HubPages, and using HubPages to increase their income.
Although people like to have their own sites where they can advertise what they like on their sites, position their ads where they want them to appear, link to as many other sites or webpages as they want to, and can keep 100% of their ad revenue, they can also make use of HubPages to increase their income.
So what if you don't earn much on HubPages?
When you're trying to increase your overall income, it doesn't matter if you don't earn much on HubPages if you also have a blog that you can use HubPages to send traffic to - and of course, using your blog to send some traffic to HubPages may mean that your HubPages earnings end up being not so little afterall.
You can also use your HubPages referral tracker code in the links you leave on your own blog, and if those who follow the links you have on your own blog sign up for Hubpages and write and add hubs to HubPages, you can earn a little from their efforts.
What would you write on both sites?
Although it may take a while before it's noticed by HubPages staff, and you may not necessarily risk having your HubPages account shut down completely, it's still not a good idea to use the exact same articles on both your own blog and on HubPages. Google and some other search engines will give preference to the one article over the other, and the one (maybe your own blog one) may even be pushed way down in search results. Google does not like duplicate content and neither should you. Google doesn't like it because Google tries to give their users a good user experience - they want the people searching the web to have a variety of good search results to choose from, and not find all results on page one of Google search results that lead to the same article no matter where it is published.
You have a greater chance of having two search results on page one of Google search results if they are two different articles related to the same topic, than if they were the exact same article on two different sites.
So, write unique articles wherever you publish them. This does not have to be too difficult - write on a topic you enjoy and know a little about, and publish it on either your own blog or HubPages, then write a related article and publish it on the other of the two places, and link the two to each other.
Publish on one place: A review of the Twilight Breaking Dawn movie; Publish on the other place: An article about the seizures some movie-goers experienced while watching the birth scene
Publish on one place: Different types of dog beds; Publish on the other place: How to get your dog used to his new dog bed
Publish on one place: The benefits of joining HubPages; Publish on the other place: A report of your HubPages earnings
If you're doing it back to front
People who first have their own sites and are already used to managing them, and then only join HubPages usually find it easier to get around and make good use of HubPages, but if you are a member at HubPages and don't yet have your own site (and want one) it doesn't have to be expensive or too difficult - there are even totally free options like getting and using a free Blogger blog, or if only domain and hosting are paid for, using a free WordPress (.org) theme.
How to give your own blog more exposure on HubPages
Be sure to have a good profile on HubPages - link to your own blog or blogs on your profile, but don't just link to your blogs, write some interesting facts about yourself on your HubPages profile too
Be active on HubPages in ways that may get more hubbers looking at your HubPages profile and clicking that link to your blog - answer questions about things that relate to the content on your own blog, participate in forum discussions about topics that relate to the content on your own blog, and comment on other hubs that relate to the content on your own blog.
Include preferably only one link to your own blog (or a page on your own blog) in your hubs - hubs that have content that relate to the same content of the page the link goes to.
Want to increase your income?
Consider writing for both your own blog and HubPages.