HubPages VS Associated Content: Which Site Is Better?
HubPages or Associated Content?
HubPages or Associated Content-- What’s the better site for free-lance writers to post their content on? I just completed a ‘head to head” test in January 2009 to try to find out. Will HubPages or Associated Content win? Read on for the gritty details!!
How I Compared HubPages and Associated Content: I’ve been an author on HubPages, the leading user generated content website, for four months, have posted just over 50 Hubs and my current rating is an “expert”. I am very familiar with the HubPages process, navigation and features.
I completed my head to head test of HubPages and Associated Content by writing and posting articles to both, in the same time frame and comparing experiences and results.
I wrote two original articles, “Top 5 Harley Davidson Valentine’s Day Gifts for Men” and “Harley Davidson Valentine’s Gifts For Women”. The articles were about the same length (1,500+ words), same content quality and had the same general themes.
The HubPages Experience:
I posted the “Harley Davidson Valentine’s Gifts For Women” article on HubPages. I wrote the article, posted it without publishing it, let the Hub score rise to about 65, then published it on January 1, 2009. I also tagged it on Digg and promoted it on one listing on Craiglist.
When I posted the article on HubPages, I was able to format the text, add photos and include a number of relevant Amazon ads. All of these items made the article more interesting and easy on the eyes.
Google Loved it! Within just a few days it was indexed on Google. After the HubPages article was posted for two weeks, it was the number four organic listing for the search string “Harley Davidson Valentine’s Day gifts”. When the word “women” was added to the string, it became number one on Google.
After two weeks the article had a Hub Score of 80 and had received just over 100 views or about 7 views per day. After a full month, the article had just over 260 views or about 9 views per day.
The Associated Content Experience:
Associated Content just launched a redesigned site January 1, 2009. The site has a new look, some new features and is easier to navigate.
Posting Options: When you post to Associated Content you’re given three options. 1) You can submit original, never published before content, request an up front payment and give AC exclusive rights and ownership to the content. 2) You can submit original, never published before content with no up front payment. Similar to Hub Pages, you can change the content at any time. 3) You can publish content you’ve published elsewhere.
For all three options, you also receive payments for every thousand page views or PPVs. This rate varies based on your Author rating and the content itself but is about $1.50 per thousand.
I decided to request an up front payment. I submitted the article "Top 5 Harley Davidson Valentine’s Day Gifts for Men" on January 4 and waited. About a week later they offered me an up front payment of $8.50. You can accept or decline the offer and I chose to accept it. Several days later on January 12, I got an email saying my content was published and my $8.50 was available from PayPal. So, the entire process from submission to being published took eight days.
A few days after my article was posted on Associated Content, Google had yet to index it and it only had 2 views. (I think both were my own!) After a full week, the article was finally indexed on Google (number one in its category) and had 47 views or about 6 per day. By the end of January, my Associated Content views were almost double my Hub Pages views- a total of 430 or close to 23 per day. Based on their PPV payment plan, 430 views equates to $0.65 in payments.
Formatting: Unlike Hub Pages, you can not format your content as it’s posted on AC. You basically submit the text and the article is posted in a standard Associated Content, newspaper like format. Readers can submit comments, but they are not in plain view. There are also no Amazon advertisement options.
If you request an up front payment and give AC exclusive rights, you can not make edits to your article once it’s posted. For the other two options, you can make edits any time.
I Want More Up Front! I was excited about getting the up front money and wanted more! AC has a section on their site called “calls for content” where they list articles, videos, photos and podcasts that they want submissions for. Some offer an up front payment, while most are just pay per thousand views. I “claimed” the article called “Budget Valentine’s Day Gifts For Your Husband” with a $3.00 up front payment. I submitted the article on January 11 and it was published on January 15.
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Which Site Won? HubPages OR Associated Content
From a "user experience" perspective and a reader’s perspective Hub Pages is the winner. You can publish content whenever you want and it’s available immediately – no waiting. Authors can format the content to look pretty and to meet their unique style- which makes it easier and more enjoyable for the Hub visitors to read.
However, HubPages has no “pay up front” option. With Associated Content I was able to make as much money on two articles with up front payments, as I do with Google Adsense in a 2 week period (based on 50ish articles). However, I did give up rights to these articles and can not change or publish them anywhere else.
Also, for this type of content after both articles were indexed by Google, the Associated Content article drove more views per day than the Hub Pages version.
Moving forward, I plan to use both article websites. I know as I build my HubPages library, my earnings with Adsense will continue to increase month over month. However, I think there’s an opportunity to make some quick money, on more commercial articles with Associated Content.