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HubPages Green Flies

Updated on June 18, 2011

HubPages Green Flies

Coming hot on the heels of any successful web site must be truckloads of third-party sites scheming to cash in. HubPages rocks the Internet blogosphere, therefore numerous HubClone domains pop up like dandelions in the back yard of a homeowner who is too busy to pull weeds or spread a little herbicide on the weekends.

Like HubPages, these clones claim domain names encapsulating the word "hub" combined with "free", "traffic", "pages", "search", and probably "Oprah", because search engines love that stuff. HubPages.com generally provides the original content while the green flies repackage it for general consumption by search engines.

Take a few nanoseconds from your busy day: read onward to learn about just a few of the web site that have sprung up like mushrooms beneath the front porch of a place where they grow mushrooms in the back yard. Learn why HubPages represents a phenomenon wrapped in an enigma shrouded in mysteriousness. It's all good.

HubPagesFreeTraffic.com
HubPagesFreeTraffic.com

Into the HubPages rabbit hole we go. Our first stop bills itself as "HubPagesFreeTraffic.com". As we all know, hubs need traffic like Keith Olbermann needs mindless sycophants. To that end, this site offers truckloads of hits, boatloads of visits, and huge thimblefuls of loyal readers from guaranteed unique IP addresses. Or something like that. Resale rights to the online videos are also available, should expected hit counts not skyrocket appropriately. Videos and bonus features ring up the cash register to the tune of $48, but a 60 day money-back guarantee comes standard.

HubSearch.Net
HubSearch.Net

Continuing our voyage to the center of the HubPages universe, we briefly pause at HubSearch.Net. This site bills itself as "a simple, unofficial HubPages Search Engine." It looks like Google Lite. Instead of searching the entire Internet, we may limit our query to HubPages publications. Google ads pepper the search results: everyone has to make a buck somehow.

HubSearch.com
HubSearch.com

Keeping with our theme of sites called "HubSearch", we next visit a site called "HubSearch.Com." Unlike HubSearch.Net, this page provides only a plethora of advertising links that may or may not be HubPages related. Some folks in the Internet Biz use the term "squatter site". Indeed, a prominent message at the top of the home page proudly proclaims that the domain name is for sale.

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    • EllenGraeger profile image

      EllenGraeger 7 years ago from Madrid

      Welcome to the hubpages.com Empire !

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      Alison Graham 7 years ago from UK

      I heard immitation is the sincerest form of flattery but I think not in the cases you have mentioned here. Carrying on from drbj's comment, how about hubcaps.com for car accessory site? Thanks for a good read nicomp!

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      nicomp - A dating service could capitalize with Hubbysearch.com.

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      nicomp really 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @breakfastpop: you're welcome! Thanks for stopping by

      @SimeyC: More hub fodder, no doubt.

      @Tom Whitworth : I do believe Joe did launch his career that way!

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      nicomp,

      Didn't Joe the Internet millionaire get his start this way?

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      Simon Cook 7 years ago from NJ, USA

      You missed about a gazillion more!!! Well I guess if some of the search engines actually get us some traffic then it's a good thing!

    • breakfastpop profile image

      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      Thanks for the heads up!

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