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Hubpages Vs Your Own Website

Updated on March 25, 2012
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Hubpages is a website through which you can host your articles, reviews, blogs, pics, videos and much more, very much like you can do with your own site. However, it is not exactly the same as running your own website and this article weighs the pros and cons.


Can I Host Anything I Want On HubPages?

Although there are limitations to what you can do on HubPages, the limitations will probably not be relevant to most of you reading this. Most people looking to start a website, or open a HubPages account, is interested in sharing their articles, graphics, photos and videos. If you are one of these people, Hubpages is made for you!

But if you would like to go into the nuts and bolts of your computer, fiddle around with the innards of HTML or host a MMORPG, then you might find that HubPages is not your cup of tea. The following are some of the things that you can't do with your hub:

  • Run a Java, Javascript or PHP program. Actually, you can't run any kind of program on HubPages, and that also means no HTML tags and CSS.
  • Install any kind of program on the server.
  • Display your text in any other color other than black.
  • Perform fancy formatting. But you do have the basics like bolding, italics, underline, linking and tables, which are more than enough for displaying most types of content.


A Community Of Users

When you start a website, it stands alone. If you do no promotion, you will definitely get no visitors. Even the search engine spiders will stay away as they will have no way of knowing about you.

If you use blogging software like Wordpress to design your site, you might have a little more luck getting visitors as your post will be pinged and you should get a couple of visitors. But this will be immediately after each post, and it is likely to drop down to zero after the post.

Even when you start to actively promote your site, it is a long and hard road, and each and every visitor will be hard fought. It is more than likely that even after months of work, the number of your site's visitors may total less than one hundred per day once you stop your promotions.

When you start a hub on HubPages, you are automatically a part of the HubPages community. Of course, you are still going to have to work at promoting your hub, but you already have a ready community to interact with. And, if you are active in the HubPages community, or if you work at promoting your hub in other places on the web, HubPages will work at more actively promoting your hub within its community.

Your own website or your own hub within HubPages both require promotional work. But, for the same amount of work done, you will probably get much more visitors to your hubs than to your own website.


Search Engine Traffic

Search engine traffic are most sought after as these are the visitors that are looking for what you are selling. And as such, the competition for them is keen.

The page rank of your website is Google's determination of the importance of your site, with a page rank of zero being the lowest and ten being the highest. In the search engine results, all other things being equal, a site with a higher page rank will definitely feature higher than a site with a lower rank.

As a new site, you will not have a page rank. As time goes by, your site will get a page rank, probably starting at zero, and slowly increasing as you build more links to your site. After maybe a year, your site may get a page rank of three or four, which is not bad by most standards.

When you start a hub, your hub is associated with the HubPages domain, which has a page rank of 5. That is, without any promotion at all, your hub is automatically looked at by Google as pretty important, and should rank rather well with its associated keywords.


Hosting Cost

A HubPages account is free and you can start as many hubs as you want. But do take into account that they do "charge" by taking a percentage of your Google AdSense impressions.

With your own website, you will have to pay for the domain and the web hosting charges, which is very affordable these days. But every single visitor is yours and yours only.


Conclusion

As it is with everything in life, there is no definite answer. In general, a HubPages account gives you the advantage of a very easy way of starting a web presence, with a ready audience. However, there are limits to what you can do with a hub, and this might be critical for some webmasters.

My recommendation would be to have the best of both worlds. As a person new to the ways of the web, open a HubPages account and explore the world of online publishing, Internet business and Internet marketing. Once you get the hang of it, consider a website of your own for more flexibility while maintaining your presence on HubPages to support your website.

If you are a seasoned webmaster, HubPages would be a useful tool to use in support of your site. In addition, it is also very useful if there are niches that you would like to explore, but is not yet up for the work needed to set up a website for those niches. Just start up a few hubs for the niches, and only when you are ready, then you can start a website.

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    • wandererh profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lim 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      louromano - You're welcome. Hope it helped.

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      louromano 

      6 years ago

      I am very grateful to you for posting this message and describing your experience.

    • wandererh profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lim 

      7 years ago from Singapore

      wendy87 - Yep, if you know how to handle a Word document, Hubpages will be a clinch. :)

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      wendy87 

      7 years ago

      i think for person who is not technical should go for hubpages ,but best thing is that even it is great for technical persons who know how to create and manage own websites...:-)

    • wandererh profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lim 

      7 years ago from Singapore

      rahul8210 - You read my mind. And you can do it not only for your website, but for blogs, ebooks and newsletters as well.

      And I have to say that I'm very disappointed with my monthly AdSense earnings but I realize that this is a long term thing and I'm still hanging in there. :)

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      rahul8210 

      7 years ago

      what was your monthly Average earnings with your 112 Hubs

    • rahul8210 profile image

      rahul8210 

      7 years ago

      Explen in deteal about your Comment

      n idea that could work is that if you are thinking of starting a website, write the different articles for the site, and post it as hubs. Once you are ready, do a simple rewrite of your hubs, and you have your website. If your website comes to naught, your hubs would still be getting you traffic. :)

    • wandererh profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lim 

      7 years ago from Singapore

      Starting a website is getting to be easier nowadays but there is a good chance that at some point, you still need to go into the nuts and bolts. With HubPages, if there are and nuts and bolts that needs going into, you let HubPages do it.

      Yep, you're right. With HubPages, you just write, and forget about everything else. :)

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      Jenny 

      7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      I found your article to be very informative. I think Hubpages is great for people who are new in the world of writing and It is also good for people that aren't computer whizzes like myself.

    • wandererh profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lim 

      7 years ago from Singapore

      rahul singh - Well, since HubPages takes some of your impressions for AdSense, it would be fair to say that your own website would be better in terms of money. Of course, there are many other factors involved, so I think it is not that clearcut. I think the best choice would be to try both.

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      rahul singh 

      7 years ago

      Hubpages Vs Your Own Website...which is good in view of money

    • wandererh profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lim 

      7 years ago from Singapore

      bigocean - Me? A paid writer? I wish! I'm just a guy who writes when he has the time. :)

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      George Bogosian 

      7 years ago from New England

      wardererh,

      nice hub, thanks for the info. Are you a paid writer for hubpages? just wondering, I know they have some writers paid to write hubs. Thanks.

    • wandererh profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lim 

      7 years ago from Singapore

      Spirit Whisperer - Thanks! :)

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      Xavier Nathan 

      7 years ago from Isle of Man

      A very interesting and informative article.

      Thank you.

    • wandererh profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lim 

      8 years ago from Singapore

      Gold Coast Brad - I think what you mean is that you have limited control over how your content is displayed and advertised. You still retain the copyright of any content posted to HubPages.

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      Gold Coast Brad 

      8 years ago

      Great hub on hubpages V your own site. One thing people really need to consider is that your content on hubpages is not owned by you, so if you want to make sure you keep ownership of your content you should go with your own site.

    • wandererh profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lim 

      8 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks L.L. Woodard! :)

    • L.L. Woodard profile image

      L.L. Woodard 

      8 years ago from Oklahoma City

      Good information presented in easy-to-understand terms.

    • wandererh profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lim 

      8 years ago from Singapore

      bruzzbuzz - Yep, it's much easier getting traffic to your hub than to your website. :)

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      bruzzbuzz 

      8 years ago from Texas , USA

      I love Hubpages. My traffic is better here than Blogger or my own website. Thanks for an informative hub.

    • wandererh profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lim 

      8 years ago from Singapore

      Isn't that about the new feature called Hub Karma? As I understand, it's good to link to other hubs, whether it is your own hubs or other hubbers' hubs?

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      quicksand 

      8 years ago

      Well Wandererh, I do remember spotting the "two links" statement, but I also remember something to the effect that if the outbound links point to other hubs it would be beneficial.

      Although I am not quite certain I believe if I had not been convinced by this I would not have included links on my hubs pointing to other hub pages of mine.

      If I find the tutorial that refers to this issue I shall come back. So please keep your door open! :)

    • wandererh profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lim 

      8 years ago from Singapore

      quicksand - I looked back at where I got that idea from, and I think it came from here:

      https://hubpages.com/faq/#overly_promotional

      which states, among other things, that "including more than 2 links to any one domain" is considered overly promotional. That should be referring to a single hub.

      In addition, it also says that "linking repeatedly to the same site within a Hub or across many Hubs" is also considered overly promotional.

      Thanks for making me look it up. :)

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      quicksand 

      8 years ago

      I agree. Starting off with PR5 is indeed a head start. Thanks. :)

      PS

      Something is unclear to me. Did you mean that each hub should not contain more than three links pointing to other hubs?

    • wandererh profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lim 

      8 years ago from Singapore

      Hello, hello, - Well, Mrs Technology Hopeless, you have 380 hubs. That's pretty good for anybody, whether they are good with technology or not. :)

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      For Mrs Technology Hopeless the Hubpages are fabulous. People are very kind and helpful. Great hub and thank you for ponting out all the pros and cons.

    • wandererh profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lim 

      8 years ago from Singapore

      anglnwu - You got a new website? Good for you! And you really do need to work to get traffic. All the best for your new site. :)

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      anglnwu 

      8 years ago

      I agree i don't have to do much to see my articles listed in google searach with hubpages. I just started my own website and I must say it's an uphill task. Thanks for information.

    • wandererh profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lim 

      8 years ago from Singapore

      multimastery - When you build a website, it could be weeks or months of work, and you could have nothing to show at the end. At least, with HubPages, your hubs do get some traffic, and it's much less work to build a hub.

      An idea that could work is that if you are thinking of starting a website, write the different articles for the site, and post it as hubs. Once you are ready, do a simple rewrite of your hubs, and you have your website. If your website comes to naught, your hubs would still be getting you traffic. :)

      daydreamer13 - Thanks! :)

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      daydreamer13 

      8 years ago

      Well said and interesting.

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      multimastery 

      8 years ago

      Great hub wandererh. You describe the pros & cons of HubPages vs. Websites perfectly. This is the exact approach I take with HubPages. I find it to be very flexible, fun and of course highly favored by the search engines. I can experiment and tap into different niches that I may have never tried had I built my own website for it straight away. And then once I see that a niche is profitable, I have the option of continuing to write hubs on the subject, branch out and build a website about it, or do both!

    • wandererh profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lim 

      8 years ago from Singapore

      Mercredi - Couldn't have said it better myself. HubPages is really spoiling us in some respects, but it is still pretty hard work.

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      Mercredi 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for the great advise. Google definately sandboxes new websites so someone starting a site won't see a lot of traffic for a long time. Hubpages is certainly more conveniant in that respect.

    • wandererh profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lim 

      8 years ago from Singapore

      LoganG - This is just off the top of my head, but I believe that you are allowed to link up to three of your hubs to your website. If you link more than that, it will affect your hubscore. So, while you might be able to divert some traffic to your other sites, you would probably want to look at HubPages as much more than that.

      Jen's Solitude - You're making me blush. Thanks! :)

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      Jen's Solitude 

      8 years ago from Delaware

      As usuual you have presented great information. Webpages versus Hubpages is a question many wonder about. Thumbs up for this info.

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      LoganG 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Wandererh, have you found you've been able to divert some of your Hubpages traffic to any of your external websites? Right now I'm just starting out on Hubpages but I was curious about transitioning down the line.

    • wandererh profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lim 

      8 years ago from Singapore

      Seakay - HubPages does have very good advantages over a website. I started online with websites, but I'm spending most of my times on HubPages for now. :)

    • wandererh profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lim 

      8 years ago from Singapore

      suziecat7 - And it's really great for getting search engine traffic! :)

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      Seakay 

      8 years ago from Florida

      I have tried other avenues for my pages but am very comfortable with Huhpages for now. I also enjoy the community aspect of the site!

      Great write and info. Thank you!

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      suziecat7 

      8 years ago from Asheville, NC

      It's true, HubPages is a great place for learning and community. I love it here.

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