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The Overcommercialization of Hubpage Articles.
Sure, make money but have fun, too.
Writing Hubs has to have the "FUN" factor
The title has a word with some heft to it! Yes, it should be two words, or hyphenated; I don't care, it sounds just fine as it is and says just what this humble scribe wanted it to say: that he is getting a wee bit antsy about hubs written about writing hubs, especially where the subject of affiliates occupies the whole text, yadderyadderyadder. Maybe it's because there is no little residual envy there on my part, tempered with genuine dislike of seeing slick vehicles - popular because of what they promise - written more for the writer's personal gain, although well hidden behind the clever, altruistic message, such as , "Do what I do and get your clicks up to high heaven, etc."
What generates the old askance is the fact these "how to" hubs literally groan with the author's own affiliate advertising, often overwhelming the text 2 to 1 or more; many, from Amazon mostly, are books on how to further make a bunch of buckaroos from the same old litany: "run your hub activities as a business." Then there is the comet's - tail of congratulatory comments by all the fish in the article writing game - as well as some that have been writing hubs for years. And the vast internet audience must be looking for this self-help advice as well, because this type of hub is proliferating, suggesting the authors must themselves be getting huge monthly payouts from Adsense, even though the majority of hubbers are counting the gain in pennies at the end of each month.
I, too, read these hubs, even occasionally bum-sucking! And have gained the odd nuggets of useful advice, too. The one stand-out piece of sagery was found on a video added by one of our top hubbers. The chick making the flick said, “You need to develop a NICHE, it’s no good having a hodgepodge of dozens of different subjects if you want to make serious money.” Huh!? I gazed forlornly at my lengthy list of 200 patchwork quilt articles. My pride dropped away replaced with no little dejection. “That’s me,” I said to self, “You have really fudged up; why didn’t you read this article and watch clips like this BEFORE you decided to write like someone who learned his craft in the Tower of Babel?” On further inspection of the titular alphabet-soup that was my hub list, I did see one sort of nichey picture emerging. That was insects and arachnids, etc. I seem to be one of the leading authorities on Hubpages with the crawlies and have received some useful and pleasing comments. One of my articles on the poisonous caterpillars of Brazil and the Amazon area has had close to 10,000 hits and still is at the top of the tree. (Lomonia). My fishy pieces on Giant Squid, etc., also do well. So if I wanted to develop this as a niche, I have the bare bones done. But just look on Google and see the literally millions of articles, some far more erudite than my own, on nature! So if I had known what I now know to be true, that one has to find a lesser-known niche to bring the clicks like hailstones, I would have left the spiders in their webs and the squidies in...their squidery, I suppose. I might have written on constipation; I am an expert in ridding the word’s sufferers, apart from one, of accumulated dung. Or perhaps w-----g, I am sure that would get some ardent, ahem, admirers. But these subjects, slave to them as I might be, don’t hold my attention, except for ten minutes of straining in the morning and another 3 minutes in front of a well-known video site at night a couple of times a year. (Google doesn’t like me mentioning it as they made clear recently by refusing to advertise on an article they though a little too risqué, not withstanding that they carry all this stuff themselves!...you might watch out for that, as you are developing your niche...now there‘s some advice you can use!)
But in writing about something I knew little about; had to research day and night; meanwhile yawning and suffering from shattering boredom...where’s the fun in that? Here’s the next bit of useless advice. Writing has to be - what is was for 15 years of reporting for me - FUN! Sometimes it was a slog, but as I usually only accepted work where I had my own column and minimal interference from two species of pond-slime know in the trade as copy, and managing, editors, I usually loved what I did and getting to know the host of interesting creatures, biped and otherwise, that came my way.
I find it surprising that not more hubbers are also employed journalists. Especially hacks who might be able to get permission to develop their “hot news” pieces into full articles on follow up for Hubpages. I suppose we have them, I just haven’t found them yet.
OK Let’s not drift off in the nether world of maybe’s and perhaps’s.
In conclusion, I just want to say that I have no intention in looking for, or developing a NICHE with no fun-factor, unless I get visited by a Martian or get a rare fulminating fungoid disease that enables me to publish, based on exclusive knowledge of something no-one else knows a thing about. Hoo hoo hoo, then watch them clicks come a‘ runnin’!