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The Pros And Cons Of Writing For Or Leaving HubPages
I have been upset with this website many times and in those moments I have pondered leaving Hubpages. I have several blogs and a website ready to publish my articles. However, this is not an easy decision, especially when your primary reason for writing and publishing online is to make an income.
My primary reason for writing is because I love it, but, my primary reason for enduring all that I have done on the internet is to make a name for myself as writer. This include making an income from the one thing I have ever seen myself doing for eternity.
I have been with Hubpages for three years and in that time, I believe, I have gained enough experience with the site to be able to tell you the pros and cons of staying here and what it would mean for you if you should take your hubs and go.
If you are thinking about leaving Hubpages, please read this first.
The pros and cons of writing for Hubpages
The fact is you aren’t really writing for Hubpages, you are writing for yourself and Hubpages offers you a home for your own articles. But saying you are writing for HP sounds good so we’ll use that.
- Your income is determined by the amount of traffic to your pages. This calculation is determined by the amount of money advertisers are willing to pay per impression.
- Your freedom to publish whatever you wish is restricted mostly by Adsense policies and guidelines.
- You must pass through what is called a Bootcamp before your hubs are published automatically (This is for new members only).
- Your hubs must pass through a Quality Assessment Process (QAP) before being featured or being allowed to be indexed by search engines.
- You must have at least 20 quality articles before being considered for Adsense. So your first couple dozen hubs will not earn you anything unless (a) you already have an Adsense account prior to signing up with HP, (b) you are lucky and Adsense approves you quickly, (c) you are already an Amazon or eBay affiliate and you can make money by product sales.
Are you thinking of leaving HP?
- You get a free subdomain which is similar to you having your website on which to publish your own articles.
- You are free to publish whatever you choose so long as they are within the guidelines.
- You can publish how often you choose if any at all.
- You are a part of a community that is friendly and willing to help if you need it.
- You earn an income from your articles and stories so long as you are signed up with Adsense.
- You also get a chance to earn from affiliate sales through Amazon and eBay.
- There are occasional contest which allows you to earn extra cash.
- HP is one of the very few remaining articles sites that have not been severely penalized by Google. Quite a number of other websites have closed their doors including Squidoo and Helium.
- You don’t have to worry about the maintenance of the backend of a website. No coding or paying for your hosting. You are not responsible for the engineering and designing of the website. All you do is write and publish, HP takes care of the rest.
- Hubpages is highly ranked in Google search and is an established platform for writers. This means it's easier to get noticed here than anywhere else.
In general, writing and publishing your articles on Hubpages has its advantages and disadvantages. It is up to you how well you do here and how long you stay.
My advice is that you learn as much as you can about the website and about publishing online so that you can make money and do well.
But, just in case you aren’t happy you have choices.
- Your articles will take much longer to rank in Google since you are basically starting fresh. HP is a high ranked website that is already established so your articles will rank faster than if you should go out on your own.
- You lose income that you already started to make and it will take a very long time to make anywhere near what you make with HP.
- You have to maintain your own blog and website and this takes a lot of time and effort
- To rank well with an article website you need your own domain and that takes investment
- Most established affiliate programs will not sign you up with a new website (like eBay)
- Google is clamping down on websites that are not niche sites so it’s hard to get recognition for articles that are in a variety of topics. A Marisa mentioned Google doesn't know how to classify blog on a variety of subjects so you won't be indexed easily. Google prefers niche sites and blogs!
- It’s harder to know when your work is stolen without the support of the HP community or its built in plagiarism checker, unless you have the resources to invest in your own plagiarism software.
- You are virtually on your own when things go wrong. There is no HP team or community members to turn to.
- Burning your HP bridges mean you bear all the responsibilities for you articles/website from now on.
- You must abide by the rules of your advertisers or risk losing your accounts.
The Pros and Cons of taking your hubs and leaving
If you do decide to leave Hubpages there are things to consider first. You must decide what to do with your articles. Are you leaving the online community completely or do you want to publish elsewhere?
These are questions you must answer before deleting your hubs. The choice is yours but you must consider your best options first.
Pros – should you publish on your own website or blog
- Almost total control over your articles should you publish them on your own domain or blog (Of course you give up some control if you are using ads in your articles).
- No forum and site rules to follow.
- Your adsense earnings are all your own – no adshare.
- Publish whatever you like whenever you like – no QAP.
- No Bootcamp.
- Use other advertisers other than Adsense.
- Use of other affiliate programs other than Amazon and eBay.
- Choose your own layout for your website or blog.
- Get paid via other means, other than Paypal, through your affiliate programs or advertisers.
Pros – should you publish on another article website
- Can’t think of the pros since most of them are now closing and HP offers one of the best adshare payments.
- Any other article site you find better than HP, please let me know. A lot of people had moved their articles from HP to Squidoo (left HP venting their frustrations). Where are they now? Right back at Hubpages....irony I think.
As mentioned before, leaving HP is not an easy decision. You have to be prepared to take on the responsibility of managing your own website or blog. For a successful website/blog it takes a lot of work and you need to make sure your website is aesthetically pleasing to the reader or they will click away.
You must weigh the pros and cons before you click the delete button.
I was all ready to send my articles to my own website when something drastic happened and my new website went down. I tried to rebuild it but I just couldn’t find the strength again. I may decide to leave one day but for now, the money I get each month helps to pay my internet bill and buy my dog food. I have just enough left over that I can buy lunch at least once per month so I have a reason to stay.
During the past year my HP income has been cut in half when Google rolled out one of their updates and the advertising fees dropped. My traffic plunged but with patience I noticed the traffic picking up again.
I have also been plagued by thieves but I realized that if I move my hubs when they are stolen I may lose them forever, so that too have kept me here. I would rather fight the thieves and stay than leave and lose my articles. There is no way I can prove the hubs are mine if I delete them now, so it’s HP for me until I can figure out a better way.
I hope you think about the consequences of deleting your hubs and be prepared to live with them. Good luck with your decision.
People search for subjects not titles— Carolee Samuda
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