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6 Reasons Why Hubpages is better than Blogger

Updated on September 23, 2012

6 Reasons to use Hubpages

I am brand new to Hubpages. I just found this community and signed up last night. I used to be all about Blogger, and I’ve dabbled with Wordpress, but as you can see from item #3 below, that was extremely short lived. Even as a Newbie to Hubpages, I love it. I’ve compiled a list of 6 reasons why, without even knowing the ins and outs of the community, Hubpages is so much better than Blogger and Wordpress. I hope if you have been a member of the other communities you will agree, and if you are considering signing up for Hubpages this will help you with your decision.

1. Hubpages is not really a blog

There is a wide range of interesting and relevant information available on Hubpages. There are articles on everything from politics to personal finance to cooking and beyond. These types of articles are also readily available on Blogger and WordPress, however, the latter two websites are over-saturated with blogs about peoples families, pets, and vacations. Although I do think it is great that people can share these things in an online community if that is there choice, I am of the opinion that most people do not care about people’s families that they do not know. However, most people are interested in sharing ideas and perspectives on relevant social, political, economic, artistic, and informational topics. Hubpages is the place to go for these types of articles.

2. It is incredibly easy to find articles relevant to your interests

Articles on Hubpages are sorted by topic. Authors can tag their articles based on the relevant information contained in the article. Users can then go to the topics in which they are interested, and find relevant articles. I tried using Blogger for a long time before stumbling upon Hubpages. My biggest issue with it was that it was nearly impossible to find relevant articles. The most convenient way to search is to simply hit the “next blog” icon. This button randomly sends you to a new blog. It is supposed to send you to a blog that is similar to the one you started from, but this rarely happens. The other way to search is through bloggers interests on their profiles. These can be very misleading, and can often lead to frustration. I am interested in politics, so I decided to search for people with similar interests. The problem that I have found is that in general, people do not blog about the things that they have listed as interests. Too many times have I clicked on the blog of a person who lists politics and social issues as their interests; only to find a blog about comic books, children, or something equally unrelated.

3. It is easier to monetize

It is nice that blogger allows you to format your own Adsense ads. However, for those with minimal computer or design experience, it can be quite daunting to try to create a nice looking blog website with a few discreet, well placed ads. I’ve tried numerous times, and my blog always looked horrible. Hubpages has set templates in place, and although more ads are posted on my hubpages articles than were ever posted on my blogger page, I hardly notice them. Hubpages has perfected the art of placing numerous discreet ads on a single webpage. In addition, it is easier to get traffic to your hubpages articles because, as I said in # 2, it is easier for users to find articles which fit their interests. Wordpress is an entirely different animal. I signed up for Wordpress, and spent about 30 minutes on it until I realized that if you add Adsense or a similar program to your blog, Wordpress gets all of the profit. Now don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy writing for the sake of writing, but I would like the opportunity to get paid for whatever I publish, regardless of how small that opportunity is.

4. The are more ways to interact with the community

With Blogger, the only way to interact with the rest of the blogging community is to comment on blogs, or to get comments on your blogs. This would be easier if it were easy to find blogs that reflect your interests, but as I stated in point #2, this isn’t always the case. Fortunately, it is much easier at Hubpages. But in addition to that, there are numerous other ways to interact with fellow Hubsters! There is the “Answers” section, where you can ask any question about any subject and fellow Hubsters can reply with mini-hubs. This “Answers” section can also give Hubsters ideas for writing new Hubs. In addition to that, there is a forums section, which you can use for less “philosophical” debates, and interact with fellow Hubsters on a more direct level. Having these three different ways of interacting with fellow users greatly enhances the Hubpages experience.

5. You get more traffic

I am not sure if it is due to the community being more involved within Hubpages, or if Hubpages has better SEO, or if it is just because it is easier to find interesting articles, but like I said in my introduction, I have only been on hubpages for 1 day. So far, I have over 20 page views. I worked with blogger for months, searching for related blogs, commenting on the blogs of others, using social media to promote my blog, etc, and I don’t think I have 20 page views total. I truly believe that if I put even half the effort I put into Blogger into Hubpages, I can average about 100 page views a day. However, I plan on actually putting forth full effort into this awesome website and seeing where it can take me.

6. You can write about anything, anytime and have separate pages for everything

Yes, you can write about whatever you want on Blogger and Wordpress. However, if you want to write about a few completely unrelated topics with those websites, you have to set up a different blog for each topic. Then, your earliest posts will be hidden very far underneath your newer posts, and eventually placed into an archive folder, which makes it more difficult for readers to find. With Hubster, each article you write gets its own webpage. You can write about completely unrelated topics without having to create whole new blogs. This system keeps older articles fairly easy to find, and also ensures that you have multiple streams of revenue (the more pages you create, the more likely someone will view one of your pages). It is a win-win. But you are in luck if you do like grouping similar topics. Hubpages allows you to group your Hubs that are similar into sets, so they are easier for you to manage, and it is easier for your followers to find the cluster of articles that are relevant to their interests.

Please feel free to add your own reasons why Hubster is better than these other sites, especially if you are a Veteran user. I would love to learn more about the ins and outs of the system, and use it to its full capability.

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    • lukeuk profile image

      lukeuk 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great points you have made here, welcome to HP !

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      Susannah Birch 5 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia

      You can't write about anything here. If you look in the FAQ there are quite a few topics you can't write about.

      And blogger and wordpress allow you to keep 100% revenue. And you own the site, as opposed to Hubpages where you can easily be moderated for a variety of things.

      Personally I prefer to write on my own hosted websites using wordpress.org (I'm assuming you're using free Wordpress?)

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      I'd think wordpress was best - but I'm personally unwilling to pay in to monetize something.

      So I use free wordpress ....to backlink to sites like Hubpages, Info Barrel, and of course, Blogger.

      It's important to diversify and get your name out there, and to also not have all of your eggs in the Hubpages basket.

      All my best "eggs" are here, really, and that's because in essence, I agree with you - this is the single best publishing site on the web.

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      Susannah Birch 5 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia

      Wesman, with hosting it costs me about $10/month for as many websites as I want.... plus about $12 a year for each domain name. Easy to make back.

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      Elani-Lee 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Luke, thanks for the feedback and the welcome

      Wrylilt, I know you can't write about anything, there are limits to everything. I do agree that those aspects of blogger are better, but when you take into consideration the ease of finding information and the community, I think Hubpages is the best. I'm ok with the revenue sharing, because it gives Hubpages an incentive to make the community friendly or more open to sharing.

      I did use free wordpress, but like I said I didn't get very far due to the payment situation, so I'm not really familair with all the functionality there.

      Thank you all for sharing your insights and opinions, it is much appreciated.

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      Tony Fischer 5 years ago from Southeastern Michigan

      welcome to hubpages! Nice hub! Voted up!

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      Elani-Lee 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you Tony!

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      thesingernurse 5 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      Great ideas mentioned here. You are right. As for blogspot, setting up a blog on a certain niche or topic is one of the keys to establish your articles and to get more traffic on your site. Unlike here in Hubpages, you can write just about anything without worrying too much on the scope of readership that you are getting. Also, Hubpages can serve as your writing portfolio because this site encourages HUBBERS to create their own authentic and unique contents. It somehow brings your writing skills on a next level! :D

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      Elani-Lee 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks, I appreciate your input!! I agree that is one of the keys to blogspot, but I felt pretty trapped with that system. I want to be able to write about whatever I feel like at the moment, without having to worry about my niches and readership. This is why I like Hubbing!

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      Sp Greaney 5 years ago from Ireland

      Totally agree with your comments. All your points make since. Voted up.

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      Elani-Lee 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks a lot Sangre!

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      Amanda 4 years ago from Maryland

      Great article! I just published a review on the Blogger App, and now I'm jumping all around the hubs on the same topic :)

      I also like HP for the easy to use advertisement set up. You can narrow products down on amazon or eBay, by Blogger just kind of throws items at you.

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      Elani-Lee 3 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks WoodMc. I've never tried the blogger ap. I will check out your hub on it!

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      Amanda 3 years ago from Maryland

      No problem! I think it will be improving soon, as they will stop certain monetization on blogger!

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