At the moment Squidoo is having a downturn so right now I'd say Hubpages. That can all change though.
For me, deciding which site is best is like trying to nail Jell-O to the wall. I started with Suite101 about five years ago, wrote a couple hundred articles and was happy with it until the First Big Panda hit - and practically wiped it off the map.
Then, on to Examiner.com. I was the Houston History Examiner, and it was also fun until one of the Pandas hit it. Today it is soooo filled with pop-ups that I don't see how anybody can read an article.
Squidoo? I thought it was a joke, but a more politically correct way of phrasing that would be: Squidoo's business model and my brain were never able to find any common ground.
I've tried Demand Studios, Associated Content, and eHow, giving each one at least a few months if not a year. None of them ever made more than a few dollars a month for me, some only a few pennies.
These days I have resigned myself to the fact that writing online content won't pay my mortgage or make any other significant contribution to my financial situation. Perhaps I don't write the 'right' stuff, or perhaps my writing skills are deficient, or perhaps (as Ewbie might say) the world just isn't ready for my particular brand of brilliance.
Hmmmm........yes.That is true.But I just can't decide which is better so I'm writing for both!Lol;)
Which site has the higher earning potential depends more on your chosen topics and skill as a writer, and whether you can determine which site is a better location for specific types of content.
When I was looking at Squidoo, I came to the conclusion that product reviews and discussing things to buy or crafts where you buy craft items seemed to work best. That's not the kind of writing I enjoy. I also don't care for their tiered payment structure where everyone earns but only the top tier gets most of the income.
HubPages isn't a huge earner by any means, but at least you have a level field when it comes to making some money. It also works much better for the kind of writing I do.
HP is absolutely the best game in town at the moment. Party on!
I say go with both and then you tell us which is the better earner. That's your best option until somebody that's done it for a while comments.
I don't write on Squidoo because I don't write the kinds of articles that will benefit from huge amounts of adverts added by me e.g. Amazon etc. I simply have little (actually zero) interest in writing the sales type articles that seem to be so popular on Squidoo. I do okay here, nothing life changing, but enough to justify the effort I put in each month (certainly a reasonable amount of pocket money to see me through two or three weeks). Whilst I don't always agree with the way the site changes are made and how they implemented, I will not leave here completely until my earnings drop to under a dollar or so a day.
Since late October, 2012, Squidoo.com traffic has nosedived from a high of 1,872,554 unique visitors per day to 622,878 – a decrease of 66.74%. Translate that to the equivalent drop in income.
Squidoo.com is being hit severely by inbound links falling off. Since late February, Squidoo has lost 16 million backlinks, which are links pointing to pages on the site. It lost one million backlinks just this week. (There are 400,000 articles on the site available for search engines to index.)
Not only that, but there is linkspam pointing to the site: 2,544,926 inbound links using ‘autism’ in the anchor text, over 7,000 using ‘buy calias’, over 2.5 million for ‘PPI claims advice’ which is Payment Protection Insurance exclusive to the UK, and on and on.
Further, Squidoo had literally tens of thousands of links to advertisers and affiliates that were followed links, in clear violation of Google Webmaster guidelines.
According to company announcements, Squidoo has received warnings from Google about the quality of its content and has made an effort within the past 30 days to clean up its act. That effort is not working. It is too little and far too late to clean up what has become a spammer's paradise, riddled with webspam content. Squidoo has slapped a NoFollow on EVERY outbound link, making it the only site on the entire Internet other than Wikipedia which doesn't reference any other site on the Web, not even YouTube, Google or Wikipedia. For two days, Squidoo even took the ridiculous step of NoFollow on internal links within its own site, not even recommending its own pages to search engines!
Every new article published on that site since the last public Google PageRank update shows a grey bar when it should show a 0 if the site were healthy. The next visible PageRank update (which has been ongoing behind the scenes since February 4th) is expected next week. I think this next update might very well be the Google Penguin algorithm at work that Google’s Matt Cutts warned on March 12 “will be one of the most talked-about updates of the year.”
The PageRank for the site is PR7 right now. Expect this to drastically change within the next seven days.
Just like the much ridiculed book by Squidoo founder Seth Godin, ' Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us', the tribe was running that website instead of a leader.
Wow! Thanks for posting all of that WriterFox. Those are some really interesting figures. It will also be interesting to see what changes they make over time, how long it takes the site to recover (if it ever does) and how individual accounts fare.
Both sites have similarities, and they also have marked differences. Different writers who use both sites also have different articles, varying experiences and different amounts of time involved on each site. Which one has the higher earning potential is extremely difficult to answer succinctly, due to too many factors.
The best approach is to write articles for both and after 18-24 months see how your experience for both sites pans out.
There are reasons to write on both and I have done so extensively. What Writer Fox has said is true and probably makes HubPages the place to write for at the current time; however, before March this was not the case and I'd say as far as earnings are concerned it was much easier at Squidoo.
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