Being a HubPages writer who has been banned from Google Adsense, I would like to see some alternatives to the Earnings Program (which I cannot take part in), other than Amazon. I have not had much success with Amazon as I do not write on product-orientated issues. It would be great to have the opportunity to use tools such Kontera etc. instead of being forced to remove my hubs and place them on lower quality websites such as Triond or to write on more commercialized topics. Does anyone agree / have any suggestions?
The thing is.... we used to have Kontera. And it was used by very few Hubbers, did not perform very well, and made Hubs look a bit too spammy.
We also restricted the use of affiliate links on HubPages because we have found they are often abused and detract from the quality of Hubbers' work, which ultimately determines whether they'll see sustained success over the long run.
We're all for giving Hubbers more earning opportunities and I can absolutely confirm that various ideas are being tossed around, but I can also say that we're unlikely to see any new earnings streams roll out over the next four to six months (at least).
Sorry to not give a super encouraging answer, but rest assured we want to provide as many earnings opportunities as possible. We just won't do so at the expense of our site's health or quality.
Thank you for such a quick response! I understand how they may reduce the perceived quality of the site as a whole. However, would it not be feasible to run a revenue share system where HubPages hosts all of the adverts on our hubs and offered the writer a cut in the earnings rather than requiring Google accounts to place our ads in directly? Could there not be an alternative ad program, not requiring users to be affiliated with third party platforms? I believe sites such as Helium work on a similar basis.
In addition, could HubPages use Google Adsense for their portion of impressions, then allow users to use platforms such as Chikita on theirs? I've just been using Wizzley as someone below suggested and this concept seems to work there perfectly. It would be great to join that type revenue structure with the substantial amount of views I receive via HubPages.
We did have Kontera here at one point but it was pathetic - and most people who use it elsewhere find it's pretty poor everywhere.
I can't honestly see HP looking for other revenue streams because they have their own program which does pretty well. Why give themselves the extra work?
Probably because their program works only if you have an Adsesne account. But I love it so I'm not switching over to anything else.
I am all for any way that monetizes writing online but I can see where Hubpages may be a little stricter on what they use. The quality here is great. Have you considered affiliate mnarketing using your hubs.
The trouble is that Kontera would turn this into yet another low quality web site. The "related search" scam being featured here has already impacted badly on site quality in my opinion. Adding in yet another load of advertising junk might be final nail in the coffin.
Kontera was here a year or two ago, it neither earned much money for hubbers (I think I earned about $50 in a few months) but also had some people complaining about it - although I don't think it was mandatory so it didn't impact overall quality.
It didn't do that when we actually had it here before. It just didn't hardly make anyone money.
(Except me. I made about $100/month from Kontera off one of my sign-ups)
The last move on the revenue front was 8 weeks ago when HP added the 'Related Search' adsense ads (right side and bottom). The income from these ads is not shared with the authors who host the ad links on their hubs. Very Sad change of Policy!
You might want to write at Wizzley. They have several ways that writers who don't have adsense accounts can make money. Those include viglink and chitika.
Great, I've just published my first article on there and will be checking back in a few days to see the results.
Chitika has some of the lowest cpc earnings I have ever seen. Ads that would pay 50 cents per click on adsense won't earn 2 cents on chitika. I have a chitika account and the earnings are very little to non-existent.
The problems is that I earn nothing from HubPages, my hubs aren't commercially-orientated enough to be able to sell anything through Amazon. It's a tough situation, but I can't really keep publishing somewhere that makes me nothing.
Most people find that Amazon runs a very distance second to Adsense, unless they're writing what you call "commercial" Hubs - so frankly, I think you're right. There's not a lot of point in writing on HP because your earnings potential here is very limited.
Hello john.jackson! You could try to add links to Amazon books using keywords relating to the subjects that you write about. There are books written on just about every subject you can imagine, so I'm sure that you could easily plug some books on similar subjects using the Amazon ad widgets.
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