Am I breaking it? Should I break it? I think I'm at a crossroad...

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  1. Cre8tor profile image91
    Cre8torposted 10 years ago

    I've been a niche writer mostly since joining HP (home repair and such) and feel I've done rather well for myself having started with zero experience. For that I'm grateful and pleasantly surprised. However...

    ...I have other interests and though I don't plan on abandoning my home helper Hubs, I want to begin scratching other itches a bit more.

    I've seen a lot of talk on this but am curious....SHOULD I create another profile for "itch scratching"? I still plan to produce quality articles on these different subjects but they are in no way related to HVAC or my other "home" articles.

    I suppose I'd rather keep everything together but not if it's going to damage "Cre8tor".

    1. Cardisa profile image89
      Cardisaposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      You know if you start another account you would be starting from scratch, per se, and those hubs will take longer to get indexed.

      If you publish your new articles/niche (scratching the on your current account they will move up the ranks faster because this account is already established.

      Now it's up to you what you want to do. Weigh the pros and cons and see which is best for you. Are you willing to wait for the other account to mature? Or, do you want your new articles getting the required attention faster?

      1. Everyday Miracles profile image84
        Everyday Miraclesposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        I disagree. I have a niche account that's been open for less than two months which has already received about 82k visits. Google has been indexing the pages on that account within about five hours of me hitting "publish" and the hubs received traffic from SERPs in as little as one day.

        It's worked beautifully for me, and my hubs on this account don't get indexed any faster than my hubs on my newer accounts.

    2. Tolovaj profile image90
      Tolovajposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I was in the similar situation and tried both: adding some stuff to already existing and established account (not on HubPages, but it was similar platform) and creating special 'niche' accounts'. In my case two accounts presented MUCH better results, so this is the way I will do things in the future.
      Yes, it's true, you start from scratch, but 'fresh start' is fresh only few months and it opens whole new world of opportunities. Well, it's up to you.
      I hope this helps:)

    3. Everyday Miracles profile image84
      Everyday Miraclesposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I personally believe that you should go ahead and make another profile. I have several for niche topics and I'm most comfortable with that. This account has become an "old" catch all of topics that don't fit anywhere else on my other accounts. This is working *very* well for me.

      I'd say do that. Your followers follow you for what you're currently writing about, not for catch-all.

    4. Marisa Wright profile image85
      Marisa Wrightposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Cardisa is right.  However, there is one other factor to consider:  how many articles can you see yourself writing over the next year or two?

      When an account gets over about 200 Hubs, it gets harder to keep track of what needs revising, what's Featured or not, etc - especially if there's a rule change

      Last time there was a major rule change, HubPages gave Hubbers a deadline to get all the revisions done.  Hubbers who didn't get it done in time, had their whole account unpublished.  They did get republished once they had fixed up their Hubs, but you don't want to be in that position.

      So if you see yourself writing several hundred Hubs, it would be better to set up two accounts - one for your niche and one for your "itch".  That way if there is a rule change, you can focus on fixing your niche account so it stays published, and worry about rescuing your "itch" account later.

  2. Beth Eaglescliffe profile image92
    Beth Eaglescliffeposted 10 years ago

    I’m still a relative newbie, but I’m already seeing the quicker indexing effect that Cardisa mentions. I’m not a niche writer, I just write about whatever takes my interest, but the “being established” effect is definitely working for me.

  3. The Examiner-1 profile image61
    The Examiner-1posted 10 years ago

    It is up to you. The easiest way is just to have one account and spread out to try other areas. If you would rather go to the trouble of opening another account just to try something(s) new, then you can. Suppose it does not work out? The second acct. may go dead.

    Others have tried different forms of writing in one account and had no problem, perhaps even found out that they did better with something else. As I said at the beginning - it is up to you.

    1. CWanamaker profile image94
      CWanamakerposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I have multiple topics on one account and am doing very well.  I had two accounts in the past and my second one did go dead after some time. I also found it difficult to manage two accounts.  Eventually I closed it, updated the articles, and transferred them to this account.  All of my top performing articles are on totally different topics.

      1. The Examiner-1 profile image61
        The Examiner-1posted 10 years agoin reply to this

        Exactly. That is the point which I was trying to make. Also, when I read the post from cygnetbrown (directly below) I realized that Cre8tor would have to rewrite his profile and such.

  4. cygnetbrown profile image81
    cygnetbrownposted 10 years ago

    I prefer to keep everything on one account. My friends on Hubpages read all of my hubs so starting over doesn't make that much sense to me. Our hub accounts have groups that we can divide our hubs into various groups. For instance, lately I have been writing articles on vegetable gardening and have placed them into their own separate group. Hubpages friends that I have had for a long time know that it isn't what I always write, but they read it anyway. If I separated my account, I would have to connect with them all over again on the new account.

    I think that if I were to separate this niche into a separate Hubpages account, it would create more work, and I don't really see how it could really benefit me in the long run. I think it is just as easy to simply group my Hubs and keep a single account.

  5. SmartAndFun profile image93
    SmartAndFunposted 10 years ago

    Isn't it helpful with Google and other search engine traffic to have a url which specifiies what your articles are about? I have been toying with the idea of opening a new account on a niche topic, so that not only would the articles all be relevant to one another and give me more of an "expert" status, but the url (my HP account name) would be appropriate for that niche. I thought I read somewhere where this helps you climb up the SERPS. Anyone have any input on that aspect of it?

  6. NateB11 profile image88
    NateB11posted 10 years ago

    That is something I decided to do this month; use another account for a different purpose; the purpose being actually make it more search friendly in terms of titles and keywords. This account I'm using here to comment with is my original account and most of what I've written on it was before I had much knowledge of what is search-engine-friendly. I started learning more about what gets the attention of the search engine,so some of my articles on this account are decent in terms of that. But I decided to use another account to start from scratch so that the whole account has good search-friendly titles and keywords. Also, I wanted to explore other subjects and didn't want to add another one to this account. It's already "diverse" enough. My understanding is that it's better to stick to one subject or one style per account too. Although I've heard some success stories about people doing rather well with a mix of subjects.

  7. profile image0
    Beth37posted 10 years ago

    I don't think you should break it in case you want to use it again.

    1. Cre8tor profile image91
      Cre8torposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Oh well I wouldn't shut it down...sorry if I've misled anyone...just break it in respect to "niche" and "various".

      1. profile image0
        Beth37posted 10 years agoin reply to this

        Sorry, I misunderstood. Sometimes I just read the titles.

  8. Alphadogg16 profile image85
    Alphadogg16posted 10 years ago

    Being a niche writer myself, if I ever decided to write outside my niche I would definitely separate the two. Anything new takes time anyway, if you keep them on your HVAC account, there's really no way of knowing how well they are actually performing as you already have steady traffic. Is the traffic followers you already have that happen to click on he new hubs or is it attracting new traffic? But creating another account would be better in my opinion

  9. Cre8tor profile image91
    Cre8torposted 10 years ago

    Well y'all are no help at all! LOL

    I will have to think on this before I act. Some very good points from all of you.

    I don't want to manage 2 accounts but do have the "I want to be seen as an expert" mentality. This has me thinking, "Does someone lose faith (perhaps Google) in me as an HVAC expert because I just wrote a Flappy Bird or baseball coaching Hub?"

    I guess "niche" is one thing but mine are "how to" mostly and of course now I'm not just switching subjects but writing style as well.

    I just do quite well with the "Cre8tor" HVAC profile and content and don't want to jeopardize it. My view currently is "Cre8tor" does well so a new account wouldn't have as much emphasis on making money.

    Hmmm, I'll keep listening if you have any further thoughts on the matter but meanwhile will thank you all very much for chiming in. "Fresh eyes" are always nice to help with this kind of thing.

    1. Cardisa profile image89
      Cardisaposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I don't think Google will lose faith in you. I write on many different topics which do well all around. All my best hubs are from different categories which are health, entertainment, beauty, food and even humor.

      On the other hand maybe you should leave the HVAC account alone and create another for all the other stuff you want to write about, like a general purpose account. Just make sure to link your Google authorship to it so Google knows it's you.

    2. The Examiner-1 profile image61
      The Examiner-1posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Personally I would keep only one account and continue writing the HVAC content, plus test any other areas which you wish. Wait until see how you do in those areas. Then write in the ones in which you do best. If you want, you can delete Hubs which do poorly.
      Having the second account might be more problems. You would have to select another name, rewrite the profile, and everything else to take care of it. Your readers/followers would have to find two accounts to find your Hubs, and they may not find both.
      I would just stay with one if it was me. After all, I would not want to go through all that signing in again. Perhaps I am missing something, but I do not see how it would harm your 'Crea8tor' name/profile.

      1. Marisa Wright profile image85
        Marisa Wrightposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        That's not really an issue.  If Cre8tor has dedicated readers, it's because they're interested in his specialist subject, so they're likely to have no interest in his other articles anyway.  As for followers - they're other Hubbers, and therefore a very small proportion of his readership.  They will get to know about his second profile anyway.

        Bear in mind that the vast majority of visitors to HubPages don't care two hoots who the authors are.  It's like a newspaper or magazine - you may sometimes be conscious of the byline, but most of the time you're just reading the articles.  Take a look at any Hub - there is one tiny picture at the top of the page, and no links to other articles by that person, so there's no encouragement for a reader to engage with any particular Hubber.


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