I have one Hub that was transferred from Squidoo. I never pursued Squidoo further than the one Lens because I've been burned by so many other online writing sites. I've been spending my time writing news articles, but I'm not passionate about news. I am passionate about research, writing and internet marketing. I have had my own site/blog in the past, but I lost my Amazon Associates Account. I have no desire to maintain my own site right now, but I would like to get back into writing on evergreen topics and utilizing the HubPages Amazon Program. So, any thoughts on the stability of HubPages? I already know the advice about not putting all my eggs in one basket, but my time is limited right now. If I choose to write for HubPages, I won't have time to write news articles. But I worry because so many other online content sites have shut down. Any thoughts or advice from longtime members? Thank you.
No writing site is guaranteed to survive. The only safe place to write is your own site! However, the fact that HubPages was prepared to invest in Squidoo - and in new servers - has to be encouraging.
HubPages doesn't want news articles - it wants "evergreen" articles (i.e. articles that don't date). Also, the social side of HubPages - while it's fun - is not necessary, so don't feel obliged to devote scarce time to it. It's possible to write articles and make money without ever reading or commenting on anyone else's Hubs, or participating in the forums. LiveWithRichard proved this recently by opening a second account where he didn't participate socially at all - and it's now more successful than his original account!
I'm just going to offer a thought. I used to write on Yahoo! Voices, which was a content site that shut down. I think that HubPages will last. That's just my thinking. It doesn't offer upfront payments, and it has higher standards. I don' think they will lose money off of this. The hubs are very visually appealing, so people will flock to it. They don't even pay by page view. It's all ad clicks, so they actually pay less than many other sites that pay by views or upfront payments. I don't think this will shut down, because it appears more sustainable to me.
I only wrote a couple for that site when it was still Associated Content, but I've been with a few other ones that either massively changed the payment structure or completely shut down. It's unnerving. I have been impressed with HubPages, so far, by the staff response and by the site itself. It was glitching some for me in the beginning but now seems to be working fine. I can see the potential if I build up a library of Hubs.
I'm a squid transfer too. I think Hubpages is much more stable than any writing site I've been on. It doesn't promise the moon. How much you make is up to your skill as a writer (of course SEO knowledge helps too). They give you guidelines all along the way and if your hub is substandard, there's a little warning or suggestion in the upper right hand box in order to keep all Hub content to a very high standard.
I've had a feeling about other sites I've started writing for that maybe they wouldn't stick around longterm. But I don't have that "feeling" with HubPages. I need to go through all of the learning tutorials. I'm sure once I start building a Hub, I'll get a feel for how it works. I'll probably just go with my gut that HubPages is stable and just keep in mind that nothing is promised.
HP is the only writing site left on the planet that is still worth your time.
Awesome reply. That's kind of the way I feel. Thanks.
I agree with Beaddoodler, the Hubpages is honest about their outlet they don't sugar code anything and they provide many Hubs on how to build your brand as a writer. They encourage writers to touch on subjects that interest them. I've been with the Hubpages for 3 years however I started writing more last year.I am pleased with the knowledge that the Hubpages provide through their helpful articles. This helps with stabilty and the great friendships based on people trying to help one another helps to build stability. Which I was not able to find on past sites that are no longer in business.
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