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Can I use my own domain but have HP host it?

  1. rider_tiger profile image88
    rider_tigerposted 19 months ago

    I see that they have a pet site and fashion stuff and such. I have my own domain and I would like to use it, but have Hub Pages host it as it is doing now. I don't think forwarding/masking will be a good option, because then it is still the hub pages, and not my specific domain. Would it work if they give me like some numbers like an NS number or something?
    Ideas?

    1. Marisa Wright profile image94
      Marisa Wrightposted 19 months agoin reply to this

      No that's not an option here. 

      When you write on HubPages, you are not writing a blog - you are just contributing articles to an online magazine.  People who visit HubPages don't even notice your profile!   

      If you want to use your own domain, Blogger is the best free place to do that.

      1. rider_tiger profile image88
        rider_tigerposted 19 months agoin reply to this

        Yeah, I meant that if I the blog is on my own domain, like the new pet domain they did, it might get out of the panda update and get more visitors or something. The hosting will still be done by HP, so I get the benefit of making money from the ads.

        1. Marisa Wright profile image94
          Marisa Wrightposted 19 months agoin reply to this

          HP is not in the business of hosting other people's websites, so they're not going to offer that service.

          They are currently creating separate sites for particular subjects, but they work exactly like HubPages except that they're on a particular subject.  Not at all the same as offering hosting to other people.

        2. relache profile image86
          relacheposted 19 months agoin reply to this

          If your current domain is under a Panda penalty moving the site to a new host won't help because that penalty is assigned by Google when they identify duplicated or low-quality content.  The new site would then also get a Panda penalty if the content was the same as the previous one.

          1. rider_tiger profile image88
            rider_tigerposted 19 months agoin reply to this

            No, HP is under Panda, not mine. If I move my stuff to my specific domain, it may help because it will then be a specific page.

            1. Marisa Wright profile image94
              Marisa Wrightposted 19 months agoin reply to this

              It could help to move your stuff to your own domain IF you specialise in a particular subject.  These days, small websites simply do not succeed if they don't specialise - so if you just took your existing Hubs and moved them to a blog or website, you'd get no readers. 

              If you want to move your content elsewhere and it's not all one topic, then your only option is to look at other content sites like DailyTwoCents or Tsu.   None of them make much money but they do have a reasonable amount of interaction with other writers.

            2. relache profile image86
              relacheposted 19 months agoin reply to this

              Writing about how to get abs or how to attract a woman are so heavily-identified as spam subjects at this point, you may find those pages perform equally no matter where they are published.

    2. Kylyssa profile image95
      Kylyssaposted 19 months agoin reply to this

      HubPages isn't a host; they are a content farm in the process of turning into a content mill. They don't offer that service.

    3. Will Apse profile image90
      Will Apseposted 19 months agoin reply to this

      I wouldn't rule this out. But I think they are struggling to follow the present path right now. Why not Email them?

      1. rider_tiger profile image88
        rider_tigerposted 19 months agoin reply to this

        Thank you for the first positive response.

        1. Will Apse profile image90
          Will Apseposted 19 months agoin reply to this

          This is what Marina Lazarevic said 4 weeks ago

          This is an idea (user-driven sites) we are already considering, among others! We appreciate the active support and feedback! Thanks, everyone.


          http://hubpages.com/forum/post/2795163

          1. Jesse Drzal profile image89
            Jesse Drzalposted 19 months agoin reply to this

            Good eye, Will. Interesting.

          2. Marisa Wright profile image94
            Marisa Wrightposted 19 months agoin reply to this

            But that is still not enabling individual Hubbers to create their own domain within HP. In fact it's a very very long way away from that!

            1. Will Apse profile image90
              Will Apseposted 19 months agoin reply to this

              Obviously it would not be a domain 'in HP' even if they decided to go ahead with the idea. It would be the user's domain with HP's CMS.

              How much link juice would HP be prepared to send? Who knows? I would guess none for new users, maybe some for HP accounts that have some kind of positive track record.

              But this is speculation based on a single statement from someone who was under a certain amount of pressure at the time.

              Marina might like to clarify what she meant...

              1. Marisa Wright profile image94
                Marisa Wrightposted 19 months agoin reply to this

                What I mean is, the proposal is still talking about NICHES, i.e. small sites on a single subject, not small sites by a single writer.

 
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