I am wondering if HP has any plans to branch out into publication (either print or e-book) for any of their niche sites. Allrecipes.com has a number of publications on Amazon and they also produce a periodical.
I'm not sure it would be practical. I think the challenge for HubPages would be working out how to pay Hubbers for Hubs that were used in those books. Since there would be no direct advertising income, the earnings from book sales would have to be split manually, and the staff cost would likely outweigh the profits!
Sites like Allrecipes don't have that problem because they don't pay their contributors.
Helium used to sell ebooks, but they also didn't pay their writers any of the proceeds from them.
I don't think I would be happy about that. I think if writers want to publish their own articles as e-books or articles hard copy books they should. There is something called copyright at stake here.
If you spread yourself thin, you will loose more readers, than gain. It is much better to concentrate on one thing, make it great, and keep the base growing. There is way too much clutter in this world, to add to it.
We don't have any plans to do ebooks or print today. We tend to focus more on the evolving technical landscape and how we can help you reach an audience through things like AMP or instant articles (AMP is in the 2017 plan).
If there was a significant opportunity for authors with alternative distribution, we would consider it. We just don't think it fits a broad enough set of authors today.
by Sarah Spradlin7 hours ago
I pretty much have the same amount of traffic everyday but last week 5 of my hubs were moved to niche sites and since then I've has less half the traffic as normal. What could cause that?
by L.M. Hosler3 weeks ago
How can we tell if our articles have been moved to the niche sites (I believe they are called)? I think I found at least 2 of my articles there but how do we know if they have been moved?
by Don Bobbitt21 months ago
Of course, HP is playing their cards close to their vest, and rightly so.But, from what I know about fracturing the HP family of writers into these so-called "Niche Sites" is a little like taking a cannon ball...
by Dr Mark2 weeks ago
Over 1/4 of my hubs have not been moved to a niche site. They do not have much traffic from Google, so it is not HPs fault that they have not been selected. There is nothing wrong with them, but they do not have...
by Sarah Spradlin4 weeks ago
About what percentage of your hubs have made it to a niche site?
by Scott Bateman14 months ago
I have been pleased with the audience and revenue for my articles on HubPages since joining the site some years ago.I commend the company for creating the successful niche sites at a time when similar sites were...
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