Hubpages should acquire Infobarrel.com

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  1. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image96
    Wesman Todd Shawposted 15 months ago

    Infobarrel dot com has more or less been abandoned by its owners. They have made it apparent they don't care about the site by never checking in or saying much of anything to anyone.

    There are many bugs that aren't being attended to. There is no moderation of spam any more. The two guys who own it and used to run it are just 'out to lunch,' and have been for months.

    People are still publishing new material there, some of it quite good. I was publishing things there too, and last received payment in December. They are still sending out payments, but the earnings for the site are horribly low, despite the traffic not being especially awful.

    There is good content there to be had. The owners make everyone nervous about investing new work there. I'd love to see, if at all reasonable, Hubpages acquire the content in the same sort of way they did with Squiddo.

    Of course I have some small bit of self interest in all of this. But perhaps I should just rewrite my winning material from there to here and be done with the notion. Well, I just wanted to put the idea out there.

    1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image97
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 15 months agoin reply to this

      I think you'd be better off to take your best articles and rework them for HP.  That way they will have a chance to be moved up to the niche sites and thus, in the long run, make more money for you.

      Conversely, you could start your own website and place them there, but unless you are very good at blogging and have the time to do it, this may not be a good choice for you.

      I truly believe that the niche sites are the only hope writers here have to be able to continue to write and earn.

    2. NateB11 profile image92
      NateB11posted 15 months agoin reply to this

      I can't lie, the thought crossed my mind.

      1. NateB11 profile image92
        NateB11posted 15 months agoin reply to this

        Although, I have no vested interest it it, I took my articles off of there and had my account deleted awhile back.

        1. Barbara Kay profile image94
          Barbara Kayposted 15 months agoin reply to this

          I have asked them twice to delete mine and nothing has happened. I only have two articles there, so it doesn't matter that much. But I would like to move them here.

          1. NateB11 profile image92
            NateB11posted 15 months agoin reply to this

            I was surprised when they responded to me quickly because I'd seen on the forums there that people were having trouble communicating with them. Did you message admin from his profile? That's the way I recall doing it, messaging him from his profile or whatever internal messaging thing they have on the site; been awhile.

  2. Will Apse profile image92
    Will Apseposted 15 months ago

    I have a feeling that the eds are working at full capacity right now.

    I suppose it might be worth just dumping the whole site into the HP domain and using the pages as a resource for the niche sites going forward.

    One lesson to learn from Fred is that the old HP is never going to recover, so that approach might not be such a good thing for you in the short term.

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      vincent-johnposted 15 months agoin reply to this

      Hi friends help it I am posting to HubPages but I don't know about articles posting HubPages so if you have any sample/ dummy articles references provide me.

      Awaiting your positive response,

      1. theraggededge profile image99
        theraggededgeposted 15 months agoin reply to this

        HubPages isn't right for you, my friend. You must have a perfect grasp of English language to write here.

  3. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image96
    Wesman Todd Shawposted 15 months ago

    It is all just really sad. It isn't especially sad for me, I only have a few things there which do much, and I could probably create more attractive work here, as the formatting here is more aesthetically pleasing.

    There are Infobarrel people who've just always been there, and it is the only site they write for, and so some have a thousand articles, and they're still writing more, and no one seems to be attending to the place.

    Guess I should have a beer and think more happy thoughts, and do more productive things than feel the pain of others. I do worry the place will just disappear. I wouldn't like that.

    1. Jesse Drzal profile image98
      Jesse Drzalposted 15 months agoin reply to this

      Ever dabble with the daily 2 cents site Wesman?

      1. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image96
        Wesman Todd Shawposted 15 months agoin reply to this

        No I have not. I might well be interested though. I definitely do things which may not fit in well with what I do here. What is your experience there?

        1. Jesse Drzal profile image98
          Jesse Drzalposted 15 months agoin reply to this

          Haven't tried but I may dabble.

    2. Marisa Wright profile image97
      Marisa Wrightposted 15 months agoin reply to this

      It's unfortunate that some people put all their eggs in one basket on a site they don't own. It's an incredibly stupid thing to do, because life on the internet is so unpredictable - and I would be surprised if those folks on Infobarrel were unaware of the failure of Squidoo, Associated Content, etc etc.

      I would be surprised if HubPages took over Infobarrel, after the Squidoo debacle.  If you recall, although HP gained a great deal of new content, it didn't go down well with Google and many Hubbers lost traffic and income.  Overall I suspect it cost HubPages more money than it gained.

      1. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image96
        Wesman Todd Shawposted 15 months agoin reply to this

        Well I knew Hubpages acquired the Squid. I was off the internet entirely during that time. I didn't look at the web even once for about a year and a half. I did go buy beer every 28th day of the month though. smile

        1. NateB11 profile image92
          NateB11posted 15 months agoin reply to this

          Lol

  4. Glenn Stok profile image97
    Glenn Stokposted 15 months ago

    This is to be expected as I predicted in my hub I wrote about InfoBarrel seven months ago. They were so messed up they even left a bug that hid all articles from Google so nothing ever got into the SERPs. The stopped caring at least a year ago.

    1. Jean Bakula profile image98
      Jean Bakulaposted 15 months agoin reply to this

      I wrote articles for Infobarrel. It seemed nobody ever answered questions, or if I asked them to do something, they never did it. About a year ago I asked several times to have my account deleted (I had all my writing on a flash drive) and it took months and finally a big argument on Google + to get them to do it. Some annoying woman, can't recall her name, kept defending the site. I wasn't maligning it, I just wanted my work back.

      I never bothered to put much of it anywhere, except a few pieces became hubs here. I never looked back. There wasn't much time to write there, they made you read and score other people's work. Sometimes it was interesting, but usually the person was just correcting a typo, and we had to read both pieces, such a waste of time. Even if I had to correct a typo, it had to go through a long acceptance period again. It's a lot of extra trouble and I never made money there. HP is easier to navigate, and I've made money here, though I mostly just like to write.. It wouldn't be worth it for HP to get involved.

  5. Will Apse profile image92
    Will Apseposted 15 months ago

    I remember saying several years ago that the owners here seem they are half, hard-headed business people and half,  boy/girl scouts.

    This is a wonderful combination.

    If anyone can prevail, I reckon they will.

    Too drunk, for grammar, presently. Do your best with the commas, lol.

    1. Jesse Drzal profile image98
      Jesse Drzalposted 15 months agoin reply to this

      Commas work wonderfully to accentuate these things lol. Enjoy!

 
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