Hi all, I have a quick announcement today to let everyone know that the community Hub Hopper has been retired. You will no longer see the option to Hop some Hubs in your My Account page. We'd also like to offer a big thank you to all the helpful Hubbers who have Hopped Hubs over the years. Your willingness to work hard for the good of the community is deeply appreciated. Happy Hubbing!
Kenneth, there is a crowdsource labor site called Mechanical Turk. One of the work tasks there is you read and rate Hubpages articles and get paid a few bucks for your time as well. It basically works the same as the Hub hopper. You have to take a qualification test to do it and you only get one shot to pass it. Maybe give it a look.
You can easily make a ''few bucks'' over a reasonable amount of time. There are better tasks there. There are worse tasks there also. It does not work by articles either T2. You do a ''group'' of them and you get 50 cents for a hit or whatever it is now.
@Marisa, I would have a routine almost every two weeks. I would check my earnings and other outlets, then head to Hub Hopper and by reading several of the hubbers that I've never met or looked at their various topics, I learned a lot from this tool.
It is hard to find time to read all the good stuff on the niche sites, when we all write ourselves. And it's true we don't help each other financially. At least we can help each other and say hi through the forums.
Reading the responses, the comments suggest people miss it because they thought that by using it, they were helping other Hubbers somehow. I'd say the reason HubPages is removing it because it wasn't helpful, in fact, and therefore it was encouraging Hubbers to waste time on something that wasn't productive.
But Marisa, Didn't you think it was a quick way to see what people were writing about, and if it was an over saturated subject? Or just a way to read about others who wrote in your niches and be sure you weren't duplicating it? I didn't like the one where we had to play "English teacher."
@Kenneth, I know you were sincere in using the tool. What I'm saying is that you used it conscientiously because you believed it was helpful to other Hubbers. However HubPages obviously doesn't think it is as helpful as you thought it was, otherwise they would have kept it. So perhaps you were, without knowing it, not using your time as profitably as you could have been.
I liked the idea, but as I'm in the UK with a very narrow breadth of interests .... I was frustrated at a stream of US-focussed hubs that I had absolutely no awareness of, no interest in and, often, didn't even know what it was all about.... eg any US sports, US people, US politics, US TV programmes, US religion, US places. So I stopped even looking