Is it better to write for HubPages or Squidoo?
Recently, I've heard a lot about Squidoo being possibly better than HubPages in many aspects. Which do you think is better to write for if you're looking for traffic and earnings?
It's better to write for HubPages, Squidoo is harder to get approved and that you have to keep editing your lenses so it seems. I totally dropped off Squidoo because even with reading everything it was like I had to re vamp my lenses every week or something and that gets pretty annoying.I shouldn't have to sit there and edit my work every week, but it should be able to sit there and grow the way it's intended to with views and stuff.
I agree that you shouldn't have to edit them so often just to maintain their approval statuses. Articles should be allowed to grow on their own for some time at least, with maybe some editing from time to time. Thank you for your feedback nafretiti.
I'm a big fan of HubPages, and one reason is that my finished articles look clean and professional when I post them. I actually started a Squidoo account, and wrote a couple of articles, but they looked so messy with ads all over the place that the text was hard to follow. Although I know that some excellent HP writers also write for Squidoo, I think their HP articles are much more attractive and easier to read. As far as earnings go, my articles here have continued to get views even when I have "dry" times and I'm not able to post new material. In fact, in the past two months when I've been unable to write, my earnings have nearly doubled. I don't know if Squidoo writers could say the same.
Thank you for your feedback Stephanie. I've not tried Squidoo before, so I can't really make a comparison, but thanks for your insight into how Squidoo might be. I agree that HP's article presentation formats do seem neat, readable and easy to manage
I would agree to this. I tried to write on Squidoo but saw so many ads there and decided not to proceed. This is very true that articles look neat and clean and easy to read here on hub pages. I like the format here.
I believe you can get a little extra exposure by writing for Squidoo as well. A friend of mine here on Hubpages transferred a good amount of his writing from another site, to Squidoo. Some, as with my friend, seem to like Squidoo site a bit better, for varied reasons. I never personally tried Squidoo. You could say that like many out there. I am a creature of habit, and feel at home here on hubpages. Definitely a great way though, to gain additional online traffic, to your portfolio of current articles.
Thank you for your feedback Jlbowden. I've not tried Squidoo before too, but was considering moving all my articles there as well if it is truly better than HP, or I might consider distributing some of my articles there as well.
I recently moved many of my Squidoo lenses to my own hosted website after Squidoo "locked" my lenses for basically no legitimate reasons. I continue to write for HubPages because I like it and I'm more comfortable here.
Squidoo was faring better than HP traffic-wise for a long time, but got hit hard last Sept/Oct. Their traffic continues to fall, despite the management taking measures to clean the site up. Both sites were inside Quantcast's Top 100 ranked sites until a few months ago - HP has currently slipped to around 124, whilst Squidoo is at 197 today.
I never wrote for squidoo.I do not know the difference between both companies. I know that if you keep trying and finish your training. Eventually, you will get pay. Do not give up.
Hard to say-- both sites seem to be on a long gradual path of decline in page views, if you look at their respective Quantcast profiles. Hubpages is off 70% from its peak traffic traffic levels in early 2011; Squidoo is off a staggering 85% since its traffic peaked in the fall of 2012.
From my limited personal experience, I make more from my 4 lenses on Squidoo than I do from my 18 Hubs here. If your writing quality is high, your content genuinely "article like," and you understand how to drive traffic to your work through social media and outside sources, I really don't think it makes a lot of difference.
Thanks for your reply Denmarkguy. Yeah, I noticed the recent decline too. I guess you're right, it really depends on the quality and originality of the articles, but I admit I've not been using outside sources much to get traffic. Should work on that
I have never written for Squidoo because I am perfectly happy with HP. Great writing platform.
Thanks for your feedback the clean life. I've never written for Squidoo before too, but heard quite a few comments about it recently. Was considering moving some or all of my articles over there, but I wanted to hear what others have to say first.
I would say HubPages is currently better to write for. Squidoo's traffic is down a lot, even worse than HubPages. The payment system also differs substantially.. Here you can at least get some pennies for views, whereas on Squidoo you only earn some money when your article falls in the right tier namely either tier 1, 2 or 3. Many lensmasters' lenses were locked for poor quality content - some many years old and with thousands of views or falling in tier 1. When you transfer your articles to Squidoo, you may end up with no income on many (depending they generate enough traffic to get to the right tier eligible for payment) or getting your lenses locked.
I have seen complaints about Squidoo being a scam, ripoff, etc. and I have seen Hub Pages listed in the BBB. You do research and you decide if you want.
Thanks for your reply The Examiner-1. I've done my research, but like what you said, I've been confused by the conflicting opinions from two sides of the divide. Hence, I wanted to hear as well from those who might have tried both before.
Unfortunately I have not tried Squidoo or others. I applied to HubPages when it came up on a job search and have enjoyed working with them ever since.
I'd say it is better to write for HubPages as it is much easier to publish a hub and have it be featured than it is to publish a lens and have it not be deemed as WIP (work in progress).
I have tried to publish a few lenses on Squidoo and even though I seemed to have followed the standards/guidelines for creating a lens only one of them is actually deemed published. Other remain as WIP after I clicked to publish them. And even after tweaking them they remain as WIP. That is very frustrating for me. I can't quite figure out why they are not featured and so I gave up on Squidoo.
HubPages is much easier to work with. All my hubs are featured. They get traffic and help me earn. Never earned anything on Squidoo except nine cents that ended up going to charity because that's how my settings were set up. Had no idea that was even an option to have earnings go to charity.
Thanks for your feedback lovebuglena. From my experience, HP does approve your articles for featuring easily and quickly (within a few hours at average for me). Have never tried Squidoo before, but thanks for your insight into how Squidoo works.
Firstly squidoo is good for those who don't have an adsense account otherwise hubpages is better.
The only disadvantage of hubpages that i have experienced recently is that now you don't see same ranking of hubpages.com and your own article link like mysite.hubpages.com, earlier each of my article use to show an alexa ranking of 500 or so which is now fallen down to 12 lakhs. This is one reason we don't see too many daily page views and articles don't reach on first page of google search. It was better earlier about 2-3 months back.
Thanks for your feedback Rudra. We'll see how HP fixes this and if things improve from here.
You can't blame HubPages for the drop in traffic. Every article site out there is suffering the same fate. Google and their algorithm updates are to blame. HubPages will recover as long as we publish quality articles.
I like Hubpages better. Last year, I wrote a few articles for Squidoo. At first they earned well and now it is very little. It took me awhile to figure out over there how to use it.
At one time I would have told you to write at both places, but now it is harder to get an article approved at Squidoo and it makes little sense why they aren't. Two of mine came up as copied content and I had written them myself. Others have complained they got a message that they were thin content when they weren't. I'd stay away from there until things straighten out.
Hubpages have had traffic drops in the past. They've always figured it out, for me anyways and got the traffic back. If you are going to write anyplace else, I'd start my own website for now.
Regardless of traffic and other things, i personally feel that format of hubpages is better than Squidoo. However, i am anxious to know about bubblenew.com . Is anybody has any experience about it.
I got the same research for Bubblew as I said for Squidoo in my previous answer. I do not have experience with it because Hub Pages showed up for me on a legitimate job search and I have been with them ever since.
I think I found HubPages from a job site too...
I've not tried that before, nor have I heard of it before until now. But I would be glad to hear from anyone who has experience with it.
Now that I think about it just looking at the logo turns me off of Squidoo.
Thanks Examiner-1, i have recently joined bubble new facebook page and lots of writers there sharing their income, which was quite impressive. I am personally are among the witness of hubpages professional and legit attitude.
Yes, I believe that was the one which I read the T&C telling how they added and divided the earnings equally among everyone instead of doling out what you actually earned.
I think you have to be more specific. Afterall, what you write is "what you write" regardless of where it is published. From that point on, it is a function of the platform relative to ease of use, features, exposure, etc. On that basis, HP may be better for some folks while Squidoo is best for others. In terms of the financial rewards, I would venture a guess that both of them suck. ~WB
Yes, what you write is one thing but how it is protected - or used - is another.
Thanks for your reply Wayne. I'm basically looking for traffic, because I find that I've been getting more traffic to my writings in HP compared to my own blog. I think where it's published matters, just like where you place a shop to draw customers.
I have account on both the sites and i found out hubpages better in terms of usability and user freindly. I have heard that hubpages is better traffic wise.
Until Squidoo can get some consistency in their Lens filtering, I refuse to try and publish anything with them. I have had my lenses locked for reasons unknown. I say "unknown" because the response I got from Squidoo was a copy & paste answer from their new TOS rules. The problem I have with that is none of it related to my lenses. They were not promotional lenses, so the -"over-promotional" excuse didn't apply. They were not plagiarized, so that excuse didn't apply. I don't feel that they were sub-standard as I usually write at least 600 to 800 words per lens. At any rate, I won't be wasting my time with Squidoo any time soon.
When everybody was talking about Squidoo, I went and explored it. It's page layout, style etc did not appeal to me. I think there is a professional class in HP's presentation. Income comparisons are very difficult to judge and quantify.
Thanks for your opinion Rajan. I find HP's presentation format to be good too, very neat and easy to read.
I forget now if it was Squidoo or Bubblew but one of them under Terms&C just tallied up the earnings and divided equally among everyone. Each did not earn their own.
I checked it out when I first heard of it and hub pages. I really did not like the layout and thought it was too user unfriendly. That was a few years ago when I had a different account on HP. Plus the name is too weird for me-not really professional sounding,
For those of you that said the HubPages is better, you have been proved right. HubPages has absorbed Squidoo so the latter no longer exists.
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