When I first came to HubPages it was because I was very involved in a specific community and my plan was to write for this specific niche market. Now that I'm here though I've contemplated branching out into a different niche that is associated with my job. How many of you use the same account to write for two different audiences? Is it better to get a second account for the second audience?
I do both. My main site is all about one niche. I like to keep that topic "pure", even though I now know it doesn't matter due to the recent move to niche sites. My second site is my fun site. I write about what interests me. It doesn't make much money, but every single article has been moved to niche sites, which means my hubs wind up "niched" anyhow! I only recently started writing more serious articles on the second site, so views are growing.
As for income, I use only adsense for both sites, so I don't have to reach "payout" on the second one. Any ads that earn go towards my total monthly Adsense income! Every 3 months I switch back to the HP program for that one account to make sure it stays active. By doing this, I pick up some money and eventually reach payout once in awhile there, too.
Back when we had subdomains (I do not know if these were still around when you first signed up) it made sense to write only articles on a specific niche since Google viewed each subdomain as a separate entity. Now it does not appear to matter to the traffic that Google sends your way.
I usually only write things that are going on Pethelpful because that is what I am interested in. If I chose to write about Brazilian recipes, though, (or for any non-pet related subject) I would use this account.
Seems like the people they feature and the ones receiving substantial earnings have a specific niche.
No, you don't need to specialise. That's the great advantage of writing on HubPages. It's why we happily share our earnings here, when we could be collecting 100% of the income from our own website or blog.
Nowadays, for a blog or website to be successful, it MUST specialise in one particular subject. So if you were writing on your own blog, you would have to choose a niche. On HubPages, you don't have to choose, because HubPages has created niche sites and we can contribute to each of them.
It's true HubPages tends to feature people who write on one niche, but that's misleading. HubPages used to be set up differently, so we each had a separate sub-domain (a mini-website) - so in those days, specialising in one niche did give an advantage. The Hubbers who get featured have usually been here for a long time, and built up their portfolio in that era.
With the ability for us to write up to 25 different Bio's and the advent of the Niche sites I believe that it is not necessary to have more than One account.
The problem with having more than one account arises on the Monetizing side, where each account would have to reach payout on it's own merits.
I think it is much better to specialize as then you have a good grasp of your audience and you establish your authority in that niche. Personally, I don't do it because I have many interests and enjoy writing on different topics or whatever I enjoy.
I don't specialise- to even one or two audiences. I have managed to make it to 6 different niche sites.
I'm trying to keep an eye on what articles do well and pick up traffic because then I will probably write more along similar lines, but I don't think I will ever stick to one topic.
If I was you I would just try writing about your second topic on your current account and see how it goes?
Daydreams, your experience is a very good example of why it's better NOT to specialise in one niche.
If you write on multiple subjects, it means your Hubs are spread across all the niche sites. Some niche sites will be more successful than others. Some may suffer a setback when another is doing well, and vice versa. If your articles are spread over them all, you have a buffer. If all your articles are on just one of the niche sites, you've got all your eggs in one basket.
That is a great point, and maybe the best reason for Alice Marlowe to write on another niche. Some time back Google decided that the hubs on one niche site did not meet their YMYL requirements and all of them lost their page ranking overnight. The other niche sites were not affected, so if an author had articles on several niche sites it would not be that big a deal.
Nope not all, in fact I write on a very broad base of topics ranging from technical write ups to computer how to's and code snippets.
Hubpages lets you accommodate all the topics in one place and that's why I love it.
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