Website vs. Hubpages

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  1. easyspeak profile image67
    easyspeakposted 14 years ago

    Does anyone have any experience with building a website for adsense with the same kind of content you would put on hubpages?

    Basically what I'm asking is, for the same type of content building, how is putting it on your own website and hubpages different...besides the obvious revenue sharing.  I'm more asking about traffic, SEO and such.

    1. Steppeno profile image65
      Steppenoposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I built a "Free" website just this past month and wrote an article on here at HubPages... ... But HubPages already has a high Search Engine Ranking... You can build as many sites as you like, but you have to develope them by increasing search engine rankings to create the traffic it needs to become successful.

    2. Susana S profile image91
      Susana Sposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      My experience is that it takes a great deal more time and work to get the kind of traffic we get at HP to a website. I started my website in 2008 and it took many months to get a decent amount of visitors. I've barely touched it for months - it's on my to do list, lol. The way the hubpages site is designed (internal structure) makes it very easy to do well with hubs without the hassle of building a website. Still, I like having a website and I'm keeping at it.

    3. Marisa Wright profile image85
      Marisa Wrightposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Yes.  I tried creating two blogs before I found HubPages. 

      A blog or website requires far more work, because unless you spend hours promoting it and creating backlinks, the search engines won't rank it. 

      Hubs get the benefit of HubPages' good standing with Google, so they get some visibility just by being a Hub.  I don't do any promotion for my Hubs these days (too busy) but I'm still getting decent traffic.

      Ultimately you'll want your own website, but HubPages is a great place to test out your ideas and learn the ropes first.

    4. TerryGl profile image58
      TerryGlposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Yes I have experience and have had some terrific successes with it too. I have never had three thousand visitors a day to any or all of my 54 hubs whereas with my blog that is a quiet day.

      As you can guess the ctr is quite healthy as well on my main blog.

      I agree with Nelle. Having your own blog does many things for you. One is you learn so much more as you are running your own blog. Two, if you hit a good keyword then your bank account will grow exponentially.

      Personally for me, hp is about one percent of my adsense earnings, but that is probably due to the keywords I use. 

      One other point I want to make. My main blog (now deemed an authority site) has not had a new post on it since September 2009 and has many keywords number one page 1 of G.

      I just go in and change the publish date for the post I want featured on the main page to make it appear a fresh post. Sometimes you can set and forget your blog, but there are also some other tricks you need to use.

    5. afunguy24 profile image41
      afunguy24posted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Well are an authority on a lot of topics, so naturally if you built all you content on hubpages your hubpages would have a natural authority over a new website.

      Now if you have a aged domain with lots of content already on it than i'd say your website will rank better than hubpages for content.

  2. profile image0
    WizardOfOzposted 14 years ago

    you will never get the same traffic as hubpages.  this site has literally millions of dollars invested into it, several years online and is in at least top 500 websites by any measure.  building your own website and getting ranked in search engines is a not a different ballpark its a different game altogether.  if you are a lone builder, you would be niche and could get ranked but never get the traffic.  However, you can get good wordpress themes designed for seo and compatible with adsense.  you can get cheap hosting with various companies and host wp blog/website on your own domain, redirect from blogger etc etc.  there must be hundreds of effective strategies to build a good website but a comparison to HP is intangible.

  3. mcbean profile image66
    mcbeanposted 14 years ago

    I have around 100 hubs on 2 profiles and as everyone has mentioned, traffic is essentially instantaneous with a hub. Not only this but it builds over time.

    Having said that, my blog that is one year old (and took an absolute mountain of work in that time) still earns more on adsense than all hubs combined. It now has good, consistant traffic and converts well.

    This is partly due to the fact over half of my hubs are amazon targetted, and my amazon earnings are equal to or greater than my adsense earnings.

    I recommend that all beginners learn the basics on hubpages - the community here is awesome helping out the newbies.

    Getting 100% of revenue is great on your own site but anyone in the know realises that the 40% hubpages take is essentially a bargain - you get so much google love for it it is worth every impression. That is why you see knowledgable, experienced campaigners like Sunforged here.Even with many online sources, he sees good value in hubpages.

    Once you get the hang of things starting your own site is  the next step, but you will need to commit much more time and effort - and give it a year or so - before you see the value. If this doesn't sound like your cup of tea, stick with hubpages.

  4. Mark Knowles profile image58
    Mark Knowlesposted 14 years ago

    I ran an experiment recently, using something I found in the google hot trends. The results are here:

    blog or hubpages?

    The short answer is that hubpages is worth the 40% commission. And that is not including the thousands of hours I spend getting my blog to look "right". lol 

    But - it also depends on the subject matter. Still working that one out. wink

    1. Marisa Wright profile image85
      Marisa Wrightposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I like it.

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    Nelle Hoxieposted 14 years ago

    HubPages is the quickest way to make money that I have seen in all my years working online.

    However in the name of diversification you should begin to build your own website or blog. There are so many more ways to make money online that you would be a fool not to. If you're here to make money that is.

  6. easyspeak profile image67
    easyspeakposted 14 years ago

    Terry can I ask how many posts you have on that blog and if you used the silo method to do it?

    1. TerryGl profile image58
      TerryGlposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      The site is a Wordpress blog, self-hosted (of course), 28 posts in total with a translator widget, totalling 1,316 indexed pages.

      The site follows a silo structure with the basic categories php file.

  7. Ultimate Hubber profile image71
    Ultimate Hubberposted 14 years ago

    Diversify, Try both and whatever works for you the best, spend most of your time and effort on it.

    As for my experience; some of my blogs/websites perform better than HP in terms of traffic, others don't.

  8. thisisoli profile image69
    thisisoliposted 14 years ago

    I have quite a few of my own websites, they have however becomea little neglected over the past few months, since Hubpages pays more for less effort.

  9. johnr54 profile image48
    johnr54posted 14 years ago

    I have several other websites that make considerably more money than hubpages, but if I were just starting out, I would recommend hubpages. 

    You can get away with just writing and not bother with linkbuilding and promoting the site, and get pretty good traffic and earnings.

    A standalone site has the ability to rank better for competitive terms, but you have to invest a lot more time in building backlinks and content on the site.  If you just like to write, stick with Hubpages.

  10. thisisoli profile image69
    thisisoliposted 14 years ago

    I have spent a long time building my own websites, and I have to say that Hubpages has been by far the best earner for effort involved.

  11. Has_aWayWithWords profile image64
    Has_aWayWithWordsposted 14 years ago

    For the sake of not having all your eggs in one basket, build your site or blog, work on it and promote it and let it gain steam while using hubpages as your primary focus until your site or blog takes off. Then use the hubpages high google status to link a few top producing pages back to your blog or site as long as they are relevant.

  12. CarpetDiem profile image71
    CarpetDiemposted 14 years ago

    Hubpages has authority and trust, and is the easier path. I would always start with it. If you want to do a lot of work and also take a long term approach, you may want to do your own website also, but it will take work and patience. For most people, I think just hubpages is the way to go. smile

  13. DanPowers profile image47
    DanPowersposted 14 years ago

    I've had Adsense on my websites since 2003. I get stacks of traffic but only get about $30 a month from Adsense. I guess if I optimised the pages for advertising a bit more I might make more cash.

    Selling my own products online has been much more lucrative than Adsense.


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