Without this money source, I wonder why I need HP at all? I work pretty hard keeping my "stuff" in shape to drive more Q&A my way. Do I just need to pull everything and work directly for MAVEN and let HP fade away? Just Wondering.
What money source? Do you think you ever earned from that program?
Was it possible to earn money through Q & A?
I used to think that it was only through page views and affiliate sales
Actually, the Q&A wasn't earning hubbers any money but somehow, the people who dropped by to ask a question were part of the traffic to articles.
I got used to this feature. Sad, it will be expired.
They wanted, after thorough observation, to move the Q&A into a separate section so that they can earn on their own. Seems, that will never happen.
And, I'm not sure if immersing ourselves further into Maven is doing all of us including the staff any good or not.
One thing immersion into Maven seems to have done is increase popup ads on our articles. I really don't like that. It cheapens their substance and makes it look like the articles are only about ads.
That is another problem. And I can't reconcile that since we joined Maven, earnings have not been fabulous as before. I'm not sure if it contributed to low earnings beginning late last year.
DRMark - Yeah, I made enough last year to totally screw up my taxes. DON
I hope they don't continue to water down the things that made Hubpages successful, one of which is avoiding annoying ads (moving, noisy, popups and unders) that earn more in the short term but drive away traffic and kill a site over the longer term.
I watched it happen at Today.com where they spiraled into ever more horrible ads trying to grab back some profit as traffic dwindled to nothing
I signed up and opened an account on "the new Maven" a couple of months ago and they were building their site to be more useable by writers like ourselves.
I went back today and besides their insane menu system, I saw that they still will not allow a truly free place for an HP type article.
I did see reference to their "picking"?? certain HP articles.... I think?
Months ago, they were looking for Editorial writers who could write on a subject DAILY. I feel that's a bit much for a casual writer such as myself. But I did recently start and now publish a weekly editorial format (DON's WORLD) for myself on HP. I hope that using Maven's writing standards it will become successful as I build a larger base of readers.
But, Who Know!
I didn't know that individuals could sign up for Maven. I thought it was by invitation only. What are the advantages of publishing on Maven vs publishing on HubPages?
My feelings are that they are preparing Maven to accept such articles and satellite sites as HP now has and fold them into Maven. But, what do I know? I do see that once you "join Maven" you are told to take their (10 so far) writing video training classes.
Are those the same video training classes that are part of the HP newsletters? And did you see that the latest newsletter admonishes us to use "author" and "article" instead of "hubber" and "hubs"?
You totally misunderstood the reason for avoiding the words Hubber and hubs. I talked about that in my tutorials long before Maven. People who search Google are looking for articles written by authors. They have no idea what a hubber is, and they don’t know what a hub is either. Use of those terms will not help get organic traffic.
Glenn - Agreed, and I have cycled a number of these out of my articles.
Have a Great day,
Thank you for clarifying that. Since I write about gardening, I have no reason to use hub, hubber, article, or author in my articles.
OldRoses - No, these are Maven videos, but the say pretty much the same things.
As to using Hubs and Hubber, I do know that Google does not care for HubPages, and I have deleted these words and replaced them with phrases like; "my writer's site" and other such phrases.
have Great Day,
I thought it was by invitation only, too. It appeared to me to be for writers of how-to articles and product reviews. I was trained as an editorial writer and could probably produce a short editorial a day -- if they invited me to.
Once they get their standards set up we or anyone who "joins" and wants to write something or just comment on one of their existing articles, will be able to do so.
What I was mentioning is that presently, they have not allowed us to be a contributor.
Have a Great Day,
I know one person that joined Maven but she was willing to publish daily. NOT ME. What if I wake up with a sore back? What if its raining?
Thanks HP, I think I will keep you for now.
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