Hubpages Versus Medium - Pros & Cons

Jump to Last Post 1-4 of 4 discussions (21 posts)
  1. RDLH profile image86
    RDLHposted 11 months ago

    Just curious about Medium.  Anyone writing there and what's your experience versus here at Hubpages as far as traffic, editing staff, professionalism, average payouts, collective atmosphere.  Do you feel valued as a contributor?  Are you satisfied one way or another??
    ... your insights please  smile

    Thank You

    1. OldRoses profile image95
      OldRosesposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      I write on both HP and Medium.  The biggest difference I have noticed is that content that does well on HP doesn't do well on Medium and vice versa.  For instance, on HP I write gardening articles.  They are not popular on Medium because people don't want to pay to read about gardening (Medium is subscription based).  There is too much free gardening advice on the internet.  I write about politics on Medium which has a very short shelf life.  It wouldn't work as well on HP which favors evergreen content.   Another big difference is the payment structure.  On HP we are at the mercy of advertisers and how much they are willing to pay to buy advertisements.  Because Medium is subscription based, we are paid a portion of the monthly subscription for each person who reads our articles.  So the more people who read an article, the more money we earn.  There is no CPM.   On Medium, you don't get paid if a non-member reads our articles so we don't have to worry about Google and SEO.  All we are concerned with is our titles and content.  I've done some experimenting and found what kind of content my readers prefer on Medium.  I earn about 10 times as much on Medium as I do on HP.

      1. RDLH profile image86
        RDLHposted 11 months agoin reply to this

        Thanks for your insight.  So, I'm curious.  Since I'm a photographer and a travel writer would you say there's a big interest in destination articles with photography on Medium?  I guess what I've been thinking is not to have all my eggs in one basket, so to speak. But, I'm not wanting to waste my time either.

        1. OldRoses profile image95
          OldRosesposted 11 months agoin reply to this

          Travel articles are fine but not photography.  Medium is text based rather than image based.

          1. RDLH profile image86
            RDLHposted 11 months agoin reply to this

            Maybe I'm confusing.  What I meant was using my own photography in my articles as an enhancement to whatever destination I'm writing about.  Anyway, I've signed up and will check on it further.  Thx

    2. Arthur Targe profile image73
      Arthur Targeposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      I have written a few things on there but find the community to be quite snotty and possibly immoral.  There was a gentleman on there recently who was stealing articles and then got banned.  He then set up a separate account stating that he 'removed himself' to reflect on 'new beginnings'.  He was blocked again.  Basically, a website of people who think they are the next Zuckerberg.

      1. theraggededge profile image97
        theraggededgeposted 11 months agoin reply to this

        big_smile I think he came here.

        Welcome, by the way.

      2. OldRoses profile image95
        OldRosesposted 11 months agoin reply to this

        I have to disagree.   Medium does not have forums like HP but there are numerous FB groups composed of Medium writers. In my experience they are welcoming, friendly and very helpful.

    3. profile image0
      Alma Evansposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      From a reader's perspective, what I know is that medium articles pop up fast in the search engine when we search for anything and that's why the platform is more popular among readers. It might be due to their good domain authority. But like others mentioned what makes HubPages different from other platforms like Medium is indeed the forums. We can ask any queries (either related to article writing or anything else) in the forums and we get advice from experienced Hubbers. That's an added perk for the platform. As a newbie, the forums section has helped me a lot in many scenarios.

  2. Tanmoy Acharya 100 profile image65
    Tanmoy Acharya 100posted 11 months ago

    Medium.com is a lot like YouTube: They both function in a very similar way. If you want to have a database of you literary work published and readily available on the Internet, use Medium.com.

    HubPages is the king of content creation, and socialization service provider for artists. It has taken 15 years to build HubPages. It has taken 9 years to build Medium.com. HubPages will always have an advantage of 6 years.

    They parent companies of these two companies — Maven and Twitter — also have different purposes and principles.

    1. RDLH profile image86
      RDLHposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      Thanks for your input.  Wasn't aware of Twitter's involvement.  I get how the platforms operate, but what I'm really looking for is user experiences and preferences.  The nitty-gritty so to speak ... would love to hear various opinions, the good and bad.  What can writing on Medium offer it's contributors that HP cannot, vice-versa ...

      1. lobobrandon profile image89
        lobobrandonposted 11 months agoin reply to this

        HP for ever green content and medium for opinion pieces and content with a short shelf life (news, etc).

        1. RDLH profile image86
          RDLHposted 11 months agoin reply to this

          Thanks for your take, Brandon.  Appreciated

      2. Tanmoy Acharya 100 profile image65
        Tanmoy Acharya 100posted 11 months agoin reply to this

        I think HubPages provides everything than Medium.com can provide. However, Medium.com can not provide all that HubPages provides. This very conversation could not take place on Medium.com. There, we are isolated, silenced into a corner.

        One good thing about Medium.com is the fact that its articles get indexed by search engines very quickly; more quickly, perhaps, than hubs do. Post your first article on Medium.com, it will show up on Google within 12 hours.

        One very bad thing about Medium is the fact that its user interface is absolutely cryptic, even esoteric; only a very select group of code~savvy people might take full benefits of the user interface gears and gadgets that Medium has to offer. I envied those folks; I still envy them.

        1. RDLH profile image86
          RDLHposted 11 months agoin reply to this

          Thanks for the breakdown, Tanmoy.  The indexing timeframe is outstanding!

          1. Tanmoy Acharya 100 profile image65
            Tanmoy Acharya 100posted 11 months agoin reply to this

            You are welcome. They are very quick.

        2. OldRoses profile image95
          OldRosesposted 11 months agoin reply to this

          Why is indexing by search engines so important to you on Medium?  We don't get paid for any of the non-member readers who discover our articles through search engines.  We only get paid when Medium members read our articles.  They discover us through curation and publications, not SEO.

          1. Tanmoy Acharya 100 profile image65
            Tanmoy Acharya 100posted 11 months agoin reply to this

            I've already cleared that on this forum thread why I like that Medium.com has a fast indexing service.

            "Medium.com is a lot like YouTube: They both function in a very similar way. If you want to have a database of you literary work published and readily available on the Internet, use Medium.com."

  3. Solaras profile image95
    Solarasposted 11 months ago

    Is anyone still messing around with Flipboard?  It was quite a trend for a while to link over there; does it bring any traffic these days?

    1. eugbug profile image95
      eugbugposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      Not for me anyway, although initially it created a lot. The site was always very buggy.

  4. eugbug profile image95
    eugbugposted 11 months ago

    For non-members, is Medium of any benefit for drawing readers here? I wrote a teaser article there, then added a reference to a more comprehensive article here. My Medium article although indexed by Google, doesn't get any traffic though.

 
working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://corp.maven.io/privacy-policy

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)