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Pros and cons of multiple accounts

  1. Spacey Gracey profile image35
    Spacey Graceyposted 7 years ago

    Calling anyone who has considered having multiple accounts.

    I don't mean to do anything underhand with them.

    I've been learning to use HubPages by writing random product focussed hubs. I am now ready to do something a bit more meaningful. Off the top of my head I can think of 3 topics that I could specialise in. There will probably be more later. I aim to write a mix of informative hubs, personal accounts, and product focussed hubs under each topic.

    I am torn between lumping it all under the account I've already got - for simplicity's sake. Or creating a number of alter egos as this will help me focus, look more professional, and also some of the stuff is quite personal and there is no logic in mixing it.

    Thoughts from anyone who has faced the same dilemma.

  2. profile image0
    Website Examinerposted 7 years ago

    I have multiple accounts, like for fiction and non-fiction. I have none where I truly use my own name.

    I see nothing wrong with using only one account. I think that some of the hubbers with most followers and hubs have basically one main account, any additional accounts are used only sparingly.

    I devote about equal attention to my various acccounts, and it does take some time - starting from scratch. If you have clear ideas about how to actively promote and proliferate each one, it may well be worth it. Otherwise, I think the readers actually don't really mind a single account. You can use categories and groups to subdivide them.

  3. Spacey Gracey profile image35
    Spacey Graceyposted 7 years ago

    Thanks Website Examiner. I think its because my mind is so disorderd that I am leaning towards multiple accounts - so that, like you, I can fairly divide my time between them. For one of the topics I do have a really clear stratey in mind, but because it is quite a personal issue I think I'll set up a separate account for that and see how it goes. When you write from the heart you reveal a lot about yourself, and I'm not sure I want to do that smile

    Do you use the same google adsense and amazon affiliate accounts for your hub accounts? Have you run into any problems?

  4. profile image0
    Website Examinerposted 7 years ago

    You are welcome. Like you are describing it, setting up an extra account sounds like a good idea. A person can only have one Adsense account so that's a given. I have never experienced any problems with that. I don't use Amazon. Good luck, I'll see if I can guess whether or not some new account may actually be you.

  5. GeneriqueMedia profile image60
    GeneriqueMediaposted 7 years ago

    Multiple accounts sure are useful, I have three--I just call them "folders," personally, but each has their distinct flavor.

    I think it comes in handy, especially if one or more gains a large following with traffic outside of HP.

    1. cupid51 profile image73
      cupid51posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      The 'folders' idea sounds great! Can you give some idea about it? sad

  6. relache profile image89
    relacheposted 7 years ago

    I have one account, and use the groups feature to organize my various writing topics.  That's what is easiest for me to manage.

  7. easyspeak profile image71
    easyspeakposted 7 years ago

    I tried doing multiple accounts, but it's a headache to be honest. 

    Besides, if you're wanting to make money on hubs, your most valuable traffic will come from one time visitors from google.  There's no need for 'branding' yourself for one-time visitors.

    However, if you are trying to build an audience here on hubpages, I can see a benefit to that.  But at the same time, it's such a community here that don't you want people here to know all sides of you?

  8. DCnews profile image59
    DCnewsposted 7 years ago

    Would hubs have a better chance to be indexed and ranked if it's on a older account than a newer one?

  9. brettb profile image69
    brettbposted 7 years ago

    I now have 2 accounts - they're easy to manage as I use IE for one and Firefox for the 2nd. Hubs are easier to build in Firefox BTW.

    If you have a large following elsewhere then it's better to have a separate hub account for it. If you want to write a lot in one niche then it's also better, I'm sure it will attract more followers in that niche.

    My "secret" account also allows me to write about stuff I don't want my friends and family to know I know about.

  10. Bard of Ely profile image85
    Bard of Elyposted 7 years ago

    I have a main hub and another new account to cover a speciality area, namely the island I live on! I am hoping it can be built to be a well-known info source and that it will increase my earnings!

  11. embitca profile image84
    embitcaposted 7 years ago

    I kick myself frequently for ever thinking it was a good idea to keep up multiple accounts. I really don't think the niche issue is that big a deal. I get most of my traffic from the search engines, and those readers are swinging by to read one page and hopefully click on an ad or an Amazon link. They aren't going to look at all my hubs and say, "oh gosh, she writes on far too many topics!" wink

    I find keeping the hubscore up on my other ones to be a chore and they have sort of become my bastard stepchildren.

    I wish Hubpages had the feature that Squidoo does that allows you to transfer lenses to other account holders --  because then I would consolidate all my hubs under a single account.

    1. Spacey Gracey profile image35
      Spacey Graceyposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      thanks everyone for your input- especially embitca - you sound like a prediction of my future. Will stick to one account for now I think. Its probably better I focus on one strategy until I make it pay anyway rather than float about starting off loads of different half-baked ideas and wondering why I don't make any money.

      1. GarfieldGates profile image84
        GarfieldGatesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        That can actually be done.  All you have to do is email/contact hubpages telling them to delete your other accounts and please transfer the hubs to your main one.

        1. relache profile image89
          relacheposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          In the four years I've been on HubPages, admin has always said that Hubs cannot be transferred between accounts.  Where are you getting your info from?

          1. GarfieldGates profile image84
            GarfieldGatesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            Personal experience.

            I had an account on HP and wanted to change my username.  That cannot be done, so I created a new account and asked HP to delete the old but transfer my hubs to the new.

    2. profile image0
      kimberlyslyricsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      took the words right out of my mouth
      yes, multiple accounts

  12. Obscure Divine profile image54
    Obscure Divineposted 7 years ago

    I didn't know there were cons to having multiple accounts...

    1. darkside profile image80
      darksideposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Having sockpuppet accounts deleted is a bit of a con dontcha know? Watchya think about it?

  13. Arthur Fontes profile image81
    Arthur Fontesposted 7 years ago

    I use another account for Hubs of a more personal nature.  Since their are other people referenced in the hubs I feel a second account allows the others to remain anonymous.

  14. Hideshi Tanaka profile image58
    Hideshi Tanakaposted 7 years ago

    I have one account that I have setup for Adsense and another one that I use for Amazon.

  15. Gina Coole profile image82
    Gina Cooleposted 7 years ago

    I've found having multiple accounts helps me to write in a completely different voice that in turn helps me to target a different audience. 

    I think its a legitimate way of increasing online income but is also very much part of being a good writer.  Its no different to writing columns in a number of papers under different bylines.

  16. andromida profile image61
    andromidaposted 7 years ago

    I use multiple accounts, it's a great to have multiple identities to concentrate more on your different niches and make a healthy competition among your accounts performance.

  17. AEvans profile image78
    AEvansposted 7 years ago

    I have two accounts this one , which is my main account and a second one for commercial purposes and a little different creativity both generate revenue under one adsense code. I use this one 99.9% of the time but once my life begins to calm down I will try to work them both equally. smile

  18. ani_tech profile image56
    ani_techposted 7 years ago

    We just need to look and sign in to all accounts to check the stats.