I wish the site can also sell our articles so we are more motivated by supplying quality contents.
You're certainly welcome to, you'll probably have to take it down from here. But if you can't provide quality content on your own, you won't for a client either.
The prospect of good passive income is enough to motivate writers to produce quality content.
HubPages makes its money from its share of advertising revenue. Selling articles would require more administration for little extra benefit to them, so why would they bother.
"why would they bother":
Customer service. I got nothing against Hubpages; I love the site, but being a publishing platform, they are what they are because of us, the hubbers.
If you think the existing model doesn't give you good value, you're free to go somewhere else.
What I'm saying is, a sales feature would require extra staff to manage it. That would mean extra cost, so it would only be practical if the sales made enough profit to make it worthwhile.
changing the style of a site would not be customer service, it would be business development.
I think the readers are the 'customers'. We are their partners in producing the product they specialise in, which is webpages.
I would support selling between two hubbers, and the hub itself would stay withing hubpages, no to be published on another site.
Try the Marketplace on Helium. Or selling to Constant Content.
Exactly, I was thinking the same thing, Helium has a marketplace where writers can sell pieces of their work for a fee.
I even think you can sell articles on the Digital Point Forum.
Also you can sell your own pdf's on e-junkie, they have a marketplace for writers to sell their content on specific topics.
Great idea. Why not put them up for auction on ebay?
Len, I don't think you understand what I meant. I am suggesting a feature, so the site can consider to sell our articles (like AssociatedContent does).
If you want to sell your articles, then you should just go write for a site that offers that. There are certainly plenty of them out there.
I am aware of that. I am suggesting a feature.
And I'm saying that since HubPages was founded so that authors could write original content, and has shown absolutely no interest in the last four years in selling content (since duplicated content is a lose-lose situation with search engines) that you'd be much better off pursuing such a feature elsewhere.
And you are free to do so. I'm fairly sure that the 'suggest a new feature' section is primarily for bringing ideas to the attention of the HubPages team. And as much as some might like to believe they fall into this category, they do not.
You are assuming that every article sold is then automatically posted to an internet site that is indexed by the search engines. There are many print media offerings that do not post all of their published material.
Optimistic perhaps, but it can be done. I’ve done it. One article I have had published in print media is now posted here and to my knowledge not posted anywhere else.
Also if I were to have an article posted here and it be selected by a publishing entity to be produced I would have no issue with removing it from Hub Pages. After all for many writers here, Hubpages is a Showcase or Portfolio of their work, very few can make a living on residual payments from affiliations.
I would certainly agree that there is no benefit for Hubpages, and I don’t fully support the OP’s suggestion, I was addressing only a particular individual’s work and the assumption that “all” published work is on the internet.
But I could also agree with the OP that the concept of the site acting as a clearinghouse or even agent for quality material has merit.
Nice idea, but there are plenty of places that offer that feature. HubPages is more geared towards an outlet for original work published by us. If you want to sell your writing, write the article, and sell the document so that the other person sets it up in their account, or get the info to log into that account and publish it for them.
I'd rather not see HubPages turn down that avenue.
You can sell your own articles. YOu don't need HP to do it. Submit to publications that you think your article is relevant to.
You're better off submitting it to them first and then putting it up on HP if you can't sell it, but it can be done the other way around.
I agree with relache. That is just not what this site is all about.
With some hubs making me a nice sum per month, I could never sell one of these for nearly as much as it has already made. And will continue to make, hopefully!
I have sold short articles for $50.00 a pop but I like the potential for much more in the long run! Sure, sell them if you like!
There's a book called "The Writer's Market." They update it every year.
If you want to sell your articles, go get a copy and check out places that buy content that's similar to what you've written. Then write something and try to sell it to them.
The problem with that plan is this (are these?):
*It's a pain to keep track of what article you sent to what publisher, and when, and whether it's been long enough to assume they don't want it and you can send it to someone else.
*Rejection after rejection (and you will get rejected more often than not, at least at first) can be disheartening.
*You don't get paid until the article gets bought, and it doesn't get read in the meantime.
*When you sell an article, it (generally) becomes the property of someone else.
*You only get paid once.
There are probably others.
With HP, you publish the article right away, when it's timely. You don't have to wait for some gatekeeper to decide your article is good enough, by which time it may no longer be timely. You own your content forever, unless you take it down and sell it to someone. And you earn passive income on it for (at least) as long as HP exists.
I'd say HP is a pretty good deal.
I think my main problem with this is that if you are writing hubs for sale, not for residual profit, tehn chances are you will not have worked on them enough to bring in the passive traffic to make it worth any real value commercially.
If you create sales hubs that consistently rank first or second in google, you won't have to work hard at selling them. People will contact you - both to buy and them and for ad placement.
I wish our articles can be sold
Why in the world would you want to "sell" your articles, when you could never earn enough from one sale of an article versus the earnings you could make from leaving them posted on HubPages.
Makes absolutely no sense.
You can get a good bargain if your profile or hubs have good PR
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