Has anyone else noticed how Google prefers eHow? Why is this? The articles on eHow are good but Hub Pages is better. eHow is now owned by Demand Media and have been criticized for purchasing content at subpar freelance prices and their accounting practices have been the subject of government examination (important note -no reference for this accusation was mentioned in the article that I read).
@goldie and Paula, hubpages is the best place and here, the articles are better. But, the problem lies in sub-domains. At eHow or Squidoo, the articles are being published on their Top Level Domain (TLD) which is unlikely to hubpages. In hubpages, we write on our sub-domain. That's the trick.
Though, in SERPs it appears that the content is on hubpages.com, only if you wrote a post summary. But, unfortunately, it's a redirect which is not appreciated by google.
HubPages may be the best place, depending on your purposes. But it certainly is not the best place to find useful, authoritative information, that kind of information that meets readers' expectations when they enter a search query.
The problem does not lie exclusively in HP's new subdomain approach. That is misleading information. Whether this subdomain approach works down the road is still up for speculation. HP's model was based (I think, I don't know for sure because I wasn't there in the conference rooms with the founders) on how to get search engine traffic. And therein the problem lies. The emphasis was on anticipating search engine strategy and on volume, not on quality, and for a long time that strategy worked. But Google changed the game and HP now has to change, which it is working hard to do, and the subdomain approach is part of that change.
I have articles same topic eHow with mine ahead. So go figure.
Yes, eHow is nowhere near the quality of HubPages. At one time I though Google was getting ready to buy Demand Media. They were so cozy.
eHow is above and beyond HP in terms of quality. It may not be as interesting, but there is no doubt that all of its information is accurate and professionally written, something that cannot be said about the majority of the material on HubPages. Just do some hubhopping each day to see the garbage that's still allowed to be published here.
While I agree that it's more moderated, the standards are not THAT much higher. I'm a writer for Demand Media and was a writer for eHow. Demand Media focuses more on bulk than on quality content. Hence content such as "how to use a toaster" and "how to brush your teeth". Personally, my hope is now that hub-pages has implemented subdomains Google will treat it closer to a blogging platform.
I write for Demand also, and I guarantee you the standards are much higher, as in, HP has no language standards at all. Demand is not moderated; it is regulated. I think eHow stuff is enormously boring to write, but there are people out there who want that information, and when that information is created, it's accurate and done to standards that anyone who can read English can cleanly comprehend.
It does seem that eHow is getting a lot of love for the front page from Google. However, I'm finding a lot of my hubs (which are movie trivias) on the front pages as well.
I am finding a lot of useful information on Hubpages. I do not normally click on eHow.
eHow has authority because its articles are written to rigid standards and are edited by professional editors. It is not a site for trying on the cloak of wanting to be a writer; it is a site that publishes only thoroughly vetted material.
DemandStudios actually pays a hell of a lot better than sites like Textbroker and Cloudcrowd and dozens more, although I agree it's still a pittance. But that's the fault of each and every one of us who allows our work to be sold for pennies on the dollar. If all writers boycotted Demand, there'd be no eHow.
Sorry, I should've been more specific. Take a look at this. http://www.ehow.com/how_4853646_use-a-toaster.html
Step 1: Plug in
Step 2: Set dial....
That's what I meant by "not THAT much higher".
At least it's mostly grammatically correct.
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