hubpages or blog?

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  1. eaglecreek profile image60
    eaglecreekposted 10 years ago

    I am still pretty new to online writing so can someone explain why it is better to post articles on hubpages rather than your own blog? it cost nothing to make a blog, you can lay it out like a webpage, and keep all the ad revenue.

    1. Randy Godwin profile image60
      Randy Godwinposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Actually, I'm beginning to wonder myself!  roll


    2. janderson99 profile image55
      janderson99posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Hubpages has a PageRank of 6, and many Hubs have ranks of 2,3,4
      It is very hard to set up your own website or blog and get a PR above 2 or 3 without hundreds of thousands of pages.

      Your pages on your own blog will probably have PR of 1 at best.
      Sure there are many other things that contribute to PR and getting hits, but a page on HP, with some good SEO will probably get more hits (including cents for impressions) than a similar page with the same SEO on your own blog. Its a trade off with the 60:40 split. The Google Penguin may not like you!!!

      Wizzley has a PR of 4, most pages have PR of 0,1 and articles with PR of 2 or 3 are very rare - site has only been going for 12 months. Excerptz has a PR of 2  ----  I think???.

      Size matters, Time and Age matters, Reputation matters.

      Spread your Talent and eggs! But be wary of unrealistic expectations.

      PS I have my own articles' website and lots of baskets with eggs.
      PPS Just my opinion !
      PSSSSSS Don't start some endless debate about PR etc. Its one metric, move on.

      1. eaglecreek profile image60
        eaglecreekposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        great response janderson. i knew there had to be more to it than what I was thinking.

    3. Marisa Wright profile image90
      Marisa Wrightposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Pre-Panda, when HubPages was one big site, there was a very strong reason for writing here instead of on a blog.

      As janderson says, the site has a high Page Rank and a high level of trust by Google.  Your Hub was a page on that big, highly-ranked site - so you could post a Hub and get readership fairly quickly, without having to bother about self-promotion.

      Today it's different.  We each have our own sub-domain, which is separate from the main site (but heavily interlinked with it).  The extra linkage on HubPages should help Hubs be more visible than posts on your blog, but I don't know whether that's the case or not - some people think it could be a bad thing, because sometimes you can find your Hub linked to some very poor quality Hubs! 

      Experienced Hubbers can't really tell you whether there's still an advantage to writing on HP versus writing on a blog, because our Hubs are mainly well-established with good age and backlinks.  What we really need is a fairly new Hubber who started blogging and Hubbing at about the same time!

    4. profile image0
      paxwillposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      " it cost nothing to make a blog,"

      Generally, free blogs that you set up on blogspot or other platforms won't make as much money or get as much traffic as a website that you set up on your own domain.  That means you have to invest in a domain name and hosting, which aren't that expensive. 

      Sure, there are exceptions (and someone with a blogspot blog will chime in here and say that she makes a kabillion dollars a week on her free blog) but for most people, having their own website leads to higher earnings.

      If you don't have the time or money to invest in building your own site, then  I think Hubpages will probably earn better than a free blog.

      1. Helena Ricketts profile image92
        Helena Rickettsposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        I'd like to know how anyone makes a kabillion dollars a week on a free blog so I'm hoping they chime in too!

        My personal blog did WAY better with the domain name than in the blogger url it is sitting in now.  I could kick myself for spacing it on the renewal.

        I agree that having your own website leads to higher earnings.  I sat and watched my traffic and little bit of money I was getting from it plummet when my domain name went the way of the spammer.

  2. Cagsil profile image77
    Cagsilposted 10 years ago

    Or you could do both and earn more. wink

    1. eaglecreek profile image60
      eaglecreekposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      "Or you could do both and earn more."

      I am already doing both, I been monitoring which article shows up 1st in searches.

  3. Helena Ricketts profile image92
    Helena Rickettsposted 10 years ago

    My personal blog was a PR2 site before I spaced it on renewing my url and someone snatched it up on auction at GoDaddy.  Now it's a spam site.  UGH!

    Anyway, I mentioned it because it happened a few months after I joined HubPages.  Now my blog is on a url.  To put it point blank, I make more money on my hubs than I do on my blog the way it is now and before the url went spammy so I'd say write hubs in addition to blogging and tie them in together.  HubPages does show up as a traffic source to my personal blog in my blog traffic reports.

    I guess it may also depend on the niche of the blog.  I have one blog on coupoining that is still on it's independent url and a PR1 right now (that is in desperate need of updating) and my personal blog is all about gardening, chickens, cooking and things like that.  My hubs are kind of in line with my blogs but they get more traffic than both of them combined.

    1. janderson99 profile image55
      janderson99posted 10 years agoin reply to this
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      paxwillposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Sorry about the bad luck, that sucks!

      1. Helena Ricketts profile image92
        Helena Rickettsposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        Thank you.  Yeah, it does kinda suck.  Right now I'm debating what the new url should be.  GoDaddy was NO help at all with it but in all reality, it was my fault for not keeping up with it.  I won't make that mistake again once I decide what to use for the new url.  The free site just is NOT working at all.

        1. janderson99 profile image55
          janderson99posted 10 years agoin reply to this

          One suggestion is to try JustDropped and similar sites. The big advantage is that you may get URL that is two or three years old and you may even get a few existing links and PR as a bonus, while Google is waiting to re-index it.
          You can see a very long list which may help you choose one - get them for free - don't buy them or go to auction unless you are prepared to pay.

  4. Greekgeek profile image82
    Greekgeekposted 10 years ago

    One big difference between a blog and articles on a user generated content site: a blog succeeds best if it sticks to a theme, focus or niche, whereas a UGC site gives you the freedom to write on a little of this and a little of that.

    A library of articles like Hubpages has a well-structured topics hierarchy and enough pagerank for articles featured on subtopics pages to get a little extra link juice. Most people ignore the seo value of internal links, but studies do show some seo benefit from them. And with thousands of links pointing up the breadcrumb trail from individual hubs to topics pages, and a bit of a Darwinian selection process ensuring the hubs listed on subtopics pages are relevent and good quality, those pages, at least, may receive more traffic than if you posted them on your own blog. (But if it's in your own blog's niche, you want to keep building up its relevance, so then it's best to post the article on s blog.)

    Another thing to consider is that a blog's traffic must be built up from scratch, wheras Hubpages is already crawled hourly and enjoys a good chunk of visitors every day. It's a bit like putting up your stall in a busy farmer's market rather than building a produce stand next to your own field and hoping the traffic will come your way.

    Finally, there is a small but tangible benefit from posting in an active social community. Comments at the bottom of a page, Tweets, shares suggest to new visitors that past readers found a page valuable -- a bit like the seed pennies a street musician puts in his/her hat before laying it on the sidewalk -- and also, search engines are beginning to look at social influence and shares as a minor ranking factor and possible signal of reader engagement. My hunch is that search engines will be refining their algorithms further in these areas in the next year or so, and we may soon be talking about social factor optimization  ( some already are). An active social community can help get the ball started with a few comments and shares, the virtual equivalent of those seed pennies.

  5. ShaamCA profile image57
    ShaamCAposted 10 years ago

    Taking participate with hub pages is like getting an authorized domain backlink so its benefits a lot


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