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The Hubpages – Infobarrel – Squidoo Trifecta

Updated on December 26, 2012
Maximizing Hubpages, Infobarrel, and Squidoo, profits.
Maximizing Hubpages, Infobarrel, and Squidoo, profits.

Ok I know this isn’t horse racing, but here’s some food for thought anyway. In my mind there are three top sites that utilize and pay for user generated content. Hubpages being first, Infobarrel second, and Squidoo third, in relation to profitability for their writers. All three of these sites pay their writers, but their search rankings and payout amounts differ.


Of course we hubbers are all familiar with Hubpages. For those who haven’t joined yet, Hubpages is built to publish user generated content. Members are paid 60% of the ad revenues produced by their content. They are also paid 10% of the ad revenues produced through referred content and 10% of the ad revenues produced by the members they sign up. It’s a pretty simple concept. You can also get paid for and transactions made through your hubs.

I place Hubpages first in this trifecta, as they have most consistently produced revenue for me. Also in my opinion their content ranks higher on the search engines. Squidoo would probably be a close second in search engine ranking, but this isn’t about statistics. This is my personal opinion.


So why in the world would I rank Infobarrel second? It’s not so much about the search engine ranking of their content. It’s all about the money here. Infobarrel pays out 75% of its’ banner impressions to its’ members. If your content generates $10 in impression you get $7.50. That’s not complex at all. You also receive 2% of the ad revenues produced by your referrals. Add this to the recipe and you have a winner.

Infobarrel articles may not rank as high as Hubpages or Squidoo in the search engines, but there is more than one way to get traffic to your content. Infobarrel comes in second, because it pays!


Squidoo is in third place, because they have a complicated payment system. Their system is tiered benefiting the seasoned lens writer. In my opinion this is disappointing to the new writer. That said, they do pay and Squidoo ranks really well in the search engines! Their ranking ability makes them number three in my trifecta.

Even if your content doesn’t pay much initially, your lens ranking will help you maximize profit potential. This lead us into our next topic.

How The Trifecta Can Maximize Your Writing Profits

So I’ve ranked three major user generated content sites now how do you use this information to your advantage as a writer. It’s easy really first you sign up as a member of all three. Next you write content for all three linking your content to form a path for your reader. I’ve used this example before.

You write a hub about composting. You link the hub to a barrel about raising better tomatoes. You link this barrel back to your hub about composting and to a Squidoo lens with spaghetti sauce recipes. This lens is linked to both your hub on composting and your barrel about better tomatoes. It’s a circle that generates traffic to all of your articles.

If one article is ranked, now all three have the potential to be read. This not only increases your traffic potential, but also your profit potential. Also make sure that on every hub, barrel, or lens, you list a link for new members to join explaining the benefits to them as a writer. Referrals will increase your profits dramatically!


It's all about visibility! If you can make your writing visible to a multiple of readers on content sites that pay, then you'll profit. Creating your own traffic makes your hubs, lenses, or barrels, more profitable!


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      prettymichel 4 years ago

      Nice Hub. nice information ,you have done us and yourself a great job, appreciate much...

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      passionate77 4 years ago

      nice information , great post, thanks for sharing, stay blessed!

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      Dan Harmon 5 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      I've been thinking that I need to branch out, spread the eggs around a little. This is more food for thought; thanks!

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      traviswademiller 5 years ago

      Great Article! I have always wondered which one is truly the best!

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      Bill De Giulio 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Nice Hub. I have yet to venture into Infobarrel or Squidoo so I wasn't really sure what the differences were. I have read that I should probably not be putting all of my eggs into this one basket so maybe down the road I will give one of them a shot Great job.

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      Injured lamb 5 years ago

      Thanks for your generous sharing collegedad, this is quite a great information for all of have done us and yourself a great job, appreciate much...

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      hhelen 5 years ago

      Nice hub. I love the tips on how to link all your hubpages, lens and infobarrel together. I should give it a try.

      Nice job.

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      collegedad 5 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      I look into those also chisinhawaii. It's always nice to make a few $$ before lunch eh!

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      chrisinhawaii 5 years ago

      How about sites that give up-front payments like Yahoo or Textbroker? Any suggestions there? HP and the others are okay for the residual income down the road, but a little sumthin-sumthin in the here-and-now would sure be nice too =)

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      collegedad 5 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      Helena Ricketts, Squidoo is really easy to use. More so than Infobarrel. I built a lens yesterday in about 10 minutes. Give it a try.

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      Helena Ricketts 5 years ago from Indiana

      Very interesting hub! I like the circle that you mentioned and will have to try that. I'm already signed up at Infobarrel and Squidoo but Squidoo looks a bit intimidating so I'll really have to do some reading there. Thank you for sharing this, I will definitely look into it.

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      collegedad 5 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      Nope, but I'll look into it.

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      snlee 5 years ago from Asia Pacific Regions

      do you have any experience with I have tried infobarrel previously, but their approval is rather slow.

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      collegedad 5 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      Tamron I must agree that the features are much better at Squidoo than they are at Infobarrel. I also agree that their pay structure is a mess! LOL

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      tamron 5 years ago

      Writers seem to do well on squidoo with selling products. However I don't like the way they pay by pooling. Squidoo is great for beginner writers because you do not have to understand keywords. I like all the great features.

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      Nancy Yager 5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      I appreciate your honesty about these 3 sites. I was taught the same thing to link all the sites together (replace infobarrel with ezines).But I find it just as profitable to write several good hubs and occasionally link to my website. Voted Up and Shared.

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      collegedad 5 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      MaoZedong I usually through a blog in the works so that I can earn some traffic there also. It does help with ranking to have as many reciprocal links as possible.

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      MaoZedong 5 years ago from Europe

      Awesome hub! I've not yet started writing myself, still at the 'gather information' stage, however i see your point to establish an internet imperium with links and keywords.. Thinking about supplying with blogs, web sites etc :)

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      collegedad 5 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      It sure is wenosedogs.

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      wetnosedogs 5 years ago from Alabama

      Explained nicely. HubPages is the best.