The Hubpages – Infobarrel – Squidoo Trifecta
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 Amazon.com and Ebay.com 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!