Squidoo is a much more open and flexible site with real options for personalizing content. The community is #1 in support.
For straight articles aimed at generating search results, no article site is better than SEEKyt, and the site is helpful and support with ideas for content and very responsive.
Blogging on Blogger offers a ton of flexibility and moneymaking ops. Backlinking is easy here, and unlike Hubpages, open and without excessive limits.