Why does this site only cater to (the 90% posted and graded high on HubPages) "how to" hubs?
Does anyone know of other writing sites similar to HubPages that isn't prejudiced against hubs that aren't "how to?" I write deep human interest stories and "The Powers That Be" don't like them. (Hence the lousy score.)
Hi Dan......I am far from expert on the "reasons" HP does and doesn't do anything, however, one of the answers to your question is one that is very much publicized and repeated over & over. HP likes what google wants and therefore encourages HOW TO hubs.( or hubs that answer questions, give instruction, etc)
This same reason is why HP has their learning center, pushes SEO, and all the other issues you will see written about... everywhere you look.
MANY hubbers write superb hubs of all types, yet make little money and get only some recognition and "disappointing" scores.
Welcome to HP. This is what it is. The only hubbers who continue to write and remain happy, despite the sad statistics above, are those of us who write for the passion-fun-experience of it.
Funny I came across this question, Dan. I just recently had a heart to heart with myself to decide whether I wanted to get really serious and write THE RIGHT STUFF, (google-friendly) and make some real money and watch my scores soar.......or just keep "playing" as I have for over 2 and half years. Haven't made up my mind yet.
I hope this helps....but I'm sure that you will yield a ton of comments from hubbers who know much more than I do about this.......such as the Big Kahunas who make the big money & sit in high places....because that's why they're here. To them, this is a career and they know what it requires. I'd have to guess that the only ones who can recommend "other sites" would be the hubbers who have flown the coop for what they believed would be greener pastures.....
You are awesome, "fp!" The fact that you took the time to answer my crybaby rant AND give me encouragement shows you are truly a considerate person. I tell, ya, the writers here on HP have been SO helpful. Thought I knew what I was doing until I now!
Dan...If you think your rant qualifies you as a "crybaby".....you're definitely in the right place, amongst friends.! LOL We've ALL had our moments. Then we earn our white flag.
I don't think it has as much to do with HP as it does the internet in general. Sites like these make money on advertisers. The majority of advertisers make money on products. Products are usually needed for "how to's". Think of ALL advertising...how many of them can sell their product on your Hub? What are the majority of net surfers looking for?
I'm not saying your Hubs aren't good or that people don't want to read these from time to time but mostly, they are searching for something specific.
If HP or any other site is trying to trigger profit, they have to cater to what people are typing into the search bar and how it relates to those who "pay the bills" and what they're selling. It's all about numbers, not topics or prejudice. Don't be mad at HP, be mad at people for what it is they seek.
Lastly, as fpherj48 said, if you enjoy writing to write, great! The scores don't matter and you can generate your own traffic thru social media and such but if you want $$$, you have to give the people what they want.
Every time I ask for help from an expert (such as yourself, "8") I come away with a new confidence and, in retrospective, my view of writing articles changed for the better! Thank you so much! With encouragement and help from great people, I FLOURISH
Thanks Dan but from one Dan to another, I'm hardly an expert. I've just been through it myself and lots of trial and error and asking this same kind of question. I'm glad you're feeling good about it though. Keep Writing!
You might check out Examiner.com, Ezine Articles, or Squidoo.
The vast majority of people that read articles on quite a few sites are looking for "how to" information or something they feel will enhance their lives in one way or another.
You might also look at becoming a contributor to an online newspaper such as Huffington Post or possibly set up your own blog.
Oh, thanks, "Scorp!" Yes, come to think of it, when I'm searching online, it's to find an answer to a question I have. I actually HAVE contributed to an Examiner.com (Toronto) from another hub I have about the 5 Ridiculous Ways To Save Money. thx!
Not an answer but a feeling of hopelessness. Haven't edited any of my hubs. Used to have 7 in the "70s" and none below "60" as recent as December.
Now only one rated at 71 and one is at 57! How could they fall? People are reading them.
Frustrated, mad, disappointed in this site and yet the good points of it come from the great talented and helpful members.
"The Powers That Be" (the people running it) have me so depressed, I don't feel like writing any hubs anymore. At least not on this site. Maybe soon.
Oh, good job, HB admin people!
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