I Wonder If HubPages is Still Worth It
Most content I see on HubPages is of high quality. Maybe I'm just lucky, but I see a lot of really good content on HubPages. I believe some of my hubs are also first class, and many of them have been designated Editors' Choice hubs. Yet my 149 hubs have only earned me $2.46 for the first eleven days of this month. And I wonder why. It's hard to believe it's a quality issue.
We have all noticed with the advent of Bubblews that many writers have been spending a lot of time there. Some of us have also been spending a lot of writing and reading time at Persona Paper. Those are both places that didn't exist two years ago when HubPages was doing better. Could it be that much of the audience for HubPages really was other Hubbers and that they now are spending more viewing time on other sites instead of reading other hubs?
Or could it be that people looking for information are now looking to YouTube first instead of to written content sites? Could it be that writers are gravitating to social blogging sites because they are easier and more fun and leaving their hubs to gather what residual income they can while not interacting much on the site?
Or is it simply that I have only 148 hubs and 842 posts at Bubblews? If that were true proportionately, then if 148 hubs bring me $2.46 in eleven days, 842 Bubbles should bring me only 13.99 in eleven days. Instead, 842 Bubbles have earned me $15.35 in eleven days. But of those 842 BubblesI would guess at least one hundred or more are ruined and shouldn't be counted in the mix. I know eight are, and there are at least 700 I've not had time to check.
Could some of you who have more hubs than I give me some feedback on how your hubs are doing? Is it that I should just write more hubs to increase their value? Three years ago or so I used to make close to $50 a month on HubPages with only 80 hubs. So quantity may not make that much difference. Do you think HubPages is still worth the extra effort it takes to write there?
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Kasman wrote on October 11, 2014, 7:41 PM
I have decided to leave HubPages but not for the reasons you give here. Most of what I write is personal stuff and I don't think HubPages is the proper place for it. I intend to move to Google's site Blogspot - I think that will suit my style of writing better. Good luck with your search for an answer.
Feisty56 wrote on October 11, 2014, 8:29 PM
I haven't been active on HubPages in ages. I hope someone else here can provide some insights for you.
BarbRad wrote on October 11, 2014, 10:51 PM
Good luck on BlogSpot.
BarbRad wrote on October 11, 2014, 10:52 PM
I think quite a few of us Persona are there, so I'll just until they pay the site a visit again.
OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on October 11, 2014, 11:58 PM
Isn't the payment structure at HubPages dependent on sales and ad revenue? That would make it more variable, whereas sites like Bubblews and Persona Paper have a fixed rate per action.
OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on October 11, 2014, 11:59 PM
I think Blogspot will be a good match for you, especially your photo posts.
OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on October 12, 2014, 12:00 AM
Sorry Kasman . I should have tagged you for clarity.
BarbRad wrote on October 12, 2014, 1:08 AM
That's true. That's probably one reason I don't do as well there.
allen0187 wrote on October 12, 2014, 1:19 AM
I'm not on Hubpages. Never been there but from the reviews I've read, I do think that most of what I write won't be good in that platform as I mostly write personal stuff.
melody23 wrote on October 12, 2014, 7:18 AM
I was quite excited when I joined hub pages, the excitement didn't last long to be honest. I don't like having to fiddle around with those text block thingys just to write an article and it took me ages to write my first hub. I then realised that I couldn't earn anything at all without an adsense account, I knew I needed one but I thought some of the other earnings programmes might have been independent of it, which they are not. At first I planned on writing ten hubs and applying for adsense but I only got as far as three. With no way to earn on them, I have no way to judge if it will be worth my time or not to write seven more. I had originally planned to convert my helium articles into hubs but it just turned out to be so much work, I might bring them here instead.
Rhymis wrote on October 12, 2014, 9:28 AM
I still write for HubPages, but I still have less than 20 hubs there and I'm not from the US so I'm having a hard time getting a Google Adsense, which means that I'm really losing some bucks from my views :(. I still think HubPages is worth writing for, but, like you said, BarbRad , there are many writing sites now that have easier formats and quicker ways to earn. In any case, most HP hubs still rank well on Google.
LoudMan wrote on October 12, 2014, 10:43 AM
I have considered them many times. But, I really don't get the feeling I'd be a good fit.
BarbRad wrote on October 12, 2014, 1:36 PM
True. They want at least 500 words, and preferably 1250 words, decorated with photos, videos, maps, tables, polls, etc. Words aren't enough to make a post do well there.
BarbRad wrote on October 12, 2014, 1:38 PM
This is probably a better place for them. Without an Adsense account, it's hard to earn at HubPages.
BarbRad wrote on October 12, 2014, 1:40 PM
It's a lot of work not not to make any money for. Although I was unhappy when a certain other site missed one of my payments, getting to that redemption hadn't been a lot of work. Getting a hub written and posted is a major project for me.
BarbRad wrote on October 12, 2014, 1:42 PM
What you post here wouldn't be a good fit for them, but it you want to do solid content stuff or opinion pieces backed up with some documentation, tables, videos, photos, etc., then it could work. It just is a lot more work.
AliCanary wrote on October 13, 2014, 2:15 AM
I don't have a HubPages account so I cannot advise more than saying if you are still being paid at Bubblews, make hay while the sun shines. Don't close your HubPages account because you may need it when Bubbs just stops paying everyone.
BarbRad wrote on October 13, 2014, 2:08 PM
I wouldn't dream of closing my HubPages account. I'm just wondering if it's worth the effort of writing more there until things improve.
Bensen32 wrote on October 13, 2014, 2:51 PM
I only have a few hubs mostly cause it has never paid for me, the few cents a day is not really worth my time. I get so little views there that It's a lot of work for nothing. Perhaps it's my writing or subject I'm not sure.
BarbRad wrote on October 13, 2014, 6:13 PM
i don't think writing quality has that much to do with it, since some of the ones HubPages has selected as excellent still don't make much money. I don't make many sales there, and I think many people earn more from sales than traffic.
Bensen32 wrote on October 13, 2014, 6:37 PM
Could be I have not made a single sale there, I use to on squidoo but not even one sale in two years at hub.
maxeen wrote on October 24, 2014, 5:15 PM
I have been on hubpages for 5 years and my account says18$ ! Unbelievable ! I have good friends there ,excellent writers who have now left in disgust.I think it is so elist . What I do like is we can leave our work there and it is safe, and we can still keep in touch with friends in the forums,that part I love. As a money earner, give me bubblews ,until just recently that is ! I say again excellent writers on hubpages..
BarbRad wrote on October 29, 2014, 2:43 PM
My stats from HubPages are continuing to go down. So are the ones from Bubblews. Makes me think I should stop trying to earn with writing and put more into selling my book inventory. I think I will start writing for satisfaction and communication and let the earnings do what they will wherever they come from.
maxeen wrote on October 29, 2014, 4:00 PM
Those are my thoughts exactly.. I just do a few surveys and the rest is for fun now..Maybe we all get a surprise!! Can always hope!
maxeen wrote on October 29, 2014, 4:06 PM
You might be surprised ! Some very interesting views...
MakeMoneyOnline wrote on December 15, 2014, 4:06 PM
HubPages are great and you're right, the Hubs are usually high quality articles. I started with Hubpages about four years ago but I was extremely lazy. I very recently reactivated myself and am now creating new Hubs relatively regularly. I now have 6 Hubs and make about $2.50 in 10 days. I used to make that much with only two Hubs every day before HubPages was hit by some kind of Google penalty. But I think it's making a huge comeback because views an earnings are increasing.
BarbRad wrote on December 15, 2014, 11:15 PM
I hope those earning will go up. I keep meaning to do an new hub, but I've gotten lazy here and at Bubblews.