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Giving Hubpages another try

I am giving Hubpages another try since I now have an adsense partner account which I got through my blog. I actually didn't realise that Hubpages was an adsense partner site and I could therefore use my hosted adsense account there too until recently.

I originally abandoned Hubpages after writing just three hubs since creating a hub is a lot of faffing about and I had no way of knowing if I would ever actually be approved for adsense. The faffing about just didn't seem worth it not knowing if I would ever earn money from it. However I recently read a post here (I cant remember who wrote it, sorry) which inspired me to have another look there. I then realised that I could use my hosted adsense account there and since my hubs that I had there are actually getting good views it seemed worth it to give them another go.

I have written one new hub and am in the process of writing another just now, I still think its a lot of faffing about though. You cant just write the way you can here, you need to fiddle about with text capsules and picture boxes. it really isn't very writer friendly, but the finished product does look good.

I know from many of my fellow former helium writers that Hubpages is one of the best sites around as far as earnings are concerned. They also like the style of articles I like to write (informative, magazine style articles, in my case mostly health related). I can't see me actually spending much time there, but I will likely pop in from time to time and post the odd hub to see how it goes.

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Kasman wrote on March 7, 2015, 6:48 PM

Best of luck there. I never settled at HubPages after Squidoo and soon deleted my account there.

melody23 wrote on March 7, 2015, 7:26 PM

A lot of people who came from Squidoo feel that way I think it would have been easier to delete the articles and then create hubs rather than transfer them, I have no experience with it but from what I have heard a lot of peoples lenses didn't transfer properly and they were left to sort them out themselves. I really don't like the article writing process if I am honest but I cant deny that the finished product looks good. I am giving them another try and I will see what happens.

Colibry21 wrote on March 7, 2015, 7:42 PM

I hope that everything works out for you. Good luck!

MelissaE wrote on March 7, 2015, 9:15 PM

I like HUBPAGES because it forces me to be more organized and logical about my writing. It does pay better than most sites, but it takes longer to research and write the text.

cheri wrote on March 7, 2015, 9:25 PM

I remember having an account in hubpages too but I forgot everything all about it. I was so busy writing somewhere else like here. May be I should also give it another try.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on March 8, 2015, 6:38 AM

You do get used to the capsules etc. In time. I will focus on some new hubs when I get back to the UK and donĀ“t have as much on my mind.

melody23 wrote on March 8, 2015, 8:20 AM

I find it very off putting to be honest but I have all the articles in word and just copy and paste bits of them into the capsules which does make it a little easier. I do like the fact that there are so many different formats of capsules to chose from which means I don't need to figure out how to do the formatting myself but that's about the only positive about them.

MakeMoneyOnline wrote on March 8, 2015, 9:53 AM

HubPages are the way to go in my opinion. My articles alse constantly receive views, which means money in my pocket. Make sure you do the keyword research to include good keywords in your title and subtitles. Good luck!

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melody23 wrote on March 8, 2015, 11:18 AM

Even Hubpages are suffering with lower earnings these days, but they are still one of the highest paying sites out there provided you can meet their quality standards. I haven't decided if I am actually going to write any new stuff there, but I have a bunch of old helium articles sitting on my hard drive doing nothing else that I plan to convert into hubs. If I do well there then I might write some new stuff, I will see how it goes. Although I am getting a decent amount of views considering I abandoned the place months ago, I still get better views on my new blog although many of them are not showing in adsense.

WordChazer wrote on March 8, 2015, 1:15 PM

Good luck. It's one area I have never been successful in - creating my own articles complete with adverts. I just write. All this mucking about with adverts gets me wound up. Hope you have more success than I have.

MakeMoneyOnline wrote on March 8, 2015, 1:41 PM

I recently wrote an article here on Persona Paper on where to put Adsense ads to get more clicks. And earnings. I get about 10x more money on my own blog than on HubPages for the exactly same amount of traffic. It's very much worth having your own blog with Adsense ;)

melody23 wrote on March 8, 2015, 2:28 PM

I have an idea of what the problem is. No matter how hard I try I cannot get ads on the main blog page (im using blogger) they show up just fine if you view the posts individually but anyone going to the main blog wont see any ads. I have been through all my settings in blogger and I cant find a problem there, I even added an extra ad capsule (the template I use only has two as standard so I can add an extra one) hoping that at least that one would show up but it hasn't helped. I just promote my posts individually now but anyone who comes from google will likely be taken to the main blog which has no ads.

melody23 wrote on March 8, 2015, 2:30 PM

That's why I blog with blogger it takes care of the ads, as does hubpages. I couldn't be annoyed with fiddling about with ad codes or whatever either.

MakeMoneyOnline wrote on March 8, 2015, 5:27 PM

Interesting. How many posts do you use on the main page? If it's three or less, try putting ads directly in the text of the posts at the beginning, just below the article title. This works fine for me. Also double-check if there isn't a button you should check/uncheck that says something like "show/don't show this capsule on the main page". Might be that... Other than that, I can't think of anything out of the top of my head. I'd have to take a look.

melody23 wrote on March 8, 2015, 6:38 PM

Blogger shows all posts on the main page as standard in a big line, it actually doesn't look very good just like a big long block of text broken into sections. I plan on dividing it into separate pages at some point when I have enough content on similar topics to divide it into sections that would make some sort of sense. I have it set to show ads in sidebar and after posts so even if it didn't show the ones between posts because that would lead to there being too many ads on the page, the sidebar one should still show. The extra capsule I added should be showing at the end of each post as well but it doesn't appear on the main page. If the posts are viewed individually the ads show fine. I am going to have another go at sorting it myself and then if that doesn't work I will turn to the help forums. Its annoying though because I had just over 500 views last week and only ten of them counted in adsense - clearly something is not right but I just cant figure out what it is.

MakeMoneyOnline wrote on March 8, 2015, 7:28 PM

Where did the traffic come from? Do you have Analytics installed? Look at the "time on page" section. Sometimes people click-through to a page in google and then click "back" the moment they see it's not the page they were looking for. Maybe the ads didn't have a chance to load yet and thus they don't count.

Another possibility is, if you purchased traffic from a cheap source, they might be sending bot traffic and your account might be in jeopardy. Adsense has a very sophisticated filter and won't count "suspicious visits" (not that I'm saying you have them but it's a possibility in case you bought traffic).

Also, Adsense sometimes (or many times) shows significantly less impressions than the ones I see in Analytics and in Statcounter. Maybe that's just the way it is. Sometimes the ads don't load.

But I must admit that only 10 impressions out of 500 visitors is very strange. It would, for example, show 420 impressions out of 500 in the extreme cases with my sites.

Yet another possibility is, if the ad blocks are different (e.g. below the posts you have banners and in the sidebar you have a rectangle), I found that sometimes the banners won't load properly if they aren't at the very top or at the very bottom of the page. But they will load (only empty space). Adsense ads show in the order that they are called... So, perhaps the site "calls" the banner ads first, they load and saturate the maximum number of ads on the site, so the sidebar ad, being "called in" the last, would "think" there are already 3 ads showing on this page and it won't show. This is a long-shot, but it's a possibility.

melody23 wrote on March 8, 2015, 7:52 PM

I have analytics but only started using it recently (I actually only started blogging recently) apparently it can take a while for things to show properly in analytics the same way it does for adsense. I do see slightly better views in analytics than adsense though which is strange since I have had the adsense longer. I don't doubt that some of my visits are bots since I use twitter for promotion and that usually comes with a certain amount of bots. I think I might take all the ads down, wait a few days and put them back on one by one, see if that makes a difference. I cant find anything else wrong other than the ads not displaying on the main page, I just went in and made it so that only three posts show on the main page which should prevent too many ads from attempting to be shown although blogger apparently does this automatically for you anyway. The only other thing I can think of to try is to change the whole layout template in case something there is causing the issue. I have taken a sick day tomorrow since I have to deal with my car being vandalised and the terrible toothache I have so I will have a few hours to spend on it then but I think removing all the ads then reinserting them one by one is the best way to find the issue.

The ads definitely show on my end when viewing an individual post but not the main page, I really think that's the issue. now if I could just figure out why that is the case the problem would be solved.

Of course I could just take out the adsense blocks and insert the code manually into the individual posts but I would really prefer not to mess about with code if possible, I am always terrified I make a mistake with it and get in trouble.

According to my analytics most of my traffic actually comes from the Russian version of google! I have absolutely no idea why that would be the case, I certainly don't blog in Russian. Maybe there are lots of picky eaters there? Although blogger itself says most of my traffic comes from the states, these are clearly the views that are not being counted

Now that I think about it there is a small empty space where an ad should be, its not as big as the ad would be but it is a space none the less. I have a third party 'share this post' app right above the space (because bloggers share thingys are small and inconveniently located) I wonder if that is the source of the problem? although again, the display of all the capsules is absolutely fine if posts are viewed separately.

Last Edited: March 8, 2015, 7:58 PM