Hubpages Redux

kaylarStarred Page By kaylar, 6th Oct 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A re-examination of the publishing site called Hubpages which began its inexorable decline two years ago

That First Time

The First time I did a Compete.Com, (which allowed comparisons) Hubpages had Twelve Million Visitors. I nearly dislocated a finger racing to that site. 12 Million visitors A MONTH.

I joined and began posting like a crazy person. Posting, networking, using my Adsense ID which I got from Triond.

TWELVE MILLION!!!!

AD SENSe

Hubpages pays by Adsense

Being paid by Adsense is a fiction unless you write Ad Copy.
No one clicks on Ads, save and except if they are looking to buy something.

Hence if you write an article about Microwaves and get ads about Microwave Ovens around your article is it likely that anyone who does a Search (assuming you're a master of SEO and Keyword) will find your article on
the 1st page of a Google and , hop over, read, click, and maybe even buy a Microwave.

Making 83c a month on Hubpages is standard for the person who writes about something.

Making $183 a month on Hubpages is standard for the writer of Ad Copy.

Enter The Penguin

I know this sounds ridiculous, but it is not me being funny.

Google owns Adsense.
That means that Google earns revenue from Adsense.

So a moron developes a Scam...."I Earn $250.00 a day!" and pays Adsense to post the Ad. Adsense posts the Ad on a publishing site, say Hubpages.

Hubpages puts the ad on a page which says nothing, but is jacked up with SEO
keywords, so that everyone who Searches for (Whatever is Trending Now) will be sent to Hubpages.

Google Searches send people to Hubpages.
That page and Ad have 100k hits.
ADsense is paying that writer.

(Imagine a doctor who owns a pharmacy who gives you a prescription
for a medication sold at that pharmacy)

When Google realised that what was happening is that Content Farms were earning a great living from Adsense remittances. Sending people to Content Farms wasn't so profitable.

The SEO Masters found what was trending, use their Template to pop in Keywords and publish a totally worthless article. Yet Adsense was paying for it.

(The doctor learns the medication he is buying for $1.00 a pill and selling
at his pharmacy for $2.00 a pill actually costs 1c a pill and has no medicinal use.)

Response?

Hubpages was slapped down by Google and supposed to clean up it's site.
It didn't.

Sure it had it's users do 'Hubhopping' where they could flag other articles, especially those for people they didn't like or who expressed views they didn't like.

But that wasn't exactly moderation.

Hubpages then had another A.I. app do a kind of 'ranking'.

This Application went through all the Articles a writer had posted. Whether published in 2010 or 2013 and to the far right would be a little hieroglyphic.

The coloured circle meant the item was 'Featured'.
A half coloured circle meant it needed work.
An empty circle meant it was Not Featured, (off the grid).

The writer was supposed to immediately fix the items with the empty or half circle.

Yah.

Reaction

Most people began to take the Empty Circle items and republish them elsewhere.

The same effort that they would put into 'fixing' for which they'd get nothing
they could put into republishing where they'd get something.

Seeing a half circle the writer would be advised that there were too many bold or italics words in the article.

When you are writing dialogue or trying to set off a quote it is normal to use italics.
Not on Hubpages.
So the writer was to go back in and remove them.
Remove them because a mindless Application was set to flag them, not because of any grammatical error.

This sounds like something worth your time?

Today

As Hubpages has resisted hiring human moderators, as it refuses to address the issues, it now gets THREE MILLION visitors month, and declining.

I'm sure you can not believe an Owner of a business can see it decline by 75% and not implement some policy, practice, whatever, to stop the descent.
But that's Hubpages.

Write there?
Why?

Tags

Adsense, Content Farm, Google, Hubpages, Online Publishing, Writing Site

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
6th Oct 2013 (#)

oh well...like life...is....thank you kaylar...

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
6th Oct 2013 (#)

Good assessment. Thanks for the info.

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author avatar kaylar
6th Oct 2013 (#)

The tragedy of Hubpages is that they were warned. Instead of getting 100 mods getting 1c an article or something they just slapped on another useless application.

To go from 12 Million hits a Month to 6 Million now to 3 Million... the money they've lost would have been enough to pay those 100 Mods 5c an article...

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author avatar M G Singh
7th Oct 2013 (#)

Nice post Kaylar, but 3 million visitors is still BIG. I have been on hub for 2 years and my earnings are down drastically. I t now averaged about $ 5 a month

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author avatar kaylar
7th Oct 2013 (#)

Three Million is Big but it is 75% down from what it was when you started, and the trend down is continuing.

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author avatar Johnny Knox
7th Oct 2013 (#)

Good post and overview of hubpages. Thanks for sharing your personal experience.

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author avatar kaylar
7th Oct 2013 (#)

You are very welcome

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
7th Oct 2013 (#)

Never used that site, nor do I have adsense, my wife does and she earns about $140 a month from them, down from what she use to make mind you, but not on Hubpages.

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author avatar kaylar
8th Oct 2013 (#)

The tragedy of Hubpages is that it was one of the First and could, like Triond have fought to hold their place.

It is different when you're a fairly new site working honestly on getting views. Can you imagine hits falling 75% on this site and NOthing being done?

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author avatar Rose*
11th Oct 2013 (#)

Most of these content sites have been slapped by Google. I guess when they said they were getting rid of content farms they meant business.

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author avatar kaylar
12th Oct 2013 (#)

oh yes they were dead serious

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
14th Oct 2013 (#)

Interesting post!

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author avatar kaylar
21st Mar 2014 (#)

Thanks Fern

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