In January of 2006, Paul Edmondson, Jay Reitz, and Paul Deeds left their families and fiancés behind and moved into a three level house… This is how the story of Hubpages.com begins. After a lot of hard work the website was published on August 5th 2006 which is roughly 3 years ago now.
Today I constantly see new topics on forums asking if it is a good idea to give it a chance and make money with hubpages. Instead of constantly continuing to explain why it is a bad idea I decided to write this post and simply refer to it in the future. Hopefully you will add more information as time goes by.
What is Hubpages?
According to their tour – hubs are just like web pages. Each hub contains an article you write about a preferable topic and after you publish it you will receive 60 percent of the impressions. If you are unlucky all of the clicks will be on their advertising and result in you not getting any revenue. This is highly unlikely though but yet possible.
Why it is a bad idea
1) Few can live on it – This is actually something related to blogging. Unfortunately I can not find any articles at this moment proving my point but maybe you can help me? If I remember correctly less than 6 percent of all bloggers make enough money to be able to live on it. Most of them are companies. Unfortunately there are still rumours on how easy it is.
2) It is not your site – Because of this they can delete your account without any good reason. If you get banned from AdSense you can find new advertisers but if you get all your content removed you will lose all your income meaning you will have to start all over again.
3) Hubpages can be banned – More and more people are starting to create small hubpages filled with worthless information simply to rank high and make money. Hubpages will probably loosen their leash to make more money resulting in more spam and eventually Google will have to deal with it.
4) No site will be here forever – Remember I told you about Geocities last month? When Geocities came along everyone used it but eventually it got old and there was new and better techniques. This will happen with Hubpages and the question is when. If you create a couple of thousand hubpages, sit back and retire it might work for two or three years. Then people will stop using it and all your time will be thrown away.
5) Don’t Put All Your Eggs In One Basket – Basically what I am trying to say is that you should not put all your eggs in one basket. Personally I am making money by blogging, niche sites, Twitter, web development, consulting and search marketing. Within a few years some of these jobs will be gone but I will continue to make money since I got backups as and constantly continue to finding new methods to make money.
What about Squidoo then?
Truth to be told I have never tried Squidoo and its lenses but according to posts and books mentioning the subject I understand it is basically the same thing and therefore the same arguments applies for this site.
Prove me wrong
As always this is only my side of the story and since I would love to see people benefit in the future from this post your comments are highly appreciated. Tell me if I am right or wrong and also explain the reason to it.