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InfoBarrel and Hubpages - My Experiences Writing On These Two Great Websites.

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WHY You should NOT Limit Yourself To InfoBarrel.

Diversity On The Web - Is One Of THE Keys To Success.

I've learned a ton on the web.  I've learned a ton of things here on InfoBarrel.  I didn't start writing here originally though, and so I've got a broader perspective about this website, and also some of the others - most particularly, I can speak at great length about Hubpages.com, and this is because that is where I started my career as a web scribbler in earnest.

Now were you to look at my InfoBarrel output you might think I'm less experienced at all this than I actually am.  This is the heart of my advice in motion - I've been doing quite a lot of experimentation with styles of writing and subject matter, and I do a lot of that here.  The thing about me and InfoBarrel is that I came here due to good advice, and I got that advice from Hubpages.com where I started off on the web - and as I'd already had a lot in the way of goals to accomplish on Hubpages, I've mostly been focusing my energy there.

Let me put this to you bluntly, there are people here on InfoBarrel that are all about InfoBarrel, and will tell you that they have no use for the other self publishing websites.  The same type of people are on Hubpages, and any other site like these - all of those people are full of crap.  The best way to be successful is to never have all your eggs in the same basket.

One thing you can believe - on Hubpages I advise everyone to join InfoBarrel.  On InfoBarrel, I advise everyone to join Hubpages.  I've joined Whizzley myself now, but haven't done anything there yet, but I will.  There is such a thing as spreading yourself too thin, but it is equally unwise to spend all your energy on one website.


1. Every website for self publishers is different.  You can only benefit from learning how to use different interfaces and learning how to succeed under different publishing guidelines.

2. Every website has resident gurus that seemingly know all about the world wide web and how to be successful - but if they are only on one given website, those persons aren't likely to know nearly as much about becoming successful on the world wide web as are the persons that are successful on multiple websites.

3. Lets face it, this is a social sort of endeavor, and the more large self publishing sites you are on, the more friends on the web you will have.  You definitely want friends in this game, as links of your own that you share yourself are less valuable than the backlinks created by other people.

4. In the financial world people say the same thing as I'm saying here all the time - you want a diverse portfolio of stocks and investments, and the same thing is true online.  By putting all of your work (investments) into InfoBarrel or Hubpages - you are cheating yourself out of a diverse portfolio of revenue streams.  Hubpages has a superior amazon.com integration to InfoBarrel.  Hubpages also has the option for ebay affiliation, and the impression based revenue stream of the Hubpages ad program.  InfoBarrel is a superior site for making Adsense revenues, and has Chitika as an affiliate which Hubpages does not have.  Anyone who tells you that InfoBarrel is superior, or that Hubpages is superior - those persons have their reasons for saying either, but if they warn you against diversifying your portfolio of investments (your writing) - then they are definitely giving you bad advice.

5. Backlinks - InfoBarrel allows one self serving link per "barrel."  I've yet to ever once use that option, but you can bet that I will.  Hubpages allows TWO links to any other site, and I've created some nice dofollow backlinks to InfoBarrel from my hubs - and if for no other reason than that, EVERY single person writing on InfoBarrel should be interested in joining Hubpages.com - to support their InfoBarrel work through dofollow backlinks, and original but related articles.

So far as creating and earnings go on the web - you simply can not go wrong by joining and writing on Hubpages.com or InfoBarrel.com.  I think it is a mistake to limit yourself to either or both of these fine self publishing platforms too.  If someone has a lot of time to spend and is giving the web and writing on the web a full time go, then I couldn't possibly stress enough how foolish I think it is to limit yourself to any one or two sites.  Were someone simply spending their off time or hobby time writing on the web, then and only then would I ever consent that one or two websites were "enough."

I've got major complaints with Hubpages.com, but mostly those complaints are me and my very big mouth, and the ultra liberal staff in San Francisco.  If "political correctness" is your thing, then I assure you that staff at Hubpages.com will love you.  Me, not so much, and neither do I care.  Self expression shouldn't be stifled by small minds - nothing is sacred or free from critical evaluation and the critiques of the satirist or free thinker.  Hubpages.com doesn't much mess with my content - but they will make it known in subtle ways when you are not in their favored groups of authors.

None of that should deter anyone, EVER.

I have absolutely nothing in the complaints department for InfoBarrel.com - I'm not looking to complain about anything, but I've not been focusing myself here.  I have major goals for my Hubpages account, and I will be pursuing them - but more and more I like InfoBarrel because more and more I realize that too much Hubpages is a bad thing for me.  The thing is that my preferred method and style of content creation is more suited to that of Hubpages where I can incorporate all manner of links to back up whatever thing I'm saying or trying to say, but no matter - InfoBarrel  has its reasons for its guidelines for publishing, and I encourage anyone anywhere to join this fine website and be the best that they can be under these guidelines.  It can only help to diversify our methods and learn new strengths.

Thanks, that is all.



Apr 12, 2012 11:59am
I absolutely love InfoBarrel, but I agree that it's good to write for other sites. I joined HubPages this past January and I've got a few articles there; I'm hoping to write more for them soon. The one thing I like about HP is the instructional information they provide to writers on creating quality content, including where to find photos. Thanks for this interesting article. Do you write under the same name over at HP? If so, I will look for you and send you a friend request.
Apr 12, 2012 12:16pm
Definitely! I'm Wesman Todd Shaw always - only on Redgage did I screw that up and wind up with another name. I don't write on redgage though, I only use that site for dofollow backlinks.

You know - with Hubpages you can always link to TWO InfoBarrel articles - it gives you a more free way of designing and creating articles than IB does - but don't take that to mean it is necessarily "superior."

I LOVE The HP Ad Program!!!!!!! I make payout there every single month, and also make a lot of amazon sales there. Hubpages is superior to IB for amazon sales.

IB is superior to hubpages for ADSENSE.

If you are interested in a third site - then I cant recommend enough Joshua Sunforged's site "Xobba Tribune" - which is absolutely spectacular, and the owner, Sunforged, makes his entire living online - that guy has forgotten more about the web than most folks will ever know...and he is who I referred to here, the guy that led me to this website.
Jul 3, 2012 9:17pm
Hello wesman I too write for HP and I read your hubs man you are big there. Anyways can you please help me out in XOBBA. They say I need a referral from within or can you message me a link where I can read about this site.
Jul 4, 2012 5:02am

Wow. Well, I'm friends with the site owner. I'll email him your IB profile page....or, if I can figure out how to mail you a referral, I'll do that.
Apr 15, 2012 11:04am
Great article and do agree with your opinions. I too enjoy Infobarrel and Hubpages.
Apr 15, 2012 12:07pm
Thanks very much - I think we all do better by using both. Folks can always link to IB from HP, so I have no idea why anyone wouldn't pursue that - it is a high page rank "dofollow" link as long as your HP author score is over 75.
May 19, 2012 3:29pm
Great article! I write at Hubpages and Seekyt, too, and am planning on getting to number on each 100 by years end. I do not earn much at Hubpages yet, but that is because I only have 47 Hubs.

I also have my own websites and blogs, which help to link to all of my online articles.

Bottom line is to diversify, like you said. Write 100 articles on a site, master it, and move to the next site. Then you can link and repeat with more articles.

BTW, you can have two self-serving links per article at IB, not one. Then you get two for you signature, so it is four per article.
May 20, 2012 7:22am
Gosh I've been cheating myself! I've never linked to anywhere on IB!

Look into Xobba Tribune - terrific amazon sales site that any of us can join!
May 19, 2012 4:13pm
I agree that there are definite advantages to writing for both Hubpages and InfoBarrel, as well as having your own blog or website. It has been fun for me to see my name expand to more and more sites as time goes by ... and to be earning in so many different ways!
May 20, 2012 7:25am
I like that the forums here are business oriented - those HP forums are a troll kingdom!!!

I think I ought to get busy here om IB...I've got to pick a topic!!!
May 19, 2012 6:29pm
I love HubPages as well for the same reasons you do. The HP Ads program is awesome and both HP and IB have different advantages over each other that people should jump on.
May 20, 2012 7:26am
Did you join ebay at hubpages??? I think there is a lot of upside with that. and it pays into your pay pal account too!
May 20, 2012 6:40pm
I haven't signed up for ebay yet, but I sure do plan to! lol Right now I'm trying to focus on getting a good number of amazon focused articles up there then move on to ebay. Here I focus on adsense like you said. Great article by the way.
May 21, 2012 4:41am
I've been using amazon less and ebay more - the ebay thing pays you whenever someone bids on something, and of course - if they buy it.

I write about things like guitars a lot - so if I can manage to get folks biding on high priced guitars...WIN!
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