HubPages is ton times better than Infobarrel.
Wrote a regular article on HubPages. It got featured and accepted. Wrote the same article here, it got denied. That's it. I am over with this site, I will stop trying anymore. I can't wast time for someone here to deny every of my articles, and make a joke out of me. Capitalization, punctuation.. Blah blah.. That is, a farewell. Good bye and I hope you are having a nice stay here, and some luck, because you will surely need it after you see the unrealistic requirements of the editorial queue. ;)
Good luck with Hub Pages, too.
You will find that over time, your quickly published Hubs will become "unfeatured" for a multitude of reasons. Then you will be constantly updating, editing and basically going nuts to keep them featured.
That is EXACTLY what happened to me at Hubpages, I finally had enough and deleted my account. Not worth the effort anymore.
That's pretty much why I've given up on the site. My content is still there - for the moment at least - because there are so many other articles that need republishing or shifting after the sites fell apart or collapsed.
And you probably won't make any money, either.
I have had the same problem as the rest of you on Hubpages. I had about 56 articles there with little problem ... and little earnings. Then, Squidoo went under and those 141 articles got transferred to Hubpages as a separate account. I edited them over and over again, trying to please their editors, until I finally gave up. Of that group of 141 articles, about 20% are no longer featured and I just ignore them. I earn less than $5 a month from both my accounts combined, plus an occasional Amazon sale. It just isn't worth it to keep editing articles.
I started writing at hubpages about 5 or 6 years ago and really loved it. But then the bitching started on the forum constantly picking on newbies so I wrote an article about it and said that IB was so much better as everyone helps one another. At that time I had about 270 articles from memory. I did earn good money and got good amazon sales.
But I slowly deleted them, although I left about 150 there mainly because of the comments especially the one about my dog Titan. I only had one sale on Ib with amazon from a friendly member. Nothing else and then I sold my articles on here and just turned the others into donatins. But as we travel a lot I dont even write onmy daughters site much any more but this site is much more friendly and helpful although money not as good as what hubpages used to be, although nothing is anymore it harder to earn on the internet now
Yes, I think a lot of us have experiences similar to your's, eileen. I forgot to mention that the 141 articles I used to have on Squidoo that got converted to Hubpages were earning me almost $100 a month on Squidoo, with the amount growing monthly. As soon as they got transferred to Hubpages, those same articles immediately started earning less than $20 a month, with the amount dropping monthly. Now they just earn less than $5 a month.
Online writing can be discouraging.
I get the most satisfaction and earn the most when I write things I feel like writing for the site that seems to fit them best ... InfoBarrel for informational articles, my blog for retirement, The Daily Voice News when I want to write about local news, a Kindle/CreateSpace book when I have a lot to say about a topic, MyLot when I just want to chat and connect with other writers, etc. However, I have accepted that I am never going to make a fortune writing online.
If you make lots of little pennies, they can start to add up though, especially if it's residual. Which, frankly, HubPages isn't these days. I've just started using myLot again after several years, as I heard they had brought back the earnings programme.
I have to agree with everything you said, Deb. My earnings from across the internet were on such a high trajectory in 2014...then the Squidoo transfer and Zujava shut down, along with advertisers paying less and less for ads on articles...my earnings have been slowly sliding from most of the sites where I have work.
Since the decline, I have focused on my own sites and finished two new ones this summer. I am loving my real world part-time job and cannot wait to get back in a few weeks. I spend my online time on my two active Girl Scout blogs and updating the hundreds of articles I still have on other sites, according to the season. Products change and links need updating.
I miss the commarderie of the forums where I used to visit. But most of the writers I know have either left online sites and online writing or write for themselves. Times have changed.
My experience with Hubpages is very similar... the unfeatured "feature" was a huge mistake in my opinion. Basically you enter a downwards spiral of unfeaturing and never having enough traffic to get back to featured comfortably. But IB feels dated and the interface is not friendly so I have ended up making my own sites and I make more money with less effort. Looking and waiting for IB 4.0 whenever that happens...
This post is definitely SPAM. Also, I have a sneaking suspicion that supervalon could be a shill for Hub Pages..
No, they came here from myLot after I'd mentioned InfoBarrel a few times.
Doubt it, a search in Hubpages via google shows him as banned there. I think he is just a guy/gal trying to make money online with non-native English.
I agree. I don't know why people bother like him posting comments like that.
The completely impersonal way the staff at Hubpages deals with people can be off-putting. At one time I felt like I was being somewhat persecutted there. Maybe I was. They've not got the same lot of moderators over there now as they had a few years back.
But their niche site program is working wonders. If you write very well and very detailed pages that can get put onto one of the HP niche sites, then you've got a good thing going in that.
I don't think it is particularly helpful to say IB is better than HP, or the other way around. It's more a matter of taste and preference. Both are honest sites where you can make some honest money through some hard work. That's my two cents, anyway.
I have about 50 articles on Hubpages, and I make payout every month. Been with them 3 years now, and it just keeps getting better. They recently included vertical sites, adapting to the ever changing climate that Google controls. I am flabbergasted as for how InfoBarrel is still even up and running.
Every few months or so, one of my articles usually get de-featured due to traffic, but I just tweak it a little and it easily gets featured again. So, I'm unsure why people are complaining about that..its Hubpages way of making sure their site and its content is up to par...which benefits everyone.
People who think IB is better for making money than Hubpages is wildly misinformed or just plain delusional.
Also, the traffic difference is like night and day. Writing for IB is like selling your goods at a garage sale, while Hubpages is like posting on eBay.
No one is arguing with you Cloak222. Not sure why you would pull up a post from almost a year ago and think it is relevant. We all agree IB is dead.
Thank you for sharing all of the positive experiences enjoyed with online writing along with the negative ones. The income enjoyed by veterans has slowly decreased over the years and every wallet seems to be feeling the crunch. Unfortunately as the web grows the earnings have not done so at the same rate. In fact, it seems the opposite has taken place.
More work is needed for each article or feature shared to make the same amount of money. Personal blogs are a wonderful way to boost earnings, but it is a tight race to get the same rate of return most of us have seen in past years. What the future holds is anyone's guess.
I believe places such as Infobarrel and Hubpages are changing and attempting to keep up with the modifications made around the internet. The struggle is real to be the first in line with the most hits. A challenge to get advertisers to pay the same rate, buyers have more choice and there are millions of new articles added each day on the same subject matter creating a hectic atmosphere for terrific writers.
It appears there is a need for a totally new platform outside of the boundaries or processes set forth by oldies but goodies such as these two sites. Once this is done, those writers worth it will move over to the new concept and once again see dollars flowing freely. In the meantime, there are no easy answers.
It was a nice way to get income doing something we all enjoyed. Though, lately it certainly is discouraging to discover what was once deemed a brilliant piece of work as turned into the exact opposite in less than a few months.
It is a personal choice for each of us to decide if the investment is worth it. There are only a couple of us who ever see the enormous bucks. Never quit the day job. Do it because it is a joy and not a chore. When it becomes the latter instead of the former, it is time to quit.