Very recently I became interested in HubPages. I became inspired to try HubPages after reading Lissie’s blog (If you haven’t visited her blog you should do so). It seems that her success with HubPages is similar to my success with Suite 101. She’s been with them for a couple of years and it’s paying off.
Signed Up for a HubPage Account
Imagine my surprise when I went to sign up for an account only to find out that I did so 15 months ago. Apparently I signed up with a pen name and never did anything with it. I later decided, why hide behind a pen name, let me use my own name, so I had the other account deleted and attempted to sign up using my own name.
Imagine my double surprise when I found that I had already signed up using my own name 4 months ago. Either I’m suffering from multiple personalities or my memory is totally shot. Oh well, with the signup stuff out of the way, I decided to start writing.
A Little about HubPages
To me, Hub Pages is sort of a cross between eHow and Suite 101. It’s like eHow because of the social nature of the site, but more like Suite 101 because you’re not pigeon holed into the “How to” writing format. You can really let your creative muse flow freely at HubPages.
Like Suite 101, it’s open to international writers. To get paid, Hubbers (authors) must have their own affiliate accounts. HubPages uses Google AdSense, Kontera and Amazon. They also use eBay, but eBay has put the kibosh on allowing affiliates to use third party sites for eBay sales. I’m not on eBay so that didn’t bother me any.
Hubbers can also track their traffic by inserting their Google Analytic account number on the affiliate’s page.
The HubPage Setup
In essence, a hub is a webpage. Writers are able to insert ‘capsules’ such as links, photos, videos, RSS feeds, polls and a host of other tools to improve the readers experience while viewing each hub. The writer interface takes a little getting used to, but if you spend a little time reading the help, forums and searching other hubs, you’ll be able to get a better understanding of how to maximize your hubs.
I’ve only been actively using HubPages for 2 days so and have written 4 hubs (My first hub on Learning to Row) . I invite more experienced Hubbers to share their experience.
Freedom of the Hub
When writing for HubPages I feel a bit more relaxed and free than writing for Suite 101 or eHow. With HubPages there’s no third person writing requirement as mandated by Suite 101 or actionable steps requirement as requested by eHow. Writers get to put their best foot forward and write to their heart’s content.
From reading the forums, some writers are there strictly for the money, others for the backlinks and still others are there because it is a writing outlet. I think I’m there for a combination of the three. HubPages carries a Google page rank of 6 (as of this writing) which is not too shabby.
I believe it’s worth putting this site in my freelance writing arsenal.