Recently I tried an unscientific experiment. I wrote three articles all targeting the same keywords. Although the keywords were the same, each article was unique, approaching the topic from a different angle. I then decided to place one article on Suite 101, one on HubPages and one on eHow.
After posting the articles I searched for them using Google. The article placed on HubPages made it to page 9 when I first wrote it and then it disappeared. The eHow article initially hit page 2 and then disappeared a couple of days later. The article placed on Suite 101 made it to Google’s first page and it remained there.
Non Apples to Apples Stat Comparison
The first day the article was posted on HubPages it received 14 views $0 earnings. The eHow article had 25 page views the first day and earned 31 cents. The Suite 101 article received 203 views the first day. Unfortunately, I cannot tell how much it earned because Suite does not provide per article earning statistics.
Non Scientific Experiment
Although the key phrases are the same, each article had to adhere closely to the site’s writing guidelines. My goal in performing this little exercise was to make sure that I spend my time wisely.
I recently decided I was going to beef up my article production on several sites so that I won’t have to work next summer. Activity for activity’s sake is a waste of time. Just like I often say to my kids, “I’m not impressed by busywork. I only get impressed when I see results.” I want to make sure that my efforts are placed on the site that will get the best results.
Non Scientific Experiment Testing Google’s Favor
After performing my article writing exercise, I started to pay particular attention to Google search results to see which content sites had ‘Google Favor.’ With any given search term, I paid particular attention to the content sites appearing on the first, second and third pages. I only used Google because it is the search engine that sends the most traffic to these sites.
On several occasions I would find articles from Suite 101 and eHow at the top of the search engine pages. Of course About.com and on occasion Associated Content articles would come in at respectable positions, but I never seemed to find articles from HubPages on the first few pages of my Google searches.
Monitoring My Time
That being said, I still like HubPages. They’ve only been around since 2005 (at least that’s when they registered their domain name). Compared to eHow’s 1998 domain registration and Suite 101’s domain registration of 1996, HubPages is a mere child and is still growing and developing.
Given my very unscientific experiment, I’ve decided to rearrange my work efforts in order to dedicate more of my time to the proven winners. Keeping in mind, however, that it is extremely unwise to place all of my eggs in one basket, I’m not kicking HubPages to the curb. Some writers have been very successful there. Additionally, I’ve earned a few dollars with them ($3.75 to be exact) in the short time since I started writing there so I will continue to write there.
My initial plan was to write as many Hubs as I write articles for Suite. That 50/50 article split will probably be more like 60/40 or 75/25 with more of my time being devoted to Suite articles. From time to time I’ll monitor search results and perform other unscientific experiments. The internet is a moving target and as writers, we have to move along with it.