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Hubpages, I Quit!

Abena is a writer and entrepreneur. In 2016, she took the plunge and moved from the UK to Ghana, West Africa.

When do you know that it is time to quit?

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Medium is currently my favourite place to write, I don't rely on revenue share income, I have a full-time content writing business. However, for some extra income and the freedom to write whatever I want, I enjoy it. That being said, I am on a journey to eliminate anything in my life that does not bring me joy, Kon Marie style. Right now, Hubpages is beginning to get on my last nerve.

I am pretty sure that this article will be removed from the feature page but at this point, I am not bothered.

The other day, I decided to embark on a 30-day challenge to publish two articles per day. It is my last-ditch attempt to test if Hubpages is actually worth my time. I know many people see Hubpages as a hobby and for the most part, it is. However, I write for a living, I enjoy it and I am lucky enough to actually make money from it. However, I don't want to waste my time writing for hours only to get a few cents here and there. It doesn't really make sense to me, even an extra $100 per month is just not worth it.

I think it is time for Hubpages to start rewarding their writers for their hard work and effort. A bonus system would be good, something that actually keeps writers passionate about posting content on here. I know many do it for the fun of it, or for the love of it. However, writers do deserve something, I think too many platforms exploit writers and content creators and pay them pennies. Writers deserve more than pennies.

It takes hours to create content, research, write and edit content. Why do some writers frown upon writers who want to get paid for writing? After all, we need money to survive. Right now, I am typing on a laptop that costs money, I am using the Internet that costs money, I am also plugged into an electrical socket to charge my laptop and electricity costs money. Therefore, we shouldn't have to write for peanuts or for the cost of a cup of coffee.

Hubpages really need to take the time to review their policies to provide writers with a better incentive to actually stay and continue feeding Hubpages with content.

Honestly, some clients pay me to write content and publish it on Hubpages to build brand awareness therefore, I will never stop posting content on here for that reason. However, I still think that it is high time that Hubpages implement a proper bonus system that guarantees prolific writers a certain amount of money per month.

I am on day five of the challenge to post two articles per day and so far, I am not impressed at all. Hubpages removed one of my articles from the feature list because they said it featured a spammy link, there was no spammy link. Including a relevant link to a YouTube page is not spam, it's helpful for anyone who wants to research further about the topic.

I want to continue with the challenge however, on Medium, I can post articles and get ten views and make $20 depending on the members who read my content. If a member reads your content and they only read your article for the whole day, you get more money. I have had articles receive 100 views and I receive $50 or more. Over the past three months, Medium gave away $500 bonuses to the top 1000 writers. I received $1500 total for being one of the top writers on Medium, Hubpages, where are your bonuses??

I know that most people will leave negative comments telling me that I should stop moaning however, I do have some valid points and I am surprised that no one else actually cares.

I know that many writers create content on here as a hobby and have full-time jobs and so do I have a full-time job, my content writing business is my full-time job. That being said, just because it's a side hustle or side hobby, it doesn't mean we shouldn't be rewarded handsomely. After all, Hubpages expect perfect articles that are more than 700 words long with images and perfect formatting but they don't want to reward us with better incentives.

Hubpages, do better!


I have a list of titles that I sat down to write out but I am not sure if I want to continue with this challenge for a few cents per day. This article is my first article for the day and I am still contemplating whether I should actually continue this challenge or not.

Leave comments! I will read them all.



Comments

intriguewriter (author) from worldwide on September 05, 2021:

Thanks for your detailed comment. True, newbies can use Hubpages to showcase work to gain client work, that's one great thing. I think the fact that medium have a paid membership system actually limits the platform because you can get a million views from Google and you won't get paid. I had 250k views on one article and only earned $100 from member reads, the rest were from Google. I notice a lot of rude and negative comments at times from Medium, not so much here. I don't totally hate Hubpages I just think they need to rethink their strategy because they are making a lot of money from the platform, they should just reward us more thats all. I don't need the money from hubpages and I don't need content for my portfolio but it would be nice to earn more. I think those that earn $1000 and more put in a lot of time and effort. On medium, I write one article and it pays me for months and months. Not so much here because they don't continue to push your articles after a few months. I am not totally giving up but I just wanted to voice my opinion about this topic. I think it's an important one.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on September 05, 2021:

I have been writing here for over 11 years, and like you, I make most of my money writing elsewhere..as a freelance writer. Yes, HubPages pays peanuts, especially for poetry (and short fiction) which is what I write mostly. I use what I write here at HubPages as my portfolio to show clients, so it does serve some purpose.

There will always be the discussion of why people write here..is it for the money or because of the community. For me it is that this is the place that first provided me with a place to publish work I had written decades ago and had never been seen and gave me encouragement to write more. There are those here who do almost make a living out of what they write here. Someone in the forums the other day said they have made $1000 per month at HubPages. I make enough to buy tea and coffee for the month lol.

The difference between here and Medium (I do write there but very irregularly) is that Medium has paid membership and writers are paid through views by paid members. HubPages revenue is only through views via traffic via search through Google and other search engines and views of the advertising content on each article. Maybe if HubPages offered a paid membership option they could pay out more to writers. Just an idea. That said, I also love the community here, don’t need money from here, and prefer writing here to Medium.

intriguewriter (author) from worldwide on September 05, 2021:

Thanks for your comment however, it's definitely not the best revenue share site. People are making thousands on Medium. I have been paid many times from Hubpages too, I have been here for years but to say they pay well is just the biggest joke. I am from the UK and now live in Ghana and even in our currency its definitely not enough for all the work we put in. We are making them millions and millions of dollars per year, they should reward us with bonuses. Hubpages has been around for a long time now with no major changes when it comes to rewarding content creators. It's time for a change. Other sites are coming up with better incentives, we can't just hang around here for the community, might as well just be a free social media site then.. Writing is not easy, for newbies, I guess its fine however, for long term writers, we deserve more.

Dexter Whinfield from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on September 05, 2021:

I'm greatful to hubpages, I only have a few articles, but I've been paid so many times. If you ask me, I'd say that hubpages is still the best revenue sharing sites for writers. Sure they have their issues, but they are always working to fix things, I appreciate the team here and I wish them well. Long live hubpages.

Val Karas from Canada on September 05, 2021:

Since I like playing with logic and humor -- if we are getting a share of 60% from this proverbial "peanuts", how can HP survive on 40% of it?

I definitely agree with you -- we may not be some Shakespeares, but what we are getting as a "reward" is an insult. Getting nothing would look more acceptable, for then, at least, we would know it's just another social site where people can make some virtual friends, using their articles as medium for their friendly interacting.

intriguewriter (author) from worldwide on September 05, 2021:

Most people say they love the community aspect of Hubpages that is why they are still here. However, I think they just need to make it a social media platform then where people can share other people's content and their own paid writers create content and the community remains. Because they don't seem to care very much about the content creators at all. I have been here for 12 years and it just feels like Hubpages is reaching the end of its days. The community is great but in terms of the compensation, it is terrible. Maybe we can work together as a community to increase views or something. I am not sure that would work though because I have some articles that went viral and to be honest, received very little by way of compensation.

I don't write on here because of the money specifically as I do have a full-time business. However, I think if writers are going to spend hours creating content, they should be paid for it. It's not like Facebook where you can just post one picture and share it with a few words. They expect you to write 700 words and they have a style policy and other restrictions. If they want to have so much control over us as content creators, they should pay for it. I hope this article gets shared many times so the Hubpages bosses actually start to take notice. One thing I like about Medium, the writers speak up and they are always trying to make changes.

At the moment, they have made some changes that are not really favourable to the writers and they are not happy about. In fact, there are many articles complaining about it. I think people on Hubpages like the community so much that they don't want to rock the boat. I am not concerned about rocking the boat, I am concerned about fighting for what is right. The platform is just dragging its feet with no real forward-thinking strategy. They send you emails to say your article has been featured like we should be grateful for that. I have never received a $1000 check from Hubpages. On Medium however, I receive regular $1000 checks. It's not easy to get to that stage though but once you do, it never stops.

I stopped writing on Medium for so me weeks and I still earned more than $100 per week for articles that have been sitting there for months. I am on a solid $400 of passive income on there and the rest is from articles that I write and publish every week.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on September 05, 2021:

I share your thoughts and often ask myself why I'm still here. After 11 years and going on 5 million views, I earn less than half today than ever before. I love the community which is the only reason I'm still here.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on September 05, 2021:

Makes sense to me.

intriguewriter (author) from worldwide on September 05, 2021:

Hi Brenda, thanks for your comment. I think the whole community aspect is great but they can't expect people to just spend hours on content and get paid pennies. They need a bonus system and I think it's high time. They really need to shake things up here. I think I'm going to write to them lol

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on September 05, 2021:

Thanks for sharing your frustration.

I wish Hubpages would give us more of an incentive, but I do love the people I talk with on Hubpages.

It's like a unique little family.

As for medium, I haven't tried it yet

Maybe I will look into it one day.

I hope your test works.

Abby Slutsky from America on September 05, 2021:

I just write her because I can write what I want. I agree that I would not recommend it for the compensation, but the community is nice.

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