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The Pros And Cons Of Writing For Or Leaving HubPages

Carolee is a passionate writer with a love for learning and teaching. She is a published author, poet, blogger, and content creator.

I have been upset with this website many times and in those moments I have pondered leaving Hubpages. I have several blogs and a website ready to publish my articles. However, this is not an easy decision, especially when your primary reason for writing and publishing online is to make an income.

My primary reason for writing is because I love it, but, my primary reason for enduring all that I have done on the internet is to make a name for myself as writer. This include making an income from the one thing I have ever seen myself doing for eternity.

I have been with Hubpages for three years and in that time, I believe, I have gained enough experience with the site to be able to tell you the pros and cons of staying here and what it would mean for you if you should take your hubs and go.

If you are thinking about leaving Hubpages, please read this first.


The pros and cons of writing for Hubpages

The fact is you aren’t really writing for Hubpages, you are writing for yourself and Hubpages offers you a home for your own articles. But saying you are writing for HP sounds good so we’ll use that.


  • Your income is determined by the amount of traffic to your pages. This calculation is determined by the amount of money advertisers are willing to pay per impression.
  • Your freedom to publish whatever you wish is restricted mostly by Adsense policies and guidelines.
  • You must pass through what is called a Bootcamp before your hubs are published automatically (This is for new members only).
  • Your hubs must pass through a Quality Assessment Process (QAP) before being featured or being allowed to be indexed by search engines.
  • You must have at least 20 quality articles before being considered for Adsense. So your first couple dozen hubs will not earn you anything unless (a) you already have an Adsense account prior to signing up with HP, (b) you are lucky and Adsense approves you quickly, (c) you are already an Amazon or eBay affiliate and you can make money by product sales.


  • You get a free subdomain which is similar to you having your website on which to publish your own articles.
  • You are free to publish whatever you choose so long as they are within the guidelines.
  • You can publish how often you choose if any at all.
  • You are a part of a community that is friendly and willing to help if you need it.
  • You earn an income from your articles and stories so long as you are signed up with Adsense.
  • You also get a chance to earn from affiliate sales through Amazon and eBay.
  • There are occasional contest which allows you to earn extra cash.
  • HP is one of the very few remaining articles sites that have not been severely penalized by Google. Quite a number of other websites have closed their doors including Squidoo and Helium.
  • You don’t have to worry about the maintenance of the backend of a website. No coding or paying for your hosting. You are not responsible for the engineering and designing of the website. All you do is write and publish, HP takes care of the rest.
  • Hubpages is highly ranked in Google search and is an established platform for writers. This means it's easier to get noticed here than anywhere else.


  • Your articles will take much longer to rank in Google since you are basically starting fresh. HP is a high ranked website that is already established so your articles will rank faster than if you should go out on your own.
  • You lose income that you already started to make and it will take a very long time to make anywhere near what you make with HP.
  • You have to maintain your own blog and website and this takes a lot of time and effort
  • To rank well with an article website you need your own domain and that takes investment
  • Most established affiliate programs will not sign you up with a new website (like eBay)
  • Google is clamping down on websites that are not niche sites so it’s hard to get recognition for articles that are in a variety of topics. A Marisa mentioned Google doesn't know how to classify blog on a variety of subjects so you won't be indexed easily. Google prefers niche sites and blogs!
  • It’s harder to know when your work is stolen without the support of the HP community or its built in plagiarism checker, unless you have the resources to invest in your own plagiarism software.
  • You are virtually on your own when things go wrong. There is no HP team or community members to turn to.
  • Burning your HP bridges mean you bear all the responsibilities for you articles/website from now on.
  • You must abide by the rules of your advertisers or risk losing your accounts.

The Pros and Cons of taking your hubs and leaving

If you do decide to leave Hubpages there are things to consider first. You must decide what to do with your articles. Are you leaving the online community completely or do you want to publish elsewhere?

These are questions you must answer before deleting your hubs. The choice is yours but you must consider your best options first.

Pros – should you publish on your own website or blog

  • Almost total control over your articles should you publish them on your own domain or blog (Of course you give up some control if you are using ads in your articles).
  • No forum and site rules to follow.
  • Your adsense earnings are all your own – no adshare.
  • Publish whatever you like whenever you like – no QAP.
  • No Bootcamp.
  • Use other advertisers other than Adsense.
  • Use of other affiliate programs other than Amazon and eBay.
  • Choose your own layout for your website or blog.
  • Get paid via other means, other than Paypal, through your affiliate programs or advertisers.

Pros – should you publish on another article website

  • Can’t think of the pros since most of them are now closing and HP offers one of the best adshare payments.
  • Any other article site you find better than HP, please let me know. A lot of people had moved their articles from HP to Squidoo (left HP venting their frustrations). Where are they now? Right back at Hubpages....irony I think.

As mentioned before, leaving HP is not an easy decision. You have to be prepared to take on the responsibility of managing your own website or blog. For a successful website/blog it takes a lot of work and you need to make sure your website is aesthetically pleasing to the reader or they will click away.

You must weigh the pros and cons before you click the delete button.

I was all ready to send my articles to my own website when something drastic happened and my new website went down. I tried to rebuild it but I just couldn’t find the strength again. I may decide to leave one day but for now, the money I get each month helps to pay my internet bill and buy my dog food. I have just enough left over that I can buy lunch at least once per month so I have a reason to stay.

During the past year my HP income has been cut in half when Google rolled out one of their updates and the advertising fees dropped. My traffic plunged but with patience I noticed the traffic picking up again.

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I have also been plagued by thieves but I realized that if I move my hubs when they are stolen I may lose them forever, so that too have kept me here. I would rather fight the thieves and stay than leave and lose my articles. There is no way I can prove the hubs are mine if I delete them now, so it’s HP for me until I can figure out a better way.

I hope you think about the consequences of deleting your hubs and be prepared to live with them. Good luck with your decision.

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— Carolee Samuda

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Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on April 04, 2016:

Thanks Debra. I try my best and will continue to do just that.

Debra Hargrove from North Carolina on February 15, 2016:

Very nice article and great information. Your dedication is always a good example you are setting for the benefits of Hubpages. Your information is also very true. Thanks for this honest and opened reality about writing for Hubpages. I like Hubpages I am learning something new every day that will help me along the way.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on February 07, 2016:

Hi Wesman. I have been thinking of reworking the articles, but I have little to no left on my hands due to my writing gigs. Since December I have not been making much here, but I'll give it another go.

Wesman Todd Shaw from Kaufman, Texas on February 07, 2016:

Methinks you have too many followers to ditch this site. I like to believe those aged urls still have lots of value simply for being old - so anything performing poorly can be rewritten to perform.

This place paid me every month the year I was in exile. I'm feeling some real loyalty to the place for that. Since I won't be watching the super bowl...I need to think of something to get busy on!

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on January 25, 2016:

Hi Laurie. Many of us had a false start when we first joined HP. If I could do it again I would have doe it differently. However, it's not too late to make your hub pages into what you want them to be. Give it your best shot, learn what the pros an cons are, learn what Google wants and you are good to go.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

LaurieNunley517 from Deep South on January 24, 2016:

What an informative Hub! I had a false start here in 2013 and now I want to slowly make a comeback! I see many changes since I was here before. I did not really know whether it was worth the effort to write here as I was seeing the demise of some of the content sites. Your hub is really well written and I especially like that you set it up into Pros and Cons. Thank you for your help and I bet I see you around HP. :)

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on October 01, 2015:

Thanks. :)

Shuchi12 on October 01, 2015:

Nice article :) ..

Amelia Griggs from U.S. on April 24, 2015:

Yes, its hard to say, Cardisa. I agree that the increased traffic was probably due to internal hubbers being interested. I have to admit that I did enjoy getting comments here and there from my new hubs and on the forum that I had started when I was tracking my progress, then the comments slow down a bit.

So in general I say it's a great thing to keep writing on Hubpages but also to expand our writing circle which I am doing, and I'm sure others are doing to. It's like diversification when investing, we can't put our eggs in just one basket. ;-)

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on April 24, 2015:

Hello Easylearnignweb, if your traffic has peeked due to your activity, then I can only guess that it has something to do with other hubbers reading your hubs. Because you are active, the hubbers you interact with are likely to visit your pages. Other than that, I doubt that your internal activity has much to do with organic traffic, except for publishing new hubs, which will hike traffic somehow, so that could also be a factor.

Amelia Griggs from U.S. on April 24, 2015:

Hello again Cardisa,

Well it has now been approximately 4 months since I completed my 30 hubs in 30 days challenge. I did notice a peak of traffic during that time because I was so active. I wish it would continue to peak and I noticed I have to be somewhat active to keep my traffic steady. Do you notice the same?

I also just recently went through all my older unfeatured hubs and optimized them and now I am happy to say that all my hubs are featured.

I am definitely staying and I agree with you and Billybuc that the friendships on Hubpages are one of the main reasons to stay.

It's like a little family or actually a big family of writers, that could learn a lot from each other. :-)

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on April 24, 2015:

I agree Billy. It's hard leaving those connections behind, and even though we haven't met in person, we still share something special.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 24, 2015:

I stay because of my fellow Hubbers. Some of the best friends I have I met on HP. Why would I give up on those friendships?

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on March 19, 2015:

Butch, I am extending a personal invitation to you to join my very new social network for writers, Currently I only have one other member but it's only a few days old. I hope that writers can join and share their experiences, tips and ways to have a better experience online. If you join we can discuss this topic further. I can also give you other tips on how to get your blog to look like a real website.

Butch Tool from Southern California on March 19, 2015:

I think that is a very smart approach. Devote a certain amount to each one. Keeping a schedule definitely will help keep anything from being neglected. It will also keep from getting burned out, I think.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on March 19, 2015:

Butch, you just need to set your priorities and maybe work out some time management. If you have a lot of blogs, make a schedule with the amount of time you will give each site per day. If you don't do that, you'll end up runnign from blog to blog and not doing much.

Butch Tool from Southern California on March 19, 2015:

I am already seeing masses of notifications from Hubpages each day that take time to go through and it makes me wonder how people with lots of sites all sending out notifications every day handle the tide of notifications. I imagine there is probably a setting to only get an overview every day, but then I would miss being able to interact in a timely matter. Seems like a lot of time must be spent managing it all when there are even more sites and pages involved.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on March 19, 2015:

Hi Butch, at the moment I don't have a method. I check my blogs every day but I don't publish as often as I would like. I am working on blogging full time but I need to start making real money

Butch Tool from Southern California on March 18, 2015:

It kind of sucks that your blog may be deleted if it is too diverse. I mean, I imagine a lot of writers starting out like floating around from topic to topic. It seems like such a hassle to have to start a new blog for each category. I imagine this takes a lot more time devoted to keeping up with the management of several different niches. How do you keep all your sites organized? Do they all have different emails that you have to log into individually every day to check? Handling several blogs kind of seems like a nightmare when it comes to being a time drain. What is your method to keep from spending too much time just managing the various blogs you have?

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on January 08, 2015:

Hello Peachpurple, I am so sorry about what's happening over at Bubblews. I went there briefly but never really got around to doing much. I think I published 4 short articles and left. I am really disappointed about the way the site owners have handled the situation.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on January 08, 2015:

although i know it is hard to earn a dollar a day, I never give up on hubpages. I did left here for a year, went to bubblews but hubpages did not close my inactive account , yet gave me my earnings . Never give up hubpages. I love here

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on December 08, 2014:

Merry Christmas to you too, and a very prosperous New Year!

Amelia Griggs from U.S. on December 08, 2014:

Yay! That's good to hear. I'm in between work projects at the moment, so I'm taking advantage of this opportunity to write, write and write so more! I'm hoping I will encourage others to write more, too. This is also motivating me for the new year when I'm planning to embark on some bigger writing projects.

Happy Holidays and a Prosperous New Year in 2015!

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on December 08, 2014:

I hope your traffic goes up, because it has been sinking lately. It just picked up a little due to the Christmas season.

Amelia Griggs from U.S. on December 08, 2014:

Thanks, Cardisa! Yes, I've been eating my wheaties and I'm on a hubpage writing roll. I'm hoping this helps in many ways, with motivation, traffic and which topics or hot and which are not!

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on December 08, 2014:

Hi Easylearningweb, that is a great challenge. I have done it before and it's a great way to know that you will have something published regularly for the month. It takes a lot of time and energy, so good luck!

Amelia Griggs from U.S. on December 08, 2014:

Hi Cardisa and All, While deciding to stay or go, I've decided to embark on a 3o hubs in 30 days challenge. I created a hub to track all my hubs, and right now I'm on day 4. I also created a thread to track and post my progress. Please cheer me on! I can use the support...and I'm thinking after completing this challenge, I'll definitely know about the ups and downs of traffic if the posting of hubs is heavy vs. lite. I had been very "lite" with creating hubs the last year or so, and now I wish I did the challenge a couple years ago, which is when Hubpages seemed to have peaked.

Wish me luck and I hope this challenge helps me and others decide on whether to stay or go! ;-) I still have high hopes for Hubpages. :-)

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on December 08, 2014:

Hi Perspycacious, thank you! I do try my

Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on December 08, 2014:

Talk about an inviting topic! "Pros and Cons" well presented keep us reading and thinking. What more can we ask from a Hub? Thanks.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on November 12, 2014:

Hello Prarieprincess, nice to see you :)

Yes I agree, there is no other online community like HP. I have also had traffic issues but I'm working on my blogs as well and hoping that those will make me some money. I feel it's time I stop freelancing so I slowing releasing my clients.

Good luck with your blogs and I our traffic returns.

Sharilee Swaity from Canada on November 11, 2014:

Cardisa, my traffic has tanked (only about 1/3 of what it was 2 months ago) and I had thought of leaving, but quite honestly, I don't have the time. I am working on my blogs, and on trying to get freelance clients. I do hope HP picks up again, and HP has the best community BAR NONE. I haven't really written on here for over a year, and I miss this wonderful community so much. As far as I am concerned, there is nothing else like it! Great article!

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on November 01, 2014:

Some people register with a copyright organization, but when you hit that publish button here on HP your article automatically becomes your legal property so there is no need to register. So long as you can prove that you own the material by providing the first published copy, then you don't/wont have a problem.

Kevin Sutton from Gulf Shores, Alabama on November 01, 2014:

ok. thanks cardisa now I understand how that works. Where do you copyright them at?

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on November 01, 2014:

Hello Kev, copyrighting an article only marks it that you are the rightful owner, it does not prevent stealing. In most cases, HP's built in plagiarism checker will detect if your article has been copied elsewhere. You can also do a simple search by selecting a line (no more than 32 words) of your article and pasting it in "quotes" in your browser search, click search and you will see where those exact words have been published. As for where they are stolen to, the answer is anywhere. Thieves have their won websites and blogs and they publish them there.

Kevin Sutton from Gulf Shores, Alabama on November 01, 2014:

Very informative article Cardisa thanks again. It really paint a good picture for me of what I am working with here on hubpages.c But I read where you mentioned something about do you identify them? or where have your articles been stolen to? Even if you copy right it they will still steal it?? how does that work? thanks in advance

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on October 28, 2014:

Thanks Marisa, will do that first.

Kate Swanson from Sydney on October 28, 2014:

Cardisa, if you're moving your Hubs to your own blogs, you don't have to delete them from here first. Just move them and publish them to the blog, THEN double-check to make sure it hasn't been stolen, THEN delete. That way you already have a "live" copy before you commit.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on October 26, 2014:

Thanks Ron, I never thought of that but that's a great idea. The main problem I have is that if the article is here and I remove it, then realize it was stolen before I deleted it from HP. Unless I can find the cached URL then I lose my articles. Most thieves are stealing our articles within minutes of them being published so it's risky business removing them.

Ronald E Franklin from Mechanicsburg, PA on October 26, 2014:

Cardisa, regarding being able to prove articles that have been copied are yours if you ever take them down. When Yahoo Contributor Network went away I had a number of articles that had been stolen than would no longer be on the YCN site. I copied all my YCN articles to my own site (having set robots.txt to tell search engines not to index them). Then whenever I filed a DMCA request, I included a link to my online copy of the original article. All those requests have been honored, and there's never been a question about ownership.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on October 09, 2014:

Thanks Glen, but I do agree with what you said and I think it's worth mentioning.

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on October 09, 2014:

No need to adjust your hub Carolee. I was only mentioning my own thoughts. What you said is fine as is. Well done!

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on October 09, 2014:

I totally agree Glenn. That is why I mentioned that they must stick to the guidelines of their advertisers. I did not mention Google in that context, but I did mention that Google prefers sites that are built around one subject. I should adjust the hub to reflect your suggestion...thank you.

Thanks for stopping by.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on October 09, 2014:

Hi Grand Old Lady, some person's traffic suffered over the last few months. Mine tanked earlier in the year but am now seeing an increase. I guess for everyone it's somewhat different. This hub was written to help those who are frustrated make an informed decision before leaving this website.

Thanks for coming by.

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on October 09, 2014:

I am not planning to leave HP but I read your hub out of curiosity. You made some very important points. That last thing you mentioned is something most people don't pay attention to when they move their hubs off HP, and that is to check if it was stolen. As you said, once deleted, they can't prove they had the original.

As for comparing pros and cons, I do already have my one site. I use it only for my business related articles, so HubPages is not the place of those anyway. But I have learned a lot by writing on HubPages, mostly about what Google wants, and I applied those lessons to my business articles. In the process, I discovered a much-improved traffic to my own site.

The cons for staying on HP are not really cons. The limitations on freedom to publish are the same on HP as it is on our own site. No matter where we publish, we need to apply the same Quality Standards to our own work in order to get search traffic. This basically means writing to benefit the reader more than to benefit ourselves. That's what Google is looking for.

With that said, anyone thinking of leaving HP should definitely read your hub first. All your points are important considerations.

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on October 09, 2014:

I have been pretty busy and unable to pay attention to Hub pages, but did notice some forums about a drop in income. Your article helped to present a cohesive picture of choices. I never planned to leave HP and right now, am just kinda busy but miss the gang here.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on October 05, 2014:

Hi Nadine, I am glad to hear you are here to stay. HP provides an opportunity to writers to gain practice, experience and exposure. Thanks for visiting. :)

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on October 05, 2014:

I'm always glad to read an article on this topic of writing for cash on the internet. Hubpages does more for me than just having the opportunity to earn money. That will hopefully happen in the long run. Then it might create a passive income. For now my aim is to keep up by writing at least 4 articles each month, but September was not a good month for writing for me. My computer needed a reformat and the work to get everything back to where it all was took days to sort out.

I'm here to stay!

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on October 04, 2014:

Hi Easylearningweb, this is a great community and the pros does seem to outweigh the cons. I too will be creating more hubs from now on, now that I found my second

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on October 04, 2014:

Hi MetroidFan89, welcome to Hubpages. Congrats on the new career choice. HP is a wonderful place to showcase your writing and I hope you find success here.

Amelia Griggs from U.S. on October 04, 2014:

Good hub, Cardisa. To me, the good definitely outweighs the not-so-good. There are so many more advantages. I will definitely be staying. Hubpages was and still is my springboard for writing. Once I joined in past, I felt like I walked up a new excitng path like the yellow brick road. I gained more confidence with all the wonderful comments from this great community of writers!

I also love the Hubpages interface and overall look and functionality. I think we all made a great choice to join. Lately I have been a little less active but soon I will get back to creating lots more new hubs.

Just like in the Wizard of Oz, we choose this path and it's a fun and exciting adventure! I think we are learning a lot along the way, I know I am, and without sounding too corney, we can reach emerald city however we see fit, by writing 100 hubs, writing our first book, or follow whatever writing path we choose.

Let's all reach for the stars, while floating on a hubpage cloud. Success to all!

D. Shaw from Austin, Texas on October 04, 2014:

I'm glad I read this. I'm leaving my current job to pursue a career in video game journalism. Hubpages gives me an opportunity to go after my dreams and shine bright. I'm going to do my very best to provide great content here.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on October 03, 2014:

LOL, I never thought of "niche" that way. I guess you are right Marisa, not everyone understands internet terminology.

Kate Swanson from Sydney on October 03, 2014:

Yes, I guess what I meant was that "niche site" means something to us, but not everyone understands internet jargon - some people would think it meant "small"!

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on October 03, 2014:

Thanks Marisa. I think I mentioned that Google hated such sites and prefers niche I'll make it clearer so that readers understand it it way you explained it.

Kate Swanson from Sydney on October 03, 2014:

One important point which you might like to add, Cardisa, is that if you write on a variety of subjects, there's no point transferring them all to one single blog or website. That will work ONLY if all your articles are on one subject, otherwise Google won't be able to classify the blog and will simply ignore it. Google hates small non-specialist websites - our sub-domains only avoid this problem due to the heavy interlinking with other Hubbers' sub-domains.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on October 02, 2014:

Hi Mary, this week was the first time I published anything new in months. I realized that I had to keep my account active in some way. I also want to increase the amount of articles I have here, so I forced myself to publish something and gradually the urge to write for HP came back.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on October 02, 2014:

I feel bad because I haven't written anything new in a few months. My old Hubs just sit there neglected and forlorn.

Great Hub with good pros and cons.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on October 02, 2014:

Rebecca, I do get a fair amount of traffic to my blogs from HP as well, so that's another advantage.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on October 02, 2014:

Thanks for sharing these pointers. I am having some with using HP to drive traffic to my own site as well...another pro.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on October 02, 2014:

Hi James, glad to see you and glad that you have decided to hang around to read my stuff. I value your feedback and interest in my work. Thank you my friend :)

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on October 02, 2014:

Hi Audrey, and bot do we get frustrated often

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on October 02, 2014:

Hello Mdscoggins, thanks for visiting my hubspace. Oooh boy, there have been many times I get upset at things here but I have to sit back and weight the pros and cons every time. I always decide to

James W. Nelson from eastern North Dakota on October 02, 2014:

Boy do you get the comments, Carolee! And you have earned them! I started reading them but too many. I looked at the voting but didn't vote, as none really matched me. One of the reasons I stay is to continue reading you, my good friend, you and Peg Cole. Great article and professionally written!

Audrey Howitt from California on October 02, 2014:

Useful hub! I know we all think about leaving when frustrated--very balanced view here

Michelle Scoggins from Fresno, CA on October 02, 2014:

Great way of taking it all in Cardisa. There are certainly advantages and disadvantages here at HP and choosing is a personal decision. I really like the community aspect here and until I am ready to take on my writing more toward a full time gig I will stay :)

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on October 02, 2014:

Hi MT, thanks for stopping in. Thank you so much for the complement, I do try my best to make my hubs

Shasta Matova from USA on October 02, 2014:

I love the formatting of this hub! You have laid out the pros and cons very nicely so people can make their own decisions. I really like this site and plan on staying for as long as they let me.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on October 02, 2014:

Hello Carter06, thank you for your comment. Making a decision such as this one (either way) is never easy and one should think carefully before deciding.

Mary from Cronulla NSW on October 02, 2014:

I'm really glad you have written this article Cardissa..I still feel glad to be writing here for many reasons which I think I will write about in a hub..I like the way you suggest that people should give it a lot of thought either way to stay or go and outlining the pros and cons brings balance to what I would imagine to a very difficult decision..well thought out and written..


Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on October 01, 2014:

LOL Paula, yes, like those bad relationships.

Suzie from Carson City on October 01, 2014:

OH yeah mean like those half dozen or so HORRENDOUS relationships we got all emotionally wrapped up with and then spent 2 years regretting them??? I HEAR ya, girlfriend!

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on October 01, 2014:

Timetraveler2, yes, Google has been going after content farms hence, HP is the only one really left standing. I think Infobarrel is still up but that site was always under the radar. I also agree with niche sites, if you get hit you lose whole thing!

The problem with writing communities and Google is the vast amount of spam and scraped content that they encounter. One should be pretty safe if they publish on their own website. But this will take some tie to get ranked well.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on October 01, 2014:

Availiasvision, you are a wise woman! LOL, I agree, leave the hubs let them age and trickle in the income.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on October 01, 2014:

Hi Suzette, I agree. I couldn't find another community like HP so I never went elsewhere. I remembered signing up with Squidoo and could write a lens there. The one I did write I forgot about until last week when HO informed me that my account has been migrated, not I have an HP account with only one

Sondra Rochelle from USA on October 01, 2014:

I discovered a serious problem with writing in a niche, which I was advised to do some time ago. If Google goes after it,you lose the whole niche! Or if it is seasonal, you starve the rest of the year. What Google really wants is to get rid of content farms, and except for HP, they've done a pretty good job of it so far. I won't leave HP, even though I have currently lost 90% of my traffic, but I definitely will write in more than one niche, and then very, very little.

Jennifer Arnett from California on October 01, 2014:

I'm glad that I stayed. The community is worth it. You can still run other websites to gain income. Often blogs are focused on one topic, so HP is a great place to put articles of random topics. There is no harm in leaving them up and letting a few bucks trickle in. I say, do both!

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on October 01, 2014:

This is such an interesting and informative hub. You cover all the bases and really give all the pros and cons of staying or leaving. I am staying as I enjoy HP. There is no better writing community anywhere on the internet. The feed back and friendships made here are not found other places in my opinion. No place will ever be perfect but HP does pretty well. This is well thought out and presented well. Thanks for your knowledge and thoughts.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on October 01, 2014:

Hey there Paula, nice to see you!

Yes, I always try to weight my options before any decision. I find that we tend to make rash decisions based on emotions and then end up regretting them.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on October 01, 2014:

Hello Robertzimmerman2, welcome to Hubpages.

I am glad you understand what it takes to manage your own website. Many people plunge into it without knowing the consequences.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on October 01, 2014:

Sallybea, I am sorry about the dilemma you are facing but I have been there too. Give it some time, things will turn around.

I have more than a dozen hubs with the little red symbol. What I do is wait until I am in a fighting mood then spend a few hours and file my DMCA complaints. It takes determination not to give up. Sometimes we give up just when things are about to get better.

Hang in there friend.

Suzie from Carson City on October 01, 2014:

Cardisa......Excellent! Pros and Cons, IMO, is almost always the best way to look at something in an honest and practical way before making a major decision.

It's obvious you put a great deal of thought and consideration into this topic. Every hubber should read this, if only for possible future reference.

At this point in time, I am as satisfied as I want to be with HP. I appreciate the solid information you have provided. Up+++ shared & tweeted.

robertzimmerman2 on October 01, 2014:

I do not have the time to do my own blog/website (done websites before for others so I know what it takes) and the transfer of my few lenses to HP to me will give them the chance they deserve and never got on Squidoo. I had 25 lenses just when it took the big dive into foolishness.

Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on October 01, 2014:


This Hub comes at a time when I was beginning to feel that I was fighting against a brick wall. I have given up fighting the thieves. I have watched my traffic plunge this past week and my hub score has dropped to it's lowest ever. It is singularly depressing. I was beginning to wonder if the hard work was worth it as I did join HubPages in an effort to bring in an income.

Thanks for posting this because it has given me something to think about.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on October 01, 2014:

Hello Blond Logic, yes, niche sites do better.

Content sites like Hubpages did well a few years back, when Google liked big sites. There were many content sites popping up and making lots of money. But because of spam and scrapers Google changed its tactics. It still likes big sites but prefers niche sites to article sites like these, that's why so many have closed their doors.

I'm glad you didn't remove your articles. It's hard to find another website like hubpages. Many people had moved their articles to Squidoo and had to return the other day.

Mary Wickison from USA on October 01, 2014:

I haven't decided to leave, but am taking a break from it.

I still pop by to tweak my hubs and read others. However I seem pulled in too many directions at the moment.

You have done an excellent job at listing the pros and cons. I think all too often we react to an update and pull them off here.

I think we are better off with a community behind us.

It is interesting what you said with regards to a niche market. I can see that with random posts, it is easy to get lost in the masses.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on October 01, 2014:

Hi Phyllis, thank you for a thoughtful comment. I have considered leaving Hubpages especially last year. I was going through a rough time with nasty hubbers, content thieves and my own grief after losing my brother. However, I decided to stay after realizing how much work it would be to maintain my own website. It's hard enough managing my blogs along with my clients. I'm glad I stayed.

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on October 01, 2014:

Hi Cardisa. I know you have given these issues a lot of thought for awhile. I admire the fact that you can seriously consider the pros and cons and present them to other writers in an easy to understand and pleasing format.

Have I considered leaving HubPages? A few times in the four years I have been here.

Will I leave HubPages? No. That is a solid decision. I enjoy the benefits and opportunities HubPages offers and I love the community.

Thank you for writing this very useful hub.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on October 01, 2014:

Hello Kathleen, yes, people reading your work (much like you are doing now) is motivation. I remember when I was new to HP and published a hub, I would keep checking for new comments....okay...I still

Thanks for reading and commenting.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on October 01, 2014:

Hi Linda, I remember not seeing you for a while. I am glad you decided to return because, the truth is, HP is a good choice. I know we have our ups and downs here, but it's a great place to publish and earn.

Thanks for stopping by.

Kathleen Odenthal from Bridgewater on October 01, 2014:

Great hub Cardissa! You put together a cohesive and honest piece that I hope all hubbers get a chance to read! Sometimes writing here can feel like a losing battle, but the knowledge that others are reading my work (even if it isn't the quantity of people I would like) is enough to keep me writing! Voted up and shared

LindaSmith1 from USA on October 01, 2014:

I did leave for awhile and moved most of my hubs. In past 6 months my income has tripled and I have seen at least one sale per month. I should have followed advice from seasoned writers: Leave your content and let it age

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