Are Adsense revenue sharing sites worth your time? Are any revenue sharing sites?
Sometimes they can be. For example, there are a number of extremely prolific writers who enjoy sharing their knowledge on community sites like Hubpages.com, Howto.com and About.com – and they earn a bit of money after some time.
Expectations vs Realities
For the beginner, they shouldn’t expect the same results as the prolific and few. Instead, a beginner writer for a site like Hubpages will find more success if they write about things they actually have studied either professionally or in their spare time, and have useful and plentiful stores of knowledge to tap into while writing the articles.
Secondly, beginners may find more success if they do not rush into building out lots of articles for profit.
Yes, you will begin earning pennies fairly quickly with the right site that has adsense revenue sharing…but to hit the pay out you will need a lot more earnings. Don’t rush, write steadily and when you are truly inspired to share something useful and meaningful to you and others.
Lastly, a beginner should start think about interlinking relevant content that they have already published on a site like Hubpages. This will help people find more of your work online. Another great way to expand your visibility in search engines and to other hubpages users (including the Hubpages staff) is to have a good looking and useful WordPress blog where you write other content on the same subjects, or a related niche subject that you enjoy.
Why is this key?
Problem: No Control Over Domain or Host
Only recently, a very large site called Squidoo.com was sold to Hubpages.com.
What this meant for many people who had sizable, money-making portfolios of writing now had to migrate to a different location. With this, many complications arose. For some this meant a loss in readership, income and/or visibility occurred. In other cases there was an increase.
Though the results varied, it was an overall unpleasant experience because the user base of bloggers on this adsense revenue/affiliate revenue sharing site had no vote or say in the matter.
This is not so with a WordPress.com or Blogger.com free blog where you may write freely and retain access to your content. The domain will not likely change for some time, and you are free to export your posts or get your own domain and retain the blogging platform access. Not so with Squidoo – a site that revealed the challenge and risk that is involved in “piggybacking” on a large site for profit.
The revenue sharing site can go out of business if you don’t personally own it! They can also remove your username — such as in the Hubpages agreement, if I have understood correctly:
Since executives of companies like this are employed toward making a profit for their shareholders, your interest may not be a part of their decision making. When owners change frequently, there is even less loyalty, it seems toward the website, and possibly toward the writers who contribute and earn some money from the site.
Problem: Can you Really Make Money?
Sites like Hubpages seem promising and they can be easy to become excited about. But a lot of that money goes to Hubpages, not you. A user opened a discussion on Hubpages to discuss earning $50 a day. Many people were very far from that goal and some hadn’t even made their first paycheck.
The reason? Is it because they hadn’t written enough articles? Is it because they didn’t have enough traffic? Perhaps not. Many of those posting in the comments have over 100 articles written, some of better quality than those you find on this website!
A High Risk
Pat Flyn wrote for ehow.com in 2008-2009 by optimizing his articles for search terms that were being used in the search engines. In 7 months or so, he had created 150 articles. He claims they were continuing to earn him a steady income of about $140 a month for six months after ceasing to write, edit or update any of his articles. His tips were very insightful as he set himself a challenge and worked hard to reach his goal:
But at this time, I can’t seem to find his articles, let alone his username.
Ehow.com has transformed and has removed user names, it seems. This illustrates, once more, that with ownership being out of the question — your content that earns money may dissapear altogether when management of a big site like Ehow or Squidoo change!
When the payment models change, what will happen to all those people who worked so hard on their articles for these sites?
Best Alternatives: Self-Owned Sites
Our recommendation is, if convenient, please start your own blog or own your own domain and host. That way, should your adsense revenue sharing site go down(and it may!) – you will have a chance to rebuild an authoritative and useful resource on your self-managed site.
Apart from hosting costs, a website is fairly easy and inexpensive to own and maintain. In the long run, if you plan on writing weekly, monthly or daily – it is a good bet that your revenue sharing site will change in a years time, or two years time. Pay structure may change – what then?
If you depend on your hundreds of Hubpages or Ehow articles for a supplemental or savings income, that change in pay structure could drastically devalue your portfolio of work, should such a change come. But you can always control how your site earns money and keep all that you can make if you have full control over the domain, hosting and the blogging platform you use.