I’ve decided to gradually pull my content off HubPages. With so many posts being no-indexed (by HubPages) it seems I could make more money hosting them myself running Adsense/ Amazon and keeping 100% of the revenue. I already have the blogs up and in need of content. In trying to write for the networks and have some active presence in their communities I have spread myself thin.
You may think there is no point to ever writing for a network. But, I have liked being part of the writing networks for the community, the networking and the sharing of ideas. Also, for the writing discipline of knowing I’m sticking to a schedule and meeting goals not entirely of my own making. Being our own boss is only good when you have a fairly pushy boss.
At HubPages though, the content scraping was pretty much the last straw. I found two of my posts stolen and even though I sent a DMCA it is just a joke, a waste of time. It’s too easy to ignore an email which the writer can’t afford to back up with legal fees.
It would be nice if HubPages gave us some support with content scraping/ theft. At the very least, find a way to prevent it. But, they don’t seem to be working on anything like that. In the forum they have said it is our content and our problem. However, the way I see it, it is their network and thus they should be offering some support to the writers who write and bring traffic which HubPages profits from.
Anyway, I’ve been feeling discouraged and decided it was time for a change.
How will writing networks like HubPages, Suite101, About.com and the others fare over the next few years? There have been many changes in the past ten or so years since writing networks began. Some call them content farms.