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Thursday, September 11, 2014

My Transition from Squidoo to HubPages

http://nickdaws.hubpages.com/hub/greece-travel-tips

A few weeks ago in this post I discussed the fact that the self-publishing platform Squidoo was being taken over by HubPages.

As I said in that post, the general idea was that all active Squidoo lenses would be migrated to the HubPages platform. You could ease the transition by setting up a HubPages account yourself, which is something I did at the time.

I also took the precaution of giving both my current Squidoo lenses a promotional boost. This helped move one of them from work-in-progress to featured lens status, which in turn improved its chances of being chosen for migration to the new platform.

Anyway, I was pleased this week to receive an email from HubPages confirming that both my lenses had been successfully migrated to HubPages. Here are links if you would like to see what they look like now...

Greece Travel Tips - http://nickdaws.hubpages.com/hub/greece-travel-tips

How To Write a Book - http://nickdaws.hubpages.com/hub/how-to-write-a-book-1

As you may notice, the sites look a bit different now. In particular, some of the modules in Greece Travel Tips haven't survived the transition so well. I will need to research this and see what I can do to restore them or add something better.

I am finding the HubPages back end quite user-friendly, though. In particular, I have already configured all the monetization options, including adding my Google AdSense code, and signing up for the HubPages Amazon and eBay affiliate programs.

The latter two are not the same as any existing affiliate accounts you may hold with these companies, incidentally. You are allowed to use your own Amazon affiliate code if you prefer, but HubPages recommend using theirs, so for now at least I have done that. They say that earnings tend to be better if you do this, so unless I discover otherwise I will believe that! In any event, doing this ensures that any Amazon earnings are added to my other HubPages income, which is more convenient all round.

I also added my tax information. Being a non-US resident, this proved quite straightforward. It was basically just a matter of confirming that I didn't live in the US and didn't have any employees or business activities there. I did not have to provide any UK tax information.

The stats available from the HubPages homepage are similar to those that were provided by Squidoo. I have posted a screen capture below.


As ever, you can click on the image to see a larger version. Use the Back button on your browser to return here.

In addition, HubPages makes it easy to include all your hubs (sites) in Google Analytics, so I have done that as well. This gives you access to more detailed statistics such as bounce rate, and also provides independent corroboration (hopefully) of HubPages' figures.

I still have a lot to learn about how HubPages works, but will be delving into it in more detail in the coming weeks.

If you have any tips or advice on working with HubPages, I'd love to read them. And obviously, if you have recently completed the transition from Squidoo to HubPages as well, I'd be interested to hear about your experiences. Please post any comments below.

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1 Comments:

Blogger Nick said...

I have begun editing the two Hubs now, so the formatting is starting to look a bit better.

2:59 PM  

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