What I learned from being banned by hubpages

I was flabbergasted last night: it turns out my account was banned. I’ve calmed down a bit. I’ve saved my content and stats and am moving forward. Here are a few take-away’s. The main one is obvious: don’t trust Hubpages! Set... Read More

All my accounts & all my hubs unpublished! @hubpages

I was going to post this on the forums but it turns out that I’m not allowed anymore. So here is to all former squids – so you know what hubpages is turning into. Over the past few days ALL my hubs on three of my accounts have been... Read More

How to move a hub?

Someone asked: So question for you all, when you move your hubs, where do you move them to and do you need to ask for the hub to be unpublished? I’m so confused, I have just let my sqhbs sit there…….. Since this seems a common... Read More

Linking myths – post Panda and Penguin

Google has been making life harder for those of us who make a living online. With sites closing left and right – because Google stopped giving them traffic – authors are getting a big paranoid about what linking practices are ‘allowed’ and/or considered ‘spammy’.

I can’t really blame people: common sense just isn’t enough anymore. However, some things floating around the online forums are just plain nonsensical.

So here are some questions I have been asked recently, and my answers. Continue reading Linking myths – post Panda and Penguin

Squidoo is dead, Long Live Hubpages

squidoo-trophiesOn August 15th, Seth Godin announced that the website I have long been making a living on, Squidoo, is going. The content and it’s authors are moving to Hubpages (and therefore the money making opportunities as well). It was a stressful day, so I had to process information quickly. I decided within half an hour that I liked this news. While I once loved Squidoo, I had come to distrust its management. Hubpages was always slightly annoying, and boring, but it is run by competent people. The kind who actually know how to build a site.

Was it really that bad at Squidoo? Yes, it really was.

I’ve been silent on Squidoo’s many mistakes in public, over the last year, because I was still making money there and it was becoming clear HQ wasn’t listening to feedback anyhow. The only thing I did was advise people to stay out of Squidoo if they weren’t already in.

Now that the take-over is official, I can finally open my pen. This is mainly about the stuff that happened after the panda update that penalized Squidoo late 2012, early 2013. Continue reading Squidoo is dead, Long Live Hubpages

Why Hubpages lost and Squidoo didn’t in the latest Google update

I’ve been working on a post comparing Squidoo and hubpages for months now. It kept getting postponed, because Squidoo kept changing on me. In fact, most of my notes on the differences are now moot, because Squidoo has simply bridged the gap.... Read More

20 tips on how to interlink your online properties (websites, lenses, hubs, articles)

When you are trying to make a living online, one of the things we hear a lot of are LINKS. Links are hugely important to getting pages to rank in Google and Bing. However, they’re the hardest thing to get right. I see people worrying about links... Read More

Google surprises: Changes in the Google SERPS Oct. 2010

I’ve been watching Google¬† for years, but this month things are different. They’re simply weird. Some of these changes are probably not new – merely new to the Dutch serps – but since they change the game of online promotion... Read More

When should you get an google adsense account?

AKA: how to avoid getting banned by google adsense.

Short answer: you should get an adsense account when the online properties you are going to be using it on have at least 100 visitors a day among them.

I know this blogpost will likely not be read by those it needs to reach: newby online marketers who will sign up for adsense as soon as they create their first blogpost or hubpage. They will likely only read this post when they’re already banned from adsense. Unfortunately, by then it’s too late. Google is notoriously bad at letting people into their program that have already been banned once.

Now that I’ve made you all suitably scared, here’s the deal. Continue reading When should you get an google adsense account?