I have written a new article on using disposable email addresses from spamgourmet.com to protect your email address from spammers. I deliberated a little bit on where to submit it – Yahoo! Voices or HubPages? It is a rhetorical question at this point, but here are the pros and cons.
This used to be Associated Content, one of the advantages of publishing articles there is that they often pay a little bit up front for pieces they think will have broad, long-lasting appeal. Another ‘pro’ is the brand recognition garnered by any Yahoo! site compared to HubPages.
HubPages has its own set of advantages over Yahoo!. For instance, one always has the ability to update or delete articles on HP. Images and video can be embedded throughout the article, as well as automatic support for the inclusion of interactive maps, polls, and quizzes. Both sites share advertising revenue with the authors, but on Yahoo! it is all in their control. HP lets you, at your own discretion, include Ebay capsules and Amazon ads, as well as adsense.
Historically, HP has paid better in terms of residual income, when the earnings are adjusted by the number of articles I have on each. I have 5 times the number of articles on Yahoo! Voices than I have on HubPages, but my monthly income from Yahoo! is only about 30% higher. So the financial incentive seems to point to choosing HP, but…
I originally elected Yahoo! anyway. My intent is to link several other articles to this one, including some privacy policies on various web sites. I figured the Yahoo! name would carry more weight. However, Yahoo! rejected the piece with the following canned text:
”…we do not publish content that contains affiliate marketing links, nor do we publish content related to, about, or linking to websites that contain such content (such as programs offering incentives to click links or ads, read emails, or surf other websites).”
I can assure everyone, there were no affiliate links in the article, nor were there links to any sites promoting incentives to click links or ads, etc. There is a link to spamgourmet.com, the service the entire article is about, which is a non-profit provider of disposable email addresses. There is a link to Smokers Kastle’s web site, which is used in a hypothetical way for providing real examples of how disposable email addresses can be used. Finally, there is a link to a posting here on JP about hosted email servers as a means to combat spam and malware. None of these sites host any kind of link or traffic-generation incentives. A few ads are here, but that in itself shouldn’t have led to the reasons I was given in the rejection notice.
I didn’t bother trying to argue with Yahoo! or edit the article. As you might have guessed, I published it without incident on HubPages. Please check out How To Fight Spam with spamgourmet. I hope the article does really well there, just so I can thumb my nose at Yahoo!.