Post New Article on Yahoo! Voices or HubPages?

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.

Yahoo! Voices:

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:

 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 ”…we do not publish content that contains affiliate marketing links, nor do we publish content related to, about, or linking to websites that contain such content (such as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!.

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Growing up the eldest son of a genuine horse trader (my Mom), I’ve accumulated a wealth of stories surrounding horses and horse people. Some are funny (at least in retrospect), and some are touching or poignant. Some of these stories are even true. Well, mostly true. Some of the names have been changed to protect the guilty, and to compensate for my failing memory. I certainly wouldn’t guarantee the historical accuracy of anything I say or write. Oh yeah - I'm also an IT Consultant, and sometimes I write articles about technology, current events, and anything else I take a notion to.
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5 Responses to Post New Article on Yahoo! Voices or HubPages?

  1. Maddie Ruud says:

    We’re glad to have you at HubPages! If you ever have trouble publishing or have questions, please feel free to hit me up! And thanks for the shout-out!

    Maddie Ruud
    Community Manager
    HubPages

  2. Angela T. says:

    Joe, I’m new to Yahoo Voices and HubPages. I have noticed that Yahoo allows simultaneous publication, so I’m curious why you wouldn’t have simply done that. Is it that HubPages does not allow this?

    Thanks for any more info in advance-

  3. joe says:

    Angela – welcome to Yahoo, HP, and my blog. HP requires its content to be exclusive for the first year. After a year the content can be posted to other sites.

    Note though that there are SEO reasons for not posting articles in multiple places. Google will penalize your search rankings for what it sees as duplicated material. For that reason I generally only publish on one site, and more and more that is HubPages for me.

  4. Jacob L says:

    I’m fairly new to freelancing, but I have had some success and some frustrating moments on Y!CN so far. I’ve made good money on some articles that have been promoted on Y! Sports. Things that only get published on Y! Voices…nada. Google just doesn’t like Voices. I have received some $5 upfront payments, but then get rejected for upfront payments on articles for absurd reasons. Their new academy articles, on the other hand, are immensely useful. I doubt there is a more useful collection of “writing for web” information available on the internet. I’m unsure if I could really make any money on HP either, though.

  5. stretch mark says:

    With havin so much content and articles do you ever run into any problems of plagorism or copyright violation?
    My site has a lot of exclusive content I’ve either created myself or outsourced but it looks like a lot of it is popping
    it up all over the internet without my authorization. Do you know
    any ways to help prevent content from being stolen? I’d genuinely appreciate it.

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