HubPages Vs. Steemit

Updated on January 12, 2018

A. Introduction

This time I decided to give politics a rest and do a human-interest story for a change. I’m a member of four different writing sites, which are HubPages, Steemit, Infobarrel, and iWriter. However, because I have only really been active on HubPages and Steemit for the past seven months to a year, I have decided to focus on these two specific writing sites here on this Hub of mine. Now, I have read what other Hubbers have written about Steemit and what their experiences have been with that writing site so far. However, what I find so interesting is that not even one of them has really done an article comparing Steemit with HubPages. Then again, some of you may come back and accuse me of comparing apples and oranges, because, after all, both writing sites have such unique and individualistic features that it can get difficult to compare them both with each other. However, I still believe that there are certain characteristics about both writing sites that should be compared with one another.

Some of you reading this Hub here of mine may ask me the million-dollar question. Which is a better site to write for? HubPages or Steemit? That question really has no answer to it, because both writing sites have their pros and their cons. The best way that I could answer such a question would be for me to tell you that you should join the writing site that best suits your particular needs as an author or a journalist. I joined both of these writing sites, because I wanted to reap the benefits from both of them of being able to publish quality work; and there are certain articles that I find more suitable for publication on HubPages than on Steemit and other ones to be more suitable for publication on Steemit than on HubPages. When you get involved in the world of online literary content creation, there is really no specific writing site that has a one-size-fits-all formula for everyone. That is the reason why I guess you could say that I am a joiner whenever it has to do with selecting which writing sites I want to use to publish my articles. Moreover, I feel that it is better to become a member of multiple writing sites rather than just one of them, because I come from the school of thought that one should not put all their eggs in one basket. That is, if one writing site should ever go out of business and disappear from the Internet forever, then at least you will still have published writings of yours on other writing sites.

What I am about to describe about HugPages in my comparison of it with Steemit may seem redundant to most of you inasmuch as you are and likely have been Hubbers for some time now. However, for the sake of providing thorough details in such comparisons, I will proceed to describe the characteristics of HubPages as I compare it with Steemit. If you want to find out exactly what Steemit is all about and what it has to offer you, then you need to go to its main introductory page.

Despite the handful of articles that Hubbers have written about Steemit, it surprises me how many Hubbers there still are who know nothing about Steemit. At the same time, I have discovered that there are many members of Steemit who have no idea what HubPages is and have never heard of it. Perhaps if enough members from both writing sites read this Hub of mine here, then that wall of mystery will forever be eliminated. Both writing sites are competitive. However, are they really in competition with each other? This Hub of mine here will help you decide for yourself.

B. HubPages Is More User-Friendly Than Steemit

Steemit is still in its Beta mode, which means that the people who run that writing site still have many kinks to work out with their website before it is as user-friendly as it should be. First of all, HubPages sets no limit on how much time you have to edit your articles, whereas Steemit only gives you seven days from the date of an article’s publication for you to make changes on it. After those seven days are gone, you can still post comments at the bottom of any article of yours on Steemit to alert your readers of any typographical errors you’ve made in an article and what it should read. However, I have to admit that I like the idea that HubPages doesn’t set any such time limit for their writers to edit their Hubs; and as far as I’m concerned, it should be that way for every writing site.

Second of all, when you do edit an article on Steemit, there are certain procedures that you must repeat all over again to get the article to look exactly the way that you want it to appear. It can get very frustrating after so many times of editing an article of yours on Steemit after you have discovered a typographical error or two or if you wish to make an editorial change on the contents altogether. HubPages provides you with more tools to piece your article together professionally than Steemit does, and, in figurative words, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to get everything right the first time around on HubPages.

Third of all, HubPages allows for you to unpublish any article that you publish on their writing site. Steemit doesn’t allow for you to do so. At least not directly nor easily. So now you’re probably asking me, “What if I publish an article on Steemit and I receive a cease-and-desist letter in the mail, asking me to remove it from Steemit to avoid a potential lawsuit?” In that situation, the only course of action that you could take would be to flag your article and ask Steemit to remove it. I know that it may sound ridiculous, but it is the only way I know of in which a writer can unpublish an article on Steemit. I would only hope that Steemit would respond quickly to anyone in that situation.

Of course, I am not going to be harsh on Steemit, because, after all, I am a member of that writing site myself. Moreover, Steemit is in its Beta mode, which means that one is expected to encounter certain inconveniences and problems in piecing together an article on that writing site and publishing it and perhaps even unpublishing it. In other words, Steemit is still taking its initial baby steps toward becoming a writing site that is as user-friendly as HubPages and other writing sites. HubPages, on the other hand, has been in existence for a significantly longer time than Steemit, and, therefore, HubPages is more established than Steemit.

C. Steemit Is More Lenient About Controversial Topics Than HubPages

Now, I’m not going to say that HubPages is a convent or a monastery for writers and literary content creators on the Internet. It is not. In fact, HubPages even welcomes controversial topics in its introductory instructions for becoming a Hubber. However, there is no way to deny that Steemit is much more lenient about allowing its writers to publish controversial content on their writing site than HubPages is on theirs. HubPages specifies in its rules and regulations that there are certain topics that should not and even will not be entertained at all on their writing site. I will not specify what those topics are, because most of you out there reading this Hub of mine here are Hubbers yourself and you know what those topics are. Those of you who are not Hubbers can easily find out what those forbidden topics are by reviewing HubPages’s rules and regulations.

I had a personal experience with HubPages’s censorship policy myself, for a lack of a better term. I had published a Hub regarding the inadequacy of the inheritance laws here in the United States of America, and certain words in my Hub triggered some kind of automatically generated system on HubPages to turn off all of the advertisements in that same Hub of mine. Much to my relief, after a moderator from HubPages did a manual review of my Hub, that same moderator turned the advertisements for that same Hub of mine back on. Unless someone actually flags your articles, you will never encounter that sort of setback on Steemit.

At the end of the day, advertisers attempt to keep a clean-cut image. Look at the scandal regarding the Duggar family that broke in the press and the media not too long ago after some embarrassing secrets came out into the open about Josh Duggar and his sordid past, which his more recent misconduct compounded. The TLC cable network ultimately cancelled 19 Kids And Counting after so many advertisers backed out of sponsoring this same reality television series, because they did not wish to be associated with the Duggars.

HubPages relies on money from advertisers to keep it financially afloat and to pay its Hubbers for their published content. Therefore, it is only understandable that HubPages strives to keep a clean-cut image in the public eye. Steemit, on the other hand, doesn’t depend on advertisers but rather investors, who are not concerned as much about what society thinks about social issues or moral issues. Therefore, Steemit gives more leeway to its writers to publish whatever they wish to do so regardless of how controversial or even sensitive of a topic it is. A good analogy of this same comparison would be Bill Maher’s career. When he had his television show named Politically Incorrect on ABC all the way up to 2002, he had to be careful about what he said in front of the camera inasmuch as he depended on advertisers to fund his airtime. However, after he switched over to the HBO cable network to host his current television show named Real Time With Bill Maher, he had all the freedom in the world to say whatever he wanted about anything inasmuch as HBO receives its funding from individual cable subscribers instead of advertisers to operate on the air.

Now, don’t get me wrong. Articles can and do get flagged on Steemit and subsequently removed from that same writing site, if necessary. If you are a writer looking to publish an article in defense of atheism, agnosticism or even misotheism or anything else that may raise a myriad of eyebrows but won’t encourage anyone to break any serious laws, then you will do just fine on Steemit. You might even give your readers a few good laughs if you publish a story regarding your experiences with a Ouija board, if that’s what rings your chimes. However, if someone plans on promoting the doctrine or ideologies of some terrorist organization like ISIS or of some dangerous gang like the MS-13, then that person should not expect to get any further in publishing such culturally irresponsible rubbish on Steemit than they would on HubPages. Even the most lenient and permissive writing sites have their limits and boundaries, and Steemit is no exception to that rule.

D. Steemit Offers An EASIER Way For Writers To Get Paid Than HubPages Does

Notice that I put the word “EASIER” in all capital letters. My reason for doing so is because getting paid on either writing site is not easy by any given standard. Publishing articles on either of these sites and getting paid for them does take hard work. However, I think that most writers and literary content creators who have been out there like many of you already know that fact.

HubPages uses advertisers to pay its own bills and to pay its Hubbers. However, once you become a member of HubPages, you don’t necessarily get paid for your Hubs immediately. You still have to get approved for a Google AdSense account, and you may not be approved for one on your first attempt. If you go through all of the stories here on HubPages that Hubbers have to tell you about how they got approved for a Google AdSense account, many of them will have unique experiences to describe. Some of them had very little difficulty in getting approved for a Google AdSense account. Others will tell you that they had to wait a substantial amount of time and publish a boatload of Hubs before they were approved for a Google AdSense account.

The standard procedure for a Hubber to get approved for a Google AdSense account is to publish at least ten Hubs on HubPages. Then that Hubber can apply for a Google AdSense account. However, that Hubber may still be denied a Google AdSense account for whatever reason. If that Hubber is not approved, then the next step for him or her is to publish another five Hubs and to reapply for a Google AdSense account afterwards. If you are a Hubber like me, you probably realize by now that this entire process takes much longer than just one or two months. Depending on how quickly you put out Hubs, it may even take you over a year. A word of advice to all of you new Hubbers is not to quit your day job. HubPages will help you pursue your passion of writing and creating content, but it is not a get-rich-quick scheme. Veteran Hubbers will give you that same advice.

Steemit, on the other hand, presents an image of instant satisfaction whenever someone becomes a member of their writing site to publish articles and earn money. However, do not be fooled. Steemit has its fair share of hurdles to jump over for a writer to get to a point that he or she is making good money for publishing articles on its writing site.

Unlike HubPages, Steemit does not use advertisers to pay its writers. Instead, it uses investors. In other words, you don’t need to get approved for a Google AdSense account to earn money on Steemit. Therefore, you can actually start earning money immediately after you become a member of Steemit and publish your first article on that writing site. As a matter of fact, there was even this one gentleman who earned $15,000 immediately after he became a member of Steemit and published an article on that writing site. If you need proof to that fact, watch this YouTube video below.

A Heavy Hitter On Steemit Describes His Moneymaking Experience

Now, let’s all be realistic here. Even though there have been people to strike it big on Steemit shortly after they became a member of it and published their first article on it, making an overnight fortune on Steemit is kind of like striking oil in your own backyard. It could happen, but it’s not very likely that it will happen. There is still a process to which each and every writer must adhere on that writing site before they can make the big bucks. As other Hubbers have explained, Steemit has sort of a hierarchical type of system for earning money on your articles.

When you first become a member of Steemit, you are what is called a “minnow.” It is Steemit’s lingo for a rookie on their writing site. It is a major relief that you don’t have to have a Google AdSense account to get paid for your articles on that writing site. However, what you do have to do is get other Steemit members to up-vote your articles, and eventually your articles will increase in monetary value. The key to success is getting up-votes from what that site refers to as “dolphins” and “whales.” They are the veterans and the heavy hitters on that writing site, and their up-votes carry more weight than the up-votes from the minnows. There is an article on Steemit that describes this hierarchical type of system on Steemit in detail. YouTuber Mike Kubera provides reliable information regarding Steemit in his YouTube video below.

YouTuber Mike Kubera Describes The Pros And Cons Of Steemit

Some Hubbers are going to tell you that if you don’t become an investor for Steemit, you won’t have any chances of earning any significant money on it no matter how many articles you publish on it. Every Hubber is going to have a different experience to tell you, because each and every Hubber writes articles about different topics; and they may be extremely exceptional articles that they write, but getting those up-votes really depends on whether there are readers on Steemit who are going to be interested in those same articles. It sounds like one big, cold mathematical equation, but those are the bare facts. You may have read some of the Hubs that tell you that you’re just wasting your time if you plan on publishing a great number of articles on Steemit but have no intentions of investing any money into that writing site. I will give you my perspective on what opportunities there may be for people who only wish to publish articles on Steemit.

I have only been a member of Steemit since last June. Therefore, I would highly advise each and every one of you to do as much research about that writing site as you can before you decide that you want to publish articles on it aggressively and attempt to get paid for them. Anyhow, back in 2004, a mystery writer named Robin Hathaway gave a class at my local library to people who aspired to become novelists like her. I was one of her pupils in that class. This woman was born in 1934, and she was one of the most intelligent individuals whom I had ever met. One point that she stressed to others and me in my class was that controversy sold. That is, writers, novelists, and journalists could easily spark the interest of their readers by publishing controversial content. After that same class, I kept in contact with Ms. Hathaway and corresponded with her via e-mail for advice concerning the publishing industry. She lived in Manhattan. Most unfortunately, she passed away in 2013 because of health complications. If you Google her name on the Internet, you’ll find that she had a very active literary career after she was first published.

If you don’t plan on investing any money into Steemit and you want to make some kind of substantial money writing and publishing articles on that same site, you probably have to be one of the more adventurous types who are brave enough to publish articles regarding sensitive topics that most people are too afraid even to talk about. You also will likely have to be someone who refuses to go with the flow and take what society tells you at face value.

What I have discovered is that some of the dolphins and whales on Steemit are very much like me in that they feel very strongly about certain topics that don’t get talked about or written about from the entire broad picture. I am one of those writers who have dared to go boldly where no other writer has gone before, and some of the big shots on Steemit have up-voted my articles because of it. However, if you are one of those people like me, be prepared also to get slapped with hate comments. There are going to be stubborn hotheads out there who will feel threatened if you muster up the courage to poke a hole through their perfect Puritanical bubble and let all the air out of it for the whole world to see all the ugliness inside it.

Like many of you, I have a regular job outside my residence that I have to go to every day during the workweek. Therefore, I don’t have the kind of time that I would like to have in order to devote the amount of work and effort in publishing a myriad of articles on Steemit regarding controversial topics that I know have a market on that writing site in that I have come across dolphins and whales whom I know will up-vote them. If I did, I’d probably be publishing a Hub by now about my purchase of a Rolls Royce; and I’d include a picture of it here in my Hub for all of you to see and admire. Please forgive me. I have to keep a sense of humor about these things.

E. Joining Steemit Is More Complicated Than Joining HubPages

To become a member of Steemit, you initially have to have access to a cell phone. I know it sounds ridiculous, but it is true. As you are going through the steps to become a member of Steemit, there is a text message with a code that you have to receive on your cell phone and then you must type the code in on one of the screens you go through on your computer when you are going through the steps to become a member of Steemit. You can send a complaint to a customer support e-mail address on the Steemit writing site and ask if there is another way to become a member of Steemit without having to use a cell phone to do so. However, you’re not likely going to hear back from anyone. Becoming a member of HubPages never requires you to have a cell phone. HugPages makes it so easy to become a member of their writing site that anyone could even do it in their sleep.

If you don’t have a cell phone and you want to become a member of Steemit, my best advice to you is that you ask a friend or a relative if you can use their cell phone. Once you become a member of Steemit, you won’t ever have reason to use a cell phone again. There’s just that one major inconvenience you have to get past in order to become a member of that writing site. I don’t particularly like cell phones, because I always hear stories about how harmful they can be to people because of cancer-causing radiation that comes from them. Of course, that is another Hub for another time.

F. HubPages Has More Safeguards In Place Than Steemit Does For Its Members

HubPages offers its members more protections than Steemit does in that you won’t ever find yourself up the creek without a paddle in the event that you forget your password and you need to recover it. Steemit doesn’t offer any solution for their members to recover their passwords if they lose them. In fact, I have read some horror stories on the Internet about members of Steemit making really good money on that writing site and losing everything tied to their Steemit account, because they lost their password and they had no way of recovering it, which forever denied them access to their Steemit account. Now, I’m not saying that you should not join Steemit just because you’re afraid of losing your password. Just keep in mind that you need to copy down your password for your Steemit account in at least two, if not three, different safe places so that if you’re ever in that predicament, you can easily look your password up and be back in business on that writing site. Otherwise, you may just have to consult with a psychic if you do lose your password to log into your Steemit account. Of course, I don’t know how reliable psychics are. Therefore, it’s better to keep your password for your Steemit account in a couple of safe places.

I haven’t learned the entire password-recovery process for HubPages, because I have never had occasion to use it. I keep my user names and passwords in very safe places in case that I ever forget them or lose them. Based upon my experiences of being a Hubber for a whole year, I can honestly tell you that HubPages will never leave you nailed to the cross. If you ever do forget your password to log into your HubPages account, there are instructions on the HubPages writing site on what you need to do to recover it.

G. It Is Easier To Obtain Followers On Steemit Than It is On HubPages

Some of you are going to be surprised when I tell you about this one very beneficial characteristic of Steemit. Anyhow, I have only been a member of Steemit since last June, and I now have over 60 people following me on Steemit. I have been a member of HubPages for a year, and I am yet to get over 10 Hubbers to follow me. Of course, I guess that I must expect it, because HubPages has been in existence for a substantially longer time than Steemit. Trying to get others to follow you on HubPages can sometimes become as difficult as getting people to subscribe to your YouTube channel. I can rightfully tell you that I got in on the ground floor when I joined Steemit last June, although I wish that I had joined that writing site sooner than then.

At the end of the day, I would have to say that getting paid on HubPages makes the amount of views that you get on your Hubs the most important goal as a Hubber, although it does help also to have people following you who can spread the word about your Hubs. In any event, it is probably a similar standard for every writing site and content creation site. If you become a member of it when it is just starting out or at least within a year of its birth, you will be much more likely to get people to follow you than if you hop on the bandwagon late in the game.

H. HubPages Appears Not To Have Page Limits Whereas Steemit Does

Longer Hubs seem to do much better here on HubPages than shorter ones do. However, on Steemit, the rule of page length seems to work in reverse. If you publish a short article on Steemit, you’re going to get more views than if you publish a lengthy one. Of course, you have to make your article interesting either way. Not too many people are going to want to read an article about someone’s toy poodle snoring in the middle of the night, whereas many people may want to read an article that teaches them how to get rid of a pink screen on their computer monitor without having to pay someone to fix it for them.

Steemit does not provide any information to its members on what their page limit should be every time they publish an article. However, I have had to learn the hard way that I can only make an article so many pages long before I am able to publish it on Steemit. Otherwise, the writing site will behave in all sorts of bizarre ways. Also, even if you do get a lengthy article published successfully on Steemit, you may encounter technical difficulties in editing it in the event that you spot a typographical error in it or wish to change something in it within the seven days that you are allowed to do so. Some of the writers on Steemit have found a way to get around this problem simply by breaking down their article into multiple segments and providing a link to and from each segment in order to make it easy for anyone to navigate anywhere throughout the article. My school of thought is just to publish my lengthy article on HubPages so that everyone who wishes to read it can find it in one place.

I. HubPages Offers Better Customer Support Than Steemit

Wow! Isn’t that the understatement of all time? If you have a pressing question to ask the customer support staff on HubPages, all you have to do is e-mail them and you will eventually get a response. Sometimes HubPages’s customer support staff may be a little slow about answering you back, but they do and will answer you back. Steemit’s customer support staff is more comparable with that of Infobarrel. That is, you could e-mail Steemit’s customer support staff again and again until you’re blue in the face and you still will not receive any response from them.

As I must tell you again, Steemit is still in its Beta mode, whereas HubPages is more established than Steemit. I am optimistic that Steemit will eventually improve its customer support in the near future. However, when you initially join Steemit, don’t expect a friendly customer support representative of theirs to take you by the hand any time that you need to ask a question about the writing site. One time I actually sent Steemit a multitude of e-mails regarding the same customer concern that I had, but I never heard anything back from them. Now, if you ask your fellow writers on Steemit for guidance, you will likely get some kind of response from them. Steemit does have that same sense of community among its members that HubPages has. It’s just that Steemit’s customer support staff has a long way to go before they become efficient, to say the least.

I would be interested in finding out what some of you veteran Hubbers may have to tell me about how HubPages was when it first started out and how efficient its customer support staff was. I think that just about every writing site and the likes experience some kind of growing pains when they first start out on the Internet. I remember back in 2013 when YouTube still imposed a word count limit on any comment or reply that anyone posted on their YouTube pages. Now whenever you go onto YouTube, you find some really epic-sized comments posted on their YouTube pages inasmuch as there is no longer such a word count limit on that platform.

J. My Conclusion To This Topic

While HubPages and Steemit both have their respective advantages and disadvantages, I would suggest that any aspiring writer try both of them and find out which of the two writing sites best suit their needs. My prediction is that most writers who become members of both writing sites will not ultimately choose one over the other, because both writing sites are so much different from each other despite that they have many similarities. Do your own research. I’m sure that you will be highly impressed with both writing sites. In a nutshell, you really have nothing to lose in trying out both of these writing sites. You may even find that your efforts on one writing site will feed into your efforts on the other one and vice versa. I have found myself linking articles of mine on HubPages to ones on Steemit and vice versa.

Steemit is in its Beta mode, and there is no guarantee that it will last the test of time. Then again, no writing site is completely immune to failure. However, keep in mind that Steemit may really become a major success for everyone involved in it in the near future. When you join HubPages, you mostly know what you’re going to expect. However, when you join Steemit, it is though you are standing in front of a roulette table in a casino. You may be rolling the dice only to find out that you may not get what you anticipate. Then again, many successful people do take risks in life, and Steemit may be that one certain risk worth taking so long as you don’t invest money into it blindly. I suggest that you write articles for Steemit; and when your articles start making you money, then think about investing money into their cryptocurrency. HubPages, on the other hand, will eventually get you to where you want to be in your writing endeavors, but you will have to be very patient and work very hard. Below is a YouTube video in which YouTuber Mike Kubera provides detailed information regarding Steemit’s moneymaking potential.

YouTuber Mike Kubera Describes How To Make Money On Steemit

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      Jason B Truth 3 months ago from United States of America

      Okay, ladies and gentlemen. Some of you are probably wondering why some of the time computations I mention in my above Hub may seem a little bit off. I actually published the above Hub of mine on December 3, 2017. Today I just added one sentence to my Hub to clarify a point that I was trying to make about not putting all your eggs in one basket. If you haven't read my Hub above yet, enjoy it.

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      Jason B Truth 4 months ago from United States of America

      All right, ladies and gentlemen. I decided to do something different this time and publish an article about two writings sites that I'm active on. That is, HubPages and Steemit. Both of these writing sites have members all over the world. Therefore, I'd be interested in any comments that anyone anywhere in the world has to post about my above article.

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