Those people who have been following my blog for a long time may recall that about a year ago I decided to carry out an experiment to compare Infobarrel and Hubpages to see which one would get the best results financially. I wrote articles for Hubpages on a number of subjects and then wrote articles on the same subjects and submitted them to Infobarrel. At the time it was clear that the articles in Hubpages had much higher Google rankings for all keywords (although Infobarrel seemed to rank higher in Yahoo!) and so my conclusion was that it was better to concentrate my efforts on Hubpages. I have every so often revisited this, but at all times Hubpages has come out on top, although Infobarrel seemed to be closing the gap.
I recently decided that with the recent Google algorithm changes it would be wise to review these conclusions to see whether they still held, particularly since Alexa seemed to show a decrease in Hubpages traffic, but if anything an increase in Infobarrel traffic.
Once again to assist with the comparison I used the Firefox add-in Rank Checker, which can be used to see how highly a particular website ranks in search engines for a particular keyword. The results were quite surprising and showed that a complete reversal has happened over the last year - now Infobarrel seems to rank much higher in Google and Hubpages ranks higher in Yahoo! I am not sure why the Yahoo! ranks have changed around but I have at least a theory as to why the Google results have changed. Since writers on Infobarrel are pre-approved, this results in much higher quality content and the site having articles of a higher quality whereas on Hubpages substandard content is removed as and when it is discovered by Hubpages saff which probably results in a lot of dodgy pages slipping through the net. As I say, this is only a theory, but it appears to tie in with the theory Kidgas came up with for why eHow may prosper.
Whilst I am impressed with the potential of the Hubpages ad program, it can only be successful if there is the traffic and at the moment I am thinking there is the potential to get more traffic on Infobarrel and so I shall start to concentrate a little bit more on Infobarrel and a little less on Hubpages and I suppose it is always good practice to have a diversified income stream.
If you are on Infobarrel and Hubpages have you noticed any changes in the earnings between the two? Is it similar to my findings? As always do let me and other readers of this blog know by commenting below.