Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Both Squidoo and Hubpages are Web 2.0 platforms, and both of them are very similar in nature, but yet very different in their own ways.
For the benefit of those who do not know what they are, let me explain it in layman terms - Basically, both Squidoo and Hubpages are Web 2.0 platforms where you can sign up (for free) and start
creating single page sites to share knowledge and information with the community.

Many people make use of these platforms to establish themselves as an "expert" in their areas of interest (yes, you got me right there, an "expert" - You do not need to be a know-all in your area of interest to be considered as an expert. Just share with the community what you know. Because there always is something that you know that others don't).
I know you may be asking "Between Squidoo and Hubpages, which one is better? Surely, there must be a winner!".
What I'm going to do in this post is to compare both Squidoo and Hubpages side-by-side, so you will have a better knowledge about the differences between these 2 Web 2.0 platforms.
Let me first start with the terminologies that's used by both Squidoo and Hubpages:
A single Squidoo site is called a "Lens" while a single Hubpages site is called a "Hub".
An author of a Squidoo lens is called a "Lensmaster" while an author of a Hubpages hub is called an "Author".
In Squidoo, each text/picture/links block is called a "Module", while the equivalent in Hubpages is called a "Capsule".
A guestbook in Squidoo is called a "Guestbook" while the equivalent in Hubpages is called a "Comment".
Every Squidoo lens is ranked accordingly by their "Lensrank" (the best lens is rated 5 stars by the community) while a Hubpages hub is ranked accordingly by their "Hubscore" (out of 100). 
Now that you have a better understanding of both Squidoo and Hubpages, let me now show you some of the notable differences between the two, starting with Squidoo:


You are allowed to create a maximum of 40 tags (where each tag consists of a keyword/key phrase) in a single lens.
For all ads/sales revenue earned by you through placing various product modules in your lenses, the revenue is shared between Squidoo and yourself based on PageRank.
You are allowed a maximum of 9 links back to 1 single domain name.
There is a forum available in Squidoo where you can participate in to get help on creating Squidoo lenses or to help others. This is not available in Hubpages.
There are more modules available in Squidoo compared to Hubpages (meaning, you can have more flexibility in creating a Squidoo lens as compared to creating a Hubpages hub).


There are no tag limits - Meaning you can have as many tags as you wish in 1 single hub.
Unlike Squidoo, all ads/sales revenue earned through the various product modules available in HubPages goes directly to you - There's an option available where you can enter your affiliate IDs, and all commissions made will go directly into your affiliate account that you have with the various merchants.
You are allowed a maximum of 2 links back to 1 single domain name.
Before you sign up as a member in Squidoo and Hubpages and start creating lenses and hubs, make sure you read carefully their Terms of Use so that you will not get into trouble with their administrators (which can result in your account being closed down without warning).

Squidoo vs Hubpage - The Winner Is...

Personally, I think there there is no clear winner between the two - Both are excellent Web 2.0 platforms. I've made use of both of them to generate a good profit for myself as well.
Since both Web 2.0 platforms are free to sign up, why not sign up as a member for both of them and get started on it?
I hope after reading this post, you have a better understanding about the similarities and differences between Squidoo and Hubpages.
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