Is Hibu A Scam?

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Hibu Websites Review

Hibu is a digital marketing company that promotes itself as a platform to help people make money online.  I must start off by stating that Hibu is not a scam.  Hibu partners with Google, Bing, Facebook, and Yahoo to develop automated systems to help grow your online business.  With an A+ rating from the BBB, Hibu certainly seems like a genuine opportunity.    Used by thousands of businesses across the world,  Hibu may be your one-stop solution to your online marketing needs.  With that said, here are a few things to consider before joining Hibu.

Costs

  • $599 one-time fee for the design of the website.
  • $19 per month for web hosting
  • $29.99 per month support fee (For a lot of businesses, they may only make one or two changes to their website per year, and really don’t need to be paying $29.99 per month for 2 changes to their website).
  • $19.99 per month for video marketing.
  1.  The initial problem is that you will be investing in a site that does not belong to you. If you decide to end your contract with Hibu you will have nothing to show for it.
  2. As far as video marketing is concerned, you can make your own videos to post on the site but at a price of $19.99 per month, your videos are hosted on Hibu’s YouTube account.
  3. The domain name does not belong to you. When you pay for a domain name in your name, you get the chance to renew it and keep control of your site.  With Hibu you are just renting it from them.
  4. The majority of people use mobile devices to browse the internet.  All websites today must be built to work on both desktops and mobile devices. The key to achieving this is by having a mobile responsive site. Mobile responsive sites adjusts the size of the screen for someone accessing the site through a mobile device. The site is delivered in a format that works best for that screen.  Hibu doesn’t do this. Instead, of having a mobile responsive site, they build you two separate websites for desktops and mobile devices. This means that you have two different websites to maintain and double the work every time you make changes or add something to the site. If you do not make changes it will hurt your SEO rankings.

Pros:

  • Hibu writes every page of your website
  • Site is designed to look professional and instill trust
  • Hibu Reviews gives you a simple way to gather and distribute customer reviews.
  • Hibu post relevant content to your Facebook and Twitter pages to keep them up-to-date and keep people coming back
  • Hibu’s ad technology’s powerful targeting reaches potential customers on Facebook and Instagram
  • Advertises your business on major search engines – Google, Yahoo! and Bing and drive qualified traffic to your website
  • Hibu creates and display ads and video ads for your business and put them on hundreds of the most popular websites
  • Maximize your visibility online with Hibu Search Optimization

Cons

  • Can Be quite expensive
  • Site and domain belongs to Hibu

Final Thoughts

For individuals looking to build a brand and get more recognition online, I would recommend the alternative method of doing it yourself and getting the best training possible to build a site that drives traffic.  It does not take a whole lot of effort to get posts or pages ranked high and build a presence on social media if you have an understanding of internet marketing.  For the best training possible on how to do this I recommend you read the Wealthy Affiliate Review.

For small or large businesses that are making profits and are looking for a way to maximize their revenue, Hibu would be a good option to consider if you do not have the time to build and market the business yourself but are willing to pay and have it done for you.

More and more brands are turning to online media as a way to increase sales; products like Vita Coco, Kind Bar, Chobani, SmartWater, and many others across the food and beverage industry are patterning their marketing strategy off of the successes of lifestyle brands like FashionNOVa and Zara. Brands that advertise online are constantly looking for copywriters, social media managers, and consultants to help create new content.  Some of these companies may offer an individual a 2 year contract for $100,000o to promote products using social media and digital advertising. Depending on the length of the contract and the scope of the advertising campaign, large scale companies are willing to pay as much is needed for writers to generate copy quickly.

Hibu is definitely a much cheaper alternative, but as a business owner I believe you should own all aspects of your business.  As an alternative,  Network Solutions offers web site building tools and services, hosting, professional email, and search engine optimization and marketing tools.  Network Solutions is a leading domain name registrar with a team that will build a professional site that  you own.  Unlike Hibu, you will have a site that is also built to be mobile responsive.  Here is the price for having a professional website built for you at register.com.

You have three options for yearly payment and then you will own the site.

$169.95 a month for a year and then the site is yours.

3 installments of $333.95

one time payment of 999.95

There is also a $30 monthly fee to get listings of your ads on google, bing, facebook, and yelp.

If you want to focus on keywords to drive traffic to your business then it will be $149.95 a month for 10 different keywords to help drive traffic to your business.

If you want to still have there services after a year, you would have to pay a monthly fee of $69.95, but I would recommend a full takeover of the site on your own after.

Register.com

Review by Darryl M. Edwards
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8 Comments

  1. I have learned one thing about BBB ratings, they don’t seem to mean anything. I have seen companies with great BBB ratings but they have horrible customer complaints. I think as long as you pay your fees, they give you a good rating. As for Hibu, it does sound really expensive. I am a Wealthy Affiliate member and you can get a lot more for your money at WA. Thanks for pointing out the costs, that is a big factor.

    • There seems to be satisfied customers along with people that have some negative feedback with mostly every business. I think that WA is definitely the way to go as a cheaper alternative to build or promote your brand.

  2. While it is good to know that Hibu is not a scam, beginners interested in owning an online business should avoid this site. If you buy a domain, you should own it, not the company you buy it through. It is really disheartening to hear that so many people buy a domain through them, thinking they are finally owning something long term, but they are not.

    I do have a question though. What do you recommend for advertising when it comes to building a website? That aspect of Hibu interests me as I am looking to build the brand of my own website. I look forward to hearing your answer.

    Thank you for sharing and I hope you make it a great day!

    • Most internet marketers advertise their business through social media and pay per click, but those are not the best options when it comes to building your website. When you build your site with certain keywords in mind you can get organic traffic from people that are more interested than the time you spend on social media sites. Unless you are a big corporation that can afford advertisement fees for a brand that is already making substantial money, I would recommend focusing more on gearing your site to drive traffic from keywords with low competition.

  3. Hi Darryl, interesting article I’ve never heard of Hibu. what is the link to this site? I’m keen to check it out, though your Wealthy Affiliate recommendation is probably a better bet! Cheers, Karen

  4. Your article provides a great service, Max, in clarifying that Hibu is more suitable for businesses than for individual and showing exactly why. That’s a lot of money for lack of ownership, and even if I had a company that might benefit from Hibu’s services, that aspect alone would surely make me think twice! As an individual, I concur that Wealthy Affiliates is a great choice. Keep up the great content!

    • I think as a business owner you should want to have rights and own every aspect of your business. Companies that can withstand this method I would assume are very large corporations that may have multiple sites.

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