Hopping The Hubs -- Now I understand

Warning

I had never 'hopped hubs '.
Having read the recent
Google Algorithm change,
noticing that Hubpages was
being smacked down, I took the plunge.

I say this with all solemnity; Hopping Hubs is not for the squemish.

If you can watch CSI without closing your eyes, you're capable.
So put on your fishing boots, cause the cess pool is Deep.

Proselytising is the Least of It

The number of articles which sound like they belong in the Christian Science Monitor is staggering.  At least half of all articles are that kind of shove it down your throat church spam.

Those who aren't Christians who read that stuff are happy they aren't.

I didn't vote them down, I skipped them, the same way I skip other tract dispensing obstacles.

Spam

A number of articles were pure SPAM, the type of stuff you see posted as comments on sites that don't allow the author delete or deny options.  This crap is written as an article but is selling something.   One long advertising blurb.  

Nearly a fifth of all articles I hopped within a thirty minute period were SPAM.  Unapologetic straightforward Spam. 

The Rest

The image above describes 99% of the rest of the stuff I read.  I say 99% because there were actually two articles which belonged here.  Both were well written and interesting.

The rest?

Two sentences or a paragraph of gibberish, or some personal tripe that shouldn't be posted anywhere but a private blog.

I am talking stuff so bad they insult the pile of crap at the top of this section.

SEO TRICKS

There are articles which exploit Search Engine Optimization terms. Articles are written according to formula.

"All over the world people are interested in SEO. Many people
are talking about SEO. How to use SEO is very important."

On Monday SEO might be Global Warming. On Tuesday it could be Fire Alarms. On Wednesday it might be Potato Chips.

The same article with different Keywords.

The article says nothing, but having fooled Google's Search Engine, it sits at the top of the heap in a Search



Now I Know

With Google's new policy just announced, with sites being labeled Content Farms
one would have thought the battalion of Spammers, crap writers and SEO skunks
would be quiet.
Just for a little while.
Just for a few days stop.
Stop because the actions are harming hundreds, thousands of other people.
Their actions are damaging the very site they use as their Stage.
That being on the last page of a Google search hurts everyone.

(I won't tell you how old I was when I stopped believing in the tooth fairy).

No.

The crap I saw on Hubpages was written within a few hours, some minutes,
of my Hub hopping. And there is a lot of crap.

A Lot.

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SheriSapp 5 years ago from West Virginia

I haven't hub hopped for w while, but I have done some in the past. Many of the very same articles kept re-popping up. Usually, I would visit the author profile before reading as profiles let me know if this is a person who has any views similar to my own. Maybe I should give it another whirl, dodging the crap of course...LOL!!


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qeyler 5 years ago Author

It was terrible. Really really bad stuff. There was bona fide spam and crap which was chock of those SEO words.

Hubpages has Got to hire human mods.


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Norah Casey 5 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

@qeyler

I am the Chief Moderator here at HubPages, and I assure you we are human. We review flagged hubs, q&a flags, forum flags, profile flags and we handle all support emails. We were caught by this Google change painfully understaffed. Not an excuse, just a fact. A growing website has growing moderation demands, and we want only the best moderators handling the publishing status of your content.

We are all putting in extra hours and trying our very best to make HubPages exactly as it should be. Before this change, we were finalizing moderation policy changes to increase quality on HubPages that we will be releasing in the coming weeks. We only ask for your patience (and your flags).

If you ever have any questions as to why a piece of content was or was not moderated, please do not hesitate to ask me.


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

I hopped quite a few, it's how I found you.


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qeyler 5 years ago Author

When a site becomes as large as Hub Pages unless one has some kind of hurdle pre publishing, people will take advantage.


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

Norah - Having recently joined Hub Pages as a political writer, I can tell you that ya'll are a breath of fresh air. So far I am enjoying the interaction, the intelligence and forethought of so many of the writers.

Any forum should constantly evolve as it grows and changes are good when needed but not changes just for changes sake.


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qeyler 5 years ago Author

It is not change for change sake; it is that too many people use Hubpages as Spam sites. They are physically selling sneakers or baby clothes or wedding dresses and pretend to write an article about the above but are actually writing ad copy with links to their shop.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

geyler,

Nice going. Great writing. I loved it.


qeyler profile image

qeyler 2 years ago Author

Thank you Kenneth. I wrote this some time ago...a compete.com will show you that this site went from 12M to 6M and now to 3M

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