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Can anyone help with this?

After publishing on HubPages for over 2 years, I've learned quite a bit about SEO, article architecture, trolling, AdSense, and a veritable plethora of other web publishing topics. Some stuff I just can't figure out.

Maybe you can help.

Question #1: What is this mess?

After publishing a hub, I often Google the URL to see if it's been indexed. I recently wrote an epic screed about a little-know topic: credit cards. Searching for the URL on Google yields the following results:

Why is the summary such a mess? Can anyone explain this?
Why is the summary such a mess? Can anyone explain this? | Source
Here's the summary I wrote, but it doesn't translate to the summary that Google uses.
Here's the summary I wrote, but it doesn't translate to the summary that Google uses. | Source

Here's the rub: what happened to the summary? As described in the graphic above, Google has munged up a bizarre combination of words and phrases that in no way resembles the summary I wrote when I composed the hub. I always assumed that the Summary field on the Hub would translate to the summary of the URL that was returned in the Search Results. Evidently it doesn't, except when it does.

Sometimes the summary of a hub looks exactly like the summary on the Google search results page. Sometimes it doesn't, as indicated above. I can't figure it out.

This is scary for HubPages authors.
This is scary for HubPages authors. | Source

Question #2: What is Google doing to us?

Take a close look at the Google Search results displayed above. Note that Google has thoughtfully provided a link that says "Block all hubpages.com results."

Yikes.

They make it eerily easy for users of their search engine to completely filter out all HubPages URLS from their search engine results. Has anyone else noticed this? Has anyone else seen this?


I wondered if other so-called content farms have been slapped like this. Below is a set of search results that return URLs from scrbid.com. Note the conspicuous lack of a "Block all Scrbid results" link.

Google does not offer a "block Scribd" link, but they do offer a "Block HubPages" link.
Google does not offer a "block Scribd" link, but they do offer a "Block HubPages" link. | Source

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psychicdog.net 5 years ago

Trying to gauge user satisfaction with one of their major partners. Like...Block all Nicomp? Well, thanks for asking... mmm...he does annoy me but NO I dont hate him that much.LOL


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nicomp 5 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

@psychicdog.net : I know you love me.


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

I hadn't noticed but now I will. Thanks.

The Frog


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onceuponatime66 5 years ago from USA IL

Interesting hub I will have to look for myself.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Mebbe, nicomp, you should use an assumed name ... like drbj.


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Alexander Mark 5 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

You know, I always thought that depending on a single search engine for revenue was crazy, and this year has proven it. And yes, Google does discriminate. After Panda, almost everyone suffered, but not Youtube which is owned by: Google. Now of course they also offer to block Hubpages - sweet!

I say that we need to focus on gathering our own followers which is a bit daunting in this small community.

Great hub!


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BlissfulWriter 5 years ago

First of all, Google algorithm decides whether it wants to display the summary on the meta description tag. Sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn't. If a user search for certain words, Google may decide it is better to display an excerpts containing those words instead of displaying the summary that you had provided to it.

Second, the link to "block all hubpages results" has nothing to do with hubpages being bad or good. That link is only displayed because the first three item in the search results are all hubpages. By clicking that link, it enables that particular user for that particular search to filter out those result of that domain name so that he/she can see what other results are available from other site. This is so that one domain name does not dominate completely the search results page.

By clicking that link, it affects only that one user for that one particular instance of that search. It does not affect ranking of hubpages or the search results of other user nor does it affect anything else.

Google is not singling out hubpages, that link says hubpages because hubpages was the first three results. If the first three results where another domain name, that link would have been to block that other domain name.

No, Google is not evil.


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nicomp 3 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Google may not be evil, but it is arbitrary and capricious.

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