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Anyone using Hubpages Exclusives for High-Potential titles?

  1. Thallia profile image68
    Thalliaposted 4 years ago

    While entering "pant..." I got an interesting hub title suggestion:

    "Smart Ass Thong Panties for Moms Product Review"

    Sure is an interesting topic!  I suppose it would be fun to write about, but it would probably get flagged.

    Has anyone else experimented with the topic/title feature?

    1. MomsTreasureChest profile image72
      MomsTreasureChestposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Lol...I haven't yet, but I think I'll give ott a try!

      1. Thallia profile image68
        Thalliaposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Yes, do give it a try!  It could be helpful for hub ideas.  Although I got another strange one when entering "hair".  I was thinking of writing about my hair coloring products, but out came the title suggestion...

        "Best Products and Tips to Trim Male Pubic Hair"

        Well, I decided to claim the title and we will see what I can do with it!  I'm not a guy but do have experience working on a med/surgical unit prepping patients (trim and/or shave) for surgery.

    2. Tricia1000 profile image86
      Tricia1000posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Yes I did, but my own topics are generating more views than the exclusive topic that I claimed.

    3. DzyMsLizzy profile image93
      DzyMsLizzyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Wow!  Those are off-the-wall for sure.  I wonder why such titles would even show up, given HP's somewhat prudish standards....

      In any case, I decided to try it out, and both the the titles I entered brought up a list of 'suggested' titles not even remotely related to the topic I entered.  Not even a single word in common.  In fact, they were so far off-base as to be insane.   One I tried, for example, was on a medical device, and one of the suggested titles was, "Landmark Survey....Personality Disorders in the U.S...."  another was "How to Make Phone calls to the Ukraine."
      I am dumbstruck!  There is not so much as an inkling of relativity to what I proposed to write.  I believe I will simply ignore this feature.

      1. That Grrl profile image80
        That Grrlposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Everything I've seen come up has been pretty far off base. Not a topic I would ever write about even. I wonder where they are getting the data from for this? Is this the kind of stuff they want us to be writing, in reality?

        1. Glenn Stok profile image98
          Glenn Stokposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          It all depends on what words you type in. I've been finding some really good titles and I already published three exclusive hubs. This is giving me ideas that keep me going with much more writing than I had done before.

          Try this: Look over your existing hubs and try using words from titles of things you already wrote. It may give you ideas that coincide much better with your particular area.

          Another idea of mine: When you are about to publish a new hub, use words from it for an exclusive title search before you start uploading your new hub.  It may give you an alternative title that is exclusive.

          1. That Grrl profile image80
            That Grrlposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            I did try to actually work with it. I'm liking it. I wrote and published two Hub posts from titles now. True, they were kind of lame topics (to me). But, they were posts I could write fairly quickly, basic information which I already had. The challenge was in getting enough word length without rambling on and on about nothing. Also, I needed a specific image to illustrate the information and could not find anything good for free use. I worked it out, but it was a challenge.

          2. DzyMsLizzy profile image93
            DzyMsLizzyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            @ Glenn Stock:
            If I already wrote a hub about something, (with a few exceptions) I probably won't be writing about it again; I don't have a "particular area;" I'm more of a generalist.  I have too many interests to list, and I don't have a "niche."  So far, that's working ok for me.

  2. janderson99 profile image84
    janderson99posted 4 years ago

    Be careful - testing I have done suggests that most of the titles are not competitive. You would think that HP would have done some keyword research, but clearly they have not. Many of the titles are not searched for frequently, or they are common phrases that you have no chance of competing for. In both cases you are unlikely to get much traffic and could be wasting your time and effort. IMO

    1. Novel Treasure profile image88
      Novel Treasureposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      If you are only going by google Keyword tool then you will see that some of the topics don't seem to be searched frequently if at all...however this is misleading. The google keyword tool is a good source to help you get tags, but it is not the end all.

      They tell you if it is not listed, it doesn't mean that it is not searched, just that it is not tracked. You can also try the google preformed text searches, which if you search through google you probably have already seen. It's where you are searching for something and it preforms phrases for you. Check the title in there too. I have found ones that keyword tool showed little to no traffic at all, but I check it in google search and it shows up. Some of those titles have been my most viewed hubs.

      1. janderson99 profile image84
        janderson99posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I've checked out about 20 using various tools such a Jaaxy, Stealth, etc. and NONE of them passed the test of minimum expected monthly traffic and being competitive. Good for title ideas - but I suggest you do some research to test their REAL potential.

        1. ronny2005 profile image75
          ronny2005posted 4 years ago in reply to this

          We also have a feature called 'Add Tags'.

  3. Novel Treasure profile image88
    Novel Treasureposted 4 years ago

    I am using the exclusive title feature. I will agree that I have seen some very "unique" titles, but I have found some really good ones I think.

    Though I do think that if you claim a title, you shouldn't be flagged for inappropriate since the HP site was the one who suggested the hubtitle in the first place. Maybe something to bring up in the suggestion box.

    1. livewithrichard profile image84
      livewithrichardposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Me too and I just published a hub using the feature.  We shall see how it performs.

  4. Maralexa profile image87
    Maralexaposted 4 years ago

    Hi Thallia, yes, I tried it.  I actually got a good title to an off-shoot of a hub I am currently writing.  When I tried it again the next day I found another good title for a second hub in a series I am writing.  But when I tried to claim this one it said it was already taken.  I found it strange for HubPages to show it but then snatch it away.  smile

    I hope that people won't take an "Exclusive" and just sit on it.  Does anyone know - are there any time limits to how long we can claim an exclusive without writing a hub?  I would think it should be 30 days max then it goes back to being offered to all.

    1. Zoelle profile image73
      Zoelleposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Maralexa, glad to hear you found some useful titles! 

      I've also wondered about how long these "Exclusive" titles can be held.  As you've mentioned, 30 days would be a good time-frame. 

      It will be interesting to see how well these hubs perform.

    2. Novel Treasure profile image88
      Novel Treasureposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I think you have a valid point. You might consider offering that in the suggestion forum. But the good thing is you can only have 4 exclusives at one time, to try to mitigate the "sitting" on profitable hubs. So only 4 can be taken at a time. Course you times 4 by how many of us can use it and that does start to add up.

  5. donotfear profile image91
    donotfearposted 4 years ago

    Where the heck is this Exclusive feature? 

    I'm in a brain fog.

    1. janderson99 profile image84
      janderson99posted 4 years ago in reply to this
    2. Maralexa profile image87
      Maralexaposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      donotfear - go to "Start a new hub"  enter a word that represents a hub you might want to write.  If you write about cats, enter the word "cat" and see what comes up.  You might try "garden" and see what comes up.  Good luck.

  6. blessed365 profile image82
    blessed365posted 4 years ago

    I've written one and claiming some titles to do for later. I like the feature and I hope to do well with it.

    1. redwhiskeypete profile image85
      redwhiskeypeteposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I wrote my first exclusive and hoping I'm not wasting my time.

      1. Glenn Stok profile image98
        Glenn Stokposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I just read your hub and I don't think you're wasting your time. Even if being exclusive doesn't help, the subject you wrote about our dysfunctional 112th Congress is important for voters to realize at a time when we have no budget and the government continues to spend more money, running our national debt over $16 trillion now. We need to vote for representatives of Congress who want to work to create a budget. I'm glad this title came up as an exclusive and that you wrote about it.

  7. Glenn Stok profile image98
    Glenn Stokposted 4 years ago

    Well, this was interesting. I held a couple of exclusives a week ago when I first tried it. I didn't run into any of the weird titles others have mentioned. But I got a few good ideas for hubs and I held two of them. And I just published my first exclusive tonight.

    The word "follow" came up with the title: How to Follow Up on Suggestions from a Meeting

    The first thing I noticed after publishing it is that it was immediately listed for Google to find and index. That is, It doesn't have the circle-arrows in the Idle Status.

    The other title that I held gave me an error that the URL was already taken. I found that strange since our hub URLs are unique under our subdomains. But I guess it may have something to do with the way the database works. Nevertheless, I was able to type in a different URL to hold it.

    As long as we don't change the title itself, we keep the "exclusive" status.

    Here's a tip: I found that the words "buy" and "sell" will provide interesting titles with subjects that can be worthwhile writing about. The offers change from time to time as other titles are grabbed. I just held a "unique selling" title now that I completed the other exclusive. So I have my work cut out for me. If it turns out to be a rainy weekend, maybe I'll stay home and get to it.

    For now,  I'm going to watch how my first one does with traffic.

  8. redwhiskeypete profile image85
    redwhiskeypeteposted 4 years ago

    I'm thinking exclusive titles may pay off down the road instead of right now. They may get steady traffic down the road. Just my guess.

    1. janderson99 profile image84
      janderson99posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      sorry to be pessimistic, but the ones I have checked do not appear to be competitive => poor traffic expectations

      1. redwhiskeypete profile image85
        redwhiskeypeteposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I'm wondering what hubpages reasoning on the "exclsuive is" I have heard other p[eople comment on low traffic also

        1. janderson99 profile image84
          janderson99posted 4 years ago in reply to this

          I suspect that its based on common search phrases that you can see under stats for one of your pages (keywords tab). Unfortunately "popular" does not equate with traffic. Competition for the keyword phrase is the key, but HP does not appear to have tested for this. - strange given the Idle hubs policy. Out of 20 I tested, only one was competitive!!!

  9. Mark Ewbie profile image84
    Mark Ewbieposted 4 years ago

    I think I like it.

    Although I am a brilliant and perceptive writer with a wealth of knowledge about a huge range of subjects... I tend mostly to write inconsequential crap about stuff.

    Now I can start a new page - key in a word - and the computer tells me what to write about.  One thousand words later and I'm a happy and contented bunny.

    I don't recommend this method for everyone, or indeed, even myself, but it beats the hell out of keyword research as far I am concerned.

    In answer to any questions regarding income...

    No.  Not a bean.

    1. Glenn Stok profile image98
      Glenn Stokposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      "key in a word - and the computer tells me what to write about."

      Isn't that cool? I couldn't say it any better myself. I just published my first exclusive hub last night and noticed that it immediately became available for Google to index. It's not on hold with the circular arrows in the idle column. Other hubs are held for 24 to 48 hours.

      Only time will tell to see how well this really works. If nothing else, at least it's a great way to get new ideas for subjects to write about.

      1. innerspin profile image87
        innerspinposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I used an exclusive for the first time and it was held pending, but the exercise was interesting.

        1. IzzyM profile image87
          IzzyMposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          I just did one too, just to see if they really aren't held in pending, but its got the usual circle to the right.

          That's disappointing.

          It would be quite nice if hubbers with a high enough authorscore to be offered the service (it's 80, isn't it?), couldn't also be granted the privilege of immediate indexing.

          Or is it only those with scores of 95 or more are being allowed to skip the yellow circle when using the new Exclusive titles??

          1. Glenn Stok profile image98
            Glenn Stokposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Izzy, Mine was indexed immediately. No circular arrows show up on my listing. I wonder why yours is on hold. Do you see the word EXCLUSIVE in yellow next to the title in your stats listing?  That will confirm that your hub is exclusive. If you changed the title in any way it will lose the  exclusive status. I just want to be sure you didn't do that by mistake.

            I didn't read anywhere about being over 95 to have that benefit.

            1. IzzyM profile image87
              IzzyMposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              No I made the 95 bit up LOL

              It is exclusive - it says so in yellow, and has more than the minimum word count and two original photos, so I've no idea why it is in pending mode.

              Mind you, nothing in the Learning Centre says that these hubs will not have to go on probation like the others.

              Weird that yours didn't.

              1. Glenn Stok profile image98
                Glenn Stokposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                Yeah that is weird. I am completing another soon and will watch to see if that also gets listed without probation. Should have it done Sunday night. Meanwhile, can anyone else check if they see the "pending icon" ( circular arrows)  on a new exclusive hub?

                1. janderson99 profile image84
                  janderson99posted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  Yep all my Exclusives went round and round like a catherine wheel for a day of so

                  1. Glenn Stok profile image98
                    Glenn Stokposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                    I just thought of something that may be the reason for this...

                    When I first grabbed the title, I immediately added a text capsule with some preliminary text. I also added the summary, tags and selected the group I wanted it in. All those things make the score go up even before publishing. The Hub Score already climbed above 60 by the time I published it.

                    I wonder if a new hub does not go into pending mode if its score is over a certain value.

                    Can anyone show results that confirm this theory?

  10. wrenfrost56 profile image81
    wrenfrost56posted 4 years ago

    I'm pretty much willing to try anything at the moment, as over the last few days my traffic has tanked.
    Since the new profile has gone up my views have well and truly gone down, I'm hoping that they recover soon.  hmm

    I found a few good ones and have published one I got from the exclusive title pool, however at the moment it's too early to tell.

    I'm sure there is a method behind the madness on this new feature, I'm just going to have to trust it for a while, apply some of my own logic and see whether it can lead me back to the land of good traffic. smile

  11. profile image0
    Motown2Chitownposted 4 years ago

    How does one access this beautiful thing?  I tried it today and got nothing.  sad  What am I doing wrong?

    1. innerspin profile image87
      innerspinposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Under "Start a new hub" put one word only in the title box, then wait to see if titles are suggested. Not every word brings suggestions. Try "hair", I just had suggestions with that. Happy hunting.

    2. Millionaire Tips profile image88
      Millionaire Tipsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Mo, just start typing in a keyword in the title space when starting a new hub.  Just wait and the choices will appear if there are any for that keyword.

  12. Millionaire Tips profile image88
    Millionaire Tipsposted 4 years ago

    Wow, those are some interesting choices.  I have written several exclusive hubs so far, and haven't seen anything that intriguing!

    I wonder if this has to do with particular advertisers?  Maybe there is a mattress ad, for example, so they will use different sleep topics on which to place the mattress ad.   I am hoping that since HP is willing to go through all the trouble, that these advertisers are willing to pay the big bucks!

  13. DzyMsLizzy profile image93
    DzyMsLizzyposted 4 years ago

    ????  I have no idea what you are all talking about.  This isn't the "Title-Tuner" feature, is it, going by another name??

    If not, please explain what this feature is..Thank you.

    wink

    1. IzzyM profile image87
      IzzyMposted 4 years ago in reply to this
      1. DzyMsLizzy profile image93
        DzyMsLizzyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Thank you!  This must be something new...I've had a well-over-qualifying hubber score for at least a few months, now, and I've never seen this drop-down pop up before.

        1. IzzyM profile image87
          IzzyMposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          It is new, and its one of HP's better features I think. I really struggle with hub titles as I am useless at making them up.

  14. Millionaire Tips profile image88
    Millionaire Tipsposted 4 years ago

    I just published a hub more than two hours ago.  I started writing it, and published it when it was done - no waiting.  It has a score of 66 and is still in pending mode.

    I wonder now though as I looked for another title, if they didn't simply get the list from a competitor that they wanted to beat.  The reason I think that it is more random than something people actually typed in is .

    1. the weird, maybe even not permitted topics, in the  examples shown above

    2. The sewing machine one I just published doesn't look like it is going to do very well when I look it up on Adwords.   

    3. another one I found was for the Sims2 game, which is really weird, because Sims3 has been out for a long time.  Long enough that they are probably considering Sims4.  Why feature Sims2 when Sims3 is more likely to get readers?  I am taking it anyway, it seems easy enough to write.

    4.  Also there is one "How to Assemble a Quilt Leaf".  I have no idea what a quilt leaf is, and I have been quilting for more than a decade.  Maybe it doesn't have to do with quilting?  I did a Google search and nothing turned up, so I doubt too many people want to know.

    While I think it is a useful tool when you have run out of ideas of things to write about, you do have to be careful and do the research to see if they are worth your time and effort.

  15. redwhiskeypete profile image85
    redwhiskeypeteposted 4 years ago

    If you start too get a strong following because of a narrow niche your writing about, doing exlusives may turn off your followers as more then likely the exclusives are not what your followers want to read about.

    1. Millionaire Tips profile image88
      Millionaire Tipsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      That's true that the followers may not be interested in some of the topics I write about.  However, I write about a wide range of topics, and hope that the followers will just skip the ones that don't interest them. 

      Since search engine visitors come directly from the title, they won't have that issue.

  16. Glenn Stok profile image98
    Glenn Stokposted 4 years ago

    Okay -- so I just published my second exclusive hub just now. And it never went into pending mode. Just like my first.

    It has a hub score of 69. I claimed the title over two days ago and it was in draft mode until just now when I completed my writing and published it.

    The only thing I see that's different between me and you guys who have the pending status, is that I didn't claim a title, write it, and publish -- all in the same day.

    I think the fact that my exclusive hubs immediately go into index mode is due to holding it a few days in draft mode. That holding period must do it.

    I'd like to see if someone else can confirm that, so that we can once and for all understand what's going on here. smile

    1. janderson99 profile image84
      janderson99posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Are you sure you are not a HP pet?

      1. Glenn Stok profile image98
        Glenn Stokposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I could only wish.

      2. Glenn Stok profile image98
        Glenn Stokposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        You said in a prior post that you published the same day title was claimed. Try claiming another and wait over 48 hours before publishing. Let's see that you go into indexed mode right away too. I can't see anything else that is different.

        1. janderson99 profile image84
          janderson99posted 4 years ago in reply to this

          OK but several others that I brooded over for 2-3 days still did the circuits.

          1. Glenn Stok profile image98
            Glenn Stokposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Mark just proved that it has nothing to do with waiting. But did you complete all aspects of the hub as I posted in the prior list?

    2. Mark Ewbie profile image84
      Mark Ewbieposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      The only one I have done so far - I started hub, used title, published an hour or so later.  Opening score 48, no whirly thing.  Five text capsules and a picture to start with.

      1. Glenn Stok profile image98
        Glenn Stokposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Great Mark!  I think you're on to something!  We are getting closer.

        So now we can rule out waiting 48 hours. You and I both used a lot of text capsules.

        Let's see what the others did?  Chime in everyone...

        Did you use just one capsule? 

        For that matter, did you add a summary? 

        Did you place your hub in a group or let it default to being an Orphan?

        I would not be surprised that this is making it go into pending status and mine don't.

        1. Mark Ewbie profile image84
          Mark Ewbieposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          As part of the initial creation - yes, I added a summary and put it in a group.  Three tags I think.  Can't think of much else.  Source added to photo capsule.

          1. Glenn Stok profile image98
            Glenn Stokposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Yep, I did all those things too. That has to be the reason why you and I skip the pending status. Don't you think so?

            1. janderson99 profile image84
              janderson99posted 4 years ago in reply to this

              Mine has 5 capsules, one image, a poll, an RSS, list of links, 700 words and remains in orbit. I think its your stellar hubber scores -  Boo Hoo!

              1. Glenn Stok profile image98
                Glenn Stokposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                BUT...

                Did you put it in a group? 

                Did you add a summary?

                1. janderson99 profile image84
                  janderson99posted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  Yes + Yes + 8 tags

                  1. Glenn Stok profile image98
                    Glenn Stokposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                    Maybe Izzy was right? That one has to have a score over 95. But I would think that would have been mentioned somewhere if that were the case.

                2. janderson99 profile image84
                  janderson99posted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  I noticed that your article has been indexed  - Well Done - That is the more important thing rather than the 2 day wait. One of mine published on 1 October, went into orbit for two days, but was indexed yesterday 7 October - though I did submit to webmasters and submitted social links.

                  1. Glenn Stok profile image98
                    Glenn Stokposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                    Yes, that is what this conversation is all about. We are trying to figure out why my hubs and Mark's hubs get indexed immediately.   Am I missing something else that you might be referring to?

        2. That Grrl profile image80
          That Grrlposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          The only thing I didn't do was add mine to a group. Well, one is in a group and the other is not. Both used modules, more than one type. Everything is being held for at least 24 hours. A nuisance. I like to do the promoting right away so I can work on something else. But, I can deal with the waiting, there will be some grumbling however.

      2. janderson99 profile image84
        janderson99posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Now I know HP hates me! I'm only a low 90's sub-mariner.

    3. Shaddie profile image94
      Shaddieposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I wanted to pipe in here and say that I do the exact same thing; I never publish my Hubs the same day I create them, and I have never experienced the "pending" period.

  17. WriteAngled profile image92
    WriteAngledposted 4 years ago

    I must admit this whole matter has put me off publishing anything more here at the moment.

    I will be concentrating on other opportunities until this mess is sorted.

    I probably will be on the forums far less as well as I HATE the new look, with its tiny, difficult to read font that only fills one third of the width of my screen.

    1. That Grrl profile image80
      That Grrlposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I had to make the font bigger through my web browser. It was making me crazy AND I just got new glasses so no one can say I need new glasses. smile

      Now that I have the font bigger everything is out of whack. My paragraph fonts all look like they are in bold and the stats page spreads too far, going outside the box. Someone needs to do some HTML and CSS fixing.

  18. janderson99 profile image84
    janderson99posted 4 years ago

    My main concern that its fair and transparent. HP can do what they like, but they should tell everyone about their criteria. The same applies to the order of the hubs shown on the new topics and sub-topic pages. What's the criteria? I think HP should let everyone know and what authors can do to get their hubs listed on the first or second page. Fairness and Transparency is what is required. Any sense of favorites or special privilege will mean that authors start to look elsewhere to publish.

  19. Mark Ewbie profile image84
    Mark Ewbieposted 4 years ago

    I published another exclusive with no whirly.  I am not an apprentice or a 'favorite' as far as I know.  This piece had one pic and five or six text capsules.  900 words.  Most of them probably spelt right.

    One thing I wondered is if the algo or whatever looked at my other pages.  I have deleted a third recently, that were either Zzzzd or about to be zzzzd.  So my back catalogue is clean of Zs and whirly things.

    Could that make a difference?  I have no idea.

    1. Aficionada profile image95
      Aficionadaposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Aw, Mark, you're everybody's favorite. Are you fishing? J/K

      1. Mark Ewbie profile image84
        Mark Ewbieposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Lol. Yep.  No.  Just sharing my non whirly exclusive experience.

        1. Wesley Meacham profile image92
          Wesley Meachamposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Don't take this the wrong way Mark but your cupcakes are a bit distracting.

          1. Mark Ewbie profile image84
            Mark Ewbieposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Might be time for a change.  Some Xmas mince pies maybe.

            1. janderson99 profile image84
              janderson99posted 4 years ago in reply to this

              You so and so. Orbit like the rest of us.

              http://www.a1niches.com/swings.jpg

              1. Mark Ewbie profile image84
                Mark Ewbieposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                Lol!

    2. Glenn Stok profile image98
      Glenn Stokposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Hey Mark, you and I are up late writing and publishing!

      These exclusives are giving me so many ideas. I just published my 4th exclusive.

      This time it was one I just claimed about 10 hours ago. I wrote it quick and published with one image, 1170 words in several capsules, a summary, a group selection, and 6 tags. Once again - no swirly arrows.

      So I just ruled out using a hub that's been in draft mode over a day. This is still leaving it with one thing... score 95 or over. You are 97.

      1. janderson99 profile image84
        janderson99posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I've done the same, no ZZZ, similar capsules, 5 exclusive plus 3 others - all went into orbit for 24-48 hours. 630 hubs and I'm still a bad boy, only on 90 or so. Its so unfair I could cry!! I want to play on the swings too!

        1. Glenn Stok profile image98
          Glenn Stokposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Look how quickly you are advancing! You say you are 90 but as you say that you became 92. Soon you'll be 95 and it be be interesting to see what happens when you publish at that level. That will prove this one way or the other. Keep it up. We all need you at 95!!!

    3. Glenn Stok profile image98
      Glenn Stokposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I forgot to reply about your last paragraph... Wondering if it is because you have no idle (zzz) hubs left.

      I have six idle hubs and I don't get the twirly arrows when I publish. So we can be sure it is not related to having no idle hubs.

      I also had been deleting hubs that are doing poorly. But the idle hubs are NOINDEX anyway, so I can leave them without any repercussions since Google no longer reduces ranking on my other hubs for those. It's funny, but I actually had them on my list to plan to delete, until HP started doing the idle stuff.

  20. Mark Ewbie profile image84
    Mark Ewbieposted 4 years ago

    Hi Glenn.  I'm not late, I'm early - 7am UK time.

    I guess we can't spot the pattern yet.

    I found it liberating to delete unperforming pages.  Although I cherished the writing, sort of, this game isn't about pure writing.  So just reviewing those old pages and wondering how to make them attractive to searchers was occupying too much of my time.

    I am in two minds about the exclusives.  Great for ideas and maybe some of those suggestions are really searched - some of them are bizarre though.

    1. Glenn Stok profile image98
      Glenn Stokposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Yeah I actually thought of the time difference just as I clicked to post. For me, it 2:30 in the morning and time to quit for now. I was just motivated to get the quick exclusive done.

      I also have yet to see how well exclusives perform. Too soon to tell, but sure am getting a lot of ideas for subjects. smile

  21. Mark Ewbie profile image84
    Mark Ewbieposted 4 years ago

    New theory.  Average hub score.  Mine is 75 - the best it's been for some time,.

    1. Glenn Stok profile image98
      Glenn Stokposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Ah!  That definitely is another theory. My average is 77. It was 75 a few days ago when I started noticing the lack of swirly arrows. So you could be right. I can't wait till janderson99 gets to a Hubber score of 95.

      1. janderson99 profile image84
        janderson99posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Never been close - too much of an Ozzie wingeing bastard.

        1. Glenn Stok profile image98
          Glenn Stokposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Never say never -- I'm counting on you.

          1. That Grrl profile image80
            That Grrlposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            I'd vote for you to get 95 if it was that easy. I had 100 for about four minutes one day. Woohoo!

  22. janderson99 profile image84
    janderson99posted 4 years ago

    Mine's 76!

  23. janderson99 profile image84
    janderson99posted 4 years ago

    Actually is probably violations score - I've had a few over the years - all fixed, but its probably on my record and can't be removed. I'll never get to play on the swings. Ah well! back to the roundabouts - actually its quite fun watching them go round and round and round.

    1. Mark Ewbie profile image84
      Mark Ewbieposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I can't believe they keep a record of misdemeanours.  I have had a few pages pulled for stepping over the boundary of taste.  Who knows?  Maybe it's as complicated as the way they calculate the HubScore.

      1. janderson99 profile image84
        janderson99posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Actually 'it don't really matter at all'. The thing that gets me is the delays in getting indexed by Google - but like a dedicated battler that I am I submit every new hub to Google webmasters and they forgive me despite the tainted brush of NOINDEX applied by HP. My traffic has surged, so someone out there loves me. Back to the roundabouts. As an aside - someone has suggested adding turbines to playground roundabouts, so don't you feel guilty of not contributing to saving the planet!
        Cheers,

      2. That Grrl profile image80
        That Grrlposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I've had several violations. Those are easy to get. We need to look for a bigger challenge.

  24. Wesley Meacham profile image92
    Wesley Meachamposted 4 years ago

    I actually wasn't aware of this until I read this forum thread. I just played around with the tool and there are some intersting tittles that have come up. One or two of them were ideas that I've had already but have never gotten around to writing. One was something that I hadn't thought that people would be intersted in. I've picked four tittles and will write about them and see what happens. Like everything else to me at this point it is all one big experiement.

  25. Mark Ewbie profile image84
    Mark Ewbieposted 4 years ago

    Another update.  Just published another Exclusive and this time, yep, a whirly thing appeared.

    Hooray! I'm one of the gang.

    1. livewithrichard profile image84
      livewithrichardposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I published 2 exclusives yesterday while my hubscore was at 94... Each hub gave me a message that it would be pending for 24 hrs but there was no pending they went live right away, and a couple hours later my score shot up to a 97...

      1. Glenn Stok profile image98
        Glenn Stokposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        And in the past seven hours you shot up to 99! Congratulations.

  26. profile image0
    GoldenThreadPressposted 4 years ago

    I was able to get a great exclusive title and am hoping that it will take off. It's on layaway. I am hopeful that as the holiday season winds up, so too will my Hub. I'll update as I learn more.

  27. IzzyM profile image87
    IzzyMposted 4 years ago

    I have a note of the hubbers that are getting instant 'featuring' of hubs. There are not that many. And I'm not included.

    Congrats to those that are. Wish I knew the formula.

    It does make a difference. When the bots come round, and the hub doesn't have a 'noindex' tag, you get the Google boost they give to new articles.

    This 24 hour delay stops all the search engines from giving hubs that initial boost, and it becomes harder to rank for any keywords.

    1. livewithrichard profile image84
      livewithrichardposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Maybe so but keep in mind that these are exclusive titles here on HP which means you and only you will have it and if you create a 'good' hub then you will still be the only one here ranking for it.

      1. Wesley Meacham profile image92
        Wesley Meachamposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        but... technically speaking, aren't all tittles really exculsive?

        1. Glenn Stok profile image98
          Glenn Stokposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          No not really. HubPages wants to make sure that someone publishes hubs with exact titles they are suggesting. These titles are offered to Hubbers with scores over 80. See the details...
          http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/Exclusives

  28. IzzyM profile image87
    IzzyMposted 4 years ago

    Well I just published an exclusive title that I started yesterday, and the whirly thing appeared again.

    My score is 96 (or was when I hit the publish button).

    I still don't know why some are getting instantly featured and others aren't.

    It smacks of favouritism sad

  29. mackyi profile image83
    mackyiposted 4 years ago

    So far, I must have used at least four of these exclusive topics. Based on my experience, I found that they tend to get caught up in slow moving traffic, when compared to most of my other Hubs! Some of the topics are also questionable.

    1. Glenn Stok profile image98
      Glenn Stokposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I just published my 8th exclusive hub tonight. I'm having the same results as you with slow moving traffic on most of these. But the process has given my eight ideas to write about, so I'll continue with it and see if more traffic comes along later.  I've noticed, even with non-exclusive hubs, that traffic sometimes picks up much later.

      1. janderson99 profile image84
        janderson99posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Ezines has a rip-snorter if you have access - most appear to be competitive
        https://my.ezinearticles.com/write-edit … ggestions/

        1. Glenn Stok profile image98
          Glenn Stokposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          I forgot I actually had an old ezine account that I never used. I'm good at saving passwords, so I just logged in and checked out the Title Suggestions tool. Cool. But I wonder how good those titles work. As I mentioned in my last post above, I'm not seeing any great traffic on my exclusives from HP.

          Did you try writing anything from those suggestions?

          1. janderson99 profile image84
            janderson99posted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Yep I have, I ran through various options and tested them => I have 10 chosen.
            When I ran them through Jaaxy.com they appeared to be much more competitive that the HP ones IMO.
            Also they are tightly contained in categories which makes them more specific. Of course they are available for the eziners and so you would probably want to change them.

            Here's one under business 
            Commercial Contract Risks
            which looks like it would be hopeless but Jaaxy rates it as 'great'
            what is also good is
            contracts management risks in Jaaxy (also 'great')

            gives a good option of   
            Commercial Contracts Management Risks    => longtail
            other software I have says that that is competitive.

            1. Glenn Stok profile image98
              Glenn Stokposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              Coincidence!  I was looking through the various business categories and I found that one too.

              1. janderson99 profile image84
                janderson99posted 4 years ago in reply to this

                Darn there goes my spotters fee!

                1. Glenn Stok profile image98
                  Glenn Stokposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  LOL  smile

 
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