I had a hub idled about a week ago, a dumpy old hub that I didn't like anyway. I've let it sit idled since then, trying to decide what to do with it. Sorting the stats screen with the "featured" tab produces two idled hubs; one I want to keep and this one recently idled.
Until this morning, when the newly idled hub doesn't show up as being idled. I'm ashamed to say I'm not even sure which one it was - it just hasn't carried a very high priority for me as it never did get any traffic. In any case, I did not edit any hubs for the last few days.
Unless idled hubs can come back to life by all by themselves, this looks like a glitch. Sorry I can't give more information, but it's all I've got. A heads up, anyway.
Hmm, that's odd. Is there any way you could give us that Hub's title? It will be hard for us to look into this if we don't know what to look for, and it would not make sense for us to go through 168 Hubs to see the Featured status history of each one...
Simone, I'm sorry but I can't. I have several with very low monthly traffic but I just don't remember which one it was.
According to the "changed" column, I edited one on the 24th, but it definitely wasn't that. I "changed" one one the 22nd, and while I don't think that was it, it could have been. The 22nd, though, is a long time past to sit pending since then.
Wish I had more information for you, but I just don't.
I thinks its 'Grace' with her magic wand - Stella's sister
@wilderness If you can think of some examples Hubs, we can do further research to see what might be going on.
I had a hub that was not featured go featured. I just put it into the deleted category as I never wanted it refeatured. It's http://agilitymach.hubpages.com/hub/Aud … nce-Cycle. It's also unpublished now, so I'm not sure you can even see it. And this one MAY have been idled and refeatured. I know one of my Shannara Trilogy book reviews went idle, and they are all featured now. http://agilitymach.hubpages.com/hub/Boo … -Shannara.
Matthew, my best guess (and it's only a guess) is that it was one of these two:
http://wilderness.hubpages.com/hub/Inte … decreasing
http://wilderness.hubpages.com/hub/Two- … h-The-Cost
Interestingly, both of these are being played with by google; a search for the title (not url) shows up without the "Wilderness" part of the URL. I've got a bunch of those, and every one is showing unusual traffic, including those two. Is it possible that search traffic jumped in the last few days, and the hub went featured all by itself because of that?
OK, Matthew - it's happened again, to one that has been idled for months now. It has no traffic in the 7 day column and 1 in the 30 day. In it's entire life (since 10/2010) it shows 36 search engine views. Lots of views from links, but almost nothing from search engines. By the graph on the hub, very little traffic - just a blip now and then - since 3-2011.
It just now came out of idle. Did it also just come out of the QAP?
http://wilderness.hubpages.com/hub/maki … h-hubpages
That Hub is showing it was featured 2 weeks ago.
As for the traffic numbers, there is currently a known issue.
You can find more details here:
Interesting. I can assure you that it showed idled this morning and now it doesn't. I check for idled hubs each morning, verifying that only the ones I know of are idled - usually around 7-8 AM MST. If I'm around, I'll sometimes check at random times during the day as well, which is how I caught this one. Nor is it indexed by Google, which I would certainly expect if it were featured 2 weeks ago.
I had seen that traffic thread but hadn't paid a lot of attention - thanks.
More developments; the hub referenced (making money with HP) is now idled again.
I don't care - my intent was to leave it idled forever - but it does seem rather odd to have it become featured then idled just 4 days later.
I just mention it in case that there is some kind of glitch - I'd be a little irritated if it happened to a hub that I actually wanted to be featured!
Has your hubber score declined a tad?
My theory is that some hubs lie on the cusp of falling off the cliff. Decline in hubber score may trigger removal of grace period benefits.
I may have gone down a point or two, but I would think that any hubber score above 95 should have the same effect. If so, it shouldn't be that - if it is, we could see hubs popping in and out of featured all the time. Not a good thing, I would think.
The only reason I mention it at all is because I understand any new programming can have unexpected results and this could be one such. If I had the option I would put that hub on perpetual idle anyway as it will never see organic traffic. It's not intended for anyone outside of hubbers.
I think that this review of old hubs is going to create a nightmare of issues.
I had a hub published 2 years ago suddenly get a reject notice for duplicate content (after 2 years)! A check using copyscape showed that the duplicates were all copies of my article!!! Ho Hum, What a Bum!
Sorry mate! I've learned that the whole process is far too complicated and it takes too long to argue. I simply spent 20 minutes editing it, so it was clean with copyscape. Sad it was a good earner and I may have ruined it, but it was unpublished till fixed, so I had to do something. Its up and running again. If I get another I'll let you know via direct email.
Please don't unpublish hubs that are 2 years old for duplicate content that is all I ask.
I think this is related to our working through old Hubs and applying the QAP.
Here is the broad overview:
Until recently we were only applying the QAP standards to newly published content. We are gradually working our way through older Hubs.
This means that Hubs that were not evaluated for featured status are now being checked.
So you may see Hub that were not featured before, showing as such now.
The bigger issue would be a Hub that is featured somehow no longer showing as such with no changes to the Hub content.
Wondered if that was what you were aiming at - old hubs now going through the QAP and getting a high enough score to become featured. The next question, I guess, is if I can expect it to go idle again in six months when the traffic remains low. I would think so, but if you get back this way you might verify that...
Sure wish I could remember which hub it was and you could verify that that's what happened.
Yes, there is a portion of the QAP that is based on traffic.
Not really what I was asking. Given a good score, can very poor traffic still cause a hub to go idle? If so, my hub will probably do so again, but if not it will sit there featured forever once it's passed the QAP.
Yes, the QAP program is based both on quality assessment reviews of Hub content and engagement.
As with any featured Hub, if the Hub does not meet the requirement for engagement in the time period allowed, then the Hub could be removed from featured status.
Thanks, Matthew. Just trying to get an understanding of what we have to work with in the future. I had seen that, of course, but there are just too many changes too fast for my feeble brain to keep up!
Nah! I think I read somewhere that changes to the Grace period may enliven Zapped hubs.
That's what I thought to begin with, so I'm glad to hear it. Hubpages and feature my idle hubs away.
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