That means it is not getting any traffic or it needs revision. Then it will published again.
It also means that HP has slapped a noindex tag on it and Google can no longer see the hub to place it in search results.
Dale--That is what I thought it meant.
Hubpages can do anything they want. It is very demotivating.
When that happens to me, I unpublish the article.... then I go to Webmaster tools and submit for Google to drop the URL from search and cache. After a few days I then move the article to my blog or elsewhere and submit the new URL to Google submit. Following those steps does away with Google seeing any duplicate content.
It can be frustrating to have a Hub no longer be Featured. If your Hub is no longer Featured because of engagement, it might be a sign to do a bit of spring cleaning and update it a bit - perhaps add more text ,an image, or a video. If you don't want to update the Hub, you are always welcome to move it somewhere else; the content belongs to you. In case you wanted more information, our Learning Center entry goes into more detail.
On one of my other subs, I had one hub unfeatured due to lack of engagement.
It was on a news item on a niche topic.
Shortly after publication it quickly gained over 1000 views, then it fell out of the news.
It is back in the news this week, so I added related links to it, to put it through QAP and get it featured again.
There is nothing else to add to the story! I cannot make things up that didn't happen.
It is now unfeatured because of low quality.
The bar is too high? QAP is wrong? I need to always write 1000 word hubs? I'm feeling a bit frustrated at the moment.
This is the only site that demands that we "freshen" up an existing article with "new" material. Most of my articles here are not something you can freshen up.... They state facts that stay pretty durn consistent over time.
Yeah...I tried to think "green hub" right away even though I haven't been here that long. Finance things that I write about are pretty bland if you aren't interested in them in the first place.
Hp obviously disagrees, and for reason.
When google finds too much low quality content (which also means low traffic) it slaps the entire site. Because of that HP takes it upon itself to try and do the best it can to maintain quality pages on its site. One of the things HP does is remove what it thinks google might consider to be low quality content from google's view; it unfeatures the hub.
HP is not doing a very good job....overall views are crashing....HP is down in ratings....authors are leaving in droves. What good is HP doing to save the site? Lol, the stats prove out the fact that something is very, very wrong here.
HP has, IMHO, made some very good moves, starting with subdomains. Traffic goes up and down - it looks to me as if HP makes changes that bring it into line with the Panda. Whereupon Google takes note and changes Panda with the direct intent of slapping HP (and probably a few other sites as well).
If you expect HP to foresee the future changes in Panda I think you grossly overestimate their crystal ball. If you deny that anything they have done is of any value, you haven't looked at sitewide traffic fluctuations since the first Panda.
There is something wrong, all right, but it does lie overall with HP. It lies with Google and with their hatred of content farms coupled with their own content sites and a desire to grow them.
For us it actually does ride with HP AND with GOOGLE.
That is the crux of it. Hubpages is trying to please Google and we are trying to please them BOTH WHILE WE DON'T EVEN KNOW THE RULES!
HP has done it's absolute best to make the rules plain. They've given us the blueprint to score our own hubs and see if they will pass muster - follow the guidelines in the learning center and you'll have very little trouble producing featured hubs. You have the tools to objectively "grade" your hubs on the same scale HP uses should you choose to do so.
Google, of course, is another matter entirely.
Yeah and several of mine that were doing fine (I thought) with Google were removed and others that were not doing so well HP did not remove. Go figure.
Statistically most of us will be deemed poor quality over time. We have no control.We have no way of knowing the future.
I moved a few Hubs that had been unfeatured due to engagement to another site. As a consequence, a few of my Hubs that had links to the moved Hubs were flagged for broken links. I removed the broken links and now all of them are unfeatured due to quality. Huh? They've been featured for years and suddenly they're no longer up to snuff. Hubpages is making mindless, desperate changes in the hope of appeasing Google. I see many of former Hubpages stars at these other sites. All of these ridiculous random changes are chasing away talented and dedicated people. My advice to everyone is to make copies of all of your work because HP may not be around much longer if they keep this up.
No----I think what Hubpages is doing is kicking most of us out. It is intentional as most of us (again statistically speaking) are not the finest of all possible writers.
They have selected "the finest possible" writers and put them through the apprentice program committing them to writing gobs of hubs during that apprenticeship time.
I think Hubpages will be around a lot time. It is just that it will become a very professional level site. Thing is sooner or later they will see the light too and who wants to know they can write a whole lotta hubs and not glean the harvest of that effort because suddenly not only the rules of Google have changed, but now double whammy...the rules of Hubpages have changed as well.
I think Hubpages is lots of fund but I won't be putting the effort into it that I once had hoped to do. Sad, but true.
They are probably wanting to be bought out like the rest; the question is who are they trying to appeal to for this to take place.
I too have this question. I have been on Hub for two years and as of late I see many of my Hubs that may have been featured now not featered and for quality. This is disconcerting as I am not the writer that has been trained and it is not my strength. I have gone back and revised a few and then they went to not featured quality as well. I am beginning to think I have lost my ability to write. (the little ability that was there.) I do have a published book out that has done some good for others so I thought I was able to share well, however I am concerned. Maybe I need to take a break and not write for a bit and see if that helps. Any help to understand if the not featured quality means just plain bad, would be appreciated. Thank ahead of time ~ Stages
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