Cascading effect. So the HP site as a whole is suffering from low traffic. So what they do is unfeature hubs because of low traffic.
Just think about that business model. In other words: Traffic is low so we are going to reduce promotion. Now I do not think a marketing person came up with that idea. I do not think a chief financial guru came up with that concept. A creative writing person did not come up with that idea. SO WHERE DID IT COME FROM??
Techies and programmers. There is no logical in the world reality where you reduce promotion because of "lack of engagement". That is just insanity. In order to succeed you do just the opposite. Techies and programmers are going to bring down HP.
Do they unfeature Hubs for lack of comments too, or just low views?
That is true, they unfeatured the hubs which are not earning anymore views
The idea behind it is very simple;
Google will penalize a site for having too many pages that it deems of low quality. (All of us because ILOVEMSEXY's hubs of Indian Aunties and BUYMYBITS's hubs promoting their website selling ripped off designer clothes and handbags)
Google tries not to send traffic to pages which it deems are low quality.
Therefore if a page gets no traffic from google it MAY be low quality.
So if you want to get rid of low quality pages quickly the easiest way is to no-index all of the pages that don't get traffic from Google. (After all it will take a while to audit and judge a million plus pages)
The collateral damage however is that quality pages that just don't receive visits because no one searches for them (such as poems and articles about the Peruvian three toed yellow tree sloth) also get un-featured. Hence the need for the QAP process to provide a quality assessment of everything - but will take time still to go through every available hub.
Meanwhile making all hubs that google does not send traffic to (and earn you nothing anyway because they have no traffic) protects the site and all of us while they figure out how to "re-Index" the quality ones....
Hope that makes sense...
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