I deleted two articles today and de indexed them from Google and Bing. In Google I was told these articles had already been removed by HP or blocked from Google...yet both were still featured. The views were low, which was why I dumped them, but I don't understand what happened here. Maybe the views were low because they had been unfeatured but the computer did not pick this up? Anybody?
If you unpublished or deleted a Hub then submitted it to the Google url removal tool you'll get a standard message that says the page has been removed or blocked. It then asks if you want to remove it from search results. This is because of your action of deleting or unpublishing the Hub, not because HP did anything prior to that.
Bing doesn't give you the same message. It just slips the url into the queue.
Does this seem to be what you experienced or am I missing the point of your question entirely? Did you get a message that said HubPages removed your Hub from search?
It said that the page has been removed from search or blocked, but when I follow through it tells me this is an "old, outdated" request...which it is not. It is a new one.
I've never seen that warning. You can only request a removal for a page that's returning a 404. Otherwise it tells you the page is still live on the web, and you only have the option to request a cache update. If YOU had made the request previously you get a red box with the notice about the request already been made.
If your Hub was featured it should have been live, so it should have been impossible for someone to remove your page from Google search results while it was still active. Unless Google took it out themselves because they received a DMCA, which I'm sure you would have remembered.
I hope you get to the bottom of it, but the end result is the same: Your pages are removed from SERPs. If you've only unpublished them, not deleted them, and you think your pages were erroneously deindexed and that's why you didn't get any traffic, maybe try republishing and making sure they're indexed through webmaster tools and seeing if you have better luck.
I agree it sounds weird. Maybe somebody smarter than me will come along with a better answer.
Where is an HP staff on this one?
I have noticed similar occurrences with "featured" hubs.
I am in a frustrated state with Hubpages.
I gave my opinion on their little email they sent, but c'mon, this should be covered by some staff immediately!
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