I was just wondering if anyone has ever thought of a new interface and landing page.
I land on HP to input my user name and password and cant help but think that a casual passerby might think of this as only a writers site rather than an information source. I wonder to myself if HP was primarily made to look like and function as a warehouse of information and then have links somewhere on the landing page regarding if you would like to be a hubber and if you are a hubber log in here. Then maybe just maybe views and systems would work better and improve.
It could all start out with a statement of something like. What would you like to read? Then have different categories to choose from or a search bar. Something that makes HP look more like the powerhouse of articles and information that we all know it is.
It just that the fact that it could be a database of easily accessible information and look the part as well.
all of the competing sites like ehow and Wikipedia have already made changes that make the visitor feel more like reading and staying for a while rather than leaving because they think that they don't want to write they are looking for informative articles and information.
We all know that the content base inside of HP is large enough to compete with top sites like the ones mentioned.
I've always thought too that is I was searching for something to read, the landing page would give me the impression that it was just for members and writers.
This is a screen shot of my basic idea so that you know what I am talking about.
I know its small but bear with me. The idea is to make it like its purpose is for people to read and discover information. And if they only want to discover information they can do that. Rather then the feeling now that it is meant as a place for writers. As hubbers yes, that is what we feel it is for. But I think that the entire site doesnot present itself to the world as a wealth of information and creative content. That being the case I wonder without our readership from outside the site and only relying on search services to find our hubs or our own word of mouth, and we do pretty darn good with that. What would happen if the site itself was a warehouse of information for the casual passerby.
That's not the landing page for visitors. Here is the visitor landing page. You are taken to that page because your browser saved it.
I do think they can change it around a little to make it more attractive. It still looks primarily like a writing site rather than an information site.
When I have typed a search word or phrase to find information into Google, I have had individual hub links come up. This is how I think most outsiders find us. When done through a search engine, clicking on the search engine's link takes one directly to the hub, not to the landing page. I found Hub Pages as a place to write through search engines by entering something like "get paid to write online" or something to that effect. That type of search did, indeed, take me to the landing page where I could consider Hub Pages as an avenue for my writing.
Me too. That is how I got here. I searched for Great places to write online. But I think that the happy marriage of the two could be vastly more beneficial for all of us who are hubbers.
I agree - the landing page is more for the writers than it is for readers. There should be a way to direct the readers and writers to their separate portals from the home page.
The page looks like it has been changed fairly recently. It depends on what kind of information you want. If it's a lighthearted thing, like Astrology, I used to get a lot of Google traffic, people telling me that's how they found me. If you are sick and want medical information, or want to build a deck, you are going to go to a medical site or a building site.
I know there are a lot of how-to pieces on here by people who know a lot about their subjects. But there's no traffic. I have one red arrow today out of 138 hubs, all featured. I don't even bother to check anymore. I don't even think the landing page says anything about making money anymore, since we don't
In all fairness, the administration has tried all kind of things to bring HP back. I think it's totally dead now. I'm deciding whether to take down all my stuff. And I'm not sure it's only HP. I'm not real techy, and I even check my email on my phone now to see when payments are in my Paypal account. People aren't sitting at the big computer in the "home office" anymore. I don't know if they have the patience to sit still and read a whole article. The online world is changing fast.
In 1929 the stock market crashed becuase of two things. One investors got angry and pulled all there holdings. And two, people got fightened and withdrew there money from all banks. This lead to a total collapse. In my opinion all of us should keep our content here if we plan on going elsewhere. Mainly, and this is only my opinion, to alow the site that has given some of us a place to hone our skills, to live on. If enough people run off and take down there content the vacume may collapse the site like a neutron star. And that could make a large mess.
So.... How does HubPages themselves working to hide a few million low-quality Hubs from Google figure into all this?
since hub pages does not collect a dime for us to have accounts they rely on ad revenue to make it though. If content vanishes in to high of a mass the site will be a red flag for advertisers. Those few million hubs are likely not set up by the hubber for adsense and if not. Are a few penny's here and there for hub pages. A few million adds up to a lot of money. At least enough to keep the lights on.
From what I see after three years here, the exodus from HP has already happened. Many of the best writers left. I came in at the beginning of the end, so stayed and made a little bit of money for my efforts, but nothing like those before me. I was actually surprised when on another site people admitted what they were making here, and it was less than I was.
I haven't pulled my stuff, I intend to leave it. It's too much work to put it on my own site, unless I start another one. Basically online writing is great for your creativity, but it's a hard way to make money now. It's too time consuming for the amount of money you make.
The landing page has changed pretty regularly over the life of HubPages. So has the user interface, navigation and organization.
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