Can someone please tell me what happens after a hub is picked up as Editor's Choice? Something unusual happens after Editor's Choice? I mean in terms of its traffic, revenue generation, etc. In other words, how these privileged hubs compares with other less fortunate ones, in terms of real performance.
I don't think anything unusual happens after the initial Glow you get from feeling of recognition for a job well done! In terms of traffic - with nine Editors Choice Hubs currently I see a marginal increase in traffic and earnings have definitely increased month after month but this may be because I have added more Hubs. Overall Hub score has definitely increased but this is not matched by Profile Score. In fact every time I publish a new Hub it goes down instantly. In terms of performance, I think we might have to wait a bit longer to see the results.
I think it has more to do with the topic you choose. There are plenty of brilliant writers here who express so beautifully to inspire anyone. If writing were the criterion, their all hubs would automatically be EC.
I personally didn't see much change, but I've just started, maybe it's just because I don't have many hubs. More traffic comes with more well-written hubs! But being editor's choice might motivate one to write more and more.
I got real buzz when some of my hubs were chosen for EC. It's too early to say whether it's affected earnings. The viewings on the chosen hubs are among my highest, but they were before they were made EC. As Rae says, what will be will be.
I tend to agree it's kind of a mystery with EC hubs. I've had a few that have received better traffic than they ever did, but others don't have any difference at all. I hope that in time, EC hubs will increase traffic by getting HP maybe more into Google's good graces again. Time will tell I suppose.
I have noticed an uptick in my traffic. After the Panda/Penguin debacle I lost 90% of my traffic (from 5,000 views a day to 500) Since I have been getting some hubs chosen as EC's I am between 900-1,000 views a day so things look promising. Time will tell....
Actually, you can opt out. (I may be misunderstanding your comment, though.) Yes, it happens automatically IF you haven't opted out.
As for being afraid, for me, yes there could be a concern. I'm a niche writer, and Google has apparently recognized my "expertise" in my field. I am now listed in the first page on most searches on topics in my field. If my hubs are removed from my URL - ie "my" website - and put under HubPages general website, my "niche" may diminish. I don't want this to happen, as my Google numbers went up 300 percent after the latest Panda/Penguin/Hummingbird or whatever it was. I want to keep my "expertise" rating with Google, although most of my traffic, by far, comes from FB.
It's because of this that I am interested in how the EC is working for others, although I doubt I'll "opt in" at any point.
If you recall the ancient history, a long long time ago, about what triggered EC you will see why this is so.
For years HP struggled to get all the hubs shifted to subdomains. Hubs published prior to June 2011 stayed linked to the mother ship, despite HP's efforts to convince Google to do it.
Then one day it happened - Hey Presto G did it!
BUT, Shock horror, traffic tanked.
After a week or so, HP deduced that the reason was that the HP URL had lost a major proportion of direct links to the mother URL that gave it juice. The solution my dear friends was EC.
HP decided that they desperately needed to get a host of hubs directly linked to the mother URL. So they decided to take the cream off the top with EC. The fix worked for the mother ship HP, with 14,000 hubs or so directly linked.
I have just one (1) Editor's Choice hub. It's not my favourite article. I don't even like the article that much but it's getting more traffic, is in my dashboard area at the top of all my articles. Weird. Actually - it's visited a lot more now than a few months ago but nobody ever comments on it, so I don't understand how it's even an Editor's choice.
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