I started around a year ago on Hubpages, but then took a bit of a break due to emigrating overseas (I'm now a Brit living in the US.) Anyway, whilst I was gone, 'Editor's Choice' hubs were introduced.
My questions, is, those of you that have Editor's Choice hubs and are able to do a comparison, how do they fare for you, against your standard subdomain hubs? I have five ECs on my account at the moment, and the traffic to them is less than spectacular - I don't know if them being on the main HP domain is of a particular benefit to them?
Has anyone done a comparison of before and after a hub became EC, and if so, what have you learned? Interested in any and all feedback.
I have not kept a paper trail of traffic per day, but after several months, and about half my hubs being EC, I am unable to show any that have either gained or lost traffic to any significant degree.
While the move may help HP as a whole, I am not seeing any real help for EC hubs themselves. I have caught a rare hub that suddenly jumps way up in traffic (10X, maybe) for a day or three, with the extra traffic being from HP, but have never really found a reason for that, either. Maybe they provided a link for a few days that I never found.
At first, my EC hubs that did very well on my subdomain struggled a little, but my personal experience with the ECs show that the traffic is as high or a little higher on those that are now on the hubpages domain. I don't know if others have had the same experience, though.
I just commented on this on another forum thread. Six of mine are all but dead. Only one is still performing strongly. My stats show a dramatic decline in traffic which is why I am considering declining EC. I have waited patiently but see no indication of improvement after quite some weeks now.
LTM, it was your post in another thread that partly prompted the question, thanks for posting it! I've been looking at my analytics for the EC pages and can't see much of a difference or a small decline - I wonder if HP themselves have done comparisons of a before vs. after?
Hello Paul. As I noted below, I have now turned off the EC option. Worth remembering however, each subdomain has a different 'ranking' with google. I am happy with my ranking. If I was brand new to hp, however, I suspect I would have been more inclined to stay with EC.
This question appears to have been asked several times over the last few months if you look back over the forums.
Having read some of the previous responses it would be hard to say if having an EC hub is really positive or negative. Some have reported slight increases others slight decreases in views - but no one is jumping up and down and saying that it has made a huge impact.
The only people that really could make a definite statement are the staff who could do an analysis of EC hubs before and after against non-EC hubs for the same period......
Well, first things first, I've never had "spectacular" traffic, so there's that. But anyway, I have 39 Hubs, 10 of them are EC and 6 of them are among the most visited during the last 7 or 30 days.
Paul Mapelsden, I have nine which continue to do well but they were doing well before too. Some which were not chosen do a lot better but they did not receive Editors Choice status. I feel a little frustrated because I have more hubs in the same niche category which are now separated from one another essentially. it does appear to me as if Hubs cannot be read consistently enough by HubPages Staff to award the rest with EDITORS choice hubs status as well. I don't know if I am correct but reading all those Hubs takes time and energy from staff members. I believe the Hubs left out ones are of the exactly same standard and many of them receive just as much traffic, I feel a little as if my hubs are now split right down the middle and are now divorced from one another because they appear in two different domains. I am not sure whether anyone else has similar feelings about theirs, I just know that I would be happier if I felt they were lounging happily together. Of course, I could be wrong, they may be better just as they are - there simply is no way for us to know unless we are told by HubPages staff.
I might have some news for you in a month or more. I have just this moment turned off the EC option in my profile. The EC banners instantly disappeared and all my hubs now appear under my subdomain.
Will be watching how they perform in search engines now with interest.
Overall I don't think there is much difference.
When my hubs were first EC (as an app. alum I think I was an early guinea pig) traffic really increased on some of them. Possibly it was just being indexed in a new place? A month or two later traffic fell, but not disastrously.
Now some of them are picking up nicely, but that might be due to the time of the year, my updates etc.
Looking at my account overall, the EC hubs do get more traffic than others, but that might have to do with their topics being more "product oriented".
It is impossible to be sure, there are too many other factors, but my guess is that EC doesn't make much of a difference.
I have not noticed any difference in the traffic to my EC hubs. I think they were selected a couple months ago. I thought perhaps they needed more time but based on what others are saying, perhaps not. Fortunately they don't seem to be doing any worse.
My views have gone up on the EC hubs pretty substantially.
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