My "Inside the Beehive" hub just got the "Editor's Choice" award. After reading the posts about Editor's Choice, I feel like it is like getting the key to the city. It is a great honor, but it's not good for any thing. It doesn't even show up on my profile page, just the accounts page. Nonetheless, I'd rather have the award than not.
Has anybody had good things happen because of the award? Have I missed something?
Yes, it does, Kevin. I opted out (then in, then out) shortly after it started and lost the accolade. I'm cool with being out as I agree with the OP's observations. Catherine, it's an individual thing so I would wait and see how it works for you, which is what I did before coming to the decision not to opt back in.
Catherine, There are some who have had good things occur to their Hubs when they received the Editor's Choice Awards. No one knows the reason why. If you receive five EC's then an accolade shows up on your profile page - I do not remember if it occurs before this, but I do not think so. Below are two links which may be helpful in explaining these awards a little more: http://hubpages.com/faq/#Editors-Choice http://blog.hubpages.com/2013/08/announ … oice-hubs/
I have 37 hubs selected as Editor's Choice and they all show up on my profile page. If yours does not, then there must be another reason for that. If it's not obvious by examining the status of the hub, then ask HP for help on that.
I really don't see much change in traffic with being EC, but it's not making it worse either. So I'm not opting out since it could take a long time for Google to react to having these hubs in the main directory along with other EC hubs.
It's not a good idea to keep switching the URL back and forth, so just keep that in mind in case you decide to opt out. Opting out will cause your EC hub(s) to be moved back to your subdomain and a 301 redirect from the EC URL back to the subdomain URL, so any links you may have will still work.
Besides all that, I would recommend being patient and see what happens. But you do need to find out why it's not listed in your profile. The only thing I can think of is that it became unfeatured and that doesn't make sense since it was selected as EC.
Now that it has been about a week since one of my hubs got the editors choice reward, I thought I would report back. I'm new, so my hubs were only getting a few hits a day once the initial rush wore off. The EC hub still gets only a few hits a day,. for me, I see no change.
It's a different story with HOTD. I immediately got about 200 hits. Even after my "day" was over, I continued to get a lot of hits relative to my other hubs. Does HOTD come with special perks the EC doesn't get?
When I opted in, the traffic decreased on my hubs that were selected as EC. Traffic and earnings are the real rewards, more meaningful to me than accolades and special elite status designations. When I opted out their traffic returned back to normal.
Good to know. I'll see what happens. My traffic is pretty low anyhow since I am new. I'm still waiting for google to "find" me. Actually, I think part of google's algo is longevity. they don't give high ranks to new domains. (At least, I like to think that is the reason for my low traffric.)
If you go back and read the old forum threads on the links above, you'll find many reasons why people make the choice to participate/not participate in the program. One bad thing about it is that it uses a 301 redirect for the URL to your Hub. Google advises that this only be used for permanent redirects. The EC designation is not permanent. It can be changed at any time which will change the URL yet again.
After becoming EC, they took a severe drop, so I opted out and as a result, they are back to their usual numbers again. I guess it's to do with the URL change, it would probably take about a month before rankings and traffic re-stabilize with the new URL.
URL change. Does that effect links that our out on the web in other webpages websites? Mayybe that is why traffic drops if the links don't work. But you said it redirects. Does that mean the links elsewhere will still work?.
The links do redirect with a 301. However, some websites that link to other webpages will block the link if it is redirected because of the fear of spam or being redirected to a porn or gaming site.
But the problem is that a 301 should only be used for a permanent redirect. With the EC program, your Hub can fall out of it and revert back to your subdomain URL, which puts another 301 redirect on it.
It may just be a coincidence, but I have several Editor's Choice hubs now and I've noticed I get next to none page views from google or any other search engines. It's really weird because almost all of my page views come from search engines, except for on those three hubs with the Editor's Choice.
I had a bunch of ECs and couldn't understand why the traffic dropped significantly, but I waited for a few months to see what would happen. When stats didn't improve I opted out. Traffic returned and has stayed reliable. I don't know if it is just coincidence, but I'll be staying out.
Also, to those who are excited by the thought of getting hotd, I don't want to discourage you from your goal but don't get too excited about the traffic they generate. It is only hp traffic ... which doesn't bring you money. Nice to get, but won't help your wallet.
Yes, they are. However the only views you'll get from HOTD are from other Hubbers, and we're a small community. So you may get a few hundred hits, but that's nothing in the grand scheme of things. After all, you're earning only $2 to $5 per thousand views.
My experience of EC hubs has been mixed. Some hubs have done really well and others are about the same as they were when on my subdomain. Overall though, traffic is up and back to pre-panda levels even though I have less content now and a number of hubs that are well out of date.
I think EC works quite well for me because I have quite a mix of topics in my account. If I was very niche focused then taking the best/most trafficked hubs out of my sub would lose me some account authority with Google and that wouldn't help overall traffic in the long term.
Really good answer. Thanks for helping me understand this better. I don't have a niche so perhaps EC will work for me. MYEC hub seems to be doing about the same as before, but it has only been a day or so.
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