I have a question for you. Is there any way to block hubs on the 'Related Hubs' section?
For example, I have a page that talks about my experience with the hCG diet and points out that it is not only dangerous but illegal too. Then, you scroll down my page and, look, a bunch of hubs are recommended that promote this illegal and dangerous diet. Is there anything that can be done about that or do I just have to hope they don't make it down that far?
No, there is no way to do that. A lot of people have been upset about this one.They do give all of us more traffic though. It is just when the odd ball ones show up.
This is a worry as people could be badly directed, maybe HP could ban Hubs promoting certain topics or better allow Hubbers to select the Hubs themselves. This was a feature that we had at Squidoo where the writer could select the lenses they wanted there, only if they left it blank did Squidoo step in and fill it out automatically.
Hopefully Paul Edmonson will see this thread or one of the HQ staff that may be able to look into this.
As Barbara said, it's a long-standing gripe. not only the unrelatedness, but also the sheer number (now 8, used to be 6, and before that 4.) But one thing you can do to make sure the list is populated with your own hubs is to write lots of hubs centered around the same topic. Using titles with similar keywords and placing the hubs int he same category can help too.
Cari, I am with you on your thinking as I think sometimes the related hubs aren't the best ones as you have indicated. Like one of the first hubs I visited was about layered salads and one of the related hubs at the bottom was a clothing hub about layering your clothes.
Hoping to have Paul E. comment. Thanks for asking such a great question.
In your profile settings, you can blacklist three users. That could help a little, maybe?
Are you only blacklisting that Hub or the Hubber themselves?
If the hubbers have a few hCG hubs, then maybe I should just blacklist them (can we do that). I haven't looked at this option yet. Would be great if we had a bit more control over the hubs that are showcased. Even if they are not our own, I'd love to be able to pick and choose what best complements my page
Using that option will only block Hubbers from appearing in the right column on your Profile page under the title "Others you might like …"
That option will NOT block those Hubbers' Hubs from appearing in the related Hubs listed at the bottom of a Hub.
Unfortunately the blacklist feature only prevents those three people from showing up on your profile page as "other hubbers you might like" but it doesn't block any other aspect of their existence. The "others you might like" sidebar thingy is only visible to logged in users.
Brit gave you the answer I was going to suggest. I just discovered that on my profile page. I also figured out how to showcase hubs I like
Barbara: Unfortunate, but true. I wish HP would get rid of them, but apparently they won't since this has been discussed in forums over and over.
Cari Kay: To showcase your favorite hubs, edit your profile, at the bottom is this information:
In the Spotlight
Select up to 6 Hubs to showcase at the top of your profile. These Hubs must include a photo that is at least 200x150 pixels.
Yes, I just found that related hubs to add to your profile feature the other day! Nice. By the way, on the tangent about "Unfortunately the blacklist feature only prevents those three people from showing up on your profile page as "other hubbers you might like" but it doesn't block any other aspect of their existence." Another "unfortunately" as for me, the blacklist feature is not functioning as stated, but the very name in my blacklist list keeps showing up in the "other hubbers you might like." How about that?
WriterFox, yes indeed I did and when I came back to double check, the first time they appeared again in the recommendations, it was there. Very odd stuff!
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