It has come to my attention that a selected few people that were subjected to the Hub Pro program were sent surveys to ask them about their experience. I haven't got that survey and I highly doubt I will get that survey so I've decided to conduct a survey of my own. For those of you that are clueless about this read these discussions:
I'm really curious what the majority of hubbers actually think of this new editing venture that HP has subjected us to. Since I've lost complete trust in HP after they ruined my hubs, failed to apologize or even acknowledge my concerns, I would seriously love for you to vote so at least we can send a message to these guys that this program should not be enforced on us especially hubs that get high traffic.
Simply vote YES or NO ( and if you want to state your reasons, go ahead! )
I vote YES, because I had a good experience: editor listened to my ideas and I listened to hers; result was increase in traffic, although it fluctuates a bit for those Hubs somewhat today.
I found the give and take good - some info is perfect for physics class and similar but different info is best for employment interviews, and my editor understood this after discussion. Her other additions were great. I'm fortunate.
My objection is the adding of personal stories that are not my own, unless they are GOOD stories, in which case I will add "I know a person who..." Good stories can help, just as case studies are a nice touch in scholarly articles. However, I understand Hubbers' upset feelings about stories.
Janderson - this stat does not mean it's a weekly decline - that's just a figure for that window of time. As we know, HP began addressing content issues in January, so this might be a larger number than the overall ratio of hubs being unpublished over a longer period of time.
Well, I can give you a little history. Before the transfer of content from Squidoo which began on September 2, there were 335,638 featured Hubs. After the content was transferred, there were 452,765 featured Hubs on October 22 (a rapid influx of 117,127 Hubs).
By December 27 after the first massive vetting, 75,127 Hubs were removed. By January 31st, another 9,745 had been removed which brought the featured Hub total down to 367,893.
(Traffic to HP has never returned to what it was prior to the announcement on August 15th. Traffic plunged beginning on September 22nd.)
This is really useful to know, WF. I'd be curious as to the ratio of hubs currently featured that are new content (not transferred in from elsewhere).
Do you know if the un-featured hubs hurt the site in any way (Google-wise)? It's my understanding that (supposedly) they don't hurt the site or negatively affect the way Google treats the site. But I question this a bit, if there are links to those pages on various sites. Would Google factor in the number of pages that aren't featured and calculate the value of the site based on the ratio of pages that are actually searchable. (Does my question even make any sense?).
By my calculations - there are not quite 10% more featured hubs on the site than there were before the transfer. Obviously, some of these are new content (not part of the transfer).
Since you have a handle on the stats, do you know the percentage change in traffic (up or down) from before & after the transfer?
Yes => You can opt out. HP can do what it likes to benefit and manage the site, traffic, ads and reputation, including the layout. I opted out, but I have no objection to it continuing as it may be of benefit for some authors. Not my cup of tea!
My vote is conditional and based on principle. I see that some hubbers have had good experiences in addition to those who have had very bad experiences. I've never been HubPro'd so I can't speak from my own experience. I was initially open to being a part of the program and only opted out after the unfortunate Aneegma incident. For those reasons, I vote that the program be suspended for a brief period until the obvious kinks are worked out. I will remain opted out indefinitely or at least until I see a change at the next opt-in cycle.
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