I did a comparison to some pages that turn up on Google top ten result and compared them to some of my hubs of the same topic and only a few of my hubs came up on the top ten. The sites which outranked mine surprisingly have little content and sometimes not a single image.
That's why hubpages is working so hard to improve quality across the site in order to rebuild its trust score (read panda rating) with google. The more trust google has in a site the higher rankings its pages will receive.
Google is a bit iffy with hubpages at the moment because of all the bad content, spam content, over seo'd content, overly promotional content, writer focused rather than reader focused content etc. that is and has been on the site.
I'd say out of 10 google would rank HP around 5 for trust so there's still a long way to go.
Your subdomain will also have a google trust rank, so make sure you do everything you can to ensure the content is meeting your readers needs.
Edit: I looked through a few of your hubs. You have some great topics but there are things you need to work on. Post in the get help forum if you want ideas on making your hubs better.
You summed up the problems very well. Susana - all of these things are factors, and they're fairly diverse issues.
"Google is a bit iffy with hubpages at the moment because of all the bad content, spam content, over seo'd content, overly promotional content, writer focused rather than reader focused content etc. that is and has been on the site."
Over SEO'd content
Overly promotional content
Writer-focused rather than reader-focused content
You are right.
HubPages should be allowed to stand or fall on its own merits. Being subjected to an artificially imposed quota truly is bad faith or a misguided action on Google's part.
Google actually would like people to show them results like this when they occur.
You have a distorted view of what you think should be in the results - and how well your writing compares with the results you see.
The picture is much bigger than that. Google is interested in which content people click on ads from, or who their best big business mates are, as much as conforming to the ever-changing quality criteria that Mr G sets through the various updates.
Maybe those pages you see aren't, in your opinion, half as good as yours, but they might be getting 1000 views/day from links to them, or inside traffic, or being popular on social sharing sites.
That is mainly it. Many back-links. I have seen pages with only one paragraph of content at number one on Google. That simple means goggle's algorithm is junk.
Google is slapping us on HubPages. It will take more than a year to see any difference in my opinion.
If we ever do. Look what happened in 2011. Hubpages has never been treated the same again. I hope in a year, it will all come back.
Very true Barbara. I've seen my traffic dive to half of what it used to be since 2011. When Google did a major Panda swipe in the late Fall of 2014, most folks here took a massive hit.
Agreed, after HP first started getting slapped I lost 75% of my traffic, I guess I did OK in this latest slap though because my views have actually gone up. I trust in HP's ability though to weather the storms, but there are alot of factors going into Google's algorithm, and you better believe that $$$ is behind the majority of it.
Google is a business and will do whatever is good for business. They are accountable to their shareholders so if you make money for them, that is really good.
Google is now trusting HubPages for quality content. I pray it continue like that.
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