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Mandatory Retirement for Hubbers with No Hubs

  1. Easy Exercise profile image90
    Easy Exerciseposted 18 months ago

    I find it unfair for Hubbers who had staked out key terms to be able to continue to sit on the Hubber profile name, over five years with no photo and worst yet no hubs.

    HP Team is normally so responsive and yet I have email the team asking about this and received a nice email that HP has no "rule" against this.

    Yet, there should be a rule. Perhaps not for all Hubber names. I don't mind a specialized name being staked out for years but the key terms such as food safety, exercise, fitness and these "hubbers" hogging these names have done so in some cases for 8 years! But the kicker is they have not written one single hub.

    I cannot afford to "purchase" these key names at auction and I know the value of the name may be substantial given Google's keyword tool.

    I just wanted to pose the question about fairness - should these key words be assigned to hubbers who never contribute to the subject at hand?

    A couple of examples are provided in the photos.





    Thanks for listening.

    1. Christy Kirwan profile image
      Christy Kirwanposted 18 months ago in reply to this

      Hi Easy Exercise,

      To be honest, these days Google cares much, much more about the actual content of a website or blog than the author's info. And in fact, if you are a real life expert on something (like dog training, nursing, or another field you have personally worked in), it is recommended that you use your real name, rather than a keyword-related pen name, for the authority it carries.

      1. SpaceShanty profile image93
        SpaceShantyposted 18 months ago in reply to this

        I agree, keyword related usernames look spammy.  As soon as I see a username which directly relates to a product, service or niche I click away.

        1. NateB11 profile image93
          NateB11posted 18 months ago in reply to this


    2. relache profile image87
      relacheposted 18 months ago in reply to this

      Making Hubs has never been a requirement for participation in HubPages.  It's just a highly-encouraged behavior.

  2. Sue Adams profile image92
    Sue Adamsposted 18 months ago

    You may have a good point Christy, but is it advantageous to our site's reputation to get a page like


    when googling for exercises on HubPages?

    Besides, what is the use of keeping dead accounts alive?

    1. LuisEGonzalez profile image81
      LuisEGonzalezposted 18 months ago in reply to this

      I agree. It serves no purpose to have a profile that is empty....

  3. Barbara Kay profile image84
    Barbara Kayposted 18 months ago

    What I caught is that these accounts have higher author scores than some of the writers do that have written many. What is the deal with that?

    1. SmartAndFun profile image93
      SmartAndFunposted 18 months ago in reply to this

      Another Hubber happened to mention this same phenomenon in another thread a couple of weeks ago. Apparently there is quite a large number of Hubbers who have been signed up for years and have no content, all with author scores in the 70s.

    2. rebekahELLE profile image90
      rebekahELLEposted 18 months ago in reply to this

      They possibly have unfeatured hubs which still have scores or they had hubs at one time and moved them.  ?

      1. colorfulone profile image87
        colorfuloneposted 18 months ago in reply to this

        That is logical.

      2. colorfulone profile image87
        colorfuloneposted 18 months ago in reply to this

        Now, I need to disagree with myself. I just found an older account that I opened 6 years ago and never published a single article on. My Hubberscore on that account is 78.   hmm

  4. relache profile image87
    relacheposted 18 months ago

    Having a certain keyword as your subdomain on HubPages is not going to give you an advantage over any other word.

    Going from HubPages to a site where the domain name and the entirety of the content of the site is about exercise would give you an advantage.

  5. EZ Swim Fitness profile image84
    EZ Swim Fitnessposted 18 months ago

    That is my question for those who are hoarding keywords.
    I don't have a "problem" with not contributing with hubs, but I do a concern with the hogging of the keywords indefinitely. I have to wonder if this helps the community.

    For example, how does it look to a visitor who comes to www.hubpages.com and submit a search for "exercise" and the result offered is a Hubber whose moniker/hubber name is "exercise" and there are no hubs (and this happens on food safety and few other key terms).

    The new reader to HubPages who typed in exercise or food safety initially gets the impression that no one is active on this website. And that, I feel, is misleading to the reader and unfair to all of our hard work.

    In some manner, we need to have the user experience take first priority especially on searches on key words.

    1. relache profile image87
      relacheposted 18 months ago in reply to this

      If you think that specific keywords are so important, may I ask why you opted to write on HubPages instead of a site which is geared solely towards exercise?  Because that would give you a massive leg-up in both competitiveness and subject authority versus choosing a site such as this.

    2. Barbara Kay profile image84
      Barbara Kayposted 18 months ago in reply to this

      This made me curious. When you type exercise in the search engine, it lists hubs and not that account.