I'm curious to know what number you begin slashing and burning hubs?
I don't cull my hubs based on any numbers. I let HubPages unfeature the ones they do based on their criteria. Then when I have time, I work on improving those hubs. I don't do minor edits just to keep the hub featured - I make significant changes that will hopefully improve the hub in the long run.
If I find that improving a hub is turning out to be harder than simply starting over fresh, I will unpublish the hub. I unpublish hubs that are outdated and I don't have the time or inclination to bring them up to date. I also unpublished many hubs that were on topics (hubs geared to Hubbers that were not long-term resources, book reviews of new authors, etc.) that were unlikely to get views in the long run. No sense in wasting time on hubs that have proven not to be successful.
I try to go through all my hubs every 90 days. Sometimes I just randomly select a hub to review. I either change the title or add more graphics. It's amazing what that does to increase readership. I have even changed whole paragraphs too.
Thankfully I've never had a hub unfeatured (that I remember; I've probably come close a few times), but then again I only have 16 published hubs.
Lastly, I go through my followers to make sure I stay in touch in some way in order to give them support. Sharing one of their hubs may just ingnite their readership again.
Never. Once they have been created, they stay up unless Hubstaff nuke them or I find a better way to use that text.
When a Hub is no longer featured I usually just remove it to my archives. Occasionally, I'll rewrite the headline and the few times I've done this the Hub has gone back to featured status. I don't rethink/rewrite any Hub. I put my best into it when I wrote it and if it doesn't qualify for featured status that's just the way that is.
Like many have said, I also get rid of ones that go unfeatured and will move them to one of my blogs or another rev-share site. I go by traffic, since that's why some of my hubs go unfeatured. If the traffic has been bad for a long period of time, even after tweaking them, then I delete them, de-index them and move them.
Never. I go in an re-read them when I have time. I will frequently go into a hub to add new information and change event dates, but I never delete them. I want others to link my hubs to theirs when useful and I have been burned too many times by hubbers who write wonderful hubs and delete them leaving me with broken links.
I go through and delete every few months and have probably removed over 50 from this subdomain so far. There is disagreement about the criteria but I usually choose those articles that are not ranked well by the search engines and not getting much traffic.
None of the hubs I have published outside of my niche area have done that well so I have deleted most of them. I have deleted a few in my niche also, but then again I have left a few that have terrible traffic because I think they are helpful to a few readers every so often.
As far as when to do so, I usually wait until I have at least 100, 200, or 300. No particular reason why. I read at one time that you should have at least 60 hubs in a niche category before you delete since if you have too few Google will never rank you well (because of few good pages available to the reader, or thin content.)
I have millions of page views so far using this system, so I think this is working.
by qeyler12 months ago
I've been writing here for quite a few years, I go back to the ancient era before the 'featured' 'not featured' declension.I have found that 'fixing' a Hub which is not featured is a total waste of time, as in a day or...
by Chace2 years ago
Some people say you should never, ever delete a hub...only edit it and such. What makes you just completely trash your own hubs?
by Joween Flores21 months ago
Well, when you are suffering from depression and you opened your hubpages stats then you notice that 9 of your supposed to be featured hubs got unfeatured due to lack of traffic.. Very disappointing indeed but, can you...
by TIMETRAVELER210 months ago
I have been in touch with the team concerning a hub of mine that was unfeatured due to the fact that I had only HP traffic and no Google traffic and felt this was not fair because my article had been online for years...
by Lena Kovadlo2 years ago
I just logged into my account and noticed that I have close to 30 hubs that are unfeatured due to engagement? Why did this happen all of a sudden? Is there anything I can do to make them featured again?
by Solaras2 years ago
Your arrival has eclipsed a new feature that we were discussing in earnest when the merger was announced.HubberPro is a new feature. In a nutshell, HP has hired 7 excellent editors to help bring our hubs up to...
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