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Hip Hip Hurrah - The Related Search block of ads is GONE!

  1. janderson99 profile image85
    janderson99posted 20 months ago

    Wow! the related search block of ads that used to appear at the bottom of the page above the comments is gone! These ads were hated by many, were deceptive and the revenue was not shared with authors. Great News!!!

    1. Sue Adams profile image94
      Sue Adamsposted 20 months ago

      Wow!
      So it took 2 years for HP staff to finally agree to our wishes to remove those unfair ads from our domains.

    2. Jayne Lancer profile image90
      Jayne Lancerposted 20 months ago

      A great improvement. However, hubs still look cluttered towards the bottom of the page. And what's with 'Recommended Hubs' and 'Related Hubs' in very close proximity of one another? A further improvement would be share buttons visible to everyone.

      1. janderson99 profile image85
        janderson99posted 20 months ago in reply to this

        shhh! I added my own share butts (links)

    3. paradigm search profile image79
      paradigm searchposted 20 months ago

      Uh-oh. I just checked my hub. Looks like it's been replaced with "See Also" and now there are 8 freaking ad links there instead of the usual 5. I wonder if HP is now at least paying us for those?

      1. Jayne Lancer profile image90
        Jayne Lancerposted 20 months ago in reply to this

        I'm not seeing this yet, but I am seeing eight ads per hub, or nine if 'Recommended Hubs' (Powered by Google) is to be included. Could Google regard this as excessive? Funny how HubPages can make so many ads visible on all screen resolutions, but not share buttons.

        1. paradigmsearch profile image87
          paradigmsearchposted 20 months ago in reply to this

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          1. Jayne Lancer profile image90
            Jayne Lancerposted 20 months ago in reply to this

            I see one single ad in that position - nothing to do with 'see also'. I'll be keeping an eye on it. Sometimes things that are new don't reach us all at the same time.

            1. paradigm search profile image79
              paradigm searchposted 20 months ago in reply to this

              I checked one of your hubs. You are right, not there. I checked mine again, still there. Yep, I guess HP has decided I'm just special. lol

              1. Jayne Lancer profile image90
                Jayne Lancerposted 20 months ago in reply to this

                I just checked hubs from both your accounts and am not seeing 'See Also'. Strange.

                1. paradigm search profile image79
                  paradigm searchposted 20 months ago in reply to this

                  Here is what HP is doing to my hubs on both accounts:



                  See Also

                  Share Files                             Meet New Friends

                  Social Networking                Chat with Friends

                  Free Software Downloads    Facebook Login

                  Listen to Music Online          Algerian Music



                  All are links just like the "Related Searches" aka "Sponsored Links" used to be. Are we at least getting paid for these now?

                  edit: And isn't the phrase "Free Software Downloads" a major screaming no-no around here?

                  1. Jayne Lancer profile image90
                    Jayne Lancerposted 20 months ago in reply to this

                    Very spammy-looking!

                    1. paradigm search profile image79
                      paradigm searchposted 20 months ago in reply to this

                      OK, I just spotted it on Sue's hub, http://sue-adams.hubpages.com/hub/find- … or-parents I hope it's there when others look.

                      Still not seeing it on yours, lucky you. lol

                  2. Marina Lazarevic profile image85
                    Marina Lazarevicposted 20 months ago in reply to this

                    We're testing this new ad and it won't be visible on every Hub view. All ads running in that location (where you may see the "See Also" ad) are shared via the Ad Program. We are also testing the impact(s) of eliminating the Related Searches unit.

                    1. paradigm search profile image79
                      paradigm searchposted 20 months ago in reply to this

                      Thanks and Yeehaw!!! big_smile big_smile big_smile

                    2. colorfulone profile image86
                      colorfuloneposted 20 months ago in reply to this

                      Thank you, Marina. I was getting confused reading this thread. wink

                    3. Phyllis Doyle profile image94
                      Phyllis Doyleposted 20 months ago in reply to this

                      I just hope all the spammy elements are discarded. Our pages are looking pretty crummy. Every new change gives the appearance of spam and lack of professionalism.  I wish HP would stop using their time to play around with our pages just to justify a job position.

        2. paradigm search profile image79
          paradigm searchposted 20 months ago in reply to this

          Where the "Related Searches" aka "Sponsored Links" used to be; they've now changed the name to "See Also". Below hub content and above the "Recommended Hubs" and blue rating buttons. I hope HP isn't doing this to just me. lol

    4. wilderness profile image93
      wildernessposted 20 months ago

      If we're talking about the same thing, the "related hubs" are now to the right instead of bottom.  At least they're still there - I get a goodly amount of traffic from them and the extra income is welcome.

      1. Sue Adams profile image94
        Sue Adamsposted 20 months ago in reply to this

        No, we are not talking about the same thing. Janderson is talking about the former so-called "related searches" which we fought hard to get rid of. Those "Related Searches" were links to pages and pages of totally unrelated ads, the income of which was not shared but all kept for HP under the pretext that those ads did not appear directly on our domains.

        1. wilderness profile image93
          wildernessposted 20 months ago in reply to this

          Got it.  Thanks, Sue.

    5. Sue Adams profile image94
      Sue Adamsposted 20 months ago

      I cannot see any " See Also" links but I have 10 ads on a page, including one video ad that says: "recommended video" from Google, which looks like it could be related to my article but clearly is not. So many ads reduce loading speed and are very off-putting. If I had been an outsider, I would have clicked off because the page took ages and ages to load.

      Are HP trying to make a quick buck before the final collapse?

      b.t.w. bring back the share buttons to a visible place.

      1. Barbara Kay profile image84
        Barbara Kayposted 20 months ago in reply to this

        I checked one of mine and found 10 ads too. I don't have the "See Also" links either. Now this is spam and they are worried about too many Amazon capsules! We are all going to be slapped for spam.

    6. paradigm search profile image79
      paradigm searchposted 20 months ago

      I have never been able to get PrtScn to work on my computer. F#ck it, someone else is going to have to see it and post it.

      1. Sue Adams profile image94
        Sue Adamsposted 20 months ago in reply to this

        It's OK Para, Marina gave an explanation. Let us pray that the 'See Also - Related Searches' never materialise and stay away for good. There are far too many ads on our pages as is, slowing loading time like a geriatric snail.

     
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