Today, the article I get the most views per week and month was un-featured because of traffic. Pretty soon all of my articles will be un-featured because of traffic. What is the solution, I market them, tweet them, etc and they continue to remain this way.
Going in and editing these articles does get them featured again, which actually makes no sense, since the traffic is the same.
If your "marketing" is getting social traffic, that is not counted towards your traffic here, so it's not helping. Tweeting and Facebook posting are almost useless if you don't have a specialist subject where you can build a following. Pinterest is the only one worth using, and only if you're prepared to make proper Made-for-Pinterest images.
Editing your articles does get them featured again and it does make sense: when you edit an article, it goes through QAP. The QAP team don't look at traffic, they look at the quality of the article, and if it's good enough, it will get Featured again. The principle is that you've edited it, presumably improved it, so if it's Featured again it might get better traffic this time.
I was under the impression that all traffic counted. Reason? If they only count "organic" traffic from google, then it's catch 22. A hub that's not featured is...not even in google. So how does one get traffic from google if the page isn't even in their index? The pages have "noindex" put there by hub automatically. Hub would have to remove that before google would index it again. If you update it, does the hub bot remove that? Someone needs to explain how and when hub removes the noindex. As long as the page is noindex, google will not index it.
The only traffic counted in this feature is traffic from search engines like Google, so you should optimize your hubs for search engine traffic (e.g. ensure good keywords, submit to Google is it is not indexed there).
Sam, share them every day via Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, your blog/website/domain, Google Plus. I also share some via Hp too. That's how I get some traffic every day to my hubs. Update the old ones when you can. It worked for me, even I do get 5 views a day.
Hi Sam they are usually rated higher on Google`s search engine if you have plenty of articles that deal with the same subject. I know I have read some forum posts around here that state that it is okay to be a generalist--maybe that used to be the case, but not really anymore.
So, if you want to have decent traffic and keep your articles from being unfeatured, I think you have to write a lot more and stick to one subject. You may not want to put that much effort into this site, but I do feel it works.
(When you commented on a hub of mine I read your suggestions on digging and thought the hub was well done and useful. When I looked for it now I saw that it was no longer on your profile page. Unfeatured? Did Google place it far to the back?
Even if you follow this suggestion there is no guarantee that all hubs are going to suceed. I have probably deleted about 50 hubs that got no traffic, but those I left do well.)
I hope this helps. Going in and making a few minor changes does get them featured again but I think it is a waste of your time since the search engines are not rating them any differently.
As others have said, traffic is only counted if it's organic. That is, from search engines.
I looked at one of your hubs I chose at random and I see you have a whole lot of Amazon ads. Google might be reacting to this as ad spamming and therefore not sending traffic to your hubs.
You may find that you will do much better be removing any ads that are not bringing purchases anyway. I only leave Amazon ads that people are actually placing orders through. When I see after several months that I got nothing from an ad, I remove it. The hub usually does even better then. But the recovery takes time. Be patient.
Everyone's told you the PROBLEM. So here's the solution:
Improve your titles, which are the number one way to get Google traffic:
-By including lots of relevant keywords.
-By searching Google suggest on your topic.
-By making sure you have no or low quality competition on your topic.
When you edit a hub, it goes back through the quality control, and might get featured again, thus removing the noindex. Then your hub can be included in the google search again, hopefully leading to more traffic.
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