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Moving All Categories Today

  1. Paul Edmondson profile image
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    Paul Edmondsonposted 13 months ago

    The autos category moved over very well.  It takes several days for everything to stabilize, so please be patient as your Hub settles in to its new home.

    Today, we will move all the other categories.  Please post any bugs or issues you discover.

    You will notice that your subdomain homepage redirects to a new profile URL as well.  The new url structure is like hubpages.com/@pauledmondson  We hope you like it.

    Thanks and Happy Hubbing,

    Paul

    1. paradigm search profile image81
      paradigm searchposted 13 months ago in reply to this

      You weren't kidding. I see that it has already happened.

      1. Elsie Hagley profile image82
        Elsie Hagleyposted 13 months ago in reply to this

        Great! Like what I see, one happy customer, thanks, to all who made this change possible.

        1. paradigm search profile image81
          paradigm searchposted 13 months ago in reply to this

          And our new profile URLs are "http://hubpages.com/@username"

          [edit] Oops, I see Paul E. already posted that.

          Meanwhile, both the new URL and the redirect from the old URL do indeed work.

    2. Venkatachari M profile image85
      Venkatachari Mposted 13 months ago in reply to this

      I find it okay. Just been checking all my hubs and see they appear good with new URLs.

      And my main page is now "hubpages.com/@venkatacharim". There is no http or anything.

      1. lobobrandon profile image81
        lobobrandonposted 13 months ago in reply to this

        http:// hubpages.com/@venkatacharim
        http://www. hubpages.com/@venkatacharim
        Both point to your page.

    3. PegCole17 profile image89
      PegCole17posted 13 months ago in reply to this

      Glad to see this transition happened so quickly. I like this move.

      I'm curious about what triggers the category that the hub is put under. (Business, Money, Food, Style, Autos, etc.) Is it based more on the content or the title? Most of my hubs seem to have gone into the appropriate place, but I do see a couple which might be questionable.

      For example, on one of my unpublished hubs titled, Overcoming Opioid Dependence, Chronic Pain and Pain Killers, it is listed under Literature. It is a personal story rather than a health guide, so that may be the reason it's not under Health.

      Another one is Navy Life in World War II, the story of my Dad's military service, categorized under Politics. My other Navy hub is under Family (The URL mentions "Dad"), although the title refers to finding military records.

      Understanding this will help me align my groups to match the main sub headings.

  2. firstday profile image80
    firstdayposted 13 months ago

    excellent .. I got this notice in my email.  It is time to start hubbing agin.

  3. Glenn Stok profile image98
    Glenn Stokposted 13 months ago

    Paul, we do seem to have one problem with the "autos" topic and this may be true with others too as they are moved to topic URLs. See my thread with Matt at http://hubpages.com/forum/post/2774470

    This report is still premature as it may be caused by something else. Matt is very helpful looking into it.

    1. janderson99 profile image84
      janderson99posted 13 months ago in reply to this

      You can't stop progress

    2. Matthew Meyer profile image77
      Matthew Meyerposted 13 months ago in reply to this

      It does appear to be related to an issue with Hub groups and not the topic.
      http://hubpages.com/forum/post/2774494

      1. Glenn Stok profile image98
        Glenn Stokposted 13 months ago in reply to this

        Yes, and you found the problem. Thanks for fixing it.

  4. AudreyHowitt profile image67
    AudreyHowittposted 13 months ago

    Do I need to change anything for the posts that I have lodged out there on sites like Pinterest??

  5. paradigm search profile image81
    paradigm searchposted 13 months ago

    I've got a Pinterest-loved hub still continuing to go mid "viral" via Pinterest's users. I await to see what happens when Pinterest is suddenly confronted with redirects as opposed to the normal page landings. I'm pretty sure all the other social media couldn't care less and doesn't even check for such things, but Pinterest is Pinterest.

  6. paradigm search profile image81
    paradigm searchposted 13 months ago

    I've fired up Analytics Realtime. Everything looks to be working fine and dandy, seeing traffic and the new hub URLs as we speak.

    1. sallybea profile image96
      sallybeaposted 13 months ago in reply to this

      Everything appears to be working well, Pinterest links as well, also external links to and from my own website.  Good job HubPages staff.   Let's hope your hard work is rewarded.  Thank you.

  7. lobobrandon profile image81
    lobobrandonposted 13 months ago

    Awesome! Thanks Paul and everyone else behind the scenes.

  8. RonElFran profile image97
    RonElFranposted 13 months ago

    I notice that all my Civil War hubs are categorized as "Educational." That would certainly be very misleading in a Google search snippet. Will there be an effort to reexamine categories and make corrections such as listing Civil War hubs in a "Civil War" category?

    1. paradigm search profile image81
      paradigm searchposted 13 months ago in reply to this

      Yep, I've got that same type of problem all over the place with my own hubs, as have lots of other Hubbers who warned HP about this. HP really should have done a category reorg before doing this. Oh, well.

    2. Paul Edmondson profile image
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      Paul Edmondsonposted 13 months ago in reply to this

      @RonElFran If you do this query on desktop you will see how Google uses the breadcrumbs.  https://www.google.com/search?q=The+Fal … p;ie=UTF-8

      On mobile it sometimes uses the URL or the breadcrumbs.  Not sure how they decide.  I think your Civil War Hubs are categorized fine, but I agree that the categories aren't perfect for everything.  I'm not sure there's a perfect solution for the entire site other than for folks to pick the best subcategory as possible. 

      Thanks for dropping by and happy hubbing,

      Paul

      1. RonElFran profile image97
        RonElFranposted 13 months ago in reply to this

        Got it, Paul. Thanks.

      2. paradigm search profile image81
        paradigm searchposted 13 months ago in reply to this

        So what Analytics is displaying to us is not what Google is going to be displaying in the search results? Excellent! My worry-beads are back in the closet. big_smile

      3. tsmog profile image84
        tsmogposted 13 months ago in reply to this

        Thank you Paul for the information. That led to a learning experience with the title searched to see that result. I learned more why the title has great importance.

      4. brakel2 profile image86
        brakel2posted 13 months ago in reply to this

        Can you explain breadcrumbs? I have read about it and heard it from you but would like yours or someone's expert opinion/explanation. What do you mean about selecting a subcategory? Does that mean that RonElFran needs to select a second category to follow education for his Civil War hubs?

  9. Dwight GolidayJr profile image63
    Dwight GolidayJrposted 13 months ago

    Not all change is bad. That's a good thing.

  10. LongTimeMother profile image97
    LongTimeMotherposted 13 months ago

    It occurred to me this morning that perhaps I should change the settings on my profile to accept EC again before the changeover, thinking ECs might be automatically reinstated. However I logged in to discover the change has already happened.

    I note with interest that previous ECs are not showing the label.

    What is the plan there, Paul? Will you be switching the 'opt in/out of EC' over for all hubbers now that we are all under the main domain?

    1. DrMark1961 profile image91
      DrMark1961posted 13 months ago in reply to this

      I also opted out of the EC since I wanted my hubs to stay in my subdomain. Now it does not seem to matter. I had about 25 hubs with that designation. Is it still going to exist? (There is no longer any way to change this under the profile.)

      1. janderson99 profile image84
        janderson99posted 13 months ago in reply to this

        I opted back in a day or so ago. I even got an award for 10 ECs. Wow!

        1. DrMark1961 profile image91
          DrMark1961posted 13 months ago in reply to this

          How did you opt back in?

          1. Glenn Stok profile image98
            Glenn Stokposted 13 months ago in reply to this

            Everyone is automatically opted in to EC now.

          2. janderson99 profile image84
            janderson99posted 13 months ago in reply to this

            @DrMark with the little button

  11. NateB11 profile image92
    NateB11posted 13 months ago

    Cool. That was quick!

  12. paradigm search profile image81
    paradigm searchposted 13 months ago

    Friday. Friday. Absolutely no traffic problems at all. In fact, it even appears to be better than usual.

  13. brakel2 profile image86
    brakel2posted 13 months ago

    The Pinterest web entries go to Pinterest and then to the redirect URL very quickly. That is truly amazing.

  14. Sue Adams profile image92
    Sue Adamsposted 13 months ago

    With the new URL change, I was checking that all my hubs are categorized in the best possible way. Being a choreologist by profession, I
    write many articles about the "Body", "Body Awareness" and "Body Language". There is no place in the Topics Tree for these subjects. The main topic "Body" does not exist at all and the topic "Body Language" only refers to the body language of cats!

    The following topic thread which has had zero reaction so far, explains the problem in greater detail.

    http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/133756

    Please Help

    1. janderson99 profile image84
      janderson99posted 13 months ago in reply to this

      Looks like HP ignored all the feedback about categories and inappropriate names. It would have been a great opportunity for a clean-up and ranking boost - going forward. Gone now, forever. I guess minor changes could still occur.

      1. Sue Adams profile image92
        Sue Adamsposted 13 months ago in reply to this

        Keep hammering. After all they did ask for feedback and suggestions. The Topics Tree (http://hubpages.com/topics/tree) doesn't make sense in many places, especially now that our URLs only show the main category and ignores all sub-categories.

        The Topics Tree needs to be revised. It needs to be expanded and simplified. By that I mean that we need many many more top categories and far fewer sub-categories, many of which now fail to fit into the current main categories.  For example, I have a few hubs originally under "Lifestyle", now labelled "Style" and the URLs no longer make any sense.

        1. lobobrandon profile image81
          lobobrandonposted 13 months ago in reply to this

          Yup we need many new main categories.

  15. paradigm search profile image81
    paradigm searchposted 13 months ago

    Bump.

    Looks like Google will indeed use and display the subcategories. smile

    1. NateB11 profile image92
      NateB11posted 13 months ago in reply to this

      I noticed that. It's a good thing.

  16. calculus-geometry profile image86
    calculus-geometryposted 13 months ago

    There's a bug on some of the category main pages today.  If you look at Education, the suggested subcategories are all "Style" subtopics.
    http://usercontent2.hubimg.com/12721757.png

    Games Toys and Hobbies has a bunch of health topics mixed in too
    http://usercontent2.hubimg.com/12721759.png

    1. calculus-geometry profile image86
      calculus-geometryposted 13 months ago in reply to this

      Entertainment and Media has recipe subcategories
      http://usercontent1.hubimg.com/12721762.png

      1. janshares profile image86
        jansharesposted 13 months ago in reply to this

        I had a short-lived traffic spike on one of my recipe hubs today around 3pm (EST), according to GA. After seeing this post, I wonder if this bug had something to do with it. Happy for the traffic, though.

    2. janderson99 profile image84
      janderson99posted 13 months ago in reply to this

      Education and Science is a very mixed bag that includes
      ARCHITECTURE
      ART HISTORY
      + many education topics listed with science ones at then same level. Its a mess! All the SCIENCE ones have /education/ as top-level category in the URL.

      1. calculus-geometry profile image86
        calculus-geometryposted 13 months ago in reply to this

        What I'm reporting is a genuine bug.  If you hover over those subcategories you can see that they are all have /style/ in the url, meaning they aren't supposed to be on the page for hubs with /education/ in the url.

        Yes, I am aware that the "Education" category is a jumble of unrelated school subjects, as I was the one who mentioned in two different threads

  17. janshares profile image86
    jansharesposted 13 months ago

    What happened to the subcategory "Tai Chi and Qi Gong?" It is no longer under Exercise and Fitness. There are a lot of tai chi hubs so I hope this is a glitch. My tai chi hub URL only says "health."

    Edit: Actually, I know that main topics are on all URLs now for all hubs. My question is have some subcategories been eliminated?

  18. paradigm search profile image81
    paradigm searchposted 13 months ago

    Well, I picked 3 hubs at random this late Saturday morning for Google searches. All 3 hubs are still showing as being under my subdomain, though the subcategories are being displayed perfectly. My traffic also continues to be above average, almost as if Google is doing their infamous testing thing on various hubs before deciding ranking. The adventure continues... big_smile

    1. lobobrandon profile image81
      lobobrandonposted 13 months ago in reply to this

      So far only one of mine has moved over

    2. janderson99 profile image84
      janderson99posted 13 months ago in reply to this

      I have one new hub indexed using the new system (cache date 30). The crucial test will be when the old ones get re-indexed. So far most of my old ones show a cache date of 29 Oct - still show as subs.

      Early days, but the hubs indexed post-subs appear to not have the 'description' in the SERP.

      NEW
      http://www.wotisnew.com/new-index.jpg

    3. Millionaire Tips profile image90
      Millionaire Tipsposted 13 months ago in reply to this

      My traffic has gone down.

      1. SheilaMilne profile image90
        SheilaMilneposted 13 months ago in reply to this

        Mine too, badly...

        1. paradigm search profile image81
          paradigm searchposted 13 months ago in reply to this

          The experience with the auto hubs pretty much confirmed Paul's statement about drops in traffic being temporary, plus there's today's Halloween lull. So far, I remain cautiously optimistic.

          1. lobobrandon profile image81
            lobobrandonposted 13 months ago in reply to this

            That's true. Mine is down too, but I'm hoping it's just Halloween + Weekend. So it's going to be lower than the regular weekends.

            1. Millionaire Tips profile image90
              Millionaire Tipsposted 13 months ago in reply to this

              You're right, it was Halloween weekend. Traffic is now back to normal. Yay!

  19. stuff4kids profile image96
    stuff4kidsposted 13 months ago

    Hi Paul,

    I notice one worrying thing in my stats: all my incoming links have gone. Hubs that had five stars now only have one and in the referrers section, the only referrers shown are google and internal, whereas I had lots of traffic coming in from teacher sites and class pages etc. That's all vanished - two years to build - and traffic slumped.

    Have I really lost all those links?

    sad

    1. NateB11 profile image92
      NateB11posted 13 months ago in reply to this

      I've been wondering about this too. Some sites had linked to my content, hoping I didn't lose that. It's one of those things you earn for your efforts.

      1. lobobrandon profile image81
        lobobrandonposted 13 months ago in reply to this

        Nope you won't lose anything as all the stuff redirects. Most people won't even notice that they're redirected

        1. NateB11 profile image92
          NateB11posted 13 months ago in reply to this

          That's what I figured, and that's good news. So, it seems redirects are permanent. I wasn't sure.

          1. lobobrandon profile image81
            lobobrandonposted 13 months ago in reply to this

            Yup they are smile nothing to worry about

            1. NateB11 profile image92
              NateB11posted 13 months ago in reply to this

              Cool.

        2. stuff4kids profile image96
          stuff4kidsposted 13 months ago in reply to this

          Okay, thanks. So those links are still alive and kicking, just not showing up in my stats any more? Traffic seems to be bouncing back already, too, so maybe that was just the Halloween slump.  smile

  20. UnnamedHarald profile image95
    UnnamedHaraldposted 13 months ago

    I just wanted to note that over the last few months, HubPage's ranking in the US by Quantcast has risen from around 110th to 88th. It will be interesting to see if this improvement continues.

    1. brakel2 profile image86
      brakel2posted 13 months ago in reply to this

      If it rose by that margin, why are we fixing something that is not broken? I hope we get over this little hump, or maybe this is a good thing.

      1. lobobrandon profile image81
        lobobrandonposted 13 months ago in reply to this

        It was in the 70's just some time prior to that. That's the reason we need to fix it big_smile

      2. UnnamedHarald profile image95
        UnnamedHaraldposted 13 months ago in reply to this

        Nothing stands still-- especially where search engines are concerned. My point is that, generally, it looks like some improvements are being seen on past efforts and it is to be hoped that the current changes will yield positive results-- or at least mitigate negative trends.

    2. NateB11 profile image92
      NateB11posted 13 months ago in reply to this

      Wow, that's great news!

  21. lobobrandon profile image81
    lobobrandonposted 13 months ago

    Question: Direct Traffic is also traffic from other hubs to mine - right? Coming somewhere from

    EDIT: This is w.r.t. Google Analytics

  22. Solaras profile image92
    Solarasposted 13 months ago

    I have found that Pinterest does not like redirects. It randomly throws up warnings after a rediriect has been applied to an article, "This link is suspicious; it is a redirect that may lead to inappropriate content."

    1. janderson99 profile image84
      janderson99posted 13 months ago in reply to this

      That is terrible - a major problem likely to cause a huge drop in traffic.

      Worst aspect is that while you can edit the pins all the repins will remain - I hope this does not mean my account gets banned!

      From Pinterest Help

      Tips and Troubleshooting
      Be sure to link directly to the source. Pinterest doesn't allow redirects or URL shorteners like bit.ly.

    2. paradigm search profile image81
      paradigm searchposted 13 months ago in reply to this

      The bad news... I was afraid of something like this. I even posted warnings here awhile back about the possibility of such.

      The good news... I just now tested three pins. None of the three had the "beware suspicious redirect" message. So hopefully there is hope.

      1. Solaras profile image92
        Solarasposted 13 months ago in reply to this

        I tested the same article that had been pinned numerous times. Some worked correctly and then I got that message.  So it seems random that some pins redirected while other pins to the same article threw up the red flag.

        1. paradigm search profile image81
          paradigm searchposted 13 months ago in reply to this

          Let us hope Pinterest is coordinated enough to know the difference between intra-domain and inter-domain redirects. Otherwise, I guess we are indeed in for some major cleanup work; what a pain.

          1. janderson99 profile image84
            janderson99posted 13 months ago in reply to this

            A pain indeed - I have started making 4000+ changes. My big concern apart from this is all the re-pins and social media. This is a potential disaster as half my traffic comes via Pinterest (+ mini-virals). A ban on HP could also eventuate with all the redirects. Sad!

  23. Solaras profile image92
    Solarasposted 13 months ago

    Here in HP in the last 24 hours my pageviews are up 80%.  Is anyone else experiencing a similar increase?  Or is this a problem with the stats?

    1. NateB11 profile image92
      NateB11posted 13 months ago in reply to this

      Yes, Will Apse started a thread about increased views, a lot of people are saying they have significant increases in traffic.

      1. NateB11 profile image92
        NateB11posted 13 months ago in reply to this
        1. Solaras profile image92
          Solarasposted 13 months ago in reply to this

          Thank you!

          1. NateB11 profile image92
            NateB11posted 13 months ago in reply to this

            No problem.

    2. lobobrandon profile image81
      lobobrandonposted 13 months ago in reply to this

      Similar here 70-80 percent increase

  24. Vanu430 profile image60
    Vanu430posted 13 months ago

    Great

 
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