I've noticed this a few times now..
Sometimes when you view a hub, the Related Hubs box is completely missing. You still see the Tags box, still see author name, etc - but all links to Related Hubs are gone.
Instead, are generic boxes of google ads in its place.
Its only there some of the time, not permanently. It can be fine the next time you refresh, or not fine the next time you refresh.
I assume its a glitch, since it surely cant be helpful to hubbers, and since I presume clicks on these ads are not shared with hubbers?
Or are they??
(Edited to add: By that I mean, if clicks on those ads are shared with hubbers then I guess I wouldnt mind them being there! I just don't know how that works..)
I don't think we intentionally remove related hubs, so it sounds like a glitch if that is happening.
Sometimes the gray box below related hubs will appear as an empty gray line when the ad that runs there collapses away (when google doesn't have an ad for that page). That's kind of ugly, and probably is something we should change.
Did you see I edited the end of my post? I realized it might have sounded like was accusing yall of something I wasn't! Sorry!!
Anyway - no it's not a gray area on my computer at all. Its all normal looking, and then instead of the related hubs box it has two small google ad boxes (literally, boxes, like cubes, piled vertically) with a few text links inside. They look like they "belong" there, kind of, which is why I wasnt sure if it was a glitch.
The words "related hubs" arent there at all - everything related to it is gone.
I only noticed this in the last week, so it could be something very new..?
It happened to me from the very begining of my life here. Not often, though.
Isabella -- some hubs either have no related hubs, or if they are fairly new we may not have calculated any yet.
But if you are seeing related hubs one second, then gone the next on the same hub the only thing I can think of is that you are catching the hub just at the time when we are recalculating the list of related hubs. But that happens in a fraction of a second, so it would surprise me if it happened more than a few times a day across the entire site.
As for the ads, we have technology that optimizes the ad positions to maximize revenue. It doesn't work perfectly for every individual page view, but on average across all pageviews it does pretty well. Your interest and our interest are closely aligned (assuming you're here in part to make money, anyhow).
At any rate, I'll keep my eyes open and try and figure out it if I see it happen. Thanks.
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