My best performing hub was edited. It had few products, but all were removed from the article. Makes no sense to me as it has more than 2200 words and consistently generates high traffic from different sources including Google. I wrote it more than 8 years ago and regularly update it. It's evergreen, but not earning me or HP much.
Not writing anything new and did not request the HubPro edit.
My understanding is the team edited the hubs that had the most views.
Now, they are reviewing hubs that are moving to new sites. I presume they are still moving the ones with the highest views first, but they might be looking over all of them to make sure they fit the criteria for moving them.
I could be remembering incorrectly, but I believe HP has chosen not to divulge that information. IIRC, Christy at some point stated that there is no across-the-board magic number. I think she said it varies from topic to topic. Sorry, I don't have a link to that statement.
Hi Phyllis, It was a little reassuring to read that again, thank you. I think I am suffering from deep insecurity. After having spent three years and thousands of hours writing in a niche site I feel deeply concerned that my hubs may never get selected for a 'niche site' especially after having been told that staff had edited just over 3000 Hubs which account for 41% of search traffic, I wonder why HubPages would want to keep the current site going at all with Hubs which were not earning them any money. I can't stand the thought that I had put in so much of my time to have my work, not to be included. This is when I start to question whether I should begin gradually moving my work to my own site. I can't be the only writer here is feeling insecure and thinking the same thing.
I am sure your hubs will be a welcome addition to a new niche site, Sally.
When HP goes through transitions like this it has a great effect on all of us, causing stress and feelings of insecurity. I am debating on what to do. Usually I just flow with changes and do my best to stay in balance, but this is a really big change we are facing and not a very comfortable one.
Hi Phyllis, It really is a big change we are facing, the biggest since I joined three years ago. It is also the first time that I have really unsettled by the changes. I hope HubPages staff start addressing some of our concerns.
They may not be disclosing their method of choosing articles, but given their objective is to create new sites that "please Google", they are obviously going to pick the ones that get the most Google traffic first. Where they have a shortage of Hubs in a particular category, they then choose some lower-trafficked Hubs to fill the gaps.
So, when it comes to creating the Crafts niche site, I'd say your Hubs would be in with an excellent chance of being chosen to represent wet felting.
Like you, I am pessimistic about what will happen to the main site after all the niche sites have been created. Niche sites are being created because the main site is failing - how much worse will it perform when all the best articles have been removed? And in that case, why would you bother maintaining it?
However, I am not moving any Hubs elsewhere. I have my two specialist dance sites and I'm not interested in running another one - and besides, I don't have enough material on any of my other topics to make it worthwhile. The earnings potential of other writing sites is not sufficient to be worth the effort of moving stuff. I am just going to wait it out!
Marisa Wright I am going to adopt the same attitude as you and wait to see what transpires. I do make fairly regular payments here so staying would be a much better option for me. I really don't have the time or the inclination to work on moving the material to my own site.
I have had two articles put through HubPro editing. The first just had an ad removed, and then it was transferred to a new niche site. The second is presumably being edited for transfer to the same niche site, but it has been in editing for over a week now, and currently it looks horrible! All that has been changed is formatting (bigger headers, moving video capsules around), but photos are now oversized and many of the video capsules in the article have been duplicated multiple times, so the videos randomly appear two or three times throughout the article. You can't edit your own article while it is being edited by HubPro, so it has been in this editing limbo hell now for some time...
This would be unacceptable to me. I would write to the editor and/or Robin to politely let them know. In my opinion, Hubs should be presentable at all times while they are published, and editing should be in small batches if it can't be done all at once.
I really hate those scores, this is precisely what I think they are designed to do. I don't think they are a good idea as I am sure it confuses readers who I am sure must avoid low scores, after all who wants to read something which is not rated high. Makes no sense at all, best to do away with them altogether. There should be no need to have them when everything is moved over to the niche sites - as all the material should be top notch if it has been preselected.
I had Hubs go through the Pro Edit. It was great. They were chosen by traffic. I had a lot of others go through snip editing.
Since having my Hubs go to the niche site (PetHelpful), my total Google views are up at least 1/3 overall - including Hubs not on the niche site or on other topics. I think if all of my Hubs went to niche sites, I would be seeing at least a 50 percent increase in Google traffic.
I also suspect they are choosing Hubs to fill in topics as suggested before. Some ;lower traffic Hubs may get edited and go over to a niche site because they fill a topic that has few Hubs from which to choose.
If I were you, I would definitely wait for your topic's niche site to come around. The uptick in views will be worth it. Don't worry. You will have Hubs chosen.
Does anyone know how I can stop my hubs from being edited by HubPro? I checked my account settings on my profile and I have the "My Hubs are eligible to be edited with HubPro Premium" set to "no" and yet when I checked my Hubs, one of them had the HubPro symbol beside it, indicating that it had been edited. How come my hub still got edited when I already said no to HubPro? Is there something else I need to do so my hubs won't be edited by HubPro?
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