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Why only Pinterest, Flipboard, Facebook and mail as sites to share on?

  1. Don Bobbitt profile image92
    Don Bobbittposted 7 months ago

    I don't get into these fights and disagreements with what HP does on a regular basis. But I looked at my Hubs and I only saw the four sites; Flipboard, Pinterest, Facebook and email in my share icons over the past week or so. What happened to G+ ?????
    This one doesn't make sense to me considering most content sites live or die by the hands of the Great Google.
    Can anyone clear this one up for me, so I can go back to my reading and my writing?
    DON

    1. sabrebIade profile image81
      sabrebIadeposted 7 months ago in reply to this

      I can only speak for myself, but Google+ is a lot like Blogger.
      You would think that Google would give them preferential treatment since they own them but they do not.
      I get a LOT more traffic via Pinterest.

    2. eugbug profile image94
      eugbugposted 7 months ago in reply to this

      I don't think I ever shared directly from my Hubs to Google+ or Facebook. By default, shares go directly to personal accounts rather than Google+ or Facebook pages and I've never figured out how to get over this problem. Also Twitter sharing never added a picture to tweets so I never used it.
      Can't you post the link to the hub actually on your Google+ account/page?

      1. CatherineGiordano profile image89
        CatherineGiordanoposted 7 months ago in reply to this

        Yes, I finally realized the twitter button was useless because there was no picture. Now I post to my twitter account manually so I can add the picture.

    3. Tinsky profile image92
      Tinskyposted 7 months ago in reply to this

      I too find the lack of different social sharing icons disappointing.  While I know some commentators say they share it manually, visitors to Hubpages are not likely to share a Hub they like by going through the manual process.  Far more likely that they will share if there's a sharing button. Social media sharing buttons, I feel are more for the readers to use, than the writers.

  2. Don Bobbitt profile image92
    Don Bobbittposted 7 months ago

    Yeah, I know, But I often write short-term articles (you know, ones with a short interesting life of 1-3 months) specifically for markets like G+. Then I will eliminate them. Now, another audience option is gone for me. Not Good to limit my audience! DON

    1. CatherineGiordano profile image89
      CatherineGiordanoposted 7 months ago in reply to this

      Do you have your own G+ account. I think the G+ button always sent my hub to my G+ account. So now I add it manually.

    2. sallybea profile image97
      sallybeaposted 7 months ago in reply to this

      You can download a google + link to your chrome browser.  That is the way I do it.

  3. Don Bobbitt profile image92
    Don Bobbittposted 7 months ago

    eugbug - The 4 links (icons) are right there on the left of all hubs, I even looked at one of yours. So, I'm not sure about your response?
    DON

    1. eugbug profile image94
      eugbugposted 7 months ago in reply to this

      What I meant Don is that I share links on social media sites by manually pasting links on the sites (rather than using the quick share buttons on hubs). I know its convenient to use the share buttons, but like I said, they don't work for Facebook, (and didn't work for Google+ when there was a share button) if you have "pages" added to your Google+ and Facebook accounts

  4. Cynthia Hoover profile image94
    Cynthia Hooverposted 7 months ago

    I have never had much traffic from G+ myself. I get great views from Flipboard, though the traffic is only for those hubs that I have on niche sites. I do wonder myself why the removal of G+, since I know others do have a lot of luck with traffic from that source.

    I had personally wondered about using a hootsuite or similar social media sharing software to deal with the limited social shares issue. It will post to all your social medial outlets simultaneously (saves a lot of time). I just have not gotten around to checking it out yet (busy time of year).

    Pocket is also a good traffic source for me, though I had not heard of it until I noticed it as a traffic source. Perhaps the missing G+ is a glitch or error?

    1. CatherineGiordano profile image89
      CatherineGiordanoposted 7 months ago in reply to this

      I think HP dropped G+ and added FlipBoard because G+ doesn't seem to be all that popular. So they latched onto the net big thing.

      In the past week, I put all my niche hubs onto FB (user name Cat Giordano).. Two went gangbusters for two days and then faded. The rest picked up a handful of views.

      1. sallybea profile image97
        sallybeaposted 7 months ago in reply to this

        They dropped Twitter and replaced it with Flipboard but twitter was useless without a means to add an image. I always did it manually although it was a pain in the neck always having to  look for an appropriate image to post with it.

    2. CatherineGiordano profile image89
      CatherineGiordanoposted 7 months ago in reply to this

      Cynthia: I wish FlipBoard would teat HP articles the same as any other. Judge them on their merit. I have dozens of great hubs, with high hubber scores and good traffic, but HP has not gotten around to putting them on a niche site.

      Some people have said that they have written suggestions to FB, I think I send this suggestion  soon.

      1. Cynthia Hoover profile image94
        Cynthia Hooverposted 7 months ago in reply to this

        CatherineGiordano I totally agree! Some of my best hubs are not on niche sites. I may see about submitting the suggestion too (maybe more than one suggestion for the same thing will help)!

        1. CatherineGiordano profile image89
          CatherineGiordanoposted 7 months ago in reply to this

          absolutely. They will take it more seriously if a lot of people do it.

  5. makingamark profile image71
    makingamarkposted 7 months ago

    In general, the only sharing that's worth doing is that which is done manually.

    All the sites can tell the difference between somebody who just clicked a share link and somebody who took the trouble to copy and paste a link and add a line as a comment!

    Guess which type of sharing they rank higher? wink

    1. CatherineGiordano profile image89
      CatherineGiordanoposted 7 months ago in reply to this

      Thanks makingmark that is good advice. I may use the fb button when I first publish a new hub, but then I go and find that post and add my comment in the space provided.

  6. FatFreddysCat profile image94
    FatFreddysCatposted 7 months ago

    I've noticed that the "H" button to share with your followers has mysteriously disappeared as well.

    1. CatherineGiordano profile image89
      CatherineGiordanoposted 7 months ago in reply to this

      Your followers do get emails from HP about new hubs you post, but what if an old hub because relevant to a current event or something in the news, and you want to send the hub out. I guess Hp just doesn't want us doing that.

 
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