I was browsing through Owlcation yesterday and saw "Answers" was being promoted more than hubs. Previously if you clicked on "best", latest" etc,. it was all hubs. Why the change?
I am a little upset that hubs are not getting enough attention in the "best", "latest" etc. I used to have many hubs there. Sometimes I'd have 4 of the top 10 spots. Now I was lucky to see one of my hubs there.
I have never bothered much with "Answers" because you don't get paid for views to the questions you submit. Or do you?
If I'm not getting paid for those views (although HP is still earning from the ads), is there another reason to write there? I have always thought I'm better off spending my time writing new hubs and editing and updating my old ones.
I've noticed that my hubber score has dropped about 5 points. Is it because I'm not doing much in the "Answers" area?
@Catherine, great question. With your humble permission, I would love to ask you what happened to the Voting of the old Hub design? I mean by that, and I think you are touching on that too, but the hub we read would be listed across the top with an Interesting, Good, like a multiple choice and we could click on the vote. Why did HP do away with that?
That went away a long time ago. Maybe more than a year. I guess it just wasn't serving a purpose for HP. I think maybe too many people just clicked on it to get reciprocal clicks. I'm just guessing. I liked that feature.
One benefit is your hubber score will definitely increase if you are active on Questions and Answers and at Forums. And, you are definitely worried at your hubber score also. So, better keep participating. I do not know regarding the earnings portion. But, I hope HP gets income and so they will be sharing it proportionately based on your participation in these activities.
I think it is not the network site. They must be appearing at Hubpages main page and the category wise pages. And they are mostly dumped with question answers featuring on each page. I never noticed questions at network sites till now.
They've also done away with sharing hubs among ourselves. This was a great way for me to find new hubbers and encourage each other. Don't know why this feature went away either.
My concern with so much emphasis on answers and forums is there is a new breed of hubber who never writes hubs. They hang out in the answers section and don't contribute to the overall purpose of the site.
I agree. "Answers" used to be an insignificant part of HP. It's like some kind of chat room. "Answers" is fine for those who like that sort of thing, I resent having the "Answers" taking attention away from hubs.
Catherine Giordano, could you have answered your own question? If they don't pay for views to "Answers" and if more people view answers then it would seem in HubPages best interest to give them more attention. Has anyone from HubPages given an official answer to your question?
It seems on this, HP's bests interests and mine diverge. I wish they would put Answers in a separate section. It takes up "valuable real estate" in the "best", etc. lists. I think only hubs should be featured there.
HubPages makes money in exactly the same way as we do - from the ads which appear on our Hubs. There are also ads on Answers, but only one or two per page. So Hubs are far more profitable for them than Answers, just as they are for us.
My guess is that they find Answers brings eyeballs to the site, as you say, and that impresses Google, so it's more likely our Hubs will rank higher.
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