I started an SEO experiment to get ranked for the keyword phrase "SEO experiment". I just posted my initial post to my blog and was able to find the post on page 15 of Google (position number 150).
It will be an interesting task to prepare me for a niche site as the next likely step in my online income journey. Feel free to follow along at my blog as I go through the various steps to see if I can get to the first page of Google.
It is a blogger blog so maybe that made a difference. I saw your thread. Wonder if HubPages has gotten slapped a bit. I have noticed my traffic down over the last several days. There are rumors that a slap occurred.
Don't look at traffic in general. I had a hub that got 47 Yahoo hits in a day (i never had that much from Yahoo in my life). So traffic went up for me, but Google went down, and I wasn't indexed. If you have a newer Hub make sure its indexed:
It's the same argument people always throw up. There are good quality hubs and there are some substandard hubs. Flag the substandard hubs when you see them so that mgmt can remove them. That solves the problem.
You think they can keep up with the demand? There are 7 of them, and there are 101,000 of us. Googles Bots, go around the whole World Wide Web and back in only a few days. It will try to index Hubs the second there out, regardless of quality. And now it looks like, for the time being they aren't.
If the demand is great enough and it affects things the way you claim it does, perhaps they'd hire more personnel to keep up with it. All I'm saying is it does absolutely no good to complain about substandard hubs unless you're willing to at least flag them so they have a shot at being looked at. Obviously, there are no guarantees for the reasons you stated.
I am concerned about the overall quality. Plus I have noticed in the short time that I have been here, the number of hubbers has gone from 67,000 to 102,000. You can bet Google doesn't like some of the hubs that I have seen.
Do you have to manually look through each SERP for your blogs listing or is there some lookup that you can use to determine what page? I usually give up after 2 or 3 pages, but it'd be cool to have a lookup that says it's on X page of Google.
Carol, Here is a link to a SERP tool. It only reports the first 300 results. I write on blogspot, eHow, InfoBarrel, Xomba, have a few lenses at Squidoo. I am under the same user name. You can find my blog at my profile here.
I've been reading this whole thread. Really interesting. I've actually posted a few concerns on another thread about hubs not getting indexed this past week. There's definitely something interesting going on. But I don't think Google's henchmen are after us, because I have more overall traffic to the indexed hubs than ever. Thanks for that great link, by the way. Now I'll use the phrase SEO experiment to help with the rank of the thread. Cheers!
I think there have just been some recent re-indexing changes in Google. (Some of my hubs are getting many more views, some are getting less views). Overall my daily views have gone down about 200 (ouch!) but I don't think it is due to a Google slap.
It will be interesting to see how you go. There are about 200 searches a month for the term SEO experiment. I think it will be a good effort if you get to the first page, as you have a fair bit of onpage SEO competition for the term: inanchor: 14900 pages, intitle: 5900 pages, and inurl: 4370 pages.
but if you want to get to the top of google for a keyword that has no searches, or no competition, it's easy.
It shows how hubbers could benefit each other by having relevant conversations via actual hubs, rather than in forums. If this thread was in your comment sections your article could be second page by now!
My hubs have been indexing instantly. The hubs that I did yesterday were all indexed within 1 hour, Im not bragging or anything..... just wondered why? Although I do hyperlink to and from other hubs before I have even published, is this tempting to google bots straight onto my hubs?
I have found that some of my Hubs as well show up almost immediately. But if I don't check them right away, then I can't find them for a little while. I had one back in the summer that I couldn't even find with the entire title in quotation marks for about 2-3 months. Then I started getting some traffic to it and noticed it in the search results.
That is why I am paying attention to this experiment. I want to see how long it takes to get back into the results. The blog post is not found today.
I have seen my first ever drop in traffic here, I usually see a spike down then up - but I am actually seeing a steady drop in traffic.
And I have had quite a lot of my hubs de-indexed for some reason. Completely gone from the index. I have had hubs de-indexed before and they usually come back stronger - but this time seems different, because some of them are older, like two years old - all of a sudden gone.
Mine are all indexed within a short time but I too have noticed a considerable drop in traffic over the last few weeks. I have written 15 more hubs and my traffic is now lower than it has ever been. I have heard others saying the same thing and although my new hubs have a burst of life it tends to tail off. I am still around the 200 per day to 350 traffic mark but this was creeping up to 500 and is now nose diving each day. I have been trailing this and it appears my organic traffic is rising and hubpages views are dropping like flies. I am now 50% organic so I am not worrying too much
You guys are confusing indexed with ranking. There are literally billions of pages indexed that will never rank for anything. You can see if a page is in the index by checking the cache using the Google plugin on Firefox.
Hubpages will typically get indexed in a few days, sometimes quicker, while blogs can often get indexed in a few minutes or hours because they are typically set up to ping Google with the update. You can use some tools to ping Google with your hubs, I personally don't bother.
Once a page is in the index, it will often rank higher for a while since Google weights fresh content higher, and will start to decay after a few days. You combat that with linkbuilding of some sort, even something as simple as tagging your hubs.
This guy is not confusing indexing with ranking thank you.
I have had a number of hubs removed from the index completely. i.e. they are not in the index at all.
This is a recent occurrence (last 2 months or so) and is only in certain niches which hubpages recent efforts to generate new users and hubs seems to have attracted vast amounts of content in.
I am watching to see what happens - it looks to me as though a penalty has been applied in certain niches - in which case I need to rethink some of what I do here. Even having spent the last two month increasing the amount of backlinks to certain pages quite substantially - they are still not indexed.
Mark, I am certain that you know your stuff and appreciate your comments. I have heard rumors that HubPages was getting "slapped". Again, it pays to keep an eye on what is happening. I would hope that HubPages might get around to deleting inactive accounts or accounts with low author scores.
I don't know about any "slap" for sure. All I can say is that for the last two months I have struggled to increase my traffic the way I expected it to increase and I have had a number of hubs de-indexed that are in the same niches. I do not claim to be an expert on google's ranking but I know a de-indexed page when I see it. In the past it usually happened after the initial surge and then came back after a few days or weeks and was stronger.
This time is different and I am waiting to see if certain niches have been penalized. Do a google search for hubpages+foreclosure and you will see what I am talking about.
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