I have read many, ( a zillion) hubs in the last month or so and some of them mention the removal of non productive hubs. Could you add a section that we could put these hubs, like an inactive section, but still keep them? I am unwilling to delete any of my hubs, good or bad.
My recommendation is , just unpublish them and revise at a later date sometimes based on the season they somehow manage to come up out of the ashes.
Instead of deleting or deactivating them, why don't you work on finding out what the problem is and tweaking the hub? Just a suggestion...
For the life in me, I don't get this need to delete or unpublish hubs. As lrohner said, make them better or just let them sit there. Sometimes it does take a while for a hub (or webpage) to come to life. A lot of ranking on the internet is about your competition. Adding some backlinks can work wonders. Or write a few more similar hubs and link them together or put them in a group.
Although I can understand deleting a hub if you wrote about something very personal and now wish you hadn't.
I agree - I've noticed a trend in newbie Hubbers to publish Hubs, leave them up for a few days or a few weeks, then delete them. Is it the Y generation instant gratification thing?
For someone who's only been here 5 weeks to even consider deleting anything is mad - it's months too soon to decide whether they're going to perform or not.
What I have learned over the last six months, is let your hubs be out there for a couple of months then if they aren't doing as well, update, tweak and then republish. This has helped me a lot, in fact, some of the ones I have tweaked are doing great. It's about improvement to me...good luck to all
Just write the best hub you can, publish and leave it alone. Then write another one and try and make it better. After about 8 months to a year, you might have enough data, to start to know how to change stuff.
Things just don't ripen that quickly on the internet these days. If you keep unpublishing, tweaking and otherwise rewriting, you'll never really know what is working.
I've written 250 hubs in 9 months. I have barely rewritten or tweaked one of them! I'm starting to get a feel for what does work on Hubpages. Just because my titles look the same to you, don't assume the product hubs are the same - they aren't. There's a whole bunch of different lengths and product densities and product placements. In about six months, I'll have a real idea of what works - and what doesn't.
Hubpages is just a part of the experiment I've got about a dozen new sites and lots more older sites percolating and working away. Please you gotta give things more than a few weeks or even months.
I think that describes the process I have seen here since I began.
This is excellent advice. I've seen several Hubbers (BadCo are you listening) who've written Hubs, deleted them, republished others, deleted them, over and over, sometimes on several different accounts. Even if you decide to change direction, what's the harm in leaving what you've already done alone? You never know, it might surprise you a few months down the track.
I am brand new here practically. Why is it not recommended to edit your hubs? I edit my writing constantly. I enjoy editing, it makes my writing better and stronger. I learn a lot from my editing.
Does hub editing affect its ratings? Also, how concerned should I be with ratings?
It isn't "not recommended." Most of the people on this site do edit, revise and otherwise improve their hubs.
Leon, I wouldn't say it's "not recommended". It's just not the most productive thing to do. A lot of people write a Hub, think it's not performing well, try editing it to see if it gets better (it doesn't), tweak it again... and so on. As Nelle said, that's a big time waster because they're trying to get results in too short a time frame. You need to give your Hubs several months before you decide they're not working.
On the other hand, I've tweaked all of my Hubs several times. The difference is, my edits weren't in response to perceived poor traffic. I went back to edit whenever I learned something new on HubPages - how to improve my layout, the importance of the summary, the advantages of having Youtube clips etc. I think that's an important thing to do.
just unpublish it and it will remain in your portfolio don't delete it.
Just don't delete, or you can unpublish for a while and think how to make it better.
The message here is simple - Don't delete or unpublish hubs.
Maybe if it is something that you no longer want out there, but otherwise let it be. Edit it or improve it if you feel the need, but as it stands, if nothing else it creates links to your profile and other hubs that you create, so there is really no reason to delete one. Simply put, it's better to have it than not.
I agree with everyone who says you should not delete. Things take time. Google needs to have time to analyze what are good hubs. Over time, Google sends more traffic if they see that readers stay in the hub.
I believe in working at it, discovering why things are not working and making them better. HubPages has a lot of tools to use for this. Review the stats on hubs and use the info it provides to make things better. Use Google Analytics too. This lets you see how long people remain in your hubs. It they leave quickly, you know you need to fix something. There are a lot of great hubs written by other Hubbers that explain all the stuff about HubPages' Hub stats and using Google's tools.
only delete if you wrote something so personal that you feel the need to take it down now for whatever personal reason! all other hubs should stay put and be tweaked
Unpublish and re-work then re-publish. Or leave publish and tweak. Whatever works. I don't delete any, but I don't revise either. No time to go back and do all my first hubs. I will revise as I run across them though.
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