Yesterday I spent some time deleting some of my Hubs that were performing badly is this a good idea as my Hub score seems to have taken a big hit.
I've deleted some of my very early Hubs. Some of them were Helium articles that I'd revised, but not enough - so they still had a duplicate flag and I just didn't care enough about them to revise them further. They weren't on commercial topics anyway.
I know most people say don't delete - but if you feel you were on totally the wrong track with some of your early Hubs, it probably makes sense.
Think of all the time you spent creating these hubs. Why throw away your work, I mean delete it? Because your worrying about a hub or author score that really doesn't mean jack most of the time?
As long as an individual hub score is at least 45 and your author score is 75 or higher scores don't matter. And if they do drop lower then the affected links become No Follow which may not matter to you either.
From what I have seen external hub traffic is a major factor in hub scores. Why not go out and get a few more incoming links to each hub instead of deleting them?
A hub that is dead today could be very hot tomorrow if all of a sudden it's topic hits the news or it gets a great new incoming link.
I was seriously thinking about deleting one of my slow hubs then literally 2 days later it was nominated for a hubnuggets award.
Mywebs thanks for that advice - but to be honest I was not happy with them - I am trying to focus on producing better hubs rather than more hubs - if you know what I mean - thanks again
Personally, I am not in favor of deleting hubs. But I can understand when you say that you weren't happy with them. I also have deleted a hub I wasn't happy with but that was a real low quality one and looked really bad in the list of my hubs. But mostly I will tweak low performing hubs instead of deleting them.
Oh and how's the weather in Ireland today?
On another site, I just got hit with a week of views from a Chinese writing site. The post they all read, was from Nov. '08. You never know where you readers are going to come from.
I think it might be good to try and fix the hub rather than deleting it. On the other hand, if you're really not happy with it, sometimes starting fresh is the best thing. I guess it just depends on if you want to spend the energy trying to rework it and bring in traffic for a higher score.
I would say:
If it's a well written hub that just isn't earning, keep it. Find out some good google keywords, maybe find some better amazon products, and edit it. Even if it never ends up earning, at least it's a good piece of writing to show off.
If it's not a well written hub (hey, we all have our bad days) and you could make a whole new hub in the time it'd take you to fix this one, then you may as well delete it. That time'd be better spent making a new hub (about the same topic or another).
Some hubs I fix, some hubs I start afresh, but i never delete them, just because they perform badly now, doesn't mean they will always perform badly, you may find you get some unexpected traffic, and if not, just place some links on it to some of your better hubs, it might help those out!
When you delete a hub you potentially create a lot of broken / useless links on the web. I wouldn't be entirely surprised if it affected your score in a negative way.
why delete them? Just edit. Short of changing the url, everything in a hub can be edited and improved upon. You can almost change it completely if u want. But of course, if you feel there's nothing you like about it, then it's totally up to you.
I never created a Hub I couldn't edit, expand or improve. I've never deleted a Hub that got past being published.
I deleted a couple last week that were performing badly and that I really didn't like even after reworking a couple of times. I didn't notice a change in ratings from doing that.
When I usually see a bit of a drop is when I publish a new hub, but it seems to go up a day later.
I wouldn't worry about it. You should only have work out that you are proud to say is yours.
One of the annoying things that happens on HubPages is if you publish work here, then you go publish it elsewhere to get some links to your site, it will be flagged as duplicate content even though you published it here first. I have had this happen even after a few weeks of time. It does not always happen, but has before. Additionally, I then almost totally rewrite the article on here but its very hard to get rid of the duplicate content flag.
Trader, duplicate content is duplicate content, regardless of who wrote it or when. That's the rules on HubPages. A more effective way to promote your article is to publish just the first paragraph at the other site, with a link to the original.
The duplicate content checker doesn't run constantly. So once you've rewritten it, stop worrying about it for a week or two then check back.
Never delete. Just fix it up. I had some old Ehow retreads that really were not all that good. The numbers went up significantly.
I actually noticed there was a few that have not been doing as well as some of my better ones. I chose to edit them instead. There was one that I did scratch, but instead of deleting the hub, I looked at the title, and thought of something more interesting with a similar topic. Now it is in the top of my other hubs.
In the future, if you feel a hub is not doing well. You should consider editing it. If you feel it's just not a good hub, then you can scratch it, but just write on a similar topic using the same hub.
I've thought about it while looking back at early hubs, but I worked on them and some have turned out to be a few of my best. I lived, learned, from hanging around hubpages and worked on the older hubs making them better. But for those who have deleted hubs, what are you gonna do about it now, just move on and Forgetaboutit! Peace
I was just a stupid kid when I wrote my first hub, which I was trying to turn into a newspaper more than anything. When I came back just a few days ago, I was like "WTH?"...
Anyway, like what was mentioned before, if you were on the wrong track, then taking a dive on your score isn't such a big deal; you can always rebuild. A fresh start is good every once in awhile.
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