The biggest change is that we've added Kontera as an advertising option. It is off by default for all hubs. You can enable or disable it for individual hubs by editing them, and changing the Kontera setting next to Ad Level. You can also turn it on or off for all of your hubs at once on the affiliate settings page. The text link ads will only appear to readers that are not signed in to HubPages. In our tests we saw a 15-20% boost in total income per hub, but your results may vary.
We've also added a much requested option to the comments capsules, that will allow you to limit the display of comments to the first 20, 50, or 100 (with the rest loaded by clicking on a single link).
On top of this, we added display options to the RSS capsule that allows you to show just a snippet of the text from the feed. This will be especially useful on feeds that display the full text of the article.
We also made a bunch of other minor changes. Please let us know right away if you have any problems with the site, or notice something unusual.
Thanks Debbie. Let us know what's going on. In the mean time I already made a list of hubs I want to try it on. lol. I don't want the links on all the hubs, but I do want to try them on those that don't already have text links to other hubs within the content... Too many links may may it look low-quality. But anyway, yea let us know.
Tharanx, yea I see the problem. Looks like the same thing I'm experiencing. Now the page doesn't even show up period, just the 503 error.
Also, Paul I jsut changed a few of my hubs with more comments to a lesser option, and when I approved a comment afterwards for htat hub, I couldn't see it, and had to change it back to see all comments in order to reread the comment to see what to comment on exactly. Is there any way to show the latest comments and to be able to view past comments, as I frequently get questions from repeat people that I need to go back and see what their initial concern was. It just seems to be a pain to go and change it to see all each time. :-/
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I didn't mean for you to put the URL into your browser, but rather for you to enter that URL in the Kontera sign up form (to work around the issue that Mark had with his URL being rejected). As for the language issue, that's something we will have to wait for Kontera to resolve.
You might try doing shift-refresh on the first page of the signup form, or just come back and try again tomorrow. Until you enable Kontera on some of your hubs, you aren't really missing out on anything, after all ...
I believe Kontera is working on it, there isn't much I can do myself but pass along the work around for the URL issue (you might want to try using a different browser). We signed up several accounts here without a hitch before announcing the update ...
Perhaps I'm not understanding your question, but you should be able to see the complete set of comments by just clicking on the "show X more comments" link after the last displayed comment. What I'd suggest is that you display the complete set of comments before you start moderating. If you approve or disapprove comments before loading the additional comments, it might throw off the the range of list that is loaded.
As for showing the most recent comments, rather than the first X comments. That's something we considered, and may still consider adding. However, we couldn't figure out a way to make the user interface for loading the earlier comments intuitive and simple (since they would be injected above the displayed comments rather than below).
I'm seeing the first say 50 comments, but can't see any of the most recent ones unless I go back and edit the comment capsule to show all comments. It's not only a concern when moderating comments, but for people who post a question and come back to see if it was answered. I mean if they can't see their comment, they're going to think it was deleted or that it never went through. I think they should be able to see their own comment versus the same top 50 or so comments that will never change.
And, yes I was asking for a link that would say "show more comments" or something, if not showing the latest comments.
Obviously, it's up to the discretion of the Hubber. For example, the popularity of my Wu-Yi tea hub is due in large part to the ongoing complaints of disgruntled customers in the comments section. It would be unwise for me to limit the comments to the first 20, 50, or even 100 (it has almost 700 comments at this point). So I'm simply not going to. But people have been asking for this option, and it may be helpful for those hubs in which the comment section has become more of a conversation or chat than it actually contributes to the content of said hub.
Relache, my concern is really related to leaving the oldest comments at the top, as those people have already gotten their answer and probably won't come back to read the hub again.
I'd love to use the option, as I was one of the people asking for it, but I guess I figured the more recent comments would be visible. I don't think people will notice the link to view more comments. I mean I can't even see the link using IE, but I realize that it's because I'm on IE. But, I think a lot of people use that particular browser.
I actually think the option is a great option even if the comment section isn't being used as a chat, as like you mentioned for your hub, some hubs have hundreds of comments, which makes loading slow and the page, in general, a pain to scroll through because it seems there's never an end. I just think having the latest comments one tops makes more sense. So, as much as I want to use the option, I don't see it very useful since the oldest are listed on the top, and I don't see people noticing the link to view more, if they can even see it.
I had this same problem if you read up SunSeven, a lot of people have. Keep trying and try the order I entered Information, it worked! But if it doesn't work like that for you they are working on an answer, it took me about an hour of trying but I got it
Definitely agreed tharanx. I mean it's a simple sign up but, but full of bugs. lol. I mean Google sent me an email right away, as did EPN and Amazon. Whatever... I wanted to go ahead and change over specific hubs but, I guess I'll just wait, there's no sense in 5 days worth of potential revenue to be lost from my pocket. lol.
Paul, I was just thinking about it... You say that depending on what your ad setting it, will determine how many kontera links will be added to the hub. What is the average number of links per setting. I like to keep mine at high, but I don't want to have 10 kontera links. If that makes sense.
The ad level setting has no impact on the number of links Kontera will put in the page. It's either on or it's off. So far, I haven't seen an example where the number of links seemed excessive or the distribution was bad. But, if we do see that we'll work with Kontera on tuning the settings.
Thanks Paul, it might be a good suggestion to put into Kontera I'm not sure but if you could set how many links (say 1-3) in each paragraph and you pick the paragraphs they appear in? And then there will be a top number of links you can have on a page (say 10 maximum). Just a suggestion, so far there isn't a call for it, when I start using it (get confirmed) I will see if something like that would help or not.
They typically place from 3-6 links on a page and they already have technology to distribute them throughout the text (so they don't bunch together). However, if you see something different do let us know. There are some settings that we can adjust if need be.
Oh ok. Thanks Paul. I just reread your initial post, and I got confused when you said the setting was by the ad setting level. I didn't see the "by" and thought you meant that the setting altered the kontera setting too. Sorry.
We made a slight update to the Kontera sign up instructions. You should enter your HubPages profile URL where it says "Website URL". Then, only if your URL is rejected you should enter "http://www.hubpages.com/affiliate" and (important!) place your profile url into the comments section.
People seem to be getting through the process now, and they are working to approve application as quickly as possible for us.
Would it be better if the comments were listed in the order of most recent first, rather than oldest first? If it was the older comments that were on the next page, rather than the newer ones, that would be less of an issue.
Whether Google Adsense accepts Kontera advertisements by the side of Google Advertisements. Google Adsense may cancel our account if we put Kontera advertisements in the hubpage which shows Google advertisement!!!
I think to display Kontera along with Google Adsense is against Google Adsense's policies.
I saw 7 text link ads the two times I refreshed that hub. We'll keep an eye on that issue, and work with Kontera to adjust things so that our authors (that are using Kontera) are comfortable with the way the links look.
I just checked it out and it had 9 the first time, 0 the second, and 19 the third refresh. I counted it like 3 times because where the link phrases were on a split line which make it look like more links that it really was. But just a second ago there were a total of 19 link (not including those that were split on a line break), with 18 of them being within the first few paragraphs all bunched together, and the 19th link in the bottom section.
If there is the possibility of there being so many ads all bunched up like I saw, then I dunno if I want to implement them. :-( Paul, please check it out and keep an eye on it, as I thought you said there would only be a few ads that were evenly distributed on the page.