I like writing at hubpages but seriously the site has 2 large disadvantages now.
First is the SERP slap by google. This is one of the 50 top sites and it got a nasty slap with traffic down nearly 50%. Who knows where it will come back to if it ever does.
The second disadvantage is hubpages policy on backlinking. I have done some moderate bookmarking of my hubs only to have them flagged and removed by the admins. If I can't backlink, how can I promote anything?
I was able to live without backlinking because Hubpages still had lots of organic traffic, but now that its lost some of that and backlinking is not allowed, the result could be terrible.
As far as I am concerned, my 5000 articles on 5 sites can do what they want now. If they earn, great, if not doesn't matter. I don't need another fight on my hands trying to please companies that control everything. I've got a real bricks and mortar business that should demand more attention anyway. At least its in the free market without someone like google setting the agenda.
You could walk off, shaking your head ruefully or staring back longingly.. though I really would suggest the type of exit that leaves you with your head still inside the door, hanging on to the edge with one hand so that you can pop right back if the weather changes tomorrow (which it probably will).
I agree that nobody has to flounce, but plenty do it.
I can't see any need to go anywhere, if someone chooses not to write anymore hubs that may prove to benefit them in the long run, but unless you know that you can move your hubs somewhere else where they will outperform being on HubPages, what is the point of taking them down?
Loose shoelaces can also turn a flounce into a tragedy. This is one of the reasons I recommend slippers (the other is that the noise from shoes can interfere with the audience hearing your whimpering).
Make sure to have panties, knickers, underwear whatever you want to call your undergarment on when flouncing love because you don't want your privacy 'tween the knees exposed to the world. Then you'll be on that site with Fire crotch, Britney and Lindsay - EXPOSED like me! Ahhhhhh
Much ado about nothing! Yes, things are down, but they always go down when this happens. I see this as the opportunity for Hubpages to make some drastic changes to content that really is of low quality. I for one am staying and going to continue to publish hubs. I finally have some other things in place and will be getting back to this full-time. Good luck to you whatever you decide to do.
Of my 124 hubs, three account for half of my page views. The other 121 for the other half. The Google revision has boosted my top three and randomized the rest. Overall views are up, by about 10%. They probably know what they're doing. But I don't care much. 95% of my income comes from the real job
If you're leaving because of Google, then you're being a bit hasty. If you're leaving because you're not earning, then it's obvious your 600 hubs have only proven that quantity doesn't beat quality, with regards to earnings.
But, I think if you can manage the time, to review and edit your hubs, learn a little bit more about SEO and such. Plus, putting other things into action, might actually turn you a profit in the end.
I love watching some of the extreme overreactions. I have been slapped hard by google usa. But is it time to quit HB?
Absolutely not! It has only been a couple days and I have already noticed that some of my traffic has returned. Even if all my traffic drops by 50% or 80%, that is still not reason to quit.
The HubPage staff make a living from this site and it is strongly in their best interest to start fixing some of the problems and keep the cash flowing. Google could make some adjustment a month or even a year later that suddenly boosts HP.
If you really think things have gotten bad, just do something else for a few months and put HP on the back burner for a while. It certainly can't hurt. I spent a few hours today registering a new domain and setting it up. Diversity is good.
The one thing that is certain working online is constant change.
I have had a strange phenomonon. My google US traffic has dropped but my adsense has improved over the past week. I have never received the adsense numbers equal to what I have received through this week.
There is something that I know is well known to all, but nevertheless bears repeating, I think. We must understand that "this," being the Internet, has billions of people on it. There's a lot of stuff to wade through.
An Internet writing site such as this has innumerable other venues to compete with to grab the public's attention both online and offline. There's the innumerable online video games, even some that are virtual worlds, I understand. There's news, sports, and public affairs sites. There's innumerable social networking sites. There's YouTube! And so on and so forth.
There are innumerable so ons and so forths on the Internet as well. One can try getting the best "tags," promoting his hubs on Facebook, or something like that. You can do moderate backlinking and so on. But the underlying structural reality is that this is the Internet. There's only so much you can do.
I understand that I'm not very technically savvy but I don't see how leaving HubPages for another site would alter the reality of the Internet. Now, I understand Google has done something with the SERP, whatever that is, and HP has done some technical adjustment that most of the posters on this thread seem satisfied with; the idea seems to be that "it all balances out in the end," and so forth.
And I'm sure it is well understood that HP or any other Internet cannot be depended upon for a regular, livable income, largely due to the very nature of the Internet.
One thing: I remember "hearing" a long time ago that the thing you want to do is write "evergreen" content, that will be of interest over a long period of time, perhaps "indefinitely" (as indefinitely as anything is in cyberspace. Traffic might be lagging now but if you're writing evergreen content, you may be "down" but never "out," as it were.
Hal Licino has set the benchmark for best way to leave the site. Publish your 2500th hubpage, walk away, never come back, not even to approve comments. He now does something else, but has a probably substantial revenue stream.
I doubt it. One of the reasons Hal left was he was not making enough money. His hubs were (are) awesome, but unprofitable. He hung around for a while and banged out some commercial stuff but was unhappy at how hard it was to monetize passionate, quality content.
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