Have there been any improvements on Knol? Is it still not indexing articles in their search? Are people still knolling? or do you think it is not worth it at this point?
I wrote a hub about it: my knols are indexed but I am not getting any traffic and the nofollow means the link is not worth a lot either. I notice the front page of knol appears static with all the same boring medical articles too - not impressed
Hi Lissie, Just read your excellent and very informative hub. I had just tried out knol but they didn't seem to be indexing my one article - probably because I'm not using my real-name. They should really do a lot more work on their interface in terms of letting people know when things are index-ed and if not, why not. Also a bit on the heavy handed side to insist that people put in their full names.
My knol is indexed on google but even then it is useless, simply no traffic, although I got 3 not very friendly comments. My adsene got approved and started showing ads but 3 days back clicked on " apply the current id to all future knols " and again my account has been sent for approval and again it might take upto 2 weeks. So to sum up my experience I think, so far it is not a very good place to write.
I guess we have to wait until knol is out of beta.
Has anyone had any luck with Knol yet? I'm considering giving it a go in the future sometime.
I followed Lissie's hub here:
If you haven't, read her hub about it. It's older (not sure whether or not she's updated it) but worth the read. She's right about it not being SEO friendly -- it *is* very diluted! Hubpages and Squidoo are much more SEO friendly in terms of the url your page is given!
Knol is a Google creation which they compare to Wikipedia but is also like Hubpages/Squidoo in that it is possible to earn money using a personal Adsense account.
I just went to check my Adsense earnings for Knol, though I expect it to be very little and while I thought I had added a URL channel for it not long after signing up (July 2008) it doesn't seem to be there anymore.
So I went to add it (again) and this is what it said:
"knol.google.com" at line 1 invalid: URL cannot contain a Google host.
That sounds slightly annoying. I would have thought there is some way of tracking it. Unless of course the reawrds are small and Google don't want people to discover it.
Edit: I don't appear to have that error when setting up a URL tracker as I just did it for a new Knol I have just created.
I also read this:
But I figured you must have set the whole article URL as the URL Channel?
So I tried it with the URL minus the article name (eg: http://knol.google.com/k/USERNAME) and it let me. So I'll see if it starts tracking the traffic (and hopefully clicks if I am in fact getting any).
Gosh are knols still going? I must admit I haven't really been back - no-follow links aren't much use to me. I have been looking at infobarrel which does have do follow and I quite like the setup there - I wrote a review of infobarrel on my blog
Lissie, are you thinking about updating that hub? It might be helpful to others
Of course you're one of the busiest among us lol
The site still has boring technical medical knols on the front page - so no I won't be returning soon - no-follow is no pay for me so to speak!
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