basic canonical errors www. and non
subdomains it is from now on then, here and everywhere else.
http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2011/07/13/ … %E2%80%9D/
"After he tightened the site’s editorial standards and made other tweaks that didn’t change its fortunes, Edmondson made a discovery. Google’s search engine had indexed some of HubPages content as being tied to “ww.hubpages.com” rather than “hubpages.com,” and the incorrectly indexed sites were ranking higher for certain search queries."
In May, Edmondson wrote an email to Google engineers about the discovery and asked whether he should break up his site into “subdomains,” where each contributor of content to HubPages would essentially have a separate website.
That way, perhaps Google’s algorithm could distinguish which part of HubPages had original content and which part had lower-quality articles that were just copies of other content on the Web. Publishing sites such as WordPress, Tumblr and Google’s own Blogger are structured with subdomains, whereas Google’s YouTube and others are not.
In June, a top Google search engineer, Matt Cutts, wrote to Edmondson that he might want to try subdomains, among other things.
The HubPages subdomain testing began in late June and already has shown positive results. Edmondson’s own articles on HubPages, which saw a 50% drop in page views after Google’s Panda updates, have returned to pre-Panda levels in the first three weeks since he activated subdomains for himself and several other authors. The other authors saw significant, if not full, recoveries of Web traffic.
“Our change is very positive for excellent authors, and not positive for weaker authors,” Edmondson said. “This is exactly what Google should want,” he said.
On Wednesday HubPages will begin a full roll out of subdomains for each of its authors."
Great piece and very informative.Thank you for posting it.
Here's another important one to read. Not everyone thinks subdomains is a long-term fix that will "stick."
http://searchenginewatch.com/article/20 … covery-But
Oh wow that's a good article relache, thanks for the post
Very interesting read. Thanks for this Relache!
"Here's another important one to read. Not everyone thinks subdomains is a long-term fix that will "stick."
http://searchenginewatch.com/article/20 … covery-But"
but this is only opinion, there are ALL sorts of things still working out there in google that are not supposed to for many years, from recip linking, thro to footer spamming and much more besides, so as always dont assume anything is fact until proven to yourself.
An interesting quote from your link:
"Google is likely treating the subdomains as separate domains, at least temporarily," Przyklenk said. "It's likely just a matter of time before that low-quality content is ranked as such, and their traffic goes back to pre-separation status. Unless, of course, the separated content in individual verticals or subjects are actually high quality." (bolding added)
Isn't this exactly what HP is expecting to see and has in fact seen from the testing? High quality hubbers rise, low quality sees little change?
One of my big concerns is that everyone will now stop trying to deal with all the spam and garbage on HP, because they think that it no longer has any effect on their hubs and traffic.
The low quality dross still needs to be cleared away and more effective methods of blocking spam and stopping rubbish being published need to be developed
Sunforged posted the link to the WSJ article on Weds. It came a few hours before the official HP announcement that the switch was on.
Regarding the 2nd article, posted by Relache, I agree with CMHypno and hope that editorial standards will not slip too. If anything, I'd like them to get tighter. No return to hubs full of amazon ads with v little written info, or scores of spam and duplicate hubs! More quality, original content from people who have a proficient understanding of the English language.
The irony of this whole thing, from a business point of view, is that Google have effectively forced HP into going head to head with their own site, Blogger, by making HP split the site into subdomains!
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