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"Dregs" account?

  1. Pcunix profile image90
    Pcunixposted 4 years ago

    See http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/88292?p … ost1888404

    Do you think that would make sense?  That is, to have two accounts here, one for your prime content and one for the stuff you hope might do well someday but just is not.  You'd move all the sub-prime hubs to the "dregs".  You could still link to it, of course - you aren't throwing it way.

    I see some downside: sometimes something old and unimportant suddenly gets fresh legs.  Would we be hurting its chances by relegating it to the cellar (so to speak)?

    On the other hand, you might be really polishing up the apple for Google for your primo stuff. 

    Other things..  how does Google Authorship play out here?  If reputation management is going to be as important as I think it is (see PE's hub http://pauledmondson.hubpages.com/_1vr5 … -and-Money for that) would having a domain full of less lustrous material ultimately hurt us?  I woukd think not, but this is unknown territory.

    And finally, if this is a good idea, HP could make moving hubs between our own accounts a trivial matter if they wanted to, even searching out links or putting in 301's for the transplants.

    1. wilderness profile image95
      wildernessposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      A good question, and one I doubt anyone really has an answer for.

      I can say that I have another small account of sales hubs that got slapped a couple of months ago and went to zero traffic for around 2 months.  I deleted much of it, transferred a few that had done well in the past to the main account, and have tried to resurrect it with a couple of non-sales hubs.

      It hasn't worked.  Absolutely no traffic after the HP views died down.  It has remained slapped, and slapped hard.  I'll probably end up moving those two new hubs to the main account and closing that one.

      Ownership - I haven't signed into google with the "auth" thing and that has been part of the reason.  I don't want that second, slapped, account associated with this one at all.  As HP is the only place I publish (so far) I haven't seen a real reason to proceed, and tell google this is my writing.

      1. Pcunix profile image90
        Pcunixposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Dammit - I depend on you for answers and I want one NOW!

        I suppose if it is getting nothing at all, that makes sense.

        I've done this kind of thing at my main site - moved off weaker sections to their own sub-domain.  I can't see that it has helped or hurt there, so I remain confused and wondering.  But those weren't dead sections - just very low traffic.

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        Baileybearposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        another thing is, they don't add any income from diff accounts together

        1. Pcunix profile image90
          Pcunixposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Though I suppose we are assuming that those hubs aren't responsible for much, if any, income.

          And if you delete them (as Paul seems to be exploring at that other thread), they rather definitely produce no income!

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      Baileybearposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      would google see that you have the same ad ID and rank your main account lower?

  2. IzzyM profile image84
    IzzyMposted 4 years ago

    The trouble I see with a 'dregs account' is that moving any older hub will lose it its 'seniority', if that even counts anymore.

    This account is slapped to bits, but my new account is up and down like many accounts here, OK for 3 weeks, down for 1, then back up again.

    My problem with my underperforming hubs is that many of them have plagiarised all over the place.

    It's not worth my while chasing the copies up, because they were never that popular as hubs, and now my time is better spent on improving hubs that are seeing some traffic.

    So those hubs can be unpublished, as Paul is doing with his, in which case the copy thieves get total control, or they can stay there and just wait out the slap, which hopefully won't last forever although it is going on 4 months now.

  3. Will Apse profile image91
    Will Apseposted 4 years ago

    My second account never recovered. I unpublished everything a month ago and I'm still trying to find a home for those pages. I suspect the only valuable thing that I can get from that second account is the data- knowing what keywords are worth using somewhere else.

  4. Lisa HW profile image83
    Lisa HWposted 4 years ago

    My HubPages account IS my "dregs" account.  lol

    I'm only partially kidding (sort of).  This (thread subject) is something I'm always thinking about, and that I've at times tried to do some version of in one place or another.  I couldn't think up an answer in that Paul Edmondson thread because I don't have a simple, easy, one.  My stuff is too mixed, and I think too little of too much of it.  The "killer" is that some of the stuff that makes me cringe is the stuff that gets the best traffic and contributes substantially to my earnings.  hmm

    I don't really want an HP account full of nothing but non-traffic-getters.  I don't really see the benefit in that.  At least in this account, the better-writing-but-non-traffic-getters make this subdomain look better in terms of quality of writing.  If I separate out those just mentioned and have little but those that are OK-to-good traffic-getters I suspect the whole subdomain would look a lot lower in quality.  I don't think there's a benefit in having a dregs HP account unless some kind of effort is put into promoting the stuff better, or fixing it up (and that could be done without moving it from the original account).  I can see moving traffic-wise "dregs" to a site/blog where they may do better for one. reason or another.

    As it is now, my barely-any-traffic-getters can add up to another x number of dollars in earnings each month.  I don't particularly want to add more of them, but a lot of them aren't bad as far as writing quality goes (I don't think, anyway).  So, they aren't hurting my "reputation" as far as writing goes.  If the bots "judge" subdomains by too much stuff that doesn't bring in traffic I don't care if it measures up to that "judgment" anyway.  My concern and measure of "dregs" is my stuff that doesn't measure up in terms of professional polish (because I allowed myself to relax and just "write whatever").  The answer to that particular dissatisfaction isn't to set up a whole account for either "traffic dregs" or "polish dregs", I don't think.  I lean more toward setting up new accounts for much better quality and/or traffic-getting Hubs, and kind of let this one remain as it is and fade from the forefront of my writing offerings.

  5. relache profile image86
    relacheposted 4 years ago

    On Squidoo, where you can freely move lenses completely intact between accounts, this strategy works really well.  As moving content here is laborious and requires a down period for web caches to clear, I don't think the methodology would be viable.